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Posted 19 June 2007 - 09:42 AM

So i really needed a Disney fix and my kids deserved a reward for a great year at School. I booked a last minute surprise trip financed by the Disney Visa card.
6.18- woke the kids up at 3 am and told them to get dressed because they were going to Disney. Totally surprised them and got the whole thing on video.
9:30am arrive at MCO and hop in rented YELLOW PT cruiser.
10:15 am arrive at All-Star Music to check in
11:30am arrive at Magic Kingdom
Had lunch at Tony's (walked right in with no reservation!)
waited 45 minutes for Pirates.
Rode tons of rides.
4pm went back to check into our room and swim.
This was our first time in the family suites and if you have kids this is the way to go. All of the living room furniture turns into a bed and there is two bathrooms! My wife and I had our own bedroom so we could actually spend time together when the kids were asleep.
6pm Dinner at Raglan Road utilizing the dining plan (way too much food!)
Went back to MK to ride more rides and watch Wishes
6-16 Epcot rides etc.
Lunch with the Princesses at Norway. Kids got to meet and greet Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine and Ariel. Food was ok. Appetizer was the taste of Norway buffet with salads, meats and cheeses. Not many options for entrees outside of pulled pork and fish. Dessert was an excellent sampler for the whole table. Would've been an $80 lunch if we didn't use a table service credit.
3pm went back to hotel to swim and went offsite to Bahama breeze for dinner. After dinner it was back to Epcot for beer and Illuminations.
6-17 Breakfast @ Ohana. Breakfast is served family style and was plenty for all of us. Characters were Stitch, Lilo, Mickey and Pluto.
Back to MK for more rides and lot's of snacks.
MGM Studios for the afternoon. Due to Star Wars weekend's it was so packed we could hardly get on anything and we ended up shopping until our 4pm Mama Melrose's dinner reservation. Dinner was rushed, however the food was excellent and the dining plan covered it once again. Went back to the hotel to swim and relax before Fantasmic. Thanks to the dinner package we were escorted backstage to our excellent front row seats for Fantasmic at 8:15pm. This allowed time to get a beer and something that lights up for th kids. I was a cast member at Fantasmic for 3 years so it was very important to me we had great seats. After the show we squuezed in the Great Movie Ride and collapsed in our hotel beds.
6-18 I got at 6am to get coffee and print our boarding passes (the resorts will do this for you) We bolted over to EPCOT to shop and ride SSE, Nemo, Soarin, The Land, Figment and Energy. Lunch at the electric umbrella was crowded and hot and my daughter cut her foot on her metal chair. I had to run across the park to first aid for a band-aid. I asked Mouse Gear and numerous cast members for a band aid and not one had one on them. Note for next trip-- pack band aids!
At 3pm we started our journey up 419 back to the airport where my daughter left her Hanna Montana bag containing all of her Bratz dolls and IPOD. The flight home was 3 hours of tears..
I highly recommend the Family suites if you have children and although the dining plan wasn't for us it is a great value if your family likes to eat alot. We are all exhausted, however we had a blast and can't wait to go back again soon. Thanks for reading, Doug
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Posted 19 June 2007 - 09:44 AM

I forgot to mention my kids were heartbroken when they found out Rock n Rollercoaster was closed on Sunday. Anyone know why it was closed?
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Posted 19 June 2007 - 12:39 PM

Thanks for posting this report.

Here's information on Coaster not being open: http://www.mgmstudio...opic.php?t=4088
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Posted 19 June 2007 - 07:22 PM

How were you able to get the Norway Princess meal on such short notice when ordinarily character meals are booked 6 months in advance from the day you plan to eat, and only then when you call as soon as Dining Reservations open the lines?

Maybe I'm thinking the near-impossible Castle Character meal. :?:
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Posted 20 June 2007 - 05:10 AM

I was surprised at how much was available when I called last week. For the most part I didn't think the parks were very busy with the exception of the Studios. Even at MGM I was able to get a 4:50pm at Mama Melrose's on Sunday.




Snuggie said:

How were you able to get the Norway Princess meal on such short notice when ordinarily character meals are booked 6 months in advance from the day you plan to eat, and only then when you call as soon as Dining Reservations open the lines?

Maybe I'm thinking the near-impossible Castle Character meal. :?:

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