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Hi everyone, I have a quick question. My husband and I are going to Disney from 5/24-6/1. My birthday is the 24th. We just got married in Disney in November. But we won't be able to get back for our anniversary. So we're taking advantage of our APs then.
Does anyone have any idea when the AP rates come out for that time? Also how much it would be for a room at like Coronado Springs?
Anyone have any experience at Coronado Springs. My husband and I have stayed at OKW, BW, ASSports, CB. I have stayed at ASM, POR, POFQ, in addition to those places. It would be our first time staying there, I've heard mixed reviews. But it's where he really wants to stay.
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Should I be posting the recaps from the wedding trip in the Trip Report section, or in the Wedding section?? My trip report from the planning session trip is all completed and up in the Trip Report section.
Well we originally booked at Coronado Springs, and hoped that once we get a passholder discount that we'd be okay with the $1600 for 8 nights. Then we realized, since we're there during a holiday- there may be no discount.
With that being said we looked into what it would be to have a Dining Plan, and how much money we'd save that way, vs. our Dining Experience card with our APs. Well once it was added up, our travel agent said it was $2400 total with the room and Dining Plan, HOWEVER- that if we wanted to do the Dining Plan and stay at Pop Century- it would be $1600.
We liked that price better, and opted to go for it. Figuring as $600 for the both of us for food the whole time we're there, when we could spend $100-$150 on dinner a night- easy. We decided it was def. for us, even if just this once! I'm pretty psyched about it and have all of our reservations set up, including a fake one so that I can fool Billy.
I am surprising him, actually it magically ended up being that the only night they could work it out for us happens to be the anniversary of the day he proposed to me. So that is when it will be. We are going to be at UK Pubside at 7am, for a special private dinner and dessert with prime viewing of Illuminations. I'm very pleased with the results, as I've seen in several places they can't do hot food or dinners- but when I was speaking with my planner, Epcot approved it. We are having ceasar salad, petite penne with shrimp in spicy marinara for app, then surf and turf for dinner with a little dessert tray. It's about $300 total for all of that (including small party fee) which isn't bad in my book. We could spend that at Shula's!!!
Sounds great!!! We love CSR!!! WE stayed there 2 yrs ago and will again this June!! It is more spread out then some....BUT I love being about to walk around the lake!! Of course we have boys, and they love the Dig site with the slide
We will be arriving that WEd after you are leaving
The Pepper Market there is fun also with lots of food too choose from!!
I am sooooo bad, I can't beleive I haven't updated this (well I can believe it.... the days run into weeks, etc.) SO much has changed.
We have changed our reservation and we'll be going to stay at Pop Century. We were able to add the dining plan, as Annual Passholders can do this for a "room only reservation" now. So it was $1600 just for the stay at Coronado Springs about $2400 with the Dining Plan. For Pop Century our rate was $1600 with the dining plan and the stay for 8 nights. ALthought I don't want to really stay at a value, I heard that this one is the best, and honestly it allows me some more freedom with money to do more things!
With the Dining Plan- here's our plans for meals, I also put the Tour in there too.
Sunday, May 25- Le Cellier Lunch
Monday, May 26 - Donald's Breakfastosaurus at Tusker Character Breakfast and then Yak & Yeti Dinner
Tuesday, May 27- Mama Melrose Dinner 6pm **** This is when his special dinner is, I had to throw him off somehow****
We will be having a special spot at UK Pubside for a Private Dinner. It is $285, we will get there around 7. That includes the $50 small party fee. I'm soooo super psyched.
Petit Penne Pasta with Shrimp and Spicy Marinara Sauce with Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
Seared Beef Filet and Truffle Demi paired with Split Maine Lobster Tail and Tarragon Sherry Cream Sauce Wilted Greens and Duchess Potato Plank, Rolls with Butter, Coffees and Teas
Assorted Miniature Dessert Platter.
Wednesday, May 28 - Biergarten
Thursday, May 29- 'Ohanas (thankfully this time I can eat, since for our rehearsal dinner I was soooo sick, fever, bad sore throat.)
Friday, May 30 - 9:00 Keys to the Kingdom Tour - then LTT for Dinner (tradition to go every trip)
Saturday, May 31- Cape May Cafe Dinner
Sunday, June 1- Chef Mickey's Breakfast
We actually booked this through a travel agent- which we never do. My mom has gone through The Magic For Less... so we did as well. She used them about 3 times, even for our wedding. Well in our confirmation e-mail it said that we're getting:
Magic Your Way Package Extras
~ $15 Planet Hollywood certificate for food, non-alcoholic beverage and souvenir merchandise keepsake (one per room)
~ Miniature golf certificate valid for one round of miniature golf (one per room)
~ Certificate for 90 minutes of Sea Raycer fun when you buy 60 minutes
~ One Walt Disney Travel Company commemorative luggage tag per person
~ One “How To” Guide, included with your final documents
We were planning on def. doing the Sea Raycer, I think we may do that on Saturday after breakfast at Chef Mickeys actually. We have done them from OKW around DTD in the past, I'd love to do it on the 7 Seas Lagoon- so we can go around the WP and what not. We will probably do the minature golf too.
We are both so much looking forward to spending 9 days and 8 nights in the World!!! Ahhhh esp. since we didn't get to do much on our wedding trip!
Thanks so much. We are both REALLY REALLY looking forward to getting away and really enjoying the world again. Although we were there for the wedding- we literally went to 2 parks and only on 1 ride. So before that we went for our planning session, only had about 2-3 days in the parks... but before that it was 2 years prior- our first Vaca together- it was in August, and Hurricaine Charley came. But we did have a good time. So it'll be nice to get there- no rental car, and just explore and enjoy. We're so thrilled.
So the contract and beo have been signed and submitted with payment- which has cleared my bank account. I now need some help with ideas of little things I can do leading up to the surprise, like hints? Any ideas?? I know Sarah has done something in the past. Anyone?
Here's the current plans:
Saturday, May 24th - MY BIRTHDAY DAY!!!!!!
5:30pm - Depart Atlantic City
7:45pm - Arrive Orlando
Resort: Pop Century - we requested the 50's building 3rd or 4th floor and a fridge.
Hopefully one of my great friends -Tiffani and Harlan will be staying through that weekend. She is a Disney Bride I met on a board that helped me tons, she is like a fl. version of myself. They have their anniversary cruise and get back that Friday (day before) If so- we plan on meeting up. Most likely Raglan Road. Keep your fingers crossed that we will get to meet up- it would be nice to celebrate both our birthdays.
Sunday, May 25
We'll probably most likely head to MK in the am (it has to be my first park and last park)
Then head over to Epcot.
2:20pm - ADR
Canada - Epcot
Monday, May 26 - Animal Kingdom Day
9:05am - Breakfast ADR
Africa - Animal Kingdom
I would like to try and figure out some sort of scavenger hunt for him that day, that would give hints and lead him to our location. Of course starting in the morning, and coming back to shower and get ready then go to the location. I need some help with that.
We have our private party scheduled at the UK Pubside for 7:00pm I believe.
Petit Penne Pasta with Shrimp and Spicy Marinara Sauce with Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
Seared Beef Filet and Red Wine Demi paired with Split Maine Lobster Tail and Tarragon Sherry Cream Sauce Wilted Greens and Duchess Potato Plank, Rolls with Butter, Coffees and Teas
Assorted Miniature Dessert Platter.
Wednesday, May 28
No real plans, other than going to Biergarten- it was the one place that Billy really wanted to go to. I don't know why? He's so weird.
6:55pm - Supper ADR
Germany - Epcot
Thursday, May 29
No real plans that day, probably head to MGM for the day.
7:40pm - Supper ADR
Friday, May 30- WOOHOO KEYS TO THE KINGDOM!
8:45am - MK Tour
Keys to the Kingdom
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7:05pm - Supper ADR
Cape May Cafe
Beach Club Resort
After dinner we'll probably head back to MK as I believe they have EMH.
Saturday, May 31 SHIRA AND CHRIS DAY! (friends of ours that live down there- I met her on one of my Disney Bride boards)
Gaff's and the Burns hang out all day!
4:15- Supper ADR
Liberty Tree Tavern
Liberty Square- Magic Kingdom
Sunday, June 1- SAD PANDA DAY! We have to go home.
8:30am - Breakfast ADR
So from here on out I'm going to plan on doing something every weekend as a "hint"
Here's the plan so far:
This Saturday- I'm going to make him ENGLISH muffins - make 1 and a half, put them in the shape of a Mickey Head. I'll write a little note that says;
"To my Love Muffin, I'm looking forward to our special vacation, less than a month to go"
Then the following Saturday- I'm going to make him Mickey Head Pancakes, with some ENGLISH Breakfast Tea- and write a note saying.
"Boo Bear (yes that's a nickname for him) I'm looking forward to brewing something special on our vacation"
Then the following weekend he is going away on the Annual Gaffney Men Fishing Trip. So I was thinking of buying a 6 pack of English beer for him to bring with him. With a little note- but I don't know what to say.
Then I have one more weekend - I haven't figured out what to do. We will be in the city on Friday night- going to the Phillies game with the in laws, then on Saturday at Finnegan's Wake for a Police Benefit til about 5. So I was thinking of taking him to an English Bar in the city- Dark Horse, and maybe grab dinner- I think they serve food there. I'm not entirely sure.
So I'd like to then figure out what to do for Saturday (my birthday), Sunday, Monday as clues to lead up to a potential Scavanger Hunt on Tuesday.
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