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Old 08-29-2017, 05:53 PM   #1
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Opticon AGAIN....and, of course, extra days at WDW!!!

So DH convinced his boss to send him to Opticon (an optical convention/conference) again this year. We were lucky enough to go last year and it is in the same place this year...the CONTEMPORARY RESORT!!!

So...we are staying at the Contemp for three nights and then moving over to POFQ for four nights. The conference is the 6th/7th/8th of October and then we will get to spend time with our friends who live down that direction. They are coming over for their first "official" stay at WDW. They have been to the parks before, but have never stayed on property!!!

There is one night of the convention where we get to go to the Luau...part of the convention cost for DH and we pay a little extra for me to go too. And if I understand things correctly, only convention people will be attending this dinner/performance!!! YEAH!!!

I will have two days of getting to wander the parks on my own, do what I want, see what I want, sit down and people watch when I want etc! I'm really looking forward to it. I love spending time with DH (of course) and I'm looking forward to seeing our friends, but it will be cool to have some "me" time.

DH and I will be traveling down to FL together. However, after our WDW trip, he will be flying home and I will be headed to NM to see my aunt for a few days. I'm really looking forward to that!

The boss paid for DH's plane ticket and I managed to get mine using miles and a credit I had with Delta. The entire cost of my ticket, from Alaska to Florida to New Mexico to Alaska is costing me a grand total of $219!!!! And that includes me having Delta's "Comfort Plus" going from FL to NM AND going FIRST CLASS from NM to AK!!!! I am really happy about that...it's a long flight!!! I managed to get that for 25,000 miles (Coach was 20,000 so it was kind of a no brainer). Of course, I now have a grand total of 295 miles in my mileage account, but this is what we save them for, right???

So, anyway, we went ahead and splurged on the dining plan for the nights at POFQ, just the Basic, but that's plenty of food. Figure since the boss is paying for our stay at the Contemp, we could manage it easily enough.

We have FP+ for the Navi River ride and for Rivers of Light. Since I haven't been able to find any available for the Banshee ride, figure we will have to suck it up and go stand by on that. Maybe if we get there early, we can sneak it in first thing. We have other FP+s as well, like the Safari, Soarin', TSMM, Star Tours, Big Thunder and Space Mountain and EVEN 7DMT!!!!

Dining reservations at Teppan Edo, 50's Prime Time and Jiko. Figure that's plenty of sit down meals.

It's going to be a great trip!! Counting down....37 days!!
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Yay! Congrats on the budget trip with deluxe/moderate accommodations!

Maybe I'll see you there.
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Oh my goodness, it all sounds wonderful!
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Maybe I'll see you there.

When are you going to be there?
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When are you going to be there?
We'll be starting our new life as Florida snowbirds at the end of September, and I have an AP, so I can be there for a day trip most any time. (I know, right?)

I'd be happy to drop by for an afternoon meetup sometime if you have the time in your schedule. Could be fun!!
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That's great! You have some nice ADRs and your FP selections are good, too. You are going to have such a great trip
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We'll be starting our new life as Florida snowbirds at the end of September, and I have an AP, so I can be there for a day trip most any time. (I know, right?)

I'd be happy to drop by for an afternoon meetup sometime if you have the time in your schedule. Could be fun!!

The 6th and 7th of October during the day I am totally on my own...DH will be in class and I'll just be hanging out on my own where ever I want to go!
I'll PM you my contact info.

Those days we will be at the Contemp so we can figure out something!
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It sounds fabulous! We stayed at the Contemporary on our first trip to Disney...we loved it!
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It sounds fabulous! We stayed at the Contemporary on our first trip to Disney...we loved it!
I have to say...as much as I liked the Comtemp (especially since the boss was paying for it), I actually liked the feel of POFQ better. However...I'll be a Disney World...I'd be happy in an RV at the campgrounds!!!!!!!!!

And BTW...21 days!
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I have to say...as much as I liked the Comtemp (especially since the boss was paying for it), I actually liked the feel of POFQ better. However...I'll be a Disney World...I'd be happy in an RV at the campgrounds!!!!!!!!!

And BTW...21 days!
Yay!

I'm at 17 days. Hope to see you there!
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Yay!

I'm at 17 days. Hope to see you there!
Still planning on getting together with you!
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