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Congrats on the Disney mail Having lunch at the Boathouse sounds like a nice way to wrap up your trip!
That was our thinking that a meal at The Boathouse would be a fitting last WDW meal.

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So sad as these details are the end of your trip, but you will be ending it with a nice meal at The Boathouse!

I'm hoping to dine here eventually but just so much to chose from and may take me years to catch up even with an annual trip and a one week stay! This is insane but a good thing!
It is almost impossible to get around to all the wonderful dining spots now at WDW. There are even more new ones at Disney Springs than when we were there in October.

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Isn't it funny - once upon a time we'd be doing 11 nights plus just at Disney and we were always ready to head home by the end of the vacation. These days, we always manage to jam other things in - either other destinations, a cruise or the other parks and I never feel as if we have enough time in Disney.
I know for us it helps that we get two trips a year of 11+ days each. Since they keep adding stuff at the parks though we may want to add some days in the future.
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That is one of my favorite things about DVC. We've always got another trip in the works.
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Well I call this day a "Bitter Sweet Day". But for me, it just beginnings with planning the next trip. I will be waiting to hear how The Boathouse dinning experience goes.
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We ate at The Boathouse last May, so I already know what I plan on getting -- the filet mignon sliders. these!
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Days Until Disney

FIRSTS

Even after 23 trips to WDW, there are new things for us to experience, probably one of the reasons we find ourselves going back time after time after time.

This will be the first time we have ever visited WDW in the month of April. That now leaves January, February, March, and July as the only months we have never vacationed at WDW.

We have several dining firsts thanks to Disneys addition of so many new restaurants over the past few years. These include: Tiffins (AK), Planet Hollywood Observatory (DS), and Chef Art Smiths Homecoming (DS).

Its been a number of years since weve taken a tour, but the new Caring for Giants tour at Animal Kingdom was just perfect for us and my love of animals. At $30 with a 15% DVC/AP/Disney Rewards Visa discount it was too good a deal to pass up.

Animal Kingdom is giving us a lot of first time opportunities with Tiffins and the Caring for Giants tour plus a chance to finally see the Rivers of Light Nighttime show. We also hope to even see the new baby otter triplets at the Tree of Life.

There is no guarantee we will get to do this, but we are hoping to ride the Characters in Flight hot air balloon at Disney Springs for the first time. Im hoping well get a sunny afternoon that is also not too windy. Then it will be up and up and away for us.

Shopping at Disney Springs will be a must and there are still quite a few places weve yet to set foot in. The Marketplace Co-Op is getting a new shop called The Dress Shop. On Disney Parks Blog an article introduced this new shop, and in one of the photos I noticed the cutest Tower of Terror inspired dress. Im going to have to check this out.

Ive also learned from Michael (rhinohunter) that Memory Maker now includes a video when you ride Haunted Mansion. We never miss Haunted Mansions unless its down for refurb. We love this one and it was a favorite for Stefanie. The video to preserve our ride will just be too cool.

We had until March 27, to customize our Magic Bands, even though weve had them done for a couple of months now. When they arrive, which should be soon as they have shipped, they will the newer style bands. I havent decided yet whether I will wear it like a watch or get one of the key chain accessories for it. Photos of our Magic Bands will arrive on the PTR sometime in April.

Another potential first that is NOT guaranteed is a sneak peek into Pandora: The World of Avatar. Luke has read somewhere (Ive forgotten where) that there might be a day or two at the end of April when DVC/AP members could go in for a soft opening. He actually thinks this will happen just before we arrive, but he will also be checking online for further information. Since I first typed this one, weve learned that the DVC/AP soft openings will be happening after were already back home. So this first is not looking too promising right now.

Recently Disney began using special entries for Annual Passholders, and we intend to make use of these at every chance. 😃

Another first will involve the new security at all the parks. I had forgotten about this (it starts Monday, April 3). Luke mentioned it at lunch today (3/29). I asked if it applied to all four parks, and in his best Sam Eagle impersonation he said, Yes, it will affect all four parks, but mainly Magic Kingdom. Ill give you a rundown of our experiences when we get back. The aim is to keep us secure and to do that in a more orderly fashion.

Not a shabby list of firsts and who knows we may discover other first opportunities once we arrive at WDW.

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I like the option of doing the key chain type thing with the new MB's.
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Wow, that is a lot of firsts!

So if you've never been in January before, how do you like the sound of January 2018, right at the beginning of the month? That's when we're looking to return to WDW....
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Plans are looking good! It's too bad you'll miss the soft openings of Pandora, but at least you have your Fall trip to do this! Will be interesting with the new security measures.
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I like the option of doing the key chain type thing with the new MB's.
A friends of ours are down there now (this is spring break here) and she will be letting me know everything about the new security system when she gets back. It starts Monday and they will be there all week, so she will definitely have an opinion.

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So if you've never been in January before, how do you like the sound of January 2018, right at the beginning of the month? That's when we're looking to return to WDW....
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Maybe by the fall the crowd levels in Pandora will be more manageable.

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Great list of firsts, considering how many times you have been there!!
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I know! It really does keep us going back time after time.
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:40 AM   #360
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It really is amazing all the firsts that you can continue to do at WDW even after so many visits! People always ask me why I go back to the same vacation place time after time as they always tell me that it must get boring, but my response is always that I find new things to do and I enjoy so many shows and attractions, that I look forward to doing them all over again! Glad you've got so many firsts to do on this trip!
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