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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Disney World: Pre-Planning



If there was a reality show called "Extreme Planners" I would be on it. It's kind of sad actually, this past Sunday our preacher's sermon was on {Control}. At the end of the sermon we were all praying and he asked if anyone needed prayer, specifically those that may be a little controlling. I raised my hand, cough cough. And I'm pretty sure I felt daddy d jabbing me in the side with his elbow. For serious, it's bad. First step is admitting there is a problem...

With that being said, I have been planning the heck out of our upcoming Disney trip. It's less than two months away and I am pretty sure I am more excited than everyone else going on our trip put together, even mini d.

What have we done so far to get ready for our trip?

Room booked through the Disney website: 

We are planning to stay at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort in a two-bedroom villa. Poppy, Gammy, and Uncle Cody are making the trip with us so we will need the extra space. This will be our first experience staying on-site at Disney so we are all really excited about it.

It has actually worked out to be pretty cost efficient because we get to split the room cost with my parents.

Review to come later, of course.

Tickets purchased:

We have all purchased a 4 day ticket, with no park hopper option. Trying to go to multiple parks in one day with a two year old sounds miserable, thus we opted out of that additional expense.

Tickets for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party have been purchased.

Costume prep for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: 

Check out the tutorial here: DIY Disney Monsters Inc. Costumes

Creating our {free} stroller tag:

Check out the tutorial here: DIY Disney Stroller Tag

We've placed our order for groceries and delivery:

Say what? We opted not to get the dining plan because the resort we are staying at has a full kitchen. We knew we would have to head back to the room around lunchtime to allow mini d to re-charge so we are planning to save money by eating breakfast and lunch at our villa.

I lucked up finding a really awesome service, GardenGrocer.com. I plan on doing a full review of it later, but the reviews were excellent. You create your grocery list online, and they seriously have EVERYTHING you might need, even wine. Yes, wine is important. If you place your order at least 60 days in advance you get a 10% discount, which more than covers the delivery charge. They will deliver directly to your resort.

Prices? I was shocked to find out the prices are not more than Publix.

The thought of not having to leave the resort with a toddler to hunt down a grocery store, find a parking spot, fight a line, load the car, and unpack everything when we get back. Yeah, that is awesome.

I can't wait to see how this plays out and give you guys a full review of their services and our experience. See our review {HERE}.

We have made our dining reservations:

Dining reservations can be made 180 days out if you are staying on the resort. And well, we didn't decide on a resort until closer to 170 days. Needless to say I have been having to check every single day to get our dining reservations because most everything was already booked. Luckily, by being persistent, I have been able to grab us the reservations we wanted for dinner every night.

Here's what our dinner schedule looks like:

The Coral Reef - Epcot

What's even cooler? Gammy and Uncle Cody will be scuba diving in the aquarium at the restaurant while the rest of us are eating dinner.

Yak & Yeti - Animal Kingdom

The Yachtsman - Our Anniversary Dinner Celebration (5 years, whoop!)

The Crystal Palace - Magic Kingdom

-We are still holding out for Cinderella's Castle to replace The Crystal Palace, but at least we have SOMETHING. Plus it's a character dining experience so that's a win.

**Reviews to Come**

We have scooped up our fast-passes:

If you are staying on the resort you can make your fast-pass plus selections 60 days out. We were able to get most everything we wanted, and have them work within our crazy schedule. I made these on the Disney App...in our bed...in my pj's. That app is seriously a must-have. Download it, your life will be so much easier because of it.

Oh and I may have printed maps of each park...and laminated them. Nerd alert.

Clearly, we I can't wait. Counting down the days...





3 comments:

Jennifer Gardner said...

We love going to Disney and planning is always stressful but so much fun! A site that I found that helps with dinner reservations that are already full is https://disneydiningbuddy.com/. They do charge per reservation that you are looking for but they alert you if/when something becomes available. There is also http://wdwtablefinder.com/Home/FAQ. I hope ya'll have an amazing trip!

Misti Nicole said...

Jennifer,

Thanks so much for your comment! I will definitely take a look at both of those sites, we are still new to this Disney thing and we are desperate for a dinner reservation at Cinderella's Castle! Thanks again : )

Misti Nicole said...

Ok, I've signed up for Disney Dining Buddy! I will let you know how it works out. Fingers crossed. Thanks!