Welcome to my first pre-trip report. Hope everyone enjoys.
Travel Dates: Sept 6 - Sept 12
Travel Method: 6 on American Airlines, 2 on Frontier Airlines, Two Rental Cars
Resort: Port Orleans French Quarter for 5 nights and Old Key West for 1 night
Accommodations: 3 Garden View rooms at POFQ, 2 Studios at OKW
Ages Represented in Group: 12 - 55
Disney Experience: 3 first time visitors, 2 second visitors, 1 3rd visit, 2 5th visit. All Disneyland AP holders and 1 DVC member
Cast of Characters: Rich (31)- 5th Trip - DVC member (telling the story), Miguel (20) - 5th Trip - Rich's Adopted Son, Felipe (12) - 1st trip Miguel's younger brother, Tony (55) - 1st trip - Rich's Dad will be using Dream Scooter, Annita (33) - 3rd Trip - Rich's Sister, David - 2nd Trip - extend family, Dodie - 1st trip - David's wife, Erich - 2nd trip - David's son
This trip started coming together around March. I really wanted to take another trip to the World and decided that I was going to go when Miguel was out of school. He goes to College in Tacoma, Wa now so I only see him when he has time off which is few and far between now. I have had him since he was 12. So I looked at his schedule and saw that September was a good time since he didn't go back to school till the 23rd. I looked at the vacation book at work and blocked the days out. Miguel asked if his younger brother could go with us so I crunched the numbers and figured I could swing it.
The three of us were ready to look into hotel options. Although I am a DVC member I used my points for a trip to Disneyland staying in a two bedroom villa at the Grand. I started looking at packages and noticed the free dining options. I know I wanted the standard plan and not the quick service so I looked at Moderate Resorts. We narrowed our choices to Coranado and POFQ because of the Queen Size beds.
After talking to my sister and my dad they really wanted to go. I told them about the plan and crunched the numbers for them and they decided they could go too. So now we are at 5 for the trip and still plenty of time to find great deals on flights.
My friend David came by and I told him I was going to go back to Disney World and he asked when? I told him the dates and he said that he could go too. Now with his family we are a party of 8.
We went to AAA to see what kind of deals we could get with them but found it was a better deal to just go through Disney. We looked at the two resorts and decided to go with Coranado. We stayed there for a few days my last trip and liked it so figured it would be good. Two weeks after we booked i really thought about it and changed to POFQ because I really want to stay at different hotels on trips. I have stayed at Pop, Saratoga, Coranado, Kidani Village (home). I want to stay at all before judging my favorite.
A few weeks later I started thinking about the Halloween party and started thinking how great it would be to go to Disney Worlds version after going to Disneylands last year and loved it. I started looking at park hours and noticed that the park was scheduled to close at 7 pm on the 11th. I was a little disappointed because we were leaving on the 11th. Then the dates came up and sure enough the first night was the 11th. Oh well not meant to be. Or was it???
The next day I started looking at Airfare to get a gauge on prices so I could start saving. I knew for me I needed to find a flight from SF and from Seattle. I looked on Kyack for prices for Sept 6 -11 and the cost from SF was around $400 and Seattle was $500. Just out of curiosity I checked Sept 6 - 12 for SF. I could not believe my eyes, $260 round trip. I wasn't really prepared to buy now but how could I pass on that. I called David and told him the price and he agreed that we shouldn't wait so we booked 5 tickets leaving on the 6th and coming home on the 12th. I can go to the party. Yes!!!
Now I booked the flight for 5 of us but still needed 3 tickets. 2 from Seattle and 1 from SF. My dad needs a first class ticket because he needs the extra leg room. He is retired so I tell him he deserves it anyways. Well both are still to high so we will wait. So now I had to worry about booking one extra night and getting party tickets. I remembered I had 20 points remaining for DVC so looked to see if I could get anything for that. I saw two options. Animal Kingdom Value Room and Old Key West studio. I could only get Two rooms. I told my dad that we would have to move rooms for one day and he wasn't happy. I told him he could stay in his room if he wanted too and he said that would be easier. My first choice was AK but he only had 1 room so we took OKW. Glad they have two queen beds in the room.
Coming up Still need more flights and dining reservations. Plus a few twist and turns