Planning Ahead - Who plans ahead anyway?

Trip Start Sep 12, 2009
Trip End Sep 19, 2009

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

As it turned out, the Grand Poobah Pumbaa had set a trap for us by giving us the free Disney Dining Plan…because he works for the Empire…if you call singing & dancing to the delight of snot nosed little kids "work"…without compensation…because he's an Imperial slave...or because he's a cartoon and they don't need much...I'm not sure which one.

The basic dining plan consists of one snack, one quick serve meal (meal not at a sit-down place) and one sit down meal…a day for…each of us…except our son who is 2... and you don’t become an official Imperial slave until you are 3…because so has the Mouse Overlord decreed.

The trap is that we had to know where we were eating three months in advance…who knows that…maybe The Beast…because he has a magical mirror...and magical servants…and Mrs. Potts is a heck of a cook…especially the gray stuff (it’s delicious)...and he lives in France...and a dinner there is never second best

Being amateurs we decided on getting as many character meals as we can…because we wouldn’t pay for those each and everyday…because we’re cheap that way…and we can’t afford it.

A little more planning was involved because our complimentary tickets didn’t not include the "park hopper" option…because Grand Poobah Pumbaa was too busy eating slimy warms…but that’s just fine with us (take that you big ol’ warthog!).

The first thing we did is check the hours... because we were staying at an official Imperial Disney resort...because we're special that way.

As lodge guests... or workers...we'll see...we will be able to attend the “extra magic hours” ...where, we could only assume, lots of shenanigans take place to the point where mere mortals who didn’t bother to hand over there hard earned money to the Empire are simply not welcomed.


From talking to friends and message boards we figured that there is a debate on the “extra magic hours”. 

Some say that they are fun.

Others say they are exhausting with kids.

Some more say that the best time to go to the parks is the morning after because the park will have less people.

We decided on being pro “extra magic hours”...because the Empire has already brainwashed us...and because we could always go back to the lodge and rest.

We only knew of one character meal that we must go to, Cinderella’s Royal Table ...because our daughter loves her...and she has us wrapped around her little finger (but don't tell her).
The restaurant is inside of the famous Imperial fortress, costs two dining credits and is hosted by the filthy one herself ...because it's her castle and she can do whatever she wants...because she's a princess...and probably wonder her sisters can't stand her.

However during our research we discovered the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a hair salon for little girls inside the Magic Kingdom which will make your little girl look like a princess – for the price of a kingdom...or your first born.

We didn't want to take our daughter to a "magical salon"...we have lots of those in Jersey... but we also didn't want our daughter to be grief stricken and the whole trip would be for naught we made reservations...because she has us wrapped around her little finger (but don't tell her).

Man, they are evil...playing our daughter against us like that.

However we succeeded in avoiding the $180 plan (which comes with a dress)  for the $50 plan, heck we’ll buy a Cinderella dress for $20 instead of paying an arm and a leg for it at the park...or your first born.
Take that you Royal Pumpkin!!!

At first we were debating about the time, but the Fairy Travel Agent Deanna...who really exists...because she's a real person... from Small World Vacations has given us her input and we were more then happy to take her advice.

By the way, one of the best things we love about Fairy Travel Agent Deanna...who really exists...because she's a real person... is that she wasn’t afraid to make suggestions.

The rest of the meals we centered around character breakfasts...because we hope our kids would love them...and because they come with the free dining plan...because we'll never pay for those each and everyday…because we’re cheap that way…and we can’t afford it.

In a slap directed at Chef Tony…from Tony’s…who served spaghetti to Lady & Tramp while serenading them…, we made breakfast reservations the last time available - this way we also got lunch out of the way...because we're cheap that way and will never pay for extra food (or shelter, or parking, etc.).

We forwarded our itinerary to the Fairy Travel Agent Deanna...who really exists...because she's a real person...  for her opinion and posted it on Fodor’s website for critique.
That evening we bought tickets on Continental...because we didn't want to drive from New Jersey...because we're not that cheap (how dare you call us "cheap"?).

We are leaving home early so we can arrive in Orlando before noon.  We scheduled the flight back in the afternoon so we could have a last character breakfast (hosted by Chairman Duck).
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Uncle D on

Nice ( but don't tell them !!!)

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