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Ok Let's Try This ... With A Difference - March/April 2019 - Pre Trip

Happy new year!
New year - New pre trip report🙂
We decided that due to Easter falling completely outside of the school Easter holidays we would do another Easter trip in 2019, so we've ended up with this countdown.
The cast will be Myself (33), DH (34) and DD (5). This will be trip number 8 for DD and my 6th live trip report.

On Christmas Day a quick browse of Skyscanner showed some reasonable direct flights for our dates. We've flown indirect with BA into Miami at a bargain price for our last 2 trips but were keen to arrive into MCO this trip with as little faffing as possible if the price was right. We got 2adults and 1child MAN-MCO for 750 each including luggage and seat reservations, more than we paid for both flights each last year but our dates weren't flexible and we were really hoping for direct.

Our dates are 30th March - 11th April, arriving back on the 12th. Learning from past experience we booked our Manchester airport parking right away, in the past the price had just risen and risen the closer we got to the holiday so we booked our 14 days meet and greet parking for 39.96.

This is a relatively short notice trip and being DVC members hoping to use our points we were aware we would potentially struggle to get availability for our entries trip and all at one resort is all but impossible at this point. So what we have managed to get so far is 30th March - 4th April in a studio at copper creek villas. Never stayed at wilderness lodge before so we are very excited about this! Hoping to try the new character storybook dining meal with Snow White etc while staying here.

We've also booked 5th April - 11th April in a studio at at Old Key West. Another resort we've never stayed at, having read lots about it we're excited for a quieter second half to our holiday and the proximity to Disney springs and boat transportation.

That left us with one night 4th-5th April to fill. The only resort with any availability has been Saratoga springs, the fact it is the Star Wars half marathon weekend has made availability for these dates particularly difficult. I currently have both Copper creek and old key west waitlisted for this night but least we have somewhere booked if they don't come through. If we end up keeping our night at Saratoga springs we'll probably pay for the deluxe dining plan for this night. We've stayed at Saratoga Springs before 7 years ago and it's one of our home resorts do it would be nice to return.

Update - 79 days to go!

My ritual stalking of the DVC availability calendar paid off and I secured the night we were looking for at wilderness lodge before our waitlist filled 😁
This means we're now 30th March - 5th April Wilderness lodge and 5th April - 11th April Old Key West.
Sent DDs passport renewal off yesterday so just waiting to get that back and sort her ESTA.

74 days to go!

Shortly after the last update I managed to secure the 5th April at copper creek so cancelled that night at OKW and giving us a 7night-5night split. We love the magic kingdom resort area so having longer here suits us.

Booked our 12 day car hire, was over the moon with the price, 321 for a standard SUV, this was booked with Alamo brits and includes an extra driver. Although I don't do a lot of driving on holiday it's nice to have the option.

Fastpass day is in 14 days. We haven't bought our park tickets yet but plan on getting the 14 day ultimates direct from Disney for 375 which include the limited edition toy story magic band. Our annual passes are still valid for the first 4 days of our trip so regardless we will be able to make them fast passes in 2 weeks time.

Aug 07: Offsite; Aug 08: Offsite & ASMo; Aug 09: ASMu; Aug 10: SSR & ASMu; July 11: DLP; Aug 11: SSR; July 12: DLP; Aug 12: ASMu; Mar/Apr 14: ASMu; July 15: DLP; Aug 15: BLT; Jun 16: CSR & BLT; Aug 16: DLP; Apr 17: Poly & Clarion Inn LBV; Aug 17: AKL & Radisson Celebration; Apr 18: Beach Club & Offsite; Jul 18: DLP; Aug 18: BLT
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