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Unread 20 Mar 17, 09:58 AM  
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Congratulations! What a lovely name

No worries. I'll be sure to include a review in my report! Also if you do decide to get one, shop around as the price can vary wildly! We got ours from Boots, it was about 50 cheaper than most places I'd seen and I got an advantage card points offer through the baby club so ended up getting about 20 of points as well
Great thank you x
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Update - ADRs and the least planned plan ever!


Hi!
Realised I hadn't updated when I booked our ADRs so thought I would pop a little update up!

Sorry it's very lacking in photos! I have inserted some ones from google images to try and make it less boring!

I was stressing out a bit the day before ADR day - it's difficult enought trying to think where you'll be 60 or 30 days before so you can book fastpasses, but trying to predict what you'll want to eat in 6 months - that's a whole new level of planning!
I think it also didn't help that it's our first time with DDP so we haven't got any experience of it before trying it out with Charlotte in tow.

Anyway, I tried to cobble together a very rough outline of a plan and have gone from there. We will cancel or change any we need to when we're out there, hopefully with going at a relatively quiet time of year (if there is such a thing at WDW!) we will have a little bit of flexibility.

So here's what we've booked:
Boma (dinner)

Yak & Yeti (lunch) - we really like the look of the menu here

Beaches & Cream (lunch) - Martin loves a burger - as do I , and these look pretty darn good! Also wouldn't mind trying some ice cream I love the look of this place too.



'Ohana (breakfast) - as we all know, this is a character breakfast so we will try and meet some characters beforehand to know how she'll do with them!
The only character dining I have ever done was breakfast at 'Ohana, many () years ago. Here are some lovely pictures


My Dad, me and my brother by the pool at the Polynesian resort



Meeting Mickey!


I was only going to book Chef Mickey's, but at the last minute decided to book a table here too. Sort of feels like coming full circle, taking my own family here...

Yachtsman Steakhouse (dinner) - this is my birthday meal which I'm really looking forward to!

Chef Mickey's (breakfast) - Again, character meltdown dependent

Coral Reef (dinner) - Charlotte LOVES watching fishies swim around!



Be Our Guest (breakfast) - we've tried lunch so thought we'd go for brekkie this time

Homecomin' (dinner) - can't wait to try the fried chicken from here



'Ohana (dinner) - Martin is a big fan of "all you care to enjoy" haha.



We got everything we wanted, at the times we wanted, with no bother. The only one I couldn't get at a time that suited was Coral Reef, but since the candlelight processional packages have been released I was easily able to change the time to one that was better.

We've got a few quick service places in mind that we want to try too - D Luxe burger and Blaze Pizza at Disney Springs in particular!

First day plans are Magic Kingdom (as is the law obviously) until lunchtime/early afternoon then I thought we would head back to the resort for some downtime. I booked Boma as we have had a few recommendations for it and I thought it was a nice, easy option for our first night.

The rest of our plans are very changeable! I've only pencilled in half a day at HS, as it looks pretty bobbins there at the minute with very little to do! After this we are planning to walk round to EPCOT via Beaches & Cream!

Although we're staying at AKL, I've only put us in for 1 day at AK so far. If we don't get everything done that we want to we may pop back in at some point, but we mainly want to have a look at Pandora and some of the animal trails etc as I think Charlotte will like them.


The main bulk of our time will be spent between Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. We also want to do a little bit of MK area resort hopping and look at the Christmas decorations. We will check out Beach and Yacht Club ones when we're in that area too.


I think we are going to do MVMCP, although I honestly don't know how Charlotte will do staying up late. I don't think we'll be going back to WDW at that time of year any time soon so really want to make sure we make the most of the Christmas stuff. I've pencilled in very quiet days the day of the party we're hoping to do, and the day after to let us all recover! Hopefully she will see some of it then fall asleep in her stroller! I want to get her some ear defenders for when there are fireworks going off etc so that may help.


Don't think we can go at Christmas and miss this!

Speaking of fireworks, we do want to see the new MK firework show, but again we have no idea if we'll actually manage it! We thought we may try and watch from the Poly beach one night, but they're on pretty late while we're there so that may never happen!


And the last thing we'll hopefully get to do while we're over there is meet up with fellow dibbers Brett, Jo and Marceline who are there at the same time. There's only a couple of months between the girls so they should have fun playing together (and we can have a sneaky drink )

The days are flying past now. Charlotte was 1 on Monday, I can't quite believe it. As this update is very wordy and lacking in photos, here's some of her birthday celebrations!












Birthday fun at Chester Zoo





First monorail!


Sorry I've used the words "I don't know" so much in this update but that's the joy of travelling with a baby!

Thanks for reading!

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Only just seen your ADR update... how exciting to have so many great restaurants booked, you will be eating well this trip that is for sure!

Loving the photos of Charlotte's birthday, she is the cutest! And the throwback photos are blooming brilliant!

So happy to see it is all coming together so well, this trip will be here before you know it!
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Aaah I'd totally missed you starting this! I loved your last trippy! Charlotte is absolutely gorgeous

We've got quite a lot of the same ADRs booked - can't wait for Homecomin'!

AKL looks absolutely beautiful, I'd love to stay there one day! x
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Originally Posted by Lisa_Lollipop View Post
Only just seen your ADR update... how exciting to have so many great restaurants booked, you will be eating well this trip that is for sure!

Loving the photos of Charlotte's birthday, she is the cutest! And the throwback photos are blooming brilliant!

So happy to see it is all coming together so well, this trip will be here before you know it!
Hi Lisa! I know, we haven't eaten at many Disney restaurants so am super excited to try them!

Haha thanks, I think she is but am obviously very biased We had a lovely time for her birthday, but I cannot believe she's 1. Time flies. Hope you're well and getting ready for baba! Xx
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Aaah I'd totally missed you starting this! I loved your last trippy! Charlotte is absolutely gorgeous

We've got quite a lot of the same ADRs booked - can't wait for Homecomin'!

AKL looks absolutely beautiful, I'd love to stay there one day! x
Aw thanks so much for your lovely comments!

Look at your tiny little countdown, how exciting! I will subscribe to your trippy and look forward to reading all about your holiday x
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Hello hello!
Thought I would post a little update as we are now into the 30s on our countdown! EEEEKKKK!

I'm feeling oddly calm about attempting a transatlantic flight, and theme park holiday with an 17 month old next month

We went to Spain in September with my family for a week, so although on a much smaller scale, it feels like we have had a little test run of going through the airport (mainly security that was a pain in the backside) and Lottie's got her first flight under her belt.


Has passport, will travel



She did so well. It was a very early morning flight (5.25am ) so I was hopeful she would have a sleep for at least some of it. Thankfully I was right, I gave her milk as we were taxi-ing, she was asleep before take off and woke up 20 mins before landing and was standing on my lap waving and grinning at everyone around us.


Wonder who she takes after?

It did make me super glad we booked a seat for her on the flight to Florida though as it was not very comfortable being pinned under her for over 2 hours!


Ive been gathering some things to take with us for on the plane books/stickers/flash cards etc. I want to try and give her something new each hour to keep her occupied! Also lots of snacks, as food is very much the way to her heart (not that youd know it to look at her, shes a little titch!)



Some of the things I've picked up so far

My Mum got a brilliant deal on a little Kindle fire from Amazon for 35 so Martin has been loading some stuff onto there for her. Mainly in case of in flight entertainment failure, but mainly she will be so teeny in her seat I feel like the screen will be really far away from her! Also, despite our best efforts she will not keep headphones on. Sigh.


So, Ive been working through my list of purchases that I want to get before we go. One of the things I really wanted to get was the snack tray for her holiday stroller (baby jogger city lite). Annoyingly, you can only buy this in an accessory set which includes a rain cover (which we already have) and a parent console we have a Skip Hop one that we use so didnt really need this either! Oh well. The snack tray looks like it will be really useful so its worth it I suppose. Incidentally the baby jogger was great on our holiday in Spain. So easy to fold quickly at the gate, the massive sun hood kept her cool and shady and she slept great in it.



I have ordered a liner to go in it, for warmth at home in the winter but also so its a bit comfier for her in Florida. It's such a good little stroller we probably use it more than her actual pram now.


I have been on the lookout for a new bag to use as hand luggage on the flight. I took her normal changing bag on the flight to Spain and it just wasn't big enough, and obviously we will need something bigger for all that time! I recently read a trippie where someone said they had a changing bag backpack as their park bag and it was a lifesaver. I looked in Mothercare and they were pretty pricey. So I had a little look on Amazon and found loads for a much more reasonable price. I ordered this one...






Think it was only about 25 and it's a really good size. Loads of pockets, some insulated and a waterproof one. A side pocket with a zip down the middle that you can put tissues and wipes in. Can't tell you how excited I am about this pocket - Mums of babies/toddlers I feel you'll understand

I don't know if we will use it in the parks too, will see how we get on while we're out there I suppose!


We had a little trip to CBeebies Land at Alton Towers after Spain too. We all enjoyed it, especially meeting Duggee
Lottie still isn't showing signs of being scared of characters so hope that continues!





Hugging Upsy Daisy



Trying to kiss Iggle Piggle



We have made some alterations to our ADRs since my last update. I heard that Chef Mickeys is being renovated so while were there it is being relocated to the convention centre at the Contemporary. We decided wed sooner do this meal another time when its back in its real home. So I have cancelled that and booked Minnies Beach Bash at Beach Club instead, for the same day and time. I have also cancelled Ohana breakfast as we were struggling to find time for Martin to go and play a round of golf (he doesnt ask for much, bless him!) so now hes going to go and play golf while me and Lottie have a lazy morning and explore the resort. Then when he comes back Ive booked lunch at Sanaa over at Kidani Village, which Im glad about as we really want to try the bread service. Then we are going to have a little look at some of the Christmas decs in the Grand Flo before going to

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!

Yay! Im so excited for this! I got pretty cheap tickets from FloridaTix. Theyve already been delivered and Ive linked them to our MDE. Think they were 56 each (and Lottie doesnt need a ticket) compared to $95 each on the official Disney website! I dont actually know an awful lot about this event, so must do a little bit of research.

Fastpass bookings all went very smoothly not very surprising when the most thrilling attraction youre booking for is Frozen Ever After! Haha. We did manage to get them for Flight of Passage too so Im glad about that as Ive heard such amazing things about it, but would absolutely not wait in the crazy queues! Other than that (Oh and Soarin as we havent been on the new version yet) Ive booked stuff that all 3 of us can do.

Purchase wise, I read on another trippie about a lady called Fairytale Personal Shopper based in Orlando, who will store packages for you and also shop and deliver groceries to your resort. She only charges $15 for this service, compared to Garden Grocer who charge $14 just to deliver the groceries. Ive ordered a few bits to be delivered to her already and she has also picked up some of the Epcot 35 merch from the park for me. I basically wanted it all but just asked her to get a couple of the things I really wanted just in case stock ran out by the time we get there! Unfortunately it seems as if Disney are now charging $5 per package stored/collected. However Beth said she will combine things where possible or try and deliver the day of arrival in person to save the fees! I think she will easily be able to fit our things into 1 package as its mainly T shirts, mugs and bits like that, none of which I mind her opening up and repackaging.

Ive sent her a small grocery list. Its just things like milk, cereal, nappies, fruit, waters. Just so we have some room supplies and can head to Publix for more stuff at our leisure!


On the subject of shopping Ive ordered these shoes for Lottie wish they made them in my size!



How cute!

Also this personalised autograph/scrap book from Etsy.



And a few Sharpies...




Oh we have also booked the night before we fly at the Premier Inn at Manchester airport. Couldn't do this until I knew our dog/house sitter could do the extra night but that's all sorted now so we booked. I do like to start our holiday as early as possible In an ideal world we'd be at the Radisson blu which is so convenient for T2, bit it was something like 169 for 1 night which I just couldn't justify. Think the PI was approx 50. Cheap and cheerful (hopefully!)

And I think thats me done and updated! I probably wont have chance to update again so see you on the other side - Wish us luck!

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Eeeeeek great update... I can't believe it's so soon to you going now, that really has come around so quickly!

It looks like you are so prepared, loving all the bits you have been collecting for Lottie for on the flight, she is going to have a great journey over that's for sure! And those shoes... too cute for words!

I am so excited to follow your trip, TRs to WDW with little ones are now unsurprisingly very much of interest... I just need to convince Paul that we need to get back out there sooner rather than later with baby!
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