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Stressed out Disney Virgin - can you check my list - have if forgot anything?

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feelingood Fri 16-Aug-13 11:55:19

Bloody bloody hell, Im going from excitement to stress head in the space of minutes so <breathes> I've come here to ask you lovely MNetters to appraise my list for me and chip in any advice as you see it.

Booking - done and paid for - October: Flying Virgin from Gatwick, Disney transfers, Carribean Beach resort, Dinning Plan inc (counter + table per person daily) Tickets inc for all parks (13 nights)

Upgrade child lap seat thing to normal child ticket (waiting for quote not his one)

Dinner reservations - some done via telephone but not showing on booking - waiting for tech help to open.

Passports - all done paid and received

Esta'a - to do

Prepaid credit card set up but needs loading with more dollars

Cash dollars to do

Travellers cheques to do

Suitcases - to order

Back packs with pacamacs to order

Universal tickets - to do

What suitcases are best there lots half price in debenhams hard or soft? Is tripp alright?

This is our first time abroad in 10 years and with young children. Feeling a bit glum as it is all down to me to sort this out (its part of our arrangement so no LTB mentalists please grin)

MadeOfStarDust Wed 28-Aug-13 19:40:46

If you are bringing Christmas stuff home remember full sized snow globes have to go in the hold - they contain too much liquid for hand baggage.

ChestyNut Mon 26-Aug-13 21:31:08

We went in march this year and used travellers cheques with ease.

I preferred the idea as easier to track what is spent.

Groovee Sat 24-Aug-13 07:34:19

Holdalls! I swear by holdalls as you can roll and get strange sized things home.

MOSagain Sat 24-Aug-13 00:55:28

LJL69 where abouts on the 192 is the converse shop?

feelingood Wed 21-Aug-13 21:43:39

my DH will love you for that silverfoxballs thanks.

Silverfoxballs Wed 21-Aug-13 14:44:02

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

feelingood Wed 21-Aug-13 14:41:23

im out at mo but will be posting my updated later (marking place)

Crutchlow35 Wed 21-Aug-13 13:52:59

Just be careful with what you do bring back because it is really only £150 worth of goods you can bring back into the UK. Take all labels off stuff.

LJL69 Tue 20-Aug-13 18:50:22

ps..we had to buy a huge suitcase to bring home our shopping! I bought the convers, 2 pairs Vans and a pair nike and that was just me ..I have two daughters so you can imagine! Also so many people asked me to bring stuff back

LJL69 Tue 20-Aug-13 18:46:40

There is a great wee converse store on the 192 which is even cheaper that the outlet on IDrive.(I got 2 pairs for about $60) Also if buying express passes for Universal buy and have them sent when you are in UK rather than buying on the day as were bit of a rip off. We also made sure we handed ours over to another family arriving as we were leaving on all trips to Universal as were $100 each (we bought them on the day) and wanted to make sure they got used to the max. They also aren't valid for ALL the rides and you do still have some queueing time (we were peak time)
You will have a fab time . My only tip(and others may disagree) is dont do magic Kingdom on your first day. We did as it seems the obvious thing to do...however everyone is tired from travel/getting used to heat and if it is your first time it is full on sensory overload!! I dont think we saw one smiling child that day but I reckon its for those reasons and everyone heads there first.
Dont even begin to think you will get everything done. (we bought tickets for EVERYTHING) and no way could have managed it in our two weeks.
My favourite things were Typhoon Lagoon (esp the lazy river) we booked a cabana for the day and that was great. The shopping (mainly the outlet malls at the end of Int. Drive)..Downtown Disney early morning was quietish and some quirky shops and my DD9 had a tinkerbell bibbidy bobbidy make over. Universal - my kids liked Islands of Adventure best while I preferred the other side.
Food wise it was all a bit too much burger and fries at the parks for me. My kids didnt complain about that once tho! My favourite meal was in an Italian restaurant in celebration.
Am so jealous..we have been back just over a week and would love to be back in the heat have fun...sorry about my essay!

Taz1212 Sat 17-Aug-13 16:43:01

Oh and I forgot to say- since you're on the dining plan you can use your snack credits for a lot of the food at the various F&W booths. They will have a sign up with the offerings and the ones you can use a snack credit on will have a little dining plan symbol next to them. Some are extremely good value under the plan and more expensive than the normal snack foods.

Taz1212 Sat 17-Aug-13 16:38:17

We usually take three suitcases, one empty inside another one. I hate mucking about with hand luggage so we usually just have one small backpack each (then DH insists on buying duty free using both our allowances so I have to lug that back as well). I grew up in America so I have specific food I look for- Quaker cornmeal so I can make cornbread (what you get here is just NOT the same!!), a certain coffee -- flavoured hot milkshake according to DH-- and so on. I tend to buy in bulk, like 10 boxes of cornmeal, 20 tins of coffee etc. grin

Sparklysilversequins Sat 17-Aug-13 11:57:27

grin I didn't do half of what you have on your list and went and had the most amazing time anyway.

I'm not sure you need to do the dinner reservations, we never did and ate everywhere we wanted to straight away. The only place it was a problem was Down Town Disney but we only went there once anyway.

Currently saving to go again!

AttilaTheMeerkat Sat 17-Aug-13 11:35:01


What foodstuffs are you intending to bring back?. As long as its not dairy, fruit, fish or meat it should be fine. Things like chocolate and cookies are fine to bring into the UK.

Re the packing lay all the clothes out on the bed. Then leave the room for at least 30 minutes. On return pack just half the clothes you were thinking of taking with you, you won't need as many clothes as you think. Do that for each case.

Do not forget either the VA's weight limit is 23kg per case. If the Disney hotel has laundry facilities make use of them, dirty washing takes up space within cases.

Anything fragile that you buy should be carried as hand luggage on the return journey.

feelingood Sat 17-Aug-13 10:59:36

Do you take the maximum luggage allowance?

Intend to take four large suitcases, but with 1.5 empty to bring stuff back from shopping.

But do you also take the maximum cabin suit aces/baggage as this would mean 8 bits of luggage to get around - s this what people do so you can bring lots back?

feelingood Sat 17-Aug-13 10:39:40

taz my DH has just ramped up his excitement level, he is a massive music geek and is now reading through those links. Cheers.

Are you allowed to bring food back with no bother?

Taz1212 Sat 17-Aug-13 09:53:02

Here's the link to this year's Eat to the Beat concerts:

And here's a link to all of the food and wine booths at Epcot this year:

DH always takes a day out to go shopping at some of the discount outlets. I hate shopping and end up being dragged around but he loves it and comes back with loads- I think he likes Orlando Premium Outlets best.
I tend to stick to a super Walmart and buy all the food you can't get over here!

feelingood Sat 17-Aug-13 09:09:11

leaves thanks I might request this to, if I can get through my list of other stuff.

taz we are there the two weeks before half term which some people have said is less busy by comparison. My reasoning is to prioritise the 'core' disney stuff like Magic Kingdom and the new Fantasy Land. If we get to Animal Kingdom fair enough but hey we can see animals back here IYKWIM...oh so eat to the beat, I will have to check that out.

Is it reasonable for me to go off shopping for a day. what would you buy - I've heard North Face coats for kids that sort of thing.

Taz1212 Sat 17-Aug-13 08:34:40

You'll be there for Food and Wine at Epcot! It's brilliant (and there's also the Eat to the Beat concerts) but I would strongly recommend avoiding Epcot at the weekend because the locals pour in for F&W.

leavesalmondoutofit Sat 17-Aug-13 05:29:44

Hi again feelinggood. The hotel is very big but low rise and it never felt felt over busy. We requested a room near the centre. We were lucky and this was accommodated. It was also not far to the bus stop. although there are several around the perimeter of the hotel if I remember. Oh my goodness I did not realise you were going for halloween. My now grown up daughters have been to Disney/Universal at halloween and they had an amazing time.

feelingood Fri 16-Aug-13 23:18:31

flatmum pleased, join in with your list if you like.

leaves hi yes I read a few mixed reviews after booking Caribbean and thought about changing to Port Orleans but we got a room with the pirate beds and just thought my DS will love that in itself and it's not the type of holiday to lounge around accommodation really it's more about the entertainment side. (but hey we used to camping!) I also liked it as it has play areas and pools for kids. I understand it can take a while to walk from block to central area too, but that's no biggs for us.

So leaves you saying we better off with soft cases? Ive wondered whether hard cases are at risk of cracking if chucked about, but soft can get ripped? Oh gonna cost either way.

We are too late for Cinderella castle, I rung up and had the guy check every date/sitting bless him. I have two character breakfasts, two character lunches and one pricess banquet dinner - Ive yet to book Halloween party tickets and pirate/firework cruise.

As guest we have priority for roped area for firework views. Missed out on booking package for candlelit procession.

Gosh how involved it all is the apps, the choices it's amazing.

Continued thanks

leavesalmondoutofit Fri 16-Aug-13 22:47:39

We stayed at the Caribean Beach a long time ago. The memories linger on. Disney staff could not be more helpful. Our hard cases were difficult for the gentleman who came to take our suitcases to where we were being picked up as they kept sliding when he piled them on the trolley. These suitcases are now full of Christmas decorations including some we brought back from that trip. You can buy Disney cagoules if you need them. The buses to the various parks are a ride in themselves. People are usually very chatty and the driver will be very welcoming. Dinner at Cinderella's castle was amazing as the children are referred to as princesses etc. Don't miss the shows in the parks they are excellent. Oh and autograph books buy these in the first park you go to or the hotel shop and big pens so that the characters can hold them to sign the book. Be warned Sneezy will wipe his nose on the page as well as signing. There are experiences for adults too if your budget can stand it. My husband loved the behind the scenes tour. He saw Pooh with no head I prefer to believe it is all real. It is isn't it. You have made me all nostalgic you will have an amazing time.

flatmum Fri 16-Aug-13 22:36:48

this is useful!

feelingood Fri 16-Aug-13 22:29:24

Oooo yes... I saw an idea about Disney notebooks for them to use as autograph books! I shall keep an eye out in pound shops...

4yoniD Fri 16-Aug-13 21:57:10

Start keeping an eye out for cheap small toys and bits to dish out on the plane, and in restaurants and queues. I've had success with stickers, little farm animals, little battery-run games etc. Anything new to them.

Travel sick tablets.

Have you checked out The Dibb website?

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