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7.5 #10963 DL Qual #3643 8-11-12 7:45PM
Wonderful World of Disney is on! The game plan. Didn't know WWOD was still around. i'm not much of a TV watcher especially not a local channel watcher.
7.5 #10963 DL Qual #3643 8-8-12 9:13PM
Just looked at econo lodge-maingate. Has anyone stayed there before? Comfortable? Safe? Noisy? Thanks a bunch.
I have stayed there. Nice, clean nothing fancy. - WishIWereThere   244.7 #1272 8-8-12 9:16PM Like  Reply
Not looking for anything fancy anyways. We're just going to sleep and shower there anyways. I just don't want stained sheets or bugs. Hubby wants to get the whirlpool room. Shoooot I'll use it for my feet and back. - dolewhipper  7.5 #10963 8-8-12 9:37PM
make sure you put a little bleach in and run the jets...those jets are prone to serious bugs...and thats at any hotel! - Minnis2Society  369.9 #527 8-8-12 9:39PM
Thanks to the 2 people who replied :) - dolewhipper   7.5 #10963 8-9-12 9:58AM Like  Reply
7.5 #10963 DL Qual #3643 8-6-12 10:49PM
We had an unfortunate event occur which made us have to cancel our room before it bounces our bank account. This was very uncalled for and came from left field. Our trip is still on though, yay! We just have to literally wait til the day   More...
Keep in mind as amazing as it is to have an ap, each future trip is going to cost $$. Plan accordingly. We have been going once a month for about 2-3 days each time, there are 3 of us and it costs us average $800 each time (hotel, gas, food). Just make sure you are ready for that type of commitment. (I'm not trying to offend you or lecture you, you've mentioned not being able to afford Disneyland before). I have seen those who have gotten 'ap blinders' on and don't think about the future financial aspect. I'm sure you will have a wonderful trip with AP's or with hoppers. - Linzee   793.0 #187 8-6-12 10:58PM Like(6)  Reply
I totally see where you're coming from (my previous posts) but we can afford it now. I don't mean that in a snotty way. My hubby finally got that 100% rating we've been waiting on. We weren't even going to make the trip until it happened, and it did! I thank you for pointing out that concern. And with the AP we wouldn't really have to stay at a hotel every time we went up there because my sister lives not too far away. I'm just kind of excited right now because he hadn't said no. - dolewhipper  7.5 #10963 8-6-12 11:06PM
Right on, I hope everything works out for you guys and please be sure to post some pics when you are there.👍. - Linzee  793.0 #187 8-7-12 8:32AM
I live about 45 minutes away and only get hotels twice a year, but go about once a month, and even on our day trips we never leave without spending at least $100 - and half of the time we pack sandwiches. Although having an AP is an amazing experience, it's only part of the expenses unfortunately. That being said, I'm not trying to talk you out of it AT ALL. We will likely be renewing in November even though we are pinching pennies, it's not something we are willing to give up. Just be realistic about future expenses in you decision. Good luck! :) - DaisyDork   198.7 #1870 8-6-12 11:13PM Like(1)  Reply
Count your many blessings! - IMissDisney   1195.5 #108 8-6-12 10:50PM Like  Reply
Do you still have access to MWR ticket sales? The military has the AP at the old prices still. I just got Premium for $498. You have to pay all up front but you save a lot! - emnldsmom   267.2 #1049 8-7-12 10:23AM Like  Reply
Don't know what mwr is. We don't for military rates :( he's just a regular disabled vet, I don't know how any vet is regular tho. And the reason we're going for the AP is that we don't have the funds right now. We save more in the long run. - dolewhipper  7.5 #10963 8-7-12 11:32AM
yeah we vets kind of get screwed. we don't get a discount for being vets...only active and retired ( 20yrs ) get military discount. I am a disabled vet myself, and hubby did 10 yrs of service.Congrats ( i guess) on getting his disability rating...still fighting for mine after almost 30 years. waiting for my hearing. - MyEeyore  229.3 #1468 8-7-12 11:42AM
7.5 #10963 DL Qual #3643 8-5-12 7:17PM
Yay! Hubby surprised me with 3 day Hoppers! I kept telling him one park one day to save a little, but he refuses to listen. Then he says he booked a kud suite at the portafino or something, I've never heard if it. Any opinions on that one  More...
I have stayed at the Portifino many times, and thought it was fine. The walk was a bit longer than from somewhere like the HoJo, but not bad at all. The kid's suite is nice, two rooms separated by a French door. Each room has its own tv. The kids' room has a microwave and refrig if I remember correctly, as well as a bunk bed and small table. Nothing super fancy, but clean and safe and staff was friendly. Also, it's Labor Day weekend (and Half Marathon), so hotels are filling up and more expensive. I say stay there and your husband planned well. Good for him! - PrincessKristin   780.2 #194 8-5-12 8:25PM Like(2)  Reply
for a breather just go to animation studios, but please, keep your shoes on... - Radius   502.7 #358 8-5-12 7:19PM Like  Reply
when I say "breather" I mean he needs a long time out because he's agrophobic with anxiety and ptsd. (disabled vet) so that means he needs to be alone in his room. That's why I told him to book close on harbor. I should have told him not farther than katella lol, not like he would have listened... - dolewhipper  7.5 #10963 8-5-12 7:32PM
hmmm maybe he could ask for a lie down at a nurse station? those have always been quiet. any cms know if that is allowed? - Radius  502.7 #358 8-5-12 8:25PM
Just a heads up; not only is it Labor Day weekend but it's the same weekend as the DL 1/2 marathon so there will be more people there from out of town & street closures around the resort in the am of the 2nd. - pixiedreamer   130.3 #2847 8-5-12 8:23PM Like  Reply
Ugh! I thought it was labor day weekend, I told him it was. I wont say again what his problem is he said its after the 6th. (???). But also the marathon? Puhleese! Lol now I have a good reason to tell him to book somewhere else and earlier. Maybe we can do this together this time. - dolewhipper  7.5 #10963 8-5-12 8:34PM
All passes except Premium are blocked Sat and Sun, so that should help. - PrincessKristin  780.2 #194 8-5-12 8:39PM
Portifino is not bad. Close to park. I to am a combat vet and really like to take a break mid day to decompress. Hope you have a great time. We actully leave in 8 days. This time we are staying at Desert Palms, through costco, five day park hoppers! - DisneylandDadwithalazergunpewpew   3.8 #21794 8-5-12 8:49PM Like  Reply
7.5 #10963 DL Qual #3643 7-26-12 7:37PM
I have a question about the $99 3 day hopper for military...I know the active/retired member has to purchase the tix, but do they have to be present with the party at the gate?
yes it is in the fine print - Plumiegirl   7736.5 #3 7-26-12 7:38PM Like  Reply
_^_ well, I can't see fine print...haha - dolewhipper   7.5 #10963 7-26-12 7:43PM Like  Reply
Please hit Reply to reply to a comment instead of posting a new comment. Makes the conversation easier to follow. Thanks! - LaneSparrow316  847.0 #173 7-26-12 8:54PM
Sorry - dolewhipper  7.5 #10963 7-26-12 9:04PM
Every single time we have used these tickets($99 3 day hoppers), which is about 10 times now, we have been asked for the purchasers ID on the first use. They put the last name of the person on the ticket, so the spouse or member has to be there. My sister went to use hers and the lady accidentally put my parents name instead of her husband that is also military. The required my parents to come back before they allowed her in. This was in June. They only checked on the first use. Can your husband or you buy tickets through MWR? - emnldsmom   267.2 #1049 7-26-12 9:52PM Like  Reply
I doubt it BC he's 100% I/U without P - dolewhipper  7.5 #10963 7-26-12 10:09PM
If the service member buys the ticket at.the park, with all guests there, (they ask for the specific names so they can print it on the ticket.)he/she doesnt have to be present at park entry. and have until september. If u buy it from the base IT office, the service.member gas to be at.the first entry....I just.bought tickets for my parents this past 4th of july. :) I didnt have to be there when they entered - Jfigg23   257.4 #1136 7-26-12 10:01PM Like  Reply
Thank you, this helped a bunch. Now i'm going to bed. I must be tired since I can't figure out why my replies look the way they do :( goodnite all and thanks! - dolewhipper  7.5 #10963 7-26-12 10:24PM
7.5 #10963 DL Qual #3643 7-25-12 9:26AM
In the ER since 400 this morning from waking up from chest pain. I'm waiting for my discharge papers since all my labs and xray were normal. Dr even said it could have been a could heart attack which blew my mind BC I turn only 30 tomorro  More...
maybe you are TOO excited! your heart is pounding too fast when you think of going to the parks :) - tuesday737   1235.0 #102 7-25-12 9:30AM Like(1)  Reply
You did the right thing by getting it checked out. Chest pain is not something to mess with. Although it was most likely due to anxiety, it could have been much worse. Take it easy. - ScooterMike   1961.4 #59 7-25-12 9:31AM Like  Reply
Hope everything turns out ok. Try not to stress (i know that can be tuff). - PrincessLeia   286.0 #875 7-25-12 9:51AM Like  Reply
Well it wasnt the heart attack afterall. Good thing! but I guess they say its gerd. I recently had a relapse of asthma and gerd is associated with it. I'm so relieved it isn't something too serious. And bahaha@being too anxious to get to Disneyland! I think that may be it! - dolewhipper   7.5 #10963 7-25-12 10:28AM Like  Reply
Sounds like you need to get a dole whip in your belly to keep that GERD in check and cool things down. - MightyWhitey  1026.5 #139 7-25-12 10:39AM
Uck! Just seeing that acronym is gross! I need a tikiroom fix and a dolewhip right after. - dolewhipper  7.5 #10963 7-25-12 11:49AM
7.5 #10963 DL Qual #3643 7-24-12 9:44AM
Here's my birthday boy! He turns 3 today. we'll be in the parks in a couple weeks! He can't wait to see carsland and finally get on any ride he wants. He's too short for most of the rides everywhere else.
happy birthday!! - Stitch_Legacy   4481.5 #17 7-24-12 9:45AM Like  Reply
Happy Birthday! - MightyWhitey   1026.5 #139 7-24-12 9:46AM Like  Reply
Happy birthday to him!! 🎉🎈🎉🎈 - DisneyFanZoe   1106.9 #126 7-24-12 3:57PM Like  Reply
Happy Birthday! - princessVanessa   384.3 #496 7-24-12 3:59PM Like  Reply
7.5 #10963 DL Qual #3643 7-23-12 11:24AM
Yay! Going to the parks someone on the next couple Weeks. My hubby is a disabled vet and has severe ptsd with anxiety and agrophobia. We've been taking little trips here and there to get him prepped for this. He feels he's about ready. do  More...
At City Hall you can ask for a Guest Assistance Card. It will allow him to use the wheelchair/fast pass/single rider line depending on his needs. They will ask a series of questions to determine which access would be the best for him. They don't need a doctors note because of HIPPA but they just want to make sure no one is abusing the GAC. I hope you enjoy your trip. Remember to stop and soak in the magic. :-) - Armenda   1135.4 #118 7-23-12 11:29AM Like(6)  Reply
This^ - PrinceTeaJack  912.0 #160 7-23-12 11:30AM
Yep, this! ^ =) - Sassafras91  3.5 #24653 7-23-12 11:37AM
Omgoodness this is such a relief because he was initially going to stay at the hotel.I didn't want him to do that and miss the looks on our kiddies faces. Omg i'm so happy that this will be on him. Thank you so much! - dolewhipper   7.5 #10963 7-23-12 11:35AM Like(2)  Reply
You're Welcome! - Armenda  1135.4 #118 7-23-12 11:39AM
Watch out for the fireworks, loud noises (parades), Fantasmic, World of Color. They all have sent my friend who also has PTSD into relapse episodes. Also those are times and areas with a ton of people in a very close proximity. We bring ear plugs for him to filter the noise. He wears them at all times. Make sure the GAC says ok to use an alternate entrance. - MeridasHair   346.5 #592 7-23-12 2:05PM Like  Reply
Great tip - MarshaMouse  3691.7 #25 7-23-12 2:08PM
Thanks again everyone for your wonderful tips. I would thank everyone individually, but like I said, I have 3 people that i'm taking care of plus my lazy parents that can't cook themselves anything or even clean up. Blaah! So thank you. - dolewhipper   7.5 #10963 7-23-12 6:00PM Like  Reply
Hang in there sweetie. Don't forget a few minutes to take care of yourself. (((hugs))) - PrincessDuckie  718.8 #213 7-23-12 6:05PM
7.5 #10963 DL Qual #3643 6-29-12 11:41AM
Ok feeling dumb and old here. I read the faqs and I still can't post a pic. Where is this camera button?
Lol no worries, the post button on right top hand side. Or from dash board. There's an icon button of a camera on right side - MarshaMouse   3691.7 #25 6-29-12 11:44AM Like  Reply
If you are on the computer, you are unable to post pictures. - Armenda   1135.4 #118 6-29-12 11:46AM Like  Reply
Thank you! I got it! - dolewhipper   7.5 #10963 6-29-12 12:24PM Like  Reply
7.5 #10963 DL Qual #3643 6-27-12 10:39PM
I know this is kind of gross, but I have to. My two year old just woke up from an unusual 4 hour nap. He fell asleep way early. I knew he would wake up at about this time. So he's standing playing with his cars and he stops... I say "did   More...
Stinkytink does this and blames it on me! She says,," daddy farted!!"... Shes only two!! Thats my girl!!!! 😂😂😂😂 - Zipitydoodahdad   269.0 #1032 6-27-12 10:46PM Like(1)  Reply
^^^This totally cracked me up! - VeloMouseGirl  549.8 #309 6-27-12 10:50PM
I just love the name Stinkytink. :) - Alicewhoareyou  954.2 #149 6-27-12 10:51PM
How cute! My daughter had her own language and taught it to her sister 💙 - luze   17.5 #6670 6-27-12 10:42PM Like  Reply
7.5 #10963 DL Qual #3643 6-27-12 9:58AM
I wanna go to the parks! Dangit! Its my bday and my sons bday next month. The big 30 and 3. Someone brought up Vegas and now thewhole fam including extended are going. I dont know how many times in the past month I have said I dont wanna   More...
7.5 #10963 DL Qual #3643 6-22-12 5:05PM
So I was going through the menus and there's no blue ribbon bakery? What gives? Did they make carnation cafe bigger when they remodeled? Is this nothing new? I worked there sometimes when I was at gibson girls. This was 10 years ago. Wow   More...
Blue Ribbon was turned back into indoor seating for Carnation Cafe.  - CM_Shadowgamer   2317.3 #46 6-22-12 5:07PM Like  Reply
The inside searing area of the Carnation Cafe was the Blue Ribbon. Everything was moved to the Jolly Holliday - BaseballMickey_CM   5881.7 #13 6-22-12 5:08PM Like  Reply
So this is a new development. That's not a lot of seating space. Must be crowded in there. - dolewhipper   7.5 #10963 6-22-12 5:16PM Like  Reply
Carnation Cafe is now has both indoor and outdoor seating - BaseballMickey_CM  5881.7 #13 6-22-12 5:20PM