Florida 2015: 170 Days To Go

15 March 2015

Inspired by Amy's Disney World countdown series, I thought that I'd share a post on how my trip planning is shaping up. For an OCD planner like myself, a Disney holiday is perfect - you get to book your meals (ADR's) 180 days in advance! As we're staying at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal for the first few nights of our trip, our 180 day ADR date (for Disney) rolled around on Sunday 8th March.

What We've Done So Far:
  • Booked the holiday. On Tuesday 1st September, my sister and I will be flying out to Orlando for ten nights. The first three will be spent at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal, and the last seven at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. The trip was booked as a package with Virgin, and we have tickets for Universal and Disney, as well as the Disney Dining Plan. So far we've paid our deposit and chipped away at the remainder, but we need to pay the full balance by early June.
  • Started our holiday diets. I'm trying to lose six stone in total, so far I'm on track.
  • Started the holiday shopping. I'm trying to hold off buying the bulk of my holiday clothes until I've lost more weight, but I couldn't resist stocking up on Disney and Harry Potter pyjamas from Topshop and Primark, and a bargain pair of Birkenstock's from TK Maxx.
  • Booked our ADR's. I had nightmares about doing this for weeks beforehand, but luckily I managed to secure everything we wanted.
What's Left To Do:
  • Pay the full balance of the holiday. This will be done on a monthly basis, and all paid off in plenty of time to get saving spending money.
  • Book our Fastpasses for Walt Disney World. This option isn't available until 60 days before our Disney check-in date, but I've already started planning our selections.
  • Purchase Memory Maker. This is a photo package that means we'll be able to download all of our ride/character photographs, as well as shots taken around the park. I'm hoping that we'll get some good ones!
  • Get saving. I want to take as much spending money with me as possible, so I'm having to be stricter than normal when it comes to my monthly budget.
  • Renew my travel insurance/update our ESTA location. These are the essentials. I have a pre-existing medical condition, so it's important for me to make sure I'm covered. Plus, I doubt that immigration at Orlando airport would be impressed if our ESTA's still had our Vegas hotel detailed on them!
  • Make room in my bedroom for a wand. No explanation required, I'll most definitely be paying Mr. Ollivander a visit.
Our ADR's:
Last Sunday as soon as 12pm hit I was dialling the Walt Disney World dining reservation number. I managed to get straight through, and secure every ADR I wanted with perfect times too. Here's what we have booked:

Day Four: Dinner at Planet Hollywood - 7.30pm.
Day Five: Breakfast at Tusker House - 8am, dinner at Rainforest Cafe - 4.30pm.
Day Six: Breakfast at Crystal Palace - 8.05am, lunch at Be Our Guest - 1.30pm.
Day Seven: Dinner at Ohana - 7pm.
Day Eight: Lunch at Sci-Fi Dine In Theatre - 1.35pm.
Day Nine: Breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table - 8.05am, dinner at Beaches & Cream - 7pm.

The only thing that I have left to book is dinner at the House of Blues on our last night, but reservations for this don't open up until closer to the holiday. I am so happy with all of the reservations that we've secured, and can't believe how quickly the trip is creeping up on us. It'll be our fastpass day before we know it.

4 comments

  1. Oh my gosh how exciting for you! Have you been to a Disney land before? I've only been to the one in Tokyo and it was amazing.. I'd love to go to Florida or California though! x
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  2. This is so exciting! I loved reading this post as you can just feel how excited you are for this.

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  3. It’s amazing post with beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!

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