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Christmas Visit

Discussion in 'Disney Vacation Club - DVC' started by radmoo, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. radmoo

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    i know, I know. . .worst time to visit but out of my control. Our west coast family will be cruising out of Miami and want us to meet them in WDW after that. DIL w is he’s to stay at Animal Kingdom lodge, 2 lock offs as it is pricey. She said they would request Savannah viewin order to see wildlife. That room is $750+ more than value studio for the time frame. Is it worth it ? I would consider for hubby and me if it is worth the xtr@ bucks. Otherwise we will stick with value. Grandkids ages 8 1/2 and 6. Hubby will be 81 so we will most likely cut back on park time, maybe two parks. Do they offer half day tix? Last time we visit d WDW was 2008. Thanks in advance!
     
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    if you are renting DVC points for 2019, a value studio is a low percentage play. There are only a dozen or so value studios so they tend to be snapped up right at the 11 month window. Long gone by now.

    Savanna view is a great choice (assuming they are not booked as well, December is an extremely busy time for DVC owners).

    WDW does not offer half day tickets. Everything has gotten a lot more expensive, especially for short trips. If you are staying onsite, you will have access to fastpasses at 60 days out - do not miss the window that morning. Star Wars + Avatar + Toy Story land will mean awful crowding so fast passes will be essential.

    Definitely do some homework on the DISboards to get a sense of how to plan your time...
     
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    I'm a little confused - do you want a 2BR or a studio? "Want us to meet them...grandkids ages 8/12 and 6" sounds like you have 6 people and would need a 2BR, 2 studios, or a Lodge 1BR suite.

    I also can't tell if you have DVC points, want to rent DVC points, are paying cash to Disney at Animal Kingdom Villas (DVC), or cash at Animal Kingdom Lodge (the hotel side). As chalee94 mentioned the value studios and 2BRs are long gone for a points reservation (if you are talking about Christmas 2019).

    As for value vs standard vs savanna it depends on how much time you expect to spend in your room(s).
     
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    Are you planning a stay at Jambo or Kidani? If a 2 BR, the advantage of Kidani will be 3 bathrooms. We have 2 sons, so when we all stayed at Kidani(then 15 and 22)we enjoyed the 3 bathrooms at Kidani! We prefer Jambo because I enjoy hanging out early morning in the Lodge and I personally enjoy the Jambo pool and convenience to Mara, the Quickserve is at Jambo. Both are lovely, actually a quick walk in between the two. You will have the advantage of staying on site of the 60 day FP. Make the most "in demand attractions" FP FIRST exactly at your 60 day window, later in your stay and you will have a better opportunity to get the FP that way, instead of the first or second day. Absolutely make the FP exactly at your 60 day window. The pool at Kidani is very lovely, has a water play scape for younger kids. Just wish Kidani had the quick serve there. I have never taken it, but I have heard there is a shuttle that goes back and forth between Kidani and Jambo. I personally never do savannah view at either resort, I do standard view, to conserve points. There is opportunity in the resort, viewing areas at both to see the animals. Enjoy!
     
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    Once your reservations are made, go into My Disney Experience(MDE). Establish a username and password logon. Then your on site reservations should be automatically linked, if not link the reservation into MDE by using the reservation number. You can make your Dining Reservations through MDE at 180 days before the reservation. I know, it is very difficult to determine where you will be during your vacation, 6 months in advance, BUT it is so worth it. Good on site restaurants are so much in demand, walk up is nearly impossible anytime of year, no less at weeks like Christmas. MDE is where you make your Fast Pass reservations. Consider using the Disney Dining Plan, DDP, 2 snacks per day, refillable mug(length of stay) which can be used at all resorts and pools, 1 Quick Serve Meal and 1 Table Service Meal which includes 1 Drink(Alcoholic). The DDP is $75.51 including tax per day per adult, they have kids prices as well, think 10 and under. We enjoy the DDP. One more thing, IF you are going at Christmas, the highlight of our December trip was the Candlelight Processional show at Epcot. It is so beautiful! Famous actors and actresses are the narrators of the show(Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Levar Burton(Reading Rainbow). Amazing show, so beautifully festive! The line for this is too crazy long for me IF you don't do the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package. This is purchased in advance(like July booking for December). You can use 2 Table Service Credits and you get a dinner and priority line at the show. We ate at Chef de France in Epcot then saw the show(Levar Burton) as narrator. You won't be disappointed, really fabulous!
     

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