tabbiewolf: (tabbie - disney)
PLEASE NOTE: All these trip-related posts are also being posted on my forum, http://notacon.freeforums.net

At some point I will probably email them, too, but in all honesty the forum is WAY easier to keep track of.

Big ol' giant post that has tables because I am anal-retentive and uberorganized. )
tabbiewolf: (tabbie - disney)
Because I'm still living in the 1990s, and because the internet has amazingly not come up with a more convenient method for group discussion (outside of randomly shouting at the world on Twitter), I started a forum for the Disney trip:

http://notacon.freeforums.net

I will continue to post information here (behind a cut, so I'm not plowing everyone over with boring technical info and me geeking about Walt Disney World), and via email, but if people actually started posting feedback over on the forums it'd be kinda nice.
tabbiewolf: (tabbie - disney)
Doing a quick "What if not everyone wants to share the same hotel room, even if it's the size of a small house" calculation -- a wise addition to any trip involving a bunch of folks who may not be exactly overly intimate with one another -- and I have figured out that, even if everyone gets a studio (closer to a hotel room than a house; no full kitchen, no washer/dryer), the numbers ALMOST don't change.

The only exception to this is if you are not sharing the room with someone. If you are in a studio on your own, the costs go up $300 - $500, depending on the hotel. And that's for the whole trip, not just one night.

More will get figured out as the planning continues, but I figured I oughta put that out there :)
tabbiewolf: (tabbie - disney)
I sent an email to interested folks with this, but I'm also posting it here for the sake of me remembering the information for later. Thank you, LJ tags!

More details (which hotels I'm talking about, specifics on the dining plan, etc.) will be provided as time progresses. It's still a good 20 months away, and I need some more definites (specifically "Yes, we can come" and "Yes, we can afford to pay for it") before I can seriously start poking travel agents about it.

More info behind the cut! )
tabbiewolf: (tabbie - elwood)
The trip was completely amazing, and I will have photos and stories coming soon. I am still in vacation recovery mode, especially after our clusterfuck of a day on Friday (delay after delay and then cancelled flight; getting up at 4am and not getting home till 2am, even with the time change, is a bitch).

Our days in Disneyland DID remind me: Who is still interested in a big group trip to Disney World? I have a big list of folks from when I suggested this a few years ago, but the time is coming up on having to actually get serious about it (reservations for the Disney Vacation club resorts are generally 9 - 12 months ahead of the vacation time). I'd like to get an email group together, or a forum, or something, to truly start planning in a manner that isn't just me looking up numbers & costs (though that's a huge part of planning a trip like this).

We'll see!

In the meantime, though, back to vegging out because tired.
tabbiewolf: (tabbie - spot snug)
I've started something dubbed by Luno as "The Bawdy Bartender's Book," and it is going to be my main project this month (outside of running around in circles excited about going back to Disney World)! Poke on over to my FA journal to get the full scoop. I still have a few spots open, though if no one takes them, I will throw my own characters into the portfolio :)

~*~

Less than a month till our Disney trip and we are uberpsyched. I am reading WAY too many blogs and forums that I have already read a bunch of times, and following far too many Disney-related accounts on Twitter. I already know a ridiculous amount of everything about it, but I'm still doing it. Because EXCITED.

Of course, after our Disney trip (with a slight bounce in October for our local convention), I will be playing the "excited as all hell about going to California" game. Apparently the secret to keeping me happy is to know I will be traveling in the near future.

~*~

I was gonna say some other stuff but I have, in all honesty, completely forgotten. I'm gonna go back to spazzing about Disney and working on sketches :)
tabbiewolf: (tabbie - disney)
So! Enthusiastic response to the Disney trip idea. VERY enthusiastic response. Kind of like "Damn, I'm surprised no one's done this already" enthusiastic response.

Awesome.

And so, that leaves…details. Soooooo many details. This is why I was planning this for 2015 or 2016; giving all of us plenty of time to save money and plan.

Planning Options

Tabbie does everything. Basically I'd be the travel agent. I do the hotel reservations, park tickets, etc. You pick it all up when you arrive at the hotel (everything is linked at Disney, let's face it: they make planning a vacation easy). This would involve everyone splitting lodging, which is great for saving money, though walking around the villa naked is probably out (sorry, guys). This also involves you trusting me with a large chunk of money, and although I think I'm pretty trustworthy, I know there are very few folks who I'd let play around with that much of my cash.

(I could also call in dining reservations, plan Fast Passes, etc. I'm VERY willing to take on the role of travel agent, because planning trips makes me squee. Airfare, though, would probably be up to you, though once you get to the Orlando airport, Disney has ways of getting you to their park.)

Tabbie does some of the things, you do the rest. I'm pretty sure I can reserve lodging and NOT link it to the tickets; I think it's more difficult but it's still possible. This would get rid of the option of the meal plan, though; meal plans can only happen if every person rooming together wants to do it. Same goes for linking the tickets to the room.

Tabbie sets a date, you do everything else. Basically, we figure out a set of dates that works for everyone and all plan on being in Orlando around that time, but we all room at different hotels and nothing is linked and everyone runs their own vacation. We could plan a big supper together or something similar, but it would mostly be a "Hey, you're at Disney? I'm at Disney too!"

Possible Dates

As mentioned previously, this is a WHILE out. I was originally thinking 2016, in the fall for the Food & Wine Festival. We could also do the Spring, but basically I'm focusing on the off-season and completely avoiding summer/other school vacation times. The enthusiastic response makes me think I could plan for 2015, though y'all have to remember: it's going to be a fair amount of money. We are talking at least $1200 (probably, if you want a price for the full vacation, closer to $2000, with airfare, souvenirs, etc.), and let's face it: prices at Disney change (and increase) with the seasons. Different resorts (Animal Kingdom Lodge, for instance, would kick the lodging price up to $700/person) cost more money. I'd still love to do the treehouses, but with the number of folks interested I'd need multiples (we'll need multiple rooms no matter where we go with the interest; even Animal Kingdom's 3-room villas have a max occupancy of 12), so that's gonna involve emailing and asking if I can reserve that many at once :) I can do it, happily, but it does involve getting a more definite date set.

(Also of note: the treehouses are a bit off the beaten path, down by Downtown Disney. It makes transportation take a bit more time, but considering this is a vacation where we are trying to relax, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. But deciding where we stay is, unless we go with option 3 of planning listed above, going to be something we have to do well in advance!)

SO! If you are genuinely interested in doing something like this, knowing the rough dates and price point, please leave me your email and I will start a mailing list. I think I have most emails of the folks who responses with interest, but getting a definite list is a good thing. I DO need responses from folks on both these posts and those emails, because if we want this to happen — even with the planning set a ways out — knowing you are genuinely interested and able will make all the difference.

ALSO let it be known that though I am setting this possible trip at Disney, because I freakin' love Disney World, I am not afraid to do something like this elsewhere. And, I am REALLY GOOD at planning and getting details done. Any suggestions for destinations are welcome! We could rent cabins at this place in Pennsylvania that is one of the best parks for star-gazing in the United States! We could go to Sedona, Arizona, and go hiking! There's the ENTIRE STATE of California! We could go peach-picking in Georgia, or have a crab boil in Maryland! There are MANY options, folks, and I am happy to share them all with you :) I just figured Disney was a great option because, well, it's a vacation that's already ready to go, you just have to get there.

(I do kinda want to call whatever this ends up as "The Un-convention," and I may keep that title because it amuses me.)

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