A New Trip Full of New Memories...Hopefully It Happens! - July 2020 PTR (**Updated** 6/21)

cstorm65

DDC #699
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Did you see this? Jambo House will be closed. Might want to call right away before all the Savannah View rooms are gone.

Thanks for posting this! That is great news to know. We are re-thinking things again with respect to those first four days of our trip where we had planned on being at Jambo. I will update the PTR here once I know more, but we are making a little bit of a drastic change.
 


cstorm65

DDC #699
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Feb 6, 2011
Day 6 Plans

I think I mentioned it in my last update, but once again today we got some news that changed things. After hearing Jambo House may open last week, it appears that today Disney has confirmed that it will not be opening with the rest of the DVC resorts. They also said it would not open until they actually need it due to space available and that all reservations would be converted over to Kidani Village. Oh well...last night I actually started thinking about some other ideas for those first four days of our trip, just to make things easier. But, I’m going to wait to update here until I know for sure, which is hopefully in the next couple of days. Let’s get on with the Day 6 Plans.

This day’s plans are going to be super easy to get across. We had a busy day on Day 5 of changing resorts, going to Volcano Bay, and then crossing our fingers for a dinner at Bigfire. So, today is something I know we want at Cabana Bay...a day to just spend here:



DW and I loved this pool here in August and left saying we wished we had more time to spend there. We only got to enjoy it for a few hours one afternoon, but it was so fun! DW loved the lazy river!!



So, this day is just a complete resort day. No parks are in the plan at this point. We will eat lunch at the resort and then dinner will be kind of up in the air. We love swimming after dark, so we may just decide to eat at the resort again and do some night swimming or we might venture over to CityWalk for a meal. What’s everyone’s favorite restaurant there? We love Bigfire, obviously! We’ve eaten at Bubba Gump and NBC Grill which are both decent. Also, we had milkshakes at Toothsome’s last year, but didn’t eat there. I’ve been thinking about trying that one.



Anyways, that will pretty much do it. Not much to this day...just rest, relaxation, and swimming!

Up Next: Day 7 Plans
 
  • NancyLuvsMickey

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    Resort days are the best!!!! I keep telling my family when we win the lottery, I'm putting a lazy river in our back yard!!! :rotfl2:

    Fingers crossed you get the DVC resort and room you want!!!
     
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    cstorm65

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    Resort days are the best!!!! I keep telling my family when we win the lottery, I'm putting a lazy river in out back yard!!! :rotfl2:

    Fingers crossed you get the DVC resort and room you want!!!
    Oh man. A lazy river in the back yard! That would be the best!!!
     

    cstorm65

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    Trip Update

    All right everyone...I’m sure no one is surprised as this is kind of how it is going for everyone with Disney trips right now, but we have decided to make another change at this point. With all of the uncertainty regarding Jambo House at Animal Kingdom DW and I have decided to forgo our plans to stay there for the first four nights of our trip and instead extend our stay at Universal.

    To be honest with all of the craziness it never crossed my mind to rent out our DVC points up until a few days ago because I just thought with our points expiring on July 31 and all there wouldn’t be much of a market. Well, we decided to try and I have been so shocked with the response. I have met some fantastic Disers who have rented out a bulk of our points at this point, in fact I only have 7 point lefts that will expire on July 31. The rest of ours will get extended another year due to the COVID closure. So, you guys probably don’t care about any of this, but we were able to rent those points to some new “friends” and we made enough to cover the entire amount of our park tickets to Universal, which will be a nice thing financially. Especially considering we still have about $2,500 tied up in Disney annual passes that we aren’t going to activate until next summer at the earliest, but I don’t want to get a refund on those and then risk the price being higher when it comes time to buy them in the future, which will probably happen!

    Anyways, back to the planning! So, now I have extended our stay at Cabana Bay for three nights at the beginning, so we will have a total of five nights there.



    We are actually staying on a travel agent rate as I am a TA and so it is a good deal financially. Unfortunately, you can only stay 7 nights on a TA rate, so I will have one night at the beginning of the trip to figure something out for. I’m not too worried and I might just do another Cabana Bay night on a Universal Annual Pass rate, which is also pretty low price wise at Cabana Bay.

    Did anyone catch that? Yes, I said it...we are all getting:



    Annual Passes! The more we looked at it we could all get a 3 park preferred annual pass for everyone for only about $60 more per person. Now, we can go into a park every day of our trip instead of just four days as that was the ticket we were looking at. Not to mention we will get food and merchandise discounts. This will also allow us to add a couple of days onto our Disney trip next summer at not much additional cost, so we are pulling the trigger on this. The DVC point rental that we did easily helped us make this possible.

    Now, there is one problem with the preferred pass that we had...BLOCKOUT DATES! Now, the blockout dates aren’t bad with this pass as there are none at either Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure, but Volcano Bay is blocked out from mid-June to mid-August until 4:00 PM. In a normal summer this wouldn’t be a big deal as Volcano Bay is usually open until 7 or 8 PM in the summer, but this summer with COVID going on they are only open until 5:00. They have been modifying park hours to a 6 PM closing time on Fridays and Saturdays though. So, our plan is to just go to Volcano Bay at 4 PM on both a Friday and a Saturday and then again on a couple of other days of our trip even though we will only get an hour or two in. We think that will be enough for us this summer since DS4 isn’t at the 42” mark yet, so he can’t really do any slides this summer. Also, we will be at Cabana Bay for five nights so it will be very easy to just pop over to Volcano Bay at 4:00 PM through the secret entrance for an hour or two.



    I know everyone is on pins and needle wanting me to re-do our daily plans for days 1-6 again, but I’m not going to tackle that one! Sorry...haha! We are still just going to take it easy on those days and yes, we may pop into IOA or US for a few hours each day we will spend most of our time at Cabana Bay enjoying the pool there and relaxing. Our final three park days we are at Royal Pacific and will have express pass so we will do a bulk of our park touring during that time when we can use the express pass!

    Anyways, that is plan now. I’ll get back and plan the final few days of our trip. In the meantime stay safe everyone and have a great week!

    Up Next: Day 7 Plans
     

    SimplyGoofy

    "You are not Mickey Mouse... you are a rat!"
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    I think you made the right decision. Being at AKL for a few days would've been fun, but with Jambo House (and potentially their restaurants) not being open, it really limits your options. Extra days of swimming, water park time, and Universal parks sound like a great plan!

    It's too bad about the blackout dates for Volcano Bay, but it sounds like you have a good plan to make it work. I think the ability to go into US and IOA any time you like during your trip will outweigh the disappointment of not being about to spend a full day at Volcano Bay.
     
  • NancyLuvsMickey

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    Never even crossed my mind that you would be able to rent out your DVC points with all the craziness going on... But what a great idea and extra spending cash to put towards other things!!!

    AP's for Universal are crazy cheap compared to Disney AP's... :scared1:
     

    Lesley Wake

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    To be honest with all of the craziness it never crossed my mind to rent out our DVC points up until a few days ago because I just thought with our points expiring on July 31 and all there wouldn’t be much of a market. Well, we decided to try and I have been so shocked with the response. I have met some fantastic Disers who have rented out a bulk of our points at this point, in fact I only have 7 point lefts that will expire on July 31. The rest of ours will get extended another year due to the COVID closure. So, you guys probably don’t care about any of this, but we were able to rent those points to some new “friends” and we made enough to cover the entire amount of our park tickets to Universal, which will be a nice thing financially. Especially considering we still have about $2,500 tied up in Disney annual passes that we aren’t going to activate until next summer at the earliest, but I don’t want to get a refund on those and then risk the price being higher when it comes time to buy them in the future, which will probably happen!
    Nice! Yeah, especially with people not being able to make new regular reservations, last minute DVC would have been a lifeline for some people. When I first got my DVC contract it had some banked points which I couldn't use so I rented them out to help cover some of the initial cost!

    I hope you have fun at Universal!
     

    cstorm65

    DDC #699
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    I think you made the right decision. Being at AKL for a few days would've been fun, but with Jambo House (and potentially their restaurants) not being open, it really limits your options. Extra days of swimming, water park time, and Universal parks sound like a great plan!
    Yeah, we are excited. I think we will have just as much fun and actually came out way ahead on the trip budget. I just didn't think it would be as easy as it was to rent out all of our points we needed to with the current situation, but it was surprisingly easy!

    It's too bad about the blackout dates for Volcano Bay, but it sounds like you have a good plan to make it work. I think the ability to go into US and IOA any time you like during your trip will outweigh the disappointment of not being about to spend a full day at Volcano Bay.
    Yeah, that is a disappointment, but we are kicking around the idea of going back to Universal next spring break as we will have the AP's and Volcano Bay won't be blocked out then. And DS4 should be 42" by then too so VB will be a bigger draw for us. I think we will work it out though and still get some time at Volcano Bay. While staying at Cabana Bay you are so close it is actually super convenient to pop over there for an hour or so a few evenings.

    Never even crossed my mind that you would be able to rent out your DVC points with all the craziness going on... But what a great idea and extra spending cash to put towards other things!!!

    AP's for Universal are crazy cheap compared to Disney AP's... :scared1:
    It never crossed my mind either and when it did I thought it would be very hard to find people. But I got all of them booked within about two days and we are going to come out ahead on the trip budget now!

    Nice! Yeah, especially with people not being able to make new regular reservations, last minute DVC would have been a lifeline for some people. When I first got my DVC contract it had some banked points which I couldn't use so I rented them out to help cover some of the initial cost!

    I hope you have fun at Universal!
    We did the same thing with our DVC. We bought in July with an August use year, but we got points for that first year which only had about 20 days left when we bought. We then got to bank those and use them as a rental like you did!
     

    vamassey1

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    Sorry to see your Disney time gone but it looks like it the best outcome. Your trip is getting closer and closer.
     
  • cstorm65

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    Sorry to see your Disney time gone but it looks like it the best outcome. Your trip is getting closer and closer.
    I know! Things appear to be going smoothly so far at Universal, although the same can't be said for the rest of Florida right now. Hopefully things turn back in the right direction here soon!
     

    vamassey1

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    I know! Things appear to be going smoothly so far at Universal, although the same can't be said for the rest of Florida right now. Hopefully things turn back in the right direction here soon!
    It does sound scary for Florida right now. I hope they can get it turned around.
     





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