Planning for Aug 2010 some Qs, LONG

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Planning for Aug 2010 some Qs, LONG
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Mon, 01-25-2010 - 1:51pm

We are finally planning our Aug 2010 vacation, haven't booked it yet, still waiting for fiance to get the OK from his boss. We are planning on Aug 20-27 @ CBR (or WL, I can't decided!!!!!!) I am so super excited though because I got a free dining pin in my e-mail! I have to book before Feb 2nd though.

So some questions and advice is needed...
This will be our first time driving to the world from NJ. We are planning on leaving early on the 19th (7am). We have a 5 yr old DD so I imagine potty stops and stops to stretch are going to be frequent. I am hoping to arrive in WDW @ around check in time, so we still have time on the 20th to visit a park, is this possible time wise? We are planning a stay overnite somewhere.
Any tips on how to keep a 5 yr old happy in the car would be appreciated :)
Not sure which route we will be taking, but how do I find a good place to stay and nice rest areas?

I have never used the new on line ADR system, do you find it is easier to get ADRS through that? Can I try and make my ADRs @ midnight @ 180 days out or do I still have to wait til 6am when the phone lines open? Also, if you DON'T Get the ADRs you want, do you find you can get ADRs on the computer if you visit the site often?

And finally, what can I expect in Aug? I know the heat and humidity are going to be insane, but what about crowds? What are wait times like?
O, and hurricanes, has anyone been in WDW during a hurricane? We were there last May and the rain was crazy, just rained for days non stop and it was cold (huge fluke, but of course is happened while we were there haha, we just put on our ponchos though and kept going) but we figured if we could handle that we could handle AUg rains. What do you think?

ANY advice is appreciated!

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Mon, 01-25-2010 - 1:51pm
wow, I need a new siggy and a new ticker haha!
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Mon, 01-25-2010 - 2:00pm

Does your vehicle have a DVD player?

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Mon, 01-25-2010 - 2:59pm

Thanks for the suggestions! We have a portable DVD player, not sure how long she will be able to watch it before the battery dies, but we will charge it up and bring the charger so we could charge it at the hotel.

Thanks, I have seen the desks at Target, I will have to pick one up, I feel confident now that we can do this. She is also big into her DS and Leapster.I also like the idea of wrapping the gifts and rewarding them, what a great idea!

Thanks again!

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Mon, 01-25-2010 - 3:06pm

OMG, I'm so jealous that you got free dining!

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Mon, 01-25-2010 - 10:16pm
We went last Aug. Third week in Aug, we got the Free Dining plan, It was great. It wasn't all that hot to us since it had been so hot in PA, we were kinda use to it.LOL We stayed at CBR. It was nice, loved the pool, but the bus service left a lot to be desired. there was 6 Pop Century buses to one CBR! It happened often, was not pleased!
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Tue, 01-26-2010 - 10:52am
when did online switch to 5 am est ? i thought it was 6 am est online, 7 am by phone
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Tue, 01-26-2010 - 11:04am
HA!
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Tue, 01-26-2010 - 11:44am
Thank you, we are currently having trouble booking. My aunt cannot stay @ CBR b/c her littlest guy will be 2 @ time of travel but will more than likely be out of his crib by then (turned 2 2 weeks ago). So now we are not sure where we will be staying that is affordable. I really like WL, but my aunt thinks it is dark and dreay. Where can we stay lol?!?!
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Tue, 01-26-2010 - 3:43pm
I don't have any suggestions on the where to stay.
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Tue, 01-26-2010 - 5:58pm
Oh good, I get to sleep an hour later!