So, a special shout out to @PrincipalTinker. Due to circumstances she outlined in another thread, she offered us 27 points to use for our upcoming trip as long as we could add days in November. Our arrival day had been Dec. 1.
Well, as many of you know, originally we had a single night planned at the Contemporary at the end of our trip, but we ultimately swapped it out for various reasons to just remain at the Boardwalk the entire time.
Anyhow, with 27 points, we were able to book one night at Bay Lake Tower lake view studio at the front of our trip. All we had to do was modify our plane tickets. The room took 18 points.
Now, we are very excited because it basically gives us some of The Contemporary experience!
This also gave us a benefit of making the rest of our trip more relaxed. For example, we had planned to book Chef Mickey one morning to see The Contemporary, and then take the monorail over to GF to see Christmas decor before heading to Epcot. We also had no day off in the parks, and with transportation being limited, we had to really do some careful planning and timing to see the other Christmas decor we wanted to see.
Here’s the new plan, now. Very excited:
Nov. 30 - Fly in, eat lunch at MCO then take DME to check into Bay Lake. We will eat dinner at Contempo Cafe, then tour the property, as well as head over to GF to see their Christmas decor.
Dec. 1 - MK day now! (Was just arrival day before.) We might still go to DS this evening to eat at Raglan Rd as we had planned originally. But we also check out from Bay Lake and check into Boardwalk. So by the time we get back from DS, hopefully our luggage will have been transferred.
Dec. 2 - HS day. Unchanged. Eating dinner at Olivia’s.
Dec. 3 - EP day. This was originally going to be Chef Mickey’s for breakfast, but now we can lounge around until Noon for Epcot.
Dec. 4 - AK day. This was originally our first MK day. But since we moved that to Dec. 1, we could move AK from Saturday to Friday to help avoid Sat. crowds. We still plan to eat at Y&Y.
Dec. 5 - Rest day! We didn’t have one before, but now we get all four parks, then this day to relax. We will eat dinner at WL in Whispering Canyon still, but the timing of things is much more relaxed. Rest of day we can do whatever!
Dec. 6 - EP day 2. Day unchanged. Eat lunch in WS and dinner at San Angel.
Dec. 7 - HS day 2 - We had originally planned to check out AKL first before heading into HS…but now we might do that on our actual AK day or rest day, so again we don’t have to feel time crunched. Should make a more relaxing day.
Dec. 8 - MK day 2. Unchanged. Lunch at The Plaza.
Dec. 9 - EP day 3. Checkout then lunch in WS. DME to airport late afternoon and head home.
Thanks to @PrincipalTinker for the gift of 18 points! It really made this trip much more special. Pixie dust indeed!