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Title: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 06, 2018, 10:16:24 PM
Much like the 2017 edition of this thread, this will be the place to let everyone know where you are going / have gone during the 2018 calendar year.  To help others find information, we will make these threads last only one calendar year and then we will create another.

Adventure is Out There!  Cannot wait to see where everyone is going.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 06, 2018, 10:36:39 PM
The "Crew" is finally firming up dates for 2018. 
(and here I thought this was going to be an "off year" for us - silly me)

MARCH
17 - SDC Spring Break Days
27 - Universal Orlando
28 - Universal Orlando
29 - Universal Orlando
30 - Daytona Motor Speedway
30 - Daytona Beach Boardwalk Amusements
30 - Fun Spot Kissimmee
30 - Coca-Cola Orlando Eye
30 - Titanic
30 - Wonderworks
31 - Gatorland
31 - Forever Florida Safari
31 - Boggy Creek Airboat
31 - Fun Spot Orlando

APRIL
20 - SDC Music Summit Choral Invitational & "Not World Fest"
21 - WOF Opening Day

MAY
11 - WOF Festival of Music Band Competition
30 - Animal Kingdom
31 - Magic Kingdom

JUNE
01 - Hollywood Studios
02 - Epcot

JULY
01 - Kings Island
02 - Cedar Point
02 - Cedar Point
03 - Toronto (activities being finalized)
04 - Canada's Wonderland

AUGUST
10 - Indy Zoo
12 - Indiana Beach
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 07, 2018, 05:43:03 PM
I just went to Disney World for our band trip (technically in 2017). We went to Epcot then did a workshop thing before going to Animal Kingdom. The next day our concert band performed at Disney Springs and we went to Hollywood Studios after. Finally we ended by going to Magic Kingdom on New Years Eve (which I don’t recommend doing, but we did manage to get quite a bit done).
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: givemezamor on January 07, 2018, 09:49:20 PM
March
14-18 Silver Dollar City and Branson

April
20-22 Petit Jean State Park

May
26-28 Ark Encounter
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: DianaGail on January 08, 2018, 06:37:31 AM
We are not getting sdc passes this year.  We have so many other things going on! 

4 dance competitions
5 volleyball tournaments
3 trips to Wisconsin

But the best of them all...

Disney in November!  This will be a surprise trip for the kids and we will go right after thanksgiving, which will give them an extra week out of school.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: sirwillow on January 08, 2018, 08:20:09 AM
This year is starting to shape up to be a big one, and it's very early in the planning stages still.

I leave Friday for a week in Florida:
Sat 1/13 Disney Springs
Sun 1/14 Animal Kingdom
Mon 1/15 Epcot
Tues 1/16 Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
Weds 1/17 Disney Hollywood Studios
Thurs 1/18 Magic Kingdom

There's a possibility of going to Disney Paris in March, but won't know for a few weeks yet if that one is happen.

Going to Israel in June for our 25th anniversary.  That's a surprise for my wife still, so don't tell her!  lol

Possibly a return trip to WDW in November

Oh, and we've still got a major family get together in July somewhere, don't know yet, maybe Branson, maybe SoCal.

Hoping to have a swing out to Northern California for a high school reunion, in which case I'll hit Discovery Kingdom and Great America.

That's on top of our normal SDC/ Branson stuff.  So it may turn out to be a lot of travel this year.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Runner1960 on January 08, 2018, 01:36:44 PM
July or August- 6 days hiking in Colorado. Then on to Salt lake city to Mountain bike with some old friends.

Mid December- Finland/Norway and Sweden to cross country ski and view the Northern lights. May delay this till Jan 2019. Would also like to make it to St. Petersburg Russia but I think that's a summertime destination.

Just starting to make plans but they will not be set in stone. I prefer to be flexible and spontaneous.

May make a couple SDC trips but that is TBD.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: tiffanylynnt on January 08, 2018, 02:08:16 PM
My husband's birthday and my birthday are about 2 weeks apart so we always take a trip in between to celebrate. This year we are going to Jefferson City, Mo. We're both huge history nerds so we're pretty excited.

I'll be heading to the Myrtle Beach area in May when my sister has her first baby!!! 😍

My in-laws always spend a week in Branson every summer and invite us. That'll probably be sometime in June or July.

My husband and I take a trip for our anniversary every year. We haven't decided yet where to go, but we have until October to decide. If anyone has a place they love to visit that could be a simple weekend trip, share your ideas! I would love some inspiration! Last year we went to Six Flags Great America.

The weekend before Thanksgiving I always participate in a craft show in Ozark, Mo.

My in-laws are thinking about "skipping Christmas" this year and want to take a trip with immediate family instead of stressing out over the gifts and all the parties. So far I have no idea where they want to go yet.

I'm sure there will be quit a few weekend trips for SDC throughout the year. In 2017, we decided to make it a point to attend every festival like I used to do when I was growing up. We're hoping to do that again this year.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: HumphreyHawk on January 09, 2018, 08:32:29 AM
I'd be over in the corner like...."I'm going to the fancy supercenter this weekend"....lol

I usually what till my employer announces our bonus before I start thinking about trips.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 09, 2018, 09:39:06 AM
March- Spring Break
Sat  17 -   Busch Gardens Tampa (Int. Food and Wine Fest)

Sun  18 -  Uni Florida/Island of Adventure (Mardi Gras)

Mon 19 -  USF/IOA (Day), Blue Man Group(6PM), FunSpot America(late)

Tue  20-   Volcano Bay (early), Epcot(night)

Wed 21-  Discovery Cove and Aquatica, Coca Cola Eye

Thu 22 -  Sea World(9am to 2pm) Animal Kingdom 3pm-9pm,  Fun Spot Kissimmee(late night)

Fri 23 -    Dixie Crossroads for Lunch, Disney Cruise

Sat 24 -   Nassau Bahamas

Sun 25 -  Castaway Cay

Mon 26-  Disney World

Tue 27-    Legoland (maybe 50/50)

April - SDC on good weather weekend day, Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield, Big Foot, Mountain Coaster

May - Three day weekend in Vegas, Adventure Dome, Show,
           Cowabunga Bay (if open)

June - Dollywood, Wilderness In the Smokies
            SDC visit

July - Chicago extended weekend, Cubs game, Six Flags,
          Navy Pier

August - SDC possible

Sept - SDC possible

Oct- 4 day weekend Los Angeles,  Knotts Berry, Universal  Studios for their Halloween stuff,  Six Flags Magic Mountain (time permitting)

SDC

Dec - SDC















Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 16, 2018, 09:02:07 AM
Adds:

May 2: U2 in Tulsa

May 4, 5, 6: Beale Street Music Fest in Memphis

Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: shavethewhales on January 16, 2018, 01:45:48 PM
I'm currently battling a burst disc in my back, so I'm not sure how much of my original plans for this year will play out, but I was originally planning on:

I'd like to add a trip to Holiday World, SFStL and Kentucky Kingdom since it's been awhile, but that's a long drive when you don't have many vacation days to burn along with everything else. I think I might start planning another long road trip through there to Dollywood and back for 2019.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: sanddunerider on January 16, 2018, 03:11:30 PM
@ Shave-   Off topic...   tough break about the disc, hope it get better and doenst slow you down this summer.. Thanks agaiin for all the work you do on the site.  May see you opening weekend.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Okiebenz on January 16, 2018, 04:38:38 PM
Wow some of you guys really get around.  I am sure I will just do my usual once a month trip to SDC, but would like to make it to some other parks this year if time allows.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 16, 2018, 04:55:54 PM
I'm currently battling a burst disc in my back, so I'm not sure how much of my original plans for this year will play out, but I was originally planning on:
  • SDC in March for opening weekend
  • Time Traveler Opening Day (not certain it will open with the park?)
  • Texas roadtrip to San Antonio to SFFT, SeaWorld, and ZDT's.
  • Schlittercon at Kansas City location
  • Main vacation to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Virginia Beach, and Kings Dominion
  • Possibly Kennywood if money and vacation time hold out
  • Lone Star Coasterthon
  • ACE Coaster Christmas at SDC + usual Christmas SDC trip

I'd like to add a trip to Holiday World, SFStL and Kentucky Kingdom since it's been awhile, but that's a long drive when you don't have many vacation days to burn along with everything else. I think I might start planning another long road trip through there to Dollywood and back for 2019.

that's solid! hope the back allows it.

here's a heads up for the churners out there.

Barclays Red Aviator Card for American Airlines is offering 60,000 miles after a single purchase of any size. there's a 95 dollar yearly fee but 95 bucks is nothing if you use the miles up and cancel before you get hit again.
AA has got stingy with their Saver locations but Ft. Smith and Joplin is generally one of them so at least half of your trip could be a 7,000 miles per leg. The wife and I both hit that up for 120,000 miles.

That's how we are getting to Dollywood, free 3 nite stay at Wilderness for 2 hrs of timeshare pitch that we have learned to handle well and 50% off at Dollywood and the water park.

I think that offer expires on Jan 31st. It's been extended a couple of times but is getting long in the tooth.

Oh, Southwest is at 50,000 for a plus or premiere and with a Southwest Business card for 60,000, and if you hit the min spends on both in short order, you have a companion pass for nearly two years. planning on doing some remodel or big purchase with the tax return. get the cards and pay them off with it instead. This time last year, I hit the min spend with an appliance purchase from JCPenny via Southwest's shopping portal at 5x points and got another 25,000 Southwest RR Points.

Schlitterbahn KC seems to be in a funk on attraction additions it seems since the accident.

Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 16, 2018, 06:57:35 PM
Wow some of you guys really get around.

For me, it's all about saving up airline and hotel points and then cashing them in.  I live cheap during the year so that I can play.  With our trip to Ohio and Canada we will be exclusively visiting Cedar Fair parks so we will use our Platinum Passes and dining plan which will help cut down on overall costs. 

The WDW trip in November will has some major comping as I am checking out a couple of performance opportunities for my performing ensembles. 
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 17, 2018, 09:15:36 AM
Wow some of you guys really get around.

For me, it's all about saving up airline and hotel points and then cashing them in.  I live cheap during the year so that I can play.  With our trip to Ohio and Canada we will be exclusively visiting Cedar Fair parks so we will use our Platinum Passes and dining plan which will help cut down on overall costs. 

The WDW trip in November will has some major comping as I am checking out a couple of performance opportunities for my performing ensembles.

What Swoosh sez about the Cedar Fair Platinum and Six Flags Gold season passes is spot on. Use it to hit up as many parks as you can. The 50 percent off from Herschend is nice but pales in comparison but their list of properties aren't as deep either.

The entertainment at Universal is lackluster for our weekend, Forenier and Fifth Harmony. I'm hoping Busch Gardens saves the day but they have yet to announce their weekend music acts for Food and Wine.


When using points on Southwest,  fly midweek for best value, Sundays are murderous for the points balance.

Our Airfare for our grand month in Europe in 2019 is paid for already. We'll fly free from a variety of sources.
United has certain flights I can get from 30,000 points each way. The Wife and I each signed up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve when it was a 100,000 bonus when introduced. Right now we have over 350,000 Chase UR points amassed from using those cards along with our Freedom cards and their 5% bonus categories. Transfer them all to the Reserve cards and and make the Freedom points worth even more.

Back to using United, if you book an open jaw to Europe using points, they'll give you a intra Europe Leg for free.

One example i've been eyeing is a  a MEM to Rome for 30,000 each that gives us a 13 hr layover in Lisbon during the day, easily giving us 8 hrs to explorer Lisbon and putting us in Rome around 9pm.

The 'freebie' Leg would be on Lufthansa, a United partner, from Venice to Paris with another very generous layover in Munich to explorer the city.

The return back to MEm may include another nice layover.

I don't thin American understand that if you travel light, Flying city to city in Europe is dirt cheap. I've been looking at one way fares for Strasbourg France to either Bordeux or Nantes (Europa Park to Puy du Fou) for under 30 bucks per person. Same about goes for any major city to major city. Travel light to a oid the luggage fees and it is really silly.

We'll book some hotels through Southwest and get points amassed for another run at another companion pass.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 17, 2018, 09:27:53 AM
Here's an example of what you can get  for a M to F, 4 nite stay in Rome in June, I've seen some higher cost hotels give upwards of 45,000 points. The beautiful thing about that is that you do not have to use your Southwest Card to pay, I use the Sapphire Reserve that gives me 3x UR points on the price I pay in addition.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 25, 2018, 09:29:16 AM
Yippee!!!!!!!! Blank a 3 hour plus wait.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 25, 2018, 10:10:04 PM
The most I ever waited was 1.5hrs for it.  I’d suggest going straight to Na’vi River then since you will not want to wait very long for that short ride
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 26, 2018, 10:44:40 PM
How did you manage to get that fast Pass? When I went to Disney from December 29-31, I was surprised how good our fastpasses were. I was reserving with a group of 12 and got Everest, Dinosaur, Safari, Star Tours, Rock N’ RollerCoaster, Tower of Terror, Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain and only booked about 2.5 weeks in advance. I expected to get nothing good.

The most I ever waited was 1.5hrs for it.  I’d suggest going straight to Na’vi River then since you will not want to wait very long for that short ride

I was told the River Journey wasn’t worth any wait  ;D

We actually didn’t even walk through Pandora because we only had about four hours in Animal Kingdom, most of which was spent eating supper or going from fast pass to fast pass.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 27, 2018, 07:55:56 AM
How did you manage to get that fast Pass? When I went to Disney from December 29-31, I was surprised how good our fastpasses were. I was reserving with a group of 12 and got Everest, Dinosaur, Safari, Star Tours, Rock N’ RollerCoaster, Tower of Terror, Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain and only booked about 2.5 weeks in advance. I expected to get nothing good.

The most I ever waited was 1.5hrs for it.  I’d suggest going straight to Na’vi River then since you will not want to wait very long for that short ride

I was told the River Journey wasn’t worth any wait  ;D

We actually didn’t even walk through Pandora because we only had about four hours in Animal Kingdom, most of which was spent eating supper or going from fast pass to fast pass.

If you only got 4 hours in Animal Kingdom then either your director or tour booking guide is absolutely clueless about how to do Disney.  Considering that my choir just performed there at the start of December.  Flew in from KC and still had almost 9 hours at that park.  Shoot we had 7 hours at Studios before our flight out. 

To answer your question on how he got the FP for FOP.  Resort guests not in groups can reserve 60 Days out
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 27, 2018, 06:58:24 PM
How did you manage to get that fast Pass? When I went to Disney from December 29-31, I was surprised how good our fastpasses were. I was reserving with a group of 12 and got Everest, Dinosaur, Safari, Star Tours, Rock N’ RollerCoaster, Tower of Terror, Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain and only booked about 2.5 weeks in advance. I expected to get nothing good.

The most I ever waited was 1.5hrs for it.  I’d suggest going straight to Na’vi River then since you will not want to wait very long for that short ride

I was told the River Journey wasn’t worth any wait  ;D

We actually didn’t even walk through Pandora because we only had about four hours in Animal Kingdom, most of which was spent eating supper or going from fast pass to fast pass.

If you only got 4 hours in Animal Kingdom then either your director or tour booking guide is absolutely clueless about how to do Disney.  Considering that my choir just performed there at the start of December.  Flew in from KC and still had almost 9 hours at that park.  Shoot we had 7 hours at Studios before our flight out. 

To answer your question on how he got the FP for FOP.  Resort guests not in groups can reserve 60 Days out

That's true, but you have to be ready to pull the trigger exactly at your FP window opening at 7am eastern, 6am central. They changed it from 12 am since my last visit. That cost me some sleep. But anyway, my Animal Kingdom day is 5 days before my single night at Wilderness. My plan was to shoot for AK and the FoP passes as I had been watching how quick the FPs disaapear. I had resigned myself to just doing MK on the Thurs before the cruise thinking that I should hqve just Stayed at AKL instead. I hit the fast pass system right when it opened and there was zero FoP fast passes and I was like D×#! that was instantaneous. I thought oh well, let me check that previous Thursday instead thinking there was no way that Thursday would be availible. Lo and behold, two times popped up and only two times and at the start of night. I snagged the later one. I checked every other day we were in Florida , none to be had. Not even for the Tues of our departure when they came on line. For those that don't know, you can't fast pass both Avatar rides in advance. It's one or another.


For those that don't know, if you now stay at the club level at Disney you can purchase the he right to fast pass 90 days out. For such a PC company, they are all about the 1 percent
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 27, 2018, 08:19:08 PM
If you only got 4 hours in Animal Kingdom then either your director or tour booking guide is absolutely clueless about how to do Disney.  Considering that my choir just performed there at the start of December.  Flew in from KC and still had almost 9 hours at that park.  Shoot we had 7 hours at Studios before our flight out. 

It was due to a lack of time. Because we had to take busses, we only had three days to do the parks. We got very little time at Epcot and AK because we did them both in the same day with a workshop in between. We performed at Disney Springs at 11 the next day then were at Hollywood until 10 and we were at Magic Kingdom from 10am-midnight. We still did pretty well at Animal Kingdom for having little time. We ate, saw Bugs Life show, rode Safari, Everest twice, Primeval Whirl, and Dinosaur. I didn’t really care how much time we got because I just spent 5 days at the parks in April.

That's true, but you have to be ready to pull the trigger exactly at your FP window opening at 7am eastern, 6am central. They changed it from 12 am since my last visit. That cost me some sleep. But anyway, my Animal Kingdom day is 5 days before my single night at Wilderness. My plan was to shoot for AK and the FoP passes as I had been watching how quick the FPs disaapear. I had resigned myself to just doing MK on the Thurs before the cruise thinking that I should hqve just Stayed at AKL instead. I hit the fast pass system right when it opened and there was zero FoP fast passes and I was like D×#! that was instantaneous. I thought oh well, let me check that previous Thursday instead thinking there was no way that Thursday would be availible. Lo and behold, two times popped up and only two times and at the start of night. I snagged the later one. I checked every other day we were in Florida , none to be had. Not even for the Tues of our departure when they came on line. For those that don't know, you can't fast pass both Avatar rides in advance. It's one or another.


For those that don't know, if you now stay at the club level at Disney you can purchase the he right to fast pass 90 days out. For such a PC company, they are all about the 1 percent


That’s how my grandma does it. She stays up and books the fastpasses the second they become available. I wanted to do that but we didn’t get our ticket info until a few weeks before, but I got what I wanted anyway.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 27, 2018, 11:11:38 PM
Why would anyone in their right mind take buses from northern Iowa to Orlando?  It would be cheaper to fly (time and money).  It really comes down to how much is your time worth.  Sheesh.  You send the equipment/instruments down in a UHaul and meet it there. 
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 28, 2018, 08:23:59 AM
Why would anyone in their right mind take buses from northern Iowa to Orlando?  It would be cheaper to fly (time and money).  It really comes down to how much is your time worth.  Sheesh.  You send the equipment/instruments down in a UHaul and meet it there.

Taking buses cost about $1300/person and flying would’ve been about $1700. I also couldn’t imagine trying to get through airport security with 80 people, many of which have never been to an airport. We also didn’t have to bring any percussion instruments so the wind instruments easily fit under the bus and we didn’t need a trailer.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 28, 2018, 09:35:53 AM
If that was seriously the price difference - that’s a no brainer.  Definitely fly and save almost 40 hours of seat time.  Dang that’s crazy to take a bus. 

And not only that, but if you stayed on property you use Magical Express and wouldn’t even need to rent a bus
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 28, 2018, 12:33:40 PM
If that was seriously the price difference - that’s a no brainer.  Definitely fly and save almost 40 hours of seat time.  Dang that’s crazy to take a bus. 

And not only that, but if you stayed on property you use Magical Express and wouldn’t even need to rent a bus

I think the actual issue was the travel agency originally said $1700 so that’s what parents were told but it would’ve ended up costing more than that and we weren’t going to raise the price again. I think most of us would agree that the bus ride was actually a lot of fun though, and way easier than flying would’ve been. I expected the ride to be about the worst thing ever.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: sirwillow on January 28, 2018, 03:41:18 PM

The most I ever waited was 1.5hrs for it.  I’d suggest going straight to Na’vi River then since you will not want to wait very long for that short ride

I was told the River Journey wasn’t worth any wait  ;D

We actually didn’t even walk through Pandora because we only had about four hours in Animal Kingdom, most of which was spent eating supper or going from fast pass to fast pass.

I'd have to disagree with you on River Journey.  Very neat, absolutely gorgeous ride.  Is it worth a long wait?  No.  but I'd wait 30-45 minutes for it.  Only had to wait 15 for my ride (we were there early) and it was more than worth that.  You can see my video of it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSRdzBWZxF0

of course if you haven't seen the movie then you'll miss some of what is going on with the ride.  And the video really doesn't do it justice.

As for 4 hours in DAK?  Really?  The only park you might get away with only 4 hours is Hollywood Studios, and even that's really not appropriate for it.  Thinking that 4 hours is worth visiting any Disney park is really silly- and, IMO a waste of money and time.

personally, as long as you can work in the rest stops and have a place to freshen up before hitting the parks I think the bus ride could be a lot of fun.  I know a number of schools in our area not far from SDC that have done busses down to Disney instead of flying.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 28, 2018, 03:56:37 PM

The most I ever waited was 1.5hrs for it.  I’d suggest going straight to Na’vi River then since you will not want to wait very long for that short ride

I was told the River Journey wasn’t worth any wait  ;D

We actually didn’t even walk through Pandora because we only had about four hours in Animal Kingdom, most of which was spent eating supper or going from fast pass to fast pass.

I'd have to disagree with you on River Journey.  Very neat, absolutely gorgeous ride.  Is it worth a long wait?  No.  but I'd wait 30-45 minutes for it.  Only had to wait 15 for my ride (we were there early) and it was more than worth that.  You can see my video of it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSRdzBWZxF0

of course if you haven't seen the movie then you'll miss some of what is going on with the ride.  And the video really doesn't do it justice.

As for 4 hours in DAK?  Really?  The only park you might get away with only 4 hours is Hollywood Studios, and even that's really not appropriate for it.  Thinking that 4 hours is worth visiting any Disney park is really silly- and, IMO a waste of money and time.

personally, as long as you can work in the rest stops and have a place to freshen up before hitting the parks I think the bus ride could be a lot of fun.  I know a number of schools in our area not far from SDC that have done busses down to Disney instead of flying.

Ok, I was actually wrong when I said that. I think I actually said to someone who had ridden River Journey that the current wait is 60+ minutes (I don’t remember the exact time) and they said it wasn’t worth that wait. So I shouldn’t have said that it wasn’t worth any wait.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 28, 2018, 05:47:02 PM
Well we did 4 Days 3 Nights (All-Stars Resort) with round-trip air from MCI to MCO for $1050 each
It would cost a lot more to do bus. 
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 28, 2018, 08:41:58 PM
I suppose the phrase would be, "Do you even Southwest Bro?"  I'm just kidding but that sounds awfully expensive.
Of course, I've got used to having a choice between Frontier, Allegiant, and Southwest all flying Orlando nonstop. That makes for sweet prices. MEM TSA would handle 80 booger pickers in about 20 minutes.

As for Animal Kingdom, it's my favorite of the bunch and I'm excited to see it at night. I think it would be the best park with two more high caliber attractions and a possible conversion of Dinosaur and that whole area to Indy. I suppose that goes with how well a reboot goes.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 28, 2018, 09:26:42 PM
I think the issue for tmboote is West Lyon Iowa is in BFE and not really close to a major airport unless they were to bus to MSP.  Whereas we are located in Columbia and have MCI STL and COU all near by. 

And yes we flew Southwest and had no issues whatsoever. 
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 28, 2018, 10:00:57 PM
I think the issue for tmboote is West Lyon Iowa is in BFE and not really close to a major airport unless they were to bus to MSP.  Whereas we are located in Columbia and have MCI STL and COU all near by. 

And yes we flew Southwest and had no issues whatsoever.

And also your group was only about 15 people (right?) as opposed to our 80 so it makes sense flying would be cheaper than a bus for you. Our best option for a direct flight would’ve been Sioux Falls to Sanford airport which still would’ve required some sort of bussing to our hotel when we arrived and that flight only goes twice a week.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: mhguy77 on January 28, 2018, 10:24:31 PM
Ladies and Gents,
Any suggestions would be appreciated I am looking to fly from NC AR/SW/MO area if anyone is aware of any specials drop a hint for me.  I think I can take a cab cheaper than coach.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 28, 2018, 10:46:55 PM
Ladies and Gents,
Any suggestions would be appreciated I am looking to fly from NC AR/SW/MO area if anyone is aware of any specials drop a hint for me.  I think I can take a cab cheaper than coach.

You are looking to fly from NWA or Springfield or even Joplin to where and when?
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 28, 2018, 11:01:50 PM
I think the issue for tmboote is West Lyon Iowa is in BFE and not really close to a major airport unless they were to bus to MSP.  Whereas we are located in Columbia and have MCI STL and COU all near by. 

And yes we flew Southwest and had no issues whatsoever.

And also your group was only about 15 people (right?) as opposed to our 80 so it makes sense flying would be cheaper than a bus for you. Our best option for a direct flight would’ve been Sioux Falls to Sanford airport which still would’ve required some sort of bussing to our hotel when we arrived and that flight only goes twice a week.

Wrong.  We had 40 in our group.  Your issue is West Lyon is in the middle of nowhere so busing probably was “simpler” - who did you guys go through to book the trip.  Sounds like the travel agent was a moron. 
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Tmboote on January 29, 2018, 07:41:57 AM
I think the issue for tmboote is West Lyon Iowa is in BFE and not really close to a major airport unless they were to bus to MSP.  Whereas we are located in Columbia and have MCI STL and COU all near by. 

And yes we flew Southwest and had no issues whatsoever.

And also your group was only about 15 people (right?) as opposed to our 80 so it makes sense flying would be cheaper than a bus for you. Our best option for a direct flight would’ve been Sioux Falls to Sanford airport which still would’ve required some sort of bussing to our hotel when we arrived and that flight only goes twice a week.

Wrong.  We had 40 in our group.  Your issue is West Lyon is in the middle of nowhere so busing probably was “simpler” - who did you guys go through to book the trip.  Sounds like the travel agent was a moron.

I think the name was Bob Rogers Travel or something like that. It also didn’t help airplane prices that we went over Christmas.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: mhguy77 on January 29, 2018, 09:35:28 AM

I guess I shouldn't post right before bed.
 I am needing to fly to Ohare from the Branson area.  Sorry for not being clear, dates are flexible so I am looking for a decent deal. they were asking 350.00 1 way from SGF last night. WoW!
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Swoosh on January 29, 2018, 12:25:21 PM
I think the issue for tmboote is West Lyon Iowa is in BFE and not really close to a major airport unless they were to bus to MSP.  Whereas we are located in Columbia and have MCI STL and COU all near by. 

And yes we flew Southwest and had no issues whatsoever.

And also your group was only about 15 people (right?) as opposed to our 80 so it makes sense flying would be cheaper than a bus for you. Our best option for a direct flight would’ve been Sioux Falls to Sanford airport which still would’ve required some sort of bussing to our hotel when we arrived and that flight only goes twice a week.

Wrong.  We had 40 in our group.  Your issue is West Lyon is in the middle of nowhere so busing probably was “simpler” - who did you guys go through to book the trip.  Sounds like the travel agent was a moron.

I think the name was Bob Rogers Travel or something like that. It also didn’t help airplane prices that we went over Christmas.

I was going to guess BRT.  Yeah I’ve had subpar experiences with them in the past.  Your director needs to look at Super Holiday Tours if they ever consider going back to Orlando.  (I know that doesn’t effect you in the least bit)
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 29, 2018, 01:06:25 PM

I guess I shouldn't post right before bed.
 I am needing to fly to Ohare from the Branson area.  Sorry for not being clear, dates are flexible so I am looking for a decent deal. they were asking 350.00 1 way from SGF last night. WoW!

The legacy carriers( Delta, AA, United) will punish you for one way tickets. It may be cheaper to book R/T and eat the return.

If you are after a one way, I'd go with Southwest from Tulsa that will  connect from Dal, Den or STL or fly from KC. Or... use Southern Air Express to MEM from Harrison and self connect to a Southwest nonstop flight, the Legacy one way prices should be much lower at either KC or MEM thanks to the direct Southwest flight effect. But Tulsa may just be the best solutuon at the shortest possible drive.

If it's anywhere on Southwest Tues and Wed sometimes Thus are always the cheapest or in my case, lowest points needed.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on January 29, 2018, 01:22:34 PM
It's kinda hard without dates but Tulsa isn't horrible it seems
KC can be had for 100 to 150 across the board.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: HumphreyHawk on February 06, 2018, 09:57:59 AM
I need suggestions....

I'm traveling to Ontario,CA (LA, Inland Empire) in a couple of weeks for work.  I may actually have an afternoon/evening off for a change on this work trip. 

I want to get some coaster credits and I'm heavily leaning toward trying to hit Magic Mountain.  Any tips for that park?  or reasons I should do KBF instead?  It's about the same drive to both from where I'm staying.

Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: sirwillow on February 06, 2018, 04:39:23 PM
I need suggestions....

I'm traveling to Ontario,CA (LA, Inland Empire) in a couple of weeks for work.  I may actually have an afternoon/evening off for a change on this work trip. 

I want to get some coaster credits and I'm heavily leaning toward trying to hit Magic Mountain.  Any tips for that park?  or reasons I should do KBF instead?  It's about the same drive to both from where I'm staying.

It might look the same distance, but it's not.  From Ontario SFMM is 90 minutes or more, depending on traffic, while Knott's should still be under an hour.  That adds up in a hurry.  And LA traffic can quickly and easily turn those much worse.  With Knott's you'd have the options of taking some other major streets instead of the LA freeways if need be, but that won't happen with SFMM.  And it's not unusual for the 210 and 5 to get gridlocked bad (those are the main routes you'd take to SFMM)

I think that SFMM has the better collection of coasters, but if you're shooting for just an afternoon/ evening, you're going to be a lot more out of a trip to Knott's than you would trying to get up to SFMM

(plus there's the whole deal with schedules and what time the parks close on the days you're there)
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: HumphreyHawk on February 09, 2018, 09:26:29 AM
I need suggestions....

I'm traveling to Ontario,CA (LA, Inland Empire) in a couple of weeks for work.  I may actually have an afternoon/evening off for a change on this work trip. 

I want to get some coaster credits and I'm heavily leaning toward trying to hit Magic Mountain.  Any tips for that park?  or reasons I should do KBF instead?  It's about the same drive to both from where I'm staying.

It might look the same distance, but it's not.  From Ontario SFMM is 90 minutes or more, depending on traffic, while Knott's should still be under an hour.  That adds up in a hurry.  And LA traffic can quickly and easily turn those much worse.  With Knott's you'd have the options of taking some other major streets instead of the LA freeways if need be, but that won't happen with SFMM.  And it's not unusual for the 210 and 5 to get gridlocked bad (those are the main routes you'd take to SFMM)

I think that SFMM has the better collection of coasters, but if you're shooting for just an afternoon/ evening, you're going to be a lot more out of a trip to Knott's than you would trying to get up to SFMM

(plus there's the whole deal with schedules and what time the parks close on the days you're there)

Thanks for the advice - It will be me first experience on a LA freeway for this ks boy.  I figured MM would be the tougher trip.  I get in late morning and hope to have the afternoon/evening available.  Both parks are open till 8 that day!  I'm still waiting to see if I have to meet a coworker flying in the afternoon (to share a car rental).  That might kill the whole plan.  I have meetings all day the next day and then fly out for a quick trip.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Gilligan on February 09, 2018, 02:52:14 PM
My next trip will be from Branson area to Washington DC.  Based on another thread, you guys suggested KC or Tulsa.  Thinking of Tulsa next time - is that still a good plan?

Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on February 09, 2018, 04:21:01 PM
I need suggestions....

I'm traveling to Ontario,CA (LA, Inland Empire) in a couple of weeks for work.  I may actually have an afternoon/evening off for a change on this work trip. 

I want to get some coaster credits and I'm heavily leaning toward trying to hit Magic Mountain.  Any tips for that park?  or reasons I should do KBF instead?  It's about the same drive to both from where I'm staying.

It might look the same distance, but it's not.  From Ontario SFMM is 90 minutes or more, depending on traffic, while Knott's should still be under an hour.  That adds up in a hurry.  And LA traffic can quickly and easily turn those much worse.  With Knott's you'd have the options of taking some other major streets instead of the LA freeways if need be, but that won't happen with SFMM.  And it's not unusual for the 210 and 5 to get gridlocked bad (those are the main routes you'd take to SFMM)

I think that SFMM has the better collection of coasters, but if you're shooting for just an afternoon/ evening, you're going to be a lot more out of a trip to Knott's than you would trying to get up to SFMM

(plus there's the whole deal with schedules and what time the parks close on the days you're there)

Thanks for the advice - It will be me first experience on a LA freeway for this ks boy.  I figured MM would be the tougher trip.  I get in late morning and hope to have the afternoon/evening available.  Both parks are open till 8 that day!  I'm still waiting to see if I have to meet a coworker flying in the afternoon (to share a car rental).  That might kill the whole plan.  I have meetings all day the next day and then fly out for a quick trip.

Practice by going to Memphis and hitting I-240 an hour before the overnight Fed Ex sort and the natives getting to work. Hold on tight. You master that, LA will be a breeze.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: HumphreyHawk on February 09, 2018, 06:05:51 PM
I need suggestions....

I'm traveling to Ontario,CA (LA, Inland Empire) in a couple of weeks for work.  I may actually have an afternoon/evening off for a change on this work trip. 

I want to get some coaster credits and I'm heavily leaning toward trying to hit Magic Mountain.  Any tips for that park?  or reasons I should do KBF instead?  It's about the same drive to both from where I'm staying.

It might look the same distance, but it's not.  From Ontario SFMM is 90 minutes or more, depending on traffic, while Knott's should still be under an hour.  That adds up in a hurry.  And LA traffic can quickly and easily turn those much worse.  With Knott's you'd have the options of taking some other major streets instead of the LA freeways if need be, but that won't happen with SFMM.  And it's not unusual for the 210 and 5 to get gridlocked bad (those are the main routes you'd take to SFMM)

I think that SFMM has the better collection of coasters, but if you're shooting for just an afternoon/ evening, you're going to be a lot more out of a trip to Knott's than you would trying to get up to SFMM

(plus there's the whole deal with schedules and what time the parks close on the days you're there)

Thanks for the advice - It will be me first experience on a LA freeway for this ks boy.  I figured MM would be the tougher trip.  I get in late morning and hope to have the afternoon/evening available.  Both parks are open till 8 that day!  I'm still waiting to see if I have to meet a coworker flying in the afternoon (to share a car rental).  That might kill the whole plan.  I have meetings all day the next day and then fly out for a quick trip.

Practice by going to Memphis and hitting I-240 an hour before the overnight Fed Ex sort and the natives getting to work. Hold on tight. You master that, LA will be a breeze.

Wow....funny you said that...I was literal there on my last on-site visit.  Working on a project there by the airport.  I got in town and out pretty quickly.  Co-worker stayed a couple of days and came back with some stories.  Apparently theres a local BBQ place that is so amazing it had armed parking lot security...lol
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on February 09, 2018, 07:00:09 PM
That would be Panye's up Lamar in Orange Mound. Very, very good. Go in daytime only.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on February 09, 2018, 07:19:43 PM
My next trip will be from Branson area to Washington DC.  Based on another thread, you guys suggested KC or Tulsa.  Thinking of Tulsa next time - is that still a good plan?

Frontier is offering flights to Dulles from Tulsa real cheap right now. Allegiant flies to Baltimore from Tulsa. I haven't checked to see if they are seasonal.

At BWI you either rent a car and drive into DC or take a shuttle bus to the train station nearby and go by rail to Union Station and use the Metro from there.

Dulles is still at least a year away from having a metro station right there. So it's renting a car, uber, or taking a bus to the nearest station on the Arlington Line.

I'd rent a car at Dulles ( get the toll pass). Depending on time,  you can do the Air and Space Museum there, Manassas/Bull Run, Arlington Old Town and Arlington Cemetary going into town.

When they get the Metro Line to Dulles done, I think you'll see somewhat of a shift from BWI to there from lower cost carriers. I can see WN and Frontier offering more from there. Frontier has tried serveral times to build it up. That metro is the key.

You can check KC as American may be pretty close Southwest but flying into DCA/Regan, the ideal DC airport. I have no idea if American flies nonstop to DCA from MCI, it does from XNA and LIT but they are EXPENSIVE.

If I was flying from Memphis, that would be a no brainer. The small difference in price would be well worth it.

Fly midweek(Tue,Wed), it's always cheaper than the weekend (Thurs-Sun) Sometimes, Sat is forgiving.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Gilligan on February 11, 2018, 03:29:06 PM
Chittlins, once I get near DC I'm gold!  Our son can pick us up.  During Christmas, we drove out there but don't want to do it again anytime soon.  We did spend a day at the Air and Space Museum at Dulles and that was awesome! Seeing the space shuttle and the Enola Gay in person and thinking about the historical aspect of just those two pieces of history was incredible.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: chittlins on February 11, 2018, 07:44:30 PM
Chittlins, once I get near DC I'm gold!  Our son can pick us up.  During Christmas, we drove out there but don't want to do it again anytime soon.  We did spend a day at the Air and Space Museum at Dulles and that was awesome! Seeing the space shuttle and the Enola Gay in person and thinking about the historical aspect of just those two pieces of history was incredible.

That view of the SR with the Shuttle behind it is air and space porn. We spent the afternoon there, watched an A380 and 747 take off in the tower and caught Wonder Woman in the Imax while the traffic died down before heading into DC Proper.
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: sirwillow on February 19, 2018, 04:07:57 PM
Getting this caught up a bit and taking a hint from Swoosh and turning some of it into links to the vlogs of each that I've posted so far, as well as an update on trips.

This year is starting to shape up to be a big one, and it's very early in the planning stages still.

I leave Friday for a week in Florida:
Sat 1/13 Disney Springshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdCs_W-oMjU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdCs_W-oMjU)
Sun 1/14 Animal Kingdom  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C43tfgUWxjQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C43tfgUWxjQ)
Pandora-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnVtW67CDiE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnVtW67CDiE)
Mon 1/15 Epcot  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPyVj46jT1E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPyVj46jT1E)
    Wrap up of Animal Kingdom and Epcot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNyDvcL6uLA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNyDvcL6uLA)
Tues 1/16 Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-xLTC8olYQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-xLTC8olYQ)
    Wizarding World of Harry Potter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR6bpbCoWiw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR6bpbCoWiw)
Weds 1/17 Disney Hollywood Studios coming soon
Thurs 1/18 Magic Kingdom coming soon

And it was confirmed this last week that I'm going to Paris, France at the end of March.  Will be spending 4 or 5 days at Disneyland Paris in addition to going into the city. So extremely excited about the trip!
Title: Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
Post by: Gilligan on February 19, 2018, 04:10:24 PM
Getting this caught up a bit and taking a hint from Swoosh and turning some of it into links to the vlogs of each that I've posted so far, as well as an update on trips.

This year is starting to shape up to be a big one, and it's very early in the planning stages still.

I leave Friday for a week in Florida:
Sat 1/13 Disney Springshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdCs_W-oMjU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdCs_W-oMjU)
Sun 1/14 Animal Kingdom  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C43tfgUWxjQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C43tfgUWxjQ)
Pandora-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnVtW67CDiE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnVtW67CDiE)
Mon 1/15 Epcot  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPyVj46jT1E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPyVj46jT1E)
    Wrap up of Animal Kingdom and Epcot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNyDvcL6uLA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNyDvcL6uLA)
Tues 1/16 Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-xLTC8olYQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-xLTC8olYQ)
    Wizarding World of Harry Potter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR6bpbCoWiw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR6bpbCoWiw)
Weds 1/17 Disney Hollywood Studios coming soon
Thurs 1/18 Magic Kingdom coming soon

And it was confirmed this last week that I'm going to Paris, France at the end of March.  Will be spending 4 or 5 days at Disneyland Paris in addition to going into the city. So extremely excited about the trip!

Hope you have a wonderful time!