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  1. 4 points
    Hi Everyone! I found out that kids can skate and bowl free all summer long. All you have to do is go sign up at www.kidsbowlfree.com and register each child and www.kidsskatefree.com and register your child. Also check your local movie theaters they are offering the summer movie express and admission is only 1$ for everyone. All movies start at 10am.Kids can watch their favorite movies for nine weeks. They will play two movies for each week. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.
  2. 3 points
    Hi, We will be staying at the fort, this will be the first time for us as we've only had the RV about 9 mo.
  3. 3 points
    We will be at the Fort along with 4 other families from the Dallas area. We have stayed at the Fort over 20 times and love it each time. Here are on my tips including transportation. 1. Request a campsite near transportation specifically loop 100, 200, 300 (pet loop), 400. You can easily walk to the Settlement to catch a boat to MK or a bus to MK (they change the bus and move it to the outpost some years). Also, if the big boat (left side of the dock line) is not there or has a huge line, take the small boat (right side of the dock line) to the Contemporary, walk through the hotel and turn right. It's a quick 10 minute walk to MK. In the evening we sometimes take the Contemporary boat home because the line is very long for the big boat. When the kids were little, we would run up to the snack bar and get the kids a snack so the line would shorten at the Contemporary. Be sure you ask how late the boats are running that evening. (You could also take snacks to eat inside MK while waiting for the boat line to go down.) We use our car to everything else. The internal and external bus system is slow and parking at the parks this time of year is easy (except during Food & Wine Festival at Epcot). It's also wonderful to go back to your car when you are tired and not wait in line for a bus. Since you will be staying on property, parking will be free. 2. Christmas decorations will be up at the campsites. If you have time and don't want to walk, rent a golf cart for 1 day and drive the camp ground to look at decorations (and the rigs, only campers get that) and then drive to the beach at the Settlement and watch fireworks at MK (They pipe in the music). This year they have changed the fireworks show so I am not sure how visable they will be. Maybe pick A Very Merry Christmas Party night because it is a different firework show. 3. We sometimes drive to the Poly and eat their counter service, it has fun selections. We also drive to the Earl of Sandwich in Disney Springs (aka Downtown Disney). Get the Holiday Sandwich! Otherwise I cook our dinner over night in the crock pot. Sometimes we eat it for breakfast and then warm it up when we get back. The Settlement has good pizza and a chicken meal for take out. You have to order in person (no phone calls). 4. Washing machines are wonderful at the Fort and you can use a credit card. The comfort stations are very clean and have lots of hot water. You must use your key for entry during certain times. 5. We usually get to the park at rope drop, come back to the camper at 11 or 12 eat, swim, nap and then go back to the park around 5ish. It depends on the park closing. On Epcot days we like to stay for the bands and no one is in Future World at night so we head to the park around noonish and stroll around until fireworks (and stay in the world until the people clear out). It's been over a year since we have been to Disney so things could have changed. I could go on! If you have other questions, let me know! Shelley Oh, swims late after you get back to the park are fun too!
  4. 3 points
    Hello All! My family and I will be moving to the area very soon and we will be homeschooling. I have a seven year old son, a six year old son, a three year old daughter and a 2 year old son. We started off our year using a Waldorf curriculum and now we are heading more towards an unschooling perspective/eclectic homeschooling. We are on our own timeline and aren't necessarily into following any specific curriculum but rather allowing our children to follow their interests! We are always evolving:) I am interested in finding people with similar ideals but also just kind people who are also looking for friendship. We will not know anyone in this area and it's important to me that my kids make connections. They are super sweet kids!! We would love to get involved with a group that we can see on a weekly basis. I have found REACH and the Midlands unschooling group but am also looking for families closer to the Camden area as well that could get together for play dates, etc. We love to hike, we love playgrounds, swimming, legos, exploring, animals and many many other things. We also love to garden and we love to eat fresh organic food. That is just a little bit about us. I hope there are others in the area to connect with:) Looking forward to getting to know SC and making connections!
  5. 3 points
    Hi everyone! Here is a list of some great reading rewards programs that kids of all ages can enjoy. I will post more as I come across them. Sylvan's Book Adventure Reading Program, TD Bank Summer Reading Program, Scholastic Summer Reading Program, Books a Million, Chuck E. Cheese Summer Reading Program. Half Price Book.Summer Reading Program, iRead reading program, Showcase Cinemas Summer Reading Program, Sync Summer Reading Program for Teens.Pottery Barn Kids Summer Book Club. Happy Reading Everyone!
  6. 2 points
    Welcome to homeschooling in the area dcannon! It looks like our daughters are about the same age!
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  8. 2 points
    How long after I register until I get the email about paying? I have money burning a hole in my pocket!!
  9. 2 points
    Some great advice on different curriculums! That was probably the most stressful thing for me in the beginning! A friend actually recommended this FREE (yes, free!) curriculum called Easy Peasy, it's all online and goes from pre-k through high school! It's pretty neat! This is our first year trying out homeschooling, and are so excited! We are also in the RH area! I figured we would start with the free curriculum as our "guide" and then I will swap and tweak things as we need to, as we figure out what works for us. I already have so many fun ideas from Pinterest to swap some stuff around with EP, or to just add to what we're learning already. I am still getting things organized and ready for the first couple of weeks. I'm also being mindful that we will need lots of grace and flexibility while we transition into our new homeschooling journey...but we couldn't be any more excited! Good luck with your journey, and I'll be around on here if you'd like to reach out!
  10. 2 points
    Hi All, So excited to be joining you this year. My kids, girl and boy- 9 & 10 are over the moon to possibly meeting new friends for Disney. We are Disney Fans, visiting annually and a couple times biannually since 2010 with a few cruises thrown in and Ohana at Aulani. Lots of tips to offer also but do not want to overwhelm anyone either. We have had many Disney magic experiences from staff that keep us coming back. We do like the Tusker House at Animal Kingdom, Mickey and Mickey, Donald and Goofy in Safari garb. We would like to try the new Cape May this year with Flynn Rider, Rapunzel and Ariel. 1900 Park fare, The Madhatter tea party for the kids, Crystal palace, lunch in the Cinderella castle for your budget. We did like Ohana at the Polynesian also. Even if you can't get in now, keep checking in, there are lots of cancellations, and I think one of the Disney boards actually advertises cancellations for dining. Like someone else said, go to wdwresort website and you can plug in your parameters, but calling Disney itself can get you in current cancellations. Can't to meet you all.
  11. 2 points
    We love Fort Wilderness and yes there is a bus system from Fort Wildernrss to everywhere in disney. There's also a ferry that takes you from campground to MK and also a place at MK you can catch monorail to Epcot. For several years we have just parked and never moved our car the whole time. Last year we did drive to parks some b/c it was faster especially on day of a morning class and I don't wanna be late. If you stay in park you will get a parking pass. I've never had or rented a golf cart so far, I've been fine with a bike and trailer to pool, store, or ferry. The experience at campground is so much better than any hotels. Nothing like your own house on wheels.
  12. 2 points
    Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Asia - Drinkwallah: Adult Coconut-Lychee Lemonade ($8.25) Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Asia - Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks: Frozen Banana - Chocolate-covered with Nuts ($4.79) Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Asia - Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe - Breakfast: breakfast tacos, breakfast burritos, English muffin sandwiches ($9 - $10) Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Asia - Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe - Lunch and Dinner: Vegetable Tikki Masala - Garbanzo Beans, Zucchini, Peppers, Onions and Tomatoes in a creamy Tikka Masala Sauce served with White Rice ($10.99), Mini Mango Pie ($4.99) Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, DinoLand U.S.A. - Dino-Bite Snacks: Edy's No Sugar Added Butter Pecan ice cream ($5.29) Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, DinoLand U.S.A. - Restaurantosaurus: Vegetarian Black Bean Burger - Spicy Southwestern-flavored Patty on a Toasted Bun with Cheddar and House-made Avocado Spread served with Southwest Salad and French Fries ($13.49), (Kids' meal) Turkey Wrap includes two selections: Grapes, GoGo squeeZ® Applesauce, or steamed Broccoli and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Water served with your own Sand Pail and Shovel. Meets Disney Nutrition Guidelines for Complete Meals without substitutions ($9.99) Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Discovery Island - Eight Spoon Cafe: Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork ($6.29), Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Shrimp and Sweet Chili Sauce ($6.49) Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Discovery Island - Flame Tree BBQ - The view sitting here is AMAZING! Take a picture!: Ribs, Chicken, & Pulled Pork Platter - Smoked Ribs, Chicken and Pulled Pork served with House-made Baked Beans, Coleslaw and Jalapeño Cornbread ($19.99 GREAT FOR SHARING!), Ribs & Chicken Combo - Ribs and Chicken served with Home-made Baked Beans, Coleslaw and Jalapeño Cornbread ($16.49 Great to share!), 1/2 Chicken - Marinated Slow-smoked Chicken served with Signature Baked Beans, Coleslaw and Jalapeño Cornbread ($13.99) Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Discovery Island - Pizzafari: Flatbreads served with Tomato and Cucumber Salad: Cheese, Mediterranean, Shrimp, Cheeseburger, Pepperoni ($10 - $13.50), Broccoli ($2.39), (Kids' meal) Cheese Flatbread served with choice of two sides of Grapes, Carrot Sticks, or fresh Steamed Broccoli and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Water ($6.99) Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Discovery Island - The Smiling Crocodile - SOME OF THE MOST AFFORDABLE SANDWICHES: Salmon BLT Sandwich - Open-faced Smoked Salmon Sandwich made with Thick-cut Smoked, House-roasted Bacon on Ciabatta Bread ($5.49), Pimento Cheese BLT Sandwich - Open-faced Sandwich made with Hand-crafted Pimento Cheese, Thick-cut Smoked, House-roasted Bacon on Ciabatta Bread Topped with Chives ($5.29), Turkey BLT Sandwich - Open-faced Turkey Sandwich made with Thick-cut Smoked, House-roasted Bacon on Ciabatta Bread ($5.29) Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Discovery Island - Terra Treats: Hummus with Vegetables ($4.39), Buffalo Chicken Wings ($5.99) $14.99 and under at the BOARDWALK: Disney's BoardWalk, Epcot® Resort Area - Boardwalk Bakery - UNKNOWN WHY but coffee, tea, bottled water, etc drinks are slightly cheaper here than anywhere else!: Roast Beef and Salami Sandwich - with Provolone, Sweet Pickled Peppers, and Herb Mayonnaise on House-made Ciabatta ($11.99) Disney's BoardWalk, Epcot® Resort Area - Funnel Cake Cart: Fried Ice Cream ($5.50), Bottled Water ($2.50!), Funnel Cake Gift Kit ($19) Disney's BoardWalk, Epcot® Resort Area - Pizza Window: Whole Pizzas - Cheese, Pepperoni, Combination ($21 - 24)
  13. 2 points
    I am hoping this will help others to find not so common foods, kids' meals that are a better deal, vegetarian food items, items that other guests always seem to talk about (Dole Whip, Cronut, etc), special things that are found at certain locations, and food items that are good for sharing. Our family orders Kids' menu items from Quick Service to save money.. we have done this without issue. We haven't tried ordering Kids' meals from Table Service. Some items cost more in one location than another and I don't know why but if I list the item, it will be the cheaper location (Turkey leg in MK is currently $10.99 but in EPCOT is $11.75.. Cheese sauce is $1.00 in MK but only $.75 in Epcot). I have found the same with some alcoholic drinks but I'm not really trying to list those (your hint: EPCOT costs more but also has some items/drinks you can't find in other parks). $14.99 and under in MAGIC KINGDOM: Magic Kingdom Park, Adventureland - Aloha Isle: Dole Whip, Dole Whip float, pineapple spear ($4 - $5.50) Magic Kingdom Park, Adventureland - Sunshine Terrace: Citrus Swirl, Citrus Swirl float, root beer float ($4 - $5.50) Magic Kingdom Park, Adventureland - Tortuga Tavern: Turkey Leg ($11), Tortuga Island Dessert - Chocolate Almond Cake topped with a Red Caramel Dome surrounded by a Sea of Blue Whipped Cream, Candied Sunflower Seeds, and Chocolate Gold Coins ($4.59) Magic Kingdom Park, Fantasyland - Be Our Guest - Lunch: (Kids meal) Grilled Shrimp with Broccoli and Peach Applesauce ($8.49), Master's Cupcake - Chocolate Sponge Cake topped with Lumiere’s special “Grey Stuff” ($4.99) Magic Kingdom Park, Fantasyland - Be Our Guest - Dinner - ONLY place to meet 'BEAST': "The Grey Stuff" ($5.00), (Kids' meals) a)Macaroni and cheese OR b)Cheese Sandwich with Turkey Noodle Soup - each are served with Seasonal Vegetables and choice of one (1) Beverage and one (1) Dessert which can include "The Grey Stuff" ($10) Magic Kingdom Park, Fantasyland - Pinocchio Village Haus - Can sit in here and see part of the Small World Ride: Penne Pasta with Marinara - served with choice of Fountain Beverage ($7.29), (Kids' meal) Pepperoni Flatbread - includes Dannon® Danimals® Smoothie, GoGo squeeZ® Applesauce, and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Water ($7.49) Magic Kingdom Park, Frontierland - Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe - this place is known for it's 'extras' to pile onto your plate, NEW! This place now serves a HUGE platter of Nachos (was told you have to call ahead for this.. it's like a NACHO COMA unless you have a small army to feed!): (Kids' meal) Beef Nachos - served with GoGo squeeZe® Applesauce, Carrots and a choice of 1% Mickey Milk, Small Dasani® Bottled Water, or 100% Apple Juice ($6.49) Magic Kingdom Park, Frontierland - Westward Ho - Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwich - Bacon, Egg, Cheddar, and Pepper Jack served on a Multigrain Croissant ($6.49) Magic Kingdom Park, Liberty Square - Columbia Harbour House - THERE IS AN UPSTAIRS YOU CAN SIT AND EAT check it out: Land and Sea Trio - Fried Shrimp, Breaded Chicken, and Battered Fish with Coleslaw, served with choice of Steamed Fresh Vegetables, Apple Slices, or French Fries ($13.99), Combination Platter - choose two of our delicious offerings: Fried Shrimp, Battered Fish, or Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets, served with Coleslaw and choice of Steamed Fresh Vegetables, Apple Slices, or French Fries ($12.49), Original Plates - choose one of our delicious offerings: Fried Shrimp, Battered Fish, or Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets, served with Coleslaw and a choice of Steamed Fresh Vegetables, Apple Slices or French Fries ($10.99), Vegetarian Chili ($6.49), (Kids' meal) Chicken Breast Nuggets and Fish - choose one of our delicious offerings: Fried Shrimp, Battered Fish, or Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets, served with Coleslaw and a choice of Steamed Fresh Vegetables, Apple Slices or French Fries ($7.19) Magic Kingdom Park, Liberty Square - Liberty Square Market: Wide variety of fruit, yogurt, turkey leg, pretzel, chips, hot dog, cookies, trail mix ($2 - $11) Magic Kingdom Park, Liberty Square - Sleepy Hollow - Breakfast: Breakfast Egg and Cheese Waffle Served until 12:00 PM Magic Kingdom Park, Liberty Square - Sleepy Hollow - Lunch and Dinner: Sweet and Spicey Chicken Waffle Sandwich ($8.99), Pretzel Dog with house made chips ($9.49), Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich served with Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread ($7.99), Funnel Cake topped with strawberries and whipped topping ($7.79), Baked Potato Served with Butter, Sour Cream and Cheese ($3.99) Magic Kingdom Park, Main Street, U.S.A. - Plaza Ice Cream: Doughnut Sundae - Glazed Doughnut with Cinnamon-Apple Topping, one scoop of Hand-made Ice Cream, topped with Whipped Cream, Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter Chips, Hot Fudge Topping, Milk Chocolate Mickey Ears and a Cherry ($5.99), Mickey's Kitchen Sink Sundae - your choice of Hot Fudge, Peanut Butter or Caramel topped with Whipped Cream and two Cherries with your choice of two hand-scoops of Ice Cream ($16.99) Magic Kingdom Park, Tomorrowland - Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe: 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken - Slow-roasted Rotisserie Chicken served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans ($14.49), (Kids' meal) Kids' Salad with Turkey - served with Carrot Sticks, GoGo squeeZ® and choice of small lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Water Magic Kingdom Park, Tomorrowland - Tomorrowland Terrace: Pulled Pork Bahn Mi - Hoagie Roll filled with Asian Pulled Pork topped with Pickled Vegetables and a spicy Sriracha Aïoli served with Apple Slices or House-made Chips ($11.29), Rocky Road Brownie ($4.59) $14.99 and under at EPCOT: Epcot, Future World - Electric Umbrella: Veggie Naan-wich - Naan Bread filled with Broccoli Slaw, Edamame and drizzled with Tofu Wasabi Dressing served with French Fries ($9.99), Chicken Breast Nuggets (8 pieces) served with French Fries ($9.49), (Kids' meal) Chicken Breast Nuggets - include Dannon® Danimals® Smoothie, Apple Slices, choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani® Bottled Water, Small Nesquik® Chocolate Milk, Cherry Gelatin, Apple Slices, and French Fries, or Cookie substituted upon request. ($6.79), No Sugar Added Brownie ($4.19), Frozen Pineapple-Coconut Slushie ($4.29) Epcot, Future World - Fountain View --- not IN this but near it.. you can find CLUB COOL, go in and try the different sodas from around the world.. FREE! Try the Beverly! Everyone talks about it. Epcot, Future World - The Land Cart: Fruit and Cheese plate - Grapes, Strawberries, Cheddar and Swiss Cheese ($6.50), Vegetable Plate - Broccoli, Carrot Sticks, and Tomatoes with Dip ($4.25), Whole fruit, Hummus with pretzels, Veggie chips ($2 - $5) Epcot, Future World - Sunshine Seasons - Breakfast: Breakfast Power Wrap - with Wild Rice, Sweet Potatoes, Blueberries, Avocado, and Tofu ($8.49), Breakfast Platter - Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes and Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding ($9.99), Breakfast Panini - Pork, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Arugula, Tomato, Chorizo-Pepper Jack Mornay Sauce, served with choice of side ($8.49), (Kids' meal) Breakfast Platter - Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding, and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water ($5.99) Epcot, Future World - Sunshine Seasons - Lunch and Dinner: Various Desserts - Creme brulee, pie, tart, brownie, cheesecakes ($3 - $6), (Kids' meal) Salmon served with Green Beans and includes choice of Carrots, GoGo squeeZ® Applesauce, Apple Slices, Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies or Cookie and a Small Beverage ($7.29), (Kids' meal) Chicken Wrap served with Carrots and Apple Slices and includes choice of GoGo squeeZ® Applesauce, Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies or Cookie and a Small Beverage ($6.79), (Kids' meal) Pasta with Marinara with Turkey Meatball includes choice of Carrots, GoGo squeeZ® Applesauce, Apple Slices, Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies or Cookie and a Small Beverage ($6.49), (Kids' meal) Ceasar Salad with Oak-fired Chicken served with Apple Slices, and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water ($5.99), (Kids' meal) Mongolian Beef served with Apple Slices, and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water. Meets Disney Nutrition Guidelines for Complete Meals without substitutions ($7.29) Epcot, World Showcase - Crepes des Chefs de France: Various Crepes ($4.50 - $6) Epcot, World Showcase - Gelati: Various ways to eat gelato flavors ($6.50 - $10), Primavera - Frozen Blend of Strawberry, Banana, and Peach Nectars ($5.25) Epcot, World Showcase - Joy of Tea: Curry Chicken Pocket ($4.50), Lucky Combo - A Curry Chicken Pocket with your choice of two Egg Rolls, a Soft Drink and an Ice Cream ($10.98), Strawberry Red Bean Ice Cream OR Caramel Ginger Ice Cream ($3.25), Interesting smoothies, teas, and drinks ($3 - $9) Epcot, World Showcase - Kabuki Cafe: limited Sushi ($5 - $5.50), (alcohol worth checking out if you drink $6 - $13) Epcot, World Showcase - Katsura Grill: limited Sushi in larger portions ($9 - $12), Steamed Rice ($2), Miso Soup ($3), Edemame ($4.00), (Kids' meals) Chicken Teriyaki with Mix Garden Salad, Cookie and choice of Juice or Milk or Soda ($8.00), Chicken & Shrimp OR Beef & Shrimp Teriyaki - each come with Mix Garden Salad, Cookie and choice of Juice or Milk or Soda ($9.00), Green Tea Ice Cream ($4.00), Green Tea Cheesecake ($4.50) Epcot, World Showcase - Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe: Various yummy pastries I've never heard of ($3 - $5.50), School Bread EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT and says you have to try! - Sweet Cardamom Bun filled with Vanilla Crème Custard and topped with Glazed and Toasted Coconut ($3.49), Ham and Apple Sandwich - Ham, Apple and Jarlsberg and Muenster Cheese with a Sweet Apple Chutney on Toasted Multigrain Bread ($7.99), Norwegian Club - Ham, Turkey, Bacon, Jarlsberg and Muenster Cheese with fresh Tomatoes, Sliced Red Onion and Lingonberry Mayonnaise on Toasted Multigrain Bread ($8.99) Epcot, World Showcase - La Cantina San Angel: Nacho Cheese ($.75), Paletas - traditional Fruit Popsicles with choice of Watermelon, Mango, Lime, and Coconut ($3.95) Epcot, World Showcase - Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie: Baguette - Half Fresh from our oven ($1.85), Baguette - Whole Fresh from our oven ($2.95), Fromages - Imported Cheese plate ($9.25), Palmier - Cinnamon and Chocolate Elephant Ears ($3.85) Epcot, World Showcase - Liberty Inn: Freshly Grilled Vegetarian "Chick'n" Breast served with Guacamole, Chipotle Corn Salsa, Lettuce, and Tomato ($9.99), Surf and Turf - Grilled 6oz NY Strip Steak and Fried Shrimp served with Demi Butter, French Fries and Steamed Broccoli ($14.99) Epcot, World Showcase - Lotus Blossom Cafe: Chicken Pot Stickers ($5.25), Hong Kong Style Vegetable Curry over rice ($9.99), (Kids' meal) Sweet and Sour Chicken with Steamed Rice and choice of 1% Milk, Small Bottled Water, or Juice ($7.95), (Kids' meal) Potstickers & Spring Rolls with choice of 1% Milk, Small Bottled Water, or Juice ($7.95), Lychee Ice Cream ($3.50) Epcot, World Showcase - Promenade Refreshments: House-made Ranch Kettle Chips ($2.99) Epcot, World Showcase - Refreshment Port: the VERY popular Croissant Donut aka "Cronut" tossed in Cinnamon Sugar ($4.99), (adult Godiva Hot Chocolate - Hot Cocoa with Godiva Liqueur $10 .. sorry no sorry.. it sounds too good NOT to mention!) Epcot, World Showcase - Tangierine Cafe: Vegetable Platter served with Tangierine Couscous Salad, Hummus and Tabouleh ($12.99), Shawarma Lamb Platter served with a side of Hummus, Tabouleh, and Tangierine Couscous Salad with fresh Moroccan Bread ($13.99), Saffron Rotisserie Chicken served with Yellow Rice ($17.99), Tabouleh ($3.99), Tangierine Couscous Salad ($3.99) $14.99 and under at HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS: Disney's Hollywood Studios, Commissary Lane - ABC Commissary: No Sugar Added Strawberry Parfait ($4.99), (Kids' meal - PERFECT FOR TODDLERS) Power Pack - Dannon® Danimals® Yogurt, Apple Wedges, Carrot Sticks, Goldfish Crackers, Apple-Cinnamon Snack Bar and a choice of small lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Water. Meets Disney Nutrition Guidelines for Complete Meals without substitutions ($5.99), Chicken and Rib Combo Platter - Smoked Barbecue Spare Ribs and Roasted Chicken served with Coleslaw and French Fries ($17.99) Disney's Hollywood Studios, Echo Lake - Backlot Express: Royal Guard Burger - 1/3 lb Angus Beef Burger, topped with Barbecued Brisket, Pepper Jack Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato and a Pickle on a Dark Bun served with Carrot Sticks or French Fries ($13.49), Grilled Vegetable Sandwich served with Applesauce, Carrot Sticks and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Water ($5.99) Disney's Hollywood Studios, Echo Lake - Min and Bill Dockside Diner: (Kids' meal) Pulled Pork Sandwich topped with Coleslaw and includes Carrot Sticks, Apple Slices and choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani® Water ($6.79) Disney's Hollywood Studios, Echo Lake - Oasis Canteen: Barq's Root Beer Float ($4.99) Disney's Hollywood Studios, Muppet Courtyard - PizzeRizzo: Meatball Sub - Hoagie Rolled stuffed with Seasoned Meatballs and Smothered in Marinara Sauce and Provolone Cheese served with Caesar Salad ($9.99), Vegetable Pizza - Pizza topped with Mushrooms, Peppers, Onions, and Tomatoes served with Caesar Salad ($9.99) Disney's Hollywood Studios, Sunset Boulevard - Anaheim Produce: Assorted WHOLE Fruit ($1.99 .. cheapest I've found), snack bars, veggies, chips, trail mix, dried fruit, fruit cups, Churro, Pretzel with cheese sauce ($1 - $6) Disney's Hollywood Studios, Sunset Boulevard - Hollywood Scoops: Adult Hard Root Beer Float mixed with Coney Island Hard Root Beer ($8.00) Disney's Hollywood Studios, Sunset Boulevard - Rosie's All American Cafe: Fried Green Tomato Sandwich - Jalapeño Ranch, Pepper Jack, and Arugula on Ciabatta Bread served with Coleslaw or French Fries ($9.99) $14.99 and under in ANIMAL KINGDOM: Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Africa - Harambe Fruit Market: Banana, Apple, Orange ($1.99 each), Flame Grilled Corn On The Cob - flame-grilled, Butter-dipped, with Market Curry Spice ($4.29) Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Africa - Harambe Market: (Kids' meal) BBQ Rib - glazed with Barbecue Sauce and includes two selections: Apple Wedges, Carrot Sticks, or fresh Broccoli Spears and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Water ($7.49), variety of soft drinks not commonly found in USA ($3.29 each), Frozen Flamingo - delicious non-alcoholic frozen concoction with flavors of Strawberry and Passion Fruit served in an ocarina musical sipper ($12.99), Beef and Lamb Gyro Flatbread - served with Green Papaya Slaw and Black-Eyed Pea Salad ($10.99), Grilled Vegetable Stack - served with Green Papaya Slaw and Black-Eyed Pea Salad ($9.99) Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Africa - Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery - Breakfast: Hot Breakfast Wrap - Egg, Sausage, Spinach and Goat Cheese ($6.79), Cereal with milk, Fruit cup, pastries, yogurt, muffins, huge cinnamon roll for 2 ($3 - $9) Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Africa - Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery - Lunch/Snack: Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich ($9.49), Roast Beef and Cheddar Panini - Fire Roasted Beef, Smoked Tillamook Cheddar, and Horseradish-Sherry Vinaigrette on Ciabatta Bread. Served with House-made Curry Spiced Chips ($10.99) Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Africa - Mahindi Market: Cinniamon Glazed Almonds OR Pecans ($5.39 each) Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Africa - Tamu Tamu: Adult Dole Whip cup ($7), Cocolate Covered Espresso Beans ($5.39), Chocolate Waffle with Vanilla Ice Cream or Chocolate Mousse ($5.59) Pay Using the App Once you’ve added everything that your family cares to enjoy, you can review your order and purchase it right from the app.We’re currently only accepting credit cards and debit cards for mobile order payments. If you would like to use Disney Gift Cards, Disney dining plans or any discounts that may be available to you, please order in person at the restaurant. When you arrive at the restaurant, open the app, tap on the image of your character and press the “I’m Here, Prepare My Order” button. This lets us know you’re here, so we can start your order.When your food is ready to enjoy, you will receive a notification from the app and you’ll pick up your meal at the area with the “Mobile Order Pick Up” sign. You can place mobile orders for the following quick-service restaurants: Columbia Harbour House Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café D-Luxe Burger Electric Umbrella Flame Tree Barbecue Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe Pinocchio Village Haus Pizzafari Restaurantosaurus Satu’li Canteen Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant
  14. 2 points
    Ripley's Aquarium (if that's the one you're talking about), gives homeschoolers a big discount. Be sure to take your membership letter or card with you for proof. Warmly, Dianna
  15. 2 points
    My daughter's favorite ride is the Great Movie Ride. (I don't know why, but she's always loved it!)
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    My girls and I just moved back to SC. I have maintained my SC teacher certification in art education. I have taught individual and private art instruction to children ages prek -12th grade. I teach out of my home in Mt Pleasant or can come to your location. My 13yo is homeschooled and also is anxious to meet other homeschoolers. We look forward to meeting you.
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    Hi! First time posting here. I saw your question about character dining and couldn't "not" say something. We LOVE character dining!!! It's the best way to meet characters, get autographs and pictures without standing in line. Disney is amazing at working with you on dietary issues, just call ahead and let them know. All of the menus are online, so you can check prices etc. Our favorites are: Ohana, 1900 Park Fare, Chef Mickey's, Crystal Palace, Be Our Guest. We did Garden Grill last year and although the characters were awesome, the food was kinda gross. It's a family buffet style dinner, so they bring all the food and sit it in the center of the table. There were really no chioices in what you got to eat....we didn't like it. We are going this September as a family (and my son and I will be going again in Nov. for the homeschool trip). We are trying Cape May and the Bon Voyage breakfasts this time and also the 1900 Park Fare dinner. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!!
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    Hi Rebecca! I have a 10yo 5th grade boy, and just graduated my daughter from high school as a homeschooler. I'm happy to be a friendly homeschool mom for you to ask questions of! Diana
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    I understand completely! I just posted to remind people that there are even more hidden costs - to get the decent dining plan, you have to pay rack rate (regular prices) for deluxe rooms, or pay to upgrade the dining plan. The counter service dining plan isn't good unless you do a lot of research and figure out where to eat decently (food that tastes good) at counter service restaurants. And even then, the regular (table service) dining plan is the best one for the experience. Free dining isn't free in any sense. We found that we could buy pizzas for our family on what it took to pay gratuity for one "free" dining table service meal. Free dining used to be worth it and we did it for 5 or more years. But not anymore.
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    Just wanted to say Hi to everyone, I started homeschooling my 5 year old son on June 1st, I am excited, and overwhelmed and glad you all are here. Thank you Dianna for such an awesome association. I hope to be here for years to come.
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    I also just started with my 5yr old this year. I have been doing things like Starfall with her since she was about 2 1/2. only on occasion and when she is interested. We've been "doing school" semi regularly for over a year already and now that my son is 3yrs old he joins us. Though I take more of an unschool approach the kids have come to expect time at the kitchen table with mommy when my 1yr old takes her nap. It usually consists of puzzles and art with a little math and spelling mixed in. We love GoNoodle, cosmic kids yoga, and cool school. I have only planned a couple of mini lessons to get them ready for a special event at our local library. Next week Riverbanks zoo is coming to the library to talk about animal architects. should be fun! Its amazing how much I have learned since I started teaching my kids!
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    Seems I'm not the only one who just started with her 5 yo. Glad to know I have similar company to sound ideas off of, as well as seasoned parents to seek advice as needed. To be honest, the reason this association stood out to me was the amount of get togethers and 'field trips' that are offered. I can't wait to start getting out there and meeting other parents, and getting my son to know some more kids his age! Thank you for this group and its forums! Jennifer
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    We are the same here we started on June 1st and starting with my 5 year old. It is amazing and scary at the same time. I want to make sure we are learning the material that should be learning but also providing a lot of self learning and pretend play. We are having a lot of fun exploring the world and have had a great time at edventure.
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    Hi Meghan, My Disney trip is coordinated through my Traveling Homeschoolers website and is open to everyone (see http://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/). Port Orleans Riverside may let you book one room, but with 7, it's not as likely. The most budget-friendly option would be to stay off-property at a hotel who'll let you stay in one room, and provides a complimentary breakfast. But if you want to stay on Disney property, call them to see what your options are. (Email me at dianna@travelinghomeschoolers.com for off-property recommendations.) Warmly, Dianna
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    Welcome aboard! We are all here to help and support each other. Please do reach out to us! Diana, homeschool mom for 9 years
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    Cool! I'm not sure what my absolute favorite Christmas movie is, but I really like a Muppet Christmas Carol.
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    I don't have a daughter that age, but I lead a Frontier Girls Troop in Rock Hill. We have a six girls ages 12-16. Most of them home school and they are a great group. It is a long drive for you, but we would love to have you visit if you think the drive might be worth it
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    I turned 13, Wednesday. I'm a teenager now!!!
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    Hi Liz, what other towns are you near? I'll try to see if there are other members near you. Warmly, Dianna
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    What ages are Disney's educational workshops/tours for? Please read the description for each workshop or tour to find out age requirements. We have two parents and one student in our party. Will we be able to get three tickets? Yes - we've consistently had more students than adults, so we're proceeding this year as if it'll all work out as usual. Will I be able to attend programs with my students? Yes, at least one parent must attend with their children. Both parents can attend the educational workshop and the Behind the Seeds tours. Can younger/older siblings attend Life, Liberty and the American Way workshop and/or Behind the Seeds tour? All ages can attend Life, Liberty, and the American Way, but no one under age 5 for Behind the Seeds. Do the ticket prices include the hopper option? Premium tickets include the hopper option, so you'll be able to hop between parks each day. Basic tickets don't, so only one park per day for those. Does the price for Disney World and Universal tickets already include tax? Yes, tax is already included in the price of all tickets. What payment methods to you accept? I accept checks and money orders. Bank of America and Wells Fargo customers can do bank transfers. I don't accept PayPal or credit cards, but convenience checks issued by your credit card company are fine. When is payment due? Within 7 days of the date of my confirmation email. For the fun passes, is it 4 or 5 fun passes per person, or per family? You have 4 or 5 passes per ticket (per person) for Premium tickets only. Basic tickets don't have fun passes. Is it 4 or 5 *days* of fun passes? No, it's 4 or 5 passes. If you visit a water park and a miniature golf course in one day, then that's two passes. If you visit a water park (or miniature golf course) in the morning, leave to eat lunch, then go back to the same water park or miniature golf in the afternoon, then that counts as one pass. (Miniature golf courses must be visited before 4:00 pm.) Are the water parks and miniature golf courses considered parks (on our tickets)? No - the four Disney parks are Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. The water parks and miniature golf courses are extras and you'll have passes to use for them. (You must visit the miniature golf courses before 4:00 pm.) Is Disney Quest included as a fun pass? It was in the past, but Disney is still talking about closing it and it's not expected to be included on our tickets in 2017. Does the regular golf course count as a fun pass? The regular golf course is not included on our tickets. So using one of the fun passes for a water park or miniature golf doesn't impact the number of park days on our ticket? No. Using a fun pass will not "take away" one of your park days. They're two different things. So using our park days on our tickets doesn't impact our fun passes? No. They're completely separate. We can go to as many of the four parks as we want each day if we have a Premium ticket? Yes - that's what the "hopper" function does. You can hop between the parks as many times as you want for 4 or 5 days. They don't have to be consecutive days. Can we get more days on our tickets? No - tickets over 5 days aren't discounted, so please choose between our 4- and 5-day tickets. If the tickets are for 4 or 5 days, will I have enough to do for a week or more? Yes. Our tickets also include 4 or 5 passes to the water parks and the miniature golf courses, etc. You could go to Disney for 8 or 10 days and have something to do every day. Also, Disney Springs (Downtown Disney) and the BoardWalk areas offer plenty to do and neither requires a ticket. We're going a few days earlier (or staying a few days later) than the group. Will our tickets still be valid? Yes. Disney tickets will be valid from November 4 to November 25. You must attend the Life, Liberty, and the American Way workshop or Behind the Seeds tour to qualify for the tickets, so save one day on your tickets for that. If you miss it, Disney can charge you the difference between our tickets and the regular gate price. Universal tickets will be valid around the same time as our Disney tickets. However, once you use the ticket, you must use the second day within 7 days or it will expire. Where are the Cirque du Soleil seats? Our group seats are in Category 3. They're not the best seats, but they're not bad, either. I've never received a complaint on our seats, but use your best judgment before ordering group tickets. (Cirque du Soleil won't give refunds on their tickets under any circumstances.) Do you have a group hotel this year? Yes - at Disney's Pop Century (value) and Port Orleans Riverside (moderate) standard and preferred rooms. If you want to stay at one of these, mark it on your registration form and I'll give you the number to call. Do you provide transportation for this trip? No, you must arrange your own transportation for this trip - to Florida and back, as well as between Disney and Universal, if you choose to go there. (If you stay at a Disney resort, they'll provide transportation to their own parks, as well as Downtown Disney and the water parks. They will not provide transportation to Universal.) Are you getting SeaWorld tickets for the group this year? No, it's just Disney World and Universal this year.
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    I hope to get caught up in the next day or two. Warmly, Dianna
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    I love your new profile picture, I just updated mine. I was searching for a movie character that has similar features to me and I saw Moana and I was like 'That's it!' I also love the ocean!!
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    (I just gave you access to the member's area.)
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    Hi! We are from the area. We have lived in Conway (Burning Ridge Golf Course), Murrells Inlet ( Blackmoor) and currently in the North Myrtle Beach area. (We have also lived in Summerville which is near Charleston) My only child left at home that is homeschooled is a 13 year old daughter. We have always homeschooled her. North Myrtle Beach Library has offered a Homeschool Lunch Bunch on the first Weds of the month in the past. It is a great, friendly meetup in the front room of the library. I haven't gotten information this year, yet, about the start date for 2017-18. In addition to just visiting Ripley's Aquarium, they offer numerous homeschool classes every year. Wonderworks also offers a homeschool discount and MB state parks do several classes for homeschoolers. The area is extremely homeschool friendly! Erin
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    We are in Rock Hill too! About to start our first year of homeschooling! I have a daughter is who just about to turn 8 years old, going into 3rd, and a four year old son, who will be working on some pre-k stuff. Nice to hear others on these boards from the same area!
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    Rebecca, if you choose Abeka, remember that it's published for classrooms in private Christian schools, where teachers can pick and choose what they want to teach. The publishers don't know your children, so don't feel you have to complete every exercise, every workbook page, read every chapter, do every test, etc. There's a lot of rote learning and busywork in Abeka, so pick and choose what you want to use, and throw out the rest. And if you find out it's not working for you, just throw it out the window (or give it away/sell it), and try something else. Warmly, Dianna
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    in 4th - 7th grade with my daughter we did a bit of this and a bit of that. I prefer the timeline of history classical education sorts of curriculums, but I did mix and match for each subject to tailor to her needs and learning style preferences. For literature/reading, I like Sonlight - very good boxed reading sets For classical languages, copywork/handwriting practice, young grades classical history, logic, I like Memoria press - lovely DVDs for language teaching for older history I like Pandia Press for science I like Classic Science with Mr. Q - wonderful hands on science activities Homeschool Science Kits is also a wonderful science resource Math & Grammar I think are a trial and error process for each child. You have to find the best way for them to learn, which may not be anyone's box kit. Those are very personal and specific skills. Math recommendations to try: Miquon Math Cuisenaire Math Base 10 Math Aleks online math Teaching Textbooks This is truly a subject that should be chosen based on a child's processing and understanding. Not everyone thinks the same way, and math is all about thinking & processing. Language Arts Recommendations: Bridge to Latin Road - this is the only formal grammar program I ever used outside of Latin - yes, just this 1 year - it is a great reference to look back on once the notebook is complete Literature - I'm a nerd and I coordinate science and the Arts (literature, art, music) as well as I can with history - studying Ancient Greece, what did they DO/contribute to history? Outside of that, there are TONS of great reading lists - Caldecott (illustrator), Newberry (author), Belpre (Latino/a), Coretta Scott King (African-American), Geisel (beginning readers), O'Dell (historical fiction), Sibert (non-fiction) - there's LOTS of categories of awards with good criteria - just read & explore Writing as a class Reading A-Z - Styles of Writing lessons (I used these and we used the BJU writing exam each semester to have a teacher grade the writing style to ensure we were on track for our grade level - this system did not disappoint us) The Reader's Journey and The Writer's Journey from Duke TIPS NaNoWriMo Youth program - 3rd grade to age 18 - This workbook is WONDERFUL for creative writing, and my daughter found lifelong friends here Brave Writer - I don't know if I have enough words to express my love for this program. It is definitely not one for every child, but as an adult I found it to be an amazing system of gradual learning to improve writing over time. Handwriting - here is where many people will disagree with me, but I find handwriting to fall under - is it legible? I have 2 kids with fine motor coordination issues and slow processing speed. The physical act of writing is a torment to them. The use of electronics opens their world. If you need handwriting as a class, just to improve legibility, I recommend: Handwriting without Tears Zaner Bloster specialty handwriting paper with physical lines that can be felt and/or special colors to ease vision focus (we know all about visual and auditory processing disorders as well) tracing work and copy work can be helpful, but not more than once a week Online school - don't be afraid to look at online options for classes you don't feel comfortable teaching. Many of the online private schools will allow you to choose just 1 class to attend. And yes, in SC, online private (paid tuition) school counts as homeschooling. The laws, to the best of my knowledge, have not been updated to note NON brick and mortar private schooling. (and online schools do NOT know this) Hugs!
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    We've only done Chef Mickey's (breakfast) for character dining, so I can't recommend any others. However, Disney is known for their ability to cater to food issues, so I think any of the restaurants will be fine for gluten issues. Warmly, Dianna
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    Disney World - Save the Date! Our next trip to Disney World will be November 11-18, 2017. We enjoy this time of year due to cooler weather and beautiful holiday decorations. If we time it right, we'll enjoy the Food and Wine Festival, too. We're finalizing details for our educational tours and workshops, group meals and events, and more, and will post an update soon. I hope you can join us!
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    Hello Dianna, We are from St Louis Missouri and I want to thank you for the opportunity that this provides Julia Stubblefield
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    Hi Jennifer! i have a daughter who is almost 8 and we have a great group of kids around that age in Rock Hill. We go bowling every Friday with the kidsbowlfree.com program at Strikers. There are several of us in a local co-op as well. Would love have you join for stuff this summer!
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    Super excited momma right here!
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    Can you leave and re-enter the same park in a day?
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    Thanks, Dianna! alicia
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    New to this, but very interested. I've read as much as I could find, but need clarification. If we have younger children under 3, what is their price for tickets, etc? Everywhere I've read specifies ages 3 and up. Thanks!
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    Hi Aspen, Welcome to homeschooling! How old is your daughter? Have you decided what resources you're going to use yet? Warmly, Dianna
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    We live in the Summerville area and have a large family. Our kiddos at home range from 20 - age 6.
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    I AM THE CHAMPION! AT TAKING A SOLVED RUBIX CUBE.... and messing it all up.
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    We had friends who deliberately travelled at night making sure to time it so they were arriving middle of the night when kids were good and groggy. It worked and kids were exstatic to wake up & realize they were in Disney!
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