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pop century

2 hours 27 min ago
I'm trying to get a preferred room at Pop Century but there are none available. What is the chance that one become available and would I be able to state in reservation that I want one if it becomes available? The travel dates are 10/31-11/9.

Thanks
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Brunch at the Top-Review

7 hours 4 min ago
On Sunday March 19th my husband and I had the amazing opportunity to have Brunch at the California Grill. The cost was $80 PP (and I believe we got 10% with my annual pass.) It included valet parking but we were coming from a morning at MK so that was not needed.

We arrived at check in on the 3rd floor and rode the elevator up. In all my trips to WDW this was actually my first time ever up here. What a view!!!!

We were offered a mimosa but I asked if we could just have champagne and it was no problem. We were seated and offered additional drinks. DH had diet coke and I stuck with water and champagne. (Press pot coffee and other fresh juices were also available.)

The server explained how things worked and we headed to the buffet area. (There was an option for a pretty amazing Bloody Mary add on but it was going to be $16-ouch.) The buffet included salads (a kale one, a whole grain one and a REALLY tasty mini wedge (I'm a sucker for the wedge.)) There were also multiple sushi options which were so good. Nothing like a Cali Roll made with real crab instead of Krab. There was a very nice charcuterie board, a fruit and yogurt section (who wastes room on that?) and a choice of three breads (one was GF). There were also bagels with lox and other fancy toppings. Hope I'm not forgetting anything. We made a couple trips to the buffet and then ordered our entree from the menu. (Our server did a GREAT job keeping our champagne glasses full as well.)

I ordered the lobster eggs Benedict and hubby ordered the hanger steak with an extra side of bacon (they also brought sausage?) and then we shared both entrees. WOW. Over the top delicious. We were getting very stuffed and then they brought a really cute dessert plate to share with chocolate bark, madelines, macaroons, these little raspberry cookies and some chocolate truffle type candies. We munched on them a bit and then had the rest packed to go (luckily I had carried a small bag that day.) We enjoyed them very much our first sad night back at home.

As I mentioned in my trip report your receipt also gains you access back to the balcony for Wishes which we really enjoyed. So while it was an expensive meal I really felt like it was worth it. One of my best, if not the best, Disney dining experience I have ever had.
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WDW Marathon Weekend January 4th-7th, 2018

7 hours 12 min ago
Looks like Wife and I will be down for Marathon Weekend, So far we are not registered for any races.
Anyone else going to be there then/running?
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Spring (Break) Weekend Day 4 Sun March 19th

7 hours 17 min ago
A fairly awesome day...

We were up early as usual and with MK's new opening procedure we went ahead and walked to the boat dock at WL right at 8am for the 9am opening. Except...no one was there. Hmmm. Turns out after I read the sign that the boats only run 1/2 hour before opening. I would think maybe they would look into changing that now that you can access Main Street for an hour before opening? Who knows. We caught a bus and made it to MK by 8:30, very quickly through security and bag check (they had it set up on the side right where you came off the buses which was nice.)

We walked in and veered off left and waited in front of Adventureland for about 20 mins. They then announced Pirates was having issues and wouldn't open right at 9am. That was fine, we were headed to Jungle Cruise first (one of hubs favorites.) We ended up on the first boat out and were headed to Pirates by 9:07am. Pirates was still down so we headed to Big Thunder, also down (hmmmm). So we decided to hop on Splash Mtn as there was no wait. It was a little chilly but warmer than the last couple mornings and Leslie asked if we would get wet. I was like nah I'm sure when it's chilly they turn off those jet water cannons that soak you. Wrong. It was probably the wettest I had ever gotten on that ride. It was fun though and after a few hours we dried out (ha ha.)

Big Thunder was still down when we got off Splash so we headed to Haunted Mansion with maybe a 10 min wait and then I checked my App and it said Big Thunder was open so we criss crossed back there and hopped on with maybe a 20 min wait (it was over an hour by the time we got off we were having a really lucky time.)

We walked back to Pirates and it was still down but by the time we ducked into the bathroom over there and came back out people were filing in, great timing again. Well except after about 15 mins in line with no movement it was evident there was still an issue. They led us back out and gave us paper fast passes for later for any ride other than 7DMT or Peter Pan (score!)

It was time for our 7DMT FP so we headed over and did that before leaving the park via monorail to head to brunch at Cali Grill.

OMG ya'll. It was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. I will write up an in-depth review for the dining board later today so be sure to check it out. As a plus my pants and underwear were almost dry by brunch time ha ha!

We monorailed back to the MK like sloths full of food and champagne and headed to our next FP at Peter Pan. It was getting much busier by this time. We then had FP for Pirates which was back up and running and after we used that one I quickly snagged another for Pooh on our way to Tomorrowland. Small World was over 30 mins (??) so we never did get to ride this trip-DH was fine with that.

We used our paper FP for Space Mountain which was very lucky as I had pretty much assured hubs we wouldn't get to ride that this trip with the wait times. We then relaxed on the Peoplemover and decided that it was time to head back to the hotel. It was about the limit of "fun" for the day for my husband and his feet hurt ;)

We relaxed awhile at the pool (and went down the slide) and spent some time in our room before getting re-dressed and boating back to the Contemp. Our Brunch receipt gained us access to the balcony for Wishes viewing. We got there a little too early and enjoyed a drink at the bar and greeted our great server from the morning. Wishes from that vantage point outside is just amazing. So glad I got to see it like this before the new show starts.

We ate dinner later at Contempo Cafe (burger for him, pasta for me that was just ok) and then boated back to WL with a little viewing of the Water Pageant.

A really great, neat day!
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First time at Coronado - opinions would be great....

10 hours 47 min ago
Hi,

Taking a quick 4 night vacation with my son, his friend and his friend's mom in May. Just wondering which area to request (not that we would get it but....). They like to swim so is that the Cabanas area? Or do you think it is better to stay near the main lobby? is it as spread out as it seems? I've stayed at OKW before and thought that was very spread out. I think I read somewhere you can catch a ride from one section to the other and not by the bus?? Any information you can give me would be helpful.

Thanks

Margie M

AKV 2010
OKW 2012
BCV 2014
BCV 2015
CSR 2017
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Summer Discounts Released

11 hours 12 min ago
3 New Summer Offers--


Summer Room Offer
Offer Details : Book Through July 14, 2017
Valid Travel Dates: May 28 through August 31, 2017

Save up to 25%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights May 28-Aug. 31, 2017 when you book March 27-July 14, 2017.


Important Details
Additional per adult charges may apply if there are more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts.
The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room.
Advance reservations required.
Moderate and Deluxe suites may be available at a lesser discount.
Offer Restrictions
Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
Length of stay requirements may apply.
Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney's Art of Animation Resort –The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

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Family Magic Summer Package
Offer Details: Book through July 14, 2017
Valid Travel Dates: Stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from June 11 through August 31, 2017


Enjoy a package that includes a 4-night stay in a standard room at a select Disney's All-Star Resort and 4-day Magic Your Way base tickets for as low as $1,962. Sample package price is valid for a family of 4 for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from June 11 through August 31, 2017.


Important Details
The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
Advance reservations are required.
Tickets are valid for one theme park day and must be used within 14 days of first use.
All Guests in the same room must be on the same package.
Offer Restrictions
Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney's Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows.


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Kid-Size Summer Vacation Package
Offer Details: Book Through July 14, 2017
Valid Travel Dates: Stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from June 11 through August 31, 2017

Explore a package that includes a 3-night stay in a standard room at a select Disney's All-Star Resort and 2-day Magic Your Way base tickets for as low as $993*. Sample package price is valid for a family of 3 for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from June 11 through August 31, 2017, when you book from now through July 14, 2017.


Important Details
Sample package price based on 2 adults and 1 child (ages 3 to 9).
The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
Advance reservations required.
Tickets are valid for one theme park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use.
All Guests in the same room must be on the same package.
Offer Restrictions
Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort –The Little Mermaid Standard Room and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows.

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Nanci
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Which fast passes for each park?

18 hours 56 min ago
Now that we have to get FP+ so far in advance and there are new attractions like Pandora etc. what are the must-get FP for each park?
Categories: Disney Blogs

Which fast passes for each park?

18 hours 56 min ago
Now that we have to get FP+ so far in advance and there are new attractions like Pandora etc. what are the must-get FP for each park?
Categories: Disney Blogs

Amorette’s Patisserie to Offer Cake Decorating Classes

22 hours 18 min ago
Disney Springs has announced a sweet new activity for Guests:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
... new Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie beginning March 31. ... the experience, which must be booked in advance, will be from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every Friday through May 5.

Sip complimentary specialty coffee, mimosas and bellinis while you work side by side with the pros at Amorette’s Patisserie to decorate your own Mickey Dome Cake. You’ll learn how they seamlessly blend artistry and storytelling in cake design, starting with the elegant glaçage (that’s French for “mirror glaze”) and ending with the finishing touches such as chocolate sculpted ears, tail, belt and buttons – all edible, of course.

Take your cake home to impress your family and friends – it not only looks beautiful, but tastes delicious. Space is limited. The Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie is another exciting offering from the Enchanting Extras Collection, which allows you to enhance your vacation. Cost is $129 plus tax for ages 10 and up, for one to two guests working on a single cake. A second cake can be purchased for an additional $40. Reservations are available now, and can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dining.
Categories: Disney Blogs

Amorette’s Patisserie to Offer Cake Decorating Classes

22 hours 18 min ago
Disney Springs has announced a sweet new activity for Guests:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
... new Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie beginning March 31. ... the experience, which must be booked in advance, will be from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every Friday through May 5.

Sip complimentary specialty coffee, mimosas and bellinis while you work side by side with the pros at Amorette’s Patisserie to decorate your own Mickey Dome Cake. You’ll learn how they seamlessly blend artistry and storytelling in cake design, starting with the elegant glaçage (that’s French for “mirror glaze”) and ending with the finishing touches such as chocolate sculpted ears, tail, belt and buttons – all edible, of course.

Take your cake home to impress your family and friends – it not only looks beautiful, but tastes delicious. Space is limited. The Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie is another exciting offering from the Enchanting Extras Collection, which allows you to enhance your vacation. Cost is $129 plus tax for ages 10 and up, for one to two guests working on a single cake. A second cake can be purchased for an additional $40. Reservations are available now, and can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dining.
Categories: Disney Blogs

Disneyland will offer Egg-cellent Treats and Meals for Easter 2017

22 hours 26 min ago
Disneyland has announced special treats and meals to celebrate the 2017 Easter holiday:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
... Egg-cellent sweets will be available beginning March 17 at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., and Hunny Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District. The Mickey and Minnie Easter Basket Gourmet Apples are as delicious as they are beautiful – perfect to include in an Easter basket or as an egg hunt reward.

At Candy Palace, you’ll also find the famous handmade Disneyland Easter Eggs—while supplies last. Disneyland Candy Makers hand-shape each delicious egg, which is filled with house-made fudge then enrobed in milk chocolate. The eggs are offered in five flavors—Chocolate Cream, Chocolate-Nut, Vanilla-Nut, Black Walnut and my personal favorite, Peanut Butter.

If you’re looking for a special Easter Brunch, Storytellers Café at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will have special offerings on April 16. PCH Grill at Paradise Pier Hotel will also have Easter Brunch and Dinner April 14-16. Reservations can be made by visiting Disneyland.com/dining or by calling 714-781-DINE.
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Disneyland will offer Egg-cellent Treats and Meals for Easter 2017

22 hours 26 min ago
Disneyland has announced special treats and meals to celebrate the 2017 Easter holiday:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
... Egg-cellent sweets will be available beginning March 17 at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., and Hunny Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District. The Mickey and Minnie Easter Basket Gourmet Apples are as delicious as they are beautiful – perfect to include in an Easter basket or as an egg hunt reward.

At Candy Palace, you’ll also find the famous handmade Disneyland Easter Eggs—while supplies last. Disneyland Candy Makers hand-shape each delicious egg, which is filled with house-made fudge then enrobed in milk chocolate. The eggs are offered in five flavors—Chocolate Cream, Chocolate-Nut, Vanilla-Nut, Black Walnut and my personal favorite, Peanut Butter.

If you’re looking for a special Easter Brunch, Storytellers Café at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will have special offerings on April 16. PCH Grill at Paradise Pier Hotel will also have Easter Brunch and Dinner April 14-16. Reservations can be made by visiting Disneyland.com/dining or by calling 714-781-DINE.
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Ticketed Preview for D23 Members with Joe Rohde Announced

Sun, 2017-03-26 22:00
D23 has announced it will offer a ticketed preview of Pandora for Gold D23 members that will be guided by Joe Rohde:

Quote: Originally Posted by D23
OVERVIEW

Be among the first to explore Pandora – The World of Avatar not only before it opens to the public, but with Joe Rohde, Portfolio Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering! In addition to a guided walk-through of the exotic new land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park with Joe, attendees will enjoy lunch at Tiffins with Mr. Rohde and fellow D23 Members.

DETAILS

Experience begins at 11:00 a.m. and will last approximately three hours. Check-in will begin in front of Tiffins restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Please do not arrive before 10:45 a.m.

Attendees are invited to return to Pandora – The World of Avatar to join an exploration window on their own from 3 – 5 p.m. the same day.

Guests will travel to Pandora – The World of Avatar with Joe to explore the Valley of Mo’ara, a verdant terrain sprawling beneath mountains that appear to float in the sky. Throughout the guided tour, guests will learn how the thriving Pandoran landscape conveys intrinsic park messages of the value of nature, transformation through adventure, conservation and stewardship.

In addition to the D23-exclusive tour, guests will join Joe for lunch at Tiffins—a restaurant that celebrates the adventures of traveling.

That afternoon, attendees are invited to return to Pandora to join an exploration window on their own from 3 – 5 p.m. During this time, guests will also have the opportunity to soar on the back of a mountain banshee during Avatar Flight of Passage, and venture deep into the bioluminescent rainforest during the Na’vi River Journey.*

This once-in-a-lifetime experience wouldn’t be complete without a custom gift, created exclusively for you.

*Event is subject to cancellation in the event of inclement weather. As this is an early exploration of Pandora – The World of Avatar, please note that access to some areas of the Valley of Mo’ara on Pandora may be limited during your visit.

NOTE

D23 Gold and Gold Family Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and one (1) guest.
Due to the nature of this experience, all attendees must be at least 21 years of age or older to partake in this D23 event.
This event does not include admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Guests will need to have or purchase admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to attend. If planning to use a Walt Disney World Annual Passport to attend, each guest should check blockout dates to verify that the pass is valid for admission on Friday, May 19.
A very limited number of tickets are available. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving tickets. Tickets may be picked up only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card may not be admitted to the event. Ticketed Members who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event.
All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice. There are no cancellations or refunds, and tickets are not transferable.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Filming, photography, and other recording will take place at Walt Disney World Resort during the event you will be attending. By entering the premises, you irrevocably consent to and authorize The Walt Disney Company, its affiliates, successors, and assigns (collectively “Producer”), to photograph you, make sound recordings of you, and use such photographs and recordings throughout the world, for any purpose whatsoever in perpetuity, including, but not limited to, television broadcasts and home entertainment products, including, but not limited to, home video and DVD. All such photographs and sound recordings will be the sole property of Producer.


$250 per person, plus a $5 per person processing fee. Tickets on sale Wednesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. EDT)
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Ticketed Preview for D23 Members with Joe Rohde Announced

Sun, 2017-03-26 22:00
D23 has announced it will offer a ticketed preview of Pandora for Gold D23 members that will be guided by Joe Rohde:

Quote: Originally Posted by D23
OVERVIEW

Be among the first to explore Pandora – The World of Avatar not only before it opens to the public, but with Joe Rohde, Portfolio Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering! In addition to a guided walk-through of the exotic new land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park with Joe, attendees will enjoy lunch at Tiffins with Mr. Rohde and fellow D23 Members.

DETAILS

Experience begins at 11:00 a.m. and will last approximately three hours. Check-in will begin in front of Tiffins restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Please do not arrive before 10:45 a.m.

Attendees are invited to return to Pandora – The World of Avatar to join an exploration window on their own from 3 – 5 p.m. the same day.

Guests will travel to Pandora – The World of Avatar with Joe to explore the Valley of Mo’ara, a verdant terrain sprawling beneath mountains that appear to float in the sky. Throughout the guided tour, guests will learn how the thriving Pandoran landscape conveys intrinsic park messages of the value of nature, transformation through adventure, conservation and stewardship.

In addition to the D23-exclusive tour, guests will join Joe for lunch at Tiffins—a restaurant that celebrates the adventures of traveling.

That afternoon, attendees are invited to return to Pandora to join an exploration window on their own from 3 – 5 p.m. During this time, guests will also have the opportunity to soar on the back of a mountain banshee during Avatar Flight of Passage, and venture deep into the bioluminescent rainforest during the Na’vi River Journey.*

This once-in-a-lifetime experience wouldn’t be complete without a custom gift, created exclusively for you.

*Event is subject to cancellation in the event of inclement weather. As this is an early exploration of Pandora – The World of Avatar, please note that access to some areas of the Valley of Mo’ara on Pandora may be limited during your visit.

NOTE

D23 Gold and Gold Family Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and one (1) guest.
Due to the nature of this experience, all attendees must be at least 21 years of age or older to partake in this D23 event.
This event does not include admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Guests will need to have or purchase admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to attend. If planning to use a Walt Disney World Annual Passport to attend, each guest should check blockout dates to verify that the pass is valid for admission on Friday, May 19.
A very limited number of tickets are available. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving tickets. Tickets may be picked up only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card may not be admitted to the event. Ticketed Members who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event.
All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice. There are no cancellations or refunds, and tickets are not transferable.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Filming, photography, and other recording will take place at Walt Disney World Resort during the event you will be attending. By entering the premises, you irrevocably consent to and authorize The Walt Disney Company, its affiliates, successors, and assigns (collectively “Producer”), to photograph you, make sound recordings of you, and use such photographs and recordings throughout the world, for any purpose whatsoever in perpetuity, including, but not limited to, television broadcasts and home entertainment products, including, but not limited to, home video and DVD. All such photographs and sound recordings will be the sole property of Producer.


$250 per person, plus a $5 per person processing fee. Tickets on sale Wednesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. EDT)
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Last-minute and Low-key March 14-19 Trip Part 3

Sun, 2017-03-26 20:45
Parks and Crowds: It was CROWDED! I’ve been in March before, but the crowds have never been like this. There were lots of teen/college spring breakers, some cheer/dance groups, some band groups, lots of international visitors, young families—you name it, they were there! Thankfully, I don’t recall it ever taking us that long to get through security, even when there were crowds, but I also don’t bring a bag into the parks anymore.

It was so crowded that wait times for the big rides were sometimes three hours or longer. This seemed to have a negative impact on FP+ wait times, as well. When the stand-by entrance to Space Mt. was 180 minutes, we waited 25 minutes with a FP!

Rides and attractions that I have rarely or EVER seen waits for had them this trip—People Mover, Carousel of Progress, JIYI, the Disney World RR; rides that usually have short waits sometimes approached an hour—Spaceship Earth, Small World, Living with the Land.

We can usually deal with the huge throngs of people well because we know the parks inside and out. Since it was just the two of us, it was easy to zip around and stay flexible with our plans. It does get tiresome being around so many people after a few days, though. I also noticed this trip that there was A LOT more drinking going on at EC than I’ve ever noticed before. It seemed like everyone we passed had a drink in his or her hands!:marg::beer:

The morning that we arrived at EC for EMH was crazy! After we went through security, the line to get into the park was wrapped all the way around the ticket booths. People were cutting in line right and left, mostly because they didn’t know where the end of the line was, and it was being fed into from so many different directions. It seemed extremely disorganized, and they didn’t have enough Magic Band scanners open for the number of people in line.:confused:

Between early mornings, late nights, and FP+, we saw and did pretty much everything we wanted. We didn’t get to ride RnRC or TSM more than one time like usual, but at least we got on them both! I will again sing the praises of the single rider line at EE because we were able to ride that multiple times with short waits.

I must say that we encountered incredibly rude people who talked loudly during almost all of the theater shows/movies we went to on this trip. Come on people—you’re not at home and other people are trying to immerse themselves in the experience which is difficult to do when you’re yammering throughout the whole show!:mad:

Side story #2: We were in the single rider line on EE one day, and there were two teenage girls in front of us and as we are wont to do when standing close to others for a while, I had been listening to their conversation. One of the girls was obviously very nervous to ride and kept saying things like, “I’m going to hold your hand the whole time!” which I thought was odd since they were definitely going to be split up.
As they got to the front of the line, the one girl was given the signal to get in the queue for one of the back cars as a single rider. When the CM turned her back, the scared friend darted into the ride queue right behind her friend.

As soon as the CM walked over to me to put me in the queue, I told her that the one girl had not gone where directed. I am a rule follower, so I hate when people think that the rules do not apply to them or try to cheat the system. I didn’t get to see what happened, but my DH told me that the CM pulled the girl out of the queue and she ended up not riding. Sorry, not sorry. You should have waited in the stand-by line like all the other people!

I loved all the new offerings we experienced on this trip, namely the Rivers of Light show at AK; the Star Wars fireworks show at DHS; and The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History. All were delightful, especially the Muppets!

Side Story #3--It never fails that when we are at WDW, we run into someone we know from home. This time, we were in the Living Seas when I heard someone yell our last name. It turned out to be one of our old neighbors who have since moved to Iowa. We had fun visiting with them and went on our separate ways. Until we ran into them at Be Our Guest another day. And then AGAIN before the Lion King show at AK another day. What are the odds?? It truly is a small world!

Side Story #4—During our trip last June, we went to the Hoop Dee Doo, and one of the young men in the show “Jim” was, shall we just say, quite memorable. We got to see him perform again that trip as he is also a member of the Voices of Liberty. The two teenage girls in our group (okay, and me) were quite taken with “Jim” and his lovely voice (and looks).

Now American Adventure is one of my absolute favorite attractions, and I love to hear the Voices of Liberty sing, so, of course, we headed there this trip. Sadly, I knew right away that “Jim” was not with the Voices of Liberty today, but we still very much enjoyed the singing.

Because I really love AA and we had no child complaining about going again, we went back for another show on our last day at EC. Guess who was singing today? That’s right, “Jim.” :cloud9: I told my daughter that if we saw him again, I would ask him what his real name is because we just know him as “Jim” from the Hoop Dee Doo. In addition to the great video we got of him serenading the little girl sitting next to me, I was able to talk to him after the show, and the great mystery was finally revealed—his name is Jordan.:D

I do wish they would update the final movie clip of AA; sorry, Lance, but you need to go! I can't imagine that with today's software/editing capabilities that this would be very difficult?

Final Thoughts: The MCO airport was an absolute zoo :bang: when we flew out on Sunday. The security lines were the longest I’ve ever seen, and by the time we got through, it was almost time to begin boarding our flight! It didn’t help that the family in front of us was apparently completely clueless as to what is acceptable to bring through the line—two full water bottles, full-size bottles of baby lotion, shampoo were all confiscated from them.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip. My DH and I enjoyed the time together, and despite the crowds and un-Florida-like weather, we made the most of it. I’m so thankful that we get to visit WDW. Sorry for the randomness of my report, but thanks for reading. :mickey:
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Last-minute and Low-key March 14-19 Trip Part 3

Sun, 2017-03-26 20:45
Parks and Crowds: It was CROWDED! I’ve been in March before, but the crowds have never been like this. There were lots of teen/college spring breakers, some cheer/dance groups, some band groups, lots of international visitors, young families—you name it, they were there! Thankfully, I don’t recall it ever taking us that long to get through security, even when there were crowds, but I also don’t bring a bag into the parks anymore.

It was so crowded that wait times for the big rides were sometimes three hours or longer. This seemed to have a negative impact on FP+ wait times, as well. When the stand-by entrance to Space Mt. was 180 minutes, we waited 25 minutes with a FP!

Rides and attractions that I have rarely or EVER seen waits for had them this trip—People Mover, Carousel of Progress, JIYI, the Disney World RR; rides that usually have short waits sometimes approached an hour—Spaceship Earth, Small World, Living with the Land.

We can usually deal with the huge throngs of people well because we know the parks inside and out. Since it was just the two of us, it was easy to zip around and stay flexible with our plans. It does get tiresome being around so many people after a few days, though. I also noticed this trip that there was A LOT more drinking going on at EC than I’ve ever noticed before. It seemed like everyone we passed had a drink in his or her hands!:marg::beer:

The morning that we arrived at EC for EMH was crazy! After we went through security, the line to get into the park was wrapped all the way around the ticket booths. People were cutting in line right and left, mostly because they didn’t know where the end of the line was, and it was being fed into from so many different directions. It seemed extremely disorganized, and they didn’t have enough Magic Band scanners open for the number of people in line.:confused:

Between early mornings, late nights, and FP+, we saw and did pretty much everything we wanted. We didn’t get to ride RnRC or TSM more than one time like usual, but at least we got on them both! I will again sing the praises of the single rider line at EE because we were able to ride that multiple times with short waits.

I must say that we encountered incredibly rude people who talked loudly during almost all of the theater shows/movies we went to on this trip. Come on people—you’re not at home and other people are trying to immerse themselves in the experience which is difficult to do when you’re yammering throughout the whole show!:mad:

Side story #2: We were in the single rider line on EE one day, and there were two teenage girls in front of us and as we are wont to do when standing close to others for a while, I had been listening to their conversation. One of the girls was obviously very nervous to ride and kept saying things like, “I’m going to hold your hand the whole time!” which I thought was odd since they were definitely going to be split up.
As they got to the front of the line, the one girl was given the signal to get in the queue for one of the back cars as a single rider. When the CM turned her back, the scared friend darted into the ride queue right behind her friend.

As soon as the CM walked over to me to put me in the queue, I told her that the one girl had not gone where directed. I am a rule follower, so I hate when people think that the rules do not apply to them or try to cheat the system. I didn’t get to see what happened, but my DH told me that the CM pulled the girl out of the queue and she ended up not riding. Sorry, not sorry. You should have waited in the stand-by line like all the other people!

I loved all the new offerings we experienced on this trip, namely the Rivers of Light show at AK; the Star Wars fireworks show at DHS; and The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History. All were delightful, especially the Muppets!

Side Story #3--It never fails that when we are at WDW, we run into someone we know from home. This time, we were in the Living Seas when I heard someone yell our last name. It turned out to be one of our old neighbors who have since moved to Iowa. We had fun visiting with them and went on our separate ways. Until we ran into them at Be Our Guest another day. And then AGAIN before the Lion King show at AK another day. What are the odds?? It truly is a small world!

Side Story #4—During our trip last June, we went to the Hoop Dee Doo, and one of the young men in the show “Jim” was, shall we just say, quite memorable. We got to see him perform again that trip as he is also a member of the Voices of Liberty. The two teenage girls in our group (okay, and me) were quite taken with “Jim” and his lovely voice (and looks).

Now American Adventure is one of my absolute favorite attractions, and I love to hear the Voices of Liberty sing, so, of course, we headed there this trip. Sadly, I knew right away that “Jim” was not with the Voices of Liberty today, but we still very much enjoyed the singing.

Because I really love AA and we had no child complaining about going again, we went back for another show on our last day at EC. Guess who was singing today? That’s right, “Jim.” :cloud9: I told my daughter that if we saw him again, I would ask him what his real name is because we just know him as “Jim” from the Hoop Dee Doo. In addition to the great video we got of him serenading the little girl sitting next to me, I was able to talk to him after the show, and the great mystery was finally revealed—his name is Jordan.:D

I do wish they would update the final movie clip of AA; sorry, Lance, but you need to go! I can't imagine that with today's software/editing capabilities that this would be very difficult?

Final Thoughts: The MCO airport was an absolute zoo :bang: when we flew out on Sunday. The security lines were the longest I’ve ever seen, and by the time we got through, it was almost time to begin boarding our flight! It didn’t help that the family in front of us was apparently completely clueless as to what is acceptable to bring through the line—two full water bottles, full-size bottles of baby lotion, shampoo were all confiscated from them.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip. My DH and I enjoyed the time together, and despite the crowds and un-Florida-like weather, we made the most of it. I’m so thankful that we get to visit WDW. Sorry for the randomness of my report, but thanks for reading. :mickey:
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Last-minute and Low-key Trip March 14-19 Part 2

Sun, 2017-03-26 20:20
Weather: It was COLD! There were a couple of mornings that we could see our breath. Luckily, I had watched the weather forecast carefully and packed accordingly; however, at the last minute, I did decide to bring my winter coat along with me, and I am so glad that I did. It wasn’t until the last day we were there that I left it in the room. It was warmer at home in Nebraska than it was in Florida during our trip, so we didn’t get that added vacation bonus of being able to gloat about how hot it was in Florida. I do have to say, though, it was kind of nice not to be sweaty the whole time we were there. I even wore make-up this whole trip because I knew it would stay on all day. :D

Accommodations: We arrived at the resort right around 3p, but we were told that our room wouldn’t be ready until as late as 5p. I thought a check-in time of 3p meant rooms had to be ready by then, but apparently not :confused:. We stowed our carry-ons and went straight to EC. We didn’t get back to the resort until just before midnight, and all of our luggage and carry-ons had been delivered to our room.

We were assigned the Rock Inn section room 3635 which was a bit of a trek from the bus stop, but it was quiet and met our needs for this trip (basically a place to sleep and shower). I would not want to put more than two adults in those tiny rooms for any length of time, though, and be forewarned that the beds are just full-sized.

The food court seemed adequate as far as seating and menu choices, although we didn’t ever stay to eat there, and we didn’t get a refillable mug on this trip.

We only went to the pool one afternoon on this trip; I needed the naps more than the pool time! The quiet pool was closed the day we did make it to the pool, so we had to go to the main one. It was St. Patrick’s Day, so there were games and (loud) music to complement the holiday. I found the lounge chairs at the pool to be extremely uncomfortable, so the nap I was looking forward to didn’t happen.:(

We didn’t have much extended interaction with any CMs at the resort, but everyone seemed pleasant enough.

A Value Resort would not be my first choice for any future trips, but I’m glad that we could experience one of the All-Stars. I only have a couple other resorts to check off my list!

Transportation: Magical Express was great, as usual. We used buses our entire stay except for the one day that we took the monorail from EC to the MK. It was the typical assortment of surprisingly short rides/waits balanced with the one or two bus rides from hell.

I do like that there is only one bus stop for the whole resort with visible queues that ensure fairness and order when getting on the buses. In the mornings and evenings, we did not have to stop at any of the other All-Star Resorts, but if we rode mid-afternoon or early evening, it would stop at the other AS Resorts. Because of their layout and proximity to each other, this really did not add on much extra travel time, and the ASMu is the second stop.

They’ve created a perfect storm at DHS as far as a mass exodus of EVERYONE from the park at the same exact time. The park closed at 9p, 8:30p Fantasmic let out, and the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular ended. The bus stops were CHAOS!! The line for each of the three All-Star Resorts extended well past the roped-off queues, making it very difficult to A) walk through the crowds as they spilled over into the sidewalks and B) know if we were even in the right line! There were no CMs to be found in the middle of this craziness, either.

Side Story #1--We finally got in the right line, and then we realized some people around us were trying to assist a young girl (maybe 6 or 7) who had gotten separated from her parents. A very smart man put the girl on his shoulders so she could scan the crowd, and it wasn’t long before we all saw a desperate hand waving back at her. Mother and daughter were reunited quickly, thank goodness!

Food: I brought a loaf of banana bread from home which is what we ate for breakfast most mornings, and we only grabbed one late-night snack at ASMu during our visit. Otherwise, we had a nice variety of meals around the parks and one impromptu visit to Disney Springs. Here’s an overview (in no particular order).

--Spice Road Table; this is probably one of the only restaurants you can still walk up to without a reservation and be seated almost immediately. Our waiter was annoying, but the food was good (calamari plate and hummus sampler).

--Since the Flower and Garden Festival was in full swing, the food and drink kiosks were abundant. We shared a hard cider flight and a couple of samples from the Canada food kiosk (scallops were delish!!) one afternoon. In case anyone is appalled by our lack of nutritional choices on this trip, both of these samples came with green beans that we also ate. :thumbsup:

--La Cantina de San Angel; we both enjoyed our lunch of nachos and margaritas (despite a rather loud, large bachelor party beside us).

--Columbia Harbour House; I swear the family on the other side of our ordering stand took almost 10 minutes just to place their order :mad:!! I had fish and chicken, and DH had the shrimp mac and cheese.

--Friar’s Nook; I had the plain mac and cheese and DH had the pot roast one. We ate here a few trips ago, and it wasn’t as tasty as I remembered from then. Bonus--we had a partial view of Wishes as we ate.

--Yak and Yeti fast food; we waited an unacceptably long time for one of our entrees, but I must say the chicken fried rice here is one of the best food bargains at WDW.

--Be Our Guest for lunch; glad we got to try it, but I must admit that I was a tad disappointed. The sandwiches were just okay, but the cupcake was delicious. I had preordered our meal, but I don’t see how that was more efficient or got us our food any faster. The Music Room was closed and while the ballroom was pretty, it was too busy and big to enjoy. We first took a seat in the West Wing room, but it was so dark in there, I had to move!

--D-Luxe Burger; we split the Bacon and Bleu Burger which was good, but I didn’t taste a lot of bleu cheese. The fries were good, and they offer various dipping sauces for them (I think we had a Garlic Ranch?)

--Amorette’s Patisserie; all I can say is YUMMY and GORGEOUS desserts! DH had a Key Lim Tart and I had the salted caramel, banana, Nutella crepe. I would do the cake decorating class they are going to offer in a heartbeat!

--Catalina Eddy’s; we split a pepperoni pizza and a Caesar salad; DH had some tasty berry sangria-thing and I also had some ice cream. We don’t like many of the fast-food places at DHS, but this was okay.

--Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie; yes, I love pastries and dessert! We stopped here one night for a snack, and I had the crème brulee.

Up next: Part 3 :mickey:
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Last-minute and Low-key Trip March 14-19 Part 2

Sun, 2017-03-26 20:20
Weather: It was COLD! There were a couple of mornings that we could see our breath. Luckily, I had watched the weather forecast carefully and packed accordingly; however, at the last minute, I did decide to bring my winter coat along with me, and I am so glad that I did. It wasn’t until the last day we were there that I left it in the room. It was warmer at home in Nebraska than it was in Florida during our trip, so we didn’t get that added vacation bonus of being able to gloat about how hot it was in Florida. I do have to say, though, it was kind of nice not to be sweaty the whole time we were there. I even wore make-up this whole trip because I knew it would stay on all day. :D

Accommodations: We arrived at the resort right around 3p, but we were told that our room wouldn’t be ready until as late as 5p. I thought a check-in time of 3p meant rooms had to be ready by then, but apparently not :confused:. We stowed our carry-ons and went straight to EC. We didn’t get back to the resort until just before midnight, and all of our luggage and carry-ons had been delivered to our room.

We were assigned the Rock Inn section room 3635 which was a bit of a trek from the bus stop, but it was quiet and met our needs for this trip (basically a place to sleep and shower). I would not want to put more than two adults in those tiny rooms for any length of time, though, and be forewarned that the beds are just full-sized.

The food court seemed adequate as far as seating and menu choices, although we didn’t ever stay to eat there, and we didn’t get a refillable mug on this trip.

We only went to the pool one afternoon on this trip; I needed the naps more than the pool time! The quiet pool was closed the day we did make it to the pool, so we had to go to the main one. It was St. Patrick’s Day, so there were games and (loud) music to complement the holiday. I found the lounge chairs at the pool to be extremely uncomfortable, so the nap I was looking forward to didn’t happen.:(

We didn’t have much extended interaction with any CMs at the resort, but everyone seemed pleasant enough.

A Value Resort would not be my first choice for any future trips, but I’m glad that we could experience one of the All-Stars. I only have a couple other resorts to check off my list!

Transportation: Magical Express was great, as usual. We used buses our entire stay except for the one day that we took the monorail from EC to the MK. It was the typical assortment of surprisingly short rides/waits balanced with the one or two bus rides from hell.

I do like that there is only one bus stop for the whole resort with visible queues that ensure fairness and order when getting on the buses. In the mornings and evenings, we did not have to stop at any of the other All-Star Resorts, but if we rode mid-afternoon or early evening, it would stop at the other AS Resorts. Because of their layout and proximity to each other, this really did not add on much extra travel time, and the ASMu is the second stop.

They’ve created a perfect storm at DHS as far as a mass exodus of EVERYONE from the park at the same exact time. The park closed at 9p, 8:30p Fantasmic let out, and the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular ended. The bus stops were CHAOS!! The line for each of the three All-Star Resorts extended well past the roped-off queues, making it very difficult to A) walk through the crowds as they spilled over into the sidewalks and B) know if we were even in the right line! There were no CMs to be found in the middle of this craziness, either.

Side Story #1--We finally got in the right line, and then we realized some people around us were trying to assist a young girl (maybe 6 or 7) who had gotten separated from her parents. A very smart man put the girl on his shoulders so she could scan the crowd, and it wasn’t long before we all saw a desperate hand waving back at her. Mother and daughter were reunited quickly, thank goodness!

Food: I brought a loaf of banana bread from home which is what we ate for breakfast most mornings, and we only grabbed one late-night snack at ASMu during our visit. Otherwise, we had a nice variety of meals around the parks and one impromptu visit to Disney Springs. Here’s an overview (in no particular order).

--Spice Road Table; this is probably one of the only restaurants you can still walk up to without a reservation and be seated almost immediately. Our waiter was annoying, but the food was good (calamari plate and hummus sampler).

--Since the Flower and Garden Festival was in full swing, the food and drink kiosks were abundant. We shared a hard cider flight and a couple of samples from the Canada food kiosk (scallops were delish!!) one afternoon. In case anyone is appalled by our lack of nutritional choices on this trip, both of these samples came with green beans that we also ate. :thumbsup:

--La Cantina de San Angel; we both enjoyed our lunch of nachos and margaritas (despite a rather loud, large bachelor party beside us).

--Columbia Harbour House; I swear the family on the other side of our ordering stand took almost 10 minutes just to place their order :mad:!! I had fish and chicken, and DH had the shrimp mac and cheese.

--Friar’s Nook; I had the plain mac and cheese and DH had the pot roast one. We ate here a few trips ago, and it wasn’t as tasty as I remembered from then. Bonus--we had a partial view of Wishes as we ate.

--Yak and Yeti fast food; we waited an unacceptably long time for one of our entrees, but I must say the chicken fried rice here is one of the best food bargains at WDW.

--Be Our Guest for lunch; glad we got to try it, but I must admit that I was a tad disappointed. The sandwiches were just okay, but the cupcake was delicious. I had preordered our meal, but I don’t see how that was more efficient or got us our food any faster. The Music Room was closed and while the ballroom was pretty, it was too busy and big to enjoy. We first took a seat in the West Wing room, but it was so dark in there, I had to move!

--D-Luxe Burger; we split the Bacon and Bleu Burger which was good, but I didn’t taste a lot of bleu cheese. The fries were good, and they offer various dipping sauces for them (I think we had a Garlic Ranch?)

--Amorette’s Patisserie; all I can say is YUMMY and GORGEOUS desserts! DH had a Key Lim Tart and I had the salted caramel, banana, Nutella crepe. I would do the cake decorating class they are going to offer in a heartbeat!

--Catalina Eddy’s; we split a pepperoni pizza and a Caesar salad; DH had some tasty berry sangria-thing and I also had some ice cream. We don’t like many of the fast-food places at DHS, but this was okay.

--Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie; yes, I love pastries and dessert! We stopped here one night for a snack, and I had the crème brulee.

Up next: Part 3 :mickey:
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Multiple Magic Bands

Sun, 2017-03-26 02:58
We will be headed to WDW in July 2017. We already have magic bands from our last trip from last year, but we are getting new ones with our new reservation. Can we use multiple linked magic bands or do we need to disable the old ones. We would like to order alternate colors and have the option to change throughout the trip. We also saw some on the MDE shopping site that we might like to get.
So can we have and use multiple magic bands as long as they are all registered to the same person/family member?
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Multiple Magic Bands

Sun, 2017-03-26 02:58
We will be headed to WDW in July 2017. We already have magic bands from our last trip from last year, but we are getting new ones with our new reservation. Can we use multiple linked magic bands or do we need to disable the old ones. We would like to order alternate colors and have the option to change throughout the trip. We also saw some on the MDE shopping site that we might like to get.
So can we have and use multiple magic bands as long as they are all registered to the same person/family member?
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