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Revised plans May, 2018

3 hours 23 min ago
Our stuff was already paid for since we were planning the wedding planning trip, so I decided to go ahead with the May trip anyway. It will be myself, my roommate who has never been to Disney World and has only been to Disneyland once, and my friend who lives in Florida who has visited Disney World twice (one of them was with me a couple of years ago).

Give me your opinions on our revised trip

Arrive Sat, May 12
Dinner reservations at Raglan Road for 7:30 pm.
See Avengers: Infinity Wars after dinner

Sun, May 13 Epcot
Princess Storybook Breakfast @ 1030
Marrakesh @ 6:15 pm
Keeping these two in case my DD and co. decide to come after all. These were their requests

Mon, May 14 DHS
Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno @ 1130
I hadn't heard of this breakfast, and it seemed like a nice idea to get a break from the classic characters.

Tues, May 15 MK
Crystal Palace @ 0910. I'm getting my Crystal Palace fix after all. :D

Wed, May 16
Taking a break from the parks

Thurs, May 17 AK
Tusker House @ 0945.
The Rivers of Light dining package.

Fri, May 18 Epcot
Breakfast at Mara whenever we get up and going. It's a must-do for my friend in Florida and I to do whenever we're together there now.
Garden Grill @ 1430. I am going to try to get a fastpass for Living with the Land just prior to this, so they can see where the food was grown.

Sat, May 19
Be Our Guest @ 0935.
A visit to the Beast's castle before flying home.
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Refillable Mug / split stay question

Thu, 2018-01-18 19:58
I have a split stay coming up in May. If I purchase a refillable mug at the first resort will it be good for the duration of my trip or will it expire when i check out of the first resort and move to the second?
Thanks
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Refillable Mug / split stay question

Thu, 2018-01-18 19:58
I have a split stay coming up in May. If I purchase a refillable mug at the first resort will it be good for the duration of my trip or will it expire when i check out of the first resort and move to the second?
Thanks
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Good Non-park spot for an anniversary dinner?

Thu, 2018-01-18 16:13
DH and I will be in Orlando the week before our first wedding anniversary. We won't have park tickets but have a Friday evening free and I was thinking about reserving Cali Grill for a fancy date night dinner and Magic Kingdom fireworks viewing. The only two ADR times right now are 5:30 p.m. (too early for us to get there), or 9:25 p.m. (way too late for us to eat). What other restaurants? I was thinking Ohana or Narcoosees/Citricos. They all have good food and potential fireworks viewing. Any other thoughts?
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Good Non-park spot for an anniversary dinner?

Thu, 2018-01-18 16:13
DH and I will be in Orlando the week before our first wedding anniversary. We won't have park tickets but have a Friday evening free and I was thinking about reserving Cali Grill for a fancy date night dinner and Magic Kingdom fireworks viewing. The only two ADR times right now are 5:30 p.m. (too early for us to get there), or 9:25 p.m. (way too late for us to eat). What other restaurants? I was thinking Ohana or Narcoosees/Citricos. They all have good food and potential fireworks viewing. Any other thoughts?
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MDE app not showing fast passes?

Thu, 2018-01-18 03:07
So...I'm a relatively experienced Disney traveler (at least a couple of trips per year for the past 17 years) so I've used the My Disney Experience app a lot. We have a trip coming up in 3 weeks and have resort reservations, fast passes and some dinner reservations. When I look at the website on my computer, all things show up. In the app on my phone, only the resort reservations and dinner reservations show up...no fast passes. Has anyone else had this problem? I've checked and the app is updated to the most recent version.

I would appreciate any words of wisdom, since I'll be using the app to remember fast pass times once we're at the parks. Thank you!
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MDE app not showing fast passes?

Thu, 2018-01-18 03:07
So...I'm a relatively experienced Disney traveler (at least a couple of trips per year for the past 17 years) so I've used the My Disney Experience app a lot. We have a trip coming up in 3 weeks and have resort reservations, fast passes and some dinner reservations. When I look at the website on my computer, all things show up. In the app on my phone, only the resort reservations and dinner reservations show up...no fast passes. Has anyone else had this problem? I've checked and the app is updated to the most recent version.

I would appreciate any words of wisdom, since I'll be using the app to remember fast pass times once we're at the parks. Thank you!
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Florida freeze

Wed, 2018-01-17 23:35
There is a cold snap coming. Starting tonight it will go to the freeze temperature or below for the next two nights. I know it nothing compared to other areas, but it's still cold (colder than marathon weekend).

Visitors.... dress warm! Locals.... cover plants ( my potted ones are in a storage bin in the shed). As always ( for anyone experiencing the cold, bring your pets in.

Luckily it won't last long, by Sunday the temps will rise and heading back to the 70'

How cold will it be where you live?
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Florida freeze

Wed, 2018-01-17 23:35
There is a cold snap coming. Starting tonight it will go to the freeze temperature or below for the next two nights. I know it nothing compared to other areas, but it's still cold (colder than marathon weekend).

Visitors.... dress warm! Locals.... cover plants ( my potted ones are in a storage bin in the shed). As always ( for anyone experiencing the cold, bring your pets in.

Luckily it won't last long, by Sunday the temps will rise and heading back to the 70'

How cold will it be where you live?
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Opinions on Festival of Lights.

Wed, 2018-01-17 22:01
Edit to say that I am talking about Rivers of Lights! Got the name wrong. Lol

We have still not seen Festival of Lights at AK. On our last trip no one was the least bit interested in staying for the show. We have watched it on our smart TV on YouTube and as a family we were completely underwhelmed. It was visually very pretty, but it felt so incredibly "slow". It just didn't "take us there" like most Disney shows do. Almost like it fell flat.

Are we missing something by not seeing it in person? We are planning an upcoming trip and again no one shows even the slightest bit on interest in seeing this. So what are all you guys opinions on it?
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Opinions on Festival of Lights.

Wed, 2018-01-17 22:01
We have still not seen Festival of Lights at AK. On our last trip no one was the least bit interested in staying for the show. We have watched it on our smart TV on YouTube and as a family we were completely underwhelmed. It was visually very pretty, but it felt so incredibly "slow". It just didn't "take us there" like most Disney shows do. Almost like it fell flat.

Are we missing something by not seeing it in person? We are planning an upcoming trip and again no one shows even the slightest bit on interest in seeing this. So what are all you guys opinions on it?
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Disney Studios

Wed, 2018-01-17 19:40
While still getting settled into our home, we often can only look at one week at a time as we need to look at deliveries, repair people appointments etc before we can decide which day might be used to pop over to Disney. This week, it looked like Thursday would be the best day and we planned for that. Then, we saw the weather forecast which calls for a freeze Wednesday night into Thursday with highs only in the 50s on Thursday. In taking another look at our schedule for the week on Monday, we decided we could swing a trip to the park on Tuesday.

Now, would there be any fastpasses? I was able to book fastpasses for Rock n Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror and the Frozen singalong. At least I thought I was able to book those. On Tuesday morning, I checked my app to see if I could make any tweaks and none of my fastpasses showed up. Hmmmmm......

On the way to the Studios, we stopped at Dunkin for coffee and and a donut and continued on our way. We arrived just about the same time the park opened and a shuttle quickly brought us to the entrance. Two new security tables opened up just as we arrived so we were through that quickly as well as the passholder entrance stile. Once in the park, we paid a visit to Guest Relations to solve the mystery of the missing fastpasses. Now, I know the first thing I need to do when booking fastpasses is to select the date I want them for. I was sure I had clicked on the correct date but, no, there were all my fastpasses booked for Monday of next week.

I canceled those and tried to book fastpasses for the day we were there but there seemed to be nothing. Looks like we'll have to wing it....but wait....trying again got me fastpasses for Tower of Terror, Indiana Jones, and Rock n Roller Coaster. Okay, we're off.

We have close to an hour for our Tower of Terror fastpass so walk over and take in Muppet Vision. On our last several visits, we've walked in towards the tail end of the pre-show. Today we got to see much more of it. By time we exit the theater, it is nearly time for our Tower of Terror fastpass. The standby line is listed as 30 minutes but I can tell from the length of the line that can't possibly be accurate. It jumps to 60 minutes standby as we walk through the fastpass line. The reason becomes clear as we exit the library to get in line in the "basement" - one side of the ride has been shut down. It reopens just as we approach the area of choice so we are quickly headed to our hotel floor.

It seems we have enough time to take in Star Tours before our Indiana Jones fast pass time so head there despite the 30 minute listed standby time. While on line, the standby time is increased to 40 minutes and I am concerned about making our next fastpass so I am able to switch that to the next Indiana Jones show - problem solved. As it turns out, we make our journy through space with enough time to spare to have made the originally booked fastpass.

No problem - it's lunch time and we're hungry so we'll use the time until our Indy show to eat. We head to the Tune In Lounge and only needed to wait a few minutes for a couple of seats at the counter. We opt to share A Sampling of Mom's Favorite Recipes which makes an adequate lunch for the two of us. With still a little time to spare, we wander through one of the shops and I select a holiday themed tee that was left over and is now on sale.

We hadn't seen the Indy show in quite some time and had never before sat in the front row which we did for this performance. It was fun, as always.

With still more than an hour to go until our Rock n Roller fastpass, we decided there wasn't anything else we wished to do in the park on this day (especially since standby times for rides like Toy Story were hovering around 100 minutes) so I released that fastpass, we walked back to our car, and headed home.

All in all, a pleasant day at Hollywood Studios.

Observations - I think that currently this park seems more crowded than it actually is. With the closing of the car show and the Great Movie Ride both of which could accommodate quite large crowded comfortably, people are getting congested within the remaining attractions. Hopefully, this will improve with the opening of the Star Wars area of the park as well as the replacement ride for the Great Movie Ride.
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Disney Studios

Wed, 2018-01-17 19:40
While still getting settled into our home, we often can only look at one week at a time as we need to look at deliveries, repair people appointments etc before we can decide which day might be used to pop over to Disney. This week, it looked like Thursday would be the best day and we planned for that. Then, we saw the weather forecast which calls for a freeze Wednesday night into Thursday with highs only in the 50s on Thursday. In taking another look at our schedule for the week on Monday, we decided we could swing a trip to the park on Tuesday.

Now, would there be any fastpasses? I was able to book fastpasses for Rock n Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror and the Frozen singalong. At least I thought I was able to book those. On Tuesday morning, I checked my app to see if I could make any tweaks and none of my fastpasses showed up. Hmmmmm......

On the way to the Studios, we stopped at Dunkin for coffee and and a donut and continued on our way. We arrived just about the same time the park opened and a shuttle quickly brought us to the entrance. Two new security tables opened up just as we arrived so we were through that quickly as well as the passholder entrance stile. Once in the park, we paid a visit to Guest Relations to solve the mystery of the missing fastpasses. Now, I know the first thing I need to do when booking fastpasses is to select the date I want them for. I was sure I had clicked on the correct date but, no, there were all my fastpasses booked for Monday of next week.

I canceled those and tried to book fastpasses for the day we were there but there seemed to be nothing. Looks like we'll have to wing it....but wait....trying again got me fastpasses for Tower of Terror, Indiana Jones, and Rock n Roller Coaster. Okay, we're off.

We have close to an hour for our Tower of Terror fastpass so walk over and take in Muppet Vision. On our last several visits, we've walked in towards the tail end of the pre-show. Today we got to see much more of it. By time we exit the theater, it is nearly time for our Tower of Terror fastpass. The standby line is listed as 30 minutes but I can tell from the length of the line that can't possibly be accurate. It jumps to 60 minutes standby as we walk through the fastpass line. The reason becomes clear as we exit the library to get in line in the "basement" - one side of the ride has been shut down. It reopens just as we approach the area of choice so we are quickly headed to our hotel floor.

It seems we have enough time to take in Star Tours before our Indiana Jones fast pass time so head there despite the 30 minute listed standby time. While on line, the standby time is increased to 40 minutes and I am concerned about making our next fastpass so I am able to switch that to the next Indiana Jones show - problem solved. As it turns out, we make our journy through space with enough time to spare to have made the originally booked fastpass.

No problem - it's lunch time and we're hungry so we'll use the time until our Indy show to eat. We head to the Tune In Lounge and only needed to wait a few minutes for a couple of seats at the counter. We opt to share A Sampling of Mom's Favorite Recipes which makes an adequate lunch for the two of us. With still a little time to spare, we wander through one of the shops and I select a holiday themed tee that was left over and is now on sale.

We hadn't seen the Indy show in quite some time and had never before sat in the front row which we did for this performance. It was fun, as always.

With still more than an hour to go until our Rock n Roller fastpass, we decided there wasn't anything else we wished to do in the park on this day (especially since standby times for rides like Toy Story were hovering around 100 minutes) so I released that fastpass, we walked back to our car, and headed home.

All in all, a pleasant day at Hollywood Studios.

Observations - I think that currently this park seems more crowded than it actually is. With the closing of the car show and the Great Movie Ride both of which could accommodate quite large crowded comfortably, people are getting congested within the remaining attractions. Hopefully, this will improve with the opening of the Star Wars area of the park as well as the replacement ride for the Great Movie Ride.
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AKL Cashless Test Run

Wed, 2018-01-17 15:41
Disney will begin testing in early February to not allow cash transactions in stores and restaurants.

Courtesy of DVC News
Quote: Beginning February 12, 2018, Jambo House at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas will eliminate most cash transactions throughout the resort. Accepted payment methods will include MagicBands, credit cards, debit cards, Disney Gift Cards and Disney Reward Redemption Cards and contactless payment options including Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay.

Cash deposits will be accepted at check-in to fund room charging options. And cash will continue to be accepted for gratuities by restaurant services, bell services, valet parking attendants and other applicable staff members. However, payment for all other resort services--including dining purchases by guests not staying at the resort--must be made via an accepted cashless payment option. What do you think?
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AKL Cashless Test Run

Wed, 2018-01-17 15:41
Disney will begin testing in early February to not allow cash transactions in stores and restaurants.

Courtesy of DVC News
Quote: Beginning February 12, 2018, Jambo House at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas will eliminate most cash transactions throughout the resort. Accepted payment methods will include MagicBands, credit cards, debit cards, Disney Gift Cards and Disney Reward Redemption Cards and contactless payment options including Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay.

Cash deposits will be accepted at check-in to fund room charging options. And cash will continue to be accepted for gratuities by restaurant services, bell services, valet parking attendants and other applicable staff members. However, payment for all other resort services--including dining purchases by guests not staying at the resort--must be made via an accepted cashless payment option. What do you think?
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Booking Magical Express

Wed, 2018-01-17 15:03
Hi everyone! As some of you may know, we booked Wilderness Lodge last year for November this year as had a fantastic deal on. However our flight as changed from Monday 11/26 to Sunday 11/25. Not really a problem as we'll stay at the Hyatt at MCO on Sunday night and travel to WL on Monday morning - hey an extra full day in Disney! No complaints here.
We're going to use Magical Express but the form I found wants a flight number which if I fill in, they'll assume we want ME on Sunday night yes? Can I ignore this part or should I call them? We also want the wheelchair bus too. This is our first time using ME so not sure how to book exactly.
Thanks in advance for any help
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Booking Magical Express

Wed, 2018-01-17 15:03
Hi everyone! As some of you may know, we booked Wilderness Lodge last year for November this year as had a fantastic deal on. However our flight as changed from Monday 11/26 to Sunday 11/25. Not really a problem as we'll stay at the Hyatt at MCO on Sunday night and travel to WL on Monday morning - hey an extra full day in Disney! No complaints here.
We're going to use Magical Express but the form I found wants a flight number which if I fill in, they'll assume we want ME on Sunday night yes? Can I ignore this part or should I call them? We also want the wheelchair bus too. This is our first time using ME so not sure how to book exactly.
Thanks in advance for any help
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Renting points?

Wed, 2018-01-17 02:55
Hi all it's been quite a while since I've posted but moneys been tight and I just couldn't bare to plan until I could afford it. So I'm thinking about a vacation for 3 adults would like OKW 1 bedroom with a small room attached. (sorry couldn't think of what it's called). 6 nights 7 days. Looking at March or Oct or Jan 2019. What are point rentals going for? Thanks in advance.:mickey:
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Renting points?

Wed, 2018-01-17 02:55
Hi all it's been quite a while since I've posted but moneys been tight and I just couldn't bare to plan until I could afford it. So I'm thinking about a vacation for 3 adults would like OKW 1 bedroom with a small room attached. (sorry couldn't think of what it's called). 6 nights 7 days. Looking at March or Oct or Jan 2019. What are point rentals going for? Thanks in advance.:mickey:
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Tuma The Hippopotamus and Her New Calf Now on Savanna at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Wed, 2018-01-17 01:39
Disney's Animal Kingdom has announced a new birth:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is delighted to announce the birth of a Nile hippopotamus, the first hippo born at the park in 13 years.

Born at approximately 10 p.m. {January 13th}, the calf is staying close to mom Tuma. Our animal care team is giving Tuma and her calf plenty of room to nurse and bond, so the calf’s gender and weight may not be known for some time. Typically, a newborn calf weighs between 60 and 110 pounds.

This birth marks another success for our dedicated and highly trained team of Disney animal care experts. Tuma and her mate Henry were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Nile hippopotamus is a vulnerable species with a declining population. This birth is an important contribution to the worldwide conservation and understanding of these amazing creatures. We hope guests will see this adorable hippo calf and be inspired to take action to protect them in the wild.

You may see Tuma and her calf on Kilimanjaro Safaris and also during the Wild Africa Trek experience.


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