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Episode 104 - You Forgot My Cheese

Tue, 2017-11-14 06:03
The Cast: Carolyn Pongracz, Cindy Jachrimo, Ian Mitchell, Jason Kauffman, Justin McCarthy & John Yaglenski

- And we're back from ICOT20
- Hang Out at the Hangar
- A Magical Day at The Kingdom
- New Magic Kingdom Snacks
- Mobile Order works well
- You forgot my cheese
- No More Secret Menu Nachos, What's Next?
- Monorail...Party in the Sky?
- Onto to Epcot!
- Soarin', & Mickey Bars, & Fiesta's oh my
- Gary's Column
- Real, live Canadians
- A strange evening at Jellyrolls
- The Low Down on the Minnie Vans
- Exploring Pandora
- Bees are good, hornets are bad
- A wrap up to a great weekend
- RunDisney Cancelled at Disneyland
- New Hotel for Disneyland
- Swan and Dolphin and Pterodactyl?
- DisneyQuest Demolished
- An Oddly Specific Swinging Ride Patent
- A spark of hope for Innoventions
- Cheese and Floats?

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Warcraft, Disneyland and Beaches Oh My Day 3

Mon, 2017-11-13 23:45
Me- 46 year old Disney lover who doesn't act her age
DR (Dear Roommate) - 33 year old who has no idea what he is getting himself into

I had cancelled our breakfast at Storyteller's Cafe for today, so we got to sleep in a little bit. I dropped DR off at Blizzcon and headed to Disneyland! Our tickets were loaded onto the app, and I was trying Maxpass. I went straight to the gate where they took my pic and gave me a paper ticket. It was a very fast process.

When I am alone in Disney, I tend to slow down and soak in the atmosphere instead of running from ride to ride. There was a band playing in front of the fire station and an older couple were dancing to the music. It was completely adorable. #relationship goals.

I moseyed on up Main St. and decided to try out MaxPass. I got a fastpass for Buzz Lightyear for one hour later. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride had a 5 minute wait, so I hopped in line for that. After surviving the wild ride, I browsed through the Mad Hatter shop. I was bound and determined to make DR wear a set of ears. I was looking for some marvel ones. I took some pictures around Fantasyland and then wandered to Buzz Lightyear for my fastpass. I have a stuffed dog that my kids gave me for Valentine's Day a couple of years ago. Any time I visit some place, I take pictures with him and post them on facebook with his narrative. It drives my son crazy and makes me laugh. My friends love the storytelling. The whole purpose of this round against the Evil Emperor Zurg was to get the on ride photo with Barksy the dog.

After we saved the galaxy, I decided to head to City Hall to get my disability access card. DR was going to be getting out of Blizzcon soon, and I would need the access to ride the rides I wanted to show him. I was stopped by the Soundsational Parade. I don't normally stop to watch the parades, but I didn't have much of a choice. The parade was pretty good, and I was amazed at how they blended the songs at the end of each segment to make it sound good.

After the crowd dispersed, I headed into City Hall. It was a less than stellar experience. I explained to the Cast Member what I needed, and he told me they had discontinued that service 5 or 6 years ago. I told him that I was just there in May of 2016 and used it. He again repeated that they had discontinued it 5 or 6 years ago and suggested that I rent a wheelchair. I explained to him that I had to change positions every 15 mins and couldn't just ride in a wheelchair. He responded that I could get out and push it during those times. In my head, I thought about all the posts on intercot in which people said the wheelchair system was being abused because they saw someone pushing their wheelchair. I wondered how many of those people pushing their wheelchair were due to Disney telling them to do this. I tried explaining to him that the system where I get a return time works rather well for me. He still stated that they stopped that system 5 or 6 years ago, and he couldn't do anything else for me. I left to pick up DR.

We had fantasmic dinner package reservations at Hungry Bear for 7:15 pm. Our whole purpose for coming to the parks tonight was for him to see Fantasmic, since they don't show it during the week. Once DR was in the park, I used Maxpass to get a time for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. His first theme park ride ever was going to be my favorite. :D We went and picked up our meal from Hungry Bear and sat down to eat it. It wasn't very impressive. He had the salmon, but wouldn't eat the kale salad. I had to order a cheeseburger off of the regular menu, because I couldn't eat anything from the dinner package menu. I asked for the french fries with a side of cole slaw. The lady at the register said I couldn't do that, but I could get cole slaw and ask for a side of french fries. Not sure what the difference there really is. :confused: I said ok, and they never gave me the cole slaw anyway. I just ate DR's salad, and he ate the french fries. His piece of salmon was very small. I realize that you are really paying for the reserved seating, but at least make the meal big enough to fill an adult up.

It was time for our Wildest Ride in the West! I was excited. DR was nervous. We were soon strapped in and riding on an out of control mine train. I was laughing. The girl behind us was screaming, and DR was holding on for dear life which made me laugh even harder. It probably would have been easier for him if it was daylight, and he could see the turns coming. That would have been too easy though. :thedolls:

I used Maxpass to get a time to return to Haunted Mansion Holiday. We had an hour to kill, and Pinocchio's Daring Journey had a 10 minute wait. It was time to introduce him to dark rides. On the way, DR noticed the Star Wars ears that have the light up x-wing battle. Like a moth to the light, he went to look at them. After weeks of resisting, someone suddenly wanted a set of ears to wear. ;) DR is very outgoing and will talk to everyone. He and the cast member at the cart talked for about 15 mins. I took the opportunity to take pictures of Barksy in the photo opportunity Dumbo car.

He loved Pinocchio's Daring Journey, even pretending to be scared in the right spots and telling the donkey kids that he would come back and save them from their cages. His kids are going to have a blast when they all go to Disney World together next year.

It was time for Haunted Mansion Holiday, and we headed that direction. The app said Pirates of the Caribbean was a 25 minute wait, but when we got there, everyone was watching the first showing of Fantasmic. The Pirates queue was empty, so we detoured down there. I told DR he couldn't see any of the Fantasmic show yet, so he averted his eyes. :P Pirates was a walk on. It was weird to introduce someone to the ride who has seen the movie before riding the ride.

Dead men tell no tales, and Davy Jones was waiting for us. He joined the auction by saying he would offer 7 bottles of rum for her. He sang Yo Ho Yo Ho A Pirate's Life for Me with me, attentively checked out Blue Bayou since we had reservations for dinner there later in the week, looked at the fireflies with me since he knows I love them (being from Kentucky, they don't mean much to him), and laughed when I told him I dreamed of living in the little shack with the guy in the rocking chair when I was a little girl.

Next up, it was time to visit the grim grinning ghosts, but they weren't there. Jack Skellington had taken over Christmas. I'm not a fan of Nightmare Before Christmas, but DR is. At the end of the night, this was his favorite ride. After visiting Jack and Sally, we went to find our reserved seating for Fantasmic. He held our spot while I went to get him funnel cake. I got one for myself too. They turned out to be huge, and we could have easily shared one instead. I also got him a coke in a souvenir cup. My cups from Disney World have disappeared from my house while I was travelling, and I need to replenish my stock.

When I returned, no one else had joined the reserved seating area. There were maybe 20 people there. We were right up front, even got a little wet during the show. The dragon, which is the whole reason I watch the show, worked and was amazing! DR was in awe of everything and was asking who the characters were that he wasn't sure about. He was most excited about the green army men on the back of the boat at the end.

We kicked back for a while and let the crowds disperse before heading out, catching the last tram of the night.
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Not on Intercot!

Mon, 2017-11-13 23:14
On other sites this is sadly more true than not! Yet another reason to love Intercot! Enjoy the laugh!


How many online forum members does it take to change a light bulb?

1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed.

14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently.

7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs.

27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs.

53 to flame the spell checkers.

41 to correct spelling/grammar flames.

6 to argue over whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb"...another 6 to condemn those 6 as ****-retentive

2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is "lamp".

15 know-it-alls who claim *they* were in the industry, and that "light bulb" is perfectly correct.

156 to email the participant's ISPs complaining that they are in violation of their "acceptable use policy".

109 to post that this group is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a lightbulb group

203 to demand that cross posting to hardware forum, off-topic forum, and lightbulb group about changing light bulbs be stopped.

111 to defend the posting to this group saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts *are* relevant to this group.

306 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique, and what brands are faulty.

27 to post URL's where one can see examples of different light bulbs.

14 to post that the URL's were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL's.

3 to post about links they found from the URL's that are relevant to this group which makes light bulbs relevant to this group.

33 to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including all headers and signatures, and add "Me too".

12 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy.

19 to quote the "Me too's" to say "Me three".

4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ.

44 to ask what is a "FAQ".

4 to say "didn't we go through this already a short time ago?"

143 to say "do a Google search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs".

1 forum lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now and start it all over again....
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Warcraft, Disneyland and Beaches Oh My Day 2

Mon, 2017-11-13 22:45
Me- 46 year old Disney lover who doesn't act her age
DR (Dear Roommate) - 33 year old who has no idea what he is getting himself into


We were up early for breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen. The staff here was wonderful as always. It took DR a little bit to get warmed up to the idea of pictures with the characters, but he soon became a big kid, especially when Chip and Dale came around. He wandered around singing the Rescue Rangers song for a while. Disney lesson #2 - how to tell who is Chip and who is Dale
I savored every bite of my Mickey waffles, but DR was too excited about Blizzcon to be hungry. We were in and out in about 30 mins. I dropped him off at the Convention Center and headed out for some pampering. First stop was The Joint Chiropractic. Next stop was Massage Envy, where I had an hour massage and a facial. No matter where I go in the country, these two businesses always do well.
After the pampering, I went to check into our timeshare. Beso del Sol was about 30 mins away in Huntington Beach. It was a hard to find little hole in the wall, but the studio itself was very nice. Just a short walk away from the beach and adjacent to the Pacific Coast Highway. No ac but there were two fans. There was a fireplace. The manager said the bar and grill across the street was very good, but we never tried it. My only complaint there was that the bar was very loud on the weekend, making it difficult to sleep.
After unpacking everything, I headed back to pick up DR. He wasn't too interested in the evening activities at Blizzcon, and we had reservations at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney followed by Thor: Ragnarok. This turned out to be DR's favorite meal of the whole trip. We got seated upstairs and enjoyed the jazz musicians that came around. We both enjoyed our meal and had preordered the chocolate bread pudding souffle. It wasn't as chocolatey as I had hoped.
We had pre-ordered our Thor: Ragnarok tickets, so it was pretty easy to just go up and get our paper tickets. There was a line, but the auditorium wound up only being about half full. I was pretty surprised at that. I thought the movie was pretty good. DR loved it.
We had another early day the next day, so we headed back to the timeshare and turned in for the night. DR's comment for the night "10 of 10 would do it again."
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Warcraft, Disneyland and Beaches Oh My - Day 0 and Day 1

Mon, 2017-11-13 22:12
Me- 46 year old Disney lover who doesn't act her age
DR (Dear Roommate) - 33 year old who has no idea what he is getting himself into

The plan was to leave on Thursday 11/2 at 3 am. That all changed on 11/1.

The morning of Wednesday, 11/1, I got a call from my brother in the Navy who has been stationed in Guam for the past few years. His flight had just landed in Colorado, and he would be home later that afternoon. All plans for anything else that day got put on hold. Everyone descended on my mother's house that evening to visit with him. While we were there, my oldest son said "So, you're going to Disneyland?" I said "Yes." He replied "What if I just happened to show up there too?" Of course, I was ecstatic and mentally rearranged my plans to fit the days he was going to try to go, including skipping our park day on 11/2 to have a day open when he was there. My roommate was more than happy to not have to get up at 2 am to be at park opening.

11/1 - After being up until 2 am, we slept until about 11 and were on the road by 12. The drive was very easy except for some road construction in one small area on I-10. I dropped DR off at the convention center at about 6 pm to pick up his Blizzcon stuff, and then I went to check into the hotel room. The Alamo Inn & Suites was a nice hotel. The room was cute and larger than I expected. The grounds were well kept. There were signs that it was an older hotel (such as the creaky elevator), but it was in pretty good condition. Our room was right in front of the elevator, so bringing our luggage up was a breeze. DR had called and said he wanted to spend some time browse the Blizzcon stuff at the convention center, so I hopped in the shower. It took a while for the water to heat up, but that and the elevator were the only two things I noticed that could be improved upon.
DR called and said he was ready, so I picked him up and we headed to Downtown Disney. I was pretty excited for his first Disney experience. He was just along for the ride. There is a security checkpoint to get into Downtown Disney now that took us a while to get through. They need a "no bag" line to speed things up.
Since we weren't going into the park as planned, I had cancelled our Wine Country Trattoria dining reservations and decided to just take him to ESPN Zone. He was like a little kid in a candy store as soon as we walked into the gift shop. They have a machine in there that engraves luggage tags, keychains, etc. He spent 15 mins or so deciding on which one he wanted and what he wanted engraved on it. With his new luggage in place on his Blizzcon backpack, he was ready to go eat. When we checked in, the hostess asked if there was a particular game we wanted to watch. I had no idea there was a football game going on, but he did, of course. We wound up getting seated front and center for the Buffalos vs Jets game There were some black reclining chairs there also. I wondered how you got seated in those.
We ordered the chicken wings as an appetizer. They were pretty tasty. He had the grilled chicken sandwich which he loved. I had a wrap and a chocolate shake. They were both tasty. His toothpicks had basketballs on them. Mine had footballs. They quickly became souvenirs for him. The Jets won the game and we headed out.
Our next stop was the pin store at Downtown Disney. I originally wanted to show him about pin trading, so that he would understand how it works for his kids during our Disney World trip next year. The cast member at the register let him trade for his first pin, and he was hooked. In the blink of an eye, $100 was spent on pins for him. He is a huge Marvel fan, so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised.
We wandered through the Lego Store and World of Disney. Then one of the parks closed and masses of people descended on Downtown Disney. We had an early day in the morning, so we headed out. In the car, he said "this place is legit." A new Disney fan was born, and we hadn't even been into the parks.
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Parking at Polynesian for Dinner

Mon, 2017-11-13 18:58
We're going to the Polynesian Resort for dinner. Spirit of Aloha. We're staying off site. I know I can park at the resort if I have a reservation, but I'm not sure if there's a way to get there without paying at the toll booths on the main drive to the TTC. We're going the night we get into town so I'd love to skip the parking fee once during our stay. Anyone know if that is possible?
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Jan 3, 2018 and Jan 4, 2018 - Lets do a Marathon Weekend Meet

Mon, 2017-11-13 12:26
Who would like to go to the Marathon Expo on Jan 3rd (it will be CRAZY!!)
and then maybe go to late lunch early dinner?

Due to having to work - I can only run the 5K on Thursday the 4th - but I'd love to meet up with the local group on the 3rd or after my run on the 4th....

Anyone up for a mini meet?
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Epcot will Bloom for its 25th Year with the 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden

Sun, 2017-11-12 23:13
Epcot has announced the dates for the 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
...Held each day from February 28 – May 28, 2018, the Festival’s 25th anniversary event will feature fan favorites like exhibits, events and tastings including:

  • Disney Character Topiaries
  • 15 Outdoor Kitchens serving creative, flavor-rich cuisine that highlights spring garden offerings
  • Garden Rocks music series – with its classic rock ‘n’ roll stars from the ‘60s, ‘70s ‘80s and ‘90s. Garden Rocks Dining packages will be available for certain Epcot restaurants – pairing a fabulous meal with reserved seating for your favorite concert
  • Garden Tours – Including Gardens of the World Tour (spring edition); the English Tea Garden Tour; and Royal Tea Garden Tour (extra fee required)
  • New interactive kids play areas
  • And – of course – the millions of extra plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and themed gardens that decorate Epcot in spring.
  • Also returning will be our Egg-Stravaganza scavenger hunt and hand-crafted and Festival merchandise to extend an already-packed day of adventure at Epcot.
This year's Festival will mark the earliest start date with the kick-off on February 28th; however, the duration will be comparable to the 2017 Festival.
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Take a Sneak Peek at Beauty & The Beast on the High Seas

Sun, 2017-11-12 22:54
Disney Cruise Line has released a special look at its new Beauty & The Beast stage show:

{Please Note that the presentation begins at the 4:30 mark}

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Hours/Crowds first 2 weeks in December?

Sun, 2017-11-12 02:20
So for the first time in 5 years I am headed to Disneyland. The first half of December is always my favorite time to go, because of the decorations and holiday attractions, and the crowds are typically moderate, usually no more than 30-45 minute wait for most things (RSS not being one of those things.) But I'm planning to go the week of Dec 10 and I noticed Disneyland is open until midnight and California Adventure is open until 10 on weeknights. I do not remember the hours being crazy like that, I think Disneyland closed at 10:00 previously. I'm also finding it awkward that the parks close 2 hours earlier than this the week after... ummm, don't some schools start winter break that week?

Anyway, I'm just wondering how busy it's going to be. I find it strange that the weeknights on the week of Dec 10 have the same hours as Thanksgiving weekend.
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Disneyland Serving a Cornucopia of Classic Thanksgiving Meals for 2017

Sat, 2017-11-11 23:53
Disneyland will be offering two main meal options for Thanksgiving 2017:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disneyland Resort Press Release
... Disneyland park will be serving up slow-roasted turkey breast at the French Market Restaurant, with apricot stuffing, market mashed potatoes, home-style gravy, seasonal vegetables and cranberry relish, topped off with a 5” pumpkin pie for dessert!



At Disney California Adventure park, Flo’s cooking up rotisserie-roasted turkey breast with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, seasonal vegetables and orange-cranberry sauce at Flo’s V8 Café.
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Walt Disney World Has a Few Twists on Typical Turkey & Fixin's for Thanksgiving 2017

Sat, 2017-11-11 23:44
In addition to the classics, Walt Disney World has a few new twists on your typical Turkey and Fixin's for Thanksgiving 2017:

Quote: Originally Posted by Walt Disney World Press Release
Heading to Disney Parks this Thanksgiving? No need to skip the turkey dinner this year as many of Disney Parks restaurants are serving up a spread of holiday cheer with all the fixings.

See the roundup below for a cornucopia of thankful flavors:

If you’re traveling to the Valley of Mo’ara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll find that the Na’vi have created their own version of a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Pandora. Satu’li Canteen will be serving up wood-grilled roasted turkey breast with gravy, apple and sage stuffing, green beans, orange marmalade glazed sweet potatoes with candied pecans, mashed potatoes and cranberry boba pearls; available in both adult and kids’ portions. And for dessert, you’ll find a delicious pumpkin cheesecake mousse.



At Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort is serving up turkey and mashed potatoes at Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe; mosey on over to Frontierland to partake in this hearty feast that includes turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and gravy. Sunshine Seasons in Epcot will also be serving a Thanksgiving plate for lunch and dinner consisting of turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce.

At Morimoto Asia, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's first Pan-Asian restaurant located in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World, the restaurant will be serving a special Thanksgiving treat for those looking for an Asian twist. This Thanksgiving enjoy a spin on the traditional holiday staple and try the Peking Turkey Dinner, served with roasted pork fried rice "stuffing," Japanese-style candied yams, cranberry-litchi chutney and Szechuan peppercorn gravy.


Joining in on the Thanksgiving fun this year is Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. On Thanksgiving Day only, you’ll be excited to find a roast turkey special. And through the month of December, try their delicious seasonal dessert, a pumpkin bread pudding served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

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Walt Disney World a Few New Twists on Typical Turkey & Fixin's for Thanksgiving 2017

Sat, 2017-11-11 23:44
In addition to the classics, Walt Disney World has a few new twists on your typical Turkey and Fixin's for Thanksgiving 2017:

Quote: Originally Posted by Walt Disney World Press Release
Heading to Disney Parks this Thanksgiving? No need to skip the turkey dinner this year as many of Disney Parks restaurants are serving up a spread of holiday cheer with all the fixings.

See the roundup below for a cornucopia of thankful flavors:

If you’re traveling to the Valley of Mo’ara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll find that the Na’vi have created their own version of a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Pandora. Satu’li Canteen will be serving up wood-grilled roasted turkey breast with gravy, apple and sage stuffing, green beans, orange marmalade glazed sweet potatoes with candied pecans, mashed potatoes and cranberry boba pearls; available in both adult and kids’ portions. And for dessert, you’ll find a delicious pumpkin cheesecake mousse.



At Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort is serving up turkey and mashed potatoes at Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe; mosey on over to Frontierland to partake in this hearty feast that includes turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and gravy. Sunshine Seasons in Epcot will also be serving a Thanksgiving plate for lunch and dinner consisting of turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce.

At Morimoto Asia, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's first Pan-Asian restaurant located in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World, the restaurant will be serving a special Thanksgiving treat for those looking for an Asian twist. This Thanksgiving enjoy a spin on the traditional holiday staple and try the Peking Turkey Dinner, served with roasted pork fried rice "stuffing," Japanese-style candied yams, cranberry-litchi chutney and Szechuan peppercorn gravy.


Joining in on the Thanksgiving fun this year is Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. On Thanksgiving Day only, you’ll be excited to find a roast turkey special. And through the month of December, try their delicious seasonal dessert, a pumpkin bread pudding served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

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Travel to Early Morning Breakfast at MK

Sat, 2017-11-11 14:58
So, we were not planning on a princess breakfast, but I stumbled on a last minute reservation at Cinderella's Royal Table for two so I booked it for me and my daughter. It's at 8am so we're headed out early while the boys sleep in and meet up with us after. We're staying at Saratoga. MK opens at 9am that day. Will there be bus service early enough to get us to MK in time for an 8am breakfast or do we need to book our own transportation? Thanks!

Michelle

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Veteran's Day Thank You

Sat, 2017-11-11 11:36
:flag: To all the Veteran's and their families, THANK YOU for your service! :flag:
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Magic Kingdom, Whats new?

Fri, 2017-11-10 15:39
Good morning all, used to be a regular on the boards and in the World when I lived in Florida, but moved to Vermont in 2007 and have only been back once in 2013. We will be stopping in for one day at the Magic Kingdom in December. I have been researching the changes online and through the boards, but am hoping you can point out anything I have missed. I used to complain that nothing ever changed at the parks when we were going monthly, now I see all you have to do it take a really long break.

I see there are new rides, Ariel, Seven Dwarves Mine Ride since I was there in 2013, anything else?

Fastpasses are available online now I see 30 days out, are they electronic only now? No more kiosks?

Do certain rides like the Haunted Mansion open later than the park as I remember they once did? I am trying to plan the most efficient use of our 10 hours in the park.

I see security has moved outside to the TTC which is probably a good idea. If the Magic Kingdom opens at 8am, when can I expect the TTC to open? 2 hours before park opening?

Thanks for any advice,
Anthony
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How to add celebration to reservations

Fri, 2017-11-10 13:22
I was able to make all my dining reservations last week and actually get everything I wanted using the online system at 6am. I was not able to add any celebration info to the reservations. Does anyone know how I can get the info added to my reservations?
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Two 2018 Winter Refurbishments for Popular Magic Kingdom Attractions

Fri, 2017-11-10 02:11
The Magic Kingdom park has announced two 2018 Winter refurbishments of popular attractions.

Pirates of the Caribbean is scheduled to be closed February 26 through March 18, 2018. It is expected that the previously announced scene replacement will occur during this refurbishment.

Splash Mountain is scheduled to be closed January 8 through February 1, 2018. It is not clear if the ongoing refurbishment is being abridged to accommodate for the Peak 2017 Holiday Season and this closure will complete the full restoration or if this second closure is a wholly separate refurbishment.
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ShopDisney Freinds & Family Sale

Fri, 2017-11-10 02:00
Check your e-mail for the Friends & Family Sale for up to 25% off your order through November 12th:

Quote: Originally Posted by ShopDisney
“Friends & Family: 25% Off Your Order.” Valid November 9, 2017 (12:01 AM PST) through November 12, 2017 (11:59 PM PST) or while supplies last, whichever occurs first, on select, in-stock merchandise purchased via the Shop Disney Parks mobile app or Shop Disney Parks online at disneyworld.com and disneyland.com.

Discount will apply automatically at Checkout to the pre-tax order subtotal amount. Offer excludes Shipping & Handling, publications, media, games and accessories, electronics, Limited Edition and Limited Availability merchandise, Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley, PANDORA Jewelry, Alex & Ani Jewelry, Disney Parks MagicBand, custom or Limited Edition Vinylmation, Star Wars BB-8 App-Enabled Droid, personalization, and Collectible art or figures. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount except available shipping offers.

No adjustments to prior purchases. Merchandise subject to availability. We reserve the right to limit purchase quantities per guest. Discount cannot be used to purchase merchandise for resale. Merchandise can only be exchanged for identical item or returned at discounted price with valid sales receipt (see Merchandise Return Policy on the Shop Disney Parks mobile app). Offer subject to restrictions and change without notice. Void where prohibited.

Shop Disney Parks mobile app available only in the U.S.
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Miami Transportation info

Thu, 2017-11-09 21:16
My grand-niece and I will be in Miami next week for a karate tournament.

We're arriving on Amtrak, heading out to a hotel on Collins Avenue. And we'll have a weirdly shaped piece of luggage - long and skinny. Probably not going to fit in a regular size trunk. Sure doesn't fit in the trunks of any of our cars.

Anybody here from the Miami area with recommendations as to transportation companies? Thanks.

Jan
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