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Magic Band Question

Wed, 2017-09-13 00:05
Hi,

Question about Magic Bands.

I've been going to Disney World nearly every year for the past decade, so I have 3 bands on my account. I've been doing solo trips so I just have them for me.

I was supposed to be at Disney this week, but canceled because of Irma. I have my brand new Magic Band for this trip (plus 2 other old ones).

I rebooked my trip for October, and my dad has decided to join me for a few days. We are staying off-site cause there are no rooms on property.

The question is, can I reassign my newest band (never been used) to my dad? I can't figure out how on MDE. If that's not allowed, will this new band work automatically with the tickets I just bought? And for my dad, does he just pick up a standard ticket before we go in? (Side note: no way he'd spend $$ on a band if it wasn't given for free!).

Thanks!
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Magic Band Question

Wed, 2017-09-13 00:05
Hi,

Question about Magic Bands.

I've been going to Disney World nearly every year for the past decade, so I have 3 bands on my account. I've been doing solo trips so I just have them for me.

I was supposed to be at Disney this week, but canceled because of Irma. I have my brand new Magic Band for this trip (plus 2 other old ones).

I rebooked my trip for October, and my dad has decided to join me for a few days. We are staying off-site cause there are no rooms on property.

The question is, can I reassign my newest band (never been used) to my dad? I can't figure out how on MDE. If that's not allowed, will this new band work automatically with the tickets I just bought? And for my dad, does he just pick up a standard ticket before we go in? (Side note: no way he'd spend $$ on a band if it wasn't given for free!).

Thanks!
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First time "Milestone" in our "Disney Life"

Tue, 2017-09-12 20:01
So for the first time ever....... I just booked a second trip to WDW and now have TWO trips scheduled and showing on the DVC member site at the same time. One coming in October for F+W Fest and then another one coming up (with extended family) next August. It felt really weird (and exciting) doing that. Less than a year apart. Amazing. Never thought we'd be doing that.

And it makes the Gold Passes make sense for us....which we already had purchased.

And banked the rest of the points into 2019 use year... so poised to potentially return sometime then also.

I'm likin' this. :yay:

best,

............john
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First time "Milestone" in our "Disney Life"

Tue, 2017-09-12 20:01
So for the first time ever....... I just booked a second trip to WDW and now have TWO trips scheduled and showing on the DVC member site at the same time. One coming in October for F+W Fest and then another one coming up (with extended family) next August. It felt really weird (and exciting) doing that. Less than a year apart. Amazing. Never thought we'd be doing that.

And it makes the Gold Passes make sense for us....which we already had purchased.

And banked the rest of the points into 2019 use year... so poised to potentially return sometime then also.

I'm likin' this. :yay:

best,

............john
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Dinner reservations not released yet

Tue, 2017-09-12 11:25
I've been trying to make my fantasmic dinner package dinner reservations at Blue Bayou for several days now, and Disneyland hasn't opened it up yet. :(. They haven't even opened up regular dinner reservations. :(:(:(:(:(:(


Thank you for letting me whine.
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Dinner reservations not released yet

Tue, 2017-09-12 11:25
I've been trying to make my fantasmic dinner package dinner reservations at Blue Bayou for several days now, and Disneyland hasn't opened it up yet. :(. They haven't even opened up regular dinner reservations. :(:(:(:(:(:(


Thank you for letting me whine.
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In Memoriam: Xavier “X” Atencio

Tue, 2017-09-12 01:49
Disney Parks & Resorts has announced the passing of Walt-Era Imagineer and Disney Legend Xavier “X” Atencio:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
Disney Legend Xavier “X” Atencio, a former Imagineer and Disney animator, passed away on September 10 at the age of 98. X was responsible for helping bring to life a number of beloved Disney Parks attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion, as well as such animated classics as Pinocchio and Fantasia.

Born on September 4, 1919, in Walsenburg, Colorado, X—whose friends shortened his name from Francis Xavier to simply “X”—moved to Los Angeles in 1937 to attend the Chouinard Art Institute. X thought a job at Disney was out of his reach, but the then-18-year-old artist’s instructors prodded him to submit his portfolio. In 1938, when he got the good news from Disney, X ran from the original Hyperion Avenue studio to his aunt’s house shouting, “I got a job at Disney! I got a job at Disney!”

X first saw his work on screen at the 1940 premiere of Pinocchio, and as he watched, he was incredibly moved by seeing the audience’s reaction. That year, he was promoted to assistant animator for Fantasia but left temporarily to join the Army Air Corps in the war effort, where he earned the rank of Major.

Upon his return in 1945, he picked up where he left off, returning to the studio and working for the next eight years on animated short subjects. His first on-screen credit was for Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom in 1953, an Oscar®-winning film that took audiences through the history of music. Other films X contributed to during this time included Noah’s Ark (1959) and A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962), both Academy Award® nominees, as well as Jack and Old Mac (1956). He worked on the “I’m No Fool” series for the original Mickey Mouse Club, and in the 1960s, X provided memorable stop-motion sequences for Disney feature films The Parent Trap (1961), Babes in Toyland (1961), and Mary Poppins (1964).

At the request of Walt Disney, X transferred to WED Enterprises (later Walt Disney Imagineering) in 1965 to work on the Primeval World diorama for Disneyland. At first, X was unsure of the move to WED: “I went over there reluctantly because I didn’t know what I was getting into, and nobody there knew what I was supposed to do either,” he recalled. “About a month later I got a phone call from Walt. He told me ‘I want you to do the script for the Pirates of the Caribbean.’” From that point on, X cemented his legacy at WED, playing a key role in the development of music and dialogue for the attraction, including co-writing the iconic song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).” For the Haunted Mansion, he wrote the attraction’s dialogue and co-wrote the song “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” For Walt Disney World, he contributed to If You Had Wings and Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom, as well as Spaceship Earth, World of Motion, and the Mexico pavilion at Epcot. Throughout his career, X always said that his reward, as it was in the days of Pinocchio, “is still the audience’s reactions.”

“X was an enormous talent who helped define so many of our best experiences around the world,” said Bob Weis, president of Walt Disney Imagineering. “Some may not know that when he wrote the lyrics for ‘Yo Ho’ he had never actually written a song before. He simply proposed the idea of a tune for Pirates of the Caribbean, and Walt told him to go and do it. That was how X worked—with an enthusiastic, collaborative attitude, along with a great sense of humor. His brilliant work continues to inspire Imagineers and bring joy to millions of guests every year.”

X retired from Disney in 1984, but continued working as a consultant to Walt Disney Imagineering for many years, and was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1996 ...

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In Memoriam: Xavier “X” Atencio

Tue, 2017-09-12 01:49
Disney Parks & Resorts has announced the passing of Walt-Era Imagineer and Disney Legend Xavier “X” Atencio:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
Disney Legend Xavier “X” Atencio, a former Imagineer and Disney animator, passed away on September 10 at the age of 98. X was responsible for helping bring to life a number of beloved Disney Parks attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion, as well as such animated classics as Pinocchio and Fantasia.

Born on September 4, 1919, in Walsenburg, Colorado, X—whose friends shortened his name from Francis Xavier to simply “X”—moved to Los Angeles in 1937 to attend the Chouinard Art Institute. X thought a job at Disney was out of his reach, but the then-18-year-old artist’s instructors prodded him to submit his portfolio. In 1938, when he got the good news from Disney, X ran from the original Hyperion Avenue studio to his aunt’s house shouting, “I got a job at Disney! I got a job at Disney!”

X first saw his work on screen at the 1940 premiere of Pinocchio, and as he watched, he was incredibly moved by seeing the audience’s reaction. That year, he was promoted to assistant animator for Fantasia but left temporarily to join the Army Air Corps in the war effort, where he earned the rank of Major.

Upon his return in 1945, he picked up where he left off, returning to the studio and working for the next eight years on animated short subjects. His first on-screen credit was for Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom in 1953, an Oscar®-winning film that took audiences through the history of music. Other films X contributed to during this time included Noah’s Ark (1959) and A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962), both Academy Award® nominees, as well as Jack and Old Mac (1956). He worked on the “I’m No Fool” series for the original Mickey Mouse Club, and in the 1960s, X provided memorable stop-motion sequences for Disney feature films The Parent Trap (1961), Babes in Toyland (1961), and Mary Poppins (1964).

At the request of Walt Disney, X transferred to WED Enterprises (later Walt Disney Imagineering) in 1965 to work on the Primeval World diorama for Disneyland. At first, X was unsure of the move to WED: “I went over there reluctantly because I didn’t know what I was getting into, and nobody there knew what I was supposed to do either,” he recalled. “About a month later I got a phone call from Walt. He told me ‘I want you to do the script for the Pirates of the Caribbean.’” From that point on, X cemented his legacy at WED, playing a key role in the development of music and dialogue for the attraction, including co-writing the iconic song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).” For the Haunted Mansion, he wrote the attraction’s dialogue and co-wrote the song “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” For Walt Disney World, he contributed to If You Had Wings and Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom, as well as Spaceship Earth, World of Motion, and the Mexico pavilion at Epcot. Throughout his career, X always said that his reward, as it was in the days of Pinocchio, “is still the audience’s reactions.”

“X was an enormous talent who helped define so many of our best experiences around the world,” said Bob Weis, president of Walt Disney Imagineering. “Some may not know that when he wrote the lyrics for ‘Yo Ho’ he had never actually written a song before. He simply proposed the idea of a tune for Pirates of the Caribbean, and Walt told him to go and do it. That was how X worked—with an enthusiastic, collaborative attitude, along with a great sense of humor. His brilliant work continues to inspire Imagineers and bring joy to millions of guests every year.”

X retired from Disney in 1984, but continued working as a consultant to Walt Disney Imagineering for many years, and was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1996 ...

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Next Trip ????

Mon, 2017-09-11 18:29
Hey all - contemplating re-visiting a Disney Cruise on our next trip down summer '18....did the WDW/Cruise combo almost 10 years ago. For those who have done the cruise 'back in the day' and then sailed more recently, what has changed, stayed the same, positives, negatives....basically trying to get some feedback if it is very similar still or new things to see, do and experience. Our DS' were maybe 4 & 7 last go around so now we are looking at 16 and 18 year olds to entertain.... :mickey:
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Next Trip ????

Mon, 2017-09-11 18:29
Hey all - contemplating re-visiting a Disney Cruise on our next trip down summer '18....did the WDW/Cruise combo almost 10 years ago. For those who have done the cruise 'back in the day' and then sailed more recently, what has changed, stayed the same, positives, negatives....basically trying to get some feedback if it is very similar still or new things to see, do and experience. Our DS' were maybe 4 & 7 last go around so now we are looking at 16 and 18 year olds to entertain.... :mickey:
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Set to Arrive at Ft. Wilderness this Saturday Sept 16th - Irma Update Please

Mon, 2017-09-11 14:57
Intercot family we were / are slated to arrive at Fort Wilderness this coming Saturday for our DD's 13th Birthday celebration and would love to know if anyone has seen or been to the Fort since Irma passed yesterday. I know from other posts that none of the resorts across the World lost power and damage seems to be minimal but that sometimes does not apply to heavily wooded areas like Ft. Wilderness.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,
Shahn
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Set to Arrive at Ft. Wilderness this Saturday Sept 16th - Irma Update Please

Mon, 2017-09-11 14:57
Intercot family we were / are slated to arrive at Fort Wilderness this coming Saturday for our DD's 13th Birthday celebration and would love to know if anyone has seen or been to the Fort since Irma passed yesterday. I know from other posts that none of the resorts across the World lost power and damage seems to be minimal but that sometimes does not apply to heavily wooded areas like Ft. Wilderness.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,
Shahn
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After Irma

Mon, 2017-09-11 13:45
Irma made her way through WDW last night, but still getting some high wind gusts at this time. It got pretty intense around 2am, When it hit here, at peak, the Sustained winds were around 75 - 80mph according to the reports we were watching. Looking outside during the storm the walkways were like small rivers, the trees were bending and swaying violently, the rain was coming in sideways in sheets, and the wind was intensely howling. Disney provided flashlights in every room but during the storm we never lost power, I don't even recall seeing the lights flicker at all.

On Saturday prior to the hurricane as we rode to the parks we saw what I would say were hundreds of bucket trucks from tree service companies, as well as electrical companies sitting in all the parking lots at the resorts, parks, etc. with crews put up in the resorts waiting to jump on the cleanup after the storm passed.

Post Irma, from my vantage point here at Saratoga Springs I can see tree limbs down, a couple of small uprooted trees, and a good number of roof shingles on the ground, but overall damage appears to be relatively minimal compared to what it could have been. From my balcony I can see the walkways are now covered with brush, leaves, and other debris. Walking the semi interior open Hallways here in the Paddock area you can still see large puddles and bebris as well as leaves and dirt stuck to the walls from the wind whipping through the halls. We are right next to the paddock pool and the bottom of the pool is covered with leaves, it will be interesting to see how quickly they clean it up and re-open the pool.

If anyone else is currently here on site and want to add your assessment from your current vantage point please feel free to add it.

When the curfew is lifted and we are allowed to move around I will add any other details I find but so far other that minor roof damage I do not see any structural damage to the buildings.

The Adventure Continues...
Categories: Disney Blogs

After Irma

Mon, 2017-09-11 13:45
Irma made her way through WDW last night, but still getting some high wind gusts at this time. It got pretty intense around 2am, When it hit here, at peak, the Sustained winds were around 75 - 80mph according to the reports we were watching. Looking outside during the storm the walkways were like small rivers, the trees were bending and swaying violently, the rain was coming in sideways in sheets, and the wind was intensely howling. Disney provided flashlights in every room but during the storm we never lost power, I don't even recall seeing the lights flicker at all.

On Saturday prior to the hurricane as we rode to the parks we saw what I would say were hundreds of bucket trucks from tree service companies, as well as electrical companies sitting in all the parking lots at the resorts, parks, etc. with crews put up in the resorts waiting to jump on the cleanup after the storm passed.

Post Irma, from my vantage point here at Saratoga Springs I can see tree limbs down, a couple of small uprooted trees, and a good number of roof shingles on the ground, but overall damage appears to be relatively minimal compared to what it could have been. From my balcony I can see the walkways are now covered with brush, leaves, and other debris. Walking the semi interior open Hallways here in the Paddock area you can still see large puddles and bebris as well as leaves and dirt stuck to the walls from the wind whipping through the halls. We are right next to the paddock pool and the bottom of the pool is covered with leaves, it will be interesting to see how quickly they clean it up and re-open the pool.

If anyone else is currently here on site and want to add your assessment from your current vantage point please feel free to add it.

When the curfew is lifted and we are allowed to move around I will add any other details I find but so far other that minor roof damage I do not see any structural damage to the buildings.

The Adventure Continues...
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Curious what happens during Hurricane closures

Mon, 2017-09-11 01:09
So, people are pretty much stuck at their resorts, I assume? Does Disney do anything at all (I was thinking maybe providing some entertainment at the resorts) to keep people busy? Or are they sitting in their rooms watching tv? Just wondering what the experience is like, aside from terrifying...:mickey:
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Curious what happens during Hurricane closures

Mon, 2017-09-11 01:09
So, people are pretty much stuck at their resorts, I assume? Does Disney do anything at all (I was thinking maybe providing some entertainment at the resorts) to keep people busy? Or are they sitting in their rooms watching tv? Just wondering what the experience is like, aside from terrifying...:mickey:
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Disney Paris

Sun, 2017-09-10 20:56
My daughter is there this weekend and loving it!
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Disney Paris

Sun, 2017-09-10 20:56
My daughter is there this weekend and loving it!
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Length of stay bumped to season pass?

Sun, 2017-09-10 18:32
This may be a silly question but can you upgrade a length of stay pass to a season pass? Is it worth it financially?

We are going for 10 days in Dec and I was wondering about this since I have heard people say that you pay for your season ticket after you go 10 days.
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Length of stay bumped to season pass?

Sun, 2017-09-10 18:32
This may be a silly question but can you upgrade a length of stay pass to a season pass? Is it worth it financially?

We are going for 10 days in Dec and I was wondering about this since I have heard people say that you pay for your season ticket after you go 10 days.
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