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Hurricane update - Thursday

Thu, 2017-09-07 18:02
Disney has announced the following schedule changes in anticipation of disruptions caused by Hurricane Irma:

Theme Parks
Night of Joy has been canceled on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.
The Night of Joy performances on Friday night will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as planned, while Saturday night’s performances have been canceled due to Hurricane Irma.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been canceled on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Guests are invited to exchange their Sunday, Sept. 10 event tickets for a number of alternate options.

Water Parks
Due to forecasted inclement weather, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park will be closed Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will remain open for Guests during this time.

Mickey’s Retreat
Due to forecasted inclement weather and storm preparations, Mickey’s Retreat will be closed Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10.
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Hurricane update - Thursday

Thu, 2017-09-07 18:02
Disney has announced the following schedule changes in anticipation of disruptions caused by Hurricane Irma:

Theme Parks
Night of Joy has been canceled on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.
The Night of Joy performances on Friday night will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as planned, while Saturday night’s performances have been canceled due to Hurricane Irma.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been canceled on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Guests are invited to exchange their Sunday, Sept. 10 event tickets for a number of alternate options.

Water Parks
Due to forecasted inclement weather, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park will be closed Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will remain open for Guests during this time.

Mickey’s Retreat
Due to forecasted inclement weather and storm preparations, Mickey’s Retreat will be closed Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10.
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March maybe not so bad...?

Thu, 2017-09-07 17:14
Totally wishful thinking here, but this is our first March trip (3/5-3/13) and I got every reservation I wanted, even waking up late on my 180 day mark. Also got 3 concurrent BBB reservations for 8am! Hoping this is a good sign that not too many people will be on spring break that week :)
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March maybe not so bad...?

Thu, 2017-09-07 17:14
Totally wishful thinking here, but this is our first March trip (3/5-3/13) and I got every reservation I wanted, even waking up late on my 180 day mark. Also got 3 concurrent BBB reservations for 8am! Hoping this is a good sign that not too many people will be on spring break that week :)
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Reasons for SSR Resale Prices Rising?

Thu, 2017-09-07 16:23
Been watching the DVC resale market for a while and have noticed that the prices for Saratoga Springs seem to have climbed $10-$15 a point over what they were a few months ago. Earlier this year there were any number of listings around the 200 point level that were asking $75/pt, and now there's nothing below the low-to-mid $80s.

Was wondering if this was attributable to the Disney Springs refurbishment and SSR's close proximity to this newly re-popular area? Could it just be a current supply-and-demand thing, or a response to ROFR buy backs by Disney? Or is it a seasonal thing with owners looking to recover some 2017 dues? (haven't noticed the same trend at other resorts though)

Anyway, just curious if anybody had an explanation.
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Reasons for SSR Resale Prices Rising?

Thu, 2017-09-07 16:23
Been watching the DVC resale market for a while and have noticed that the prices for Saratoga Springs seem to have climbed $10-$15 a point over what they were a few months ago. Earlier this year there were any number of listings around the 200 point level that were asking $75/pt, and now there's nothing below the low-to-mid $80s.

Was wondering if this was attributable to the Disney Springs refurbishment and SSR's close proximity to this newly re-popular area? Could it just be a current supply-and-demand thing, or a response to ROFR buy backs by Disney? Or is it a seasonal thing with owners looking to recover some 2017 dues? (haven't noticed the same trend at other resorts though)

Anyway, just curious if anybody had an explanation.
Categories: Disney Blogs

Hurricane Irma Outlook

Thu, 2017-09-07 12:40
As of now (8:30 AM 9/7/2017) Disney World is open. All theme parks, water parks, resorts and transportation system are operating normally. Disney is monitoring Irma's path and has begun regular updates to Cast Members.

The first impacts of the storm will arrive in the WDW area on Sunday. It is too early to predict what actions Disney will take. Based on past experience, and further based on the current forecast storm path, we can expect that Disney will close all theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs. Resort hotels will likely remain occupied, except for Fort Wilderness which will be evacuated.

To be clear, this is not yet Disney's decision. It is my personal opinion based on previous WDW operations during hurricanes. I live in the area and have access to Disney's Cast Member information releases. I will try to provide updates as they occur.
Categories: Disney Blogs

Hurricane Irma Outlook

Thu, 2017-09-07 12:40
As of now (8:30 AM 9/7/2017) Disney World is open. All theme parks, water parks, resorts and transportation system are operating normally. Disney is monitoring Irma's path and has begun regular updates to Cast Members.

The first impacts of the storm will arrive in the WDW area on Sunday. It is too early to predict what actions Disney will take. Based on past experience, and further based on the current forecast storm path, we can expect that Disney will close all theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs. Resort hotels will likely remain occupied, except for Fort Wilderness which will be evacuated.

To be clear, this is not yet Disney's decision. It is my personal opinion based on previous WDW operations during hurricanes. I live in the area and have access to Disney's Cast Member information releases. I will try to provide updates as they occur.
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Akershus 8am reservation - should I still get a FEA fastpass?

Wed, 2017-09-06 15:18
Got a 8am for Akershus reservation - should I still try for a FOA fast pass or should I use it for Soarin? DD would not mind at all riding twice but I cannot stand the soarin line! I guess same question for BOG breakfast - should we still try to FP 7D? I would think BOG would be pretty quick service, especially if we preorder? I certainly don't want to rush Akershus with the princesses though.
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Akershus 8am reservation - should I still get a FEA fastpass?

Wed, 2017-09-06 15:18
Got a 8am for Akershus reservation - should I still try for a FOA fast pass or should I use it for Soarin? DD would not mind at all riding twice but I cannot stand the soarin line! I guess same question for BOG breakfast - should we still try to FP 7D? I would think BOG would be pretty quick service, especially if we preorder? I certainly don't want to rush Akershus with the princesses though.
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FP+ for Frozen Sing-along?

Wed, 2017-09-06 15:12
My lines app does not give info about how early to arrive for shows at Hollywood Studios. Do I need a FP+ for the Frozen Sing-along? If I don't get one, how early do I have to show up? Is it possible to pick up "tickets" for a later show early in the day? Any info appreciated, for this, and other shows at the Studios.
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FP+ for Frozen Sing-along?

Wed, 2017-09-06 15:12
My lines app does not give info about how early to arrive for shows at Hollywood Studios. Do I need a FP+ for the Frozen Sing-along? If I don't get one, how early do I have to show up? Is it possible to pick up "tickets" for a later show early in the day? Any info appreciated, for this, and other shows at the Studios.
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@thebucketlistfamily

Wed, 2017-09-06 02:36
I'm just testing the waters here, but does anyone else see the postings for @thebucklistfamily on WDW's Instagram account? Is it just me or does anyone else find them irksome? I'm just wondering if Disney really thought that 30 stays in 30 days advertising program through well? Not only is Disney paying these people to stay on property and promote for them for, but they are doing it under the most unrealistic of circumstances. Who knows, maybe it was all filmed in a week. I would have been more impressed if Disney had promoted 30 stays for very deserving families. Hopefully no one finds this post offensive. I just wasn't overly thrilled with the program and won't miss it when it's gone.
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@thebucketlistfamily

Wed, 2017-09-06 02:36
I'm just testing the waters here, but does anyone else see the postings for @thebucklistfamily on WDW's Instagram account? Is it just me or does anyone else find them irksome? I'm just wondering if Disney really thought that 30 stays in 30 days advertising program through well? Not only is Disney paying these people to stay on property and promote for them for, but they are doing it under the most unrealistic of circumstances. Who knows, maybe it was all filmed in a week. I would have been more impressed if Disney had promoted 30 stays for very deserving families. Hopefully no one finds this post offensive. I just wasn't overly thrilled with the program and won't miss it when it's gone.
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DVC Hurricane Policy *UPDATE*

Tue, 2017-09-05 20:59
Disney Vacation Club Hurricane Policy Statement

From June 1st to November 30th, in the event a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area, Vero Beach area, Hilton Head Island, Oahu or for the Member's place of residence within 7 days before the scheduled arrival date, the Member may call Member Services prior to check-in to cancel or reschedule, based upon availability, their Disney Vacation Club Resort reservation without any cancellation or modification penalty.

Note: This policy pertains to hurricane warnings only. Other weather advisory levels are handled on a case by case basis and Members should contact Member Services.
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DVC Hurricane Policy

Tue, 2017-09-05 20:59
Disney Vacation Club Hurricane Policy Statement

From June 1st to November 30th, in the event a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area, Vero Beach area, Hilton Head Island, Oahu or for the Member's place of residence within 7 days before the scheduled arrival date, the Member may call Member Services prior to check-in to cancel or reschedule, based upon availability, their Disney Vacation Club Resort reservation without any cancellation or modification penalty.

Note: This policy pertains to hurricane warnings only. Other weather advisory levels are handled on a case by case basis and Members should contact Member Services.
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DVC Hurricane Policy

Tue, 2017-09-05 20:59
Disney Vacation Club Hurricane Policy Statement

From June 1st to November 30th, in the event a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area, Vero Beach area, Hilton Head Island, Oahu or for the Member's place of residence within 7 days before the scheduled arrival date, the Member may call Member Services prior to check-in to cancel or reschedule, based upon availability, their Disney Vacation Club Resort reservation without any cancellation or modification penalty.

Note: This policy pertains to hurricane warnings only. Other weather advisory levels are handled on a case by case basis and Members should contact Member Services.
Categories: Disney Blogs

Disney Springs

Tue, 2017-09-05 18:05
We'll be there in November and for our first night decided to go to Disney Springs and grab dinner. Looking for a decent restaurant that you don't need reservations at. Any thoughts? :mickey:
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Disney Springs

Tue, 2017-09-05 18:05
We'll be there in November and for our first night decided to go to Disney Springs and grab dinner. Looking for a decent restaurant that you don't need reservations at. Any thoughts? :mickey:
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How soon can you reserve rooms?

Tue, 2017-09-05 17:14
It's been nine years since we were last at WDW, and so much has changed! I feel like I'm learning all over again.

How far out do they allow reservations? I tried going to Disney's WDW website, but I'm having trouble finding rates. I know it's too soon to book over a year from now when we would be going, but I've been looking every once in a while for the past few months and there was never any rooms available at the same time this year to get an idea of what to expect for next year.

Are they really that booked up or is there a length of time that is optimal to look?
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