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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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To park hop or not?

Tue, 2017-09-05 15:34
So, we have not had a trip with park hopping since it was added as an extra cost to tickets. With usually having little ones and staying off-site at wyndsor bonnet creek, we never felt tied down with one park per day. But, this trip we are staying at the contemporary BLT. I am trying to plan our dining reservations for tomorrow and am struggling with what parks to do in the evenings if we park hop. I feel like being on-site we have more freedom to go to different places. Or will we end up feeling like all we are doing is riding buses? Do you normally plan your evening park if you park hop or do you see what everyone feels like? Do you plan a nighttime show at a different park than the one you were at in the morning? I don't want to be completely locked down, but my kids are little (8,6,2) and will go wherever I say we are going.
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To park hop or not?

Tue, 2017-09-05 15:34
So, we have not had a trip with park hopping since it was added as an extra cost to tickets. With usually having little ones and staying off-site at wyndsor bonnet creek, we never felt tied down with one park per day. But, this trip we are staying at the contemporary BLT. I am trying to plan our dining reservations for tomorrow and am struggling with what parks to do in the evenings if we park hop. I feel like being on-site we have more freedom to go to different places. Or will we end up feeling like all we are doing is riding buses? Do you normally plan your evening park if you park hop or do you see what everyone feels like? Do you plan a nighttime show at a different park than the one you were at in the morning? I don't want to be completely locked down, but my kids are little (8,6,2) and will go wherever I say we are going.
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New Vs Old Magic Band

Tue, 2017-09-05 14:48
Does anyone know if there are any differences in the capabilities of the two types of magic bands? I have a limited edition in the old style that is my favorite to wear, but I also have a few sets of the new ones and I just wondered if there were any advantages to the new style over the old as far as features?
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New Vs Old Magic Band

Tue, 2017-09-05 14:48
Does anyone know if there are any differences in the capabilities of the two types of magic bands? I have a limited edition in the old style that is my favorite to wear, but I also have a few sets of the new ones and I just wondered if there were any advantages to the new style over the old as far as features?
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Hurricane Irma

Tue, 2017-09-05 14:28
so of course we arrive Saturday just in time for a possible hurricane to hit the state of Fla. anyone ever been to WDW during one? I read last year they ran out of food at the resorts even. we are staying at Beach Club & aren't afraid of some wind & rain so hopefully it's minimal in central fla
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Another FP question

Tue, 2017-09-05 13:45
So, I finished booking fast passes and managed to get everything I wanted.

Now, just one more question. Since November Rivers of Light Dining Packages are STILL not available (any ideas why??) I booked a FP for the show. My question is, I know that once you use your 3 FP for the day... you can book more. So, since I used a FP for the night time show, does that mean I'll only be able to have 3 FP for the entire day??
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Another FP question

Tue, 2017-09-05 13:45
So, I finished booking fast passes and managed to get everything I wanted.

Now, just one more question. Since November Rivers of Light Dining Packages are STILL not available (any ideas why??) I booked a FP for the show. My question is, I know that once you use your 3 FP for the day... you can book more. So, since I used a FP for the night time show, does that mean I'll only be able to have 3 FP for the entire day??
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Hurricane Irma

Tue, 2017-09-05 13:38
I have a trip scheduled this Fri 9/8 - Mon 9/11 and am monitoring the hurricane. Anyone else with trips planned getting concerned? We're booked at the Boardwalk. It's my understanding we can cancel with no penalty only if a hurricane warning is issued for Orlando, so we're just taking a wait and see approach...
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Hurricane Irma

Tue, 2017-09-05 13:38
I have a trip scheduled this Fri 9/8 - Mon 9/11 and am monitoring the hurricane. Anyone else with trips planned getting concerned? We're booked at the Boardwalk. It's my understanding we can cancel with no penalty only if a hurricane warning is issued for Orlando, so we're just taking a wait and see approach...
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Haunted Mansion restaurant?

Tue, 2017-09-05 09:47
I was reading about a rumor that WDW is going to build a haunted mansion themed restaurant. Has anyone heard anything about this?
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Haunted Mansion restaurant?

Tue, 2017-09-05 09:47
I was reading about a rumor that WDW is going to build a haunted mansion themed restaurant. Has anyone heard anything about this?
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Tidbits September 2017: Haunted Mansion Furniture, New Disney Springs Dining, & More

Tue, 2017-09-05 01:03
Tidbits
September 2017


Cards to the Kingdom

9/4/17
Keeping with tradition, the 2017 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party is offering a special edition Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card exclusive to Party Guests. The 2017 spell card is the ”Country Bears Moonlight Jamboree”.

Welcome Foolish Shoppers

9/4/17
Guests at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs can now decorate their favorite Dining Room with Haunted Mansion furniture for an otherworldly price. Featuring the purple and black Haunted Mansion wallpaper print; Guests may furnish their Dining Room table with Camel Back Side Chairs priced at $2,000 each and “Ghost Host” Chairs priced at $4,000 each. For the less spendthrift (and more sane) Haunted Mansion Shopper, a mirror with the frosted image of The Caretaker, Hitchhiking Ghosts, Madame Leota, The Bride, and the Hatbox Ghost is priced at $250.

A Tale of 2 Delays

9/4/17
As the Edison marches towards its 4th Opening Date (now Late 2017), a second dining concept has been internally announced for the same location. Located in the basement of The Edison will be Maria & Enzo's. This casual restaurant and speakeasy era bar with underground rum-running tunnels will also be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group along with the upstairs tenant. Although not confirmed, it has been speculated that this will replace the Walt’s Place and Neverland Tunnels that were shown in early Disney Springs plans.

Setting the Table

9/4/17
A popular Magic Kingdom Table Service location has been announced for refurbishment in Late Winter 2018. Cinderella's Royal Table is scheduled to be closed for refurbishment from February 28 through March 2, 2018.

Shopping Shake-Up

9/4/17
The replacement for the retail space vacated inside Once Upon a Toy has been revealed. The vacated space will become the recently announced Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR attraction. It appears the attraction will have its own entrance located in the rear of the building, but an exact layout has not yet been announced. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is schedule to open “Holiday Season 2017”.

8/3/17 Marketplace Fun Finds has re-opened as the Star Wars Trading Post. The new incarnation of the store features a large variety of Star Wars Merchandise including a "Droid Factory" station.

7/30/17 Two Marketplace area stores in Disney Springs are undergoing changes. Marketplace Fun Finds closed on July 24th for a refurbishment to transform the store into a new Star Wars themed retail location to open on August 3, 2017. With the new dedicated store nearby, the Star Wars section in Once Upon a Toy is slated to be removed for a yet-to-be-announced new experience.
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Tidbits September 2017: Haunted Mansion Furniture, New Disney Springs Dining, & More

Tue, 2017-09-05 01:03
Tidbits
September 2017


Cards to the Kingdom

9/4/17
Keeping with tradition, the 2017 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party is offering a special edition Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card exclusive to Party Guests. The 2017 spell card is the ”Country Bears Moonlight Jamboree”.

Welcome Foolish Shoppers

9/4/17
Guests to the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs can now decorate their favorite Dining Room with Haunted Mansion furniture for an otherworldly price. Featuring the purple and black Haunted Mansion wallpaper print; Guests may furnish their Dining Room table with Camel Back Side Chairs priced at $2,000 each and “Ghost Host” Chairs priced at $4,000 each. For the less spendthrift (and more sane) Haunted Mansion Shopper, a mirror with the frosted image of The Caretaker, Hitchhiking Ghosts, Madame Leota, The Bride, and the Hatbox Ghost is priced at $250.

A Tale of 2 Delays

9/4/17
As the Edison marches towards its 4th Opening Date (now Late 2017), a second dining concept has been internally announced for the same location. Located in the basement of The Edison will be Maria & Enzo's. This casual restaurant and speakeasy era bar with underground rum-running tunnels will also be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group along with the upstairs tenant. Although not confirmed, it has been speculated that this will replace the Walt’s Place and Neverland Tunnels that were shown in early Disney Springs plans.

Setting the Table

9/4/17
A popular Magic Kingdom Table Service location has been announced for refurbishment for Late Winter 2017. Cinderella's Royal Table is scheduled to be closed for refurbishment from February 28 through March 2, 2018.

Shopping Shake-Up

9/4/17
The replacement for the retail space vacated inside Once Upon a Toy has been revealed. The vacated space will become the recently announced Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR attraction. It appears the attraction will have its own entrance located in the rear of the building, but an exact layout has not yet been announced. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is schedule to open “Holiday Season 2017”.

8/3/17 Marketplace Fun Finds has re-opened as the Star Wars Trading Post. The new incarnation of the store features a large variety of Star Wars Merchandise including a "Droid Factory" station.

7/30/17 Two Marketplace area stores in Disney Springs are undergoing changes. Marketplace Fun Finds closed on July 24th for a refurbishment to transform the store into a new Star Wars themed retail location to open on August 3, 2017. With the new dedicated store nearby, the Star Wars section in Once Upon a Toy is slated to be removed for a yet-to-be-announced new experience.

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Disneyland Max Pass - My Review

Mon, 2017-09-04 23:15
I just wanted to leave a quick review on Disneyland's Max Pass. We just got back a couple weeks ago from California and I can't say enough wonderful things about Max Pass. We are a family of four (me, hubby, 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son). I had purchased our 3 day park hopper tickets online and decided to add Max Pass to them for the entire duration.

Before we arrived at the parks, I made sure I had the Disneyland app on my phone and that I was logged into it. All of the 4 tickets I purchased for my family showed up in my app, so we only needed my phone to book our fastpasses. And note - I had to pay $10/person per day for max pass...which costed our family an additional $120 for our three day stay....but we got our money's worth IMO.

So our first day, I took our paper tickets (which I had printed out at home) to the turnstile. They scanned them and traded them for those little cardboard tickets. They took our pictures too so that every time they scanned our tickets, they could check that we were indeed the correct people using them.

Once we were through the turnstile, I opened up my Disneyland app on my phone. It now knew that we had entered the park for the day so we were allowed to select our first fastpass. AND because we had park hoppers, we were able to select which park we wanted fastpasses for. At this point, you have the option of selecting all the people in your party, or only one, or two, etc. For this first time, we selected our entire party. Next you are shown all of the attractions offering fastpasses and which times they are for. We selected Indiana Jones and had 1/2 hour wait before we could use them. So we took our time walking over to Adventureland. Once it was time, I opened up the app at the Fastpass entry line to the ride. A barcode comes up that you scan at the reader. For each person in your party, you scan that barcode and then swipe left for the next person's barcode. Super easy. If your phone battery has died, or you're too lazy to get your phone out of your bag, you can also use your cardboard park tickets and scan them at the fastpass line. We did that a few times as well.

In the instance where not everyone wants the same fastpass, that too is simple. At one point, my husband and daughter wanted to go on California Screaming while my son and I wanted something less thrilling. So, we selected fastpasses for just my husband and daughter and they went off with the cardboard tickets to the attraction. My son and I selected Goofy's Flight School for the same time and we went off to that attraction with my phone.

We were able to ride all of the big rides (Space, Guardians, Soarin, you name it) multiple times on our vacation (and even multiple times in a day!). We would select our next fastpass as soon as we had checked in at a ride. Or in the event when our fastpass was several hours out, the app will tell you when you can book your next fastpass.

AND with Max Pass, you also get Photopass, so all of our silly ride photos I was able to download for no additional charge. Thus at the end of a ride, when you can see your silly pic, there is a code number listed. You enter that number into your app, and voila, the photo is yours to download. TIP: Take a picture of the screen showing your photo and the code because it's a big long number and it'll disappear before you can type it all into your app. That way, you can enter the code later...but just make sure you do it that day (or is it up to 24 hours later? Can't remember what they told me).

In my opinion, the extra $$$ was totally worth it. I seriously don't feel like we waited in line for anything. My only complaint is I wish MORE attractions had fastpass in Disneyland! Anyways, if you have any questions about it, let me know. But if you're on the fence about trying it out....DO IT!!!!! :mickey:
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Disneyland Max Pass - My Review

Mon, 2017-09-04 23:15
I just wanted to leave a quick review on Disneyland's Max Pass. We just got back a couple weeks ago from California and I can't say enough wonderful things about Max Pass. We are a family of four (me, hubby, 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son). I had purchased our 3 day park hopper tickets online and decided to add Max Pass to them for the entire duration.

Before we arrived at the parks, I made sure I had the Disneyland app on my phone and that I was logged into it. All of the 4 tickets I purchased for my family showed up in my app, so we only needed my phone to book our fastpasses. And note - I had to pay $10/person per day for max pass...which costed our family an additional $120 for our three day stay....but we got our money's worth IMO.

So our first day, I took our paper tickets (which I had printed out at home) to the turnstile. They scanned them and traded them for those little cardboard tickets. They took our pictures too so that every time they scanned our tickets, they could check that we were indeed the correct people using them.

Once we were through the turnstile, I opened up my Disneyland app on my phone. It now knew that we had entered the park for the day so we were allowed to select our first fastpass. AND because we had park hoppers, we were able to select which park we wanted fastpasses for. At this point, you have the option of selecting all the people in your party, or only one, or two, etc. For this first time, we selected our entire party. Next you are shown all of the attractions offering fastpasses and which times they are for. We selected Indiana Jones and had 1/2 hour wait before we could use them. So we took our time walking over to Adventureland. Once it was time, I opened up the app at the Fastpass entry line to the ride. A barcode comes up that you scan at the reader. For each person in your party, you scan that barcode and then swipe left for the next person's barcode. Super easy. If your phone battery has died, or you're too lazy to get your phone out of your bag, you can also use your cardboard park tickets and scan them at the fastpass line. We did that a few times as well.

In the instance where not everyone wants the same fastpass, that too is simple. At one point, my husband and daughter wanted to go on California Screaming while my son and I wanted something less thrilling. So, we selected fastpasses for just my husband and daughter and they went off with the cardboard tickets to the attraction. My son and I selected Goofy's Flight School for the same time and we went off to that attraction with my phone.

We were able to ride all of the big rides (Space, Guardians, Soarin, you name it) multiple times on our vacation (and even multiple times in a day!). We would select our next fastpass as soon as we had checked in at a ride. Or in the event when our fastpass was several hours out, the app will tell you when you can book your next fastpass.

AND with Max Pass, you also get Photopass, so all of our silly ride photos I was able to download for no additional charge. Thus at the end of a ride, when you can see your silly pic, there is a code number listed. You enter that number into your app, and voila, the photo is yours to download. TIP: Take a picture of the screen showing your photo and the code because it's a big long number and it'll disappear before you can type it all into your app. That way, you can enter the code later...but just make sure you do it that day (or is it up to 24 hours later? Can't remember what they told me).

In my opinion, the extra $$$ was totally worth it. I seriously don't feel like we waited in line for anything. My only complaint is I wish MORE attractions had fastpass in Disneyland! Anyways, if you have any questions about it, let me know. But if you're on the fence about trying it out....DO IT!!!!! :mickey:
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A definitive background music compendium

Mon, 2017-09-04 16:25
A few weeks back I was catching up on the podcasts and the discussion about music came up (Behind the Waterfall, etc.), which got me to listening to it, which subsequently got me into looking up other background/ambient music from the parks.

I found a fairly comprehensive tracklist that someone curated on Spotify for the Magic Kingdom, and on YouTube I've found loads of other music loops for different areas of the parks, rides, etc.

Now I'm curious if anyone has ever compiled as complete a collection as possible for all the parks, all the ride queues, all the entrance area loops, etc.
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A definitive background music compendium

Mon, 2017-09-04 16:25
A few weeks back I was catching up on the podcasts and the discussion about music came up (Behind the Waterfall, etc.), which got me to listening to it, which subsequently got me into looking up other background/ambient music from the parks.

I found a fairly comprehensive tracklist that someone curated on Spotify for the Magic Kingdom, and on YouTube I've found loads of other music loops for different areas of the parks, rides, etc.

Now I'm curious if anyone has ever compiled as complete a collection as possible for all the parks, all the ride queues, all the entrance area loops, etc.
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Chef Art's (Disney Springs)

Mon, 2017-09-04 14:38
Chef Art's...

Reviews?

Thanks
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Captain Ed's (Disney Springs)

Mon, 2017-09-04 14:38
Chef Art's...sorry I can't seem to edit subject line.

Reviews?

Thanks
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