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Fast Pass Selections - 60 Day Mark Staying on Property Question

Tue, 2018-01-30 17:15
So my brother and his family are heading down to WDW over Spring Break and are currently able to make their FP selections based on the 60 day mark (60 +10 days). But it is possible that they may decide to shorten their length of time on property before heading down. So the question is this: What would happen to the FP selections he makes now at the 60 day mark for the week he is on property if he were to suddenly shorten his time on property and stay somewhere else off site (they may stay on property for only 1 day rather than a week)? Would he lose those FP selections for the days he is off-site or would those remain because he made them at a time when he was scheduled to stay on property for the whole week? Thanks! :thumbsup:
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Special needs daughter

Tue, 2018-01-30 14:58
I have been to Disney so many times but now I finally get to take my DD! She is 2 years old with global delays. (Not talking yet, not walking without assistance, G-tube fed, along with other issues). We will be driving to Disney when we go and staying on property. What were some things you did to make your trip easier? I was thinking it would be easy to drive to the parks rather than taking the bus. Is there any problem getting through security with her foods and feeding tubes? Any advice from you guys would be much appreciated!
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Special needs daughter

Tue, 2018-01-30 14:58
I have been to Disney so many times but now I finally get to take my DD! She is 2 years old with global delays. (Not talking yet, not walking without assistance, G-tube fed, along with other issues). We will be driving to Disney when we go and staying on property. What were some things you did to make your trip easier? I was thinking it would be easy to drive to the parks rather than taking the bus. Is there any problem getting through security with her foods and feeding tubes? Any advice from you guys would be much appreciated!
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Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios Update Nighttime Entertainment Schedule

Tue, 2018-01-30 01:26
The Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios have announced updates to their fireworks and projection show schedules for most dates prior to the Peak 2018 Spring Break Period.

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, the park's three current nighttime shows have been rearranged to give Guests a better chance to catch both Fantasmic! and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular in the same evening.

Typical shows times till Mid-March are as follows:

Fantasmic! -- 7:00 pm
Disney Movie Magic -- 7:45 pm
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular-- 8:15pm

At the Magic Kingdom, the park's signature fireworks show has had its kick-off slightly adjusted. Guests will find Happily Ever After beginning at 7:55 pm now through March 10, 2018.
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Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios Update Nighttime Entertainment Schedule

Tue, 2018-01-30 01:26
The Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios have announced updates to their fireworks and projection show schedules for most dates prior to the Peak 2018 Spring Break Period.

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, the park's three current nighttime shows have been rearranged to give Guests a better chance to catch both Fantasmic! and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular in the same evening.

Typical shows times till Mid-March are as follows:

Fantasmic! -- 7:00 pm
Disney Movie Magic -- 7:45 pm
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular-- 8:15pm

At the Magic Kingdom, the park's signature fireworks show has had its kick-off slightly adjusted. Guests will find Happily Ever After beginning at 7:55 pm now through March 10, 2018.
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August weather

Tue, 2018-01-30 01:11
I’m trying to convince my husband to camp at the Fort the middle of August. He’s afraid it will be too hot to enjoy it. We live in Michigan and often avoid camping much during July and early August because it’s too hot, but we have a nicer rig now and how could any trip to Disney be miserable?! We would get tickets to the parks, but would include Pluses so we can go to the water parks. We would be camping 2 weeks. Any recommendations to help make sure the trip would be enjoyable? And what is the weather actually like in August?

Thanks!
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August weather

Tue, 2018-01-30 01:11
I’m trying to convince my husband to camp at the Fort the middle of August. He’s afraid it will be too hot to enjoy it. We live in Michigan and often avoid camping much during July and early August because it’s too hot, but we have a nicer rig now and how could any trip to Disney be miserable?! We would get tickets to the parks, but would include Pluses so we can go to the water parks. We would be camping 2 weeks. Any recommendations to help make sure the trip would be enjoyable? And what is the weather actually like in August?

Thanks!
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Star Wars: Galactic Nights Announced for Spring 2018 Return

Tue, 2018-01-30 01:00
Walt Disney World has announced a 2018 date for the INTERCOT coined "possibly plural event":

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts ... the Star Wars: Galactic Nights one-night special event will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 27.

... Star Wars: Galactic Nights is a thrilling Star Wars-themed event held after park hours from 7 p.m.-midnight. It celebrates the entire Star Wars saga with out-of-this-world entertainment, special photo opportunities, event-exclusive merchandise and F&B, and encounters with rarely seen characters that guests can only experience during Star Wars: Galactic Nights.

Here’s a look at other event offerings:

--Star Wars: Galactic Destinations Projections Transform The Hollywood Tower Hotel – Visible on the Sunset Boulevard area of the park the facade of the Hollywood Tower Hotel will transform via stunning projection technology to showcase familiar locations from across the galaxy. Favorite film moments, special effects, lighting, and of course the stellar Star Wars cinematic score supports each galactic location moment all night long. Star Wars Galactic Destinations is currently an event exclusive.

--Existing Star Wars Entertainment Will Debut New Enhancements – The park’s existing Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks and the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show will both debut new saga elements for the first time during Star Wars: Galactic Nights.

--Special Photo Ops – Throughout the park, guests can step into immersive and iconic scenes from their favorite Star Wars films in a series of incredibly detailed photo locations. These special photo ops will only be available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Star Wars: Galactic Nights

--Character Encounters – Expect to encounter Star Wars characters from throughout the galaxy. Guests will also be able to view an Imperial Stormtrooper March with Darth Vader.

--Exclusive Food & Beverage offerings – Taste your way around the galaxy with specialty food and beverage offerings created for Galactic Nights. Inspired by the stories and iconic characters of Star Wars, these tasting-sized sips and bites bring a delectable addition to this event.

--Enjoy park attractions – Select attractions will be open to all guests – and some may even offer a special Star Wars twist on May 27 only.
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Star Wars: Galactic Nights Announced for Spring 2018 Return

Tue, 2018-01-30 01:00
Walt Disney World has announced a 2018 date for the INTERCOT coined "possibly plural event":

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts ... the Star Wars: Galactic Nights one-night special event will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 27.

... Star Wars: Galactic Nights is a thrilling Star Wars-themed event held after park hours from 7 p.m.-midnight. It celebrates the entire Star Wars saga with out-of-this-world entertainment, special photo opportunities, event-exclusive merchandise and F&B, and encounters with rarely seen characters that guests can only experience during Star Wars: Galactic Nights.

Here’s a look at other event offerings:

--Star Wars: Galactic Destinations Projections Transform The Hollywood Tower Hotel – Visible on the Sunset Boulevard area of the park the facade of the Hollywood Tower Hotel will transform via stunning projection technology to showcase familiar locations from across the galaxy. Favorite film moments, special effects, lighting, and of course the stellar Star Wars cinematic score supports each galactic location moment all night long. Star Wars Galactic Destinations is currently an event exclusive.

--Existing Star Wars Entertainment Will Debut New Enhancements – The park’s existing Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks and the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show will both debut new saga elements for the first time during Star Wars: Galactic Nights.

--Special Photo Ops – Throughout the park, guests can step into immersive and iconic scenes from their favorite Star Wars films in a series of incredibly detailed photo locations. These special photo ops will only be available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Star Wars: Galactic Nights

--Character Encounters – Expect to encounter Star Wars characters from throughout the galaxy. Guests will also be able to view an Imperial Stormtrooper March with Darth Vader.

--Exclusive Food & Beverage offerings – Taste your way around the galaxy with specialty food and beverage offerings created for Galactic Nights. Inspired by the stories and iconic characters of Star Wars, these tasting-sized sips and bites bring a delectable addition to this event.

--Enjoy park attractions – Select attractions will be open to all guests – and some may even offer a special Star Wars twist on May 27 only.
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Beach Club vs Bay Lake Tower

Mon, 2018-01-29 21:49
Which resort would you prefer and why?
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Beach Club vs Bay Lake Tower

Mon, 2018-01-29 21:49
Which resort would you prefer and why?
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Saratoga Springs Sojourn 5

Mon, 2018-01-29 18:14
Friday, January 26, 2018

Today we are headed to Animal Kingdom. It starts off cool but not as cold as the morning before. Still, we need long sleeves and jackets/sweatshirts to start our day.

We got an earlier start today than we had on other days this week so we arriving at the park pretty close to opening time. We did not have fast passes for Expedition Everest and no more fast passes were available for the day so we headed directly there. The wait time was only 5 minutes though, as I knew it would, the standby time increased quite a lot later in the day.

All of the parks have been extremely busy this week. This park is no exception on this day. Next up is a fastpass for Navi River. My husband and I had managed to get on this once before and really enjoyed it. On our way there, we see a cast member holding a sign indicating she was standing at the end of the line for Flight of Passage. She was standing by the entrance of Tiffin's for those of you know how far away from the actual ride this is!! The standby line at this point (less than one hour after park opening) was listed as 180 minutes. I later saw it listed as 210 minutes!! The standby line for Navi River was considerably shorter but was still listed as 80 minutes. We had a few minutes to wait until our fastpass time but, once our time came up, we were quickly through the line and the ride. I'm still quite impressed with this ride and hope to get on Flight of Passage at some point.

Since we had time before our Safari fastpass, we walked through Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. With still more time to wait, we sat and people-watched for a bit and then went on our Safari. The driver we had was not the best we'd experienced but it was still a nice ride.

We were now hungry and had thought we might go to Flame Tree BBQ for lunch. Whoa!!! Wait???!!! Is that the line?? We can't even see the end of it. We change course and head to Pizzafarri instead. The line here is much shorter. We each have flatbreads for lunch before venturing out into the park again.

Now, we walk the Maharajah Jungle Trek. The baby tigers have gotten so much bigger than we saw them a few weeks ago. It's now time for our fastpass to Finding Nemo so head there and enjoy this show.

We are all tired of dodging around people so head out of the park and back to our resort for a bit. The scooter needs to be turned in early tomorrow afternoon so my husband and brother-in-law turn it in this afternoon so we don't have to be up early in the morning to do it.

I made a dinner reservation at the Surf and Turf Club at Saratoga so we use the wheelchair to make our way over there. While we could have used any bus to take us the one stop to the Springs stop, the first bus to come along is the one for Downtown Springs. This is the bus we will need to take to return to our section of the resort after dinner.

Once at the Carriage House, we wander through the shop before we check in for dinner. We are seated almost immediately and, because it is coolish outside, decide to dine indoors. Three of us have the sustainable fish of the day which is served with a risotto. Yummy!! My husband opts for the scallops which he also enjoys.

After dinner, we have a very short wait for the Downtown Springs bus which returns us to our room where we settle in for our last evening here.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

We don't rush to get up. We have breakfast in our room and pack up any remaining goodies along with our clothing and get our cars packed up. It's close to the 11 o clock checkout time before we say goodbye to Saratoga Springs and return home.
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Saratoga Springs Sojourn 5

Mon, 2018-01-29 18:14
Friday, January 26, 2018

Today we are headed to Animal Kingdom. It starts off cool but not as cold as the morning before. Still, we need long sleeves and jackets/sweatshirts to start our day.

We got an earlier start today than we had on other days this week so we arriving at the park pretty close to opening time. We did not have fast passes for Expedition Everest and no more fast passes were available for the day so we headed directly there. The wait time was only 5 minutes though, as I knew it would, the standby time increased quite a lot later in the day.

All of the parks have been extremely busy this week. This park is no exception on this day. Next up is a fastpass for Navi River. My husband and I had managed to get on this once before and really enjoyed it. On our way there, we see a cast member holding a sign indicating she was standing at the end of the line for Flight of Passage. She was standing by the entrance of Tiffin's for those of you know how far away from the actual ride this is!! The standby line at this point (less than one hour after park opening) was listed as 180 minutes. I later saw it listed as 210 minutes!! The standby line for Navi River was considerably shorter but was still listed as 80 minutes. We had a few minutes to wait until our fastpass time but, once our time came up, we were quickly through the line and the ride. I'm still quite impressed with this ride and hope to get on Flight of Passage at some point.

Since we had time before our Safari fastpass, we walked through Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. With still more time to wait, we sat and people-watched for a bit and then went on our Safari. The driver we had was not the best we'd experienced but it was still a nice ride.

We were now hungry and had thought we might go to Flame Tree BBQ for lunch. Whoa!!! Wait???!!! Is that the line?? We can't even see the end of it. We change course and head to Pizzafarri instead. The line here is much shorter. We each have flatbreads for lunch before venturing out into the park again.

Now, we walk the Maharajah Jungle Trek. The baby tigers have gotten so much bigger than we saw them a few weeks ago. It's now time for our fastpass to Finding Nemo so head there and enjoy this show.

We are all tired of dodging around people so head out of the park and back to our resort for a bit. The scooter needs to be turned in early tomorrow afternoon so my husband and brother-in-law turn it in this afternoon so we don't have to be up early in the morning to do it.

I made a dinner reservation at the Surf and Turf Club at Saratoga so we use the wheelchair to make our way over there. While we could have used any bus to take us the one stop to the Springs stop, the first bus to come along is the one for Downtown Springs. This is the bus we will need to take to return to our section of the resort after dinner.

Once at the Carriage House, we wander through the shop before we check in for dinner. We are seated almost immediately and, because it is coolish outside, decide to dine indoors. Three of us have the sustainable fish of the day which is served with a risotto. Yummy!! My husband opts for the scallops which he also enjoys.

After dinner, we have a very short wait for the Downtown Springs bus which returns us to our room where we settle in for our last evening here.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

We don't rush to get up. We have breakfast in our room and pack up any remaining goodies along with our clothing and get our cars packed up. It's close to the 11 o clock checkout time before we say goodbye to Saratoga Springs and return home.
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Saratoga Springs Sojourn 4

Mon, 2018-01-29 16:37
Thursday, January 25

It is very cold to start this day. We leave for the park later than we planned just because we wanted it to warm up a bit. Still, when we get to the bus stop, it is not yet quite 50 degrees and my denim jacket just isn't keeping me really warm though I still don't want to grab my winter coat out of the car. Fortunately, it does warm up enough to be comfortable and I can later take the jacket off.

I don't recall the order in which we did things but know that we went to see Muppet Vision. All four of us rode Toy Story Mania with fast passes though my sister-in-law said that the initial whip around of the vehicle caused her back to ache as she hadn't been prepared for the movement. My husband had the best score of the four of us. We went to Walt Disney Presents and had fast passes for Little Mermaid. Three of us used fast passes for Tower of Terror.

Along the way, I was able to make a late lunch reservation at 50s Prime Time Cafe. We had a great server. I had mom's sampler which included meat loaf, fried chicken and pot roast - lots of food. The other three had meat loaf. The other three ordered dessert but I don't recall what each person had. I did not order dessert but our server brought me a very yummy iced cupcake anyway.

Shortly after lunch, we decided to leave the park as we knew the temperatures were scheduled to drop again that evening. We had a relaxed evening back in our room and prepared to leave a bit earlier than we had been the next morning.
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Saratoga Springs Sojourn 4

Mon, 2018-01-29 16:37
Thursday, January 25

It is very cold to start this day. We leave for the park later than we planned just because we wanted it to warm up a bit. Still, when we get to the bus stop, it is not yet quite 50 degrees and my denim jacket just isn't keeping me really warm though I still don't want to grab my winter coat out of the car. Fortunately, it does warm up enough to be comfortable and I can later take the jacket off.

I don't recall the order in which we did things but know that we went to see Muppet Vision. All four of us rode Toy Story Mania with fast passes though my sister-in-law said that the initial whip around of the vehicle caused her back to ache as she hadn't been prepared for the movement. My husband had the best score of the four of us. We went to Walt Disney Presents and had fast passes for Little Mermaid. Three of us used fast passes for Tower of Terror.

Along the way, I was able to make a late lunch reservation at 50s Prime Time Cafe. We had a great server. I had mom's sampler which included meat loaf, fried chicken and pot roast - lots of food. The other three had meat loaf. The other three ordered dessert but I don't recall what each person had. I did not order dessert but our server brought me a very yummy iced cupcake anyway.

Shortly after lunch, we decided to leave the park as we knew the temperatures were scheduled to drop again that evening. We had a relaxed evening back in our room and prepared to leave a bit earlier than we had been the next morning.
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2019?

Mon, 2018-01-29 16:02
Planning a trip at the end of February 2019, when do the calendars come out as they only go to December of 2018 currently?
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2019?

Mon, 2018-01-29 16:02
Planning a trip at the end of February 2019, when do the calendars come out as they only go to December of 2018 currently?
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Is that it for summer offers?

Mon, 2018-01-29 14:11
We're planning to be there late in August and right now it looks like the only offer for that time is the one with just one free quick service meal. Is that it or is there any expectation of a better package coming out?
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Is that it for summer offers?

Mon, 2018-01-29 14:11
We're planning to be there late in August and right now it looks like the only offer for that time is the one with just one free quick service meal. Is that it or is there any expectation of a better package coming out?
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One day in AK.

Mon, 2018-01-29 11:18
Sitting at home (in Tampa) yesterday morning waiting for the rain to come. For grins and giggles, I looked at a fast pass for FOP. What?!?!?! Two were available for 4:00 pm.

I told my wife to get dressed; we're going to AK. I made a FP for Primeval Whirl and Dinosaur on the drive over.

We got there around 11:30. The sky was looking kinda grey. Would the rain hold out? First stop, Flame Tree Bar B Cue. We split a pork sandwich with onion rings, then headed off in the park.

We got to EE. My wife told me to hit the single rider line while she went to the restroom. The wait said 30 minutes. I was on and through with the ride in less than 15 minutes. Odd note: even though I was in the SR line, the guy in front of me and I were put in the same car.


We headed over to Dinoland. The line for Dinosaur was 20 minutes so we decided to ride. We got on in about 10 minutes.

We headed over to Primeval Whirl. Our FP was still 30 minutes away but the lines was only 20 minutes, so we decided to hop on. The ride was going well then SLAM! We came to a crashing stop. We didn't move for about 5 minutes when an announcement was made that the ride was in a malfunction and not to exit the vehicle. 10 minutes later, we were "evacuated" by ladder. We were provided a FP for any ride but FOP or Rivers of Light.

We decided to use our PW FP to finish the ride we started. Only the left side was operating now, so the line was slow. It was just as well because the sky opened up and a heavy downpour arrived. We stayed under cover of the cue for a few minutes, then went on the ride when the rain stopped.

We headed back to EE and used the FPs there.

We headed over to the Safari ride but not before we stopped to watch the monkeys and go on the Maharaj Jungle Trek. The Safari was good. Lots of animals were spotted. The truck was delayed several times for animals on the road.

It was getting close to our 4:00 pm FOP FP so we went to Pandora. I am not familiar at all with the Avatar movie so I am not sure what I was looking at, but it was impressive. We had to wait about 10 minutes for our FP time. The sky was getting dark again.

FOP was fantastic. I didn't care for the little vibrations on my stomach and back, but that is a small gripe. I was surprised how long the ride was. As fantastic as FOP is, I wouldn't stand in line for 120 minutes to ride it.

We had a 6:35 FP left, but when we exited FOP, it was lightly sprinkling. We decided to forgo the last FP and headed to the exit. The rain steadily grew. As soon as we got in the car, the bottom fell out and we drove all the way back to Tampa in heavy rain.
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