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New DVC ticket options

Thu, 2017-07-06 16:08
DVC has just released 2 new ticket options for members.

1) 7 day tickets for the price of 5. PLUS, the tickets are valid for 6 months from first use, not the usual 14 days.

2) the Platinum Plus Annual Pass for $559. That's the same price as the Gold Pass! No blackout dates and include the water parks.

Full details here:

http://disneyvacationclub.disney.go....t-tour/passes/

Steve
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June 29 - July 4 Trip

Thu, 2017-07-06 14:35
I thought I would give a report on our trip for the week leading up to July 4th.

I noticed right away that the parks were not all that crowded for this time of year. We have been going for years and years consistently and the parks seemed busier 10 or 12 years ago at this time of year. It got so bad in 2006, we actually stopped going on the week of July 4 and haven't been since. This time we were actually there for the National Beta Club convention which was held at the Swan and Dolphin resorts, otherwise we would not have scheduled a trip for this week.

Although the parks were not all that crowded, the wait times for the attractions that prior to FP+ typically did not have long waits, were commonly long. We had to wait in the FP+ line numerous times for 20 minutes or so as well. I can't even describe how dysfunctional the FP+ system is or how irritating it is to be constantly trying to make the prearranged appointments all day. I heard a lot of people talking about how much they do not like it while we were in que lines.

We also once again, had ticket prioritization problems and the system pulled days off of old non-expiring tickets we do not want to use unless we have to use them. I have asked that they be set to not be used but somehow they jump up the priority list every time I buy a new ticket and link it to my MDE account. I went to guest services at the International Gateway to try to get it fixed and was met with a bit of attitude. She supposedly fixed them and said she put the day back on our non-expiring tickets but the next day we discovered the day was still missing and it was pulling from the wrong tickets on one of the kids again. I had to go out of my way to Disney Springs guest services to try to straighten it all out. They fixed them but it took forever and ate up a lot of time we would have been in the park for the day. It required a supervisor to help fix it all in the system and then to top it all off when he was done he decided to give me a lecture. He told me "it is the guest's responsibility to be sure tickets are prioritized correctly when there are multiple tickets on the account and they had fixed them as a one time courtesy." I asked if there is a way to prioritize them myself in my MDE account and of course the answer was no and I asked if I can see how they are prioritized to verify they are correct and the answer was no and they also went on to tell me that the days left showing on the app on tickets is quite often incorrect so do not pay attention to the number of days it shows. I just let it go and moved on but I was pretty furious. I have to say I surprised myself because typically, I would have exploded and went on a cussing tirade.

Our next problem, which we have also had in the past, is our app would not load our plans the entire time of our stay. It kept stating there was a problem loading our plans and to try again later or something to that effect. We couldn't see our dining plans so I had to search my email to find the confirmations and see what the times were. We also couldn't see our fastpass times in our plans but we found a work around by clicking to make fastpasses and it would ask if we wanted to change the ones we had and we could then see them. What a pain!

To wrap things up, Disney has created a $2 billion mess that creates the most aggravating experience for what is supposed to be a vacation. Our last few trips have all involved glitches and problems with MDE and the app with everything from fastpasses disappearing, hotel reservations not showing on MDE and can't make fastpasses, tickets not being prioritized properly, tickets not linking, not being able to do self check in because of a glitch, not being able to see dining reservations and I am sure I am forgetting something. I am so sick of fighting the system, I have no intentions of returning anytime soon even though I already have tickets. I just cannot deal with the frustration and stress of a WDW vacation anymore. The only way we will be going anytime in the foreseeable future is if one of the kids have some sort of event there again which is also the only reason we have been in the past 3 years since all these problems with the new system started. It is absurd that you have to fight THEIR system to enjoy YOUR vacation.
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June 29 - July 4 Trip

Thu, 2017-07-06 14:35
I thought I would give a report on our trip for the week leading up to July 4th.

I noticed right away that the parks were not all that crowded for this time of year. We have been going for years and years consistently and the parks seemed busier 10 or 12 years ago at this time of year. It got so bad in 2006, we actually stopped going on the week of July 4 and haven't been since. This time we were actually there for the National Beta Club convention which was held at the Swan and Dolphin resorts, otherwise we would not have scheduled a trip for this week.

Although the parks were not all that crowded, the wait times for the attractions that prior to FP+ typically did not have long waits, were commonly long. We had to wait in the FP+ line numerous times for 20 minutes or so as well. I can't even describe how dysfunctional the FP+ system is or how irritating it is to be constantly trying to make the prearranged appointments all day. I heard a lot of people talking about how much they do not like it while we were in que lines.

We also once again, had ticket prioritization problems and the system pulled days off of old non-expiring tickets we do not want to use unless we have to use them. I have asked that they be set to not be used but somehow they jump up the priority list every time I buy a new ticket and link it to my MDE account. I went to guest services at the International Gateway to try to get it fixed and was met with a bit of attitude. She supposedly fixed them and said she put the day back on our non-expiring tickets but the next day we discovered the day was still missing and it was pulling from the wrong tickets on one of the kids again. I had to go out of my way to Disney Springs guest services to try to straighten it all out. They fixed them but it took forever and ate up a lot of time we would have been in the park for the day. It required a supervisor to help fix it all in the system and then to top it all off when he was done he decided to give me a lecture. He told me "it is the guest's responsibility to be sure tickets are prioritized correctly when there are multiple tickets on the account and they had fixed them as a one time courtesy." I asked if there is a way to prioritize them myself in my MDE account and of course the answer was no and I asked if I can see how they are prioritized to verify they are correct and the answer was no and they also went on to tell me that the days left showing on the app on tickets is quite often incorrect so do not pay attention to the number of days it shows. I just let it go and moved on but I was pretty furious. I have to say I surprised myself because typically, I would have exploded and went on a cussing tirade.

Our next problem, which we have also had in the past, is our app would not load our plans the entire time of our stay. It kept stating there was a problem loading our plans and to try again later or something to that effect. We couldn't see our dining plans so I had to search my email to find the confirmations and see what the times were. We also couldn't see our fastpass times in our plans but we found a work around by clicking to make fastpasses and it would ask if we wanted to change the ones we had and we could then see them. What a pain!

To wrap things up, Disney has created a $2 billion mess that creates the most aggravating experience for what is supposed to be a vacation. Our last few trips have all involved glitches and problems with MDE and the app with everything from fastpasses disappearing, hotel reservations not showing on MDE and can't make fastpasses, tickets not being prioritized properly, tickets not linking, not being able to do self check in because of a glitch, not being able to see dining reservations and I am sure I am forgetting something. I am so sick of fighting the system, I have no intentions of returning anytime soon even though I already have tickets. I just cannot deal with the frustration and stress of a WDW vacation anymore. The only way we will be going anytime in the foreseeable future is if one of the kids have some sort of event there again which is also the only reason we have been in the past 3 years since all these problems with the new system started. It is absurd that you have to fight THEIR system to enjoy YOUR vacation.
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Merchandise Question!

Thu, 2017-07-06 01:37
Hi All :mickey:
We have a fall trip planned for October. There are two shirts I see on the Shop the Parks App that I would love to have. I think they were released in the spring. Question....do you think they will still be there when we arrive in Oct? I would prefer to buy them in person as I know the sizes sometimes vary so would like to be able to see them before purchasing. Im worried if we go in the fall they may not be there. Thoughts?? Thanks!!
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Merchandise Question!

Thu, 2017-07-06 01:37
Hi All :mickey:
We have a fall trip planned for October. There are two shirts I see on the Shop the Parks App that I would love to have. I think they were released in the spring. Question....do you think they will still be there when we arrive in Oct? I would prefer to buy them in person as I know the sizes sometimes vary so would like to be able to see them before purchasing. Im worried if we go in the fall they may not be there. Thoughts?? Thanks!!
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Does this seem feasible?

Wed, 2017-07-05 23:07
Do you think these two days will work or is it just pushing it too much? Keep in mind, we have about 40 people going - only 8 of us have ever been to Disney World before (3 of them one time - the rest of us multiple times). It is only the evenings that I am worried I am trying to rush it too much.

Hollywood Studios
Probably get a late start, because of the three hour time difference for us. We will go back to the resort in the early afternoon for a break.
4 pm - Hoop Dee Doo
8 pm - Star Wars Galactic Spectacular

Will we be able to see the Star Wars show if we get back after Hoop Dee Doo?

Epcot
Spend the morning in Epcot. Go back to the resort for a break. Rehearsal some time during the day
4:30 pm - Rehearsal dinner at O'hana
9:00 pm - Illuminations

Would that give us enough time to stake out an area in front of Canada? Alternatively, we could do the fireworks cruises or the dessert party.
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Does this seem feasible?

Wed, 2017-07-05 23:07
Do you think these two days will work or is it just pushing it too much? Keep in mind, we have about 40 people going - only 8 of us have ever been to Disney World before (3 of them one time - the rest of us multiple times). It is only the evenings that I am worried I am trying to rush it too much.

Hollywood Studios
Probably get a late start, because of the three hour time difference for us. We will go back to the resort in the early afternoon for a break.
4 pm - Hoop Dee Doo
8 pm - Star Wars Galactic Spectacular

Will we be able to see the Star Wars show if we get back after Hoop Dee Doo?

Epcot
Spend the morning in Epcot. Go back to the resort for a break. Rehearsal some time during the day
4:30 pm - Rehearsal dinner at O'hana
9:00 pm - Illuminations

Would that give us enough time to stake out an area in front of Canada? Alternatively, we could do the fireworks cruises or the dessert party.
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Tiffins or Brown Derby w/show?

Wed, 2017-07-05 20:40
I have two ADRs. One for Tiffins and Rivers of Light and one for Brown Derby and Fantasmic. I don't think I am going to keep both. I am hoping to try for a Fastpass for Rivers of Light or Fantasmic and keeping the reservation for the Dinner Package for the other.

Has anyone tried both? Thoughts?

Initially my thinking is to keep the one at the Brown Derby because of lack of good places to eat at Hollywood. That way I can use all my Fastpass in the morning and won't have one tied up all day. I am also hoping that an ADR for Sci Fi will open up and we can eat there. I saw Fantasmic 17 years ago but just realized that my kids have never seen it.

However, there is a chance that I won't be able to get a Fastpass for ROL. Then I need to keep my Tiffins ADR. We have a lunch there on an EMH morning. I am hoping to get Fastpass+ for FoP, Safari, and RoL. That way we can do another park in the morning and then head to Animal Kingdom for a few hours in the evening.

We are on the DDP and I only want to do one "Signature Meal".
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Tiffins or Brown Derby w/show?

Wed, 2017-07-05 20:40
I have two ADRs. One for Tiffins and Rivers of Light and one for Brown Derby and Fantasmic. I don't think I am going to keep both. I am hoping to try for a Fastpass for Rivers of Light or Fantasmic and keeping the reservation for the Dinner Package for the other.

Has anyone tried both? Thoughts?

Initially my thinking is to keep the one at the Brown Derby because of lack of good places to eat at Hollywood. That way I can use all my Fastpass in the morning and won't have one tied up all day. I am also hoping that an ADR for Sci Fi will open up and we can eat there. I saw Fantasmic 17 years ago but just realized that my kids have never seen it.

However, there is a chance that I won't be able to get a Fastpass for ROL. Then I need to keep my Tiffins ADR. We have a lunch there on an EMH morning. I am hoping to get Fastpass+ for FoP, Safari, and RoL. That way we can do another park in the morning and then head to Animal Kingdom for a few hours in the evening.

We are on the DDP and I only want to do one "Signature Meal".
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Week after Thanksgiving (Nov 27th-Dec 1st)

Wed, 2017-07-05 19:15
Does anyone know how crowded this week tends to be? I've never been during this time, but all "crowd time" calendars say moderate to less crowded. :mickey:
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Week after Thanksgiving (Nov 27th-Dec 1st)

Wed, 2017-07-05 19:15
Does anyone know how crowded this week tends to be? I've never been during this time, but all "crowd time" calendars say moderate to less crowded. :mickey:
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Port Orleans French Quarter

Wed, 2017-07-05 18:52
We will be staying at the POFQ for the first time come this November. We're from NOLA and figured it would be kind of nice to stay someplace like home. Does anyone have any thoughts on this hotel? Reviews? It's just the two of us and the hotel seems romantic which is a plus! :cloud9:
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Port Orleans French Quarter

Wed, 2017-07-05 18:52
We will be staying at the POFQ for the first time come this November. We're from NOLA and figured it would be kind of nice to stay someplace like home. Does anyone have any thoughts on this hotel? Reviews? It's just the two of us and the hotel seems romantic which is a plus! :cloud9:
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January or February 2018: which week?

Wed, 2017-07-05 17:11
I am planning a trip for a group of 8 or 9 people, looking at early 2018. The plan is to check in on a Sunday, stay 6 nights, and check out on Saturday. I want to avoid the marathon and MLK weeks due to the crowds. Would going 1/7-1/13, sandwiched between the marathon and MLK, be ok crowd-wise or should we consider later January or early February instead? We won't be doing any park time on Sunday or Saturday. Thanks!


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January or February 2018: which week?

Wed, 2017-07-05 17:11
I am planning a trip for a group of 8 or 9 people, looking at early 2018. The plan is to check in on a Sunday, stay 6 nights, and check out on Saturday. I want to avoid the marathon and MLK weeks due to the crowds. Would going 1/7-1/13, sandwiched between the marathon and MLK, be ok crowd-wise or should we consider later January or early February instead? We won't be doing any park time on Sunday or Saturday. Thanks!


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Swan and Dolphin Yea or Nay?

Wed, 2017-07-05 16:39
Thinking of staying at Swan. Will it be similar to Disney resorts? I heard that they don't link to magic band. How does extra magic hours work if they don't link to bands?
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Swan and Dolphin Yea or Nay?

Wed, 2017-07-05 16:39
Thinking of staying at Swan. Will it be similar to Disney resorts? I heard that they don't link to magic band. How does extra magic hours work if they don't link to bands?
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Busses

Wed, 2017-07-05 16:32
I'm not sure where to post this .... move as necessary ....

I've just returned from a nearly perfect trip. Nearly perfect would have been perfect if the bus transportation would have been working at all. They now schedule estimated bus times at every 20 minutes (when did that change .. November it was 15). I can say with all certainty that time frame is not an accurate representation of the actual times. We stayed two nights at POP, arriving early to get into the Magic. The busses were running slow, but okay. We moved over to AOA for 5 additional nights as we needed more room for the kids. The busses at Art were horrible. Actually, knowing that it's a relative short walk from POP to Art, we 98% of the time used the POP busses to get us "home". It was so bad, actually, that a man walked out into the lane of busses leaving the MK, stopping them, to complain that he had stood in line over one hour. They entertained his conversation with him finally coming back to the bus depot to try to incite others in doing the same. Security never came, no one said a thing to him. Over the course of the week on property we noticed huge lines for busses at most all resorts, so it was not a value versus a deluxe thing. After the 9 pm fireworks at MK, one evening, we headed to the busses and waited well over an hour. The incoming busses used to come in droves after fireworks to get people moving, but this time, the busses came in fewer numbers and most drove right on by, empty, exiting, headed elsewhere. My thinking is they're reducing free bus availability so we will pay for the new service provided using vans directly to each destination. I did notice many of those over the course of the week. With this amenity seemingly slipping away, housekeeping at an all-time low, what drives us to continue to stay on property .... ??
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Busses

Wed, 2017-07-05 16:32
I'm not sure where to post this .... move as necessary ....

I've just returned from a nearly perfect trip. Nearly perfect would have been perfect if the bus transportation would have been working at all. They now schedule estimated bus times at every 20 minutes (when did that change .. November it was 15). I can say with all certainty that time frame is not an accurate representation of the actual times. We stayed two nights at POP, arriving early to get into the Magic. The busses were running slow, but okay. We moved over to AOA for 5 additional nights as we needed more room for the kids. The busses at Art were horrible. Actually, knowing that it's a relative short walk from POP to Art, we 98% of the time used the POP busses to get us "home". It was so bad, actually, that a man walked out into the lane of busses leaving the MK, stopping them, to complain that he had stood in line over one hour. They entertained his conversation with him finally coming back to the bus depot to try to incite others in doing the same. Security never came, no one said a thing to him. Over the course of the week on property we noticed huge lines for busses at most all resorts, so it was not a value versus a deluxe thing. After the 9 pm fireworks at MK, one evening, we headed to the busses and waited well over an hour. The incoming busses used to come in droves after fireworks to get people moving, but this time, the busses came in fewer numbers and most drove right on by, empty, exiting, headed elsewhere. My thinking is they're reducing free bus availability so we will pay for the new service provided using vans directly to each destination. I did notice many of those over the course of the week. With this amenity seemingly slipping away, housekeeping at an all-time low, what drives us to continue to stay on property .... ??
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DCL Drinking Age

Wed, 2017-07-05 16:21
We have a 20yo who will turn 21 a week after we return to port. We're not expecting that she'd drink like spring break while vacationing with her family, but what are the rules for alcohol consumption at sea? Do they follow the US standard of 21 if sailing from a US port? We were just curious if she could have a drink at dinner or by the pool if we were? Thanks!
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