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On 7/8/2019 at 2:55 PM, Capella said:

I’m amazed at the lack of security. There are quicker responses at the local mall. 

to be fair, it only took them 3 minutes.  They literally can't be anywhere at all times.  You can see one of the cast members calling for security int he background right away.

Also, i'm surprised those security guards actually de-escalated the situation.  They didn't look like they could stop anything.

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This just in.....

Hagrid’s coaster is freaking awesome.  

That is all. 

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17 hours ago, Tiger Fan said:

to be fair, it only took them 3 minutes.  They literally can't be anywhere at all times.  You can see one of the cast members calling for security int he background right away.

Also, i'm surprised those security guards actually de-escalated the situation.  They didn't look like they could stop anything.

the big guy needed a crow bar to the back of the head.  

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13 hours ago, glvsav37 said:

This just in.....

Hagrid’s coaster is freaking awesome.  

That is all. 

Glad to hear it - have a great time man.  When you get back give us a run down.

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14 hours ago, glvsav37 said:

This just in.....

Hagrid’s coaster is freaking awesome.  

That is all. 

How long did you have to wait in line?

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15 hours ago, glvsav37 said:

This just in.....

Hagrid’s coaster is freaking awesome.  

That is all. 

Going to universal next week for the first time in 20 years. Other than hagrid, are the wait times as tolerable as they appear to be on the online tracking sites? 

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I am certainly not the target audience (although I liked the first 3) but I thought toy story 4 was terrible. My wife, who is a Disney fanatic, actually agreed. Just extremely redundant and boring. 

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3 hours ago, Capella said:

I am certainly not the target audience (although I liked the first 3) but I thought toy story 4 was terrible. My wife, who is a Disney fanatic, actually agreed. Just extremely redundant and boring. 

Yikes....terrible?? It was better than 3. 3 wasn't very good.

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23 hours ago, Capella said:

Going to universal next week for the first time in 20 years. Other than hagrid, are the wait times as tolerable as they appear to be on the online tracking sites? 

I found the tracking sites, and especially the in-park posted wait times, to be way off when we were there in November. Seemed like the "wait" times were based on how many minutes until you get to the interactive parts of the line. Like for the Jimmy Fallon thing the wait times were 5-10 minutes when we looked so we went in, and it took about 5 minutes to get to a holding lobby where we watched tonight show clips and some live performances from acts that were on the show, and it was another 35 minutes until we were on the ride. Same thing with Fast and Furious. There's a car exhibit you walk through, a garage with some actors, etc. that made the posted 10 minute wait actually be 45. 

So it seemed not be the true wait time to when you're stepping on the ride. 

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Representing the WartHog section at the festive of the lion king show was little old me today. 

 

At AK for a special DVC member event from 9-12

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Is cash the only option for tipping sit down meals with the dining plan, or can you use your magic band?

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On 7/15/2019 at 9:57 AM, The Noid said:

I found the tracking sites, and especially the in-park posted wait times, to be way off when we were there in November. Seemed like the "wait" times were based on how many minutes until you get to the interactive parts of the line. Like for the Jimmy Fallon thing the wait times were 5-10 minutes when we looked so we went in, and it took about 5 minutes to get to a holding lobby where we watched tonight show clips and some live performances from acts that were on the show, and it was another 35 minutes until we were on the ride. Same thing with Fast and Furious. There's a car exhibit you walk through, a garage with some actors, etc. that made the posted 10 minute wait actually be 45. 

So it seemed not be the true wait time to when you're stepping on the ride. 

Well that sucks. 

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On 7/14/2019 at 10:32 PM, Payne said:

Yikes....terrible?? It was better than 3. 3 wasn't very good.

I don’t really remember 3 so you may be right. Franchise ran the course for me. 

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3 hours ago, RG623 said:

Is cash the only option for tipping sit down meals with the dining plan, or can you use your magic band?

Almost positive you can use the band to charge to your room/card.

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On 7/7/2019 at 9:50 PM, glvsav37 said:

ok, this is really tough watch, but its Disney so here goes.

Some family got into a huge brawl with each other at DL's ToonTown today. Seriously, language, fighting, woman beating, craziness, violence, did I say woman beating? Holy cow! This is insane

Not for the faint of heart. You've been warned 

Turns out these guys are cousins.  Guess it is a small world after all.  

Sorry...couldn't resist.  

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15 hours ago, RG623 said:

Is cash the only option for tipping sit down meals with the dining plan, or can you use your magic band?

They have to scan your band to use the dining plan.  You absolutely do not have to have cash to tip.  

Hell, I don't think you have to have cash at all anywhere in WDW.

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On 7/7/2019 at 1:59 PM, Don Quixote said:

 

I wish I could have partaken in some of the other ship activities that require registration, but they were all filled up before it was open to us for signing up.  They give preferred access based on number of Disney cruises that you have been on.  I was interested in a Mixology class and a Martini class, but they were already filled up, even though we looked into them as soon as it opened up to us.  On the first day of the cruise, my FIL stood in line at Guest Services for an hour to get on the waitlist for the martini class, and was able to get into it when a spot opened up, but I didn’t get time to stand in line for that. I think the people with seniority just book it to reserve a spot, and then drop out before the deadline to do so, if they decide to something else.

Ship has some other activities like the Aquaduck water slide, and a sports deck where I played some mini golf with my son (who somehow got a hole-in-one before me).  Restaurants were solid, but nothing special (about what I expect on a cruise ship) — lots of Mickey waffles and Mickey ice creams for the little ones.  Animator’s Palate was pretty cool — there was a large screen TV by our table and “Crush” the turtle from Finding Nemo came by on the screen and talked to the kids.  Also pretty good with food allergies, if that is important to anyone.

 

We've been on 2 Disney cruises.  The first one was 20 years ago with the kids ages 12, 10, & 9 and the other a few years ago with just my wife and I.     Had a blast both times.

When my wife and I went we signed up for Mixology, and a tasting for Wine and another for beer.  Lots of fun.  We also signed up for the spa and went every day and was a highlight for both of us.    We thought the regular restaurants were good but we had two dinners and a brunch in the adult-only restaurants and they were exceptional.  

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Chillin at the pool at Bay Lake tower 

Hot AF here now (expected) but also busy AF here too (not completely expected). I was reading reports that park attendance was way down....IDFK what they consider 'Busy' but man there were parts of the MK you couldn't walk without bumping into someone the other night. 

After a few days at Universal and using their express pass, it casts such a spotlight on the downfalls of FastPass. Yes, logistically I know there are major differences that the 2 resorts have, but the I basically did everything at universal, multiple times in 1.5 days.

One real wart on FP popped up the other day as we hit a major mid-afternoon rainstorm—which is common for central FL—but it closed a whole bunch of rides and lasted about 45-50 mins. This mucked up a lot of people's FP times and converted a bunch to "anytime FPs" After the rain ended and the rides opened, we went to use our BTMRR FP and i swear, the FP line went down the path and back over the walkway by the Tom Sawyer Island launch! We actually got in line for it during our window, but by the time we reached the tap point, it was outside it (they obv let us in).  After that, we had a Splash Mtn (we normally stack those) and that line ended on the other side of the splash bridge, basically right by Pecos Bills!!! Basically, all the people who got kicked off, or had FPs convert, all descended on those attractions at once, so we just skipped it, which sucks. 
 

Did AK last night for a DVC event. It was nice, but Everest was down with mechanical issues for most of the night. We had FP's for FOP before the event, and planned on doing EE until we dropped but that plan got screwed. When a major E-ticket is down, and they dont have shows like Lion King and Nemo running, it really highlights how little there is to do at AK. As much as I love that park overall, it still needs more. The nigh time safari is a bust, couldnt see anything. I thought they were having some mid-level lighting, but it was overall very dark. 

Because EE was down, FOP was at a constant 60-75 min wait even at a private event. 

 

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16 hours ago, RG623 said:

Is cash the only option for tipping sit down meals with the dining plan, or can you use your magic band?

We use gift cards. We specifically buy them just for this purpose. 

But yes, you can charge it to your room.

no matter which way, disney will take your money

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Booked our first family trip last night.  7 Nights/8 days from October 13-20 at Coronado Springs.  Got a special rate for the preferred room and somehow there was still an ADR available at Akershus for 6:30 pm on October 19th, which just happens to be my oldest daughter's birthday.  Extremely excited.  Wanted to send a big thanks out to @glvsav37 for recommending Stepehn Conti, a personal vacation advisor.  He was great and really detailed in all the cost comparisons, etc.  Thanks for the recommendation.  I'd be curled up in the fetal position by now if I had to do all this on my own.  

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23 hours ago, glvsav37 said:

Representing the WartHog section at the festive of the lion king show was little old me today. 

 

At AK for a special DVC member event from 9-12

My family was there. I had to fly back for work.

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On 7/14/2019 at 9:56 AM, Capella said:

Going to universal next week for the first time in 20 years. Other than hagrid, are the wait times as tolerable as they appear to be on the online tracking sites? 

As much as base tickets cost, I recommend getting the fast pass. You can cram 2 or 3 days worth of visits into one with it. Last time I went, if you signed up for an amex card and were approved, they would give you the fast pass.

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On 7/7/2019 at 2:25 PM, AcerFC said:

I’ve said this before in here but will say it again. We had an absolute blast on our Disney cruise. However, I have been on Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean and I can not justify Disney doubling their price vs the other guys. Was it great, yes. Was it doubly great for the price, no way.

I feel the same. A 7 day Royal Caribbean cost the same or maybe a little less than our 3 day Disney cruise.

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People who do not move all the way to the end of a row at a Disney show should suffer a lifetime of itchy anal warts.  

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On 7/14/2019 at 3:42 PM, Capella said:

 My wife

Part II of I have been gone too long.  I need a catch up thread.  

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Just now, glvsav37 said:

Some people dream, while others live that dream 

 

2x “That Guy” at Monsters Laugh Floor 

https://ibb.co/JjfchtH

In 4 sittings I've never managed.  Congrats

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On 7/20/2019 at 9:03 PM, Capella said:

80M in one day for lion king yesterday so I hope y’all like the live action movies. 

I saw it on Sunday as an activity to avoid the brutal temps and it was pretty good.  Really glad James Earl Jones was still in it.  No one else can do that voice/role.  

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Universal thoughts that nobody asked for: 

 

I thought it was just ok. We did Islands of Adventure today. Almost nothing to do for a toddler, which I understand, it’s almost literally in the name of the park, but still it was a little disappointing. Why have multiple rides in Dr. Seuss land a 2-year-old can’t ride? He couldn’t even go on the Seuss people mover for God’s sake.

The employees are nowhere near as friendly as Disney. Sometimes at Disney it comes off fake-ish, and I’m sure it is, but still better than getting a stoneface from an employee you say hi too. 

No photographers annnnnnnnywhere. Multiple points you want to take a photo (especially at Harry Potter) with nobody to be found. What the #### did I buy this photo pass for? Also, the fact you can’t view the photos on the app in 2019 is embarrassing. 

We have 3 more days on our pass and are going back tomorrow. The rides are a lot of fun but disney has their ### kicked logistically. It’s really startling just how you notice things.   

Spider-Man ride rules. Holy ####. Did that twice. 

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9 hours ago, Capella said:

Universal thoughts that nobody asked for: 

 

I thought it was just ok. We did Islands of Adventure today. Almost nothing to do for a toddler, which I understand, it’s almost literally in the name of the park, but still it was a little disappointing. Why have multiple rides in Dr. Seuss land a 2-year-old can’t ride? He couldn’t even go on the Seuss people mover for God’s sake.

The employees are nowhere near as friendly as Disney. Sometimes at Disney it comes off fake-ish, and I’m sure it is, but still better than getting a stoneface from an employee you say hi too. 

No photographers annnnnnnnywhere. Multiple points you want to take a photo (especially at Harry Potter) with nobody to be found. What the #### did I buy this photo pass for? Also, the fact you can’t view the photos on the app in 2019 is embarrassing. 

We have 3 more days on our pass and are going back tomorrow. The rides are a lot of fun but disney has their ### kicked logistically. It’s really startling just how you notice things.   

Spider-Man ride rules. Holy ####. Did that twice. 

Sorry to hear. Universal should come with a declaimer: This park is not intended for children under 8. Unless you intend on splitting up your party all day, stay away. 

The photopass things is poop compared to Disney. However, at https://presale.amazingpictures.com/UniversalFlorida.aspx there will offer discounts periodically. Its best to follow their FB page https://www.facebook.com/myuniversalphotos/ to see when they post them. We buy it mainly for the on-ride photos. 

Where Univ Does eat WDW's lunch is the express pass. That thing is worth its wait in gold. 

Funny, we went to the Monster Make-up show while there, and my 9 year old got singled out in the audience, it was a joke but they blamed him for something that happened in the show as part of the joke. The lady on stage said to him "Remember, this isn't Disney.....We don't have to be nice to children!"  😂

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16 minutes ago, glvsav37 said:

Sorry to hear. Universal should come with a declaimer: This park is not intended for children under 8. Unless you intend on splitting up your party all day, stay away. 

The photopass things is poop compared to Disney. However, at https://presale.amazingpictures.com/UniversalFlorida.aspx there will offer discounts periodically. Its best to follow their FB page https://www.facebook.com/myuniversalphotos/ to see when they post them. We buy it mainly for the on-ride photos. 

Where Univ Does eat WDW's lunch is the express pass. That thing is worth its wait in gold. 

Funny, we went to the Monster Make-up show while there, and my 9 year old got singled out in the audience, it was a joke but they blamed him for something that happened in the show as part of the joke. The lady on stage said to him "Remember, this isn't Disney.....We don't have to be nice to children!"  😂

Ha that’s funny. Yea we wouldn’t have gone until he was older but my wife’s family was in town and wanted to go. At the least I expected Seuss land to be more kid friendly. 

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47 minutes ago, glvsav37 said:

Where Univ Does eat WDW's lunch is the express pass. That thing is worth its wait in gold.

Agreed.  This was the one thing that made my family trip to Universal worthwhile.  I couldn't have imagined how the day would've went without the express pass.

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10 hours ago, Capella said:

Universal thoughts that nobody asked for: 

 

I thought it was just ok. We did Islands of Adventure today. Almost nothing to do for a toddler, which I understand, it’s almost literally in the name of the park, but still it was a little disappointing. Why have multiple rides in Dr. Seuss land a 2-year-old can’t ride? He couldn’t even go on the Seuss people mover for God’s sake.

The employees are nowhere near as friendly as Disney. Sometimes at Disney it comes off fake-ish, and I’m sure it is, but still better than getting a stoneface from an employee you say hi too. 

No photographers annnnnnnnywhere. Multiple points you want to take a photo (especially at Harry Potter) with nobody to be found. What the #### did I buy this photo pass for? Also, the fact you can’t view the photos on the app in 2019 is embarrassing. 

We have 3 more days on our pass and are going back tomorrow. The rides are a lot of fun but disney has their ### kicked logistically. It’s really startling just how you notice things.   

Spider-Man ride rules. Holy ####. Did that twice. 

 

I will be going next month with a 2 year old and a 4 year old; 3 days at disney and 1 at universal.

 

I would really like any tips you have related to universal with young kids.

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11 hours ago, Capella said:

Universal thoughts that nobody asked for: 

 

I thought it was just ok. We did Islands of Adventure today. Almost nothing to do for a toddler, which I understand, it’s almost literally in the name of the park, but still it was a little disappointing. Why have multiple rides in Dr. Seuss land a 2-year-old can’t ride? He couldn’t even go on the Seuss people mover for God’s sake.

The employees are nowhere near as friendly as Disney. Sometimes at Disney it comes off fake-ish, and I’m sure it is, but still better than getting a stoneface from an employee you say hi too. 

No photographers annnnnnnnywhere. Multiple points you want to take a photo (especially at Harry Potter) with nobody to be found. What the #### did I buy this photo pass for? Also, the fact you can’t view the photos on the app in 2019 is embarrassing. 

We have 3 more days on our pass and are going back tomorrow. The rides are a lot of fun but disney has their ### kicked logistically. It’s really startling just how you notice things.   

Spider-Man ride rules. Holy ####. Did that twice. 

Haven't done Universal but Disney really does destroy any other park I've been to in terms of cleanliness, helpful employees, and customer service.  We all pay for it but at least you know they will do it right when you shell out that much money.

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35 minutes ago, Ramblin Wreck said:

Haven't done Universal but Disney really does destroy any other park I've been to in terms of cleanliness, helpful employees, and customer service.  We all pay for it but at least you know they will do it right when you shell out that much money.

Without fail, ever time we walk up to the main gate at MK there will be a little old man polishing a trashcan.  Its almost a game with our family now to find that guy.  

That sums up the cleanliness of Disney.  

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1 hour ago, MTskibum said:

 

I will be going next month with a 2 year old and a 4 year old; 3 days at disney and 1 at universal.

 

I would really like any tips you have related to universal with young kids.

Going back tonight so I’ll let ya know tomorrow. :thumbup: 

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On 6/27/2019 at 8:34 AM, RG623 said:

Do they clear the park and make you re-enter if you are already in MK and have a ticket to the Very Merry Xmas party?

Something to consider: iirc the ticket for that claims it starts at 7pm.  You can get into the park at 4, though, using it. 

For both the xmas party and the halloween party, we skipped the park during the day that day and just went at 4pm.  Saves you a day on your multi-day ticket (so we got a 4 day park hopper instead of a 5 day) and can make for a nice break from the parks if you're going for 5 straight days or so.

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21 minutes ago, Bob Sacamano said:

Something to consider: iirc the ticket for that claims it starts at 7pm.  You can get into the park at 4, though, using it. 

For both the xmas party and the halloween party, we skipped the park during the day that day and just went at 4pm.  Saves you a day on your multi-day ticket (so we got a 4 day park hopper instead of a 5 day) and can make for a nice break from the parks if you're going for 5 straight days or so.

on the flip side, if you are not worried about 'waisting' the ticket day (those with annual passes, or length of stay passes), this strategy can work in your favor. On party days, the MK generally has the lowest daytime attendance of all the parks. Technically the MK closes early, so people will avoid MK all together and look to maximize their park day elsewhere, or just not visit any parks that day (as Bob mentions) if they are attending that night.  

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Here is my (try to be quick) write up on the trip.

We did Universal 1st for about 2 ½ days. Stayed on site at the Royal Pacific, which was one of the 3 resorts that had the Express Pass as a perk. Resort is nice, very Asian/Buddha flair which I don't really mind, wasn't spending much time there. Easy access to the parks via a boat or 5 min walk. Room overlooked the parks, so the kids got a kick out of that.

Express pass is worth its wait in gold. There was nothing we waited over 15-20 mins for and you can use it on every ride except the new Hagrid’s coaster. We rode everything multiple times, esp on our full day where it was a bit overcast and it seemed like no one was on the US side, while IOA was much more crowded each day.

My oldest has become a roller coaster junkie, and for that, you really can’t beat US/IOA. My wife and 9 year-old love the screen based rides (Transformers, Spiderman) so there really was something for everyone in my family.

Hagrid’s was pretty damn cool. I’m not a potter fan, but I respect the creativity and the theming they put into these lands. I followed the issues with the opening, delays and wait times leading up to our trip. When we left, they were not opening it until at least 11am, and sometimes later, with constant 2-3 hour waits. So our plan was to hit that day 1, where we wouldn't be in the parks until about 4:30/5 and we would just kill the night there and do everything else the next 2 days. Get our room, get settled and head over to the ride at about 5:15 and (screeching breaks) “sorry, closed for capacity today”  Grrrr. So looks like tomorrow.

We get up and out early, plan on doing rides and then be around the coaster for 11 when they open it, only to have an employee inside the park tell me that today was the 1st day they were opening it at park opening, and there was already a huge line…..so F that.

We did gauge the times and after some fun at US, we found a time where the wait was posted at about 2 1/4 hours, and the weather seemed clear (they shut it down at the first sight of rain), so we decided to give it a try. While on line, I asked a CM about how realistic we were on time from that spot, and he kind of confessed that they over estimate on the app to try and scare people away b/c it has been so busy and they have had so many issues. So what we thought what was going to be a 2+ hr wait was really about 1 1/2 start to finish.

Ride was pretty cool. I got on the bike while my 9 year old was in the side car. They add in lots of secondary motion into the ride so you really feel like you are on an old motorcycle. It has about 4-5 instances (if I remember correctly) where they launch you mid ride and man its fast!!  The sensation is heightened b/c you are literally on a bike and not just strapped into a seat. Its not a long ride, but with all the stuff to see and the multiple launches, you get the most out of your time on it and then some. There is a surprising, almost full free fall drop which I was not ready for and did not expect on a coaster like this. Normally whenever you change track it's a pretty slow and mechanical process, but this felt like the floor fell out from under you…in the dark. Pretty wild.

Unfortunately, my son didn't like it so I was 1/2 enjoying it and 1/2 trying to comfort him. He doesn’t have much hair on his balls yet….well until we get to Disney but I’ll talk about that later.

The rest of the trip there was mostly uneventful but very fun. We planned on leaving on Sunday at park close (we arrived on Friday), but with the express pass we hit everything multiple times, and him not enjoying Hagrid’s, we decided to bail at about 4pm which is when our room would be ready over at WDW.

The down side of splitting up and doing a UO trip is transportation. We miss out on at least one trip on the free magical express, and then still need to get to WDW. We used Uber this time vs a private car service last year and it saved a ton of money. I think it was about $40 from airport to UO and $30 from UO to WDW. By contrast, the car service cost me about $100 each  trip last year. Down side was that neither driver spoke very good English, so the conversation en route was a bit awkward.

I’ll add the WDW report soon.

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We got to WDW staying at Bay Lake Tower. It’s not the most Disney ‘themed’ resorts, but we love the proximity to the MK and the access to the monorail.   We get a DVC 1 bedroom which, for our family of 4, is perfect for a longer stay. It has a full kitchen (that we don't use beyond the fridge), 2 full bathrooms (one of the few 1 bdrms with 2 baths), and a sleeper sofa and a sleeper arm chair. My kids are different genders, so we got away with them sleeping together for a few years, but at 13, my daughter doesn’t want to sleep with her little brother anymore.

This trip was intentionally planned to maximize relaxing and enjoying the resort. We planned most of our park time after 3pm, with no Fast Passes before 4. We also went to the quick service dining plan (2 QS, 2 Snacks per day), vs the standard plan (1 TS, 1 QS, 2 Snk) we normally do. We realized that while we really enjoy dining at WDW, we were rushing around to get from one reservation to another. Plus they kind of force you into at least 1 sit down meal per day which really cuts into your day. We did plan 3 table service/buffet meals—1900 Park Fare at GF (my wife’s parents and aunt were there a the same time although not traveling with us, so we planed a meal together), Kona Café (b/c I needed my Tonga Toast) and Chef Mickey’s (which is our traditional ‘last meal’ at WDW).

That said, we still found ourselves again with a ####-ton of QS and snack credits left over that we wasted on packaged candy and crap. With the 4 of us, and the 3 sit down meals planned, that 16 meals we were not using, and we get so full that no one wants to eat 3x that day, plus snack. I found myself forcing a cookie or some fattening dessert into my face at the end of the day back at the resort just to ‘kill a credit.’   I had fantasies of eating all this fun food and snacking around the world, but with the heat and being in the pools for most of the day, eating hot food was the last thing on my mind. My wife and I think we are done with the dining plan now. Yes, food items are expensive there, but I think we forced ourselves more then we wanted to just because we already paid for it.  Our next trip will not be for a long while, but I think one of my friends has it right—they buy a gift card equal to what the dining plan would be and use that for food. If they break even, cool; if they go over, OK; and if they spend less, they roll it into the next trip.

As for the parks, they were mostly crowded. IDK if I was just picking the wrong park on the wrong day, but we only ran into smaller then normal crowds a few times. MK was always crowded.

We did have 2 special events planned. Our 1st full day, we booked the early morning magic at Studios. This was mainly to ride Slink Dog and Midway Mania a few times. We were not planning a lot of overall time in Studios given its one of my least favorite parks until the rest of it is done being constructed.  So we got in early, did 3x on SD, 2x on TSMM and 1x of Alien Saucers. We then skipped the included breakfast b/c the menu didn't appeal to us, and went straight to RockNRoller Coaster as the park opened. Now my 9 y/o who hated Hagrid’s was 100% set on riding RnRC! Why? B/c some stupid YouTube family he watches rode it and their kid who is younger then mine loved it…so he can’t be weaker then him, right?? Me, the wife and the daughter were all like “you sure dude?” but he was determined. And guess what…he loved it! We did it again right away and if it wasn't for a now 60+ minute wait, we would have done it a 3rd time.  Someone just got a little hair on their balls. We bailed right after that.

The other event was a free DVC event at AK after hours. For the party, they had FOP, Navi River (pass), Tough to be a bug, night safari, Everest and Dino planned to be open. No shows (Lion King or Nemo), but some street entertainment, and a few unique characters. We also got free meal tickets and free ice cream (more dining plan credits not being used), and some free passes for the midway games in Dinoland. We ate first while they cleared out the day guests then headed over to the night safari….honestly, it was total waste, couldn't see much of anything. I thought they had some low level lights, but nothing. After that, we found out EE was down (and stayed that way for 80% of the night). Crap, we had planned on riding EE (best coaster on property and I’ll fight you if you think differently) until we couldn't walk. We planned on getting there early and had FP’s booked for FOP, Safari and Dino before the party, so that didn't really leave us much else to do. The lines for the characters were very long, and I really don't care to meet them anyway. Being the other E-ticket thrill ride was down, most people went to FOP which stayed at a constant 90-min wait, so no real benefit of the being at the party.  So to have EE down really hurt, esp when you consider there really isn’t anything else to do in that park.  Kids did win some cheap stuffed animals at the free midway games, but even that place was overrun b/c no one had anywhere else to go. By the time EE opened, my daughter was running on fumes and we decided we didn't want to wait the 30mins it quickly grew to.

The rest of the week was pretty non-eventful. My kids also did Space Mountain for the 1st time and both enjoyed it.

Only PIA was Splash Mtn. We passed on our FP b/c it was after a huge rain storm and the FP line was insane—it stretched over and down the splash bridge and was easily 45 mins for the FP line!!! So my daughter and I decided we would rope drop MK our 2nd to last day and just ride it, so we did….annnnd it was down! Grrrrrr. We stuck around and waited by the ride, and it finally—after almost 2 hours—it finally opened, so we got our ride, but it cut a bit into the days’ plans.

We did something I really dislike and booked our flight home very late in the day, but it was cheaper. So we planned on staying in the MK that day, but I’m a sweat hog and I pity the poor person sitting next to me on the plane. However, the Contemporary pool has a small locker room with a shower, so I packed a change of clothes in my carry on and showered up before the bus picked us up. Thank god for that. 

My deep seeded pet peeve in WDW is people who stop in the middle of rows in a theater. I have what my kids call my ‘coach voice’ where I’m pretty loud and booming from coaching and refereeing ice hockey for years. They know I’m not afraid to us it when a family is playing dumb and jamming up the row. I had to use it 1x at Philharmagic, the poor CM was asking them to move down and they were ignoring her, and I belted our a “Mooooove the hell down” from a few rows back, that got their attention and brought applause from the audience. It happened again at Tough to Be a Bug, but this time the woman right in front of me was holding up the row. Along with the people they were holding up, we added in the ‘move down’ chorus until she turned around and told me to “F(word) off and shut my F’in mouth” then told my ’13 yr old daughter to “b(word), you need to shut the F up”…Soooo I guess its on. I got up and her and I went at it for a few mins, but they were not budging. It was a good verbal scrap, but man its good she was a female b/c it may have went to blows. Lol

I go back solo in late September, but I’m gonna say that I think I’m sort of Disney’ed out right now. I really love it there, but the excitement really kind of leveled off this trip. IDK if its just the same old same old, or that this is my 1st year where I’m working for myself and there was no vacation check to come home to? But we found ourselves looking forward to getting home. Also I think this is the 1st year I really felt trapped in the Disney bubble. IDK, I usually love being in it, but I noticed more transportation issues and hiccups and more work getting around.

Regardless, it was great to be with the family and overall had a great time.

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@glvsav37 that entire review speaks to me.  We've become one in the same kind of Disney guy.  I still get giddy over Disney stuff, but overall our last couple of trips have been pretty meh.   I really don't have much excitement over Star Wars land. 

The best take aways for us now are relaxing at the pool and watching our kids have a blast and being best friends for a week.  

 

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One more fun note: When we got to AK on that party night, FOP was at capacity so our FP converted to an anytime FP. So we audibled to see the Lion King show  until they opened FOP back up 

Now my wife and I know the parks well enough that if we get split up its no big deal, we know where we are going. So on our way, I was with my son while my wife and daughter were about 20 yards behind me. Out of the blue, about 100 yards away from the LK show, a super cute CM with a to-die for Australian type accent approaches me and asks "Hello, are you going to the LK show?" 

Me, trying not to stutter "Ummm, yes"

Her: "Oh, great....follow me." 

So now i'm thinking how can i loose the kids and wife, so her and I can go play a little 'Circle of life' in the break room, I mean why else would she pick ME out of everyone here? Right? 

Well the wife catches up...i guess b/c she saw some hottie mac'in on her man obviously. As she led us right trough the line, inside the theater, past people flowing into the rows and sat us right in the very front row. I mean so close that i could trip the performers. Of course, thats how I got picked to represent my section in making the animal noise, and my kids were getting high fives from the performers all show long. What a crazy, great experience!!.....and I still think she wanted me! (at least thats what I'm telling myself) lol

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3 hours ago, glvsav37 said:

One more fun note: When we got to AK on that party night, FOP was at capacity so our FP converted to an anytime FP.

I want to read your posts, because I am going to Disney in a little over a month. But I have no idea what half your acronyms mean and you use 2-3 in every sentence.

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10 minutes ago, MTskibum said:

I want to read your posts, because I am going to Disney in a little over a month. But I have no idea what half your acronyms mean and you use 2-3 in every sentence.

AK- Animal Kingdom

FOP- Flight of Passage

FP - Fast Pass

You'll figure most out pretty easy now. 

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13 minutes ago, MTskibum said:

I want to read your posts, because I am going to Disney in a little over a month. But I have no idea what half your acronyms mean and you use 2-3 in every sentence.

lol sorry..disney nomenclature. 
 

Most Acronyms are for Parks

MK: Magic Kingdom
HS: Hollywood Studios
EP: Epcot
AK: Animal Kingdom

or rides:

FOP: Flight of Passage
EE: Expedition Everest
PotC: Pirates of the Caribbean 
TSMM: Toy Story MidwayMania

Then there are others like
FP: Fast Pass
AP: Annual Pass

Sorry, when you write about this stuff enough, the place names just get so long, so I abbreviate. I'll try not to as much, or at least mention the full name first. 
 

 

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14 minutes ago, MTskibum said:

I want to read your posts, because I am going to Disney in a little over a month. But I have no idea what half your acronyms mean and you use 2-3 in every sentence.

https://www.wdwmagic.com/acronyms.htm

some light reading for you lol :bag:

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