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Two Parks/One Day? Ticket Prices?

intercot.com - 3 hours 24 min ago
Do you think it is possible to do the two parks in one day? I haven't been to Universal in over 20 years when I was in the WDW College Program. We ended up with an extra day in our schedule and the kids are crazy about Harry Potter. We live in the UK so seeing the reconstructed sets are not a high priority to us. We have been to the Harry Potter tour in London and seen a majority of the film sites. We are mostly interested in the ride themselves.

Should we just go to the Studios instead of the IOA? Maybe focus on one park instead of rushing through?

Is there a place to buy discount tickets? I am blown away by how much the tickets cost. I think I bought my annual pass for $100 twenty years ago.

And their "fastpass" isn't included with the ticket price? What? I am clearly out of the loop when it comes to Universal. Our kids were always to short to go on most the rides so I didn't want to spend the $ on tickets since they could not ride on most of the "good" rides anyway.
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First Trip with Teens Day Three Epcot

intercot.com - 7 hours 51 min ago
Today was even hotter. Whew.

We got to Epcot about when it opened and headed to Test Track. There was already a long wait- 60 minutes. We decided to use single rider line and each were able to ride with one member of our party. It was much faster! A nice, exhilarating start to our day. Next FP to Soarin. First time with new video. Loved it. Youngest son was disappointed the California orange smell was gone. Then Living with the Land and Space Ship Earth before heading into the world in search of lunch.

Wandering around the world in search of lunch in the heat was not he most enjoyable. Everyone wanted something different the further confusion of the outdoor kitchens made lunch inefficient. On a nice cool day it would have been fine, but we did a lot of walking and backtracking so that two of us could have Smokehouse outdoor kitchen barbecue, two had Japanese, one had nachos, then there was scallop tasting in Canada's outdoor kitchen (fabulous!) a fruit sushi and ahi tuna in another stand...and probably more. By then we were all very hot and exhausted. We tried to enjoy exploring the world after that but found ourselves standing under AC vents in shops and wondering how we could last until dinner. We did the Gran Fiesta with three cabelleros and remembered why we never do this. It is SO awful. Really? Why is this still here? Then we did Impressions of France (a bit of napping occurred) and the Canada in the round film with Martin Short. All I can say is it was out of the sun. Dinner in Les Chefs de France was excellent. It really feels like a French bistro. The food was all very good if not authentic, gourmet French. We shared the cheese plate and charcuterie plate. I tasted everyone's food. Salmon was good, mac and cheese was okay, but the beef tenderloin was excellent. French onion soup was huge, but delicious. The salad was also huge. Lobster bisque was very good. We were too full for dessert, but of course that didn't stop us from ordering creme brullee, some kind of mouse in a cream puff, chocolate cake with mint ice cream and assorted sorbets. They were all good, but not outstanding. Maybe because we were so full! All in all a very enjoyable meal. We decided we were too wiped out to stay for illuminations. By the time we got to the car the fireworks were beginning.

We were happy to get 30 minutes in the resort pool before they kicked us out at 10:00. It was nice to be cool and comfortable finally. I am a little worried that we have another long day in Animal Kingdom tomorrow. We may leave before Rivers of Light, even though I am eager to see it. It is just so hot. I am trying to see if we can bring a change of clothes and ride Kali, but the lines have been so long I don't even know if that will happen.

Thoughts for today: The Flower and Garden show is so beautiful. I love Epcot. Not sure i would return at this time of the year. The heat and lines are extreme. I don't like the new policy of charging 10.00 for meal cancellations. Sometimes you need to go back to the hotel and rest and a 60.00 penalty is ridiculous. I don't think I like the new fast pass system. It amounts to: two decent fast passes and one undesirable or unnecessary one and no more for the rest of the day. In the past we used multiple passes through out the day. It is nice not to have to run around to get passes, but I feel like we have no ability to choose our activities or meals anymore. I am kind of looking forward to Universal.
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Pools ONLY - Hard Rock or Royal Pacific?

intercot.com - 9 hours 5 min ago
The pool at the Hard Rock looks cool, but I've seen that it is only three feet deep, which seems ridiculous. Is the one at the Royal Pacific any deeper? Which is better over all?
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Be Our Guest

intercot.com - 9 hours 16 min ago
Okay, was kinda excited to try this, but I've seen some very quelling reviews - and I'm not sure if that was people there for lunch or dinner. From those who have been there, what is your honest opinion? We were going to do dinner because we like to sit down and be served - is this place worth it? For either dinner or their weird quick service lunch style? If not we'd likely leave the park and go to Poly or Grand Flo for a nice sit down.
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Beauty and the Beast 3D Blu-ray?

intercot.com - 9 hours 42 min ago
Greetings! Is the live-action "Beauty and the Beast" being released in 3D, or are they pulling the stunt they did with "Frozen"?

Thank you!
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Ticket and package question

intercot.com - 10 hours 8 min ago
Hello all,

I'm not sure if this is in the correct section sorry if it's not.

Quick question.

We have booked a free dining offer from Saturday to Sunday in novemeber. With flight prices we decided to come in earlier then our package starting. The day prior to our package starting is a day where free dining is not offered. I am wondering if I will be able to extend my ticket package to a day longer rather then having to pay 100 for a single day ticket. I'm not concerned about receiving the free dining since I knew the offer wasn't available for that arrival date. It is just roughly 20 bucks to add a day rather then a 100 and change.. When ya spend a couple thousand you would figure disney could cut you a break.


Has anyone extended their ticket package and been able to use it prior to starting the actual free dining package?

Thanks for the help and insight.
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Ticket and package question

intercot.com - 10 hours 18 min ago
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Child under 3

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-05-29 20:11
We are taking our granddaughter for the first time next May. She will be free in the parks at 1.5 years old but do we need a magic band? Do we need proof of her age at the parks if we don't need one? When making dining ressies at 180 days do we mention her needing a spot at the table (hi chair) ? Thanks for the help.
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Satu'Li Canteen Review and Pongu Pongu snacks (Pandora at Animal Kingdom)

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-05-29 15:06
I've eaten at Satu'li twice now and sampled a variety of dishes so I think it's time for a review. If you would like to see pictures head over to the Intercot FB or Instagram feed. I posted some last week and will add a few this week.

Bowls

The main food option at the Canteen are bowls. For each bowl, you pick a protein , a base and a sauce.

For my first choice I picked the Sustainable Fish Bowl with the red and sweet potato hash and the burnt onion chimichurri sauce. The fish was a small portion. It was quite good but the edges were over cooked. The potato hash was excellent and you get a lot. The sauce was fine but a little bland. Overall a good meal, very satisfying and I would get it again.

For my next bowl, I tried the Slow Roasted Grilled Beef with the Black Bean Vinaigrette and again the hash base (there are 3 others bases but the hash has been getting the best reviews. I have not tried the others) I liked this a lot. The beef was tender and had good flavor. The Black Bean Sauce had much more flavor.

Pods

Next up the Pods. Adults have the option of Vegetable steamed curry pods or Cheeseburger pods. Kids have a cheeseburger pods.

I liked the vegetable pods a lot however the curry taste is very strong so if you do not like curry , this is not the dish for you. The vegetables were well cooked and the curry was offset nicely bu the buns.

The cheeseburger pods got mixed reviews from my family. My husband really liked them. I love the flavor of the beef. The beef , cheese, ketchup, mustard and pickle mix is yummy. My only complaint is I felt the ratio of bun to beef was off. I would have liked a bit more filling to offset the bun which is very soft. These were a miss for both of my kids who are picky eaters. They are more plain hamburger kids. My daughter instantly noticed the pickles and was out. My son didn't like the mustard. If your kids will eat a traditionally dressed burger they will like this more than mine.

Other Kid Options

All Beef Hotdog wrapped in dough

This was my favorites kids meal. The all beef dog had a lot of flavor. The bun was soft and had a slight glaze. The hot dog is big and I think some adults could be satisfied with this kids meal.

Cheese Quesadilla

This was the favorite of both my picky children. Two basic cheddar and mozzarella tortilla quesadillas. The tortillas are the size used for soft tacos.

Kids meals comes with seasoned vegetable chips and grapes. Adult meals come with coleslaw in the bowls and chips with pods.

Desserts

Chocolate Cake

This is really a mousse based cake on a crunchy cookie. The cookie was a nice surprise and I liked the banana cream on top and the pineapple sauce. However it was a bit too chocolate for me.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse

This has an unusual flavor profile so how much you like this depends on how much you like the flavors. A small meringue sits on top of a passion fruit curd on top of a blueberry mouse. There is also a piece of white chocolate and a sauce. I really liked this. My kids liked the white chocolate and meringue but found the flavors and textures to be weird. I would definitely get this again.

Pongu Pongu

Pongu Pongu mainly has drinks but they also have a specialty snack called the Pongu Lumpia. This is a fried spring roll filled with pineapple and cream cheese. The filling was sweet and warm and the outside had a nice crunch. These were messy but I really liked them.

And that's everything we tried. Happy eating.
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9:50pm 'Ohana reservations

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-05-29 14:50
So we are travelling to WDW during Thanksgiving week.

I have all of my dining reservations made. The only time we were able to get a dining reservation at 'Ohana was 9:50 pm on a night park closes at 10.

First I thought that was horrible because we wouldn't be able to see the fireworks.

Now...I am wondering if that isn't so bad. Hopefully we will be able to see the fireworks. If I remember correctly they dim the lights and pipe in the music.

So....my seasoned travelers ....should I keep 9:50 or try to find something earlier if possible.:
Thanks.
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First Trip with Teens Day 2 HS

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-05-29 04:28
It's hot!

And, I LOVE the hat being gone. The park makes so much more sense now visually. I never noticed how beautiful the theater was until now.

The teens were dragging this morning. They are not lovers of the early morning magic hour. We got to the Studios at about 8:30 and rushed to RR for standby. We have FP for TOT, TS and Star Tours. The standby line for RR was posted as 60 already! Fortunately it was closer to 30. I was the only one who skipped this (too chicken) but the family loved it. We met at Star tours which I had already ridden and we all went together. No need for FP so I cancelled my afternoon FP. There were no other FP available for anything that you would actually need a FP for. I really like the new story lines. We did Toy Story (boys won,) Movie Ride, Little Mermaid, TOT (I skipped this too) and then had lunch at Commissary. It was fair. This park seriously lacks good counter service. Both boys enjoyed the Star Wars shops and my youngest couldn't resist getting yet another light saber. The staff were really patient and one told us all about the new Star Wars land. He was very excited and said it will be way better than Pandora, with a life size Millenial falcon, two new attractions, tons of alien characters walking around, etc. It sounds great. We also caught some kind of Star Wars tribute during the day. It was a lot of projected movie clips and very hot, but the boys wanted to see it. I do like it that there is no more disco Vader and campy spoofs. I much prefer it when characters don't break character. Darth Vader was awesome and scary as he should be. That said, too hot for this imho. We finished day with Muppet Show and headed back to hotel for rest and pool time. We were all tired.

The room was clean, three maintenance people came to replace AC blower motor or something and the musty smell was gone. Two lights still don't work, but at least the AC works! It was a little hard to nap with maintenance in the room so I headed to pool. It was nice in the water, but really too hot to be in sun for long. I decided that it isn't that there is no theming, but it doesn't feel Disneyish. The Calypso area is closest to food and gift shop and Jazz (where family suits are) is next, so our location is good. There is a little courtyard with fountain in Jazz to inspire a New Orleans vibe i guess. It's not a bad resort, but the kids do complain about their mattresses.

Refreshed we headed to Beach Club for dinner at Cape May. I did, again, experience resort envy. I do love BC. So pretty, elegant and crisp. The food was good at Cape May. Can't go wrong with crab legs and fried shrimp, but I also especially liked the wonderful assortment of creative salads. We ate our money's worth i think!!! We took the ferry to HS for the Star Wars Fire works. I really loved this. I love Star Wars and the music and felt there was a lot of artistry and creativity in making you feel as if you were part of the action. Granted, it wasn't Wishes, but I liked it better than Happily Ever After. My teens say I am just too nostalgic for Wishes. This is true. The movie montage thing at 9:00 was a nice distraction while we waited for star Wars, but nothing very special. I am not so enamored of all the projection shows.

Thoughts for today. An afternoon break is very nice! Tomorrow: Epcot
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First Trip with Teens Day 2 HS

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-05-29 04:28
It's hot!

And, I LOVE the hat being gone. The park makes so much more sense now visually. I never noticed how beautiful the theater was until now.

The teens were dragging this morning. They are not lovers of the early morning magic hour. We got to the Studios at about 8:30 and rushed to RR for standby. We have FP for TOT, TS and Star Tours. The standby line for RR was posted as 60 already! Fortunately it was closer to 30. I was the only one who skipped this (too chicken) but the family loved it. We met at Star tours which I had already ridden and we all went together. No need for FP so I cancelled my afternoon FP. There were no other FP available for anything that you would actually need a FP for. I really like the new story lines. We did Toy Story (boys won,) Movie Ride, Little Mermaid, TOT (I skipped this too) and then had lunch at Commissary. It was fair. This park seriously lacks good counter service. Both boys enjoyed the Star Wars shops and my youngest couldn't resist getting yet another light saber. The staff were really patient and one told us all about the new Star Wars land. He was very excited and said it will be way better than Pandora, with a life size Millenial falcon, two new attractions, tons of alien characters walking around, etc. It sounds great. We also caught some kind of Star Wars tribute during the day. It was a lot of projected movie clips and very hot, but the boys wanted to see it. I do like it that there is no more disco Vader and campy spoofs. I much prefer it when characters don't break character. Darth Vader was awesome and scary as he should be. That said, too hot for this imho. We finished day with Muppet Show and headed back to hotel for rest and pool time. We were all tired.

The room was clean, three maintenance people came to replace AC blower motor or something and the musty smell was gone. Two lights still don't work, but at least the AC works! It was a little hard to nap with maintenance in the room so I headed to pool. It was nice in the water, but really too hot to be in sun for long. I decided that it isn't that there is no theming, but it doesn't feel Disneyish. The Calypso area is closest to food and gift shop and Jazz (where family suits are) is next, so our location is good. There is a little courtyard with fountain in Jazz to inspire a New Orleans vibe i guess. It's not a bad resort, but the kids do complain about their mattresses.

Refreshed we headed to Beach Club for dinner at Cape May. I did, again, experience resort envy. I do love BC. So pretty, elegant and crisp. The food was good at Cape May. Can't go wrong with crab legs and fried shrimp, but I also especially liked the wonderful assortment of creative salads. We ate our money's worth i think!!! We took the ferry to HS for the Star Wars Fire works. I really loved this. I love Star Wars and the music and felt there was a lot of artistry and creativity in making you feel as if you were part of the action. Granted, it wasn't Wishes, but I liked it better than Happily Ever After. My teens say I am just too nostalgic for Wishes. This is true. The movie montage thing at 9:00 was a nice distraction while we waited for star Wars, but nothing very special. I am not so enamored of all the projection shows.

Thoughts for today. An afternoon break is very nice! Tomorrow: Epcot
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Tidbits May 2017: New Mickey Treat, Seasonal Attraction Open, Character News, & More

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-05-29 01:21
Tidbits
May 2017





A Stitch in Time

5/28/17
Stitch’s Great Escape has re-opened at the Magic Kingdom for Seasonal Operation during the busy Summer months. The attraction re-opened on May 27th and is schedule to operate daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm through August 20, 2017.

Breakfasaurus

5/28/17
To help with increased Summer and Pandora Grand Opening crowds, a popular Animal Kingdom quick service location is offering a Seasonal Breakfast seating. Now through June 10th, Restaurantosaurus in DinoLand U.S.A will serve a counter service breakfast including the popular Mickey Waffle platters.

Waiting for Walt

5/28/17
As the Pirates of the Caribbean preview sails into the sunset, Guests looking forward the return of One Man’s Dream film will have to wait a little longer. A Cars 3 preview will be shown during the finale through June 25, 2017.

Sweets with Character

5/28/17
A sweet staple has returned with a bit of new character to the Magic Kingdom. The Main Street Bakery has added a new Mickey Mouse shaped Cinnamon Roll priced at $5.99. While likely most popular for breakfast, this treat is currently available throughout the day.

Shopping Shake-Up

5/28/17
Earlier in the month, D-Living in Disney Springs has refreshed its theme for the store. The new theme is set around the outdoors. The store is now offering a curated collection of Disney beach towels, garden décor, and outdoor dining accessories.

Cruz In

5/28/17
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is expected to debut a Character Meet & Greet from Pixar’s upcoming film—Cars 3. Character Cast have reported that a Cruz Ramirez Meet & Greet will debut in ‘Summer 2017’.

A Luxury Lagoon

5/28/17
A new premium activity has been introduced at Epcot. The Day Cruise Around the World is a 10 Guest maximum private cruise with snacks and beverages around World Showcase Lagoon priced at $149 per Guest.
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Tidbits May 2017: New Mickey Treat, Seasonal Attraction Open, Character News, & More

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-05-29 01:21
Tidbits
May 2017





A Stitch in Time

5/28/17
Stitch’s Great Escape has re-opened at the Magic Kingdom for Seasonal Operation during the busy Summer months. The attraction re-opened on May 27th and is schedule to operate daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm through August 20, 2017.

Breakfasaurus

5/28/17
To help with increased Summer and Pandora Grand Opening crowds, a popular Animal Kingdom quick service location is offering a Seasonal Breakfast seating. Now through June 10th, Restaurantosaurus in DinoLand U.S.A will serve a counter service breakfast including the popular Mickey Waffle platters.

Waiting for Walt

5/28/17
As the Pirates of the Caribbean preview sails into the sunset, Guests looking forward the return of One Man’s Dream film will have to wait a little longer. A Cars 3 preview will be shown during the finale through June 25, 2017.

Sweets with Character

5/28/17
A sweet staple has returned with a bit of new character to the Magic Kingdom. The Main Street Bakery has added a new Mickey Mouse shaped Cinnamon Roll priced at $5.99. While likely most popular for breakfast, this treat is currently available throughout the day.

Shopping Shake-Up

5/28/17
Earlier in the month, D-Living in Disney Springs has refreshed its theme for the store. The new theme is set around the outdoors. The store is now offering a curated collection of Disney beach towels, garden décor, and outdoor dining accessories.

Cruz In

5/28/17
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is expected to debut a Character Meet & Greet from Pixar’s upcoming film—Cars 3. Character Cast have reported that a Cruz Ramirez Meet & Greet will debut in ‘Summer 2017’.

A Luxury Lagoon

5/28/17
A new premium activity has been introduced at Epcot. The Day Cruise Around the World is a 10 Guest maximum private cruise with snacks and beverages around World Showcase Lagoon priced at $149 per Guest.
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Disney Movie Magic Nighttime Show Debuts at Disney's Hollywood Studios

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-05-28 23:44
In the shadow of the Pandora Grand Opening Weekend, Walt Disney World also quietly debuted a new nighttime show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

"Disney Movie Magic" is a new 10 minute projection mapping show on the Chinese Theater. The show uses projections, lighting effects, and lasers to present scenes from Disney Films like Mary Poppins, Tron, Pirates of the Caribbean, and even Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

The show is currently scheduled to being 30 minutes prior to the evening’s Star Wars Galactic Spectacular firework show.
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Disney Movie Magic Nighttime Show Debuts at Disney's Hollywood Studios

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-05-28 23:44
In the shadow of the Pandora Grand Opening Weekend, Walt Disney World also quietly debuted a new nighttime show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

"Disney Movie Magic" is a new 10 minute projection mapping show on the Chinese Theater. The show uses projections, lighting effects, and lasers to present scenes from Disney Films like Mary Poppins, Tron, Pirates of the Caribbean, and even Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

The show is currently scheduled to being 30 minutes prior to the evening’s Star Wars Galactic Spectacular firework show.
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Pirates 5

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-05-28 18:34
Went to see Pirates of the Caribbean 5 this afternoon. We really enjoyed it, admittedly not up to Curse of The Black Pearl but that's always tough to beat. Jack's - sorry Captain Jack's first appearance is typical Captain Jack Sparrow, savvy?
Interestingly, it's subtitled Salazar Revenge over here but understand it's Dead Men Tell No Tales everywhere else. Anyone know why?
Had a trailer for Thor Ragnorok too. Looks good.
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Pirates 5

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-05-28 18:34
Went to see Pirates of the Caribbean 5 this afternoon. We really enjoyed it, admittedly not up to Curse of The Black Pearl but that's always tough to beat. Jack's - sorry Captain Jack's first appearance is typical Captain Jack Sparrow, savvy?
Interestingly, it's subtitled Salazar Revenge over here but understand it's Dead Men Tell No Tales everywhere else. Anyone know why?
Had a trailer for Thor Ragnorok too. Looks good.
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AK & Pandora - Sun May 28

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-05-28 12:47
As of 8:15am, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is open to all Guests.

However, at this time only Guests with FP+ for Pandora attractions will be allowed access to Pandora without waiting in line.

All other Guests will queue on the Discovery Island bridge area. The wait to enter Pandora is less than 30 minutes.

As of 8:45 the standby wait time for Flights of Passage is at four hours.
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AK & Pandora - Sun May 28

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-05-28 12:47
As of 8:15am, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is open to all Guests.

However, at this time only Guests with FP+ for Pandora attractions will be allowed access to Pandora without waiting in line.

All other Guests will queue on the Discovery Island bridge area. The wait to enter Pandora is less than 30 minutes.

As of 8:45 the standby wait time for Flights of Passage is at four hours.
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