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Hakuna Matata Family Trip Day 1-2

intercot.com - 7 hours 20 min ago
Dad, Mom, 3 Boys ages 15, 13, 11
Split stay- BLT for 1st night, Poly studio for 1 week and Grand Floridian Studio for week 2

We left home at 3am and drove straight through to Bay Lake Tower for a one night stay stopping only for breakfast, lunch, and gas. There was no traffic until we hit Florida. After 16 hours we arrived. We grabbed dinner at Contempo Cafe and watched Happily Ever After from our balcony. A magical start to our trip.

We woke up after a great night’s sleep. We drove to the Poly to check in. We were helped by David who was great! Our room was not ready but he assured us that it was a great room. We went upstairs to Kona for our ADR at 9am. We checked in at 8:40 and were seated right away. Pressed pot coffee, Tonga toast for some, omelets for others. After breakfast, we took the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. I loved the security at the hotel before boarding the monorail. When we got to the Magic Kingdom we tapped our bands and started the fun.

We headed to Haunted Mansion. It was listed at 25 minutes but the wait was really under 10 minutes. After a picture in front of the mansion (the hearst was missing - cast member said being repaired), we caught the start of Great Moments in History. It was the Declaration of Independence version which I loved. We went over to Pirates next. It was practically walk on even though it was listed at 15 minutes. Next we waited for Jungle Cruise (about a 30 minute wait). Our skipper, Courtney, was very interactive and had some jokes we had not heard - the baby elephants were bathing under a full moon. Unfortunately, our party was the only one laughing and I laughed harder because I felt bad for our skipper. Next we waited for Tiki’s. The show is growing on me. I still miss Yago.

We were not having dinner until late (Luau 8:15 show), so we split two burgers and nachos at Peco’s Bill. After refueling, we headed into Country Bears which was starting as we got there. There was some delay in starting and the cast member Jules told great jokes and generally was entertaining. The show started and we had a great time. When it was over, people were slow to exit and we realized that it was raining hard outside. We hung back because they weren’t making us leave. We stayed for the next show and Jules told more jokes as the new guests got settled. While we were in Country Bears, we got notification that our room was ready. We were given 3015 which was the first room we had stayed in for one night and the reason we bought Poly DVC points. It was raining a little when we finally left so we headed down to Splash to use our fast pass before it closed due to the approaching storm. It was too late - Splash was closed. We got a general fast pass that could be used for almost any attraction. We headed to the Frontier Shooting Gallery and had a lot of fun. After a quick discussion, we headed to Space Mountain to use our modified Splash fast pass. We went to the right and there was little wait. When we were finished, we decided to use our 2pm Big Thunder Mountain fast pass to ride Space Mountain a second time because that was still closed too. After that, we rode Space with our original fastpass at about 3:05.

As we were walking out to grab the boat back to the Poly, we watched the Festival of Fantasy parade which memorized all of us. We just missed the boat but that gave us the opportunity to speak with one of the security cast members working on the dock. They screen guests as they get off the boats. She was quite friendly and the time passed quickly. Our boat arrived and we headed home. We unpacked the car and got our groceries and electronics that we had checked from bell services. We went for a quick swim and then got ready for the Luau.

After checking in in the lobby, we had our picture taken in front of the lobby statue. We headed to the Luau. The meal was delicious and the show was entertaining. Our server didn’t mind bringing my middle son lots of pizza and corn dogs (he is really picky and didn’t care for any of the food offered to adults). The fire dancer was the highlight and we left smiling and happy. A short walk back to our room. We called for a 6am wake up call to be ready for Extra Magic Hours at DHS in the morning. All in all, a day that didn’t go as planned but magical and memorable!
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Morimoto Asia’s super deals on new lower-priced late-night menu

TheDisneyBlog.com - Sat, 2017-07-22 19:06

Morimoto Asia has a new deal on their late-night menu that just can’t be beat in Disney Springs. We recently reviewed the new menu and were excited with many of the drink creations and new flavors added to the menu. Now you’ll be able to enjoy super deals on those...

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Waiting in lines with a Toddler....

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-07-22 13:09
I'm looking for some suggestions for keeping our toddler busy when we are waiting in lines for rides/attractions. He will be almost 2 when we go in Dec. :mickey::thanks:
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Waiting in lines with a Toddler....

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-07-22 13:09
I'm looking for some suggestions for keeping our toddler busy when we are waiting in lines for rides/attractions. He will be almost 2 when we go in Dec. :mickey::thanks:
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4 nights in October?

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-07-21 23:05
Thinking of a 4 night out of Canaveral, has anyone done late October?
How are the seas? Weather?
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4 nights in October?

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-07-21 23:05
Thinking of a 4 night out of Canaveral, has anyone done late October?
How are the seas? Weather?
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Pandora FoP fastpasses

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-07-21 18:42
At the T-60 day mark, We've managed to secure 5 FPs for Flight of Passage.

Based on the latest figures of a 240 minute stand by line that equates to the best part of 20 HOURS or 80% of a day saved in our 14 night trip!!!

Looking forward to the bonus time within "the house of the mouse"
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Pandora FoP fastpasses

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-07-21 18:42
At the T-60 day mark, We've managed to secure 5 FPs for Flight of Passage.

Based on the latest figures of a 240 minute stand by line that equates to the best part of 20 HOURS or 80% of a day saved in our 14 night trip!!!

Looking forward to the bonus time within "the house of the mouse"
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Hollywood Studios Dining

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-07-21 14:55
Where is the best place to eat lunch or dinner at the Hollywood Studios?
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Hollywood Studios Dining

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-07-21 14:55
Where is the best place to eat lunch or dinner at the Hollywood Studios?
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It’s official. Ryan Seacrest returns to host ‘American Idol’ on ABC

TheDisneyBlog.com - Fri, 2017-07-21 11:43

I remember the first time I saw Ryan Seacrest step on the stage for Disney. It was the farewell season of the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland and Seacrest was filming on Main Street USA for a TV special. Later he would return to host both the “Disneyland 2000:...

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Marvel’s Inhumans trailer features royal strife

TheDisneyBlog.com - Fri, 2017-07-21 04:16

A new trailer for Marvel’s Inhumans was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con and it rebeals a much bigger world than implied in the original teaser trailer. The result, a coup d’etat in the inhumans Royal family between Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and his brother Maximus (Iwan Rheon). The trailer gave...

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DIS Unplugged Podcast – 07/20/17 – Universal Show

disunplugged.com - Fri, 2017-07-21 03:34
In this episode, Craig and Ryno take you through some of the classic Universal attractions and shows that have come and gone throughout the years at Universal Studios Florida! Want to get in touch? Check out our contact page. Subscribe to the DIS YouTube Channel – Be the first to watch! The DIS YouTube Channel Audio [...]
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Hulu sets fall premiere date for Marvel’s Runaways

TheDisneyBlog.com - Fri, 2017-07-21 03:33

Marvel’s first show for TV streaming service Hulu is “Runaways” and it just announced that the premiere episode will be available on November 21st. The show follows six teenagers from varied backgrounds who united against their parents who are members of a villainous organization – the Pride. Adapted from the...

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Trailer for Howard Ashman biography

TheDisneyBlog.com - Fri, 2017-07-21 02:50

Howard Ashman became a part of the Disney family with his creative partner Alan Menken after the success of their musical “Little Shop of Horrors.” Together they created some of the greatest hits of the Disney Animation Renaissance: “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Aladdin.” Sadly, Ashman left...

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Ample Hills Creamy VS Beaches & Cream

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-07-20 20:39
Alright...in a soon to be trip to my HAPPY PLACE...we have only one night available for Ice Cream outside the Parks. And which of these two places would you suggest??!! Beaches & Cream OR Ample Hills Creamy?? Thanks! LLH~
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Ample Hills Creamy VS Beaches & Cream

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-07-20 20:39
Alright...in a soon to be trip to my HAPPY PLACE...we have only one night available for Ice Cream outside the Parks. And which of these two places would you suggest??!! Beaches & Cream OR Ample Hills Creamy?? Thanks! LLH~
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Why don't the ADR and Fastpass+ Windows Coincide?

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-07-20 13:03
I am so annoyed right now. The amount of pre-planning that goes into a Disney trip is very time intensive thanks to all the advanced reservations. However, I have made my peace with that. It's just something that you need to know is part of the "New Disney." I could clearly choose to go somewhere else, and I usually do.

It makes sense to me that if they open the ADR windows 180 days out the same should hold true to Fastpass+.

Because I had to plan my Rivers of Light dinner package, Akershus, and Be Our Guest 180 days before we get to Disney it could be assumed that I want to get Fastpass+ for the corresponding parks, yes? Especially for a dinner package? Therefore, doesn't it make sense that you should be able to schedule a Fastpass+ to coincide with your ADRs? If you are planning where you are going to be 180 days out wouldn't it make sense that you plan the whole trip to completion?

After looking at a third party website I can see that there are no Flight of Passage Fastpass+ slots available for the day I scheduled my Rivers of Light Package.

I was assuming (apparently incorrectly) that I would be able to have a day where I scheduled a Rivers of Light Dinner Package and then a Fastpass+ for Flight of Passage that afternoon at some point between lunchtime and Rivers of Light that evening.

I understand that the opening of Pandora, is a special exception. In that case you think they would include a Fastpass+ for one of the attractions in addition to the dinner package.
Categories: Disney Blogs

Why don't the ADR and Fastpass+ Windows Coincide?

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-07-20 13:03
I am so annoyed right now. The amount of pre-planning that goes into a Disney trip is very time intensive thanks to all the advanced reservations. However, I have made my peace with that. It's just something that you need to know is part of the "New Disney." I could clearly choose to go somewhere else, and I usually do.

It makes sense to me that if they open the ADR windows 180 days out the same should hold true to Fastpass+.

Because I had to plan my Rivers of Light dinner package, Akershus, and Be Our Guest 180 days before we get to Disney it could be assumed that I want to get Fastpass+ for the corresponding parks, yes? Especially for a dinner package? Therefore, doesn't it make sense that you should be able to schedule a Fastpass+ to coincide with your ADRs? If you are planning where you are going to be 180 days out wouldn't it make sense that you plan the whole trip to completion?

After looking at a third party website I can see that there are no Flight of Passage Fastpass+ slots available for the day I scheduled my Rivers of Light Package.

I was assuming (apparently incorrectly) that I would be able to have a day where I scheduled a Rivers of Light Dinner Package and then a Fastpass+ for Flight of Passage that afternoon at some point between lunchtime and Rivers of Light that evening.

I understand that the opening of Pandora, is a special exception. In that case you think they would include a Fastpass+ for one of the attractions in addition to the dinner package.
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Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time – first Trailer and Poster

TheDisneyBlog.com - Thu, 2017-07-20 12:01

“A Wrinkle in Time,” the childhood favorite novel of so many, including your author, is coming to the big screen very soon and we’re excited to share the trailer and poster that was seen at D23 Expo with you. The epic adventure film is directed by Ava DuVernay whose vision...

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