Recent content by Brian Noble

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    News Disney Vacation Club billboard wrapped in scaffolding for refurbishment

    Yeah, we always refer to this as the "Billboard-o-Spite" whenever we are staying at the Wyndham there. More on this parcel for those who aren't familiar:
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    Reservation expansion

    I've been known to start my morning in Studios and go to Epcot for lunch--especially during a festival. The lines in studios get stupid-long by mid-morning and the CS food there is generally not great. That's usually the only time I'll do it though. More often it's morning through lunch in a...
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    Rumor Canada Far & Wide Closing

    My biggest concern about HK (and PRC) is that the Covid travel rules are constantly changing, and rarely clear. As long as the central govt. is pursuing a zero-covid strategy, it's more risk than I'd be willing to take on to travel there. But, I will confess that my 10-year PRC visa is burning...
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    Rumor Canada Far & Wide Closing

    Hong Kong is quite navigable for those of us who only speak English. 150-odd years as a British colony will do that. Paris is a little trickier, but making even a poor attempt at a few words of French can go a long way. Shanghai is even more interesting. Most of the signage is dual-language...
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    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    But I bet most of us will still go. In the immortal words of Pogo: "We have met the enemy, and he is us." I'm not sure why that's obviously better. In the current model, I can decide if I want to pay the $15 or not. Sometimes I might want to, other times I won't. If it ends up getting folded...
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    Disney offering up to $1000 sign on bonuses

    Cedar Point is my "home park" but I haven't been yet this season. I'd heard that the parade was a big step up from anything they've done before,! The Gemini floats are particularly cool if you happened to have grown up in that park in the late 70s/early 80s, which, well...guilty.
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    Journey of Water featuring Moana coming to Epcot

    Be careful. They might revoke your "online Disney fan" card; such reasonableness is frowned upon. /s
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    FastPass+ Most Certainly Not Coming Back As It Was

    I think they did, if we go back far enough. I dimly recall in-park kiosks where you could get in a single virtual queue at a time, free for anyone, sort of like the old paper FPs. That was a *long* time ago---around the same time that Cedar Point had the "timed handstamps" that were, likewise...
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    News Disney offering its Walt Disney World Cast Members a complimentary one-night resort stay ahead of the 50th celebrations

    It is a requirement that any "respectable" member of WDW Magic hate everything that happens at WDW. It's one of the reasons I take the forums in small doses.
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    News Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Hours coming for resort guests

    For me, this is a stronger disincentive to staying offsite. With early entry at all parks, it will be impossible to ever rope drop a park as an offsite guest.
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    News Disney's Magical Express to end after 2021

    I think the problem of Uber/Lyft/cabs existing was there even with ME in place. I suspect that by this point most WDW guests have experienced using a ride share service and are comfortable enough with it that they could already use it to leave property. IMO the real issue is rental cars. I...
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    News Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Standby Line and Boarding Groups at Disney's Hollywood Studios

    Another Modified Demarke morning. My app glitched but my daughter got through. We had Group 18. Were called about 8:25 with a one-hour window. At least one major effect in B-mode, but we hadn't seen that before so didn't mind.
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    News Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Standby Line and Boarding Groups at Disney's Hollywood Studios

    There will be more unless you never ever come back. I'm going down tomorrow and figure if I win the lottery, great, and if not I'll catch it some other time. This is, after all, a vacation. I refuse to get too worked up about it, and there is plenty there for me to enjoy.
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    News Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Standby Line and Boarding Groups at Disney's Hollywood Studios

    My daughter and I will be there about the same time. If we get on RotR, great! If we don't, it's not going to ruin our vacation. There are plenty of great things to do at WDW, and this attraction isn't going anywhere. She still hasn't been on FoP, because on her last trip two years ago she...
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