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    HKDL CM Comp Park Tickets

    Yes, the window should be open prior to any Guests being admitted into the park, even for breakfast reservations.
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    HKDL CM Comp Park Tickets

    Hi there! The ticket has to be exchanged at Guest Relations outside each park--it can't be done at a resort. There are Guest Relations windows near each park entrance. They are separate from the main ticket windows. At Magic Kingdom and Epcot, they're to the right of the entrance. At...
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    Costume Observation

    Mayor Clayton at Give Kids the World Village is also a very close relative of the Easter Bunny at WDW.
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    2 BIG announcements coming soon for Holidays at DHS?

    I continue to hold out hope for the Star Tours Holiday Special.
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    Memory Maker

    Correct. You can purchase the pre-arrival Memory Maker at any time prior to your trip, as long as it's at least 3 full days out. I could purchase it today for a trip 5 months into the future and be fine. You are also correct that it will warn you about activation. Unfortunately, the .zip...
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    Memory Maker

    Okay. Regardless of anything else, photos expire 45 days after they are taken. There is an option to purchase a one-time 15 day extension so that they expire 60 days after they are taken. Now the 30-day time frame. Let's say that you purchase a Memory Maker. For simplicity's sake, it'll be...
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    Was removing the backlot tour a mistake?

    Not sure what happened to the props, but Creative Costuming moved to a backstage area elsewhere on property.
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    New Star Wars Fireworks Show - 'Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular'

    I happened to watch the show from almost exactly that location. While I found the individual elements of the show fantastic, the unfortunate angle of the fireworks was a real detriment to enjoying the show from Hollywood Blvd. I certainly know for next time, but that cuts down on good viewing...
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    Geocaching and Disney

    To the OP--as a geocacher in the WDW area who has hosted and attended events, usually there are a good number of tourists that come to events held off of WDW property. Also, we local cachers don't bite.
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    Star Wars weekends going away?

    I was under the impression that Star Wars Weekends were going away, but in name only, to be replaced by Season of the Force.
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    Odd Question: WDW POS System?

    Yup, Disney uses the MATRA system (which appears to now be branded Omnico) for merchandise and food and beverage. Universal also uses it for food and beverage (but not merchandise). Very good system.
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    VIP Rooms/areas

    Ah! I'd wondered if the grandstand building served some sort of purpose. I never knew it was a lounge. The RCA lounge is mainly used as an Entertainment break room nowadays. The AAA lounge is primarily used as a Cast Member training location, with some space used by Entertainment as well...
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    Kilimanjaro Safari bridge question

    It could be a number of factors. The bridge only tilts for safari trucks. If a vehicle that isn't a safari truck (such as an Animal Programs truck or a Wild Africa Trek truck) goes over the bridge, the tilting effect will not activate. After that, a safari truck will have to cross the bridge...
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    Orlando Amtrak to cruise ship

    I will warn you--in my experience train service in this area is extremely unreliable. I have yet to experience an Amtrak train in central Florida that was less than 1 hour late. Your mileage may vary, but budget extra time.
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    Parking in Miami

    Yeah, I was kind of leaning toward that option as well.
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