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  1. Raineman

    Theme Park Cancel Culture & Universal

    During all of the current storm regarding Disney theme parks and perceived racially/culturally insensitive elements, I haven't really noticed Universal being included in this discussion, with the sole focus being on Disney. For anyone that is familiar with the Universal theme parks, why have...
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    WDW "What Is This?" On Google Maps/Earth

    I'm sure many of us have been on Google Maps/Earth and have checked out the backstage areas at the parks to see if we can find something weird or unusual, and there are always things that we wonder what they are. Maybe this can be a thread where we post a Google picture of something at WDW that...
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    WDW Magic Member BBQ & Picnic At MK

    Now that the family at Disney Springs grilling hot dogs on their own grill yesterday has set a precedence, I am planning a BBQ and picnic, to be held in the middle of the hub at MK, for WDW Magic members only. Anyone is welcome, just bring something to eat/drink. Who's in, and what are you...
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    60 Minutes Report On WDW From 1972

    I stumbled on this little gem on YouTube last night-a 60 Minutes report from 1972 (featuring a young Mike Wallace), describing the impact of WDW on the surrounding area during it's first year of operation, and how it may impact the area in the future. My favourite part is the interview with Mr...
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    Cost Structures & Offers After WDW Reopening

    I will admit, I haven't read every post about the impact the pandemic is having/will have on WDW, but I would love to hear people's opinions on the financial impact on guests once WDW reopens. I'm sure there are still many people booking visits for later this year, and there will be more once...
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    Toothpick Holders-Shot Glasses

    Does anyone find it strange that they call the WDW souvenirs “toothpick holders”, when they are obviously shot glasses? I’m sure the official response would be that they don’t want to promote drinking, but they have alcohol at every resort and theme park, and they have a festival where a type of...
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    Empty Attraction Experiences

    What are your most memorable empty attraction experiences? Mine was 2 weeks ago, at MK, during MVMCP. We were in Liberty Square around 11:00 pm, and with everyone gathered near the castle for the parade, there was no one around. The line for HM was completely empty, so we walk right up and...
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    Current WiFi Coverage & Quality In Parks & Resorts

    I probably asked this question before my last trip but what is the quality of the WiFi in the parks and resorts now? The WiFi at POR was OK, kinda spotty and laggy, and I don't think I've ever really used the WiFi in any of the parks, so I don't have a baseline from previous visits. My phone is...
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    I-75 Speed Limit Enforcement

    We have done the road trip from Ontario to WDW once before, 3 years ago. We will be undertaking our second trip this weekend. How strictly are the speed limits enforced on I-75? Coming from Canada, you can get away with driving up to 20 km/h over the limit without attracting any police...
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    Disney Forums: A Reflection Of Society

    As I write this, I'm trying to make sure this isn't a reactionary post, but, TBH, it is somewhat. I joined WDW magic over 5 years ago, and, initially, I loved that I had found a place full of Disney theme park fans and a place where discussions could be had with others, including people with...
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    2019 WDW Attendance Drop: Perception vs Reality

    I'm sure we've all heard on this forum and others, about the decreased attendance in 2019 at WDW, the tumbleweeds rolling through SW:GE, etc. My question is-is this based on actual attendance data, or is this just based on opinion and speculation based on what people are seeing while they are...
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    I-75 To Florida: Experiences/Tips

    Three years ago, we drove to WDW for the first time, from our home here in London, Ontario, Canada. It was our first road trip down I-75, and it was a fun, sometimes challenging, a bit grueling, but always interesting, experience. For anyone that has done it before, either once or multiple...
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    First Time Visitor Reaction To WDW In 2019

    In November, we will be taking our 15 year old niece on her first trip ever to WDW. She knows very little about WDW-she has not watched any videos, she hasn't really read anything online, so everything will be new and unknown to her. I think it will be very interesting to see and hear her...
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    Post-Check In Activities

    I've noticed a good percentage of people staying at a WDW resort will hit one of the parks before or right after checking in to the resort. Personally, especially after a flight or a long drive, we like to save our first park day for the next morning. Last visit, our first stay at POR, we...
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    Bumping Into Other WDW Magic Members When Visiting

    Just curious if anyone has ever unintentionally met any other forum members while at WDW? It might be tough to pick WDW Magic members out of the crowd, unless they have a personal picture as their avatar. It may also be awkward if it was someone you have blocked/have been in some heated...
  16. Raineman

    FP+ Timing Strategy

    So, it has taken us a few trips to get our FP timing strategy down, but this is how we do it, and I'm curious as to how others plan. We are usually at the parks by rope drop or shortly after. We book our FPs so that all of the initial 3 are done by 1:00-1:30 pm. That leaves some time to hop in...
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    Noob Mistakes You Made During Your First WDW Visit

    Is there anything you did or didn't do during your first WDW trip that you look back on now and think "What was I doing?" The first park I ever visited was MK, and I did not grab a park map as I went in, and, believe it or not, I could not find HM or BTMRR-attractions that, even without a map, I...
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    Winter Garden To POFQ: Best Route

    When we drive to WDW in November, we will be taking the 429 toll road off the Turnpike, and stopping at the shopping center in Winter Garden just off the 429 to pick a few things up. Google Maps says it's a shorter drive, both with time and distance, to take Winter Garden Vineland Road right...
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    What Non-US Disney Park Do You Want To Visit The Most?

    Just wondering which non-US park people want to visit the most. My pick would be DLP, mostly due to Phantom Manor and the whole encompassing backstory of Thunder Mesa and the Ravenswood family.
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    Poll: Effect Of Disney Selling Majority/Complete Ownership of WDW

    Most of the Disney theme parks outside of the US have, or have had, majority ownership by a corporation other than Disney. The general opinion is that most of the non-US Disney theme parks are better in almost every way then WDW-cost vs value, show quality, better attractions, etc. If (and...
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