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  1. Heppenheimer

    Tour de France, anyone?

    Just wondering if anyone out there is watching this year's addition. For many reasons, this is usually my favorite annual sporting event. But something just seems off this year. Is it the later start? The lower crowds? The lack of Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas? The disappointing...
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    App booking question

    My next trip is planned for mid-November, and at this point, I'm still planning like it will actually happen... who knows if that will be the case, but anyway.... Two questions: 1) My dining reservation window has opened. I've made three reservations so far through the app, but everytime I...
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    Surf-rock music in Space Mountain?

    I bought one of those Disney music collections on Itunes the other day, and it contains an interesting piece I'd either never heard or noticed before. The track is listed as "Space Mountain" and it's basically a surf-rock version of "Aquarium" from Saint-Saen's "The Carnival of the Animals"...
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    If you hear Whale of Tale played anywhere on the resort today...

    ... give a thought to Kirk Douglas, who died yesterday at the age of 103. One of my all-time favorite movie performances. Other than the Electric Water Pageant, do they still play Whale of a Tale anywhere, like in the Magic Kingdom entrance loop, or maybe in Columbia Harbor House?
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    Disneyland App help

    Is it possible to link accounts with the Disneyland app, like for MyDisneyExperience at Disney World? If so, how? I have the tickets and our credit card info loaded on the app on my phone, but I want it to link it to the app on my wife's phone as well.
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    Haunted Mansion Stops

    I'm probably not alone here in that I actually look forward to the occasional stops the Doom Buggies make, which I assume is the result of loading and unloading handicapped passengers. It seems to happen nearly every time I've ridden the attraction in the last 15 years. These temporary halts...
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    When did swimming in Bay Lake end?

    This is just a random detail I've been wondering about. I have distinct memories of swimming in Bay Lake, at the Contemporary in 1981, and at Ft. Wilderness in 1984. My memory didn't invent these, did it? The reasons why Disney no allows lake swimming are obvious now (gators!), but when exactly...
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    Imagineering a Disney Mountain Resort

    For some reason lately, mainly because the weather is about to change where I live into the winter ski season, I've been wondering, if Disney ever decided to revisit the idea of opening a ski resort, what would it look like? What unique features would offer? And I say "revisit" because Disney...
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    Has anyone ever attended a conference/convention hosted by Disney?

    I'm not talking about a fan convention like D23, but a professional meeting held at one of the resort hotels. Apart from the content of the meeting (which would be determined by the organization holding the conference), how did you find the amenities provided by Disney? Was there anything...
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    Grand Californian Occupancy Question

    I'm attending a conference at this hotel, and the room will be paid for by my employer, but I'm assuming only standard size rooms will be available for the conference. My wife and I may consider inviting her brother's family if they can fit in the standard room with us. In total, we would be 4...
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    Most Beautiful Disney-owned resort hotel in the world?

    Sorry if I can't figure out how to make this into a poll... Which hotel gets your vote, on visual aesthetics alone? It could be any hotel at any of the 6 major world-wide resorts, or one of the 3 stand-alone Vacation Club properties. The Grand Californian and Wilderness Lodge run...
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    Would could Disney World REALISTICALLY do with the resort that you would like?

    The other similar threat had plenty of interesting responses, but many, quite frankly, will never happen. As much as we love Disney, it is a publicly traded company that exists in its present form to make money for its shareholders (and to a lesser extend, pay back corporate bondholders)...
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    Veteran's hidden discount?

    Just wondering... anyone have an experience receiving an un-advertised discount for military veterans when you book your package? I know from experience that they often have un-advertised discounts for active duty military... I once had about a third of the total cost of my package shaved off...
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    Fast Pass booking window

    I apologize if this has been answered multiple times already, but here goes. For resort guests who have the 60 day window for fast pass booking, does that period begin 60 days prior to your resort check-in day and encompass your entire trip (ie, can I book a fast pass 5 days into my visit...
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    Online check-in vs. Magical Express check-in

    I'm pretty certain I understand the online check-in option, but I'm a bit confused about one thing... let me explain. On my last trip in 2017, I was not aware of the existence of online option. We arrived at the airport, got in line for the Wilderness Lodge Magical Express bus, and scanned our...
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    Updated Google Earth images

    For those out there who enjoy wasting time scrolling through Google Earth and playing with the 3D features, the overhead views of Disney World have finally received a long-overdue update. You can now scroll through the additions to the Wilderness Lodge complex, Toy Story Land and Pandora, as...
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    Yet another lifetime Disney nerd...

    Yup, probably like everyone else, I started going to Disney World as a kid with my family, and have now continued, first as a single adult, and now married with my own family, although we have yet to bring our baby son (doing that next year). I love it, but I find a trip every few years is...
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