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  1. Chi84

    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    Very well-said. This is exactly the type of planning we did. And it freed us up to spend some glorious mornings/early afternoons at the water parks where we used our phones only to check the time every now and then.
  2. Chi84

    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    Absolutely. I want the certainty of getting the rides and restaurants I want without having to decide on times. That would be perfect. Someone needs to tell Disney 😉
  3. Chi84

    10 years old eating and paying for the kids menu ?

    Except sometimes they do. They definitely ask for online check-in and we had the hosts ask at the podium. You can’t depend on them not asking, although you can always hope.
  4. Chi84

    10 years old eating and paying for the kids menu ?

    I think it's always worthwhile to hear people's experiences, whatever they may be. But as you said, if the kid is not 10, there's no consequence of them not asking. We were practically grilled about our 2-year-old at Storybook Dining, possibly because he turned 3 during the course of the trip...
  5. Chi84

    10 years old eating and paying for the kids menu ?

    They absolutely asked on our last trip. As I said, I wouldn't object if they didn't ask and charged the wrong price. But if people are asking if they can get away with not paying the adult price for a 10-year-old at a prix fixe or buffet, I wouldn't count on it.
  6. Chi84

    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    I think there are very, very few DVC who go to WDW without going to the parks. It's certainly not the way DVC is sold. Have you ever seen a DVC newsletter?
  7. Chi84

    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    Wait, you think a significant number of people buy into DVC without planning to go to the parks? Going to Disney is not the reason people are buying into DVC properties in WDW?
  8. Chi84

    10 years old eating and paying for the kids menu ?

    Can I ask which buffet? Every time we checked in with kids, the person at the reservation desk asked the ages of the children. I suppose like everything else at Disney, it's hit or miss. If they don't ask the age of a child and don't charge the "10 and over" price, I wouldn't say anything...
  9. Chi84

    Typhoon Lagoon Glow Night Missed due to flight

    That’s true, but I’ve have a wide range of experience with guest services at the hotels. In fact right now it’s a bigger problem than ever to find someone who actually knows their job. Lots of new people. And the phone CMs are worse than ever. I waited over 2 hours to get someone to reserve a...
  10. Chi84

    10 years old eating and paying for the kids menu ?

    In my experience, there's not a WDW buffet that won't ask. They all do. They clarify the ages of the kids when you check in and the server may also confirm with you.
  11. Chi84

    10 years old eating and paying for the kids menu ?

    That’s good advice. We avoided it by not going to buffets until we felt comfortable paying the adult price for them.
  12. Chi84

    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    Right, because what they wanted was to go to the parks and ride whatever they wanted whenever they wanted to. If you asked them whether they would rather plan 60 days out or possibly be shut out of getting line skips because of the system selling out - or planning a park day with a good chance...
  13. Chi84

    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    So now we have Genie+ and it's awful for everyone. And we get to pay.
  14. Chi84

    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    This is absolutely true. I don't know where people get the idea that someone planning their only or very infrequent, very expensive WDW vacation is okay with flying by the seat of their pants where rides are concerned, especially if they have to reserve dining, plan for shows, decide on water...
  15. Chi84

    Typhoon Lagoon Glow Night Missed due to flight

    I’m so glad things worked out! In my experience, Disney does quite a bit to help people who have these issues through no fault of their own.
  16. Chi84

    Rumor Disney bus driver busted for grooming kids on chat while at work

    Then why point it out? Instead of saying "what would a sting operation be without a Disney employee," why not just say what you did about large populations and percentages. Read the quote. Like it or not, he was expressing an attitude about Disney.
  17. Chi84

    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    If it was limited to DVC members, would that be a problem?
  18. Chi84

    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    No hostility, just - along with @disneyglimpses I imagine - a good deal of frustration :) The difference between perks and resort amenities was explained perfectly in post #15,498. But if you want to believe that fluffy towels are a perk and Universal's Express Pass is a resort amenity, I...
  19. Chi84

    Typhoon Lagoon Glow Night Missed due to flight

    If you’re staying at a Disney resort, go to the concierge or guest services with some proof of how your flight was delayed and ask if there’s anything they can do. In my experience, they will always try to help. We had a situation not long ago where we had to leave a day early because of an...
  20. Chi84

    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    But all you did was describe what people are paying for at deluxe resorts, mostly describing concierge level because I guarantee you that free beer and other beverages do not come along with a deluxe room. Those aren't perks. A perk is what Universal provides when it gives its deluxe resort...
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