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  1. DarthVader

    Anyone know how the crowds have been this week?

    I'm curious to know how crowded it was this past week. Up here in Massachusetts, its April vacation and I know a lot of families who headed down to Florida. I myself have been to WDW during april vacation, and that's when I said I'd never do that again due to high crowds. I think if our...
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    Vacation insurance - a cautionary tale.

    I wanted to provide my experience with Disney's promoted vacation insurance. There are plenty of other options out there and my experience with Disney's is may not be the same from another company. TL;DR: Don't go with Disney's recommended Travel Insurance - my case has been opened since...
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    Why did Disney create the FastPass system?

    I know its gone, and we now have a paid tier, but it made me think. What was the purpose of the fast pass? I know what disney marketed it as, i.e., skipping the line for your favorite ride, but think about it. They took rides, and reduced queue in half. If there were two lanes before fast...
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    Is Disney Too expensive?

    First, I'm not trying to troll anyone or intentionally trigger folks, but hear me out. I have a vacation scheduled for February vacation, so I'm not taking this lightly. Just using broad strokes, my February vacation at POR for 9 days is budgeted to be about 14k (everything, food, universal...
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    Park reservation questions

    Two questions regarding park reservations. Do I need a park reservation if I have a meal reservation in a different park. That is, I'll be at Animal Kingdom on our first Sunday, but I'll be making dinner reservations at Epcot. Do I need to reserve the park to eat there? Second question - I'm...
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    Airline tickets - wait or buy now?

    I'm stuck between the horns of a dilemma. Our trip is coming up in February (18th -> 26th). I have the flight down booked - I purchased one way tickets from Jet Blue from Providence to Tampa. The price was really good, i.e., low enough that I could use my skymiles to pay for my family of 4...
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    What are the advantages to saying on property?

    Honest question - my wife asked me this very question this morning as we are planning for our vacation February. I've been out of the loop, since I've not done a WDW vacation in years. It used to be, that we had extra magic hours, we could book our dinner reservations for the entire stay (a...
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    Genie Plus question - is it worth it?

    Sorry for the spamming of posts but I'm in the active planning state for my February vacation. I saw some verbiage of Genie Plus and I'm doing my research but I'd like to get some perspective and opinions of those who know a lot more about this. Here's what I know, adding Genie plus to my...
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    Suggestions to get to Tampa to WDW

    Long story short, the cost of flights from Bos->MCO is in the 600 to 700 dollar range (one way), but I snagged a flight to Tampa for 1/2 that price - woohoo. We're planning on staying at Disney for a week and so now the quandry is how to get from TPA to WDW and then at the end of the week...
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    When to book a flight

    So, now that we're (hopefully) moving into a post-pandemic situation, I'm hoping to get advice of when to book our flights from Bos to MCO? Our vacation is scheduled for 02/19/2022 and we return home on 02/26/2022 (Saturday to Saturday). I'm seriously thinking of moving our arrival back a day...
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    Need help with a new trip - Using DVC or not?

    Hey there fellow disney fans, its been a while since I planned a trip and thanks to the pandemic, my 2020 trip was cancelled. I'm looking for a trip back in February of 2022, and I have the Poly booked, and while I wait and hope that we'll see some incentives to reduce the cost, the wife asked...
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    Thoughts/reviews of Discovery Cove

    So back in the day, my wife (before she was my wife) went to Discovery cove with her (then) teenage son. She and he loved it, fast forward to what feels like a 100 hundred years and now we have two teenage girls. With out Sept/Oct trip, she again mentioned Discovery Cove. Any thoughts on...
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    Paying online - did they remove it?

    Maybe its me, but, I cannot find where I can make a payment to my reservation. There used to be a My Reservations and Tickets link where you could then navigate and make a payment. A pasted a screen shot, from the internet archives (wayback machine). That's now gone and it seems the only...
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    2020 trip - November 18 vs Sept 25

    Sorry for maybe beating a dead horse but I wanted some opinions on my two choices. Option 1 (already booked) September 25th through October 3rd (both Fri the 25th and Saturday the 3rd are full travel days). Option 2 Starting on November 18th and ending anywhere on or after Thanksgiving (the...
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    Suggestions for shows

    I'm looking for suggestions on activities to do with a couple of teenagers for our next trip. We visit WDW every other or every third year and such my kids have done a lot. We've done Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue so many times, that its a time for a break and so I'm looking for suggestions to...
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    October vs. September I can't decide

    I'm looking to plan a 2020 trip and I can't seem to decide. I was thinking of an October 20 week, that seems "safe" in terms of school vacations or at least safe-ish but I'm now kicking around the end of September. Probably the 20th of September, I don't know what's going on in Disney/Florida...
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    October trip - what weeks to avoid

    I'm at the beginning stages of planning our 2020 vacation and on our short list is the month of October. I vaguely recall seeing something about New Jersey having something either in the beginning of Ocotber or November and I should avoid that time frame. Southern schools also have a fall...
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    Beach resort vs. Yacht club

    Its been a while since i've been at WDW. I hope everyone has enjoyed their Disney planning and vacations. I'm back as I'm looking to plan our next 2020 vacation, and one that is on our short list is staying at the Yacht club. While I may not be a rookie when it comes to WDW, I am completely...
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    October 2020 vs. January 2020

    I'm stuck between the horns of a dilemma. I'm looking at our next trip and I was leaning heavily towards 01/22/2020 through 01/26/2020). Since I'm pulling the kids out of school, we would fly out Wednesday the 22nd (late afternoon) and then fly home Sunday evening. That means only losing 2...
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    Meal budgeting

    Do you guys and gals use a generic per day amount you base your budgeting on? I'm looking at 78 dollars [per person] per day for a family of four. So far for four days 3 square meals, I'm looking at a cost just around 1,000. How does that sound, too high, too low, just right? What's included...
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