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  1. Heppenheimer

    What age did you ditch the stroller for your child at the parks?

    Now that I have two young children, I'm interested in this answer, particularly if it helps convince my wife that we don't need to take our giant double stroller on our next trip. I'm pretty sure on a trip when I was 4 I was walking the entire time.
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    Epcot wasted space?

    Communicore was really the heart of what Epcot originally was all about. And it would have probably been the easiest portion to update and keep relevant with the times, but, nah, lets just put in some character meet-and-greets and more merchandising shops... although to be fair, I think at...
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    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    There's probably multiple factors at play here, but I think a big one is that paxlovid started to become more widely available by mid-winter. It's the biggest reason I have hope that moving forward, we'll mostly just see small fluctuations like the on the edge of the chart.
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    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    I'm not a fan of the word "fact" when used in a scientific context, and especially for an evolving subject like COVID. A "fact" is a legal concept, for something that verifiably did or did not happen. Science and medicine aren't driven by unalterable absolutes, but by a consensus agreement...
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    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Try not building a reputation as a contrarian over the past few years, then maybe people might take your "jokes" a little more lightly. EDIT: Especially not for something like COVID, where "counterfacts"can get people sick, hospitalized and/or dead.
  6. Heppenheimer

    Why no simple dark rides in Galaxy's Edge?

    I've only been to Disneyland's Galaxy Edge, but I had the same reaction. Even with all the Chapekesque "Spend More Money Here" shops and booths, there still seemed to be a lot of empty space. Space that could easily be used for simpler rides and attractions.
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    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Well, they live here during the summer. Not for the medical care, but for the more pleasant weather. Same reason they go back to Florida in the winter.
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    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    I'm pretty sure I saw Paul Rudd in a medieval illumination...
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    What Happens to WDW / Disney Parks during a massive correction / recession?

    Back to the original topic, wasn't there an expansion to one of the Value Resorts that got cancelled either due to the dot com burst or the Great Recession?
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    Orlando Becoming East Coast Headquarters for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products

    If Toronto comes to the table, look out. He has the 401 up his sleeve, which is basically the Royal Flush of bad traffic. I wouldn't bet against a hand showing the ring roads of Paris, Brussels or Antwerp either, along with the Dutch Randstad corridor, or anyplace on the German Autobahn...
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    Orlando Becoming East Coast Headquarters for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products

    Thanks for the PTSD... Oddly enough, when I lived in DC, traffic wasn't much of an issue, mainly because my daily commute was cross-town.
  12. Heppenheimer

    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    I have several patients who do this. And I can't help but notice all the Florida registration plates around here in the summer.
  13. Heppenheimer

    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Good summary, but one small correction. Omicron caused all those problems not because it was necessarily any better at evading the immune system, but because it bound to the ACE receptor much more tightly and thus was able to replicate much faster than previous variants. Think of the immune...
  14. Heppenheimer

    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    For one, your chances of getting long COVID are independent of the severity of initial infection.
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    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Nice analogy... except its a complete anachronism. The Earth was known as a globe since ancient times, particularly among mariners. The Portuguese circumnavigation of Africa in the decades prior to Columbus effectively ended any lingering belief in a flat earth until it was resurrected in the...
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    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    What exactly is a "true vaccine", then? As we've said over and over on this website, the COVID "shots" (as you call them) aren't a forcefield. They stimulate and select for a population of B and T cells that can respond to an infection once it arises. Against the original wild strain of...
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    Where are my Mickey shaped balloons?

    The cost of helium? It's a finite resource needed for other, more important things than filling a Mickey Mouse-shaped piece of rubber.
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    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Mind you, that's quite a bit below the normal. We've been mostly in the 60s and 70s recently. So far this, year, I only had the AC on for a total of 1 day. Not great weather if you like swimming in the lakes, but good weather for everything else. Winters, on the other hand...
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    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    And up here in northern Vermont, it will barely hit 50 degrees this Saturday.
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