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  1. JAB

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

    This change doesn't reduce load on the servers. It still has to check the return times; the only difference now is that if the return time is before 2pm it tells you "not allowed" instead of just giving you a 2pm LL. In fact, it's likely to significantly increase server load because of all the...
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    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    So basically, it sounds like they're just getting rid of the automatic bump to 2pm return times for hoppers. At first I was upset about the change - partly because, true to form, you-know-who phrased their headline in such a way as to imply that selection wouldn't be allowed until 2PM, and...
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    Reflections at Disney

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

    That definitely could have been part of it. As I said, we were pleasantly surprised with the crowd levels during our trip given how crazy they've been recently even in January.
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    News Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind attraction confirmed for Epcot

    Just got back, and while we weren't in any of the preview groups that got to ride, I still felt like sharing some thoughts. First, the ship is huge! I knew that it was 1:1 and that it was 51 ft. tall, but I don't think that really registered until I saw it in person; the photos don't really...
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    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    We just got back from 10 days in the parks, and Genie+ was a success for us. My wife mentioned several times during the trip how impressed she was with how well it worked. Only once were we not able to get the LL we preferred. With an understanding park touring strategy, and some basic info on...
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    "Halfway to Halloween" Treats Announced.

    Disney Parks blog just posted their first look at "Halfway to Halloween" specialty treats that start on 4/28 (because I guess August is too late to start Halloween this year 😏). https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2022/04/first-look-at-disneys-halfway-to-halloween-eats-and-treats/
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    Connections Cafe and Eatery

    So does "almost" mean we only get to take your garage and one of your kids? 😏
  9. JAB

    News Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind attraction confirmed for Epcot

    I'd also be surprised if there weren't a sign. The bigger question is whether it will maintain the continuity of the theming/story and read "Wonders of Xandar," or whether they break the theming because some people will get confused if it doesn't say "Guardians of the Galaxy."
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    Connections Cafe and Eatery

    The skylights in Connections (covered by drop ceilings during the Innoventions/Electric Umbrealla era) were originally part of a corridor that ran through the Communicore buildings. Word is that there were plans to have a PeopleMover between SSE and the lagoon, and it would have run through the...
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    Pushing low light to the max with high ISO/fast glass but no tripods

    Just curious if low-light computational photography is allowed, or if that's considered "cheating" even if all the processing is done in place by the camera's own software.
  12. JAB

    Connections Cafe and Eatery

    Again, you're making assumptions and arguing against things I never said. Not once did I say they shouldn't have done better with Connections, or that anything better than the Stargate was "good enough." All I said is that if you think it should be better, "original EPCOT design" isn't a valid...
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    Connections Cafe and Eatery

    Where did I "herald" anything? You're making assumptions about my opinion of Connections. My post stated no opinion about Connections whatsoever - positive or negative. It simply pointed out the blatant irony of your post lauding the "groundbreaking, iconic" design of the original EPCOT as a...
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    Connections Cafe and Eatery

    Did you ever visit the Stargate Restaurant quick service that was originally in that location? It looked like an '80s mall food court, and was more bland than Connections. It's fine if you don't like the design of Connections, but don't claim it's because it doesn't live up to the legacy of...
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    News Salt and Straw ice cream is coming to Disney Springs

    They definitely appear to let you sample as much as you want. The Trackers went to S & S, and 8 minutes of the video (so probably at least 10 minutes of actual unedited time) is just them standing at the counter asking to sample every single flavor.
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    Connections Cafe and Eatery

    The last time we ate there, it was paper plates and disposable utensils.
  17. JAB

    How Well Does MagicMobile Work with Ride Photos/Videos?

    Haven't gone yet; soon, though. Unfortunately, I still haven't found a definitive answer to the question (some things I've found say it works great, but others say it doesn't work at all), so at this point, we're leaning toward just buying new MagicBands to be safe. Actually, both NFC for touch...
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    Connections Cafe and Eatery

    No; most of that building was previously taken up by Innoventions East. Maybe you're thinking of Fountain View (aka Starbucks). Electric Umbrella was in the building now occupied by Connections Cafe and/or Eatery. They trimmed a little off of the facade, but the bulk of the building where EU...
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    Connections Cafe and Eatery

    I'm one of those "EPCOT purists," but I don't get the "not EPCOT enough" sentiment. The Stargate Restaurant that originally occupied this space was just a bland sea of non-descript tables and chairs with barely any theming.
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