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    AP Discount Hassle

    My family just completed just completed our first trip as AP holders. I have three kids from 11 to 16 that saved though covid to buy their own APs. We like to teach them about being responsible with their finances, so at WDW, we give them independence to purchase their own merch and snacks...
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    Line Jumpers/Cutters

    Last week, we were at the Pandora "rope" at open. There were maybe 50 people who can claim to be be in front of us. Still people were steadily trying to squeeze their way to the front as we stood there. The 5 of us got shoulder-to-shoulder as the cast members escorted the crowd through...
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    How important is your Home Resort?

    How do DVC members check availability? Is it similar to David's where a middle-person has to check dates individually, or is it more transparent for members?
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    How important is your Home Resort?

    We would likely be spending most, if not all of our points in the summer. The last two summers, we booked through David's within a 7 month window. We stayed a Moorea house both times, and it felt pretty empty each time. We love the Poly for numerous reasons. It's a perfect fit for my family...
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    How important is your Home Resort?

    My family of 5 has rented DVC points from David's the last couple year at the Poly, and it has worked out great for us. Every couple years, I dip my toe into researching the DVC. It's a pretty complicated if you really want to understand how it works. It doesn't take long to see the DVC...
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    Question about Annual Passes

    I am planning on buying APs on the 20th, but our trip isn’t until July. When you buy an AP, does the clock start immediately, or can you choose your start date? We already are booked for the Poly. My kids had all saved up for an AP before Covid, and have been waiting for it to be available...
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    Using Disney Visa Reward Points

    We will be staying 10 days. Everyone was excited about getting MB, and the kids are getting old enough to earn some independence. So, if they want to run grab a churro, I won’t have to wait in line with them or dig out some other form of payment. Thanks for the info. I’ll just clear...
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    Using Disney Visa Reward Points

    We've been 5 or so times since the introduction of magicbands, but I've never bothered to try to use them as payment. I was mainly under the impression that they were just tied to a CC that your have to put on file at the resort. We always have redemption cards and gift cards, so we just use...
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    Using Disney Visa Reward Points

    Thanks for responding. I’ll try to add it as a payment method on the app.
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    Using Disney Visa Reward Points

    We’ve been using the points at WDW for over 10 years, and we have $2000 for our trip this month. Today, I preordered our magic bands, and there wasn’t an option to use points. I didn’t see the option when I booked our character breakfast a couple months ago. I’m getting concerned that we...
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    Hoop Dee Doo booking question?

    I've been trying to book online every day for between July 11-19, and it just says "no times available". I've tried other dates and only 1 guest, and I can't get it to even show me any availability any time.
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    Hoop Dee Doo booking question?

    Trying to book now for July, and I can't find anything available at any time or day. Surely they didn't all book up that fast.
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    Genie+ and Resort Early Entry Strategies and Tips

    We are booked for July at the Poly, and I've been wanting to hear some first hand experiences of how people maximized their experiences with or without Genie+. Frankly, I haven't seen much here about strategies since Christmas. It seems like the 30 minute early entry rope drop is a great way...
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    Deluxe room layout confusion

    It seems as though the Villas were recently renovated to include the Murphy beds instead of the sofa beds. Is this correct?
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    Deluxe room layout confusion

    Poly and Boardwalk
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    Sofa Bed or Air Mattress

    It’s looking like my 15 and 13 year old girls may have to sleep on a sofa bed on our next trip. I want everyone to be well rested and happy, so I am looking to possible alternatives to just saying “deal with it”. I found some threads where others have brought along a mattress topper with some...
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    Deluxe room layout confusion

    Is there a difference in location at a particular resort when looking at the Deluxe Villas and the regular hotel rooms? Are the Villas in a separate defined space?
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    Deluxe room layout confusion

    I’ve been trying to book a deluxe room for my family of 5 though David’s, and all the “studio” rooms are shown as 1 Queen, a sofa bed, and a fold-down. When I search on the Disney site, the results come up as “standard” rooms with 2 Queens and a small sofa bed. Google searches reveal the two...
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    The dreaded family of 5 at Disney

    We have done the suites at ASM. It was nice, but the overall bed situation is better in two adjacent rooms. I’ve heard mixed reviews about expecting to get adjacent rooms, though. If you try to interpret the room rate calendar, two rooms are generally cheaper than a suite there, but not...
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    The dreaded family of 5 at Disney

    My wife and I went to WDW over 10 times together before our family suddenly grew by 3. We would always stay at Value resorts because doing so meant being able to go more often. Now there mare 5 of us, and that essentially means the price of the resort stay doubles. At 5, you either have to...
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