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  1. Disneyland Paris is currently updating a couple of the hotels and is preparing for the 2024 Olympics to be held in Paris. The CMs we talked to this summer are all excited about the crowds they are expecting. Hope they are correct.
  2. If you are thinking of the greater Orlando area for a new place to live, consider Lake Nona. It is located in the city of Orlando, but not the downtown area. It is only minutes from the airport, and is being hailed as a community of tomorrow. Located in the neighborhood is a relatively new children's hospital, a new and perhaps the largest VA hospital in the country, and part of a UCF (?) campus. And, I believe a new medical school, and/or hospital is under development there. While there are only a few shops in the complex right now, there are all kind of shops/restaurants on Narcossee Blvd. which borders the area, including the Lake Nona High School. There are a couple of lux type apartment buildings in the plan, so a family can try out the area before buying property. We toured several of the new houses, but they were all too big (4 bedrooms) for we empty nesters. Very walkable and bikeable. About 30 minutes to WDW via FL 417 (toll road), and easy.
  3. Just returned home from the Fort. While visiting another resort, a DVC CM approached me about the new Rivera Resort. I quickly changed the subject to the Reflections project and inquired what could the CM tell me about that. Most of the stuff reported, I already knew from this site. But, the one thing said, that almost knocked me over, was that the Settlement Area was going to be enhanced to a shopping/market place type area. The proximity of Reflections to the Settlement makes this plausible to me. But, it is still hard to believe that Disney would do this. BTW, when I voiced my displeasure with the idea the CM walked off in a huff. Hopefully, this is a rumor that is false.
  4. Just got home 12 hours ago from the Fort. One bright spot is that the new playground is almost done. It has gone in at the grassy area between the Settlement TP and Trail's End. Fences and curtains everywhere. Quite sad.
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    Fall 2020 Trip

    Hi Laura. Based on the dates you posted in your message, you might be there by now and have found some answers to your questions. Some additional thoughts for you: There is a "Mickey's KItchen" restaurant over in the Comtemp. that offers dining with characters. Similar to, but not exactly the same as MBYBBQ. Your son may enjoy a pony or horse ride at the Fort. Also over in the Contemp., they offer a "Pirate Ship" cruise on the lake with the crew made up as pirates. Hope some of this is helpful. Bob
  6. Thanks Jason. In frustration, I ended up calling Disney Reservations to get some info. The young lady on the phone confirmed your info. with one exception. She told me that 600 thru 1000, plus 1400 were premium Meadow. If she was correct, that means 700 is now premium Meadow now as well. Appreciate you taking time to respond, especially while on vacation.
  7. Does anyone know the loops included in the Premium MEADOW Campsites vs. the plain old ordinary Premium Campsites?
  8. They should go to Disneyland Paris and stay at the Disneyland Hotel. Could probably do that there, except the coffee would be 20 Euros.
  9. Isn't the 4 Seasons a fancy (boutique) hotel for the monied set? Does Disney need a hotel that charges even more?
  10. Consider a visit to the the VA. Marine Science Center which is a very nice Aquarium. Located on the other side of town from where you plan to camp. This is a great rainy day place to visit Might see if you can book a tour at Oceania Naval Air Station, a very busy Navy jet base. Always aircraft of many types flying around VA. Beach. Near your camp area, you may wish to visit the Old Lighthouse. It is on a military base, so you will be checked out. Access to the public is permitted up to, but not beyond the lighthouse. In the middle of town, just on the boardwalk, is the old Coast Guard Rescue building, now a museum. Very interesting to visit, and recommended. Opportunities for boating and fishing are available as you might expect. When visiting, we will often go to a restaurant called Abbey Road, that has lots of Beatles stuff. The food is OK, and not very expensive (based on local norms). They have parking adjacent to the restaurant. Have fun!
  11. I would agree that Sunday is a good day to check in. Typically, that is the day we check in, and generally have not had any problems. Remember that you can call for reservations 500 days out, so you can book now. Good Luck!
  12. As noted by others, one of the benefits for staying at the Fort for us was the relatively quiet and serene experience vs. the noise and crowds at the parks and hotels. Often, I have remarked to others that the Fort is actually the "un-Disney" part of WDW because of the calm usually found there. We also feel that the new resort is going to crush the settlement area and change forever the characteristics that make the Fort, the Fort.
  13. I remember when Rock & Roll was described by some as the "Devil's Music". If you get the chance, listen to the CD "Million Dollar Quartet" or see the show.
  14. Keep in mind that the time period you noted may coincide with Spring Break, Daytona 500, and some of the Disney foot races around WDW. More than ever, one should try to book as far in advance as you can. Remember, you can always cancel a reservation, in most cases, with out a penalty.
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