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  1. Three weeks ago yesterday I was eating Mickey beignets at the Port Orleans food court on the resorts visiting day of our trip. We took the boat from Disney Springs. Seems like a lot longer ago. I don’t like to fry in oil but I may have to try this recipe. They were goooood.
  2. We saw that too and I didn’t like how violent it was. But then again I was never a fan of Tom and Jerry or the Roadrunner cartoons.
  3. Friday morning we were next to board Big Thunder Mountain. The previous car had just left with a bunch of excited/scared elementary school kids and our car arrived. Then there was an announcement that the ride was closed and immediately a swarm of CMs many wearing backpacks appeared. Some entered the control booth and then they spread out to evacuate the ride. We went gate by gate to cross through the vehicle, scan our Magic band to get a FP and headed out. I wondered what happened that they responded so fast - but now that I’m typing this I’m thinking - would it have been a drill? We’d used FP but I felt so bad for those kids because they must have waited a long time in the standby line and some of the group hadn’t boarded yet. The teachers/chaperones were great though and rounded up the kids pretty efficiently. Haunted Mansion was closed that day and when we went through on the People Mover Space Mountain was stopped and the lights were on. We also were stopped briefly on Seven Dwarves which kind of killed the fun of it. Didn’t see any dropped appendages on Carousel through.
  4. We got to HS mid-afternoon Wednesday and it was down and they said it would be a while so go do something else. We went back around 6:30 and it was down again and they said it would be a while so go do something else. Wait time before it went down was 135 minutes. We decided to hover near the entrance in the “not a line” and were near the front to get in line when the line opened maybe 20 minutes later. It was just about two hours from when we were told not to wait until we got off the ride. I liked it. It’s colorful, fast paced and fun.
  5. Reminds me of the time I was working a concession stand at a college football game so was there during setup time. I took a picture of the young woman at the Fresh Squeezed Lemonade! stand pouring 2 liter bottles of Minute Maid lemonade into the dispensing container. Is the new BBQ place counter service?
  6. Even with fast phones I have terrible luck at lotteries/prize drawings. We do have parkhoppers and I was planning vaguely to switch early afternoons to a different park each day. Ideally I like to go to a resort to eat lunch and then go to a different park. Both AK and HS I was only able to get late afternoon FP. Our FP for Slinky Dog is late afternoon on March 4 which is the same day Micky and Minnie Railroad opens. That date wasn't announced back when I made my HS FPs and I'm not giving up that one now but I'm assuming it's going to be even more crowded that day so I wasn't going to go until close to FP time. We'll see. It's just my husband and I so there's no pressure to make sure the kids get to do everything which will be nice for a change.
  7. This thread is helping me make the decision to not even try this when we're there in a couple of weeks. Only have 4 park days and it sounds like it would take up a lot of time that could be more fun spent elsewhere especially since it's been a couple of years since we've been. We're not die hard SW fans and it was more of a doing it to say we've done it. But our phones are slow and we're slow on our phones. (I see a great money making scheme of renting a young person with a fast phone). After this trip we'll still have one park day on an old non-expiring ticket so I guess we'll save that for 5? years from now when the madness has worn off and they've fixed the ride.
  8. An update in case anyone is wondering in a similar situation: I procrastinated on this way too long mainly because I didn't think it would work. Finally called yesterday and a capable and cheerful CM was able to upgrade the expired tickets over the phone pretty quickly. There was a cost difference so I went with a 4 day instead of the same 5 day because it was less additional $. She also was able to prioritize the newer ticket over the non-expiring one in my account but told me to check with a person with an Ipad at the turnstile before going through the first time to make sure it would read the new one. I wish I'd done it sooner because my FP choices are now very limited. Lesson learned and I plan to enjoy whatever we can manage to do. Husband who doesn't keep up with Disney details like I do asked if we could do the new Star Wars ride. I tried to explain the arrive early / get a boarding group procedure. He just shook his head.
  9. Thank you for your answers! When I called Disney when I couldn't make FP, I asked about updating to a new ticket over the phone. She said she was in tech and didn't know much about tickets but she texted someone else while we made small talk about the Fort. The other person said because I bought them through Undercover Tourist I had to ask them to upgrade. I haven't yet, but am pretty certain they won't do that. I guess I can call Disney again but with the 20 minute wait time the last time I need to find time to do that.
  10. In October 2018 right before the date-based tickets system went into effect I bought 2 tickets from Undercover Tourist -- 4 day Parkhopper with extra day added for "free" to make a 5-day Parkhopper. I knew and understood that if I didn't use them by 12/31/2019 they would expire, but that I could then use the value toward another ticket based on the new pricing and would have to pay any difference. I intended to go in 2019, but that didn't happen. We are planning to go this Spring. I've done a bit of research but still have a couple of questions if anyone here has experienced. I can call Disney again but last time on hold time was over 20 minutes: - Do I get the value of a 5 day parkhopper even though it was a buy a 4-day and get another day free? - Do I need to bring any kind of receipt for them ? They are etickets but I have them printed out showing the barcode. I've also linked them in MDE. - Can I use the value toward a fewer day ticket in order to avoid paying any more? The 2020 price for a 5 day parkhopper on the days we plan to go is $145 more than the 2018 value of the now expired ticket based on the pricing I looked at. Can I drop down to using it toward a 4-day parkhopper and not have to pay that extra $145? I really only wanted 4 days to begin with since I want to spend some time visiting resorts. - I haven't been able to make FastPass reservations because the tickets have expired *. Is there any way to upgrade the now expired tickets to the current date tickets without having to be on property so that I can make FP reservations? (* strangely, we also have older non-expiring parkhopper Plus tickets that we used on two visits. At the end of the last visit I had someone there check and she said we'd used all the park days but still have a couple of Plus visits left. I'd thought we had a park day left but she read me a list of dates we'd used it and it did account for all 10 park days. But this time when I was trying to make FP reservations it let me make one day worth. When I called Disney last week to find out why it took one but not the others I was trying to make, she said I must have one park day left on those old non-expiring tickets if I was able to make FP. If so, I want to keep that day for another time and only use the newer expiring tickets on this visit. I will need to check that before entering the parks so the old ticket isn't used first.) Thanks!
  11. I don't know - paying only $89 on top of admission to not have to wait as long in line for It's A Small World sounds like a bargain to me. 😂
  12. As someone who has had a little bit of a panic about being on a cruise ship, I hope the fantastic time you are going to have will override any of those anxiety feelings. One thought about the kennel is there any way you can test leave your dog there on a prior trip so he's familiar with it a little bit when you have to leave him for real? May be good for both of you. I'm thankful my shelter dog feels that going to the kennel is like going to home so he's pretty good with it. But even he needed some getting used to the people there and the smell of that particular place.
  13. LOL I will admit that when I saw a trip report from you I also remembered "she's the one who does tea." I love the comments on the hippo observation chart. "Doing lots of mouth clapping throughout the day." Could be a human observation chart. I think I would love to do this tour, except maybe the heights and vultures. But they're Disney heights and vultures so can't be too scary I guess. Looking forward to more.
  14. I see it says if you use a credit card it's charged $4 and you get all 4. So if each of your 2 children want the same penny and you only have a credit card -- that's $8 for Disney!
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