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It's been 10 years, so I have some questions....

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Yes, 10 years ago was the last time we were there.  Now we're planning on a trip with other family members, who will be staying at a different resort, in 2 rooms.  My SIL has an agent she's worked with in the past, & suggests we link ressies (we haven't made them yet), but I would rather use a Fort "specialist". Can the ressies still be linked, using different agents?

Then the whole Magic Band business.... We get the bands by making a site reservation, correct?  So, if we get our tickets through Undercover Tourist,  can they be added to the MB?

Right now they're still showing availability for mid June this year, which is our plan. (I know, sort of last minute) Is that a busier time?  Like I said, it's been 10 years and so many things have changed and I haven't kept up with it all! Any major differences, at the Fort or in the way things work in general that I need to learn about? (Not park attractions, I know there's tons of differences there!)

Thanks for any help or insights you all can give.

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1 minute ago, GOBA Mom Lynn said:

Yes, 10 years ago was the last time we were there.  Now we're planning on a trip with other family members, who will be staying at a different resort, in 2 rooms.  My SIL has an agent she's worked with in the past, & suggests we link ressies (we haven't made them yet), but I would rather use a Fort "specialist". Can the ressies still be linked, using different agents?

Then the whole Magic Band business.... We get the bands by making a site reservation, correct?  So, if we get our tickets through Undercover Tourist,  can they be added to the MB?

Right now they're still showing availability for mid June this year, which is our plan. (I know, sort of last minute) Is that a busier time?  Like I said, it's been 10 years and so many things have changed and I haven't kept up with it all! Any major differences, at the Fort or in the way things work in general that I need to learn about? (Not park attractions, I know there's tons of differences there!)

Thanks for any help or insights you all can give.

Yes, if you purchase tickets through Undercover Tourist, you can link them to your My Disney Experience account, and then the tickets will automatically be on your Magic Bands.

Once your reservation is made, go to the My Disney Experience web page and if the reservation is not showing yet, then input the reservation number, then you will be able to choose the colors and names on your Magic Bands.

I really don't know if you can link reservations with two different agents.

One big difference is that if you have more than one vehicle at the Fort, you may be charged a daily fee to park the 2nd car.

Also, online checkin is a better advantage nowadays. They are getting pretty good at texting your site number to you before you arrive, so that you can just go in through the gate and go straight to your site.

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June will be HOT, humid, and possibly wet, not as hot as July and August but still pretty sticky for Northerners.

Fort is a lot more crowded than 10 years ago, golf carts zipping around everywhere.

A lot of the items that made the for unique are gone, Lawnmower Tree, tree trunk garbage cans, wagon in front of the Settlement Trading Post, petting zoo, wandering peacocks, etc.

Anything you plan on doing that requires a reservation do it now.  It might already be too late for some dining spots.

Once checked in, you can use your Magic Bands to get thru the entrance gates, and unlock the comfort stations after hours.

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I can answer the different agents linking question. Unless both reservations are made by the same agent they can not be linked. This even includes if one books direct with Disney and the other uses an agent. If they are not both under the "control" of the same agent they can not be linked as traveling together.

What I have done in the past for clients booked like this, especially at the Fort, is send in a fax with both confirmation numbers on it about 5 days before arrival asking that they be near or next to each other.

Proximity to each other is the only thing linking the reservations helps with and so far faxing has worked for that most of the time. 

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8 hours ago, Travisma said:

June will be HOT, humid, and possibly wet, not as hot as July and August but still pretty sticky for Northerners.

Fort is a lot more crowded than 10 years ago, golf carts zipping around everywhere.

A lot of the items that made the for unique are gone, Lawnmower Tree, tree trunk garbage cans, wagon in front of the Settlement Trading Post, petting zoo, wandering peacocks, etc.

Anything you plan on doing that requires a reservation do it now.  It might already be too late for some dining spots.

Once checked in, you can use your Magic Bands to get thru the entrance gates, and unlock the comfort stations after hours.

Thanks for your insight.  We went in August twice before & somehow managed to survive the heat, so I'm not too concerned, but would prefer spring. (That's what happens when you plan to go with other family members who have to be in school....)  

 

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18 hours ago, mouseketab.....Carol said:

Yes, if you purchase tickets through Undercover Tourist, you can link them to your My Disney Experience account, and then the tickets will automatically be on your Magic Bands.

Once your reservation is made, go to the My Disney Experience web page and if the reservation is not showing yet, then input the reservation number, then you will be able to choose the colors and names on your Magic Bands.

I really don't know if you can link reservations with two different agents.

One big difference is that if you have more than one vehicle at the Fort, you may be charged a daily fee to park the 2nd car.

Also, online checkin is a better advantage nowadays. They are getting pretty good at texting your site number to you before you arrive, so that you can just go in through the gate and go straight to your site.

Thanks Carol.  

Still love your [email protected] 🙂  We opted for an A-frame though, to get out of the tent.

 

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7 hours ago, Katman1356...Jason said:

I can answer the different agents linking question. Unless both reservations are made by the same agent they can not be linked. This even includes if one books direct with Disney and the other uses an agent. If they are not both under the "control" of the same agent they can not be linked as traveling together.

What I have done in the past for clients booked like this, especially at the Fort, is send in a fax with both confirmation numbers on it about 5 days before arrival asking that they be near or next to each other.

Proximity to each other is the only thing linking the reservations helps with and so far faxing has worked for that most of the time. 

Thanks Jason, that's what I thought.  The family we're going with will be staying at a hotel and not the Fort, so maybe there's no real benefit in being linked?  Unless for ADRs if we all want to eat together, or can you reserve for more people than on your band? (If that's how it works...)

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29 minutes ago, GOBA Mom Lynn said:

Thanks Jason, that's what I thought.  The family we're going with will be staying at a hotel and not the Fort, so maybe there's no real benefit in being linked?  Unless for ADRs if we all want to eat together, or can you reserve for more people than on your band? (If that's how it works...)

For ADRs I'd suggest just adding your family as Friends in My Disney Experience and then when you make the ADRs you just select from that guest list.  You'll want them in MDE if you plan on sharing Photopass anyways, and making Fastpasses together. 

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26 minutes ago, DaveInTN said:

For ADRs I'd suggest just adding your family as Friends in My Disney Experience and then when you make the ADRs you just select from that guest list.  You'll want them in MDE if you plan on sharing Photopass anyways, and making Fastpasses together. 

Thanks Dave. It makes sense that you can do that. The family we're going with has been there just a couple of years ago, so they understand all about these things, but me, not so much. LOL I used to be the planner for the family trips, but now I feel like there's been so many changes that I'll never figure it all out. But I know staying at the Fort will be the "calm" of the WDW vacation. (Not to mention the 5 days we have reserved at Anastasia SP for the 5 nights immediately after.)

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