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Old 04-05-2009, 09:09 PM   #31
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This is a good thread!!!

Thanks for the tips
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:21 PM   #32
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It Was Just A Simple Question - Not Asking For Personal Information....Why Always Be So Rude?
If you think that response was rude, I suggest thicker skin. The responder stated a simple fact.
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:55 PM   #33
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From a resort CM:

You're more likely to get an upgrade if you don't ask.

You win more flies with honey than vinegar... have a positive attitude and you will have a much better time.

Make sure your expectations are reasonable. Not everybody can get a theme park/fireworks view.. it's just not logistically possible!
Since you are/were a resort CM, why do some resorts have such speedy lines and other resorts seem to take an eternity? For example, our BC CMs were always quick and helpful, at Poly they seem sooooo sloooow.
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:49 PM   #34
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From a resort CM:

You're more likely to get an upgrade if you don't ask.

You win more flies with honey than vinegar... have a positive attitude and you will have a much better time.

Make sure your expectations are reasonable. Not everybody can get a theme park/fireworks view.. it's just not logistically possible!
oh thats a great one, thanks! I have to ask, are upgrades just really random? Like the "next person in line is going to be lucky", or "I really like this person, so I feel like upgrading them if I can". How exactly does that work? (checking into the BCV in 10 days, will I get lucky? oops, I shouldn't have asked, my bad, lol)
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Old 04-05-2009, 11:19 PM   #35
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They often have free samples of fudge in the Confectionary.

The princess often have shorter waits in Epcot than in Toontown- look for Belle with Beast in France, Mulan in China (yes, I know- technically not a princess), Aurora also in France (look closely- she's often hidden in a corner with a short wait.), Snow White in Germany, and Jasmine usually with Aladdin and Genie in Moracco.

Upon entering a park, scan all the turnstyles for the shortest wait before getting in line- don't automatically follow everyone else.
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Old 04-06-2009, 12:16 AM   #36
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I was wondering if any CM's had some really good advice for visitors? Anything about attractions, dining, parade viewing, parking, ANYTHING?? Love to hear a CM's view of a "good tip"
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Old 04-06-2009, 01:34 AM   #37
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They often have free samples of fudge in the Confectionary.
Really? I love fudge! Thanks for the tip!
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Old 04-06-2009, 03:12 AM   #38
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Great tips, I'm in for more!!!
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Ah! Was it Pecos ? The eatery by the bridge at the bend in the Splash Mountain. Pretty darn sure it was. As you walk in the front doors you see the CMs at registers and they take two lines and order right, then left. To YOUR RIGHT of THEM is an island of four you do it quick order machines. Slide your ATM/Credit/Room Chrage Card/ or Meal Plan card, select the meals you want and hit Order. You take your receipt and walk up the the counter and pick up your food. Simple and FAST !
We used these machines on our March trip. They worked fine but, we ordered 4 meals (3 adult & 1 child) using the DDP. We got 4 meals, but they only charged the DDP for 3.

One point though, not everything was on the machine. I saw people with a large burrito that was not on the kiosk. I think this has to do with the Mexican place next door rehabbing and Pecos Bills picking up some of their items temporarily.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:03 AM   #40
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We used these machines on our March trip. They worked fine but, we ordered 4 meals (3 adult & 1 child) using the DDP. We got 4 meals, but they only charged the DDP for 3.

One point though, not everything was on the machine. I saw people with a large burrito that was not on the kiosk. I think this has to do with the Mexican place next door rehabbing and Pecos Bills picking up some of their items temporarily.
That happened to us too !!! 2 ad 1 Child QS Meal, but only got charged for 2 !!! We left WDW with a QS meal left on our card !!
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:23 AM   #41
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If you think that response was rude, I suggest thicker skin. The responder stated a simple fact.
except that it didn't need to be stated. for those CM's not wishing to be 'outed', they don't have to identify themselves as CM's. the OP's question was for tips from CM's not "calling out all CM's, identify yourselves"


i have learned some good tips so far, keep them coming, CM or not.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:36 AM   #42
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I think alot of people don't realize this. I noticed this last year and I rarely had to wait in line at CS because there was always one empty line!
Yep - I find that too. Same thing with the security guards checking your bags in the front of the parks. Use both lines. Many times I can go right through because everyone is on one side. He turns side to side just like the counter service CM's do.
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:47 AM   #43
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Not a CM, but I've been wayyyy too many times (scratch that...no such thing!)

Anyway, as far as lines go, don't automatically go to the left! Check which line everyone is going into and chose the opposite one! Many times people just follow the people in front of them. On POTC, everyone was going to the left as they were chosing lines, I went to the right, walked on and noticed the other side was waiting! And listen to the CMs! At Space Mountain everyone was following those in front of them, to the left, the CM said, if you go to the right, there's no wait. Sure enough, we went to the right and walked on! Pay attention! Don't be a sheep!

With turnstiles, if you go to the far left or right, there tend to be shorter lines to enter, people won't go further than they have to. Many times the "castmember and guest entrance" has a very short wait.
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Old 04-06-2009, 10:06 AM   #44
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Not a current CM, but crossing my fingers for the College Program starting this summer! Anyway, having been to WDW about a million times solo, my tip is to keep your ears open in the ride queues, specifically rides that need to fill x number of seats like Soarin, Space Mountain, and Tower of Terror. Often if there is an extra seat available the CM will call back "Party of one?" and sometimes "Party of two?" so that they can fill those extra seats. I've been skipped to the front many times because of this, but it can be hard to hear the CM sometimes and you may miss the announcement if you're not listening for it. But when I hear that call for "Party of one?" I always throw my hand up in the air and wave it around to alert the CM. The CM will take the first party (starting from the front of the line and working back) that fits the number of available seats.
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Old 04-06-2009, 10:15 AM   #45
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Set your budget
. . . then, double it
. . . then divide by three
. . . then, multiply by six
. . . then add three
. . . then throw away the budget
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