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Old 11-17-2009, 10:32 AM   #841
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"We almost always rent a car for our trips. Since we go to different parks each day and often leave and come back, it is easy to get confused about which area the car is parked. We discovered that almost all cell phones have some sort of voice or memo recorder built in. We simply turn the recorder on and say the name and row number we parked in. As we leave, we erase the memo. Now we're ready for the next park. No more lost cars!"
I try to remember to snap a photo of the parking lot row painted on the pavememnt on my phone, too. When I am too excited to remember to do either, the parking CM's actually write down the time that each section was parked so they can at least get you to the right section! I learned that during a webinar by Disney! And for those of us who are, er, memory impared , I snap a photo of the rental car and license plate so I'll recognize the car when I see it!
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:05 AM   #842
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probably mentioned before but bringing a vinyl table cloth with clothespins came in handy several times. We used it to cover the strollers when raining and used to sit on the ground while waiting for the parade. Clothespins also came in handy with closing half eaten food bags. Before we left my family thought I was nuts to pack those two items but I did hear muffled praises when we used them!
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Old 11-19-2009, 08:58 AM   #843
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We're leaving for Disney World tomorrow, and this thread has been a lifesaver. Thanks everyone!
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:00 AM   #844
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We're leaving for Disney World tomorrow, and this thread has been a lifesaver. Thanks everyone!
We're leaving tomorrow too! Where are you staying?
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:31 AM   #845
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What to do if a kids' braces break in Disney??

My daughter's getting braces 3 weeks before our trip - yikes. Is there an Orthodontist on call for emergencies? This is our first time with braces so we don't know what to expect.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:36 AM   #846
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We're staying at the All Star Movies resort. What about you? I hope you have a great trip.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:43 AM   #847
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As someone who wore braces for six-seven years, as long as you stay away from really sticky foods and any other of the foods the orthodontist said not to eat, you shouldn't have any problems... that being said, you can probably ask your own orthodontist to reccommend another doctor in the Orlando area!
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:47 AM   #848
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My daughter's getting braces 3 weeks before our trip - yikes. Is there an Orthodontist on call for emergencies? This is our first time with braces so we don't know what to expect.
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I have an orthodontic consulting company so this one I can answer. Depends on what appliance she has (i.e., braces, expander, etc.) but in general bring lots of wax and don't forget any special toothbrushes, etc. Thankfully, by 3 weeks post-banding/bonding her teeth should no longer be sore but bring ibuprofen just in case and any Orajel type stuff for potential mouth sores your orthodontist may give you samples of. Your orthodontist will probably also give you instructions for what to do in an emergency--take them with you. Instructions are typically focused on making your child comfortable and won't need to involve an orthodontist until you return home. Tell your orthodontist you're going on vacation and your concerns. If you have any "real" emergency, my suggestion would be to call your orthodontist and explain the problem. The doctor or assistants can either talk you through temporarily fixing it yourself or refer you to an orthodontist in Orlando.

Don't worry, chances are everything will be fine. I'm so glad you have a 3-week window before leaving. Most bond failures occur within the first day or two. You probably won't have any problems. (Just make sure she follows the rules about not biting into anything hard, etc.) I've had three kids (and myself) in some stage of braces for about six years now and, knock on wood, we've never had a problem.

Here's a funny story for you, though. DD, age 17, is being retreated with braces right now because of a tongue thrust she developed over the past couple of years. She had both upper and lower braces placed right before our August Disney trip. She complained and complained about how much it hurt, how she hated braces, how she wished she hadn't decided to get them right before our trip, etc. I finally told her to just shut up, I was tired of hearing her complain and we would have them removed as soon as we returned home. I knew she wouldn't let that happen, our orthodontist is a close family friend and she would never do that to her, plus she also really wanted her bite fixed. She just wanted to gripe. So she "hmphd" away, got a piece of paper out and wrote down all the reasons she hated braces. She then put it on the nightstand in the hotel and said, "ok, I feel better now." And she didn't complain the rest of the trip.

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Old 11-20-2009, 12:12 PM   #852
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My daughter's getting braces 3 weeks before our trip - yikes. Is there an Orthodontist on call for emergencies? This is our first time with braces so we don't know what to expect.
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OMG this happened to us two years ago!!!

I called her orthodontist and he gave me the names of three people who did that particular style of braces (I guess there are several types) and I called them all and one of them was willing to squeeze us in the next day. We had a rental car, and they were in Kissimmee and not too hard to find, so I left the oldest in the magic kingdom with the youngest and took the middle kid to the orthodontist!

They were very nice. I don't remember the name. They didn't even charge me, but said that they hoped that other orthodontists would do the same thing for their patients if the need arose.

It was the second day of a two week vacation, and the piece that fell off was a separator (I don't know what it's really called, but it's a hunk of build-up material on the biting surface that kept her teeth from closing too far) on her back molar and without it, every time she bit she was in danger of her lower front braces chipping her upper front tooth, so we couldn't really wait without potential damage. But depending upon what breaks, you might even be able just to wait until you get home.

I was glad I knew her Dr.'s phone number. You might want to bring yours.
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OMG this happened to us two years ago!!!

I called her orthodontist and he gave me the names of three people who did that particular style of braces (I guess there are several types) and I called them all and one of them was willing to squeeze us in the next day. We had a rental car, and they were in Kissimmee and not too hard to find, so I left the oldest in the magic kingdom with the youngest and took the middle kid to the orthodontist!

They were very nice. I don't remember the name. They didn't even charge me, but said that they hoped that other orthodontists would do the same thing for their patients if the need arose.

It was the second day of a two week vacation, and the piece that fell off was a separator on her back molar and without it, every time she bit she was in danger of her lower front braces chipping her upper front tooth, so we couldn't really wait without potential damage. But depending upon what breaks, you might even be able just to wait until you get home.

I was glad I knew her Dr.'s phone number. You might want to bring yours.
Most orthodontists will perform emergency procedures like this at no charge, especially if referred by your own orthodontist. When our patients are on vacation and call us with a problem, we find an orthodontist in the surrounding area that does work with the same bracket system (yes, there are different ones) and place a call to the other orthodontist's office ourselves, asking them to see our patient. Never, never, never been a problem.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:39 PM   #854
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Just ordered my overland Donner bag online, got my Unofficial Guide for grownups and mini Mickey in the mail today so have some reading to do ! Found a pop up hamper for under a dollar and a roll of Towtabs - looks like a roll of mints. You add water and poof !! you have a towel - biodegradable/ reusable and very strong ! Perfect for cleanups or just to cool off. They're made by Body Bumps and found them at the grocery store. 17 sleeps to go and so
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I thought I saw someone mention bodyglide but I can't seem to find anything that isn't a personal lubricant...is that what people mean or am I looking in the wrong places?
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