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Old 06-06-2010, 03:42 PM   #751
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No, it's definitely not just you.

I was toying with going two days - 29th and 31st - and when I saw the prices the 29th became a "no" for now.

I'm still not 100 percent sure what to do because like Sherry I am hoping for more characters... and those lines can get so long. We're with a kid on the 31st and I am not sure if she'll hold up long.
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:32 PM   #752
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Do I understand correctly or not? Sherry E are you saying if I have a Chase bank account with Disney Debit card I can do the photo ops? What about stroller rental or other perks? Thanks
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:02 PM   #753
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Do I understand correctly or not? Sherry E are you saying if I have a Chase bank account with Disney Debit card I can do the photo ops? What about stroller rental or other perks? Thanks
I think so. I think the Chase Disney Visa Debit Cards have the same privileges as the Credit Cards. They both include discounts at various DLR restaurants, discounts on merchandise, Rewards points (if you make a certain number of qualifying purchases or pay a certain number of bills to earn points) which can be converted into Rewards cards or DLR/WDW tickets (I think), and special member-exclusive photo ops. It used to be Chip and Dale who were the subject of the photo op, but someone said that now it's Buzz and Woody.

Not sure about stroller rental. Maybe someone else here who has the Disney Debit Card from Chase can answer, but I think those are the basics.
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:19 PM   #754
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Wow, thanks. I know what I'm doing tomorrow.
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Wow, thanks. I know what I'm doing tomorrow.
You're going to order the Disney Visa Debit tomorrow? I got tired of trying to deal with it online, because even though I could see a section about the Disney Visa cards on the Chase website, it was still not listed as one of the ones I was eligible to upgrade to. So I just called the Chase phone number and asked them about it. They said the reason I couldn't "upgrade" to it online is because their system doesn't recognize it as being an "upgrade" from my current card. They see it as a "replacement," just like my current card had been stolen or lost and I needed to replace it. Whatever the lingo is, I just wanted my darn Disney Visa Debit card!!! So I got my "replacement." They are mailing me the Disney Visa Card and it will take up to 10 days to reach me. Then I have to cancel my existing Chase debit card. This new one will be a whole new card number. Whole new PIN number to memorize. The first annual fee of $25 will be charged in late July. After I pay 5 bills with my new card or make 5 qualifying purchases, I get 25 bonus reward points. And then, after that, after so many dollars spent or purchases or bills paid, there will be more rewards dollars that can be used on Disney-related things. Everyone gets the same perks.

So if you haven't ordered a Disney Visa Debit Card or Credit Card yet, and you don't mind paying the $25 annual fee, it's a good deal to get one!!
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:25 AM   #756
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:29 AM   #757
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Is it just me having trouble "justifying" the cost of the party

Maybe it's just me, but $44 - $59 per person seems an awful lot for some candy and a fireworks display...

It's not really as if you get extended opening - the parks should (I assume) be open that late on other nights anyway. As for the fireworks - I seem to remember that you get a pretty good view from outside the park anyway (not as good as from inside, but still reasonable).
I am with you (and a lot of others on this board)...
I had pretty much made-up my mind before the prices were posted. We went on 08, had a good time but didn't feel it was justified for this trip (even with the Screams and the MHP in DL)...
I have 5 to buy for and with $50ish per pop!! That money could go a LOONNGG way for us with food, souvies, etc...
Not doing it this year!
I think if I was local and possibly had an AP then $250 would not seem like too much more to pay for a night of fun with the family...but that $ on-top of our PH's, hotel, and food...geeezz
But, now that I know I am NOT going, I can move my trip dates up to include more weekdays...bonus for me!!!
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I am with you (and a lot of others on this board)...
I had pretty much made-up my mind before the prices were posted. We went on 08, had a good time but didn't feel it was justified for this trip (even with the Screams and the MHP in DL)...
I have 5 to buy for and with $50ish per pop!! That money could go a LOONNGG way for us with food, souvies, etc...
Not doing it this year!:
I so agree!!! And we have APs!

The first year it was offered, I believe it was $15 pp. I really wanted to go, but my kids were younger and really into neighborhood trick or treating, and I couldn't talk my DH into driving up for the day during the week.

Each year I'd look and think, and always ultimately decide that we really did not need to spend that kind of money for more candy. The kids aren't into the characters at all, so the money was better spent towards APs which we could enjoy all year.

Last year, we went to WDW and I was determined we'd go there. But it was $50 pp (Couldn't believe the price compared to DCA) and we decided not to do it after spending $1000s on the trip already - I justified it as "we'll just go to the DCA one instead next year."

Now that I "put the foot down" on going, they've upped the price so much, it would be half as much again as what we paid for our APs (we upgraded our GAD vouchers). So I am back to it just isn't worth it - oh well.....we'll still enjoy our trip and seeing all the decor, etc etc.
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:29 PM   #762
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Yay! Amamax2!!! I was hoping you would post your photos today!! Our little Halloween thread needs some color every so often. I LOVE the pumpkin little green alien dude! I don't think we have seen him yet in this thread. I want that pumpkin (I am a big fan of the Little Green Men)!

Also, how cute is that "See ya real soon" with the Mickey icons on either end, spelled out in pumpkins? That's adorable! I don't think we have seen that here yet either. I know that's my first time seeing it at all - I never noticed it in the park.

See, everyone, no matter how much we have seen and how much we may think we have seen everything, there is also more to see. All kinds of little hidden gems. What one pair of eyes doesn't catch, another pair of eyes will!
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I LOVE the pumpkin little green alien dude! I don't think we have seen him yet in this thread. I want that pumpkin (I am a big fan of the Little Green Men)!
My DH is a huge Little Green Men fan, too, so I have to photograph anything to do with them!

[/QUOTE]Also, how cute is that "See ya real soon" with the Mickey icons on either end, spelled out in pumpkins? That's adorable! I don't think we have seen that here yet either. I know that's my first time seeing it at all - I never noticed it in the park.[/QUOTE]

There were a number of different decorations at WDW compared to DL - I am so excited to see DL this year as it has been a few years and I'm sure they will have new things from when I was there before!
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My DH is a huge Little Green Men fan, too, so I have to photograph anything to do with them!

There were a number of different decorations at WDW compared to DL - I am so excited to see DL this year as it has been a few years and I'm sure they will have new things from when I was there before!
Oh, I see! I initially overlooked your sentence where you said "A bonus picture..." (My coffee has not kicked in yet, apparently!) The "See ya real soon" looks like something that could very easily be at DLR too - that's why I thought it must have been at DLR as well, and that I just missed it! It doesn't look like anything that would/should be WDW-exclusive for HalloweenTime, but I guess it is. It's so cute!

The Little Green Men are probably my favorite characters in the Toy Story movies - and that's saying a lot seeing that those movies are full of wonderful characters. I can't get enough of them! I must hunt down that pumpkin this year at the Round-Up, and hopefully it will be there again.

Disney Dreams posted a photo in the Disney at Christmas thread last year, soon after the holiday season began. The photo was of some of the holiday merchandise/ornaments/knick knacks that DLR had up on the shelves for the season. Some of the ornaments were characters putting on accessories to look like other characters. I think Rex from Toy Story was wearing mouse ears. And the Little Green Men (or in this case, only one of them) was putting on a Sorcerer Mickey hat. It was the cutest thing ever!!
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So if you haven't ordered a Disney Visa Debit Card or Credit Card yet, and you don't mind paying the $25 annual fee, it's a good deal to get one!!
FYI, sorry, don't mean to get off topic, but the Disney Rewards Visa Credit Card has no annual fee. Even though you only earn 1% rewards on the credit card, we love it because of the perks at the parks, discounts on purchases, and the jump start on WDW promotions.

To get back on topic, I love this thread! Thank you Sherry for keeping it relevant on the boards on page 1 all of the time! We're going in late September and although we've been to DLR the days right after Halloween (they still had some decorations up), I can't wait to see the full blown decorations during Halloweentime! Are all of the characters at the parks in Halloween attire, or are some in their "normal" appearance and occasionally appear in the parks in their Halloween attire?
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