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Old 05-24-2011, 02:14 AM   #76
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Skagway - Musher's Camp and Sled Dog Experience - We thought this one was pretty lame. You spent most of the time on the bus and then modified ARMY vehicle getting up to the camp. We only spent maybe 15 minutes on the sled with a guy who spent most of his time telling us that he needed to raise money and sponsors for his Iditarod (sp?) race. Would not do this one again, but some of the scenery getting up there was nice.
How many people were on the tour, and how many other tours were there at the same time?

I've got this booked for my family with three littler girls - how would you rate it for kids?
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Thanks to both of you for the great details. We have the Yukon Expedition booked through Disney, but I'm totally considering switching to Chilkoot. Can I ask how much your excursions cost? I notice they don't have pricing on the website.
Our tour, with the 15 minute dog sled ride, was $206/adult and $147/child.
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Thanks to both of you for the great details. We have the Yukon Expedition booked through Disney, but I'm totally considering switching to Chilkoot. Can I ask how much your excursions cost? I notice they don't have pricing on the website.
For mine, I dont remember the actually price but it was 35 dollars less than disney i belive for the same exact thing, and you have a van versus a huge bus.
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Question Anyone do the Disney Exclusive Lumberjack Show in Ketchikan?

Just wondering what you thought of it. Did you enjoy it? Did your kids enjoy it? Was it worth the money?

Anyone know how this special "Disney" show differs from the regular show? For my family of 6, we could save about $50 by attending the non-Disney show (and buying tickets directly from the company). Just wondering what makes the Disney show special.

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Just wondering what you thought of it. Did you enjoy it? Did your kids enjoy it? Was it worth the money?

Anyone know how this special "Disney" show differs from the regular show? For my family of 6, we could save about $50 by attending the non-Disney show (and buying tickets directly from the company). Just wondering what makes the Disney show special.

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Actually I was able to book the Disney Exclusive one right on their website for the cheaper price and DD counted as a kid because she is 11. I wasn't originally looking to circumvent the system but my other excursion I have booked with Disney made it seem like the times overlapped even though it shouldn't. The show I think starts at 4:45 but the meeting time DCL has listed is earlier.
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Actually I was able to book the Disney Exclusive one right on their website for the cheaper price and DD counted as a kid because she is 11. I wasn't originally looking to circumvent the system but my other excursion I have booked with Disney made it seem like the times overlapped even though it shouldn't. The show I think starts at 4:45 but the meeting time DCL has listed is earlier.
Unfortunately, their website is showing the Disney show as sold out for the day we're going to be in Ketchikan. I also have an 11 year old and hate to pay the adult price for her when the website would only charge a child's rate for her. I may switch to the earlier, non-Disney show and just buy the tickets on the website. I emailed the company and she said the Disney show is no longer than the regular show, even though the website makes it appear to be 30 minutes longer. We also have early dining so the Disney show would interfere with our dinner time.
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Just wondering what you thought of it. Did you enjoy it? Did your kids enjoy it? Was it worth the money?

Anyone know how this special "Disney" show differs from the regular show? For my family of 6, we could save about $50 by attending the non-Disney show (and buying tickets directly from the company). Just wondering what makes the Disney show special.

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I merged your thread with the AK excursion thread in case others have the same questions as you on the Lumberjack Show.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:10 PM   #83
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Anyone tried one of these yet?

All Aboard Steam Train (Skagway)

Mountain Point Snorkeling (Ketchikan)

I'd love to hear more about one or both!
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[QUOTE=jenandkam;41173512]Skagway - Musher's Camp and Sled Dog Experience - We thought this one was pretty lame. You spent most of the time on the bus and then modified ARMY vehicle getting up to the camp. We only spent maybe 15 minutes on the sled with a guy who spent most of his time telling us that he needed to raise money and sponsors for his Iditarod (sp?) race. Would not do this one again, but some of the scenery getting up there was nice.

Is this the one thats just the Dog Sled experience? Where there puppies? Did you book through Disney? How long was the drive there? I am bringing my 5 year old girl. The ice one it too much.
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I booked the Yukon Excursion based on the great feedback here, and then started to wonder about one aspect no one has discussed - motion sickness. Were there many switchbacks on the bus on the way up, or was there a lot of "movement" in the bus?

My DD has no issues on the ship, but she "christened" the side of Haleakala about half-way up the mountain last year when we drove up to see the inside of the volcano. She was absolutely miserable sitting in the backseat with all of the switchbacks. We had to move her to the front and turn on the a/c to blow hard in her face! I don't want to torture the poor girl with a bus trip that will set her off. At least she is limited in terms of where it hits her - she does great on trains, ships, small boats, etc. - just not in the back seat of cars!

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Still trying to find out if anyone did the Disney Exclusive Musher for a Day in Juneau?
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Hoping to hear more feedback from those returning. What tours did you take? What did you like? Thoughts? Let us hear them.
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Lumberjack Show

My daughter loved the show (7 years old) because she got to help...but all my kids really enjoyed it...don't know for sure what the difference was, supposedly less busy and the logs that they cut had a mickey head burned into it, that people were able to take home once they were cut for souveneirs...I would do the show again...but you will be late for dining if you go, and it is lobster night...though they seem to have switched the semi formal to the last night...but they didn't switch the food...go figure! I would ask in advance.
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We did the Ride the Duck in Ketchikan. Booked it when we walked off the ship.
$38 pp (not sure on kids price). www.akduck.com
It was 'alright' -was fun and informative, but not the best thing I have ever done. If you want to see Ketchikan without walking around, its great for that. Then it takes you out into the water. Mostly showing you boats in the harbour. Heads over to the DCL ship so you can grab some photos from in the water.
Tour guide was sweet - young local college girl. Very outgoing and knew a lot of stuff. We were not bored, but also not overly jazzed. 2 kids fell asleep, 1 was quite restless. Lots of history talk. A few very lame jokes that are the type you would hear on jungle cruise. I would give it a 5/10.
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I booked the Yukon Excursion based on the great feedback here, and then started to wonder about one aspect no one has discussed - motion sickness. Were there many switchbacks on the bus on the way up, or was there a lot of "movement" in the bus?
I was concerned about this and called a tour operator. After talking to him for a while, I realized that we could have a problem with this. If you are really concerned, it's better to call and ask them since they can give you the detailed info that might help you decide. It's no fun being car sick on an excursion.
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