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Old 07-04-2011, 10:26 AM   #1171
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Taking a break mid day. Best tip ever!

Getting to parks early and leaving by 1 PM. Go back in evening and enjoy dinner, parade and fireworks without being totally exhausted.

We didn't do this at AK, and I got ill from the heat that day
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Old 07-04-2011, 10:40 AM   #1172
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I have a question...I am really concern about arriving to the parks so late on my first day. We will probably arrive about noon. Well I just realized that I have to go to my resort to check in first to get my park tickets. I went through AAA but they said I would have to check in first then get park tickest. I was just hoping to be able to drop off our bags and then hit the bus to go to MK.
My question is, if everyone knows to take a break around noonish will the crowds be to horrendous to even try to go to MK? Thanks!
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Old 07-04-2011, 11:51 AM   #1173
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I have a question...I am really concern about arriving to the parks so late on my first day. We will probably arrive about noon. Well I just realized that I have to go to my resort to check in first to get my park tickets. I went through AAA but they said I would have to check in first then get park tickest. I was just hoping to be able to drop off our bags and then hit the bus to go to MK.
My question is, if everyone knows to take a break around noonish will the crowds be to horrendous to even try to go to MK? Thanks!
When are you going? Will your arrival day be an EMH day? Will you be going to MK another day of your trip?

If you are going to MK on another day as well, don't sweat it! There will be availability on rides and such. Ride the rides you can get on reasonably on your half day and then get to the others on your early arrival MK day. Maybe take this day to watch the afternoon pararade at 3pm, MSEP and Wishes and then save your other MK day just for rides.

It will work out. Try to enjoy your first day, for me after all that traveling I am really worked up when I go to the park after just arriving-it's very stressful between the airport and checking in and the excitement of arrival.

Have fun, travel safe!
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Old 07-04-2011, 11:58 AM   #1174
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Main Point - small groups are best. Even better when I am part of each one
Great strategy, I will have to take a page from your book. LOVE IT!
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:25 PM   #1175
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I have a question...I am really concern about arriving to the parks so late on my first day. We will probably arrive about noon. Well I just realized that I have to go to my resort to check in first to get my park tickets. I went through AAA but they said I would have to check in first then get park tickest. I was just hoping to be able to drop off our bags and then hit the bus to go to MK.
My question is, if everyone knows to take a break around noonish will the crowds be to horrendous to even try to go to MK? Thanks!
You haven't said what date you will arrive, so I don't know what time MK closes that day, or what the predicted crowd levels might be. However, I wouldn't worry about it too much unless you are arriving on a holiday weekend. Ride what you can, and get whatever fastpasses you can.

Are you arriving by plane and taking ME? If so, you may want to do online check in (you can do this up to 10 days before you arrive). This way you get off ME and go straight to the online check in counter. The process is much more streamlined than going through the regular check in. And a ME arrival can dump a lot of people into the lineup! Your luggage won't arrive via ME for another 3-4 hours.

If you arrive by car, you can check your luggage, check in quickly, then head to the park. You can call for your luggage when you return later in the day.
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:59 PM   #1176
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I looked into the online check in and was wondering about that but how do I get my park tickets?
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Old 07-04-2011, 06:28 PM   #1177
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I looked into the online check in and was wondering about that but how do I get my park tickets?
Online check in doesn't mean you don't have to still go to guest services....it just means that most of the check in process will already be done and your room key (which will have your park tickets encoded) will already be ready for you to pick up. Cuts the wait time by a lot.
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:06 PM   #1178
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- Go to the dollar store and buy spiral-bound, unlined index cards (3x5). We bought some Disney stickers and letters to spell their names, and voila - personalized (cheap) autograph books.
That is a great way to do it cheap! I couldn't decide what I wanted to do. This is a great thing for the kids to decorate themselves.
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:07 PM   #1179
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All great tips!

They had this exact journal at Walmart today for $10 less! I snagged one. I figued I could use it for autographs for DD7.

http://www.disneystore.com/journals-...=KNC-DSSGoogle

They also had all their Disney tees for kids $5.00. Got Chip and Dale! Never saw that one, beautiful pink mickey with sparkles, too!

Gotta save wherever I can!
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:32 PM   #1180
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Old 07-22-2011, 02:34 PM   #1181
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Good thing my trip is five months away, because it will take me that long to read all these great ideas.
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Old 07-22-2011, 02:51 PM   #1182
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Put an address label on all electronic equipment (camera, phone, mp3 player...) Guests frequently leave small items behind, and CM's will turn them into GR. They check to see if you are a guest at their hotels, and if not, they will mail your gadget back to you, if they know where to send it! A friend of mine learned this the hard way.
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:31 PM   #1183
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If you have kids, avoid the light up sneakers - the power pack in the heel makes their feet hurt badly. It took me forever to figure out that was the problem.

I thought you had to go through the security line if you had stuff - is that not true? Really, bags only? If I have a water bottle, and no bag, I can walk right in? I was surprised to read about folks packing cargo pants full of stuff and skipping security.
I've often thought that bag check is a waste. If you wanted to bring anything illegal into the park who would put it in a bag that was going to be searched. So you can smuggle anything past them. Why put the guest through this.
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:32 PM   #1184
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I've often thought that bag check is a waste. If you wanted to bring a gun or anything else illegal into the park who would put it in a bag that was going to be searched.
The bag search is not just a bag seach. It also serves to slow people down, so that security can eye-ball everyone.
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:37 PM   #1185
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