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Old 04-12-2012, 08:36 AM   #151
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No I haven't looked yet, I'm a little scared . Should I?
they have a pop up book really gorgeous Christmas ornaments and vintage style posters

I'm already thinking a programme for each of my girls, and a pop up book an ornament or 2 and a poster for me

Has anyone been following the Fantasyland expansion thread? It sounds like at least some of the new parts will be open by November. I bet even if Gaston's Tavern and Be Our Guest restaurant are open they will be so packed it won't be worth going.. I would love the new Ariel ride and Eric and the Beast's castles to be open though!
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is christmas day a bad day to be at magic kingdom I am unsure when to go thanksgiving or christmas?
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Old 04-12-2012, 04:50 PM   #153
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they have a pop up book really gorgeous Christmas ornaments and vintage style posters

I'm already thinking a programme for each of my girls, and a pop up book an ornament or 2 and a poster for me

Has anyone been following the Fantasyland expansion thread? It sounds like at least some of the new parts will be open by November. I bet even if Gaston's Tavern and Be Our Guest restaurant are open they will be so packed it won't be worth going.. I would love the new Ariel ride and Eric and the Beast's castles to be open though!
OH gosh, now I'm going to have to go look. My DD is obsessed with programs so will have to have that. I'm obsessed with Christmas so will have to have an ornament (or two ). Hmmm, I better go and look, I don't want to be ignorant about my options .
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:57 PM   #154
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OH My DD is obsessed with programs
I have bought my girls a programme each for every show they have been to - my 6 year old already has half a dozen or so! They love when I get them out and we look through them

And I am a bit of a Christmas nut too!
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:00 PM   #155
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is christmas day a bad day to be at magic kingdom I am unsure when to go thanksgiving or christmas?
Sorry I am no help! I have heard MK fills to capacity on Christmas day but it probably does on Thanksgiving as well...

From the discussion on this thread I think airfares, accommodation etc would be cheaper at Thanksgiving.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:17 PM   #156
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is christmas day a bad day to be at magic kingdom I am unsure when to go thanksgiving or christmas?
Christmas day in Magic Kingdom is usually full to capacity by 10.30am, resort guests will sometimes be allowed entry depending on the grade of capacity. Best time to go Christmas day is after 8pm. Before this it is crazy!

Can't help you with Thanksgiving.

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Old 04-12-2012, 08:23 PM   #157
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is christmas day a bad day to be at magic kingdom I am unsure when to go thanksgiving or christmas?
My understanding is that TG and Xmas are the two busiest, most crowded, out-of-all-comprehension periods for MK and WDW as a whole and that things are just unmanageable.

Are you flexible with dates at all to avoid those bottlenecks?

If it were me, I'd prefer to avoid a WDW holiday if it was going to be crowd crazy. I simply wouldn't enjoy it and huff and puff.
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I booked through Bob Hill at Mousetales Travel and if and when either free dining or a room discount get offered for my dates, he will apply it to my booking for me. If the offer is only for some of my dates we may have to rejig some things in terms of checking in and out again, or something like that but that is the beauty of booking with a US TA, they can apply to discounts for you without you having to worry and stress about it.

Fingers and toes and eyes crossed for free dining though.
Sounds great!!!! Free dining would be great
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:40 AM   #159
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well today i am back to planning with a vengeance, and we've finally decided on dates - nov 23 to dec 13 so i will be on here a little more frequently with all my questions about flights/where to go/value for money etc.

last time we went in nov only and we were at disneyland nov 6-8 which made it a relatively non-busy time of the year and the weather, while rainy and cold on our first day, was fabulous on our second and third days.

this year, we'll be in california from dec 1 - dec 11, so i'm wondering for those that have been there at that time of year... what's it like?? should we be prepared for chilly nights and rain, or is it still nice, warm, temperate sunny weather??

also, crowds? are there likely to be huge crowds, especially at disneyland at that time?
We were at Disneyland in the first week of December 2011 and found the crowds were nowhere near as bad as I'd heard. We hardly used FPs or queued for anything. There was a need for FPs at World of Color for close to the water, which we picked up as soon as we got into the park.

We found the mornings and late afternoons chilly (but we are nth Qld'ers) with a need for jackets, gloves etc. We stayed until after the fireworks every night and on some nights we found it really really cold by that time. During the middle of the day, though, it was lovely. It did seem to start getting dark around 4.30pm and that's when we felt it get chilly. Remember to bring layers and you can always hire a locker to store stuff if you need to.

We were blessed with no rain but the fireworks were cancelled one night because of the strong Santa Ana winds, so keep in mind that the decision to cancel them is made at the VERY last minute and not made lightly. We did have the snow to compensate. I didn't care as it was my first time at Disney and I was just so excited to be there in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle regardless.

Enjoy your trip. Remember to take time out to just sit and watch and listen. And get a book on Hidden Mickey's from a gift shop as soon as you get there and follow the trail. I didn't get mine until we were leaving on the second last day and I think I missed out on so much because of it.
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We were at Disneyland in the first week of December 2011 and found the crowds were nowhere near as bad as I'd heard. We hardly used FPs or queued for anything. There was a need for FPs at World of Color for close to the water, which we picked up as soon as we got into the park.

We found the mornings and late afternoons chilly (but we are nth Qld'ers) with a need for jackets, gloves etc. We stayed until after the fireworks every night and on some nights we found it really really cold by that time. During the middle of the day, though, it was lovely. It did seem to start getting dark around 4.30pm and that's when we felt it get chilly. Remember to bring layers and you can always hire a locker to store stuff if you need to.

We were blessed with no rain but the fireworks were cancelled one night because of the strong Santa Ana winds, so keep in mind that the decision to cancel them is made at the VERY last minute and not made lightly. We did have the snow to compensate. I didn't care as it was my first time at Disney and I was just so excited to be there in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle regardless.

Enjoy your trip. Remember to take time out to just sit and watch and listen. And get a book on Hidden Mickey's from a gift shop as soon as you get there and follow the trail. I didn't get mine until we were leaving on the second last day and I think I missed out on so much because of it.
thanks for this insight... when we were there in november, it was quite rainy and chilly of an evening, which we were not prepared for as we'd heard california temps are usually quite mild that time of the year... sounds like a few extra hoodies/jackets and scarves are going on my packing list...

i love the idea of the hidden mickey book -- sounds like great fun and a great way to see parts of the park you would otherwise maybe not pay such close attention to
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:40 AM   #161
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Can I be updated in terms of WDW resorts. We are staying at AKL from 9-14 Dec (6 nights) and then POFQ 15-19 Dec (5 nights).

Thanks, so excited.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:25 PM   #162
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Very exciting news, I booked our flights yesterday so one big step closer. Dates have changed a wee bit as it was significantly cheaper to fly to LA on Sunday rather than Tuesday - such a chore to have 2 extra days on holiday

So we are now LA 9-17/12, Hawaii 17-24/12. Still working on the itinerary but thinking DL will be still first = 10-13/12 to avoid the weekend crowds.
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thanks for this insight... when we were there in november, it was quite rainy and chilly of an evening, which we were not prepared for as we'd heard california temps are usually quite mild that time of the year... sounds like a few extra hoodies/jackets and scarves are going on my packing list...

i love the idea of the hidden mickey book -- sounds like great fun and a great way to see parts of the park you would otherwise maybe not pay such close attention to
Alicia we flew into LAX once on 8th December (for example) on the VAustralia flight, about 6.30am, it was 7.05am (just missed the DL Express, watched it drive away!) Anyway and it was 4 degrees, yes, 4 degrees! It was FREEZING!!!!! That day, it topped 12 degrees. But then over the two weeks we were there, it varied from top of 12 degrees, cold and raining to 25 degrees and warm during the day to cooling off again at night. It was always cool at night and early mornings, but daytime tops varied from freezing to pleasant! So be prepared for all weather. Totally not what I was expecting!

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Can I be updated in terms of WDW resorts. We are staying at AKL from 9-14 Dec (6 nights) and then POFQ 15-19 Dec (5 nights).

Thanks, so excited.
Woo Hoo! Congratulations on those bookings! Sounds Very Very exciting

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Very exciting news, I booked our flights yesterday so one big step closer. Dates have changed a wee bit as it was significantly cheaper to fly to LA on Sunday rather than Tuesday - such a chore to have 2 extra days on holiday

So we are now LA 9-17/12, Hawaii 17-24/12. Still working on the itinerary but thinking DL will be still first = 10-13/12 to avoid the weekend crowds.
Congrats on booking the flights At least you have firm dates now. Now just to organise what to do where.
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Very exciting news, I booked our flights yesterday so one big step closer. Dates have changed a wee bit as it was significantly cheaper to fly to LA on Sunday rather than Tuesday - such a chore to have 2 extra days on holiday

So we are now LA 9-17/12, Hawaii 17-24/12. Still working on the itinerary but thinking DL will be still first = 10-13/12 to avoid the weekend crowds.
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