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Old 10-27-2012, 04:08 PM   #796
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What sorts of gas stations are in the area? I'd like to ask for gas cards for Christmas, but they won't do much good if there's no gas station that accepts them near WDW

Also - my mom is thinking of getting the girls Pirates League makeovers for Christmas presents. Timing wise I'm thinking of booking it for right after our CRT breakfast on DD's birthday. Our CRT ressie is 8:10. If I book PL for 9:30 is that too early? Should I go 9:45? 10? I don't want to lose too much of the day on the makeover but I don't want to rush our CRT experience either.

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The gas stations that are on disney property are Hess stations.
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Hope all our January DIS friends who live along the path of Sandy stay safe over the next 48 hours. Periodically browsing on DIS has provided me with some much needed distraction from tracking the storm.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:09 PM   #798
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I hope everyone is safe as well. I am in NY and so far they are predicting worse than Irene last year. We are well prepared and will just pray for the best.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:41 PM   #799
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Hope all our January DIS friends who live along the path of Sandy stay safe over the next 48 hours. Periodically browsing on DIS has provided me with some much needed distraction from tracking the storm.
Me too! Schools are closed for the next two days at least. Patio furniture secured, cars filled with gas, generator ready to keep sump pump and fridge working. Candles, flashlights and batteries. At least it won't be snow in New Jersey this time! Be safe, everyone!!!

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Old 10-28-2012, 10:20 PM   #800
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Going January 9-16 for my husband's and I 36th Anniversary. First time going by ourselves. Can't wait.
How great!! I still want to go with just DH sometime ...just need to find someone willing to watch the kids!

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Just crossed the 3-months-to-go mark yesterday!!

In celebration, I've started a Pre-Trip Report for our trip in late January.
Cool! I'll try to stop over there.

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Also - my mom is thinking of getting the girls Pirates League makeovers for Christmas presents. Timing wise I'm thinking of booking it for right after our CRT breakfast on DD's birthday. Our CRT ressie is 8:10. If I book PL for 9:30 is that too early? Should I go 9:45? 10? I don't want to lose too much of the day on the makeover but I don't want to rush our CRT experience either.

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I'd probably book 9:45am to be safe. But we like to linger over our CM and not rush them. I know some places like to rush you out of there but that's not what I enjoy ... esp at CRT. So we always stay about 1 hr and 15 minutes, then bathroom, etc. Also, you'll want to check in at PL prior to your appointment...we just don't like to feel rushed at Disney (when we can help it!)

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I was wondering what others would suggest . . . We will be visiting MK on Thursday Jan 31st. There are EMH that am. We plan to eat at 1900s Park Fare for breakfast with the characters and also for my DS and DD to have pirate makeovers at Pirates League. Would it be better to have breakfast first or do the makeover first? We currently have ADRs for 1900s PF at 10:15 and then PL at 11:50. I am wondering if we will miss out on some things if we do the makeovers at that time. What do you all think? Thanks!!
Another option -- do your kids to like show off and get attention? If so, then you'd want to do the PL earlier in the day so more people can see it and make comments. Don't forget the pirate parade that afternoon prior to the Jack Sparrow show. My daughter marched in that as a Mermaid and had a lot of fun!

When we did the PL, we slept in until 8:30am, then went to MK and straight to our 10:15am appt and then toured MK for the rest of the day (with a stop at GF Garden View Tea for a light Lunch, where she got a lot more attention dressed as a mermaid!). Our Mermaid transformation, from start to finish took over an hour (includes checking in, waiting, photos while waiting, transformation, more photos, more waiting before going into the secret room with the option for the photo package, which we did not get, and waiting to check out. Yes, there was a LOT of waiting!)

My DD got so much attention as a Mermaid in the park -- she loved it!! The makeup only lasted about 1/2 a day, but by then it was getting dark so it turned out fine.


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Wilderness. We have been to WDW several times over 40 years & have only NOT stayed at FW twice.

DD is making our ADRs for the dining plan. Love that dining plan, so much fun to decide where to eat!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Welcome!! Sounds like you guys love FW!

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We'll be going Jan. 27-Feb. 1. We're going with extended family and staying at SOG. We just finalized dates about a week ago, and my FIL just booked the rooms -- so I'm just starting my planning.

I have a grand total of one meal booked: breakfast at Akershus for all 16 of us! That number's why I haven't booked more meals -- I keep thinking, "Well, we could do CP for the Winnie the Pooh characters...but MIL and FIL wouldn't want to miss that...and BIL & SIL + their kids are going for the first time, I don't want to leave them out... and they might be bringing her mother... and we don't want to leave out..." I think we're going to be doing mostly CS meals, I'm thinking! My only concern is that my DD3 has a peanut allergy, discovered since our last trip, so I'm trying to read up everything I can as far as what she can/can't have to eat in the parks. Whew! All that said, I'm so excited and grateful to be going with the family group -- it's going to be great.
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Hope all our January DIS friends who live along the path of Sandy stay safe over the next 48 hours. Periodically browsing on DIS has provided me with some much needed distraction from tracking the storm.
Yep, me too! Schools are closed tomorrow and we did all our preparations. Now just waiting to see what we'll really get.

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I hope everyone is safe as well. I am in NY and so far they are predicting worse than Irene last year. We are well prepared and will just pray for the best.
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Me too! Schools are closed for the next two days at least. Patio furniture secured, cars filled with gas, generator ready to keep sump pump and fridge working. Candles, flashlights and batteries. At least it won't be snow in New Jersey this time! Be safe, everyone!!!

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Old 10-28-2012, 10:31 PM   #801
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:07 AM   #802
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Just wanted to post to tell all the New England Disers to stay safe.

I am in NC and we had some crazy wind for the last three days, but we missed most of the rain, etc.

Hope it turns out to not be as bad as they are saying.
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Im coming a little late to the party! Ill be running the half marathon and staying at POR Jan 9-15. I will actually be flying down ahead of my family om Jan 9th!!! A whole entire day to myself......what should I do?????
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:18 PM   #804
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Im coming a little late to the party! Ill be running the half marathon and staying at POR Jan 9-15. I will actually be flying down ahead of my family om Jan 9th!!! A whole entire day to myself......what should I do?????
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Go do everything you want to do that your family complains about!!

Whether that be sleeping in, shopping all day, seeing the "corny" shows, going on the wild rides, etc.

Have a great day!!
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My family will be visiting the world Jan 19-25. We were last there Thanksgiving week 2009. Crowds were insane...fastpasses were vital. Can anyone who has gone during an extreme busy time and then gone during a low crowd time complare the two for me? I have heard that Jan has low crowds, but I truly cannot even picture what that means. I have been to WDW 7 times and it has always been durning peak crowd seasons...Im just curious as to how different this time may be.

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My family will be visiting the world Jan 19-25. We were last there Thanksgiving week 2009. Crowds were insane...fastpasses were vital. Can anyone who has gone during an extreme busy time and then gone during a low crowd time complare the two for me? I have heard that Jan has low crowds, but I truly cannot even picture what that means. I have been to WDW 7 times and it has always been durning peak crowd seasons...Im just curious as to how different this time may be.

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We went the last week of January 2012 and found most rides to be a walk-on to about a 15 minute wait. Only the big rides like TSMM, Soarin and Space Mountain had longer wait times (45 minutes to over an hour). FPs last longer so you don't have to be in a rush to get them (like you do in summertime/Xmas, etc).

Walking through the parks is anywhere from "a breeze", hardly anyone around, to a somewhat crowded.

You will encounter the Brazilian Tour Groups, so zig when they zag and if they just entered the FP line, wait until they go through a bit (if your time allows you to).

The weather may be cool, cold, nice, warm or hot. Don't do your final packing until you are about 2-4 days out (I always pack about 2-3 weeks out when we go other times during the year). Bring layers and/or a jacket in the morning and after sun goes down.

Be aware of the park hours -- at this time of year, they are not open as late and EMH are only extended for 2 hours in 2013. So plan your dinner times wisely -- you may not want a 5:30pm dinner if the park closes at 7pm.

The caveat to all of this is that you are going to be there over MLK weekend and crowds will pick up. Also, those who are there for the marathon will add to the crowds this year. There is a great special right now and folks are taking advantage of it as well and it's adding more people. Disney also just announced a new "limited time magic" which may draw more locals in January for them to come check it out. Finally, the new Fantasyland will have just opened up, along with AoA resort suites and LM rooms and people may wait out the Thanksgiving/Christmas crowds and will visit in January. OH and don't forget that January is notorious for several rides/shows to be down for maintenance -- and guaranteed it'll be some big ones.

All of this will add up to IMHO, crowds for January 2013 will be more crowded than in past years for the same time period. My guess, and only my guess, is that instead of 5-15 minute waits on average, we may see 15-35 minute waits on average (which is still better than peak!). Expect FLE rides/shows to have longer wait times, of course, since they are the new thing!

As always, even in January, get to park at RD, use FP wisely and you'll be ahead of the crowd if you wish to get an early start.

We relax a bit more in January and usually don't do RD each day (maybe just 1-2x). We know it'll be less crowded so try to enjoy it more ... try out some of the old rides or shows that we normally don't take the time to do.

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My family will be visiting the world Jan 19-25. We were last there Thanksgiving week 2009. Crowds were insane...fastpasses were vital. Can anyone who has gone during an extreme busy time and then gone during a low crowd time complare the two for me? I have heard that Jan has low crowds, but I truly cannot even picture what that means. I have been to WDW 7 times and it has always been durning peak crowd seasons...Im just curious as to how different this time may be.

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Our last two trips were in April 2012 (a week after Easter weekend) and January 2011 (last week of January). Even though our April trip was only moderately crowded compared to the peak crowds in May and June, I can tell you there was a significantly noticeable difference in crowd levels. During our January trip, most rides were walk-ons during the first couple of hours of park operations. We still pulled FPs for the really popular rides such as Peter Pan.

The weekend you're arriving in January is probably the second busiest weekend for the month after New Years because of the three-day weekend with MLK day. Even then, I think you'll still be able to appreciate the lower crowd levels if you're comparing to Thanksgiving time, and everything will be at a more relaxed pace. The crowds will thin out a bit more after the weekend.

Stay clear of the international tour groups. If you see them heading in one direction or towards a specific attraction, go the opposite directions. Standing behind one of these groups in the queues can significantly affect your wait times. And if you see the tour group leader (usually holding a flag) at a FP machine, use another one since he or she will most likely be drawing about 100 FPs in one standing!
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Our last two trips were in April 2012 (a week after Easter weekend) and January 2011 (last week of January). Even though our April trip was only moderately crowded compared to the peak crowds in May and June, I can tell you there was a significantly noticeable difference in crowd levels. During our January trip, most rides were walk-ons during the first couple of hours of park operations. We still pulled FPs for the really popular rides such as Peter Pan.

The weekend you're arriving in January is probably the second busiest weekend for the month after New Years because of the three-day weekend with MLK day. Even then, I think you'll still be able to appreciate the lower crowd levels if you're comparing to Thanksgiving time, and everything will be at a more relaxed pace. The crowds will thin out a bit more after the weekend.

Stay clear of the international tour groups. If you see them heading in one direction or towards a specific attraction, go the opposite directions. Standing behind one of these groups in the queues can significantly affect your wait times. And if you see the tour group leader (usually holding a flag) at a FP machine, use another one since he or she will most likely be drawing about 100 FPs in one standing!
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Everything she said!
Other perspectives are always good!

I read some TR for the same time we were at Disney in January and they thought the tour groups had a huge impact on wait-times ... but I just didn't see that. Maybe we got lucky and just picked the opposite parks of the tour groups...
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