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Old 10-19-2012, 01:58 PM   #1
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Fellow Canadian Disers

Hi All,
It's been 4 years since we've been to the World and now we are heading back in February (last time we went in September).
If anyone can help with some refreshers/tips (about parks, dining, packing) that would be great.
I am also looking for some specific help with clothes packing. I'm pretty sure I will need to pack differently from the last trip.
Thanks everyone,
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:38 PM   #2
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Hi there,

Glad you are going back!

From your profile looks like a family of 3 and your DD is six? I think the one thing that we have stuck to is the go early morning for Rope Drop is close to opening, come back to resort for lunch/break, then go back at night. With our 2 kids it has always worked out best this way.

What week are you going in February? 3rd week(President's day week in the US) is showing crazy crowds, so watch out for that if you are there that week.

Are you staying on-site or off-site? Will you have a rental car or use WDW transportation?

happy to provide more input if needed.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:34 PM   #3
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We are going Feb 23-Mar2 and staying at POR (same resort as last trip). We will be using the WDW transportation. I will also be placing an order with Garden Grocer before we leave.

Thanks for your input
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:06 AM   #4
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We have gone once before at the end of Jan.2011 and it was chilly at night, most of the days were warm but not hot like it is in September so pack a few things like fall weather here and you should be good. Weather there was soo much nicer then what we came back to on our return trip home!
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:19 PM   #5
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We were there last year for the first week of January. The weather was all over the place - shorts, ts, and pool time early in the week; pants, toques and sweaters near the end of the week. We packed for a full range of weather, and we needed it.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:25 PM   #6
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We are going Feb 23-Mar2 and staying at POR (same resort as last trip). We will be using the WDW transportation. I will also be placing an order with Garden Grocer before we leave.

Thanks for your input
We may be there the same time (Feb 24 - Mar 2). We went March break last year (Feb 29 - Mar 8). The weather was variable. One day was hot enough to go to a water park, but 1 evening in MK it was cold. Pack a pair of long pants and sweater/windbreaker. A small pair of knit gloves would also come in handy.

The days were generally beautiful. 18-22C. No rain at all. Crowds were great until the end of the week when some Spring Breakers arrived.

We plan to stay @ POP - but POR was where we stayed during out last trip w/o the kids.

ps....start making your ADR's as soon as possible. We have all ours set already. Are you booking the Stay, Plan & Dine Promo ?
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:39 PM   #7
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We may be there the same time (Feb 24 - Mar 2). We went March break last year (Feb 29 - Mar 8). The weather was variable. One day was hot enough to go to a water park, but 1 evening in MK it was cold. Pack a pair of long pants and sweater/windbreaker. A small pair of knit gloves would also come in handy.

The days were generally beautiful. 18-22C. No rain at all. Crowds were great until the end of the week when some Spring Breakers arrived.

We plan to stay @ POP - but POR was where we stayed during out last trip w/o the kids.

ps....start making your ADR's as soon as possible. We have all ours set already. Are you booking the Stay, Plan & Dine Promo ?
My ADR's are done. I did those before the trip was actually booked. Yes we are on the Stay, Play & Dine Promo.
I would never have thought of bringing a pair of gloves. Thanks for the tip.
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My ADR's are done. I did those before the trip was actually booked. Yes we are on the Stay, Play & Dine Promo.
I would never have thought of bringing a pair of gloves. Thanks for the tip.
Gloves - yes small cotton variety - don't take up much space when packing.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:42 AM   #9
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Just a couple of packing tips. This is the time of year when we put away our summer shorts/sandals/etc. Put some of them into a suitcase instead, that way you won't need to try to find them in Feb. My other tip is to use packing cubes. They organize your packing, take up way less space in your bag, and no more sitting on a case to close it! Oh yeah, and roll your clothes up before putting them into the cubes, takes up less space yet. Have a great trip!

Seems they've been discussing cubes on the resort board:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3010289

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Hi All,
It's been 4 years since we've been to the World and now we are heading back in February (last time we went in September).
If anyone can help with some refreshers/tips (about parks, dining, packing) that would be great.
I am also looking for some specific help with clothes packing. I'm pretty sure I will need to pack differently from the last trip.
Thanks everyone,
Cheryl
Hi Cheryl, Best advice for packing is check with accuweather a few days before your trip. That should help with what to pack. They have extended forcasts for all of North America. Love the packing cubes used them on a recent trip to BC. Saves space, easier for airport security. Also good for keeping any unwanted pests out! Have a Great Trip

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Old 10-25-2012, 08:21 PM   #11
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And a couple of park-related items, which you may well have already noticed on the boards.

- FastPass return times are being enforced. This is changing the patterns for standby lines, and seriously benefits you if you can organize your FastPass selections.

- PhotoPass+ has an online pre-purchase discount, which could be worth it if you want to splurge on more than 10 photos. It includes all of your ride photos too. We got more than 300 photos on our last trip.

- If you want to ride ToyStoryMania, go for rope drop at Hollywood Studios. This is a must.

- Phineas and Ferb have a character spot in HS now.

- Perry the Platypus has replaced the KimPossible search in Epcot. Same routine, however, where you help Agent P in one of the countries in World Showcase.

- Test Track will be reopened and refurbed.

- Splash Mountain will be down, for a much-needed refurbishment. We were evacuated twice last summer!

- And of course lots to see in the new Fantasyland, including the princesses in their new location.

Have a fabulous trip!
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:30 PM   #12
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We have been in july,august,october and january.
Weather is unexpected and changes all the time. I would look when it gets close. But this past time we went we packed for just incase. Glad we did because it was warm during the day cooler at night. When we went in january one year it was cool but we were still able to swim, even though people there thought we were crazy at the time.

Another thing we do is follow easywdw's websites recomendations for parks to visit and plans once you get there. we enjoy following these plans and find them super helpful as they are specific to the exact day you are going.
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