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Old 05-28-2013, 06:06 PM   #16
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Let's hope so. Will happily update this thread after the trip.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:03 PM   #17
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Does anyone know if you can use Fastpasses after there window in TDL and TDS?
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:09 PM   #18
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You can't count on using FP after the allotted time at TDR.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:36 PM   #19
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I wouldn't count on it. Especially if it is at all busy. They wouldn't even give me a Rider Switch (which they hand write at TDR) on my last visit.
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:17 AM   #20
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Does anyone know if you can use Fastpasses after there window in TDL and TDS?
You can do it, it's better if it's not too late after the FP time. The exception is at the end of the day after they have finished taking FP's entirely, so just make sure the FP line is still open.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:10 AM   #21
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Thanks guys.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:04 AM   #22
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Hi all, what is the right Japanese term for rider swap? "rideru swapo"? Is it Junglish?

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Old 06-17-2013, 12:17 AM   #23
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You know, good question. haha. The first time we went, in April, it wasn't busy at all and when my DD got measured at Indiana Jones and wasn't tall enough, they offered me a rider switch. It was kind of a hand written pass and they asked me for how many people.

When I went the next time on Memorial Day, it was extremely busy and when I asked for a pass at IJ again, I was told no.

I would just say it in English and they will most likely understand what you want.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:59 AM   #24
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:21 AM   #25
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One other question. Does anyone know if TDL carries any Star Wars merchandise? Maybe at PlanetM? My son is asking knowing the US parks do carry Star Wars items.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:52 PM   #26
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Yes, TDL does sell Star Tours merchandise, but I'm trying to remember exactly which store it was. I want to say Cosmic Encounter, but don't quote me on that. Lots of cute stuff, but definitely different from the US. Not nearly the same amount of Star Wars Toys like you see in Anaheim.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:44 AM   #27
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Thanks for confirming.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:17 AM   #28
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DAY ONE: TDL

First day at TDL today. Was better than I planned. Two youngest ones (family of 6 here) were still recovering from a cold so didn't join myself and older two until the lunch show at the Polynesian Terrace. So this is how it went:

At the gate by about 0830. Line wasn't terrible - smaller than a busy day at HKDL which is my frame of reference. At 0900 as the gates opened they announced that all Fastpasses for Haunted House were gone and Space Mountain was closed.

Many people ran and some groups were clearly organized. I had two kids and didn't want to stress myself out by trying to race people for Fastpasses on my holiday. Though I knew what I wanted to ride with kids and this was my guide.

We hit Splash Mountain First, got FP and then jumped on it to ride. Big hit with kids as expected. Moved onto Big Thunder Mountain which had a wait time of 50m so FP it and then went to the Haunted Mansion which was listed as a 25m wait. After Haunted Mansion headed to Star Tours which had a 50m wait. In reality it was about 30m. After exiting got an FP for it and it was almost time for the lunch show with the whole family. Hit the Tiki Room right before Lilo's Laua then headed home to get a well deserved rest.

Headed back to the park with the whole family to catch the Electric Parade (which is great btw) and then dinner at the Queen of Hearts. After which Mom and the older two used the Splash Mountain FP to ride (it's my wife's favorite ride) and I took the younger two to Small World. Then we switched kids and I took the older ones to Thunder Mountain and FP it. Younger two went on the carousel and Snow Whites Adventure (which terrified them).

We had 20m to closing time and one more FP for Star Tours while heading through Fantasyland to get to Star Tours we ran into each other and decided to use the last bit of time to ride Peter Pan together which had a 90m wait time all day and only 10m at 2145. We tried to squeeze in Honey Pots as well today but ran out of time.

All in all a very fun (and productive) day with minimal wait time. Pretty much hit all my high priority rides except for Honey Pots and Pirates. Plan was to collect FP for as many rides as possible for evening riding and just Standby the rest as needed with a mid-afternoon break to rest and let the little ones sleep to have the energy to go until closing time.

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Old 06-26-2013, 05:18 AM   #29
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DAY TWO: TDL

It was raining all day becoming heavy from about midday. Despite being soaked by the time we called it quits (about 1500) we had hit every high priority ride and many other attractions I considered optional.

We copied the previous days attack plan which has Dad and older two go first and grab Fastpasses where appropriate and Mom plus youngsters joined later.

Park was a lot emptier today due to storms but the popular rides were still occupied - for example Snowwhite was a walk on but plenty of people at the Honey Pots. Since the Honey Pot ride was the last main ride the youngsters wanted to go on we grabbed FP and then rode it. This is such a superior version to the HK one in both the queue area and actual ride its like two different rides.

Since we gave up a FP for the Honey Pots we lined up for Monsters Inc. Was about 90m from the time we lined up to walking off the ride. It's a fun ride but its not worth a 70m+ wait. The animatronics are great. Characters really come to life. But the queue area is very thematic but not as good, as say, Star Tours to entertain you while you wait.

While in the queue I jumped out and grabbed a FP for Star Tours. We also visited Roger Rabbits Spin which had a zero wait time. It's was just a bombardment of insanity and only made sense if you watched the film. Worth the queue time but unless your kids love (or at least know) Roger Rabbit I wouldn't say it would be high priority.

We had a bit of time before the lunch show so jumped on the Mark Twain Riverboat. This was a fun and relaxing ride. Since the older two are learning about US history it was luckily appropriate. Grabbed a FP to Splash Mountain as elder two love this ride.

Went to the Diamond Horseshoe lunch show with the whole family. When we came out it was pouring but the afternoon parade went on even in the black rain like conditions. Little ones went to Honey Pots while older kids went to Pirates. Another great ride with a 5m wait. However my kids were confused and I had to explain the ride. But if I am honest I only knew what was going on due to the movie - even though the movie post-dates the ride. I enjoyed this ride nonetheless.

We had one last priority attraction - Cinderella Fairy Tale Hall. I have 3 girls so that made it a priority After the hall we still had an hour for the Star Tours FP and two hours for Splash Mountain FP. If it wasn't pouring I would have stayed but our socks and shoes were soaked and we were all in a good mood but we needed a break. So went back to the apartment for a break with the intention of coming back. But the rain got heavier and we couldn't motivate ourselves to return. Very happy we did the Electrical Parade last night.

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Old 06-26-2013, 09:46 AM   #30
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Thanks for the reporting - I'm headed to TDL in August with my family of 6. If you have a minute to answer some questions:

1. Did you try rider swap?
2. If you noticed, how were lines at some of the younger oriented attractions like Dumbo?
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