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Old 01-02-2013, 03:06 PM   #3226
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FIL surprised us by offering to treat my daughter to the courtyard package at BBB while we are there in 3 weeks. Obviously, short notice. When I called, there were no morning appointments (at least in MK) and I'm not sure if I see the point in doing it late in the day. Is it worth calling long distance every day for a cancellation? Is there a best time of day to call to avoid 30+ minute wait times on hold? What are the odds someone might cancel? Is it worth going in the morning on our first MK day (Jan 25th) and seeing if there is any chance of a walk in?

Finally, I thought about the DTD location. How long will it take me, by car, to get from DTD to MK (or any of the parks, really)? This is only our second trip to MK and I don't think we drove DTD to a park any of the days we were there, and I totally forget how long it takes to get from the parking lot at MK into the park itself.

Can anyone help me? I have a feeling this might not happen for us but I'm crossing my fingers.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:31 PM   #3227
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I would keep trying, and I'd do it at either location. My DD has done it at both and it's a great experience either way. If you absolutely can't get it, maybe try the mermaid makeover over at pirates league in the magic kingdom. It's a lot cheaper and you still get a makeover, some accessories, and a makeup palette and nail polish to bring home. My daughter is 6 and has done all three (both BBBs and PL) and she says she can't choose which was her favorite
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:00 PM   #3228
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I wouldn't hesitate to book a package for later in the day. If you were starting at the park early in the morning you'd probably be going back to the hotel for a break mid-day and maybe a swim (no point in having your hair done before that). Then go in to the park later and head to the BBB, a couple of attractions and watch the electrical parade in style. My "princesses" usually only wear their dresses for a couple of hours or so anyway before finding them really scratchy and rather cumbersome; I usually carry a pair of shorts and t-shirt on the dress up days because after meeting the real princesses they are ready to change. Depending on the hairstyle your princess chooses it may even last overnight! Just watch the sparkle on the pillowcase!
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:05 PM   #3229
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Does anyone have the current dress styles? It seems they have updated the Disney store to new designs.

Also, are they guaranteed to have your size or is it a crap shoot? I'd hate to get there and my DD can't be who she wants.

Does anyone know if they have a new Periwinkle costume? Disney Store doesnt even have one yet.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:48 PM   #3230
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FIL surprised us by offering to treat my daughter to the courtyard package at BBB while we are there in 3 weeks. Obviously, short notice. When I called, there were no morning appointments (at least in MK) and I'm not sure if I see the point in doing it late in the day.
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Depending on the hairstyle your princess chooses it may even last overnight! Just watch the sparkle on the pillowcase!
The hairstyle for the courtyard package is likely to last for at least a few days. Another DISer posted about her daughter's experience with the Courtyard package here (includes pics of the hairstyle on Days 2 and 3)
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2949096
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:15 PM   #3231
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Oooh! That "Courtyard Package" is a new one since I've been there! I think that would definitely appeal to my eldest (8)!

I was also wondering what dresses are available now. Is there a Merida dress. I had heard it was only available with a certain package but the movie has been out awhile and I was just wondering if it were current. What other dresses are at the castle? My younger daughter likes Ariel but I don't know if she has a dress. If my daughter has a favourite gown should I call first to ensure the size will be there, buy the dress first (at another shop when we see it), or do they have plenty of each size there?
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:49 AM   #3232
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Thank you all for your help! I finally got through to a rep in a reasonable time this morning and there is nothing before 5:20 on any days I inquired about at the MK location. The CM offered me a 10:10 appointment on Monday Jan 28th at the DTD location. Does anyone know how long it will take me to get from DTD (by car) to the gate at MK? Trying to adjust my park plans.

Emzed, I see under your name that you are from New Brunswick. I'm from Moncton! Hi!
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Oooh! That "Courtyard Package" is a new one since I've been there! I think that would definitely appeal to my eldest (8)!

I was also wondering what dresses are available now. Is there a Merida dress. I had heard it was only available with a certain package but the movie has been out awhile and I was just wondering if it were current. What other dresses are at the castle? My younger daughter likes Ariel but I don't know if she has a dress. If my daughter has a favourite gown should I call first to ensure the size will be there, buy the dress first (at another shop when we see it), or do they have plenty of each size there?
Yes they have Ariel's green ball gown style dress, we bought it there in December! They had your standards that I can remember off the top,of my head, like Cinderella, sleeping beauty, tinker belle etc. Not sure about Merida.

I had no trouble with finding a size for my daughter- they seemed to have a big selection.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:38 AM   #3234
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Thank you all for your help! I finally got through to a rep in a reasonable time this morning and there is nothing before 5:20 on any days I inquired about at the MK location. The CM offered me a 10:10 appointment on Monday Jan 28th at the DTD location. Does anyone know how long it will take me to get from DTD (by car) to the gate at MK? Trying to adjust my park plans.

Emzed, I see under your name that you are from New Brunswick. I'm from Moncton! Hi!
We got from DTD to MK gate within 20-25 minutes that being the longest... We hit every red light. It really wasn't bad at all.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:39 PM   #3235
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Thank you all for your help! I finally got through to a rep in a reasonable time this morning and there is nothing before 5:20 on any days I inquired about at the MK location. The CM offered me a 10:10 appointment on Monday Jan 28th at the DTD location. Does anyone know how long it will take me to get from DTD (by car) to the gate at MK? Trying to adjust my park plans.

Emzed, I see under your name that you are from New Brunswick. I'm from Moncton! Hi!
I'm from Moncton too!!

When you drive you (obviously) have to park in the lot, then take a tram to the Transportation and Ticket Centre and then a monorail or ferry to the MK. We timed ourselves once: from Main Street to our car (via Monorail) took us about 25 minutes! You don't really notice it because you are constantly moving (there were virtually no wait times in all that) but with smallish people we didn't walk too quickly either. That doesn't count the time to drive from Downtown Disney to MK. Btw... if you are a CAA member you can get a parking pass that allows you to park in a special area closer to the front and then you don't have to wait for the trolley (you still have to pay for parking though). The bus to MK, on another hand, drops you off right in front of the MK: no parking or monorail.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:59 PM   #3236
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Does anyone have the current dress styles? It seems they have updated the Disney store to new designs.

Also, are they guaranteed to have your size or is it a crap shoot? I'd hate to get there and my DD can't be who she wants.

Does anyone know if they have a new Periwinkle costume? Disney Store doesnt even have one yet.
When I called to book my daughters' BBB appointments, the cast member asked which princess they would want to be. I told her they had their favorites, and I was pretty sure they would want Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, but being 3 and 4, they can change their minds at the drop of a hat. LOL. She told me to call the month before our trip and let them know so they can be sure they have their size in the girls' preferred princess dress.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:49 AM   #3237
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Okay - for my Rapunzel princess - DDIL spent all day creating different braids for DGD,5 and this is the finished product. We found a youtube video on it that got her started. We are planning to show up with this already done, pay for a package and ask them to only giver her the glitter and put her tiara on, not to touch her hair. That should make all of us happy!


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Old 01-04-2013, 06:14 AM   #3238
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They allowed you in with your holiday ticket at 3?

I thought they didn't allow party people until 4pm

I wonder if they allow our whole group in at that time. We have 12 of us, but only two girls getting the BBB package.
No, we were already in the park. We had hoppers so we had CRT in the morning and were just going to stay but then my daughter had a last minute request to go to AK and we came back into the park around 2:30.

Even with a reservation, if you plan on using your party ticket for park entrance, I don't believe they will let you in prior to 4.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:22 PM   #3239
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I have a question about the courtyard package. I have an appointment booked for DD and my 2 neices at the DTD location for the Crown Package. DD had the Fairytale princess style last time and she asked me today if she could get a different hairstyle this time. We looked at pics and she loves the courtyard style.

All the girls have princess dresses that they plan to wear. Would they be able to get the Courtyard package and just take the shirt and tutu with us and still wear our princess dress we bring for home?

If that would work, can I upgrade to the couryard package once we get there or should I call and change my reservation?
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Okay - for my Rapunzel princess - DDIL spent all day creating different braids for DGD,5 and this is the finished product. We found a youtube video on it that got her started. We are planning to show up with this already done, pay for a package and ask them to only giver her the glitter and put her tiara on, not to touch her hair. That should make all of us happy!

Stunning!
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