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Old 02-06-2013, 08:41 PM   #1111
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This was the ONE thing that bothered me on our trip. While nearly everyone gave us a smile there were several people throughout the day that grumbled/ gave us a mean look. I was really starting to feel guilty about it when my husband reminded me that if they really knew the situation they wouldn't trade with us for the world. At the time, we really didn't know if we'd get another year with our child, we were emblazing every smile and laugh in our memories, we relaxed for the first time in 4 years. Praise God, after trying some new things his disease has stabilized and we've been able to slow down the progession for awhile. Our friends who did the same trip the year before us, were not so blessed. It truly was their one and only family trip. This years trip is a celebration of continued life and boy are we going to celebrate!

So one more tip: PLEASE smile at the wish families when they pass you in line. Most are not used to being given preferred service, we're used to sitting in the back, being left out and putting other's first every time. Smiling will really put them at ease.
Quoting for emphasis. I hate seeing Wish families get rotten looks from other guests. So glad your family had a great trip, ambiancetc, your post about your experience warmed my heart! And so glad your son is getting better! Best wishes!
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:46 PM   #1112
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How would anyone even know it was a Wish family? If they don't like it, they're probably the same people that take up 4 parking places at the store and honk if you don't move as soon as the light changes...

I figure that I never know someone's story. If I knew it was a Wishes family, I'd just be wishing that they are having a wonderful time.

I hope your son keeps doing well
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:32 AM   #1113
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Yes I goofed at speedway and went right added more time as they let on fast passers.
Sorry, not a helpful hint but a question.
I didn't realize there were FPs for Tomorrowland Speedway, but from above post Im guessing there are. Is that something fairly new or have I just been oblivious all this time?

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Old 02-07-2013, 06:17 PM   #1114
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How would anyone even know it was a Wish family? If they don't like it, they're probably the same people that take up 4 parking places at the store and honk if you don't move as soon as the light changes...

I figure that I never know someone's story. If I knew it was a Wishes family, I'd just be wishing that they are having a wonderful time.

I hope your son keeps doing well
When I was AK the last time when it was our turn for Flick a CM walked up and asked if a Wish family could go next. I let the people behind me know what was going on. Later the same day I saw the same Wish family again but this time the people in front of the line did not let those behind them know what was going on. Once again I let the people around me know they were a Wish family.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:34 PM   #1115
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The CM's are just wonderful. They helped us numerous times with the busses and DH's ECV. People tend to be "grumpy" when they see a wheelchair or ECV board first. It was really bringing me down on our last trip.
I'm sorry that happened to you. When I see people getting "grumpy" in a situation like what you described, I want to tell them to do an attitude check! On the metro train here in my hometown, sometimes disabled passengers get on and off. Naturally it takes longer because the driver has to come out of their cabin, lower the ramp, wait for the disabled passengers to board or exit, and bring the ramp back up. So meanwhile, all the people who need an attitude adjustment are sighing, getting all impatient, rolling their eyes, etc...I just want to tell them "Hey, take this extra minute that we're stopped to think how glad you are to be healthy and mobile. And stop griping!" Sheesh! Same thing at Disney...there's no call to be one of the lucky few (out of billions on the planet) who gets to go to Disney and be cranky about much of anything.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:57 PM   #1116
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Sorry, not a helpful hint but a question.
I didn't realize there were FPs for Tomorrowland Speedway, but from above post Im guessing there are. Is that something fairly new or have I just been oblivious all this time?

TIA,

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There are no FP for Tomorrowland Speedway. However, Autotopia in DL does have FPs, so possibly OP is thinking of that?

I love the comments about the wheelchair/ECV people. I used to be grumbly (quietly) when we would be inconvenience by a bus having to load an ECV until I read some post on the DIS about it. I am sure there are people that abuse it, but I try to assume that is never the case around me, and I really, really try hard not to get annoyed when things are slowed down by an ECV. I just think to myself "That family deserves their vacation as much as I."

Besides, which is better for us regular park-goers: To assume the person is "cheating" the system and be mad, or assume the person is really in need and be happy that they get to be here. So, I say don't let those frowns get to you!
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:08 PM   #1117
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There are no FP for Tomorrowland Speedway. However, Autotopia in DL does have FPs, so possibly OP is thinking of that?

I love the comments about the wheelchair/ECV people. I used to be grumbly (quietly) when we would be inconvenience by a bus having to load an ECV until I read some post on the DIS about it. I am sure there are people that abuse it, but I try to assume that is never the case around me, and I really, really try hard not to get annoyed when things are slowed down by an ECV. I just think to myself "That family deserves their vacation as much as I."

Besides, which is better for us regular park-goers: To assume the person is "cheating" the system and be mad, or assume the person is really in need and be happy that they get to be here. So, I say don't let those frowns get to you!
Ah you are right. I have been to both wdw and DL I get confused
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:53 PM   #1118
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"Cheating" w. ECV, etc./ Photo tip

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Besides, which is better for us regular park-goers: To assume the person is "cheating" the system and be mad, or assume the person is really in need and be happy that they get to be here. So, I say don't let those frowns get to you!
I know what you mean about wondering if someone is "cheating" but I'll tell you, as someone who is recovering from a recent foot surgery - if you saw me parking in a handicap space or hopping on an ECV, don't judge. I look "normal" at this point because the bandage is gone, I'm off crutches and only use a cane sometimes. BUT - I can't walk far! So if people look at me and judge or assume and think "She looks like nothing's wrong...why is she using that ECV?" It's because I have a physical problem (thank God it's temporary!) that isn't obvious from the outside. This isn't to say no one cheats. But we don't know the whole story on strangers so it's best to do what you said and be happy they have the opportunity to be at WDW.

And now for my next tip (to keep on topic. I need this reminder myself so I wrote it down after our last trip to DL):

Take a TON of pictures. If you've got a digital camera, you can always delete the ones you don't like, but you canít go back and take more after itís over! Plus, if itís a picture of people in your group, take at least 3 or 4 in case someone looks funny or the photo is blurry or tilted. Sometimes people take crummy pictures - either they zoomed way out so you appear tiny in the photo, or you didn't get something you wanted in the background, etc. (This especially goes for if you have a stranger or even a CM take your picture.) One time I was at DL alone and asked a Photopass CM to take my pic in front of the Mickey head outside the gate. It was a terrible pic - all crooked! I understand that if I hand my fancy digital SLR to a stranger they won't know how to use it so I set up the shot for them and just ask them to press the button. After I saw the pic I just thanked them, waited until they walked away and asked someone else to take my photo! I didn't want to criticize or embarrass the first person but it's like "Wow, really? If your photos are this bad then why is it your job to take photos of people?" It doesn't have to be magazine-worthy but could it at least not be crooked?

Lastly, familiarize yourself with the different settings on your camera especially if its been a while since you used it (if you're like me and generally use "Auto" for most things!).
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:30 AM   #1119
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On our last two visits, my husband has used an ECV. He has a bad back and walking long distances is very painful for him. At first, he didn't want to use the ECV because he didn't like how people looked at him, he would be embarassed. This last time, he told me that he could enjoy his trip and not be in pain or be in pain and unhappy. He choose enjoying the trip and using the ECV. Until you walk in someone else's shoes, don't judge.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:30 PM   #1120
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How would anyone even know it was a Wish family? If they don't like it, they're probably the same people that take up 4 parking places at the store and honk if you don't move as soon as the light changes...

I figure that I never know someone's story. If I knew it was a Wishes family, I'd just be wishing that they are having a wonderful time.

I hope your son keeps doing well
Often someone in a Wish family will be wearing a Make-A-Wish, other foundation, or Give Kids the World shirt. The Wish child will be wearing a big button (either pink or light blue) if they are staying at GKTW.

I was "yelled at" by Dora (@ Universal) after I had my son wait in line for her autograph. After signing, she flipped to a back page and wrote "NO lines w/ Button!".

PLEASE, understand that Wish families would rather not be one, and many of us have felt guilty about not waiting in as long of a line as everyone else. But when you are told by a doctor to take your 6 year old home and "enjoy every moment"...

Maybe you'll hold your family tighter for that extra 45 seconds in line.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:43 AM   #1121
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From personal experience...If you lose something in the park, don't waste your whole day retracing your steps. Check in at the main Lost and Found location (at MK, it's City Hall) at the end of the day. If it hasn't been found, they will give you a card for the Central Lost and Found (at the TTC where the kennel used to be), and you can call and check periodically. Just specify the park and the date the item was lost. Any items not claimed at the end of each day gets shipped over to the Central Lost and Found the next morning.

We lost my DH's brand-new android phone on our first day this last trip. We wasted an hour or two retracing our steps, checked City Hall several times, and felt pretty miserable about it. After a day or two, they had it at the Central Lost and Found location. Apparently, it slipped out of his pocket during Space Mountain and it took a while to be found.
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:02 PM   #1122
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:32 PM   #1123
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From personal experience...If you lose something in the park, don't waste your whole day retracing your steps. Check in at the main Lost and Found location (at MK, it's City Hall) at the end of the day. If it hasn't been found, they will give you a card for the Central Lost and Found (at the TTC where the kennel used to be), and you can call and check periodically. Just specify the park and the date the item was lost. Any items not claimed at the end of each day gets shipped over to the Central Lost and Found the next morning.We lost my DH's brand-new android phone on our first day this last trip. We wasted an hour or two retracing our steps, checked City Hall several times, and felt pretty miserable about it. After a day or two, they had it at the Central Lost and Found location. Apparently, it slipped out of his pocket during Space Mountain and it took a while to be found.
Wish we knew this when we went last year! My DD lost her camera at AK. We looked all over and the next day went back to the lost and found at AK, only to be told they didnt have it ,no info about the Central Lost and Found. It wasn't even so much the loss of the camera that we felt bad about but the pictures!

Anyway, does anyone have the phone # of the Central Lost and Found. It was last year but maybe worth a try if she calls.

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Old 03-01-2013, 01:50 PM   #1124
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Never assume a line is "too long" until you ask the greeter CM or look at the ride board. Many rides/shows hold a bajillion people at once. I used to have a lot of people walk away from my attraction because the line was "too long" even though I knew it was only 15 minutes. (Which reminds me--the estimate the CM will give you is almost always high.)
This is slightly different than what you're describing, but we were there in January and we were going to HM. The line looked pretty long and the board said something like 90 min. I said something to DH about how I'm not waiting 90 min. since HM was not on my "must do" list. There happened to be a CM right there and she told us it wasn't that long. Sure enough, it was only (I'm guesstimating) about 20 minutes, if that, until we got into the stretching room. Of course, I was regretting even that wait because my 4 year old was terrified and cried the whole ride.
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:00 PM   #1125
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AMEN! Seriously, I'm so tired of people looking at me (or even complaining about me) skipping! All I'm doing is standing NEXT to you filling in the extra space.... we are all going the same place and I promise when we get into the stretching room, I'm not going to be next to you - I'll be standing by my red light hahaha
I think the thing that is frustrating about this is that after a sometimes rather long wait, you are put in the room where you "loose" you spot in line and can end up behind people you were in front of before then
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