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Old 05-04-2010, 03:44 PM   #271
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I went to the ToTP last year for the first time and had fun, but really thought it would be much MORE fun to have that kind of event in DL rather than DCA. I thought I'd be skipping it this year, but now to hear that it's being held in DL I might just change my plans! Hmm...

I really had a lot of fun at WDW's Halloween party, and most of the appeal was the fact that it was in the Magic Kingdom instead of some other park. I never thought it was even possible for DLR to hold the party in their "Magic Kingdom" park because of the difference in demographic between the resorts, the difference in size and other things to do, etc. Mostly when people come to DLR, they come FOR DISNEYLAND. I thought NO WAY could they close DL to the general public all those nights in October, people would be furious! But, here it is. It's scary and exciting at the same time. I guess we'll have to see how it all plays out...
Exactly. That's exactly what I was thinking - scary and exciting all at once. I thought the same thing - how could they possibly close DL early on Friday nights, in particular (not even counting the other nights of the TOTP) to hold the TOTP? It seems very risky, because there is only one other park to go to, unlike at WDW, and many people will not want to bother with WoC for a long time. There is so much stuff in DL to do that people will not have access to, whereas in DCA, there wasn't all that much there to begin with and it had shorter hours, so it wasn't a huge deal to close it early for the TOTP.

Still, I am the same way as you, Diznygrl. I went to the TOTP one time (in 2008), and I had to skip it last year, and I probably would have been okay with skipping it this year if I had to...but now the prospect of it being held at DL, with different decorations, different treat stations, photo ops and an overall different atmosphere, is appealing on some level. I have a renewed interest in the TOTP.
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Old 05-04-2010, 03:49 PM   #272
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Yah, what Sherry E said!
Good points...like the Castle idea!!!!
I am getting more excited and want to know the TOTP dates...hahaha
Me too! I wish they would hurry up and announce the TOTP dates and the whole Halloweentime agenda already - but I have a hunch that Disney doesn't even fully know yet what they are doing. I suspect they probably have a general outline that is 80% certain, but they don't want to commit yet as all these crazy plans are flying around for WoC and they want to see what happens this month when the soft openings begin, and what the crowds are like.
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:21 PM   #273
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I have gotten the Green light to book for Oct, and after getting a better deal on flights to LA than even what I was looking at, am going to DL!! Will be in DL from Oct 2nd to 10th and will be staying at HOJO's. Everything is booked except for the TOTP tickets and am eagerly waiting for the tickets to be available. May see some fellow DISer's down there. Kids have told me that so long as I bring candy home, they don't have a problem with me going before they do. Have a great day!

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Me too! I wish they would hurry up and announce the TOTP dates and the whole Halloweentime agenda already - but I have a hunch that Disney doesn't even fully know yet what they are doing. I suspect they probably have a general outline that is 80% certain, but they don't want to commit yet as all these crazy plans are flying around for WoC and they want to see what happens this month when the soft openings begin, and what the crowds are like.
Which makes sense. It just sucks for us on the planning end
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Like many of you, I can't wait to get our tickets :D

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I have gotten the Green light to book for Oct, and after getting a better deal on flights to LA than even what I was looking at, am going to DL!! Will be in DL from Oct 2nd to 10th and will be staying at HOJO's. Everything is booked except for the TOTP tickets and am eagerly waiting for the tickets to be available. May see some fellow DISer's down there. Kids have told me that so long as I bring candy home, they don't have a problem with me going before they do. Have a great day!

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Yay, Trish!! Another Halloweentime first-timer!! I'm so glad your trip is happening this year and not next year (the sooner, the better!)!! And how exciting that you will get to experience what may very well be a bigger and better Halloweentime season and a bigger, better TOTP (inside DL instead of DCA)!

I'm so happy for you that you get to go, and that you found such good airfare!
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Which makes sense. It just sucks for us on the planning end
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True! Even if I don't get a TOTP ticket yet (because I haven't yet figured out what I am doing with DLR and Halloweentime this year), I just want to know the dates so I can work with those if I decide to fit in the TOTP somewhere into my schedule. And I want them to hurry and put out the official list of Halloweentime activities and attractions so I can start figuring out what I am going to do, which friends I am going to bother with (or not), who would be interested in going, etc. Sometimes it takes months just to coordinate people and figure out one date where everyone is free to go, let alone more than one day.

Doesn't Disney understand that we have to plan these things? Can't they work a little harder to accommodate us?
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I'm pretty sure that Air Canada and Westjet were in a bit of a price battle, as when I checked out Air Canada's website a couple of days ago, they were cheaper than Westjet, but I didn't mind at the time as the price was a pretty good one. Today when I went to book I discovered that Westjet had dropped the airfare both ways to compete with Air Canada's prices. I saved roughly $300.00CDN on my flights, and doubt I could have gotten the flights cheaper. The cheap airfare is what prompted me to bug DH about taking my trip a year earlier. DH couldn't believe the price I got my airfare for and am happy that I was able to take advantage of the seat sale before it disappeared. HMMM...must get another 4 GB memory card for my digital camera. Have a great evening!

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True! Even if I don't get a TOTP ticket yet (because I haven't yet figured out what I am doing with DLR and Halloweentime this year), I just want to know the dates so I can work with those if I decide to fit in the TOTP somewhere into my schedule. And I want them to hurry and put out the official list of Halloweentime activities and attractions so I can start figuring out what I am going to do, which friends I am going to bother with (or not), who would be interested in going, etc. Sometimes it takes months just to coordinate people and figure out one date where everyone is free to go, let alone more than one day.

Doesn't Disney understand that we have to plan these things? Can't they work a little harder to accommodate us?
I think what I'm most anxious is regarding things I have to pay extra for. My dates are pretty non-negotiable since I can't got in October and it's the best shot I'll have at going during Halloweentime (and it still counts as a birthday trip), o that's the easy planning part. But if there are going be things like TOTP or anything else that I would have to pay extra for I need to know know to adjust accordingly. If I don't know far enough in advance it throws off my budget. And of course it can make or break me convincing the rest of my family into going. But I'm not allowed to bring it up. Don't they know how important it is to book some things in advance?

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I just don't see them closing DL for TOTP...they'll make A LOT of customers mad. I could see maybe offering special things to people with TOTP tickets but not closing the entire park at 6PM like they do at DCA. I think it's a no go
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It was May 15th....almost there!!!
Thank you. Now that's typical of me to be too eager.
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MP sources are reporting that the TOTPs will be every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday in October.

Does this mean F! is only on Saturdays?
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MP sources are reporting that the TOTPs will be every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday in October.

Does this mean F! is only on Saturdays?
Uugh! I don't like that! How 'bout Tues, Thu, & Sunday? that would leave Fri & Sat for F! (or WOC) Mostly because if they do Tues, Fri & Sunday, we'll have to do TOTP on Friday night, when I'd rather be doing F!, unless, they'll show F! just for us trick or treaters....
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Thanks, 3Minnies1Mickey, for that info!

And the fireworks! What about the special Halloween/villain-themed fireworks? Does this mean that people won't be able to see the fireworks on Fridays or on the actual Halloween night (which is a Sunday) because DL is closed for the TOTP? Or as Mommy2PrincessAbby said, will they run F! and the fireworks exclusively for the TOTP guests? I would have imagined that Fridays would be big nights for people to see the Halloween fireworks, because they are only there for a limited time.

This is all very interesting and I guess it is an experiment. I guess DLR will try having ALL the Halloween stuff in DL this year (will there even be any giant Candy Corn in DCA?) and see how it works in terms of crowds and the crowds bouncing off of WoC & heading back to DL.

I am actually really surprised that DLR is taking away so much Halloween focus from DCA, even though it is WoC's debut year. I would have thought that they would still put some sort of Halloween stuff there to attract people. It makes me wonder if Christmastime will be the same - Santa finally made his return to DCA last year, after being gone in 2008. Will they remove Santa from DCA again to just keep the focus on WoC?
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Didn't they want to completely re-model Sunshine Plaza anyway? I remember reading something about a temporary entrance.

I am not sure when that starts, but if this starts on or before Halloween Time it would make sense to move the Candy Corn Acres, and then later Santa.
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