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Old 02-22-2012, 11:00 AM   #1546
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I would like to officially join the WDW Commando Club! I'm part-way through reading the whole thread- I think I'll be done later today (provided people stop coming in to my office ). My sister and I are getting set for a long-time dream: a sisters only trip, without children!! We are both true commandos, often times held back by the slower-moving offspring....
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I would like to officially join the WDW Commando Club! I'm part-way through reading the whole thread- I think I'll be done later today (provided people stop coming in to my office ). My sister and I are getting set for a long-time dream: a sisters only trip, without children!! We are both true commandos, often times held back by the slower-moving offspring....
Yay! I was flamed on another thread for wanting to go without children, so glad to see I'm not the only one that feels that way. I have a much better time going with my best friend than with family! DH and step-daughter just aren't as into WDW as I am. But I did just have a baby in December, so I'm already trying to make her into the Disney-holic that I am so I will be able to have more fun on future family trips.
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Remember, when the Going gets Tough, the Tough go Shopping!
We did that one year at DHS. It was "cool" one evening, and since we didn't want dds to get sick, we had to purchase new jackets for everyone at DHS.

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I like the new policy - seems like there are a lot of empty tables at sig and character dining places because people don't show up. And that's not fair to those who really wanted to make a res, but couldn't get one.

I'm sure I would get flamed for that on most boards, but I think most commando's agree that if you make plans, you stick to them (for the most part)!
I like the policy as well. Make an ADR, change it if needed, but open the time up for others who want to go.

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Is it possible to be commando if staying at Fort Wilderness?
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As answered, you can commando from anywhere. I like the boat ride from FW.

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Here's alittle money saving tip, not sure if all areas are doing this, but check your local supermarket sales flyer, all the supermarkets here are offering $10 off next purchase if you buy $100 of Gift Cards Dozens to choose from including Disney.
And some extra Disney Rewards as well.

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, I never bothered looking at the transportation forum, but here's what I found on this thread http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2573200

I'll start with this one.....(thanks MagicBus)

Bus & Monorail Park to Park Transportation

From MK to:
AK, bus from TTC
DHS, bus from TTC
Epcot, Monorail from TTC

From Epcot to:
AK, bus stop #5
DHS, bus stop #9
TTC/MK, Monorail

From DHS to:
AK, bus stop #7
Epcot, bus stop #7 in the Charter lot
TTC/MK, bus stop #11

From AK to:
DHS, bus stop #15
Epcot bus stop #13
TTC/MK, bus stop #14

There is also boat transportation between DHS & Epcot.
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Thanks for the welcome!
Does anyone have a strategy for the MK evening parade, Wishes, or Illuminations during peak crowd levels? During our last Spring Break trip, the crowds were insane on Main Street for the electric parade and Wishes. Leaving the park afterwards was not enjoyable. I know we could stay late, but it may be tough with the early EMH rope drops. I'm leaning towards going to the back of the castle, going on some rides, and waiting for the crowds to thin before leaving.
Catch it on the bridge to tomorrow land. There is a good seat. If you really don't want to fight the crowd, then just go all the way back to the main street train entrance, watch from there, and be first to exit the park.

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Yay a bunch of commandos. My husband thinks I'm crazy, but he does enjoy the results.

My only confession - we don't always make the rope drop, but that's only b/c we are already eating breakfast inside the park before it happens. or
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That's our strategy. Then, you also get character pictures. We were the first to enter AK one year for Tusker ADR, and were waiting at Safari ride when breakfast was over. We saw the stampeding herd of people rushing the ride as it opened, but were able to walk ahead of them and be first on the ride, then ride again with no wait, and fp for later.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:46 AM   #1549
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I would like to officially join the WDW Commando Club! I'm part-way through reading the whole thread- I think I'll be done later today (provided people stop coming in to my office ). My sister and I are getting set for a long-time dream: a sisters only trip, without children!! We are both true commandos, often times held back by the slower-moving offspring....
Welcome. No flames here - Commando law. I just finished reading thru the 100 pages (all the multi quotes) and am looking forward to some fun here as well.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:50 AM   #1550
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By the way, I included some of my strategies in my trip reports in the signature. I may pull some of those over.
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Yay! I was flamed on another thread for wanting to go without children, so glad to see I'm not the only one that feels that way. I have a much better time going with my best friend than with family! DH and step-daughter just aren't as into WDW as I am. But I did just have a baby in December, so I'm already trying to make her into the Disney-holic that I am so I will be able to have more fun on future family trips.

Just noticed we're both from Bflo- what are the odds??
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Wow I can see Norm was bored today
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Wow I can see Norm was bored today
I did get thru the 100 pages though.
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I did get thru the 100 pages though.
Very very well done sir!
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:22 PM   #1555
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I would like to officially join the WDW Commando Club! I'm part-way through reading the whole thread- I think I'll be done later today (provided people stop coming in to my office ). My sister and I are getting set for a long-time dream: a sisters only trip, without children!! We are both true commandos, often times held back by the slower-moving offspring....
You are member #188 , I'm glad you are getting to do a sister only trip I would love to go with just my wife like the old days But my son would never let it happen He keeps up with us, he's a little Commando (guess he gets it from me), but I could do without doing some of the rides a bunch of times in a row, at dinner it's always I want to go on this I want to do that, if he just ate his dinner he would be on something a lot quicker and the gift shops, OK I'm jealous
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Commando Practices

Here are the ones I have implemented over the years.

Prior to arrival.
Pack into as few of suitcases as possible.
Bring groceries and 2 or 3 cases of water.
We leave at 3:00 PM and arrive check in at 6:00 AM at WDW.
Now, I could do the park that day with no sleep, but DW can’t so we eat a resort character breakfast and shopping in DTD or pool time.
After we get into the room, we go to Mass Saturday night, get cold groceries, and are bunkered into WDW for commando raid.
Commando is easiest when staying on property.
Limit the travel time for your character resort breakfasts.
Night swims are less crowded and you get more open pool.

Park Time
No Park Hopper. Stay in one park open to close.
When going to the park, make ADR before park opens.
Eat, get pictures, and be in park waiting at next rope to drop.
Use single rider line at rides when possible.
Schedule early PM TS ADR. Get a rest. Get food. Escape the heat.
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One park vs multiple parks in a day

There's nothing wrong either way

Myself I prefer more then 1 park, my reasoning is after the rope drop I head deep into the park and backtrack, getting a ton of stuff done with no lines, somewhere in the day the crowd catches up and the playing field gets way too level for me, this is when I start doing rides that hold a lot of people at once (Monsters Inc, Muppets, Tough to be a Bug, Universe of Energy etc) then we leave the park for a early dinner ADR, I try for the 5pm seating so there is no waiting and it's in and out, I try to make them outside the parks, this makes for a easy slip to another park Once we are at another park it's all fresh again, all new things to do that day, most of the crowd is deep in the park and you can knock out stuff most do 1st.

For us keeping it fresh the key
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Brian how did you make out on your ADR's
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Brian how did you make out on your ADR's
Got everything I was looking for...

Via Napolli
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