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Old 12-16-2012, 10:15 AM   #2566
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We did Storytime in 2009 when book through CAA (Canada's version of AAA)

Back then it was held in Tony's Town Square (not sure where it is Now, as Mickey, Minnie, and the Princess have take over that spot).

But it is where a Disney Character comes out for a private one on one with the kids, reads a story to them and they play for a bit, that do a meet and greet.

Snow White was there for ours....

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That sounds really cool. I'm sure you have to book through them to get it.
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That sounds really cool. I'm sure you have to book through them to get it.
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We did Storytime in 2009 when book through CAA (Canada's version of AAA)

Back then it was held in Tony's Town Square (not sure where it is Now, as Mickey, Minnie, and the Princess have take over that spot).

But it is where a Disney Character comes out for a private one on one with the kids, reads a story to them and they play for a bit, that do a meet and greet.

Snow White was there for ours....

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That sounds really cool. I'm sure you have to book through them to get it.
Yes you can only get story time if you book with AAA, we have had Snow White twice & Mary Poppins 3 times now, I know Alice & Aladin also do it but have never had them, one thing that is really cool about this is they might only have at the most 20 kids so it is really personal. It has changed spots a few times now, it use to be at MK, then went to Epcot in Norway & currently is held at Innovations West

If you book through a agent, the cost is almost the same as if you book with WDW, but I like to get the perks without having to pay extra

If you book with AAA you can also book these events 180days in advance, and they do require a reservation
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:33 PM   #2569
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I see they are getting ready for more NextGen tests, I'm not a big fan of NextGen since it can make you really LAZY while at the parks, but looking at in a Commando way, if you can get out of places faster & have reserved viewing for Illuminations etc, we can really add a ton of touring time to our day
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I see they are getting ready for more NextGen tests, I'm not a big fan of NextGen since it can make you really LAZY while at the parks, but looking at in a Commando way, if you can get out of places faster & have reserved viewing for Illuminations etc, we can really add a ton of touring time to our day
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:43 PM   #2571
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What's NextGen
NextGen is everything from RFID (radio frequency identification) readers for a new style of ticket, to booking a ADR and pre selecting your menu items (think you will feel rushed at lunch or dinner), to the Fastpass + system that will allow guests to plan out their day, by letting them pre choose the time they want to do attractions, and reserve spots for shows, parades, fireworks etc.

Right now most of this is still in testing, the RFID's are limited but are in all 4 parks

Now as a Commando, you might say this is Great, it's like a little kid in a candy store, Well I fear the big problem will be the average guest who will not be there on time expect to get right in, cutting in front of everyone, cause they are the only ones in the park In the Big picture I can't see any huge advantage of any of this except a cut in labor, it is happening everyday in company's everywhere
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NextGen is everything from RFID (radio frequency identification) readers for a new style of ticket, to booking a ADR and pre selecting your menu items (think you will feel rushed at lunch or dinner), to the Fastpass + system that will allow guests to plan out their day, by letting them pre choose the time they want to do attractions, and reserve spots for shows, parades, fireworks etc.

Right now most of this is still in testing, the RFID's are limited but are in all 4 parks

Now as a Commando, you might say this is Great, it's like a little kid in a candy store, Well I fear the big problem will be the average guest who will not be there on time expect to get right in, cutting in front of everyone, cause they are the only ones in the park In the Big picture I can't see any huge advantage of any of this except a cut in labor, it is happening everyday in company's everywhere
Thanks! I don;t like any of the new stuff even as a commando. The RFID is just a big brother reminder. The problem with huge conveniences is HUGE inconveniences when things go wrong. The ADR/ pivk your food ahead of time/ ADR for QS I am thoroughly against. I mean, if it works like to-go, where you can like place a order a few hours ahead of time at QS, ok, that's cool. But I think they are completely overdoing ADR's. It can get to the point where planner or not, no one will really be able to eat where they want when they want. Being a commando is about maximizing time and the quality of the time you spend, not all out control over every second. The fastpass+ plus system, well fastpass is hard enough for some. IDK, there is something to be said for simplicity. While I don't enjoy waiting in 2 hour lines in blazing heat all day everyday, there is nostalgia in taking time. When 15 minutes become "too long" for folks to wait, I think were missing the point. Just MHO
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:06 PM   #2573
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Thanks! I don;t like any of the new stuff even as a commando. The RFID is just a big brother reminder. The problem with huge conveniences is HUGE inconveniences when things go wrong. The ADR/ pivk your food ahead of time/ ADR for QS I am thoroughly against. I mean, if it works like to-go, where you can like place a order a few hours ahead of time at QS, ok, that's cool. But I think they are completely overdoing ADR's. It can get to the point where planner or not, no one will really be able to eat where they want when they want. Being a commando is about maximizing time and the quality of the time you spend, not all out control over every second. The fastpass+ plus system, well fastpass is hard enough for some. IDK, there is something to be said for simplicity. While I don't enjoy waiting in 2 hour lines in blazing heat all day everyday, there is nostalgia in taking time. When 15 minutes become "too long" for folks to wait, I think were missing the point. Just MHO
I agree with you, although you would be able to plan what you want to do IMO it would be a Dictated trip, I often wonder what the lines would be like if there was no FP's , Everyone would be somewhere but would the lines really get any longer, or just less people riding the rides multiple times with the FP
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Succinct. There is a nugget of wisdom right here.
Well thank you fellow Michiganian!

And Commando, I am looking forward to using FP for the first time on this next trip. I just have to say again, for me there is a bit of nostalgia waiting in lines. We used to go with my great grandmother, grandmother, father, aunt, cousin and mom. Being in line together cracking jokes and hanging out. There is something to be said about the pause a line causes you to take. I think your absolutely right, I think the lines would stay just as long but people may not ride certain rides over and over again.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:26 PM   #2576
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Thanks! I don;t like any of the new stuff even as a commando. The RFID is just a big brother reminder. The problem with huge conveniences is HUGE inconveniences when things go wrong. The ADR/ pivk your food ahead of time/ ADR for QS I am thoroughly against. I mean, if it works like to-go, where you can like place a order a few hours ahead of time at QS, ok, that's cool. But I think they are completely overdoing ADR's.
I agree with You about the meals. I like having the ADRs, but I hate having to make them 6 months before the trip. I like having the opportunity to select where we will eat, and I choose the times around our plans, i.e., an ADR breakfast before the park opens. But, I don't want to be ordering my food hours before I eat it. I like to scan the menu as a part of our meal experience. As for QS, just how hungry will I be in two hours to order food? Too much for me.
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I agree with You about the meals. I like having the ADRs, but I hate having to make them 6 months before the trip. I like having the opportunity to select where we will eat, and I choose the times around our plans, i.e., an ADR breakfast before the park opens. But, I don't want to be ordering my food hours before I eat it. I like to scan the menu as a part of our meal experience. As for QS, just how hungry will I be in two hours to order food? Too much for me.
Exactly. It just seems they are trying to get us to plan or plans ya know? Like someone else said, soon there's going to be a fp line for the restrooms
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Well thank you fellow Michiganian!

And Commando, I am looking forward to using FP for the first time on this next trip. I just have to say again, for me there is a bit of nostalgia waiting in lines. We used to go with my great grandmother, grandmother, father, aunt, cousin and mom. Being in line together cracking jokes and hanging out. There is something to be said about the pause a line causes you to take. I think your absolutely right, I think the lines would stay just as long but people may not ride certain rides over and over again.
I'm going to show my age now, I remember when there were no FP's and had to use a ticket to get on a ride or see a show, this is where dad had to break out the wallet since you always seemed to need more tickets, then it went to everything included, it wasn't till my Honeymoon that I got to use a FP, if things keep advancing in ten years when you get to a park you will just sit in a chair and it will take you to the choices you selected (like on Wall-e)
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I'm going to show my age now, I remember when there were no FP's and had to use a ticket to get on a ride or see a show, this is where dad had to break out the wallet since you always seemed to need more tickets, then it went to everything included, it wasn't till my Honeymoon that I got to use a FP, if things keep advancing in ten years when you get to a park you will just sit in a chair and it will take you to the choices you selected (like on Wall-e)
bwaaaaaahahahahaha, right! I don't remember the days of needing a ticket per ride/ showing your ticket after entering the gates. But I do recall the pre-fastpass days. To be honest, I miss em. I like the fastpass system, I just don't like the "it's gotta be bigger better faster stronger. . . two seconds after we created it" mentality of today's society. It's warp speed

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