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Old 03-15-2013, 11:28 PM   #2911
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So it seems DTD is getting a face lift starting soon and going till 2016, adding a bunch of new stores, giant parking garage (seems like a lot of the parking area is going to be built up) and the thing I'm looking most forward to is new restaurants, I do enjoy my time at DTD but most of the stores is like going to the stores in the parks, I hope they add some interesting stores but don't make it like a outlet mall, looking at the plans it looks like it will be really neat when it's done, now let's see who moves in
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:14 AM   #2912
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Wow South Africa, are you doing a safari, now is South Africa closer then WDW from where you live. If you go to the cape be sure if you see any penguins to take pics, I know some people who think they live in Canada
We're getting married in September 5th and leave for a 12-day trip to South Africa. We'll do both some days near the Kruger Park for safaris and the rest in Cape Town to see, among other things, penguins, whales and sharks.

Actually South Africa is a little bit further away than WDW. If you consider the first flight from Sao Paulo in both these trips (our WDW in January and the Honeymoon in September) we have a flight to Miami with 4070 miles and a flight to Johannesburg with 4626 miles. Cape Town is actually a little bit closer than Miami (about 3900) but there aren't any non-stop flights from Sao Paulo to Cape Town!

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If you go to the cape be sure if you see any penguins to take pics, I know some people who think they live in Canada Truth is penguins live closer to you in Brazil then Canada, when is your big day
Some people really thing that polar animals live in both poles, but Penguins live only in the south (Antarctica, south of Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa, except for the Galapagos penguins who live in the Equator!) while Polar Bears and Reindeer live only in the north (Alaska, Canada, Greenland and northern Europe).
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:23 AM   #2913
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So it seems DTD is getting a face lift starting soon and going till 2016, adding a bunch of new stores, giant parking garage (seems like a lot of the parking area is going to be built up) and the thing I'm looking most forward to is new restaurants, I do enjoy my time at DTD but most of the stores is like going to the stores in the parks, I hope they add some interesting stores but don't make it like a outlet mall, looking at the plans it looks like it will be really neat when it's done, now let's see who moves in
DTD is one of our favorite parts of WDW, we love the atmosphere, the stores (LEGO!), the snacks (Ghirardelli!!! ) and the restaurants (specially Wolfgang Puck Express in Marketplace, we read about it here in the DISboards as a great restaurant to use QS/CS credits of the DDP and we went there, 3 times, in our January trip! ).

We also love DisneyQuest! I wish they do a good refurb of DisneyQuest during the making of Disney Springs, maybe substituting some outdated attractions, but please keep the great Pirates of the Caribbean, the awesome arcade zones with classical games that you usually don't find anywhere else!
We haven't had the chance to try Splitsville (I was the only one in mood for bowling! ), but it sure looks fun and worthy of being in DTD!
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So it seems DTD is getting a face lift starting soon and going till 2016, adding a bunch of new stores, giant parking garage (seems like a lot of the parking area is going to be built up) and the thing I'm looking most forward to is new restaurants, I do enjoy my time at DTD but most of the stores is like going to the stores in the parks, I hope they add some interesting stores but don't make it like a outlet mall, looking at the plans it looks like it will be really neat when it's done, now let's see who moves in
I haven't had a chance to eat at all the current restaurants at DTD, although I've been to most of them. I agree with the outlet mall descriptor. I like DTD on the market place side. Yes, there is the BIG World of Disney store, but then there are the different restaurants, pin traders, water area, carousel, and the boat launch. I don't like that walk over to the West side from Characters in Flight where everything looks the same. I know the stores inside are different and you are walking outside, but it as that mall feel to it. Seeing all the different restaurants on the West side boat view is really cool.

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We're getting married in September 5th and leave for a 12-day trip to South Africa. We'll do both some days near the Kruger Park for safaris and the rest in Cape Town to see, among other things, penguins, whales and sharks.).
Early Congratulations on your wedding and trip. Sounds like a great trip.

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Looking ahead a couple years, finally in 2015 both my son and wife should be off from school at the same time for Easter vacation, I've always wanted to go at that time so this could be my chance
This will be the ultimate test of the Commando. This year would have been our first time during Easter, and I am glad we missed it. The parks were all projected at 8,9,10, & recommended leaving the park in the afternoon to avoid the crowds. You know my strategy - RD to close - can't leave park. Good luck. Our plan is to go on the Dream that year at the end of July, and am maybe go to HHI Resort for Easter. We do like the Flower Festival and go during April, just not during Easter week.
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I'm sure most of us on other threads at sometime felt like outcasts for planning a full agenda & have been critized negatively, That is not the case here! Fellow Commando's can help each other to fulfill their plans, instead of putting what you would like to do down!

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This will be the ultimate test of the Commando. This year would have been our first time during Easter, and I am glad we missed it. The parks were all projected at 8,9,10, & recommended leaving the park in the afternoon to avoid the crowds. You know my strategy - RD to close - can't leave park. Good luck. Our plan is to go on the Dream that year at the end of July, and am maybe go to HHI Resort for Easter. We do like the Flower Festival and go during April, just not during Easter week.
I am not afraid (well maybe a little about the rabbit it's got really big teeth) I don't worry about crowd levels, I don't even check on them, it's something you can't control, if you lay out a good plan and be flexible to change it at any given time, for example at RD it is wise to do A,B,C since it's not busy but after that when most will do D,E & F I might do H,I & J on the list then hit X,Y & Z and backtrack later on or hit those rides on a EMH at night, I'll be the 1st one to say if you follow they crowd your going to get frustrated and loose a lot of time, if you think out of the box and go against the grain and take the path less taken you can knock a lot off the list and beat the crowd, everything you skip you hit later when everyone already did it and the lines are shorter or use FP
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So I got to know How did the Commando Club's advice pan out for you, I know that everything will not happen every time or sometimes goes outdated since they are always changing, but to strengthen our group do we need to improve in any areas, I feel I would not be a good leader if we need some improvement in a certain area and never ask or try to improve something for the good of the club. So basically I guess the question here as a club How are we doing
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I am not afraid (well maybe a little about the rabbit it's got really big teeth) I don't worry about crowd levels, I don't even check on them, it's something you can't control, if you lay out a good plan and be flexible to change it at any given time, for example at RD it is wise to do A,B,C since it's not busy but after that when most will do D,E & F I might do H,I & J on the list then hit X,Y & Z and backtrack later on or hit those rides on a EMH at night, I'll be the 1st one to say if you follow they crowd your going to get frustrated and loose a lot of time, if you think out of the box and go against the grain and take the path less taken you can knock a lot off the list and beat the crowd, everything you skip you hit later when everyone already did it and the lines are shorter or use FP
Oh, I know to avoid the crowds'. And certainly, starting at the back of the park and working forwards is a solid strategy. What i was referencing was that the "preferred/recommended" parks for smaller crowds were still at high level. And, they were recommending leave the park by the early afternoon as a strategy. I don't find that an acceptable strategy.

I also managed to be in MK on a Monday(?) on a Columbus Day weekend when MK unpredictedly hit park capacity. Around 3:00 PM, CMs looked frazzled, i could hear them trying to call in extra staff, park hours/ parade times were changed via the PA system. It was crazy. Fortunately, I had stocked up on FP under the old strategy. It was so crowded, that it was single file to exit the park from Sleepy Hollow around 8:00 PM. I managed that one day, but don't plan to ever try that daily for a week. I wish you th best of luck.
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Oh, I know to avoid the crowds'. And certainly, starting at the back of the park and working forwards is a solid strategy. What i was referencing was that the "preferred/recommended" parks for smaller crowds were still at high level. And, they were recommending leave the park by the early afternoon as a strategy. I don't find that an acceptable strategy.

That's what they recommend, that's insane It does work to get away from the crowds though but sounds like the quitter way out, I guess if you want to hang out at the resort most of the day it's o.k. other then that it doesn't make much sense

I also managed to be in MK on a Monday(?) on a Columbus Day weekend when MK unpredictedly hit park capacity. Around 3:00 PM, CMs looked frazzled, i could hear them trying to call in extra staff, park hours/ parade times were changed via the PA system. It was crazy. Fortunately, I had stocked up on FP under the old strategy. It was so crowded, that it was single file to exit the park from Sleepy Hollow around 8:00 PM. I managed that one day, but don't plan to ever try that daily for a week. I wish you th best of luck.
Now this sounds much more reasonable, look for opportunities and when you see the chance take it
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Sorry that this happened to you Trish, maybe when it all over you can let us know how it happened & how we can avoid it happening to us.

- Commander-make sure you give her the "Commando test" to verify her commando rank & serial number -just kidding!

So my little "adoptive" grandson was born today! Emerson Mark David Walker, the Mark David is after my husband, his first trip to WDW will be in Dec/13. - (with Mom,Dad,DSis(6) DSis (5) Dbro (3) & the Mudducks) so I'm off to get a new ticker since he's here now!
I don't know why it didn't qoute Phoenix, but I just wanted to say how I hope all will be ok and I am sorry about all the hacking stuff, but glad you were able to clear it up (even if it was a pain).

Mamudduck congrats on the new grand baby That means the Dec trip is on? woohoo, now all I have to do is get mom to put her time off time in (haha, I just re-read that).

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Cool! Should be a fun time to go there! And it will probably be during Epcot's Flower & Garden festival which seems really beautiful!

Except for Christmas and Halloween, I have never seen any other festivals/holidays in WDW! And my october trip in 2000 didn't even coincide with the Food & Wine festival (at least I didn't remember any booths besides those of the Millenium Village as part of the millenium celebration).

I need to find a way to visit during both F&G and F&W (with MNSSHP)!
And to squeeze a visit during Star Wars weekends as well! (less likely, because as much as I love SW, I hate hot weather and to leave Brazil in late fall/early winter for the really hot Floridian early summer would be tough!)

I hate not having any Disney trips to plan in the foreseeable future! I'm loving planning my Honeymoon in South Africa though!
RedoschiGood to see you my Commando brother. I see I will have to go back over to the TR this weekend. South Africa sounds wonderful!
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So I got to know How did the Commando Club's advice pan out for you, I know that everything will not happen every time or sometimes goes outdated since they are always changing, but to strengthen our group do we need to improve in any areas, I feel I would not be a good leader if we need some improvement in a certain area and never ask or try to improve something for the good of the club. So basically I guess the question here as a club How are we doing
Thanks! I love to travel and she does as well, even though she isn't as much a commando planner as myself, she lets me do the planning first and make suggestions later!

I guess the Club is working pretty well, but I'll look back on the suggestions I picked up here to give a better "review"!

One thing I noticed and I'd like to warn all of you who are bringing first timers: DON'T let MK to be the last park you visit!

We had a car for the first few days and therefore did all offsite parks first and when we started doing Disney parks we did MK last (due to avoiding most crowded days and wanting to do a full day at each park when we first visited it).

With this they thought that MK was mainly for children, and except for some rides, they didn't feel really thrilled about the park.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:54 PM   #2925
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We're getting married in September 5th and leave for a 12-day trip to South Africa. We'll do both some days near the Kruger Park for safaris and the rest in Cape Town to see, among other things, penguins, whales and sharks.

Actually South Africa is a little bit further away than WDW. If you consider the first flight from Sao Paulo in both these trips (our WDW in January and the Honeymoon in September) we have a flight to Miami with 4070 miles and a flight to Johannesburg with 4626 miles. Cape Town is actually a little bit closer than Miami (about 3900) but there aren't any non-stop flights from Sao Paulo to Cape Town!
Congrats!- I was actually born in South Africa (I'm 4th generation SouthAfrican) but my parents immigrated to Canada when I was 4yrs old, something I always question them on in the middle of a Canadian winter what were they thinking.
My hubby & I are thinking of going to S.A. in Mar'14- but that will be up to the Fairy-Travel Godmother and lots of "gold"pixie dust.
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