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Old 05-15-2013, 07:17 PM   #3136
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I think I'm a commando!

I just got back from a 3 day solo trip and even though I was alone, my whole trip was planned, laid out, choreographed and mapped!

I make a schedule of where I'll be, what meals are planned, what meals are "free style", what shows I'll watch, etc. etc. etc.!

Once, a few years ago, I tried to make a list of rides to ride IN ORDER... but that doesn't work - you need to be flexible, but have a purpose and a plan.

This trip was AWESOME - I did 95% of what I wanted to do (and I'm not upset about the 5% I didn't).

I gave my list to my girlfriend, and she had fun texting me to see whether I was indeed where I planned to be... and I was!!

Your time in the parks or on vacation is just too limited - you MUST have a game plan! You MUST be a COMMANDO!

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Mike, you are member #238 A 95% completion is quite impressive. IMO since Commandos plan more things to do in a day then others do in a few days, if you can get a 75% completion done, then you are doing really good

I'm glad you mentioned the list of rides in order, I totally agree that it does not work, and I'll be the 1st one to tell someone that, the way to go is make a list of what you want to do that day in no order
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:22 PM   #3137
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And we did, we had the greatest time. We got there early Wednesday and went to DTD. I introduced my mom to "Disney World on a State Fair budget" (lookey there, I just found my TR title and I wasn't even meaning to). We went to Earl of Sandwich and walked around. Later took the boat to Olivia's, my mom's new favorite restaurant, she just loved it. Then we went and watched the nighttime water parade and Wishes from the Poly where I drank with my mom. That Lapu Lapu was great tho
They ran out of conference tickets for Universal so we decided not go at all, which at first was a toughie for my mom as she loves Universal, but she agreed it made no sense to go for the added cost.
Thursday we did AK and MK. Now, my mom kept bothering me about if we really had to do AK, because in her mind it was just a big zoo. . . well I showed her. . . and she LOVED IT! It's her new favorite park (she still loves DHS which we still call MGM, but she likes the atmosphere, shade, and rides too at AK). We went to MK where I introduced my mom to Cosmic Ray's, another winner and then surprised her with the Dessert Party
Friday was more DTD and the Boardwalk, we also had dinner at AoA (more points for me on the affordability factor).
Saturday was Epcot and DHS. We had fun and my mom was all too excited that Captain EO is back. I did not get time to explore the Flower and Garden as much as I would have liked, but my mom got to experience more rides she liked (SE, Soarin', Captain EO, LWTL). MGM was spectacular as usual and my mom and I both loved Mama Melrose's and with the Fatasmic! package it was a real bargain IMHO. Overall favorite part of Fatasmic! was Mickey saying "wait a minute, this is MY dream" Goooo MICKEY!!!

All in all it was a great trip and hopefully I will be able to load my pics and have them up by the end of the week.
Glad to hear all went well, so what rides did you get Mom on

Last 2 trips I've wanted to head to the food court at AoA, but never made it, I have 4 extra days this trip, and I really want to check out the resort
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:59 PM   #3138
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The CM when we booked said it takes about 45 minutes so we'll miss RD but should have time to hit a M&G in Fantasyland before CRT. I'm figuring this will be the day we do lower popularity items and go full commando the last day. On the plus side the crowd calendar is predicting super light crowds.
You should be fine. Getting to BBB that early will prevent them from running late.

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And we did, we had the greatest time. We got there early Wednesday and went to DTD. I introduced my mom to "Disney World on a State Fair budget" (lookey there, I just found my TR title and I wasn't even meaning to). We went to Earl of Sandwich and walked around. Later took the boat to Olivia's, my mom's new favorite restaurant, she just loved it. Then we went and watched the nighttime water parade and Wishes from the Poly where I drank with my mom. That Lapu Lapu was great tho
They ran out of conference tickets for Universal so we decided not go at all, which at first was a toughie for my mom as she loves Universal, but she agreed it made no sense to go for the added cost.
Thursday we did AK and MK. Now, my mom kept bothering me about if we really had to do AK, because in her mind it was just a big zoo. . . well I showed her. . . and she LOVED IT! It's her new favorite park (she still loves DHS which we still call MGM, but she likes the atmosphere, shade, and rides too at AK). We went to MK where I introduced my mom to Cosmic Ray's, another winner and then surprised her with the Dessert Party
Friday was more DTD and the Boardwalk, we also had dinner at AoA (more points for me on the affordability factor).
Saturday was Epcot and DHS. We had fun and my mom was all too excited that Captain EO is back. I did not get time to explore the Flower and Garden as much as I would have liked, but my mom got to experience more rides she liked (SE, Soarin', Captain EO, LWTL). MGM was spectacular as usual and my mom and I both loved Mama Melrose's and with the Fatasmic! package it was a real bargain IMHO. Overall favorite part of Fatasmic! was Mickey saying "wait a minute, this is MY dream" Goooo MICKEY!!!

All in all it was a great trip and hopefully I will be able to load my pics and have them up by the end of the week.
Sounds like a lot of fun. Glad you had a great trip.

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I think I'm a commando!

I just got back from a 3 day solo trip and even though I was alone, my whole trip was planned, laid out, choreographed and mapped!

I make a schedule of where I'll be, what meals are planned, what meals are "free style", what shows I'll watch, etc. etc. etc.!

Once, a few years ago, I tried to make a list of rides to ride IN ORDER... but that doesn't work - you need to be flexible, but have a purpose and a plan.

This trip was AWESOME - I did 95% of what I wanted to do (and I'm not upset about the 5% I didn't).

I gave my list to my girlfriend, and she had fun texting me to see whether I was indeed where I planned to be... and I was!!

Your time in the parks or on vacation is just too limited - you MUST have a game plan! You MUST be a COMMANDO!

Mike.
Welcome. I agree on the ride order and being flexible. Good get on the % of stuff to do. The other tip may be not to try and schedule too much by trying to get from Splash Mountain to Space Mountain in 2 minutes.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:39 PM   #3139
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Glad to hear all went well, so what rides did you get Mom on

Last 2 trips I've wanted to head to the food court at AoA, but never made it, I have 4 extra days this trip, and I really want to check out the resort
You just have to go to AoA, even if it just to grab a quick bite and look around for a moment. The ride from DHS is rather short of you have time when you are in that area. Perhaps a movie night would give you the opportunity.

I forgot I did not mention the rides. . . I turned her into a true AK lover, we went on the Safari (got some great shots, mom saw that Simba meant Lion and now believes she needs to pay more attention to Disney movies, lol), Tough to be a bug (a hit, especially the end when the bugs "leave"), FOLK (she had me laughing too hard at Simba closing his eyes and grooving to the songs along with the audience), Maharajah Trek, and I tricked her into Kali River RapidsI gave her the poncho and everything, and she STILL got SOAKEDAfter we showered and napped (and she admitted to liking Kali) we went to MK for SM (This is the newer, faster, bigger drop and much longer SM. That refurb a few years back gave those imagineers a chance to put in an accelerator or something), then POTC (for a less than 5 minute wait- score), Under the Sea, and IASW (my mom really enjoyed this I do not know. I guess it's not THAT bad, ONCE!)

AT Epcot we did Soarin, Living with the Land, Figment (mom misses the old version and was happy they still had a piece of it at the end, but wants the old version back), Captain EO (she sang along, she danced in her seat a little, I sat 2 seats away, lol), SE and the Nemo ride. DHS was Muppets, the Great Movie Ride (a few times, we got both the Cowboy and the gangster. The gangster was a women and she was really into it, really good), and Backlot Tour (I am too disappointed for words in Disney for this ride, just give Universal the upper hand why don't ya). We ate sit down meals and watched 2 of the three Fireworks shows, not bad for 2 park days

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Sounds like a lot of fun. Glad you had a great trip.
Thank you, we really did!
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:31 PM   #3140
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I forgot I did not mention the rides. . . I turned her into a true AK lover, we went on the Safari (got some great shots, mom saw that Simba meant Lion and now believes she needs to pay more attention to Disney movies, lol), Tough to be a bug (a hit, especially the end when the bugs "leave"), FOLK (she had me laughing too hard at Simba closing his eyes and grooving to the songs along with the audience), Maharajah Trek, and I tricked her into Kali River RapidsI gave her the poncho and everything, and she STILL got SOAKEDAfter we showered and napped (and she admitted to liking Kali) we went to MK for SM (This is the newer, faster, bigger drop and much longer SM. That refurb a few years back gave those imagineers a chance to put in an accelerator or something), then POTC (for a less than 5 minute wait- score), Under the Sea, and IASW (my mom really enjoyed this I do not know. I guess it's not THAT bad, ONCE!)

AT Epcot we did Soarin, Living with the Land, Figment (mom misses the old version and was happy they still had a piece of it at the end, but wants the old version back), Captain EO (she sang along, she danced in her seat a little, I sat 2 seats away, lol), SE and the Nemo ride. DHS was Muppets, the Great Movie Ride (a few times, we got both the Cowboy and the gangster. The gangster was a women and she was really into it, really good), and Backlot Tour (I am too disappointed for words in Disney for this ride, just give Universal the upper hand why don't ya). We ate sit down meals and watched 2 of the three Fireworks shows, not bad for 2 park days
I like IASW and go on it every trip. Yes, the Kilimanjaro Safari ride is my favorite at AK, and may be my favorite ride at all of WDW. Soarin and Space Mountain my other two. I love seeing the animals in that environment - I chose the wrong career path. I did like the backlot tour, but have never been to Universal to compare the two.
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I like IASW and go on it every trip. Yes, the Kilimanjaro Safari ride is my favorite at AK, and may be my favorite ride at all of WDW. Soarin and Space Mountain my other two. I love seeing the animals in that environment - I chose the wrong career path. I did like the backlot tour, but have never been to Universal to compare the two.
IASW is very pretty and I enjoyed sharing the history behind it with my mom. The song just reminds me of the song from Lamb Chops "This is the song that never ends". I love Space Mountain and it truly seems soooooo much faster than oh, say 06' and yes Kali rocks I love Disney, but the fact that Universals lot is a working lot alone hurts Disney, plus they show cool effects from the movies they were in.
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IASW is very pretty and I enjoyed sharing the history behind it with my mom. The song just reminds me of the song from Lamb Chops "This is the song that never ends". I love Space Mountain and it truly seems soooooo much faster than oh, say 06' and yes Kali rocks I love Disney, but the fact that Universals lot is a working lot alone hurts Disney, plus they show cool effects from the movies they were in.
Yes, the "special effects" in that opening scene aren't very special. I enjoyed the tram ride and listening about the story development of WDW, the airplane, etc.

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If the rumor is true with Carsland, and they go with the original plans Backlot Tour & The Stunt Show area will be the location of Carsland, so you might as well visit them now just in case
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Someone told me today something that I highly doubt is true, but I'm going to have to try it since I do believe something may happen but nothing like the person told me

This is what someone told me - If you say Andy's coming, to a Toy Story Character they will lay down like in the movie, Now knowing the costumes are huge i really doubt this is true, although I could see them standing still, This is something I'll try on the next trip just to see what happens
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Someone told me today something that I highly doubt is true, but I'm going to have to try it since I do believe something may happen but nothing like the person told me

This is what someone told me - If you say Andy's coming, to a Toy Story Character they will lay downline in the movie, Now knowing the costumes are huge i really doubt this is true, although I could see them standing still, This is something I'll try on the next trip just to see what happens
Lay downline? What is this?
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Sorry typo should be - Lay down like in the movie
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If the rumor is true with Carsland, and they go with the original plans Backlot Tour & The Stunt Show area will be the location of Carsland, so you might as well visit them now just in case
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I read that somewhere too. I had my skepticism as well. Not only the challenge of getting up and down, but how often. If one person says it, they fall, and get up again. You know someone else is going to say it immediately again. Will they fall again? There would never be any autographs or meets or anything then.

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I read that somewhere too. I had my skepticism as well. Not only the challenge of getting up and down, but how often. If one person says it, they fall, and get up again. You know someone else is going to say it immediately again. Will they fall again? There would never be any autographs or meets or anything then.

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Someone told me today something that I highly doubt is true, but I'm going to have to try it since I do believe something may happen but nothing like the person told me

This is what someone told me - If you say Andy's coming, to a Toy Story Character they will lay down like in the movie, Now knowing the costumes are huge i really doubt this is true, although I could see them standing still, This is something I'll try on the next trip just to see what happens
It's true, but you have to say Bonnie is coming, not Andy. He gave the toys to her in the third movie. It worked with Andy before the third movie came out though.

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