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Old 11-08-2013, 10:53 PM   #3376
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Hi! I've been quiet on this thread for a while, but our trip is just 30 days away now and I wanted to comment or question some things that I know our commando leader will know...

1. Received my AAA package yesterday and there's neither fireworks viewing nor story time included now? Seems the only reason to book with them now is the diamond parking pass, at least in my mind. Any idea when that changed? A friend who went in September still had both vouchers.

2. I'm considering booking harmony barber shop for my DD. She's turning 2 during the trip and she's never had a real haircut before, just my mom trimming her bangs until now. I see they have a first haircut package. Do you think I should make an appointment? I would want one late in the day, maybe 4ish so it doesn't interfere with nap time (a big if at this point) or my FP+ selections.

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On our last trip in August we did not receive the Fireworks or Storytime, I asked our AAA agent about it and she said it was because we did not book the complete package (room,park tickets & DP) we only got room and park tickets last trip, but we did get a voucher for Disney Quest & Mini Golf

If you are going to Harmony barbershop late in the day I would definitely make a appointment, they do close early like 5 or 6, this way you will get in for sure
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Old 11-09-2013, 06:08 AM   #3377
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On our last trip in August we did not receive the Fireworks or Storytime, I asked our AAA agent about it and she said it was because we did not book the complete package (room,park tickets & DP) we only got room and park tickets last trip, but we did get a voucher for Disney Quest & Mini Golf If you are going to Harmony barbershop late in the day I would definitely make a appointment, they do close early like 5 or 6, this way you will get in for sure
We'll if that's true then that makes sense. We didn't book DP this time around, just room and tickets. That's strange though I thought I remembered getting those vouchers in the past without DP so maybe they changed their rules? I guess it doesn't matter, as long as DH insists on driving to the parks, the parking pass is a nice bonus!

Thanks for the heads up about the appointment. I didn't realize the first time haircut included mouse ears. I was going to schedule it for our last full day there, now I might move it up to DDs birthday so she can wear the ears for a few days afterwards. The new FP+ times have me stressed out that attractions are going to have much longer lines and we're not going to get to do nearly as much as last December. I'm actually having nightmares about this upcoming trip like we forgot to bring our magic bands and then we show up without any luggage types of dreams.

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Old 11-09-2013, 06:10 AM   #3378
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Never booked through AAA, so I have no advice for question one. The answer for question two is a resounding yes in my opinion. My two year old just had his first haircut there. For $18, you get Mickey ears, the haircut, a bag to keep the hair and a certificate. It is a fantastic deal. Plus, you will always have the memory that the first haircut took place at Disney. If you are unsure of the time, you can always walk in without an appt. They take walk ins and it does not add much to the time. There were two open chairs when I walked in third behind two other groups. Despite the fact that we had an appointment and the two just ahead of me did not, they were given the chairs. They were called back after we were checked in too. I am guessing I may have been called next even if there was another walk in ahead of me, but you never know. If there is an open chair, I am guessing it is first come, first served regardless of appointment status. If there is a wait for chairs, I am guessing the appointments go back first.
Thanks for the info on the barber shop! I think that would upset my DH if walk ins were taken before people with an appointment. But I plan on calling to make one soon. Need to figure out the best day and time now...

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Old 11-09-2013, 11:35 AM   #3379
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Thanks for the info on the barber shop! I think that would upset my DH if walk ins were taken before people with an appointment. But I plan on calling to make one soon. Need to figure out the best day and time now... Sent from my iPad using DISBoards
I wasn't exactly thrilled either, especially since the party directly in front of us walked in literally two seconds ahead of us. I saw them racing for the door, so I yielded to avoid a potential collision. The one ahead of him walked in while we were parking our stroller too. Had I gone in ahead of my DH, we would have been first (getting both open chairs with no wait). It only added about 10-15 minutes to our wait though, so it was not too bad. We were about 5 minutes early to our appointment as well, so when the walk ins (which I heard them both say they were) went back it was still just ahead of our appointment time. Of course, it was after our appointment time when a seat opened. We needed two, because my older son had an appointment as well.

Even though we were passed up for walk ins, I still think booking an appt is the way to go. Have fun. We did.
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Old 11-09-2013, 11:43 AM   #3380
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We'll if that's true then that makes sense. We didn't book DP this time around, just room and tickets. That's strange though I thought I remembered getting those vouchers in the past without DP so maybe they changed their rules? I guess it doesn't matter, as long as DH insists on driving to the parks, the parking pass is a nice bonus! Thanks for the heads up about the appointment. I didn't realize the first time haircut included mouse ears. I was going to schedule it for our last full day there, now I might move it up to DDs birthday so she can wear the ears for a few days afterwards. The new FP+ times have me stressed out that attractions are going to have much longer lines and we're not going to get to do nearly as much as last December. I'm actually having nightmares about this upcoming trip like we forgot to bring our magic bands and then we show up without any luggage types of dreams. Sent from my iPad using DISBoards
I did not find the fastpass lines to be any longer than they were before fastpass plus. I think this is because they still give out the same number. My guess is if they give say 500 per hour, they would only give the difference of unused ones for a particular time when the day actually arrives. Meaning if they assign 300 to fastpass plus, only 200 would be available to pull the day of. I could be wrong, but I am guessing this is what they're doing.

If you forget to bring the magic bands, your room key should work as well, since it has the same technology. You could also pull a regular fastpass if you do not use the magic bands. Just do not try to pull a regular fastpass whilst wearing a magic band or you may end up in Disney prison. My DH was held up by the "sheriff" for doing that at MK. We did not know it was not allowed. It is so unfair that fastpass plus only gets three, but others can pull many more. We only needed three at Epcot, HS and AK, but I would have liked six at MK.
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:13 PM   #3381
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If you forget to bring the magic bands, your room key should work as well, since it has the same technology. You could also pull a regular fastpass if you do not use the magic bands. Just do not try to pull a regular fastpass whilst wearing a magic band or you may end up in Disney prison. My DH was held up by the "sheriff" for doing that at MK. We did not know it was not allowed. It is so unfair that fastpass plus only gets three, but others can pull many more. We only needed three at Epcot, HS and AK, but I would have liked six at MK.
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:07 PM   #3382
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Disney Prison. My dentist told me his story about one trip to WDW. His youngest daughter was throwing a tantrum and he was dealing her behavior so that his wife wouldn't have to. She and the other children went off towards a ride while he walked to sit down on a bench in the MK, holding his child. She started yelling, "I want my mommy". The Disney police descended upon him.
That is funny. I took the boys to the restroom while my DH was held up by the sheriff. He only told me that the line was long, and they were unfriendly. Those are the only details I know. It did take him forever to return though.
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:21 PM   #3383
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I wasn't exactly thrilled either, especially since the party directly in front of us walked in literally two seconds ahead of us. I saw them racing for the door, so I yielded to avoid a potential collision. The one ahead of him walked in while we were parking our stroller too. Had I gone in ahead of my DH, we would have been first (getting both open chairs with no wait). It only added about 10-15 minutes to our wait though, so it was not too bad. We were about 5 minutes early to our appointment as well, so when the walk ins (which I heard them both say they were) went back it was still just ahead of our appointment time. Of course, it was after our appointment time when a seat opened. We needed two, because my older son had an appointment as well. Even though we were passed up for walk ins, I still think booking an appt is the way to go. Have fun. We did.
I made an appointment on DDs birthday. We got the last available appointment of the day. I had to move one of my FP+ choices to accommodate and I'm sure I'll hear from DH about criss-crossing the park so much, but at least MK is relatively small when it comes to walking distances! The CM that I booked with was trying to talk me into buying tickets to MVMCP. I wasn't expecting that and certainly don't need the temptation! We did it last year and it was just too much for DD who refused to fall asleep in her stroller until we'd exited the park.

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I made an appointment on DDs birthday. We got the last available appointment of the day. I had to move one of my FP+ choices to accommodate and I'm sure I'll hear from DH about criss-crossing the park so much, but at least MK is relatively small when it comes to walking distances! The CM that I booked with was trying to talk me into buying tickets to MVMCP. I wasn't expecting that and certainly don't need the temptation! We did it last year and it was just too much for DD who refused to fall asleep in her stroller until we'd exited the park. Sent from my iPad using DISBoards
It will be worth it. We criss crossed the park for the appt too. I agree with your MVMCP. We did it a couple years back and did the Halloween parties at Dl and MK this year. While we had a great time, my DH makes us leave right after the fireworks. Until the kids are older, I probably will not do it again. My older one did fall asleep during the fireworks at MK. I picked the younger one up at of the stroller, so he can view them. Next thing, I knew the older one snuck in there and fell asleep.
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I made an appointment on DDs birthday. We got the last available appointment of the day. I had to move one of my FP+ choices to accommodate and I'm sure I'll hear from DH about criss-crossing the park so much, but at least MK is relatively small when it comes to walking distances! The CM that I booked with was trying to talk me into buying tickets to MVMCP. I wasn't expecting that and certainly don't need the temptation! We did it last year and it was just too much for DD who refused to fall asleep in her stroller until we'd exited the park.

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It will be worth it. We criss crossed the park for the appt too. I agree with your MVMCP. We did it a couple years back and did the Halloween parties at Dl and MK this year. While we had a great time, my DH makes us leave right after the fireworks. Until the kids are older, I probably will not do it again. My older one did fall asleep during the fireworks at MK. I picked the younger one up at of the stroller, so he can view them. Next thing, I knew the older one snuck in there and fell asleep.
We really like the MNSSHP and hope to get to a MVMCP. We don't buy a park ticket for the day of the party and day after. So, we have fun at the resort, stay at the party to midnight, and then sleep in the next day. The small lines and no wait times make it great. Our youngest dd was 5 when we did the first party, and we have been each year since.
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We really like the MNSSHP and hope to get to a MVMCP. We don't buy a park ticket for the day of the party and day after. So, we have fun at the resort, stay at the party to midnight, and then sleep in the next day. The small lines and no wait times make it great. Our youngest dd was 5 when we did the first party, and we have been each year since.
My DH would still make us leave early even if we took the next day off. He does not believe in staying out late. We did nothing before MVMCP and only went to Blizzard Beach for less than three hours before MNSSHP. I preferred MNSSHP to MVMCP, so at least you've tried the better one.
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I did not find the fastpass lines to be any longer than they were before fastpass plus. I think this is because they still give out the same number. My guess is if they give say 500 per hour, they would only give the difference of unused ones for a particular time when the day actually arrives. Meaning if they assign 300 to fastpass plus, only 200 would be available to pull the day of. I could be wrong, but I am guessing this is what they're doing.

If you forget to bring the magic bands, your room key should work as well, since it has the same technology. You could also pull a regular fastpass if you do not use the magic bands. Just do not try to pull a regular fastpass whilst wearing a magic band or you may end up in Disney prison. My DH was held up by the "sheriff" for doing that at MK. We did not know it was not allowed. It is so unfair that fastpass plus only gets three, but others can pull many more. We only needed three at Epcot, HS and AK, but I would have liked six at MK.
I have a question about this new FP+, Since I'm big on park hopping, can I get FP+ for the park I would be in in the evening, and just use regular FP during the a.m. at another park Or can you only pick during a certain time frame

For me anything before dinner is a breeze, it's the park after dinner that the FP+ could be handy, since most of the bigger rides would be out of FP's by the time we get there
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I have a question about this new FP+, Since I'm big on park hopping, can I get FP+ for the park I would be in in the evening, and just use regular FP during the a.m. at another park Or can you only pick during a certain time frame For me anything before dinner is a breeze, it's the park after dinner that the FP+ could be handy, since most of the bigger rides would be out of FP's by the time we get there
Only if you do not wear your magic bands in the morning. If they see them, they will stop you. We got one for our regular card before he was stopped the second time, so I know it is possible. You do not want to be detained or turned away empty handed. My husband was told it was against the rules though, and he never breaks rules. As soon as he found out, he did not let us get anymore traditional fastpasses, despite my protest that it was unfair.
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