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Old 08-22-2010, 08:52 PM   #571
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What Would you do - MNSSHP after cruise?

Hi all - Hoping some experienced party goers can offer your opinion on this one.

We are doing a Disney cruise (our first!) leaving Sept 19. We return to Port Canveral on Thursday, Sep 23. There is a MNSSHP night that Thursday... but I'm worried that it might be too much for my DS 3 and DS 5. It will mean getting off the boat in the morning, coming to check in at Animal Kingdom, squeeze in a nap and then head to the park.

Anyone else done this? Any advice for a 3 and 5 yr old - is it a mistake to spend the $$$ for such a late event?

If we choose not to do MNSSHP we will just do MK the next day... but I'm actually tempted to go to MNSSHP and then have a resort day Friday.... we have done MK once before for several days.

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Old 08-22-2010, 11:17 PM   #572
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If I want to get a pic with Mickey, what is the best tip? First off, where is he located? I've seen pics from past years of him in a gazebo but where is that? The people I'm travelling with are very nonchalant...if it were up to me, I'd go right at 4 but they will probably want to take their time changing and everything so it'll be 6 or 7 before we get there. Does he come out before 7 or no? Should I get there early and line up for a pic with him, before the line gets out of control?
I will NEED a photo with Mickey too ... am traveling with my Aunt and dont know how "patient" she will be with my Disneyholic needs lol.... What IS the easiest way to get photos with the characters (especially Mickey and Minnie) ? Oh and Donand and Daisy too. oh and the villians and Snow White and the Dwarfs and...well you get the picture....LOL
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:32 PM   #573
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That would be awesome if the Hag was out for meet and greets at Snow White's Scary adventures! We've met her in Queen form but never as the Hag.
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Old 08-23-2010, 12:04 AM   #574
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Hi all - Hoping some experienced party goers can offer your opinion on this one.

We are doing a Disney cruise (our first!) leaving Sept 19. We return to Port Canveral on Thursday, Sep 23. There is a MNSSHP night that Thursday... but I'm worried that it might be too much for my DS 3 and DS 5. It will mean getting off the boat in the morning, coming to check in at Animal Kingdom, squeeze in a nap and then head to the park.

Anyone else done this? Any advice for a 3 and 5 yr old - is it a mistake to spend the $$$ for such a late event?

If we choose not to do MNSSHP we will just do MK the next day... but I'm actually tempted to go to MNSSHP and then have a resort day Friday.... we have done MK once before for several days.

Advice?!?!?!?!


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Should work out. You'll be off the ship by 9am and it's about hour and a bit drive to the resort. Time enough to check in and have a nap - if your room is ready.
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Old 08-23-2010, 06:13 AM   #575
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Hi all - Hoping some experienced party goers can offer your opinion on this one.

We are doing a Disney cruise (our first!) leaving Sept 19. We return to Port Canveral on Thursday, Sep 23. There is a MNSSHP night that Thursday... but I'm worried that it might be too much for my DS 3 and DS 5. It will mean getting off the boat in the morning, coming to check in at Animal Kingdom, squeeze in a nap and then head to the park.

Anyone else done this? Any advice for a 3 and 5 yr old - is it a mistake to spend the $$$ for such a late event?

If we choose not to do MNSSHP we will just do MK the next day... but I'm actually tempted to go to MNSSHP and then have a resort day Friday.... we have done MK once before for several days.

Advice?!?!?!?!


Thanks,
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I would take it easy getting off the ship. Be one of the last people off- you will be off by 10am. (keeping it low key for the kids)
how are you getting to disney?

Your room may not be ready for you this early.
There is another party on the 21st.
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:36 AM   #576
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Going to MNSSHP for the first time on Sept. 21. Any other Nova Scotians going then?
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:47 AM   #577
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planning to go either the 25th of 28th of Sept. which date would be less crowded?
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Hi Dennise - we aren't from Nova Scotia, but still Canadian (Barrie, Ontario) and going the same date (Sept 21st)! This is our first time too - me and DD 8 are going as Dalmatians (easy costume and not too hot). Hope it is a blast!


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I just posted this on the budget boards but we found glow bracelets at Michael's the other night for a tube of 15 for $1.00! Also, Costco has a 5 pack of glow sticks (no battery) light up/flash being turned on. The 5 pack was about $11.00. Just 2 ideas for less costly lights for the evening!
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planning to go either the 25th of 28th of Sept. which date would be less crowded?
My guess is that the weekend will be much more crowded.
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:28 AM   #581
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We're thinking of going to MNSSHP on October 3rd, which is our arrival day. Have never been before and so we're excited to try it out, but I'm also reluctant to purchase in advance because I'd like to get an idea if the weather is going to cooperate or not. Ideally I would like to purchase one day in advance so that I still get the advanced purchase discount but I also (hopefully!) have a good idea of what the weather will be like. So a few questions:

(1) If we want to purchase them a day in advance, and we'll be on the road that day (travel day) is there a way to purchase them like that? By calling Disney? And if so, where is Will Call at the Magic Kingdom?

(2) If we opt to just wait and purchase day of, can they be purchased when we check-in at our resort (BC) or must we go to the park to purchase?

(3) I don't think we need to be too worried about selling out for that date -- Sunday Oct. 3..... anybody else think otherwise?
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:03 PM   #582
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If I want to get a pic with Mickey, what is the best tip? First off, where is he located? ... Does he come out before 7 or no? Should I get there early and line up for a pic with him, before the line gets out of control?
Mickey and Minnie are meeting together at the Judge's Tent for the first time this year. If Mickey is your must do, then I'd line up before 7 (the later your party, the earlier you should line up), he'll be available all night. He will not start appearing in his costume until 7pm.

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What IS the easiest way to get photos with the characters (especially Mickey and Minnie) ? Oh and Donand and Daisy too. oh and the villians and Snow White and the Dwarfs and...well you get the picture....LOL
Make a plan. We always map out which characters we want to meet and work through the park. It's hard because one location will switch characters every 30 minutes, so you have to do some back tracking.

All of the characters you mentioned should be available all night (remember, Snow will not be meeting with the dwarfs with year).

Some characters that are only out every 30 minutes include: Aladdin Characters, the Veranda characters, Hag, Pooh Characters, just to name a few.

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Do you know offhand which characters will dress up? I'd like to make them a priority when we're at MNSSHP. Is it mostly the fab 5 and the Pooh characters? That's what I seem to remember from 2004.....

[thanks for all your character help - you are fabulous! ]
You are quite welcome. And, you are right. Pooh characters, VIPs, and Stitch. The characters get more festive at MVMCP when nearly all of them have scarves.

For the more visual - my report from last year has pictures so you can see what their costumes look like. (Rumor: Mickey and Minnie may be getting different costumes this year).

2009 MNSSHP Character Report.
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:40 PM   #583
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what I wonder is is there enough time to do character pics and see parade/fireworks/dance party/villians show or will we have to do one or other?
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If you read my report linked in the post above, you'll see that we met 50 characters, watched the Mix&Mingle, watched the parade, and attended both dance parties. The only thing we skipped was fireworks. But if you want to skip about 5 characters, you can watch the fireworks too!
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I'm thinking of going November 1st but get to WDW Oct 23 so I have a few options....is Nov 1st still fun or are the CM's just glad its almost over? Should I pick another day?

Does anyone know if the fireworks show is the same one shown last year at Disneyland? If it was - that is the BEST fireworks show I have ever seen. On non-paryt nites, do they show the same fireworks or is it exclusive to the party?
This is our first MNSSHP too and I sure hope they use the same fireworks as DL last year. They are my favorite too. The absolute BEST fireworks ever.

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