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Old 09-24-2012, 06:47 PM   #2896
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Argh! I am so disappointed and frustrated with myself. I miscounted and thought TODAY was the day to call for reservations for Thanksgiving day. We wanted to eat at Storytellers and the only time available for our party size was 9pm. We will have 5 kids with us, ages 11 months through 8 years, so there is no way we can eat at that hour. The only other option was Goofy's at 12:30pm so I ended up booking it, but we have all eaten there before and we were hoping for something different for Thanksgiving. I'm so angry at myself.

I know we'll be in the happiest place on earth on Thanksgiving and I should be grateful. I just need to vent and sulk for a minute.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:01 PM   #2898
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It's not 60 days by counting. It's two months... So for November 24th ressies you can call September 24th. 30 days out for F! Dessert seating is the same... 1 month, not 30 days. So today is the 24th of September so you can make dessert ressies for October 24th starting today.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:13 PM   #2899
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It's not 60 days by counting. It's two months... So for November 24th ressies you can call September 24th. 30 days out for F! Dessert seating is the same... 1 month, not 30 days. So today is the 24th of September so you can make dessert ressies for October 24th starting today.
Then why does the information on the Dis say 60 days out? Like here, for instance (and yes I realize that is the 2011 info):

http://www.wdwinfo.com/disneyland/Ev...nksgiving.html

I remember years ago, when you had to get up at 5am at exactly 60 days out to make reservations at Cinderella's Royal Table for breakfast.

I'm guessing the odds of anyone cancelling are slim to none since there is no penalty for not showing up.
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It's kinda a misnomer... But it's really 2 months... Sorry it screwed you up! I'll be calling October 5 for December 5 even tho there won't be park hours yet *sigh*
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It's kinda a misnomer... But it's really 2 months... Sorry it screwed you up! I'll be calling October 5 for December 5 even tho there won't be park hours yet *sigh*
Oh and far as I know it's always been this way. On all of our trips I've waited for the two month mark.
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Keep those pics coming! I'm soooo anxious to go back to DL, and can't wait for December to get here!
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:57 AM   #2905
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We will be heading to Disneyland the week of Christmas.

Has anyone gotten any tips on discounts at any of the Disney properties for accommodations?

Most likely we'll be staying at the Grand California.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:59 PM   #2906
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FourOrchards -

So far, no discounts have popped up for the holiday season that I am aware of (at least not as far as a big offer that has gone out to many people). I'm not even sure that there will be anything substantial in the way of discounts this year because attendance and onsite bookings have been very healthy. Disney may feel like it doesn't need to offer any really good discounts if they don't expect any lulls in activity.

Of course, AP holders can get 10% off of hotel rooms year-round, but those great rates that used to be offered (like 35% off) seem to be getting few and far between.






One thing I find interesting is that - at least as recently as a couple of days ago - the Disneyland website was still saying that the holidays would take place in "November and December." In other words, they are (or were) still not specifying November 12th as the starting date of the season. If it hadn't been for a couple of DIS'ers mentioning months ago that November 12th was named as the start date on Facebook and on the Disney travel agent websites, etc., we would probably still be wondering if the season was due to begin on 11/9 or 11/12.

It makes me think that, perhaps, Disney does not want to name a specific start date for the season this year so that they don't experience that "lull" in between Halloween Time and the holidays. If they let people think that the season is happening in full effect in early November (which is usually not the case), they may increase the number of guests and onsite bookings in early November - which is when it is typically slower. Interesting. Very interesting.







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Hello, first time poster, long time reader. I enjoy these boards!! Anyhoo, me DH, DD (7), and DD (5) will be going to DL 12/2-12/4. DH hates crowds so I am getting nervous as it gets closer. He hasn't been to DL since junior high. Me and the girls were just last Christmas. But we can handle the crowds/craziness. Do you think I should worry or just go w/ the flow. I want DH to have a good time so he will want to go back! Me and my kids love disney!! This is also our first time at the DLHotel. I won a trip from JohnJay & Rich on the radio in Phoenix. Thanks!!
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:51 PM   #2908
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Hello, first time poster, long time reader. I enjoy these boards!! Anyhoo, me DH, DD (7), and DD (5) will be going to DL 12/2-12/4. DH hates crowds so I am getting nervous as it gets closer. He hasn't been to DL since junior high. Me and the girls were just last Christmas. But we can handle the crowds/craziness. Do you think I should worry or just go w/ the flow. I want DH to have a good time so he will want to go back! Me and my kids love disney!! This is also our first time at the DLHotel. I won a trip from JohnJay & Rich on the radio in Phoenix. Thanks!!
Hello, Jcrew85031 - welcome!

Well, first of all, congratulations on winning the trip!

You'll be there from a Sunday to Tuesday. I was at Disneyland last year at the same time (my dates were Sunday, December 4 - Thursday, December 8). Sunday got a bit crowded in the mid-to-late afternoon, due to Candlelight Processional crowds. Monday was delightful and not very crowded in either Disneyland or California Adventure. Tuesday was a little busier.

This year is a question mark. While I still believe that some people have to be at work and school in between the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks and cannot travel, the Candlelight Processional is taking place on the first 20 nights this December...and we have no way of knowing if the added nights will make the parks much more crowded on each night, or if it will help to spread out the crowds a bit so that each night is not too bad.

The other question mark is the allure of Cars Land/Buena Vista Street. So far, reports have come in that have stated that Halloween Time has already been busier than expected (usually, late September is not as crowded as October) in the 1-1/2 weeks it's been going on. I can only assume that more people are coming out this season - not only to see the Halloween stuff, but because the billion dollar makeover of California Adventure is now complete.

This pattern could continue into the holiday season, with more crowds showing up even in the typically less crowded times to see Cars Land and Buena Vista Street decorated for the season.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:45 PM   #2909
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So, I leave for WDW in 3 days (where I I'll hopefully see MyMuse again!), and the day I get back, I'll be at the 60 day countdown & can start making my reservations for Disneyland! I'm trying not to look at TOO many pics in the Xmas countdown here, so I'm not completely spoiled, lol. But I did see a pic of Santa Mickey! Where exactly does he meet?
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