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Old 08-19-2012, 07:59 PM   #1876
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I may consult the front desk at OKW before calling a cab, but no big deal.
Any idea how much for a cab ride from OKW to HS?
IDK since the driver went to Universal she didn't charge any fare
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:37 PM   #1877
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I just remembered I also asked the Front Desk & they also confirmed what the driver had already told us. That they start at 8:00 to DHS.
That just isn't true. I don't know why everyone always says that. It drives me crazy.

We have had an 8:05 Hollywood & Vine ADR before, more than once, and we took the bus (ditto for Tusker House at AK, Crystal Palace at MK, and CRT at MK). If a park has a restaurant open for breakfast ADRs at 8:00 am then the buses will start running by 7:00. We have taken a bus to MK, HS, and AK at 7:00 - 7:15 on days that the parks opened at 9:00 (from Pop Century, AKV, OKW, and POFQ that I recall for certain, probably others as well). You don't have to believe me, lol. Walk out to the bus stop one morning at 7:15 on your next trip and see how many buses stop, going to all the parks.

If you go over to the transportation board and ask, I'm sure others will tell you the same.

ETA: I didn't mean it isn't true that you asked and were told 8:00, btw. I meant that it isn't true buses start running at 8:00. (Didn't want you to think I was calling you a liar. I'm not. I know the CMs tell people that.)
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:50 PM   #1878
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On the transportation board I searched "what time buses character breakfast" and in the first ten results were quite a few replies that buses start running at 6:30. We've never tried to catch one that early. For those of you with early classes, that would probably be worth doing more research.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:16 PM   #1879
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You're welcome. You MIGHT make it to HS by 7:45 taking the bus. They usually start running around 7:00. If your resort is far away and/or has lots of bus stops, then maybe not. I don't think I'd chance it from Ft Wilderness, for example. From AKL or Pop Century you would probably get there with time to spare.
Just wanted to jump in and comment on this...from staying at FW several times during Homeschool Days and adding a few classes, one of our homeschool family friends was signed up for the same Animation Magic class as we were (which began at 7:45, too) and they took the bus while we drove our car. I had to go back to FW because I actually forgot our KTW card and tickets at our site so it took us longer, but they arrived ahead of us on the bus, said they got there about 7:30 while we were nearly late. So, that being said, I think the bus is safe to take.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:21 PM   #1880
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Just wanted to jump in and comment on this...from staying at FW several times during Homeschool Days and adding a few classes, one of our homeschool family friends was signed up for the same Animation Magic class as we were (which began at 7:45, too) and they took the bus while we drove our car. I had to go back to FW because I actually forgot our KTW card and tickets at our site so it took us longer, but they arrived ahead of us on the bus, said they got there about 7:30 while we were nearly late. So, that being said, I think the bus is safe to take.
That is great! (not that you were almost late, lol, but that they got there so early) Thanks so much for chiming in!
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:31 PM   #1881
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We were told also that buses start running at 7:00 am. I was asking specifically about AK since that is where our class is. Because of such early ADR's, it doesn't make sense that bus service wouldn't begin until 8:00.
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That is great! (not that you were almost late, lol, but that they got there so early) Thanks so much for chiming in!
LOL, yeah, definitely not great to be late, although the CMs were nice about it and we weren't the last to arrive. Phew! Needless to say, I have learned that I do not schedule classes after a party night. Going from MNSSHP at night to having to be at the gates at 7:45 the next morning does NOT work for this family! lol
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:42 PM   #1883
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LOL, yeah, definitely not great to be late, although the CMs were nice about it and we weren't the last to arrive. Phew! Needless to say, I have learned that I do not schedule classes after a party night. Going from MNSSHP at night to having to be at the gates at 7:45 the next morning does NOT work for this family! lol
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:11 PM   #1884
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I guess they should inform the drivers when they start workwe went thru alot of anxiety that morning that could have been avoided had I been given correct information.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:36 PM   #1885
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I guess they should inform the drivers when they start workwe went thru alot of anxiety that morning that could have been avoided had I been given correct information.
For some unknown reason, it seems that Disney wants the CMs to say buses start running one hour before park opening. I don't know why. I can't think of any good reason. However, they seem to do things on a regular basis that don't make sense to me lol. I recall reading that CMs were told to tell guests at Epcot "NO" when asked if The Land Pavilion was staying open until 10:00 pm. I think it's now on the times guide (or was, I don't know if it's still open until 10 or not) so I suppose they now answer accurately.
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That just isn't true. I don't know why everyone always says that. It drives me crazy.

We have had an 8:05 Hollywood & Vine ADR before, more than once, and we took the bus (ditto for Tusker House at AK, Crystal Palace at MK, and CRT at MK). If a park has a restaurant open for breakfast ADRs at 8:00 am then the buses will start running by 7:00. We have taken a bus to MK, HS, and AK at 7:00 - 7:15 on days that the parks opened at 9:00 (from Pop Century, AKV, OKW, and POFQ that I recall for certain, probably others as well). You don't have to believe me, lol. Walk out to the bus stop one morning at 7:15 on your next trip and see how many buses stop, going to all the parks.

If you go over to the transportation board and ask, I'm sure others will tell you the same.

ETA: I didn't mean it isn't true that you asked and were told 8:00, btw. I meant that it isn't true buses start running at 8:00. (Didn't want you to think I was calling you a liar. I'm not. I know the CMs tell people that.)

Thanks. I will ask at check in but I will also look over at the trans board. It sure seems like they would have busses running for the YES classes too.
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Has anyone else had problems getting through to YES on the phone? I've called several times today at different times and I keep getting the "leave a message" deal. I don't want to have someone call me back because what I need to talk to them about is a surprise for my son and I don't want him to get suspicious.
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I don't have much time for an extensive search on this topic so if it's a repeat, I apologize. We leave tomorrow for 10 days. My daughter is in the Making Waves class Monday 8/27. In the event there is a significant weather event i.e. tropical storm/hurricane Isaac in the zip code will they:

A. Cancel the class
B. Contact us if canceled
C. Penalize us financially if we decide for the safety of our family not to attend if they decide to have it anyway.

I know I should just call, heaven knows we will have plenty of time on our drive from Cincinnati. What number should I try? TIA!!
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:36 AM   #1889
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I don't have much time for an extensive search on this topic so if it's a repeat, I apologize. We leave tomorrow for 10 days. My daughter is in the Making Waves class Monday 8/27. In the event there is a significant weather event i.e. tropical storm/hurricane Isaac in the zip code will they:

A. Cancel the class
B. Contact us if canceled
C. Penalize us financially if we decide for the safety of our family not to attend if they decide to have it anyway.

I know I should just call, heaven knows we will have plenty of time on our drive from Cincinnati. What number should I try? TIA!!
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My guess to the actual question would be that they will contact you on whatever phone number you provided when registering -probably the day before the event. I wouldn't worry too much(although you never know), but this storm is predicted to be a cat 1 and by the time it hits Orlando likely to be a TS. We've been in the parks during a TS so they will stay open if they feel it is safe. If you aren't comfortable and don't go, they will charge you the difference in the ticket prices.

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I am so depressed now!!
I have been watching every day for the Sep 28 Energy & Waves class to open back up.
My daughter wanted so badly to take that class, and it closed the day before we signed up.

So this morning, I looked at the classes and saw it was OPEN again.
(Someone obviously cancelled.)
My heart jumped, and I got so excited!!!
Then I realized, it was for the younger age group.

Please send pixie dust that it will open for us.
Taking that class was going to be DD's birthday surprise.
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