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Old 12-30-2012, 03:15 PM   #2611
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We're looking into possibly doing a YES program (in 2014). Our kids will be 11 and 9 at the time. DH and I will have AP's and my parents will be joining us on the trip. My question is...if we must buy adult tickets for the YES classes (because the kids will need chaperones) can I buy them for my parents? I assume that won't be a problem...but then is there any leeway for which adult accompanies the child to the class? I doubt my parents would want to chaperone (well, my dad might love it!) but I don't want to buy tickets for DH and I since we will already have our AP's.

Any insight??? (I know a lot can change between now and then so I'm just curious how it works right now)
Everything I have seen reported is that they don't care who accompanies the child. I would file everything for your parents, and just have whomever wants to go with the kiddos show up.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:56 PM   #2612
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I'm not sure if it's changed since September, but at that time our tickets did not have names on them. If that's still the case, I don't see any reason you couldn't buy the adult tickets and give them to your parents instead of using them yourself. Just put your name down as the chaperone. I'm sure someone here will chime in and let us know if anything has changed in that respect.
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Everything I have seen reported is that they don't care who accompanies the child. I would file everything for your parents, and just have whomever wants to go with the kiddos show up.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:54 PM   #2613
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I am so disappointed!

I have been looking forward to enrolling my DD (now going on 4) in the YES program both for the class and the discount since she was (no joke) 18 months old.

I can't believe the difference in discount pricing at this point. Like someone else said, the risk that we'd have to change our vacation dates is too great.

I would still enroll her in a class at age 5 just b/c it seems really fun (and my nerdy DH would so enjoy going with her) but it's such a bummer that there is no significant savings anymore. We don't go for more than 5 days at a time, and don't do water parks so the "starter package" isn't really that much cheaper than UT, especially considering the restrictions.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:03 PM   #2614
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Does anyone know the usual timeframe when they release the Fall Homeschool Day date?

Is the Homeschool Day date usually in the last half of October?
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:40 PM   #2615
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I am so disappointed!

I have been looking forward to enrolling my DD (now going on 4) in the YES program both for the class and the discount since she was (no joke) 18 months old.

I can't believe the difference in discount pricing at this point. Like someone else said, the risk that we'd have to change our vacation dates is too great.

I would still enroll her in a class at age 5 just b/c it seems really fun (and my nerdy DH would so enjoy going with her) but it's such a bummer that there is no significant savings anymore. We don't go for more than 5 days at a time, and don't do water parks so the "starter package" isn't really that much cheaper than UT, especially considering the restrictions.
It is still a significant savings (several hundred $$) when we ordered this year vs. UT. Plus getting to attend the class! There really isn't much more risk than scheduling any other part of a trip (if you are flying). From what I have read, there have been instances where they work with you on changes/refunds for extreme circumstances.

If you really want a deeper discount, plan around the Homeschool Day. We missed this by one day (arriving at noon Jan 25th, class is at 10). The deep discount remains for all. You do not need to be homeschooled to take advantage of this. I was told straight from WDW that it is open to all children/families. It is marketed to HS families, and scheduled as such, but open to all that would like to participate.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:17 AM   #2616
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I was disappointed also that the program changed. For an August booking, I ran the numbers and it would only be $109 savings total for 5 people. Not worth it for the fixed nature of it (ie not being able to take advantage of any free dining, etc that might come up with package discounts in the future). (1288 vs 1397 for 5 people including 3 Disney children and 2 adults for 7 days Myw).
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:39 AM   #2617
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Hi-
I was looking at this program but it says for groups of 10 or 15. How do you book for a smaller group?
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:49 AM   #2618
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I was looking at this program but it says for groups of 10 or 15. How do you book for a smaller group?
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Go to the Individual Enrollment section.

http://www.disneyyouth.com/our-progr...al-enrollment/
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:42 PM   #2619
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Does anyone know the usual timeframe when they release the Fall Homeschool Day date?

Is the Homeschool Day date usually in the last half of October?
Early July.

The fall dates will vary. For past reference:
Oct 3, 2011 (Epcot)
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:23 PM   #2620
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We are going in July. While the ticket prices aren't as great a deal as they were, for the four of us DH, DW, DS12, and DS8 , we will still save $300. For us still worth it and the kids are excited about the classes
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:26 PM   #2621
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I posted this question elsewhere, but got no response. Can you tell me who runs the classes? Is it just CMs from around the park, college kids or people with some advanced certification in the area?
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:36 AM   #2622
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I responded somewhere, not sure whether it was your question.

Last summer my older 2 kids and I took the Making Waves with a Marine Career class at Epcot. The CM who ran the class absolutely knew her stuff-- I think she was in college (maybe grad school??) as a Marine Biologist. It was such a great class!!
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:04 AM   #2623
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Now I am totally bummed. While my DGS was here over Christmas we checked out the YES programs available in June when we will all be at WDW. He absolutely loathed the two available, so I guess we are skipping the class (and the ticket discounts!)
Oh well, this is his vacation so we will certainly not force him to take the class!
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:21 AM   #2624
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Now I am totally bummed. While my DGS was here over Christmas we checked out the YES programs available in June when we will all be at WDW. He absolutely loathed the two available, so I guess we are skipping the class (and the ticket discounts!)
Oh well, this is his vacation so we will certainly not force him to take the class!
When were the summer classes released? Did I miss that announcement? I was expecting late January or early February. After I read your post I thought I'd better check. And the dates are there. Luckily the classes are still available for the dates my group needs.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:06 PM   #2625
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How fast do the summer classes fill up? We had done one last February and booked it only a month and a half ahead. I'm guessing these fill faster.
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