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Old 01-21-2013, 09:26 AM   #811
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Also, Be Our Guest is a quick-service restaurant for lunch - no reservations needed. I've been reading that folks start lining up about 30 min before the restaurant opens, but that once it opens the line moves quickly. Hope that helps


Oh, right, lunch! I never think about places like that for lunch. I'm way too cheap, LOL. But that's a great option!!
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:04 AM   #812
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Anyone else look into the rental car situation for the Houston/Galveston area? Is there anywhere to drop off a rental car by the port? Or are they only located at the airports?

We're getting in on Wed night, and we will probably do some exploring on Thursday (ie. space station), so that's why we're thinking about getting a rental for 1 or 2 days.

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Old 01-21-2013, 10:09 AM   #813
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Anyone else look into the rental car situation for the Houston/Galveston area? Is there anywhere to drop off a rental car by the port? Or are they only located at the airports?

We're getting in on Wed night, and we will probably do some exploring on Thursday (ie. space station), so that's why we're thinking about getting a rental for 1 or 2 days.

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The only agency on the island is Enterprise, and it is not near the port -- you would need to take a cab. But the island isn't big -- it wouldn't be very much. There have been mixed reports though, on being charged a drop-off fee for a one-way rental... It might be cheaper to rent a car for the whole duration, find a hotel that allows cruisers to park for free, and just return the car to the airport back in Houston where you picked it up.
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:34 AM   #814
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The only agency on the island is Enterprise, and it is not near the port -- you would need to take a cab. But the island isn't big -- it wouldn't be very much. There have been mixed reports though, on being charged a drop-off fee for a one-way rental... It might be cheaper to rent a car for the whole duration, find a hotel that allows cruisers to park for free, and just return the car to the airport back in Houston where you picked it up.
Ah, okay, good to know! I was wondering why some people were renting a car and parking it during the cruise. Now, I know!

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Old 01-21-2013, 11:02 AM   #815
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Oh, right, lunch! I never think about places like that for lunch. I'm way too cheap, LOL. But that's a great option!!
Check out the menus if you haven't already. Lunch and dinner are very different. Lunch is pretty much sandwiches, quiche etc. and all in the $8-$10 range. Plus, it has seating for over 500 in all 3 of the dining rooms. I'm thinking the price is pretty comparable to any other counter service place in the MK, but with much more room and ambiance
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3-D Glasses and Big Screen on Deck

Question about the 3-D glasses---the glasses are a NOT like the ones at the park. These are much more comfortable and heavier plastic.

The Big Screen on Deck ---In the Navigator it will list a daily schedule for the big screen so you can plan your day.

Also movies I listed were for the inside movie theatre. There may be a few changes. If Disney has a new release while we are board, we get to see it too!
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Final call to join the 4th (and last) FEE group for our cruise. Let me know today if you are going to join as the group will be closing tomorrow morning.

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I think it's all pretty much the same... online might be easier if their phone lines are way tied up. I hope you're able to snag a cancellation or something! From what I understand, Be Our Guest has been booked up through Spring ever since they opened reservations up for the place. I've got my fingers crossed for ya!
Thanks for the info! You saved us endless frustration. We'll try lunch.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:37 PM   #819
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We are also planning to have lunch at Be Our Guest. See you there!
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Question Where are people staying before/after cruise?

We are flying in very late on the 14th and need to book a hotel. We are looking for something near the airport, but there are 2 adults + 3 kids and most places seem to have a room capacity of 4.

We fly home on the 24th so we're looking for something to do and a place to stay and transportation options after we dock. Any suggestions?

We are so excited about our first cruise!
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:19 PM   #821
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Anyone else look into the rental car situation for the Houston/Galveston area? Is there anywhere to drop off a rental car by the port? Or are they only located at the airports?

We're getting in on Wed night, and we will probably do some exploring on Thursday (ie. space station), so that's why we're thinking about getting a rental for 1 or 2 days.

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Here was my experience with Galveston cruise travel. We are arriving on Thursday evening and don't fly out until late the next Saturday so we thought having a rental car, so we could sight see a little, was the way to go.

9 day rentals have been pricing out at $500 - $600, plus another $60 - $100 for parking it while we're away, so I was all set to rent a couple of 1 way cars from Enterprise. We can do that from Orlando to Port Canaveral round trip for around $120.

I got through telling Enterprise all our travel information and with fees, more fees, taxes, service charges and an "economy recovery tax" she quoted me $295. That was darn high, but about the same cost as taking a shuttle round trip so I said "book it". She sent me a confirmation then said, "now let's work on that return trip."

OMG! She seriously quoted me $295 just for a 24 hour rental from Houston (IAH) to Galveston. I immediately cancelled and booked a shuttle.
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As for the FEE, I dont know anything about what it is and I was scared to do to it without seeing what it was all about
The FEE is quite simple. There is a hook outside your cabin door in the shape of a fish where you will receive mail from the cruise line. You make or find something with 2 or 3 pockets (about 8 or 9 inches wide). This is called a FE (Fish Extender). You are extending you mail holder, and you make your own, buy a fancy one off etsy.com, or a simple one for about $5 from Ikea. I am cutting down a fabric shoe organizer to make one because I don't sew. Then you join a group and get a list of the cabin #'s in your group and everyone leaves small gifts for each other. They have kept the groups small so that you only need to buy or make gifts for about 12 cabins. The gifts can be anything (home made or bought). A few examples are glow sticks, dollar store toys for the kids, handmade key chains or bracelets or cruise themed magnets, or what ever you can dream up. There is no set price range and you can get a gift for each cabin or for each person in each cabin or both. You can drop off gifts 1 time during the cruise or multiple times. It is all just for added fun on the cruise with no pressure or expectations.

For lots of us its our first time hearing about and doing this too. But just remember groups 1 through 3 are closed and you only have one more day to join group 4, so join in quick if you can!
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:29 PM   #823
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For the Disney Cruise Line first timers here is a link I found incredibly valuable before my first Disney cruise. It has so much great information.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2068966
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Here was my experience with Galveston cruise travel. We are arriving on Thursday evening and don't fly out until late the next Saturday so we thought having a rental car, so we could sight see a little, was the way to go.

9 day rentals have been pricing out at $500 - $600, plus another $60 - $100 for parking it while we're away, so I was all set to rent a couple of 1 way cars from Enterprise. We can do that from Orlando to Port Canaveral round trip for around $120.

I got through telling Enterprise all our travel information and with fees, more fees, taxes, service charges and an "economy recovery tax" she quoted me $295. That was darn high, but about the same cost as taking a shuttle round trip so I said "book it". She sent me a confirmation then said, "now let's work on that return trip."

OMG! She seriously quoted me $295 just for a 24 hour rental from Houston (IAH) to Galveston. I immediately cancelled and booked a shuttle.
I think that we are going to end up renting a car for the entire time, Wed night thru Sun morning, and park it at a Galveston hotel that has free parking. Enterprise is way too expensive!!! They want $100 each time you drop off the car in a different location. So, basically they charge an extra $200, to drop off at Galveston, and then drop off at the airport on the way home. They are also the most expensive company to rent from for some reason. No Thanks!

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I think that we are going to end up renting a car for the entire time, Wed night thru Sun morning, and park it at a Galveston hotel that has free parking. Enterprise is way too expensive!!! They want $100 each time you drop off the car in a different location. So, basically they charge an extra $200, to drop off at Galveston, and then drop off at the airport on the way home. They are also the most expensive company to rent from for some reason. No Thanks!

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Trying to book transportation is the most stressful part I think. There are a few rentals from Texas City, that don`t charge drop off fees but it cost $50 for shuttle from there to the port. I would park the car but we need a minivan so it makes it too expensive. The way back we need something for 8ppl so I might book a big van or send my Mom on the Disney shuttle. If only I lived in Galveston, I would open a car rental place. It is crazy what Enterprise charges.
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