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Old 07-30-2012, 02:06 PM   #91
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I can assure you, we never shut down ferryboats completely due to attendance. There's no way management would rely on monofails to work consistently without a backup.

During the slow season, in the middle of the day, we used to run 1 ferryboat. As monorail issues have increased and due to the time required to bring a 2nd ferryboat online in the event of issues, this is no longer the norm. I don't even think last year we went down to 1 in the off-season. There are always 2 running unless there is a mechanical or medical issue and even in that case we still have 1 running and can use alternate slips if necessary. The only time the ferries are completely out of service by decision rather than circumstance is if the wind gets too high.
I guess there could have been an issue but one trip in late Feb first thing in the morning, we were directed to the monorail, we had no choice, there was a CM blocking access to the ferry dock. Also there was no weather issue.

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Old 07-30-2012, 02:06 PM   #92
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Yes we got a welcome packet about 3-4 weeks prior to our visit. In it was a photo pass to register and bring with us. The parking pass (which even the security looked at puzzled) and several coupons. i.e one free round mini golf. Discount on fishing and a few other discounts in Disney.

Didn't know they had a key access lane. Is that the same lane the buses use?

Was at POFQ

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What you are referring to is a AAA (or possibly other travel provider) booklet of package entitlements. The parking pass is for a specific lot within the Disney parks parking lots. It has absolutely nothing to do with being allowed into the lot itself or into the resort...it's just permission to park in a certain place at the 4 parks. If you had a resort parking permit (a sheet of paper with your name, resort, dates, etc printed on it that you're supposed to display on your dash), that's all the attendants at the parking lot gates need to see *at the parks*. At the resorts, you have to either use a key to access the automated gate or show some ID to the guard at the gate.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:08 PM   #93
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What you are referring to is a AAA (or possibly other travel provider) booklet of package entitlements. The parking pass is for a specific lot within the Disney parks parking lots. It has absolutely nothing to do with being allowed into the lot itself or into the resort...it's just permission to park in a certain place at the 4 parks. If you had a resort parking permit (a sheet of paper with your name, resort, dates, etc printed on it that you're supposed to display on your dash), that's all the attendants at the parking lot gates need to see *at the parks*. At the resorts, you have to either use a key to access the automated gate or show some ID to the guard at the gate.
No we booked with Disney. The paper did say POFQ on it. When we first arrived prior to check-in the guard thought we had already checked-in because of the paper we had with the resort name and dates on it.

When I told him I got it in the mail he was puzzled.

Must be something new..
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No we booked with Disney. The paper did say POFQ on it. When we first arrived prior to check-in the guard thought we had already checked-in because of the paper we had with the resort name and dates on it.

When I told him I got it in the mail he was puzzled.

Must be something new..
How long ago was this??? Just curious.
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Just got back about a week ago.
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No we booked with Disney. The paper did say POFQ on it. When we first arrived prior to check-in the guard thought we had already checked-in because of the paper we had with the resort name and dates on it.

When I told him I got it in the mail he was puzzled.

Must be something new..
So was it intended to be your parking permit for the whole trip or just a temporary?
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The pass had the dates for our whole trip but POFQ also gave us a pass as well so I put both on the dash.
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Just so I can clear my conscience. Am I breaking any Disney rules by taking the resort monorail from TTC to MK and vice versa to avoid long lines? I did look around high and low and did not see any signs that said resort monorails are for monorail resort guests only..

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Just so I can clear my conscience. Am I breaking any Disney rules by taking the resort monorail from TTC to MK and vice versa to avoid long lines? I did look around high and low and did not see any signs that said resort monorails are for monorail resort guests only..

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Of course not.
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Just so I can clear my conscience. Am I breaking any Disney rules by taking the resort monorail from TTC to MK and vice versa to avoid long lines? I did look around high and low and did not see any signs that said resort monorails are for monorail resort guests only..

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No problem at all. But keep in mind....yes, you may see a longer line for the Express line, but the time it takes the Express line to get to MK is a lot less vs the Resort line. The Resort monorail takes almost 20 mins to get to MK!!! And that's if there are no issues along the track!!!

Then again, I would never drive to the TTC, even if I have a rental car. That's the one park I always take the bus to.
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No problem at all. But keep in mind....yes, you may see a longer line for the Express line, but the time it takes the Express line to get to MK is a lot less vs the Resort line. The Resort monorail takes almost 20 mins to get to MK!!! And that's if there are no issues along the track!!!

Then again, I would never drive to the TTC, even if I have a rental car. That's the one park I always take the bus to.
I think we rode the monorail about 5-6 times during our whole visit and lucky we never had the "hold for traffic" issue. So that was a plus.

I agree with taking the bus. The problem of convincing my wife is another story.. So the TTC wins, I choose my battles wisely. lol Plus my son's favorite ride at Disney was the trams I think. He even bought a Tram toy while visiting.

It's the little things I guess. lol
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