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Old 08-27-2012, 10:51 AM   #16
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Thanks for the review! As a WDW vet going to the LAND in less than a month reading your review was great. (And it confirmed my ongoing headache about the shuttle to and from the airport. I know I am going to miss ME.)


I can't wait to ride SM and PoC! I don't think Indy is going to be open when we go, which is a bummer. And it would be pretty hard to beat WDW's ToT. The random drop cycle, and the queue is an experience in itself.


I am sure we will have a fabulous time -- it will be interesting to see if we side with you and your oldest DD, or your husband and youngest DD.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:10 AM   #17
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The thing about the Disneyland Express shuttle, Fly Girl, is that they tell you to wait under the green signs. Well. What they don't tell you is that there are ten thousand green signs!! And ALL of them apply, apparently! We stood under one that security told us to, but there were other green signs all up and down around us. I think they say fly bus or something like that...I expected them to say Disneyland Express and be a specific bus stop. Nope! ALL kinds of buses pull up to these signs and there is really no room for so many buses to be doing so. You have to keep your eyes peeled for the solid white bus with the tiny Disneyland Express sign in the front window. Then try and wave or make eye contact with the driver so he knows you want on. Then confirm with him that this IS the DE bus. You'll get on and then go to all the other million green signs. In our case hardly anyone else got on at these signs. All those other people were waiting for other buses or taxis which is part of what makes it so confusing. A designated DE stop would be nice. We then went to Disneyland Hotel where someone boarded the bus and took our tickets, vouchers, printed emails proving we had paid, whatever, or they paid at that point. I didn't know we were supposed to print the email TWICE--once for the first part of the trip, and once for the return trip. Because I only had the one email he had to keep that and he gave me this itty bitty piece of paper that was a return voucher. It wasn't even cardstock or anything, it was thin and looked completely fake. He didn't fill in the date part or our names or anything, just wrote 3/1 which I think was three adults, one child, and something like 'BPT'. At any rate, when we went back to the airport we called a day ahead because we were Candy Cane Inn and they are not on their regular route, and we were picked up on time BUT in a Toy Story bus! The guy said he was taking us to Disneyland Hotel where we would then get put on the white bus. This meant tipping twice, unfortunately. Once at the hotel the guy boarded to take tickets and he took my wimpy voucher with no hesitation. We were dropped at Air Tran and Southwest and that was that! It really was fine, just busy and not organized like ME.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:11 AM   #18
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We did not have EE as we didn't stay on site and we didn't buy our tickets in advance. So we arrived at 8:00 when it officially opened and joined the very long line for FP, but all those ahead of us had gotten in line at 7:00 when they came for EE.

We only waited 25 minutes in the line when we arrived at 8:00 (that's still a long time for us, but we took turns waiting in the line while the other parent and kids went off and had fun). I'm just saying if I had had EE I would have used that first hour to enjoy the attractions with little wait, and then gotten in the FP line just before the regular guests showed up at 8:00.
If this is true for many onsite guests, it would appear that although Disney is now advertising this perk, people certainly don 't seem to understand how to use it to their advantage, or FP for that matter. Which I guess is good for those of us who do understand, whether staying offsite or on..
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:18 AM   #19
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Well, I guess this is just what I was assuming....SOMEone had to fill up that huge line before we got there at 7:50 so I assume it was the early entry folks as there were cast members all over with early entry signs admitting those who were official EE guests. We had to wait a few minutes before getting in line or getting anywhere else. So it must have been the EE guests in that line, correct?

Do they wait until official opening time to give out FPs? You can't get FPs during EE can you?
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:21 AM   #20
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We waited 25 minutes each time for FP for RSR and each time our FP return time was between 11:00 and 12:00. I was surprised at whole families waiting in the line, rather than just one person while the others went off and had fun. I suppose it was courteous of them, but it seemed sad to me. And it made the line look worse!!

I really wanted a late FP return so we could ride it at night, but we didn't want to take any chances with them running out. It would be hard to know just how to time it as to when to join the line.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:30 AM   #21
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Well, I guess this is just what I was assuming....SOMEone had to fill up that huge line before we got there at 7:50 so I assume it was the early entry folks as there were cast members all over with early entry signs admitting those who were official EE guests. We had to wait a few minutes before getting in line or getting anywhere else. So it must have been the EE guests in that line, correct?

Do they wait until official opening time to give out FPs? You can't get FPs during EE can you?
You are correct, they don 't distribute FP during EE. It seems like waiting some time in the FP line is a necessary evil, but if hotel guests are using that whole EE hour to wait in line, what a waste for them!
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:36 AM   #22
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I really wanted a late FP return so we could ride it at night, but we didn't want to take any chances with them running out. It would be hard to know just how to time it as to when to join the line.
Ah. Another "insider" tip that you could have gotten from this board and used to your advantage. While WDW enforces the return time window, DLR still does not. Or rather, they enforce the start time (you must return later than the start of the FP window), but you can then use it any later time that same day, all the way to closing.

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Old 08-27-2012, 11:47 AM   #23
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Oh no, I do know that DL doesn't enforce the return time, and we used that to our advantage several times and will have a hard time with it when we return to WDW, but I admit we were scared to try it with RSR.....we thought perhaps with THAT ride, they WOULD enforce it, and then we'd miss out entirely as FPs would be gone by 10:00 easily, and we'd be unable to get another. So just for RSR we adhered to the return time. We just didn't want to waste 25 minutes in line for FP only to be turned away 'just in case'.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:01 PM   #24
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Im glad to hear that you and your family had a great time. I have never been to WDW so its always interesting to hear the comparrisons. Thanks for taking the time to post all of it!
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:14 PM   #25
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We also made our first trip to Disneyland from Aug 15-20 after trips to WDW the past couple of years. We loved it!

Space Mountain is a million times better at DL than WDW. We found pretty much everything at DL the same or better than WDW (except for Splash...it is terrible at DL.)

I went on RSR eight times (my lucky son went on it 16 times due to rider swap) and it was really fun. It wouldn't be as much fun if you had to wait 2 hours to go on it but that's the choice you make!

Overall, I was amazed how short all of the lines were...especially Toy Story Mania and Soarin which are usually around 90 mins at EPCOT. They were usually 15-25 minutes at DL. Little Mermaid ride is really cute...it will make a great addition to MK.
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:42 PM   #26
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The thing about the Disneyland Express shuttle, Fly Girl, is that they tell you to wait under the green signs. Well. What they don't tell you is that there are ten thousand green signs!! And ALL of them apply, apparently! We stood under one that security told us to, but there were other green signs all up and down around us. I think they say fly bus or something like that...I expected them to say Disneyland Express and be a specific bus stop. Nope! ALL kinds of buses pull up to these signs and there is really no room for so many buses to be doing so. You have to keep your eyes peeled for the solid white bus with the tiny Disneyland Express sign in the front window. Then try and wave or make eye contact with the driver so he knows you want on. Then confirm with him that this IS the DE bus. You'll get on and then go to all the other million green signs. In our case hardly anyone else got on at these signs. All those other people were waiting for other buses or taxis which is part of what makes it so confusing. A designated DE stop would be nice. We then went to Disneyland Hotel where someone boarded the bus and took our tickets, vouchers, printed emails proving we had paid, whatever, or they paid at that point. I didn't know we were supposed to print the email TWICE--once for the first part of the trip, and once for the return trip. Because I only had the one email he had to keep that and he gave me this itty bitty piece of paper that was a return voucher. It wasn't even cardstock or anything, it was thin and looked completely fake. He didn't fill in the date part or our names or anything, just wrote 3/1 which I think was three adults, one child, and something like 'BPT'. At any rate, when we went back to the airport we called a day ahead because we were Candy Cane Inn and they are not on their regular route, and we were picked up on time BUT in a Toy Story bus! The guy said he was taking us to Disneyland Hotel where we would then get put on the white bus. This meant tipping twice, unfortunately. Once at the hotel the guy boarded to take tickets and he took my wimpy voucher with no hesitation. We were dropped at Air Tran and Southwest and that was that! It really was fine, just busy and not organized like ME.


Katems, thank you so much for that "heads up" about the green signs! I will definitely have my eyes peeled for the white bus.

LAX is hectic to begin with, I am surprised DLRE doesn't have a designated stop. Oh well, it is what it is. At least I will be prepared.
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:48 PM   #27
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Ah. Another "insider" tip that you could have gotten from this board and used to your advantage. While WDW enforces the return time window, DLR still does not. Or rather, they enforce the start time (you must return later than the start of the FP window), but you can then use it any later time that same day, all the way to closing.

Sweet! Although my family adjusted to the FP change at WDW rather smoothly, we still miss having the option to go back whenever we feel like it! That is especially great since park hopping seems to be a no-brainer at the LAND. Just meander over whenever we're ready.
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:06 PM   #28
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We did not have EE as we didn't stay on site and we didn't buy our tickets in advance. So we arrived at 8:00 when it officially opened and joined the very long line for FP, but all those ahead of us had gotten in line at 7:00 when they came for EE.

We only waited 25 minutes in the line when we arrived at 8:00 (that's still a long time for us, but we took turns waiting in the line while the other parent and kids went off and had fun). I'm just saying if I had had EE I would have used that first hour to enjoy the attractions with little wait, and then gotten in the FP line just before the regular guests showed up at 8:00.
Thank you. We are going in Nov. and I am trying to keep up on how people are doing Carsland. I wondered if going straight to CL first on EE day and getting a FP after would work.

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While I agree with you in general, my point was that these young people have premium passes
Sorry, I didn't get it clearly from your pp that you were referring only to PAP's. I had to go back and re-read it.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:11 AM   #30
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Just read your review as I'm debating going the last week of August 2013 - I really enjoyed it! We love WDW and have been going back and forth for a year now about a DLR trip next year.
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