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Old 09-26-2012, 04:15 AM   #361
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:36 AM   #362
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No he won't, my parents did that to me at Six Flags when I was 12, telling me the Burning of Atlanta ride was just like Small World. Guess what almost 36 yr old still wont do unknown rides?

Lesson - don't tell your kid a ride isn't scary when you know it is.
This is so true. I inadvertently did that to DS 7 on this trip. The stitch ride traumatized him and he was done with dark or scary rides. The very next day I told him EE wasn't dark. Not on purpose. We had never been to AK before and I didn't do my homework on this ride because I didn't expect it to be an issue.

Poor little guy had such a hard time. There was no freak out, just little whimpers,, "help me." It was pitiful. And of course I had broken his trust. I made sure to build that trust back by paying careful attention the rest of the trip. some things I sat out with him, some I warned him there would be a scary part but it would still be good.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:43 PM   #363
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Heard more things today. I am traveling with my mother in law, who has trouble walking and is going to rent an ECV. I was talking with my aunt and she exclaimed "No! Tell her to get a wheelchair. It gets you to the front of the line, and your whole party with you." Um... no. Do you know how many people would be in wheelchairs if that were the case? I told her so, and she told me that at the very least I should stuff my shirt as if I were pregnant so I don't have to wait in lines. According to her, pregnant women are given a nice cool place to sit so their feet don't swell.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:22 PM   #364
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:55 PM   #365
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Heard more things today. I am traveling with my mother in law, who has trouble walking and is going to rent an ECV. I was talking with my aunt and she exclaimed "No! Tell her to get a wheelchair. It gets you to the front of the line, and your whole party with you." Um... no. Do you know how many people would be in wheelchairs if that were the case? I told her so, and she told me that at the very least I should stuff my shirt as if I were pregnant so I don't have to wait in lines. According to her, pregnant women are given a nice cool place to sit so their feet don't swell.
Ha I wish! Would have been great on my last trip. I too heard from my mil who we brought on her first time to rent a wheel chair or ECV so we could get the perks! People are.silly!
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:20 PM   #366
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We ordered food in the Mexico pavilion today, party of 6 so it was 4 combo platters and 6 sodas. The girls stood off to the side while the boys collected the food.

The woman directly behind us goes up to the counter and starts freaking out at the cast member "I only ordered one soda, why are you pouring 6? Oh my g-d I didn't even order diet coke I want real coke how dumb are you". She was really out of order until some random guy turns to her and goes "hey lady, you're way out of line, that blind woman over there could see that that mans pouring that big groups sodas and if you wait your turn you'll get one soda just like you asked for"

It was priceless. I'm told the cast member actually had to turn away for a second.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:12 PM   #367
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so my Sister in law was the one who got lost and didn't use maps, refused to use apps or go online, waited 4 hrs for night parade, missed half of MK. the other night I asked her husband about parking and we started talking about the trip. I asked what kind of bag she carried, she said they just left their entire bag on the stroller for rides- wallet, tickets, camera everything but the iphone. then they proceeded to laugh at me, literally, for bothering to plan or carry a small bag, said I am thinking about this too much and we should just show up and wander around. (they would die if they knew I came here or all of the fun extra things I am getting together for the kids etc) I was getting really upset but then I remembered they are idiots.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:16 PM   #368
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so my Sister in law was the one who got lost and didn't use maps, refused to use apps or go online, waited 4 hrs for night parade, missed half of MK. the other night I asked her husband about parking and we started talking about the trip. I asked what kind of bag she carried, she said they just left their entire bag on the stroller for rides- wallet, tickets, camera everything but the iphone. then they proceeded to laugh at me, literally, for bothering to plan or carry a small bag, said I am thinking about this too much and we should just show up and wander around. (they would die if they knew I came here or all of the fun extra things I am getting together for the kids etc) I was getting really upset but then I remembered they are idiots.
And very lucky idiots at that!
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:26 PM   #369
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We're lucky to live in an area where going to Disneyland is relatively common, and going multiple times isn't unusual. So we don't get the "why are you going again?" question quite as much.

I don't mind if people are ignorant. It's sad for them, but a little funny and too my selfish advantage. My planning in advance makes me happy, gets me into ADRs, and keeps me out of most long lines.

What I DO mind are the know-it-alls who insist they are right, despite any or all evidence. The people who have been once, or have a friend of a friend who told them so.

If you're a travel agent that people pay for the incorrect advice (and I suspect some persuade people to upgrade based on their "knowledge"), I'd be really mad if I were the client. I'll make my own plans and my own mistakes.

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Old 09-28-2012, 05:19 PM   #370
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When telling family members we were going for a 9 day/8 night trip last year we were asked, "Why so long? Is there really that much to do down at Disney World?"
We get this every year when we make our annual trip to "the world". Our minimum stay is 14 days. We have friends that will just never get it. They always ask, "why don't you try some where else?" or "aren't you sick of it?". We use to try and explain it but unless they go and experience the magic for themselves they will never get it. We are however thinking of doing a cruise for something different in 2014...a Disney cruise
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:05 AM   #371
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We get this every year when we make our annual trip to "the world". Our minimum stay is 14 days. We have friends that will just never get it. They always ask, "why don't you try some where else?" or "aren't you sick of it?". We use to try and explain it but unless they go and experience the magic for themselves they will never get it.
I spent 8 days at WDW last month. I took a decade off, after going for 5 straight years ('97-'01). I had a great time for sure. But during my time away, I traveled to Italy, France, Canada, Costa Rica, Hawaii (5 times), and more.

I love Disney World. But I can totally understand other people's opinions. We're no longer "Disney Obsessed". Heck, my partner went to Australia when I went to WDW last month, making mine a solo trip (my 3rd). In 3 weeks, we're going back to Hawaii for our second trip this year. My point is that there is a whole world of amazing adventures, cultural experiences and memories to be made at places that aren't Disney. As amazing, awesome and fun as Walt Disney World is, "THE world" it is not.
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:12 PM   #372
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This is from a friend of my sister, she adopted a child in her late 40's, had zero experience with kids or WDW. She took her child on their first trip this summer. She had no idea the lines would be long, could not understand why there weren't alternative lines for people with small kids who don't have the patience to wait in long lines. Same thing for dining- my sister did get her to make some ADR's, but she didn't expect to have to wait for the characters to make their way around to her table. Don't understand what she thought would happen, since she says she knew she wouldn't be the only person in the restaurant. She thinks the buses should have car seats installed permanently, separate buses should be provided for families with little kids, and that strollers should be allowed to be wheeled on full of kids and/or bags. My favorite was that she thinks WDW should provide air conditioned napping areas, with beds, in all the parks. She even asked a cm about the nap areas while in the parks and was directed to the baby care centers. That wasn't good enough for her- she wants private rooms for each child. She wasn't amused when we told her that's what her hotel room was for.
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Did she think that people with small children would be in the minority in the parks and treated specially?
Since it's been so long since I posted I quoted myself. Unfortunately, she was serious about everything I posted. This is a very good friend of my sister who had never been to WDW before. She thinks WDW is all about little kids and that those kids should be treated like royalty. She started out saying there should be days when only families with babies and very young children, like maybe up to age 7, were allowed in the parks, but decided on her own that that wasn't reasonable because everyone would be waiting on the same lines. I asked her where exactly she thought all those private nap rooms should be, she said Disney has deep pockets, they should build a multilevel facility in each park. There should also be a separate entrance at each ride or show for little ones. I asked what about families like mine with multiple age groups, she couldn't decide about that- but she's working on it As for buses, there should be separate bus stops for little kids, families with older kids or just adults, and those in ECV's or wheelchairs. I said, since my kids are all out of car seats, I'd love to see that happen. We'd meet her back at the resort in a few hours. It would take at least that long for everyone who waited on a car seat or handicapped accessible bus to make it back to their resort if they had to wait for separate buses! (no I'm not agreeing with her!) Oh, and all buses reserved for little kids should allow them to stay in strollers (so why do they need the car seats?), and no one would be allowed to stand because they might fall on a stroller. We told her to put her ideas in writing, send them to Guest Relations, and someone would be sure to get back to her. I would love to see the reaction of the cm's who read that letter
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:28 PM   #373
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I spent 8 days at WDW last month. I took a decade off, after going for 5 straight years ('97-'01). I had a great time for sure. But during my time away, I traveled to Italy, France, Canada, Costa Rica, Hawaii (5 times), and more.

I love Disney World. But I can totally understand other people's opinions. We're no longer "Disney Obsessed". Heck, my partner went to Australia when I went to WDW last month, making mine a solo trip (my 3rd). In 3 weeks, we're going back to Hawaii for our second trip this year. My point is that there is a whole world of amazing adventures, cultural experiences and memories to be made at places that aren't Disney. As amazing, awesome and fun as Walt Disney World is, "THE world" it is not.
I agree.

I've seen people comment that they don't need to travel to see the world because it's all there at Epcot. Um, no.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:08 PM   #374
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I've never been to WDW but I'm been spending a lot of time planning our trip for this fall. I have a friend that just got back from a week long trip with her kids. I asked her if she had any tips. She said I would only need 1/2 a day in Epcot because there's nothing to do there but eat and shop, especially in World Showcase. She had no idea that there were rides in Mexico and Norway and movies in a few other countries. She also didn't know that there was a ride inside the Epcot ball.

I guess that's what happens when you let your travel agent do all the research and planning for you.

There are PLENTY of travel agents who are College of Disney Knowledge graduates and have gone to more than one Disney Agent Education Program. I am fully qualified to do all the research and planning for many of my clients who have never been before and have similar questions to those brought up in this thread. There are many, many travel agents out there who are Disney specialists and can be quite an asset to people planning a Disney vacation.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:22 PM   #375
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Just had a lady tell me that only the monorail resorts are considered deluxe. She said I'm a DVC member I know these things !!!!
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