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Old 04-15-2013, 05:16 PM   #556
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I'm a cruel parent. With my ex-wife's kids they were scared to go on Splash Mountain because my ex had freaked out at the "drop" from the ride. They cried from the moment they got into line until they got into the boat. Then they were all excited and when we got off the ride they wanted to do it again.

I wouldn't suggest it for every kid but I think in some cases it's good to help kids conquer their fear of the unknown.
I was a mean parent too...I guess the thing to know is if they are afraid of the ride or afraid of the unknown.

We are a family that likes to ride roller coasters. At some point we had to make my youngest try a loopy roller coaster to see if she actually did or did not like them too. There was gnashing of teeth and bribes but she did it and was proud afterward.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:20 PM   #557
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Wearing flip flops while walking Epcot. Absolutely killed my feet and made walking all the other parks a lot harder. For now on i will always wear sneakers and when my feet need breathe i will just switch to my crocks that i bought at Disney !
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:04 PM   #558
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You're not, by chance, referring to a trip in 12/2010?
We went in 12/2010 and it was cold! Coldest trip we ever had....
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We went in 12/2010 and it was cold! Coldest trip we ever had....
That was the coldest trip a LOT of folks have had.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:10 PM   #560
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If we can help it, we will never buy passes or hopper passes; only AP. We bought our first APs about 4 years ago, after 15 years of visiting the parks. It totally changed the dynamic of our trips.

Instead of rushing constantly, feeling like we have to squeeze every second of park time out of our passes, we are much more relaxed, spend time at the pool, and don't feel like it's a waste if we only spend a few hours at a park. It actually feels like we are on vacation now instead of planning an attack.
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They cried from the moment they got into line until they got into the boat.
That is part of the problem. Nobody wants to stand in line with someone's crying kids. Kind of puts a damper on the fun.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:31 PM   #562
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Bring more than 1 pair of tennis shoes! We usually go in late May/early June aka the beginning of monsoon season. ONCEi only took one pair of tennis shoes and I spent the whole week with soggy tennis shoes. Now I bring 2 and trade off if they get wet!
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:37 PM   #563
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Forget bug spray (while at Caribbean Beach, specifically), lose my locker key at the water parks, and not bring enough spray sunscreen! Otherwise I'm not sure I've made too many mistakes, I feel. Also, I will not leave home medicine that I may even have a slight chance of needing. My parents weren't too happy overnight FedEx-ing me a 1" bottle of eye drops a few trips ago!
I am a traveling pharmacy when we go! I have. dd who has allergies and tends to STILL get sick the first day down, she's 24 now. The first time she had croup and we had to rush her to the doctor. The next trip I had to pay out the wazoo for Benadryl at the CBR store. Now I bring EVERYTHING!
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I was a mean parent too...I guess the thing to know is if they are afraid of the ride or afraid of the unknown.

We are a family that likes to ride roller coasters. At some point we had to make my youngest try a loopy roller coaster to see if she actually did or did not like them too. There was gnashing of teeth and bribes but she did it and was proud afterward.
I'm a member of the mean parent club too. Bribes..... And also lies. My youngest was always scared to try rides. One trip we convinced him that there was a fast and slow side to Space Mountain (Lie) and he loved it! For several years he said he would only ride the slow side. Lol. Regardless of the side we were on we always told him it was the slow one. After a few years, he caught on. He couldn't believe we would do such a thing. 😄
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1. NEVER miss a dinner reservation you made during a party. We decided not to attend our 7:20 ADR at Ohana because we didn't want to leave the party. Huge mistake! We then waited 1 1/2 hrs at Casey's in a jostling crowd to get hot dogs. By that time my husbands blood sugar was so low he was VERY grumpy. He was fine after we ate and we went on to enjoy the party. Lesson learned

2. I will never go alone w/ just me and DS again. Ended up in Celebration Hospital for 6 hrs our 2nd day there when I woke up w/both cheeks swollen like a chipmunk. They thought I had mumps and were going to quarantine both DS and me. Turns out I just had an infection of the same glands that swell w/mumps. Phew! But had to soldier on the rest of the trip despite feeling like crap when all I wanted to do was sleep. If DH had been there I could have taken it easy

Those are my 2 biggies.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:13 PM   #566
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Do any of the parks "commando".

I will not go into detail.
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Walking around a park with a map in my hand and arguing with DH and the kids about what we should do next!
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:06 PM   #569
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Going during spring break. I knew the crowds would be bad... but I really felt cheated out of my park time.
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1. NEVER miss a dinner reservation you made during a party. We decided not to attend our 7:20 ADR at Ohana because we didn't want to leave the party. Huge mistake! We then waited 1 1/2 hrs at Casey's in a jostling crowd to get hot dogs. By that time my husbands blood sugar was so low he was VERY grumpy. He was fine after we ate and we went on to enjoy the party. Lesson learned
Why would you make a reservation during a party, especially at a restaurant at a resort? The party only lasts for 5 hours and doing a meal outside the park means you would probably miss at least 2 hours of the party. The tickets cost about $60 and to only be there for maybe 3 hours seems like a waste of money to me. If you really want to do an ADR on a party night, especially at a resort, I would make it for no later than 5:00; I've done a 5:00 ADR at Chef Mickey's before going to the MVMCP.
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