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Old 04-20-2013, 10:42 PM   #646
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FYI - BandAid now makes a product very similar to body glide for keeping your feet from rubbing, and I bet it could be used for other chafing areas. I don't know if it is any cheaper for the stick of stuff, but I found it at Target.
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:48 PM   #647
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When wishes was ending, we attempted to cross main street from tommorowland to adventureland. I guess I thought since MK was not closing until later, that most people would stay in the park. This was our first time actually being inside a park for fireworks, so I had no idea what was about to occur. We are small town people who don't get out much, and that was probably the biggest crowd we have ever been in and will ever be in.

Someone earlier mentioned zombies. That is exactly what it was like. And once we got a few feet in, we were stuck. There was nowhere to go. I had one kid and my husband had the other, and we got separated. My 11 year old was dying of embarrassment because I had a death grip on him. I wanted to pick him up. lol. To this day, he still talks about the horror of crossing the sea of zombies.
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:56 PM   #648
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I agree no extended family. Did 1 trip wit FIL and he never left our side. Did another trip with my parents and our schedules are too different to work. We are rope droppers and dinner at resort types with kids to bed, they are afternoon park goers till late. While it was nice for them to see the kids it was too much stress.
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Did a trip with my In laws. The rental car was in their name. For some reason, they could not add myself and husband as drivers on the car. I did not realize this part until we had arrived at the hotel. My husband went to the rental car counter with my FIL, so I assumed they had added him. We did not stay on property. It was a horrible, horrible trip. They slept in until noon everyday. We were stuck in the hotel room with our kids and our disney tickets.
When I think about the amount of money and time we wasted on that trip, I still get angry. It will never happen again.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:09 PM   #649
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Making ID cards with our phone numbers, etc, for the kids to keep in their bags, and then carrying their bags myself when we lost DD(6) at HS. And writing our cell numbers on rubber bracelets with sharpies for them to wear in case they got lost...only to find that the rubber absorbed all the writing. Fail.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:14 PM   #650
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OMG!! That has to be one of the funniest most horrifying stories I have read on the DIS!! How miserable you must have been... Ripping off your skin, a trip totally changed and a hot lifeguard seeing it all.... Ahhhhhhh! I'm cringing and crying and giggling all at once! Yikes!
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:14 AM   #651
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:11 AM   #652
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FYI - BandAid now makes a product very similar to body glide for keeping your feet from rubbing, and I bet it could be used for other chafing areas. I don't know if it is any cheaper for the stick of stuff, but I found it at Target.
The BandAid product is called "Friction Block" and can be found in the ointments section of the pharmacy at Target. A 0.34 oz stick (deodorant style, but much smaller -- no longer than your thumb) is $4.76. In comparison, a 0.45 oz stick of Body Glide is $7.49 on Amazon (free shipping). A 1.5 oz stick (about the size of a deodorant stick) of Body Glide is $9.99 (free shipping on orders over $25). We just bought a 1.5 oz BG from Amazon and also got two of the BandAid Friction Block from Target -- the BG will stay in the room and a FB will go with us to the parks just in case.

As for mistakes I won't make next time, the biggest one is going to MK on July 3rd (or 4th for that matter) to watch fireworks from the hub with a larger stroller (Joovy sit-and-stand) and two small kids... then agreeing to let DW hit the shops on the way out while I try to navigate the zombie throng heading (ever so slowly) toward the exit. DS was 16 months old at the time and started to get smothered sitting in the stroller with people crowded all around, so I had to carry him in one arm, navigate the stroller with DS4 standing on it with the other hand, all while hoards of people bumped into us, pushed past us, cut in front of us, etc... I know now why people are tempted to use strollers as battering rams, but I didn't do it. The fireworks were spectacular, and my kids enjoyed it immensely, but I would not do it again.

Another mistake from our last trip that I will make sure we don't repeat is to book early evening ADRs far from the park we are visiting that day. We traveled with friends, so DW and the other wife made the plans -- they insisted that we eat at T-Rex for dinner one evening . We visited Animal Kingdom that day (our only day at AK) and had to leave around 3:00 to get back to CSR and change clothes before heading to DTD. Most veterans know that this can be plenty of time to see most/all attractions at AK, but with four kids under 8 we moved pretty slowly, it was oppressively hot, and we stopped to take in every- single- sideshow and curio shop/stand we passed. We missed EE, Flights of Wonder, and the Nemo show. The whole time we were at dinner I could only think, "We traded off top notch Disney attractions so we can see second rate animatronic dinosaurs while we eat standard bar and grill food. Yippee!"

The last one (these are all from our last trip in 2009 btw) is staying at CSR with multiple small kids and a double stroller -- the bus/stroller issues have been discussed ad nauseum on other threads, so I won't elaborate. The key issue is that I am the pack mule on these trips, which I happily accept, but but my willingness is subject to limitations. Henceforth, I will not board a bus carrying anything larger than an umbrella stroller -- this is for my own well-being as well as that of fellow guests.

We're going in 7 weeks (just our family) and I took care of the planning this time -- no 4th of July week, no 3-hour transition/travel to a meal, no buses, rental strollers at Epcot only (umbrella stroller otherwise for DD2), and no AK with small kids.
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1. Purchasing park hopper tickets yet spent whole day at one park each day. For our trip next year, i'll just buy base tickets.

2. Claimed that free souvenir mug on our 4th night at the resort, i thought it was just that, a souvenir. Every morning my BIL walked around CSR with coffee on hand that he paid OOP. D'oh!
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:06 AM   #654
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I too have a cautionary tale about water rides.

One morning, we were getting ready to go to Islands Of Adventure and my parents packed a change of clothing for Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges which we all love as well as ponchos.

We got there and it was a beautiful, hot day. I was so boiling hot I decided I wouldn't wear a poncho to cool myself down. First mistake.

Needless to say, I got SOAKED to the skin on the ride, luckily I had the sense to remove my shoes and socks so they weren't soaked too.

And of course clever me did not have a spare change of clothing, nor a towel. Second mistake. Mum lent me her change of clothing which just looked silly on me. So, $44 for a new dress and a towel later, Universal were better off (And to be fair, it's a lovely dress that I'm looking forward to wearing in the summer) and I was finally dry. Except for one garment that's the most important of all: Underwear. Yikes that was uncomfortable.

Needless to say, when it started pouring down on our Epcot day, I made sure to wear my poncho that time.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:17 PM   #655
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Wow, I am so disappointed for this thread to end. Really some good stories and tips even for those of us who have been to the world many times!
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:18 PM   #656
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Wow, I am so disappointed for this thread to end. Really some good stories and tips even for those of us who have been to the world many times!
Is it ending?

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Old 04-21-2013, 02:21 PM   #657
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Is it ending?

I guess everyone learned so much there won't be any more mistakes.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:22 PM   #658
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LOL. No, I just meant that I had finally gotten to the last page!
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LOL. No, I just meant that I had finally gotten to the last page!
Got it...now you just need to wait for people to make some mistakes! Lol.

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Got it...now you just need to wait for people to make some mistakes! Lol.

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