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Old 10-21-2013, 04:01 PM   #106
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That would be me. We arrive at Wyndham Bonnet Creek in six days. I get this sick feeling that our MK days will be limited to Stitch's Great Escape and the People Mover.
You'll be able to do Carousel of Progress too at least. You get to do all the BIG TIMERS!!!!

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Old 10-21-2013, 04:05 PM   #107
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Not sure how Universal wins in this. They make you pay for their "front of line" system if you aren't a resort guest. I have no problem with that. I completely think that it should be a resort guest privilege. And when I've gone to Universal I have paid to use it. You want more FP availability lock it down to the resorts. I've always felt that EMH was nothing to write home about. I stay on property because I love it, but there would be a greater incentive to stay at a WDW resort.

I could be wrong, but I know someone who worked on this system and I was under the impression it was always intended to replace the old FP system. Nothing has been officially announced, and I could be mistaken, but that was my conclusion based on what I was told about this WAY before it was even rolled out for testing. But then again everything changes and Disney changes things even after they have been "officially announced."
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:07 PM   #108
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~LOL. I just read the first post but this really needs to be said, just go somewhere else. Seriously.

~A hypocrite is someone who repeatedly creates a "postal" type thread every single week ranting on a message board about their disdain for Disney and "announcing" to everyone how their "done with Disney." But yet, they continue to return. Ugh.... Just go.....

~People who love Disney World and who express excitement about their vacations are *not* hypocrites -- they're smart people because they're investing their time, money and resources into something that makes them happy and an experience they find value in! We're the winners! Yay!

~The people who continue to visit Disney after they discover the experiences are no longer of value to them are not very smart -- they need to move on. They're the losers. Awww. If I don't like some place, I don't go. Simple. So apologist, that.

~Also, I have never heard of packed parks in October, somewhat busy yes. Disney is busier than ever, which is kind of ironic. With all of the "I'm cancelling my Disney trip" comments for the past couple of years, the parks should be empty! Right?
I totally agree with you DR!.


The system is new and we will have to see how it works. I won't know until we go in May, then I can express a honest review of the system.

No one knows for sure if it will be ok or not.They are only expressing a opinion.

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Old 10-21-2013, 04:07 PM   #109
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Many people including myself are not happy with this FP + mess. I have been going to WDW almost annually for 30 years or so. Most of those trips have been in the "slower" seasons and I have never once did a rope drop or have I planned what my schedule was for the day. We have always been able to do basically everything we wanted to do, we worked around the crowd and used our FP when they came into effect.


This FP + system is a joke. I don't want to plan on when I'm going to eat and when I'm going to ride this ride or that 3/4/5/6 months out. That's utterly ridiculous. Now you can't even go to the Park and get a FP because they are all gone early in the day because most are taken up by these people getting them in advance. And forget about getting in a stand by line now for the big attractions. And a good part of this is not only because of the crap FP + system but from the people on this board that are scamming the system and double and triple dipping with all these FP's. People complain about the crowds on this board but then they're quick to point out how they got triple the FPs they should have because they used their Magic Band, Their KTTK card and their old room key. Ridiculous.

I agree with Disney charging people who don't show up for Dining Reservations, in fact they should charge them the price of the minimum meal X number of guests the reservation is for. If they catch you in the system with more FPs than the permitted amount, you should have your FP privileges revoked for your entire length of admission.
100% agreement with this whole post. I haver once booked more than one ADR, and I won't be booking rides six months before I go on vacation. I don't know what I'm doing tomorrow... do I know or care which rides I will be hitting at one time? Of course not.

People making charts and graphs and color colding their index cards are insane. You're visiting an amusement park, not another country. I went to Disneyland Paris for three days and did nothing more than read over the descriptions of the hotels so I knew at which I'd want to stay. No other planning, no meals, no reading about rides. Took the train myself from a town in England to Kings Cross, found my way to the EuroStar, and to the park. No planning, no research. Three days of doing what I wanted, when I wanted. Same thing with Disneyland.

Oh, and while we're at it, I always rent cars, never use the Magic Express handcuffs service. I like to be able to venture off property.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:09 PM   #110
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90% of them will not be booking FP+ the morning the 60 day window opens.
Keep believing that.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:10 PM   #111
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Don't stop... Beliiieeevin!
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:11 PM   #112
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100% agreement with this whole post. I haver once booked more than one ADR, and I won't be booking rides six months before I go on vacation. I don't know what I'm doing tomorrow... do I know or care which rides I will be hitting at one time? Of course not.

People making charts and graphs and color colding their index cards are insane. You're visiting an amusement park, not another country. I went to Disneyland Paris for three days and did nothing more than read over the descriptions of the hotels so I knew at which I'd want to stay. No other planning, no meals, no reading about rides. Took the train myself from a town in England to Kings Cross, found my way to the EuroStar, and to the park. No planning, no research. Three days of doing what I wanted, when I wanted. Same thing with Disneyland.

Oh, and while we're at it, I always rent cars, never use the Magic Express handcuffs service. I like to be able to venture off property.
Your post was a little judgmental. I don't make graphs or charts, but I do make ADRs when I can, because it takes TWO MINUTES and I like to eat at Be Our Guest. It's not a big deal. Also, we rented a car once, last summer, and it was a huge waste of money. Disney transportation is second to none. The car was like an albatross.

Anyway, it's no skin off my nose if you don't want to plan. More good stuff for me.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:12 PM   #113
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The difference is that even those of us who do research are going to find ourselves UNABLE to get a FP+ time for the rides we want and WE will be the unhappy guest standing in that 2 hour standby line.
But that's true under the "old" (or "current", depending on how you want to look at it) system too. If I don't get up at 7am and get myself to DHS for opening and be among the first to get to TSM, then I'm not going to get a FP for 11am. And if the only time I want to go is 11am, then I'm an unhappy guest standing in that 2 hour standby line.

I certainly have at least the same -- if not more of a -- fighting chance to get the ride I want at the time I want if I go the FP+ route as I do if I go the current route, don't I? I don't see how it's such a huge difference. Either way, I'm hoping I can get the FP at a time I want it, while at the same time knowing that there's not a limitless supply.

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Old 10-21-2013, 04:14 PM   #114
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People making charts and graphs and color colding their index cards are insane.
So planning to be in the least crowded parks and making reservations for the better restaurants is now "insane"?

It's not sending a rocket into space, it's deciding on theme parks, resorts and restaurants. Having the ability and desire to make those decisions 2-6 months out, then having the ability and desire to change them when appropriate doesn't make someone insane.

What's insane is not taking advantage of the opportunities given to you, then complaining when things don't work out the way you want them to.
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I wish I owned stock in Universal. Because I think they will be the big winners
Yes indeed. We are beginning to enjoy Universal more and more each visit. Disney's mythical customer service is long gone and I don't find any difference between the service I get at Universal and Disney. Now years back Disney's service, cleanliness, and attractions were all major reasons why we kept going back. Universal has caught up and even surpassed Disney in some aspects.
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Yes indeed. We are beginning to enjoy Universal more and more each visit. Disney's mythical customer service is long gone and I don't find any difference between the service I get at Universal and Disney. Now years back Disney's service, cleanliness, and attractions were all major reasons why we kept going back. Universal has caught up and even surpassed Disney in some aspects.
We were at Universal last fall and found it incredibly boring and dated. YMMV.
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Your post was a little judgmental. I don't make graphs or charts, but I do make ADRs when I can, because it takes TWO MINUTES and I like to eat at Be Our Guest. It's not a big deal. Also, we rented a car once, last summer, and it was a huge waste of money. Disney transportation is second to none. The car was like an albatross.

Anyway, it's no skin off my nose if you don't want to plan. More good stuff for me.

I started doing a spreadsheet with our reservation info a couple of years ago and it helps me keep things straight on which days we will be where.

Park hours get released, then I can figure out what parks I want to avoid on what days, then after I know where we will be, I know our choices for dinner/lunch. Once I know that, it's not that hard for me to figure out the attractions we want to FP+ for on what afternoon:

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You are 100% correct, and that is why I think I may have spent my last day in WDW. I'll enjoy the Disney "Magic" on the cruise line which we have done the last 2 years and is now more enjoyable than the Parks. And even when the ships are at capacity, we can enjoy the vacation just as much as if it was empty. No having to worry about "on" or "Off" seasons, unless we want to save a little money
Well, then you've solved your own problem. If the ships are already (even under the "old" FP system) more enjoyable to you than the Parks, then why all the anger and drama?

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But isn't that true anywhere? Those people who do their research are always better off than the people who don't. If I book a trip to Europe but get stuck at the airport because I don't have the proper documentation, is that my fault or the airline's fault? If I show up at 9am on Black Friday to get a flatscreen for $20, and the store advertised that deal as only available between 3-4am, is it the store's fault that I didn't read the ad? If I don't know that I should book Space, Splash and Thunder on my one and only trip to WDW (and presuming my family and I love coasters), then clearly I haven't done a lick of research. Otherwise, why would I book PP, iasm and L&S? And if I'm not going to do any research for this incredibly expensive vacation I'm taking, then is it my fault or Disney's that I now have to wait 100 min to ride a "mountain"? Even under the "old" FP system, there were plenty of people who didn't know anything about FP. There are posts all over the DIS where people make fun of people who stand there and give dirty looks to the FP lines because the "newbies" didn't do their research. How is your scenario different? One would hope that if someone's going to spend the same amount on a vacation that they would on a car (ok ... a used car), they'd do at least a little bit of research before getting to the front gates.
Sensible except there comes a point where the amount of research or advanced planning needed to enjoy the park becomes ridiculous or onerous. You mention getting stuck at the airport. Great example. If it's something simple and reasonable like you forgot your ticket, it's your fault. If it's because customs has a messed up, overly complicated set of requirements then it's customs fault and the system needs to be streamlined.

Some people find fp+ to be easy, convenient and helpful. Others find it to be an onerous, restrictive pain in the butt. If in the future more people fall in the latter camp the problem likely will not be resolved by Disney telling them 'Well it's your fault it's not working out. You need to do more research and planning to have fun at our parks.'
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I'm no apologist, but I just don't see why people are making mountains out of molehills.. You don't NEED to preplan.. you can use MDE or a kiosk at the parks and reserve a FP+ while there. It's not forcing you to do anything 60 days out.. It's just available 60 days out.
You definitely NEED to preplan - your are right that no one is forcing you but if you don't be prepared to not get the FP+ you want.
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