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Old 03-24-2005, 02:55 PM   #16
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Old 03-24-2005, 05:35 PM   #17
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I got the fans at the Disney Store. I got a Minnie Mouse and a Buzz/Woody. I believe they also had an Incredibles and one other, but sorry -- I can't remember which character(s).
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Old 03-24-2005, 06:01 PM   #18
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I too think that Fanny packs are great!

Though with a small child, I will need more than that in carry space. I have decided on a smallish knapsack (a sporty type...weather proof material) and ziplock bags for those items that must stay dry. This will enable me to carry those essential sippy cups and snacks that my little one will need throughout the day. I will also be able to carry dh's wallet for him (in a ziplock of course!) and maybe a dry pair of shorts for myself and dd3...we hate wet bottoms!!! DH doesn't care if he is wet...man thing I suppose!

Hmmmmmm...I buy the plain old light sticks for the kids for our annual cape cod trip, so I think that I will buy those again (traveling w/extended family for this trip too!) as they like to take them to bed...they double as night lights and I can generally find them at Ocean State Job Lot for approx. $.99 each!!!!!!!!!!!

-Comfortable shoes are a MUST!!!!! I agree that you should start walking BEFORE the trip. Socks with your shoes/sneakers are a plus for cutting down on blisters.

-Don't try to cover everything in one trip...you'll kill yourself trying!!!!! Save some for a reason to go back.

-I read about these...disposable cereal bowls from Target! They have the cereal in them (same concept as the boxes but they are in fact plastic bowls) and with kids, this is a great time/money saver!!!!!
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Old 03-24-2005, 06:37 PM   #19
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For DD4 : The thread about how to get a PS for Cindy's Royal Table for breakfast. I never could have snagged it once, let alone three times (and counting), without those instrux!

For DS2 : I'm glad I read here about getting baby's first haircut at MK. I never knew they gave ears and a commemorative certificate until I read it on the DIS.

For me : The tips on going it alone with 2 small kids. I ended up buying a toddler harness (despite my initial reluctance) and a sling, and put both to good use. Of course bringing DH with us the next time made it even easier.

For our budget: The ING Direct FAQ! And many of the other hints on the Budget Board.

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Old 03-24-2005, 07:17 PM   #20
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Towncar instead of Mears

Grocery Stop -buy cheap styrafoam cooler-buy pop- bring a lg ziploc bag to use for the ice refills much less mess..

Refill water bottle in Park

Put all of the Park, parade, and Firework times on a index card on one side, your tentative schedule with PS's times and #s along with Resort, Dining phone numbers on the other side and laminate - I keep this in my backpack.....

Pack then take out half - I always end up wearing the small comfortable stuff over and over

Teva Sandals

Go to the Park Early, go back to resort by 12 or 1 - rest, nap, swim - then dinner and back to parks - everyone is in a much better mood.

Check the refurbishment schedule right when you get there in case anything was added - one year we went to MGM after we were there a couple of days and found that Rock N Roller Coaster just went off line for a week but had been opened the first 2 days we were there.

To be honest there are so many things I have learned from these boards that each time we go it is more relaxing and fun....

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Old 03-24-2005, 07:31 PM   #21
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Discount Codes! When I joined Dis last year, I had no idea that discount codes existed. Last June we were able to use a McDonald's code and paid $79.00 a night for POFQ. Then in October we used a room only code and got WL for $139.00 a night. This June we will be returning for our first DVC trip (another tip)!

There are so many useful tips that I learned from these boards, that I can't even begin to mention them all!
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Old 03-24-2005, 07:38 PM   #22
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We found getting to the parks at opening was a lifesaver. We did all the rides we wanted to do in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland by 10:30 one day. It was an EMH. It got crowded shortly after and we just left and hung out at the pool and returned around 3:00.
Good shoes are a must! I love my Birkenstocks!
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Old 03-24-2005, 08:50 PM   #23
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My best tip would be to always choose the left line for rides. My kids would see who we would be behind if we went to the right. Every ride we always beat that person on by going to the left. Try it!

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Old 03-25-2005, 07:29 AM   #24
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Wear the rain ponchos on Kali River Rapids.....

First trip we were soaked and walked around with wet clothes and sneakers all day.

Next few trips, we wore the ponchos and rode the ride three or four times in a row, first thing in the morning.

We gave the ponchos to another family waiting in line.
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Old 03-25-2005, 07:51 AM   #25
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I glad I listened to the few people that had good things to say about Mears. I've had quick, polite,friendly, and cheap service both times that I have used them.

I'm looking forward to using them again next month.
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Old 03-25-2005, 08:16 AM   #26
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Body Glide for your feet to reduce (and for me elimiate) the blisters. Couple that with Cool Max socks - and you are good for hours and hours of walking!!!

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Old 03-25-2005, 08:29 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by disneyjunkie
I glad I listened to the few people that had good things to say about Mears. I've had quick, polite,friendly, and cheap service both times that I have used them.

I'm looking forward to using them again next month.
I'm new here. What is Mears?
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Old 03-25-2005, 08:34 AM   #28
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Codes! Otherwise, I'd never have known there was an alternative to rack rates!

Using a Town Car rather than Mears - Mears gets people there OK, but the Town Car added a nice magical touch for Grandma and Dkids. However, since renting a car last year, I now enjoy the independence and will most likely continue renting.

The Unofficial Guide's and the DIS's strategies for getting that elusive CRT PS. It worked for me back in 2002, though I haven't tried to push my luck since!

The simple importance of planning - PS's, having at least a general plan for what we want to accomplish each day and knowing which of those things to do first and avoid bottlenecks. It's so practical, maximizing our time, which also helps the vacation be more magical!
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Old 03-25-2005, 10:54 AM   #29
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Mears is a company that sends vehicles to shuttle people between airport and WDW.

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Never used them, so other people can probably go into more detail.

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Old 03-25-2005, 10:15 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by leahannpen
The best advice I ever got, and listned to, was to make copies of the back of my park tickets incase they were ever lost. I did this last trip, and let me tell you...thank god I did. I lost my pass BUT with the copy I made, I was able to have the old one voided and a new pass issued in minutes.
How far did you have to go to get copies made? are there copiers on the resort?

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