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Old 09-13-2010, 10:25 PM   #1111
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Mine are more things to do when waiting in line. We bought pins on ebay - a lot cheaper! Even if they didn't like the pins, they were able to trade them at the park. It gave them something to do and they interacted with the CM's. Their landyards are full, so Santa will have to bring them more pins to trade for our Spring Break trip. Also, we had a blast finding hidden Mickeys. We bought the book before we left and read it in line while we waiting for rides. We have some great pictures and our 11 year olds loved it! On our last trip we also enjoyed going to different resorts in the afternoon. We took a break and had a snack. We were able to get rejuvinated and see other some beautiful resorts!
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:08 AM   #1112
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Not only can I not sit in my favorite place to watch Wishes anymore (without reservations and paying out the nose), but now this burger thing? Sheesh.
I'll bite... Where was the "favorite place to watch Wishes"?
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:46 AM   #1113
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I'll bite... Where was the "favorite place to watch Wishes"?
It's the deck over by the noodle factory. That's the CS place to the right just as you cross the bridge into Tomorrowland. It's kind of tucked back in there so many people don't even pay it any attention. The food place usually isn't open when we go in early May, so we grab one of the tables at the edge of the deck about an hour or so before Wishes, one of us runs over to get dinner at Casey's, eat our dinner on the deck and then have a great, comfortable place to watch the fireworks. And it's really great for photos. Glad I got a bunch the last time we were able to sit there.

Now, however, this deck has been blocked off and you need to make ressies waaaaaaay in advance to have a seat there. Last time I checked (and couldn't get in) I think it was $75 each! At least, that's the number that stuck in my head. But they serve a "gourmet" dessert bar. Big whoop. It better be one heck of a dessert bar for that price.
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:51 PM   #1114
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It's the deck over by the noodle factory. That's the CS place to the right just as you cross the bridge into Tomorrowland. It's kind of tucked back in there so many people don't even pay it any attention. The food place usually isn't open when we go in early May, so we grab one of the tables at the edge of the deck about an hour or so before Wishes, one of us runs over to get dinner at Casey's, eat our dinner on the deck and then have a great, comfortable place to watch the fireworks. And it's really great for photos. Glad I got a bunch the last time we were able to sit there.

Now, however, this deck has been blocked off and you need to make ressies waaaaaaay in advance to have a seat there. Last time I checked (and couldn't get in) I think it was $75 each! At least, that's the number that stuck in my head. But they serve a "gourmet" dessert bar. Big whoop. It better be one heck of a dessert bar for that price.
You're talking about Wishes Dessert Bar - I believe it's only $20 per person, but it's talked about a lot on the DISboards, so if you're still sad about losing your favorite spot, there might be a chance for you to join everyone up there and talk about whether or not it was worthy enough for you!
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:43 PM   #1115
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Character meals, better standing in line at the parks. we try to get Chef Mickey, CRT, and CP every trip. gets Mickey and friends, Princesses and Pooh and friends.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:18 PM   #1116
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Character meals, better standing in line at the parks. we try to get Chef Mickey, CRT, and CP every trip. gets Mickey and friends, Princesses and Pooh and friends.
Absolutely!!! Something DH came up with and it helps a lot! Make sure the kids are on one side of the table and the parents on the other. The characters come to the table and hug the kiddies, you pick up the camera and take pictures, and you continue to enjoy your meal.


OH! OH! OH!!! Almost forgot!!! Be sure to take something to put the kid’s food in. They will be so excited that they have been known not to eat while in the restaurant. We take it back to the resort and eat before bed. Go figure…
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:51 PM   #1117
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OH! OH! OH!!! Almost forgot!!! Be sure to take something to put the kid’s food in. They will be so excited that they have been known not to eat while in the restaurant. We take it back to the resort and eat before bed. Go figure…
if your kids eat anything at all. i have such a picky eater that she doesn't eat much. but never forgets to get ice cream if it a buffet. even for breakfast.
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Old 09-15-2010, 05:10 AM   #1118
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if your kids eat anything at all. i have such a picky eater that she doesn't eat much. but never forgets to get ice cream if it a buffet. even for breakfast.
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:56 PM   #1119
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Great tips! I have not ready every post yet but taking notes! 26 days to go!
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:06 PM   #1120
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OH! OH! OH!!! Almost forgot!!! Be sure to take something to put the kid’s food in. They will be so excited that they have been known not to eat while in the restaurant. We take it back to the resort and eat before bed. Go figure…
PLEASE only do this if you're heading back to your resort or you have a cooler with ice to put it in. You don't want your child ending up with food poisoning because of leftovers that sat around at room temperature or worse, in FL summer heat for hours. Fruits and non-perishables would be fine, but meals or dairy based desserts, not so much.
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:18 PM   #1121
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I'm bumping this 'cause I think there's a lot of good stuff here for newbies like me.
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Old 09-18-2010, 08:09 PM   #1122
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This might have been mentioned before, but it's my standard advice, especially for folks who've never been.. (i used to give it all the time when working at the Disney Store, and had MANY folks come back and thank me for it!!)

1-- Know what you want to do in advance. (in this case, you're here already on DISboard, so you're ahead of the game)

-- know what's in each park, and make a plan for what you want to do in each park, and perhaps on each day... once you know what each person wants to do, rank them, then, make a list of the top 5 or 10 things you HAVE to see in that park.. then, make a second list with the next highest ranked things... that way, you get the most important things done first, and no one is disappointed that they didn't get to do what they wanted.

2- I cannot stress this enough. TAKE NAPS!

Especially if you've got a long vacation planned.. and in the summer most of all, get up, do some stuff, then go back when it's hot, take a nap, and life will be SO MUCH BETTER!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-18-2010, 09:59 PM   #1123
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Get pictures taken by CM's. They will give you a special card with an ID number. At the end of your trip, pick up your CD at Epcot or MK. I think the price just went from $99 to $120. The CD is your's. I heard someone had almost 500 pictures on their CD. That is a lot of pictures. If you don't want the CD, you can go home and log into the Photopass and you have one month to order pictures from Photo-pass.
Do they still have this package? How much does it cost now? Is there a website?

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Old 09-19-2010, 11:20 AM   #1124
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Bring extra sunglasses....I didnt... Having to buy uncomfortable replacements in the park after you leave them on test track is a wise lesson learned.
I haven't seen this tip before - - I am adding this to my packing list! THANKS!
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Old 09-19-2010, 04:44 PM   #1125
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Do they still have this package? How much does it cost now? Is there a website?

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Yes it still exists. Its called Disney's Photopass. There are CMs all over the place with pro cameras and take the pictures and hand you a photopass card or you give them a card you already have for them to scan the bar code. When you get home you go to http://www.disneyphotopass.com/ and purchase the pics. Price depends on what you wish to purchase and spend.
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