Cruise secrets that DCL doesn't tell you

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bruinspin

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Question - when you get the picture matt signed, is it for a 8x10 picture or a 10x8 picture -- i.e. which way do the majority of the pictures fit. Boy, I hope this question makes sense.
You can always size it down to a smaller picture with inlays and framing but it is a good size for room to be signed.
I think what Disney1990 is asking is if they sign the frame for a landscape photo or a portrait photo, meaning landscape would be for a wider photo and portrait would be for a tall photo.
 

scrapperkimmydee

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Most of it is. Last time I was on the ship I know that O'Gills was experimenting with extra-cost snacks at certain times, the food outside the theatre is not free, and although I haven't been on the Dream or Fantasy I was under the impression that Vanellope's wasn't free either. You also have Palo/Remy which you pay extra for. Technically none of the food is really free it's just included in the cost of your cruise.

Okay, fine...No Additional Charge? And someone told me you have to pay extra for all beverages. I thought it was only alcohol?
 

PrincessShmoo

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Okay, fine...No Additional Charge? And someone told me you have to pay extra for all beverages. I thought it was only alcohol?
Any beverages you order from a bar/lounge or poolside server will have a cost. Also soda from room service.

Beverages (non-alcoholic) from the drink station on the pool deck and at dinner have no charge. That's both the types of soda you can get from the drink station, as well as those that came with a can (ginger ale, root beer, and caffeine free cokes). At least that's been my experience.
 
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  • DISNEY FANTASY

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    I have found that non fountain sodas in the MDRs carry a charge, - if it comes out of a can there is a charge, DCL supply Coke products. Others are available but subject to a charge, and then 15% automatic tip on that.

    So take care what you choose, my son asked for something like Orange Fanta and it came in a can and there was a MDR charge.

    To say non alcoholic beverages in the MDRs at dinner have no charge is incorrect. Some do.
     

    scrapperkimmydee

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    I have found that non fountain sodas in the MDRs carry a charge, - if it comes out of a can there is a charge, DCL supply Coke products. Others are available but subject to a charge, and then 15% automatic tip on that.

    So take care what you choose, my son asked for something like Orange Fanta and it came in a can and there was a MDR charge.

    To say non alcoholic beverages in the MDRs at dinner have no charge is incorrect. Some do.

    Good to know. I'm thinking we'll just be drinking water and juice.

    If we bring our own beverages, we can bring ones in glass bottles, correct? Seems I've seen pics of them.
     

    dcassetta

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    I have found that non fountain sodas in the MDRs carry a charge, - if it comes out of a can there is a charge, DCL supply Coke products. Others are available but subject to a charge, and then 15% automatic tip on that.

    So take care what you choose, my son asked for something like Orange Fanta and it came in a can and there was a MDR charge.

    To say non alcoholic beverages in the MDRs at dinner have no charge is incorrect. Some do.
    Fanta is a Coke product. Were you informed about the up charge when your son ordered the product, or just presented with a bill end of the meal? If Disney is automatically charging for some sodas in the MDR's they should make that clear when you order it.
     
  • bruinspin

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    Okay, fine...No Additional Charge? And someone told me you have to pay extra for all beverages. I thought it was only alcohol?
    They do have wine packages for dinners. We did it once and had extra wine at the end of the cruise, so our table was VERY happy! LOL! The drinks are unlimited at the serve yourself drink dispenseries
     

    BarbieStar

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    Bring a pillowcase from home and give that and some markers to guest services when you board. They will have the chAracters sign it and return it to your room before the end of the cruise.
    Great and not so expensive treat!!
    Cool. Thanks
     

    KYDIZFAN

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    I think they stopped doing the pillowcases. It has been 18 months since I was last on so they may have started them back up again.
     
  • OriolesFan

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    When you give them the matte for a picture, just put a sticky note on it and write either horizontal or vertical. That's what we did and it worked perfectly. I recommend bringing a padded envelope with you even if you're not having them sign a matte. It's good for any keepsakes you don't want to get bent (navigators, purchased pictures, etc..) It goes in your suitcase and then nothing gets damaged in transit.
     

    Lissame

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    When you give them the matte for a picture, just put a sticky note on it and write either horizontal or vertical. That's what we did and it worked perfectly. I recommend bringing a padded envelope with you even if you're not having them sign a matte. It's good for any keepsakes you don't want to get bent (navigators, purchased pictures, etc..) It goes in your suitcase and then nothing gets damaged in transit.

    You cannot give them a matte or anything to sign anymore. You have to carry it from character to character.
     

    Leasam

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    I almost hate to mention this secret because I hope this policy isn't discontinued, but...
    I love that we can take our own beverages aboard... beer, wine, spirits...
    Even though the official word on the cruise docs and at the terminal is NO alcohol or personal coolers allowed aboard (except coolers for medication).

    We always bring a cooler (collapsable style) because their "ice box" refrigerators are worthless. And---
    Considering they don't have a casino, alcohol purchases are a major money maker for them, they could certainly choose to inforce their rules, but to our benefit, they don't!:cool1:
    The Disney paperwork says you are can bring a bottle of wine or a six pack of beer per legal drinking age adult
     

    Leasam

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    We are talking about getting passport stamps. In order to get it stamped, you have to turn your passport in to guest services.
    You get your passport stamped you take it with you off the ship and have it stamped that what we do
     

    Maggie'sMom

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    But MUsT be in your carry on not checked luggage. There is a $25 cork fee
    The corkage fee only applies if you want to drink the wine at dinner in the MDR. You can consume the wine in your stateroom without paying the corkage fee. Other cruise lines charge the corkage fee at embarkation and it doesn't matter if you consume it in your stateroom or not.
     

    su_A_ve

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    Most of it is. Last time I was on the ship I know that O'Gills was experimenting with extra-cost snacks at certain times, the food outside the theatre is not free, and although I haven't been on the Dream or Fantasy I was under the impression that Vanellope's wasn't free either. You also have Palo/Remy which you pay extra for. Technically none of the food is really free it's just included in the cost of your cruise.
    There was food for purchase in the afternoon at Diversions on the Wonder, this past June. Found it kind of of odd...
     

    su_A_ve

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    Oh, I have no doubt it's coming. My only question is when and in what fashion. What will the packages look like, how much will it cost and how will it impact service like it has on other cruise lines.
    Seriously doubt it. It's not needed. Folks buy the drinks period. Those who bring their own will continue to do so. Those who want to save will buy the drink of the day.
     
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