Just returned, thank you for these tips!

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  1. Doingitagain

    Doingitagain DIS Veteran

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    We spent a fast two days at DLR and here are my favorite tips that I used after research on these boards:
    1. We had a plastic lanyard on a flexible carabiner so we could attach it to our belt loop and easily pull it out to have our paper ticket scanned when we used FP. No scrambling to find it on your phone after the screen saver comes on while you wait in line! You get a paper ticket when you first enter the parks if you bought your tickets online. We used MP for booking FP, but then used the paper ticket for scanning.
    2. We took screen shots of our PhotoPass code and ticket bar codes just in case our phone service crashed.
    3. We used MP a lot! Loved being able to easily cancel and change if needed. Also liked being able to book a FP in the opposite park, especially during early open hours when you could get a FP in the other park before it even opened to the public (times didn’t start until after park opening, but you could still book the FP). Also, with MP, sometimes you would see earlier FP times because someone canceled — at the FP kiosks, you won’t see that.
    4. Loved getting PhotoPass photos included in MP. We had a lot of them for no additional charge! I just downloaded them all. We saw photographers all over the parks — just look for the special vests. Also, the Disney VISA character experience photos can be put on the same PhotoPass account. Having the screen capture of the code made it very easy for them to scan. I learned that I had to turn my phone brightness up at night for their scanning to work — I had it lower to save battery.
    5. Used cell phone to take a photo of ride picture code and entered them in PhotoPass later. No waiting around while we tried to log it with poor WIFI or cell service, or digging for a pen.
    6. We only had 2 of us, so using MP at $10/day was an easy decision. If I had a large group, I would pick a couple days for the full group to MP, but have at least one person do it every day for the PhotoPass benefit if you like pictures.
    7. Maximize early open hours! We got a lot done in the first few hours. Those days might be the ones where you skip MP.
    8. We bought a Fuel Rod online before we left, to save money. We didn’t end up needing to exchange it for a free new one that was fully charged, but we saw kiosks for that. We even saw kiosks at the hotel, airport and zoo, not just the parks. There is an app you can download to find Fuel Rod locations (not just at Disney, anywhere). If you don’t have a Fuel Rod, you may want to consider another portable battery charger since your phone battery will drain away quickly at the parks, we found. (We had a guide at the San Diego zoo whose phone ran out of battery, and we showed her our Fuel Rod and told her there was a kiosk at the zoo — certainly a nice option to have one if you work somewhere with a kiosk!)

    Thank you all so much for sharing all the information I used in my research before we left! You are a great bunch!
     
  2. theluckyrabbit

    theluckyrabbit Moderator Moderator

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    Thank you for reporting back and sharing these tips. So glad to hear you had a great trip!
     
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  4. Indiana Scott

    Indiana Scott Bothell Washington

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    Sounds like a very successful trip. Glad you had a great time! pixiedust:
     
  5. Born 2B a Princess

    Born 2B a Princess Where's my tiara?!?!

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    Where is the Disney Visa character experience? Thanks!
     
  6. Doingitagain

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    There are two. In Disneyland, it is in the Star Wars building in Tomorrowland where they have a museum type exhibit and the experience is Star Wars character. In California Adventure, it is by Mike and Sullie’s by the wall where people take Buxx Lightyear photos, they have a pop up booth. If you go to Disneyland events calendar, it lists them as events.
     
  7. RobertaMomof2

    RobertaMomof2 Mouseketeer

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    What website did you use to buy the Fuel Rod online before your trip? This is exactly what I want to do, thank you!
     
  8. Doingitagain

    Doingitagain DIS Veteran

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    I think it was Fuel-Rod.com

    Note that is only about a $5 savings, but I like to have my stuff before I travel. They are small and convenient and you can change them out at kiosks, but they don’t have as large a battery recharge as some of the ones we have from Amazon. I look at it as a supplemental charge when I am getting low, not a full phone recharge. Will be interesting to see how quickly phones drain now with the additional of the new play app!
     
  9. chickapin parterre

    chickapin parterre DIS Veteran

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    thank you for your report.....it could very well be the first report that is 98% technological content driven......2% other content on #7
     

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