*** Official August 2020 thread ***

Tomh

1100 miles too far North.
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Welcome to the August 2020 thread. Come on in, and join the fun planning for an August 2020 Disney World vacation!
I hope to make this thread even better than the August 2019 thread. If you think of anything that should be added here, don't hesitate to let me know.
 
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Tomh

1100 miles too far North.
Joined
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August 2020 Roll Call!
If you are visiting
Disney World in August 2020, post your dates, and resort in the thread, and I will add you to the roll call!
Jul 31 - Aug 7 mamamelody2 AS Sports
Aug 1 - Aug 15 Jaimetropmickey PoP
Aug 9 - Aug 23
Disneylover99 PoP
Aug 10 - Aug 16 Pirate princess 2 PoP
Aug 11 - Aug 20 OurLaughingPlace 11 - 18 PORS 18 - 20 still deciding
Aug 15 - Aug 23 Mousemommy1 BC
Aug 16 - Aug 26 han22735 BMV
Aug 19 - Aug 26 Mascara&Mouse Ears CR
Aug 19 - Aug 28 pd1138 CSR
Aug 22 - Aug 29 The13thLetter POP
 
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  • Tomh

    1100 miles too far North.
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    News, Rumors, Disney Announcements for August 2020

    Awesome Planet This new film will be taking over the Circle of Life theater in The Land pavilion, and is scheduled to open in January of 2020.
    Canada Far and Wide This new circlevision 360 film will be debuting in the Canada pavilion in January of 2020.
    Beauty and the Beast sing along This new show will be debuting in the France pavilion in January 2020. It will show alternately with Impressions De France.

    HarmoniUS Disney's largest ever nighttime spectacular will debut in World Showcase Lagoon in 2020
    Cirque du Soleil A brand new Cirque du Soleil show will open in Disney Springs, combining Disney music and animation with live performers. Previews will begin on March 20th, and world premiere will be on April 17th. Click on Cirque du Soleil above for a video of the D23 announcement. Tickets are on sale now CLICK HERE
     
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    Tomh

    1100 miles too far North.
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    All things OUTSIDE of Disney World
    Many of us live inside of that Disney bubble, however, over the course of the last several years, my family has discovered that there are plenty of amazing experiences to be had outside of Disney. Here, I will share some of our favorite experiences from outside of the world. If you have an experience to add, let me know!


    Bahama Breeze (We have dined at their International Drive location several times, and always had a good experience. They also have restaurants on Oak Ridge Road, and Vineland Ave in Orlando, and Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway and West Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee, as well as East Altamonte Drive in Altamonte Springs)

    Romano's Macaroni Grill (Located on Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, not too far from Old Town. The food, and service here has been consistently good every time we have visited)

    Leading Edge Helicopter Tours (This was an amazing experience. The pilot is super friendly, and knowledgeable. Our tour was an amazing experience)

    Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures (An incredible experience! We saw alligators up close, and two bald eagles, as well as some other birds and wildlife. Well worth the money, we will do this again!)

    Old Town (Located just off of West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway / Rt 192, Old Town has a wide range of shops, bars, restaurants, and rides, plus live entertainment, and weekly car shows and cruises. We frequently attend the Friday night Muscle Car cruise, or the Saturday night Hot Rods / Classics cruise, and enjoy browsing the shops there. If anyone remembers the leather shop / kiosk which used to be near Goofy's Candy Company in Disney Springs, the owner now has his shop set up in Old Town)

    Disney's Character Warehouse (This is an official Disney outlet store. While the selection is a bit limited, the prices can be amazing compared to what you would pay in the parks. It is located in the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, not all that far from the Disney Springs area.)
     
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    Tomh

    1100 miles too far North.
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    As a companion to the thread here on the DIS, I also have a facebook group for August vacationers. Feel free to click on the link above, and come join us on facebook for more sharing, and planning.

    Useful Links
    Links to help you with your vacation. If you have a link that you would like to share, let me know.

    Fast Pass and ADR reservation calculator (Super helpful for knowing exactly what day to make those all important ADR's and FP+ selections)

    MouseSavers (Sign up for their free email newsletter, and get discounts on many Disney related goods and services, most notably theme park tickets through Undercover Tourist, and rooms at various resort hotels)

    Touring Plans

    All Ears Net

    The Disney Food Blog

    Walt Disney World Entertainment Guide

    Orlando International Airport (A complete guide to Orlando International Airport)

    Dining Reservation (ADR) Finder (Note: you must sign up for a free TouringPlans.com account)


    Guide to hidden mickey's

    The Magic in Pixels (A comprehensive website covering all things related to Disney theme park photography, including a message forum for photographers)

    Missing Photopass Photos


    Walt Disney World Lost and Found (In case you have lost something in one of the parks, resort hotels, or on the Disney transportation system. For items lost on Disney's Magical Express ONLY call (866) 599-0951)

    Ultimate Disney World Photography Guide (Disney Tourist Blog's guide to photography in Disney World)
     
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  • Tomh

    1100 miles too far North.
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    Awesome!!! I'm joining roll call as I've hit Disney withdrawal!
    August 11-18 PORS (we got the free dining bounce back and upgraded to regular dining plan)
    August 18-20 Beach Club or Poly ... still deciding!
    Hahaha, you are quick . . . posted before I even finished setting the thread up lol. All good, you have been added to the Roll Call. Enjoy your 2020 planning :) I'm sure a few others will pop in shortly, after booking bouncebacks.
     

    Mousemommy1

    DIS Veteran
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    I'm in!!! Just got back from our trip yesterday and we booked a bounce back for next year. We will be at Beach Club from 8/15 - 8/23!! :teeth:
     
  • The13thLetter

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    Sep 18, 2018
    We were thinking of doing April next year but decided to save money and sweat it out in August with everyone again.

    POP 8/22-8/29
    those dates may shift a little but I will let you know if they do :)
     

    Tomh

    1100 miles too far North.
    Joined
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    I'm in!!! Just got back from our trip yesterday and we booked a bounce back for next year. We will be at Beach Club from 8/15 - 8/23!! :teeth:
    We were thinking of doing April next year but decided to save money and sweat it out in August with everyone again.

    POP 8/22-8/29
    those dates may shift a little but I will let you know if they do :)

    You have both been added to the Roll Call. Happy planning!
     

    han22735

    DIS Veteran
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    Mar 24, 2014
    You can add us to the August crew again next year. Dates should be 8/16-26 TBD based on availability at the 7 month mark. We are hoping for BWV again.
     

    The13thLetter

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    I know there are only a few of you here but I will ask now and maybe again in a few months but since labor day is so late in 2020 (9/7) do you think the week of 8/29-9/5 will be less crowded than 8/22-8/29? And if so, how much? I know its tough to tell and essentially its still the last 2 weeks of "summer" just later than normal, but just curious on your guys thoughts.
     

    pd1138

    Mouseketeer
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    Jun 12, 2014
    I guess we will be back too! Booked bounceback at CSR tower for Aug 19-28 since we all LOVED free dining!

    Still haven’t completely umpacked this trip yet though. DH asked me what we should do differently next year and my #1 top priority is to do the mobile food ordering. We did a PPO BOG breakfast and didn’t know how important pre ordering was as well as waited in a line at the counter in Pandora way too long!
     

    pd1138

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    I know there are only a few of you here but I will ask now and maybe again in a few months but since labor day is so late in 2020 (9/7) do you think the week of 8/29-9/5 will be less crowded than 8/22-8/29? And if so, how much? I know its tough to tell and essentially its still the last 2 weeks of "summer" just later than normal, but just curious on your guys thoughts.
    I’m wondering. Usually our school goes back week before Labor Day so this year first day was aug 26. Looks like next year it won’t be until aug 31 so I’m thinking crowds will just be pushed back one week.
     

    Tomh

    1100 miles too far North.
    Joined
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    You can add us to the August crew again next year. Dates should be 8/16-26 TBD based on availability at the 7 month mark. We are hoping for BWV again.
    You have been added to the Roll Call. Happy Planning :)

    I know there are only a few of you here but I will ask now and maybe again in a few months but since labor day is so late in 2020 (9/7) do you think the week of 8/29-9/5 will be less crowded than 8/22-8/29? And if so, how much? I know its tough to tell and essentially its still the last 2 weeks of "summer" just later than normal, but just curious on your guys thoughts.
    I would expect that the two weeks will be pretty similar in crowd levels.

    I guess we will be back too! Booked bounceback at CSR tower for Aug 19-28 since we all LOVED free dining!

    Still haven’t completely umpacked this trip yet though. DH asked me what we should do differently next year and my #1 top priority is to do the mobile food ordering. We did a PPO BOG breakfast and didn’t know how important pre ordering was as well as waited in a line at the counter in Pandora way too long!
    You have been added to the Roll Call. Happy Planning.

    Now, as for the mobile food ordering thing, well, let me share my experience at Cosmic Ray's with that this year. We ordered, we couldn't find a seat anywhere, even though we had 20 minutes between the time we checked in, and the time our food was actually ready for us to pick up, yes, 20 minutes. I don't think it would have taken us any longer to just stand in the line and order it. We ended up eating standing at a garbage can, with the tray balanced on top of it. Then, there were not one, but two mistakes in our order, so pretty much 1/3 of what we ordered came out wrong.

    All in all, I guess what I am saying is that mobile ordering in no way is a guarantee that you won't spend a crazy amount of time waiting for your food, then waiting for them to give you the stuff you actually ordered.
     

    Jaimetropmickey

    Travelling from far to see a mouse!
    Joined
    Aug 19, 2018
    Booked with FD Bounce back... August 1st-15th at Pop! Also have reservations for spring break. Plans might change as we do the math on different scenarios... we are APs and have many Marriott points. We loved our previous three August trips, heat and all! Only concern is that parks might be much busier at the start of the month... How are the crowds at the start of August compared to Spring Break?
     


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