Have a magical time Mo.
mo - did all four of you make it?
can't post pics because my computer's broken and i'm stupid
Yes we did. It was a freaking miracle.
But here is the problem now. Our daughter wasn't feeling well this morning but stuck it out like a trouper. This afternoon at Magic Kingdom she threw up in one of the stores. At the 1st aid station they found she had a 102f tetemperature mars Mohandas is with her now at the Downtown Disney clinic seeing if we can get tamiflu and anti nausea medication.
Im with my son at chik-fil-a. We have 2 more days here. Yikes.
I hope she's on the mend as soon as possible.
i have some stuff to say later about the new expansion at magic kingdom, the new fast pass system, and the new smart bands that they have you use instead of park tickets.
Glad your girl made a quick recovery Mo.
I think you all need a vacation from this vacation.
Thanks, Kris. We had an awesome time. Some quick things I wanted to mention:
1. Magic Kingdom expansion - The expansion in the Magic Kingdom area is NOT complete. There are still one or two things under construction -- particularly, the new rollercoaster with a Snow White/Seven Dwarves theme. A bunch of stuff is complete, though.
2. Smart Wristbands -- Disney is trying to replace your smart tickets (those plastic cards), with a smart wrist band. This would let you into the park, let you into the hotel grounds (if you are staying at a Disney hotel), let you into your Disney hotel room, let you into the Disney parks, and also let you sign up for FastPass.
3. Smart Wristbands, part 2 -- they worked for everything except the parks. When we tried to use them to get in, they guy said, "These are not activated. You'll have to use your tickets instead. We didn't have "tickets". Somebody screwed up. So, we went to the Guest Relations booth about 50 feet away, and showed our confirmation numbers to the person there. He could not activate the band, but he did give us our old-style tickets. Which worked. We only lost 11 minutes of park time due to the snafu. As soon as you get your wrist bands, get with a Disney rep who is logged into the database to MAKE SURE that the bands are synchronized/confirmed for the park. You do not want to have a problem with them when the Guest Relations line is like 45 minutes long.
4. Fast Pass -- this has completely changed. You no longer run over and try to get a new fast pass after you just used the old one. Instead, you go to a Fast Pass + kiosk, and a Disney cast member signs you up for up to 3 Fast Passes that day. The upside is that you get 3 Fast Passes. The downside is that a) you have to be pretty organized and know what you want to do throughout the day, and b) you have to go early because there are a limited number of fast passes for each ride. The other upside is that if you don't use one of your fast passes, it doesn't count against you.
5. There are TWO Dumbo rides, now. And they are right next to each other. This has traditionally been one of the biggest pain-in-the-butt rides to get on, but not so much now. They also moved the Dumbo ride to a new section of the park - I think it was called Storybook-land, or something like that.
5. Splash Mountain is down for refurbishment. That was a bummer.
6. Animal Kingdom had no new rides (since 2012), no rides being repaired. However, Dinosaur broke just as we were using our Fast Passes to get on it. That sucked, but they gave us replacement passes and we went on Expedition Everest together. Unless I'm mistaken, the night-time ride has something that the daytime version doesn't have.
7. Wait times were not too bad. Most of them averaged 20-30 minutes at most when we were there. Including Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain, Kali Rapids. Primeval Whirl at Animal Kingdom had a constant, and inexplicable 30-minute wait the whole day we were there. The worst wait times were for the Peter Pan ride in Magic Kingdom. Routinely 35-minute to 60-minute waits. It's a great ride, but VERY short.
I'll try to add some more photos and other information when I can.
Mo, the two Dumbo rides have been there awhile. I'm positive they were there when we went in 2012. I've heard the wrist bands are awesome (sorry you had a glitch!). Thanks for the update on the new Fast Pass. I couldn't figure out how it worked from reading their message boards. It's information overload over there. Did your kids sign up for the Darth Vader battle? It's all mine are talking about!
Glad your daughter started feeling better!
can't post pics because my computer's broken and i'm stupid
I've used more than 3 fast passes in a day.
RELIGION: Treat it like it's your genitalia. Don't show it off in public, and don't shove it down your children's throats.
Fantasyland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) and the area where the Dumbo rides are now at (Storybook Circus) were completed in October 2012. So, my guess is you went there after October?
In October actually! Funny, I didn't realize they were so new.
I went yesterday and it was the first time we used the new fast pass system-we don't have magic bands yet, those will be coming to the passholders in the next couple months. I think it's way better than the paper system. We went with a LARGE group (10 people). We didn't even head over to the fast pass kiosk until 6:30PM because we were all doing our own separate things. The park was packed because of spring break, and even with that large of a group we were able to get our 3 fast passes as a group for 3 rides we wanted to do (that had hour long waits all day), and the first slot was pretty much immediately after we did it. The castmember who set them up was considerate and found us slots next to each other for the 2 rides that were in close proximity to each other (Pirates and Jungle Cruise), and then we had an 11th person who joined us an hour later and we took him to a kiosk just to see if we could get him into the same slots as the rest of the group-and it was no problem at all. They were also really good at recommending rides that would need fast passes and ones that would be a waste of the fast pass, which was impressive to me because I figured they would let people use them for whatever to try and keep the fast pass lines short, if someone wasted one on Philharmagic, then it's their own problem.... Every fast pass line was nearly at walk on level. We waited less than 5 minutes, at the most.
My only real complaint is that there is no way to keep actual track of your fast pass times unless you have your tickets linked to the Disney app (which is iffy-the group "leader" didn't have linked tickets, but my annual pass is linked to my app, the castmember said that it'll still show up in my "stuff to do" section since the events were registered to my card, but they never did), write them down, or the park's staff suggestion of taking a picture with your phone. They have to figure out some way to track your times. With the old fast passes your time was on there and you had a physical reminder of what your time slot was.
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