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  • Disney nazis?

    Wow
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  • PoncierPoncier Posts: 9,433
    edited January 2015
    That's my nickname for the folks who run the lines etc. there. They do everything in their power to minimize your ability to get the most bang for your buck at the parks.
    This weekend we rock Portland
  • Please explain.
    I have never had an issue with Disney worker's.

    Actually they are some of the kindest people on the planet.
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  • PoncierPoncier Posts: 9,433
    Some are fine, but in my many trips I've noticed a concerted effort to slow lines down, never more noticeable than with the new Dumbo ride and they gave you a pager and forced you into a playground area where the kids were going nuts and the parents were pissed. They seemed to have changed that process this year, or the line wasn't long enough to implement it. All in all I honestly think there is something from management in the training that has workers slow things down and makes it more difficult to get to as many rides/attractions as possible.

    Also famous for moving your stroller from where you parked it (in a legit stroller area), so when you get off a ride, it's not where you left it and you have to search for it (glad my kid is well past stroller age now).

    Having no kids it may be less noticeable to you, but it's there...my wife (the Disney apologist) used to say I was crazy/just angry, but she's come around in recent years and was amongst many this year who really detest the new fast pass plus system. (Can't get a fast pass for both Soarin' and Test Track on same day, fast passes for Dwarves Mine Train are all assigned 60 days prior and you have no shot if you aren't a resort guest etc.)
    This weekend we rock Portland
  • Gotcha. Yeah obviously not having kids makes me completely oblivious to the whole stroller, pager, etc. issues.
    Was not aware of the fast track policy either.
    Free Boston Lou!!!!
  • Gotcha. Yeah obviously not having kids makes me completely oblivious to the whole stroller, pager, etc. issues.
    Was not aware of the fast pass policy either.

    Free Boston Lou!!!!
  • PoncierPoncier Posts: 9,433
    Yeah they have changed the way they do fast passes now. Its called fast pass plus. You can pre-select 3 rides each day for a fast pass (resort guests can do it 60 days in advance online or through app, others can do it 30 days in advance if you pre-purchase your tix or you can do it when you arrive at the park). But there's limitations, in Epcot for example they say, "Pick one from column A and 2 from column B" and of course Test Track and Soarin' are both in column A. So you can't get a fast pass for both on same day. (You can add additional fast passes one at a time after you use you first 3 up, but by then there's gonna be nothing left for say Soarin' unless you are there on a very very slow day.)
    You then use either your magic band or park entry card to scan into the fast pass line at the appropriate time, no more of those little paper fast pass tickets. Some people were ticked cause it forces you to decide in advance which park you want to go to on a given day if you want to book your fast passes, and as I mentioned above, it gives a huge advantage for the most popular rides (specifically the new Dwarves ride this year) to resort guests. I was told on both days we did Magic Kingdom that fast passes for that were sold out 60 days prior, so stand by was the only option if you weren't a resort guest who was also lucky enough to book it 60 days prior.
    So prepare to make your choices around March 1.
    This weekend we rock Portland
  • Poncier wrote: »
    Yeah they have changed the way they do fast passes now. Its called fast pass plus. You can pre-select 3 rides each day for a fast pass (resort guests can do it 60 days in advance online or through app, others can do it 30 days in advance if you pre-purchase your tix or you can do it when you arrive at the park). But there's limitations, in Epcot for example they say, "Pick one from column A and 2 from column B" and of course Test Track and Soarin' are both in column A. So you can't get a fast pass for both on same day. (You can add additional fast passes one at a time after you use you first 3 up, but by then there's gonna be nothing left for say Soarin' unless you are there on a very very slow day.)
    You then use either your magic band or park entry card to scan into the fast pass line at the appropriate time, no more of those little paper fast pass tickets. Some people were ticked cause it forces you to decide in advance which park you want to go to on a given day if you want to book your fast passes, and as I mentioned above, it gives a huge advantage for the most popular rides (specifically the new Dwarves ride this year) to resort guests. I was told on both days we did Magic Kingdom that fast passes for that were sold out 60 days prior, so stand by was the only option if you weren't a resort guest who was also lucky enough to book it 60 days prior.
    So prepare to make your choices around March 1.
    That is just RIDICULOUS!
    What the fuck were they thinking with that policy?
    They no longer give you those hourly fast pass tickets? Just strange.
    Free Boston Lou!!!!
  • PoncierPoncier Posts: 9,433
    Its another plank in my "Disney Nazism" platform. :D
    This weekend we rock Portland
  • SPEEDY MCCREADYSPEEDY MCCREADY Posts: 23,821
    Well, Disney refunded my downstroke, and my vacation in May, has officially been cancelled. BUMMER!

    But we will go later in the year, maybe.
    Oh well, life goes on.
    Free Boston Lou!!!!
  • rr165892rr165892 Posts: 5,697
    edited March 2015

    Well, Disney refunded my downstroke, and my vacation in May, has officially been cancelled. BUMMER!

    But we will go later in the year, maybe.
    Oh well, life goes on.

    Without kids,Universal ,Islands of Adventure and Busch Gardens are more fun then Disney.Also go when they have concerts at hard rock(Universal not Busch gardens) Stay at the Universal resorts and take the boat to City Walk after the parks.
    We go up to City Walk to see concerts at Hard Rock Live then hit the bars,Espescially the best karaoke bar.its a blast.
  • PoncierPoncier Posts: 9,433

    Well, Disney refunded my downstroke, and my vacation in May, has officially been cancelled. BUMMER!

    But we will go later in the year, maybe.
    Oh well, life goes on.

    Did they cancel it or you?
    This weekend we rock Portland
  • SPEEDY MCCREADYSPEEDY MCCREADY Posts: 23,821
    Poncier said:

    Well, Disney refunded my downstroke, and my vacation in May, has officially been cancelled. BUMMER!

    But we will go later in the year, maybe.
    Oh well, life goes on.

    Did they cancel it or you?
    We had to cancel. Kathy is back in school and thought she had this week off. Turns out she didn't.

    No big deal. I save $3k and we can take a big trip next winter. Cancun? Aruba?
    Free Boston Lou!!!!
  • guacamolejoeguacamolejoe Posts: 2,365

    Poncier said:

    Well, Disney refunded my downstroke, and my vacation in May, has officially been cancelled. BUMMER!

    But we will go later in the year, maybe.
    Oh well, life goes on.

    Did they cancel it or you?
    We had to cancel. Kathy is back in school and thought she had this week off. Turns out she didn't.

    No big deal. I save $3k and we can take a big trip next winter. Cancun? Aruba?
    We'll think of something.

    Why did they get rid of the expressions. I feel naked without them. I would now be using the "shifty" look.....and now I have to copy you Mike...hehehehehehe
    So, What you Giving ?........ (Thanks Speedy, Alesek, & Arq+friends)
    What You Giving

    I suggest you step out on your Porch.
    Run away my son. See it all. Oh, See the World!
  • MY bride and I leave tomorrow for Disney.

    YIPPIE!!!!

    Gonna put on my Mickey Ears, and act a fool.

    Free Boston Lou!!!!
  • SPEEDY MCCREADYSPEEDY MCCREADY Posts: 23,821

    Just booked another trip to the Land Of The Mouse. Going in July

    Twice in 6 months.

    I think I've lost my mind.  

    Free Boston Lou!!!!
  • Took the wife and my two older kids (20 and 17) to Disneyland this past summer.

    We went twice when the kids were little and loved it. This time, we weren't in full service mode and could be selfish- it was a blast!

    We'd do it again.
    "My brain's a good brain!"
  • PoncierPoncier Posts: 9,433

    Just booked another trip to the Land Of The Mouse. Going in July

    Twice in 6 months.

    I think I've lost my mind.  


    July in Orlando.

    This weekend we rock Portland
  • MayDay10MayDay10 Posts: 9,756
    Going on another disney cruise in 4 weeks
  • josevolutionjosevolution Posts: 20,801
    I bought a time share from Disney back in 2001 one of the best things we’ve done , I’ve used it a bunch of times when my kids we’re young it made it so easy for us to vacation there and other destinations throughout the country & abroad..
    jesus greets me looks just like me ....
  • Cliffy6745Cliffy6745 Posts: 28,243
    For a kid, what age is the right age to do Disney for the first time?
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