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  2. Sandy

    Autograph books plus

    We are regular Disney goers, though this is our first trip with this group. We learned long ago to be as prepared as you can be before you go. Dianna does a good job of that. We recently purchased a package deal on Amazon for a gift box for our own daughter and our two grandkids going on this trip. You can get a boy box or a girl box. Autograph books at Disney, which are signed at picture opportunities if you take them, cost at least $20 each in the park. Mouse ears are at least $15 each, if I remember correctly. Of course, there are tons of things to spend money on once you get inside. The kit I purchased contained a book to put your pressed pennies in and a container for both pennies and pressed pennies, a lanyard (for collecting pins), a pen, the previously mentioned items and a surprise. We feel it was a really good deal. They sell other items. Make sure to at least get an autograph book. I filled the penny jar with 10 bright shiny pennies each, so far. One of the guide books had a way to 'clean' your pennies and make them shiny. You can wait until you get there, but I am telling you that you will have missed at least two or more opportunities for signature and pics by the time you get to a place that sells these kinds of items if you don't have them ahead of time. If you haven't done so, Amazon also has guide books to help you plan. Our favorite one is the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2019 or even 2020. You will not be able to do everything. There are books on Disney 'Secrets', trivia books, etc. There are even books for little ones to help plan what they want to do first. The Unofficial Guide has things on the hotels, food, things off campus and nearby. They tell you age appropriateness of rides and whether or not you are going to want to use a fast pass. They even have a variety of plans suggestions in the back of the book. Amazon also has backpacks. I make ours. Why is this important? Because, even with Fast Passes you will stand in line for a long time. Kids (and adults) will get hungry and whiny and very thirsty. I bring a case of water and a few cases of juice boxes or other safe drinks. We keep these in the mini fridge to start the day cold. I will ask about juice box straws when I call them again. If I have to, I will buy paper straws at Walmart. I buy cases of chips, nuts, granola bars, etc. Things that will replenish energy. If you are flying in, this would be harder to do, but there are stores that will deliver to your room (info in those books that I mentioned). I pack each backpack with drinks and snacks before we start our day. We replenish when we take our 'rest' time. Don't be shocked if your smart phone won't connect to do anything. Reception has always been poor inside the parks. If you haven't started walking, start now. That way you won't have such a hard time walking the parks. Do you have a disabled child? You will want to read instructions on the website on what to do. It helps to know your options before a meltdown happens. Last hint. If you are staying on campus, you get to go in early. The Disney website tells you when those early hours are for each park. They vary daily and with the time of year. If you are willing to hustle, you can cover a lot of ground in those early hours and use your fast passes for later in the day. Want to ride a new ride? Your chances are pretty slim even with a fast pass. Not impossible, but slim. However, every one else wants to ride those rides. That leaves other areas virtually empty. Last time we went, the Pandora area was brand new. We rode seven rides - seven- before 10 AM because the park was open early and everyone was standing in LONG lines to ride one of those two rides. That included riding our daughter's favorite ride TWICE without a fast pass. One more special thing. Disney will be set up for Christmas early November, so we get to see a very magical time of the year! I hope you all find this information helpful. Blessings, Sandy Aul
  3. Beth G

    Memory Makers

    No, thank you
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  5. VacationDreamer

    Memory Makers

    Is anyone from this thread interested in joining @Becky Marks and I for a memory maker? We’d love 2-3 more in our group. ❤ @Beth G @PoshChelle @Tania ? thanks for considering!! 🙂🙂
  6. Becky Marks

    Memory Maker November 2019

    Sorry for long message but my text repeated itself. 🙃
  7. Becky Marks

    Memory Maker November 2019

    Hi Tigertam, I wanted to see if you’re still interested in joining us to do Memory Maker? We are still looking for our three more people to join our group. We have talked to Memory Maker and figured out how this can work and it is really an easy and smooth process. It would cost each of us $30 if we have five people who are interested. Pictures are not a problem it just means that we would have to download everyone’s pictures and then delete the others. Or you can go through and just download the ones you want which are your family but might take more time. If you download all of them then you do you can delete the ones that aren’t yours when you have time versus having to do it within 30 day time limit from Disney. Let us know if you’re interested. So far it will be Pictures are not a problem it just means that we would have to download everyone’s pictures and then delete the others. Or you can go through and just download the ones you want which are your family but might take more time. If you download all of them then you do you can delete the ones that aren’t yours when you have time versus having to do it within 30 day time limit from Disney. Let us know if you’re interested. So far it will be vacation Dreamer and myself. Would love to have you join us as well as two more people. Thanks Becky
  8. VacationDreamer

    Memory Maker November 2019

    I will call today! 🤗
  9. Becky Marks

    Memory Maker November 2019

    Vacation dreamer and Tigertam, I spoke with memory maker. When you get a chance can you give me a call so we can discuss it in detail. Thanks, Becky 540-683-1469
  10. VacationDreamer

    Memory Maker November 2019

    Sounds good. Thank you. I don’t understand how it works with multiple people and MDE and our bands... I’m still 100% interested please.
  11. Becky Marks

    Memory Maker November 2019

    So sorry I have been busy and have tried to contact Memory Maker but have not gotten through to them. Just wanted to update you and let you know that I am still reaching out to them to make sure I have all the details.
  12. Dianna

    Dinoland buyout

    Hi, it means that we'll have it to ourselves. Warmly, Dianna
  13. tigertam

    Dinoland buyout

    Sorry if this sounds like an ignorant question. Why is the term "buyout" being used? What is a full buyout? I have followed you since you started, but didn't get a chance to travel with your group till 2014. I used to be on Disney Stalkers a lot! But since 2014 things have been too busy with the birth of our last child in 2013 and our older kids getting married and having grandchildren. I feel like sometimes the last seven years have been a blur!
  14. It looks like someone cancelled their Pop Century reservation for preferred rooms. We have more nights available now (all but Sunday and Monday - you'd have to pay regular rate for those), so if you've already registered and paid - call to see if you can snap up those rooms! Warmly, Dianna
  15. It looks like someone cancelled their Pop Century reservation for preferred rooms. We have more nights available now (all but Sunday and Monday - you'd have to pay regular rate for those), so if you've already registered and paid - call to see if you can snap up those rooms! Warmly, Dianna
  16. VacationDreamer

    Planning

    I used to enjoy planning. Now I resent it. My line must have been crossed somewhere along the last trip. 🤪 I have proclaimed this to be my last WDW trip. I hope I can stick to that. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ The great price on these tickets made me willing to visit this year.
  17. VacationDreamer

    Memory Maker November 2019

    To be precise we will be visiting WDW 11/12-11/20. My email is dycats @ hot mail dot com.
  18. Becky Marks

    Memory Maker November 2019

    Yes I think that’ll work just fine. It doesn’t matter how many pictures there’s no limit to the number of pictures. It would be great if we could get like four people max five people to bring the price down to around $30. I will contact memory maker and see how many days the memory maker is active. Becky
  19. Dianna

    Educational program

    I wouldn't automatically put you into any program - you'd have to choose from what's available.
  20. tigertam

    Educational program

    We wouldn't be put in an extra fee program would we if we signed up July 31st?
  21. tigertam

    Educational program

    Yes!
  22. Dianna

    Educational program

    The later you register, the more likely it'll be you'll have to choose a different educational program.
  23. Dianna

    Educational program

    If we have enough spots, families can attend together. Is that what you're asking? Dianna
  24. tigertam

    Educational program

    Also, if I register July 31st is this the class we will most likely get put in or might we have to join one of the other educational programs? This one looked the most interesting and doable. (the Caring for Giants class @ AK)
  25. Dianna

    Dinoland buyout

    Since we moved to the DinoLand event, we'll be able to figure something out after all the details are finalized. We really enjoyed getting to know each other at our Typhoon Lagoon buyout this past spring. Warmly, Dianna
  26. tigertam

    Educational program

    But the whole family can combine into this class?
  27. tigertam

    Dinoland buyout

    Did anything happen with this post? How many are registered so far for the November 2019 trip?
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