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  2. Lydi

    Fantasmic Dinner

    Thank you Dianna!
  3. Dianna

    Fantasmic Dinner

    Hi Lydi, they can make some accommodations for allergies. However, with your list of allergies and being vegan, I think you'd enjoy planning your own breakfasts around your needs more than you would our group meals. They won't let us have any events at Star Wars or Toy Story Land this fall due to the predicted crowd levels, unfortunately! I hope you can join us! Warmly, Dianna
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  5. Lydi

    Fantasmic Dinner

    Hi Dianne! We are a vegetarian but mostly vegan family of 4 from PR. We are thinking to join in for the Nov. 2019 trip. We will like to know if you can adjust spepcial diet & allergies at your group meals? We are most interested in the Pandora Breakfast. I have an egg, corn & milk allergy kids. We do not eat any meet, eggs, honey and very little dairy products. Do you have any special activists for Star Wasrs or Toy Story Land this time? I hope we can make this try with you & others homeschoolers. Thank you for planning nice events for our homeschoolers families.
  6. Hi Julie, they say these can't be upgraded. You could always ask, but if it's a deal-breaker, I would recommend against going with our group. Warmly, Dianna
  7. As Florida residents these tickets are a little higher priced than what we're used to paying. But we're interested in the visual arts educational program. In the past, we have purchased regular Disney tickets and Disney offered to credit the amount we paid toward the purchase of annual passes. Can we upgrade these tickets to annual passes when we arrive at Disney and still attend the educational programs with you all?
  8. Dianna

    Universal Express Pass Advice

    Hi Jessica, crowd levels have been changing at the parks, so it's getting more difficult to predict. However, in my experience, crowd levels have been very low during the week we go in November. In November 2018, our week coincided with Veteran's Day weekend/week and crowds were heavier. We won't have that for this fall, so I think you'll be fine without the express passes. If it's more crowded than we expect, you can always buy it the day you're there. (Unless something has changed.) So my advice it just to wait and see how things are once you're there. Warmly, Dianna
  9. Jessica French

    Universal Express Pass Advice

    First time for us at Universal this fall and I've been reading up on all of the details, as it differs from Disney. We bought the 2-Day 2-Park Tickets from THS and I also booked a room for 2 nights at Universal's Endless Summer Resort. Now I am trying to understand the express pass and the unlimited version. There is no way we can afford the 3 Universal resorts that offer free unlimited express passes, so that is out. How are the crowds/lines at Universal in November? I haven't studied the wait times there, but I have read that the earlier we arrive the better (like Disney). So, my question is "would you recommend purchasing the unlimited express pass or is it ok without them?" My 12 year old is a thrill seeker and will want to ride all the rides. We can probably swing purchasing 1 day of unlimited express passes, but not both days. And I did notice that the passes are more expensive on Saturday than Sunday (those are the two days we will be attending 11/16-17, before Disney). Also, does anyone only purchase the express passes for certain family members and not everyone? I'm not sure how much use my 5 year old daughter will get out of it. Anyhow, any advice/feedback/recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Warmly, Jessica
  10. The only discounts are with our group rooms. More information about them and the answers to other questions are in my Disney Stalkers forum here: https://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/community/index.php?/forum/20-disney-stalkers/ I hope you can join us! Dianna
  11. Constance McFarland

    Disney World - November 2019!

    Quick question. Can you stay at any of the other resorts in Disney, such as "The Floridian" and get a discount? If not, is it the same as an outside hotel stay, just book it separately and go through your group website for the other items? Thanks for your help.
  12. UPDATE 4/17/19: I can't accept Disney gift cards for tickets or special events, but Disney accepts them (and reward points) for group rooms. They said that you have to reserve your room with a credit card, and it will be charged one night's deposit. However, when you arrive, you can apply your rewards points/gift cards to pay for the stay and get a refund on your original credit card for the first night.
  13. Updated payment methods section on 4/17/19 to add: I can't accept Disney gift cards for tickets or special events, but Disney accepts them (and reward points) for group rooms. They said that you have to reserve your room with a credit card, and it will be charged one night's deposit. However, when you arrive, you can apply your rewards points/gift cards to pay for the stay and get a refund on your original credit card for the first night.
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  15. Dianna

    Educational program

    No, but one parent needs to attend programs with students, while another parent/adult stays behind with the others. Dianna
  16. SnorkelMommaTo3

    Educational program

    Do all the kids in the family have to attend the same educational program? Two of my kids want the Caring for Giants class, but one of my kids really wants to attend the visual arts program.
  17. SnorkelMommaTo3

    Disney optional shows and tours

    I think we'll take your advice and hold off on that Animal Kingdom breakfast until next time - that way everyone will have a better idea of how it works. Thanks!!! We're really looking forward to this trip!
  18. Dianna

    Disney optional shows and tours

    I've edited my original answer to include where the breakfast is, and the names of the other breakfasts where we've been escorted in through the FastPass line. I'm assuming it's the same way with this breakfast, but since it's our first time, I'm just not sure. They charge more than the other breakfasts, too.
  19. SnorkelMommaTo3

    Disney optional shows and tours

    Ah, that definitely helps (and makes this breakfast more attractive to us)! Thank you for the info!!!!
  20. Dianna

    Disney optional shows and tours

    Hi, Our breakfast isn't at Tusker House (it's at Satu’li Canteen in Pandora). We've never been able to do this breakfast before, so I can't give you many details. I can tell you that with other breakfasts (Soarin'/Living Seas and Sci-Fi Dine-In/Toy Story), we're escorted through the FastPass line and ride the attraction as a group. But, again, this breakfast is new, and I don't want to promise anything other than we'll be among the first to ride the attraction that day. Based on what you posted and not being breakfast people, I think you should skip this breakfast until next time I offer it and can tell you more. Warmly, Dianna
  21. SnorkelMommaTo3

    Disney optional shows and tours

    A question regarding the breakfast @ Tusker House (we're trying to figure out if $50 per person is worth getting on Flight of Passage - we're not breakfast fans, lol)...If Flight of Passage is the ride we want, do we just make our way over to the ride and get in line with all the rest of the park visitors? OR do we receive a "front of the line" escort? I just don't want to spend the money and then end up in a 3 hr line because we're competing with extra magic hour visitors (usually 8am - 9am at that park) and early park guests (we've been allowed into Animal Kingdom specifically to get in line for Flight of Passage prior to rope drop - yes, we're the people who are at the park an hour early). A "front of the line" type escort would certainly influence our decision. I want to make sure our expectations line up with reality!
  22. Courtneyb

    New to all of this

    Thank you
  23. Dianna

    New to all of this

    Hi Courtney, The first thing to do is read the Disney trip description here: https://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/disney-world/ Then read the Disney FAQs here: https://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/community/index.php?/forum/20-disney-stalkers/ The question to whether we're legit is here: https://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/about/ I hope you can join us on a future trip! Dianna
  24. Courtneyb

    New to all of this

    Hello, I just saw the information for the Disney fall trip I am trying to figure out of it really is cheaper then just taking my family another time. I know you have to go to one educational event, do they all cost extra? Are you supposed to go to one every day? Does it cost to go to the dessert thing? Is this legit? lol Sorry for all the questions.
  25. Dianna

    Educational program

    Only if we have spots available after the registration deadline, and there's an extra cost for each program. We're expecting a big group this fall and need to make sure we have room for everyone.
  26. Candice

    Educational program

    Are you able to do more than one education program!
  27. Dianna

    Grand Canyon Road Trip 2020 - FAQs

    Kimberly, we recently did a Grand Canyon rail journey and had a wonderful time. However, Amtrak service and long-distance rail is getting shaky and I can't trust them with my group anymore on the Southwest Chief route (Chicago to Grand Canyon-ish). I still hope to plan a San Francisco Rail Journey if they look stable with the California Zephyr, but I'm waiting to see. I won't schedule a whitewater rafting trip for my group (it's hard to do that for a group as big as mine), but individual families can do that, and helicopter tours, and rim to rim hikes, mule rides, etc. I love, love, love the Grand Canyon and encourage families to make the most of our time there. Warmly, Dianna
  28. Kimberly

    Grand Canyon Road Trip 2020 - FAQs

    Hello, Will you be scheduling a whitewater rafting trip in the Grand Canyon on this trip? Also, would you consider putting together a rail trip with this? I am thinking Chicago to the Grand Canyon?
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