Discussion in 'Disney Chat' started by Xanaduhaz, Apr 10, 2018.
That's very sweet of you to say, thank you very much.
A few things to be aware of regarding Caribbean Beach: first and foremost, the resort is huge and very. spread. out. Caribbean Beach is the only Moderate resort with two bus lines going through, the Disney busses that take you to the parks and an internal line that transports you throughout the resort itself. Depending upon where your room is located, you might not be close enough to the 'main' building (with the gift shop and dining) to walk. I would strongly recommend asking for a room within walking distance to the 'main' building to mitigate some of the waiting for transportation. It won't be guaranteed, but Disney being Disney should try to honor the request whenever possible. Furthermore, the resort has 8 bus stops (more than most), which can make for very crowded buses going to/from the parks.
Secondly, Caribbean Beach is the only resort with no guest lifts. I don't know if you or your traveling companion will have trouble taking stairs, but if you do, you'll need to request a room on the ground floor. Again, there are no guarantees, but Disney should try to honor requests whenever possible ... and if this request is being made for medical reasons, they should either be able to accommodate it or move you to a different resort (I've had to change resorts for medical reasons several times and every time, Disney was just fantastic about it).
As far as the construction goes, I would consider changing to another Moderate resort just on that alone, if you can. I know that you think you're going to use the resort to sleep, shower, and store your things (which is why staying at a Moderate is SO smart), but I think you'll be surprised at how much construction can impact your stay. Construction tends to start very early and depending upon where they're working in relation to your room, you may end up not having to set your alarm clock to wake up in the morning. Considering the length of your stay, there may be a few mornings where you will want to sleep in a little or go back to your resort for an afternoon swim. And don't fail to underestimate what construction (either at the resort or the surrounding streets) can do to your commute, either to/from the parks. The last thing you're going to want is to be stuck in traffic, either when you're first setting out for the parks early in the morning or heading back and the only thing you want is a shower and your bed (and maybe not in that order). Plus on a purely aesthetic point of view, I just don't find it very magical to look out and see heavy machinery out my window (or the resort) - and for a first trip to WDW, I would want everything to be MAGIC.
I do understand how difficult it will be to not want to do everything. But here's the thing: as I have said, WDW is twice the size of Manhattan (not an exaggeration). You can't get an idea of the scale from the map, but very few resorts are within walking distance to a theme park and while you technically can walk from Epcot to the Studios, not everyone would consider that distance walkable (and those are the only parks that are of arguable walkable distance to each other if you want to park hop). If you choose to park hop, you'll have to contend with waiting for Disney transportation, and with the construction, it can take up to an hour (if not longer) to get from Park A to Park B. I repeat my recommendation to book your dining, select a few priorities that you would consider 'must dos' each day, and then take everything else as it comes. That isn't to say that your dining and 'must dos' will be the only thing that you will do during the day; the time of year you're going should allow you to accomplish quite a lot. I'm just not recommending that you cram every waking minute full of activity; you'll be one of 'those people' who leave WDW completely burnt out, exhausted, needing a vacation after this holiday, and never wanting to come back (you laugh, but I've seen it happen more times than I can count). Please remember that WDW isn't going anywhere, you ALWAYS can plan a second (third, fourth, fifth) trip to do anything that you may miss (or want to experience again).
As far as 'must sees/must dos': I absolutely would consider the MNSSHP at the Magic Kingdom and Food & Wine at Epcot, both I would consider not to be missed. The MNSSHP is a hard ticket event, Food & Wine is included with park admission (but has hard ticket options); I can go into both events in greater detail.
For what I would consider the attraction must dos, let's take it by theme park:
2. Haunted Mansion
3. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
4. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (an interactive game, not an attraction, but very unique)
2. Test Track
3. World Showcase
1. Toy Story Mania (and anything in Toy Story Land - if open)
2. Tower of Terror/Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
3. Star Tours
1. Pandora (Flight of Passage and Na'vi River Journey)
2. Expedition Everest
3. Kilimanjaro Safaris
Do you plan to visit the water parks? As far as dining goes, I need to know what type of vegetarian you are; ova-lacto? vegan? And do you have any types of food you particularly like or dislike? Are you particularly daring, willing to try anything at least once, when it comes to food? Or do you prefer to adhere to what you think you'll like? If I know this, it'll be easier to know what to recommend for dining options for you.
How do I let them know about any requirements, do I need to contact them now or when I get there? I have fibromyalgia and partial hearing loss and almost completely deaf when I take my hearing aids our at night. I also have mental health issues and being tested for being on the autistic spectrum (So looking to see what accomadations can be made in the parks as well)
I will talk to my friend about possibly changing resorts depending how bothered she is but there is a fee for any amendments made to the holiday, If we were going to change where would you recommend we change to? I am kinda nervous about changing as everything has to be done by telephone an with my hearing and anxiety makes it harder so I want to know as much as possible before making any decisions
Thank you so much for all the information so far. Please any info about MNSSHP and the food and wine festival at epcot would be great. Do you know rough;y when tickest for these events go an sale and roughly how much?
The attraction must do's look great! I will definetely keep those in mind.
I am mainly vegetarian though have recently started eating fish so Pescetarian. I like most food as long as its not too spicy. I would like to think I will try most vegetarian or fish food once.
This is a great show & a great idea. Sis & I did that last year when we went to WDW; we booked it the same day (whew!) over at Guest Services at AK. The food was yummy!
Contact them now. You should be able to put in requests via fax and/or email. If you have downloaded the MDE to your phone or log-in to WDW via computer, you should have a way to contact them electronically, rather than via phone.
Awesome, it's good you managed to get it same day. It sounds so idyllic. Hoping to book it once the times are released on the app.
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I can't see a way to contact them electronically at the moment. All I can see is start check in.
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In your reservation, is there a drop down menu to put requests then?
I don't have a drop down menu its either the start check in or '
To modify or cancel your reservation, please call (407) 939-1936. Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.'
Hmm, then I have no idea. I know when I went to WDW last year, I was able to put in a few requests (all I did was to put a celebration in for sister, we didn't care which room we got).
I know some people go through Touring Plans to make a room request (the subscription itself costs $14.95 for one year). Then there is this:
How to get the Disney World resort room you want
You'll definitely want to request ground floor if you don't want to climb the stairs.
There are basically three ways to add room requests to your reservation:
During the online check-in process
By calling Disney and asking for the requests to be added to your reservation
By faxing a room request directly to your resort’s room assigner (with a free online fax service because you likely don’t have a fax machine!).
You can get the fax number from a Google Search but this is what I found here:
Walt Disney World Hotels - Fax Numbers
About five to seven days before check-in is when you want to fax the request. If you don't have a fax, one of the websites recommends using this: Free Fax • Free Internet Faxing
Which will convert your Word document into a fax.
How did you book the holiday package initially? Is there any way you can get back in contact with whoever did the original booking and let them know you need to add those specific requests/changes to your plans?
If you were to change, I would think that you would want to stay within the Moderate resort category, right? Without knowing exactly where the construction is/will be taking place, I can't help you mitigate that particular issue, but with the resorts themselves (assuming you decide to change), I would suggest Port Orleans French Quarter for one simple reason: it's the smallest of the Moderate resorts. The entire resort is very walk-able, with exactly one bus stop, and everything (what I would consider) a very reasonable distance from the main building. I recall that the guest buildings do have lifts; you can request a first floor room if you still want it, but I don't think it will be as necessary at Port Orleans as it would be at Caribbean Beach. I would think, given your health concerns, the last thing you would want is to climb stairs to your room after a full day at the parks.
While I don't find the larger resorts difficult to navigate, I definitely think the smaller resorts are easier. How good is your sense of direction? If you get lost easily, I might use that as a point in favor for switching to Port Orleans French Quarter; because it's so small, I don't know if any other resort is easier to navigate.
The biggest inconvenience is that the resort does not have a table service restaurant, it shares Port Orleans Riverside's restaurant, but there is no rule that says you must eat where you stay. However, as a Port Orleans guest, I believe you are entitled to use the amenities of both Port Orleans resorts.
I understand your concerns about changing, especially since there is an additional fee involved. I'm familiar with all of these resorts to various degrees, but the problem is that I don't know what it is exactly that you want to know about them. When you say you want to know as much as possible ... I could go on and on about them, but what I could tell you may or may not be helpful to you. So to be most helpful to you: which resort(s) are you considering? And what would you most like to know? If I have a few questions/thoughts as starting points, so I know where your concerns are and what you need to know, I know what to tell you to be most helpful.
I managed to snag a breakfast at e our guest after originally missing the deadline.
Sorry I haven't replied to anyone. My friend doesn't want to prebook fast passes as it restricts days so have only booked 3 meals- tuskers character dining, tiffins River of light package and be our guest. I know the general advice is book everything in advance can we do it on the whim. Feeling kinda anxious and overwhelmed slightly. I know I will enjoy it there just wondering what to expect.
Also need to ask about das pass. I have alot of mental health issues and fibromyalgia and wear hearing aids as well as waiting for another diagnosis of high functioning autism. Will I get it, will it help?
I am going through a rough patch mentally so I need to try and focus on this holiday but not get overwhelmed.
My friend also says she isn't to bothered about the construction at Caribbean beach resort. I can sleep through anything due to taking my hearing aids out but worried still. Is it the whole resort or specific areas that are being redeveloped?
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I completely understand about not wanting to prebook fast passes because of the restrictions.However, just because you book fast passes, does not mean you have to use them or you won't be able to change them (provided others are available that day). Nobody is going to come along and incarcerate you in Disney Jail because you miss/skip your fast passes. Since you're coming from so far, my legit best advice: book the fast passes anyway and if you use them, great; if not, no big deal. I think it's better to have them and not use them rather than want them and not be able to get them. Especially for Pandora. I still have not been able to see it. Last summer, when it opened, the queues for it without fast pass were (no exaggeration) eight hours.
While I don't qualify for a DAS pass, I have travelled with people who do. Unless something has changed, you should be able to get one fairly easily. According to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), cast members are ONLY allowed to inquire if you are disabled in some sort of way and what sort of assistance you require (i.e. unable to walk up stairs, wait in the sun, claustrophobia, etc). This is to enable them to issue you the correct assistance pass. They are NOT allowed to require you to prove you are disabled or inquire into the nature of your disability/disabilities. If they start asking questions, ask for a lead or manager.
I understand that you're going through a rough patch and planning a holiday can be very overwhelming. Try making a list of what has to be done and just taking things one at a time. I find when I'm planning a trip (or doing anything, really), looking at the whole can be insurmountable. But when I break things down into tiny pieces and take them one at a time, it becomes so much more manageable (and actually gets done). A holiday should be fun, not stressful - and just think of how much fun you're going to have.
I can't speak to the state of construction, unfortunately. I haven't been to WDW since very early January. At the time, there was very heavy construction around the Studios, but I couldn't tell you what Caribbean Beach looked like then - and this was almost 6 months ago. Maybe @MerlinEmrys would know the construction status of both Caribbean Beach and WDW in general and can better advise you on this?
Thanks for the advise, we made sort of provisional plans and I have booked fast passes for those days including flight of passage. Also got a toy story ride at the studio's but found out we are going to be there on a public holiday, any advice welcome.
I am going to MNSSHP but by myself as my friend didn't want to pay extra to go. I am sort of anxious about going by myself but didn't want to miss an opportunity to dress up in the park and see the extra parades and things. Does anyone have any advice about it, where to go, best things to do. I intend to go in from when you are allowed in at 4pm.
I am so excited, now 5 weeks away. Now it's time to start thinking what to pack, anythings that I mustn't forgot?
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Can't believe it's only 20 days to go. It seems like an age since we booked it on a whim. Any last minute advice is welcome.
Is it worth pin trading in the parks? Are there any places trade LE's?
Anything I mustn't forget?
Any advice for going to MNSSHP by myself?
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I always bring the small pin trading bag with a variety of pins to Epcot. I have usually been lucky and able to trade for a few pins each trip. It is usually mystery box pins or pins from a booster where I only want one. The Rapunzel pins release on the 20th and people might be trading them or looking for them.
Also, I keep a few booster pack or mystery pack pins with me in WDW because you never know what pin you may see on a lanyard. I'd rather have it than wish I did and miss a great pin.
Have fun and enjoy!
Thank you everyone for all your advice. So it's within 48 hours that we will be there. Our first park day should be Sunday at epcot. Any decent quick service meals we should know about? Also is there a guest service to get DAS pass from, hoping to get one for my mental health conditions.
Also any advice for doing mickey's not so scary Halloween party by yourself as really looking forward to it but also kinda nervous.
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You have to go to guest services to set up your DAS pass and then go to each individual line to secure your place in "line". They give you a time to come back to the Fastpass line and you have to wait in that until your turn. Your DAS should be good for your whole trip, granted you have the same party each day. If you have a new party, you have to repeat the process each day.
Best QC is Saluteen in AK Pandora.
I've never done Not So Scary alone, but things tend to sell out early in the night, so make sure any food or merch you want, you get early.
I do MNSSHP by myself all the time and I think it's amazing. Look at it this way: you're 100% on your own time to do exactly what you want whenever you want. Unless something has changed, I believe you can enter the park with your party ticket as early as 4.00 pm (don't forget to get your wristband to enable you to stay in the park; you will have to get a candy bag for trick or treating later). It isn't a big deal if your forget to get your wristband at 4.00 pm; you'll just have to return to the front of the park sometime before 7.oo pm and get one (it just can be an inconvenience, depending upon where you are).
Once the party starts at 7.00, after the day guests have departed, it's up to you. I would recommend skipping the first parade as it's almost always very crowded and seeing the second. I would do all of my shopping early to get it over and done with, especially since some merchandise does tend to sell out. If you're staying on property and not checking out for a few days, send it back to your resort so you don't have to carry it around with you for the night.
I would find a spot for Hallo-Wishes (the fireworks show) as soon as the first parade ends, preferably someplace along the parade route that gives you an unobstructed view of the castle, and stay there for the second parade. Once you've seen the parade, the rest of the night is yours: trick or treating (you can get more candy than you'll be able to eat, I usually end up giving it to the cast members back at my resort), rides, dance parties, character photos, park photos, food (like that's ever in short supply), more shopping, people watching, or anything else you may care to do in a theme park on an average day.
I understand the nerves for doing something that you've not done before alone, but remember it's the Magic Kingdom. Everyone there is super friendly; the guests are looking to have a wonderful time and the cast members are focused on making sure that everyone has a magical evening. Just enjoy the party, I think you'll really going to love it. I'll just leave you with this thought to consider: because groups/people can generate a tremendous amount of drama, I've had some absolutely amazing and equally horrible experiences going to the MNSSHP with friends, but I've never had anything less than a fantastic time when I've gone by myself.
Epcot has Food & Wine Festival right now, which you should consider taking advantage of. Pick up a "passport" in the Festival Center or at any kiosk in the World Showcase; it will show you what is available at each booth and give some indication of vegetarian, gluten-free, etc, options. (Also don't ever be afraid to ask if you have allergies or other restrictions that aren't specifically identified.) There are all kinds of goodies, savory and sweet, meal/snack/beverage that you could sample for a fairly modest cost, and if your friend is willing to share, you can try even more. It's just another option if you want small amounts of food at different points in the day, and there is truly something for everyone.
This +infinity. Food & Wine is one of my favorite events in Epcot and, really, WDW. I can't recommend highly enough that you take advantage of your perfect timing and spend a day just walking (okay, eating/drinking) around World Showcase and sampling everything there is to offer - and there legitimately is something for everyone.
Thank you so much for all your wdw knowledge. I think what I want to do most is find any MNSSHP exclusive pins if there's still any and see moana. As well as the parades and fireworks. I am super excited, (currently reading through everyone's advice in the airport!)
Where would I go to find pins?
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