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  1. one wonders whether the plaques sold after SOB's demo (currently sitting in some warehouse) will be replicated for Firehawk? Yours for only $99.99 (plus shipping).
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    2019 Season Passes

    Agreed. It's only a "sale" if they advertise that the absolute lowest price for renewals is this weekend.
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    2019 Season Passes

    In an interesting development, KI is having a "Flash Sale" in honor of Roller Coaster Day/Weekend. Renewals get a free FL+ tix plus the above noted perks; however, the catch is that the Fl+ is not valid on any Saturday or on 9/2 (Day before Labor Day). I've never seen the amount of discounting I've seen this year. I never thought the MT buzz would die down so fast. People were expecting a bigger coaster maybe, so today's announcement may placate them.
  4. Back when concerts were the norm there, the park offered a combo ticket. When I saw DD there for example, the price for the show and all day admission to the park was $59.99. They charged $39.99 just for the show, so the combo ticket was a big hit.
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    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    It was actually a bit further back and to the left, roughly in the footprint of FH. if you were in the extended que for FOF, you could see it quite clearly. They ran about 2-3 tours an hour at its height.
  6. Keep in mind, though, that those so-called "Good Neighbor" hotels also charge for parking. I suppose to avoid the fee, one could make a dummy reservation for sometime when they think they might be going, then change it at some other point. The announcement wasn't clear whether doing so would cause the fee to be implemented. Of course, by doing so, you have to pay a one night room deposit, so you're needlessly tying up $. The Boo Mickey parties I've heard will begin in late August. I'm going down in late September and already made my resort reservation, so I won't have to pay it this time, but the implementation of this fee would certainly affect my thinking going forward. With the continued popularity of DVC, it's no wonder Disney is busy converting some of its hotel space to DVC units and planning construction of new resorts (latest rumor is that a new DVC resort is going on the site of the old River Country in Ft. Wilderness, since Disney just filed to do some soil borings in the 'wetlands' areas of the property, which is where RC was located.).
  7. I know it's been a while, but this thread deserves to be bumped, due to Disney's announcement today that for all WDW resort reservations made after March 21, 2018, a daily overnight parking fee will be implemented. The fee is $13/day for Value, $19 for Moderate and $24 for Deluxe. Exceptions include DVC members staying in a Deluxe villa using DVC points (from whatever source) and those day guests looking to just shop, dine or otherwise look around the resort. Other exceptions include those staying at the campsites at Ft. Wilderness, guests with disabilities, guests travelling with a group (not defined) or convention and CMs staying at the resort.
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    Winterfest Questions

    But are you a pescapescatarian? (for all the Silicon Valley fans on this board!)
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    EPCOT is getting a coaster

    Disney has a plethora of land left to build on in Florida even with the covenants in place. The MK is expanding in pockets (new theater in FL, Tron Coaster), plus they've opened up some of the backstage areas to alleviate the congestion. The Hub enlargement did a lot to help as well. The fact remains that of the parks, the MK has the least amount of construction, so folks are going to migrate there until the new attractions come online in the other parks. Much like other parks, Disney can and will tear down and rebuild to conserve space when necessary. It's been said numerous times here, but there really isn't a slow season anymore. It's just various shades of busy. The winter holidays (plus marathon) are the worst, followed by the peak summer season, then late spring and fall. Even on a 'slow' day, waits for even the A-C rides can be 30 minutes in the standby line. Also, the FP + system is constantly being tweaked to avoid congestion, so that's also a way Disney can spread the crowds out. Ticket prices increase yearly, but unlike in CA, those going to the Florida parks are vacationers buying packages, whose prices aren't usually affected. Another telling sign as to the type of park guest Disney is getting down there these days can be seen in the transformation of major sections of their hotels to DVC-branded areas. They don't have enough 'new' stock to go around, so in order to combat the resellers, Disney is converting more and more hotel space to DVC. It's a good problem to have if you're a stockholder. The parks drive the profit, followed by the movie division. If Disney can divest itself of ESPN, you'd really see profits soar. All in all, the days of going down to Disney World and seeing sparse crowds on the formally slow days is long gone, with an uncertain return, if ever.
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    Current wait times

    I agree 100% given the que during my visit (my wait was 90 min). The park knew it had a hit with MT, yet chose to not offer Fast Lane..even if they capped the number of wristbands at say 1,000, at $80 a band, that's a quick 80k for basically doing nothing (assuming the only extra staff needed would be in the sales booth at the front. the bands sold in shops could be handled by those working inside them).
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    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    At least during my experience using them at Skyline in CM this past season, the holdup was with food prep. I waited 40 mins for food from the time of ordering on the kiosks..when they were operating. Nobody is expecting their food 2 mins after ordering, but having your food in hand no later than 10 min after ordering shouldn't be such a high bar. And they want to push the 2018 meal plans....
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    Current wait times

    Unless the park learned from this years preview night debacle, i'll stay away this year. At least offer the option for people to PAY MONEY for Fast Lane. So much $ left on the table regarding that decision.
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    Haunt 2017

    is it the red roof in Mason? If so, I'd be very wary of staying there. I did a couple of years ago and found the place to be rundown, dirty, full of stains all over the carpet, the smell of smoke everywhere and a general lack of upkeep. They also apparently had a liberal pet policy so I heard big dogs barking all night. That plus the 'manager' had a lot of his sketchy looking friends over to party that night. Maybe its improved, but if you're looking for something a bit better, there are other, better choices.
  14. Except Sony, not Disney, owns the rights to Spidey..part of the parcelling out of the Marvel properties. Disney would theme this ride to its IP.
  15. For those interested, the company CF worked with for the Dinos is called Dinosaurs Unearthed. On their "Partnerships" page, they mention that they worked with CF, but I would assume that KI has no interest (not to mention room!) in keeping life size Dinos around if they're not going to use them. I believe its a safe bet that the whole exhibition was under a lease agreement of some type. As for Field of Screams, it can always be relocated temporarily for construction if the area is to be reused for something. http://www.dinosaursunearthed.com/