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Firelt
I'm a 49 year old married father of 3, grandpa to 1. Retired from the US Army after 23 years, I spend my time working on an advanced degree, working in my second career as an emergency manager and of course, going to Disneyland!
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 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

February 23, 2015 2:21 PM  The Hub
First and foremost- huge Disney fan and an avowed capitalist. I'm all about business and profit. However, lets not fool ourselves by saying these price increases are for more personnel, new or refurbished attractions or park improvements. They simply are not. 1st qtr FY 2015 showed a 9% increase in profit over 4th qtr FY 2014 for a total profit after operating costs of 3.9 BILLION dollars for Disn  More...

I'll comment now before the big fiasco starts. 1) Since I started working for the Resort 4 years ago, we've opened up a brand new Disney California Adventure along with a lot of new attractions in Disneyland also. Secondly, since I started, the Resort has expanded its cast from 20,000 to almost 27,000, providing more jobs for what is already the largest employer in Orange County. With these two changes, it costs money to run and maintain a place like Disneyland, that runs on a 24 hour clock that never closes. Also with the 60th anniversary around the corner, there's going to be plenty of exciting things happening that having an AP will be worth it. If you look at the average Annual Passholder, the discounts and savings one already receives already covers in the increase plus more. And that doesn't include the special events and perks too. Yes, it is expensive, but in the long run, the price is well worth it to enjoy the Disney magic for a whole year.  - BaseballMickey_CM  6965.0 #9 2:45PM
Well said! Considering concerts tickets are easily $100 and a season ticket to Mammoth is $999 Disneyland is a bargain! - ShariRenee  6202.2 #14 2:51PM
Sure, OK ,I think it's about numbers and control, no matter what the resort does people  still go, the decisions  to suspend past levels and or parking add on, keeping in mind that for the first time the resort had to close more days during Xmas time for capacity.part of this push more premium  levels to be sold.However I understand  it is hard as everyone  has a different situation in life and income and going to Disney is a privilege  and not a right and I am nothing more than a paying  guest and Disney is to make money that is there some ideas and changes I don't still all work or smart but again I'm glad that you love your employer  and that they do make Magic everyday and even if sometimes things do happens like any other place of business it is what it is. If you feel this is too negative or don't like my responded I will gladly  remove it .  - pikarich  3935.4 #27 3:13PM
Tomorrow - RickChavez  3478.8 #37 10:15AM
eep. Hi Rick. - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  5265.5 #16 10:21AM
Hola - RickChavez  3478.8 #37 10:21AM
I thought the price hikes usually happen in June. Are they doing it early because of the 60th birthday? - HASMGS  657.3 #272 6:05PM
Thank you for the heads up!  My pass expires 3/5.  I just renewed and got a discount to boot.  Saved big.Thanks! - ElsaSnowflake  212.6 #1757 5:54PM
Glad this worked out for you!☝️ - RadiatorSprings4Ever  1107.4 #149 6:05PM
First and foremost- huge Disney fan and an avowed capitalist. I'm all about business and profit. However, lets not fool ourselves by saying these price increases are for more personnel, new or refurbished attractions or park improvements. They simply are not. 1st qtr FY 2015 showed a 9% increase in profit over 4th qtr FY 2014 for a total profit after operating costs of 3.9 BILLION dollars for Disney Parks and resorts. Not entertainment, movies or merchandising-just the parks. (All of them) The wife and I bought our first passes in 2010 for 399.00 each for premiums with parking. In 5 years that has doubled. Is it still worth it? My personal decision is yes, but it might drive others away. The parks don't seem to be hurting because of it. http://thewaltdisneycompany.com/investors/financial-information/earnings - Firelt  229.2 #1544 2:21PM

 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

April 5, 2015 9:05 PM  The Hub
I had an unpleasant experience with renewing my DAS yesterday while at DCA. I'm a disabled vet with mobility issues. I don't use an assistive device (yet) but standing in one spot for an extended period of time will cause pain and swelling that ends my day at the parks. I also have PTSD that makes standing in a crowd difficult without having an anxiety attack. I went to the kiosk on Buena Vista to  More...

Thank you for sharing all of your experiences with this situation☺️. For me, I felt that it was quite embarrassing to have to stand there and explain my disability to the CM (which by the was was younger than my grown children) who has no medical background, therefore they wouldn't know what I was talking about....it then becomes a lengthy conversation about my medical history in a room full of strangers. Now I'm not a person who is easily embarrassed, but the fact that I look healthy makes everyone turn around and give their ear to my conversation at that time. If this is the way they want to do things that great! Have an MD/DO/NP/PA/RN  in a room to the side where you can go in and discuss your concern with someone who understands and can make that call. I think the fact that my MD felt it was necessary to give me disability placard due to my disability is enough. They made me feel like I was lying...the first CM at city hall actually told me "if you're in line and you need to sit down, let the CM know"😳 um, at what point during the 50 minute wait in HM am I supposed to encounter a CM to let them know that?  She also said "you can have your party wait in line for you" sure!!! I'll have my 11 year old stand in line alone for 45 minutes for me... This is a broken system currently with too many people abusing it. With my ASD son, I'm now not quite sure he will be able to go...and I'm supposed to stand there with him (13 years old) and embarrass him by listing all of his issues....this makes me sad.   - 2BeignetOrNot2Beignet  1121.6 #143 9:40AM
I could not agree with you more! It has turned into a very embarrassing situation for my husband every time he has needed to go to city hall for this. I understand wanted a clear picture of concerns...but to be standing in the room where there is zero privacy discussing medical issues with people that truly do not understand most medical problems is difficult...especially when you feel their judgments.  My husband is a OIF/OEF veteran with PTSD making Disney trips already very stressful...it's frustrating to know that we have fewer and fewer trips because this system just makes it more difficult to manage his mentality before we even really get started in the park. I understand they are trying to weed out the abuse of the system....but it shouldn't be done by making those truly struggling embarrassed or uncomfortable discussing personal information. - ktkakes  331.1 #682 10:16AM
They could just have people fill out a form with their limitations, rather than having to explain everything verbally in front of others?  Or have people walk into a more private room/area with the CM?   - Spoonful_O_Sugar  585.6 #317 10:51AM
It would be great if there could be some type of medical personnel involved. I still cry when I have to explain why we need a DAS. Hubs' injuries can't be seen, and I feel like we are being traumatized over and over.  Unfortunately, it is this way because a few dishonest people were able to take advantage of a trusting system.  Now, everybody is questioned. I think the system tries to make one person one mold, and we all don't fit that idea.  People can have the same injury, disease, disorder, but it affect people differently.   - Sugarbuzz  193.1 #1990 3:09PM
Ktkakes- I understand how you feel. My husband (also has PTSD) for a few trips sucked it up but finally asked for a pass and things became a lot less stressful. One of the highlights of our last trip was that we were able to go on Peter Pan as a family. That line is probably the worse for him. After reading this post I am so worried about us going in May.  - MrsGrumpy2002  203.4 #1869 3:27PM
Oh my gosh yes Peter Pans line is horrible!!! So tightly confined and slow moving...and it does get quite noisy with all the people in the area. I hope that they can develop something more efficient that is less intrusive with the average Joe CM without any medical knowledge.  Good luck to everyone having to deal with this! - ktkakes  331.1 #682 3:36PM
Just know each situation is case by case. I'm sorry you felt the way you did and maybe that is something to address with guest relations, your experience with the DAS process. The point is not to "grill" you about your condition but rather determine the best course of action for you. No the guest relations cms are not medical professionals but they are trained for the positions they hold. It's unfortunate that people abusing the system has forced the hand to be more strict. With the queues being wider/larger to accommodate wheel chairs and ecv's they are directed to wait in the regular stand by lines.  - CM_Tamstirr  553.2 #337 7:53PM
Aren't they not supposed to question or grill u in accordance to the ADA? But I can only imagine having to explain ur medic history in a room full of strangers who are younger than ur grown children who prob knows nothing about it. I'm sorry I hope they continue to work the kinks out.  - mickeyat78  1725.6 #82 8:08PM
I think ultimately the problem is that when people think disability they think wheelchair.  Unfortunately that leaves out a huge number of individuals who have to prove they have legitimate restrictions. But these disabilities end up being the ones faked the most because there us no visible sign of struggle.  - ktkakes  331.1 #682 2:18AM
Yes, they word it as "what are your concerns" but the only way you can explain your concerns is to tell them what's wrong with you. I agree that they should have a form or a private area where people can fill them in and not have to stand there like a criminal trying to prove they aren't lying. We go back again in July, and I don't relish having to deal with this againπŸ˜” - 2BeignetOrNot2Beignet  1121.6 #143 5:23PM
Wow, the GAC/DAS system seems to get crazier every trip.  We always carry a letter from our son's doctor as well as my state issued disabled card plus we have our service dog.  I hope things get better for those who truly need this service  - BombFrogFormerCM  866.5 #192 1:00AM
This happend to me last time at the parks as well. I got this response from a CM, then a lead and then another CM at DCA. I've used the DAS system for years & now my park expierence has changed dramatically. They tell you we aren't doctors, my mother is an RN/NP and for them to say it's not there place to know your condition but they seem to be judging and not believing is wrong. I get people abuse it but please don't let others suffer who need this pass  - the_wolff   230.0 #1530 9:44PM
I'm a cast member and fully understand how the new DAS system works. My family went to the parks early December and my (then) 7 year old son was with us and has AD/HD. When I went to inquire about DAS for him I explained he has AD/HD and fidgets and fusses if confined in a "tight" space for extended periods of time. The CM asked me what he does and I told her he has fits and hits and makes a huge scene....she seems reluctant to give it to me but did. I only got return times for attractions with waits over 20 mins bec of his condition. (He's even on meds for it.) The point here is take your time explaining your situation to the CM. They need to know the reason you're not able to stand in the regular stand by line. It is up to City Hall and Chamber of Commerce to issue the DAS and its all done on your park ticket now and you're entire party must be there so all cards can be scanned initially.  - CM_Tamstirr  553.2 #337 8:49AM
- MickeyLumboCM  1011.8 #168 2:27PM
This is how it was at Thanksgiving for us and all went well. - BombFrogFormerCM  866.5 #192 1:01AM
But, why was the CM reluctant to give it to you?  I'm sorry, but I see a real trend here of being rude and condescending to the guests. People who, if they didn't exist, these CMs would have no job!  They need to fix this system quickly before the lawsuits eat up all that Disney profit!  I have seen too many friends here on MW tell the story of being belittled and made to feel like trash!  That is just wrong, and there isn't anything magical about it!  πŸ˜‘😑😑 - MeridaFan  3528.8 #36 9:39PM
 Yeah what @meridafan said. I am a big disney fan but I am disappointed to hear such experiences lately.  - bearlove  115.8 #3200 10:31PM
City Hall and Chamber of Commerce asks questions to help determine what course is best for your particular need. They have been reluctant to give me the card bec on certain days my son could just utilize the regular FP system. What NONE of you seem to understand is, the CMs working those positions are TRAINED and trained well...it's the guests perspective that sometimes creates the issue. The guest isn't getting what they "want" or think they're "entitled" to. I'm sorry if that's too "honest" but as a cm I have seen guests get very angry over not getting something they feel they're entitled to bec "they paid a lot to be there" or "they're a pass holder" or "it's their last day in the parks" etc....the bottom line is, we as cast members know how much is paid to enter and we are trained to treat EVERY GUEST the same and make every moment a magical one for ALL.  - CM_Tamstirr  553.2 #337 10:36PM
This must be one of the most difficult CM positions. Kudos to those who try to provide this type of customer service. I don't think I could. ❀️ - Darlingwendi  1189.2 #132 10:57PM
Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case.  Not all CMs are treating every guest with compassion and understanding.  It's a very uncomfortable position to have to be put in, and I've heard, seen and experienced CMs doing anything but making it a magical experience.  I understand that there are some who act elitist, rude and unkind, and I'm aware there are those that abuse it.  The problem is, those who are none of those things are routinely being made to feel horrible for their need of assistance.  I'm sorry, but this is a very flawed system and I do hope the Disney execs or whomever is in charge of this,  really start taking notice of how un-magical many feel in this situation.   - DisneyFanZoe  1208.1 #129 11:24PM
I have found it much better with my experience. I even got my pass re-printed (that changes the number). I went to one of the guest relations kiosks. They asked which person was the DAS. That's when it dawned on me the new pass. They associated it right then and there. Didn't even ask questions. It unfortunately does seem hit and miss.  They also give you a "green" bordered piece of paper to help you remember return times. I would ask for and keep that for next time. I also think once you have it, sometimes the way you ask helps. Just letting them know you need to "renew" your DAS helps. I've seen that work with many people at both locations.  Often the kiosks don't have a lot of people, so you could possibly pick a time where there isn't someone in line and they have two CMs. Hope a couple of those suggestions help. I think splitting the "DAS" into two categories has caused a lot of confusion (wheelchair and original "green" DAS). - DLKenCA  2167.2 #61 4:23PM
I had an unpleasant experience with renewing my DAS yesterday while at DCA. I'm a disabled vet with mobility issues. I don't use an assistive device (yet) but standing in one spot for an extended period of time will cause pain and swelling that ends my day at the parks. I also have PTSD that makes standing in a crowd difficult without having an anxiety attack. I went to the kiosk on Buena Vista to have my DAS renewed and the CM (a plaid, no less) made me explain my disability in public (HIPPA violation) and then denied me because I don't use a wheelchair or any other device. I was not going to discuss my PTSD in public so I left and went to the Chamber of Commerce office at the front of DCA. That CM was polite and understanding and even offered to take me to a private room to discuss my issues. She quickly and happily renewed my DAS based on this info and now all is well again. Oh- the wife was so mad she almost tossed the premium AP's in the trash and said we would never go back......glad a reasonable CM was working at the counter! - Firelt  229.2 #1544 9:05PM
I'm glad everything worked out for you. I've wondered that before, since I'm very familiar with HIPAA because of working with govt contracts. I don't think most people know that and maybe that's why they try to turn people away. Not sure. I hear in FL it's even worse... - MinnieMousewife  871.0 #189 9:14PM
My daughter had issues last night too she had use the pass several times in DLR, got a time for racers.  We went on the ride then to the kiosk....thefirst  kiosk said she did not even have one .. They said there wifi was down. Told us to go up to chamber of commerce We stopped by the one a BV Street and tried again took us 15 min to get here's renew... After being interrogated about here disability , even with me there telling about her issues and that she has had one for years.  I just wish The training was consistent with the plaids.. @firelt Thank you for your service!! Thank you for you sacrifice for us!  - Fantasmicfan1  1270.0 #118 9:21PM

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 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

November 21, 2014 2:25 PM  The Hub
Thanks. I think I will.

not at all...lots of people take solo days in the parks! go and enjoy yourself!  - luxkitty  2506.4 #48 1:34PM
i love solo trips! I get to do whatever I want at my own pace!  - Atora  2565.9 #45 2:11PM
Disneyland alone is fun,  the three hr drive on 101/5 is not fun alone! - MsTikiMermadam  306.0 #809 11:18PM
I just did tonight. I always have a good time.  - redsoxcarlos  1653.8 #87 11:22PM

 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

July 18, 2014 9:14 PM  The Hub
Well, before you get told 1500 times to "read the FAQ's" or the ever popular "use the search tool!" RAK stands for "random act of kindness", usually when a MW'er gives away something nice.

Well, before you get told 1500 times to "read the FAQ's" or the ever popular "use the search tool!" RAK stands for "random act of kindness", usually when a MW'er gives away something nice. - Firelt  229.2 #1544 9:14PM
Thank you. That is so cool, I love it. I cant wait to go back and do this. Just when you know everything, or a lot, of Disney... something else comes up. I love that place. Thanks again. - GrumpyIsHappy  142.1 #2751 9:17PM
Please read the faqs and use search please, lol. Sorry,could not resist teasing you!πŸ˜›πŸ˜› - secretagentangel  1555.1 #94 10:04PM
Rambunctious Aardvarks and Kangaroos - friendlymouse  727.9 #232 9:25PM
Add me please!  - JenGwen323  1565.4 #93 10:15PM
 don't think you only can RAK at the park ! You can do them through the mail or a sticker or credit RAK, there are all kinds of RAK's when you do one at the park it is fun sometimes people can't find you unless you really update your location the a lot so don't get discouraged, keep trying and you'll have a lot of fun doing them . Dahulagirl started them originally and she has sadly since passed away so that we still do them in her honor and In honor of Lacey too. - secretagentangel  1555.1 #94 9:44PM
I didn't know that, how sad, yet it is nice that the spirit lives on. - Thumper13  482.9 #401 8:54AM
It's Random act of kindness. It was started by a MWer who sadly passed away. - Superspacemountainfan  82.8 #3733 9:16PM

 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

February 22, 2014 12:02 PM  The Hub
Yes I do. Very fondly as a child.

I don't miss the high voltage power lines. Thanks for posting - MickeyLumboCM  1011.8 #168 1:38PM
Heh, you didn't like the huge towers in the middle of the parking lot? - NotSoDapperDan  323.9 #716 1:58PM
Yeah, memories!! - Superspacemountainfan  82.8 #3733 11:53AM
What year is this? - apesandmonkeys  6521.7 #13 1:56PM
Vividly! - MelodyMouse  4697.2 #21 7:44PM

 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

January 11, 2015 9:58 PM  The Hub
Why does the MW app say Soarin is closed until May?

Thanks! - iwantdisney  275.1 #1024 3:25PM
Bump...already gettin burried. - BrerRabbit  359.0 #594 6:00PM
Reminder bump - Lelundrial  560.3 #331 2:20PM
Thanks. ***Thunder Mountain is officially post-poned according to Disneyland website calendar through March**** :( not good! - BrerRabbit  359.0 #594 4:11PM
Won't let me edit this darn post. - BrerRabbit  359.0 #594 4:12PM
Why does the MW app say Soarin is closed until May? - Firelt  229.2 #1544 9:58PM
Because it is. This post is from a year ago - missmimi90  1864.9 #76 10:05PM

 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

December 28, 2013 6:06 PM  The Hub
26 December-3 January I'm in full AVOID THE PARKS mode. Just too crowded for me. 

Das cray cray! - dumbbunny  626.6 #292 3:53PM
Yarghhh, there be too many squabs on that there deck for me!!  - DisneyDavidEMT  2169.9 #60 4:59PM
*eye twitches* - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  5265.5 #16 5:12PM
Yarghhh, there be too many squabs on that there deck for me!!  - DisneyDavidEMT  2169.9 #60 4:59PM
*eye twitches* - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  5265.5 #16 5:12PM
26 December-3 January I'm in full AVOID THE PARKS mode. Just too crowded for me.  - Firelt  229.2 #1544 6:06PM

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 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

December 4, 2013 9:14 PM  The Hub
We were in his section on Thanksgiving, and it was my wife's birthday. He sang her Happy Birthday after putting a candle in her dinner roll!!! It was hilarious!!!!

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We saw him a few days ago. He was playing Christmas songs for 2 little girls. They were loving it! - toniasmith  341.3 #646 7:19PM
He can even play"Grandma got run over by a reindeer." - Hop-Low  634.5 #286 7:20PM
I love that song!  - toniasmith  341.3 #646 3:37PM
He sure does! - Mepenguin16  168.4 #2340 7:21PM
Love this guy. He is a great Disney employee. - DLKenCA  2167.2 #61 10:49PM
He is great. I love how much joy he gets by making someone's day extra special.  - sewedna  456.8 #436 12:00AM

 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

November 22, 2013 10:39 AM  The Hub
CM friends of mine say they have seen it both crazy busy and a complete ghost town on Thanksgiving, no way to really judge. That being said, we've decided to do the same- ditch the cooking and go to the parks!

((Switch this to DL Talk))...I think you should totally go, I just don't know of any special events - Linzee  1045.9 #162 8:23AM
Good call lol loving the new default btw - DisneyMe2Death  875.0 #187 8:30AM
Thanks, Pilgrim Penny and honey badger are paying homage to the early years of MW. 😊 - Linzee  1045.9 #162 10:06AM
If you are a turkey, it's really crazy there. Gor humans, it's pretty decent. - madsdad  1847.2 #77 10:10AM
*for - madsdad  1847.2 #77 10:11AM
We went last year and it wasn't too bad. Both I have heard it varies year to year. Either way it's always magical :) - MamaMyers  15.4 #7696 3:15PM
I went with my family years back on Thanksgiving. We figured it wouldn't be too crazy bc most people would be at home. Boy were we wrong. It was the most packed I had experienced at that time. But we were at DL, so it made it tolerable!!!! πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜°πŸ˜°πŸ˜°πŸ˜‚ - caramiapoohAKAface  3662.4 #33 3:19PM

 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

October 11, 2013 3:17 PM  The Hub
Apparently there are some bugs that need to get worked out. A disabled vet friend of mine was told today to "go sit on a bench while your family stands in line." Not sure that was a correct response from the CM. 

So was it just the same wait time for those who don't have disabilities? That sounds more fair to me but I will admit I don't use the DAS. I realize every situation can be unique but having an equal wait time seems fair-as long as they are not making people stand in line. If people without disabilities would only be able to get on 4 rides, it makes sense that those with a DAS have the same amount. It's definitely not fair if those with disabilities are unable to ride the same amount though. So I guess I was just wondering what the difference was, besides the fact that you could do more with the GAC.  - warchanted  166.6 #2381 10:28PM
Isn't this the system, more or less, that is used in DCA since?  lines on that side are wheelchair accesable you can request a return time pass ??? - mike714  338.1 #655 10:41AM
Well, here's what we did and we went on 6 rides in a couple of hours. Got our DAS after 5 and got a return time pass to Peter Pan, went to Peter Pan after eating so a little after 6, waited 15 minutes to get on, went to the kiosk got a time for Casey, only had to wait 5 minutes so easy, got a pass for Alice had to return in 30 minutes so fid tea cups and Snow White then returned to Alice, got pass to iasw had to return in 20 minutes had a snack then walked on our ride. Just wanted to share because we were testing out Fantasyland tonight. - MrsSchnooks  3112.3 #40 11:49PM
Thank you for sharing.  - dumbbunny  626.6 #292 11:52PM
This is exactly how the system should be working. Good to hear it did for your group. - CM_Shadowgamer  2457.4 #49 11:59PM
There some things that I'll have to get used to like the loud noises that echo as you go through the cage in the SW queue. My solution is not go through it until its completely clear and I can walk through quickly. Or get a return time obviously. Tonight I wanted to test it. For me it's the loud noises and tight spaces that freak me out and get my anxiety going. Going to start packing my ear buds. I did get asked quite a few questions getting my DAS but the CM was new and I was just patient and explained in quite a bit of detail why I could not do this and that. He had someone help him finally and it was fine. - MrsSchnooks  3112.3 #40 12:34AM
That makes sense. Have other plans for in between those longer wait rides. And there are other rides you can go on without kind waits. Sounds like it is doable then. πŸ‘πŸ‘ Well done, MrsSchnooks! 😘 - MeridaFan  3528.8 #36 6:06AM
I wanted to share my DAS experience from yesterday. I went to DCA and showed the CM (Gabe) my old GAC card. He listened to me very attentively and issued me a DAS card. He explained the new policies and gave me a return time for my desired attraction (TOT). I believe I was to return in 40 minutes. After that I went straight to a kiosk and requested my second attraction. This continued throughout the day and we ended up riding 8 rides. I agree the change is difficult, but I so appreciate that there is still something in place to accommodate the people who really need it. I am hoping the people who are not having good experiences can find a way to make the new system work. It doesn't look like the old system will return. I will take what I can get at this point. This new system is still allowing me to enjoy my happy place. Please be patient everyone. I'm sure Disney is doing all they can to accommodate everyone fairly.  - Disneyluvr1976  20.5 #6636 11:07AM
Sounds like that worked for you exactly as intended.  πŸ‘  - bluefairy  643.3 #282 11:22AM
My wife and I take her Down syndrome brother and sister to the parks once a month. The first two times we didn't use the system and I would wait in the lnes for a few rides and then they would join us. Last Friday we used the new system and it worked great for us. We used it for three rides. There is so much to do and see in the parks instead of waiting in lines. I now get to see how excited they get to see characters in the park. They will work with each individuals problems.  You super moms out there let them know about your sons and daughters problems. The new system is for 95% of the people asking for help. - Papa2goofy  24.1 #6127 12:05PM

 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

October 12, 2013 7:13 PM  The Hub
Wow, that was a lot of candy.........*groans*

Awesome me and my family will be there too  - jillyinwonderland  78.0 #3809 7:07PM
I wish this for my kids someday! Cherish the memories and I hope your grandson does too :) - ThinkTink23  27.9 #5713 7:36PM
My second time also with niece, but this time parents will join us! Can't wait! - LuuLucy  6.6 #13466 8:06PM
Wow, that was a lot of candy.........*groans* - Firelt  229.2 #1544 7:13PM

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 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

August 25, 2013 11:12 PM  The Hub
It was pretty awesome, dropped a few hundred $$$$$ but the deals were pretty good.

Bring your credit card!! :) we had a blast last year when we went, awesome deals and LOTS of must haves!! - DiamondInTheRough  349.6 #618 3:08PM
Get ready to watch your bank account diminish.  - wickedlyraven.  408.2 #501 3:10PM
You're very lucky. I'd love to go someday. - Bigdisneykid  283.2 #953 6:49PM
It was pretty awesome, dropped a few hundred $$$$$ but the deals were pretty good. - Firelt  229.2 #1544 11:12PM

 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

June 10, 2013 6:13 PM  The Hub
My grandson out runs me every time on that thing.

Aww! What a cutie - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  5265.5 #16 3:20PM
So cute! - dumbbunny  626.6 #292 4:35PM
My grandson out runs me every time on that thing. - Firelt  229.2 #1544 6:13PM
He can't out run me quite yet, but he sure does try! - StarWarsPapa  139.0 #2804 6:23PM
Cutie - MarshaMouse  4194.7 #26 6:19PM

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 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

June 6, 2013 10:58 AM  The Hub
Oh yeah, good luck. My grandson is 5, and he waits until the last minute to say "I gotta go"- which usually means you have about 45 seconds to avoid a disaster!

If an accident does happen, blame Splash Mountain ;) - DeadliestPassholder  225.6 #1578 12:33PM
Brilliant - starwarsmamma  561.6 #329 12:36PM
Personally, I would put him in PullUps. You can still go to potty often, but why risk an accident at the parks if you don't have to? Have fun! - MeridaFan  3528.8 #36 2:03PM
Personally, I would put him in PullUps. You can still go to potty often, but why risk an accident at the parks if you don't have to? Have fun! - MeridaFan  3528.8 #36 2:03PM
*** Baby Care Center. They have little potties there. Staff will usually give them a sticker after they go potty. A MUST if you are potty training. Much better than all the other public bathrooms. At end of Main Street in DL by Corn Dog Cart. In DCA it's by Ghiradelli. I normally just stop by every once in a while and let them try. - DLKenCA  2167.2 #61 4:41PM

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 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

June 6, 2013 11:03 AM  The Hub
Reservations are always good, but they do walk-ins too. The most I've waited is 20 minutes on a busy day. Whatever you are wearing in the park is okay for the restaurant, it is in the park after all. If it were outside in the general public I'd say jacket and tie/nice dress would be appropriate- but since it's in the park nobody expects that. Enjoy.

Ok. thank you for the feedback. We are celebrating our 10 yr anniversary so I think I will be calling to make reservations in the next few minutes. - Mickey_Badge  270.2 #1086 9:13AM
Just to let you know. If you make your reservation for about 8:40ish and request the north balcony?( the one facing Hollywood and Buena vista st. It makes for a Fantastic firework dinner. And they also pump the music thru the speakers. That's will be for our next trip 😊 - mini_MINNIE  1074.9 #154 9:24AM
Reservations are always good, but they do walk-ins too. The most I've waited is 20 minutes on a busy day. Whatever you are wearing in the park is okay for the restaurant, it is in the park after all. If it were outside in the general public I'd say jacket and tie/nice dress would be appropriate- but since it's in the park nobody expects that. Enjoy. - Firelt  229.2 #1544 11:03AM
Reservations are always good, but they do walk-ins too. The most I've waited is 20 minutes on a busy day. Whatever you are wearing in the park is okay for the restaurant, it is in the park after all. If it were outside in the general public I'd say jacket and tie/nice dress would be appropriate- but since it's in the park nobody expects that. Enjoy. - Firelt  229.2 #1544 11:03AM
Thanks for the advice everyone. Reservations are made and we are good to go. Will be our first time trying the Carthay and I am trying to add as many cool little touches for our trip as I can. I also have an in room celebration set up. Will try and get pictures of the room all decorated. - Mickey_Badge  270.2 #1086 11:32AM
Don't forget to get your WOC passes from your server. Have fun! - AZDisney  610.3 #300 11:41AM

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 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

June 3, 2013 12:51 PM  The Hub
There is some limited bench seating in the Cozy Cone area and some benches between Sarge's and Flo's, and a large seating area that loops all the way around the back of Flo's. Hope that helps

There is some limited bench seating in the Cozy Cone area and some benches between Sarge's and Flo's, and a large seating area that loops all the way around the back of Flo's. Hope that helps - Firelt  229.2 #1544 12:51PM
Thank you! - KelstersInc2319  44.6 #4688 1:58PM

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June 2, 2013 7:07 PM  The Hub
Sign 'o the times.

We walked past a security gentleman once time with his dog and he stopped so my daughter and her friend could pet him. SO sweet and the dog was completely eating up the attention. It was really nice of him. When my daughter asked what he was doing, the CM told her that stitch had gotten loose somewhere in the park and they were trying to find him. :) - LoveDland  329.2 #688 7:55PM
How cute!!! - mickeyat78  1725.6 #82 8:00PM
This is such a great story and you know the kids that are told this will be keeping an eye out for Stitch too!😜 - HASMGS  657.3 #272 9:33PM
Security dogs need some magic once in a while too - philliprocks  1112.9 #146 6:43PM
Maybe he's doing training activities. DL is a great place for lots of distractions!! I see a tennis ball toy in his back pocket - HiddenMickeyFanatic  1155.5 #137 9:29PM
Good eye! - LaPearleNoir  1529.8 #97 9:40PM
I've never seen one "on duty" before ( haha. she said duty! ) - carminaire  669.9 #263 9:41PM

 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

May 31, 2013 3:31 PM  The Hub
It makes me feel good. No other reason required, and no explanation due to anyone! Beats drinking or taking drugs......

When I go the parks it's my escape -even if its just for a few hours- it my ME time. When I'm there I don't worry about anything at all. I can do what I want eat what I want scream on rides play fun games laugh with friends (or by myself) cry during shows or just sit and watch people and do nothing. If more people just relaxed and went to Disneyland the world would be a much happier place...that's what I tell people when they call me a Disney freak- you are not alone!!! 😘 - missariel33  2030.5 #67 12:31PM
@missaeiel33 ^ that's it right there! - OhanaPhoto  3663.1 #32 1:51PM
U took the words right outta my mouth missariel!!!πŸ˜‰ - PrincessGrace  31.1 #5443 9:28PM
I get so irritated when people do the same thing to me. I just don't understand why anyone feels the need to comment on my life. I mean, it's my money and I work for hard for it. Why would people care how I spend it and where I spend time with my family? We are a family of 4 who look forward to going to Disneyland once a month. And that's ...bad? A friend said to me recently "it just seems like it wouldn't be special to the kids anymore". We had a little discussion. First of all it is special to them everytime we go and they look forward to this family time. Second, why would anyone care if my kids were sick of Disneyland or not? They're my kids, it's our money, it's our weekend time and we take our kids to Disneyland once a month. HOW IS THAT BAD? Sorry for yelling, I just don't understand why people feel the need to comment on other people's lives. - tballzz  555.5 #335 1:08PM
Why am I a Disney freak...I have a very stressful job working with children in the foster care system. Disneyland recharges me mentally and helps me cope with stress. It is my escape. - tballzz  555.5 #335 1:16PM
People do the same thing to me. They also question why I would ever go back on my days off and how am I NOT sick of it yet?!?! It's a special place to me. My home away from home and I can forget my real life while I'm there. I feel "at peace" when I'm there. I've learned that Disneyland is a bit exclusive and people are upset over how costly it is. But like you said, it's my money and no ones business how I spend it. Disney has always and will always be a huge part of my life - CM_Tamstirr  553.2 #337 1:17PM
We used to get that from various friends. Disneyland is our happy place, makes us feel young and carefree again, forget all the stresses and pressures of our day-to-day lives! One of my best friends that used to say things like that to us recently bought passes and now goes as often as us! The magic is contagious! - dalefishtank  157.4 #2511 11:51PM
My love of Disney started out young, but now since I work there, I spend a lot of time at the parks. Other than that, I am proud to call myself a Disney freak by having the music from most of the attractions on my phone at all time. Disneyland gives me the chance to leave my worries and stress behind and provides me a happy place where I can relax and enjoy the magic that it holds. - BaseballMickey_CM  6965.0 #9 11:55PM

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 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

May 29, 2013 3:01 PM  The Hub
Sounds like an immature prank that was not thought out. He'll suffer some pretty bad long term consequences for that act of stupidity. Glad no one was hurt.

Sounds like an immature prank that was not thought out. He'll suffer some pretty bad long term consequences for that act of stupidity. Glad no one was hurt. - Firelt  229.2 #1544 3:01PM
Wow - DLR_Fan  256.3 #1213 11:38AM
Well just goes to show you how hard it is to find good employees - cowboygoofy  215.5 #1718 12:41PM
Sounds like an immature prank that was not thought out. He'll suffer some pretty bad long term consequences for that act of stupidity. Glad no one was hurt. - Firelt  229.2 #1544 3:01PM

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 229.2 #1544 (DL Qual #3033

May 29, 2013 3:02 PM  The Hub
I wouldn't worry about it, not likely guests will see any changes.

I wouldn't worry about it, not likely guests will see any changes. - Firelt  229.2 #1544 3:02PM
I don't think it's anything to be concerned about. Security may be more thorough on their searches but I wouldn't worry. - aidensmama  340.1 #648 3:05PM
If anything it will be safer due to increased security and checks. I flew to Madrid two days after bombings there in 2007 and felt safer than ever. - IDVandalSkipperCM  2357.6 #53 3:07PM

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