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Firelt 233.7 #1536 

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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 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

November 18, 2015 10:37 AM  The Hub
Any updates on when we will see this in the android platform?Β Why is the ios always first? Statistically more people use android.

Thanks for this @@Admin. I love when it tells me the wait time is low at POTC. I was able to get on HMH on a busy day with a low wait time without having to watch  the times all day, it just sent me a notification!  - secretagentangel  2923.5 #43 11:06AM
Your on πŸŽπŸ˜‚πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜ˆπŸ˜ˆ - pikarich  4980.4 #23 11:10AM
I am! 🍎 πŸ˜‚ - secretagentangel  2923.5 #43 11:35AM
Any updates on when we will see this in the android platform?Β Why is the ios always first? Statistically more people use android. - Firelt  233.7 #1536 10:37AM
Yes. This.☝ - dsnylvr1975  23.0 #6626 10:56AM
Β Apple makes it easy for the developers to use iOS code. Android does not and there are so many different android phones and platforms that it takes a lot of time and manpower to put out new versions or updates. I loved my android but I love my iPhone too. I'm sure you'll get this for android soon.Β  - secretagentangel  2923.5 #43 11:34AM
I just downloaded the app for our trip in 17 days ! Yay  - jmza4  295.4 #31532 3:32PM
@@Admin  I used Kate for my recent trip of Nov 14-18 and she worked great!  Thanks for a great app!   βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨ - Dianat710  38.1 #5200 4:52PM
Great news Dianat710, thanks for letting me know! What was your favorite feature? - Admin  4:56PM
Admin The updates on the wait times were the most helpful.  Saved us a lot of time.  Thanks again! - Dianat710  38.1 #5200 9:25PM

 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

October 4, 2015 5:51 PM  The Hub
We have a year until we renew, so we'll see if we consider it a value by then. At the very least we will delay renewal until the new land is opened and the closed attractions are back in operation.

As someone who doesn't live in SoCal and uses my AP only a couple or a few times a year, the increase really doesn't bother me at all. I have a Premium AP. The current cost of that pass was $779. New Signature Pass is $849 and it includes free PhotoPass access. This is actually a better deal than what I currently have for me. (I did just renew my Premium for $719, so I won't be getting the new pass, anyway.). Not everyone lives locally and can be at the parks 200 days each year. I have never gone during the Christmas break because, frankly, the crowds have scared me off. That is why we do thanksgiving when we want the holiday vibe. Don't the holidays begin around November 11th each year?  So that is about two months' worth of holidays for those who wish to enjoy that time.  If I were to renew my pass next year, I would simply get the Signature pass. I don't need the highest level just for two weeks at Christmas. I understand those who aren't happy. But, I do think it doesn't have to be as horrible as everyone is making it out to be. Disney is a business. They are in the business of making money, right along with letting you make memories. The new normal for some may have to be to see Disneyland as the treat that it is for much of the country or world who does not have it in their backyard. Hopefully, our lives are full of so many things. Disney is one part of it. It shouldn't be everything. Not trying to tick anyone off here. I do think their timing stinks with this. But, just wanted to show  that there is another perspective and way of looking at this. 😊 - MeridaFan  4084.9 #33 10:51AM
Yes this makes sense but for people who live in So Cal I fell the photo pass should be an option because I really never use it.  - AlyssaDisneyland  50.3 #0 10:54AM
AP prices have gone up every year. SoCal people have had the choice of two APs that no one in the rest of the world have been able to purchase. It is not a necessity for people to buy the most expensive pass for themselves.  So you do have other options that others do not. They also have given special discounted tickets to SoCal people throughout the year. I think those are great options for those who live down there and cannot afford the more expensive passes. Again? This is another viewpoint. And I realize there is only one SoCal pass available now. And I have no idea if they will continue with the other one indefinitely. Just trying to point out that there are actually some positives for some people here. Tourists bring in a lot of money to Disney. Lots of us enjoy using the Photo Pass system.  - MeridaFan  4084.9 #33 11:03AM
MeridaFan - pikarich  4980.4 #23 11:07AM
Correction I go 201 times - pikarich  4980.4 #23 11:09AM
I could not agree more, MeridaFan.  Also, it doesn't have to be all or nothing!  I understand the AP price is high, but that doesn't mean people have to swear off Disney forever.  Some people would kill to go just once a year. - Thumper13  489.1 #418 11:11AM
MeridaFan...I agree with you. We live in Oregon and, although we're not happy about the increase, we see why it was needed. I would have liked to know ahead of time, though. We still think you get your money's worth of quality, family entertainment. And if some of this increase goes to pay cast members and adds more jobs for new cast members and Star Wars Land for everyone I'm all for it. That said...we don't have young kids at home anymore and don't have to pay for them, along with all the extras while in the park. I can definitely see and agree with both sides. You have to make the best decision for your own family.  - GrandCircleTour  348.6 #653 11:26AM
We have 2 AP holders who renewed and upgraded to Deluxe in June, so they will probably need to rethink their budgets for the next time. We are having issues with budget and rooms right now... Does anyone know why there can't be a 6th person in a hotel room at the resort for a standard or premium room like Woods/Courtyard at the Grand Californian? We are wanting to be a group of 6 adults and a second room for just one additional person just seems excessive! (I think room occupancy max is 5 people?.) Mom has her heart set on the Grand, but we'd only be staying the one night with Disneyland potentially open until 12am, so only about 6-8 hours of sleep. We'll get a great AP discount, but trying to convince everyone to pay isn't easily justified for everyone! Any ideas would be appreciated. TIA! 😁😻 - Catski23  15.5 #8151 11:46AM
City of Anaheim and they are passing it right to us So Cal residence. SMH. - davidmariarivas  3.8 #25117 7:16PM
I agree with you 100%.  Great points! - AZDisney  610.4 #326 7:25PM
davidmariarivas , I hear your frustration but please don't take it out on one of the nicest MouseWaiters here. It's not a conspiracy, she doesn't work for Disney, she's just trying to be fair. I'm sorry you're so unhappy. I hope it gets better.  - secretagentangel  2923.5 #43 7:48PM
@davidmariarivas definitely not cool to be so unkind to one of my closest friends. You need to check yourself. She's entitled to her opinion . Everyone is.., but no need to throw out unfounded accusations  - eviljules  1378.8 #122 8:11PM
I didn't even read what you wrote because its soooo long, but I liked it anyway since everyone else did. - philliprocks  1296.5 #130 7:45AM
it has been nonstop peak crowds this year, no abating like in the past, no off season days. Anaheim is not passing anything on to sc residents. I vote and live in anaheim. The council took a loss with the gate tax. Disney is using some of the money to fund the new star wars, land purchases, new high rise parking structure, and since they can get the money, they are trying to reducee peak crowds. So do your homework and know the facts. I have lived in anaheim for 54 years in the shadow of the park. Its a private business and they are doing what they need to do. The β€œour park” mentality is changing. Our streets are so congested with cars it takes me 45 min to an hour to drive 6 miles to my job in santa ana. I have not used the gridlock freeways for the last 5 years, it seems that everyone that left CA has come back all at once. I hope price increases will slow down the crowds but I doubt that. Disney must have great actuaries. - Plumiegirl  9812.6 #7 11:30PM
I just genuinely wish they had a kids AP, it just doesn't seem right that my 3 yo will be paying the same ticket price and can't go on anything other than Fantasyland rides.  - bellapistola  158.4 #2560 1:30AM
That makes a lot of sense to me.  - MeridaFan  4084.9 #33 2:23AM
agree! - MsTikiMermadam  678.9 #282 2:47AM
I was just thinking that about kids. - minniemonika  184.8 #0 8:17AM
I was just thinking this. With a baby on the way it just seems funny that I will have to buy an annual pass for them at 3. Really what is the difference between 2-3. They are still restricted to the same attractions.  - DisneyBrideΒ°OΒ°  448.9 #469 10:06AM
Excellent point!  My boys were about 6-7 years old when they started going on enough rides to make the price worth it. - DisneyPiratePrincess  223.1 #1668 10:34AM
Me too! They should have a kids 3 to 9 AP!  - DCMAGurl  217.7 #1744 11:40AM
Totally agree!! - 1Princess3Princes  587.3 #336 12:23PM
Yes, that's what kills us, paying for 4 is tough. Not like my single days. - brigeet  480.4 #426 3:27PM
I agree.  - TrueFromOzLovesDisney  498.1 #409 9:08PM
Maybe it would be better if the age was raised? Instead of 3 to 9, maybe make it 4-10? Or by height? 40" and up need tickets?  - Arielkitten13  233.9 #1533 9:09AM
Thought about this long and hard and have decided were going to renew our passes. My daughter is 2 now and sharing these disney moments with her is absolutely worth it! See you guys soon at the next meet up.  - EVILQUEEN1  32.7 #5563 11:01AM
As a 10+ year Premium Passholder this increase won't detour our family from buying our passes. It only makes us want to visit more often, being our pass has passed the $1K ceiling. Anyone else feel the same?  - snappy  415.4 #516 4:34PM

 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

August 21, 2015 9:24 PM  The Hub
Finally saw Paint the Night! Awesome#

Finally saw Paint the Night! Awesome# - Firelt  233.7 #1536 9:24PM
Can't wait to see this.. - makeitbluesaysmerriwether  59.2 #4360 10:43PM
Me too! - MyMouseMickey32  292.1 #943 7:17AM
- SorcererD91  2480.6 #54 10:01PM

 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

August 21, 2015 1:50 PM  The Hub
I really like it, and I'm an admitted BBQ snob. Sad they couldn't find a way around this.

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Am I the only one that likes that place? Β I have always enjoyed going there and thought it was more affordable than some of the alternatives. Β I am glad I get to go one more time before it closes. - AKMouse  489.4 #417 1:54PM
NOPE! Totally with you. I think it is one of the better values food wise and I actually think the food is pretty good as well. It's always pretty crowded as well! - SKELLIGIRL  41.5 #5033 8:08PM
I love it too, but no one else in my family does. It's hard to eat there alone.  - cinderelli  365.1 #604 3:39PM
This just in: running of the goats to be replaced with running of the Ewoks - Melody_CM  9861.1 #6 5:03PM
I would pay to see that. Mostly because I know one of those clumsy ewoks would trip - philliprocks  1296.5 #130 9:52PM
This made me think of a song I heard on Dr. demento a very long time ago-"My name is Larry" - cinderelli  365.1 #604 7:16PM
My daughter just finished 7 months in the Disneyland College Program so I bought an AP and visited her at least 6 times. We ALWAYS ate at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ every visit and often took friends and family members and they all LOVED it! For about $30 (adult price) you got all you could eat chicken, ribs, sausage, corn on the cob, beans, corn bread, and drinks. We often would add the skillet chocolate chip cookie with ice cream or s'mores bake. We will not only miss the food, but I think we will also miss...Miss Chris and Tex Tumbleweed :( I hope they move this somewhere else). - cherylabq  18.8 #7345 9:24PM

 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

June 20, 2015 12:08 PM  The Hub
Tea time!

The colors always make me so happy - FoolishMortal138  368.0 #596 12:29PM
Tea time! - Firelt  233.7 #1536 12:08PM
- debbiev  1125.7 #156 1:02PM

 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

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  7352.3 #11 2:45PM
Well said! Considering concerts tickets are easily $100 and a season ticket to Mammoth is $999 Disneyland is a bargain! - ShariRenee  7825.7 #9 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  4980.4 #23 3:13PM
Tomorrow - RickChavez  3550.1 #39 10:15AM
eep. Hi Rick. - misschurro  6136.2 #18 10:21AM
Hola - RickChavez  3550.1 #39 10:21AM
I thought the price hikes usually happen in June. Are they doing it early because of the 60th birthday? - HasAnyoneSeenMyGlassSlipper  685.3 #274 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  245.4 #1387 5:54PM
Glad this worked out for you!☝️ - RadiatorSprings4Ever  1445.6 #111 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. - Firelt  233.7 #1536 2:21PM

 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

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 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  1335.6 #128 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'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  331.6 #715 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  605.4 #328 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  237.9 #1474 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  209.2 #1859 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  331.6 #715 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 #357 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  1923.1 #81 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  331.6 #715 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  1335.6 #128 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  999.6 #182 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   276.7 #1065 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 #357 8:49AM
- MickeyLumboCM  1337.6 #127 2:27PM
This is how it was at Thanksgiving for us and all went well. - BombFrogFormerCM  999.6 #182 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  4084.9 #33 9:39PM
 Yeah what @meridafan said. I am a big disney fan but I am disappointed to hear such experiences lately.  - bearlove  140.9 #2840 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'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 #357 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  1221.0 #139 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  1249.2 #135 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  2578.8 #49 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  233.7 #1536 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  896.8 #198 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  1448.9 #109 9:21PM

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 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

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  3216.5 #41 1:34PM
i love solo trips! I get to do whatever I want at my own pace!  - Atora  2702.0 #46 2:11PM
Disneyland alone is fun,  the three hr drive on 101/5 is not fun alone! - MsTikiMermadam  678.9 #282 11:18PM
I just did tonight. I always have a good time.  - redsoxcarlos  2203.8 #66 11:22PM

 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

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  233.7 #1536 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 #2815 9:17PM
Please read the faqs and use search please, lol. Sorry,could not resist teasing you!πŸ˜›πŸ˜› - secretagentangel  2923.5 #43 10:04PM
Rambunctious Aardvarks and Kangaroos - friendlymouse  727.9 #257 9:25PM
Add me please!  - JenGwen323  1823.9 #90 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  2923.5 #43 9:44PM
I didn't know that, how sad, yet it is nice that the spirit lives on. - Thumper13  489.1 #418 8:54AM
It's Random act of kindness. It was started by a MWer who sadly passed away. - Superspacemountainfan  91.7 #3673 9:16PM

 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

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  1337.6 #127 1:38PM
Heh, you didn't like the huge towers in the middle of the parking lot? - NotSoDapperDan  323.9 #753 1:58PM
Yeah, memories!! - Superspacemountainfan  91.7 #3673 11:53AM
What year is this? - apesandmonkeys  6523.7 #16 1:56PM
Vividly! - Melody_CM  9861.1 #6 7:44PM

 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

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

Thanks! - iwantdisney  275.1 #1083 3:25PM
Bump...already gettin burried. - BrerRabbit  360.8 #618 6:00PM
Reminder bump - Lelundrial  615.0 #323 2:20PM
Thanks. ***Thunder Mountain is officially post-poned according to Disneyland website calendar through March**** :( not good! - BrerRabbit  360.8 #618 4:11PM
Won't let me edit this darn post. - BrerRabbit  360.8 #618 4:12PM
Why does the MW app say Soarin is closed until May? - Firelt  233.7 #1536 9:58PM
Because it is. This post is from a year ago - missmimi90  2014.4 #75 10:05PM

 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

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  627.2 #312 3:53PM
Yarghhh, there be too many squabs on that there deck for me!!  - DisneyDavidEMT  2538.8 #51 4:59PM
*eye twitches* - misschurro  6136.2 #18 5:12PM
Yarghhh, there be too many squabs on that there deck for me!!  - DisneyDavidEMT  2538.8 #51 4:59PM
*eye twitches* - misschurro  6136.2 #18 5:12PM
26 December-3 January I'm in full AVOID THE PARKS mode. Just too crowded for me.  - Firelt  233.7 #1536 6:06PM

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 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

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! - GrandCircleTour  348.6 #653 7:19PM
He can even play"Grandma got run over by a reindeer." - Hop-Low  634.5 #307 7:20PM
I love that song!  - GrandCircleTour  348.6 #653 3:37PM
He sure does! - Mepenguin16  168.4 #2399 7:21PM
Love this guy. He is a great Disney employee. - DLKenCA  2578.8 #49 10:49PM
He is great. I love how much joy he gets by making someone's day extra special.  - sewedna  564.9 #349 12:00AM

 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

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  1165.5 #148 8:23AM
Good call lol loving the new default btw - DisneyMe2Death  875.0 #206 8:30AM
Thanks, Pilgrim Penny and honey badger are paying homage to the early years of MW. 😊 - Linzee  1165.5 #148 10:06AM
If you are a turkey, it's really crazy there. Gor humans, it's pretty decent. - madsdad  1868.2 #88 10:10AM
*for - madsdad  1868.2 #88 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  24.3 #6443 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˜‚ - caramiapoohsadface  4000.7 #35 3:19PM

 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

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  167.1 #2426 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 #687 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. - Cinderella_Schnooks  3259.5 #40 11:49PM
Thank you for sharing.  - dumbbunny  627.2 #312 11:52PM
This is exactly how the system should be working. Good to hear it did for your group. - CM_Shadowgamer  2515.7 #52 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. - Cinderella_Schnooks  3259.5 #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  4084.9 #33 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 #7023 11:07AM
Sounds like that worked for you exactly as intended.  πŸ‘  - bluefairy  643.3 #302 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 #6475 12:05PM

 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

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  115.1 #3286 7:07PM
I wish this for my kids someday! Cherish the memories and I hope your grandson does too :) - ThinkTink23  44.2 #4910 7:36PM
My second time also with niece, but this time parents will join us! Can't wait! - LuuLucy  6.6 #14340 8:06PM
Wow, that was a lot of candy.........*groans* - Firelt  233.7 #1536 7:13PM

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 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

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 #647 3:08PM
Get ready to watch your bank account diminish.  - wickedlyraven88  409.8 #524 3:10PM
You're very lucky. I'd love to go someday. - Bigdisneykid  284.9 #992 6:49PM
It was pretty awesome, dropped a few hundred $$$$$ but the deals were pretty good. - Firelt  233.7 #1536 11:12PM

 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

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

Aww! What a cutie - misschurro  6136.2 #18 3:20PM
So cute! - dumbbunny  627.2 #312 4:35PM
My grandson out runs me every time on that thing. - Firelt  233.7 #1536 6:13PM
He can't out run me quite yet, but he sure does try! - StarWarsPapa  139.0 #2874 6:23PM
Cutie - MarshaMouse  5010.0 #22 6:19PM

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 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

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  296.8 #912 12:33PM
Brilliant - starwarsmamma  561.6 #351 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  4084.9 #33 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  4084.9 #33 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  2578.8 #49 4:41PM

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 233.7 #1536 (DL Qual #2625

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  280.7 #1025 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  1138.2 #153 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  233.7 #1536 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  233.7 #1536 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  280.7 #1025 11:32AM
Don't forget to get your WOC passes from your server. Have fun! - AZDisney  610.4 #326 11:41AM

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