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kbmum

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  1. Thanks! I have the site bookmarked on my phone. I don't have an AP card, though, just an exchange certificate that allowed us to get MagicBands. We have to activate the annual passes at Guest Services. Maybe we'll get our cards then.
  2. Phooey! It isn't available for iPhone. Does anyone know if the perks are the same for DVC members and annual passholders? We have annual passes to cover this year's trip and next, plus a DVC membership. If one gives better discounts than the other, that's the one I want to use.
  3. I'm not too sure about a gondola system in an area that has so many thunderstorms. I would imagine the system would be shut down in bad weather. As for the Star Wars resort, my husband said we're all in no matter the cost.
  4. Happy birthday, tink!
  5. D23 was held over the weekend and a huge number of announcements were made for Disney World. I think I've rounded up all of them. 1. Star Wars land to be named Star Wars Galaxy's Edge. Will open in 2019, first in Disneyland, then in Disney World. 2. The Great Movie Ride to be replaced by Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway. GMR will close on August 13, 2017. 3. Universe of Energy to be replaced by a Guardians of the Galaxy Ride. UoE will also close on August 13. 4. The Ratatouille ride (from Paris) is being built in the France Pavilion. 5. Tron coaster (like the one in Shanghai Disneyland) to be built next to Space Mountain. Some of the plans also show an update for Indy Speedway. 6. An immersive Star Wars-themed starship resort to be built, possibly inside Hollywood Studios or just outside the park with access directly to Galaxy's Edge. 7. A new space-themed restaurant will open between Mission:SPACE and Test Track. 8. A gondola transportation system will connect Epcot, Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney Riviera Resort (see below), and Hollywood Studios. 9. A new theater will be built in the backstage area between Main Street and Tomorrowland. The theater is based on one in Kansas City, where Walt Disney lived. 10. New films coming for Mission:SPACE and the China Pavilion. There will be two M:S films -- a trip around the Earth for Green Mission and an updated trip to Mars for Orange Mission. M:S is currently closed, but is expected to open on August 1, 2017. 11. A summer 2018 opening was announced for Toy Story Land. 12. Disney set to start its own paid transportation system, Minnie Van. It will supposedly cost $20 per one-way trip, but I don't know if that's $20 per person or per family. The vans seat up to eight people. 13. A new DVC, Disney Riviera Resort will open in fall 2019. It's being built on part of the site that was demolished at Caribbean Beach Resort. It will feature a rooftop restaurant with views of the shows/fireworks at Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
  6. Happy birthday, Jen!
  7. Happy birthday, Gareth!
  8. I keep hoping...and waiting..for a photo with the Hitchhiking Ghosts at the end of the Haunted Mansion. If done right, A LOT of people would buy it.
  9. Another Disney site I frequent posted today that Pirates will have on-ride photos starting next Monday, June 19. It looks like the photos will be taken when the boat pulls even with the skeleton captain, just before the drop. It isn't a terribly exciting photo (similar to Frozen), but nice to see they're finally adding a photo to the ride. At least the flash for the camera should blend in with the flashes of lightning in that scene.
  10. Happy birthday!
  11. This show is stunning! I'm still not sure how good it is at a distance or if you can't see the front of the castle. If anyone missed the live stream, Disney put the video on YouTube. The show starts at the 15:20 minute mark.
  12. The Disney Parks Blog will stream the debut of the Happily Ever After fireworks show on Friday, May 12, starting at 8:55 p.m. EST. I'm really curious how the show will look if you can't get a view of the front of the castle (say, from the Top of the World or other points inside the park). https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/05/disneyparkslive-will-stream-happily-ever-after-debut-may-12-at-850-p-m-et/?dpb
  13. Are the videos included with an annual pass, or just the photos? We have annual passes to cover this summer's trip and the next one.
  14. I'm strolling through the Animal Kingdom walking trails, camera in hand. No, wait, I'm walking through the gardens in the United Kingdom pavilion, camera in hand. Ah, who am I kidding. I'm sitting in Adventureland, people watching and enjoying a Dole Whip, camera hanging around my neck.
  15. Kidani is my favorite DVC resort. If you have time, take your kids to the pool and water play area. There's a fort with water cannons that are aimed at other water cannons on the ground. We had so much fun! Although, my son blasted a woman who was walking through the fort and soaked her expensive DSLR. She was good about it, saying it was her fault for having the camera out in an area where kids were playing in water. The biggest issue with Kidani is its lack of quick service dining. Sanaa is excellent, though. I read on another forum that Disney is testing (or will be testing) room service boxed meals. It sounds like quick service that's dropped off at your room, but there's no set-up like with regular room service.