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  1. Kicking around the idea of trying to do some streaming during a December trip and have a couple Qs... I have a spare/old cell phone that I have thought of using, for, say, a resort stream. Is this workable? I have experimenting a bit with streaming though my own YouTube channel and it seems to do the job. I may also, possibly, have a new GoPro by that time. The new one offers live streaming over wifi. I understand it's limited to a 720p resolution though. Are folks doing 1080 or 720? Or both/either as conditions allow? Second, has the WiFi at the resorts and around the parks been adequate for streaming? We don't have a ton of mobile data so, curiious if this is usable at the resorts and at the parks. Finally, does anyone have experience streaming at the DL Resort area? Our December trip starts in Orlando then Anaheim before coming home!
  2. Same question. It looks like folks use a phone for resort streams? I'm thinking of using an old phone and I think I could swing a resort stream. My wife is not so keen on the idea of live streaming in the parks and, we don't have a lot of data on our cell plan. The wifi in the parks can be problematic I've seen so, dunno if we could rely on that. I have done some experimentation on streaming through YouTube. Seems to work on my personal stream. While a phone may not be the highest of quality, it is pretty compact and convenient for travel.
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    Coast to Coast 2018!

    Had this crazy idea to do a Disney Coast to Coast trip for the Christmas season this year. We were able book our Florida portion (Saratoga Springs) but had to waitlist for California (Grand Californian). We didn't have much hope to get the California portion but, we received some good news this weekend...we're going to California! By way of Florida! We get to go see the Christmas decor in each park! Dec 3-10, Saratoga Springs Dec 10-14, Grand Californian And now it's time to plan those plane tickets, ADRs and Fast passes! We'll be burning though those DVC points again!
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    Disneyland Paris

    Disneyland Paris - September 2015 - http://dbeedle.com/Photos/DL-Paris2015 DLP Sept 2017: http://dbeedle.com/Photos/ABD-Spain2017/Sept 17-20 Hasta Luego Amigos! and%2C A Stop at Disneyland! Paris that is!/index.html
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    The Dragon

    The Dragon Awakes at Disneyland Paris!
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    AT schedule Aug 11-19 POR

    That's a fun one too! My wife and I had our after wedding lunch there believe it or not! They made us lead the stick horse race!
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    AT schedule Aug 11-19 POR

    Ooo! Where to in WL? My wife and I like Artist Point a lot. Pricey but yummy. Unfortunate we have not been able to get in there for our December trip. Yet. We'll make a run over there to enjoy the decorations anyway!
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    Splashing on Kali!

    You will get wet. You might get soaked! I usually do. Kalli River Rapids at Animal kingdom.
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    Whispering Canyon Cafe

    That is what I have seen. No more ketchup!
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    WL - Copper Creek Villas and Boulder Ridge Villas

    It's been a long time ago but if I recall correctly, I worked directly with the owner. I did this a couple times. It may be a bit safer working through a rental company but may cost a bit more, don't know for sure. Depends on your level of comfort and risk acceptance I suppose. Just taking a quick look on another board, it appears the going rate dealing with the a member directly is about $13-$15 per point. Many folks offer references and I've also seen renters offer up some sort of contract/official paperwork. At least many appear to take it seriously. Which makes sense as the points are use 'em or loose 'em. A member may as well get something out of them if they can't use them. On the other hand...looking at a rental site (that happens to share my name) they do show availability at WL early in December. Cost per point doesn't seem to be out of line. At least with a quick look. Haven't looked at the details, commission or what not.
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    WL - Copper Creek Villas and Boulder Ridge Villas

    I first rented DVC points before becoming a member! It worked quite well for me! If someone has booked and has it available for rent, you may be able to get in at WL. My wife and I have tried to book at WL for early Dec this year and have had no luck, at least for a studio or 1BR. At this point we'll be at Saratoga Springs. And, wihumphery is correct as is the map that was posted. The cabins look nice but, like those at the Poly, tend to be a little on the pricey side for us!
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    Bay lake Tower opinions

    I've stayed in a studio at BLT a couple times. Once with a park-ish view (off to the side), once with a lake view. I liked both and enjoyed the location. On the park side you can watch the fireworks and festivities in the evening and the lake offers a nice peaceful view for morning coffee. If you are an MK kinda person this is probably the place to be! It's an easy walk to the park and you can take a ride on the monorail or boats if you prefer a more scenic route. Foodie wise, there are two restaurants that I enjoy right there (Cali Grill and The Wave). You're also on the monorail so the monorail resorts are easy access too (Ohana, Kona Cafe, Narcoossees, Citricoes and V&A). All that said, I think it is the most "hotel-ey" DVC location I've stayed at. The decor is very modern without, what I would call, much "Disney character". Feels like a hotel. A nice hotel but still, hotel. I don't mind it given the other pluses but, my wife has no desire to stay there as she prefers more of that Disney character.
  14. Used to be a Free Spirit but the crowds, and probably fast pass and the dining plans, have made that more and more difficult. You almost have to be at least part planner to do the things you want to these days. My wife is largely a planner. In the parks we're Helpers and have been mistaken for Cast Members a time or two!