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Old 08-13-2019, 12:09 AM   #1
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J's family has points in this Disney points system, which allows them to book lodging for, like, free. So J has convinced me that she can take me to Disney for a 5 day vacation. Because we stay free in a place that normally costs you $410 per night, and the flight is like $150. Okay. And all we have to pay for is meals, and park entrance fees, and a few extras.

(Is that a trap?)

I have never had children, so I've never participated in the Mickey Mouse world domination program. But I am an American, so it's part of my DNA to accept complete indoctrination into this tribe.

I haven't been to a theme park in 30 years. I hear this is like 4 of them right in a row. OK. With fine dining. OK. I'm down with that.

I grew up next to Hersheypark, and that was great. Except they didn't have any cartoon characters to walk around the park, so they had.... walking chocolate bars. Even now, the characters are all walking candy. Pretty scary-looking.
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Old 08-13-2019, 12:15 AM   #2
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Never went to Disney World, however I enjoyed the hell out of Disneyland in CA. Go for it, can't hurt.
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:28 AM   #3
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It's not a trap, necessarily, but the meals will be expensive just like in any theme park. Not even overpriced, necessarily--Disney food is quite good, in my experience--there just won't be cheaper options available. Park entry tickets are also nothing to sneeze at, but if you're going to multiple parks you get some discounts. I assume J knows all the ins and outs if they're a Disney points family.

You'll have fun. Also, it's elitist and feels a little uncomfortable to go speed-walking past everyone else in line, but I HIGHLY recommend the Fast Pass for the shorter lines. Really improves things even during the off-season.
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:48 AM   #4
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... but I HIGHLY recommend the Fast Pass for the shorter lines.
What is the fast pass? When was it created? Apparently it must be made in advance. Does it also sell out? Any time restrictions?
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:07 AM   #5
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What is the fast pass? When was it created? Apparently it must be made in advance. Does it also sell out? Any time restrictions?
They've been around for at least 5-10 years, most major theme parks have them now. You pay extra to get in shorter lines that run parallel to people who paid less while they glare at you. I don't think there's a limit, they just raise the price over time if they're selling too many. At busy times there's still a line, it's just a shorter line. There are no restrictions on the pass for general use, but at Disney one of the added things is you get to make (I think) 3 appointments per day to ride something specific, and that really jumps you right to the front of the line at your scheduled time. But those are limited, and you can't show up late, otherwise you just get in the regular fast pass line.
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