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Old 08-08-2012, 03:26 PM   #16
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Thanks, Dave. We arrive on the 17th for a week and are really hoping to eat there. We'll keep a close watch on the news!
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:24 PM   #17
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This information is great! We are sort of pre-planning our 2013 trip and this is one more wonderful thing to look forward to!

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It WILL be open for Thanksgiving. The Disney Parks Blog said "previews" (AKA "soft opening") begin November 19. If they're willing to announce that date, chances are that some or all attractions will be open even earlier than that. As I've noted in several posts, the CMs need to be trained and come up to speed, and for many good reasons, they want the attractions open for Thanksgiving, even if it's not "official." A three-day preview period prior to Thanksgiving day is pretty brief as these things go. I really doubt they'd allow that little time before major crowds arrive, unless they were 95% sure they'll have more time than that.

The Grand Opening is always later than when the attractions are actually up and running - they don't invite the media until they're sure they won't be embarrassed. It's probably also not a coincidence that the Grand Opening will be happening right around the same time they'll be taping the Christmas Parade.

Someone posted on the Disney Parks Blog, wondering if "previews" meant AP previews. I'm sure it does. There will also be CM previews scheduled to take place before the AP previews (well before the 19th, in all likelihood). However, in addition to those scheduled events, the doors will be open to the general public. Initially, it'll be for short periods at a time - come by Fantasyland, and see what's open. As long as everything goes well, the attractions will be open nearly non-stop after a short while.
According my DVC rep, the AP previews are going to be open to DVC members as well.

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According my DVC rep, the AP previews are going to be open to DVC members as well.
Great news, thanks for the tip!

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At least it'll be open for 'previews' during our trip. Looking foreword to it!
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Awesome, can't wait to enjoy the new Fantasyland in December

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