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Old 09-29-2018, 08:23 AM   #31
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Great start! How wonderful that you get to celebrate your 30th anniversary at WDW!


More changes than Tara... I don't think this is possible.
Thanks Mayra! Hopefully, there won't be any more changes.
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Nice start to your PTR. Even though there were several changes with the resorts, it looks like it will all work out. Good decision flying out of Philly as more options for flights on SW. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of this unfolds.
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Nice start to your PTR. Even though there were several changes with the resorts, it looks like it will all work out. Good decision flying out of Philly as more options for flights on SW. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of this unfolds.
Thanks! I really wish SW had more direct flights out of Newark since it's only about 1/2 hours from us and in fact, if we had to, we could take the train there.
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Just a few Disney related updates. If anyone has been planning a trip recently they might have noticed that the magic band ordering has been messed up. A couple of weeks ago, people on my Oct facebook page say they only received 1 magic band. I looked at my account and noticed that there was just 1 on order. I called Disney and when they put you in the queue for the magic band the recording said the wait time was more than 40 minutes I tried to call at work but there was no way I was waiting that long on the phone. On my way home from work I placed my call again. This time it said no more than 30 minutes. Finally, after about 50 minutes a cast member picked up. She said this all was due to some "magical enhancements" I'm not sure why Disney would call not getting a magic band Magical, but she was able to correct the issue by deleting my order and putting back in. I went in and modified it to our "His Wife" "Her Hubby". Well, guess what? This is what I received in the mail this week:



So back on the phone for the magical wait of More than 40 minutes where I then, had to tell the 20-year-old cast member, that I wanted to customize my magic band to say "Her Hubby" It was slightly embarrassing. .
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A bit of a hassle with this for certain and hope when you receive the other one, the situation is all good!
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Wow, the magic band situation does not sound magical at all!!


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I hope so also! My husband is feeling slightly left out.
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Nope and I don't know why they have the cast members saying it's due to a magical enhancement. It would be magical if anytime FP+s showed up on our magic band.
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My husband's magic band is showing shipped so hopefully, we won't get an empty box.
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