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Old 07-24-2018, 11:32 AM   #1
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Whirlwind planning

After several years of problems I won't bore you with, we're finally (FINALLY!) going back to WDW! I'm thrilled, but also trepidatious-- we leave at the end of September, which doesn't give me nearly as much time to plan as I'd want. We don't even have plane tickets yet. This will be our first trip using Magic Bands, and My Disney Experience, and the new Fast Pass system-- we're relearning everything!


So I'm here asking for advice. What do you think I need to be aware of, generally, to make the trip go as smoothly as possible? We are two adults, one in a wheelchair (though I can get up and walk when necessary). No kids. We're doing a split stay between the ASM and the Pop (first time at ASM).



I also have a couple of specific questions:


I adore Stitch, but I understand he's getting harder to meet-and-greet. Does he have set times he comes out in the parks anymore? I was only able to secure one reservation for breakfast at 'Ohana, and I'm thrilled to have that! But if I can see him more than once, I want to. Yes, I'm just a big kid. But aren't we all?


Magic Bands! I've seen a lot of people customizing them and would like to do the same. Is there anything I should be aware of? I don't want to paint over anything sensitive and interfere with how they work.


And My Disney Experience. What's the best way to let MDE help with vacation and planning? (I realize that's a pretty broad question, but I really don't know where to start.)


Thanks for the help, everyone! I've been away too long...I'm afraid breakneck planning like this will get the better of me and I'll wind up "missing" my time in the park because I'm so stressed about it!
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:04 PM   #2
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Congratulations and let the planning begin. The best advice I can offer you is to relax and just go with the flow. Think about the rides you really want to do and make those FP right at your 60 day mark, which should be soon (if not already passed). As to decorating your magic band, I did that a few years back and used nail polish and stickers. I don't think you can cause a problem with that, but I basically stayed away from the main portion of the band where the sensors are.
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Congrats on your trip!

I'll take the Stitch question. . . he has his own indoor meet & greet in the Magic Kingdom at the location of the previous Stitch attraction in Tomorrowland. Based on our experience, it's open daily! Check the Times Guide just to be sure.
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Pris, thank you for the info! Clogging up my magic band would be hyper-embarrassing.


toddjodybrent, thank you! Our travel agent said he had a meet-and-greet there, but in her experience it was never open. I'm glad to hear she maybe had an atypical experience with it. I'll definitely check the Times Guide first thing. Wow, I'm a bit more hopeful now.
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I agree with relax. I'd say each of you pick a few things in each park that are absolute, ride or die must do's for you and make a point of getting those things done as soon as you can once you get in to a park. That way once you've checked those off your list everything else is a bonus you're happy to get. Remember Disney isn't going anywhere and you've been before and are back again so don't try to do everything. Also for me Disney is in the details and you can't appreciate those if you don't slow down and look. Take breaks and drink ridiculous amounts of water.
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Thank you, revral. I agree we need to make sure we get our E-ticket stuff done first, and let the rest follow. We've got a lot of time in the parks (10 days), just not much time to plan. I'm so glad we've been before so I have an idea of what to expect! And yet so much is new-- we've never done a split-stay before, or used the bands, or MDE...and I've never planned a trip so close to leaving that I couldn't get the reservations I wanted. You are all right and I need to relax and let it be magical.


I do plan on lots of breaks (my body kind of demands it) and water is always a good suggestion. I'm also planning on taking a watercolor sketchbook-- I'm not any good yet, but it will be a wonderful way to make myself be still and quiet and appreciate WHERE I am, while feeling like I'm not wasting precious park time. In fact, I was going to post to the forums asking if anyone else sketches or paints in the parks, and if they have any pointers.
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