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LSUfan4444
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
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Masks are required at ALL TIMES unless you are sitting down and eating


You can pull it down if you stand to the side of the walkway and are eating/drinking. You don't have to necessarily be seated

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Meal plan is a lot of money, but definitely worth it. You pay for all of your meals ahead of time, as well as additional snacks that you can cash in throughout your stay.



I don't agree that the dining plan is definitely worth it and for most people, would argue they would be better off not getting it (but that largely depends on where they planned to eat and what they usually order if they paid out of pocket) but it's kind of moot...right now, the dining plans are not available.


ell_13
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
I was pretty disappointed that I couldn't even get Tables in Wonderland.


LSUfan4444
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
When's your next trip?


ell_13
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
We were there 2 weeks ago. Next trip is probably a few years away.


jkylejohnson
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
At epcot now. Lines aren't too bad. They are nazis about the masks.


jkylejohnson
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
At magic kingdom today. Thought I'd share this little nugget... of course many of you already know they aren't doing fastpasses.. it sucks but thats okay. Whats really annoying though is the fast pass line is still being utilized by people with "disabilities".. I have zero issues with a disabled person jumping the line but its loud and clear that this is being abused by some really shitty dishonest people. Perfectly abled body people with 12 kids are jumping through on this line and messing with the estimated wait times as it can stall the line pretty badly. Upon doing a little looking online apparently any and everybody can utilize guest services and claim a disability pass and them and their entire party gets line jumping privileges no questions asked. We've had a good time thus far but its annoying to have been waiting over an hour and see a group of kids running ahead of the line with a "disability " pass. Just passing this along.


Mo Jeaux
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I have zero issues with a disabled person jumping the line


Why not? Why should they get to skip lines?


Drunken Crawfish
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Did any of you use the "Relaxation Stations" while you were there? Its set up to be a place where you can remove your mask. I need to take a conference call when we are at Magic Kingdom on Friday and I am curios if that may be a decent place to do it.


DingLeeBerry
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Did any of you use the "Relaxation Stations" while you were there?



I used them a couple of times. No issues not having a mask on in them, or at least that I encountered. Not sure what park you will be in but they had a pretty big one set up at the Star Wars launch bay thing. The others I saw were pretty small. If it will take you a while just keen a bottle of water in your hand.

My overall review of our trip, I enjoyed it. I couldn’t figure out what the fast pass lines were being used for, but I did see people going through them. If it was for disabled people I have no issue with that, but of all the folks I saw going through them I don’t recall seeing anybody who appeared visibly disabled which is BS if that’s the purpose.

The only other thing I have to complain about is Hollywood Studios was a cluster. Long wait times all day. I went to get in Smugglers Run with a posted 50 minute wait time and they said they were closing the line and wouldn’t let those of us who were following the posted line diagram on the ground get in line. All the while people cutting straight through and and getting in line anyway. That and we checked in a few minutes early for dining reservations and they were 10-20 minutes late calling us in for all of them. Stores in HS even had waiting lines to get into by late in the afternoon.

Did Disney Springs Friday afternoon and got there about 4:30 and looked like a ghost town. Got out of the restaurant about 6:30 and the whole place was packed.



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I couldn’t figure out what the fast pass lines were being used for, but I did see people going through them.




Child swap. We used it for a lot of the big rides my little one was too short to go on.


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LSUfan4444
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
The FP+ queues are being used alot to help spread out the standby lines for distancing protocols


SallyWheeler
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
We just got back, and my review is pretty mixed. We went with my 17 month old and my parents.

My daughter really enjoyed seeing the characters in the cavalcades. I think they should keep those going forward. Really enjoyed dinner at Sanaa and character breakfast at Topolinos.

But there were a lot of negatives for this trip. My dad is disabled, and they set them up in an ADA room on the second floor at Caribbean Beach when there are no elevators. Why they would even have ADA rooms anywhere but the first floor is beyond me.

So they insisted when changing my parents' room to change our room too to keep us close. Well an hour and a half later, we finally got a room.

It's still hot in central Florida, but we dealt with it.

Advice to others is keep in mind park hours are apparently very fluid, depending on the day. I thought Magic Kingdom opened at 9 when it opened at 8 the day we went. So that set us back early in the day, but we still ended up doing basically everything we wanted.


DingLeeBerry
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Advice to others is keep in mind park hours are apparently very fluid, depending on the day. I thought Magic Kingdom opened at 9 when it opened at 8 the day we went.


Good advice. We were there Sunday and I didn’t see the opening change until Saturday afternoon. Not that it wasn’t done sooner, but they should at least send out a push notification when they change if you have a park reservation.


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re: disney world around thanksgiving
1)Wait times are less but ae going up again.
2) masks are strictly enforced. Lots of rules to what masks are ok. must have ear loops, cant have holes, must be 2 layers, cant have an air vent, no gaiters. You really should go to the Disney World website and read the masks rules. also if you take it off during a ride and have a photo pass you will not get your picture nor will anyone in the ride car with you.
3) all hotels on the monorail loop are open but only the DVC side of the Poly. They are offering big room discounts through 12/24 (i think) for states that are close in proximity. I know Mississippi and Louisiana make the list of states. Also a discount on a 4 day ticket package with room.
4) Meal plan is currently non existant along with fast passes. You can book dining reservations at 60 days out. Several places are still not open.

it is a very modified experience right now. no parades, no character meets, only a few character dining experiences, no makeovers, no park hopping. It would really be contingent on what age your kids are and what experiences you are looking for. That being said we have a big family trip planned for February, and i would take my family tomorrow if i could manage the time with all of our extra stuff going on. We have been pre covid so they know they are getting a modified disney trip. If you have any additional questions i am happy to help. I am a Disney planner.


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jkylejohnson
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
We enjoyed universal studios/islands of adventure wayyyyyyy better than the Disney parks. Express passes and park hopper are a go and there aren't mask police walking around harassing you at every turn if your mask has barely slipped below your nose. The park would've still been better despite the mask stuff .. just a lot more fun and the harry potter worlds were awesome.


loogaroo
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
In Animal Kingdom now...they are letting way too many people in now with the limited stuff to do. The ride lines were 60 minutes plus before lunch. I would wait until things change. They let people in an hour early and the wait for Avatar Flight was 80 minutes before the park officially opened at 8am.
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Stexas
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
Was at Magic Kingdom today. Average wait time for the regular rides (excluding space mountain and bigger attractions) was 40 minutes. We got the park a little before 8 (scheduled opening time was 9) and walked right on the first 4 rides but by 9:30 it was all backed up. You can definitely tell the crowds are lighter than normal but they stop all of them every so often to clean so it backs everything up. We’re hoping the weekdays will be lighter crowds.


loogaroo
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
Hollywood Studios is a shitshow . Park is advertised to open at 10am. Been here since 8:45 and every line is packed. At least they have a virtual line for Rise of the resistance.
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CE Tiger
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
My sister is trying to convince me to join her family of 5 the week before christmas (19-24). Nothing im reading is moving the needle towards this being a good decision with two kids (5 and 3). Anybody wanna convince me? We would probably stay at either Coronado Springs or Caribbean Beach. Looks like we cant even get a ticket for hollywood studios.


loogaroo
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re: disney world around thanksgiving
Mother frick everything Disney!

Counted down to second twice to get in the Ride of the Resistance queue with no luck. Now three kids get to fly home without doing it.


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