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Old 01-24-2014, 09:33 AM   #1636
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Hi can someone please clarify for me. If we have a card...And we get a return time for say 2pm. Can you ride something else inbetween with no wait time?

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Thank you. No I was just thinking if we got a return time for 90 mins or something maybe we could go to something with no wait like laugh floor.

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Yep, that's a good plan. I'm trying to come up with an itinerary that takes advantage of low crowds in the morning, FP+ later in the day, rides and shows with typically short waits during busier times of the day, and use the DAS when there's no other way. Luckily DD is on board with rope drop. We usually tour until around 2:00, head back to the resort for a break, then venture back out in the evenings when it's cooler and crowds have started to decrease a little.
I just wanted to share our experiences over MLK weekend. We went both Sunday and Monday of the holiday to MK. We were offsite guests, so we chose our FP+ options there. Being onsite would have the advantage of choosing in advance the time frames you want.

Sunday we ended up with FP+ for Pooh (3:30-4:30, Pirates (4:30-5:30) and Buzz (5:30 - 6:30). There were no FP+ available for PP, so we used the DAS for that, it had a 90 minute return time, 4:20 was our return time.

But when we arrived for PP it was having technical difficulties. So we went to Mermaid and got a new return time. We knew this would cancel out the PP return time. When the cm took our card, she asked us if we rode PP. We said no, it was having technical difficulties. She wanted to make sure we understood that if she wrote down a return time for Mermaid, that we wouldn't be able to go on PP. We told her we understood. She crossed out PP and wrote Mermaid's return time.

We rode Pooh, then Mermaid, then POTC. The FP+ line for POTC took us 20 minutes to get to the 2nd area where you scan your ticket again. From here they sent us into the stand by line because of the w/c and the elevator's location. That was another 8 minute wait. DS was having trouble holding it together after 28 minutes. He was overjoyed when it was out turn. Then the attraction experienced technical difficulties. They announced that they had to reset the attraction. We were stuck in the fire scene for ten minutes. It took all the energy he had to hold it together. He did great with deep breathing and deep pressure. It was good practice using the tools he's learned in OT.

DH and I thought it was a pretty quick. Over the years we've been stuck on attractions for around 20 minutes as they were reset. Once we were evacuated and the boat pushed by a cm in thigh high boots when Maelstrom had technical difficulties.

Anyway all the noise of that scene and the people on the boats was too much for ds. As soon as we got off, he wanted to go home. He fell asleep almost as soon as he hit the w/c. When we got home he was disappointed he missed Buzz and wanted to go back the next day to ride Buzz.

Monday we got FP+ at the Adventureland Verandah for Jungle Cruise (3:25-4:25), Pooh (5:15 - 6:15) and Buzz (6:15 - 7:15). And a DAS return time for the Speedway for 6:12.

At JC, if you have a FP+ you scan your ticket media in the FP+ line, but then leave there and go to the w/c line. There are 2 different w/c queues. One for those who can transfer and one for those who cannot.

So we rode JC, ate an early supper at Pecos Bill's, rode Pooh, watched the Incredible's Dance Party, rode Buzz and ds was too tired for anything else and we missed the return for the Speeday. We headed home.

For my family, using the 3FP+ was sufficient. There really wasn't enough time going from FP+ to FP+ for us to ride other attractions. We would have had the potential to go on 5 attractions if we really hustled. But ds needs to go at a leisurely pace and can't spend long hours at a park. We spent about 4 hours on Sunday and Monday. In addition to those 3 attractions each day, he did play a little SotMK.
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When people wait in the standby line and the ride goes down, don't they get some kind of FP to return later? Is this still happening? If it is then I would think that if you have a DAS and the ride goes down after your return time comes up then you should get the same. With the DAS you've waited just like everybody else even if it is elsewhere. It's not right that you shouldn't get the same kind of later return options that those without a DAS would get. Does anybody know how this is supposed to be handled? Clearly the CMs didn't offer anything to lovethattink for returning later but it just doesn't sound right/equal to not be offered some way to return later with shorter wait when she's already waited.

So with a WC at POTC you can't go through the FP+ line?
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:27 AM   #1638
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When people wait in the standby line and the ride goes down, don't they get some kind of FP to return later? Is this still happening? If it is then I would think that if you have a DAS and the ride goes down after your return time comes up then you should get the same. With the DAS you've waited just like everybody else even if it is elsewhere. It's not right that you shouldn't get the same kind of later return options that those without a DAS would get. Does anybody know how this is supposed to be handled? Clearly the CMs didn't offer anything to lovethattink for returning later but it just doesn't sound right/equal to not be offered some way to return later with shorter wait when she's already waited.

So with a WC at POTC you can't go through the FP+ line?
At the time we arrived, they were just at the point of getting everybody out of the queues and it was chaotic. We knew it was best for ds to move along.

Yes and no about the FP+ line for POTC. Yes, you get into the FP+ queue. But at the point of scanning the mb for the 2nd time you get taken out of the FP+ line and placed into the standby line.
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That makes sense. Thanks for the clarifications.
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I just wanted to share our experiences over MLK weekend. We went both Sunday and Monday of the holiday to MK. We were offsite guests, so we chose our FP+ options there. Being onsite would have the advantage of choosing in advance the time frames you want.
Thanks for sharing your experiences from the weekend. We're going the last week of May and will be in the parks over Memorial Day weekend. This will be the first time I've used the DAS. I never used the GAC on prior trips, and with fastpasses and sensory breaks, we were able to mostly handle the parks without issue. But with FP+, particularly the tiering moreso than the limit of 3 FP, I can see us having a much rougher trip.

Our biggest, and really only, meltdown on our last trip occurred when Splash had technical difficulties and they had everyone leave the line. We were the next to board when it shut down. Knowing how much DD loves Splash, I just knew we were headed for problems. We practiced her breathing, used some deep pressure, and she kept a whole lot calmer than I expected, but she did get a little loud when expressing her frustration. She really has difficulty understanding how loud her voice is at times. But she was using appropriate words to tell me how upset she was and she wasn't screaming or yelling at the top of her lungs. She was just loud enough that other people could hear her clearly. Of course, some jerk had to walk by and make a rude remark to us.

ETA: When Splash went down, we were given a "free to use anywhere" fastpass because it was getting late in the evening and Splash wasn't going to be running again before park close. That did help DD keep calm because I kept stressing that we could go ride something else that she liked. But of course, she was still stressing about missing out on her favorite ride in the MK.
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Hi - new here but I've read so much and learned a lot so far. In reading the first post in this thread it talks about people in wheelchairs not needing the DAS. I have yet to read an experience that someone being in a wheelchair has had. My DD (age 15) has CP and is in a power chair that is oddly wide due to some customizations that she needs. When we have been other places and gone through typical queues, we usually end up taking out a few poles as we go. :-(. We plan to go to GS upon arrival because she also has issues waiting in the sun too long (the chair gets super hot) and she can get frustrated and become a grabber/hitter. Our trip is the 2nd week of April which looks so-so with the crowd calendar but it's still in between spring break and Easter. I'm apprehensive as I'm sure many are. Does anyone out there have experiences that could help me understand what to expect? I think our first park is going to be DHS. Thanks!
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Hi - new here but I've read so much and learned a lot so far. In reading the first post in this thread it talks about people in wheelchairs not needing the DAS. I have yet to read an experience that someone being in a wheelchair has had. My DD (age 15) has CP and is in a power chair that is oddly wide due to some customizations that she needs. When we have been other places and gone through typical queues, we usually end up taking out a few poles as we go. :-(. We plan to go to GS upon arrival because she also has issues waiting in the sun too long (the chair gets super hot) and she can get frustrated and become a grabber/hitter. Our trip is the 2nd week of April which looks so-so with the crowd calendar but it's still in between spring break and Easter. I'm apprehensive as I'm sure many are. Does anyone out there have experiences that could help me understand what to expect? I think our first park is going to be DHS. Thanks!
If her needs are met with her mobility device they won't issue a DAS. As far as the sun, nearly all the ques are indoors/covered so I don't believe they will issue a DAS for that.
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I have a quick question I can't seem to find the answer to. Our next trip with our 4 year old twins with severe ASD we have decided to get a DAS. We would like to get one for each child as they enjoy different rides and we do split up. Will this be an issue oris it one for each family? Also we will be traveling with another family of 4 (my sister, her DH, and their 2 kids). While we won't always be together they want to ride with the boys as well. Will they be able to accompany us when we use the DAS cards? Thanks.
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If her needs are met with her mobility device they won't issue a DAS. As far as the sun, nearly all the ques are indoors/covered so I don't believe they will issue a DAS for that.
That's part of my question, if they say we're all set without the DAS, what does that mean logistically? It's been a couple of years since we've been and, since she's always been in a wheelchair, I'm not familiar with the queues. I know there are a few rides where she can stay in her chair and they had a special car, boat, etc.
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Hi - new here but I've read so much and learned a lot so far. In reading the first post in this thread it talks about people in wheelchairs not needing the DAS. I have yet to read an experience that someone being in a wheelchair has had. My DD (age 15) has CP and is in a power chair that is oddly wide due to some customizations that she needs. When we have been other places and gone through typical queues, we usually end up taking out a few poles as we go. :-(. We plan to go to GS upon arrival because she also has issues waiting in the sun too long (the chair gets super hot) and she can get frustrated and become a grabber/hitter. Our trip is the 2nd week of April which looks so-so with the crowd calendar but it's still in between spring break and Easter. I'm apprehensive as I'm sure many are. Does anyone out there have experiences that could help me understand what to expect? I think our first park is going to be DHS. Thanks!
My DD12 is in a wheelchair, G-tube fed, non-verbal, etc. Prior to Oct 9, we have always used a GAC with no problem that allowed us to use alternative entrances (before she had her wheelchair, we got a stroller as a wheelchair stamp).

We were last there Oct 13-14 and did get a DAS card. My wife had to plead my daughter's case however, in order to get it and some other accommodations. It was disturbing, upsetting, and not very "magical." We went to DHS first also. The line at Guest Services was much shorter than at MK the next day, so I think that is a good plan for you.

We are supposed to go back for a week in April over Spring Break, but are strongly considering canceling our trip. We still have NE tickets, so we'll be going back at some point, hopefully after the current system is tweaked and improved. Good luck!
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I have a quick question I can't seem to find the answer to. Our next trip with our 4 year old twins with severe ASD we have decided to get a DAS. We would like to get one for each child as they enjoy different rides and we do split up. Will this be an issue oris it one for each family? Also we will be traveling with another family of 4 (my sister, her DH, and their 2 kids). While we won't always be together they want to ride with the boys as well. Will they be able to accompany us when we use the DAS cards? Thanks.
This is less clear cut. Lots of different reports saying different things happened.

They should be issuing you a DAS for each child. However, they have been reports of them splitting the group up on each DAS. So, 1 DAS would have 2 people and another would have 2 people - and if you wanted to ride together you just get the same return time on both. I assume it's to prevent doubling up.

As far as the other portion of your family... the DAS is good for up to 6 people. They might put all 8 on there, but I wouldn't count on it since they are not immediate family members. They will obviously make exceptions for 2 adults and their 5 kids on the 6 person rule, but with 2 cards/8 people I don't think they'll bend it much. They might just put 4 people on each DAS card which would allow all 8 of you to ride at once with both cards having the same return time... but again... I think they're really trying to buckle down on the amount of cards/people's ability to use 2 cards for doubling up.
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That's part of my question, if they say we're all set without the DAS, what does that mean logistically? It's been a couple of years since we've been and, since she's always been in a wheelchair, I'm not familiar with the queues. I know there are a few rides where she can stay in her chair and they had a special car, boat, etc.
Logistically, you'd basically be just going to the ride and either going into the regular que (if it's accessible... most are) or heading into the WC line. Can she transfer or will she need an accessible vehicle?

I'm not sure if Sue posted a list yet of rides that give WC return cards versus having accessible ques.
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This is less clear cut. Lots of different reports saying different things happened.

They should be issuing you a DAS for each child. However, they have been reports of them splitting the group up on each DAS. So, 1 DAS would have 2 people and another would have 2 people - and if you wanted to ride together you just get the same return time on both. I assume it's to prevent doubling up.

As far as the other portion of your family... the DAS is good for up to 6 people. They might put all 8 on there, but I wouldn't count on it since they are not immediate family members. They will obviously make exceptions for 2 adults and their 5 kids on the 6 person rule, but with 2 cards/8 people I don't think they'll bend it much. They might just put 4 people on each DAS card which would allow all 8 of you to ride at once with both cards having the same return time... but again... I think they're really trying to buckle down on the amount of cards/people's ability to use 2 cards for doubling up.
Thanks. I guess we will just have to see how it goes. The cousins just want to ride a few rides together (as they should be able to). In over 40 trips I have never been THAT guest but if they can't accmodate to give us two passes I might just become that person.
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Thanks. I guess we will just have to see how it goes. The cousins just want to ride a few rides together (as they should be able to). In over 40 trips I have never been THAT guest but if they can't accmodate to give us two passes I might just become that person.
I'm not saying they won't give you two passes, but they might split your party up on them, and may not allow 8 people.

You could also schedule your FP+ reservations with the cousins so you don't have another worry about the DAS.
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