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2018-11-05 03:21:31 PM  
As the adoptive parent of a child who was left at the local hospital under my state's "Safe Haven" law. bravo to her for doing the right thing.
 
2018-11-05 03:31:01 PM  
Kudos to the employees reacting quickly and appropriately, and to the mother for making an excruciating decision in a reasonably safe manner.  With that said, are we now just openly acknowledging that The Mouse is a public authority in Orlando?
 
2018-11-05 04:24:22 PM  
When my sons were young, we went to visit the rat every other year. If you stay in the park at a premium resort like Animal Kingdom, you can count on spending a minimum of $7,000 including airfare, for week with that greedy rodent. last we were there was 3 years ago.
 
2018-11-05 04:32:54 PM  

Yellow Beard: When my sons were young, we went to visit the rat every other year. If you stay in the park at a premium resort like Animal Kingdom, you can count on spending a minimum of $7,000 including airfare, for week with that greedy rodent. last we were there was 3 years ago.


It's not called "The largest human trap ran by a mouse" for nothing.

Visited WDW 3 times and decided to move to FL from MN after our second visit (not the Disney area though. Shudder.)
 
2018-11-05 04:33:00 PM  
Second born child, or two nephews?
 
2018-11-05 04:33:31 PM  
Ok, it's not required.  But is it accepted.  And if it is accepted, is it ok if your first born is in his 20s?

Asking for a friend.
 
2018-11-05 04:33:36 PM  
dna who do it worked?
 
2018-11-05 04:34:01 PM  
Every time i see Disney tickets advertised I get sticker shock. Although, I wouldn't go for any less than $25-$30 an hour (with say a $250 guarantee), so I'm clearly not the target audience.
 
2018-11-05 04:35:07 PM  

Algebrat: Kudos to the employees reacting quickly and appropriately, and to the mother for making an excruciating decision in a reasonably safe manner.  With that said, are we now just openly acknowledging that The Mouse is a public authority in Orlando?


60 Minutes did a thing decades ago on the arrangement that Walt and the state of Florida did.  They basically sold an entire county to him.  They can build a nuclear power plant there without any state oversight.
 
2018-11-05 04:35:40 PM  
I remember a while back some alligator going after a kid at disney. Not sure if that is a safe haven so to speak.
 
2018-11-05 04:35:50 PM  

Algebrat: Kudos to the employees reacting quickly and appropriately, and to the mother for making an excruciating decision in a reasonably safe manner.  With that said, are we now just openly acknowledging that The Mouse is a public authority in Orlando?


"The Mouse" has ruled Orlando and surrounding communities for decades. Take it for what it is.

With that, i hope for a happy and wonderful life for the child, wherever and with whomever it be.
 
2018-11-05 04:38:08 PM  
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2018-11-05 04:41:25 PM  
Interesting WDW Florida fact.... Unclaimed children that misbehave have their shoes nailed to the floor in "It's a Small World".

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2018-11-05 04:41:41 PM  

dittybopper: As the adoptive parent of a child who was left at the local hospital under my state's "Safe Haven" law. bravo to her for doing the right thing.


Well, yeah, but imagine the scars later in life when the kid learns they wasn't given over at a hospital for humans, they were given up at Animal Kingdom.
 
2018-11-05 04:41:51 PM  
What, I thought having random newborn babies descend on you was all part of the Disney magic.

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2018-11-05 04:42:51 PM  
It can be done on a budget. Just takes a little work and planning.
 
2018-11-05 04:50:46 PM  

johndalek: I remember a while back some alligator going after a kid at disney. Not sure if that is a safe haven so to speak.


There are large man-made lakes all around the hotels and parks, and the general rule in Florida is that if it's fresh water, there is an alligator in there somewhere.  One did kill a 2-year-old who was vacationing with his parents.
 
2018-11-05 04:56:26 PM  
We figure for 5 of us, driving, staying in a hotel near the place for 6 days (super cheap to do that) and driving on our own we could do it for aound $5500.

$3750 for the tickets,
$250 for the room (again, places near Disney are in the $10 to 15 a night range for 2 double beds)
$1500 for food and souvenirs. (BReakfast in the hotel room, lunch is sandwhiches and dinner is out and about in Disney).

Then it's about $1000 to drive there and back (from Minnesota).

So more like $6500.

Is this unrealistic?

Christ that's a lot of money.
 
2018-11-05 04:59:09 PM  

Galileo's Daughter: johndalek: I remember a while back some alligator going after a kid at disney. Not sure if that is a safe haven so to speak.

There are large man-made lakes all around the hotels and parks, and the general rule in Florida is that if it's fresh water, there is an alligator in there somewhere.  One did kill a 2-year-old who was vacationing with his parents.


The Graves, from Elkhorn, Nebraska, had been at the Seven Seas Lagoon with their 4-year-old daughter and Lane, who was playing in the water on a beach area when he was attacked. "No swimming" signs were posted nearby, but none of them warned the water had alligators.

If your in the southern part of the USA, you have to assume their are gators in the water. The 'No Swimming' sign was not put there for show.
 
2018-11-05 04:59:23 PM  
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2018-11-05 04:59:33 PM  

Galileo's Daughter: johndalek: I remember a while back some alligator going after a kid at disney. Not sure if that is a safe haven so to speak.

There are large man-made lakes all around the hotels and parks, and the general rule in Florida is that if it's fresh water, there is an alligator in there somewhere.  One did kill a 2-year-old who was vacationing with his parents.


Why the 2 year old decided to go on a vacation with an alligator's parents is beyond me.
 
2018-11-05 05:01:34 PM  
A quote from a lovely young lady that was subjected to the same 4+ hour long line.

"If i behave can we please leave."

The dinosaur flight simulator was amazingly fun though!
 
2018-11-05 05:01:41 PM  

sunderland56: dittybopper: As the adoptive parent of a child who was left at the local hospital under my state's "Safe Haven" law. bravo to her for doing the right thing.

Well, yeah, but imagine the scars later in life when the kid learns they wasn't given over at a hospital for humans, they were given up at Animal Kingdom.


I think they get free admission for life if that's the case.
 
2018-11-05 05:05:28 PM  

Yellow Beard: When my sons were young, we went to visit the rat every other year. If you stay in the park at a premium resort like Animal Kingdom, you can count on spending a minimum of $7,000 including airfare, for week with that greedy rodent. last we were there was 3 years ago.


If you spent that much, it's because you're an idiot who did not do any research at all. None.

I don't say that to be an ass, but to kick you for not doing the research. Go rent someone's DVC points (there are a number of places online to do so) and you'll pay about 1800 for lodging, tops. Plan ahead and fly into Sanford and rent a car or take an Uber, and your airfare and transportation go down by 2/3 or more. Tickets are the real killer, but I did my first trip down there for less than 2k. My last trip was right at a month ago and I paid less than that (disclaimer: I bought into DVC and it's been worth every penny).

7K? I paid 10k for enough points to go to Jambo House or Kidani every year for a studio, or every other for a 1 or 2 bedroom (depending on if we take the kids) with a savannah view.

Don't blame someone else for not using lube when you bent over willingly.
 
2018-11-05 05:06:25 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: We figure for 5 of us, driving, staying in a hotel near the place for 6 days (super cheap to do that) and driving on our own we could do it for aound $5500.

$3750 for the tickets,
$250 for the room (again, places near Disney are in the $10 to 15 a night range for 2 double beds)
$1500 for food and souvenirs. (BReakfast in the hotel room, lunch is sandwhiches and dinner is out and about in Disney).

Then it's about $1000 to drive there and back (from Minnesota).

So more like $6500.

Is this unrealistic?

Christ that's a lot of money.


I wouldn't eat the food at a hotel that can stay open charging $10 a night...
 
2018-11-05 05:07:02 PM  
shiat, I wouldn't fall asleep inside a hotel that can stay open charging $10 a night.
 
2018-11-05 05:12:47 PM  
Free baby trifecta possible!
 
2018-11-05 05:14:20 PM  
After a baby was found at a Marion County rest stop in 2017, authorities issued a reminder about Florida's Safe Haven law, which protects parents who leave newborn babies in safe places.

Commence the discussion on seeing Disney World as a "safe haven"...
 
2018-11-05 05:14:23 PM  
And she wrapped her in swapping clothes and placed her with a stranger.
 
2018-11-05 05:15:09 PM  
I've stayed right next to Disney more than I can count but I've never been. I have children of the perfect age and I would honestly rather take them to Europe for the money it would cost. Guess we'll see.
 
2018-11-05 05:15:57 PM  

Deece: Jim from Saint Paul: We figure for 5 of us, driving, staying in a hotel near the place for 6 days (super cheap to do that) and driving on our own we could do it for aound $5500.

$3750 for the tickets,
$250 for the room (again, places near Disney are in the $10 to 15 a night range for 2 double beds)
$1500 for food and souvenirs. (BReakfast in the hotel room, lunch is sandwhiches and dinner is out and about in Disney).

Then it's about $1000 to drive there and back (from Minnesota).

So more like $6500.

Is this unrealistic?

Christ that's a lot of money.

I wouldn't eat the food at a hotel that can stay open charging $10 a night...


I wouldn't touch anything at a place charging $10 a night.   Need a "citation needed" on this one.
 
2018-11-05 05:29:27 PM  
Now that we've discussed how obscenely expensive WDW is, I'd like to now openly speculate that the mother was a park employee (indent) who had to work through her pregnancy for peanuts and will now be fired for embarrassing the company.
 
2018-11-05 05:40:11 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: We figure for 5 of us, driving, staying in a hotel near the place for 6 days (super cheap to do that) and driving on our own we could do it for aound $5500.

$3750 for the tickets,
$250 for the room (again, places near Disney are in the $10 to 15 a night range for 2 double beds)
$1500 for food and souvenirs. (BReakfast in the hotel room, lunch is sandwhiches and dinner is out and about in Disney).

Then it's about $1000 to drive there and back (from Minnesota).

So more like $6500.

Is this unrealistic?

Christ that's a lot of money.


You have too many kids.  The world is already overpopulated.  Now you have to pay the stupid tax.
 
2018-11-05 05:49:09 PM  
Ohmergard! Skirnet!
 
2018-11-05 05:49:33 PM  

MechaPyx: Ohmergard! Skirnet!


Doh. Wrong thread. =/
 
2018-11-05 05:52:45 PM  

johndalek: I remember a while back some alligator going after a kid at disney. Not sure if that is a safe haven so to speak.


The alligator not only went after him, it sadly killed the boy.  I remember being down there when I was younger and we stayed at the Polynesian.  We went waterskiing in that lake.  Never thought about the possibility of gators lurking below, but I guess it should have been obvious.


The whole extended family is heading down again next week.  While I'm looking forward to the vacation, the insane amount of planning involved has soured me on the whole thing.  But since airfare is our only expense I can't really complain.  Hopefully this one will knock it out of the kids' system for a while and we can go back to more relaxing vacations for the foreseeable future.
 
2018-11-05 05:57:45 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: We figure for 5 of us, driving, staying in a hotel near the place for 6 days (super cheap to do that) and driving on our own we could do it for aound $5500.

$3750 for the tickets,
$250 for the room (again, places near Disney are in the $10 to 15 a night range for 2 double beds)
$1500 for food and souvenirs. (BReakfast in the hotel room, lunch is sandwhiches and dinner is out and about in Disney).

Then it's about $1000 to drive there and back (from Minnesota).

So more like $6500.

Is this unrealistic?

Christ that's a lot of money.


Also the $3750 JUST for tickets sounds way high.... 5 6-Day Park Hopper-Plus tickets I am showing for $532 per ticket (Ages 10+, $2,660 for 5).   The most expensive time I could find (Xmas week) was $564 per ticket.

And that is IF you want to have tickets for EVERY DAY... more likely you'll probably want a day or two to just hang at the hotel pool, or go to Disney Springs, etc.    Then, your down another few hundred.
 
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2018-11-05 06:13:11 PM  

Carousel Beast: Yellow Beard: When my sons were young, we went to visit the rat every other year. If you stay in the park at a premium resort like Animal Kingdom, you can count on spending a minimum of $7,000 including airfare, for week with that greedy rodent. last we were there was 3 years ago.

If you spent that much, it's because you're an idiot who did not do any research at all. None.

I don't say that to be an ass, but to kick you for not doing the research. Go rent someone's DVC points (there are a number of places online to do so) and you'll pay about 1800 for lodging, tops. Plan ahead and fly into Sanford and rent a car or take an Uber, and your airfare and transportation go down by 2/3 or more. Tickets are the real killer, but I did my first trip down there for less than 2k. My last trip was right at a month ago and I paid less than that (disclaimer: I bought into DVC and it's been worth every penny).

7K? I paid 10k for enough points to go to Jambo House or Kidani every year for a studio, or every other for a 1 or 2 bedroom (depending on if we take the kids) with a savannah view.

Don't blame someone else for not using lube when you bent over willingly.


Username checks out
 
2018-11-05 07:14:26 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: $250 for the room (again, places near Disney are in the $10 to 15 a night range for 2 double beds)


Is this a long, long time ago or are you leaving off a zero somewhere?
 
2018-11-05 07:34:44 PM  
Too soon for gator pics then?
 
2018-11-05 07:39:17 PM  

sunderland56: dittybopper: As the adoptive parent of a child who was left at the local hospital under my state's "Safe Haven" law. bravo to her for doing the right thing.

Well, yeah, but imagine the scars later in life when the kid learns they wasn't given over at a hospital for humans, they were given up at Animal Kingdom.


Hey, starting life at Disney?  Not too shabby.  Better than Fred's Gatorama.
 
2018-11-05 07:49:15 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: We figure for 5 of us, driving, staying in a hotel near the place for 6 days (super cheap to do that) and driving on our own we could do it for aound $5500.

$3750 for the tickets,
$250 for the room (again, places near Disney are in the $10 to 15 a night range for 2 double beds)
$1500 for food and souvenirs. (BReakfast in the hotel room, lunch is sandwhiches and dinner is out and about in Disney).

Then it's about $1000 to drive there and back (from Minnesota).

So more like $6500.

Is this unrealistic?

Christ that's a lot of money.


$3750 is damn near annual pass price. A six day park hopper is under $600 for adults, a straight ticket is under $5. If you go at the right time, you can get on property for $100 in the value resorts and $200 in the moderates.  And there are not hard to find discounts.

After 5 days, you're spending basically $15 a day, because tickets are front loaded, And there are legitimate discount tickets out there. Check undercover tourist or mouse savers.

Food plan is good. Beer is pricey, unless you live in Chicago, NYC or LA, in which case, it's normal price.

My best advice for the first/one timer. Do not power visit. Get to a park early. Stay until it gets stupid. Go back to the hotel. Pool time! Pool bar time! If you have young ones (or old ones) nap time! Then, go back in the evening for more/dinner/fireworks.

Tying to go open to close will wreck you and your vacation.

Also. Best steakhouse is Yachtsman's, best pizza is Via Napoli, the Biergarten is awesome, and if you're drinking around the world, go right. Starting is Mexico is how you fail.
 
2018-11-05 08:45:47 PM  
So like, at last call?
 
2018-11-05 08:50:52 PM  

Yellow Beard: When my sons were young, we went to visit the rat every other year. If you stay in the park at a premium resort like Animal Kingdom, you can count on spending a minimum of $7,000 including airfare, for week with that greedy rodent. last we were there was 3 years ago.


I don't understand how most American families can afford to go.  Just the base park tickets are close to $500 per day, and a park organized week stay through Disney or Universal is as you say $7 and up.  There are books on how to optimize your trip financially, it's pretty insane.
 
2018-11-05 08:58:29 PM  
I'm laying on a hotel bed right now, kids sleeping in the next room, prepping to go to Magic Kingdom tomorrow morning. First time visiting WDW for all of us, and yes, it's stupid expensive to do the parks. Kids got in free with adult passes to Legoland yesterday, and got a 4 day park hopper plus for $1600 US. Flights are what ultimately ended up being the most expensive though, since it was four people flying out of Winnipeg. We're here for almost two weeks, and we budgeted about $10k Canadian for everything. Which now that I think of it isn't really too bad for four people with the amount of parks we're doing.
 
2018-11-05 10:42:04 PM  

Deece: shiat, I wouldn't fall asleep inside a hotel that can stay open charging $10 a night.


Yeah, that's f*cking terrifying.

Do you get herpes or crabs from the sheets?
..... sorry, gotta pay extra for that.
 
2018-11-05 10:50:11 PM  

Ennzie: I'm laying on a hotel bed right now, kids sleeping in the next room, prepping to go to Magic Kingdom tomorrow morning. First time visiting WDW for all of us, and yes, it's stupid expensive to do the parks. Kids got in free with adult passes to Legoland yesterday, and got a 4 day park hopper plus for $1600 US. Flights are what ultimately ended up being the most expensive though, since it was four people flying out of Winnipeg. We're here for almost two weeks, and we budgeted about $10k Canadian for everything. Which now that I think of it isn't really too bad for four people with the amount of parks we're doing.


I was born and raised in a tourist trap.  The whole concept of Disneyworld skeeves me out.  Nothing but theme parks for miles and miles, with an absurd pricetag.

For that kind of money there better be a transcontinental flight and a world wonder to see on the back end.

You could see the Great Wall of China for that price
 
2018-11-06 01:08:08 AM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: My best advice for the first/one timer. Do not power visit. Get to a park early. Stay until it gets stupid. Go back to the hotel. Pool time! Pool bar time! If you have young ones (or old ones) nap time! Then, go back in the evening for more/dinner/fireworks.


That's good advice first timer or not.

There's park planning sites worth looking at, helps you figure out which park is least crowded for the day (they usually direct you to the parks not having extra magic hours that day) and guides for planning your day to be most efficient at the park.
 
2018-11-06 07:23:13 AM  

Bonzo_1116: Ennzie: I'm laying on a hotel bed right now, kids sleeping in the next room, prepping to go to Magic Kingdom tomorrow morning. First time visiting WDW for all of us, and yes, it's stupid expensive to do the parks. Kids got in free with adult passes to Legoland yesterday, and got a 4 day park hopper plus for $1600 US. Flights are what ultimately ended up being the most expensive though, since it was four people flying out of Winnipeg. We're here for almost two weeks, and we budgeted about $10k Canadian for everything. Which now that I think of it isn't really too bad for four people with the amount of parks we're doing.

I was born and raised in a tourist trap.  The whole concept of Disneyworld skeeves me out.  Nothing but theme parks for miles and miles, with an absurd pricetag.

For that kind of money there better be a transcontinental flight and a world wonder to see on the back end.

You could see the Great Wall of China for that price


If it was just me and the wife, absolutely we go somewhere else. But we decided a few years ago that we would bring the kids here once and try and get the sweet spot for their ages. And the girl is 4 right now and and talks non-stop about princesses. The boy is 9, likes most of the rides and isn't too cool for Disney World and spending time with his family. There are plenty of other places I'd rather travel to, but this one is for the kids. And you only live once, so why the hell not?!
 
2018-11-06 09:04:02 AM  
Did our last Disney trip in August, ended up costing us about 8K total.  We drove down, spending about $500 on gas for both ways.  It was me, the wife, 3 kids, and we brought Grandma along.  Got a bigger room at Shades of Green which cost us $135 a night.  Bought tickets to a lot of events, we did medieval times, Legoland, Seaworld, went to the crayola experience, spent a day at the beach, and did Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Blizzard Beach.  On the evening where we went to Animal Kingdom we took off at about 5 and went to an evening event at Typhoon Lagoon.  Alltogether tickets cost us about $3200.

For food, we ate breakfast at the hotel most days and either lunch or dinner would be at a nicer sit-down place while the other meal would be some quick service type food.  In addition we got a few snacks and drinks through the day and we also picked up a couple souvenirs each and some ears.

So yeah, it was around 8-9K for the trip, but it was without a doubt worth it.
 
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