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Posted: June 27, 2003 3:04 am/pm Quote

Hi, we are driving to Disney to arrive around 10AM on July 4th. We are staying at the Allstar in WDW. I was told we could check in early. So I was wondering (I like list)....

1.) Will they take my bags? Do I have to worry about security, someone taking valuables from the bags?

2.) I have a small 9" portable TV I just purchased. The instructions say not to leave it in a hot car. Would you feel comfortable leaving it in your room through the week?

3.) I can't picture what this place must look like from the description it must be a huge Motel. There for the parking lot must also be huge. Are there ever any issues with cars being broken into.

I'm sorry to bring up the sad realities of today. But if I can get a feel for the environment down there I can plan so that we don't actually experience any of these unpleasant thoughts.

On a brighter note…

On July 4th I hear the parks are really crowded. So I was thinking it might be a good idea to check in early (see above) then park hop just to get a feel for where we are and what attractions we really want to see in the coming week.

1.) Do you think this is worth it? Maybe the parks are just to big to do this. Also I hear the parking lots fill up on 7/4 because people want to see the fireworks.

2.) What park is the best park to view the fireworks on the 4th? I originally was thinking MK but I wonder what it’s like at Epcot. Any advice on a park and place to watch from. What time should we be ready for the show?


Thanks in advance for your thoughts!


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Posted: June 27, 2003 5:28 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Dori!

I can answer some of your questions. EchoEars, please jump in with more details as well as answering the questions I can't tackle myself!

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1.) Will they take my bags? Do I have to worry about security, someone taking valuables from the bags?

Yes, they will take your bags at the All-Star resort, and they can be trusted.

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2.) I have a small 9" portable TV I just purchased. The instructions say not to leave it in a hot car. Would you feel comfortable leaving it in your room through the week?

Do not leave it in your car, that's for sure. I trust the maids at WDW. One trip I even brought a complete desktop computer and monitor which I left in our room while we were out in the parks! I have never had anything stolen from my room.

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3.) I can't picture what this place must look like from the description it must be a huge Motel. There for the parking lot must also be huge. Are there ever any issues with cars being broken into.

There may be, but I've never heard of any problems like that. The All-Star resort parking lots wrap around each of the 3 complexes, so you can park relatively close to your room. There are also 3 large parking lots at the front of each of these resorts to make parking for check-in easy (plus you can pull in to the drive-in overhang near the lobby). All WDW resorts have security checkpoints with guards and barrier gates, so your car will be even safer than an off-site motel.

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On July 4th I hear the parks are really crowded. So I was thinking it might be a good idea to check in early (see above) then park hop just to get a feel for where we are and what attractions we really want to see in the coming week.

1.) Do you think this is worth it?

Yes, check in early. They might not have a room ready for you, but you can get started in the parks. You have a good plan to park-hop to check things out - - it will be very crowded so don't expect to actually ride too many rides that you don't have a Fastpass for.

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Also I hear the parking lots fill up on 7/4 because people want to see the fireworks.

And when the parking lots fill up they close them - - so plan on using Disney transportation. They always let Disney resort guests using Disney transportation into any theme park or water park, even when those parking lots are full and closed.

I've never been to WDW for the 4th of July, so I can't give advice about your last question, Dori.


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2.) What park is the best park to view the fireworks on the 4th? I originally was thinking MK but I wonder what it’s like at Epcot. Any advice on a park and place to watch from. What time should we be ready for the show?


Well, even though I haven't experienced the 4th of July fireworks at WDW, Disney has just put out information about the goings-on for Independence Day - - so take a look at this, Dori, and see which park's activities appeal to you the most:

Independence Day Lights Up the Sky at Walt Disney World Resort
             
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- What would summer at Walt Disney World Resort be without Fourth of July fireworks? There will be a special patriotic fervor in the air as skies above the Vacation Kingdom fill with spectacular pyrotechnics again this year.

Among scheduled activities:

At Magic Kingdom on July 4, guests will be treated to a special edition of "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks featuring patriotic music and pyro ringing the park. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m.

Downtown Disney Pleasure Island takes a flag-waving theme July 3, 4 and 5 with patriotic decorations all about, All-American theme bands on West End Stage and in The Jazz Company, the tossing of patriotic-themed beads, and walk-around stilt-walkers decked out in red, white and blue. A special midnight fireworks salute follows the national anthem. Guests who want to let their spirit show can purchase special glow necklaces and patriotically designed face paintings. Fireworks fun and the special music are included in regular Pleasure Island admission of $19.95 plus tax.

On with the "glow" at Disney-MGM Studios. Necks will crane skyward as a fireworks spectacular fills the skies above the showbiz-themed park on July 4. Showtime is 9 p.m.

At Epcot, July 4 enhancements to the popular "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" show will burst skyward above World Showcase Lagoon, bringing down the curtain on a daylong patriotic celebration that includes special shows and meet-and-greets with Disney characters in colonial costumes.

For more information, guests may call 407/WDW-MAGIC (939-6244).


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