Random Stories - Better Late than Never - Jan 17

momof2boys

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I am way behind with catching up! Really enjoyed reading through your TR. Congrats to your son on losing his 1st tooth at WDW!
 

mgarbowski

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Nice report as always Micah. I will second your analysis of how useful the bathroom design at the Poly DVC studios is. In my experience it is very unusual for a studio to have 2 separate showering areas and it is a real plus. For us, and I expect many others, it is more useful than 2 toilets, because it speeds up the morning routine to get up and out in time for rope drop or whatever. And, it was smart or maybe just fortuitous that they put the nicer shower in the space without the toilet. This way if some people in your party insist on the cool shower and tend to linger there, the toilet side is free for others.
 

Alcachofa

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As said by others, it isn't technically 2 bathrooms due to not having a 2nd toilet in one of them. Disney technically calls it a "split bathroom", but for getting ready in the morning it is almost as good as having 2 bathrooms when 2 different people can shower, use a sink, and have their own separate area. Here is a link which includes the layout and more pictures: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2015/04/28/photo-tour-of-a-studio-at-disneys-polynesian-villas-and-bungalows/
Thanks. I probably should have checked Dave's site before asking that question. :RpS_blushing: However, Mr. Shute claims the 1.5 baths makes the room a little cramped, while you said it is the most spacious studio you've ever been in. Do you think that is really just because the regular Poly rooms are just so huge, taking the space makes the rooms seem smaller, but they are still quite large?
 

Micah008

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I am way behind with catching up! Really enjoyed reading through your TR. Congrats to your son on losing his 1st tooth at WDW!
Thanks!

Nice report as always Micah. I will second your analysis of how useful the bathroom design at the Poly DVC studios is. In my experience it is very unusual for a studio to have 2 separate showering areas and it is a real plus. For us, and I expect many others, it is more useful than 2 toilets, because it speeds up the morning routine to get up and out in time for rope drop or whatever. And, it was smart or maybe just fortuitous that they put the nicer shower in the space without the toilet. This way if some people in your party insist on the cool shower and tend to linger there, the toilet side is free for others.
I wondered the same thing about which part of the bathroom had the toilet, and if they planned it that way, or it just ended up that way. The only downside for us personally was that my sister-in-law used the bathroom with the tub/shower (and toilet) so it meant the rest of us had to wait in the morning if we really had to go. :RpS_smile:

Thanks. I probably should have checked Dave's site before asking that question. :RpS_blushing: However, Mr. Shute claims the 1.5 baths makes the room a little cramped, while you said it is the most spacious studio you've ever been in. Do you think that is really just because the regular Poly rooms are just so huge, taking the space makes the rooms seem smaller, but they are still quite large?
The living room area of the studio to me felt just "normal" compared to other studios. I don't think it felt cramped, but when taking into account the bathrooms that was when the room as a whole felt spacious. The one that really felt more cramped was BLT studios, and they didn't even have extra bathroom space... and we have even stayed in a Value room at AKL... but BLT felt the smallest.
 

Micah008

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Peoplemover Crash!

On our last day at Magic Kingdom, we didn't have much of a plan... it was all about letting everyone go on a few of their favorites, and then heading over to Epcot for the rest of the day.

Late in the morning DS8 really wanted to go on Space Mountain a couple extra times, and we had a few extra Child Swaps from earlier in the trip... so while he went on Space with DW and DWTS, I rode on the Peoplemover a couple times with DS6.

Once we all met back up, we were going to head to lunch, and then Epcot... but DS8 really wanted to do the Peoplemover himself too... since it is one of his favorites. So, we all went again (3rd time in a row for DS6 and I). I even debated just staying back ...


As the ride exited the Space Mountain section and rounded the corner towards the Carousel of Progress, all of a sudden we slammed into the vehicle in front of us (hard!). None of us had any idea it was coming, and it was quite a jolt. Once we realized what had happened, we then saw that we were now stopped, and the vehicle behind us was still moving right towards us. Right before they collided into us, every vehicle on the entire ride came to a quick stop, as I assume the ride operator hit the emergency stop button.

So, here we were, stuck, and with a bit of a headache:


Luckily there was a nice breeze, shade, and we could see the castle off in the distance.

They announced over the loudspeaker to stay seated, and the usual safety stuff, and we expected to get moving again before too long, but it didn't happen. Eventually (a good 15-20 minutes later) we saw some CMs walking down the track, but they walked right past us, saying they needed to go evacuate the people that were in Space Mountain first. You can see them walking towards us here.



Another 20 minutes later we saw them evacuate other vehicles around us, and then eventually they made it over to us. They explained to us where to step and where not to step around the tracks (some is just plastic and can't hold weight, so to cross you have to actually step on the magnet squares themselves). And we walked back down the track and down a back stairway.



As we exited they gave us an anytime FP good for (almost) anything in Magic Kingdom (except 7DMT), and sent us on our way. I honestly expected a little more process to take places, considering it was an actual crash and not just a breakdown. Plus we were on our way to lunch and Epcot anyway.... so the FP didn't really do us much good.

After lunch we stopped by Guest Services, not to complain, but to make sure they knew it was an actual crash on the Peoplemover, and also to see if we could get the FP for something at Epcot instead. After a quick conversation, they set us up for 5 anytime FP+ on Test Track, and we were on our way to the monorail.


This was my first time actually being evacuated from a ride, and the first time for sure being in an actual crash. In the end Disney handled things alright, but I think they could have done a better job making sure everyone was ok, and trying to better understand what happened. But, in the end we were all ok, and we got a bonus Test Track FP out of it. But next time I will stick to 2 rides in a row... and not push my luck. :RpS_biggrin:
 
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mgarbowski

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No one has ever had that much excitement on the People Mover before.

I'm glad you and everyone else was OK. But I agree the response seemed a bit lacking from Disney. Even viewed solely through their own self-interest it seems inadequate. Someone could come back and claim soft tissue neck injuries, concussion, or what have you and they have no records, no statements, no offers of medical attention (accepted or refused) or anything to protect themselves. Likely it would at worse be less than a rounding error on their books in terms of a potential liability, but they should follow good practices always. Then, of course, for the sake of their guests, they should want to inquire about such things as well. As you noted, everyone was fine and so in fact the response was adequate but just by chance.

If there is no real or perceived danger, and the response is quick, having to evacuate can be fun, and they do accommodate you pretty much any way you want with the make up FPs. That was the case the only time I experienced it in February on Tower of Terror. It was actually one of my all-time trip highlights, but we didn't have to wait as long as you did.
 

Micah008

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...Even viewed solely through their own self-interest it seems inadequate. Someone could come back and claim soft tissue neck injuries, concussion, or what have you ...
That is exactly what I was thinking at the time. I actually did have a headache from my head hitting the seat (above the padding of course) since I was going backwards. It wasn't a big deal, and faded after a while... still seemed like they would have wanted to document it somehow.

... having to evacuate can be fun, and they do accommodate you pretty much any way you want with the make up FPs. ...
I agree. I actually wish we had gotten stuck in an area that would have been more interesting to evacuate through to see some backstage areas.

Glad to hear everyone was ok!
Thanks!
 

Micah008

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Illuminations and the Storm

We had beautiful weather for most of the trip, but towards the end was our first rainy day, but even then it didn't come until later in the day. In fact, this day was quite eventful as DS6 had already lost his first tooth and we had been in a crash of the Peoplemover, both on this same day.

After we made it over to Epcot, it had started getting really windy, enough to make eating at the Arts Festival booths a real pain (imagine getting a nicely plated item, and then watching the micro-greens and parmesean cheese toppings blow away about 3.4 seconds later, before you even get a fork). During the afternoon we dodged a few quick rainstorms (by watching Impressions de France, and getting some sweets at the Karamel Kuche). As it got closer to dinner we saw a couple of much larger bands of rain coming on the radar, and knew we needed to use our anytime FP+ for Test Track before it started actually raining.

Soon after we got off Test Track the first storm hit, and rain really come down for quite a while. Since it was nearby, we ate dinner at the Electric Umbrella, and waited for the storm to pass. We could see streams of people heading to the exit at the front of the park, both before and during the rain. However, since we were staying at the BoardWalk, we needed to make our way over there instead, and preferred not to do so in the storm. We went over into Mouse Gear for a bit too after we finished eating, and eventually there was a break in the rain, and we headed out.

As we got to Norway we had noticed that there were truly were very few people in the park at this point, and also noticed that the wait for Frozen Ever After was posted at only 15 minutes... and we just had to do it, especially since it was our one and only time we have ever gone through the standby queue. While we waited (which took even less than 15 min) they made an announcement that due to the next line of storms coming they would be moving Illuminations up to 8:35 that night. As we got off the ride it was about 8:30, and still no one around, so we decided just to stop and watch the show. It was really amazing to see with lightning in the distance, and so few people around that it almost felt like a private showing, similar to what we experienced a year earlier after a really rainy day.

Once the show ended we headed back quickly to try to make sure we made it before the next storm came. We stayed dry as we made it around the World Showcase, but as we got to France it started sprinkling, and as we got out the International Gateway exit the skies completely opened up. By the time we made it to the bridge the rain was coming down in sheets and the wind had picked up enough that it felt like it was blowing us backwards at times.

We finally made it into the BoardWalk, looked at each other, and just laughed at how completely drenched we all looked. Luckily we just had to make it up to our room, dripping all the way down the hallway.

Moral of the story, when it storms you can really take advantage of lower waits and lower crowds as everyone else leaves, and if you end up getting stuck in the rain yourself at least enjoy it. :RpS_thumbup:
 

Micah008

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Sorry for the delay in the trip report.... We are off to Mexico tomorrow (the real Mexico, not the Epcot one) for our 15th anniversary. Our first trip without the kids, ever. :RpS_thumbup:
 

Micah008

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Happy 15th Anniversary and have a fantastic trip!
Nice! Enjoy the trip!
Thanks! We had a wonderful time. It very relaxing, lots of time laying at the beach and walking up and down it, fun activities around the resort, great food and drinks, and really nice to just have some time for the two of us.

Since getting back, it has been a busy summer, with it seems like constant things going on. Finally making back on here to catch up on things... and to start planning our next trip.
 

Micah008

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I'm glad you and everyone else was OK. But I agree the response seemed a bit lacking from Disney. Even viewed solely through their own self-interest it seems inadequate. Someone could come back and claim soft tissue neck injuries, concussion, or what have you and they have no records, no statements, no offers of medical attention (accepted or refused) or anything to protect themselves. Likely it would at worse be less than a rounding error on their books in terms of a potential liability, but they should follow good practices always. Then, of course, for the sake of their guests, they should want to inquire about such things as well. As you noted, everyone was fine and so in fact the response was adequate but just by chance.
Glad to hear everyone was ok! Does seem a little strange that they were not more concerned. Wonder what caused the problem...
That is exactly what I was thinking at the time. I actually did have a headache from my head hitting the seat (above the padding of course) since I was going backwards. It wasn't a big deal, and faded after a while... still seemed like they would have wanted to document it somehow.
Following up on an old trip report here... but I saw an interesting article. Apparently someone has sued Disney over this (in 2017, and then reached a settlement), and 2 more lawsuits have been filed recently. So, what happened to us has happened at least 3 other times (one of the lawsuits says their incident happened very soon after ours, and the others were 1-2 years before that).

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/os-bz-lawsuits-disney-peoplemover-20190320-story.html
 

mgarbowski

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Following up on an old trip report here... but I saw an interesting article. Apparently someone has sued Disney over this (in 2017, and then reached a settlement), and 2 more lawsuits have been filed recently. So, what happened to us has happened at least 3 other times (one of the lawsuits says their incident happened very soon after ours, and the others were 1-2 years before that).

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/os-bz-lawsuits-disney-peoplemover-20190320-story.html

Interesting. You''ll never go wrong when warning that someone might sue.
 
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