DHS/Toy Story Land "Early Morning Magic" (EMM) FAQ & Discussion | See Post #3 for Review Links

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  1. Tigger in a kilt

    Tigger in a kilt DIS Veteran

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    It is likely that everyone will be allowed in at 7am and you will get in to TSL at 7:30am or a little earlier. Remember it is still a new event so things could change, but that seems to be how it is working. On my day, before they introduced the 7am option, the email confirmation still said that we could check in from 7am.
     
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  2. Jasperann

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    Originally there was no 7am time for my date in December either, but they have added the 7am to all of them. Granted if they were doing it because of a system issue and not enough open and they fixed that for January then it may only say 7:30, but the e-mail said check in is at 7am, so they may let people in at that time to spread out the crowd a bit.
     
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  4. GADisneyDad14

    GADisneyDad14 TPAS Moderator Moderator

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    BTW, I wouldn’t use this as an accurate guest count for DHS EMM since no one really knows for sure, but my DS8 was quick to point out to me the sign in the Commissary near the entrance that says max capacity for the building is 600 people.

    Of course not everyone at EMM is in that space all at once so it’s not directly connected, but I thought it was interesting none the less. And even more interesting that an 8 year old randomly pointed it out to me! :-)
     
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  5. Tigger in a kilt

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    I could easily believe there were 600 people at EMM on Monday. And probably 10 times that who came in at Rope Drop!
     
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  6. GADisneyDad14

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    Yeah, I could too actually. It is SO hard to estimate guest counts, but it seems like it could be close to my untrained eye.

    Wish I had known you were there Monday. I guess in retrospect we should have done a DIS meetup that morning!
     
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  7. Tigger in a kilt

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    That would have been fun! I think there were about 5 of us there from this thread. I may have seen Angie too, but I didn’t want to stop a random person and ask if I knew them from the internet!
     
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  8. kat_lh

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    I think I saw you sitting at the restaurant at the end of the event but didn’t want to be weird either! Turns out, we were right behind @GADisneyDad14 in line for SDD!
     
  9. Tigger in a kilt

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    I was in the restaurant, right beside the buffets on the right hand side, at the end of the event so you may well have seen me! You should have said hello, though I totally agree that’s it’s hard to approach someone in those circumstances without feeling like a creep. :D

    I did keep an eye out for you, but I didn’t see/recognise you.

    We definitely should have had a Dis meet-up!
     
  10. GADisneyDad14

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    Well... I stopped a random person from the Internet (@kat_lh) but that's because we were waiting in an 8 minute SDD line, turns out she and her fam were right behind us, and I recognized her daughter's big bow on her shirt from a pic that AM. Figured I should at least say hi! :-)

    I did see @AngiTN there too.

    @Tigger in a kilt - you didn't happen to be at AKL did you? DW met some folks there from Scotland before I arrived and said they were a hoot.
     
  11. GADisneyDad14

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    THREAD UPDATE....

    Did some major housekeeping to Posts #1-3 now that we have more complete info, experiences coming in, etc. I need to spend some more time on the FAQ part about the dual time slots and arrival logistics, but it's late and I'm tired! Will get to that soon.

    A couple of notes:

    Post #1 is meant to be a FAQ / event description post. You'll find basic event info and answers to frequently asked questions here. Always happy to add info, so please let me know if you see anything that seems off or should be added to help future DISers.

    Post #2 is a current/historic date post. I usually update this shortly after new dates come out. This will help down the road when we have a longer-term track record of dates.

    Post #3 is a "DISer Review" link post. I have gone back through and added links to every post that includes a review of the event (it is interesting to read them all in one sitting, by the way). There is so much valuable information in all of our posts, this is meant to be an easy resource to click through and find helpful reviews without having to filter through 100s of posts on this thread.

    Lastly, THANK YOU to everyone for contributing to this thread. It's always half exciting and half nerve-racking when Disney creates new offerings and we all try to figure out if they are a good fit for our individual touring styles and budgets. I very much appreciate all of the contributions.
     
  12. cocofan

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    After reading on here about the mears taxi, I went ahead and booked them for 6:25 am pick up. We are staying at POFQ. Do you think that is early enough to be there and at the turnstiles right around 7 when they start letting people in?
     
  13. LSUfan4444

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    Thanks...thats what I was figuring. Since they let the 7:30 reservations arrive whenever I figured they would just let everyone in at the same time and give everyone the same reservation time.

    Our primary goal is SDD and to free up another evening where we would likely need to hang around until park close so I think our plan will be to arrive just before 7am, grab something quick to eat then line up by the theater. Luckily we've been able to meet Woody & Jesse numerous times before so I don't think that is a high priority for us and Buzz has never been an interest. Just before the RD crowd arrives we will make our way down to Hollywood Blvd and knock those out for a couple of rides on each and make sure we are back eating the main breakfast entree's about 9:45/9:50 or so. After that, catch Star Tours via standby then hop to another park and arrive there about 11 am.
     
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  14. disneyworldsk

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    I am also going from pofq nov. 7th. Where does the mears drop you off: is it significantly closer to the entrance then the bus?
     
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    @GADisneyDad14 You da Bomb! :) Thank you for all your hard work.
     
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  16. masylimed

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    I'm curious about this as well. I haven't been to HS since the drop off revamping and not sure how much time to allow from the drop off locations to check in.
     
  17. SaintsManiac

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    You should allow 10 minutes to get you to the entrance regardless of the transportation you choose to get there. That should give you plenty of time.

    We took Lyft for the AP event and it is not really much of a shorter walk from the bus stops.
     
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  18. GADisneyDad14

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    Big caveat that the whole front area is a construction zone and these exact details could change at any time, but this post from way upthread should help with a current visual: https://www.disboards.com/threads/d...019-dates-added.3701980/page-39#post-59773649
     
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  19. BissyBobbitiBoo

    BissyBobbitiBoo Earning My Ears

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    I'm new to the boards (first post!). My husband and I have EMM in TSL booked for our first morning of our trip. We go to WDW usually once a year, so I was hoping for a new, relaxing experience for our first time in TSL. While I do think this event will give us more space and leisure, I am quite frustrated that Disney, once again, started to oversell another event. I feel like they had the media event, marketing this empty land, and as soon as those reviews went out, they increased the guest count. I was hoping to ride SDD around 7 times, plus a few times on the other two rides. Not as interested in meet and greets. After Josh's review, I was a bit let down. Realistically, I feel like I should expect to ride SDD 3-4x, Alien swirling saucers 1x, and MAYBE TSMM 1-2x--but even that seems like a stretch at this point. Anxiously waiting to read more reviews. I'm really scared that this event won't be worth it. But I guess no matter what, we love Disney, are crazy excited for this new land, and will enjoy every minute. Just wish the the event was truly "empty" as it was advertised.
     
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  20. LSUfan4444

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    I think only viewing the cost of the event as being worth it by how many times you experience a specific attraction might be the wrong way to put a value on it. You're going to get multiple rides on some of the most popular attractions with a very minimal weight and that definitely has value and is what most people are paying for. The breakfast certainly has value as well. Josh mentions a part of this but I think where the value really kicks in is that it free up the rest of your HS day. Quite frankly, with so little do actually do in this park right now HS has become a park most people can experience in less than a half a day now so now you have more time in other parks (or resorts, water park, etc). Additionally, no need to worry about getting SDD FP+....you won't need them so direct that attention to FOP or 7DMNT, etc. The value of the EMM really starts to add up once you factor in all the flexibility it gives you through the rest of your trip, IMO.
     
  21. GADisneyDad14

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    Obviously “value” is a very personal decision, but very much agree. Great points made here.
     

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