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Planning Trip

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Disney Weekends' started by Jedi Dan, Oct 6, 2014.

  1. Jedi Dan

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    I am excited for Star Wars Weekends 2015. It is the year of Star Wars. I have not attended one of these weekends or one of the celebrations before. I am doing my best to plan my trip to Disney, but I guess it is still to early. No dates or info is released at all and I am just looking at everything that was available in the past. Anyone else planning on going, has anyone been before to give me some info and thoughts about it. I am extremely excited already and it is still a long ways off.
     
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    If you are going to Walt Disney World or plan to stay "on property" DO NOT stay at the Swan-Dolphin Hotel & Resort.
    The security staff had a recent incident where a security office dispatcher was arrested for fraud/identity theft crimes. The Swan-Dolphin employee stole names/credit card data/phone #s/bank account details/social security #s/phone #s. You can review(see) the media report here; www.wftv.com . The reporter's name is Jeff Deal.
    BE CAREFUL when you visit the Disney/Lake Buena Vista/Orlando area. Tourists & visitors are often targets of gangs/networks/scam artists.
    Keep track of your accounts & all receipts. Don't get drunk or intoxicated. Bartenders or wait staff can add bogus items to your bill or change the "tip" amount.
    Disney & the surrounding areas are in the Orange County FL Sheriff's Office: www.OCSO.com .
    Keep track too of your cell phone/tablet & high value items. Some clever thieves roam the hotel floors looking for rooms to pop into or will stroll around picking up bags, purses, cases, phones, etc.
    Look into a RFID protected wallet or passport case. Hackers or crooks who scan for your account numbers or data will have a harder time.
     
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    Everything you say is true, but no different than any tourist heavy location. I don't want to make light of the dangers of travelling, but I spend a week on Disney Property every year and have never had any issues. If you use common sense you'll be fine. There are risks of travelling anywhere. Disney, due to their reputation, runs a tighter ship than most so I think proportionally it is far safer than most other similar destinations such as Hawaii or Las Vegas.
     
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    Disney area crimes are not as uncommon as other tourist heavy locations BUT some places are safer-better than others.
    Today it was reported there was a bomb scare at the Swan-Dolphin hotel. A device was found on the 7th floor & had to be cleared by EOD.
    Also, 2 Disney tourists were robbed at gunpoint by a felon who hid in the bushes; Downtown Disney.
    The hotels & restaurants in the area are safe in general but as noted, be alert & don't think all of the properties are harmless or risk-free.

    If I had to choose a hotel property to stay at, Id pick Old Key West, Port Orleans or maybe the new Pop Century.
     
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    Well the bomb scare was a hoax and the attack didn't actually take place at Downtown Disney (they were also locals, not tourists). It was in Orlando near Downtown Disney (News orgs will throw in a theme park name whenever possible as it increases hits) and it happened at 3am as the women were walking home from a restaurant. I don't suggest anyone walk home at 3am anywhere, let alone in a city like Orlando.

    Orlando is a big city and big cities have crime. Its a fact of life. But the number of incidents on Disney property are extremely low considering the millions of people that pour through there each year. The one notable exception is Downtown Disney. It is basically a glorified mall and very popular with locals. Where locals go, so too goes the crime. But even so there have only been a few violent incidents there over the last 10 years. I'm sure any large shopping facility in a urban environment would be happy with that sort of success rate.

    Point being FettMan is right. You should always be careful when you travel. The world is a dangerous place no matter where you go. But I don't see any reason to label Disney World a safety hazard any more than any other travel destination. The property is the size of the city of San Francisco with a population at any given time that would rival many large cities. Crime is inevitable. The fact that they keep it as low as they do is a credit to the resort.
     
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    First: In my remarks, I NEVER wrote anywhere or anything saying NOT to go to Walt Disney World or to visit the theme parks.
    I DID advise not staying at or going to the Swan-Dolphin hotel. Disney & it's authorized hotel/lodging partners(Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott etc) have many decent, safe resorts & properties.

    I'd add that the "bomb scare" was indeed a hoax but a guest or visitor isn't going to stand there & play The Hurt Locker or scan a IED then calmly walk away.
     
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    I attended the Star Wars weekend in Orlando in June (14/15th) by pure coincidence (went with the in laws and it was booked well in advance). When I found out, I was thrilled. I have to say, it did not disappoint just based on the merchandise, the presence of professionally costumed characters and stormtroopers and the general atmosphere. I would definitely recommend it for all.

    The only thing that could taint my experience would be an over enthusiastic presenter attempting to sing titles of the afternoon's events over musical masterpieces such as John Williams' Tales of a Jedi Knight.

    Overall, it was a brilliant weekend and I'd love to hear how others found/find it!
     
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