RADP holiday meet 2007 - December 7-10, 2007

This year, the fun of RADP Meets returns in December with RADP XIII, coinciding with Mousefest and various holiday activities at Walt Disney World.

If you are new to RADP, you may be asking yourself, "What is a RADP?" RADP stands for rec.arts.disney.parks -- a Disney parks enthusiast newsgroup where folks all around the world share tips, stories and general information regarding the Disney park experience. We get together once a year to put a face to that poster/friend we met on newsgroup. New and renewed acquaintances abound every year.

There is no membership requirement. All of our events are free (although park admission may be required) and open to Disney fans of all ages! Everyone is most welcome to attend our events. Come and join us for a single event, a whole day or the entire time. No RSVP is required, so feel free to just show up and have some fun! We all share the common bond of a love of Disney. Come meet the friends you already have but don't know yet. The 2008 meets will run from Friday, December 12th to Monday, December 15th - rain or shine.

RADP is an independent group of Disney fans. RADP has no official connection with any commercial enterprise or entity nor does it endorse any. RADP is not affiliated with, authorized or endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with The Walt Disney Company, Disney Enterprises, Inc., or any of their affiliates.

And a reminder - RADP is RSVP free! RSVPs are never required for RADP meets! (OK, for logistical reasons, we have one exception this year!)

New! A version of this schedule formatted for printing - You can even hide days/meets to save paper - just click the triangles to hide/show days, meets, and detailed descriptions

Friday, Dec 12 2008

DinoRADP Dinoland Meet

Time: 09:15am
Location: Dinoland near entrance to Triceratops Spin
Hosted by: Carol
We're kicking off our 13th annual RADP December meet with a Triceratops Spin and a Primeval Whirl! After grabbing a Fastpass for Kilimanjaro Safari or Expedition Everest, make your way to Dinoland and meet us near the Triceratops Spin entrance. We'll take a whimsical flight aboard a dinosaur, then head back in time aboard a...what? A time machine!

Dinosaur meet

Time: 11:00am
Location: Dinosaur - just in front of the Aladar dinosaur statue
Hosted by: Charlotte
Listen up! We're taking a hair raising trip back in time to the Cretaceous period aboard Dinosaur! We will be meeting at 11:00am at the main Dinosaur entrance, just in front of the Aladar dinosaur statue. Bring your sense of adventure and be prepared for "dark places and scary dinosaurs!"

Say Cheese with the Big Cheese

Time: 12:30pm
Location: Camp Minnie Mickey
Hosted by: Kevin
It's time to say cheese with the big cheese himself, Mickey Mouse! Everyone is going to meet near the Mickey greeting area in Camp Minnie Mickey at 12:30. Taking pictures is making memories, so be prepared to catch this little piece of time with your camera!

Festival of the Lion King

Time: 01:30pm
Location: Just past the Strollers, Festival of the Lion King Entrance
Hosted by: Pamela
Come experience the pageantry and tribal rhythms of Festival of the Lion King with RADP! Please meet in the area just past the stroller parking area for this colorful and energetic interactive show. Due to the popularity of this show, please plan to arrive promptly at 1:30, we so can be assured to get into the 2:00 show.

Saturday, Dec 13 2008

Pop Century Breakfast Meet

Time: 07:30am
Location: Pop Century Food Court
Hosted by: Tracy
Wake up and smell the coffee! Before rushing off for the parks, feel free to join us for a bite in the Pop Century food court. Just grab your breakfast then join us in the seating area near the package pickup window. Immediately after breakfast, we'll head for the bus stop and be on our way to the parks.


Time: 09:15am
Location: Entrance to The Land Pavilion
Hosted by: Laurie
Rise and shine! And get ready for an awe inspiring flight on Soarin' with the RADP crew! At 9:15am (or as soon as everyone can get to the Land after park opening), we will meet at the main entrance of the pavilion, and as soon as our flight crew is assembled, we'll take flight!

Turtle Talk

Time: 10:30am
Location: In Front of The Seas
Hosted by: Jan
Dude...seriously...you should TOTALLY come meet us for a Turtle Talk meet! It's gonna be so awesome. We're meeting out in front of the pavilion at 10:30, dudes and dudettes, and we're totally gonna catch the next Turtle Talk show after that. Cha...we're gonna have a gnarly time, dudes.

Big Meet and Greet

Time: 01:30pm
Location: International Gateway by the Friendship docks
Hosted by: RADP
Come one, come all! This is where it all started! RADP is pleased to invite everyone to the 13th Annual RADP Big Meet and Greet! We will all be meeting just outside the gate at the International Gateway, between the UK and France pavilions in Epcot. When you see a large group of crazy folks congregating near the Friendship boat docks, that's us! The meet will last until everyone decides to leave...which usually takes at least an hour! Park admission is NOT required for this meet.

What's Your Problem - Innoventions Meet

Time: 04:00pm
Location: What's Your Problem in Innoventions
Hosted by: Kevin
"What's Your Problem?" Let's all find out what our problem is, and how it can be solved with the wonder that is hook and loop fastener technology. Join your RADP friends as together (because torn apart we make that ripping noise) we learn and laugh about the crazy world of VELCRO. Meet us in Innoventions West at 4:00 as we ask the important question: "What's Your Problem?"

Movies and Munchies 2

Time: 07:30pm
Location: Norway
Hosted by: Kevin
After a busy morning of scrambling from meet to meet, RADP is taking some time to celebrate some of the most often overlooked Epcot attractions. Starting at 7:30pm, we'll assemble to watch the too-often overlooked movie in Norway, followed by some snack time in the Kringla Bakeria og Cafe. After our munchies, we will go to the China pavilion and watch the awe-inspiring Reflections of China movie. All the fun begins when we assemble outside the Stave Church in the Norway pavilion at 7:30.

Sunday, Dec 14 2008

Trails End Breakfast Meet

Time: 08:00am
Location: Trail's End Restaurant in Fort Wilderness
Hosted by: Randy Berbaum, RSVP to Laurie
Start the day with some really good chow and a good laugh with your RADP pals. Trails End is located in the Ft. Wilderness Campground next to Pioneer Hall. Everyone pays their own way for this all-you-care-to-eat meal as we linger leisurely before heading over to the Magic Kingdom for the Splash and Big Thunder Mountain meets. Cost: $11.99/adult, $7.99/child (ages 3-11); drinks not included. RSVPs are required for this meet - please RSVP to Laurie at LaurieJ@ptd.net if you would like to attend.

12th Annual Splash and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad meet

Time: 10:30am
Location: Splash Mountain
Hosted by: Jan, Charlotte, Tracy
For the 12th year in a row, RADP will launch a full-scale takeover of both Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Before arriving, please make sure to pick up a Fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Then at 10:30, we'll board Splash Mountain en masse, and once we're nice and wet, we'll take a ride on Big Thunder for a spin dry! This is traditionally a very popular meet, and would be a great chance for newcomers to meet the RADP family!

Haunted Mansion Meet

Time: 12:00pm
Location: In Front of Yankee Trader
Hosted by: Catherine
When strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls of the Haunted Mansion, that can only mean one thing...RADP is coming out to socialize! We're assembling for this swingin' meet at 12:00 just in front of the Yankee Trader. Don't forget to bring your death certificate.

Pirates and Pineapples

Time: 02:00pm
Location: Pirates of the Caribbean
Hosted by: Mickey/Don
Yo ho yo ho, it's Dole Whip time for me! The journey begins at 2:00 with a swashbuckling journey into the wild and untamed Caribbean for a brush with Jack Sparrow and his scurvy band of scallywags. Then immediately afterwards, we'll cool down with a frosty Dole Whip treat. Be prepared to share your stories of high seas adventure at this ARRRsome set of meets!

It's a Great Big Beautiful RADP Meet!

Time: 03:30pm
Location: Carousel of Progress
Hosted by: Kevin
There's a great big beautiful RADP meet shining at the end of Tomorrowland! At 3:30, we will take a leisurely ride through the life of an American family in this Walt Disney original ride. After the ride, we will all take a stroll down the pathway to Mickey's Toontown Fair and take a group photo with Walt's main mouse, Mickey Mouse.

Fort Wilderness MiniMeeko Campfire meet

Time: 06:30pm
Location: Campfire at Fort Wilderness
Hosted by: Sean and Pam
Meet up with fellow RADPers for a great family-oriented Disney good time at the Ft. Wilderness Campfire Singalong and movie! This is a FREE event located inside the Ft. Wilderness Resort & Campground. Folks gather at the Campfire at 6:30pm for campfire singing, marshmallow roasting, and a Disney animated feature on the big screen in the big outdoors! Bring your own marshmallows, or buy a S'mores kit when you arrive!

Disney's Electrical Water Pageant meet and Randy Berbaum Memorial

Time: 09:45pm
Location: Beach at Fort Wilderness Marina
Hosted by: Mickey
After the campfire, join us on the beach at the Fort Wilderness Marina for the 9:45pm presentation of Disney's spectacular Electrical Water Pageant. Treat yourself to this fantastic moving light show that takes place on the waters of Bay Lake. Immediately following the Water Pageant this year is a very special event that many RADPers will hold dear to their hearts. Last May, our good friend and proud Disney Geek extraordinaire Randy Berbaum passed away. This is the first year his many friends will have met at Disney World since he left us. We will be taking a few minutes to share our remembrances of a man who was a friend to all. Whether you participate in offering a remembrance or just wish to be there to hear some stories - some funny, some poignant - about this special Disney spirit, all are welcome.

Monday, Dec 15 2008

Toy Story Mania Fastpass

Time: 09:00am
Location: Toy Story Mania
Hosted by: RADP
Make sure to pick up a Toy Story Mania Fastpass! These are a hot commodity, so be sure to grab yours before heading off for our Rock N Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror meet! You'll need it later!

10th Annual Rock N Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror meet

Time: 09:30am
Location: Rock N' Roller Coaster Courtyard
Hosted by: Jan, Charlotte, Tracy
Wake up to a thrill at our 10th Annual Rock N' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror meet! We'll first meet in the Rock N' Roller Coaster courtyard. Then, if you dare, you can follow the crowd through the creepy depths of the Hollywood Tower Hotel for a terrifying plunge into the Twilight Zone! Finally, we'll end up back at Rock N' Roller Coaster for a 0-60 thrill ride through the Hollywood hills! I bet we're gonna need a super stretch!

Great Movie Ride

Time: 02:00pm
Location: Behind the Hat
Hosted by: Julie
We're taking a ride into the movies! Our journey will take us through an alien invasion, and vehicle hijacking and through a room full of snakes...why did it have to be snakes?! At 2:00pm, we'll meet behind the Hat, and after plenty of time to mix and mingle, we'll embark on our trip through cinematic history!

Betty White Bash

Time: 03:00pm
Location: Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame
Hosted by: Kevin
Join RADP in celebrating the life and career of everyone's favorite Golden Girl, Betty White. We're BLOCKing off time in our busy schedule to reminisce about this wonderful actress, animal activist and all around classy lady! The PARTY starts at 3:00 in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame near the bust of Ms. White. Feel free to grab a slice of cheesecake before joining the BASH!

Toy Story RADP Mania

Time: 04:30pm
Location: Toy Story Mania
Hosted by: Catherine
RADP welcomes the newest member of the Disney's Hollywood Studios attraction lineup with our first ever Toy Story Mania meet! Be prepared for a little friendly competition as we try to figure out who has the steadiest hand in the toy box! Due to the popularity of this attraction, Fastpasses are required in order to ride during this meet. If you plan on attending, please pick up a Fastpass earlier in the day, and ensure that your return time is 4:30pm or earlier.

Winter Summerland Minigolf meet

Time: 08:30pm
Location: Winter Summerland
Hosted by: Sean and Pam
What's more fun than a game of mini golf? How about a game of mini golf played with all your favorite RADP friends? Everyone welcome to tag along just by meeting us at 8:30 at the Winter Summerland mini golf course, which is located near the entrance of Blizzard Beach. Golfing skill is NOT required to have a great time at this miniature golfing adventure meet!

Host a Meet!
If you would like to host a RADP meet, we would love to add you to the schedule. No experience is necessary. Most meets will practically run themselves. You can opt to host any meet you see on the schedule that doesn't already have a host or you can come up with your very own idea for a meet. There are many rides and attractions at Walt Disney World and our schedule only touches on a small handful. If we don't have a meet at your favorite place, then host one and we'll add it to our schedule. Many of our RADP friends will attend it as well. Just send the relevant info to holidaymeet07@radp.org. It's a great way to get to meet lots of fellow RADPers.

If you have any questions about a particular scheduled meet, please feel free to email the meet host directly.

Got a Suggestion or Idea?
We are always looking for fun new things to do as a group at Walt Disney World. If you have any suggestions or ideas to share with us, send them along to holidaymeet07@radp.org.

Get You Own RADP Pin!

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Decide what personalization (if any) that you want on each pin. It can be your first name, your screen name, your whole name, whatever you like as long as it isn't more than 15 characters (that's letters, numbers and spaces...NOT Disney Characters!). Send her an email (RADPinLady@aol.com) to order and verify she can do what you need before sending the money. Price is $3.00(US) for each pin. This price includes shipping!!!! Cash, check, or money order only. Please allow at least 3 weeks when ordering. Pins may be ordered year round.

Make your plans to join us now!
Print out our schedule and stop by and say hi to your fellow RADPers this December. Put a face to the name you read and have a great time with a great group of people who do this year after year.

Come chat about your plans!
On Wednesday and Sunday evenings, starting around 9:30pm Eastern Time, join us for RADP-friends chat. Use any IRC chat client to join in the fun! Instructions are available on the radp.org site, or use our Java IRC chat program.

Can't join us for the RADP-13 Meet?
Mark your calendar now for RADP XIV: December 4-7, 2009!