by Brian Bennett
Bill Asks: Brian, Do you have
any kind of picture of this floating garden? If so, I would
like to get a copy. Thank You.
|Bill is referring to the instructions in MousePlanet's
Gardens of Disney that explain how to build the lovely floating
gardens that are often seen in the Future World ponds.
The information was provided by the WDW horticulture group during
one of the recent International Flower & Garden Festivals
Unfortunately, no, I don't have pictures of the floating
at the present time. We do plan to return to WDW in the Spring,
and we'll be taking pictures of such things then. We'll certainly
be updating the Magical Gardens of Disney after that trip!
Robert writes: This is
our first time visiting Disney and we really don't know what
to expect nor what to do there. Please help with admissions
and sleeping accommodations.
Shari also writes: I was
hoping to find a recommendation for off-site vacation home
rental as we have a large party - 15 people consisting of
4 different families. Thanks.
|There's a ton of information at MousePlanet! I'd
suggest, for admission information, that you read the page on
Media from A to Z.
Then on accommodations, that you read the pages that are
listed on the accommodations
index page (all about the on-site versus off-site issue
as well as information on each of the Disney resort hotels).
Another source for off-site hotel information is MousePlanet's
resort reviews, provided by MousePlanet readers!
There are several reviews of vacation home rental companies
in the listings.
Beyond that, if you'd like to have a travel agent work with
you to do the actual trip planning, they I'd strongly recommend
MousePlanet's partner company, Discovery Hills Travel. You
can go to our Walt
Disney World / Orlando Travel Plans page and fill out
the form there, and Discovery Hills Travel will contact you
to make those arrangements for you!
|Fellow MousePlaneteer Ian Parkinson writes:
(Note: Ian refers to the question I posed
on the Asia
Photo Tour page, in which there was a picture of a carving
that I was not familiar with.) You should have asked me about
the photo of the carving as it is one of mine. It's just
after the Tiger Tour, just before you enter the bird aviary.
Nice to see so many of my photos on line, I counted at least
Kent, referring to the same page, wrote:
When I was last at Animal Kingdom I had a interesting conversation
with a CM. I asked if Disney would breed the tigers to help
with efforts to save them. She said "no because the tigers
are not pure breed, and only pure breed tigers can be in the
programs". She also explained how you could tell by the
stripes on the tigers, and that Disney had rescued the tigers
from various sources. Just something interesting to
|My response to Ian was: Thanks, Ian.
I'll make a note of it...and as far as the number of photos,
don't worry....there will be many more. :)
And to Kent: That is interesting, Kent. I'm
hardly an expert in zoology, so I'd never recognize the strip
thing...but I didn't realize that a tiger wasn't a pure-bred
tiger by definition.
|Steve Wrote: It
was very nice to read your review of the 'Remember the Magic'
Parade which I guess is now Magical
Moments. That parade holds special memories for me as being
one of the best summers of my life.
I live in Newport Beach California,
right by good ol' Disneyland and I decided to take advantage
of one of my summers and fly to Florida to work at Walt Disney
Well...much to my surprise I ended
up becoming an attraction host at Space Mountain at the MK!
In addition I found out that the first two weeks of your employment..before
they get you into attraction training...are worked doing PAC!
Parade Audience (area?) Control!!! We ended up working both
the RTM Parade AND Spectro!
It was sooooo much fun. To watch those
parades over and over, with the best view ever, and get paid!!!
I still have some of the stickers that
we handed out to the kids in selecting them for the parade.
We handled up the Be our guest float and the grand finale
Anyway, I went on to work Space Mountain
and...as any good cast member would, explored as much of WDW
as I could. It's amazing how much freedom you have if you
are a cast member. We went behind the scenes in so many attractions
it would make your head spin. And the pictures we got...best
of all...memories (and secrets) to last a lifetime!
Thanks again for your review.
|Wow, Steve, that was a fun note to read! Sounds
like you had a great summer. Working for the Mouse really would
provide special memories. I often wonder what would have happened
had WDW hired me back when I was sending them my resume' every
|Debbie Wrote: [Background, Debbie
had serious trouble contacting In-Touch Communications, a company
that is supposed to provide two-way radio rentals. Here
is Debbie's follow-up email, the note I got back from In-Touch
Communications will be in the answer box below.]
I really appreciate you trying to help
me. If I were you I might think about removing the link to
this company from your website -- unless other people have
had good luck with them lately, and my problems were just
a fluke. It really concerned me that I gave them my Visa card
number through their website, and then didn't hear back. It
also concerned me that they didn't return any of my calls.
Since my husband is attending a convention
at Coronado Springs, I was able to call the Business Convention
Support Center and get radios through them. I am not sure
of the prices, or if they are available to all Walt Disney
World guests, but I will let you know when we get back from
By the way -- your Mouseplanet website
is GREAT. My kids and I have enjoyed it so much in planning
our trip. We will come back with a report on Coronado Springs
for you. Thank you for all of your hard work.
|Allen from In Touch Communications:
Hi Brian, My name is Allen from In Touch. I have spent the last
2 weeks in Orlando. I sat in meeting after meeting. As you know
we had a problem. We have temporarily shut down the operation
till the first week of March. We are now training a complete
new staff. Our phone lines are being relocated to assure prompt
returned calls. We have also been working on an email system
so that there will be 4 agents that can access the mail. Like
any new business there are kinks to get out. We have been working
with Nextel and finally have been assigned an account manager.
This alone is a giant step forward. I can assure you, going
forth you will here only good about us. At this time I would
like to thank you for at least keeping us up on your site.
And my answer to Allen: I'm glad you're addressing
your issues. I hope, as you state, that there will be no further
problems with In Touch in the future.
In any case, if you need two-way radio service while you're
in the Orlando area, consider In Touch Communications...but
be aware of potential pratfalls.
Also, if anyone has experience with any other suppliers of
rental radios, please let me know!
|Theresa Writes: One subject that
I have not found much information on in anyone's site is the
issue of whether or not you can bring some food into the parks
with you. I've heard several different responses, but was wondering
if there is an official response. We are trying to do Disney
on a budget and hoped we could pack some sandwiches, water,
etc. to save some money. Any ideas on this would be appreciated.
Thanks so much.
|Theresa, the official answer is no, you may not
bring in food to the parks. I must admit that I've never
seen the Disney folks search people's bags and so on, and I
have seen people eating bagged lunches in the parks, but it's
Seeing folks bring in beverages (juices, water, etc.) and
small snacks are much more frequent and, obviously, that is
not enforced any more strongly than the food ban.
My own personal opinion is...snacks and beverages (for the
kids, especially) are ok. But if I'm going to eat a meal (even
a simple sandwich one), I think it best to return to my resort
room or eat at a Disney restaurant.
|Fellow MousePlaneteer Andrew Rich writes:
I thought you might like an advance bit
of news, in a sort of press-release format:
The Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney
World's Magic Kingdom closed, possibly for good, last weekend.
Its last day of operation was Saturday, January 20th.
Cast Members working the attraction
on Saturday said it would remain closed until October and
be substantially retooled. On Sunday, January 21, the Rotunda
(featuring the Presidential Portrait Gallery) was open to
Guests, but the theatre entrance was roped off. Cast Members
at the entrance had to explain to each Guest entering the
Rotunda that there would be no presentation of the "We
The People" Audio-Animatronic show.
One Cast Member I spoke to said that
the official word was that the attraction would re-open in
October, but that most Cast Members believed it would be closed
for good and the area used for a new attraction.
I visited the Magic Kingdom's City
Hall and inquired about the future for the Hall of Presidents.
I was told that the current plans were to have the attraction
open again in time for the upcoming "100 years of Disney"
celebration slated to begin October 1st. The City Hall Cast
Member acknowledged the rumors but said that the current plan
was to add a new Audio-Animatronic figure (for the new President),
and redo the audio and film presentation. She thought it would
mean a return to the older version, where all of the Presidents
were introduced and then Lincoln speaks. Permanently closing
the attraction, she said, was not being considered.
|I hope it's just temporary.
On the other hand, if they'd just replace closed things with
new, good attractions I wouldn't mind. It's when they sit
idle for eons (like 20,000 Leagues) that it bugs me.
|Chris Asks: We
wanted to be able to get maps of the 4 theme parks and water
parks so we can plan where to go and how much time is needed.
How many days do you need to cover the park?
I can't help you with the maps. The only suggestion I would
have is that you call your resort (assuming you're staying
onsite) and ask them to send you one of each park. They might
do so, or they might tell you to wait until you arrive. Generally,
folks haven't had good luck with that request, because the
park maps also include entertainment schedules that are good
only for that week. WDW tries to avoid sending out materials
that would so quickly become dated.
As far as you question about how much time you need in the
parks, I'd recommend you read my page on the timing
issue. It covers that question in detail.
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