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WDW Trip Planning Guide Reader Feedback

by Brian Bennett

4/2/01

Q.

Tina Writes:  We are taking a 2 week vacation in Florida but can only spend one day at Walt Disney world and one day at universal studios and we will have our 6 year old grandson with us and are overwhelmed on how to see the best things at WDW in just one day when there is so much to see and what is best to see for his age and how much the tickets are at the gates.

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Tina,

MousePlanet's Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide has a whole section on "WDW with Kids."  Those pages should help you sort through the various issues that will help make the visit as pleasant as possible.

Once you're prepared on the high-level issues, you'll have to decide which of the parks you want to spend your day in. MousePlanet does not yet have any information on Universal Studios in Florida, but that same "WDW With Kids" section has listings of the various age and height requirements for all of the Disney parks and a list of attraction "fear factors" (things that make several of the rides quite frightening for children). Those two lists, along with the rest of the Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide should help you decide which Disney park, at least, that you'd want to visit.

One day ticket prices (actually, all ticket prices) for the Disney parks are listed on MousePlanet's Admission Media From A to Z page.

Once you're at that page, just click on the bookmark link at the top of the page to the "prices" section.

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Jeff Writes:  If possible I am looking for an e-mail address to express my feeling from my recent trip to Dixie Landings.

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Jeff,

The best answer is to write a formal letter and send it via regular mail. Address the letter to Port Orleans Resort Riverside, Guest Relations, 1251 Dixie Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830.

(The reason for the "Port Orleans Resort Riverside" address is that Dixie Landings had a name change back on March 1st.)

I don't have an email address for the resort, but I've always received responses from mailed letters (and I've sent several, both good and bad, in the past).

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Heather Wrote:  Looking for information on non-WDW accommodations for two adults and two children. Prefer a site with breakfast served.

A.

Hi Heather,

I would suggest that you read through MousePlanet's guest review of off-site accommodations.  

MousePlanet does not have our own review or standards program, so I can't recommend any particular resort, but the guest reviews at the URL above can give you some great insights.

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John writes:  I am looking for the average per day cost for food for a family of four. 2 kids, ages 14 and 8. We are not really looking at being conservative... this is a trip of a lifetime for us. Also, any information on average expenses for souvenirs, etc.

A.

You should check this page, in MousePlanet's WDW Trip Planning Guide.  It has information like you're asking about.

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David Writes:  My kids are 8, 6, and 4 this year. I am very spoiled at WDW because my last two trips I stayed at the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian Resorts for the monorail convenience.

As the kids get older I'm sure it will be easier to stay off the monorail, but will I be disappointed in the Boardwalk Villas or Villas at Wilderness Lodge after staying at those other hotels?

My feeling after this last trip in December was that my kids were losing the "magic" and that we might as well have been at any amusement park. Any thoughts?

A.

David,

One of the things that makes WDW so magical is the variety of the themed parks and resorts! I think your kids will thoroughly enjoy a different resort just because the theme will be different, the views, colors, music...all will be different.

You might want to ask your kids which of the resort themes does the most to float their boat. Being involved in the decision might add to the excitement, too.

Also, from my experience with an infant-four year old, I think the buses are just about as convenient as the monorail.

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Lance asks:  I will be visiting WDW in May of 2001. I wanted to know if there were any places to do karaoke? I would think with all those resorts, clubs, and restaurants, at WDW, someone would have a karaoke show. I hope you can help!

A.

Lance,

I'm not aware of anyplace at WDW that has Karaoke. That doesn't mean that it's not available, just that I'm not the type to sing in front of a drunken crowd. :) On the other hand, that might be the best kind of crowd for me to sing in front of...

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Jack Writes:  had a hard time finding prices to rent watercraft. specifically the 'water sprites'.

A.

Jack,

"Water sprites" are now known as "water mice" at WDW.

Here's a list of watercraft rentals, all prices are approximate and can vary slightly from resort to resort where you rent the craft:

  • Canoes (Fort Wilderness Campground, Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans, Villas at the Disney Institute): $6/half hour
  • Canopy Boats, eight (8) adult capacity (Downtown Disney, Contemporary, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Yacht Club, Old Key West, Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach Resort): $20/half hour
  • Pedal Boats (Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans, Villas at the Disney Institute, Old Key West, Coronado Springs, Swan & Dolphin): $8/half hour for single boats, $16/half hour for double boats.
  • Pontoon Boats, ten (10) adult capacity (Contemporary, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge):$29/half hour
  • Sail Boats, two to six (2-6) adult capacity (Contemporary, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge):$6-10/half hour
  • Water Mice, (Contemporary, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Yacht Club, Fort Wilderness Campground, Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Downtown Disney):$19/half hour

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Darla Writes:  Since you started this web page I'll tell you what I don't like. Last time I was looking at something a box came up saying I had a message. I clicked on it and it said I had won a shopping spree which I don't want. I remember having a hard time getting rid of that message. Again today I'm looking at something and the same message box comes up. I forgot what it was about but I clicked on the X to get rid of it but unfortunately the shopping spree box came up anyway. This is very annoying. This is from Colonize.com. I minimized this email and guess what - it's back. This happens only on your web site. I was going to look at a report on a resort and it comes up. Please check it out because it's very annoying. Thanks.

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Darla,

I'm aware of the Colonize.com pop-ups. I, too, am annoyed at them. Unfortunately, they're a very good paying source of revenue for us.

I'm sorry for the annoyance. If some rich person out there would fully fund MousePlanet, we wouldn't need revenue....unfortunately, there aren't very many people out there with enough money that care.

Yet.  :)

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Magi Writes:  I am having difficulty finding information on children's activities for children under 4 years old in the Fort Wilderness Campground and in the parks. I did find some web sites which listed possible rides but it was hard to determine which ones were and were not appropriate for children age 4, based on height/age requirements since those weren't listed. I would appreciate your help as we expect to visit in June of 2001.

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Magi,

MousePlanet's "WDW with Kids" has the lists you're seeking, of attractions with restrictions. It also has a list of "fear factors" and which attractions may frighten a child for any one of several reasons.

After you've looked over the section, feel free to contact me again if you have specific questions...but I think most of what you're looking for is there (for the parks, anyway).

There is a lot of stuff going on over at Fort Wilderness. Besides the beaches and pools and boating, you'll find a petting farm (with pony rides for $2), a night-time campfire program (free), hayrides ($6/4 adult/child), and the Tri-Circle-D ranch where you can see the horses and the blacksmith at work. All of these things, incidentally, are available to any WDW guest...not just the folks that are staying at Fort Wilderness

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Carey asks:  Hi -- love your site -- first timers to Disney this year -- site has been very helpful. Question for you on the Deluxe Magic Package -- Disney says that w/this plan all of our meals/recreation will be charged to our room key.  What is to prevent us from having people join us for dinner and charging to our "room key" -- how does Disney keep track of how many people are in your party?

Thanks -- they are very vague about this.

A.

Carey,

Besides your strong moral fiber, there's one other thing that will keep you from committing such a heinous crime...

The computers at WDW are all wise. They will have very complete records available to the servers at the restaurants about what you really are eligible for and how many folks in your party can be served.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the reader feedback for the WDW Trip Planning Guide!  Feed free to send more questions or comments to brian@mouseplanet.com!

Brian Bennett's Disney Trip Planner


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I've always gotten email about the WDW Trip Planning Guide, but since we added the feedback form to the site several months ago, the number of questions has increased dramatically!  I do my best to answer each and every question personally, but I've noticed that a lot of the questions are asked again and again.  The question that one person asks might very well be the question that someone else is wondering about.  Thus this page!

So...I'll post reader email and feedback every once in a while, because the question someone else asks might be the same one you're thinking about yourself!

 

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