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WDW Trip Planning Guide Reader Feedback

by Brian Bennett

4/10/01

Q.

In my last "Notes from the World" piece, Lance Asked:  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.

My, admittedly lame answer was,

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...

But I've gotten several responses from MousePlanet readers!  Here they are!

David writes, "Just wanted to let you know that on my last visit to WDW they had karaoke at Kimono's, the Japanese restaurant at the Swan hotel.  This was on a Friday night I believe, so I'm not sure about the frequency of their karaoke nights..."

Lynne noted, "I noticed the question about Karaoke at WDW. Kimono's, the sushi restaurant at the Swan, has Karaoke (every night, I think). Their sushi is average, but all we could find in the area. I completely embarrassed myself singing 'Rainy Days and Mondays.'  Thanks for writing the column."

and finally, John added, "There is a recording studio in Pleasure Island right next to 8-trax."

Thanks to all of you!

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Q.

Also, in a previous "Notes from the World" Patrick Wrote:  Is there an internet cafe on property where I could check my email?  I know DisneyQuest has internet access, but the admission is a little pricey if all I want to do is check my email.

A.

And my answer was, "No, to the best of my knowledge there is no "internet cafe" on property."

Doobie answered, "Was just reading through your letters and noticed something.  I remember when I was at Epcot they now have AOL kiosks, don't they? I don't know if it allows email checking (AOL or otherwise), but thought I'd bring it up in case you forgot. Also, many of the hotels have business centers.  Don't know what they cost and if you have to be a guest to use them, but just something else to consider. If you've already considered both of these - never mind. :)  Keep up the great work."

and Jim pointed out, "While it is not much, I noticed they have added a couple of pay internet kiosks near Germany in Epcot where Worldlink or whatever the touch screen info system used to be. I suspect if that one works, others may be added."

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Q.

George writes:  A listing of the general level of crowds by month would be helpful in planning my trip.

A.

The information you're looking for is on the WDW Trip Planning Guide's "When to Go" and "Year at a Glance" pages.

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William writes:  I am staying at the Polynesian concierge. I have never stayed at this level. What level of service should I expect. Ca I use the concierge desk to assist with priority booking for dinning and shows. Does the hotel have a web access of it's own?

A.

William,

The concierge at the Disney resorts can handle priority booking for dinning and dinner shows. They also provide snacks throughout the day and often very elegant wine and cheese and /or desert layouts in the afternoon and evenings.

Probably the best feature of the concierge service at WDW, though, is the personalized service you receive even before leaving on your trip. You can arrange to have the concierge contact you to help plan your trip, including dealing with those priority seating issues, before you leave home.

Enjoy your trip! I'd love to hear back from you when you return, so I can provide more details on the concierge in the future!

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Q.

Mindy writes:  GREAT site! Keep up the great work. I like this better than Disney's own site.

How about the scoop on NEW rides in the parks? Currently there is a wall up in Magic Kingdom's Adventureland. I believe it said an Aladdin theme ride 'Magic Carpets or some such thing' was being built behind it. Also, in Animal Kingdom there is a construction wall beside the Boneyard. If I heard correctly, a thrill ride is going in there.

Sorry if I missed this info on your page - could you redirect me?  Otherwise, if it is possible to collect that type of information, then your site would be that much more wonderful :-\ Thanks!

A.

Thanks for the suggestion, Mindy. I struggle with this issue, because I know many people enjoy that kind of "insider" information. On the other hand, the WDW Trip Planning Guide is oriented toward trip planning much more so than providing information on the future of the Disney Company.

I'll do some thinking about it again, though. :)

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Q.

Toni writes: My husband and I are planning to take our son to WDW for the first time in September 2001. We will be in Disney on his 2nd birthday and want to do something special for him. We are already planning to do a Character Breakfast the morning of his birthday, but were wondering if you have any suggestions about where to go or who to talk to at Disney to get something more than the free cupcake. (We are perfectly willing to pay for anything extra, just don't know where to start...)

A.

Toni,

My suggestion would be to contact the resort you'll be staying at...and the restaurant where you'll be having that character breakfast! I'm sure you can arrange something special.

If you're staying offsite, of course, you probably won't get any help there...but the restaurant can still provide special arrangements if you make them in advance.

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Andrea asks:  First, I just wanted to say that I think MousePlanet is a really interesting site. I'm going to Disney World in a few weeks and found it very helpful. But here's my question. I don't think you addressed this anywhere on the site, but if you did, I'm sorry to bother you. You have so much information about Disney World, so I thought you might know the answer to this. I was just wondering what the dress code on Pleasure Island is, and what kinds of photo ID they accept. Specifically, would they take a high school ID card?

A.

Andrea,

There really isn't a Pleasure Island dress code. You'll find anything from typical tourist stuff (shorts and shirts) to the stuff you might wear at a prom on the high end (although that would be much more rare). Most people dress the way they would to attend any typical party at home.

As far as the ID issue is concerned, if your high school ID is a photo ID card, it will probably be accepted.

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Thomas asks:  Hi.  For early admission do you have to have the unlimited pass or can you have a 6-day Park Hopper? I am staying on property, and am unsure of how the early morning works. Thanks.

A.

Early Entry is open to all WDW resort guests regardless of the admission media that they've purchased.

All you have to do, is make note of which park is opening early on any given day, and get out to the WDW transportation (bus, boat, monorail) early to get to that park early. The buses, etc. all run earlier for the park that's opening early that day.

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Q.

Molly writes:  What are the early admissions times?

A.

The actual times vary as the park operating hours vary, but in general, Early Entry at any given park begins an hour and a half before the posted park opening time.

MousePlanet's WDW Trip Planning Guide has a page on early entry that you may find helpful!

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Fred asks:  We are going to Disney in December 2001 from the UK and would love to celebrate our twins birthday by taking them to a character breakfast on the 10th December 2001 how can we book this from the UK ???  I HAVE ASKED EVERY ONE BUT NO ONE KNOWS THE ANSWER.

A.

You can make your priority seating arrangements the same way we do in the states...

I'll quote from MousePlanet's Walt Disney World Restaurant Resource:

"If you want to have a character meal at one of the more popular venues (Cinderella's Royal Table, which offers a very few seats for the "Once Upon a Time" character breakfast, for example) you really do need to get on the phone five minutes before 7:00am eastern time and start calling (407) WDW-DINE over and over until you get a receptionist. In fact, you really should do that exactly 60 days prior to the date you want. Even if you do this, there is no guarantee that you'll get a priority seating, but it's your best bet. If you call any other day (within 60 days of the date you want) you may be able to snap up a cancellation, but your odds get worse as you get closer to the day."

This worked for me when we wanted to make reservations for our last visit in the Fall of 2000. It should work for you, too... except that the timing will be much less convenient for you than it was for me (as I live in the Eastern US time zone).

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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