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WDW Trip Planning Guide Reader Feedback

by Brian Bennett

5/23/01

Q.

Michael Writes: We came back from Orlando last week, and we lost our camera between Norway and China (probably in Norway). Of course we went back, probably 30 minutes later, and there were all new people there, and no camera. Well, of course we went to lost and found at Epcot, and called each day we were down there [with no luck].

Now we are home, and have all of the exact details describing the camera and case.

If there had been a link somewhere, I would be able to forward all of this to see if the camera ever showed up. Or I can hang another 30 minutes long distance.

I know there are some very dishonest people around, and it may be gone. My wife insists it was left in the [Maelstrom] boat in Norway, but the girl welcoming back weary travelers checked each boat as they returned.

At any rate, any chance of a link for lost and found?

A.

Michael,

Unfortunately I'm not aware of a web site for Walt Disney World's lost and found departments.

The only option I have for you is to make that phone call.  Click here for a MousePlanet page with all of the phone numbers for the lost and found departments at WDW.  Hopefully that will help!

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Jeff Writes:  Your website has been a tremendous help in planning our trip. However, I can't help but feel overwhelmed when trying to plan what some would consider the most important aspect of vacationing...eating.

We are only going for 4 days so we are limited. we want to attend a dinner show and hopefully it is not too late to get reservations ( May 3-7 ). What are your recommendations about dinner shows? Which if any is best for adults? What would you recommend for a plan the other 3 nights? We thought we would 'wing it' for breakfast and lunch. We are staying at what was called Dixie Landing [now Port Orleans Resort - Riverside]. Thanks again for all your help.

A.

This is a tough question, Jeff, because there are so many options... and the answer really is a matter of personal preference. You might find, for example, that a restaurant that comes highly recommended by others just doesn't have any items on the menu that really appeals to you (or someone in your party). That's happened to me and my family on several occasions.

So, I'll take it from the top...

First, if you haven't looked over MousePlanet's WDW Restaurant Resource, you should give it a looooooong look see. It has pretty good descriptions of all of the restaurants on-site, and even has some menus from some of them.

As far as dinner shows go, the Hoop Dee Doo is considered, by most folks, the best dinner show at WDW. I've also enjoyed the Luau at the Polynesian resort. Again, theming is the issue. What sounds like more fun? A Western vaudeville-like show or an authentic Luau with the flame dancer and all?  In either case, though, it's unlikely (but not completely impossible) that you'll get priority seating for one of the dinner shows just a few weeks before your trip.  I'd check, if you're really interested in a dinner show, but don't get your hopes up too high!

If I had only three nights, though, here's my picks (Focusing on the unusual):

  1. Rose & Crown... this is a fun restaurant, with only average service, but with very good food. It's a personal favorite because my family comes from the UK originally.
  2. Marrakesh... this is a very unusual restaurant for most American tastes, but the food is excellent and the dining room is gorgeous.
  3. Teppanyaki Dining Rooms... again, this is an atmosphere choice. If you've eaten at a Japanese steakhouse, this won't be a huge treat, but coming from a small Midwestern town without any culture (unless you consider blue cheese dressing to be culture), we've always enjoyed this place.

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Mike Asks: How about some maps of the places? or did I not see them on your menu?

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Check out http://www.mouseplanet.com/dtp/maps/, Mike!  There are a bunch of MousePlanet maps of the Orlando and Anaheim areas, resort maps, and such.  I think you'll find it helpful!

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Paul Writes: Should we rent a car (we are not going off property) or can we rely on Disney Transportation?

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If you're not going off site, WDW Transportation is just fine. I wouldn't bother with a rental car. Of course, having said that, I've always rented a car just so I could go off site and do whatever I want when I'm down here. I guess it comes down to personal preference.

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Following Up, Paul Asks: Thanks again for the information. I hope this is not getting to be too bothersome but it brings up another issue. I promise (I hope) not to bother you anymore if this is all too elementary, but I really am loving the planning out of this trip...I have never stayed on Site before...

On our last day our flight is at 5:30pm... we were planning on just hopping around from resort to resort for a bit of sight seeing and future planning.

I know this is a challenge with the Transportation system but here is what I have thought of so far...

CBR -> MK -> WL -> TTC -> Polynesian -> MK -> Coronado Springs -> Boardwalk. Now you can walk from Boardwalk to International Gateway as I understand it but what if you wanted to go Epcot's main entrance? Is there a way without burning a day on our multi-day passes? (We don't have AP's, but we will have a day or two left on some of our passes at the end of this trip.)

The idea to get to the main entrance of Epcot is to go Boardwalk -> Epcot -> Port Orleans -> DD -> CBR! I figure about 4 to 6 hours to do this, what do you think? Too commando-esque?

A.

First, you can't enter any park without using a pass. Second, yes, your plans is far too ambitious for four-six hours even with a car! If you plan to use WDW transportation, I wouldn't plan more than one resort in two hours, if that!

What you might want to do instead, even though it's obvious you have some resorts that appeal to you, is pick some resorts that are near each other and visit them instead. For example, the monorail resorts are easy to see in two or three hours. Also the Port Orleans and Old Key West Resorts can be seen in that time (and using the water taxi is fun).

I wouldn't plan as much as you are for one afternoon. It's really too much.

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Jason Writes:  Hi! Great work on the website! I am taking my wife to WDW in September for our first anniversary. I grew up taking family trips to Disney, but this will be my wife's first time. We are staying in the All Star Music (49 dollars a night!) I want to do something special for her while we're there and I was thinking of the Hoop-Dee-Doo show, because this is one of the few things in WDW I have never done! My question is, are the three show times listed in the Birnbaum guide presented all year, or just during the busy season?

I would love to do the 9:30 show, after a day at the parks. Also, is there a way to let them know it is our anniversary? Also, do you know which restaurants at the Studios offer the priority seating at Fantasmic? Also, is Fantasmic presented year round? Thanks for all your help!

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Jason,

You can get the answers to your questions about the Hoop Dee Doo when you make your priority seating for the show. They won't give you a priority seating (actually, a real-live reservation) for a show that won't be run and they're scheduled long in advance. Also, when you make those arrangements, you can let the reservationist know that it's your anniversary.

Fantasmic! does run all year long, but is cancelled due to weather on rare occasion.

The Hollywood Brown Derby and Mama Melrose's are the two restaurants that generally offer the Fantasmic! dinner deal. Again, you can check on those details when you make your priority seating arrangements.

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Joel Writes:  Regarding Paula's question on directions to the Coronado Springs Resort, I think you should have pointed out that road signage within WDW is generally by resort "area". Once you're on the property, you just have to follow signs to "Animal Kingdom area resorts" (for Coronado Springs), and then follow signs to the specific resort once you're in the area.

Also, a guest can pull into the toll booth or security gate for any park or resort and ask for directions.

A.

Excellent points, Joel. I'll make sure I share them in a future "Notes from the World" feature.

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Brian (another one that, coincidentally, works at my company) writes:  Brian, My wife and two daughters (5 years & 2 years 10 months) and I are on our way to WDW May 12th - 19th. I've read a couple of items on the trip report archives that have interested me. Of these, I have a couple of questions to ask.

When would you fax a room request to a resort you're staying at? We broke up our stay between ASMoR (3 nights) and WL (4 nights). I'm concerned about our room location at ASMoR because of the size of the resort. We would like to stay in the Toy Story section. Do you have any recommendations as to the best location with a 5 and 2 year old. Is the best location central to the food court and bus stops?

I've also read about a "personal card" written to a child from Mickey. What needs to be done to request a "personal card", so at check-in I can give my girls a personalized card (keepsake) from Mickey?

P.S. That was an excellent story you wrote in regards to your new son Michael.

A.

Thanks for the note, Brian!

First, on the room request issue, I have two comments. You can fax or call in your room requests at any time -- even when you first make your reservations. However, if you want to "punctuate" your requests, you can make a phone call to the resort within five days of arrival and ask for the "room controller" or "the person that assigns the rooms" (either "title" seems to work.) Verbally ask the controller for those things you've requested. You won't be given any promises, but I know that the controller will make an effort if you request it. The reason for having you call within five days of arrival, is that the room reservation system gives the resorts advanced planning information only five days out, so calling earlier won't help.

On the personal card issue, I have no advice to give. I've never heard of such a thing. I even ran a search of the trip report archive at MousePlanet with no results. If you could give me some more information on what you've heard, maybe I can figure something out. Also, you can call your resorts and ask them, perhaps they can just work it out for you directly?

Thanks for the kind words about Michael's Story. :) Michael really enjoyed his first trip to see WDW and Mickey.  He seemed to be duly impressed. ;)

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Shanan Writes: Dear Sir, My husband and I are planning to be at WDW November 15-22. This trip will be the first time for both of us to visit (first-timers in our late and mid 30's). We will be staying at the Polynesian. Where would you recommend for a memorable Thanksgiving dinner besides Victoria and Albert's? I have so enjoyed looking at your website.

A.

That's an interesting question, Shanan. Here's a list of several you might want to consider:
  • Cinderella's Royal Table (just for the atmosphere)
  • Liberty Tree Tavern (good theming for the holiday)
  • Rose & Crown (just to enjoy the old country when we celebrate the beginning of the colonies)

You might also want to browse through MousePlanet's WDW Restaurant Resource to get some other ideas!

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Dick Asks: Great Site !. Any suggestions , or comments about the Grand Floridian Main Building concierge level? Is it worth the extra $$$$$$$$$$$$$$?

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Dick, I don't have any personal experience with concierge service at the Grand Floridian. However, Patrick Carey wrote an excellent article on concierge service at the Yacht Club Resort. I think that reading it will give you a good idea of what to expect at the Grand.

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!

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