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WDW Trip Planning Guide Reader Feedback

by Brian Bennett

6/18/01

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Amanda asks: I have a question about tickets.  Is it better to buy before you leave home or to wait and buy them at one of those ticket booth places, like inside of McDonald's.  And if it is better to buy them at a booth do they offer park hopper and flex tickets?

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Amanda,

If you have access to AAA or can use the Disney Club discount, I would suggest you do so. AAA requires that you buy the tickets in advance. The Disney Club discount kicks in whether you buy at your local Disney Store or at WDW.

If you don't have a discount, I'd buy the tickets down there. There's no sense in letting the Disney company hold your money for several weeks or days, right? :)

As far as what kinds of tickets are available, the parks and resort hotels sell all of the available types.  You'd have to check on availability at other locations.

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Sunny Writes: What a great site! Going to Disneyland for first time in September. What a help this has been! I live in Florida.  I'm a nurse and would like to correct and add to your sunscreen advise as it is so important and can sure ruin things in a BIG way. Great advice on applying sunscreen. I like Coppertone color block 30 for 2 reasons.  1.You can see where you've missed, and 2. It lasts for 6 hours, even in water as long as your not rubbing with a towel. Ibuprofen is better than aspirin for sunburn. Here's why: It does reduce fever, it reduces swelling from burned tissues, and now - hear this- it promotes faster healing in all burns! Can you believe it! They are now giving around the clock doses to burn victims in all our E.R.s down here. Study from Chicago Presbyterian St Luke's burn center.

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Thanks for the information Sunny!  I'm sure it will help all of the Summer travelers!

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Tom asks: Brian, Your website is fantastic.  I've especially enjoyed your reader feedback section where I've found the answers to all but one of my questions. That question is....

If I have a car and I'm a Disney resort guest, do I have to pay for parking if I drive to one of the Disney theme parks?  In one of your articles you mentioned that a Disney resort guest doesn't have to pay for parking but I assume you meant they don't have to pay for parking at their resort, what about at the parks? I like the idea of having a car so I can come and go as I please but I'm not about to pay for parking at a theme park.

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Tom,

WDW Resort guests do NOT have to pay for parking at the theme parks, resorts valet parking (although a tip is still customary), or any other paid parking on site.

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And following up, Tom asks: Brian, thanks for the quick response. I have a quick follow up question. What does a Resort Guest have to show to a parking lot attendant so they won't have to pay for parking? Should they just show them their room key??

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Tom,

When you check in at your WDW resort, you'll be provided with a car pass that you can leave in the front window (on the dash) of your vehicle during your stay. The cast members always look for that, and will automatically wave you through or will refrain from charging you (for valet service) because of that car pass.

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Lori writes: Hello Brian. Your site has been truly a lifesaver for me But I do have a question for you. I am planning a trip to Walt Disney World in September alone. Yes, Alone. My friends think I am crazy and that NO one goes to Walt Disney World alone but I think they are wrong. Anyway my question is do people traveling to WDW alone do the sit down restaurant thing? I would like to eat at a couple of places but am unsure. Your advice would be greatly helpful. Thanks.

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Lori,

Yes, people DO travel to WDW alone... and yes, they eat at full- service restaurants, too.

I must admit that I've never been to WDW by myself, by I have done Disneyland alone. It seems a bit awkward at first, getting on attractions alone was a weird thing for me especially, but after a while I realized that no one else minded or thought anything was odd -- so why should I?

I'm sure you'll have a great time!

By the way, you might want to check MousePlanet's trip report archive for solo trips. It happens more than you might think!

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Randy Writes: Brian: I love your site. Some great suggestions for our next trip. Not sure if my last e-mail went through so; I read the tip from Michelle Price you noted in the section on priority seatings. Basically, the suggestion is that if you are staying off-site, you could get a PS at, say, the Crystal Palace in the MK on an early entry day, eat breakfast, then take advantage of early entry. My question is: not staying on-site how would you get into the Magic Kingdom? Wouldn't we be stopped at the TTC or the turnstiles? Or is there something I'm missing here? Would you have any way to tell the CM that you have the PS? Thanks for any help you could provide on this.

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Randy,

Transportation from the TTC would be provided if you have proof of that priority seating. I'd check with the folks at the reservations center to ask how to go about it, though. For example, you may have to use the resort monorail versus the express.

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Jessie Writes: We are searching for accommodations, on the premises, that accept pets. We have a 7lb. Chihuahua.

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Jessie,

I'd suggest you look at MousePlanet's WDW with Pets page. 

You'll see that there are five kennels on property that can accommodation your pet. The only place where you and the Chihuahua can "co-habitate," though, is at Fort Wilderness (and then, only if you have a camper or tent).

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Cindi asks: is there a way to obtain Walt Disney World brochures of the different parks prior to arrival?

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Cindi,

If you're staying at a WDW resort (especially in concierge), you may be able to get someone at the resort to send you guidemaps in advance. In general, though, it's not done often because the guidemaps are re-printed each week as they have very up-to-date show schedules and so on that require constant updating. As a result, Disney is very hesitant to send them out to guests.

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Sal writes: My last trip to WDW was in 1974 and my absolute favorite attraction was the Hall of Presidents. I went on to be a Political Science major, worked in Washington, D.C., and now find myself blessed with a 6 year old offspring who loves Presidential books more than Mickey. I have told him in great detail about the wonderful HOP. He is so excited. Please tell me this attraction hasn't closed!!!

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Sal,

The Hall of Presidents is closed right now. Plans for it to re-open in the late Summer or early Fall appear to be in place as President Bush is added to the lineup.

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Sunny (yep, the same one that wrote about the sunburn thing) writes: regarding a previous e-mail in "Notes From the World," Can you see Magic Kingdom fireworks from Downtown Disney? Well sort of, if you want to take a stroll. If you walk down Hotel Row, (across from Downtown Disney), on the right you will see the Best Western. If you go up to the lounge on the top floor you will find a bar, game room and a wall full of window looking out over the area. The fireworks can be seen from here as well as the Tree of Life in AK. Plus, have a drink and relax a few minutes. It's a nice, family friendly place. Open to public.

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Thanks for your note, Sunny. I guess I never would have thought of going up to the top floor of one of the hotels. In any case, it's quite a distance to the MK from there, so the fireworks would be much more distant than they would appear in the park or at the Contemporary, of course.

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Laura asks: Hi! I loved your articles on bringing an infant to WDW. I was hoping you might have some suggestions for me... I want to bring my sling to carry my 5 week old. Should I also bring the stroller? or would that be too much work? My mother is joining me (along with a few other relatives) and she uses a wheelchair. I am afraid trotting around with a stroller and wheelchair is excessive if I'm already carrying baby. Thank you for your help.

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Laura,

I think you'll find yourself becoming very tired if you use an infant carrier all day. I'd suggest you bring the stroller and let one of the other members of your family push your mother's wheelchair.

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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