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WDW Trip Planning Guide Reader Feedback

by Brian Bennett

7/9/01

Q.

Andrea Writes:  I'm going over my transportation schedule within the World, and I'm wondering, instead of taking three buses from CBR (where we're staying) to dinner at the Wilderness Lodge, is it possible to take a bus to the Magic Kingdom and then a boat to Wilderness Lodge? And also, can this be done without entering the MK, on a day off from the park day?

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Andrea,

Your plan will work as long as you're traveling during the times that the MK is open (or within an hour or less of park closing time). After that, the boat transportation shuts down.

When you get off the bus from CBR, stay to the left (toward the water) and you'll find a large boat dock area with a queue. The labels for which resort the boat services is overhead as you walk into the queue area (so you can be sure you're getting on the right boat).

Make sure, of course, that you have park-hopping admission media or your resort ID to ensure that you are allowed to ride the boat.

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Stephanie Asks:  Hi, my name is Stephanie. I will be a graduating senior for the year 2002. Some friends of mine would like to plan our senior trip to Walt Disney World. I need some information on the going rates for hotels, tickets, etc. If there are any special packages that you know of for plane tickets that would be of some help. If you could e-mail me back with this information, I would greatly appreciate it.

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Stephanie,

MousePlanet is really oriented toward the do-it-yourselfer. We have a lot of information to wade through, though, so for folks that don't have the inclination to do so -- or are just overwhelmed by all the details of planning a trip to Walt Disney World, I highly recommend calling MousePlanet's partner company, Discovery Hills Travel, at (800) 750-5975. Discovery Hills can help you sort through all the options and plan the perfect vacation.  Discovery Hills Travel can handle ala carte booking of specific elements of your vacation plan.

Of course, you're welcome to browse through the trip planning guides on MousePlanet in case you decide to do things yourself. :)

I'd suggest you start at the WDW Trip Planning Guide.  To answer your specific questions, you can find rate information on the hotels on this page and on admission media here.

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Ron Asks: What happened to all the trip reports your site used to have?

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Ron,

They're still there! Check out the archive here at MousePlanet. You'll find the archive bigger than ever!

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Paula Writes: If we plan on going in September when you say crowds are less and lines are shorter, Does Disney world do what other parks do and lessen the number of cars in use for particular rides? Many parks do that around here and it is infuriating!

A.

Paula,

Yes, Disney does, indeed, adjust ride throughput when park attendance drops. The parks also adjust their operating hours, too, to reduce their operating cost when the crowds lessen.

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and in a follow-up, Paula asks: This our one and probably only opportunity to go to Disney World financially so we want to go at a time when the crowds are less so we can see everything and get on everything we can. I've been checking around and some sites have been telling me the crowds are less in September. But if your park adjusts ride output as you say, then doesn't going at this time defeat the purpose of seeing and doing more because the crowds are less? We do pay the same price of admission as anyone else does during the "peak" season. I don't understand why we get shafted in service and time allowed in the park. I think we should at least get discounted tickets if we get less time in the park and we're standing in the same long lines for attractions as in the peak times because of "ride adjustment".

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Paula,

Even though park hours are shorter and the attractions are adjusted for fewer guests, you'll still spend MUCH less time in lines during the non-peak times. For example, in September you'll see ten to fifteen minute lines for most attractions... only the most popular ones will be as long as thirty to forty-five minutes. During the peak weeks in July and December, the corresponding numbers would be thirty and ninety or more!

Trust me, non-peak times are the best time to visit! You'll be able to see everything in a much shorter period of time during any given day.

On another note...

As I was formatting this email reader feature, I noticed that you stated "But if your park adjusts ride output as you say..."

You may note that in my response to you, I stated "Yes, Disney does, indeed, adjust ride throughput when park attendance drops."

I just wanted to point out that the theme parks at WDW are NOT mine. Walt Disney World is owned by the Walt Disney Company. MousePlanet is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company in any way. If you would like to complain about the park operating hours, I'd suggest you check in at guest relations at any of the parks and lodge a complaint. I'd love to see the parks open longer and with more ride capacity, too. Your comments to the company can only help. :)

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Ted Writes: Good evening, Brian.  I just finished reading your article on attraction "Fear Factors" for children at WDW and wanted to know if you have any suggestions on the opposite: what to do when the kids want to and the parents are afraid, what we can all see even if the parents are afraid.

Any help is most welcome. We are leaving Thursday for Orlando and will spend a week. Thank you so much.

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Ted,

The only suggestion I have would be to do the same as I've suggested for the kids, but somewhat in reverse. If the kids want to ride, and are old enough to do so alone, let them! You can always meet up with them at the attraction exit.

In reality, though, there really aren't any WDW resort attractions that are really that extreme. You certainly won't find any 300 foot high roller coasters or any such thing at WDW.

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Diane Asks: (regarding New Year's Eve at WDW) ...We like to stay out late and have found that most parks really clear out after 9PM.  Any suggestions as to what we could do on New Year's eve? Our children are 11 and 15 so we won't be going to Pleasure Island (or spending $200 plus per ticket). I am looking for something fun and memorable!

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Sue Holland helped me out with this one, as I've never been to WDW over the holidays...  She answers: 

"I'm pretty certain the parks will NOT clear out after 9pm on 12/31! I'll be there on 12/31 this year - only because friends from Scotland will be there & we've made plans to ring in the New Year with them. Personally, I think we're nuts!

"We're doing the 5pm Hoop Dee Doo (booked over a year in advance) and then will meet other friends in the MK - IF it's not closed to any new guests.

"We'll be shoulder to shoulder enjoying each other's company, waiting for the fireworks, hoping it's not a bitterly cold night!

"If people don't mind incredible crowds, any of the parks would be the place to be. If crowds are a concern, if Diane's family is staying at one of the MK resorts I'd recommend booking a nice dinner somewhere & then watching the MK fireworks from their resort (perhaps with a bottle of champagne). If they're at the BW resorts, they could have a nice dinner, and then watch the Epcot fireworks from the resort. Staying at the value or moderate resorts pretty much forces them to "go" somewhere, and if they're staying offsite, they've got my condolences <g>.

"Seriously, 12/31 is not your typical "peak" time....it's much worse.

"As the date gets closer, Disney should release information on what entertainment they're adding to the parks for 12/31. As I recall, MGM usually has several musical groups. I'm not sure what the others do."

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Daniel Asks: Just stayed a week at Coronado Springs and it down right was terrible. One, who can I write to at Disney that will listen and two how do I get the info to you??

A.

Daniel,

You can write to Guest Relations at Coronado Springs directly. The resort address is on MousePlanet's Coronado Springs Resort Fast Facts page.  If you'd like to submit a review to MousePlanet, you can simply fill out and submit this form.

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Cyril Writes: This is targeted for families at WDW touring the parks with an infant. I just arrived back from our vacation at WDW. Instead of taking a stroller we invested in a child carrier/backpack. This is without a doubt the way to go. I was able to take it on all the rides an infant could ride. No more searching for where your stroller was parked and then moved by someone else. Also, the ease at which you could navigate through a crowd was priceless.

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Thanks for your comment, Cyril!

We did the infant carrier thing, too, when our first son was a baby. It worked ok, but we found ourselves getting tired from carrying the extra weight around, even though he was just a few weeks old at the time.

I think, for infants, that a mix of using an infant carrier and a stroller works well. Once the baby is six months old or so, though, the carrier is really just too heavy for long periods of time.

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Rori Writes: My family has a tradition of going to WDW for anniversary celebrations, so we may well be attending next year's. But what I'm wondering about is whether there will be any "Atlantis" related attractions installed for that. I know the movie has done under whelming business, but is there still the possibility of an attraction of some kind? I enjoyed the film greatly.

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Rori,

There are no plans for any in-park tie-ins to Atlantis at this time.

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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