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WDW Trip Planning Guide Reader Feedback

by Brian Bennett

7/30/01

Q.

David Asks: Where is the Publix Supermarket in relation to WDW?  Are there any supermarkets close to All star resort?

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David,

There are two Publix Supermarket on U.S. 192 (aka Iro Bronson Memorial Highway), just outside of WDW. The newer one is to the West, but both are very nice.

Those two Publix are, without doubt, the closest supermarkets to the All Star Resorts. You would simply drive out of the All Stars, take the exit to U.S. 192, and head west on U.S. 192. The new Publix is a few miles West on the North side of the road.

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John Writes: Hello sir, I've been to Disney World a number of times but never got the opportunity to visit the water parks. This August will be my first time visiting the water parks (actually only one park) Me and my family will only be able to visit one of the water parks and I am asking which one in your opinion would be the best one? We have an adventurous four year old boy who loves the pool. I love the scary slide but my wife usually loves to relax around the pool. Which park would be best for us in your opinion?

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John,

It sounds like Typhoon Lagoon would be the best option for you and your family. There is a nice children's area there, several slides (and the storm slides are fun, but not too intimidating), as well as a family raft ride, the large water slide (Humonga Kowabunga), and a slow-moving river-innertube ride.

When your son is a bit older, you may want to consider Blizzard Beach as a "thrill upgrade."

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Kerry Asks: Hey -- I was looking for your old page of reviews of offsite resorts, and of course my old link to your previous URL got me re-routed to your MousePlanet one. But the reason I was looking for your site is the terrific page of reviews of offsite hotels that you used to have. Has it been moved? I couldn't find it!

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Kerry,

MousePlanet's offsite reviews are still available.  Click here to to there!

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Stew Writes:  I have three questions about WDW --- 
  1. Back in 1992, I purchased an A/P in order to get both the unlimited admission, as well as a great (50% off) deal on a beautiful room at the Polynesian Resort for 2 weeks (the $$ saved on the room more than paid for the AP). I renewed the AP in 1993 (got a voucher that I used on my next visit), then returned to WDW in 1994 and did another 2 week visit (again saving 50% on the room (Contemporary && Poly)). Again, I renewed the AP (in 1995) and received a voucher that could be exchanged for a new AP on my next visit. Well, I haven't been back since, and I still have the voucher. Is the voucher still good (there's NO date on it)? Since the voucher was purchased BEFORE the opening of DAK, how would that work (is it a 3-park only AP; do I have to "upgrade" to a modern AP (thus losing the $$ savings of holding it since 1995), or would it somehow be pro-rated so that I could upgrade to a 4-park AP for a minimal amount of extra $$)? Oh yes, this was NOT only an AP Renewal (so it was discounted), it was an AP Renewal at Magic Kingdom Club Rates (so it was a DOUBLE Discount). The reason I am asking is that we have some GREAT Airfares (we're in the SF Bay Area--- can get a R/T ticket for $138 (yes, $138.00 ROUND TRIP)) good through December 8th -- so we're looking into a return trip (finally) -- if the price onsite is right!)
  2. I've heard that the Hotel Occupancy is off a bit. Are they having any AP discounts for the High-End Accommodations (Polynesian, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Yacht/Beach Club)? If so, do you know the rates and dates??
  3. I heard that the "La Pirate y El Perico" Restaurant actually has reopened. Is that the case? Did the menu change or was is merely a refurbishment of ??? I always liked eating there (actually, my FAVORITE place was the old Adventureland Veranda --- I was REALLY sorry when that closed)....
  4. (I know...I just thought of this one...) How are the crowds around Thanksgiving Time? We're thinking of going around that then...

Thanks in advance!

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Stew,

Your AP renewal question is an interesting one. I'm sure that you'd have to pay an upgrade to cover AK. The question in my mind, though, is whether or not you could use the AP voucher "as is" for the other three parks for a year -- or if you'd have to trade in the voucher for a "forced upgrade." I honestly don't know. You'll have to stop in at guest relations to find out the answer to that one.

On AP discounts (for the resort hotels) I've not heard of any specific AP discounts being announced, but often those are available when you call CRO.

I've also heard that El Pirata y el Perico was re-opened. I'm glad for that, because I'd heard earlier that the restaurant was not supposed to reopen at all. Perhaps El Pirata y el Perico will be merged in with Pecos Bills in some future rehab... we'll have to wait and see. I personally think that the MK is sorely lacking in restaurants. They really should open one or two more full service places, I think. The old Adventureland Veranda location would be a great place for a full-service, Adventureland-themed restaurant, don't you think? :)

You'll find that the week of Thanksgiving will be extremely busy. The last few days of the week prior to Thanksgiving and the first few days of the week following will be busy, too. Otherwise, early to mid November and early December would be very quiet.

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Tom asks: I'm planning on buying an annual pass to take advantage of the incredibly low rates that "CRO" is offering to Annual Pass Holders. I plan to rent a room for my family and another room for my friends family. Both families will have rental cars. Since I am renting both rooms am I only allowed one car or am I allowed one car per room? Thanks in advance for the info.

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Tom,

I don't know that there is a limit to the number of vehicles you can have per room. I've often had two for one room, and I've never even been looked-at-cross-eyed about the idea. I'm sure, with two rooms, that you won't have any problems with two vehicles.

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and in a follow-up question, Tom asks: Here's another quick question... What happens if I ask for charging privileges for both rooms. When I go to check out will I have one huge bill with the combined room charges OR will I have separate bills for each room. Since I'm renting a room for a friend I really don't want to deal with going thru the bill line by line figuring out who owes what. What do you think?

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Tom,

If you are paying on one credit card, then you'll have one combined bill for charging privileges. A Cast Member can fix it up for you, but the process is tedious and far from fool-proof (you may end up with a mess on your hands at the end of the trip in any case).

My suggestion is to skip charging privileges and have both parties take traveler's checks and their own credit cards. That will keep things much cleaner. Plus, if you use traveler's checks -- it will help you with spending too much, because you'll see the money leave your hand... and you'll be able to keep track of how much is left as you go through the trip.

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Vince Writes: I just got back from Disney World and was surprised that the hours were cut back. The Magic Kingdom closes at 10pm 5 nights a week. It always used to close at 11pm in the summer. Animal Kingdom was closing at 6pm instead of 7pm last summer. Ticket prices are higher but they still cut park hours.

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Vince,

It's not a real big surprise, because WDW adjust hours depending on expected crowd levels... and the crowd levels are way down this Summer.

There are several possible explanations (including the fact that there's no "celebration" going on right now, that the economy is in a slide, and that some folks are waiting for the 100th Anniversary Celebration in October). You can take your pick of reasons, but in any case... I'm not surprised that the parks are closing earlier.

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Lenny Writes: Where can I find info on the best "least crowded" days to visit each park.

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Lenny,

There is no short answer to your question, so I'd suggest you read the following MousePlanet pages to plan your days in the parks...

This link is to a page gives an overview of planning your day.  Then there are pages that discuss what you can do throughout the day during the morning, afternoon, and evening.

In general, you'll find that the early entry days (they are listed on the daily plan page) will be much busier for those parks. The Magic Kingdom tends to be busier on Mondays because of early entry -- but also because many folks that came into the area over the weekend make the MK the first park visit of their trip.

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Sharon Writes: Hi, I saw a few people said they used a code to get a discount, but I did not see that, we are interested in staying at the Polynesian from October 18 to the 25 2001,can I get a better rate if I book through you?

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Sharon,

I'm sorry for the delay in responding to your question. I've been tied up with some personal things here (we're in the middle of moving into a new home).

Anyway, the short answer to your inquiry is that I don't know what you're referring to regarding a discount code.

If you book through TravelNow or Discovery Hills travel (MousePlanet's travel partners), I know you'll get excellent service, but I can't claim that you'll get better pricing.

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Mary-Ellen asks: My son is autistic and we have a letter from his neurologist attesting to his need for special consideration while at WDW. I have seen reference to a "guest assistance pass" but no details on where and how to get it and how it works. Any idea where I can look?

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Mary-Ellen,

You should visit the Guest Relations office at the park when you arrive. They will be able to provide you with the necessary assistance.

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!

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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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