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WDW Trip Planning Guide Reader Feedback

by Brian Bennett

8/14/01

Q.

Jason asks: Dear Brian, We are thinking of going to the Wilderness Lodge for our honeymoon. My girlfriend had a knee replacement operation about 6 months ago. She is fine now but, sometimes struggles going up steps. We were just wondering if there are many steps outside of the Wilderness Lodge. Inside isn't a problem because of the lifts. An early reply would be appreciated.

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Jason,

There are some steps, but not a large amount. If you're walking to the parking lot (car park, in your lingo) frequently, you'll find that there are two short flights of steps to go up and down.

In any case, everything is accessible via ramps, if you don't mind walking a few extra paces to avoid steps.

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Beth writes: What time is the electric water pageant and is it every night?

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Beth,

The water pageant is a short "parade" that runs on Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake at WDW. It runs nightly, after dusk, but the time varies depending on which resort you're staying at.

You can contact guest services at your resort to get specific times at your location.

There's more information on the pageant in MousePlanet's WDW Trip Planning Guide.

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Jim asks: Can you suggest a hotel property near the Orlando Hyatt that is nice for a photographer's convention?

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Jim,

Unfortunately, all I can do is direct you to MousePlanet's reader-submitted offsite hotel reviews at where you'll find many reviews of resorts in the Orlando / Kissimmee area.

MousePlanet does not officially review hotels, so we're not really in a position to be able to recommend a particular property.

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Cassie writes: Do you know what it costs to park your own car? Is it per car? Is it per day, or can you buy an extended pass? Is it included if you buy Park Hopper passes? Any additional info regarding the costs of parking would be appreciated.

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Cassie,

Parking at all of the parks will set you back $6/vehicle/day. There is no extended pass available for parking. The only way to get "free" parking is to stay onsite at a WDW resort or to get an annual pass.

Be aware, if you park at one of the parks, then move to another park later in the day keep your receipt! You will not be charged a second time for parking at any WDW park if you show that you've already paid that day.

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Daniel Writes: Where are the ON SITE reviews???

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Well that's a good question. :) There are a LOT of onsite reviews, but their embedded within MousePlanet's WDW Trip Planning Guide.

Go to MousePlanet's WDW Trip Planning Guide accommodations page.  From there, you'll find a list of the various WDW resorts. Click on the resort you're interested in, and you'll find a TON of information on that particular resort. At the bottom of that page is the list of reviews for that specific WDW resort under the heading "Guest Reviews."

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Betsy asks: Brian, We are planning a WDW trip for the first week of January 2002.....approximately the 2nd through the 12th. Do you have any information on weather, crowds, etc. &/or any trip reports from anyone who has been to WDW during this particular time frame of early January? Thanks.

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Betsy,

If you click here you'll find a list (by "time of year") of all of the trip reports in MousePlanet's archive. You may want to check both "winter" and "holiday season" reports (as some reports from Christmas week may wrap into that first week of January.)

There's also information about "planning your trip" and specifically, "deciding when to go" to WDW in MousePlanet's WDW Trip Planning Guide. You'll find information on weather, crowd levels, etc. there.

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Melissa writes: I would like to plan a trip to Walt Disney world the week after Christmas. could you seen me some information on the cost of hotels and the parks and a list of activities. I will be traveling with a 8 year old and a two year old. your help would be greatly appreciated.

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Melissa,

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.

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 MousePlanet's WDW Trip Planning Guide. If, after you'd surfed through those pages, there are questions you don't have answers to, let me know and I'll be happy to help as best I can.

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Joanie asks: What are DVC points? What is the DVC membership?

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Joanie,

DVC stands for "Disney Vacation Club." The DVC is a pre-paid vacation program (disguised as a timeshare lease) that permits folks to pay up-front for vacation accommodations that will be used over a long period of time (over forty years).

Members that buy into the DVC are given an annual allotment of points that can be used in trade to rent your accommodations. The number of points you need depend on the type of accommodations (studio at the low end to multi-bedroom condos at the high end) and the time of year you want to visit. Obviously, high season times (like Christmas week or mid-Summer) require more points than at less busy times of the year.

You can read a LOT more about the DVC in MousePlanet's DVC Trip Planning Guide, including point charts to get an idea of how far your points can be stretched. 

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Jeneice writes: How do I submit a pre-trip plan for WDW we are going in September / October.

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Jeneice,

If you go to MousePlanet's Disney Trip Report Archive, you can see several links in the left-hand margin about writing and posting a trip report.

This page gives specific information about posting the report.

Since you're talking about a pre-trip report, though, I have one other thing I would ask. In the past, I've posted "pre-trip" reports as a courtesy to various folks with the understanding that they would update the report with a final version after their trip. Many of those folks reneged -- failing to do so. Now I always ask the question, Are you willing to commit to updating the report when you return?

In addition to that, I also need some specific summary information that I add to the link page when I post a report:

- Your Full Name 
- Your Email Address 
- Dates of Trip 
- Travel Method: (i.e. Personal Car, Plane, Autotrain, Rental Car, Shuttle Service) 
- Resort: (i.e. Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland Pacific Hotel, GRBR, YBCR, PBR, CR, WL, OKWR, BWR, CBR, DL, PO, CSR, ASR, FWC, Plaza Hotel, Offsite) 
- Accommodations: (i.e. Standard Room, 1 Bedroom Vacation Home, 2 Bedroom Vacation Home, Villa Vacation Home, Suite) 
- The Ages Represented in Group: (i.e. Infant/Toddler, Elementary, Teen, Adult, Elderly) 
- Disney Park Experience Represented in Group: (i.e. Veteran, Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie, DVC Member) 

With your confirmation that you're willing to follow-up with a final report, and the text of your pre-trip report and the summary information, I'll post your report as soon as I can. :)

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Ellen writes: Trying to find out if there are any Independent Fundamental Baptist churches in the WDW area. Do you know of any? I tried an internet search and got hundreds of Baptist churches but cannot tell without calling each of them if they are 'independent fundamental'. Thanks.

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Ellen,

I'm not sure exactly what your definition of "independent" and "fundamental" is, but the church that my wife and I most enjoy visiting in the area is Bible Baptist Church in Kissimmee. It's located on Vine, which is SR-192, way to the East f WDW. The address is: 1500 East Vine Street, Kissimmee, FL, 34744-3720.

Bible Baptist has a bit of Southern gospel influence (not surprising, since most churches in the South are). It has a great Sunday School, bus ministry, Christian School, and other programs, too.

The church is very fundamental by my definition (that is, they are strongly Bible-based). I don't know if they are "independent," but I've never heard any reference to any convention that they belong to.

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!

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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