by Brian Bennett
|Arlen Miller writes:
Hi Brian, Was wondering if you could post this information about
our next World Chapter-NFFC in the appropriate areas on your
web site? Thanks
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The next World Chapter
meeting for Disney Enthusiasts is Saturday, September 29th
at the Vista del Lago Clubhouse, 5 miles west of I-4 on West
192, see guard at the gate.
Doors open at 5 PM,
Meeting starts at 7 PM
Guest Speakers, Disney
Dealers, Door Prizes, Raffles, Refreshments & Auction
and of course PIN TRADING!
Admission: $4 Members,
For more information,
call our Club Phone Line: 407-ASK ARLO (407-275-2756)
Or Contact us at: email@example.com
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|Thanks for the note, Arlen. Unfortunately for
me personally, I'll miss the 29th by a couple of days (I'll
be in the Orlando area for almost two weeks, but depart on the
I'll put your notice in an upcoming "Notes From the
World" piece on MousePlanet.
| Joanie asks: I saw
on the Internet that Transtar Airport shuttle is less expensive
(27.00 round trip adults - 19.00 round trip children) than Meers.
Have you heard about this service, what are your thoughts?
There are several shuttle options described on this
page of MousePlanet's WDW Trip Planning Guide.
Transtar happens to be the service that WDW contracts with
for official business (including most of their in-house travel
packages), so they have a pretty strong reputation.
writes: Just wanted to drop a line about the Pleasure
Island admission policy. Our two older daughters decided to
go to Pleasure Island (one is 23 years of age, the other 17
years of age). After I dropped them off and was just sitting
down to relax I received a phone call from them stating my 17
year old couldn't get in without prior parental written approval
(notarized) or accompanied by a parent. (Apparently if you latch
on to anyone who looks like a parent and they are willing to
buy you a ticket you can get in).
We have been coming to WDW for ten
years and have never come across this problem. They let in
anyone who is 18, even though the drinking age is 21! However,
they would not let my 17 year old in even though she was accompanied
by her 23 year old sister. It just seems a little over done
when you have these 18 year olds entering without any problems.
I met them and spoke with the manager
and was informed that this is the policy. It was a little
late for me to get a notarized letter it being our last night
in Florida. There seems to be some type of verbiage at the
bottom of the brochures but it depends on the brochure you
are reading. I guess the law has changed, I could have brought
a ticket walked in with my daughter and then left! Go figure.
If you have young adults and they are not quite 18 read the
|Thanks for the note, Dennis. I'll share
it with everyone in my next Notes From the World piece.
I thought I'd submit a report for an upcoming trip to WDW. I
understand you want to be sure that folks follow up on their
planning reports, so I hereby don my mouse ears and affirm I
will follow up and send an actual trip report detailing the
(mis) adventures experienced while on vacation.
The report is semi-complicated due
to the nature of the discounts we received and the people
involved. If it rambles too much or is simply not useful,
I will not take offense if you choose not to publish it. The
only piece of information I think is truly of use to anyone
at the moment involves the Fantasmic Dining Experience. I
explain this at the end of the plan, in the Other Notes section.
Great work on the website; it's easily
the most useful resource I've found in planning my trip (and
I've been to WDW 15 times or so, and on the cruise twice already!).
Thanks so much for your kind note, and for sending me your
pre-trip report! You are correct... I only publish pre-trip
reports for folks that confirm that they will write a final
report after their visit. I appreciate the fact that you've
already done that.
I'll get the report up as soon as I can. It may be a couple
or three weeks (actually, I have it scheduled to be up on
the 29th), because I'm a bit behind on updates right now.
Just for the record, I don't recall ever having never refused
a report. No sense in starting to do so now. ;)
Last, I did want to thank you for the kind comments about
the site. A lot of folks put a lot of time into MousePlanet,
and we appreciate the positive reinforcement very much. :)
|Ken writes: Hey there
Brian, Thanks for your great contribution to this site. My wife
and I are headed to WDW for our 5th anniversary / belated honeymoon.
Noticing the recent question on a particular
church denomination in the vicinity of WDW, I'm curious to
know if you or MP readers have experienced the on-site church
services (given at the Polynesian, if I'm not mistaken).
If you're the church-going type, is
it worth staying on-site for these services or are they lame?
With so many denominations falling under "Protestant,"
I imagine the service is pretty generic. I have a feeling
we'd get more excited about worship at the HOB Gospel Brunch,
but I'm curious to hear someone else's opinion.
I've never had any personal experience at the services that
are held at the Polynesian.
I'll put up your question in an upcoming Notes From the World
piece and see if anyone can shed any light on that for us
|Larry writes: I just
wanted to write you a letter and commend you and all those who
take the time to willingly contribute to your site. What people
do not seem to understand about WDW, is that going there is
not just a trip for fun. It takes planning and thought to ensure
an enjoyable vacation at WDW. I have read all the books. I have
Birnbaum's and the Unofficial Guide, which I get every year
to see any new changes. What I have discovered is a lack of
knowledge from a normal or family traveling situations. Their
restaurant reviews are stuffy and their ride critiques expect
a four star carpet ride at every attraction.
I have been to WDW in excess of 20
times and in almost any scenario you could encounter. I have
been as a elementary aged child, teen with parents and with
school groups that even participated in the parade as a marching
band, a young adult with friends, a newlywed, a parent with
relatives and without, and a parent of two. I have always
done my homework and have never been disappointed. I make
plans that play to the strengths of the people I am going
I was going to write you a trip report
based on our trip in May (though we rarely go at that time)
but figured I would wait. We take a few trips each year as
we really enjoy amusement parks. We have been to Cedar Point,
Busch Gardens VA, Sea World and Universal Orlando, this year
in addition to a side trip to WDW. Though we enjoy other
parks, WDW is the only one we make special plans to have at
least 10 full days on property. Our favorite time to go is
the week leading into and during Thanksgiving. That way we
catch the end of the Food & Wine festival at Epcot and
the beginning of the Christmas season. It is never too crowded,
which I do not get, since hours are extended and the weather
is usually wonderful. The length of the trip also allows us
to have plenty of time and next year we will need it with
a 3 and 9 year old along. We are taking a fall break this
year so I expect next fall to bring some new adventures for
I have read with interest several trip
reports, restaurant reviews and resort reviews. I like the
fact that they are written by real people and not test subjects
who have preconceived notions. We sometimes agree with the
reviews and sometimes do not, but I enjoy seeing others opinions,
which enables me to plan for things we may have missed.
We have always been big on autographs
and hidden Mickeys, but had not gotten into the penny press
till we read about it here. Great idea and pretty fun. Something
that even experienced WDW travelers can learn.
Keep up the good work and I will get
you a pre-trip report when I begin planning in late November.
This next trip may test me immensely, since there is a chance
I will be planning for 4-5 different families of Relatives...
Ugh... along with ours. I will have to do different itineraries
to play to everyone's strengths and make everyone happy. But,
I will be sure to keep you up to date. Be sure to let us know
how your trip goes and have all these experienced people keep
sending in their info.
If you ever have any questions that
I may be able to answer or give an opinion on feel free to
write and ask.
Thanks so much for your kind note! I'd love to get reviews
and/or trip reports from you to add to the site. (By
the way, I'd love to start up a section of trip reports to
non-Disney locations, too, if you want to write about Cedarpoint
or any other places you've visited!)
I completely agree with your comments. The contributors that
have sent in trip reports, hotel reviews, restaurant reviews,
and just comments and suggestions really add to the depth
of the information we have here.
MousePlanet, I believe, already provides a great resource
for trip planners. I know I personally owe a great deal of
gratitude to those folks that have helped out over the years!
|Bill asks: Here's
a tricky one for you. We plan on buying one annual pass so that
we may take advantage of the lucrative WDW hotel discounts for
our seven day stay next September (2002). We'll only be buying
one though, as alas, that will be our only WDW trip for the
365 day period.
With that in mind, my question is this:
since the annual pass for a child is much cheaper, could I
buy the one annual pass for one of the kids and use it to
make the hotel reservations or does it have to be an adult's
to do so?
Look forward to your response on this
as I know you'll know the answer... thanks much.
I'm going to copy Sue Holland and Mike Scopa on this one.
If I'm way off base here, I trust that they'll correct me.
I don't ever recall reading about any restrictions about
how old an AP holder must be to be eligible for accommodations
discounts. Your plan, on the surface, sounds completely reasonable.
However, the fine print may get ya. When you reserve a room,
you must do so in the name of an adult (in general, hotels
will not rent a room to a minor). I would suspect that Disney
will expect the name on the reservation and the name on the
AP to match up.
You might just get away with it, as Disney Cast Members don't
always check the AP carefully (just flashing it from a wallet
is usually sufficient), but if you get a CM that is particularly
diligent, you may run into problems.
Let's see what Sue and Mike have to add...
Sue Holland adds:
It's been debated on the internet boards & newsgroups
that an adult AP would be necessary (an AP in the name of
the person who is paying for the room, generally), but I
don't recall any confirmation of that *assumption*. I have
heard of several people doing exactly as Bill plans, and
to my knowledge none have come back to report it did not
My advice would be to go ahead & try it. IF you get
any flack (which is highly unlikely), you could always say
you just haven't gone to get *your* AP yet....which would
technically be true.
Most of the time the cm doesn't even ask to see it though,
and there are so many discounts out there for so many different
reasons, that I doubt the cm checking you in will really
Enjoy your trip :-)
And Mike Scopa responded:
If you go this route remember that as Brian indicated the
person who owns the Annual Pass must be the same person
whose name is on the reservation, and I believe you have
to be an adult to make a WDW or DL reservation. I guess
that sort of answers your question.
The savings realized via the AP special more than make
up for the price of the AP.
|Note: This question is specifically about
a Disneyland trip, but the issue crosses over to WDW, too, so
I'm including it here. Hopefully, more folks will just
send me resports
Celeste asks: We stayed at the
Paradise Pier for three days but I didn't see a place to review
the Disney hotels. Would anyone there at MousePlanet be interested
in a review of our trip? If so, where do I send it? Thanks!
I enjoy reading the website everyday.
You can submit a review of any Disneyland Resort hotel online
clicking here. (And for the record, reviews of WDW
resorts can be submitted by
If you'd like to send me a full trip report, I'd love to
add that to MousePlanet too!
If you send me a report (you can attach a word processor
file to email or just write it within the body of the email),
I'll need you to provide me with several pieces of information:
- Your Full Name
- Email address
- Dates of Trip
- Travel Method: (i.e. Personal Car, Plane, Autotrain, Rental
Car, Shuttle Service)
- 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, Senior)
- Park/Resort Experience Represented in Group: (i.e. Veteran,
Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie, DVC Member)
Although I realize that this information is usually contained
within the text of the trip report (or at least most of it),
it helps me tremendously to have you share it with me directly.
With the number of reports I deal with each month, having
you supply that information saves me ALOT of time...and ensures
that your report, if permission is granted, will be up on
the site as fast as possible.
There's more information on posting a report on
|Mike asks: Dear Brian,
Do you get asked a lot of really stupid questions? It seems
every other question you post is something like, "Is Disney
World open on Saturdays?" or "Can you plan my entire
trip for me, and get back to me as soon as possible?" Anyway,
I love Mouse Planet, and all of you do a fantastic job. Thanks!
I wouldn't call those questions "stupid." They're
just ignorant ones. In fact, if you think about it, all questions
show our ignorance... until we know the answer. :)
For some of us, such questions are tedious, because we already
know the answers... and have answered them (or seen them answered)
numerous times. For a person that is relatively new to visiting
WDW, though... well, that's another story.
I'll try to post fewer of those types of questions, but sometimes
they are helpful to other folks.
In any case, thanks so much for the kind words. I'm glad
you've enjoyed the site!
|Amy asks: Hi Brian
-- My daughter said your trip report was great and had pictures.
Why couldn't I find it ?? Could you help me find it? Thanks!
The only time I did a "live" report with pictures
was my October
2000 report. The pictures don't actually show up
until the second page, as the page above was the pre-trip
portion of the report. Just scroll down and follow the links
to the succeeding pages. :)
Well, I hope you enjoyed the reader feedback
for the WDW Trip Planning Guide! Feed free to send more questions
or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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always gotten email about the WDW Trip Planning Guide, but since we added
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!
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!