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WDW Trip Planning Guide Reader Feedback

by Brian Bennett

9/17/01

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Kiki asks: Just wondering if Disney still has Vacation Packages available. Four years ago my family went with a package that included, hotel, meals, all parks etc. Please e-mail me if I missed this on your site.

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Kiki,

Disney does, indeed, have full package deals available. Frankly, I think you may do much better on pricing if you go "ala carte" and just buy what you really will use, but I realize that the convenience of an all-inclusive package make for a great vacation!

I'd suggest you call 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 -- whether you choose to go with a package or not.

You may want to read MousePlanet's WDW Trip Planning Guide page on vacation packages. This is a page on some of the available packages (it's not a full listing... it's just meant to represent the kinds of packages that are usually available).

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Jan writes: I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy the trip reports. Unless I have E-mail, MousePlanet and the trip reports are the first thing I go to in the morning when I turn on the computer. I have even printed some of the older reports, before I got my computer in February of 2001. Keep up the good work. These reports are especially entertaining to me since I have been to Disney World about nine times and Disneyland about the same. I don't think I will ever get to the Disney parks overseas but it is still fun to read the reports on them anyway.

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Jan,

Thanks so much for the kind note! I'm so glad that you've enjoyed MousePlanet. If you ever get a chance, I'd love to have a trip report from you, too. ;)

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Kim asks: The other day I was surfing through many Disney sites, and one had a schedule of refurbishment for attractions. It said Its a small world would be closed last week and something about Rock and Roller coaster closing for a week (not sure what week but soon.) I was wondering if this was somewhere on your site or if you do know anything about refurbishing scheduling. I figure I would give it a shot and ask. Thanks a lot, I love your site it is very helpful and also enjoyable.

then Susan added: I just read on a WDW unofficial site that Rock n' Roller Coaster at MGM will be rehabbed the very week (and ONLY the very week!) that we are planning our trip. It is only one ride but it's the family favorite and we may reconsider our trip. We are already out on a limb pulling four kids out of school (due to a REALLY good trip package). Seems like along way to go and then miss our favorite attraction. Any ideas how we could confirm if this (the rehab) is really happening?

then finally, Rory asks: First off, Mr. Bennett, I want to thank you for pleasing me so. I checked your year-round guide to find out when it was the best time to go (Me and my parents and little sister are going on a one day trip to MK.) That will be September 14-16 with MK falling in on the 15th. I needed to know when the UK would be populating the theme park because I have a thing for British girls. I find them polite and quirky and I like that. I was extremely pleased to find that they populate the mark in mid-September which was absolutely perfect. I hope I can have some luck in that area this time. I figure that I am tired of the American girls here and want to see what the British girls are like and I figure it's vice-versa for them.

Anyway, I do have a question for you. Where can I find info on what will be closed or anything like that on the day I am there? 

I thank you for giving me some really good news and I look forward to your reply.

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(Except for the comments on the ladies of Great Britain, I answered all three in a similar vein...)

Rory,

Your notes never fail to amuse me. :)

My best suggestion on checking for rehab schedules would be to call (407) 824-2222 (the general number for WDW) and ask to be connected to Guest Relations. They should be able to give you the rehab schedule for the specific dates you're at WDW.

Let the ladies beware come Saturday. ;)

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Chuck asks: I love your site. It has provided me with lots of information in planning for my trip to WDW next week. However, I did not see anything on the site regarding WDW's Florist. It is my understanding that WDW has an onsite florist, but I have not been able to find much information regarding floral arrangements and prices. I'm getting married on September 5 and thought it would be nice to have some nice flowers waiting for my fiancée. However, I would like to be able to see what I am purchasing before I order them. Any suggestions that you might have would be helpful.

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Charles,

A WDW CM sent me this information for you:

"Actually we have a Walt Disney World Florist. Here's some of what is on our in-house website:

"We are a full service florist offering flowers for all occasions including conventions, weddings and special event markets. Our extensive selections include, floral arrangement, gift basket, table linen, and balloon décor.

"We deliver to all Walt Disney World property locations and off property locations in close proximity to the Resort. FTD and Tele floral orders available. Wire out and Fed-Ex shipping available for orders outside our delivery area.

"1503 Live Oak Lane
"Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
"(407) 827-3505 (8-238)
"Monday - Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
"Saturdays and Sundays 9:00-5:00pm
"Holiday hours may vary."

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Michael writes: What is a Mickey coffer? My family is going to Disney World in two weeks and are on l limited budget. This would really help when picking up souvenirs for the children.

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Michael,

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by a Mickey Coffer. Perhaps, somewhere on my pages on MousePlanet, I mentioned "Mickey's Coffers?" If so, I was referring to the fact that Mickey (i.e. the Walt Disney Company) has a lot of money stashed away.

There is no special plan or program that I'm aware of that provides a savings or discount plan for purchasing souvenirs.

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Chris shares: Interesting views on keeping water cold. We are going to Disney in a few weeks and plan on carrying water. I'm an avid backpacker so I have several "wide mouth" water bottles. These are available from most backpacking &other sporting good stores, and sometimes can even be found at Wal-Mart.

These bottles will accommodate normal-sized ice. Instead of freezing water night before (save $10 on refrigerator rental for mouse ears &cotton candy), just fill bottle with free ice & water from hotel each morning. I'd spend extra& get insulated bottle. Note, any bottle with ice will condensate so store it accordingly. Ice will eventually melt but water does stay cool longer.

On a budget, Gatorade bottles with "wide mouths" also make excellent water bottles and will handle normal-sized ice. If you have kids and still have any of the insulated bags used to keep milk bottles cold on trips when they were infants, these work great for keeping bottles cool longer.

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Thanks for the note, Chris! Good suggestions there...

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Erin writes: Brian, First... my compliments on your great work on the site... it's so nice to be able to find so much information to assist with trip planning to WDW in one place.

One more on the subject of early entry privileges for Downtown Disney hotel guests. Now, I know things change on a regular basis, however, I do know that when we stayed at the Grosvenor last October, we were allowed early entry on the designated days right along with Disney resort guests.

Don't know if this helps much or not, but I thought I'd toss out my information. My best advise to anyone considering an Downtown Disney area hotel is to call the hotel directly to find out if they still participate in the early entry program.

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Erin,

Thanks for your note. It sounds like your advice is very solid. I'll make a note of it in the WDW Trip Planning Guide and in an upcoming Notes From the World column.

The bottom line for any guest (regardless of where they're staying) is to call and ask any questions that they may have about the resort that they're staying at. When you make your call, don't forget to get a NAME of who you talked to and the date of the conversation so you can always say, "so and so told me when I called on such and such date that this would be so. "You might not get what you want, if a mistake was made, but you may at least get some form of compensation if you were given incorrect information.

Unfortunately for MousePlanet readers, the hotels just don't respond if you tell them that Brian Bennett messed up.:)

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John writes: Dear Brian, I would also like to thank you for your wonderful web site. We did not know a lot about Disney before we left, but thanks to your website we were prepared for everything. Well, not everything but mostly everything.

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John,

What did you find that you were NOT prepared for? I'd like to add any additional information that may help others plan trips in the future! If you've found a gap, I'd love to know what it is so I can plug it up with the appropriate stuff. :)

Of course, that challenge goes for all of my readers... if I'm missing something, let me know!

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Jim asks: Brian, I currently have a trip planned to go to WDW at the end of October. During that time, the Magic Kingdom has a special / separate event called, "Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party". I have been trying to find out about what happens during this event, but have had little luck. Your site has no information, and the Disney site only mentions the time (7PM-Midnight), decorations, fireworks, and parade. I am planning on attending, but would like to know what else there may be. Do you know anything else about this special event, including if the entire Magic Kingdom will be open, or only part of it? Also, should children come in costume?

Thank you for your help with this. Keep up the good work in helping share information about WDW.

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Jim,

You may want to check out this page on Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party which gives a lot of details on the Party.

No, you're not going nuts... I just added the page. I've had a lot of questions about the Party, and figured it was time to add some information on it. Thanks for the nudge. :)

To answer your specific questions, in general the whole park is open and many folks (including some adults) dress up in costumes for the occasion.

There's also a new page on Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, E-Ride Nights, and Night of Joy... all of which are "hard ticketed" evening events at the Magic Kingdom.

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Julie writes: Dear Brian, I am a pretty faithful reader of MousePlanet, and have a couple of questions for you about trip reports. In your August 20th update, you mentioned that "Just for the record, I don't recall ever having never refused a report. No sense in starting to do so now" I am just curious, as I submitted 2 reports (one for DL and one for WDW) in late July, and have never heard from you about them. Were they too lengthy, or in some other way inappropriate for your site?

I enjoy checking in at MousePlanet, and definitely enjoy the trip reports, as well as the columns and park info (I am planning a weekend trip to DCA in October for my dh, as a surprise for his birthday)

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Julia,

I have no record of having received them!

If you're willing to re-submit them, please email them to me at this address (brian@mouseplanet.com) and I'll get them in the queue!

I have no idea what happened, but lately I have been nailed by the SirC Worm that's been attacking those of us with Outlook email clients. Perhaps I saw a large attachment from someone I didn't recognize and zapped what you sent.

In any case, I apologize for the hassle of having to resend.

I would also ask that you provide me with the summary information for each of the two reports. If you could include it at the top of the report, that would be easiest for me. The stuff I need is:

  • Your Full Name
  • Your Email Address
  • Dates of Trip
  • Travel Method: (i.e. Personal Car, Plane, Autotrain, Rental Car, Shuttle Service) - Resort: (i.e. GFRS, YBCR, PR, CR, WL, OKWR, BWR, CBR, DL, PO, CSR, ASSR, ASMoR, ASMuR, 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, Senior)
  • WDW 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 A LOT of time...and ensures that your report, if permission is granted, will be up on the site as fast as possible.

Please email back with your reply.

Also, please be aware that the next open spot for new trip reports is in late September, so when I get yours, I'll put them at the top of the queue... but that still won't get them "splashed" on the main page until early October. :)

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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