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WDW Trip Planning Guide Reader Feedback

by Brian Bennett

10/12/01

Q.

David writes: Hi there Brian. This might sound trite, under the current circumstances, but I am planning a trip to WDW around May next year, having previously visited in the month of October.

Unless life returns as quickly as possible to "normal", then those that acted to disrupt our lives will have won.

My question is about Spring break. Do you have any idea when that traditionally occurs during May i.e. early or late? Your excellent guide mentions that crowds during that time can be large, but not as in the summer months. In your opinion, and for my comparison, would you say that weather wise and crowd wise, it is similar to October?

Keep up the great work you are doing. I have been a reader of your previous site and the current location for a number of years and always enjoy reading the trip reports and updates etc.

Be assured that the level of support from the people of Australia, to our cousins across the pond , is strong and caring and we all feel for your country at this time.

A.

David,

First off, thanks you very for your very kind words for our nation. We certainly need all of the support our friends around the world are able to provide!

Regarding your question about Spring break here in the U.S., you'll actually find that it is more likely to occur from late February through the end of March. Various U.S. colleges and universities will break at different times, but that is the right range to be thinking of. Spring break is nothing to worry about in May.

I agree that May crowd levels are similar to October. The weather is less wet and a bit more hot in May, though, than October... but not so much that you should plan differently. The bottom line, you may get a heat wave in October and you might get a bunch of rain in May... you just have to roll the dice and see what happens. :)

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David (not the same guy) asks: First of all, thanks for your website, it has been very helpful. I have searched it and found your discussion on different types of tickets for park admission (Admission Media from A to Z), but did not see anything about getting a reduced price for late arrival. Is there such a thing? For example, if you arrive at Epcot after 4:00, you pay a little less. I bring this up because about two years ago, I think we did this very thing. We had purchased a dinner/show package for the Candlelight Processional. I told the lady taking the reservation that are plane arrived at noon, and that we would be at the park around 4:00. She mentioned this reduced ticket price for late admission. However, I'm not sure if things have changed, or that this is only available with a dinner/show package like the one we had. Of course, it could also be that my memory is faltering.

A.

David,

I've received some more information from a cast member at WDW. The information that was sent to me is:

"Brian,

"There has never been a "day guest" evening pass to Epcot. We do have conventions that are booked here, and if they are holding their meetings on property and staying here on property---we do sell convention only tickets-where you have to prove that you are a member of the visiting convention to purchase. There was an after 2pm ticket to either MGM or Epcot----and there was also an after 4pm ticket to Epcot only. These are still being sold, but as I said, they are not advertised to day guests.

"I just spoke to a Guest relations cast member about the shopping pass--that, per say, does not exist. If a guest comes to guest relations with a story of something that they just have to buy in the park-and that is the only reason they are coming in---they will ask that the guest purchase a full price 1 day park ticket--and if they return to guest relations within an hour or so according to the time stamp on the ticket--they will refund the purchase price of the ticket-----If they go over that time limit--we keep the revenue.

"I hope this answers your questions."

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Q.

and in a follow-up question, David asks:

Thank you for your information. The CM's response was a little cryptic, but I read that yes, there is an after 2pm ticket to MGM and Epcot, and an after 4pm ticket to Epcot.

I have another question for you - hopefully easier than the first. We arrive at Disney World midday, and do not want to use up one of our days on our park hopper pass. In the past, we have gone to Disney Marketplace to do a little shopping and get in the Mickey-mood. However, we want to change things up a bit. Someone at work suggested that we go to the California Grille and watch the fireworks over the Magic Kingdom. This sounds like a fantastic idea, except that this restaurant is a bit too expensive and the kids (5, 4, and 2) won't appreciate it. Can you suggest something similar that is a little less expensive? Can you eat at the Poly and view the fireworks? Maybe there is a beach where we can picnic and watch?

A.

David,

Keep in mind that the "after 2pm ticket to MGM and Epcot, and an after 4pm ticket to Epcot" are available to conventioneers only!  They are not available to the "typical" guest.

The Polynesian and the Grand Floridian would be options to see the fireworks. The Contemporary would be, too. In fact, you may want to reconsider the Contemporary. You could have a slightly earlier dinner at any of the resort's restaurants (including the Fiesta Fun Center which would be very inexpensive) -- then go up to the 15th floor to see the fireworks from the lounge area or the observation deck outside. The view from there is spectacular!

One other comment... I don't think you'll be allowed to "picnic" on the Polynesian Resort's beach. For one thing, the beach at the resort is not readily accessible to non-resort guests. Also, it's not set up with picnic tables and so on.

There's a page in MousePlanet's WDW Trip Planning Guide on this very topic that you may want to check out.

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Jolene writes: Hi Brian - Love your site! Just wanted to let you know of a change. I recently took the Inside Animation tour at the Studios. It does require park admission. I noticed on your recap of the behind the scenes tours - it states that park admission is NOT required. Just took the tour in May of this year and had to use a day of my hopper pass. Take care.

A.

Thanks Jolene! I've updated that page!

If anyone else would like to check out the page in MousePlanet's WDW Trip Planning Guide on WDW's Behind the Scenes Guided Tours, feel free!

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Mary writes: Thanks for the wonderful info on your site...this will be our 5th trip to Disney world next month and have only stayed at moderates. In the attempt to go on a budget, we are staying at All Star Music this time. Wondered if you knew if they have any coffee pots available for in-room service? Getting my husband moving without the first cup will be difficult otherwise. Thanks.

A.

Mary,

To the best of my knowledge, the All Star Resorts do not have coffee makers in the rooms.

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Rodolfo asks: A few days ago, I sent you an e-mail to ask about priority seating reservations, since we are going to WDW in November (from the 11th thru the 18th), and we want to go to Cinderella's royal table on the 14th; so, yesterday was exactly 60 days prior to that date, and I started dialing WDW-dine at about 6:55 a.m. (EDT), and there was a recording telling you about their operating hours; at exactly 7 a.m. (EDT), there was another recording, telling you that all the operators were busy with other calls, but to stay on the line, which I did, and about 3 minutes later a 'real voice' answered. to make the story short, in less than five minutes they were all booked for the 14th, and also for the 13th and the 12th. so my question is: could we go to the Magic Kingdom, let's say on the 12th (Monday), which is an early entry day, and without priority seating, and with a little luck get to have breakfast with the princesses?

A.

Rodolfo,

You did everything as correctly as you can. You can still call back, and maybe you can pick up a cancellation...

Your walk-up idea can work, too, but of course a priority seating is more of a "sure thing."

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Katharine writes: hello I have been to Disney World twice in the past two years. I love Disney World ! I also love Tony's Town Square Cafe in the Magic Kingdom. it is where I had the best meal of each of my trips. the reason I am writing you is to ask you if you know of the dessert menu that they have. I had a custard dessert there that was to die for. the trouble is that I do not know what it is called and do not know where to find out. I was hoping that you might be able to help me. thank you. 

A.

My best suggestion is to call WDW at (407) 824-2222 and ask for Tony's. They can hook you up, I'm sure, and you can ask your question at the restaurant itself!

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Marc writes: Greetings from Switzerland! Do you know if Annual Passes are still offered for Pleasure Island? I couldn't find any information about the on the official WDW homepage.

Also I think I saw once a so called PI Dual Annual Passport, where you could take one guest with you to pleasure Island, any information about that?

A.

Marc,

I know that PI still has an annual pass, but I'm not aware of the dual AP that you mentioned. Perhaps it was available earlier, but I don't think it is any longer.

Prices for the PI passes and APs can be found on the Admission Media from A to Z page:

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Richard asks: Hi. My wife & I are planning to stay at Ft. Wilderness Campground the first week in Nov. Any tips on discounts, best campsites, etc.? There is a phone number that ends in WDW-CAMP but I forgot the area code. Any help on that? Thanks & keep up the good work.

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Richard,

Everything I know about Fort Wilderness (including the phone number and a link to a campground map) is on MousePlanet's WDW Trip Planning Guide's Fort Wilderness Campground Fast Facts page.

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Bonita writes: I would be interested in knowing how to contact the listing of resorts directly through your site. There are no telephone numbers or e-mails listed. I would appreciate any assistance you could provide in this matter.

A.

Bonita,

Go to MousePlanet's WDW Trip Planning Guide's Accommodations Index page.  From there you'll find links to all of the WDW resorts. On each individual resort page (in the left-hand margin), you'll find the telephone numbers, fax numbers, and addresses. There are no email addresses given as I don't have any email addresses that are generic to any resort.

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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