by Brian Bennett
the wonderful success (at least in my opinion) of the Military
Honeymoon scenario, when I invited readers to provide
input on a Walt Disney World trip planning scenario, I offer
this new one...
As before, your
assignment is to read through the situation,
then either answer the questions I've posed,
provide suggestions, or put together an entire trip itinerary
if you'd like.
In an upcoming edition
of Notes From the World, I'll reiterate the scenario and then
share both my thoughts and the responses that were sent in,
capturing the information in a new page of MousePlanet's Walt
Disney World Trip Planning Guide so folks can refer to
Here's the scenario:
sets of single parents are planning separate trips to Walt
Disney World. "Samantha" is mother of eleven-year-old
"Katie" and nine year old "Jennifer."
"Brian" is six-year-old "Allan" and
three-year-old "Michael's" dad. (hmmmmm... more
on that later...)
these two trips as separate ones. I just wanted to get a
mix of kids and ages.
should Samantha and Brian make plans to stay with their
respective families? Neither family is flush with money,
so they can't really afford a week in a suite at the
Grand, but make your best suggestions for accommodations
and justify your thoughts.
do you have about how to attack the parks? Their kids
are different ages and different sexes. How do does
that affect what should be planned?
- Do you have
any specific thoughts about attractions, restaurants,
or activities that Samantha and Brian should consider?
What else would you suggest to make their trip very
special for Samantha
and her girls? What other ideas would you share with
Brian to make his trip with his boys a blockbuster?
Now, as has become our custom,
we'll review some reader responses to recent Notes From the
World material before we move on to cover some new letters...
I had several folk write about Cinderella's
Royal Table and the difficulty in getting reservations for
the character breakfast held there.
Steve writes: Hi
Brian, Im responding to your readers questions
on getting reservations for breakfast Cinderellas Royal
Table. Ive gotten reservations on both of our trips
this year without a problem. I did get reservations for the
1st of December on our upcoming trip without any problems,
but with good planning!
Reservations to the Royal Table breakfast
are the most difficult to obtain. One of the receptionists
told me that they spend their first few minutes every day
filling them up on the 60th day from the reservation. Forget
getting any reservations sooner than that. This is the ultimate
for young girls since there are so many face characters (especially
princesses) in a small area. Your kids wont eat a bite
because they are over-stimulated, but theyll remember
Based on my experience, the only way
to get reservations is to call 5 minutes prior to 7:00a.m.
The automated phone service will tell you that they are not
open yet. Hang up and hit your re-dial button. Continue this
vicious cycle, as if it was a compulsive disorder, until you
get through in the queue. The second a receptionist answers
firmly interrupt his/her introduction greeting and quickly
state the number of guests for the Royal Table. They will
grab it knowing it is for the 60th day. It works like a charm!
Im not kidding 30 seconds is the difference between
having and not having a reservation.
One more piece of advice, start calling
60 days from your first day of your trip. If you miss that
day, then call again the next day until you get it or your
vacation window expires. Holidays and weekends seem to be
harder to get into, so be flexible.
Additionally, the breakfast at Norway
in Epcot is booked 120 days in advance. I missed this detail
and was completely incapable of getting any reservation for
my girls for our 11/29 12/8 trip. I tried to do this
60 - 70 days in advance. Pretty tough!
Hope this helps!
Thanks Steve. Your experiences relate very closely
to what I've been getting from other readers... and those
match up closely with my experiences too (although mine was
a few years ago now).
Jerry writes: Brian,
I successfully got a priority seating for Cinderella's Royal
Table for mid-November. It happened on my third day of calling
and I woke my wife up on a Saturday morning with my cheers.
Each day I started calling at 6:40 and on that day I got through
to an operator at around 6:50. This may explain why at 7:02
they are already booked. Also, after an unsuccessful attempt
the day before, I asked the operator how it filled up so fast.
She told me that they only seat for the breakfast between
8:00 and 10:00 and the total number of seats accommodated
for that time is 300.
And Jen wrote me this
note: Hi Brian! First, thanks for such a great job you
do - I find the information very useful and interesting!
Now, onto the topic at hand... In
today's Trip Planning Guide there were two people who commented
on the difficulties in getting reservations for Cinderella's
Royal Table breakfast. I, too, had a very hard time getting
through. I live on the West Coast and so for Seven (!) mornings
in a row I set my alarm for a very early hour to get these
coveted reservations. The first couple of mornings I didn't
get through until 4:06 and of course they were all gone (I
called at 3:59 PT) so then for the remaining mornings I set
my alarm for 3:55a.m. (PT) and with the number already programmed
in the night before began to hit re-dial over and over and
over again. Once the message would state "Thank you for
calling..." I would push the #1 and then get hold music
.. for five minutes! I knew I wasn't getting reservations...
then finally on the 7th day - success! I did my usual hang-up/re-dial
and again as soon as I heard "Thank you for calling..."
I hit the #1 and got a reservations agent! No hold music!
YEAH! I got reservations for our party of five and the only
time available was 9:15 but I did not care. So, the moral
to my story is... program in the number... hit re-dial again
and again until they open... keep trying.
Oh, and someone asked about number
of agents and such. One reservations agent I spoke with told
me that there are 200 agents at 7:00a.m. when they open and
300 calls on queue with only 85 tables at Cinderella's Royal
Table!! So, there are the figures I was given and if the majority
of those calls are for Cinderella's Royal Table then I guess
it stands to reason that it is possible to sell out that quickly.
Oh, and by the way, we're traveling during the beginning of
December (off-peak) I can only imagine how much more difficult
it would be during the summer... I guess it's just luck on
how quickly your call gets through.
Sorry for the long-winded email -
I just wanted to give my story to those who were curious.
Thanks for the background, Jerry and Jen.
John shared this note:
Brian... If you can stand one more piece of input on priority
seatings at Cinderella's Royal Table...
Concierges at the deluxe resorts (or,
at least, at the Polynesian) are no more successful at booking
the tables than guests. I was told they essentially call the
same line as everyone else. I have to admit I really chewed
out the nice woman at the Polynesian when I found out she
could not get me the reservations, considering how much money
we were paying for the trip and package. But in the end, I
couldn't fault her. As even she put it, there is something
wrong with the system to get seats at that restaurant.
I don't know what they can do, short
of charging people who don't show up for their seating times.
As to how the entire restaurant can be booked for breakfast,
lunch and dinner by 7:02a.m. each day -- I suppose that is
still one of life's greatest mysteries. But for those bound
and determined to get seats even paying more for concierge-level
service at a deluxe resort won't guarantee anything. Sadly.
Hmmmmm... I'm surprised, but I can't argue with
your knowledge of the situation, John.
My personal opinion is to let supply and demand deal with
this thing. If I owned WDW, I'd make everyone pay in advance.
Then I'd simply raise prices on the Princess Breakfast over
and over again, perhaps in increments of $1.00/person or so,
until the demand dropped off (due to the higher prices) and
the amount of people calling for reservations just about matches
up with the available tables. Call it capitalism, but I would
look at it as a simple way to ensure that the folks that most
want to enjoy the event get to do so. Personally, I wouldn't
pay $39.95 (or $49.95 or whatever price makes things go to
equilibrium), but those folks that are willing to do so would
be almost guaranteed to be able to get to attend if such an
approach was taken.
Phrank (his spelling, so I just
went with it) shared this note: Love your site, I learn
something every time I read it.
About the use of credit cards at Walt
Disney World if I remember correctly (and that is not always
the case) I think in the early/mid 1980s when I first went
to WDW that not all credit cards were accepted. I think there
were times when I only had a MasterCard (it may have been
named MasterCharge or something then) I had to use a check
to pay for room deposit at WDW since I didn't have a VISA
card, or it may have been American Express card. There is
just something that rings a bell about not all credit cards
being accepted at one time. That policy, if true in the mid
80s, seems really strange in today's world.
You know, until just a couple of years ago, Sears wouldn't
accept any credit cards except the Sears card and Discover
(which it started and owned, perhaps it still does). Fortunately
for the store "where America shops," the retailers
figured that one out.
You know, this credit card thing might be the one area where
Paul Pressler's regime made a valuable improvement to Walt
Disney World. I don't know whether or not it was due to Mr.
Pressler's savvy that WDW started to accept all major credit
cards, but it clearly is a good thing for visitors and guests.
On to another subject... Last week, Mark had written:
that her family "went to DisneyQuest four times and
it didn't cost any extra or use up a plus feature".
How the heck did she do that? What was their admission media?
I'd love to get in there free, if I could."
Shelley responded this past week:
Hi Brian, Sorry I didn't give a good explanation... We had
the Ultimate Park Hopper Pass and we stayed at the All Star
Thanks for following up with the background, Shelley. :)
Shannon writes: Hi Brian, in
a previous Notes From the World, this question came up:
I will be at WDW for 4 days in November 3-6, and it is my
second visit. I went last year with 13 other people, stayed
for 10 days and I am hooked!! But now I will have one day
for each park this time. Do you have any ideas? Epcot in
a day... MGM in a day... etc. I already planned the "Fantasmic
Dining Experience" for Monday, and can't wait. It will
be Brown Derby... but I digress. How to do right by each
park... two people... in one day??"
Your suggestion that she get Sehlinger's
book is right on the money. Bob says it about every three
pages but it bears repeating: GET THERE EARLY, FOLLOW THE
PLAN and USE FASTPASSES WHENEVER POSSIBLE. In typical newbie
fashion I toured commando style and because we were staying
offsite due to a tight budget and because of the overwhelming
crowds we had to omit the customary afternoon break. Call
us crazy but we were so psyched about the trip and having
such a good time that we didn't mind the 17-hour days. She'll
have aching feet, but it is possible to see it all. Sorry
I don't have a trip report but I was too exhausted to write;
however, in a pitiful attempt to stay in your good graces
I have made a donation using the Amazon Honor System at the
bottom of your page and encourage others to do the same.
Thanks for the great site - we all
really appreciate MousePlanet!
Thanks Shannon. I completely disagree with your approach
to park touring -- but that's because I visit so often that
it's just not necessary for me and my family to wear out the
bottoms of our shoes in a single trip. :)
Thanks for sending us a donation! That will help cover the
server bills this month. ;)
back to our regularly scheduled email...
|Daryn writes: You
know I totally forgot to mention in my trip report - during
our backstage tour we were told that the Haunted Mansion would
be receiving the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay - and that
it had been 11 years since a rehab. I spoke with a friend of
mine that is a major contractor for Disney that did the NBC
overlay for the Haunted Mansion last year and they are indeed
working on the HMO for WDW for next year.
|Very cool, Daryn. I hope that it really does happen
for WDW. It's been very popular at Disneyland.
|Susan writes: Good
morning, I have been using your site to plan my next trip to
WDW. It has been very helpful, but I was wondering if you might
be able to help with a couple of questions.
The first, I have seen several trip
reports that have mentioned that the parks rarely open prior
to the official starting time since 9/11 but all of the tour
books still tell you to show up 30 minutes early in the off
season. Is this still the best plan?
With early entry, do you know how
Disney is handling the Awakening? Does the entry show happen
twice or only once?
I have read a variety of the trip
reports for people staying at the Fort Wilderness Cabins.
A lot of the reports mentioned that Disney transportation
was poor. Your articles mentioned that Disney has redone the
system again. Any word on how it is performing? I am traveling
with a 2.5 and 4.5 year old children and would prefer not
to rent a car, but will if the transportation isn't expected
to be reliable.
I'm glad MousePlanet has been helpful. I'll do my best to
answer your questions...
I think it's a very good idea to get to the park a half hour
or so before opening if you really want to maximize your time.
Personally, I don't bother to get there early just because
I know that I'll be at each of the parks time and time again...
and a few minutes doesn't make a big difference for my family.
It's better for us to have a regular routine, so leaving the
room to walk to the bus stop at about the same time each day
is our preferred method.
The official park opening announcement is only done once.
I've not heard much about the transportation service at Fort
Wilderness of late. I really think, though, that it's not
really possible to have a system that gets guests from a campsite
to a park in a very short amount of time. Fort Wilderness
is just too spread out. Of course, the tradeoff is the solitary,
serene sense that guests at Fort Wilderness can enjoy. The
bottom line is that Fort Wilderness transportation IS reliable...
it's just not as fast as transportation to/from the other
resorts. And there's a big difference between quick and reliable.
|Scott writes: Brian,
again, thank you, thank you, thank you, for all the great advice
and answers for our September trip.
Well, since we had such a great time
in September, we're already planning the November return (have
to use up our FL resident Play 4 Day Pass). But I have just
one basic question (for now):
If the MK closes at 6 on a Sunday
night, does that mean no fireworks (we were thinking of watching
from the beach at the Polynesian)? What about if it closes
at 8 on a Saturday? If they are not every night, what nights
does the MK have the fireworks? (all right, that was a series
of questions, not just one, but there was only one theme.)
By the way, we were able to score
Port Orleans Resort again for 2 weekend nights in November
for $175 total ($79/night plus tax), the same as for our September
trip. I love being a FL resident - you've got to move down
|First of all... I would move to the Orlando /
Kissimmee area in a heartbeat if I had a job lined up that would
pay at least what I make up here. If you have any ideas for
getting a job for an engineering or project manager with a mechanical
engineering degree and a master of science degree in engineering
management, let me know. ;)
Onto the lengthy series of fireworks questions...
The Magic Kingdom only has a fireworks display on those nights
that the park is open late. In the Fall, that usually means
only on Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday - Thursday nights
(except for holidays such as Thanksgiving) are usually dark.
|Yvonne asks: Hi Brian,
we're gearing up for a trip in February 2003 and to that end,
I've been visiting just about every info site on WDW that I
can find! Your News archives are awesome! I was just wondering,
do you have any trip reports or further information about staying
offsite in a non-Disney-related rental home/villa? This is our
plan and I just wanted to know if anyone's done this before
and has any advice.
Thanks for your help! Look forward
to hearing from you.
|I'm glad you're finding my column and MousePlanet
You might want to go to MousePlanet's Disney
Trip Report Archive, and do a search of the archive for
"offsite" or other appropriate key words. You'll
find a several that may be of help.
Personally, I much prefer to stay on site, but I understand
that it's much less expensive to do as you're planning.
|Loretta writes: Hi
Brian, I love your site and have found loads of great information
on it. I live in England but we've managed to visit WDW 4 times
now, 3 in the last 4 years (2 weeks each time) and of course
we've been to Disneyland Paris a number of times.
I came across your site while searching
for information on the Disney Vacation Club. We visited a
presentation on our last trip in June and definitely want
to buy. I had no idea it was possible to buy into DVC by buying
resale until I saw your site but I now realize it could mean
we are able to buy more points and have a wider choice of
home resort. Before making the purchase I have some questions
which I hope you can help me with.
I have found a few references to the
Timeshare Store and Timeshares by Resale from people who have
used them but I have also seen a good selection of DVC resale
on the web site for Lee Reid and wondered if you know anyone
who has successfully purchased DVC through them. As I live
in England I don't know how to check out these companies other
than by recommendations from others who have used them.
I know that at our home resort we
would be able to book earlier than at other resorts but can
you tell me what availability is like at the DVC resorts at
WDW during the English school summer holidays (usually 6 weeks
end of July, August and beginning of September) if we booked
7 months in advance? I am thinking of buying either OKW or
Boardwalk as our home resort depending on the resale available
at the time, would you say either would be better for my family
(me, my husband and 11 year old son).
I'd appreciate any advice you can
give. We're hoping to buy soon so we can visit next summer.
I have no knowledge of Lee Reid's company or reputation.
I wouldn't take that to mean that buying through Lee Reid
is at all a risky proposition... just that I've not heard
anything about it.
The week or so in August and the first couple of weeks of
September (excluding the weekend that includes the first Monday
in September, which is a holiday here in the United States
-- Labor Day) are pretty quiet times at WDW. However, July
and early August are peak times.
I don't think either Old Key West Resort or the Boardwalk
Villas would be better for a family just based on what you
told me. If you said that your family loves Epcot more than
any other park in the world, then I'd steer you towards the
Boardwalk. I personally own at OKWR and like the quiet feel
of getting away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of
WDW when we're at the resort. I guess you have to balance
those very different styles of resort against your own preferences.
Diane asks: Brian, Hi, my family,
friends, boyfriend etc. just don't quite share my enthusiasm
for the mouse (well at least not on the same level) So without
the clan, I'd like to take a trip this winter but would prefer
not to hang out alone - at least not the whole time. Are there
any groups that get together of single travelers at Disney?
(shop, see attractions etc.) or Any type of bulletin board
where you can chat with like minded souls about setting up
group get together(s)? Just a thought...
I'm not aware of any such group. Sorry.
You might want to try the rec.arts.disney.parks Usenet newsgroup,
though, and ask there.
Julie writes on the demise of the
Disney Club: Hi Brian, in planning my trip to WDW next
year I found that the Disney club was not going to be taking
renewals after Dec. 12, 2002. Also, the reps said that anyone
can renew in December (even though I am not due until February)
and receive a full year of benefits. According to him, WDW
will honor discounts until 12/03 on this card. I am upset
because I saved about 900.00 when my family went in July because
of a great rate offered by the Disney Club.
When I called the Disney Club, the
people I spoke with really didn't know much or were not able
to tell me why this was happening. One rep said that many
people were abusing the membership, but you have to have your
card when you arrive so I really don't see how that is an
issue. Do you have any information on this Disney Visa that
will be replacing the Disney Club? What are your thoughts
on the reason behind ending the Disney Club?
No, I don't know anything more than you've already stated.
I can't see how anyone could "abuse" the membership,
though, since only members are given those privileges... and
the Walt Disney Company decides what those privileges are.
My only guess is that the Walt Disney Company just decided
that the Club wasn't meeting their goals of increasing customer
|Steven asks: Hi Brian,
let me start off by saying Thank You. You had previously helped
me out with some questions in regards to a trip that me and
the family (wife, 2 boys ages 6 & 10) took in April. We
stayed at the Wilderness Lodge for 5 nights and had a great
time. The weather was great, the parks were clean and they weren't
too busy but probably the highlight of the trip was that during
the trip my oldest boy turned 10. Let me tell you everyone was
great to him at the Wilderness Lodge, parks and restaurants.
It really made for a special time for him and us.
The one thing we all realized is that
we wish we could have stayed longer. We are looking to go
back in 2003 or 2004 (hopefully 2003) but do to job constraints,
not wanting to keep the kids out school and having to visit
the in-laws in Naples, the only way I can get 10 or 11 days
in Florida is by going in the tail end of August. We are probably
looking from about August 20th to August 31st either year.
(The kids don't start school until after Labor Day in my part
We would fly into Ft. Myers (rent a
car) and stay 2 or 3 nights with the in-laws and then drive
up to WDW. We would fly home from Orlando. We have already
decided that we want to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge this
time. This is where the questions start:
- How bad (hot, rainy) is the weather
and crowds for the date range we are targeting? I know we
will need to take frequent breaks.
- We want a savannah view room but
do you know if it is worth paying the extra money for a
deluxe savannah room over a regular savannah room. The regular
savannah room seems to be about the same sizes as the rooms
at the Wilderness Lodge and we didn't have any problems
with space. Are there any other differences that you are
- How about the concierge at the Animal
Kingdom Lodge, if we really want to spoil ourselves. I have
never done concierge anywhere before and I am wondering
if this is a benefit with two kids. Is it really worth the
additional costs? We would probably have to stretch the
money a little farther and save a little more aggressively
than we are to do something like concierge but I just want
to get a little feedback on this?
- What type of admission media would
be best? We used 5 day park hopper passes last time and
used all the days. We are looking for something that would
get us into the 4 major parks, Disney Quest ( the kids and
I really want to visit). We really are not concerned with
the water parks as we will have the pool and the kids don't
really do water parks. Assuming we stay 7 nights, we would
take a day or two off from visiting the parks and visit
other areas such as the Kennedy Space Center, etc. Any guidance
on the best type of tickets would be great.
Thank you for all your help.
|Thanks for the kind note, Steven. I'll do my best
on your questions.
August will be HOT and humid. Plan on it! However, it's hard
to say what will happen regarding rain. It might be perfect
and cloudless... or, if a hurricane or tropical storm threatens
the area, it might rain almost constantly. Them's the breaks
during hurricane season. :(
On your Animal Kingdom Lodge questions, I'd suggest you check
out Sue Holland's excellent
piece on that topic. I'm sure Sue would be willing to
answer any specific questions you have, too. Sue happens to
be MousePlanet's resident expert on Animal Kingdom Lodge right
now. I don't think any of the rest of us have stayed there
On your admission media questions, I'd suggest you look over
Media from A to Z page and see what the options are. I
really like to push annual passes for anyone that is planning
multiple trips within a 12 month period of time. Otherwise,
it sounds like the regular park hoppers might be the best
for you since you don't want a lot of add ons (like the water
|Bill asks: Brian,
I kept reading that the week after Thanksgiving was a great
week to go to WDW due to the smaller crowds. I'm going from
December 1st to the 4th. When I called for reservations/priority
seating at the Liberty Tree Tavern for dinner on the 4th they
said that there were none available for a party of four. A friend
is going at the same time and was unable to get reservations
at the California Grill. Is this still a busy week or is there
a trick to getting the reservations? Any advice would be appreciated.
I'm surprised that you're having problems so many days after
the holiday. My best suggestion would be to keep trying. You
never know when things might open up. Also, I wouldn't hesitate
to just try a walk up. I don't know the size of your party,
but if you don't have a very large group, you may very well
be able to walk up without problems.
|Paul writes and asks:
Hi Brian, I have read your email answers to questions and I'm
so impressed that I had a question I knew you could handle.
I've checked on the Disney.com website and some other places
but I was wondering if there is a place where I can find out
about the new products and exhibits currently being shown at
Innovations at Epcot? None of the websites I've seen have any
detailed up-to-date info on exactly what's there now and what's
been shown there in the past. It would be interesting to find
out about for me.
Keep up the good work.
|Sorry Paul, but you have me stumped too. Honestly,
I don't spend a lot of time in Innoventions... and really, it's
not a major trip highlight for most visitors to Walt Disney
World. I think that's why most of us webmasters tend to ignore
it. Except for the occasional unique thing (such as the Coca
Cola area, "Ice Station Cool") not much stands out.
Sorry, but I will post your note in an upcoming Notes piece
and we'll see if anyone has any other ideas. Of course, a
Google search might turn up something, too.
|Jodi asks: Hello,
Do you have any information on renting villas? I am especially
interested in if you know where to find feedback (ratings) from
consumers on this. Any advice for consumers who are thinking
of lodging this way?
Old Key West Resort, the Boardwalk Villas, the Villas at
Wilderness Lodge, the Villas at the Disney Institute, and
the Beach Club Villas are the places that are on site. There
are many off site resorts that have villa accommodations,
MousePlanet now maintains a
bulletin-board-based review system for resort and restaurant
reviews.. Be aware, though, that the review system has only
been up for a few weeks, so I don't know how many reviews
are now in the system. Hopefully you'll find some help there,
archived offsite hotel reviews are still available, too.
|Cheryl asks: Is there
anyplace that I can purchase a CD of the music from Tapestry
of Dreams? Thank you!
I'd suggest you call (407) 363-6200, the WDW Merchandising
line, and ask. I don't know exactly what CDs are currently
available, but Tapestry used to be on the Millennium CD a
couple of years ago.
|Cynthia asks a similar
question: Hi Brian: I need information about the store next
to Germany Biergarten Restaurant inside Disney World. I recently
went in April to Disney Store of Germany and bought a Weather
House (small version) and I need to buy another one. Its very
important, I need it for someone very special. The cost of the
weather house is about $25.00. If you could send me information
of the website and address where to purchase another one. Please
let me know OK..... Thanks very much.
|I'd suggest you call WDW Merchandising at (407)
363-6200. If you have a good description, and even a product
ID number, they should be able to help you out.
|Heather asks: Brian,
I'm new to this site, so I apologize if y'all have already covered
this (very) dated topic, but it's been bugging me ever since
my last trip to Disney World. Do you happen to know the scuttlebutt
on why they changed Dixie Landings to Port Orleans Riverside
-- it just doesn't seem to have quite the charm that it used
to and I'll never think of it as an extension of Port Orleans
-- they just feel too different. Any info you could give me
would be most appreciated.
Unfortunately, I don't know for sure. I know that the merger
of the resorts was done for purely financial reasons, but
why WDW decided that the old "Dixie Landings" named
had to be dropped is open for speculation.
|Victoria kindly writes:
Brian, first, I want to say how much I enjoy the trip report
archive; I read at least one report a day on my lunch hour.
I noticed, though, that the last two reports that were posted
to the home page are from the archives; I've already read them.
I was just wondering if there is a shortage of new reports being
Second, and along the same lines,
I submitted a report about a month ago but I haven't seen
it yet on the site. I guess because I enjoy the reports so
much, I am a bit eager to have mine included. It would really
be an honor for me.
Thank you for any information you
can provide me.
The way I handle trip report updates is this: First, I get
the report (and the summary information -- that sometimes
takes an email or two to get things settled). Second, I pre-format
the report, doing a general cleanup of the text, spell checks,
eliminating (as best I can) obscure acronyms, etc. Third,
I take the text over to my HTML editor and format the report
for the web. Fourth, I have to create the link on the index
page in the archive AND "queue up" the trip report
for splashing on the site's main page. Finally, I update the
So, what is likely happening is that you're reading the archive
and finding and reading trip reports that I prepared perhaps
even several weeks ago.
Having said all that, I have quite a big backlog of trip
reports right now. In fact, I'm hoping to start catching up
again this weekend. :) Your report happens to be fourth in
line, so I expect to have it online (in the archive) by early
next week... but it won't be splashed until early (probably
the first or early the second week) of November.
Thanks for your patience!
|Christi asks: Hi
Brian, I love your web site! I check it out just about every
day to see what is new and get my "Mickey Fix".
We are heading down to the "World"
on October 31st and are trying to put together a game plan
about what parks to visit on what days. I have a quick question
regarding some information I read on your site. I noticed
that the Magic Kingdom typically has lower than average crowd
levels on Sunday. Is that a year round average or does that
only apply to peak times?
Thanks for your help with this and
please, keep up the great work!
That information applies year round, but of course, the levels
are uniformly less busy during quiet times than at peak times.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the reader feedback
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always gotten email about the WDW Trip Planning Guide, but since we added
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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!