by Brian Bennett
well-connected MousePlanet reader shared this note with me:
Hi Brian, Just heard and this is official that
Caribbean Beach Resort will begin reopening on December 21
a week ahead of schedule. The opening will be phased so that
they dont have 2000+ check-ins on opening day
that would be bad for the guests as well as the Cast Members.
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...
Continuing the emails that have flown around
regarding Cinderella's Royal Table, I got these notes...
Lynne writes: Brian,
as a follow-up to my question a few weeks ago regarding getting
priority seating for Cinderella's Royal Table. I had started
dialing the number prior to 7:00 and repeatedly dialing as
some suggestions were made to me. I think it just happened
to be my luck that week. About a week later, I was able to
scoop up a table of four which had been canceled. There are
seven us in the party, but at least my three daughters will
be able to go. I also had gotten the reservations 120 days
early for the Princess Breakfast in Norway, so they should
be doubly happy! Thanks to Jen for asking how many agents
were answering the phones at 7:00a.m.!
And this one from Lori:
Hey Brian I have one more suggestion for the Royal
Table if no one mentioned it. We had trouble getting through
on our first day and so we really made plans for the second
day of trying. We borrowed two cell phones and had our own
cell phone that morning. Therefore, my husband and I each
had two phones we were dialing in with. With four phones working
for us, we did get through that day but on only one phone.
It was also about 2-3 minutes till 7:00a.m. when we got through.
Just FYI Multiple phones help.
Thanks to you both!.
Last time I personally made a serious effort to visit the
Once Upon a Time Breakfast, I just kept hitting redial
on my one phone (starting at about 6:50a.m.) and had good
Michelle commented about a note
I'd written to Victoria:
"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
Hi Brian! It seems you have your hands
full with those trip reports! :) Well, let it be said that
there are many of us who enjoy them not only on lunch breaks
but while planning Walt Disney World trips as well!
Then Michelle went on to write about
Innovations: With that said, I had a quick note for Paul,
who wrote in about Epcot and Innoventions,
"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
I really dug Innoventions when my
Husband and I were down there in July 02. However, I did happen
to notice that the only "updates" for Innoventions
were located and listed inside the Innoventions Building itself.
I'm sure though that you can call Walt Disney World's general
number and they can connect you or give you a number into
Epcot to find out more. We did that for Magic Kingdom with
no problems here in the State of Washington. They were very
nice and extremely helpful! Hope this helps! Thanks again
Brian... and Paul, have a great trip!
Mark provided this update: The
Entertainment that is currently set for New Years Eve on Pleasure
Island (subject to change):
- B52's - West End Stage
- Joan Jett and the Blackhearts -
- The Devonshires - Hub Stage
- Chris Botti - Jazz Company
A MousePlanet reader shares:
In regards to the name change from "Dixie Landings"
to "Riverside", I was told by a friend who works
in Guest Relations that the reference to "Dixie"
(in conjunction with the southern plantation mansion theme)
was offensive to a small percentage of people and therefore
was dropped. I don't know how official her information is
but it certainly seems plausible to me. With all the controversy
over the Rebel Flag lately, it certainly would make sense
to try and remove any references to "the cotton-pickin'
days of the old south" to soothe anyone who might be
sensitive to these themes. I grew up in the South and no matter
what the name is, the resort still captures all the beauty,
romance and elegance that surrounded me my whole life. It's
my favorite place to stay.
PS I forgot to mention that they also
changed the name at the food court from the Colonel's Cotton
Mill to the Riverside Mill. This seems to reinforce the theory
behind the name change.
I wasn't aware of the mill's name change. However, I'm well
aware of that theory for the resort's name change. I wouldn't
be at all surprised that it's completely true, but no one
within the company has either confirmed or denied the reason.
Steve writes: Here is the Extra
Magic Hour information I picked up earlier this month. It
already seems so long ago.
"Imagine an extra
hour in a Walt Disney World Theme park to hit some rides
and meet some characters. The Extra Magic Hour benefit is
a very special time-and an exclusive benefit just for guests
of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Please check
the schedule on the reverse side, so you'll know which theme
park is having the Extra Magic Hour benefit each day. Valid
theme park ticket and resort ID required."
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear's
Space Ranger Spin
- It's a small
- Mad Tea Party
- Main Street
- Peter Pan's
- Snow White's
- Space Mountain
- The ExtraTERRORestrial
- The Many Adventures
of Winnie the Pooh
- Test Track
- Universe of
- MGM Studios- Tuesday, Saturday
- Jim Henson's
Muppet Vision 3-D
- Rock 'n' Roller
Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- Star Tours
- The Twilight
Zone Tower of Terror
Animal Kingdom Theme Park- Monday, Friday
- It's Tough
to be a Bug
- Pangani Forest
- Rafiki's Planet
- The Tree of
Thanks for everything you do.
Tremendous! Thanks so much Steve!
Dave shares his experiences with
Fort Wilderness Campground transportation: Brian, In response
to Susan regarding Fort Wilderness Campground transportation,
"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
We stayed at Fort Wilderness Campground
for a week last month. The transportation overall was very
good. There are some caveats, though. Pay very careful attention
to the transportation guide! There are different methods to
get to each of the parks and some may be more efficient than
others depending on the time of day. For instance, to get
to Epcot or Animal Kingdom, you took the Orange, Yellow, or
Purple buses (depending on where you were you were staying
in the campground) to the Outpost bus stop and caught the
appropriate Disney Transportation bus to the park. To get
to MGM, however, you needed to catch the bus to the Ticket
and Transportation Center at the Settlement depot (we waited
30 minutes at the Outpost before asking the driver of a bus
marked Special. He told us we needed to catch the Ticket and
Transportation Center bus, but he'd drop us off at MGM on
the way to the Magic Kingdom - nice guy!!) The fastest way
to get to the Magic Kingdom are the boats (however, if you
stay until the park closes, you'll have a bit of a wait to
get back - 45 minutes in our case). You can also take a boat
to the Contemporary and then hop the resort monorail for a
tour around the lagoon. As long as the monorail doesn't break
down (like it did for us...), that can be a fun way to get
to the Magic Kingdom. It would also be a good alternative
for getting home at the end of the evening.
Our wait times for buses were typically
less than 10 minutes. We also had the advantage of staying
in the 200 loop near the Settlement depot. That way, we could
catch any of the three campground buses to the Outpost. The
best advice I can give is: when in doubt, ask the drivers
for help. They were very helpful and courteous the entire
trip and even went out of there way at times to make sure
we got where we wanted to go.
Hope this helps!
Tremendous! Thanks for the input, Dave.
After a reader asked about the million point prize for Who
Wants to be a Millionaire, Play It,
a Walt Disney World cast member sent me this note: Hi Brian.
When I inquired as to the grand prize my manager said they
are giving the million point winners a three night cruise
for four on the Disney Wonder. Also the Regis opening has
been dropped and nothing else added, which opens more playing
time. As a final note, Meredith Viera will be taping shows
during super soap weekend November 8 and 9 for the syndicated
By the way, great site, I love reading
the notes from the world especially since I have never been
to Disneyland but love Disney World. Keep up the great work!
Thanks so much, for the information and the kind note!
April writes: Brian, in your
10/29 column, Diane wrote:
"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
There is a board on the D-I-S Boards
and Solo Travelers.
I don't know if they organize get-togethers
(I hang out on their DCL cruise board more often), but it's
certainly a possibility!
Dennis wrote a similar note:
...She can try to find a thread or post her own at disboards.com
under "Theme Park Attractions and Strategies" or
under "Disney for Adults and Solo Travelers." I
think she has to register to start her own thread, but can
read existing ones without registering.
Thanks April and Dennis. I'm glad that the D-I-S regulars
are reading MousePlanet and I hope Diane finds the information
she's looking for over there, since I wasn't able to help
Sam writes: Hi Brian, As always,
thanks for the great site and amazing job you're doing!
Cheryl asked about the Tapestry of
Dreams CD, it's called Illuminations Reflections of Earth
Epcot Tapestry of Dreams, I know it's a hideously long title
but that's what's on the CD cover! I bought it on my trip
this past August, I'm pretty sure that I bought it at one
of the vendor carts, perhaps Italy, but I'm not positive.
I think I paid $19 for it, worth every penny to see my 3 1/2
year olds face when I start playing his favorite song, hey
a, hey a hey a.....
Hope this helps.
Mark writes: Hi Brian, in [your
last] column, Scott asked about fireworks on nights when the
parks close early this December.
I would suggest that he check out
park hours page at the Walt Disney World web site.
It appears that, while Spectromagic
won't run every night, there will be fireworks at the Magic
Kingdom every night during my trip Nov. 8-16. When the park
closes at 6:00, the fireworks are scheduled for 6:15.
Also, I'd recommend continuing to check
the site until departure on the trip, as the hours have already
changed once or twice since they were originally posted.
On the same topic, Anne wrote:
Brian, I just read your latest "Notes from the World"
reader feedback piece. Thanks for all the help you give so
I just wanted to respond to the message
from Scott about his November trip:
"If the Magic
Kingdom 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 Magic
Kingdom have the fireworks?"
You responded that the Magic Kingdom
usually doesn't have fireworks when it closes early. This
is true most of the time, but for some reason, Disney has
changed its schedules for most of this November, and there
are fireworks at the Magic Kingdom nearly every night, including
when it closes at 6.
Park hours and entertainment schedules
for November are available at this URL.
This is great news for most of us who
are going in November!
Thanks to you both.
back to our regularly scheduled email...
Jennifer writes: Hi Brian, I
am amazed that you can keep up with so much email. Thanks
for your work.
My question is about the pros and cons
of being offsite, at the Disney Village (editor's note, now
called "Downtown Disney"), or in a Disney resort.
We're traveling with my husband and myself and our daughters
who are 4 and 1 1/2 in February.
It's important to me to have something
with a separate bedroom area so that my kids can take naps
and go to bed and my husband and I have somewhere to be (other
than hiding in the bathroom). Therefore, we're considering
Holiday Inn Family Suites (have heard good things, but they're
offsite), Doubletree Guest Suites (I'm still confused about
how stuff at Disney Village works, but I assume that means
there's better transportation but still not officially a Disney
Resort), and a Fort Wilderness Cabin (we'd like to be able
to do the stuff offered at the campground and use the transportation,
but this seems to be the most expensive option at that time
of year with the deals I'm finding). We will probably have
We're going to spend every other day
in the parks, so we need to be somewhere we can do things
on our "resting days". Also, we didn't know if you
were allowed to go and do the campground things (i.e. the
movies, petting zoo, etc.) if you weren't staying in a Disney
resort. Any thoughts on this?
Thanks so much.
I think you have the analysis pretty much under control.
You are allowed to enjoy the Fort Wilderness facilities as
a non-Disney resort guest, but that excludes the use of the
pools and the campfire program.
You might want to consider Old Key West, the Villas at Wilderness
Lodge, the Beach Club Villas, the Boardwalk Villas, and the
Villas at the Disney Institute as onsite alternatives. You'll
pay more at those resorts than for a comparable room offsite,
but you'll have all of the Walt Disney World facilities available to you
and the transportation situation will be much improved, too.
There's more information on this
page regarding the Downtown Disney resorts.
asks: Thanks for such a prompt response. Just a few follow
- Is the campfire program the movie
with the Chip and Dale thing?
- Do you know if Doubletree participates
in the Extra Magic Hour program?
- What's the deal with transportation
from Doubletree (I know that some of the non-Disney hotels
use Disney transportation)?
Thanks again, and I'll try not to keep
Yes, the campfire program is the sing-a-long and movie with
Chip and Dale.
The Doubletree Suites Resort at Downtown Disney MAY participate
in the Extra Magic Hour. I'd suggest you call the resort and
ask, since the various Downtown Disney resorts vary on what
"on site privileges" they provide (I suppose the
contracts with Disney vary from resort to resort).
The transportation from the Doubletree Suites Resort at Downtown
Disney is NOT Walt Disney World Transportation, but is shared (contracted
separately) between several of the Downtown Disney resorts.
You'll find that the bus stops not just at the Doubletree
but at two or three of the other resorts in Downtown Disney
as well. In my experience (when I stayed at the Hilton several
years ago), that is not a problem at all, it just takes a
little extra time.
However, since the buses are not officially operated by Walt Disney World
Transportation, you'll find a difference in the drop off and
pick up locations at the parks. Instead of being dropped off
and picked up at regular stops close the park entrances, you'll
be out in the shuttle parking lot area, several hundred yards
farther than the Walt Disney World buses. At the Magic Kingdom, things are
a bit worse, because the non-Disney shuttle drop off / pick
up area is at the Transportation and Ticket Center and not
directly adjacent to the park -- so that means a monorail
or ferry ride from the Ticket and Transportation Center to the park will add a bit to your
Allen writes: From what I've
seen, you've put a lot of work into this site. GOOD JOB! But
one thing that I see that you don't have, or I couldn't find
it, is what about the price list for the campgrounds? Did
I overlook it or something?
I am in the process of redoing a camper
that I bought from a friend and planning on doing Disney for
Christmas for my girl friend and her kids. Think that it would
really be a different kind of Christmas. Don't you think?
But need to find out what campground prices are to start planning.
You'll find the rates on the Walt Disney World
Resorts from A to Z page under the "room rates"
|Sandra also had a question
about Fort Wilderness Campground: How can I make reservations
in the Fort Wilderness Campground?
I'd suggest you call Walt Disney World's central reservations office at
Scott writes: Brian, I have
an unusual but pleasant question to ask you. Several weeks
ago I called Disney dining regarding the Cinderella breakfast
at the Magic Kingdom. Of course they told me that you had
to call before 7:02 a.m. or the breakfast would be booked
after that. They told me about the new Storybook Princess
Breakfast at the Restaurant Akershus in the Norway Pavilion
at Epcot. They had openings for one of the days that we would
be in Florida on vacation. I decided to book the reservations
and they told me to try and call for the Cinderella breakfast
when the reservation window opens. I tried for a few days
and on the last day I got through and made our reservations.
Here comes the good part. It seems
that the reservations are for the same day. Not wanting to
eat breakfast twice, could you please explain some of the
differences in the two different character breakfasts and
which one do you think our readers prefer?
Congratulations on your coup! :)
The prices of the two breakfasts are the same. The character
breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table is pre-plated and includes
Cinderella (of course). The one at Akershus is served "family
style" and does NOT include Cinderella (she's exclusive
to the castle). The main differences then, are the manner
in which the food is served (pre-plated versus "family
style), the princess that appear, and the location.
Amie writes: My family of 4
(kids ages 3 & 6) are going on our first Walt Disney World vacation.
My husband has never been and he doesn't see what the big
deal is about (actually asked why we couldn't just go back
to six flags!). The last time I was there was in 1996 (Epcot).
After much debate, we are staying onsite at Coronado Springs
for 4 nights. We are arriving the Sunday before Thanksgiving
& leaving Thanksgiving Day. My question is, have we avoided
the "rush" by leaving before the holiday? I really
want this to be a good trip so I'm planning a lot!
Thanks for the great site!
on a budget, so I've only scheduled 2 character things...
Donald's Breakfastausaurus& the Ice Cream Social. Any
You'll miss the worst of the crowds since you'll be leaving
on Thanksgiving Day, but the whole week is significantly more
busy than the weeks immediately before and after that week.
If you could go on your trip a couple of weeks earlier or
later, you'd do much better.
My only other suggestions for character things since you're
on a budget is to make an effort to search out the characters
in the park if you really want to find them. That way you
can spend time with them for free. :)
Lisa inquires: Dear Brian, I
love your website! It has been really helpful.
My family and I are planning a trip
to Walt Disney World for November 29 - December 6. I think we will skip
the parks on Saturday (11/30), but I wondered if you had any
advice on how crowded the parks might be on Sunday (12/1)?
Which park might be least crowded? We hope maybe a lot of
visitors might be heading home that day.
Thanks for your help.
You'll find that the whole weekend, and in fact for a full
week or so after Thanksgiving, that crowd levels will be significantly
higher than the few weeks before and after that holiday. That
will be true for Sunday, too.
Epcot and Animal Kingdom are your best bets for such crowded
days, just because both of those parks are so huge that the
crowds tend to spread out.
|Kelly writes: Hi,
could you answer my questions as soon as possible, leaving for
a trip soon. Can you pay by check? For tickets, shopping, resorts?
I don't have any information that definitively says you can
pay by personal check. I think you should take along your
credit card, or else get traveler's checks as an alternative
(I know traveler's checks are accepted).
|Stephen writes: Hello!
- First time at your site - GREAT SITE!
I am trying to find park hours for
the end of April through all of May 2003 (or hours for the
same time in 2002 for comparison).
We went last year in October when the
parks closed early (didn't see the parks lit up at night)
so we are trying to make sure this time around they are open
late during that time.
Thank you in advance for your time!
I don't have specific hours for that time. However, if you
plan to visit during the two weeks that straddle Easter, you'll
have the longest park hours. Of course, the negative that
offsets that is that the parks are very busy during that time,
Tam writes: Hi, Its our first
trip to Disney, we're 40!! with 2 preteens. We have reservations
at the Beach Club resort with the Discovery Magic plan.
The question I have for you is this:
Would you know of a specific room to ask for if we wanted
to be near / overlooking or in some manner to see the main
pool area (second floor would be good). I have just torn the
cartilage in my knee and we are due to leave in a short time
and I'm not sure of the healing time. This way I could watch
the girls from the balcony if the knee isn't feeling great
and I would like to be able to stay off it! We want a great
room with a view and a balcony.
You are great to take your time and
help us all with your very informative web site Thank you,
as I have already gotten many tips.
No, I don't have a specific room number to recommend. What
I would suggest you do, though, is make a call back to Walt Disney World
reservations and explain your situation. I'm sure that they'll
put a note on your reservation that will make your request
clear. In any case, remember that Walt Disney World will not guarantee that
such requests are granted, but they'll do their best.
|Dianna writes: Dear
Brian, I love your site and appreciate everything you do. My
friends think I know a lot about Disney and the parks however,
I feel like I know nothing compared to your vast knowledge.
Here is my question/problem. I think
I renewed my Disney Club membership for no reason. We are
going to Walt Disney World in December. We have bought a friends time-share
for the week of 12/7/02 to 12/14/02.
I only renewed my Disney Club membership
to save on theme park admission tickets. I questioned a not
very friendly cast member yesterday at the Disney Store about
costs and discounts. She advised that as of October DC no
longer offered a discount on theme park tickets purchased
at the Disney Store. She advised this became effective in
October. I know the tickets are cheaper to buy in advance.
However, I was still under the impression that I would get
an extra discount with the DC card.
Please fill me in on what you know
about this new rule. I am hoping maybe my grumpy cast member
just did not want to deal with it. I have not purchased tickets
at this time.
Thank you so much.
You CAN still get Disney Club annual passes at the Disney
Stores, but you're right that the discounted Disney Club four-
and five-day park hopper passes are no longer available there.
Instead, you'll have to wait to get your discounted Disney
Club passes at Walt Disney World. At least for now, they are
still available at the on site ticket sales locations. I'd
suggest you call the Disney Club and find out what their prices
are (for the park hopper passes that are still sold at Walt Disney World)
and compare those prices against the discounted park hoppers
that the Disney Stores still do sell. I think you'll find
that waiting until you arrive at Walt Disney World and using that Disney
Club discount will still result in some savings.
Cathy writes: I'm sure that
you get sick and tired of hearing what a wonderful site you
have, but just bear with me so I can tell you one more time.
It really is very informative and entertaining.
This may sound like a weird question,
but I've heard it discussed somewhere before. It is about
wearing duct tape on your feet when doing all of the walking
at the parks. My feet and lower back are the things that give
me the most trouble. Any suggestions would be very helpful.
Also, do you know anything about the
Boma restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge? Sounds like an
interesting dining experience. Keep up the good work!!!
Sorry, but the duct tape thing is a new one for me. What
I do is this... first, I make sure that I have a good pair
of walking shoes. For me that usually means a good pair of
cross-trainers or running shoes. Second, I get replacement
insoles for those shoes if the existing insoles are more than
a few months old (in fact, the replacement insoles are often
significantly better than even the original, new soles that
come with those shoes!). Another idea is to use multiple pairs
of socks. Personally, I prefer the replacement insoles, as
I think that provides better support and cushioning, but some
folks like the two pairs of socks thing. To each, his own.
Just for free, a couple of other suggestions that I've used
is the two-pairs of shoes idea -- so you can switch off your
shoes a time or two during the day (that's especially nice
during hurricane season if you get deluged... the ability
to have dry feet is a blessing!)
If you have chronic problems, you might want to talk to your
doctor and visit a podiatrist before your trip. Painful feet
can be a terrible drag when you're on a Walt Disney World
vacation, so I'd recommend that you take all possible precautions.
Boma is a much happier topic. It truly is a tremendous restaurant.
The dishes are many, the selection is varied, and the food
is wonderfully flavored. The dessert bar alone is worth the
price of admission! If you make plans to go over to Animal
Kingdom Lodge, I can't recommend Boma enough.
How's that for an endorsement? :)
Hi Brian, I was hoping you could help me out with something.
I thought I had read that Disney cast members would trade you
one of their Disney pins for a non-Disney pin brought from home.
Is this true? I'm getting ready to leave for Disney and am not
sure if I should hunt around for some pins before I leave.
Disney cast members are obligated to trade with guests, but
I don't know what the rules are for that "obligation."
It wouldn't surprise me if only Disney pins are included in
that rule. However, if you have a pin that a cast member (or
anyone else) would really want, Disney or not, I'm sure you'll
find someone that would be willing to trade.
|Susan writes: Brian,
we are a family of two adults and three kids (ages 11, 11, and
9). We are planning on visiting Disneyworld and are very confused
as to how we figure out how we should organize this.
Should we stay in a Disney Resort which
normally includes entry into parks, etc. or stay outside of
Disneyworld (which is cheaper) and purchase all entries, food
If we stay outside, how do we easily
get to the parks?
I thank you for your help.
In MousePlanet's Walt Disney World
Trip Planning Guide, you'll find all kinds of information
on planning a trip to Walt Disney World. There's information
there on the resort hotels (including room rates), parks (including
admission media), and all other aspects of planning a trip
down to see the Mouse.
On the Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide's accommodations
index page you'll see several pages listed that deal with
accommodations issues. Specifically, the one on the "Onsite,
Offsite Debate" is the one that you might want to
read to decide what kind of accommodations are best for you.
Be aware that merely staying at a Disney resort does NOT
include admission to the parks unless you specifically pay
for "Unlimited Magic" passes, which provides that
length-of-stay access to the parks.
Regarding the issue of transportation from an offsite resort
to Walt Disney World, the best two options would be to stay at a resort
that offers a free shuttle or get a rental car and drive.
Anyway, 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.
|Ron asks: I'm looking
for a place to stay for three to four weeks such as an extend-a-stay.
Any help? Thanks.
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.
Other than that, you might want to try a Google search for
an extended stay resort in the Orlando area.
Craig writes: Dear Brian, been
reading your work for some time now and have found it very
useful. I'm taking my family to Walt Disney World in December (me, my wife,
and our two kids ages 2 1/2 and 4) and have 4 day hopper passes.
Our arrival day will get us to the
world at around 6:00p.m. I don't want to use day one of our
passes for 2 hours on that day, but I've heard that the turnstiles
at Epcot are opened up for free admission immediately prior
to Illuminations. Is this true? If so, it would be a nice
way to start our mini-vacation.
Thank you for your help.
I've heard that the International Gateway gates sometimes
open before the park actually closes, but I've not been able
to confirm that.
Personally, I'd suggest you plan to just visit some of the
other resorts that evening as a warm up. It would be quite
a disappointment to go all the way to the International Gateway
only to find it closed.
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
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!