We receive considerable feedback regarding our site. Although we cannot
publish all of them, the following may be of interest to other readers.
for Brian Bennett
Marty R. asks:
I've been able to locate a list of penny press machines in
Disneyland on your site but not for Disney World. We just got
back with only 18 pennies for each of our children and I'd really
like to know how many more there were and should be on our list
for our next visit to WDW. These are the most inexpensive souvenirs
at the parks.
Marty: I don't maintain a pressed penny list, but I know that
there are internet sites out there that do. I'd suggest you perform
a search on Google or some other good search engine and I'm sure
you'll find what you're looking for.
[Editor's note: One good WDW pressed penny site is at http://www.geocities.com/wdwpennies/.]
When I make a reservation at a Disney World Resort I usually
request a certain building and floor level, such as Building 6
and a top floor at Port Orleans French Quarter. Of course, my
understanding is that the room location request is not guaranteed.
I noticed in reading the new Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney
World that in many of their resort reviews they actually list
the room numbers to request if you are interested in the best
view, location, etc. I guess my question is, what are the odds
in actually getting a specific room request at a resort, or getting
a room very close to the requested room? If I ask for, say, room
5301 at Wilderness Lodge are the reservationists just laughing
to themselves about my specific request or is it a reasonable
request. I understand that I can't request a specific room with
a water view if I'm paying for a standard view.
One comment on room requests: several years ago we stayed
at Port Orleans French Quarter twice in a year, once in January
and once in September. I only requested the room be non-smoking.
We wound up in the exact same room both trips. What a surprise
to walk into the room the second time, look around and realize
it was the same room.
Phrank: I do the same thing that you do: request a specific
location and type of room. I'm sure that if there was a good reason
why a specific room was requested, "it was the room we stayed in
during our honeymoon" or some such thing, the WDW folks would do
their best to meet the request. In other words, such a request is
However, if no good reason was given, my fear is that such a
request would be so specific that if it couldn't easily be fulfilled,
the folks assigning the rooms would just ignore the actual
intention of the request (that is, that the room be in a given general
location or have some specific features).
Chris B. writes:
As a frequent traveler to WDW and a business owner that must
stay in contact with my staff and clients, I was wondering if
the resorts offer any high-speed internet connections?
Chris: Unless the resorts have added such service very recently
and thus I'm just unaware of it, no, they do not.
In their defense, the WDW resorts do not, as a rule, cater to
the business traveler. Although they do hold conventions and so
on, the vast majority of their business is for vacationers.
[Editor's note: The Swan & Dolphin hosts conventions; they
may have the network connections you are looking for. In addition,
a number of nearby off-property hotels, such as the Gaylord
Palms, have state-of-the-art facilities that cater specifically
to the corporate conventioneer.]
Pam writes with help for another reader:
In your 11/25/02 Reader Feedback, Jennifer asked about staying
in the North Garden Wing at the Contemporary Resort through the
Shades of Green. We stayed there through Shades of Green the first
week of November 2002. It was wonderful! Our room was quite spacious
and looked as though it had been rehabbed in the past couple of
years. We had a nice water view from our sliding glass doors and
we could watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom right from our room!
The pool area is very nice - great water slide. Chef Mickey's
is always a lot of fun, but perhaps just a little too convenient
staying so close - ate there three times - gets a little pricey!
You can't beat the location - we walked to Magic Kingdom, didn't
take more than 10 minutes, even with little feet making the trek.
This was one of our favorite Disney vacations (we go every autumn)
and staying at The Contemporary was one of best parts! Hopes this
Tremendous! Thanks for the feedback, Pam.
A reader asks:
Does WDW sell a miniature collectible of the Old Key West
I'm not certain that they do, but I'm certain that the most
likely place to buy such a thing would be the Conch Flats General
Store at Old Key West Resort. You can call the resort at (407) 827-7700
and request to be connected to the store and ask them directly.
If they have it, I'm sure you can make the necessary arrangements.
Jodi had a question about Disneyland:
I understand Disneyland is busy during spring break (March
22 through 30, 2203), but that it is also busy on all weekends
all year long. Will it be busier on Tuesday and Thursday of spring
break week, or on a weekend during January, February, or
March (not during spring break)? Thank you so much for
your help and your great website.
Jodi: It would definately be more busy during late March than
a weekend January or February. By March, it might be a closer call.
If I were planning the trip, I'd shoot for late February or early
March as the best overall time to go.
Joe from Phoenix writes:
I have enjoyed reading all the information you have provided
MousePlanet in regards to Disneyland Paris Resort. I look forward
to future articles and reviews. I do have a question or two, if
you do not mind answering.
My partner and I am trying to plan a two- or three-night stay
at the Disneyland Paris Resort with an additional three or four
nights in Paris or London. Unfortunately, our budget will be very
tight and we will be looking for the best and cheapest deals we
can find. With that said, DLP will be the exception. My partner
and I visit Disneyland (California) about every four months and
WDW about every two years so we figure the "mouse" will drain
our bank account in the Paris park as much as it does in the American
If we do go to the Disneyland Paris Resort, I will
stay at the Disneyland Hotel. I do not care if the duration of
our trip is spent sleeping on a park bench or in a cardboard box
but the Disneyland Hotel is a must.
My questions to you:
1. What season (as far as low, shoulder and high) would June
1 thru 7 be considered?
2. Could you give me a rough estimate of room rates per night
in a standard (garden and park views) room and a Kingdom Club
3. Do prices include breakfast (in America, they do not) and
if so, what does the breakfast consist of?
4. Is it better to purchase a package or book hotel and pay
5. Would it be cheaper to eat at Val de Europe rather than
Disney Village, or are they about the same?
Though I have never been to Disneyland Paris, I did work and
train two management team members during 1991-1992 when I was
a cast member lead at WDW. Unfortunately, after six years with
the Walt Disney Co., I departed the company due to a sudden health
crisis in which my kidneys failed. I am happy to report that I
received a transplant in 1998 and am doing well. Despite the "politics,"
working at WDW was an everyday joy because of the many wonderful
people, from all over the world, that I met and greeted each day.
If you can send me any or additional information, I would
Joe: Thanks for the praise about the Web site, and my stories.
I will do my best to help you, but I must also recommend the official
Disneyland Paris web site for prices. You will find the official
site at www.disneylandparis.com.
The Disneyland Hotel is a great hotel, but in my opinion the extra
cost does not really make it much better than the other mid-price
hotels. I personally prefer the Sequoia Lodge Hotel, only 5 minutes
walk away from the park, but a much better price.
You can still visit the Disneyland Hotel for meals, drinks, shops,
etc. The rooms are not much bigger and the facilities are basically
the same. It does have the best location, but the other hotels can
have a great view of the lake as well.
"What season (as far as low, shoulder and high) would June 1
June 7 be considered?"
There are only two seasons at DLP: Low and High. June is considered
"Could you give me a rough estimate of room rates per night
in a standard (garden and park views) room and a Kingdom Club room?"
The best thing to do is get a quote from the Disneyland Paris,
using their Web site. I did a quick quote on the Web site myself
for you, the details are below.
"Do prices include breakfast (in America, they do not) and if
so, what does the breakfast consist of?"
Prices include breakfast, which usually consists of bread, croissants,
meats, cheese, cereals, yogurt, juice, coffee, milk, but nothing
"Is it better to purchase a package or book hotel and pay tickets
I think the packages are quite good and make things a little easier
for you, here is an example
"CLASSIC" Package: 2 nights / 3 days. This package includes:
- Accommodation for 2 nights in the Disneyland Hotel
- Unlimited access to the Disney Theme Parks (Park Hopper ticket)
during your entire stay, from day of arrival to day of departure.
This would give you three days entry to both parks.
- Breakfast at your hotel.
- Arrival date: June 02, 2003
- Departure date: June 04, 2003
- Total Price: £534.00 (approx. $800) for 2 people
This is only an example, use the site to get a price for you.
As a comparison the same package at the Sequoia Lodge would be
£320 ($480), that's £214 ($320) less!
"Would it be cheaper to eat at Val de Europe rather than Disney
Village or are they about the same?"
It's not that different as far as prices go, and you would need
to travel to Val d'Europe, which would be a pain on a regular basis,
using the train both ways, or a bus/taxi. Food is not really expensive
at the Disneyland Resort, but full service food is much better quality
than fast food. My favorites are the Buffet at the Disneyland Hotel,
Hunter's Lodge at Sequoia Lodge, and Annette's Diner at Disney Village.
I'm sure you will have a great time. Keep reading MousePlanet.
Have you seen all the old stories? If not, have a look at www.mouseplanet.com/paris.
I hope that helps, and have a great trip.
In the last mailbag, I asked if anyone had photographs of the wonderfully
detailed trees that support the roof inside the Disneyland Paris
Michael Sandstrom has very kindly sent two photos to MousePlanet
to share with our readers.
Hello. Since I love Disneyland, and I also enjoy your
site and stories. I'm glad to send along these photos from the
opening days detailing the tree forms inside the Castle.
Dan R. writes:
As a Mouseplanet reader since day one, I just want say how much I
enjoyed today's edition. I especially enjoyed the new DL/DCA column ( I
live in So. Calif.), as I feel there hasn't been enough coverage of
these parks lately in Mouseplanet. The Disney World column is great too,
as its fun to see what's going on at the Orlando parks. Now if you could
convince the great David Koenig to write his column a little more often,
it would be a perfect world!
Dan: Thank you for the kind words. We have been very gratified by the
initial response to our new Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World
park update columns. Just so you and the rest of our readers know, it is our intention to keep the schedules in those columns
through the week, should anything change, and to come out with a completely updated version every week. If you have any
tips, rumors, or general information that you want to see covered, be sure to drop us a line! We're still fleshing things out
and are open to suggestions.
Richard A. writes:
In case you're taking a survey ... your site was medicore, redundant,
yet fun to read ONLY when Al wrote a column. Now, with AL gone, yuour site
is lifeless, dull and I will not return. Take care.
Richard: First of all, Richard, I would like to thank you for waiting two
entire days before passing judgment on MousePlanet now that Al Lutz has moved on. Your
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