We receive considerable feedback regarding our site. Although we cannot
publish all of them, the following may be of interest to other readers.
Follow-up from our 1/16 Mailbag
In our January 16, 2003 MousePlanet
Mailbag, Bruce M. asked:
"I read in an e-mail newsletter a few weeks ago that Whispering
Canyon at the Wilderness Lodge stopped operating its own smokehouse
and that the food had taken a huge quality hit. I haven't been
able to find any confirmation... Do you know if it's true?"
We asked MousePlanet readers to help answer Bruce's question, and
Kent C. wrote with his recent experience:
I went to Whispering Canyon in December. I don't know
about them closing their smokehouse, but for the food I can answer
that. The ribs were a little over done, but OK for all-you-can-eat.
They no longer have the turkey legs that they had two years ago,
but the rest of the food was good.
Feedback for Sheila Hagen
I'm passing on my response to a typical question I get two to
three times a week for the last 18 months regarding Disney's
Magical Moments Pins and Game:
Many visitors to WDW in the last 18 months have bought the Magical
Moments Game for their children to play. Of course, batteries
eventually die out and we've been besieged by parents desperate
to reset the game so their children can continue game play. Here
are the reset directions from the instruction booklet:
- Turn the game on or go to the Game Menu (Cinderella Castle
should be on the screen).
- Press the Up arrow, followed by Down, Up, Down, Up, Down and
all of the games will be activated.
Feedback for Brian Bennett
The following were in response to Brian's
Family Reunion Trip Report.
Tamara C. writes:
I am an avid reader of your column. I just read your family reunion
trip report, and I just wanted to say that I found your family
reunion trip report very good and pack with a lot of information.
We are planning a sort of family reunion trip to Disney World
this August 14 to 22 for 18 people (eight adults and 10 kids)
with five-day passes to Disney and two days at Universal. We are
all rookies, so it's the blind leading the blind. I know we must
be crazy. But thanks to you, we'll make use of some of your ideas
and planning, and hopefully our family reunion will be as successful
as yours. We're open to any tips, suggestions or ideas that you
might have. Thank you and your staff for all the information provided
on your site.
Thanks for the kind note about my report, Tamara.
I'd strongly suggest that you look through MousePlanet's WDW
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
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.
Tim W. writes:
Amazing report! (I may finish reading it someday...)
A couple of quick questions: The guns in the fort on Tom Sawyer
Island were all removed when we visited in June 2002; I thought
they were pulled for PC reasons.
The Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party crowds: I thought as
did you that it was a limited ticket event, like the Halloween
nights. When we went to Halloween, other than Dumbo, no waits
over 10 minutes, if that. Are there less attractions open like
Everyone complains about the carnival games in Dinoland, but
there are a couple of important differences from a real carnival:
the quality of the prizes, and they don't pressure you into having
a certain number of players to start a game. I see why people
aren't crazy about their prescence, but the cost is minimal when
you consider things like $3 water bottles, $14 flashlights, $5
cokes in a "souvenir" 12-ounce mug, etc. For myself, I'd rather
my son play a game there than at some dirty, seedy, travelling
carnival, loaded with unruly teenagers using foul language!
Again, great report!
Tim Thanks for your note and comments.
I believe the guns on the fort that were removed were at Disneyland.
WDW's Fort Langhorn still has its guns.
Regarding Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, it appeared that
the whole park was open, which is fortunate because the place was
Margaret W. writes:
I enjoyed your new trip report and I'm glad you had a better
time than on your last trip. I like the new Mouseplanet format
and I agree that it's better for you to edit your mailbag rather
than posting everything. One design suggestion: put links between
the sections of the planning guide so that readers can read it
through without returning to the index. Also, Mouseplanet should
consider including some information on the differences between
the Central Reservation Office and Walt Disney Travel Company
I was also at WDW during the holiday season but decided not to
do a trip report for my two day trips. One was to the Grand Floridian
to have tea with my mother. The tea is elegant and a good value,
but has less generous servings than comparable teas in Britain.
We enjoyed seeing the resort and its decorations, took the monorail
resort-hopping, and returned to the Grand Floridian to have dinner
at Citricos and see the Magic Kingdom fireworks.
I also used the remaining day on my Park Hopper from August to
visit all of the parks briefly to see their Christmas decorations.
Animal Kingdom was crowded and strangely hot for a chilly day
is it ever not crowded and hot? I agree that the Osborne
Family Lights are amazing. After a crowded day at the Magic Kingdom,
it was so deserted after 11:00 p.m. that a Splash Mountain cast
member actually said, "You can stay on and ride again if you want."
Another (perhaps obvious) Magic Kingdom observation is that the
classic advice to do the popular attractions during parades only
works if you make certain that the parade will not block your
access to the rides. If you get stuck on the left side of Main
Street the only place you can go is Adventureland. In general
I think that it's wise of Disney not to sell one-day tickets with
hopper privileges; you can't help yourself from trying to do too
Thanks for the kind note and your wonderful comments, Margaret!
I am very glad that I had a better trip without any major
Chip N. writes:
As you have always answered my questions, I just had to respond,
not on your questions, but on your wonderful comments!
For so many years I've wanted a family reunion at WDW. My wife
and I have taken our children many, many times to the World starting
in December of 1996, but have never had the experience of being
with other family members at WDW. The only time we experienced
something of this nature was in December of 1998, and that was
with my uncle (who is the father I never had) and his family.
My uncle has a son close to my age (and he is like the brother
I never had). I got to see through another child's eyes (meaning
my cousin's children) at WDW what the whole experience is all
about. And quite frankly, when one experiences these moments,
as they say, "The moment may be temporary but the memory
is forever" is very true. I can only hope that one day I
get to experience something of this nature with my only siblings.
Again one can only hope. Great report!
Thanks for the kind note, Chip. It was a fun report to write.
I am so happy for you and Barbara adopting another baby. I have
been away from MousePlanet for a long time, but happy to see all
you have done with your site. Thank you for such a great report.
Thanks for the kind note, Laura. We're glad to have Michael, too.
Feedback for Park
Do you know when the Southern California Salute ticket promotion
is going to end? We are planning to go to Disneyland, but want
to take advantage of this great offer.
J The SoCal Salute ticket program started on January 6.
The first admission must be on the same day as the ticket purchase,
and the second must be used by May 16, 2003.
Andrea M. writes:
Hello Mouseplanet! I read your site quite a bit, and wanted to
tell you guys that you are all doing a great job! I was reading
the latest update for the Disneyland Resort and I noticed that
it says the Matterhorn will be closed indefinitely. If you know
the story behind this could you let me know? That is one of my
Thanks in advance, keep up the good work!
Andrea The Matterhorn was listed as indefinite because Disney
kept changing the ending date of the rehab. The ride re-opened last
Do you have specific questions about an upcoming trip
to Disneyland, Walt Disney World or another park, or do you need help with
your trip planning? While you can contact one of the columnists, we encourage
you to join our special MousePlanet community on our MousePad
discussion board. There, you will find like-minded Disney park fans who
can try to help answer your questions.
Did you read something interesting (good or bad) on MousePlanet, or here in the Mailbag? We'd love to hear from you! Send your comments to the Mailbag here.
We welcome your questions and comments, but keep in mind
that all questions submitted to MousePlanet become property of this Web site.
Letters of interest to the readership may be published, and may include your
full name unless you specifically request that your last name not be published.
They may be edited for length or style and in consideration of a family readership.
Questions may also be quoted on other parts of the site as well.
January: 6, 13, 20, 27
February: 3, 10, 17
March: 10, 17, 31
April: 14, 21, 28
June: 2, 9, 30
July: 7, 28
August: 4, 11, 18, 25
September: 4, 15, 22, 29
January: 8, 15, 22
Febuary: 12, 19, 26
March: 18, 25
April: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May: 13, 20
June: 3, 17, 24
July: 1, 22, 29
August: 5, 26
September: 9, 23,
October: 14, 21, 28
November: 4, 18
December: 2, 9
September: 4, 18
August: 21, 28
July: 10, 17, 24, 31
May: 22, 29
April: 10, 24
March: 6, 13, 27
February: 13, 20
January: 9, 16, 30
December: 5, 12,
Help us continue to bring you fresh daily news about Disney
and its theme parks.