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Feedback for Brian Bennett
Brian, I hope that this will enlighten readers who are
uncomfortable about religious services at Disney possibly
no longer being offered.
We are preparing to go to Disney for
the first time. We travel a lot and God is always with us. So
for people to be upset about a service that may possibly no
longer exist because they can't worship is so silly. To miss
the service because it was enjoyable is one thing. Worship is
of the heart. It is an attitude that is an outward sign of
how you love and respect all of God's creation. So this means
to be considerate, compassionate, for crying out loud... it
even means don't litter!
Worship can be a state of
thankfulness, singing songs of praise together with your
family, preparing a service time with a story and finding a
place within a park to share time together, wherever two or three
are gathered in unification.
Personally, I am so thankful for
my family and this opportunity, for Web sites like yours where
we trip planners with shoestring (infant size 3) budgets can
gather helpful information. I am especially thankful for Mr.
Walt Disney and making his dream a reality. My prayers are
there for the people who need to understand this. Open the
eyes of your heart and see this truth. It is what you make it
As for being Catholic, I grew up Catholic. I am no
longer practicing . I am a Christian, we share communion
every week at church and when we travel, God is always with
us. So to show our love we pray together, sing together,
always a bible in the van and we even take our communion with
us. It's about a relationship with God... not a service.
closing I also need to find a list of the restaurants that
honor the meal vouchers that are included with the
package/hopper passes. We are planning carefully and want to
project accordingly. What are the choices of places they can
be used and the limits involving the use? God Bless! Melinda
Melinda I would disagree that being upset about a service they may possibly no
longer exist because they can't worship is so silly. You and I might
not be concerned about how or where we worship, but obviously it is a
bigger concern for other folks.
On the issue of the restaurants that participate in any given package
deal, I'm going to have to leave that between you and your travel agent
(or the Walt Disney Travel Company). Policies and procedures change so
often on those deals, that it would be best for you to get an official
list and have that available when you make your meal plans. I would hate
to provide you with information that is dead accurate when I give it, but
which is a bit out of date when you go on your trip.
Eva from Long Island, New York,
Can you tell me how I can contact Disney's horticulture staff
(particularly, those at The Land at WDW) via e-mail?
The reason I ask is that I purchased a "Mickey's Mini Garden"
a plant growing in a glass jar from cell tissue propagated at
The Land, and I was wondering what is the plant's genus &
Eva On this page you'll
find a phone number that will allow you to contact Disney's horticultural
Sorry, but I don't have an e-mail address for them.
Dear Mr. Bennett, When will the list of Night-Of-Joy
performance artists be
available for review. So far, the only artist I know of
planning to attend
is Rebecca St. James on September 5, 2003. I have tried to verify this on several
links, including nightofjoy.com, but have not found a list
you for your assistance in this matter.
Karen I don't have any better sources to find out about the Night of Joy
performers than NightofJoy.com or
NightofJoy2000 at Tripod.com. I'd suggest you keep checking those
sites periodically until closer to September.
I am soo excited to read about your recent family reunion trip.
This is exactly why I am OCD [obsessive-compulsive] about your site. We get the positive
items along with a balance of the things we want to watch for so we
don't get swallowed up and taken advantage by the big Disney
We are so thankful for the heads-up you provide through your site,
though we are not happy with the new format. We really liked your
column when it stood alone. (And think it merited it)
However your trip report is wonderful. I absolutely look forward
to those who are articulate enough to detail the really meaningful
portions of their vacation. We need their detailed reports to help
the rest of us to live vicariously though unable to take a Disney
trip at will.
The trip reports purpose is twofold, to glean wonderful trip ideas
and try to put ourselves in the place of the travelers, remembering
when we were there.
When a trip report can help us to recall the Spanish recording of
the monorail or perhaps the feeling of just relaxing in the lobby
of our favorite Disney resort. Ooh man, that is the exactly the
reason why we frequent your site. I get so excited about the next
I just wanted to thank you, I get a lot out of the information you
Thanks for the very kind note, Todd.
In just a couple months, I'll be going back so you can expect another
report in mid-May or so.
I stumbled onto your Web site while doing some research about the
Disney Vacation Club (DVC). We are seriously considering buying in but wanted to dig a
little first. We live in Maryland and therefore don't foresee
traveling to Florida every year with our two young children. One
of the things I'd like to use the club for is vacations nearby
through the Interval International arrangement. How hard is it to
get desired accommodations through them? Of course our sales
person made it sound like it's almost ask and you shall receive
but from reading your entire Web site I didn't get that.
I also don't understand why, for 160 points at high season, you
can get a whole week in a one bedroom when it is many more points
than that for a week at Disney at peak times. Why don't they make
it more point-affordable to stay at Disney as they obviously want
our vacation dollars for food and all that great Disney stuff!?
I also plan to call some of the resellers since I'm thinking we
could get more points for our purchase price than we are looking at
directly through DVC. It also seems like it would get cheaper and
cheaper to buy in the closer it gets to 2042 since you'd have fewer
and fewer years to enjoy the benefits of membership.
Your Web site was very informative and I really appreciate the
info and insight in it. If you would have time to respond to this
email I would be very grateful.
Thanks in advance.
The Disney Vacation Club (DVC) sets point values for the various times of
the year based on a supply and demand philosophy. You need to keep in
mind that the DVC is owned and operated by a different business unit than
the Walt Disney World Resort. They want to make their own business unit
profitable, even if it means less synergy with the other parts of the
company. It doesn't make sense from the big picture perspective, but
that's why things are so odd around DVC land sometimes.
I don't think you'll go wrong with a reseller. The DVC does have to
approve all resale purchases, but they seem to approve all reasonable
offers. (Although I do know that they have rejected a few in the past.)
Regarding the use of Interval International, I only have one personal
experience to share. I started the process of trying to trade out to a
resort in Hawaii a few years ago, but backed out for personal reasons.
We had no offers at all, but we only had our trade request in for a
couple of months and that was almost a full year before the time we
wanted to trade out. I've been told that trading out is no problem, and
I have no reason to doubt that is true, but neither can I confirm it by
I just finished your most recent trip report and enjoyed it very much.
We also had a family reunion of sorts in 2001 (also 12 people
from age 2 to 85) so I know what some of the trials and
tribulations are. I'm glad you all seemed to have a great time.
If I can impose, I do have a couple of questions. How were
your Mom and Dad able to buy the additional DVC points for
the stay? I assume they found them on one of the Web sites.
Did the owner transfer them to their account or make the
ressie for them? Can I ask what they paid per point? Was it
an easy transaction?
I've been faced several times with needing additional points
for a larger villa and, so far, I've resorted to borrowing
points. I'd like to know if this other option is viable.
Steve I'm glad you enjoyed the report. We really did have a great time
considering the weather and crowds.
My Mom and Dad bought 150 points at Old Key West through a DVC point
reseller. They didn't rent them, they bought them... so they'll have
those points in future years too (after they "pay me back" for my points
that we used on the trip). I think, from your question, that you
We bought the points through Time Share Store. There's
a link to their site from my DVC section on MousePlanet
if you'd like to check it out. The sale went well,
I think. The points had a particular price on them,
we offered a little less, and the sellers accepted.
The DVC had to approve the sale, but everything happened
very quickly and efficiently.
Do you know where the web site is to purchase the Disney meal
vouchers. Some goof is selling this information on Ebay.
What a shame.
Stan I'm not sure if I'm going to answer your question because I'm not exactly
what's being sold on Ebay, but I'll give it the ol' college try.
There are only two types of meal vouchers that I'm aware of at WDW.
The first is for package deals sold by Walt Disney Travel, which include
accommodations, park passes, and meals. Those packages are generally
sold at a premium price. It's usually much less costly to buy everything
a la carte, so you can make sure you'll use what you buy. The vouchers
that come with such a package deal are usually dated, though, so I don't
think you'd want to buy them via Ebay.
The second type of voucher was called the Animal Kingdom's Meal Plus
Program. By buying a meal certificate for $10.99 plus tax for adults and
$5.99 plus tax for children, guests were entitled to one fast food meal
and beverage, one bottled soda or water, and one ice cream or popcorn per
certificate purchased. Unfortunately, that program ran during the Summer
of 2002 and is no longer available.
Stan got curious about these vouchers, and after some research, wrote back:
Dealpass is the company that is selling on Ebay for between 2 and 4 bucks a pop. On this site you are able to sign up for a buck and have a 30-day trial membership, which you can cancel at anytime within the 30 days by a 1-800 number given on the site.
So you sign up for a buck and then you are able to buy up to 40 Disney Quick and Casual Meal Vouchers for $11.25 each and then you call the 1-800 number and cancel. So people are buying the 40 max and selling them on Ebay for almost twice what they paid, with only the buck overhead they paid for the trial membership. For whatever reason these expire on May 31, 2003. I have e-mailed people who have purchased these and say that they are more than worth it. Might be something you would want to put on your site. It's a shame that they are selling the site address on Ebay.
Thanks Stan. Looks like you found out more than I ever knew about this thing.
Do you have or where can I find a recipe for the walnut
dressing served at Disney World in Orlando? It may have been
served with Quail Salad Waldorf, but it was also listed in
the cookbook from quite a few years ago, sold at Disney
World. I believe there was also a recipe for mandarin orange
Suzie I don't have that information myself. I'll make sure to ask your
question in an upcoming mailbag (usually published on Thursdays on
MousePlanet) and we'll see if we get any reader responses.
A reader asks:
I saw your A to Z and other guides on the MousePlanet site and had a
finding the value of used media before we go to Orlando.
My wife and I have gone to WDW about 5 times in the last 7
years, and each time
purchased multi-day park hopper plus passes. We didn't
overly plan for each
day, and ended up with what we know are extra unused days on
(that is, maybe we decided to go to Universal Studios Florida or Seaworld and ended up
spending 4 days in
the WDW parks on a 5-day trip, but purchased a 5-day pass anyway). There were
a few trips where we didn't go to any water parks or Pleasure Island so we
entries are still available to us.
We now have a pile of passes saved up and would like to know
are on them. We will be going again in December and would
like to know how
much to budget for tickets for whatever days we don't have.
Is there an online resource that lets me look up a pass
number to see what is
left on there?
To the best of my knowledge, the only place you can have those passes
scanned to know for sure what value remains on them is at Walt Disney World
Guest Relations at one of the theme parks or at Downtown Disney. Each of
the parks have a Guest Relations window that you can visit from outside the
park gates, so you should be able to accomplish your goal without going too
far out of your way.
You might want to talk to the Guest Relations cast member and see if you can
have the remaining value of all those passes consolidated on new passes.
For example, if (in your name) there are two or three passes with a day or
two on them, you might be able to have the prorated value applied to the
purchase of a new park hopper.
Of course, the key is that only the person that actually used the pass in
the past can legally use them in the future (or have the value of the pass
placed on a new one for that same person to use).
Also, don't forget that some of those passes might not include access to
Animal Kingdom. Since that park only opened in 1998, and the traditional
Walt Disney World policy is for old passes to only be good at the parks that
were open at the time the passes were purchased, that might be an issue.
I've heard that Guest Relations is a bit lenient on passes that do not
include Animal Kingdom, however, just because they want to encourage anyone
that would ever want to visit that huge park to do so.
You have been an excellent source of Disney info for me in the past. Can you please advise? I would like to book an inexpensive package (hotel and hopper passes) as economically as possible. Obviously the Disney Travel is most expensive. I have investigated and found reasonable pricing with GetAwayToday.com. Since I will not be needing airfare, can you recommend any other companies in which to check out? I'm looking to stay right across the street on Harbor Blvd. Thanks so much
Amy I'd suggest you contact MouseEarVacations.com as one alternative. Pam Schuck, from MouseEarVacations, has helped me personally in the past.
Feedback for Lani Teshima
Please help! My family and I will be going to Disney World next week, and I
need to know if my 9 month old will be allowed on any of the rides in the
parks? We will be visiting Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and MGM.
Mandi Brian Bennett, our WDW content provider,
has put together a wonderful little guide called Walt
Disney World with Kids. It contains
a wealth of information to help plan your upcoming
visit to the resort with your little one.
Specifically, the two pages you will want to read are
the ones listing
height restrictions, and about Disney's
Rider Switch system, which allows
you and the adults in your party to swap
places really easily so that someone can always watch
Have a wonderful trip.
Hi. I am in the Unitd States Coast Guard, and was wondering about California Adventure tickets for myself and about five other active duty personnel. We want to go in March for a morale event, and I am not sure how to go about buying the tickets. Is at the gate the sameprice, or should we buy in advance? I would appreciate if you e-mailed me back. Thanks.
Kimberly I went ahead and made some phone calls for you. It appears that the San Pedro Coast Guard station does not have an MWR (Morale, Welfare & Recreation) office that sells park tickets. They referred me to the nearby U.S. Navy base, where I was able to speak to a person who provided me with the information you needed.
The MWR ticket offices still sell tickets to the Disneyland Resort, but life has gotten a little more complicated now that Disney opened a second park (Disney's California Adventure).
If you only wanted to visit a single park for just one day, you still have a good deal by purchasing a single-day ticket for $35.50 ($30.50 for children). However, that is apparently the only ticket they sell. If you wanted to visit Disneyland in addition to Disney's California Adventure park, the $35.50 ticket will not let you do so.
Since you are based in San Pedro, the ticket agent at the MWR office said that your best bet if you want to visit for more than one day, or visit more than one park, is to purchase a special Southern California resident discount ticket. For the regular one-day ticket price of $47, these tickets come with a special bonus of letting you in to the second park on another day (in effect, a two-day ticket with no park-hopping privileges). We cover the details in our Park Update: Disneyland column.
Since the SoCal promotion runs through May 16, you have plenty of time to use it for your morale event.
Have a wonderful time!
You can contact Lani here.
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