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MousePlanet Mailbag for September 15, 2005
Compiled by Stephanie Wien, Mailbag editor
Feedback for Mark Goldhaber
Staff writer and Walt Disney World Park Update editor Mark Goldhaber answers some Walt Disney World questions. First, Peggy Wolny writes:
Hi Peggy Thanks for your kind words about MousePlanet. During February and March, crowds are generally low. Easter won't be until April next year, so that won't figure into the calculations. Crowd levels are always up during Presidents' Week, so you'll want to avoid that. Otherwise, the parks should be fairly quiet. Of course, that also means that the hours will be shorter. How long are you planning to stay? Where will you be traveling from? What are your priorities for your trip? All of these questions play into the best choice of date. I'm assuming that you're locked into the February/March time frame due to outside influences, so I won't try to talk you into April.
You may also want to consider joining our MousePad discussion forums. We have many forum members with different points of view, which may help you in your quest to find well-reasoned answers to your questions. Thanks for writing!
Oops, I almost forgot to mention that if you're locked into those months, you may want to consider the first half of February for financial reasons. Hotel rates jump from Value Season to Peak Season midweek right before Presidents' Week. Peak Season will start on February 16 next year. If you arrive on or before February 15, you will be able to get a rate of $79 per night at a Value Resort, for example, as opposed to $115 per night if you arrive on or after February 16. Rates for Moderate, Deluxe and Home Away From Home resorts will have similar price jumps.
Hi Cindy I'm kind of disappointed at some of the changes at Pleasure Island, as well. In trying to compete with Universal CityWalk, they've lost a good part of the unique atmosphere that they originally created. You can contact Walt Disney World Guest Communications with your concerns at:
Matt Muller writes:
Hi Matt The song is called, of course, "Wishes." It is available on the Wishes soundtrack CD. You can get it via Walt Disney World Mail Order (firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-363-6200). The SKU, in case they ask for it, is 050086109272. Enjoy!
[Editor: The song is also available on the Disney Wishes! CD as performed by Peabo Bryson and Kimberley Locke. It is available wherever Disney music is sold, including online outlets such as Amazon.com. Read the MousePlanet review of the Disney Wishes! CD here.]
Hi Sharon I haven't heard anything about a Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay this year. I did just receive a note from a source stating that the Mansion will go down for a refurbishment shortly, but he had no details beyond that. It could very well just be a little TLC, or maybe the addition of the "floating Leota ball" effect that was recently added in California. I'm not sure when more details will be available, either. Sorry that I can't be of more help.
Hi Joyce The "Pop Warner Effect" is felt more at the Wide World of Sports and the All-Star Resorts (mostly All-Star Sports) than anywhere else on property. The Studios might be affected by a cheer competition, but I'm not certain. The kids will be in the parks more and more as the week goes on (as teams are eliminated). Sounds like you'll be arriving just as MouseFest ends. Sorry we won't overlap. Have a great trip!
Thoughts, questions, or comments? Contact Mark here.
Feedback for Kevin Krock
Home Theater and Entertainment editor Kevin Krock answers a letter regarding the next series of Walt Disney Treasures DVDs. Jeff Medeiros writes:
Hi Jeff Based on what I have gathered, here's what is due for Wave 5 of the Walt Disney Treasures:
This was all recently confirmed on Leonard Maltin's Web site (link). Thanks for taking the time to write!
Thoughts, questions, or comments? Contact Kevin here.
Feedback for Alex Stroup
MousePlanet publisher Alex Stroup response to a query regarding the balance of coverage for Disneyland versus Walt Disney World. Anthony writes:
Hi Anthony While it is the case that our staff is centered more around Disneyland than Walt Disney World, we do have several writers who would do their best to cover any major incidents at Walt Disney World, even if we wouldn't be able to put anybody quickly on site as we can with Disneyland.
If there is a bias, I think it is more towards mechanical failure over bodily failure. Walt Disney World has had several high-profile deaths this year, and we have reported on them. However, each occurred in the absence of any indication that a Disney attraction failed or policy ignored. When you have tens of thousands of people gathered in one place, you're going to occasionally have one of them die. This is not to say that none can be laid at the feet of Disney, but that barring any additional information, it isn't huge news, and we cover it as we think appropriate. This is true when such things happen at Disneyland as well.
What is more newsworthy, is when Disney attractions or policies obviously fail, injuring park guests, and unfortunately Disneyland has had several of those over the past few years.
Thanks for the correction on Petals versus Mainspring. I knew that, but somehow got it confused anyway.
Thoughts, questions, or comments? Contact Alex here.
Feedback for David Koenig
Mouse Tales columnist David Koenig answers a reader's question about Fort Wilderness at Disneyland. Ken Stevens writes:
Hi Ken Although there was serious consideration given to tearing down and never replacing Fort Wilderness, the current plan is to rebuild the fort on Tom Sawyer Island, thanks to comments from guests. However, no date has been set on when work will start. From sources close to the project, it is very likely that it would occur after Disneyland's 50th, around the time the Submarine Voyage reopens.
Thoughts, questions, or comments? Contact David here.
Feedback for Lani Teshima
Hi Sarah I don't know how I forgot to add the driver's license on the list! Thanks for the reminders.
Hi Marissa There are over 100 styles of beads at Disneyland, ranging in price from 50 cents to $3 each, and Disneyland does not publish a complete list of available styles.
Your best bet is to bring with you a list of characters you and your friends like, so you can make your selections at the location. The best selection is available at the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney.
Joseph Chang writes:
Hi Joseph Thanks for taking the time to write. Yes, I remember when Disneyland had its Halloween event; I actually flew from Hawaii so I could attend it!
It's new in that after it was deemed popular in Disneyland, it was imported to Walt Disney World, with all remnants of it erased at Disneyland. Little Monsters is restricted to Cast Members and the general public for the most part didn't even know it existed.
While in one view it's bringing back the event, I suspect the impetus is Ouimet wanting to import the popular event from Walt Disney World, and in that way, it's newespecially if they decide to go with the Walt Disney World event name instead of the old one that they used at Disneyland.
But thanks for the clarification and reminder. I just love trick or treating, don't you?
[Editor's Note: As noted in Monday's Disneyland Update (link), tickets for Mickey's Halloween Treat go on sale to non-passholders today! Call (714) 781-4400 or purchase tickets at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths. They are expected to go quickly, so don't wait if you want to attend.]
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