Frequently Asked Walt Disney World Questions



By Dave Shute

DISNEY WORLD FAQ

Brought together below are links to material that answers the most frequently asked questions about Walt Disney World.

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55 comments

1 Alicia { 09.21.10 at 11:57 am }

When are you guys going to publish the 2012 calendar. I know that is a long time away, but I am anxious to see it. Thanks for this site – is has been a big help!

2 Dave { 09.21.10 at 12:20 pm }

Hi Alicia! The first draft of 2012 should come out in late October or early November. If you are thinking about a specific week in 2012, feel free to ask about it and I’ll get you an early opinion!

3 Nelson { 02.22.11 at 10:57 pm }

I’m planning a trip in March of 2012. When does the dates for the Flower and Garden Festival come out ?

4 Dave { 02.23.11 at 8:23 am }

Hi Nelson!

The dates for the 2012 show should be out by the fall at the latest.

In the past couple of years it’s started in early March (3/2/2011 and 3/3/2010) but prior years it’s started later–3/18/2009, 3/19/2008, and 4/5/2007. So there’s no real pattern here for predicting.

Note that the only March 2012 week I recommend is the week beginnning 3/3. See http://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/10/20/2012-weeks-to-visit-walt-disney-world-ranked-in-order/

5 Nelson { 02.23.11 at 2:44 pm }

Thanks for the information. I just found your site, lots of great info, I’ll be back often. Thanks again.

6 Dave { 02.23.11 at 3:30 pm }

You bet Nelson!

7 Cherice { 05.11.11 at 2:45 pm }

Have all of the rooms in Old Key West been renovated or do you need to request to be booked in a newly renovated room?

8 Dave { 05.11.11 at 2:53 pm }

Hi Cherice!

Reports on the web are that renovations are complete–see for example the bottom of this: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2571390

That said, it can’t hurt to request a renovated room, just in case the web is wrong :)

9 Rose { 06.11.11 at 9:45 am }

Can I leave travelers checks instead of a credit card for room charging privileges?

Thanks,
Rose

10 Dave { 06.11.11 at 12:38 pm }

Hi Rose! I’m not sure. Suggest you call the front desk of a WDW resort directly and ask them!

11 Deb { 06.23.11 at 10:54 am }

I have a dilemma, I have two 5 year olds, that want to go back to Disney. (we have only been once in 2010) I wanted to wait until all the FantasyLand is completed. But the kids are dying to go back. Your opinion……..should we just wait for 2013 when everything is complete? Is it worth the wait? We can afford to go both times. Just hard to make a decision. Thanks for all your help and love the website!

12 Dave { 06.23.11 at 11:23 am }

Hi Deb!

You are aksing someone who goes to WDW six times a year…so I may be biased!

Since you can afford it, go twice. Depending on how long you mean to stay on each trip, it may be cheaper to get extra days and a no-expiration option on your first set of tix…

13 Deb { 06.24.11 at 10:09 am }

Thanks Dave, yes go! is what I really wanted to hear. I will look into the no-expiration option, didn’t think of that.
Thanks again! Love the website!

14 Dave { 06.24.11 at 1:19 pm }

You bet and have fun!!

15 James Chaisson { 07.16.11 at 5:02 pm }

Dave,
WOW, so much useful information. Thanks. One thing that I haven’t found is concerning Park Hopper tickets? It seems that some of your itineries have days that would require a Park Hopper for that day. Is this correct? And if so, can you purchase a Hopper pass for only one or two days of the entire trip?
Thanks.

16 Dave { 07.16.11 at 5:11 pm }

Thanks James!

For park hoppers, see material on this page: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/06/12/disney-world-2011-2012-admission-ticket-prices/

I try to avoid park hoppers in my itineraries, but when they are required, buying them is part of my to-do lists.

Park hoppers are a fixed price– ~around $50–for the life of a ticket, whether it’s one day, 10 days, or in between…

Thanks to your question, I’m gonna add “Park Hoppers” to this FAQ page! Thanks!

Dave

17 Jon Hansen { 08.08.11 at 1:13 pm }

Thanks for great site. Do you have any advice on where to spend new years eve 2012? Epcot? Magic Kingdom? Downtown Disney? We are a family, all over 16 yrs.

18 Dave { 08.08.11 at 2:27 pm }

Hi Jon thanks!

Personally, I’d sepnd it at home–Disney World is unbelievably crowded then…

If you are committed to WDW, though, I’d pick Epcot, given the ages of your family. It handles crowds better, is less likely to close, and is not dry like the Magic Kingdom…

For more, see http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/05/30/new-years-eve-20112012-at-walt-disney-world/

19 Jen { 10.24.11 at 8:23 pm }

Hi Dave, I am planning a 6night 7 day at DW June 6th to June 12th for the Star Wars Weekend. How would you rate the crowds? I have heard this is peak season and to expect high crowds. Is their a high probability that the event will take place on the dates I have planned. I have heard that DW will not post dates until Jan or Feb 2012 which stinks for those who have to schedule vacation time at work. Also, in planning an itinerary, do we need to go to all three days of the Star wknd? Do they do the same stuff each day? My thinking was do Star Wars on Friday and Sunday in order to potentially avoid crowds. People checking in on Friday and potentially some leaving on Sunday. What are your thoughts.

20 Dave { 10.25.11 at 8:47 am }

Hi Jen–that’s not peak season but it is crowded. Not as bad as later in the summer-I have it rated on my crowd calendar as moderate+. See http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/06/29/disney-world-crowds-in-2012-3/

It’s a very ggod bet to be Star Wars weekend–90% plus. Two days should be enough–combining experiencing the park and also experiencing the special events. The stuff is the same every day, I think, but I’m not an expert on Star Wars weekend…

21 Tiffany { 02.24.12 at 11:35 am }

How would I go about nominating a large family of 12 for an all expense paid vacation to Disnep Land?? They really deserve this trip they hav suffered many losses lately and just found out the mother needs a liver transplant and those are very hard to come by. The father usually is able to find a way for his family but is now coming to reality about this one being out of his hands and is seeking help in anyway and his last statement to my family was that “He just wants to take his family on a vacation to forget about all the pain for a little while” just talking with him lastnite broke my heart and I would really love to make his dream come true…..can you at least direct me??

22 Dave { 02.24.12 at 12:37 pm }

Hi Tiffany, I’m so sorry, but I don’t know of anything that can help…

23 Tiffany { 02.24.12 at 12:55 pm }

Ok Thank You for getting back to me, I appreciate your time.

24 Candice { 03.21.12 at 7:13 pm }

What do you recommend as the best resort to stay at for a honeymoon? We’ll be going 4/7/13 and your price and crowd calendar have already been helpful!

25 Dave { 03.22.12 at 6:51 am }

Hi Candice and glad the site’s been helpful!

For a honeymoon at Disney World I’d recommend among the deluxe resorts the Polynesian and the BoardWalk Inn; the moderates, Port Orleans French Quarter, and the values, All-Star Music.

There’s links to reviews of all these here: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/04/26/walt-disney-world-resort-hotel-reviews/

26 Candice { 03.22.12 at 1:11 pm }

Thanks so much! One more question, he’s never been and I have been before. How long would you recommend to stay?

27 Dave { 03.22.12 at 7:48 pm }

Hi Candice that’s a tough one. If you can swing it a full week, and a minimum of 4 nights. The parks themselves are worth 5-6 days–but that’ll run you ragged and you need some off time as well. 4 nights will let you enjoy the Magic Kingdom and Epcot–typically the favorites parks of adults–for 3 days plus leave some time off…

28 Lauren { 04.24.12 at 8:02 am }

Hi! Myself and my partner are looking at visiting from the uk in October 2013 (thanks to your recommendations!) We are travelling without children (but possibly with some other adult friends) and was wondering which resort you would recommend? We have already stayed at Coronado springs and was looking at port Orleans but can’t decide with is best out of the French quarter and riverside?!
Can I also say thank you do much for this site – its my first stop for all things WDW!
Many thanks, Lauren

29 Dave { 04.24.12 at 9:29 am }

Hi Lauren, and thanks for the kind words!

That’s a tough call…Riverside has “more,” but is more awkward to get around. French Quarter is more compact, and lovelier, but does not have everything Riverside does. For me it’s French Quarter–see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/10/25/personal-favorites-the-moderate-resorts/

30 Joanne { 06.19.12 at 2:56 pm }

I am so glad to read the positive (and continuing) review of AoA. Maybe we will see you there in September when you stay in the LM rooms. I have a question as a first timer about the value/benefit of Photopass. I have read some reviews but wondered what your take is on it. We probably won’t make visit #2 again for quite a while and probably not as elaborate as the first visit – an appointment for the Pirate League and eating at CRT + other character meals. Thank you so much for pointing us in the right direction in our first Disney endeavor!

31 Dave { 06.19.12 at 3:17 pm }

Hi Joanne and thanks! Let me know when you’ll be there…I think I check in the 18th for three nights!

I have mixed feelings about photopass. It’s another expense in an already expensive trip, and easily substituted for by e.g. cell phone cameras. On the other hand some people absolutely love it…

32 Joanne { 06.20.12 at 10:05 am }

Thanks for the tip on Photopass. My mother-in-law and I will have cameras to take lots of pictures ourselves. Many of the reviews comment that the Photopass photographers sometimes take less than perfect shots, which you would expect from a professional. I am going to take my chances that we will get good shots.

We aren’t there until the 22nd so we will just miss you – and probably your review unless we bring our laptop (and we may so we can download and e-mail photos!). I am so anticipating what the whole resort will look like when it is all up and running. I have noticed that since the opening of Finding Nemo there aren’t too many blog or other posts about the progress on the other resorts. I would love to see how Lion King and Little Mermaid are progressing. The outdoor spaces at the two completed portions of the resort are just AMAZING! Even my less than enthusastic husband was impressed by the recent photos of the Cars portion.

33 Dave { 06.20.12 at 10:11 am }

Yup!

34 Meg { 10.05.12 at 10:48 am }

Hi, any input on the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for a 7 yo? Is it worth the price? Thanks

35 Dave { 10.05.12 at 12:37 pm }

Hi Meg! I don’t really have an opinion, but I’ll reach out to some friends to see what they think, so check back here later!

36 Angie { 11.05.12 at 3:45 pm }

Hi Dave! We are coming for New Year’s Eve on Dec 31st, 2012. Two adults, two kids. We won’t arrive in Florida until 5pm. We’re staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We’d like to make it for one of the celebrations that night. Will we be able to get into a park (any park), given closings, proximity to the lodge, etc.? Thanks!

37 Dave { 11.05.12 at 4:18 pm }
38 Jennifer { 11.06.12 at 10:25 pm }

Hi Dave,
Let me say I am a huge fan of all of your hard work and dedication to this site its just outstanding! We are planning our first WDW trip arriving May 12-18, 2013. We will be staying on the Fort Widerness Campgrounds and will be taking full advantage of all the options of being resort guest but having trouble deciding on which days to go where. For example on the days that there are the extra magic hours for that particular day crowd levels would be a little higher versus normal hours with the influx of resort guests. Now should I also try to avoid those parks on those days or being a resort guest myself should I take advantage of the extra hours?

39 Dave { 11.07.12 at 7:33 am }

Hi Jennifer and thanks! In general, avoid parks on days when they have extra magic hours, especially morning extra magic hours.

40 Colin { 12.07.12 at 8:26 pm }

Hi Dave,

Awesome sight…..I have been on it every day since we started planning our trip!

Question for you on Photopass+…..do you think it is a good deal to get for a 4-day trip? For character meal photos, seems to me I remember we got a photo included in the meal price at Akershus a few years ago, so I’m not clear on what extra photos this pass offers? Thanks!

41 Dave { 12.08.12 at 12:15 pm }

Thanks Colin, and thanks, tho you may change your opinion after you read my response, as I’m not much help…I don’t cover photopass, as I think it’s a huge waste of money…but some people swear by it…I also don’t track which meals give you free photos… because it changes more frequently than I can keep up…

42 Heidi { 01.15.13 at 7:14 pm }

Does Disney have a return policy in case something happens or someone is sick and we can’t go? I’ve looked and couldn’t find this information.
Thank you!!!

43 Dave { 01.16.13 at 8:39 am }
44 Jennifer M { 01.31.13 at 6:51 pm }

I would like to know your thoughts on the Bipity Bopity Bo Salon. My daughter will be close to 9, and is a girly girl. I know she would like to be pampered and be made to look like a princess. I would just like to know your thoughts and if you think its a waste of time, or worth the price.

45 Dave { 02.01.13 at 7:37 am }

Jennifer, honestly as a male with only sons I don’t get the BBB thing–which makes me particularly unqualified to comment on its value.

I do think, though, that girls have the most fun with it when they start with being dressed in a Disney Princess outfit–which you can buy in the parks, or much less expensively on line beforehand–and then after BBB do a meal at Cinderella’s Royal Table…

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46 Jennifer M { 02.01.13 at 12:44 pm }

I’m also curious if I made a basic itinerary, but when we got to the parks on our scheduled days, we could just go around the park in either a clockwise or counterclockwise fashion. I don’t see how running from one land to another will save us time. It seems like a lot more walking. We will have 9 adults, and two children (6,8). One of the adults cannot walk fast for long periods of time. We would like it to be a fun but relaxing time. this will probably be our kids’ only time to go until they are adults. Would it be beneficial to just plan for specific days and meals, but just wing it when at the parks?

47 Wendy { 02.01.13 at 10:21 pm }

On the question about BBB…I have a daughter who has done that and Disney 365 at Disneyland on very visit for 4 years. She loves the whole experience. She likes it so much (she is now 8) that she saves her birthday/Christmas money for it each time. She loves the time in the chair and the attention she get after from people in the park. One of the times, she dressed in a costume. She loved it for awhile, but she felt restricted after a bit. We had a change of clothes, so she shed the dress. Is it worth the money? For my daughter, yes. If you are going to be in the park for more than one day, make the appointment for a later day and let her see it on the first visit and she can see if it is for her. That was how we did it for our daughter and what we have recommended to many. I must say not one of the kids we have sent has not done it and loved it.

I would go with an appointment, though, so she is not disappointed. We schedule early in the AM, so they are not running late. It has worked well for us. Remember, she might not want to swim the day she does it – so plan accordingly.

Hope this helps,

Wendy

48 Dave { 02.02.13 at 7:08 am }

Jennifer, following itineraries like mine will save you hours of waiting, as certain rides that are distant from one another build long lines very quickly in the morning. The extra walking is either to get to them or to fatspass them…

The only way to avoid extra walking is to devote a morning to each area with high-demand rides. See the summer itinerary for an example of how this works: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/12/06/summer-itinerary-for-walt-disney-world-v2/ This itinerary only works on its recommended dates (here: http://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/basic-itinerary/alternative-itineraries/ ) but you can adapt its principles to your own trip.

You can also limit extra walking in the case of getting FASTPASSES by sending just one person to get the FASTPASSES.

No matter what you do, any Disney trip will involve miles of walking unless you get a scooter…

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49 Dave { 02.02.13 at 7:33 am }

Thanks, Wendy, for your thoughtful comment!

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50 Jennifer M { 02.04.13 at 3:13 pm }

I would like to know your thoughts on the Water parks. We would like to go to them. We plan on being in Orlando for 10 days. How would you fit it in? Just go to one park? Both parks? Both on the same day?

51 Dave { 02.05.13 at 8:21 am }

Heya Jennifer, they are fun, but not as fun as the theme parks. And if you see all that’s best at the theme parks, you’ll devote 6 days to them, and will also need some down time. So I’d prioritize the water parks third after the theme parks and days off.

Going to two in a day is a mistake, because like the theme parks they crowd up early and lines are long in the afternoons…So just plan on one in a day, and be there when it opens… Most families find one to be enough…

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52 Jennifer M { 08.30.13 at 1:28 pm }

Hi Dave, I just had a question on WiFi. I read that there is wifi in the All Star Music resort, is there wifi in the 4 disney parks?

53 Dave { 08.31.13 at 10:37 am }

Yup, there is, Jennifer.

54 kevin { 12.28.13 at 10:52 pm }

We have booked November29 2014 for a week at Pop. Should include free dining on hist o rival dates, do you think we be better to upgrade to not pay difference between table service from all counter service?

55 Dave { 12.29.13 at 8:12 am }

Kevin, first of all I doubt we’ll see free dining then (but hope I’m wrong!) Second, if you do get it, you can just pay the difference between the two plans to upgrade, which may be much cheaper than shifting to a moderate! You’ll need to do the math on this when the deal is out, as it’ll vary by family size and age–the bigger your family and the more who are 10 and older, them better off you’ll be in a moderate

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