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  1. Suzie
    October 20, 2017

    makes complete sense – thanks – that is what we\’ll do!

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  2. Suzie
    October 19, 2017

    Wow – your site is such an incredible resource – thank-you!! What would be your advice regarding doing MK on a MVMCP day (Dec 3 and 5, 2017) versus another day that week (Dec. 4, 2017). We are not planning on doing the MVMCP and would probably be leaving the park before 7pm close anyway. Just concerned about crowd-levels on those days. TIA

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    • Dave
      October 20, 2017

      Thanks Suzie!!

      First, MK is now closing at 6p on Christmas Party nights, not 7p. Second, the non-party days are typically MUCH more crowded. So in general I advise one of each so that you can see the fireworks on a non-party night, and take advantage of the lower crowds of a party night

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  3. Jennifer
    September 2, 2016

    I cannot even begin to imagine the annoying logistics involved in moving between so many rooms, but please do know that you have a legion of fans who REALLY appreciate it!!!!!!! 😀

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    • Dave
      September 4, 2016

      🙂 Jennifer

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  4. Jennifer
    September 1, 2016

    When you do your multi-resort stays (which I KNOW are STRICTLY for business purposes ;-), do you use your own vehicle or the bus system or a combination of both? I’m really asking because we’re going to do a split stay in April, and the plan is to have bell services handle the moving of the luggage. Have you done this? I’m assuming you travel light, unlike the kiddo and me, and probably don’t need assistance on quite that scale, but thought I’d see if you had any advice for the heavily burdened such as ourselves.

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    • Dave
      September 2, 2016

      Jennifer, I always have a rental and schlep myself around. But having Disney move you reportedly works well!!

      I have to note that it is an incredible PIA to move so much–I treasure the days that I spend more than a night in a resort. But if I am to keep my reviews roughly current I have to. This week over 7 nights I will have been in 6 different rooms!

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  5. Cindy
    August 29, 2016

    Dave, Great info and great job on links to others’ sites.
    We purchased the Platinum Plus Annual passes because we plan to use the water parks on our 14 days stay and our trip next year. I am confused about the Memory Maker included part of the PPAP. Do we get to download any or all of our photos without charge once we are home? WDW arrival countdown is 8 days.

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    • Dave
      August 30, 2016

      Yes, Cindy, that’s exactly how it works.

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  6. Jane
    July 14, 2015

    Hi Dave, not sure where to ask this, so am doing so here. Does Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at MK usually stay on schedule? We have an appt at 10:40 AM and were told it would probably be over by 11:15. Then we have Cindy reservation at 12:20. We are hoping to go to Castle Couture in between to have pics taken of the child. My past experience with the Disney photographers is that they are really quick, only taking a couple shots. Does this seem like a reasonable schedule? They appear to be really close on the map. Thanks!

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    • Dave
      July 16, 2015

      Jane, I’m sorry but I don’t track it closely enough to have an opinion…but even if they are a little behind your overall timing looks fine!

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  7. Theresa
    July 27, 2014

    Thanks, Dave!

    Mom is totally on board for switching to October, just in case. We’re planning on going to all of the parks, not just Epcot, but I know it’s just a shuttle ride away to the others. We’ll definitely be following the advice on the site to make the most of our vacation. I’ve been to Disney World twice with a friend (we stayed at places off site, which were fine for our needs), but this will be their first time going, and I’m trying to make this the best experience possible; and I certainly would like to have a comparison of what it’s like staying in an on-site property.

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    • Dave
      July 28, 2014

      Cool, Theresa!

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  8. Theresa
    July 23, 2014

    Hello! Great site!

    Planning a family vacation for 4 adults (two people in 60s and two in 30s) to Walt Disney World for Fall of 2015. Just wondering what your picks for best places to stay for adults and when during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival would be the best time to go, according to one site the last day is November 9th (Mom showed a big interest in the event). I know you recommended on the site that the week of November 7th is a pretty good time to go, would that be cutting it too close to the deadline of the festival? Or would we be better off going during the middle of the week before the festival is over, say getting in on November 4th?

    Also, in regards to a room, we’re not super tightwads but we don’t have a ton of extra cash to shell out either. So would you recommended a Value resort for adults or would a Moderate resort be better if we don’t have the cash for a Deluxe resort?

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  9. kevin
    December 28, 2013

    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?

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    • Dave
      December 29, 2013

      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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  10. Jennifer M
    August 30, 2013

    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?

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    • Dave
      August 31, 2013

      Yup, there is, Jennifer.

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  11. Jennifer M
    February 4, 2013

    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?

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    • Dave
      February 5, 2013

      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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  12. Wendy
    February 1, 2013

    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

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    • Dave
      February 2, 2013

      Thanks, Wendy, for your thoughtful comment!

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  13. Jennifer M
    February 1, 2013

    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?

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  14. Jennifer M
    January 31, 2013

    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.

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    • Dave
      February 1, 2013

      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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  15. Heidi
    January 15, 2013

    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!!!

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  16. Colin
    December 7, 2012

    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!

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    • Dave
      December 8, 2012

      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…

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  17. Jennifer
    November 6, 2012

    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?

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    • Dave
      November 7, 2012

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

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  18. Angie
    November 5, 2012

    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!

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  19. Dave
    October 5, 2012

    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!

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  20. Meg
    October 5, 2012

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

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