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  • Can We Add Free Dining To Our Package Later? - from Aaron   In December 2018 we were able to get the free dining plan package with staying at Caribbean Beach Resort. Historically, it appears Disney offers their free dining plan starting around Dec 8,9,10ish each year. If we were to book our vacation now for say Dec 13-19 (Staying at Caribbean again) without the free dining, would we be ...
  • Upgrading to Park Hoppers Next Year – Help - from Sheri   We have been going to Walt Disney World since 2003. We have NEVER upgraded to park hoppers but will be upgrading next year to Park hoppers. I am a big planner and have no idea how to plan fast passes and ADR’s. For example: do you plan your FastPasses for the second park? We are rope drop ...
  • Crowds for September 2020? - from George   How busy do you think this Sept will be since they are offering free dining for people with canceled reservations to book then? Dad Answers George,   September is always the slowest month of the year. By far. Even though Free Dining is always offered in September. It’s the most discounted month, always and it’s still the ...
  • Best Months Weather for Orlando visit? - from Rana What is the best months weather to visit Orlando not to be too hot ?  Dad Answers     Rana,   Orlando weather can be great. It can be brutal and anything in between. I’ve been at Disney World in December when it was 31° F and when it was 93° F. Both at 8 pm. Like anywhere ...
  • Is it’s a small world haunted? - from Brooke   Is it true that it’s a small world ride is haunted and possessed? Dad Answers Hi Brooke.   No.   STOP!!!!! Hold on there Dad.   That’s not going to cut it. You can’t just answer a question with one word, drop the mic and leave. Especially that question. Just no? Where’s the usual, Oh, Brooke, that’s ...
  • Questions about a trip to Disney World, LOTS of Questions! - We’re going to do something a little different today. Nicole has a bunch of questions about a trip to Disney World. I thought it would be best if I put this in a form of question then answer. Nicole’s questions are in italics and my answers are in regular type.   This could be fun! Take it away Nicole…   Hello! I ...
  • What will happen when Disney World reopens? - from Joe   I’m hearing that once Disney World reopens the parks are going to open in a sequence and not all at once; there will be limited numbers allowed in the parks; restaurants might drop reservations by 50% and have less tables available; ride queues will be limited to keep from overcrowding. I’m on the edge of when this ...
  • Are Night Shows Scheduled After Park Closes? - By Molly   Is it normal for night shows to be scheduled after park close? I am trying to plan our dinner reservation in the Animal Kingdom on 09/11/2020. Park closing is listed as 8PM, but Rivers of Light is listed as 8:15PM. I’m just wondering if this is accurate so I know how early I need to plan dinner ...
  • The Disney World Crowds When the Parks Reopen - from Michelle   With WDW closing for approximately 2 weeks, what do you think the crowds will be like when the parks reopen? Do you think that the crowds will be higher in early June when we are supposed to travel? (June 3-13). My heart goes out to everyone that has had trips planned for months and years. Dad Answers ...
  • Christmas 2020 vs Halloween 2021? - from Cindy Hi “Dad”! My daughter insists on going to Disney World next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary despite my protests. The group would include my daughter, her husband and their 8yr. old son, my husband and me, and our adult son. My daughter thinks she is running the show and wants to go at the end of October ...
  • My Birthday is October 1, 1971 - from Darin   Hello! On a trip to WDW during the week of my 45th birthday, I learned something absolutely magical…I was actually born on Oct 1, 1971…the day WDW opened! Yes, WDW and I will be sharing our 50th birthday together on Oct 1, 2021!!! I would like to plan a trip with a large group of family and ...
  • Weekend before Memorial Day - by Perri   Hi! I have checked out your crowd calendar, but am curious about your thoughts! I will be visiting Disney for 5 days (May 16th-May 20th of 2020) staying at the Disney All-Star Resort. We are doing 4 days at Disney Parks at 1 day at Universal. What do you anticipate the crowds will be like during this ...
  • How best to choose my FastPasses for DHS - from Kristie   Hello! I’m headed to Disney World in June (super excited) and I’m trying to figure out how best to choose my FastPasses for DHS (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) now that Smuggler’s Run is part of the Tier system. I know I want to try and snag boarding time for Rise of the Resistance too. Sooo…how should I time ...
  • How long will the 50th Anniversary Celebration last? - From Lorna   Hello, How long will the 50th Anniversary Celebration last? Will it still be going on the second week of November? Our honeymoon was the second week of November 1986 when the 15th celebration was going on. I’m looking forward to spending our 35th there too. 🙂 Dad Answers Hey Lorna,   I hope you have a great ...
  • Golf Carts at Ft. Wilderness Campground - from Jay   Hey Dad, Huh – funny that’s my name too… Sorry – Dad jokes… So here’s the question. Jumped into Disney (booked through a travel agent on a last minute whim – was a Christmas present and going in Feb) We have reservations at the cabins at Ft. Wilderness. We will not have a personal vehicle and be ...
  • Getting to Rope Drop Hollywood Studios - from Pella   Bright Suns! Hope all is well! I have a question in regards to getting to rope drop at Hollywood Studios for Smuggler’s Run in Galaxy’s Edge.   I want to be there between 5-6 am. My preference is using the Minnie vans, but they don’t start up until 6:30. The buses and monorails also do not start ...
  • Fireworks Outside the Park – Where to Watch - from Amanda   We are not going to a park on our arrival day. Instead, we are going to visit the different properties and explore. We have a 3:30 dinner reservation for Ohana. Where should we go in the evening to watch fireworks outside of the park? Dad Answers Hi Amanda,   I love watching fireworks. It’s one of my ...
  • Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credits Change? - from Michael   Dad, Good morning. I have read on a couple of sites that there’s a Quick Service (QS) credits change and now credits are being split as adult and child. On our last trip the QS credits were lumped into one category. So, before we were able to get an adult QS meals for the kids that the ...
  • Beat the Christmas Day lines at Magic Kingdom - Natasha in the UK   I’m staying at a Disney resort for Christmas and am considering heading to Magic Kingdom on Christmas Day at around 8-9 pm to do rides (whilst fireworks and parades are on) before watching final fireworks at 11:55pm. Is this a good way to beat the Christmas Day lines in Magic Kingdom? Dad Answers Natasha,   ...
  • When can I make a Disney World Hotel Reservation? - from Joyce   Hello Dad, I have a question regarding timing when I can make my Walt Disney World Hotel reservation. It is a year and a half out hoping for May of 2021. When would reservation dates be available for that time? I noticed for now they do not do past early December end of 2020. Thanks Joyce Dad ...
  • Which Princess Party for a 4 Year Old? - from Salli What’s the best Princess Party for an almost 4 year old? Visiting in March. Dad Answers Hello Salli, welcome to Dad’s Guide. Let’s see if I can help. Princess Party for a 4 Year Old There are so many Princess Parties or character meals at Walt Disney World it’s hard to choose just one. But most of us ...
  • Magical Express to Shades of Green? - from Steve   My niece will be getting married the 2nd of May my sister will be staying at the Grand Floridian while I will be staying at Shades of Green Resort. Since my sister and I are on the same flight, is there any way I can ride her Magical Express bus and get to Shades of Green if ...
  • Ride Closures for Christmas Decorations - from Jess   Hello! My family and I are planning to go from November 7th through 13th. We are worried about ride closures due to the Christmas decorations going up. Are there typically a lot of ride closures during this time? Dad Answers Hi Jess. Thanks for the question.   Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and ...
  • Planning a Trip for October 2021 When to Start - from Judy   When do I need to start planing our Disney World trip for October 2021? We’re making a reservation for hotel for 2 adults Want to be there on Sept 21, 2021 for 14 days leave on Oct.4.  We know what hotel group we want to stay in. Do want to use a good Disney planner. Dad Answers ...
  • Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom in August - from Lyle   Hello, my family is planning a trip to WDW in August of this year and we were looking to do something a little different. I’ve heard about Disney After Hours but wanted a little more information before committing. Is this an experience you have ever done or would you even consider it? Also, any insight on how ...
  • Easter Week 2020 crowds at Walt Disney World - Steve Hi, Dad. I’ll be visiting Disney World this year in April (4th-11th) which happens to be the week before Easter. Ugh, i’m anticipating elevated crowd levels because of the holiday. Now I have also done some research regarding college spring break schedules. Luckily, only two colleges in the country are on spring back the exact dates of my visit. ...
  • Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group Questions - Jennifer and Nicole   Jennifer and Nicole both had questions about Rise of the Resistance Boarding Groups that are almost the same, so I though I would combine them and answer them here. If more Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group questions crop up in the future I’ll probably add them here too.   Question 1 from Jennifer   Dear ...
  • Go to WDW in Summer break or Fall break? - Brad The US   Hello. Looking to take my nephew this year but he can’t miss school. So it’s summer break or fall break in October. What do you think? Dad Answers Hey Brad, That’s a toughie. There are positives and negatives to both summer break and fall break for a WDW vacation. There’s not really a clear winner unless ...
  • Thanksgiving Week Crowds and November Crowd Calendar - Christina Patchogue, NY   I am looking during Thanksgiving, but I am so nervous about the Thanksgiving week crowds. They have an opening at the hotel I want and I am ready to go for it but the crowd is holding me back. What do you think it is going to be like Nov 21-25? Also, I see that you ...
  • Galaxy’s Edge Entrance and boarding pass? - Betty from Virginia   Hi Dad! We have an 8:05 am res for Olga’s Cantina and a 2:45 pm res for the Droid Depot on 1/24/20. Hollywood Studios opens at 8am that day. Will we need a boarding pass? How early should we leave Bay Lake Towers? Any advice to maximize our time in the park is greatly appreciated!! 🙂 ...
  • June or August - Temple, PA   We go to Disney a lot, but have always been lucky to go in the fall or winter. Now that I am teacher, we are forced to go during the summer. My husband and I have differing views and I am hoping your expertise will help.   Currently we are looking at an 8 day stay either ...
  • Coordinating a Disney Land and Sea Adventure - David Ruidoso, NM   We are planning a Disney Land and Sea Adventure. What is the best way to coordinate this?   Castaway Cay is a great place to relax during your Disney Land and Sea Adventure – Photo by Brett Svenson Dad Answers Hi David. I love doing Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line Land and Sea Adventures. ...
  • How many Tier 1 FastPasses in Hollywood Studios? - Mike Prattsville Al   Hi Dad and thanks for your time. My question is about the FastPass tiers. I’m sure the info is out there but I haven’t been able to find it, so I’m hoping your experience will. August 29th, the opening of Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios, they are changing Tower of Terror and Aerosmith’s Rock n Roller ...
  • Can I add my Mom to my WDW reservations? - My mom has decided to go to WDW with us, can I add her to my dining plan, hotel reservation, character breakfasts, and FastPasses? Dad Answers You might see Squirt if you’re staying at the Art of Animation Resort – photo by Courtney Reynolds   Hi Kim,   Adding your mom to your WDW hotel reservation is easy. Just let ...
  • Old one day ticket upgrade and MyDisneyExperience App - Hi – I have a question about making FastPass reservations.  I have some 1-day Park Hopper Passes that do not expire.  If I assign one to my brother and then make FastPass plans but then he decides to buy 2 day tickets at Disney can we add his new tickets to the Disney App and then reassign the 1-day Park ...
  • May 2020 vs June 2020 -   by Renee (South Carolina ) 112 0 0 112 0   “Hi Dad, So glad I have stumbled upon your site. We are planning our 1st family WDW vacation for 2020. I am contemplating May 2020 (tentatively 5/16 check-in) vs June 2020. I wanted to know your thoughts. Are the parks open as late in May? And if we ...
  • Crowd Calendar and the adverse affect. -   by betsey (ma)  660  0  0  665  0   “Hi Dad,   Thanks for your blog it’s fun and helpful.   My question/concern has to do with the Crowd Calendar and if it actually makes the opposite true on the less crowded times of the year/month/day.   All my experience is anecdotal, but these past few years I have ...
  • 4th of July crowds – light or moderate? -   by Lisa (Missouri )  85  0  0  94  8   “Your crowd prediction says that the days before the 4th will be light and moderate, everything else I am reading says to expect heavy crowds. What do you think I should expect? Thank you!” Moderate to Heavy   Hey Lisa,   If you look at the 2019 Crowd Calendar, ...
  • When can we make reservations for 2021 -   by Daniel Hind (Northwich, Cheshire, UK)  106  0  0  120  13   “Hi,   We’re planning to go to WDW in October 2021 and I just wanted to check when we can make our reservation   Also, as we live in the UK we were looking to benefit from the free Dining package. If we book before the offer ...
  • Adding a person to our room reservation -   by Deb (Pinehurst, NC)  182  1  0  210  27   “My daughters and I are planning a week vacation to WDW in October. We are spending 6 nights at POP Century. My sister lives in FL and wants to come up and visit the two last days at the parks with us. I was wondering if I could add ...
  • Queen bed table at POP -   by Deborah Smith (Wall, NJ USA) 575 0 2 599 21   “I noticed all the reservations for POP Century have either 1 king or 1 queen and 1 queen bed/table hybrid. I am concerned that this combo will not be as comfortable as a regular bed.     We stayed at the Music Resort suite in 2007 and ...
  • Does Room Only Have the Same Benefits as Packages? -   by Amy Ramos (Puerto Rico)  98  0  0  100  0   “Hi Dad, how are you? I have a question for you. I am looking into to booking a trip to WDW next May. If i choose to book a room only option, buy the tickets than link them. Will I have the option for the 60 day window ...
  • 2020 is it important where we stay to see Galaxy Edge? -   by Lara (New Zealand)  190  0  0  212  21   “Hi, We are planning on a trip from New Zealand to WDW in July 2020. Our days will be 21 July onwards (as we finish our week cruise on 20 July in Miami). We have to been to WDW in 2016 and with three kids 14,13 and 11 we ...
  • Arrival time for staying offsite -   by Michelle (Texas )  54  0  0  54  0   “We will be visiting Disney next month party of 13 all first timers. We are staying off the property at a rental home. Our tickets are basic day park hopper tickets. We will be there only one day. Mainly want to spend most of our time at Hollywood Studios ...
  • Best Day To Have A Resort Day? -   by Mary (Maryland)  89  0  0  90  0   “We are finalizing plans for an August 5 – 10 vacation. We will be staying at Animal Kingdom Kidani Village. We want to have a nice relaxing “resort day” 1 day during the week and I’m wondering which day of the week would be the best (i.e. quietest) day to ...
  • Disney changed Extra Magic Hours. What to Do Now? -   by Steph (PA)  391  0  0  408  17   “Your thoughts…we have a reservation for Chef Mickey’s at 7:15 AM with plans to go to Magic Kingdom afterwords. The reservation was made when MK was to open at 9 so we had plenty of time to get there for rope drop. Well now, with GE opening, the Extra Magic ...
  • Paper versus plastic… (Straws) -   by Betsey (MA)  380  0  0  400  18   “Hi Dad,   We just recently returned from our awesome WDW vacation and wonder what you are hearing about the paper straws going on at the parks.   We regularly get frozen lemonade or coca cola and the straws deteriorated within 1/3 of the beverage being consumed and we needed ...
  • Which parks for 2 tweens for just 2 days? - Santa is bringing my 12 year old son and my nine year old daughter magic bands for two days at Disney World. They've never been to EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom. We can choose to visit February 20th, 21st, 22nd, and since that's President's Day we want to avoid the park offering the extra magic hours.
  • Disney Magic Express when flight leaves at 5:00 a.m. - What is the procedure when you have a departure flight that leaves at 6:00 am from Orlando airport? I will be staying at the Port Orleans Riverside.
  • Can an old child’s ticket be used for an adult? - Can our one-day children's pass now be used on the same person who is now an adult?
  • Which room at Port Orleans Riverside - I reserved a king room. Can I request a specific room or building? Will they honor it? Will they charge me more? Should I stay in the Bayou or Mansions? They were staying at the Port Orleans Riverside. I'm 66 and going with my wife.
  • Christmas music played in the background in the parks - Is it possible to get a CD of the Christmas music played in the background at the parks?
  • What will the crowds at WDW be like in mid-April 2017? - I have scoped out a few different crowd calendar for April 2017. We are visiting April 18th to 22nd. It's a weird week because the way Easter falls this year, but you know that already.
  • What up with the Disney World crowds the week after Thanksgiving - Hi, Dad. This past November, 2016, I planned our trip for the week after Thanksgiving due to low crowd predictions. I was so surprised, not in a good way, that the parks were very crowded. It was hard to walk around. Wait times were long everywhere we went. Now I'm finding it hard to pick a date for our next trip because I'm afraid I'll choose badly again.
  • Renting a camper for Ft Wilderness Campground - Do you know of any companies that rent campers to stay at Fort Wilderness Campground? I have eight people in my party and we want to try something different, instead of getting two rooms
  • Will Disney World tickets work at Disneyland? - We went to Disney a few years ago and used our Park Day Hopper Ticket to see the fireworks. Arrived at 8 p.m. Due to the weather, the fireworks were cancelled and they gave us a paper One Day Park Hopper for Walt Disney World that expire in 2023.
  • EPCOT sounds like summer concert series 2017 - I've heard that the EPCOT Sounds Like Summer Concert Series has been discontinued. Is this true? Are they coming up with something new to fill the American Gardens Theater in the summer months?
  • UK Holiday package gifted to US citizen - Hi Dad, I'm hoping you can provide come clarification for me regarding the UK holiday deals. First off, I'm a US citizen. My son-in-law is a UK citizen living in Ireland. He would like to give a gift to our family of a vacation to Walt Disney World using the UK holiday special.
  • Daily Park Crowds - I really like your daily morning predictions on crowd levels, Thanks for doing that. We live close to the parks and wondering if there are any real-time crowd reports out there. I've tried using the Lines and Disney app.
  • Where to watch the Super Bowl at Walt Disney World? - I'm planning a weekend trip to Disney World for my daughter's birthday which happens to be February 5th, Super Bowl Sunday. I haven't booked my resort yet, and I assume all resorts will have the game playing at their pool bars. I'm looking for a resort with a big screen or a pool theater pop-up screen, so my husband can watch the game.
  • Using the Disney Dining Plan at Disney Springs - Can I use the Disney Dining Plan at Disney Springs?
  • December 1-8 Walt Disney World Crowd Predictions - Hi, Dad. I'm planning a trip to Disney World in December 2017. I was looking at being in the parks December 4th through December 8th. As I have found, most travel guides suggest weekends are less busy than weekdays.
  • Labor Day Week Crowds - I believe that Labor Day in the US happens on Monday, September 4th, yet your crowd calendar shows that date as green, but Wednesday the 6th as blue. I would have thought it would be the other way around. Is this an error?
  • Weekday Crowds in May at Walt Disney World - Hi, I was wondering why the crowds for May are worse on Mondays through Wednesdays and lighter on the weekends? For example, Monday through Wednesday May 15th through 17th is heavier crowds than Friday, Saturday, Sunday May 12th through 14th, and so forth, and so on.
  • Where can I find Pin Trading at Walt Disney World? - My daughter and I have collected pins on our last two trips to Disney World, but I am looking for some new places to buy some pins. Do you have any places that you would recommend? We usually just go to the World of Disney but looking for something different.
  • Is T-Rex on the Disney Dining Plan? - Does T-REX in Disney Springs accept the Disney dining plan? We are going to Disney in July and my kids have always wanted to eat there.
  • New opening show at Magic Kingdom - Hi, Dad, thanks for your tips. They've helped us newbies have a great time at the Magic Kingdom. My question is have your strategies changed at all with the new way of opening the park? We really missed the morning show, by the way, when we went in January.
  • What should I do the last day in the parks? - Hi, we are going to Disney World in August as four adults. This will be my third time to go to Disney, but previous times I've only stayed in the park for two days. This time we have six days in the parks.
  • Characters In Flight at Disney Springs - The Characters in Flight ride at Disney Springs, is it good?
  • Will the Haunted Mansion change during Halloween? - My sister and I will be going to Walt Disney World September 8th through the 15th. It will be my third time and her first at Walt Disney World and our first time being there with Halloween decorations up
  • What does Value mean on your Crowd Calendar? - What does it mean when you have value marked on a particular day?
  • 1997 5 Day Hopper Ticket - Hi there. We have a five-day World Hopper ticket with one day left on it from the Disney World 25th Year Anniversary, bought it in 1997. Am I still able to use this ticket? Thanks in advance for your help.
  • Wilderness Lodge Construction - When will all of the construction at the Wilderness Lodge be finished?
  • When will the November Disney World discounts be announced? - Hello. I love your website. Do you know if and or when the November discounts are announced and historically what they are? We have booked from November 23rd through December 4th. We are contemplating using Dave's DVC Rentals versus Disney, thank you.
  • Am I eligible for Disney Military Salute tickets? - Can I get discounted tickets if I am a Disney Movie Club member, or can I get discounted tickets if my husband is prior military but did not retire from the service? He was in the service six years and then left with an honorable discharge. Please let me know as we go the third week in April.
  • How do we get a roll in shower at the All Star Movies Resort? - Hi Dad. We're going to Walt Disney World in 2018 from the United Kingdom. Wee booked through Thomas Cook," (a travel agent in the United Kingdom) "and are staying at the All-Star Movies. I need a roll in shower. How do we ask for this please?
  • Art of Animation with 4 adults and 2 kids - Hi, we are a family of six staying at the Art of Animation soon. We are four adults, an 11 year old and a 6 year old. Will we fit for sleeping?
  • Which week in November 2018 will be better? - My family is considering a trip in November 2018. If we go the week before Thanksgiving, we will hit Veterans Day on Monday, and if we wait until the week after, it is still technically November, so will we see enough Christmas magic? Thanks.
  • Do you know the company DVC Rentals? - This may not be your alley, but we are looking at renting DVC points and came across a site called Dcrentals.com. They're currently renting points at $14 points, but I can't find any reviews on this company. Have you heard anything about them?
  • Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party worth it? - Is Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party worth the money for a ticket? I'm going in December.
  • When will MNSSHP and MVMCP dates be announced? - When will a 2017 dates for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party being announced?
  • Overnight Parking at the Transportation and Ticket Center - Are you allowed to leave a car overnight at the Transportation and Ticket Center? My niece who lives in Florida is meeting us at Disney and going to spend the night with us. I'm trying to find a place where she can leave her car without it being towed. Thank you.
  • New fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom - Hello, fellow dad, and was just curious. How do you think the new Magic Kingdom fireworks show will affect crowds in May?
  • September 12, 2017 Walt Disney World crowds - Why do you rate September 12th, a Tuesday, as being moderate crowds and the day before and after as light? Just curious.
  • High priced items and the Disney Dining Plan - Dear Dad. We are visiting Disney this summer and I made reservations for dinner at Planet Hollywood, on the new Planet Hollywood Observatory over in Disney Springs. We are using the dining plan and I noticed some pricey specialty items on the menu.
  • Nighttime Parade in the Magic Kingdom - We're going to Walt Disney World in May 2018. Any idea if there will be an evening parade by then?
  • Have the June Crowds at Walt Disney World changed? - I'm curious why you have June 2017 mostly as moderate this year. Historically, it has been heavy and other crowd calendars are predicting heavy. Do you know something about upcoming events openings that would draw crowds to wait until July, August and skip June?
  • Distilled Water at Disney Resorts - Hi Dad. I was wondering if you knew if any of the Disney Resorts sold distilled water?
  • Walt Disney World Tickets from 1991 - We have tickets from 1991 that never expire. My question is can we use these tickets to upgrade to new ones or will we know what we can use them for? How do we go about seeing the newer attractions? Thank you for your help.
  • Historical May Crowd Comparison, 2016 v. 2017 - Hello. I noticed that May 2016 had a couple of red dates to start the month, while comparable projections for 2017 are noticeably different. Was there a particular park resort event that contributed to the heavier crowd projections for May first and second 2016 compared to May first and second 2017. Many thanks.
  • When can I book my September 2019 trip? - Hi, I want to plan a trip in September of 2019 when Star Wars is open. How soon can I book the trip? The sooner I can book, the sooner I can start paying.
  • Will the Summer Discounts affect the timing of the Fall Discounts - Since a new summer discount came out, do you think that will delay discounts for the fall? Also, do you think there will be any discounts offered for Disney Visa card members for September?
  • Are vintage Walt Disney World tickets more valuable to a collector? - I have a question about entrance tickets that are 40 to 45 years old. Is it possible that these tickets are worth more to a collector than they would be to enter the park? If so, where would I look to offer them up?
  • Christmas Decorations After New Year’s Day - Hi there, my family would love to experience Disney during our Christmas break in 2017/2018. We are unable to go before Christmas and can't take the kids out of school. We are looking to go December 30th and stay through January 7th. Would any Christmas decorations still be up? I know there's a marathon that week as well as people on their breaks. Is it way too crowded during that time? Thanks.
  • May 12 or May 14 for the Magic Kingdom? - Dad, we seek your infinite wisdom, Seven of us going to Disney. We love when the park is not too crowded, so we always get in at opening bell. For Magic Kingdom, Friday May 12th or Sunday May 14th, which would be better? Thanks, Mark.
  • Cheer competition Crowds in May at WDW - Hi, Dad. We need your help. We went to Disney World every year within the first two weeks in May and had reasonable crowds. This year, we weren't even able to book a room. Afterword, research, we see there's a cheerleading competition the weekend before our dates and the weekend after. We will be going to the parks Monday through Friday.
  • Special Breakfast with an Artist - I heard there are some special breakfasts, breakfast dining with Disney artists. Is that true? I'm having a hard time reserving lunch with an Imagineer for this August. Any tips?
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party August 25 - "How busy is the Halloween party typically on the first night? Just by chance that is our last night there and we're wondering if it's worth it to change our schedule around."
  • Using Unactivated Tickets at Walt Disney World - Hello. I bought a one day ticket Magic Kingdom Park ages 10 plus online on October 28th, 2015. My flight was canceled, never got to use the ticket, never got to Orlando. I am planning to visit this August. Would I still be able to use the ticket I bought in 2015?...
  • What happens to my reservation is a discount comes out? - If we made reservations early to guarantee a particular resort, and later after we've made the reservation, Disney offers a discount, would we be able to take advantage of the discount offer? It concerns us that by booking early, we may guarantee a resort we want, but lose money if prices are discounted later.
  • Christmas Day break at the Magic Kingdom - Hi. We are surprising the kids with their first trip to Disney World for Christmas. We would like to plan a midday break. I kind of talked about that. But I'm worried about the parks reaching capacity. My kids are old enough to be able to power through, they will be 9 and 10, but my husband gets grumpy when he is tired. What do you recommend?
  • New Opening Show at the Magic Kingdom - "Dad, this will be our first Magic Kingdom since they moved the welcome ceremony from outside of the castle stage. Can you explain a bit about it? Specifically, do we have to attend? Are you herded down Main Street? Can you visit the shops while heading towards the castle? Most importantly, can we immediately head to the rides, or must we wait for the ceremony to finish?...
  • Do the Party dates effect the Disney World Crowd Calendars? - "Now that they've announced the dates for the Christmas parties, will this change the crowd calendars? We are planning to be in the Magic Kingdom on November 26th, 28th, and 30th, and that is the same day as the parties."
  • 2018 Pro Bowl and Walt Disney World - "After seeing the effects of the 2017 Pro Bowl, do you anticipate any issues with Disney world in 2018 crowd wise? We are DVC members, looking to book a 10 day trip, starting either January 18th, January 25th, or February first to maximize point value and have low crowds. Would you recommend any of these times over the others?"
  • January or May at Walt Disney World? - I am looking to taking my son back to Disney World for his fourth birthday. I'm having an issue to do it the end of April or the beginning of May or do it in the end of January. I've looked onsite for different options, but still unsure the price difference between the value season. What is your opinion? We will return again down the road, but looking for the cheaper option.
  • Room discounts during Thanksgiving Week 2017 - "When do you think the November 2017 room discounts will be available? Can discounts be applied during the week of November 18th through 24th, Thanksgiving week? Are crowds as extreme as Easter holidays Thanksgiving week? Also, are there typically resorts that are usually excluded from room discounts?"
  • Pop Century vs. Port Orleans Riverside - "Hi Dad, going to the World taking my husband, five year old son for the first time." Yay, you're going to Disney World. "I am in the planning stages. I have it down to Pop Century or the Port Orleans Riverside. Which would you choose for some first timers? Thank you for the help you're providing, I love your site."
  • Renting a Car while at Walt Disney World - “Can we rent a car once we have arrived at our resort in Disney World? What I mean, can we decide once we are at the hotel that we would like a car for a few days and then could they arrange for us to rent one?"
  • July versus September Crowds at Walt Disney World - This one’s from Lesley. Lesley says, “I’ve been to Disney several times during the summer, but this time we are going the second week of September.
  • Moderate Resort Transportation Options - "Good evening. First, thank you, in the past for your help. So far we stayed at Porto Raiser, Side, and Coronado Springs. What resort in the moderate range do you believe offers the best wait times for bus transportation to and from the parks?...
  • Refurbishments at the Moderate Resorts - “I will be going to Disney World August 13th through 19th if the creek don’t rise. We’ve just experienced some serious flooding in eastern North Carolina and therefore I am planning my vacation carefully. I need fabulous vacay this year."
  • Ticket prices are going up? -   by Joyce Baker (Pascagoula, Mississippi)   Here’s what I saw on Disney’s blog page today:   We wanted to let you know that ticket prices are increasing at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. The new prices go into effect on June 12, but today we’re sharing an early look at pricing details as well as some existing ...
  • Overwhelmed with Disney Planning can you help? - This is a page 2 of a question. See page one HERE.
  • Early Fastpasses -   by Hounddog (Yorktown, VA)   If we stay out late til 2:00am for Magic Kingdom’s Extra Magic Hours and the family can’t get going the next day until 12:00.Can I go early,take their passes and get a round of early FastPasses for all. Leave the park, give them their passes and FastPasses and we all return together at 12:00. ...
  • Rain at Disney World -   by Christina R (NJ) Hi again Dad,   Just adding to your pile of questions to be answered. No rest for the weary, you know. As a Dad, you should be well versed with that.   I work for Six Flags Great Adventure (yeah, I know, working for the Rabbit so I can pay off a trip to visit ...
  • Question about the Fantasyland Expansion - by Crystal (Cibolo, TX) Hi Dad,   I love your site, I check it several times a week. Anyway, I have a question about the Fantasyland expansion.   We are planning a trip the 10th-16th of Dec 2011. To the best of your knowledge, does it look like more will be closed than Mickey’s ToonTown Fair and The Barnstormer? I ...
  • Brazilian Tour Groups in the Parks -   by Tiffany J. L. Alfonso (Dover, FL) Hello, Dad,   I have a few questions which regard to factors affecting WDW crowds. Have you noticed the turismos during your trips previous and past? If your not aware, they are the Brazilian tour groups in the parks who wear identical shirts, backpacks, fanny packs, or a combination, and they are ...
  • Pop Warner Football Championships and Cheerleading Competition -   by Billy (Burleson, TX USA)   We are going in December and I just found out that the will be the weekend we’re there. This is a peewee and junior football deal.   Do you know how busy the parks are during these events? They are held at the ESPN Sports complex but I don’t imagine all those kids ...
  • Viewing WIshes from the beach at the Polynesian -   by Jenn (Canada)   I would love to see Wishes from the beach at the Polynesian, but not staying there. We will be staying at Port Orleans. Is it easy to go to the beach from the park to see the fireworks, (boat?) then get a bus to our resort after? And would that be a faster trip back ...
  • Love Bugs at Disney World -   by Rach (MI)   Hello 🙂 I have been to Disney World once in mid April, it was so nice! I plan on going back this yr with family of 4 (last time it was myself & my 10 yr old). We were planning to go last week in September, but i discovered videos & blogs about the dreaded ...
  • Christmas Decorations at Disney Resorts -   by Cheryl (Orlando, FL)   We are looking to view Christmas decorations at the Disney Resorts and grounds but don’t want to have to purchase park tickets. Any advice or locations, times to visit? Dad’s you better believe it Answer   Cheryl,   Thanks for the giving Dad the softball question he’s been looking for all week.   I ...
  • Expired passes -   We recently purchased some 4-day passes for our family of 5. We used 2 days, then a family member became ill and we could not return to the park. We had to return home. What can we do with our expired passes? Dad’s I’m so sorry answer   If you returned within the last week, run, and I do ...
  • How many days in each Disney World Park? -   by Vickie (St. Louis, MO) Hi Dad…   First thank you for providing such a valuable resource. Your website has been more helpful than many of the books we naively purchased.   We just booked our 6 night Disney stay at the Polynesian for January 2011. We will be traveling with a 2 and 4.5 year old. My question ...
  • Free Dining at Disney World is dead - Hello…I was just wondering if you have heard of Walt Disney World offering the Free Dining again this year as we are going Aug. 20 to Aug. 28 and really would like to see free dining come into play as it is a wonderful savings for my family…   I know they offered it however you had to book your ...
  • Is Early Morning Magic worth it? - I'm wondering if you've attended Early Morning Magic at Fantasyland? Is it worth the money?
  • Jersey Week at Walt Disney World -   I have been reading alot about increased crowds and busy parks because of “Jersey Week”. We will be in Disney during the first week of November. We chose that week because we thought it was a less busy time. Does this “Jersey Week” really cause one of the busiest weeks of the year? Thanks for your answer Dad. Love ...
  • Dad, I need help. I’m overwhelmed with planning my Walt Disney World vacation. - My husband and I would like to plan a vacation and our girls ages 8 and 2. We have no idea where to begin and are quite overwhelmed with information that others have shared with us. In addition we are both educators who can't typically go during off season times. What are your suggestions, discounts, FastPasses, dining plans?
  • Crowds During Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Taping -   by Tiffany J. L. Alfonso (Tampa Bay, FL)   Hello Dad - I'm very pleased to ask you again!   Well, here are some questions about crowds during Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade taping. (I know you may rant, but here's one worth considering.) They are specific to one television special watched every Christmas: the Disney Parks Christmas Day ...
  • Weather in March at Walt Disney World … -   by Wendy (Silver City, NM )   We are thinking of going back to Disney World in early March. Will it be warm enough for my daughter to play on the beach and pool at the Polynesian?   Last time we went it was September and it was very very hot and humid, but I’m worried the weather in ...
  • December Crowds at Disney World how do they compare to summer -   by Katie Smith (United States)   Hello Dad!   I have a question about December Crowds at Disney World and how they compare to summer crowds.   I have been to Disney World several times in the summer as well as in the spring and I decided to plan a trip in December this year to celebrate Christmas. I ...
  • Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert -   by Melvin (Puerto Rico)   Hi Dad, What you think about the party? Dad’s like everything it overpriced Answer   Melvin,   The Party is a brand new addition to the Magic Kingdom. The Dessert Party requires reservations and sells out every night. It costs $21.99 for adults and $10.99 per child.   Guests have a the seat in ...
  • Disney World Crowds the week before April -   by John (Providence, RI)   I am going to Disney World the week before Easter. This year it is the last week of March and the first week of April. I know it is going to busy. I was wondering if you could tell me how busy? And any tips for dealing with the crowds? Dad’s boy, did you ...
  • Will Disney World be wickedly crowded at Christmas -   by Pam (Texas)   Hi Dad, we are traveling to Walt Disney World over Christmas Break (I know, I know) but my twin girls will turn 5 on December 27 and I really wanted to spend their birthday at the parks. I have made reservations at Chef Mickeys at 7:30 on the 27th for breakfast and was hoping to ...
  • Disney World Spring Crowds -   by Steven (Belgium) Hi Dad, Love your site!!!   I am also a Dad, but since living in Belgium, so far I had to deal with Disneyland Paris. We (wife and 2 kids, 11 and 8) are planning a holiday in the USA next year, probably Easter break. This is April 2-16, Easter Sunday being April 4.   First ...
  • Touring Plan for December -   by George (Silver Spring, MD, USA)   How does our touring plan for December look?   Your December Disney World Crowds page says early December crowds are light.   We have two families with 6, 9, 10 and 12 year old girls. We are opening Animal Kingdom on Sunday, doing Fantasmic on Monday and Mickeys Christmas party on Tuesday. ...
  • Fight Disney World Crowds or Disney’s Free Dining Offer -   by Todd (Indianapolis, IN, USA)   Hey Carl – Great site! We went to Walt Disney World last year for the first time and fell in love with the park – we started planning our next trip on the plane ride heading home. In 2008 we went for 4 days Nov 14-17 and had great weather (little rain – ...
  • Resort Crowds at Disney World -   by Amy (Ohio) Dad,   ok it’s me again with yet another question about the resort crowds at Disney World. Can you tell I am a little concerned about this topic?   After reading some of your pages on hotels my husband and I decided to just look at the possibility of upgrading out hotel. We are staying in ...
  • Crowds at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party -   by Amy (Wadsworth, OH)   Hey Dad,   We are going to Walt Disney World from Nov 28th-Dec4th. I was very excited to get tickets to Mickeys Christmas Party. I took your advice and got the tickets for Sunday night November 28th the day we arrive as not to double pay for the day.   My question is regarding ...
  • Disney World crowds and weather.. -   by marjorie (montreal, canada)   Hi! I just loove your website!! I checked out your crowd n weather pages and here are my questions: I went to Disney in late July and even though it was pretty crowded, we went into the attractions pretty fast, if I want to go in October, is it the same kind of crowd ...
  • Disney World Crowds during June -   by Renae (Fayetteville, NC)   Love your website! Very helpful. We’re heading to Disney World the week of June 13. Husband has a conference and we decided to take 4 days for Disney World. I’m really nervous about the crowds. This is the first trip for our children and I really want to make the most of it. We ...
  • When do the Christmas decorations go up at Disney World? -    11  0  52  225  0 When do the Christmas decorations go up at Walt Disney World? November 1st, 5th the 10th? I would love to visit then.   Dad’s they magically appear on … Answer   It’s amazing what happens almost overnight at Walt Disney World at Christmas time. Years ago, it literally did happen overnight. It used to ...
  • 9 day trip to Walt Disney World -   by Marcus (Edmonton, Canada)   Hi there Dad,   Love your site. Very informative and I bookmarked it 🙂 I am planning a 8 night, “technically” with my girlfriend to celebrate her university graduation. The trip will take place at the end of September of 2011 and we are staying in a Savannah view in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. ...
  • Thanksgiving weekend crowds at Disney World -   by Amy (Ohio)   Dad,   you’ve talked a lot about the park and how crazy it is on Christmas Day. And I know over Thanksgiving weekend it will be crowded… Are the parks likely to stop admitting guests like they do on Christmas…or are the not quite to that level?   You see we had some changes in ...
  • Halloween at Disney World -   by Dixie (Shreveport, LA)   Can you tell me what you know about the festivities at Ft.Wilderness (trick or treating, sing along, etc.)? Or about Trick or Treating at Downtown Disney?   We are planning on coming Oct. 31, but thought about attending the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on Nov. 1. I thought this party might be ...
  • We want to see the Christmas decorations at Disney World -   by Marcia (Rhode Island)   Hello…my family and I have been to Walt Disney World in September for the past 3 years and love the low crowds and free dining! This year we want to see Christmas decorations at Disney World for the first time.   We are able to travel Wednesday to Tuesday. Do you suggest 11/30 to ...
  • October or November trip - by Ryan (NJ)   Hi Dad- First off I love the site. It’s the first place I go when I am curious about something Disney that I don’t know the answer to. I usually do a good job on my own planning, but I am stumped over two specific weeks to travel. We went last year end of November to ...
  • When to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party -   by vince s (Cleveland, Ohio)   We are going in Nov. 12-18th, Which is a better night for Mickey Very Merry Christmas Party, Sunday or Tuesday as in crowds? Dad’s weekdays are best Answer Vince,   Because of the locals, weekdays have the smallest crowds.   It’s not always the case but, in early November, Tuesday will have less ...
  • Disney World Weather in June -   by Amy (Pensacola, Florida)   I was wondering what the Disney World weather in June? I noticed that June has the highest precipitation, but is that all month or mainly the end of the month? We are going the second week of the month.   Dad’s rain is a good thing Answer Amy,   As you probably know, living ...
  • Remy Chefs de France -   Have heard that Remy makes an appearance at Chefs de France 4 times per day. Do you have any idea what time? Dad's yes I do Answer Remy does indeed make 4 appearances at Chefs de France on Mondays through Saturdays. (Guess even chefs need a day of rest.) Times are 12:30, 1:40, 2:50 and 5:20. Dad's Chefs de ...
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates - by Joyce Baker (Pascagoula, MS) Dad:   According to this: 2011 MNSSHP and MVMCP Dates Announced! According to WDWNewsToday.com, here are the 2011 Dates for MNSSHP and MVMCP!   Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Sept. 13,16,20,23,27,30 October 2,6,7,10,11,13,16,18,20,21,23,25, 27,28,30,31 Nov 1   Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party November 8,9,11,13,15,18,27,29,30 December 2,4,6,7,9,11,13, 14,16,18   Tickets are not on sale yet, but we ...
  • What should our family do at Disney World while waiting … -   by Christina R.   I got a question for you, Dad..   What should my family and I do at Disney World while we’re waiting for our room to be available to check into our room? My guess is wander around Downtown Disney for a couple of hours.. but that can only entertain for so long.   Assuming we ...
  • Another Jersey Week Question -   by pete (england)   What is Jersey week and will it affect crowd levels to much? Dad’s don’t worry about it Answer Pete,   Jersey Week at Disney World is one of those urband legends. A myth that grows bigger every time someone talks about it.   It’s usually the first week or so of November. The New Jersey ...
  • Get a Fastpass early at Disney Hollywood Studios -   by Michael (Virginia)   Can I go get a Fastpass early at Disney Hollywood Studios while my family gets up and going? And then have the rest of my family join me so they do not have to get up so early? Will this work?     Dad’s nope Answer Michael,   You are a true Dad. Lookie at ...
  • Staying off-site -   by Allison (DFW, Texas)   Dear Dad,   Of ALL times for you not to be in “travel agent” mode! I’m needing your help-yet again. We just went to Disney World in November, and we might be returning to the Orlando area the last week of June-my husband would love to be able to see the final shuttle launch. ...
  • What makes Walt Disney World Magical? -   by Dad   Time to turn the tables and let Dad ask a question. I'd love to hear what you think. Comments for Apr 09, 2013 walt disney world magical by: Anonymous All the creativeness their is on the characters and the massive castle. Nov 13, 2012 What Magic is to me. by: Jessi What I believe makes Walt ...
  • I think I goofed. Going to Disney World the first week of December. -   by Worried?   Well Dad, I think I have goofed. I have felt a lot of pressure to plan the perfect trip for multiple reasons … so I did my homework with the guide books and booked the first week of December. (Which they said was the best time to visit) Now I think that was a mistake.   ...
  • Disney World during hurricane season -   Hi there,   I am planning our first trip to Disney World and would love to take advantage of the free dining currently being offered. My only hesitation is that it is being offered during peak hurricane season. What are your thoughts about visiting Disney during hurricane season. We would hopefully by going towards the end of the promotion ...
  • Does Disney offer a price break for groups? -   by Karla (Billings MT)   We are looking at Walt Disney World in February 2012. When is a good time to look at booking our hotel (we want to stay at the All Star Movies). Is there a price difference if we ask for that specific hotel? We need 4 rooms for 9 adults and 6 kids.     ...
  • Fantasmic Dinner Package on the Disney Dining Plan -   by Joyce (Pascagoula, MS)   Is the Fantasmic Dining Package available if you are on the Disney Dining Plan? Would you have to pay extra for this event?   Dad’s you’re in luck Answer Joyce,   Thanks for the questions. Yes, the Fantasmic Dinner Package is available on the Disney Dining Plan. That’s the short answer, but Dad never ...
  • Will a shuttle launch effect Disney World crowds? -   by Richelle   Hey dad it’s Richelle again.   Long story short … The Space shuttle is expected to launch either the day before, or the day of our trip to Magic Kingdom. I’m scared. Will the shuttle launch effect Disney World crowds. Will the be bad? Or REALLY bad? Thank you!!   Dad’s 10,9,8,7 … Answer Richelle,   ...
  • Do you know when the 2012 Disney World hotel prices will be available? -   by Melissa (NH)   Hi Dad, I’m hoping to take my family to Disney this coming winter. From your charts it looks like end of January might be the most quiet time at Disney? We are a homeschooling family, with 3 girls under age 6 so we can really go any time of year but would prefer the winter ...
  • Gay Days – Thank You -   by Jenn (Columbus, GA)   But it’s not a question. It’s a thank you. My travel agent mentioned that part of our vacation (which I’ve already paid for, of course) would fall on Gay Days.   DH and I thought nothing of it, having already had the “Mommy, why are those two men kissing” discussion with our 6 yo ...
  • Walt Disney World in July -   by Lisa C. (Chicago)   Hi, My family & I are going to and staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Any specials happening this time of month or anything we shouldn’t miss? Thanks! Dad’s cooling Answer   Lisa C.   is one of the hottest places in the world to be. Or should I say one of the coolest ...
  • Disney World Water Parks -   by Mike (Oklahoma)   Hi Dad,   We have been Disney Vacation Club members for several years and travel to Disney at least once a year and sometimes twice. We have never been to the but have always wanted to go.   We are going back in August and can’t decide on which water park to visit. My daughter ...
  • Compare the Disney Princess dining for dinner, which is the best value and experience? -   by vince (Akron, ohio usa)   I have a 5 and 7 year old girls who love the princess. We went to Disney 2 years ago in the May of ’09 when like 10 inches rain came (rained everyday). We did Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom and am not sure if we should do that again.   ...
  • Family suites at All Star Movie resort -   by Karla (Billings MT)   I have heard that there are Family Suites at the All Star Movies Resort for a family that have 6 people and want to stay together. I have looked every where to find what kind of prices I could expect if I use this option in off peak season, but am unable to find ...
  • The Pirates League and Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween … -   by julie (stoughton, ma)   Hi Dad, we are going to Disney World this September, I was wondering if the Pirates League will extend their hours on the nights the Magic Kingdom has their Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? Right now the last time you can get is 3:30 and at that time you can’t get into the ...
  • Disney Magical Express one way -   by Zac Moldhot (Vancouver Canada )   Hi, I will be going to Disney World in August and I’m flying in from Canada and I’m planning on using the Disney Magical Express. But here’s the thing, I will be spending 5 nights at Disney and then 5 nights at Universal Studios. Can I just order the with just the ...
  • Should we buy Walt Disney World tickets each day? -   by David (London, England)   I am trying to find out how much the parks cost to enter at the gate? We are going to buy two adult premium 14 for 7 day tickets and share them with our older kids, but the two younger kids will be taken every other day as we feel it would be too ...
  • Disney World with more than 5 in the family… -   by Trish (Dallas, Texas)   Hi! We are going to Disney World but we have more than 5 people in our family (6). We are on a very tight budget. Do you know what way works best to stay in a Disney resort but have the most value out of our trip?   Dad’s why, yes I do Answer ...
  • Will Chinese New Year effect Disney World crowds? -   by Lawrence (New York)   Planning to go to Disney in January of 2012, from the 20th-28th. The 23rd is Chinese New Year. Does this usually cause a large increase?   Previously we went in October of 2010 and it happened to be during Canadian Thanksgiving and the crowds were pretty large. Any help would be great! We were ...
  • What do Disney World tickets look like? -   by Jenn (Connecticut)   Hi I purchased my Walt Disney World tickets from Undercover Tourist at a rather decent discounted price. However, I am terrified that they are somehow not the right tickets. Are they like paper?   I was expecting something more like a credit card or hotel card material. Can i laminate them? I spent a whole ...
  • Travel time at Walt Disney World -   by paula randol (amite, louisiana)   Hello. Awhile back I found a site on the internet with maps of the theme parks showing the travel time at Walt Disney World it takes from attraction to attraction. But now I can’t find it anymore.   Would you have this information or know where to find it. We are planning our ...
  • How to wait for a Walt Disney World vacation? -   by Larry (Summerville, SC)   Hey Dad, my family and I are just 26 days away from our next trip to Disney World. I went several times as a kid. My wife and I went around the time of our first anniversary. But last November we took our 3 year old daughter for the first time. I have to ...
  • Will Gay Days last beyond June 5 -   by Mike (Chicago)   Dad,   First of all, thanks for your great site. I am a father of 2 who has a Disney trip planned for this coming week. We arrive on 6/5. I noticed that Gay Days ends on the 5th. My question is – Do they leave the parks on the 5th or will Gay Days ...
  • Traveling to Disney World on Memorial Day? -   by Mandy Womble (Lubbock, Texas, USA)   We have been planning our 3 trip for years for the summer of 2012. We spent our honeymoon there, our 10 year anniversary there and now will be happy to spend our 20th and celebrate our oldest graduation from high school!   We were wondering if you had any expert advice on ...
  • Early Extra Magic Hours and the Park Opening Shows -   by Larissa (Arkansas)   Dad: I was wondering when we go to the parks for the early Extra Magic Hours, will we see the official park opening show? Will we have to go back to the entrance if we want to watch the opening shows? Dad’s early Answer Larissa,   Walt Disney World does put on a couple of ...
  • November Disney World Crowds and Jersey Week -   by Fritz   My family and I are going to Disney World November 4-12 of 2011 and we keep hearing about November Disney World crowds and Jersey Week. I was wondering what you expect the crowd level to be a this time?   Dad’s Amazing and Complete Answer Fritz,   First, let me tackle the easy one. For crowd ...
  • Planning, Planning, Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation -   by Vince (Kent Ohio)   I know the key to a good Disney vacation is planning and planning. I understand don’t over plan and have some flexibility in the planning, but were can I see a schedule of daily shows and activities for all the parks. Example, I’m looking to set a game plan at Hollywood Studios and want ...
  • Can I go to 2 different parks on the same day without a park hopper? -   by Eric (Azle, Texas)   Headed for Walt Disney World on the 13th. I have already purchased park tickets for each day (7) without a park hopper. I plan on going to a park every day, but if the situation arises and I skip a day can I use that extra day to go to 2 different parks on ...
  • A surprise trip to Walt Disney World, will we be disappointed -   by Lara Koenig (NJ)   Hi Dad! We were fortunate enough to stay the Grand Floridian this past August. It was dreamlike and well you know, Walt Disney World is just pure magic!   Our friends recently surprised their kids with a visit to Disney World and when that first pic of them in front of the castle popped ...
  • Saving spots in line at Walt Disney World - by Larry (Summerville, SC)   Hello Dad! Just 5 days until our week at Walt Disney World! I’ve been checking the wait times on my phone and I see they are well over 90 minutes for the popular rides. I’m wondering if it would be allowed and how much would I be hated by other ride enthusiasts if I stand ...
  • Hollywood Studios breakfast -   by Mindy (NY)   Hi Dad,   Thanks for your dedication to and love of Disney World. My sister and I are huge Disney fans, and will be going back again this September. Problem is we don’t know where to eat at Disney Hollywood Studios for breakfast now that ABC Commentary no longer serves it. We’d like to use ...
  • Is the Contemporary Resort or the Grand Floridian worth it? - by Deb (PA)   For a family with children ages 4 and 2, in your opinion, is it worth the money to stay at the Grand Floridian or the Contemporary in order to be easily transported via monorail with an unhappy/tired child? Dad’s there is not better opinion Deb,   That’s a hard question to answer. For 99% of America ...
  • When to take Walt Disney World vacation -   by paula (Louisiana)   Hello Dad. Thank you for all the information you provide. It is always appreciated!   I can’t decide when to take a Walt Disney World vacation. I have narrowed it down to two different times of the year. Hoping you can help with advice on which one you think would be best for my family’s ...
  • How long can you stay in the reef tank at Typhoon Lagoon? -   Dad’s it depends on the crowds Answer How long? “I said How Long” Sing with me now “How Long to the point of no return. No return … No return …” (Dad sings so good.)     The reef tank at Typhoon Lagoon is really cool. You can swim with the sharks. Yes, there really are sharks in those ...
  • Do the Disney World Value Resorts have elevators? -   by Tina (Australia)   Do you ride or do you climb? That is the question! Or even better, do the Disney World Value Resorts have elevators?   Hey Dad, I noticed that the new Art of Animation resort is now booking for 2012. The room pricing seems favorable, especially during value seasons for the themed family suites. My question ...
  • When will our Magic Your Way tickets expire -   by Jennifer (via Dad’s Facebook Page)   We are planing for August and want to add the water parks option – if I buy a 5 day magic your way and add the water park option … do I really have 10 days of activities or do they expire after the 5th day of our stay? ? Dad’s 2 ...
  • Get from Disney World to Universal Studios -   by Matilde (Argentina)   Hi Dad! We are 2 adults and 3 kids (ages 4 , 8 and 10) planning to go to WDW in August staying at Kidani Villas (trying to “upgrade” to the Boardwalk or nearer Magic Kingdom). We are relying completely in Disney´s Transportation, and want to visit Universal Studios. So, how do we get from ...
  • The week AFTER Gay Days at Disney World - I see that from your crowd calendar, it appears the days in the week after the Gay Days at Disney World weekend are a fair time to visit regarding crowds if summer is when you have to go. My question is do you have to worry about many staying the week after and being exposed to all of “THAT” that ...
  • April or June at Walt Disney World - by Carl (Cardiff, Wales, UK)   Help, I have a vacation booked staying at Saratoga Springs last two Weeks in May 2012. There are 5 of us, 3 adults and 2 children. We are traveling from the UK but have just found out that due to unforeseen circumstances we cannot travel during May, so we have to re-book our Walt ...
  • Ride Recommendations at the Disney World -   by Jimmy (Indian Trail, NC)   Dad, We are headed to Disney this Saturday and we are going to follow the recommended parks and dates from touring plans. We are hitting only one park per day. Our group has two 8 year olds and a 4 year old. I know we can’t hit all of the attractions but which ...
  • Disney World Parks – Time of the year -   by Peggy (Nova Scotia, Canada)   My husband and I had our 1st trip to Walt Disney World in December 3-10 2010 and are hoping to go back again this year. We found the weather cold the week we were there, but we’re glad we went because the decorations at the Disney World parks and hotels were worth it ...
  • When is the best time to see Mickey and Minnie? -   by Jennifer (Long Island, New York)   Hey Dad, first I wanted to start off by saying I love your website, your the best! I am having a dilemma. My husband and I are planning a trip to Disney World and we want to know which is the best time to see Mickey and Minnie? We want to go ...
  • Disney World in February or November? -   by Amanda (Nebraska)   Hi! We went to Walt Disney World for the first time this past May. We had a wonderful time and I’m already trying to plan our next trip! 🙂   I have a few questions. We really don’t care to go in May again … Crowds were moderate the beginning of the week, but by ...
  • Disney World rides and being overweight - by Andrew (Gastonia, NC)   Hello,   I’m going to Walt Disney World Orlando for the first time in a few days and I have a question about . I’m 5’8 and weigh somewhere between 330-340lbs. I know I’m fat, that’s not my question.   Will I experience difficulties when trying to ride Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Slash ...
  • Icicle lights at night on Cinderella Castle -   In December can you see the icicle lights at night on Cinderella Castle with out going to the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Dad’s they are so cool Answer   The icicle lights on Cinderella Castle are so cool. They change colors. They look cold, they look hot, they look angry, they look serene. They are just about perfect. ...
  • Where are the Treehouse Villas located -   by Amber (Montana)   Where on the Saratoga Springs grounds are the Treehouse Villas located? Is it still convenient to get to pools, Downtown Disney, bus, etc?   Dad’s these are cool Answer   Amber,   The Treehouse Villas at the Saratoga Springs Resort is one of the most interesting hotels in the world. You can actually sleep in ...
  • Arriving on Christmas Day -   by Lara Koenig (NJ)   Hi Dad! Your sight is truly amazing! You were kind enough to answer one of my questions already. I have visited disboards.com and am less than pleased with the sight!! We are arriving on Christmas Day and with your help plan on hightailing to EPCOT once we fly in/check in etc. I have read ...
  • Contemporary Resort Garden Wing room -   by Christine (Indianapolis, IN )   Do you know what room #s we could ask for that would be located in the garden wing area at the Contemporary Resort that would be close to the A-Frame without having a parking lot view and has a King Bed. While we wanted to stay in the tower we don’t want to ...
  • Disney World Tickets on Ebay - by Priscilla Smith (Mississippi)   I saw some Disney World tickets on Ebay from seller justice645. He has really good prices. Saving of at least $50.00 per ticket for 6 tickets. With hundreds of buyer reviews. Have you had anyone with bad experiences of purchasing from ebay?   Thanks, Priscilla Dad’s it’s not worth the risk Answer   Priscilla,   ...
  • Your opinion of the Port Orleans Riverside -   by Nichole (Indiana)   What is your opinion of the Port Orleans Riverside as a resort? We are planning on going in mid-December and unfortunately the Polynesian is a little out of the price range my husband is willing to let me pay 🙁   Dad’s it’s Ok Answer   Nichole,   Dad is not a big fan of ...
  • Will someone else be able to use this Disney World ticket? -   by Lisa C. (Chicago :))   Hi Carl, my 75 yr old mom has a 7 day pass with unused days that do not expire. She feels she can no longer make the trip to Walt Disney World because of all the walking & getting on/off the rides will be a bit of a challenge for her. We are ...
  • How to pass the next 100 days until my Disney World trip? -   by Shelly (Franklin, TN)   I.AM.OBSESSED!   I cannot think about anything except our upcoming trip to Disney World. We are 106 days out and it gets worse everyday. I believe I have read your entire site. Twice.   I am using a lovely travel agent named Melanie at Blue Sky Journeys and I am really afraid she is ...
  • Magic Kingdom Christmas parade and fireworks -   I have read that Disney shows the Christmas parade in the afternoon and has the holiday fireworks the week before Christmas. Do you know if they start this the day after the last Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?   We will be there Dec 14-19 which only gives us 1 day after the party and I am concerned we ...
  • One night hotel near Walt Disney World -   Hi Dad! Love your site!   Planning a trip in October 2011. Reservations are booked for the Coronado for family of 4 (age 6 & 4). I was just looking at flights and it is much cheaper if we fly in Friday night. Do you have a recommendation for a one-night hotel near Walt Disney World? Nothing fancy but ...
  • When to book our Walt Disney World Vacation? -   by Terri (Kentucky)   Dad, I was wondering how early should you book our Walt Disney World vacation? Six months in advance or a year. The only reason I am asking is because when we had a motor home we tried to get reservations at Fort Wilderness and it was booked a year out. Is it like this at ...
  • How big are the lockers at Walt Disney World -   We are planning to take a cooler into the parks with our lunches and wanted to know, how big are the lockers at the Walt Disney World parks?   Dad’s it’s going to be tight Answer   There lockers at all of the Walt Disney World parks. You can rent them for around $5.00 per day (plus a $2.00 ...
  • Prices on food and merchandise during Christmas at Disney World -   by Lara (Michigan)   Dad, I just love your site! It is so organized and the multiple links you have makes information very easy to find! Thanks!   My husband and I have finally saved up enough money to go to Disney for Christmas week,and stay on property (our first time ever)! I was wondering if Disney raises prices ...
  • September 2011 Disney World crowds -   by Debbie (Slidell, LA)   Hi Dad. With all the Disney World Moderate Hotels sold out and the Value Resort rooms almost gone, will the crowd levels be higher than expected for mid to late September? We’re going to the Port Orleans French Quarter on September 17-24.   Dad’s I haven’t changed my mind yet Answer   Debbie,   ...
  • Walt Disney World crowds this December -   Dear Dad,   I have a question about .   I have plans to go December 12th thru December 18th(our first trip and we have a severely autistic son) and I was looking at the Touring Guide (which I love) and their estimates for this year are WAY lower than their estimates last year and the actual crowds of ...
  • Orlando Kids Eat Free Cards -   by Adam (Maine)   Dad,   Any feedback on the Orlando kids eat free cards? From a dad with 7, 5 and 3 year old boys and will be staying off Disney for 10 days.   Dad’s don’t know much about Answer   Adam,   Truthfully, I’ve never paid attention to the Kids Eat Free programs in Orlando. It’s ...
  • Online and Calling Disney -   I have a package booked with Disney for September 20-28. When I called to change resorts I was told all the rooms are booked then I went online and there is rooms at two resorts. I can’t cancel the first package because I have air on it and I don’t want to lose it. Can you help me?   ...
  • Did I really get a good deal?? - by Joyce Baker (Pascagoula)   I thought I had a good deal, but now I’m starting to wonder. Let me tell you what I have and you can tell me if I really have a good deal or whether I could get a better deal for a Disney Vacation. I have booked (for 2 adults) Nov. 13th – 18th @ ...
  • What rides are closed at Disney World? -   by Angie (Granite Falls, NC)   Hi Dad! 26 days!!! I’m so excited. We are surprising our 7 year old daughter. She has no idea! But I digress…I’m creating my way-too detailed plan and I’m a little confused about some things on the Disney website. I need to know what rides are closed at Disney World. For example, in ...
  • Disney World AND Universal Studios – insight needed -   by Kurt (Philadelphia)   Taking your advice and heading to Disney in December (2nd week) to see some Disney Christmas. We have been twice in last few years in spring and summer, but craving Mickey in a Santa hat. Since my son is 5 (6 by then), I feel it my duty to give him a day and a ...
  • Disney Mickey Mom’s panel -   by Angie (Granite Falls, NC)   Hi again Dad! I was just on the Disney Mom’s panel website and saw that they are about to start accepting applications again (September I think). Just wanted to make sure you were aware since you are my favorite “Mom!”   Dad’s I don’t think so Answer   Angie,   Wow. Your favorite ...
  • Temperature at Walt Disney World -   by Jennifer (Georgia)   Hi Dad! I am a Disney research-aholic, and I must say I love your take on things! Keeps it light and fun. So thanks for the good info with a dash of levity!   We have two boys ages 2 and 3 1/2. Went to Walt Disney World last year in May and had a ...
  • When can I make my reservation next November? -   by Mom Mom (PA)   When can I make my reservations for next November 26 – Dec 1? We have 2 grandparents, 2 parents, 2 children ages 4,2..maybe a stray aunt/uncle.   I am the grandmother… I am thinking about convenience for the kids. We stayed in the Contemporary years ago which was great for the monorail. We would ...
  • Disney World Key to the World -   by Matilde (Argentina)   Hi Dad! Thank you for your tips and comments on Walt Disney World, I find them very useful!!!   A lot has changed since my last question “Get from Disney World to Universal Studios”! We are now staying at the Polynesian, with the Deluxe Dining Plan and 4 day tickets. We are also renting a ...
  • Bell Services at Saratoga Springs -   by Lauren (NC)   How long can Bell Services at the Saratoga Springs Resort keep our luggage after checking out? Our train doesn’t leave until 7:30 pm and I’m not sure what we could do to spend the day, especially with luggage and no car.   Dad’s you’ll be fine Answer   Lauren,   You will have no problem ...
  • Outdoor Dining at Disney World -   by Lance (Old Bridge, NJ)   Hey Dad, We will be in Disney World for 9 days in early November, and hopefully the weather is conducive to eating a few meals outside (breakfast and lunch outside of the parks for a few meals). Any recommendations on outdoor dining at Disney World. Like locations to sit by the water or ...
  • Need some help with our Disney World plan - by JAYNE BROWN (OSAGE BEACH, MO.)   Three adults and one 13 year old grandaughter going to Disney World in Orlando 29th of December returning home the 8th of January. We want to see Sea World and Universal Studios and all of Disney World.   We need some help with our Disney World plan and suggestions about the rest of ...
  • Do I really need the Candlelight Processional Dinner package to see the show? -   by Don Wooden   Dad, I’ve got a question. One that I need your advice on. We are headed to Disney in early December and would really like to see the “Candlelight Processional”. We were thinking about doing the package with the meal and then reserved seating but lo and behold….that’s a two meal ticket item. Do you recommend ...
  • AAA discounts for the Coronado Springs -   by Joseph Larsen (Merrimack, NH, USA)   This is a two part question. My finance and I are going to be staying with my best friend and his wife (her first time). Are there any that you know of for October 9th check in to October 14th check out?   The second part are we able, since we are ...
  • Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narrators - by Kat (TX)   I’m so glad you know everything since I can’t find this answer anywhere. It’s time to book the dining pkg for the 2011 Candlelight Processional, but…with the exception of Neil Patrick Harris, the list of Candlelight Processional Celebrity narrators shows TBA for the week we’re going (12-11/12-17). You keep your ear to the ground, right? Any ...
  • Two rooms at Polynesian for a family of five -   by Matilde (Argentina)   Hi Dad!! Love your page! We booked two garden view rooms at Polynesian Resort, & requested for them to be ” connected” by a door, so my hubby & me would have some privacy. We have three kids (4 turning 5 there, 8 & 10 year olds). My question is Will we get the “connected” ...
  • Disney World kids menus not very diverse -   by Jenny (Wisconsin)   Hi Dad!   We are planning our first trip to Walt Disney World and have researched and reviewed many restaurants and are finally ready to make some Advanced Dining Reservations!   While looking at menu’s I have noticed that the Disney World kids menu’s are not very diverse. My kids (8&6) are not picky and ...
  • Planning a Magical Walt Disney World Trip – Who can get you the most Magic? -   by Christina (Australia)   He Dad. We are planning a Magical Walt Disney World trip and wondered …   Are you more likely to get magical upgrades and special magic if you book through Walt Disney World Travel or through a Travel Agent?   I have been wondering if Disney shares the magic around. If so a little Pixie ...
  • Do the Disney World parking lots cost anything for Disney Hotel guests -   by John   In the past, we have gone to Walt Disney World and used Disney transportation. This year, after actually discovering your page earlier this year, we are following your advise and renting a car. I have two questions. Fist, if you are staying in a Disney Hotel, do you have to pay Disney World for parking at ...
  • How do I get Dad to book my Disney World Vacation Package -   by Vanessa (San Antonio, Texas )   Hi Dad! Our first Walt Disney World trip 6/6/11 – 6/13/11…it was AMAZING. I’m looking to go back in December/January but I don’t want to pay top dollar like I did before when I went through Disney directly. How do I find information on booking you as a travel agent?     ...
  • Will there be Free Dining at Disney World in May 2012 -   by lori (canada)   Is there going to be Free Dining at Disney World for our May 2012 trip? I’m from Canada.   Dad’s yes, no, maybe Answer   Lori,   The good news is, even if you are from Canada, if Disney offers Free Dining in 2012 you will be eligible. (But only if you book your trip ...
  • When to book Orlando flights? -   by Trish (Ma.)   Hi, I’m going to Disney World Nov. 7th-14th. When should I book my Orlando flight. I was thinking early Sept.   Dad’s go ahead and do it Answer   Trish,   Let me start by saying, if you just had a Pixie and some Pixie Dust, you could just fly down to Orlando and never ...
  • Statue of Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse -   by Joyce (Pascagoula, MS)   Where do they move the statue of Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse during the Christmas Holidays?   Dad’s what a good question Answer   Joyce,   That’s a real good question.   For those of you that don’t know, the statue of Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse is located where they put the Christmas ...
  • How do I get from the bus station to Walt Disney World? -   by Carrie (Rockford,IL)   We are taking the bus (due to my fear of flying).   Also, we have a person that needs a scooter to get around. Were not sure how to get the scooter from the station to the hotel (Pop Century). Any suggestions??????   Dad’s not so easy Answer   Carrie,   What a great question. ...
  • When will we get our Magical Express tags? -   by Carrie (Seattle, WA)   Hi Dad! It’s been so much fun following your website over the last 6 months while planning our first Disney World vacation. We are planning on taking the Magical Express before checking into the Port Orleans French Quarter on September 24 for 10 days. We just paid the remainder of our balance and have ...
  • Any tips for Disney World resort hopping? -   by Christina R. (New Jersey)     Hey Dad,   Long time no see, right? So in my upcoming 5 day trip to Walt Disney World in September, my Thursday is meant to be a day of relaxation and I have some time to kill that day. I'm thinking of going Disney World resort hopping and wonder if you ...
  • Keys and the Disney Dining Plan -   by Dierdre (Winnipeg)   We will have 3 adults staying in the same room and using the Disney Dining Plan. Will we receive 3 separate “Keys to the World” with our allotted meals? Or will we have to stay together, eat together, and have the meals deducted from one “master” card?   Thanks!   Dad’s I want my own ...
  • Will the Magic Kingdom reach capacity during Christmas week? -   by Vanessa (San Antonio, Tx)   It’s me again! I REALLY want to surprise my son with another trip to Walt Disney World for Christmas (our first was in June)! Two questions: Is it true that the Magic Kingdom reaches capacity the week of Christmas? And is it true that guests staying at a Disney resort are guaranteed admittance ...
  • Fantasmic! in January 2012? -   by Jenna C. (Jersey City, NJ)   Hi, I hope you’re having a magical summer! I recently booked a trip to Disney World for January 2012, dates 9-14. We were so excited to read that it’s a relatively quiet time, fewer crowds and relatively warm weather. BUT when I recently checked the Disney World site for the January 2012 ...
  • What do you think about the Disney Vacation Club? -   by Beach Comer   Help! In the past year I think I spent about $15,000.+ going to Disney with my family and thought I really need to invest the Disney World Timeshare Program the Disney Vacation Club! What do you think about them and do you know if they are making new ones that will fit with the new ...
  • Great deal for Jersey Week -   by Erin Sass (Union, NJ Union)   Hello,   Question if I’m planning to go during the week of Jersey Week when should I be looking for Great Deal for Jersey Week with a Walt Disney package vacation? Dad’s it’s not gonna happen Answer   Erin,   I’m sorry to say that there aren’t going to be any Great ...
  • Quick Service Dining Plan Question -   by brenda (atlanta)   Hi Dad,   this may be quite silly question..but I cannot get an answer and need to you ask you, Dad…   It’s about the Quick Service Dining Plan. I’m traveling with two groups, one group will be booked with quick service dining and other group will be booked without the dining.   In this ...
  • Entertainment in the EPCOT Pavilions -   by Peggy (Nova Scotia Canada)   58 years old and 1st trip Dec. 2010 and 2nd one Nov. 2011. Never to old for fun. EPCOT is my husband and my favorite spot BUT after coming back from our first trip I realize we missed a lot like the entertainment in the EPCOT Pavilions. At World Showcase unless there was ...
  • Least amount of Crowds at Disney World -   by Cary Johnson (Pelican Rapids, MN)   What time of the year would be the best time of the year with the least amount of crowds at Disney World. We’re Senior Citizens and we’re not willing to stand in long lines.   Dad’s right now would be good Answer   Cary,   It’s hard to believe, but there are ...
  • Do I need a Fantasmic Dinner Package on December 13 -   by Kurt (Philadelphia)   Do I need a Fantasmic dinner package on December 13th? We did it once before in Spring and it worked GREAT with the crowds. But this time we wanted to have dinner at Sci-Fi prior, but nervous about lines for show. Do you know how crowded Fantasmic gets that week? Dinners reservations are filling up ...
  • Is there a new Disney World roller coaster park on the way? -   by Barbara (Milford,CT)   We just got back from a fantastic trip to Disney World – loved your website, thank you! The bus driver on the Magical Express said that there will be a new theme park opening in 4 years aimed at teenagers – 12 roller coasters. Do you know anything about a new Disney World roller coaster ...
  • Weather at Disney World in September 2013 -   by Cassie (South Hadley, MA)   Hi Dad!   My Boyfriend and I are planning our next trip to Disney in 2013, and we were thinking of going the first week of October (before Columbus Day) or the middle-end of September and wondered if you could give us an idea about what the weather will be like at Disney ...
  • Is a Savanna View Room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge worth it? -   by Rachel (Georgia)   Dear Dad,   We are planning a trip to Disney in January, and as always, we are trying to live large on a budget. Is a Savanna View Room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge worth the extra price? We are looking at the Animal Kingdom Lodge because we want to see the animals, of course! ...
  • The Best Disney Dining Plan Counter Service Meals -   Hello. I was just wondering which are the best Disney Dining Plan counter services meals at each of the parks. Thanks a bunch!   Dad’s yummy Answer   Wow! What a great question.   Here are just a few of Dad’s picks for the best Disney Dining Plan Counter Service Meals in the parks. Let’s look at each park. ...
  • Can we order anything off a menu when using the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan? -   by Karla M (Billings MT)   We are going to Disney World in February for the first time. I am SSOOO very excited!! My question is this, we are using a quick meal service plan and I was wondering, are we able to order ANYTHING off the menu or is there only certain items on the menu that are ...
  • Must see things at Disney World in November -   by trevor graham (winnipeg mb)   We have booked our Disney World Vacation we will be there for the second week of November. There are 4 adults no kids what are the top 5 things we have to do at Disney World in November aside from the rides? Also, we have the deluxe dining plan and would like to ...
  • How to become a Disney travel agent? - by Rae   Dad, I love reading your site, and I think that it would be fair to say that I love Walt Disney World as much as you do. My husband and I were just wondering how could I become a Disney World Travel so I could put my obsession with Disney to good use? I’m not currently a ...
  • Mardi Gras or Jersey Week at Disney World -   Hi Dad!   We have been to Walt Disney World during Mardi Gras when many southern states are out of school. The crowds were fine. We are planning on going during “Jersey Week” this year, and I was wondering how the crowds during this week compare to Mardi Gras crowds? We won’t be going to EPCOT at all, so ...
  • Get from Disney World to Sea World or Universal Studios -   by Keely (Indiana)   We will be going to Disney World in Feb. 2012. We will be flying and will not be renting a car. Is it possible to take a bus from Disney World to Sea World and Universal?   Dad’s sorry but that’s not possible   Keely,   There aren’t any buses that run from Disney World ...
  • Disney Dining Plan and the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival -   by John (New Jersey)   Hey Dad,   We’ll be in Disney this fall during the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. My question is, do you know if the Festival Pavilions at the various Countries accept snack credits from the dining plan for the food samplings they offer?   Thanks much!   Dad’s simple Answer   John,   ...
  • When will you get to Aulani? -   by John L (New Jersey)   Hey Dad,   Here is a good one for you? When do you think you will get to Aulani to review it for all of us? Come on, you know you want to go to Aulani…Who wouldn’t?! Dad’s hey, Mrs. Mom look at this question Answer   John,   Yes, your question jumped ...
  • What is the Perfect length of time at Walt Disney Worldl -   by Crystal Olwert (Wethersfield, CT)   Hi Dad,   We were originally going to be going to Disney this coming December, but a cross country move has pushed that plan back a couple of years. Since we couldn’t go this year we have decided to wait until the baby is 4 and Fantasyland is open and go December of ...
  • What does low crowds at Walt Disney World mean? -   Dad,   So, this is a question about the crowds level at DW. Family of 4 will be there October 15 – 22 and everything I have read is that the crowds will be low … but really what does low crowds at Walt Disney World mean??   I’ve read all of your advice on crowds and will follow ...
  • Mickey’s Halloween and/or Christmas Party -   by Jennifer (Georgia)   Hi Dad! I love your take on things. What fun you are to read! Everybody needs a Dad like Dad!   We love Disney and go about once/year. We are planning on going back to Walt Disney World with our 2 1/2 and 4 year old boys sometime soon….either late October or early November/early December. ...
  • What is there for boys to do at Walt Disney World? -   by Jennifer   I’m really close to booking our first family vacation to Disney December 10-16th. My 5 year old daughter is excited for everything princess but my 7 year old son wants to know what fun things are there for boys to do at Walt Disney World? Can you suggest anything he might really enjoy?   Dad’s Oh, ...
  • Disney Dining Plan Payment -   by Lara Jones (Flint, MI)   My husband and I are having a little bet and I was wondering if you could help me find out the answer. When we use our Dining Plan after a table service meal can we use a different method of payment to tip or do we have to use our Key to the ...
  • Renting Disney Vacation Club points from David’s Vacation Club Rentals -   by Shannon (Clearwater, FL)   Have you heard of any problems renting Disney Vacation Club points from David’s Vacation Club Rentals? I see they advertise on your site. I am scared to reserve thru someone who is located in Canada. We have a large party and do not want to show up at the resort and find out we ...
  • How does baby swap at Disney World work? -   by giovanny (greenville sc)   Me and my wife will be traveling to Walt Disney World with our 9 month old daughter and I wanted to know how does Baby Swap at Disney World work? Can she stay with us in lines even on the thrill rides? Can we all stay together until one gets on the ride? We ...
  • Questions about the Disney Dining Plan and FastPass -   by Jen   Hi Dad,   We are heading to Disney World for the first time October 31st and received the free quick service dining plan. I have a couple of questions about the Disney Dining Plan and FastPass.   I have been looking at some of the meals and was wondering if it’s possible to get the kids ...
  • Christmas Season at Disney World - So my question is that you have said everyone should go to Disney at Christmas but did you mean sometime during Christmas Season at Walt Disney World while everything is decorated and lit up for Christmas or did you mean you should go ON Christmas day?   Thanks! Emilie Dad’s Christmas Day is nuts Answer Emilie,   I do think ...
  • When do the decorations go up during Christmas at Disney World -   by Debbie (Racine, WI)   Hi,   I am planning on a trip to Disney World arriving on November 4, 2012. ? I thought I had seen prior on your Christmas information page that the parks are decorated for Christmas in the beginning of November. Is that a good time to go to see it decorated for Christmas?   ...
  • Low December Crowds at Disney World -   by Angela (Texas)   Hello,   I’m comparing your calendar to the Touring Plans page. I’m looking for low December Crowds at Disney World. Your calendar lists the week of Dec. 3-11 as Heavy but Touringplans has the levels as 1 and 2. This will definitely effect my decision. Please give me your best advice & possible reasons for ...
  • Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic -   by Russell (Houston,TX)   Hey Dad! How are you? I just discovered something awesome. Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. Wow! It looks awesome!!! Do I have to be a guest at Swan and Dolphin to participate? How much does it cost? What are the hours of the event? Anything else I should know?   Dad’s copycat Answer ...
  • Taping of the Disney Christmas Parade 2011? -   by Keith (NJ)   Hello!   Like many others who fell victim that visiting Disney World during the first week of December was a good idea (travel dates of 11.30-12.5), I just read a double dose of sort of bad news. First, though the ‘official’ date(s) have not been announced, Magic Kingdom usually films the Christmas Day Parade the ...
  • Osborne Family Lights TIme - by Tina (Way south)   Hey Dad The only reference to the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney Hollywood Studios turn on time is twilight. Is there an actually time range to start hanging around the area in the hope that we will be there when they turn on the lights? Seemingly there is a big crush around that ...
  • Disney Dining Plan or 2 rooms at a Value Resort -   by Angela (Texas)   Me again!   I like your idea of adjoining rooms in a value resort instead of 1 room in a moderate. But is that still your vote during free dining since it will lower the level of dining plan? I like the idea of more space & 2 bathrooms with teenage girls but the cheapest ...
  • Move to the Port Orleans to avoid Pop Warner -   by John Eagan (Buffalo, NY)   Our family of four is taking our yearly trip to Disney World from December 8th through the 12th. We are currently slated to stay at Pop Century but was thinking about switching to Port Orleans French Quarter. Besides a fridge (which we always rent @ the value resorts), the other reason is to ...
  • Where does the Walt Disney World Monorail Stop? -   by Peggy (Nova Scotia)   2nd trip in 3 1/2 weeks. Just wondering if you could tell me do both of the Disney World Monorails stop at the Transportation and Ticket Center? Also could you just simplify things for me and tell me exactly where each of the 2 monorails stop? Would like to do a little resort hopping ...
  • Disney Dining Plan and eating in our room -   by Nav (Toronto, Canada)   Hi — my family and I are going to Walt Disney World for the first time and we are considering the Disney Dining Plan (3 adults 2 kids).   The issue is we are staying at Bay Lake Tower in the Contemporary Resort and the room (1 bedroom villa) has a full kitchen. We ...
  • Dine in Downtown Disney. - by Jay (Hamilton, Canada)   Hi Dad!   Great blog…thanks for all the great tips.   We just booked for 2 days in November and are staying at the “Disney” Holiday Inn. How expensive is it to dine in Downtown Disney? We are not driving so we’re limited with our options on where to eat.   Thanks,   JK   ...
  • Christmas Crowds at Walt Disney World -   by Jerry Taylor (Raleigh, NC)   Our vacation is about to hit a snag. We’ve planned and re-planned our vacation and now the details are firm; a 4-day park hopper (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios) for the week of December 17th – 24th 2011 (we have a friend with a timeshare). Then I looked at past ...
  • Memorial Day Weekend 2012 at Disney World -   by Vince (Westfield NJ)   Dear Dad,   I am a huge fan of your site and have you on my Facebook account. I am 42 years old and have been to Disney now 17 times. My son is 6 and he has already been 4 times. We usually go the last week of September or the week after ...
  • Disney World Magic Your Way or Room Only Package -   by Taylor   Hi Dad, We are debating between a Magic Your Way or a room only package. We plan on staying at the Boardwalk Inn with the club level feature so we don’t plan on having a dining plan. The thing is if we add park hopper tickets onto this does that turn it into a package and ...
  • New Years events at Walt Disney World for 2011 -   by Peter Lavris (Indiana)   My family and I are going to Disney World to and we are looking for New Years Eve events at Walt Disney World in 2011 to celebrate my daughters 14th birthday. She turns 14 on 01/01/12. We will be at Disney World on 12/28/11 to 01/08/12. Do you know of any fun restaurant or ...
  • Purchase the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package? -   by Anthony (Tonawanda NY, USA)   My family of 4 will be in EPCOT on December 8th 2011. Do you think we would need to purchase the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package to get into the show, or do you think there will be enough room so we can get in without buying the dining package? Thank you for your ...
  • Website information for EPCOT -   by Kathy Hackett (New Jersey)   Great Website!   I just found your website information for EPCOT. It’s very informative. We are from New Jersey and only go to Disney/Universal on New Jersey week.   thank you   Dad’s not really an Answer   Kathy,   Thanks for the nice words. Dad’s does have a great website for information ...
  • Can I My Disney Dining Plan Credits to Pay for Someone Else’s Meal? -   by Sherri (Fitchburg, MA, USA) If someone at the table does not have the meal plan can I use my credits and pay for their meal?   Dad’s nope, uh ha, no way Answer   Sherri,   The short answer is an unfortunate no.   You see, the Disney Dining Plan is tied to your Key to the World ...
  • Typical Weather at Walt Disney World in Late December? -   Hey Dad, what is the typical weather at Walt Disney World in late December?   Dad’s make like a Boy Scout Answer   Walt Disney World in December is the Perfect time of year. Sleigh bells are ringing, carolers are singing, and each park is brimming with seasonal trimmings. You can take that to the bank. Even the Weather ...
  • If Disney World crowds are low, do I really need a touring plan? - by Kara (York, Pa)   Hi Dad! Great site… I have been browsing for the past few months! I am going on a honeymoon to Disney Dec 10-17th. I have been going crazy trying to plan an itinerary for each park to minimize our time waiting in line.   Both your crowd calendar and Touringplans.com has low crowd levels on ...
  • Disney Vacation Club start up costs too high - by John (Kenmore, NY)   I have always wanted to be a part of the Disney Vacation Club but start up costs are too high, and 160 points a year seem like too much for my family to use in a year.   Lately, I’ve been looking into resales and was wondering what you thought of them. My thinking is ...
  • President’s Day Week or Gay Days at Disney World? - I am a third grade teacher, so the dates on which I may travel are the very same dates that masses of children are out of school! I am trying to avoid too much crowding, and I am undecided between two weeks. I like 2/19-2/24, but am concerned about it being the week of President’s Day. The second option is ...
  • October and EPCOT -   Hi! We would like to visit WDW at a time our kids have at least a few days off school, so we don’t have to pull them out for a week again. Looking at October. We don’t have much interest in the Food & Wine Festival, although we would like to spend 1-2 days at EPCOT since we have ...
  • Seeking your advice about gratuity at Disney World Restaurants - by P Lavris (USA)   We have the signature dining plan when we go to Walt Disney World. My question is odd for me to ask. How much should I plan to tip the servers at the restaurants we visit? I normally would do 20% or above but, this trip is already expensive. Your advice would be helpful.   You ...
  • Disney World Vacation help -   by Jennifer (Tonawanda, NY)   We’re going to be going to Disney World on the 7th thru the 12 of December and need some help figuring out what days to go to which parks. We’ll be in the park on the 8th-12th and our plan as it stands now is Magic Kingdom (with Liberty Tree Tavern dinner), Animal Kingdom, ...
  • How much of Fantasyland will be open in August 2012? - by Vanessa H (San Antonio, TX)   I am planning a second trip to Walt Disney World and want to know how much of Fantasyland will be open in August 2012? Dad’s not very much, but some Answer   Vanessa, it’s nice to hear from you again! Fantasyland is the perfect way to start your day at the Magic Kingdom! ...
  • The Magic Kingdom with a high intensity child -   by Danielle   Hi Dad! Your website is simply the best Disney site out there! In just a few short weeks, our family of four will be headed to Disney. We are trying to keep our trip short, sweet and as cheap as possible, so we will only be in Magic Kingdom one day.   My main question is ...
  • What are your 10 favorite restaurants at Disney World? -   by Melanie (Facebook)   Hey Dad, Thanks, Melanie     Dad’s yummy Answer   Melanie,   I saw your question on Facebook and just had to answer it over here. I needed more space. My 10 favorite Restaurants at Disney World are For the Food …   My favorite restaurant anywhere, not just at Disney World is ‘Ohana. Piles ...
  • Celebrating Christmas 2011 at Walt Disney World -   by Patrick (Grasonville, MD, USA)   My wife, Joyce, and I will be celebrating Christmas, 2011 at Walt Disney World. I’d like to have our room at Old Key West decorated with a little festive touch as a surprise to her. Any other tips on little known special events, performances, exhibits and celebrations would be appreciated as well. Thanks! ...
  • Downtown Disney Hotels and the Disney Dining Plan -   Hi, Dad!   My family and I are planning a trip later this year and are considering staying in an on-property, non-Disney run hotel (like the Hilton in Downtown Disney). We were wondering if it is possible to get the meal plan in that situation. Thanks so much for your help and have a great day!       ...
  • 3rd birthday dinner at Walt Disney World -   by Michelle (Philadelphia)   What is a good place to take our 3 year old son for dinner for his 3rd birthday? Chef Mickey’s is already booked that evening. We will not be visiting a park that day because we will be arriving in Disney that day. Thank you!     Dad’s Not A Lot of Options answer   ...
  • Meeting family at Walt Disney World -   I would like to meet up with family members at Walt Disney World for two nights and will be traveling alone. I am looking for suggestions for the least expensive way of doing this. I do not need a dining plan and will pay for park tickets as I need them. Family is staying at the Polynesian. Spending $600/night ...
  • Geocaching at Walt Disney World -   by Jason Fortner (Whiteface, TX) disney world parks   disney hotels   restaurants     Hey Dad, planning a trip to Walt Disney World in June for the first time ever! My family and I have been saving and planning for this day since last summer. We also recently got into geocaching. I wanted to ask you of geocaching ...
  • Disney hotel, condo, or house for a family get together -   by Kt (Easton, PA)   Hi Dad! I apologize if you answered this already, as I know you believe it’s better to stay “inside” Disney. However, I am planning a FAMILY vacation including my Brother in law, sister in law, 4 nieces and nephews, my husband, my 2 kids and me.   I have been to Walt Disney World ...
  • When will 2013 Walt Disney World Packages be available? -   When will 2013 Walt Disney World packages be available for booking?     Dad’s I dunno Answer   All I have on this one is an educated guess (but when it comes to Walt Disney World Vacation packages I’m pretty educated). Disney doesn’t always put them out at the same time every year. In 2011, after several years of ...
  • Should I book through Disney or with Delta Vacations? -   by Rachel (Auburn, NY, US)   My two friends and I want to go to Walt Disney World after the completion (or at least, semi-completion) of the new Fantasyland. I recently became a part of the Disney Movie Rewards website. One of the rewards on there for 4,150 points is $125 off of a Disney Vacation Package with Delta ...
  • It all started with a Mouse – is that the right quote? -   by Trent (Dunstable, MA)   It All Started with a Mouse By Trent   Do you know the original quote from Walt Disney about it all starting with a mouse? Was it, “It was all started by a mouse” or “It all started with a mouse” or a combination of the two or what? People add what they THINK ...
  • Secrets of getting special attention at Walt Disney World -   by Seth (Nicholasville, KY)   Dad,   I am also a Dad that loves Disney. We’re taking my 2, 5, and 7 year old to Walt Disney World in February. Was hoping to find out some neat little secrets that we might be able to do to make it a little more special for the kids.   We went ...
  • Disney Dining Plan Questions -   by Kathleen – Camilla (Macomb, MI, USA – Brazil)   Dad got 2 Disney Dining Plan questions this week and thought he’d just combine the two to save a bit of time.   Question 1 First from Kathleen in Macomb asked –   We have the quick service dining plan. We can use it at several locations that offer ...
  • Granddaughter 1st time to Disney World where to start -   We are taking our grand daughter to Disney World this year and it will be her 1st time and we don’t know were to start. I was sent to you. Can you help? (Fuddy of Louisville ,Ky)     Dad’s You Came to the Right Place Answer   Fuddy, what a big question! Rest assured, you’ve come to the ...
  • Just what restaurants are on the Disney Dining Plan? -   by Camilla (Brazil )   The Dining Plan Brochure does not include some resorts (such as Coronado Springs), but online reservation page says Maya Grill in on Dining Plan. How do I proceed? still book it to use TS, or believe the brochure?   Same happens with Via Napoli, not on the brochure, but accepts reservations attached to Disney ...
  • How to request adjoining rooms at Disney World -   How do you request adjoining room at Walt Disney World. We have 4 rooms.     Dad’s you can’t always get what you want Answer   This is a great question for Walt Disney World first timers and veterans alike. The adjoining room situation at Disney World resort hotels is tricky to navigate, and unfortunately there are no fail-safe ...
  • Should we visit Walt Disney World after Easter or in the summer? -   by Steve (Statesville, NC)   I am considering taking my family to Walt Disney World for the first time the week after Easter. I know the crowds are bad, but it’s either that or summer (when it’s HOT). My question is this: instead of visiting the parks Monday-Friday (April 9-13), would I gain any advantage in going say Wednesday-Sunday ...
  • Getting the most out of our Walt Disney World trip -   by paula (Louisiana)   Hello Dad. Finally decided the right time for a trip to Disney World for our family would be May 18 til May 27.   First half day that we arrive Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney. Then one more full day of Animal Kingdom and the other Parks two days each. We will have the Saturday ...
  • Where to get Disney Dollars? -   by Dixie (Louisiana)   Are Disney Dollars still available to purchase anywhere? I would love to get some for my daughter.     Dad’s Not So Easy Answer   Dixie, boy oh boy, you’ve hit a sore subject with dear ol’ Dad. Disney Dollars have been a great tradition in our family, and we’re sad to see them slowly ...
  • Gay week in 2012 at Disney World -   by Laura (Uk)   We are going to Walt Disney World on 24 May for 2 weeks not realizing it will be gay week. If they are at one park will it be ok to be at another???   Before Dad was able to get a moment to answer Laura, he got another email, this time from Jennifer in ...
  • Taking a mid-day break at Walt Disney World -   by Teresa (Tulsa, OK)   Generally, all the Disney World tips for visiting with young children suggest taking a break midday and returning to your hotel. However, I read a suggestion today that stated that you should not leave the park on the busiest days because if the park reaches capacity you may not be allowed back in. Is ...
  • Do you get any perks from Disney? -   by Steve A. (about a block from Dad)   So, when you personally go to Walt Disney World with Dad’s family and friends, do you inform the Disney folks (I assume the Marketing Division) that one of their top website aficionados is “on site”, or do you travel incognito to get the feel of the common man’s experience? If ...
  • Going by myself to Disney World, how do I combat the lonliness -   by Cindy   I vacationed at Disney in May 2009, alone. Although it was nice, and I did enjoy it, it was a little lonely. I loved meeting all kinds of people everywhere I went, but not the same as going with family or friends. I am going again this September and again can’t find anyone to go along. ...
  • Summer Crowds at WDW and Universal -   by Todd (Indianapolis)   Carl,   Still loving the site and the new look – very nice!! We have our Fall Walt Disney World trip booked for Oct 21-27, 2012 staying at All-Star Sports; we let our 10 yr old son pick the resort this year. Our 4 past WDW trips have been in the months of Sept, Oct, ...
  • Easter or August for Walt Disney World -   by Christine (Louisville, Kentucky)   Hello. I’ve been a fan for a long time and now I need help. I like to think that I know a lot about Disney, but I’m just not sure what to do this time. I teach; my husband works for a college and runs a camp in June.   I was very excited ...
  • Going to Disney World in Dec -   by Kelli (Reading, PA)   We are Going to Disney World on Dec. 16th, what should we expect? Will it be crowded, will the weather be cold?     Dad’s A Piece of Fruitcake Answer   Kelli, you have the honor of being Dad’s very first question about December in 2012 – and it’s an honor indeed because December ...
  • When to go to the Magic Kingdom -   by Clista (Asheville, NC usa)   Lots of great info on your site. But many of the other sites say NOT visit Magic kingdom first? Any ideas? We will be traveling early March this year staying at Caribbean Beach Resort with the free dining plan plus. Any advice you can give would be great. I haven’t been since I ...
  • Wilderness Lodge vs. Animal Kingdom Lodge -   by Brian (Alabama)   We are trying to decide between staying at the Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge with our 6 and 4 year olds. The only question/concern with the Wilderness Lodge is the distance to the resort seems to be farther and transportation to/from the parks may be more limited. What are your thoughts? (Great website by ...
  • Dumbo or Rapunzel? -   by Katie (Alabama)   We probably fall into the Dumbo or bust category with my 5 year old daughter, and I was prepared for that plan. Then I started reading about Rapunzel wait times. Here is my question: if seeing Rapunzel is a top of the list priority where should we head first to beat the crowds,     ...
  • Going as a Guest with DVC -   by Joyce (Baker)   I have been invited to go back to Disney World this coming October if all goes as planned. My question is this: I am going as a guest of someone (my daughter) who belongs to the Disney Vacation Club (DVC). My question is how do I find out what the ticket, park hopper and dining ...
  • When in November for Christmas at Walt Disney World -   by David (Cunningham, TN USA)   We’ve been to Disney several Times but never during the Christmas Season. We are thinking of either the second or third full week in November. We’ll be traveling with a 10 yr old and a 4 yr old. We want to see the Christmas decorations but not the wall-to-wall crowds. Any advice? Suggestions? ...
  • Will we be able to avoid Gay Days? -   by Shirley (Maryland)   We are planning on arriving Disney World on June 2nd and staying until June 8th. In your opinion if we avoid the schedule “Gay Day’s” at the certain parks do you think we will be ok not to witness what this event is about? If the events end on Sunday do you think we will ...
  • When are FASTPASSES Distributed - by Stacey King (Salem, IL)   How often do Fastpass become available for each ride each day. For example, does Space Mountain usually offer Fastpass a couple times a day or is it just once a day? Do they usually run one in the morning, afternoon, and evening? BTW I found your site to be incredibly helpful. I found information ...
  • Two Seater Rides at Walt Disney World -   by Sean (Oak Grove, MO)   Dad, I am a single dad with two daughters who will be 5 and 6 when we go to Disney World in 1 year. Will we face complications riding certain rides if I am the only adult? What rides are strictly “two-seaters”?     Dad’s Third Wheel Answer   Sean, Disney does their ...
  • Disney Cruise Transportation -   by Mark (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)   Hey Dad I hope you can help because I keep running into a wall. We went on a Disney Land & Sea vacation in March 2008 on the Disney Wonder. It was fantastic! One of the nice surprises on the trip (I do my research so not much surprises me) was an option ...
  • Villas or Value Resorts -   by Suzanne (Allentown, PA)   Hi there,   I consider myself to be a Disney snob when it comes to planning vacations, but I am at a crossroads. The extended family is going Thanksgiving 2013 and by extended family I mean 8-10 adults and two toddlers. I am torn between getting each family their own room at a value ...
  • Should we buy Park Hopper Tickets? -   by Christine (Saint Joseph, MI)   Should I buy the Park Hopper option to go with the tickets for 7 day passes?     Dad’s that all depends Answer   Christine,   Should you buy Park Hopper Tickets? I don’t know if I have enough information to answer your question, but since I know everything, I’ll give it a ...
  • What do I need to know about Disney World Tickets -   by Regina (Pearl, MS.)   Hi Dad! My family is going to Disney World this year during the week of Christmas. My question is, how do the tickets work? Do we have to keep up with them every day to get in? I have the paper like tickets which would be super hard to keep up with over a ...
  • 14 night trip in July -   by Nichola (Hull, England)   Hi Dad,   Myself and my husband have planned a 14-night trip to Orlando staying in Saratoga Springs from 22nd July to 5th August with our 7 year old son. The trip is our first to Orlando and is a late honeymoon after we got married in February and our son knows nothing about ...
  • How much spending money will we need? -   by Sharon (N’Ireland )   Hi my name is Sharon, I am from N’Ireland and my family and I are planing our first ever holiday to Disney world in August this year. We will be staying for 7 nights, there is 5 of us going. My husband and I, our 2 boys & our little girl ages 11, 7 ...
  • Will Be Our Guest be open in December? -   by Dave (Alabama)   Hello! We are scheduled to visit Walt Disney World on 12/16/12. Do you think the Be Our Guest restaurant will be open by then? My daughter is certainly hoping for that. Thanks!   Video from Disney Imagineering   Dad’s it should be Answer   Dave,   I think you will be in luck. The Be ...
  • Will there be lines at Disney World in September? -   by Jamie (North Carolina)   My family has booked for September 9th for 6 nights for the Disney World All Star Music resort. We also have a 17 month old baby. My question is do you think there will be any waiting in lines for the attractions? I appreciate your valuable information!     Dad’s take it easy Answer ...
  • Lines, crowds, Flower & Garden Festival -   by Jessica (Florida)   Hi Dad! I might have found someone to help me use a few of my 1 day, 1 park passes. The only day that works for both of us is May 12th (otherwise we’ll have to wait until the crowds start to get heavy). I’d like to go to EPCOT, because I haven’t actually gotten ...
  • Trip to Walt Disney World in January 2013 -   by April (Williamson, GA)   We are talking about a January 2013 trip and our dates would be 10-19. We have a 6 and 4 year old. But I’m hesitant now because I read the marathon is the weekend of the 10th and then MLK is the weekend of the 18th. We’re trying to pick a “less crowded” time. ...
  • About Jersey Weeks at Walt Disney World in November? -   by Reagan Stallings (Tampa, Florida, U.S.A)   I’ve heard a lot about Jersey thing at Disney World in November, and normally I would avoid it at all cost but I’m kind of like in love with a girl from New Jersey and that’s my only time to see her is then. I’m a true veteran much like you, I ...
  • Special pass for autism -   by Margaret (Springfield, MO)   We will be at Disney World in December, and I was wondering if the parks still have a special “front of the line pass” for autistic or disabled children. I know they did the last time I was there in 1995 because my aunt had one for my autistic cousin.     (Yes, I ...
  • Disney Cruise for a couple? -   by Taylor (Minnesota)   Hi Dad- After reading everything you’ve been saying for the upcoming Disney Cruise vacation I can’t help but think how wonderful it would be. Here’s my only problem though. Would it be a Disney Cruise be a suitable vacation for young couple in their 20’s to take?   Enjoying all of your posts! Taylor   ...
  • When will 2013 Disney World Prices be available? -   by Karla M. (Billings MT)   When do the prices for next year come out? We went to Disney World, for the first time, in February this year and now we are hooked!! We want to go back again next year in February and want to know if we need to wait until August again to book our vacation. ...
  • HELP…WHERE TO STAY? -   Help, I can’t decide where is best for my family to stay? I’m stuck b/w Disney Pop or a condo rental from all -star. Family of 9, 2 adults and 7 kids. Will be going 8/25 thru 9/1. Want the free dining on resort but too little room at pop (even with two rooms). Like the 3 room condo ...
  • Walk to the Magic Kingdom -   by sonia (queensland, australia)   Hi Dad, We are coming from Australia on our first visit to Walt Disney World in August (yes, I know it will be hot!). Looking at staying at the Polynesian and wondering how long it would take to walk to Magic Kingdom from the hotel. Thanks, Sonia.     Dad’s you can’t get there ...
  • 13 days in August -   by Harry (London)   Hey Dad, My family and I are going to Walt Disney World for 13 days from 7 august and staying offsite. This is our first August visit after doing 13 days from 7 April 2008. What will the crowds be like and do you have any tips for us, we really cannot remember it from ...
  • What kind of schedule for a Disney World trip? -   by Diana (Alberta, Canada)   We are headed to Disney World June 10-20 with our 4 year old daughter and our 2.5 year old son, staying at Pop century. Are there rides that the two of them can enjoy together? What type of a schedule would you suggest?   Neither my husband nor myself has been to Disney World, ...
  • Dining without ADR’s -   by Shendl (South Africa)   Hi Dad   What are your best places to eat in Disney World without the Dining Plan and without ADR’s if possible – don’t like to be restricted as to when and where we will dine that day and that time.     Dad’s you’ll find something Answer   Shendl,   There are loads ...
  • How Can I Make This a Magical Anniversary -   by Trevor Graham (Winnipeg, Manitoba)   Dad I thank you for your pages, we have gone from never seeing Disney in Jan 2011 to the point where we now are planning our fourth trip in Sept 2012. We have tried all the dining plans and have seen most of the resorts (can be the best part of the trip ...
  • Traveling to Disney World with 3 generations -   by Tara (Tennessee)   We have a trip booked for the first week of September this year and it’s my parents first trip. They are in their 70s and I’m wondering how hot it will be especially taking them and 2 small kids (ages 6 and 2 1/2). We are staying at Port Orleans Riverside new royal rooms. Any ...
  • Getting to Disney World in June… -   Hey dad, We are going to Disney World in June and staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We are have a 12 hour drive coming from Kentucky and was going to leave early the day before we check in and drive within an hour of Disney and stop and get a room so we are somewhat rested when we ...
  • Which Walt Disney World Water Park? -   by Harry Smith (London)   Hey Dad, I am going to WDW for the first time this august. I am going for 5 days from the 9th August. My family would really like to go to a water park while we are there but after spending 4 days in the park (one a day) we only have one day ...
  • Should we avoid Disney right BEFORE Gay Days’ scheduled Disney events? -   by Phyllis (Maryland)   Hi Dad! I am so glad I visited your site a few days ago, otherwise I wouldn’t have been warned that our vacation in Orlando will unfortunately overlap Gay Days! Yikes! Your site is the only one I’ve found that is truly “upfront” about this–most other sites (and even guide books) seem to barely mention ...
  • First Weekend in Dec this Year -   by David (Acworth, GA)   I was wondering why the first weekend in December this year seems to have so many people showing up (See your Attendance Page for Dec.) Will there be THAT many teeny-boppers (players and cheerleaders) there that weekend? We’re planning for the week after T-Giving and into Dec 1 and 2. Should I take pains ...
  • Pointers on a Disney Cruise -   by Koren (Northern NJ)   We’re taking our first Disney cruise this July out of NY and want some pointers. We’re a party of 12 with the kids ranging from 5-16. A logistical question first-do you receive your key to the world card on a lanyard or do we need to purchase something waterproof to carry it around? Also, ...
  • What’s a Stroller Swap? -   by Kelly McIver (Ontario, Canada)   Hi, I’m wondering if some of the rides at Disney have a “Stroller Swap” system, and what exactly that means?     Dad’s Do The Swap Answer   Kelly,   “Stroller Swap,” “Baby Swap,” “Rider Swap…” call it whatever you like, it’s a system that allows parents with small children to ride an ...
  • Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom -   by Jason Fortner (Whiteface, TX)   A while back your daughter posted that the Tree of Life was closed because a branch fell off. Would you happen to know when it will be back open? My family is visiting Walt Disney World for the first time in 2 weeks and were looking forward to visiting the tree in addition ...
  • WDW for 2 Days Pre-Cruise -   by Amy (Arizona)   Hey there! We are taking the Disney Cruise in October and wanted to get there a few days early and go to Disney World. This will be our first time ever going to WDW. However; I wanted to know if we needed to get park hoppers since we only have 2 days to see the ...
  • Quick editorial question -   by Ryan Rivera (Los Angeles, CA 90025)   Hello,   My name is Ryan Rivera and I have been reading your website for a while now. Yesterday, I came across this article – /healthy-habits-saturday-deal-with-stress/ and it really caught my attention because it is related to my area of expertise.   My area is helping folks with anxiety, stress, panic ...
  • Disney World coasters with children -   by elizabeth (CA)   Visiting Walt Disney World next month with 11 year old that doesn’t like coasters. Is it possible for both of us to get in line but for him to wait while I ride coaster?     Dad’s riding solo Answer   Elizabeth,   This is a wonderful question – especially for all those parents out ...
  • Will the Family Suites at the Art of Animation sleep 6? -   by Corey (Minneapolis, MN)   We are planning on booking for our first Disney World trip next fall. Our party consists of my wife, myself, our twins who will be just under 5 at the time and both our mothers. Would the suits at the Arts of Animation resort work or would it be too small. No one in ...
  • What’s an Adult to Wear to WDW Parks Without Getting Turned Away at the Gates? -   by Tiffany J. L. Alfonso (Tampa Bay)   Have you heard of a teenager from my area who was forced to change at Disney’s Animal Kingdom because of her Tinkerbell costume?   If you haven’t, here’s the story. The teen, whose name was April Spielman, was surprising her boyfriend from Arizona with his first visit to Walt Disney World. ...
  • Can we rent a Grand Villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge? -   by Judy (Virginia)   I am planning a family vacation in late April 2015 to Disney World. There are 10 of us going (6 adults and 4 children). I would like to rent a grand villa so we can all stay together. What are my chances of being able to rent one (I am not interested in renting DVC ...
  • Can We Pool Hop at Disney World? -   Do guests at from one Disney hotel (ex: Floridian) have access to the pool facilities of another hotel (ex: Polynesian)? Dad’s No Pool Hopping Answer   All of the Walt Disney World resort hotels have pools. Great pools, in fact. Sure, the more expensive the resort you stay at, the more elaborate the pool will be. But even the ...
  • When Do the Walt Disney World Christmas Decorations Go Up? -   by Jason Sanders (Birmingham, AL)   Dad – Love your web site!   Do you know when they put all the Christmas Decorations out? Are they out by mid November? We were looking at going the week of Nov. 12, but wanted to make sure the lights would be up by then. Thanks!!     Dad’s Deck the Parks ...
  • Is there a bus from the Polynesian Resort to Animal Kingdom Lodge -   by Joanne (Jackson, NJ)   I saw your comment on getting to the Animal Kingdom Lodge from the Polynesian (as in it being difficult…) but when I called the Polynesian they say they have a bus that will go directly there with no stops. Is that not true?   We are staying at the Polynesian and have dinner reservations ...
  • Are there Elevators at the Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa? -   Does Sarasota Springs have Elevators?   Dad’s You Betcha Answer   There’s one thing that you can always count on from a Walt Disney World resort hotel. Actually, there are many things like a family-friendly environment, cleanliness, a fair amount of convenience, and even a little touch of magic. But the one I was talking about specifically is accessibility. ...
  • Best Day to visit Disney World in August -   by Nathan (Virginia)   We are looking to go to Disney World Aug 23-30. What days are best to visit Magic Kingdom and EPCOT?     Dad’s Rule of Thumb Answer   Nathan,   When it comes to August the rule of thumb is that the closer you get to Labor Day Weekend, the more the crowds will thin ...
  • Allergy Free Mickey Waffles -   by stef (mountain view CA)   Love your blog. Question…going to DW July 3 – July 6. Staying off property near Downtown Disney at Holiday Inn.   Where’s a good place to get a Mickey Waffle? I’d prefer not to have to get an ADR and do a buffet. Would like to do a quick service. When to drive? ...
  • Candlelight Processional – How important is the narrator? -   by Scott (Pittsburgh)   During the week of December 9th, what would be a better date for the Candlelight Processional, December 9th, December 12th, 13th or 14th? How important is the narrator?   Thanks, Scott     Dad’s They’re All Good Answer   Scott,   The Candlelight Processional is one of Dad’s most favorite things during Christmas at Walt ...
  • Disney Dining Plan Points System - by Matt (Mississippi)   Dad,   Do you think Disney will ever use a “Point System” for the Dining Plan? Here’s an idea… Instead of offering the different Dining Plans, assign points to the different type of meals. They could keep it simple such as:   Deluxe Table Service – 15 pts Regular Table Service – 10 pts Counter Service ...
  • Is the Drive to Magic Kingdom Worth It? -   by John Eagan (Kenmore NY)   We try to go to Disney once a year, and we always take Disney transportation. This time we are getting a rental car. We are going from Nov 11 to the 16th, and staying at All Star movies. My question is, is it worth taking the car to the Magic Kingdom, considering it ...
  • Which Moderate is your favorite? -   by Connie (Ohio)   Which moderate hotel is your favorite? Have been enjoying your site and finding it very informative. Thank you.   Dad’s Not An Expert Answer   Connie,   if there’s one thing Dad’s not an expert in, it’s the Moderate Resorts at Walt Disney World. There, I said it. Don’t worry though, Dad can tell you ...
  • Holiday Ride Closures at Walt Disney World -   by Lauren (Concord, CA)   Hi. I’m planning a trip to Disney World during the 1st week of November, and I was worried that some of my favorite rides will be closed during my visit because they will be preparing the Christmas decorations. Do you know how this works? Will they have rides like Haunted Mansion closed the whole ...
  • Can we change our ADR’s from 3 to 4? -   by Mark Grdinich (Youngstown, Ohio, USA)   Hey dad! Big fan. Mark here and I have a question about dinner reservations. I am going with myself, wife and son and we have reservations for a few places. My brother is also going down to Disney but we did not put 4 on the reservations and now everything is booked. ...
  • Best days to visit Disney World in November/December -   by Melissa (Gulfport, MS)   Please help me select the best days (least crowded) to visit. We will have 4 full days at the parks (with a park hopper), will be staying on site and will purchase tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Our available dates include November 9 – November 20 and November 23 thru December 8. ...
  • Must Sees for Seniors at Disney World -   by Lea (Louisville)   I will be taking my father for the first time in October. He is 78 years old. Is there anything that’s a must for seniors?     Dad’s Start Off Slow Answer   Lea,   How exciting to be traveling to Walt Disney World with your dad at that age – it’ll really bring out ...
  • A Manly Disney Experience -   by Emma (Worcester, UK)   Hi “Dad”! Disney holidays are a must-do in my family. Now my sister and I have flown the nest, its turned into a “last family holiday” that my parents have organized twice so far. The last time, we were in Orlando with two young men in tow (one belonging to my sister, one to ...
  • Are Key to the World Cards Transferable? -   Hi we have booked a holiday to stay with Disney through an airline in Oct. One of our party can not go and has paid. The airline will not let you change names on booking so I was wondering if someone else got a flight over can they use the other persons key to the world? Is it done ...
  • Disney World Waterpark Admission -   by Calvin (Ontario, Canada)   Do you need a park pass to go to the waterparks in Walt Disney World? Or can you just pay to get in the waterpark?     Dad’s a walk in the (water)park Answer   Calvin,   There’s nothing Dad likes more on the hot days of summer daydreaming about splashing around at Typhoon ...
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on November 2 -   by Trista (Chicago, IL)   What do you think the crowds will be on Nov 2nd this year (2012) for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? We’d like to go, but I’d rather not spend an additional 200+ if it will be shoulder to shoulder and 40 people deep for the parades. Thoughts?   Trista     Dad’s ...
  • Will Disney Give Me Free Dining Anyway? -   by Wade (Knoxville, TN)   We have booked a vacation for 10/14/12-10/19/12 back in March and have some great ADR’s in hopes of the free Dining plan. Unfortunately that week falls in a week that is not included. Have you ever heard of an instance of Disney giving free dining during a non free dining week?     Dad’s ...
  • Dressing our daughter in a princess dress in August -   by Jessica Smith (Lynchburg, VA, USA)   We think it would be fun to dress our daughter up as a princess when we go to Magic Kingdom. However, we will be there at the end of August. Can you recommend any light weight options?     Dad’s perfect little princess Answer   Jessica,   Disney Princess dresses are all ...
  • Which Attractions Will Be Open in New Fantasyland in September 2012? -   by Dani (Argentina)   When will the new little mermaid attraction be opened in Fantasyland, we are going in Sept 2012, is there a chance to have that opened? Also the meet and greet with Belle?     Dad’s Wish Upon a Star Answer   Dani,   I’m sorry to say that the chances of having any new attractions ...
  • When do FASTPASSES Expire? -   by Cathie (Pittsburgh, PA)   Hi Dad,   Last year a Cast Member informed me that my Fast Pass tickets are always good as long as I used them after the listed start time and on the same day. This actually worked in ALL the parks last year. This year the Cast Member said they were following the Fast ...
  • September Crowds and Extra Magic Hours -   by Nate Roberts (El Reno, OK)   This September will be our 3rd trip to Walt Disney World, and I think we’re finally getting close to getting it right. We even decided to go a week later this year, because the crowd calendars seem to say that it will be a little less crowded.   However, I do have ...
  • When Do The Cinderella Castle Dream Lights Go Up? -   by Misty (Mississippi)   We are going to be visiting from Oct 30-nov 7. I know the first Christmas show isn’t until Dec 9th, but we really wanted to do the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party so we booked it instead. The only Christmas part my daughter cares to see is the lights on Cinderella’s Castle. Do you ...
  • Will the Polynesian Resort sleep four? -   by Mo (Missouri)   Will a room at the Polynesian sleep 4 adults comfortably (Mom, Dad, a 15 and a 20 year old?) Thanks.     Dad’s Say Aloha Answer   Mo,   with a party of four (even four adults) at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, you can say “Aloha” to comfort! The Polynesian is not only the BEST hotel ...
  • Celebrating my Birthday at Disney… on New Years Eve!!! -   by Melissa (New Brunswick, Canada.)   So, we’ve been planning our Florida trip for weeks now! My birthday is December 31st so of course I want to be at Disney for my birthday. I’ve read any forums and I’m now terrified to go… Everyone says NOT to go at that time of the year and yet we are! Could ...
  • DAD20 code -   by bobbi (mokena)   hi if i book my trip online from your website and get the free dining plan, will i also be able to put in DAD20 and get the discount. thank you Dad’s Answer   Usually I’d go in to a long explanation, but I’m just going to tell this one like it is.   The ...
  • Is Wilderness Lodge Nice Enough For A Self Proclaimed Hotel Snob? -   by Lindsey Price (The Woodlands, TX, USA)   Ok so I admit I am a major hotel snob… not proud of it really but I am… so there! That being said, what are the best deluxe options for someone like myself? Hubby and I are heading to Walt Disney World January 6-11 with our 5 year old son and ...
  • Brazilian Tour Groups in the summer at Disney World -   by Doris (Granby CT)   Is it possible to fine out when the Brazilian tour groups will be at Walt Disney World in the summer of 2013?     Dad’s Crowded Answer   Doris,   I know how annoying those big tour groups can be – and at Walt Disney World, sometimes they seem to be around every corner. ...
  • What can we expect in December at Disney World? -   by Mark (Midrand, South Africa)   Is December a good month to visit Disney world? What can be expected? Thanks, Mark     Dad’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Answer   Mark,   December is a great time to visit Walt Disney World – in fact, it’s Dad’s most favorite time of year at the most magical place ...
  • What’s the Cheapest Way to Visit the Disney Waterparks? -   by Roger (Donnelsville, Ohio)   Would it be cheaper to get tickets without the water park option and just buy our water park tickets at the gate so long as we only plan on going to a water park no more than once?   Dad’s Admit One Answer   Roger,   Disney does a really great job of making ...
  • Can you take a boat to the parks from Port Orleans? -   by Kimberly (Akron, OH)   We are staying @ POFQ next June. I know the river runs behind it and you can take a boat ride to Downtown Disney. Does the river boat take you to the parks as well?     Dad’s The Boat Stops Here Answer   Kimberly,   The Disney’s Port Orleans Resort is a really ...
  • Can you combine Magic Your Way Base Tickets? -   by Catherine (Brooklyn, NY)   Hi Dad,   DH and I are Annual Passholders. We are going back to WDW in December and Free Dining is available with a Package including 2 Day Base Tickets. Can we take the value of our 2 Day Base Tickets (for DH and myself) and add it to the value of the 2 ...
  • Can We Check Our Park Hoppers Online? -   I have 4 park hoppers and I don’t remember if there are any days left on them. is there a way to check on line?     Dad’s no, you can’t Answer   For all of the wonderful customer service that Disney offers, there are a few seemingly simple options that are lacking. Magic Your Way Tickets are a ...
  • Do all the Value Resorts share buses? -   by Kara (Topeka, Kansas)   My family and I will be traveling to Disney in March of 2013 over Spring Break (I know we are crazy!!) My sister’s family (kids 5,6,and 8)will be visiting for the first time and my Mother will be traveling with us as well. I am concerned we will have to wait for several buses ...
  • What will Daytime Crowds be like on MNSSH Dates? -   by Jessica (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)   Hi! I love your website! We normally go to Disney in November and the crowds are small and wonderful. This year, however, we’re going the week of Halloween (that Tues/Weds/Thurs). I’m wondering with the MNSSH events going on in the evening, are the parks still pretty mellow during the day as far ...
  • Can we get ticket for just a few hours at Disney World? -   by Cecelia (Raleigh, NC)   Is there any way to get a discounted park ticket if you are only going to be there in the afternoon or evening. The park ticket prices are terribly steep for just a couple of hours.     Dad’s Take It or Leave It Answer   “Cecilia, you’re breaking my heart, you’re shaking my ...
  • Can we see all 4 Disney World parks in one day? -   by Ron Hadley (miami florida)   My wife and spending one day at Walt Disney World in October for our anniversary. We bought a ticket to magic kingdom and a park hopper pass. My question is being we are only interested in going on a few rides there would it be possible to see a little of every park. ...
  • How Do I Get into the Magic Kingdom for an Early ADR? -   by Rachael (Jax Beach, FL)  1  0  4  254  0   Ok, We are making a special birthday (me!) day trip to the Magic Kingdom next Friday and I just lucked out by getting a 8:40 am Crystal Palace ressie! NOW… how/when/yikes… do I park/get in and at what time? How early do I really need to get to ...
  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Cards -   by Kim (York, Pennsylvania)   Dad, My kids (okay, well really me) got really into collecting the Sorcerer of the Magic Kingdom cards. I know the games are now for sale at some select park locations, but I want to order one for my kids (okay, and myself) for Christmas. When can I expect to find them online?   ...
  • Walt Disney World and Hurricanes -   by doyinsola (maryland)   i have made reservations for my kids and i for the trip to Disney World but with hurricane Isaac ,is it still possible? Also I do not know how to get tickets to the parks.     Dad’s very wet Answer   Doyinsola,   I just saw your question and had to jump on it. ...
  • Christmas Decorations at Animal Kingdom Lodge -   by Denise Workman (Helena, AL, USA)   What day in November of 2012 are the Christmas Decorations going to be put up at the Animal Kingdom Lodge? By November 15th????? I hope!!     Dad’s Christmas Safari Answer   Denise,   Disney does an incredible job of decorating for the holidays, and not just in the parks. Dad could ...
  • Bike Rentals at Disney World -   by Nichole (Sacramento, Ca)   Hi Dad! I apologize if this has already been covered but I had a question regarding recreation and more specifically the bike rentals. I know we can rent bikes for a full day but what I cannot seem to find anywhere is 1) if there are bike racks throughout the Disney World resort, 2) ...
  • Fort Wilderness Campground specials - by Angie (Granite Falls, NC)   Hi Dad! I have a question about campground specials. We LOVE Fort Wilderness and are hoping to go the first week in June. What I was wondering is if discounts are ever offered for the campground. Is free dining ever offered? Thanks for your help!     Dad’s the great outdoors Answer   Angie, ...
  • Which park is it okay to skip? -   by María Eugenia (Argentina)   Hi Dad! I found your page to be extremely helpful and it certainly provided me with “inside data” I was not aware of since I live all the way down (Argentina) and I´m planning this trip all by myself! (my beau is not AS ecstatic as I am, lol). Well, down to business: Unfortunately, ...
  • The Week Before Thanksgiving at Disney World -   by Richard (Burleson, Texas)   How is the week leading up to and including the day of Thanksgiving? I want to see the Christmas decorations at all the parks but avoid the big crowds and take the kids without missing to much school. Also where is a good place to have a Thanksgiving meal while I’m there?     ...
  • Snow on Main Street USA -   by Priscilla (Jacksonville, FL)   So last year we showed up at Disney excited to see the snow on Main Street but there was no snow to be found. Do you happen to know when the snow appears? Is it just at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? 4 years ago it wasn’t, I do remember seeing snow once… Thanks! ...
  • Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for Adults? -   by Dean Curry (Clifton Park, NY)   Good morning, my question is about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. My wife and I are travelling to Disney at the end of October. We don’t have any kids. Is Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party worth $110 for 2 adults? We were going to go on a Tuesday night to avoid the biggest crowds. ...
  • At Disney World what age children get in free? - by yamil (greensboro)   What is the minimum age that kids do not pay for entrance ticket?   Dad’s that’s too easy Answer   Yamil,   The quick and easy answer is children are free until they are age 3. Magic Your Way children’s tickets are for children ages 3 to 9. So from birth until they turn 3 they ...
  • Cheapest place to eat in the Magic Kingdom -   What is the cheapest place for a large family to eat at in the Magic Kingdom in December?     Dad’s and the winner is Answer   The cheapest place for a large family, or any family, to eat in the Magic Kingdom in December or any other time is …   Now that sounds like a easy question, ...
  • Would you recommend adding the Park Hopper option? -   by Linda (Brewster, New York)   Hi Dad! I’ve used the information here to plan our trip in Dec. Thanks for the great info! My question is–do you think it is worth it to purchase park hopper tickets when the parks close so early during early December? We are a family of 5. The hopper would cost us the ...
  • Can I Get Credit for 2007 Park Hoppers? -   by Cath (Freeport, Bahamas)   I have 5 day kids park hopper tickets from 2007. My children are now teenagers, can I get any credit for the unused days on the tickets. (Not sure how many days are left on them)     Dad’s You’re Not Going to Like My Answer   Cath,   This is an easy one, ...
  • Which Disney Hotel would you pick? -   by Tammy Scott (Parkersburg, WV)   We are planning a trip for next year. We have stayed at the Pop before. My husband wants to stay in a deluxe. However, I cannot bring my self to spend that kind of money. We have said that we would split the difference and go with a moderate. We have been looking ...
  • Tips for a whole family during Mardi Gras -   by Jenn Rowley (Mobile, AL)   We are planning our first family trip to Walt Disney World during Mardi Gras holidays 2014 (we are from Mobile and get the week out of school and free vacation days.) My questions are is this a crowded time?   We are basically putting our park time into March 1st through third. Our ...
  • What Do You Think of RideMax? -   by Amy (Gilbert, AZ)    4  0  0  18  0   Hey there! My friend sent me a link to RideMax blog. Have you heard of a RideMax app? Do you know if it works? How it works? I’m going over the blog now to check it out. Just bought the Unofficial guide to WDW book today. That’s enough ...
  • Cinderella and O’hana on the same day. Too much? -   by Kinny (British Columbia, Canada)   We are lucky to get two reservations in Nov 20. Lunch at the Cinderella castle at noon and the dinner at O’hana at 4:45 p.m. We’ve never been to Disney world, so we’d like to experience as much as we can, however, are the two meals too much in a day?   We ...
  • Cost of the washer and dryer at Art of Animation. -   by John (Middleburg,FL)   Could someone please tell me if the cost of doing your own washing went up any, Last time we did it the cost was $2.00 per load of cloths and $2.00 for the dryer. I just want to make sure I bring enough quarters to do all of our wash. We are coming down Oct ...
  • Chef Mickey March 2013 reservations -   by Jana Fischer (Wi)   When will dates open up for Chef Mickey’s reservations for 2013?     Dad’s Open For Business Answer   Jana,   Sometimes I get questions that are so far in the future I can’t answer with full confidence. But don’t worry, in your case I have all the confidence in the world. That’s because ...
  • Does food at Disney Restaurants include tax? -   by Oscar Cruz (México)   Hello Dad,   I’m not from the US and I’m not sure if I understand how the taxes work in the US.   Here is my question… Does the food at any of the Disney Restaurants includes taxes?   For example, right now at the Coral Reef at Dinner the “Seared Chicken Breast” is ...
  • Disney World at Easter -    0  0  0  New  0   We have started booking our trip to Disney World for the week over Easter of 2013. I have read a lot about how the crowds are at an all time high this time of year compared to other times. It is really the only time that works for us, but with the large ...
  • Treehouse Villas Pricing -   by Mini (Wisconsin)   Could you tell me how much it would cost in dollars to stay in the Treehouse Villas (Saratoga Springs Resort) for one week? THX Dad’s It’ll Cost You Answer   Mini,   The Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa are some of the most unique rooms on Walt Disney World property. You ...
  • How many FASTPASSES can I have at a time? -   by Carol (Atlanta, GA)  0  0  0  New  0   Is it advisable to get a FASTPASS for many rides? Or will they over lap in time?   To be more clear. It seems like I could plan the rides all based on Fast Passes?   Thoughts?   Thanks, Carol     Dad’s probably not Answer   Carol,   ...
  • New Years Eve 2012 at Walt Disney World -   by Kara (Australia)   Hi Dad,   This is our first time to WDW and we are so excited….however, need your help in planning our trip to be the best it can be. We are planning on doing NYE 2012 at Disney World and would like to know which world would be the best for 12 people (5 kids ...
  • Quick Service Meals at Old Key West -   When staying at Old Key West where do you get counter service meals?     Dad’s Goods To Go Answer   This is an easy one. Disney’s Old Key West Resort may have some of the biggest rooms on property, but it doesn’t exactly have the longest list of dining establishments. In fact, there are only three: a table ...
  • Stitch at Disney World -   by Patty (Laredo tx)   Is there a lot of Stitch stores and/or Stitch things at Disney World. I’m a big Stitch fan and wonder if there was any specific stores for Stitch.     Dad’s not my favorite character Answer   Patty,   The short answer is, yes, Stitch is everywhere at Disney World. Stitch even has his ...
  • Which of the All Star Resort should we pick? -   Hi Dad! My husband and I always stay at the Polynesian when we visit, but this time my family is coming too. In order to save money, we are planning on staying at an All-Star resort. We weren’t sure about which one to stay at. We were thinking about bus stops and waiting times for buses would be a ...
  • Best Building at the Pop Century? - Where is the best building to stay at Pop Century?     Dad’s can you dig it Answer   The Pop Century is one of Dad’s favorite Disney Hotels. It really is a groovy place to stay.   See the map on Dads’s Pop Century page   One of the problems with the Pop Century is it’s a huge hotel, ...
  • Best time of year to go to Disney World? -   by melissa (canada)   What month do the least people go to Disney World? I want to go when it is least busy.     Dad’s best or slowest Answer   Hi Melissa,   That’s a great question. You put a heading of when is the best time of the year to visit Disney World which is a whole ...
  • Sorcerors of the Magic Kingdom page? -   by David Brawn (Richland, WA)   You don’t have a story/description about the new game at Magic Kingdom. The game is great and has developed a fairly large social following, mostly among adults. Did you play while you were there??     Dad’s it’s a generational thing Answer   David,   Mrs. Mom and I didn’t play Sorcerers of ...
  • Is there a Dad for Disneyland California? -   by Tammy (Vancouver B.C.Canada)   Hi Dad,   Do you have a connection with a Dad with the knowledge you have for Disneyland California?   If so please do share…     Dad’s there’s no one like Dad Answer   Tammy,   I have to say, I’m flattered that you find me interesting enough that you’d like to find ...
  • Refurbishments – do they ever open early? -   by Jenny McQueen (Eagle River, AK, USA)   I noticed that a couple of rides that are important to us will be closed for refurbishment while we are at Disney World in February. I was wondering do rides ever open a few days early? Or should I not get my hopes up? We will be there from Feb 2 ...
  • Special Memories of Walt Disney World for my nieces -   by michelle maguire (northern ireland)   What about you dad, hope your ok. Finally after five years of saving my family are flying from Ireland over to Disney. My wee nieces are 4 & 5 and I have them so hyped up about the magic and surprises that awaits them. Would you have any tips about making dreams come ...
  • Is the Wilderness Lodge a good choice for a first timer? -   by Rebecca (Fort Worth, TX)  0  0  0  New  0   Hey Dad, I’m loving all the info you’ve collected for these pages. My only problem is, you seem to love everything!   I’m going to be a first time adult visitor to the parks sometime within the next couple of years. I’ve been a few times as a ...
  • June or August, which is better? -   Just found your wonderful website and wanted more information on weather. We need to travel during school vacations. As someone who is affected by heat and humidity, would you recommend an early summer or late summer trip (say, June 8-15, 2013, or August 4-10 or August 11-17, 2013)? Thank you!     Dad’s no contest Answer   Summer weather ...
  • Presidents Day vs Easter Disney World Crowds -   When comparing Presidents Day week and Easter week, both are red and touring plans show 10’s. Are they both the same “feel” for business or is one more crowded than the other. I’ve gone Presidents week before and think that is about as much crowds as I can handle.   Thank you.     Dad’s not a dimes worth ...
  • Christmas decoration at Thanksgiving time -   by Louis (New Orleans, La.)   Are the Disney parks decorated for Christmas during the Thanksgiving week holidays?     Dad’s why yes they are Answer   Louis,   The short answer is yes, most of the Christmas decorations will be up at Walt Disney World the week of Thanksgiving. Most of them.   Dads’s Christmas at Disney World ...
  • Can I use my friends tickets? -   by Monica   Hello! I’m planning on going to Disney and staying in one of their hotels, using the dining packages etc; but I’ve got some friends in Orlando who said they would get me some tickets if I needed some. Could I take the one ticket option, and then use the ones they’ll give me, or do I ...
  • Doing a 4 day cruise and 7 days in the resort. Which should we do first -   by sean   I am planning a big trip. We are taking a 4 day Disney Cruise and 7 days at Walt Disney World. Which should we do first? Plus I plan on making my own flight arrangements. What is the best way to get around then?     Dad’s this one is easy Answer   Sean,   What ...
  • View of Cinderella Castle from the Grand Floridian -   by Katie Arnett (Chattanooga, TN, USA)   My family and I are planning a trip to Disney World for my 40th birthday. We are planning to stay at The Grand Floridian in the park. In order to have a full view of Cinderella’s Castle, what floor and building should we stay in?     Dad’s a room with a ...
  • Is the Disney Dining Plan worth it? -   by Chris (Quincy ma.)   Is the Disney Dining plan worth it? We’ll be there for nine days. It costs $1150 for two adults 1 child.     Dad’s Not a Fan Answer   Chris,   I’ve said this for years, I’m not a fan of the Disney Dining Plan (DDP). Now I know that a lot of people ...
  • Water Park Fun and More items prices -   by Jerry Storer (Phoenix, AZ USA)   We are going to Walt Disney World the week AFTER Gay Days and I have 3 kids. We just got 4 days of regular tickets rather than park hopper tickets and figured we could get the most out of each park that day.   We wanted to add the Water Parks Fun ...
  • Hiring a personal guide service for Walt Disney World - by Joe (Edinburg, Texas) “I’m planning a trip to Orlando the week of November 19-24. This is pretty much the only week I have available to travel. I came across a personal guide service (name withheld) while I was visiting TripAdvisor.com. My first question would be is this service real; meaning is not a scam or anything right? The second ...
  • Avoiding a resort during a marathon weekend - by Kirsten (Easton, MD) “We are planning a trip to WDW for January 7 – 15, 2020. I’m aware that the weekend that we are there is a marathon weekend. We are planning on spending that Saturday at our resort. Are there any deluxe resorts we should avoid staying at?” Not a Problem Marathon Weekend is a lot of fun. ...
  • Getting Free Dining applied to previously booked trips. -   by Big Red (Baton Rouge, LA) If you had your trip booked before the Free Dining promotion was announced, call 407-w-disney and they will run the numbers to see what the best deal is for you, and issue a refund for the difference. Dad Adds Good point Big Red. But you will have to call them. Disney won’t automatically ...
  • What to do now that the Disney Vacation Account is Closing? - “I came across an email a few weeks ago that said that Disney is getting rid of the vacation account. In Friday’s lunch with Dad, can you discuss what we can do now that the Disney Vacation Account is closing and if there are any other similar options being offered.” Disney Vacation Account is Closing Connie, you are correct. The ...
  • Where to get a printable map of Disney Springs? - “I’m going to Cirque du Soleil tomorrow, Wednesday, 8-16, and I printed a map yesterday that included the layout, plus a list of where the restaurants and stores are located. I wanted to try to enlarge it and print it bigger, so I didn’t have to use a magnifier with my readers. I thought I printed it from your site, ...
  • Should I put trading pins in carryon or checked luggage? - “We fly into Disney World via Frontier Airlines in 21 days. My kids are planning to trade pins and are bringing a small amount of pins to get started. Should these be packed in our checked luggage, or can they go in their carry-on bags. I’d hate for them not to be allowed through security, but I’m afraid to put ...
  • Will this dress be OK at the Magic Kingdom - “Hello. I am getting married in a small, private ceremony, but I’m going with my husband, kids, and parents to the Fireworks Dessert Party at the Magic Kingdom. Will one of these dresses be OK at the Magic Kingdom? (She sent pictures but I’m not able to publish them.) I’m not planning on wearing a formal gown, but these are ...
  • How Do I Guarantee Adjoining Rooms at the Pop Century? - “We are going to Disney this December 2017 and staying in the Pop Century. There will be four adults and one child age two. We have two rooms and our requesting adjoining rooms. What are our chances of getting adjoining rooms at the Pop Century? We will be checking in on different times of the day. Two flying in from ...
  • Ask Dad – Which Rooms have 2 Bathrooms? - Dad, odd question, traveling to the world in August. Can you tell me which of the resort rooms available have 2 bathrooms? Dad Answers This isn’t an odd question at all. I have found traveling with Mrs. Mom and the Princess that two bathrooms is pretty much a necessity. Even though most of the resort rooms are standard and include ...
  • Ask Dad – Little things at the Animal Kingdom Villas - Beth G. from Vermont asks… We will be staying at the AK Villas-Kindani Village in Sept. It will be our first time staying at AK and our first trip alone with our 3 yr old granddaughter, but definitely not our first trip. We normally go with older children and are go,go,go 110% all day long, so we generally stay at ...
  • Ask Dad – Park Hopping MK to EPCOT to DHS back to MK - We are driving to WDW for 1 day.  We are planning to park hop from EPCOT to MK to HS and then back to MK.  Our plan is to park at MK since we plan to end our day there.  I hope to arrive at MK an hour before EPCOT opens.  How do we get to the EPCOT monorail from ...
  • Ask Dad – Uniquely Animal Kingdom Snack - Mindy asked this question over on the Ask Dad Facebook page. MK has Dole Whips, EPCOT has World Showcase. Is there a snack/ treat specific to Animal Kingdom? We always do a big breakfast and skip lunch so we’re looking for a uniquely Animal Kingdom snack. Dad’s a yummy question Answer Mindy, That’s a really interesting question. I really had ...
  • Ask Dad – Jersey Week confusion - I am so confused. We were planning on going to WDW in November. Your site says Jersey week is busy and low crowds. So much mixed messages from people. Does Veterans day increase attendance? Not sure what to do? Dad’s me too Answer When it comes to Jersey Week, I’m confused too. For several years, I’ve been saying Jersey Week is ...
  • Ask Dad – Will an extra Fastpass be available later? - Dad, I have already reserved 3 Fastpasses for early with the hopes of getting more after they are used. Wondering, will Fastpasses be available later. Since lines are shorter first thing in the morning, should I save fast passes for later? Dad’s Fastpass can be confusing Answer This is a great question and one that is on a lot of ...
  • How long does it take to eat at Disney World? -   by Vickie (St. Louis) Okay…last one, I promise (at least for awhile) 🙂 There is just so much more to consider than I ever imagined! When planning for dining, how long does it take to eat at Disney World? I’m sure there is a different answer for regular restaurants vs. character dining. We just know we want to be ...
  • Which stroller works best at Walt Disney World? - by Allison (Texas) Dear Dad, we are SO excited about our upcoming WDW trip in mid-November. Your site has been quite helpful with our planning. We are taking a double stroller for our 1 and 4 year old. Only question is, which stroller works better at Walt Disney World, a tandem or side-by-side? I’m thinking the side-by-side would be better ...
  • Taking Pictures With Characters -   by Vanessa (San Antonio, Texas ) Hi Dad! I have just confirmed my very first trip to Disney World…whoo-hoo! My nine year old son and I will be attending Star Wars Weekend (he is an absolute fanatic)! My question to you is how hard will it be to actually find and take a pictures with the characters? Should we ...
  • Cinderella’s Castle / Dinner - Cinderella’s Castle for a special dinner. I have heard that if you book a dining reservation late in the evening – that you can view the fireworks from Cinderella Castle – is this true? – and is this a good vantage point to view the fireworks? – It’s my 25th wedding anniversary and I was looking for something ‘special’ – ...
  • How young is too young to bring the kids to Disney? - by Anonymous (USA) The Princess and Man-Child on their first trip Hi Dad, Love your site as always. I'm going on a trip to Disney with my husband later this year and I was talking with my friend who's around the same age as me (mid-late 20s) and we both agreed this would be our last trip to Disney without ...
  • Disney World the week before Thanksgiving - by Joyce (Pascagoula, Mississippi) First of all you are the bomb! I just love, love, love this site of yours. I have been to Disney World with my Children and Grandkids and have always done what they wanted to do…. Now…. I have planned a trip to Walt Disney World the week before Thanksgiving this year for myself and a ...
  • Disney Resort check-in times -   by mackenzie (nashvile, tn ) We are going on our honeymoon and intend to book a package for Coronado Springs. Most Disney Resort check-in time is 3pm. I’m concerned that if we don’t show up till say 6pm, they may not hold our room? do they include a guarantee on your room? I hope this makes sense. my mom ...
  • Is it worth the money to get a Magic Kingdom view? - by Tracy (Ontario, Canada) We are leaving for WDW in 35 days and we currently have reservations for a lagoon view room at the Polynesian Resort. Do you think I should splurge and spend some more money and get a MK view room? I know several people that have had upgrades when they check in….I’m not sure what to do. ...
  • Taking a Mid-Day Break from the Parks - by Melissa (Texas) We are going WDW 12/20-24, and doing Magic Kingdom 12/20 and 12/21. If we left around 1pm to go back to our hotel (Pop Century) for a rest and returned in the evening for the parade, fireworks and more rides, would there be a possibility that the park will have reached capacity due to holiday crowds and ...
  • New Years Week – Walt Disney World -   by Dana (Concord, nc) Hello,I was reading your website and I LOVE IT!! It’s by far the friendliest and most honest I’ve been to. We have vacationed for years in Disneyland as we lived on the west coast. However, now we live in NC and are planning our first trip to Walt Disney World in January. We were planning ...
  • New characters at Hollywood and Vine - by Leslie (Sugar Hill, GA) Hi Dad! I’ve read on a couple of websites that Special Agent Oso will be replacing JoJo at the Hollywood & Vine character meals at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Do you know if there is any truth to this fantastic rumor? I also read that Phineas and Ferb may be replacing the Little Einstein characters. What ...
  • Birthday celebration at Walt Disney World - by Amy (Boston) Hi! We’re going to take our Disney-crazy son to WDW in November for a birthday celebration at Walt Disney World for his 9th birthday. We will be there on his actual birthday. I was wondering what you could suggest to make it special, and if you are aware of any little-known extra things Disney does to make ...
  • Walt Disney World vacation in late March - by Lauren Hi! Well my family is taking a Walt Disney World vacation in late March. We were wondering how to avoid the crowds for the big rides at all the parks. Please be as specific as possible. Thanks in advance!! Dad’s check this out Answer Lauren, avoiding lines on the big rides is difficult and easy. First you MUST ...
  • How many days in each park? - by Dawn Cavett (Newcastle, ok) How many days would you consider for each park? We will hopefully be attending an taekwondo function that will only take two days but wonder realistically how many days to set aside for each park, or if we have to choose etc. Thanks. Dad’s Insightful Answer Dawn, Finally a question from a fellow Oklahoman. Here’s ...
  • Parking at Disney World - by Janet (Kansas) We are going to Disney World in two weeks and staying off property. Is there a way to get to the parks without having to pay for parking every day? Dad’s yes, but it’s not really practical Answer Janet, Great question. Paying $16.00 per day for parking at Walt Disney World is a bit outrageous. So can ...
  • Ride It’s A Small World -   by Kat (TX)   Hi Dad. Hope you and yours are gearing up for a wonderful spring break. Can you can spare a little time for some urgently pearls of wisdom?   I strongly believe It’s A Small World should be a rite of passage for every first-time Disney guest. Our sweet daughter is excited to ride it, and ...
  • Chef Mickey’s reservation early - by Paul(Mandeville, LA) Hey Dad, We have reservations at Chef Mickey’s Buffet at 8:10a on Christmas eve 2010 but since the Magic Kingdom opens at 8am I would like to just show up for the Chef Mickey’s reservation early, around 7am. Will they give me a hassle (party of 3) for showing up for a reservation time an hour or ...
  • Cheap hotel near Downtown Disney for one night - by Carrie Miller(Rockford, Illinois Hello!!! Im wondering if you can recommend a cheap hotel near Downtown Disney for one night. We are staying on Disney property but because I am afraid to fly we are taking a bus and will have to arrive a day early. The thing is I will have my Mother with me and she has very ...
  • Chef Mickey or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party - by Debbie(Alabama) We are going to Disney world on a tight budget. We have 3 children ages 6, 9, 11. If we were to choose one special event what should we choose? Eat with Chef Mickey or go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Dad’s it’s a no brainer Answer Debbie, This one is a no brainer. Go to the ...
  • Chef Mickey’s character breakfast - by LuvTink(Chicago, IL) I made a reservation for mother’s day breakfast at Chef Mickey’s but the confirmation says that it is NOT a character meal. I thought The characters were at breakfast and dinner at Chef Mickeys. Dad’s huh? Answer Dear LuvTink, I dunno what your confirmation is talking about. Chef Mickey’s is definitely a character meal. It say so ...
  • Chef Mickey’s or Crystal Palace - by Melvin Carrasquillo(Puerto Rico) Which restaurant is better and less expensive Chef Mickey’s or Crystal Palace? Dad’s the Mouse wins Melvin, Thanks for the question. We’ve eaten at both Chef Mickey’s and the Crystal Palace. We prefer Chef Mickey’s. Why? Because of the food selections. The items offered at the Crystal Palace are a little more exotic than our family ...
  • Candlelight Processional with younger kids - by Jennifer(TX) Hi, We are traveling with our 4 year old twin boys who are not the greatest at sitting still for very long. Is going to the Candlelight Processional with younger kids a good idea? How long is the program? Thanks,Jennifer Dad’s Squirmy Answer Jennifer, Thanks for stopping by and for your question. I wish I had a better ...
  • Car or Disney Bus Transportation - If you have a park hopper and only two day to visit, is it better to utilize our car or Disney’s bus transportation between the parks. Is the AAA preferred parking pass worthwhile? Dad’s Do It Yourself Answer Maybe it’s because I’ve lived my whole life in Oklahoma and Texas where we drive everywhere, but I always want to drive ...
  • Caribbean Beach Resort or Port Orleans French Quarter - by Todd(Indianapolis, Indiana) Carl – thank you for the answer to our questions and the great DS BD tips; we’ve booked the Pirate make-over and are waiting for the Pirates and Pals Voyage dates for Oct to become open so we can book that as the end adventure for the DS’s BD bash. New Question: We are booked for CBR ...
  • Can we find milk at Disney World - Where can we buy a 1/2 gallon or gallon of milk instead of the small cartons on Disney property. Dad’s milk will do you good Answer Most of the hotels have a shop where you can buy food items out of big refrigerators. (At the value resorts it’s in the food courts, at the big hotels, like the Polynesian it’s ...
  • Can I use old Disney World Tickets? - I want to know if we can use some old Disney World Tickets? I have 3 Four Day Super Passes that I purchased on our last trip to Disney (approximately 9 years ago). We only used 3 of the 4 days on the 4 day pass, and I recall being told that we could use the final day on the ...
  • Best place at Disney World for large family - by Zayn Bowling(Knoxville, TN USA) Best – nicest – place to stay at Disney World for a large family of 9 – 6 adults and 3 children. Dad’s here are a couple of options Answer Zayn, The best place at Disney World for a large family to stay is … it kinda depends. (Yes, it is a wishy washy answer, ...
  • Birthday Dinner at Walt Disney World - by Crissy(Pennsylvania) We will be at WDW 9/29-10/6. My daughter turns 5 on 10/3. Looking for a great place to have a birthday dinner at Disney World. Do you know which places offer b-day cakes or something special for a b-day??? Thank you. Dad’s it’s gonna be fun Answer Crissy, What a great time for a Disney World vacation. A ...
  • Bus services at the Beach Club - by Cindy(Illinois) We’re staying at the Beach Club Resort in early May. What is the order of bus pickup? Is the Beach Club picked up first and dropped off last? How many other hotels are picked up? I’ve read several reviews saying it varies depending on the season, but we’re hoping to only share the bus with 1 or 2 ...
  • Advice about taking 2 year olds to Disney World - by Angela G.(Richmond, Tx. ) Do you have any specific advice on taking 2 Mickey Mouse crazed 2 1/2 (almost 3) yr olds to Disney World in November? We hadn’t planned on going for another couple years but I just learned they are free under 3 and with them being so in love with Mickey Mouse right now I want ...
  • After Thanksgiving Disney World Crowds -   HI Dad Our Disney World Vacation is scheduled for Nov 27 through December 4th. We have 4 young kids 6,5,4,and 2. I picked these dates hoping to avoid the crowds and still be able to enjoy the Christmas season decorations. Was this a good choice? Will the Thanksgving crowds be gone or do they filter in to that week ...
  • Are we CrAzY for spending Christmas Day at the Magic Kingdom? - by CL(Minnesota) Hey there! Love your website! My family is heading to Orlando on Christmas Eve, can you suggest a great dining experience? Also, my husband thinks I am nuts for wanting to bring a small stroller for our 4 year old (we are heading going to spend Christmas Day at the Magic Kingdom), what is your suggestion? Thanks! Dad’s ...
  • Best Disney World Resort when it rains - by Jenn(Canada) What is the best Disney World Resort to visit when it rains? Dad’s good question Answer Jenn, Good to hear from you again. That’s a good question you’ve got there. What’s the best hotel to visit when it’s raining? It depends. It depends on where you are. If you are in the Magic Kingdom or in the Future ...
  • 2 bedroom villas at the Deluxe Villa Resorts -   by Thomas (Louisiana) Really enjoy your insight. We are starting to plan a trip for a family of 10 (2 adults and 8 kids). I noticed some of the two bedroom villas at the Deluxe Villa Resorts allow 9 plus one under 3 year old. If the extra one is actually 3 years old will Disney allow you to ...
  • 3rd Birthday at Walt Disney World -   by Cheryl (Lexington KY) We are looking into booking a vacation and my son will have his 3rd birthday at Walt Disney World. Do I need to purchase him a ticked for the whole week or just the days that he turned 3. Or wait till he turns 3 and then by him tickets at the park? Dad’s honest ...
  • About the Disney Dining Plan -   by Tina (Alabama) I am once again inquiring about the Disney Dining Plan. We will be arriving at Disney on 12-11-10. We are staying seven nights and eight days. Although, the 11th and the 18th will be driving days. It will take us approximately 10 hours to drive. We are hoping to arrive at least by five or six ...
  • Everything at Disney World in November! - by Michelle(Chicago) Hey Dad! LOVE YOUR SITE even more your Facebook page! Very excited to announce My family and friends are going November 13-19th! My family Husband, myself with 7 year old triplets, My Friend her husband their two sons 6 and 3. We are looking into the Christmas Party, worried about weather, pool weather, crowds. Would you have a ...
  • Experiencing sickness on the rides at Disney World - by Christina Ravnholt(Howell, NJ) Hey Dad, It’s Christina R. again, and as you know, my husband, my mom, my step-dad and I are all going to Disney this upcoming September and I have been non-stop making plans since we booked with you. (Best travel agent, ever!) As I’m picking out the rides that I think we’d all enjoy, I have ...
  • FastPass for Soarin’ - by Cindy When you are visiting two parks in one day how do you make sure you can get a FastPass to the second park since it will be later in the day before you get there? Example: We will start at Animal Kingdom and then later go to EPCOT because we have dinner reservations there. If we want a ...
  • First trip to Walt Disney World - by Lazo Vuckovich(Johnstown, PA) Dad, I am a 33 yr old father of two. My wife and I are taking our children, ages 4 and 6, on our first trip to Walt Disney World. I have been to Walt Disney World once in my life…back in 1983 (that’s an approximation…EPCOT was new, that much I know). We are going to ...
  • Driving and parking around Walt Disney World - by Cathy Permar (Millbury, OH) We have always stayed at a Walt Disney World property and used Walt Disney World transportation to and from the parks. But this time are arriving June 4th this year and renting a car so we can explore Orlando if we want and go to the beach for a couple of days.   Considering when ...
  • Early breakfast in Disney Hollywood Studios - by Amanda(Nebraska) Okay, I keep saying I’m done bothering you, but I keep coming up with more questions!! I’m sorry –this should be it! 🙂 We are doing Hollywood Studios on a Thurs in early May. I am debating doing an early breakfast (8:00am) in Disney Hollywood Studios at Hollywood & Vine. I’m not set on doing a breakfast, but ...
  • EPCOT Christmas Decorations - by Danny(California) When does EPCOT put up there Christmas Decorations? Dad’s EPCOT’s a little slow Answer Danny, EPCOT is a little slower than the rest of the parks getting up Christmas Decorations. The first Candlelight Processional is performed the Friday after Thanksgiving. Dad’s Candlelight Processional page Usually EPCOT Christmas Decorations start appearing in mid-November and are fully up before Thanksgiving ...
  • Do we need TWO days at Disney Hollywood Studios? - by Amanda(Nebraska) Alright, I’m done saying I’m done asking you questions, because I keep coming up with more. 🙂 Here’s a Hollywood Studios question for you. This is our first trip and I’m wondering if we need TWO days to do Disney Hollywood Studios? Our kids are 9, 7 & 3 and want to see every show/attraction…honestly, I don’t think ...
  • Does Disney do anything special on New Years Eve - by Carrie(Rockford,IL) Hi Dad- Even though I know the crowds are large around this time I am thinking of spending New years eve at Disney World (Ok, so I already booked a trip and have not told my family yet.) Birthday gift for Grandma!!!! Anyway… Can you tell me. Does Disney do anything special on New years eve? or for ...
  • Does Disney World really close? - by Carm(Ottawa, Canada) I’ve read that sometimes they close Disney World on days like Christmas, etc. if it is too busy. Is that right? Does Disney World really close if it gets too busy? If we already have our tickets (we’re buying them in Canada for Christmas) – will they let us into the park? We are only there a ...
  • Downtown Disney to the Polynesian Resort - by Brandy(Brusly, LA) What is the quickest way to get from Downtown Disney to the Polynesian Resort? We have tickets to see La Nouba at 6pm and want to make reservations at ‘Ohana for dinner after the show. La Nouba is expected to end around 7:30pm. How much time should we allow for Disney-provided transportation? Thanks!Brandy Dad’s take the bus ...
  • Disney World Strike - by Allison(Texas) Dad, how much do I need to know about a possible Disney World strike you mentioned in your blog? Our travel dates are November 15-20. By the way, thanks for settling the debate I was having in my mind a month or so ago about which double stroller is best at WDW. The wheels on my tandem stroller ...
  • Disney World Transportation, Grocery Store and Jogging Trails - by Christian(cloudy Germany) Hi Dad, Christian from Germany here again.. now there are only a few days left until our vacation to Disney World and I have again questions. First about Transportation. I made a reservation in the “Artist Point” Restaurant in the Fort Wilderness Lodge. The reservation is for around half past 9. When our dinner is over, how ...
  • Do I really need Disney World Dining reservations? - by Trish(MS) Hey Dad, I like to read online Disney question and answer sites to gather WDW travel information. I get a little frustrated reading the “panic” people get in about having Disney World Dining Reservations (ADR’s). My husband and I do have the luxury of traveling at low attendance times, so maybe that is the reason we have never ...
  • Disney World Crowds After New Years - From your experience and knowledge what are the crowds like the first week of January after New Years? We are thinking of going 2011 and looking at spending Dec 30-January 7 at Walt Disney World … What will the Disney World crowds after New Years be like? Dad has some first hand experience Answer Yep, Dad’s got this one nailed. ...
  • Disney World Crowds the second week of June - by Amy(Florida) 1st question: will there still be a lot of the gay day people in the parks June 6th through the 12th. Also, what are the Disney World crowds like the second week of June. Are they terrible. Dad’s Pure Prairie League Answer Amy, “what you gonna do?” (Dad’s singing again, one of my favorite songs ever.) Gay Days ...
  • Disney World Pin Trading - by Random123 Do you recommend Disney World pin trading? Do you have any tips or suggestions? Is this expensive? Thanks! Dad’s it’s not my cup of tea Answer Random123, For some people Disney World pin trading is a passion. I’m not one of those people. But, I do know a little about it. Disney pin trading didn’t even start until ...
  • Disney Dining Plan and Character Meals - by Jenn(Canada) I am going to be booking some dining reservations and have some questions I hope you can answer about the Disney Dining Plan and Character Meals. I am going to be doing the Dinning plan and want to take total advantage of it! I am booking 2 Character dinners, Crystal Palace and Princess Storytime at EPCOT, also lunch ...
  • Disney Park Hopper or not? - by Lisa(Mississippi) Please help!! My husband and I are planning a Disney vacation December 17-22 with our 4 year old son. We know it is a busy time, and I am carefully planning out our days there. I have made our dining reservations, and what we are trying to decide is, should we get the Disney Park Hopper, or not? ...
  • Disney Resort check-in times - by mackenzie (nashvile, tn ) We are going on our honeymoon and intend to book a package for Coronado Springs. Most Disney Resort check-in time is 3pm. I’m concerned that if we don’t show up till say 6pm, they may not hold our room? do they include a guarantee on your room? I hope this makes sense. my mom worked ...
  • Disney Room Discount vs Free Dining - by Todd(Brownsburg, Indiana) Hello Carl, I continue to enjoy checking your site out and love getting the email alerts when someone posts a new question. I always like starting off my question(s) with a huge thank you for your past assistance! our trips have been better due to your assistance, THANK YOU!!!! We recently received a pin code for 35% ...
  • Disney World Closure to Outside Guests During Christmas Season - by Annie(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) We plan to visit Disney World from December 25th to 31st and we will staying offsite. Do they really close the parks to “outsiders” during this crazy busy period? Have they done this often? I am very concerned that we will wasting our money and be very disappointed if we get there only to find out ...
  • Dad’s pretty, colored Disney World crowd calendars - by Jennifer(Tyler, Texas) I love the pretty, colored Disney World crowd calendars on your site! Do you have one available for June? Your site is fantastic! Dad’s the experiment is over Answer Ok, I give up already. The experiment is over and the crowd calendars are back. (Let the celebrating commence.) If you want to check it out for yourselves, ...
  • Day bed at the Polynesian Resort - Hi there.. We are planning to stay at the Polynesian. There are 5 of us, me and husband (one bed), my mother (another bed) and my 16 yr old son (6 feet tall and about 200 lbs) and my 8 year old. Is the day bed at the Polynesian Resort suitable for any of the adults? (we are all over ...
  • Disney Christmas Lights Without Crowds - by Teresa(Wichita, Kansas) Want to go to Disney when the Christmas Lights are up and on. What would be the least busiest time in Nov. or Dec. that we could enjoy the lights? Dad’s it’s too early to know for sure, but, Answer Teresa, The best time to see Disney Christmas lights without crowds is anytime before or the week ...
  • Christmas Parade and Tony’s Town Square meal - by Lisa(Mississippi) We have decided we are going to stick to our December 17-22 plan. Crowds, yes we expect large ones, but we are going with a plan in mind, a good attitude, and patience. I have even made out a schedule, not that we will be able to stick to it exactly as it is, but I have decided ...
  • Christmas week at Disney World Event schedule - by Sue Neuwien(Alabama) Where can I find the Christmas week at Disney World Event schedule? Dad’s Merry Christmas Answer Sue, Merry Christmas. Christmas is the best time to go to Disney World. However, Christmas week is a little busy. The Christmas week at Disney World schedule is not really posted anywhere, so let’s try to make one up. If there ...
  • Contemporary Resort – theme park view worth the splurge? - by Amy(Birmingham, AL) This will be our second trip to Disney with our three boys. Actually the first trip for our youngest, who is 4. We stayed at Port Orleans last time but this time decided to take the plunge and spend the extra money to stay at a resort on the monorail. My question is do you think it ...
  • Convincing husband we should spend the money to go to Disney World - by Beth(Maryland) How do I convince my husband that we should spend the money to go to Disney World? I have a 6 night 7 day deal all inclusive (air too!) for $3000. I know this is a lot of money but I think it is a great deal! He says he wants to go because our 5 year old ...
  • Christmas at Disney World – what not to miss - We are going to Disney World this Christmas and wonder what not to miss? We’re taking our 2 kids (12 boy and 6 girl), Dec 18-23. This is our first trip. We don’t want to run ourselves ragged and would like a “plan”. Our kids are going into this with no expectations since they’ve never been and don’t really know ...
  • Kid friendly meal options at the Animal Kingdom Lodge - by Kim(Boston, MA) Hi Dad, Hi Dad, We are looking to book our vacation for early March. We have two little ones (22 months and 4 y.o). We are looking at 1 BR villas so we can do naps and not have to go to bed at 8. We are considering Animal Kingdom, Boardwalk (knowing that the pool slide will ...
  • La Hacienda de San Angel Restaurant – opening date - by Leslie Johnson(Sugar Hill, GA) Hi Dad! I love your website! I was wondering if you have any idea when the new restaurant, Hacienda de San Angel, in EPCOT will be opening? Also, when we can start making reservations for it? Thanks! Leslie Johnson Dad’s only Uncle Walt knows for sure, and he’s not talking to me Answer Leslie, What ...
  • Is the Disney Dining Plan worth the money? - by Russell(Houston, TX) You did mention the food is cheaper outside of WDW. If I’m going for four days I have to eat sometime. So, is the Dining Plan worth the money? Dad’s surprising Answer Russell, How are things in Houston? We used to live in Kingwood. Don’t miss the summers. Enough chit chat, on to your question. Is the ...
  • Is the Royal Plaza Hotel a true Disney hotel? - by E(Alabama) Is the Royal Plaza Hotel a true Disney hotel? If you stay there, are you eligible for the Extra Magic Hours in the parks? Dad’s not anymore Answer E, The Downtown Disney hotels were, at one time, treated just like the Disney owned hotels when it came to the extras that Disney hotels get. That’s not true anymore. ...
  • Is upgrading to a the theme park view worth it? - Hey DAD, I too am a BIG DISNEY FAN so i think your web-page is WONDERFUL! GREAT JOB DAD! I read a post about the Polynesian, my husband and I also decieded to switch from the Coronado and upgrade to the Polynesian Resort (THANKS). We have two young children 3 and 7! This will be our 4th trip to disney ...
  • June honeymoon at Disney World - by Amy We are traveling the week of June 5th to June 12th 2011 to Disney World and celebrating our honeymoon. do you have any tips. We are also wondering if we are crazy to be going that week, or if it should be bearable? Dad’s good week to go Answer Amy, Congratulations on a June Honeymoon at Disney World. ...
  • How long will it take to eat at 1900 Park Fare - by Ryan(Missouri) Hello, love your site, thanks for helping us dads plan. My question is we have reservations at both 1900 Park Fare and Crystal Palace for dinner. We have 4 year old boy/girl twins and a 7 year old daughter. Character wise I think they would like both, however I was wondering which was the better character/dining experience. So, ...
  • How much money to take to Disney World? - by janine(puerto rico) How much money do you have to take to Disney World if you don’t have a dining plan?? Dad’s the hardest question ever Answer Janine, Thank you for the question. It may be the hardest question I’ve ever been asked. How much money does it take at Disney World? That depends on your spending plans. If you ...
  • How to get from the Caribbean Beach Resort to … - by Todd(Indianapolis, Indiana) Hello Carl – The good news is that we just revised our reservation and added the free dining promotion and I was able to get all of our ADRs we wanted. This leads me to my question; I really tried to find this answer on my own but was unsuccessful – no lie. We are staying at ...
  • Hotels and Cleanliness - by Kathy(Texas) Hi, me again. You probably won’t want to post this on your site, but I’m hoping you can still answer my question… I’ve read some pretty disgusting reviews of WDW hotels recently: generally dirty to moldy mildew stench to – worst of all – bed bugs, eeeeewww! They do seem to center on values and mods. Upon further ...
  • How do I get ‘Ohana reservations - by Cindy (Tennessee) Hi Dad! LOVE your website! THANK YOU so much for it! I talked my husband into spending more money to stay at the Polynesian instead of at the Coronado after discovering your website and hearing you rave so much about it! I’m excited about staying there! Okay….I am trying to get supper for our family of 4 ...
  • How do I get ‘Ohana reservations - by Cindy(Tennessee) Hi Dad! LOVE your website! THANK YOU so much for it! I talked my husband into spending more money to stay at the Polynesian instead of at the Coronado after discovering your website and hearing you rave so much about it! I’m excited about staying there! Okay….I am trying to get supper for our family of 4 at ...
  • Has the club level at the Polynesian Resort gone down hill? - by Gail C.(New York) We are hoping to stay at the Polynesian Resort this May and were thinking about the club level. Our kids are 4 and 7 and we expect to be back at the resort in the middle of the day and out again in the evenings for various dinner reservations at about 5pm. I thought that we ...
  • Height requirements for the Disney parks - by Jodi(Atlanta) What is the height requirement for the Disney parks on most of the rides? Dad’s, if you have to ask, Answer Jodi, Let me apologize up front. I might get a little silly with this answer. I’m in that kind of mood. I promise you won’t hear me singing Short People. (That doesn’t mean I won’t be singing ...
  • History of EPCOT - by Russell(Houston, TX) Hey Dad I have a few questions Do you know anyone who knows the history EPCOT?EPCOT was suppose to be a city of the future. How did it got from that to what it became?Have you been to buffet in Germany? Is it as good as hear? Dad’s you doubt me Answer Russell, good to hear from ...
  • Getting kids to sleep at Disney World - by Vickie(St. Louis, MO) Hey Dad-I’m back 🙂 I was wondering if you had any tips on getting the kids to sleep at Disney World at night, while still having the freedom (as adults) to stay up and not disturb them. We’ve heard that bringing a tent is a good option. We’re staying at the Polynesian so I know the ...
  • Getting to Restaurants from the All Star Resorts - by Lori Stone(Denver CO) We are staying at The All Star resort and we’re making reservations for character meals at other resorts, including the Contemporary resort. How hard is it going to be to get to the restaurants from the All Star Resorts using Disney transportation and how long will it usually take? Thanks,Lori Stone Dad’s you can’t get there ...
  • Go to Disney World in February or August? - by Caroline(Gatineau, Quebec, Canada) Hi Dad I just recently found your site and I love it, and yes I'm happly married as well.(LoL) Anyways, my family and I went to WDW last year during march break and had a great time (Febuary 28 to march 5 2010). We are now wondering if we should go August 14-20 2011 or next ...
  • Go to Disney World this summer or Christmas?? - by Angie(Utah) Hi “Dad” My family of 6- mom, dad and 4 great kids (10-17) are trying to decide if we should go to Disney World this summer or Christmas. I’m a teacher and am stuck doing the traditional vacation times. We’ve been in late May-early June before and loved it, but It’s always been my dream to come for ...
  • Garden Wing Hospitality Suite at Disney Contemporary Hotel - DadI’m told I have club level, which according to your page is on the 15th floor. But it appears the Garden Wing is separate and only 3 floors high. Is the Garden Wing Hospitality Suite at the Disney Contemporary Hotel on the 15th floor or am I located on the Garden Wing somewhere and I have to travel to the ...
  • Gay days at Disney World DoubleTree Hotel - We have already booked a trip to Disney World for June 5-10. We are staying at the DoubleTree hotel at entrance to Universal Studio on Saturday June 4th. Going to Universal Studios on Sunday and then staying at the Coronado Springs Sunday night through Thursday. Leaving on Friday June 10. Will we miss the gay days at Disney? I just ...
  • GAY DAYS at Walt Disney World - My Family and I have a vacation booked for the first weekend in June. We always go during spring break, this year we had to change dates. Anyhow shocked I have never heard of Gay Days at Walt Disney World before. Thank you for more info about this event. We were at Six Flags once when they had a event ...
  • Getting into Cinderella’s Royal Table on Christmas Day - by Laurie(Carlsbad, CA) Dear Dad, We are fortunate to have dinner reservations at 7:00 at Cindy’s Royal Table on Christmas Day. Question is … Will getting in to Cinderella’s Royal Table on Christmas Day be a problem if we get there later in the day? We would rather go to Hollywood Studios (like you suggest) in the morning and avoid ...
  • First week of December Disney World Crowds - Hi, I am taking my family to Disney World next Saturday (Dec. 4th), and I was wondering what crowds are supposed to be like for that week. Do you have any idea what the first week of December Disney World Crowds will be like? We are staying until Sunday (the 12th). I sort-of had to choose this week, because my ...
  • Tour the Disney Cruise ship - by Tina(Alabama) We are going to Disney in two weeks!!! My kids (18 and 14) have never seen a cruise ship in “person” before. My husband and I wanted to take a detour to Port Canaveral and let them tour the Disney Cruise ship. My question is a two part. First, how can we find out if and when a ...
  • Touringplan Lines App Accuracy - by Lauren Hi! I was just wondering how accurate the Disney World ride wait time on the TouringPlans Lines App is??? Are they pretty much on the spot, or are they inaccurate? Thanks in advance! Dad’s hey, Len how do I answer this one Answer Lauren, What a great question. Since Touringplans.com is a brand new sponsor of this site, ...
  • The Magic Kingdom on December 25th! - by Nikki(Canada) Hello DAD……my family of six are spending Christmas in Orlando, from Dec 17 – Dec 30, 2010 and on Dec 25th we have reservations to dine @ Cinderella’s Castle, yahooo, finally, after all the times we’ve been to the Magic Kingdom. My question is…..what is the best time to line up for entry into the Magic Kingdom on ...
  • The Perfect Disney World Vacation - by Adam (Concord, North Carolina) Dad, From one Dad to another, what would be the perfect Disney World vacation? When would you go, how many days in what parks, and what dinner reservations would you make? We’re talking perfect visit, so don’t worry about school, or vacation days. But Dad isn’t made of money, so one we could still afford. ...
  • Third Party Sellers meet at the gate to verify Disney World ticket!! - by Jo(New York, NY) A seller indicates that we meet at the gates and he will not ask for payment until we have entered Walt Disney World and verified ticket with Disney? Does this sound REAL!!! Thanks Dad’s Monte Python Answer Jo, In the immortal words of the great Monte Python movie “Run Away!” “Run Away!” Yes, the seller may ...
  • Trying to see Walt Disney World in 2 and a half days. HELP! - We have just 2 1/2 days to see everything at Walt Disney World. We will be there on a Wed, Thurs and 1/2 day on Friday in Sept. What parks are more/least crowded on these days? PS. It’s our 1st time, too. Dad’s I need more information Answer Thanks for the question, but to give you the best answer, I ...
  • The best Disney Word park when it rains - by Jenn Vink (Canada) Thanks for the answer to my last question! Now I have another one. What is the best Disney World park when it rains? Thanks! Dad’s break out the B. J. Thomas album Jenn, Maybe it’s time for the old Dad to do a B. J. Thomas imitation … “Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head, But that ...
  • The least Disney World crowds in November? - by Teresa(Land Of OZ) What week would be best for LEAST Disney World Crowds in November but still be able to see the Osborne Christmas Lights display? Veterans Day is Nov. 11, 2011. Is Veterans Day a crowded day at any of the parks? Went in Dec. 2010 and FROZE so wanted to try earlier in Nov. but yet when ...
  • Special dietary needs at Disney World - by Ludo(France, Grenoble) Helo, It’s me again. In order to plan perfectly my 10 guests party to Disney World I have a question about food. When I went in 2007 I didn’t need to know, because we were two and eat everything, but I now have 2 vegetarians, 1 seafood allergic and 1 gluten allergic. Lots of special dietary needs ...
  • Sunrise Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge - by Russell(Houston,TX) Does the Sunrise Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge cost extra? Do you have to stay in a resort to go? How much are the massages at the Spa & Health Club? Can anyone schedule an appointment or must stay in a resort? Dad’s yes, no, a bunch, yes Answer Russell, The Sunrise Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom ...
  • Rides and motion sickness at Disney World - by JonG(Wet Yorkshire, UK) Hi Dad, I have a quick question about rides and motion sickness at Disney World. We go to Walt Disney World in a couple of weeks. When we went to Disneyland Paris a couple of years ago, I found that my balance is no longer what it once was. I was fine on Big Thunder Mountain, ...
  • Room Request at Polynesian - I love your blog! Great website…We are staying at the Polynesian soon and would really like a room with a double sink. Is there anything I can do, besides requesting, to help us get the room we want? It may sound picky but when you travel with 3 sons and husband it’s important. Thanks Julie Dad’s no guarantee but Answer ...
  • Safety at the Polynesian Resort - I am coming to you, a seasoned Polynesian guest, for your input. We are about to go to Disney Polynesian for the first time and have become increasingly uneasy about staying there after reading about two separate instances of items stolen out of guest rooms, as well as dirty rooms and bad service. Have you ever felt uncomfortable about the ...
  • Single or Double stroller at Disney World - We are going to Disney in April with 3 kids ages 9, 7 and 2. My question is about strollers. I have a single umbrella stroller with a basket, but I am worried about it getting lost. Should I rent a double stroller so my older kids are able to rest also or should I just bring my single? How ...
  • Punching holes Disney Hotel room keys - by Vickie(St. Louis) Hi Dad, We’re only 40 days from our trip and I’m trying to put together some final logistics. One random question for you…I know the Disney Room keys also function as your park tickets, meal vouchers, and credit card. What I was wondering is if you receive a lanyard/travel pouch upon arrival? We were planning on bringing ...
  • Resort Pool Hopping - by Kathy(Tejas) Hi Dad, happy superbowl day! If we stay at an Walt Disney World resort (say… Pop Century), can we swim at any Disney Resort pool (say… Polynesian), or is that a no-no? Thanks! Dad’s unofficial Answer Kathy, No today is happy Ladies Day at Dad’s Guide. We’re having a party and ignoring that other thing. Nanea – Disney’s ...
  • Resorts outside Disney World - by Gonzalo(Santiago, Chile) Dad, thank you for all your help. After reading your web site, I realized that I better get a car and also that it may be a little bit hard to use all the meals included in the Disney Dining Plan if you are traveling with children (5 and 2). Considering that, and even though I took ...
  • Riddle me this — Why is Disneyland so small? - by Russell(Houston,TX) If Walt knew he wanted to build more than just Disneyland. Why is Disney World so small and why didn’t he have the foresight to own more property in California for other projects? Dad’s Ohhh, ohh, ohh, I got this one Answer Russell, I’ve been waiting all day to get off work to answer this question. I know ...
  • Polynesian Resort Longhouse to Request - by Toni(Schenectady, NY) Hi, I am taking my family to Disney in February 2011. I am planning on staying at the Polynesian. I am having difficulty deciding on which Polynesian Resort Longhouse to request. There will be 8 adults and 4 children. We do want 4 rooms so that in the evenings we can close our door and rest. I ...
  • Polynesian vs Kidani Villas at the Animal Kingdom Lodge - by Mike(Atlanta) Hi Dad, I’m planning our first Disney trip, driving from Atlanta w/family of 4 (daughter 8, son 6) during May 22-28. I’m thinking 2 days at the Magic Kingdom and 1 day each at EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and Disney Hollywood Studios , with 1 kid’s choice day. Basic tickets (no park hopper or water park)and no meal plan ...
  • Poor family needs to find cheap Disney World Tickets - Hello Dad, This April my family and I are going to Florida for our older brothers wedding and we need to find some cheap Disney World tickets. We have a 3 year old girl, Ellie. We figure it is a once in a lifetime chance to take her to Disney World and would love to introduce her to all of ...
  • Parking at the Grand Floridian - by Mandy(Nebraska) I have a few questions on using the monorail. I keep reading different things, so hopefully you can help me out. We are staying off-site and will have a rental car. We would like to do breakfast at 1900 Park Fare, but I’ve heard parking at the Grand Floridian is a pain. Can we drive to the TTC ...
  • Partying at Disney World - by Kristin (Hartford, CT, USa) Hello, My boyfriend and I are going to Disney World for our spring break this Sunday, I’ve been multiple times and hes never been. We plan on hitting each Disney park at least once, but what’s there to do at night? We land the 20th at 9am and it is also his birthday that day! ...
  • Plan of attack Disney World spreadsheet? - by Manic Mom(Austin, TX) Hey Dad! How is your day plan of attack Disney World spreadsheet coming along? I am not satisfied with what I am finding out there, and know that you are going to do it right!! We need you Dad! Dad’s it’s gonna be big Answer Dear Manic, As a fellow Manic, let me tell you, you ...
  • Non-Disney Hotel with FREE Airport Transportation? -   by Teresa (Kansas land of OZ) Are there any non-Disney Hotels that offer FREE transportation from the Airport to their Hotel and then also FREE transportation to the parks? If we could get both for free besides the Disney Magical Express it would give us the option of staying at other hotels.   I know there is $Paid$ transportation ...
  • Not excited about going to Disney World - Hey, (I love your site, I recommended it to a friend on Facebook). Anyway, my mom and I have been going to Disney World once a year since 2005. I’m not excited about going to Disney World. My last trip wasn’t that great. I just don’t get excited any more about Disney. Not sure why. How do you keep the ...
  • ‘Ohana breakfast and dinner - by Amanda(Nebraska) I see on your page that you love ‘Ohana. 🙂 We are considering doing both the “Ohana breakfast and dinner, but I want to make sure they are two totally different experiences. We have 3 young kids and they are really looking forward to the breakfast. Now, looking at the dinner menu, it looks so good! My question ...
  • Old Key West vs. All Star Resort - by Laura C(Madison, WI) We are traveling to WDW in October with our 4 1/2 yo daughter and 9 mo son. In order to not be forced to sleep at 7pm with the baby, we are considering either an All Star Music Suite or a 1 BR Villa at Old Key West. The price difference is about $100/night. Is OKW ...
  • Last minute Disney World trip, which hotel? - by debbie(chicago) Ok (long story), this is a very last minute Disney World trip. Which hotel would you recommend for our family of 4, son 8, daughter 11, the last week of January. We do love a nice hotel, but are looking for something reasonably priced being a last minute trip. What is the nicest at about $125ish per night ...
  • Late nights at Walt Disney World - Hey Dad whats up? I plan on taking a few trips between Summer and Fall to Walt Disney World. Thanks to your page I feel very informed and prepared. I have to know does Disney have anything late nights at Walt Disney World for night owls like myself? Like if a want a late night coffee or something. Thanks. Dad’s ...
  • Magic Kingdom Castle Show - We just returned from Disney World where we saw an amazing show (even by Disney standards!). It was shown about 15 minutes before the evening fireworks, and involved computer graphics combined with photos that had been shot at the parks that day. I’ve tried to find photos or video on Youtube without luck. Can you please tell me the official ...
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – November 1 - Hi Dad. My family will be in Disney World on November 1st. We were considering the MNSSHP on that date. How do you think the crowds will be that night since it will be the day after Halloween. Thanks!!! Dad’s spooky Answer Wow, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on November 1. November 1st is a Monday. Monday nights typically ...
  • When is the Best time to Go to WDW with an Autistic Child? - by Tiffany J. L. Alfonso(Tampa Bay, FL) Recently, I have heard a story of a mother who took her family on a trip to Walt Disney World. The setting was New Year’s Eve 2010 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (There – I said it – NYE is one of the most crowded dates of each one of WDW’s operating years!) She ...
  • Which day Disney World park should I visit on what day? - Hi Dad,I have booked and in the process of planning my first and probably only trip to Disney World. I am 57 years old and had this dream all my life. My husband (which never wished to visit Disney, but I will change that) and I are going Dec. 4th to Dec. 11th this year 2010. My husband did not ...
  • Which Disney World park to exclude - by Lawrence Ianetta(Salem, MA) I can only visit 3 of the Disney World Parks with my 7 year old son due to time restrictions. Am I correct in my assumption that EPCOT, despite improvements over the years, is probably the park to exclude? Dad’s you gotta it toyota Answer Lawrence, I agree, EPCOT is the Disney World Park to exclude ...
  • Which parks to visit Thanksgiving Weekend - by Linda(Prue, OK USA) Which parks should we visit Thanksgiving Weekend – Fri. 26th, Sat. 27th, Sun. 28th, Mon. 29th. This year. Plan on a park a day. 6 Adults and 1 Toddler. Thank you in advance for your help! Dad’s wow, that’s like next week Answer OK, calm down, yes, it’s next week, but that’s almost an eternity when ...
  • Walt Disney World at New Years - by Robin(Some where in the NE) Hello, My question is this My family of 6 will be visiting the Walt Disney World this New Years Eve, a few days before and after! My 7 year olds DD B-day falls at this time…. I know you said the crowds will be nuts do you think this is doable? Also we have ...
  • Which Disney World park on the first day of my trip - by Melvin Carrasquillo(Puerto Rico) My wife and my 2 kids (7 and 5)starting our vacation on April 9, 2011 to April 14 and I plan going to the parks 4 days(10 April to 13). But I don’t know which Disney World park to go to on the first day and the last day of my trip. Help me Dad. Dad’s ...
  • What is the best room location at the Polynesian Resort? -   by Paul (Asheboro, NC) We stayed at the Polynesian this year and loved it!!! Our room was the last room in the Rarotonga house and is was perfect. Close to the exit, a view of the monorail that my youngest son loved, privacy with the garden view. Our family wants to go back next year and stay at the ...
  • Walt Disney World get away just for Mom and Dad - by Todd(Indiana) Carl - You've always been a wealth of knowledge and I hoping you have some pearls of wisdom for us now. I hope I didn't lay it on too thick - LOL. We have decided to take a quick trip to Walt Disney World without our son. We tossed the idea around last year and it never came ...
  • When will the dates for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party be announced - by Tina Marshall(Australia) When are the dates of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, The Candlelight Processional, Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade and other December special events, available for 2011? We are coming a long way from Australia to celebrate my 60th birthday and our 40th Wedding Anniversary and will be staying at the Grand Floridian after Thanksgiving. Would the first week ...
  • Walt Disney World Attraction closures - by Rob(Saskatoon, Canada) Is there a website that gathers historical information on Walt Disney World attraction closures? We plan our Disney trips far in advance, and it would be helpful to know how recently certain attractions have been refurbished (and accordingly the risk that they might be closed in the near future for refurbishment). Dad’s a disappointing lot Answer I ...
  • Which Disney World park on the first day of my trip - by Melvin Carrasquillo(Puerto Rico) My wife and my 2 kids (7 and 5)starting our vacation on April 9, 2011 to April 14 and I plan going to the parks 4 days(10 April to 13). But I don’t know which Disney World park to go to on the first day and the last day of my trip. Help me Dad. Dad’s ...
  • Vintage A-E Disney Ticket Books - I recently bought a Disneyland A-E ticket book from 1974 and am very pleased with it. I also bought a Disney World A-E ticket book from another seller and am just not sure if it is legit. It seems very small. Were the Walt Disney World ticket books from 1976 smaller than other ticket books? I would appreciate any help ...
  • Visiting Walt Disney World over the Fourth of July - by george henderson(lubbock, texas, USA) We will be visiting Walt Disney World over the Fourth of July (huge crowds) and staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We will need dinner reservations for 6 nights, and my question is how to plan these. Are there any restaurants in the theme parks? Will we have to fight the PM crowds and possibly ...
  • Which Disney World park will be the most crowded? - by Fernando(Monterrey, Mexico) I am going from April 23 to the 30 and I was wondering which Disney World park will be the most crowded each day? I think that the 23 and 24 will be the most crowded of all the week. And in the mid week will be easier. My kids are from 14,10 and 8 Thanks, Fernando ...
  • What days to avoid which Disney Parks - by vanessa(nj) Hi Dad, This is all new to me, never been to Disney World before, but I know my grands and myself are going to have a ball. It’s so good to be a kid again. What days do you avoid the Disney parks? For example which days should we avoid the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney Hollywood Studios during ...
  • Upgrading our Disney Dining Plan when we arrive - by Tina(Alabama) Like everyone these days we are trying to go as inexpensively as possible. With this in mind we booked a 7-night 8-day vac for 12-11th thru 12-18th 2010. With the free-dining plan package at the All Stars. We must pay the final payment by 10-27th. We will have a chance to save more money for our trip after ...
  • Upgrading Standard to Family Suite at All Star Music - by mick (stoke on trent ,england) Hi Dad, we booked standard room at All Star Music Resort wondered if you can upgrade to Family Suite when arrive and how much it would cost? Thanks for your help. Dad’s don’t bet on it Answer Mick, It’s good to hear from someone from a town named after dear ole Dad. (Dad’s last ...
  • Villas at Saratoga Springs -   by Gonzalo (Santiago, Chile) Hi, thank you very much for your page, is great and it has helped me a lot. I have a question, please let me know how big are the one bedroom villas at Saratoga Springs? For example I enjoy using the hot tub but the one in the room looks rather small, and how large ...
  • Trying to see Walt Disney World in 2 and a half days. HELP! - We have just 2 1/2 days to see everything at Walt Disney World. We will be there on a Wed, Thurs and 1/2 day on Friday in Sept. What parks are more/least crowded on these days? PS. It’s our 1st time, too. Dad’s I need more information Answer Thanks for the question, but to give you the best answer, I ...
  • Visiting Walt Disney World over the Fourth of July - by george henderson(lubbock, texas, USA) We will be visiting Walt Disney World over the Fourth of July (huge crowds) and staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We will need dinner reservations for 6 nights, and my question is how to plan these. Are there any restaurants in the theme parks? Will we have to fight the PM crowds and possibly ...
  • Transportation from the Polynesian Resort - by rachel(south jersey) Help please! We are going to Disney World for our honeymoon. we are staying at the Polynesian and our tickets have park hopper option. Me and soon to be husband are super relaxed people. So if I don’t plan things out we will probably waste a lot of time wandering in circles. What I need help with ...
  • Looking for Poly Alternatives and Fall 2014 Advice 🙂 - by Kerry Welcome (Worcester, MA USA) My mom has never been to the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival and it’s been a good 7 years since I was last at the Festival. In the last 7 years that my mom and I have been doing Disney together, she has only been in May. I want her to experience Fall at ...
  • Is the Disney Vacation Club worth it? - by Todd(Brownsburg, IN) Hello Carl, I hope you and the family had a wonderful holiday season. My question has to do with the Disney Vacation Club; I believe I understand the concept, buy points at a set rate now no matter how expensive hotel rates may go up in the future. We’re fairly new to vacationing at Walt Disney World ...
  • Buy Disney Tickets online or at Disney World? - by Joe (MD) Is there a price difference when you buy Disney World Tickets online vs at Disney World?   Dad’s Dad saves you money Answer Joe, The answer to your question is yes, no or maybe. I know that sounds crazy but let me explain. If you buy tickets today online and then go and get them at Walt ...

Avoiding a resort during a marathon weekend
“We are planning a trip to WDW for January 7 – 15, 2020. I’m aware that the weekend that we are there is a marathon weekend. We are planning on spending …

Queen bed table at POP
“I noticed all the reservations for POP Century have either 1 king or 1 queen and 1 queen bed/table hybrid. I am concerned that this combo will not be …

Does Room Only Have the Same Benefits as Packages?
“Hi Dad, how are you? I have a question for you. I am looking into to booking a trip to WDW next May. If i choose to book a room only option, buy the …

2020 is it important where we stay to see Galaxy Edge?
“Hi, We are planning on a trip from New Zealand to WDW in July 2020. Our days will be 21 July onwards (as we finish our week cruise on 20 July in Miami). …

Arrival time for staying offsite
“We will be visiting Disney next month party of 13 all first timers. We are staying off the property at a rental home. Our tickets are basic day park …

Best Day To Have A Resort Day?
“We are finalizing plans for an August 5 – 10 vacation. We will be staying at Animal Kingdom Kidani Village. We want to have a nice relaxing “resort …

Disney changed Extra Magic Hours. What to Do Now?
“Your thoughts…we have a reservation for Chef Mickey’s at 7:15 AM with plans to go to Magic Kingdom afterwords. The reservation was made when MK was …

Paper versus plastic… (Straws)
“Hi Dad,We just recently returned from our awesome WDW vacation and wonder what you are hearing about the paper straws going on at the parks. …

May 2020 vs June 2020
“Hi Dad, So glad I have stumbled upon your site. We are planning our 1st family WDW vacation for 2020. I am contemplating May 2020 (tentatively 5/16 …

Crowd Calendar and the adverse affect.
“Hi Dad,Thanks for your blog it’s fun and helpful.My question/concern has to do with the Crowd Calendar and if it actually makes the opposite …

4th of July crowds – light or moderate?
“Your crowd prediction says that the days before the 4th will be light and moderate, everything else I am reading says to expect heavy crowds. What do …

When can we make reservations for 2021
“Hi,We’re planning to go to WDW in October 2021 and I just wanted to check when we can make our reservationAlso, as we live in the UK we were …

Adding a person to our room reservation
“My daughters and I are planning a week vacation to WDW in October. We are spending 6 nights at POP Century. My sister lives in FL and wants to come …

Hilton Disney Springs Transportation
“We’ve been to Disney for the past 12+ years. Shades of Green (SOG) was booked this year so we are staying at the Hilton Downtown Disney 11/23-12/2. …

Early Garden Grill Breakfast and Soarin’
“Hi Dad,I’m taking my two kids, their significant others, my granddaughter and wife to Disney World in late June. I’ve booked a Chip ‘n’ Dale Harvest …

How will the crowds be in October 2020?
“Hey there! Can you tell me what you think the first two weeks of October 2020 will look like? Just trying to get a good idea of crowds with everything …

What day to book Trattoria al Forno
“Hi dad! I would like to make a breakfast reservation for Trattoria al Forno. My question is should I make this reservation on my EPCOT or Hollywood …

Early Morning Magic Fantasyland
“We are staying off property and have booked Early Morning Magic in MK for June 18. What are our options for getting to Magic Kingdom early? We will …

November 2019 parks closing early?
“I wanted to ask about the week, specifically of November 13 through the 20th, 2019. Your crowd predictor says it should be light crowds, and another …

How the Disney Skyliner Works
“Hi Dad. It appears they’ve uncovered the new gondolas for final testing. Do you have any idea how these are going to work in a practical sense? Will …

Planning a trip for my daughters senior trip
“I am a father of a 2020 graduate. She what’s to go to Disney world for her graduation gift. My question is when should I start planning for this trip? …

Free Dining in November 2019
“Do you think free dining will be offered the week on November 13-20th??? Thanks ” Nope Hi Christina,Unfortunately, I don’t think there will …

2021 Tron and Ticketed Events
“I just read that a new Tron ride will be opening at magic kingdom in 2021 – do you have any information on when in 2021? Do you think crowds in Late …

Best Time to go, September or November 2019?
“I have booked for a room Sept. 4th to Sept. 12 at the Pop Century. I would like to avoid a heavy crowd. Do you believe I could have a smaller crowd …

One room, two people, different length of stay.
“I have planned a WDW vacation and made my room reservation.If my husband can come in the middle of my vacation; can I add him to my room?Does …

Best resort for a family of 6
“Hi Dad! I’m planning a trip for my family of 5 possibly 6 people. We are looking at the 20th of December to January 2! Yes long trip!! We will …

Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 – Veterans Day Crowds
“We are going to WDW November 9-18. We are planning to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party November 11 or 12. Do you think the 11th will be a lot …

Disney Deluxe Dining Plan Credit Usage
“Concerning Disney Dining; If both my wife and I get the Deluxe Dining Plan, do we both have to use them in the restaurants or can we order one meal …

Visiting Disney Hotels
“Hi Dad! I will be at Disney World in December 2019 celebrating my son’s 5th birthday. We will not be staying at Disney Resort. Are we able to visit …

Crowds in November 2020
“Hello,I am looking to go to Disney World possibly the week before Thanksgiving in 2020 from Sunday November 15 to Sunday November 22. I was just wondering …

Adult Things to do at Walt Disney World
“Dad,I see all these tips and tricks for going to WDW with toddlers, tweens, teens, etc., but in October my sister-in-law, her husband and me and …

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game question
“If we laminate our Sorcerer cards will they still work at the park?” Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is a really …

Early Morning ADR at Magic KIngdom
“I have a ADR at 8:10 AM and park opens at 8:00 AM will I be able to get in early or before Extra Magic Hours?” A Separate Line There is always …

Driving Around Walt Disney World
“Hi Dad! I am a Disney fanatic but have only been once! How sad! Anyway, we are planning our trip for November 16 – 22 this year. I am coming with my …

Dates for 50th WDW Anniversary Celebration
“If I cannot make the exact anniversary date of Oct 1 2021 will the celebration for the 50th go thru 2022 or does it precede the October date?” We …

Can I bring food into the parks?
“Hi, We are a party of 8 traveling June 2020 from Scotland, having been several times before and knowing how expensive it can be to eat within the parks …

Electric Conv. Vehicles (ECV)
“How much do the Electric Conv. Vehicles (ECV) cost to rent per day? We are going at the end of May 2019. I know this one Debbie,I was just …

Best on Resort hotel with lowest price
“Hello Dad, this is my first time asking you a question and I would like to know what you think is the best hotel on the Disney resort in Orlando for …

Planning a surprise trip for my family
“Hey Dad, we are heading over to USA from Australia for Xmas / NY and have ‘penciled’ in 3rd Jan – 13th Jan 2020 for a surprise Disney World Orlando …

Can a visitor park at our hotel?
“I am a DVC Member and will be staying at one of the resorts. A relative would like to visit Disney World for a couple of days as he just moved to the …

May verses September for Crowds and Weather
“We are looking at May or September 2020. Anytime during either month works for us. It would be a 5 night stay at the Grand Floridian. We have always …

Which water park do i choose?
“Hi Dad, My husband and I are bringing our kids to WDW for the first time. The tickets we have is 2 day hopper plus option and we are allowed one water …

Ticket Pricing Disney Versus Reseller
“What is the difference between a reseller and buying Disney tickets directly from Disney?” In Reality… There is no difference in the tickets …

Disney the Friday after Easter 2019
“Specific question! We were planning on going to Florida April 28-May 4 but the dates shifted due to availability at the condo we stay at (could …

Is the Week Before Thanksgiving Still Good?
“Dad,Please help! We’ve planned our honeymoon for November 17th-23rd 2019 hoping to miss the opening of Galaxy’s Edge boy did we miss the mark on …

Ordering Off the Kids Menu
“Hi Dad!We have a 10 year old daughter (11 by the time of our trip) who has some sensory processing issues (medically diagnosed) and she has a lot …

Crowds in late September
“Me and my family plan on taking a trip to Disney World on September 22-26, 2019. We don’t really care to see Galaxy Edge, it would be sad not to go …

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party vs Early Morning Magic
“Hi Disney Dad! This year on August 20th Disney is offering both Early Morning Magic and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Which one is better than …

After Hours dates for 2019?
“Hi Dad, hope you are having a magical first day of Spring. The current After Hours schedule runs out in early April. Our trip starts August 15. Any …

First or Second Week of December?
“Hello! I am planning a trip for my family in December, and we are deciding between the first and second weeks. I have never been to Disney World, but …

Should I change my trip because of Galaxy’s Edge?
“Hello!Thanks for your help! We have a trip booked at the Polynesian, with the free dining, September 8-13th. We have been so excited, but now with …

Nervous about an Authorized Ticket Reseller
“I have really enjoyed your site over the years. We are going to Disney World in June. I have never used a reseller and I am a bit nervous to do so. …

Why Can’t I Use Two Tickets?
“Why can’t I use two tickets in one day to enter two parks?” The Rules I don’t know exactly Disney’s reasoning, but that’s the rules. I imagine …

Crowds before July 4th
“Hi, we’ve been to Disney World for 5 days several times for the past 6 years however this trip we are only going one day in between the beach. It is …

E-tickets coming back and paying for FastPasses
“My wife, daughter, and I had a weeklong wonderful vacation to Disney world the second week of December a few months ago. You were absolutely right …

How do I stop over-planning?
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February, April or June?
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When does Dad’s 2020 Crowd Calendars come out?
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Single Rider Line – Age or Height Requirement?
“Hi Dad! We are heading to Walt Disney World again this August. I know about child swap since I have two sons and we use that often. Now that they …

Upgrading a Theme Park Ticket to an Annual Pass
“Hi Dad! I am going to WDW Dec 15-20 on a bounce back offer. Star Wars Land AND free dining? Yes please! LOL Anyway, I was wondering if you could explain …

Cheerleading Competition in Early May
“I heard about the Summit Cheerleading competition in early May, does that affect parks crowds a lot?” Not Really Logan, Every year Disney does …

Can You book FastPass+ in Multiple Parks?
“Hi. I know that you have to use your 3 daily Fastpass+ choices in the same park. Once you have used these, can you then book more, if available, at …

Mickey and Minnie Roller Coaster Opening Date?
“What’s your best guess at when the new Mickey and Minnie Roller Coaster will open? We have a trip planned for first week of Oct 2019 and was hoping …

EPCOT go this year or wait?
“I understand some parts of EPCOT are being remodeled. Should I go this summer or wait a year? ” Should You Stay or Should You Go? Photo courtesy …

How much money do I need?
“Hi, Dad! Would you say for 2 adults going to Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, $500 would be enough to take with you? My husband and I DO have …

Disney in December after Galaxy’s Edge opens
“Hi there! My husband and I, along with our 7-year-old daughter are first-timers going Dec 16-20 of this year. I am afraid we are not prepared for the …

FastPasses when part of reservation is canceled
“We are going to Disney World in May with a large group. One of our sons is not sure yet if he will be able to get the time off. We have him on the …

Pop Century during Volleyball Tournament
“Hi Dad! We are staying at Pop Century during the AAU Volleyball Tournament. We are hoping to get a room away from the volleyball players. I know I can …

1989 Complimentary One Day Passport Ticket
“Hi, I found these in an envelope the bottom of a box of dishes I purchased at a yard sale, are they still good? I talked to someone at Disney over the …

What week to go to Disney in October or November
“We want to go this fall “before” Galaxy’s Edge opens, which I know is still TBD. We can go anytime in October or November and curious which week you …

Travel arrival morning and which park to tour
“We are avoiding EPCOT due to crowd calendar on a travel day, we would arrive at 12pm, which park would be a good choice for a few hours of touring in …

Jedi Training Academy and Slinky Dog Dash
“Hello. My plan was to rope drop Slinky Dog Dash. . My daughter is now interested in Jedi Training. How do I attempt both? If my daughter and I head …

MagicBands but not staying on property
“Hi Dad!I will be taking a trip in March 2019 with my two children. We are not staying on property but we are thinking about getting MagicBands to keep …

Super Bowl 2020 and WDW crowds
“Hi, With Super bowl 2020 being in Miami, how do you think that will affect the crowds? We were considering going at this time, but maybe we need to …

Week before Thanksgiving Crowds in 2019
“You said the week before Thanksgiving is the best week for 2019. Now Touring Plans just recently increased their crowd predictions to be very heavy …

Free Dining in December 2019
“With free dining dates released for booking up to September 30, when do you figure the release for free dining for December 2019. I have been going …

Spring Break or June?
“Hey Dad!In your opinion which dates are better times to visit WDW – spring break 2019 (for us it’s April 1-5) or the first week of June 2019? I …

Least Crowds After Galaxy’s Edge Opens
“We are thinking about Disney after Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens. We can come anytime from December to February so what week do you feel would be the …

Contemporary Resort or Disney Beach Club Resort??
“We are planning a trip for October 2019. Which resort would you recommend staying at, Contemporary or Disney Beach Club Resort? We have three kids 7, …

Do I have to pay for parking again?
“Hello. When you enter a WDW park and pay for car parking, can you leave for a while and come back again on the same parking ticket or do you need to …

Early May 2019 Trip
“Hey Dad!! What’s your take on a Disney trip with one park visit per day on May 2, 3, & 4th 2019, doing MK, AK, & HS over the course of those days? My …

January or February 2020 Disney trip
“Is January or February best for low crowds at Disney World?” Very Similar Hey Rhonda,When it comes to crowds at Disney World, January and February …

Microwaves in Animal Kingdom Lodge
“Hi Dad! I am planning to take my soon-to-be 4yr old daughter to WDW in September during Labor Day week. I plan on booking a room at the Animal Kingdom …

Can I register both kids for DAS?
“Hi Dad! I’ve been wanting to ask his question but I’ve been afraid of the reactions. Here goes. Both of my children have conditions that qualify them …

Disney Dining Plan for Preferred Seating at Shows
“Hey there!We have the deluxe dining plan for January 2019 and I have reservations at Tusker House for the Rivers of Light preferred seating dining …

Selling Disney Vacation Club Points (for rent)
“Thank You for your time. I am a Disney Vacation Club member with some extra points. Do you have a suggestion for a reputable company that can aid in …

Transfer Valet Parking from Resort to Disney Springs?
“Hey Dad,For my next family trip and having small kids I was thinking of splurging for Valet at the Deluxe Resort we are staying at. I know after …

Best 6 day schedule in August 2019
“Hello Dad,I will be traveling with my wife and her sister to DW form 8-22-19 thru 8-29-19. We have 6 day park hopper tickets and plan on using them …

Arriving in Disney World Mid Day
“I am planning on buying an early plane ticket for May 2019 for my daughter and I so that we can get there as soon as we can. With that in mind, say …

When will the 50th Celebrations Start?
“The anniversary of the opening is October 2021. Do you think that they might start the celebrations earlier in the year, possibly May/June?” Not …

Can I do this?
“Good Morning!I know that this may not be considered the “right” thing to do, but wanted to ask anyways. I know that you have to purchase the dining …

Free Dining and September Crowds
“Hi Dad! We are thinking about going to Disney in September 2019 and looking at your crowd calendar, it seems like a great time to go. Do you think the …

Fall 2019 Crowds and SWGE
“We are planning a trip to WDW in the Fall of 2019. We typically go the week before Thanksgiving (low crowds, nice weather) but due to school activities …

Best time to go in Spring 2020?
“Wanting to go to Disney in February or March 2020. What would be the best week?” February over March Nancy, While I haven’t done the 2020 …

How to Deal with New Years Crowds at Disney World
“Me and my boyfriend have been going to Disney with our passes for a few months now, and we love it. We have hit every event that is possible, including …

September 2019 crowds before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens
“Hi, Dad! Your information helped me to plan a wonderful Christmas vacation to Disney during December this year and I thank you so very much for doing …

Mickeys Christmas Party November 17-24, 2019
“Hi. You mentioned the week of Nov 17-24 2019 would be a quiet week to go but do you think Mickey’s Christmas Party will be held during that week? …

Bring a guest to Ft. Wilderness Campground for one night
Hi Dad! We are staying at the cabins in Ft. Wilderness and have a full cabin reservation of 6. The oldest daughter wants her boyfriend to come meet up …

Early Morning Transportation Issue
“We have booked the Ultimate Thrills VIP tour and need to be at check in at the Plaza in Magic Kingdom by 8am. We will be staying at All-Star Movies …

WDW Countdown
“Hi Dad!!!! I have booked my trip for end of August and 1st of September. My question is if there is a countdown calendar or app or do people just …

Allergic to MagicBands
“I am allergic to the material in the magic band is there an alternative method, like a ID on a lanyard similar to the pins collectors wear?” Allergic …

Booking Tickets for Child Resident of Florida
“I live in Michigan and my 9 year old grandson lives in Ovieda, Florida. How can I get a residence discount ticket for him as I will be taking him to …

Christmas Time Disney Cruise
“Can I get some information a about a Christmas time Disney Cruise?” A Christmas Time Disney Cruise is Great The atrium is BEAUTIFUL – Photo …

Rope Drop Kilimanjaro Safaris or Na’vi River?
“Should I arrive early and ride Na’vi River Journey first and then go straight to Kilimanjaro Safaris? I read that the World of Avatar opens up the …

Is there a Resort Parking Fee for Handicapped?
“Hi Dad! First off, thanks for all you do to help us plan our Disney trips. We really love you!My wife is wheelchair bound and we have a government …

Best way to buy tickets for parents sharing Disney duties😁
“Hello Disney Dad, Thank you so much for this service to all the frazzled parents planning a Disney holiday.We are based in Nigeria, going to …

Last Possible Time to Enter Magic Kingdom
“What is the last possible time you are able to enter Magic Kingdom? Other theme parks won’t allow admission after a certain time (ie 7pm).” Disney …

First or Second week of December 2019?
“I’m planning a trip for my family for December 2019. Originally I was think the first week of December but with Thanksgiving being so late next year …

Disability parking at the Magic Kingdom
“My mom and I are taking my nephews to Disney World the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Mom is 71 with limited mobility so we are renting an ECV …

Dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019, any guesses?
Hi Again! I was wondering if you had any idea on what the dates might be for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2019? We’re planning on going …

Taking the whole family to Disney World? Help!
“We are going to become a family of 5 soon which means we are delaying the next Disney trip until later in 2019 when the baby is about 10 months old. …

Handicap Rooms at Disney World with Two Bathrooms
Hi Dad,Can you give me information on any WDW suites or villas that have 2 bathrooms and are also handicap accessible? I will be staying with an aide …

What’s going on with November Crowds?
Hello, I’m down here now and coming back for my Honeymooon right after Thanksgiving. Just out of curiosity it seems to be a little crazy crowd wise. …

Crowds in January 2020
Hi Dad! What do you think the new offerings will do to crowds in early January 2020? I’m looking to plan a BIG family trip – 13 people, 5 of whom are …

2020 After Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Launch
I’ve got two questions about Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge that are virtually identical. So here goes… “Hello Disney World Dad! My question is – we are …

Can I Pool Hop to My Friends Resort?
“If my family is staying at Saratoga and we have friends at Beach Club, can we visit them and use their pools? It says you can’t use the pools at Beach …

WDW Discounts for spring 2019
“Hi DAD! I scrolled thru questions for a long while, and didn’t see this one (for current time) so I hope this isn’t a repeat!We have our trip …

Which park should I go to on each day
“Hi!I’m Brazilian and i’m going to Orlando on January (from 07 to 15).I’m trying hard to figure out the best day to go to each park, regarding …

Crowds for November 2019 Wine and Dine Marathon
“Hello,We’ll be going to Disney world 10/30-11/6/2019. I’m wondering when you think the Marathon will be next year? I saw pictures and videos of …

When are the Disney World parks decorated for Christmas?
I have visited WDW during the first week of December, and the crowds have been light and the decorations are beautiful. This was 20 years ago, and I …

Mid May trip, where to get tickets for Disney and more?
Hello Dad, I am from México and I would like to take my family to Disney, Universal and Legoland for 4 Days, 2 Days and 1 day respectively, from May …

Questions about Disney Transportation, Offsite Tickets and Destinations to Travel
We are planning a trip for Dec 2019. It will be my first trip during Christmas time. We will stay off site as we have timeshare at Wyndham. I have a couple …

Take Advantage of Extra Magic Hours or Not?
Hey, We are going on our first family Disney Trip February 28, March 1 and 2. We have 7 grandchildren ranging for 11 to 4 months. We were thinking of going …

Any tips on what to do outside of the parks?
“Hi Dad, first I love your blog, it’s really helpful. I’m planing on going on early September 2019 (its my birthday) and I have two questions: …

Visiting the parks with a Cast Member ticket
Hi! My husband and I are visiting WDW the second week of December. His aunt is a Cast Member and will be getting us in with her gate pass. Is there any …

Looking for Dining Experiences at WDW
Hi- My family is planning a trip to Disney for May 2019. We are staying at the Polynesian Resort for 5 nights and Animal Kingdom for 4 nights. I’m really …

Luggage transport between resorts
“I’m doing a split stay between the Art of Animation and Shades of Green. How do I get our luggage for 5 people from Art to Shades? We are probably …

The Polynesian or the Pop? Which one should we choose?
“Hi Dad,I came to you early in the year about travel dates and your advice was spot on! We’re in the planning stages for our trip in the Spring of …

Least crowded days during Christmas
“Hello I would like to take my family to MK to see the Christmas decorations, but we are not doing Mickey’s Merry Christmas were just doing a regular …

Tell me about the behind the scenes tours at Walt Disney World
“What can you tell me about the behind the scenes tours at Walt Disney World? How are they, which would you recommend if any, how much do they cost and …

Star Wars Land Opening & Crowds?
“Good Evening Dad, I am currently in the process of trying to decide when to head to WDW and Universal Studios (gasp) for my families next vacation. …

Can I add my group to Memory Maker
“We have 11 in our group and staying in 4 different rooms. Do only one of us have to purchase the Memory Maker or does each room party need a Memory …

Star Wars Land Travel dates
“Hi Dad! Another dad here trying to plan the perfect vacation for his two young girls, my wife and parents! Looking at best time to travel next fall …

Shellfish allergy and family style dining at WDW
“Hi Dad! I’m going to WDW in September 2019 and we’re beginning to sort out where we want to eat.A couple of people in our party want to try …

Going in February, should we get our tickets now?
“Hi there. we have our vacay booked already for feb 2019. All is taken care of except our park tickets. Would it be advisable to purchase our park tickets …

New Caribbean Beach Resort Pictures
“Hi Dad. Do you have any pictures of the refurbishments of Olde Port Royale and CenterTown at Caribbean Beach Resort.” I just happen to have a couple …

Magic Kingdom Welcome Show
“When does the Magic Kingdom welcome show (the one from the train) start during morning Extra Magic Hours? And what is the best time to get there to …

Eating at poolside restaurant at WDW
“Can I eat at a poolside restaurant if I am not staying at that resort? ie Hurricane Hanna’s, I have read reviews the food is excellent and would love …

Magic Band and Bank Credit Card
“Hi Dad, my son is taking his wife, 3 boys who all live in the USA with Granny and Grandpa to WDW in April 2019.(April 28 to May 4). He has done all …

Where to find park hours and schedules
“I am planning a trip next September. My dining reservations will be 190 days before that. Where and when can i get a park hours/activities schedule …

Price Change After a Reservation is Made
“I made my reservations already for a 2019 trip. Will the recent announcements of price increases for tickets and now food change my trip cost? I have …

Should I get an Annual Pass?
“Is an Annual Pass worth it for someone who maybe can’t go every year, but plan to go every other year? That is our goal. We went for our honeymoon …

Will there be Free Dining in 2019?
“We are looking at Sept 2019. Any thoughts about Free Dining at that time? I realize it’s a year away.Thanks!” Odd Numbered Year means… …

How much money should I bring for meals?
“Hello Carl,my family and I are planning to go to Disney World soon. We have never gone without using the dining plan this time we were going and not …

Best time to visit late October versus early November
Dear Dad, My family has been to Disney World 2 times – once in early October and once the first week of December. We are now going with our friends …

Deciding Full Day vs. Half Day Parks.
Hi! We are taking our daughters for the first time to WDW the first week in April. We have 2 full days and 2 half days. We would like to go to every …

Adding park hopper for one day of a multi day ticket
“Hey. I know you’ve probably answered this question before but I couldn’t find it in the FAQs… we are going to WDW 1/26-1/30. I was planning on getting …

How soon should I book MNSSHP tickets?
How soon should I book MNSSHP tickets? We will be there Oct 18-24th, and are wanting to do the party on the 23rd. My biggest concern is RAIN!! Should …

Late Night Summer Hours
“Hi! I am really hoping you can help with this possibly. I know you cannot forecast but here is the issue. My family and I generally go to WDW every …

I can only go to Walt Disney World in the summer. HELP!
Hey Dad!I am planning a trip for 2020 (it’s a long ways away, I know). Heres my dilemma: I can only go to Walt Disney World in the summer. The only …

Is September or November a better time to go?
“My husband and I are planning on taking our two kids (they’ll be 3 and 4 at the time of our trip) to Disney World in the fall of 2019 for 2 weeks. …

Will the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party fireworks be on the 23rd?
“Hi, Are the fireworks same for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018 and during Christmas week 2018?We have a 9:30 dinner reservation for MVMCP …

Is a Disney hotel worth double the cost of an offsite hotel?
“Hi Dad,We’re traveling over from the UK to be in Disney from 13th April to 28th April 2019. We’ve stayed in Disney once before – in Art of Animation …

Which day to get a picture in front of Cinderella Castle?
“We leave for our very first family trip to walt Disney world 9/26-10/5. We made be our guest before park opening reservations for 10/3 and 10/4 (trying …

Advice on which week to travel – late fall 2019
“Hi! I was hoping to get your advice on the better week to travel to Disney world in late Fall 2019. My husband is celebrating a milestone birthday …

When to buy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets
“Should we buy our tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for Thursday, November 15 in advance or wait until the day of. Which is likely to happen? …

Staying offsite, Extra Magic Hours and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
“Hello! This will be my first WDW trip as a grown up! AKA- having to plan and actually be aware of stuff! I am staying off site and am looking at …

When will Annual Pass prices go up?
“When do prices usually increase for Annual Passes? We are looking at taking a trip in March 2019 and Dec 2019. I figure annual passes will be the best …

Go to Disney World in June or September?
“Hello! My boyfriend and I are planning to go to Disney World in 2019, but we’re unsure whether to go in June or September. I’m still in university, …

Crowd Dates for Feb 2019 vs April 2019
Hi there,After watching your “When is the best week to visit Walt Disney World in 2019” YouTube video, we were planning to visit Disney World on …

Disney World Christmas Week, Tickets, and Universal?
Dad,My wife just lost both of her parents in the last year and does not want to celebrate Christmas at home. She wants to do Disney 12/22-29. I cringed …

Disabled Access Card and Ride Waits
“My wife has limited mobility and this seems like the Disability Access Card would be a good way to go. Any experience with this for ride waits using …

Snacks at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
“Just wondering if the treats at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are packaged or are they loose.” Grab and Go A Peppermint Crunch Cookie …

Are all the activities included in the ticket price?
“Most activities are included in the price of tickets, right? I know I plan to purchase the princess for a day. Are there any other activities that …

Do I buy tickets now or wait and get them at the gate?
“We are travelling to Orlando from India in Sept. Would be visiting WDW in week starting 10th. If we buy tickets online, getting them delivered in India …

Can I do the activities at the pool and not go in?
“Hi, My family and I are looking to visit some other resorts on our next Disney Vacation. I know that we are not supposed to pool hop at DW resorts. …

EPCOT and Magic Kingdom crowds around Halloween
“How do you feel the crowds are going to be at EPCOT Nov 1st. and the crowds at Magic Kingdom Oct 29th.” Not too bad The Halloween decorations …

Hollywood and Vine Seasonal Dinner in 2019
“Hi Dad! I have dining reservations at Hollywood and Vine for dinner on February 14, 2019. Have you heard/do you know anything about character dinners …

When to go to WDW with a Downs Syndrome Adult
“I travel with a 50 year old downs syndrome man. For years, we were able to plan trips to WDW at “slow” times. These are mostly gone, because Disney …

Tables in Wonderland vs. the Disney Dining Plan
“Is it better to buy Tables in Wonderland or Dining Plan?” Not a clear winner Oooh, I love the shakes at Sci Fi Dine In – Photo by Mike Billick …

Pay for a room just to get Fastpass+ 60 days in advance
“Can you get resort hotel reservations just for the FastPass and not check in assuming one pays for the room?” I guess so Probably want to choose …

Will Disney restrict park entrance to Disney Hotel Guests
“Do you think entrance to Walt Disney World Parks will become exclusive to onsite guest and annual pass holders in the future with the addition of all …

Peter Pan and Muppets Mobile Lab
“Hi Dad,We will be going to WDW on August 13th. My 10 yr old is crazy about Peter Pan and saw that in years past you could get pictures with the character …

Which park to visit on a heavy crowd day in November
“We are heading to Disney on November 16 (yay!!!) with our 8 and 10 year old daughters. We are doing Mickey’s Christmas party that night. Then we only …

Feb 2&3, 2019-do I believe Dad or touring plans??😬
“Hi Dad!Trying to choose between first 2 weekends of February 2019. Touring plans is showing the first weekend as the better choice. Your calendar, …

How to optimize our Disney Trip
“Planning a trip for 6 people in June of 2019 (4 kids, 2 adults). Any suggestions on how we can best optimize our trip??” A Tall Order Woodie …

Best Day of Week to visit EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom
Hi,I found on your website the best day of week of MK, but Im not seeing a run down of best to worst (weekdays regardless of month) for the other parks…did …

Do I need a FastPass for the nighttime shows?
“We are planning to go on our first trip to Disney World the last week of Sep through the first week of Oct. I was planning out the shows (Fantasmic!, …

September Crowds and more
HI Dad, I am traveling to Disney from September 8th to September 15th 2018. I have been checking out your crowd calendar and you have all the days of my …

Which park to take the grandkids to first?
“Hi Dad,We are going to WDW with our granddaughters in April. We have decided on MK, EPCOT, and AK. Any thoughts / suggestions on which one to …

Toy Story Land and Magic Kingdom in one day
“We will be at Disney World for one day. We planned on just doing Magic Kingdom (MK), but crowds at Hollywood Studios (DHS) have been a lot lower than …

Is a camera monopod considered a selfie stick?
“Are camera monopods allowed in the parks? Is it considered a selfie stick? If yes, is it okay to attach them to a backpack?” Monopod, Tripod or …

Menu for Candlelight Package at Ale & Compass
“I was able to get the Candlelight Processional Package for December. It is for breakfast at the Ale & Compass. I viewed the menu and it doesn’t show …

Quick Service Credits at Table Service Restaurants
“Can quick service credits be used at table service restaurants?” Nope Maurice,Unfortunately, the answer is a short nope. That’s not the way …

Slinky Dog Dash and Pooh Sized People
“Hi Dad just wondering about Pooh sized people riding Slinky Dog Dash? We are heading to Walt Disney World and can’t wait to see the new stuff in late …

Dining Reservations for a party of 9
“We have booked our trip for April 2019. We have a party of 9, and have selected the Disney Dining Plan. We really want to get a reservation at Cinderella’s …

Looking for some advice for first timer 🙂
“Hi Dad, So I am just looking for some first timers advice. I am planning a trip to Disney world for 2 weeks. It’s just me and my 16 year old daughter. …

2 year old turning 3 while in Disney
“Hi! My husband and I are taking our daughter to Disney to celebrate her 3rd birthday in December. We arrive on 12/9 and she turns 3 on 12/15. Our TA …

Two different reservations and tickets
“Hello,I have reservations for WDW this year and next. MDE shows both sets of tickets, park hoppers this year, single day passes next year. Here …

Do we have to all have Annual Passes for the discounts?
“Hi Dad, we live in Virginia and make 2 trips to WDW each year. We are thinking about purchasing annual passes. My question is…do we need to get a …

Will the opening of the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge affect my trip.
“Hi Dad, our family of 4 were hoping to stay in a Deluxe resort in Nov 2019 (using Destinations to Travel, Andrea, as per your advice) but I’m now reading …

Tickets for 14 day trip
“I am planning a trip in Jan 2020 for 14 days in parks. It will be for my husband, son, my son’s PCA and myself. I know I can not do the 14 ultimate …

When is the best times to take a nap at Walt Disney World?
“My husband and I are going on our very delayed WDW honeymoon next September. We plan on being at the parks at rope drop to get as much done during the …

Park Hopping and FastPasses for Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios
“Hi,I am going to Disney in September for 4 days and wanted to split Animal Kingdom first and park hop to Hollywood studios, however both parks will …

50th Anniversary Crowds at Walt Disney World
“Hello! We are planning our one and only Disney World Trip for the 50th Anniversary when all the rides should be finished. Do you believe it will be …

When to go to Disney World for MNSSHP
“I want to visit Disney World, when it’s all decorated for Halloween and do the Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party. I want to stay 7 full days in the …

How to save on food for a family of 7 at Disney World?
“I have a family of 7 going to Disney! How can we save on food?? Thank you!” Make a PLAN You can find all kinds of food at WDW even some “other …

Touring hotels during Christmas season
“I just read we could tour the Disney World resorts for free during Christmas to see the decorations. Is this a scheduled tour? Do you go with a group? …

Can I take an ECV on a boat?
“If we take the boat ferry from the GF to the MK, can a scooter (ECV) fit on the small boat?” Probably not HI Mike,There are a few different …

Opting out of Mousekeeping options
“Hi Dad,Family of 3 going to WDW staying at Pop Century in Late August. Heard rumours about opting out of the Mousekeeping service in lieu of $20 a …

Disney World Christmas Day Parade Taping 2018
“Hi there!I know every year, Disney World shoots the Christmas Day parade prior to Christmas. Since it’s not live, do you know which dates filming …

What to expect Opening Day for Toy Story Land
“Dad, we are going to WDW (staying on property WL) the last week of June, YAY! I have never been to WDW anytime its too busy (I usually have good …

Activation time frame for Annual Passes
“Hi Dad,I’m wondering if you can help me. I am planning to purchase Walt Disney World Annual Passes for my family, but I’m not sure how far in advance …

Disney Resort stay verses staying outside Disney
“We have only been to Disney World once, 3 years ago We stayed at the All Star Sports Resort. We are on a budget and although we enjoyed our stay I was …

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on Dec. 20
“Hello… We will be in Disney World December 11 to the 23rd of December and are on the fence for MVMCP (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party). My …

Fastpass+ on Water Park Day
“Hi there Dad! My family and I are leaving on our first Disney trip in 30 days. We are staying off property and I am about to make our first FastPasses. …

Getting to the car after Illuminations
“Can you move your car from the EPCOT parking lot and park over at Yacht and Beach Club before Illuminations so you can make a quick exit after Illuminations? …

Go to EPCOT directly from Orlando International Airport
“I don’t stay in any resort in or around Walt Disney World. Any shuttle service I can take from the airport to EPCOT center? How much per person? …

Will the Christmas decorations be up by November 18?
“We are planning on traveling from Nov 3 through Nov 18, 2018, is there a chance to see any Christmas decoration and parade on the parks? Thanks for …

What’s new at WDW since 2013?
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Resorts that accommodate families of 5
“Hi Dad. We just got back from Walt Disney World and, as always, had a great trip. Ours is a family of 5, so we are somewhat limited in our options …

What’s new at WDW since 2015?
“Hey Dad! My family and I are visiting in November 2018. We are Disney Vacation Club members but bank our points so that we can stay in a big suite …

Can’t get Flight of Passage FastPass – HELP!
“We are not able to get fast passes for Flight of Passage for out trip in June. Do you have any tips that will help us ride get on this attraction?” …

Where can I find Disney World Acronyms
“Hey Dad,First off your website is amazing. So much good info, especially for a first timer wanting to take the kids to WDW. Your inputs are incredibly …

MVMCP crowd level on Veteran’s Day
“We are visiting November 10-18, 2018. I know the parks will be super busy on Veteran’s Day. Will the party that night also be busy? There are 4 parties …

Getting into Extra Magic Hour Park without being Disney Resort Guest
“Is it possible to get in to an EMH park in the am if you do not have an onsite resort stay? Can you just walk around and not do attractions? I read …

Wheelchair/ECV park hopping
“Hi Dad -I’m taking Mom with me and 2 tween/teen girls over Labor Day weekend. For the first time, Mom will probably need an ECV for navigating …

When to go during the summer?
“We are planning our first trip to Disney. It will be me, my husband, our little girl who turns six in July, and myself. We don’t want to take …

The Secret to Disney Dining Reservations
“Dining – I started at 8am, 180 days out, for 6 days and couldn’t get a dinner reservation for Be Our Guest or Ohana’s. What’s the secret?” The Secret …

Which Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party should I go to?
“Hello Dad! My family and I will be taking our very first trip to Disney World this fall! Our dates are Nov 10th -17th. I’m trying to decide which Mickey’s …

Disney changed the hours during my trip. What do I do now?
“I had my trip all planned and ADRs made, then Disney added Evening Extra Magic Hours to the Magic Kingdom at night. Now I’m sure it will be …

Park Hopper option or extra day ticket?
“We’ve visited WDW 2 times in the past few years. Each time we’ve purchased the Park Hopper option. And each time I think we’ve only ‘hopped’ parks …

December Visit and POP Warner did I choose wrong?
“Hey there, I have a trip booked for December 4-10th. Obviously, discounts won’t be a thing because of POP Warner, but I’m committed regardless. …

Total Knee Replacement at Disney World
“HiI am two month post-op Total Knee replacement. Are there any rides that I should avoid.” Mrs. Mom says all of them Lisa, I’m pretty …

Family of 3 and first time visiting Disney…
“We are planning our first trip to Disney. It will be my husband, our little girl who turns 6 in July, and myself. We do not want to take our …

Transferring to Destination to Travel
Can I use Destination to Travel even if I already booked my package through Disney?” One way or another That’s a really good question, Deb. …

Walt Disney World Free Dining in 2018
“Good day. I am a frequent Disneyworld tourist from Canada. I currently have my next trip planned for September 8, 2018 to September 15, 2018 at Pop …

Veteran’s Day vs. week after Thanksgiving
“My 6 year old daughter is battling cancer and was granted a make a wish trip. We are thinking November or December as she is expected to be …

Best Disney hotel for 5 people
Hi Dad,I have stayed at the all Star movies and Pop Century Resorts in the past and thought they were nice hotels. However, I also did not …

How much money do I need?
“Hi, Dad! I will soon journey to WDW for a one person vacation. Unfortunately, my skills at trip planning are next to zero.I intend on staying …

Get a wheelchair in the parks
“Hello Dad!I’m asking about hiring a wheelchair from the parks at WDW. I know that you, yourself hire a ECV when in the parks, but I’m looking to …

College Kids Spring Break Planning
“Hey Dad,My friends and I are planning our first joint Spring break to Disney World together. All of us except for one have been previously, …

Disney Dining Plan – can some pay with the plan and some with cash?
“If a family of four dines at ‘Ohana, can they pay for two of the meals with the dining plan and the other two out of pocket?” Yes you …

1st WDW trip- How many days for each park?
“I’m about to make dining reservations and was curious how many days you need in each Disney World park? This will determine how many days we …

Are the Marvel Avengers in the parks at Disney World?
“Hey Dad!!I am in the midst of planning our family vacation to Disney World in June 2019 and I was wondering if there are any of the Avengers …

Will I lose my FastPass reservations if I cancel my hotel?
“Hi,Dad! We are coming to Disney World (first timers) Nov 10-18th, and are staying at a Disney Resort. If we book our FastPass 60 days before …

Will I be able to swim in April?
“Hi Dad. How is the weather in April. we are from Cali. April weather is nice, but not warm enough for the swimming pool or water park. Should …

Best time to visit in 2019 for 2 weeks
“I would like to visit for WDW for 2 weeks in 2019. Can you tell me when will be the best time to be there considering the expecting crowds? …

How many days to spend at Walt Disney World?
How many days to spend at Walt Disney World? We will be in Kissimmee the first week of April. We are from Northern California and have been to Disneyland …

Crowds before opening of TSL
“Hey Dad!Any ideas about the crowds of Memorial Day considering TSL is opening in June? Crossing my fingers for lighter crowds than anticipated. …

Surviving the Easter madness at Disney World
“Hi, Dad. I have booked my 2019 Orlando holiday for myself, my husband, our two boys, 6 and 10. It is our first family visit, and we will be …

Christmas week or Summer for teachers
“Hi Dad,I am planning my first Disney trip with a few friends of mine, and we are having some trouble deciding which dates to choose. I am …

Should we plan an afternoon break?
“We arrive on September 22, for six nights, and seven days. Children are 15, six and four. I’m just confused about planning our day. We would …

Are the Dining Plans accepted at Disney Springs?
“Do the dining plans work at Disney Springs as well as parks?” Rainforest Cafe does… – Photo by Andy Sanchez Hi neighbor. I live …

Gay days 2018
Hello Dad. Your blogs have been very helpful for me to plan our 2018 Disney vacation. Of course this is the first time I️ heard of this event. I️ checked …

No expiration tickets purchased in 2007
“I purchased 2 adult and 2 child tickets back in 2007 and we had 3 days left on each ticket and I paid to make them no expiration tickets. My …

I need help choose a Disney Hotel for one night!
“Hi Dad,We only have a couple of days in Orlando before heading South to family. We have a 2 year old and a 4 year old. One is OBSESSED with …

2019 Reservations – January or February?
“Dad, we would like to make a trip to Disney either the last week of January or the first week in February. Is one better than the other? When …

When to arrive for a 3 week stay around Thanksgiving?
“Hi Dad,As Thanksgiving falls late in 2019, when would be the best time in October/November/December to visit WDW for a 3 week vacation? …

Is Seven Days Enough for a First Time WDW Vacation?
“We are planning our 1st trip to Disney and looking at the end of Sept 2018. we will be flying from WI with a 10yr old boy, and 6yr old girl. …

Any tips to avoid crowds when Toy Story Land opens?
“We are going to Disney the first week of August, staying at Saratoga Springs in a one-bedroom villa. We will be buying a four day non-Park Hopper, …

ECV Boarding on Splash Mountain?
This one comes from Kathy in New York and it was titled, Splash Mountain. So Kathy says, “Because of mobility, I use an ECV, will I enter the …

HELP! Where do I begin in booking my WDW trip?!
“We are planning our first Disney vacation as a family with our soon to be 4 and 6 year old during 9/29-10/6. We are staying off property for …

Number of days in parks including water parks
“Hi, Dad!We had booked a six day Park Hopper Plus ticket, because we wanted to visit the two water parks. Is six days enough to visit the main parks …

Dining Reservations and Fast Pass Reservations
“Hi, Dad! I need some practical advice and you seem the man to help. We are coming for a 6 day visit. I want to reserve my dining selections …

Late October or Late November?
“Hi Dad, thanks for all the wonderful info on everything that is Disney, we really appreciate it. We’re thinking about going in late October …

AP only room discounts are better than DDP free?
“Hi,My family (3 adults and 1 child) are planning our next August 2019 trip to WDW. We want to stay 14 nigths in one of the Disney resorts …

I need the inside scoop on Free Dining in 2018
“Hello. I was wondering if you had any inside knowledge about when Free Dining for 2018 will come out. Hoping to go this September and we would …

Favorite WDW hotel for teens
“We are taking my daughter and her friend to WDW to celebrate her 16th birthday. What hotel would teens enjoy the most? I am considering Polynesian, …

How do you deal with rude people at Walt Disney World?
“My wife, four children, and I visited Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and EPCOT this past Presidents’ Day weekend. Apparently, we missed your …

Extra Magic Hours and non-EMH crowds
“Last time we were in Disney World, we got up early to enjoy the Extra Magic Hours in the morning because we were staying at a Disney Resort. …

Quiet room at Old Key West Resort
“Booking a 1 bedroom villa at Old Key West. Which buildings and/or rooms would you suggest to be in a quiet area. First floor only. ”   …

EMH for Toy Story Land opening or just skip Hollywood Studios?
“I will be arriving the day before the opening of Toy Story Land. I am stuck on which parks to do each day. Should we attempt to go to Hollywood …

Arriving at 2 pm – what park to choose?
“Hey Dad, I will not arrive until after 2 p.m. for a four-night with five-day pass stay. What park can I do the quickest, around five hours on …

Monorail Frequency from Grand Floridian to EPCOT
“Hi Dad,We are visiting this year and I can’t seem to find any details on the frequency of the monorail between EPCOT and the Grand Floridian. …

Bus Service issues at Walt Disney World
“Just returned from Disney. I love Disney and have been over 40 times, but the last few visits have not been the best. Transportation is a disgrace …

Hollywood and Vine Dinner
“Is Hollywood and Vine Character Dining at dinner? We have been for lunch in the past, but wasn’t sure if characters come out for dinner.” …

Hiring a personal guide service for Walt Disney World
“I’m planning a trip to Orlando the week of November 19-24. This is pretty much the only week I have available to travel. I came across a personal guide …

How many days should I plan
“Hi! I am at the beginning stages of putting together our first family trip to Disney:) Your site is extremely helpful, thank you! I have …

Allergy friendly restaurants at Walt Disney World
“Hi Dad!My youngest is allergic to all nuts. Do you have any information on allergy friendly restaurants or the best places to hit (or avoid).” …

Evening or late Extra Magic Hours vs. Morning EMH
“Hi Dad,We are headed to Disney April 28 – May 5th. I know you recommend morning Extra Magic Hours but I was wondering what you thought about …

DAS or ECV (Scooter) at Walt Disney World
We are investigating our maiden voyage to Disney. I’ve been trying to read about the DAS, but also wondering if it would be beneficial for my …

Why were the January Crowds so big?
“Hey Dad! We just went to Disney from January 17th-23rd and it was PACKED!!! I think it was the biggest crowd I have ever seen! Do you have any idea …

Should I buy a Walt Disney World Annual Pass?
“Dad, I am taking my adult son and myself to WDW in June 2019. The plan is to stay in a standard room at Pop! for 11 nights 12 days. We will also be …

Star wars land
1. Do we know what month and year star wars land will be finished in wdw2. Do we know what month and year star wars hotel will be finalised please

Can we go directly to the Magic Kingdom when we arrive?
“I actually have quite a few questions. :)We are coming from Tennessee to Disney World with our 6 year old in July. We have our reasons for not …

When will Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the Star Wars hotel open?
Today we have 2 questions about the same thing so I’m combining them here.First… “I am planning our first family trip to Walt Disney World …

How long will it take to get to ‘Ohana?
Hi Dad! Our family of 10 will be going to Disney World the week of April 15th 2018. We would like to see the parade in Magic Kingdom and then go …

Should we take young children to water park or deluxe pool on off day?
“Hi, Dad. We will be heading to Disney the last week of April for 10 days, two exclusively for travel. We are staying at the Wilderness Lodge, …

Columbus Day Trip to Disney World
“Hi Dad,So I am an end January Disney kind of guy. My 6 year old son and I love the winter escape from Michigan. My question is, I am thinking …

January Crowds
“Hey Dad, have you thought about revising your crowd prediction for the first full week of the New Year (the week after marathon weekend)? I …

How will FastPass work when Slinky Dog Dash opens?
“We’re thinking about a trip to Disney World in September of this year (2018). Since Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is scheduled …

What time of year are the hotels cheapest at Walt Disney World?
“I was just wondering at what time of year the hotels are the cheapest price? Thank you!” Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a popular spot, …

What’s happened to the Christmas decorations at Walt Disney World?
“Dad, I was just at Disney and I wondered what happened to the Christmas decorations? I just did not see as many Christmas decorations as normal, …

Which longhouse should we choose at the Polynesian Village Resort?
“Hi! Based on your recommendation, we booked the Poly for our upcoming Disney trip in August. We booked a standard room and I am trying to …

Will a big dad fit on the rides?
Hi, I am 6’5″ and 330 lbs (42″ waist). Long legs, long torso, very thick like a football player. I am going to DW with my wife and daughter and wondering …

Construction at Caribbean Beach Resort
“Hi Dad,We’re thinking of Sept for Food & Wine Festival in 2018. Any insights on what construction might be complete by then at Caribbean …

Should we split our stay between 2 Disney hotels?
“Hi Dad,We are a family of 4 from Australia and wanting to know if we should split our stay between 2 Disney hotels on a 10 night stay? …

Magic Kingdom versus Animal Kingdom
“Seven of my friends and I are going to Disney World in May for a band trip. I’m the veteran of the group so I have to plan everything. I have …

Using the Disability Access Pass at Walt Disney World
“We will be at Walt Disney World January 28th through February 3rd. We have a 12-year-old who is diabetic and have read about the disability …

September weather at Walt Disney World, hot and wet?
“Hi, how are you? I am considering a visit to Orlando in September 2018. I have read it’s going to be hot and rainy. Of course, that’s a …

Too fat for Islands of Adventure?
This is two questions in one. “Hi all, I’ll be heading to Walt Disney World and Islands Adventure for New Year. I’ll be going with my girlfriend. …

I want to go to Walt Disney World but my parents say no
“I want to go to Walt Disney World but my parents say we can’t. How can I convince them to go?” Hardest question ever Show them this …

How can we do Walt Disney World on the cheap?
“Hi there, I have a large family (6 kids under 12) and we are driving from Canada to Orlando to visit DW in June. We are trying to do this as …

Crowds after thanksgiving 2017
What was the crowds like this year the week after thanksgiving 2017?

2017 Week after Thanksgiving Crowds at Walt Disney World
This is two questions, it’s the same question asked twice, so I just put it together. It is literally the same question twice. The first one comes …

Transportation from Disney World to the Pro Bowl 2018
“What are the best transportation options for traveling from Walt Disney World to and from the Pro Bowl in 2018? We are staying at Saratoga Springs. …

Minimum amount of money for a Disney Vacation
“Hi, Dad. Me and my family are in a big Mexican standoff. We are trying to find a way that we can experience all or most of what WDW has to offer, …

Is the Disney Dining Plan worth it?
Is the dining package actually worth it? Also, is there a way to see the selections of food before purchasing? Is using the Disney Dining …

Resort Parking At Saratoga Springs Resort
“We are staying at the Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs in January. We have ready how much longer it takes to use Walt Disney World transportation …

Sitting on the Terrace at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
“Can you go directly to the outdoor bar without waiting to go inside Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto?” Look some drinks at Tiki Terrace – Photo …

Minnie Vans at the Art of Animation
“Hi, Dad. We’re arriving in Orlando on Christmas day around 5:15. We’re staying at the Art of Animation. Others in our party are arriving at …

Is the “Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour” worth it?
“Hi there! So instead of planning my (entire) first time (ever) at Magic Kingdom (also WDW as a whole for that matter – don’t worry, I’ll be …

Extra Magic Hours and the Monorail in December
“Hi,We are staying at the Polynesian villiage resort and planning to go to the magic kingdom on December 29th, 2017. Extra Magic hours are …

A 4-year old’s big day
“We are planning a one-day Magic Kingdom visit with our four-year-old daughter. We will be based near Tampa and will be driving to Disney early …

Which Deluxe hotel for the best value?
“Hello. I have been to Disney world 10 times. I have always stayed at the budget or moderate resorts. We want to try a deluxe this time but it …

Planning to visit Disney World on December 16th week
“Hi,Can you please guide me if it is ok to visit Disney world from 16th to 20th of December? I am coming from London and don’t want to get …

Memory Maker CD
“I read about a Memory Maker CD option, which is cheaper than the actual photos, but I can’t find out how to purchase it on the Disney site.” …

Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party
“Hello, I just booked tickets to the Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrance. Do you think this attraction is worth it?” The fireworks show …

Best days to visit each park in June
“Hello Dad,My family is visiting Disney for the first time June. We arrive on June 26 and leave on July 3. We have 3 day passes and would …

How to get to Walt Disney World from Sanford Airport
We are staying at All-Star Movies and will be flying into Sanford Airport. How can I get to Walt Disney World from the Sanford airport. I realize …

FastPass+ before Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
“I heard from a Disney YouTube video that you can make a Fastpass reservation on the day you plan to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party …

Veteran’s Day Crowds in 2018
“Hi Dad. I was planning a trip to Walt Disney World next November. At this time, as a matter of fact, the 10th through the 18th in 2018. I heard …

WDW: Using Early Magic Hours & Hopper Passes Wisely
“I’ll be traveling with the wife and six and nine year old kids. I have Early Magic Hour privileges and a Park Hopper Pass so I was thinking …

Transportation: bus vs car
“Hello. We will be visiting starting January 9, 2018; and will have our own car. We are staying at Caribbean Beach and get a bit frustrated with …

Impact of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
“We’re planning a trip to WDW for either the last week of November 2019 or February 2020. We’d really prefer to go during the holidays, but …

Is there a Park and Ride for Walt Disney World?
“We are staying at the Flamingo Water Park Resort. We are trying to figure out the best/easiest way to get in to the parks. Is there a park …

Can I get the Free Dining plan?
“Have a reservation from November 25th through December 2nd at Boardwalk Inn. Also bought the dining plan, but heard it’s a free dining period. …

Magical Express Day Guests
“Hi Dad! Myself and my children are going to Disney World for a week while my husband is at a conference in Orlando. Since he is required …

Monogrammed Mickey Ears
“Hi, Dad. Does Disney Springs have stores that sell and monogram Micky ears the same way that the parks do, that signature yellow script?” …

2017 Holiday Hours
“After I’ve been lured into Disney Magic by my friends, I’ve been lucky enough to spend the last three Christmas holidays at Walt Disney World. …

The day after Gay Days
“Even though Gay Days ends June 3rd, does Gay Day crowd still have a presence there on June 4th? We will have small children and want to avoid the …

FastPass or the Dining Package for Fantasmic!
“Hi,I am going to Hollywood Studios 4/22/18. I have a Fantasmic! Dinner Package for 4:20 but don’t want to have dinner that early. The park …

2018 Halloween Party Planning
We have a trip scheduled for August 23 through September 1 in 2018. This year, they had the first MNSSHP on August 25, then 29th, then Sept. 1. …

Would you rent a car if you where staying at Saratoga Springs?
“We are a group of 9. We are staying at Saratoga Springs during the last week of Jan into Feb. We are a mix of older(Early Sixties) to younger(4-8). …

Taking a trip with a 1 year old and a 3 year old
“What are the best things to do with a three year old and a one year old at Walt Disney World? We are planning a trip for the first week in September …

Drop of luggage at Disney Hotel
“We are flying into Orlando at night and we are staying at the airport hotel that night. The next day we have reservations at the Grand Floridian. …

3 day touring plan for the Magic Kingdom
“I am visiting the Magic Kingdom for three days, during the first week of January. Staying at Disney Resort with my six-year-old daughter, my …

Breakfast character dining vs Extra Magic Hours
“Dad, I’ve been doing a lot of research today, and discussing options with my kids. We have the dining plan, and are at a deluxe resort, so we …

Will the April 2018 crowds really be light to moderate?
“You describe the April crowds as miserable. The 2017 Coded Crowd Calendar supports this. Then, the 2018 calendar looks good with lots of green …

Why are all the Disney Hotels full?
A lot of people have been asking me, “Dad, Dad!” Or saying, “Dad! Dad! All the rooms are booked! All the rooms are booked! Does that mean the …

I can’t get dinner reservations at Walt Disney World. HELP!
“I’m a complete procrastinator, and also was very overwhelmed by Disney. I am leaving in two weeks, and I never made any dinner reservations. …

When is the first day the Magic Kingdom Christmas decorations will be up?
“Our trip is October 29th through November 3rd, I know we will be there for Halloween decorations and party, but I was told that the Magic Kingdom …

When can I book a room for the 50th anniversary?
“How soon can I book a reservation for 2020? Going in the last week of September and the first week of October. Being at the Magic Kingdom for …

Should I say offsite, onsite or do a split stay?
“”Dad, I am super torn about staying onsite versus offsite. I have hotel reserved is Kissimmee, the Red Lion for about $40 a night.” That’s a …

April 2018 Crowds and Star Wars Half Marathon
“Your crowd calendar lists April 15th through 21 as a great time to go, but other calendars have it as a busier time. Your crowd calendar also …

FastPass+ help for January 2018
“My wife and I are taking our five-year-old daughter and three-year-old son to Walt Disney World as a Christmas gift. We are staying in the Art …

How long are the Christmas decorations up after Christmas?
“My family and I are going to Walt Disney World from January 3rd through the 10th. Will the Christmas decorations still be up to enjoy?” …

Crowd Calendar Calculations
“Hi Dad, this fellow dad would like to know how you go about telling what crowds will be for future dates. Is it only previous year’s data, and …

Fathers Day Crowds at Walt Disney World
All right. Hi, love your page. How are Father’s Day crowds? Any part better for that day? In general, is that day more crowded at Islands of …

Can I swim at Walt Disney World in November?
I’m just starting to plan our Fall 2018 Trip to Walt Disney World. By the way, this is from Michelle in New York. You’ve kindly answered questions …

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ Seating and the Disney Dining Plan
This next question, this is one I’ve struggled with. I have to be honest. Even this morning, we were talking about it, and I’m still not sure …

Extra activities at Disney World for Grandkids
“We will be taking our five grandchildren to Disney World in the middle of November. We’d like to treat them to a few extra special activities. …

June weather at Walt Disney World
Any thoughts on mid-June weather at Disney World as far as the rain goes? When it rains, the Rainy Day Cavalcade replaces the regular parade …

Where to eat night of illuminations
” My husband and I have a night out and would like to see IllumiNations and have dinner. Any suggestions and not gourmet food?” There’s …

Dogs at Disney hotels and those allergic to dogs
“Dad, We have a trip booked for early November. With the news of families now allowed to have dogs at Disney hotels, that’s quite a concern …

Finding a hotel room during the Pop Warner Championships
“As of today, the Pop Warner teams do not know who’s going to the championships. Just curious, does Disney have a block of rooms for these people …

The Best Character Dining Experience at Walt Disney World?
“Hi, Dad. What is the best character dining experience? Been to Chef Mickey’s and are looking for something new. Thinking of Tusker House at …

Walking Program for WDW Vacation
“Hi, Dad. I had done a 60 day mark today. Do you know of any subscribers that have a good walking program to build up stamina for the trip? It …

Too late to get November Discounts?
“Any discounts coming for a trip already booked for this November? We’ve waited all year long and there seems to be nothing. We used another …

Magic Kingdom Touring in November
I was hoping for some advice on touring on Sunday November 26 and Wednesday the 29th of this year. My family of five with kids 7, 8 and 15 will …

Rivers of Light January 2018 schedule
“We are going to Disney in January 2018 and we want to make sure to visit Animal Kingdom on a day when Rivers of Light is scheduled. So far Disney …

Arrival time for Extra Magic Hours
“I plan on taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours. If Extra Magic Hours start at 8:00 a.m., what time should I arrive at the park?” You …

Uber and Lyft at Walt Disney World
“Hey Dad, does Uber or Lyft operate on Disney Property? We are staying on Property but at a non-Disney timeshare. The timeshare transportation …

Illuminations and La Hacienda in EPCOT
“Hi Dad, my husband and I are big fans of Mexican food and margaritas. We were told that La Hacienda is a good spot to eat dinner and view Illuminations …

Should I go to Walt Disney World in June or October?
“I’m planning a first and maybe last ever time trip and have two options; for June of six to seven days or mid October for four or five days. …

Death in the family can I get a refund no MNSSHP tickets?
I have a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket and my mother died. I can’t go. Can I get a refund? Dad Answers Frances,I am so sorry …

Can I stay at a Disney hotel without providing a credit or debit card?
“My family does not use credit or debit cards by choice. We have paid for our upcoming trip completely with Disney gift cards. Will we be able …

Add days to a 10 day ticket
“Hi,Can I add two more days to a 10 day pass?Thanks for your help.Gale” You might want to spend a day or two at Disney Springs …

Exchange old tickets for merchandise
“My wife and I went to Disney on our honeymoon around 13 years ago. We each had a four day Park Hopper card, however, we only used three days. …

King size beds at Pop Century Resort
“Do you know if the Pop Century has king size bed in ground level rooms?” Welcome to the Pop Century – Photo by Laurie Sapp I know …

Water park fun pass with two day purchase
“We have a two-day pass that comes with a water park included. Not sure how to navigate this. One of these days, we are going to EPCOT. The other …

Your Disney World crowd calendars don’t agree with touringplans.com
“I am confused by your statement that you rely heavily on TouringPlans for your crowd level’s planning’s but your crowd level predictions do …

Boogie Boards at the Disney World Water Parks
“Are you allowed to bring a boogie board for the wave pools?” The wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon looks so calm – Photo by Wayne Wood …

Which Disney Hotel for pool lovers?
“Hi, we are going to Walt Disney World with two teens and two adults. The teens love to swim, we aren’t sure where to stay. We want at least …

Disney World through 2021
“Dad, my family and I are planning on taking our new son to Disney World for his first trip in June 2019.” That’s so cool. “With Disney’s efforts …

Extra people in our Disney Hotel
“Me and my girlfriend are staying at a Value Resort, All Star Music. We have a friend and his fiancee that have two day tickets to the park but …

Can a non-Disney hotel guest rent a bike?
“Hi Dad!I’m a local (kinda). I live in Florida and actually have an annual pass to Disney. I live a two hours away and my Husband and I are …

Didn’t it all start with a rabbit?
“After going to Walt Disney World, I saw a lot of tee-shirts that said, ‘It All Started With The Mouse,’ and it got me thinking. Didn’t it all …

Morning Extra Magic Hours. Worth it?
“Hi Dad, We are headed to Disney November 26th through December 2nd. We are staying at the Wilderness Lodge. There are a few mornings that …

Making FastPass+ reservations when not sure of itinerary
“Hi Dad, we are going to WDW in February over President’s Day for my daughter’s gymnastics competition. Unfortunately the schedule for when she’ll …

Can I use my Disney Dining Plan before checking in at the resort
“Hey Dad. We have an upcoming trip planned for the week after Thanksgiving this year. November 26th through December 1st. We’re thinking of going …

10 year-old ordering off the child’s menu at Disney restaurants
“There is no way my 10 year old can order off the adult menu. He just does not eat enough. Will Disney question his age if I order off the kids’ …

Grocery items delivered to the Pop Century
Dad can you suggest a good grocery delivery service that would deliver to the Disney properties, like Pop Century? We’ll be staying at Pop …

Can adults fit in a Disney World Family Suite?
“I am thinking of booking a Family Suite with my family. However, we are all grown adults, my husband and I, a 22-year-old, a 23-year-old, and …

Does full hotels at Walt Disney World mean heavy crowds?
“The 2 weeks after Thanksgiving are flagged low crowds on many Disney blogs/sites, but when trying to get a WDW hotel room, not a lot of availability …

Hurricane Season in Florida
“Hi, My family and I are from California and we’re planning to visit WDW in early September 2018, recently we’ve heard that is peak hurricane season …

Rooms at Pop Century Resort
“We have a Disney trip coming up in November. We are staying at Pop Century Resort. We have stayed at Pop multiple times before and always …

Help with the week after Thanksgiving at WDW
“I’m looking for advice on our itinerary for our stay. We’re staying off-site (Wyndham Bonnet Creek) and have 5 day passes, no Park Hopper. Our …

Can I get my Mickey Mouse ears embroidered?
“I have a pair of mouse ears that were previously bought at Disney but were not embroidered. Can we bring them back on our next trip and have …

When will Hall of Presidents be open?
“My wife and I are going to Walt Disney World starting the 8th of December. Is there any information on when the Hall of Presidents will be open?” …

New Years Eve Fireworks on December 30th
“We will be going to MK on Dec. 30 when they do their first round of NYE fireworks. When should we start saving our spots for fireworks. We want to …

Do I need to rent a car if staying offsite?
“Should I rent a car if I’m staying at an off-site hotel?” You won’t get to ride on Magical Express – Photo by Cliff Wang Amber, that’s …

Do I have to use new MagicBands?
“This one comes from fun-seekers in Indiana. Since the new style of MagicBands rolled out at Disney World at the beginning of this year, has …

Renting an ECV at Walt Disney World
“How easy is it to get a motorized scooter into the parks? My mother is handicapped with a walking stick, but most likely will need to use a …

Ticket for a child turning 3 at Walt Disney World
“Do I need to purchase a ticket for my child who turns three once the trip begins?” Big Top Tent is a good place to get them some birthday …

Best offsite hotel for our Walt Disney World trip
“Hi, we are a family of four, with kids ages 10 and eight. I would love to go stay at a Disney resort, but coming from Australia we have to pay …

Will we ever be able to ride in the front car of the monorail at WDW again?
“Hello Dad (Carl), I recently watched a video on one of the Disney blogs of a group riding in the front car of the monorail in DisneyLAND. …

Dad’s Ride Rating System
“Can you explain Dad’s rating system for the rides?” What Tim is talking about is, on every ride page in Dad’s Guide, I have a little table …

Pop Century room Refurbishment update
“Carl, can you give me an update on the refurbishments of the Pop Century? What decade’s buildings have been completed so far? Thanks.” …

Early December Crowds
“Hello. First time Disney vacationers here, and we are so excited. Our three year old cannot wait. I have been reading every blog and trying …

Transportation from Pop Century to Universal Studios
‘What is the best, most cost-effective way to travel from the Pop Century to Universal Studios, round-trip?” This won’t get you there …

Be Our Guest Reservations and More
“Hello, we were lucky enough to get the chance to go to Disney at the end of October. I want to make dinner reservations at Be Our Guest, but …

Caribe Royal vs. Lake Buena Vista Village
“Going to Disney World the week before Christmas with two nights with my family of six. My wife and I, our four children, seven, five, three, …

Bus wait at Yacht Club Resort
“Hi, Dad. I was just wondering if you knew any issues with the buses at the Yacht Club as far as wait times and stops.” A beautiful sunset …

Planning a relaxing trip with minimal walking
“Hi Dad. I’ve been following your blog for quite some time and love all the information you provide. We are a family of four with a six year …

I want to go to Disney World for my birthday. December 28th.
“I’m wanting to go for my 21st birthday, which falls on December 28th. Do you have any tips on the best thing to do or where to stay for not …

A printable map of Disney Springs
I’m going to see Cirque de Soleil tomorrow (Wed., 8/16) and I printed a map yesterday that included the layout plus a list of where the restaurants and …

Where can I find a Pic-a-Nic Sandwich?
“What restaurant serves the Pic-a-Nic sandwich?” And the winner is… – Photo by Brett Svenson Pic-a-Nic sandwich, that sounds like …

Which week is typically better Labor Day or Columbus Day?
“Good afternoon. Love your page. So here goes. We are planning a trip to Disney World for Fall 2018 and have two weeks to choose from, and …

Late February and early March crowds at Walt Disney World
“What are the Walt Disney World events that might affect crowds at the end of February to the beginning of March 2018? We’re thinking of going …

Saving Spots in Line for Flight of Passage
“Hi, there. We are going to Walt Disney World the week after Thanksgiving in 2017. We have six adults and six children, nine to four, all tall …

Watching Holiday Wishes from the Magic Kingdom or the Polynesian?
“Hi, Dad. My family, me and my husband, my two little ones ages five and two are headed to Disney World for the first time together. We are going …

Pandora Flight of Passage for Pooh Sized People
“Any updates on Pandora’s Flight of Passage for Pooh-sized people. I saw comments when it first opened that it wasn’t very accommodating ride …

Crowds at Disney World during Star Wars Half Marathon
“We are visiting Disney April 15th through the 20th. I notice that the Star Wars Half Marathon will be there that weekend. We chose April because …

Cheerleader Competition and the 5 Best Weeks to Visit WDW
I’m surprised that you rated Feb 4-10 for 2018 so high on your top 5 best weeks to visit Walt Disney World.Mostly because Feb 7-12 of 2018 …

Christmas events at the parks
“My question has to do with the special activities going on in November at each park. Has there been any word on whether or not there will be …

Walt Disney World on $800
“My twins will turn six in December, and hubby and I want to stay at a resort and enjoy a theme park on Friday through Sunday to celebrate their …

Will this dress pass the dress code at WDW?
“Heading to Walt Disney World with a teenage granddaughter who will be 15. She found a dress that she would like to wear in the parks. It’s a …

Dessert parties worth it?
“Hi Dad, I’ve been checking your videos for a while and they are great, so thanks for all the tips. So, I’m going to WDW on the second week …

Can I get a FastPass for the Candlelight Processional?
“Can you FastPass seats for the Candlelight Processional show? I tried to get a reservation making a dining reservation with the dining plan …

Will I be disappointed in Walt Disney World in January?
“This is a two part question. First, last time we went to Disney it was in December leading up to Christmas. My wife is worried that going in …

Upgrade Annual Pass from Package
“My fiancee is paying for his kids and myself for a June 2018 six-day vacation. What he doesn’t know is that I am planning on treating him in …

Memorial Day 2018
“Hey, Dad – We are going to WDW Memorial Day Weekenf 2018, (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). I’ve noticed your calendar says these will be Moderate …

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Princesses
“My daughter has an appointment booked at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Disney Springs for our vacation in December. She is getting the top castle …

Can’t get ADR’s what now?
“What if a restaurant has no availability? What are your options?” Via Napoli is good, but hard to get an ADR for – Photo by Cliff Wang …

Memorial Day compared to the week before Christmas
“I am looking at going to Disney World the week before Christmas. I wanted to go the second week of December but I’m in college and that’s my …

Transportation from the All Star Movies
“We are staying at the All-Star Movies and have two character breakfasts set up, one for the Grand Floridian and the other at the Beach Club. …

Where can I find a Walt Disney World growth chart
“Where can I find a Disney parks growth chart?” Get Dad’s Growth Chart Let me see, where would I find one of those… Oh, I’ve got …

All Star Resort Reservation for Dance Contest
“I was trying to book a room at any of the All-Star resorts for May 2018 because my granddaughter will compete in a dance contest there. I know …

Combining ADR’s
“I will be going to Walt Disney World with extended family, three families. Each family has their own My Disney Experience account and we’ve …

Granddaughter in Port Orleans Pool
“I will be staying at the Port Orleans and my granddaughter will be staying at Fort Wilderness. I can invite her over one night to swim at the …

This WDW veteran has *only* ONE day at MK!!
“Almost everything I find is about lengthy stays and not geared towards one precious day at MK. We decided to make a one day detour on another …

Why no Free Dining on November 11?
“We will be arriving at Disney world on November 11th, and for some reason, our week is a blackout date for free dining, even though the weeks …

When is Brazil Week?
“Hi Dad. I’m planning a trip for 2018, possibly February. I know that Jersey Week is in January, but is Brazil Week or weeks in February? I was …

Rivers of Light in March 2018
“Hi Dad, we visited Animal Kingdom a few months ago, in March. Rivers of Light was only showing on selected days and we missed it. We plan to …

Planning a trip for 18, HELP!
“Where can I go to get a Disney Planner to take care of everything from tickets to lodging to meals to a daily plan for 18 people (9 adults and …

Walt Disney World ticket from 1978
“Hiya, Dad. I have a very unique question. I hope that you can help. My mother has my original ticket from 1978, my first visit to Disney. Believe …

I can’t get ADR’s for November. Is the crowd calendar wrong?
Alright, there are two questions that are almost identical, so I just put them together because really they are identical. First one… …

Best day to visit WDW in August
“What is the best day to visit in August?” You might see the Boo to You Parade – Photo by Wayne Wood Dad’s August Crowd Calendar …

Animal Kingdom Crowds on Extra Magic Hours days
“Hi, Dad. I’m a big fan. “Our next trip to Walt Disney World is March 2nd-9th in 2018. With the opening of Pandora, would it be better to visit …

Night of Joy 2018 and crowds at WDW
We are planning a trip in September, now I realize this is a long way out and the crowd calendars change multiple times before then. Even with …

T-Rex Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus
“We have scheduled a magic trip to Walt Disney World. Our trip is in December. Is the T-Rex Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Disney Springs …

Is Labor Day a good time to go to Walt Disney World?
“Does Labor Day effect low crowds at Walt Disney World? I’m trying to squeeze in as much as possible in as little time as possible for my graduating …

How long will I have to wait in line at Walt Disney World
“Hey, Dad. We’re planning to go to Walt Disney World January 17th and 26th. We won’t be at the parks every day, but we’re staying onsite. I have …

Transportation when staying in a Monorail Hotel
“Is staying at one of the monorail resorts the best idea for getting around parks? What do we do for one of these resorts if we want to go to …

Is Memory Maker worth it?
“Is Memory Maker worth it?” I bet they have Memory Maker – Photo by Cliff Wang That’s a really good question. Another, “Is it worth …

Animal Kingdom Extra Magic Hours, October 2017
“Do you think they will extend Animal Kingdom hours for October 2017? If so, when will it be announced? Rivers of Light is pretty cool …

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package
“Is the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package worth the extra for VIP parade view? We like Tony’s, but we don’t have to eat there. …

Walt Disney World Crowds right after New Years
“I know, we have scheduled a magical trip to Walt Disney World on December 27th to January 7th. Family of five. Polynesian, Club Level, Castle …

Which room at the Nemo section of the Art of Animation
“My wife and I, three adults, son’s family, two adults, children six, five, and an infant have reservations for the Art of Animation in Nemo …

The best day to visit the Magic Kingdom
“What is the best day of the week, Monday through Sunday, to visit the Magic Kingdom when there’s not a holiday or any other event going on? …

Special celebrations worth extra money?
“Hi Dad, 10 of us are going this December. Five adults, five children ranging in age from 1 to 13. I have already bought Mickey’s Very Merry …

2018 Walt Disney World Military Discounts
“Hi. Do you know when the 2018 military room discounts and tickets will be posted?” The Flag Retreat at the Magic Kingdom honors a veteran …

Best time to book a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel
“You have any recommendations for how far in advanced to book a trip in a Disney World Resort Hotel?” You’ll want to book the Pop Century …

A Disney present for Dad
“Hi Dad, my sister, my dad and I are planning a trip to Euro Disney in the new year and my dad’s birthday is coming up. AS a dad, are there any …

Disneyland Guidebook and Information
Hey Dad, I’m afraid to ask a Disneyland question, but who else would I turn to? My wife, decided on a whim that we would go to California in …

Crowds during the Star Wars Weekend Half Marathon
Hi, Dad. We’re going to Disney for the first time with kids in April 2018. We’re supposed to be arriving the weekend of Star Wars Half Marathon. …

Family Suites at the All Star Music Resort
“I will be staying at the All Star Music Resort with my family in a family suite during my Disney vacation. Can you tell me about this hotel?” …

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Newbies
“Hello Dad and happy Father’s Day. We will be making our first trip to Disney at Christmas this year.” “Due to work schedules, our trip falls …

Should I go to Walt Disney World in August or December
Hi. We are debating between a trip August 20th through 24th or December 16th through 21st. August rain and heat are our biggest worry, but the …

Convention room request at the Grand Floridian
“We will be traveling to the Grand Floridian for a conference. Our room booking was called an outside building garden view. Any idea which building …

October through December Walt Disney World discounts
“Do you think Disney will release any discounts for the rest of October and in the coming months?” You might book the Animal Kingdom …

Where to get FastPass+ information?
“Where can we find out what FastPasses are available? We are over 60 days out and cannot search on what is available. What would like to know …

Christmas lights on Cinderella Castle on MVMCP night
“Hi Dad. We have our trip coming at the end of November and our day at the Magic Kingdom is November 26. I know that night is a Mickey’s Very …

Will Disney’s new Express Transportation save time?
“Is the Express Transportation option really worth it for saving time while park hopping?” The Checkin point at EPCOT – Photo by Laurie …

Which Disney Resorts have the best reputation for being clean
“First visit to Disney with a six year old. Reading reviews and finding a lot of complaints about the value and moderate resorts of musty rooms …

After Dark at Animal Kingdom in 2018
“We are going to Disney in January, 16th through 27th, 2018. I was wondering if the park is going to have night hours.” Pandora is SPECTACULAR …

Pop Century Refurbishment in 2017
“Is every room at the Pop Century getting refurbished, renovated, in 2017? We are going to the Pop Century the week after Thanksgiving, and we’re …

ADR’s at 180 or 190 days?
“What is the difference between those who can book ADRs at 180 days out, and those who I have read about that have a 10 jump or 190 days out? …

Fireworks before Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
“We are going to Walt Disney World the week after Thanksgiving. Good week to go. I’m wondering if the fireworks and nighttime spectacular will …

ADHD and Autism at Walt Disney World
“Hi. I am looking to take my nine-year-old boy to Walt Disney World, but I am finding it all very daunting. He doesn’t really like rides and …

Using unactivated tickets at Disney World
“Hi Dad. I just read your response regarding unused tickets. A woman who’s flight was canceled in October of 2015 should be able to use her old …

Dessert Parties at Magic Kingdom
We will be at Walt Disney World for our honeymoon in November. We’re looking at doing a dessert party at one of the parks, but notice there …

Packages sent to a Disney Hotel
“Hi, Dad. I’m from the U.K., and recently booked two weeks stay in the Wilders Lodge for October, November 2018. After grand advice from your site, …

Walt Disney World in June vs. May
“Hi Dad, we were supposed to go to Walt Disney World May 6th through 13th but had to reschedule our trip because of a medical emergency. Instead, …

Crowds at Walt Disney World the Week before Christmas
“Hey Dad, how bad are the crowds the week before Christmas? We’re debating on the week of the 10th or the week of the 17th, thanks.” …

We’re staying at the Pop Century, family staying at Art of Animation
“I have a family staying at a suite in the Art of Animation and they have invited us to travel at the same time. We only want a regular room …

Can I use cash if I’m on the Disney Dining Plan?
“We are going for five days and one of the credits to use on the last day. Can I pay for one table service instead of using the dining plan? …

Polynesian or Beach Club
“I’m torn on what hotel to stay at. We have a family of five, 13, 12, 10 and in 2015 we stayed at the Beach Club and absolutely loved it. The …

$75 Gift Card Incentive at WDW
“I keep reading about resorts at WDW … Uh, Walt Disney World giving guests $75 gift cards per night each night of their stay. Which resorts …

Disney Visa Card and Free Dining
I have heard that the Disney Visa Card company sometimes offers Free Dining for card holders prior to release to the public. How do you find this information. …

How do I ride all the rides in EPCOT in one day?
What’s the best way to ride all the rides in EPCOT the last week in September? It all revolves around Frozen Ever After – Photo by …

The week after Thanksgiving in 2017?
“We are planning to come the day after Thanksgiving for a week based on your crowd calendar. Just say you picked another week in December to come …

Free Dining effects on the Crowd Calendar
“Do the free dining dates usually affect the crowd calendars in December? We are going December 7th through 15th, 2018. Basically what I’m …

Do you have park predictions/guidelines for which parks to go to on what days as far as crowds go?
I see that you have color coded days for crowds, but do you break it down to which parks are better to go to on certain days vs. others? Thanks! …

What time does Fastpass+ booking open?
Hi Dad, We are heading to Disneyworld in May and are lucky enough to be staying at a Disney Resort. I know that I can book my Fastpasses 60 days …

When will the October 2017 Walt Disney World Discounts come out?
Video Transcript This is from Suzanne in Alabama. She asked, “When do you believe Disney will release October 2017 specials?” Well, Suzanne, …

Can I still use old Walt Disney World tickets?
Video Transcript I don’t know who sent this in. “I bought four five-day Park Hopper Passes in 2002, two adults and two children. We only used …

Princess Half Marathon and Park Crowds
Video Transcript Question from Nelson in Louisiana. How does the Princess Half Marathon affect the parks as far as crowds, Magic Kingdom …

April or November at Walt Disney World?
Video Transcript Here’s a question from Ilse from Dallas, Texas. At least that’s the way you say her name. She says, “Hi, we are suppose to …

Will the Pop Warner Crowds be there on December 3rd?
Video Transcript Our next question comes from Pete in New York. Pete says, We want your opinion. We are headed to the all star resorts on November …

Mini Christmas tour of Disney resorts
Video Transcript Allen from Zephyrhills, Florida says, “We read your suggestion route for seeing the decorations at all the resorts.” …

Pro Bowl 2017 crowds at Disney World
Video Transcript Next question comes from Lindsay from East Lansing, Michigan. “I’m wondering what your best guess is as to how the …

Plan for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
What is the best plan for first time to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party without kids? Video Transcript That’s a pretty good question. …

Pop Warner weekend crowds at Walt Disney World
Video Transcript Don’t know who sent this in. Pop Warner at Disney. How bad will the crowds be the weekend of December 3rd when the Pop …

Help! 2 days at WDW- decisions, decisions!!
Video Transcript From Confused Mom. Help. Two days at Disney World. Decisions, decisions. I will be traveling to Walt Disney World with …

Magic Kingdom on MVMCP day or not?
Video Transcript L from Wyoming asks about crowds at The Magic Kingdom. She says “We are visiting Walt Disney World November 16 through …

Crowd level during Christmas Week
Video Transcript Here is two question actually. This next one I have combined two questions into one question because they’re about the same …

My Phone isn’t working with MyDisneyExperience
I’ve talked to WDW and they’ve updated the mobile app. My phone doesn’t support it anymore. I just bought it last year!! How do I stay connected when …

Can US residents buy the 14-day UK Pass?
(This question was answered on the November 11, 2016 Lunch with Dad. Check it out at Lunch with Dad ) We are traveling to Orlando from New England …

May Crowds at WDW
You have May 22-26 as heavy crowds blaming Memorial Day except the holiday weekend is after these dates. Is this a mixup or truth? Just trying to mentally …

Whispering Canyon Cafe or Hoop Dee Doo Revue?
Video Transcript Hi. Dad here again, with another video Ask Dad.This question comes from Debbie in Georgia: Dad, in your opinion, which is …

Go to Disney World Spring Break or Thanksgiving Week?
Video Transcript Hi, Dad here again with another video Ask Dad. This question comes from Chris in Oklahoma City. By the way, hi Chris, neighbor. …

2016 Disney Parks Parade Taping
Video Transcript Howdy. Dad here again with another video, Ask Dad. Today we have a question from Denise in Dallas, Texas. Denise said, “We …

Will the Christmas decorations be up on Black Friday
Video Transcript Oh, Hi. Yeah, hang on, I’ll just … listen to a little Juice Newton. Great song. “Playing With the Queen of Hearts”, love …

Can’t make FastPass+ reservations for Princess Fairytale Hall
Hi Dad -My family and I are going to Disney from November 27th through December 9th! I went to make a Fastpass for my daughter to meet Rapunzel and …

Christmas Decorations at the Disney Hotels
Video Transcript Howdy, Dad here with another video, Ask Dad. This one, well, I don’t know who this one comes from, they didn’t leave their …

Make our First Walt Disney World Trip Special
The Video Transcript Hi, Dad here with another video Ask Dad. Today’s question comes from Stephanie in Pennsylvania. Her title is Only Trip. …

The January Walt Disney World Discounts
FINAL UPDATE The General Public discounts became available this morning. Save up to $500 dollars, but get in quickly. Inventory is VERY limited. …

Caribbean Beach Bus Service
Video Transcript Hi. Dad here again with another video Ask Dad. Today we’re going to do something a little different. We’re going to talk on the …

Walt Disney World Park Ticket Questions
Video Transcript Hi. It’s Dad here again with another video, Ask Dad. In fact today we have two questions to answer. They’re about tickets so …

Advice for staying at the Swan
We are planning a trip to Disney this November. We are staying at the Swan and would like to know if you recommend an area/block of rooms to request …

Extended Hours at Animal Kingdom
I see that Animal Kingdom is staying open until 11pm……will this continue through the whole year? Our vacation is the last week in September through …

Are Disney World Height Requirements Accurate
Transcript of the Video -Hi, Dad here. Welcome to the first video Ask Dad. This is going to be pretty cool, we’re going to test it out, and …

Is the New Flying Fish Restaurant worth it?
Transcript Hi, Dad here again with a quick video ask dad. This question comes from … Well, I don’t know who it comes from. Well, I’m going …

Main Street Electrical Parade Replacement
Are there any rumors about replacing the Electrical Parade by December? We are going to be there December 11 through 17 and will really miss this parade. …

Mickey Mouse Christmas Outfit 2016
Transcript of Video Hi, Dad here with another video Ask Dad. I hope you’re enjoying these. Today’s question comes from Monica in San …

Can We Reuse Magic Bands
We have Magic Bands from a previous visit to WDW. Can we use these same bands for an upcoming visit? Mydisneyexperience.com wants me to customize (new?) …

Goofy Run 2017
A friend of ours will be doing the Goofy Run this coming January. We have a condo in Kissimmee, and would like to watch the race and cheer him on. Are …

Are the Animation Studios Still There?
My husband and have been visiting Disney since 1989. We took our three children to Disneyworld Christmas of 1989, and loved it. We are returning this …

Will I be able to make tea in my room?
Do the hotels provide kettles and are you able to buy fresh milk, coming from England I don’t drink coffee and I drink tea. Do the rooms have refrigerators? …

Online tickets from the Official Ticket Center?
Hi Dad, we are traveling from Mexico next week for a 7 day trip (first and last day only traveling), and I still haven’t purshased the tickets, I thought …

Tipping
This week, Dad got a really important question: Do we have to add tips to everything? Disney World restaurants expect a 18-20% tip. Photo …

How Can I Get an ‘Ohana Reservation?
180 days before I leave. I get up at 4:45am (IL time) I get everything pre typed ready to get my reservation at O’hana for dinner. Scrolling, scrolling, …

Restaurant Reservations and Requests
Dining is a hot topic on the mind of Dad’s readers this week. Once again, we have a couple of questions that we can tackle together. So let’s get to …

Will I like Saratoga Springs?
I’ve booked at Saratoga Springs, with free dining for Nov. I’m nervous about the style and upgrade of rooms. I can’t find alot of feed back on this resort. …

Booking Hotels, Packages, ADRs…
Dad’s had a bunch of booking questions lately, so let’s look at them all today!Our first question comes from a reader who asks… Once I pay my …

Will Magic Kingdom Have Fireworks in November?
Hi we are going to WDW November 12 to the 18. I noticed that they have no fireworks scheduled. Do they only do them on nights they have the Christmas …

How Do We Get Around Fort Wilderness?
Next year will be my first year RV camping at Ft Wilderness. Everything I have read leaves me very confused on the internal transportation within the …

Changing Park Hours
Park Hours are a big topic on the mind of Dad’s readers lately – and who can blame them with all of the special events, new night time entertainment, and …

Disney World Discounts in 2016
Today we have a two-for-one Q&A on Ask Dad – how’s that for a great value? First, Robin asks, We have booked a room, and ticket package for Nov.28-Dec.4. …

First Visit Ever and SCARED to DEATH!!!
Hi Dad, my wife and I are in our mid 40’s, neither of us have ever had the pleasure of visiting any Disney Park, and we have one beautiful 4 year old …

Are pool toys allowed at Pop Century?
Are pool toys allowed at Pop Century, nothing big. Dive sticks balls etc. Dive in to the pool at the Pop Century – Photo by Judd Helms Dad’s …

Can I Dine with Anna and Elsa?
Are Anna and Elsa at the Akershus princess breakfast? Queen Elsa and Princess Anna arrive in Norway – Photo by WDW Shutterbug Dad’s Let …

Getting in and out of boats at the Magic Kingdom
We are headed to WDW in May and I am concerned about getting out of the boats at It’s a Small World and Pirates of the Carribean. Both of my knees …

Are There Pool Towels at the Pop?
We Are staying at Pop Century in May – Are towels provided at the pools? How far is the walk to the Art of Animation Resort? Taking a dip in …

A Quiet Location for Wishes?
Hi Dad! We’re taking our boys for their first Disney trip soon! I was wondering if there might be a good place to view Wishes where we can still hear …

Morning Plan for EPCOT
Is it possible, or realistic, to be at EPCOT at rope drop, hustle over to Test Track, ride it once, then ride it again with a 9:25-10:25 fast pass, exit …

Will We See Enough Christmas in November?
Dad,We are traveling to Disney World for my son’s 13th birthday. Our plan was to go Nov 11-19 but we are hearing that the holiday decorations and activities …

What Attractions Can My Little One Enjoy?
Hi Dad, We’re hoping to visit Walt Disney World with a 14 month old. Can you please tell me what rides/attractions in each park a little one can enjoy? …

Predictions on December 2017 Crowds?
Hi Dad, I am considering going to Disney in December 2017. I know prices and what not will not come up until summer. We are considering a long weekend …

Is there a fee to park at WDW?
Is the fee to park at WDW per day? Based on your article I believe it is. So if you go in 5 days, you would pay that fee per day? There’s no bulk discount? …

Is the Magic Kingdom Closing Earlier?
I’m nervous that the park hours for this summer has MK closing at 10:00. We like to take advantage of the lack of crowds and heat late at night. I know …

Best Way to Buy or Upgrade Tickets?
Questions about tickets seem to be on the minds of Dad’s readers lately, so let’s hop to it and answer them!First I got a message about using Air Miles, …

Where can I get information on Disneyland Paris?
Hi, Can you recommend any resources (web sites or people) to get your level of insight for Disneyland Paris? Thank you. Dad’s not a Disneyland …

Shopping malls near Disney
Hi we are going to Disney in August for woohoo 3 weeks – I don’t drive over there but would like one day to visit a shopping mall – not a designer one …

What’s my best option for dinner on Easter Sunday?
Hi there, my family and I (my son who is 9 and my husband) are going to Disney World for Easter this year and I have booked a few Buffet restaurants for …

What are the Best Transportation Options at the All-Star Music?
We are going to Disney World in late August. We are staying at the All Star Music Resort because with 13 people, we needed the suites and standard rooms …

Should We Book Mickey’s Backyard BBQ?
We are planning to visit Disney World and have it coincide with our daughters birthday this year. We would like to take her to the Mickeys’ Backyard …

September 2016 Free Dining Deals?
When will the September 2016 FREE Dining deals be made public? A great Free Dining Lunch from Be Our Guest – Photo by Judd Helms Dad’s it’s …

Is the Disney Dining Plan Worth It?
Hi Dad! We are going on a trip in November of this year for 5 nights. My parents and brothers will be getting a two room villa and no dining plan. …

Zika at Walt Disney World
Hey Dad, what do you think about Zika at Walt Disney World? Should I worry about it? ***UPDATE: Since the Zika threat has subsided the resources mentioned …

Can I Get a Ticket Refund?
Can I get a refund on old never used annual pass tickets? If you have old, unexpired tickets, use them!- Photo by Mike Billck Dad’s Good …

Will we get the full Christmas effect during Thanksgiving week?
Hey Dad, Our family has been to WDW several times, but never during Christmas season. It looks like based on work and school schedules that we could …

What’s the deal with crowds?
Boy oh boy, Dad’s been getting a lot of questions lately about crowd, crowds, and more crowds! Instead of answering them one at a time, we’re going …

How Can I Become a Disney Travel Specialist?
Recently, Dad got 2 questions about becoming a Disney Travel Agent. Keana asks, Hi, I have been interested in becoming a Disney Travel Planner …

When will Frozen Ever After open at EPCOT?
Hi Dad, We are thinking of taking off for Disney World for Mother’s Day weekend this May. Your crowd calendar says mostly green and blue for those days, …

Where Can I Find Softer Food at WDW?
I saw your posts about Casey’s at MK. I went a few years ago and the bread was hard and thick like french bread, even on the plain dogs, which we hate. …

Which Days Should I Visit Each Park?
We are planning a family (for our 40th anniversary) Disney vacation with 12 people – 6 adults and 6 kids. We are coming from the AAU volleyball tournament …

How Will Gay Days Impact Our Plans?
We have scheduled our trip from May 29th – June 3rd. We just found out that our trip overlaps the Gay Days. Can you tell me if the majority of participants …

MVMCP in 2016?
How can I find show time calender for November 2016! To make sure my dining works and also my timing for Mickeys Christmas Party?? Mickey’s Very …

Picking New Experiences
How do you think the added security (electric wands/metal detectors) will affect park hopping?? We are life long Disney fans and DVC members – we …

Which Longhouse Has the Best View?
HI Dad, We are going to be staying at the Poly in May for our first trip as a family. My husband is a disabled vet and won’t be spending all day in the …

Should We Pick Park Hopper?
We are trying to decide on park hopper tickets. If we decline those, is it possible to go to one park in the morning, leave for a rest, the return …

Disney at Christmas
Hi there! We have two young daughters (5 1/2 and 6 1/2) who have DREAMT of Disney since they could talk! We FINALLY think we can make it work and would …

Which Hotel Is Right for my Family?
Dad – what a great site! So much great information. If you could please give me you opinion on the best hotel for our family. We are booking a 6 …

What Time Should I Reserve My FastPass+ for?
Everything I’ve read about getting fastpass+, says I should get them for morning so that I can get more for the rest of the day. Isn’t it better to be …

What are Crowds and Weather like in September?
I was wondering about your crowd projection for the last week in September and first week in October. I have looked at so many sights, even yours, …

What time do the parks REALLY open?
Hey there! We’re heading to Disney in March and I had a question about the parks opening. I read everything you said about park hours but I was curious… …

Freaking out about Filming the Christmas Day Parade
Hi Dad!So I’m slightly freaking out over the filming of the Christmas Parade.I was planning on going to Magic Kingdom and attending Mickey’s Very …

I’ve never had the chance to eat at Tortuga Tavern!
Do you know when Tortuga Tavern is open? We’ve been during off-season (Nov-Dec and Jan-Feb) and we’ve also been in August (almost every other year). …

FastPass+ is it better to got early or late?
Is there any data on whether people with FastPass+ reservations tend to use either the 1st or 2nd half of the reservation window? That is, any advantage …

Can Annual Passholders Enter During MNSSHP?
Friends of mine are going to Mickeys Halloween Party. They have tickets to the party only and I have annual passes. I’m not going to the party but …

What’s the value of a 15th Anniversary Ticket?
I have an unused WDW 15th anniversary complimentary ticket. I cannot find any information on the potential value of this ticket anywhere on the net. …

Is an Afternoon Rest a Waste of Time?
Hi, First off, your website is an amazing resource so thank you! It has been invaluable in planning our upcoming trip. We (husband, 6 year old …

Can I Go to WDW Without the Rides?
Don’t care about the rides/attractions but would be interested in staying inside a few nights & be able to walk around some of it after our Caribbean …

Is September Usually So Crowded?
Mike My wife and I just got back from Disney world on a trip from Sept. 12 thru 18. The crowds were worse this trip than when we went the first …

Tell Me About the Beds at Pop Century…
This week Dad got not one but 2 great questions about the Pop Century Resort and they both have to do with beds, so let’s tackle them together. …

What’s December Like at WDW?
What part of December is the best time to go with small crowds? Also is the weather bad when you go in December? Dad’s It’s the Most Wonderful …

Will I Fit on Rides Like Dinosaur?
I am going to Disney in November 2015. I am currently 5’5” and 340lbs. I haven’t ridden rides in a long time because I have been too scared to fit. …

Where are the Characters?
I thought I’d seen a list… or guide… what characters are generally in what locations…Did I dream it? I know there’s never any guarantee, …

What Tips Do You Have for a Long Stay?
Hello Dad! I really like everything that you do Walt Disney World wise. You are truly an inspiration and a great joy to read. My wife, my …

Are the Eat to the Beat Concerts Really Free?
I am not interested in eating any of the food at the Wine & Food festival. I am going at the end of October and would like to see Jo Dee Messina and …

Beach Club vs. Yacht Club?
Is there any particular reason why booking Beach Club is preferrable over the Yacht Club. They share the same pools, and the pools are part of the reason …

Will All of the Christmas Decorations be Up in Time for my Trip?
I’m going to be at Disney world on the 6th of December. Will the decorations be complete by then? Dad’s I Don’t Want to be a Scrooge Answer Howdy! …

What will the Weather be like in September?
Hi how do you think the weather will be in September this year were going the 13th-21st. Dad’s Weatherman Answer Angie, I’m not a weatherman. …

Where do the Pop Warner Crowds Stay?
Is Caribbean beach resort hosting pop warner this year? What day do those guests tend to thin out? Dad’s Perspective Answer Jessica, don’t …

How Does Memory Maker Work?
This week, Dad got two questions about using the professional photographers in the parks, so to make sure everyone’s on the same page, I’ll answer them …

Any Tips for Taking My Parents?
Hi 🙂 I am planning a trip in October for just my parents and I. I would like to make it a little extra special for them. I do have a gift basket …

Should we go in January or September?
Hi Dad! We are a family of four planning a trip to Disney World for 2016. We were wondering your thoughts one going in January versus September. We know …

Does Disney take Visa Debit or prepaid cards for Hotels?
Hi dad,great website been a fan for a bit and needed to ask you a few questions if you could help us out…1st do you have to have a Visa or Mastercard …

Free Dining at the Pop Century?
Is Pop normally one of the hotels offered in free dining? Dad’s For Now Answer Stacey, Free Dining is one of the most popular promotions of …

Crowd Levels at Walt Disney World
Hello Dad, I am very anxious about crowds so I really want go in September. But my friend can’t so we are looking at late May-Early June. I am a very visual …

TSA took our Disney Birthday Button
TSA took my daughter’s Disney World birthday button!! They are not consistent; she also had a “I’m celebrating” button on and that was allowed to stay. …

Can I buy Disney Tickets from work?
Can you stay on site, in a Disney hotel, but purchase your tickets from a different company?  I can get a corporate discount from my work, but we want …

Crowds at Easter 2016 vs Memorial Day
Trying to decide the best time according to our school calendar, as far as crowds. We just got back staying Presidents week 2015 and though the crowds …

Booking my WDW Vacation too early?
Do you know, if you make your reservations and then Disney has a special offer can you call and get the special offer on your existing reservation? …

Is Downtown Disney Worth a Spot in Our PLAN?
We are from Canada and have been to WDW 4 times in the last 5 years. It is just my husband and I (62) and we always loved going to Downtown Disney in …

The Best Night for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?
For 2015, which night would you attend the MNSSHP, if you’re looking for lowest crowd. Friday 9/25, Sunday 9/27 or Thursday 10/1? Thank you! …

Transportation to the Disney Parks
So happy to have found you, Dad!I have a question about going to parks when they first open. We plan to arrive as early as possible at Magic …

Crowds/Weather Time to Go September or October
My family is planning a trip for this coming September (14th or 21st) or Early/Mid-October. I saw that there were large South American tour groups in September …

Should We Try World Showcase on Thanksgiving Weekend?
Your website is fantastic and has been very helpful to me in planning our first vacation to WDW and USF. Our vacation is scheduled for 11/26-12/5/15. …

Should I go to WDW the First Week of November?
Hi Dad,Thanks for taking the time.We originally were going to go the week right before Thanksgiving, but family changed that plan.We are from …

Best tips for WDW Water Parks
What is your best tip for visiting one of the Florida water parks? These slides get busy quickly – Photo by Disney Image Makers Dad’s Waterpark …

Stay at Disney and Universal hotels for perks?
Hi,We’re a family of 4-2A, 2C(11 year boy, 4 year girl) and we’ll be in Orlando between 1st July – 9th July 2015.We’re coming all the way from …

Extra Magic Hours and FastPass+
Dad, if you are staying on property, and going to the Magic Kingdom for morning Extra Magic Hours, are you able to reserve FastPass+ for that early extra …

Should I go the Saturday after Thanksgiving?
I am planning my first trip to Disney World since 1981… My wife has never been, and we don’t get to vacation often at all. We are looking at a 12 …

Disney Trading Pins on eBay
There are numerous sellers on eBay that claim their pins are tradeable with Cast Members at Walt Disney World. I’m concerned with some of the buyer feedback …

Transportation from WDW to Universal
Our family is planning to purchase a vacation package through Disney including flights, resort, park tickets and dining. If we want to take a day to visit …

Why is the first weekend in May so busy?
We always prefer to use your crowd calendar as a guide on our previous vacations. We are planning a trip for May 2016. I notice you noted the 2nd and 3rd …

Where to get WDW Park Tickets
I am taking 5 of us in June 2015 need 2 day park tickets where can I purchase them for a good price? Dad’s let me introduce… Answer Carole, …

Disney World at the end of May 2015?
I am trying to find a good time to go to Disney without having to pull out of school. I see where Memorial Day weekend is crazy. How bad is it just …

Disney World Carbon Footprint
Hi , I’m watching a nice TV program about Walt Disney World and they have a large fireworks display. They also burn a large amount of propane in explosions. …

Have you heard about this special for Disney Resorts?
One time when we booked a trip to stay at a resort over the phone the person assisting us asked if this was our fifth time staying at a Disney resort. …

Tickets for our Disney World Wedding
We are getting married in Disney World November 12, 2015. Along with the package we get 2 annual passes. However, we will need to get 2 children’s tickets …

Disney World Night of Joy and MNSSHP
Hey Dad! We’re looking to plan a senior trip for night of joy and hoping to combine with a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. When do dates typically …

Walt Disney World Crowds in late May
My 9 year old son and I will be visiting at the end of May 2015 or first of June. We are staying on property and this is his first trip. Crowds/wait …

How To Create Agenda For Walt Disney World?
Hi – My name is Robert. My family, 7 adults, will be visiting Walt Disney World in May. When we went to California Adventure in December. They told …

Is the Disney Dining Plan worth it?
I’m in the beginning stages of planning a trip to Disney World for one of my daughters’ 5th birthday. In the past, I’ve always just added a dining plan, …

Should I cancel my WDW Trip?
We are booked to come to Disney in 2 weeks. My elderly dad is in the ICU & is not doing well. I think we should cancel but my husband thinks we should …

Buses at the Disney Hotels
Here’s another set of questions that are very similar about the bus service at the Disney Hotels.From Kate,Hi Dad! My boyfriend and I are going …

Top 5 WDW Restaurants for a Honeymoon Couple
We’re heading to Walt Disney World on our Honeymoon. We’ll be using the Disney Dining Plan. What restaurants would you recommend for an adult couple …

New Cool MagicBand Question
We got a couple of very similar questions about MagicBands, so I thought I’d combine them and answer them in one post.From Margie in San Diego …

WDW Crowds and Resort question?
Off your calender it looks like things won’t be crazy crowd wise but wanted some personal input. =) We have time to go between May 17th to May 23rd. We …

ID check at Art of Animation gate
I understand that Art of Animation has a gate and a driver’s license is checked. Do you know which one they want? Driver’s name of reservation person, …

Adding Days to our MagicBands
If we are checking in to Art of Animation on Sunday, can we put an extra day on the MagicBand and use it to go to a park on Saturday? It’s …

When to go to WDW? Dec/Jan or March?
Hello, We have been to Walt Disney World in more slower times (beginning of May, middle of Nov) which we loved! But now we need to stick to the school …

Should I avoid parks the day they have extra magical hours?
I am staying at a Disney hotel and am not sure whether I should take advantage of the extra magical hours. Some people recommend against going to a park …

2015 International Food and Wine Festival Dates
When is the 2015 Food and Wine Festival? Get some good food – Photo by WDW Shutterbug Dad’s that’s a good question Answer Valerie,You’ve …

Disney Dining Plan phased out?
Hi, is the Disney Dining plan being phased out for 2014 and if so are they going to replace it with an alternative? Get a hot dog free? Maybe, maybe …

Crowds in early May
Just curious as to why you have May 2 and 3 2014 as being wall to wall crowds. I saw on another site that was a good time to go. We are looking to go …

Which night for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Hi Dad! A huge bucket-list item of mine has always been to see WDW decorated for Christmas! My dream is coming true as we are going soon, Nov 10-16 and …

The Week before Christmas at WDW
I know going the week of Christmas is very busy, too busy in fact but what about the week before. My family and I were just at WDW in June and because …

Where do I see the Villians at WDW?
Hi there! My sons are very into the Disney villains. I saw something recently that they had a Villain day on a Friday the 13th this year. Is there any …

Thanksgiving Week Crowds
Do you have any tips for a family of 5 for going the week of Thanksgiving? We have been to WDW 4 other times always the first week in December and love …

March vs April Crowd Levels
We went to Disney world in march this year during spring break and queues for attractions were long. Looking at going again 2015, can’t decide whether …

Refridgerator problems at Disney World
Hey Dad! Love your website and blog! Really looking forward to the WDW Magazine to be released! Have you heard any updates on the fridge situation at the …

WDW/Jersey Week & Half Marathon Crowds
Just wondering what are your thoughts on the crowd levels at WDW during the Wine & Dine Half Marathon? We are planning a trip November 7-11, 2013 and are …

Looking for Poly Alternatives and Fall 2014 Advice 🙂
My mom has never been to the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival and it’s been a good 7 years since I was last at the Festival. In the last 7 years that my mom …

Tips and Advice for New Years Trip
Hello Carl,We’ll be in Orlando next December, 31st for New Year’s Eve.The first time in Orlando was August 1993, long time ago, so I’m considering …

October visit from the UK
We are planning a trip to Orlando for the parks for two weeks from 20th October 2014. I have suddenly realized that this is Halloween season and, unlike …

Best time to go to Disney World? January or June?
Taking the plunge and planning our FIRST Disney Trip! Feeling very overwhelmed and not sure where to start. I am a teacher which complicates when we can …

Convince my Dad to go back
My family has gone to Disney World several times in my life. My Dad has decided he wants to go somewhere else (gasp!). White water rafting to be exact. …

Top Picks for FastPass+
I’m going back in late September and just found out I get to use the new FastPass+ feature. With this great power I’m overwhelmed with the best way to …

All Star Sports Food Court Closed?
Staying at All Star Sports Resort. Stressing over food court being closed when we come in Nov. 21 to 25. Can we walk to other food courts. How far is it …

Can I add a day to my tickets?
I have a 5 day hopper but I have and extra vacation day. I was wondering at the end of my five days can put and extra day back on at the gate? If so, What’s …

Should we brave the construction at the Polynesian?
Dad, first off, thanks alot for the information you provided. My family and I spent our very first Disney Vacation at the Polynesian this summer and we …

Checking In
Dad, It seems we don’t hear from you on your blog as frequently as we used to. I hope all is well with you and yours.-Allison A Dad’s it’s a …

Chef Mickey’s on New Years Eve
Hi Dad. Just find your page and it is wonderful.We are going to WDW in December and we booked Chef Mickey for the 31st. Do you know if there is any …

When to go and where to stay?
Hi Dad! I am just beginning to plan our families first Disney World trip for fall 2014 and I have been looking at your website obsessively! I am not …

Impact of extra Magic Hours at the Parks
Hi,We are going to Disney World 10/31/13-11/7/13. I love your site and I noticed in your FB updates that you say to avoid the parks with the Magic …

Where to propose at Disney World?
Hi Dad!I need your help. I live in Australia and I booked a surprise vacation for my long-term girl friend and myself to visit Disney World in November …

Dinner Reservations after the park closes for MVMCP
We are going to Magic Kingdom on one of the nights it closes at 7:00 for the Christmas Party. I had dinner reservations scheduled at 7:25 and we are not …

Can we see the premier of Saving Mr. Banks at Downtown Disney AMC?
When a Disney film is opening in select cities before the general opening, can I assume the Downtown Disney AMC 24 would qualify as one of the select cities? …

I need some advice on the 100 day blahs
Help !! I have hit the 100 day blahs!! I have been planning since 244 days and I am now at 105, I keep asking my hubby if it’s time to go yet? everyday, …

Christmas Decorations at Magic Kingdom
I see you say that the Christmas decorations don’t go up until after Thanksgiving – does this therefore effect the decorations for Mickey’s Very Merry …

First week in December 2013
Hi Dad,I have a vacation booked for the first week of December 2013 (Nov 30 through Dec 6 – I know, one of the best times to visit!). I was just checking …

Polynesian Resort Renovation Status
I am reading different things about renovation at the Polynesian. My first trip to WDW is in November & I have requested the Tahiti longhouse. However, …

Will my 75 year old Dad be able to ride rides?
My dad will be 75 while we are in Florida at Disney ,is he physically fit will he be allowed to go on all the rides ? Will he be able to ride this? …

Are you a Disney Vacation Club member?
Dad,Are you a Disney Vacation Club member? Is it worth the investment? The original Disney Vacation Club (Old Key West) – Photo by Tom Bricker …

FastPass+ and non-Disney Guests
Is Fast Pass+ available only to those booking at resort hotels? For now it’s just Disney Hotel Guests – Photo by Disney Dad’s yes, and no Answer …

Do I really have to make reservations now for Character Dining?
I will be in Disney 2nd week of October and all the research is saying make your dining reservations before. It makes me nervous to think that we won’t …

Best week to visit Disney World in November
I am trying to decided if we should go to Disney Nov 15 for 5 days or Nov 30th for 5 days. Which would you recommend? Christmas at Disney World …

Reservations at ‘Ohana
I got 2 similar questions about reservations at ‘Ohana so I thought I’d combine them into one answer.First one from Louise in the UK. Hi Dad, …

Disney Dining Plan for Multiple Arrival Dates
We are going to Walt Disney World in July. There are 5 of us total, but 2 of my children will be arriving 3 days later than the rest due to work obligations. …

I Forgot Our Tickets – What Do I Do?
Dad, The worst has happened. My brother, whose name is MUD, left our family’s tickets behind at home. We are 839 miles away from our tickets. Yes, …

Why do all the Disney World crowd calendars disagree about August?
Love the site and think it comes off as easy to understand and read. My wife and our 2 kids are planning on going in August around the 11th for 6 nights …

Can we buy refill cups like they do in Universal?
When I was in Orlando last year, we went to Universal where they offer a “refill” cup that can be used between parks and refilled for under one dollar. …

Where Should I buy Autograph Books?
Hi Dad,We are traveling from the UK in just over 3 weeks time! My two children, who are 8 & 6, will, no doubt, want to get lots of character autographs. …

Art of Animation vs. Caribbean Beach Resort
Hi,I have a reservation booked to stay at Art of Animation, in a Little Mermaid Room, with my family, in June. With the current Disney promo, I could …

Packing for a December Trip to WDW
Hi to you and Mrs. Mom, Well, the bad news is that we have to go to Disney World on the week of Christmas as it is the only time that my son and daughter-in-law …

Visiting during Star Wars Weekend
Hi Dad,We’re going for our first ever visit to WDW May 15-22 and I see Star Wars weekends start when we are there. My son (11) is possibly the biggest …

2 Days in Magic Kingdom – my plan
Is My PLAN Realistic?From Amy,Dear Dad, (my Disney World Hero!)You were so helpful with my last question, I thought I’d push my luck and ask …

Picking our room at the Art of Animation
My daughter, 3 1/2 year old grandson and I are planning a trip the last week of October – just checking in on Sunday and leaving Wednesday (three nights …

What will the May crowds be like?
What is the crowd levels for May 11-18? We want to know the best parks to go to on what days.Thanks Dad. From the Butterfly Garden at the Flower …

What is the humidity like at Disney World in the spring?
Dad,We are going to WDW the last week of April/first few days of May. What will the humidity be like at that time? I have been in August before (never …

Where can we find all the princesses?
Hi Dad….we are planning a trip to Disney World in May for my daughter’s birthday. We have been many, many, times but her best friend and her little girl …

Should we visit the week before or after Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving falls later this year, on Nov 28th. We went the week after Thanksgiving last year and it was fabulous, but with it falling later this year …

Mid-November weather at Walt Disney World
What is the general weather like in mid November?…..the temperature….so we know what kind of clothing to bring. You can see Goofy at Mickey’s …

Touringplans versus Undercover Tourist?
I have begun researching…dare I say obsessively…my October Disney World trip. In trying to decide which park is best to visit on which day, I have …

Help, going in less than a month and don’t have a plan
Dad, I have been reading your site since I was told that we were being TAKEN ON A TRIP TO DISNEY WORLD!!!! It is a surprise and the kids don’t suspect …

Christmas in April – 2 Answers for the Price of 1!
‘Twas the middle of April and here at Dad’s Guide, the questions began coming from both far and wide. Hi Dad,We are planning on going back to …

Recommendations for Our December Trip
I am planning on going to Disney World the first week of December, arriving on Nov 30 and departing on Dec 7. We plan on spending six days in the park: …

Splitting your stay with the Dining Plan
Hi, I recently asked a question about park hopping and what the easiest way would be to buy park tickets & get the dining plan when doing this. I read …

Late Lunch Crystal Palace
Hi Dad, I have made a reservation at the Crystal Palace for a late lunch at 2:20pm. I have noticed that lunch officially ends at 2:45pm and dinner starts …

Disney Cruise before or after visiting Disney World?
Hi Dad, we are going on a cruise on the 7th of December to the 14th, 2013. Would you go the 4 days before the cruise or the four days after the cruise. …

Traveling with a Down’s syndrome child
We will be traveling with a child with Down’s Syndrome. Are there any special accommodations for her? She is quite mobile but has a very short attention …

Outside guests visiting Disney Resorts
Hi, Dad. I have a question about Disney hotel policies. My husband and I are taking our 4 year old daughter in April, and we will be staying at the Port …

How often do they change the mattresses?
How often do they change mattresses at the Port Orleans Riverside? Bet these are some comfy beds – Photo by shadowstorm Dad’s A Place to Rest …

Disney World Hotel Hopping in 2014
We are planning our next visit to Disney World in August 2014 (we were just there in January) and would like to get a hotel, park tickets, dining package …

When is Christmas at Disney World in 2013?
Thank you for your wonderful website…it has already answered so many questions.I checked your Christmas at Disney World page…when are the approximate …

Will There Be Discounts This Summer?
Hi! Do you think that there will be any chance of any discounts or deals during the summer this month? I am going at the end of June and will be there …

Can I Buy the Adult Disney Dining Plan for My Kid?
We are planning to attend Disney World September 2013. There will be only two of us one adult and one seven year old. I noticed by paying for two adults …

A hotel outside of Disney World
Hello Dad, I really love your website, it is the most comprehensive guide I’ve come across so far. Me and my daughter are dying to visit Disney world but …

Room Renovations at the Polynesian Resort
We are heading to Disney in May, we are staying at the Polynesian. They have begun room renovations, why have I not been notified of it, as my choice of …

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas and Not So Scary Halloween all in one trip
We will be going to Walt Disney World Nov 1-8. Can we go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on the same trip? …

Can I do Character Dining without the Disney Dining Plan?
Hey Dad,Do I have to have the dining plan in order to go to the character breakfast or can I pay out of pocket?? Also, is the 1st week of June a good …

Visiting at Christmas with DVC
Dad, Last year When we took our 7yr old we joined Disney Vacation Club. We are planing another trip at end of November through begining December. I have …

What’s the deal with Love Bugs
Hi. I read the other questions in regards to this and I am a little confused. In regards to the one post you replied that Love bugs are a problem in May …

What if your kid doesn’t like what’s on the kids menu?
What if you have a kid who doesn’t like what’s on the kids menu and your on the Disney Dining Plan? Can you opt to order something else and pay the difference? …

What to wear in the fall at Disney World
Hi, We are traveling from the United Kingdom on the 29th of October this year for 2 weeks, so we will be there in November too, what will the weather …

Any ideas about renting a stay from a DVC member?
Hey Dad! I love your site and can’t thank you enough for all the information I learned from you and used to make our Christmas trip to Walt Disney World …

Flower and Garden Show and Disney Dining Plan
Hi Dad,I will be at my favorite place again from May 4th through the 11th. I love Walt Disney World because there is always something new to do. …

Behind the scenes tours at the Animal Kingdom
I am a fan of the Disney behind the scenes tours. What do you know about a walking tour in Animal Kingdom that allows close up viewing of the animals and …

Evening only Disney World Tickets
Are there evening only tickets? I will be at a work conference, but would like to see Disney World after 6 pm without paying the price for a full-day …

Getting from Wilderness Lodge to Shades of Green
I will need to get from the Wilderness Lodge to Shades of Green on my first day. Are taxi’s or other transportation available?Thanks! The …

Help me create a plan for November trip to Disney World?
Hi Dad,First I would like to say how wonderful, informative, & useful your website is. You truly are a Disney super fan and your delivery of all Disney …

Disney World in August for just a day or two
We are visiting Florida in late August, staying at a friend’s timeshare. we have never been to Walt Disney World and would like to spend a day or 2 of …

Are Extra Magic Hours worth it?
I have noticed looking at crowd control days that the days the parks have Extra Magic Hours they’re more crowded. Is it better to take advantage of the …

Should we go to the Animal Kingdom Lodge or Wilderness Lodge?
None of us have ever been to Disney World before, and there’s 2 adults and 2 teenagers. I’ve heard things about Animal Kingdom Lodge having only one, crowded …

Where can I stay and walk to a Disney World Theme Park?
Where is the best place to stay so you can walk most everywhere with a 3 yr. old and have a full kitchen (want to cook because of food allergies) Don’t …

Can we park at the Art of Animation even though we’re not staying there?
We are staying off Walt Disney World premises but have other family who are staying at the Art of Imagination Resort. Can we drive to their resort and …

Tips for a Disney World Honeymoon
hi Dad.. im planning to be in Walt Disney World for part of my honeymoon and everything is going to be a surprise (mi gf hasn’t been to WDW in 12 year …

Travel time from Port Orleans French Quarter to parks
Hi Dad,Can you give me an idea of the approximate travel time from Port Orleans French Quarter to the Parks? We are wanting to take full advantage of …

When to Visit Disney World – first week of December
I’ve looked at your calendar of when to visit Disney World and I wanted to ask a question about it. Is the first week in December a really busy time at …

View of Cinderella Castle from the Grand Floridian
My family and I are planning a trip to Disney World for my 40th birthday. We are planning to stay at The Grand Floridian in the park. In order to have …

Is the Disney Dining Plan worth it?
Is the Disney Dining plan worth it? We’ll be there for nine days. It costs $1150 for two adults 1 child. You can get this on the Dining Plan Photo …

Water Park Fun and More items prices
We are going to Walt Disney World the week AFTER Gay Days and I have 3 kids. We just got 4 days of regular tickets rather than park hopper tickets and …

Christmas decoration at Thanksgiving time
Are the Disney parks decorated for Christmas during the Thanksgiving week holidays? You’ll miss the Magic Kingdom Christmas Tree Photo by Tom …

Can I use my friends tickets?
Hello! I’m planning on going to Disney and staying in one of their hotels, using the dining packages etc; but I’ve got some friends in Orlando who said …

Doing a 4 day cruise and 7 days in the resort. Which should we do first
I am planning a big trip. We are taking a 4 day Disney Cruise and 7 days at Walt Disney World. Which should we do first? Plus I plan on making my own flight …

Is the Wilderness Lodge a good choice for a first timer?
Hey Dad, I’m loving all the info you’ve collected for these pages. My only problem is, you seem to love everything! I’m going to be a first time …

June or August, which is better?
Just found your wonderful website and wanted more information on weather. We need to travel during school vacations. As someone who is affected by heat …

Presidents Day vs Easter Disney World Crowds
When comparing Presidents Day week and Easter week, both are red and touring plans show 10’s. Are they both the same “feel” for business or is one more …

Sorcerors of the Magic Kingdom page?
You don’t have a story/description about the new game at Magic Kingdom. The game is great and has developed a fairly large social following, mostly among …

Is there a Dad for Disneyland California?
Hi Dad,Do you have a connection with a Dad with the knowledge you have for Disneyland California?If so please do share… Sleeping Beauty Castle …

Refurbishments – do they ever open early?
I noticed that a couple of rides that are important to us will be closed for refurbishment while we are at Disney World in February. I was wondering do …

Special Memories of Walt Disney World for my nieces
What about you dad, hope your ok. Finally after five years of saving my family are flying from Ireland over to Disney. My wee nieces are 4 & 5 and I …

Best Building at the Pop Century?
Where is the best building to stay at Pop Century? The Winner is Photo by Joe Shlabotnik Dad’s can you dig it Answer The Pop Century is one …

Best time of year to go to Disney World?
What month do the least people go to Disney World? I want to go when it is least busy. Christmas is the best Photo by Samantha Decker Dad’s …

Stitch at Disney World
Is there a lot of Stitch stores and/or Stitch things at Disney World. I’m a big Stitch fan and wonder if there was any specific stores for Stitch. …

Which of the All Star Resort should we pick?
Hi Dad! My husband and I always stay at the Polynesian when we visit, but this time my family is coming too. In order to save money, we are planning on …

How many FASTPASSES can I have at a time?
Is it advisable to get a FASTPASS for many rides? Or will they over lap in time? To be more clear. It seems like I could plan the rides all based …

New Years Eve 2012 at Walt Disney World
Hi Dad,This is our first time to WDW and we are so excited….however, need your help in planning our trip to be the best it can be. We are planning …

Quick Service Meals at Old Key West
When staying at Old Key West where do you get counter service meals? The Old Key West Resort Photo by Tom Bricker Check out his Disneyland …

Chef Mickey March 2013 reservations
When will dates open up for Chef Mickey’s reservations for 2013? Chef Mickey’s Photo by Michael Kappel Dad’s Open For Business Answer Jana, …

Does food at Disney Restaurants include tax?
Hello Dad,I’m not from the US and I’m not sure if I understand how the taxes work in the US.Here is my question… Does the food at any of the …

Disney World at Easter
We have started booking our trip to Disney World for the week over Easter of 2013. I have read a lot about how the crowds are at an all time high this …

Treehouse Villas Pricing
Could you tell me how much it would cost in dollars to stay in the Treehouse Villas (Saratoga Springs Resort) for one week? THX A Treehouse Villa …

Tips for a whole family during Mardi Gras
We are planning our first family trip to Walt Disney World during Mardi Gras holidays 2014 (we are from Mobile and get the week out of school and free …

What Do You Think of RideMax?
Hey there! My friend sent me a link to RideMax blog. Have you heard of a RideMax app? Do you know if it works? How it works? I’m going over …

Cinderella and O’hana on the same day. Too much?
We are lucky to get two reservations in Nov 20. Lunch at the Cinderella castle at noon and the dinner at O’hana at 4:45 p.m. We’ve never been to Disney …

Cost of the washer and dryer at Art of Animation.
Could someone please tell me if the cost of doing your own washing went up any, Last time we did it the cost was $2.00 per load of cloths and $2.00 for …

Can I Get Credit for 2007 Park Hoppers?
I have 5 day kids park hopper tickets from 2007. My children are now teenagers, can I get any credit for the unused days on the tickets. (Not sure how …

Which Disney Hotel would you pick?
We are planning a trip for next year. We have stayed at the Pop before. My husband wants to stay in a deluxe. However, I cannot bring my self to spend …

Is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for Adults?
Good morning, my question is about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. My wife and I are travelling to Disney at the end of October. We don’t have …

At Disney World what age children get in free?
What is the minimum age that kids do not pay for entrance ticket? Maybe a little older than this Photo by Paul-W Dad’s that’s too easy Answer …

Cheapest place to eat in the Magic Kingdom
What is the cheapest place for a large family to eat at in the Magic Kingdom in December? Casey’s Corner on the rightThe Plaza Restaurant on the …

Would you recommend adding the Park Hopper option?
Hi Dad! I’ve used the information here to plan our trip in Dec. Thanks for the great info! My question is–do you think it is worth it to purchase park …

Which park is it okay to skip?
Hi Dad! I found your page to be extremely helpful and it certainly provided me with “inside data” I was not aware of since I live all the way down (Argentina) …

The Week Before Thanksgiving at Disney World
How is the week leading up to and including the day of Thanksgiving? I want to see the Christmas decorations at all the parks but avoid the big crowds …

Snow on Main Street USA
So last year we showed up at Disney excited to see the snow on Main Street but there was no snow to be found. Do you happen to know when the snow appears? …

Christmas Decorations at Animal Kingdom Lodge
What day in November of 2012 are the Christmas Decorations going to be put up at the Animal Kingdom Lodge? By November 15th????? I hope!! Christmas …

Bike Rentals at Disney World
Hi Dad! I apologize if this has already been covered but I had a question regarding recreation and more specifically the bike rentals. I know we can …

Fort Wilderness Campground specials
Hi Dad! I have a question about campground specials. We LOVE Fort Wilderness and are hoping to go the first week in June. What I was wondering is if …

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Cards
Dad, My kids (okay, well really me) got really into collecting the Sorcerer of the Magic Kingdom cards. I know the games are now for sale at some select …

What do you pack for a Disney World trip?
Yes, Dad wants to ask you a question. Dad’s starting to pack for the Palooza. Of course he knows what to pack, but he wants to know what you pack for …

Walt Disney World and Hurricanes
i have made reservations for my kids and i for the trip to Disney World but with hurricane Isaac ,is it still possible? Also I do not know how to get tickets …

How Do I Get into the Magic Kingdom for an Early ADR?
Ok, We are making a special birthday (me!) day trip to the Magic Kingdom next Friday and I just lucked out by getting a 8:40 am Crystal Palace ressie! …

Can we see all 4 Disney World parks in one day?
My wife and spending one day at Walt Disney World in October for our anniversary. We bought a ticket to magic kingdom and a park hopper pass. My question …

What will Daytime Crowds be like on MNSSH Dates?
Hi! I love your website! We normally go to Disney in November and the crowds are small and wonderful. This year, however, we’re going the week of Halloween …

Can we get ticket for just a few hours at Disney World?
Is there any way to get a discounted park ticket if you are only going to be there in the afternoon or evening. The park ticket prices are terribly steep …

Can We Check Our Park Hoppers Online?
I have 4 park hoppers and I don’t remember if there are any days left on them. is there a way to check on line? Disney World 5 day Passport Photo …

Do all the Value Resorts share buses?
My family and I will be traveling to Disney in March of 2013 over Spring Break (I know we are crazy!!) My sister’s family (kids 5,6,and 8)will be visiting …

What’s the Cheapest Way to Visit the Disney Waterparks?
Would it be cheaper to get tickets without the water park option and just buy our water park tickets at the gate so long as we only plan on going to a …

Can you take a boat to the parks from Port Orleans?
We are staying @ POFQ next June. I know the river runs behind it and you can take a boat ride to Downtown Disney. Does the river boat take you to the parks …

Can you combine Magic Your Way Base Tickets?
Hi Dad,DH and I are Annual Passholders. We are going back to WDW in December and Free Dining is available with a Package including 2 Day Base Tickets. …

Brazilian Tour Groups in the summer at Disney World
Is it possible to fine out when the Brazilian tour groups will be at Walt Disney World in the summer of 2013? Not all tour groups are Brazilian …

What can we expect in December at Disney World?
Is December a good month to visit Disney world? What can be expected?Thanks, Mark The Magic Kingdom Christmas Parade Photo by Don Sullivan …

Celebrating my Birthday at Disney… on New Years Eve!!!
So, we’ve been planning our Florida trip for weeks now! My birthday is December 31st so of course I want to be at Disney for my birthday. I’ve read any …

DAD20 code
hi if i book my trip online from your website and get the free dining plan, will i also be able to put in DAD20 and get the discount. thank you Dad’s …

Is Wilderness Lodge Nice Enough For A Self Proclaimed Hotel Snob?
Ok so I admit I am a major hotel snob… not proud of it really but I am… so there! That being said, what are the best deluxe options for someone like …

When do FASTPASSES Expire?
Hi Dad,Last year a Cast Member informed me that my Fast Pass tickets are always good as long as I used them after the listed start time and on the …

September Crowds and Extra Magic Hours
This September will be our 3rd trip to Walt Disney World, and I think we’re finally getting close to getting it right. We even decided to go a week later …

When Do The Cinderella Castle Dream Lights Go Up?
We are going to be visiting from Oct 30-nov 7. I know the first Christmas show isn’t until Dec 9th, but we really wanted to do the Mickey’s Not So Scary …

Will the Polynesian Resort sleep four?
Will a room at the Polynesian sleep 4 adults comfortably (Mom, Dad, a 15 and a 20 year old?) Thanks. The Best Resort anywhere Photo by Christian …

Dressing our daughter in a princess dress in August
We think it would be fun to dress our daughter up as a princess when we go to Magic Kingdom. However, we will be there at the end of August. Can you …

Which Attractions Will Be Open in New Fantasyland in September 2012?
When will the new little mermaid attraction be opened in Fantasyland, we are going in Sept 2012, is there a chance to have that opened? Also the meet and …

Disney World Waterpark Admission
Do you need a park pass to go to the waterparks in Walt Disney World? Or can you just pay to get in the waterpark? You can even surf here Photo …

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on November 2
What do you think the crowds will be on Nov 2nd this year (2012) for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? We’d like to go, but I’d rather not spend …

Will Disney Give Me Free Dining Anyway?
We have booked a vacation for 10/14/12-10/19/12 back in March and have some great ADR’s in hopes of the free Dining plan. Unfortunately that week falls …

A Manly Disney Experience
Hi “Dad”! Disney holidays are a must-do in my family. Now my sister and I have flown the nest, its turned into a “last family holiday” that my parents …

Are Key to the World Cards Transferable?
Hi we have booked a holiday to stay with Disney through an airline in Oct. One of our party can not go and has paid. The airline will not let you change …

Holiday Ride Closures at Walt Disney World
Hi. I’m planning a trip to Disney World during the 1st week of November, and I was worried that some of my favorite rides will be closed during my visit …

Can we change our ADR’s from 3 to 4?
Hey dad! Big fan. Mark here and I have a question about dinner reservations. I am going with myself, wife and son and we have reservations for a few places. …

Best days to visit Disney World in November/December
Please help me select the best days (least crowded) to visit. We will have 4 full days at the parks (with a park hopper), will be staying on site and will …

Must Sees for Seniors at Disney World
I will be taking my father for the first time in October. He is 78 years old. Is there anything that’s a must for seniors? The Castle will make knees …

Which Moderate is your favorite?
Which moderate hotel is your favorite? Have been enjoying your site and finding it very informative. Thank you. And the winner is … Photo …

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Does the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game still exist? I thought I read somewhere that they had lots of problems with it. If it does, do you recommend …

Disney Dining Plan Points System
Dad,Do you think Disney will ever use a “Point System” for the Dining Plan? Here’s an idea… Instead of offering the different Dining Plans, assign …

Is the Drive to Magic Kingdom Worth It?
We try to go to Disney once a year, and we always take Disney transportation. This time we are getting a rental car. We are going from Nov 11 to the …

Are there Elevators at the Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa?
Does Sarasota Springs have Elevators? Dad’s You Betcha Answer There’s one thing that you can always count on from a Walt Disney World resort hotel. …

Best Day to visit Disney World in August
We are looking to go to Disney World Aug 23-30. What days are best to visit Magic Kingdom and EPCOT? Dad’s favorite place to cool off Photo by …

Allergy Free Mickey Waffles
Love your blog. Question…going to DW July 3 – July 6. Staying off property near Downtown Disney at Holiday Inn.Where’s a good place to get a Mickey …

Candlelight Processional – How important is the narrator?
During the week of December 9th, what would be a better date for the Candlelight Processional, December 9th, December 12th, 13th or 14th? How important …

Is there a bus from the Polynesian Resort to Animal Kingdom Lodge
I saw your comment on getting to the Animal Kingdom Lodge from the Polynesian (as in it being difficult…) but when I called the Polynesian they say they …

Can We Pool Hop at Disney World?
Do guests at from one Disney hotel (ex: Floridian) have access to the pool facilities of another hotel (ex: Polynesian)? Photo by Samantha Decker …

When Do the Walt Disney World Christmas Decorations Go Up?
Dad – Love your web site! Do you know when they put all the Christmas Decorations out? Are they out by mid November? We were looking at going the …

What’s an Adult to Wear to WDW Parks Without Getting Turned Away at the Gates?
Have you heard of a teenager from my area who was forced to change at Disney’s Animal Kingdom because of her Tinkerbell costume?If you haven’t, here’s …

Can we rent a Grand Villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge?
I am planning a family vacation in late April 2015 to Disney World. There are 10 of us going (6 adults and 4 children). I would like to rent a grand villa …

WDW for 2 Days Pre-Cruise
Hey there! We are taking the Disney Cruise in October and wanted to get there a few days early and go to Disney World. This will be our first time ever …

Quick editorial question
Hello,My name is Ryan Rivera and I have been reading your website for a while now. Yesterday, I came across this article – /healthy …

Disney World coasters with children
Visiting Walt Disney World next month with 11 year old that doesn’t like coasters. Is it possible for both of us to get in line but for him to wait while …

Will the Family Suites at the Art of Animation sleep 6?
We are planning on booking for our first Disney World trip next fall. Our party consists of my wife, myself, our twins who will be just under 5 at the …

Pointers on a Disney Cruise
We’re taking our first Disney cruise this July out of NY and want some pointers. We’re a party of 12 with the kids ranging from 5-16. A logistical question …

What’s a Stroller Swap?
Hi, I’m wondering if some of the rides at Disney have a “Stroller Swap” system, and what exactly that means? No, it doesn’t have anything to do with …

Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom
A while back your daughter posted that the Tree of Life was closed because a branch fell off. Would you happen to know when it will be back open? My family …

Should we avoid Disney right BEFORE Gay Days’ scheduled Disney events?
Hi Dad! I am so glad I visited your site a few days ago, otherwise I wouldn’t have been warned that our vacation in Orlando will unfortunately overlap …

First Weekend in Dec this Year
I was wondering why the first weekend in December this year seems to have so many people showing up (See your Attendance Page for Dec.) Will there be THAT …

What time for Cinderella’s Royal Table?
Hi, I am hoping to book a table for Cinderella’s Royal Table for the end of November (counting down to the 180 days before), however I don’t know whether …

Traveling to Disney World with 3 generations
We have a trip booked for the first week of September this year and it’s my parents first trip. They are in their 70s and I’m wondering how hot it will …

Getting to Disney World in June…
Hey dad, We are going to Disney World in June and staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We are have a 12 hour drive coming from Kentucky and was going …

Which Walt Disney World Water Park?
Hey Dad, I am going to WDW for the first time this august. I am going for 5 days from the 9th August. My family would really like to go to a water park …

What kind of schedule for a Disney World trip?
We are headed to Disney World June 10-20 with our 4 year old daughter and our 2.5 year old son, staying at Pop century. Are there rides that the two of …

Dining without ADR’s
Hi DadWhat are your best places to eat in Disney World without the Dining Plan and without ADR’s if possible – don’t like to be restricted as to when …

How Can I Make This a Magical Anniversary
Dad I thank you for your pages, we have gone from never seeing Disney in Jan 2011 to the point where we now are planning our fourth trip in Sept 2012. …

Walk to the Magic Kingdom
Hi Dad, We are coming from Australia on our first visit to Walt Disney World in August (yes, I know it will be hot!). Looking at staying at the Polynesian …

13 days in August
Hey Dad, My family and I are going to Walt Disney World for 13 days from 7 august and staying offsite. This is our first August visit after doing 13 days …

When will 2013 Disney World Prices be available?
When do the prices for next year come out? We went to Disney World, for the first time, in February this year and now we are hooked!! We want to go back …

HELP…WHERE TO STAY?
Help, I can’t decide where is best for my family to stay? I’m stuck b/w Disney Pop or a condo rental from all -star. Family of 9, 2 adults and 7 kids. …

About Jersey Weeks at Walt Disney World in November?
I’ve heard a lot about Jersey thing at Disney World in November, and normally I would avoid it at all cost but I’m kind of like in love with a girl from …

Special pass for autism
We will be at Disney World in December, and I was wondering if the parks still have a special “front of the line pass” for autistic or disabled children. …

Disney Cruise for a couple?
Hi Dad-After reading everything you’ve been saying for the upcoming Disney Cruise vacation I can’t help but think how wonderful it would be. Here’s my …

Will there be lines at Disney World in September?
My family has booked for September 9th for 6 nights for the Disney World All Star Music resort. We also have a 17 month old baby. My question is do you …

Lines, crowds, Flower & Garden Festival
Hi Dad! I might have found someone to help me use a few of my 1 day, 1 park passes. The only day that works for both of us is May 12th (otherwise we’ll …

Trip to Walt Disney World in January 2013
We are talking about a January 2013 trip and our dates would be 10-19. We have a 6 and 4 year old. But I’m hesitant now because I read the marathon is …

14 night trip in July
Hi Dad,Myself and my husband have planned a 14-night trip to Orlando staying in Saratoga Springs from 22nd July to 5th August with our 7 year old son. …

How much spending money will we need?
Hi my name is Sharon, I am from N’Ireland and my family and I are planing our first ever holiday to Disney world in August this year. We will be staying …

Royal Rooms or 1 Bedroom Condo?
Would you stay at the new Royal Rooms at the Port Orleans Riverside or the one bedroom Old Key West? Two boys ages 9 and 5. The winner is? Photo …

Will Be Our Guest be open in December?
Hello! We are scheduled to visit Walt Disney World on 12/16/12. Do you think the Be Our Guest restaurant will be open by then? My daughter is certainly …

Should we buy Park Hopper Tickets?
Should I buy the Park Hopper option to go with the tickets for 7 day passes? You might need a park hopper to eat at Photo by Jeff_B. Dad’s …

What do I need to know about Disney World Tickets
Hi Dad! My family is going to Disney World this year during the week of Christmas. My question is, how do the tickets work? Do we have to keep up with …

Two Seater Rides at Walt Disney World
Dad,
I am a single dad with two daughters who will be 5 and 6 when we go to Disney World in 1 year. Will we face complications riding certain rides if …

Disney Cruise Transportation
Hey Dad I hope you can help because I keep running into a wall. We went on a Disney Land & Sea vacation in March 2008 on the Disney Wonder. It was fantastic! …

Villas or Value Resorts
Hi there,I consider myself to be a Disney snob when it comes to planning vacations, but I am at a crossroads. The extended family is going Thanksgiving …

When in November for Christmas at Walt Disney World
We’ve been to Disney several Times but never during the Christmas Season. We are thinking of either the second or third full week in November. We’ll …

Will we be able to avoid Gay Days?
We are planning on arriving Disney World on June 2nd and staying until June 8th. In your opinion if we avoid the schedule “Gay Day’s” at the certain parks …

When are FASTPASSES Distributed
How often do Fastpass become available for each ride each day. For example, does Space Mountain usually offer Fastpass a couple times a day or is it just …

Dumbo or Rapunzel?
We probably fall into the Dumbo or bust category with my 5 year old daughter, and I was prepared for that plan. Then I started reading about Rapunzel wait …

Going as a Guest with DVC
I have been invited to go back to Disney World this coming October if all goes as planned. My question is this: I am going as a guest of someone (my daughter) …

Going to Disney World in Dec
We are Going to Disney World on Dec. 16th, what should we expect? Will it be crowded, will the weather be cold? Don’t expect to see this Photo …

When to go to the Magic Kingdom
Lots of great info on your site. But many of the other sites say NOT visit Magic kingdom first? Any ideas? We will be traveling early March this year staying …

Wilderness Lodge vs. Animal Kingdom Lodge
We are trying to decide between staying at the Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge with our 6 and 4 year olds. The only question/concern with the …

Easter or August for Walt Disney World
Hello. I’ve been a fan for a long time and now I need help. I like to think that I know a lot about Disney, but I’m just not sure what to do this time. …

Going by myself to Disney World, how do I combat the lonliness
I vacationed at Disney in May 2009, alone. Although it was nice, and I did enjoy it, it was a little lonely. I loved meeting all kinds of people everywhere …

Summer Crowds at WDW and Universal
Carl,Still loving the site and the new look – very nice!! We have our Fall Walt Disney World trip booked for Oct 21-27, 2012 staying at All-Star Sports; …

Gay week in 2012 at Disney World
We are going to Walt Disney World on 24 May for 2 weeks not realizing it will be gay week. If they are at one park will it be ok to be at another??? …

Taking a mid-day break at Walt Disney World
Generally, all the Disney World tips for visiting with young children suggest taking a break midday and returning to your hotel. However, I read a suggestion …

Do you get any perks from Disney?
So, when you personally go to Walt Disney World with Dad’s family and friends, do you inform the Disney folks (I assume the Marketing Division) that one …

Getting the most out of our Walt Disney World trip
Hello Dad. Finally decided the right time for a trip to Disney World for our family would be May 18 til May 27. First half day that we arrive Animal …

Where to get Disney Dollars?
Are Disney Dollars still available to purchase anywhere? I would love to get some for my daughter. Disney Dollars Photo by mandiberg Dad’s Not …

How to request adjoining rooms at Disney World
How do you request adjoining room at Walt Disney World. We have 4 rooms. Get Adjoining Rooms Here Photo by Jeff_B. Dad’s you can’t always get …

Should we visit Walt Disney World after Easter or in the summer?
I am considering taking my family to Walt Disney World for the first time the week after Easter. I know the crowds are bad, but it’s either that or summer …

Granddaughter 1st time to Disney World where to start
We are taking our grand daughter to Disney World this year and it will be her 1st time and we don’t know were to start. I was sent to you. Can you help? …

Just what restaurants are on the Disney Dining Plan?
The Dining Plan Brochure does not include some resorts (such as Coronado Springs), but online reservation page says Maya Grill in on Dining Plan. How do …

Disney Dining Plan Questions
Dad got 2 Disney Dining Plan questions this week and thought he’d just combine the two to save a bit of time. Pizza and Questions Photo by travelhyper …

It all started with a Mouse – is that the right quote?
It All Started with a MouseBy TrentDo you know the original quote from Walt Disney about it all starting with a mouse? Was it, “It was all started …

Secrets of getting special attention at Walt Disney World
Dad,I am also a Dad that loves Disney. We’re taking my 2, 5, and 7 year old to Walt Disney World in February. Was hoping to find out some neat little …

Geocaching at Walt Disney World
Hey Dad, planning a trip to Walt Disney World in June for the first time ever! My family and I have been saving and planning for this day since last summer. …

Disney hotel, condo, or house for a family get together
Hi Dad! I apologize if you answered this already, as I know you believe it’s better to stay “inside” Disney. However, I am planning a FAMILY vacation …

When will 2013 Walt Disney World Packages be available?
When will 2013 Walt Disney World packages be available for booking? 2013 will be a glorious time to visit Photo by Samantha Decker Dad’s I dunno …

Should I book through Disney or with Delta Vacations?
My two friends and I want to go to Walt Disney World after the completion (or at least, semi-completion) of the new Fantasyland. I recently became a part …

Downtown Disney Hotels and the Disney Dining Plan
Hi, Dad!My family and I are planning a trip later this year and are considering staying in an on-property, non-Disney run hotel (like the Hilton in …

3rd birthday dinner at Walt Disney World
What is a good place to take our 3 year old son for dinner for his 3rd birthday? Chef Mickey’s is already booked that evening. We will not be visiting …

Meeting family at Walt Disney World
I would like to meet up with family members at Walt Disney World for two nights and will be traveling alone. I am looking for suggestions for the least …

The Magic Kingdom with a high intensity child
Hi Dad! Your website is simply the best Disney site out there! In just a few short weeks, our family of four will be headed to Disney. We are trying to …

What are your 10 favorite restaurants at Disney World?
Hey Dad,What are your 10 favorite restaurants at Disney World?Thanks,Melanie Dad’s Favorite Photo by Jeff_B Dad’s yummy Answer Melanie, …

Celebrating Christmas 2011 at Walt Disney World
My wife, Joyce, and I will be celebrating Christmas, 2011 at Walt Disney World. I’d like to have our room at Old Key West decorated with a little festive …

Seeking your advice about gratuity at Disney World Restaurants
We have the signature dining plan when we go to Walt Disney World. My question is odd for me to ask. How much should I plan to tip the servers at the restaurants …

Disney World Vacation help
We’re going to be going to Disney World on the 7th thru the 12 of December and need some help figuring out what days to go to which parks. We’ll be in …

How much of Fantasyland will be open in August 2012?
I am planning a second trip to Walt Disney World and want to know how much of Fantasyland will be open in August 2012? Dumbo will be open in August …

President’s Day Week or Gay Days at Disney World?
I am a third grade teacher, so the dates on which I may travel are the very same dates that masses of children are out of school! I am trying to avoid …

October and EPCOT
Hi! We would like to visit WDW at a time our kids have at least a few days off school, so we don’t have to pull them out for a week again. Looking at October. …

Can I My Disney Dining Plan Credits to Pay for Someone Else’s Meal?
If someone at the table does not have the meal plan can I use my credits and pay for their meal? Use your Disney Dining Plan Credits to get some Mickey …

Typical Weather at Walt Disney World in Late December?
Hey Dad, what is the typical weather at Walt Disney World in late December? It’s always blue skies and perfect at Walt Disney World in Late December …

If Disney World crowds are low, do I really need a touring plan?
Hi Dad! Great site… I have been browsing for the past few months! I am going on a honeymoon to Disney Dec 10-17th. I have been going crazy trying to …

Disney Vacation Club start up costs too high
I have always wanted to be a part of the Disney Vacation Club but start up costs are too high, and 160 points a year seem like too much for my family to …

New Years events at Walt Disney World for 2011
My family and I are going to Disney World to and we are looking for New Years Eve events at Walt Disney World in 2011 to celebrate my daughters 14th birthday. …

Purchase the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package?
My family of 4 will be in EPCOT on December 8th 2011. Do you think we would need to purchase the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package to get into the …

Website information for EPCOT
Great Website!I just found your website information for EPCOT. It’s very informative. We are from New Jersey and only go to Disney/Universal on New …

Dine in Downtown Disney.
Hi Dad!Great blog…thanks for all the great tips.We just booked for 2 days in November and are staying at the “Disney” Holiday Inn. How expensive …

Christmas Crowds at Walt Disney World
Our vacation is about to hit a snag. We’ve planned and re-planned our vacation and now the details are firm; a 4-day park hopper (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, …

Memorial Day Weekend 2012 at Disney World
Dear Dad,I am a huge fan of your site and have you on my Facebook account. I am 42 years old and have been to Disney now 17 times. My son is 6 and …

Disney World Magic Your Way or Room Only Package
Hi Dad, We are debating between a Magic Your Way or a room only package. We plan on staying at the Boardwalk Inn with the club level feature so we don’t …

Move to the Port Orleans to avoid Pop Warner
Our family of four is taking our yearly trip to Disney World from December 8th through the 12th. We are currently slated to stay at Pop Century but was …

Where does the Walt Disney World Monorail Stop?
2nd trip in 3 1/2 weeks. Just wondering if you could tell me do both of the Disney World Monorails stop at the Transportation and Ticket Center? Also …

Disney Dining Plan and eating in our room
Hi — my family and I are going to Walt Disney World for the first time and we are considering the Disney Dining Plan (3 adults 2 kids). The issue …

Osborne Family Lights TIme
Hey DadThe only reference to the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney Hollywood Studios turn on time is twilight. Is there an actually time …

Disney Dining Plan or 2 rooms at a Value Resort
Me again!I like your idea of adjoining rooms in a value resort instead of 1 room in a moderate. But is that still your vote during free dining since …

Low December Crowds at Disney World
Hello,I’m comparing your calendar to the Touring Plans page. I’m looking for low December Crowds at Disney World. Your calendar lists the week of Dec. …

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
Hey Dad! How are you? I just discovered something awesome. Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. Wow! It looks awesome!!! Do I have to be a guest at Swan …

Taping of the Disney Christmas Parade 2011?
Hello!Like many others who fell victim that visiting Disney World during the first week of December was a good idea (travel dates of 11.30-12.5), I …

Questions about the Disney Dining Plan and FastPass
Hi Dad,We are heading to Disney World for the first time October 31st and received the free quick service dining plan. I have a couple of questions …

Christmas Season at Disney World
So my question is that you have said everyone should go to Disney at Christmas but did you mean sometime during Christmas Season at Walt Disney World while …

When do the decorations go up during Christmas at Disney World
Hi,I am planning on a trip to Disney World arriving on November 4, 2012. When do the decorations go up during Christmas at Disney World? I thought …

What is there for boys to do at Walt Disney World?
I’m really close to booking our first family vacation to Disney December 10-16th. My 5 year old daughter is excited for everything princess but my 7 year …

Disney Dining Plan Payment
My husband and I are having a little bet and I was wondering if you could help me find out the answer. When we use our Dining Plan after a table service …

Renting Disney Vacation Club points from David’s Vacation Club Rentals
Have you heard of any problems renting Disney Vacation Club points from David’s Vacation Club Rentals? I see they advertise on your site. I am scared …

How does baby swap at Disney World work?
Me and my wife will be traveling to Walt Disney World with our 9 month old daughter and I wanted to know how does Baby Swap at Disney World work? Can she …

When will you get to Aulani?
Hey Dad,Here is a good one for you? When do you think you will get to Aulani to review it for all of us? Come on, you know you want to go to Aulani…Who …

What is the Perfect length of time at Walt Disney Worldl
Hi Dad,We were originally going to be going to Disney this coming December, but a cross country move has pushed that plan back a couple of years. Since …

What does low crowds at Walt Disney World mean?
Dad,So, this is a question about the crowds level at DW. Family of 4 will be there October 15 – 22 and everything I have read is that the crowds will …

Mickey’s Halloween and/or Christmas Party
Hi Dad! I love your take on things. What fun you are to read! Everybody needs a Dad like Dad! We love Disney and go about once/year. We are planning …

Mardi Gras or Jersey Week at Disney World
Hi Dad!We have been to Walt Disney World during Mardi Gras when many southern states are out of school. The crowds were fine. We are planning on …

Get from Disney World to Sea World or Universal Studios
We will be going to Disney World in Feb. 2012. We will be flying and will not be renting a car. Is it possible to take a bus from Disney World to Sea …

Disney Dining Plan and the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
Hey Dad,We’ll be in Disney this fall during the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. My question is, do you know if the Festival Pavilions at …

Can we order anything off a menu when using the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan?
We are going to Disney World in February for the first time. I am SSOOO very excited!! My question is this, we are using a quick meal service plan and …

Must see things at Disney World in November
We have booked our Disney World Vacation we will be there for the second week of November. There are 4 adults no kids what are the top 5 things we have …

How to become a Disney travel agent?
Dad, I love reading your site, and I think that it would be fair to say that I love Walt Disney World as much as you do. My husband and I were just wondering …

Weather at Disney World in September 2013
Hi Dad!My Boyfriend and I are planning our next trip to Disney in 2013, and we were thinking of going the first week of October (before Columbus Day) …

Is a Savanna View Room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge worth it?
Dear Dad,We are planning a trip to Disney in January, and as always, we are trying to live large on a budget. Is a Savanna View Room at the Animal …

The Best Disney Dining Plan Counter Service Meals
Hello. I was just wondering which are the best Disney Dining Plan counter services meals at each of the parks. Thanks a bunch! Yorkshire County Fish …

Least amount of Crowds at Disney World
What time of the year would be the best time of the year with the least amount of crowds at Disney World. We’re Senior Citizens and we’re not willing to …

Do I need a Fantasmic Dinner Package on December 13
Do I need a Fantasmic dinner package on December 13th? We did it once before in Spring and it worked GREAT with the crowds. But this time we wanted to …

Is there a new Disney World roller coaster park on the way?
We just got back from a fantastic trip to Disney World – loved your website, thank you! The bus driver on the Magical Express said that there will be a …

Quick Service Dining Plan Question
Hi Dad,this may be quite silly question..but I cannot get an answer and need to you ask you, Dad…It’s about the Quick Service Dining Plan. I’m …

Entertainment in the EPCOT Pavilions
58 years old and 1st trip Dec. 2010 and 2nd one Nov. 2011. Never to old for fun. EPCOT is my husband and my favorite spot BUT after coming back from our …

Buy Disney Tickets online or at Disney World?
Is there a price difference when you buy Disney World Tickets online vs at Disney World? Buy Disney World Tickets at the Transportation and Ticket Center …

What do you think about the Disney Vacation Club?
Help! In the past year I think I spent about $15,000.+ going to Disney with my family and thought I really need to invest the Disney World Timeshare Program …

Great deal for Jersey Week
Hello,Question if I’m planning to go during the week of Jersey Week when should I be looking for Great Deal for Jersey Week with a Walt Disney package …

Keys and the Disney Dining Plan
We will have 3 adults staying in the same room and using the Disney Dining Plan. Will we receive 3 separate “Keys to the World” with our allotted meals? …

Will the Magic Kingdom reach capacity during Christmas week?
It’s me again! I REALLY want to surprise my son with another trip to Walt Disney World for Christmas (our first was in June)! Two questions: Is it true …

Fantasmic! in January 2012?
Hi, I hope you’re having a magical summer! I recently booked a trip to Disney World for January 2012, dates 9-14. We were so excited to read that it’s …

Statue of Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse
Where do they move the statue of Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse during the Christmas Holidays? Where do they put Roy and Minnie? Photo by Jeff_B …

How do I get from the bus station to Walt Disney World?
How do I get from the bus station to Walt Disney World? We are taking the bus (due to my fear of flying). Also, we have a person that needs a scooter …

When will we get our Magical Express tags?
Hi Dad! It’s been so much fun following your website over the last 6 months while planning our first Disney World vacation. We are planning on taking …

Any tips for Disney World resort hopping?
Hey Dad,Long time no see, right? So in my upcoming 5 day trip to Walt Disney World in September, my Thursday is meant to be a day of relaxation and …

Will there be Free Dining at Disney World in May 2012
Is there going to be Free Dining at Disney World for our May 2012 trip? I’m from Canada. Canada can get Free Dining Photo by Express Monorail …

When to book Orlando flights?
Hi, I’m going to Disney World Nov. 7th-14th. When should I book my Orlando flight. I was thinking early Sept. You can just fly to Orlando …

Planning a Magical Walt Disney World Trip – Who can get you the most Magic?
He Dad. We are planning a Magical Walt Disney World trip and wondered …Are you more likely to get magical upgrades and special magic if you book …

Do the Disney World parking lots cost anything for Disney Hotel guests
In the past, we have gone to Walt Disney World and used Disney transportation. This year, after actually discovering your page earlier this year, we are …

How do I get Dad to book my Disney World Vacation Package
Hi Dad! Our first Walt Disney World trip 6/6/11 – 6/13/11…it was AMAZING. I’m looking to go back in December/January but I don’t want to pay top dollar …

Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narrators
I’m so glad you know everything since I can’t find this answer anywhere. It’s time to book the dining pkg for the 2011 Candlelight Processional, but…with …

Two rooms at Polynesian for a family of five
Hi Dad!! Love your page! We booked two garden view rooms at Polynesian Resort, & requested for them to be ” connected” by a door, so my hubby & me would …

Disney World kids menus not very diverse
Hi Dad!We are planning our first trip to Walt Disney World and have researched and reviewed many restaurants and are finally ready to make some Advanced …

Do I really need the Candlelight Processional Dinner package to see the show?
Dad, I’ve got a question. One that I need your advice on. We are headed to Disney in early December and would really like to see the “Candlelight Processional”. …

AAA discounts for the Coronado Springs
This is a two part question. My finance and I are going to be staying with my best friend and his wife (her first time). Are there any AAA discounts for …

Outdoor Dining at Disney World
Hey Dad,We will be in Disney World for 9 days in early November, and hopefully the weather is conducive to eating a few meals outside (breakfast and …

Need some help with our Disney World plan
Three adults and one 13 year old grandaughter going to Disney World in Orlando 29th of December returning home the 8th of January. We want to see Sea World …

Disney World Key to the World
Hi Dad! Thank you for your tips and comments on Walt Disney World, I find them very useful!!!A lot has changed since my last question “Get from Disney …

Bell Services at Saratoga Springs
How long can Bell Services at the Saratoga Springs Resort keep our luggage after checking out? Our train doesn’t leave until 7:30 pm and I’m not sure what …

Temperature at Walt Disney World
Hi Dad! I am a Disney research-aholic, and I must say I love your take on things! Keeps it light and fun. So thanks for the good info with a dash of …

When can I make my reservation next November?
When can I make my reservations for next November 26 – Dec 1? We have 2 grandparents, 2 parents, 2 children ages 4,2..maybe a stray aunt/uncle.I am …

Disney Mickey Mom’s panel
Hi again Dad! I was just on the Disney Mom’s panel website and saw that they are about to start accepting applications again (September I think). Just …

What rides are closed at Disney World?
Hi Dad! 26 days!!! I’m so excited. We are surprising our 7 year old daughter. She has no idea! But I digress…I’m creating my way-too detailed plan …

Disney World AND Universal Studios – insight needed
Taking your advice and heading to Disney in December (2nd week) to see some Disney Christmas. We have been twice in last few years in spring and summer, …

Did I really get a good deal??
I thought I had a good deal, but now I’m starting to wonder. Let me tell you what I have and you can tell me if I really have a good deal or whether I …

Orlando Kids Eat Free Cards
Dad,Any feedback on the Orlando kids eat free cards? From a dad with 7, 5 and 3 year old boys and will be staying off Disney for 10 days. Orlando …

Online and Calling Disney
I have a package booked with Disney for September 20-28. When I called to change resorts I was told all the rooms are booked then I went online and there …

Prices on food and merchandise during Christmas at Disney World
Dad,I just love your site! It is so organized and the multiple links you have makes information very easy to find! Thanks!My husband and I have …

September 2011 Disney World crowds
Hi Dad. With all the Disney World Moderate Hotels sold out and the Value Resort rooms almost gone, will the crowd levels be higher than expected for mid …

Walt Disney World crowds this December
Dear Dad,I have a question about Walt Disney World crowds this December. I have plans to go December 12th thru December 18th(our first trip and …

When to book our Walt Disney World Vacation?
Dad, I was wondering how early should you book our Walt Disney World vacation? Six months in advance or a year. The only reason I am asking is because …

How big are the lockers at Walt Disney World
We are planning to take a cooler into the parks with our lunches and wanted to know, how big are the lockers at the Walt Disney World parks? Lockers …

Will someone else be able to use this Disney World ticket?
Hi Carl, my 75 yr old mom has a 7 day pass with unused days that do not expire. She feels she can no longer make the trip to Walt Disney World because …

How to pass the next 100 days until my Disney World trip?
I.AM.OBSESSED!I cannot think about anything except our upcoming trip to Disney World. We are 106 days out and it gets worse everyday. I believe I …

Magic Kingdom Christmas parade and fireworks
I have read that Disney shows the Christmas parade in the afternoon and has the holiday fireworks the week before Christmas. Do you know if they start …

One night hotel near Walt Disney World
Hi Dad! Love your site!Planning a trip in October 2011. Reservations are booked for the Coronado for family of 4 (age 6 & 4). I was just looking at …

Contemporary Resort Garden Wing room
Do you know what room #s we could ask for that would be located in the garden wing area at the Contemporary Resort that would be close to the A-Frame without …

Disney World Tickets on Ebay
I saw some Disney World tickets on Ebay from seller justice645. He has really good prices. Saving of at least $50.00 per ticket for 6 tickets. With hundreds …

Your Test Page
You will need to fix the last picture, as you have covered the man-child! Dad’s yep Answer Joyce, thanks for your opinion. Yes, I covered up the Man-Child …

Your opinion of the Port Orleans Riverside
What is your opinion of the Port Orleans Riverside as a resort? We are planning on going in mid-December and unfortunately the Polynesian is a little …

Where are the Treehouse Villas located
Where on the Saratoga Springs grounds are the Treehouse Villas located? Is it still convenient to get to pools, Downtown Disney, bus, etc? Treehouse …

Arriving on Christmas Day
Hi Dad! Your sight is truly amazing! You were kind enough to answer one of my questions already. I have visited disboards.com and am less than pleased …

When is the best time to see Mickey and Minnie?
Hey Dad, first I wanted to start off by saying I love your website, your the best! I am having a dilemma. My husband and I are planning a trip to Disney …

Disney World in February or November?
Hi! We went to Walt Disney World for the first time this past May. We had a wonderful time and I’m already trying to plan our next trip! 🙂 I have …

Disney World rides and being overweight
Hello,I’m going to Walt Disney World Orlando for the first time in a few days and I have a question about Disney World rides and being overweight. …

Icicle lights at night on Cinderella Castle
In December can you see the icicle lights at night on Cinderella Castle with out going to the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Icicle Lights on …

Dad asks the questions – Kid Friendly Family Vacations
Turing the tables around this time Dad asks the questions about Kid Friendly Family Vacations.Earlier in the year, I went to a webmaster conference …

Disney World Parks – Time of the year
My husband and I had our 1st trip to Walt Disney World in December 3-10 2010 and are hoping to go back again this year. We found the weather cold the …

The week AFTER Gay Days at Disney World
I see that from your crowd calendar, it appears the days in the week after the Gay Days at Disney World weekend are a fair time to visit regarding crowds …

April or June at Walt Disney World
Help, I have a vacation booked staying at Saratoga Springs last two Weeks in May 2012. There are 5 of us, 3 adults and 2 children. We are traveling from …

Ride Recommendations at the Disney World
Dad, We are headed to Disney this Saturday and we are going to follow the recommended parks and dates from touring plans. We are hitting only one park …

Do the Disney World Value Resorts have elevators?
Do you ride or do you climb? That is the question! Or even better, do the Disney World Value Resorts have elevators?Hey Dad, I noticed that the new …

When will our Magic Your Way tickets expire
We are planing for August and want to add the water parks option – if I buy a 5 day magic your way and add the water park option … do I really have 10 …

Get from Disney World to Universal Studios
Hi Dad! We are 2 adults and 3 kids (ages 4 , 8 and 10) planning to go to WDW in August staying at Kidani Villas (trying to “upgrade” to the Boardwalk …

Is the Contemporary Resort or the Grand Floridian worth it?
For a family with children ages 4 and 2, in your opinion, is it worth the money to stay at the Grand Floridian or the Contemporary in order to be easily …

When to take Walt Disney World vacation
Hello Dad. Thank you for all the information you provide. It is always appreciated! I can’t decide when to take a Walt Disney World vacation. I have …

How long can you stay in the reef tank at Typhoon Lagoon?
How long can you stay in the reef tank at Typhoon Lagoon? Reef Tank at Typhoon Lagoon Photo by Miss Shari Dad’s it depends on the crowds …

Saving spots in line at Walt Disney World
Hello Dad! Just 5 days until our week at Walt Disney World! I’ve been checking the wait times on my phone and I see they are well over 90 minutes for the …

Hollywood Studios breakfast
Hi Dad,Thanks for your dedication to and love of Disney World. My sister and I are huge Disney fans, and will be going back again this September. Problem …

Planning, Planning, Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation
I know the key to a good Disney vacation is planning and planning. I understand don’t over plan and have some flexibility in the planning, but were can …

Can I go to 2 different parks on the same day without a park hopper?
Headed for Walt Disney World on the 13th. I have already purchased park tickets for each day (7) without a park hopper. I plan on going to a park every …

A surprise trip to Walt Disney World, will we be disappointed
Hi Dad! We were fortunate enough to stay the Grand Floridian this past August. It was dreamlike and well you know, Walt Disney World is just pure magic! …

Will Gay Days last beyond June 5
Dad,First of all, thanks for your great site. I am a father of 2 who has a Disney trip planned for this coming week. We arrive on 6/5. I noticed that …

Traveling to Disney World on Memorial Day?
We have been planning our 3 trip for years for the summer of 2012. We spent our honeymoon there, our 10 year anniversary there and now will be happy to …

Early Extra Magic Hours and the Park Opening Shows
Dad: I was wondering when we go to the parks for the early Extra Magic Hours, will we see the official park opening show? Will we have to go back to …

November Disney World Crowds and Jersey Week
My family and I are going to Disney World November 4-12 of 2011 and we keep hearing about November Disney World crowds and Jersey Week. I was wondering …

Travel time at Walt Disney World
Hello. Awhile back I found a site on the internet with maps of the theme parks showing the travel time at Walt Disney World it takes from attraction to …

Do “love bugs” negatively impact pool experience in the resorts?
We have two options: WDW 2012 late may for the week prior to Memorial Day weekend, and June 4th through June 11th (avoiding Gay Days). We have three young …

How to wait for a Walt Disney World vacation?
Hey Dad, my family and I are just 26 days away from our next trip to Disney World. I went several times as a kid. My wife and I went around the time of …

Will Chinese New Year effect Disney World crowds?
Planning to go to Disney in January of 2012, from the 20th-28th. The 23rd is Chinese New Year. Will Chinese New Year effect Disney World crowds? Does …

What do Disney World tickets look like?
Hi I purchased my Walt Disney World tickets from Undercover Tourist at a rather decent discounted price. However, I am terrified that they are somehow …

Disney Magical Express one way
Hi, I will be going to Disney World in August and I’m flying in from Canada and I’m planning on using the Disney Magical Express. But here’s the thing, …

Should we buy Walt Disney World tickets each day?
I am trying to find out how much the parks cost to enter at the gate? We are going to buy two adult premium 14 for 7 day tickets and share them with our …

Disney World with more than 5 in the family…
Hi! We are going to Disney World but we have more than 5 people in our family (6). We are on a very tight budget. Do you know what way works best to stay …

Compare the Disney Princess dining for dinner, which is the best value and experience?
I have a 5 and 7 year old girls who love the princess. We went to Disney 2 years ago in the May of ’09 when like 10 inches rain came (rained everyday). …

Family suites at All Star Movie resort
I have heard that there are Family Suites at the All Star Movies Resort for a family that have 6 people and want to stay together. I have looked every …

Downtown Disney’s Car Masters Weekend
I was just reading about Downtown Disney’s 1st Car Masters weekend. My family are huge Cars fans and wish we would have heard about this event sooner so …

The Pirates League and Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween …
Hi Dad, we are going to Disney World this September, I was wondering if the Pirates League will extend their hours on the nights the Magic Kingdom has …

Gay Days – Thank You
But it’s not a question. It’s a thank you. My travel agent mentioned that part of our vacation (which I’ve already paid for, of course) would fall on Gay …

Walt Disney World in July
Hi, My family & I are going to Walt Disney World in July and staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Any specials happening this time of month or anything …

Disney World Water Parks
Hi Dad, We have been Disney Vacation Club members for several years and travel to Disney at least once a year and sometimes twice. We have never been …

Fantasmic Dinner Package on the Disney Dining Plan
Is the Fantasmic Dining Package available if you are on the Disney Dining Plan? Would you have to pay extra for this event? Fantasmic Dinner Package …

Will a shuttle launch effect Disney World crowds?
Hey dad it’s Richelle again. Long story short … The Space shuttle is expected to launch either the day before, or the day of our trip to Magic Kingdom. …

Do you know when the 2012 Disney World hotel prices will be available?
Hi Dad, I’m hoping to take my family to Disney this coming winter. From your charts it looks like end of January might be the most quiet time at Disney? …

Disney World during hurricane season
Hi there,I am planning our first trip to Disney World and would love to take advantage of the free dining currently being offered. My only hesitation …

Does Disney offer a price break for groups?
We are looking at Walt Disney World in February 2012. When is a good time to look at booking our hotel (we want to stay at the All Star Movies). Is there …

What makes Walt Disney World Magical?
Time to turn the tables and let Dad ask a question. What makes Walt Disney World Magical? I’d love to hear what you think.

I think I goofed. Going to Disney World the first week of December.
Well Dad, I think I have goofed. I have felt a lot of pressure to plan the perfect trip for multiple reasons … so I did my homework with the guide books …

Staying off-site
Dear Dad, Of ALL times for you not to be in “travel agent” mode! I’m needing your help-yet again. We just went to Disney World in November, and we …

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates
Dad:According to this:2011 MNSSHP and MVMCP Dates Announced! According to WDWNewsToday.com, here are the 2011 Dates for MNSSHP and MVMCP!Mickey’s …

What should our family do at Disney World while waiting …
I got a question for you, Dad.. What should my family and I do at Disney World while we’re waiting for our room to be available to check into our room? …

Another Jersey Week Question
What is Jersey week and will it affect crowd levels to much? Dad’s don’t worry about it Answer Pete,Jersey Week at Disney World is one of those urband …

Get a Fastpass early at Disney Hollywood Studios
Can I go get a Fastpass early at Disney Hollywood Studios while my family gets up and going? And then have the rest of my family join me so they do not …

Remy Chefs de France
Photo by Jeff Christiansen Have heard that Remy makes an appearance at Chefs de France 4 times per day. Do you have any idea what time? Dad’s yes I …

When to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
We are going in Nov. 12-18th, Which is a better night for Mickey Very Merry Christmas Party, Sunday or Tuesday as in crowds? Dad’s weekdays are best Answer …

Disney World Weather in June
I was wondering what the Disney World weather in June? I noticed that June has the highest precipitation, but is that all month or mainly the end of the …

Halloween at Disney World
Can you tell me what you know about the Halloween at Disney World festivities at Ft.Wilderness (trick or treating, sing along, etc.)? Or about Trick or …

We want to see the Christmas decorations at Disney World
Hello…my family and I have been to Walt Disney World in September for the past 3 years and love the low crowds and free dining! This year we want to …

October or November trip
Hi Dad- First off I love the site. It’s the first place I go when I am curious about something Disney that I don’t know the answer to. I usually do a good …

When do the Christmas decorations go up at Disney World?
When do the Christmas decorations go up at Walt Disney World? November 1st, 5th the 10th? I would love to visit then. Photo by Samantha Decker …

9 day trip to Walt Disney World
Hi there Dad,Love your site. Very informative and I bookmarked it 🙂 I am planning a 8 night, “technically” 9 day trip to Walt Disney World with my …

Thanksgiving weekend crowds at Disney World
Dad,you’ve talked a lot about the park and how crazy it is on Christmas Day. And I know over Thanksgiving weekend it will be crowded… Are the parks …

Resort Crowds at Disney World
Dad, ok it’s me again with yet another question about the resort crowds at Disney World. Can you tell I am a little concerned about this topic? …

Crowds at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Hey Dad,We are going to Walt Disney World from Nov 28th-Dec4th. I was very excited to get tickets to Mickeys Christmas Party. I took your advice and …

Disney World crowds and weather..
Hi! I just loove your website!! I checked out your crowd n weather pages and here are my questions: I went to Disney in late July and even though it was …

Disney World Crowds during June
Love your website! Very helpful. We’re heading to Disney World the week of June 13. Husband has a conference and we decided to take 4 days for Disney …

Disney World Crowds the week before April
I am going to Disney World the week before Easter. This year it is the last week of March and the first week of April. I know it is going to busy. I …

Disney World Crowds Calendar Accuracy
I just wanted to let you know that your Disney World Crowd Calendars are exactly right for us. We have season passes and have been multiple times …

Will Disney World be wickedly crowded at Christmas
Hi Dad, we are traveling to Walt Disney World over Christmas Break (I know, I know) but my twin girls will turn 5 on December 27 and I really wanted to …

Disney World Spring Crowds
Hi Dad, Love your site!!! I am also a Dad, but since living in Belgium, so far I had to deal with Disneyland Paris. We (wife and 2 kids, 11 and 8) …

Touring Plan for December
How does our touring plan for December look? Your December Disney World Crowds page says early December crowds are light. We have two families …

Fight Disney World Crowds or Disney’s Free Dining Offer
Hey Carl – Great site! We went to Walt Disney World last year for the first time and fell in love with the park – we started planning our next trip on …

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