Archive for October, 2009

WDW Today Episode 631 – A Mom With Character

by on October 16, 2009

Taking Senior Citizens To Disney World

by on October 15, 2009

I was going to take a short solo trip to Walt Disney World at the end of October, and then I thought, why don’t I see if my parents can take the 4 hour drive south and meet me? They have finally gotten used to the fact that I go about every other month, but I can tell they just don’t quite get my fascination for this magical place. Why not take this opportunity to show and share with them all of my Disney knowledge? Maybe by the end of the visit, Disney will be as magical to them as it is to me.

I am hoping my Disney Boss, Len, will be assigning me interesting, if not peculiar, research while there. I think they’ll be amazed by the variety of data that is collected by the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.

They have one full day in the park. We’re going to Epcot. I am afraid I’m going to exhaust them with the walking. They are in good shape. If you have read my other blog posts, you know I am an Extra Morning Magic Hours gal — Be there at rope drop. I’ll need to find a balance.

I will print out the “Senior Citizen Touring Plan of Epcot”, but I want to know what tips you have. What has worked for you and what hasn’t. I still have not made a resort reservation. What do you suggest? I can’t wait for your tips. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m hoping Magical.

WDW Today Episode 630 – Listener Questions

by on October 14, 2009

Disneyland Paris’ E-Ticket System Now Works For FASTPASS

by on October 12, 2009

According DLRPToday, Disneyland Paris’ E-Ticket system has now been integrated into select FASTPASS machines across the park. At both Disneyland & Disneyland Paris, you can buy and print out tickets online before arriving to the park (just like most airlines). It’s a neat system; you save time in line waiting to buy tickets, Disney saves paper and staff. Now these printouts are first-class ticket citizens: at DLRP they can be scanned at FASTPASS booths just like regular tickets (prior to this, they gave out these blank FP cards, quickly found on the black market–aka eBay). In Disneyland, if you bring a printout, an official ticket will pop out when pass through the gates that you can use for FP booths.

Definitely interesting to see if this at-home printing option comes to WDW. While it’s hard to imagine a sheet of A4 surviving a ride on Kali River Rapids, wouldn’t it be rad to skip the ticket booth and the hotel lobby sign in process? Just print out your sheet(s), check-in online, and get a text with your room number when it’s ready.

WDW Today Episode 629 – A Room With A View….Or Not

by on October 12, 2009

WDW Today Episode 628 – The All Lee Show

by on October 9, 2009

TouringPlans Disneyland Meetup III – Friday, October 23rd @ Rancho Del Zocalo

by on October 7, 2009

On Friday, October 23rd, from 6:30-8:00pm @ the Rancho Del Zocalo restaurant, myself and our west coast research team be hosting our third Disneyland meetup this year (see number one and number two). For those unfamiliar, Rancho is a counter service mexican restaurant with plenty of outdoor seating. Crispy chips con limon on us in return for your best Disneyland tips and planning advice. AP holders: no blackouts on Oct. 23rd. Stop on by, grab a bite, and chat on a fine Friday evening in Disneyland!

Above, a picture from our May meetup at Rancho. Thanks to Martin for the photo!

WDW Today Episode 627 – Listener Questions

by on October 7, 2009

Talking & WDFM On The Mousetalgia! Podcast

by on October 5, 2009

Hey folks, I recently had the opportunity to do two fantastic things. One, I visited the Walt Disney Family Museum for D23 Previews and toured with the Mousetalgia podcast crew. It was really well done, and we all had a lot of fun (though three hours is not nearly enough to tour this thing).

The following day, I appeared on the Mousetalgia! show, which is a popular (and super fun) Disneyland and Disney history podcast, to talk about our time at the Museum. And while the main topic was the Museum, I managed to fit in a healthy amount of shameless plugging for The Guide, our new Disneyland book, and We talked about research for the Disneyland 2010 guide, what it’s store for, and what it’s like working for The Guide.

You can download the episode here, or you can listen via the embed below. And then go subscribe on iTunes!

Thanks again to Dave, Becky, Jeff and Kristen for having me on! Carpe Kingdom!

UPDATE: Dave Breiland chimes in with a special guest post on the Disneyland Halloween overlays.

WDW Today Episode 626 – 2009 Food And Wine

by on October 5, 2009