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.
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.
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!
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 TouringPlans.com. We talked about research for the Disneyland 2010 guide, what it’s store for TouringPlans.com, and what it’s like working for The Guide.