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Ask It: Have You Ever Done a runDisney Race?

by on August 2, 2017

A new Wednesday means a new Ask It question. This week, we’re dusting off our running shoes to run this question by you all:

 

Have you ever done a runDisney race?

  • No, never gonna happen (35%, 207 Votes)
  • Yes (34%, 201 Votes)
  • No, but maybe someday (31%, 184 Votes)

Total Voters: 592

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Voting is open here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results next week. In the meantime, feel free to comment–if you have done a runDisney event, are you a runner or just love the Disney kind of event? Had a favorite runDisney event? What is the longest distance you’ve ever done? What’s the best course you’ve experienced?

And if you haven’t, what’s your primary reason for not doing runDisney? Cost? Not a fan of running? Something else? We’ll have your results here next week!

Ask It Results: Ever Received an Elusive PIN Code?

by on August 2, 2017

Having run the Ask It polls for a while now, whenever I ask a question, I’m usually pretty sure what the answer will be. There are times when my personal bias blocks my prognostication, however. This week, the results were much closer than I had predicted to the question:

Have you ever received a PIN code for a discount/special offer on a Disney vacation?

Even more interesting than how the voting went were readers sharing some of the deals they’ve been offered. Feel free to take me with you at any time!!

Here’s your results for this week’s Ask It.

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Ask It: Ever Received an Elusive PIN Code?

by on July 26, 2017

Within the past year, I’ve managed to find a Unicorn Frappuccino, a Hatchimal in the stores before Christmas, and a FastPass for Frozen Ever After. What I have not been able to find is a PIN code for a Walt Disney World vacation in my mailbox or email. In fact, in more than 30 years of traveling to Walt Disney World, I’ve received exactly one–and it was not properly linked to my name and address, so I couldn’t use it. (I know, insert the sound of the world’s smallest violin playing here.)

PIN Codes are a mystery to many people. There seems to be no predictable rhyme or reason to who gets them and who doesn’t, but if you get one, there’s always the thrill of seeing what sort of vacation discount it may include. So this week, we’re curious:

Have you ever received a PIN code for a discount/special offer on a Disney vacation?

  • No (51%, 372 Votes)
  • Yes (49%, 353 Votes)

Total Voters: 725

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Voting is open here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results next week. If you have received one, feel free to share what type of deal you were offered in the comments.

Ask It Results: Ready for Your DCL Close-Up?

by on July 26, 2017

Are there any souvenirs better than photos? A photo can bring back memories of a moment of joy, a funny experience, or just the warmth of the great times had on vacation. And even though almost everyone carries a camera with them all the time, sometimes you want something a bit better than a cell phone snapshot for your memory. But professional photos on Disney Cruise Line can be very pricey. Last week we asked you:

When you take a Disney cruise, do you buy the professional photos taken on board?

Here’s your results.

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Ask It: Ready for Your DCL Close-Up?

by on July 19, 2017

Confession time: I had thought about doing “What D23 announcement are you most excited about?” but by Saturday night, I knew that there was no way to fit all possible options in a week’s worth of polls! Instead, I thought it best to go with something completely different.

On the Disney Cruise Line ships, a private photography company handles the professional photographs on board. From the “Just take my picture so I can get on the ship” embarkation photo to the “Wow, we all clean up good” formal night pictures and everything in between, it is possible to get a variety of pictures taken during your cruise. One drawback is that these photos don’t come cheap. A single photo can run you $15-20, and packages can run several hundred dollars. Yet photos do provide a great way to keep memories for future years.

This week we’re asking:

When you take a Disney Cruise, do you buy the professional photos taken on board?

  • No photos for me (46%, 95 Votes)
  • Maybe a couple pics (38%, 79 Votes)
  • I'll take a whole package! (16%, 33 Votes)

Total Voters: 207

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The poll is open here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results on the blog next week.

Ask It Results: Do You Pin Trade?

by on July 19, 2017

In the Fallout video game universe, bottle caps are used for currency in a post-apocalyptic world. I’m guessing that in the post-apocalyptic Disney World, pins would likely become some sort of currency, right? They’re shiny, they have varying rarities, and people could wear them as armor for Mad Max-type races along the remnants of I-4. (Hey, I think that’s a more sane idea than having Tim Burton directing a live-action version of Dumbo, right?)

Anyhow… Disney pins. Unless you have no love for anything Disney, odds are good that everyone has seen at least one in their trips to Walt Disney World that they think is cool. For some people, it’s not so easy to stop as one. Some people start collections based on characters, attractions, styles, or just ones that they like. Others love the thrill of the hunt, searching countless Cast Member lanyards for “that perfect pin” to add to their collection. Pin trading at Walt Disney World was a huge experience around the turn of the millennium, but is it still something that people do? This week we asked you:

Do you still do Disney pin trading?

With more than 2,100 votes, here’s your results.

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#AskIt: Do You Pin Trade?

by on July 12, 2017

Pins have been available at Disney Parks for decades. (I still remember my first one that I got at Walt Disney World’s 15th anniversary when people won all sorts of prizes every 15 seconds just for walking in the parks.) Pin trading really hit a fever pitch right around the turn of the millennium, with a huge focus on special events, limited releases, collectible series, and trading events at the theme parks around the world and at Downtown Disney (both east and west). But have people kept up with it? Here’s this week’s question:

Do you still do Disney pin trading?

  • I've never traded Disney pins (57%, 413 Votes)
  • Yes! (29%, 210 Votes)
  • I did, but not anymore (14%, 101 Votes)

Total Voters: 724

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The poll is live here and on Twitter. We’ll have your results next week. In the meantime, is there a special character, event, or theme you collect? What’s your most prized pin? What made you stop pin trading, or why do you still do it today? Let us know in the comments.

#AskIt Results: Which Magic Kingdom Hard-Ticket Party Is Best?

by on July 12, 2017

Hard-ticket seasonal parties at the Magic Kingdom offer a great opportunity for some unique experiences, such as special shows and fireworks, along with special character meets and reduced lines for attractions. Both Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are incredibly popular, often selling out on select nights during their run, but is one better than the other? We asked, and you answered with a clear favorite. Here’s your results.

 

Neither is better than the other

(226 votes, 15%)

 

For some people, each event provides such a unique experience that picking a favorite event would be like picking your favorite child. For others, the high ticket price means that the events just aren’t worth it. Whatever your reason, 15 percent of you felt that it was impossible to pick one over the other. Everyone else had very clear feelings on which was the better party…

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#AskIt: Which Magic Kingdom Hard-Ticket Party Is Best?

by on July 5, 2017

The fireworks from July 4th are still a faint glow in the sky, but it’s already time to start planning for holiday parties like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, after hours parties that require a separate admission fee. With prices at all-time highs, it is difficult for many people to consider doing both. If you had to choose just one to do this year,

Which Magic Kingdom Hard-Ticket Party Is Best?

  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (56%, 273 Votes)
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (28%, 138 Votes)
  • Neither is better than the other (16%, 78 Votes)

Total Voters: 489

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The poll is live now here and on Twitter, and feel free to let us know why you picked the party that you did (or didn’t see either as better than the other) in the comments.

#AskIt Results: Disney Dining Plan – Now With Alcohol

by on July 5, 2017

Anyone remember the good old days when the Disney Dining Plan was affordable and included an appetizer, entrĂ©e, and dessert? At one time, the Disney Dining Plan was a decent (albeit never great) option for convenience when dining at Walt Disney World. Over the years, the price of the Disney Dining Plan has increased, and what you got for the price has decreased. Different variations have appeared in an attempt to try and convince people that it is a value, or at least not a waste of money, but overall it seems that interest in the Disney Dining Plan has declined, except when rumors of “free” dining start to swirl around.

This year, an in attempt to bring more people back to the Disney Dining Plan fold, alcohol and specialty beverages are now being included in the (increased) Disney Dining Plan price. So we asked you:

Are you more or less likely to purchase the Disney Dining Plan now that it includes specialty beverages?

 

Here’s your results:

 

  • Less Likely: 279 (22%)

  • More Likely: 332 (26%)

  • Neutral: 658 (52%)

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