Posts Tagged ‘Ask It’

Ask It: On Site or Off Site for Walt Disney World?

by on February 21, 2018

It’s Wednesday again, and time for another Ask It. Brought into being by a fan comment, we’re asking about where you have stayed on your vacation–specifically, for your last Walt Disney World vacation. Did you stay on site at a Disney hotel? Stay on Walt Disney World property, but not at an official Disney hotel? Did you stay at an off site hotel? Or did you rent a vacation home off site? We’re ready to see your answers.

For your most recent Walt Disney World trip, what type of lodging did you stay at?

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Voting is live here and on Twitter. Feel free to let us know in the comments where you stayed and why, and if you’d stay there again. We’ll have your results next week.

Ask It Results: Ever Done Adventures by Disney?

by on February 21, 2018

There’s something about the magic of a Disney vacation–that extra little pixie dust that makes a trip go from good to great. The idea behind Adventures by Disney is what if you could take that vacation experience that you have when visiting the parks and take it with you as you travel to destinations around the world. Of course all magic comes with a price, dearie. Adventures by Disney trips typically cost more than similar trips offered by other tour group companies, and far more than planning a budget-conscious trip on your own. The marketing for these trips does make them look impressive, and I’ve rarely heard anyone have anything negative to say about the actual trip. Is it something that many people have done, however? Last week, we asked you:

Have you ever taken an Adventures by Disney trip?

Here’s your results:

Yes (55 votes, 5%)

The variety of Adventures by Disney trips is impressive. The activities you can do on them are amazing. You can cruise down the major rivers of Europe, or go dog sledding in Wyoming. You can look for wildlife while hiking in the Galapagos Islands, or on safari in South Africa, or snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s coast. You can take a vacation without a Disney park experience, or you can set up your vacation to make a stop at Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland, Walt Disney World, or Disneyland Paris. While the trips are more expensive than if you booked events on your own, Disney often adds little extras to make the trips memorable. The guides on the trips come with a wealth of knowledge that you may not get with another tour company or on your own. Even better, these trips tend to have minimal outside costs. The price you see, aside from transportation to the start of your trip and home at the end, includes most of your activities, meals, and lodging. Many people who responded yes to this question mentioned that they’ve been on more than one Adventures by Disney trip. It may require eating instant noodles when you get home and rolling pennies for the next one, but people seem to want to keep coming back for more.

No (1,031 votes, 95%)

At the end of the day, no amount of marketing and hype can hide the fact that these trips are expensive. Even a short, three-night Disneyland Adventures by Disney trip will set you back more than $2,000 per person. Different trips can run $5,000 or more per person–the one to China that I’ve been dreaming of is more than $9,000. (And that doesn’t include the airfare to get to and from your destination.) Some people mentioned that this is a Bucket List or Powerball dream–if the money appeared, they’d go in a heartbeat. Others have a hard time justifying the price even if money was no object. In the end, it takes a lot to make the leap to plunk down the money on this. It is no surprise that most people who responded haven’t taken one. (You can count me in the number of people who haven’t been parted with my money for this trip yet. Maybe when I’m an empty nester?)

So there you have it–this week’s results. Next week’s question is live on Twitter and on the blog here. In the meantime, if you were given one wish from Genie, but you had to use it to take an Adventures by Disney trip, which one would you wish for?

Ask It: Ever Done Adventures by Disney?

by on February 14, 2018

They say that there’s other places to vacation in the world aside from a Disney theme park or DVC resort. (Who are “they” anyhow?) Okay, it’s true–there’s so much in the world to see and so many amazing places to visit. But what if you could take the Disney difference with you on vacation destinations around the world? That’s the idea about Adventures by Disney trips. These are vacations to desirable locations around the world, everything from safari in Africa to the mountains of Machu Picchu. You can take a river cruise on the major rivers of Europe, or you can explore the fascinating sights and sounds of Asia. There’s even Adventures by Disney trips in the United States. As they say, all magic comes with a price, dearie, and these trips will set you back a pretty penny. They also are only available on certain dates. All this means that not everyone will have had an ABD experience.

This week, we’re asking you:

Have you ever taken an Adventures by Disney trip?

  • No (93%, 385 Votes)
  • Yes (7%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 413

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If you have, let us know which one(s) in the comments. If you haven’t, let us know what the main reason is that you’ve not been on one, or let us know which one would be on your wish list. The poll is live here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results next week.

Ask It Results: Is Your Significant Other a Disney Fan?

by on February 14, 2018

No matter how much you love that special someone in your life, there may be things that drive you crazy. The way they slurp their soup. Snoring. Cheering for the wrong sports team. You name it, because everyone’s an individual, there’s plenty of opportunities to find ways that couples have their differences. It can even come into play when Disney is on the line. Last week we asked you:

Is your significant other as much of a Disney fan as you are?

 

Here’s your results.

Yes (803 votes, 47%)

Did she talk you into your first trip? Did he suggest buying an annual pass so you could make more trips? Was it a love of Disney that made you realize that you had so much in common? Whatever it was, many of you said that your significant other is as much of a Disney fan as you are. This doesn’t mean that you always like Disney in the same way, however. You may have one person on Team Pirates and the other on Team Haunted Mansion when it comes to the best ride in the Magic Kingdom. One might like Disney for meeting characters, and the other might like it for the pyrotechnics. There’s so many ways to love Disney, but it can be a great shared interest for a couple–and it always gives you places to go for a romantic getaway.

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Ask It: Is Your Significant Other a Disney Fan?

by on February 7, 2018

It’s a week until Valentine’s Day, and thoughts of love are in the air. The old saying is that opposites attract, but sometimes it is beneficial to share the same interests with your significant other. If you’re reading this blog, odds are good that you’re at least a moderate Disney fan–but what about your significant other? Is it a passion you share, or is it something that gets you the “That’s nice, dear” look whenever you start talking Disney.

This week, we’re asking you:

Is your significant other as much of a Disney fan as you are?

  • No (53%, 353 Votes)
  • Yes (47%, 314 Votes)

Total Voters: 667

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The poll is live now here and on Twitter. We’ll have your answers next week. In the meantime, if your significant other is a Disney fan, was that something that drew you together? If your significant other is not a Disney fan, how do you balance your love of Disney with your significant other’s lack of Disney enthusiasm? Let us know in the comments.

Ask It Results: Do You Plan a No-Park Day in Your Disney Vacation?

by on February 7, 2018

Vacations can be exhausting. Getting up at the crack of dawn for the perfect rope drop of a park. Miles upon miles of walking. And then keep it going late into the night to squeeze in every moment of relaxation. It’s no surprise that many people need a vacation to recover from their vacation. For some people, a solution is to take a day off every now and then during their vacation to enjoy resort amenities, visit Disney Springs, or do some other type of activity. Not everyone plans for this in advance, and not everyone takes one of those days off even if they plan for it. Last week, we asked you:

Do you plan a day (or more) in your Disney vacation when you skip going to the parks?

Here’s your results.

Yes (1,171 votes, 58%)

One theme in common with the yes votes on this–it was almost always for people who were looking at vacations around a week or so. For shorter vacations, it’s easy to justify pushing through the long days and nights, but like an endurance vacation experience, pacing is important. Some favorite off-day activities included relaxing around the resort pool, shopping at Disney Springs or off site, a round of golf (miniature or otherwise), or resort hopping (especially in the holiday season to see the decorations). Taking some down time every few days helps keep the relaxation in the vacation.

 

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Ask It: Do You Plan a No-Park Day in Your Disney Vacation?

by on January 31, 2018

Many, many times I hear people coming back from a vacation saying that they were so busy and it was so exhausting that they need a vacation to recover from their vacation. Certainly a trip to Disney can be exhausting–early days and late nights, and all that walking in between! There are days when it really can be too much. But because you pay a lot for that vacation, it can be tough to take a time out from the constant go-go-go. Today, we’re asking:

Do you plan a day (or more) in your Disney vacation when you skip going to the parks?

  • Yes (63%, 545 Votes)
  • No (37%, 316 Votes)

Total Voters: 861

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The poll is live here and on Twitter. We’ll have your answers next week. In the meantime, if you do plan a no-park day, let us know in the comments what you like to do instead of going to a Disney park.

Ask It Results: Too Many Italian Restaurants?

by on January 31, 2018

Buongiorno! It’s time for another round of Ask It results. I hope that you’ve brought your appetite, because we’re talking about a favorite cuisine–Italian. It’s very easy to say that for most Americans, Italian food is a favorite that almost everyone can agree on. Disney is well aware with this, and has quite a few Italian restaurants on property. But how much is too much? Last week we asked you:

Are there too many Italian restaurants at Walt Disney World?

Here’s your results.

Yes (799, 47%)

First, let’s give a quick rundown of Italian restaurants at Walt Disney World. Depending on whether you include pizza as Italian food or as its own creation, you still end up with a lengthy list. At Magic Kingdom, you have Tony’s Town Square and Pinocchio Village Haus. At Epcot, you’ve got Tutto Italia, Tutto Gusto, and Via Napoli. Heading over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ve got Mama Melrose and PizzeRizzo. At Animal Kingdom, you’ve got Pizzafari. Wandering around the resorts, you’ve got Boardwalk Pizza, Trattoria al Forno, Ravello, and Il Mulino. (And that doesn’t include quick-service locations at resorts that have a pizza or pasta station.) And then there’s Disney Springs: Blaze Pizza, Enzo’s Hideaway, Maria and Enzo’s, Pizza Ponte, Wolfgang Puck Express, and Terralina on the way. (I suppose you could also include Vivoli Gelateria, too.)

That’s a lot of pasta.

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Ask It: Too Many Italian Restaurants?

by on January 24, 2018

I enjoy Italian food. It’s one of the few cuisines where everyone in my family is able to find something without too many special requests. Lately, a variety of Italian restaurants have opened at Walt Disney World–a place that wasn’t lacking with Italian eateries. There’s still more to come, too. This week we’re asking you:

Are there too many Italian restaurants at Walt Disney World?

  • Yes (56%, 296 Votes)
  • No (44%, 230 Votes)

Total Voters: 526

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Voting is live here and on Twitter. We’ll have your results next week, but in the meantime, feel free to share what you think is the best Italian restaurant at Walt Disney World and why.

Ask It Results: Do You Order New MagicBands for Each Trip?

by on January 24, 2018

It’s a well-known fact that nothing is free at Walt Disney World (except, possibly, a sunburn–remember that sunscreen kiddos!). One thing that feels like it is free is the set of oh-so-fashionable MagicBands that your party gets when they book a stay at a Walt Disney World resort. Way back in the early days of MagicBand 1.0, you didn’t have the option not to get MagicBands. Just like clockwork, they’d show up on your doorstep. If they didn’t for some reason, you could get them at check-in. If you were a frequent Walt Disney World traveler, you ended up with an unhealthy number of these bands. Add some on for DVC or for Annual Passholders, and you had to get creative with what you could do with them.

Now you have the option to skip the automatic shipping of MagicBands to you, and many people spend quite a bit of money on beyond-the-basic MagicBand designs at stores all around Walt Disney World. But old habits are hard to break. So we asked you:

Do you order new MagicBands for each trip?

Here’s your results.

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