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Episode 618 - Listener Questions

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa, Mike Scopa & Mike Newell


  • Listener Questions

  • Mark from Australia refers to Episode 602: Len's Bus(y) Birthday, and says that Len broke Rule Number 1.
  • Kevbot from Boston refers to Episode 609, and relates his anniversary trip with his partner.
  • Bill from Georgia asks what they can do, now that their 14- and 11-year-old children cannot come to Disney.
  • Michael asks for the name of the song played on Stacey's Top 7 TV show.
  • Robin asks how much extra queue time can be expected when going on an EMH day.
  • Robin asks whether the Buy 4 Get 3 deal is going to be offered again, or whether he should get an AP.
  • Paul from UK asks about photo opportunities which include the date.
  • Scott from Wisconsin asks about the Verizon Disney service.
  • Olivia from UK asks whether restaurant; prices increase seasonally.
  • Jay from NY asks about any Hanukkah celebrations.
  • Diane from Mississippi drank around the resorts.
  • DisneyNut09 asks whether DVC rentals is better than Disney's special offers.
  • Jeremy refers to Episode 534: Listener Questions and cannot find any information about the romantic carriage ride at Fort Wilderness. Matt suggests calling 407-WDW-PLAY.
  • Doug asks for tips for a 30-day vacation.
  • Amy from Virginia asks whether September is hurricane season.
  • Amy from Virginia asks whether she should come down September or November.
  • Joe from Illinois asks to get from the Polynesian; to the wheelchair entrance to the parks.
  • Tonia asks if the alternative entrance option for the Fantasmic! Dinner Package.
  • Mike from NY asks whether two families staying at two different hotels can use the other family's Dining Plan.
  • The Cliff family from Indiana asks how to get the best building in Scopa Towers.

  • Running Time: 29:45

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It's a Small World After All
Authored by: Mike Newell on Wednesday, September 16 2009 @ 07:04 AM CDT
Just for the record, Jay (the vet from Newburgh) does indeed work at my vet's office!

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Episode 618 - Listener Questions
Authored by: SortaGrumpy on Wednesday, September 16 2009 @ 07:39 AM CDT
30 days, god god man! I envision a Bill Murray ground hog day type nightmare where you ride Small World every day. I love WDW, but I was at my limit after 8 days. Beyond 8 day's on property and I think I would start to feel like a Disney hostage. Personally, I think six days (five nights) is about perfect. Maybe if you branch out to other non-park activities like golf. However, those "other" activities will get expensive real quick.
Only 30 days?
Authored by: Jul on Wednesday, September 16 2009 @ 09:36 AM CDT
My husband and I have started accumulating DVC points for a snowbirding option when we retire. Our plan will be to live in a 1 bedroom (bigger than a lot of the apartments I lived in when I was in college!) from September through March (except for the heavy point time right around Christmas). When we jokingly mentioned this to our DVC rep, he told us that we weren't the first people to think about this--they already have people who do it now! It's cheaper than maintaining a snowbird property year-round and with better benefits. The difference is that we wouldn't be "on vacation". We'd be living there, and might go to the parks from time to time, much like the lifestyle I had when I lived in the Orlando area. I do agree that for a vacation, two weeks is really about all you want to do before the "meh, whatever" energy sets in.
Long vacation
Authored by: AquaViola on Wednesday, September 16 2009 @ 10:36 AM CDT
I have just returned from a 17-day vacation with my wife (the first time she has been to WDW).

We had a fairly hectic time doing *everything*, but we also did Discovery Cove, Sea World, Aquatica and Busch Gardens. However, we made sure that we had two relaxing days at the beginning and at the end.

I have found in that past that a 14-day vacation leaves you wanting more (just a couple more days, please), but a 16- and 17-day vacation is enough time - I wanted to go home and get back to work, but not so much that I was regretting in any way the extra time there.

As for a 30-day vacation, the major advantages for Doug's plan is that:

a. They have an extended hunger - they can visit most of the items almost as if for the first time.
b. They are visiting in December, so some days would be taken up with their own holiday festivities, some days with visiting the resorts to see all of the Christmas decorations, and a day or two extra with the Christmas attractions in the park.

Personally, I would think about staying only until Christmas starts or is in the middle (so until say December 23 or 28), depending on if you want to spend Christmas in the World. Also, I think Scopa's suggestion of including Sea World etc. is a good idea.

Incidentally, if you do do Sea World for a few days, there is a little known (I can't find it advertised) "Parking Package Upgrade". I got mine at Discovery Cove, and for $20 it allows me to park as many times at Sea World over a 14-day period (daily parking is $12). I asked, and got Aquatica parking included as well for free. It's a shame Disney doesn't do such a thing, but if you are staying at Wilderness, you don't need it anyway.
September or November
Authored by: AquaViola on Wednesday, September 16 2009 @ 10:40 AM CDT
I usually have been to WDW in November, and the weather then is very pleasant, apart from the fact that for me water parks are a “no-no” unless the air temperature gets to about 80 degrees (which does happen in November – sometimes).

I’ve just got back from a vacation on Monday, and was pleasantly surprised about the weather in September. I was fearing too hot, and thunderstorms, and whilst there were 1-2 hours some days which were too hot, that’s not too bad. We could go to water parks most days, and were just thankful that Mr. Hurricane wasn’t there (sorry, Scopa). But our experience does sound atypical for the standard September month.
Episode 618 - Listener Questions
Authored by: bblhed on Wednesday, September 16 2009 @ 03:55 PM CDT
You had a comment from a listener about their Anniversary and them being worried about people frowning on their relationship. Two things on this subject, 1. Disney will not put up with bigotry in any form. 2. Just in case anyone missed it, WDW is part of the entertainment and theater industry. Does anyone think that the Entertainment and Theater industry is run by Straight bigots? It's your day no mater what others think you should enjoy it your way.
Episode 618 - Listener Questions
Authored by: disneygal65 on Thursday, September 17 2009 @ 08:57 AM CDT
Just a note about the late fall free dining plan. One of the listeners was questioning being able to trade off with their parents but unless they have changed it in the past couple of weeks, the value resorts are not offering free table service dining on this package. You have to stay moderate or deluxe in order to get the pkg with table service. The values get the quick service dining pkg.
Thanks guys for all that you do. Your podcast is my Disney connection in between trips!
Episode 618 - Listener Questions
Authored by: Thorpeedo on Wednesday, September 30 2009 @ 09:43 AM CDT
My question (Paul from UK about Dates)...was 8 days short of 6 months old.... for anyone that sent in a question and is still waiting.