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Episode 686 - Listener Questions

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa, Mike Scopa, Mike Newell, The Fabulous Annette Owens & Deb Wills


  • Listener Questions

  • Jerry from CA was not able to get onto a DVC; waiting list.
  • David from TX says that resort guests should be able to get from the parks to Downtown Disney.
  • Peter from NY asks whether the California Grill lights are lowered for Holiday Wishes.
  • Peter from NY asks whether the Cinderella Castle Lighting is done before the Party starts.
  • Peter from NY asks whether buses continue to run during Parties.
  • Someone asks whether the discounted PhotoPass; CD is worth the money.
  • Joe from NY asks for advice for a family with an autistic child.
  • Jim from Georgia asks if bottled water is cheaper at the airport than at the resort, and asks about refilling bottles.
  • Steve from FL refers to Episode 596: All The World's A Stage, and mentions the Biergarten; buffet.
  • Nancy from Iowa asks whether there is Disney transportation to Winter Summerland mini golf course.
  • Mardy from Illinois found that town cars are cheaper than taxis.
  • Martin from TX asks about Lion King experiences apart from the two attractions.
  • Claire from Wisconsin asks how much will a WDW vacation cost: 7 days for 5 people in a low to medium priced resort.
  • Mark from Missouri asks which attraction the Panel would like to stay overnight in.
  • Betty from Wisconsin asks if she can combine a 1-day pass and a volunteer ticket towards a new ticket, and whether she should get a 10-day Park Hopper with Water Park ticket.
  • Betty from Wisconsin asks whether she can use a partly used ticket towards purchase of another ticket.

Running Time: 35:30

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Episode 686 - Listener Questions
Authored by: Ibun on Wednesday, February 24 2010 @ 02:12 AM CST
So it's Friday is it?
Combining volunteer tickets
Authored by: AquaViola on Wednesday, February 24 2010 @ 04:09 AM CST
Re "Can you combine a 1 day ticket and a freebie [volunteer] ticket towards the cost of a new ticket"

I may be wrong, but I think you can't combine a volunteer ticket and another ticket towards a single ticket - see the last sentence of the FAQs:

"May I upgrade my free one day ticket to an Annual Pass or multi-day ticket?

Yes, you may upgrade the free ticket to another ticket type of greater value within the applicable upgrade window. However, you are responsible for the incremental cost and the new ticket may only be used by you. No changes or refunds will be given. The value of the free ticket may not be used to combine or upgrade with a separate single or multi-day ticket."

It's worth a try though. However, you could upgrade the volunteer tickets towards a new ticket (1 per ticket), and the separate 1 day ticket could be saved until you need another ticket (in a few vacations time).

DVC Rule
Authored by: jcodirewolf on Wednesday, February 24 2010 @ 08:42 AM CST
So I need to double check but as I recall the rule is you can only have 2 ACTIVE wait lists per use year. It's not a total of 2 per year, just 2 active ones. It is a new rule, but it's been covered in a "Disney Files."

I think the Photo CD would be worth it IF they would get all the ride attractions on photo pass. I know they are working on it, but it's not there now.


Authored by: jcodirewolf on Wednesday, February 24 2010 @ 08:48 AM CST
Also I have to say I agree with Len, bring water just ISN'T worth it. What I normally do is I have a carabiner that has a rubber thing that holds a bottle of water, you can get these at the park with mouse ears on the rubber bit, or get them from REI without the ears. So what I do is buy a bottle of water at the beginning of the day, and refill it from water fountains durning the day.

Episode 686 - Listener Questions
Authored by: NCMOM on Wednesday, February 24 2010 @ 11:19 AM CST
For our family of 5 that visit WDW every three years, I thought the PhotoPass was a great deal and would do it again.

We have a very nice digital SLR and did hand off our camera to the photographers, but the quality especially at night was not as good (we did not carry our tripod with us). I would preorder, research the Magic Shot locations ahead of time and take advantage of resort photo shoots (we did Poly and AK Lodge). We had over 5 CDs (maybe to many) but the photos are priceless.
Episode 686 - Listener Questions
Authored by: Doc21g on Wednesday, February 24 2010 @ 11:22 AM CST
I have a few positive things to say about the photo CD and Photo pass. It was a wonderful thing to have when we got married back in January as we were able to combine several photo pass cards onto one CD. So we were able to get a good deal in the respect of having several photos from many different groups of people. Also after we arrived home we were able to give people in the group high quality photos and photo files. Also if you have a Disney Visa card you should take advantage of the low to no wait character greetings in Epcot as these will also be on your photo pass. You can hand your camera to the photographers but honestly I'm not that good at remembering.
I think it's a great program sometimes.
Episode 686 - Listener Questions
Authored by: gwcahill on Wednesday, February 24 2010 @ 03:28 PM CST
That is hilarious, I was just talking to a friend today about the auto tune craze (or crap, depending on your preference?).

What time is the 4 o'clock parade?
Pre-paid PhotoCD
Authored by: ErwinM on Wednesday, February 24 2010 @ 06:35 PM CST
We've done the pre-paid CD twice now, and it's definitely been worth it. One thing that may happen is that if you know you've already paid for it, you're going to be more inclined to make PhotoPass stops so as to get enough photos to get your money's worth. It ends up being a self-correcting issue.

Things to keep in mind are the size of your party and the length of your stay. One or two people would need a week's worth of photos or more to make the CD (pre-paid or otherwise) worth it. A large group, particularly if they split up and have several PhotoPass cards between them, would accumulate photos a lot faster. And if you're going to a hard-ticket event like the Not So Scary or Very Merry, you can get some of the nice night shots with the special party decorations that are a little hard to get otherwise, so that also adds some value. (Thanks to my wife for reminding me of that one.)

Then there's the time you take afterward to do enhancements, which can take quite a while. Expect to spend at least 30-45 minutes for every 25 photos, if you're going to do enough enhancements to really make things worth your while.

The upshot is that like most things at Disney, it's worth it if you make a small effort to make it worth it.
Authored by: jcodirewolf on Wednesday, February 24 2010 @ 07:57 PM CST
A lot of the time you can get a car from enterprise for $30ish /day. And return it to the dolphin/swan.

You can stop at target (exit 11) off of 417.

Maybe it's just me but that seems easier and cheaper than a tax, town car, or DME.

Authored by: ddindy on Thursday, February 25 2010 @ 05:47 AM CST
For those who may interested, Pixelmania was a blast! If you enjoy photography at Disney World, you need to attend Pixelmania 2010 (if it happens).


Share and Enjoy!


Off-site lodging on a budget? Don't forget parking
Authored by: ErwinM on Thursday, February 25 2010 @ 04:59 PM CST
Len, great job as always detailing the costs for Claire from WI and her friends. Don't forget the $12/day/vehicle for parking if they stay off-property, though. It's easy for AP holders and DVC owners to forget about that...
Authored by: TiggerRay on Friday, February 26 2010 @ 12:49 AM CST
Matt you crack me up!!!

The town I live in is near Oconomowoc and I know how to pronounce it and for the record you butchered it, but you gave it a try and you were fairly close and admittedly it is hard to pronounce for non-locals.
Pat Benatar Rocks!!!!
Authored by: TiggerRay on Friday, February 26 2010 @ 12:53 AM CST
Len is entirely correct….Pat has a set of pipes and I believe is operatically trained. She would never lip synch a song…never.

When I was in college, I remember seeing Pat do a club show just before her first album was released…been a big fan since. She broke my heart when she married Neal.
Group of 5 Teachers - Summer Trip
Authored by: rchristiansen on Sunday, February 28 2010 @ 06:00 PM CST
While I agree an All Star Vacation home with a rental car is a great idea for a family of 5 --- is it really the best option for 5 adult-friends? The reason I ask, is what happens when a few of them want to go to the parks and the others don't? Or some want to leave and the others want to stay? I think logistically you'd be better off staying on site and paying a little more.

Finally, I'll throw it out there - what about renting DVC points?
Episode 686 - Listener Questions
Authored by: cheer4lvw on Sunday, March 14 2010 @ 08:45 PM CDT
Hey! I'm one of the teachers from the group of 5. I loved the idea of the All Star Vacation home. The 5 of us get along really well and have gone on seveal trips together. Guys - I would love it if you do a show on this topic. 2 of us are Disney nuts and the 3 have not been to the World since they were kids. Anyway...thanks for the great advice. I know I'll use it, as I am the travel planner of the group!