Jun 152009

When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! — Jiminy Cricket

Do you have a Disney dilemma? Are you wondering about a certain attraction? Are you curious about a resort or a cruise? Give us a little whistle and we’ll help you sort out how to handle it. Questions should be sent to whistle@magically-speaking.com

Q. Thanks for the fun read! We’re going to Hoop-Dee-Doo during our August trip. Could you tell me the best way to get there from Pop Century? We’ll have a car, but prefer to use Disney transportation. (Submitted by Carole)

A. Carole, to get to Ft. Wilderness where Hoop-Dee-Doo is performed, your best bet is to catch the bus to the Magic Kingdom from your resort. Once you move toward the entrance to the park, you’ll want to look to the left where the boat docks are located. One of them is for Ft. Wilderness. You can take that boat, which will take you there! To return to your resort, you’ll just follow the same steps backwards.

We like this boat route better than the bus to Fort Wilderness because the boat dock is near Pioneer Hall, where the HDDR is performed. If you arrive to Fort Wilderness by Disney bus, you’re dropped off at the Outpost Depot and have to get an internal bus back to Pioneer Hall. The same would be true if you drove your own vehicle, as day visitors’ cars aren’t allowed back into Fort Wilderness.

Whichever Disney mode of transportation you take, remember that you’re not going to be able to go directly from Pop Century. Disney’s transportation doesn’t serve resort-to-resort routes, unless the resorts share transportation (like the Yacht, Beach and BoardWalk, or Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter). So you’ll always need to transfer to your destination resort either at a theme park or at Downtown Disney. For any resort but Fort Wilderness, we’d recommend you take your car. However, since the Magic Kingdom–Fort Wilderness boat does have the advantage of dropping you off so close to the Hoop-Dee-Doo location, that’s the way to go for this evening of entertainment. Enjoy!

Q. I enjoy reading your answers. We wondered if you could tell us the best character meal for older kids (including a 10-yea- old boy)? (Submitted by Cynthia G.)

A. Cynthia, Disney fans often complain that the “Mouse” favors little girls in their princess costumes over more boy-oriented activities. But there are plenty of character meals that are appropriate (and fun) for a 10-year-old boy.

Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort seems to epitomize the Disney character dining experience the best, as guests get to dine with Mickey and the gang. With its wide variety of choices in its buffet, it also has many tasty offerings, in case your older kids are on the picky side. If your children are more daring with their palate experience, they may enjoy Tusker House at Animal Kingdom, where along with traditional American fare, there are also many yummy choices inspired by Africa. Donald and his friends (think Mickey, Minnie, etc.) are all dressed for safari, which makes for some fun pictures (characters are only present at breakfast).

Finally, another idea is dinner at the Garden Grill, in The Land pavilion at Epcot. Chip and Dale host this character meal (and Mickey and Pluto also typically appear), but what makes it stand out from the other character meal options is the restaurant rotates! Your kids will not only be able to mingle with characters, but also they will get to see scenes of the Living with the Land attraction. The dinner at the Garden Grill is served family style, and includes fresh rolls, salad, flank steak, turkey, fish, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, and cobbler. (There’s also a kids’ menu which includes chicken nuggets and mac & cheese.)

The food at any of these character dining locations should work for the pickiest of boys, and they’ll be safe from the “dangers” of princesses kissing their cheeks.

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