Jan 252010

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. If your dilemma is trip-related, please include when you will be traveling.

Q. My husband and I are celebrating our 15-year anniversary by renewing our vows there. We wanted to pick up fine jewelry with subtle Disney touches on it. But I can’t find Disney jewelry anywhere on the Disney websites (ie., DisneyStore.com). Do you have any suggestions? (Submitted by Denise)

A. Congratulations, Denise, on your anniversary. We have a couple ideas that may help you with your search for the perfect gift. Oddly enough, QVC sells a collection of silver and 14K gold Disney-themed jewelry, which can be found here: www.qvc.com.

Another source is Kirstie Kelly. She’s a designer who specializes in Disney-inspired items, albeit subtle influences. Here is some of her jewelry: www.disneybridal.com. And if you’d really like to indulge, Kirstie Kelly has designed fine jewelry inspired by Disney princesses: www.pascalmouawad.com.

For jewelry from an actual resort, visit the World of Disney shops at Disneyland or Walt Disney World. You’ll usually find a selection of gold jewelry accented with subtle Mickeys — in diamonds or pearls. You can also try the parks’ DeliverEARS service if you forget to buy an item sold at the parks; the Disneyland DeliverEARS service can be reached at 800-760-3566 and the WDW DeliverEARS are at (800) 362-4533.

Lastly, if you’re traveling to Disneyland, consider a piece of antique jewelry from the Jewel of Orleans shop in New Orleans Square before it closes April 15. You won’t find any Mickey designs here, but you will find beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces that will always remind you of your trip and your renewed vows.

Hope that helps, and have a wonderful celebration, Denise!

Q. When is the best time to visit Disney World? We can go any time of the year. (Submitted by Maureen)

A. Typically, anytime you can visit Walt Disney World when schools are in sessions, you have a strong chance of lighter crowds and lower resort prices. If you can stand the heat, going after Labor Day Weekend is a great way to experience very light crowds (and you might be able to nab a free dining discount, if those are offered again this year).

However, if you’d like to see Disney at its finest, visiting during the month of December gives you a chance to see WDW in all its holiday glory. Recently, the first weekend of December has become more crowded with the taping of the Disney Christmas parade, so you may want to visit the second or third week of December. Some guests also swear by visiting right after New Year’s Eve when you can still catch many of the holiday decorations, but many guests are beginning to return home.

We find January after the marathon crowd leaves to be fabulous, but the weather is variable (as we all learned when it snowed in Orlando during the half-marathon!). For better weather, we like May, after the spring break crowds and before the summer ones. Disney has actually identified some times that historically have lower attendance which may further help with your planning: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com.

We recommend you check out a handy page on TheMouseForLess.com, Yearly Events that Impact Crowds. Some of these events are have more impact than others, or impact only specific areas of Walt Disney World. The Star Wars Weekends in May and June are only at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Pop Warner sports and cheer tournament in December seems most visible at the Value resorts.

Q. I will be going to Disneyland the last week of March, during the week. Do you know if they still have Fantasmic with the reservations for reserved seating? Also do you know if they will be offering the same type of reserved seating for World of Color over in California Adventure? (Submitted by Raquel M)

A. Unfortunately, Raquel, Fantasmic will be closed in late March, as the Rivers of America is currently being drained for a major refurbishment, and is not scheduled to reopen until early May. We do not know of any formally announced plans for reserved seating for World of Color, but there have been rumors that they would have reserved dining out on the terrace of the Ariel’s Grotto restaurant. World of Color is not actually scheduled to open until late April. There are supposed to be soft-openings and previews beginning sometime in late March, but these are not guaranteed, and they can be cancelled/rescheduled at any time. Sorry we couldn’t share better news, Raquel!

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