Feb 232011

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. We have been saving for like forever for a trip to Disney World. We will be counting every penny. I’m trying to figure in all the expenses. Could you help with tipping? I just don’t have a sense of how much we’ll be tipping. At restaurants, or wherever else. Thanks for your help! (Submitted by Alicia A.)

A. Hi, Alicia! It’s a great idea if you’re on a tight budget to remember to add it things like tips for your trip. A while ago, we put together a tipping guide that highlights where you are likely to have to tip on a Disney vacation.

Basically, it’s going to come down to two major things: food and luggage. You should plan on tips for any table-service meals you are planning on eating. Counter-service or snack locations don’t require tipping. Also, any adult beverages at that evening out at a pub will need a tip as well.

You don’t mention if you’re flying or driving on your trip. If you are driving, then any luggage assistance from bell services (if you need it) should be tipped. If you are flying, then skycaps need to be tipped if you use their services.

Two positions that you might want to add to your list are Magical Express and Mousekeeping. We tip the Magical Express driver if he assists with our luggage (basically if you’re not using a participating airline on the way home, or choose to not have your luggage delivered to your room on the way there). We also like to tip our Mousekeeping staff. Those are the people who clean the room every day. It’s not a requirement, as tipping at a restaurant has become, but it’s nice to do if you can.

Hopefully your careful budgeting will pay off you you’ll have a few dollars left for that Mickey bar! Have a great trip.

Q. Help settle an argument with my husband, please. He says you can’t take photos or videos on rides, but I know I see people doing it. What are the real rules? (Submitted by disneyduckie)

A. Well, duckie, our best, neutral answer is that you are actually both right! How’s that for not settling your argument?

To be more specific, it really depends on the ride or attraction. You will be told at the beginning of the ride if photos or videos are allowed. On thrill rides, loose articles are generally asked to be stowed, but we all know we’ve seen videos of riders going through Expedition Everest. On dark rides, usually the rule of thumb is not flash photography or external lighting are allowed in order to allow everyone to enjoy the ride. This is also true of anything with a lot of audioanimatronics, because the light from photos can disrupt the signals.

Some of the 3D attractions or attractions that feature a movie ask for no photography as well. Carrousel of Progress, Star Tours, Soarin’ and Hall of Presidents are all on the no photography list. One of our contributors was told no photos in the Haunted Mansion streching room, too. Some of it is absolute, and some might depend on the Cast Member on duty.

You’re more likely to be able to use a still camera without a flash than a video camera on most attractions. We’re not really sure how interesting the shots will be, even if they are allowed, though.

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