Dec 172014
 

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

Q.  We want to have professional photos done for Christmas Cards. Is there anywhere to do this at Walt Disney World?

A. So, there are a couple of options that I think would work best for you. The first is to purchase Memory Maker and get fun photos taken in the park. Then when you get home, you can use the photos to make your own cards using those photos.

The other option is to utilize Disney’s photography service called Disney’s Fine Arts Photography. Here you can get a professional photography session taken at select resorts. There are a few different options of sessions you can choose from, but it’s a great way to get some more unique and off the beaten path photographs.

Whatever you decide, you’re going to have some fun and gorgeous Christmas cards!

Have a great trip!

Oct 012014
 

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

We usually stay on-site at Disney World. But this Spring Break, we’re to stay at the Sheraton Vistana Resort. And, we are worried about transportation. We really don’t want to have to get a rental car. Is there any way to stay at that resort since it’s so close to Disney and avoid renting a car? Like, will they offer a free trip, to say Downtown Disney, and then we use Disney’s bus service to get us to parks/Disney resorts? Thanks. (Submitted by Maegen D.)

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Sep 032014
 

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

Our family religiously goes to Disney World every other year, and it’s always on a budget. We had an idea long ago; when we grocery shop, we have a set amount we spend on food. If we do not hit that amount on groceries and have some money left, we pick up a Disney gift card at the grocery store and put, say, $15 on a card. So, obviously, we have MANY $15 and $20 gift cards. Also, this year, we are staying off-site. So would the best place to go would be the Marketplace Guest Relations area to turn in all our cards for park passes? And will those park passes come in card form? (Submitted by Maegen D.)

Hi Maegen!

Ah…the Disney Gift Cards….you are not alone in making that purchase when visiting the grocery store or another popular stop is Target.

I have good news for you! Yes, the Marketplace Guest Relations will be able to take those gift cards and put them towards park tickets. (And good news for you Disney Gift Card fans, any ticketing window allows for you to use Disney Gift Cards for purchasing park tickets.)

So, I’m going to take a guess and infer from your question that that you will likely not be visiting a theme park on your arrival day, but would possibly make a stop at Downtown Disney. If you don’t want to make a stop at a theme park, but would be passing through Downtown Disney, I would say this is a great way to get your gift cards converted to park passes. However, just know that sometimes the wait at Guest Relations on the Marketplace side of Downtown Disney can be busy. Of course, if you did head over to one of the parks (or the Transportation and Ticket Center) there would probably be more windows open to help you. However, I think making the stop at Downtown Disney on arrival day is a novel idea because the process to purchase the tickets with all those gift cards may end up taking a few extra minutes. Plus, then you’ll have the opportunity to head straight into the parks first thing the next morning! I hope you have a great trip!

Aug 062014
 

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

We are a mature couple that live in the UK and have always loved coming to see Mickey Mouse as often as possible. For the last two years have bought each other Annual Passes for presents to each other. My question is next time we visit in November, I would like to take my husband on a short Disney cruise (3 Days) and wondered if we would get any discounts with our Annual passes? Many thanks! (Submitted by Janet T.)

 

Hi Janet!

Wow! What awesome presents that you buy each other each year! (My husband and I have bought APs before too as gifts.)

Unfortunately, being a Disney Annual Passholder doesn’t give guests any sort of discount for the Disney Cruise Line. (Boy how I wished it did, given that I too have an AP and love to cruise on DCL.)

The best advice I have on getting the best deal for a Disney Cruise is to always book early, as soon as you know your travel dates and that they are available. I would also suggest booking your cruise through a travel agent (and may I of course suggest The Magic For Less Travel?) because they can often offer special Shipboard Credits, which while those aren’t discounts, they are nice perks as you’ll have extra money to spend on the fun little extras you want to take part in on the cruise. (Like if you want to imbibe in a cocktail or enjoy a relaxing massage in the spa.) The Shipboard Credit can help you pay for those.

Cruising on Disney Cruise Line is one of the most relaxing experiences though and I hope you all have a magical time! Bon Voyage!

Jul 092014
 

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

Q. We will be going to Disney World the first week of August. We are not staying on property and we are not annual passholders. We have already registered our park tickets on the My Disney Experience site and we will pick out our FastPass+ choices 30 days before we leave. We were planning to buy a MagicBand for each of us when we arrive. Can we order the MagicBand to be sent to us now and when we arrive have a cast member transfer the FastPass+ info to the bands? Since there are only two Downtown Disney locations listed that sell the bands, would we then have to go to Guest Relations to have the info transferred? Thanks for your help. (Submitted by Mary P.)

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