Feb 112015
 

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

Q.  My family and I will be traveling to Disney World this November.  We plan on attending the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party one day, but that same day we wanted to go to Epcot just to purchase something we saw in Morocco, as well as my Mom loves the fish and chips there.   Do you know if you can go in for an hour to make your purchases without paying.  I know a long time ago I was able to go into Animal Kingdom and purchase some items and was told to be back within an hour I am not sure you can still do that? (Submitted by Aritha)

A.  Hi Aritha!

I too remember when Walt Disney World allowed for guests to enter the park for an hour to do some shopping and then exit the park and I was hopeful that the option would still be available, but I hadn’t heard about anyone being able to do it recently. So, I asked around and unfortunately, I have to tell you this is something that has been discontinued. If you want to enter a park, for any amount of time, you must have a valid park ticket. I would suggest that you maybe ask at Guest Relations if there is any kind of option that they can offer, because I have heard that they may be able to do something on a case-by-case basis.   It isn’t guaranteed that they will be able to do something for you though, so don’t count on it, just in case.

Jan 072015
 

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 are spending the night at All Star Sports the first night of our Spring Break vacation, and staying off-site the remaining nights of our trip. Since we’re staying on-site our first night, we’ll ride Magical Express to the resort from the airport. What do you suggest we do about a rental car for the rest of our trip? To get over to our off-site resort, should we head over to the Disney Alamo and rent a car, then bring it back there when we are finished? And is there any transportation available that will take us from the Alamo to the airport? (Submitted by Maegen D.)

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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!