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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Jun 112014
 

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

Q.  Hello! We are planning a trip to Disney World in July and we were wondering about My Magic+. We have already customized our MagicBands with our names and by choosing our colors, but we don’t know if we need to or if we can submit them and get the magic bands before we do fast pass+ or if we will have to submit them after we add the fast passes. Can you help? (Submitted by Emily K.)

A.  Hi Emily!

It sounds like you’re on the right track, having already personalized your MagicBands. The  good news is that yes, you can go ahead an order your personalized MagicBands without affecting your abilities to get FastPass+ reservations.  While the two are ultimately connected, they are both essentially two different animals.  Here’s what I mean:

FastPass+ is the online attraction reservation system that Walt Disney World is now utilizing in their parks, where guests can pre-schedule three FastPass+ reservations ahead of time.  Guests can access FastPass+ via their My Disney Experience account and make these reservations. Keep in mind that in order to do this, you must have linked your tickets with your My Disney Experience account.  Guests staying on-site can make FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance, while guests staying off-site, as well as Annual Passholders can make their reservations up to 30 days in advance.

While FastPass+ is tied to your MagicBand (meaning, you use your MagicBand to gain access to FastPass+ attractions in the park) your FastPass+ reservations are not set in stone on the MagicBand.  The good news is that should you need to, you can change them during your trip, even on the fly, should something come up during your vacation.

So, make sure to order your MagicBands when you have them all ready to go!  It won’t have any effect on your ability to get FastPasses.  For more information about MyMagic+, FastPass+, and My Disney Experience, check out this page on The Mouse For Less.

Apr 302014
 
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 usually get Park Hopper passes, but wondering if it is worth investing the extra money since we will only be able to get FastPass+ reservations for one park a day on the new Fast Pass + system? (Submitted by Blandine)

 

A. Hi Blandine!

I have some great news for you!  Just recently, Disney has allowed for Park Hopping integration with FastPass+.  So now guests are going to be able to visit a park in the morning, use their three FastPass+ reservations and then head to a different park for the afternoon or evening.  Then they can make any additional FastPass+ options at the park that they’ve hopped to with the additional FastPass+ reservations (one at a time) that Disney has just instituted.  Here’s how the fourth FastPass will work:  Once a guest use all three FastPass+ reservations, you will receive a fourth FastPass+ reservation that will be a rolling reservation where guests will then be allowed to go back to any FastPass+ kiosk to select yet another FastPass+ to use, and so on.

For more information on FastPass+, please make sure to check out The Mouse For Less’ information guide