When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! — Jiminy Cricket
Congratulations to Julie, Judy, and Rick for submitting questions for this round of “Whistle.” Once they send us their snail-mail address, we’ll send them a Disney trading pin. This unfortunately ends our August “I Had a Dilemma; I Got Me a Pin” event, but keep the questions coming. Let us know what you’re wondering by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. We have been to Disney many times (nine) and have always been in the summer months. We are now considering going over the Christmas break, but cannot decide if we should go the week of Christmas or the week after and be there for New Years. Will the Christmas atmosphere still be alive after Christmas? What are the crowds like during those times. (Submitted by Julie S.)
A. Christmas is truly an amazingly beautiful time at Walt Disney World when the parks and resorts are dressed in their very best. However, it is also one of the most crowded times to visit because of school breaks; but through careful planning, the crowds can easily be worked around — especially with your experience as a seasoned Disney traveler. The smaller of the crowds will most likely be the week of Christmas as many more guests begin arriving the day after Christmas staying through New Year’s Eve. But if you do opt to visit then, rest assured the holiday decorations will be still be very alive. Just a hint — don’t miss the resorts. The Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Grand Floridian are especially spectacular over the holidays!
Q. Could you tell us what the Swiss-looking building is, the one located next to “it’s a small world” in the Magic Kingdom? It’s a very pretty spot, but we’ve always wondered what it was. (Submitted by Judy)
A. At one time, the Magic Kingdom used to have a Skyway ride, from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland. Guests could ride in little bucket-like gondolas high up in the air. However, the attraction closed in 1999. The charming little building was the loading area for the ride. It is now currently being used as a stroller parking area for “it’s a small world.”
Q. I’m a Florida resident season pass holder and would like to know if there are any discounts for Disneyland California because of it? (Submitted by Rick G.)
A. The answer to that, Rick, is short but unfortunately not sweet. No Walt Disney World annual passes of any sort are honored at Disneyland. The only reciprocity between the Florida and California resorts is that you can use unexpired park days on your Walt Disney World tickets for entry to Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure. (The reverse is not true: Disneyland tickets are never accepted at Walt Disney World.) Sorry, Rick, to be the bearer of bad tidings.