Jun 272012

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’re hoping to do a trip in October/November with our new daughter (who will then be approximately 15 months).  On previous trips, we always included trips to California Grill, O’hana, Le Cellier, Cinderella’s Royal Table, etc.  Will these still be doable with a toddler?  Will she have to order off the menu?  (Submitted by Leslie L.)

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May 022012

By: Dena Burkett


On a recent trip to Florida to meet my parents for a Spring Training baseball game in Tampa, we decided to make a last minute trip to Walt Disney World to spend a half day and have dinner. One thing to keep in mind is that I am a huge Disney planner so I was beside myself about going to Disney without any sort of plan.

We arrived on property at 4:00 pm and since we could only pick one park we decided on the Magic Kingdom (my favorite!). First things first, when we entered the park, we decided to watch the flag ceremony which is something that I had heard about but had never before seen. (Editor’s Note:  The Flag Retreat, in our opinion, is a must do for all guests.  It takes place daily at 5:00 pm on Main Street USA and involves a Veteran from a branch of the Armed Forces).

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Dec 312011

In each issue we like to highlight tips and tidbits from our readers. If you have a tip to share, send it to us at magicallyspeaking@themouseforless.com.

Published on Dec 28, 2011

My tip is a mess saver for a family with kids! I always travel with a plastic toothbrush holder and a liquid soap dispenser. It eliminates a lot of the sink top mess you get when traveling. (Submitted by Patti B.)

Each issue we will feature a snippet of what you could learn by listening to the Be Our Guest Podcast. Be sure to check back each issue for more fun.

From Episode 396: Be Our Guest Annual Gift Exchange

Every year the Be Our Guest Podcast does a virtual Holiday Gift Exchange. It is a fun light hearted episode that will hopefully give you a laugh or two. We wish you the best Holiday Season ever!

We’ll see ya real soon!

Listen to the podcast every Monday and Friday at www.beourguestpodcast.com!
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Feb 082010

Navigating Walt Disney World with a stroller can sometimes be overwhelming. After visiting WDW numerous times without a stroller, with a single stroller, and now with a double stroller, I’ve learned the most useful strategies to have a positive experience while taking a stroller into the parks:

  • Bring a hook or bag that attaches to the handle. Hooks can be purchased at a baby or toy store. These hooks can hold everything from a small bag to several large bags as you leave the park. Don’t forget to use Disney’s resort package delivery or front gate package service to help cut down on the amount of packages that you have to carry.
  • Buy a stroller cover in case of rainy weather. This will protect your children, but also your purchases too!
  • Keep in mind that where you park your stroller to enter a ride or attraction may not be where that you find it once you return. Many families get distraught upon finding that their stroller has been moved. Usually a Cast Member has moved the stroller to make room for other strollers. It can take some searching to find your stroller. Be sure that you park your stroller with the brake on and put it in a place marked “stroller parking.”
  • Make your stroller easy to spot. If you are getting ready to purchase a new stroller, buy one that is a bright color that can be seen easily. Tie a bandana or other colorful item around the handle to make yours stand out. A Disney balloon tied to the handles also works, and is sure to delight the stroller’s occupant. Anything that you can do to make your stroller more easy to spot will help with finding it if it has been moved.
  • If you have small children and don’t always want to take them out of the stroller when you or other family members have to use the restroom, I suggest looking for a family bathroom. These are often roomy enough to accommodate a stroller.
  • Put identifying information somewhere that is visible. Make sure that you put a cell phone number on your stroller in case another family takes it accidentally. The luggage tags that Disney sends to visitors staying on Disney property are great for this!
  • Decorate your stroller! Make it fun. Put pictures of Disney characters on the inside/outside of the canopy, cover the seat with Disney fabric, or add a Disney character pillow. Make it a family activity before you leave for your magical vacation. This will definitely help with being able to identify your personal stroller, but will also with your family’s growing excitement about their vacation!

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Aug 242009

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 whistle@magically-speaking.com.

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.