Episode #31: Your WDW Questions Answered

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Your WDW Questions Answered!

Finally! Your Walt Disney World questions answered 🙂  We are super excited to go over your questions and answer them on this weeks show! We must say, these are pretty great questions. Please keep em coming!


Wil : What are the must do rides for pre teens?

There are so many attractions it is going to be difficult to narrow them down.

Our preteens love Star Tours, Space Mountain, Dinosaur (inside Animal Kingdom) and Mission Space inside Epcot. Bruce’s pick.. Tomorrowland Speedway 😉


Heading to DisneyWorld for Christmas. How many rides per hour is do able? Is one per hour aiming too high?

As Bruce always says, keep your expectations low and everything will turn out great. LOL! The weeks leading up to Christmas have moderate crowd levels and one attraction per hour seems feasible. However, crowd levels peak during the week of Christmas so allow yourself plenty of time between rides. Some of the popular ones can be a few hour wait or more. That said, we couldn’t think of anywhere else we’d rather be. 


Charles: How are Magic bands read during sit down (table service) meals? Will every Magic Band be scanned to ensure meal credit is removed from each of our dining plans?

Magic Bands are great! During service meals, the waitstaff comes to the table with mobile readers to scan the bands before taking orders. They will only need to scan one band as the reservation holds the amount of dining credits. The same actually applies to quick service meals if you are ordering meals together. You only need to scan one band. That said, there can be a few glitches with Magic Bands so it is highly advisable that everyone in your family has them handy at all times. 


Kimberly- How do you get into the parks for early reservations? What time do buses start running for these types of reservations?

Many guests will have early morning reservations, so you shouldn’t have any trouble accessing the park. You will be allowed to enter the park through a special character breakfast line, usually located on the far right side at the park entrance. (Just look for the character breakfast sign, or you can ask a cast member.) It is also recommended that you have your reservation number handy just in case. This can also be scanned on your Magic Band. 

 The buses start running one hour before park opening. It is also suggested that you call the front desk at your hotel the night before to confirm that the buses will be available early. Or you can always rent a car 😉 


Lisa: Several of the restaurants have a Christmas menu but they are not listed on the Disney website yet. Do you know which locations offers this, what the menu offers and how much it typically runs?  

Usually Christmas menus are released after Thanksgiving. The obvious problem with that, is you really need to book restaurants way in advance to secure seating. The best way to go about it is to you consider the restaurants that have had Christmas menus in previous years and make a reservation at one of those.  In the theme parks, the Hollywood Brown Derby and Hollywood and Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and our favorite- Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom which is served family style.

At the resorts, many restaurants have offered holiday menus, including Citricos (pricey) at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. It is most convenient when you have the dining plan for these options as some of these can be quite expensive.


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