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Long time follower and subscriber on many social media sites. Loved your post on starting a blog. Wondering if you had to pay Disney a licensing fee to use their name in your domain name?
Hi Tom and Sarah!! Sorry Sarah, I should have said hello to you in my other question. I am also posting here in hopes that you will see one of the two. We are set to visit May 4-9 and I’m wondering if you think crowds will be less busy than during spring break (March 11-22). It looks like it’s gonna be hot so I’m hoping for less crowds. Also, do you know if the boat transportation to the resorts close a lot for wind/rain? I’m thinking about switching to a monorail resort, we want to take advantage of the Magic Kingdom extended hours on the 4th. I guess I’ll also ask my Other question in hopes that you see/respond to this. What do you think about August? We have a plan of the 16-30 to visit. One week at Animal Kingdom and the Second week at Contemporary main tower . I was thinking these two would be good calls if the weather gets ugly. Do you agree with that, or can you suggest other resorts that might be better? Animal Jambo is our absolute favorite place to stay and way better price, but I was thinking having the monorail and walking option would be nice since it will be so hot and I get anxious on the overcrowded busses. I like the bus when it isn’t jam packed. I’m hoping I won’t need to rent a car because it’s so expensive and that’s a lot of parking fees at the resorts. Do you think that time in August should have a bit less people? The rates are pretty low. I couldn’t normally think about staying at contemporary price wise, and to be honest it doesn’t excite me all that much besides location. I’d love to stay at the Wilderness Lodge but I’m worried if it is stormy in August we will be stuck with crowded busses or having to pay for the Minnie Van if the boats close a lot. What are your thoughts?
Hi Tom! Thanks for all of your helpful information and tips! I love getting your emails! I really need your advice!! We are taking our 2nd trip to Disney with my parents and 2 little kids. We have 2 dates that we can go – the first is 5/26/22 – 5/31/22 (which is during Memorial Day and some AAU events at DWWS) and the other option is 6/6/22 – 6/11/22 (which is the week of Special Olympics at DWWS and most schools will be out at this point). Can you give your advice as to which would be the better choice please?!? We won’t be able to take another trip for at least a few years and we want to make sure we are making the best choice possible!! Thanks for all you do to help all of us Disney crazies!
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Tom, I have booked rooms directly with Disney. ( March 2023 ) , Who do you recommend as a travel agent to assist me with the other stuff, Park passes and discounts, etc, etc, .
Thank you in advance.
First off: we love your writing and it’s making us even more excited for our next trip to FL this year!
Second: this past week, we published an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel calling on Disney to make dining at its Animal Kingdom theme park meat-free. The park tells its guests to “celebrate all living things,” while simultaneously featuring restaurants with few (if any) food choices for non-meat eaters. Knowing the awesome articles you put out about the parks and dining, we thought you might enjoy the piece as a conversation-starting base to a news story!
Thanks again for all your hard work,
Dan & Sarah
I am a huge fan of your blog, and read it daily. I have a constructive idea for your consideration.
I noticed that you are always looking for new topics to write about. It seems that you are running out of ideas. What if you started writing about your successes? I think it would be fascinating to hear about what you’ve learned blogging, what’s worked for you, and why you’re successful. Your blog would be more positive.
Happy New Year!
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A quick note of thanks for all you do. There are many blogs out there however I always find yours the most interesting and accurate. Random not important question but I’m so curious. I believe you mentioned there was a possibility of 120Â° fireworks with the new enchantment show. I don’t think I saw that. Do you think the new launch sites are for a future show or maybe budget cuts?
Hi Tom and Sarah,
I just want to sincerely thank you for your blog… I accidentally found you guys when I was planning a trip to Disney World back in 2019 (for my 50th birthday :)… probably my 7 or 8th visit) and I’ve become an avid reader since.
WDW has always been my happy place (since my first visit when I was 10 and living in my home country of Argentina (I live in Canada going back 35 years now) but you guys have widen my view to the wonderful universe that is ALL Disney (warts and all) and I’m just loving it… it helped get through Covid to read you and dream of my next visit! 🙂
Your photos are incredible, your information is amazing, and even if I didn’t enjoy it all so much, which I do, I would still find it extremely helpful and insightful.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, please keep spreading the magic and helping us all better understand and enjoy the wonderful world of Disney!
Maybe someday I’ll bumping into you at the parks!!! that would be awesome!! 🙂
Any idea when some of the WDW tours might return? I had a Keys to the Kingdom tour booked for April 2020 and of course that trip got canceled. I want to rebook but have been waiting for the tours to start again. Any rumors or rumblings?
My apologies, Tom, if you have already addressed this issue in other postings or articles, but I would love to see a date of publication for your articles. Yes, some articles will bear a reference to chronology (“updated _-_-2021”), but most do not. The absence of a time reference undermines the value of the information of the article, since the reader may not be able to discern if the information is current or very stale.
Many thanks to you and Sarah for all your efforts to entertain and inform Disney fandom everywhere.
Tom, I am a huge fan of your blog, and read it daily. I have a constructive idea for your consideration. While I appreciate how you dove into the details of the mask vs non-masking issues, you failed to even mention one of the most important variables in this regard. If you choose (again) to get into the science issues of masking, you need to emphasize that the 100+ million Americans (like me) who have recovered from COVID, now have natural immunity. And a recent Cleveland Clinic study shows my natural immunity is holding up better than the vaccine immunity. So for all of the talk about cases, cases, cases….let’s remember ALL of these “cases” result in more natural immunity, and there are less than 1% deaths involved, and going down each day. That’s why Universal Studios, and most companies and states have no mask policy. So we now have 260 million Americans with immunity from the vaccines AND natural immunity.
I’m avoiding further commentary and analysis of all things covid related, but have routinely referenced natural immunity, prior infections, or “some form of immunity” when discussing the topic.
I love your blog! We are Canadians who love Disneyworld and can’t wait to return. We had a reservation for May 2020, and ever since that trip was canceled due to covid, I have been reading your blog every day to get my Disney “fix”. I wanted to thank you for being a bright spot through multiple lockdowns. Your commentary is fantastic- I will be very prepared for our next trip when it finally happens!
Tom! Just wanted to say thanks for your blog, and especially your insight and honesty this past week (7/22/21-ish) on the chaos that seems to be the regular at WDW right now. Our family did a ton of visits while I was growing up, but with a family of my own now, lots of things to consider for 7, 5 and an almost 3y/o kiddos. We were originally scheduled for a week starting 8/1, but with the trifecta of crowds, temperatures and Covid cases increasing (and your post on all three of these) I rescheduled for early spring next year (we are only driving from Atlanta area). Luckily the kids aren’t disappointed because my husband and I didn’t even tell them about the trip for precisely this ‘just in case’ scenario.
This will be our second trip with the kids (first was in 2019 for a large family gathering) and we will be staying at the Poly Villas this time around with just our family of five, which we are excited for. I’m looking forward to reading more of your previous posts and seeing your insights over the next few months. The tough part now is sitting tight until I can plan more than just the hotel and park tickets/reservations. I’dlove to know your insights about the return of some of the character dining experiences (my oldest two are girls who are princess crazy) and we were lucky enough to do the Princess breakfast at Epcot in 2019, but are hoping to do the Disney Junior breakfast at Hollywood Studios to meet Sofia and Jake (for my little guy) at some point.
Hopefully that explains how demonstrate the Dining Plan is a profit center for Walt Disney World and not just a perk. Even if you’re a fan of the DDP who is personally able to leverage it to your advantage, it should be obvious that it’s also beneficial to Disney. Hello. The first sentence does not make sense to me…wondering if you need to fix it?