Hi! I'm Anita!
I asked this question a couple of years ago and got an answer from you, but I can't find it in your archives. We're going to the World very soon, and we want to schedule our individual park visits as wisely as we can. Which day(s) of the week are each of the parks statistically least attended? For instance, in the answer you gave me back in 2003, you pointed out an article that stated which day of the week the Magic Kingdom was least likely to be "overcrowded" and the same for the other parks. If you could point out where that article is again, I would be grateful. Thanks!
The reason you can't find that old answer is because it's, well, old! Things are always changing at WDW, and we at AllEars® try to keep our information fresh and up-to-date. Here's the most recent info I could find about which days of the week the parks generally have lower attendance, courtesy of our friends at Touringplans.com:
Do keep in mind that this can and does vary due to many circumstances such as Extra Magic Hours, hard-ticket events, park hours, weather, time of year, addition of new attractions, and any number of other factors. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to attendance other than you can always bet on the weeks around Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's being the most heavily attended days of the year, no matter what day it is.
Have a magical trip, and thanks for being a long-time reader!
Hi Anita! I know that bed rails are available at the Wilderness Lodge, but can you tell me if all resorts (even Value resorts) offer them for those of us traveling with toddlers? Thanks!
Bed rails are available at no charge on request at all Disney resorts and the Disney Cruise Line, no matter which pricing or amenity level they're on. In addition, bed rails may be requested for any guest who may need them, not just small children.
It's a good idea to make your bed rail request (or any special requests, for that matter,) when you make your resort reservation, especially if you are planning on visiting during a busy time, as quantities are limited. If you have made your reservation, but not made your special request, call Disney reservations (1-407-939-6244) and have them add it to your existing reservation. If you booked through a travel agent, have them add your request for you.
For more information about traveling with infants and toddlers, please read AllEars.Net's Infant and Toddler FAQ.
Have fun planning your visit!
Hi Anita, I love reading your answers each week. I learn so much about the place I love.
My wife and I are planning a trip soon for my birthday. We have park passes, so I was planning to pick up the Birthday Fun Card. My birthday would actually be the last day of our trip, and we are leaving around 4 in the afternoon. We will be going to the parks the days before my birthday. Can I pick up the Fun Card on my birthday if I am not actually entering the parks that day? We will probably just shop at Downtown Disney or hang by the pool before we leave. Thanks and keep up the great work.
and Others write:
Where can I get my Birthday Fun Card? Does it have to be picked up on my birthday? What can I use my Birthday Fun Card for? What can't it be used for? Does it ever expire? Do I have to use it all in one place? How much is it worth? Can I get any unused balance in cash?
Go get a cup of your beverage of choice and settle in, because this will be a long one! Birthday celebration perks questions have most definitely replaced the Dining Plan as the most frequently asked questions in my inbox!
OK, let's get started:
can I pick up my Birthday Fun Card?
Q. Do I have
to pick up my BFC on my exact birthday?
Q. How much
will the BFC be worth?
Q. Does the
BFC ever expire?
Q. What can
I use the BFC for?
Q. What can't
I use the BFC for?
Q. Do I have
to use the balance of my BFC in one location?
Q. If I don't
use the entire amount, can I get cash for the remaining balance?
I think that answers all of your questions concerning the Birthday Fun Card. It took me six cups of coffee to write it. How many did it take you to read it?
Happy Birthday, everyone!
I am asking this question for my parents who have a fond memory of an appetizer. Approximately 15 years ago the San Angel Inn offered an appetizer that consisted of mostly white cheese with some pieces of veggies mixed in. You ordered this dish and it came with tortillas and you put the cheese mixture in them. Help! What was this stuff called?
Since I'm a fairly frequent visitor to Mexico (the country, not the pavilion -- Well, yes I visit the pavilion too, but I'm talking about the country here), my first thought was, "This has to be Queso Fundido," which is one of my favorite things to eat! When I spent a college semester in Puebla, this was a staple and we practically lived on the stuff, which we got from an abuelita in a tiny cafe on the Zocalo... Oops! I, of course digress, but thanks for the side trip down Memory Lane!
So anyway, I searched back as far as I could go to view old menus, and sure enough, Queso Fundido is listed on San Angel's 2000 menu. It's no longer available at the San Angel Inn, but you can easily make it at home, or ask for it at your local Mexican restaurant. Note that everyone makes it differently, and it can be made to suit your own personal tastes. You can throw practically anything into the cheese, however I do not recommend marshmallows. Just kidding, but yuck!
Here is the recipe, with my notes and additions:
grate cheese and set aside.
Lightly grease a shallow oven/broiler-proof casserole dish. Arrange half the cheese in bottom of the dish. Top with cooked sausage [Anita's Note: Or pieces of steak and peppers] and remaining cheese. Broil until cheese melts and lightly browns.
Warm tortillas [Anita's note: Heat them slightly in a hot skillet or on a stove top grill, but don't make them crispy!] and cut into quarters. Spoon melted cheese mixture onto tortilla pieces and serve immediately.
Yield: 4 servings
I have read many great reviews on the Polynesian's Never Land Club, with most reviews ending with the high cost. No one, however mentioned what that cost was. Any ideas what the childcare costs are for a 4- and 9-year-old? Thanks!
The Never Land Club charges by the hour, and the cost is currently $11 per hour (price subject to change). The Club is open between 4 p.m. and midnight, and the $11 includes a kid-friendly buffet served from 6 to 8 p.m. The Club is for children who are Disney resort guests, aged 4 to 12, and all children must be potty-trained, no exceptions.
When Minnie Answer was little, this was her favorite place to go. She loved entering the club through the "window", the big screen TV where they show Disney movies, and all the other fun stuff they have for kids to do. She also liked the Sandcastle Club at the Beach Club, which costs the same but opens a little later at 4:30.
For other childcare options at the World, please read AllEars.Net's Child Care FAQ.
Hi, I want to plan a trip to WDW while Star Wars Weekends are going on. Do you have any idea when they will be this year, or how far in advance I can find out when they will be? My cousin is turning 16 this year and I wanted to take him for his birthday since he is a huge fan of Star Wars, but I need to know when I can plan on going so I can save up. Thank you for any information.
The 2009 Star Wars Weekends will begin on Friday, May 22 and conclude on Sunday June 14. As usual, Star Wars Weekends will be held at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Details haven't been released yet, but you can get an idea of what to expect by reading about past Star Wars celebrations HERE.
That's it for this edition!
back weekly for Anita's latest answers,
Copyright © DWills, All Rights Reserved, 1996-1999
As to Disney artwork/properties: © Disney. All trademarks, service marks, and trade names are proprietary to Disney Enterprises, Inc., its subsidiary, affiliated and related companies, as the case may be.
AllEarsNet.com, Allears®.net, All Ears® Newsletter and any other properties owned by RYI Enterprises, LLC
are not affiliated with, authorized or endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with,
The Walt Disney Company, Disney Enterprises, Inc., or any of their affiliates.
Read more ABOUT US or ADVERTISE with us.
For official Disney information, visit http://www.disneyworld.com