Hi! I'm Anita!
I was reading your blog where you were detailing everything you did to complete Mike's challenge, "hit all four parks in one day." In one of the paragraphs you said, "As planned, I headed for the tip board." This was in the Magic Kingdom. Where in the Magic Kingdom is this tip board and are there tip boards in the Studios and Animal Kingdom? I know about the tip boards in Epcot. Thanks!
All of the major theme parks have tip boards to convey up-to-date ride, show and attraction wait times to guests. Epcot has three due to its size; the rest of the parks only have one.
The tip board in the Magic Kingdom is located on the left side of Main Street as you approach the castle, across the path from Casey's.
In the Studios, the tip board is located where Hollywood Boulevard meets Sunset Boulevard, by the fountain.
Animal Kingdom's tip board is located on Discovery Island on the right side of the path, just past the end of the bridge from the Oasis.
If you're having trouble finding the tip boards in the parks, look for the capital "T" in a black circle on the park maps, or ask a nearby cast member for assistance.
The past two years I have attended the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. This year my sister gets to join me. I was hoping to see a Flower Power concert while there. Last year I saw the Grass Roots, and I am sure that I attended on a weeknight but the only schedule I can find for 2009 includes weekend dates only. Is it just too early for a complete schedule or have they changed to weekends only? I try to avoid weekends at the parks whenever possible.
Not only have the Flower Power concerts been pruned back to weekends only for the 2009 Flower and Garden Festival, but you'll find there are far fewer acts performing this year. Last year, there were a total of 22 acts; this year there are only 11. With the exception of Paul Revere and the Raiders, all performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday dates only. This year's lineup is:
3/20 - 3/22:
In addition, this marks the first Mother's Day weekend in several years that Davy Jones won't be performing. Instead, he's kicking off the concert series in March. It's been a long standing tradition of Flo's and mine to celebrate Mother's Day with Davy, so naturally we're disappointed. Mother's Day just won't be the same this year!
we were in Walt Disney World at Epcot and Off Kilter was playing for the
first couple of days we were there. Later on in the week
You'll be happy to know that Off Kilter is still performing at the Canada Pavilion in Epcot. Their current performance schedule is Wednesday through Friday at 2:30, 3:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and on Saturdays at 1, 2:30. 3:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Schedules can and do change, so check the current Times Guide & New Information sheet handed out in the parks. The band also makes appearances at festivals around the country, but are not currently touring. You can keep up with their schedule at www.offkilter.net. I've also seen at least one member performing at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney.
Hi Anita! Love the column! Hoping you can help me with a sort of off-topic question.
I want to purchase a Disney keepsake --that perfect item that encompasses everything there is to love about Disney. Do you have any tips on selecting souvenirs? What's YOUR most treasured keepsake?
Wow, that's a very subjective question! For some people it could be a Mickey plush toy, and for others, it could be special pin, or a Hollywood Tower Hotel bathrobe, or maybe a watch or a piece of jewelry. It just depends on what particular thing at the World speaks to you, and of course, it depends on your budget! Disney items run from a couple of dollars up into the tens of thousands of dollars.
I have many, many, MANY things I've collected over the years that speak "Disney" to me. One could say my home and office are rather, um... noisy. It's hard to pick just one thing that sums it all up for me, but I think at the moment it has to be my scale replica of Walt Disney's Railroad Office window. I also have the Roy E. Disney window, and hope to get the Elias Disney window soon to complete the first set. They're a limited edition of 250 each, so I'm kicking myself for not buying it when I saw it earlier this year.
The Walt Disney window says:
Those words sum it all up for me, so that's why this is my perfect keepsake. Here are two tips I've learned for buying special souvenirs: Don't spend more than you can afford, and if you see something that speaks to you, buy it when you see it because chances are great it won't be there when you go back to buy it.
What is the name of Walt Disney's personal backyard railway, and where on Walt Disney World property can you find a small piece of it? Answer in next week's column!
Hi Anita! I have a question about the Disney dining plan. On check-in, if our room isn't ready, are we still able to start using our dining plan? Thanks!
As soon as you are checked in to your resort, whether your room is ready or not, your Magic Your Way Plus Dining plan is activated. For example, if you check in at 10 a.m., you can use the dining plan for lunch at noon that same day if you wish. As long as you have a valid Key to the World card, you should be set to use it for your dining choices.
Also, even though you didn't ask, I know there is someone out there wondering, "When do my dining plan privileges end?" All leftover dining plan credits expire at midnight of your check-out day, so those of you with later flights who still have dining credits left may use them until you leave for home that day.
Have a delicious time at the World!
Hi, and thanks for all of the hard work that you put into making this site so wonderful and helpful. I am having a hard time finding an answer to my question and even the Disney staff gives me the runaround and no straight answer. I want to know if you are able to use the Extra Magic Hours when staying at a Value resort like Pop Century. I noticed that the Disney site states that "select" resorts get this benefit, but when I call, they will not tell me which resorts are "select." Thanks for your help.
I can't imagine why the cast members answering the phone can't tell you the answer to this question, as it's a very simple answer: If you are staying at a Disney-owned resort hotel -- that is, any hotel that starts with "Disney's <whatever resort>" you receive the Extra Magic Hour perk no matter what category of resort it is. Disney's Pop Century Resort is a Disney-owned resort; therefore any guest of that resort may use Extra Magic Hour privileges.
Where the "select resort" part comes in is with certain hotels located on Walt Disney World property that are not owned or run by Disney, and which may or may not participate in the program from year to year. Currently, those "select" hotels are: The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels; The Hilton Resort at Downtown Disney; Shades of Green.
The above information is always subject to change, so it's best to ask at check-in whether these non-Disney resorts still participate in the program.
Have a wonderful time on your vacation!
What is the actual title of The Timekeeper's Circle-Vision 360 film?
Once again this week, I received many correct answers. A couple of you super Disney Geeks gave me the answer in French as well, which is appropriate since the film debuted at Disneyland Paris in April 1992, a full 2.5 years before it opened in the Magic Kingdom in Florida in November 1994.
The name of the Circle-Vision 360 film is "From Time to Time" or "De Temps en Temps" in French. Many of you answered either "Le Visionarium" (Paris), "Visionarium" (Tokyo) or "Transportarium" (Magic Kingdom) -- close, but that was the name of the attraction, and not the film itself. Disney Geek props to all of you for knowing that, even if it wasn't the correct answer.
The Disney Geek of the Week title is shared this week by: David, Zachary, Sierra, Becky, Randy, Otavio, Ray, Holley, Judi, Terri, Kim, Kristine, George, Glory, Yvette, Heather, Shawna, Ann and Kevin. Congratulations to all of you Disney Geeks!
See you next week for more Disney Geek fun!
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