Hi! I'm Anita!
How does WDW feel about using cell phones on a ride? I want to phone a friend while dropping on the Tower of Terror.
This is a question without a really good answer, I'm afraid. You'll have to rely on your best judgment. Safety is the number one concern at the World. If you've been to WDW, you know that on certain rides and attractions, guests are asked not to videotape, smoke, use flash photography, bring food in, etc. and mainly that's for the safety and convenience of cast and guests alike. Especially on thrill rides like the Tower, you run the risk of letting go of the phone and possibly injuring either yourself or someone nearby with it. At the very least, you could damage the phone or lose it entirely, and in the process, you could also bring that ride down if the phone goes where it's not meant to be and sets off an emergency safety stop.
Then there's the annoyance factor, which is almost as important as safety, in my opinion. When on a ride or in a show, the correct thing to do is to turn your phone off so you won't interrupt the show. Even when the ringer is off, the screen's brightness is distracting to others. The Tower of Terror relies on darkness to tell its story, so if you're in there with your phone on, it basically will ruin the show for everyone else in the elevator. How do I know this? Because more and more lately, I've experienced it personally, I'm sorry to say.
At the risk of being preachy (hey, I'm a mom, so it comes naturally, you know?) I guess the bottom line is, I'd strongly advise against it, but I'll leave you to use your best judgment and decide for yourself if it's the right thing to do.
Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have a magical time on your trip!
Trivia Question: In the Hollywood Studios Tower of Terror, there is an elevator inspection certificate in the load zone. It's signed by a "Mr. Cadwallader" and numbered 10259. Who is Mr. Cadwallader and what is the significance of that number? Answer in next week's column!
I am heading back to Disney with my family soon. When we vacationed there last summer we noticed that something that looked to be a roller coaster was being built at Downtown Disney. Do you have any info? I believe it was sort of behind Lego Store. Thanks!
To my knowledge, there are no plans to build a roller coaster in Downtown Disney. The only attraction I know of being built in the area is the Characters in Flight tethered balloon ride set to open later this spring, but I don't think that's what you saw on your last visit. I believe what you probably saw was the T-Rex restaurant being built between the Marketplace and the former Pleasure Island. The outside of the restaurant is highly themed, and could have been mistaken for a ride or attraction.
Hope this helps, and have a great time at Walt Disney World on your upcoming trip!
Great column. I eagerly anticipate your weekly update as a good break from my studies. I have two questions about an upcoming stay:
With the upcoming layoffs at WDW, have you seen any decline in the service or cleanliness of the parks and hotels?
Also, we will be on the Dining Plan. Do you have any recommendations in each of the parks for counter service meals that are better than your typical burger/fries and pizza fare at most counter service restaurants? Thank you.
I can't really address your first question, as (believe it or not!) I haven't been to the parks or resorts since the buy-outs were announced. I do know that the buy-outs were only offered to upper management and not to front line cast members who interact with guests, though.
To answer your second question, although there are many burger places at the World, and food choices seem to become more mundane every day, there are still a few counter service places with interesting menus. Some of my favorites include Yakitori House in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot and Tangierine Cafe at the Morocco Pavilion. At the Studios, I like the ABC Commissary; at the Magic Kingdom, I like Cosmic Ray's, and at Animal Kingdom, I like Pizzafari and the Flame Tree Barbecue. Clicking on any of the highlighted names will take you to the menu for that restaurant.
Have fun dining around the World!
Hi Anita. I love your column; keep up the great work.
I am interested in writing a letter to the Disney Imagineers. I have a great idea that I want to share with them for something fun that can be done at the Hollywood Studios. Can you share either an e-mail or a mailing address with us?
I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if I give you those addresses it unfortunately won't do you any good, as your correspondence will likely be returned unopened. The Walt Disney Company does not accept unsolicited ideas from any source. This policy is in place to protect the company from potential disputes and lawsuits over intellectual property.
My family is planning a trip in September for the first time. Will the parks still be busy with Labor Day guests on Tuesday the 8th?
Labor Day is usually the least crowded holiday of the year at the World. Kids have all just gone back to school and it's peak hurricane season, which is why Disney historically runs special deals like free dining and offers deep hotel discounts during September to attract more guests. Traveling at this time, you're likely to encounter manageable levels of guests in the parks.
Enjoy your September trip to the World!
On Allears.net, I read about the procedure for obtaining evening Extra Magic Hours. I remember from my last visit in 2005, you lined up to get a wristband ahead of time, before the park closed. However, on <another online travel site>, I was told in a forum that Disney changed this because of counterfeit wristbands, and now the procedure is to show your Park Hopper ticket at each ride in the theme park offering evening Extra Magic Hours.
My big question is, being a Disney resort guest with a hopper pass, does this mean I can spend the day in one park and then show up at the park offering evening Extra Magic Hours, just show my pass to get in, and then show my pass for each ride? Or do I still have to arrive before closing time to that park to be able to get the extra hours? Thank you for your help!
I think you have a few issues confused here. The type of ticket you hold has nothing to do with getting on rides at Extra Magic Hour (EMH) evenings, but has everything to do with getting into the park that is hosting EMH that evening. For simplicity's sake (I can hear Flo laughing, as she knows nothing is ever simple with me!), I'll break it down into parts:
Getting Into the EMH Park:
Getting onto Rides during EMH:
Cruella DeVil is in the Details:
I hope this clears it all up for you. For more information about how Extra Magic Hour works, please click here. Have fun at Extra Magic Hours!
Wow! You're getting good at this. It makes me so proud to be a Disney Geek! This week, no less than 47 of you got the correct answer. That's far too many to list, but Heath, Chuck, Janice and Dana were the first to answer correctly within an hour of the question being published. For that accomplishment, they get bragging rights as the designated Super Disney Geeks of the Week. Congratulations, Super Geeks! Now, on to the answer:
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?
See you all
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