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Do you know the dates of the Candlelight Processional for 2009?
This year's Holidays Around the World celebration at Epcot, including the Candlelight Processional, begins on Friday, November 27, 2009 (the day after Thanksgiving) and will continue through and including Wednesday, December 30, 2009. This year's celebrity readers have not yet been announced, but AllEars.net will publish the list as soon as it is made public. For more information about the holiday season at the World, read AllEars' Holiday Happenings pages.
Have a merry time planning your vacation!
We have a room reserved at the All Star Movies resort. If we stay in one of the Mighty Ducks buildings, would the bus stop at the All Star Music Resort be closer for us than the bus stop at Movies? Thank you!
Strangely enough, the All Star Music Resort's Melody Hall food court and bus stops are slightly closer to most rooms at the All Star Movies' Mighty Ducks buildings (buildings 2 and 3) than the Movies resort's Cinema Hall. It's completely up to you which facilities you wish to use; however, I personally prefer the Movies' food court. Both resorts' bus stops are about the same.
Have a great vacation!
I love your column; you do an awesome job!!!
We are coming to Disney this fall and I had a question about the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. We are bringing with us my son (age 9) and my best friend's two children (son age 8 and daughter age 10). Her daughter would LOVE to do the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique with the full package (costume and all) and she wanted to make sure she wasn't too old. I know it won't be a problem for the hair and makeup but I am worried about the costume. Do you know what size the costume dresses come in? She also has very long hair (it goes to her waist) so will it be more expensive? The Castle Package price range shows $189.95 - $249.95 -- do you know the difference?
Well, if my experience at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is any indication, the boutique seems to have costumes for all sizes, as I was offered one with my recent princess makeover at the BBB. (I politely declined the dress, of course.) Some of you may have heard of or even (eek!!) seen the results of this makeover, which I was goaded into in an unguarded moment back in May by my so-called friends, Deb Wills, Linda Lou and Flo. I'll try anything once (please refer to my DLP experience with the Pioneer Sandwich for evidence) but some things should only be done once, and that's one of those things for me. This is so not a good look for me, and we shall never speak of this hideous incident again.
Wait! Yes we will, because I really haven't told you anything other than the costumes come in many sizes, and yes, I have seen adult women wearing them in the parks, hence my decision to decline the costume. So, anyway, you were asking what the difference is in pricing for the Castle Package and what it includes.
The basic Coach Package starts at $49.95 plus tax and includes a basic hairstyle and shimmering makeup.
The basic Crown Package starts at $54.95 plus tax and includes all of the above plus nails.
The basic Castle Package starts at $189.95 plus tax, and includes the basic hairstyle, shimmering makeup and nails, plus a gown and accessories, and a photo package.
The key words are "starts at" because you can add any number of things (hairpieces, tiara, wand, etc.) to any basic package for an extra charge, and price will depend on what size and type of gown you choose, etc. I somehow ended up with a hairpiece, a tiara, a wand and a sash. Hey, my so-called friends were picking up the tab, so what the heck, as long as I was going to be hideous, why not? Shhh... don't tell anyone, but I rather like the tiara, actually.
One thing I do want to convey to parents of potential princesses -- the hairstyle can be painful. Yes, you read that correctly; it's painful. My poor hair had so much lacquer, glitter spray and goo in it that it was as hard as a refillable plastic mug! The hairpins used dug into my scalp, and who knew that a tiara hurts to wear?? I think a princess with longer hair will have a less painful time of it, as they literally had to glue my chin-length hair into an upright position. Also, consider yourself warned, it took me no less than three shampoos to get it all out of my hair, plus half a bottle of intense conditioner to get my hair's normal texture back. Oh, and I found copious amounts of glitter in everything I owned for days after I got back home. Yes, dear readers, maintaining beauty is painful and expensive, but I was willing to sacrifice myself to the cause just for you. And now, we really shall never, ever speak of this again.
And just so the boys don't feel left out, they can have their very own makeover, buccaneer-style, at the Pirates League in the Magic Kingdom. Read all about my dear friend Jack's experience there by clicking here. I'm sure the same evil powers that caused me to do the Thing We'll Never Speak of Again must have been at work again to convince Jack to go for the Pirate's League experience. Evil! Evil, I tell you! Jack, darling, in the first place, are pirates really known for their fine taste in clothing and makeup? Let's not even tread down that particular gangplank for now...
Have a wonderful, bibbidi bobbidi, piratical trip to the World!
What year were ticket booklets discontinued, and why?
Gotcha! This was sort of a trick question, so if you answered either 1980, 1981 or 1982 you were correct on that part of the question. Why are there several correct answers? Because it took three years to completely discontinue the booklets. In 1980, WDW started changing the booklets from the A-E specific attraction style tickets to a ticket booklet with coupons that covered all attractions equally. This was done in order to predicate phasing out the use of the ticket books in 1981 and 1982 in favor of a transition to the new all-inclusive park passports when EPCOT Center opened in October 1982. Sale of the ticket books actually continued into 1982 until they were finally discontinued forever in June 1982. The good news was that if you still had an unused booklet, you could trade it in towards the purchase of a new passport.
The Disney Geeks of the Week who got both questions correct are, in no particular order, Bob R, Jamie P, Ken F, Mr. E, Julie P, Christine D, George S, Kristin F, Chris O, Brian T, and Lynn J.
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