As a certified Disney nut, I love to soak up as much information as I can about the various insider tips and tricks that are out there for visiting the parks, maximizing family time on vacation, saving money, etc. One of my favorite resources has been the Disboards (http://disboards.com), where other like minded individuals share their own advice for WDW trips. Anyone is welcome to join, and anyone can post questions to ask for help.
While there are often questions asked that only pertain to that individual's vacation trip, there are also topics that seem to be brought up every week (or even more often that that). These frequently asked Disney World vacation questions have been answered time and time again, but they continue to crop up.
I have decided to compile these into one "help document" (or FAQ) for WDW visitors. Here are some of the most frequently asked - and answered - questions. Hopefully, you will find them to be useful.
Special thanks go out to the Disboards comunity for suggesting questions and answers for this list.
Q. How much do fastpasses cost? Aren't they only available for people who stay at Disney hotels?
A. Fastpasses cost nothing whatsoever. Anyone with a valid ticket may obtain a fastpass. For more information on fastpasses, please see http://www.wdwinsiders.com/view_article.php?articleid=40.
Q. My family are late risers. Can I take everyone's tickets into the park and get fastpasses for all of us?
A. No. The ticket must be used at the gate - by the ticket holder, on that specific date - in order to be eligible to get a fastpass.
Q. Park hoppers seem to be expensive, and I don't think we'll use them very much. Can I just use two days' worth of tickets to visit two parks on the same day?
A. No. Disney is wise to this - your ticket will be rejected at the turnstile. You must have the park hopping option (or an annual pass) to enter more than one park on the same date. Disney wants you to stay more days at the parks, not less, which is why tickets get significantly cheaper after three days (a four day ticket costs less than $9 more than a three day tickey, and beyond seven days, you are only looking at about $5 per extraday).
Q. I think that we will only hop to a different park on one day of our trip. How much will it cost to get only one day or hoppers?
A. The park hopper option is a flat fee (currently $54 plus tax), no matter how many days you use it. The policy is the same for the water parks & more option, and for the no expiration option.
Q. I'm not sure if we need hoppers/water park tickets/no expiration tickets. Can we wait until our trip to add these?
A. Absolutely. You can add any option to your ticket (or even add more ticket days) at any time during your trip. Just go to any place that you would purchase tickets, and they can handle this for you quickly. As stated above, the fees for these options are the same for one day or for an entire trip, so keep that in mind.
Q. My brother/friend/eBay has tickets for sale for cheap. Aren't these a great deal?
A. No. WDW tickets, once used, are non transferrable. not only is this Disney policy, but it's against Florida state law. Remember also that tickets are tied to biometric finger scans, which make it much harder to transfer them to others. If you try to use a ticket that was used by someone else, it may work. It may not. If it does not, Disney will confiscate your tickets and require you to buy new ones before allowing you to enter the parks.
Q. Can my father/aunt/friend who lives in Florida buy me Florida resident passes?
A. No. To use a florida resident pass, you must show proof of Florida residence. If you do not have it, you will be required to purchase standard tickets.
For more information on tickets, please see Chesire Figment's wondeful thread at the Disboards: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1452684.
Q. If my party is already in line, can I go get fastpasses/food/etc and then cut through the line to join them?
A. No. Disney does not allow line cutting. If you want to ride with your party, enter the line together. For a full discussion on what does and does not constitute line cutting, please see http://www.wdwinsiders.com/view_article.php?articleid=43.
Q. What is rope drop?
A. "Rope Drop" is Disney slang for park opening. Magic Kingdom often does a small ceremony, Animal Kingdom does a smaller one, and Hollywood Studios does an even smaller one. The real attraction, however, is that crowds at park opening are lower than they will be for any other time of the day. It's a well known fact that you can typically do more at a Disney park in the first two hours or so after park opening that you'll be able to do in any four hours during the rest of the day.
Q. Eating at Disney World is so expensive. Can I take snacks into the parks?
A. Absolutely. You may bring any food or drink in that you like, with the following exceptions: no alcohol, no glass containers (except for baby food jars), no large/wheeled coolers. Animal Kingdom also prohibits straws (even those found on juice boxes and the like). Otherwise, feel free to bring snacks or even entire meals.
Q. What are extra magic hours? How much do they cost?
A. Every day, at least one Disney park opens earlier than normal, or stays open later than normal. These are called "Extra Magic Hours". They are only available to guests that are currently staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel (or at the Fort Wilderness campgrounds or cabins). There is no other cost associated with this perk.
Q. How much is the cost for the monorail/bus/boat transportation? Do I have to be a Disney hotel guest to use them?
A. All Disney transportation is available free of charge. Any Disney guest may use any of the transportation.
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May 04, 2011
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