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Answer Book
Expert Answers to Common
Disney and Travel Questions

Authored by the PassPorter Guide Team; Edited by Jennifer Marx
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PassPorter's Answer Book covers the most popular topics asked about Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and general travel. You've asked it, we've answered it! The Answer Book is an excellent first place to look for an answer to a question without having to hunt through posts or pages in a guidebook. The e-book's questions and answers are sorted geographically and topically. The e-book is authored by our amazing PassPorter Guide Team, who know what questions travelers ask most often and have heaps of experience at answering them expertly and efficiently.

Important Note: This e-book is NOT a general travel guide that covers all the ins and outs of planning a Disney vacation. Instead, this e-book focuses on enhancing the information and tools in our general guidebook, which we assume you will have (or don't need) if you use this file.

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PassPorter's Answer Book - Table of Contents

General Travel Answers 11
Should we fly or drive? 11
How can I find low-price airfare? 12
Should I book an airplane seat for my child? What about a car seat? 13
What can I bring on the plane? 14
What do I need to know about airport security? 15
Do you have any hints or tips for flying with children? 16

Walt Disney World Answers 17
Are there any discounts for Walt Disney World? 17
How do I get to Walt Disney World from Orlando Airport? 17
What is Disney's Magical Express? 19
What is the Resort Airline Check-in Service (RAC)? 21
What is the difference between Magical Express and Resort Airline Check-in? 22
Can I buy my park tickets from an online broker? 23
Should I purchase the park hopper option, or can I use two days in a single day? 23
What are the differences between a vacation package and a room only reservation? 23
What is the difference in room view categories? 24
Where do I stay with a family of five? 24
What is the best moderate resort? 25
What is the best room location at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort? 26
What are Disney's Extra Magic Hours (EMH)? How do they work? 27
How late is the park really open during Extra Magic Hours? 27
How do Evening Extra Magic Hours work at Epcot, which has different hours? 27
Can you enter for Evening Magic Hours after they've started? 28
What can I bring into the parks? 28
Where is the best place to view Wishes from outside the park? 28
Is the Disney Dining Plan right for me? 29
Where can I find the list of participating eateries on the Disney Dining Plan? 29
Can Annual Passholders get the Disney Dining Plan? 29
What is the Disney Dining Experience (DDE)? 29
Which are the best character meals? 30
What is the best place for a romantic meal? 30
What is the best counter-service eatery? 30
Is Victoria and Albert's really worth it? 31
What is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique? 31
What is an IllumiNations Specialty Cruise? 32
What is a Wishes Specialty Cruise? 32
What is a Birthday Cruise? 32
What is Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party? 32
What (and when) is the Christmas Parade? 33
Can I bring children to the Adventurers Club on Pleasure Island? 34
Where can I see a shuttle launch at Walt Disney World? 34
Will I fit on the rides? 34
Should I rent an ECV (scooter) or wheelchair? 35
Where do I rent an ECV or wheelchair? 35
Where do I get a Guest Assistance Pass? 36
What do you need to show or give to receive a Guest Assistance Card? 37
Who can use the Guest Assistance Card? 38
Do I need a doctor's note to receive a Guest Assistance Card? 38
If I go again after this trip, do I need to get a new Guest Assistance Card? 39
I heard that if I get a Guest Assistance Card, I can go to the front of the line. Is this true? 39
What should I do if someone in my family is allergic to a type of food? 39
Is there a book or web site where I can find more information on traveling with special needs? 40
Someone I know was chosen for Make a Wish! What do I do now? 40

Disney Vacation Club Answers 41
Is Disney Vacation Club right for me? 41
How do I get a Disney Vacation Club tour? 41
How long will it take to "break even" with a Disney Vacation Club membership? 42
Which resorts are Disney Vacation Club resorts? 43
What is provided in each level of Disney Vacation Club accommodation? 44
What type of Mousekeeping services can I expect in these accommodations? 45
What are the Disney Vacation Club seasons? 45
What is the difference between the 7 month and 11 month booking window? 46
What is the waitlist and how does it work? 46
Is there a charge for booking? 46
Can I stay at other Walt Disney World resorts with my DVC points? 47
Can I use my Disney Vacation Club points for other Disney destinations? 47
What is "Right of First Refusal?" 47

Universal Orlando Answers 48
How do I get to Universal Orlando Resort from Disney property? 48
How many days should I allow to see the parks at Universal Orlando? 48
How can you get "front of the line" access at Universal Orlando? 49
Which Universal Orlando hotel is closest to the theme parks? 49
Can you get an Express Pass without staying onsite? 49
Will I fit on the rides at Universal? 49
What is there to do at Universal Orlando for small children or non-thrill seekers? 50

Space Coast Answers 51
How long is the drive from Disney World to Port Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center? 51
Is there transportation that runs from Disney World to Kennedy Space Center? 51
Is the trip to Kennedy Space Center worth it? 51
Can I do Kennedy Space Center as a day trip from Walt Disney World? 52
Disney Cruise Line Answers 53

Which itinerary is best for a first-timer cruiser? 53
Which itinerary is best: Eastern or Western? 53
Do I need a passport for a Disney cruise? 54
What's the difference between a standard inside stateroom and a deluxe? 54
What's the difference between a verandah and a Navigator's Verandah? 54
What's the difference between a category 5 and category 6? 55
Where should I stay the night before I board? 55
What time should I arrive at the terminal? 56
Do I have to dress up for formal night? 56
What is Palo? 56
Do I need to book excursions through Disney? 57
Do I need reservations for Flounder's Reef Nursery or the kids clubs? 57
How can I get that shore excursion, Palo, or Vista Spa reservation I want? 58
Should I worry about having a special diet on my cruise? 58
Will I see any characters? Where are they? 58
How do I celebrate a birthday or anniversary? 59
Can I smoke onboard the Disney ships? What is the smoking policy? 60
Should I tip anyone? How much should I tip? 60

Disneyland (California) Answers 61
How much touring time would you suggest for a first-time Disneyland visitor? 61
What are crowd levels at Disneyland? 61
Which airport is better for Disneyland? 61
What's the best way to get from the area airports to Disneyland Resort property? 62
What's the best way to get from the Anaheim train station to Disneyland property? 62
How much do taxis cost? 62
Does my Walt Disney World annual pass work at Disneyland? 62
What are the advantages to staying on Disney property at Disneyland? 63
Where do I rent strollers, wheelchairs, and ECVs at Disneyland? 63
Where does the Disneyland monorail stop? 63
Where is the best place to catch the fireworks at Disneyland? 63
Where is the best place to catch the parade at Disneyland? 64
What is the Fantasmic Dessert Buffet? 64
What is Club 33? 64
What tours are offered at Disneyland? 65
Will my Pal Mickey from Walt Disney World work at Disneyland? 65
Is Disney's PhotoPass available at Disneyland? 65
How do I find the Disney Character Warehouse? 65
How long does it take to get from San Diego/Los Angeles to the Disneyland Resort? 66
How long a drive is it from the Disneyland area to Universal Studios Hollywood? 66
Is there a shuttle to get from Disneyland to Universal Studios? 66
How do I get from the Disneyland area to Knott's Berry Farm? 67
How far is it to Tijuana, Mexico? 67

Disneyland Paris Answers 68
I'm visiting Paris and have limited time--should I also visit Disneyland Paris? 68
How many days should I allow to see Disneyland Paris? 68
Which Disneyland Paris attractions should I be sure not to miss? 68
How similar is the Disneyland Paris to the Disney parks in the U.S.? 69

International Travel Answers 70
What do I need to know about international travel? 70
Do I need to learn the language before I go? 70
What's the best way of coping with jet lag? 71
How do I share my travel experiences? 71

Extra Magic Answers 72
What is a Fairy Godmailer? 72
Can I get gift baskets delivered to our room? 72
Where can I find a biography of Walt Disney? 73
Where can I find the recipes for my favorite Walt Disney World dish? 73
Where do I get Disney scrapbook supplies? 73
How do I make a Disney ABC Scrapbook? 74
I want to host a fan meet while I'm on vacation. How do I go about it? 75
How can I let more people know about my meet? 75
Do I have to do anything special as a meet host? 76
How do I add my meet/event to the PassPorter Community Calendar? 76
What is MouseFest? 77
How can I help at MouseFest? 77

Learning More 78

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