Disney World (Orlando, FL) Informative - An experience Disney Traveler (part 2)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- It looks like we have more questions that need to be answer for Disney newbie.
I am no DISNEY expert but have been to DISNEY many, many times.
Since 1999, I clock in 33 stays on Disney properties.
I stay from value to deluxe resorts. So far, this year, I was down in Orlando twice. I plan for 3rd trip around Christmas for their annual “Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party”.
I used their concierge services and attended 2 friends' wedding on Disney properties.
Here are the responds to the more Disney service complains.
1.The Disney World staff can only inform you about local schools (kids attendance) in Orange County (Orlando). The school starts on Monday, August 20.
* This is a bad indicator for kids’ attendance.
2.Disney World is visited by guests all over the country and world. You should have checked their WDWsite.
It shows the historic attendance level for the entire year (seasons and/or holidays).
Highest Attendance: Presidents' week in February
Mid-March through Late April ("Spring Break")
Memorial Day weekend
Mid-June through Labor Day *** HERE ***
Thanksgiving Day and weekend
Christmas week through New Year's Day
August trip is bad if you want to avoid huge crowds.
3.Not sure who you talked to, we were stuck in EPCOT one night because Magic Kingdom was getting out early and they routed all available buses to that park to pick up resorts guests. I call the WDW transportation and they dispatch a bus to our stop within 5 minutes. They usually have spare buses for special needs or emergency. They label these buses’ destination display with character names such as “ariel”. You normally see one or two parked in Disney Transportation Center and theme parks.
4.Premium packages do not mean premiums VIP services. If you really want to be treated above the average Disney resort guests, you need to stay with concierge service in Disney deluxe resorts. I stay at the Polynesian resorts with concierge service and got into all popular restaurants with little wait time and no reservations.
We were also allowed to take a VIP tour of the safari ride in Animal kingdom at dawn. This allows you see the predators (e.g. lions) up and moving around. The predators normally sleep during the day.
e.g. Le Cellier Steak house in EPCOT means 2 hours wait (some nights) if you do not have a reservation. We got a table in 20 min. with no reservation.
5.Another tip regarding the resort pool. If your resort's pool is too crowded for your taste, you are allow go to other Disney Resorts' pools. I have done this several times. You will need your resort pass, they will check to make sure you are a Disney resort guest. I have done this couple of times.