Polynesian - I think at the time it was recommended we go for the Tahiti room with lagoon view; that was the most recent renovation. Still the case? Something better/newer now?
I don’t know much about this resort as I have never been but I am staying in Sept. The web site: www.tikimanpages.com can help you with any questions.
What guide book do you recommend? I just ordered the vacation planning DVD, but recall that we had a very helpful book with pockets and such. Can’t remember the name.
I LOVE the Unofficial Guide books but I think you are talking about the Passporter books
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Princess meals? Still have to call in at 6:59 a.m.? Do they have a good character meal for little (5 y.o.) boys?
Yes you still have to wake at the crack of dawn to make the reservation in the castle BUT another option is the Princess Meal in Norway. I have never done it before but I have heard great things and have it booked in September. My DS is 5 and he just loves Chef Mickey’s and we are also trying the Garden Grill in EPCOT for the first time with Chip n Dale.
Priority seating arrangements for other meals - still necessary?
In January ADRs (No such thing as Priority Seating, they are Advance Dining Reservations now) are not as required as in the summer or holidays but if you know your schedule I say make 'em anyway!
I seem to recall we had early park admission on at least one day, maybe because we were staying at a resort. Does that sound right?
Yes WDW offers Extra Magic Hours everyday. Some parks open early and some parks stay open late for WDW resort guests. You can find the schedule here: Calendar | Magic Kingdom Theme Park | Walt Disney World Resort
They still have the monorail between the Magic Kingdom and the three main resorts, right?
Parkhoppers - do they still do these?
Yes and are important if you want to go to more than one park in a day.
Fast Passes - same question? I remember these were a great time-saver.
Yep…They are awesome. Get Sorin’ and Toy Story Midway Mania as soon as you enter the parks.
What’s this about a Dining Plan? I sure don’t remember that.
Ahhh the Dining Plan. They have a couple options.
Quick Service Dining = 2 Counter Service Meals, 2 Snacks and a Refillable Mug
Plus Dining Plan = 1 Counter Service, 1 Table Service meal and 1 Snack
Plus Deluxe Dining = 3 Meals (I think your choice of Table Servie and Counter Service…Double check that) 2 Snacks and a Refillable Mug
Per Person, Per day
Mousketrips still good for tickets? And what was the car company recommended for transport from the airport to the resort?
I’ve never used Mouseketrips. You don’t need a car from the airport to the resort and vice versa. WDW now offers “Magical Express” for FREE! You get off the plane and go directly to the Magical Express terminal. WDW gets your luggage for you and it meets you in your resort room. Sign up for this when you book your trip and you will receive special luggage tags.
Hmmm … what else should I be thinking about?
New Stuff: Expedition Everest, Toy Story Mania, Soarin’ and Finding Nemo are AWESOME!
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