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    Questions for March visit

    Hi all:

    First let me say how great it is for us newbies to be able to have our questions answered by you pro's. Thank you!!

    We are visiting WDW during fisrt 2 weeks in March and staying at the Pop. Adults and children 9, 10 and 12.

    1. Was wondering about typical weather and crowds.
    2. Where do I find The Unofficial Guide (is that the full name?) and Birnbaums?
    3. Is there a Publix or other grocery store near the Pop?
    4. Where is the best place to buy the Mouse Ears? I understand not all souvenir stands carry them.
    5. What is this picture program/CD all about?
    6. Is there a WalMart nearby. Thinking maybe souvenirs might be cheaper there?
    7. Is there a recommended plan of action for hitting the Parks. Day/night, Early hours/late hours?
    8. Are Chrystal Palace reservations really that difficult to get once you get to WDW?

    Thanks again!!

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    Re: Questions for March visit

    1. Never been to WDW during March but always expect rain at some point at anytime of the year. Every trip I go it rains at some point, maybe just a single hour the entire trip and sometimes nearly everyday. It's like a weather casino, you never know if you're going to get a winning sunny vacation or a mixed rainy sunny vacation but no worries, the sun always comes out alot so pack tons of sunscreen.

    2. Borders, Barnes and Nobles, if you have a Half Priced Books store you can save a few dollars and grab used copies at used book stores.

    3. What's a Publix? I'm sure you'll have to drive some miles to get to a grocery store off property but I don't expect there to be a grocery store on disney property. Well there is a food and general store at the Boardwalk between Epcot and Hollywood Studios but I'm not sure about the prices. You can get milk there, donuts, bread, sandwich meat, etc but don't depend on this little store to have everything you're looking for.

    Boardwalk's Screen Door General Store
    Ease back to a simpler time by shopping at this general store for dry goods and groceries. Also available here are sundries such as snacks, beverages, character souvenirs, stationery and home decor.

    4. The best and only place, I Think, to buy Mouse Ears is inside The Magic Kingdom. There's an official hat shop that places your name on it at the start of Main Street, on the right side once you enter the park and there's another shop just behind the castle on the right side, Sir Mickey's, located right behind Cinderella's Castle. Downtown Disney is also another option as is Hollywood Studios. I'm pretty sure every park has at least one shop but I just don't buy mouse ears at AK or Epcot so I'm not sure about those 2 parks.

    5. If you're talking about getting pictures by the Cast Members and buying them from a park store with your PhotoPass card they give you... well, you might be paying an arm and a leg for a photo, depending on how fat your wallet is when it comes to photographic memories. It's fun to load up your cards with photos by Cast Members but know that you can also get your photos printed out and shipped to you via their website after you return from your trip.

    Usually they give you coupons when you book your trip but not always. Careful with the one free 5x7 picture deal some get in their welcome packages. Once a photo is printed out you can't decide you don't like it and then have a different one printed as your free one. Know for sure what you want printed before getting your free 5x7, that is if you have the coupon I always get. If you don't have that coupon than don't worry about what I just said.

    I'm the type, as are many others, to use digital cameras, take the memory cards home and print them out on printers either at home or in stores. But if you got the money WDW can give you beautiful photos with signatures and Disney borders when they do it for you.

    6. Walmart. Not Sure where it's at, check their website, use disney world's zipcode, find a store and then call it and ask how far are you from the parks and if there is one closer than the one you're calling. That's what I'd do.

    But if you're in the parks shopping at their many stores always look out for red and white square stickers that mean an item in the theme parks is on clearance. One time I was looking through some Pirate "fake" jewelry and in the mix of non-clearanced items was one clearanced item. I had to pick it up and turn it around to discover it was 3 dollars! I bought 3 and gave them to the girls in my extended family.

    I've never seen clearanced sections inside the parks but more so just items randomly marked for clearance with the red and white squared clearance stickers. You have to inspect and pick up items to find the price tag sometimes. I've done the whole ask the Cast Member "what items are clearanced" and nearly all are clueless and have no idea. Most always tell me I just have to look around and find them because sometimes they don't even know an item is clearanced.

    Also, in Downtown Disney is a "cheap" but fun shop called Everything Ten and Under, a small walk in shop filled with clearanced and bargin items. I find lots of stuff there for the kids. I go here on my first day there at the resort, buy the kids something afforable from there they can drag and play around the parks with. If they loose it or it gets broken or dirty you can know you spent a Walmart price on it and your wallet still packed with money for other things on your trip. Shopping at this store leaves you worry free most the trip in terms of knowing you got a great deal on some hard to find items not found in the parks.

    7. If you have a large family it's best to get up early, eat breakfast at your hotel or at another disney hotel or in the park, then hit a park early, take a break during the middle of the day by heading back to your resort for relaxation and then heading back to the same park for hitting the night hours.

    If you have park hopper option on your ticket than you can maybe do Magic Kingdom morning and Epcot at night, Epcot's very romantic at night for parents and fun fireworks at night for the kids.

    As for extra magic hours, use them! Less people in the parks and great to use for evening extra magic hours. Early hours is only 1 hour earlier than the park opens to the rest of the public, extra evening hours are usually up to 3 hours after the park closes. Literally everything is a walk on but not every attraction is open during magic hours so check your maps you pick up in the parks to find out what's open and what's closed if you decide to take that route. You can also pick up maps at your resort for all the parks and remember to ask the cast members behind the desk as many questions as you can think of, they are very knowledgeable.

    8. For bigger parties yes. For smaller parties no, me and a friend always get in for 2 when we just show up and our wait time can be longer because we dont' have a resveration. You are in your 90 days period before your trip starts so I expect you should call the disney dining plan asap to make sure you get a table for a larger group because there are some days where "walks ups" will be denied entry, even for parties as small as one. Just call and get your resveration so you can make sure your experience at the Crystal Palace happens definitely without any problems of being denied. Disney Dining number (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463)

    Whew, sorry for the long post but I hope every word helps you out. I'm sure someone else here can do an even better job than me at answering your questions. Have fun!

    And my number one rule for families on a Disney World vacation. Don't fight, let every argument go and remember everyone is right, everyone is wrong and everyone has a point when it comes to family debates about anything and everything in the parks. Make sure everyone is smiling and laughing after your "family feud" has ended. You're lucky to get to the parks, enjoy them without the desire to fight.

    My family and I have never fought or argued once in 8 trips to the parks. It can be done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gabbs1314 View Post
    Hi all:

    First let me say how great it is for us newbies to be able to have our questions answered by you pro's. Thank you!!

    We are visiting WDW during fisrt 2 weeks in March and staying at the Pop. Adults and children 9, 10 and 12.

    1. Was wondering about typical weather and crowds.
    2. Where do I find The Unofficial Guide (is that the full name?) and Birnbaums?
    3. Is there a Publix or other grocery store near the Pop?
    4. Where is the best place to buy the Mouse Ears? I understand not all souvenir stands carry them.
    5. What is this picture program/CD all about?
    6. Is there a WalMart nearby. Thinking maybe souvenirs might be cheaper there?
    7. Is there a recommended plan of action for hitting the Parks. Day/night, Early hours/late hours?
    8. Are Chrystal Palace reservations really that difficult to get once you get to WDW?

    Thanks again!!
    Looks like most of your questions were answered. There is an Albertson's supermarket just across the street from the entrance to Walt Disney World Resorts. There are souvenier stores all over where you can get items at a good price. Not always the same quality as in the parks, but a lot cheaper.

    Have fun.......

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    Re: Questions for March visit

    Quote Originally Posted by gabbs1314 View Post
    Hi all:

    First let me say how great it is for us newbies to be able to have our questions answered by you pro's. Thank you!!

    We are visiting WDW during fisrt 2 weeks in March and staying at the Pop. Adults and children 9, 10 and 12.

    1. Was wondering about typical weather and crowds.
    2. Where do I find The Unofficial Guide (is that the full name?) and Birnbaums?
    3. Is there a Publix or other grocery store near the Pop?
    4. Where is the best place to buy the Mouse Ears? I understand not all souvenir stands carry them.
    5. What is this picture program/CD all about?
    6. Is there a WalMart nearby. Thinking maybe souvenirs might be cheaper there?
    7. Is there a recommended plan of action for hitting the Parks. Day/night, Early hours/late hours?
    8. Are Chrystal Palace reservations really that difficult to get once you get to WDW?

    Thanks again!!
    First of all, Welcome to Mice Chat, we are glad to have you. Most of your questions have been answered but I will add my two cents in some places.

    1. Was wondering about typical weather and crowds.
    March is a hit or miss month, the weather us usually nice but near the end it starts getting humid. The crowds are lighter towards the beginning of the month but near the end is Spring Break so it gets a little heavy there.

    2. Where do I find The Unofficial Guide (is that the full name?) and Birnbaums?
    Barnes N Noble or Borders both carry them. I would also recommend a Passporter, www.passporter.com. Filled with a TON of great information and it also serves as a memorbilia type scrapbook to save!

    3. Is there a Publix or other grocery store near the Pop?
    There is a Publix off International Drive. Here is the address:
    Regency Village Shopping Center 2E
    8145 Vineland Ave
    Orlando, FL 32821-6847
    Main: (407) 238-9924
    Fax: (407) 238-4650

    4. Where is the best place to buy the Mouse Ears? I understand not all souvenir stands carry them.
    Epcot carries ears in Mouse Gears, haven't checked in Animal Kingdom.

    5. What is this picture program/CD all about?
    Already been answered.

    6. Is there a WalMart nearby. Thinking maybe souvenirs might be cheaper there?
    There is a GREAT Disney World outlet store in the Outlet Mall, it's a short 10minute drive away from WDW, I highly recommend it.
    Here's the address:
    Disney's Character Connection
    (407) 828-2445 12509 State Rd 535 Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836-6724

    7. Is there a recommended plan of action for hitting the Parks. Day/night, Early hours/late hours?
    Depends on your touring mode, I would definitely do the Early Morning Hour, you can do a lot by 11am. The evening magic hours in my experience only work if you go at the very END of the evening, it tends to be more crowded earlier because everyone else is trying to take advantage of the same thing!

    8. Are Crystal Palace reservations really that difficult to get once you get to WDW?
    I've never had trouble getting into CP and I've just shown up and asked if they were taking walkins. Got in twice that I can remember.

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    Re: Questions for March visit

    1. Was wondering about typical weather and crowds.
    Weather is usually nice but expect Spring Break crowds.

    2. Where do I find The Unofficial Guide (is that the full name?) and Birnbaums?
    Check your local bookstore.

    3. Is there a Publix or other grocery store near the Pop?
    There's a Publix behind the outlet mall that's just off I-4 by Downtown Disney.

    4. Where is the best place to buy the Mouse Ears? I understand not all souvenir stands carry them.
    Wherever you find them for sale. You can buy them at a couple places at Downtown Disney (World of Disney & the Christmas store) as well as all the parks and even the gift shops at the hotels.

    5. What is this picture program/CD all about?
    You mean PhotoPass? Basically a photographer at Disney takes your picture and gives you a little card they scan. You can give that card to any PhotoPass photographer at any park and once they take your picture, they scan it and give it back. When you get home from your trip, you use the card to logon to www.disneyphotopass.com and you can see the photos that were taken. You can then order prints or have them put on CD for your own printing (it's expensive but if you have a lot of photos taken this way, it's probably worth the price).

    6. Is there a WalMart nearby. Thinking maybe souvenirs might be cheaper there?
    The nearest Wal-Mart is on Turkey Lake Rd. Won't find any official WDW souvenirs there though.

    7. Is there a recommended plan of action for hitting the Parks. Day/night, Early hours/late hours?
    If you're staying on property, try to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours evenings at whichever park is having them that night. The park closes the "average joe" guest at the regular closing time, but stays open for resort guests (you have to show them your resort ID, which is your room key) for an extra 3 hours. Example: EPCOT closes at 9pm to regular guests but stays open until midnight for Extra Magic Evening hours. Most rides are open and a handful of restaurants & shops stay open as well. By contrast, the Extra Magic Hour mornings are only an hour.

    8. Are Chrystal Palace reservations really that difficult to get once you get to WDW?
    It's best to get priority seating as far ahead as you can, especially now with the Dining Plan. The sit-down restaurants get booked up really fast. But even once before the Dining Plan existed, I tried to go to the Crystal Palace for lunch as a walk-up and they didn't even have room for a party of one.
    Last edited by aimster; 02-09-2008 at 05:02 PM.

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    Thank you all so much and what a wealth of information you are! You guys are the best!! I am so excited to be planning this trip! I'm sure I'll be asking more questions as the days go by.

    Thanks again, Gabbs

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