Like other Disney fans, it is hard for me to disguise my passion for all things Disney which means friends, neighbors, family, and colleagues are aware of my status as a Disney fan. This also means I get asked questions when folks are planning a Disney vacation. The questions come via phone, email, or in person. Yesterday was no exception. Here’s the email that landed in my inbox:
We want to eat supper at 1900 Park Fare, it is at a resort, but we are spending the day at the Magic Kingdom, can we do that? Do we need a park hopper for that? What if afterwards we want to go back to the MK to see the firework? Can we do that?
We have our park tickets, plane tickets, and hotel taken care of. I have made 3 dinner reservations. Any suggestions?
Here was my reply:
Yes, you can go to 1900 Park Fare, located in the Grand Floridian, for dinner from the Magic Kingdom. Just hop on the Resort Monorail--it will be the last stop.
No, you do not need park hopper to return to the same park later in the day that you left earlier that day.
Yes, you can return to watch Wishes, the fireworks show at the magic Kingdom, just hop back on the monorail. Magic Kingdom will be your first stop!
Dinner. . . 'Ohana's at the Polynesian is our favorite. Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary is another great dinner. And, any restaurant at EPCOT is a good choice.
Let me know if you need anything else. Happy to help you plan a magical vacation!
And, truly I am happy to help them plan and have a magical vacation. It brings me great joy to know someone else will be experiencing the magic that only Disney can provide.
And, it is the detail questions like the ones above that cannot be answered by reading a brochure from Disney. Reading a Disney guidebook will possibly answer the questions, but being able to ask someone who has “been there, done that” is the easiest way to get questions answered.
I could have gone on about 1900 Park Fare dinner—the dancing, Cinderella, Prince Charming, etc. But I didn’t as those questions weren’t asked. . . yet. And, they may already know about the royal dinner without a castle which helped them pick that restaurant. Giving them more details may not have been what was needed at the moment and potentially overwhelming. I could have, however, given them confirmation that they made a good choice—next time.