View Full Version : Top 10 Questions Newbies Ask

09-28-2003, 10:34 AM
I'll be posting this same question on the other boards.

If you're a visitor to the DIS boards you're, most likely, better versed in the planning and execution of a WDW vacation that the average individual. You may be the person that people come to with questions about the hotels or parks when they decide that "Junior" is be ready for that once in a lifetime trip to the World. Little do they know, there can never "be only one".

What are the most asked questions you get from a novice? If you can, include your response to their query. Reach back and try to come up with as many as you can, not necessarily 10. It shouldn't be hard. You must get them often and, if you're like me, you love to talk about Disney with anyone willing to listen.

I'll compile a list of the ones that make the cut and post it here.

Thanks, John

09-28-2003, 10:44 AM
Q: What time is the 3 o' clock parade?

A: 3:00pm


09-28-2003, 11:01 AM
It's so expensive, how can you afford to go each year?

...Of course by using disboards and mousesavers!

09-28-2003, 11:16 AM
2.Do you get to see it all in 3 days?? :rolleyes:

3.Why do you pay more to stay inside Disney(onsite)?? Followed by how someone told them that they can get this great "hotel" for $29 next to Disney,which ends up being a Day's Inn on 192.

#1 .You are going back again??? Some people have either never been or went when they were kids and cannot understand why we go so often.I tell them Disney is my happy place :p !!!!

09-28-2003, 11:20 AM
If I am staying at the All Stars, can I park at the Contemporary and go to MK? Then after a long day of theme parking, can I take my All Star mug to the CR's Food and Fun Center for a free refill?



09-28-2003, 11:39 AM
I forgot the best question...
-What is the cost of a Fastpass?? :earseek:

09-28-2003, 11:43 AM
Is the park with the rides Disney World?
(Newbies think only Magic Kingdom is considered Disney World.)

What is Epcot, MGM and Animal Kingdom? Are they all near each other? Can you walk from park to park?

09-28-2003, 12:01 PM
The one I see most often is:

"Please explain the meal vouchers". LL, I was guilty myself :p

Answer: Check the top of the budget board, there is a whole thread devoted to the meal vouchers!

09-28-2003, 12:05 PM
Q: You can go to Disney World for a whole week? (Our trips usually are about a week long).

A: Yes, but it's hard. I would prefer 2 or 3 weeks at a time!

Until people actually go, I don't think they have any idea how much there is to see and do at WDW. A lot of people seem to think it's like a Six Flags or, in our area, King's Island. :rolleyes:

09-28-2003, 12:47 PM
Q: Why do you want to stay at the Swan/Dolphin if it really isn't Disney?

A: shhhhhh it's our little secret!

Great thread!

Chip 'n Dale Express
09-28-2003, 06:51 PM
Common things overheard around Transportation...

While standing underneath the big huge bright orange LED destination sign that says "Magic Kingdom": "Where does this bus go?"

At Epcot: "How do we get back to Disney World?"

In the front cab of the Monorail: "Do you steer?" (This was the number one frequently asked question)

09-28-2003, 07:15 PM
Q. You're going to WDW AGAIN!?? My goodness, didn't you go last year? Don't you get bored?

A. Yup. Yup. Nope.

And, although it really isn't a question....I've found, as others have, that a lot of people think that the Magic Kingdom IS Disney World and aren't quite sure what else there is. Some know of Epcot, but the average non-Disney individual has no clue about AK or the Studios.
My cousins are DVC owners at OKW, and have been for YEARS. They go every year, and almost always ONLY go to MK! In 15 years they have never been to the Studios or AK, and only a couple times to Epcot! Although they SAY they are Disney "experts"....DISers know better.....:)

09-28-2003, 07:23 PM
Q. Is Animal Kingdom just a zoo? Sometimes it's in the form of a statement, "I think I'll just skip AK, it's just a zoo!"

A. No! and The Festival of the Lion King alone is worth the price of admission, IMHO!:D

09-28-2003, 08:14 PM
Me: I'm going to Disney World!!

Newbie: Is that the one in FL or CA??

09-28-2003, 08:35 PM
Here are a couple:

1. What are those bracelets I see people wearing? or, Why are those people staying in the park when its closing time?

Answer: E-Night!

2. Why would anybody want to go back to that place when I spent more time waiting in line than going on rides?

Answer: E-nights, Early Entry, Timing, reading these Boards!

09-28-2003, 09:11 PM
Should I wait till my kids get older?

NO,NO,NO you miss the magic of seeing your 3 year old eyes light up as bright as the Electrical parade

09-28-2003, 09:30 PM
These are the ones I ussually get:

1. WDW? The one in FL or Cal.?
2. A week? What is going to take a whole week?
3. Can't we just walk to Epcot from MK?
4. What do you mean your going on vacation without the kids and your STILL going to WDW?
5. Why would you want to stay at a WDW resort? Look, here's an add for a great hotel with a free shuttle!

My personal favorite(more of a statement than a question): We're going to WDW to see the castle, AK to see the zoo and then Universal to see that ride with Aerosmith!!

I've stopped trying to explain and I just say "have fun!"

09-28-2003, 10:17 PM
OMG, this is a great thread!!

My favorites:

Q) Why would you pay more to stay "inside" Disney? You're never in your room anyway.

A) The magic never ends...you never "leave" Disney at the end of the day to go back to Motel 6. I have a few friends that own timeshares in Orlando (not the DVC) and they are always saying how they are "right outside the gates." My response..."You're still RIGHT OUTSIDE THE GATES."

Q) Is there anything to do there besides go on rides?
A) Then I go into a 10 discussion of everything there is to do.

Truthfully, before I went to Disney World last year, I had been to the Magic Kingdom for one day while on a trip to Florida in High School. I, too, thought that Disney World was an overblown, overpriced, overcrowded Six Flags. Thank God I've seen the light!

:p :p :p :p

09-28-2003, 10:27 PM
jdads2 - you beat me to it.....

Q. You were just there with the kids, why would you go with out them? What will you do?

A. Rides/Attractions that don't intrest a 5 and 6 year old, Jelly rolls, shop, Jellyrolls, Adult Meals, Jellyrolls, Downtown Disney including Pleasure Island, Jellyrolls, Spa @ the Grand Floridian, Jellyrolls, don't make me mention a beautiful hotel room with a beautiful view ALONE with my hubby, oh, and did I mention Jellyrolls? It closes way later than I could leave my kids at the Sandcastle Club!!!

There are plenty of other questions, but this the one that makes me feel like I know some kind of secret that very few have been let in on.


09-28-2003, 11:00 PM
======You check the DIS how often?========:eek:

09-28-2003, 11:18 PM
"Is Universal at WDW?"
I explain that the Disney Studios is a part of WDW while Universal has its own resort.

"Which one is better, the Disney Studios or Universal?"
I describe both of them and some of their differences and let the other person decide which one suits them best.

"Which resort should I stay at, both onsite and offsite?"
I usually refer them to a guidebook and let them mull it over. It's hard enough for me to decide for myself!

09-28-2003, 11:23 PM
Here are the ones I hear ALL the time:

1. Aren't you sick of Disney World yet?

2. Aren't your kids too young to appreciate it?

3. Why would you go to Disney World without your kids?

4. Don't you get sick of riding all those rides over and over?

5. Don't you get bored at night?

6. Don't you get tired of eating "park food"??

7. Why don't you go on a REAL vacation?

I could go on and on. It's very hard to explain to people why we keep going back to WDW, my typical answer if "Go there once and then we'll talk!" ;)

09-28-2003, 11:38 PM
Q: Why do you spend so much time planning for a few days at an amusement park?

A: I spend so much time so I can save alot of money to go to Disney WORLD which has much more than any "amusement park" I have ever seen.


09-29-2003, 08:11 AM
Hawk, You left out FastPass.

09-29-2003, 08:35 AM
So, I'll get my own answer this trip. My in-laws are coming for 4 days during our 12 day trip. They are amazed that we are spending so much time and money at an amusement park.

An amusement park? I'm just wondering if they'll be able to extend their vacation once they're there a couple of days.

09-29-2003, 09:30 AM
The question I always have gotten the most over the years :

Q: You're going to Disney again! Don't you ever get bored of the same thing every year?

A: No!! It's almost impossible to get bored at Disney! There's always something new that comes out (ie. Mission Space at Epcot this year) and with 4 big theme parks,2 water parks, and all the recreation you can do at the resorts themselves like boating, swimming, fishing, etc. We find it hard to fit everything in actually! Plus then there's DTD,PI,BW at night -- by the time I finish my answer many an asker who was expecting a simple short answer is either floored at my response or sorry they even asked LOL :p :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc

09-29-2003, 09:39 AM
LOL - two people mentioned: WDW - CA or FL?

That's funny because last year when we went to DLR on Spring Break, almost without fail, when I said we were going to Disneyland, people either said "in Florida?" or "Don't you mean 'Disneyworld'", as if I didn't really know the name of where I was going!

09-29-2003, 09:50 AM
My Favorite:
Are the characters real or fake?

Depends on how you look at it

Where do the characters sleep at night?

In beds

Why do you pay all that money to go to Disney when we live near Six Flags?

This usually ends up in an hour long discussion

Don't you think you're too old for Disney?