The Top Ten Most Common Disney Questions I Get.

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Whether you’re a Disney blogger, a travel agent, or a super fan who helps friends plan their Disney vacations, you hear the same questions over and over again.  Some are funny, some  are a little maddening, but as your teachers used to tell you in school, the only dumb question is one you don’t ask. While that may be debatable, here are some of the most common ones I hear:

10. Can I get a refund for my unused park days?

No. This is why you should buy the least amount of days you’ll need, since you can (almost) always add days but you can’t take away days.

9. Can I pool hop?

Non-DVC (Disney Vacation Club) guests may not pool hop. You may only use the pool at your own resort.  DVC owners may pool hop with some limitations.

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8.  Do I have to stay on Disney property to get the dining plan?

Believe it or not, I get this question all the time.  Yes, you must be a resort guest.  The dining plan is considered a benefit of staying on property.


7.  Does my kid need a stroller?

Want to start an argument on a Disney message board? Ask this question.  While you’ll get many opinions, as a general rule kids five and under may benefit from having a stroller, as well some slightly older kids who have special physical or emotional needs. Base your decision on your individual child’s needs and don’t feel pressured by anyone else’s opinion on the matter.  You know your child best.

6.  Can my child be in the parade?

Another common question. A child has an important accomplishment and the parent would like that recognized. Understandable, but unfortunately,  it’s just not practical to honor every request.  If you see children in the parade, most often they are part of Make-A-Wish or some other program.

5.  Which monorail is faster, the resort or the express?

While the resort monorail makes more stops, as opposed to the direct route, lines for the express monorail are often longer making the resort monorail a faster trip. Judge by how long the lines for both are and decide from there. Since people are drawn to the word “Express,” that line is often much longer.

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4. My brother (uncle, mom, second cousin twice removed) is coming down for three days during our seven-night trip. Can he just stay in the room?

Disney room occupancy rates are based on fire codes which in turn reflect the number of people the room can comfortably sleep. True, you can get seven college students into a value room (this isn’t recommended) but you’re not going to be very comfortable doing so. If you don’t officially add Cousin Orville to the room, he won’t be able to use the dining plan, Magical Express, or even Extra Magic Hours. While it’s tempting, it’s probably easier in the long run and worth every penny to get him his own room. Besides, we all know he takes forever in the bathroom.

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3. What about those discount ticket sellers off property? Are they legit?

In a word, no.  While you can buy slightly discounted tickets from authorized ticket brokers, these are not the type of businesses that populate small roadside shacks on Highway 192. Be wary of any vendor with a price that is too good to be true since Disney tightly controls ticket prices. Plenty of visitors have shown up at the park only to find out too late that they’ve been scammed.

2. Is there a discount for senior citizens?

Disney’s official answer on this: Everyone is a kid at Disney, so there are no senior citizen discounts.

1.  Can I use an extra day on my ticket to park hop?

Ahh, the eternal question. Sorry, no. Base tickets only allow you to visit one park per day. A Disney “day” lasts from the first park opening until the last park closes. So even if you spent the day in the Magic Kingdom and you’re going to Epcot after midnight, it’s still the same park day.

One of the great things about this job is that the hardest questions teach you something, so if you have any good ones, please ask them in the comments. Or, if someone has asked you an especially funny or interesting question, please pass it on here.