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Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Dave!Once again, a great (albeit way too short) vacation at Walt Disney World. After having avoided the place for five years, they finally added enough new attractions to bring me back, and I was not disappointed (particularly with Expedition Everest, which is amazing).

Which is not to say that there was not a major disappointment, because there was. My biggest gripe this time around? Shopping for souvenir gifts.

And I blame it on Caucasian Mickey Mouse.

For anybody who doesn't know, Mickey originally started out as a black and white character but, at some point in the 1940's, Disney decided to make Mickey be caucasian...

Mickey Mouse

Because I feel that Mickey Mouse should transcend race, I am 4-square against Caucasian Mickey, and won't buy any merchandise he appears on. Unfortunately, most merchandise has the newer, unimproved mouse on it, so souvenir shopping for friends is difficult. Especially since most of the other souvenir crap has "Disney Princesses" on it (I've had my fill of bitchy princesses in real life) or Goofy (I find stupidity neither cute nor entertaining and loathe him). Oh well, the less there is to buy, the less money I have to spend.

Magic Castle

And that's the end of my Walt Disney World experience here at Blogography. But, before I go, here's a few things that might help you to plan your WDW magical dream vacation...


Disney AAA Discount: If you are a AAA member, check out package pricing at your local office. On top of the AAA discount you'd normally get, they sometimes have special deals that could save you even more money. Never assume that a package with airfare is cheaper than buying the airfare separately... double check, because it's not always the case.

Disney Resort: There are numerous benefits to staying at a Disney Resort property within Walt Disney World, even though you pay more for it. Most important would be "Magic Hours" in which you get a rotating schedule of parks that have early/late hours especially for Disney guests. During these times, the lines are really short, and you can get some good ride-time in. You also get free transportation among the parks (or free parking, if you'd rather take your car), purchases can be charged to your room and delivered back to your room (no cash, no bags!), and more. As if that weren't enough, even the cheapest Disney resort is guaranteed to be clean, comfortable, and safe... and you get resort benefits regardless of which resort you choose, even if it's their "inexpensive" tier.

Disney Transport: While free to resort guests, Disney Transport is a bit of a mess. My guess is that it is designed to be that way. After all, if you've got a couple thousand people tied up in the transportation system, that's a couple thousand people not crowding up the parks. My advice is to stay out of the system as much as possible... don't park-hop unless you absolutely have to. Stay at one park and do everything you want to do there before moving on. This could save you hours of wasted time waiting for and riding the busses.

Disney Pricey: Once you step on to the Walt Disney World property, the cost of everything skyrockets. For my last several visits, I've packed a separate small suitcase full of snacks and drinks so I don't get nailed. Some expenses are unavoidable if you're staying at a resort property... like meals and WDW-branded souvenirs... but I end up saving quite a chunk of money when I don't have to pay for snacks there too.

Disney Reservations: I'm not a very big "detail planner" when it comes to my vacations, but if you want to eat at many of Disney's finer restaurants (such as any of the Epcot World Showcase full-service restaurants, or any of the "deluxe resort" full-service restaurants... like Artist Point or Whispering Canyon Cafe at The Wilderness Lodge) you must make reservations because they get booked up very quickly. Fortunately, if you are a Disney guest, you can make your reservations up to 180 days in advance by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Furthermore, the concierge at your Disney resort can also help you with reservations if you get to them early enough! Whenever I go to Walt Disney World, I spend more time scheduling my lunches and dinners than I do anything else, and advise other people to do the same if they plan on eating at any of the finer restaurants there.

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  1. Stephanie P says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed AND survived your Expedition Everest experience!

  2. Hilly says:

    Because I’m not insecure, I’ll just assume that I am the exception to the rule where princesses are involved ;).

    Thanks for that list too…I want to go next year! I just found my Mickey Mouse ears ornament that Foo bought me last year and I am gung ho!

  3. kilax says:

    Ahh!! I never noticed Caucasian Mickey. That is so weird that they did that.

    I remember how expensive Disney World was when I was there in 1998. My parents saved money for A LONG TIME to take me and my three siblings there, and I remember feeling guilty, as a young teenager, about the price of the food. It’s a great tip to bring little snacks on any trip! 🙂

  4. Suzy says:

    Isn’t Expedition Everest the one on which that 44 year old guy just died? I read about it this morning. Before coffee, so I might have read it wrong.

  5. Whit says:

    How funny, in all of my time working for Disney and writing for the Disney Blog and all around fanboy stuff, I have never heard anyone equate Mickey’s coloring to human skin tones.

  6. James says:

    We always go to Disneyland in Anaheim, since it is far closer to us, but it sounds like they packed a lot of things in Disney World to make it worthwhile..maybe I’ll make it there someday.

    And yeah..I never noticed how Micky changed until you pointed it out. I actually like him more with normal eyes instead of black pits..but thats me. Anyway, I’m jealous of your trip!

  7. Avitable says:

    Well, to be fair, he has yellow, black, and red on him, too. He’s racially diverse Mickey!

  8. Miss Britt says:

    You think a black and white Mickey transcends race? Really?

  9. Dave2 says:

    Stephanie… It’s a pretty tame ride, actually.

    Hilly… I said “BITCHY princesses,” and you aren’t included there. 🙂

    Kilax… Many people bring ALL their own food or eat outside the park, which is okay too, I guess. Heck, many people even bring their own SOUVENIRS (which are far cheaper at “Toys R’ Us” or wherever) to save money.

    Suzy… Yes. Though he died of natural causes… it wasn’t like the ride malfunctioned and killed him or anything.

    Whit… Really?? I’d think that would be obvious, but maybe it’s just me.

    James… I think the eye changes were made for the movie “Fantasia” where they wanted him to be more expressive or something.

    Avitable… I think the newer Mickey looks like the original Mickey was crossed with a Caucasian boy in that transporter from “The Fly” or something. Kind of freaks me out.

    Britt… I simply feel that making him caucasian provides him with a racial identity that is unneeded. After all, I’ve never seen a caucasian mouse before. 🙂

  10. RW says:

    What a cool castle. It’s like – you don’t have to go to Europe once you see that!

  11. Dave2 says:

    Walt Disney was supposed to have modeled his fairy tale castles after the Neuschawnstein castle in Germany. Now that I look at it, I think you’re right… it’s practically identical!

  12. Lisa says:

    OMG Dave, I just read about all your days in Disney and have to say that one, you made me remember the trip I had a few years ago, two, how sick I got of hearing those same buzz words, and three…the racial identity of Mickey Mouse. That is absolutely classic!!!

    I will also admit that I have had bitchy princess moments…moments…but I am not a complete bitchy princess.

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