What ages are Disney's educational programs for?
They're for students in kindergarten (age 5) through 12th grade. In previous years, Disney let us add college students to our high school-level classes. However, as of 7/12/13, they've asked me to limit it to high school students only.
Who does Disney consider students for ticket purposes?
We can't have more non-student tickets than student tickets. (For example, we can't have 50 non-students in our group, and only 30 students - the ratio has to be even.) In previous years, Disney counted children enrolled in their educational programs as students, and everyone else as non-students (children under 5, for example, were considered non-students because there was no class available for them). However, as of 7/12/13, we can count children ages 3 and 4, and college-age students (up to 22), as a student for ticket purposes. There won't be educational programs for the younger students and college students, but we can still count them as students.
We have two parents and one student in our party. Will we be able to get three tickets?
You'll get two tickets automatically (one student ticket, one matching non-student ticket). You'll have to go on the waiting list for the extra non-student ticket you need. The earlier you register, the better your chances are of getting the extra non-student tickets you need. See the Important Notes section on this page http://www.carolinah...atravelwdw.html for more information.
How likely is it that I'll be able to get the non-student tickets I need?
We're usually able to get what we need, but there are no guarantees. The earlier you register, the better your chances are of getting the extra tickets you need.
Will I be able to chaperone (insert name of Disney program here)? Do you still have chaperone spots available for (insert name of Disney program here)?
We're allowed 1 chaperone for every 5 students in most of the Disney programs. Since I won't know how many total students we'll have until registration is over, I won't know how many chaperones we can have. I can't guarantee chaperone spots will be available for every parent who wants to chaperone. Spots are assigned on a first-registered, first-assigned basis, so the earlier you register, the better your chances are of getting a spot.
Can younger/older siblings attend the educational program but not participate?
No, only chaperones (usually 1 adult chaperone per 5 students) can attend the programs with enrolled students.
If I'm assigned as a chaperone, can I bring my one-year-old with me during the program?
No, only adult chaperones can attend the programs with enrolled students.
Does the $245 ticket price include the hopper option?
What payment methods to you accept?
I accept checks, money orders, bank checks, and BillPay. I don't accept PayPal or credit cards, but convenience checks issued by your credit card company are fine.
When is payment due?
Within 7 days of the date of my confirmation email.
For the fun passes, is it seven fun passes per person, or per family?
You have 7 passes per ticket (per person).
Is it seven days of fun passes?
No, it's seven passes. If you visit DisneyQuest and a water park in one day, then that's two passes. If you visit DisneyQuest (or a water park) in the morning, leave to eat lunch, then go back to DisneyQuest (or the same water park) in the afternoon, then that counts as one pass.
Are the water parks, Disney Quest, and Miniature golf courses considered parks (on our tickets)?
No - the four Disney parks are Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. The water parks, Disney Quest, and Miniature golf courses are extras and you'll have 7 passes to use for them.
So using one of the fun passes for a water park or Disney Quest or miniature golf doesn't impact the number of park days on our ticket?
No. Using a fun pass will not "take away" one of your park days. They're two different things.
So using our park days on our tickets doesn't impact our fun passes?
No. They're completely separate.
We can go to as many of the four parks as we want each day?
Yes - that's what the "hopper" add-on does. You can hop between the parks as many times as you want for 7 days. They don't have to be consecutive days.
Can we get fewer (or more) days on our tickets?
In order to streamline (and offer more trips, camps, and events), I’ve had to streamline this year. The 7-day ticket is the only one that's being offered. Hopefully it will meet the needs of most families.
If the tickets are for 7 days, will I have enough to do for 10 (or whatever) days?
Yes. Our tickets also include 7 passes to the water parks, DisneyQuest, the miniature golf courses, etc. You could go to Disney for 14 days and have something to do every day. Also, Downtown Disney and the BoardWalk areas offer plenty to do and neither requires a ticket.
We're going a few days earlier (or staying a few days later) than the group. Will our tickets still be valid?
Yes. They're good from Nov. 9-30. Your students must attend at least one educational program to qualify for the tickets, so save one day on your tickets for that. If you miss the program, Disney can charge you the difference between our tickets and the regular gate price.
Where are the Cirque du Soleil seats?
Our group seats are in Category 3. They're not the best, but they're not bad, either. I've never received a complaint on our seats, but use your best judgment before ordering group tickets. (Cirque du Soleil won't give refunds on their tickets under any circumstances.)
Do you have group hotel discounts for us?
Yes. Our group hotel is the Disney Dolphin Resort. See the following link for more info:
For the educational programs, do I go by the grade levels at your website, or at Disney's site?
You'll need to go by the age ranges that I have at my site. When a public school class arranges to participate in Disney's programs, they target the programming for that one specific grade. Since we're homeschoolers, they give us a broader range, but they still need to be able to target the information. We've found that the narrower we can make it, the better the experience for all the students. That said, if your student's grade differs by one level for any class, email me and we'll see if there's some flexibility for that specific class.
If we choose extra Disney educational programs and are selected as chaperones, do we have to pay the extra $27, too?
No, only students pay the extra fee if they choose extra programs beyond the one that's already included in the price of the ticket.
Do parents have to pay the $10 fee for the Kingdom Keepers Quest?
No, parents are free.
Do you provide transportation for this trip?
No. You must arrange your own transportation for this trip - to Florida and back, as well as between Disney and Universal and/or SeaWorld, if you choose to go to those parks. (If you stay at a Disney resort, they'll provide transportation to their own parks, as well as Downtown Disney and the water parks. They will not provide transportation to Universal or SeaWorld.)
More FAQs will be added as we go along.