Imagine you have ONE DAY to spend at Walt Disney World. The Magic Kingdom is expected to be crazy busy (like can’t see you feet in front of you busy). Where do you go?
You have one day at WDW, and predicted crowd at the MK is 9/10. Where do you go?
- Epcot (45%, 14 Votes)
- Magic Kingdom (26%, 8 Votes)
- Disney's Hollywood Studios (10%, 3 Votes)
- Disney's Animal Kingdom (10%, 3 Votes)
- Park Hop (explain your plan in comments) (10%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 28
by James Goodman a/k/a swabikedude
The Walt Disney Family Museum (WDFM) is located in San Francisco, CA inside the Presidio. We stayed at a hotel in the Wharf, and although it is easy to navigate San Francisco without a rental car, the Presidio presented some challenges. You first must know how to use the Muni system to get around (city buses). It wasn’t hard, but I found out after the fact that bus #43 makes a stop right inside the Presidio. From that stop it is a good 10 minute walk to the WDFM. You can also drive into the Presidio and park at the DFM for about a 6-hour limit. Parking was around $1-$3 an hour depending on location. It’s a 3-hour max directly in front of the WDFM – or up to 6 hours in the lot (also very close).
The WDFM is amazing and my wife, who isn’t the most interested in Walt Disney’s life was also impressed. But for any Disney “junkie” I think after you experience the WDFM you will have a more profound respect for what Walt has done for us. His story is not only fascinating, but I think everyone can put themselves in his shoes at some point in his life and follow in Walt’s footsteps.
For someone with a disability or in a wheelchair, the WDFM is easy to navigate with ramps and elevators. The building is about 4 levels. You enter on level 2 where you will buy your tickets and receive a bunch of valuable information about the Museum, classes you can attend, and what it means to become a Member.
Here are the rules: you can take photos and video of anything you want in the lobby…but after you walk INTO the actual museum, you must put those away. I was tempted to sneak out my camera several times, but there are camera’s watching you everywhere…so don’t do it. Otherwise, your admission is good for the entire day. You wear a small sticker so you may be admitted in/out throughout the day. I spent about 3 1/2 hours total exploring and I still didn’t read and do everything!
Now before you enter the main museum, an Employee (they are NOT Cast Members, they work for the “Foundation” not “Disney”) will scan your tickets and allow you entrance. You must consume any beverage and food prior to entering. The day we were there, we were allowed to enter at any time…on some of the busier days, you may receive a “timed ticket” which means you can only enter at your designated time (think FastPass).
On the lower level you will find restrooms (men, women, companion) and a coat check area; stairs or elevator to access the lower level. The gift shop is on main level 2 as well, along with a very tiny food stand featuring Wolfgang Puck food and the soup of the day served in a sourdough breadbowl.
Some of the items on display in the Lobby are the Academy Awards Walt has won throughout his career – well most of them – some are owned by the Studio and are not on display here. But the Academy Awards for Snow White are here…along with the tiny ones for each of the dwarfs! Great photo opportunity! You can also see the “Key to San Francisco” and several other awards from all sorts of leagues, guilds, and organizations.
SPOILER ALERT – from this point I will take you on a tour of the WDFM…
1. They’re here! After months of talking about it, we’ve officially launched the DISDads Forum. Come register and check out our new interactive online community! We’re already at 66 active members in the less than one week that we’ve been open, and we’d love to welcome you there too.
2. The “other” online Disney Dad’s folks over at theWDWdads.com are running a great giveaway right now, in conjunction with the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World. Head on over and register to win an Exotic Thrill Ride! The giveaway runs through February 28th.
3. Thanks to podcast participating DISDads: Eric Anderson, David Nicely, Mark Harbeson, Mark Pratt, and producer/engineer Joshua Haas!
4. FASTPASS return window enforcement is just around the corner. The leaked memo to CMs indicated that return time enforcement would begin on Wednesday, March 7th. Remember, the new policy permits you to use your FASTPASS up to five minutes early, and up to 15 minutes late.
5. Anyone been camping at Walt Disney World? We’re looking at putting together a podcast on camping at WDW, but we need podcast panelists with some experience. Email me at email@example.com if you’d like to come on the show and talk about camping at WDW.