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Ask Me Monday – Week of 10/14/13

October 15, 2013 by Scott Parker

Hi Friends!  Welcome to “Ask Me Monday”.  The following questions were sent to me on Monday 10/14/13 via Facebook, Twitter, Google + and right here on the blog.  Keep the questions coming!

1.  What is the most affordable Princess meal? This is a great question and I have deferred to our Disney Expert, Christine Hardenberger who is the owner of Magical Mouse Plans Travel.  According to Christine, the least expensive Princess meal is Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian.  This is a wonderful Princess experience that features Cinderella and Prince Charming.  It also features Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters who are really funny and add an extra dimension to the meal.  Add to this the charming, Victorian atmosphere and wonderful dinner buffet and you’ve got a fabulous Princess experience!  At just $38.33-$42.59 per adult and $19.16-$21.29 per child (price varies with time of year), this meal is less expensive than even breakfast at Princess Storybook Dining (Akershus) or Cinderella’s Royal Table.  It’s the perfect way to meet Cinderella without breaking the bank!

2.  Other than a theme park, any suggestions for a family oriented place for trick or treating? Here are a few events going on around the many areas of Orlando. Winter Park, FL – Pumpkins & Munchkins in Shady Park Winter Garden, FL – Halloweenfest 2013 Kissimmee, FL  – Green Meadows Farm Ooky Spooky Haunted House

3.  Where is the nearest post office to WDW? Are there any 24 hour Targets in the area? The closest U.S. Post Office to WDW appears to be in 601 Market St, Kissimmee, FL.  Here is link to the location on the US Postal Service website.  As for Targets, there are quite a few Super Targets close to WDW.  I do not believe that any of them are 24 hours, but here is a link to the store locator showing those close to WDW.

4.  What has been the biggest surprise about living in Florida? Something you were worried about that isn’t so bad or something that is worse/harder/or caught you off guard?  The biggest surprise for us was the cost to change our plates on our car from Texas to Florida.  Each car was approximately $500.  As parents, we worried about our kids adapting in school and finding new friends.  I’m not sure why we worried as they are thriving.  They are doing in school and have made a lot of friends at school and in the Disney parks.

5.  How long have you been blogging? Did you begin after your plunge in Florida? I maintained a private blog f6 years ago while we were adopting our 2 young children.  This blog was family only, as we were adopting through Child Protective Services with the state of Texas.  Texas law would not allow that I have photos available to the public,  I’m proud to say, this is my second attempt at a blog.  I started Taking the Florida Plunge on Facebook on May 19, 2013 and created my first post on this blog on May 27, 2013.  We officially took the plunge at the end of June, 2013.

6.  Any word on when an Annual Passholder (AP) will receive their Magic Band? Mark Vitek, owner of Wishes and Pixie Dust, has report that starting this week Cast Members are testing MyMagic+ for passholers by “acting as passholders”.  They are testing both the RFID cards and MagicBands.  This testing is taking place at Hollywood Studios.  No actual passholders are testing at this time, just CM’s.

7.  We’re thinking about getting a storage facility to bring over some of our items. Have you used one or do you have a recommendation for one? When we relocated, we used a U-Haul Self Storage location near us.  We had used them in the past in other cities and we have always received great customer service from them.  We have also stored items in the U-Haul U-Box Pods.  Since we do not own a large vehicle or truck, this option worked great as U-Haul would deliver the U Box Pod directly to your house for loading and unloading.



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