I noticed that the few submissions that I could find online were answering all 3 questions posed by John. To make sure I cover all the bases for my contest submission for the special Mickey Ears being offered by John Frost of The Disney Blog, I decided that I'll answer his other two questions as well. I don't have as much to say on these other two, so I'll tackle them in the same blog post:
Q: What is your favorite or most useful tip for guests of Disney's theme parks?
I'm asked for tips all the time by friends. I tell them all the same thing: plan, plan, plan, and then plan some more. I tend to believe that one way to assure yourself a bad time at Walt Disney World is to show up without any consideration for where you are going, what you want to do, and approximately you want to do it. I also consider making one's ADRs a part of this planning process. Granted, it seriously ruins the spontaneity of the trip because you need to pick places to eat dinner, but it has quickly become a necessary evil due to the popularity and affordability of the Disney Dining Plan.
As I mentioned in my post a few days ago about my being stuck outside "The Disney Zone", I suggest that one purchase The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World <DING> and use it as their Disney Bible. It has tons of invaluable information that can be used to plan what you want to get accomplished and where you want to eat.
Q: What is your favorite Disney theme park attraction or show and why?
As I reported to George over at The Disney Geeks in their Meet Our Neighbor posting:
Oh, this is a tough one. I have so many rides that I MUST ride. But if you are putting a gun to my head, I'd have to say........... Pirates of the Caribbean. Haunted Mansion comes a close second, but that song in Pirates just makes my toe tap.
What can I say, that is short, sweet and to the point when it comes to my favorite theme park attraction or show. What can I say, I'm easily entertained.