i think it would be a good idea to get rid of that quote at the top of the page - it doesn't add anything, it would be more suitable for a wikiPEDIA - not wikiTRAVEL
if i don't hear back soon, i'll go ahead and delete it
- What's wrong with it? I think it sets the tone pretty nicely. Jpatokal 11:58, 9 February 2008 (EST)
when you first read the artical, it does look like the wikipage people are familiar with. there is nothing wrong with it, it would just be easier to read, and recognise, if is wasn't there. maybe a large "Walt Disney World" logo, would be better?
In case you don't know your history, that quote is the park's opening day dedication. The articles for Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Disneyland Paris also have their dedications on them.
This article needs pictures.
Please don't create an article for each part of Disneyworld. If you really must put the information on seperate pages - once it gets too big -- use subpages. Thanks! -- Nils 06:13, 18 Apr 2004 (EDT)
I think that the changes made by User Speedway to the Disneyworld article read like marketing hype and sound like a copyright violation of a Disneyworld marketing site. I also think the article is worse now than before and I am seriously thinking about reverting it to the previous text. User Speedway Is this all your own work or copied from another website? -- Huttite 22:01, 31 Dec 2004 (EST)
- I have now reverted the page because of the content on WikiPedia, where User Speedway has also been editing. There may be helpful information in User Speedway's version of Disneyworld, which is in the page history if anyone is interested in mining it for information. -- Huttite 22:22, 31 Dec 2004 (EST)
- The incessant use of specific historical dates certainly tagged it as odd. I was concerned that it might be some kind of copyvio, but I wasn't sure what exactly -- it's certainly not written in the usual style for this site. -- Colin 04:21, 1 Jan 2005 (EST)
- OK. I visited the Disneyworld Wikitravel site, and it was crap. OK, I'm not saying mine was 'better', but it certainly held more information for someone planning a visit to Disneyworld. The 'incessent use of specific historical dates certainly tagged it as odd'. Hmm? In what way? That you think I've copied someone? I would apologise to you for knowing so much about WDW but that would be foolish. This is not an article Wikipedia, this is a travellers guide. For gods sake the title isn't even right. The old article (and now the 'new' one) both read like something from Wikipedia so anyone who is accusing me of treating this like another Wikipedia is just making up excuses because they don't like their work being revised. OK then;
- If you don't want your writing to be edited mercilessly and redistributed at will, then don't submit it here.
Well obviously you lot fall into this category. I see a lot of people like this on Wikipedia, attached to 'their' articles. And before you accuse me of writing this because I don't like you getting rid of 'my' version, I am writing this to show you what it looks like from someone else's perspective. You lot do look pretty sad. You can keep your 'Disneyworld' article, and I will stick with my 'Walt Disney World' article on Wikipedia - where people are open to change and are not convinced their work is suitable.
- You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource
Everything in that article - as much as it may seem like marketing hype - is from the brain of moi, except names and telephone numbers.
What would any of you get from this site if you were planning a WDW trip? Probably **** all. :) Speedway 12:12, 1 Jan 05
- I side with Speedway on this one and have reverted to his version (minus a couple of Huttite's cosmetic fixes); frankly, Huttite, I think you owe Speedway an apology for accusations of copyvio without pointing out where it's taken from. There's nothing wrong with being enthusiastic about a place, feel free to edit it down if you think it goes overboard. Jpatokal 09:00, 1 Jan 2005 (EST)
- I am sorry that my merciless editing has upset Speedway. I do think that Speedway's article has some merits, which is why I made it easy to find, however the changes that were made to the previous article, to me, seemed to lose the value of the original. Wikitravel articles have a more structured format compared to the free writing style of Wikipedia. I tried to see how the two versions could be merged but the writing style was just too different to do it justice. I felt that I had to go back and start over, merging the two articles step by step. I had a look at the other Disneyland articles and the style and structure of Speedway's article was radically different. If anyone can add value and enhance what was already there, I welcome it. -- Huttite 14:43, 1 Jan 2005 (EST)
- I don't understand why I'm asked to apologise here and my username is cited repeatedly in connection with an article I've never edited. I assume Jpatokal mean "frankly Huttite, I think you owe Speedway an apology..." otherwise I honestly have no idea what's going on. Hypatia 23:25, 1 Jan 2005 (EST)
- Ooops, I tell a lie, I did edit it once. I seriously doubt my minor changes on 8 Nov are so shocking as to require an apology though ;) Hypatia 23:27, 1 Jan 2005 (EST)
- Mea culpa on this one, too many people with 7-letter handles starting with H here 8) Jpatokal 01:27, 2 Jan 2005 (EST)
Here are some examples of copyvios
- Jump into your time rover and zip back 65 million years to the age of the dinosaurs and try and save one of the last of these prehistoric beasts.
- Original is "Jump into your time rover and zoom back 65 million years to come face-to-face with dinosaurs as you try to rescue one of these prehistoric beasts." 
- the lush green island is your departure point for excursions into the different realms of the park
- Original is "This lush green island is your departure point for excursions into the different realms of the Park" . Note that captialization and grammar make more sense in the original.
- Open your eyes to the world around you
- Original is "open your eyes to the world around you" 
I'm sure I could easily find more of these if I try. Probably even better examples. So I suspect Speedway is copying and rewriting slightly sentences from some kind of brochure which incorporates Disney text, but it might not be an online source.
So here's my view on all this: Speedway is interested and capable of writing stuff about Disneyworld. I would love to see him do so. But he can't just copy and paste catchphrases even if he rewords them a little bit. These catchphrases' obvious source in marketing literature is what set off both Huttites worry about marketese and my worry about copyvio.
So Speedway, are you willing to rewrite stuff so that it is completely in your words? I think it's fair enough to copy the names of the rides from the original documentation, but the descriptions need to be 100% Speedway. Don't worry if your descriptions are imperfect. We want your text, no matter that it isn't as pretty as the Disney text! -- Colin 15:33, 1 Jan 2005 (EST)
Sorry, you seem to have a really good argument but I can't understand about. Did I copy something from Disney? Can you show me it, was it online? Have you got the URL because I am quite interested in this. Well you seem to be correct with all the arguments you've put in, I'm not saying your wrong. But I can assure you I wrote this revision over a period of four days on Microsoft Word and the only information I went on to the Internet for was telephone numbers and extra recreation. Speedway 13:27 2 Jan 05
- Is it possible you were working from brochures or books as references, and those phrases came from the written material? -- Colin 13:32, 2 Jan 2005 (EST)
- No it's not. It may be possible that I have read such brochures in the past, but the only park I visited when I last went to WDW was Magic Kingdom so the examples you cite seem to have expired. The website that you take the examples from seems to be a very good site though, thanks! Speedway 18:10 4 Jan 05 (EST)
Change to Walt Disney World Resort
Whoever the admins are here should allow people to actually start articles and actually make this site a Wiki. This needs to be changed to Walt Disney World Resort. The current name just shows the ignorance of its creator. --Evanwohrman 04:57, 29 Mar 2005 (EST)
- Hmm? Any logged-in user can move pages, just click on Edit and then the Move tab. And you can create new pages by clicking on any red link.
- However, please tell us why the article should be moved. Wikitravel uses the most common name, which is not necessarily the same thing as the "official" name. Jpatokal 05:19, 29 Mar 2005 (EST)
- Is it most commonly known as 'Disneyworld'? Even if it is, most people know it is two separate words, like 'Disney World'. Eurgh. Speedway 16:55, 29 Mar 2005
- In the US, it's called Disneyworld. And it's pronounced as if there were no space between Disney and World. -- Colin 14:57, 29 Mar 2005 (EST)
- On second thought, I wonder if I'm showing my California bias. Disneyland really is called "Disneyland" and not "Disney Land" by DisneyCorp. Maybe my familiarity with the California theme park name is clouding my judgment on dealing with Disneyworld, which the Disney Corporate Masters call "Disney World". -- Colin 15:01, 29 Mar 2005 (EST)
- The Florida resort is Walt Disney World Resort, no matter what it's commonly called. --188.8.131.52 15:24, 29 Mar 2005 (EST)
- We name our articles with the most commonly used names (see Wikitravel:Article naming conventions). For the purpose of naming articles, the Official Name of the place is irrelevant. Since no one actually says "Walt Disney World Resort" to refer to the place in normal conversaion, there is zero chance of us naming the article "Walt Disney World Resort". -- Colin 17:01, 29 Mar 2005 (EST)
Hey, fanboy's back! I think the name should be "Disney World", because that's what people call it. I can also live with "Walt Disney World". But Walt Disney World Resort just sounds like a used piece of Kleenex brand toilet paper.
Google results: disney.world 2,260,000, walt.disney.world 1,370,000, disneyworld 536,000, walt.disney.world.resort 309,000 Jpatokal 11:55, 29 Mar 2005 (EST)
- In common usage, if a company is named "foo world", then they usually run the mess together as a compound word like "fooworld". Computerworld. Businessworld. I think it's idomatic, not an actual rule. So the most-common usage is the original title.... Disneyworld. -- Colin 14:55, 29 Mar 2005 (EST)
- Err, according to Google (see above), "Disney World" beats "Disneyworld" 4:1... Jpatokal 21:27, 29 Mar 2005 (EST)
- My fault for correcting myself higher on this talk page and not deleting the comment you're replying to. -- Colin 23:09, 29 Mar 2005 (EST)
Reasoning behind the naming convention
Hi Speedway, I'd just like to take a moment to jump in here to try to explain why the Wikitravel:Article naming conventions is what it is. The main reason we mostly use Common names instead of Official names is that the common name makes the article easier for a traveller to find.
If you type the exact name of a destination into the search box over on the left, and hit "Go" the Mediawiki software will send you to the destination page. If it's not exact you'll get a list to pick from. So what we want to do is to try to make the most typed search term for Disney World the name of the article. That way when a traveller is trying to find the article it will work right away.
Colin and Jani seem to think that "Disney World" is more likely to be the thing that a traveller searches for. If they are right - and I think they might just be - then that's what the name of the article should be. It would also make sense to have redirects from some other likely search terms such as "Disneyworld" and probably the official name too, though I don't really imagine somebody typing that whole thing out.
Anyhow, one way or the other I'd like to say that we really appreciate your efforts in helping us to make this a more complete guide, and I'm certain that travellers who do find and use the Disney World article will very much appreciate your work. -- Mark 01:14, 30 Mar 2005 (EST)
- Right, fine. Change it back. OK, I accept it. This is how Wikitravel works. No problems. Speedway 12:39, 30 Mar 2005
Redirecting is easy enough. Just redirected Walt Disney World and I see someone already redirected Walt Disney World Resort. Seems easy enough and should please everyone, true?
The off-resort lodging section of this article is starting to look a bit... suspect is I guess a fair word. Given that anything not actually in Disney World could be considered "off-resort", would it make more sense to simply list a few of the closest towns that people stay in as alternatives to actually staying at Disney World, similar to what we've done with Yosemite#Nearby? I'm not personally that familiar with Disney World, but perhaps someone who is could make this change? -- Ryan • (talk) • 20:42, 27 May 2007 (EDT)
- I believe the lodging should be moved into Lake Buena Vista which exists as a separate article. Although that City "belongs" to the Disney corporation, much of it lies outside of the "Park" itself. gamweb 13:34, 22 August 2008 (EDT)
- Probably the only off-resort lodging that should be in this article is the stuff on Resort Drive, near Downtown Disney. Even then, you could make a reasonable argument for putting those in Lake Buena Vista. Anything across I-4 or farther up International Drive, and certainly anything in Kissimmee, should be in other articles. LtPowers 19:17, 22 August 2008 (EDT)
How much are the ticket prices? 184.108.40.206 16:07, 30 October 2007 (EDT)
The recommendation of Wikitravel is to consider Park Hopper. I would like to see both sides discussed. Anyone new going to Disney World will soon discover that it's impossible to see or do everything at one park in one day. For the most tickets it doesn't make sense to "hop" around and pay extra for that option. It's simply marketing.
- Indeed, it is impossible to see or do everything at one park in one day. That's precisely what makes the Park Hopper option so valuable. When one day at the Magic Kingdom isn't enough, but two is too much, what does one do for the rest of the second day? Why one heads to Epcot to pick up a few World Showcase attractions they missed before, of course. The Park Hopper option also facilitates the necessary flexibility in dining options. For anything more than a three-day stay, the Park Hopper option is cheap enough to be well worth the cost. LtPowers 19:17, 22 August 2008 (EDT)
Push for Star
This article is very deserving of being a Star article. Please review it, make the necessary adjustments, and support a nomination! —The preceding comment was added by 220.127.116.11 (talk • contribs) .
- Hi! Have you considered registering for an account? You've done a lot of work on this article and it'd be nice to be able to talk to you about it, but your changing IP address makes it hard. LtPowers 18:42, 3 September 2008 (EDT)
I have an account now - from now on I am Jonathan_784.
9/4/04 - I have added a new infobox to the article. Now we can discuss a potential Star nomination.
- Well do you think it's ready or not? If you think it's ready, nominate it. Otherwise, what do you think is missing? LtPowers 16:24, 4 September 2008 (EDT)
I'm not sure how useful it is to have the shopping grouped by park the way it is now. I would expect travelers to want to know where they can find certain merchandise, not what merchandise is available in a certain place. LtPowers 16:41, 6 September 2008 (EDT)
It was claimed in the Star discussion that the Buy section didn't meet the manual of style. That was the best I could do, after reviewing the Buy sections in other Star articles. If you feel that this section needs to be improved more, go ahead.
User:Jonathan_784 18 September 2008 11:37 CDT
Name, yet again
How, after all the discussion above, did a user get away with moving this to its official name, rather than most common name, back in March? Hmm – cacahuate talk 14:48, 24 September 2008 (EDT)
- Well, I guess Colin's assessment of the odds was a little off. :P I think it was gotten away with because it doesn't matter a whole lot one way or the other (thanks to redirects). LtPowers 15:34, 24 September 2008 (EDT)
Okay, here is what I did: I removed the Read subsection under Understand and replaced it with a new subsection called What's in a name? explaining why the "correct" name of the resort is Walt Disney World. So now, you may do one of two things:
- The name "Walt Disney World Resort" stays as is, or:
- The "Resort" goes, but the "Walt" stays right where it is, leaving the name "Walt Disney World".
Jonathan 784 09:29, 25 September 2008 (EDT)
- Walt Disney World then sounds like the most common name, right? – cacahuate talk 14:52, 25 September 2008 (EDT)
- Go ahead and make the change. In the meantime, I'll try to find a picture of an object bearing the name "Walt Disney World" to put in the "What's in a name?" section. I'm thinking it should be something like a t-shirt or a popcorn box - any suggestions? One more thing: do you think "What's in a name?" is too bulky a title? If so, I'll shorten it. Jonathan 784 19:41, 25 September 2008 (EDT)
- Why did you remove the "Read" section? I'm also undecided on the necessity of the "Name" section. It seems superfluous in an article that's already very long. LtPowers 10:04, 26 September 2008 (EDT)
- See the Star discussion. Everyone seemed to be against it. You even said yourself that it could go if necessary. Meanwhile, I'll try to find a way to fuse the information in the infobox and the new "What's in a name?" section together. Jonathan 784 10:22, 26 September 2008 (EDT)
- All right, I restored the Read section and moved the new information into the infobox. How's that? Jonathan 784 10:35, 26 September 2008 (EDT)
- I just want some discussion one way or the other. Neither my comment on the star nomination nor my comment here should be seen as a demand for one course of action or another. It's called trying to open up some discussion. The "Read" section is not well documented in Wikitravel's policies and I was hoping a discussion would shed some light on exactly what material belongs there. LtPowers 18:58, 26 September 2008 (EDT)
- Regarding the read section, this is as close as we are to a policy on how to use the section. And I think leaving out recommendations to read other travel literature has always been policy on the site—we want the information here, not simply linked. I don't know of any books (or films) that would be "culturally relevant" for a trip to Disney World—any novels or major movies set in the park? --Peter Talk 19:15, 26 September 2008 (EDT)
Good question, Peter. I do know that the movie "Marvin's Room" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116999/) has a scene set at Walt Disney World, but it is of very little relevance to the main plot of the film. That's why I didn't include it when I initially established the subsection titled "Watch". Jonathan 784 21:40, 26 September 2008 (EDT)
- OK, I kind of just punted because the "Read" section is not well documented (outside of a clear consensus of intent in the talk pages you linked). However, it is important to note that some of those guides do include information that I don't think we should be trying to keep as meticulously up-to-date as would be necessary. I would welcome discussion of what to do about that.
- As for books or films, the only one I can think of offhand is The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson. LtPowers 19:29, 27 September 2008 (EDT)
There seems to be something wrong with the images - they don't show up onscreen. What's going on? Jonathan 784 19:39, 29 September 2008 (EDT)
The images are back! I'm both relieved and baffled at the same time - I still don't get what happened. Jonathan 784 17:07, 30 September 2008 (EDT)
- shared:Wikitravel Shared:Travellers' pub#Thumbnail shows up as gray box explains. LtPowers 21:55, 30 September 2008 (EDT)
What is needed for star status?
In this edit, I recommended that the current star nomination be put on the slush pile for the time being. Several issues were raised in the nomination discussion, and I think they should be dicsussed here, not there. I will create subsections for them below. LtPowers 11:47, 15 November 2008 (EST)
PerryPlanet mentioned a lot of standard information was missing from the Sleep, Buy, and Eat sections. Is this still a problem? LtPowers 11:47, 15 November 2008 (EST)
The "Read" section
I included several other travel guides in here because I didn't think this guide could ever fully compete with them in comprehensiveness. I recognize now that this was probably mistaken, but if so, it means that this guide is going to have to be divided up into several different pages, possibly dozens of different pages. There is still an issue of how much detail to include in this guide, though. Should we include full restaurant menus as AllEars.net does? LtPowers 11:47, 15 November 2008 (EST)
The main WDW map has some labeling issues. I will be working on this probably when I get some time. LtPowers 11:47, 15 November 2008 (EST)
- Yep, you're right. Two hotels are in the wrong places. Jonathan 784 19:12, 17 November 2008 (EST)
I have modified the map and uploaded the new version; it should now be showing in the article. LtPowers 19:46, 20 November 2008 (EST)
- Good work LT, but I have a question. I read that there really isn't a point, as they give out free maps anyways, why would they use one from WT? I am not trying to make your work mean nothing, I am just wondering, what is the point? Keep smiling, edmontonenthusiast [ee] .T.A.L.K. 19:54, 20 November 2008 (EST).
Peter has expressed a strong preference for maps of each individual park. I'm beginning to agree that those will be necessary to have a truly comprehensive guide, but I'm not yet convinced that a Wikitravel-style map is going to work well. As I noted in my proposal to slush-pile the nomination, the stagecraft that Disney uses to design their parks means that an overhead view of the park doesn't mesh well with the guests' perceptions of the park. Disney uses illustrated oblique-angle views in their park maps for precisely that reason.
I'm working on an Epcot-area map, and I'll post it up here when it's done so we can decide if that's what we want in the article.
-- LtPowers 11:47, 15 November 2008 (EST)
- Here's a preliminary version of the Epcot map. No labels yet, until a scale is finalized. I left out large swaths of backstage areas, including roads and parking lots. I was also unsure how much of the area to paint green. Almost everything here that isn't paved is filled with trees, so I wasn't sure where to draw the line between "onstage" green spaces and "backstage" green spaces.
- The map also illustrates the perception gap well. The icon of Epcot is Spaceship Earth, a huge geodesic sphere. It dominates the entire area and is the main point of reference in the park and for some distance around. But just try to find it on this map.
- -- LtPowers 13:39, 16 November 2008 (EST)
- wow! that map looks set to be a jewel! --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 19:03, 20 November 2008 (EST)
Here is Disney's official Epcot map for comparison:  LtPowers 19:53, 20 November 2008 (EST)
The "Buy" section
I'm still not convinced that a geographic format is the best way to organize these, but I suppose it'll become necessary if we "districtify" the article. LtPowers 11:47, 15 November 2008 (EST)
Sertmann mentioned issues with the layout of the page -- infoboxes and pictures crowded together, for instance. Is this still a problem? LtPowers 11:47, 15 November 2008 (EST)
- Yes, actually most of them - but I'm on a weird resolution 1680x1050, if no one else is having problems I'll forfeit my argument. --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 19:06, 20 November 2008 (EST)
As I mentioned in my proposal to add the nom to the slush pile, if we really want our guide to WDW to be competitive with commercial guides, then we have little choice but to make it book-length. That means, minimally, a page for each of the six parks, plus Downtown Disney. It might even mean a page for each "land" within each park. It also means detailed descriptions of each attraction within the park, along with every restaurant (with menu) and shop. Is, in fact, this level of detail what we want for our travel guide? If it is, we're a long, long, long, long, long, long way from star. LtPowers 11:47, 15 November 2008 (EST)
- Good idea. This might help to make the "Get around" section a lot more specific. Also, I think that the two water parks and the two shopping/dining/entertainment districts are closely related, and should share a page. Titles would be "Walt Disney World/Water Parks" and "Walt Disney World/Downtown Disney and Disney's Boardwalk". Jonathan 784 19:12, 17 November 2008 (EST)
- I'll throw my two cents in and say, yes, this article should be districtified. What you guys have written here already is awesome, and is useful info, but I just can't see myself using it if I went to Disney World. I'd want a guide that goes into really deep detail, and for Wikitravel, this means districts. And after that is done, and the WDW article gets the star? That would be a huge plume in Wikitravel's hat. :-) --Tally talk 18:54, 20 November 2008 (EST)
- For what it's worth, while i'm generally leaning against distrifications unless absolutely necessary, I think this article could benefit from it - provided someone is willing to follow through on this, and get the districts/area's up to snuff, instead of the half arsed work we so all too often. --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 19:10, 20 November 2008 (EST)
- I agree with Stefan. One thing is that you should make sure someone will actually organise the stuff into districts because a lot are districted then the stuff that was overflowing was moved and the all stuff is left over. You should definitely make sure of that. I'd rather it be Albuquerque or Stockholm as opposed to the incomplete Houston and Rome (no offense). Of course there are good districted ones, the most famous, Chicago. So make sure it is absolutely neccessary, and, if so, make sure some one will be up for the job. Thatss all! Keep smiling, edmontonenthusiast [ee] .T.A.L.K. 19:15, 20 November 2008 (EST).