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ATMs -- Cash machines are available near the entrances to all parks and usually at least one other place inside. They honor cards from banks using the Cirrus, Honor, and PLUS systems.

Baby Care -- All parks have a Baby Care Center that's equipped with private breast-feeding rooms and sells baby-care basics, which are also available at Guest Relations. All women's restrooms, and some men's, are equipped with changing tables.

Cameras & Film -- Film and Kodak disposable cameras are sold at various locations in all parks (at much higher prices than in the free world), as are limited digital supplies. Services, including CD burning, film developing, and minor repairs, vary from location to location.

Car Assistance -- If you need a battery jump or other assistance, raise the hood of your vehicle and wait for security to arrive. When necessary, AAA provides free towing from the parks during park operating hours.

First Aid -- All parks have stations marked on the handout guide maps.

Internet Access -- Disney has installed phones with large touch screens and Internet access capabilities at several locations in the theme parks, resorts, and other locations (locations are marked on park guide maps). For 25¢ a minute, with a 4-minute minimum, you can access the Internet or check your e-mail.

Lost Children -- Every park has a designated spot for lost children to be reunited with their families. In the Magic Kingdom, it's City Hall or the Baby Care Center; in Epcot, the Earth Center or the Baby Care Center; in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Guest Relations; and in Animal Kingdom, Discovery Island. Children younger than 7 should wear name-tags inside their clothing; older children and adults should have a prearranged meeting place in case your group gets separated. If someone gets lost, tell the first park employee you see -- many wear the same type of clothing and all have special name-tags.

Package Pickup -- Nearly all WDW stores can arrange for packages to be sent to the front of the park. Allow at least 3 hours for delivery. If you're staying at a Disney resort, you can also have all packages purchased by 7pm sent to your hotel (they will be delivered by noon the next day).

Parking -- At press time, Disney charged $14 for car, light truck, and van parking, and $15 for RVs.

Pet Care -- It's illegal to leave yours in a parked car, even with a window cracked open; cars become ovenlike death traps in Florida's sun. Only service animals are permitted in the parks, but Disney recently opened a new luxury facility, the Best Friends Pet Care Center, at WDW (tel. 877/493-9738; $10-$76 per day, depending on whether your pet is staying overnight, the type of pet you have, the accommodations and extras you choose, and whether you are a Disney resort guest), with posh accommodations for around 270 dogs and 30 cats. The center offers both day care and overnight boarding as well as numerous services aimed at the pampered pet set. The pet centers located at Disney's Transportation and Ticket Center, Epcot, and Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground have closed for good (though pets are still welcome to stay with their owners at select campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground at a rate of $5 per night). Proof of vaccination is required.

Shops -- In addition to the ones listed in the following pages, many of Disney's attractions feature small gift shops filled with merchandise and souvenirs based on that attraction's theme.

Smoking Alert -- Disney prohibits smoking in its shops, attractions, restaurants, and ride lines (even its resorts). There are, however, a few designated outdoor smoking areas in the park if you feel the urge to light up.

Stroller Rental -- Strollers are available near all of the park entrances. The cost is $15 for a single and $31 for a double. Length-of-stay rentals are available at a rate of $13 per day for a single and $27 per day for a double. Full payment is expected upfront for length-of-stay rentals.

Tip Boards -- Each park has a tip board that tells visitors the approximate waiting time at all of the major rides and attractions. In Magic Kingdom, it's at the end of Main Street on the left as you face the castle; in Epcot, the digital board is in Innoventions Plaza; at Hollywood Studios, it's at the intersection of Hollywood and Sunset boulevards; and inside Animal Kingdom, you'll find it just over the bridge to Discovery Island.

Wheelchair Rental -- A wheelchair is $12 per day. Length-of-stay rentals are available for $10 per day. Electric wheelchairs rent for $50, with a $20 refundable deposit.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.