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Old 12-23-2007, 12:36 PM   #1
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We're going to DisneyWorld! Tips please!
I'm really excited we are going to DW in January. 5 days, 4 nites staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. my daughter is 5, so we will be staying away from anything "scary" or too grown up (i.e. no Space Mountain) We are thick in the planning stage, with guidebooks in hand, but I thought I'd ask you all for your experiences/suggestions/thoughts.
(we will Not have a car. and we are not visitng orlando as a whole, just Disney.....)

Is there anything we "can't miss"?

Anything we should avoid like the plague?

Somewhere really good to eat?

a favorite souvenir?

anything else we should know?

Thanks!!!
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:03 PM   #2
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When we went years ago, the best thing that we did was to plan out each day, and make any reservations that we might need. We were on a pre-paid plan, so no matter where we ate, the cost was immaterial. At the time, it was called a Gold Key plan, but after all these years, I'm sure it's changed.

It would have killed me to shell out 30 dollars for breakfast every day, but having it prepaid made it so much more relaxed. We ate at the fanciest restaurants, did all the rides, shows, and attractions, so it was a full trip, and in the end we got more than what we paid for.

One of my goals in life is to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge--that's the one with the animals roaming around, right?

Also, though I'm sure they'll tell you, there are benefits to staying on the grounds, like early entry and such, so make sure you ask about that.

Have fun! It's one of my favorite places!
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Old 12-23-2007, 09:39 PM   #3
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you won't need a car, the park transportation works well, just slowly. I was quite impressed with the quality of the shows, my favorites were the Lion King and BEAUTY & THE BEAST.
As for the rides, if your daughters age is all that is holding you back, most offer a child swap where one adult stays with the kid while the other rides and then you swap places without standing in line again.
And use the FAST PASS option whenever you can.
I was there two years ago so my memory should be fairly fresh. If you have specific questions, just PM me.
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You can NOT miss the Fantasmic Show in MGM studios it is awesome for kids and adults alike I can not get enough of it ..they do a show in which lights are played off of water, it is SO cool and your daughter would love it at the end all of the characters or a majority of them come out on a boat and wave to the audience makes me excited just thinking of it LOL and It might be alittle late for this but still worth mentioning Disney World offers a "Disney Dining Plan" which is like a point system which allows you to eat at really expensive restaurants for much less money than if you were to pay out of pocket for each meal..We get the plan every time we go and love it!
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I have never been :( .........But take me with you? lol
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I'm a big WDW fan and used to write for a Disney travel e-zine. Been Many Many times. For one, take time to enjoy your resort. There are SO many things to do at AKL (Animal Kingdom Lodge)! There are children's activities and story tellers and just sitting and watching the animals (either from your room if you have a Savannah view or from one of the several viewing points in the resort).

Relax and treat this like a vacation. Do not try to see everything. You physically cannot see everything in one trip and doing so is going to exhaust you!! Take time for yourselves. Rest when you (and especially your dd) get tired. There is convenient transportation back to your room all through the day. Or if you are at one of the monorail parks, take a break and just ride the monorail around the park.

There are SO many fun things to do that you will not be at a loss for something to do. As long as you are having fun you are getting from Disney what is important. Your time together as a family in a nice (hopefully warm and sunny) location and surrounded by a fun atmosphere is what will make your vacation memorable. The first time we went to Disney we thought it was a "once in a lifetime" event. We had so much fun that we made it a priority to continue going back (again and again and again!) I think in the past 10 years we have been 15 times! Everything from a 3 day weekend to an 8 day luxury vacation. We are gearing up to go again in February and we can't wait!

Remember if your child is cranky, YOU aren't having fun either. Change what you are doing so EVERYONE can have fun. I can't tell you the number of parents I have seen dragging a tired, hungry, thirsty, overwhelmed child who is crying or screaming or distraught through the park yelling, "I'm paying $1,000 a day for you to have a good time and you are GOING to have a good time whether you like it or not!" Gee, I really want to be part of THAT family! NOT!

My favorite things to watch are the fireworks display at both Magic Kingdom and at Epcot (they are truly specatcular and bring Kleenexes!) MGM's Fantasmic, the live shows, the animals and walking tours through Animal Kingdom. I love thrill rides, but I enjoy a much more leisure pace at WDW. One thing I will recommend is to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours, particularly the later night ones. Sleep in and get a later start on the day. You can avoid the "gotta get to the park now" breakfast rush at the hotel and at the buses, and you will get up to 3 additional hours in the parks after they close. All the popular attractions will be open so you can get on those with very little line or waiting. We road Soarin' three times in a row once without having to disembark because there was no one waiting to get on! Done the same with Mission:Space and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Your dd may be too short for some of the more thrillish rides, but you can take advantage of child swap for those rides allowing one parent to ride while the other waits with the child then the other parent gets to ride skipping the line. Just ask at the entrance of each ride she is too short for as to how that ride operates their child swap. We still use child swap for a few of our rides as our son does not do thrill rides at all (and I just HAVE to do Rockin' Rollercoaster once each trip!) Here is a great big boy almost my height and we are still doing child swap!

Most of all HAVE fun and come back rested and energized!
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Go to your phone right now and call 407-WDW-Dine and make reservations at the "Rose & Crown Dining Room" in the United Kingdom at Epcot ... ask for an 8:30PM - ish seating (you might check to make sure the fireworks are starting at 9:00 the night you choose, make your reservation for 30 minutes before the show)...late dinner .. ASK TO BE SEATED outside by the lake. You will have the best view of the Epcot fireworks show ... no sitting on the ground waiting for an hour to get a good seat, no standing and standing ... not that the show is not worth it ... but this is the most wonderful way to experience this amazing spectacular! Even though "fish & chips" is their "specialty" ... I would order something else The cheese and fruit appetizer is yummy as is the apple pie with ice cream. I think it is a dining plan restaurant.
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Great ideas everyone- keep 'em coming!

We ARE doing the dining plan- I'm so glad to hear it is the good way to go. for me it just seems so much easier! and I'm trying to make the reservations for a few of the "nice" dinners.

We are so excited about the Animal kingdom stuff- the safari, the camp minnie mickey, and I'll be sure to get us to the show.

and thanks for the tips on the fireworks/fantasmic- we are usually early to bed people, so we will plan to stay late at least once.

We do plan to take it slow- my arthritis will dictate that (!) so we are ok with the monorail/bus/ferry stuff being slow. I think we are only going to visit Animal Kingdon, Magic kingdom and maybe a little Epcot this time, so we don't feel like we have to rush. We definitely plan on going back to the hotel for nap/pool time in the afternoons.

and the quote "I'm paying $1000 a day for you to have a good time" totally cracked me up. I'm sure it isn't really funny in person. The first day we plan to take it really slowly so that dd doesn't get sensory overload...

I'm going to print out all the ideas and put them in my file! Thanks!!!
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oh and of course you can come with use Rita!!! xoxo
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I LOVE to go to WDW! DH and I are planning our next trip for the fall. AKL is supposed to be fantastic- enjoy!
One fun thing that many don't know about? When you take the monorail, ask if you can sit up with the driver. You may have to wait for the next train, but it is so cool!
There is also a new Nemo show (at Epcot I believe) that is live and animated. My nephew (2.5) just saw it and loved it (so did my dad- his Grandpa).
Hope you have a great time!
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