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Just got back, stayed at the Kidani Village. Great place, its unreal seeing the animals walking around from your balcony.

There were so many animals right outside our balcony when we were there it was unreal. We sometimes found it hard to head out. AKL is my favorite resort if price wasnt a consideration. I just find it very hard to justify spending so much extra compared to coronado springs.

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Parents are footing the bill for a Disney cruise in September for me, my two sisters, and everyone's family (twelve people). We're responsible for airfare and hotel on either side of the cruise. That said, can someone recommend a hotel that offers suites? Budget of $200/night or less that will allow us to book a single night. Doesn't need to be on-property, and my kid is a toddler, so we don't need a petting zoo or space theme or anything. thx.

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do you know how hot it gets in Florida this time of the year. miserable heat

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Just down there last week. I still can't believe how many people don't take advantage of FastPass. We're cruising by these people and they look at us like they are clueless (and hot as hell from standing in line for an hour for a 3 minute ride LOL).

On a fun note, I think I beat my Magic Kingdom Buzz Lightyear score from last time...up to over 693,000 now. I'm sure that's not even close to the best, but I felt pretty good since my first two runs were nowhere near that. I think I had a faulty laser button on one run.

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Heading there later this year & caught this recently. Knew about 4 of th 5 and am wondering if anyone has done and can recommend #3:

3… Hollywood Studios: Know how to get the VIP treatment.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a study in movie magic - for example: how forced perspective can make a one-story billboard look like a skyscraper; the way a 30-foot high roll of film in the children’s play area-can make a boy look the size of an ant; or how a stunt driver can make a decimated car look like it’s driving itself. Best of all, you can feel like a VIP here. But there’s a trick to it.

Here’s the scoop: come for the day, play, go back to your hotel and relax like the VIP you are. But before you come to Orlando, make reservations for the Fantasmic dinner package. Why? With the special dinner reservations at chic Brown Derby, Italian Mama Melrose, or buffet Hollywood & Vine, you’ll get a reserved seat in the VIP section at the super cool Fantasmic evening show at no additional cost. Unlike the massive overhead firework displays at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, the evening spectacular here is seated, and the queue for seats for the laser, water, and pyrotechnics show can be massive. But with your advance Fantasmic dinner package reservation, you’ll waltz right up to the special reserved section of seats with its own separate entrance. Hello VIP!

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Heading there later this year & caught this recently. Knew about 4 of th 5 and am wondering if anyone has done and can recommend #3:

3… Hollywood Studios: Know how to get the VIP treatment.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a study in movie magic - for example: how forced perspective can make a one-story billboard look like a skyscraper; the way a 30-foot high roll of film in the children’s play area-can make a boy look the size of an ant; or how a stunt driver can make a decimated car look like it’s driving itself. Best of all, you can feel like a VIP here. But there’s a trick to it.

Here’s the scoop: come for the day, play, go back to your hotel and relax like the VIP you are. But before you come to Orlando, make reservations for the Fantasmic dinner package. Why? With the special dinner reservations at chic Brown Derby, Italian Mama Melrose, or buffet Hollywood & Vine, you’ll get a reserved seat in the VIP section at the super cool Fantasmic evening show at no additional cost. Unlike the massive overhead firework displays at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, the evening spectacular here is seated, and the queue for seats for the laser, water, and pyrotechnics show can be massive. But with your advance Fantasmic dinner package reservation, you’ll waltz right up to the special reserved section of seats with its own separate entrance. Hello VIP!

This was recommended to us by a travel agent, but we decided against it since we were not even sure if we would be seeing the show. If you know you want to, it seems like a great idea.

Thanks for the link by the way. We are leaving next Saturday!

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Since our beaches are closed due to the oil spill, the wife has decided we are going to Disney (family of 3, daughter will be 7 at time of trip). She's looking at a 4 day, 5 night stay in the Contemporary Tower Resort late July/early August. I know it will be hotter than hades but its the only time we have to go.

Has anyone stayed in the Contemporary Tower's lately?

Are the meal plans worth the extra money?

Is the park hopper worth the extra money?

If we don't get the park hopper, will we still be able to get into certain parks early?

Thanks in advance!

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Heading there later this year & caught this recently. Knew about 4 of th 5 and am wondering if anyone has done and can recommend #3:

5 seemed flawed to me.

On our last trip in March, we were there at the rope drop and saw the welcome at the train.

We went straight to Pirates and rode it, then my daughter, wife and father got on the train near Thunder Mountain while me, my son, and my step-mom road Thunder Mountain.

The train went right through Toontown without stopping. When they got to the front they asked to make sure it would stop and were told it usually does not stop on the first 2 trips around because of toontowns late opening. This could have changed or not been the normal routine...but at least on that trip, the train did not stop at toontown.

They still got back there in time to not wait in a long line for the princesses for my daughter.

Meanwhile the rest of us hit the haunted mansion and my son wanted to climb in the swiss family tree house and we got a quick picture with Aladdin with no line.

That whole side of the park by Pirates, Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain was completely dead that morning as most probably were over hitting Space Mountain and Buzz.

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Since our beaches are closed due to the oil spill, the wife has decided we are going to Disney (family of 3, daughter will be 7 at time of trip). She's looking at a 4 day, 5 night stay in the Contemporary Tower Resort late July/early August. I know it will be hotter than hades but its the only time we have to go. Has anyone stayed in the Contemporary Tower's lately? Are the meal plans worth the extra money? Is the park hopper worth the extra money? If we don't get the park hopper, will we still be able to get into certain parks early? Thanks in advance!

I love the Park Hoppers just because we schedule character meals and don't always want to be tied down to one park all day.Especially useful staying on the monorail I would think being able to zip easily to MK or Epcot back and forth if you wanted.

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On a fun note, I think I beat my Magic Kingdom Buzz Lightyear score from last time...up to over 693,000 now. I'm sure that's not even close to the best, but I felt pretty good since my first two runs were nowhere near that. I think I had a faulty laser button on one run.

Last trip I did not get to score well as my daughter was controlling the spin of the cart...I don't think we were ever very stationary for that one.First time I have needed a dramamine to ride Buzz.

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Heading there later this year & caught this recently. Knew about 4 of th 5 and am wondering if anyone has done and can recommend #3:

3… Hollywood Studios: Know how to get the VIP treatment.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a study in movie magic - for example: how forced perspective can make a one-story billboard look like a skyscraper; the way a 30-foot high roll of film in the children’s play area-can make a boy look the size of an ant; or how a stunt driver can make a decimated car look like it’s driving itself. Best of all, you can feel like a VIP here. But there’s a trick to it.

Here’s the scoop: come for the day, play, go back to your hotel and relax like the VIP you are. But before you come to Orlando, make reservations for the Fantasmic dinner package. Why? With the special dinner reservations at chic Brown Derby, Italian Mama Melrose, or buffet Hollywood & Vine, you’ll get a reserved seat in the VIP section at the super cool Fantasmic evening show at no additional cost. Unlike the massive overhead firework displays at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, the evening spectacular here is seated, and the queue for seats for the laser, water, and pyrotechnics show can be massive. But with your advance Fantasmic dinner package reservation, you’ll waltz right up to the special reserved section of seats with its own separate entrance. Hello VIP!

That sounds like an awesome idea. We saw Fantasmic and the cattle call was a major drag.

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Heading there later this year & caught this recently. Knew about 4 of th 5 and am wondering if anyone has done and can recommend #3:

3… Hollywood Studios: Know how to get the VIP treatment.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a study in movie magic - for example: how forced perspective can make a one-story billboard look like a skyscraper; the way a 30-foot high roll of film in the children’s play area-can make a boy look the size of an ant; or how a stunt driver can make a decimated car look like it’s driving itself. Best of all, you can feel like a VIP here. But there’s a trick to it.

Here’s the scoop: come for the day, play, go back to your hotel and relax like the VIP you are. But before you come to Orlando, make reservations for the Fantasmic dinner package. Why? With the special dinner reservations at chic Brown Derby, Italian Mama Melrose, or buffet Hollywood & Vine, you’ll get a reserved seat in the VIP section at the super cool Fantasmic evening show at no additional cost. Unlike the massive overhead firework displays at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, the evening spectacular here is seated, and the queue for seats for the laser, water, and pyrotechnics show can be massive. But with your advance Fantasmic dinner package reservation, you’ll waltz right up to the special reserved section of seats with its own separate entrance. Hello VIP!

We've done this on two different occasions. Works great. But I don't think it saved us much time in line or gave us that much better seats.

But if you plan on eating there, why not take advantage of it??

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Heading there later this year & caught this recently. Knew about 4 of th 5 and am wondering if anyone has done and can recommend #3:

3… Hollywood Studios: Know how to get the VIP treatment.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a study in movie magic - for example: how forced perspective can make a one-story billboard look like a skyscraper; the way a 30-foot high roll of film in the children’s play area-can make a boy look the size of an ant; or how a stunt driver can make a decimated car look like it’s driving itself. Best of all, you can feel like a VIP here. But there’s a trick to it.

Here’s the scoop: come for the day, play, go back to your hotel and relax like the VIP you are. But before you come to Orlando, make reservations for the Fantasmic dinner package. Why? With the special dinner reservations at chic Brown Derby, Italian Mama Melrose, or buffet Hollywood & Vine, you’ll get a reserved seat in the VIP section at the super cool Fantasmic evening show at no additional cost. Unlike the massive overhead firework displays at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, the evening spectacular here is seated, and the queue for seats for the laser, water, and pyrotechnics show can be massive. But with your advance Fantasmic dinner package reservation, you’ll waltz right up to the special reserved section of seats with its own separate entrance. Hello VIP!

We've done this on two different occasions. Works great. But I don't think it saved us much time in line or gave us that much better seats.

But if you plan on eating there, why not take advantage of it??

What do you mean by this? I thought if you took advantage of it, you waited on NO lines. It says you even have your own entrance

Hopefully, you see this tonight. We get to book our dining tomorrow and were going to bypass a character dinner for this package. But if it is not worth it, we will go to Crystal palace or somewhere like that

Hoping for dinner at China, Cinderellas castle for lunch, Chef Mickeys and either breakfast at the tusker house or Fantasmic.

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Heading there later this year & caught this recently. Knew about 4 of th 5 and am wondering if anyone has done and can recommend #3:

3… Hollywood Studios: Know how to get the VIP treatment.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a study in movie magic - for example: how forced perspective can make a one-story billboard look like a skyscraper; the way a 30-foot high roll of film in the children’s play area-can make a boy look the size of an ant; or how a stunt driver can make a decimated car look like it’s driving itself. Best of all, you can feel like a VIP here. But there’s a trick to it.

Here’s the scoop: come for the day, play, go back to your hotel and relax like the VIP you are. But before you come to Orlando, make reservations for the Fantasmic dinner package. Why? With the special dinner reservations at chic Brown Derby, Italian Mama Melrose, or buffet Hollywood & Vine, you’ll get a reserved seat in the VIP section at the super cool Fantasmic evening show at no additional cost. Unlike the massive overhead firework displays at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, the evening spectacular here is seated, and the queue for seats for the laser, water, and pyrotechnics show can be massive. But with your advance Fantasmic dinner package reservation, you’ll waltz right up to the special reserved section of seats with its own separate entrance. Hello VIP!

We've done this on two different occasions. Works great. But I don't think it saved us much time in line or gave us that much better seats.

But if you plan on eating there, why not take advantage of it??

What do you mean by this? I thought if you took advantage of it, you waited on NO lines. It says you even have your own entrance

Hopefully, you see this tonight. We get to book our dining tomorrow and were going to bypass a character dinner for this package. But if it is not worth it, we will go to Crystal palace or somewhere like that

Hoping for dinner at China, Cinderellas castle for lunch, Chef Mickeys and either breakfast at the tusker house or Fantasmic.

Correct. There is a special entrance.

And to be fair, I have never stood in the "other line". But from what I saw, it wasn't too bad.

Do the package. You will not be disappointed. Great show.

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Just got back last night after a week down there. It was hotter than blazes but I suppose that's to be expected somewhat. We only got a little rain on our last two days, so can't complain about that. A few highlights and observations:

- Thanks to all who turned me on to 'Ohana. What an insane amount of food, and very tasty. We felt bad, because even though it was delicious, there was no way we could eat what they brought. Of course, my kids weren't feeling it that much and didn't do their share, in between limbo games and coconut races.

- I can't remember if it's been talked about much but we had a blast at Mickey's Backyard Barbecue at Fort Wilderness. We were staying at FW in the cabins, which we also really enjoyed, or else I don't know if we would have paid much attention to the BBQ. Although it was still in the 90's that night, the kids had a blast. While I'm no huge fan of country music, they have a good band playing, and the kids get to go right out and dance with the characters. When we went it was Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale and maybe one other. It's all you can eat burgers, dogs, bbq ribs, cornbread, and it lasts a couple of hourse. The place really started to thin out after a while, and the kids loved dancing and having a good time. We had the dining plan, and it cost us 2 table service meals, but it was worth it.

- My girls loved the experience of eating at Cinderella's castle, but man, they rush you through that meal. The food was good, but there wasn't a whole lot of it, and it was on our table within a few minutes of sitting down. Normally, especially with 3 small kids, that would be a good thing, but it just felt like they were trying to hurry you along. Most of the princesses that stopped at our table were only there for a minute or so. All in all, it was a cool experience, but probably not worth the money.

- Even though the crowds seemed huge, most of the rides had minimal waits. It only seemed as if the headliners had a wait of any significance. We found that the posted time to get through the standby line was typically on the high side, and most rides seemed to be less than 15 minutes. At Epcot, Soarin and Test Track typically had waits of over an hour. We went to Space Mountain after the 10 p.m. fireworks one night and it was a 90 minute standby wait. We said screw that and headed over to Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain and walked right onto both of them without a wait. As has been said earlier, I'm amazed repeatedly by how many people choose to wait in those huge lines instead of getting the Fastpass. Unless, of course, they have the experience we did, which was getting to Hollywood Studios by 11 and the fastpasses for Toy Story Mania being gone for the day already.

All in all we had a great time and sweated through about 12 shirts each. The upside of the hot weather were lots of chicks in racktastic tanktops and halters.

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Unless, of course, they have the experience we did, which was getting to Hollywood Studios by 11 and the fastpasses for Toy Story Mania being gone for the day already. All in all we had a great time and sweated through about 12 shirts each. The upside of the hot weather were lots of chicks in racktastic tanktops and halters.

Yeah, if you don't get to TS Mania right around the time the park opens you are screwed.My step-mother and wife waited 30 minutes just for fast passes and we were there at the drop of the rope.

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Since our beaches are closed due to the oil spill, the wife has decided we are going to Disney (family of 3, daughter will be 7 at time of trip). She's looking at a 4 day, 5 night stay in the Contemporary Tower Resort late July/early August. I know it will be hotter than hades but its the only time we have to go. Has anyone stayed in the Contemporary Tower's lately? Are the meal plans worth the extra money? Is the park hopper worth the extra money? If we don't get the park hopper, will we still be able to get into certain parks early? Thanks in advance!

Park hopper is an absolute must for us.

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Going next summer for the first time since I was a kid (1990). Looks like I have a lot of pages to catch up on in this thread!

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Heading to Disney World for a week in August. This thread has been invaluable!

ETA - does anyone know if the preferred parking pass you get when buying tickets through AAA include the cost of parking, or whether it just allows 'front row' parking? If you buy 4 day passes, do you get 4 parking passes or are they re-usable?

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I read that if you did the "Give a day, get a day", you can upgrade that ticket to a multi-day pass by paying the difference in price between a 1 day ticket and a multi-day ticket. This is a nice savings, because you get the first day for free, not the last day.

Does anyone know if the Florida Hospital for Children promotion can be upgraded in the same way? The savings aren't nearly as good as the Give a Day promotion, but it'd be nice to give the first $150 to the hospital rather than $158 to Disney.

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I read that if you did the "Give a day, get a day", you can upgrade that ticket to a multi-day pass by paying the difference in price between a 1 day ticket and a multi-day ticket. This is a nice savings, because you get the first day for free, not the last day.

Does anyone know if the Florida Hospital for Children promotion can be upgraded in the same way? The savings aren't nearly as good as the Give a Day promotion, but it'd be nice to give the first $150 to the hospital rather than $158 to Disney.

According to this thread, the answer is no. :lmao:

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Can anyone give me the low down on the minor parks? Are they worth it?

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Heading to Long Beach / Disneyland in Sept. It will be the wife and I plus our 2 daughters (2 yo and 4 yo). We only have 1 day at Disneyland - should we do park hopper and hit both parks or will the original disneyland be enough for one day / would we miss out on something at Calif. Adventure?

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Can anyone give me the low down on the minor parks? Are they worth it?

I assume minor= everything except Magic KingdomMy personal order (which will be different for everyone)Hollywood StudiosAnimal KingdomEpcotNow this will change depending on how old the people are that you are going withHS- Great for teens and older crowd. Has Tower of terror (free fall ride) and Rock n Roller coaster (one of best coasters I have been on). It also has Toy Story 4d ride and Star Tours. And my favorite store, the star wars store. It used to have Indiana Jones stunt spectacular and a stunt car show. There is also a small backlot tour that has some cool effects (nothing like Universals backlot though). They have a 3d muppets movie also. AK- This one might take over as number one for me after our next trip. I am a big safari guy so the safari is top notch in my opinion. I was able to get some great pics last time and am psyched to take my DSLR with me. We had a great breakfast with Donald where the food was great and the characters were great. The dance around and brought a birthday cupcake for my daughter unprompted. The Finding Nemo show is outstanding. The two big rides are Everest and the Dinosaur one. They have a nice play area for the kids in dino land and a pretty good lion king show. Could probably be done in half a day thoughtEpcot- Epcot is fun. But it is split into two parts. The fun park and the countries. There are a few rides in Mexico and Norway I think. Otherwise, you walk around, take in the sites and eat great food (I love the Golden Dragon in China- That will be where we eat for my birthday but I heard the steak house in Canada is awesome too). In the park part, they have rides like Soarin (riding with a huge screen so it feels like you are flying), test track (testing a car), finding nemo (my daughters favorite) and Ellens Energy ride. (cool) Epcot is great because you can learn a ton while you are there in places like the living seas and spaceship earth. They also have a honey I shrunk the audience movie and a figment ride. Epcot is great for little kids (well, they all are to be honest)Im sure I left out a ton of things but hope that helped

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Heading to Long Beach / Disneyland in Sept. It will be the wife and I plus our 2 daughters (2 yo and 4 yo). We only have 1 day at Disneyland - should we do park hopper and hit both parks or will the original disneyland be enough for one day / would we miss out on something at Calif. Adventure?

California Adventure is a lot of fun. It reminds me of them trying to take some of the best stuff from florida and putting it in one park in California. They have a playhouse disney show that my daughter loved. Magic Kingdom in Cali is much smaller then Orlando. I would check the times for the parks. If they are open late, park hop. The parade in adventure was fun also. Sorry I wasnt much help re reading my post. Probably wouldnt be missing too much if you skipped adventure.

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Thinking about a trip there -- first time with kids -- this winter. Really intimated by how much there is to see and do. Anybody have advice or know a travel agent/service we can work with to build a trip agenda?

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Thinking about a trip there -- first time with kids -- this winter. Really intimated by how much there is to see and do. Anybody have advice or know a travel agent/service we can work with to build a trip agenda?

Take an hour and read this thread.

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Thinking about a trip there -- first time with kids -- this winter. Really intimated by how much there is to see and do. Anybody have advice or know a travel agent/service we can work with to build a trip agenda?

I think I remember something about Hams wifeSeriously though, I usually book thru disney. They usually offer the same things as any outside travel agent.

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Thinking about a trip there -- first time with kids -- this winter. Really intimated by how much there is to see and do. Anybody have advice or know a travel agent/service we can work with to build a trip agenda?

I think I remember something about Hams wifeSeriously though, I usually book thru disney. They usually offer the same things as any outside travel agent.
Wow, this is actually good advice. I didn't expect any serious comments, this was a just a big drunken fishing expedition. Jokes about Ham's wife never fail to make me laugh.Anyway, thx for the advice. I really would like to visit Disney with kids - in a couple years.

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Thinking about a trip there -- first time with kids -- this winter. Really intimated by how much there is to see and do. Anybody have advice or know a travel agent/service we can work with to build a trip agenda?

I think I remember something about Hams wife

Seriously though, I usually book thru disney. They usually offer the same things as any outside travel agent.

Wow, this is actually good advice. I didn't expect any serious comments, this was a just a big drunken fishing expedition. Jokes about Ham's wife never fail to make me laugh.

Anyway, thx for the advice. I really would like to visit Disney with kids - in a couple years.

This will sound corny as heck, but as a family we've had fun holding a "meeting" the night before we visit each park to plan the day. We've been down there 3 times and have The Green Folder that I've kept and added to, that includes all kinds of tips, tricks, info that has been secured over the past 7 years. We share The Green Folder with whoever wants to borrow it, with the informal rule that anyone can add to it and remove whatever is obsolete or doesn't work. The folder has made over 20 trips and is an awesome reference & tool. For the "meeting", we pull out the park map and all of the prints, notes, etc and plan the day. First thing we do is pick the must dos that I need to run like heck to, to get fast passes, while my wife and the kids get in line for others. We make it very fun and when the kids were younger they got to take turns running the meeting. If nothing else, it is a way to make sure you get in the must dos early each day. We have always got the most out of our trips.

This next trip will be real interesting, as the kids are now 12 & 14 and we'll allow them to go off on their own (together) for the first time, if they'd like to. I haven't been able to find much on "Disney for Teens" to set them up with special things for them. Anyone have anything here? Part of the "plan" will be to let them sleep in if they wish and meet up with us, using the resort shuttle & park busses. I could see me being at Disney Studios grabbing Fast Passes to The Tower of Terror and/or Rocking Rollercoaster (and riding them as a single a few times) and having them meet me for the passes when their time comes).

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Can anyone give me the low down on the minor parks? Are they worth it?

I assume minor= everything except Magic KingdomMy personal order (which will be different for everyone)Hollywood StudiosAnimal KingdomEpcotNow this will change depending on how old the people are that you are going with
I wouldn't consider any of these "minor" parks. When I think of minor parks at WDW I usually think of the Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Disney Quest, Wide World of Sports and the now-closed Pleasure Island.BB & TL are both water parks that are amazing -- definitely worth it.DQ - is cool if you are into virtual reality & video games. I think it appeals more to pre-teens & teenagers.WW - never been there so I can't really comment. PI - was Disney's nightclub area. It had lots of great clubs, my favorite being the Adventurer's club. It no longer has an admission, you can just wlak through iy when you are at Downtown Disney. Some stores are still open but the nightclubs are gone. Supposedly Disney is rethinking Pleasure Island....

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Can anyone give me the low down on the minor parks? Are they worth it?

I assume minor= everything except Magic KingdomMy personal order (which will be different for everyone)Hollywood StudiosAnimal KingdomEpcotNow this will change depending on how old the people are that you are going with
I wouldn't consider any of these "minor" parks. When I think of minor parks at WDW I usually think of the Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Disney Quest, Wide World of Sports and the now-closed Pleasure Island.BB & TL are both water parks that are amazing -- definitely worth it.DQ - is cool if you are into virtual reality & video games. I think it appeals more to pre-teens & teenagers.WW - never been there so I can't really comment. PI - was Disney's nightclub area. It had lots of great clubs, my favorite being the Adventurer's club. It no longer has an admission, you can just wlak through iy when you are at Downtown Disney. Some stores are still open but the nightclubs are gone. Supposedly Disney is rethinking Pleasure Island....
Thanks, this is exactly what I was looking for. :coffee:Trying to decide whether it's better to buy the water parks and more add-on ($52) to get extra entrances to the minor parks, or to just spend that money for more visits to the big 4.

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Can anyone give me the low down on the minor parks? Are they worth it?

I assume minor= everything except Magic KingdomMy personal order (which will be different for everyone)Hollywood StudiosAnimal KingdomEpcotNow this will change depending on how old the people are that you are going withHS- Great for teens and older crowd. Has Tower of terror (free fall ride) and Rock n Roller coaster (one of best coasters I have been on). It also has Toy Story 4d ride and Star Tours. And my favorite store, the star wars store. It used to have Indiana Jones stunt spectacular and a stunt car show. There is also a small backlot tour that has some cool effects (nothing like Universals backlot though). They have a 3d muppets movie also. AK- This one might take over as number one for me after our next trip. I am a big safari guy so the safari is top notch in my opinion. I was able to get some great pics last time and am psyched to take my DSLR with me. We had a great breakfast with Donald where the food was great and the characters were great. The dance around and brought a birthday cupcake for my daughter unprompted. The Finding Nemo show is outstanding. The two big rides are Everest and the Dinosaur one. They have a nice play area for the kids in dino land and a pretty good lion king show. Could probably be done in half a day thoughtEpcot- Epcot is fun. But it is split into two parts. The fun park and the countries. There are a few rides in Mexico and Norway I think. Otherwise, you walk around, take in the sites and eat great food (I love the Golden Dragon in China- That will be where we eat for my birthday but I heard the steak house in Canada is awesome too). In the park part, they have rides like Soarin (riding with a huge screen so it feels like you are flying), test track (testing a car), finding nemo (my daughters favorite) and Ellens Energy ride. (cool) Epcot is great because you can learn a ton while you are there in places like the living seas and spaceship earth. They also have a honey I shrunk the audience movie and a figment ride. Epcot is great for little kids (well, they all are to be honest)Im sure I left out a ton of things but hope that helped
Thanks, this helps on where to spend time with the main tickets. :thumbup:We're going with my brother's family (2 adults, 3 children (10, 8, 7)). My family (2 adults and a 1 year old). 4 of them did the Give a day promotion for the free ticket, so they're thinking of upgrading to 2 day passes (magic kingdom & hollywood studios) and then adding the water parks and more upgrade and go to one of the water parks and Disney Quest. For 4 total days, this saves them $7/kid and $17/adult. They'll make full use of the water park and enjoy Disney Quest it sounds like.For my family, my son would probably enjoy animal kingdom the most (if anything - he's too young, so our trip isn't intended specifically for him). It sounds like I would enjoy the water park. My wife would most like to go to SeaWorld, but I convinced her Animal Kingdom will be as good or better. So I think we will be going 3 or 4 days to the main parks, while my brother splits it up with the minor parks. My question was mainly to find out if I should encourage him to go the way we're planning to go.

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We got the email deal that was going to select previous guests and have decided to hit the World once again this winter. The deal my wife put together is silly insane. We decided to stay at Pop Century again just to get a little more bargin for our buck and because we really just don't spend that much time at the hotel, but we've got a whole week there plus park passes (no hopper for now although I will likely change that once we get there) and they opened the free dining plan for the time are there so add that for a grand total of only $1,300. Just too cheap to pass up.

Reservations are already tough. Couldn't get Le'Cellier which bites but got O'Hana - divorce is a possibility if she didn't. Pretty sure she got the Coral Reef again and there were a few others but after I hear O'Hana I travel to lala land of meat on stick, honey corriander wings and banana's foster bread pudding.............. where was I?

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Heading to Long Beach / Disneyland in Sept. It will be the wife and I plus our 2 daughters (2 yo and 4 yo). We only have 1 day at Disneyland - should we do park hopper and hit both parks or will the original disneyland be enough for one day / would we miss out on something at Calif. Adventure?

California Adventure is a lot of fun. It reminds me of them trying to take some of the best stuff from florida and putting it in one park in California. They have a playhouse disney show that my daughter loved. Magic Kingdom in Cali is much smaller then Orlando. I would check the times for the parks. If they are open late, park hop. The parade in adventure was fun also. Sorry I wasnt much help re reading my post. Probably wouldnt be missing too much if you skipped adventure.
Thanks - that is helpful. I'm leaning toward doing Magic Kingdom early in the week and then, depending on how that day goes, think about a return trip later in the week.

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We got the email deal that was going to select previous guests and have decided to hit the World once again this winter. The deal my wife put together is silly insane. We decided to stay at Pop Century again just to get a little more bargin for our buck and because we really just don't spend that much time at the hotel, but we've got a whole week there plus park passes (no hopper for now although I will likely change that once we get there) and they opened the free dining plan for the time are there so add that for a grand total of only $1,300. Just too cheap to pass up.Reservations are already tough. Couldn't get Le'Cellier which bites but got O'Hana - divorce is a possibility if she didn't. Pretty sure she got the Coral Reef again and there were a few others but after I hear O'Hana I travel to lala land of meat on stick, honey corriander wings and banana's foster bread pudding.............. where was I?

Yay! Glad you guys get to go! We are going in September and it started as a week and we are now up to 11 days, lol. I just can't stop adding days then I added 4 days in St. Pete to the end of the trip to relax on the beach. I am contemplating adding the waterpark option to our tickets but haven't decided yet. We have a lot of time there so I'm sure we could fit both in if they are worth it. I saw they extended FD to Dec. so I am trying to figure out if we want to make a short (6-7 days) trip in Dec bc I want to go to the Christmas party. I know your love for 'Ohana...we love it too but have you ever been there for breakfast? We are going for breakfast on our last day this trip and I'm excited to try it. We have dinner there night #1 then on night #6 our friend is flying down to meet us so we are going again for dinner then breakfast on day 11. I have alternate options in case we decide that is too much 'Ohana but I really don't see how that is possible, lol.

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We got the email deal that was going to select previous guests and have decided to hit the World once again this winter. The deal my wife put together is silly insane. We decided to stay at Pop Century again just to get a little more bargin for our buck and because we really just don't spend that much time at the hotel, but we've got a whole week there plus park passes (no hopper for now although I will likely change that once we get there) and they opened the free dining plan for the time are there so add that for a grand total of only $1,300. Just too cheap to pass up.Reservations are already tough. Couldn't get Le'Cellier which bites but got O'Hana - divorce is a possibility if she didn't. Pretty sure she got the Coral Reef again and there were a few others but after I hear O'Hana I travel to lala land of meat on stick, honey corriander wings and banana's foster bread pudding.............. where was I?

Yay! Glad you guys get to go! We are going in September and it started as a week and we are now up to 11 days, lol. I just can't stop adding days then I added 4 days in St. Pete to the end of the trip to relax on the beach. I am contemplating adding the waterpark option to our tickets but haven't decided yet. We have a lot of time there so I'm sure we could fit both in if they are worth it. I saw they extended FD to Dec. so I am trying to figure out if we want to make a short (6-7 days) trip in Dec bc I want to go to the Christmas party. I know your love for 'Ohana...we love it too but have you ever been there for breakfast? We are going for breakfast on our last day this trip and I'm excited to try it. We have dinner there night #1 then on night #6 our friend is flying down to meet us so we are going again for dinner then breakfast on day 11. I have alternate options in case we decide that is too much 'Ohana but I really don't see how that is possible, lol.
The breakfast is good - if I recall it's family style and all comes in this huge skillet. There are dancers there to play games and sing songs with the kids. You can never have too much O'Hana.As for the Christmas party we are going the week after Thanksgiving - our favorite week sans food and wine festival. There are Christmas parties those week, but not all the days. We will likely hit one since the last time we did it our son was a baby didn't get to enjoy all the little things they do for you.

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Walk up at Le Cellier for an early lunch...you will get in for sure. Mmmmmmm.....chicken habernero sausage......mmmmm

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Walk up at Le Cellier for an early lunch...you will get in for sure. Mmmmmmm.....chicken habernero sausage......mmmmm

We have an ADR for an early lunch at LeCellier bc everything else was booked. We saw many people get turned away last year at breakfast, lunch and dinner time for not having ADRs and not taking walk-ups. Now I will say that this was during Free Dining so the restaurants are always busy but it is still a slow time of year. I would suggest making ADRs for the places you really want as soon as you book just to be safe.ETA..we had dinner there last year but when I said people getting turned away I meant at various restaurants throughout all the parks not just the typical hard to get or popular ones. Edited by FBGirl79

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Anyone have suggestions on where we

can get cheap trading pins for the kids? Headed down in October for a week.

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Parents are footing the bill for a Disney cruise in September for me, my two sisters, and everyone's family (twelve people). We're responsible for airfare and hotel on either side of the cruise. That said, can someone recommend a hotel that offers suites? Budget of $200/night or less that will allow us to book a single night. Doesn't need to be on-property, and my kid is a toddler, so we don't need a petting zoo or space theme or anything. thx.

Off site try Hilton Grand Vacations. www.hgvc.comParc Soleil is the newest property ranked #2 out of all the hotels in Orlando on trip advisor.My family really enjoys the Sea World property.

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Does anyone know if the parking fee is for the day, or for each entry? We're in Orlando and going to Magic Kingdom tomorrow. If we pay the $12 in the am, leave at noon and come back around dinner time, will we have to pay the $12 again?

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Does anyone know if the parking fee is for the day, or for each entry? We're in Orlando and going to Magic Kingdom tomorrow. If we pay the $12 in the am, leave at noon and come back around dinner time, will we have to pay the $12 again?

Haven't been in 3 years, but it has always been a day pass at any of the 4 parks (pay once and have access to any of the 4 parks all day). We count on it as we move about the parks. Nice to know they upped the ocst by a buck since the last time we were there. We are heading there for 10 days starting on Sunday.

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Does anyone know if the parking fee is for the day, or for each entry? We're in Orlando and going to Magic Kingdom tomorrow. If we pay the $12 in the am, leave at noon and come back around dinner time, will we have to pay the $12 again?

Haven't been in 3 years, but it has always been a day pass at any of the 4 parks (pay once and have access to any of the 4 parks all day). We count on it as we move about the parks. Nice to know they upped the ocst by a buck since the last time we were there. We are heading there for 10 days starting on Sunday.
Thanks for the fast reply!$12 is secondhand info, so I'll verify tomorrow. They also just raised ticket prices a couple days ago, so maybe this was bumped at the same time.

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I forgot to also ask which rides have the longest lines? We are planning to be there when the gates open, which rides should we grab a fast pass for and what rides should we try to ride immediately?

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Does anyone know if the parking fee is for the day, or for each entry? We're in Orlando and going to Magic Kingdom tomorrow. If we pay the $12 in the am, leave at noon and come back around dinner time, will we have to pay the $12 again?

Haven't been in 3 years, but it has always been a day pass at any of the 4 parks (pay once and have access to any of the 4 parks all day). We count on it as we move about the parks. Nice to know they upped the ocst by a buck since the last time we were there. We are heading there for 10 days starting on Sunday.
Thanks for the fast reply!$12 is secondhand info, so I'll verify tomorrow. They also just raised ticket prices a couple days ago, so maybe this was bumped at the same time.
It's now 15 to park, maybe 14. If you re-enter it's either free or I think $3.I'm still pissed I paid 90 to freaking park for the week after dropping $$ on tickets....ETA: The re-enter may have been Universal not Disney. Sorry I forgot... :bye: Edited by belljr

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