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Old 01-07-2021, 06:44 AM
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People on a boat and fishing website bitching about how much it cost to do Disney crack me up.

The average cost for most of y'all to take your boat out for a day cost the same or more...LOL

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Originally Posted by jtburf View Post
People on a boat and fishing website bitching about how much it cost to do Disney crack me up.

The average cost for most of y'all to take your boat out for a day cost the same or more...LOL

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Agree. Not that its cheap, but in the whole scheme of things, I've definitely done worse. Food is the big place you can go nuts, and that can be moderated. With kids that age, I would just skip trying to eat at the nice places completely. Almost easier to take in sandwiches. There are places to sit everywhere. While you can order food on the app to save time, eating from the on site restaurants is a huge time suck. With a 2 year old you will have a stroller regardless, so may as well take in some food. I wouldn't try to pack every meal into the parks, but a few uncrustables for the kids, subs for the adults, and a bunch of bottled water and juice boxes packs up pretty tight. Do know you have to have your ice in bags inside your cooler, can't be loose. If you have a way to freeze yeti ice or similar they work great, but most on site hotels don't have freezers. Ice is plentiful on the floors.

Once the kids are older a meal or two in Epcot can be fun. Don't see the draw in the nicer places otherwise. Not that I don't like good food, just the time aspect of it takes away the ability to do other stuff that the kids enjoy.
Old 01-07-2021, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by getthenetmontauk View Post
Tell them to do as much as they can Because youíre never coming back.
LOL no doubt. Too many other great places to see.
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Pay for the VIP guide for a day if you can afford it. Front of every line everywhere. Private areas to rest in, etc. You can use them for any park so you can park hop or just stay in one park. We had one at Magic Kingdom and while everyone was waiting for rides and to meet this princess or mickey you can just walk to the front of every line with your guide and skip everyone. Its expensive but hey, so are boats and it was worth it.
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Originally Posted by flyau98 View Post
youíd be insane to stay off park with a 2-year old. Being able to go back to the room mid-day, without a lot of hassle will be priceless.

Plan the trip to be there during the week while school is in session.

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Attention THT brain trust. Iím needing some opinions.

Weíre planning a trip to Disney world for late next year. Our kids will be 7 and 2. I have never been nor has the wife. Personally, Iím not big on parks like this, but I want to take the kids and have a fun experience that I never had as a child. Iím having trouble with how many days is good.

Scenario 1: Stay in and visit the park for 5 days and travel home on the 6th.

Scenario 2: Stay in and visit the park for 3 days and then drive to canaveral to see the space center and spend a little time on the beach.

Iím leaning towards scenario 2 as it could provide a little inspiration for the 7 year old as well as a lot of fun. Keep in mind that I have never been to any of these places. Thoughts?
Although many folks here do not share my sentiment, my family loves Disney. We are Disney Vacation Club owners (Disney timeshare) and Annual Passholders. My 7 year old son has been at least 8 times since he was 18 months. I'd be more than happy to answer any questions you may have...

With that said, I agree with the folks that said the more time you can spend at Disney the better. I would also suggest staying in a Disney hotel. All of the hotels have specific themes so do your research and find what best fits your family's interests. Our favorite hotels are the Yacht and Beach Club - the best pool of any Disney hotel and walking distance or short boat ride to Epcot or Hollywood Studios - and Animal Kingdom Lodge - my son loves waking up and having breakfast on the balcony watching the animals (Savanah View only). The monorail resorts are also a lot of fun with quick access to Magic Kingdom - Grand Floridian, Contemporary, Polynesian (our favorite of monorail resorts). Another option is a Deluxe Villa. This option would give you more of a condo atmosphere with full kitchens in 1-bedroom offerings and larger. As a DVC member, when using points we always stay in a 1-bedroom villa. Again, this gives us the kitchen option so we will order groceries and have them delivered day of check in. This saves us a few dollars with the option to cook breakfast, have snacks, stock up on beer/wine/alcohol for a beverage during our mid-day break or a nightcap, etc. A villa with a bedroom typically gives you more than one bathroom, usually 1-1/2 bath or more depending on room size, and allows everyone some separation rather than sharing a queen size bed. Just FYI, there are rental options for villas: a third party vendor that is the middleman for a DVC owner that is not using their points and would like to rent to a non DVC owner. This option is typically cheaper than going right through Disney, but not all of the options and advantages may be taken advantage of, i.e. "free" dining or pass offers, or other discounts that may be offered at the time through Disney.

A few additional pieces of advice:

1. Plan, plan, plan! Planning out your trip and starting as far in advance as possible will save a lot of heartburn during your trip. Of course plan your resort; make your dining reservations as soon as possible, Disney allows 60 days before check in; Fast Pass options, 30 days prior to check in assuming that things are back to "normal" for your trip; any special experiences that you may be interested in.

2. Go with the understanding that you will not be able to see and do everything. Do NOT go to the park at rope drop and expect to stay until they kick you out. Schedule breaks into your day, go back to the hotel for a nap or enjoy the pool. The hotel will be a good part of the money you spend, it may as well be taken advantage of. Your children will likely have meltdowns if you try to force too much into one day ruining the time and experience for everyone. And as someone else said, go with a stroller that can accommodate both children. Your 7 YO will likely need to rest his feet, might as well do that while making your way through the park or from one ride to another. Plus the stroller will give you a place to stash anything that you may bring with you or buy along the way.

3. Don't listen to the guys that are saying "it will be miserable", "you wont have fun", "it'll be the worst week of your life". You are going to spend money, it may be hot, it may be crowded...get over it! Go with the idea that this is for your children and have a fantastic time watching their reactions and enjoyment.
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Didnít even read the thread, just stop. 🤣
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Character meals are a must. Breakfast would be my choice you can't screw up waffles with mouse ears and bacon.
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option 3) skip disney all together and go to the beach or something else!

i dont get the fascination with a make believe rat.

rats are f-ing nasty to start with!
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Like another poster said - lots of people don't like Disney, our family loves it., Its great to see your children get to experience all Disney has to offer, there are so many fun things. I might add plenty of great things for the adults/parents to enjoy. Stay on site its worth it, transportation E.T.C. . Yes the food is expensive and not the best, but you can always find something the whole family enjoys. Magic kingdom now sells beer and wine, not sure about alcohol. The crowds have been reduced to 35% capacity so its not too crowded. Disney does a great job managing Covid safety as well. It will definitely cost some money , we always start a Disney fund a year prior and my wife uses a Disney rewards charge card so we end up eating for free. We usually allow 1 park a day, but if you have real young ones you need to slow down so they enjoy it. Like another poster said sometimes they just want to stay at the pool. You can always work out a plan so everyone has fun. My advice is to slow down and enjoy every moment, before you know it the kids will be grown and gone. You can bet that these memories will last a lifetime. My first trip to Disney I was not a willing partner, now I love it. Have fun and let us know how it works out.
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Originally Posted by bgas View Post
Like another poster said - lots of people don't like Disney, our family loves it., Its great to see your children get to experience all Disney has to offer, there are so many fun things. I might add plenty of great things for the adults/parents to enjoy. Stay on site its worth it, transportation E.T.C. . Yes the food is expensive and not the best, but you can always find something the whole family enjoys. Magic kingdom now sells beer and wine, not sure about alcohol. The crowds have been reduced to 35% capacity so its not too crowded. Disney does a great job managing Covid safety as well. It will definitely cost some money , we always start a Disney fund a year prior and my wife uses a Disney rewards charge card so we end up eating for free. We usually allow 1 park a day, but if you have real young ones you need to slow down so they enjoy it. Like another poster said sometimes they just want to stay at the pool. You can always work out a plan so everyone has fun. My advice is to slow down and enjoy every moment, before you know it the kids will be grown and gone. You can bet that these memories will last a lifetime. My first trip to Disney I was not a willing partner, now I love it. Have fun and let us know how it works out.
Itís not that I donít like Disney, itís just that compared to other parks in Florida.....itís the worst. Especially for young kids.

Too hot (not enough shade), too crowded, too much walking, lines too long and the food and rides and shows just arenít as good as the competition.

I think people like the ďidea of DisneyĒ and the theme etc.

But compare the same day spent next door at Sea World and I think theyíd have more fun.

Itís like if youíve never been to Italy, Rome may be your first choice.

But once youíve been, youíll know Florence is nicer, less crowded, less spread out and more fun to spend more time in.

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I have a 2 year old and he's been to Disney parks probably 20 times since he was born. Two year olds can enjoy some of the shows, some of the rides, character visits, character dining, and likely a stroller nap mid day. As others mention, plan for the most time you have available and the most convenient hotel (on site is good if you want to spend the money). These parks are very crowded, so mentally prepare yourself for that. You will wait in lines and spend more than you planned. We are annual pass holders, so we just go for a day when we feel like it, and do not care if we get on a lot of rides or not.
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My friend I was just with did the VIP thing. Was $800/hr with a 7hr minimum. He had 7 people in his group so we couldn't tag along. We hit just about as many things as they did, but they had no lines and a more relaxing experience. I think 2 days is all you need at Disney with a 7 yr old. No need to even take the 2 yr old.
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We usually stay outside the resort at a resort with a nice pool (Vistana Resort etc). My kids are older but they have certain rides in each park that they want to go to and we hit those at our own pace over 3-4 days. We stay outside the park because we also always go to Sea World and Universal Studios as well. When they were younger the meals with characters were fun. The Hoop-Dee-Doo review was one of the family favorites and breakfast with Poo. You will have a great time whatever you choose to do!
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My friend I was just with did the VIP thing. Was $800/hr with a 7hr minimum. He had 7 people in his group so we couldn't tag along. We hit just about as many things as they did, but they had no lines and a more relaxing experience. I think 2 days is all you need at Disney with a 7 yr old. No need to even take the 2 yr old.
Screw that, for $5K I am just staying another week!
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Since the wife and I are HUGE Disney kids and 2020 was the first time since 2005 we did not visit one park, I booked us 5 days. We normally do Disneyland 3 times a Year!! United had some screaming tickets!

We are stoked!!

Haters, go ahead and Hate!!!

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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
2 is too young to really experience the park. I would wait a couple of years. If you do go stay in the park it's a much better experience.
My feeling...age 4 at a minimum, prefer 5-6. Yes, take in the space center. Make no mistake about it, it is a theme park, but a very educational one and being able to stand next to the Saturn V rocket is worth the price of admission and something you will never forget. It is awesome.
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Originally Posted by getthenetmontauk View Post
Tell them to do as much as they can Because you’re never coming back.
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The wife and I have been twice.

Once during thanksgiving and once for New Years this past year.

She was never at Disney but I went a ton when I was a kid. The thanksgiving trip was great we stayed in Disney. Hit one park per day didnít rush anything the parks are too big to see everything. Just enjoy your time at the park you are at.

Now for new years it sucked there were so many people it was unreal. We stayed out side of the park this time and did other things besides Disney. I said after this time I will never go back.

Space station is awesome but same thing was packkkkkkkkkkk


so many better things to see in this country IMO
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I took my kids there at 5 and 7, 19 and 19 now. The youngest remembers almost nothing. Kind of a waste at 2.


My one and DONE Disney trip. We went to Universal 2 years ago, what a blast!

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