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Old 06-13-2007, 09:11 PM
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Planning a trip for the fall with my 6yo and 2yo. Any advice on how to do it right?? We'll probably stay at Shades of Green since I'm active duty. Whats the best way to do meals? Should I buy tickets for multiple parks or one ticket?
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Planning a trip for the fall with my 6yo and 2yo. Any advice on how to do it right?? We'll probably stay at Shades of Green since I'm active duty. Whats the best way to do meals? Should I buy tickets for multiple parks or one ticket?


find someone you know in fla.they give us alot of deals on DW tickets.if you want i'll have my girlfriend check around for some deals.she's a wiz of cheap stuff
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if you can do it around early November,
and do the mickey very merry xmas party, its the way to go.
I don't care for disney that much during regular times, however I really enjoy the xmas party.

they only sell a limited quantity of tickets, they have parades and
fake snow in main street.
http://www.explorethemagic.com/disne...tmas-party.asp

Magic kingdom its really neat during those times.

10 to 15 min wait on rides.

i try to go every year for the xmas thing .

I took some friends last year, and they all want to go back this year.

the start to sell tickets to that event in late september.
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with kids that young and your first disney trip. Stay with the magic kingdom. They will be so overwhelmed with everything they will not be able to process dif. parks. As far as the food goes eat pizza and hot dogs on the go. The pizza is over near space mountain very good. Don't eat at the restaurants the kids will not enjoy this very much they will be happier on the go. I've been to disney about 40 times or so and about 6 times with my kids. Go early get a stroller (double) don't bring one.
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When we go to Disneyworld, we stay at Yachtclub or Boardwalk.

1) close to Epcot (great walk for dinner each night)
2) rent little boats right there, and get to a few parks by water taxi also.
3) At those ages they will enjoy Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom the most.

Typical day.... An amusement park from 10-2:00ish... back to hotel for swim in pool.... hotel room to rest and change..... walk to epcot for dinner.
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:34 AM
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Whatever you do don't go to any of those timeshare things. I'm sure you will see them. They offer discounted tickets for going and listening to them. We did it to save money getting into the park. Yeah, we saved money, but it wasn't worth it to me. It was brutal. I'd rather spend the extra cash then sit through that again, especially with kids!!!!
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:59 AM
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Thanks for the advice. I'm still hoping that my sister will get us passes since she worked there through college until last year.

The Xmas party sounds interesting, I'll have to check it out, thanks for the heads up.

I think we'll focus on Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Sea World. My wife wants to hit Universal also.

So November is the best month to try it??
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:02 AM
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We go to Disney -- alot...especially when we lived a few hours away. Just pour over this website:

www.allearsnet.com

Especially read the sections on 'getting started'...they'll lay out everything for you.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:15 AM
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I'm with parkersal. We one minor change. My wife and I are morning people. We are at the gates when they open. Which could mean as early as 7:30am. We leave the park around 11, grab some lunch a few hours at the pool and back to the park around 5 or 6
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:32 AM
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I would rather poke my eyes out than go to Disney, but if you are going to do it, avoid May -September, it is way too hot. The only discount that that multi-billion dollar corporation offers is for Fl residents during thier slow time (February?) or if you purchase the multiple park, day passes. That mouse is out to make some serious bucks.

AVOID the kioskes that you will see up and down 192 offering cheap tix. They come a price- your time. They offer serious discounts if you are willing to sit through a 1/2 day hard sell for a timeshare.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:42 AM
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The last time we hit Disney, we bought the book "The Unofficial Guide to Disney" and it was great. It has lots of plans of what to see and in what order according to factors such as the number of people in your party, kids or not, ages, how long a stay, etc. After looking throught the book you can decide which agenda works best for you, tear it out and off you go. I would highly recommend the book for your first visit. But be prepared, my husband said he could feel Disney's hand in his pocket the whole time .... but they did it soooo well
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:32 AM
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You should be able to get some kind of discount being active duty. When you go, it is well worth it to stay on the property, most of the hotels have food courts, buy the big souvenir cup (you get free refills everywhere) when you get there you don't have to get in your car until you leave unless you want to go off of the property. I agree with everyone on Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom (they have an area for kids to play in water to cool off) and they have a Breakfast with the Characters the kids will love. You can also bring in a back pack with bottled waters. When you go, get there early and when you go in go to the left first, you should get on quite a few rides before you catch up with the crowd (everyone always goes to right). Take a day and go to one of the water parks Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon. As much as they are going to want EVERYTHING they see, wait to buy it on the way out so you don't have to carry it all day, but if you stay on the property I think they will deliver it to your hotel ??? Anyway, have a blast, the kids will love it and take out a loan before you go
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My kid was 4 when we did Disney. I've got 2 things to add to the excellent advice that's already posted -

1) see if you can find a book called "Disney for Kids by Kids", contains great previews and ratings from kids perspective. Each ride is rated on several different factors - for instance, they don't just evaluate "spooky scary", but also tell you if the ride is rough and/or loud. Obviously, the kids that are sending in their input are more in the 8-12 yo range, but I recall a number of comments along the lines that "too baby-ish for me, but my little brother thought it was the best"

2) stumbled into a great way to save souveneir bucks and still give my daughter a sense of collecting a bunch of stuff - the penny smasher machines. Each shop seemed to have different imprints (Mickey, Minnie, Tinkerbell, Buzz, etc), so we got in and out of most of the shopping stops for 50 cents or a buck!
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parkersal - 6/14/2007 8:24 AMWhen we go to Disneyworld, we stay at Yachtclub or Boardwalk. 1) close to Epcot (great walk for dinner each night)2) rent little boats right there, and get to a few parks by water taxi also.3) At those ages they will enjoy Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom the most.Typical day.... An amusement park from 10-2:00ish... back to hotel for swim in pool.... hotel room to rest and change..... walk to epcot for dinner.
Virtually the same drill for us. Works great.

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rit.05 - 6/14/2007 8:59 AM
I think we'll focus on Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Sea World.

So November is the best month to try it??
those are the 3 parks we hit the first time with kids of almost the same age as yours. we did it over five days. you'll probably only need 1 day each for animal kingdom and sea world.

i would HIGHLY recommend the meal plan! it was not available the first time we went since we stayed at the marriot (using my rewards points). but the second time we went, we stayed at a disney resort and they offer the meal plan. we definitely saved close to $50 PER DAY! with the plan.

as someone else stated, "the unofficial guide" is a good recommendation. just remember your goal is not to ride every ride in the park in as fast as possible...especially with little kids. however, the guide offers some great info on booking restuarants, fast-pass strategies and how to efficiently navigate the parks.

also, the operators/booking agents on the official disney reservation line are VERY helpful. probably the best customer service i've EVER had in booking a trip. they are very knowledgable and can give you pointers too.

also as someone else mentioned. rent a stoller there -- you get a discount if you pay for the whole week and it's good for all the disney parks.

as for time of year: november is good as long as you're not there during the thanksgiving week. i think february is ever better.
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You have been given some great advice above. Living about 20 miles from the parks, my main comment is go when it cools down and school is in session. Why wait an hour to go on rides when during a slow time you can virtually walk on. Anytime from mid October on. The kids will be miserable if it is in the mid 90's. There are plenty of places to eat within 15 minutes of the parks.
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[QUOTE]rit.05 - 6/14/2007 8:59 AM

Thanks for the advice. I'm still hoping that my sister will get us passes since she worked there through college until last year.

The Xmas party sounds interesting, I'll have to check it out, thanks for the heads up.

I think we'll focus on Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Sea World. My wife wants to hit Universal also.

I like November the best.
I went one time during the summer and I swear never again.

for me disney is the xmas party, even if i had free tickets during regular time i will not go.

I had some friends a couple months ago that went with their 2 kids, this year disney is doing a promo, they pick a seat from a ride at a certain time. if you are the lucky winner you can win cruises and other stuff.

they won 2 night stay at the cinderella castle.(the castle actually has a suite inside)
got to ride on the parade. free food breakfast with the caracters and all kinds of stuff.

it gets into the 50's during the night, so a light jacket or sweater is a must,
but is better than the crazy heat and the kids will not get that grouxy.

my friends take cloves and hats, cause disney is all surrounded by water it can get cold at night.
but is a blast the fake snow with the cold wheather looks like the real thing.

it makes every grown up feel like a kid again.
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Allright, I go - constantly - to those parks. You are picking the best three. Avoid MGM like the plague. It is pitifully bad. You can save tons of money by packing juices and small snacks (chips, crackers...) for the kids in a cooler. I disagree with the rental stroller. I always bring my own. I just went last weekend and used the rental. It sucked. There was no under-storage, barely anywhere to store stuff in the back, and it looked relatively uncomfortable. The sucky part about bringing your own stroller is that you have to fold it and carry it in the tram from the parking lot to the park (or on the bus to the park from the hotel.)

As far as value goes, if you can get a room at the Port Orleans or the French Quarter (both Disney hotels) they are great. The value resorts (the Allstars) are loud and not particularly nice. The Port Orleans and French Quarter are one step above. If you can swing it and get a military rate, go for the Contemporary. There is NO substitute. Regular rooms run like $400 per night. HOwever, you can sometimes get special rates for conventions and whatnot, that are about $149 per night. That is WELL worth it. Other expensive hotels in Disney are just not really worth it, although they are nice. The Contemporary has the monorail running through it. Kids think it's pretty cool (and so do I)

If you don't want to stay on property and don't mind driving about 15 minutes to get to the park, you can look at some of the timeshares. They rent nightly. I regularly stay at a place called Orange Lake Country Club. It has killer amenities like a huge clubhouse, golf courses, lazy river, ... The rooms are either 1,2 or 3 bedrooms and they have a kitchen and separate living areas from the bedrooms. That is the BEST way to save money because you eat breakfast in your own room. Given the fact that you have a 2 year old, you probably won't stay at the parks from morning through dinner, so you could also potentially eat dinner in your room (even if you just pick up drive through). We do this and it is a huge savings.

I have a 4 year old and 2 year old. The honest truth is that one or two days in Magic Kingdom, and one day at Animal Kingdom is plenty. Universal is really cooler for the adults, although they have a pretty neat children's area. At least the tickets at Universal are waaaay cheaper than Disney.

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Beach Club, Concierge, Park Hopper, and Meal Plan, first week December. Wife and 12 year old son love being near Epcot. Sand bottom pool at Beachclub, Free booze and finger food all day and most of the night. We go two parks a day, and end with Epcot fire works. If you want a sit down meal every night, you can't beat the meal plan. MartyD
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rkatz - 6/14/2007 10:33 PM

As far as value goes, if you can get a room at the Port Orleans or the French Quarter (both Disney hotels) they are great.

The value resorts (the Allstars) are loud and not particularly nice. The Port Orleans and French Quarter are one step above.
Agreed! Have done both and the $40 difference is WELL worth it. The Port Orleans/French Quarter rooms are a much better value.

I haven't tried the Beach Club, which someone else mentioned, but I think that's on the same level as Port Orleans/French Quarter...right? I think we tried to get there last time but it was booked, so we went with Port Orleans/French Quarter.

But I've also heard Shades of Green is pretty nice as well.
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