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Old 03-05-2014, 06:40 AM
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I have a trip planed this April to he Magic Kingdom and the other thread is making me think twice about going. OK two kids, 4 and 6, planning on hitting the Magic Kingdom for two days only. What are the "must see" attractions? What is a good place for dinner? What do I need to "stay away" from? and what are the wrist bands?, are they better than the fast pass? I haven't been to the parks in about 10 years so I'm not familiar with the best way to plan the days accordingly. I think the small rides is about all we can ride, my son is a little guy. I'm looking to keep it simple and not see everything, there will be a next time. Thanks for the help!
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First, keep in mind that the other thread was based on a complaint about going to Disney on New Years Eve, the absolute busiest day of the year for Disney. Kind of like going to Best Buy on Black Friday - better expect it to be busy. Second, the biggest complaint that people have is their having to spend money. Disney is not cheap. Once you have grasped that simple concept you will be fine. Enjoy the trip with your kids and try not to worry about spending $6 on a soda.

If I were planning a short trip like it sounds like you are planning, I would stay on property to take advantage of their additional incentives. I would try not to plan ahead as far as rides are concerned, as you might get there and 40,000 other people are planning the same thing and you will leave feeling like you did not get everything done that you wanted to do. I would plan meals and make reservations as you will most likely be shut down with many restaurants if you just walk up.

Where are you staying while there? Might be able to help you out a little better with planning meals that are convenient for your location.
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keep an eye out for the scooter brigade...give wide berth

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I went in June of this year and while it was busy it was not too bad. Not sure what the wrist band is but the fast pass was nice to have. With the fast path if you want to go on one of the main attractions you can swipe your fast path and it will give you a time window to come back and cut in line. As far as meals you really don't have but so many choices if your eating at the park. I think our average meal (of park type food) cost around $10 per person. They do have some higher end restaurants at the park but you need to book them way in advance. If your flexible on your dates I'd go between thanksgiving and Christmas or anytime in Mid January.
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I wouldn't second guess going, it is a great time for you and the kids, with a little planning it can be a great time. If staying in a Disney resort you can get early entry, for us since we are early people anyway was big, can easily get to far end of the park and hit the better rides that are open for early entry. We would stay in the park until around 2:30 and head back, get something to eat, relax at the pool, bring the kids back later and they would pass out for a nap (us too!). You can head back for the fireworks and parade if you like to finish off the night. Just don't feel like you need to do everything, pick the attractions with the shortest lines and enjoy. Like other OP wrote there really isnt any great places to eat in the park.
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Check with a travel agent. Especially if flying. Friend took family last fall and stayed 3 days @ around $100 per day/person (meals included) not including the airfare.
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Plan it out and use the fast pass things.
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I wouldn't second guess going, it is a great time for you and the kids, with a little planning it can be a great time. If staying in a Disney resort you can get early entry, for us since we are early people anyway was big, can easily get to far end of the park and hit the better rides that are open for early entry. We would stay in the park until around 2:30 and head back, get something to eat, relax at the pool, bring the kids back later and they would pass out for a nap (us too!). You can head back for the fireworks and parade if you like to finish off the night. Just don't feel like you need to do everything, pick the attractions with the shortest lines and enjoy. Like other OP wrote there really isnt any great places to eat in the park.
Marlin Mike nailed it....we live close by and get year passes...we like to go over when the weather is cool. Get to the park at opening and get to the rides early. We can usually get to all the rides before the crowds show up and be out of there by 1pm without to much wait time and hassle. Food at the attractions is mediocre except for the higher end restaurants which require a reservation. If you get to Animal Kingdom there is an awesome buffet over in the "Africa" section that is awesome and has Disney characters walking around for the kids to take pics with and get autographs.
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Just got back from a week there with my wife, almost 6 yr old and almost 3 yr old both girls. Disney is like child birth, you get really excited about going, while you are there you experience unbelievable joy and pain, when you leave you will vow to never do it again and in a couple of years you are ready to do it again. We've been twice a couple of years apart and did it different both times.
Definitely stay on property if you can. Bring a stroller even though your kids are a little older. They will get tired and miserable because you will be doing a ton of walking. It also give you a place to keep your stuff and a cooler with snacks and drinks.
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Are your kids boys or girls?
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FYI - it is Disney Week on Destination America channel. http://www.destinationamerica.com/tv-shows/disney-week
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Originally Posted by burtonboards32 View Post
First, keep in mind that the other thread was based on a complaint about going to Disney on New Years Eve, the absolute busiest day of the year for Disney. Kind of like going to Best Buy on Black Friday - better expect it to be busy. Second, the biggest complaint that people have is their having to spend money. Disney is not cheap. Once you have grasped that simple concept you will be fine. Enjoy the trip with your kids and try not to worry about spending $6 on a soda.

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Where are you staying while there? Might be able to help you out a little better with planning meals that are convenient for your location.
Im going on April vacation week!!!
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Originally Posted by franklinscar View Post
Just got back from a week there with my wife, almost 6 yr old and almost 3 yr old both girls. Disney is like child birth, you get really excited about going, while you are there you experience unbelievable joy and pain, when you leave you will vow to never do it again and in a couple of years you are ready to do it again. We've been twice a couple of years apart and did it different both times.
Definitely stay on property if you can. Bring a stroller even though your kids are a little older. They will get tired and miserable because you will be doing a ton of walking. It also give you a place to keep your stuff and a cooler with snacks and drinks.
I've got to run out of the office but will answer the rest of you questions later.

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One boy one girl, April vacation week because the wife is a teacher. This week in April makes me think it will be the second busiest week? Def. gonna bring the stroller.
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keep an eye out for the scooter brigade...give wide berth

Sweet jesus, do you think the basket has snacks?
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Hell, you have to take out a small loan to get tickets anymore.
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Hell, you have to take out a small loan to get tickets anymore.
Tell me about it, the flights were $2000.00
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Just got back last night from 4 days with my 3.5yr old daughter and we had fun. The biggest recommendation that I have is to use a travel agent or concierge service that specializes in Disney. The girl that we used was able to get us reservations that were already booked up and her recommendations were spot. PM me if you want her name and number. I am running out but will answer questions later.
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Im going on April vacation week!!!
I would still go, just know that it will be busy. Where are you staying?
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I would still go, just know that it will be busy. Where are you staying?
The best western on International Dr.
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My dad lives in Stuart and he just tried to rent a minivan for the week were going down and he told me the quote was $1500 for 10 days! Little off topic but WOW! thats nuts!
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Take disney for what it is really meant for, check out the craftmanship and how everything looks so the rides sometimes are long big deal. I go to disney every year and it gets better and better. I have stayed on property off property and dont listen to crabby people on this site if they think disney is full of rude people and long lines tell them to stay away from new york or even six flags new jersey lol thats rude but it is what it is. Stick with your trip and make the best out of it even if it is hot with long lines.
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