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Suggestions for Disney World?
My family and I are going to Disney World in January. We have already gotten our park hopper passes and booked our rooms at the Pop Century Hotel on the property. There is about 20 of us going and I am looking for suggestions on getting the most out of the trip. Any suggestions on packing, food, entertainment, etc or just anything to do while there to have a really good time are all welcome. I am really interested in the disney safari thing one day if anyone has done it before please let me know how you liked it since it is not included in our park hopper and would be an extra cost to enjoy that. Also if anyone has been there and knows about the golfing not necessarily at the park but in the local surrounding area and has suggestions on that would be great. My father, Aunt and I plan on golfing at least 2-3 times during the week. Thank you all.
Just a little more info, we are driving down (over 2 days) and will be towing a trailer to haul everyones luggage so we are not cramped in the vehicles. We are coming from the St. Louis Mo area I have been there once but it was like 22 years ago. I am sure things have changed since then
When my family has 10 at WDW we break into 2-3 smaller groups most of the time then spend certain designated days or parts of days as a group. I wouldn’t want to be in a huge group the whole time. The small groups can move faster and get more done. You need to acquaint yourself with FastPass and how it works. We give our passes to 1 person to get the Fastpasses, but with this big group, I’d send 3 with all the passes. They go ahead of the group, and speed is a plus, so teens and preteens are good Fastpass runners. When my son was 12 we started sending him, and he was speedy (especially important for Soarin). *Read about the Soarin’ rope drop – be there for it, send your FP runners, then everyone gets in line. The runners catch up with the FP’s, and you all get 2 rides on Soarin’ in under an hour. It’s the most in demand FP and some days all are gone by noon.
Let me point you in the direction of great resources so you can do your own reading and research, because WDW has changed so much!
You have the time to prepare and read, and I could go on and on like my tips were new, but the info is really to be found in these places.
Www.allearsnet.com (best WDW site – includes menus)
www.disboards.com (very fun, active community)
www.touringplans.com (if you don’t get a book spend $8 on this)
I recommend The Unofficial Guide to Disney World which comes with touring plans in the back. It breaks WDW down ride by ride, rating it by age and telling you when to find the shortest wait times. I think it’s the best for maximizing your time at Disney, but it’s important to get an updated copy, not one that’s a few years old. Get the newest version.
Birnbaum’s Guide to Walt Disney World is an interesting read if you like the descriptions of the rides and a bit of trivia. There’s some helpful info, but the UOG has more.
Have you taken care of dining reservations? If you want to eat together at any sit-down restaurants, you need to make those arrangements (already past when you could’ve called)
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I’m going to be staying a Disney World for a few days and I’m pretty sure I have a dinning plan (if that’s any help for this question). Anyway, I want to make a reservation but the price range is from $26.99 to $44.99… how do I know which price I will pay?
Call the reservation folks- they answer the phone right away, are very helpful, and will make all necessary arrangements for you. Usually, with a dining plan, you have a certain number of fancy dinners, regular dinner, take away dinners, snacks, lunches, etc. Your plan should state how many of each you have. Everything comes on a credit card, which keeps track of everything you spend. If you are using a “fancy dinner” credit, your fancy dinner will cost you nothing.
Again- use the Disney Reservation people…they will handle everything, so that you don’t get caught making reservations for a place you did not intend to pay for. Also- be careful not to make reservations at a restaurant in a park you do not have access to that evening, unless you have a “park hopper”.
Help from Disney World expert needed?
Could anyone who is familiar to Disney world help me plan my trip? I need option with cheap price for our family holiday.
Travel party: 2 adults + 1 kid (22/ 23month old boy)
Disney explore duration: 7 days
Option 1 based on date arrival: 5/6/7 Juli until next 7 days
Option 2 based on date departure: 2/3 August count back 7 days
Resort choice: preferably: inside, or reachable on foot
Meal -> any suggestion?
Entertainment -> any suggestion?
Which park ticket should I get that is suitable for infant?
Budget incl. everything (park ticket, hotel stay, meal, entertainment) for 2 adults + 1 kid: usd 1’500-1’600 (fly ticket not incl.)
Will it be cheaper if more people join the trip?
I have my friends want to come with me (2 adults + 2 yrs old boy)
which dates I opted has attractions?
Whick park ticket shall I buy? Is hopper suitable for infant? I think Waterpark is more for bigger kids, am I right?
Thanks everyone for the WDW tips.
BTW, I plan to visit our friends in Canada at the same time. The reason I go Florida is Disney & shopping. Is there any cheap flight to/ from Toronto? I don’t know how much fun to shop in Florida, so I couldn’t decide if I should go to Canada or Florida/ WDW first in considering moving around with luggages+shopping items & kid. Shall I book the flight together with MYW Package. Any suggestion?
If you click on the “Packages Under $1,600″ http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdw/tickets/magicYourWay/
you can piece together what you need by choosing a Value Resort, Basic Dining Plan, Magic Your Way Tickets (no water park options) and Magical Express.
I put July 27 to Aug 2 for 2 adults and 1 child (2 yrs old) staying at a Value Resort (Pop Century in the trip I put together) with 7-Day Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hoppers, Basic Dining Plan and Magical Express for a total price of $1,315. You can add the waterpark option for more $$, but I agree with you, that you won’t really want that with an infant. If you don’t want the Park Hopper option, then the price will come down. If you stay in an on-site resort, you can use the free Disney transportation system (buses, monorail, boats) to get between all the parks and hotels. (http://allearsnet.com/pl/transp.htm)
The Dining Plan is a lot of food, so you can save money if you don’t think you will eat this much.
The Magical Express is free for guests who stay on-site. Basically it’s a bus that will pick you up at the airport at the beginning of the trip and drop you off at the airport at the end of your trip. The best thing about is that if you want, you can have Disney get your luggage from the airport for you when you arrive in Orlando and they will deliever it to your room (usually a few hours after your arrive at your resort).
And no, it’s not cheaper if you plan it for more people. It’s basically the same rate, if you add another family, you would just have to double the price to add your friend’s family of 2 adults and 2 yr old boy.
And yes, no park ticket required for kids 3 and under. Also, kids under 3 are allowed to eat of their parents’ plate for free (including buffets). But obviously, if you want to order something of the menu for them separately, you will be charged for that.
As for Entertainment.. I’m not sure what else you’ll need other than the parks and the swimming pool at your resort!
If you haven’t already done so, ask for the free Disney Vacation Planning DVD, it’s pretty helpful and fun to watch.. And it’s free!
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