Can’t wait for Disney?
By boyfriend and I are taking our first vacation together to Disney World in 51 Days (Sept 22-28) and I am so excited. I mean uber excited. What are some ways I can make sure that I am not disappointed? We already have all our reservations made (dining, hotel, flight, transportation, tickets, etc).
What are some good things to do in preparation a week or 2 before we leave?
Also what are some ways to get pumped up for the trip? Right now, I am watching a Disney movie almost every night. Any other ideas?
I am a Disney freak though, just so you know,s o I am not going to “Disney” myself out.
Oh, I’m so jealous!!! We are planning a vacation to Disney too, but its not until November. I don’t know how I’m going to wait.
First of all, have a GREAT time. Its such a fun place to go as a couple. My husband and I went a few years ago, right before we decided to start having children. It was our last “not-tied-down” vacation b/c we wanted to be able to experience it as adults and ride all the big rides. In November, we are going for the first time as parents with our 2 yr old son. It’ll be a whole different trip, but I’m so psyched.
Ok, I’ve got a bunch of suggestions, I’ll try to put them in categories:
Planning suggestions on the web:
Check out Disneyworld.com
1) Sign up for an account. This will register you for individualized trip suggestions and let you keep track of your vacation.
2)You can use their site to select “favorites” – whether its rides, restaurants, shows, etc. Then, you can build a customized map (free) with all of the places you need to get to highlighted. It takes a few weeks for the maps to get to you. But, you can just print them out at home if you don’t have enough time.
3)You can actually build an “itinerary” with what you want to do each day. Add in your dinner reservations, etc.
4) If you are staying on property, take advantage of Magical Express. You can sign up online or by calling Disney. Give them your flight info., and they will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel free of charge. They’ll also pickup your luggage at baggage claim and send it to your room!
1) Check out this site for GREAT detailed descriptions of all things DisneyWorld. They have menus for the restaurants, tips, suggestions, packing lists, show times, etc.
2) This site lists “Magic Hours.” If you are staying on Disney property, you can enter one park early or stay later than the general public each day. These are priceless times to get on the rides faster. This site has a list of which park will be open early or late each day.
I haven’t posted on this site yet, but I’ve lurked around the threads. Its a discussion board for all things Disney. There’s alot of other Disney “freaks,” as you put it, who share your enthusiasm. Many go to Disney regularly and have some good tips.
Also, check out the threads about “Fairy Godmailers.” I haven’t figured it all out yet, but the idea is that people who go to Disney send postcards “from the characters” while they are there to someone with kids who is going just after them. The kids see the postmark and really think that Mickey has said he is excited to see them soon! It sounds like so much fun, I’m planning on participating when we go.
Books to buy or check out:
1) Birnbaum’s Guide to Disney: A great guide. Lots of firsthand info. Make sure you get the latest addition, it updates every year or so.
2) Hidden Mickey’s: A really fun book to carry around the park. It helps you locate all the hidden 3 circled Mickey Ears incorporated all over the parks into the designs by the Imagineers.
Stuff to Buy or pack:
1) More than one pair of really good sneakers! You’ll do an enormous amount of walking. Halfway through our trip, we wound up shoe shopping b/c our sneaks were shot! It might pay to hit an outlet at home and buy an extra.
2) Some packable Disney paraphenalia. Remember how fun it is to act like kids again at Disney. My hubbie and I decided to go all out and get the characters autographs and pictures while we were there. We hit the Disney store before we left and picked up autograph books. It was a little cheaper than shopping at the resort and one less thing to do. And, the autograph signing is one of my best memories from our trip. It really brought out the kid in us.
3) If you are really jones-ing for some Disney/trip related fun, try going to a craft store and picking up scrapbooking stuff to use when you come home. I’m not a scrapper myself, but my Mom is, and they have SO much Disney stuff for scrapbooks. Its so neat. I may break down and do one from this trip. You could buy your book and prep some of your pages so that when you came home, you could just add in your pics and have a great record of your trip.
Also, from a non-Disney perspective, it would probably pay to check in with your airline and find the current restrictions and packing regulations for carry-ons, etc. It stinks to travel and find that some item you’ve put in your carry-on will have to be lost forever b/c it doesn’t meet the current rules. (I appreciate the restrictions… I’m all over anything that makes flying safer, but a few co-workers of mine have had tools or small items confiscated b/c they were unaware of restrictions, and unless you have time to get them shipped back home b4 your plane leaves, you pretty much stand to lose them.)
Mostly, enjoy the anticipation and have a wonderfully magical time!!!
Fort Wilderness Campground at Disney World?
I have been to Disney World 16 times and have stayed at Fort Wilderness every time. This is the first time we are staying in the cabins, though, instead of in the motorhome. We were there in ’07 and major renovations were going on around the campground.
Maps look like there are cabin loops only, but I know they can’t show every single cabin on there. Are the cabins still scattered throughout the loops or are all of the cabins in “cabin” loops now?
PLEASE – DON’T ANSWER UNLESS YOU KNOW
So, there are not cabins in the camping loops anymore? That’s depressing.
The campsites are in loops 100-2000.
The cabins are in loops 2100-2800. There are two cabins in loop 100, but they are for Disney usage, not guests.
Disney World Information?
I am just want some tips about disney world because I am going in July. Tips like what rides to ride, where to meet characters, what to pack, what will the weather be like. Any tips will help. thankss:)
Oh boy, July. Well, it will be VERY HOT and VERY HUMID and VERY CROWDED. So the number one tip to remember is just to know ahead of time that it is going to be that way, and be prepared. Realize that you are not going to be able to run from ride to ride all day long. There will be waits, there will be people, and there will be heat. You will need to stop and take breaks. You will have to keep hydrated. Being prepared is half the battle.
Getting to the parks when they open will help a lot. You might consider taking a mid-day break and then coming back in the evening to miss the worst heat and crowds of the day.
Characters spots will be marked all over the maps. Also, if you get to the parks when they open, they usually have all kinds of characters on the main “streets” into each park. If you are looking for one in particular, you can ask at Guest Relations and they can tell you if they are appearing and exactly when and where.
If you don’t know about Fastpass, read about it and use it as much as possible.
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