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post #521 of 819
We leave tomorrow morning for our week! Woohoo! I'll let you know how it goes. :
post #522 of 819
I am really looking forward to it. I've been to WDW twice, but the last time was about 15 years ago. DH and the kiddos have never been. The kids don't know we're going yet and it's SO hard to keep it a secret! I can't wait to see the looks on their faces when they find out (the plan is to not tell them until we leave ). We are staying for five days at All Star Music. Six months seems like forever, but I know it'll be here before we know it. We're working on getting our dinner reservations made now.
post #523 of 819
where are you making your ressies? I love hearing where people are eating LOL

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have fun ~*Max*~!!
post #524 of 819
I've been twice, dh and the kids never (dh has been to disneyland in CA though, as have I). We are going for Christmas this year, staying at the campground. We were lucky to get 5 of the 10 days we wanted, 11 months in advance!

We weren't going to tell the kids until October. We lasted 24 hours!!
post #525 of 819
I don't know! There are so many places that sound really yummy that I want to try :. The places we really want to try:
La Cellier
Biergarten
50s Prime Time Cafe
maybe Whispering Canyon?
What are some places y'all recommend? We've got six table service meals to pick!
post #526 of 819
we love 50s prime time cafe & whispering canyon - so fun!
post #527 of 819
Le Cellier is fantastic, and a really neat building too. You wouldn't know it from the outside. The Coral Reef is a fun place as well, but the food isn't as good as it should be for the price. It'd be a great stop for dessert or an off timed snack.

Morocco in Epcot was, surprisingly, one of our favorites from our last trip. It makes for great counter service.
post #528 of 819
We just returned last evening from a wonderful week at WDW! It was our first time as adults. It was amazing. I did not want to go home. The kids did great. We stayed offsight in a great condo at Windsor Hills. Great for a family, I can not imagine being in a hotel room all week.

To anyone planning a trip: Use tour guide mike! We did not wait in one line the whole trip! Best $20 I spent!

Now I'm dreaming about Disney!
post #529 of 819
how did tour guide mike help you avoid lines?

we stayed in a condo the time before last and that was awesome!
post #530 of 819
TGM tells you where the crowds will be and how to avoid them. We used touring plans specific for our family and he was right about everything!
post #531 of 819
Hi all! i'm a new diney fan myself...i've grown up next to and gone to disneyland all my life but my partner is really into all thins disney and he has bought me and him an annual pass this year...we've been going like once a week since be bought them . he's had an annual pass every year since forever but this is my first. our 2 year old is into it pretty much but he doesnt' like the rides. we got him on dumbo, the carosel and pinnochio (big mistake, i didn't know it was going to be that scary, i'm such a newb!) when we went on tuesday night. he likes going "round and round" as he calls it.

michael ( my partner) is really knowlegable abotu disney stuff so it's really fun to go with him becuase he points out all the stuff i would never know about liek what the names in the windew mean and allt he hidden mickeys and what not. it's fun! i want to take one of the guided tours sometime soon. anyone been on one of those?

this is such a long long thread that i haven't read through it and figured i'd start off here. are there any other annual pass holders to disneyland on here too?

~regina
post #532 of 819
Hey Disney Mamas. We just returned from our week long trip and had a most wonderful time! Thank you to everyone for all the great ideas & suggestions. I thought I'd share a few of our experiences for anyone planning a trip:

The Grand Floridian Hotel hosts a "Wonderland Tea Party" daily at 1:30 for children 4 and up ($30/child, reservations required). It is a children only event. I didn't realize this, so stayed in the lobby peeking in the window. It was really very sweet, well run, & safe. The folks running it kept a good eye on the kids. They had a light lunch, decorated cupcakes, played games & took pictures. My 6 year old loved it. My 4 year old was a little uncomfortable & came out to stay w/me.

Bibbity Bobbity Boutique now has locations in Downtown Disney & Cinderella's Castle. My two dds went and really enjoyed the experience. However, be warned that it is a long time sitting & some serious hair styling, so if your little one is sensitive about their hair being done or has trouble sitting for a while, this might not be the thing for them.

Dowtown Disney also has Leggo World which is a lot of fun. (Dh took ds & our baby there while the girls were getting their hair done.) Leggo World has life size leggo creations outside and free Leggo play areas for the kids.

In Hollywood Studios (no longer called MGM Studios) there is a very fun character lunch & breakfast at the Hollywood Vine & Dine restaurant. Lots of character interaction, singing & dancing.

Also in HS, the Playhouse Disney Show is a lot of fun for little ones. Also, a ton of audience involvement - singing, dancing, playing along w/the story.

And if you have any children who like Star Wars, HS has a "Jedi Training Camp" that was very fun. They chose kids from the audience to go up on stage & learn to be Jedi masters.

Now, on my boo list was the restaurant in Epcott's Norway that has a princess character lunch & dinner. The food was average, the kids menu was very limited & the price was exorbitant. Save your money & go to Cinderella's Castle instead, much better food, atmosphere, & more for the price.

That's all I have time for right now. I hope it's helpful.

Also, I have a question - has anyone stayed at The Animal Kingdom Lodge? We are interested in trying that next year. There are 6 of us, so we'd need either a suite or two adjoining rooms if that is possible. Any info would be appreciated. TIA. :
post #533 of 819
i stayed at animal kingdom the week they opened. (they had a great rate for floridians)

it is a beautiful & fun hotel

you can see animal right from your window
post #534 of 819
50s Prime Time Cafe is fun. And I agree that Morocco had some yummy counter service food! My friend (used to work at WDW) has always recommended Liberty Tavern in MK, but we haven't been there yet. We did the Playhouse Disney lunch character meal at Hollywood & Vine when we were there in 9/06, and we didn't like it at all. That was only about a month after it opened though, so maybe it's improved. The "show" quality, singing-songs deal, just really grated on my nerves. On the other hand, we LOVED the character dining at Chef Mickeys in the Contemporary Resort.

RE: Animal Kingdom Lodge. That is on my list of places to stay next as well. They are currently doing construction on a Disney Vacation Club property there. I'm not positive about this, but I would assume that would mean they would be having the 2 bedroom suites, 1 bedroom suites and studio suites like they have in the other DVC properties. You may look into the 2 bedroom suite if you want to visit AKL with 6 people. That is what we are hoping to do on our next visit (my inlaws are vacation club members).
post #535 of 819
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And if you have any children who like Star Wars, HS has a "Jedi Training Camp" that was very fun. They chose kids from the audience to go up on stage & learn to be Jedi masters.
they have this at disneyland to, in tomorrow land. it's soooooo cute to watch them all training and fighting darth vader!
post #536 of 819
Hiya! We just returned from 10 fabulous days in DW staying at Wilderness Lodge. The kids and adults had a great time, ate well, and are mostly sad to be back.
post #537 of 819
Trip report:

We just returned to Toronto from DW late last night. We had a fabulous time!

Cast of characters:

Me: 35
DP: 41
DS #1: 9
DD: 8
DS#2: 10 months
My mom: 61

We left Toronto on the 7th of February, leaving behind lots of ice and snow. Many flights were either canceled or delayed - ours was on schedule. We did leave a little late as a flight to Newark was delayed in leaving the gate, so we arrived about an hour late.

Unfortunately, little one (10 months) experienced fairly bad air sickness. Poor little thing. He was green and vomiting most of the flight. We paid for a seat for him so he had his car seat, which was good as he is comfortable, but made it harder to comfort him in my arms. The older kids liked the flight (their first) but DD was scared with descent and landing. My eldest is usually quite the conservative one and doesn't take risks, but ironically loved flying and is a real ride fan (more later). DD is the risk-taker, adventurer. She was frightened and found some rides too intense, and opted out of some rides entirely. Interesting...

Weather in Orlando was beautiful when we landed, mid-70s. We used Magical Express which was convenient, but we watched many other passengers come and go before we finally got our coach. Still and all, we were on vacation!

Seeing the Walt Disney World gates for the first time was awesome! We dropped off passengers at the Grand Floridian and Polynesian, then headed on to Wilderness Lodge which was beautiful.

Checking in we were extremely appreciative of a double upgrade (for both our rooms) from Standard to Courtyard! We were thrilled. The only request we made on our reservation was connecting rooms - I think that helped. That and my mom was traveling alone and was given a King bed room. Our rooms were just a few doors apart on the first floor, right near the pools. We were in room 1168 which was overlooking the beach and afforded us a fabulous view of the water pageant from our room! My mom was in 1162 which gave her a view of the Villas pool. Ground floor was really great, especially with a stroller. We were super close to the boat launch, but a fair hike from the Lobby. No worries though - what a fabulous upgrade! The main pool was steps from our room.

Mousekeeping was great and we got towel animals almost every day. We were really happy with the amenities of the resort, and were just thrilled with our choice. The boat launches were great. The bus transportation never let us down, and we didn't wait more than once or twice more than 10 minutes. I didn't love that we often shared a bus with other resorts because the travel time was sometimes prolonged, but oh well! We were on vacation, we had the time to sit around in nice weather.

After check-in we took the boat to the Contemporary and had a late dinner at Chef Mickey's. Lots of fun but LOUD! We shopped and got into the Disney groove. 5 table service credits down, 140 to go!

We fell into bed (after a 6am awakening after a lousy night's sleep) with plans to tour the MK the next day, after a character breakfast.

More later...
post #538 of 819
sounds like a great start so far
post #539 of 819
We are going to Orlando in March, and taking the kids to WDW for 1 day. My cousin lives in Orlando, so we're going to stay with her to make the trip affordable.

I haven't been to Disney in about 20 years, in fact, I haven't been there since Epcot opened. I have no idea what to expect or really how to plan our trip.

Any tips for a family going on a day trip to the Magic Kingdom?

Thanks!
post #540 of 819
http://www.touringplans.com/tp2/UG2_index.php?PageID=0 This will be the best $7.95 you've ever spent. We spent the best 1 day trip at Epcot & Magic Kingdom thanks to these plans. I would never go again without using our touring plans even for just one day.

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Originally Posted by zaftigmama View Post
We are going to Orlando in March, and taking the kids to WDW for 1 day. My cousin lives in Orlando, so we're going to stay with her to make the trip affordable.

I haven't been to Disney in about 20 years, in fact, I haven't been there since Epcot opened. I have no idea what to expect or really how to plan our trip.

Any tips for a family going on a day trip to the Magic Kingdom?

Thanks!
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