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wdisney_2006
03-25-2006, 02:22 PM
We are going in August and it will be our 1st time. We are staying at Fort Wilderness. We will be there for a week. I am bringing my whole family. Does anyone have any tips for first timers going. :bounce:

eblack0409
03-25-2006, 02:45 PM
My first time to Disney was in September on my honeymoon....the best advice I can give you......don't try to rush everything into your first trip..take your time and enjoy yourself! DH and I are going back in May to celebrate our anniversary....then we are going again in September this year!

August will be HOT in Florida, so make sure you drink lots of water to keep hydrated!

wdisney_2006
03-25-2006, 03:02 PM
Thank you

mx55mom
03-25-2006, 04:36 PM
Do you have a map of the sites? You may want to be in a certain area to be close to a bus stop, pool, store, Pioneer Hall, etc. Having a bicycle was fun. Take the boat to MK.

Tegra89
03-25-2006, 04:40 PM
We are going in August and it will be our 1st time. We are staying at Fort Wilderness. We will be there for a week. I am bringing my whole family. Does anyone have any tips for first timers going. :bounce:
Depending on how much family you're bringing you may want to split up and meet up for a meal each day. I just got back and we had about 15 that went. We split up each morning and did things that each wanted to do without holding up the others. Then at supper time we got together to eat and share what we did. It was great. Have a great time!!!

momrek06
03-25-2006, 04:43 PM
Go to your local bookstore and pick up a Disney Planning Book. There are quite a few to chose from. I like THE PASSPORTER. Buy it now, read it and get an idea what is ahead for your trip.

Check out the DINING. Call and book your ADR's. Esp if you have a large # of people going. That is IMPORTANT.

Check out any character dining meals. Those are quite popular and fill up quickly. Check out any TOURS you may want to do as well.

The Hoop-de-doo Review is at Pioneer Hall at FW and that is a BLAST. That would be an awesome way to kick off your week by having dinner there to START!!!

meanstmom
03-25-2006, 05:07 PM
I believe the 1st thing is to GO EARLY when the park opens!! You wont believe how many people will be there around noon. Go the rides when the parade is going, and have a really long lunch in a air-conditioned place when it is really hot.

jimmiej
03-25-2006, 05:19 PM
1) This website

2) http://www.allearsnet.com/

3) The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

meanstmom
03-25-2006, 05:33 PM
Jjimmiej is absolutely correct about the Unofficial Disneyworld guide book. It's the very best in my opinion. I read about 5 books(at least) and it was the best!!

byoung
03-25-2006, 05:35 PM
Welcome to the DIS!!! Rent a golf cart they are a lot of fun.

john2u
03-25-2006, 08:29 PM
We used the Unoffical Guide. It saved us a lot of time. :thumbsup2 . Remember to pace yourself and enjoy the Magic of the Kingdom pixiedust:

Have a Disney Day

John

:wave:

tlcintheberry
03-26-2006, 10:39 AM
We went in the middle of August and it was hot!!! Make use of the water parks or pools at the resort. We did not stay on the property b/c my husband was on a business trip and we only had 2 days to spend in Disney. This go round we are staying on the grounds for convience. Also, drink lots of water and wear sunscreen. You will have a blast. All I can say is PLAN, PLAN and plan, even if you get there and the plan goes out the window and you just go with the flow, at least you will have a plan. I will make index cards of each park with what date we are going there and what are MUST see's at that park along with exactly which resturants we will eat at. Make ADR's ahead of time. Have fun and enjoy the magic.

wdisney_2006
03-26-2006, 12:18 PM
Depending on how much family you're bringing you may want to split up and meet up for a meal each day. I just got back and we had about 15 that went. We split up each morning and did things that each wanted to do without holding up the others. Then at supper time we got together to eat and share what we did. It was great. Have a great time!!!
Well there is only 6 of us

First-timer
03-26-2006, 01:40 PM
make sure you use your photo pass !!!! i wish we would have used thm more!!! i planned on buying the cd anyway for 99.00 i didnt realize how cute the pics come out.....so use the photopass people in every park you go too!!! and ask them to take extra pictures..... and if you forget your photopass card you can get another one and they will link them all together at the end of your trip..... i had 3 cards...... and ended up with 39 pics. vicki

wdisney_2006
03-26-2006, 01:55 PM
make sure you use your photo pass !!!! i wish we would have used thm more!!! i planned on buying the cd anyway for 99.00 i didnt realize how cute the pics come out.....so use the photopass people in every park you go too!!! and ask them to take extra pictures..... and if you forget your photopass card you can get another one and they will link them all together at the end of your trip..... i had 3 cards...... and ended up with 39 pics. vicki

Where do you find the photo pass? :confused3

momrek06
03-26-2006, 01:59 PM
Where do you find the photo pass? :confused3


THEY ARE IN ALL THE PARKS. The first Park you go in to you will see PHOTOGRAPHERS lined up. They will take your picture and GIVE YOU A PHOTOPASS card to take and give to EVERY subsequent photographer you see from MGM to AK to EPCOT to MK!!

TAKE AS MANY AS YOU CAN. At the end of your stay, you can download all the pictures to a CD for $99.00.

momrek06
03-26-2006, 02:03 PM
THEY ARE IN ALL THE PARKS. The first Park you go in to you will see PHOTOGRAPHERS lined up. They will take your picture and GIVE YOU A PHOTOPASS card to take and give to EVERY subsequent photographer you see from MGM to AK to EPCOT to MK!!

TAKE AS MANY AS YOU CAN. At the end of your stay, you can download all the pictures to a CD for $99.00.


ALSO, if anyone in your party brings a LAPTOP with you...you can see all the PICTURES each evening from your laptop. They will give you a ID # to use to view the photos. The ID # is on the PPCard.

Online the photos are all 5x7 and are $12.95 EACH. If you OPT for the CD you will be given a RELEASE with the CD to be able to go to any CVS, WALGREENS, WALMART and make the photos yourself.
If you chose to just BUY them ONLINE at Photopass.com, they are $12.95 per photo.
BIG SAVINGS TO FILL THE PHOTOPASS with a ton of pictures. AND buy the CD.
The CD is only available in EPCOT or TOONTOWN MICKEY or GF!!!

My son just returned. He had 40 pictures on the CD and printed multiples at WAL-GREENS. Big savings.

wdisney_2006
03-26-2006, 02:19 PM
any kind of photos?

momrek06
03-26-2006, 03:16 PM
any kind of photos?


NO not any kind!!! Good question...this does NOT mean the souvenir photos from all the WDW rides. Those you have to buy right at the actual ride...i.e. Splash Mtn., RnRC, ToT...etc

But the PHOTOPASS is for the PARKS. ANY TIME AT ALL, ANY TIME, I mean even if it is 10 x a day....if you see a Photographer ask them to take your picture. Have them take pics of each child (alone), the entire group, DH & DW (alone)..all over the PARKS. They are all around most of the BIGGER attractions like MK Castle, MK Main Street, MGM Sorceriers HAT, MGM ToT...you will see them all equipped with their cameras and ID's!!! :teeth:

AND remember to :teeth: :teeth:

Azure
03-26-2006, 03:24 PM
Extra Magic Hours: Morning- Selected parks will open 1 hour before the 'actual' park opening time and allows on-site resort guests only.
Evening-Selected parks will stay open up until 3 hours after park closing for on-site resort guests only.

1. Have Fun and stay clam. The lines for the rides may be long but trust me they are worth it!

Have A Magical Time!

wdisney_2006
03-26-2006, 03:46 PM
Thank you for that information. It was very usefull

Azure
03-26-2006, 03:50 PM
If you have any questions or anything I'd be more than willing to answer them!

wdisney_2006
03-26-2006, 03:54 PM
If you have any questions or anything I'd be more than willing to answer them!
Actually i do. :) Do you think the golf carts are a deal. Also for a family with a 7 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, and 14 year old. Are the cabins good those age groups.

Azure
03-26-2006, 03:57 PM
I can't help you on the golf carts since i've never been to the golf courses. Well, the cabins do have a kitchen and everything you need to cook, it is very spacious outside. It has color televison with a VCR a kid's table and two chairs. It also is a very nice place to stay if you like to take walks.

I've never stayed there in my life but that's all I know.

Hope this helps!

wdisney_2006
03-26-2006, 04:00 PM
Thank you once again and yes it helped. I am sure my family will have tons of fun! We are all excited :goodvibes

Azure
03-26-2006, 04:02 PM
Oh! Wait a second... I am 14 years old also. I personally like staying at a place where I can have fun. Which is everywhere

pdchris
03-26-2006, 04:07 PM
Welcome to the DIS! My only advice, since I'm not as much as a veteran as a lot of the poseters, would be mealtimes. If you're planning on, say a character meal or just want to eat in the parks, you shuold consider making ADR (advanced dining reservations). For example, if you're planning to see the Fantasmic show at MGM, you may wish to consider making a Fantasmic Dinner Package ADR. It doesn't cost extra and it gives you a shortcut to the show so you don't have to wait in line 30-45 minutes before the show begins. Check out the 'dining' thread on these boards for more tips and reviews.

wdisney_2006
03-26-2006, 04:11 PM
Welcome to the DIS! My only advice, since I'm not as much as a veteran as a lot of the poseters, would be mealtimes. If you're planning on, say a character meal or just want to eat in the parks, you shuold consider making ADR (advanced dining reservations). For example, if you're planning to see the Fantasmic show at MGM, you may wish to consider making a Fantasmic Dinner Package ADR. It doesn't cost extra and it gives you a shortcut to the show so you don't have to wait in line 30-45 minutes before the show begins. Check out the 'dining' thread on these boards for more tips and reviews.

Well we got the dinner plan plus we ordered other food to be deliverd. We hope to be able to get to the Hoop de do review. (not sure if i spelled that right)
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