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tiggerfla
09-13-2000, 06:23 PM
Hi everybody this is my first post so if I mess up please be gentle. Here goes I would like to know about special things at the parks and resorts. Like for ex. the talking trashcan at MK and Epcot things like that .We will be going Thanksgiving day till the next Saturday. Any ideas would be a big help . There are three going me DH DS (11yrs) These boards are great !!! Thanks for everything

goin2dzny
09-14-2000, 01:28 AM
This is a lady on stilts wrapped in vine... seen pics and heard that until she moves you just think she is part of the landscape!!!

webmomom
09-14-2000, 03:17 AM
Tiggerfla. try this site. it is great and tells you most of what is going on.

http://pages.prodigy.net/stevesoares/

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hellokitty
09-14-2000, 06:08 AM
http://wdwig.com/ola.htm

this site is a list of all the missed attractions at disneyworld, huge list i printed it out and am highlighting and taking w/me /infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

newHere
09-14-2000, 08:43 AM
I've got a document saved on my desktop called Disney Tips. Whenever I come across a neat post on this board, I just copy and paste the neat idea into my Tip sheet. Then I'll print it out and take it to the parks on our next trip. This is what I have so far....

GENERAL
* Get Guest of Honor badges!
* Make sure to have a fat pen & autograph book.
* If you are a Buzz Lightyear fan, did you know that you can score more points by holding the button down for the duration of the ride?
* Look for Hidden Mickeys.
* Have your children sit on the outside of the table at character meals…this makes it easier for the characters to interact with them.
* Try a Dole Whip.
* Minnie’s Strawberry Fruit Bars have 80 calories, 0 of which are from fat.
* Riding TTA and waiting for "Paging Mr. Tom Morrow".
* Song of the Rainforest in Conservation Station
* The beginning of Voyage of the Little Mermaid, where the ship sails toward you, and as it breaks through the waves, you feel the sea spray.
* The jumping fountains at Downtown Village - small ones at the main entrance and further around the corner a larger version.
* Sitting next to the glass at Living Seas, and feeling like the fish are going to swim right up and run into you!
* Find the talking trash cans and water fountains
* Go to the Campfire
* Bring a nightlight for the hotel room, if your children are used to sleeping with one.
* Seeing Goofy ski on Seven Seas Lagoon.
* Watching Off Kilter in WS & the people enjoying them!!
* Look at the statue at Mama Melrose's Ristorante, the one at the door. It is a statue with cherub and two dalmation pups. There is a hidden Mickey on one of the pups.
* The view of the fireworks from California Grill.
* See 'angels' when wearing 3D glasses to view the fireworks. Its very cool!!! Try it!!!
* If you require medical attention while at WDW, consider going directly to the emergency room at Celebration Hospital.
* Bring a pre-paid phone card with you, and use a pay-phone in your resort or at the parks.
* Give your children a disposable camera to take their own vacation pictures.

EPCOT
* Living Statues at Epcot's France pavillion.
* Tiny lights in the sidewalk in Futureworld.
* Find the trained squirrels in Epcot.
* World Showcase at Epcot is a GREAT place to find characters.
* The hidden mickey on the norway ride.
* The music in the "bushes" as you walk into Epcot!
* The troll you take pictures with in the Norway store!
* Play in Epcot on the street that shoots water.
* The solar powered lawnmower at EPCOT.
* Walking to Epcot in the morning from YC and getting to stroll through United Kingdom and Canada before anyone else gets there.(when you enter from the World Showcase side)
* Being in Germany at the top of the hour.
* The garden behind England in Epcot - stop and smell the flowers and just relax.
* Taking a drink of water at the Talking Water Fountain in Epcot.
* Enter Epcot through the International Gateway before 11 a.m., take a leisurely stroll through UK and Canada with no crowds. Get some great pictures!

MAGIC KINGDOM
* Turnstiles to the right side of the MK gates are MUCH more crowded than those on the left side (near the monorail).
* On Main Street USA the first alley on your right as you face the Castle, at the back of that alley on the top floor is a store that advertises dance lessons and if you stand there and listen you can hear tap shoes. In that same alley is piano lessons and you hear the lessons going on.
* Ride the new Pooh ride and smell the honey in the air.
* The trees in tomorrow land.
* See tinkerbells flight as the MK fireworks begin.
* Get a haircut at the barber in MK.
* Tug on the Liberty Bell rope in Liberty Square and rope at Indiana Jones.
* The narration & music while riding the railroad in MK.
* Getting a peek inside Space Mt while riding TTA.
* The artwork in Minnie's House.
* Co-Pilot on the Monorail
* The Mickey shaped manhole covers in Toontown.
* Clawed scratched floor at Country Bear Jamboree waiting area.
* Riding the monorail and entering mk.
* The parrot outside of Pirates.
* Riding through Splash Mountian on the train.
* Finding my picture after Splash Mountain.
* Being told to "Drag my wretched body to the DEAD center of the room".(HM)
* Hearing for the first time "Dead men tell no tales......".(PoC)
* At Cinderella's Royal Table when you're waiting to be called, stand in front of the throne and look up to the right and you will see Gus and Jacques!
* Seeing Walt and Mickey holding hands in front of the castle, that makes my day.
* Finding the wedding ring embedded in the cement outside of the Haunted Mansion.
* Making a wish in the well outside the castle.
* Look for Scoop at MK. He is a really neat character.
* Dumbo statue.
* An excellent spot to view the afternoon MK parade is just to the right of the entrance to the Liberty Tree Tavern Restaurant in Liberty Square.
* Use Fastpass!
* Toontown is uncrowded about an hour before closing.
* Go to the second showing of Fantasmic.
* A talking and moving trash can.
* Look for the picture of Mr. Toad handing Winnie the Pooh the deed to the ride. It is located in the Owl's house on the Winnie the Pooh ride.
* There are only four hitching posts that do not have horse heads on them. Can you find them? They are all on Main street at MK.
* Look for the heart with paw prints inside it from Lady & Tramp. It is located outside in front of Tony's Town Square Restaurant on the side walk.
* The area next to City Hall is a great place to find characters.
* If you want to see characters, rope drop at Toontown is the place to be! Each character chose one child to personally escort into Toontown!

MGM
* Singing in the Rain Umbrella at MGM near the Hunchback stage.
* Dorothys ruby slippers and Mary Poppins carosel at MGM.
* The key under the mat at Muppets 3D.

ANIMAL KINGDOM
* The animatronic characters (Goofy & Donald?) fishing in the stream at AK.
* Watching the dragon blow out fire from the cave at Animal Kingdom.
* The person knocking on the door in Harambe at AK by Tusker House.
* DO NOT MISS Festival of the Lion King at Animal Kingdom.
* The waterlilly pools at AK (at Flametree BBQ).
* The hidden trail at Ak. Designed for the adventerous type. Between Asia and Africa.
* The elephant wash and dry at Conservation Station.

DOWNTOWN DISNEY
* I personally love the napping LEGO dad at DD.

RESORTS
* The beach of FW at 9:45 and watch the Electrical Water Pageant!
* Find the lawnmower that has a tree grown around it at FW.
* The animal tracks in the cement and nature sounds outside the WL.
* Go to the toy story playground and ASMo.
* The doorman at beachclub (Good morning Sir madame little madame).
* FREE vintage Wurlitzer juke box full of old rock and roll records at Beaches and Cream Soda Shoppe at the YC.
* There is a FREE ladybug release each Thurs at WL at 10am and at Poly (back entrance of the Great Ceremonial House) at 11am.

CHEAPEST SOUVENIERS
* Napkins from the food courts and vendors. Don't cost a penny.
* The plactic drink cups!
* Postcards at Disney World (.40). Buy one of a character and get them to autograph it.
* There are Mickey Mouse shaped pretzels at AK for .50 per bag!!
* Pressed pennies. $.51 each. (make fridge magnets from them)
* Disney dollars!
* WDW pens with the characters on them. They're big and round & about $2.00 each.
* Pins, magnets and float-pens are park/attraction specific. Only $1-$3 apiece.
* I absolutely LOVE my $3.00 Mickey antenna topper that I got at World of Disney!
* Drink holders (the ones that hang around your neck for the bottle water etc).
* Christmas tree ornament from each trip.
* Find t-shirts on sale for as little as $8-9 in DD, FW, ASMo.
* Character Warehouse at Belz.
* Disney Catalog Outlet Store.
* Belz Outlet Mall. Character Warehouse and Character Premier. Take I-30 North to Exit 30-A (International Drive). Go right, and then take the first left by the Sheraton Universal. Go down about two miles, and you are there!

Dori
09-14-2000, 04:27 PM
What a great idea! I just copied your list to my desktop! Thanks!

Col
09-14-2000, 06:03 PM
The Lion King show at animal Kingdom is great! Pochantas was really neat too! If you're Kids are not and you are not afraid of any type of bug then bugs Life three d is a must do but don't do it if anyone has a fear of any kind of bug! Thee Pooh's Adventures is really cute@ MK! MGM is my personal favorite the many adventures of the little mermaid was hit with our kids and so was the nickelodeon studios!Theres lots of neat things Splash Mountain was also a favorite @ Magic Kingom!!

newHere
09-15-2000, 06:25 AM
...the only thing is about the desktop tips...is that the list is NEVER complete!!!!

After looking at this topic, I have a few more to add to mine :-)

aimeesmom2
09-17-2000, 10:55 PM
I could only think of a few that weren't mentioned.

MK:

In Mickeys toontown fair:

Minnies country house: Press the button on Minnies answering machine and hear a surprise, open the refrigerator and feel the cold air and try to take a cookie off her table!

Mickeys house: See the different disney shaped cactus in the backyard.

Mad tea party: While riding in the tea cups, look to the center at the big teapot and you will see the mouse who keeps popping out of the center.

At Epcot:

Test track: Upon getting off the ride if you see 2 crash test dummies, get your family to pose in front of them, but don't tell them the secret! They are really people in costumes and if you get in between them, they will put their arms around you.

At AK: Besides the vine lady, there are other people that you will find around the park who pose and you would not know that they are not statues, unless you happen to see one move or blink. We came across several located near the front entrance


Festival of the Lion King: If traveling with children, sit in the first 2 rows, as they come around and ask kids to join in.

Kajunswty
03-04-2001, 04:13 AM
I managed to find this great post using "search" but now I need someone to explain / help with a couple of things.

1 - is the character skiing still going on at seven seas lagoon?

2 - what happens in Germany at the top of the hour?

3 - what is different about the second showing of fantasmic?

4 - we are staying off site can we still go to the petting zoo or campfire / sing along at FW?

5 - where is the disney catalog outlet store? I know where the Belz outlet is..

thanks, forgive me if some of these are dumb...

CernyJ
03-04-2001, 11:15 AM
The Festival of the Lion King is the best live show at Disneyworld.

dNJ
03-04-2001, 05:06 PM
Thanks for all the great ideas.Diane

TSI_Fan
03-04-2001, 10:34 PM
Here's one of the answers to your questions.

#2 - At the top of every hour, the clock in Germany plays a tune and little characters come out from the clock. It's really neat! If you get there early, hit the shops until it's time! (no pun intended)

TSI_Fan
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I miss my Christi-bear. :(

Dax
03-05-2001, 04:58 AM
Yes you can go to the campfire and petting zoo. I was just there a couple weeks ago. Very neat. Also a not about you DD suggestion..The snoring Lego guy is gone. I was a DD on Sat and he was gone. Actually he has been gone a few weeks. Alot of the Lego people have been removed for some reason. Also they have shut off the misters on the space ship due to the drought.

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athurstance
03-05-2001, 05:10 AM
NewHere - what a great list. I'm saving them so on our next trip we can try and do some of the ones we haven't done.
One question - I've heard a lot about the key under the door at Muppets. Where exactly is this?

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1993 Camp Davey Crockett (DLP)
1995 Hotel Cheyenne (DLP)
1996 Sequoia Lodge (DLP)
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alasknmom
03-06-2001, 09:44 AM
What a awesome list!! Im saving it ;) except I dont know what animal kingdom is. I assume thats in FL? Im going to CA. :)

Thanks so much for the tips!!!

Rachel in Alaska
Mom to Joey 9
Taking him to Disney for the first time March 23, 2001

Heidi
03-13-2001, 12:27 PM
Alasknmom - Yes, Animal Kingdom is in the Florida WDW. It is the newest of the 4 parks.