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tiggerlover73
08-20-2006, 05:39 PM
Hello everyone! I'm new here and I was wondering what everyone's BEST tip is for going to or being at WDW? Where do you watch the parades? Fireworks? Best place to eat? Any fun ideas for the kids? Stuff like that.


I'll be heading down in October and can't wait!! :cool1:

Thanks!

LB

beauty n the beast
08-20-2006, 06:06 PM
I like watching the parades from the main street train station.

Mousema
08-20-2006, 07:08 PM
For Illuminations, we get ressies at the Rose & Crown and watch from the patio.

ont/ohana
08-20-2006, 07:34 PM
One of our best tips are not to wear yourself out. Take time, when in MK hop on the train and enjoy, in EPCOT watch the jumping fountains, in MGM make sure to encounter the CM's who are play acting (we find them on Main st) and at AK look for DEvine. She is a walking vine who is amazing. Oh yes, make sure to have a mickey head ice cream bar!! Have a great time.

momof3littlelilos
08-20-2006, 07:46 PM
Hi! Welcome! :wave2:
- Get to the parks an hour before opening.
- bring swimsuits or a change of clothing for small children for water play areas in the parks.
- use Tour Guide Mike for least crowded days.
- we watch fireworks from the Plaza Noodle Station (the old Plaza Pavillion.) there are usually empty tables and good views. (we watch parades from here also but it's not an "up close" view...we prefer the lack of crowds.)
- Use the FastPasses.
- Don't miss the candy lady (I can't remember her name) at the Japan Pavillion in Epcot. She makes animals out of candy and paints them. My daughter LOVES her!
Have Fun! :banana:

jimmalru80
08-20-2006, 08:04 PM
Don't forget to stop and smell the roses. Life is way too short.

lgp1
08-20-2006, 08:54 PM
Hi,welcome to the Dis
My tip would be to make sure you wear comfortable footwear :thumbsup2

TENIA66
08-20-2006, 09:05 PM
Mine are:

stay onsite, we love port orleans french quarter or all star music

take advantage of the extra magic hours, especially early mornings

go early

fast pass

eat at 11 am for lunch 4 pm supper then something around 8 pm

wait until last day to buy souveniers or put cash in envelope for each park, when it's gone, it's gone, charging on room card is too easy

gas in disney area is as good price as other places now

ice water is free throughout the parks

the refillable mugs at the hotels do not work in the parks

the bucket of popcorn at magic kingdom and the fresh fruit stand are the best priced items at magic kingdom

buy the refillable drinks at animal kingdom

don't miss wishes, illuminations, or fantasmic

also don't miss spectromagic, jammin jungle parade, stars and motor cars parade or the magic kingdom parade in the afternoon

take hand sanitizer

take otc meds, film with you VERY expensive in park

get the photopass and use it throughout your trip, get tons of pics taken, and then buy the cd $99 i think up to 200 photos on one cd, all parks

go to dollar tree and buy:

glo sticks
ponchos
umbrellas
snacks

take a pair of flip flops in case your feet get wet

wear comfortable clothing, pulling and tugging on clothing can sap your happy quickly

jdtopgun71
08-20-2006, 09:19 PM
- stay on Disney property and take advantage of transportation system
- plan trip well in advance
- do the DDP (Disney Dining Plan)
- make Advanced Dining Reservations
- try to do parks early and take break midday (i.e. nap at room, swim at pool)
- all fireworks shows are spectacular. Fantasmic is a must see IMO
- Le Cellier at Epcot is excellent dining choice
- if you have young children do at least one character dining

Don't over do it. You can't do it all! You will have as much fun on this board planning the trip as you will actually doing the trip.

DonaldTDuck
08-20-2006, 09:25 PM
Comfortable shoes is a must. But beyond that, if you see something interesting, stop and watch. If you hear something you like, sit and listen. And always, always, always FASTPASS.

ps: Do not miss Mickey's Philharmagic. It's all about the (real) Donald.

the Fidge
08-20-2006, 09:31 PM
Wow not very much I can add to that first, I can say WELCOME!!! You are doing yourself the biggest favor by utilziing all the great information here on this site! My first tip, remember this is YOUR vacation too!!!! So don't forget to go and hug some characters(besides family members if they are anything like mine!hehe). :lmao:

Make ADRS for your meals.

Use the great packing checklist you can find on here, if you need I will be happy to forward to you! WHo ever created thought of everything!!!

Don't try to do everything in one day! Enjoy your resort too! There is plenty there too!

Use bug spray on the boatride to Downtown disney! (I have fina;lly stopped scratching!) :confused3

Make your first night a slow one the rest of the time will usually be a quick pace! :banana:

Definitely buy on the last day. Another last day tip, if you are driving and have purchased the Dining Plan, use whatever credits are left for snacks for the car ride or plane ride home! popcorn::

Bring lots of film and a back up camera just in case the other gets missed placed. Take lots of pics! Take menus and anything from your resort or parks to use later on in a scrap book. I never thought of scrapbooking till I got back from Disney and love creating great treasures to give my DS later.

Oh and take a little notebook with you and wirte down one those classic kid things they say or DH says and you can use that too for your scrapbook! :sunny:

Most importantly, DANCE!!! Dance with your DH and your kids life is great , YOUR AT DISNEYWORLD!!! IF THAT ISN'T A GOOD ENOUGH REASON TO DANCE WHAT IS??? :cool1:

We dined at Narcoossee's our first night , made ADR'S for 8:30 and after dinner viewed the fireworks from the deck it was great! THen we went back and passed out! It was soooo relaxing and a great way to start our vacation!

HAPPY PLANNING AND HAVE A GREAT TRIP!!!

ASk ask ask these folks here any question you may have the best part is they will have the answer and another answer to a question you didn't even think to ask! :thumbsup2

GoofyBaby
08-20-2006, 09:38 PM
My tips are to:

1). Get to the parks early so you can ride the "big" rides before they develop hour-long waits in line. Use FastPass!

2). Take your time. Don't rush to see everything or you'll wear yourself out before the day is over.

3). Don't let grouchy people in the parks spoil your day. You're in the Happiest Place on Earth, even if they are not! :goodvibes

4). Drink plenty of water so you don't get dehydrated!

5). Have fun and enjoy every moment! :thumbsup2

heimlichfan
08-20-2006, 09:39 PM
Dole Whip...

enough said!

the Fidge
08-20-2006, 09:52 PM
Did I Forget To Tell You Shut The Cell Phones Off While You Are On Vacation !!!!

IT CAN ALL WAIT TILL YOU GET HOME JUST LEAVE YOUR HOTEL ROOM TELE# FOR THOSE EXTRA SPECIAL FOLKS!!! ( THE BOSS DOESN'T COUNT AS ONE OF THEM!!! :teeth: ).

OK THATS ENOUGH OUT OF ME!

Anjiebaby
08-20-2006, 11:25 PM
Ah Yes that is a very important tip. Last trip to WDW I discovered as we unpacked that I forgot my cell phone charger. So after a message to home and work that I would be totally out of touch, I turned it off and put it back in the suitcase. I felt so free!

Samantha/NC
08-21-2006, 12:19 AM
WOW you have already rec'd some great tips and we used most of them :thumbsup2

go early and head to the back of the park on opening--we did this twice and had fantasyland to ourselves.

Use those fastpasses--we never waited over 20-30 minutes for anything-and when we used our fastpass the only wait was just the walk through the line!

watch parades in MK from Frontier Land-view was great and not as crowded!

after you have seen the parades and fireworks-ride rides during this time-we walked right onto POTC and Space Mountain

I know EMH are great BUT we found that those parks are the most crowded toward evening--we would go to parks that did not have EMH in the evening

We went last month and the crowds were not bad at all--we planned each evening what rides we were going to ride first ( usually one with a fp or long lines in the evening) and which ride we would get a fp for early on.

Have fun, if you stay on the dis board you will get tons of tips!!

byoung
08-21-2006, 07:43 PM
Stop at the local Dallar store and get the poncho's. Make sure you carry them with you.

T-i-double-g-err
08-21-2006, 10:08 PM
Three more tips:
1) Get to the park early (several have already posted this, but it's worth repeating.) Get to the park early.
2) If you have children and you are not going into a park on your day of arrival, do a character meal at one of the resorts.
3) Have each child wear a wrist band (self-adhesive paper ones from Party City) that have your name and cell phone number(s).

Have a great trip! Here's some pixie dust to help you on your way. pixiedust:

All American
08-21-2006, 11:34 PM
(My tip depends on the weather report)

Whenever my family would take trips to WDW, it would rain quite hard every day for about 10 minutes---just long enough to drench my shoes.

One day I vowed to wear sandals or flip flops. I never had to deal with wet, squishy shoes and socks again. I was much more comfortable. And if sandals/flip flops are too uncomfortable, I have heard Crocs are a great alternative.

Silly as it is, it was one of the best things I have ever done (and still do) when I visit the park.

KimDis
08-22-2006, 05:48 PM
Good tips, all of them.

1st things 1st - Stay on property! It is worth it. You will not stay offsite once you've stayed on. If you're a teacher or nurse, take advantage of the discounts offered by the dolphin & swan hotels. They are good hotels and the location (Epcot resort area) is perfect. You can walk or take a boat to Epcot and MGM and the boardwalk area is great.

2nd - Early mornings. Yes, I know you're on vacation. Yes I know you'll want to sleep late. Resist the urge to get to the parks later in the morning. It is so much easier to get there early, then go back to your hotel and nap, swim or eat at around mid day, once the crowds get heavy. Then YOU get to go back into the parks much later in the afternoon/early evening once these folk are tired and have slowed down. Shorter lines and more rest for your group, believe it or not.

Take breaks: Believe you me I am as dis obsessed as the next dis-er but take the time to smell the roses. Spread out your days as much as possible. Try to take a day off in the middle of your trip if you can. There is so much to do in the "world" in addition to the rides and attractions. One year I took my younger cousin miniature golfing. Another year my mom and I just had a lazy day with a late character brunch at the Beach Club and then park hopped to buy gifts. This year my mom, best friend and her mom did a mini hotel tour of the poly & grand floridian and then had tea at the garden lounge in the floridian. Then we rode the monorail from the floridian to the MK. Since it was a less traveled monorail in the evening we were able to ride with the engineer in the front. I will never forget sharing my best friends 1st time seeing Cinderella castle. It was magical.

I know this borders ad naseum but I have to repeat the fastpass advice. I went during a peak season mid June and due to a good touring plan and fp's we NEVER waited more than 20 minutes on any line. As a matter of fact my only 20 min wait was for Talking with Crush (totally awesome, dudes & dudettes). My trip this year was my best friend's 1st time and she was so spoiled by this. Couldn't understand why anyone would on purpose stand on line for over an hour (sometimes two) when they did NOT have to.

Speaking of touring plans... if you can spare the cash, invest in the unofficial guide to wdw. I like the official guide especially as a souvenir of the year that I visit, but the touring plans (also available on www.touringplans.com at$6.95 for the year) are priceless.

Wishes: View at the tomorrowland bridge or by the rose garden for a view of tink, but if you've got another night to spare in the MK... Viewing the fireworks in fantasy land near snow white or the carousel is a totally different experience. You are in the midst of the fireworks and it is awesome. You are surrounded by light. I would go classic viewing 1st and then do the 2nd if I could.

CROCS: yes I know I ranted about their customer service a few months ago but they are truly superior footwear. I wore the flip flops the entire time I was there and had little or no foot issues. Just order your shoes at least 2 months in advance or see if you can get them at a local store, mall kiosk, etc.

the Fidge
08-22-2006, 06:21 PM
Hello everyone! I'm new here and I was wondering what everyone's BEST tip is for going to or being at WDW? Where do you watch the parades? Fireworks? Best place to eat? Any fun ideas for the kids? Stuff like that.


I'll be heading down in October and can't wait!! :cool1:

Thanks!

LB

IF YOU LET YOUR CHILDREN KNOW AHEAD OF TIME YOU CAN HAVE THEM DO CHORES AND EARN DISNEY DOOLARS THAT YOU CAN PURCHASE AT ANY DISNEY STORE. THEY AHVE DIFFERENT CHARCTERS ON THEM AND DIFFERENT DEMONIATIONS. ALSO, I SUGGEST YOU KEEP ONE FOR SCRAPBOOK!

DS LOVED EARNING THEM WOULD RECEIVE THEM FOR REPORT CARDS AND MY PARENTS WOULD GIVE FOR BIRTHDAY ALSO THEY MAKE GREAT STOCKING STUFFERS!

TENIA66
08-22-2006, 07:22 PM
Good tips, all of them.

1st things 1st - Stay on property! It is worth it. You will not stay offsite once you've stayed on. If you're a teacher or nurse, take advantage of the discounts offered by the dolphin & swan hotels. They are good hotels and the location (Epcot resort area) is perfect. You can walk or take a boat to Epcot and MGM and the boardwalk area is great.


Being a nurse like person, how do I get this discount????

2nd - Early mornings. Yes, I know you're on vacation. Yes I know you'll want to sleep late. Resist the urge to get to the parks later in the morning. It is so much easier to get there early, then go back to your hotel and nap, swim or eat at around mid day, once the crowds get heavy. Then YOU get to go back into the parks much later in the afternoon/early evening once these folk are tired and have slowed down. Shorter lines and more rest for your group, believe it or not.

Take breaks: Believe you me I am as dis obsessed as the next dis-er but take the time to smell the roses. Spread out your days as much as possible. Try to take a day off in the middle of your trip if you can. There is so much to do in the "world" in addition to the rides and attractions. One year I took my younger cousin miniature golfing. Another year my mom and I just had a lazy day with a late character brunch at the Beach Club and then park hopped to buy gifts. This year my mom, best friend and her mom did a mini hotel tour of the poly & grand floridian and then had tea at the garden lounge in the floridian. Then we rode the monorail from the floridian to the MK. Since it was a less traveled monorail in the evening we were able to ride with the engineer in the front. I will never forget sharing my best friends 1st time seeing Cinderella castle. It was magical.

I know this borders ad naseum but I have to repeat the fastpass advice. I went during a peak season mid June and due to a good touring plan and fp's we NEVER waited more than 20 minutes on any line. As a matter of fact my only 20 min wait was for Talking with Crush (totally awesome, dudes & dudettes). My trip this year was my best friend's 1st time and she was so spoiled by this. Couldn't understand why anyone would on purpose stand on line for over an hour (sometimes two) when they did NOT have to.

Speaking of touring plans... if you can spare the cash, invest in the unofficial guide to wdw. I like the official guide especially as a souvenir of the year that I visit, but the touring plans (also available on www.touringplans.com (http://www.touringplans.com/) at$6.95 for the year) are priceless.

Wishes: View at the tomorrowland bridge or by the rose garden for a view of tink, but if you've got another night to spare in the MK... Viewing the fireworks in fantasy land near snow white or the carousel is a totally different experience. You are in the midst of the fireworks and it is awesome. You are surrounded by light. I would go classic viewing 1st and then do the 2nd if I could.

CROCS: yes I know I ranted about their customer service a few months ago but they are truly superior footwear. I wore the flip flops the entire time I was there and had little or no foot issues. Just order your shoes at least 2 months in advance or see if you can get them at a local store, mall kiosk, etc.

amen to the crocs too!!!

TENIA66
08-22-2006, 07:24 PM
3) Have each child wear a wrist band (self-adhesive paper ones from Party City) that have your name and cell phone number(s).



Stealing this one!!! THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TENIA66
08-22-2006, 07:31 PM
i want to add another:

it seems that dis families come in two distinct types: GO GO GOERS and we're on vacation and we're relaxers.....you will fall in one or the other types....ADRs will be great for the relaxers, sleep inners but a burden for the go go goer's

if you are strapped for time, then you'll get up and go, go, go, 4 days or less for all parks

if you aren't strapped for time, then you will sleep in and spend a lot of time moving from park to other destination or standing in line.....

either is fine, you just need to style your plan according to the type you fall into,

don't miss the unofficial guide for a guidebook...

mickeygirl76
08-22-2006, 09:54 PM
We have been pre purchasing small souvenirs at the Dollar Store or Wal-Mart. They are small enough to pack, but it will be something the kids can play with, and we don't have to spend so much money in the park. Just an idea! Have fun!! :cool1:

the Fidge
08-22-2006, 10:17 PM
We have been pre purchasing small souvenirs at the Dollar Store or Wal-Mart. They are small enough to pack, but it will be something the kids can play with, and we don't have to spend so much money in the park. Just an idea! Have fun!! :cool1:

Thanks for reminding me too! I usually go to the Disney Store and watch the clearance items I have made out so well that way. Bring them in one of those bags that only I know whats in there ! :thumbsup2

checkwriter
08-22-2006, 10:54 PM
Others have said it better, but I'll repeat: Number one tip: Get your @#$@#$ out of bed early, and get yourself over to the parks! No matter if there is an EMH, or not, get there as soon as you can get in and you will be richly rewarded! You'll be able to leave in the early afternoon, as the parks are filling to capacity, having ridden your favorite rides, and you will marvel at all of the people still coming IN!

Tour Guide Mike is a great resource for information to help you build a touring plan. www.tourguidemike.com.

amanDUHx9
08-22-2006, 11:11 PM
there is already a lot of good advice here, but I have one!

if you are like me and get sunburned very easily, bring your own sunscreen! we just recently went and forgot the sunscreen, and it was expensive so we decided against it .. and my dad got burnt to a crisp! i was lucky!

have fun!!

beauty n the beast
08-22-2006, 11:59 PM
:cool1: I would have to say that the first time I was there back in 1978 was the best till last August 2006, when I went on my Honeymoon.

KimDis
08-23-2006, 11:57 AM
Re the special rate:
Call them directly (as a rule I always ask for an in house reservationist) and find out what their lowest rate is then ask if the nurse discount changes that rate any. That way you make sure you're hearing all they have to offer. Do call early, I think they only allot a certain number of rooms the discount.

Also, they seem to have a special through the end of the month. $159/night Might be worth checking out: www.swandolphin.com/rates/index.html

MinnieMousse
08-23-2006, 12:54 PM
About how long between getting an FP and your actual ride time usually?

ntsammy5
08-23-2006, 12:57 PM
About how long between getting an FP and your actual ride time usually?

Depending on the ride and crowds it can vary wildly! Usually about 1 hour though.

Best advice I can give is relax and have fun!


:dance3: :dance3: :dance3: :dance3:

MinnieMousse
08-23-2006, 01:03 PM
Can you get an FP for another person if you have their ticket with you? My husband will be in conference in the morning, but I thought I might be able to get us both FP's so we could go right on a ride when he gets out.
:banana:

Cars2006
08-23-2006, 01:03 PM
Three more tips:
1) Get to the park early (several have already posted this, but it's worth repeating.) Get to the park early.
2) If you have children and you are not going into a park on your day of arrival, do a character meal at one of the resorts.
3) Have each child wear a wrist band (self-adhesive paper ones from Party City) that have your name and cell phone number(s).

Have a great trip! Here's some pixie dust to help you on your way. pixiedust:

What a great idea about the wrist band. I will be borrowing this info and will use this also for other outings

MinnieMousse
08-23-2006, 05:03 PM
If I had to choose between Wishes and IllumiNations what should it be? We may have a :hourglass problem...
:sad2:

TENIA66
08-23-2006, 07:10 PM
for us, wishes definitely

Mouse-n-Mini
08-23-2006, 09:51 PM
Take an afternoon break at your hotel so kids can swim/nap/watch cartoons/ do whatever it is that you do to relax. Then they'll get excited about returning to the park later in the evening when the weather is cooler (if applicable) and they won't be so worn down.

LISAMWDW
08-23-2006, 11:02 PM
I think the biggest thing is don't try to do too much, you'll miss too much!

KimDis
08-24-2006, 10:07 AM
If I had to choose between Wishes and IllumiNations what should it be? We may have a :hourglass problem...
:sad2:

Tough... Illuminations. It just gets me every time.

KimDis
08-24-2006, 10:09 AM
Can you get an FP for another person if you have their ticket with you? My husband will be in conference in the morning, but I thought I might be able to get us both FP's so we could go right on a ride when he gets out.
:banana:
Kinda tough, I think he'll need to have entered the park for the day in order for you to get a FP. Maybe if he went in with you, left and then you met him to re-enter it could work.

erinch
08-24-2006, 10:27 AM
If you're at all sensitive to bug bites, take hydrocortisone cream.
saves lots of itching.

notice all the little magic details. It's not about the rides, it's about the magic.

sit down inside where it's cool to eat lunch.

stay hydrated. if you have kids, make them drink, whether they want to or not.

search "tips" and you'll find lots of great threads.

rkujay
08-24-2006, 11:26 AM
Get to the parks early to ride the feature rides, but first get a fastpass for the next ride you'd like to ride.
No really bad places to view fireworks, so please, don't camp out two hours early...you're wasting time.
Stay onsite. Disney is priced well for the market. Don't rent a car unless you are absolutely committed to do things other than Disney.
Hydrate yourself and your kids. It is warm here. Don't think that you can do all and see all in a few days. We have been coming to WDW for years and nearly always find something we have not seen or done.
Finally, enjoy yourself. WDW is not like any other vacation you have ever had.
:thumbsup2

rkujay
08-24-2006, 11:28 AM
Can you get an FP for another person if you have their ticket with you? My husband will be in conference in the morning, but I thought I might be able to get us both FP's so we could go right on a ride when he gets out.
:banana:
If you have your tickey and put it in the machine, you will get a fastpass. They don't count heads at fastpass distribution.
:cool1:

MinnieMousse
08-24-2006, 11:56 AM
Thanks for all the great tips guys! :thumbsup2
We are not dealing with bringing kids yet, so that makes things less complicated. :dance3:
Thanks especially for the advice on the parades, I was a little worried that we wouldn't have time for anything but standing in line! :rolleyes1
How long do the monorail rides take from the Cont. to the other resorts/parks/DD???

PaMom001
08-24-2006, 09:45 PM
Get a small, see-through backpack. My DD10 brought one and it was just big enough to carry our tickets, money, cell phone(for calling other members in our party if we got lost), camera, film, pepto, bandaids, excederin, keys. It also made going through security easier. The small backpack could fit DD & extended big enough for me if she got tired of wearing it.

Also, some diser's have laynards that they put tickets, id, and money in. I'm not quite sure where they get them, but, OfficeMax/Walmart/Target are options.