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UK~STU
02-28-2002, 10:51 AM
As Requested....

FIREWORKS
* View from California Grill in Contemporary resort.
* See 'angels' when wearing 3D glasses to view the fireworks. Its very cool!!! Try it!!!
* See Tinkerbells flight as the MK fireworks begin.
* Watch the Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks from the outdoor porch at Narcoossees.
* The very *best* view of the fireworks is from Mickey's Toontown Fair. They are set off in Mickey's backyard, and they are very loud as this is as close as you can get to the launch point. Much less crowded, too. Ask a cast member where to stand so you can see Tinker Bell fly.

GENERAL
* Talk to the bus driver, he may give you a cute little card that says Assistant Bus driver on it.
* Ride up front with the driver on the Monorails & ask for a monorail certificate.
* Get Guest of Honor badges!
* Make sure to have an autograph book and a fat pen so the characters can hold it easier.
* Look for the Hidden Mickey's throughout WDW! Home of Hidden Mickey's http://www.oitc.com/Disney/
* Children should sit on the outside of the table at character meals so the characters can interact with them.
* Try a Dole Whip.
* Minnie’s Strawberry Fruit Bars have 80 calories, 0 of which are from fat.
* Bring a nightlight for the hotel room, if your children are used to sleeping with one.
* Seeing Goofy ski on Seven Seas Lagoon.
* Use Fastpass!
* If you require medical attention while at WDW, go 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.
* Buy a disposable waterproof camera take it to the waterparks & hotel pool for some really cool underwater shots!

EPCOT
* live performances in Epcot can be found at: http://pages.prodigy.net/stevesoares/EPCOT.htm.
* Watch Off Kilter in WorldShowcas & the people enjoying them!!
* See the Dancing Fountain located directly across from the Fountainview Café on the plaza behind Spaceship Earth.
* Play in the Magic Water Fountain on the walkway between FWorld and WS (on the right when walking to WS).
* Another "Magic Water Fountain" on the east side of FWorld, in between Innoventions East and (I think) Horizons.
* Toss your waste in a Talking Trashcan . There's one by the Electric Umbrella next to Innoventions.
* The Butterfly Garden near the entrance to Test Track -- follow the path near the Cool Wash on your way to WS.
* In Innoventions West, at the IBM exhibit, you can actually email pictures of yourself.
* In Innoventions West, you can have a color photo taken and given to you as a souvenir at the Pixography exhibit.
* At Innoventions East you can send a 10 second video clip via email to folks back home.
* Each country had a table set up for children to sit at with 3-4 cast members, and were given free masks to decorate.
* Buy the Epcot Passport, for $8.95 you get a button, plus a passport and a set of stamps for each country
* Find the trained squirrels in Epcot.
* The solar powered lawnmower at EPCOT.
* The music in the "bushes" as you walk into Epcot!
* Living Statues at Epcot's France pavilion.
* Tiny lights in the sidewalk in Futureworld.
* World Showcase at Epcot is a GREAT place to find characters.
* Norway boat ride, be first of the day and get a Viking hat with a certificate that says ‘Viking of the Day’
* The hidden Mickey on the Norway ride.
* The troll you take pictures with in the Norway store!
* Being in Germany at the top of the hour.
* The garden behind England in Epcot - stop and smell the flowers and just relax.
* 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!
* Find the Secret Garden in the UK. Take the path running down the French side of the Rose & Crown that screams "just ignore me!" There's a nice little sitting area there right by the lagoon.
* The little park in the UK pavilion. Follow the lane that leads away from the waterfront and the park is just around the corner with hedgerow maze. Also a GREAT place to find characters like Pooh and Eeyore and Piglet.
* Drink from a Talking Water Fountain. There are three that we know of: if you face the "Fountain of Nations" with Spaceship Earth behind you, the talking water fountain is outside the Mouse Gear Shop (east side) on your left. The second one can be found one to the right of the magic/play fountain between World Showcase and Future World . There is a third one located behind Innoventions West , near the restroom, sort of between Innoventions and the Honey I Shrunk the Audience Pavilion

ANIMAL KINGDOM
* There are 27 hidden Mickeys in the mural in the Animal Kingdom Conservation Station.
* 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.
* Song of the Rainforest in Conservation Station.
* The waterlilly pools at AK (at Flametree BBQ).
* The hidden trail at AK. Designed for the adventurous type. Between Asia and Africa.
* “Devine” a lady on stilts wrapped in vine. Until she moves you just think she’s part of the landscape.
* The bridge where the Kali River Rapids ride ends. There are 2 elephants that people on the bridge can make shoot water by pushing a button. (the elephant wash and dry at Conservation Station).

MGM
* Dorothy’s ruby slippers and Mary Poppins carousel at MGM.
* The key under the mat at Muppets 3D.
* Open the wooden crates next to the AFI shop at the Back Lot Tour ride.
* Andy Mation, the balloonimator, performs in the Animation Courtyard M-F: 11:00AM to around 4:00PM.
* Star Tours photo op: go right across the walkway and you'll see the STARCRUISER backdrop.
* The "Singing in the Rain" umbrella is attached to one of the streetlights near the Hunchback theater.
* Outside of Indiana Jones is a rope that goes into a well.....pull it!
* Go to the second showing of Fantasmic.
* At the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids play area, climb the stairs between the garden hose and the slide coming out of a roll of film. There is a dog nose. Put your hand in the nostrils. The dog sniffs you!

DOWNTOWN DISNEY
* I personally love the napping LEGO dad at DD.
* Get a Sticker Hunt book from a Disney store CM in the Marketplace. There are 15 stickers to collect from stores.
* Stop in the Art of Disney store! They run a trivia quiz every day and give out prizes if you get them all right!
* Jumping fountains at Downtown Village - small ones at main entrance and further around the corner, larger version.

MAGIC KINGDOM
* Check out the paw prints in front of the stairs leading to Tony's Town Square.
* There are new Tiki god statutes in Adventureland next to Bwana Bob's, careful -- they spit water at you!
* Turnstiles to the right side of the MK gates are MUCH more crowded than those on the left side (near the monorail).
* Ride the new Pooh ride and smell the honey in the air.
* The trees in tomorrow land.
* RideTTA and hear "Paging Mr. Tom Morrow".
* The statue at Mama Melrose's Ristorante, at the door. (cherub & 2 pups). There is a hidden Mickey on 1 of the pups.
* On Buzz Lightyear you can score more points by holding the button down for the duration of the ride.
* 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.
* The Mickey shaped manhole covers in Toontown.
* Clawed scratched floor at Country Bear Jamboree waiting area.
* The parrot outside of Pirates.
* Riding through Splash Mountain on the train.
* Find your 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)
* 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.
* Toontown is uncrowded about an hour before closing.
* Picture of Mr. Toad handing Winnie the Pooh the deed to the ride. (in Owl's house on Winnie the Pooh ride.)
* There are only 4 hitching posts with no horse heads on them. Can you find them? They are all on Main street at MK.
* The paw prints inside it from Lady & Tramp. (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.
* View the afternoon MK parade at the right of the entrance to the Liberty Tree Tavern Restaurant in Liberty Square.
* Check out the Talking Trash Cans. In the Magic Kingdom , go to Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland . It is located in the *room* that the stage is located in and on the left-hand wall as you enter the room from the counters.
* See characters, at Toontown rope drop. Each character chose one child to personally escort into Toontown!Rope drop at Toontown is the "opening" of Toontown each day. On Early Entry Days, Toontown typically opens at 9 a.m. On non-Early Entry Days, Toontown typically opens at 10:00 a.m. Characters come out to facilitate the rope drop, and each character will select a child to escort into Toontown.
* At Cinderella's Royal Table, stand in front of the throne and look up to the right and you will see Gus and Jacques!
* On Main Street at the back of the first alley on your right as you face the Castle, on the top floor is a dance studio, if you listen you can hear tap shoes. In that same alley is piano lessons and you hear the lessons going on.

RESORTS
* The petting zoo at Fort Wilderness (just south of Pioneer Hall ). Take boat or bus to Fort Wilderness
* Find the lawnmower that has a tree grown around it at FW.
* Go to Fort Wilderness for the campfire/sing-along, nightly at 7pm behind the Meadow Trading Post.
* Wilderness Lodge: Sit in the rows of rocking chairs in front of a huge stone fireplace (Chip and Dale may visit).
* Ask at the Front Desk for a kid's activity/coloring book/goodie bag at the WL.
* At WL see Disney's version of Old Faithful (erupts on the half hour).
* The animal tracks in the cement and nature sounds outside the WL.
* FREE ladybug release: Thurs at WL at 10am and at Poly (back entrance of the Great Ceremonial House) at 11am.
* 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.
* Go to the balcony of the California Grill on the 15th floor of the Contemporary Resort for a magnificent view of MK.
* Visit the Maya Temple Pool area at Coronado Springs ....it's a stunner!

CHEAPEST SOUVENIRS
* Napkins and plastic drink cups from the food courts and vendors. Don't cost a penny.
* 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.
* 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

debatha
02-28-2002, 11:00 AM
Stu,

Thanks great tips. I have printed them out.
Deb

ADS
02-28-2002, 11:05 AM
Thanks Stu :jester:

jana
02-28-2002, 08:52 PM
Thanks for that

Hilary
03-01-2002, 02:25 AM
Thanks Stu :):)

I'm starting a thread over on TP for links to posts like this.

Madjock
03-01-2002, 05:29 AM
Stu,

I took this list with me when we went in October. Although we didn't manage the whole list the tips we did follow were invaluable!

Many thanks
Annmarie

BONZO
03-01-2002, 05:34 AM
Stu,

Thank heavens for your backup! - LOL

:D

WebmasterPenny
03-01-2002, 06:23 AM
Stu, you are my hero - I love this thread :)

Penny :)

2BoysMum&Dad
02-09-2004, 06:34 AM
Hey Stu, you could make loads of money as a holiday reporter! I am going to WDW for three weeks this year and will be printing off your e-mail to take will me and reading it thoroughly before I go.

Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!

2BoysMum&Dad:wave2:

Olaf
02-09-2004, 07:06 AM
Wow, that's impressive. I've printed it out. Thanks! :)

Minniespal
02-10-2004, 03:22 AM
Thanx Stu.

shellbell
03-09-2004, 03:49 AM
Thats great info, Iv'e printed it out and giving it to everyone coming:Pinkbounc

Beth__WDW23/6/02
03-09-2004, 05:19 AM
Thanks Stu!!
Printed out, And ready to read!! :)

kozmo
03-09-2004, 05:24 AM
Thankyou sir!:D

TinkTatoo
03-11-2004, 01:35 AM
LOL Stu - looks familiar ;) - Thanks for all your effort and keep up the great work :teeth:

Fantasia Sam
03-11-2004, 04:44 AM
Fabarooney Stu :)

esteeds
05-09-2007, 05:08 AM
Stu
Is it you from the Dibb??? I think it is :)
Moonlighting eh ;)

Mr Ed

mandymouse
05-09-2007, 05:15 AM
Thanks Stu

I'm going to pop this over on the UK Trip planning boards for those planning their next trip

Mandy :)

Claire L
05-09-2007, 05:21 AM
This thread was started over 5 years ago so some of the 'secrets' may no longer exist!

Claire ;)

UKDEB
05-09-2007, 06:09 AM
Stu
Is it you from the Dibb??? I think it is :)
Moonlighting eh ;)

Mr Ed
Mr Ed - Stu started this thread in 2002! As Claire says, it's a little out of date, so I'm going to close it.