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jue
03-09-2002, 03:21 AM
Thought this old thread might come in handy on the new site,
Wendy you DID ASK !!!

I saved these from the US Boards some time ago whilst searching for tips for my Vacation Planner.
I can't remember the original poster but they had been collecting these for some time..

Stops for Magic Moment’ s parade:
Each float has 5 stops for the MK's Magical Moments Parade...
Cinderella Unit - Liberty Bell, Castle Hub, Casey's Corner, Emporium Corner,Car Barn
Little Mermaid Unit - Liberty Tree Tavern, Liberty Square Bridge, Castle End of Main Street, Main Street Cinema, Train Station
Beauty & the Beast Unit - Frontierland Woodshop, Liberty Square Christmas Store, Tomorrowland Side of Castle Hub, Main Street Athletic Store, Tony's Side of Town Square
Aladdin Unit - Country Bears, Liberty Bell, Castle Hub, Casey's Corner,
Emporium Corner
Lion King Unit - Pecos Bill's, Liberty Tree Tavern, Liberty Square Bridge,
Castle End of Main Street, Main Street Cinema
Finale Unit (lots of different characters) - Splash Mountain, Frontierland Woodshop, Liberty Square Christmas Shop, Tomorrowland Side of Castle Hub, Main Street Athletic Store
The tiny lights in the sidewalk in Futureworld
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.
When you ride the new Pooh ride smell the honey in the air
1. find the talking trash cans and water fountains
2. Go to the Campfire
3. Find the trained squirrels in Epcot
4. Talking umbrella at MGM
5. Ladybug release at WL
6. See tinkerbell as the MK fireworks begin
7. Go to the toy story playground and ASMo
8. Check out the different sounds & smells around the MK
9. Get a big turkey leg for my little one while we wait for Fantasmic
10. Try a beavertail
11. Get my sons haircut at the barber in MK
12. See Mr. Toad handing over the deed to his property on the Pooh ride
13. Tug on the Liberty Bell rope in Liberty Square and rope at Indiana Jones
14. The trees in tomorrow land

The narration & music while riding the railroad in MK.
Also, just before the train stops at Splash Mt, being able to peek inside at people on the ride going by in their boats.
- Getting a peek inside Space Mt while riding TTA.
- The artwork in Minnie's House.
- The animatronic characters (Goofy & Donald?) fishing in the stream at AK.
- Seeing Goofy ski on Seven Seas Lagoon.
Watching Off Kilter in WS & the people enjoying them!!
Find the lawnmower that has a tree grown around it at FW.
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
Just remembered something else. 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.
Wow there is so much, like the music on an enight when the park is virtually empty and you are walking down Main Street and the Castle is turning colors! The view of the fireworks from California Grill. Rounding the cornor and seeing Downtown Disney for the first time coming from DL or PO on the boat. Watching the dragon blow out fire from the cave at Animal Kingdom. Hearing the cars go by on Test Track when you are outside. The CoKe Cool Station, throwing snowballs at my husband in Epcot. There is simply so much!! I like watching the little Geyser errupt outside Big Thunder Mountain when I chicken out and am waiting for my husband. And of course Splash Mountain..the whole ride, the theme, the music, the expectation, and then of course that little flash right before you go down! I could go on forever!!
Finding the wedding ring embedded in the cement outside of the Haunted Mansion. Making a wish in the well outside the castle. Eating a Goofy Bar. Watching the dancing water fountain at FW at Epcot. Watching people pull the handle on the umbrella at MGM
Co-Pilot on the Monorail
The garden behind England in Epcot - stop and smell the flowers and just relax.
. The key under the mat at Muppets 3D.
2. Tinkerbell's flight.
3. The Mickey shaped manhole covers in Toontown.
4. Clawed scratched floor at Country Bear Jamboree waiting area.
5. The solar powered lawnmower at EPCOT.
6. The person knocking on the door in Harambe at AK by Tusker House.
I personally love the napping LEGO dad at DD.
The resort channel in your room
In MK, outside Cosmic Ray's Cafe, while sitting eating ice cream, a talking, "walking" garbage can entertained the crowds. The kids loved it! It followed people and interacted with them.
the Sword in the Stone ceremony
the talking water fountain at Epcot
So you're telling me there are paintbrushes scattered around TSI, and if I find 3 and give them back to the raft operator I get a front-of-the-line pass to either Splash Mtn. or BTMRR

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 ***a 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!

Another thing to look for and they are probably not there all the time is at the exit to Test track you might see the test crash dummies.. They look like statues, but there really are people in there dressed up... If you see them don't tell anyone else in your party and get them to pose next to them for a picture and they will come to life!
At Epcot, watch for the Jammitors (sp?). They are three guys carrying garbage cans and they stop and play the cans with drum sticks.
On the first ride of Dumbo each morning, Mickey and Minnie pick kids to ride with.
If you get to AK at opening, go into Rainforest Cafe, all the way through the gift shop and out to the patio adjacent to the gift shop. There is a park entrance there that opens at the same time the main entrance opens, but hardly anyone goes there. You'll avoid the mob scene at the front entrance, and beat the crowd to KS
there is a statue of Cinderella. If you kneel down in front of the statue, the crown on the alcove behind her is placed on her head. ?
On the bridge to Camp Minnie-Mickey you can see the fire breathing dragons' breath (you have to be patient) it is off to the right as you enter and on the left hand bank of the river.
the key under the mat at Muppets in MGM
fantasmic dinner package
ladybug release at wilderness lodge
$2.00 pony rides at Fort Wilderness petting zoo
as a newbie I never knew about the Grand Floridian's Grand Adventures For Kids programs (adventures in cooking, pirate cruise and wonderland tea party)
as a newbie I also didn't know about the princess breakfast at the castle (or how darn tough it is to get!)
Tom Sawyer Island paint brushes--find them and turn them into the boat captain for front-of-the-line passes for either BTM or splash mountain.
toon town is loaded with gobs of characters a few minutes before rope drop, sometimes a child is chosen to walk hand-in-hand into toon town at rope drop.
Sword in the stone ceremony--by Cinderella's carousel, at certain times of the day Merlin picks a big fella (to pick on) and typically a shy child to pull the sword from the stone. The child gets to wear a crown and robe, then gets I think a certificate and medal.
at Tarzan Rocks (in AK) they choose a King and Queen of the jungle. The perk is a chance to give a tarzan yell into the microphone, free ice cream, great seats in a reserved section, a Magical Moments certificate and brief interaction with Turk during the show.
As a newbie I didn't know about Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular taking audience members up as extras
At Epcot when you are walking around the Countries, when you get to the outback area where there old time ***a coolers lift the lids. Get ready for a surprise.
At Epcot testtrack - if you are facing the testtrack turn completely around and walk basically straight ahead and you will come to the neatest butterfly garden. The is also one over by England.
.If you stand facing Germany, on the hour the Cockoo Clock chimes and the the characters on the clock come out. It is really neat to watch.
At Epcot they have a talking water fountian.
This thread is so much fun!!! At MGM on the Great Movie Ride there are two different shows. It depends on what cart you get into which show you will see. There is a cowboy/western show and a mob /gangster shootout. I have only seen the cowboy one didn't know about the other one until we were already home. ??
We at got AK before in opened one morning and right before the gates opened music started and there was someone talking on a loud speaker. There were people dressed like exotic characters walking on stilts. Cast members were holding birds and spiders and little animals and letting kids pet them. As for Devine, I had read about her on anothe DW website and really wanted to see her but thought it impossible. Just so happend that as we went into the park and were walking near where you can enter the Rainforest Cafe entrance from park, there she was coming out from where characters get ready. Once she saw people looking at her she stood up against Rainforest Cafe sign and wouldn't move. I caught a picture of her going to the sign. If I had not seen her moving I would have not noticed her and would have thought it really was a plant.
Options: Automatically parse URLs: automatically adds and around iThe rehitching ceremony is the Garden Grill's version of an anniversary celebration!!! You get "re-hitched"!!! (get it?? ?)
The characters come over and give you a cake, and some sort of anniversary card, and I think there's a song the waiter does! It looked like lots of fun when I saw it!!!


The Electrical Water Pageant can only be seen at Polynesian Resort (9 pm watch from the beach) Grand Floridian 9:15 pm, Wilderness Lodge 9:35pm, Ft Wilderness 9:45pm & the Contemporary Resort at 10pm. Its really short, so you can't be late
I found out over the weekend about a fun activity for kids - a Pirate Cruiseleaving from the Grand Floridian. The way it was described to me was this: The kids dress up with pirate bandanas and are taken on a treasure hunt around the lake by the Grand Floridian. They sing pirate songs, and find treasure (which they get to divide among themselves). There are Disney cast members dressed as pirates that go along on the cruise (no parents!). I called Disney Dining and was told that the Pirate Cruise is offered on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 12 noon. It leaves from the Grand Floridian (ask at Guest Services at the Grand Floridian and they'll direct you to the dock where the cruise leaves from). Cost is $20/child.
Wonderland Tea Party: The scoop (sorry you had problems getting details):
1) "Alice's Tea Party", at the Grand Floridian.
2) Monday and Wednesday at 1:30-2:30pm.
3) Kids only, NO adults allowed.
4) 407-WDW-DINE for ressies.
5) 60-Days ahead for ressies. Need Credit Card
6) $22.95 + tax per child.
7) Mad Hatter and Alice present.
8) Alice also reads a story to the kids.
9) Refreshments are tea (apple juice), PB sandwiches, ham & cheese slices, cupcakes the kids decorate.
10) Pictures with Mad Hatter and Alice.
11) Sometimes kids do not want to leave!!!
Our two boys loves the campfire program when we stayed at Fort Wilderness. We brougt our own hotdogs,marshmallows and stick (which I believe you can purchase there for a fairly reasonable price--$5 for a s'more kit and sticks) They had a sing a long with Chip and Dale, who came around several times to see the kids. Afterward they showed a movie on the outdoor screen. We saw Peter Pan. You can call ahead and ask what movies are showing the nights of your stay. It was a lot of fun.
Both of my children have done the tea party and had a nice time, but their favorite event was called Adventures in Cooking. This is also held at the Grand Floridian, and for the same age group, but it is two hours long and in the morning. It is only offered twice a week and in the two times we have attended the price has increased from ten to fifteen dollars (Dirt cheap by disney standards). The kids made cookies in one trip and pizza on another. They also make their own chef hats and aprons and they hand delivered their goodies to the staff and guests in the GF lobby after the cooking class which was really cute to watch. There are no characters there,(which explains why it is inexpensive compared to the tea party) but when we attended it was hosted by the same staff as the tea party and they were fabulous.

WebmasterPenny
03-09-2002, 05:27 AM
Thanks Jue! :)

Penny :)

penlanspice
03-14-2002, 04:19 AM
thanks

Fiona R from UK
03-14-2002, 04:37 AM
Jue,

I think this is one of the most popular threads of all time, thanks for saving it!!

WDWfan,uk
03-14-2002, 04:44 AM
I've also got a page of "Beginners mistakes to avoid" that I wrote out specifically for the UK DIS info site which I could mail to anyone that would like them - it's far far too long to post, so please e-mail me if you'd like a copy!