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karters*mom
02-22-2008, 06:46 PM
We are taking our Son for his 8th b-day in april.
I am looking for some ideas ..and stuff not to miss!

I've been advised about the Free Plastic Robot thing.
Free Lanyard full of Charms kids can Colour in Epcot..What else is there to take advantage of!

We are arriving on Fri April 18th..He is turning 8 on the 19th!

I'm trying to make a list of what not too miss!

#1 is making a Light Saber...I think my husband is more excited about that...lol
:cheer2:

golden
02-22-2008, 07:17 PM
What is the free plastic robot thing and a light saber?

karters*mom
02-22-2008, 07:22 PM
What is the free plastic robot thing and a light saber?

For $19.95 your child can make their own Light Saber..its pretty cool..as I've been told..and yet to experience! Its suppose to be in downtown disney!

Here is the Article about Epcot and free things.

Here’s a list of 5 activities, crafts, and snacks you can get for free – with directions on where to find them.

1. A Lanyard Full of Charms that Kids can Decorate Themselves.

Sharpie sponsors the 6 Kidcot stations in Future World. You can pick up a lanyard (necklace) at any of them. Visit them all to collect the different charms with fun themes like Kim Possible. Color them to make them unique.

Locations: All stations are located in Future World:

1. Innoventions East – near the entrance
2. Innoventions West – near the entrance
3. The Seas with Nemo and Friends – lower level
4. The Land – on the top level near “The Circle of Life”
5. Test Track – in the gift shop after you exit the ride
6. Imagination! – after the ride

2. Personalized Plastic Robot

This is very cool! First you build your own virtual robot and race it against other guests’ robots using the properties of plastic to give you an edge.

Then you choose the parts and colors you like and create your own real plastic robot to take home with you. This robot stands about 7 inches tall - with moveable limbs!

Location: In Future World’s “Innoventions East” at “Fantastic Plastic Works”

3. Chef’s Hat & Toll House Cookie

Nestle sponsors the Junior Chef Program where kids learn to follow a recipe and bake real Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookies. When they're fully baked, they get to sample the cookies they made. And - if that’s not enough – they also get to keep their chef’s hat!

Note: This program is available for children aged 3-10.

They must sign-up for this in advance and book a time. The groups are very small so get there early.

Location: In Future World’s “The Land” on the lower level near “Living with the Land.”

4. Need a Drink to Go with that Free Cookie? How about free soda?

This chill zone called “Club Cool” is sponsored by Coca Cola and features samples of beverages they sell around the world. It’s self-served and you can drink as much as you like. Some are yummy and refreshing. Others are … well – find out for yourself!

Location: In Future World past the Epcot Character Spot.

5. A Mask with Charms to Attach and Decorate

Pick up a mask at any country in the World Showcase, and then add a different charm at each additional country you visit. Spend some time and personalize the mask and charms with the Sharpie markers that are provided.

At the China pavilion, you can learn your birth sign (according to the Chinese calendar) and how to write your name in Chinese.

Tip: If you collect all 11 charms, you get a special bonus!

Location: In the World Showcase.

Enjoy!

annie1995
02-22-2008, 07:23 PM
Is this lanyard and charm thing new at Epcot? Last time we did it, it was face masks

karters*mom
02-22-2008, 07:25 PM
Is this lanyard and charm thing new at Epcot? Last time we did it, it was face masks

Not sure? Never been before just searching things out on the web..trying to get some tips and ideas :bride:

Minnie M6
02-22-2008, 07:59 PM
Great thread! I have an 8 year old son who turns 9 April 14 and a 7 year old daughter who will turn 8 before our trip in December. I printed off your post about all the fun stuff to do in Epcot- thank you :flower3:

I know one thing my son is really excited about is the Lego store at DTD. I showed him pics of the store online, and he can't wait! There are bins of Legos all over the walls, and kids can fill different size containers with legos for set prices. I think there are other fun things at DTD like an arcade and a pin store. That's the other thing my son is looking forward to- pin trading. I ordered some from Mousepinsonline and they came in the mail today- they are great! They were $1.75 apiece and he can't wait to trade them at the parks.

One other thing to add/ suggest: If you have a local Disney store, they are having great clearance sales now. I bought some plush characters and hats for each kid- I plan to put the characters on their beds at the resort as a surprise ;)

HAve a great trip, and thenks for starting the thread- I'm looking forward to reading more suggestions!

collcass
02-22-2008, 08:06 PM
Any of the Pirate Adventure Cruises.

karters*mom
02-22-2008, 08:35 PM
Great thread! I have an 8 year old son who turns 9 April 14 and a 7 year old daughter who will turn 8 before our trip in December. I printed off your post about all the fun stuff to do in Epcot- thank you :flower3:

I know one thing my son is really excited about is the Lego store at DTD. I showed him pics of the store online, and he can't wait! There are bins of Legos all over the walls, and kids can fill different size containers with legos for set prices. I think there are other fun things at DTD like an arcade and a pin store. That's the other thing my son is looking forward to- pin trading. I ordered some from Mousepinsonline and they came in the mail today- they are great! They were $1.75 apiece and he can't wait to trade them at the parks.

One other thing to add/ suggest: If you have a local Disney store, they are having great clearance sales now. I bought some plush characters and hats for each kid- I plan to put the characters on their beds at the resort as a surprise ;)

HAve a great trip, and thenks for starting the thread- I'm looking forward to reading more suggestions!

We are going to Try pin trading too.bought some to start off with!

We don't have a Disney store near by...an hour away is the closest one!

i'll post more things as I find them....pirate:

golden
02-23-2008, 08:52 AM
Is there a sizable offering of Bionicles at the Lego store?

BigMike10
02-23-2008, 03:02 PM
My son has always wanted the Darth Maul double lightsaber. It is a fortune on ebay and you can no longer buy it, but you can MAKE one!! We saw a boy with one when we were leaving Disney and my son ran up to him to ask him where he got it. He said he made it in Downtown disney. We are definitely heading there on our next trip to make one. I thought this might interest anyone who loves Star Wars like my boys do. Another thing that is a must do is a Buzz Lightyear contest. You can do a little research online as to tactics for getting the best score. We have a contest between cars(spaceships) and often ride multiple times. It is so much fun. Ride Pirates at night--much more piratey. We also enjoy Jungle Cruise at night. It seems a little more realistic. Have a wonderful trip!!

NEVERENOUGHWDW
02-23-2008, 03:08 PM
The Lego Store, Star Tours, Buzz Lightyear! Check if the P&PP is happening when you are there.
If he is into trains they have the Steam Train Behind the Scenes.

Also Disney online is having some really good prices on pins if you are going to start to trade.

BryceB's mom
02-23-2008, 03:41 PM
Where do you make the light saber? I know you said downtown but what store? I think my eight year old son would love this.

saturday97
02-23-2008, 03:59 PM
If you are already hip to the make your own lightsaber in DTD (a BIG hit with my son last year, age 9), you probably already know about the Jedi Training Academy at Disney Studios. Also, my son really enjoyed the Sci-Fi Dine In for lunch, and it was a lifesaver-- getting out of the heat for an hour! Don't forget ADRs, because they are often booked solid for the day!

I second the Lego Store-- a big hit!

DBarber600
02-23-2008, 08:36 PM
My son's b-day is also April 19th! He will be 7.

If your boy really wants to be chosen for the Jedi Training Academy - bring a sign. It worked for us and our friends. Ours said "My Midichlorians Are Off The Scale" (Weird Al reference as well...). We printed ours off our computer and packed it. My friend had the same message but forgot to make the sign at home, so they wrote it on a napkin while waiting. This actually may be a better plan as the Jedi made a big deal out of the fact that they were holding up a napkin.

I totally second Fantastic Plastics. DS loves it!

Lightsabers are at Once Upon A Toy at DTD. You can make a Sith or Jedi model. Batteries are included. You used to get a Sith or Jedi trading pin as well. We made one last summer, so I don't know if they still do that.

We found that the only place that handed out the "laynards" for the KidCot stations is at The Land (station was located outside of the Garden Grill). These are laminated cards with Small World-esque illustrations on them and like 6 holes punched along the bottom to attach the die-cuts. It is strung on a cord. It is way cuter and a lot more convenient to carry, pack, display. We got ours 2 years ago, maybe someone else can confirm that they still have these. All other stations give you the huge masks.

If he likes Pokemon, Mitsikoshi (sp?), the store in the Japan pavilion in Epcot, has some Pokemon merchandise. My son is looking forward to it this year. He just got into Pokemon so he's really excited. They have cards and maybe some figures.

One last "free" thing that my son likes to do. At Disney Studios, in the Art of Animation building, they have a 10 minute drawing seminar, where a CM will teach you how to draw a Disney character. They do a different one every so often. I saw some kids asking the CM in the queue which character was up next because they were trying to collect them all. So, if your boy likes to draw...

He also likes restaurants with games like O'Hana or Whispering Canyon.

maxtomsmom
02-23-2008, 11:54 PM
At AK, encourage your son to raise his hand enthusiastically during the Lion King Festival -the kids get to play instruments and march around.

At EPCOT - There are two different Kidcot projects for lack of better words. My DS completed the ones at the countries. He loves to show it to people.

Biergarten is a lot of fun for kids. They get to dance around with the Oompah band.

At Hollywood Studios- If your son likes Power Rangers, make sure you get there early and try to separate (you stand with your son in one line while your husband stands in another), the line builds up very quickly and you can get more than one autograph. They are only there for a brief period of time.


I wasn't sure if you needed any info on any of the rides, but let us know if you do?

Also, I believe you said it was a birthday surprise. Make sure you let your hotel and a CM know. Your son gets a free birthday button. If you let the restaurant know, they will have a surprise for him as well. I do believe its for sit-down restaurants only.

RachelNinja
02-24-2008, 03:23 AM
As the previous poster said, there are 2 different projects at the Kidcot tables. The lanyard one is in Future World. The mask is in the World Showcase. My brother didn't want the mask so we asked them to just attach the cardboard cutouts to the Future World one.

I don't know if there's a cost but you can get a passport at American Adventure? And then get it stamped at all the countries at the Kidcot tables or something like that. We saw girls that had it but it started raining so we didn't make it all the way to American Adventure.

Pressed pennies and quarters! Great souvenirs. As other DISers have posted, fill those mini M&M tubes with 2 quarters and a penny (always in in that order) so you have them ready. I did it this time and it was so much fun not having to search for coins! Epcot has mainly the automatic machines, but my brother (9) had a lot of fun doing the hand crank ones at MK.

ChristaDeVil
02-26-2008, 03:33 PM
Ours said "My Midichlorians Are Off The Scale"

.

That is awesome and so is your picture in your signature.

futurecastmember
02-27-2008, 03:35 PM
Disney Quest!- If your son likes video games- he will LOVE this- my 8 year old son did this for the first time on our last visit and LOVED it- he didnt want to leave!

CrazyDisneyMommy1
02-27-2008, 04:14 PM
I second the build your own light saber. My son is 7 and he built Darth Maul in May 07 and yoda at Christmas 07. He is already planning what will be the next one to build on our next trip. I also second or third the Jedi Training. This was the highlight of my sons trip at xmas. He also loves pirates to, so the pirate tutorial at MK by the Pirate ride is great as well. Have great trip! I am positive this will be a birthday to remember for your son. :wizard:

Diamondintheruff
02-27-2008, 04:18 PM
Pressed pennies and quarters! Great souvenirs. As other DISers have posted, fill those mini M&M tubes with 2 quarters and a penny (always in in that order) so you have them ready. I did it this time and it was so much fun not having to search for coins! Epcot has mainly the automatic machines, but my brother (9) had a lot of fun doing the hand crank ones at MK.

You can print out a list of the pressed penny machine locations at allearsnet.com

If he likes star wars than there is the jedi training you'll want to check out.

My son who was eight last visit loved looking for hidden mickeys. We bought the book for him.

For pin trading I bought them off the internet. I think it was pinseller.com and I got 25 assorted pins for a great deal. The kids had no attachment to them so they were happy trading them.

karters*mom
02-27-2008, 04:31 PM
Penny press will be a must..my son thought it was cool when my parents brought him some back from their alaska trip.

Jedi training i think he will think is amazing!


Hidden Mickey? Hmmm have to check that out...
thanks for the tips....they are GREAT!:cheer2:

maxtomsmom
02-27-2008, 09:35 PM
Penny press will be a must..my son thought it was cool when my parents brought him some back from their alaska trip.

Jedi training i think he will think is amazing!


Hidden Mickey? Hmmm have to check that out...
thanks for the tips....they are GREAT!:cheer2:



I got a Hidden Mickeys book by Steven M. Barrett. There is also info on the web if you google it. We just got the book and it is small enough to carry in a backpack. Finding Hidden Mickeys is a good time killer while waiting on lines. There is also a scavenger hunt. Also, if you happen to find one not mentioned, take a picture of it and you can submit it to Steven Barrett.

bopper
02-28-2008, 11:28 AM
Always remember...that to a kid, just going to Disney is a big treat. Unless you go all the time, just going will be the greatest thing. He won't know what he is missing if you can't do any or all of these great suggestions. Don't mention them ahead of time, and if you do them, great! If you don't, no worries!

karters*mom
02-28-2008, 11:29 AM
Great article I found.

Great Free Things Most People Do Not Know About At Walt Disney World

1. Resort Tip -Campfire Sing-Along with Chip & Dale and Outdoor Movie at the Disney Fort Wilderness Campground. A Disney Cast Member* plays guitar and leads songs while Chip & Dale go around to the guests seated on benches. Afterwards, a Disney movie is shown on an outdoor screen. You do not need to stay at the campground to do this. When: Every Night.
2. Resort Tip -Barnyard Animal Viewing area at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. When: Daily – closes mid-afternoon. The Animal Kingdom Lodge has a Savannah with giraffes and other animals you can view when dining at or visiting the resort.
3. Resort Tip - The Electric Water Pageant is a floating parade offered nightly on the Seven Seas Lagoon by the Magic Kingdom resort area.
4. Are you staying at one of the Deluxe resorts? Ask if they offer any resort tours or special activities during your visit. For example, the Animal Kingdom Lodge offers a nightly storyteller near the fire pit. The Wilderness Lodge gives tours different times during the week and you can pick up a list of resort “Hidden Mickey’s” from guest services and go on a hunt. Other resorts have similar events.
5. Ask to ride up front with the Driver on the Monorail. Your children may even get a “Monorail License”. You can ask to wait until the next monorail if someone is already in the front.
6. There are free Soda Samples from around the world at Club Cool in Epcot. They’re interesting to try and most are tasty. One is horrible but I won’t spoil the surprise.
7. Epcot - You can send e-postcards with your picture included to friends & family from the ImageWorks lab kiosks at the end of the Journey into Imagination with Figment ride in the Imagination Pavilion. Send funny animated e-postcards can be sent from the kiosks found at the Training Lab at the end of the Mission Space ride. Free e-postcards are also available from the Kiosk near the Kidcot area in the Mexico Pavilion.
8. Speaking of Kidcot Stations – did you know that your child can decorate a free posterboard mask at any Kidcot station in Epcot? Look for the stations near attractions and especially in the World Showcase. You can add a decoration at each station. These usually close in the late afternoon. If the attendant in the China pavilion is from China or from Japan in the Japan Pavilion, ask them to write your child’s name in their language on the mask. Seeing their name written in another language was a highlight for my kids.
9. Try riding a Segway without having to book a tour at the Segway exhibit in the Innoventions West building at Epcot. You must be at least 16 years old and under 250 pounds to ride. It usually opens around 1:00 PM.
10. Younger kids can participate in a free Ladybug release program at The Great American Farm exhibit in Innoventions West. This usually happens daily at 11:30AM.
11. Seeing Miyuki, the candy artist, in the Japan pavilion is one of our favorite things to do at Epcot. Check your times guide (she usually appears Monday through Thursday) – then arrive about 15 minutes early and wait near her cart. If your child is waiting politely, he or she may get to select an animal for her to make. They will get to keep the candy creation. Waiting politely is essential – she doesn’t select children calling, “pick me, pick me” etc.
12. Are you celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or honeymoon? Is this your first visit to Disney World? Be sure to stop by guest services at any Disney theme park to get the free special pin/button. Wear it and you’ll get a lot of well wishes from Cast Members and other guests but you might even get some special benefits like getting to sit in the VIP area at Beauty and the Beast in Disney-MGM Studios.
13. Children under 12 can bake and then sample cookies at the Jr. Chef Station in the lower level of the Land Pavilion in Epcot. This is offered periodically through day – usually on the half hour from 12:30 to 4:30 PM - so check the times board near the Jr. Chef Station. This Jr. Chef Station if found to the right of The Land Boat ride, near the food court. Arrive about 15 minutes early. This takes about 25 minutes.
14. Ride the first raft (about 10 AM) to Tom Sawyer’s Island in Frontier Land at the Magic Kingdom. Take the trails and be on the look-out for paint brushes with dried paint on the bristles laying around (there are about 6 per day). If you find one, take it to the Disney Cast Member and you’ll be given a “Magical Memories” certificate good for a fastpass for your entire family for either Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Limit: 1 per family.
15. The first child at the Tinkerbell Treasures gift shop in the Magic Kingdom can ask to “wake up Tinkerbell”. The child uses a wand and Tinkerbell flies from her box to a drawer with sound affects. The kids are sometimes given a certificate or Tinkerbell stickers. The shop is located behind the castle, in Fantasy land.
16. There is a children’s rollercoaster called “Goofy’s Barnstormer” in Mickey’s Toontown Fair at the Magic Kingdom. If this is your child’s first rollercoaster ride, tell the Cast Member and you may be given a little printed card to commemorate the event – great for scrapbooks.
17. Are you a proud military veteran? Stop by the Magic Kingdom City Hall in early in the morning and ask if you can be the “Veteran of the Day” for the Flag Retreat Ceremony (usually around 5:00 PM). If chosen, you may receive a certificate as a souvenir of the experience.
18. Stop by the Fantastic Plastic Works exhibit in the Innoventions East pavilion at Epcot and you’ll be able to create your own free robot souvenir with snap-together parts from the Manufacture & Create Zone portion of the exhibit.

The next items aren’t really free things – they’re just some of our favorite hidden gems in the Disney parks. We hope they add to the magic for you.

• In Disney-MGM Studios, there is a “Singing in the Rain” umbrella attached to a lamp post. It is a great photo opportunity and a pressure pad under the umbrella usually (unless malfunctioning) will release “rain”. The lamp post is in the Streets of America area across from Lights, Motors, Action!
• As you exit Star Tours (outside of the gift shop) in Disney-MGM Studios, you’ll see a “Speeder Bike” in front of an Endor background. People often assume that it is only for display but you are welcome to sit on it - this makes a great picture. Other wonderful photo opportunities in Disney-MGM Studios are the car outside Sci-Fi Dine In and all over the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids play area.
• In Animal Kingdom, there is a bridge near Kali River Rapids. There are buttons that cause the elephant statues to spray water on the riders in the rafts below.
• The Animal Kingdom Times Guide does a terrible job of highlighting all the wonderful live entertainment available at this park. One of our favorites are “DiVine” on the trail between Asia and Africa. She looks like a vine and literally blends in with the landscaping when she isn’t moving. Two other excellent groups are the Karuka Acrobats and the Tam Tam’s of Congo which both perform in the Harambe area of the “Africa” area.
• Did you know that closing time at the Magic Kingdom just means you must be on your last ride or in line for the ride by that time? The shops along Main Street generally stay open for about an hour after closing time. There’s no good reason to rush to the lines forming for transportation so take your time and enjoy a few last views of the castle when it is lit up after dark. Stop and notice the window displays in the Emporium (right side of the street as you face the train station, near City Hall). Each window display is a shadow-box or diorama that depicts a different Disney animated movie and most have some form of movement. Most people walk right by and never notice these fascinating displays.



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Fort Wilderness Outdoor Movie Schedule:
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Electric Water Pageant:
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Epcot Ladybug Release program:
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maxtomsmom
02-28-2008, 06:50 PM
Great article I found.

Great Free Things Most People Do Not Know About At Walt Disney World

1. Resort Tip -Campfire Sing-Along with Chip & Dale and Outdoor Movie at the Disney Fort Wilderness Campground. A Disney Cast Member* plays guitar and leads songs while Chip & Dale go around to the guests seated on benches. Afterwards, a Disney movie is shown on an outdoor screen. You do not need to stay at the campground to do this. When: Every Night.
2. Resort Tip -Barnyard Animal Viewing area at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. When: Daily – closes mid-afternoon. The Animal Kingdom Lodge has a Savannah with giraffes and other animals you can view when dining at or visiting the resort.
3. Resort Tip - The Electric Water Pageant is a floating parade offered nightly on the Seven Seas Lagoon by the Magic Kingdom resort area.
4. Are you staying at one of the Deluxe resorts? Ask if they offer any resort tours or special activities during your visit. For example, the Animal Kingdom Lodge offers a nightly storyteller near the fire pit. The Wilderness Lodge gives tours different times during the week and you can pick up a list of resort “Hidden Mickey’s” from guest services and go on a hunt. Other resorts have similar events.
5. Ask to ride up front with the Driver on the Monorail. Your children may even get a “Monorail License”. You can ask to wait until the next monorail if someone is already in the front.
6. There are free Soda Samples from around the world at Club Cool in Epcot. They’re interesting to try and most are tasty. One is horrible but I won’t spoil the surprise.
7. Epcot - You can send e-postcards with your picture included to friends & family from the ImageWorks lab kiosks at the end of the Journey into Imagination with Figment ride in the Imagination Pavilion. Send funny animated e-postcards can be sent from the kiosks found at the Training Lab at the end of the Mission Space ride. Free e-postcards are also available from the Kiosk near the Kidcot area in the Mexico Pavilion.
8. Speaking of Kidcot Stations – did you know that your child can decorate a free posterboard mask at any Kidcot station in Epcot? Look for the stations near attractions and especially in the World Showcase. You can add a decoration at each station. These usually close in the late afternoon. If the attendant in the China pavilion is from China or from Japan in the Japan Pavilion, ask them to write your child’s name in their language on the mask. Seeing their name written in another language was a highlight for my kids.
9. Try riding a Segway without having to book a tour at the Segway exhibit in the Innoventions West building at Epcot. You must be at least 16 years old and under 250 pounds to ride. It usually opens around 1:00 PM.
10. Younger kids can participate in a free Ladybug release program at The Great American Farm exhibit in Innoventions West. This usually happens daily at 11:30AM.
11. Seeing Miyuki, the candy artist, in the Japan pavilion is one of our favorite things to do at Epcot. Check your times guide (she usually appears Monday through Thursday) – then arrive about 15 minutes early and wait near her cart. If your child is waiting politely, he or she may get to select an animal for her to make. They will get to keep the candy creation. Waiting politely is essential – she doesn’t select children calling, “pick me, pick me” etc.
12. Are you celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or honeymoon? Is this your first visit to Disney World? Be sure to stop by guest services at any Disney theme park to get the free special pin/button. Wear it and you’ll get a lot of well wishes from Cast Members and other guests but you might even get some special benefits like getting to sit in the VIP area at Beauty and the Beast in Disney-MGM Studios.
13. Children under 12 can bake and then sample cookies at the Jr. Chef Station in the lower level of the Land Pavilion in Epcot. This is offered periodically through day – usually on the half hour from 12:30 to 4:30 PM - so check the times board near the Jr. Chef Station. This Jr. Chef Station if found to the right of The Land Boat ride, near the food court. Arrive about 15 minutes early. This takes about 25 minutes.
14. Ride the first raft (about 10 AM) to Tom Sawyer’s Island in Frontier Land at the Magic Kingdom. Take the trails and be on the look-out for paint brushes with dried paint on the bristles laying around (there are about 6 per day). If you find one, take it to the Disney Cast Member and you’ll be given a “Magical Memories” certificate good for a fastpass for your entire family for either Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Limit: 1 per family.
15. The first child at the Tinkerbell Treasures gift shop in the Magic Kingdom can ask to “wake up Tinkerbell”. The child uses a wand and Tinkerbell flies from her box to a drawer with sound affects. The kids are sometimes given a certificate or Tinkerbell stickers. The shop is located behind the castle, in Fantasy land.
16. There is a children’s rollercoaster called “Goofy’s Barnstormer” in Mickey’s Toontown Fair at the Magic Kingdom. If this is your child’s first rollercoaster ride, tell the Cast Member and you may be given a little printed card to commemorate the event – great for scrapbooks.
17. Are you a proud military veteran? Stop by the Magic Kingdom City Hall in early in the morning and ask if you can be the “Veteran of the Day” for the Flag Retreat Ceremony (usually around 5:00 PM). If chosen, you may receive a certificate as a souvenir of the experience.
18. Stop by the Fantastic Plastic Works exhibit in the Innoventions East pavilion at Epcot and you’ll be able to create your own free robot souvenir with snap-together parts from the Manufacture & Create Zone portion of the exhibit.

The next items aren’t really free things – they’re just some of our favorite hidden gems in the Disney parks. We hope they add to the magic for you.

• In Disney-MGM Studios, there is a “Singing in the Rain” umbrella attached to a lamp post. It is a great photo opportunity and a pressure pad under the umbrella usually (unless malfunctioning) will release “rain”. The lamp post is in the Streets of America area across from Lights, Motors, Action!
• As you exit Star Tours (outside of the gift shop) in Disney-MGM Studios, you’ll see a “Speeder Bike” in front of an Endor background. People often assume that it is only for display but you are welcome to sit on it - this makes a great picture. Other wonderful photo opportunities in Disney-MGM Studios are the car outside Sci-Fi Dine In and all over the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids play area.
• In Animal Kingdom, there is a bridge near Kali River Rapids. There are buttons that cause the elephant statues to spray water on the riders in the rafts below.
• The Animal Kingdom Times Guide does a terrible job of highlighting all the wonderful live entertainment available at this park. One of our favorites are “DiVine” on the trail between Asia and Africa. She looks like a vine and literally blends in with the landscaping when she isn’t moving. Two other excellent groups are the Karuka Acrobats and the Tam Tam’s of Congo which both perform in the Harambe area of the “Africa” area.
• Did you know that closing time at the Magic Kingdom just means you must be on your last ride or in line for the ride by that time? The shops along Main Street generally stay open for about an hour after closing time. There’s no good reason to rush to the lines forming for transportation so take your time and enjoy a few last views of the castle when it is lit up after dark. Stop and notice the window displays in the Emporium (right side of the street as you face the train station, near City Hall). Each window display is a shadow-box or diorama that depicts a different Disney animated movie and most have some form of movement. Most people walk right by and never notice these fascinating displays.



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Links for your reference:
Campfire Sing-Along with Chip & Dale information: http://www.*********************.com/activity-campfire.html

Fort Wilderness Outdoor Movie Schedule:
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Electric Water Pageant:
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Thanks for the info about the free stuff at Disney- Some I didn't know about. ;) I think I will have to print it out and take along for our upcoming trip.

karters*mom
03-01-2008, 04:15 PM
these tips are all great! only 48 more day...long and painful days!!!!!pirate: