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ProPhotoGA
09-14-2009, 01:02 PM
Well.. as the title implies this will be my first time ever to Disney. I know,
I know, why would an almost 55yo want to do Disney. Well, because I have
never been. So with that out of the was let's set the stage.

The participants:
Me, almost 55, IT manager, professinal photographer and retired Army SFC.
I have had all kinds of adventures but somehow just never made it to
Disney. My kids, my parents, siblings and heck even the ex made it to
Disney(probably on my dime). Me.. I made it to all kinds of fun adventures..
there was Grenada, Panama, Desert Storm... well you get the picture. So
now it is my turn. I hope some of you will will follow along and perhaps even
help us with our planning.

My DW, I won't mention her age. She has been to Disney a LONG time ago.
She is a nurse and the absolute love of my life. We met after I returned to
the states from Desert Storm. Long story that I will not bore you with(she
kicked me out of my room). She is also a breast cancer survivor(5yrs cancer
free 07/18/09). Most important she is a very special woman. Need to find a
pic she will let me post.

We wanted to do something special this year, so we decided that my 55th
birthday would be celebrated with Disney. Which in turn led me to
DISboards....

Our mode of travel and accomodations:
We will be staying at Fort Wilderness and hauling our 5th wheel camper down.
We have our reservations, Dec 12th -18th. We will actually arrive on the
10th and stay off site for 2 days so that I can spend my BD at the park. My
BD is the 11th of Dec.

This is all of the planning we have done so far so now what? Well I start
reading here and looking at all the stuff to do and the thought comes to me,
WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO??? I never had this much trouble
getting things together for a deployment.. why am I so confused.. ADP,
abbreviations, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto... ARRRRGGGH.... I feel
like I am behind the proverbial 8 ball. All suggestions and tips for this Disney
1st timer will be greatly appreciated.

Gene

ProPhotoGA
09-14-2009, 01:32 PM
Well, we have our ressies....

Our planned travel:

Dec. 9th Leave Augusta, GA travel to Valdosta, GA and spend night.(nice KOA, have stayed there before)
Dec. 10th Leave Valdosta, GA(early) and drive to Kissimee.
Arrive at Kissimee, FL KOA and stay for 1 nights.
Dec 11th MY BD!! Spend at Epcot
Dec 12th, up early and drive to Ft. Wilderness. Set up and prepare for the next week.
Dec 13th, MK
Dec 14th, AK
Dec 15th, Epcot again
Dec 16th, Universal for Margaritaville...
Dec 17th, MK again or Epcot
Dec 18th, leave for home.
Dec 19th, arrive home

So, as you can see I am obviously a Disney planning virgin and can use all the help I can get.

Gene

SilverL
09-14-2009, 01:36 PM
I highly recommend checking out the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World from your local library or buying a copy of it used online. It would be SO helpful to you. They also have a website, touringplans.com

I've been to WDW three times and I used UG extensively for planning our trip---we're leaving today!

ProPhotoGA
09-14-2009, 01:39 PM
Thanks SilverL, I will check that out this evening. I hope you have a
wonderful time on your trip.

Gene

ProPhotoGA
09-14-2009, 02:41 PM
We have now just learned about a nice program for Military. Until Dec 23
active duty, retired and reserve soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines can receive
a free 5 day pass to the parks plus they can purchase a 5 day pass for up to 5
family members/friends for only $99. Upgrading to Park Hopper is an extra $25.

I already have my BD certificate but will be taking advantage of the park
tickets.

I found this at the shadesofgreen.com site.

Gene

cascarlet
09-14-2009, 02:59 PM
I was just going to mention the Military Salute!! You definitely need to take advantage of that deal.

You'll find so many great tips and ideas here for planning your trip. Have you thought about your dining reservations yet?

Stay at FW in a trailer seems like so much fun! I would love to do that sometime.

Looking forward to seeing how your planning progresses. As an American I thank you for your service. :thanks:

Leleluvsdis
09-14-2009, 03:06 PM
Congratulations on you 1ST TRIP!!!!:cool1::cool1::cool1:

My Dad is retired from the army, and we have been MANY times, but we went in may of this year and took advantage of the tickets they are currently offering. THAT WAS AWESOME!!!! Dad was free and DM, DH, and I were $125 each with park hopper. The only downside is you can't ad more days, but it was fine. It was actually nice, because it made us relax and enjoy instead of racing around and trying to see everything like we normally do.

Can't wait to read more!!!

ProPhotoGA
09-14-2009, 07:10 PM
You'll find so many great tips and ideas here for planning your trip. Have you thought about your dining reservations yet?

Stay at FW in a trailer seems like so much fun! I would love to do that sometime.

Looking forward to seeing how your planning progresses. As an American I thank you for your service. :thanks:

Thank you, my mind is spinning with all that needs to be done. We are looking at the dining reservations and
can't understand why I can book for the week we will be there..

More on that later.

We love our 5th wheel. It is our castle on wheels and I get to sleep in my bed every night.
I also enjoy the camaraderie of fellow RV'ers and campers.

As for my service, you are welcome. I am honored to have served this great country for
the 20 plus years I did. I am greatly who I am today because of my time in
the Army.

So..any recommendations about dining I am all ears!

Gene

ProPhotoGA
09-14-2009, 07:17 PM
Congratulations on you 1ST TRIP!!!!:cool1::cool1::cool1:

My Dad is retired from the army, and we have been MANY times, but we went in may of this year and took advantage of the tickets they are currently offering. THAT WAS AWESOME!!!! Dad was free and DM, DH, and I were $125 each with park hopper. The only downside is you can't ad more days, but it was fine. It was actually nice, because it made us relax and enjoy instead of racing around and trying to see everything like we normally do.

Can't wait to read more!!!

Cool, I am really looking forward to this trip. I just happened to be looking at
the shadesofgreen.org site and then my DW said we should check out the
MWR at Ft Gordon. We also learn that they offer discounts on that other
theme park... Universal. We may take one day an go there if for no other
reason than to eat at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafe. Now.. if I can only
figure out my dining plans... eat at the park restaurants or eat in the camper?

Decissions decissions.:confused3 was always easy in the Army.. C-rats,
LRPS, and now MRE's.

Gene

ProPhotoGA
09-14-2009, 08:41 PM
Well, I have spent the evening looking at the dining options. There are a
couple of places we would like to eat, but it seems the dates are not open
yet. At least that is what I assume. I went to the dining reservations online
and found that most of the dates of our trip are greyed out. I take this either
means they are totally unavailable or I am not within the 90 day window to
make reservations.

Looks like maybe I will be cooking a lot.

Gene

ProPhotoGA
09-14-2009, 09:35 PM
Took the advice from above and got a copy of the Unofficial Guide to Walt
Disney World along with The Complete Walt Disney World 2009. These look like
the bibles of guides to Walt Disney World. Now if they were only audio books.
:rotfl2: :rotfl2:

cascarlet
09-15-2009, 12:12 AM
We may take one day an go there if for no other
reason than to eat at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafe.

Very cool, my dh is a Parrothead which of course makes me one by proxy!

I used to work the Disney Dining line so I would be happy to assist you with any questions you have about restaurants or making ADRs.

If you are arriving 12/11 then the day you can start making reservations would be 9/12. Because you are staying at a WDW resort you can make your reservations for 10 days after your arrival. The reason why it is showing grey when you look at the calender is because you did not put in your reservation number and it's not allowing you because it's not 90 days. But if you put your reservation # in it will allow you to make the reservations. Give it a try again!

My favorites? Ohana at Poly is our family favorite. Great food and fun atmosphere. At Hollywood Studios don't miss the Sci Fi diner. You sit in a replica of an 50's type car at a drive in movie theater and watch silly sci fi movies and cartoons. For fine dining go to the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort and watch the Wishes fireworks display while you dine.

Have fun with your plans!! :yay:

disneyaddicted
09-15-2009, 12:29 AM
Hi there, congrats on taking your 1st trip to WDW. the first time can be over whelming but as you can see there are so many people on these boards who are so happy and willing to help you plan and answer any questions.

I am by no means a Disney veteran, but I do have my favorites. Coral Reef at Epcot, The dinner offers a better menu then the lunch one does.

A small tip, if you want to ride Soarin, (a must do if I say so myself) get there first thing in the morning and get a fast pass before jumping in the stand by line.

My Dad is a retired Army 1sgt. I spent my entire life living in Germany and El Paso Tx. We never went to WDW. So I am taking my mother for her 1st trip ever this December. I will be celebrating my B-day at Epcot as well, only it will be the 9th of Dec. (Early Happy Birthday to ya) Anyway, as a daughter of a retired Army 1st sgt I know first hand the sacrifices a soldier has to make. I appreciate every man and woman who has and is still serving this great country. I salute you sir. Thank you

Ty

ProPhotoGA
09-15-2009, 11:37 AM
Very cool, my dh is a Parrothead which of course makes me one by proxy!

I used to work the Disney Dining line so I would be happy to assist you with any questions you have about restaurants or making ADRs.

If you are arriving 12/11 then the day you can start making reservations would be 9/12. Because you are staying at a WDW resort you can make your reservations for 10 days after your arrival. The reason why it is showing grey when you look at the calender is because you did not put in your reservation number and it's not allowing you because it's not 90 days. But if you put your reservation # in it will allow you to make the reservations. Give it a try again!

My favorites? Ohana at Poly is our family favorite. Great food and fun atmosphere. At Hollywood Studios don't miss the Sci Fi diner. You sit in a replica of an 50's type car at a drive in movie theater and watch silly sci fi movies and cartoons. For fine dining go to the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort and watch the Wishes fireworks display while you dine.

Have fun with your plans!! :yay:

Wow, Thanks for the great info cascarlet!
As for being a Parrot Head, well.. I have seen Jimmy over 30 times in concert.
I think I own just about every album he had recorded and some that are
not available anymore. Rather obscure albums and we will leave it at that.!

I will definitely be making ressies at Ohana as I have heard great things about
it. We would also like to eat at the Coral Reef and will try for ADR's there too.
Now another question... can you get a table without an ADR?

Thanks again,

Gene

ProPhotoGA
09-15-2009, 12:16 PM
Hi there, congrats on taking your 1st trip to WDW. the first time can be over whelming but as you can see there are so many people on these boards who are so happy and willing to help you plan and answer any questions.

Ty, thank you. I am a bit overwhelmed. But it is fun at the same time.


I am by no means a Disney veteran, but I do have my favorites. Coral Reef at Epcot, The dinner offers a better menu then the lunch one does.

A small tip, if you want to ride Soarin, (a must do if I say so myself) get there first thing in the morning and get a fast pass before jumping in the stand by line.

Thanks Great tips... Soarin is definitely on our list as is Coral Reef for
dinner(that is IF I can get an ADR, or can I just walk up?)


My Dad is a retired Army 1sgt. I spent my entire life living in Germany and El Paso Tx. We never went to WDW. So I am taking my mother for her 1st trip ever this December. I will be celebrating my B-day at Epcot as well, only it will be the 9th of Dec. (Early Happy Birthday to ya) Anyway, as a daughter of a retired Army 1st sgt I know first hand the sacrifices a soldier has to make. I appreciate every man and woman who has and is still serving this great country. I salute you sir. Thank you

Ty

Early Happy Birthday to you too! I loved Germany and was stationed in
TX(San Antonio) for a while. I think we do sacrifice some but at the same
time we were proud to be Soldiers and knew we were doing what needed to
be done. Wasn't always fun and it was often hard on our families. I also
want to thank you, being the daughter of a career soldier and for the
support and love you gave during that time. While we may not say it often
enough it always lifts our spirits.

Oh and how neat! Taking your mother to Disney for her first time.. You are a
wonderful daughter!!!

How long is your trip planned for? We will be at Ft Discovery on the 11th but
will actually arrive on the 10th. Got to be at Disney for my BD, :rotfl:

Will be reading your PTR here in a bit.

Gene

disneygirlinnj
09-15-2009, 12:55 PM
Hi Gene,

You should be able to make ADRs now. Did you put in your confirmation number, last name, etc? Then the website will pull up your reservation and it should open up the days for you to book your dining reservations. Oops...I just noticed someone else mentioned this too to you. :) The time of year you are going isn't a peak busy time but with all of the offers that Disney is giving out, you never know how packed the restaurants are going to be. Many places fill up exactly on the 90 day mark and it is near impossible to get anything after that unless you're diligent and try almost every day to grab a reservation that someone canceled. I've been reading reviews of people that are there now or just returned home and they've been saying that they saw a TON of people getting turned away at the hostess booth when they just walked up without a reservation. If you know you probably want to eat there, I would go ahead and make an ADR as soon as possible. You always have the option of canceling it at a later time, you know?

Good luck and we'll help you plan! :)

ProPhotoGA
09-15-2009, 01:51 PM
Hi Gene,

You should be able to make ADRs now. Did you put in your confirmation number, last name, etc? Then the website will pull up your reservation and it should open up the days for you to book your dining reservations. Oops...I just noticed someone else mentioned this too to you. :) The time of year you are going isn't a peak busy time but with all of the offers that Disney is giving out, you never know how packed the restaurants are going to be. Many places fill up exactly on the 90 day mark and it is near impossible to get anything after that unless you're diligent and try almost every day to grab a reservation that someone canceled. I've been reading reviews of people that are there now or just returned home and they've been saying that they saw a TON of people getting turned away at the hostess booth when they just walked up without a reservation. If you know you probably want to eat there, I would go ahead and make an ADR as soon as possible. You always have the option of canceling it at a later time, you know?

Good luck and we'll help you plan! :)

Thank you disneygirlinnj... I am thinking I need to make sure my confirmation
number is in there... although I could have sworn it was. Will try again
tonight. From what I have read it appears that ADR's are required for those
most popular places. Guess I had best get busy.

Gene

ProPhotoGA
09-15-2009, 07:14 PM
With the help of the fine folks here on DISboard, I was led in the right
direction to get my reservation dates associated with my ADRs.
Now we are doing a ton of eating at the parks. We have a fine kitchen
refrigerator and bbq we can use in the 5th wheel. Most of the stuff we will
be eating at the campground will be pre-cooked and frozen. Heck.. all we
have to do is heat it up.

BUT(don't you luv that?), we did have specifics that we knew we must try.
Fri. NEW arrival date My Birthday!!!
Sat. Hoop De Do Musical Revue
Sun. Yak and Yetis (this is a change)
Mon. eat at the camp site
Tues. Coral Reef
Wed. Ohana's
Thurs. camper
Friday. on the road.

So now that the reservations are made I feel like I can relax and research the
parks now. Thanks to all that guiding this newbie on his way.

Gene

disneygirlinnj
09-15-2009, 08:11 PM
Great choices Gene!! Some of your choices I haven't been to in awhile but it's because I usually go with really picky eaters. I'll have to live vicariously through you :)

ProPhotoGA
09-15-2009, 08:31 PM
Great choices Gene!! Some of your choices I haven't been to in awhile but it's because I usually go with really picky eaters. I'll have to live vicariously through you :)

I will be sure to keep detailed notes so I can provide you with all the succulent
details of every morsel. I will even give you all minute detail on BBQ brisket and
Atomic Buffalo Turds(aka Jalapeno Poppers wrapped in BACON) that I will be
fixing on Monday evening(reminder, need to buy lots of Jalapenos. The smell
always draws other campers.) YUMMY!!

Gene

disneygirlinnj
09-15-2009, 08:36 PM
Ok you just sold me on the Atomic Buffalo Turds! :) I might even need photos of those....I'm salivating just thinking about it.

Jenn

disneyaddicted
09-15-2009, 11:58 PM
Ty, thank you. I am a bit overwhelmed. But it is fun at the same time.



Thanks Great tips... Soarin is definitely on our list as is Coral Reef for
dinner(that is IF I can get an ADR, or can I just walk up?)



Early Happy Birthday to you too! I loved Germany and was stationed in
TX(San Antonio) for a while. I think we do sacrifice some but at the same
time we were proud to be Soldiers and knew we were doing what needed to
be done. Wasn't always fun and it was often hard on our families. I also
want to thank you, being the daughter of a career soldier and for the
support and love you gave during that time. While we may not say it often
enough it always lifts our spirits.

Oh and how neat! Taking you mother to Disney for her first time.. You are a
wonderful daughter!!!

How long is your trip planned for? We will be at Ft Discovery on the 12th but
will actually arrive on the 10th. Got to be at Disney for my BD, :rotfl:

Will be reading your PTR here in a bit.

GeneYour post brought me to tears, you completely understand. My dad was a proud soldier, and I was (and still am) so proud of my Dad.

We were stationed in Dexhiem, Worms and Schwabach. (attended highschool in Nurnburg) those were great times. That's why I love the Germany pavillion so much at Epcot, it is pretty close to the real thing.

Our dates are Dec3-11, we depart on your birthday. I call my mom everyday and update her on things I have probably already updated her on before, she deals with it ok. I am so excited to be there with her for her first visit to WDW. I plan to watch her reaction when she see's the castle for the first time. I can't wait.

Congrats on getting your ADR's booked, it's smooth sailing from here on out.
I hope you love Coral Reef as much as I do. I've been twice and loved it both times. Just the atmosphere of the place alone makes it worth going. the chocolate wave is number one in my book.

Keep us posted on your plans, so far so good. Not too sure about the atomic buffalo turds though, it actually sounds like it could end up being painful.:lmao:

Ty

ProPhotoGA
09-16-2009, 08:34 AM
Another decision to make.

To MVMCP or not. Having never been my first inclination in to pony up the
money and go. But just what IS the MVMCP and is it worth doing. Maybe
worth is not the right description. Is this something adults enjoy as much as
the kids? There that sounds better, if so I will need to decide where to fit
this into our schedule...

So help me out Disney Veterans, to MVMCP or not to MVMCP.. that is the
question.

Gene

disneyaddicted
09-16-2009, 11:47 AM
I went to MVMCP in Dec 2007. I loved it. I was strictly there for all the special shows. They also do a special Christmas parade and special fireworks. It snows on main st. They sell merchandise that you can only get during MVMCP. and they serve cookies, hot chocolate and apple wedges all night for FREE! I'm all about free cookies, heck I'm just all about cookies, but they taste so much better when they are free, I also like to think they carry no calories when they are free.;)

My DD and her friend wasn't into the shows or parade, she wanted rides, so that's what she did the whole time, she said everything was walkon, and sometimes when the ride was over the CM's would let them stay on and go again.

I love anything Christmas and anything Disney, so in my opinion I say do MVMCP.

ProPhotoGA
09-16-2009, 11:56 AM
Okay... I couldn't stand it.

We now have MVMCP tickets for our last night, the 17th.
I think this will make our last night at Disney even more special as if it isn't
special enough already.

So now what's next? Start making lists for packing. Hey.. no one ever accused
me of waiting until the last minute.

Reminder to myself... get lots and lots and lots of lights to decorate the camper.

Gene

ProPhotoGA
09-16-2009, 05:38 PM
Ok you just sold me on the Atomic Buffalo Turds! :) I might even need photos of those....I'm salivating just thinking about it.
Jenn

Jenn, here is a plate of turds.. they are yummy!!!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2600/3927457842_6e0b3a15b3.jpg

Gene

disneygirlinnj
09-16-2009, 08:19 PM
Haha! OK they sound a lot better than they look but I will willingly eat that whole plate :) They look just like they sound...turdy.

I did MVMCP two years ago and we had a great time. The fireworks were really cool, and I loved that it snowed on Main Street. We didn't get a great spot for the parade (we lost track of time so were walking to somewhere when it started so we just stood where we were) so we didn't enjoy it as much as we could have. The free hot chocolate and apples were a plus. And there were a bunch of characters out and about taking photos and stuff. Just taking in everything going on around you is worth it. I honestly don't think there's any better place in the world to enjoy the holidays.

disneygirlinnj
09-16-2009, 08:22 PM
Oh... before I forget... when you guys are in Epcot, please please PLEASE make sure you go see the Voices of Liberty. It's an accapella group that sings in the rotunda of the American Adventure Pavillion. Check your times guide to see when they perform. When it's not the holidays they usually only sing patriotic songs but during the holidays they mix in a lot of holiday music. They're dressed in the old colonial holiday clothing and are simply amazing. I get choked up and shed tears almost every time I watch them and make sure to see them at least two or three times on every trip.

disneyaddicted
09-17-2009, 02:01 AM
Alright, you got the MVMCP tickets! You are going to be so happy that you went.

ProPhotoGA
09-17-2009, 06:36 AM
Oh... before I forget... when you guys are in Epcot, please please PLEASE make sure you go see the Voices of Liberty. It's an accapella group that sings in the rotunda of the American Adventure Pavillion. Check your times guide to see when they perform. When it's not the holidays they usually only sing patriotic songs but during the holidays they mix in a lot of holiday music. They're dressed in the old colonial holiday clothing and are simply amazing. I get choked up and shed tears almost every time I watch them and make sure to see them at least two or three times on every trip.

Jenn,

Thanks for the great tip. I am rather patriotic. This will be a must see on our
trip.

Gene

ProPhotoGA
09-17-2009, 06:37 AM
Alright, you got the MVMCP tickets! You are going to be so happy that you went.

Ty,

We are so very excited to have gotten them and on the day we wanted to
go. It will definitely make our last night there very special.

Gene

ProPhotoGA
09-17-2009, 12:17 PM
Okay, guy at work says I need to get some pins. So I ask why and of course
he says to trade. Well.. okay.. but with who? He says you would be surprised.
Yeah.. okay.. again, what are these "pins" and where do you get them and then
what do you do with them?

I have been going through our Unofficial Guide and we have been planning our
park visits. We are trying to work it so our park visits coincide with our ADRs.
Still a work in progress. But the wife is really really excited about MVMCP and
that hug dang near broke my back but oh so worth it.

Gene

ProPhotoGA
09-18-2009, 07:26 PM
We went to post today and over to the MWR travel office and guess what we
received and bought? 2 tickets to paradise!!! My Military Salute
complementary ticket(5 day with park hopper and H2Opark) and a greatly
discounted 5 day with park hopper for my wife!!!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2551/3933044958_b23284b264.jpg

Swwweeeeet... maybe
trudging around in the mud and muck and jungles and butt deep snow was
worth it. We also received our reservation confirmation letter in the mail.

What a great Friday!

Thank you Disney!!

Gene

disneyaddicted
09-18-2009, 10:53 PM
Oh Happy Friday!!!!! Those tickets look so cool.
So are you thinking you're going to do some pin trading? I never got into it myself, I buy them and want to keep them, forget trading. I heard it's tons of fun though, From my understanding the CM's all have pins on their lanyards and they will trade with guests.

ProPhotoGA
09-20-2009, 10:17 AM
Hmm.. well I do collect hat pins. So maybe the pin thing might be fun. Will
have to think about this. We are both getting in the spirit.

Now.. what are the MUST ride rides? Here is our list:

Soarin
Rock n Roller Coaster
Toy Story Mania
African Safari
Everest
Tower of Terror

So what are the absolute must ride rides on your lists?

Gene

ProPhotoGA
09-20-2009, 10:24 AM
Oh Happy Friday!!!!! Those tickets look so cool.
So are you thinking you're going to do some pin trading? I never got into it myself, I buy them and want to keep them, forget trading. I heard it's tons of fun though, From my understanding the CM's all have pins on their lanyards and they will trade with guests.

Thanks Ty,

That is what I am thinking too as I collect pins for my hat. I have about a
dozen or so now and generally get one on our trips.

Gene

disneygirlinnj
09-20-2009, 08:15 PM
Hi Gene,

I never got into pin trading. In my opinion it's a lot of money and not worth it. But I know some people swear by it. I do buy one or two every year but I keep them and don't trade them.

As for must rides? Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean in Magic Kingdom are hte quintessential Disney rides. Other great rides in the MK are Space Mt, Splash Mt, Philharmagic, and Hall of Presidents since you said you're patriotic. :)

Epcot I enjoy Mission Space (the orange line is the rougher ride, green I believe is the calmer version...but double check!), Voices of Liberty, and American Adventure.

AK I like Everest and the Safari. The Lion king and Nemo shows are also very good.

Hollywood Studios... Tower of Terror, RockNRollercoaster, Toy Story Mania, and the One Man's Dream Exhibit

disneyaddicted
09-21-2009, 01:55 AM
Dito! All the rides mentioned above are on my A list. I also think dinosour in AK is a must and so is Bugs Life.

Hollywood Studios- Muppets 3-D. I grew up with that show so it's a must for me.

Magic Kingdom- Do not miss Philharmagic. It brought me to tears I was so over come with the magic of Disney.

Epcot WS- I will have to say the best attraction in all the countries is The American Adventure. I love History and I have a total love for my country, this is a DO NOT MISS!!!!

ProPhotoGA
09-21-2009, 08:57 AM
Hi Gene,

I never got into pin trading. In my opinion it's a lot of money and not worth it. But I know some people swear by it. I do buy one or two every year but I keep them and don't trade them.

Good point Jenn, I will most likely just buy a few for my own collection and leave it at that.

As for must rides? Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean in Magic Kingdom are hte quintessential Disney rides. Other great rides in the MK are Space Mt, Splash Mt, Philharmagic, and Hall of Presidents since you said you're patriotic. :)

Will add those to my list. Darn list is starting to get long.

Epcot I enjoy Mission Space (the orange line is the rougher ride, green I believe is the calmer version...but double check!), Voices of Liberty, and American Adventure.

I haven't heard much about these. Time for some research.

AK I like Everest and the Safari. The Lion king and Nemo shows are also very good.

Will have to add Nemo and Lion King.

Hollywood Studios... Tower of Terror, RockNRollercoaster, Toy Story Mania, and the One Man's Dream Exhibit

Not sure why but I forgot that these were at Hollywood Studios.

Thanks again. Hope you enjoyed your Hike last weekend. The images look
like you had fun!

Gene

ProPhotoGA
09-21-2009, 09:02 AM
Dito! All the rides mentioned above are on my A list. I also think dinosour in AK is a must and so is Bugs Life.[/QUOTE]

These are not on my list yet. Will need to do some more research. Thanks

Hollywood Studios- Muppets 3-D. I grew up with that show so it's a must for me.

The Muppets.. man.. I remember watching the Muppets when my kids were
small. Will take a look at this one too.

Magic Kingdom- Do not miss Philharmagic. It brought me to tears I was so over come with the magic of Disney.

You are about the 10th person to tell me not to miss Philharmagic. It is now
a must see! Thanks!

Epcot WS- I will have to say the best attraction in all the countries is The American Adventure. I love History and I have a total love for my country, this is a DO NOT MISS!!!!

Epcot is the park we will probably spend multiple days at. Will look forward
to seeing The American Adventure.

Thanks again Ty,

Gene

scoot241
09-21-2009, 09:50 AM
Hi Gene!

I wandered in from Jenn's PTR. Didn't realize this was your first trip! How exciting!

Let's see... must do's:

Magic Kingdom: Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Tomorrowland Transit Authority, Spectromagic, Wishes, Philharmagic

EPCOT: Spaceship Earth, Soarin', Living with the Land, American Adventure, Illuminations

DHS: Rock 'n Rollercoaster, Tower of Terror, Star Tours, MuppetVision 3D, Great Movie Ride, Fantasmic, and of course Toy Story Mania

Animal Kingdom: Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Finding Nemo the Musical (in my opinion the best live show), Festival of the Lion King, It's Tough to be a Bug

I've never understood the pin trading phenomenon, but a lot of people do it. You can trade with the cast members and get some unique pins from what I understand. On the trip I just came back from, I bought my first pin ever: a 9/9/2009 pin.

Keep the questions coming; we'll be happy to answer them!

ProPhotoGA
09-21-2009, 10:00 AM
Hi Gene!

I wandered in from Jenn's PTR. Didn't realize this was your first trip! How exciting!

Let's see... must do's:

Magic Kingdom: Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Tomorrowland Transit Authority, Spectromagic, Wishes, Philharmagic

EPCOT: Spaceship Earth, Soarin', Living with the Land, American Adventure, Illuminations

DHS: Rock 'n Rollercoaster, Tower of Terror, Star Tours, MuppetVision 3D, Great Movie Ride, Fantasmic, and of course Toy Story Mania

Animal Kingdom: Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Finding Nemo the Musical (in my opinion the best live show), Festival of the Lion King, It's Tough to be a Bug

I've never understood the pin trading phenomenon, but a lot of people do it. You can trade with the cast members and get some unique pins from what I understand. On the trip I just came back from, I bought my first pin ever: a 9/9/2009 pin.

Keep the questions coming; we'll be happy to answer them!

Wow! Thanks for coming over Scott. I never realized how much planning a
Disney trip took. I can tell you I have been all over the world and this trip
is requiring more planning than any of those others.

Thanks for the list of rides/attractions. I looks like my list keeps growing.
I wonder if we can do all of these in 5 days or will we need to start the 2010
trip planning.

Gene

For the love of Walt
09-21-2009, 10:05 AM
HI GENE!!
Sooo excited for you! You and your wife are going to have the time of your life.
My husband and I leave in 7 days. Don't exhaust yourself trying to cram everything in just pick out what looks interesting. Try not to miss Soarin it is awesome! Also the counter service there (in the Land) is really good and they give you large enough portions that are big enough to share. The time of year your going is great. Have a wonderful time and don't forget to share it with us when you get back.

ProPhotoGA
09-21-2009, 11:08 AM
HI GENE!!
Sooo excited for you! You and your wife are going to have the time of your life.
My husband and I leave in 7 days. Don't exhaust yourself trying to cram everything in just pick out what looks interesting. Try not to miss Soarin it is awesome! Also the counter service there (in the Land) is really good and they give you large enough portions that are big enough to share. The time of year your going is great. Have a wonderful time and don't forget to share it with us when you get back.


7 Days, I know the excitement has to be great!. We will work hard not to over
do it. We are planning our days accordingly.

Soarin is a definite must do on our list.

Um.. counter service has been recommended by a couple of folks now. We
will probably use it the days we do not come back to Fort Wilderness for
lunch and sharing is always good for us. We just do not eat as much as we
used to. This is a GOOD thing!!!

We chose this time of year to go based on my wife's ability to get time off
and it is my photography businesses slow season. My day job is also slow
during the holidays(I work in IT during the day and my studio at night).

Thanks for the great tips and welcome to my pre-trip report.

Will be watching for your trip report when you return!!!

Gene

scoot241
09-21-2009, 11:26 AM
Wow! Thanks for coming over Scott. I never realized how much planning a
Disney trip took. I can tell you I have been all over the world and this trip
is requiring more planning than any of those others.

Thanks for the list of rides/attractions. I looks like my list keeps growing.
I wonder if we can do all of these in 5 days or will we need to start the 2010
trip planning.

Gene

I think you could get my list done in 5 days, assuming Fantasmic is showing in those 5 days, and depending on the crowds. Not sure how crowded your dates in December are going to be, but I'm fairly sure it won't be full Christmas season yet.

Yes, planning a Disney trip can be a bit obsessive, but with so much to do it really helps to have a general plan.

ProPhotoGA
09-21-2009, 02:05 PM
I think you could get my list done in 5 days, assuming Fantasmic is showing in those 5 days, and depending on the crowds. Not sure how crowded your dates in December are going to be, but I'm fairly sure it won't be full Christmas season yet.

Yes, planning a Disney trip can be a bit obsessive, but with so much to do it really helps to have a general plan.

Scott, thanks and looking at my plan (I am a plan-a-holic) I think we will be
able to hit everything we want in the time we have. We will actually have 6
days at the parks. So 2 at MK, 2 at Epcot, 1 ea at AK and HS. Plus we have
tickets to MVMCP the last night we are there.

The next 80+ days can not go by fast enough. Still have things to do to the
5th wheel and truck and need to find a smaller bag for our camera gear.

You camera work is excellent. You have shown what a capable camera the
Rebel series is. My favorite lenses are the Canon 28-70 f2.8L and the 70-200 f2.8L IS.
Absolutely love them. My wish list is an 85mm f1.2L.

Gene

scoot241
09-21-2009, 03:15 PM
Scott, thanks and looking at my plan (I am a plan-a-holic) I think we will be
able to hit everything we want in the time we have. We will actually have 6
days at the parks. So 2 at MK, 2 at Epcot, 1 ea at AK and HS. Plus we have
tickets to MVMCP the last night we are there.

The next 80+ days can not go by fast enough. Still have things to do to the
5th wheel and truck and need to find a smaller bag for our camera gear.

You camera work is excellent. You have shown what a capable camera the
Rebel series is. My favorite lenses are the Canon 28-70 f2.8L and the 70-200 f2.8L IS.
Absolutely love them. My wish list is an 85mm f1.2L.

Gene

With 6 days you should be able to knock out the list I made and then some.

The 70-200 is on my wishlist along with a speedlight (probably the 580 EX II). The flash on the XSi is good for a fill but that's about it. My 18-55 doesn't get me the reach I'd like a lot of times. It's pretty good for what it does, though.

ProPhotoGA
09-21-2009, 06:03 PM
And in this one has our MVMCP tickets in it!!!

Wooo hooooo...

Okay.. time to go meet with the client. Shooting a boudoir series for her
soldier husband. Should be a fun shoot.

Scott, the 580 EX II is a super flash. If you want to try off camera flash
sometime check out radio poppers and what they can do. Lots of fun.

Thank for the confirmation that we should be able to cover most everything in
5 days.

Gene

disneyaddicted
09-21-2009, 10:15 PM
Hi Gene,
If you utlize the fast pass system, your list of things to do will be a breeze.
I agree with you about isney taking so much planning, seems like for all my other trips all I have to do is pack a bag and go. But serious planning for a Disney trip is fun and helps the time pass by quickly.

ProPhotoGA
12-08-2009, 10:23 AM
Wow.. I can hardly believe how much time has passed since my last update.

Life has gotten in the way. I have been away taking care of business and my
mother, who passed away on Dec. 5th. One of her last wishes was for us to
go on this vacation. I was ready to cancel and all but we will be carrying on.

We have everything just about ready to load in to the truck and camper.
All is paid up and come Thursday morning we are headed to the Ft Wilderness.

We are basing our park itinerary around our ADRs.

For now we are just watching the weather and looking forward to happy times.

Gene

disneygirlinnj
12-08-2009, 12:09 PM
Gene, I'm so sorry about your mother.. *hugs*!

Enjoy your vacation twice as much now and just enjoy being down there!

FansoftheMouse
12-08-2009, 07:19 PM
I'm so sorry about your mom.
I do hope that you have a great time on your vacation. Drive safely!!!

ProPhotoGA
12-23-2009, 01:27 PM
We are back from our trip and will be posting a TR soon. Thanks to all for the well wishes...
It was bitter sweet vacation but I am now a WDW Convert. We can not wait to go back, in
fact we are already making plans for 2010.

Gene

disneygirlinnj
12-23-2009, 01:52 PM
welcome back and glad you enjoyed it! :)