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11-26-2005, 05:23 AM
Following on from Aud's thread about first night eating habits, I wondered if any of you had traditions ie, things you always do when in Orlando/Disney World. Are there places you always go to eat, always visit, things you always do at the parks.

Please share :)

We haven't really been often enough to have any traditions except eating at Denny's the first night and shopping on the first Saturday.

Sea World is usually the first park we visit too :)

11-26-2005, 05:34 AM
Great thread, Joh :)

Offsite, we always eat at Denny's on the first night - for much the same reason as you! This was our first resturant in 1993 and is now a "tradition". If onsite it varies but we more than likely wouldn't have a car so not Denny's :(

We always do MK on the first day. Non negotiable ;)

Claire L
11-26-2005, 05:43 AM
This is getting to be a sort of tradition, on my first ever visit to WDW my first park was Epcot and first ride was Spaceship Earth, so that was the same for DH when we went on our honeymoon and again for DMIL when we took her to Florida last year as a surprise :teeth:
As for food it is pizza on the night we arrive and then off to Red Lobster for our first off site meal. We used to also go to Akershus on every visit at elast once but now the princesses are there that tradition is ruined :cry:
Claire ;)

11-26-2005, 07:31 AM
I proposed to my wife on the edge of the drop on Dudley Do-Right's, so that's always the first ride of the holiday. Corny, but it didn't give her time to think.

(It's also become traditional for her to whinge about the amount of time I spend in Outdoor World on I-drive.)

11-26-2005, 08:18 AM

First day is ALWAYS Animal Kingdom with breakfast at Donalds....this is DH tradition. He won't budge LOL ;)

brer rabbit 28
11-26-2005, 10:12 AM
always do magic kingdom on the first day and always go over on the ferryboat,always ride small world first!
Oh yes and always spend too much money :rotfl:

Ware Bears
11-26-2005, 10:53 AM
always do magic kingdom on the first day and always go over on the ferryboat,always ride small world first!
Oh yes and always spend too much money :rotfl:
Well, I've only been the once but we also went to Magic Kingdom by ferryboat and I can't imagine ever doing it differently. :)

brer rabbit 28
11-26-2005, 11:02 AM
i love the ferryboat,i always want to cry when i see the castle for the first time,especially if the sun is sparkling on the water.Oh,hang on i'm getting all emotional now!

11-26-2005, 11:05 AM
We always do Epcot first day because it was the first one we ever did and the tradition has sort of stuck. We go straight to Mission Space to get it out of the way (I absolutely hate it but the rest of the family moan if I don't go on) then on to Test Track. Only trouble is now they have added Soaring (which is just fantastic) we won't know which to do first. :flower:

11-26-2005, 12:30 PM
ours is to eat at rainforest on the first night we get there, and also to go to walmart te first day too lol

11-26-2005, 01:23 PM
I always kiss my Dumbo's nose and have my photo taken with Mickey at least once. We also say the spanish phrase (which I can say but can't spell!) along with the monorail soundtrack. :earsgirl: :earsboy:

11-26-2005, 01:35 PM
Always go to DTD on the first morning, book Cirque tickets, have a look in Hoipoloi and then have a barbacue chicken pizza at Wolfgang pucks - has become a tradition now for us.

Its great sitting outside opposite the Virgin megastore and watching the people go by :teeth: while enjoying the Florida sunshine. :sunny:

11-26-2005, 03:02 PM
Every time we stay at The Polynesian we head straight to Kona Cafe after unpacking, for a delicious Kona Coffee and to plan out the rest of our day :sunny: :love:


florida sun
11-26-2005, 03:21 PM
Normally for us, first day is always Animal Kingdom. We are still getting used to getting there and we seem to cope with this park the best. :sunny:

Sue :wave:

11-26-2005, 06:09 PM
Every visit I always try and have my photo took at Partners statue in MK.

11-27-2005, 02:07 AM
Downtown Disney on the first evening (or next morning now that we have children). Magic Kingdom as the first park.

I know that 'once' doesn't make a tradition but we will probably repeat last trips visit to Walmart - I didn't even dare go in the Christmas department (I would probably still be there now (12 months later!))

11-27-2005, 04:08 AM
We always go to MK on the first day and ride Its a small world first as this is the first ride we ever went on!!

11-27-2005, 09:23 AM
we always chill out on the first day just go shopping or for a drive or a swim etc...and buy bluberry muffins...very important

we then scoff the muffins in the car the next morning as a breakfast treat on the way to epcot!!!!

11-27-2005, 12:27 PM
I would LOVE to have a WDW tradition but I base my plan on Logic not emotion.

Altough Animal Kingdom on the first day when you are guaranteed to be up early and have tons of energy does make alot of sense!



Verity Chambers
11-27-2005, 12:27 PM
we always spend our last evening at MK watching SM and Wishes (and crying, well I am anyway!). :earboy2:

11-27-2005, 12:28 PM
I don't really have any traditions because I have been with different people each time I have gone to Florida. I always seem to go to Seaworld on the first day though :)

11-27-2005, 12:45 PM
We used to always eat at Cosmic Ray's as our first CS and would have to wait until he had sung Space Angel before we could leave! Don't ask me why!
This lasted for several years, but has now fizzled out. I don't really know why it became traditional, and I don't really know why it has stopped. LOL

11-27-2005, 12:45 PM
Verity, You and me both. I forgot that one! We don't leave the park until it's virtually empty. We like to sit on the rocking chairs on Main Street drinking hot chocolate and eating brownies just watching all the people leave and wishing we didn't have to.

Englands Disney Gang
11-27-2005, 01:08 PM
I am going to sound really sad here but we always stay at a Disney hotel so the first thing we do when we get to the room is check out the '10 Best Things to Do at Disney' on the TV.....we always check the presenter out at give her marks out of 10 and compare her to the previous presenters!!!! :rotfl2:

11-27-2005, 01:15 PM
Our first park is usually either Universal or Magic Kingdom.

No real traditions as such although there are a few shops we try and get to as soon as we can....
The aim of our holiday is for our son to have a wonderful time, so the plan is get to the parks early and get him on some of his favourite rides each time we go.

Guess our holiday motto is 'if Joshua is happy then so are we'. :)

11-27-2005, 01:24 PM
We like having onion rings with fabulous ranch dressing from Johnny Rockets (although Pointe Orlando isn't really worth the trip anymore). We always bag a spot in the outside seating area by Rose and Crown for IllumiNations, and have fish and chips. Oooh, thinking about it, most of our traditions are based on food!! :blush:

11-29-2005, 06:58 AM
We have to visit Epcot on the first day. This is a nice, laid back and leisurely park and helps us get aclimatised. Usually we leave around 2pm and head back to the pool to just chill out.

If we stay on I-Drive, we MUST go into MacDonalds the night we arrive, don't know why, just a part of the routine ! (and a part of being British !)

11-29-2005, 08:23 AM
I always have a little grizzle as we drive away from the airport towards our accommodation. Then again when we pass under the 'Welcome to Walt Disney World' sign. And again when I glimpse Spaceship Earth for the first time each trip! :sad1:

These aren't customs which can never be broken, but they have happened often enough to be classed as traditions, I think:

Boma for breakfast on the first morning (although we won't be doing it next trip);
Epcot on first day (ditto);
Lunch at RFC when we visit AK (mainly because we don't rate the other offerings);
Lunch at Hard Rock Cafe (don't think we have ever missed this);
Lunch at the Cheesecake Factory at Mall at Millenia (although I'm currently preferring McCormick & Schmicks);
Lazing away at Margaritaville :teeth: ;
Trip to the ESPN bar;
Drinks around the World;
Drinks around the monorail (are you spotting a theme? ;) );
Spending a fortune in Tommy Bahama (both guilty here, not just me!);
Trip to Downtown Disney on the final day for last minute shopping;
A pre-flight Manhatten or three in the lobby of the Hyatt MCO.

And, of course, there's the new tradition of a Hooters visit :rolleyes: . I'm also keen to make a tradition of Blue Martini at Mall at Millenia.

There are quite a few rides which I love, albeit that I could happily wander around the parks without doing any. If I'm being really honest, though, these are the only ones which are total 'must-dos' and which I don't think I've ever missed:

Haunted Mansion;
Carousel of Progress;
Spaceship Earth;
R 'n' R;
Kilimanjaro Safaris;

My current two favourite rides are Soarin' and The Mummy.

disneyholic family
11-29-2005, 08:23 AM
i guess we just have one big tradition - go to WDW every year....for as long as possible...despite everyone making fun of us for going every year.....

other than WDW, for the past 5 years we've ended our holiday in New York City staying at the Waldorf Towers and seeing as many Broadway musicals as humanly possible in the period of time.....(i pre-order all the tickets to make sure we'll have seats)....

11-29-2005, 02:58 PM
other than WDW, for the past 5 years we've ended our holiday in New York City staying at the Waldorf Towers and seeing as many Broadway musicals as humanly possible in the period of time.....(i pre-order all the tickets to make sure we'll have seats)....

New York and Florida are my two fave places so that is a great way to end your holiday!!

disneyholic family
11-29-2005, 04:47 PM
New York and Florida are my two fave places so that is a great way to end your holiday!!

new york and WDW for me....(i won't go so far as to say florida - which i could live without if not for WDW)....

11-30-2005, 10:17 AM
Although it's not exactly a tradition (and it's not even a choice, LOL!), but I always feel like I have 'arrived' on the tram journey at MCO from the satellite gates to the main terminal. The slight chlorine small from the big water fountain in that end of the terminal is also highly evocative of having arrived, and the first thing I have to do once I'm in the car is tune the radio to 101.1, WJRR ('Orlando's REAL rock station!').