Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Global Neighbours > UK Trip Planning Forum
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-01-2013, 09:33 PM   #1
The First Davenger
Disney Rookie
 
The First Davenger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Leeds / Teesside / Dublin
Posts: 19

Thumbs up Planning the trip

Hello folks!

First of all, Happy New Year, all the best, and hope 2013 is good to you

It's finally got to the time for us to start planning our trip in detail , so after consulting a number of sources we've come up with the following itinerary.



Now then, this is our first trip to Disney (or anywhere for that matter!) so we have very little idea on what to expect considering timings, travel, energy levels and roughly what time we should allocate to what theme park and activity.

I realize a holiday isn't supposed to be a rigid military style operation, so I thought the three rough time slots would be a good guide to go on.

As you can see we are flying 06/05/13 and returning 20/05/13. We're staying on site at Port Orleans French, neither of us drive, so it'll be shuttle buses and Lynx bus etc throughout the stay. The stuff we have planned at the moment is all we want to do, I'm just wondering what the thoughts are on this, i.e. am I planning enough? have I given too much time over for one thing while not devoting enough to others? That sort of thing.

So, what do you reckon?
__________________


OhanaSam <3
The First Davenger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2013, 10:52 PM   #2
chmurf
DIS Veteran
 
chmurf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: near DLP, France
Posts: 2,429

just a few remarks at first glance :

malls, outlets and downtown disney on Saturdays or Sundays ... bad idea.
These places get really crowded

Planning Waterparks only days is not a good move. You need a backup plan.
For all you know it might rain cats and dogs on that day, or the temperature might be too low (you never know)
Always pair a Park Day with a Water Park day option. Meaning that you should not plan any water park day at all, but only leave it as an option.
Select a few days where you open the WP option (do not make ADR for breakfast or lunch, only dinner since WP close at 5pm) and also plan a regular park for those days just in case.

for example add MK or EPCOT as back up plan for 8/05

I would do AK on Sat. 11/05 as the crowd forecast is at 3 (best day for AK all week) and go to the mall on tuesday 14th where it will be far less crowded.

Pair Epcot to your WP plan on the 16th. Should you decide to not go to the WP, you'd be in Epcot (recommanded park for that day) and since you planned to go to Boardwalk in the evening you'd already be on location. You'd only need to walk through international gateway (behind UK pavillion) and walk a nice path, 10 minutes to Boardwalk (or even take the boat)


MK on the 19th is a bad idea (very crowded), but Universal or Animal Kingdom would likely be better.
That would leave the 9th open for IOA which is a better choice (crowd wise) for that day.
If you make those changes, the 15th is free, and it's a best day for Waterparks or Seaworld.
you scheduled Seaworld on the 12th (mothers day) which is a busy day at seaworld.
The 12th work better with DHS or Universal.

happy planning
__________________
Me (42) | DW (29) | DS (6)

feb-mar 2012 : POP
oct-nov 2012 : POP/CBR
oct-nov 2013 : AoA/POR
chmurf is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 01-02-2013, 07:28 PM   #3
The First Davenger
Disney Rookie
 
The First Davenger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Leeds / Teesside / Dublin
Posts: 19

Solid advice mate, thanks!

We didn't think about the Malls, that's a great shout. We didn't realise Mothers Day was different in the US either like so we might end up swapping Seaworld out to another day as suggested.

Cheers for the input man!
__________________


OhanaSam <3
The First Davenger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 06:31 AM   #4
bex7583
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: wakefield
Posts: 784

wow u are organised !! and some helpful info on changing some park days !! i like the set out of your plan i need to do something similar !!
__________________


[COLOR="Magenta"]carribean beach
wyndham orlando/clearwater hilton
disney paris- hotel sante fe 2008
port orleans riverside/ lake buena vista/miami/keywest + marathon/clearwater beach aug 2013

planning next trip 2014???



UK SPENDING GAME NUMBER 13
£44 bagged coins banked
£130 bagged coins

-----
£174 total taken out of tin so far


<a href="http://distickers.com/ticker/"><img src="http://distickers.com/ticker/tickers/yekt2jpwokcyjp9o.png" alt="DIStickers.com Ticker" border="0"/></a>


http://distickers.com/ticker/tickers...pwyavikq2a.png
bex7583 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2013, 05:11 PM   #5
The First Davenger
Disney Rookie
 
The First Davenger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Leeds / Teesside / Dublin
Posts: 19

Quote:
Originally Posted by bex7583 View Post
wow u are organised !! and some helpful info on changing some park days !! i like the set out of your plan i need to do something similar !!
Oh its purely out of extreme excitement, I assure you I wish I was usually that organised lol.

Seriously though, I remember going with my parents when I was a teenager and there was just so much to do, and what with this being a one off holiday for a long while, we want to get the most out of it. Plannning can be almost as exciting as goi...wait, no, thats a lie! But its pretty damn exciting

We got hold of "A Brit's guide to Orlando" by Simon & Susan Veness, which I'd definitely recommend, its got some quality tips and info in there - about everything in Orlando, not just Disney and the theme parks etc.

These community websites are phenomenal too, like the first response is the perfect example of that, all of this will undoubtedly be vital info before and during our stay. I sound a bit gushy, I know, but its the truth like.
__________________


OhanaSam <3
The First Davenger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2013, 07:18 PM   #6
The First Davenger
Disney Rookie
 
The First Davenger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Leeds / Teesside / Dublin
Posts: 19



After consideration of that info, the above is our plan for the holiday.

I suppose the only concern I have with the latest version of the plan is that there are few days that allow a bit of rest in between theme parks. In general, how many days do people usually include? Or am I overthinking it?
__________________


OhanaSam <3
The First Davenger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2013, 07:32 PM   #7
chmurf
DIS Veteran
 
chmurf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: near DLP, France
Posts: 2,429

you don't need to schedule "rest periods"

you need to be able to say "that's it, I need a break" and go back to the hotel for some rest, just when you need to.

Hit the parks first thing in the morning (be there at least half an hour before opening time) you'll be able to do much, and most of the top attractions before the crowd starts building up (the crowd begins to arrive around 11am)
By 2pm you'll probably consider that you've done a good part of what could be done. And that's a point where you'll need to decide if you call it a day, or if you remain in the park.
Don't be afraid to go back to the resort and enjoy the swimming pool. And then maybe you'll go back to the park in the evening. Try not to overdo it. If you feel you need a rest, do rest.
You don't need to schedule rests, your body will tell you when to rest. Don't be disappointed if you think you're too tired to go on today. Better lose half a day in the parks, than loosing the 2 following days because of exhaustion
__________________
Me (42) | DW (29) | DS (6)

feb-mar 2012 : POP
oct-nov 2012 : POP/CBR
oct-nov 2013 : AoA/POR
chmurf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2013, 07:42 PM   #8
Kath2003
DIS Veteran
 
Kath2003's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 7,354

Quote:
Originally Posted by The First Davenger View Post


After consideration of that info, the above is our plan for the holiday.

I suppose the only concern I have with the latest version of the plan is that there are few days that allow a bit of rest in between theme parks. In general, how many days do people usually include? Or am I overthinking it?
We don't do plans but...

If I were you, I'd make Sat/Sun my mall days. The parks are packed at the weekends.

I would also do more time at Universal/Islands/Sea World.
__________________
1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015...
Kath2003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2013, 07:47 PM   #9
The First Davenger
Disney Rookie
 
The First Davenger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Leeds / Teesside / Dublin
Posts: 19

I do tend to over think, well...everything! So thanks again for the advice, it helps having an experienced second opinion to assuage my concerns

I reckon in my head that I'm overestimating the time it will take to see the tings we want to see in the theme parks. I suppose if we are there early on as you suggest (we wanted to be there for the opening also) a bit of prioritizing and smart Fast-Passing will cut down the wait time too.

Time feels a lot different now to when I was a kid! haha
__________________


OhanaSam <3
The First Davenger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2013, 07:52 PM   #10
chmurf
DIS Veteran
 
chmurf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: near DLP, France
Posts: 2,429

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kath2003 View Post
If I were you, I'd make Sat/Sun my mall days. The parks are packed at the weekends.
Florida mall on a saturday/sunday ? you can't even park your car ... (unless you go at 10am)
I'd rather wait in line 120 minutes under a blazing sun for a ride in MK than going to the mall on a sunday
__________________
Me (42) | DW (29) | DS (6)

feb-mar 2012 : POP
oct-nov 2012 : POP/CBR
oct-nov 2013 : AoA/POR
chmurf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2013, 08:04 PM   #11
The First Davenger
Disney Rookie
 
The First Davenger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Leeds / Teesside / Dublin
Posts: 19

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kath2003 View Post
We don't do plans but...

If I were you, I'd make Sat/Sun my mall days. The parks are packed at the weekends.

I would also do more time at Universal/Islands/Sea World.
That was my initial thought too, but after thinking about it, I'd rather shop on a quieter day and be in a theme park on a busy day. I know it's different in the USA but remembering past experiences in Primark in Leeds City Centre on a Saturday leave me with a bitter taste in my mouth (Although I may be pretty stereotypical in my gender when it comes to shopping haha).

Is one day per Universal and IoA too little? I know IoA has an awful lot of stuff to do, fair point, but in May next year there seems to be very little going on at Universal, so we were looking at a park hop option on our tickets.

Sea World on the other hand we aren't planning on staying there for a great amount of time, mostly to see the shows and the animals.

All of that considered still - we've never done this before so this is exactly what we're looking for, a bit of feedback. With this in mind, we may look at swapping out a Water Park day if we decide IoA turns out to be more of a chore than was expected.
__________________


OhanaSam <3

Last edited by The First Davenger; 01-04-2013 at 08:10 PM.
The First Davenger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 09:02 AM   #12
bee86
DIS Veteran
 
bee86's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Ireland
Posts: 615

Quote:
Originally Posted by The First Davenger View Post

I am admitting to being well jealous of your planning!!! And I will also admit that I saw this when you posted it and it kicked me into super planning mode Was up till all hours last night, planning and replanning and it still looks nothing like yours.....mines on a piece of A4 paper with a million scribbles and notes all over the place need to get my self in order

Maybe because Im a student teacher but I would rather over think it and over plan and change them according to how you feel than under plan and be like "soooooooo what will we do today/tomorrow"

And you are so right, the advice given here is invaluable better than any book! plus everyone is so nice and friendly I have learned so much from these boards
__________________
Eva

2008 CBR and Doubletree Castle international drive
June 2013 CS 10 nights June 2014 SSR 10nights
bee86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 09:49 AM   #13
The First Davenger
Disney Rookie
 
The First Davenger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Leeds / Teesside / Dublin
Posts: 19

Quote:
Originally Posted by bee86 View Post
I am admitting to being well jealous of your planning!!! And I will also admit that I saw this when you posted it and it kicked me into super planning mode Was up till all hours last night, planning and replanning and it still looks nothing like yours.....mines on a piece of A4 paper with a million scribbles and notes all over the place need to get my self in order

Maybe because Im a student teacher but I would rather over think it and over plan and change them according to how you feel than under plan and be like "soooooooo what will we do today/tomorrow"

And you are so right, the advice given here is invaluable better than any book! plus everyone is so nice and friendly I have learned so much from these boards

Haha aye we started out like that! We've cut it down a load since we first started planning it. We were originally going to go to Busch Gardens and feed Giraffes, also meet a Penguin at Sea World, Kennedy Space Center was mentioned, visiting beaches, dining at Medieval Times, going to Legoland - the list goes on! In the end we had to be ruthless and budget conscious, so we cut the extras and stuck with the main reason we chose Florida - Disney and Universal. Thats not to say, of course, that we are going to stck to this plan like a platoon leader, its just always handy to have a bit of an idea of when and where

I dont know, having said that the plan is important, retaining that "We're on holiday, we can do WHATEVER we want today" feeling and staying as care-free as possible is still an important part of being on Holiday. I know that I HAVE to go to work every 5 out of 7, and I know I HAVE to go shopping once or twice a month, and I know I HAVE to hoover, tidy, dust etc every week. I'm going to Florida - I'm doing things I WANT to do!
__________________


OhanaSam <3
The First Davenger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 10:19 AM   #14
Grimm Grinning Ghost
Mouseketeer
 
Grimm Grinning Ghost's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: South Wales. UK.
Posts: 129

Is deffo use the weekends as mall days.That's how we do it,yea its gona be busy but only if you leave it until late in the day.Do the outlets early then hit Florida mall and try Millennia.
__________________
''Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize'' ...





Tweet me @Neilo54
Grimm Grinning Ghost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 10:28 AM   #15
Kath2003
DIS Veteran
 
Kath2003's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 7,354

Quote:
Originally Posted by The First Davenger View Post
That was my initial thought too, but after thinking about it, I'd rather shop on a quieter day and be in a theme park on a busy day. I know it's different in the USA but remembering past experiences in Primark in Leeds City Centre on a Saturday leave me with a bitter taste in my mouth (Although I may be pretty stereotypical in my gender when it comes to shopping haha).
Really? My view is that I've paid to be in the theme parks, so standing around in lines is pointless. Don't care if the mall is busy - have been at the weekends for the last 4 trips and it's been fine?
Quote:
Is one day per Universal and IoA too little? I know IoA has an awful lot of stuff to do, fair point, but in May next year there seems to be very little going on at Universal, so we were looking at a park hop option on our tickets.
Depends what you're into. We LOVE US/IOA and could easily spend days in each.

[quoeSea World on the other hand we aren't planning on staying there for a great amount of time, mostly to see the shows and the animals.[/quote]

Sea World is more time consuming than you'd think. You'll need to be at each show about 20 minutes before hand, then it takes a good 10 minutes to leave, meaning each show takes about an hour (get there early for the sea lion show, it's worth it ) The park is also quite large.
__________________
1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015...
Kath2003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:58 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.