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Old 10-17-2009, 10:51 PM   #31
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Between the two, I would pick Epcot, but I would go for 1 day in each...or if you have park hoppers, I would do AK in the a.m./early afternoon - then rest and do Epcot WS in the evening. Then do Epcot FW in the a.m. and Epcot WS in the evening.

I wouldn't dream of skipping either if I had time for them.

Sometimes in AK we don't do the animal trails..if you don't you can easily do AK and finish by 1-2. You could also spend the entire day there if you wanted to everything there is to see.
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Old 10-18-2009, 04:22 AM   #32
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I'm another that would disagree about AK. To our family, it's our favorite after MK. I think most of the people that feel it is a 1/2 day park - never ventured out to Conservation Station, didn't do the scavenger hunt, or let their children roam in the Oasis area, or saw Flights of Wonder. AK is a place where you stop and smell the roses. As for food - some of the best CS in WDW. The queues for rides are very interesting at AK if you care to look around you, especially Kali River Rapids.

I would recommend 1 day in AK and 1 day in Epcot. Give your 5 yo free reign to roam. You will be surprised what they can find. DS is now going to be 13 on our next trip - but he still loves AK. Especially the conservation/recycling aspects of AK.

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Old 10-18-2009, 06:47 AM   #33
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I'm another that would disagree about AK. To our family, it's our favorite after MK. I think most of the people that feel it is a 1/2 day park - never ventured out to Conservation Station, didn't do the scavenger hunt, or let their children roam in the Oasis area, or saw Flights of Wonder. AK is a place where you stop and smell the roses. As for food - some of the best CS in WDW. The queues for rides are very interesting at AK if you care to look around you, especially Kali River Rapids.

I would recommend 1 day in AK and 1 day in Epcot. Give your 5 yo free reign to roam. You will be surprised what they can find. DS is now going to be 13 on our next trip - but he still loves AK. Especially the conservation/recycling aspects of AK.

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Tell me what to do in AK, because we just didn't "get" it. I'm definitely giving it another try in January, so I would love your suggestions.

We didn't do most of the things you list, so I guess that's a start. We did ITTBAB, Safari, Dinoland and the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.... What's the scavenger hunt?

We won't be doing Kali since it's January. No one minds getting a little wet, but getting SOAKED in January is not enticing.....
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:50 AM   #34
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Hi! I just wanted to chime in & say that I don't think that your DH is being a stick in the mud for his current feelings about Epcot. I hope that all of this encouragement will change his mind but he's basing his opinion on his experiences several years ago.

I've been to "the World" 4 times...twice with my middle school in '91 & '93, the again with my high school in '95 & '97. My memories of Epcot are...forgettable. In middle school in particular the school gave us homework assignments/quiz questions we had to complete around the World Showcase (this was how they were able to justify it as an "educational" trip) & I found it very booooooooooring. I don't remember any of the rides that were in Future World at the time except for Spaceship Earth (fun but not thrilling). The "most fun" thing I remember was Maelstrom actually.

Now that I've been researching for an "adult" trip, I can say that Epcot seems like a very different park! It seems like Disney has really made an effort to up the fun factor of Epcot. Future World has a ton of fun rides, attractions, etc. And the Kim Possible/Kidcot projects look really interesting. I don't remember ever hearing musical performances on prior trips (I'm not suggesting they weren't there, just that I never saw them) which could be fun.

So basically I'm saying I totally get where he's coming from, but would ask him to give Epcot a second glance...I think things have really changed.
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:09 AM   #35
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I really think the best compromise is to do 1 1/2 at Epcot and 1/2 at AK. I have a 6 and 4 year old and Epcot is the favorite park for both. I think some older kids might be bored there (and some not) but my kids LOVE it! Spaceship Earth, Nemo and friends, Turtle Talk, all 3 attractions at The Land, Figment, HISTK, Ellen's Energy Adventure, Innoventions and Test Track are all favorites in Future World (not to mention the Character Connection ands Ice Station Cool!)

In World Show Case the love both the Maelstrom and Grand fiesta tour and they LOVE doing the Kidcots in both WS and FW.

Animal Kingdom is "Nahtazoo!" There are animals anad you pay to get in, but the similarity ends there. Yes there are some zoo-like exhibits, but it is a full-blown, brilliantly imagineered Disney Theme Park that should not be missed, especially if you have never tried it yourself. That said, you CAN hit the highlights in a half day and then spend an evening at World Showcase, but you might find that you want to stay longer!

Bottom line, until you have experienced each park, don't dismiss any of them!
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:18 AM   #36
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i would definitely give all four parks one day of your touring plan. then decide where to spend your fifth day. i'm guessing you don't have hoppers, but if you do, then see ak on your fantasmic day, you'll get a good taste of the park and still have time for a break before the show...
we loved both parks. ak is beautiful with lots of fun things to do and see, and you shouldn't have an issue with the heat/lack of shade because of the season you are traveling (it was pretty bad in june, i have pix of the kids just melting and absolutely NONE of me. ).
but, our fav was epcot. the kids were 5 & 7 and loved it. honestly! and they didn't even do the kidcot stops. they LOVED innoventions, soarin, test track and didn't complain once in the world showcase (although we skipped most of the indoor shows). we loved the street performers in each country. it was really nice, you could walk up, enjoy the show and move on, no lines, no sticking around if a particular show wasn't to your taste.
no matter what decision you make, your going to have a great time, there are things to enjoy at all of the parks and you can always go back in a few years to enjoy the rest! have fun!!
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:08 AM   #37
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We did FW in Epcot one morning, finished by 2 or so. Went to the hotel and swam.
We did WS another day...got to Epcot at opening, did Soarin and a few other things and were ready to go in the WS right at 11. That day we did just the countries...took most of the day.
After many trips, DH commented that was the most fun he had ever had at Epcot. (Loved Kim Possible Adventure)

I wouldn't skip AK either...gotta love my fruit bats. I'd got there at park opening and stay as long as you can. You can always go to Epcot in the evening.
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:10 AM   #38
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If you have park hoppers, Epcot is a wonderful place to do in the evening, too. We would never skip Epcot. The fireworks show is magnificent. Don't let the little ones skip Figment, either. It gets a bad rap from a lot of people but its part of Disney and my kids really enjoyed it at that age. Of course, we don't skip AK, either. One of my son's favorite rides is there (Kali River Rapids). Of course, my oldest son loves Everest, too, but I doubt your 5/6 year olds would be into that. We often do AK half a day in the morning and then go to Epcot in the evening. We never stick to one park all day.
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:28 AM   #39
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Epcot today ain't yer mama's Epcot!

Seriously, things have changed a lot at Epcot over the last two decades. They have made it much more kid-oriented.

Soarin' is one of my DD6's favorite rides. We look forward to Test Track this year, as we skipped last time. Not sure why. Anyway, she really enjoyed being at Epcot last time more than AK. She got freaked out in Bug's Life, which we did early on and it spooked her for the rest of the day. We'll do AK again, of course, but will skip Bug's Life to make sure to do Lion King and Nemo shows. Not sure why she freaked out in Bug's Life, because the rest of the 3d shows at Disney thrill her. Anyway... I digress.

I would do all the parks, not have a full day off, and use it for your AK day.

We're going for one week, coming back home on the 22nd before Christmas. Our schedule looks like this:

Tues - Travel Day - Downtown Disney for Dinner
Wed - MK - all day
Thur - Epcot all day, then MVMCP at MK that night from 7-11
Friday - MK for half day, then Epcot for dinner and EMH
Sat - AK then HS for Osbourne Lights
Sun - HS then MK maybe for EMH?
Mon - Epcot then MK
Tues - We leave late, and we're not sure what we want to do yet.
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Old 10-18-2009, 10:13 AM   #40
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I would not skip AK with a little one. I would do Epcot for 1 day and AK for one day. You will never see it all anyway, I would go and enjoy both parks.
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:57 PM   #41
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I think I'm in the camp, "why do you have to decide"? We have 6 days in the park, plus a night for MVMCP. I couldn't imagine skipping either AK or Epcot, but admit that AK completely surprised me, So much more than I expected.

Here is our plan:

Day 1: Arrive MCO 9:25 am. MK at night for MVMCP
Day 2: AK
Day 3: MK
Day 4: DHS
Day 5: Epcot during day
Day 6: AK
Day 7: Epcot full day, staying for Illuminations
Day 8: Time to go home . Might go into MK in the morning...we'll see...
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:43 PM   #42
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One of my favorite things in all of WDW is the limbo dancers from Togo called Tam-Tam. They perform at the Dawa Bar in the Africa section of AK. Check out the Steve Soares website and the Entertainment Guide when you get in the park. Awesome.
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Our first trip we skipped Epcot because people told us our kids would not enjoy it, oh was that bad advice. Epcot and AK are both great parks and kid oriented.
We love the muiscals at AK. The Lion King, Tarzan ( no longer there), and Nemo. We eat around the world at EPCOT.


I would say make a list of 2-3 MUST SEE things at each park and whatever you do -enjoy it! Face the fact the rest of us already know... you can't see and do everything at Disney World so you'll have to come back next year.
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:04 AM   #44
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Tell me what to do in AK, because we just didn't "get" it. I'm definitely giving it another try in January, so I would love your suggestions.

We didn't do most of the things you list, so I guess that's a start. We did ITTBAB, Safari, Dinoland and the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.... What's the scavenger hunt?

We won't be doing Kali since it's January. No one minds getting a little wet, but getting SOAKED in January is not enticing.....
From WDW website - Kids Discovery Clubs are fun-filled activity stations for kids of all ages located throughout Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park .

There are 6 Kids Discovery Club outposts where kids can explore and discover nature's wonders through hands-on experiences such as constructing a dinosaur from a pile of bones, going on a scavenger hunt, becoming a wildlife detective and viewing the world from a bug's point of view.

After completing each activity, kids receive a stamp. Once they collect all 6 stamps, they can receive a special bonus for completing all the activities.

To find all 6 Kids Discovery Clubs locations, check your in-park guide map and look for the red squares with a "K" symbol

I just looked up Flights of Wonder on Steve Soare's site and there were no shows scheduled this week - so it may not be there anymore.

Take the train out to Conservation Station - my DH and DS would spend 1/2 day just out there, talking to the CM's, etc.

As for Kali - I was speaking of the areas before the ride even begins, the props they have out are fantastic. Oh and I'm one of the people that wears a poncho on the ride. LOL

Have you seen Divine?? I haven't - yet. Maybe this year. When you get something to eat, head over to near the Flame Tree BBQ, behind it there are Terraced areas to sit and relax, watch the river. In the summer, it' cooler and nicely shaded.

It's fun to do the Safari first thing in the morning, but it's fun to be one of the last jeeps out too. You will see all the animals heading back to their pens. We saw all the giraffes standing near this rock ledge, we realized it was a door and they were waiting for the door to open.

The Tree of Life - we bring a list with us of the animals we have found - every year we try to add a few more.

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I would skip AK and do two days at Epcot ~ ANY TRIP! And I have a 2 and 4 year old. AK just doesn't do it for any of us.
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