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Old 01-20-2010, 10:38 PM   #16
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My first extra was the best thing...a Segway tour in EPCOT for my husband and I. But then I noticed you have children so that is out of the question. We are staying at POR and we are going to do cane fishing. I know they have other fishing things on property but not as cheap. A family of 6 is something like $15 for the half hour. With children your age, I would go with a character meal. I would also make sure you try all modes of transportation. My littlest one loved taking the boat to MK..something that is free. I would try not to spend a lot of money on any one thing because in my experience is the little one would disrupt it somehow someway. Not saying your children would, it was just my luck that he was going through the terrible two's while on vacation!
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:38 PM   #17
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I haven't read through the other replys yet, but I will for some more ideas!

We went to Disney for the first time in May:
We played mini golf, Love it! We had 2 rooms so we had two free vouchers.
We rented a boat in DTD, the suntracker. We also have 4 kids! This was so fun. It's one of our fondest memories! We'll remember that forever.

For our trip in September, our extras will be:

lots of character and sit down meals seeing how we're doing the ddp. We just did the qsdp in May.
boat rental again
Mini golf again
renting surrey bikes
wishes cruise (this is pricey, but something that I really want to do)
waterparks
disney quest (we're adding the water park and more option to our ticket)
Possibly a photo session as well
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:12 AM   #18
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There is so much to see and do just at the parks and the resorts, that honestly for the kids' first visit, I can't imagine the need to add anything. Just a break in the pool and all the parks are a lot! My kids have never even gone to either water park in all their visits, and never asked to.

If your kids like characters, they may like a character meal. I personally don't care for them, but many folks like them.

I wouldn't worry about planning extras for a first visit. Maybe the next one or two, but the first one you are seeing it all for the first time!
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:51 AM   #19
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We did not plan anything extra for our trip last year and I am not planning on adding any extras for our April trip.
There is so much to see and do that is free.
Once DH and I feel that we need a little extra something, then we will rethink our plan.

One other thought you might consider is setting the kids up for higher expectations on future trips. If they do all the extras now, they will be expecting the same or not more the next time.
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I would try not to spend a lot of money on any one thing because in my experience is the little one would disrupt it somehow someway.
I see you've met my child already

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For adults a tradition is diving in the living sea. There are programs forsnorkeling and a dolphin session too, BUT we dive there for we get in the water with that shark EVERY YEAR. I love it even though that shark freaks me out.

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Omg, that sounds AWESOME! I would love to do that! (see, now I've added another extra to the wish list.)

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We did not plan anything extra for our trip last year and I am not planning on adding any extras for our April trip.
There is so much to see and do that is free.
Once DH and I feel that we need a little extra something, then we will rethink our plan.

One other thought you might consider is setting the kids up for higher expectations on future trips. If they do all the extras now, they will be expecting the same or not more the next time.
This is very true and we have stuck with this philosophy with our trips to Disneyland. However, with us living so far away from DisneyWorld and this being the only trip there for a very long time since airfare costs us an arm and a leg, I'd like to have them experience something that they wouldn't normally have a chance to. I'm thinking the Pirate cruise would be great for my boys, as people pointed out, the next time we go, they may be too old for it.

Thank you everyone for your input and sharing your experience! It's very helpful!!
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What about having the kids stay at one of the childcare facilities/Kids' Clubs while you and DH have a romantic evening together? My kids LOVE time out from Mommy and Daddy, and the feeling is mutual by the end of the trip.
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Great topic! I'm always looking for new ideas.

We like to visit Fort Wilderness and walk around the farmyard there. There's a big barn and you can see horses from the parade (including Cinderella's white ponies). Guest age 3(???) and up can get a pony ride around a paddock. It's a nice, low-key afternoon away from the crowds. They also have a hayride in the evening that we plan to do.
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One extra that I haven't seen is visiting the Barber Shop at the Magic Kingdom. My husband got his hair cut there on our last trip and they added paint and 'pixie dust' for free! On our trip in June we are taking DS there for his first haircut.
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We've done La Nouba once. We'd like to do it again. Our sons have done pin trading but DH and I would like to give that a try, too. I'm sort of jealous of my youngest son's collection!
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