Disney Information Station Logo

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


 
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-24-2011, 11:31 PM   #16
Moira222
Can't get enough of the Magic & Pixie Dust!
 
Moira222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,472

Birthday plans

Quote:
Originally Posted by gallmcduck View Post
Sharing your memories were fantastic

Some special birthday suggestions - birthday button wearing, ordering a bday cake from disney (you will get a cupcake with a candle in a lot of places), watching fireworks from poly beach. Sorry not very imaginative

The birthday button we will do for sure. Didn't know you could order a bday cake from Disney -- at a restaurant or at the hotel? We are having dinner at the Poly for his Bday. he is so psyched for that. I will look into the fireworks that night form the beach there because we will still be there i am sure. thanks!
Moira222 is offline  
Old 01-24-2011, 11:41 PM   #17
Moira222
Can't get enough of the Magic & Pixie Dust!
 
Moira222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,472

So hard to wait three months!!

I have been trying to pace myself in doing little things to plan for disney. I picked up tee's for DD & DH the otehr day at Michael's. I have to buy mine separately (they didn't have my size) but I am planning to make 2 tees for each of us to wear on our vacation. This is something new for us....I hope it works as well as I imagine it!

DH, as I may have mentioned IS Mr. Incredible. seriously. and now he is the happy Mr. Incredible at the end of the film. So I am thinking (at his request!) of doing red tee's with Incredibles on them. Not sure of of that one. I got some great Mickey Mouse bandanas that I can cut up a bit and use Mickeys & mickey heads on another tee. I bought red and blue and now I am thinking that I will return the blue and get maybe white or black (though black may not be a great color to wear in orlando in May)

I also purchased big clickable sharpie markers for the character autographs, and a photo album that I will use to match autographs with photos once I have it all put together. Naturally I have some stickers to decorate the book with!

Finally, and really important, I MUST finish my scrapbook from our 2007 trip before we go! I don't even know why I didnt finish it right away but then time got away, then we went back in 2009 -- those photos are in an album but not all fancy...just in there with index cards describing the photo.

If anyone has made any cool tee's, I would love to see photos....
Moira222 is offline  
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 01-26-2011, 02:03 PM   #18
Moira222
Can't get enough of the Magic & Pixie Dust!
 
Moira222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,472

Yeah, cute walking shoes

Have to post that I am so tickled to have ordered really cute walking sandals for our May trip. I have a lot of foot issues, though admittedly they are decreasing as I decrease the size of my butt

Elsewhere on the board I saw a post about Crocs Capris and it got me looking. I found this pair of croc sandals that look a lot like a pair of sandals that I just adore but pretty much died at the end of the summer.

No matter what shoes I wear, after a few hours, my feet hurt, so when I know that I will be walking a lot, I schedule in shoe changes. It really helps. and I confess, as my daughter gets older, I have gotten more "girly" -- so I LIKE having pretty toes and showing them off in sandals. So how excited am I that I found new super comfy sandals to wear. can't wait till they come in the mail. maybe I should have ordered 2 pair???

Last edited by Moira222; 01-26-2011 at 02:11 PM. Reason: fixed image
Moira222 is offline  
Old 01-27-2011, 12:38 PM   #19
laashley
DIS Veteran
 
laashley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: South Louisiana
Posts: 607

Quote:
Originally Posted by Moira222 View Post
Magic Kingdom:
Tom Sawyer Island
Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Railroad
The Barnstormer
Buzz Light year’s Space Ranger Spin
Jungle Cruisego at night for the best experience
River boat cruise
Monster’s Inc
Peter Panmake sure to go first thing or fastpass it
Aladdins magic carpet ride
stich’s great escape
swiss family treehouse
tomorrow land speedway
tomorrowland transit people mover
carousel of progress

Epcot:
O Canada!
Captain EO
Circle of Life
Ellen’s Energy Adventure
Three Caballeros tour (LOVE The Three Caballeros movie, can’t believe I missed this!)
ImageworksIsn't there anymore, but you can still do the musical things and the imposed pictures. Kodak pulled there stuff though.
Kim Possible adventures (we didn’t see these till too late last time, so its high on our list)We really enjoyed the Germany mission, you can ask for a specific country when you pick up your kimmunicator
Living with the Land
Maelstrom
Mission Space
Soarin”
Spaceship Earth
NEMO!
Turtle Talk

Hollywood Studios
Studio Backlot
Beauty and the Beast
The Great Movie Ride
Honey I Shrunk the kids play ground (Katie loves this one)
Journey into Narnia
Lights, Motors, Action
Magic of Disney Animation (DH missed this last time but DD and I loved it. He draws cartoons and graphic art as a hobby so this is a must for him)
Muppet Vision 3-D
Rock n Roller Coaster
Sounds Dangerous w Drew Carey
Toy Story Maniaget there early and fastpass!
Tower of Terror
One Man’s Dream

Animal Kingdom (DH is not a big fan here, but I insist on taking him for at least one full day so I have yet to see everything on my list here!)
Affection Section
Conservationj station
cretaceous trail
dinosaur
Expedition Everest
Kali River Rapids
Kids Discovery clubs
wildlife express train

Wow looking at this list you would know we’d been to WDW twice! but some of these were too much for Katie (either content or just attention span) and some we did do, they were just so awesome they made on the Must Do list again!
Came over and am catching up. Great job on the weight loss.

Looks like a great list. I added a few of my thoughts in red. Have you seen Festival of the Lion King or Finding Nemo at Animal Kingdom? If not I would try to see one of them- they both are spectacular.
laashley is offline  
Old 01-27-2011, 01:12 PM   #20
laashley
DIS Veteran
 
laashley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: South Louisiana
Posts: 607

OK all caught up now. First of all what great memories. It's those memories that keep us coming back time after time!

I think you made a good choice on swapping to 50's Prime Time. We really enjoyed our meal there, so much hubby wants to go back this year. Looks like you have some very good restaurants picked.

Don't know much about SWW. Only that the crowds will certainly be there that day. Since you have a day there earlier in the week you can do most of the rides/shows that day.

As far as other special birthday ideas. Hmmm, you could take a carriage ride around Ft. Wilderness ($45 I believe), definitely like the idea of watching wishes on the Poly beach. One more idea, but it will run you about $100 for the cd, is booking a special photopass session at certain hotels. Here is what allear.net says. "Professional Portrait Service - You can have professional portraits taken of you and your family while you're at Walt Disney World. You'll have the beautiful resorts as your backdrop as they take dozens of photos. You need to make a reservation, so for more information or to schedule a portrait session, call 407-934-4004.

You can have your portrait session done at these resorts:
-- Grand Floridian
-- Polynesian
-- Beach Club
-- Wilderness Lodge
-- Animal Kingdom Lodge

You can choose from Professional Print packages or get all of your session images on the Professional Portrait CD (separate from Disney's PhotoPass PhotoCD). Because the CD purchase gives you full copyright of your pictures, you can have prints done at less expensive places. And since they are kept separate on their own PhotoPass Card ID, you can use this online for the different products on Disney's PhotoPass website."

You can also book the Kids Club for Katie for one evening and enjoy a dinner alone. I believe if you get a package you will get a coupon for a discount for the kids club. Oh, and of course I recommend going to the Boardwalk area and walking around, that is definitely free!

Check out the dissign threads for iron-on templets, they are free. Just have to buy the shirts and iron-on paper.
laashley is offline  
Old 01-27-2011, 02:36 PM   #21
Moira222
Can't get enough of the Magic & Pixie Dust!
 
Moira222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,472

Quote:
Originally Posted by laashley View Post
Came over and am catching up. Great job on the weight loss.

Looks like a great list. I added a few of my thoughts in red. Have you seen Festival of the Lion King or Finding Nemo at Animal Kingdom? If not I would try to see one of them- they both are spectacular.
Thanks on the .... its a HUGE struggle for me right now. DD keeps going for big hugs...she thinks I don't know that she is checking if her arms go all the way around my so that they touch in the back. She made such a big fuss when she could finally clasp her hands around her dad's....but mom doesn't run an hour a night like dad does, I clean up after dinner dishes, check home work & put the girl to bed instead

I thought I did have Festival of the Lion King on my list -- I really really want to see that one. We saw Finding Nemo in 2009 and just loved it! I am hoping to catch more shows this time --- I keep missing Beauty & the Beast and that is high on my list too.
Moira222 is offline  
Old 01-27-2011, 02:40 PM   #22
Moira222
Can't get enough of the Magic & Pixie Dust!
 
Moira222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,472

Quote:
Originally Posted by laashley View Post
As far as other special birthday ideas. Hmmm, you could take a carriage ride around Ft. Wilderness ($45 I believe), definitely like the idea of watching wishes on the Poly beach. One more idea, but it will run you about $100 for the cd, is booking a special photopass session at certain hotels. Here is what allear.net says. "Professional Portrait Service - You can have professional portraits taken of you and your family while you're at Walt Disney World. You'll have the beautiful resorts as your backdrop as they take dozens of photos. You need to make a reservation, so for more information or to schedule a portrait session, call 407-934-4004.
Oh didn't know about this. I will look into. I just learned about ordering the photo pass ahead of time and loved that idea. it would be awesome!

Quote:
Originally Posted by laashley View Post
You can also book the Kids Club for Katie for one evening and enjoy a dinner alone. I believe if you get a package you will get a coupon for a discount for the kids club. Oh, and of course I recommend going to the Boardwalk area and walking around, that is definitely free!
I just saw how beautiful the Boardwalk area is - WOW! I am sure that DH will not be ok with a Kids Club for Katie..I have broached the subject before. He is a LEO and is far to aware of all the bad things in the world and would not let her out of his site unless he knew full background on the caregiver. Its great to be safe but it does make child care a bugger.
Quote:
Originally Posted by laashley View Post
Check out the dissign threads for iron-on templets, they are free. Just have to buy the shirts and iron-on paper.
oh you rock - I am totally heading there. I have the iron on sheets for my computer so that would be fantastic! thanks
Moira222 is offline  
Old 01-28-2011, 12:54 PM   #23
Moira222
Can't get enough of the Magic & Pixie Dust!
 
Moira222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,472

mapping my days

Touring Plans? Ok so now I am getting in to the tricky part of my planning. I want to make the most of our time at WDW, want to have some general touring plans but don't want to make myself crazy. So now I am working on sorting my favorites into areas of each park so that I can give myself the best route.

so far,here is how our days are breaking down:

5/13 - arrive pm @ WLR, so dinner (Maybe!) & crash

Saturday 5/14: Morning at MK ; Dinner @ 1900 PF; After dinner: Epcot & Illuminations

Sunday 5/15: EPCOT! Breakfast at Akershus, Dinner @ the Biergarten. We will leave the park after dinner & hit MK for EMH

Monday 5/16: AK; lunch @ Rainforest; we will do something light for dinner after AK closes & hit DHS for Fantasmic & EMH

Tuesday 5/17: DHS; dinner @ Chef Mickey's No set place for after dinner. maybe kick back & catch water parade from the beach at WLR or see if there's a beach movie at FWC

Wednesday 5/18 DH'S Bday, so its Daddy's choice: Epcot, DHS; Dinner @ Poly for Spirit of Aloha dinner show.

Thursday 5/19: Downtown for some shopping; Epcot & Coral Reef for dinner

Friday 5/20 Kick of SWW; rope drop for FP's; 50's prime time cafe for dinner; head to epcot after DHS closes. No details yet I have heard the opening ceremony (?Parade??) for SWW is awesome so whatever time that is over to Epcot for EMH or just go swim. By now we will be really tired from running all week!

Saturday 5/21 (last day at WDW) MK, Crystal Palace for Dinner; I'd like more time AK but not sure if I will get there -- not a fav of DH or DD

Sunday 5/22 - 2:30 pm flight home, so just pack & swim a bit in the am
Moira222 is offline  
Old 01-30-2011, 11:32 PM   #24
Moira222
Can't get enough of the Magic & Pixie Dust!
 
Moira222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,472

I am addicted to Disboards

OMG I am so addicited to this web site! I have spent most of the day reading trip reports, restaurant reviews, resort info, this is so bad.

DH got his new safari vest in the mail for our trip. He has a black vest now that he has worn to death, and wanted something new, light weight, that will hold tons of stuff without weighing him down.

I have had some great tips on birthday ideas and cannot wait to surprise him on his birthday with this: . He is a police officer, and this will just be the absolute best way to commemorate this trip for him.

A few years back my sister and her family went to WDW on a "dream trip" and he was the only person she brought something back for. -- the LEO even looks like DH! My sister died a few months later, and this print just holds a very special place. when my TA Jen told me about the hero gift, I just knew it was perfect. i just hope i can keep it secret till May!!

More trip planning soon...
Moira222 is offline  
Old 01-31-2011, 10:52 PM   #25
Moira222
Can't get enough of the Magic & Pixie Dust!
 
Moira222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,472

Touring Plans for two days, check!

I am so hooked on our upcoming WDW trip.... its very distracting. i have SO much other stuff to be doing at home but instead have spent the last two hours really planning out our first two days, making notes on how to make the most of our time so that we can be happy and not just sleepy and grumpy.

I welcome comments, suggestions as I go along!!

Saturday May 14:

Morning: Magic Kingdom Aim to be there before park opens at 9am
  • Start out by checking out the Main St Barber shop
  • Take the train over to Frontier Land
  • Explore Frontier Land: Big Thunder Mountain; FP for Splash Mountain; Tom Sawyer Island
  • Head over to Liberty Square: Visit the Hall of Presidents, Liberty Square River boat; haunted Mansion; Try lunch at Columbia Harbour House or salads at the Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland.
  • Highlights of Fantasyland: FP for Peter Pan’s flight (try for one before lunch so can ride after) It’s a Small World; Golden Carousel; Mickey’s Philharmonic; Dumbo
  • head to hotel for pool time then early dinner 4:30 at Grand Floridian
After Dinner: Epcot
  • head back & right in Future World– check out wait time for Soarin! (can't hurt!)
  • Take the boat ride through Living with the Land; View the Circle of Life;
  • Hit the KidKot stop in the Land
  • The Seas -- visit Nemo, Turtle talk with Crush, chill out a bit watching the dolphins, catch the Kidcot Stop here
  • Head out by 8 pm to find a good viewing spot for Illuminations.
  • Stay for Illuminations tonight & skip them tomorrow to do EMH @ MK

Sunday May 15 -- EPCOT, EMH at MK

Epcot opens at 9 am. get to park a 9, skip entry craziness,
  • Get a KimPossible mission ticket and then get the mission at the kiosk between Mexico and Norway.
  • 9:35 Princess Storybook-Akershus Norway
  • After breakfast, head right over to Maelstrom! Check out the shops, skip the snacks.
  • Back track to Mexico; Gran Fiesta Tour inside, and some time for shopping in the Mayan temple.
  • continue back tracking and head over to Canada. KidCot top & O Canada attraction.
  • head over to UK --Be sure to check out the garden maze and kid cot stop there. Photo opp at book store??
  • wander up to France, stopping for character greeting along the lake. cool off at the Impressions de France attraction. Kidcot stop in back of France
  • Find the Fairies!!!
  • Lunch options: Chefs de France; Morroco Tangierine Café, or Yakitori house in Japan
  • Kidcot stop in Morrocco, character greetings on lake on way to Japan. Kidcot stop in front of Japan. Time in Japan to visit the gardens
  • Lots of time? take the ferry back across & start heading up the world from Norway/Mexico toward German. Running close? keep going around the world in order. Dinner Res at 6 pm.
  • US – American Adventure; American heritage gallery
  • Italy – Kid cot, leave time for street performance if there is one.
  • Outpost – easy for Katie to kill good half hour here playin on the drums!
  • China – Mushu!
  • Germany: check out the wines, kiosks, shopping. Kidcot stop at Germany, character greeting just outside (Snow White and Dopey?)
  • 6 pm reservations in Germany; leave park around 8 and head to MK for EMH
**consider heading to MK at 8 pm for EMH as folks are getting ready for Illumations

Magic Kingdom -- make sure to do Jungle cruise after dark; Katie's choice for rides after that.

**I don't plan to get in all the countries this day but figured I'd put the highlights here so that I would miss things at whatever country I go to.
Moira222 is offline  
Old 02-01-2011, 03:58 PM   #26
Moira222
Can't get enough of the Magic & Pixie Dust!
 
Moira222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,472

Animal Kingdom Touring Plan

I took a look at the suggestions on TouringPlans web site but they don't hit any of my own list items, so I checked out the map and made my own list up. DH popped over as I was writing it out so I had to share the plans thus far.

Monday May 16
Animal Kingdom, EMH from 8 to 9 am, park open till 5
  • Arrive at the entrance to Disney's Animal Kingdom 25 minutes prior to opening. Skip Discovery Island and cut through DinoLand, past Nemo & get a fast pass for Expedition Everest, unless the line is short.
  • Ride Kali River Rapids;
  • dry off while watching Flights of Wonder
  • Walk back (toward Africa) to the Wildlife Express & take the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Conservation Station and Affection The Station includes a rehabilitation area for injured animals and a nursery for recently born (or hatched) critters. Vets and other experts are on hand to answer questions.
  • Affection Section (petting zoo) There are Kids Discovery Club and Character greetings back here.
  • Head down to Discovery Island via the Discovery Island Trail. Visit Tree of Life, etc on way to entrance and Rainforest Cafe. Check for a fastpass for Tough To Be a Bug.
  • 12:45 lunch at Rainforest Café
  • After Lunch Explore the Camp Minnie-Mickey Character Trails in Camp Minnie-Mickey.
  • See the Festival of the Lion King.
  • It's Tough to Be a Bug! ; head to Dinoland.
  • Check the next performance time of Finding Nemo: The Musical at the Theater in the Wild in Dinoland. If the next show is within 25 minutes, see Nemo now. Otherwise, see The Boneyard in Dinoland.
  • Primeval whirl coaster in Dino land.
  • Dinosaur!
  • If it's near 4 pm parade time, find a good viewing spot on Discovery Island for the Afternoon Parade from Discovery Island.
  • ** Can catch after dinner park hours at HS till 10, Fantasmic Fireworks at 7
Moira222 is offline  
Old 02-01-2011, 06:51 PM   #27
laashley
DIS Veteran
 
laashley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: South Louisiana
Posts: 607

Quote:
Originally Posted by Moira222 View Post
I have had some great tips on birthday ideas and cannot wait to surprise him on his birthday with this: . He is a police officer, and this will just be the absolute best way to commemorate this trip for him.
Such a wonderful idea. I know you are so excited. It's great when you find that perfect gift.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Moira222 View Post
Saturday May 14:

Morning: Magic Kingdom Aim to be there before park opens at 9am
  • Start out by checking out the Main St Barber shop
  • Take the train over to Frontier Land
  • Explore Frontier Land: Big Thunder Mountain; FP for Splash Mountain; Tom Sawyer Island
  • Head over to Liberty Square: Visit the Hall of Presidents, Liberty Square River boat; haunted Mansion; Try lunch at Columbia Harbour House or salads at the Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland.
  • Highlights of Fantasyland: FP for Peter Pan’s flight (try for one before lunch so can ride after) It’s a Small World; Golden Carousel; Mickey’s Philharmonic; Dumbo
  • head to hotel for pool time then early dinner 4:30 at Grand Floridian
After Dinner: Epcot
  • head back & right in Future World– check out wait time for Soarin! (can't hurt!)
  • Take the boat ride through Living with the Land; View the Circle of Life;
  • Hit the KidKot stop in the Land
  • The Seas -- visit Nemo, Turtle talk with Crush, chill out a bit watching the dolphins, catch the Kidcot Stop here
  • Head out by 8 pm to find a good viewing spot for Illuminations.
  • Stay for Illuminations tonight & skip them tomorrow to do EMH @ MK
If you can get at MK by 8:40, that way you can see the opening show. It is where some characters ride in on the train and a special family is chosen to open the park. They also have people singing and dancing. It is a great way to start your MK day!

I could be wrong, but I think that at Epcot the Kidcot stations are now only in world showcase.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Moira222 View Post
Sunday May 15 -- EPCOT, EMH at MK

Epcot opens at 9 am. get to park a 9, skip entry craziness,
  • Get a KimPossible mission ticket and then get the mission at the kiosk between Mexico and Norway.
  • 9:35 Princess Storybook-Akershus Norway
  • After breakfast, head right over to Maelstrom! Check out the shops, skip the snacks.
  • Back track to Mexico; Gran Fiesta Tour inside, and some time for shopping in the Mayan temple.
  • continue back tracking and head over to Canada. KidCot top & O Canada attraction.
  • head over to UK --Be sure to check out the garden maze and kid cot stop there. Photo opp at book store??
  • wander up to France, stopping for character greeting along the lake. cool off at the Impressions de France attraction. Kidcot stop in back of France
  • Find the Fairies!!!
  • Lunch options: Chefs de France; Morroco Tangierine Café, or Yakitori house in Japan
  • Kidcot stop in Morrocco, character greetings on lake on way to Japan. Kidcot stop in front of Japan. Time in Japan to visit the gardens
  • Lots of time? take the ferry back across & start heading up the world from Norway/Mexico toward German. Running close? keep going around the world in order. Dinner Res at 6 pm.
  • US – American Adventure; American heritage gallery
  • Italy – Kid cot, leave time for street performance if there is one.
  • Outpost – easy for Katie to kill good half hour here playin on the drums!
  • China – Mushu!
  • Germany: check out the wines, kiosks, shopping. Kidcot stop at Germany, character greeting just outside (Snow White and Dopey?)
  • 6 pm reservations in Germany; leave park around 8 and head to MK for EMH
**consider heading to MK at 8 pm for EMH as folks are getting ready for Illumations

Magic Kingdom -- make sure to do Jungle cruise after dark; Katie's choice for rides after that.

**I don't plan to get in all the countries this day but figured I'd put the highlights here so that I would miss things at whatever country I go to.
Here is how the Kim Possible missions work- grab a pass for it when you get into the parks, you can get them at either innoventions. That ticket will give you a time and place to get your KP pager (you can get the pager later, but the earliest time would be for 11am because that is when WS opens).

Also, on the performers I have always had a hard time being in the right place at the right time. The day before I would make sure to grab a times guide that way you could map more of when the performers will be out. That goes for the characters as well. With the characters, I don't think Mushu is greeting anymore but Mulan will be there. As for Dopey I never saw him at Epcot as well. Hopefully, you will have better luck.

Your plans look like lots of fun. Especially the Jungle Cruise at night. I was so pleasantly surprised by our last cruise.

One more thing, if you like frozen drinks they have the best slushes in France. I prefer the grey goose limon citron one, but they also have a grand mariner one (blood orange) that some love more. Either way if you like slushes I would try one or the other.
laashley is offline  
Old 02-01-2011, 07:10 PM   #28
laashley
DIS Veteran
 
laashley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: South Louisiana
Posts: 607

Quote:
Originally Posted by Moira222 View Post
I took a look at the suggestions on TouringPlans web site but they don't hit any of my own list items, so I checked out the map and made my own list up. DH popped over as I was writing it out so I had to share the plans thus far.

Monday May 16
Animal Kingdom, EMH from 8 to 9 am, park open till 5
  • Arrive at the entrance to Disney's Animal Kingdom 25 minutes prior to opening. Skip Discovery Island and cut through DinoLand, past Nemo & get a fast pass for Expedition Everest, unless the line is short.
  • Ride Kali River Rapids;
  • dry off while watching Flights of Wonder
  • Walk back (toward Africa) to the Wildlife Express & take the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Conservation Station and Affection The Station includes a rehabilitation area for injured animals and a nursery for recently born (or hatched) critters. Vets and other experts are on hand to answer questions.
  • Affection Section (petting zoo) There are Kids Discovery Club and Character greetings back here.
  • Head down to Discovery Island via the Discovery Island Trail. Visit Tree of Life, etc on way to entrance and Rainforest Cafe. Check for a fastpass for Tough To Be a Bug.
  • 12:45 lunch at Rainforest Café
  • After Lunch Explore the Camp Minnie-Mickey Character Trails in Camp Minnie-Mickey.
  • See the Festival of the Lion King.
  • It's Tough to Be a Bug! ; head to Dinoland.
  • Check the next performance time of Finding Nemo: The Musical at the Theater in the Wild in Dinoland. If the next show is within 25 minutes, see Nemo now. Otherwise, see The Boneyard in Dinoland.
  • Primeval whirl coaster in Dino land.
  • Dinosaur!
  • If it's near 4 pm parade time, find a good viewing spot on Discovery Island for the Afternoon Parade from Discovery Island.
  • ** Can catch after dinner park hours at HS till 10, Fantasmic Fireworks at 7
Touringplans will not usually list a park as best that has EMH's. They don't because it wouldn't be beneficial for anyone staying off property to go on those days. I use the per park calendar and that helps on how busy they expect the park to be. They aren't always right though and sometimes I find that it is better to ignore their suggestions.

Rafikis Planet Watch and Conservation station is a great place to go, but make sure you have the time. When we went in October we waited in line for awhile to catch the train. In December there was no wait, so the wait can really vary, but I would make sure I had about 2 hours to enjoy the area, that accounts for travel time back and forth. Give yourself enough time to make it all the way back to the front of the park for your Rainforest reservation as well (this will be quite a trek).

We found a great spot for the parade. It was in discovery island on the way to Asia (right side of the tree). It was close to the exit to Tough to be a Bug on the right side of the walkway. There was a ball balloon (can't think of what they are called) stand there and the kids had a blast while waiting.

Watch your time here. I always find a day at AK can fly by. I would also decide between FoTLK or FN, I doubt you will be able to see both after lunch. Or plan to do one after the parade. The crowds really thin out after the parade is over so a great time to do alot is after the parade. Plus, if you get to see the park at dark it is beautiful and a little scary.
laashley is offline  
Old 02-01-2011, 09:16 PM   #29
Moira222
Can't get enough of the Magic & Pixie Dust!
 
Moira222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,472

Quote:
Originally Posted by laashley View Post
If you can get at MK by 8:40, that way you can see the opening show. It is where some characters ride in on the train and a special family is chosen to open the park. They also have people singing and dancing. It is a great way to start your MK day!
Oh I didnt know there was a nopening show! great tip we will be there!!


Quote:
Originally Posted by laashley View Post
Here is how the Kim Possible missions work- grab a pass for it when you get into the parks, you can get them at either innoventions. That ticket will give you a time and place to get your KP pager (you can get the pager later, but the earliest time would be for 11am because that is when WS opens).
Cool, Kim Possible had just started when we were there last so I didn't know just how it worked.

Quote:
Originally Posted by laashley View Post
As for Dopey I never saw him at Epcot as well. Hopefully, you will have better luck.
We saw Snow White & Dopey signing autographs in the general area of Norway once but DD, 3 1 /2 at the time, was napping and we didn't want to wake her up so we just watched from a distance

Quote:
Originally Posted by laashley View Post
One more thing, if you like frozen drinks they have the best slushes in France. I prefer the grey goose limon citron one, but they also have a grand mariner one (blood orange) that some love more. Either way if you like slushes I would try one or the other.
Yeah I read about them on these boards and was just looking at the menu for chefs de france. I think i will prefer to drink my calories instead of eat them ....and anyway calories don't count when youre on vacation, right?

Thanks Ashley -- your comments are appreciated!
Moira222 is offline  
Old 02-02-2011, 04:49 AM   #30
gallmcduck
Gallmcduck
 
gallmcduck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Scotland, UK
Posts: 662

Wow you have been busy with your touring plans and purchases

Great suggestions about portraits

Unfortunatley I am not the creative type, more that I just never have the time, always a desire but work, school, kids activities, housework just seem to always get in the way The boards have great design areas with lots of info, your idea sound really fun. I do love seeing everyone with matching t-shirts. I go as far as coordinating colours on days and my two DD's wearing matching outfits but that's about it.

Shoes are really important when at WDW, they need to be comfy at the same time a bit of glam too I tried out trimsoles and crocs this year which were really great for park days. I also purchased fit flops which come in all sorts of colours and sparkly great for evening wear and comfy.

The DIS is so addictive so I am right with you on that I do need to make sure that my time is in the evening when kids are in bed as I know that once I am on I will not get off again

The opening show at MK is great, we always go to MK early for this and fantasyland, we follow the unofficial guide touring plans for younger kids, so always get that out of the way before the crowds, it is amazing what you fit in the space of a few hours. That will soon have to change as DS will be 9 on our next trip. Another suggestion which we think works is booking a character breakfast for early, not if there is morning EMH, but on days when there is not, you get into the park earlier have breakfast out of the way before opening and get to your first place full of energy and ready for the crowds.

I would recommemnd getting your KP pass early on, my DD and DS done two countries China and UK, I have read that some are better than others, those two worked fine. We found early was better for the heat also as not all the showcase has indoor exhibits.

I agree on the frozen drinks in france yummy calories don't count when you are on vacation Fluid one's especially
__________________
10 months and 3 weeks until our next WDW Florida Reunion

Aug 1997 Offsite I Drive 14 Nights (ME & DH), Sept 1998 Offsite Kissimmee 14 Nights (ME & DH our engagement), Sept 1999 Offsite Kissimmee 14 Nights (ME & DH), Nov 2000 Poly & 4 Night Disney Wonder Eastern Cruise 14 Nights (ME & DH our Honeymoon), June 2001 Offsite Davenport Villa 14 Nights (ME, DH & family members), Sept 2002 Offsite Gulf Coast Clearwater 14 Nights (ME, DH & family members), June 2004 Offsite Kissimmee Villa 14 Nights (ME, DH, DS & family members), Sept 2005 Offsite & 7 Night Disney Magic Western Cruise 14 Nights (ME, DH, DS & family members), Sept 2006 Offsite I Drive (ME, DH, DS, DD & family members),October 2008 Offsite Vista Cay Condo 14 Nights (ME, DH, DS, DD & family members), July 2010 POR 17 Days (ME, DH, DS, DD1, DD2 & family members) October 2012 17 days Pop, Fantasy, OKW (ME, DH, DS, DD1, DD2 & family members July 2014 Gulfcoast Clearwater 3 nights, OKW 14 Nights (ME, DH, DS, DD1, DD2 & family members
gallmcduck is offline  
 

Tags
may 2011, pretrip report



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 Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:29 PM.

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

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

You Rated this Thread: