Adventures by Disney forums

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Adventures By Disney
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 03-15-2012, 06:22 PM   #1
Jenncram
ABD newbie
 
Jenncram's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 13

Question Advice?

Hi everyone,

We're booked on the ABD London and Paris Knights and Lights trip starting July 16, 2102. We have 2 boys aged 7 and 10. We're arriving in London on the am of the 14th. I've been excitedly reading any and all posts I can about this trip. I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for sights to see over our 2-3 pre-days that are not included. We're thinking about going to see the Lion King (it's been removed from the current itenary) and maybe the Tower Bridge exhibition? Thanks in advice for any help!
Jenncram is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2012, 06:36 PM   #2
jlou
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 152

.
__________________


Me , Hubby , DS (16 at time of our trip) , and DD (13 at time of our trip)

Last edited by jlou; 03-15-2012 at 06:38 PM. Reason: whoops! posted twice!
jlou is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 03-15-2012, 06:37 PM   #3
jlou
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 152

The British Museum is right near your hotel, I believe. Also, you can't go wrong just strolling around Covent Garden Market. We also had fun at an exhibition at the O2 Arena, you could see if there is anything going on there. Plus, it was fun riding the Metro (I let my 11 year old son navigate) to the O2. You can also probably use this time to use your tickets on the London Eye (when we went in 2008, the guides gave us the tickets to use on our own). There is a nice place for kids near there to walk around and have a snack. We also spent some time at Trafalgar Square, the kids just love being there.

You are going to have a great trip!! Happy planning!
__________________


Me , Hubby , DS (16 at time of our trip) , and DD (13 at time of our trip)
jlou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2012, 08:46 PM   #4
sayhello
Have Camera, Will Travel
 
sayhello's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 10,565
DISboards Moderator

The Olympics start a week or so later. You should see if you can check out any of the Olympic venues!

Sayhello
sayhello is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2012, 11:52 PM   #5
pxlbarrel
They won't allow any kind of cow though
Geez, I gotta start cleaning your rooms so I can get those treats
 
pxlbarrel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Richmond Hill, ON CANADA
Posts: 2,726

If the weather is nice, you could take one of the Thames river boats to Greenwich. It's a nice boat ride and Greenwich is very beautiful (and green!)

Not sure if the kids will like it Kew Gardens is a nice place to walk around too. The kids can go into the man sized badger den! It's easily accessible by the Underground. (uh, Kew Gardens is accessible... not the badger home...) LOL
__________________
1975 WDW Fort Wilderness | 1983 Disneyland | 1992 WDW Offsite | 1996 Disneyland (DL Pacific Hotel)| 1999 Disneyland | 2000 WDW Dixie Landings | 2002 Disneyland | 2003 WDW Offsite | 2004 Disneyland | 2005 WDW Offsite | 2006 Disneyland | 2007 Tokyo Disneyland /Disney Sea / HK Disneyland (Disney's Hollywood Hotel) | 2008 Disneyland | 2008 WDW Offsite | 2009 Disneyland Paris | 2009 Disneyland | 2009 WDW Caribbean Beach Resort - DCL Disney Magic | 2011 Disneyland | 2011 Disney Magic Mediterranean | 2012 Disneyland (VGC) | 2012 ABD -Enchanted China | 2012 HK Disneyland | 2012 DCL Disney Magic NYC/Canada | 2012 WDW Boardwalk | 2013 Disneyland | 2013 Disney Magic Mediterranean Greek | 2013 Disney Dream Bahamas | 2014 Disneyland (VGC)
pxlbarrel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2012, 11:10 AM   #6
beachcat
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 183

Thames Clippers

I did the Knights and Lights Tour in May 2010. We really enjoyed riding the Thames Clipper boats up and down the river -- fast, clean and a great way to see the city skyline complete with bathroom and bar.

If your boys are into airplanes, the Royal Air Force Museum in Colindale via the Tube was well done.
beachcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2012, 11:44 AM   #7
ennuiphobe
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 34

Warwick Castle. My 10yo son and I went prior to our K&L tour in 2010 and he loved it (in fact, he said it and Disney Paris afterwards were the best part of the trip). I was worried that it was going to be cheesy (and it was a little), but for the most part it was entertaining and well done (and perfect for young boys).

You might also post your question over on Trip Advisor. There are a ton of people over there (as here) who are very helpful.
ennuiphobe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2012, 12:02 PM   #8
sayhello
Have Camera, Will Travel
 
sayhello's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 10,565
DISboards Moderator

You might also check out Madame Tussauds' Wax Museum.

http://www.madametussauds.com/London/

It's a world-famous Wax Museum. I didn't make it there this trip, but I remember loving it the last time I was in London.

Sayhello
sayhello is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 12:59 PM   #9
sayhello
Have Camera, Will Travel
 
sayhello's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 10,565
DISboards Moderator

Good heavens! I was just reminded. Are your boys Harry Potter fans? The Harry Potter Studio Tour opens this weekend! It's a tour of the Leavesden Studios (where the movies were all filmed) in Watford, about 20 miles North-West of London. It has tons of actual props, costumes and sets from the movies. I wish it had opened when I was there in September!

http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/en/

You need to purchase tickets in advance (it's a timed entrance). I checked, and they do have availability for July 14th, 15th & 16th!

If they are Harry Potter fans, they'd probably love it!

Sayhello

Last edited by sayhello; 03-30-2012 at 06:14 PM.
sayhello is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 03:05 PM   #10
kmc33
DIS Veteran
 
kmc33's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 959

Quote:
Originally Posted by sayhello View Post
Good heavens! I was just reminded. Are your boys Harry Potter fans? The Harry Potter Studio Tour opens this weekend! It's a tour of the Leavesden Studios (where the movies were all filmed) in Watford, about 20 miles North-West of London. It has tons of actual props and sets from the movies. I wish it had opened when I was there in September!

http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/en/

You need to purchase tickets in advance (it's a timed entrance). I checked, and they do have availability for July 14th, 15th & 16th!

If they are Harry Potter fans, they'd probably love it!

Sayhello
Oh my goodness! I didn't know about this. My son would love this. Do you know if this is a temporary sort of tour or something more permanent in nature?

Thank!
__________________
Kim
kmc33 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 04:30 PM   #11
sayhello
Have Camera, Will Travel
 
sayhello's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 10,565
DISboards Moderator

Quote:
Originally Posted by kmc33 View Post
Oh my goodness! I didn't know about this. My son would love this. Do you know if this is a temporary sort of tour or something more permanent in nature?

Thank!
As far as I know, it's a fairly permanent thing. They spent quite a bit of time & money building the area as an exhibit. They're currently selling tickets through the end of 2012. I imagine they'll keep it running as long as it makes money!

Sayhello
sayhello is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2012, 11:06 PM   #12
Gigi22
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 3,561

You are arriving on the morning of the 14th and your ABD tour starts on the 16th? Based on what I recall of flying into London in the early a.m., you are going to experience jet lag for most of the first day, and likely into your second day there, so I wouldn't plan for anything overly ambitious on either day. I would plan something relatively quiet on the 14th--perhaps if you can get matinee theatre tickets for that day?
__________________
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend; inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx
Gigi22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2012, 10:15 AM   #13
sayhello
Have Camera, Will Travel
 
sayhello's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 10,565
DISboards Moderator

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gigi22 View Post
You are arriving on the morning of the 14th and your ABD tour starts on the 16th? Based on what I recall of flying into London in the early a.m., you are going to experience jet lag for most of the first day, and likely into your second day there, so I wouldn't plan for anything overly ambitious on either day. I would plan something relatively quiet on the 14th--perhaps if you can get matinee theatre tickets for that day?
That's very true about the jet lag, but I can't imagine not falling asleep at a theater matinee! I'm not sure sitting still in a dark theater for a few hours would work for me as a way to get around jet lag!

Sayhello

Last edited by sayhello; 03-31-2012 at 10:55 AM.
sayhello is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2012, 06:04 PM   #14
kmc33
DIS Veteran
 
kmc33's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 959

Quote:
Originally Posted by sayhello View Post
That's very true about the jet lag, but I can't imagine not falling asleep at a theater matinee! I'm not sure sitting still in a dark theater for a few hours would work for me as a way to get around jet lag!

Sayhello
LOL - me too. And thank you for the information about Harry Potter. I showed my son the website and he was really excited about it. We have been thinking about the Ireland ABD trip. I think we might have to go to London for several days before!
__________________
Kim
kmc33 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 Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:39 PM.

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

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