Adventures by Disney forums

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

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 04-01-2012, 02:54 PM   #16
Blame it on the plastic cow I mentioned on another board
That's right.... I sucked a plastic cow
tchrrx's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 4,708

Southwest Splendors at the end of June!
Me (37) DH (40) DD (14)

2006- WDW CR (DD's 1st trip & my parents came) 2007- WDW SSR (1st trip 'home' & suprise trip for DD) 2008- WDW SSR (surprised DD w/her aunt) 2009- WDW SSR (inlaws) 2010- Our 1st ABD (Spirit of America) 2011- WDW SSR & BLT and our 1st Cruise (Disney Dream) 2012- WDW BLT (DD's surprise birthday trip); ABD Southwest Splendors 2013- DL GCV (Our 1st DL trip); Disney's Vero Beach; Disney Fantasy 2014- ABD Costa Rica
tchrrx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2012, 04:52 PM   #17
Cousin Orville
Inventor of Air Cooling
Cousin Orville's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1,420

Oahu and Maui in May, DCL family reunion in June, and Esprit de France ABD in Aug.

ABD DIS Backstage Magic Dec 2014
Norwegian Fjords on the Magic Jun 2015
ABD Australia Jul 2015
Cousin Orville is online now   Reply With Quote
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 04-02-2012, 08:51 AM   #18
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 2,681

Originally Posted by jlou View Post
I took my daughter for a 3 day trip to DC. It was great.

The first day (after a 6 hour drive), we went to the zoo. I was kind of disappointed in the zoo. My childhood memories had it much nicer than it was when we were there. However, it was a few years ago, and it was a bit under construction, so it might be much nicer now.

The second day, we took the DC trolley tour, which is a hop on hop off tour.

The driver was very informative, and it was a lot better than just seeing things on our own. Plus, it got us up and down the mall very quickly.

We also took advantage of their monuments at night tour, which I would also recommend.

Of course, there are all the museums. We had a wonderful time in the national gallery, and the sculpture garden. Also, the Air and Space museum. All the Smithsoneans are wonderful, so you just have to see what you're interested in. I would not recommend having lunch at the Air and Space museum, not much to choose from, but there is a very nice cafeteria at the Natural History museum I believe. Also near the Natural History museum is the Old Post Office, which has the clock tower (free to go up) with wonderful views of the city. Ben & Jerry's at the Post Office is a nice treat.

Union station was a good place to go with a group for a quick meal, as there are lots of different food vendors to please even the pickiest traveler.

I would highly recommend the trolley tours as it's a very inexpensive way to get around, and also get a bit of a tour, with someone telling you things about the sights that you would otherwise not know.

Jlou, did you book the Monuments at Night tour online in advance? Thanks.
Bobo912 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 11:26 AM   #19
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 152

Originally Posted by Bobo912 View Post
Jlou, did you book the Monuments at Night tour online in advance? Thanks.
Yes, we got our tickets for the regular daytime hop on hop off, as well as the Monuments at Night tour ahead of time online. I like to do that when I can.

It really was a nice thing to do at night. I'm trying to think what else we did at night time, but the main thing was a sort of late dinner, and the Monuments at Night. Our hotel had a pool, and the girls loved swimming, so that was something else we did at night. I would suggest, if you don't have a pool, to plan dinner to be a bit later than usual, and then have a quiet rest-of-the-evening reading and relaxing in the room. We were very tired at night from all the walking around, so I certainly don't remember feeling bored.

Me , Hubby , DS (16 at time of our trip) , and DD (13 at time of our trip)
jlou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 11:28 AM   #20
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 224

Originally Posted by Bobo912 View Post
Jlou, did you book the Monuments at Night tour online in advance? Thanks.
Hi Bobo912--one I didn't see mentioned that is pretty cool, although it is not free, is the crime museum. I think they took alot of the exhibits that used to be in the FBI tour and put them here, along with many other exhibits and interactive things to do.
RSM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 06:18 PM   #21
familygoboston's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 339

First my Washington DC advice:
-If you can't get timed tix, please contact your local Congress person, they can often arrange something...if not White House at least the Capitol building, and possibly a hand shake with them ( which is cool for your kids!)

-consider "Bike the Sites"
We did their biking the monuments at night, it was fabulous! DC is flat as a board, so even if you are not expert bikers ( like me) it's easy, and since the monuments are one of the few things "open" at night, it maximizes your time for the day things and they are just magnificent lit up at night. You get time to stop and wander around the monuments , then the guide rolls you to the next, very easy, one of our favorite experiences!

- arrive at the major line attractions early ( I mean early!) You know the attraction where you need to go see this one famous thing that will take 10 minutes, but the line will be 2 hours by 10 Am? It takes a while to wake, dress, feed and bus all those 8 th graders to places like the National Archive, while they are doing that, you get there before 9 AM and see the whole thing in 20 minutes or so. As you head out the door, those bus tours are just starting to roll up. Plan one major "line attraction" for every morning and get there before it opens. Then head to the places where you are likely to spend more time poking, like a museum.

- if you plan to do the the zoo, get up early( are you seeing a trend here? ) like WDW, ( which don't we all love or wouldn't be here) it's better to go early and nap mid afternoon, than wait 2 hours to look at the constitution in the Archives for 10 minutes! Back to the zoo: go early, right at opening. Start with the Asian exhibit ( the pandas are there, but so are lots of other great animals) it will be gridlocked by 11 AM, so start there and move elsewhere once people start arriving. Plan to leave right around lunch time to save your sanity.

- chunk your daily itinerary into go to a "line builder attraction" early, then see the museums and other attractions in that area, the next day hit another area, this minimizes walking! WDW you can't do it all in one visit, so pick and choose, we decided to tour the whitehouse since we could get tix, but just visited the Court and Capitol buildings. We did Air and Space and one of the Art museums (taking in the sculpture garden as part of our walk from one end to another) because that was what interested each of our kids. We did the monuments at night to maximize the day hours and forgot about the bonus of how gorgeous they'd be!

Good luck! We only spent 2 full days, so we had to power might have a more relaxed schedule...but I'm gonna go with go early and plan well!

Oh, and where are we going, you ask? Most immediately to western NY and Philadelphia to check out design colleges, ( maybe run up the Rocky steps) then on an ABD to Ecuador and the Galapagos in August, on a cruise from Tahiti through French Polynesia in October, and next April taking the kids on the worlds largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas! In between I'll be chill axing in my favorite place in the world...Maine!
EuroDisney, Paris 1994
Disney Magic Bahamas Cruise 2002
ABD La Pura Vida Costa Rica 2007
ABD Andean Highlands and Galapagos Islands 2012
Photo Review:
WDW- visits since 1976, lost count a long time ago.
familygoboston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2012, 05:39 PM   #22
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 3,153

Originally Posted by Earstou View Post
I've read that Iceland should have been called Greenland and vice versa. LOL
There are lots of waterfalls and thermal areas. My dh and ds are volcanoe nuts, so everyone is really excited about going.
iWent to Icecland in 1997. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever scene. There is green there but it is like a mossy fuzzy greenery. No trees or anything.

No ABD his year just 2 Disney cruises.
Tozzie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2012, 09:46 PM   #23
We're ready to do it again!
So far, we've managed to sprinkle lots of pixie dust
CBEB's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Garland, TX
Posts: 374

ABD China in July for us!
, Hilton Head 2000, WDW 2002 Wilderness Lodge, DCL 2003 7-Day Eastern, DCL 2004 7-Day Eastern, DCL 2005 7-Day Western, DCL 2006 7-Day Western, WDW 2007 Caribbean Beach, DCL 2008 15-Day WB Repo, DCL 2009 7-Day Tortola, DCL 2011 5-Day DREAM, DCL/ABD 2011 7-Day Alaska, ABD/HKDL 2012 12-Day China, Aulani 2014
CBEB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2012, 10:34 AM   #24
Earning My Ears
adambomb85's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 56

ABD to Greece on June 26 for us!
adambomb85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2012, 01:05 PM   #25
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 224

Going on the Central Italy ABD on 6/17, followed by 5 days in Rome.

Others are the Atlantis in the Bahamas in April and Vermont in October.
RSM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2012, 01:13 PM   #26
DIS Veteran
nordkin's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Bethesda ,Md
Posts: 1,755

Our trips this year are ABD to Greece on May 25, F&W in Oct, and a few long weekends at the beach.

I live in the Washington DC area and I would recommend a little known museum across the street from Union Station. It is the Postal Museum, small but interesting. It is downstairs in the main post office. If you have a car available I would also recommend the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico about 30 minutes south of Washington on 95. A tour of the Kennedy Center is also interesting as is the Building Museum and the National Geographic Museum. There is just so much to do here that there is no way to see it all in a few days. When our kids were little we used to act like tourists one weekend a month and they complained, but have fond memories of it and we still have not seen everything.

Please do see the WWII Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Korean War Memorial at night. They take on a whole different perspective and you feel moved a lot more than you do during the day.

I am happy to answer any questions about DC.
nordkin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2012, 03:34 PM   #27
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 90

Viva Italia 7/9/12. Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast pre-ABD and 4 day layover in London on the return.
mapsd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2012, 12:04 AM   #28
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 150

This year will be the first of the last 5 years that we aren't doing a tour We did ABDs in 2008 & 2009 and Tauck Bridges trips in 2010 and 2011. This summer, I'm sending my daughter to horseback riding camp, and in August we are going to Beaches in Turks & Caicos for a week. So with that, our vacation budget is officially shot! My daughter has been pining for that Caribbean turquoise water since we went two years ago.
She got to choose this summer's trip, but next summer it's MY TURN again! I'm dying to go back to Europe, but will take some saving to be able to swing it, so am starting now for 2013.
marcemch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2012, 07:57 PM   #29
DIS Veteran
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 1,212

It's great to hear about everyone's trips, and I appreciate all of the D.C. tips. Turns out we didn't get the lottery for the White House tour, but will get to go to "Constituent Day" with our congressperson, and visit the floor of the House- a neat thing I've never done before. Just a week to go - we're excited!

I'd love to do the Greece trip someday. I'm also interested in a cruise that includes Greece. The pictures I've seen of the islands make it look like a very nice place to be!
1980; 1990 - WDW - college graduation; 1993 - WDW - Grand Floridian honeymoon trip; 2003 - WDW - (offsite) first time with our girls - we celebrate DH's birthday; 2004 - WDW - Wilderness Lodge; 2006 - WDW - (offsite) and we again celebrate DH's birthday; 2006 - Disney Wonder 4-night cruise; 2007 - Disney Wonder Cruise and WDW Yacht Club -- fun at Stormalong Bay!; 2008 - Viva Italia ABD; 2009 - Disney Hollywood Studios; 2009 - Southwest Splendors ABD; 2010 - Israel; 2010 - Paris/London; 2011 - Disney Dream, Poly and Beach Club

Upcoming: August 2013 Med cruise
glassslipper2004 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 11:51 AM   #30
familygoboston's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 339

Originally Posted by glassslipper2004 View Post
It's great to hear about everyone's trips, and I appreciate all of the D.C. tips. Turns out we didn't get the lottery for the White House tour, but will get to go to "Constituent Day" with our congressperson, and visit the floor of the House- a neat thing I've never done before. Just a week to go - we're excited!
Have a great trip! Sorry about the White House, but honestly for as little as you get to see inside, a little walk by will be pretty darn close to the same experience! My kids were more excited by the fact that the motorcade came roaring down the street right after we left (we were walking and were held up by the police at the corner till they passed). We didn't know and they wouldn't tell who...but it was exciting!! We also saw one of our Reps on the street, and I pointed him out by name to the girls he stopped and asked where we were from; once he heard it was not in his district he said a quick hello and kept going. We also saw our Governor on the street (had no idea he was in town to lobby). He was surrounded by a whole bunch of staffers, so we really couldn't stop him on the street. The kids found it exciting playing "eye spy" with people they normally saw on tv!
It will be a very busy week in DC... definitely go everywhere early! Have fun!
familygoboston is offline   Reply With Quote

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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:52 AM.

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: