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Old 04-17-2013, 11:09 AM   #586
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But only Disney resort guests can use them? We're staying off site. :S
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:24 AM   #587
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My biggest mistake was planning to go to a park on arrival day. It wouldn't have been so bad except:
1. We got up before the sun to get to the airport for our flight.
2. We have a four-year-old.
3. We were traveling with six people.

By the time our Garden Grill ADR rolled around that night, tempers were flaring, emotions were high and everyone was just DONE. Next time we'll take it easy on arrival day and hit the parks the next morning.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:59 AM   #588
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I will go to any park other than MK to get my GAC. Guest Services at MK is crazy busy in the morning.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:04 PM   #589
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If you go during the summer months (May, June, July, August) bring TWO outfits for each day. The wife suggested this before our 2010 trip but I decided not to listen to her. Boy was that a mistake. It was so hot that I needed to change my shirt as soon as the rope dropped at "rope dropped." Needless to say I spent most of the trip like this ----->
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:22 PM   #590
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I will never again drive through the night (we're 12 hours away figuring in stops). While this works well with beach trips since we're relaxing anyway, it just doesn't work for Disney for us. My 5 year old is raring to go since he slept through most of the trip, and the adults need a nap. It worked out much better when we stayed at a resort 3 hours away and left at 7am the next morning. We were rested and ready to go.

I know most people feel different, but I will never again go to a park other than MK on our first afternoon. We don't even care what the crowd levels are, and we aren't focused on riding too much. To my family, there's nothing better than watching Wishes to really start the magic.

I make the adults going sit down and look at menus before we make ADRs. I won't be stuck hearing them complain that they can't find anything to eat again.

I personally can never go 'commando'. Through our trips, I truly believe we've had such wonderful times because we were able to see and do everything we really wanted through planning. My family thinks I'm nuts, but they all tell me at the end of the trip how they are glad I'm in charge.
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:30 PM   #591
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Not buying something you like when you see it and saying 'I will get that later'. We stay at a DVC resort so can have packages sent back to resort so why don't I do it! I then spend the next day searching for the item in the right size. Learn! I promise to myself this trip I will not do this! One year I had DW drive to 3 different Disney resorts because CM said it was in stock there ( Tee shirt ) but when we got there they couldn't find it. Computer error...yet I had this very item in my hand in Mouse Gear that morning!
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:01 PM   #592
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Not take children until they are old enough to remember and appreciate it. I have no problems w/young children because they can see the magic in the smallest things, but I want the vacation to be worth it! And no strollers! I've dealt w/more strollers in my lifetime and I don't even have kids yet!
I think you will find that once you have kids, this changes. My son's first trip was when he was 1. While he may not remember details, he talked about Mickey for weeks after we came home. And just as importantly, WE remembered. Seeing his face and reactions was worth double the price of the trip. He's been every year since, and we continue to make memories to last a lifetime. There's nothing like seeing your child's face at their first glimpse of the castle.

And strollers are a lifesaver. Saves their little legs when they are tired, perfect for napping, and extra storage to keep the mommy bag and other things. They may be annoying when you are touring parks with adults only, but trust me, they are more than worth carting on and off the buses.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:34 PM   #593
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We don't travel well with others . . . It needs to just be me, my mom and my son. Its probably my fault more than my mom or my son (because I'm the planner), but we just don't do well. We went with another family of three on a WDW vacation several years ago and found that our goals were SO DIFFERENT. We talked about it endlessly before we left and I "thought" we were all on the same page. But two of the three people that went DIDN'T LIKE RIDES!!! Of any type or for any reason!!! They didn't EVEN mention that when we were planning, talking about rides, shows, paces to eat. The third person, like us, was a ride junky. One of the other non-riders also did not like THE OUTDOORS. Um, we are spending a few THOUSAND dollars to go 18 hours from home to a THEME PARK!! But you don't want to be outside???? I suggested that we split up and they could do what they wanted and we would do what we wanted, but the answer was "no, we're following you." NEVER, EVER again.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:40 PM   #594
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I think you will find that once you have kids, this changes. My son's first trip was when he was 1. While he may not remember details, he talked about Mickey for weeks after we came home. And just as importantly, WE remembered. Seeing his face and reactions was worth double the price of the trip. He's been every year since, and we continue to make memories to last a lifetime. There's nothing like seeing your child's face at their first glimpse of the castle.

And strollers are a lifesaver. Saves their little legs when they are tired, perfect for napping, and extra storage to keep the mommy bag and other things. They may be annoying when you are touring parks with adults only, but trust me, they are more than worth carting on and off the buses.

I agree. For our family, the value of a Disney trip isn't based on whether or not each of our kids is old enough to remember every detail of the trip; it's about WDW truly being a family vacation destination where there is something for everyone and sharing those magical moments and special experiences together as a family.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:43 PM   #595
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Using WDW buses , we had our own car, and buses were very slow to POLY due to making stops everywhere else.

We got around much faster using our car. Which meant more park time, relaxing time, and less time on the buses with , quite frankly, some vey rude And i considerate people

I have vented about this before, for the price you pay at a deluxe resort, they should have more buses or a dedicated bus(s) for each one.

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Old 04-17-2013, 05:26 PM   #596
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The mistake I will not make again.....

If you see something you like...BUY IT. Thinking that it will be at another store, or that you could order it online, or that you'll make it back to buy it can be a crapshoot.

I have learned this the hard way.
This this this this THIS!!!!! Did I say THIS????!!! Never ever again will I pass up something because it will be there later!! Chances are, it WON'T be there later!!
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:42 PM   #597
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Using WDW buses , we had our own car, and buses were very slow to POLY due to making stops everywhere else.

We got around much faster using our car. Which meant more park time, relaxing time, and less time on the buses with , quite frankly, some vey rude And i considerate people

I have vented about this before, for the price you pay at a deluxe resort, they should have more buses or a dedicated bus(s) for each one.

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I love the WDW bus system. Especially going to MK. It sometimes takes so long getting to and from your car to MK. Where as the bus drops you off near the gate.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:24 PM   #598
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We had too many dinner reservations that caused us to leave the parks early.
I love that observation so much. People have to use common sense and also do what works for their needs, budget and travel style. When I was new(er) to the DISboards and seeking restaurant advice, I posted a msg explaining our main goals were to stay in the parks and experience the rides, attractions and shows and that the budget didn't permit a lot of TS restaurants, nor did time permit running all around WDW.

But one poster (who shall remain nameless - and obviously has a lot more time/money/gall...oops, did I say that out loud? than me) said we were "Really limiting yourselves by not thinking about resorts" [to eat at].

Seriously? Did they want to send me a check so I could pay for a longer, more leisurely vacation? Otherwise it's not helpful advice. So - a mistake we're not going to make is being pressured into doing what won't work for us and I appreciate WDW2012's post. BTW, I just looked at Disney's website to see how many eateries are at the parks and there are 88. Frankly I don't see how that's "limiting". Nearly one hundred choices...based on three meals a day, a person would have to stay an entire month at WDW just to try each of them once! 88 lovely places to eat...makes me hungry just thinking about it! So that's case closed!
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:41 PM   #599
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Not bringing pins thinking it wasn't a big deal and kinda lame. Was given a few pins to trade and had so much fun doing it. Ran out of ones I wanted to part with and got sad lol.
Will for sure get pins for next time
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I felt a bit bad about not bringing my lanyard just to go to DTD in CA...I wasn't sure if the CM's there wore lanyards and would've felt silly wearing mine if no one else did. Well, they do, but I hadn't brought mine and couldn't trade. So I'll know for next time.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:14 PM   #600
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I will not make the mistake of not getting a Christmas ornament again! Didn't think to get one during my 2012 trip, but now that we are going back this year, I really think it will be a nice tradition.
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