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Old 12-27-2012, 11:07 PM   #1
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neighbors first trip

My neighbors head down to WDW tomorrow for a week. This will be their first trip to the world with their kids (3,6,and 8). They tend to be spontaneous, but I hope they weren't with this trip!!! I offered one piece of unsolicited advice...get there early and leave the parks by noon. I know they think I'm crazy when I've talked about my obsession with Disney and how I plan so much for a trip. I pray they did their homework so their first trip is magical!
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:34 PM   #2
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Hopefully they realize how invaluable your advice was sooner rather than later. Did you explain how crowded this week will be? I hope they have a great trip, but reading about first trips to WDW during the winter break/Christmas/New Year's timeframe makes me nervous for them.
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Ouch, First trip during this timeframe. I hope they listen to your advice! I wish them a happy & magical first trip
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:08 AM   #4
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OP: know this.. they will NOT have even listened to you... they will come home, having done everything just the opposite of what you said (after all, what do YOU know, it's not like you've been there before or anything...)

then tell you they didn't care for it all that much, and don't understand why you love it so much. ...

and you will seethe, then get over it and realize how much smarter you are than them!!!
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:33 AM   #5
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OP: know this.. they will NOT have even listened to you... they will come home, having done everything just the opposite of what you said (after all, what do YOU know, it's not like you've been there before or anything...)

then tell you they didn't care for it all that much, and don't understand why you love it so much. ...

and you will seethe, then get over it and realize how much smarter you are than them!!!
Agree!!! This has been my experience more than a few times !
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My neighbors head down to WDW tomorrow for a week. This will be their first trip to the world with their kids (3,6,and 8). They tend to be spontaneous, but I hope they weren't with this trip!!! I offered one piece of unsolicited advice..
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Hopefully they realize how invaluable your advice was sooner rather than later.
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and you will seethe, then get over it and realize how much smarter you are than them!!!
Why do DIS members automatically consider themselves above non DIS members?

My wifes 3 sisters and their kids went to Disney for the first time a couple weeks ago. They did no research except deciding where they wanted to stay.

They went to the parks every day and low and behold they did all they wanted to do and had a great time.

Everyone here pats themselves on the back with both hands and shower themselves with accolades for being smarter than everyone else in the world because they immerse themselves in Disney minutia, then wonder why all their coworkers, and families, roll their eyes when they announce their next Disney trip.

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Old 12-28-2012, 10:22 AM   #8
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Leave the parks by noon? I'm a Disney veteran, have season passes, and have been over 30+ times.....and I have never, ever left the park by noon. I'd consider that such a waste!
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Leave the parks by noon? I'm a Disney veteran, have season passes, and have been over 30+ times.....and I have never, ever left the park by noon. I'd consider that such a waste!
I agree! We've been dozens of times at all times of the year (including Christmas) and we have NEVER left the parks at noon and not returned. The tickets just cost way too much to only use them a quarter of the time you have paid for!!

And I also agree that you don't have to do months of "studying" to have a great time at Disney. I had gone many times before we even had an internet to study on and never bought a book of any kind for the first 4 or 5 trips. Never once came home and said "we didn't get to do anything".
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Yikes..I did not transcribe the whole bit of advice that I gave my neighbor...I did not advocate leaving at noon and never returning...of course that would be a waste of money! The whole "words of wisdom," go early, get a lot of the Fantasyland rides in (they have all little girls) eat lunch on your way out of the parks at noonish AND return in the evening.

I never suggested months of planning - but it does help to know a few things in advance to have a smoother trip...
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:42 PM   #11
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I love the planning. That is how I found out how wonderful the Lion King show at AK was. We always just ignored it on all our other trips. And I still haven't tried a Dole whip yet. My daughter doesn't want anything to do with planning our joint trip in February. She says she likes to be surprised, or spontaneous, or whatever. Research is great for hidden gems, but if you don't find them, that's okay, too. The best part about WDW is that there is always something new, especially if you tend to never do any research before the trip.
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Yikes..I did not transcribe the whole bit of advice that I gave my neighbor...I did not advocate leaving at noon and never returning...of course that would be a waste of money! The whole "words of wisdom," go early, get a lot of the Fantasyland rides in (they have all little girls) eat lunch on your way out of the parks at noonish AND return in the evening.

I never suggested months of planning - but it does help to know a few things in advance to have a smoother trip...
I agree with the remarks that were made about people here on the Disboards that think they have all the answers and that they should give "unsolicited" advice. We have also been going to Disney for many years, during "busy" times and often during "less busy" times. We normally go early, have NEVER left at noon, have girls, and guess what, they love POTC, Jungle Cruise, Magic Carpet Ride. Splash and BTMR. What gives you the right to give your neighbors advice, "unsolicited" at that, telling them to leave at noon, when to get lunch, and what rides or attractions they should ride first because they have little girls. If I was them, I probably would do the exact opposite. There is probably a reason they didn't ask for advice.
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:39 PM   #13
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wow! sorry OP, that people are ..um... not happy with your advice giving!

I personally don't think just becasue I frequent the "dis" that I am "so much better". any way to research is fine, other web sites, books, talking to those who have been there...

I had friends who went with a large family, about 25. I told them there are frequently discounts available, gave them the addressses of a FEW websites (not just the dis).

they had a travel agent who was a disney expert , so they didn't need any advice. they did mention their meals 'were included". I knew this meant the DDP. I suggested they make some ADRS.. nope, we don't know where we want to eat in advance.

turns out they went at a time when there were BOTH room only discounts, free dining, AND grand gathering planning. they did NONE of those. paid rack rate for the room, paid for the DDP, and complained they couldn't get in to eat hardly anywhere.
and yes, they told me it's way too expensive, they didn't get their money's worth since the restaurants didn't hold spots open for those who had the meals "included" with their package, and why do we like it there so much?
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My neighbors head down to WDW tomorrow for a week. This will be their first trip to the world with their kids (3,6,and 8). They tend to be spontaneous, but I hope they weren't with this trip!!! I offered one piece of unsolicited advice...get there early and leave the parks by noon. I know they think I'm crazy when I've talked about my obsession with Disney and how I plan so much for a trip. I pray they did their homework so their first trip is magical!
Wow--not necessarily the time I'd recommend for a family's first trip, especially with such young children-but I realize people need to travel when they can because of work/school schedules.

I've been the week between Christmas and New Years, and it's everything you think it will be. While it was crazy crowded, it was one of our favorite trips. Hope your neighbors feel the same way when they return home!
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Why do DIS members automatically consider themselves above non DIS members?

My wifes 3 sisters and their kids went to Disney for the first time a couple weeks ago. They did no research except deciding where they wanted to stay.

They went to the parks every day and low and behold they did all they wanted to do and had a great time.

Everyone here pats themselves on the back with both hands and shower themselves with accolades for being smarter than everyone else in the world because they immerse themselves in Disney minutia, then wonder why all their coworkers, and families, roll their eyes when they announce their next Disney trip.
WDW a few weeks ago is not the same as WDW during the week of Christmas/New Year's, though. I do think telling someone going for the first time during that period to simply get to the park early is invaluable. It certainly doesn't rise to the level of believing they can't possibly have a nice trip without researching for months and months.
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