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Old 02-06-2013, 06:21 AM   #31
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I always try to plan new fun things for each trip as well. In December we watched fireworks from the Top of the World Lounge in BLT (any DVC person can). We also did HDDR and took a wonderful sleigh ride through the FW area to see all the decorations (Amazing what people construct over there!!!)! We also did a fantastic new night-time tour that starts at 10 pm at AKL. It is a night safari through the savannas of Jiko and Kidani, with night vision goggles. We rode an open-air truck and got so close the the animals we could have touched them, if we had been allowed. Best tour ever! Exclusive pins and light-up bracelets were our gifts. Free ponchos too as it started to drizzle the last 5 minutes of the tour.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:36 AM   #32
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I always try to plan new fun things for each trip as well. In December we...
Now you're giving me some great ideas! Thank you!!!!

(And none of these even require a park ticket. Such great ideas for non-park days, or non-Disney days!)
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:51 AM   #33
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though I've only been a member for 8 years (however I've been frequenting WDW for 12 years) I try to do the same thing (something new each visit). Last summer we did something that I've always over looked: the Winter Summerland Mini Golf. Holy crap what an amazing hidden gem! It was the most spectacular golf course I've ever been on and now, as we are planning this summer, my kids keep asking if we are going back and if we can do the winter side this time (we did the summer side).
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:12 AM   #34
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though I've only been a member for 8 years (however I've been frequenting WDW for 12 years) I try to do the same thing (something new each visit). Last summer we did something that I've always over looked: the Winter Summerland Mini Golf. Holy crap what an amazing hidden gem! It was the most spectacular golf course I've ever been on and now, as we are planning this summer, my kids keep asking if we are going back and if we can do the winter side this time (we did the summer side).
We love Fantasia mini golf also! Haven't played summer side, but we did winter side. but our favorite is Fantasia.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:56 PM   #35
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We always look for something different. A couple of years ago I surprised DH with a fishing trip leaving from BW. He said, as we were gettng on the boat, "we're not going to catch anything". Well, 22 fish later he bit his tongue. We went down to DHS and then the other way towards EPCOT and then the Friendship captain waved us on so we got to take circle the WS lagoon at EPCOT. Amazing time and fanstistic pictures. Your boys would also really enjoy this.

The tours are fantastic. We loved Keys to the Kingdom and are trying Wild Africa Trek this November. Pick a restaurant you never went to, the Wishes Dessert Party. There is so many different things to do.
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:33 PM   #36
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This is our list of things that we are going to do this year (or at least try to do). Most is new to us:

-Rent a canoe @ Fort Wilderness Campground.
-Archery @ Fort Wilderness Campground
-Dessert and fireworks
-Best cheeseburger search (post a photo and review every day)
-Air tunnel (that flying experience in Orlando)
-new test track ride
-new fantasyland section
-Beach Club pool
-Disney Quest
-Bowling in Disney at Splitsville
-Best milkshake search
-first hair cut for my nephew in MK
- Fort Wilderness campfire
-Jellyrolls piano bar at Boardwalk
-Wilderness Explorers
-Find an alligator -- either on property or off
-Go to Tom Sawyer Island (oddly we have never been there)
-Find the talking trash cans and drinking fountains in Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
-Find the phone booth in Epcot where people from the “outside” call
-Get one of the 3 cabanas by Tikes Peak (kids play area) at rope drop at Blizzard Beach.
-Art of animation at Hollywood Studios.
-Get ice cream at Beaches n Cream.
-Watch the fireworks from the top of Bay Lake Tower or the bridge going from BLT to Contemporary.
- create a "Where's Waldo" theme photo album -- with an actual Waldo hat
-Try to find WDW employees from every state.
- Be apart of a show.
-Be investigators: Discovery Island/River County...get some long time staffers to talk about it or try to find it.
-Behind the Seeds tour
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:11 PM   #37
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Our last visit included Lunch with an Imagineer at the Brown Derby. Our gracious host was the WDW head librarian, who had many stories to share about the parks and studios. (No, he did not reveal any corporate secrets or future plans.) And the meal included the amazing original Cobb salad (much different from what most restaurants serve today) and lots of other great things to eat. The meal lasted over two fascinating hours, and ended with the Imagineer autographing individual glass Disney souvenir plates for all of us.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:39 AM   #38
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Our last visit included Lunch with an Imagineer at the Brown Derby. Our gracious host was the WDW head librarian, who had many stories to share about the parks and studios. (No, he did not reveal any corporate secrets or future plans.) And the meal included the amazing original Cobb salad (much different from what most restaurants serve today) and lots of other great things to eat. The meal lasted over two fascinating hours, and ended with the Imagineer autographing individual glass Disney souvenir plates for all of us.
I have done this, and think it's an amazing experience!

Also, dine with an animal specialist at Sanaa!
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:18 AM   #39
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On our last trip, we mini golfed on the summer side (still have to try the winter side, but the wait was too long) and we also did the Behind the Seeds tour. My boys loved it and it was inexpensive. You can schedule it the day you want to do it. It was highly informative and the kids loved releasing the ladybugs, feeding the fish and tasting the produce. We would love to do some of the other tours, but the ages of our boys and cost is prohibitive.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:48 AM   #40
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We're headed to WDW soon and look forward to trying out some of rutgers1's list. Thanks for some great ideas.
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