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Old 02-07-2013, 05:53 AM   #31
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I'm the only one in the family whose favorite vacation is WDW.

The 15 and 12 year old girls and dh all prefer renting a house on a lake in the Adirondacks. I find it very interesting that the kids, who must always be connected with their friends and busy every minute, genuinely enjoy being cut off from that in a cell-phone free, TV free zone.

We go to a lake within striking distance of Lake Placid, where they have an ice skating show and ski jumping contests (on plastic in the summer) which makes for a change from paddling around the lake and relaxing.
Can you recommend areas/lakes? We have something like this in mind for this summer, thanks!
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:05 AM   #32
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Can you recommend areas/lakes? We have something like this in mind for this summer, thanks!
We really like Loon Lake. Saranac Lake is also nice. You can search for places to rent at http://www.adkbyowner.com/search/Vacation-Rentals.html
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:23 AM   #33
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We loved Discovery Cove... you get a 14 day ticket to Sea World, Busch Gardens OR Aquatica with admission.. for like $50 more, you can go to all three for 14 days!! Truly was our favorite day of vacation.... Atlantis is a close second... Disney Cruise is number 3.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:36 AM   #34
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For those of you who cruise....do you have passports?? Just wondering about this for my family. Thanks!!!
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:04 AM   #35
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As far as the areas you mentioned, Kure Beach, NC.

Edit: Sorry, you are looking for new places, and have already been to the NC coast. Little slow this AM.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:13 PM   #36
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For those of you who cruise....do you have passports?? Just wondering about this for my family. Thanks!!!
Yes, we have passports. I don't believe they are required if you are cruising in the Western Hemisphere, but it does make life easier.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:02 PM   #37
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:44 PM   #38
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Our favorites have been: Beaches Turks and Caicos (love it just as much as WDW), So cal tour (DLR, Hollywood, Sea World, SD Zoo), NYC touring, and just waiting for our new adventure next year.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:28 PM   #39
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Ours would be Thailand. The big cost is getting there. What about a Southern CA vacation. The City Pass includes 3 days at Disneyland. I prefer Disney World, but Disneyland and California Adventure have some special things about them. We also did Universal Studios Florida for one Spring Break. My kids loved it. We did no Disney just a 3 or 4 day pass at Universal. We stayed at one of their hotels although pricey because we all got the front of the line pass. My kids want to go back. They love the Hard Rock hotel.

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OK, so dh said he would like to go somewhere else before we go back to disney .... Although it is crazy talk , I realized he probably does get a vote With the kids we have been to Atlantis, loved it but a bank breaker, Ocean City Maryland, Rocky Mountain NP, coastal NC, SC, and GA, Fire Island and of course WDW. All were great, but Disney and Atlantis were our favorites. What were your favorite family vacations so far?
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:01 PM   #40
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We love to vacation in the Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area. We usually go every year but haven't in a year or so because we are saving for our Sept WDW trip
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:45 AM   #41
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I am looking for something different and affordable this summer too.

One thing we did though depending on where you are from and what the airfare would be is a summer trip to Oregon. That was a fantastic trip. Portland has so much to do. Then the Coast was a treat in itself. It was cool being on a beach and having to buy a fleece jacket! Cannon Beach is wonderful.

http://www.cannonbeach.org/

Haystack rock is the highlight there.

http://www.cannon-beach.net/cbhaystack.html
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:46 AM   #42
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We have done many non WDW trips and loved them all:

Sedona/Grand Canyon (with a night in Vegas to see Hoover Dam)
Williamsburg/Jamestown/VA Beach
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San Francisco/Yosemite
13 Disney cruises

DCL is a great way to get a Disney fix without the work & stress of the parks.
Also it gets us to beautiful island beaches without paying the exorbitant airfare it would cost to get 4 of us to an island. Just need flights to MCO for most itineraries. The service is nothing short of amazing: they cut my son's meat & crack his lobster.

Our favorite Disney cruise so far has been Alaska. Gorgeous beyond words.

The Med cruise on the Magic is our next adventure touring Barcelona, French Riviera, and in Italy: Florence, Rome, & Naples. I can't wait!
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:33 PM   #43
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How about Vero Beach?

We went to Disney's Vero Beach resort one year for Spring Break. The kids loved it. It has a disney feel but is very low key and fun. Good luck deciding.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:18 PM   #44
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My family loves Disney and the Atlantis too! We have timeshare at the Harborside which we won't be using this year. If you are interested let me know. We charged everything to the room and I found my invoice from last year - we only spent $1600. There were 5 of us and that included the lunches, dinners, teen club that the kids went 5 nights and frozen drinks at the pools. We probably spent another $200 for groceries and liquor.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:44 PM   #45
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Just wanted to add, fwiw, that we didn't find Vegas very family friendly at all. We only spent one night there just to see the strip, see a Cirque show then in the am head to Hoover Dam. We're also Toby Keith fans so we wanted to eat at his "I Love This Bar & Grill".
Everything requires walking through a smoky casino.
Staying at a hotel on the strip is outrageous because to have 4 guests in a room, including children, there is something like a $60 pp upcharge for any more than 2 guests per room, which I'm sure is to discourage families from booking. We found a Hyatt Place off the strip that was reasonable, smoke-free & offered free shuttle to the strip instead.

In our walk along the strip, our boys got an unexpected fast lesson in prostitution after seeing topless women pictured on a million business cards that litter the streets.
There were men just standing along the street with shirts stating, "We'll get a woman to your hotel room in 20 mins." Nice.
They even tried to hand dh their cards while the 4 of us walked down the sidewalk and dh holding the hand of our ds then 8.

The whole place just skeeved us. If I won a free trip to LV, I'd take the airfare & drive to AZ, UT, or CA.

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