Pre-trip report.... Our 1st ever visit... UPDATE POST 23

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  1. poppie123

    poppie123 DIS Veteran

    Jul 21, 2007
    I have never done a pre-trip report before but with just 3 months to go until our first ever visit I thought it was about time I got my finger out and started one.


    Me, 37…Disney mad, completely obsessed with looking at holidays even though I can’t afford to book any of them.
    DD 18… Has been to DLP once, very sensible, (no idea where she gets that from) has her head well and truly screwed on. Now just can’t wait to get there after her first year at Uni.
    DD 14... (will be 15 whilst we are there)…Mmmm, complete fruit loop springs to mind, can be a bit of a scatter brain and very easily led. Been to DLP 3 times soon to be 4, will not go anywhere without her sack of make-up and hair straightners.

    For as long as I can remember I have wanted to go to WDW, when I was a child I only ever got as far as Pontins. Anyone who went abroad was super rich as far as I was concerned. I used to beg my parents to take me and my Sister to Butlins, people who went there were seen as really cool, but it was all in vain.
    The first time my girls ever went abroad was when they were 8 and 12, quite late really. They never moaned though even when all their friends were heading off to exotic places and they had to make do with Clacton-On-Sea (not that there is anything wrong with Clacton i would like to add)
    In fact my youngest used to think the term "abroad" was an actual country and wouldn't hear otherwise.

    I never ever thought I would be able to afford to go to WDW on my pittance of a wage, i remember looking at pictures when they were building Expedition Everest thinking i would never get to see it, but here we are going in just 3 months.:yay:
    To cut a long story short my Dad died a few years ago and the money he left me I invested, last year I had the choice to re-invest or do something with it. I choose to put the money towards this holiday, I am sure he would have approved.

    We are staying at Port Orleans Riverside and have the free dining so I have spent weeks and weeks finalising where we are going to eat. I can book my ADR’s this coming Thursday although without park hours my plans could amount to nothing.
    I still have to buy park tickets to Universal and SeaWorld and hope to do that within the next few weeks.

    Here is our itinerary so far, if anyone has any comments or advice I would appreciate it.

    Day 1
    Depart Gatwick at 11.55am
    Arrive MCO 15.25pm
    Transfer by Magical Express to Port Orleans
    Hopefully grab some dinner at the Rainforest Café in Downtown Disney. I was going to book an ADR for around 8pm but I am not too sure if that is wise.

    Day 2
    Animal Kingdom
    Lunch at Yak and Yeti, watch the parade and then probably head back to the hotel.

    Day 3
    Magic Kingdom for the whole day (hopefully)
    Lunch or dinner at either the Liberty Tree tavern or Plaza restaurant.
    Watch the parade and wishes if it is on. (No hours yet)

    Day 4
    Hollywood Studios
    Dinner at 50’s Prime Time Café, if not lunch at Sci-Fi café

    Day 5
    Blizzard Beach in the morning
    Afternoon relaxing round the pool
    Dinner either Boma or Whispering Canyon Café

    Day 6
    Dinner restaurant Marrakesh
    Watch Illuminations
    We may pop back to the hotel for a few hours in the afternoon as I have been told that Epcot can be quite boring.

    Day 7
    Universal Studios
    Lunch grab something there
    Dinner either Whispering Canyon Café or Boma

    Day 8
    Louise’s Birthday
    Breakfast desperate to go to Ohana’s
    Some time in the Magic Kingdom, get Louise’s Birthday gift card etc
    Dinner T-Rex 7.45pm

    Day 9
    Islands of Adventure
    Lunch grab something there
    Dinner either Planet Hollywood or Raglan Road

    Day 10
    Animal Kingdom for the morning
    Donald’s Safari Breakfast
    Relax at the pool in the afternoon
    Dinner no idea yet.

    Day 11
    Shopping Day
    Dinner either Ohana’s or Nine Dragons

    Day 12
    Typhoon Lagoon in the morning
    Afternoon back at the hotel
    Dinner either Ohana’s or Nine Dragons

    Day 13
    SeaWorld for the whole day
    Dinner Raglan Road or Planet Hollywood

    Day 14
    Hollywood Studios in the morning
    Afternoon back to the hotel
    Dinner hopefully fingers crossed Hollywood and Vine for Fantasmic

    Day 15
    Magic Kingdom Morning
    Breakfast Crystal Palace
    Depart MCO 17.55
    Arrive Gatwick 07.10am

    That's about it for now, i will update as i go along.
  2. Pegasus928

    Pegasus928 DIS Veteran

    Jun 23, 2007
    Sounds great so far.
    Not sure I totally agree with the statement that Epcot can be quite boring - but then I suppose it depends on what you all like to do in a theme park.
    Looking forward to reading how it all went and seeing the pics.
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  4. poppie123

    poppie123 DIS Veteran

    Jul 21, 2007
    A few of my friends that have been have said they found Epcot quite boring and you wouldn't want to spend a whole day there.:confused3
    I am hoping we love it.
  5. Pegasus928

    Pegasus928 DIS Veteran

    Jun 23, 2007
    And I am sure you will. :thumbsup2
    There are a lot of information type attractions - as opposed to the adrenilin filled rides (although there are a few of them too) - so maybe this is what puts people off.
    After all we are there for fun - not an education :lmao:
  6. natalielongstaff

    natalielongstaff <font color=deeppink>I need a cup of tea and a big

    Apr 7, 2004
    Wow, great pre-trip

    love the pics x x
  7. wickesy

    wickesy <font color=royalblue>Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love y

    Apr 2, 2006
    Great start Brigette. I'm sure your Dad will be enjoying the trip with you. :hug: Our holidays are paid for with money my Mum left behind so I know how you feel.
  8. Pinky166

    Pinky166 <font color=deeppink>a little on the OCD side<br><

    Feb 6, 2008
    Great start Brigette. I am sure you & your daughters will have a great time. :banana:

    I look forward to reading more. :thumbsup2
  9. jockey

    jockey Runs for Wine!

    Apr 25, 2004
    Your plans sound great :)
  10. thelittlemermaid83

    thelittlemermaid83 <font color=green>My reign will be a super-awesome

    Aug 14, 2007
    Yay a PTR!!

    I remember when i first went Epcot when i was 9 and it was so boring that i refused to go there again when i went back to WDW in 2004, i do regret it now as it seems there is a lot more exciting stuff to do.
  11. Tinks85

    Tinks85 Earning My Ears

    May 2, 2009
    Sounds lovely. We always stay at Riverside but they didn't have any rooms available this time so we're staying in French Quarters. You're going to love it. It is the most magical place in the world. Never done the free dining but we have it for next time so looking forward to seeing how good this is.

    Oh and Epcot is much better than it used to be, the first few times we went there was no Mission Space, Test Track or Soarin but we still enjoyed ourselves.
  12. suzycute

    suzycute DIS Veteran

    Apr 30, 2005
    Sounds like you have a great trip planned! Using your dads money to pay for an experience your family will never forget sounds very wise to me! Look forward to reading your impressions of your first visit!! :)
  13. jackieleanne

    jackieleanne DIS Veteran

    Jun 17, 2008
    Great pretripie. I agree Epcot is a lot better now with Test Track, Souring and Mission Space, I think everyone can have different opinions on it for example even before the Spaceship Earth revamp I loved it and always made the family ride it over and over again yet they hated it.
  14. wicket2005

    wicket2005 <font color=deeppink><marquee behavior=alternate>H

    Mar 31, 2005
    Wow, the first time is always the best, though you do know what to expect a little bit with going toe DLP. Looking forward to hearing your plans as they develop.
  15. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Mouseketeer

    Dec 1, 2007
    Hi. If you do only half day at Epcot, make sure it includes night time firework show. I think you will end up spending a bit longer at this park when you get there.:thumbsup2
    Oops. just noticed you have got fireworks on your list.
  16. raph_b

    raph_b <font color="red">Proud Redhead</font>

    Jan 21, 2008
    Sounds like a great trip :)

    I'm sure you'll love Epcot, its impossible not too!! :rotfl2:
  17. jjk

    jjk <img src=

    May 24, 2004
    sounds fantastic :thumbsup2
  18. islandmum

    islandmum DIS Veteran

    Mar 16, 2007
    sounds like a fab trip.

    I would probably suggest though, as you've already thought, that a booking on the first night might be pushing it. From how I know we are after an 8 hour flight, jetlag and all the travelling and settling you just wont enjoy it. My tip is the first night just grab something from the food court and chill. Otherwise your first day there feels like a crap hangover from the day before.

    and Epcot - its totally different from the other parks, theres much less rides to do and they can easily be done in 1/2 a day but we also love walking around the world showcase, infact we spend more time doing that part of the park. We love to go in every country, try the food, look around the gift shops, watch the shows they put on and then watch the fireworks from a nice spot in the evening.

    Epcot, despite being the least high adrenalin parks, is our second favourite because the day is so easy going compared to one where you wait in lines all day.

    have a great trip:wizard:
  19. Beth__WDW23/6/02

    Beth__WDW23/6/02 <font color=deeppink>you can never mock anything u

    Mar 7, 2002
    Sounds like you have an amazing trip ahead of you.
    Epcot is a great day out (not to all tastes however) we usually go later in the afternoon to be honest (not a full day for us).:goodvibes
    Have a great trip :banana:
  20. SusanEllen

    SusanEllen DIS Veteran

    May 24, 2004
    It's clear you've done your WDW homework (and many of us would agree that's a large part of the fun of a Disney vacation). Your reading has led you to opinions about what and how you do things and that's very good and will save lots of valuable time once you're there, but don't be surprised to find you'll have strong opinions of your own once you've experienced the World. As you adjust day's activities, be sure you DON'T cut out IllumiNations on your evening at EPCOT--no matter how tired you are.
    My other tip is be sure to look for the Electrical Water Pageant (staged on Bay Lake) the night you eat at Whispering Canyon Cafe. It runs every night, weather permitting, and all you have to do to find out what time to take up a viewing spot (never crowded) on the Wilderness Lodge beach or dock to watch is to ask Guest Services at your hotel or the one at WL. They'll know the time. This little lighted water parade is low key and low tech and its history stretches all the way back to the beginning of WDW when there was only Magic Kingdom and the Contemporary Hotel. It's a wonderful contrast to the usual hustle, noise, and crowds.
    Whatever you do, I know you'll have fun. Then I hope you tell us all about it. Best wishes, Susan
  21. Goofyish

    Goofyish DIS Veteran

    Sep 10, 1999
    Hope you have a great trip :)

    I thought you were 3 sisters when I saw the photos!

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