So What's so great about WDW?

Discussion in 'Disney World Tips' started by wendymom22, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. wendymom22

    wendymom22 Earning My Ears

    Jun 23, 2007
    I've convinced my dh we need to at "least" go for a day or so next time we visit my retired parents in St. Augustine. Our girls are 6 & 4, and we're looking at early August for the trip.

    My problem: I haven't been since 1980 - I was in highschool and it was just 1 day. So while we're going "for the girls" I'm more interested than DH, yet I'm still looking at WDW as an "amusement park" and I know DH thinks of it as a "kiddy place". We need to book plane tickets asap (yesterday?) but I'm not sure for how long since we're splitting time between my parents and WDW and I've got NO IDEA how long we should plan for WDW.

    I'm flying blind... I'd love to get a summary of what makes WDW interesting for an adult (I see post saying it isn't just an amusement park) -- why is it such an attraction? And for total newbies with a 2 young girls, how long should we plan to stay? DH thinks 2 days is more than enough... is he right?
  2. dburg30

    dburg30 Ferb, I know what we're going to do today! Yes, I

    Jun 15, 2007
    If you are just planning on doing magic kingdom, you can probably do that in 2 days.

    What an 'adult' gets out of it, will depend greatly from what they ALLOW themselves to get out of it. I know from reading trip reports from couples, talking to my brother and sis in law who have gone a few times by themselves, I know 'adults' can have a blast!! The secret is being able to let go and 'be 10 years old' again :). This is all just my opinion from reading and talking to other folks. If you've read any of this board much I'm sure you know how folks plan for this months in advance.

    Do your girls like the whole princess thing? IMO, if you can still get ressies for it, and you can get there in the AM, I would consider trying to get Cinderella's Royal Table for breakfast for your daughters. Being as you wont be able to spend many days there, if you could pull that off, if they like them, I think that would be a GREAT thing for them.


    Waiting to see what seasoned vets suggest to you.. :surfweb:
  3. Avatar


    to hide this advert.
  4. Harvestmooner

    Harvestmooner Mouseketeer

    Jul 10, 2005
    I would go for minimum of 4 days-that would allow you a day in each park. Which isn't time enough-but would give you a good taste of WDW. What adults get out of it-is time just to have fun with their families. Don't bring your problems or your worries to the park with you-leave them at home!! Be crazy-wear a silly hat and ride in giant teacups with your girls!!!
    HAVE FUN!!!!

    MARCIAKAZ Proud to be called Disney Geek by my kids!

    Jun 29, 2004
    I'll share our experience. We (Me DH, DD 16, DS 14, and DD 9) went for the first time in 2004...none of us had ever been. We went basically because we figured it's something we could do as a family before our oldest graduated from high school, and that everybody has to go to Disneyworld once. Well, DH and I were hooked the very moment we stepped on property! The kids enjoyed it, but I fell in love with the place. We only had three park days, 1 at Epcot, 1 at Magic Kingdom, and we split one between the Studios and Animal Kingdom. We also did one day at Blizzard Beach. It was a great vacation that we all enjoyed, but it ws SO not enough!!

    We're going back this year (finally!) this time just Me, DH and DD now 12, and we're planning 6 1/2 park days. I can't explain the magic of it, but there is plenty to do for all. We were struck, as adults, by the extreme attention to detail, the quality of the shows and perfomers, and the amazing friendliness and customer service of all the castmembers. My only regret was that we hadn't gone when our kids were was a true joy to see all the little children light up at every little thing!! Bottom line, it can't be compared to any other "amusement park" experience. Walt Disney World stands alone.

    I suggest you order the FREE planning DVD from the Disney website. It will help you get a feel for the place and all the options. No matter how long you stay, you're likely to have a great time!
  6. ZoZo

    ZoZo DIS Veteran

    Jun 16, 2005
    I go to WDW about every two years with my girlfriends (four of us) and no kids. We keep going back because we love it! We go during the Food and Wine Festival and also make sure to go to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (which is a "hard ticket" event that costs around $40 pp -- that's above and beyond the regular ticket cost!). Our last trip was seven days, and we stretched it to eight on our upcoming trip because it just wasn't enough. As you can probably tell, we're WDW fanatics!

    I'm not sure I can put into words why we enjoy it so much. It gives us a chance to be kids again - just walking down Main Street in Magic Kingdom makes us so happy! Even though we're a group of adults, we do the rides, shows, a character breakfast (Pooh and Tigger!), the list goes on and on. There's so much to do, truly, a week doesn't seem like enough. We usually do at least one day in MK, two full days in Epcot, one day at MGM, one day at AK, and a few evenings at Pleasure Island. This year, we're adding at least part of a day in one of the water parks, a couple of hours in a "water mouse" boat, and the "Keys to the Kingdom" tour. It's not just an amusement park, it's an adventure!

    (BTW, one of my fellow travelers went to Universal Orlando earlier this year and was so disappointed. She said it just wasn't as clean, the people working there weren't as pleasant . . . it "just wasn't Disney.")

    So, my advice is, try to schedule at least three or four days to get a really good flavor of what WDW is all about. Do lots of research -- read through lots of posts this chat board, go to, buy the Unofficial Guide. You'll get a lot more out of it if you do some pre-planning. Good luck and have fun!
  7. pepe of ohio

    pepe of ohio DIS Veteran

    Jul 5, 2001
    Really hard to explain or put into words but we began our Disney journeys in 1977, first trip and we're now, this September enjoying our 39th trip. We fell for Disney when there were only one park and 2 resorts. Our children grew up taking Disney vacations, daughter did the college program a few years ago and even moved to Florida and worked for the mouse for a year.

    Children are married and gone now but wife and I still enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and all inclusive airs of staying on property. Daughter and SIL still meet us there sometimes but we still plan at least one trip a year. We have always stayed deluxe and just the look and feel of the MK resorts, washes away the stresses of real life, whether we go to the parks or just hang at the resort all day, we're in heaven. CM's are there to wait on your every wish and command, there are so many things to see and do, places to eat and drink really just too much that it makes your head spin with the choices. Getting around to all thse things couldn't be easier either, transportation on the mouse, boat, bus, monorail, train, just makes things too easy.

    Nowhere else that we've been to could compare to WDW, the size of the property, no commercialization, you enter property teeming with trees and areas open up to resorts and parks, really giving nature the lead over the buck. Water canals, mowed grass areas, wildlife strolling everywhere, just like being isolated but with 150,000 people plus CM's you hardly notice but you feel like you're all alone. We never venture off property, for what, its all right here in our little world, no car needed.

    Going back after doing that, you bet, as long as the mind and body are will, wife and I look forward every trip and countdown the days and read all the info, Its the most relaxing, can be young again place on earth, for us.
  8. Piper

    Piper DIS Veteran

    Mar 2, 2000
    Disney World cannot be understood until you see and feel the magic! It isn't remotely like Six Flags or other "amusement parks." There are 4 distinctly different parks, lots of rides that are amazing--not just get on -- get off -- ok that's finished -- next. Each ride is an experience --totally themed and putting you "inside" what the ride is all about.

    The shows are many and varied and very well done. The grounds are fabulous. The time and effort and attention to the smallest detail is awe inspiring. Until you've been there and opened yourself up to the magic, you'll never know. Just having someone tell you about it doesn't work.

    There are many different dining experiences--many different types of cuisine and snacks.

    Please do your research (this is a good place to start!) If you can, plan on at least staying 5 nights and seeing each of the parks. When it comes to WDW--more is better!
  9. Christine43

    Christine43 Mouseketeer

    Mar 9, 2007
    I went for the first time with my children at the age of 40 in 2004 and it was an incredible experience for us all. I got a very unexpected emotional response and I literally did feel like a young child again. Also, seeing it relected in the eyes of my children was one of the happiest experiences I've ever had. I was actually reduced to tears a couple of times. Any place that can do that to a tired, single mother with disabled kids, a student and a little jaded is truly a magical place.
  10. disneykid4ever

    disneykid4ever Lilo Lives On My Street

    Jun 2, 2005
    I totally agree with Piper in every way. There is no other amusement park that compares to Walt Disney World. In fact my husband and I were just dicussing this last night. Universal, Six Flags, etc . . . no comparison. Disney is a FEELING, an experience in every way. It's purely magic. Everything is clean and beautiful, castmembers(workers) are friendly and helpful, there is painstaking detail to buildings, rides, character involvement, shows . . . It's truly the only place on earth (besides Disneyland) for me that the outside world literally fades away and all that's left is happiness, fun, and magic. I mean the fireworks alone are a reason to visit WDW! Waiting to get autographs and take picrures with characters involves more excitement from kids (and adults) than I have ever seen anywhere else. It is hard to explain to someone just how truly amazing WDW is . . . you just need to GO!!!
  11. girlsx4

    girlsx4 Mouseketeer

    Sep 15, 2005
    We went for the first time in '05. I went when I was about 12 for one day(I don't really remember it) Our girls were 10,7,5 & 2 at the time. I was not expecting to have greatest time. It was amazing seeing our girls have such a great time. To see them see it all was really awesome! BUT, more than anything DH had a blast. He kept talking about it and saying how much he wanted to go back. We are going back this Sept!!!
  12. Mkrop

    Mkrop I just cant go on demand

    Feb 26, 2007
    WDW to us is somewhere we can go and enjoy the rides with our kids! It is not about putting them on a ride and standing on the side waving. What Walt Disney envisioned when he built Disneyland! We do it all with them. Before our trip DS4, really would not do rides at any other amusement park but he did love the characters so we took our chances. Well he rode 95% of what he was tall enough for, why, bc we could all do it together!

    DS9 did love the thrill rides too so there was something for everyone.

    Also watching your kids light up whent hey see their favorite character is just awesome.

    Give each park at least a day and plan it well!

    More people come back from WDW disappointed bc they think it is just another amusement park, dont fall into that trap! Learn about Fastpasses and making meal reservations (ADRs). It can be the most wonderful funfilled trip, if you plan it well!
  13. nettii

    nettii DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 2006
    We have known alot of people to go to Disney and it seems to me the ones who just go for a day or two to say yeah weve been to Disney dont get it. They are too rushed to slow down and fell the magic! You need at least 4 days and just go slow and enjoy and Im sure you will wish you started this tradition years ago! Have a magical trip!:goodvibes Nettii
  14. kimis

    kimis DIS Veteran

    Nov 9, 2005
    It is so hard to explain our love for disney but so easy to have a love for disney. We (dh and I) went the first time when we were 42 years old and we have been back when were 48, 49, and 50 years old. We go every year now and we love it. It is magical and memorable. It is a clean, friendly place to visit where all needs are met or at least attempted to be met. Honestly, back when we were 42 years old we thought it was once in a lifetime trip just to check it out. We never dreamed we would want to to back over and over again. Every time you go you see new and different things but the service is always great. My dh thinks I am addicted to disney (so???) but the last time we went after we got to our room he made the comment that we were "home".
    Be very careful----every time you go you fall more in love with the magic of disney!!! enjoy
  15. WDWCastMember

    WDWCastMember Mouseketeer

    Jun 12, 2007
    I'd just say why not WDW!!! Just go, have fun and order all the info from WDW that you can; and plan, enjoy and have a magical time!:wizard:
  16. laurie31

    laurie31 <font color=red>Once had a roommate in college who

    Apr 24, 2003
    We took our girls for the first time when they had JUST turned 5 and 7 - and they loved it SO much! They loved meeting the characters and getting autographs, they loved the rides - Splash Mountain and the Tea Cups were their favorites, the loved the fireworks and the parades, they loved the shows, and the activites. They still have the masks they made at the Epcot funstations in each country in their rooms. They loved watching the acrobats in China and the candy artist in Japan.

    We're going back in October and we can't wait! They will be 9 and 11 by then (I *really* need to update my siggy pic, but I love it so much!) and they can't wait! (me either!!!)

    BTW, if you can't get Cinderella's Breakfast, the princess meal in Epcot is very nice as well :)

    The 4D movies in MK and MGM are not to be missed!

    Don't forget to ask to ride in the "nose" of the monorail! It's a great view and the kids get "co-pilot's licenses"





  17. neonurse

    neonurse Hidden Mickeys Everywhere!

    Oct 27, 2006
    My DS's 12 & 8 aren't really big thrill seekers when it comes to rides. At other theme parks there isn't that much for us to do, but at Disney it is a different story. They aren't just rides they are attractions that aren't to scary. Sort of like a show with more. For example my favorite is Mickey's is a 3D movie with bits from several disney movies ,Lion King, Aladdin, Little Mermaid etc but with a twist. You swear that you could reach out and touch the jewels floating in Ariel's Grotto, you can smell the food from beauty and the beast. It is amazing. They do have big rollercoaster type rides too but if you don't like those there is so much more to do. I think that is what makes it better than an amusement park. We spend 2-3 days in MK, 1 in MGM and 1 in AK. We went to epcot last year and there was too much walking and not enough for my kids to do. Others love epcot. Maybe when my kids are older and can appreciate the culture avail there we'll go back.

    Hope this helps. After our first trip I said to my DH on the plane that we have to come back in 2 years. I don't care if we have to remortgage the house.:lmao: Best family vacation ever!!!!
  18. palavra

    palavra DIS Veteran

    Jun 8, 2007
    We just got back from Orlando with our 4 year old DD. We went to the Magic Kingdom one day. That was fine for us. We just don't have the money to do a multiple day visit. We also went to Universal. My DD actually enjoyed universal more. There were more water related things for her to do there. And, I disagree with a pp about the magic being only at Disney. We thought the theming and magic was more evident at both the Universal parks. Each to his own I guess.:confused3

    DIXIEDIVAMOM Mouseketeer

    Apr 1, 2006
    This is great as my DH keeps asking me the same question. I say as a mom I got hooked because I didn't have to cook or worry about where we would eat or have to drive anyone anywhere. Once my kids were teenagers I was also able to let then go where they wanted (as long as they checked in frequently) and they could also eat where they wanted.Having park tickets and dining on one card was a great idea. I also think that it is a place where you can forget about the outside world for awhile and regroup yourself. I can have fun with my children and I can also do things without the kids
  20. VegasAlpha

    VegasAlpha Earning My Ears

    Jun 25, 2007
    I have been to both WDW and Universal. I have enjoyed them both, but Disney is my favorite. The attention to detail is what sets them apart. If you only have one or two days you probably wonÂ’t be able to make the distinction.

    There are plenty of things to do and see. After the two day mark you start to feel like you have done it all at Universal. That is where Disney takes over. Sure there are the big ticket items like thrill rides and shows, but it is the little things that make the experience almost like new every time. The massive scope of Disney is what does it for me.
  21. dopeynme

    dopeynme DIS Veteran

    Mar 2, 2006
    Hi! To convince a skeptic to try it for the first time, you can point out the level of customer service (extremely high, even at the budget resorts or counter service places). Also, the full stories that go with each attraction, the characters staying in character (not so at other parks), and the is fun to see the kids experience the magic, but adults will find that they can't help but feel it too..........Also, Epcot has a lot for adults, science and world cultures, fine food and wine. Good luck and have a great time! I agree with previous posters, 4 days minimum.....

Share This Page