Three things you learned on your last trip!

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Community' started by pedigot1, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. pedigot1

    pedigot1 Officail disney world nut, or so my wife says!

    Aug 3, 2007
    When we went in october of last year it was the first in 12 years and the first with our three children. We spent a lot of time on the disboards, allears, magical mountain, etc. doing research. We had things pretty well under control, we thought. Then we got down there and learned a lot of things we didn't know or just didn't pay attention to. So I thought that like me a lot of you learn things when you go to the world, even if you've been a thousand times before, and I would like for you to share them with me. I will start with giving you my top three things I learned at disney world:

    1. it takes a lot longer to get from inside your hotel room to inside a park than I thought. Most of the time for us it was 45 minutes to an hour. we were staying at the all star resorts(part of the time cause).
    2. if you want to see characters and interact with them you have to stand in line for one of the sessions. I am not complaining about this and I understand it, but I thought the characters would all be out walking around and just skipping along like in the commercials, yeah I know that was a pipe dream.
    3. Calling it a vacation and treating it like one are two different animals. We tried to plan for it to be a time of leisure, but when you get there you want to see so much and do so much you end up running yourself ragged. To really enjoy it you have to know that the trip is not a once in a lifetime trip where you have to see everything and do everything, because realistically you can't.

    Well there's a lot more to all that but those are my big three. What's yours?
  2. ransom

    ransom DIS Veteran

    Aug 2, 2006
    1) The Friendships boat ride between Epcot and Disney Studios is relaxing and pleasant.
    2) The Boardwalk is fun and worth a visit.
    3) Taking time to stop and smell the roses is very much worth while!
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  4. jamstew

    jamstew DIS Veteran

    May 3, 2005
    September is a lot hotter than I thought it would be :rotfl:
  5. k_reile

    k_reile Slowly converting my son into a Disney lover!

    Jul 26, 2007
    Thats for sure! And that the crowds (which kind of annoyed us only because it was soo hot out and people felt the need to stop in the middle of the park and you about ran into them...need to go when it is cooler and less crowded) were still there in the parks but did not notice it on the ride ques. Spent a lot of time understanding how the fastpasses work...only to use them once!
  6. Hootch

    Hootch DIS Veteran

    Mar 4, 2006
    The veterans that tell you to take a break in the afternoon know what they are talking about.

    2. Epcot has much more to offer pre teens than I previously thought.

    3. Dole whips
  7. mmcguire

    mmcguire DIS Veteran

    Feb 7, 2005
    1. Late August heat is totally worth it for the lower crowds

    2. You can have a great Disney day without ever setting foot inside a park (visiting resorts, character breakfast, Hoop Dee Doo).

    3. Beaches and Cream is awesome. :worship:
  8. MomOfDisneyBoys

    MomOfDisneyBoys Disney Obsessed

    Jul 25, 2006
    From our most recent trip, I learned:

    1. "Grand Gatherings" while special and fun, can add a huge amount of stress to a vacation (our first trip was me, DH and 2 DS's, last year, Mom, StepDad, sis and friend came along) As unofficial "coordinator" of the whole thing, I was under a lot of pressure.

    2. Typhoon Lagoon is awesome. Go early, before the crowd is huge.

    3. The Adventurer's club is SO MUCH FUN! Kids can go along, but we thought it was the best excuse for a "grown up" night.
  9. stepnut

    stepnut Mouseketeer

    Apr 9, 2007
    1. I learned that not all condos provide little things like extra toilet paper, salt/pepper, and Dishwasher detergent.

    2. I learned that in order to ride the front car of the monorail, you can't just ask the driver. You need to ask the CM who is loading the monorail. And you can't jump off the monorail to ask need to ask him while you are in line. And if you asked while in line, and the CM says it's full, and you get on one of the cars, you can't RE-ask if you see the driver's cab empty out at one of the stops.

    3. I learned that even at CS places, if you mention you have a food allergy issue, the cashier person will page the chef or manager, who will then personally prepare your food to order. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
  10. GovieMom

    GovieMom DIS Veteran

    Sep 29, 2007
    1. Crowds do NOT thin out the day after New Years. Or the day after that, or the day after that ...

    2. Our teens enjoyed the Hall of Presidents and Carousel of Progress.

    3. Animal Kingdom Lodge is an amazing, massively themed resort; and a savannah view room is definitely worth the extra cost.
  11. MagicKingdom05

    MagicKingdom05 <font color=red>Loves to Travel<br><font color=dar

    Dec 2, 2004
    This wasn't from my most recent trip but a trip a couple years ago:

    1. That I will never stay offsite again
    2. Even though the hotel might have shuttle service to the parks not all of them have late night hours (i.e past 5 pm)
    3. Never not go to the parks when it's raining because you will always find something to do there while it passes over
  12. GQ's Ghost

    GQ's Ghost Mouseketeer

    Dec 18, 2007
    Oh but they do.

    Yes, eventually, there is a line that forms, but if you take the time to walk around and see the sights that are not major attactions or ques, you see the disney details that make the magic.

    Eaxmple, as you cross the bridge into adventure land, there is an area on the left. Peter Pan frequently pops out from the bushes, and does his trademark call. He will kneal down and spend 1 on 1 time with those who find him.

    Back in the knooks and crannies of the Epcot pavilions, you will find things like esmerelda, or the jester from hunchback in france...jasmine and aliddin in orocco.


    What I learned my last trip...after 30+ trips....there is always something knew.
  13. PrincessTiffany

    PrincessTiffany Is there anything better than Free Dining and Fast

    Jul 12, 2007
    AMEN to that!!!

    1. The Free Dining secret is out! September is too hot and too crowded.

    2. Ohana is awesome. Best food we had the entire trip.

    3. Fastpasses are accepted after expired time. They are never accepted before the listed time, but definetly after.
  14. tinkerbee

    tinkerbee "Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And

    Jan 29, 2003
    1. That the best time in the park is when it is raining. Locals stay home, most everyone else seems to be allergic to water so they leave the park, and only a few rides are ever shut down because of it.

    2. That WolfGang Puck Express at DTD Marketplace has great pizza

    3. That I actually like the Indian Jones show.
  15. pedigot1

    pedigot1 Officail disney world nut, or so my wife says!

    Aug 3, 2007
    Ditto on the "Grand Gathering". We took both my prarents and sister and my wife's mother and sister. 10 of us in all. The problem was the different personality styles. My family is laid back and like to meander, My wife's family likes to kill and conquer. Trying to meld the two was disaster. Everyone had fun on our trip but me and my wife. I want a do over so bad with just the wife and kids.
  16. Anne's Family

    Anne's Family Life is good... Really.

    Oct 30, 2007
    1. Dining plan is WAY too much food for our family and table service took a lot of time out of our touring day. We're just too impatient.

    2. Backstage tours are FABULOUS!

    3. I never knew how freeing going without a bag to check at the turnstiles would be. I enjoyed everything so much more by not carrying a ton of useless stuff with me.
  17. perkinsrose

    perkinsrose Sugar Spoon-fuller

    Aug 23, 2007
    1. Pal Mickey (for some reason i keep wanted to call him Paypal Mickey!) is worth the price.
    2. AllStar Sports resort during value season is not that bad and worth the savings considering how little time spent at resort. Sports is first to pick up and first to drop off for park busses.
    3. Nemo show was wonderful and a must-see but standing-room only is not easy with little kids--ARRIVE EARLY!
  18. DizneeMommy

    DizneeMommy DIS Veteran

    Mar 1, 2007
    1. That we LOVE Disney World! (was our first trip)
    2. That we WILL be going back (just not soon enough)
    3. That learning and planning makes ALL the difference!! Our trip was absolutely magical!! (Thanks DIS and UG!)
  19. FFerret

    FFerret <font color=336699>Will do a Happy Ferret Dance fo

    Jan 28, 2000
    OH, boy--where do I start? Been there twice now and EvErY DaY is a learning experience :)

    What I learned in 2005:
    1. We were the only fam in the Honey I Shrank the Audience Fast Pass line. That's one place that doesn't need FP...
    2. Just about when you give up looking for the It's Tough to be a Bug entrance, BOING! you're there.
    3. Do NOT ride the Splash Mountain ride, even though there's no lines, once the sun starts to go down in December. Brrrrrr!
  20. hulagirl87

    hulagirl87 DIS Veteran

    Jan 16, 2006
    1. Walking from Epcot to the Boardwalk in the September heat is not a good idea...
    2. Drawing in the animation studio is really fun and you can do it multiple times by going in the back way through the store.
    3. Jungle Cruise is not worth the wait, ever.
  21. sugermouse

    sugermouse <b> Would eat all meals at Tepanyaki as long as th

    Mar 24, 2004
    1- French Quarter is one of the best hotels we've ever stayed at... even better than some deluxe resorts.
    2- The chicken sandwiches at cosmic ray's in MK is STILL the best chicken sandwich I've ever had.
    3- There are more crowds the 2nd week of Jan than I thought


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