My friend and I are both Disneyland regulars, and we've had annual passes for several years. This year, we bought the Premiere pass (the one that works at both DLR and WDW) because we were already intending to be in Florida for a work related event next spring, so wanted to combine a Disney World trip with that. We're now planning two trips - First, we'll be going for 4 days in September over a weekend, and we've already booked rooms with the current passholder offer for that time period, at the All Star Sports Resort hotel. Second, we'll be going for approximately 7-9 days in March 2012.
I grew up on the east coast and went to Disney World as a kid, but as an adult living in SoCal, I'm now just use to Disneyland and its been a long time since I was in Orlando. My friend is a really big Disney fan in general, but she has never been to WDW. I've read the post here on micechat about WDW for DLR vets, which was helpful.
Does anyone have any tips for what things we must see, where to eat, when to make dining reservations, etc? I know that there is such a huge difference in size and how you get around from one park to another at WDW as opposed to DLR (where we can just easily park hop back and forth several times a day) so we really want to plan as much as possible. Also, are there things we should focus on in the short trip in September that would be good for someone who has never been before?
From what I can tell, another huge difference is going to be dining, so I'd love some suggestions in that arena. Also, what are the best ways to see shows / events like the fireworks and Fantasmic?