A. Plan lightly, dinner reservations, what ride first like TT in Epcot and TSM in DHS since there are rushes to them and FPs run out and to remember the night show times.
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B. No need to plan every second of your day.
A. That's unfortunate, the best perk of staying in a Disney Hotel is a perk you can't even get staying at a 4 Seasons, the baggage delivery and themed shuttles.
- We will be taking a bus from the airport to the park. From there I plan on using the transportation provided by WDW. I will use the monorail station at EPCOT for transport to the Magic Kingdom and back again. I've heard The Swan should be within walking distance of both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. The only times I'll need to use the bus system is when traveling to the Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney. I will also be taking a shuttle to Universal Studios Orlando. I'll also be sure to allow an hour of traveling between point A to B on the Disney property. We don't plan on renting out a car or anything.
B. You can walk, but it should be the plan B, boats go to Epcot and DHS and stop right outside the Swan and Dolphin.
C. If you want to take the monorail to the MK, Epcot will need to be open to walk through it to the monorail station at its front entrance. From the Swan and Dolphin you can enter Epcot by boat or foot through the Interntainal Gateway a entrance near the back of the park.
D. A bus will be much faster to get to and from the MK than monorail.
E. I would only use the monorail between Epcot and the MK, which requires a transfer, if you are park hopping.
F. Like the previous poster said don't be afraid of the buses. They aren't perfect, horror stories exists, but many negative posts I've ever read about them haven't even been true in my many visits.
A. Kids sun screen, try it, I love it the best.
-I'll be sure to wear sun screen (Eugh) while visiting WDW. I will try out different sun screens at the Disneyland Resort to find one I am most comfortable with.
A. Another trick is to spend more time indoors when the heat is bad. Lots of show under cover, and lengthy indoor attractions for when it's hot, or you are tired.
- Nope, sorry PBandJ, my family and I will spend an entire day in the park. We won't leave in the middle to head back to the hotel. However, I will still take your advice and do what I do here in California. Since shaded seating space is normally fought over, especially in the hot seasons, I just like to hitch a ride on the Railroad and rise around until content. No matter how hot the day and which direction the sun is shining, the cool breeze that comes through the huge open areas of the cars feel pleasant. Plus, there is no law as to how long one can stay on the train (Until closing time of course). So I could just grab a drink and just ride my cares away. And once I'm done, the stations are usually located in areas I needed to go anyways. I will also pace myself to keep from wearing out and becoming sore the next morning (Something that happens whenever I go to Disneyland myself)
B. Like going to DL, and riding Nemo, resting in Innoventions, and watching Captain EO when you are wearing out.
A. In WDW the parks now have Wifi, the resorts to.
- I am sticking to my guns about the items policy. If it can't fit in my pockets or around my wrist or neck, don't bring it. I'll just bring my phone, wallet, and iPod in my pockets (In sandwich bags as usual). Aroung my wrist I always carry a watch (I'll have to remember to readjust it to EST and back to PST when traveling back and forth). Speaking of which, I hope I can find a PC, or at least somewhere that has WiFi (If the hotel has complimentary WiFi). I will have to check the exact time in Orlando, because here in California, I set my watch to the exact second so I don't miss anything.
B. Not sure about the Swan and Dolphin it might cost extra but I would guess Wifi is free.
C. Set a reminder on your phone to change your watch.
A. What I try to do if when I'm out and there is no chance of rain I leave the bag of clothing in the room. If there is a chance of rain take it.
- About the above, I may consider a small bag to carry things, such as a water bottle or spare clothing (Mostly socks) and what not. Store it in a locker then if I need it I'll just go get it.
B. Lockers are plentiful like at DLR. A problem could be, since the parks are big, you can get very far from your locker. Seriously rain can move in quicker than you could retrieve a rain jacket from a locker.
A. I guess you looked at a list of the parks, and copied it only the schedule.
June 16 - All day spent in the Magic Kingdom
June 17 - All day spent in EPCOT
June 18 - All day spent in Hollywood Studios
June 19 - All day spent in Animal Kingdom
B. Do you want low crowds, you aren't getting the lowest.
C. Do you want to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours, you will only get a bit.
A. You will be taking Mears Transport. You can book it through dozens of places, or directly. In any case you will be on thier shuttle.
June 20 - I will take a shuttle to Universal Studios Orlando and spend my entire day at the park.
June 21 - Another possible trip to Universal Studios or another Disney park. Do you think 1 day is enough to explore all of Universal, or are two days needed? Or should I spend this day at another Disney park? I mean when we were purchasing tickets for the trip, they only offered a 2 day experience at Universal even though I just wanted to spend 1 day, but the tickets weren't much so I could just forgo those.
B. You can probably get a good shuttle/tickets combo.
C. I've mentioned it before but I doubt you will need two days at Universal. You may end up wasting the 2nd day of a ticket.
A. You will need more time in Epcot with your plan.
June 22 - Entire day spent at a Disney park. Going to decide at that time.
June 23 - Entire day spent at a Disney park. Going to decide at that time.
June 24 - Leaving Florida half way into the day. Unsure if I should spend my time in a park during that time or not.
A. Single rider is great, but is not like DLR. Only Expedition Everest in AK, Test Track in Epcot, and Rockin Rollercoaster in DHS offer it.
alone to do whatever I please within the parks, which means I will be able to take advantage of the Single Riders Program and have command over any actions of spontinuity, which I am used to doing in the Disneyland Resort.
A. Very different
- The Disney Premier Annuas Passport...what are the perks? Like, I looked on the website, but it doesn't show the exact numbers. For example, on Disney's website, when I bought my Deluxe Annual Passport, it stated percentages of discount; 10% for both dining and merchandise. For the Premium Annual Passport, I get a 15% discount on dining and 20% on merchandise. Are the rates the same when compared to Premium Annual Passports at Disneyland or are they different?
B. With a Premier AP, you get the Premium AP perks at both resorts.
C. The problem is a Premium at WDW is not as good as a Premium at DLR.
D. They just lowered the Merchandise Discount to 10%.
E. There are a few discounts for DTD stores. Walt Disney World Resort
F. Dining is extremely varied because it's not nearly all inclusive like in DLR. Walt Disney World Resort
G. In the previous link under section F, it tells about the Tables in Wonderland card. This card provides a 20% discounts at far more locations and the discount includes alchohol. Tables In Wonderland
H. Because of the TIW card and limited AP discount on dining this may guide where you eat.
A. Reservations are filling up already.
- Do I have to make the reservations in advance or can I do it in the park? In Disneyland Resort, if I wanted to eat at Cafe Orleans for dinner (Which I normally do. It's either Cafe Orleans or Carnation Cafe for dinner whenever I go) I can go there during the day and make a reservation. Then I just have to arrive at the same time and state my name. They will then match it up with the time and name stated and then I will be taken to my seat. Is it the same in WDW, or do I have to make reservations online?
B. If you know you want to eat somewhere make the reservations right away.
C. If you wait until late you may not get any reservation or reservations at odd hours.
D. If you don't have reservation expect wait of an hour for tables.
E. For many reservations credit card information is required and for missing the reservation a fee is charged.
A. The WDW have a lot more walking space, many more dining locations, but fewer rides.
- For any regular members of WDW, can you give me a basic run down of how crowded the parks would be mid June? What about an average queue length/wait time? I ask because in MiceChat's articles on Disneyland saying that the park was really crowded and then showing a picture of a bottleneck happening, it actually doesn't seem that crowded to me. Must be because I am used to Disneyland's crowds. So can someone give me crowd numbers and queue wait times?
B. It is a fairly busy time to visit as schools will be just out.
C. WDW serves a greater population both from the US, but also more countries.
D. That the start of Summer Vacation for the Northern Hemisphere.
E. Waits will be in the 30-90 range.
F The only really shorts waits will be when the park opens.
- How long does it rain in Florida? I know it's just short bursts, but I would like to know. And possibly how frequent as well. I have no jackets or coats designed for rain, and the only jacket I have is made for cold dry weather, which means the soft material usually just sucks up any water
A. Commonly heavy rain for 30-60 minutes.
B. You may get some rainy days where it continuously rains lightly.
C. Tons of lighting and rainbows.
D. It's a warm rain.
E. You might want to buy a poncho. If it tears take it to any Disney merchandise location and they will replace it for free. Even though they are light weight you can use it your whole trip.
F. Ponchos are bulky once used.
G. Some people dislike the Ponchos, when you wet and put them on they are steamy to wear.
A. I think it's 3 sizes, small, and large in two different dimensions.
- How much are lockers? In Disneyland, small lockers are $7 and are the ones I always get since I have no use for bigger ones.
B. I think they are both under $10 but require a key deposit.
A. I feel that DLR is better about this, but I know DLR far better too.
Little things that most park goers would usually just pass on by without giving a second though to.
B. Pull the rope outside Indy, just like you can in the Indy queue at DL.
A. I'll put it like this, they aren't aweful or bad.
- How bad are the parks? Like in all serious-no-joking-around type. Are the parks as a whole in such bad shape that people need to say that it not only ruins one's day but also decreases the value of a spent ticket at a park?
B. I think WDW spends the same amount on upkeep that DLR does. But they spread it thin over the four big parks.
A. I think that could work per day per person.
- What do you think the recommended base spending numbers should be when visiting each park? It's like when someone goes to a casino they place down a numbers of dollars they stop spending then just leave. For me, I spend $50 - $80 per visit on food (Because I always like to eat at sit down restaurants and what not)
B. Check out some menus. Restaurant Dining Menus from Walt Disney World
C. Like DLR if you do one sit down per day you can reduce the cost by making it breakfast.
D. You can eat in the parks preopening at the breakfast buffets, like in DLR.
A. I don't like the Alladin spinner in MK, or Dinoland rides in AK, except for Dinosaur which is very good.
- (This goes to ALL the WDW parks) Which rides, shows, attractions, and eateries are a hit and miss? Like for example, in Hollywood Studios, the Hollywood Tower Hotel is definitively a hit while the American Idol Experience can constitute as a miss to some (Including me). Another example from me is the Village Haus eatery in the Disneyland Resort. It's a miss in my eyes so you might want to avoid it.
B. Most shows are very good, some are exactly the same as at DLR.
C. For food, my not misses are the ribs at Flame Tree BBQ in AK, Boma in the Animal Kindom lodge, and Biergarten in Epcot. The second two are buffets the first counter service. The burgers at counter service are nice to have once a visit but are the same in every location so I don't eat them twice.
- Does the Disneyland Railroad offer any special offers? (Besides that tour you can take of the roundhouse) In Disneyland the Disneyland Railroad offers both Tender Rides (Where one can ride on a specially designed tender for quests to sit in) and trips on the Lilly Belle (Have to reserve a spot early in the day). Or does the Magic Kingdom Railroad just serve it's purpose as a railroad?
B. DL's railroad is way better.
C. DL's railroad is special.
D. Nothing like that at MK.
A. Have you noticed traffic flows really well in DCA?
- Are there any major bottlenecks in the park besides Main Street USA? Disneyland has a lot of bottlenecks due to the small and tight space. Major kudos to Adventureland and the area in front of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, for they are really big bottlenecks due to being the location/passageways of 3 of the most major attractions in the park: Indiana Jones Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Splash Mountain
B. All the WDW handle traffic very well. On paths in stores, at the gates, at security everywhere.
A. None i listed all the SR rides above.
- Are there really no single rider attractions located in the Magic Kingdom? Disneyland has 3 attractions that feature Single Riders (Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones, and the Matterhorn). True, there are Fast Passes, but at least Single Riders never runs out and is always taken (Which has allowed me to ride the Matterhorn multiple times)
A. It's not real bad in MK.
- Are there any recommended rides I grab Fast Passes for early in the day? Like, from a descending order from greatest to least attractions I need to get fast passes for.
A. I think it's alway 5pm.
- Does the Flag Retreat ceremony always begin at 5 PM or is it when the sun starts to set, which depends from day to day?
A. No, DL is bettter.
- In California, one can ask for a ride in the wheelhouse of the Mark Twain Riverboat. Do they offer the same thing on the Rivers of America, or can one only ride along on the bottom sections only?
- Since Fantasmic is hosted in a different park, do the Rivers of America stay open until closing? or do they close before hand?
B. TSI closes.
C. TSI is a lot different, not quite as wild as in DLR more tame.
A. Yes, that's it.
- Is the steam boat the only mode of transportation on the river? Like how in Disneyland there is the Sailing Ship Columbia.
B. Of course the rafts to TSI.
A. Still Tom's
- I didn't look into it yet, but is Tom Sawyer's Island still Tom Sawyer's Island? Or has it been turned over to Pirates yet?
B. Pirates are in Adventureland.
A. How hungry are you?
- Is it reccomended to try out every of the themed pavilion's food? If so, do you think anyone can give a rough estimate as to how much one may spend?
B. I guess it depends if you get snacks or drinks or counter service food. $75-$100.
A. Different entrance, same ride.
- Does Soarin' really grant to Single Riders? In fact, is it just the same show they sport down here in California?
B. Honestly because the waits are huge, this is one to save to last and skip if need be.
A. Hmm, I would try to do it with FP, then SR.
- I've heard people say one should go single riders or fast pass on the Test Track due to that interactivity thingy in the queue. Is it really worth the wait or not
B. I suggest you go to Epcot twice so ride it SR without your mom.
A. It has a less intense option.
- How intense is Mission: SPACE? The roughest and most exhilarating ride I have ridden in my so far has been The Mummy in Universal Studios Hollywood or the Hollywood Tower Hotel in Disney's California Adventure, and that isn't quite intense actually. I haven't even ridden California Screamin in DCA yet. I've been sort of a wuss to anything too intense, so I am just wondering how rough the ride will be on one's body.
B. It spins, do you puke when you spin?
C. Don't ride it after eating.
A. I would do it to do.
- Your opinions on the Studio Backlot Tour? After multiple times riding the one in Universal Studios Hollywood, I am not sure how this one may hold up.
B. I would not compare it. They are different except for riding a Tram.
A. It's sort of remote located.
- Is Rafiki's Planet Watch really only accessible by that Express Train?
B. Ride over and check it out. You can see it all quickly and ride back.