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    Re: Any Tips, Tricks, or General Advice for a Disneylander's First Trip to WDW?

    Just so as you know, walking from Swan+Dolphin through EPCOT to the monorail station is about 1.3 miles and is like walking From the Main gate at Magic Kingdom, down Main street to the round about in front of the Castle, left through Adventure land, back up through Frontier land, through Fantasy Land behind the Castle, over to Future World, back to the round about in front of the Castle and back down Main Street to the main gate.

    The buses are not that bad and will get you around much quicker. Don't be afraid of them. Try to time your bus trips in off times. Don't take them first thing in the morning, but a hour or so after the parks open isn't bad. Same thing at night, DON'T take the bus after the fireworks show, but an hour later is ok.

    WDW is huge! everything at Disneyland Cal could be dropped into the Magic Kingdom and it wouldn't mess with the lake and 3 hotels that are in front of it. Your going to be doing a lot more walking than you think, and saving your feet a few steps by taking a bus will be a blessing by the end of your week.

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    Re: Any Tips, Tricks, or General Advice for a Disneylander's First Trip to WDW?

    Quote Originally Posted by BandM View Post
    You'll get bored, it's a zoo with a nice theme and a few rides, you'll probably spend half a day there. Plan on going to either EPCOT, MK or DHS to fill in time if need be.
    Sorry, I'm sick of AK being turned into a half a day park. For those who haven't been before, their first time, the park becomes an all day experience. You can't even do everything in one single day. People walk, ride and view attractions, rides, shows as well as dine, shop and you know, watch animals do their thing.

    On my most recent trip I was still not able to do everything I wanted. One day sometimes isn't enough for AK.

    Don't forget that you can even hop on an Animal Kingdom Resort bus during your visit to the AK and take a quick trip to the resort to see those animals, the hotel, dining, drinking options the hotel has to offer. Just like Samantha Brown says, "the resorts are an attraction in themselves".

    Don't listen to people telling you it is a half day park. Each park is a full day park, it's only a half day park to those who are wanting to skip a WHOLE LOT.

    I would advise maybe not saving the AK hotel to the end of the day due to the fact that in order to get back to your own resort you may have to get on a bus to another park to get on your bus back to your hotel. Unless you brought your own car or grab a taxi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Micoofy Duck View Post
    Sorry, I'm sick of AK being turned into a half a day park. For those who haven't been before, their first time, the park becomes an all day experience. You can't even do everything in one single day. People walk, ride and view attractions, rides, shows as well as dine, shop and you know, watch animals do their thing.

    On my most recent trip I was still not able to do everything I wanted. One day sometimes isn't enough for AK.

    Don't forget that you can even hop on an Animal Kingdom Resort bus during your visit to the AK and take a quick trip to the resort to see those animals, the hotel, dining, drinking options the hotel has to offer. Just like Samantha Brown says, "the resorts are an attraction in themselves".

    Don't listen to people telling you it is a half day park. Each park is a full day park, it's only a half day park to those who are wanting to skip a WHOLE LOT.

    I would advise maybe not saving the AK hotel to the end of the day due to the fact that in order to get back to your own resort you may have to get on a bus to another park to get on your bus back to your hotel. Unless you brought your own car or grab a taxi.
    It's just it's not an uncommon experience, anyone who lives in a major urban center has probably been in a similar zoo.

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    Re: Any Tips, Tricks, or General Advice for a Disneylander's First Trip to WDW?

    Quote Originally Posted by Micoofy Duck View Post
    Sorry, I'm sick of AK being turned into a half a day park. For those who haven't been before, their first time, the park becomes an all day experience. You can't even do everything in one single day. People walk, ride and view attractions, rides, shows as well as dine, shop and you know, watch animals do their thing.

    On my most recent trip I was still not able to do everything I wanted. One day sometimes isn't enough for AK.

    Don't forget that you can even hop on an Animal Kingdom Resort bus during your visit to the AK and take a quick trip to the resort to see those animals, the hotel, dining, drinking options the hotel has to offer. Just like Samantha Brown says, "the resorts are an attraction in themselves".

    Don't listen to people telling you it is a half day park. Each park is a full day park, it's only a half day park to those who are wanting to skip a WHOLE LOT.

    I would advise maybe not saving the AK hotel to the end of the day due to the fact that in order to get back to your own resort you may have to get on a bus to another park to get on your bus back to your hotel. Unless you brought your own car or grab a taxi.
    Well I have gone to San Diego Zoo's Safari Park a lot before and I have quite enjoyed that, so maybe I will enjoy a full day at Animal Kingdom. Of course, San Diego Zoo's Safari Park did encompass 1,800 acres when compared to Animal Kingdom's 500, but that shouldn't deter me from enjoying my stay. Besides, a full stay would be required to enjoy everything, since in the early morning I'd have to race to the thrill rides before lines build up, mid day rest from all the sun and heat, and during dusk and night that's when the animals start to move about and such.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
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    - I don't plan on planning out my entire day right down to the second. I am just doing a very vauge plan I can follow in my mind. I'll do what I normally do at Disneyland; do things on a whim.
    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.
    B. No need to plan every second of your day.

    - 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.
    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.
    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.



    -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. Kids sun screen, try it, I love it the best.

    - 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)
    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.
    B. Like going to DL, and riding Nemo, resting in Innoventions, and watching Captain EO when you are wearing out.

    - 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.
    A. In WDW the parks now have Wifi, the resorts to.
    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.

    - 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.
    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.
    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.



    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
    A. I guess you looked at a list of the parks, and copied it only the schedule.
    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.


    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.
    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.
    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.

    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. You will need more time in Epcot with your plan.

    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. 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.


    - 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?
    A. Very 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.


    - 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?
    A. Reservations are filling up already.
    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.

    - 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?
    A. The WDW have a lot more walking space, many more dining locations, but fewer rides.
    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
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    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.

    - 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.
    A. I think it's 3 sizes, small, and large in two different dimensions.
    B. I think they are both under $10 but require a key deposit.

    Little things that most park goers would usually just pass on by without giving a second though to.
    A. I feel that DLR is better about this, but I know DLR far better too.
    B. Pull the rope outside Indy, just like you can in the Indy queue at DL.

    - 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?
    A. I'll put it like this, they aren't aweful or bad.
    B. I think WDW spends the same amount on upkeep that DLR does. But they spread it thin over the four big parks.


    - 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)
    A. I think that could work per day per person.
    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.

    - (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.
    A. I don't like the Alladin spinner in MK, or Dinoland rides in AK, except for Dinosaur which is very good.
    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.

    Magic Kingdom:
    - 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?
    A. Hahaha
    B. DL's railroad is way better.
    C. DL's railroad is special.
    D. Nothing like that at MK.

    - 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
    A. Have you noticed traffic flows really well in DCA?
    B. All the WDW handle traffic very well. On paths in stores, at the gates, at security everywhere.

    - 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. None i listed all the SR rides above.


    - 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. It's not real bad in MK.

    - 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. I think it's alway 5pm.
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    - 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?
    A. No, DL is bettter.


    - Since Fantasmic is hosted in a different park, do the Rivers of America stay open until closing? or do they close before hand?
    A. Yes.
    B. TSI closes.
    C. TSI is a lot different, not quite as wild as in DLR more tame.

    - Is the steam boat the only mode of transportation on the river? Like how in Disneyland there is the Sailing Ship Columbia.
    A. Yes, that's it.
    B. Of course the rafts to TSI.

    - 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?
    A. Still Tom's
    B. Pirates are in Adventureland.

    EPCOT:
    - 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?
    A. How hungry are you?
    B. I guess it depends if you get snacks or drinks or counter service food. $75-$100.

    - Does Soarin' really grant to Single Riders? In fact, is it just the same show they sport down here in California?
    A. Different entrance, same ride.
    B. Honestly because the waits are huge, this is one to save to last and skip if need be.

    - 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
    A. Hmm, I would try to do it with FP, then SR.
    B. I suggest you go to Epcot twice so ride it SR without your mom.


    - 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.
    A. It has a less intense option.
    B. It spins, do you puke when you spin?
    C. Don't ride it after eating.

    Hollywood Studios:
    - 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.
    A. I would do it to do.
    B. I would not compare it. They are different except for riding a Tram.

    Animal Kingdom:
    - Is Rafiki's Planet Watch really only accessible by that Express Train?
    A. It's sort of remote located.
    B. Ride over and check it out. You can see it all quickly and ride back.

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    Re: Any Tips, Tricks, or General Advice for a Disneylander's First Trip to WDW?

    Quote Originally Posted by Micoofy Duck View Post
    On my most recent trip I was still not able to do everything I wanted. One day sometimes isn't enough for AK.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
    Well I have gone to San Diego Zoo's Safari Park a lot before and I have quite enjoyed that, so maybe I will enjoy a full day at Animal Kingdom. Of course, San Diego Zoo's Safari Park did encompass 1,800 acres when compared to Animal Kingdom's 500, but that shouldn't deter me from enjoying my stay. Besides, a full stay would be required to enjoy everything, since in the early morning I'd have to race to the thrill rides before lines build up, mid day rest from all the sun and heat, and during dusk and night that's when the animals start to move about and such.
    It's not the size that matters, and it is not like any cities zoo, it's really like a top notch zoo. Better than almost every zoo.

    Also it's very richly detailed. It has themeing quality like we got on BVS and in CL. If you take your time looking over everything it will take more than a day.

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    Re: Any Tips, Tricks, or General Advice for a Disneylander's First Trip to WDW?

    I want to mention, since you mentioned you're sensitive to ride motions.

    Rock in Roller Coaster inverts a couple times, but is over quick so may be something to try. It's pretty smooth. It does have a fast launch like CS.

    Expedition Everest, is big, but not terribly rough. Sort of like a bigger, faster version of BTMRR, not bouncy, shaking and jerking like the Matterhorn.

    I would really try California Screaming. It's very smooth, don't be fooled by the loop.

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    I've only visited MK and EPCOT once, but I found it surprising how full the restaurants were. Was rather difficult to get a table as a single person walk-up. So if you have someplace you'd like to try, you might think about putting in reservations or eating at slower times of the day.
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    Re: Any Tips, Tricks, or General Advice for a Disneylander's First Trip to WDW?

    Quote Originally Posted by swampymarsh View Post
    A. I guess you looked at a list of the parks, and copied it only the schedule.
    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.
    How would you, or anyone else, suggest I visit the parks then? I know I want the Magic Kingdom to be first on my list, however. And no, I don't think I will take advantage of Extra Magic Hours.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
    How would you, or anyone else, suggest I visit the parks then? I know I want the Magic Kingdom to be first on my list, however. And no, I don't think I will take advantage of Extra Magic Hours.
    I would use your half day when you arrive to visit the MK. Start your trip in the MK that way. When you go to the MK you may realize as I suggested that you may not need a full day there. The reason is unlike DL, MK doesn't have as many attractions, Star Tours as an example is in a different park.

    If you don't want to use the Extra Magic Hours, simply go to park not hosting them. Parks with morning EMH get bigger crowds all day compared to the other parks. Parks with the evening EMH tend to have bigger crowds especially from the evening into night. So you avoid crowds by going to the parks not hosting EMH, and to make it even better as someone suggested above, go to the park that last had the previous day.

    I wouldn't recommend strait up avoiding EMH. EMH at WDW is different than in DL and DCA. In DL they open FL and TL, and in DCA they open all the attractions with little exception, in WDW during EMH only very select attractions are open, generally the E-tickets. What I like about EMH is the low crowds when you are walking around and riding the E-tickets one after another with less crowds than during the day and also that it's night and the parks are lit up(AK is always a morning EMH).

    Also if you look at the scheduled the park hours vary every day. It's not like DL where the hours will be 8-12 every day to September. So you might hop around to increase you time in the parks. If it works out visit a slow park and hop to the evening EMH, or go to the morning EMH and hop to a slow park. That's my strategy. I usually hop by going back to my resort for a change of clothes, for a swim or to any resort for dinner.

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    Re: Any Tips, Tricks, or General Advice for a Disneylander's First Trip to WDW?

    I actually like visiting the park that has early entry in the morning. I would always get a lot done in that first hour of the morning. Especially visiting Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom.

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    Re: Any Tips, Tricks, or General Advice for a Disneylander's First Trip to WDW?

    A little update guys. I now have two options for arriving into Florida. I can go as I said before; on June 15 I will catch a flight in the morning and then arrive in Orlando at around 5:00 PM. I have another option to do an overnight flight from June 14 and arrive on June 15 at 6:00 AM. If the latter happens I could spend an entire day at a park.

    However, I always seem to have problems sleeping on aircraft. For example one time my family took a trip to New York from California. Can't remember how long the flight was, but I can assume around 8 to 9 hours long. It was an over night flight, and I didn't catch a bit of shut eye during the entire flight, so when we landed, I suffered from sleepiness and jet lag due to the +3 hours.

    Of course, truth be told, I do tend to accidentally sleep very late on the nights before I go to Disneyland. Like a trip to the Disneyland Resort I did recently on the 5th, I slept in at 2:00 AM and woke up 7:00 AM. So I had 5 hours of rest before I hit the parks from 8 AM to 12 Midnight. I took a slight slumber on the railroad during the night, however. Then again, this flight will last 8 hours...

    So what do you guys think? Should I arrive in Florida on June 15th at 5:00 PM ready and raring to go or 5:00 AM with a possibility I may or may not be very sleepy during my visit?



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    Re: Any Tips, Tricks, or General Advice for a Disneylander's First Trip to WDW?

    It depends on what you want to do that first day. Like you I don't sleep well on planes, so I can't rely on getting sleep on red eyes.

    I think if you do take the red eye, you first day may be crappy. Going on into the 30+ hours without sleep may take the fun out of it.

    However it's tricky to get used to the park house in WDW with the three hour time difference. I find it's easy to close out the parks there, because when they close at 12, it's only 9pm in California. But getting up for a 8am opening is tough because it's 5am in California. If you stay up all night on a plane, and fight through the first day, you may be able to get on the WDW time zone schedule. Fall asleep easily that first night.

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    Re: Any Tips, Tricks, or General Advice for a Disneylander's First Trip to WDW?

    Another question from me to you guys. If you had the choice between doing 9 days at Walt Disney World Resort or 7 days on a Disney Cruise Line in Florida, which would you pick?

    I ask because of the very recent events at WDW. For one thing, WDW is not in its best shape. I feel that may detract from my experience. Not a lot, but by a little. Secondly the WDW/DLR switch with Kalogridis and Colglazier is a big thing. Kalogridis kept Disneyland looking clean, doing his best to get things show ready. So what if he fixes WDW even by a little bit? And the Fantasyland Construction, it won't be done by June I know that for sure. All these things I would miss if I went June of 2013.

    Should I wait out the changes and hope for the best and take a Disney Cruise (Which I absolutely adore ever since my first cruise to the Mexican Riviera) or still trudge on through with WDW?



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    Re: Any Tips, Tricks, or General Advice for a Disneylander's First Trip to WDW?

    Bongo, I feel that you should do WDW, and if you want to cruise, do both.

    The thing is WDW, is not aweful, it's different, and viewed differently. DLR has a far bigger local/AP following. DLR fans tend to be defenders of DLR. WDW has few defenders and far more critics. You are really observing a negative WDW spin and positive WDW spin.

    As far as the contruction at WDW, it's ongoing. Because it's bigger then little DLR, there is always something to work on there. The New Fantasyland is almost complete. In fact when your trip comes around the Snow White Coaster will still be under constrution, but that is probably it. Also because of its latest progress by your visit, it will look great. A lot like the Caddilac Range did a year ago. Details filling in, but internal work going on. Makes you wonder why it isn't open, because it looks done.


    For a cruise there will be some highs and lows, which I will compare to your MR experience.

    The main thing is length of cruise. For some 7-9 days is too long, for other under 7 days is too short. You probably did a 5 day in the MR, so would you want more or less days? Also would you like At Sea days, which those long cruises have? It may be hard to tell, but it's something to consider.

    Also because you will be on the newere big ships they have some pros and cons. The main thing is the rooms are smaller. The other is if you went to a port and were the only ship, it's a lot different when nearly twice as many people get off your ship into the same port. Other than that I really enjoy the new ships.


    What I would suggest is this. Since you had a plan for park days with your mom, and then park days alone. Maybe you should do a "land and sea" trip. Go to park for 5-6 with your mom days and do a 3-4 day cruise. The 3-4 day cruise is short and simple, but Castaway Cay is included. I really enjoy these combination visits to Florida.

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