My family of 4 (me, my wife, and two boys with July birthdays that will make them 12 & 16) will be in Orlando for a church convention in a few weeks, and are able to spend a few days at Disney World. We live close enough to Disneyland to hear the fireworks in the distance on a warm night like tonight when our windows are open, but have never been to Florida, so I do have a few questions about things that might be a little different when it comes to getting the most out of a visit to the WDW parks. We'll be staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and have chosen to visit Animal Kingdom one day and Epcot another day.
So, my questions (and don't feel like you have to answer them all!):
1. Mission Space: Green or Orange? How does the intensity compare to, say, California Screamin’, or the ‘goat trick’ on Big Thunder?
2. Any secret experiences at Epcot or Animal Kingdom? (I'm thinking of things like Disneyland's tender rides or the opportunity to pilot the Mark Twain... stuff like that.)
3. Secrets/tips to using fastpass that we (Disneyland veterans) might not know.
4. For those who love the themed queue at Expedition Everest: are you able to see most or all of it when using a fastpass? (I hear it's pretty cool!)
5. Assuming WDW has them, where can we get birthday buttons? (Both of my boys' birthdays are in July)
6. Best place to watch illuminations that doesn't require staking out a spot hours ahead of time.
7. What’s the coolest thing that many people overlook at a) Epcot b) Animal Kingdom c) Animal Kingdom Lodge?
8. Best small-scale entertainment (comparable to Billy Hill & Hillbillies at Disneyland or Five & Dime at DCA)?
9. Things to skip because they don’t really have that Disney magic… (I’m thinking that dinosaur coaster in Animal Kingdom would be near the top of this list, although my kids might drag me on it anyway)