Hello, WDWers! (is that even what you're "called"? )
I'm starting to plan our first ever trip to the Vacation Kingdom (there'll be a small group of us), and need all the help I can get!! This trip will be in '09 (a ways off, yes, but we already have vacations set for next year), and will undoubtedly be very fun and exciting! HOWEVER, we know little more than what's on the Travel Channel specials, as well as, generic Disney offerings.
I'm asking for help on:
-the best time of year to go. We want nice weather, but also low crowds.
-which is your preferred resort to stay at while visiting the World? We have our eye on the Animal Kingdom Lodge, but are most definitely open to suggestions.
-are EMH worth it? Do the crowds from the resort guests overwhelm this perk to the point of "why bother"?
-what restaurants do you recommend? Do we need reservations? And if so, how far out should we make them?
-(inline with above question) when is the earliest we can make our trip reservations?
-are the CM's strict on enforcing the FP return times? How often can we get another FP? Is it 2 hours, or the return time (if it's early enough), or shorter?
-doubt we'll need it, but what attractions have Single Rider (just in case)?
-which FP's 'sell out' the fastest?
-uhh... and ANYTHING else you can offer suggestions for.
My parents went to Epcot back in '86/'87, and that was their only experience with the WDW resort. They were there for 2 days, and totally loved it. One of my mom's strongest memories from that visit, was daytime fireworks. She said they were the coolest thing she'd ever seen. My question, if any of you know what I'm/she's referring to, is do they still have them?
Would there be any benefits to one of us getting an AP for this trip? Are there any discounts offered? I have a PAP and my parents have SoCal APs... just to give you an idea of what we are used to with our DL APs.
Again, any and all help is appreciated, and thank you so much for whatever assistance you can provide!
P.S. I'll post more questions as they pop in my head, so be warned!