14 Responses to “Doing Disney…”

  1. Jana J. Hanson July 19, 2007 at 9:30 PM #

    A relative of a friend took her kids to Disney World last month. The 3 year old was tall enough to ride everything in the Magic Kingdon, and some rides at MGM (the Tower of Terror, I specifically remember).

    I cannot wait to take my son there next year. Hope everyone has a great time!!!

  2. bettie July 19, 2007 at 9:58 PM #

    I haven’t been to Disneyworld in years, but my ace in the hole for out of town guests who want to go to Disneyland is Ridemax. Ridemax is a program that gives you the best park routes and times to avoid long lines for all of the rides you want to hit during your visit.

    I haven’t used the Disney World version, but here’s the link:
    http://www.ridemax.com/wdwannounce.php

    Have a great trip!

  3. Christyne Butler July 19, 2007 at 10:00 PM #

    11 years ago I took my five year old to Disney World (that same five year old just got her learner’s permit to drive today — oh, how the years fly!) and we stayed at the All-Star Music Resort. It was very reasonably priced for a Disney hotel and my daughter loved it.

    Just a side note — my daughter loved the all the characters that were people (Peter Pan, Snow White, Aladdin) but the costumed characters she was a bit shy with…couldn’t get her anywhere near Tigger and the Beast (from Beauty and the Beast) — forget it! That guy was over seven feet tall with that head! LOL!

  4. Ember July 19, 2007 at 10:46 PM #

    We’re in Orlando every other weekend to work, so we’ve done a bit of time at the theme parks.

    First thing you do is shoot all the lawyers. Oh wait, wrong nightmare.

    Ok, first thing you do is find out what “jump the line” passes or quick line or whatever they’re calling it this season you can get. Get them early, so you can figure out where you’re going.
    Then get a stroller. Because you’re going to be tripping over the damn things all day anyway, might as well have one of your own to ram your way into line. I mean, one of your own to carry your pink Minnie Mouse Ears, life sized Micky doll, souvenir soda cups, and the assorted wet clothes when you cave and buy $30 tee shirts after riding the water rides.

    Whatever you budget for meals, just double it for giggles. And double the time you plan to spend acquiring the food – unless you’re eating in the park, you’re going to have to wait in line to park the car, to get a table, to get your order taken, and then you’ll have started gnawing on the straw wrappers by the time the food actually comes.

    It’s a magical place! Hope you have a fantastic trip. Despite my park-cynicism, every bit of it is totally worth it for the awe in your babies eyes the first time she sees Cinderella’s castle, or the fireworks over Epcott, or the parade of lights after sunset. There’s only one “first” trip to Disney, and it has a magic all its own.

  5. Diane July 19, 2007 at 11:00 PM #

    Stay on Disney property and take the shuttle to the different parks (parkhopper pass).

    If you buy stuff, most shops will send it to your hotel so you don’t have to carry much.

    Get a Disney guidebook, they are worth every penny.

    Another website to check is http://www.mousesavers.com/, it gives advice and discounts.

  6. Jennifer McKenzie July 19, 2007 at 11:02 PM #

    I don’t know what it’s like on the east coast, but on the west coast, I do have a few words of wisdom.

    1. Be prepared to walk….and walk….and walk…..and stand in line.

    2. You’ll think you won’t want a locker, but towards the end of the day, you’ll wish you had one. Someplace to dump all the stuff–extra clothes, baby wipes, etc.

    3. A stroller is great for when the three year collapses for a well needed nap. There’s usually no where for the poor kid to crash.

    4. And don’t just double that budget for food. Triple it. Food, water, everything is expensive. To eat decent food, WAY expensive. The junk is expensive too.

    5. Enjoy it. Even if (and I totally did) you get a wee bit cranky by the seventh hour of over stimulation, noise and crowds. It is SO worth it when they’re singing “It’s a small world after all…..” for months afterwards.

  7. Rebecca July 20, 2007 at 12:46 AM #

    Go to passporter.com and check out the trip planning forum. They also have forums for special pricing and disney offers. The forum is hosted by the couple who wrote several guide books to disneyworld, disneyland, disney with disabilities…etc..but all the info is free.

    And, they have a dd your dd ‘s age, irrc.

    Allears.net is another great site. There is an “Anita Answer” q and a spot which is chock full of good info.

    Also reviews of restaurants, ride closings for rehab, special events, etc.

    A new event your dd might like is the princess tea. she dresses up like her favorite princess and has tea with the disney princesses. If she’s not into princesses..and my dd never was..a character breakfast or character meal is a great idea. You meet the characters in a fun way..lots of interaction and a pretty decent buffet!

    If it’s hot…there’s a neat jumping water fountain that kids love to run and aplash in…just bring dry clothes!

    Have fun

  8. Kate Davies July 20, 2007 at 3:43 AM #

    Ooh! Disney! Do I have suggestions for you!
    :jump: Yes, I’m going to blather. You’re warned.

    You’ve gotten some great advice here. I’d add that the Unofficial Guide was a great help for Disneyland, and I hear the WDW version is ten times better, so spring for that one.

    The height restrictions are a great first step for choosing which rides are good for Brianna, but they’re really just a start. We took the youngest on Space Mountain as the first ride after Nemo, and knew that the reaction to that would determine whether we went on all the rides together, or did the baby swap. Luckily, it was a hit, so we knew we were good to go.

    Baby swap, by the way, is very cool and a great help for parents of young kids. We used it a LOT our first trip, when said youngest wasn’t quite two. On rides where Brianna is too short/young/intelligent to participate, one parent stands in line for the ride. Tell the first attendant that you’re doing a baby swap. He/she will give you a pass for the second parent. Once first parent is off the ride, second parent can go right to the front of the line (sometimes through the exit doors). That way, you don’t have to stand in line twice just so both of you can do the ride.

    Oh, and FastPass. Get FastPasses whenever possible.

    I’ll be working on my article for the local paper in the next couple of weeks. I’ll e-mail you a copy as soon as I’m done.

    And have a great time!

  9. Lesley Speller July 20, 2007 at 8:48 AM #

    I want to go to the Disney Princesses Tea!!! *clears throat* Umm…I mean someday when I have a daughter, I think that would be a lovely experience for her. hehehe

    It’s been a ridiculous number of years since I’ve been to Disney World, but my husband just went this last winter for a convention. The bum!

    Everyone I know says that you should stay at the Disney hotels. It gives you a ton of benefits, but don’t stay in the Safari hotel. That’s where my DH stayed, and he was unimpressed to say the least. I’ve heard great things about the New Orleans themed one, but I don’t know how much it is geared toward the little ones. If she’s anything like my little guy, if it has a pool she’ll be on top of the world, and I’ll bet they’ve all got pools.

    Now I heard this second hand, so I can’t vouch for its accuracy, but someone my Mom knows just got back from Disney World and said that the cokes for 18 bucks!!! Then 5 bucks to refill through the course of the day. Surely that was some kind of special souvenir cup or something but still!

    We’re planning on taking our little guy Christmas after next right after he turns four, so I’ll be waiting with bated breath to see how it goes for you guys.

    This September we’re taking our first trip to Europe since our son was born to visit the in-laws. That’s about an 8 hour flight… *insert silent scream here*

  10. Jackie C July 20, 2007 at 8:55 AM #

    Oh, can I go? I’m a good grandma type..I’m the souvenior cup carry, line waiting, wet clothes bagger upper, tired baby carrying person. I would be so good at that Princess tea. I’ve my PhD in pretend tea drinking.
    Have a wonderful time.

  11. Jewell July 20, 2007 at 12:11 PM #

    OMG, I am a Disney World FANATIC.

    I absolutely adore the place, and would have been there for a fifth time for my 20th wedding anniversary if funding hadn’t fallen through.

    Okay, Ang, first thing is that Bri will be way interested in the Magic Kingdom. At her age, Epcot and such may not hold enough to keep her attention all day long. Meaning that while you might want to visit the other parks there for a half day, you want to stay close to your main interest.

    That being said. Stay at a hotel on Disney property. My pick for you would be the Contemporary Resort. Yes, it is a hair more pricey than some of the other newer kid style hotels elsewhere on the propety, (maybe way more pricey) but the truth of the matter is that the monorail runs through that hotel and you can be in the Magic Kingdom in nothing flat.

    Meaning, mid day you can hop a monorail and have miss sweeting down for a nap quick as can be. Plus, that monorail connects to the one to Epcot, and the same spot where buses are available to go everywhere.

    Also, on the lagoon that hotel sits on, they have a water “parade” at night, full of lights and such. Very pretty, and wonderful to watch when you just can’t run any more. OH, and from the beach, you can see the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. Verra spectacular.

    Gurgle, you have me all Disney World now. LOL

    PS. If on Disney property, park your car and never use it again. Too much hassle.

  12. erinw July 20, 2007 at 11:01 PM #

    How exciting! 🙂

    I have to agree with Jewell and her stay on Disney property idea!! It is super convenient to be able to hop on the Monorail and be “wherever!” in a matter of minutes.

    I stayed at the Grand Floridian once and it rocked!!!

  13. Kristen Painter July 21, 2007 at 10:34 AM #

    We live just outside of Orlando, but spend more time at Universal. Still, I’ve been to my fare share of character breakfasts, thanks to our 5 year old niece. The princess breakfast at Epcot was great.

    The Disney Marketplace can be a lot of fun for kids, too. Besides the Lego store and Princess experience (dress up with pictures), there’s the Rainforest Cafe, a train to ride and a lovely carousel. Don’t miss ice cream sundaes at the Ghiradelli shop!

  14. Marty July 22, 2007 at 10:00 AM #

    Stay in a Disney hotel at the park and use shuttles. Less hassle, stress and the food is expensive.

    Also try to get reservations ahead of time at any of the restaurants that catch your interest or be prepared to wait hours.

    I love the Rainforest Cafe and Disney Marketplace.

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