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Old 01-08-2018, 08:56 PM   #51
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What age does everyone recommend taking your kids? We have a soon to be 3 year old and another coming anyday. Just curious what age kids get the most out of it.
Mine are 6 & 2. But my daughter (6) is really more like a 7 yo. She had the time of her life. Meet all the princess, dinner party's, autographs. And loved all the rides. Magic kingdom is where it's at for her age.

My son (2) won't remember any of it... but he was 99% free. Free airfare free Disney. And at table service they always brought him something no charge. Snacks where only expense. Seeing him meet Mickey in his dressing room and running to hug him was worth the whole bill alone
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Contact ColinR on here, his wife Audra is a Disney travel agent, she’ll make your life super easy, and it’s free for you. Don’t try and figure this out on your own, hand it off to a pro. She planned our trip and it was 1st class, I had a blast and the kids couldn’t have been happier.
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LSD and Space Mountain.....ahhh the memories.
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What age does everyone recommend taking your kids? We have a soon to be 3 year old and another coming anyday. Just curious what age kids get the most out of it.
Mine are 6 & 2. But my daughter (6) is really more like a 7 yo. She had the time of her life. Meet all the princess, dinner party's, autographs. And loved all the rides. Magic kingdom is where it's at for her age.

My son (2) won't remember any of it... but he was 99% free. Free airfare free Disney. And at table service they always brought him something no charge. Snacks where only expense. Seeing him meet Mickey in his dressing room and running to hug him was worth the whole bill alone
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Old 01-08-2018, 09:14 PM   #55
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Get a certified Disney Planner!!!! It does not cost you a dime. They are paid by Disney. They will help you with everything from suggesting things to see and do. To making all your reservations including restaurants. Also if a discount comes out between when you book and when you travel they will get you the better deal instead of you spending hours on hold with Disney to get the discount.
Highly Highly recommend this. They cost you nothing and will give hints and tips. We called or text ours a lot to change things up or add things and it was done. I have the name and number of ne if anyone needs it. Stupid simple!
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We have been every other year for last 6 years and will be going back next year. My family likes it and that makes me happy. If you eat a meal at the park each day I would suggest eating at the different countries of Epcot. Get the park hopper passes and go eat at Epcot when you have reservations
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Magic Kingdom is spelled "h.e.l.l."...and definitely get the park hopper so you can end at epcot and have a drink or three. ..


make sure you take video of meetings with characters and first time rides...When you find them 5 years from now on your computer you'll be glad you did

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Ok, I will be the first person to say it. That sucks! You could go to Disney some time other than hunting season. What did you do to **** off your wife?

You should have fun. We went 2 years ago. We basically did our fast passes and a few other things. When the kids got tired we went back to the resort and relaxed. I drank beer by the pool. Once you get over the outrageous prices, you will be fine. I will never forget how ****** off my dad was when we went way back when. Everything was so expensive! I tried to give my kids the same memories, but I think I failed, lol. I do still tease my dad about that.

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Old 01-08-2018, 10:55 PM   #60
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I proposed to my wife in Diney Land. Look forward to the day we can take our kids there.

Pro tip. Go to Epcot center and drink an adult beverage from every Country.
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These threads always make me laugh. I cant wait to go to disney and take my kiddos. I loved going as a kid.. If you go into it thinking it will suck it will probably suck.
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Old 01-08-2018, 11:07 PM   #62
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Contact ColinR on here, his wife Audra is a Disney travel agent, she’ll make your life super easy, and it’s free for you. Don’t try and figure this out on your own, hand it off to a pro. She planned our trip and it was 1st class, I had a blast and the kids couldn’t have been happier.
Thank you for the recommendation! She loves helping people with there Disney trips! Her email is audra@remarkablegetaways.com

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Just got from Disney December 27th-January 2. Disney is completely overrated in my opinion for the amount of money it costs you. 80%+ of the rides are the exact same rides I rode as a kid 15 years ago. For the amount of money they bring in you would think there would be new stuff all over the place. Universal Studios is WAY better than Disney imo but it isn't cheap either. There were 12 of us with unlimited fast passes there and it was $4k for one day.
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I am seeing varying prices here from those experienced with going. How much $ are we talking for a family of 4? My very limited research says it cannot be done for less than $5k, is that correct

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I am seeing varying prices here from those experienced with going. How much $ are we talking for a family of 4? My very limited research says it cannot be done for less than $5k, is that correct
We are a family of four, stayed at animal Kingdom(5 days in the parks and 4 nights at the resort), had a reserved character meal each day, got the fast passes, the photo package, and a bunch of money for snacks and other meals and did it for probably $7k. We tend to overdo stuff and enjoy the experience and not worry as much about day to day spending.

You pre-pay, so it should be very little payment out of pocket at the end of the trip, unless you go bat **** crazy and buy your kids tons of souvinours and stuff, we didn’t do that, limited them to one thing each day.
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I am seeing varying prices here from those experienced with going. How much $ are we talking for a family of 4? My very limited research says it cannot be done for less than $5k, is that correct
Including airfare, no way
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We are a family of four, stayed at animal Kingdom(5 days in the parks and 4 nights at the resort), had a reserved character meal each day, got the fast passes, the photo package, and a bunch of money for snacks and other meals and did it for probably $7k. We tend to overdo stuff and enjoy the experience and not worry as much about day to day spending.

You pre-pay, so it should be very little payment out of pocket at the end of the trip, unless you go bat **** crazy and buy your kids tons of souvinours and stuff, we didn’t do that, limited them to one thing each day.
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I've never been to Disney, and if I'm lucky, I'll never have to go.
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:16 PM   #69
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This! We did this a couple of months back and made everything so much easier. The trip was awesome.


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Get a certified Disney Planner!!!! It does not cost you a dime. They are paid by Disney. They will help you with everything from suggesting things to see and do. To making all your reservations including restaurants. Also if a discount comes out between when you book and when you travel they will get you the better deal instead of you spending hours on hold with Disney to get the discount.
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Old 01-09-2018, 02:36 PM   #70
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I had no idea that Disney cost 5 to 15 grand. I took me the wife and my two sons bear hunting in Alaska and halibut fishing for 6 days and didn't spend 15 grand.
Disney marketing department is genius
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I had no idea that Disney cost 5 to 15 grand. I took me the wife and my two sons bear hunting in Alaska and halibut fishing for 6 days and didn't spend 15 grand.
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I didn't either - my wife and kids are out of luck
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Epcot is actually very interesting and neat things to see .
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Old 01-09-2018, 03:03 PM   #73
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I didn't either - my wife and kids are out of luck
You can go there for less money I am sure. My wife has family go there all the time and I am sure they don't spend that kind of coin. For example Animal Kingdom is one of the more expensive resorts. We stayed there, it is great I would highly recommend it. But I think they have more affordable options. You would have to research what the cheapest options are I didn't. We stayed and did what we wanted I didn't think about the money. (I tried not to anyway). When I was a kid my dad didn't let us get french fries with our lunch because they cost so much! That is well over 30 years ago, I still can remember how much he hated it, lol. Anyway, just saying you may want to look into it more closely before you completely rule it out.
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It really boils down to how many days you are going to be there. You can do it on the cheap or you can go all out. That's the reason a Disney agent is advised. You tell them what you want to do, give them a budget and let them do the work.

Wife and I went with some family friends in 2016, it was my wife's first time going. She had an absolute blast and committed to going back. We are going back this year in December before Christmas. It's only a 4 day trip, but it's worth it if you want it to be. If you go into it, dreading it, kicking an screaming, you WILL hate it and you WILL make it miserable for your kids. Enjoy it for what it is. Family time.
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I didn't either - my wife and kids are out of luck
Disney isn't cheap (at least compared many other destinations). However, there are ways to save money. I'm sure a quick internet search would turn up a lot of tips. Few things I can think of off the top of my head.

- Drive, don't fly
- Look into the budget friendly Disney resort properties; some of these can be close to half the daily cost of the Premium resort properties.
- Consider staying outside the park at a non-Disney property. I've heard that many nearby hotels offer shuttle services to and from all parks
- Do you have a camper/RV; the Disney Fort Wilderness RV resort is like half as much as even the budget resorts
- Avoid the meal plan if possible. Disney does allow you to pack food to bring into the parks. Plan meals strategically to avoid expensive park meals if possible.
- Consider daily park tickets as compared to park hoppers;

Our trip was expensive because we stayed at a premium resort, had full meal plan and park hopper tickets everyday. We could have knocked a couple grand off by slashing a few daily hopper passes and either eliminating or severely limiting the meal plan. It would have been even less if we stayed somewhere else. It's definitely one of those places where the sky is the limit.
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Old 01-09-2018, 03:44 PM   #76
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My 2 cents:
VRBO a condo at Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort. It is on Disney property but not a disney resort. Condo's are big with a full kitchen, tons of pools with water slides, restaurants etc... Very reasonable prices.

I fly to orlando because it is cheap and rental mini vans are plentiful and easy.

I always get park hopper to be able to eject from crowded parks if nececcary and to finish every day at Epcot for dinner and drinks. I second country hopping with beers. France is a great place to have a reservation for a nice sit down dinner and drinks. Fireworks every night at epcot.

Bonnet Creek offers some kind of busses to the parks but I would Highly recommend driving to the parks and paying the 10 or 15 bucks extra for the VIP parking. VIP is necessary if you want to park hop. You walk out of the park and your car is right there. They also give you free bottle water and maybe some other perks.

As others have said make early food reservations. If you stay at Bonnet Creek you will have a full kitchen and fridge as well. But if you don't have reservations check the day of while you are at the park. Cancelations open up all the time the day of.

I personally think the on site resort hotels are overrated but to each his own.

The disney app is awesome, thats how you can see how busy the other parks are while you are at your park.

In conclusion, Bonnet Creek, park hopper, vip parking, finish the day at epcot.
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Old 01-09-2018, 03:49 PM   #77
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Oh ya and if you want to bass fish Lake Toho or similar with a guide book way ahead of time because they book up early. I know you can get guides to fish the disney lakes as well but I have never done that. I had a good guide on Toho, just an old timer nothing flashy but caught a lot of fish and he was pleasant to be around. PM me if anyone wants name and number.
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Disney isn't cheap (at least compared many other destinations). However, there are ways to save money. I'm sure a quick internet search would turn up a lot of tips. Few things I can think of off the top of my head.

- Drive, don't fly
- Look into the budget friendly Disney resort properties; some of these can be close to half the daily cost of the Premium resort properties.
- Consider staying outside the park at a non-Disney property. I've heard that many nearby hotels offer shuttle services to and from all parks
- Do you have a camper/RV; the Disney Fort Wilderness RV resort is like half as much as even the budget resorts
- Avoid the meal plan if possible. Disney does allow you to pack food to bring into the parks. Plan meals strategically to avoid expensive park meals if possible.
- Consider daily park tickets as compared to park hoppers;

Our trip was expensive because we stayed at a premium resort, had full meal plan and park hopper tickets everyday. We could have knocked a couple grand off by slashing a few daily hopper passes and either eliminating or severely limiting the meal plan. It would have been even less if we stayed somewhere else. It's definitely one of those places where the sky is the limit.
Good advice - thanks!
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Disney isn't cheap (at least compared many other destinations). However, there are ways to save money. I'm sure a quick internet search would turn up a lot of tips. Few things I can think of off the top of my head.

- Drive, don't fly
- Look into the budget friendly Disney resort properties; some of these can be close to half the daily cost of the Premium resort properties.
- Consider staying outside the park at a non-Disney property. I've heard that many nearby hotels offer shuttle services to and from all parks
- Do you have a camper/RV; the Disney Fort Wilderness RV resort is like half as much as even the budget resorts
- Avoid the meal plan if possible. Disney does allow you to pack food to bring into the parks. Plan meals strategically to avoid expensive park meals if possible.
- Consider daily park tickets as compared to park hoppers;

Our trip was expensive because we stayed at a premium resort, had full meal plan and park hopper tickets everyday. We could have knocked a couple grand off by slashing a few daily hopper passes and either eliminating or severely limiting the meal plan. It would have been even less if we stayed somewhere else. It's definitely one of those places where the sky is the limit.
Great advice!

I remember going as a kid, but man I would have never thought it costs this much outrageous money
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:43 PM   #81
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Disney does it right. Everything. Go, have fun and don’t try to find things to complain about. There will be other deer seasons. Stay at a resort. Use the shuttles. Get the meal plans. Book character meals early. Eat dinner at the castle during the fireworks! Animal kingdom sux. Only one good ride. Hollywood studios and magic kingdom have the best rides. Epcot is a close second. DO NOT RIDE “ITS A SMALL WORLD”. You will never get that song out of your head... ever!
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I've been twice. Once about 8 yrs ago and once last year. I really dreaded it and thought I would hate it. Liked it! Some of the best money I've ever spent. Everything there is pretty top notch. Staff is all happy and seem glad you are there. Piece of trash hits the ground and it is picked up asap. It is expensive but I felt like they make it worth it with the quality experience they provide.

Go tour the 11 different countries at Epcot World Showcase and drink a beer at every one. See if you can do it in less than 2 hours. It will make for good stories
This is spot on! Ive been 3 times and absolutely loved every second! (The second time was for my honeymoon [joint choice by wife and me]). My kids beg the wife and i constantly to go back.
On a side note i go several times a year to Orlando for work and My coworkers and i go to Down town Disney almost every trip. We all range from 30-60 in age.
In a society where customer service has gone by the way side, this place is just the opposite! The whole time you are there you will feel like royalty.

Ride "Soarin" at Epcot
Down town Disney (Disney Springs now) is a blast after dark. Lots of great musicians playing live music.
The "park hopper pass" is worth every penny also.

<Skeeter> is absolutely correct. Stay at a resort and ride the shuttles.
If for no other reason the people watching and scenery around Disney is worth it.

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Old 01-12-2018, 05:57 PM   #83
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My daughter and I spent the week after Christmas at Universal and plan to do Epcot and Disney next year.


No expense was spared and we still didn't spend much over 5k.
First class airfare, stayed on the resort property, had the three park tickets with express every day, and basically lived like kings.

Never had to get on a shuttle bus and never waited in line longer than fifteen minutes.

It was crowded but was fully worth the time and expense.
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Old 01-13-2018, 11:15 AM   #84
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You'll have a blast. We're going again in May.; we've been once before. I'm sure there are cheaper ways to go if you really want to put in the work and penny-pinch everything to death, but we just book our trip through the Disney website an stay at their value resorts. This year we're staying 5 nights and will spend 4 days in the parks. We also purchased a "park hopper" pass and a dining plan and the total for all 4 of us ran about $4,000--That's not counting travel to and from (we drive). Let me explain the "park hopper." You'll end up purchasing tickets that you can use at the various parks (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot.) Once you burn a ticket in one of the parks, you have to stay in that specific park and cannot travel around to other parks in the same day. The "park hopper" allows you to move around to the different parks within the same day. We get this because sometimes things get packed in one park and you may want to shuttle over to a different one. Or you may have planned to spend Day 3 in Hollywood Studios, but was only able to get a dinner reservation for Cinderella's Castle (Magic Kingdom) for that same day; it basically lets you move around easier. Here are some basic things I'd suggest if you haven't done them already. Keep in mind, we tend to choose "ease" over penny pinching; however, we also try not to break the bank either.

1. Book it now and you can pay on it between now and then; unless you plan on just dropping the whole cash some at once. After you book, keep checking their website for special offers. If something comes up between now and the time you go, you can call and have the special offer applied to your reservation and you might get it at a cheaper price (hotel, tickets, or whatever). Sometimes they run specials on cheaper room costs, or they'll offer a vacation package with a free or cheap meal plan.

2. Use the Disney website to create a daily itinerary for what you're doing each day. You can add dining reservation times, certain times you want to meet certain characters, Fastpass times, etc... You can pretty much set most of your day up so you know what time to be in certain places for certain events. These parks are freaking huge and spread out, so it's nice to know what you're doing and where to be at the right time. (Characters are only in certain places at certain times. (hint: At the Magic Kingdom, most people blast right through the entrance and head toward the back of the park. Right after you walk into the entrance, there are some little spaces to the left and right where a couple of different characters are--I think sleeping beauty and snow white if I remember correctly. My Uncle told us about this before we went and he was right, everyone blasted right on in and had no idea they were over there, so there was no line to let the kids meet them.)

3. You can start reserving table-dining restaurants 180 days before your first day. I'd suggest doing this as soon as possible (on day 180) because they book up fast. It's nice to be able to sit down at a table to eat sometimes after you've been blasting around the parks. (This is another reason why it's good to book your trip more than 180 days in adavance) NOTE: You can spend a small fortune in tips eating at these restaurants. They also have places that offer quick-service meals where you just walk up and order out of a line (like in a mall or something). This keeps you from having to tip waiters and waitresses.

4. You can start booking "Fastpasses" 60 days before your visit. (These allow you to basically skip through the longer lines in the park.) They allow you 3 Fastpasses per day and are included automatically with your tickets. They can be used for Rides and/or meeting characters.

5. If I were you, I'd get a meal plan. The food there is freaking outrageous in price. We get the deluxe meal plan and that gives you 3 full meals and 2 snacks per night that you stay at your resort. You can purchase the meal plan when you purchase your resort stay and tickets on the DW website. It's just a lump sum that's added to your reservation. total. When you're in the parks and go eat somewhere, they just scan your wrist-band and it come off of the meal plan you've already paid for. Another good thing is that it keeps you from having to carry around a bunch of cash or whatever. Also, depending on what resort you stay, they have big dining areas where you can eat. We usually try to catch breakfast at the resort diner if we don't have a breakfast reservation somewhere.

6. I'm not sure what the weather is there, but through the summer it pretty much rains every day. They sell ponchos there, but we take our own. Doesn't have to be expensive, and lightweight helps.

7. Take a backpack with everything you think you'll need for the day; phone charging device, sun screen, bug spray, etc... Like I said, these parks are huge and spread over a big area. You won't be able to just pop on over to the room to get something you think you need; it'll take you an hour or more to do that.

If I think of anything else, I'll post it. Most of all HAVE FUN

ADDITION: Download the Disney Map App and you can use your phone GPS to navigate around the park.

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Old 01-13-2018, 12:33 PM   #85
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First thing I would do is retrieve your heuvos from her purse..... Most crowded place I've ever been. Like others mentioned though, I hated it because I went with the bad attitude.
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Old 01-13-2018, 03:06 PM   #86
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Ha. I’m here now. Been 7 years in a row.
Send me a PM and I will give you a ton of info I’ve learned over the years
This sound like a great topic for a thread on the GS so we can exchange does and don't at Disney

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Old 01-13-2018, 03:23 PM   #87
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We go every years the week before Christmas and stay the Disney's Wilderness Resort in our motorhome. Its hands down the nicest t.v. park I have ever been too. Tons of activities for the kids; swimming pools, playgrounds, horseback riding and more that I don't know about I'm sure.

Like the rest of the resorts the buses to all the different parks have stops at fort wilderness. In addition. You can take a boat from fort wilderness to magic kingdom.

Since stay in our motor home we grocery shop at home for the entire trip, start crock pot meals in the morning and then eat dinner at the motorhome. We pack sandwiches and water with us for the daytime.

We usually never have to go to the grocery store but my wife has to get her addiction fix and go to Wal-Mart at least once.

We just booked a week at Fort Wilderness, with 4 days of tickets and park hopper for $3800. That's for 4 adults and 2 kids.

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Old 01-13-2018, 04:53 PM   #88
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We go a few times a year. I was not sold at first and now I love it.
If you have not booked it yet, contact my sister in law. It’s what she does for a living. Free of charge to you and she will find every discount she can in your favor. She got married there last year!!
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Old 01-13-2018, 05:43 PM   #89
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Make reservations NOW for any resturant (like the beauty and beast one).

Stay at a resort.
Have groceries delivered to the room (its a service)..drinks, snacks, waters, etc.
dont buy **** in the stores at the end of rides.
PLAN your day, and your fast passes for each day.
Do not carry a ton of crap.. small back pack for waters, phone chargers etc.
Plan your lunches.

I just got back from spending Christmas week at Disney and this is spot on!


Turn it into a game and every time you take a pic with a Disney character, see if they will do an air bow.
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Old 01-13-2018, 05:50 PM   #90
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Oh, and pay the $160 or so for all of the pictures they take. You pay this when you reserve the meals. We did this and ended up with about 100 pictures. If you pay for the pictures individually at the park, it’s like $15 per picture!


If you book a meal with any of the Disney characters, expect to pay $50 a person for the meal.
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:11 PM   #91
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You realize what kinda rut hunt u could do in Iowa for that kinda money ????
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:27 PM   #92
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You realize what kinda rut hunt u could do in Iowa for that kinda money ????
As much as his kids would like him to go on a Iowa hunt I bet they like Disney better.
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Don’t support the libs.... period. They’re a direct assault on hunting enthusiasts
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I've been doing disney since a kid, here are my tips and we've always done it cheap...like REALLY cheap...other than the year when we were able to get concierge level at animal kingdom lodge for $200 a night, which had a little buffet all day long and drinks and beers and cordials in the evenings...was the best time ever! But we haven't been able to come up with that deal the last 5 0r 6 years.

1. Stay on property and take advantage of magic hours. Arrive 30 mins early and you can hit the same attraction or 4 or 5 in the first 1 hour. If you're not a parade/firework person, then the lines at a lot of attractions go down a bunch. IMHO, it's better to get up early, hit park, then reload, (lunch, hotel, possibly nap) and then go to a different park in afternoon, then go to a nice dinner (off property, see post 2) and then stay up at the late after hours park.
2. Get a rental car if you plan to use the park hopper. You can score a rental for $20 a day, just use economy if fewer than 6, and then you can drive around and go park to park very quickly as opposed to needing to wait on a bus or wait on bus to fill or sometimes having to go from bus to lodge, then bus to park...my worst experience ever was when we had 3 hours on last day and we spent the majority of it on a bus. If driving, you can bump over and be in next park in no time at all. My sister and her family does disney world several times a year (for the last 10+ years and had never rented a car), and since she went with us, she's never relied on buses again.
3. Go to universal studios one day. It's a lot of fun.
4. Food...We pack an empty cooler as baggage, and make a stop at a grocery store and load up on microwave breakfast stuff, sandwich stuff (for the hardcore disney people) and a lot of snacky stuff, and water, which you can bring into the park. I also make a booze run and get beer and liquor...it's really easy to put something in a water bottle, and you don't need to pay $9 for a beer... If you have a rental car, there are a lot of really great restaraunts around the parks, and it's worth it to me to pay $40 for a nice lunch for the fam as opposed to $60 at the park for hamburgers...
5. Remember you can take snacks and food into disney world...don't buy into the plans unless you are really interested in overpaying for underseasoned and overpriced food.
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5. If you're a beach family and have a car, then it's never a bad idea to spend a day on the beach...there are several about an hour away...I'm NOT a beach person, but I know a lot of friends who split the time between the beach and Disney.
6. Disney has great bass fishing. We've done a couple guided trips thru the years...not sure if you can go unguided. Also, they have good coastal fishing, but the fishing for redfish suck, or at least it did 3 years ago, when we were only able to keep 1 redfish on a trip when we were really whacking them.
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ADDITION: Download the Disney Map App and you can use your phone GPS to navigate around the park.
Never thought of this before, but we always look at ride line times and if rides are down on the app...great advice!
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:21 PM   #97
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We leave Monday morning for five days in the park. Went two years ago. It's not like six flags or anything. It's the cleanest best quality you will find. Yes expensive but it's all about making memories.

Go in with a good attitude (and maybe a flask) and you will have a good time.
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We leave Monday morning for five days in the park. Went two years ago. It's not like six flags or anything. It's the cleanest best quality you will find. Yes expensive but it's all about making memories.

Go in with a good attitude (and maybe a flask) and you will have a good time.
Flask and a couple of visits to the hotel room during the day will save you a lot of money thru the course of the trip!
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Old 01-13-2018, 11:36 PM   #99
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We’ve taken our kids 3 outta the last 4 years and honestly it is one of my favorite places in the world when done right.
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Old 01-14-2018, 07:26 AM   #100
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Oh, and pay the $160 or so for all of the pictures they take. You pay this when you reserve the meals. We did this and ended up with about 100 pictures. If you pay for the pictures individually at the park, it’s like $15 per picture!


If you book a meal with any of the Disney characters, expect to pay $50 a person for the meal.
Yes. Last time we paid for the memory maker deal and they just snap your pic and scan your wrist band. I think we ended up with like 200+ pics of our trip. After your vacation, the pics just show up under your Disney account online and you can download them. They really make it easy.

You're right with the character dining. My kids wanted to eat with the characters a bunch, which is why we paid for the dining plan; I couldn't believe how expensive the meals were there.
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