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Disney World holiday, where to play?

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  1. MetalBender

    MetalBender I like fistables.

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    Ok so we've(wife and 2 kids) booked an all inclusive trip to Disney World and are staying at the Caribbean Beach Resort from Dec.25th-30th with park hopper passes and all meals. As an old country boy I have no idea where to begin our activities once we arrive or what to be sure and do and to skip. The travel agent did tell us a bit about bypassing lines for rides since we are staying at the park. If this was a motorcycle adventure vacation riding the high desert of Texas or 200 miles of single track in the Ozarks I'd be golden but city stuff I have no clue about. Any suggestions?
     
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    http://touringplans.com and http://allears.net

    They have different plans and crowd calendars so you can avoid lines.

    Your door card will also be your tickets to the park and your food credits. Take a picture with your phone when you get it just in case.

    The time you are going its going to be the most crowded. No real way to avoid lines except to use the extra magic hours which let you in an hour early or stay after closing for a few hours.
     
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    First off this is THE book to get if you want to know everything about everything...food locations, ride popularity and requirements etc...

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/1423138635/?tag=wackbagcom-20

    I have been several times with rug rats. Caribbean beach resort is a nice enough hotel. There are a couple of great pools there and the food area is nice if you have a meal plan. Remember that kids can sometimes still get an adult meal with their meal plan so don't waste it on chicken nuggets :)

    From your hotel you will be able to get to any of the parks. There are bus stops withing a 2 min walking distance of your room..however sometimes it's better to catch the bus at the first stop at the resort so it isn't full.. http://www.disneycaribbeanbeach.com/content/transportation . Every 15 min or so a bus will pull up to the stop and it will say one of the following Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Transportation Center (Epcot and Magic Kingdom are accessed from here) etc. Hop on and enjoy the free ride...

    You can use http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/calendars/ to check the rotating park hours. The parks open and close at different times...but animal kingdom usually closes earliest and animals are not very entertaining after dark...so you want to be there first thing (they have an AWESOME breakfast buffet with characters). Because it closes at 5pm you will have the rest of the day to hop a bus to a different park because you have the park hopper. IDK how old your kids are or if they get tired but we dragged our kid around until 11pm when she was 4 and she loved it...
    So if you look at what parks have extra hours for guests, those are the days you might want to go...or take advantage of the extra hours by doing animal kingdom first and then epcot or magic kingdom for a 2nd time...the calendar shows that all the parks are open really late that week because it is a very popular time to visit. Kids are out of school and it's christmas at disney which is amazing if you like that sort of thing.

    Make reservations ahead of time for ALL sit down meals. They fill up fast and if you try to walk up and get a table they will either be full for the night or you will have to wait 3+ hours...I AM NOT KIDDING...make reservations for all dinners...you can always cancel them at no charge. You don't want to be stuck using a premium meal plan for another burger and fries at cosmic rays (get the chicken and ribs instead). I have NEVER had a bad meal at any of the parks. All the food is top notch. Even the quick service dining is good.

    Eat lunch at 10:50....tust me...you walk in at 10:50 and the lunch area will be almost empty...you get your food and sit down and it's 11:10...and people start walking in and by the time you finish at 11:30 it will be a zoo...I'm not exaggerating...and for the next 1.5hrs all those people will be fighting like cattle and wasting time in the food areas while you enjoy shorter lines.

    Make use of fast pass. you get one fast pass ticket per paid ticket so you can use your kids tickets to get a 2nd or 3rd fast pass for an adult. At epcot the most popular ride is Soarin' ...by far...fast pass that sucker. It's a great family ride. The test track is also great. If you go on mission space i suggest you take the 'easier' version (green i think) unless you REALLY like rough rides. I LOVE rides and the mission space orange is the only time in my life i have ever felt a little off after a ride.
    At magic kingdom you want to get there first thing and you will be stuck waiting to get in while they do a "Welcome to the park" Dance and song thing above the entrance...Once it opens head straight up main street past the castle and ride cinderella's carousel, peter pans ride, dumbo, snow white, winnie the pooh, small world, and the haunted mansion...You can kill those rides in 1hr...when you are done the wait at winnie the pooh and snow white might be 45min...It's all about a game plan...
    At animal kingdom the safari ride is awesome and very popular...fast pass that if you need to. The expedition everest roller coaster is great but remember it has a singles line off to the right so if you don't have your heart set on riding with someone you can ride it 3 or 4x in 20 min...The Nemo play is pretty cool for kids.
    Hollywood studios is pretty cool too...I never found the rockin roller coaster to be anything special...but it's a nice ride just don't get your heart set on it kicking your ass...The tower of terror is pretty cool...There is a great 50's diner place there that has great old school burger/fries/shakes lunches...meal plan...


    Just have fun...Epcot is HUGE and really a 2 day place if you want to see it all. You can do animal kingdom and Hollywood studios in 1 day each. Magic Kingdom is really more for little kids. Every park will have a parade they do at least once a day that is worth checking out.

    Have fun!
     
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  4. MayrMeninoCrash

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    How old are the kids? One piece of advice if they are younger is to head back to the hotel from like 12-3, catch lunch and let them nap, and then head back over to the park for the evening. You avoid the height of the crowds and let the kids cool down for a bit and not get too exhausted.

    Every park has something cool, so you might want to devote a day per park. If there's a "must ride" at the park, go there as soon as it opens, even if it's on the other side. I know when my kids were little, they HAD to ride Dumbo (queue the jokes here), and that ride gets ridiculous at times, so once Dumbo was out of the way, we could focus on everything else.
     
  5. MetalBender

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    Kids are 10 and 14, both are good with fast rough rides growing up on off road toys. For some reason they both get along much better when we are away on vacation so this will be a great way to avoid the bickering they would do over the holidays otherwise. Just ordered the book and downloaded the ride app, lots of great information here guys. Thanks! I could have easily spent days and not found so much.

    I just hope I don't cry when I meet Goofy again.
     
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    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    OK that makes a difference. You might want to get them involved in the process. See what they would like to do. They have the 3 waterparks at WDW as well in case there's not enough excitement at the theme parks. Plus there's buses and monorails that connect everything, so you could send them off on their own.

    We have not done Disney with our kids in several years, so my experience is with the 4-10 year old range. We will be going to Disneyland in December for a day and are thinking of just letting my 12 & 15 year old go off and do what they want (probably ride Tower of Terror 20 times) so that we don't have to argue about what's next.
     
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    The first time we went and my daughter(4 yo at the time) met minnie...minnie had an odor...like puke...and from then on she called her "Stinky Minnie" and would say "I hope I don't meet stinky minnie again..." very funny memory
     
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    Meh... planning and making reservations is for faggots. Just show up to the park and wander around... it'll be a blast.
     
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  9. MetalBender

    MetalBender I like fistables.

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    They aren't going to know about it till Christmas morning a few hours before the plane leaves so anything they'd like to do will have to be figured out after that. If I were to let my son decide it would be to play COD the entire time and there's little chance allowing my daughter to roam freely as she is very accepting of new people and not at all shy. Hell she'd be happy to play with strange new kids every day of the week the entire day, digging in the dirt, riding quads, or dancing it's all good with her. The boy bitches about 35 miles of local single track being repetitive even though a third of it throws him the the ground. I already know I'm gonna hear it about the flight with him.
     
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    MetalBender I like fistables.

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    Don't tell me you're an expert on faggotry as well. Not that I'd be surprised.
     
  11. Creasy Bear

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    I wouldn't say I'm an expert... I but I have done a bit of research on the subject of faggotry.

    Are you interested in reading my dissertation?
     
  12. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    Ohhh boy....because there's nothing more exciting than dragging an ungrateful teenager who'd rather be somewhere else around a busy theme park for a week of "fun".
     
  13. MetalBender

    MetalBender I like fistables.

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    He'll be fine once we're there just not very patient without something to keep him actively involved. He's always down for anything to help when he can't game it online but always in hurry to move on to the next thing.
     
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    MetalBender I like fistables.

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    No. I trust that you have.
     
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    Thank you, mister. Your trust is the wind beneath my wings.
     
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    I hope you and your family have a good time, but something about your story screams Clark W. Griswold. Did you check and see if Disney World was going to be closed for 2 weeks when you booked your reservation?
     
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    You should NSFW the botany porn. This is a family establishment.
     
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    fletcher Darkness always says hello.
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    I see... your future.
     
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    I'm with the kids, I'd rather go to Diggstown too.
     
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    Flame Tree BBQ in the AK... decent ribs... the Safari Amber they have on tap warshes them down nicely.

    Biergarten Pavilion at Epcot... a weisswurst on a roll w/kraut and mustard and a big honkin' stein of Paulaner Oktoberfest.

    Hollywood Studios... Backlot Express... get yourself an Angus bacon burger and a frosty Yuengling.

    Fuck the Magic Kingdom... dry as a bone.
     
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    Maelstrom at Norway in Epcot might be the most overhyped ride in all of WDW
     
  23. MetalBender

    MetalBender I like fistables.

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    I was gonna ask about booze and smoking too. I don't care if smoking is allowed or not but the little lady will be pretty short in no time without her fags. See, now you're being helpful. Soar.

    The agent says it's open, if not I'm punching a mouse.
     
  24. MetalBender

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    Whiney little peckersnots. I'm sure both are going to be bouncing off the walls instead of whining. At least until Max gets his fill of airtime.
     
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    The parks get packed at that time of year. They will stop
    admissions if they hit capacity. Go early in the day.
    Check for closed water parks too. They shut them down
    in rotation for cleaning over the winter.
     

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