(Closed) Disney World questions…

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

FI and I are Disney obsessed, we go every year!  Each park is beautiful and fun in its own way.  Things to know – Magic Kingdom is dry – no alcohol at ALL, but still fun!  All of the other parks serve alcohol.  Prices in the parks are typical vacation expensive prices ($9 for a burger, $3 for water, etc).  If you want to “hop” between parks during the day, your ticket is like $30 more expensive.  If you don’t hop, i do suggest making a dining reservation for lunch, because that’s a long time to spend in 1 park.    

With 4 parks and only 8 hours you may not want to do a sit down meal due to time contraints.  If you do, this site allears.net  has all menus with prices, as well as a lot of other useful info.  I think AAA gets ticket discounts, so if you’re a member you might want to buy them before you go.  Buying them ahead of time will save you time once you’re there anyway.   

MK is a ton of fun, some good places to grab a meal or snack are Pecos Bill and Aloha Isle.  Aloha Isle serves pineapple/vanilla swirl dolewhip and pineapple floats – something you can only get at Disney and a few other places in the US.  Check out youtube for videos of people trying to pack it to fly it home – it’s THAT good.  For a quick breakfast the bakery on Main St is great!  I have a massive sweet tooth so the candy store on Main Street is a must for me. 

Great attractions in MK – Mickey’s Philharmagic, Buzz Lightyear space ranger spin, Pirates, Space, Splash and Big Thunder Mountains, Haunted Mansion, etc.  I would avoid the little race car thing –  the whole line and ride is in the sun, and the cars are really slow.  Peter Pan is great, Small World is an aquired taste, Winnie the Pooh you can probably skip and not miss anything.  Teacups – super fun.

You can reach EPCOT from the MK by taking the monorail.  EPCOT and Hollywood studios are so close to one another you can walk or take a boat between the two parks.  They are separated by the Boardwalk, which has an ESPN Zone and some restaurants and shops.  World Showcase in EPCOT is a great place to grab a beer or a snack/quick lunch at one (or a few) of the countries.  Future World in EPCOT has Soarin -one of the BEST rides.  If you want a full service meal, Coral Reef is lovely, and if you make a reservation and say it’s your honeymoon, you will probably get a better table!

Hollywood has Rockin Roller Coaster (aerosmith roller coaster, tons of fun), the Great Movie Ride,Star Tours, and Toy Story Mania (HUGELY popular, usually has a super long line) and Tower of Terror.  

Animal Kingdom is great as well, but a little off the beaten path, so you probably will not have time for that one.  

I would either just figure out what rides/things you want to see and start at that park as lines get crazy…  

OR just start at MK (have to see the castle after all, right?) and then take the monorail to EPCOT to mosey around, have lunch and then if you have time go to Hollywood.  Usually if you hit up MK right when it opens, you can bounce around to a few rides before it gets crazy busy, and be on your way out by 11 or 12.    

EPCOT has a bunch of rides that never get super long lines (usually a long line at Soarin, but totally worth it).    I feel like you go to EPCOT more for the countries than the rides.  The rides are fun/cute but other than Soarin and maybe Test Track, they’re not among the best rides in the 4 parks.

With Hollywood, the really popular rides get crazy lines, but there are tons of others to go on.

The more popular attractions in every park will get lines up to and over 60 minutes as the day progresses, but there’s plenty to do and see in each park. I would avoid the Hall of Presidents (magic kingdom) and any type of educational movie (EPCOT) at all costs – they are usually long, boring, and some require standing the whole time.

We are not parade people, so I have no tips on those.

For sure wear sneakers – you can walk like 10 miles easy in 1 day.  Also camera and sunblock, and you can bring in water, snacks, etc. They check your bag before you enter the park, but they don’t care if you bring that stuff in – just make sure it’s not too heavy to carry.  

I think 2 parks in 8 hours is doable, 3 might be a stretch (Assuming only counter service meals/snacks).  Just 1 seems like too much time in 1 park.  

The place is designed to not be seen in 1 day, so I’d just figure out what interests the two of you most and see/do that, and not worry about seeing everyting or a ton of stuff, because there’s always more to see at Disney! 

 

 

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@HappilyEverAfter54:  We’re doing the same cruise (different week) and going to MK. We’re booking through the cruiseline for the insurance policy that if the bus is late getting back to the ship that they’ll hold the ship or pay for us to get to the next port.

The buses get to the park around the rope drop and leave right after the parade in the afternoon–I think it’s about six hours in the park total due to the 60-90 minute drive to and fro Canaveral.

There’s a lot to do in each park and with such a lmiited time period, you should try to plan ahead (as much as you want) to make sure you hit the highlights. I’ve done two different weeklong trips at Disney before and FI has never gone and neither have our niece and nephew (they’re 4) so we’re hitting kid-friendly highlights and created our own custom map through Disney to help mark out where all of our desired rides and attractions were.

We were going to do lunch in Cinderella’s Castle, but that can be a 2 hour sit-down adventure, so we’re hoping to hit the Beast’s castle (quick serve) in the new part of the Storbook Circus in Fantasyland.

Disney is the king of queueing and move large crowds efficiently. If rides like “It’s a Small World” backs up, they add in more cars to move more people, but if lines for Dumbo back up they can’t do anything, so they actually built a second set of Dumbo rides and have opened up the Tea-Cups and Dumbo for FastPass (I think you get one or two a day). There are also cool apps to tell you how long the wait times for rides are because even though the line may look very short, they can be decieving and you could be in line for two hours (this happened to us at a character meet-and-greet in Epcot).

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Check to see if the parks are doing anything special during that time. There are some months where they have specials, extra events, etc. like, when we go on our honeymoon in October, it’s octoberfest and the drink yourself around the world thing at Epcot. Main reason we choose October! Also, know the parks will be super packed in June. Plan the things u definitely want to do first, that way if u run out of time you will be ok. 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Check out allears.net for info on all the restaurant, rides, fastpasses, etc at MK. For a quick bite to eat I recommend Pecos Bill’s or Cosmic Ray’s. There aren’t too many good sit down options in MK unless you’re doing character dining. Hit Fantasyland first thing because it gets the most crowded. Utilize fastpasses to be sure you get on all the popular attractions without spending hours waiting in line. Map out ahead of time everything you want to see and try to do them in order do you’re not cris-crossing across the park. Thats all I can think of for now, these parks are definitely not designed to be seen in one day, so make a plan and have fun!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

Disboards.com is a great planning site. They have everything you could ever need-reviews on food, ways to pack the most in to your day, ways to save money-everything. I completely ditto the app that tells you how longs wait lines are. If you are going in June you will definately need to utilize fast passes if you want to ride on all of the rides.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@HappilyEverAfter54:  The best way to meet characters is through character dining and/or meeting them at the Town Hall. In MK the only characeter dining options are a  Cinderella’s Castle (Fairy Godmother and Princesses, order off a menu) or Crystal Palace (Pooh Bear and friends, buffet) or you can take the monorail over to the Contemporary resort and have a late breakfast buffet with Chef Mickey and friends.

You can Fastpass Mickey and Minnie in Town Hall, and I think you can also use it for Princesses. You can technically only have one fastpass at a time, except for Mickey–you can have that one, plus one other.

All of the above is true, unless your last name is Gosselin though, then you get a private meeting in the garden. I’m still trying to figure out how much a perk like this is for a normal person.

 ETA: I’d also check CruiseCritic. There’s a lot of good info on the Carnival boards and some threads about Disney.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

There’s really only 1 water ride at MK, Splash Mountain. You don’t get very wet, but it’s a fun attraction. Rides that should not be missed and are slower/less intense: Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters, and the cute Fantasyland rides. The popular but faster rides are Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@soinlove22:  These–these are my favorite things to do in MK. Tomorrowland is kind of cool and i think Fast Track is in MK.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I read through some of these but not all, There is an app that has wait times for the rides . TOTALLY helped us on our last trip! It was very accurate for Disneyland. Im sure they have one for DW. And I totally agree the best way to get pics with the characters is doing a character b fast or dinner. these can book fast though! You must make reservations before you go. The lines to see characters and take pics is LONG! And the food at the dinner and b fast is really good!

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