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we’re going for our honeymoon on June 1st!!
Booked the plane ticket, booked Animal Kingdom Resort with the Arusha View, got 7 days park hopper… and now we just need to book for HARRY POTTER!!!! AAAAAAH!!!
So what do you all recommend we do???? we have annual passes for disneyland, but we have never been to disney world!!!!!!! I’m really looking forward to epcot.
Our flight leaves from CA at 7pm May 31st and will arrive at Orlando on June 1 at 5:30 am. We are leaving back to CA on June 7th, at 1:55.
How do you get to universal studios? do you book a shuttle with someone or rent a car?
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OMG you’re gonna have so much fun! Disney World is my absolute FAVORITE place.. We didn’t book it for our honeymoon though 🙁 We’ve been there so many times in the past few years, we wanted to do something different for the honeymoon, although some days I regret it! We had to take a cab from the Disney resorts to Universal/Seaworld. They’re not connected in any way so they don’t really promote eachother by offering shuttle services.
Epcot is my favorite though! Test Track, Soarin’, the countries…all must sees! Make sure when you go to Animal Kingdom, you go first thing in the morning and go STRAIGHT to the safari! All the animals are a lot more lively and awake. Mid-day you get lucky to see some moving around, but mostly they’re all asleep at that point.
I LOVE downtown disney! We go there every night we’re there. It’s just a nice way to walk around and shop a little, relax, etc. If you like crab or steak, Fulton’s is amazing! It’s pretty expensive, but worth it in my opinion. It’s a huge restaurant in downtown disney shaped like a river boat. You can’t miss it.
How long are you going for? I’m so jealous, i’m getting so excited just talking about it!
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@lindz629: thanks! we’re staying for 7 days.
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Oh my gosh, you’re going to have a wonderful time! I see you have annual passes for Disneyland so I won’t blather on at you about Extra Magic Hours and ADR’s.
Animal Kingdom Lodge is so gorgeous and romantic, it’s a great honeymoon spot. The first time I was ever there I could have sworn I was no longer in Florida. I was sitting with my DS (who was about 6 at the time) on one of the terraces at night and he said, “Oh Mommy, look! Long neck!” I turned to look at where he was pointing and a giraffe comes strolling by about 20 feet from us. It was amazing. I didn’t want to leave. The buffet restaurant Boma is one of my favorites – the food is just awesome. It’s not the ordinary stuff but it’s not too out there either.
Epcot is fantastic. Fair warning – fast passes for Soarin’ go like hot cakes! Illuminations is my favorite fireworks show and Fantasmic is also very good but get there early! Like 1.5 – 2 hours ahead. Also, it’s not done every night so check the daily schedules for when its on. Be brave and do Tower of Terror. I’m not a fan of drop rides but the theming is just so good and the CM’s are a hoot. Plus, it makes my Fiance laugh like crazy to see me get all worked up. Star Tours should have the new ride open by the time you’re there as well.
Magic Kingdom….ah…my first love. It’s similar enough to Disneyland that you’ll feel at home but different enough to be fun. Take your time, have fun, wear the Mickey bride and groom ears!
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Yay for disney world, we share the same wedding/honeymoon month but will be missing eachother by a few days! We are going on the 23rd for our honeymoon!! We are staying at “shades of green.” It’s a military friendly resort. We are doing the 4 day hopper but we are water park fanatics. Do you have to “book” for HP? I was under the impression you could buy tix at the gate. Hope you have fun!!!
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@hcantrell0302: You’re correct – you can buy tickets at the gate. You may want to check into pre-purchasing your Universal tickets since I think you get small discount for online pre-purchase.
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How exciting! I love that you chose to stay at the Animal Kingdom resort. That would be my ultimate first choice of any of their resorts.
Animal Kingdom is awesome – I agree with lindz629 – the day you go there, get there as early as you can and make a beeline back to the safari ride. The earlier you ride the better! If you are a roller coaster fan I cannot recommend Expedition Everest enough. It combines all the great disney magic with a sweet roller coaster. It’s nothing too extreme, but certainly among the biggest/fastest/most extreme of the Disney coasters. I haven’t spent tons of time at Animal Kingdom because when I’ve gone I usually end up splitting a day between Animal Kingdom and the Studios.
Epcot does seem to have the most fun for adults – Soarin’ was a surprisingly fun ride and Test Track is great as well. Take advantage of the single rider line if you don’t mind being apart from your sweetie. it really helps get you through those lines at record speed. I really liked Mission to Mars but the centerfuge can be a bit much for people who don’t like “big” rides. Take advantage of the adult beverages at Epcot as well. Are you getting the meal plan while you are there? Epcot is a great way to take advantage of this – my family and I had lunch one day at the French restaurant and we were all blown away by the amount of food included in the meal plan.
At the Studios you can’t miss Tower of Terror, the Aerosmith roller coaster and my personal all time favorite, Muppetvision 3D.
Take advantage of the FastPass system and single rider lines whenever you can. They really work well.
I’ve not been to Universal Studios, but I heard from a friend that the Harry Potter world was amazing and absolutely worth any ridiculous wait times you may encounter.
Have a blast! I am so stinkin’ jealous! 🙂
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@hcantrell0302: no you don’t have to book. you can get tickets at the gate, but i think if u purchase in advance its a few $ cheaper. undercover tourist has some great deals! http://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/attractions/tickets.html if you haven’t gotten ur disney tickets, i got mine at travelocity. buy 3 days get 4 more free. it came out to 592 for 2 tickets. they have a deal too for the waterparks… just a few more $
@Ms. Pink Scrubs: thanks for the suggestions. we loooooove tower of terror. lol we go on that every time we go to california adventure, at least twice each time.
Post # 11
We’re going around the same time you are! June 5th – 12th!
Post # 12
@MrsPinkPeony: yaaaaay!! where are you guys staying?
Post # 13
I LOVE DisneyWorld! I’ve only been once, but it was the first trip I ever took with Fiance so it has an extra special place in my heart. My one peice of advice – we planned for 2 days in the Magic Kingdom and Epcot and 1 day for the other parks. It was definitely worth it to spend 2 days in Epcot (it’s so big!) but we were seriously bored during our second MK day and left early. We also got burned out on going to parks and did some “half days” – spent the morning at Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon and the evening at Downtown Disney or the Boardwalk. That really broke up the pace of the trip and saved our sanity!
Oh, and Animal Kingdom was one of my favorite parks! Get there early and ride the Expedition Everest. We did the Safari later in the day and it wasn’t too bad – but that was probably because there was a HUGE rainstorm that cleared out the park around 3 and we stuck it out.
Also, some of the parks let you in an hour early when you stay in the resort – they’ll give you a schedule when you check in. It’s worth rearranging your schedule to go to those parks for the extra hour, there are hardly any lines!
Finally, if you liek Star Wars, June 3 to 5, 2011 is a Star Wars weekend at Hollywood Studios. Details on their site.
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@spoonoutmyheart: I don’t remember the name, LOL. It’s not on property but its walking distance to Epcot. I was very spoiled growing up so this is the first time I won’t be staying on property which I’m a little nervous about…
We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in a Savanna room when it first opened in 2001, it was fantastic! I bet its only gotten better. It was so amazing to wake up and see animals right by the window!
The only thing we’ve planned so far is places to eat! LOL. We have a few dinner reservations already made for Cinderella Castle, Flying Fish, and an Italian and French restaurant in Epcot. Now that I’m older I’m all about the food! LOL.