Disney EchoEar Regular
Joined: May 2003
||Posted: June 19, 2003 1:03 am/pm
Dori - You will have such a great time and you have come to a great place to find information. I hope more people will respond to help you out as well. I will try to answer some of your questions.
|1.) I plan on spending around $200 a day (not including hotel & tickets) Is this enough for a family of 4 (2 kids, 2 adults)?|
You should be fine. It is easy to spend way more but if your family is aware of what they should expect during the day you won't have any problems. For example, my 2 kids know that we stop at the grocery store to buy breakfast type stuff, water and snacks. On the trips where we did not have an add on package (such as the silver plan allowing for some meals to be already paid for), we would all have breakfast in the room. Breakfast would include things such as pop tarts, muffins, bagels, peanut butter & jelly sandwhiches, etc. We also would take water into the park so asking for drinks in the park was limited and we all shared it if we did buy something. If you plan on keeping things cold in your room without renting a fridge, get a cheap disposible cooler and fill it with ice. We also took snacks in the park so we did not spend money on that as well. Each trip, we plan where we want to eat out each day and price out our meals (menus on the web). I then subtract what that will cost from how much we want to spend on the day. Finally, the family shares how much is left. Everyone goes in with a clear picture of what we can afford.
|2.) We are staying at the All-Star Music, are there any restaurants near by that are reasonably priced? I am thinking of running out in the morning for breakfast each day. Is it worth it? Are they too far?|
I haven't stayed at the All-Stars yet. I know that there is a food court there and if I am correct, there should be a McDonald's nearby. I know that my family was always up early and wanted to get going. Having breakfast foods in our room helped us avoid running out to places.
|3.) I hear it rains for a short time each day (we are going around July 4th). How do you prepare for the rain and also the areas where the kids are going to get wet. Should I carry a backpack with sandals, rain gear etc.? Should I just get wet and let the kids get wet and get over it? What do you do?|
I bought rain ponchos at Wal-Mart ($1 each). They come in tiny little pouches (you can get them back into the pouch so don't throw it). We all wore sandles during the day. If it rained lightly, we all just got a little wet and it wasn't a big deal. If it rained hard, I would take out the 4 ponchos and we would put them on. We did find a small backpack which held our supplies each day.
|4.) I'm thinking of carrying a bag with drinks and snacks and possibly the rain gear from #3 above. Is this a good idea, should I rent a locker. How big are the lockers? Again what do you do?|
We never rented a locker. As I stated, we found a small backpack with a bunch of pockets and used that to hold ponchos, water, snacks, maps, diapers, wipes, etc. It did not bother us to carry it.
|5.) I have heard about e-days and early entry to parks on some days. Is there a way to get the schedule? Is it even a fact? I also would like a schedule for the shows and the parades, is this something that’s available?|
We used the early entry into the parks every day. If you are planning on using Disney buses, be sure to get to the bus stop 45 minutes before the early entry hour. Schedules for July are on the Disney web page. I usually use this site for hour information:Hours, Parade & Fireworks Schedule and Extra Magic Hour.
|6.) Do the Allstars have ice machines?|
Yes. There should be several throughout the resort.
|7.) I have a digital camera, is there somewhere where I can FTP my pictures to my server at home? Guess I am asking for some kind of Cyber Cafe. Or maybe the Picture shops in Disney have something I can do like burn a cd. I have 2 128MB chips but I'm afraid it may not be enough.|
I don't really know the answer to this. However, I brought my computer with so that I could download my photos each day. One of my good friends purchased additional memory cards for her camera because it was cheaper and easier than trying to find some sort of Cyber Cafe (this is what she said). I am not sure of the costs but bringing my computer with is always easiest for me (unless you don't have a laptop! ).
I think that about covers what I can help you with! Hopefully others will be able to give you more insight and fill in the things I don't have a clue on!
Have a super trip!
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