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Posted: June 18, 2003 11:18 am/pm Quote

I want to make sure I have everything I need when I make my first trip to WDW. Can you guys help answer some of the following 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)?

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?

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?

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?

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?

6.) Do the Allstars have ice machines?

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 ask for much, do I?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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Posted: June 19, 2003 1:03 am/pm Quote

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. :)

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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6.) Do the Allstars have ice machines?


Yes.  There should be several throughout the resort.

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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! :laugh: ).  

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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Posted: June 19, 2003 1:41 am/pm Quote

Regarding your digital camera question:

I pulled this directly from http://wdwig.com

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There are two locations to have your digital pictures transferred from memory cards/sticks to disk. The shop in the Kodak-sponsored Journey Into Imagination Pavilion features a full-service photographic lab. Transferring up to 120 images to a disk costs $11.99 plus tax, and $5.99 plus tax for up to 120 additional images. Prints are $.69 each. (Prices subject to change.) You may also drop off your digital media for transfer at The Darkroom on Hollywood Boulevard at Disney-MGM Studios. The cards are sent to the lab at the Imagination Pavilion for transfer, and must be in by 12:00 noon. They are returned at 5:00 pm. Transfer only takes two hours if you go directly to the lab in Imagination.

Uploading to a computer for e-mailing may be available at the business centers of the resorts featuring convention and meeting space, such as the Yacht and Beach Clubs, the Swan and Dolphin, the Grand Floridian, Coronado Springs, or the Contemporary. Call the resorts' business centers before making the trek to make sure they have computers available for Guest use. You will need to bring your own card reader. There will be a per-hour charge for use of these computers, which can be expensive.


Hope this helps!  Enjoy your trip!


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Posted: June 19, 2003 6:19 am/pm Quote

Congrats on your trip.  You are going to have a great time!  I can't answer all of your questions, but I did stay at the All Stars last year, so I might be able to help there.  We stayed at the Movie hotel.  We ate in the food court every morning.  The mistake I made was thinking my kids would eat as much as they do at home.  The excitement combined with the early days made them eat much less in the morning.  I get sick everytime I think about how much food (money) we just threw away.  You know your kids, be realistic on how much they will actually eat and you'll be a lot better off.  We are going back in October, staying at Wilderness Lodge, and I have only planned breakfast for 2 days out of the 8 we will be there.  Most days I plan on providing something in the room for them.  I figure it will save time as well as money.  
I also saw you asked about early entry.  Magic Kingdom early entry days are Sunday and Thursday.  I don't know how old your kids are but it will probably be worth it to take advantage of at least the MK early entry.  I hope this helps.  Just remember, have fun and enjoy your family!  It'll be great!

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Posted: June 19, 2003 7:09 am/pm Quote

Wow you guys are awsome thanks for the advice! :bowdown:

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Posted: June 19, 2003 7:27 am/pm Quote

Early entry schedule:

I found this in my travels.  I believe it's still acurate, if not I'm sure someone will correct me.

Sunday - Magic Kingdom
Monday - Disney's Animal Kingdom
Tuesday - Disney-MGM Studios
Wednesday - Epcot
Thursday - Magic Kingdom
Friday - Disney's Animal Kingdom
Saturday - Disney-MGM Studios

Have a great trip !

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Posted: June 19, 2003 9:46 am/pm Quote

Hello,

  Thought I would chime in on a couple of the 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 able to do this.  We usually made a grocery stop on the way in and used that for breakfast and snacks.  Then a fastfood lunch and decent dinner.  Or sometimes a late breakfast and dinner.


>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?

  During the hot summer days the rain is actually quite nice, it breaks the humidity usually.  I usually just where sandels to the parks and take a poncho.  Then you can keep on going while others have to slow down.  I would recommend against umbrellas.  First off with the crowds they are a pain and secondly central Florida is the lighting strike capital of the US.




>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?

  Its a good idea to save some money.  Usually we just carry it.  Lockers are a nice idea, but when you want it your odds of being close are slim.  


>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?


  Disney has a schedule of events posted on their website.  Early entry is great if you get there early.  If you do not plan on being at the park during the first 30 minutes or so and come an hour or regular opening the park always feels more crowded to me and you may want to go somewhere else and be there for opening instead.

>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.

 Its really easy to fill up the memory cards.  I usually try to take a laptop to offload the pictrues.  There are a couple Disney places as mentioned in another reply.


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Posted: June 26, 2003 9:51 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Dori!

Welcome to the Disney Echo! I'm glad the EchoEars jumped in and helped you not only to answer your questions but to welcome you, too, while I was away on vacation. ( Where? At Disney World, of course! )
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I'm glad you found us and are asking for help with your first WDW trip. I'm so excited for you! Here's a mouse-eared Disney EchoEars "hat" for you to enjoy while you're here:


I hope I picked out one that fits ya!
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