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Posted: July 02, 2003 7:03 am/pm Quote

The tips that I thought about was what I do with my friends and coworkers who are going to WDW for the first or second time and they have different aged kids.  I tell them to make a list of MUST DO rides for each park for each age of kid.  For instance, for kids who are older you might list MK - Alien Encounter, Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, etc.  For the younger kids you might write MK - Buzz Lightyear, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, etc.  I tell them to do this for each park.  You can take the list with you into each park.  This way the kids can look for the most important rides first, then if time allows, they can go to other rides.  I would suggest checking off rides that are done or if they want to ride them again, leaving them without the check.  Sometimes the two lists intersect, so the whole family can do a ride together, but if the rides are very different, you can split up into two groups and meet back at a prearranged place.  My husband and I have done that a lot because our two kids are 7 years apart and have very different likes and dislikes.  Another option is to let each child choose one ride and rotate who goes where.  We've done this too.  In your case, I would split up some of the time and try the choice option at other times.

Another tip is to use the refillable mug.  It is so nice to come into your resort, fill up your mug and go to the room to rest at any time of day or night that you choose (as long as the restaurant is still open to refill the mug).  It's worth it just because of the convenience, let alone the savings on soda/pop. I have a teacher friend who went in February with her dance team and they have travel type mugs now that can be closed.  I'm glad they made this change because the other mugs had tops but a hole was still open for the straw.  With the new ones, you can open or close the holes.

Sherry / tcfdick
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Posted: July 02, 2003 7:47 am/pm Quote

Thanks for those tips, Sherry!  That was my basic strategy, how I started my planning.  I used what I knew the kids wanted to do at each park, combined with advice from my guide books and TourGuideMike to develop each park's itinerary.  Sometimes we'll split up, sometimes we'll be together.  I think arranging time for the youngest to be at Never Land or with the sitter will help, too, because then we can go at a faster pace or do some things, like Fantasmic, that are just not appropriate for him.  

I definitely had the refillable mug idea in mind, but don't know if we need to do that since we can go to the concierge lounge for beverages.  From what I understand you can get the mug at Captain Cook's at the Poly, and they are open all hours for refills.  I am such a huge diet Coke drinker, I may need the mug, too!  Plus, isn't it a nice souvenEAR!?!

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