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Posted: Aug. 21, 2003 11:13 am/pm Quote

First off, please excuse the length of this post and I apologize if I chose the wrong forum, but I had so many questions taht I couldn't decide where to stick this!

While vacationing in South Florida this upcoming Christmas/New Year's (visiting grandparents), my wife and I are planning a short excursion (2 nights) to WDW (Magic Kingdom) with our 2 year old and 3 year old sons.  The forum's expert feedback on my initial plans is greatly appreciated.

We are planning on driving up from Ft. Lauderdale on the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 1st and time our arrival at WDW sometime around check-in (3 pm).  1) Do you think that the crowds will thin out a little after Jan. 1st (beginning of value season) or because of the proximity to the weekend and considering that most schools don't resume classes until Jan. 5th that WDW will be just as crowded as Christmas week?

Accommodations - We want to balance the convenience of access to MK (afternoon nap/pool time/home base) with price, so we are considering the Contemporary resort (standard Wing room).  Both the Poly and the tower rooms at CR were a little pricey.  We're reserved at around $225 per night using a AAA-discount but it still seems a bit pricey.  2) Am I putting too much emphasis on monorail access (I don't really want to deal with a double stroller and a bus...of course we'll also have our car)?  3) Any suggestions on alternate resorts or ways to obtain a cheaper rate at CR are appreciated.

Theme Parks/Tickets - given my kids' young ages and since its their first trip to WDW, we thought about limiting our visit to MK only on Friday, Jan. 2nd.  We assume that we'll just buy tickets at the gate or at the hotel on check-in. 4) Thoughts on this strategy are appreciated.  5) Any suggestions for non-theme park activities on Saturday, Jan. 3rd (check-out day) are also welcome.  We thought about a water park (i.e., Blizzard Beach) but worry what it will be like without having a hotel room to go back to or maybe we should arrive early in the morning on Jan. 1st, drop our stuff off at the hotel and head straight to a water park for a fund mid-morning/afternoon day and return to hotel for check-in?  7) maybe we should do MGM (i.e., Playhouse Disney attractions) on the last day?

Dining - we definitely want to fit in at least one charachter meal into our schedule if not more.  We were thinking of doing Chef Mickey's at CR for dinner on our arrival night (using PS 90 days out if we get a reservation) and then maybe Cinderella's Round Table at MK for breakfast or Crystal Palace.  I'm thinking that it would be better to do Chef Mickey's for dinner instead of breakfast so as to not delay our arrival at MK in the morning.  Maybe California Grill for dinner (a different fireworks experience) on the second night. 6) Comments on our plans as well as strategies and tips on using PS are appreciated.

7) Am I leaving anything out?  This is a kids' vacation only and I want to make their first WDW experience enjoyable (if not memorable given their young age).  They are really good with crowds and generally good with lines, but I don't want to overwhelm them.


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Posted: Aug. 21, 2003 1:16 am/pm Quote

Hi!  When I took my two year old niece she loved the light parade and the Christmas parade at the Magic Kingdom.  Make sure that you catch one of the parades.  Her eyes were glued to the parade.  She was afraid of the characters until the very last day.  I just wanted to caution you to that possibility, because if that happens, I don't want you to feel disappointed.  Hopefully, yours will love the characters.  I enjoyed Chef Mickey's character meal, but I also liked the one in Animal Kingdom.  
My niece loved the rides in Fantasyland, Buzz Lightyear in Tomorrowland, and she really enjoyed seeing the castle.  I think you are making  a wise choice staying where there is a monorail.  I loved having the luxury of just jumping on the monorail after a tiring night in the park.  I think that you can get your room a little bit cheaper, and I am sure that people will give you some suggestions by posting how you should do this.  I personally like to try Mousesavers.  They often have some codes you can use, etc. to get cheaper prices. I hope you have a fantastic vacation.  My niece and nephew keep saying they want to go back to Disney World.  My nephew was five when he went, and we told him we will take him back when he is eight, and he replied how about when I'm seven.  
Take care.  I am sorry my response is so lengthy.

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Posted: Aug. 21, 2003 8:19 am/pm Quote

Hey, neither one of you have messages that are too lengthy! Don't worry about it!
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Posted: Aug. 21, 2003 11:16 am/pm Quote

3 and under get in free :D

There is also a wonderful service called Kids Nite Out (kidsniteout.com) ...they offer in room babysitting...great if you and the spouse want to go out after the kiddos go down for the evening.  It would be an addtional cost but might be worth it :D


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Posted: Aug. 22, 2003 9:10 am/pm Quote

Is it 3 and under get in free or under 3 get in free?

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Posted: Aug. 22, 2003 10:42 am/pm Quote

Quote (golfmaven @ Aug. 22, 2003 9:10 am/pm)
Is it 3 and under get in free or under 3 get in free?

I believe it is under 3 vs. 3 and under. So at least one of your children is free. We loved (still do) the convenience of the monorail resorts. Don't forget just riding the monorail is a great adventure for little children. Staying on the monorail and riding the loop and/or visiting the other resorts to see the holiday decorations is always fun.  You have many character choices - Crystal Palace is our favorite but don't forget 1900 Park Fare or Ohana. If you are primarily going to MK I think the MK hotels are your best bet. Have you considered WL? It's cheaper than monorail resorts however you will have a car so you do have some added flexibility. Granted the only way to MK is the boat - kids may like it. I've never stayed as it's not our type of theme but the rates are much lower there and you are in the MK area.   Re tickets - by prepurchasing would you get discounts by purchasing via disney online? We typically are there for longer and purchase 5 day or Annual Passes so I do not even know what the discounts are for less days. Since you are driving there is also another location on the highway - can't recall name. Are you planning to come back anytime soon? LOS passes (purchased from hotel) expire when you leave.  Your trip reminds me of our first family trip to the world and we had a wonderful time. Enjoy your planning and good luck!


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Posted: Aug. 23, 2003 1:47 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, WildforWDW!

Welcome to the Disney Echo! If you're really wild for Walt Disney World, you'll fit right in here.
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I see you've already picked out which Disney EchoEars style you like the best, but I'll go ahead and make it official here with your welcome gift:


Thanks for joining the fun!

And by the way, you're right: It is under 3 that get in free.
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Posted: Aug. 23, 2003 1:38 am/pm Quote

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We assume that we'll just buy tickets at the gate or at the hotel on check-in. 4) Thoughts on this strategy are appreciated


Do you know which type of tickets that you are going to purchase?  
By getting an Ultimate Park Hopper pass (also known as lenth of stay pass) you'll be able to park hop from the moment that you check-in until closing on your check-out day.  (A good deal if you do decide to go to MGM, or one of the water parks.)  If you purchase this before you check-in, you'll save about $10.00 per person.)

If you think that you might ever go back again, you could purchase a park hopper pass, which never expires, and use the left over days some other time.  If you go with this option,  you can purchase your tickets through AAA, or at your local Disney Store, if there's one near you.  Both offer a discount.  (There's also a discount if you purchase it online)

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We thought about a water park (i.e., Blizzard Beach) but worry what it will be like without having a hotel room to go back to or maybe we should arrive early in the morning on Jan. 1st, drop our stuff off at the hotel and head straight to a water park for a fund mid-morning/afternoon day and return to hotel for check-in?


I love this idea......we checked in one year, stored our bags and headed off to the Magic Kingdom.  When we got back to the hotel we checked at the desk and not only were our room keys activated, our luggage was already in the room waiting for us!  However, in January it may be a little too chilly to swim.  But, you never know!

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we definitely want to fit in at least one charachter meal into our schedule if not more.  We were thinking of doing Chef Mickey's at CR for dinner on our arrival night (using PS 90 days out if we get a reservation) and then maybe Cinderella's Round Table at MK for breakfast or Crystal Palace.


Chef Mickey's has a great lunch buffet also.  If you could make your ps for around 2:00, it's not as crowded which equals lots of extra character attentention.  If your sons like Pooh, and friends, I would suggest the Crystal Palace.  We had a light breakfast at our hotel and had ps for an early lunch.  This gave us some time in the park to do things before it started getting crowded, and kept us from having to fight the lunch mob because we had already eaten.


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Posted: Aug. 23, 2003 2:04 am/pm Quote

It is under 3 get in free (from the Disney web site):

Ticket Type   Price  

Single Day Theme Park Ticket (Ages 10 and Over)  
 $52.00  Purchase at any Theme Park or Resort.

Single Day Theme Park Ticket (Ages 3-9)  
 $42.00  Purchase at any Theme Park or Resort.

http://attractiontickets.tickets.com/buy/TicketTrans


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