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    Animal Kingdom!

    by eugini2001 Written Feb 2, 2007
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    Favorite thing: My favorite things are shows; I don’t go to parks for roller coasters only.
    I just love their shows all of them: they are interesting, short and funny. Festivals of the Lion King-live performance and 3D theaters are something really worth to watch, don’t miss parade it’s the best at the animal kingdom as I think!
    Kids have a lot of things to do too. My child was a researcher, identifying whose sound it is –she enjoyed it I bet. She was delighted to meet a naked mole rat there (famous pet from Kim Possible) .Little “pet and brush an animal” spot is the reason you cannot move on, since children think that’s what exactly they are here for!
    And just look around, look at these bird on the trees in my picture I think it’s millions of them.
    Kilimanjaro safari is another fun you cannot miss-we even bought safari outfit to fit the scenery.

    Fondest memory: It’s always a pleasure to meet your favorite character, you feel something special. If you love animals, can relax and enjoy the ride and know how to have fun it’s a double fun and enjoyable thing to visit a place like this one.I love the places that are family friendly and this one is a special one!

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    VIP Escorted Disney Tours

    by Dean2006 Written Jan 16, 2007

    Favorite thing: If you really want to get the most out of your Disney vacation, you can use a personal guide for your trip. Disney provides this VIP service (for a fee) where you basically have a personal guide to all the attractions. They know how to use the fast pass system, which rides to do first, make reservations at restaurants, arrange transportation, etc. You can basically see much more in a shorter time frame with less time worrying about the mechanics of the trip. I used Michael's VIP serivice as they can provide a tour guide for Universal Studios and other non Disney attractions as well. I really recommend this service! It's worth the extra cost.

    I think arrangements for the VIP tour is made through the Disney Special Activities Office. Michaels' VIP tours web site is shown here:

    http://www.michaelsvips.com/

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    Purchasing tickets

    by Dabs Written Nov 18, 2006

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    Credit card booths at the Magic Kingdom

    Favorite thing: You can purchase tickets online for a slight extra cost for shipping and handling. I thought we could buy ours at our resort but they said for the one day tickets that they would just give us a voucher that we had to redeem. We kept seeing very long lines at the ticket booths at EPCOT and at the monorail transfer point so we waited until we got to the Magic Kingdom and I spotted a credit card purchase machine with no line right next to the Will Call which was also selling tickets. It was a bit later in the day though (around 11:30), it may be busier earlier in the day.

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    Fast Pass at DisneyWorld

    by Dabs Updated Nov 18, 2006

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    Favorite thing: One of the things I like best about DisneyWorld is the introduction of FastPass which saves an incredible amount of time that you would have spent standing in line doing something else. Only the popular rides with the longest lines utilize FastPass, they are marked in the Park map, you get the FastPass by inserting your admission ticket into the FastPass machine in front of the attraction. The return time window is marked at the entrance to the ride and on the FastPass ticket.

    We got a FastPass for Stitch's Great Escape (waste of time) first, our return window was about an hour later so we went off to go on something else while we were waiting for our slot. The FastPass line usually goes pretty quickly, certainly much quicker than standing in the general line.

    Fast Pass was even more valuable at EPCOT where there are fewer attractions and longer standby wait times. Get your FastPass for Soarin' or Test Track as soon as you get to the Park, Soarin' actually ran out of FastPass slots by midafternoon. And check the FastPass to see when you can get the next one, sometimes it is before your current slot if the wait times are several hours.

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    Disney websites

    by Dabs Written Nov 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: There are several unofficial websites devoted strictly to Disney Parks with tips on how to save money, how to beat the crowds, what rides to go on, advice on hotels, really any advice you could think to ask you will probably find on these websites and discussion boards. Here are three that I've found helpful:

    All Ears Net

    Dis Boards

    Mouse Savers

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    Best time to visit the rides

    by Dabs Written Nov 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: If you're not so excited about watching the parades or fireworks, this is an optimal time to go on rides because so many of the visitors are lined up on Main Street, even staking out spots well in advance.

    If you must eat at Disney, try going at slightly off times so you don't have to wait in too long of a line. We ate lunch around 3:00 and there was no wait at all.

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    Who said nothing in life is free?

    by Dabs Written Nov 15, 2006

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    Coca Cola products from around the world

    Favorite thing: I'm not sure if we would have found this without our excellent EPCOT guide Patty (hexepatty) but if you go to the Club Cool at EPCOT near Innoventions West, there are free samples of different Coca Cola products from Mozambique, Costa Rica, Italy, Germany, Japan, Israel, Mexico and China, you can try as many as you like. I think I tried all but the Japanese Vegitabeta which sounded dreadful and Mexico which was out of order.

    Club Cool isn't even listed in the EPCOT brochure, is this supposed to be a secret?

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    Free things to do at Walt Disney World

    by TheTravelSlut Written Jul 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I can't think of one thing--only many things to do here and I wrote a few down:

    Go to the Contemporary Resort and to the California Grill on the 14th floor about a half hour before the fireworks start at Magic Kingdom. You have to go to either the 2nd or the 4th floor to catch an express elevator to the restaurant. Tell the check-in desk that you don’t have reservations but are going to the California Grill for drinks (you really don’t have to buy any) and to watch the fireworks. This is the tallest building in Disney and they have large windows and also two outdoor viewing walkways --- one on each side of the restaurant) that overlook a vast area. You can view the fireworks over the Magic Kingdom – for free-- and actually have a more unique view than many of the people inside the park! You don’t even have to buy anything at the California Grill although their martinis are quite nice.

    Go to the Wilderness Lodge – check out the lobby – they usually have a wonderful gingerbread house collection during the holidays. Then go outside – to the pool area, and follow the sidewalk down to the geyser area

    Downtown Disney is free as well as Pleasure Island now. Park at one end of the parking lot) and walk all of the shops. There is a Lego store that has an outside play area with tables & chairs and all sorts of legos that the children can just play with as long as they want. The stores are awesome – all child friendly – toys, candy and clothes.

    All of Disney’s Resorts will be decorated for the seasonal Christmas-time holidays, so resort-hop just to look at the beautiful special themed decorations. Just visiting the grand lobbies and their gift shops can be sensory overload for the children.

    Just about anyplace near a theme park or Downtown Disney will provide nice viewing of fireworks displays at night.

    If you are at WDW during January, you can watch the annual Disney marathon like I did this year for friends from England who asked that I take a “Flat Stanley” with me.

    Fondest memory: Going to WDW takes you away from the "real" world--even if it is for a short time and it takes you into a world of wonder, a world of fun, and a world of imagination & dreams. One thing I do enjoy is the monorail for a great overview of part of WDW.

    You don’t have to stay on property to be able to take the Disney transportation system (most people don’t know this). You can ride the boats, monorail, buses etc. but have to access this free transportation from a Disney resort. Every Disney resort has a gatehouse with security as a security precaution. Just tell the guard that you are “meeting friends” inside, checking out the resort for future stays or are going to eat at one of the resort restaurants. They will jask for picture ID (driver’s license) – just show it --and then drive inside to the self-parking area.

    The monorail also goes right thru the lobby (on the 4th floor) of the Contemporary Resort. Stand in line, then get on the monorail and ride it around to two other resorts – The Grand Floridian and Polynesian Village - getting on & off – to go inside each of those resorts to see their Christmas decorations during the holidays. Kids will think it’s an “adventure” just to take the monorail ride & it’s free!

    Also, you can ride the monorail to the stop at Epcot Center. It runs above parts of Epcot so you can see how large Epcot & the World Showcase really are. To get to Epcot from the Contemporary resort monorail station you need to ride the monorail to the monorail transportation center (on the way to Polynesian and Grand Floridian resorts). You will need to disembark and then board the monorail that only goes to Epcot

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    First Timers? I'll give u heads up on what 2 avoid

    by nick723 Written Jul 4, 2006

    Favorite thing: Ok went visiting disney thier's a few things to remember. first if you travel thier in july months antisapate larger crows! gentrally diseny is very crowed year round, but in summer months are thier peak season, so expect to pay more in gentral! also don't fight the crowed work around it plan your day with an itinary, but be flexable with it! make dinnind resvations to eat so you don't have long waits in lines at meal times. go the opsite way of the crow like for example WDW magic Kingdom park all the crown seems to head to adventureland first then work thier wat around the park in a clockwise circle. try taking your'e family on a counter clockwise circle around the park! use the fast pass system! what's a fastpass?! well fastpass is a electronic ticket system which gives you a ride time for select attractions so you can get back in line at apionted time on the fastpass ticket and have little or no wait to get on the ride! stay disney by that i mean stay no the resort property thiers perks you get by staying with disney like early amission to theme parks and some nights after closeing disney guest get an extra hour. also free suddle busses and other trans are comptele free to disney guest! so take some of these tips to heart when you visit this world famous family vacation desanation!

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    Animal Kingdom Map

    by Samscalling Written Jun 9, 2006

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    Animal Kingdom

    Favorite thing: 1. Affection Section
    2. Conservation Station
    3. Discovery Island Trails
    4. Habitat Habit!
    5. Maharajah Jungle Trek
    6. Pangani Forest Exploration Trail
    7. The Oasis Exhibit
    8. Dino-Sue
    9. Fossil Fun Games
    10. Kids Discover Clubs
    11. The Boneyard
    12. TriceraTop Spin
    13. Wildlife Express Train
    14. DINOSAUR
    15. It’s Tough to be a Bug!
    16. Kali River Rapids
    17. Kilimanjaro Safaris
    18. Primeval Whirl!
    19. Festival of the Lion King
    20. Flights of Wonder
    21. Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade
    22. Pocohantas and Her Forest
    23. Tarzan™ Rocks!
    24. Camp Minnie-Mickey Greeting Trails
    25. Lucky the Dinosaur
    26. Cretaceous Trail
    27. The Tree of Life

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    MGM Studios Map

    by Samscalling Written Jun 9, 2006

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    MGM

    Favorite thing: 1. Al’s Toy Barn
    2. Disney Stars and Cars Motor Parade
    3. Mickey Avenue Character Greetings
    4. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
    5. Star Tours
    6. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
    7. Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour
    8 Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage
    9. Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular!
    10.Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme
    11.Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage!
    12. Voyage of the Little Mermaid
    13. Who Wants to be a Millionare- Play It!
    14. “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”- Movie Set
    15. Fantasmic!
    16. Hall of Fame Plaza
    17. Jim Henson’s Muppet Vision 3-D
    18. SOUNDS DANGEROUS
    19. The American Film Institute Showcase
    20. The Great Movie Ride
    21. The Magic of Disney Animation
    22. Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream

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    EPCOT Map

    by Samscalling Written Jun 9, 2006

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    EPCOT

    Favorite thing: 1. Character Greetings Around the Park
    2. Disney Characters on Holiday
    3. Turtle Talk with Crush
    4. Mission: SPACE
    5. Soarin’
    6. Test Track
    7. “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience”
    8. Body Wars
    9. Maelstrom
    10.Journey Into Imagination with Figment
    11. Kidcot Fun Stops
    12. Spaceship Earth
    13. The Living Seas
    14. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
    15. Circle of Life
    16. Cranium Command
    17. El Rio del Tiempo
    18. Ellen’s Energy Adventure
    19. Imageworks - The Kodak “What If” Labs
    20. Impressions de France
    21. Innoventions
    22. Leave A Legacy
    23. Living with the Land
    24. Mission: SPACE Advanced Training Lab
    25. O Canada!
    26. Reflections of China
    27. The American Adventure
    28 The Making of Me

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    Magic Kingdom Map

    by Samscalling Written Jun 9, 2006

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    Map

    Favorite thing: 1. Ariel’s Grotto
    2. Judge’s Tent
    3. Storytime with Belle
    4. Toontown Hall of Fame
    5. Space Mountain
    6. Splash Mountain
    7. Astro Orbiter
    8. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    9. Mad Tea Party
    10.Pirates of the Caribbean
    11. Snow White’s Scary Adventure
    12 Stitch’s Great Escape!
    13.Barnstormer
    14.Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
    15. “it’s a small world”
    16. Buzz Lightyear
    17. Cinderella’s Golden Carousel
    18. Country Bear Jamboree
    19. Donald’s Boat
    20. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    21. Mickey’s Country House
    22. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    23. Minnie’s Country House
    24. Peter Pan’s Flight
    25. The Enchanted Tiki Room
    26. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
    27. Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    28. Tomorrowland Transit Authority
    29. Cinderellabration
    30. Galaxy Palace Theater
    31. Share a Dream Come True Parade
    32. “SpectroMagic” Parade
    33. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular
    34. Cinderella Castle
    35. Jungle Cruise
    36. Liberty Square Riverboat
    37. Main Street Vehicles
    38. Swiss Family Treehouse
    39. The Hall of Presidents
    40. The Haunted Mansion
    41. The Timekeeper
    42. Tom Sawyer Island
    43. Walt Disney World Railroad
    44. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
    45. Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade

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    Epcot Center - Free Pop to cool down

    by pooster Written May 17, 2006
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    Favorite thing: Weather can get really hot in summer time and you can get very exhausted and dehydrated running between rides. Ice Station Cool is a very COOL place you should go to beat down the heat. It's located near innoventions. Through the ice tunnel ( with an average teimperateure of 0 degrees and constant snowfall) leads you to a International Tasting Station. You can sample 8 different soft drinks from around the world and it's FREE !!

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    parking pass

    by monorailgold Written Apr 29, 2006

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    Favorite thing: If you drive to wdw and park at the individual parks, remember that the parking ticket you buy can be used all day at all the parks. You dont have to pay to park in each park, you can use the same parking pass. Just take it with you.

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