If you have young kids you may want to familarize them with some of the Disney songs before visiting the park this will substantially add to their enjoyment.
A complete list is available at the following website but it is way too comprehensive: http://www.parktunes.com/resorts/2
Here is a list of Top Disney Songs - 37 minutes worth. I am not sure how many of these are played in the park
But this is my much shorter list of favorites the kids should know for the Magic Kingdom
Its a small world after all (Its a small world)
When you wish upon a star (Cinderella's Golden Carousel and Fantasyland castle)
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - The Official Album
Animal Kingdom - make sure they know
Tree of Life
You can rent a personal watercraft and explore the Village Lake. There are Sea Raycer's for one to two persons and can be rented for 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Driver must be 18 or over and have valid driver's license.
For Magic Kingdom fireworks, there's a restaurant on top of the Contemporary Hotel, I just don't know it's name at this moment...
Hard to view fireworks completely from the street as Disney intentionally does not fire them too high. Most I could see from Contemporary parking lot level is barely above the surrounding trees.
Epcot Center fireworks you can see a little better from Boardwalk Resort's boardwalk overpass across the water shuttle route to Epcot.
MGM studios has many things to do.. If you get the chance take the tram tour around the park, first thing is you will see almost all of it and second is your not walking....
Part of the tour takes you inside to some of the sound stages where they actually make movies ...
This was part of the set from 101 Dalmations, there was also Zena, Home Improvement and a few others...
A tropical paradise, Disney's Polynseian Resort offers an opportunity to spend time around koi ponds and white-sand lake beaches.
The Great Ceremonial House is built to resemble a royal Tahitian assembly lodge and houses the resort's main hotel where water cascades over volcanic rocks and coconut palms tower.
If you are resident at one of the other Disney Resorts, you can visit here and park for free!!
If you're staying at one resort, you can visit them all!! Disney's Wilderness Lodge is inspired by National Park lodges from the 1900s. The main resort hotel is built with a large waterfall to the rear and has authentic décor with genuine artefacts which pay homage to ancient Native American cultures and the pioneering spirit of early American explorers.
It has a wonderful 7-storey lobby which has a large fireplace. Within the grounds is a faux bubbling spring which flows into a creek and tumbles over a waterfall which empties into the swimming pool. Time your visit right and you can watch the eruption of Fire Rock Geyser which is fashioned after Yellowstone National Park's Old Faithful and has a plume of water which jets 120 feet into the air.
I am a Disney annual pass holder and recieved discount cards in the mail off the purchase of new Disney annual passes. They are good for 10% off the purchase of a new annual pass. Each card is good for six people and I have four of them. If anyone is intersted I would love to give them to people who could use them. Since they are only good for new passes not upgrades or renewals I can't do anything with them myself. I am in the Orlando area almost every weekend so we could meet at the park gates and these are totally free. I'm going to be there anyways and would just like to see someone get something out of them as it's a really good deal. If you live anywhere close to Disney in Florida, or sometimes even when you don't, you'll probably find yourself going to Disney three or four times a year anyways what with visiting relatives, birthdays and the like. Now that day passes have upped to $80 for a one day Florida resident pass these things pay for themselves. Plus they come with parking and other discounts. If anyone is interested just e-mail me through this site and we can set up a weekend, preferably soon as I think they run out in late July. Hope this helps somene, :).
Expedition Everest is the roller coaster in Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park. Although not a tall coaster, it is fast and has a lot of rapid movements, including a section where you go backwards. The roller coaster's theme is Mount Everest and the legendary Yeti (otherwise known as the Abominable Snowman), and the coaster actually snakes through and around a simulated Mount Everest. Mike and Anna loved it and rode it twice. Lisa had enough after one ride.
A fun thing for kids to do while at the Disney theme parks is to collect autographs from the various Disney characters. The human characters, such as the various princesses, will speak with the children while they are giving their autograph. The animal characters are silent. Our favorites were the Evil Stepsisters (they were telling jokes the whole time and were hilarious), Pocahontas, Jasmine, Mary Poppins, and Tinkerbell.
Beware that you will have to stand in lines for the most popular characters. The fairies had the longest line (90 minutes). Mickey Mouse and Snow White also had long lines.
Blizzard Beach is one of Disney's water parks. The park is supposed to look like a Ski Resort in the middle of Florida. There are more high speed plummets slides at this park compared to Typhoon Lagoon. Some of the big slides are: the Summit Plummet and the Slush Gusher. Liz would not go on the 120 foot Summit Plummet (the last time she rode this water slide she wound up at one of Orlando's medical centers....so I was totally understanding). The SLush Gusher is a fun slide but is quite bumpy and fast. Women are warned to hold onto their tops (many have benn pulled off from the force of the water). The Teamboat Springs rapids ride is fun; jump in and ride down. That was fun and no fear of losing a top. The Runoff rapids are fun as well as long as you don't get turned around. We wound up going backwards most of our ride which was quite scary for Liz since she can't swim.
Blizzard Beach is fun but I liked the laid back atmosphere of Typhoon Lagoon.
Typhoon Lagoon is one of the two Disney Waterparks. It has a tropical feel to the park with plenty of greenery and trees. The main attraction of the park is the Surf Pol. It's very large and a big wave is generated every 90 seconds. The wave is very gentle at the shallow end but more intense as you get deeper in the water. They have a bunch of tube rides and slides : Keelhaul Falls, Gang Plank Falls, Humunga-Kowabunga and Crush n Gusher. There is also a Shark reef experience where you can snorkel in the pool and watch the creatures of the tank (if you want a linger 30 minute experience than there is an additional $20 fee).
Our favorite part of Typhoon Lagoon is Castaway Creek. Grab an inner tube for one or two people and hop on in the lazy river. There are many entrance and exit points along the river to hop in or out of the water. It was so relaxing to lay in the tube and float down the river while passing some nice trees and flowers. It wasn't very crowded that day since it was a weekday and at one pont we were the only people in that section of the river. Time seemed to stand still while we floated that we didn't realize we were in the river for over an hour and quite pruned from the water.
Locker rentals are available at the park at the High 'n Dry Towels. It is $5 for a small size and $7 for a larger size. $2 is refunded when you turn your key back in. We took a small locker since we didn't bring much except a wallet, towels and our park passes. If you forget to bring a towel, you can rent one for $2.
Downtown Disney is full of restaurants, entertainment and shopping. There are some chain restaurants such as the Rainforest Cafe and Planet Hollywood as well as other options like Raglan Road and Portobello Yacht Club. They have some really fun stores ike the Lego store and the Disney Christmas store.
We spent some serious time here shopping, dining and having a great time.
Cinderella's Castle is the focal point of the Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney was inspired by several French castles as well as Neuschwanstein Castle. The castle is quite nice to look at and inspires all sorts of reactions from kids and adults alike.
Inside the Castle is Cinderella's Royal Table; a nice table service restaurant, the Cinderlla Suite at the top of the castle (if you can afford it), a gift shop and some very pretty Mosaics depicting the Cinderella story.
Th castle is the focal point for the night time fireworks show when the castle comes alive with beautiful lighting.
This was the busiest theme park in terms of number of people. As with Disney it is more aimed at the kids in the family and so we were struggling on that count as there were 6 adults and no kids. The place is well worth going to see even if you haven't got any kids in tow. Disney parks are spectacular and everything in them is there for a reason and has some Disney design feature.
Fastpass is a good idea
A good tip would be to use the fastpass as soon as you get into the park. This takes a little bit of forward planning but its not too difficult. For example most people head for Space Mountain first and queue for hours. This is where you get you fastpass for which is timed for a couple of hours later. The you head off to a another attraction and wait fir the time of the fastpass to arrive. It certainly helps in the wait in the queue.
Rides that we had a go at included
Space Mountain, which is an indoor rollercoaster. This was the best ride in the park.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - A gentle roller coaster for the kids and ladies of the group.
Swiss Family Treehouse not really a ride more of a walk up and a round a big tree.
Splash Mountain a gentle log ride in the world of Brer Rabbit.
We also had a go at Buzz lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, which is where you try and help Buzz zap the bad guys. The info could have been a bit better at the beginning as who knows what was going on with the scoring. Great fun though and a good tip would be to zap anything and everything that moves!
We also took in Monster, Inc Laugh Floor which was funny, but not that funny.
Best small ride had to be the Mad Tea Party. This where you get into Alice's tea cup and spin it so fast that the outside world becomes a blur!
I finished off the day as the others were shopping with The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square. Educational if rather freaky at times!
Food wise, I did like the hot dogs at Casey's Corner and the Citrus Swirl cups were excellent
This was one of the most fun things we did during our trip to Hollywood Studios. The wait online totally sucked, nearly 2 hours, but the kids were real troopers. Disney did a great job at giving those waiting online lots to look at. The ceilings are made up like board games (checkers, scrabble, chutes and ladders, candy land) and the walls are decorated with giant versions of childhood favorites (jax, paints, monkeys in a barrel). There is a human size version of Mr. Potato Head that sings and tells jokes. I recommend that park goers use the fast pass option on this ride.
Once you finally get to board the car for this ride you are in for a treat. Basically its a giant target. The car has a paint ball gun at the front of each seat. To fire the balls you fill the string. I learned real quick that you don't have to let go of the stupid string and that you can pull that string as fast as you can to fire the balls like wild fire. The object is to get the highest score by hitting as many of the targets as humanly possible. Richie and I kept yelling out our scores to each other in between scenes. I still say he only beat me cause it took me 2 screens to figure out the stupid string thing. The boys had loads of fun playing this and were eager to wait another 2 hours to ride it again.