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.
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