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    What is your favorite thing to do while visiting Walt Disney World Resort?

    I've been to Disney many many times. My favorite thing to do at WDW would probably be the night time shows. What's yours?

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    I've also been many many times and am an annual passholder, so I obviously have a lot of favorite things there that keep bringing me back. But if I had to choose just one favorite thing to do while I'm there it would have to be the backstage tours. I've taken a few now and each one has been a very unique experience with a great mix of practical discussion of how Disney World "makes magic" with history and anecdotes about the company itself.

    Most recently, I was there for the Flower & Garden Festival and took the festival-exclusive horticulture tour, as well as the always-available tour of The Land greenhouses. Both were absolutely wonderful experiences. I learned a lot, got to take some amazing photos, and had a really great time.

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    My favorite thing to do in Walt Disney World!

    Hello!

    I got very excited when I saw this post because I am trying to convince my husband (whom has never been to Disney) that we need to start saving our pennies so we can take our son there next summer! So, thinking about my favorite things to do is good motivation to stay on track!

    My mom is a big Disney fan and I was able to travel to Disney seven times by the time I was in high school. However, I haven't been back since and now I really want to take my family! I have many favorite places to eat, rides to ride and things to see so it's hard to just narrow it down to one.

    However, if I had to narrow it down to just one thing I would pick seeing the parades and fireworks. Okay, that's two things, but it's shorter than my first list. As a child, I remember watching the parades and being awestruck. The music, costumes and dancing made me energized and so happy. When I was a pre-teen, I actually had the chance to dance down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom through a national dance program that I was chosen for. That is a memory I will never ever forget. I actually cried during my first few steps down the street. Growing up, I had seen all the "big girl" performers having so much fun and it now it was my turn! I love how cheesy and entertaining the parades are. The costumes are so detailed and I give the people who have to be the characters a lot of props, those full body suits must be so hot! I just can't wait to get my son there.

    The fireworks happen every night, which is pretty impressive in and of itself. I know Disney charges an arm and a leg for admission, but just think of the cost of those nightly sky shows! I enjoy seeing the fireworks at Magic Kingdom and think it's magical how Tinkerbell flies through the air at their beginning. When I was there in 2008, they had a beautiful show with a song playing about wishes in the background. I teared up as I thought about all my personal wishes and how one of them, going to Disney World, was again fulfilled. I was a very lucky child!

    Now I'm looking forward to getting my family there...hopefully soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriebintz View Post
    Hello!

    I got very excited when I saw this post because I am trying to convince my husband (whom has never been to Disney) that we need to start saving our pennies so we can take our son there next summer! So, thinking about my favorite things to do is good motivation to stay on track!
    Aww, the first trip as a parent is so special! How old is your son?

    I didn't really "get" Disney until I took my own kids. I never went as a young child and when my mom could finally afford to take us my brother and I were both teenagers and way "too cool" to admit we loved it. But ever since I took my kids for the first time I've been totally hooked. I was there in March and April this year, and my next trip is in December to take my 5 year old to see the Christmas lights.

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    My son will be turning five in January - oh how the time flies!

    Wow you must live closer than I do to visit that often, I'm jealous! The airfare is what totally stops us from going sooner- I can't believe how expensive it's gotten to fly. Even as a teenager I absolutely loved Disney World, but I think that was due to my experiences there as a child.


    I've only gotten to travel there during summer, I've never been there during a holiday season. I heard that their Halloween celebration is pretty awesome! I bet your son will love to see the Christmas lights, do they decorate the castle up with lights? I'll never forget when I was a child and the castle was decorated as a cake once for one of their anniversaries!

    My aunt and her children just moved down to from Wisconsin to Florida in June and this is the first Christmas we will celebrate without them. I think she is planning on taking her kids to Disney for Christmas, though. Although I'm going to miss them around the holiday time, I'm sure they will be amazed with how festive the parks are! Maybe someday we will travel down to them for Christmas and then we could stop by Disney during the Holidays too. I would really like to see it (and experience a Christmas Eve with palm trees)! The other nice thing about having family close to Orlando is that we have a free place to stay whenever we desire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriebintz View Post
    My son will be turning five in January - oh how the time flies!

    Wow you must live closer than I do to visit that often, I'm jealous! The airfare is what totally stops us from going sooner- I can't believe how expensive it's gotten to fly. Even as a teenager I absolutely loved Disney World, but I think that was due to my experiences there as a child.


    I've only gotten to travel there during summer, I've never been there during a holiday season. I heard that their Halloween celebration is pretty awesome! I bet your son will love to see the Christmas lights, do they decorate the castle up with lights? I'll never forget when I was a child and the castle was decorated as a cake once for one of their anniversaries!

    My aunt and her children just moved down to from Wisconsin to Florida in June and this is the first Christmas we will celebrate without them. I think she is planning on taking her kids to Disney for Christmas, though. Although I'm going to miss them around the holiday time, I'm sure they will be amazed with how festive the parks are! Maybe someday we will travel down to them for Christmas and then we could stop by Disney during the Holidays too. I would really like to see it (and experience a Christmas Eve with palm trees)! The other nice thing about having family close to Orlando is that we have a free place to stay whenever we desire.
    My youngest just turned 5 yesterday, and it is a great age for Disney World - tall enough for almost all of the rides, young enough to still believe in the magic of meeting cartoon characters. We went just before Christmas a few years back and the decorations are really something to see, especially the "ice" lights on the castle and the Osbourne lights at Studios. My daughter was only 16mo on that trip and she loved every minute, but I think she'll like it even better this year. We were there for the Halloween parties once too, back in '05, but didn't enjoy that as much as we did the Christmas decor and party.

    I don't actually live close at all. I'm from the Detroit area. But airfare from Detroit to Orlando is cheap if you can be flexible with your travel dates - I usually pay right around $200 round trip.

    We drove once, this past March, and will be driving again in February, but it doesn't save us much to do it that way. If we're driving it is because we're combining Disney with other parts of Florida; my older daughter plans a career in marine biology/conservation so some of our trips have included side trips to state parks and other protected wetlands. In March we were out kayaking with manatees smack in the middle of the most absurd cold snap; it was colder in Florida than back home on the day we were out on the river. So we're going back for a do-over this coming winter - a Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast nature trip, with a couple days at Disney in the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cammie27 View Post
    My youngest just turned 5 yesterday, and it is a great age for Disney World - tall enough for almost all of the rides, young enough to still believe in the magic of meeting cartoon characters. We went just before Christmas a few years back and the decorations are really something to see, especially the "ice" lights on the castle and the Osbourne lights at Studios. My daughter was only 16mo on that trip and she loved every minute, but I think she'll like it even better this year. We were there for the Halloween parties once too, back in '05, but didn't enjoy that as much as we did the Christmas decor and party.

    I don't actually live close at all. I'm from the Detroit area. But airfare from Detroit to Orlando is cheap if you can be flexible with your travel dates - I usually pay right around $200 round trip.

    We drove once, this past March, and will be driving again in February, but it doesn't save us much to do it that way. If we're driving it is because we're combining Disney with other parts of Florida; my older daughter plans a career in marine biology/conservation so some of our trips have included side trips to state parks and other protected wetlands. In March we were out kayaking with manatees smack in the middle of the most absurd cold snap; it was colder in Florida than back home on the day we were out on the river. So we're going back for a do-over this coming winter - a Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast nature trip, with a couple days at Disney in the middle.
    Wow, $200 round trip?! What airline do you take? Do you book online?

    We thought about driving too, but were wondering if it actually was worth the hassle. We've never taken a major road trip like that and I'd be a little nervous to drive through the big cities to get there. Thankfully we both have a GPS on our phones so maybe we could detour and not get too off track!

    Wow, kayaking with manatees sounds like an amazing experience. That reminds me, have you done Animal Kingdom at Disney? It didn't exist when I was little and when it was built, we only had time to stop at the other three parks (or at least that's what my mom chose). Should I consider it for our future trip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriebintz View Post
    Wow, $200 round trip?! What airline do you take? Do you book online?

    We thought about driving too, but were wondering if it actually was worth the hassle. We've never taken a major road trip like that and I'd be a little nervous to drive through the big cities to get there. Thankfully we both have a GPS on our phones so maybe we could detour and not get too off track!

    Wow, kayaking with manatees sounds like an amazing experience. That reminds me, have you done Animal Kingdom at Disney? It didn't exist when I was little and when it was built, we only had time to stop at the other three parks (or at least that's what my mom chose). Should I consider it for our future trip?
    The airline varies. The cheapest I ever got was $110 per person r/t on Spirit, but they charge for everything so it came out to more like $150 after bags and fees. Delta and Airtran both periodically run specials that bring fares down to around that $200 mark, and for December I'm booked to fly out of a smaller airport in Flint for $196 round trip on Southwest so I can even check bags. I usually pack carry-on only to avoid fees but if the checked bags are included I'll go that route instead. I don't mess around with stops or transfers either - I only look at non-stop fares because I hate connecting flights when I'm traveling with the kids.

    I was nervous about the drive the first time too, especially since my husband couldn't get away at the last minute so it ended up being just me and my girls. But it was a lot of fun. We stopped at every state's welcome center so the kids could pose for pictures and post them to Facebook, we got a little lost (stupid GPS sent me on some crazy route) once we got off I75 in Florida and got to see herds of deer and a bear crossing that (thankfully) didn't have any bear around. We found our way to some really fun off-the-beaten path places along the Gulf coast, had a sort of creepy bed-and-breakfast all to ourselves, and generally had quite the adventure. After having done it once, I knew we'd be doing it again soon.

    Animal Kingdom is definitely worth a stop. The safari is amazing, especially in the morning, the late evening, or on cooler days, and some of the animal exhibits on the walking trails rival any zoo. Be sure to check out the bats! The afternoon parade is really unique, with larger-than-life "puppet" animal floats, and the Lion King show is like Broadway meets Cirque du Soleil. There aren't a lot of rides there but the atmosphere, animals, and shows make it worth the day you'll spend there.

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    I love going to see the shows at Disney, bother the fireworks displays at night, and the smaller theatre shows during the day. I think I prefer the day ones just because the energy of the performers is amazing, to be able to do those shows several times a day. I went to see the Tarzan one twice last time I was there because I thought it was so incredible. I also really enjoyed the Beauty and the Beast show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjervey View Post
    I love going to see the shows at Disney, bother the fireworks displays at night, and the smaller theatre shows during the day. I think I prefer the day ones just because the energy of the performers is amazing, to be able to do those shows several times a day. I went to see the Tarzan one twice last time I was there because I thought it was so incredible. I also really enjoyed the Beauty and the Beast show.
    I love the shows and it was my dream as a little girl to perform in a one. Maybe someday I'll still have the chance! I love the Beauty and the Beast show, that one has been running for a long time and is a classic. The costumes are exquisite and the choreography is very entertaining. Speaking of Beauty and the Beast, has anybody been to the new Fantasyland?

    I've never seen the Tarzan show, is it in Animal Kingdom?! I would be interested to see it especially since you liked it so much, mjervey!

    The Little Mermaid show is also a classic, I remember seeing that one as a child a few times. I like how they project things on the scrim in that show and how bubbles come down into the audience. I give those performers so much credit, doing those shows multiple times a day and still performing like it's new every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriebintz View Post
    I love the shows and it was my dream as a little girl to perform in a one. Maybe someday I'll still have the chance! I love the Beauty and the Beast show, that one has been running for a long time and is a classic. The costumes are exquisite and the choreography is very entertaining. Speaking of Beauty and the Beast, has anybody been to the new Fantasyland?

    I've never seen the Tarzan show, is it in Animal Kingdom?! I would be interested to see it especially since you liked it so much, mjervey!

    The Little Mermaid show is also a classic, I remember seeing that one as a child a few times. I like how they project things on the scrim in that show and how bubbles come down into the audience. I give those performers so much credit, doing those shows multiple times a day and still performing like it's new every time.
    The Beauty & the Beast show is my favorite of the daytime shows too. That's my favorite Disney movie and I loved the Broadway show too, so it is a must-see every time we're at WDW.

    New Fantasyland is impressive. The attention to detail is absolutely unbelievable. I haven't eaten in the Beast's castle yet because the lines are crazy at lunch and trying to get a dinner reservation is even worse, but just walking around the area is amazing. The circus area with the new Dumbo is really cool - there's an air conditioned playground now instead of waiting in line for Dumbo in the hot sun, and the Casey the Train splash pad is super-cute. And meeting the characters in their circus costumes is so much fun!

    The Tarzan show was retired a while back. They rebuilt the whole theatre and the current show there is Finding Nemo: The Musical. It is pretty cute, a larger-than-life puppet show retelling of the movie, but I can't compare it to Tarzan because I never saw that one.

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    The Beauty & the Beast show is my favorite of the daytime shows too. That's my favorite Disney movie and I loved the Broadway show too, so it is a must-see every time we're at WDW.

    New Fantasyland is impressive. The attention to detail is absolutely unbelievable. I haven't eaten in the Beast's castle yet because the lines are crazy at lunch and trying to get a dinner reservation is even worse, but just walking around the area is amazing. The circus area with the new Dumbo is really cool - there's an air conditioned playground now instead of waiting in line for Dumbo in the hot sun, and the Casey the Train splash pad is super-cute. And meeting the characters in their circus costumes is so much fun!

    The Tarzan show was retired a while back. They rebuilt the whole theatre and the current show there is Finding Nemo: The Musical. It is pretty cute, a larger-than-life puppet show retelling of the movie, but I can't compare it to Tarzan because I never saw that one.
    I saw Beauty and the Beast live on Broadway when I was around 9 years old. My mom bought us front row seats! Although it was magical at the time, I wish I could have waited to see my first Broadway shows until I was a bit older because I haven't been able to see one since and only have feint memories of the shows. Guess my husband will just have to take me back sometime soon

    I was beyond excited when I heard they were making a new Fantasyland. Did they have to take out any attractions to build the new one? Obviously the old Dumbo, but what about the Pooh and Snow White rides? Those were kind of around Dumbo, right?

    I would love to eat at the castle but I can imagine that it's a nightmare trying to get in. Do they have character meals there? Did I hear right that there are now two Dumbo rides within one area? That is such a good idea to have an air-conditioned play area. I remember learning a lot of "patience" as a child when at Disney World. Standing for hours and hours for one ride was crazy! At least they have Fast Passes now, those things rock!

    We will have to check out the Nemo show the next time we visit (hopefully next summer), it sounds really cute!

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    I saw Beauty and the Beast live on Broadway when I was around 9 years old. My mom bought us front row seats! Although it was magical at the time, I wish I could have waited to see my first Broadway shows until I was a bit older because I haven't been able to see one since and only have feint memories of the shows. Guess my husband will just have to take me back sometime soon

    I was beyond excited when I heard they were making a new Fantasyland. Did they have to take out any attractions to build the new one? Obviously the old Dumbo, but what about the Pooh and Snow White rides? Those were kind of around Dumbo, right?

    I would love to eat at the castle but I can imagine that it's a nightmare trying to get in. Do they have character meals there? Did I hear right that there are now two Dumbo rides within one area? That is such a good idea to have an air-conditioned play area. I remember learning a lot of "patience" as a child when at Disney World. Standing for hours and hours for one ride was crazy! At least they have Fast Passes now, those things rock!

    We will have to check out the Nemo show the next time we visit (hopefully next summer), it sounds really cute!
    Dumbo was moved to make room for the new Fantasyland attractions, but aside from the new circus tent waiting area the ride hasn't changed at all. There are just two of them now, off to the side in what used to be Toontown, instead of one right in the center of Fantasyland. Snow White was closed and is being renovated into a new meeting hall for the Princesses, but they're also adding a new Snow White ride in the middle of the area. Neither of those are finished yet, but I believe the completion date is early next year for both. Pooh is still there, and unchanged except for the addition of some activities to the queue to keep kids amused while they wait.

    Have you heard about the new Fastpass system they're working on? It isn't live yet but has been in testing this year, and it is pretty neat - instead of running to the ride to get a Fastpass, you can reserve a few per day from home before you leave for your trip and get additional ones while in the park using a smartphone app. My mother often joins us on our trips, and I know she's really going to appreciate less backtracking around to get and use our Fastpasses!

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    Pretty much anything related to Beauty and the Beast is up my alley, has always been my fave Disney movie. Would love to visit the new Fantasyland.

    Funny enough, I used to not enjoy Disney World. I think it was proximity, I lived less than an hour away and we'd take a lot of day trips to Disney and then drive back home in the evenings. After a while, I would say "no Disney, I'm over Disney!" But now that it's been a number of years, I'd like to go back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cammie27 View Post

    Have you heard about the new Fastpass system they're working on? It isn't live yet but has been in testing this year, and it is pretty neat - instead of running to the ride to get a Fastpass, you can reserve a few per day from home before you leave for your trip and get additional ones while in the park using a smartphone app. My mother often joins us on our trips, and I know she's really going to appreciate less backtracking around to get and use our Fastpasses!
    That new Fantasyland sounds so neat- I wonder if everything will be completed by next summer for our trip? It sounds like it should be, but sometimes I know they get held back a bit. I think our son would love the Winnie the Pooh ride and now that there are more things for him to do in line I bet it would be a big hit. Are they adding stuff too all of the queue lines for rides? I think that would be a wise idea because I hated standing in line and only having those ropes or bars to stare at. I would always see little kids hanging on them or shaking the ropes, however my mom wouldn't allow me to mess with them! At least now there are smartphones to distract kids for the rides with the extremely long waits!

    I have not heard about the new Fastpass system but it sounds marvelous! I remember how annoying it was to backtrack and wait for your ticket to be valid, but I loved being able to walk right onto the ride, though! An app sounds like a good solution, and a good way to plan out your day.

    Has anyone ever done the meal plan on their trip? I know you can add it to your reservation and are allotted so many meals and snacks a day for a set price?

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    Personally I like the parades each evening. Sitting on the sidewalk watching all the decorated floats with all the kids favorite Characters. What a great way to end the day. By then the kids are tired, but they leave the park in awe of the wonder of the day. That's my favorite part. If I ask the kids they may say something different, like meeting the characters, but I do know we all love the parade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriebintz View Post
    That new Fantasyland sounds so neat- I wonder if everything will be completed by next summer for our trip? It sounds like it should be, but sometimes I know they get held back a bit. I think our son would love the Winnie the Pooh ride and now that there are more things for him to do in line I bet it would be a big hit. Are they adding stuff too all of the queue lines for rides? I think that would be a wise idea because I hated standing in line and only having those ropes or bars to stare at. I would always see little kids hanging on them or shaking the ropes, however my mom wouldn't allow me to mess with them! At least now there are smartphones to distract kids for the rides with the extremely long waits!

    I have not heard about the new Fastpass system but it sounds marvelous! I remember how annoying it was to backtrack and wait for your ticket to be valid, but I loved being able to walk right onto the ride, though! An app sounds like a good solution, and a good way to plan out your day.

    Has anyone ever done the meal plan on their trip? I know you can add it to your reservation and are allotted so many meals and snacks a day for a set price?
    They've added games and activities to a lot of the queues, and they're working on more. Space Mountain has video games, Pooh has active toys, Dumbo has the playground, Haunted Mansion has interactive graveyard elements, and Peter Pan was under construction last time I was there.

    I'm excited to see what the new Fastpass system looks like. I just hope it is operational by my last trip with this annual pass because after that it'll be a while before we're back... Too many other places to see, and too little vacation time and money to do it all!

    We've done two out of the three levels of dining plan that Disney offers, and while I like them both I don't generally recommend people buy them unless they're going at a time when Disney is offering them at a discount. At full price, there's very little savings to be had and if you don't use every plan element you can easily lose money on the plan compared to just paying menu prices. But at slow times of year, Disney throws int he dining plan for free if you book a full-price room and ticket package, and when they do that the dining plan is a great deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cammie27 View Post
    They've added games and activities to a lot of the queues, and they're working on more. Space Mountain has video games, Pooh has active toys, Dumbo has the playground, Haunted Mansion has interactive graveyard elements, and Peter Pan was under construction last time I was there.

    I'm excited to see what the new Fastpass system looks like. I just hope it is operational by my last trip with this annual pass because after that it'll be a while before we're back... Too many other places to see, and too little vacation time and money to do it all!

    We've done two out of the three levels of dining plan that Disney offers, and while I like them both I don't generally recommend people buy them unless they're going at a time when Disney is offering them at a discount. At full price, there's very little savings to be had and if you don't use every plan element you can easily lose money on the plan compared to just paying menu prices. But at slow times of year, Disney throws int he dining plan for free if you book a full-price room and ticket package, and when they do that the dining plan is a great deal!
    Hooray, I'm so happy to hear about the new activities to do while waiting in line! That makes me hope my son will love Disney even more when we go next summer. I've never been on the Haunted Mansion after they redid it. I bet it is way more realistic and spooky!

    When are you going to Disney next? You'll have to update us on how it is when you go!

    Thanks for the heads up on the Disney meal plans. My aunt had done one of them but I think she got it for free during a slow time. I guess we probably won't do those because we will be going next summer and I'm sure that's not "off season." However, I'm sure we will be back many times after next year once I get my husband and son hooked, so maybe we will go again at a time when it would be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cammie27 View Post
    I've also been many many times and am an annual passholder, so I obviously have a lot of favorite things there that keep bringing me back. But if I had to choose just one favorite thing to do while I'm there it would have to be the backstage tours. I've taken a few now and each one has been a very unique experience with a great mix of practical discussion of how Disney World "makes magic" with history and anecdotes about the company itself.

    Most recently, I was there for the Flower & Garden Festival and took the festival-exclusive horticulture tour, as well as the always-available tour of The Land greenhouses. Both were absolutely wonderful experiences. I learned a lot, got to take some amazing photos, and had a really great time.
    I'd love to try one of these on our next trip to the world. Which one is your favorite?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriebintz View Post
    Hello!

    I got very excited when I saw this post because I am trying to convince my husband (whom has never been to Disney) that we need to start saving our pennies so we can take our son there next summer! So, thinking about my favorite things to do is good motivation to stay on track!

    My mom is a big Disney fan and I was able to travel to Disney seven times by the time I was in high school. However, I haven't been back since and now I really want to take my family! I have many favorite places to eat, rides to ride and things to see so it's hard to just narrow it down to one.

    However, if I had to narrow it down to just one thing I would pick seeing the parades and fireworks. Okay, that's two things, but it's shorter than my first list. As a child, I remember watching the parades and being awestruck. The music, costumes and dancing made me energized and so happy. When I was a pre-teen, I actually had the chance to dance down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom through a national dance program that I was chosen for. That is a memory I will never ever forget. I actually cried during my first few steps down the street. Growing up, I had seen all the "big girl" performers having so much fun and it now it was my turn! I love how cheesy and entertaining the parades are. The costumes are so detailed and I give the people who have to be the characters a lot of props, those full body suits must be so hot! I just can't wait to get my son there.

    The fireworks happen every night, which is pretty impressive in and of itself. I know Disney charges an arm and a leg for admission, but just think of the cost of those nightly sky shows! I enjoy seeing the fireworks at Magic Kingdom and think it's magical how Tinkerbell flies through the air at their beginning. When I was there in 2008, they had a beautiful show with a song playing about wishes in the background. I teared up as I thought about all my personal wishes and how one of them, going to Disney World, was again fulfilled. I was a very lucky child!

    Now I'm looking forward to getting my family there...hopefully soon!

    Disney is more expensive than when we first started going in 2000. I just haven't found another place to vacation that offers so much for bang for my buck. I understand why it's so hard to pick just one favorite when it comes to WDW. I hope you talk your husband into a trip very soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjervey View Post
    I love going to see the shows at Disney, bother the fireworks displays at night, and the smaller theatre shows during the day. I think I prefer the day ones just because the energy of the performers is amazing, to be able to do those shows several times a day. I went to see the Tarzan one twice last time I was there because I thought it was so incredible. I also really enjoyed the Beauty and the Beast show.
    I was really bummed when they got rid of the Tarzan show. It was amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriebintz View Post
    That new Fantasyland sounds so neat- I wonder if everything will be completed by next summer for our trip? It sounds like it should be, but sometimes I know they get held back a bit. I think our son would love the Winnie the Pooh ride and now that there are more things for him to do in line I bet it would be a big hit. Are they adding stuff too all of the queue lines for rides? I think that would be a wise idea because I hated standing in line and only having those ropes or bars to stare at. I would always see little kids hanging on them or shaking the ropes, however my mom wouldn't allow me to mess with them! At least now there are smartphones to distract kids for the rides with the extremely long waits!

    I have not heard about the new Fastpass system but it sounds marvelous! I remember how annoying it was to backtrack and wait for your ticket to be valid, but I loved being able to walk right onto the ride, though! An app sounds like a good solution, and a good way to plan out your day.

    Has anyone ever done the meal plan on their trip? I know you can add it to your reservation and are allotted so many meals and snacks a day for a set price?
    The new Fantasyland is great! We at at Be Our Guest. I wasn't so sure about the menu because we are a plain family. It turned out to be one of the best meals every at WDW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriebintz View Post
    I saw Beauty and the Beast live on Broadway when I was around 9 years old. My mom bought us front row seats! Although it was magical at the time, I wish I could have waited to see my first Broadway shows until I was a bit older because I haven't been able to see one since and only have feint memories of the shows. Guess my husband will just have to take me back sometime soon

    I was beyond excited when I heard they were making a new Fantasyland. Did they have to take out any attractions to build the new one? Obviously the old Dumbo, but what about the Pooh and Snow White rides? Those were kind of around Dumbo, right?

    I would love to eat at the castle but I can imagine that it's a nightmare trying to get in. Do they have character meals there? Did I hear right that there are now two Dumbo rides within one area? That is such a good idea to have an air-conditioned play area. I remember learning a lot of "patience" as a child when at Disney World. Standing for hours and hours for one ride was crazy! At least they have Fast Passes now, those things rock!

    We will have to check out the Nemo show the next time we visit (hopefully next summer), it sounds really cute!

    They did get rid of the Snow White Ride. We ate breakfast at the castle once a long time ago. It was in my opinion a one time thing. There are other character breakfasts out there that we like better.

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    Re: What is your favorite thing to do while visiting Walt Disney World Resort?

    Quote Originally Posted by kimberwv View Post
    They did get rid of the Snow White Ride. We ate breakfast at the castle once a long time ago. It was in my opinion a one time thing. There are other character breakfasts out there that we like better.
    Oh no, the Snow White ride was a classic! I'll never forget the stories my mom would tell about my first experience on that ride. I was a small child, and the first time I saw the bad witch I went into hysterics and wouldn't stop crying until the end of the ride when I saw the "nice dwarfs" happy with Snow White. Then, I demanded we go on the ride over and over again, but I never got as scared of the witch as the first time. When I returned in my teenage years my mom would tease me that the wicked with was going to get me! Although it was an older ride and didn't have all the technology of the newer rides, I still loved it. Did I hear right that they are putting in a dwarfs roller coaster?!

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    Re: What is your favorite thing to do while visiting Walt Disney World Resort?

    I love to visit Around the World at the Epcot center. Its awesome visiting the different gift shops. I must say that the night time shows are a great favorite of mine as well.

 

 
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