Best Disney Planning Tip

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Best Disney Planning Tip
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Mon, 02-15-2010 - 6:15am
I have a friend, who is planning her first trip to Disney with her dh and dd (who will be turning five while they're there), her parents and her ils for later this year. I'm putting together a little surprise for her to help her get her planning going and am looking for your tips, can't misses, extra ways to make the vacation special... do you have any tips for me to include? Thanks!

 


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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 11:17am

How exciting that her son will be celebrating his b'day there, and how nice that the whole family will be there together!


There are people here who know a lot more about Disney than I do, but one basic tip is that she should be sure to make her dining reservations 180 days in advance.

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Registered: 09-01-2006
Wed, 02-17-2010 - 12:41pm
What a good friend you are!

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Registered: 08-23-2006
Thu, 02-18-2010 - 7:45am

Make sure they stop at the visitor booth and get her the button that says she is there for to Celebrate her Birthday, it triggers the staff to pay her special attention!


Also, tell them not to pack too much into the day.

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Sat, 02-20-2010 - 2:16pm

How fun, a 5yo is the perfect age for Disney magic!


But even the best-make plans can go awry.

In peace,
Max       

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Registered: 07-30-2006
Sun, 02-21-2010 - 2:50pm

Make sure you get Fast Passes for Toy Story Mania @ Hollywood Studios, if not you may be waiting in line for a while, and usually fast passes go pretty quickly (I was there in May and they were gone by 1pm). And that ride is a lot of fun!

If your looking for a good character breakfast, our favorites are Chef Mickey's @ the contemporary and tusker house at animal kingdom, both are buffets with a lot of choices. Chef Mickey's has Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Pluto. Tusker House has Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy. And as PPs mentioned make them reservations 180 days out!

Another thing that DD (4 last yr) enjoyed (believe it or not) was the countries in EPcot, she really loved the store in Japan and The Gran Fiesta Tour ride in Mexico (we went on that about 10xs last trip). She also really enjoyed making a mask (starting at either Canada or Mexico) and then having cast members from the other countries stamp the mask and add a little paper craft to it. We had her say hi to those CMs in their native language (well n Italy, Germany, China, and Mexico) and they got a kick out of it! For some reason she really remembers the lady in Italy, she was so kind to DD.
Another fun thing is turtle talk with crush and the nemo ride @ Epcot.

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Sun, 02-21-2010 - 8:33pm

They are going in early November... they are staying onsite--resort tbd... no cars as they are flying into Orlando and going to rely on Magical Express to get to the resort...

as for the picture of my son on the beach... that is from a barrier island in South Carolina. We had taken an eco-tour from the Wild Dunes resort in Charleston which included a boat ride out to this barrier island. Along the way, we found dolphins and other wildlife galore and were allowed to take one shell from this barrier island...

 


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Registered: 05-12-2007
Sun, 02-21-2010 - 8:41pm
Thanks everyone for your tips! I shipped the Passporter with notes up to her yesterday so now, I am anxiously awaiting hearing from her that she has received it. I'm very excited for her trip as well and cannot wait to hear more about what her thoughts are after she gets her surprise!!!

 


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