Disney Vacation thoughts

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Registered: 08-10-2006
Disney Vacation thoughts
Thu, 02-25-2010 - 10:22am

Hi everyone!

We are looking into taking Nick to Disney in FL this summer. He has been asking to go finally!

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Registered: 03-10-2004
Fri, 02-26-2010 - 8:44am

Hi Christine,

We went to Disney in August of 2008. We had a great time, it went better than expected. We went for 10 days and still didn't see everything, we all want to go back soon! While we were there was when they had that Tropical Storm Fay. It didn't hit Orlando but there was more rain than usual. It wasn't too bad though and it made for short lines at all the parks! The kids favorite ride was Splash Mountain.

We stayed at Staybridge Suites which was pretty close to all the parks. We rented a car too. The suite had a kitchenette a living room with a pull out couch then large bedroom with a big closet and bathroom area. They had a free breakfast each morning and it was very good. We packed up lunches most days to bring with us and just got snacks or ice cream a few days. We cooked simple dinners in most nights but did go out to dinner a few times. We went to the Hoop De Do Revue one night and that was a lot of fun.

We got the 6 day park pass and did 2 at magic kingdom, 2 at hollywood studios, 1 at epcot and 1 at animal kingdom. We also went to Sea World one day. It really was so much fun.

Good luck with the planning. Hope you have a great time!

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Registered: 04-28-2007
Fri, 02-26-2010 - 9:26am

The beauty of Disney is you can get a disabled pass that allows you to skip to the head of lines etc. We brought a letter from the pdoc but they never even asked to see it just gave it to us:) We rarely had to use it as we were VERY structured with where we went and what we did. We would take big advantage of the early openings and bail as soon as things became very crowded. Always went back after lunch for pool/nap too.

My boys preferred what used to be MGM studios as opposed to the Magic Kingdom (Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Playhouse Disney there). I think now it's called Hollywood or something. Also, Rainforest cafe a big hit.

Can't emphasize enough the best time to go is as early as possible as it gets hot FAST!!!!


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 02-26-2010 - 1:30pm

We've not yet made it to Disney with our kids but I went many years ago when I was a nanny.


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Registered: 06-25-2003
Fri, 02-26-2010 - 2:20pm

We went to Disney recently for a few days and the kids loved the rides, but hated the hoopla: especially the parades.

It was funny though: We got caught right at the castle by one as soon as we were in the door on the first day. Peter hid and Siobhan just stood near the front with a big grumpy head on her. Naturally, this meant that about every single singer and dancer made it their personal mission to get a smile out of her (kind of like a how a cat obesses on the one person in the room who is allergic). It was quite funny to watch. None of them managed it.

After that, we learned the parade schedule so we could avoid them!


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Registered: 11-25-2009
Sat, 02-27-2010 - 10:35pm

I'm in the midst of planning a trip to Disney myself!

About the Guest Assistant Card - it doesn't get you to the front of the line all the time, so please don't think that. What it can do for you though is it can turn your stroller (if you will be using one) into a "wheelchair" which means that the lines that you would normally have to park your stroller, you will be able to get into. This would allow your son a safe place away from people and make waiting in lines easier.


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Registered: 06-26-2009
Sun, 02-28-2010 - 2:46pm
Even without a stroller the GAC can be used to allow a spectrum kid to wait apart from the regular line in a quiet place. It is not intended to reduce the wait but it sometimes has that effect. Even if you have to wait the same amount of time, doing it in a shady, non-crowded spot instead of the line can be a big blessing.