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It is happening. It is finally happening. After 20 plus years of asking to go, my family is taking a vacation to Disney World!

Andy and I, along with my parents will be traveling to the Sunshine state to meet up with my brother and his girlfriend for some serious fun in the sun. Six grown adults with no children will be taking the greatest place on earth by storm. I feel like that little kid in the commercial who is too excited to sleep! Ah! So excited!

We can hardly wait to go, but since we have never been, we would love to hear whatever tips and and suggestions you have. We have three days total in the park and we are staying off the resort in a house.


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  1. Reply
    Tessa M
    September 5, 2013 at 11:52 am

    OhMyGosh so exciting! You will have a TON of fun! I haven’t been to Disney World since 8th grade (13 years ago!), but I remember Epcot and the water parks (Blizzard beach and Typhoon Lagoon) being major highlights! At Epcot we pretty much just ate food all day and shopped, my favorite! Definitely check out the Moroccan and Japanese areas for great food and gifts (well at least as my 8th grade self remembers 🙂 My favorite fireworks were also at Epcot but we were there in 2000 and they were doing all of the Millennium Celebration shows so they may not be as spectacular now.

    If you are a roller coaster person, we rode the Rockin’ Roller Coaster at least a hundred times – I think that one is at MGM where you can also catch some really fun studio tours and I think the Indiana Jones ride which was another favorite.

    Have a GREAT time!!

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      emilie marian
      September 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Tessa, Thank you! These are such great suggestions. I hope we get to do most of this stuff.

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    Taylor Zonts
    September 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Magic Kingdom:
    – Walk-up lunch at Be Our Guest Restaurant (food is sit down just the same as dinner, but you don’t have to have a reservation:)
    – Cinnamon Rolls and Le Fou Brew at Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasy Land
    Hollywood Studios:
    – Tower of Terror, Aerosmith Rockin’ Rollercoaster, Buzz light-year 3D ride, Primetime Cafe is a must!
    – Wining and dining the different countries (samples and all;)
    – Soarin'(get a Fast pass first thing in the morning), Ellen’s Dinosaur Adventure, Finding Nemo
    Animal Kingdom:
    – Mount Everest roller coaster & Dinosaur,
    – Rainforest Cafe is also a must!

    Have so much fun!!! When do you guys go?

    1. Reply
      emilie marian
      September 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks so much Taylor! We leave on Saturday!

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    Paula Thrasher
    September 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    What a fun time! The best tip we got was about when/where to be for Parades in Magic Kingdom. There is a show in front of the castle every hour. After the 5pm show, there is a “Celebration Disney” parade where the characters come out and you can dance with the characters on the street (or not!). 45 minutes-hour after that is the electric light parade which you should see – one of the highlights. However people start staking their spots after that Celebrate Disney parade. The trick is to work your way towards main street during the celebrate parade (or send someone to stake a spot). Then send a second person to grab a dinner for all to eat and bring it back while you wait. (Because you will need to wait an hour or so). Then when the parade starts you will have a great view (and be near the exit when the park closes).

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      emilie marian
      September 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Fun! That is such a good idea! We will have to do these. Thank you Paula!

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    Amanda Blimes
    September 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I heard a tip from a friend to go later in the afternoon and stay late at night during the extra magic hours, because everyone else is exhausted and going back to their hotels. I agree with Mila – pick one direction and make your way around. You may want to start though in New Fantasyland when in the Magic Kingdom, because those waits will increase FAST but so will things like Splash, Big Thunder, and Space Mountains. Whatever you do, take your time. DO NOT try to make your way from one end of the park to the other or you will be exhausted. We did this with the Fastpasses and it was not worth it. Just take the extra magic hours because the waits will decrease during afternoon parades and evening fireworks. I would say take 2 days in Epcot (it’s HUGE). World Showcase 1 day and Future World another. The least crowded parks, I believe, are those that do not have the extra magic hours on that particular day, but extra magic hours are hard to pass up at night. In my opinion, Animal Kingdom isn’t really worth it…you could see most of the attractions in a half a day if you get Fastpasses. Restaurants? Biergarten or Le Cellier in Epcot are amazing. Casey’s Corner for a quick bite, Cinderella’s Royal Table is fun to get pics with princesses (yes, I’m a dork) but the new Be Our Guest looks even more incredible. Turkey legs in Liberty Square are fabulous. Dole Whips next to Tiki Room are a great cool-down snack. Reservations are a big help at any place that takes them. I have never been to Pleasure Island but I’ve heard mostly good things. Bring in your own water bottle because it is WAY cheaper to refill it at the water fountains. Sorry I’m an enormous Disney dork.

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      emilie marian
      September 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      No Amanda, these are great! Thank you so much love! I appreciate all the planning help!

  5. Reply
    September 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I will try and share things people haven’t already shared…

    HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS: If you all like to draw which I figure you all do cause you’re a creative a bunch of folks, I’d recommend going to the animation class at Hollywood Studios. It’s located behind Mickey’s wizard hat in the animation area. A Disney animator will give you official drawing paper and will teach you how to draw different characters. It’s a great way to relax and cool down after standing in line for awhile. Highly recommend and you get to leave with a free memento of your time at the parks.

    ANIMAL KINGDOM: If you like Broadway shows, their Finding Nemo show is awesome! It’s another non=ride experience that is great to do to cool down if it’s really hot. They also have a Lion King acrobatics crew that does an awesome show. Also, if you’re willing to pay the bucks for a character breakfast they have a great one that features all of the stars: Micky, Minnie, Goofy, Daisy and Donald. I’d make reservations there if you can. Food is delicious and the experience is super fun. Other then that, I’d agree in that Animal Kingdom is the most boring so I’d start off with this park. If you got there by 8:00am (opening time) you could see everything you’d want to see by 11:00am/11:30 and be happy with your experience there.

    EPCOT: If you have a Chase Disney Card, there are places in Epcot where you can get your family picture taken and they will print them for free for you. It’s located in a building called Innovations. Also, there are Disney employees that have professional camera gear who will take your picture and they will give you a photo-pass. Make sure you ask them for one, and have them take your pictures on it at every iconic stop and keep the card and I can get you the picture from the photopass for free. 🙂 Otherwise for Epcot, everywhere is really cool. England has great fish and chips. France has amazing slushee alcohol drinks! Japan has a really cool Japanese store at the bottom of the sushi restaurant. Stop by America for a animation show of the presidents. China has really cool acrobat shows so get a schedule of their performers too. ALSO, Epcot has the BEST cinnamon Almonds and Pecans! They’re a must get!

    MAGIC KINGDOM: No hidden secrets there other then, go check out the new area they built. 🙂 Have fun!

    If you all had time to meet up let me know as I could drive up your way but otherwise have so much fun with your fam! If you have any questions on places to go or places to eat feel free to text me and I can tell you cheap places to go!


  6. Reply
    Emily @ TwoPurpleCouches
    September 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! My husband and I went to Disney World with my parents back in January and we had THE BEST TIME! Everything is awesome. My advice would be to just soak it it all in. It’s perfectly acceptable to wear ears as an adult. And run/skip to the rides. And flag down the characters for a photo. I’m sure you’ll have a magical time! Can’t wait to hear about it!

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