20 miles south of Orlando, Walt Disney World covers 43 square miles and includes four separate theme parksthe original ... More
Walt Disney World
20 miles south of Orlando, Walt Disney World covers 43 square miles and includes four separate theme parksthe original Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom. There are also water parks, hotels, campgrounds, lots of restaurants, fireworks and fun!
We stayed at a Country Inn off of International Drive. The location was perfect for us, as we were less than ten minutes from Disney AND close to restaurants and a variety of stores, to include a Wal-Mart. This made it easy to reload our cooler with sandwiches and snacks for the backpack we took to the park each day. My family also liked that our hotel was close enough to walk to the many restaurants and “bargain gift shops” on I-Drive. We elected to have a rental car and stay offsite for our first trip to have more control over the price we paid per night. While we got a bargain rate of $63 per night, we got no more than what we paid for (no frills). The carpet in our room needed a serious deep cleaning and the room had a damp, closed up feeling to it, but the bedding and bathroom were clean. Also, my family had no plans to camp out in the room for long periods of time. We were there for fun in the parks, and only planned to head to the hotel for midday naps and at the end of the night when we were just too tired to get on another ride! The biggest perk of our hotel choice was a fantastic free breakfast in the mornings. It offered everything from giant Belgian waffles to yogurt and cereal, so all of us started off with a full breakfast each morning and my husband and I only had to pay for lunch, dinner and occasional snacks.
there is so much to say! i loved the rides! it was bigger that disney LAND. The experience was really fun! I love walt disney! I tottaly recommend it to others! oh let me tell you about the rides! well splash mountain, it scared me! (lol!) and the twilight tower something thing, i almost had a heart attack! (But it was fun!) i needed to pee badly after that! LOL!) ok now there really alot more to say, i have to say it was really fun and i really want to go again! yay!!!!!
I'll open with saying that many people do not like Disney World. I think the issue is that you have to know what Disney World is. It is NOT Knott's Berry Farm or Six Flags. Disney is about being a kid again and learning and having fun at the same time. Having said that I have to say that Disney World is a favorite location for both my wife and I. There is so much to see and experience from the fun of the Magic Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios to the experience of learning and seeing fun disney perspectives on nature, animals, countries and technology in Epcot and The Animal Kingdom. If you just want fun in the sun the two water parks are great.
Again, for anyone looking into going to Disney World my suggestion is the same. Take the time to learn what each park is and has. If you live close to Califorina and go to Disney there every year and are tired of it then skip the Magic Kingdom. If you are looking for just straight rides and not for the Disney atmosphere then WDW may not be your best bet.
For those that love travel the way I do save your pennies for lots and lots of food. In the Epcot World Showcase you can eat in a different country for every meal and many of them have spectacular views of the fireworks shows over the lake at night.
One recommendation I always make is to go during the annual food and wine festival as there are about 20 additional booths with little dishes from around the world to try for not too much money. That is typically between mid-September and Thanksgiving every year but you can get exact dates on the WDW website.
All and all WDW is one of the BEST family experiences you can have as long as you go in knowing what to expect and what WDW is and is not. I would recommend it to anyone under those terms.
It was a long day for my 2 year old. Flew out at 6am and after checking inot the hotel, we made to Magic Kingdom. We had so much fun in the half day we were there. And to be honest after 3 hours there, my daughter was so exhausted, she passed out on the shuttle ride back to the hotel. People say, you have to go here at least once. But once isn't enough to enjoy the magic in the air at this place.
Great quality, excellent landscaping, lots of "cast members" to assist you. It's plenty pricey for a family on a budget, but it's something you have to do once while your kids are still kids. Something for young kids and older kids. Allow at least one day per park. The food in the park was pricey, but always good quality. Everyone knows about the rides, but we were surprised to find that we and our kids enjoyed the stage shows-especially if the weather is hot outside. We went in late May and early June and the weather was already plenty hot to spend the entire day in the parks. If I had to do again, I would go in Feb. or April-avoid spring break.
Am I the only person who thinks Disney World is no longer fun or magical? Recently took my daughter for her 5th b-day. Hadnt been there since 2000. Was disapointed to see no walk around characters, everything was a line. Waited an HOUR to see Ariel. Went on a 7 day trip didn't see Mickey Mouse until day 5!!!!!!!! Not a magical time for my daughter at all. At one point I begrudingly took her to wait in line(???) to meet Jasmine and Alladin only to be told by cast member that the previous family would be the last allowed in line. So explain that to a five year old... one of her favorite princesses in 4 ft. away but she can't meet her cause we didn't get in line sooner. Magical? Year of a Million dreams? I think not!
We just came back with our 11 yr. old son and we had a great time!!! There is so much to do and see. We spent $3900 for a 6 night 7 day trip. This included the airfare, accomidations(@ a value resort) , park passes, water parks, Disney Quest and the delux dining package(for 3 adults). Disney Quest is great for kids of all ages. It's a five story interactive arcade(we created a roller coaster and actually rode a simulated version of it)! The dining plan ($33 regular, $66 deluxe per person/day) was well worth the money. There are shuttles to and from the airport(Disney's magical express) - they handle your checked luggage, even bring it to your room for you. Also, busses to and from all of the parks. It can get pricey, especially if you get into the trading pins, but it can be a good investment. Up to 2 days before you leave, you can have any purchases sent bank to your resort gift shop so you don't have to carry things!! Definitely get a recent book @ your local bookstore about Disney to learn about shortcuts and reservation requirements for meals, etc. It is very handy. We had a wonderful time and are already making plans for our next trip! I hope you have as much of a "magical time" as we did!!!
Disney World is just an incredible place! Everything about it is great! I would definitely reccomend it to ANYONE! (: I would suggest going to the Animal Kingdom to beat the traffic and see all of the animals. Hit the water parks ASAP.
My sister's family and mine will continue to go as often as possible (usually every other year). There is just no comparison when it comes to that "magical" feeling when you walk down MainStreet at the Magic Kingdom, or the excitement of the shows & rides at Hollywood Studios (MGM). Animal Kingdom is quite an experience and Epcot will always be an adult favorite- my kids love the KidCot spots throughout the park.
My kids are 3 and 5, and we've been there three times since my oldest arrived in 2002.
TIP: If traveling with children under age 3, I recommend renting an off-property vacation villa or condo. Or even looking into a timeshare on Disney Property (i.e. Saratoga Springs). Makes bottles, naps, downtime MUCH easier!
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