There are two great blogs that I love reading and they both have a link share on Tuesdays that I have participated in.
Lifeasmom.com has a Mr. Linky today about a Disney Extravaganza, as well as the 30 minute blog challenge with MckLinky on Steadymom.com, so here is my offering: (this post meets the criteria for both, meaning it was posted in 30 minutes or less, and it’s about our Disney trip)
We took the girls to Disney World in Orlando back in April of 2008. They were 10, 8, and 5 years old at the time. WE HAD A BLAST!! By far the best family vacation EVER!!!
Tip #1~One of the absolute ‘do’s’ in my book is to do the Fast Pass thing. Go to the ride of your ultimate choice, get a Fast Pass ticket, which will tell you what time you need to be back to ride, and you go through the Fast Pass Line lickity split! It was awesome! We picked our faves, and loved not wasting any more time than necessary. We discovered on this trip that all three of our girls were roller coaster fanatics, so we concentrated on getting Fast Passes for all of their favorite rides.
Tip #2~ Unless you are looking for the ultimate zoo, I wouldn’t recommend Animal Kingdom. It was like a zoo on steroids. The few rides they had were okay, but we wouldn’t go back. (Side note: My oldest daughter lost a tooth
in Animal Kingdom…as soon as we walked through the gate, it fell out and we went running to the ladies room! Too funny!) Anyway, I’d rather go to the state zoo if we want to see animals, and stick with the theme parks in Orlando for awesome rides and attractions…but that’s just us.
Tip #3~ Our girls were at an age where we gave them some choices of what we could do with the money allotted for our trip. They had the choice to either have breakfast with the Disney Princesses, or we could take that money and go to Busch Gardens in Tampa for the day. We told them this at the beginning of the trip so they had time to decide. Once they discovered their love of rides and roller coasters, the princesses took a back seat and we headed to Busch Gardens after our 3 days at Disney World, with no regrets! It felt like a vacation after a vacation and we had the best time there, too!
Tip #4~ Stay at a hotel close enough to shuttle. The shuttle buses rock! The only down side is that you’re tied down to a time frame, but that can also be altered. We were thankful we didn’t have to park, pay to park, or worry about driving after a long exhausting, but wonderful day at the park.
These are just a few of the things that come to mind as far as our Disney experience is concerned. Hope this was helpful, and hope you have a great time in Disney World! We can’t wait to go back!
We’re heading to Universal Studios before the end of the year!