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Disney Do’s… March 23, 2010

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)

The fam!

Our girls in from of the famous castle in Disney World!

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

Kaitlyn, moments after losing her tooth in Animal Kingdom!

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!

Daddy and the Girls climbing the 'Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse' in Disney World!

Being goofy...waiting to get on a ride...who says waiting is no fun!

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!

The end of Day 3 in Disney…waiting for the shuttle. This is how we all felt!


11 Responses to “Disney Do’s…”

  1. Paula Says:

    Animal kingdom is so much more than just a zoo, they have 2 of the best shows on disney property, the Nemo show and the lion king show both shows make it worth going. then there is flights of wonder is a great bird show that is not only educational but very fun as well. There are not as many rides at AK as some of the other parks but the shows more than make up for it. not to mention all that you can learn.

    • I wasn’t trying to bring insult to Animal Kingdom, we just didn’t enjoy it…which is why I said that it was just our opinion…I’m thrilled if your family got all of that out of AK…we really were just looking for awesome rides! There were definitely a lot of shows, which again, is not what we were looking for. It was the end of the home-schooling school year, and we were all pretty burned out…just looking for some crazy fun. That’s all. Hope I didn’t hurt your feelings!

  2. Kelly Says:

    I’ll probably never take my family to Disney, but I’ll keep this in mind if I do.

  3. Rene Says:

    If the girls are roller coaster fanatics, when you go to Universal they NEED to ride the hulk 🙂

    • Thanks for the heads up on the Hulk ride….we’ll ride for sure…and blog about it when we get back! Awesome! My husband and I LOVE roller coasters and are thrilled that our girls have followed suit! = )

  4. What a fun trip! I can’t wait to go with my peeps.

  5. se7en Says:

    Sounds like fun – totally unimaginable from the far side of the world!!! My husband had a business trip to the states and stopped at the Epcot center for a day and said we would have to go for a month at least!!! I think I would be collapsed on the sidewalk after three days!!!

  6. Danielle Says:

    We skipped Animal Kingdom during our visit 3 years ago because I figured we didn’t go all the way to Disneyworld to trek through a zoo. However, this time I added it to our itinerary, and I’m so glad I did! We had an awesome time. I was told we couldn’t miss Festival of the Lion King, Expedition Everest (amazing roller coaster), and Safari–all 3 totally made it worth going. Plus the girls loved the carnival atmosphere of Dinoland USA. Considering we spent less time in AK than the other parks, we managed to pack in lots of fun.

    • When we went to AK, half of the safari was closed, and we waited two hours just to get on, so that was a bummer. Expedition Everest was a great ride, but not worth the whole day. I’m glad your experience was different!

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