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Old 07-20-2010, 06:45 AM   #16
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Thank you everyone for your great advice...these all have gone into my "Disney Notebook" full of ideas, plans, and the like (until I can get the deluxe PassPorter for 2011!!).

I appreciate the time everyone here has taken to share their ideas and suggestions!
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We are planning on 8 full days at WDW. Actually, it's 9 days, but the final day is for travel. I've heard that there's so much to see - is 8 days enough for 4 parks? (we aren't so interested in the water parks)

That should be plenty of time, but if your going in the summer, it will be hot and crowded. Any chance of pushing it back till after labor day? <-thats the best advice I can give.

We have altered our schedule to coincide with the new Star Tours 2 which is supposed to open on May 17th (dbf is a Star Wars megafan). If an attraction says "Open on <enter date here>", is that pretty hard & fast? I don't want us to miss it by a few days.

There could always be delays, I would not take it as a hard and fast date. I remember that Wizarding World of Harry Potter was suppose to open Fall of 2009 originally, but it didnt open till this past Spring

Is 300+ days too early to plan?

No. Ive been planning my current trip since I got back from my last trip in October of 2008, be ready to make changes though.

While we love the kid-stuff, we aren't so interested in character meals, playgrounds or water parks. What are must-do activities for adults?

If you like to drink, then I say the Drinks around the World Showcase at Epcot. You dont have to do all 11 countries, but its still fun. You also might try some of the more nicer restaurants.

Any suggestions for us first timers who aren't quite at our 20-year-old fitness levels anymore?

Start walking now. I was a fat body when I went in 07 (though not in 08) and my friend and I powered through the parks, but we were exhausted when we got back. Wear comfortable broken-in shoes. Play close attention to your feet and watch for blisters. Take breaks inside the air-conditioned buildings, and drink plenty of water-especially if you decided to do the drinks around the world gig.

You might want to consider going to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, especially if you're roller coaster or Harry Potter fans. Spend at least a day at each.
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I've heard that there's so much to see - is 8 days enough for 4 parks?
Should be enough. You won't have little ones slowing you down and you'll be able to do what you want; no side trips b/c baby/child/teen wants to go xxx!

We have altered our schedule to coincide with the new Star Tours 2 which is supposed to open on May 17th (dbf is a Star Wars megafan). If an attraction says "Open on <enter date here>", is that pretty hard & fast? I don't want us to miss it by a few days.
This refurb is kind of a big deal. I'm hoping they get it done in time!

Is 300+ days too early to plan?
Never!!! It's never too early to plan!!!

While we love the kid-stuff, we aren't so interested in character meals, playgrounds or water parks. What are must-do activities for adults?
Boardwalk (Jellyrolls), special dinners (Le Cellier, Cali Grill, Jiko), you could do any of the fireworks cruises or dessert parties, check out La Nouba, take a tour, etc!

Any suggestions for us first timers who aren't quite at our 20-year-old fitness levels anymore?
Take your time and go at your own pace. No one says you have to keep up with the athletes! Start walking about 2 months + from your trip. Start around the block or go down to a park when the weather turns in your area in the spring.

It won't get you into Olympic shape, but it will start getting your body used to being on the move! I wore a pedometer one day (an MK day) and logged over 8 miles before dinner... that included taking the train from Main Street to Toontown.
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And, if it hasn't been mentioned yet, know that you can starting making ADRs (advanced dining reservations) 180 days out from the first day of your trip. Also, I want to emphasis what has been mentioned already...take a break during the day. Our first trip, we did not do this, and by day 4 I was exhausted!
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Hi! New here too, so please bear with me. My boyfriend (I hate that word at my age) of 6 years and I are in our 40's and are taking our first vacation in 5 1/2 years. I totally agree!! I call Jake my Spousal Equivelent, because boyfriend makes me sound like I'm 12!!


We are planning on 8 full days at WDW. Actually, it's 9 days, but the final day is for travel. I've heard that there's so much to see - is 8 days enough for 4 parks? (we aren't so interested in the water parks)

8 days will be plenty!! Plan some absolute must do things, just a few for each day and all else will be frosting! Also, consider down time, a day to visit other resorts (we like to stop at each monorail resort for a drink and/or a meal)

Is 300+ days too early to plan?

Its never to early to make tentative plans, but I find my plans will change sometimes based on parade and firework times. For 8 days, you will have plenty flexibility. This is the time when I start reading menus and considering dinners and possible extras, like mini golf or massages. You can't book these yet, but I like to have a sense of what I want to do.

While we love the kid-stuff, we aren't so interested in character meals, playgrounds or water parks. What are must-do activities for adults?

The waterparks are fun for grown ups too, we really love the big slides. But the real grown up things we enjoy are signature restaurants (often some of the best service you will ever get...there was this night at Cali Grill where the perfect waiter asked us some questions, and then asked if we trusted him--he ordered for us and we spent 3 hours on a fabulous dinner with a fireworks view...). We treat this nights as very very grown up, getting dressed up and using the whole night. We also like, as previously stated, a bar tour of monorail resorts, or World Showcase. While Disney spas can be expensive, my experience with treatments has been great. Jelly Rolls has been a favorite too, a sing-a-long piano bar in which you will know every song, I promise. The illuminations cruises are also pleasant and can be private. And often, we just like to relax by the quiet pool...

Any suggestions for us first timers who aren't quite at our 20-year-old fitness levels anymore?

As I said earlier, pick some must do things for each day and just focus on those, take breaks in the afternoon (nothing is as awesome as a nap!!), have some leisurely meals in the late evening, let yourself sleep in once in awhile. We don't rush any of it, sometimes just people watching is great!


Thank you so much in advance for any advice, ideas, suggestions or warnings!
Have a great time planning!!
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Lots of good advice already!

I started planning my upcoming trip next month about a year out, and made ressies with DVC at my home resort at precisely Member Services opening time at the 11-month mark so, no, I don't think you are starting too soon! I also had two short trips in the interim, but that's beside the point.

One of the things I like to do is take a little time--and this could count as "downtime" instead of a nap--and see some of the resorts. This is particularly easy to do with the Monorail resorts, the Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and the Contemporary, because you can just hop on and off the monorail.

Others have mentioned signature dining, and those on the Passporter Boards who know me know that this is a particular draw for me. I am often at WDW with adult friends, and they share my penchant for 2 hour meals.

For the trip next month, my sister and bro-in-law are coming and some of the meals we planned for them--besides being spectacular places to eat--are located at resorts that are also wonderful places to visit. Someone else mentioned the California Grill already. I'll mention 3 more.

I dearly love Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, a very special place to wander around. Check out the menu on AllEars.net and don't let the fact that the cuisine is somewhat different put you off. I have been with people who are, shall we say, particular about what they eat, and they have been thrilled here (and don't hurt me folks--very much more thrilled than with Boma).

The Wilderness Lodge is a resort where all I have to do is walk into the lobby and I feel at home. The courtyard with the stream and waterfall is a wonderful place to stroll at night, and Artist Point is one of my all-time favorite venues for signature dining. It was also the site for the inaugural "Bob & Larry Dining Experience" meal with many Passporter friends.

Finally, the Flying Fish Cafe is a superb restaurant for seafood especially, though they also have one of the best steaks on property, too. And it is a lot of fun to stroll the Boardwalk at night and enjoy some of the free entertainment, or to have a meal there either before or after the Illuminations: Reflections of Earth show at 9:00 at Epcot nearby. On a recent trip we made a reservation for 9:45 and had a leisurely stroll to the Boardwalk from Epcot for our meal. We scheduled it on a night that Epcot had Extra Magic Hours for Disney resort guests, which meant that once we finished our meal, we could stroll back through Epcot and use Disney transportation to return to our resort. We like to do that because it means that one of us doesn't have to be a designated driver.

I have taken many of the tours and loved them all, including the aforementioned Behind the Seeds at The Land in Epcot.

I have taken tea at the Grand Floridian and while I was initially lukewarm to the idea, I really, really enjoyed it.

We also like to try Frosty Adult Beverages at different places in the parks (other than the Magic Kingdom). Particular favorites include the Yak Attack at Yak & Yeti in the Animal Kingdom (also site of the "Bob & Larry Yak Attack Experience"), and the Grand Marnier Slushy in France in Epcot.

I am not big on character meals for myself, but while these particular characters really came into their own after my own childhood, I particularly enjoyed the character meal at the Crystal Palace with the Winnie the Pooh characters. The food was wonderful.

You're going to have a great time!
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