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I have headed down to Orlando 3 times so far this year, so I could give you some advice.
If your spending full days at the disney & universal parks you shouldn't have trouble seeing everything.
I'd recommend picking up "The Unofficial Guide To Walt Disney World" which is essentially the disney world bible. It has mathimatically based tourng plans of how best to see all there is to do at the world, with waiting in as few lines as possible.
If you have a particular disney sit down restaurant you would like to eat at, make your dining reservations a few weeks in advance as they do get booked up. (personally my favorite theme park restaurant is the Sci Fi Dine In at the Hollywood Studios, great atmosphere).
If your not staying at a Disney resort follow the Crowd Calender at Touringplans.com. It will tell you which Disney World parks will be most busy & leasy busy on each day.
Don't go in with too many pre-conceptions and keep an open mind, I mean don't think "well all the disney fanboys say stitch is the worst attraction ever this is going to suck".
I think you said your going during December so there will be all sorts of Christmas stuff going on at Disney World. I have never been during Christmas Season, but I have heard great things about the Osborne Lights.
When are you going in December, I know Dec 11-15 is MouseFest the big gathering of Disney fans. I have never been (may go this year) but all the big websites and podcasters (inside the magic, wdw today, wdw radio, meandering mouse etc) host 'meets' in the parks.
If you were attending before September 27th I would highly reccomend The Adventurers Club at PI, but it won't be around, grrrrrrr. If you want to grab a few drinks one night try drinking the world at epcot or Jellyrolls Piano Bar at The Boardwalk (right next to epcot) or Citywalk.
I guess I will let ya know my favorite attractions at each of the parks:
Magic Kingdom - Mansion, Pirates, Splash Mountain & Wishes
EPCOT - Soarin' & Test Track
Disneys Hollywood Studios - Rock & Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania, Fantasmic
Disneys Animal Kingdom - Dinosaur, Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo The Musical (my fav park show ever!!)
Universal Studios - Mummy, Simpsons
Islands Of Adventure - Spiderman, Hulk, Dueling Dragons
If ya got any questions feel free to shoot me a message. _________________ A Walk In The Park Podcast & Blog Host, In The Loop Co-Host
So this is quite a long post, but I have quite a lot to input since it's my first post, and because I have been going to WDW for my entire life and have stuff I wanted to share after hearing your show.
I'll respond to a few quotes to put my opinions into the post.
Sorry if it's too long to read, I at least tried to hit the return key so it doesn't hurt the eyes.
LOL!!! @ "What's a flying coaster?.... uh, it's where you fly???" & "Oh, everyone like a smooth BM..."
I liked the humor in this episode as well. I was listening to it at work and started cracking up at "Eat your Intamin cake and have a smooth BM"
Montu is a lot of fun, but the problem I have with that ride is the fact that it's so far away from everything. So, if it's breaks down, you are just stuck in that area until it opens, because it's far away from the other rides. The King Tut museum around that area is just stupid.
True, BUT the good thing about this is that the line is very short most of the time.
For Gwazi, I don't like it all. Yet, you like Beast, and wow I can't believe that. That ride in my opinion is the worst roller coaster I've been on.
I agree, it is just too rough to be fun, so if you only ride one I would recommend Tiger, since when you get off you might not want to ride the other. When I went in 2005 the operations were very poor, they loaded slow and you sat in the station for a long time. The coasters only dueled "sometimes", and I was never on the ride when they did. The ride ops dont care and just send the trains out whenever, even though I had already been sitting in the train for about 5 minutes waiting.
For Walt Disney World, the rides I think you should ride are (Some of these aren't my favorites, but in general) at the Magic Kingdom are Space Mountain (Ups and downs, and not just go around in circles like boring Disneyland), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (By Splash Mountain in Frontierland, and not in the middle of the park), Snow White's Scary Adventure (Way better than Disneyland's), Carousel of Progress (if it's open), The Country Bears, Pirate's of the Carribean, Haunted Mansion, TTA, and Splash Mountain.
Honestly, if you like Disney, you should spend as much time in those four parks as you can, and ride everything. You will really enjoy seeing the differences between the two resorts. I love Florida's Space Mountain, but compared to DL's (from what I've heard) expect it to be rougher, not as dark, but have a lot more drops.
I would say skip Soarin because it's Boarin
Normally I would say the exact opposite of this, however, you should skip soarin when you go to WDW. It has the longest waits of anything in any of the WDW parks (120 minutes is very common in the summer at any time of day), and its exactly the same as DL's. Same with Honey I Shrunk. Just skip journey into imagination as it is absolutely horrible.
World Showcase is cool if you like culture, but I usually skip that entire half of the park because it only has two rides, the boat rides.
I was expremely impressed with the Finding Nemo ride, the lighting and the video effects were very impressive, plus it's based on my favorite movie of all time.
You MUST do Mission Space and Test Track, and I actually like Ellen's Energy Adventure. Short wait, funny, and great to go on if it's hot or crowded.
At Hollywood studios.
Tower of Terror is a must. So is the lights motors action stunt show, if you like cars (and even if you don't its really really cool.)
The Indy show is also cool. Star Tours can be skipped (DL copy)
and of course while at Hollywood Studios....
Rockin Roller Coaster isn't my type of ride, but people like it. They might have a single rider for this ride?? It's Arrow Smith music, an indoor building, and a Vekoma that only has one inversion. Boring.
The do have single rider now. You MUST go on this ride.
The ride actually has 3 inversions. A Sea Serpent (vekoma calls it a Rollover) which counts as two, and a corkscrew.
It will be an awesome trip for you guys and you go go with out worrying about the little ones!
WDW is one of the places that I really want to go to. I love Disneyland and it seems like WDW is just a bigger and better (for most things) place.
Great to hear from you R.C.!
I am beyond excited about this trip, but I'm sure even trying my hardest... I'll end up thinking about my kids. My oldest loves Disneyland (when I say love, I mean LUV !!!!!!). I'm going to try and work out the guilty bug for the next few months... we'll see how that works.
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