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Old 10-30-2012, 09:02 AM   #61
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Universal Studios is a seperate theme park not affilated with WDW. The park that has the Osborne Family Xmas Spectacle of Lights is Disney Hollywood Studios (used to be called MGM/Hollywood). IIRC the spectacle is every night right after sunset starting on Thanksgiving and running to the beginning of January. We went last year for Thanksgiving week and it was a sight to behold.

If you are not afraid of heights I highly recommend the Soaring ride at EPCOT. You will likely have to use a FastPass as it is an extremely popular ride. It is a hang gliding simulation.

Next year (2013) we are going right after Thanksgiving and will be staying at Ft Wilderness for the first time.

Last year (2011) we were off Disney at the Kissimmee KOA and it was an easy drive to the Disney theme parks. One thing you will have to remember is that there is a daily parking fee, don't forget to take money for that. If you were at the resort you could take the transportation like was mentioned, but we heard many guests complain and if you on a WDW resort parking at the theme parks is free .
We have 1 flex day, so we will likely check out Disney Hollywood Studios.
We will definitely ride "Soaring" at Epcot.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:36 AM   #62
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we took our trailer abt 2yrs ago. Ft Wilderness has several campgrounds at different prices. we chose full hook ups. the difference between the more expensive one and the one a few dollars cheaper (that met full hookups) is the date it was built.
buy a hopper ticket (think that is what it is called...allows u to move freely between parks). also buy a meal ticket. the meal ticket is a very good value. u aren't going to waste ur time leaving one of the parks to go back to the trailer or off premisses to eat.
my recommendation would be to go down and stay in a hotel on the Disney property. Seems like Ft Wilderness ran close to $100/day. I've seen offers for less than that for their hotels.

If u do take the trailer, getting to Disney is easy. I was told to follow the signs...it works.
If u stay on property, u get an extra hr at closing time. don't remember if u were allowed in an hr early or not.

you may want to get a stroller (put a doll in it if u don't have a small child). people use them as weapons to get where they want to go. i've seen them back down people in wheel chairs.
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:07 AM   #63
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you may want to get a stroller (put a doll in it if u don't have a small child). people use them as weapons to get where they want to go. i've seen them back down people in wheel chairs.
that's hilarious, I did not know strollers had such "executive class" treatment. We do have a 4 year old, so we will likely be using a stroller.
Likely we'll buy one in Orlando when we arrive rather than rent. I believe the charge is about $15.00 per day rental. Much cheaper just to buy one at an Orlando Walmart, then donate it to charity when we leave.
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:47 PM   #64
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that's hilarious, I did not know strollers had such "executive class" treatment. We do have a 4 year old, so we will likely be using a stroller.
Likely we'll buy one in Orlando when we arrive rather than rent. I believe the charge is about $15.00 per day rental. Much cheaper just to buy one at an Orlando Walmart, then donate it to charity when we leave.
We rented a tri stroller from an outside dealer for our kids...it was a dream! Had rear shocks, bicycle style tires, well padded seating and big sun cover to keep them covered while napping or during light rains.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:23 PM   #65
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We rented a tri stroller from an outside dealer for our kids...it was a dream! Had rear shocks, bicycle style tires, well padded seating and big sun cover to keep them covered while napping or during light rains.
Probably opt for a smaller, easy to pack & go unit. Not sure how are logistics will play out, however we do want the flexiblity to fold up a fairly light weight stroller to change gears from on foot to "on ride" or "on bus" or on "monorail" or on "train"...etc..etc...
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:37 PM   #66
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We have a baby jogger city mini. You can rent them from orlandostrollerrentals.com
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:59 PM   #67
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We have a baby jogger city mini. You can rent them from orlandostrollerrentals.com
Awesome suggestion, I just completed my booking online. Price for the week is 60.00, fairly reasonable as it would not cost much less to buy one at walmart when we are down there. It is also cheaper than renting at resort + they will deliver & pick up from the resort we are staying at.

Thanks for the tip !
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Awesome suggestion, I just completed my booking online. Price for the week is 60.00, fairly reasonable as it would not cost much less to buy one at walmart when we are down there. It is also cheaper than renting at resort + they will deliver & pick up from the resort we are staying at.

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No problem! That stroller is easy to maneuver and folds with one hand and stores almost flat!

We've been very happy with it.
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So, PD - How did the trip go?
Was the new Fantasyland good?
Anything you would do differently?
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Gee did not know anyone was still following this old thread.
Trip was great. Our daughters were shocked when we broke the news to them on the morning we were leaving.(almost fainted from excitement)

Everything was wonderful for our first ever trip to D.W. other than getting lost on the way to the hotel in Orlando.

We spent 1 day in Animal Kingdom (loved the Kali River Rapids ride & Everest was a thriller - also took in the African Safari Ride)

Did 2 days at Epcot (loved - Soarin, Mission to Mars, Spaceship Earth, Test Track, - all great)

Did 3 days at Magic Kingdom - did not find Fantasyland that great, we enjoyed Frontierland & Adventureland the most (Thunder Mountain Railroad, Spash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Jungle Cruise were our favorites). The younger one got a kick out of Bear Country Jamboree and Small Small World. The Haunted House was great.

I think we planned everything perfectly. Rented a 2 bedroom hotel with kitchen and did all our cooking at the hotel. Brought our own snacks to the park to save money. Rented a car to give us more travel flexibility.
We came in just a little over budget, but over all would not change a thing.

The "Fast Pass" ride system worked great for us. (never waited in any line for a ride).

The one thing we would do differently would be to "pre pay" for professional photography package prior to our park visits. We did not realize this was an option. We could have had several professional family photos on rides, and in strategic park areas for a reasonable package price including special effect software for adding features & text to photos.

We plan on going back next year for 2 weeks - kids are already saving their birthday money & allowance to fund an earlier return visit.
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