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15/02/2013 at 13:46
It was your piccies that made me start thinking about this.
I really don't know where to start though there are so many choices and didn't want to take over MrsMM's thread but would love to ask you lots of questions without seeming a complete twat if that is okay?
15/02/2013 at 14:04
Yes go ahead, I may not answer until later though as super busy at work - I love talking Disney!
15/02/2013 at 14:13
Then I love you even more
I'll post a load now and then have to pop off and I'll come back much later
How old do you think is good for a child to be to go? I was thinking of waiting until U was nearly 4 but a friend said it would be better to wait until 6?
How much time do you spend inside Disney itself to see everything?
Do you need to hire a car or can you just stay in one place?
Are there any important things you need to know/do?
You have been at Christmas and June, which would eb better?
Do you think the summer would be too hot to go?
Have you been to other places there?
Gah I had lots more questions and B has asked me a random question and I've gone blank!
At the age U is now she would LOVE to go to Disneyland but I want her to get the msot out of it!
15/02/2013 at 14:22
I'm not Ninabeanie and I haven't been to Disney World either
But I did vaguely look into it a while ago and Disney's own website has a very useful Q&A section where they will answer very specific questions. For example one person was asking exactly where the entrance to the park was from a particular Disney restaurant where they were having a meal on a particular day. Now my thought was 'control freak I'm sure they'll have big signs saying "Entrance this way" ' but that's the kind of detailed question they'll answer. And I know they do offer advice on which resort/hotel to stay in to be near to particular attractions. (I got very confused looking at the options).
15/02/2013 at 14:31
Just wanted to say Nina is fab at Disney advice, she gave me loads of help and advice when we were booking it last year
Thought I'd answer a couple of the questions while I'm here:
- C was only just 3 when we went and I don't feel he was too young, he loved it and often talks about the stuff we did there, so I'm sure 4 would be fine.
- we spent a day in each of the parks and got to see most of what we wanted, and then went back to a couple of them again for another part day - one of the ones we enjoyed most was Islands of Adventure (one of the Universal parks rather than Disney), two areas in particular, Harry Potter one (that was me mainly though) and Dr Seuss
- car hire depends on where you're staying, some hotels have transport to the parks, but ours didn't so we hired one.
15/02/2013 at 14:32
Just remembered about this website http://www.thedibb.co.uk/ - it's really good for information, and the forums are great on there too.
15/02/2013 at 14:52
I'm obviously not nina either, but we've done florida quite a few times (I think i'm on 7 trips now)
How old do you think is good for a child to be to go? I was thinking of waiting until U was nearly 4 but a friend said it would be better to wait until 6? I'd perhaps wait even older tbh, i was 16 when i first went, it still had all the magic, plus i was able to get on the roller coasters. We're planning on taking E and S when they're 9 and 8
How much time do you spend inside Disney itself to see everything? To do each park properly, you probably need a couple of days in each one, if you're just doing disney then there are 4 parks, you could probably do them in 6 days at a push. You've also got the water parks and then downtown disney which you will need to spend time in. You could quite easily spend 2 weeks in just disney without visiting Universal Studios or Seaworld or Busch Gardens
Do you need to hire a car or can you just stay in one place? We've only ever stayed off site. Unfortunately we've never had the money to stay in disney itself. I'd love to stop in the Animal Kingdom lodge though. Anyway, we've stayed in a villa near Kissimmee, and we've stayed in Hotels in Kissimee and Internation Drive. Personally I love the Homewood Suites on International Drive by the convention centre, the rooms are like 1 bedroomed suites, i assume you could get a 2 bedroom suite too. Then you get a free breakfast in the morning, and you get free shuttles to the parks, so really you don't need a car. You're in a good spot on Idrive for restaurants etc too, and the trolly bus that runs up and down I drive so you can just hop on and hop off, and it also takes you to the big Florida Mall. Also all the rooms at the homewood suites have kitchens with fridges and dishwasher etc. So you have the joys of a villa in a hotel.
Are there any important things you need to know/do? Not disney, but if you can go when the children are old enough to do discovery cove then go there. The place is amazing, and one of the best days i've ever had whilst in florida. We swam with the dolphins and the memories will stay with me forever.
You have been at Christmas and June, which would eb better? I've been at christmas, october and july. Best time weatherwise for us was October. we normally do the half term week and then either a week before or a week after.
Do you think the summer would be too hot to go? Like i said we've been in July, the weather was hot, but also very thunder stormy
Have you been to other places there? We've done everything over the years, as we've got older we enjoy Universal more and love Islands of Adventure, some of the rides are amazing. However you can't beat disney for the magic of it all. Busch gardens is good i you like roller coasters, but it's about 2 hours drive from where all the other stuff is. As I've already said, i love discovery cove. There is also a legoland out there now, which there wasn't when i've been before, and so that is on my list of things to do when we take the children. Harry Potter World is also a must see in Islands of Adventure.
15/02/2013 at 15:01
How old do you think is good for a child to be to go? I was thinking of waiting until U was nearly 4 but a friend said it would be better to wait until 6? Ok Molly has already been twice, once at 1 (when she was none the wiser) and then this year at 3 which was fantastic as it was all so magical for her. There was still lots she could go on especially in Magic Kingdom which is the main Disney Park. Lauren has been at the ages of 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 and 14
How much time do you spend inside Disney itself to see everything? We plan our itinerary in advance so that we buy the right tickets. In the winter you need less time as the Q times are much quicker (before Christmas, from the 22nd it’s a nightmare – worse than August) we done it in 5 days over christmas which was ideal. There is also universal which you can do and sea world, I would say you can do all those in 3 days….you can see how I easily fill up three weeks when you fit in shopping and water parks! You get the Disney Water Parks free with a lot of ticket options which is great, there is loads to do there for all ages. There are two water parks but one will close at a time over winter for refurbishment.
Magic Kingdom – 2 days
Animal Kingdom – 1 day
Epcot – 1 day
Disney Studios – 1-2 days (we share this with Epcot as Lauren finds Epcot boring and there is loads of dinesy Playhouse at the studios)
Do you need to hire a car or can you just stay in one place? We don’t have a car if we are staying at a Disney Hotel – they have there own transportation which is really easy to use and very regular.
Are there any important things you need to know/do? For you my advice would be to stay at the Disney hotels, transport is great, it is safe and very child friendly. My SIL took my nephew in 2011 on her own (when I had my clot) and she changed her accommodation from a villa
15/02/2013 at 19:19
This is brilliant help all thank you very muh - it will take me a while to digest. How old do you have to be to get on the roller coasters?
15/02/2013 at 19:45
Just to add that although I haven't been to Disney World I have been to Disneyland in California when I was 5. I still remember the excitement of some of the rides. Obviously not the roller coasters! The thing with small children on any holiday is that you have to do things at a pace they can manage and plan your trip with that in mind. We've made the mistake on trips to places in this country of trying to fit more in than our daughter would manage. It meant that rather than focusing with her in the here and now we were trying to push her onto the next thing. (Then perversely she'd then rush past things we want to look at!).
15/02/2013 at 19:51
There are some of the smaller rollercoasters they can go on, I remember one of them in the Harry Potter section (Flight of the Hippogriff I think) was actually quite fast and MrDD wouldn't go on, but C loved it!
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