M.S. asks from Fort Sheridan, IL on October 11, 2010
T.R. answers from Orlando on October 12, 2010
How exciting! November is a great time to go, it's cooler outside and not as busy. I grew up a "Disney kid" my Dad worked there and my M. took us kids all the time. I am taking my almost 3 year old daughter in just a few weeks for her birthday. It's our first trip, and I'm super excited. You might already know this, but Disney has a M.'s forum online where you can get lots of advice and even post your own questions. So, I just wanted to share that with you. Here's the link, check it out! And have a blast!!
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L.A. answers from Orlando on October 12, 2010
right your name and cell phone number with marker on her arm in case you get separated in the park. it happens.
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L.M. answers from New York on October 12, 2010
Plan on getting to the parks early, then return to the hotel in the afternoon for nap and down time. With a 3 yo, you'll be spending most of your time at the Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom (Epcot and MGM have more for older kids). Don't waste your time at the water parks like Blizzard Beach, there's enough water at the hotel to keep you occupied.
You can take food into the park, so make sure you have a water bottle and small snack with you.
Have a great trip.
M.J. answers from Tampa on October 12, 2010
Yes, you will have to pay at the Dolphin, but if you're a Starwood member & you book now you can receive an add'l 10K points for a 4 or more night stay. Also look into getting one of their American Express cards. Do that & the first time you spend, you should be awarded 20K points. I'm pretty sure the points needed to stay at the Dolphin is 20K per night. And the Swan & Dolphin is just a wonderful place to stay. I know people mentioned not taking your kids to EPCOT or MGM, but as a parent, you will also need some fun time. If you're there before Nov 14, the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival will be going on. Hopefully you won't be there during Thanksgiving b/c the place is PACKED & you & your kids will be miserable. From the Dolphin, it's wonderful to just wander through the Boardwalk and make your way to either park. Besides, there are some really good shows at MGM & also some nice things to do at EPCOT. If you're there for 7 days, you have plenty of time to fit many things in. Make sure you take advantage of the extra Magic hours before the parks open. Specifically at the Magic Kingdom. Get there an hour before the parks open & you can knock out all rides in Fantasyland + others. Toontown is alot of fun, too. Especially for your 3 year old. You can see princesses & also Tinkerbell and the other fairies. The fairies are toughest to see, so if you want to see them, get to Mickey's Toontown fair as soon as it opens (10 am) or expect to stand in line. If she likes rollercoasters, the Barnstormer is great for little ones. Oh & if you take the train, you can get towards the end of the train & ask the conductor if she can say 'all aboard'. My sons LOVE doing that. There's so many other things to say, but not enough room to type. There should be places online that will help. Maybe go to Disney.com to find stuff. When you log in to Disney.com, you can find the calendars of what is going on. Meaning, you can find out what the Magic hours are at which parks & you can plan around those & also when the Magic Kingdom, MGM, EPCOT will have fireworks & what time the parades are.. You can also find out if there are any rides that are going to be down for repair while you're there. Good Luck!! Can you tell we go alot? Before my second 2 kids came along, we'd been 100+ times with my oldest! We've slowed down & we're now down to maybe 5-6 times/year (we have Season passes) =-)
C. answers from Hartford on October 12, 2010
You are so lucky. I agree with another M. that at age 3 you will most likely spend most of your time at the Magic Kingdom with maybe a day at the Animal Kingdom and a day at Epcot. Get the daily events so you can make sure you catch the park parades which are always fun because you can see all the characters at once. I love the Cinderella castle breakfast, but you will need to make reservation well in advance and it is pricey, but magical. I have a boy, but the princess for a day Boutique is so precious. Again, it is pricey, but if you have a limited number of splurges, this should be one. Just pace yourself. If possible, print out the park maps and circle the items you are most interested in seeing. Also, definately do the fast pass for the most popular rides (peter pan, small world, etc.). Because you are staying on-site it will be easier to take breaks during the day when needed, but bring water and snacks. Most of all, have lots of FUN.
K.B. answers from Tampa on October 15, 2010
I would suggest some downtime and not trying to go to a park every day. Go to Downtown Disney. Lots of free stuff to do there. They have a lego store with lots of legos to play with and a water taxi that will take you from one end of downtown to the other. Fun restaurants too like Rainforest Cafe.
L.M. answers from Boca Raton on October 12, 2010
You are going to have so much fun, my son just turned 4 and our baby just turned 4 months. We go all the time, my biggest recommendation is hitting the parks as soon as they open and clear out by lunch time, we usually have an easy lunch go back to the hotel and lounge by the pool, then take naps. After our naps or even just quiet time we get ready and go back around dinner time, you can either eat out or grab dinner at the park. If you choose to eat at the park in a restuarant, make reservations before you go on your trip so you can avoid the long wait. Crysatl Palace at the park has characters(pooh bear, tigger...), it is buffett, I believe. There is also an Italian restuarant in there as well. You can also shoot over to Downtown Disney for some good fun, there is a huge dinosaur restaurant there and even a Mcdonalds, many options to eat. Always try to make reservations if you can so you do not have to wait with her so long. If you call the disney number they can tell you what is available at all their places, another fun place for dinner is Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary( around $30 each for the adults) But it is a huge buffett and all the mickey characters, my son loves it there. Also just so you know , you can walk right into epcot depending on what type of pass you have, but you will have to walk all the way to the front then take the transportation to Disney. You might want to consider driving. Let me know if you have any other questions, baby is crying gotta run. Have a great trip!!
B.B. answers from Miami on October 12, 2010
I wouldn't stay at Dolphin since they charge daily for parking and "water fee". I am not sure but I guess that you staying their doesn't guarantee free parking in the parks either as it does in the others Disney hotels, but since I am not sure check into that. A good tip to do in november is the Mickey`s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom. They have discounted prices in the AAA offices - for this party you need a different ticket to get into the park.
But overall Disney is a wonderful place for a vacation there is no way that you can get that wrong.
Another tip for girls is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique if she into princess. The prices are a bit steep but it is the ultimate treat!!!!
For more information you can always check the site allears.com they have great tips there plus a bunch of photos.
Have a great vacation!!!!