Just got back this morning from WDW. We stayed from Wed. to Wed. My husband, myself and two boys (6.5 & 3.5) had a Magical time. We all had great attitudes going in and although I am very organized and tried to plan each day, I went in with a clear head knowing I couldn't do that.
We stayed at Riverside, wonderful and very peaceful. The boys enjoyed the pool on the fishing hole island, we didn't, way to crowded but we managed a few times. We also went to a quiet pool with no bells and whistles, small crowd and the boys didn't care. Also went to French Quaters and swam in the Lagoon Pool with Scales. The boys loved that. The weather was wonderful, 90's every day. It rained one night, which was nice, it cooled things off and cleared the park (MGM).
We were on the dining plan and believed we saved money doing it that way. Tons of food.
I made reservations everyday for our sit down meal 3 months ago. I only cancelled one, which was the first night because we were tired from traveling and the boys really wanted to swim. Instead we ate at the Boat wright on Riverside property.
Thurs. Reservations at Chef Mickey's for 7:50am. WONDERFUL and so much FUN! The boys loved it.
After breakfast, went to MK. Went on all the rides that were appropriate for the boys. We loved Mickey Philharmagic.
Hit the parade at 12:30 and then left.
Swam and ate dinner at Riverside cafetria and hit Downtown Disney.
The boys kept saying that AK wasn't disney world, it was a zoo. I agree, it doesn't have that same feel as MGM and MK. Hit AK early and got on the Safari Ride, saw lots of great animals. Went to Camp Mickey and Minnie. Got autographs.
Lion King was cancelled, tech problems.
Swam at hotel
MGM in the evening. Playhouse Disney, Star Wars Tours, It's tough to be a bug, (BOYS CRIED), Beauty and the Beast, Fantasmic.
We ate dinner at 4 at the 50's Prime Timer. That is a very fun atmosphere.
Sat. Slept in. Got to Epcot at 8:30am
Fast Track, no wait.
Figment and the discovery section.
Innoventions - fire house game was fun.
Return to hotel at 1.
Snack, Swim, Rest Time.
Spent the rest of the evening at the pool.
Sun. Breakfast at Ohauna's with Lilo and Stitch at 8:30am.
Swim at French Quaters.
1 pm rest, lunch
5pm MGM - If your boys are star wars fans like mine, you have to go to the Jedi Academy Training. Bothe of the boys got picked to go on stage with 10 or so other kids. The Master is teaching them how to fight and then......Darth Vader and 2 Storm Troopers come out and each child gets to fight Darth Vader. Then at the end they get a certificate saying they are Jedi's. The boys loved it.
We also saw the Motor car parade at MGM.
Mon. 8am, Cape May Cafe for Breakfast. Very nice.
MGM 9:30 to get autographs, 3-D muppets, Star Tours, stunt show.
Swam at FQ
Rented a bike
Tues. Slept in til 7:30. MK got on a lot of the rides with out much wait time. By noon Dumbo was 50 minutes. This was the busiest we had seen it all week. We left.
Swam at hotel.
Dinner at Ohauna's at 5:30
Here are some tips that we found out throughout our stay. The Magic Your Way is great on the way there. On the way back it says to check your bags in 12 hours - 3 hours before your departure time. We had to leave the hotel at 5am, so we went to check them in last night at 9 and oh gee they weren't there. Their hours for luggage check in is 5am - 1pm and they are seperate from the hotel staff. It's airport staff that comes to the hotel and does it.
We really loved the dining plan. We ate dessert for every meal. Our jaws dropped when we would see a $180 dinner bill for 4. We are going to add up our receipts and see how much it all cost for food. It doesn't show the price on your slip but we always remembered it and went to the table and wrote it down on ours.
We fell for buying a $17 water bottle. I didn't think it was going to be that hot so I didn't get one here. It was well worth the money. Also our first one broke because my son dropped it and the battery's wouldn't stay in so they replaced it without a problem.
We left an hour early for every reservation and we made it if transportation went smooth. When we went to Cape May, we needed to catch a boat but since we were the only ones on the bus, the driver took us to the Yacht and Beach Club. That got us there 30 minutes before our reservation and they took us right in.
One Night we ate at the Concourse Steakhouse and the Monorail wasn't running so we had to walk from MK to the Contemp hotel and so that made us 10 minutes late, they didn't have a problem taking us in.
Thank you for listening to me babble. If you have any questions, ask away.
This site was very helpful. Thank you all for helping me plan.