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#1798398 - 03/26/13 05:54 PM Heading to Disney for Mother's Day
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My daughter invited me to join her and my 5 yr old grandson in Disney World over a long Mother's Day weekend.
I believe she is getting two free park tickets from a friend who works for Disney. Otherwise, anyone know some good sites to find deals for our trip? I do belong to AAA and AARP.

I just found out this morning so I haven't had time to start looking since I'm "working".
Thanks in advance!

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#1798406 - 03/26/13 05:58 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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There's a whole internet board devoted to Disney. Collectively referred to as the "DisBoards." I'd start there. They have forums (forae?) for lodging, meals, tickets, and pretty much everything else you can think of. If there are any kinds of deals (and there always are), that's the place to find them.

Sounds like a great trip!
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#1798434 - 03/26/13 07:02 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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Pulling people out of the ditc...
I hated Disney, so i'm likely not a good source! grin
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#1798448 - 03/26/13 07:17 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day HappyGilmore
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I think Disney is Deek's favorite vacation destination
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#1798463 - 03/26/13 07:38 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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I haven't been there since 1990, and it was a bad trip.
As a grandma, I've found I am game for most anything for my grandsons!

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#1798469 - 03/26/13 07:45 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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Here is a very informative site:

http://allears.net/index.html

I'm not sure they'll have a lot of info on "deals" because deals are scarce at Disney. You might try Groupon for dining deals outside of the park.

Watch out for the places promoting discount WDW tickets, because many of them are timeshare tour traps.

TripAdvisor also has a ton of Disney info, and not too long ago they added a Disney forum as a subset of the Orlando forum.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g1954828-i20534-Disney_World_Florida.html

In contrast to H O'G, I love WDW.

edit to add:

Here's the crowd calendar and event calendar for May. Mom's Day weekend looks to be busy.

http://www.undercovertourist.com/plannin...y-opening-hours
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#1798473 - 03/26/13 07:59 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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Pulling people out of the ditc...
MBH - it is possible my distaste stemmed form a couple of issues:

1. Tickets could not be upgraded to a "park-hopper" without paying an additional $80 per person fee, which was not disclosed when we bought the tickets, because we would have paid the extra $10 at that point to do it, instead of later when we'd had enough of one park.
2. Son and nephew were 12/13 when we went, so a little too old for Disney characters
3. 90% of the rides are meant for kids under 10, and no rides geared to us big kids frown (i love coasters)
4. It is expensive as hades...and waiting 2-3 hours for each ride is silly
5. Park was at capacity each day, meaning long lines for everything...45 minutes in line for a burger was nuts
6. It is expensive as hades...
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#1798541 - 03/26/13 09:56 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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You must have missed the memo: It's the Happiest Place on Earth!

You also forgot to add:

7. It's the most hot and humid place on Earth.

But I still like it. It's sounds like you never got out of the Magic Kingdom. Hollywood Studios (especially on Star Wars Weekends) and Epcot may have suited 12/13 years olds better.
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#1798551 - 03/26/13 10:22 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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Pulling people out of the ditc...
we did magic kingdom and hollywood...but had knocked out hollywood by 3 and wanted to go to epcot or animal...only to be told we could only go back to magic...
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#1798594 - 03/27/13 11:38 AM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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Disney: eek All of those little evil children... crazy
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#1798596 - 03/27/13 12:20 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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#1798603 - 03/27/13 12:46 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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Our Rules for Drinking at Disney

1. Have Fun
2. Try not to hurt yourself
3. Stay in control
4. Don't frighten the children

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#1798605 - 03/27/13 12:53 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day DeeQ
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For you 2 of 4 is not bad? laugh
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#1798613 - 03/27/13 01:03 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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Which 2? grin
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#1798625 - 03/27/13 01:16 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day DeeQ
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#1798629 - 03/27/13 01:21 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day HappyGilmore
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Originally Posted By: HappyO'Gilmore


6. It is expensive as hades...


Yes, but then there's this:
Disney stock price 1/2/2009 = $22.76
Disney stock price today = $56.63
The stockholders thank you.

My wife and I went to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival a few years ago and drank our way around the world. Besides the usual countries at Epcot, many more set up small pavilions. It was hard work, but we survived.
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#1798702 - 03/27/13 02:37 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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I'm taking my monsters to Disney later this summer. Guess I should start planning soon.

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#1798703 - 03/27/13 02:39 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotPerfect
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I'm taking my monsters to Disney later this summer. Guess I should start planning soon.


Step 1. ensure deek will not be in the park at the same time laugh
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#1798708 - 03/27/13 02:48 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotPerfect
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I'm taking my monsters to Disney later this summer. Guess I should start planning soon.


ahhhhh, Orlando in late summer is always a treat
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#1798736 - 03/27/13 03:14 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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Have no fear. Deek will never ever ever go to Disney again. smile
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#1798742 - 03/27/13 03:18 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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#1798764 - 03/27/13 03:36 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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If possible have lunch or dinner at the Whispering Pines Cafe located in the Wlderness Lodge Hotel...we had a blast there and the food was really good.
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#1798803 - 03/27/13 04:15 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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My Brain Hurts gave you some great links, NotDoneYet. You can make dining reservations at 180 days out. So if you want to dine make those reservations now. We are going later this year and already the more popular dining options are full.

Go to www.waltdisneyworld.com and sign up for a “My Disney Experience” account. It has a ton of neat features for when you are at the park, and you can create an itinerary and make reservations now. Go here to find a list of activities that are age appropriate - https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/attractions/

Buy your park tickets in April - they traditionally go up in May. We are NOT doing the park hopper option, sorry happy. It adds $57/per ticket/day.

Also, go to www.touringplans.com it has a great crowd calendar, wait times for rides, ticket calculators, and dining menus for Disney locations.
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#1798817 - 03/27/13 04:39 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day E.E.G.B
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It was so icky, and sticky and noisy... Blech laugh
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#1798852 - 03/27/13 05:31 PM Re: Heading to Disney for Mother's Day NotDoneYet
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We have done Disney World a bunch of times and we love it.

However, this year I'm taking my daughter to Disneyland (CA)--over the fourth of July

Anybody have any suggestions for CA instead of FL?? I went to Disneyland as a child and remember only a little bit.
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