First family Disney trip

Rena - posted on 01/05/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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So we have booked our very first Disney trip for March 2-9 of this year. It will be myself, my husband, a 5 year old and my little guy will turn 3 in Disney! I'm looking for any advice and do's/don'ts. Also I want to make his birthday extra special because we are away from home. Are there any special birthday things to do, other than the character breakfast, which we are already planning to do.

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Melanie - posted on 01/18/2009

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Hi. I'm a Florida resident and Disneymaniac. The park your kids will enjoy most is the Magic Kingdom. Make sure you go to the guest services building on your son's birthday. They'll give him a pin to wear. Sometimes the cast members will let you skip lines, offer free desserts, etc. if they see the pin.

Janel - posted on 01/17/2009

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I think that if you go online and register his birthday before hand that they will let him in free (promotion they are running during 2009).  Plus I think they give him a special button to wear that tells it is his birthday.



 

Angela - posted on 01/13/2009

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Chef Mickey's is the best character dining for birthdays.  Be sure and ask for a birthday button, they are free and every cast member who see him will wish him a happy birthday.  If you are staying at a Disney resort, get the meal plan, it is so worth it and you don't have to stress about the cost of food while you are there (usually the biggest expense outside of hotel and tickets).  Make reservations for any restaurtans you think you might want to eat in, they fill up fast and you have a much smoother seating if you have the reservation (great with young ones).  All four parks have stuff to do for the little ones, so no matter where you go you will have plenty to keep you busy.  Be sure to use fast passes whenever you can.  You can ask a cast member to explain how they work.  If there are rides that you and hubby both want to go on but the kids can't, just ask for the parent swich and only one parent will have to wait through the long line.  Visit Mousesavers.com for lots of ideas.  I do Disney every year with my 2 boys, hubby, and inlaws and we always have a blast.  Hope this is not overwhelming:)  Just stuff we have picked up over the years.

Melissa - posted on 01/13/2009

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I am a Disney fanatic in case you can't tell by the profile photo. My 4 year old has been 4 times and asks at least weekly to go back. Here are my top tips:



1. Stay on property if you can afford it. Awesome pools, exceptional cast members and the buses drop you off right at the gate. If you take an off-property bus, they drop you off in the middle of the parking lot.



2. Schedule a character meal (Awesome birthday idea). It will give your kids a chance to meet them in a controlled environment and save time waiting in line. As a mom of boys you should also know they just opened a TRex restaurant in Downtown Disney. It's themed in similar fashion to a Rainforest Cafe. We have never been, but it's on the to-do list for the next trip.



3. Tell the desk clerk when your check in when your son's birthday is. They will deliver a card and ballons signed by his favorite characters (they did this for DH several years ago). When you go to the park on his birthday, go to guest services and ask for an "It's my birthday button." This gets you all kinds of attention on your birthday.



4. Watch videos on youtube of the rides so your kids know what to expect. People actually take videos from the rides and some of them are very good. You can also see video clips of the layout, parades and everything else.



That's a good start, ask if you need more (I could go on for days). Make sure you check out www.allears.net. It's the best disney website out there. Browse around long enough and you'll have ten trips worth of ideas.

Donna - posted on 01/05/2009

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hey...we used to live in Winter Park...we are Disney Vets/pros....any questions just ask...make sure you get a room with a frige and micro. wash/dryer are great also...our 3 year old hated the characters(FYI). check out the pirate cruise...that's a ton of fun..make sure you let them know there is a B-day when you check in...they are all about B-days...everyone wished our little guys happy b-day the entire time we were there, got special desserts...etc... make sure to use the fast-passes esp. for Dumbo, tea cups, peter pan etc...there is a dinner at the contempary resort for b-days...check that out...tell them its a b-day when you make reservations, the ....are you staying on Disney property?? It is the best!!! Downtown Disney is amazing too...the lego shop is our boys fave...let me know if any of this helps : )

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