good to find a fellow Disneyholic.
Was it expensive? Of course it was.It’s by far the most expensive trip I’ve taken with the kids and I wasn’t exactly my hubby’s fav person in the world for a long time afterwards. We only make it to that one trip that whole year, but was it worth it? totally.
Well, actually, we didn’t spend all 20 days at g floridian;we had 3 days on the Disney cruise and 4 in Animal kingdom lodge. But the AKL was so not worth it, we had dirty sheets and pillow cases (stained with black marks) ,found hair and soap stains in the tub etc etc. sorry, got carried away.
Anyhow, we did pay an arm and a leg for it but would have paid more had it not been for the year long research I did prior.Got annual pass for myself which got us deep discounts on room rates, then got the ten d pass for the rest of the party, went during the off season,bought the dining card which entitled us to a 20 percent discounts at participating restaurants.We also brought our own costumes for the parties, did not do the tea with Princess Aurora which cost US 200 dollars per pax.
Ah, can’t seem to stop when it comes to Disney,sorry. How old is your kid , by the way? U might want to bring him/her to the Legoland or that park with the snoopy theme( sorry, forgot what’s it called) on the way to Fl.Heard it’s v good too. Didn’t have enough time for that when we were in the States.[/quote]
Another great post, asianmom. Thanks for the info.
We’ve stayed at the Grand Floridian in the past, but I am, at heart, a Polynesian Lodge type of person. I stayed at the Polynesian back in the 1970s and 80s on my first trips to WDW with my parents and siblings. It’s always been my favorite place.
I wasn’t as impressed with the Yacht Club/Beach Club. That’s where we stayed on our last visit (2005). It was fine, and the nice thing was that we could just walk to Epcot. But it just didn’t have the atmosphere of the Polynesian.
My favorite fireworks are still at the Magic Kingdom. I think they’re better than Illuminations at Epcot. It’s great to be in the Magic Kingdom for the fireworks (and to see Tinkerbell fly from the top of the castle), but you can watch them from the beach at the Grand Floridian (as you probably did) and from the Polynesian. We had a huge meal at the restaurant on the second floor of the main Polynesian building (can’t remember the name) and we had a window seat for the fireworks. A nice way to end the meal.
It sounds as if you saved a lot with all the research you did. Way to go! Sometimes, doing the research before you go is half the fun. There’s a lot of info out there, and many WDW fanatics on the Web.
Oh, one thing we love doing at WDW is looking for all the “hidden Mickeys.” These are all the little Mickey Mouses that the imagineers have hidden in rides, in designs, in the wallpaper patterns, and so on. In fact, there’s a whole guide written about finding hidden Mickeys.
WDW has grown so much over the last thirty years, particularly over the past ten. I think it’s great–it’s always nice to have so many options and too much to do–but my favorite places are still the Magic Kingdom, the Polynesian, the Contemporary Resort Hotel (though it’s probably not so “contemporary” any more, but the monorail thru the middle is still cool), and Epcot.
Liked the Asian part of Animal Kingdom. I’d like to check out the Himilaya Adventure roller coaster the next time we visit.
Our little one is not yet two, but we are still thinking of making a trip to WDW sometime this year (maybe).
Imho, WDW is the best, and I’d, frankly, rather go there, instead of to HK Disneyland, even though it’s more expensive overall.
Glad to have found another WDW fan here in Taiwan. Please let me know the next time you plan to visit “the happiest place on earth.”