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Johnie
10-09-2008, 05:28 PM
What is the biggest secret tip you could give to someone taking a trip to WDW?

Beccaberry
10-09-2008, 09:23 PM
If you're traveling with children and don't have plans to go back to the hotel midafternoon (which is a BRILLIANT idea, IMO) try making an ADR at a "sit down" restaurant...this can do wonders...a bit of time in the air conditioning, a nice place to sit down and relax, perhaps a character encounter...it can go far in rejuvenating you for the evening!!

On that same note, MAKE ADR'S IN ADVANCE!!! Gone are the times we you could realistically "walk in" at table service restaurants....do your research (right here on these boards!!) and make some plans before your trip!

Shogun
10-09-2008, 10:16 PM
You go to MK on the mono rail??

You fancy riding in with the driver??

If you ask the guard on the platform very nicely there is a good chance he will get you in there.

Tink
11-09-2008, 12:22 AM
When visiting the World Showcase, make it a goal to speak to at least one cast member of each country. Ask some questions about the country; show interest. :yes: You'll be amazed at how welcome your interest will be! :yes:

MystikPiglit
11-09-2008, 01:03 PM
Another World Showcase tip:
Have a good look at the sides of each country and go around to the backs too. There are some amazing things hidden away! :p015:

SleepinCatz
11-09-2008, 07:57 PM
smile, be nice...even when you feel like screaming! A smile and a kind word goes along way to making a very magical day :) Don't believe me? Try it...:)

Isafari
11-09-2008, 08:10 PM
Another World Showcase tip:
Have a good look at the sides of each country and go around to the backs too. There are some amazing things hidden away! :p015:

Oh, i couldn't agree more. The first year we went to Epcot, I left feeling so dissappointed. After joining an onsite WDW site, I learnt that there were allsorts of great things going on in WS that we simply missed becasue we didn't know they were there. Now, I have to visit at least twice each trip and I love Epcot.

Mari
18-12-2008, 10:01 PM
MUST TRY

*Margaritas at the Mexico pavillion cantina

*Turkey Legs, buy them before you head into the Fantasmic theater at MGM :)

*Casey's hot dogs!!!

minnie-me
13-01-2009, 09:15 PM
Book an ADR for the 1st morning - you will be up early anyway & we went to Cinderella's Castle for 8.10am - it was brill walking down a nearly empty Main Street & we got some brill pics xx

Skywatcher
14-01-2009, 08:34 AM
Book an ADR for the 1st morning - you will be up early anyway & we went to Cinderella's Castle for 8.10am - it was brill walking down a nearly empty Main Street & we got some brill pics xx

very true - first mornng brits are always awake at ridicuous o'clock in the morning and EVERY time i ring guest services to ask when breakfast starts as I can never remember - we have loads of pics of steaming hotel pools at 5 am :lol:

Taja
14-01-2009, 02:31 PM
Book an ADR for the 1st morning - you will be up early anyway & we went to Cinderella's Castle for 8.10am - it was brill walking down a nearly empty Main Street & we got some brill pics xx

Great advice for those traveling east to west! :thumbsup:

Doesn't work so well for those of us traveling west to east. We're going to sleep about the time you're waking up! :lol:

Ursula
14-01-2009, 05:13 PM
Always buy bottled water at WalMarts or Publix and take them half frozen to the parks. It really does save on money if you have four people drinking water all day every day, it soon adds up.

Ursula
14-01-2009, 05:16 PM
If you are staying onsite get an early morning call, it's all done on the phone in your room and get your kids to answer it.... do it several times during your stay, it's free and there will be a surprise person to greet them!

Tink
15-01-2009, 04:51 PM
If you are celebrating something special, ask at a WDW park's Guest Relations if they have a badge (free) for the celebration. :yes: They have all sorts now, birthday, anniversary, wedding... first visit!

minnie-me
16-01-2009, 11:15 AM
Great advice for those traveling east to west! :thumbsup:

Doesn't work so well for those of us traveling west to east. We're going to sleep about the time you're waking up! :lol:


Sorry Taja - didn't think about that!

Mike
16-01-2009, 02:34 PM
1. Try going without the kids! It's much more relaxed!:tongue:

2. Get up early. The biggest obstacle to getting plenty done in the parks is not the time of year, it's getting there after opening time. You can sleep in late on your own time at home on weekends! I've been Christmas and Easter (3 or 4 times) and we've always done everything we've wanted before we....

3. Leave the parks early afternoon and head back to your villa or hotel for a swim/sleep/drink etc. (travelling with or without kids!)

4. Go to Jellyrolls!:thumbsup:

5. Volunteer as an Indiana Stunt Show extra! (see 2008 trippie, linked below)

6. If you can afford it, stay on-site at Universal for the Front of Line access.

7. Visit Celebration for coffee and unwinding on the lakeside rocking chairs.

8. Use Sweet Tomatoes to get some veggies back in your diet after a week on grilled meat products!

Mike:yes:

Mapman
18-01-2009, 02:35 PM
7. Visit Celebration for coffee and unwinding on the lakeside rocking chairs.

Blimey Mike, don't tell everyone about "our" favourite thing to do or we won't get a seat next time - LOL

If you're NOT staying on-site at Disney . . you can still visit their hotel resorts to have a look around and also to eat at their restaurants. If you're driving, just take some ID with you and the security guards will issue you with a 3 hour car pass.

Also, one of my favourite things to do when visiting Magic Kingdom is to hop on the monorail at lunch time, head round to the Polynesian and have lunch at the Kona Café before walking down to the Poly Marina and then hiring one of the little Sea Raycer motorboats (used to be called Water Mice). These are a blast, and they hire them out to non-residents too (again, just take ID). Then walk along the sandy beach to have a nose around the Grand Floridian before getting a water launch back to Magic Kingdom for SpectroMagic and Wishes . . . what a fabulous day !

tinkermom76
30-06-2009, 09:03 PM
7. Visit Celebration for coffee and unwinding on the lakeside rocking chairs.


Mike:yes:

What is this.. I have coffee tattooed on me and I will try anything coffee

Tink
30-06-2009, 10:45 PM
They have a coffee shop there. :yes: You can get some to go and then sit by the lake's edge in a rocker, or on a park bench and enjoy the view as you sip your java. :yes:

minnie-me
05-07-2009, 04:41 PM
This year we had breakfast at 1900 Park Fayre - fantastic.

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w67/hel1304/florida%202009/CNV00022.jpg http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w67/hel1304/florida%202009/CNV00016-1.jpg

keith
05-07-2009, 05:02 PM
This year we had breakfast at 1900 Park Fayre - fantastic.

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w67/hel1304/florida%202009/CNV00022.jpg http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w67/hel1304/florida%202009/CNV00016-1.jpg

ooo what did they have there for breakfast?

minnie-me
06-07-2009, 08:40 AM
They had cereals, fresh fruit, cakes, bacon, sausage etc..., We enjoyed this meal alot more than CRT as it was buffet & kids could help themselves! The characters were great & they all loved the girls dressed up as Mary Poppins & 'fashionable' Alice!!!

DisneyFreak
06-07-2009, 06:19 PM
Offical check in time at Disney is 3pm.

I recommend you always check in early in case your room is ready. We just got back from a two night stay and both of our rooms where ready at 11am!! :yes: It's so much nicer getting into your room early to unpack and change for the pool.

Mari
06-07-2009, 07:15 PM
one more thing!

At Epcot, be sure to watch the fountain after passing Spaceship Earth... I am not sure how frequent it is, but ther eis a music show and the fountain goes up and down with the music

the last show used to be after Illuminations... so dont run out of the park to stand at the bus stop for 45 minutes... better to take your time, sit on one of the benches close to the fountain and enjoy the show :)

CheshireCat
14-07-2009, 04:51 PM
Another World Showcase tip:
Have a good look at the sides of each country and go around to the backs too. There are some amazing things hidden away! :p015:


Can you give us some things to look for ? I have always wanted to find ways to make the World Showcase walk more interesting.

CheshireCat
14-07-2009, 04:54 PM
7. Visit Celebration for coffee and unwinding on the lakeside rocking chairs.

8. Use Sweet Tomatoes to get some veggies back in your diet after a week on grilled meat products!

Mike:yes:[/quote]

What is "celebration" & what is "Sweet Tomatoes"?

ukwdwnut
14-07-2009, 04:56 PM
one more thing!

At Epcot, be sure to watch the fountain after passing Spaceship Earth... I am not sure how frequent it is, but ther eis a music show and the fountain goes up and down with the music

the last show used to be after Illuminations... so dont run out of the park to stand at the bus stop for 45 minutes... better to take your time, sit on one of the benches close to the fountain and enjoy the show :)

i luv watching the fountain mari i sit and watch/listen to it for ages...take pix of it too :D

minnie-me
02-08-2009, 08:42 PM
Go into Club Kool at Epcot & try all the different soda's! Its great fun - especially 'beverley'!! My DH still has not forgiven me for getting him to try it!!!!

Treacle
04-08-2009, 07:03 PM
Take your time and ejoy the little things, the background music or the details of the windows.

Vixynne
04-08-2009, 07:42 PM
<snip>
what is "Sweet Tomatoes"?

Sweet Tomatoes is a restaurant in Orlando--a rather popular place, I believe!
Click here for the restaurant's website & menu. (http://www.sweettomatoes.com/locations/restaurant.asp?store_id=72&store_name=Orlando_1)

Tx_Belle
06-08-2009, 12:15 AM
Take your time and ejoy the little things, the background music or the details of the windows.

Ditto. :yes: I do this, too.

FairyDust
10-08-2009, 02:43 PM
Last time we went found a Wooden Leg named Smith at one of the Train Stations.
Xxx

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chitowngirl
01-10-2009, 08:25 PM
MUST TRY

*Margaritas at the Mexico pavillion cantina

*Turkey Legs, buy them before you head into the Fantasmic theater at MGM :)

*Casey's hot dogs!!!

Casey's hot dogs were GREAT!!!

Since it was my very first trip, I don't have any secrets to share, other than... don't rush!! Take your time, take it all in... and wear comfortable shoes!!

artisanVIP
14-12-2009, 08:51 PM
*Don't eat in disney, its very expensive, can always go to crossroads which is just outside the gates. except Ice cream sundaes from that place at the end of main street and funnel cake at america in epcot.

*for the magic kingdom, go to the contemporary and say your having breakfast. park, then walk around to the gates...way, way quicker than going through the conventional route.

*for epcot go to yacht and beach and go through the gates which open on world showcase, they open at 10 or 11 tho. Good place to buy your park tickets aswell as theres never anybody there.

*Rides during parades. Rides during fireworks.

*go to the little theatre in the building to the right of main street right near the gates to chill out. Theres a mini cinema that plays steamboat willie, the bandstand in the park cartoon and the one with the plants and trees.

*never go in the middle of summer =D

*be daring and sneak into the swimming pool at the beach club, its easily the best one in all of WDW.

...also the grand floridian has very very nice sunbeds.

*BEST resort restaurants, Cape may cafe (i think thats what its called) at yacht and beach club and chef mickeys in the contemporary (good for kids like).

*walk along the boardwalk at the boardwalk hotel.

*try and find some jokes pumpkin carvings when its halloween, i saw some sick ones in the yacht club on year.

*be lucky enough to be an original Vacation club member

this is just like 18 years of repressed disney knowledge

Tink
14-12-2009, 09:32 PM
Welcome to Disney Secrets! Thank you for your ideas. I need to say this though. We aren't supporters of doing things like parking at a resort hotel (by saying something that isn't necessarily the complete truth :) ) to get out of paying for parking. :)

Nor do we ever recommend that a member sneak into any pool at a resort where they are not registered. Imagine how terribly embarrassing it would be to be escorted out for not having a room key card when asked (I've seen that happen at both the Beach Club and the Boardwalk Inn).

So, do feel free to share your vast knowledge, but do recognize that we only support those bits of knowledge that won't cause potential problems for our members. :)

artisanVIP
14-12-2009, 09:51 PM
i think the beach club pool is soooo worth it tho

also, the free parking was taken from the days when DVC members had more freedom, like visiting any hotel fro no reason...im not intentionally cheeky ;-)

Tink
14-12-2009, 10:10 PM
Yes, the changes to the perks for DVC members have been significant. :)

The BC pool is definitely wonderful, but they do keep close track of who is using it, and I must say that under no circumstances would I want to be publickly embarrassed and escorted from a pool area. I'd never show my face again, and then where would that leave me! LOL.

At any rate, thank you for your understanding of our general policies here. :yes:

BigThunder
15-12-2009, 04:36 PM
I think if too many do the 'park at BC to go to Epcot' thing it will ruin it for those who just want to park & visit a resort which is something we do often. Are we no longer allowed to park at a resort just to visit?
I would never attempt sneaking into BC pool for the fear of humiliation if I got caught, lol. And trust me, I'd be the one person to get caught!

BigThunder
15-12-2009, 04:57 PM
my recommendations:

~bring a stroller if you have small kids!! even if you rent one in the parks it won't help when they fall asleep on the bus ride back to the resort & then you have to carry them on the trek to your room. My husband ended up with an umbilical hernia after our first visit & we swore it was from carrying our 4 year old so much, lol

~I agree about the cinema in the back of the Kodak place on Main Street. Quite a nice little spot to relax & enjoy A/C

~just my opinion but don't waste money on refillable mugs. They don't actually hold all that much & they are a pain to keep up with. If you are just using them for meals at the resort then you still have to tote them back to the room before you can head to a park. This is just my experience with them.

~research the layout of the resort you are staying at. They can be HUGE & you may be quite a distance from the food court or pool. Try to have a building that you request to insure you are happy with your location.

~on a rainy day hop on the monorail & 'resort hop'...just check out the three resorts on the monorail system. They are really very beautiful! One of my favorite things to do :)

~with the cutbacks I don't think they do this anymore but if there are two times for the same evening parade, do the second one. Everyone usually sits & holds a spot for the first & by the time they do the second you can just walk right up & watch (depending on time of year of course)

~if you hate crowds, do DTD during the day. It usually gets really crowded in the evenings so take a morning & do it.

~if staying at the Wilderness Lodge check into being a 'Flag Family'. You get to go up on the roof (which is awesome!) & raise all the flags! It's quite a ceremony.

~at the closing of the parks, I like to take my time getting out & just stroll through the basically empty walkways & enjoy the peace & quiet. I never rush out to the busses, I relish the emptiness & find a bench to sit on & take in a nice view of the castle while everyone else fights the crowd to their way to the busstop, lol.

that's all i have right now, if i think of anything else later, I'll add it :)

MrDark
04-02-2010, 05:13 PM
Last time we went found a Wooden Leg named Smith at one of the Train Stations.
Xxx

That's the punchline of a classic vaudeville joke...

Man 1:I knew a man who had a wooden leg named
Smith.

Man 2: Really? What was his other leg named?

MrDark
04-02-2010, 05:48 PM
I have a bunch of "secrets" I posted as an online document [gathered by other people and posted on other sites]. It is somewhat out of date, but if you would like to see or edit it, please message me.

gwennie81
05-02-2010, 03:46 AM
It's also from Mary Poppins when they go to visit Uncle Albert. I love to laugh ha ha ha haaa!


That's the punchline of a classic vaudeville joke...

Man 1:I knew a man who had a wooden leg named
Smith.

Man 2: Really? What was his other leg named?

Faythstar
07-12-2012, 09:19 PM
I have a bunch of "secrets" I posted as an online document [gathered by other people and posted on other sites]. It is somewhat out of date, but if you would like to see or edit it, please message me.

I'd really love to have a link to that, if you've still got it. I am compiling my own list and I've been kind of obsessive about looking at all resources I can find!