Get the Most Bang for Your Buck
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Pewaukee WI.

    Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

    How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck at Walt Disney World Resort: Become an Expert Explorer

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It's no lie: Time really does fly when you're having fun. So it's important to spend it wisely.

    And at Walt Disney World Resort, where children are frequently added to the equation, it becomes even more important to prioritize so the whole family can enjoy their favorite shows and attractions across the 40-square-mile Vacation Kingdom.

    With a few simple tips and a sprinkle of pixie dust, a family can save time and money ... and explore like an expert ...

    Guests can take a pro-active approach by using the Walt Disney World Web site ( to map out their trip before they arrive. With the new customized maps feature, families can pinpoint the shows, attractions and venues they most want to see, then have the maps mailed to their home address in full-color versions. Best of all, the service is free of charge.

    Resort guests can take advantage of the Walt Disney World Transportation System that takes them door-to-door across property to all four theme parks, both water parks, Downtown Disney and all 23 resorts. The system's monorails, buses and boats ensure that all guests -- especially first-timers unfamiliar with Walt Disney World Resort -- arrive at their destinations stress-free. The complimentary transportation system also makes it easy to return to the room -- and back to the parks -- throughout the day if children need a mid-day nap.

    Golfing guests at Walt Disney World resort hotels with tee times for Disney's courses need only advise front desk or transportation hosts about tee times, and special hotel-to-course complimentary transportation is arranged. When the golf is complete, golf service staff will arrange the return trip. If rounds on a subsequent day are at a different Disney course, the golf service staff can arrange club transfer and storage at the other courses. A couple of golf planning tips: Early-day tee times allow golfers to reunite with non-golfers midday for family fun while tee times later in the day frequently mean lower greens fees -- as do tee times during the summer.

    Guests with young children can save money by bringing their own strollers to the theme parks. Or, if they choose to rent, they can purchase length-of-stay strollers at a reduced price (a single stroller costs $15 for a one-day rental or $13 per day for a length-of stay rental). Double strollers are also available for larger families.

    Dining reservations for most of Walt Disney World's 300 restaurants can be made as far as 180 days in advance. Reservations give families more time to play and less time waiting around for a table.

    By using Disney's FASTPASS, guests can avoid waiting at designated popular attractions in all four theme parks. If a queue time is long for an attraction offering Disney's FASTPASS, guests can take a ticket with an assigned return time and experience the attraction with little or no wait later in the day. The complimentary ticket allows guests to experience other park attractions until their FASTPASS time rolls around.

    Instead of carrying around a camera all day, guests can take advantage of Disney's Photo Pass, a team of more than 600 professional photographers stationed throughout all four theme parks and on call to take guest pictures. Photos are uploaded to a Web site where guests can purchase pictures of their trip. The best deal is the CD-Rom that delivers snapshots from the entire vacation -- whether you have 50 or 500 -- for one price.

    At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, guests can roast marshmallows with Disney characters during Chip ‘N Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long, a nightly event that culminates with a classic Disney movie in a theater under the stars. This free event, which features a 30-minute fire lighting ceremony, rousing group renditions of favorite camp songs and appearances by Chip and Dale, is open to all Walt Disney World guests, not just those staying at the campground.

    Extra Magic Hours are exclusive times in the theme parks for guests of Walt Disney World resort hotels. A designated theme park opens one hour prior to scheduled opening or remains open up to three hours after scheduled closing each day -- a total of 16 Extra Magic Hours each week -- for Disney resort hotel guests. Extra Magic Hours also make it easy for parents and kids to take time out for daily naps and still get in plenty of "park time."

    Guests with tickets that include the Park Hopper option can visit one theme park for the majority of the day and then hop to a second theme park in the evening for more hours of fun -- including Extra Magic Hours provided the guests are staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel.

    Don't forget these tidbits!

    Eat daily meals either an hour before or after the standard meal time to avoid the crowds at restaurants.

    Visit kid-friendly attractions just before and during parades as many families line up early for a good spot.

    At some theme parks, guests can make evening dining reservations at a restaurant that offers outdoor seating and enjoy the fireworks, parade or nighttime spectacular while enjoying a meal.

    Guests of a Walt Disney World resort can purchase park and show tickets at the concierge desk of their hotel, then skip the lines at the theme park box offices.

    Guests can time their visits to coincide with one of the many festivals offered at Walt Disney World Resort throughout the year. In the fall, Super Soap Weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival provide extra fun without an additional ticket or fee.

    For more information about Walt Disney World Resort, guests can visit or phone 407/824-4321.
    "Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our childen"
    Walt Disney
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Near Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK

    Re: Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Crazy
    At some theme parks, guests can make evening dining reservations at a restaurant that offers outdoor seating and enjoy the fireworks, parade or nighttime spectacular while enjoying a meal.
    It's worth adding that unfortunately you cannot reserve an outside table so it's often worth arriving early and asking to have the next available table outside. You might have to wait but it's well worth it.
    The Rose and Crown is a fantastic viewing point for the fireworks at Epcot.
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    Re: Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

    for under a buck try the pickles from a barrel at the Liberty Square Market.


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