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  • Walt Disney World Orlando Thanksgiving week is this a mistake? Advice!!

  • Its insane. But its like that from now until Jan 1. Just have patience and take advantage of the Fast Pass.

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  • CrimsonCrystal said... (original post)

    Walt Disney World Orlando Thanksgiving week is this a mistake? Advice!!

    Colossal!
    unless you're fond of long lines

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  • Make you dinner reservations in the resturaunts you want to eat dinner in now. Other wise you will stand in line to eat pretty much every where you want to go except the hot dog stand. This is true of normal weeks, but more so during holiday weeks when kids are out of school in teh non summer months.

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  • if you are staying on the grounds, make use of the extra magic hours
    We go every year at Thanksgiving
    When are you leaving to go down?

    Heaviest days at parks will be Wed and Thurs
    If you have not made any dinner reservations yet, good luck!
    Go early, take a break mid day, go back and stay late,
    avoid the Magic Kingdom Thanksgiving Day if U can, I suggest Epcot
    get where you are going daily before the park opens and wait in line to get in first, pick one ride and get a fast pass, then go ride another while U wait for example at the Animal Kingdom fast pass Expedition Everest then while you wait ride the safari, more animals are out early, many good pictures

    My family has been going Thanksgiving week for 20 years or so, my kids (and their cousins) think their papa started this as a tradition just for them

    be ready for both hot and cold weather (NOT KIDDING) and at least 1 day of rain

    bananabananabanana

    This post was edited by Tider58 3 years ago

  • Mattzilla

    Don't take a 1 year old. Learned that the hard way.

    If your resort sells refillable drink cups that you only have to pay for once, get one. Saves alot of money.

    This post was edited by Mattzilla 3 years ago

  • Tider58 said... (original post)

    if you are staying on the grounds, make use of the extra magic hours We go every year at Thanksgiving When are you leaving to go down?

    Heaviest days at parks will be Wed and Thurs If you have not made any dinner reservations yet, good luck! Go early, take a break mid day, go back and stay late, avoid the Magic Kingdom Thanksgiving Day if U can, I suggest Epcot get where you are going daily before the park opens and wait in line to get in first, pick one ride and get a fast pass, then go ride another while U wait for example at the Animal Kingdom fast pass Expedition Everest then while you wait ride the safari, more animals are out early, many good pictures

    My family has been going Thanksgiving week for 20 years or so, my kids (and their cousins) think their papa started this as a tradition just for them

    be ready for both hot and cold weather (NOT KIDDING) and at least 1 day of rain

    Leaving Saturday morning, coming back Sat the 26th thru west GA to watch the beatdown.

  • CrimsonCrystal said... (original post)

    Walt Disney World Orlando Thanksgiving week is this a mistake? Advice!!

    it definitely is. I went thinking no one woyuld be there. it was packed. try going to islands of adventure or seaworld on thanksgiving day then disney friday.

  • Sunday and Monday will be the best park days then, and Mattzila is right, the refillable mugs are great, what resort are you at, might have some tips, I have stayed at most of them at one time or another

  • Wear comfortable shoes...you're gonna need em.

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    Roll Tide!!

  • Tider58 said... (original post)

    if you are staying on the grounds, make use of the extra magic hours We go every year at Thanksgiving When are you leaving to go down?

    Heaviest days at parks will be Wed and Thurs If you have not made any dinner reservations yet, good luck! Go early, take a break mid day, go back and stay late, avoid the Magic Kingdom Thanksgiving Day if U can, I suggest Epcot get where you are going daily before the park opens and wait in line to get in first, pick one ride and get a fast pass, then go ride another while U wait for example at the Animal Kingdom fast pass Expedition Everest then while you wait ride the safari, more animals are out early, many good pictures

    My family has been going Thanksgiving week for 20 years or so, my kids (and their cousins) think their papa started this as a tradition just for them

    be ready for both hot and cold weather (NOT KIDDING) and at least 1 day of rain

    bananabananabanana

    This is solid advice. To be a little more specific:

    OP needs to sit down and write out a plan for the order you are going to visit rides/shows. I'm not talking about the kind of plan where you are constantly looking at your watch, but you need to have a written order of the major things you'd like to do. You may think this is not a vacation, or relaxing, or an extra burden reserved only for the most ardent Disney fans. But when your kids are crying/arguing/screaming at 3pm in the hot Florida sun and the whole family is hungry but the lines are long and you've only managed one activity so far, you'll wish you had a plan.

    Start with a plan just for which park you are going to visit and when. As the poster above says, certain parks are more fitting for certain days. If you have a park hopper you can actually visit more than one park per day.

    One tip is to wait to go to Animal Kingdom in the afternoon. Everyone says you should go in the morning because that's when the animals are most active. That's true, but at some ages a kid is going to be equally happy seeing 1 lion as he would be if he saw a lion and an elephant. So most people go to animal kingdom as soon as the gates open and run to Kilimanjaro Safari. It's by far the longest wait of any attraction because the animals can cause delays and build up as the day progresses. You can sort of get around this by going in the afternoon when all the kids are tired and ready for a nap. You'll be amazed how many tired people you see pouring out of the park. You can then go do basically everything you would want to do in that park in a half day. The lines are way shorter. That's just an example of the kind of thinking you need to avoid crowds in disney world.

    So after you have your plan for what parks to visit each day, you need a specific plan for each park. Find out what the rest of your family wants to do in that park: rides, shows, meals, etc. It's really important to know exactly what you are going to do when you enter the park. Do not be distracted by the shops or characters at the front of the park. You'll waste a lot of time that way. Just pick out where you are going first, and have a rough idea for 3-4 places of where you want to go after that.

    It's also good to get a fast pass for one attraction and then stand in line for another attraction nearby. Read up on fast passes and how they work because it's really important you don't get a fast pass for say 6-7pm, when it's currently 11am. That means you won't be able to get any other fast pass the rest of the day.

    Sit in front of a park map as you make the plan. Anticipate when you'll get tired. So don't just go from major attraction to major attraction in Magic Kingdom. You'll just be standing in lines all day. Build in an activity that allows you to rest. A long ride like Pirates, a 3D show, watching a parade, eating. All of these allow you to do things after a period of activity.

    Also, if you have small children it's a good idea to go early in the morning (they'll be up anyway) make them tired. Then head back to the hotel for a forced nap. They'll be upset they're leaving the park, but that's better than them being cranky and whining all day long. After your nap, come back in the afternoon/night for more fun. You can divide your plan for the park in this way as well. Have a rough order for morning activities and afternoon/evening activities. You'll probably save on money by eating lunch back at the hotel.

    I could type about this all day. I don't really know your situation but if you want to ask more questions or tell me more about your situation I'd be happy to give more advice. Most people don't do any planning, underestimate how large and crowded it will be, and have a miserable time. Seriously.

    I just had some little cousins go last year between Christmas and new years. Their parents did not consult me at all (I've been more times than I can count and could be an official planner). So when they came back I asked if they had a good time. The kids said not really it was too crowded and mom and dad didn't know what to do. It broke my heart.

  • Mattzilla said... (original post)

    Don't take a 1 year old. Learned that the hard way.

    If your resort sells refillable drink cups that you only have to pay for once, get one. Saves alot of money.

    2 year olds are hard too. They're mobile enough by that age to get away from you quick and they tire out quickly. You gotta do it for the kids but it's not easy on the parents until they're at least 5 or 6.

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  • bamabiscuit said... (original post)

    Its insane. But its like that from now until Jan 1. Just have patience and take advantage of the Fast Pass.

    this is good advice.fast pass all you can.

  • whoaaanelly said... (original post)

    This is solid advice. To be a little more specific:

    OP needs to sit down and write out a plan for the order you are going to visit rides/shows. I'm not talking about the kind of plan where you are constantly looking at your watch, but you need to have a written order of the major things you'd like to do. You may think this is not a vacation, or relaxing, or an extra burden reserved only for the most ardent Disney fans. But when your kids are crying/arguing/screaming at 3pm in the hot Florida sun and the whole family is hungry but the lines are long and you've only managed one activity so far, you'll wish you had a plan.

    Start with a plan just for which park you are going to visit and when. As the poster above says, certain parks are more fitting for certain days. If you have a park hopper you can actually visit more than one park per day.

    One tip is to wait to go to Animal Kingdom in the afternoon. Everyone says you should go in the morning because that's when the animals are most active. That's true, but at some ages a kid is going to be equally happy seeing 1 lion as he would be if he saw a lion and an elephant. So most people go to animal kingdom as soon as the gates open and run to Kilimanjaro Safari. It's by far the longest wait of any attraction because the animals can cause delays and build up as the day progresses. You can sort of get around this by going in the afternoon when all the kids are tired and ready for a nap. You'll be amazed how many tired people you see pouring out of the park. You can then go do basically everything you would want to do in that park in a half day. The lines are way shorter. That's just an example of the kind of thinking you need to avoid crowds in disney world.

    So after you have your plan for what parks to visit each day, you need a specific plan for each park. Find out what the rest of your family wants to do in that park: rides, shows, meals, etc. It's really important to know exactly what you are going to do when you enter the park. Do not be distracted by the shops or characters at the front of the park. You'll waste a lot of time that way. Just pick out where you are going first, and have a rough idea for 3-4 places of where you want to go after that.

    It's also good to get a fast pass for one attraction and then stand in line for another attraction nearby. Read up on fast passes and how they work because it's really important you don't get a fast pass for say 6-7pm, when it's currently 11am. That means you won't be able to get any other fast pass the rest of the day.

    Sit in front of a park map as you make the plan. Anticipate when you'll get tired. So don't just go from major attraction to major attraction in Magic Kingdom. You'll just be standing in lines all day. Build in an activity that allows you to rest. A long ride like Pirates, a 3D show, watching a parade, eating. All of these allow you to do things after a period of activity.

    Also, if you have small children it's a good idea to go early in the morning (they'll be up anyway) make them tired. Then head back to the hotel for a forced nap. They'll be upset they're leaving the park, but that's better than them being cranky and whining all day long. After your nap, come back in the afternoon/night for more fun. You can divide your plan for the park in this way as well. Have a rough order for morning activities and afternoon/evening activities. You'll probably save on money by eating lunch back at the hotel.

    I could type about this all day. I don't really know your situation but if you want to ask more questions or tell me more about your situation I'd be happy to give more advice. Most people don't do any planning, underestimate how large and crowded it will be, and have a miserable time. Seriously.

    I just had some little cousins go last year between Christmas and new years. Their parents did not consult me at all (I've been more times than I can count and could be an official planner). So when they came back I asked if they had a good time. The kids said not really it was too crowded and mom and dad didn't know what to do. It broke my heart.

    I agree totally
    I could have gone on all day, making a plan is excellent advice, I have been so many times, I just wing it now, I do disagree about Animal Kingdom, probably because Exp Everest is one of my favorites, and if you wait until the afternoon you may not get on. I also love the Kali River Rapids (WET) and the Festival of the Lion King

  • I went for the first time in my life last year for Christmas. Santa sent my family of 4. I concur with others about the weather. Be prepared for all types. I was not and it cost me a $200 shopping trip to the outlets for sweats & toboggans that I was not intending on spending.

    Reservations at restraunts are a must. Gives you a break to sit down for an hour or so. Also you will need alot of patience. Non-Americans do not understand personal space at all. Utilize the trolleys to avoid paying parking costs. You can park for free at Downtown Disney & catch a ride.

    I hope you have a better time then I did.

  • any late-20's/early-30's folks around that don't have kids?

    I feel like I just got roped into a horrible decision

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  • mack010 said... (original post)

    I went for the first time in my life last year for Christmas. Santa sent my family of 4. I concur with others about the weather. Be prepared for all types. I was not and it cost me a $200 shopping trip to the outlets for sweats & toboggans that I was not intending on spending.

    Reservations at restraunts are a must. Gives you a break to sit down for an hour or so. Also you will need alot of patience. Non-Americans do not understand personal space at all. Utilize the trolleys to avoid paying parking costs. You can park for free at Downtown Disney & catch a ride.

    I hope you have a better time then I did.

    If you are staying on grounds, don't need trollys, buses provided to all resorts, park da car and forget about it!

  • Tider58 said... (original post)

    I agree totally I could have gone on all day, making a plan is excellent advice, I have been so many times, I just wing it now, I do disagree about Animal Kingdom, probably because Exp Everest is one of my favorites, and if you wait until the afternoon you may not get on. I also love the Kali River Rapids (WET) and the Festival of the Lion King

    Nice to find a fellow Disney lover. I actually love Animal Kingdom, but I know some people that hate it. I think there's an optimal plan for each type of person/family depending on what they're into. If crunched for time I always suggest squeezing MGM and AK. Also agree that once you've been a bunch of times there's no point in making a plan.

  • rolltide1219 said... (original post)

    any late-20's/early-30's folks around that don't have kids?

    I feel like I just got roped into a horrible decision

    I fit the bill, but I've loved Disney World all my life so I don't know if I'm the right guy. But I went with my wife during Spring Break (also one of the most crowded times) a few years back. Honestly, you can really use the lack of kids to your advantage. If you skip all the character pictures and small kid rides the parks become very manageable. We basically had 5 or 6 places we wanted to hit at each park and just did random things the rest of the time. If you manage fast pass carefully you won't be in lines for too long. The country pavilions at EPCOT are interesting and a good place to be during crowded times. The firework shows and 3D movies are impressive even for adults. There are some very nice restaurants in EPCOT as well (Canada!).

    Kids seem to not care about EPCOT. I've never been for thanksgiving so I don't know if the park is filled with kids or not, but you'll find plenty of fun things to do in Disney World as a 20 something without kids. I promise. I find that admire a lot more of the things I didn't care about when I was a kid: the gardens, the small details (check out the hairs on the leg of the pirate sitting on the bridge in Pirate of the Caribbean), watching other kids have fun, parades, etc.

  • whoaaanelly said... (original post)

    Nice to find a fellow Disney lover. I actually love Animal Kingdom, but I know some people that hate it. I think there's an optimal plan for each type of person/family depending on what they're into. If crunched for time I always suggest squeezing MGM and AK. Also agree that once you've been a bunch of times there's no point in making a plan.

    Where do you usually stay? We are on the Vacation Club and usually stay at Saratoga Springs

    The new Bay Lake Tower is great
    We live the cruises also

  • ecp3

    There is an iPhone app for line wait times and character locations. Usually pretty accurate when it's crowded. Helps to form your plan of attack.

  • whoaaanelly said... (original post)

    I fit the bill, but I've loved Disney World all my life so I don't know if I'm the right guy. But I went with my wife during Spring Break (also one of the most crowded times) a few years back. Honestly, you can really use the lack of kids to your advantage. If you skip all the character pictures and small kid rides the parks become very manageable. We basically had 5 or 6 places we wanted to hit at each park and just did random things the rest of the time. If you manage fast pass carefully you won't be in lines for too long. The country pavilions at EPCOT are interesting and a good place to be during crowded times. The firework shows and 3D movies are impressive even for adults. There are some very nice restaurants in EPCOT as well (Canada!).

    Kids seem to not care about EPCOT. I've never been for thanksgiving so I don't know if the park is filled with kids or not, but you'll find plenty of fun things to do in Disney World as a 20 something without kids. I promise. I find that admire a lot more of the things I didn't care about when I was a kid: the gardens, the small details (check out the hairs on the leg of the pirate sitting on the bridge in Pirate of the Caribbean), watching other kids have fun, parades, etc.

    I am 52 and still find it "magical" kids do their own thing the wife and I roam and enjoy ourselves, no plan just whatever we feel like
    The kids have made us take them to Potter land at universal, it's pretty good if you like Harry Potter

  • Tider58 said... (original post)

    Where do you usually stay? We are on the Vacation Club and usually stay at Saratoga Springs

    The new Bay Lake Tower is great We live the cruises also

    My favorite and most visited place is the Dolphin. EPCOT is my favorite park so it's nice to be able to literally walk to the EPCOT pavilion. Also nice to take the boats to MGM.

    I've stayed at one time or another in most of the resorts. It usually just depends on my budget for that trip. For a while I had the idea that I should stay at each one at least once, then they kept building them so I gave up on that idea. Maybe someday I'll get in on the Vacation Club.

    Never been on a Disney Cruise but I think that's our next move. Just need to find the time.

  • ecp3 said... (original post)

    There is an iPhone app for line wait times and character locations. Usually pretty accurate when it's crowded. Helps to form your plan of attack.

    I did alot of planning using this app during the day.

  • whoaaanelly said... (original post)

    My favorite and most visited place is the Dolphin. EPCOT is my favorite park so it's nice to be able to literally walk to the EPCOT pavilion. Also nice to take the boats to MGM.

    I've stayed at one time or another in most of the resorts. It usually just depends on my budget for that trip. For a while I had the idea that I should stay at each one at least once, then they kept building them so I gave up on that idea. Maybe someday I'll get in on the Vacation Club.

    Never been on a Disney Cruise but I think that's our next move. Just need to find the time.

    If you go a lot the vacation club is a great deal. My dad got us started years ago, you cannot best it
    Nice condos instead of hotels, can swap into almost anytime share works wide, also can use for the cruises

  • whoaaanelly said... (original post)

    My favorite and most visited place is the Dolphin. EPCOT is my favorite park so it's nice to be able to literally walk to the EPCOT pavilion. Also nice to take the boats to MGM.

    I've stayed at one time or another in most of the resorts. It usually just depends on my budget for that trip. For a while I had the idea that I should stay at each one at least once, then they kept building them so I gave up on that idea. Maybe someday I'll get in on the Vacation Club.

    Never been on a Disney Cruise but I think that's our next move. Just need to find the time.

    Disney Cruise is the ultimate vacation! And the fountain drinks are free.