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  • [Question] Park Secrets: Disney Land V. Disney World

    Does anyone know if the same "secrets" at DLR also apply to WDW?
    I am taking my daughter to WDW for the first time this April for her 5th birthday. We usually go to DLR (it's easier to navigate with a small child, and being able to walk back to the hotel easily was a huge advantage).

    Now that she's a little bigger, I figured we'd step up to Orlando.

    But I was wondering, do they offer the same insider type stuff that they offer in Anaheim? (Death Certificates, Tender Rides, Jungle Maps, etc?)

    Also at DLR you can pretty much find out what characters will be where through-out the day.... Sophie is obsessed with Robin Hood... It'd amaze her if she got to meet him (or any of the characters). Any tips on that front?

    Thanks in advance.

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    As far as I know, Robin hood is only in the parade.
    But if he's out for photo ops, I'd love to know too!

    Your best bet is, of course, character meals. Toon Town has spots for Mickey/Minnie and Princesses and Tink and her fairy friends.

    They do have times, etc listed on the maps,and like DL, characters come out at many different places in each park. They do have some different characters than DL, which is great to see!
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      Originally posted by NeverNeverland View Post
      As far as I know, Robin hood is only in the parade.
      But if he's out for photo ops, I'd love to know too!

      Your best bet is, of course, character meals. Toon Town has spots for Mickey/Minnie and Princesses and Tink and her fairy friends.
      We are going to be there for a week, and I think we have 5-6 character meals lined up. Some folks think that's excessive, but it's really about the only way I can make sure she's distracted enough so that I can eat.
      They do have times, etc listed on the maps,and like DL, characters come out at many different places in each park. They do have some different characters than DL, which is great to see!
      Yeah, we are really looking forward to it.
      At Disneyland there's a spot you can go to, and they have the schedule for the day, and can tell you who will be where, and at what time!

      The last time I was there (1990) Robin Hood and Prince John did a meet and great at the England Pavilion in Epcot. So I am sure it'll be like going to a whole new park for me too!

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        If you want to know if a particular character will be availible that day your best bet is to ask guest relations.

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          Originally posted by santadog View Post
          But I was wondering, do they offer the same insider type stuff that they offer in Anaheim? (Death Certificates, Tender Rides, Jungle Maps, etc?)
          No they don't. I inquired a couple years ago about Death Certificates at our Haunted Mansion, and the CM's had no idea what I was talking about.

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            Tender rides are available, as we saw a father and son riding it this past summer.

            However, a lot of secrets are not the same...
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              There is a new book out called "hidden magic of Walt Disney World" by Susan veness that has lots of good info in it. A lot of the info I had read in other tour books, but this had them all together in one.

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                What are tender rides?

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                  Originally posted by flotsam_mike View Post
                  What are tender rides?
                  the scope for a comedy/sick response is massive

                  However they are rides in the tender, on the steam trains, sometimes available at disneyland... I read one of their threads... somebody that's done it will comment.
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                    Originally posted by santadog View Post
                    The last time I was there (1990) Robin Hood and Prince John did a meet and great at the England Pavilion in Epcot. So I am sure it'll be like going to a whole new park for me too!
                    A few months back they were making fairly regular appearances in The Magic of Disney Animation at DHS.
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                      Originally posted by aimster View Post
                      No they don't. I inquired a couple years ago about Death Certificates at our Haunted Mansion, and the CM's had no idea what I was talking about.

                      They don't do death certificates but when I was there in November we did manage to get an Unofficial Caretaker card. It was pretty cute.

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                        Originally posted by Thorpeedo View Post
                        the scope for a comedy/sick response is massive

                        However they are rides in the tender, on the steam trains, sometimes available at disneyland... I read one of their threads... somebody that's done it will comment.
                        At DL you ask at the Main St. station to find out if it's an option. Only some locomotives even have the seat, and the engineer can say no. They may also have someone up there for training, and they won't take riders if they need to top off the boiler. You must also take the full circuit because Main St. is the only station to safely load/unload.

                        It's fun, and you realize that you want the guys on the RR to know their stuff, since it's basically a rolling bomb with all the heat and pressure. WDW does have a steam train behind the scenes tour that is supposed to be good.



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                          I asked about tender rides last month and was told (at WDW) they don't do that (she might have meant "any more" or maybe "today", but I didn't pursue).

                          I don't think I've ever bothered to ask about piloting the Liberty Belle. Not as good as the Twain... I'm elitist!

                          Monorail nosecones (operating cab one [or six!]) are definitely off limits now for everyone.

                          I agree, Susan's book is pretty good. I didn't detect anything new for me, but it was awfully comprehensive about pulling together online and book sources.
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                            Originally posted by KevinYee View Post
                            I agree, Susan's book is pretty good. I didn't detect anything new for me, but it was awfully comprehensive about pulling together online and book sources.
                            Thanks for the insights - I was hoping for some "tricks" to make Sophie's first trip to WDW memorable (well, more memorable anyway).
                            I ordered Susan's book - was able to get it from Barnes and Noble online, with a coupon and member card for $8.15, shipped. So even if there is a lot of repeat info from Birnbaum and the Unofficial Guide: I am sure I'll get my moneys worth.

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                              Re: Park Secrets: Disney Land V. Disney World

                              Originally posted by santadog View Post
                              We are going to be there for a week, and I think we have 5-6 character meals lined up. Some folks think that's excessive, but it's really about the only way I can make sure she's distracted enough so that I can eat.
                              This is perfect! Really well thought out. We always do at least 1 character meal and it is usually the most peace I find to actually enjoy the meal :lol:
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