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  • [Question] My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

    Hello,


    I am from California and have been to Disneyland lots of times and am going on my first trip to Florida and Disney World from September 8-16. I am staying in the Maingate Disney Area and plan to get a park hopper w/ water park add ons and go to all six parks. I also would like to visit either Cocoa or Clearwater Beach (plz let me know which one you recommend) as well as two parks outside of Disney (Do you recommend Gatorland, Universal, Discovery Cove, or something else?)

    I also would like to know how the weather is gonna be then and if the 15 day forecast is reliable. I just checked it and it says very warm with afternoon thunderstorms on some of the days. I'm glad no hurricanes are on the forecast. For the rain, should I buy my poncho here and bring it to Disney or buy the Disney Poncho over there? Should I even bother packing sneakers or are shorts, sandals, t-shirts, and swimsuit all I need?

    I will have a friend with me for 5 out of the 9 days I have in Florida so I want to know what things are best done with a friend and what stuff is okay to do alone.

    For those of you who've been to both Disneyland and Disney World, what are the biggest differences?


    Please give me any recommendations or tips you might have,

    Thanks.

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    Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

    I'll be there the same week, coming in from New England.

    While I have been to Gatorland, Sea World, and a number of other places outside Disney I no longer bother leaving Disney property. When My kids were little we went EVERYWHERE in that area. Now I much rather just wander around the parks and relax.

    Where to go depends on what your looking for. Seaworld Has some rides but is big for it's shows with the animals. Universal is big for its rides. Disney is just BIG

    Don't worry about the rain. IF it rains the storms roll through quick and it is warm. The sun dries you out pretty quick afterwards. My wife hates getting wet so she does still bring a poncho, but the kids and I use to run and jump in the puddles. We ARE on vacation after all When it rains is the best time to move around the parks if you have to be some place. The rides all get very crowded as most try to avoid getting wet.

    The weather is beautiful, but some think it gets chilly at night. Upper 60s and low 70s isn't chilly for someone from New England, but if your use to warm weather it might be for you. Having a sweater in your bag isn't going to put you over the weight limits for the bag at the airport.

    As for tips, I've never been to Disney land but from what I've read on these boards the biggest thing everyone says that has been to both is the WDW is HUGE! Everything is spread out compared to DLR as well as having 4 parks, Downtown Disney (which is a fun time at night) as well as the hotels as each of those are a site to see as well. The biggest thing is to have fun. If you don't get to see everything don't worry about it, you can see it NEXT time :lol:

    Keep an eye out for me. I'll be the big tall guy with the grin that just won't leave my face!

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      Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

      Hi there - sounds like you have a great trip planned! I'm just doing a quick Micechat scan over breakfast, and I don't have time at the moment to go into all of your questions, but the most pressing point to me is - wear sneakers! If I walk around the parks in anything other than reliable, broken-in walking shoes, my feets and legs get ridiculously sore by the 2nd or 3rd day of the trip and stay that way. Now, perhaps you have sandals that you walk in a lot that you swear by, or maybe you are on your feet a lot in your every day life, and you won't have the same problem as me... but WDW is MUCH bigger than DLR and takes a lot more walking, so I would bring a couple different pairs of shoes. Saving space in your luggage is not worth being in pain for your whole trip.

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      • #4
        Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

        As for beaches, Clearwater is the one I prefer over any in Florida. The sand is so pure, and the pier is fun to check out. If your interested in seeing gators, go to gatorland, but if you want to see gators in the wild, and other wildlife, take a swamp tour on an airboat. Youll love it, if you like that kind of thing. As for any other park besides WDW, Universal is fun, with a lot of new stuff added lately. But the most important thing.....JUST HAVE FUN !!!....LOL

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        • #5
          Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

          Which park should I go to first? I read Magic Kindgom is the most similar to Disneyland so I'll probably save it for last. Would you suggest Epcot for the first day?

          Also the weekend of September 14-15, I was thinking of doing the beach as my guess is the theme parks are more crowded on weekends than weekdays. Maybe I could do Clearwater Beach on Saturday, September 14 and a gator airboat ride and Cocoa on the 15th?

          Can I do both Universal parks in a single day easily? How good is Discovery Cove? I'll probably skip Sea World as I read it was too similar to the one in San Diego which I've been many times.

          Also, I'm not used to humidity since California only gets dry heat (Typical summer day is low 80s during the day and 60 at night where I live). Will it be very tiring and training to walk around in the humidity? Will I be able to spend the whole day at the theme park and only going inside to eat lunch and dinner as I do at Disneyland or will I tire a lot more easily?

          I plan on hitting the parks around 10AM and staying til closing most days. On the days my friend is with me, we might go back early (like 5ish) one day and then go hang out in downtown Disney in the evening. But generally, I'm an on the go type of girl.......

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          • #6
            Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

            If you are staying on Disney property you can take advantage of extra magic hours in the parks. One park each day does this. If it is supposed to rain more on one day than the others I would go to Animal Kingdom that day as the animals seem to like to play in the rain on the safari.
            I would not recommend Universal in one day. Even if you skip everything that is the same as Universal Hollywood there's enough different things to fill two days. Plus I think they are closing early some days due to Halloween Horror Nights.
            As for getting tired in the parks, yes you will get tired as there is a lot more walking and it will be humid. Drink a lot of water and take 10 minute breaks every so often and you will be fine!
            I am from Southern California too and my 5th Disney World trip will be on 9/24-10/2. I have gone in september twice before and the parks arent too crowded and its a lot of fun! Have a great time!


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            • #7
              Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

              Originally posted by CaliforniaGirl1990 View Post
              I am from California and have been to Disneyland lots of times and am going on my first trip to Florida and Disney World from September 8-16. I am staying in the Maingate Disney Area and plan to get a park hopper w/ water park add ons and go to all six parks. I also would like to visit either Cocoa or Clearwater Beach (plz let me know which one you recommend) as well as two parks outside of Disney (Do you recommend Gatorland, Universal, Discovery Cove, or something else?)

              I also would like to know how the weather is gonna be then and if the 15 day forecast is reliable. I just checked it and it says very warm with afternoon thunderstorms on some of the days. I'm glad no hurricanes are on the forecast. For the rain, should I buy my poncho here and bring it to Disney or buy the Disney Poncho over there? Should I even bother packing sneakers or are shorts, sandals, t-shirts, and swimsuit all I need?
              Parks outside of Disney... Definitely check out Universal but I also HIGHLY recommend driving to Tampa (which is just an hour from WDW) and visit Busch Gardens. They currently have a $50 weekday ticket deal, which is a bargain. The animal exhibits and shows are great, plus they have some of the best roller coasters in Florida (if you like coasters).

              Beach? Well, I live in Clearwater, so I'm biased toward Clearwater Beach. The area around Pier 60 is touristy, but a lot of fun. Lots of good local restaurants around too (I recommend one of the Frenchy's locations).

              As for the weather. I say check the forecast EVERY SINGLE DAY because it can change frequently. It may be September now, but we're still in our "rainy season", though at the tail end of it now (thankfully - I am SO tired of the almost daily storms).

              I would definitely bring sneakers with you though. WDW is HUGE compared to Disneyland. You'll be doing a LOT of walking (we're talking miles here). You're going to want footwear that is comfortable, good for a lot of walking and won't give you blisters.

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              • #8
                Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

                I'll be there during that time, too!!! Can't wait!!!

                If you do wear sandals, I recommend bringing some blister band-aids with you in your bag, they are a lifesaver! Even for sneakers that normally don't give you blisters with everyday walking, you never know. I ran into that my first trip and it was NOT fun.

                As for weather, I have only been to WDW once and that was around Christmastime. But this year, we are going to MNSSHP on the 13th so even though my costume is a strapless dress, I have an alternative planned if it's cold or raining. But like any place in the US, the weather can change in a minute or from day-to-day, so like Aimster said, keep checking.

                Ponchos - bring your own from home. You can go to a grocery store and get them for like $1 instead of paying Disney prices for a poncho of the same material. Keep it in your bag as well, they fold up so small it won't take up much room.
                Press today is so concerned with cool vs. not cool that they're starting to forget good vs. bad. I'm not sure I'll ever be "cool", but I will always tirelessly strive to be "great". - Josh Groban

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                  Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

                  Thanks for the tips-everyone! I'm so excited. Plan on getting the DW park hoppper with park add ons and a two day park hopper at Universal as well. I think I'll skip Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove as there seems to be enough to do within all those theme parks and I also want two off days just to enjoy the beach. I am not staying on Disney Property but on Maingate as it is lot cheaper. First park I want to visit is Epcot and then I'll take it from there!

                  I do have a pair of very comfortable sandals but I will also bring sneakers as well and some crocs as back ups. Will bring one swimsuit, 5 pairs of shorts and tees, one dress, one pair of pants, and a light sweater. I am going to a sporting store to buy a poncho and a waterproof fanny pack (where I live it never rains LOL) so I can walk around freely in the rain without getting my credit cards and iphone wet. I never actually saw a close up thunderstorm before and am hoping to experience one in Florida- I heard those are pretty intense and a loud flashy one may put more adrenalin in me than the thrill rides since it will be my first encounter w/ lightning.

                  Do they let you wear your fanny pack on the rides? They do at DL as I don't want to leave any belongings unattended.

                  Not planning to rent a car afterall as there are daily shuttles from the hotel and my friend I willl take the Gray Line tours (picks up directly across the street from the hotel we are staying at and provides lunch buffet) to Clearwater beach for one day and the airboat ride combined with Cocoa beach the other day. My friend and I talked about it and we decided that between parking fees, gas costs, and the stress of driving in unfamiliar terroritory and given that we don't have much experience driving in heavy rain, it would be less stressful to rely on the shuttle services and let others do the driving.

                  The Gray Line Clearwater Beach tour comes with the option of swimming with the dophlins (which I've done in Hawaii before). I am trying to decide if I should add that experience or just use the whole day to laze at the beach. I'm definitely doing the airboat add on with the Cocoa Beach tour.

                  Any thing I am missing? I wish I could spend a month in Florida but I only have 8 days so I'm gonna make the most of it!

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                  • #10
                    Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

                    I'm from California and have been to Disneyland many times but made my first trip to Disney World earlier this summer. One of my highlights was an afternoon & evening exploring the resort, riding buses and monorails to see the various hotels and go to Downtown Disney. Highlights included riding the monorail through the Contemporary Resort Hotel (can't do that in California!), and, for my wife, getting a Dole Whip at the Polynesian Resort. Dinner at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney was amazing, by the way.

                    We only went to two theme parks. Epcot wasn't quite up to my expectations (which were probably unrealistically high, to be honest), but we loved Animal Kingdom. Not a whole lot of rides at Animal Kingdom, but it's probably the most beautiful theme park I've ever been to.

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                      Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

                      Originally posted by DannyB View Post
                      I'm from California and have been to Disneyland many times but made my first trip to Disney World earlier this summer. One of my highlights was an afternoon & evening exploring the resort, riding buses and monorails to see the various hotels and go to Downtown Disney. Highlights included riding the monorail through the Contemporary Resort Hotel (can't do that in California!), and, for my wife, getting a Dole Whip at the Polynesian Resort. Dinner at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney was amazing, by the way.

                      We only went to two theme parks. Epcot wasn't quite up to my expectations (which were probably unrealistically high, to be honest), but we loved Animal Kingdom. Not a whole lot of rides at Animal Kingdom, but it's probably the most beautiful theme park I've ever been to.

                      How long did you stay? ONLY 2 of the six parks. I wanna do all six......at least see them all..
                      Typhoon Lagoon swimming with the sharks sounds fun and so does Plummet Summit at Blizzard Beach which is why I'm doing the waterparks add on.

                      I'd prolly like Animal Kingdom as I read they have real animals on their safari unlike that Jungle Cruise at DL. I enjoy zoos and wildlife parks. Is Epcot at least worthy of one full day- I've been hearing about it forever.

                      I'm staying at a budget hotel off of Disney property as I cannot afford resort prices. Would you still recommend riding the monorails around just for the scenery. My friend and I plan to eat the free continental breakfast, a late lunch at the theme parks (like 2 or 3ish) and snacks for dinner and maybe go back to the hotel earlier to eat dinner at a fast food joint near by on certain days and swim afterwards. We plan on only one nice meal the whole time we are there as we're spending our money on entertainment by scrimping on food expenses. For that one nice meal, should it be at the theme parks or in downtown disney itself? Do you have one nice restaurant that you'd recommend that's under $50 a person for that nice meal?

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                        Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

                        I know it may be last minute to change things, but if you stay at a value resort you may come out ahead on cost. Shuttle and taxis will add up and a lot of convenience will be lost.

                        The plus of the Disney Ponchos is that if they tear you can exchange them. The downside is they are expensive, and you won't always be onsite.

                        For a special meal you should make a reservation in Epcot.

                        Probably also too late, but could you visit Cocoa Beach and the Kennedy Space Center in the same day? The Space Center is very nice. However I prefer beaches on the gulf side.

                        If you have been to DLR a lot, haven't you been to SeaWorld San Diego and Universal Hollywood? That would be a reason to skip Sea World and the Studios. You will want most of a day at Island of Adventures. Crowds are going to be low so time isn't super critical.

                        Take Epcot slow it is really a place to explore rather than go on rides.

                        Bring some food with you, some power bars of snickers in your fanny pack can sub for lunch.
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                          Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

                          Originally posted by swampymarsh View Post
                          I know it may be last minute to change things, but if you stay at a value resort you may come out ahead on cost. Shuttle and taxis will add up and a lot of convenience will be lost.

                          The plus of the Disney Ponchos is that if they tear you can exchange them. The downside is they are expensive, and you won't always be onsite.

                          For a special meal you should make a reservation in Epcot.

                          Probably also too late, but could you visit Cocoa Beach and the Kennedy Space Center in the same day? The Space Center is very nice. However I prefer beaches on the gulf side.

                          If you have been to DLR a lot, haven't you been to SeaWorld San Diego and Universal Hollywood? That would be a reason to skip Sea World and the Studios. You will want most of a day at Island of Adventures. Crowds are going to be low so time isn't super critical.

                          Take Epcot slow it is really a place to explore rather than go on rides.

                          Bring some food with you, some power bars of snickers in your fanny pack can sub for lunch.

                          Hotel includes a free shuttle every hour to either Epcot or Magic Kingdom (from there I can take the intershuttle between parks) plus a one shuttle a day to and from Universal as well as steep discounts for Gray Line Tours that do various excursions in Florida. I did think about the Kennedy Space Center and Cocoa Beach Combo tour (Grayline offers discounts on combo tour) but I decided on the airboat instead of the Kennedy Space Center cuz I read that Epcot has a lot of space themed stuff.

                          I will take your advice and look pick a nice restaurant at Epcot. Yeah, I'll carry snacks to go as well. I chose September cuz I read when crowds are lowest, flights and hotels both are cheapest, knowing that it's hurricane season, but it was a risk I was willing to take.

                          Thanks for all the advice. Is there anything I'm STILL missing?

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                            Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

                            Expect to be amazed by the size of the place... in WDW, things are pretty far away from each other.

                            The Kennedy Space Center is something to see, especially now with Atlantis there.

                            Best restaurant for the price these days in World Showcase at Epcot is the pizza place "Via Napoli" in Italy.

                            In my opinion, Universal Studios Florida is NOT skippable, as it's a very different park than what you'll find in Hollywood. You certainly won't need an entire day there, but you'll want to see:

                            -Mummy (Very different in Florida)
                            -Men In Black
                            -ET
                            -Despicable Me
                            -Rip Ride Rockit (Can't believe I'm saying that, I hate the coaster, but people tend to like it)

                            Things that are fun and different, but you can skip if you're running low on time:

                            -Twister
                            -Disaster (It's not in Hollywood at all. Don't let people say it's just Earthquake alone, there's more to it than that, and it has Christopher Walken)
                            -Lucy- A Tribute

                            You can skip Transformers, Simpsons, and Shrek 4-D, as they are almost identical.

                            If you miss Terminator in California, see it in Florida, but it is almost identical to the old California version.
                            -Bill

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                              Last edited by TimmyTimmyTimmy; 09-03-2013, 03:16 AM.

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                                Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

                                First off congrats on the first visit you'll have to let us know how you find everything here in Florida!

                                IMO Universal does need two full days as you can do most if not all by 6/7 if your taking your time and starting at like 10ish...

                                I tend to take a small break at like 2 and go back and eat at the hotel, and relax for a couple of hours...it really makes a big difference in the tiredness factor in it all, of course last time we went full bore and did 3 parks or at least all the major attractions in one day. That I think was too much for our style of exploration, but the way we usually do it we find we are better off as everyone's kids are screaming and they seem ready to leave by the time we get back to the parks to use the rest of the day.

                                For a meal that's really good for under 50$ a person I recommend Raglan Road, VERY good food at downtown Disney, they also got some fancier options for the food explorers in your group.

                                Have fun! Enjoy yourself its a very different experience from Cali and in some ways I think better.
                                The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
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                                  Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

                                  Some quick tips and responses to others' comments:

                                  -Be prepared for traveling from your hotel to your destination to take up to an hour, or maybe even longer, depending on the time of day. The non-resort shuttles often drop guests off in the parking lot of Epcot or MK - in the case of MK, the parking lot is actually by the TTC, so even just getting to the MK will require an additional transport. If this is the case, you will have to get from the parking lot to the Disney bus stops, and THEN wait for the bus to your final destination. If you are at one of the "good neighbor" hotels, look into how far of a walk it is to Downtown Disney. If it's close, you might be better off walking to DD and catching a Disney bus from there...I think DD is under construction these days, so that may complicate things. All of this is why I always stay on Disney property at WDW, but it certainly can get pricey!

                                  -Epcot is my favorite WDW park! It is definitely a full day affair! Exploring World Showcase is so fun...don't miss the French film, Impressions de France. It is full of gorgeous sights and gorgeous music. World Showcase has a lot of great, fine restaurants, but most of the counter service and snack options are also very good and very tasty. Sampling all the food and browsing in all the shops is a very pleasant way to spend a day! And, oh yeah, there are still awesome rides in Future World I just had to chime in with some nice words about Epcot after reading someone's opinion that it was underwhelming!

                                  - For a nice (but under $50) meal, you may want to look into a buffet or family style meal. I've heard very good things about Ohana at the Polynesian Resort (which is on the MK monorail loop - very easily accessed!). You'll get a lot of bang for your buck, and have the opportunity to sample a lot of different foods. If a more fine-dining setting is what you had in mind, I love the Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios, especially since I find most of the counter-service restaurants at that park to be lacking.

                                  - Since getting back to your hotel will be a little difficult, plan ahead for each day -- make sure you know the park hours for each park and bring everything you'll need for the whole day with you. The WDW water parks are REALLY great, but they are definitely not a full day affair...if you get there at 10am, you will probably have had your fill by around 3 or 4pm at the latest. So you should bring a change of clothes with you and go hit a theme park for the rest of those days. Going back to your hotel to change will eat up so much valuable park time!

                                  - If you are a Harry Potter fan, then Islands of Adventure is a must-see! The Harry Potter section of the park is unbelievable. If you love huge thrill-rides, then you may want to spend two days at Universal...but if giant coasters aren't your favorite thing and you'd be okay with skipping a few of those, then you can probably get by with just one day at Universal..............That being said, there is more than enough at WDW to keep you entertained for your entire trip. Adding an additional day to a park-hopper is much cheaper than purchasing a one day ticket to Universal. So unless you are just dying to see Harry Potter or go on some thrill rides, I would just add another Disney day. You can use the money you save by doing that to treat yourself to another nice meal, or to buy a nice souvenir. But I am totally biased towards Disney, so of course I would say that

                                  No matter how well you plan, it is impossible to do EVERYTHING at WDW in one trip. I've been there 8 times and I have still barely scratched the surface. So the most important thing is to have fun! Stay rested, keep your feet in good shape, stay hydrated, and do what feels good on each day.

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

                                    Originally posted by PBandJ View Post
                                    Some quick tips and responses to others' comments:

                                    -Be prepared for traveling from your hotel to your destination to take up to an hour, or maybe even longer, depending on the time of day. The non-resort shuttles often drop guests off in the parking lot of Epcot or MK - in the case of MK, the parking lot is actually by the TTC, so even just getting to the MK will require an additional transport. If this is the case, you will have to get from the parking lot to the Disney bus stops, and THEN wait for the bus to your final destination. If you are at one of the "good neighbor" hotels, look into how far of a walk it is to Downtown Disney. If it's close, you might be better off walking to DD and catching a Disney bus from there...I think DD is under construction these days, so that may complicate things. All of this is why I always stay on Disney property at WDW, but it certainly can get pricey!

                                    -Epcot is my favorite WDW park! It is definitely a full day affair! Exploring World Showcase is so fun...don't miss the French film, Impressions de France. It is full of gorgeous sights and gorgeous music. World Showcase has a lot of great, fine restaurants, but most of the counter service and snack options are also very good and very tasty. Sampling all the food and browsing in all the shops is a very pleasant way to spend a day! And, oh yeah, there are still awesome rides in Future World I just had to chime in with some nice words about Epcot after reading someone's opinion that it was underwhelming!

                                    - For a nice (but under $50) meal, you may want to look into a buffet or family style meal. I've heard very good things about Ohana at the Polynesian Resort (which is on the MK monorail loop - very easily accessed!). You'll get a lot of bang for your buck, and have the opportunity to sample a lot of different foods. If a more fine-dining setting is what you had in mind, I love the Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios, especially since I find most of the counter-service restaurants at that park to be lacking.

                                    - Since getting back to your hotel will be a little difficult, plan ahead for each day -- make sure you know the park hours for each park and bring everything you'll need for the whole day with you. The WDW water parks are REALLY great, but they are definitely not a full day affair...if you get there at 10am, you will probably have had your fill by around 3 or 4pm at the latest. So you should bring a change of clothes with you and go hit a theme park for the rest of those days. Going back to your hotel to change will eat up so much valuable park time!

                                    - If you are a Harry Potter fan, then Islands of Adventure is a must-see! The Harry Potter section of the park is unbelievable. If you love huge thrill-rides, then you may want to spend two days at Universal...but if giant coasters aren't your favorite thing and you'd be okay with skipping a few of those, then you can probably get by with just one day at Universal..............That being said, there is more than enough at WDW to keep you entertained for your entire trip. Adding an additional day to a park-hopper is much cheaper than purchasing a one day ticket to Universal. So unless you are just dying to see Harry Potter or go on some thrill rides, I would just add another Disney day. You can use the money you save by doing that to treat yourself to another nice meal, or to buy a nice souvenir. But I am totally biased towards Disney, so of course I would say that

                                    No matter how well you plan, it is impossible to do EVERYTHING at WDW in one trip. I've been there 8 times and I have still barely scratched the surface. So the most important thing is to have fun! Stay rested, keep your feet in good shape, stay hydrated, and do what feels good on each day.
                                    Didn't know the shuttles would take that long....Anyway, we might rent a car for part of the trip if we find the shuttles too cumbersome (hotel has a car rental on-site) I definitely want to hit Typhoon Lagoon to swim with the sharks and Blizzard Beach to go down the Plummet Summit but figure we could wear our swimsuits under our clothes, put our clothes in a locker and then put the clothes back on over our swim suits if we want to go to another park. I do like roller coasters but am not totally nuts over them. I do like Harry Potter so I think I do at least want one day at Universal. I'd prefer the theme ride over the wild coasters. Been to Six Flags Magic Mountain (lots of very intense coasters) and can do 2 or 3 intense coasters a day but not continiously over and over again as then I get a little sick to my stomach if I ride them all day. I'll probably do the coaster in the morning and then eat lunch and do the air conditioned indoor themed rides in the heat of the afternoon as the food settles.

                                    One person told me I should have planned this trip in November or early December because of the Christmas decorations tall over the place, still low crowds unless it's Thanksgiving or Christmas week (they told me first two weeks in December are good) and no hurricane threats. Is there real chance of a hurricane coming on my trip? A small part of me wants to experience one at the END of the trip after I do all the theme parks and beaches (without putting myself in danger and watching the hurricane from the safety of my room) so I can see what's like. But then again, I've been told to be careful what you wish for you as you might actually get it.

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                                      Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

                                      Originally posted by PBandJ View Post
                                      Some quick tips and responses to others' comments:

                                      -Be prepared for traveling from your hotel to your destination to take up to an hour, or maybe even longer, depending on the time of day. The non-resort shuttles often drop guests off in the parking lot of Epcot or MK - in the case of MK, the parking lot is actually by the TTC, so even just getting to the MK will require an additional transport. If this is the case, you will have to get from the parking lot to the Disney bus stops, and THEN wait for the bus to your final destination. If you are at one of the "good neighbor" hotels, look into how far of a walk it is to Downtown Disney. If it's close, you might be better off walking to DD and catching a Disney bus from there...I think DD is under construction these days, so that may complicate things. All of this is why I always stay on Disney property at WDW, but it certainly can get pricey!
                                      \
                                      Okay, so some notes here...

                                      There is no direct transportation from or to Downtown Disney from or to any Disney Theme Park. (Okay, this isn't completely true, they are doing some very limited testing to Animal Kingdom, but it's limited.)

                                      If you get dropped off at the TTC by your hotel shuttle, the Magic Kingdom and Epcot are just a quick monorail ride over, and the other parks are a quick bus ride. No real problems getting around there.

                                      It's never a good idea to stay at WDW unless you plan to remain at WDW the entire time... and even then, it's quite a time saver to have a car.
                                      -Bill

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                                        Re: My first trip to Florida and Disney World planned for September 7-16...

                                        Originally posted by CaliforniaGirl1990 View Post
                                        Didn't know the shuttles would take that long....Anyway, we might rent a car for part of the trip if we find the shuttles too cumbersome (hotel has a car rental on-site) I definitely want to hit Typhoon Lagoon to swim with the sharks and Blizzard Beach to go down the Plummet Summit but figure we could wear our swimsuits under our clothes, put our clothes in a locker and then put the clothes back on over our swim suits if we want to go to another park. I do like roller coasters but am not totally nuts over them. I do like Harry Potter so I think I do at least want one day at Universal. I'd prefer the theme ride over the wild coasters. Been to Six Flags Magic Mountain (lots of very intense coasters) and can do 2 or 3 intense coasters a day but not continiously over and over again as then I get a little sick to my stomach if I ride them all day. I'll probably do the coaster in the morning and then eat lunch and do the air conditioned indoor themed rides in the heat of the afternoon as the food settles.
                                        Islands of Adventure has very few indoor attractions. Be warned, most of the indoor stuff is next door at Universal Studios Florida.

                                        Originally posted by CaliforniaGirl1990 View Post
                                        One person told me I should have planned this trip in November or early December because of the Christmas decorations tall over the place, still low crowds unless it's Thanksgiving or Christmas week (they told me first two weeks in December are good) and no hurricane threats. Is there real chance of a hurricane coming on my trip? A small part of me wants to experience one at the END of the trip after I do all the theme parks and beaches (without putting myself in danger and watching the hurricane from the safety of my room) so I can see what's like. But then again, I've been told to be careful what you wish for you as you might actually get it.
                                        Yes, there is a real chance... however, if one does plan to hit Orlando, generally your hotel will let you cancel your reservation and the airlines will let you rebook up to a year later. You're coming at a fine time... the least crowded week of the year.
                                        -Bill

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