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Old 18.06.2012, 16:41
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Disney FL - is it worth it?

So, we are visiting my mom in the Daytona area for the fall break. I figure, it is time to check the Disney trip off the bucket list (how did it even make it on?). Kids are 8, 6 and 3 and the older ones I might have told we are going, so not sure I can back out now!

My question is - do I be a "cheap-skate" and we just go for 1 day to Magic Kingdom. Stay there all day and get Mickey-ed out. Drive in and out (or stay at a cheap hotel somewhere in Orlando that doesn't have Mickey ears attached to it). That cheap skate option costs $430 as far as I can tell just for the park tickets for the 5 of us (and I understand food ain't cheap there. Can one bring in food?). I originally thought we would stay 2 nights/ 3 days and stay on-site. Well, that would put us out close to $2000.

Is it worth it? Can we "just" do the 1 day and be happy? I am not really a Disney World person, or I should say, I don't enjoy paying out the nose for things...
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Old 18.06.2012, 16:49
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Re: Disney FL - is it worth it?

I think you really can do Magic Kingdom in one day. We took our two boys (6 and 4 at the time) and did everything that we wanted to in one day. If you arrive when the gates open and Fast Pass the popular rides so you're not waiting in line for an hour then you'llbe fine. We arrived when the gates opened and left by 6 pm and our kids had had their fill.

I don't remember the Disney rules for carrying in meals but we always carry in snacks and a couple of bottles of water and have never had any issues.
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Hi!

Being a fan of disney and theme parks, spending one day at Magic Kingdom is more than enough. I have to say I was very disappointed with this park as everything looked old and tired. For example, Minnie's house was very damaged, the furniture was full of scratches and stains. Disneyland Paris is so much better. You definitely can bring with you some sandwiches and drinks as food is very expensive and low quality there. You can also visit the Disney's Board Walk Area, the parking is free and you can also take a free boat ride there. Oh gosh, I want to go back there!
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Old 18.06.2012, 17:25
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Re: Disney FL - is it worth it?

$95 for an adult one day ticket!

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Old 18.06.2012, 17:35
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Re: Disney FL - is it worth it?

I'm not sure my kids even know what Disney is or that they have even heard of Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck.

Bliss !
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Re: Disney FL - is it worth it?

There should be deals available if our fall break does not overlap with the US one? Maybe your mom can get tickets with a Florida resident discount?

We did one day Disney and one day Seaworld. I liked Seaworld better anyway. Both places are exhausting with younger kids.
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Old 18.06.2012, 17:44
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$95 for an adult one day ticket!

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Yup...But, they really want you to stay for 4 or more days.

$95 for one day, ~$260 for 4, $300 for a week...of course, multiply all that times 5 and I have a lot of other things I want to do with that money...
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Old 18.06.2012, 17:46
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I'm not sure my kids even know what Disney is or that they have even heard of Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck.

Bliss !
They don't watch the movies? No Cinderella, no Beauty and the Beast, no Cars? They conveniently advertise the parks on some dvds! And, I will admit, I did go as an 8 year old and enjoyed it thoroughly
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Re: Disney FL - is it worth it?

1 day per park should be ok, arrive early and get on the popular rides first, when we where there the park seemed to empty at 4pm, so we'd go early, then leave and do other stuff, then go back late afternoon, never had to queue for anything
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Old 18.06.2012, 17:47
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Re: Disney FL - is it worth it?

Disney FL is worth spending a week if you ask me. There are many budget options for you to stay just outside of the Disney world and trust me you wont get ripped off. You also have the buses run by these places that will pick and drop you off at fixed timings. also there are apartments that you can book for a week which may work out cheaper for the family.

When we went to Disneyland in 2010, we reckoned that if we take the 7 days pass it worked out to 25-30$ per person per day than the 95$ (i think) per person per day if you take for one day. at that time my kid was just 2 years and being there for a week helped because we could do everything at a slow place. I am sure your 8 and 6 year old will have plenty to do for the week - the 5 theme parks by itself will take 5 days and the next 2 days can be repeat of what the kids enjoyed the most. you may not have to take tickets for your 3 year old.

Enjoy!!
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There should be deals available if our fall break does not overlap with the US one? Maybe your mom can get tickets with a Florida resident discount?

are the FL resident tickets transferable? I figured you had to be the resident to use them?

Tom - your kids don't watch the movies? No Cinderella, no Beauty and the Beast, no Cars? They conveniently advertise the parks on some dvds! And, I will admit, I did go as an 8 year old and enjoyed it thoroughly
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Tom - your kids don't watch the movies? No Cinderella, no Beauty and the Beast, no Cars? They conveniently advertise the parks on some dvds! And, I will admit, I did go as an 8 year old and enjoyed it thoroughly
I'm sure they have watched some Disney movies although whether a movie is Pixar or Disney or Aardmann means nothing to them.

I'm sure they'd love a Disney Park - but I'm sure I'd hate it so at the moment, ignorance is bliss.
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Re: Disney FL - is it worth it?

I would skip overpriced, overhyped Disney World and its extortionate and low-quality food and take the kids to the Everglades or just to the beach. Then, when you're back in Switzerland, take the family to Europa Park in Germany -- it's about 2.5 hours from St Gallen, very well organised, excellent rides, inexpensive and good food, and much cheaper than Disney World: adults €37.50, kids 4-11 €33.00, kids under 4 free. (Free for kids on their birthdays, too!) You could easily spend three days there but one is also good. A day out for your family for €141 (US$180) plus food. If you want a hotel, stay somewhere near the park but not in a park hotel -- they are the only pricey thing about Europa Park.
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No (message too short). Totally agree with 22 yards.
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I would skip overpriced, overhyped Disney World and its extortionate and low-quality food and take the kids to the Everglades or just to the beach. Then, when you're back in Switzerland, take the family to Europa Park in Germany -- it's about 2.5 hours from St Gallen, very well organised, excellent rides, inexpensive and good food, and much cheaper than Disney World: adults 37.50, kids 4-11 33.00, kids under 4 free. (Free for kids on their birthdays, too!) You could easily spend three days there but one is also good. A day out for your family for 141 (US$180) plus food. If you want a hotel, stay somewhere near the park but not in a park hotel -- they are the only pricey thing about Europa Park.

We'll definitely do Europa Park at some point! I think I am leaning to the 1 day Disney idea. Then we can say, been there, done that and move on Also maybe a trip to Cape Canaveral and Coco Beach and otherwise just hang at my mom's condo and see how many rules a day we can break

The beach is across the street and if we want to see kitsch we can drive down to Daytona and check out all the sights... Of course, need to save some money to fill the empty suitcases we will bring over! Too bad the CHF isn't as strong this summer as last...

Everglades is not for me, I think. I would be terrified of all the poisonous snakes just waiting for me. Not to mention the alligators! Maybe when the kids are a little bigger we will check them out, but we don't want to venture too far.
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Re: Disney FL - is it worth it?

St Augustine is quite nice as well, although a little out of your way.
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Everglades is not for me, I think. I would be terrified of all the poisonous snakes just waiting for me. Not to mention the alligators! Maybe when the kids are a little bigger we will check them out, but we don't want to venture too far.
Would you really deny your family this kiddie fun goodness? A ride on a hovercraft beats a Disney coaster any day ... and the alligators are friendly, they're probably just midgets with snorkels and a scaly costume anyway -- this is Florida, after all!

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Re: Disney FL - is it worth it?

What 66 feet said and add in the Space Center Museum at Cape Canaveral near Titusville, FL.

If you have to go to Disneyworld, at least try the Epcot Center and pretend that you're learning something during the visit.
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Re: Disney FL - is it worth it?

Yeah, St. Augustine could be on the list as well, I don't think we have done that yet with the kids. I think it is only an hour away...and there's an outlet mall on the way

I think I will enjoy just relaxing as much as possible and all my siblings (bro and 2 sisters) are planning to descend on us at some point as well, so not sure if we will run around or just chill-ax, as my 8 year old would say.

That Hovercraft scares the bejeebers out of me. Don't you see all those snakes hanging from the trees (as you can tell, I have a bit of a snake phobia!). Although my one sister who lives in the Redneck Riviera of Florida (Panama City area) does do research on sea grasses and other such subjects, and could probably be a good guide for us!
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are the FL resident tickets transferable? I figured you had to be the resident to use them?
The FL resident tickets are NOT transferable. If you purchase one you have to show FL ID that matches the name on the ticket at the ticket gate. I also had to carry a birth certificate for both kids to prove their age for the kid-priced tickets, but my kids are both tall for their ages.
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