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Posted 26 May 2014 - 03:16 AM

Hey Everyone.

Exciting news to share. I am heading to Disney World today. This will be my 5th visit (4th that I will remember everything about), and I am stoked, mainly to go on Splash Mountain over and over again, but also for the new roller coaster, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, opening during my visit, and possibly meeting John Ratzenberger during the Star Wars Weekends.

Has anyone else ever been? Favorite Rides? Funny Stories? etc...

I am a huge amusement park fan so this is kind of a pilgrimage for me.

Side note, I am leaving The Rush Forum...TEMPORARILY (see what I did there) as I am probably not going to bother posting from an ipod on the trip unless some big news happens. See everyone in June.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 08:37 AM

I have been 7 times. My parents took us when the park first opened in 1971. I was 11 and bet I had a great time. We took our first born (daughter) when she was 2 (1989). Then after my son was born we went back (with him of course) when my daughter was 5, 8, 11 and 14. We didn't go again until I turned 50 three and half years ago. It is to cost prohibitive anymore and the truth be told when we went back when I turned 50 I was bored to tears. The parks were pretty much exactly the same as they were when I went 10 years previous but the prices weren't. Chances are I will never go again. Its a great place if you haven't seen every nook and cranny several times over already. When I went at 50 my children were already adults by then and they tried to get me to do the educational stuff at Epcot to keep me interested. God bless them, they tried. I did a few interesting things but like I said I was bored and walking my ass off most of the time.
Bet you will have a wonderful time however. Enjoy your trip and be safe..... :)

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 09:59 AM

Well, it's going to be hot as balls and full of Star Wars fans still so enjoy.  Haven't been in a couple years so I guess we'll be making the trek over next year.

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:39 PM

Wow, so all of you who've taken multiple trips - did you win the lottery, top a wealthy relative, or take out a second or third mortgage on the house???

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:57 PM

View PostMara, on 26 May 2014 - 07:39 PM, said:

Wow, so all of you who've taken multiple trips - did you win the lottery, top a wealthy relative, or take out a second or third mortgage on the house???
I can only speak for our case. Most of our trips were when the kids were younger and before we realized we actually had to pay back the charges we ran up on our credit cards..... :smash: :doh: We currently have no credit cards. It was a rough lesson to learn but it has been..... :|

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 09:27 AM

View PostMara, on 26 May 2014 - 07:39 PM, said:

Wow, so all of you who've taken multiple trips - did you win the lottery, top a wealthy relative, or take out a second or third mortgage on the house???
We save. We have a vacation fund and we put $200 a month in it. Not too hard actually. Some people drink beer, go to Starbucks, or eat out often. We don't do any of that. I almost never drink, we don't drink coffee, and 90% of the food I eat is homemade. Everyone has "things" they spend money on, we make family vacation a priority.

I have been 5 times, 3 with my family and twice in college. The college trip was very memorable because we were stupid college kids having fun. We danced like natives in Adventureland and would rock the boat we were in while on Splash Mountain. I am quite sure we ended up on a lot of people's videos... I saw one guy with a camcorder recording us dancing in Adventureland :lol:

One time we went with my family and my inlaws. My sis-in-law's boyfriend bitched about everything and really was a drag on the trip. Trying to get him to do anything was a chore and we eventually stopped trying and just did what our kids wanted.

We went one time with just my family and ate in the Cinderella castle. We were there on the day the new Star Wars ride opened, but didn't get a chance to ride it due to lines... and not wanting to waste that much time for one thing.

Disney is a little more than some other places, but the attention to detail and service you get is worth it, IMO

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 09:27 AM

Oh, and hope you have (or had.. depending when you read this) fun on your trip!!

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 09:34 AM

Have a great trip.  I, personally, hated Disney as an adult. As a kid it was fun and I definitely tried to make it fun for my kids but I NEVER want to go back.

To me, it's a marathon hike on concrete past 500 vendors trying to sell you an $8 pretzel or a $9 ice cream cone.

My idea of a vacation is total relaxation with a cold beer and a chair. On the beach or a cruise ship is nice but at a happening bar will do as well.

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 10:02 AM

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Have a great trip.  I, personally, hated Disney as an adult. As a kid it was fun and I definitely tried to make it fun for my kids but I NEVER want to go back.

To me, it's a marathon hike on concrete past 500 vendors trying to sell you an $8 pretzel or a $9 ice cream cone.

My idea of a vacation is total relaxation with a cold beer and a chair. On the beach or a cruise ship is nice but at a happening bar will do as well.
When my grandmother passed away a few years ago, my parents took some of the money and took us all on a Disney Cruise. We decided to take the kids to Disney World after the cruise. Worst idea ever. We spent 4 days on the cruise relaxing and not running around, and then spent 4 more running around like crazy. If we ever get the chance to do it again, I would do the cruise afterwards :)

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 12:25 PM

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Disney is a little more than some other places, but the attention to detail and service you get is worth it, IMO
:yes:  You get what you pay for.

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 09:05 PM

I'd love to do Disneyland sometime.

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 09:19 PM

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I'd love to do Disneyland sometime.
As would I! I have multiple oppurtunities via my school, but there's the silly issue of money involved. I want to see what all the fuss is about!

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 02:00 AM

I'm back everyone, to tired to respond to everyone, so I will be back tomorrow. The trip was amazing, and my feet are still screaming bloody murder.

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 01:05 AM

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I have been 7 times. My parents took us when the park first opened in 1971. I was 11 and bet I had a great time. We took our first born (daughter) when she was 2 (1989). Then after my son was born we went back (with him of course) when my daughter was 5, 8, 11 and 14. We didn't go again until I turned 50 three and half years ago. It is to cost prohibitive anymore and the truth be told when we went back when I turned 50 I was bored to tears. The parks were pretty much exactly the same as they were when I went 10 years previous but the prices weren't. Chances are I will never go again. Its a great place if you haven't seen every nook and cranny several times over already. When I went at 50 my children were already adults by then and they tried to get me to do the educational stuff at Epcot to keep me interested. God bless them, they tried. I did a few interesting things but like I said I was bored and walking my ass off most of the time.
Bet you will have a wonderful time however. Enjoy your trip and be safe..... :)
Well Disney is not for everyone. I assume by the time frame you speak of, you have never visited all four parks, and might not have seen every thrill ride (if that was what you are looking for). I know Disney is neither for those purely looking for thrill rides like a normal theme park, nor for those who want to relax (and boy did my family (I normally go with my mom's side, this was on my dad's) get whiplashed by how much I pushed them to their limits. Disney Is for someone who wants to see stuff I think more than everything, like walking into a new world, some things are thrilling, some are relaxing. I think it helps going either being someone who fully lets go into the show they present, or someone who consistanly thinks about how they get everything to work the way they do. I know for me, the leadup to the trip is just as much fun as the trip (well almost) because I look up and learn how they both make the rides and shows pull off the lifelike effects, as well as how they manage the park to run it effeciently. I am glad you did get to go and enjoy it, but at the same time I hope my opinion on the parks don't change as I grow older like they did for you.

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 01:12 AM

View PostAncient Ways, on 26 May 2014 - 09:59 AM, said:

Well, it's going to be hot as balls and full of Star Wars fans still so enjoy.  Haven't been in a couple years so I guess we'll be making the trek over next year.
Heat...I am sure it was, but heat as never bugged me much, I work at an amusement park, and in winnipeg, it can get as hot as Florida did for me. I think the highest the thermometer hit was 35 degrees, but it never dropped below 21 so that was nice, it was a bit cooler, cooler meaning less than 30 and windy. Starwars fans, probably, I am not a personal fan of the series (its not bad, just not something that I personally love), so I avoided the weekend event like the plague. I only went on the friday with my family, but while they waited in line upon line to meet characters, I just rode over and over the two thrill rides in the park which are in the one star wars free section of the park which kept very short waits in the morning as almost every guest was a fan and was focused on the star wars events. I did see some pretty cool outfits and costumes around the rest of the park, enjoyed some other star wars things with my little brother (the star wars fan) on the off days, and did try a Darth Vader Cupcake that was delicious.

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 01:16 AM

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Wow, so all of you who've taken multiple trips - did you win the lottery, top a wealthy relative, or take out a second or third mortgage on the house???
As far as I can tell, my parents save their pennies. This was my first trip that I had to pay for anything more than gifts and souvineers, with the addition of all my meals (save for the pre-booked sit down meals). When I heard about the trip, I just started saving, took a little chunk out of the fund that I allocate for games and going out to movies and the like, and put it in my other savings, and that kept me stable enough to take the trip. I plan to do the same thing when I want to take solo trips when I am older and (hopefully) have a higher paying job.

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 01:25 AM

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Have a great trip.  I, personally, hated Disney as an adult. As a kid it was fun and I definitely tried to make it fun for my kids but I NEVER want to go back.

To me, it's a marathon hike on concrete past 500 vendors trying to sell you an $8 pretzel or a $9 ice cream cone.

My idea of a vacation is total relaxation with a cold beer and a chair. On the beach or a cruise ship is nice but at a happening bar will do as well.
Yep, a Marathon indeed. I was walking roughly 14 hours a day, with probably 20 minutes of running each day as the park got ready to close and I tried (successfully) to squeeze in that last ride that was on the other side of the park. The vendors are not that bad in my opinion, yes $2.50 is steep for a bottle of soda, but its not like you are being called out to or anything, just breeze by them. The only time they are a problem  is when you are traveling with kids (wow I just realized I am the %1 of Disney vacationers, the solo traveler (I did technically go with my family, but I basically showed them the ropes and a rough plan of attack at each park so that they got a lot out of their day, at had some meals with them, but way more time was spent on my own for me)). I am sorry, but what you call a vacation, I can paying to take a day off somewhere else.  For me, days off are for relaxing, vacations are for adventure. It always pains me whenever a vacation plan is brought up that involves any form of rest. My family was considering knocking out a day or two of disney to rent a beach house out in generic beach town florida, and I alsolutley cringed at the thought and successfully eased them away from that idea quick (financially and time wise, I am not going to be a rude brat and flat out protest)

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 01:29 AM

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View PostKennyLee, on 27 May 2014 - 09:34 AM, said:

Have a great trip.  I, personally, hated Disney as an adult. As a kid it was fun and I definitely tried to make it fun for my kids but I NEVER want to go back.

To me, it's a marathon hike on concrete past 500 vendors trying to sell you an $8 pretzel or a $9 ice cream cone.

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When my grandmother passed away a few years ago, my parents took some of the money and took us all on a Disney Cruise. We decided to take the kids to Disney World after the cruise. Worst idea ever. We spent 4 days on the cruise relaxing and not running around, and then spent 4 more running around like crazy. If we ever get the chance to do it again, I would do the cruise afterwards :)
Yeah that was my third trip in a nutshell, we did a cruise midway through the trip, my family was active and fine for the first half, but after the cruise, there was a stark dynamic between us, they had spent the cruise being pampered into molasses, while I just became more antsy and restless to get back to the parks, and while I was probably moving at double speed, they were burnt out in minutes after attempting to go back to a park with the same energy.

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 01:30 AM

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View PostLost In Xanadu, on 27 May 2014 - 09:27 AM, said:

Disney is a little more than some other places, but the attention to detail and service you get is worth it, IMO
:yes:  You get what you pay for.
Agreed,there are some rides there alone that I think, "How much does it cost to send one rollercoaster car around the track once?"

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 01:32 AM

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View PostCygnus 2112, on 27 May 2014 - 09:05 PM, said:

I'd love to do Disneyland sometime.
As would I! I have multiple oppurtunities via my school, but there's the silly issue of money involved. I want to see what all the fuss is about!
If you ever get the chance to go to any theme park (ie Disney, Universal style, not six flags or cedar fare related) go. Don't push yourself, if you are not up for it, but study what you want to do, and see it. It is really like being put in the middle of a movie.





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