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I'm going to Disney World for the next 2 weeks with the entire family!! The kids are all amped up and we should have a blast. I might get a chance to pop in from the Sunshine State, if not talk to you guys when we get back.

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I'm sure you have plenty of reading material for the plane. :D

 

But yeah, enjoy! I head to that area once a month and it's been real nice (some t-storms, but that's Florida for ya). Make sure to buy some Minnie ears. They're required for all Huddlers. Just ask Big Country. :D

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it's not nice to tease us like that.

 

 

:D

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I'm sure you have plenty of reading material for the plane. :D

 

 

 

 

Was this vacation arranged through gayorbitz .com.... :D

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Make sure to buy some Minnie ears. They're required for all Huddlers. Just ask Big Country. :D

 

Yep--you need to have Minnie Mouse ears, but you also have to wear them with a Todd Pinkston jersey. :D

 

Enjoy the trip. :tup:

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it's not nice to tease us like that.

 

 

I knew someone was going to say that. :clap:

 

I'm sure you have plenty of reading material for the plane. :D

 

But yeah, enjoy! I head to that area once a month and it's been real nice (some t-storms, but that's Florida for ya). Make sure to buy some Minnie ears. They're required for all Huddlers. Just ask Big Country. :doh:

 

 

I have plenty of reading material, don't worry. :D Of course most of the material comes from this site. :D

 

Was this vacation arranged through gayorbitz .com.... :D

 

 

Close...travelocity.com/gaytravel. You'll never roam alone!! :tup:

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A couple important tips to help beat the crowds (and it will be crowded, you're going at one of the most peak periods of the entire year):

 

1. Always be at whatever park you're going to about 15 minutes before rope drop. You will get more done in your first two hours at the park than you will in the following four hours. In fact, if you're staying on campus, I highly recommend you go to the park at opening, stay until about 1Pm or so, then head back to your hotel for a refreshing swim (a shower during your afternoon break will do wonders). Then head back to the parks for the late afternoon/evening.

 

2. Fast passes - first thing you should do when you get to the park is get a set of Fast Passes for your entire party. The FP will entitle you to go on that ride later in the day on a shorter line. So, for example, your first FP of the day might say you can go on the ride (say Everest at Animal Kingdom) on the Fast Pass line any time from 9:45 to 10:45AM, and you cannot get another FP for any ride until 9:50AM. Two very important things to note here: a) despite what it says, that FP will be good all day after 9:45AM. If you're on the other side of the park, don't rush the entire family across the entire park to get back to Everest between 9:45 and 10:45. You can use that FP at 3PM that afternoon if you want. They don't publicize this, but cast members are specifically instructed to accept that FP any time that day. B ) when your next FP window opens, someone in your party should be nominated to head to another headline attraction in that park, with everyone's park passes, to get another set of FPs as soon as possible. Rinse and repeat. In this manner, you are collecting FPs all day.

 

I'll illustrate with a reasonable touring plan for Epcot - you don't wanna go too commando on the family, but you don't wanna' be waiting in lines in 90 degree heat either.

 

Show up at least 15 minutes before rope drop. As soon as ou enter the gates, everyone gives their park passes to the FP volunteer for the day. That's probably you.

The FP volunteer gets as far to the front and to the right as possible. The rest of the group does the same but with less urgency.

At rope drop, the FP volunteer stays up with the front of the crowd heading to Saorin' (everyone is heading to Soarin' and cast members will lead you there without letting you run ahead). When you get to the ride, head immediately to the FP machines and get a FP for everyone in your party. Then meet your party at the standby line for Soarin' and ride Soarin' on standby (i.e., not FP, there are no FP admissions until about 9:45).

By 9:15, you've ridden Soarin' once and you have a set of Fps to ride it later. You'll want to do the same thing for headline attractions at the other parks (Everest for Animal Kingdom, either Tower of terror or Aerosmith Coaster for MGM, maybe Space Mountain for Magic Kingdom, this assumes your kids wanna' go on thrill rides, not sure how old they are). But the idea is you go ahead and grab FPs first thing, then meet the family at the standby line and ride it on syandby. Within fifteen minutes of entering, you've ridden the ride once and have FPs to ride it again later. The fifteen minutes assumes you are there before rope drop.

Head to The Seas - Turtle Talk With Crush is an absolute must-see and does not have FPs, get into an early show if possible. Kids can check out the nearby aquariums while you wait in line, then join you as they begin to admit into the show.

As soon as the next FP window opens, or as soon as possible thereafter (if you're in the Crush show), the FP volunteer heads across the park and gets a set of FPs for Test Track.

From this point forward, you're on your own - just continue to grab FPs whenever possible and accumulate them. If you have unused FPs when you leave for the day (it will happen occasionally if you do this right), give them to someone who is just entering, they will be very appreciative.

Don't be afraid to ride Mission Space, but do so on the green rise (without the centirfugal force). You'll likely not need FPs here because people are leery of this ride (there have been one or two deaths, but that was before they added the milder green version, and it is a very good ride).

If you leave at midday as I suggested above and are returning later that evening to the same park, be sure to grab a set of FPs on your way out.

 

I've probabbly already gone on way too long - we have a time share dwn there and go every summer, and I've spent alot of time researching ways to beat the crowds. It's worth it, believe me, there's nothing worse than waiting in line...IMO anyway. That's not vacation, that's just annoying or worse.

 

If you're going for two full weeks, that's plenty of time, I would recommend taking every fourth day at a minimum as a break day where you don't go to any parks at all, just relax at the pool, maybe go to Downtown Disney or a water park. You don't wanna' be one of thosecouples who come home from Disney moaning "I need a vacation".

 

Have a great time dude, it is a great place to take a vacation and the kids will love it. Sorry for the length of this post.

Edited by Easy n Dirty

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EnD, awesome post above and I appreciate all the info/advice. I have been to Florida/Disney every year since I've been born practically. However, in recent years we've taken a break from going to the parks as we've done the trek over and over a zillion times. But my kids, almost 3 and almost 6, are getting to the ages where they are ready to make the runs. So getting some updated info like you've shared is pretty sweet!! Thanks for the effort. :D

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Vios con dios mangina

 

 

Thanks anyway. :D

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I'm going to Disney World for the next 2 weeks with the entire family!! The kids are all amped up and we should have a blast. I might get a chance to pop in from the Sunshine State, if not talk to you guys when we get back.

 

:D

 

You bastard! So THAT'S what you're doing with the league dues. Wait until you get back & see all the gay porn in your mailbox...

Edited by Bronco Billy

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I'll admit it. I was getting a little excited when I read the thread title.

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Yep--you need to have Minnie Mouse ears, but you also have to wear them with a Todd Pinkston jersey. :D

 

Enjoy the trip. :D

but Pinkston spamshirts are getting harder and harder to come by these days...

 

 

oh... and fast pass is the bomb

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I'm going to Disney World for the next 2 weeks with the entire family!! The kids are all amped up and we should have a blast. I might get a chance to pop in from the Sunshine State, if not talk to you guys when we get back.

 

 

Have fun.

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please be as high strung as possible when you tell us how the trip was...it wouldn't be the same without that. :D

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Have fun, just got back from Florida, it was awesome weather.

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I just got back from Disney world. I tried to get some gutz in both Epcot ball ride and the Dinosaurs deal. You must ride the Aero Smith ride inwhich you go from 0-60 in about 3-4 seconds. That waas the best ride there. Keep yer hands in the window inside the car so you will be able to tell everyone, especially Wiege, how the trip went.

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please be as high strung as possible when you tell us how the trip was...it wouldn't be the same without that. :D

 

it's not nice to tease us with a bump like that

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