Saturday, June 19, 2010

Need a Disney Fix!

So we decided that we were definitely going to do one day in Disney when we are down in Florida in November.  Normally, I would be against such a thing because really, it's very expensive to just go for one day; Disney makes it worth your while to spend more days with them by discounting ticket prices by how many days you stay.  Meaning, the longer you are there, the lower the cost per day.  But I am personally willing to bite the bullet on this to get in my Disney fix!

The plan is for us to go the Monday after Thanksgiving because the crowds should be quite low - the folks who went for the holiday weekend will have all left either Sunday night or by Monday morning.  

We're going to Magic Kingdom because we are taking my son's girlfriend with us who has never been to Disney and really, the Magic Kingdom really is what Disney is all about!  So to save money on the whole thing we decided to sacrifice eating at the big-name restaurants.  I'm kind of bummed about that because I would LOVE to go to the Crystal Palace for lunch and then take the monorail over to the Polynesian and do O'Hana for dinner and watch the fireworks from there.  But, that is just not going to happen.

By skipping the restaurants, we are not only saving money, but time.  On a recent visit, a friend of mine spent 90 minutes waiting for her seating at the Crystal Palace!  She had made her advanced dining reservations (ADR's) and yet still had that long of a wait.  Add that to the time it took to actually EAt and she lost probably close to three hours of ride time on that one meal.  We certainly don't want to do that when we only have one day to play.

The plan will be to drive to the Disney complex early that Monday morning - we'll be coming from about an hour away - and arrange to be in the parking lot at least 30 minutes before the park opening because, remember, Magic Kingdom's parking is the furthest away.  We will have to park and then take a tram to either grab the ferry or monorail over to the park entrance.   After going through security and waiting for the ropes to drop, we'll be on our way.  

The only thing that I don't like about this plan is that well...I don't have to actually PLAN anything!  Part of the fun of going on a Disney vacation is doing all of the planning:  figuring out which park to do first, deciding on restaurants, etc.  With only one day there's really not much to do.  There are plenty of wonderful counter service restaurants to choose from and really, no matter where we are in the park when we get hungry, there's something near by.

So now the countdown begins...

1 comment:

  1. OOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooh! I'm so jealous. However, I hope you have a great time!

    I would like to suggest that since this is the GF's first time... ride the ferry over to the park. There is just something about approaching the Magic Kingdom in full view of what lies ahead of you.

    Good idea on the food too. Wasting 3 hours is not worth it. Especially since that time of year the park hours are shorter than they are in the summer time.