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Post by sherabby » Mar Thu 18, 2010 6:48 am

We usually relax at the hotel until our dinner reservation. This August we are going to the early show at the HDDR! We are staying at CSR this trip. I hope we don't regret the decision to stay there since we've stayed at the CBR now 3 times and just love it there!
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Post by cousininmiami » Mar Thu 18, 2010 10:58 am

We always go directly to Magic Kingdom (driving up from Miami about 4 hours). Don't want to waste a day at the parks and since we usually go on a weekend, if we can ge to MK on Friday during the day when it's not so crowded, we are ready to go for the weekend! We are going again Apr. 22 - 25, can't wait, seriously!
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Post by boilerbabe » Mar Fri 19, 2010 10:32 am

We usually check in to our resort and get settled, we like to start out first thing on our first day. Although on our trip last May...we were staying at the Poly and we decided to hop on the Monorail and go to MK for what was left of our day. That was pretty awesome! 8-) So surreal!
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Post by Polynesian Princess » Mar Fri 19, 2010 4:49 pm

After we get checked in, we check out our room and get our luggage in the room. Usually this involves a call to family to let them know we finally arrived safely. We usually get there sometime between 2 and 8 pm depending on whether my husband had to work the day before or not, but either way we head straight to the park with the evening EMHs.
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Post by snugglyevil » Mar Sat 20, 2010 5:18 pm

I'm right there with the "head to DTD" mentality. It's Disney without the traffic of the parks. Can just grab a drink at Goofy's Candy Shop and watch the world go by. Soak in the Magic.
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Post by Amy » Mar Sat 20, 2010 7:42 pm

We usually get in rather late in the afternoon or evening so we opt to go to whichever park is open the latest - that way we can fully soak in the atmosphere before having to go back to the hotel. We also check the evening performances of parades and fireworks so we are sure to see everything at least once.

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Post by metsofny » Mar Sun 21, 2010 12:32 am

I like to go to the Magic Kingdom first. It's a good way to start.

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Post by Pluto23 » Mar Sun 21, 2010 5:51 am

snugglyevil wrote:I'm right there with the "head to DTD" mentality. It's Disney without the traffic of the parks. Can just grab a drink at Goofy's Candy Shop and watch the world go by. Soak in the Magic.
Ah yes - Goofy's candy shop. I always have to get the pretzel rods and have them custom dipped. Normally dark chocolat with a white chocolat drizzle and rolled in chocolat chips. YUMMMM.

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Post by missynole » Mar Sun 21, 2010 8:54 am

We usually go over to Downtown Disney or hotel hopping on the monorail line to pin trade!

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Post by jmenjes » Mar Sun 21, 2010 9:04 am

I usually check in around 3 pm or so. After checking in, my first stop is over to Downtown Disney for some shopping.
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Post by secondstar » Mar Sun 21, 2010 2:31 pm

Since we had our daughter, we've changed things a bit. Now, we arrive as early as possible, which is around noon or 1 p.m. (there are much fewer flights to Orlando than there used to be), take the Magical Express to our hotel, check-in, then off to Epcot. We'll eat both lunch and dinner somewhere around World Showcase. Then, we usually close the park and head overto MouseGear for shopping. (Have to start the trip off right.)

Before Sophia was born, we would be able to catch a 7:00 a.m. flight to Orlando, enough time to grab a rental car, zip down I-4 to Disney property, check-in and go straight to the Rainforest Cafe at AK for lunch. Then, we'd close that park and head over to Downtown Disney for shopping and dinner.
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Post by Sockdoodle » Apr Sat 10, 2010 4:25 pm

We always just spend the first day getting settled in at the resort and stretching out our legs after a long flight. We also use the first day to explore the resort a bit, double check our touring plans, and watch some WDW-TV!!!

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Post by momeja » Apr Sat 10, 2010 4:48 pm

We always arrive at suppertime, so we eat!

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Post by Happy HalloWishes » Apr Sun 11, 2010 12:02 pm

Hotel, check-in, look around resort, eat somewhere. Then go to the parks the next day...

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Post by JimB » Apr Sat 17, 2010 1:18 pm

We fly into Orlando Intl, pick up the rental car, head for the onsite hotel. Check in, change and head to the Magic Kingdom. Say hello to our brick (paving stone) at the entrance and stroll down Main Street soaking in the magic. Best feeling in the world...

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