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Old 01-11-2006, 11:01 AM  
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My wife and I will be taking 2 small children to Walt Disney World in Florida in 2 weeks. I get to go as a bonus thru my work. We are staying at the Hilton. My question is what is the weather like down there in January? Any good ideas on what to see and do with twins that are 2 years old? I am kind of looking forward to it. A chance to get out of Iowa in January. Oh well, enought blabbing. Any responses are greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:24 PM   #76
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Nope, but thanks for the link! Ill have to read more later. We are headed down there the week of May 4th - 11th. We figured that was a good date to beat the summer crowds.

We have both been down there a couple of times before, so we know what to expect and plan for. Good times.
Yeah, we are hoping for decent crowd the first week of June too. I have heard that school is still in session at a lot of southern schools then. I know it will still be crowded though. I figure it has to be better than the crowds in July and August though.

Let me know if you sign up for either of those guides. I would like to know if they are really as helpful as I am reading.
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Old 03-08-2008, 03:36 PM   #77
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Watch out for hurricanes.
Hurricane season isnt until Aug-Sept timeframe.
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Old 03-08-2008, 11:00 PM   #78
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Hurricane season isnt until Aug-Sept timeframe.
Actually, hurricane season starts in June I believe. Not certain though.
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Old 03-09-2008, 11:15 AM   #79
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Good advice....although unless he is going for a convention and has to stay at the Hilton, there are less expensive places to stay especially in Downtown Disney or even on Disney property....

Allears and Mousesavers are great websites, but the best for all Disney trip information is:

www.wdwinfo.com


It has a discussion forum that covers ALL aspects of traveling to Disney including tips for traveling with young kids, any special discounts available, do's and don'ts, and even has a forum to let you tell about your experiences. It tells you what is shut down for good or just being remodeled or rehabbed....if you have anyone traveling with you that has any sort of Disability or Special needs it's the place to get the best info.


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Couldn't agree more. We used wdwinfo.com to prepare for our WDW vacation last year. Tons of helpful advice. Nothing caught us by suprise and we were totally prepared when we got there. Of course we went in June(hot as hell).

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Old 03-09-2008, 12:12 PM   #80
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Couldn't agree more. We used wdwinfo.com to prepare for our WDW vacation last year. Tons of helpful advice. Nothing caught us by suprise and we were totally prepared when we got there. Of course we went in June(hot as hell).
June is nothing. Try going in August sometime.
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Coming up on our trip this June. Has anyone used the Unofficial Guide to WDW for Kids or www.tourguidemike.com for trip prep?

Are you familiar with these Maddawg?
Never used tourguidemike.com, will have to check it out abd let you know if it is worth anything.

The "UGWDWK" is pretty good although it is a little out of touch and out of date.

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Old 03-09-2008, 12:38 PM   #82
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Nope, but thanks for the link! Ill have to read more later. We are headed down there the week of May 4th - 11th. We figured that was a good date to beat the summer crowds.

We have both been down there a couple of times before, so we know what to expect and plan for. Good times.
You'll beat the summer crowds, but you will still hit the locals on Thurs-Sun which some people forget. If you want to maximize your "smaller crowds" get the best stuff done on Mon-Wed.

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Yeah, we are hoping for decent crowd the first week of June too. I have heard that school is still in session at a lot of southern schools then. I know it will still be crowded though. I figure it has to be better than the crowds in July and August though.

Let me know if you sign up for either of those guides. I would like to know if they are really as helpful as I am reading.
The problem that you will run into is not the southern schools may still be in session but colleges are already out and some parents will have kids "test out" early and then head down. June is also the biggest weekends for the "Star Wars Weekends" that Disney holds. Fri-Sat-Sun will be packed at the parks.

BTW, the worst crowds are Spring Break,Thanksgiving Week, and the period from Christmas-New Years.

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Be sure to bring some ponchos or umbrellas. The rain is unpredictable in FL. There were times where it was dry, then all of a sudden, a rainstorm pops up out of nowhere.
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Actually, hurricane season starts in June I believe. Not certain though.
June 1st to Nov. 30th.
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Old 03-09-2008, 01:04 PM   #86
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Never used tourguidemike.com, will have to check it out abd let you know if it is worth anything.

The "UGWDWK" is pretty good although it is a little out of touch and out of date.

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From what I hear, it is worth the price just for the "best days to do stuff" charts.

I just want to find out the best order to do things to avoid long lines for the most part.
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From what I hear, it is worth the price just for the "best days to do stuff" charts.

I just want to find out the best order to do things to avoid long lines for the most part.
The problem with the concept of that is that Disney changes the length of hours for each park depending on the season. And remember that Animal Kingdom Park closes much earlier than any of the other 3 parks so that the animals can be handled before dark.

I have found that the best measure of what is the best days to do stuff is doing your homework a week before you go. Know what rides and attractions are closed or being refurbished, know what special activities are going on (Star Wars Weekends, International Flower Festival, Disney Marathon Days, etc) and plan around them.

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The problem with the concept of that is that Disney changes the length of hours for each park depending on the season. And remember that Animal Kingdom Park closes much earlier than any of the other 3 parks so that the animals can be handled before dark.

I have found that the best measure of what is the best days to do stuff is doing your homework a week before you go. Know what rides and attractions are closed or being refurbished, know what special activities are going on (Star Wars Weekends, International Flower Festival, Disney Marathon Days, etc) and plan around them.

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Just knowing what parks are generally at their busiest on what days would have to be extremely helpful though. Most of the posts I am reading about it in www.wdwinfo.com speak very highly of it and all seem to say they never had to wait in line more than 15 min using the site.
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Hell, a lightweight backpack too.
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We are going down in July for a conference. Taking all the kids, so we decided to rent a place from http://www.aplusvacationhomes.com/index.cfm

Looks pretty nice, plus we'll have our own private pool & hot tub. I'm really looking forward to this trip. Plus, we'll save money over renting 2 rooms on Disney property.

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