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Disney All Star Movies Resort Lake Buena Vista

1901 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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Visited: 2011-12-01 | Submitted: 2013-01-31 13:47:54.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

My mom, me and my kids taking my kids to thier first visit to Disneyworld, AND on my son's birthday!

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Most amazing place ever. Disney will never stop improving and nothing can ever compare. I wish I was there right now. We stayed 4 days, we were at All Star Movies in December. The lights everywhere and Christmas decor was amazing, as was the weather. Nothing like it in the universe.

Tips for Families

1. Plan dining and days 2. Comfy shoes and sunscreen 3. Use the dining plan 4. Use fast passes 5. Use the app 6. See the shows and parades, especially Fantasmic 7. Ride Tower of Terror at least 20 times.... :)


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No way, if you are at Disneyworld, be at Disneyworld!!! Nothing is better, don't waste a minute of that precious time!!

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If you mean within Disneyworld...Sci Fi, Chef Mickey's, Tony's, and Coral Reef.

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My daughter loved the pool, my son loved the arcade, they both loved the giant movie characters. :)

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Splash Mountain

Frontierland, Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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Visited: 2011-12-01 | Submitted: 2013-01-31 13:41:12.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

My son's 13th birthday, the first time he ever got to go to Disneyworld!!!

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This was the most amazing trip. There is nothing like Disney, there are no words to describe it. Anything Disney does is above and beyond and incomparable. You have to experience it to get what I mean. You find yourself comparing other things, Six Flags, Universal, etc. with Disney and after you do Disney nothing else can even come close. So, being a single mom I could never afford to take my 2 kids, Amber (15) and Jake (14) to Disneyworld, I used to get so sad when they would ask when we were watching Disney channel cause I knew it would probably never happen. They have had tough lives and they deserve it so bad. I was raised on Disney and had gone a few times (love, obsession, all that :) ), and I raised my kids on Disney as well. Bear in the Big Blue House, Out of the Box, Cars, Pirates, all of it. It was a pipe dream to ever get to take them. But, summer 2011 I worked hard at work, got an offer to be sponsored to take some very difficult investments exams for licensing and got a bonus for passing them. I had told myself and the kids, if I make it through these exams we are GOING TO DISNEYWORLD!! So when I passed them all, I made this super hilarious, overly planned PowerPoint, complete with hyperlinks to the rides, parks and dining for each day, extra magic hours, and told them we are going in December so I am giving them each a 100 gift card as one of their Christmas presents. On top of that, my son's 13th birthday was December 17, and we got in the evening of the 16th, so the first FULL DAY, breakfast, opening ceremony and Magic Kingdom (you have to do MK on your first day) was on his birthday. He had a birthday pin/button that he wore. People were giving him free stuff, letting him keep fast passes for longer, waving to him from parades, princesses were kissing him, people were handing him candy and little things. All day!! Amazing. At the end of the night, the kids, my too cool for school teens, were running through Magic Kingdom hand in hand (also in hand with me LOL) like little kids, sporting ears and hats and hoodies and Disney sunglasses. We had fast passes for Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain as the second parade, 11pm I think, and 2nd fireworks for the night were going on. Because it wasn't that busy and it was my son's birthday per his birthday pin/button, the attendants let us ride over and over. The most amazing thing was that we were actually watching perfectly viewable, perfectly soundtracked fireworks FROM Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. It was unreal. The weather was cool, it was unbelievable. We were just in awe. Then, at the end, on Splash Mountain getting off at the last ride, they handed us a gift card for 25 bucks! I guess they just found it or had it left over, I don't know but they gave it to us! It was unbelievable!!!! Amazing place, I miss it so much. It's like a second home. I know we will never be able to afford it again, but we will always dream. I hope we win this so we can go, we all miss it. We are nerds, we watch the vacation DVDs LOL!! It has been over a year and I am still going through withdrawal. I know a lot of people never get to go and I am blessed that we did, although my boss shaved 3 days off of my pre approved vacation at the last minute so we only got 4 days there. That was really sad cause we were very rushed and the kids didn't get the full experience. But still, it is just, amazing! From the airport, to Magic Express, to hotel, to decor, to waiting for that bus to your park of choice to pull up, to swiping your Key to the World with your name on it, to the parades and the friendliness and the food and rides...just all of it. It's incredible. I really, really want to take them. PLEASE let us win a trip!! PLEASE!! I have been unemployed for 4 months and times are tough, it's so hard these days but Disney is kind of a solace or happy place for me to go to, I look at our pictures when I am down and it lifts me up. It would be a great, great, great stress reliever! :) FYI, my son, the one that turned 13 during our trip, got invited to take the ACT college entry exam and he is only in 7th grade, due to super high standardized test scores, sponsored by Duke University. My daughter has gone from Cs to almost straight As, and even though she retired as a competitive gymnast she is a great example of success and overcoming adversity. They deserve to have a totally fun, spoil us like crazy trip of a lifetime. And boy, so do I.... But for now, we have our memories and hope that the future will get better and maybe one day before they move out, we can go as mom and kids together again and run through the Magic Kingdom like Disney nerds, squealing about Splash Mountain!! :)

Tips for Families

1. Plan, make an itinerary, look up extra magic hours and plan where to be on which days 2. Use fast passes to best advantage, you can get a fast pass once an hour, and sometimes at the end of the day they stop giving them out on certain rides so for the first half of the day, alternate between waiting in a line and then collecting a fast pass to different rides every hour. So by the time evening rolls around and the park is less crowded cause extra magic hours are only for resort guests, you have a nice stack of fast passes. TIP: sometimes the attendants will let you ride multiple times at the end of the day...we rode my favorite...Tower of Terror...6 times in a row one night. Use and collect them wisely. Send someone on a run with your Keys to the world every hour to collect, then save them up. Just make sure you get your favorites early in case they run out and stop giving them out mid afternoon. 3. Get dining plan, make reservations. It truly does save a lot of money, I have done the math. The food is unreal at the table service places. Best are Sci Fi cause it is beyond cool :), Chef Mickey's which is where we celebrated Jake's birthday dinner, Tony's cause it is on the square and if you time it right you can sit outside on the veranda porch and watch the daytime parade as you eat, Coral Reef at Epcot cause it is SO neat with the aquarium set up. Those are HAVE TOs. Also, drink lots of water. Refill your cup with water, saves money and it's healthier cause Florida can get steamy and hot. 4. You have to do at least 2 days at Magic Kingdom, 2 days at Hollywood and at least 1 day at each other, that will barely get you to see the have to see things...it really isn't even enough but you could get by with planning. **Really, at minimum, you want to spend 7 full days, or 8 full days if it is summer. That way, you could do 1 Magic Kingdom 2 A water park day to cool off 3 Hollywood Studios day (you have to see Fantasmic, ignore the long lines and know it is worth it, I wasn't sure and I stressed over the line but I would wait 5 hours for that, it's amazing) 4 Half day at Epcot (most kids are not that interested in Epcot that much in my experience but I like it, especially Test Track) and spend the other half of that day at the pool resting 5 Animal Kingdom day which will wear you out cause it is huge, and you must do Dinosaur and Expedition Everest...and Kilamanjaro Safaris (sp?), and if it's hot, the Kali River Rapids 6 Chill at the pool and rest up cause you will be exhausted, then go to Downtown Disney that night, do shopping, arcade, club, whatever you want and eat somewhere really cool. 7 Hollywood Studios day and ride Tower of Terror and Aerosmith Coaster as many times as you can cause you are leaving soon and will have to say bye till goodness knows when. 8 Magic Kingdom day...you must end with Magic Kingdom and hit all the major rides there again in order. I usually start at the left at Pirates then go all the way around Also...on the arrival day and leaving day, set your flights to arrive early and leave late so you can grab a little extra time at the parks, believe me, it's tough to say goodbye. I cried when I was 17, I cried when I was 19, I cried when I went with my mom on a short visit just me and her when I was 34 for a couple days, and me AND the kids cried....although they were hiding behind sunglasses, when we went in 2011. The worst is saying bye. 5. Sunscreen, hats, and if you tend to get asthma in thick air or humidity, bring an inhaler and if you have one, a nebulizer, as well as allergy meds. It is too expensive and too rare of an experience to have it messed up over things you could have brought from home and can't get to. 6. Arch supports for shoes. At night, if you want to put on a sun dress, wear some cute sandals. But if you don't want to be dying of foot pain, wear good, solid athletic shoes and arch supports and bring moleskin to avoid blisters. It is no fun to have foot pain....or blisters. 7. DOWNLOAD THE APP, or APPS. There are lots, but there are some official ones that you can see wait times, dining reservations, lines, links to youtube.com of all attractions and shows, etc., maps, what's close to you, find a cheap lunch place. Use it, they are amazing. Remember, Disneyworld is over 40 square miles. The apps exist for a reason, and whoever thought of them is my hero. 8. See the parades, fireworks, Fantasmic, shows.....some people thinks shows are boring. Well, you have not seen a Disney show. Everything Disney does is a whole different category of quality than anything you will ever experience, and you will learn that after you go once...but only if you plan it and follow my advice. "_ 9. Save the stuff you can do at home for at home. In other words, don't waste precious, expensive, rare and very special Disney time fishing or sitting in a room reading. You can do those things at home. Think of it this way...you won't probably get to come back for a long while due to the costs and things, so once you leave, you leave. You better take advantage of every second. It drives me nuts to see people on TV that spend 3 out of 5 days sitting at a picnic table and not going to parks or watching a football game on their laptop while the kids are waiting to see the parks. (Ok, that was mad Rachel that came out, I actually saw that and I felt so bad for the kids). 10. When you step out your front door at home and lock it behind you, leave work, stress, bills, family issues, boss issues, fighting, drama, worries and anything else negative behind that locked door. Make a pact with your family or whoever you are going with, that everyone is to leave it at home and as soon as that door locks, it is Magic time. Time to only have fun and be spoiled and be a kid. It is truly magical, indescribable. 11. Enjoy, just enjoy. And...if you have a teen boy or someone that deserves a good prank, wait till you are the top of the hill at Splash Mountain, make sure you have a full water bottle on you, and right as it starts to go down, pour it on his head. LOL!! My son..was so shocked he looked back then next thing you know he was splashed at the bottom of the mountain too. Maybe you are not allowed to have a water bottle on rides, so sorry if this is bad advice, but....it was SO funny!!! My daughter and I got him good..... 12. I would love to be a planner for Disney. Disney people, you have my email. Email me a job offer and I will make itineraries and all kinds of things. It is so fun to dream about it. Oh...and 13....FINALLY, last thing...FIND DOPEY if you can and get his autograph cause I can never find him. He is rare so get in that line if you see him. Dopey is my favorite. :) I hope you guys enjoyed my tips. Have fun, I am jealous!! Tell Dopey and Mater and Minnie and Goofy and Pluto my family all says hi. :)

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Disney's Pop Century Resort Lake Buena Vista

1050 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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KID-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

  • Connecting rooms
  • Rollaway beds available
  • Kids stay free
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Cribs (infant beds) available
  • Outdoor pool
  • Kids' pool
  • Playground on site


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Visited: 2010-04-01 | Submitted: 2013-01-29 15:45:38.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

The best surprise ever!!!! My mom is the most generous person in the world!!!

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This hotel was great! It allowed me to relive old things like PacMan, HeMan, Rubik's Cube, Pez, Star Wars Ewok figures, all kinds of crazy things we used to love in the 70s and 80s and had forgotten about. Everywhere you turned it was like "OMG I FORGOT ABOUT THIS, I MISS THIS SIMON! I WISH I STILL HAD MY RETURN OF THE JEDI PEZ COLLECTION! THIS IS INSANELY COOL!!". Then to get to tell your kids about the memories and bond over the things, nerdy things, fun things, cool things, then hear Cyndi Lauper and the like playing in the buses. It was amazing. I loved it. I needed a vacation so bad and my mom knew I couldn't afford it. I had not been to Disney since I was 19, in over 17 years and I had never been able to afford to take my kids. She took us on a short trip, I cried when it was time to leave and although the kids laughed at my itinerary I made prior to the trip, they agreed it was great and the only way to go cause we got to do and see SO MUCH! It changed my life, my perspective, a trip like this can be life changing. As silly as it seems, the Disney magic stays with you and changes you for the good. I can't say enough. I am trying to hard to win a contest or something to take the kids again, hopefully on a longer trip since they are 14 and almost 16 now. I want to get us there before they are too old and in college, etc. My daughter has been a Tow Mater fan since she was a baby and we want sooo badly to stay at Art of Animation but we will definitely be stopping by Pop Century!!

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1. Make an itinerary. 2. USE AND PLAN OUT Fast Passes. 3. You have to allow yourself a short break during the day or you will walk yourself sick. Just go back to the hotel for an hour or so, put your feet up, take a quick shower and put some lotion on and you are good to go. 4. DINNERS! The best restaurants ever!! Plan and make reservations....you must go to Chef Mickey's, Sci Fi, Coral Reef, 50s Prime Time, Crystal Palace, and if you can, the Luau at Polynesian. USE THE DINING PLAN! Best one is the one that allows 3 table service per day, cause between that and the snacks you will likely not spend much more than that on food aside from the occasional soda or drink. 5. GO to Downtown Disney...you have to see it. It's a grown up place but there is kid stuff too, it's heavenly. 6. If you are a female and you like mani pedis like I do, get a Minnie manicure...last time I had french tips and the tips were red with white polka dots like Minnie's dress. That and a Minnie polka dot headband each day made me feel totally in it! 7. Tower of Terror, Aerosmith Coaster, Expedition Everest, Test Track, Splash Mountain...OMG shall I go on?? 8. Leave all worries at home, and just enjoy the magic cause once you leave it's gone and it's a hard withdrawal..LOL!! Take advantage and do things you can only do at a Disney Park in order to get the full experience. 9. Have fun!!

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Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror

Sunset Blvd, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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Visited: 2011-12-01 | Submitted: 2013-01-23 20:10:05.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

The most amazing ride ever!!! I would wait 18 hours in 105 degrees to ride this!!!!!

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This was the best vacation ever at the best destination ever. We were all blown away. My son got to spend his 13th birthday at the Magic Kingdom, getting kissed by Minnie, getting free things because he had a birthday pin on his shirt, eating at Chef Mickey's, getting to skip lines cause it was his birthday, getting flirted with by princesses, and getting to ride TOWER OF TERROR AND AEROSMITH ROCKIN ROLLER COASTER!!!! AMAZING!!!

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1. Plan, make an itinerary. 2. 2 days at MK, 2 days at HS, 1 day at AK, 1 day at Epcot, and the partial days arriving and departing at MK. 3. Do the dining plan...and do Chef Mickey's, Sci Fi Dine In, 50's Prime Time, Tony's, Crystal Palace, and the under the sea seafood place at Epcot. Sooooo good!! 4. Don't stay offsite..you would be missing SO much! 5. Drink it all in, cause it goes by fast. 6. Hit all the rides, use the Fast Passes to their best advantage, as well as the extra magic hours. 7. Fireworks, parades, Fantasmic, shows, are ALL worth it.....don't discount them. You will be blown away. :)

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Splash Mountain

Frontierland, Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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Visited: 2011-12-01 | Submitted: 2013-01-22 20:51:41.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

Colorful, fun, makes you feel like a kid, splash, music, AMAZING!!!!!

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Disneyworld is the best place on earth. I have been 4 times. My kids have been once. I never thought I would be able to afford to take them but I got lucky one time. We stayed at All Star Movies. My cool, aloof teenagers were running after Tow Mater and Goofy and giggling and running through the park holding hands, and riding Tower of Tower repeatedly. It was so fun I could cry. When we had to leave, we all did cry. Seriously. I wish I could afford to go again. I even made this insane Powerpoint itinerary and planned everything out so we got to maximize dining, rides, extra park hours, everything. Amazing. Best place on earth. I want to retire there and work on Main Street!!

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1. Plan your time, use extra magic hours. 2. DO NOT stay off site, you are missing SO much by doing that and it's only half the experience. 3. Learn about, plan and maximize use of Fast Passes....we rode over and over due to those. 4. Get a dining plan. The mid one is best, you can have a table service. Go to Sci Fi Theatre, Chef Mickey's, Tony's and the underwater seafood place in Epcot. 5. Spend 2 FULL days at Magic Kingdom, 2 FULL days at Hollywood Studios, 1 FULL day at Epcot, and 1-2 FULL days at Animal Kingdom. Rides and entertainment wise, MK and HS are best. Best plan, the day you fly in, hit Magic Kingdom first cause you get the in your face, pure Disney Magic which gets you in the mood. Then alternate days. The last day also should be at Magic Kingdom. 6. Parades and fireworks, DON'T miss them. Fantasmic...line is awful but it is so worth it, even my teenagers were in awe of it. 7. When you leave your home for vacation, when you get in that car on the way to the airport, forget all stress, work and everything else. Refuse to let anything get in the way of your Disney time. Use it to it's advantage, and let everything else go until you are back in your driveway at home. Live it, be a kid. Take full advantage.

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