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Trip List by Magmosh

Family Reunion at Disney World

11 Apr 2008  Went recently for a long weekend get away - knew I was going to have fun - just didn't know HOW much fun!
3.5 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

Wilderness Lodge - amazing family location, a lot of fun for different generations of people in our group
Disney theme parks - fun for everyone, "a chance to be a kid again for a little while"
Aquatica - want to try the new place in town
Discovery Cove - a wonderful, enlightening, relaxing day

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Orlando, Walt Disney World, Mainz
  • Category: Wish list
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Families with small children, Families with teenagers
  • Seasons: Spring, Fall
  • 1. Epcot Center
    Epcot, Orlando

    Truly something for everyone here... if it's not great rides (like TestTrack or Soaring), then World Showcase has a lot to see - will be travelling with multiple generations of family and will need variety. Also we enjoy the varied dining options there and are looking forward to trying different things when we go back.

  • 2. Discovery Cove
    Discovery Cove, Orlando

    We had an incredible day here in 9/2007. It was just what we had pictured. The lazy river portion (can't remember the name) was perfect for relaxation. Some deeper parts were varied by more shallow areas. Enjoyed the "ruins" under the water in the deeper sections. The dolphins were absloutely amazing. The trainers were deeply knowledgeable and really taught those in the group a lot. Yes, we bought the pictures, expensive, but for me worth it. The all inclusive nature of the park was a brilliant touch - didn't have to worry about carrying any money there with you. The food was very nice.

  • 3. Walt Disney World
    Walt Disney World, Florida

    All four parks were excellent. Can't really just narrow it down to one thing that we particularly enjoyed - the entire ambiance was special (esp. for an adult on her first visit - felt like a kid again). The rides were an interesting variety of staid to exciting. Much to enjoy for everyone. Fast pass is a must for certain rides - take advantage of that feature when you can. My family and I were presented with special "Year of a Million Dreams" fast pass lanyards when we visited Animal Kingdom (had multiple break off fast passes for all of the rides/attractions there). Can't say exactly why they stopped us for this reward - maybe it was the huge grins on our faces?
    Can't wait to go back again! Will have to wait a while as the family reunion is a some years away.
    The day we went to MK, we went on an early opening day and started from the back and worked our way forward - much easier that way.
    At Epcot, we loved Test Track - great fun. However, Soarin' was still my favorite. We really felt transported when we were on Soarin'.
    At Epcot, make sure to go on an empty stomach. So much to see and eat in the world show case area. We had lunch in the Gemany pavillion. We loved the buffet - yes, expensive - but considering the amount of food and great entertainment, we felt it was justified. The food in the Germany pav. was very good. We really enjoyed it.
    Animal Kingdom was very well done. When you go, you'll see the thought put into every little detail (ie. the walk up to the Expedition Everest ride w/ all of the Yeti artifacts, etc to see while in line - just beautiful). Get to AK first thing in the morning and be on the first Kilamanjaro Safari ride - the animals will be out and active before it gets too hot.

  • 4. Disney's Wilderness Lodge
    Eiscafe Florenz, Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate

    Originally we were planning on staying at another resort. My boss (whose opinion I respect highly) told me to skip all others and reserve at Wilderness Lodge (WL). So glad we did. From the moment we walked into the hotel lobby, we were fascinated by the decor and pleased by the amazing welcome we received. The rooms were good - not out of this world though. But still, very clean, quiet and comfortable (we stayed on fifth floor with a view of the pool, great balcony). BTW, since we came at a "slow time" we got an upgraded room (originally booked on Travelocity w/ a "standard view" aka dumpsters or loading dock, usually). The upgrade was appreciated. We enjoyed the restaurants and were happy with the room service - prompt and the food was very good. We could have made an entire day of exploring the hotel grounds. There were different boats to rent on the lake, the pool was great fun for everyone. Enjoyed the refreshment stand by the pool. Lots of places to stroll around the hotel on the pathways. Loved the geyser - what a great touch! We took the "steam boat" as often as we could when going to other parks; could get a little crowded - but if you get a window seat, lots of nature and other Disney stuff to see.
    Disney's Magical Express was very helpful and worked out very well for us.

  • 5. Aquatica (Seaworld's Waterpark)
    Aquatica, Orlando

    Haven't been yet... just waiting for the opportunity!