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  • pools_lad007
    Hartlepool, UK7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited with my wife and 17 year old Son. We visited 10 years ago and the new additions to the park are great.
    The Hagrid Bike Coaster is spot on and the Spiderman ride is must. We spent most of the day in the park and went on over 6 rides.
    Cinnabon was delicious.
    Written March 1, 2024
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  • Shari B
    Kentwood, MI26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a gorgeous place! Like a tropical island but conveniently located in Orlando. I cannot believe all all of the fish and giant stingrays we got to snorkle with in the grand reef. There were no fish in the wind away river.
    I will add two pieces of advice I wish I had known -
    1) It's easy to get separated so you have to stick together and/or have a plan for a meeting spot. We had a child float off down the river alone (he can swim so he was fine, but we didn't know where he was for awhile!).
    2) Check photo prices when you arrive in the photo shack because prices are crazy, it was something like $200 minimum for dolphin photos. We would have been happy to pay $30 for 1-2 photos but that was not an option so then they got $0 from us and I wish they would revisit the pricing structure so more families could afford photos! Anyway if the photos are outside of your price range then tell your family and the photographer up front and firmly - We are not buying any photos! so that you can all relax and enjoy the experience with the dolphin or whatever other experience without posing for photos the whole time. Private cabana not necessary but could be a nice splurge. We arrived 7:45am and were assigned 11am dolphin swim - it was best to do the dolphin in the morning so I would not arrive any later than 7:45. We got a great deal at Undercover Tourist. If there's any trouble using the Undercover Tourist e-ticket, tell them you need to redeem it at "guest services" inside the park.
    Written February 20, 2024
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  • aimeejemma
    Goole, UK91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely fantastic! Being a huge Harry potter fan myself I loved every single minute from both universal and islands of adventure.

    Diagon alley was my favourite. The theming absolutely unreal I was so happy!

    Are at both 3 broomsticks and leaky cauldron we had a laugh at the 'English breakfast' but ate it and was tasty.if you are British....it's not a brekkie I'm warning you now ha.

    It's expensive but you get so wrapped up in it all you don't care honestly!
    I spent 90 dollars on a jumper from Scotland when I could've gone to Scotland at home ha but who cares! It was so much fun!

    Absolutely brilliant definitely worth the visit can't wait to one day go back again!
    Written January 25, 2024
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  • Seth G
    Indiana, United States7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best vacation ever. Highly recommend getting Genie+.

    If you have small (5-10) kids I’d just show up later in the day and stay until close. Disney at night is great.

    Rent a stroller even if you have elementary kids. Lots of walking.
    Written March 3, 2024
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  • roginho007
    Soleure, Switzerland32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you're not happy here, you are on the wrong place! Find the "kick" for everyone, big or small. When it's crowded the buy a "Fast Lane Pass" (not cheap but you can save a lot of time... Disappointing is a little bit the 30$ for the Car Parking per day, but you will forget this after a day in the park!
    Written February 26, 2024
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  • Amelia M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an awesome time at Fun Spot! Ty at White Lightning helped us get our pictures together. Jose helped us with Sky coaster and with entertaining the little ones on multiple rides!
    Written February 10, 2024
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  • abbey
    Adena, OH18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The park was so fun for all of us animal kingdom is so fun they have a saff ride to ride through to Africa to see all kids of different animal
    Written February 28, 2024
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  • MFC_11
    New Canaan, CT11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I hadn’t been to Epcot in about 10 years. My teenage son and I had a great day. So I’m giving 4 stars but will give some critical feedback in the hope that Disney will listen.

    Pros.

    Beautiful landscaping.

    New rides. Remy’s - a family friendly 3d ride, is unlike anything else out there and made me smile. Guardians of the Galaxy was also amazing, but not for little kids.

    Old rides. Soaring is still a favorite. As is test track.

    Food. We had a beautiful light meal in Morocco with friendly service a nice view over the lake. Also had a delicious dessert in Norway with super friendly CMs that were dealing with a long day.

    Cons.

    Genie+ and lines. We paid up for Genie+ and for individual lightening lane for Guardians of the Galaxy. But we couldn’t get LL for Remy or Frozen. For Remy it was a two hour wait as they let in 60 LLs for about 10 standby. We gave up on frozen as parents carried exhausted kids for hours in the lines. Takeaway is that they are clearly selling too many Genie+ to make $$ and making the whole experience less enjoyable for everyone in the process. Better to go back to free fast pass and charge everyone a little more than this disappointing line-aggedon.

    The layout of what used to be future works isn’t very inspiring. I know there is construction but signage could be better and there could be more cool things to see as you go.

    Arts Festival. So tacky. They easily could have made this really interesting by having different types of craft people from around the world. Instead it was pricey paintings of Disney characters. Ew.

    The booze. They were really pushing cocktails at the different locations. By night I was standing next to a really drunk guy to watch the fireworks. Not a great experience.

    Firework show. Cheesy theme and music. Whoever wrote the script and score should be embarrassed.

    One grumpy CM at test track. Seriously, she was so obnoxious she needs to go.

    Don’t go during school break or during the cheesy arts festival and you will have a good time. Disney, if you are listening, find clever ways to enhance the experience not just the bottom line. and update your tech. It would take very little
    Written February 19, 2024
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  • kevin c
    Orlando, FL1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience, we've been here 2 times before and it just gets better each time.
    the hosts for the sessions were great and really helpful to the younger guys within our session
    Written February 29, 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN3,429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walt Disney World remains a magical place, but it is an undertaking that requires a significant amount of planning, and it is incredibly expensive. It can get crowded with painful wait times for rides, it is suffocatingly hot throughout the summer, you will drop thousands of dollars on the trip and your kids may end up enjoying playing in the pool at the hotel better than trying to tackle the parks. With that said, there are ways to maximize your experience at WDW and after a dozen weeklong vacations here over the past 20 years, many with children and several with just my spouse or exploring solo, I would like to share some tips.

    1.Choose the right time of year to visit when the parks are not overwhelmed with visitors. Avoid all holidays and school breaks especially the week after Christmas and coming during spring break. Additionally, summer is too hot. January through early February, late April-May, and mid-September-early December are best. There are excellent websites and apps with crowd calendars predicting crowd levels at all the park throughout the year. Some parks are less crowded on specific days. The website Touringplans is what I have relied on.
    2. Stay on Disney property. Yes, it is more expensive than off property, but it gives you access to the Disney transportation system, allows early entrance to the parks and you can purchase individual Lightening Lane tickets beginning at 7am rather than when the park opens. The Deluxe resorts are amazing but are priced at a ridiculous level. The Value Resorts are the least expensive but are the most crowded, bus wait times can be long, and they lack the "magic". The Moderate Resorts give you the most bang for the buck. Theming at the Moderate Resorts is terrific.
    3. Get up early, arrive 30-40 min before rope drop and head to your must-ride attractions right at opening. I realize this is no way to spend a real vacation, but this is Disney, and it needs to be approached differently. This will automatically save you 2 hours of standing in line that day as you can probably head to a second popular ride after riding the first and have a manageable wait as others are still arriving at the entrance gate.
    4. Understand the System. Become familiar on how Genie + and Lightening Lanes work and make full use of these systems to stay one step ahead. Accept that you will fork out big bucks to fully implement but don't try doing a busy day at Disney without these tools. Incorporate Park Hopping into your plan. Start at one park and as it gets busy hop to another park that has a lower predicted crowd levels that day.
    5. Make table service and character dining reservations well in advance. Some of the most popular need to be made 6 months in advance and you better be ready to book right at 7am.
    6. Come with a Plan. The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World is the bible for anyone planning a trip to Disney. Read it cover to cover. Many other excellent websites packed with information can be found. Hit the busy rides first thing in the morning or use Genie +/LL. Less busy rides are for the afternoon when the park is most crowded or...
    7. Take an Afternoon Break. This is especially important if you have children. If you are arriving at rope drop, either you or your kids are going to lose it if you try to stay the whole day. In the late morning as lunch approaches, leave the park and ride back to your resort (another reason to stay on Disney property). Eat lunch, have a swim or take a nap. Come back refreshed in the late afternoon and evening to enjoy the rest of the night. You can use the park hopper option to head elsewhere that evening.
    8. If you have young children, meeting the characters and getting photos and autographs will be the highlight of the trip and will create unforgettable memories. For preschool kids, this isn't someone in a costume. They are meeting the real Mickey Mouse or Cinderella. Make sure you save plenty of time for these encounters. Epcot World Showcase is a surprisingly great spot to meet characters as there are less kids here and plenty of opportunities. Make sure you do at least one character meal. Pooh and friends in the Crystal Palace or the princesses in Norway at Epcot are both great spots.

    If all of this seems overwhelming, you should think twice about coming here. This is what today's Disney World demands. There is no room for spontaneity. Only clean, well-organized and efficient fun and a willingness to drop a lot of cash. However, if you can handle that, WDW can still be "The Most Magical Place on Earth."
    Written February 24, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Eeva T
    Helsinki, Finland10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A small park but once you start experiencing it, it surprises you with all it includes. Lovely animal presentations with great staff and superb six roller coasters, true family favourites! The waiting times were decent with 30-45 min max and in the evening the kids could just run to take another round on the Manta. We loved our stay here and truly recommend it. Extra smiles for the great comedian at one of the animal presentations! :-)
    Written February 26, 2024
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  • Mike from Rival Town
    Niagara Falls, Canada167 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I wanted to rate this a 5 BUT the only reason it’s not is because they got rid of the snorkel attraction but didn’t replace it with anything else, they just covered it up and made it another lounging section with beach chairs….pretty lame if you ask me. Putting that aside though, this is a fantastic water park. Great slides, especially Crush n Gusher, world class wave pool, fun shipwreck theming, and DOKE WHIP! I’m not sure if they’re still selling the Hei Hei Cones anymore, but if they are you gotta try one! It’spretty much pineapple and raspberry dole whip. Be warned, if you’re not a strong swimmer, be careful in the wave pool…this one isn’t for the faint of hearts, it gets pretty intense, I once got a black eye in that pool as a kid.
    Written December 18, 2023
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