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Walt Disney World: A trip for my aunt and uncle which they've asked me to plan since I know so much, but maybe you guys can help!

From Nick Markham
Posted September 20, 2010 at 11:37 AM
So my aunt and uncle have decided to go to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando for their first time. Here are the specifics we have so far:

-Absolutly set on staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and hopefully having a room with view of savanna.

-Would visit each of the parks 1 day except EPCOT which I have suggested and they have agreed two days, so that they can ride and eat their way around the world

-They are not interested in having extra time to go back to hotel and relax or visit Downtown Disney to shop, but would like to know about all of the good restaurants within the parks and around the resort

-Will use any sort of Fast Pass, Express Pass, or tour plan to avoid as many long lines as possible (I can set them up with this though, so we don't need as much help here)

-Want to ride only the top attractions (which most likely means no really kiddie rides or the very minor attractions that are at each of the parks)

-Want to visit in October

Now here is where my work comes in. I have suggested they visit in November to avoid big crowds, but will they be able to do this in October with all of the Halloween events? And if any of you have good ideas for anything mentioned above, feel free to help out!


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From M. Ryan Traylor
Posted September 20, 2010 at 11:40 AM
I think October would be fine. You will see a slight increase in crowds for the Halloween festivities, but the actual Halloween events take place in the evening. Relating to Disney, if they only want to ride the E-tickets, the additional children around shouldn't increase their wait times.

From Carrie Hood
Posted September 20, 2010 at 1:01 PM
It really isn't to bad in October, this is when my husband and I always take our Orlando trips. In fact, we're leaving Friday. Last year lines where pretty easy to go threw, you may encounter some wait times for the top attractions at parks. I think the longest line we ran into was Misson: Space at Epcot during Food and Wine at a 45 minute wait. Magic Kingdom was Splash Mountain at also about 45 minutes (Space Mountain was under Re-Furb last Oct).
With most of the Halloween events being during the night hours you won't run into those crowds much unless your going to those events.

As for Restaurants, O'Hana at the Polynesian is a favorite of ours. We always hit it once while down there. Liberty Tavern at MK has some good choices which aren't simply quick service burgers and chicken.
Epcot? Just eat something from each country, your on vacation!. Plus with Food and Wine going on the sample sizes are perfect for snacking all day!
Studios has The Sci-Fi drive-in (I forget the full name now)which is always a fun time and rather unique. There is also Brown Derby and Melrose's both of which are sit down service.

Outside of that..We really enjoy Wolfgang Pucks and Fultons Crab House(For the husband) at Downtown Disney.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted September 20, 2010 at 10:42 PM
I can send you my list that I am making for a coworker!

From Crystal A
Posted September 21, 2010 at 7:56 AM
Since it's an all adult trip and if they want to do a Dinner Show off Property they should do Treasure Tavern. My husband and I went there last month and it was a lot of fun. Also, they would have to be open to adult humor and innuendos.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted September 21, 2010 at 10:08 AM
The Last Hoop de Doo show is a riot and a bit more suggestive. Thats always a good time!

Are they going to Animal Kingdom? If so, what are they going to do at night?

My most favorite place to eat at Disney World is Yachttsmen Steakhosue. Kouzina by Cat Cora is always nice too!

From Nick Markham
Posted September 21, 2010 at 3:53 PM
^ they would probably go to Downtown Disney for night. By the way, thanks for the suggestions everyone, the only reason I have answered evverything is because of school, but I am using all advice I get!

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