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Hi everybody! I'm going to Disney World with my bff the week after Thanksgiving and as I've never been I was wondering if there were any tips to make this the best trip ever? I've read a ton of stuff and tried to go over every topic I could but there's just so much out there it starts to stop being absorbed sometimes. It's also my birthday that week, so is there anything we can do to make it a little more magical?

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yay Welcome fnm!!! clapping

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Hi fnm & welcome to the best Disney Forum on the web. That's allot of stuff to answer but we can help.
1]. Get tickets for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. You won't be disappointed I'm sure.
2]. Osborne Light at Hollywood Studios
3]. Tell everyone it's your birthday and get a birthday button, wear it! They work!
4]. Get an inroom celebration from Disney Floral, they are great!

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nsaunier wrote:
yay Welcome fnm!!! clapping

Thank you!

mrhub wrote:
Hi fnm & welcome to the best Disney Forum on the web. That's allot of stuff to answer but we can help.
1]. Get tickets for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. You won't be disappointed I'm sure.
2]. Osborne Light at Hollywood Studios
3]. Tell everyone it's your birthday and get a birthday button, wear it! They work!
4]. Get an inroom celebration fro Disney Floral, they are great!

Thank you! We did get tickets to the Christmas Party for our first night there so hopefully that will be amazing. And for the buttons, do they get annoyed when you wear them for the whole stay, or is it a strictly just for your birthday kind of thing?

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No! Wear them the whole time! Your celebrating!
birthday stars stars yeah pillowfight banana banana

Sometimes it gets you extra little goodies, especially at meals!. You can get a "First Visit" button too! Don't be shy, ask for it and wear them both.

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Did you book through Disney? Did you book your dining through Disney? Just call them or go online and let them know it is a birthday celebration. Have it added to all of your dining reservations not just on the day of your birthday. I leave it to the wait staff to let the kitchen know it is your birthday. Some places make it a big deal and some don't do as much but it never hurts to let them know.
On the buttons I ditto what hub said wear both. They don't mind or care. They love to celebrate everything.

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Get touring plans for every park.

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The first time we went to WDW, we spent more time standing around wondering what to do next, where stuff was, where to eat, etc. than we spent actually having fun. Go in knowing what you want to do and where you want to go. You don't have to follow the plan rigidly - we never do - but it really helps you to make sure you get to do the things that are really important to you.

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welcome

Where are you staying? Tell us your plans.

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Hi fnm and welcome to our Disney family. Don't be shy - wear both of your buttons and enjoy the attention. I know when I wore my birthday button I received desserts and drinks. I couldn't figure out how the CMs knew it was my birthday until it finally dawned on me that I was wearing my button. What a dork! laugh laugh laugh

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Get both buttons! Don't be shy and you surely won't regret it! You'll love it! Christmas time is the best time at WDW.

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Hello fnm and Welcome!...so glad you decided to join our Disney-addicted family!

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I agree with all of the previous suggestions. Wear your buttons proudly and make sure you have a magical time. Just enjoy yourself and don't be afraid to not strictly adhere to a plan.

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Welcome to the nicest collection of Disney enablers you will ever have the opportunity to know!!!

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Welcome and enjoy your planning biggrin

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Welcome aboard! This is a great place to have all of your questions answered. Tell us about your upcoming trip. Where are you staying? Are you making any dining reservations?

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Welcome and congrats on heading to Disney! My wife and I are heading to Disney the week after Thanksgiving as well. You will enjoy it during that time. You will have the Christmas lights up. Low crowds. Great weather. Its just overall the best time in my opinion! You will enjoy it so much! clapping clapping clapping clapping clapping

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Oh man, thanks everybody! We're staying at All Star Music because we're trying to do this on the cheap, because let's face it as 25 year olds we aren't exactly in the position fiscally to do things in a deluxe fashion. But! It should be awesome, we have five park days with park hoppers because we want to take advantage of the emhs (especially at Epcot, since we wanted to see NPH do the candlelight processional, but their emhs are a night where he's no longer there). We're also doing lunch at Crystal Palace as our character meal, since like as we're both in our mid twenties we don't really want to get those weird judgmental looks from parents and other patrons that we're adults and taking attention away from their kids or something? I'm polite to a fault sometimes, so I sort of care too much about that stuff.

Mostly I'm just sort of wondering what stuff there is to do for our age range? A lot of the stuff I've read has either been like Disney for people with kids, or as couples, or the best ways to get drunk at the parks, but what I'm really looking for is like what's good for two single girls in their mid twenties that actually want to remember their vacation rather than spending every park but Magic Kingdom drunk.

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welcome

Don't worry, you'll have a fantastic time eating, drinking, shopping and touring! There's plenty of fun, even sober. laugh

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Well fnm, don't worry about the looks from other, Disney is for "Kids of all ages" and I give the look right back to them! The only place we have ever seen the "drunks" are Epcot really during F&WF F. That will be over, just don't make to big a scene over the slushies and you'll be fine laugh

All kidding aside, there is plenty for young adults your age to do if you enjoy Disney, " Just feel the Magic".

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mrhub wrote:
Well fnm, don't worry about the looks from other, Disney is for "Kids of all ages" and I give the look right back to them!

All kidding aside, there is plenty for young adults your age to do if you enjoy Disney, " Just feel the Magic".

Mrhub is right - we are all just big kids at heart, so don't worry about what other people think! Hubby and I were the only adults in line at Epcots Character Spot without kids and I had a ball! Go, enjoy and just do whatever makes you happy! And welcome to WDWFG!

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I second MrHub. We are in our sixties now, and still have fun. We've stayed at All Star Music several times, and enjoyed it. We got a few strange looks at Little Mermaid in HS in May, but we didn't care. We enjoyed that show, and all the other shows and attractions. You will have a fabulous trip if you just relax and enjoy yourself.

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Welcome to the best Disney board around Smile

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I agree - your age is just a number. There is just so much to do at all the parks that you will have a great time. Just go with the flow!!!!!

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DH and I have gone alone and sober laugh the last couple of years. The only time I ever felt the what are you doing here vibe was with one princess at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. She was going to walk past us, but I asked her to stop and sign my shirt. She rolled her eyes at me, signed it and then left. Hey I wanted my shirt signed. I am sure a CM with that type of attitude won't last long.

My BFF and I went when we were in our early 20's and just acted like big teenagers. It was a blast. Have fun with no worries.

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Happy Birthday, Happy First Trip, and Welcome to the Boards!!

Disney is for everybody, and folks around this place agree it's for all ages...so please don't feel you're taking away from any of the families with kids if you want to (insert fabulous Disney experience here)!! The Disney experience is to be shared by everybody!!

And, yes, WEAR THOSE PINS and let Disney know it advance that you're celebrating!

The entire of Disney takes on an extra layer of magic at night, and you're going to have an EXTRA layer of magic on top of that, being there with the Christmas Lights up! mrhub had some great suggestions for you...I think you and your friend may feel completely occupied just by wandering around the World in the evenings, checking out all the Lights everywhere.

Some folks enjoy going to the other resorts to see their decorations. You'd just need to get on the bus from All Stars, and head over to the TTC and then take the monorail to the Grand Floridian or the Polynesian, for example. I hear those resorts are AWESOME that time of year!!

Welcome, and enjoy your planning!! Smile

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This wiill be mine and my daughter's first time to Disney World as well. We are both very excited!

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