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Tips for Disney Veterans

We all have lots of advice for Disney first timers, but what sort of tips do you share when you're talking to Disney veterans? Do you have any "advanced" advice that you only share with folks who you know will understand?

Hit me with your most obscure trip tip!

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Will always shout this one out from the rooftops... "GO LEFT" whenever you can. Shoot... go to the moved. If you have the option... watch how many people will go right.

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go slow take it easy, you've seen it all before no need to rush. if there is something new go see that first, but most of all enjoy!!! disney can be relaxing if done right

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Yea verily, Mase and SenseiCJ.

A relaxed pace and calm demeanor always separates the veteran from the rookie.

As Master Yoda would say:
Moves faster, the left line always does. Yeessssss.

Run for a boat, tram, train, or monorail, never do. Another one, along soon, will be.

Your wait-time, wisely use. Yes, hmmm. Take pictures that, shared with your friends, can be.

Always near, a Mickey bar is. Herh herh herh.

Triumph over a meltdown, a break will. Hmmmmmm.

If doubt arises while packing, leave it out. Buy there, a new one.

Lastly: Comfortable shoes, not stoopid, your most powerful ally are.

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Never ever stop at the end of an escalator or a moving floor, you will get pushed out of the way!

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senseicj wrote:
go slow take it easy, you've seen it all before no need to rush. if there is something new go see that first, but most of all enjoy!!! disney can be relaxing if done right

Amen Brother Senseicj!!!

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Yea verily, Mase and SenseiCJ.

A relaxed pace and calm demeanor always separates the veteran from the rookie.

As Master Yoda would say:
Moves faster, the left line always does. Yeessssss.

Run for a boat, tram, train, or monorail, never do. Another one, along soon, will be.

Your wait-time, wisely use. Yes, hmmm. Take pictures that, shared with your friends, can be.

Always near, a Mickey bar is. Herh herh herh.

Triumph over a meltdown, a break will. Hmmmmmm.

If doubt arises while packing, leave it out. Buy there, a new one.

Lastly: Comfortable shoes, not stoopid, your most powerful ally are.

You are the master, Bill! I laughed a cat right out of my lap with this set of wisdom.
And to it I add, from Yoda himself, the ultimate tip for Vets and soon to be Vets:

"Mind what you have learned. Save you it can"

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Since youre on the dining plan enjoy exotic and new restaurants. You can always hit your favorite places. I say try one new restaurant and one new QS place each trip. Calories don't count and yes cupcakes are supposed to be that big...it's the Disney magic. I tried Earl of Sandwich and the Marekesh restaurants. Both were delicious. I'm trying the CA Grill, Mama Melrose's and LeCellier in Oct. And I'm looking forward to the Be Our Guest Restaurant in December.
Woohoo awesome
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I agree with the always go left and take your time through the parks, you don't have to rush!

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Enjoy the pools first thing in the morning...there is never anyone in them since everyone has rushed to the parks.

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Great suggestions! I agree with all. Trying new places to eat is always fun and of course just taking the sites in and going at your own pace. Sometimes it's just nice to sit and watch people and their families go by. Seeing the young kids being all excited and of course the grown ups too!

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It may be just me, but it seems that if you're a DVC member, you might be better off using your DVC discount at certain restaurants (House of Blues, Raglan Road, and others that have discounts for DVC members), rather than using the Disney Dining Plan. Also, some of the buffet restaurants may be better off payed in cash than using a table service point. Unfortunately, you have to do a little homework to see which works better for you.

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Here is something not a lot of people know. The first family to ride Splash Mountain (and it may be true for rides with cameras as well, I'm not sure) usually gets offered a free photo. It is hard to accomplish, but I have seen it happen. I rode it solo with a family from England, so they were the ones who got it, not that I particularly wanted a picture of myself with some other people. If you are there at the opening, give it a shot.

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What fantastic veteran tips!

I'll be sure to go to the left from now on! I actually have no idea which way I tend to go.
J - I never knew that about the photo before!

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i love watching people ...we always go with big crowds 9-13 people ...i love watching faces when they lite up seeing the castle for the first time or (laughing) watching my Bro in Law holding on for for dear life on Soarin Smile .... or my sister reacting to the Deluxe Dining plan and how much food you get and begging no more food lol .... but i guess what im saying is just enjoy your Friends and family and watch Faces in the crowds

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RobNLyn wrote:
i love watching people ...we always go with big crowds 9-13 people ...i love watching faces when they lite up seeing the castle for the first time or (laughing) watching my Bro in Law holding on for for dear life on Soarin Smile .... or my sister reacting to the Deluxe Dining plan and how much food you get and begging no more food lol .... but i guess what im saying is just enjoy your Friends and family and watch Faces in the crowds

OH YES! Do people watch and check out the "Stoopid Shoes" people wear. It is always good for a laugh when you sit for a rest. laugh

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Ollie wrote:
RobNLyn wrote:
i love watching people ...we always go with big crowds 9-13 people ...i love watching faces when they lite up seeing the castle for the first time or (laughing) watching my Bro in Law holding on for for dear life on Soarin Smile .... or my sister reacting to the Deluxe Dining plan and how much food you get and begging no more food lol .... but i guess what im saying is just enjoy your Friends and family and watch Faces in the crowds

OH YES! Do people watch and check out the "Stoopid Shoes" people wear. It is always good for a laugh when you sit for a rest. laugh

I played the "Stoopid Shoes" game in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago. I had my family and friends playing too. LOL

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JoAnn C wrote:
Ollie wrote:
RobNLyn wrote:
i love watching people ...we always go with big crowds 9-13 people ...i love watching faces when they lite up seeing the castle for the first time or (laughing) watching my Bro in Law holding on for for dear life on Soarin Smile .... or my sister reacting to the Deluxe Dining plan and how much food you get and begging no more food lol .... but i guess what im saying is just enjoy your Friends and family and watch Faces in the crowds

OH YES! Do people watch and check out the "Stoopid Shoes" people wear. It is always good for a laugh when you sit for a rest. laugh

I played the "Stoopid Shoes" game in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago. I had my family and friends playing too. LOL

always amazed when i see people in high heels any where where there is a lot of walking, but especially in disney

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Disney could probably make some serious money if they sold women's shoes, just saying.

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J wrote:
Disney could probably make some serious money if they sold women's shoes, just saying.

True! I've always thought that Disney and Starbucks was the perfect alliance for World Domination, but if you slip in Nike or some other shoe/apparel company . . . That would be the trifecta! Resistance would be futile!

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J wrote:
Disney could probably make some serious money if they sold women's shoes, just saying.

Anyone that saw a recent episode of "Modern Family" - the Disneyland one - is laughing right now. Gloria ended up in "Minnie" slippers! laugh

I saw someone wearing really nice runners, with just a little "Mickey" discretely near the laces - I wish I'd had the nerve to ask where they got them. I kept my eyes open at every shop, but didn't see them IN Disney. You're right - they could make a mint selling cute Disney shoes.

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Vans came out with a cute line of Disney shoes but they were only for kids I believe

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OH YES! Do people watch and check out the "Stoopid Shoes" people wear. It is always good for a laugh when you sit for a rest. laugh

Me and the DW do this as well clapping

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Revroy wrote:
OH YES! Do people watch and check out the "Stoopid Shoes" people wear. It is always good for a laugh when you sit for a rest. laugh

Me and the DW do this as well clapping

yay

yeah yeah yeah

Even though in my deepest heart I know I may burn for even silently mocking others, I simply cannot help myself - IT IS SO MUCH FUN!

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People watching FTW! Sometimes it's hysterical, sometimes it's extreamly moving - especially when you catch a proposal!

Spend some time resort hopping, WDW is not just about the parks!

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Jess wrote:
Vans came out with a cute line of Disney shoes but they were only for kids I believe

Adidas has great shoes but the cutest ones are for kids. Some of the adult shoes are cute though
Dee

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DisneyDee27 wrote:
Jess wrote:
Vans came out with a cute line of Disney shoes but they were only for kids I believe

Adidas has great shoes but the cutest ones are for kids. Some of the adult shoes are cute though
Dee

Do you mean Adidas has adult Disney shoes? The ones I saw looked like a pair of Keds I have - white, with a zipper instead of laces, and just a little Mickey up near the collar of the shoe, near the zipper. They were cute! Didn't scream Disney, but just a little fun with it.

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I've never gone looking for stupid shoes at WDW. But lordy, I have seen plenty of them. silly

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DisneyDee27 wrote:
Jess wrote:
Vans came out with a cute line of Disney shoes but they were only for kids I believe

Adidas has great shoes but the cutest ones are for kids. Some of the adult shoes are cute though
Dee

Actually your right....I think they were Adidas...we posted them awhile back

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The first family at the teacups in the morning at MK gets to ride the teacups with Alice! This is my new goal!

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This year will be our fifth vacation to WDW and I wouldn't class myself a a veteran, not even in the same league as some of you other WDWGrown-ups, but my biggest tip is.........

"Be a kid again"........ have fun, relax and let the atmosphere of Disney de-stress you and help you enjoy the little things again. When you enjoy even the little thing, the big things are soooo much more amazing.

Oh, and people watching will enjoying a root beer float is the best.

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