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I was talking about how the "old standbys" always fill up our whole trip in the Fantasia Gardens thread. I was wondering how often you guys try something new. It seems like we ought to try at least one new thing every trip and I probably do one, but not much more. Do you guys typically try a lot of new things each trip or do the same old things?

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About 97% of our trip is filled with doing everything that we consider a must-do and then the last 3% we try something new. There's so much that we won't feel like we "Did Disney" unless we get in, so we tend to have a lot of our time already allocated. Plus we tend to take a pretty lackadaisical pace.

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I always go with the plan to try a bunch of new things, but never really get to them! I think that's why longer trips are better than short ones in a way; it gives you time to hit all of your favorites, and then you don't feel as though you've "wasted time" if something new turns out kind of crummy.

I do love trying new restaurants and new resorts, though. It's always exciting to pull up to a brand new resort when you go!

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It's crazy how much time you can use up doing your favorites. We'll spend all morning riding Splash Mountain and then the next time we're in the MK we just get right back on.

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It's crazy how much time you can use up doing your favorites. We'll spend all morning riding Splash Mountain and then the next time we're in the MK we just get right back on.

Well, there's nothing wrong with figuring out what you like and sticking with it! Works for DW and me! laugh

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Oh, there's definitely nothing wrong with it. I think part of what we all love about WDW is that we know we're going to enjoy it.

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We try to do 1 or 2 new restaurants each trip. And we also try to balance the old favorites with some new activities or attractions.....new rides (we haven;t done TSM yet) or tours, etc. For August, we are hoping to do the Seas Aqua tour at Epcot and lunch with an Imagineer at DHS. crossfingers

One of the great things about WDW and one of the reasons we go often is that it is never the same trip twice!

Why do "nonbelievers" ask us why we go to WDW so much but no one ever asks people who go to the beach every year why they go there every year? And there is not nearly so much to do at the beach.... confused

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Why do "nonbelievers" ask us why we go to WDW so much but no one ever asks people who go to the beach every year why they go there every year? And there is not nearly so much to do at the beach.... confused

That's a really good analogy. I guess depending on the beach there can be a lot to do, but probably nothing as magical!

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Why do "nonbelievers" ask us why we go to WDW so much but no one ever asks people who go to the beach every year why they go there every year? And there is not nearly so much to do at the beach.... confused



Because most people just want to lay around on vacation and do nothing. They think we're bonkers because we want to get up really early every single morning and go into a big concrete jungle with hordes of other people (even small, tantrum-throwing ones). laugh

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dopeynme wrote:

Why do "nonbelievers" ask us why we go to WDW so much but no one ever asks people who go to the beach every year why they go there every year? And there is not nearly so much to do at the beach.... confused


laugh ITA

We try to do at least one or two new things each time or things we haven't done in a long time. We do take shorter trips, so we get that feeling that we need to do certain favorites before we do any time-consuming new ones. When we used to go on those long 10 day trips, we experimented alot more.

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Leota wrote:
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Why do "nonbelievers" ask us why we go to WDW so much but no one ever asks people who go to the beach every year why they go there every year? And there is not nearly so much to do at the beach.... confused


laugh ITA

We try to do at least one or two new things each time or things we haven't done in a long time. We do take shorter trips, so we get that feeling that we need to do certain favorites before we do any time-consuming new ones. When we used to go on those long 10 day trips, we experimented alot more.
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What's an average trip length now?

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Brad, I am sure my average trip is longer than most other peoples average because I try to schedule at least fourteen or fifteen day mostly because the legs just are not as quick as they used to be. I have found that what others can do in one day now takes me two days with plenty of "bench stops" in between. During that time we try to experience as many new restaurants as we can, However as much as we want to try the more exotic meals, we mainly stick to the "meat and potatoes" section of the menus.

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Vettelover wrote:
I have found that what others can do in one day now takes me two days with plenty of "bench stops" in between. During that time we try to experience as many new restaurants as we can, However as much as we want to try the more exotic meals, we mainly stick to the "meat and potatoes" section of the menus.


Re: Bench Stops--it's so much nicer that way, isn't it? Sure, you're exhausted and can barely breathe, but it's great people-watching laugh

Re: Meat and Potatoes--we tend to "experiment" with our appetizers and stick to what we know we'll like on the entrees. It's a pretty good system, and we find some fantastic stuff that way. biggrin

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Brad, I am sure my average trip is longer than most other peoples average because I try to schedule at least fourteen or fifteen day mostly because the legs just are not as quick as they used to be. I have found that what others can do in one day now takes me two days with plenty of "bench stops" in between. During that time we try to experience as many new restaurants as we can, However as much as we want to try the more exotic meals, we mainly stick to the "meat and potatoes" section of the menus.

That sounds awesome. We had a thread at one point about what your longest trip was. I tend to like to take it slow too. I used to get all kinds of blisters and junk when I visited. It was a real problem.

So does the "meat and potatoes" tour mean that you've tried all the filets of WDW? silly

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[quote poster=dsoup That sounds awesome. We had a thread at one point about what your longest trip was. I tend to like to take it slow too. I used to get all kinds of blisters and junk when I visited. It was a real problem.

So does the "meat and potatoes" tour mean that you've tried all the filets of WDW? silly

Yes I think I have tried jist about every filet in WDW and other steaks on the menu when there are no filets listed and I think the best are Le Cellier and Shula's

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REALLY looking forward to Shula's. Did I mention this?? REALLY!

What's the best steak there?

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Vettelover wrote:
Brad, I am sure my average trip is longer than most other peoples average because I try to schedule at least fourteen or fifteen day mostly because the legs just are not as quick as they used to be. I have found that what others can do in one day now takes me two days with plenty of "bench stops" in between. During that time we try to experience as many new restaurants as we can, However as much as we want to try the more exotic meals, we mainly stick to the "meat and potatoes" section of the menus.

if 14 or 15 is average, what's your longest trip? i'm jealous already.

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REALLY looking forward to Shula's. Did I mention this?? REALLY!

What's the best steak there?

In my opinion The filet is the best but they are ALL good and before you order they come to your table with a cart and have a presentation of all their steaks.

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greebil wrote:
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Brad, I am sure my average trip is longer than most other peoples average because I try to schedule at least fourteen or fifteen day mostly because the legs just are not as quick as they used to be. I have found that what others can do in one day now takes me two days with plenty of "bench stops" in between. During that time we try to experience as many new restaurants as we can, However as much as we want to try the more exotic meals, we mainly stick to the "meat and potatoes" section of the menus.

if 14 or 15 is average, what's your longest trip? i'm jealous already.



Seventeen days was my longest trip, and five days was my shortest stay but I combined WDW with attending a wedding and the went to Gainesville for another three days for the drag races wheelchair so that trip was actually 9 days long.

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Brad, I am sure my average trip is longer than most other peoples average because I try to schedule at least fourteen or fifteen day mostly because the legs just are not as quick as they used to be. I have found that what others can do in one day now takes me two days with plenty of "bench stops" in between. During that time we try to experience as many new restaurants as we can, However as much as we want to try the more exotic meals, we mainly stick to the "meat and potatoes" section of the menus.

if 14 or 15 is average, what's your longest trip? i'm jealous already.



Seventeen days was my longest trip, and five days was my shortest stay but I combined WDW with attending a wedding and the went to Gainesville for another three days for the drag races wheelchair so that trip was actually 9 days long.

Where'd you stay for the 17 day trip? That sounds awesome!

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cdub wrote:
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Vettelover wrote:
Brad, I am sure my average trip is longer than most other peoples average because I try to schedule at least fourteen or fifteen day mostly because the legs just are not as quick as they used to be. I have found that what others can do in one day now takes me two days with plenty of "bench stops" in between. During that time we try to experience as many new restaurants as we can, However as much as we want to try the more exotic meals, we mainly stick to the "meat and potatoes" section of the menus.

if 14 or 15 is average, what's your longest trip? i'm jealous already.

Seventeen days was my longest trip, and five days was my shortest stay but I combined WDW with attending a wedding and the went to Gainesville for another three days for the drag races wheelchair so that trip was actually 9 days long.

Where'd you stay for the 17 day trip? That sounds awesome!



Stayed at SSR I have enough points for a studio for at least that long, and since there is just my wife and I it is no great sacrifice to be in a studio.

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Vette--you're just about the closest any of us have come to living in Disney World! (Didn't we have a thread about that a while back...?)

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Stayed at SSR I have enough points for a studio for at least that long, and since there is just my wife and I it is no great sacrifice to be in a studio.

Just remember that that "studio" is a $250-$350/night room for non-DVC member. It is better than a standard room in most Disney resorts! Smile

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I think the SSR studios are beautiful. They have such gorgeous furniture in those.