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What do you avoid at WDW?

If you were helping someone plan a First Trip to WDW and knew they'd have a time crunch to see everything, what restaurant/parade/show/park/ride/etc. would you suggest they could skip and still have a great time?

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Not sure what it's called, but the mid afternoon parade at MK

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Agreed with UL!

Also, I'm not sure I'd make the water parks a priority on the first trip. I think there's enough to do and see in the parks and resorts. Water Parks can be a second trip thing!

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Annie wrote:
Agreed with UL!

Also, I'm not sure I'd make the water parks a priority on the first trip. I think there's enough to do and see in the parks and resorts. Water Parks can be a second trip thing!


You know, we have NEVER gone to the water parks!

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I think I would say that you can skip things like mini-golf, the speedway, wide world of sports.... I've just recently visited Wide World of Sports and I've been going to WDW for years!

Also, inside the parks, I don't think the Ariel puppet show is a necessity...or...dare I say it...Indiana Jones (don't hurt me!)

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I think I would say that you can skip things like mini-golf, the speedway, wide world of sports.... I've just recently visited Wide World of Sports and I've been going to WDW for years!

Also, inside the parks, I don't think the Ariel puppet show is a necessity...or...dare I say it...Indiana Jones (don't hurt me!)

Voyage of the Little Mermaid? *GASP* eek

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Voyage of the Little Mermaid shouldn't be skipped - Indiana Jones, probably. Country bear Jamboree could be skipped at MK.

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Star Tours was a big dissapointment for me the first time I rode it, could would easily be missable if time was tight. American Idol unless you are a big really fan of the TV show.
Universe of Energy is a nice snooze, that could be missed.

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Caitiesus -- Country Bear Jamboree is a classic. I'd suggest seeing it at some point. I agree with you on the others.

Tony --Haven't seen AI, but U of E can be skipped,I agree.

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In each park, assuming one has never been to the World and adults (no kids, meaning all kid specific attractions can be skipped) --
MK - Swiss Family Treehouse, Stitch Escape
Epcot - Energy if crunched for time, Journey Into Imagination (kinda sucks now)
DHS - Backlot Tour
AK - Everything except Safari, Kali River Rapids, Expedition Everest, Finding Nemo, Lion King and Tough to be a Bug

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Spaceace, you got my head spinning on this one. There are so many things you could skip depending on how much of a time crunch your talking about, including whole parks. I would'nt know were to start on this.

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teacherdrama wrote:
In each park, assuming one has never been to the World and adults (no kids, meaning all kid specific attractions can be skipped) --
MK - Swiss Family Treehouse, Stitch Escape
Epcot - Energy if crunched for time, Journey Into Imagination (kinda sucks now)
DHS - Backlot Tour
AK - Everything except Safari, Kali River Rapids, Expedition Everest, Finding Nemo, Lion King and Tough to be a Bug

AK has become a bit like that for us, too. We go in the morning, ride EE and some Dinoland stuff, maybe hit the safari and Kali River Rapids, do the trails, then we leave by around 11.

That said, just wandering around that park is an attraction in itself -- it's so beautiful.

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caitiesus wrote:
Voyage of the Little Mermaid shouldn't be skipped - Indiana Jones, probably. Country bear Jamboree could be skipped at MK.

I LOVED VOTLM!!! (did I just make a new wdw acronym? LOL)

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bali wrote:

AK has become a bit like that for us, too. We go in the morning, ride EE and some Dinoland stuff, maybe hit the safari and Kali River Rapids, do the trails, then we leave by around 11.

That said, just wandering around that park is an attraction in itself -- it's so beautiful.

I gotta say, AK is my least favorite park

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SpaceAce wrote:
Caitiesus -- Country Bear Jamboree is a classic. I'd suggest seeing it at some point. I agree with you on the others.

Tony --Haven't seen AI, but U of E can be skipped,I agree.

I saw it once, thought it was a waste of time and have never been back. There are just so many BETTER things at MK, most of which aren't can't miss, that this is towards the bottom of the list (with Stitch's Great Escape and the Laugh Factory and Swiss Family Treehouse)

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Hmm. I wonder how much something being a "classic" makes it a not-to-be-missed. I'd consider Swiss Family Treehouse a "classic" that everyone should see, simply because it was one of the original attractions and carries so much history with it. But I do agree that it's not something you'd have to do FIRST TIME.

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I had never been in the Swiss Family Tree House until two trips ago -- and realized I wasn't missing much. Maybe as a kid it's cool -- as an adult, it's kind of blah, especially for Disney.

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Spaceace, you got my head spinning on this one. There are so many things you could skip depending on how much of a time crunch your talking about, including whole parks. I would'nt know were to start on this.

I know -- it's a tough one! biggrin You can just say Wide World of Sports and move on.

What's there to do at Wide World of Sports anyway, unless you're going to see Spring Training?

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Spaceace, you got my head spinning on this one. There are so many things you could skip depending on how much of a time crunch your talking about, including whole parks. I would'nt know were to start on this.

I know -- it's a tough one! biggrin You can just say Wide World of Sports and move on.

What's there to do at Wide World of Sports anyway, unless you're going to see Spring Training?


Thats how I feel. We have no interest in the Water Parks either. They could be skipped easily.

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You guys are going to really offend my 7 year old self if you don't stop dissing the Swiss Family Treehouse! laugh

He still lives inside of me and loves the treehouse, just so you know!

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I'm with you Brad all the way! I still watch the movie anytime its on! Also this movie is still listed as one of the most successful family movies ever made, grossing $40,000,000.00 in 1960. How's that! Plus it is one of the original theme attractions for the MK.

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Brad I agree with you. Although the Swiss Family Treehouse is not a must see on every trip, I can still remember my first look at it. I was amazed, and we still always take any first timer through it.

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Brad wrote:
You guys are going to really offend my 7 year old self if you don't stop dissing the Swiss Family Treehouse! laugh

He still lives inside of me and loves the treehouse, just so you know!

Are you sure he's that far inside? I think we see him every once in a while on the outside! laugh

I like the treehouse for nostalgia factor, but I don't really need to go through it every time I'm in a Disney park. I would like to see Disneyland's Tarzan version, though.

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Here's the thing I'd advise everyone to skip on their trip to WDW:

Bringing their kids!

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I'll second that one cdub. Not that I don't like children, but I could just see all the big kids like us acting like children !

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I'll second that one cdub. Not that I don't like children, but I could just see all the big kids like us acting like children !

I bet some people would suddenly find WDW a lot more fun if they tried it once without their kids. I think a lot of people like UL manage to make it about both the kids and the adults too which is cool.

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What do you guys think about skipping the Riverboat? I usually don't go but I think it's kind of cool.

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Never did the river boat. Just never thougt about it, now if it was Fultons Crab House, thats a river boat of a different kind! Sorry, I'll keep it on topic. Just never had an urge to get on it. Guess some people might look at that like some of us do the Tree House.

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mrhub wrote:
Never did the river boat. Just never thougt about it, now if it was Fultons Crab House, thats a river boat of a different kind! Sorry, I'll keep it on topic. Just never had an urge to get on it. Guess some people might look at that like some of us do the Tree House.

Maybe this is the trip to try it! (I can't say that you'll have your mind blown though)

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Brad wrote:
mrhub wrote:
I'll second that one cdub. Not that I don't like children, but I could just see all the big kids like us acting like children !

I bet some people would suddenly find WDW a lot more fun if they tried it once without their kids. I think a lot of people like UL manage to make it about both the kids and the adults too which is cool.


I do it so well because we are ALL kids laugh

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I'm sure there are others, but off the top of my head I would recommend (those without children) skip Universe of Energy. We like Ellen and tried REALLY hard to like it...but didn't. It is however good for a mid-day nap, especially when it's hot outside.