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“Great fun, pleasant visit, but the mall might satisfy the kids...”

Walt Disney World Resort
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$165.00*
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$999.99*
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$299.99*
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Private Guide Service: Walt Disney World
Ranked #6 of 437 things to do in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This world-famous resort consists of four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, MGM Studios, Animal Kingdom), three water parks, more than 20 hotels, eight golf courses and a myriad of attractions.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed June 15, 2013

We planned a Disney Vacation on the cheap. Fly in Saturday, fly out Tuesday. Three-night stay at a mid-level resort. We used the complimentary transportation (by bus and boat). We went in mid-December, when both prices and crowds are lower (we only had to pull the kids from school two days). We hung out at the resort Saturday, hit downtown Disney on Sunday, and one park – the Magic Kingdom – on Monday. You know what my kids' favorite part of the trip was? The resort arcade and shopping at Downtown Disney. Next time, I said, maybe we'll take a vacation to the mall, and give them $400 each to blow. We'll spend a lot less over all, and they'll have just as much fun. That said, we probably wouldn't. We enjoyed the kitchy beauty of Disney, the grown-up drinks poolside, the strolling about. It's a once-in-a-life experience in my opinion; I'm very glad we went, but we wouldn't be back because of the expense and there are other cheaper local fun options.

Maybe what made it less thrilling is that my daughter has never been into princesses, and although my son is Cars-crazed, there was not much Cars-themed when we went, and he has little interest in other Disney movies.

No one does customer service like Disney. A pleasant stay all around. Even though it rained on and off, it didn't keep us from being able to do most things. Even in December, my kids could swim in the pool because it is heated (too cold for us, but we just hung out and drank), and it was certainly uncrowded! Even the Magic Kingdom was fine in the rain because so many of the rides are indoors – we had to take shelter once or twice for a few minutes, but on the whole it did not impede us, and it sure reduced the lines.

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Could not find this store to review but had the most excellent service this time. Frances should be commended for her awesome attitude and the way she helps everyone. She went out of her way to make my son's birthday very special this day. (June 4th) She told him he must be the one she was expecting and then took him to the desk where he received a phone call from Goofy for his birthday. Goofy told him to go to work for him at the store. So when it came time to check out, she allowed him to control the whole operations, cash register buttons, room key card swipe, totaling the order, sacking the items we bought etc. It was an awesome experience for a 6 year old that the will never forget because of her. I watched her interact with all shoppers as if they were a friend. She was extremely nice and embodied the true Disney spirit!

Thank Kellie W
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Need to be at each park when each park opens to beat the long lines later in the day. Longest we waited was 15 minutes in the morning. Greater than 60 minutes at night.

Thank LittleIsland2
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Never tire of it no matter how many visits-a truly magical vacation. Always something for everyone and Disney does everything they do right!

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

There was so much to do here, things for all ages, food prices were high but you are able to take in drinks and snacks. we had a fast pass because our son is autistic, so we were able to get on the rides a lot sooner. loved the parades too.

Thank linbry2
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