Visiting The Most Confusing... er, Happiest Place On Earth
June 26, 2014 12:34 PM Subscribe
Help two (practically) first-time adult visitors plan a trip to Walt Disney World / the Wizarding World of Harry Potter next January. Snowflakes inside.
posted by Tamanna to Travel & Transportation around Orlando, FL (24 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
So my friend and I are planning a week-long stay in Orlando in early January. We'll be flying in on Friday, 1/9, and leaving the Saturday after, 1/16. We've attempted to plan this on our own but quite frankly the detail on some of the Disney sites overwhelms/scares us, so we thought to throw ourselves upon the mercy of the Hive Mind instead.
-We've both been to WDW before, but I've only ever been to Epcot and my friend hasn't been in almost thirty years. So we're pretty clueless.
- I'll be running in the Princess Half-Marathon, she won't; we haven't decided on ChEAR packages yet.
- At this point, we're looking in at flying in Friday morning, spending a relaxing day at the parks/in Orlando, running the marathon Saturday, and then escaping to the WWHP Sunday. We'll spend the week in the parks. This schedule isn't set in stone, though, we're amenable to changing pretty much all of it.
- We've got a budget of about $3000 for both of us, which we can increase to $3500 if necessary. We'd prefer to keep within it, though, so any money-saving tips are appreciated.
- Like I said, we've never been. What are your tips for the first-time visitor to WDW?
- All the sites I've seen so far are super kid-oriented. Any adult (but not romantic) ideas? FWIW, we're already planning on seeing Nouba, if it's there.
-What's the weather like in Orlando that time of year? Every guide I've seen seems to assume we'll be visiting FL in summer.
- We're not the zomg-must-see-everything types, but we would like to maximise our days at the parks. Any recommendations for apps or sites that will make figuring out how to beat the lines easier?
- We'd like to stay on-property (one of the Value resorts) and are debating if the Dining plans are worth it for us, since I'm vegetarian and diabetic and my friend is a poor eater. Any food/snack recs would be welcome, though.
- I've registered for the marathon, but we haven't done any other bookings yet. I'm debating just going with a Disney travel agent- does anyone have any experiences using one? Are they worth it?
Thanks in advance!