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Triple Bogey
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Anybody been to Disney World recently?

Going to DW with the kids at the end of July. (Wanted to wait till cooler weather but my oldest starts school this year)

I was going to see just how packed the parks are right now and just how miserable I'm going to be. Also any recommendations for things to do/places to eat in Disney Spring. My wife wants to take the kids (5 and 2) to the Dinosaur restaurant but the food looks like the stuff at Rainforest Cafe. Appreciate any and all tips or recommendations I can get.

ETA: We're also doing the fireworks dessert party one night at Magic Kingdom. Was going to see if anybody had done that and how was it/worth it.
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Tacktheritrix
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packed the parks are


Undercover Tourist

I use this site anytime I'm planning a trip. It gives you everything and anything you need. From temps to park attendance. Just plug in your dates and which parks you plan to visit.

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GeauxTigahs92
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Member since Sep 2019
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We went the week of Mardi Gras and it was pretty busy. All parks were busy. We used Genie plus every day but one and the one day we didn't use it was miserable. Lines are too long to wait in especially with kids. As far as places to eat in Disney Springs I'd recommend Chef Art Smith's. Food is amazing. Watch as many planning videos as possible. My wife watched Disney Food Blog and All Ears on youtube to help her plan and decide where to eat and what to do. Never done the dessert party so I can't help there. Hope the heat doesn't make the kids too miserable. I know Disney as a company has turned political which sucks but the parks can still be fun.


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Triple Bogey
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Undercover Tourist



Thank you for this. Great site. Although having to make park pass reservations well in advance it looks like we scheduled all our shite on the worst days. I did buy the disney genie plus with our tickets so I'll be using the shite out of that.


Topisawtiger
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Mississippi
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We went last July, it was absolutely miserable. They had just opened up to 100% and dropped the mask mandate. There were lines to get in line. Our first time ever in the summer, and there was no Fast Pass or anything like it. Even my wife was miserable and she rarely gripes about anything. Go in November if possible.


Gaston
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Dirty Coast
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Was at Universal this week, it was pretty nuts.


sportsaddit68
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I think I saw you at Disney last year.



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hugo
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CenLa
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Disney Springs

Homecomin
Polite Pig
Wine Bar George
Raglan Road

T-Rex is rainforest cafe but with dinosaurs. Kids will enjoy you. Adults could skip it.

If you are looking for a quick service at springs chicken guy is good. Do the mobile order online. Will be faster than waiting in line that has no shade. Also D’luxe burger has some good offerings.


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BallHawk
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I live here can tell you it's pretty busy especially during the summer months. Going to be hot so make sure you take plenty of shade/rest breaks. Also, rains almost daily so pack accordingly.

Not sure how often you go and what your goals are but you'll probably have to get Genie+ to ride any of the big attractions. Definitely worth buying the individual Lightning Lanes for Cosmic Rewind (best ride Disney has put out in my opinion - so much fun), Flight of Passage, and Rise of the Resistance.

If you don't know what Genie+ is, it's a service on your mobile device that you use to book Lightning Lanes (replaced the whole FastPass system). It's $15/day per person. You can use it whilst park hopping if you are buying that type of ticket. You'll need to get up every day at 7am to book your first selection if you're staying on property. If you're not staying on property you can't book until park open.

If you're staying on property, definitely make good use of the Early Entry and the after hours days. You'll get more rides in.

You'll be here during Food & Wine if you're making a trip to Epcot. Definitely my favorite park! Enjoy!

Never did the dinner/dessert party at MK but seems OK. Would rather do the dinner firework show at Epcot. Harmonious is amazing. Enchantment is just OK. I prefer Happily Ever After.

Pro Tip: At Magic Kingdom, there is an indoor play area in the Dumbo queue for young kids. Great rest spot for you and they get to run around. Recommend!

For food at Disney Springs, especially, the Kiddos we like Chicken Guy (definitely mobile order). If they like fish - Dublin's is good (again mobile order). Polite Pig is good (mobile order! - see a theme here?) Rainforest Cafe is terrible. Don't go! T-Rex is cool I guess.

Last bit of advice I can give, especially with the young ones, is definitely have a resort day planned. Hang out by the pool, catch some of the extra stuff they do at the hotel. Helps to break up the trip. Probably best to do that in unison with your Disney Springs day.
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Riolobo
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Sounds miserable


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LSUfan4444
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Sounds miserable


And here they come



SippyCup
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And here they come



Honestly, prior to Genie I enjoyed Disney. 3 months prior to every trip my dinners and ride FP were reserved. I didn't have to wake up every single morning of my vacation to reserve a ride. I could be in and out of the park before 2:00. Enough time to enjoy the resort pool and then head out to dinner.

Now, Yes, it is miserable.


Panny Crickets
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Now, Yes, it is miserable.


The amount of constant work, strategizing, rules, tips, etc surrounded by Wal Mart people sounds completely miserable to some folks. Me being one of them.

But plenty of people clearly enjoy Disney and don’t mind the hassle. Cheers to them.


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LSUfan4444
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Now, Yes, it is miserable.


I wouldn't say it's miserable to us but we're definitely not big fans of the reduced options to remain flexible (and we are by nature, a heavily planning family). It's not the planning I mind necessarily, it's the lack of flexibility. And today I read, they are looking into requiring park reservations for hopping.


Tacktheritrix
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Member since Jun 2013
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they are looking into requiring park reservations for hopping.



I also saw this. I wonder why. Their attendance can't be up with all the price increases and PC crap surrounding them. I wouldn't put it past them to do something crazy like this.


tickfawtiger
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WHY oh WHY do you people insist on making yourselves miserable on VACATION...as well as being FLEECED by the disney 'groomers' ?


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LSUfan4444
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I also saw this. I wonder why.


They want to be able to control the flow and steer people where they want, when they want based on staffing, etc. It's all about them controlling as much as they can.


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Weekend Warrior79
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Although having to make park pass reservations well in advance it looks like we scheduled all our shite on the worst days

Im pretty sure you can change your reservations around until you use your ticket

Also, if curious about wait times, download the app and check out the parks randomly throughout the day now. A lot can change before you go, but you’ll have an idea of what you’re looking at.

Since you’ll be with young kids, make note of the height restrictions and plan accordingly. No point in planning on a full day at one of the parks if you can’t ride most of the rides. Id also check to see if any of the live shows are back up and running. IMO, with small kids, if the live shows are still shutdown Animal Kingdom isn’t worth more than 1/2 day


hubertcumberdale
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I went right before the kids got out of school during the week and it was great. The kids loved Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. Magic Kingdom stays open till around 11pm, so if you stay late you can pretty much just walk up to any ride and hop on without waiting in line for the last hour or so the park is open.

That being said, it is summer and kids are out of school. The last day at the parks on our trip was a Saturday, and it was miserably packed. You literally had to wait in line to do anything, even use the bathroom. I would not wish weekend Disney on anyone, it was truly miserable. I imagine summer is similar to the weekend.

Make sure you download the Disney World App and link up your parties accounts. This app allows you to schedule park visits depending on what pass you purchased (Genie, Hopper, whatever). The app can get really confusing, so make sure you get used to it before your trip, as it is very important and even used at some places exclusively to order food, as they are not taking orders.

Goodluck and have fun!

ETA: I would wait until my kids were a little older to bring them to Disney. I brought my 5 year old with her cousins (ages 6-10), and my 5 year old was pretty miserable waiting in all the lines. All she wanted to do was play on any of the playgrounds we walked by or go swimming at the pool. She could have really cared less about waiting in line to ride the rides and standing/walking around in the hot sun. I thought she would have enjoyed it more had she been a little older.
Just my experience.
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hubertcumberdale
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And today I read, they are looking into requiring park reservations for hopping.


I went in May and this is true, we had to reserve where we wanted to “hop” to after 2pm


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