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« Thread started on: Mar 17th, 2004, 07:39am »

Please post any opportunities you know of, ideally with a wide array of cost (including free grin) that folks can reference!
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 17th, 2004, 09:07am »

What do you mean? Like the Tea party and Pirate cruise?


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« Reply #2 on: Mar 17th, 2004, 09:11am »

You bet! I'm hoping this can be a resource for folks taking a trip, be it a veteran of Disney or a newbie. That they'll be able to look at this post and make sure they are going to experience everything they want to.

I'm thinking anywhere folks feel they experience the magic counts!

I'll note the Fireworks Cruise, waking Tinkerbell at Tinkerbell's Treasures, and playing in the fountains at DTD and Epcot.
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 17th, 2004, 09:44am »

Tea Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter at the Grand Floridian Resort

Cost (as of 3/04) = $28.17 per child

Location = 1900 Park Fair / Ground floor of GF

Days = Monday and Wednesday (possibly another day also)

Times = 1:30pm -2:30pm

Our Experience
We had 2 children attend this. Emily age 5 and Katelynn 2 months shy of 7yrs. Both enjoyed it immensely.

You show up and sign your child/ren in. You are given a paper receipt (LOL) and a pager. The person who signs the child/ren in MUST be the one to pick them up. A mother cannot sign them in and then the father pick them up. The kids are shown in and you get a few minutes to take pictures of a beautifully decorated table, then you are "kicked" out. The girls said they then had dessert first, followed by sandwiches. They played some games and listened to a story. Parents began showing up about 15mins before it ended and peeking into the room. We were shouted at by our child/ren to stop peeking. It was hilarious. Eventually we are let in to find our children peacefully sleeping at the table. Then Surprise!!! They wake up and hand their mamas flowers. They also have a picture that was taken of them with Alice and the Mad Hatter.

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1- They let the children in via a center door, the one with the black GF carpet in front of it.
2- Make sure your child/ren are first in line to enter and sit next to the heads of the table. They dont tell you, but Alice sits at one head and the Mad Hatter at the other. Katelynn got to sit right next to the Mad Hatter. In our experience, Alice was at the left side and Mad Hatter on the right.
3- If you want pictures of the table, do so quickly because they dont give you long before kicking you out and its just not the same when you are allowed in to pick them up.
4- Arrive to pick your child/ren up at least 15mins early and peek in the doors. It was a riot watching them sneak around and crawl around the tables. And getting hollared at by the kids.

Any other questions I would be happy to answer.
I will post pics here after I finish my trip report.

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« Reply #4 on: Mar 17th, 2004, 09:54am »

Childrens Pirate Adventure

Location= Boat Dock at the Grand Floridian

Cost(as of 3/04) = $28.17

Days = Monday and Wednesday

Time = 9:30am -11:30am

Our Experience
Emily age 5
Katelynn 2 months shy of 7yrs
Both girls loved it!!!

Arrive 15 mins early
Sneakers and socks required
Children MAY get very dirty (digging in sand)

1-Exchange your child for a receipt and pager
2-Recieve your Mouseears skullcap
3-Put on Life perserver
4-You can see the pontoon boat with its pirate flad if you want to take some pics.
5-Kids are partnered up. They keep that partner for the whole excursion.
6- CM's go over some rules with them
7- Away they go
8- Kids were vague on what they did grin, but I know they stop at 2 different places to look for the map and then the treasure. Kate actually found the treasure wink. They eat their lunch after finding the treasure on the boat.
9-Lunch consisted of PB&J, juice box, rice crispy treat and gummy worms
10-Arrive 15-20mins early to pick up your child. As the boat is coming in you can hear the children singing, "Yo-ho, Yo-ho, A pirates life for me, ARGHHHHH!!" Its hilarious!!!
11- After the boat docks (children stay aboard) they put the key into the treasure and open it up.
12- Each child gets a "goody" bag.
13- You then exchange your pager/receipt for your child


Will add pics here after I finish my trip report.

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« Reply #5 on: Mar 17th, 2004, 09:57am »

Thanks Dawn! These are both great! Do you know the ages for these? I can't wait until DDs are old enough to do these!
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 17th, 2004, 10:00am »

I've got one! Let your kids participate in the Junior Chef Program held in the land pavillion at Epcot. They get to help make chocolate chip cookies, wear a chef hat, and get some goodies. It's free and my kids both enjoyed it. You can read about it and see pictures in my trip report - http://allthingswdw.conforums.com/index.cgi?board=WDWtripreports&action=display&num=1077797914
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 17th, 2004, 10:02am »

Comedy Club at Pleasure Island

You need to sit next to a phone. There are 3 phones located all the way to your left as you enter at the end of 3 different rows.
When the show begins they will call one of those phones (the top one in our experience(we saw the first show of the night), but I am sure it varies). ANd you become part of the show
Also if you wait and our last to leave, and ask nicely, They will allow you to come onstage and take your pic with them.


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« Reply #8 on: Mar 17th, 2004, 10:03am »

Oh, here's another. Take your kids to meet B.B. Good at the Radio Disney Studios located inside MGM. B.B. gives them a goodie bag and was really wonderful to chat with. There's a little more information in my trip report - http://allthingswdw.conforums.com/index.cgi?board=WDWtripreports&action=display&num=1077797914
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« Reply #9 on: Mar 17th, 2004, 10:04am »

on Mar 17th, 2004, 10:00am, MagicLover wrote:
I've got one! Let your kids participate in the Junior Chef Program held in the land pavillion at Epcot. They get to help make chocolate chip cookies, wear a chef hat, and get some goodies. It's free and my kids both enjoyed it. You can read about it and see pictures in my trip report - '10 Days of Holiday Magic...'


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« Reply #10 on: Mar 19th, 2004, 06:50am »

If you are visiting during December, make it a point to go to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. It was really the highlight of our trip! It was just such a wonderful evening all the way around. Most of the rides are open and there are many special christmas activities - parade, wishes, shows, etc... You can enter the park after 4 pm with a MVMCP ticket and the party runs until midnight. It cost us about $135 for 2 adults and 2 kids and included a family photo, cookies and hot chocolate.
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« Reply #11 on: Mar 19th, 2004, 4:03pm »

Here are a couple of fun freebies!

Tour the monorail resorts! Walk the grounds of the Poly and the Grand - go visit the Wedding Pavilion, beautiful peaceful walk. You can take the monorail to the Poly and walk along the water past the Wedding Pavilion to the Grand Floridian. Then hop back on the monorail and go visit the Contemporary. Be sure to window shop (or really shop!) at all three and maybe get a bite to eat!

After you're done at the Contemporary, hop on the boat to the Wilderness Lodge! Visit the spectacular lobbies of both the Lodge and the Villas. Then take a beautiful, peaceful stroll on the nature trail to Fort Wilderness. We always see lots of deer, bunnies and even an armadillo or two. While at Fort Wilderness, go to the petting zoo - it's FREE!

Have fun!
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on Mar 19th, 2004, 4:03pm, TiggGrrrl wrote:
Here are a couple of fun freebies!

Then take a beautiful, peaceful stroll on the nature trail to Fort Wilderness. We always see lots of deer, bunnies and even an armadillo or two. While at Fort Wilderness, go to the petting zoo - it's FREE!

Have fun!


I'm going to second this!! Loved the walk to/from WL/FW and hangin out at FW!
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« Reply #13 on: Mar 21st, 2004, 08:19am »

We havent done this, but heard about it.

Some mornings at the GF there is a ladybug release. My understanding is that it is free. Each child is giving a little box with a ladybug in it to release into the gardens.

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Petting Zoo- Free

Find the Lawnmower tree - Free

Pony Rides - $3.00

Campfire/Cartoons- Free

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« Reply #14 on: Apr 4th, 2004, 11:00pm »

I heartily recommend the Family Magic Tour - $25 cost. My adult son and I took this tour last August and were totally enchanted by it. It's really more of a magical scavenger hunt than it is a tour and it is particularly geared towards families with children. In a nutshell, you and your group are on a secret mission to save the Magic Kingdom from an evil spell that Malificent has cast. In the process, you will find yourself following clues and instructions that have you meandering through all of the Magic Kingdom doing such things as barking like a dog, flying like Buzz Lightyear, crawling on your hands and knees past dastardly villains and tipping your hat and saying Morning ma'am to every lady you pass in Frontierland. All in all it's a ton of fun for the whole family. It culminates in a special ceremony involving at least one Disney character. For our tour it was Peter Pan and Wendy. They helped us to break the evil spell and then went on a Disney attraction with us. At the very end we each got to spend some private time with Peter and Wendy getting autographs and having photos taken and we were presented with a Magic Moment certificate commemorating the event. Even for two adults this experience was amazing but for a family with younger children, I would consider this a gem that's not to be missed if at all possible.

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