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Eeyore_fan
05-05-2008, 05:33 PM
I am extremely excited that I am going to Disney for the first time ever on August 3rd!!

I am a bit nervous because I am Pooh sized or slightly bigger and just a tad nervous! lol I have heard that the parks are very accomodating but you are always nervous until you live it out once! I am going with 6 other people and hope to have a great time! Any advice for a first timer??

TheMartellFamily
05-05-2008, 05:37 PM
Know you are not going to see everything and do not even try. This is because you will have to schedule another trip and other trips to here in the future. Do not rush beacause you will miss so much detail that it worth every minute of your vacation. Have fun and enjoy and know you will be back.

biodtl
05-05-2008, 05:53 PM
Because you are going with a group, I say don't obsess over staying together at all times. If you move at different places or have different interests, split up and meet up again later for meals or attractions that everyone likes.

Poke around this site for ideas of things you might enjoy that are a little off the beaten path.

Take advantage of PhotoPass photographers. they will take photos with your camera, too.

Don't ever worry about doing something (like meeting characters, etc) because you think you are too old - you're not.

And most of all - relax and have fun!

Imagineer1981
05-05-2008, 05:53 PM
Take it slow, enjoy...oh and go to your left at Magic Kingdom i/o going right first thing in the morning...less crowds

BluewaterBrad
05-05-2008, 06:33 PM
Get Lost In The Magic. Have a great trip!:mickey:

Friend of Figment
05-05-2008, 07:25 PM
Don't worry on the plus size front. I suggest looking at all ears net at their World at Large section. There are reviews of all the rides. I am plus size (size 24 or 26) and I've never had a problem.

Young@Heart
05-05-2008, 07:42 PM
:welcome: Intercot is so great for pre-trip research and between-trip reading. :mickey:

I'm a yo-yo-er and have been to WDW at a number of sizes (including Pooh!)-and I felt the same magic regardless of my size. WDW is VERY accomodating! :thumbsup: I never had an issue on any attractions, including Mount Everest.

My one bit of advide would be to do what you can between now and your trip to prepare for lots and lots and LOTS of walking! I don't work-out as much as I used to, so a couple months ago, I returned to the gym and now take regular walks around our neighborhood. We've gotten the whole family involved and often walk together-pretending we're spead walking to Dumbo! :elephant: By the time we go in Aug, I'm hoping my legs (and the rest of me) will be prepared for the miles and miles we'll travel in the WORLD!

Oh, and of course, find really, really comfortable shoes. Whatever works for you. Just don't make the mistake of buying new shoes for your trip. I did this one year and really regretted it. :(

Tegrigg
05-05-2008, 07:59 PM
Take your time and enjoy the parks, the parks are full of surprises in every corner. I have been eight times and I still haven't seen everything. You will love it!! :tink:

tinkerbellybutton
05-05-2008, 09:47 PM
:welcome: to INTERCOT!!!

Because you are going with a group, I say don't obsess over staying together at all times. If you move at different places or have different interests, split up and meet up again later for meals or attractions that everyone likes.

That is a really great tip. I've gone several times with large groups and I think at first a lot of us stuck together for fear of hurting each others feelings and some missed out on seeing things they really wanted to see. :(


Don't worry on the plus size front.

I went with a girlfriend of mine in 2006 and she and her 2 girls are on the plus size side, there was never an issue even though they had had some issues at a local theme park with room on the rides.

Have a safe and magical trip!!!

phatcatrun
05-05-2008, 10:09 PM
This is kind of along the lines of what many have said, take the time to enjoy things you just happen upon. I saw some good street performances my last trip that if I was rushing off to keep a schedule I would have missed.

thejens
05-05-2008, 11:54 PM
You will love it! The walking now idea is great. Break in your walking shoes and do Not bring new shoes to the park. I recommend buying the Unauthorized Guide to WDW and following their itineraries. At least try to get to the parks when they open and hit the popular rides first. Then you can relax and enjoy later knowing you won't miss your favorites. Make Advance Dining Reservations! Stay as long as you can!

Gator
05-06-2008, 12:17 AM
It's going to be hot, so stay hydrated. Instead of coke and other sodas, order the pink lemonade. It satifies your thirst and hydrates better (and tastes good, too:tasty:).

At Epcot, you can go into Club Cool and get free sodas from around the world. It's a nice place to cool off and get something free - the only thing of its kind at WDW.

LoriMistress
05-06-2008, 01:25 AM
Take plenty of breaks, and remember that you won't be able to do and see everything on your first trip. DH and I were there in December for 11 days/11 nights and we still didn't see and do everything!!!

HndrdPrcnt
05-06-2008, 02:27 AM
Stay as long as you can afford!! You get the most for your money with you do 7+ nights so do it right!! Also, staying 7 nights or more gives you the opportunity to not feel rushed and you can take mid-afternoon breaks to rest the feet and get away from the largest crowds.

Make sure that you make your ADRs asap!! Many people will say that it traps you in to a set schedule, but that is not such a bad thing. And, it can guarantee you time in the A/C!!

Have a great time and know that if you miss something, then you have an excuse to go back!!:thumbsup:

katzctkpt
05-06-2008, 05:59 PM
:welcome: Intercot is so great for pre-trip research and between-trip reading. :mickey:

I'm a yo-yo-er and have been to WDW at a number of sizes (including Pooh!)-and I felt the same magic regardless of my size. WDW is VERY accomodating! :thumbsup: I never had an issue on any attractions, including Mount Everest.

My one bit of advide would be to do what you can between now and your trip to prepare for lots and lots and LOTS of walking! I don't work-out as much as I used to, so a couple months ago, I returned to the gym and now take regular walks around our neighborhood. We've gotten the whole family involved and often walk together-pretending we're spead walking to Dumbo! :elephant: By the time we go in Aug, I'm hoping my legs (and the rest of me) will be prepared for the miles and miles we'll travel in the WORLD!

Oh, and of course, find really, really comfortable shoes. Whatever works for you. Just don't make the mistake of buying new shoes for your trip. I did this one year and really regretted it. :(

Most definately take the advice of walking before going. That is the best advice to give any newbie to Disney. You don't realize how much you will walkmy youngest dd and myself the 1st yr we both nearly died of shin splints so, the 2nd yr we started walking about 2 months before going and walked about 3+miles everyday until our trip and our legs were fine the 2nd go around. Also, wear good comfy shoes with support and have extra dry socks that whisk water away to keep blisters from forming. And keep on researching on intercot!!

castlelady36
05-06-2008, 09:00 PM
-don't rush yourself or feel bad if you missed anything (you can always return)
-make ADR's now (if you don't make it on time, you don't make it but at least you are set if you do)
-drink plenty of fluids and wear comfy shoes as there is lots of walking
-don't sweat the small stuff, you are in WDW!!!!
-use the fast pass
-if you are staying at a WDW resort take advantage of the extra hours and the package delivery (best thing ever!!)
-get the photopass, you will want lots of great pics for your first trip and they take really wonderful photos
-don't miss the nighttime shows, MK fireworks, Epcot Illuminations and MGM Fantasmic, they are a must!!!

Hope you have a great time!!! We will be there in August as well!!!

bruin1344
05-07-2008, 01:09 PM
Dont forget sunblock and poncho even if its 100 degrees out
Be very flexible, dont plan to the minute and prepare to change plans

Taja
05-07-2008, 04:05 PM
Don't worry about being Pooh sized. Many of us are--including me! Definitely check out WDW at Large on allearsnet dot com (usually gets blocked when I type it correctly). It has information about ride vehicles and reviews from Pooh-sized WDW guests.

In addition to walking, walking, walking while breaking in two pairs of shoes, do some additional exercises for your knees and quadraceps if you have knee issues. Some of those seats are very low and require a bit of effort to exit. Entering is easy--just plop in the seat. You do have to think about how to exit if you have any knee/leg issues, though. Although I've visited WDW with various foot and leg injuries, last year I injured my quadraceps--both legs, of course!--two days before our visit. Never really thought about how much work those muscles do before! Couldn't even begin to go on most of the attractions. Had to brace myself to sit (couldn't even "plop") and lever myself out of every seat. Really should have cancelled, but enjoyed the time with my friends anyway. :)

Apart from the photos of ride vehicles on allearsnet, some of the attractions do have a ride vehicle stationed outside the attraction that you can view before entering the queue. And don't worry--even if you go through the queue to the ride and decide the vehicle isn't for you, you don't have to explain why you don't want to ride. Just ask for directions to the chicken exit!

Expect the weather to be hot and humid. I'm accustomed to heat (live in the Sonoran desert), but the humidity? Uh-uh, no way! *LOL* It really wiped me out, even with paying attention to hydration and slowing down considerably. Keep in mind that I went from a dew point of about 50 degrees (our version of humidity) to 100 degrees plus (when it rained). So listen to your body!

As others have mentioned, if you're staying at an official WDW resort, take advantage of EMH, particularly morning. Not that I manage that early in my trips, but usually can handle it toward the end after my internal clock adjusts. If you aren't staying on site, then plan to avoid EMH days.

Relax and enjoy the magic!

MississippiDisneyFreak
05-07-2008, 04:50 PM
I am Pooh sized too and I agree that the only trouble you may have is that there is a lot of walking, I read the actual visitor walks 75 miles in a weeklong visit....try talking a daily walk several weeks before you go and of course, wear broken in comfortable shoes.....

Eeyore_fan
05-07-2008, 08:11 PM
thank you everyone for your wonderful advice!!!

I think I know half of this site off by heart now! lol I think the hardest will be the walking for me. I do have a back issue and even debating renting an EVC for the week. I am starting to try and walk now though so maybe I wont have to! Is there lots of benches or places to sit around the park?
Also the photopass kinda confuses me....I am bringing a camera and LOVE to take pictures. Is the photopass really worth it? I take hundreds of pics myself. I don't know, just a thought??

But thanks again for the welcomes and advice. allears was a great site to see!!! I am sure I will have a blast, I am so excited already!! :mickey:

SandmanGStefani24
05-07-2008, 10:57 PM
congrats!

my advice would be to try to see as much as possible, even if you don't think you'd be interested. going with a group is great because you can get peer-pressured to ride rides you might be nervous about, or see attractions you might have missed alone. relax, have fun, and if you miss something then put it on the backburner for a return trip! also, stay close to intercot, as they have been a HUGE help for me on my trips and planning. have fun!:beer:

Tink#64
05-09-2008, 12:12 AM
:congrats: and :welcome: to Intercot! I remember planning our first trip! I still love the planning. It's so exciting, thinking about all the cool things you'll see and fun things you're going to experience!

My advice also is stay as long as possible. Our first trip we only had 4 parks days. Big mistake. My opinion now is that you need at least 6! Build in time for daily breaks, we go back to resort & swim and eat lunch or dinner by the pool! Then we're ready to hit the parks again in the evening! Our first trip, we didn't take breaks & we were on autopilot by day 4! Take time, particularly in the afternoons, after you've done all the big things on your list for the park, explore, notice all the amazing details. Allow yourself the time to stop and enjoy some of the cool, seemingly impromptu, entertainment. The Jammitors at Epcot are awesome! So is the quartet at MK. See if you can find DeVine in the AK! She's so cool! The attention to detail and the cleanliness is just amazing! We always have a fantastic time, but never fit in all the things that we'd like to do and our longest trip we had 9 days!

We've gone with extended family & trying to stick together days at at a time can be exhausting, sometimes it's a lot easier to split up for a while & agree to meet later.Get in touch with your inner child and relax, enjoy & be silly. After all, you're in WDW! We've spent a small fortune, by our standards for some of our visits, & they were worth every cent! When my family thinks about vacation, we automaticaly think WDW! It's simply magical! I hope you have a wonderful time & make many happy memories. :pixie:

Eeyore_fan
05-09-2008, 04:21 PM
Again thank you for the kind words and advice all!!

We are going for 7 days. It's me my father, step mother, step brother and wife and his 2 kids (8and 6). My father was there a couple years ago so they sorta know what to expect. We will be spliting up at times, so I am not worried about that. I shall have a blast, I know I will!!

Taja
05-09-2008, 08:47 PM
There are places to sit and rest, but if you feel the need to rent an ECV, do it. Off site rental probably will be less expensive, but you have to get it to the parks. If you're using WDW transportation, it's easy. Most of the WDW buses are equipped to carry at least one wheel chair or ECV (varies depending on vehicle size).

I did run into a group of contract buses last December that were not equipped for wheel chairs or ECVs, so had no lift or option other than five or six fairly steep stairs--which I couldn't do. I was waiting with a family with two ECVs until a regular WDW bus could pick us up--I was able to ride the wheel chair lift. I injured the quadraceps in both legs two days prior to departure for WDW and literally had to lift each leg up to get in and out of my friend's rental car. WDW kneeling buses were much easier! *LOL*