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Alton Towers. Must've been about 7. The Gladiators were on park. I remember being on a ride (might've been Corkscrew), with Rhino and Saracen who were in front of me, both closed their eyes the whole way round and when someone said "Put your hands up Rhino" he let out a girly "Nooo!" Immense memory

 

I should get my wife to post here. She's a fright nights actor at Thorpe Park and has some EXCELLENT stories.

You should do. Does she perform in the various mazes?

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I went to Disney Paris when I was younger. All my memories of it are great, yet it always makes me feel very sad and loathe myself when I think about it.

 

Either I've repressed being molested by some French bloke dressed as Goofy or I just can't handle nice things.

When I went there as a kid a bunch of us gpt pick pocketed, and the world had to end on a regular basis fpr cartoon characters to have a fucking parade. A parade on the reg. About half hourly. All day. And everything cost a bomb. And also, there's not much for men, or young men also, to do there. And Walt Disney himself was a fucking cockend.

 

Drayton Manor, or even the local gypsys fairground, pulls put their cock and slashes all over Disney.

Don't be such a fucking old man grinch Butch.

 

Parades happen twice a day. Rock n rollercoaster, Space Mountain (soon to be overlayed with Star Wars), Indiana Jones, big thunder Mountain, Tower of Terror and Star Tours 2 are all grown up coasters. Plus now you get to meet Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Storm Troopers etc. Unless you didn't stray out of Fantasyland then your point is valid. There's a reason why they are so popular, but granted not everyone will like it. I'm fine with you sticking with Drayton Manor

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Shit. If someone can link me to a 2 week family of four for 6k I'll book it now. My quotes are always 10k or more

Look independently. Try booking hotel, flights and park tickets separate or try Travel City Direct or Holiday Hamster

Alton Towers. Must've been about 7. The Gladiators were on park. I remember being on a ride (might've been Corkscrew), with Rhino and Saracen who were in front of me, both closed their eyes the whole way round and when someone said "Put your hands up Rhino" he let out a girly "Nooo!" Immense memory

 

I should get my wife to post here. She's a fright nights actor at Thorpe Park and has some EXCELLENT stories.

She wouldn't fancy guesting on a podcast would she?

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I used to watch the firework display at Drayton Manor out the bedroom window. We went proper one year, war of the worlds it was, and I loved it.

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Shit. If someone can link me to a 2 week family of four for 6k I'll book it now. My quotes are always 10k or more

If you want Disney specifically, book the park tickets and hotel through the Walt Disney Travel Company and book your flights independently through Expedia or something and try and catch a good promotion.

 

Run them both through Quidco for the sweet cashback and fly indirect to save even more.

 

I did 11 days at a Disney Moderate, with free dining and park tickets in the middle of summer for 3500 + 4k for flights as we were visiting multiple countries on the way. (Plus about £100 cashback :-) )

 

On our next trip we saved £1000 flying indirect. You just have to balance up the cost/aggravation.

 

It also depends on the class of hotel you stay in. There's no free dining promotion at the minute, but a Disney Value resort, + park tickets will cost under 3k for 2 weeks during the summer holidays (I've just priced it through WDTC). Add ~2k for indirect or ~3k for direct flights.

 

If you're paying for quick service Disney dining, but flying indirect you could squeeze it in for about 6.3.

 

Edit: those prices are for a family of four with one classed as an "adult" for flights and both as "adults" for Disney.

Edited by johnnyboy

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ooo a disney thread!

 

Happy days im a massive Disney fan and been a few times. 

 

One thing i recommend if you can is the wishes dessert party at magic kingdom. A settled balcony view of the castle and fireworks with all the puddings and drinks you want. No husslle and bussle and a clear view  then sit on the balcony while the crowds clear then make your way out.

 

I have lots of advise on places to stay routes to take, shopping to buy staying inside/outside Disney. If any of you need help just ask

 

 

Also traveling to the Florida theme parks with kids with disability as there is alot of help available from the airport to the hotels to the parks 

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Another tip if you fancy "flying indirect" ... land in Tampa (TPA) ... a quieter airport than Orlando International (MCO) & I think Sanford (SFB) has stopped taking trans-atlantic flights for a while. Dunno why.  BUT Tampa is piss-easy to get through (last year we landed & got through immigration in 20 mins, as opposed to 90 mins in MCO), & the car hire desks are literally outside baggage claim. :)  Get on the I4 eastbound to Orlando for an hour to get to your destination.

 

I used to go to Florida 3 times a year ... I know it VERY well ... 

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Went to Disneyland Florida in December, had a great time. Stayed in the New Orleans quarter, and rented a car. I would personally recommend that option if you are into going shopping too, as there are a lot of outlets in driving distance.

 

Also stayed in a hotel in Universal for one night, to get access to their fast passes (although I believe you can buy in the park too?), it's unlimited unlike the Disney ones, although not allowed for one of the Harry Potter rides. It kinda ruins the all day experience as we were done with the first park by about 1pm, chilled by the pool for the rest of the day and the next day was done with Island of Adventure about the same time. Hulk rollercoaster is immense.

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Went to Disneyland Florida in December, had a great time. Stayed in the New Orleans quarter.

French Quarter is terrific. Small enough that preferred rooms don't matter and everything a short walk from amenities even if you're at the edge of the resort.

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last year we landed & got through immigration in 20 mins, as opposed to 90 mins in MCO

That's another fringe benefit of a stop. You clear immigration at the port of entry (or in Ireland or Toronto) and then you land in Orlando as an internal and jump straight on the Magical Express. Just leave enough time to make the second flight :-D

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Went to Disneyland Florida in December, had a great time. Stayed in the New Orleans quarter.

French Quarter is terrific. Small enough that preferred rooms don't matter and everything a short walk from amenities even if you're at the edge of the resort.

 

 

 

Yep, and when the buses from the park depart you'll get on the first one easily unlike the other resorts.

 

Loved Epcot, those grey goose slushies in the French part were great.

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I got a 16-night direct fly-drive to ORL with Virgin Holidays for £750. We've booked accommodation for 5 nights in Atlanta and 11 in Orlando for around £200 (all upmarket motel-style with breakfast included) and will be doing all the Disney & Universal parks so that's £500. Not bad at all.

 

I've done non-direct flights before (flying via Detroit, Atlanta, New York and Minneapolis on previous trips) and while it can be slightly cheaper it's a hell of a journey. I remember being very ill with flu in Detroit and sitting in the airport shivering under a blanket as our flight was delayed. And I remember being in Atlanta when there was a tornado nearby and they closed the airport. I've never seen lightning like that before either.

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Went to Disneyland Florida in December, had a great time. Stayed in the New Orleans quarter, and rented a car. I would personally recommend that option if you are into going shopping too, as there are a lot of outlets in driving distance.

 

Also stayed in a hotel in Universal for one night, to get access to their fast passes (although I believe you can buy in the park too?), it's unlimited unlike the Disney ones, although not allowed for one of the Harry Potter rides. It kinda ruins the all day experience as we were done with the first park by about 1pm, chilled by the pool for the rest of the day and the next day was done with Island of Adventure about the same time. Hulk rollercoaster is immense.

 

New Rule for Disney talk

Disneyland - California

(Walt) Disney World - Florida

Disneyland Paris - Paris region

Tokyo Disney - Tokyo

Hong Kong Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland

 

Otherwise we just interviewed a guy who had come back from HK and Shanghai Disney. He said the new Iron Man, Tron and Pirates of The Caribbean (based solely on the movies) were amazing. Really would like to see them.

Tokyo Disneysea looks amazing as well. Would love to see that one

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Tokyo Disney is fun, being the only Westerner on the Tower of Tower (girlfriend too scared to go on) with a lot of screaming Japanese girls was a surreal experience.

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