Archives for February 2012
Last December we took our then 23 month old to Walt Disney World for the first time for a 5 night, 4 day vacation. I was so excited to introduce him to the place I love so much! I spent hours reading web sites, other blogs, books and message boards about taking a toddler to WDW. I carefully mapped out our trip so there wouldn’t be any late nights right before early mornings, or late breakfast reservations too close to an early lunch and even mapped out when we could head back to the resort to rest. I booked breakfast on our first day at Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom with Pooh and friends. I wanted to eat here early so we could get a good photo of the family in front of the castle before all the crowds started piling in the park. We did get a good photo, but the breakfast was a disaster! That’s when I realized I missed a key component in planning my trip: prepare your toddler for meeting characters!
I was fortunate enough to visit WDW twice in 1999. My first trip was in May. Then my family traveled to Walt Disney World in 1999 to celebrate the Millennium. We stayed off property this trip because the resort had a three night minimum and we were only staying 2 nights- just long enough to ring in 2000. On December 31, 1999 our family went to Disney-MGM Studios. I honestly don’t remember much about the day. I remember wearing a heavy coat and a hat, so it must have been cold! I don’t actually remember riding any rides or experiencing any attractions, but I’m sure we did! 🙂 I do remember wondering all day long if the “Y2K bug” was really going to destroy the world. At one point during the day we saw a TV that was showing the New Year Celebration in Sydney, Australia. We anxiously watched to see if the computers would blow up at midnight… they didn’t. So, we were relieved and continued to enjoy our day at Disney- MGM Studios.
I wish I had pictures from these vacation, but I don’t. All I could scrounge up were the guide maps for the 4 parks from May of 1999.
A one day ticket to WDW was $44.52 for an adult. A 5 day park hopper was $200.34. An annual pass was $316.94.
One night at the Contemporary during Value Season was $214-$275.
One night at Dixie Landings during Value Season was $119-$139.
One night at the All Star Movies during Value Season was $74.
River Country was still open at Fort Wilderness and a one day adult ticket to the water park was $17.95.
Some of the interesting things that happened at Walt Disney World in 1999 were:
- Horizons at Epcot officially closed
- All Star Movies Resort opens
- Test Track opens at Epcot
- The Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster opens at MGM Studios
- Walt Disney World closes for the day for the first time in 28 years due to Hurricane Floyd- Animal Kingdom opened at 12:00 for Resort guests.
- The Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration opens at Epcot for 15 months
- The Tapestry of Nations Parade premiers at Epcot
- The IMAGINATION! Pavilion opens at Epcot 🙁
- Illuminations 2000 begins at Epcot
You can find additional information about Disney in general from the year 1999 in the Corporate Disney Fact book.
I didn’t post as much this week… trying to get Cman well and catching the bug myself kept us down a bit. But I did make time to join a few blog hops and post a few thoughts… Here We Go!
Next week, I plan on sharing the rest of my character photos and a few posts I’ve written for other blogs. I’ll also have another post at The Disney Moms on the 18th.
A few of my favorite Disney posts from around the web have been:
~ Melissa from Disney on Wheels shares her experience on Pirates of the Caribbean for the first time since 2001!
~Paula from The Magical Mouse Pad shares an excellent post on dealing with Rain at Walt Disney World.
~Dave at Your First Visit shares the details of traveling to WDW next week. I know several of my readers will be there for Valentine’s and President’s Day Weekend!
Thanks for the Flashback Friday Hop Deb!!This Flashback is from 2006. JAG had his face painted earlier in the day as Darth Maul (I think that’s his name…). We had reservations for dinner that night at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at MGM Studios. This restaurant is so unique! You sit in 1950s convertible car tables, like you’re at a Drive In movie and watch old sci if movie clips and cartoons on the big screen in front of you. The menu is American Cuisine: burgers, ribs, salads, steaks, seafood, sandwiches and my favorite MILKSHAKES! 🙂 All of the desserts are delicious and taste “just like mom used to make!”
This is a great location for your family, if your kids aren’t scared of the monsters in the sci fi clips. Our son was 5 1/2 when he went the first time and had no problems with the movie clips scaring him. This restaurant is also perfect for date night! The atmosphere is awesome. It’s dark, as if you were actually at an outdoor drive in, and the lights overhead make it seem like stars are twinkling.
In fact, I may suggest hubby and I visit the Sci Fi Dine In on our next trip- just for a late night dessert, alone, together, in a convertible car! 😉