5/15/19: This week Mario, Beth and Brian take a look at some touring tips for taking different groups of people to Walt Disney World! Tune in to hear some tips for touring with kids or taking a Guys/Girls day at the parks!

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Show Notes:

  • Kids of Different Ages?
    • If there are two or more adults on the trip, or you have teenager's old enough, don't be afraid to break off into groups. There's a wide variety of activities for different age groups, and not everyone wants to do the same thing.
    • Find things to do that will occupy younger kids but also dont demand long waits, pin trading or sorcerers of the magic kingdom are big things that come to mind here
    • Disney has done a good job in the last couple years of making queues fairly kid friendly with interactive elements (Pooh, Haunted Mansion) or innovative queue systems (dumbo)
    • Don't forget about Rider Swap!
  • Girls Trip/Bachelorette Party
    •  Spa Day(s): 
      • Senses Spa at Grand Floridian and Saratoga Springs
      •  La Vida Health Club at Coronado Springs
      • Mandara Spa at Dolphin
      • Ship Shape at Yacht Club
      • Sturdy Branches at Wilderness Lodge
      •  Zahanati Massage at Animal Kingdom Lodge 
        • massages, facials, manicures, pedicures...you can even get an in-room massage at certain resorts (the ones with spas, I think)
        • also enhancements to spa services like sugar scrubs and aromatherapy   
    • Drinking (like Brian said): 
      • do a bar crawl and try different cocktails, wines, beers (if that's your thing), etc.: Monorail Resort Crawl, Epcot Resort Crawl, etc.
    •  Tea Time: 
      • Tea at the Grand Floridian cafe (Garden View Tea Room: indulge in a collection of international teas, sandwiches, scones, pastries and other delicacies - 7 days a week, 12-4pm ($35-$175); 
      • Rose & Crown Tea Experience (UK Pavilion, Epcot) Friday-Sunday, 9:45am - Sip your way through an enlightening Twinings® tasting complete with brew tips, scones and sandwiches ($35) Shopping: Disney Springs, literally too many stores to name - especially check out the Co-Op; 
      • Source: Touringplans.com
    • also Brunch
    •  Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Fort Wilderness: 
      • Stroll through the stables to see Cinderella’s Ponies and the majestic horses of Main Street, U.S.A.. 
      • You can watch the blacksmith make horseshoes and affix them to horses’ hooves, and discover the Dragon Calliope—the horse-drawn musical instrument that Walt Disney purchased for the Mickey Mouse Club Circus Parade at Disneyland Park in the 1950s; Horseback riding - $55 for 45 minute ride   
      • Source: WDW Website
  • Guys Trip/Bachelor Party
    •  "Golfing at WDW 
      • There are 3 18-hole courses at WDW: 
        • Disney's Palm Golf Course, 
        • Disney's Magnolia Golf Course, 
        • Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course,
        • and also a 9-hole course: Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course. 
      • All courses are designed and operated by the Arnold Palmer Golf Management Company. The 3 18-hole courses range between $59-$129 for Day guests depending on the time of year and day of the week. Discounts are available for Resort guests, and other Disney Memberships. Disney also features FootGolf at it's Oak Trail Golf Course, where players kick a soccer ball in place of swinging a club. 
      • Fun Fact: the Lake Buena Vista Course is a certified Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary."
    •  "ESPN Club at the Boardwalk Features over 40 TVs streaming up to 25 different games."
    • "Fishing Excursions 
      • Disney overs a variety of guided Fishing Excursions at a number of placesaround property. 
      • Guests can rent pontoon or tournament-style bass boats with a guide. 
      • Excursions include all the necessities including rod/reel, bait, tackle, and even non-alcoholic drinks. 
      • Locations available are Fort Wilderness, Carribean Beach, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Old Key West, Polynesian, POR, Wilderness Lodge and Yacht Club. 
      • Prices Range from $170-$455 for pontoon boats and $235-$455 for Bass Boats, depending on the number of people and length of excursions"
      •  Boat Rentals are available at a number of the marinas at different resorts. 2 seater Sea Ray Sea Racers, Pontoon Boats, and Inshore/offshore boats are available. 
      • Prices range from $32-$45 per half hour, and can accommodate up to 10 guests
    •  Drinking. Enough said, but in all seriousness there are some really great places to grab a beer in WDW.
    •  I feel like Epcot and DHS were always considered the more "manly" of the parks?
    • Maybe add in some time for universal if your party is looking for thrill rides?  

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