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DisneyWorld - Review by Garry K | Walt Disney World (DIS)

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DisneyWorld 8/31/2006

What can I sway about DisneyWorld that hasn't already been said? In my opinion even if you've been to DisneyWorld dozens of times, the experience is different depending with whom you share the experience. First off . . . "WARNiNG" . . . . never "ever" visit DisneyWorld by yourself. This is probably the most damaging of emotional depression activities that that I can think of. That being said. . . let's start from the beginning . . (the "very" beginning") AS A TODDLER: If you are a child visiting with your parents you will think you've gone to heaven (even if they left you with the official Park babysitting service in the Contemporary Resort) AS A TEENAGER: If you're a Teenager (or early adolescent) you will be on the adventure of your life as you plan your "exploration" of this incredibly vast wonderland. This is "so cool" as you flex your negotiation and planning skills with your "team-mate(s)". It's great preparation for business! AS NEWLEYWEDS: If you're a newlywed going to DisneyWorld on your honeymoon (as I did) you will foregoe the kiddie rides and fous on the romantic side of the park. Can you imagine floating around the "lazy-river" under orchids and exotic-perfumey flowers while holding hands side-by-side in your tire tubes. Or "horse-back riding" on the back trails. Or the fantastically romantic moonlight canoe ride down marshmallow creek in frontierland. Or the Moonlight "Champagne Cruise" (In your tuxedo). Or the ( kiddies please) special reservations only tour of the underworld of Disneyworld's Magic Kingdom. Topped off by dinner in Cinderella's Castle and a couple of commemorative Cinderella Castle Champagne glasses. Speaking of dinner . . There are so many romantic dinner opportunities in Disneyworld that I don't know where to start, except to say that the Mexican pavilion in Epcot was awesome with the volcano percolating in the make believe distant horizon. And the romantic views are one-of-a-kind (since they're mand-made). We were immersed in the moment as we laid on the beach of the Polynesian at midnight as the moon rose over Cinderella's Castle in the distant Magic Kingdom. And the service. I'll never forget how they treated my new bride (at Midnight) when she wanted some ice cream but the kiosk vendor had just closed-up for the night. the vendor saw the expression on my wife that she was hoping for some ice cream and re-opened the kiosk just to give her an ice-cream cone. (that would never happen in NYC). And the Polynesian resort took notice of my brides "Nosegay" of flowers (which for some reason she took everywhere until they died) and there was a knock on our door with a waiter and a tray of roses and champagne and a message that said "Compliments of the Mouse"(honestly, I didn't order it). AS PARENTS w/KIDS: If you're taking your toddlers you'll appreciate the manner in which they care for the emotional enjoyment of each child. We saw the monorail engineer hold-up the train and whip out a hand-puppet to entertain a crying child until the child was happy. And Security was transparent yet disciplined. We overheard a distressed couple approached by a "plain-clothes" park officer who upon being informed that they lost their child whipped out her walkie-talkie and barked some "codes" upon which time we noticed the park front gates being locked down (nobody in-or-out). AS A PARENT w/PRE-TEENS: If you're with preteens, you'd better be in shape! These youngsters have done their homework (about the Park) and tend to "windsprint" to every major ride!! In the heat and humidity of Orlando FL I surprised that we haven't heard of more parents overwhelmed by heat-stroke from this phenomenon. To overcome this heat exhaustion I highly recommend "swimming with the "SHARKS" at "Shark-Cove"! WITH "OTHER" ADULTS: Lastly, If you visit the part with other Adults, you'll finally appreciate the shops and other amenities such as golfing and nightclubbing or just taking out a yacht into the lagoons. AS A SENiOR CiTiZEN: I can't wait to go back as a "senior citizen" to see what else I can appreciate. more
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