Creating a WDW Bucket List...need your help!

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Creating a WDW Bucket List...need your help!

So, this Nov the family and I, are heading to WDW for 14 nights, for what is most likely our LAST WDW TRIP as a family of 4. A little background here...we've been travelling to The World since I was 16, almost 11 years. In that time we've taken close to 10 trips as a foursome but this upcoming trip is very much likely to be our last as an immediate family group. I'm close to 27 and moving in with my boyf, my brother is 22 and living/working at the other end of the country so the likely hood of us joining our parents again is slim to none. Of course I imagine future trips with grandchildren and partners in tow but that's some years off I'm sure!

So, I really want to make this trip special. We've been lucky to have had the trips we have, and have done some amazing things along the way, from tours to special dining experiences, magical moments and memories we still talk about today. I've been thinking about putting together a bit of a bucket list for our trip to really get the most magic out of it!

Staying on site, no DDP, planning at least 2 1/2 days off site (Universal, Sea World and Outlet Mall).

If this was going to be YOUR last trip to WDW, what would be on your list?

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If it was my last trip for a while I would want to go on some of the behind the scenes tours. We are going on our first one this Fall and I can't wait.

I think it could be fun (but kind of crazy) to hit all 4 parks in one day. ON our last trip we made it 3 of them.

The fireworks dessert party at the Magic Kingdom is one thing my DH and I want to do, but it's never fit in our plans.

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Well, I try an never believe any Disney Trip is my last. However these are some of my favorite things that I would want to include if it was.

- Dinner at California Grill
- Fireworks Cruise
- All Four Parks and Downtown Disney
- All of My Favorite Rides (Pirates, Tiki Room, Haunted Mansion, TTA, Soarin')
- All of my favorite Snacks (Dole Whip, Krispie Treats, Baklava, Grey Goose Slushies)
- A Behind the Scenes Tour
- Hoop - Dee - Doo Musical Revue

I would also make sure that I scheduled some time to myself to sit on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon and reflect on what Walt Disney World means to me and all that it has given me over my life.

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If it were my last trip, I'd skip special tours and just do all my favorite things over and over. Also eat at my favorite restaurants. And spend every possible moment inside the parks doing fun stuff.

On departure day you'd probably have to get security to throw me out because I would not want to leave.

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I'm sorry, but if it was "My Last Trip" ,I would have to say EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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campbell87 wrote:

Staying on site, no DDP, planning at least 2 1/2 days off site (Universal, Sea World and Outlet Mall).

If this was going to be YOUR last trip to WDW, what would be on your list?

If this was my last trip, this is what my list would look like:

  • Plan another trip!

mickey

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KenJ wrote:
campbell87 wrote:

Staying on site, no DDP, planning at least 2 1/2 days off site (Universal, Sea World and Outlet Mall).

If this was going to be YOUR last trip to WDW, what would be on your list?

If this was my last trip, this is what my list would look like:

  • Plan another trip!

mickey


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Haha great suggestions! I'm thinking of picking up a bunch of park maps when we check in and making sure we tick off every show and ride in every park over the fortnight! We actually always spend our last full day doing all 4 parks, it's so much fun, so that'll be happening for sure! I want to maybe find an ultimate 'photos you must take' list too and take that a long, and I'm considering videoing the trip vlog-style too!

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You can go online and make your own maps! They also send them to you for free!!!

http://customizedmaps.disney.go.com/

I've gotten one (ok 1 for each park) for our last couple trips. They are pretty cool!

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JMed wrote:
You can go online and make your own maps! They also send them to you for free!!!

http://customizedmaps.disney.go.com/

I've gotten one (ok 1 for each park) for our last couple trips. They are pretty cool!

You can also print them off the official site or the DIS site, which we did (from the latter one) and then hghlighted/circled in sharpie marker the spots. When sons when along, they numbered them too.

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If you hit a MNSSHP or MVMCP time, I would definitely do that. If you haven't before, we love the Characters in Flight balloon ride at DTD, but it's tough to catch because the weather frequently shuts it down.

For me personally, I've always wanted to do the Backstage Magic Tour, but that's a huge chunk of a day and rather expensive.

If you haven't seen it yet and you're late enough in November to catch everything, don't miss the Christmas specials!! Osbourne Lights, Holidays Around the World, and the Gingerbread Houses are my favorite thing I've ever seen at WDW.

Early November is Festival of the Masters at DTD and that looks pretty amazing.

Is your family athletic? There's a runDisney Food & Wine race in November if it's not sold out yet.

The fireworks cruises also look amazing!

Of course, it does't matter what special thing you plan...the special part will be being together with your family!! Maybe establish a silly tradition that you all promise to do every time you come back even if you don't travel together. Kind of like the "touch the slipper" photos that we do on the forum. For DH and I, Peter Pan's Flight is always our first ride at MK for the trip. We also build a crazy potato head at Once Upon a Toy each trip and take a photo for the scrapbook. (Just pack your hand sanitizer laugh )

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Throw in a round of mini-golf at Fantasia Gardens. Do at least one character meal. Everyone have a drink at the Tune-In Lounge then go audition for the American Idol Experience.