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Hello from Birmingham, UK!!

Hello you wonderful people!!! muchlove

In the summer is my first time to wdw and to the US!
I'm super excited, as soon as me and my partner booked our magical trip I've been surfing the internet ever since. biggrin
So after my constant research, youtube video watching and general planning, my partner is convinced its going to be an anti-climax for me Sad

Can i have some clever tips or tricks for first timers?
Also has anyone stayed at the Caribbean beach resort, was this a good choice for us? Ive read so many bad reviews Sad

Thanks in advance!!!!!! clapping

xxxxxxxx mickey

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Hello & welcome to WDWForGrownups. You'll find bad reviews about all resorts. Your gonna be in Disney! How bad can it be? We have stayed there several years ago and loved it. It is a large resort.

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Welcome! How long will you be visiting?

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Thank you for the warm welcomes! mickey

I think i'm going to suffer from a broken heart when i leave (thats if i leave..you may find me at the top of the castle beating my chest laugh )
I feel like its my home already and i haven't even been yet!!

I'm staying for 2 weeks, I really wish it was longer, but i know its just another excuse to book another trip!

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Hello and welcome to the boards. I have stayed at the resort with no issues. Just know it is a big resort. And you will be at Disney so go, smile, laugh and make new wonderful memories. So ask questions, read and have a plan leaving room for down time.

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Welcome!! You are going to love Disney. If there is somewhere special you want to eat at make sure to make an ADR. Have fun and enjoy the magic that is Disney.

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Welcome Hayley to our wonderful world of all things Disney. Let us know what you have planned and what restaurants you want to make ADRs for. And feel free to ask questions because there is always someone here who will have an answer for you.

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welcome Hi! Welcome to the fun! You are going to have a great time. Even the hardest nuts get cracked at Disney. (My dad even smiles when he goes) It's such a wonderful happy magical place that it's hard NOT to enjoy it!

Is there anything you are looking forward to that is a MUST DO or are you just winging it?

Are you staying in the bubble the entire time or are you venturing out into Orlando also?

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welcome I don't think you need to worry for one minute about not having a wonderful Disney vacation. If you are researching, planning, watching videos, reading forums and are so excited about your visit that you are fit to burst, then it sounds like you truly feel the magic of Disney world! I think you will have a fantastic 2 weeks yay

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welcome from north of you..I thought at first it was Birmingham..Alabama ...LOL...Anyway I'am sure you will love it..We stayed at CBR on our first trip..No complaints..To be honest we never spend a lot of time at our resorts..All the fun is out there in the parks..As far as tips goes..Treat it like you high school exams..swot..swot...and swot more...This year will be our 6th visit in 10 years and we are still learning about stuff..

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Hi and welcome from a fellow UK traveler! you will have a fantastic time if you are excited before hand there is no way you will be dissapointed, the first time we stayed on disney property we had been before but stayed off site and I was very excited to be staying on site but no matter how much research we did nothing could have prepared me for the reality it was just so amazing so if this is your first time ever and staying on site expect your mind to be blown!!!

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Awh, this is such a lovely website to be apart of, you're all so lovely and friendly!

So far we've got ADR at via napoli and sci-fi theatre. I'd like to try something that would be an incredible experience for both of us but really unsure what. Just because I don't think my partner would enjoy Cinderella royal table as much as me (oops:) ) biggrin

We were going to venture out of disney but neither of us drive so I thought it would be difficult to do so, (any tips would be awesome on where to go shopping) but sea world was the main one, but because I'm a huge animal lover, I couldn't bring myself to watch the poor whales being treated bad. sad

Were mostly winging it but we've written down everything attraction and parades etc we want to do and planning around that!

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welcome welcome welcome I don't think it is possible to have any sort of let down when at Disney, it is even better than you can possibly imagine

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Hi and welcome Hayley! There are plenty of special experiences besides Cinderella's Royal Table that you both could enjoy! California Grill and Yachtman's Steakhouse are a couple of the signature dining experiences and both come highly recommended! Check out menus at allears.net to get a feel for what you both might like.

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Hayleypops wrote:
Awh, this is such a lovely website to be apart of, you're all so lovely and friendly!

So far we've got ADR at via napoli and sci-fi theatre. I'd like to try something that would be an incredible experience for both of us but really unsure what. Just because I don't think my partner would enjoy Cinderella royal table as much as me (oops:) ) biggrin

We were going to venture out of disney but neither of us drive so I thought it would be difficult to do so, (any tips would be awesome on where to go shopping) but sea world was the main one, but because I'm a huge animal lover, I couldn't bring myself to watch the poor whales being treated bad. sad

Were mostly winging it but we've written down everything attraction and parades etc we want to do and planning around that!

Xxx

Your incredible experience depends on what both of you like ( cuisine ) But signature restaurants like Cali Grill..Yachtsmen..Jiko..Won't disappoint...As far as venturing outside the bubble..Keep me right here folks..But apart from getting a taxi to I- Drive, there is a large bus depot at Downtown Disney..rear of Planet Hollywood ..Bus from there would be a cheaper option..Sea World we have done twice and it is awesome..Don't miss Shamu if you go...

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When we have gone outside the bubble to seaworld, universal, shops etc we found the best way is through a company called mears, if you ask at the concierge at the front desk of your hotel they can sort it all out for you, for shops the best ones I have come across are premium outlets vineland avenue, they are cheaper than the malls and have probably most of the places you would want (i'm guessing you are about the same age as me 25ish? and they have things like juicy couture and ugg etc?) you can get a taxi there via mears for around $20

for universal and seaworld you get return transfers which the last time we did it was $19 per person and you arrange a pick up time from your hotel and then you ring them 2 hours before you want to be taken back to the hotel and we have always found them to be really good especially if you don't know where you are going!

Hope this helps!

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I would also recommend Mears if you're planning to go offsite and there are only 2 of you. At $19 round trip, it is cheaper then renting a car for only 2 people.

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Thank you!! I've been looking into mears and was completely unsure how to book it etc, so thank you so much!!!! yay yay

I would like to go to the outlets and malls (to be honest, i just want to go to sephora and never leave, everrrrrrrr)

has anyone done discovery cove and swam with the dolphins yet? Smile

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I'll third the Mears Transportation thing and as they do a round trip price, you'll save some money too...and welcome to boards from another fellow UK traveller!

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Hayleypops wrote:
Thank you!! I've been looking into mears and was completely unsure how to book it etc, so thank you so much!!!! yay yay

I would like to go to the outlets and malls (to be honest, i just want to go to sephora and never leave, everrrrrrrr)

has anyone done discovery cove and swam with the dolphins yet? Smile

xx

Hayley I have not gone to Discovery Cove but I know Robyn and her husband have and they had a wonderful time. Also my GF and her niece went a few years ago and they both loved it.

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Welcome Hayley! You will love it at WDW. We have stayed at the Caribbean Beach resort twice and it was very nice. It is a large resort, but close to most of the parks and we didn't have any issues with the buses during either stay.

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Me and DW have done Discovery Cove twice and thoroughly enjoyed it both times.It is a welcome change of pace and very relaxing.

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