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Hey from England!

Hi all - really glad to have found this place, so many great tips!

Me and my partner are off to Disney for my 27th birthday in May, stay for two weeks at the Port Orleans Riverside (really didn't fancy driving in the US!)
I haven't been for 16 years - I wonder how much has changed! I do remember I had the most amazing time there and I could really do with a bit of that right now, so Disney it was.

My fella has never been and is a bit anxious about it - thinks it's all for kids and it'll be too busy, etc etc, but I think he will be OK when he gets there and realises how huge it is and how much there is to do for big kids like us Smile

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Welcome to the forum! I think you both will have a wonderful time. My husband (who is not obsessed with WDW like I am) had a wonderful time the last time we went. There is so much for adults to do! Are you doing the dining plan? Do you have an ADR (advanced dining reservations set up)? Tell us more about your trip plans!

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Hi and welcome Can't wait to hear all about your trip!

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So glad that you're finding useful tips and tricks from our members!

Even my Grumpy husband has come over to the Disney side after a couple of trips, I'm sure that your fella will have a great time. It is absolutely not just for kids! Disney can be one of the most romantic places that I know of!

Quite a bit has changed since you've been last so be sure to do your research! What sort of things does your guys enjoy? Be sure to schedule a couple of specific activities that are geared towards his interests so that he's sure to have fun too!

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Thank you Laughing out loud muchlove

Well, I've been planning a LOT - Richard thinks I am utterly mad doing it all in advance, but I REALLY don't want to miss anything at all. We have the Disney Dining Plan and I have been wiggling it a bit to use up our table service meals on lovely places, so having quite a few days where we won't use them Smile

Ok, so we arrive on the 8th - get into Orlando about 4pm so the rest of the day I think we will just really chill out. Then we are hoping to go to Epcot and see the flower festival then have dinner at Le Cellier. Next day into the deep end and the Magic Kingdom and dinner at Fultons in the evening.
Next day we have tickets for La Nouba! I was going to go on my birthday but they're closed for just over a week just at the wrong time! Ack! Then the next day magic kingdom with extra magic hours, next will do a water park and then Bistro de Paris...

14th is my birthday and I am so excited about this day as we are going to MGM (my favourite) then having dinner at Narcoosees then having a fireworks cruise after! Been subtly hinting to the partner that I'd like him to ask me something on the cruise, fingers crossed my unsubtle hinting works....

Then the rest of the days we are going to play it by ear a bit - visit all the parks then see where we want to go back. Maybe go to Universal for a day or two and I did promise I'd go to Busch Gardens (I think I will be sitting on the benches a LOT, not good with rollercoasters!!)

Is there anything you guys would recommend we see and do?

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Bless him he just says he will let me organise it and just wants me to be happy, but if you know of anything that your average guy might be keen on we can see that would be brill awesome

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Sounds like you have a fantastic trip planned so far!

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ocarina wrote:
Bless him he just says he will let me organise it and just wants me to be happy, but if you know of anything that your average guy might be keen on we can see that would be brill awesome

I think there are a lot of things that the "average guy" can do. You will get a lot of suggestions from this group. Depending on what his interests/likes/dislikes are - you can plan your day accordingly. I would hate to assume that just because he is a guy - he will like all the rides like Tower of Terror and Expedition Everest. I think there are strategies to make the crowd less of a factor - using Fastpass and going on attractions during parade times. But unfortunately crowds are part of the experience - could be bad or good thing.

Welcome and happy planning! clapping awesome

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Early May is a great time to go - the Flower and Garden festival is on, and the crowds are not bad at all. When we went this year, we never waited more than 10 or 15 minutes for anything. Have you stayed at POR before? Do you prefer the mansions or the bayou? We love the mansions - always had a nice garden view, and a scenic short walk to the food court and main bus depot.

There are so many things for adults to do - don't let anyone tell you it's just for kids! And there's no such thing as too much planning. laugh

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ocarina, welcome welcome , glad you found us. Believe us, its not just for kids! If it was, we wouldn't have this forum, right? My wife and I are in our 50's and have been going to WDW since the 80's, but for over 10 years now with no kids, just adult trips by ourselves or with friends. Sometimes we lay back at the resort and just chill, but we do the parks a lot, especially the Magic Kingdom & Epcot, but we always visit AK & Hollywood Studios (It's not called MGM anymore) so I can get my fix of Expedition Everest , Tower of Terror and Rock n' Rollercoaster.

Is he a beer drinker, there is plenty of that for him to try, a lot of unique flavors. The fine dining is what we really go for. There are back stage tours you could do, or a Segway tour. They are extra money though. There is loads to do.

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azdisneydvc : Yeah - my worry is that he might be a bit overwhelmed by it all at busy times, but If I remember right the parks were so spread out and varied that there should be a quiet corner we can find to just relax in a bit if it becomes a bit full on! We got the 14 day ultimate ticket with the holiday booking, so we can come back and forth to the parks and take our time with it *fingers crossed!*

finngirl: So glad to hear it's quiet(ish!) in early May! We have never stayed in a Disney hotel before and I am REALLY excited about it - before my parents hired a villa a way away from the parks and I remember all the hassle driving and parking - it's really comforting to know we can just take the Disney transport! We have booked a kingsize room at POR and the really nice lady on the phone put a note on that we don't want to be near the lift or the pool (I heard it can get noisy?). But I have no idea exactly where we will be Smile

mrhub: Thank you! yay Ha! Shows it has been a while with me calling it MGM! Smile Loved loved loved the Tower of Terror when we went, although it scared me epically - can't wait to show my partner!! He does like a beer, this is all new to me though - when I went all the alcohol completely passed me by! Where is the best place for a pint? awesome Would also love to try the Segway tour, that's a brilliant idea.

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Welcome to the best Disney board around Smile

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welcome Personally, I've said it before and I'll say it again, I think WDW is more fun for adults than it is for kids! It sounds like you have a great trip planned and you're going to have a great time!

As for a pint....check out the Rose & Crown Pub in Epcot World Showcase, then you can tell us if it's authentic! awesome Other than that it really is possible to "drink your way around the world" as all of the World Showcase pavilions offer some sort of adult drinks. And the Biergarten in the Germany pavilion offers full liters (my DH tackled and defeated one on our recent trip).

I also recommend the Behind the Seeds tour in The Land pavilion, it's an additional charge, but it's the least expensive of all the tours ($18 U.S. dollars per person, I believe). Ride Living with the Land first and if you think you'd like to get a better look at all of the areas, definitely consider taking the tour.

Can't wait to hear how things go!

Oh! And you can NEVER pre-plan too much for WDW....I had laminated, color-coded spreadsheets for our last trip. biggrin

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Hello and welcome to the boards! Me thinks the fella will be quite pleased to see how much fun Disney can be for adults.

Your plans sound fabulous so far!!! You will have a blast, no doubt!

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Hi, ocarina! Welcome!!

You and your partner are going to have a great time on your trip. Epcot will be in bloom for the garden festival. If that kind of thing interests you, find out when you're in the park what times the pavilions do demonstrations and short talks about the kinds of plants on display. When I was there, England had a demonstration on growing tea plants and France on perfume flowers.

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You're going to love POR - it's our favourite resort. Even if you don't want to shop or eat at Downtown Disney, take the boat from the resort anyway. It's a very pretty and relaxing cruise, and can be quite romantic in the evening. If you ask to be in the mansions, you are far enough away from the main pool to avoid the noise, and there are "quiet" pools if you'd like a quieter and more adult experience. We've never been more than a 5 minute walk away from the main building, but always felt we were off the beaten track.

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Jess : Thank you! Excited to be here Smile

Becca1005: I think so, too! The partner won't be convinced its not all teacup rides and being stalked by mascots - he's going to get a real surprise when he gets there! I think the problem is that in the UK our theme parks are really very rubbish next to Disney, so it's very hard to grasp what its like.
Ha! The Rose and Crown is a must-see, although I wonder what they do serve? Is it actually authentic beer? Wink
Re: Living with the land tour - can you book it that easily? I hear some types of tour book up really fast. eek
Love your laminated spreadsheets! You can't be too prepared!! clapping

JeffC: Thank you! And fingers crossed Smile

The Cookie Crumbler: Really excited to be there with the festival on, the more I read about it the better it sounds! I hear there might be food and drink stalls like the food and wine festival?

finngirl: Oooh fab! Was so hard choosing a resort. Our budget means we couldn't go for the more deluxe ones, but I must admit I really like how peaceful POR looks - and doesn't seem as huge and imposing! Maybe I can sneak to a spa in one of the others... awesome

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If your schedule allows, try to take in one for the Flower Power concerts.

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Rose & Crown is a good place for a pint, but many of the countries have booths or carts out side with some good selections of beers.

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ocarina wrote:

My fella has never been and is a bit anxious about it - thinks it's all for kids and it'll be too busy, etc etc, but I think he will be OK when he gets there and realises how huge it is and how much there is to do for big kids like us Smile

My predictions:

Somewhere around Day 3 he will say, "you know, this is not what I expected at all. This place is really cool!"

Around Day 4 he will start getting involved in your daily planning, suggesting stuff that he thinks the two of you should try.

And then around Day 5, you need to listen very carefully for him to say the following phrase. "Sweetheart, the next time we come here, we should.......". At that point, you set the hook and start reeling him in. The Mouse has caught another one.

It happens all the time.

Have a great visit.

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Cinema Too wrote:

And then around Day 5, you need to listen very carefully for him to say the following phrase. "Sweetheart, the next time we come here, we should.......". At that point, you set the hook and start reeling him in.

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Cinema Too wrote:
ocarina wrote:

My fella has never been and is a bit anxious about it - thinks it's all for kids and it'll be too busy, etc etc, but I think he will be OK when he gets there and realises how huge it is and how much there is to do for big kids like us Smile

My predictions:

Somewhere around Day 3 he will say, "you know, this is not what I expected at all. This place is really cool!"

Around Day 4 he will start getting involved in your daily planning, suggesting stuff that he thinks the two of you should try.

And then around Day 5, you need to listen very carefully for him to say the following phrase. "Sweetheart, the next time we come here, we should.......". At that point, you set the hook and start reeling him in. The Mouse has caught another one.

It happens all the time.

Have a great visit.

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JoAnn C: Good idea! Where in Epcot are those held? Is it outdoors?

mrhub: I will have to rate the Britishness of the Rose and Crown. I actually used to work in a pub of the same name in my hometown, pulling pints...

Cinema Too: muchlove yay I hope so! We are very different people - I'm fairly outgoing while he is the strong, silent type. But I think he will love it, once he's got over the surprise of it mickey

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I always make it a point to stop at the UK Pavillion and get an order of fish and chips and a Boddington's. We have our must stop and eat places at WS/EPCOT.
As everyone has said, I don't think there would be much to worry about with your fellow. He may not admit it at first, but he'll get hooked and you'll be planning your next trip back to WDW sooner than you think.

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Ocarina - I've got to admit: I've read each of your posts in a British accent and I LOVE IT!! I love the little phrases you use that are slightly different from ours, like "rubbish" and "I could really do with a bit of that right now" and "pulling pints"...I just love it!

I'm so excited for you and your upcoming birthday trip! Everybody's right...the Flower and Garden Festival is BEAUTIFUL...Epcot just seems so "alive" during that time of year!

I've heard wonderful things about the resort you're staying in, too!

Are y'all Star Wars fans at all? There's a cool Jedi training session that goes on everyday (I think it's every day) at Hollywood Studios, and the Star Tours ride has undergone a 3D overhaul since you've been there. It's super fun!

The Toy Story Mania ride at Hollywood Studios is fun, too, but you need to be there as soon as the park opens to ride straightaway (do you like my little bit of British there?), or get Fastpasses.

I'm so excited for you, and I'm so glad you found the board! We look forward to planning with you! Smile

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Becca1005: I think so, too! The partner won't be convinced its not all teacup rides and being stalked by mascots - he's going to get a real surprise when he gets there! I think the problem is that in the UK our theme parks are really very rubbish next to Disney, so it's very hard to grasp what its like.
Ha! The Rose and Crown is a must-see, although I wonder what they do serve? Is it actually authentic beer? Wink
Re: Living with the land tour - can you book it that easily? I hear some types of tour book up really fast. eek
Love your laminated spreadsheets! You can't be too prepared!! clapping

This is the list I found, I believe they also serve Smithwick's at times Smile I'd love to see Newcastle on the list eventually.
Bass Ale
Boddingtons English Pub Ale
Guinness Stout
Stella Artois
Strongbow Cider
Harp Lager

Yes, you can usually walk right up to the Behind the Seeds tour without any advance notice. We've taken it twice, the larger group was only around 8 people, the last time it was only us and another couple (both trips were in October). Because you'll be there during the Flower & Garden Festival, there may be a greater interest in it so you may have to plan a bit in advance. The concierge in your resort should be able to give you a better idea when you check in. Smile

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Cinema Too wrote:

And then around Day 5, you need to listen very carefully for him to say the following phrase. "Sweetheart, the next time we come here, we should.......". At that point, you set the hook and start reeling him in.

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azdisneydvc: Ah fish and chips! I'll need to grab some, I'm not sure I can go two weeks without! Wink

Nancy D: I'm glad you like it laugh ! I am very excited, too! It seems so long away!
My partner is a HUGE Star Wars fan!! He will love all the Star Wars stuff, I think. I worry that we will be spending a fortune on Star Wars merchandise, though (but that's ok - gives me much more clout when it comes to my terrible addiction to prints and animation cells... and anything Disney Villan themed Wink).
Really happy to be here and have you all to help me plan - theres so much to see and do and so many tips and tricks that I would otherwise miss muchlove

Becca1005: Oh dear, as an ex-barmaid I am not sure about that list at all! yuck But I have been spoilt with my choice of real ales and beers, so I think I'm just a bit of a snob! I'm sure that the German area will have a good bier or two *fingers crossed*.
I will have to try the Behind the Seeds tour! Thank you so much for your help muchlove

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Welcome to our little band of Disney enablers!!

You have great plans and I can only echo the recommendations already posted. I might, though, ask if you have an alternate dining choice to Fulton's? The quality there has not gotten good reviews around here lately. Maybe look into Raglan Road? Is also at DTD and is pretty good - in a pub sort of way - or perhaps Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge? It is a quiet Signature restaurant, and the bison steak is . . . devine! awesome

And I believe you've looked into Victoria & Albert's? AWESOME!!! You will love the experience!!! And Narcoossee's just became a favorite of ours this past spring. The surf and turf was excellent! yay

And be sure to save room for a butterfinger cupcake from Starring Rolls Bakery at Hollywood Studios. If you like sweets, that is! Or the cinnamon roll at the Main Street Bakery at MK! Or a Dole Whip in Adventureland!!

See? Enabling you already!!! laugh

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Hi Ocarina, and Welcome to the nicest group of Disney folk I've never met. I also had my 27th birthday in MAY,.. of course that was 25 years ago wink . Looks like you have a great trip planned, and this is a good place to help you find those little out of the way places most of us miss, mainly, because we're not aware of them.

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Hi and welcome from another UK'er! Can totally agree with crappy uk theme parks... You will have an amazing time! I agree that you might like to rethink fultons Sad there are so many good places to eat. Rose and crown isn't all that authentic Wink but they do have British beers, Guinness and strongbow!

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Hi Ocarina, I am also from the UK. I have been to Disney lots clapping including working as a cast member in the Epcot Rose and Crown in 1991/92. I think it is quite authentic but it looks wrong because all the guests are wearing disney and holiday wear!!! Anyway we love to drink around the world, starting in Canada and ending up in the Mexican tequila bar. We spend all day doing it from midday until illuminations at 9pm. We don't just drink, we also eat (regularly) if having alcohol in every country, visit all the attractions and shops. There is another thread where some members have rightly pointed out that some people behave inappropriately when drinking round the world, but if you take your time, eat and split drinks in some countries if you need too (not that we did!!!) we found we were happy and tipsy but certainly not drunk - didn't want to be arrested by the Disney police or have hangovers and miss any time in the parks the following day!

Our favourite resort is POR. We had a Disney wedding in 2011 and chose to stay at Riverside rather than a deluxe because we feel so relaxed and at home there. Because of the lovely boat ride we spend alot of evenings at DTD, so we have tried most of the restaurants. Our favourite is House of Blues. I think because you are from the UK too, you will like the theming and Southern food? We don't have anything like it at home.

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