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| p.2 #8 · Gear Advice for Orlando Disney trip |
...One thing I am more worried about is that when I booked at the Hilton, the site said it was steps away from Downtown Disney - which i mistook that for being steps away from the main disney park. I figured, we could spend most of the day at disney, walk back to the hotel, have a meal and I'd the tripod for the fireworks. However, looking at the map now, it looks like the main disney park seems to be quite far away from from Downtown disney, which means that it would probably be a waste of time...Show more →
Downtown Disney is mainly a shopping district, and also has the company headquarters. (I auditioned there in Sept. '06, but turned down the job I was offered because it didn't pay enough to be worth the move.) It only takes 15 - 20 minutes to get from there to most of the theme parks by bus or boat, so don't let that be too much of a worry.
The "main" Disney park -- the one with the castle -- is called The Magic Kingdom, and is one of four theme parks, the others being Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Disney Studios. Each has something the little ones would enjoy, and all have a variety of places to eat -- from casual cafeterias to full service restaurants.
I usually schedule one full day at each park, and I eat breakfast at my resort and have lunch and dinner at whichever park I'm visiting that day, or at Epcot. (Half of Epcot is a "World Showcase" with permanent exhibits and shops from several countries, and each has one or more restaurants serving food from that country.)
Make reservations for dining as far in advance as you can, as some of them fill up quickly; Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom, for example, can be booked for several months in advance.
At Epcot, The Seas with Nemo & Friends is a must see (particularly Turtle Talk With Crush) for children and adults, and dinner at the attached Coral Reef Restaurant is worth the price because you sit below "sea level," with a view into one of the world's largest aquariums...big enough that you can sometimes catch views of SCUBA divers swiming with the sharks and other fish.
Here's a Disney site to help you in selecting things to do and places to go in case you haven't seen it yet: