An Outstanding Experience
DISNEY WORLD, FLORIDA -- I do not like crowds and I do not care much for theme parks, but Disney World, Orlando is in a class of its own. Other than the fact that it is fairly pricey, I have no complaints - only compliments. We visited Disney World between Christmas and New Year's Day 2004/2005. It was an incredible experience. New Year's Eve the park was at capacity - I was told around 80,000 visitors at the Magic Kingdom. People handling (traffic control) inside the park is the finest I have seen anywhere. The last time we went to DW was years ago and we spent most of our time waiting in lines. This trip we spent very little time waiting in lines and got to see everything we wanted to see except for "It's A Small World," which was closed for renovation. I have never been anywhere that is as handicapped friendly as was DW. If there is a handicapped person in your group, your group is treated with royalty. Even the people sweeping up the trash had a smile on their face and a friendly greeting. The sit-down restaurants - especially in Epcot - have got to be among the finest restaurants in the country. People movers from area to area (MGM, Epcot, Magic Kingdom, etc.) were easy to use and fast. It is difficult to pick out a favorite thing because there were so many "WOW's," but if I had to pick out one, it would have to be the New Year's Eve fireworks display. It was absolutely awesome. Until this one, I thought the wonderful ones around the world we saw at the 1999/2000 milinneum were the finest, but none of those could compare to the awesome display Epcot presented. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, our trip to DW had to rate somewhere between a 15 and 20. Our total cost for myself, my middle daughter and myself was around $2,500 including transportation for the 5 days and it was worth every penny of it. FYI, we spent less than $200 on souvenirs and gifts. Tips...If you have trouble walking distances or standing, rent an electric card for $30 ($40 with a $10 refundable deposit). Well worth the cost. Make reservations for the sit down restaurants before you leave. If you wait until you arrive, you may be disappointed. We dined at three of the sit-down restaurants and all were superb. My favorite was the one at Epcot/China.