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3/3/13 9:41 P

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The water park option is separate from the park tickets so it does NOT count as a day in the parks. So, yes, it's like the park hopper so you can do both in one day.

I would suggest going to the water park as soon as it opens. We got there at open and DH was on and off 3 slides before anyone else got there because EVERYbody else ran to find lounge chairs. We simply got a locker for our stuff and DD(5 at the time) and I went to the wave pool and other kid friendly stuff. We didn't bother with chairs because we were only spending the morning there. We had so much fun in the water, had lunch, and then took the bus back to our resort to change and go to Downtown Disney and then Magic Kingdom.

We went to Typhoon Lagoon because it had more small kid friendly options. From what I understand, Blizzard Beach has more slides and such that appeals to teens.

We are in the very beginning of planning stages for an Aug 2014 trip and I can't wait to get deep into it!

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2/10/13 8:10 A

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I don't think that would count---it sounds similar to a Park Hopper pass and you can go from one park to the other if you wish with that---might want to ask that at the Disney site---most people generally combine a day at both as the water parks close before the parks do.

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2/9/13 1:02 P

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Have a blast! My son graduates bootcamp in March and we are planning to visit Disney out here in Cali.

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If you go a water park and a regular park on the same day, using a water parks & more ticket, have you effectively used 2 days of your ticket? One of your park days and one of your "more" days?

Just clarifying...Disney is a science! LOL

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2/8/13 11:03 A

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As Lecates suggested, we usually spend the morning in the water park before it gets too busy and then go to a regular park. I love the lazy rivers which go round the parks too. Ooooohh, I want to go back, lol.

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2/8/13 8:04 A

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Reading about this talk of Disney and water parks is killing me. Waiting for Nemo, and not the cute clown fish, I'd rather be in Disney World.

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2/8/13 7:57 A

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You might find that you only want to spend part of the day at the water park and then do part of a regular park afterwards---don't forget the sunscreen!

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You were brave! I doubt I try Summit Plummet, but my 10 yo daughter loves water slides. She may. LOL I don't know whether we'll do both water parks or not. It's just me and my two youngest that even like the water. But I can't wait to get in a wave pool! :) And I know Disney Quest will be hit with all of them.

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I hope you have a wonderful time. We've never been in to DisneyQuest as my son loves the Parks too much! We usually choose Blizzard Beach if we only have time for one water park because my son loves Teamboat Springs which is a family raft ride which fits at least 6 adults and is a lot of fun. My son, step-daughter and I all braved Summit Plummet last time we went too - glad I did it but never again!

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2/7/13 8:37 A

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That is where I want to stay when we go back---unless we use our timeshare and stay at Bonnet Creek which is right in the heart of Disney.

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2/6/13 6:59 P

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I've been watching DVC points, especially the $10-$12 ones. But for a suite the size we need, it's still too expensive. I like watching and learning how it all works though. Hopefully I'll use all that knowledge on my dream future trip. I'd love to stay at Animal Kingdom sometime!

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Disney really needs to work on some lower cost options for larger groups.

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Agreed. With a larger group, unless you are DVC members, there aren't as many good budget options onsite, which is a pity. Of course, you could always rent points, but since I've been the rentee and not the renter, I don't know how the math works out compared to offsite accommodations.

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We are a large family - 7 as a matter of fact, 5 of us are adults. But mom & dad still foot the bill because our 3 young adults are in college. Staying onsite, even at Shades of Green (the military resort), doesn't beat a $500 a week condo. One of these days when we're fewer in number, or more of us are gainfully employed, or it's just DH and me, we're doing onsite AND a meal plan. :) LOL

But for now, no matter how many corners we have to cut, it's better than not going at all.

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I'm a big proponent of staying on site. There are a lot of budget resorts that are as easy on the budget as offsite options, plus you get the Disney magic sprinkled in. With your son's military discounts mixed in, you can still make the vacation very affordable.

We're long overdue a visit to both Typhoon Lagoon and Disney Quest. Haven't done either in years. This year we bought an annual pass that includes the water parks through a great offer from DVC, so we'll probably take advantage one trip.

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We loved Disney Quest---pretty neat---don't go if rainy as it will be super busy if it is. Think we went to Typhoon Lagoon---nice enough but not into slides and such and for us, much better to go to the parks. But was glad we went. There is a Disney resort that is just for military---have you checked that out?

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I'm in the dreaming and planning mode for our next vacation to Disney, June 11-22!! This time we'll be using my son's military discount to get 4 Day Hopper & Water Park tickets. We've never done the water parks or Disney Quest and I'm really looking forward to it.

To save $$ we will have to stay off site again, but it's never been an issue before. We'll pack snacks and probably just eat one meal in park.

Right now I'm just waiting for our tax refund and I'll start reserving our condo and purchasing our tickets. I can't wait!!!

If any of you have wisdom re: the water parks or Disney Quest, I'd love to hear it!

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