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  • Jun 28, 2000
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Pros: Memories/sites/togetherness

Cons: Long lines/cost

This is only my experience in sending my kids to Florida. You have to be the judge when it comes to being able to afford the trip. You have a lot of waiting in long lines, as much as one hour or more. Unless you get a fast pass. Is the trip worth the money? Or could you go somewhere else closer, you have to be the judge. The real question is whether or not Disney World is worth the time and money to go all that way and see the sites. Are your kids worth it? I think that after you read this you will have to be the judge. Do you really want to go. And is it worth the money?

I have been sending all my children to Disney World every other year with the school band to play in a parade. It was only supposed to be $525.00 round trip. But as I soon found out there are a lot of hidden costs out there. But this was a very good time for me to send my kids to be with friends and a chance to get away from this area for a week.

First of all last year I sent only one child and it cost me an arm and a leg. They usually have fund raisers to help defer the costs. But, if your child doesn't help in doing these fund raisers you will have to foot the whole bill. There are a lot of unexpected things that you don't realize that you will need. A lot of children are not prepared when it comes to the proper attire needed to go to Florida.

Well, as I soon found out it cost me over $1000.00 to send one child. I sent my child even though I knew that there is no way that I could have taken the whole family. You also have to give them spending money to take with. If you don't have any suit cases you have to purchase them and any garment bags. The suit cases are not cheap, if you buy a really cheap one it will only fall apart on you. So buy a half way descent one. They also need their own toiletries, and other unmentionables.

For the money I guess it was very good because they went to a lot of places that I could not have taken them to. The tour company was NEW HORIZON tour and travel, inc. The number is 1-800-327-4695 if anyone is interested. The school booked three busses. The trip was very nerve wrecking to the chaperones. They had ride in these busses for 24 hours. They arrived early in the morning. It was very cramped quarters on the busses. If you think that there was a lot of room you have got another thing coming. All they could do is sit in the seats and listen to the radio, sleep, read a book or something. They could also play games with each other and talk. They also had built in televisions to watch. They also had a lot of rest stops to make for food and restrooms. They were not allowed to use the ones on the busses because they thought they would stink up the busses.

The first place they went is Fort Wilderness in Disney World for a breakfast buffet. From there they went immediately to Blizzard Beach. This is where there is a giant water slide and other pools and a lot of other attractions. This was just at the start of their day.

The next stop was the Diplomat Hotel where they unloaded all of the luggage. And did a short marching rehearsal. After that they headed to the Epcot Center which all the kids enjoyed very much but, they because of the time schedule they were not allowed to stay very long. They only stayed long enough for the kids to see the Illuminations and the Festival of Lights Parade.

The next day they had a busy schedule they had the parade to march in. First breakfast at the hotel then a picture before they departed to the Magic Kingdom, this was a most beautiful and gigantic structure the kids had ever seen. After this they proceeded to get ready for the march.

The heat was almost unbearable, but the band proceeded on schedule and played as best they could under the conditions that mother nature presented to them. After the parade the students were allowed to travel through the park as long as they followed the rules. They stayed there the rest of the day.

The next day they proceeded to go to Animal Kingdom in the morning, and MGM Studios in the afternoon, and Wild Bill's in the evening. At Animal Kingdom there were Safari Tours in which some took or some rode the rafts. All the kids said that they wished that they could have stayed longer.

Next up was MGM Studios, this was a whole bunch of thrill rides and shows for all the kids to enjoy. After MGM Studios there was a dinner and a show at Wild Bill's. If there was anyone feeling down after all this Wild Bill's took care of that. The kids ate and then participated in little skits to have fun.

The final day was all tied in around Epcot Center. They visited other countries and other sites, then they waited for the busses to come and take them to the Hard Rock Cafe. They also went to a place called the Tower of Terror. During the trip they got to meet some of the characters of Disney World.

They were also allowed to buy all kinds of souvenirs to take home. They met Donald Duck, and Captain Hook and rode Space Mountain, and Rock n' Roller Coaster. There is so much to do and say that I can only put so much in this article.

Just remember that there is always hidden costs in every trip. This trip was very expensive but I don't think that I would have traded not sending my kids at any cost because I don't think that I will ever be able to take them again. Remember that if you ever get a chance to do something in life go and do it. Because you might regret not doing it later.

I would recommend this trip if you don't mind waiting in long lines and spending a lot of money. The memories are worth it and your kids will never forget them. Just make sure that you have other forms of money for emergencies, just in case you run out. After all was said and done the kids enjoyed every moment except for the ride on the bus.

Sorry I could not find the proper spot to put this under. When I do, I will have it moved.


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Disneyland is an American theme park in Anaheim, California, owned and operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division of The Walt Disney Company. It was dedicated with a press preview on July 17, 1955, in ceremonies led by Walt Disney and opened to the general public the following day. Disneyland holds the distinction of being the only theme park to be designed, built, opened, and operated by Walt Disney.

Currently the park has been visited by more than 515 million guests since it opened, including presidents, royalty and other heads of state. In 1998, the theme park was re-branded Disneyland Park to distinguish it from the larger Disneyland Resort complex. In 2007, over 14,800,000 people visited the park making it the second most visited park in the world, behind the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

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