Instead I would like to impart my wisdom to those that are going to Disney for the first time. More specifically, Disney World. Disney Land is similar, but really the difference between Land and World pretty much covers the difference between Florida Disney and California Disney. These are the bits of advice that I've either learned myself by sad experience, or learned by the much happier method of observing others.
Now you are here, you have 4 parks to choose from and these are they typical days that are heavy for each park so DON'T go on days that park has listed next to it
Magic Kingdom: Monday, Thursday, and Saturday
Epcot: Tuesday and Friday
Disney's Hollywood Studios: Sunday and Wednesday
Animal Kingdom Theme Park: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
if you find yourself in a bind because you went to Disney during memorial day weekend? Go to Epcot. That place is so huge that if it's really busy, you still really don't notice it.
5. Don't eat fast, eat well - Fast food is readily available at Disney and at very uniform and high prices. The fast food there is ok, but for a little bit more you can eat at a sit down meal with some pretty fun atmosphere. Every park has several places that make for good restaurant dining. Make your reservations at least a day in advance and you will be glad you did. Usual 2010 price for a plate sit down is about 20 dollars per person. Yes it's a lot, but you get a lot of food and it's pretty good and don't forget the surroundings. Fast food is about 1/2 to 3/4 the price and there is never enough. I suggest finding a good breakfast and everyone eating big. Then go to the park. and get your reservations for around 2 or so at one of the many fun restaurants. Eat well there and then maybe have a small snack/drink somewhere. Oh, you'll be tempted to bring lunches and dinners and little bags of fruit snacks along with you to save those 5-8 dollars a pop. The little bags of snacks MIGHT work it's a 50/50 bet at best. Unless your kids are 4, they won't be fooled and few things look funnier than people with bottles of water that you froze that are bone dry except for the 2 inch ice core that rattles around inside them. They do actually have drinking fountains at all parks. This year at the eatery in France you can see a VERY cool animitronic remmy the rat that will really steal the show. If you can slip in for a late lunch, it's a real treat. Also, Don't eat those turkey legs! - This is more of a personal request. I just hate the look of those turkey legs they serve. I'm sure they are tasty and have a truck load of calories, but they look horrible and it makes everyone look like King Henry VIII's niece or nephew when they eat them.
10. Relax...you're on Vacation...Unless you aren't - I've always said there are 2 ways to do Disney. All out, or at a leisure pace. Taking it easy, you may not get as many rides per hour in and you may miss out on something that someone is standing in line for, but you may enjoy your trip more. On the other hand, this may be your only shot, so open the park and stay till they kick you out. You'll have time to rest when you are dead. Both ways come with a certain satisfaction but if you are new, I suggest the killing yourself method. You'll really feel like you've wrung every last bit of Disney goodness out of every darn Disney minute! Also, don't be so hooked to your schedule that you can't explore something that looks fun you may have overlooked. Don't worry about missing stuff because you will. Over and over. Just enjoy what you did catch and take lots of pictures. It will be a great trip!
Our latest trip to Disney has been a lot of fun. I would call it the Robert Frost tour of Disney. Since we decided to go when it was at the absolute worst time ever to go (Memorial Day weekend) we ended up seeing a lot of things we may not have bothered with otherwise and were the better for it.
Sorry it's late, but I'm on vacation ;)