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Moms Panel: If I Had Two Hours at Walt Disney World to Make a Lifelong Memory I Would…

The next installment in our series comes from our Adventures By Disney Specialist Jill Cooper!

Electrical Water Pageant at Walt Disney World Resort

“If I had two hours in Walt Disney World Resort, I would grab my dear husband and 11-year-old son and head to Disney’s Polynesian Resort at dusk. After checking to see if there was any fun new merchandise at the gift shop, Bou-tiki, I would buy Dole Whips at Captain Cook’s for the whole family. Then we’d stroll out to the enchanting beach that’s right outside the back of the resort.

“I would have my husband find us some hammocks and then we would swing and sip on our shakes as we watch the fireworks light up the sky above Cinderella Castle. Our evening would end by staying right there on the beach to watch one of the oldest attractions of Walt Disney World Resort, the Electrical Water Pageant flotilla.”

How would you spend two hours making a lifelong memory at Disney Parks? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I’d take my six grandchildren on the Magic Kingdom mountains, and then a dinner with all the characters in Cinderella Castle (what used to be King Stefan’s banquet Hall). Then a seat at the railing of the train station, looking down Main St., to watch the parade, and fireworks and move around to watch the water pageant.

  • I would arrange for a great party at the Adventurer’s Club and have all the zany members there for an Awesome Huge HOOPLA!!!

    HOOPLA!!!!

  • I wouold repeat my ending of my last vacay I accidentally stumbled upon. For whatever reason we had lots of snack credits left on our dining plan our last day. We were at EPCOT and the world showcase was opening. We snacked our happy selves around the world feasting on treats from around the world! What an experience. Now I tell everyone to conserve snacks so they can do the same. An amazing end to our trip. I can’t wait to do it again!

  • I’d check in my family to the Animal Kingdom Lodge in a savannah room (total dream….completely out of our price range!) and then hop over to the Yacht and Beach Club marina and board ‘Breathless’ for an Illuminations cruise! I could only imagine my children’s faces!!

  • I would take my kids for a ice cream dinner then to Fort Wildress Campground for a sing along with Chip and Dale while making smores around a camp fire, then a movie under the stars hopefully its the Little mermaid or Lion King! Then to top it all off watch the light parade around Bay Lake!
    39 more Days till our Disney vacation !!!!!

  • Hello,
    In 2 hours i would have a meal on the lake at the World showcase, watch the fireworks, and enjoy a happy ending to a another great disney day.

  • I would want 2 hours in the adventurers club.

  • If I had two hours in a park to create a lifelong memory I would take my family to the Magic Kingdom at sunset. We would walk down Main Street, U.S.A and look at all of the expressions of the happy, exhausted, bewildered, amused, amazed, and exhuberant people leaving the park for dinner. We’d stroll over to the Astro Orbiter and get a birds eye view of the park as the sun slowly sinks over Frontierland. Then we would go on Space Mountain – the ultimate Magic Kingdom experience – scream at each twist and turn in the dark. For a finale we would go over to the Tomorrowland Terrace for dessert to have front row view of the fireworks.

  • My two-hour dream:
    My boyfriend and I would be in animal kingdom on a cool fall evening. There would be no line for Dinosaur and we would ride continuously for the next 45 minutes! We would then head over to yak and yeti for a quiet dinner and dessert together. We would end by strolling to the buses (again with no wait time) and head over to our room at the wilderness lodge for drinks and room service over looking the grounds!

  • Our entire family loves Epcot and my boys especially enjoy the Kim Possible Adventure. Our two hours would start out with a trip on Mission: Space followed by a Kim Possible Adventure. The boys would get their Mickey ice creams while my husband and I enjoy our frozen Margaritas at the Mexico pavilion. We’d conclude our two hours by watching illuminations.

  • I would go straight to Magic Kingdom with my husband and two boys and ride Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain as many times as we could. Watching the kids excitement is just pure treasure!

  • It’s a cool winter evening, the sky is clear and filled with stars. We head for Pirates and then onto Haunted Mansion (both timeless classics) with low wait times.
    We stroll over to Main St for a cup of Disney Cocoa and grab a curbside seat for the showing of ‘Memories’ on Cinderella’s castle.
    Oh WOW! Look at the time has it been 2 Hrs already just enough time to peruse the Main St. shops for a momento of the evening and as we depart the cast members bid us ‘Have a Magical Evening’

  • Going back a year, I’d spend them in the evening, at the MK, seeing Spectro and then Wishes. Follow it up on the way out with either a cinamon roll, or a dole whip.

  • If I could have two hours to make a lasting memory I would set up a birthday party for my son with Goofy at Goofy’s Candy Store. Goofy is his favorite character right now and we just had a Goofy birthday party. He is two and I would love to be able to experience something like that through his eyes! We are actually planning a 2 week trip to Disney for his 5th birthday, our 20th anniversary and my husbands birthday in 3 years.

  • I would get a FastPass for Splash Mountain for between 8:00 and 9:00. I’d then head over to Liberty Square, get a funnel cake at Sleep Hollow and grab a seat in Frontierland for the Main Street Electrical Parade. After the parade I’d go on Splash Mountain and find a spot on the “riverwalk” in Frontierland and watch the fireworks. After the fireworks I’d take a spin on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which always seems more magical at night.

  • I would walk around Magic Kingdom after hours and take as many pictures as I could while it slept.

  • I would arrive at the Magic Kingdom about 2 hours before closing and head straight to Country Bear Jamboree. Next stop “It’s a Small World”, then watch the last showing of the Main Street Parade. Scoot on over to Thunder Mountain and finish my last few
    minutes hitting every store on Main Street….Will be there Dec. 4 for 10 days on my 32nd trip to the “Big Mouse”.

  • I think I would go to Magic kingdom and do Pirates of Caribian ride then off the splash mountain .Hope I would have time to do a couple of more rides but just being in the park would be great.

  • My Disney Memory was made the day my dauaghter turned 6. We dined
    at the Grand Floridian and Mickey and Minnie brought her a birthday cake and everyone sang to her. After that she and our family were invited to ride in the front car of the monorail. That is a memory that we will always have.

  • I have always felt very close to the culture of Africa. The first time I stepped into Animal Kingdom in 2000, I was energized. In 2006, married my soul mate, Patrick, who is from Kenya. It was a nobrainer where we would take our honeymoon….WDW! Having been from Africa, he had no idea what WDW is all about. I think he was speechless for most of our trip! Our first day was spent at Animal Kingdom. We were even asked to ride on a parade float. Our honeymoom was truly <3MAGICAL<3! If I had two more hours at WDW, I would take in 'Festival of the Lion King' production at Animal Kingdom, then head over at dusk and watch 'Fantasmic'. It's been 5 years since we've gotten to go to WDW….I think it's time to go back!

  • That’s easy. We would go right to the Magic Kingdom, over to Tomorrowland to Space Mountain, Carousel of Progress and Buzz Lightyear. Then a quick trip around the corner to Auntie Gravity’s for a Coke Float. Ending the quick visit with a cruise around Tomorrowland in the Peoplecruiser. Can’t think of a better way to spend two hours at Disney.

  • I think I would rent one of those great boats from the Swan & Dolphin and sit out on the World Showcase Lagoon for Illuminations.

  • only 2 hours??? Here is what I did with my little sister.
    The last 2 hours the park is open in the fall and a cool evening 1 hour before the fireworks show. As people are on their way out I take the train to frontierland and get on Splash Mountain, then go to big thunder railroad. Then go to pirates and as the fireworks are going off, behind the park, try to hit small world then over to tomorrow land for space mountain and buzz lightyear. By the time we head out to the park, the last water parade will be going on.

  • Cinderellas Castle having breakfast at Cinderellas Royal Table while overlooking the park then princess makeovers at the Bippity Boppity Boutique!

  • I would spend the whole two hours in Magic Kingdom, going on as many rides as I could and buy as many pins as I could 🙂

    So looking forward to September 2012 🙂 my next holiday to WDW!!

  • Not sure I can compare to your amazing 2 hrs at the Poly…but I’d start off w/ watching the opening show at the Magic Kingdom, then stroll up Main Street stopping in the bakery for a wonderful treat, followed by getting a picture in front of the castle…from there I’d ride Dumbo w/ my 4 children…go sing along in IASW, take a spin on Big Thunder w/ my oldest daughter, for the final ride we’d get our scally-wag faces on as we join Captain Jack on Pirates of the Caribean. sounds like a perfect 2 hrs to me…

  • I would be in the Magic Kingdom taking in each and every last detail from an artists point of view. I would appretiate all of the time and effort it took to create the magic of Disney. I can’t wait to see the new Fantasyland in 2012.

  • I would love to go camping at Disney and wakeup to an amazing breakfast delivered to our campsite where we would leisurely greet the morning with a few of our favorite woodland characters. I would be “over the moon” excited if Donald and Chip & Dale would have breakfast with us!

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