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  • On May 5, 2010
    Daniel from Herts Asked

    We are WDW veterans... my son worked there for 2 summers and we have been loads of times. Do you have any tips for something hidden that we might not have done before? We really want to try something new to stop the vacation just being the same

    Great question, Daniel!

    With each visit, we love to repeat our favorite attractions and a few restaurants, but we also try to do a few new things.  I'm sure not everything I share will be new to you, but I'll share several ideas and hope that you haven't done them all...

    - Go on some of the great tours offered at WDW.  If you have the time, I highly recommend the Backstage Magic tour.  The Epcot Segway tour is also tons of fun.

    - Enjoy Magic Kingdom's fireworks from the shore of the Polynesian resort.  Arrive early, so you can also catch the Electric Water Pageant (usually about 30-45 minutes before the fireworks - ask at guest services to be sure).

    - Check out YeeHa Bob's evening show at Port Orleans Riverside (see www.yeehabob.com for details).  Note:  This is one of my favorites!

    - Enjoy dueling pianos at Jellyrolls at Disney's Boardwalk area

    - Hunt for hidden Mickeys (get a copy of Steven Barrett's Hidden Mickey Field Guide from a bookstore in advance)

    - Rent a personal watercraft at the marina at the Contemporary (and some other resorts)

    - Watch Cirque de Soleil's La Nuba show at Downtown Disney

    - Spend a full day kicking back at your resort -- pool, spa, dining, napping!  ;-)

    - Splurge on an Illuminations Cruise (pontoon boat for ~10 guests, with your own private viewing spot for Illuminations at Epcot)

    - Buy a copy of "Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World" by Susan Veness, and bring it with you to the parks.  I've found many "hidden gems" in the parks by using this guide. (caution: a few items in the book are outdated, since things change frequently at WDW).

    Hopefully this list gives you a couple of ideas.  If not, please write back and let me know if you want more ideas, or more details on anything mentioned above.
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