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Use these tips to help maximize
your weeklong Walt Disney World family vacation.

AAA National

With four theme parks, two water parks, two nightlife districts, incredible resorts, and countless attractions, there’s easily a week’s worth of fun and magic at the Walt Disney World Resort. A family of four can enjoy a seven-day AAA Vacations package to the Walt Disney World Resort, staying at a Walt Disney World value resort with tickets to all four theme parks, starting at $1,600.

Above: Visit the Magic Kingdom twice to experience all the magic of Disney. AAA photo

Below: Take in Expedition Everest on the second day of your Disney vacation in Orlando. ©Walt Disney World photo
And, don’t forget the great AAA Vacations benefits you’ll enjoy with your Disney vacation including:

• AAA Vacations Diamond Card — a special card offering savings and values on dining, recreation, and merchandise at participating locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort (one per package).

• AAA Diamond Parking — convenient Preferred Parking spaces at all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks (subject to availability, voucher required, block-out dates apply).

• AAA Vacations keepsake luggage tag (one per person).

• How To Guide — a 40-page, full-color booklet packed with everything from theme park maps and children’s activities, to tours, Disney Character Dining, and special tips to make your AAA Vacations package stay the most magical ever.

Research shows that "more time on vacation" tops the wish list of vacationers. Thanks to "Magic Your Way," guests can stay longer, play longer, and do all there is to do across the 40-square-mile resort.

Magic Your Way also treats AAA Vacations guests who stay at a Disney resort hotel to exciting benefits. The Extra Magic Hours program offers Disney resort guests exclusive morning and evening time in all four theme parks.

Here's a sampling of just one of the many itineraries guests can develop to enjoy the diversity and relaxation of a Magic Your Way vacation across seven magical days:

Day One: Arrival Day/Magic Kingdom. Check in this afternoon at your Disney hotel. In the evening, start off with the Magic Kingdom. Here, you can experience some of the classic attractions including: Peter Pan's Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and Cinderella's Golden Carrousel. Fantasyland's it's a small world is fresher and brighter than ever.

Day Two: Disney's Animal Kingdom. Because there’s a good chance some guests won’t yet have fully acclimated to the new time zone and are likely to rise early, why not hit the Disney hotel pool for a refreshing morning dip before heading over to Disney's Animal Kingdom? Or, look for the theme park offering Extra Magic Hours to Disney resort guests, allowing early entry to get a jump on all the fun ahead of day guests.

The afternoon is yours. Be sure to catch all of the Disney Animal Kingdom "must sees," including Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, "It's Tough to be a Bug!," Festival of the Lion King, and DINOSAUR.

Evening: Since Disney's Animal Kingdom closes earlier than the other parks, tonight is an ideal night to dine at one of the many renowned restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort. In keeping with the day's theme, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge offers unique dining experiences at both Jiko-The Cooking Place and Boma-Flavors of Africa.

Day Three: Epcot. Guests can start the day at Epcot, a great place to meet and greet the Disney characters caravanning through the park by double-decker bus. Get your motor started by riding Test Track, then soar to planet Mars on Mission: SPACE. While in a flying mood, experience Soarin', a breathtaking aerial adventure above the Golden State of California.

Afternoon: Back to Earth and guests can head back to the hotel for a swim or a much-earned afternoon nap.

Evening: Travel back to Epcot for a trip around the world. From Mexico to Morocco, Epcot World Showcase features the sights and sounds of cultures near and far. You can enjoy a sit-down dinner at some of the most sought-after restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort or get a taste for all that World Showcase has to offer and nibble from country to country. Close out the night with "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth,” a dazzling display of lasers, fireworks, fountains, and music.

Day Four: A day away from the parks. Today might be a perfect day to play a round of golf or to spend the day at the spa. Lounge at the pool or snooze away the afternoon. Tonight, sign the kids up to participate in one of the Walt Disney World kid's clubs and spend the evening dining with your spouse. Or, if you’re looking for something for the whole family, catch the extraordinary entertainment experience of Cirque du Soleil La Nouba at Downtown Disney West Side. A good 21-and-over option to close out the day — the sizzling nightlife of Downtown Disney Pleasure Island.

Day Five: Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Morning and Afternoon: Hooray for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests can go for a full day of theme park frolicking. Not-to-be-missed attractions include The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, the high-octane energy of "Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show," "Voyage of the Little Mermaid," and "Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage!" Also entertaining is the "Disney Stars and Motor Cars" parade, a tribute to the golden era of Hollywood.

Evening: Nighttime is the right time for "Fantasmic!" You’ll love the dramatic mix of fireworks, lasers, special effects, and Disney characters, a star-studded way to end the day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Day Six: Water Park/Magic Kingdom. Morning: Sunscreen? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Swimsuit? Check. Guests can catch the wave at Typhoon Lagoon, home of the Crush 'n' Gusher water coaster. Ride the rapids on Mayday Falls, swim with the fins in Shark Reef, or lounge in the lazy stream at Castaway Creek.

Afternoon: Once you dry off, return to the Magic Kingdom and hit the mountains of Frontierland. While there, be sure to catch Country Bear Jamboree. Other must-sees for Day Six include Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, "Mickey's PhilharMagic," and a tour through Mickey's Toontown Fair.
Evening: Things go bump in the night when guests ride The Haunted Mansion after sundown. Then it's time to wish upon a star as you gaze at "Wishes," a stunning display of fireworks that comes to life through a musical narrative. It’s a sparkling end to a magical day.

Day Seven: Character breakfast and departure day. Morning/Afternoon: What better way to close out the trip than with a kiss goodbye from the characters at a Walt Disney World character breakfast? Enjoy a fabulous feast and grab the last of your autographs. If time permits, head back to Magic Kingdom for one last twirl on the Mad Tea Party teacups or a last shot at the Z's on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. As you enjoy that final stroll down Main Street, U.S.A., why not pop into one of the shops for a photo album to hold all of your vacation memories.
May/June 2008 Issue

BEFORE YOU GO
AAA Vacations packages and the special AAA Vacations benefits are available only through AAA Travel. AAA members should be sure to ask about AAA Disney Magic Moments® savings. For more information about AAA Vacations to the Walt Disney World Resort, contact your AAA Travel professional.

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