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    Lisa Pyne63

    I have done wdw at least 30 times…first time i have been to Tom Sawyers Island was last Sept. with my 3 yr grandson. The best part was it felt like we had the place to ourselves. It was a great break from the crowds. Awesome for boys, lots to explore.

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    Iris

    I am in complete agreement with you on your list of Time Wasters.

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    Amy Marie Hall

    I think it depends on what is a waste of time and what is not depending on what you like to do. If yo are mainly a thriller seeker and just want to ride the fast rides like Haunted Mansion then yes all of those would be boring. If not then those may not be boring.

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    Biegel405

    My kids loved the planet watch last time we were there.(although we will probably skip it this time since we are in a race with time while we are there 4 parks 2 days..ugh!!!!!) They got to pet a BIG snake, cannot remember which kind it was but it was HUGE! And for boys who love these sorts of things it was huge hit as was the train ride over there.

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    Becky Mantell Barton

    As a mother of 4 young boys aged 10, 7, 4 and nearly 2, I have to say one of their top places to go is Tom Sawyer Island. Its not confined, they can run and be loud and be a real child. You can even walk on the grass! I got frustrated in the playground there with parents (of girls mainly) stopping their child from being a child. If you can’t do it at WDW, where can you? Also, my name is Becky so they get a kick from the Tom <3 Becky sign on the fence….

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    Heather

    Stitch and Narnia are my two missing…Dinosaurs was loud and unnecessarily rough…
    I miss the little eatery on Tom Saywer Island!

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    Jamie

    My daughter loves Rafiki’s Planet watch because of the petting area! We had fun on Tom Sawyer’s Island, we got to do the scavenger hunt as a family and the kids were so excited when they found the paint brush. I could see how it might not be as fun once they are all found because there doesn’t seem to be much purpose after that.

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    MousePrincess

    This would have been good to know when we took our family over a couple of years ago. We did not go to Tom Sawyer’s Island as we have been at Disneyland and didn’t think we needed that boredom. We did do the Backlot Tour and while it was cool to see some of the things (the airplane, herbie and the loop lets you see both sides), it was not what we expected. I was fortunately enough to have been able to see/experience Wonders of Life back in 1992. Body Wars was cool-was basically Star Tours with a different film. We wanted to see it again, but lines were long. I recall the rest was interesting, but not overly entertaining, which is why people go to WDW. If they can educate you while entertaining you, LOVE IT.

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    Anonymous

    We were at WDW in early June of 2011. We did RPW for the first time. I liked the set up. My daughters (12 & 6) liked seeing the animals. The A/C was nice for cooling off. We also got to take pictures with Pocahantas and Rafiki AND Jiminy Cricket, who is hard to find in the parks. I have no complaints about it. As for the other things, I would recommend doing them once and if you don’t like them then don’t do them again. Epcot is know for having a lot of educational spots. The Wonders of Life we did in 2002. The Body Wars ride scared my then 4 year old. The Energy ride w/ Ellen seems outdated. I won’t complain though. Not everything at the parks is spectacular. Low key is good sometimes. I just wish we could go more often. Texas is far from CA and FL. : )

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    Wendy La

    It’s funny, my sister LOVES going to “school” at AK, and has since she was really little. She’s just into all that geekery. She’s a rare breed, I guess. And either way, I applaud the Mouse for going to the trouble to promote conservation. It’s no Expedition Everest, but, you know, they can’t aaall be Expedition Everests.

    I miss the olden-days… when there actually was a Backlot on the Backlot Tour.

    I’m not a fan of all the movies at World Showcase. Although, I went to “O Canada” for the first time in YEARS and was pretty excited about Martin Short. Either it wasn’t as bad as I remember, or they updated it. So, maybe I’ll give France and China another shot. They’re probably the only thing on my list of time-wasters. I’d much rather get a literal taste of France and China than watch a movie.

    And honestly, I’m going to face a bit of ridicule here and put Test Track on my write-in ballot. It just doesn’t do it for me. The line is never short, and I can get a similar experience driving to Florida with my windows down. (Alright, if you must know… I also had a bad experience on the thing.) I’d have more fun on Tom Sawyer island. LoL.

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    Stephanie Mulder Skelley

    We are planning on visiting Tom Sawyer’s Island but with our two little boys. I’m pretty sure they are going to love it- even if it is to get out the stroller and romp around a bit. I have a feeling we are going to need to get away from all the over-stimulation from time to time.

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    Becky Sallisky

    I enjoy Tom Sawyer’s Island…like walking around it…but not on the Fort Side. That needs some help, it stinks…eww. It’d be really cool if there was characters walking around over there!

    Wonders of Life – wow I vaguely remember that when I went in HS – hah…not sure they will put something there, I think they like using it those 2 times a year…especially now that they are in co-hoots w/ HGTV.

    Backlot Tour – Uh, I’m sure I’ve gone on this, but I sure can’t recall it!

    Rafiki’s Planet Watch – we go out there usually every time we are at AK. We like the train ride…and we walk around look at all the reptiles & lizards. We have been there when they were doing surgery on a bird one time….hehe one time. And my boyfriend likes the petting zoo area! LOL. I do think they could do things to make this more interesting, but I don’t think they should get rid of it.

    As far as Pleasure Island – they are slowly morphing it into a family friendly area. Pleasure Island was closed down 2 yrs or so now. New places have been popping up…it just takes time. I know they closed off some areas for a while, but until it’s all done, it’s just a walk through to the other side of Downtown Disney!

    My personal time waster is the Energy Ride w/ Ellen – OMG long and boring and the message is so wrong. Really can’t believe this is at Disney. But, it is hidden way in the back. And we don’t really care for that Enchanted Tiki under new management. Guess it’s fun for kids.

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    Becky Sallisky

    I thought I read it’s being closed and replaced….but I agree..one time thru is all you ever needed. Boring. LOL.

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    Debra Todd Brown

    I can say that we will probably be skipping the Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

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    Rcsilverspring

    We did the backlot tour just to go through Catastrophe Canyon. They need to skip the tour & just have CC as a ride!

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    Kati

    Sounds Dangerous…god…I hated that thing. and I’ve never been to Tom Sawyers Island, actually.

    Time waster for me: the Country Bears thing.

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    Adam Relayson

    I loved Pleasure Island.  When I was a CP we had so many wonderful times there.  It’s been really sad for me to watch it slowly be taken apart.  Motions is scrubbed from the Earth.  Sigh.

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    Dan Warren

    I agree with all of them. I really don’t care for TSI. Maybe it’s something that appeals to young boys, as several ‘disagree’ comments seem to suggest. We walked it, and it became more of a check-off item. We can now say we saw it, and probably won’t go on the island again.

    People will probably disagree with me on this too, but I don’t care for the Swiss Family Robinson house either. It felt like I just walked a giant staircase, and back down. I have not seen it since the redesign, because honestly, I can’t see much they could do to make it appealing. We MAY try it again this year, but only if we are trying to kill some time.

    Rafiki’s isn’t a complete waste, it just needs some ‘adjustments’. Maybe better ways of demonstrating the educational items, rather than just reading. Something a little more interactive.

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    Janie

    I agree with your whole list except TSI for little guys. TSI is the PERFECT place for our 1 and 2 year old sons to get the wiggles out … especially before the long car ride home. They’ve really perfected their aim with those riffles shooting the Big Thunder Mountain cars and that barrel bridge never gets old. 

    As far as Wonders of Life goes … ginormous waste of space EXCEPT when you’re looking for a quiet spot to park a napping kid in a stroller. You can hear the crickets over there. 

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    Jill W.

    I love TSI also because of the kid thing. For me, the Stitch ride is the biggest time waster. Surely they could of come up with something better than that! At Epcot, I am not a fan of Circle of Life. At Hollywood it would have to be Narnia or the Awful Drew Carey one.

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    Jill W.

    I love TSI also because of the kid thing. For me, the Stitch ride is the biggest time waster. Surely they could of come up with something better than that! At Epcot, I am not a fan of Circle of Life. At Hollywood it would have to be Narnia or the Awful Drew Carey one.

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    Jill W.

    I love TSI also because of the kid thing. For me, the Stitch ride is the biggest time waster. Surely they could of come up with something better than that! At Epcot, I am not a fan of Circle of Life. At Hollywood it would have to be Narnia or the Awful Drew Carey one.

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    Jessica Pagan

    I would have to say that Narnia is worse than the Backlot tour. At least you can sit down and look at ‘stuff’ on the tram. I would rather do that than be stuffed into that dark room to watch a trailer to a movie… the only good thing is the A/C.

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    TikiRoom MorningShow

    I like Rafiki’s PW! It’s all good. I love seeing the animals and spending time talking to the staff there… but hey, I enjoy Animal Planet.

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    My Dreams of Disney

    I’ll agree with you on that one Jeanine, that attraction has never done enough to draw my eye to even make me want to experience it, so I’ve never seen it.  Maybe I’ll check it out to see if it is as bad as it seems! 🙂

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    My Dreams of Disney

    I’ll agree with you on that one Jeanine, that attraction has never done enough to draw my eye to even make me want to experience it, so I’ve never seen it.  Maybe I’ll check it out to see if it is as bad as it seems! 🙂

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    Redbluesgirl

    I do agree with you on all but one of these!  I really enjoy Tom Sawyer Island – it is my get away from the crowd without leaving the park place.  I have found a leisurely walk around the shaded paths rejuvenates me.  I do wish they had at least a beverage stand available, but I haven’t seen that in years.  We took our young ones over there on one of our trips with their new Davy Crockett guns and let them run some energy off – they loved it.

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    My Dreams of Disney

    Sorry my friend, but I respectfully disagree with you on two of your choices: Tom Sawyer Island and Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

    Sophie loves TSI, and I like it too!  On a hot day, going into the cave is cool and fun!

    Last June was the first time we went to Rafiki’s planet watch, and we all enjoyed it.  For starters, it was hot as blazes that day so the A/C was welcome, but they had some demonstrations on the things they have taught the box turtles, which was nice because I love turtles, and then before we left we walked right up and had pictures with Pocahontas, and Pocahontas even gave Sophie a kiss on the cheek at the end, which was quite special.

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