Pearls of wisdom

Here are some tips for visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando:

* Be careful in the parks after fireworks and parades because the crowds are huge and slow moving.

* Definitely use Fast Pass on the major attractions, but take advantage of rides with lines of 20 minutes and under.

* In Epcot, visit the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan pavilion. For $15, you can pick an oyster that will be opened in front of you and you get to keep the pearl inside. This is followed by much pearl measuring and drum beating.

–Jan. 29, 2008–