I love going to Disney World, and this was my children's first trip. I thought that eating at a nice restaurant would be an awesome experience for them, since I never got to experience that when I was little. Boy was I wrong. I made our reservations and looked at all the pictures and the menu and everything seemed to be perfect. When we arrived the restaurant was so beautiful; my children were so excited. When we got into the East Wing I was so disappointed because there was food and stuff on the ground. It was so gross. It felt like I was in a regular, everyday restaurant. Within 10 minutes our food was served to us. My 9 year old daughter ordered the children's Mahi-Mahi and it was dry and hard. She didn't even eat it. My 9 year old son ordered the children's turkey sandwich, which he did not eat because the bread was as hard as a rock. My 7 year old daughter ordered the Mickey Meatloaf, which was way too spicy for her to eat. The sauce that came with the meatloaf was the most horrible thing I have ever tasted in my life. I almost threw up. So that is 3 dinners I have wasted money on so far because they did not get eaten. My mom had ordered the vegetable quiche, which she said was pretty good. As for the salad that came with it, the dressing tasted like pure vinegar and was not edible. My husband and step-dad had ordered the Roast Beef sandwich, which they too did not eat because the bread was as hard as a rock. Then comes my meal. I had ordered the Slow-cooked Braised Pork. It was so disgusting because it had so much fat that I couldn't eat it. I wanted to throw up. If you count correctly, that makes 7 meals in all that I wasted money on. I do not feel that I should have paid that much money for crappy food. As I said before, I thought I was going into a fancy restaurant to sit down and have a fancy meal. I was totally wrong. I had the highest expectation when I went into this restaurant and they got shot down within a few minutes. My children said they NEVER want to go back to that restaurant EVER again!! All I have to say is Thank you Disney for killing mine and my children's dreams!!
We went on Tuesday, March 1. My son is obsessed with the villains so we were willing to pay whatever they charged which was $386 for three of us. It was totally worth it. They have meet and greets with Maleficent, Cruella, The Evil Queen, and The Queen of Hearts. The decor is amazing. My son has figurines with the various villains and their thrones and the sets were exact duplicates. When the villains are not on the floor, you can sit on the thrones and take pictures. They have Photopass photographers at each station as well. When we arrived, we were given invitations which told us our table number and gave us times for our meet and greets. This was a huge bonus. No one is fighting to get access to the characters. It made the night much more relaxed and fun. We were lucky to have a table right at the head of the dance floor. The villains come out and do a little musical number to start then take their places on their thrones. My son is autistic and some characters don't know how to react. Cruella was by far the best with him. She was zany and fun and really engaged him. The others did fine too but Cruella was definitely the highlight of the evening.
When you arrive, there is a dinner buffet of New Orleans style food. The food was amazing. There are also character themed dessert tables in front of each characters area. All were beautifully styled and delicious. Also included in the price are character themed cocktails. Two of us do not drink but my daughter's favorite was one of Cruella's drinks. Unlike a lot of the dessert parties that simply serve wine, this event has two bars and serve a variety of mixed drinks. There was never a wait to be served.
In spite of the price, we will do it every trip if they continue. The only negative was they started serving wine while people were waiting outside for them to open. They only sent out one server at a time with 5 or 6 glasses of wine at a time. They were using different servers each time so it wasn't like they only had one person to perform the task. Not everyone was served.
The only reason why I thought that something was going to happen is because we were strapped in, I was completely wrong. I sat there and heard people scream. I thought something was wrong with me, just to find out that the "ride" was just a "4d" show with just sound and irritating shoulder pressing things. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME!
I own at Bay Lake Tower and it is one of my favorite places to stay at Disney World.
The rooms at the front of the tower have views of Magic Kingdom (MK) and the fireworks. Even some that aren't listed as MK view. If the park isn't framed in the middle of the window, it isn't considered a Magic Kingdom view. That doesn't mean you won't be able to step out on the balcony and watch the fireworks.
If your room is at the back of the resort facing the lovely lake, and you are at the resort at Firework time... take that elevator ride to the roof bar and watch the fireworks from up there. They pipe the music in too.
You can rent boats at dock and drive around one of the biggest lakes on property. The little personal boats are great fun.
Monorail right next door in the main building for easy MK or EPCOT access.
MK is also a short walk away if you are feeling energetic.
The one bedroom rooms have 2 bathrooms. The two bedroom rooms have 3 bathrooms. Plenty of space for everyone, with a contemporary decor.
There is a community hall with activity and games, check the schedule they give you at check-in.
This resorts location also makes it easy to resort hop to the other monorail resorts for dining or to just check out the atmosphere.
I had high expectations and was not disappointed. The food was incredible because of both the quality and quantity. The service was wonderful and we even got to watch wishes from our table. The view was not great, but it was still pretty cool. The only complaint I would have is the crowded feeling. The tables are very close together so you don't have much "room to breath." The food was worth the tight fit though. My husband is very picky and he could not get enough. We had a 3 year old with us who also thoroughly enjoyed himself. It is a very fun family friendly atmosphere and I would definitely return.
Every time we go to Disney we make sure to get reservations at Narcoossee's. Each time is truly magical. The food and service are second to none. The view for wishes is where the magic comes in. It has an incredible view and they even play the music being played in Magic Kingdom. I am not sure if it is the fact that I am not fighting a crowd to try to see like usual, or it was the delicious steak and lobster I get to enjoy during the show, but I tear up every time. This experience reminds me of why I love Disney so much.
On a Feb. visit for the runDisney Princess events, our group had dinner at Paradisio 37. I ordered the Chicken Enchiladas-Platters of the Americas. Everything on this platter was delicious. My meal was in the very reasonable $16.00 range. We arrived one hour earlier than our reservation time, but the hostess was happy to seat us upon arrival. The service was very good. I would definitely make plans to eat here again.
You get what you pay for! You hear so many people complaining because it isn't like a moderate or deluxe resort, but you are not paying moderate or deluxe resort prices. My husband and I got a room here last minute and enjoyed our stay! Any Disney resort is going to be nice even the cheaper ones. This held true at Pop Century. The rooms show their age, but they do the job. My opinion is you don't spend much time in the room anyway so why pay so much for it. If it would have been a longer stay we would have, but this trip was only 3 days. We were just happy to be on the grounds. The cast members were GREAT, as well as the food and shops. The only real complaint we had was transportation. We had to wait for about 10 buses to be able to leave Magic Kingdom to get back to Pop Century. The line was INSANE and it was so late. We drove the other 2 days. Other than transportation I highly recommend this resort if you are on a tight budget for your Disney trip!
My husband and I have stayed here twice so far, and plan on staying again in November. We loved the atmosphere as well as the cast members! The room was nice, and always looked as if we hadn't even been there the next day. Yes, you can tell the rooms are older but they are still decorated well and do the job. One thing you have to consider is the reasonable price. You will not get a "deluxe room" at a moderate resort. We felt like for the price we still got tons of amenities, easy transportation, great food , and impeccable service both times we stayed.
This is a fantastic resort, with very spacious rooms (by WDW standards) and fabulous atmosphere. On one side of "the toaster", Theme Park Views will wow you; on the other side, Bay Lake views will delight - serene and the lake is beautiful (Electrical Water Pageant every night around 10pm, right from your balcony!).
We loved the modern bathroom (although people tend to complain about the shallow sinks and lack of storage space). Also loved being on the MK end of the tower, which allowed us to see Space Mtn every time we left our front door (and even see fireworks at night).
Great quick service at Contempo Cafe, too. The kids got huge cupcakes every day. Still love Chef Mickey's for first-timers but no longer go to California Grill - too expensive and we don't like to spend a lot of time dining.
Garden Wing will save $$. Same rooms, more quiet, and a close walk to Tower.
We walk to MK (5-10 min) and take monorail back. The best!
This is the most unique of Disney's resorts, IMO. Having stayed at all the Deluxes, AKL is my favorite getaway. I love the sights, sounds, and smells of this stunning resort. The latest room refurb is the best yet. So attractive and well-themed.
Gorgeous lobby, wonderful CMs, especially those out by the animal viewing areas. Incredible job on landscaping. I love the quick service, The Mara, too.
Splurge on an Arusha View if you want but I book Pool View for a bit of savings.
(The Polynesian is my other favorite.)
I do not have to drive anywhere, the bus ride may take a little more time, but it is definitely one of the more enjoyable vacations I have taken. Good job Disney World.
Epcot is not what it used to be. The park is crumbling and Disney is stupidly ignoring it. Future World is showcasing 90's future and the World Showcase has nothing to do. FIX IT DISNEY!