Ugh...horrible...this must be totally gutted and redone or killed off. Old video, the tv in apartment is from 1990, and all actors in it have aged tremendously. Cameo by Kramer goes unnoticed by 90% of the riders. Dinosaur part hasn't been updated in 30+ years...please Disney make this extinct!
The update of the narration was good and badly needed. However, please Disney update the movies! Alien was scary back in its day but my teen aged kids have no clue what it's about. Wizard of Oz will always work, but John Wayne and even Clint Eastwood mean nothing to millenials. The Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney scenes mean nothing to 95% of the riders. Next time in the park, I will not go on this ride without a major overhaul.
My wife and I stayed in the French Quarter of the Riverside resort in August of 2012 for 5 nights. We looked at all the moderate and value resorts before making a decision. After many reviews, the smaller footprint, less potential walking to shuttles, and fairly easy access to Riverside led us to booking at French Quarter.
* Footprint - If you visit any of the other moderate resorts and walk from one end to the other, you realize just how big they are. French Quarter is much smaller. At the other moderates you can typically only be close to one or two key things, but not all of them. If you are close to the pool and shuttle, you are far from the food court...and so on. At French Quarter, everything is an easy walk.
* Not missing the Disney moderate feel. You still feel like you are at a moderate resort with the decor and staff.
* Easy access to downtown Disney on the boat shuttle
* Shuttles to parks are close by, but will make stops in Riverside as well. You'll save travel time to the shuttle, but might sit on it a little longer getting to the park
* Smaller footprint means less rooms means less guest at the food court
* Parking near your room is fairly easy with the layout
* The rooms are not that great. They felt fairly generic, but as you aren't spending a lot of time there, not a huge deal
* No sit-down restaurant, but easy access to Riverside where there is one
* Only 1 pool (though there is a hot tub and baby wadding pool) - you can use the pool at Riverside
Overall, I would stay here again. I might stay elsewhere as I am not a WDW regular and I would want to try other places, I could see returning to French Quarter if I reach a place where I am looking for a regular annual spot to stay
Absolutely loved the theme, very detailed and creative expecially for children but the wait was 1.5 hours, menu wasn't great at all, and prices were very expensive for the quality of the food. Honestly probably won't go back but the theme made it worth it.
We live local and went to see Cirq in Disney Springs before coming here for dinner. The service was TERRIBLE. We waited so long for a server to take our drink order we had to flag down someone. Our drinks came watered down. They were for sure sitting out for some time. Getting refills was next to impossible. I ordered a specialty drink from the bar and I don't think there was any alcohol in it. The food was ok. It wasn't bad but not amazing either. It is very tightly packed in. They are an open air restaurant so be prepared for lots of bugs as they sit right on the water. With so many choices in Disney Springs, I doubt we will return
Generally we found the WDW transport to be really good.
However on two occasions we went to Typhoon Lagoon early in the morning returning to our hotel early afternoon - a distance of about 3 miles.
For some inexplicable reason you have to catch the bus from Typhoon Lagoon get off at Disney Springs (which is the other side of the road) then queue for another bus
On our second visit it took is an hour from leaving Typhoon Lagoon to driving past the front entrance of the water park on another bus - utter madness
Don't bother taking the buses to either of the water parks .
Fun for what it is. Tommorowland Speedway will not thrill a teenager, or likely an 8 year old, but my 4 year old had the time of his life on this ride. He was able to "really drive" the car using "Disney Magic". We visited for 10 days in Feb/Mar, and this was easily his favorite ride, I'd say he rode it 20 times and is still talking about it 5 months later. So while I do agree with others who say the wait is a boring one, and the likelihood of a breakdown is high, for us we think it's a winner. Kids love driving a car themselves, and driving by Dumbo and other Magic Kingdom attractions is fun too. Plus it's an easy 4th fast pass, which helps avoid the long wait.
The system works, Everyone (Or Party) who purchase's a ticket to a Walt Disney World park will have 3 free fast pass+ selections. Easy and simple to use!
DVC member and Bay Lake is one of our two home resorts. It can't be beat for location and quality. Rooms are larger than any other resorts and you walk to MK and take monorail to Epcot right from hotel. Pools are great as are water front activities, afternoon craft activities and after hours movies etc. The Contempo Cafe is user friendly and even more so now that they got rid of the ordering kiosks. Love this resort. Have stayed there in Bay Lake Towers over a dozen times and have never had an issue. Oh by the way check out the Top of the World lounge which is on top of the Bay Lake building and for use by DVC members and family only!
Its a year later and I have an updated review of this park. I still miss the hat and there is still a lot of construction taking place. Rockin Rollercoaster still the best ride there followed closely by Tower or Terror. But I must say the updated Fantasmic show is wonderful and better than the original and the night time Star Wars fireworks at 9:30pm is fabulous! This fireworks and light show is every bit as good as Wishes at MK and Illuminations at Epcot. It is a huge welcome addition to this park. Hopes are the Star Wars land and Toy Story Land will live up the the hype they are getting and work on both is evident. But if the fireworks and light show are any indication of whats to come at Hollywood it should once again be a top of the line Disney Park. If you go to Disney you MUST see this fireworks show. Get close to the court yard in front of the stage for best view.
If you have any doubts RUN. I'm healthy, but do not ride many rollers. I rated MS (orange) high because it is absolutely nuts. I instantly felt like death though, and continued to feel like death for several hours after riding. Eating and drinking helped and I never did get sick. However, I did not feel normal for the rest of the day. Sort of a floating nauseous feeling. I just felt off and sort of dumb for the rest of the day. I love space and wanted to feel what going there was like.... I now know that the astronaut business is not for me. I wish I would have not rode the ride at all and will never ever ride it again. Good graphics and an awesome simulator but your going to feel some serious g's for a pretty long amount of time. No feeling of spinning just straight forced against the seat like your flying off of the earth, lots of pressure on the body, totally insane! Unfortunately it resulted in instant nausea, cold sweats, feeling like passing out, and feeling sort of hungover for the rest of the day. I did not want to ride any rides the rest of the day and it was the first one I rode. My wife who loves coasters did not feel nearly as bad as I did but did feel a little sick on the ride and for about a half hour after. If you think you can handle it go for it, but if you have any doubts GO GREEN or RUN away as fast as you can!
If you are in Orlando...you must go to the Flying Fish at the Boardwalk Inn at Epcot...The atmosphere is fantastic and the food is exceptional...The Team from the Executive Chef Tim Majoras to the dishwashers know how to deliver a wonderful experience.
I have been on this particular ride too many times to count! From the moment you walk into the area to the moment you walk out this coaster leaves you with a feeling of rush and excitement! The outside is littered with decorations of musical instruments, and statues and remnants of the famous band Aerosmith. Everything is thoughtfully done with Disney's special attention to detail and design. All the waiting rooms are decorated with all things musical like rhinestones and posters of recent stars! The storyline is both funny and special, adding more to the fun! The rollercoaster itself is unbelievable! It starts off with an screeching countdown , "3.......2.......1!" and then blasts forward with a rush of speed. Music from the band plays as you travel across Hollywood from above. The rollercoaster is perfect, complete with twists and turns and drops! This is why the "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith" is definitely one of my top roller-coasters for Hollywood Studios!
It deserves 5 stars on the building's overall design, and the location, but the check-in lobby needs to not look like any hotel and more like a Disney hotel. I knocked off 1 star for its need of room overhauls, and updates to everything in the entire hotel. It feels like the '70s still, which is only a bad thing for somethings. All in all it is worth staying here in the off season when it is cheaper, but not exactly for peak season. Love this hotel still, all the restaurants are fantastic, and the monorail running through is a nice touch, but again not a 5 star resort like the GF, and pretty much because of lack of updates, which I would assume it'll get in the upcoming years like the Polynesian just got.
It is great that Disney has a resort for the people that serve this country and their families.
I've been dozens of time to this resort and at least a dozen more to other resorts including all the ones on the Monorail Line, and will tell you this resort is worth it if you can't afford to go to the super deluxe resorts.
It is definitely not a Super Deluxe Resort, but for what you pay it is definitely worth it. Nearly every room has a view of the great Gazebo a pool, a pond with Coy Fish, or one of the golf courses. Definitely the Palm Wing is better, especially with the new renovations, but the Magnolia has the two pools, and is much closer to Everglades (Bar and Grill). The Palm Wing also has a parking garage which is very nice particularly with Florida's weather. Hands down the best thing though are the massive rooms. A standard room makes every other resort including the Polynesian look puny. Also breakfast is decent to have a couple of times, and during the slow season they'll usually give it for free. Definitely also the most secure resort, and has multiple huge waterfalls. It has a laid back feel that's for sure. And my cousin recently had a wedding there, ceremony, and reception, which was very good. It also has a Laundromat.
I don't recommend dinner here though unless you want the equivalent of Captain Cook's at The Polynesian, burgers, wings, or breakfast which are all good. If you want a nice dinner go to Epcot.
The wildlife includes deer, turkeys, snakes, and gators.
So to sum this all up, if you like huge rooms, golf courses, waterfalls, great rates, know or are a military person that is going with you on the trip, and you don't mind not going to Disney's Super-Deluxe resorts this is a great resort for you.
This place was amazing! I would totally recommend it to anyone, but then again maybe not because i want it all for myself :) They beignets will leave you drooling after and dreaming about when your vacation ends, the casual atmosphere is just what you need after a long day at the parks and you can count on the cast members to also help you out and know what you need! absolutely amazing
The BF and I did this for the first time yesterday, and we were quite impressed with the offering! The effects were of much higher quality than either of us expected, and the hunt for the symbols was just challenging enough to keep us entertained. I assume it would be quite challenging for younger participants. The attraction is also very well-hidden; many touch points feel tucked away, which helped the intimacy of the experience, and there are far more of them than I had expected there to be.
There are two problems with the experience, however. The touch points have a bit of trouble reading the magic bands, so a couple of times we found ourselves having to rub our wrists all over the touch point for a few more seconds than felt necessary. Also, the touch points are starting to show their age; there's quite a bit of wear and tear on them, which could be part of the reason for the first problem.
Overall, though, we really enjoyed ourselves, and are both excited to experience different maps in the future. It's certainly no Splash Mountain, but the attraction is (to us) much more engaging and unobtrusive than Agent Perry's Adventure or Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, and felt well-thought out and like a good use of our time. The free Fastpass for Pirates after completing three maps certainly doesn't hurt, either.
The best restaurant at Epcot. Food is delicious, reasonably expensive and the service is excellent.
It can compete with the best ones in France. The servers are great, they help you with the menu selection and try to teach you French.
Will definitively eat there again!
Well I never thought I would find something to write a negative review about at Disney. Man was I wrong. THE HORRIBLE SMELL from Tomorrowland Speedway was cause enough for a bad review, but combine that with a hot day and long line due to cars breaking down and you have a ride that needs to be removed. My son 10 wanted to ride the carts so we decided the 30 min wait was OK. 5 min into it my wife and daughter had to leave because the smell had triggered horrible headaches in both of them. Our 30 min wait turned into 105 min because of technical issues. Once in our car we had to stop because the car in front of us shut down and wouldn't restart. The steering wheel didn't work at all on our car so we just slammed back and forth on the rail all the way around the track. This may have been a good ride at one time but it is the worst thing Disney has to offer now.
So you need to find a place to eat at Hollywood Studios. Let me suggest the Sci-Fi Dine-in. Have you ever seen a 10 yr old boy eat? It is almost impossible to fill them up. I say almost because here he got full with food left over. We arrived 10 min prior to our reservations and they took us straight in which was nice. The atmosphere is awesome and we really enjoyed the clips from all of the old scifi movies.(we have actually watched several of them on Netflix since our trip) My son and I had the build-a-burger, my wife had the ribs and my daughter being the health conscious one had the grilled salmon salad (and a house made sci-fi candy bar). It was easily the best meal of the week. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent. No one could finish our meals. The only down side was that we couldn't take our remaining food with us while we continued to explore the park. This will definitely be on our list of dining options for our next trip.
Ok if your looking to learn something or experience something that will change your perspective on the world this ride will NOT do that for you. However, if your looking to have fun on a cool ride this is an excellent choice. The concept is simple sling you around some turns then go really fast. Rode Test Track with my 10 yr old son. He absolutely loved it! In fact we discovered the single rider line and rode 6 more times in about 40 min. As fast as we could get from the exit to the line we got back on. Just remember its a "thrill ride" not a classroom and you will be fine.
First let me say we have stayed in the Contemporary Resort, All-Star Movies, and the Polynesian Resort in the past. It was difficult to convince my family to down grade to a moderate resort after staying in the Polynesian. Boy were we surprised at how nice the POFQ is. The rooms were beautiful and very clean. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Check in was the easiest we have ever had at any hotel not just Disney. The resort is smaller than all the rest at Disney which was a plus after long days at the park. Even the deluxe resorts can have quite a walk. We went over a holiday week and never once had to stand on the bus. Taking a family of 4 including a 17 yr old and a 9 yr old can be a challenge but this resort and its staff made it much easier. Now I will have a difficult time paying for a deluxe resort when i can get the same or better quality from this incredible moderate.
Sounds wonderful - free transportation but BEWARE!
Packed in by driver on an overcrowded bus! - group of approximately 15 people who SCREAMED/SANG the entire trip....how is the driver supposed to concentrate? When I asked why nothing was said ...I was told it was a "cultural thing" - why is one group's screaming allowed to compromise my safety and experience???
Will NEVER take "free transit" again???? In fact will probably not stay at Disney resort again....if I have to rent a car might as well use it to drive and check out other Orlando attractions
Saw kids in line so thought it could not be that bad....wrong! So claustrophobic in there, dark, spinning, freaked out the whole time...as soon as we got off the ride my dad starting puking and continued to do so about 6 Times and we missed firework show because dad was sick in the bathroom.
I reviewed this a couple years ago and I will give it top rating again! Ate here in May - best lobster roll and cupcakes! I still think it is one of the best quick serves on Disney property!
Had dinner here during our last stay at Wilderness Lodge in May. Had the New York strip with the bleu cheese butter - delicious! Steak was tender and perfectly seasoned! Sides were yummy also - we both thought it was our best meal during our stay! Love the atmosphere and just a fun place to have dinner. My only complaint is we were seated in the "other" room - and with no children along...seemed to get passed over a couple times on refills...but overall I would recommend it - especially if you are traveling with children - FUN!
Just stayed here the end of May after retiring from teaching! Such a nice relaxing trip! Even with the construction I have no complaints..:) I have usually always had a room that faced the courtyard down on the first floor - this time we were on the fourth floor courtyard view..it was nice to have a balcony to sit outside. Our room was clean and comfy - no extra noise from construction at all! Love riding the boats instead of the busses - just an added touch that my whole family enjoys. We have stayed here many times and I'm sure will again in the future!