We went to the studios to go on all the popular rides and shows, and we're pleased with all the characters we saw. It was a family vacation, so there were characters for everyone. Below is a list of who we met.
Sofia the first, Jake, and Doc Mcstuffins
Sully and Mike Wazowski
Mater and Lighting McQueen
Phineas and Ferb(those were our favorites)
Penelope from Wreck it Ralph.
We skipped the rest of the Fab 5, Buzz Lightyear and Woody, because we already saw them in the other parks. Overall, the characters were great! My only complaint is that Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy should have been there, because we all really like the Muppets. That and my father, brother and I would have wanted to see the Star Wars characters.(I guess we'll go back later this year to see the new Star Wars stuff)
I didn't really dance in the streets or anything, but me and the rest of my family had a really fun time with this. We danced with Phineas and Ferb, because they're favorites of ours, and I made sure to take some pictures of them and my kids. I even went and took a selfie with Phineas for my Twitter. My only complaint is that maybe Mickey and his friends should have come and danced with everyone too, but it was still a very fun and energetic performance. We didn't really think P&F would be anywhere else in the parks, but we thankfully met them at Hollywood Studios.
This was my first time staying at a DVC property, so I guess I don't really have anything to compare it to, but I can honestly say that I will be coming back. I've stayed at All Star Movies and POFQ has always been my go-to, but my deluxe studio on Turtle Pond Rd. Was so nice that I think this may be my default resort from now on. I love how everything is so spread out. I know some people complain about it, but I found that the size of the resort contributed to the calm and quiet atmosphere. I loved my little studio with its own balcony and a nice view of the pond. I didn't eat at Olivia's, but I did have a few nightcap sat The Gurgling Suitcase, which had a fun, upbeat vibe to it (even if it's a little small). The staff there were all very friendly and helpful and my room was very clean, quiet, and comfortable. I will definitely be coming back.
I love Ft. Wilderness!! Mind you, I've camped in all sorts of places (state parks, national parks, KOA's, military RV parks, private RV parks, even Walmart on occasion) and Disney Fort Wilderness is the nicest, cleanest, most beautiful, and my favorite camping spot! 1) Their bathrooms are immaculate; 2) litter is picked up several times a day; 3) super friendly staff; 4) beautiful grounds; 5) the best pool; 6) always the cheapest DW resort; 7) the spaces are huge! 8) the turkeys must be on the payroll cause they are too funny. Also, it's the only resort you can bring your pets and they have a nice doggie park. I enjoy it so much that we usually spend several rest days just hanging out around at the pool, or horseback riding, or riding our bikes. We always make friends when we stay at Ft. Wilderness, you get to know your neighbors cause everyone is friendly, and that doesn't happen at the other resorts. We bring our bicycles to get around to the store or the bus stops, it's just quicker, but we have left them at home too and the bus system is a little inconvenient, but riding the boats to/from MK is awesome, especially during the fireworks. My only complaint is we don't get housekeeping, but I can wish upon a star!
We stayed 3 days at the Club level at the Grand Floridian hotel and had such friendly, professional service from everyone we met. I want to mention Paula, one of the women who helped serve the food. I had put in a request for gluten free options at the 3rd floor conceirge service and everyone was so thoughtful to get me breakfast items and cookies. Paula went out of her way to get me something special, other than the veggies and fruit, as that was all I could eat on the buffet. She went down to the chef and had him make me the most delicious GF chicken one night!! The other hostesses were very accommodating, but Paula took action!! I so appreciated it!!
The other person (don't remember her name, as it was Thai), who was outstanding was the woman who cleaned our room. Every time she saw us, she was so pleasant and efficient. On the day we checked out, she was so nice and told us not to hurry, as she had so many other rooms to clean. Others had made no exception and said it was imperative that we leave,. I understand that there needs to be a check out time, but it would be helpful if you had 15-30 minutes leeway!! We had a great time and loved the room and ambience of the hotel. We would stay here again.
Splitsville is the best bowling experience that I have come across. They seem to have eliminated most of the annoyances that occur in other bowling centers. Check in is easy, they take the names, shoe sizes, and then escort you to the lane. The shoes are delivered, and you don't have to hand in your own shoes in exchange. The shoes use velcro, don't smell, and are in great condition. The lanes are in small sections on two floors, so it isn't like being in a noisy warehouse. If there are any young children, the lane bumpers automatically rise during their turn, and there are launch ramps for the very little ones. Bowling is by time, and not by game, with very good pricing. Early bird specials are just $12 per adult for 1 hour 15 mins. Food service is available right at the lane, with a very extensive menu. Everything we had was good, especially for a bowling place. There is comfortable seating around the lane, so you can eat as you play, or you can eat in a separate dining area away from the lanes. At the end of play, you just hand in the shoes and you are done. It is a great way to spend a couple of hours at Disney Springs, and it is really nice to see bowling offered to a higher standard. Highly recommended!