We tried Frontera Cocina twice, during our five day trip. I'd looked forward to it for a long time because I like the way Rick Bayless approaches cooking. Fresh, quality ingredients, and using flavors that work together or contrast in a way that contributes to the dish rather than defining it.
On our first visit I had the Carne Asada and my wife had the Red Chile Chicken Enchiladas. It was good. My beef was a little overcooked, but not enough to send it back. The flavors were good. My wife's Enchiladas were about the same. The chicken was a little dry, and the cheese could have used another minute or so under the broiler to evenly melt it. Both dishes were good, but not what I'd expected.
Later in our trip we found ourselves in Disney Springs again, and we were both ready to eat, so we decided to try again to find out if we just came in on a bad day or time. We switched entrees this visit. I'm glad we visited a second time, and that we switched entrees! The Red Chile Chicken Enchiladas that day is probably one of the best 3-5 meals I've ever had anywhere on property. The flavors worked perfectly together. The texture of the corn tortillas made from scratch was perfect. The chicken was a hair on the dry side but tender and flavorful, but still tasted like chicken. The sauce was fantastic, with complimentary flavors, and depth. The black beans were just as good, with a nice creamy texture, and a comforting richness to them.
My wife prefers her beef cooked a little closer to well than I'd prefer. Actually she prefers med-well, while I tend to think of medium as being overcooked more often than not. It come to the table cooked perfectly to med-well as ordered. The side of guacamole was outstanding. Lots of flavor as expected, but it complimented the rich, creamy, avocado. The salsa had some mild heat, but more than enough flavor to balance that out. The refried black beans were just a little on the dry side, but neither one of us sampled them for some time with all of the other food to enjoy, so I can't hold the kitchen responsible.
Both visits were good or better. The second has earned Frontera Cocina must visit status on each trip. With a slightly larger group we would add some appetizers to share, but the two of us left comfortably filled just ordering our entrees. When taking the quality into account, we felt like it is one of the better values anywhere on property. Crowds were light, and our second meal was at 3 PM. The place was almost empty. Visit soon, because I expect the wait to grow as more people start hearing about this place.
We spent 3 nights of a 10 night split stay at the Poly, in August 2016. It was awesome! The location is amazing, access to the MK via monorail and boat was so convenient. We stayed in a DVC studio room, main floor Tokelau, on the pool side. The room was beautiful, queen bed was super comfortable. There is a sofa bed for two, (very comfy) and room for a 5th person on a pull down bed under the very large tv. Mousekeeping was wonderful, room was very clean.Check in was fast and friendly. Check out was great but the computer system was down when we left so I couldn't get a copy of my room charges. I explained it needed before my flight and they went above and beyond to get it to me, even called my cell when the email address on file didn't work. We also had some pixy dust at Ohana when I requested bread pudding to take back to our room. They made us a great take away package and when I tried to pay I was told it was on the house - super nice surprise ! We have started at 6 Disney resorts and the Poly is our favorite.
Last evening my wife and I headed out to the Boardwalk to give the "new" Flying Fish a go for dinner. The decor is a little different from the older version of the restaurant but still, very nice on the inside and comfortable for dinning.
We started with the Corn-Encrusted Wild Gulf Shrimp & the Blue Crab Bisque. The shrimp were prepared very well with just enough breading to not over due it. The shrimp itself were fresh and cooked perfectly.
The Blue Crab Bisque was also very good! It had a good amount of ample crab meat to make it a filling starter though not too much. Again, prepared perfectly.
For our entree, we shared the Wagyu Filet Mignon (FYI ... The steak was already cut in half for us) This was one of the best meals I have had in some time. Easily in the top-10 best steaks I have ever eaten. It was prepared perfectly. The bordelaise sauce was awesome and the vegetables were cooked to perfection.
Again, this was easily the best meal I have had on Disney property since moving here three years ago. Everything was cooked to perfection and was delicious. If you were apprehensive about eating here after the refurbishment, don't.
In my opinion this meal/steak was easily better than Le Cellier, Yachtsman & Shulu's. The only other steak that was this good (no better no worse) was at Bull & Bear.
We will be eating here again in the very near future. New favourite restaurant on property!
First time I rode this was in 1996, and since then I have been to Disney on 9 holidays, so have enjoyed this attraction everytime I have been. I can't remember what it was like before Cap'n Jack and Davy Jones, but I believe the Cap'n Jack animatronic is essential for the attraction as most kids nowadays will believe the ride is based on the movie rather than the other way round. I am sure when I last went on it, the song was there, but not too sure.
I really enjoy these types of rides, with heavy theming but this does drag a little and can be quite boring in parts. The part with the dog & keys, the ghost pirate and any bit where Jack Sparrow pops up are all the best bits so it is still worth going on.
Okay, pardon the cheesy Mass Effect joke in the headline, I couldn't resist. This IS my favourite ride in the world. Not just Disney World, I think the world... I can't think of another ride I'd rather go on. If someone said to me "you can only go on one more ride ever" I would choose Haunted Mansion.
Why, you ask? I mean, it's not as technically impressive as something like the Tower of Terror or the Rock'n'Roller Coaster... but I would argue that super fast, super scary and thrilling rides are not necessarily the "best" rides, and even moreso it's not really what Disney is all about.
Disney - to me - is about theming... it's about immersion and experience. If I'm already boring you, Haunted Mansion is probably not going to be your favourite ride, as it is mine. However you should still give it a try! It's a lot of spooky fun. It's also the only place on property where the cast members don't smile, and will tell you to "have a dreadful time".
It's very family-friendly goth in that Addams Family way. It's all the kitsch and most of the fun of a dirty, rundown, sketchy circus sideshow without the actual dirt and spilt beer and stale popcorn... or risk of being stabbed. Plus ghosts! It has great music, and is a great place to put your arm around your sweetheart and just enjoy being pulled outside of your everyday reality into something else.
To my mind, Haunted Mansion is Disney at its best. The line is usually not long and even when it is, there is so much to look at and explore in the graveyard, the time passes quickly and at its best it just adds to the ambiance and anticipation. It also has one of the only gift shops - Memento Mori - which you actually have to go out of your way to get to and I actually consider a worthwhile destination in and of itself!
If you're at all into spooky things, kitschy things, or just good old school Disney immersion and atmosphere, Haunted Mansion is not to be missed.
Dinosaur is, in my humble opinion, the very best ride in all of Animal Kingdom. Yes, I enjoyed Dinosaur even more than Expedition Everest! My girlfriend and I loved it so much we went twice, standing in a fairly long line the second time, and it was well worth it!
It might not be as fast or "thrilling" as Everest, but for me it is more exciting. A large part of this is the theming and the atmosphere. Entering into the "lab" and boarding the vehicles felt the LEAST like "getting on a ride" of anything I experience at all of WDW, which is pretty great, as immersion goes. I love things that take me out of my normal reality, and Dinosaur does that very well.
I know it's not a Jurassic Park ride, but it almost felt like it, getting in the vehicles and having dinosaurs pop out at us. Honestly, it's sort of like an extreme motion track haunted house. The articulation the vehicle is capable of helps make the ride more exciting even if it doesn't move as quickly as some others, and the dinosaurs - especially the carnotaurus - really give you a good jump.
Ultimately you really shouldn't miss this or Everest, but personally if I could only ride one ride at AK, it would be Dinosaur.
I stayed here for the first time in August, I did preparation on the computer and although I had seen pictures, and maps I wasn't expecting this hotel to be what it was in person... Although it was pouring with rain when we arrived we were greeted by the super-friendly staff and from that moment on everything was perfect, especially when you consider the $70 price per night! If this hotel wan't priced well I would not give it such a good review, but when you put the price with the beautiful grounds, oversized (but not tacky as I've heard some people call it) instruments sprinkled around and the amazing, friendly staff it was so worth it, it made me want to stay on the property again and maybe spend a little more next time! I would even skip a theme park one day just to lounge around the hotel!
We stayed one night. $100.
The Good: We had good service as is to be expected from Disney. The staff was professional, pleasant and very nice. Price was reasonable and the facilities were clean. Rooms were clean and air conditioner worked very well.
The Bad: No frills in the room...felt like and looked like Motel accomodations. Paint on the interior and exterior are very dated. Everything looked old...furniture, paint, wallpaper, tile. Beds were a bit hard and pillows somewhat flat. Carpet looked old and the room has a slight "old" smell to it. Pools were just that...pools...no slides no hot tubs. Pool towels are plain white and the same type of towel you get in your rooms for bath towels. No luxury.
Overall...if you are looking at just sleeping there then it serves it purpose however if your looking for "Resort Style" amenities and a bit more luxury then look at another Disney resort. You will feel safe and this resort will take care of your basic needs. I personally like a more luxury feel to my vacation accommodations and was a bit let down staying here.
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.