We've been dining at Artist Point for many years, and there was a period of time where it lost its luster, but I have to say, it's back! Had a lovely dinner there on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Started out with the Smoky Portobello Soup for me (a must-do!) and the Land Greens Salad for my husband; we were told that all of the greens are grown at The Land, and each leaf is hand painted with vinaigrette, so it takes 15-20 minutes to produce. My hubby said it was well worth the wait, as it was delicious (and quite pretty, too). For our entrees, he had the Cedar Plank Salmon and I had the Pork Tenderloin. He enjoyed his salmon very much, and I found the pork to be extraordinarily tasty. It was complemented nicely with the apple, and the goat cheese polenta was perfect with just the right amount of tanginess.
One thing that has never disappointed at Artist Point is the service. The waitstaff are extremely knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. Our waiter, Sean, was top-notch and made sure our meal was memorable.
This ride will always be a favorite of mine but the upgrade this year took away a few things that are missed. I know it needed an overhaul to include newer movies, and that is great.
My biggest disappointment was the grand finale. First, the cars stop closer to the big screen and (no matter where you are sitting) that takes away from your ability to see everything. The music and movie clips including actors delivering their most famous lines isn't nearly as good or entertaining. And I don't know why the final scene of "flying over hollywood" when the cars are exiting was done away with. Now the ride ends with a plug to watch TMC. Love the ride, love Disney, but in my opinion this change was a mistake.
The bus took 20 mins to arrive and an hour to actually depart. Even though I arrived at Orlando at 10 pm...I will arrive around 1 am to my room at Old Key West.
Beautiful space. Starters and Dim Sum very good. Peking Duck very good but could be a bit warmer. Desserts uninspiring. Service needs polishing.
Had the pleasure of having breakfast at Sci-fi. It was a nice experience. The food is far better than your average Disney counter service breakfast and the atmosphere is much better than one of the character breakfasts. You get a pastry assortment (chocolate chocolate chip mini muffin, croissant, orange glazed cinnamon roll), appetizer of either a yogurt and berry (about 3 raspberries) parfait or fresh fruit (mostly mellon with a few pineapple chunks some blueberries and a few grapes). I had the egg white omelet referred to on the menu as "healthy choice". It was fine for what it was and as I said it's miles better than the counter service garbage bounty platter thing.
Morimoto Asia is a stunning looking restaurant. The interior transports you to NYC or LA you forget that your in the heart of WDW, yet its still family friendly. I'm not really into Asian food, I enjoy it but it's not my favorite. My favorite part of the meal was the dim sum (egg rolls and dumplings). I'm not a sushi expert but had the spicy salmon roll and enjoyed it. For an entree I had the beef short rib and was a bit disappointed in it. It wasn't bad it just wasn't particularly exciting. I have the feeling its on the menu as a "safe" item for people that don't want the more traditionally asian food. If short rib is on the menu I order it this is just not the best short rib at Disney. I wish I had gotten the kung pao chicken! The chocolate cream crunch dessert with tempura oreos was killer! The service was outstanding. This is a hit for Disney Springs for sure. If you're a big fan of Asian food this should be a must do.
We just returned from WDW and Port Orleans - Riverside. We stayed in a Royal Room and it was fantastic. The detail in the room was great and we would find new things each day. The resort grounds were beautiful and our location in Parterre Place was fairly close to the main lobby, bus stop and dining hall. The main pool was nice and big and the water slide was a great addition. The kids loved it! I had a blast on it too. Our usual go-to resort is Pop Century (Value Resort) but we have stayed in other moderates before. This is a great resort and we will be back.
I would have given this resort 5 stars if only the bus pick-up/drop-off was better. That's one of the things we loved about Pop Century. The buses were numerous and they only made one stop. The main lobby bus stop at Riverside is the last stop/pick-up. It seems like it should be the first. We waited for at least 45 minutes for a bus to arrive for Animal Kingdom and it's usually publicized that buses run every 15-20 minutes. I can say that the 15-20 minutes were broken every time we rode the bus. We also waited quite a while for pick-up at the parks.
I stayed here in April, with my maid of honor as a gift to her. I let her pick the resort, and this was the one she wanted out of the choices. I read mixed reviews online, so I wasn't sure what to expect. When we checked in, the CM was very friendly, and they have a huge lobby! We were put in "Ranchos 6B". We had a car, so getting around wasn't an issue, but we did notice that they had a lot of bus stops in the resort. We had a room that wasn't facing a pathway, but the whole resort seemed very quiet, which was very nice! The room was super clean, and we loved the upscale, business feeling. The pool was very nice and relaxing :) I'll be staying here again!
We stayed here for part of our honeymoon, in a royal bedroom, (my husband said since I am a princess, I needed a princess room). It was wonderful! When we arrived our room wasn't ready, but thanks to a wonderful CM, she changed our room so we could get settled in :) We got a letter from Tiana when we checked in, saying that she was so happy we were there. It was a cute touch. The room itself was very pretty, clean, and cozy. The sinks were like genies lamp, and the shower curtain was Little Mermaid themed. The fireworks on the headboard were fun to watch but they didn't stay on very long. Our room had a river view (we didn't request that, but it was very pretty) and we could walk to the main building. It's a beautiful resort, and the CMs were very helpful. We used the Magical Express when we left because we flew to the rest of our honeymoon from Orlando International. It was really easy to get there from our room, and the whole system was really well done. I would stay here again and again!
Read many reviews and was nervous the food well everyone can find SOMETHING to eat, and hey with all you can eat mickey ice cream bars and wine I was all set! But the fun is fantastic! It's like going to a wedding with disney characters! Don't plan on sitting! We had so much fun dancing it was worth ever penny even without the food if you and your kids aren't shy this is the place we definitely will be back it was SOOOO much fun! And a unique experience
I had the pleasure of dinning at the Boathouse Resturant for lunch and dinner on October 20, 2015. The food was great & the drinks were delicious. The atmosphere and staff was fun & friendly. I enjoyed dinning in a 5-star waterfront environment. The Amphicar Ride was awesome!!! Be sure to check out the Ship Store for great gifts. Their is something for everyone!!!
Thanks to: Nicole Kent & her staff for making our visit remarkable.
This is without a doubt (at least for me) the best ride at Disney! I ride orange and would do it over and over if I could! Kudos to Disney. This ride is one of the reasons that there is absolutely no place on earth like Disney!
Came in mid October hoping to miss the big crowds. Didn't happen . Wall to wall crush with double strollers, wait times at 75 minutes. Fast pass reservations all gone until late in the day. Streets were not well lit at night. People tripping over each other. Fireworks partially blocked by trees. Mickey has gotten very greedy.
We have stayed in the villas a few times through our DVC membership. The rooms are very nice, a special perk that I enjoy is having our own building, with a private pool and athletic center and large private lobby with chess boards, rocking chairs, and a wood fire. We have done a few different types of rooms in there and they were very nice and convenient. Easy travel to MK, via a boat or bus.
I stayed in a one bedroom villa and thought it was amazing. The details they put into the room are amazing and even the views from the cheaper side were amazing as well. The one problem I had with it was the soundproofing of the walls. I heard everything that happened outside of the hotel and it was not pleasant. Would highly recommend this resort and I am glad that I bought into this resort.
Have stayed at the Villas at the Wilderness Lodge several times. Soundproofing is excellent, rooms very clean, mouse-keeping staff very friendly and helpful if extras of anything needed. Rooms are spacious and relaxing. Walk to the Lodge is covered and the theme of the facilities are well integrated. Don't know how it will be during the expansion in 2016 as they add bungalows along Bay Lake since they will be closing the Villa's pool and hot tubs (which are also being expanded). Hopefully they won't remove too many trees - but the slash and clear crew seems to go overboard when construction is taking place.
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is our DVC home resort and we have never had a bad experience there. I have stayed in a deluxe studio, a one bedroom Villa, a two bedroom Villa, a three bedroom Grand Villa and a Treehouse Villa. All of them were of very high quality, comfortable, quiet and well appointed.
The proximity to Disney Springs is very nice as it is a short walk to a bus stop from there that will take you to the Carriage House and then a scenic walk back to your room.
The landscaping is top notch and is constantly being maintained.
The staff is very friendly and helpful.
The resort is less "themed" than others, and all rooms open to the outdoors (unlike the hotel rooms that open to the lobby / central courtyard or a hallway). The more time I spend here, the more I appreciate those things. There is "theming" a plenty EVERYWHERE on property, so the 'less is more' affect at Saratoga Springs is refreshing to me.
As I spend time in other resorts at restaurants or shops or sightseeing, the more grateful I am for the sense of calm and lack of noise (screaming children, clatter and auditory chaos...). The resort truly is a calm and beautiful oasis amidst a World full of sensory overload.
Buses come at least every 20 minutes, sometimes more often. I like that there are multiple stops throughout the property and that you can hop on a bus to get to the Carriage House or to the restaurants and shops if you don't feel like hoofing it. Even the walk to the Treehouse from The Springs bus stop wasn't too bad (walking seemed to get us there quicker than the bus connection).
Eating at the Artist's Palette has always been fun and tasty. The menus are varied and the food is fresh. A nice selection of groceries and beverages, as well.
If you're looking to be in the thick of the excitement, the hustle, the bustle, the noise and the mayhem of Walt Disney World, I suggest you find somewhere else to stay. Saratoga Springs is relaxing, easy, lovely and full of friendly and helpful cast members. Plus, you can almost always get a reservation there (within reason)!