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
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!
We returned a few days ago from a week stay at the DVC studios at the Polynesian. The resort is beautiful and the only complaint I have is with housekeeping. I am a DVC member and am aware that you get towel and trash service on your fourth day at the villas. However, you can ask for clean towels for $6.00 per day or full cleaning service for $30.00 per day. On our first day there the room had not been cleaned properly. There was hair and dirt on the floor. We asked to have it swept again. I think the cleaning person came in, but only did it quickly. I cleaned the dust off the pull-down bed and the louver closet doors. There were also sticky finger marks on the door. I didn't even bother mentioning anything else, because I knew it would not be taken care of. On the third day we asked for clean towels and said we were happy to pay for them. Housekeeping said we were scheduled for the next day for towels and get some from the pool, which we did. On the fifth day with four people in the studio, I asked for full cleaning service and said if I had a sweeper like most villas, I would do it myself. I was told there was a sweeper in the closet, but in checking again told housekeeping there was not a sweeper in our villa. I never received full cleaning service, nor a sweeper. I have been a DVC member for 8 years and have never complained or had this problem at any other Disney resort. Other than housekeeping in our room area, the resort was lovely. For the cost of membership and yearly maintenance fees, I was disappointed.
3 of my friends and I stayed at the BoardWalk Inn 18 months ago. I had wanted to stay there since it was built due to its proximity to Epcot and all the accessible restaurants and entertainment. We were not disappointed!
We took the Magic Express bus to the hotel, and an employee was there to greet us in the lobby, who took us straight up to the Club Level to check us in. He checked all our Magic Bands to make sure they would get us into the Club Level, our rooms and the parks. He also made us dinner reservations and gave us tips about when to go to which parks, where to get some tasty snacks, etc. Each day as we walked past him to enter or leave, he would stand up from his desk, smile, greet us, and offer assistance and advice...he was so sweet.
The Club Level lounge was on the Eastern wing facing the lake, and had a variety of tasty things at different times of the day. It was nice to plop down there after checking in to get some food and drink after a long traveling day. The best perk for me about the lounge was unlimited hot fresh coffee, and the ability to bring soda cans and food back to the room. Maybe not a money saver in the larger picture, but super convenient and time saving which made our visit more relaxing. The lounge can get a little crowded, particularly in the morning before the parks open, but we never had a problem finding a place to sit.
Every square inch of the hotel was in that gorgeous 1920s style boardwalk theme, and you truly feel like you've walked back in time. There were so many interesting photos and artifacts on display. I love history so this was great for me. Our room was on the garden side of the Club Level in the Eastern wing, and I'm glad because it was much quieter than the lake/boardwalk side. The rooms were slightly more spacious than the "moderate hotel" size rooms with a sofa, desk, refrigerator and coffee machine. The restaurants/bars were great, most stay open for hours after Epcot closes, which leaves many convenient options for us adults.
The walk to Epcot was short and easy, and drops you between France and the UK, which is great if you want to go straight to the World Showcase anyway. It's a shorter walk than if you were to go there from the main entrance. I think the only walk that might have been closer would be the Beach Club. We rented one of those group bicycles and drove all around the lake, had a blast. It was also nice to take the launch boats to Hollywood Studios. We found the boats to be much less crowded and more convenient than the buses, with shorter waits. Perhaps we were just lucky.
Overall we had a great experience at this hotel, and I'd definitely stay there again.
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.