We had adr for Christmas Eve with the candlelight prosessional. I truely have to say it was one of the best meals that I have ever had. I had the cheddar cheese soup with the mushroom filet migon and DW had the shrimp cocktail with the filet migon. The steaks were to die for, very moist and tasty. After reading all the comments I have to agree it is one of the best.
This is a wonderful tour, the information that our tour guide Jeff gave us was worth it's weight in gold. I really did not care for the under the kingdom section of the tour, I was looking forward to seeing costums begining made, none of that but the information above ground was great from learning about things on Main Street like the sidewalks on the right are wider because people walk to the right and the names on the windows and how they are set up. Roy Disney is the first one and Walt is the last one. We went on the Jungle Cruise and Haunted Mansion. Learn some of the history the Liberty Square and why there is a difference in the pavements and what the cobblestone area represents. Lunch was good. I would not recommend this tour for the first time WDW person, because you look at the Magic Kingdom is an entirely different way after that. When I return in October I will schedule another tour
We are are a family of 4 - 2 adults and 2 college kids - finishing up a very nice stay at Saratoga Springs. We are in Paddock area (which is big) in room 4836. This is 4th floor, near the stairs and a short walk from the elevator. We are not as far from the central area as some, and are also not close to Downtown Disney. But we are very close to our car, which is the important thing to us.
We have enjoyed the Community Center where our son beat us all at pingpong. If we had smaller kids, they would have enjoyed the coloring, crafts, and Playstation 2 there. We rented a 4 person surrey and had fun riding around the resort.
Twice we have washed clothes. The laundry is a short walk from our room and is free. However, there are only 2 washers and 4 dryers so they probably get busy. But, we are here during a very busy week and found them empty both times we went.
Hubby has enjoyed jogging around the resort lake. We have all enjoyed the quiet pool and whirlpool near our building. The main Rock Spring pool looks fabulous, but is a pretty decent walk and is more kid-oriented. None of us used the spa or fitness center but both look awesome.
We like the Artist Point foodcourt. We thought the choices were pretty varied and the food was good. We all had variations on the flatbread pizza the first night and it was all tasty. The sandwiches look good.
We are in a studio room which has been fine for us. We brought an air mattress for dd to sleep on the floor and the entryway actually has enough room so that she almost has her own little room. It does obstruct the door when opened, but we just step over it and we're fine. This gives ds the sofa bed all to himself. The lighting in the room is not good, which seems to be a recurring problem in Disney resorts. I think it may be the energy saving bulbs. One over our bed was out and they replaced it promptly. But there is just a little sconce type lamp on the wall over the bed - no lamps on a table and no way to turn one off and leave the other on. Next time I would bring along a clamp on light for my side of the bed.
And speaking of my side of the bed, there is very very little room and no table or anything. I am using a tall skinny box (holds our little Christmas tree) as a makeshift bedside table for my glasses and book. Otherwise I would have only had the floor.
One nice thing is that there are plenty of outlets, and we are enjoying the fridge and the balcony.
We really like Saratoga Springs and would be happy to stay here again.
I have the feeling we may be in the minority here, but we really didn't care for our dining experience at Chefs du France very much.
Service was fine, but the food was a huge disappointment. Ironically, the best thing we ordered from the menu that night was the flatbread as one of our appetizers - you know...pizza...like they do in Italy! HAHA! The escargot was tasty too, if you like them.
My first thought was that the dining room was very authentic and nicely decorated. Service was prompt, yet not attentive once the meals were served. The menu was much smaller than I had imagined it might be in a place like this, and both entrees disappointed.
The grilled tenderloin was - and I am NOT kidding - a piece of well done meat about 1 inch wide and 3 inches long, and about 1 inch thick. The very SMALLEST piece of steak I've ever seen served anywhere! At $32, I can't recommend that to anyone! The scallops and shrimp selection came out room temperature and looked too small, with only 2 of each item on top of what looked and tasted to be creamed spinach. Not what we called "value" for our dining dollars.
Desserts, once our waiter finally returned with them, were OK, but not enough to make up for the underwhelming dinner. We shared the apple crepes with vanilla ice cream and the chocolate tart.
Loyts of folks sing the praisies of this place, but out last visit here the first week of December will, ironically, be our "last visit" here!
I'm always amazed when reading reviews, that someone could choose to dine at a German Restaurant, and then be surprised when they were served German Food! HAHA!
We are never more thrilled to be offered German Food than when we eat at The Biergarten - EVERY time we visit WDW! - for work or pleasure!
The dining concept recreates a German Beer Garden during Octoberfest, complete with beautiful scenery and an authentic (and VERY talented!) "OOM-PAH" Band!
There is not a bad selection on the buffet. There is plenty of schnitzle, sausages, spetzle, red cabbage, saurkraut, and pretzel bread to fufill your German Food desires! There is also delicious chicken, meatballs, and pork roast to remind you that you are really not in Germany! HAHA!
The buffet is divided into two sections, both serving the exact same selectons, but (HERE'S A TIP!) people seem to not believe it and always start at the far right side for some reason! Check both sides and go for the empty one! Both are well-maintained, watched over by the chefs, and kept full and hot!
For dessert, our favorite part is the Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce, and Black Forest Cake with Cherries. YUM! We like the strudel so much we asked the chef for the recipe and make it at home quite often!
It's a great meal and a nice opportunity to sit with and meet some new friends while enjoying the floor show and raising your glasses high to toast your table mates!
In all our years of visiting the WDW parks, we had always written off H&V in favor of places like Sci-Fi Drive In and 50's Diner. We reasoned it was "just another Disney Buffet". WE WERE WRONG! HAHA!
Though simply themed as a 50's-era Cafeteria, it became obvious the REAL thought was put in to the food selections, and we werw thankful for that! The buffet line was one delicious surprise after another, and many items we had never seen at any other Disney Dining venue.
To start, there was a nice selection of salads and breads. Roast pork and Pot Roast with numerous grilled vegetable selections made great entrees! We also loved the creamed corn spoon bread, as other reviewers had mentioned. It was different and delicious! We also could not resist the extra creamy macaroni and cheese and chicken selections on the kids section of the line.
A nice change of pace for desserts were the apple and peach cobblers with self serve ice cream, as well as quite a few "sugarless" options.
Our server was attentive and helpful, and always had a smile.
Glad we tried Hollywood & Vine, as we honestly enjoyed it more than the other two places we used to dine while at MGM!
I was VERY pleasantly surprised by our meals at Yak & Yeti when we were there! They were honestly the BEST meals we ate all week - and we had the Dining Plan and ate EVERYWHERE!
When we checked in at POP Century, the CM told us Y&Y had just started taking reservations that morning and asked us if we wanted to try it. We dropped Spoodles and added Y&Y. Boy were we ever glad we did!!!
As it was new, we chatted with other diners and the service staff quite a bit to get a feel for how things wree going, and all was positive!
Size and quality of the portions were great and we left there feeling it was our favorite meal of the week! So many different offerings! We want to go back and try them all!
I can personally recommend everything we tried, which was:
Lettuce Cups - minced chicken breast, chopped vegetables, maple tamarind sauce, crisp lettuce cups $10.99
Dim Sum Basket - Pork pot stickers, shrimp siu mai, cha su bao, and pork sie mai steamed on a banana leaf, soy lime dipping sauce $12.99
Shaoxing Steak and Shrimp - skirt steak, tempura-battered shrimp, jasmine rice, stir-fried vegetables, chili plum dipping sauce $22.99
Crispy Honey Chicken - tempura chicken, broccoli, carrots, honey sauce $15.99
Fried Wontons - Skewers of fresh pineapple and cream cheese wontons, vanilla ice cream, honey vanilla drizzle $7.99
Mango Pie - shortbread cookie crust, fresh whipped cream, raspberry sauce $6.99
ALL of it was truly delicious!
Truth be told, we said next time we would go back and get the Lettuce Cups for an entree so we could eat more Fried Wontons and Mango Pie desserts!! They were AWESOME!
I obviously say give it a try! It's something different, and we found it a very welcome change that will be one of our regular stops on future trips! We're glad we got to try it while it was new and unknown by most visitors, becasue once word gets out about how good the food is, it's going to be tough to get into this new venue!
This was our 1st time staying here, and I honestly won't think of staying anywhere else. The convenience of the monorail is more than worth the cost of the rooms to me. We did the tower MK view, and it was just stunning. A perfect start to our vacation when we dropped off our luggage and there was the castle right out our window. The new refurbed room are gorgeous and modern, with just a few odd little quirks. Beds are comfy, but bring your own pillows if you can. These were like sleeping on marshmallows. Could use a little more counter space in the bathroom, and there really is no place to put your clothes down except for the back of the toilet or the floor. Lots of room to stretch out, good closets, and the safe is big enought to put a laptop in.
Our family are from England we had a great 16 nights in the dolphin in April and we are looking to come back as soon as we can, we all loved it
For me I loved the setup and bar my wife lived the restaurants and our 12 year old daughter loved the boat ride and exploring the hotel
If we had one complaint it was that because of the large amount of conference people we could not use some of the area as we are use to
But in the main as magical as the rest of the holiday
I am new to this site and would like to thank its founders for a great portal to link us all to a place we love to visit
for us here in the k the holidays we take is made more magical because of the way we are treated my these who work and live within the area so many thanks to the Florida people for making us feel so welcome time after time
Richard, Deborah and Lauren Moles
LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. They have made a couple menu changes, no more shrimp cocktail...bummer. The Caesar salad is the best I have every had. I have tried every cut of steak they offer and cannot name my favorite. You must eat here.
We eat here almost every day for lunch, dinner, or both. Be bold and try the different drinks on the menu. I usually have the short ribs: oh so yummy. My husband loves the macaroni. We usually have a 3 courses and finish with coffee and share a dessert. Try everything it is great.
Our only complaint is the seating. The table for 2 are very well and placed very close together. Learn to love your neighbors.
Several things on the menu has changed. The food was so much better 5 years ago. If you are looking for great italian go to Imulinos at the Swan.
It is the best place to have seafood on property. The service is great....you cannot ask for more. Well maybe lower prices =0)
The food is disappointing but the beer is good.
This is a great course. Very nicely maintained. Beware of the gater on hole 16!
The food is ok. The service sucks. Its like wdw sticks all the waiter/waitress rejects in this restaurant. They act like they have never taken an order before. When I order my crab cake(which is alright) they could not substitute the cole slaw for potato chips! WTF!! Like it was rocket science to swap the sides out. When my girl went to order the french dip sandwich guess what? they couldnt add cheese to the sandwich. I love disney food and have never disliked a restaurant on the property except this one. If you are considering this place to eat at Downtown D, dont. Just walk a little more and go to Mcdonalds. Im sure they have better food and service. plus I think they are capable to add cheese to there burgers =P
This ride is amazing, it is the BEST ride ive ever been. The Imagineers did an excellent job on designing it. I cant get enough of it!!!
There are really two distinct parts of Dinoland U.S.A. There is the original part which focuses on Dinosaurs and when they lived and Dino Rama, a weird carnival like place with bright colors and carnival rides featuring Primeval Whirl. Dinosaur is probably the main attraction in Dinoland and the most complex. For the kids, the boneyard is a great place. Dinoland is a lot different than most of the other lands at AK but that isn't always a bad thing.
Mom mom loves the Brown Durby. The first time we went we did the Fantasmic Dinner Package. I wasn't a fan of the package or the restraunt. I felt that it was over priced for what it was and I wasn't wowed by the stake.
Mom mom insisted we go back on our next trip though and the compromise was that we went at lunch. The food is the same, but the price is better. Also I got the Cob salade and it was wonderful! Also they had a good wine list.
So if you must go, do lunch and have a salade and wine.
This is by far the best counter service restaurant in all of Disney World! You can watch a chef prepare the chicken for the Chicken Caesar Salad. Pick up some salmon (yes, last time I went they had SALMON!). Asian-inspired food as well (Asian noodles and chicken are available I believe). Fresh fruit (apples, grapes, bananas, strawberries, etc; my daughter's favorite choice) or a cheese dish (cubes of cheddar and swiss) in containers are in the coolers between counters. Crisp salads are there too. Sandwiches made that morning and afternoon are available (cold cuts, tuna, cheese). Of course, the kids can pick chicken strips or mac and cheese as well but with so much else to choose from they might surprise you. There is also a bakery with some delicious pastries and ice cream.
Almost all of the selections fall in the healthy category. I wish each of the parks and resorts had a Sunshine Seasons. We make it a point to eat our meals (and sometimes snacks) here when we are at Epcot. In fact, our day's plans are built around it! Be aware that it does get crazy at lunchtime. We try to eat our meals at off times to avoid this. And sometimes navigating through is a challenge when the Lion King movie lets out. Add in the people who are waiting for Soarin' and Living with the Land and you can see why it gets crowded. The dining area itself could use a bit of updating but all in all it's not too bad. We usually have no problem finding a spot near the Lion King lower exit and the Nestle Toll House kids baking area. A bit darker than the main area but often quieter. Also, this is the only counter service restaurant where kids' high chairs are readily available. And our back corner is a decent spot to nurse a baby if you are looking for a small bit of privacy.
Disney's celebration of the new millennnium in 2000 was a great thing. They had a lot of memerobilia marking the occasion and did a good job with the theming. Tapestry of Nations was added to EPCOT as were some other things. EPCOT seemed to be the center of the celebration and had done more things than the other parks. Overall, this was one of the best celebrations that I have witnessed at WDW.
I agree with the previous poster, seeing the costumes and faces of the puppeteers who were actually dancing and performing the songs live was a surreal, beautiful experience. It only added to the experience, since the actors' expressions could be clearly seen and enhanced the performance. Instead of seeing a human person and a large fish puppet, I found myself seeing the two as a weird, united being. Like I said, surreal. Unlike any other theatre production I've seen, on or off Broadway. Technical effects are indescribable. I sincerely hope that this becomes a Broadway show.
We had a reservation for lunch at 11:40am on Wed., Dec. 5, 2007. We checked in early at 11:30 so that we would have plenty of time to get on line for the 1:00 show of Nemo. We were given a pager, and were not seated until 11:55. At that point, a friendly but painfully slow hostess sauntered us to our table. Once there, we were greeted quickly by a friendly server. We explained the situation, and she wasted no time. She took our drink orders, and by the time we'd returned with our first serving, our drinks and bill were waiting for us. We did not use the dining plan, but when my husband ordered the yummy exotic fruit punch, we noticed that we were not charged for it. (I had tap water.) We felt it was well worth the $20/person bill, especially had we not been rushed. We still left full and happy. If you've been to Boma and enjoyed it, please consider Tusker House. There were many similar dishes, and the spirit and variety was the same, as well as the superb quality. The cuisine was pan-Asian. There were several curry dishes, lots of cold and hot couscous dishes, and plenty of veggies and a variety of meats, including chicken, beef, shellfish and salmon. Also appearing was the familiar "short" buffet table, with mac & cheese, chicken legs, and other favorites. This is a terrific option for a vegetarian or ethnic food lover, and long overdue at Animal Kingdom! We will absolutely return.
By the way, yes, we did make it to the show, and our seats weren't bad, either.
We ate breakfast here on our last morning, Dec. 6, '07. My DH requested a hot, sit-down breakfast for our last day. We both ordered the breakfast all-you-can-eat skillet, which featured scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, waffles, biscuits and country gravy. All was ice cold. The waffles were hard and inedible. I asked for more gravy, and to please make sure it was hot, and the server used the opportunity to get into character. And then proceeded to serve me more cold gravy in a very hot bowl. We did not eat much. Possibly the food had been better if ordered from the a la carte menu.
I'd never eaten at the table service restaurants at Japan before the rehab. We had dinner with reservations for 7:15 pm on Monday, Dec. 3, '07. We arrived on time, and were given a pager. We were seated around 7:45 pm. The area set aside for waiting guests offered little seating, and was used for both Tokyo Dining and Teppan Edo. There were also no walls separating the dining area of Tokyo Dining and the waiting area. It made for an extremely noisy dining environment. The decor was lovely, but austere. It would have made for an appropriate, Zen-like atmosphere, had the room been quieter. As it was, it seemed out of place.
There were two menus, one for strictly sushi, and one with the more familiar appetizers, entrees and desserts. We used the Disney Dining Plan. We were allowed to select any appetizer, any entree from the regular menu, and a choice of three of the platters from the sushi menu, as well as any dessert or non-alcoholic beverage.
My husband selected the tempura appetizer, and a tempura and sushi combo dinner. I selected the seaweed salad, and a tempura and sashimi combo dinner. All the tempura was plentiful and not at all greasy. Perfect. Each serving featured a variety of vegetables, shrimp and scallops.
My seaweed salad was surprising, but the server explained it to me when I ordered it. Instead of a helping of seasoned seaweed as I expected, I was served a plate of mixed greens topped with generous helpings of three types of typical seaweed salad, topped with typical ginger dressing. It was a large serving, and delicious.
My husband was happy with his sushi. I was happy with my sashimi, but there was not much of it. I was given two slices of salmon, three of tuna, and two of yellowtail, all small pieces, but all very fresh and flavorful. Each type of fish was served over a small bed of daikon radish shaving. When I order sushi at a new place, I don't order much of it, just to test it out. The next time I come here, I'll order the deluxe sashimi dinner. The fish is fresh and delicious, especially the salmon, which was smooth and buttery.
My husband ordered iced green tea and I ordered hot. Both were refilled after asking and some time had passed. I was served a single cup at first, and then given a pot upon asking for more.
For dessert I ordered the green tea pudding, which I found to be exactly like the pumpkin creme brulee I had for lunch at Sunshine Season that day, except with a almost indiscernable tea flavor instead of pumpkin. Tasty, but I was tired of it. Neither of us can remember what my husband had. Not bad, but not memorable. Skip dessert here.
Service was just a little slow, but it was busy. Our server was endlessly respectful, quiet (too quiet to hear in this atmosphere) and friendly.
All in all, I enjoyed the meal very much. When I come back, I'll try to find a less busy time, and order a full entree of sushi/sashimi.
We had dinner here for the second time on December 4, 2007. The first time was several years ago, and was beyond outstanding. This time, my filet was flavorless and needed sawing (cooked medium rare), my favorite portobello soup was served cold (still good), and the service was inattentive at best. Our server was friendly enough, but after serving us a complementary toast of champagne for our anniversary, she apparently thought that was all that was necessary to provide us with a good dining experience. Bread and steak knives were forgotten. (On our last visit, the knives were not necessary.) We let her know that we wanted to have plenty of time for the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, but she seemed to have forgotten that too. When she finally came to see us after the entree was served (and long after we had done with it), we let her know that we wished to skip dessert to have more time at the party. She disappeared for another 10 minutes, seemingly to retrieve our bill, then came back with a "complementary" berry dessert for us to share. We weren't impressed, since we were using the dining plan, and were entitled to desserts anyway. Still no bill, another 10 minutes later. Last trip, we added an additional $10 to the included gratuity of the dining plan, our service was so stellar. This time, she got only what she expected.
Since there is no Yak & Yeti (counter service) section I will post my review here. The menu is kidn of limited but has the basics. I had the honey chicken and it was just ok. It came in a typical chinese food takeout box over a bed of white rice and some broccoli. Some of the chicken tasted a little funny but overall the taste was alright. The rice was standard and the veggies were a little overcooked. The chicken basically seems to be just like fried chicken nuggets with honey sauce on them. I know that is basically what it is suppossed to be but if you actually order this you will see what I am talking about.
...for the price I wanted to see some table clothes. I am in the restaurant business and when there are no table clothes the prices shouldnt be that high. However my meal as well as my girlfriends meal were both excellent. We had the onion soup and lobster bisque to start. This was followed by the braised lamb and the filet. We chose the creme brulee for dessert which was very good. I enjoyed some espresso while my gf had some coffee which was also tasty. For drinks the champagne was pretty good and the French beer which was recommended by our waiter was also very good. I spend over $120 with tip for 2 people. I dont mind paying for food if it was great and in this case it was. I enjoyed my time here but they need to get some table clothes and liquor if they expect to charge that much. Of course being at Disney it doesnt matter since it will always be busy.
My girlfriend and I decided to try Boma for the breakfast buffet. The price is around $17 a person and it is well worth it. There is a wide variety of the usual breakfast items with 2 African items as well. I do not recall what the two African items were named so I am no help there. However the regular breakfast was excellent. They have a variety of pasteries (cheese danish, cinnamon bun, etc...), breads, bagels, and cereals to choose from. They also make omlets for you, have scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, french toast and pancakes. The carving station consists of corned beef and ham with a very tasty Boma mustard sauce on the side. I also enjoyed what my waiter called jungle juice which was a mix of a few different fresh juices. I am probably missing some items but all in all it was well worth it.
This show used to be in Fantasyland, where Philharmagic is today. It was a tremendous AA show featuring scenes from all the classic Disney films, Snow White, Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, Alice in Wonderland...and many others. There was an AA orchestra with Baloo, Kaa, Huey, Louie and Dewey, Uncle Scrooge, Minnie Mouse, and of course Mickey was the Conductor.
This was the finest show to grace Fantasyland, sadly they sold it to the Oriental Land Company in 1980, and was never seen in the US again.
RIP wonderful show.
This was one of THE BEST live shows at WDW, sadly took its final bow in 1986. With Slue Foot Sue and the traveling Salesman and Diamond Jim (The Proprietor) to the Can Can Girls. Great Vaudeville style comedy and live action. Serving snacks and drinks while you watch.
People used to make reservations weeks out to see this show, still can't figure out why they closed it.
What occupies the building currently is NOT the Horseshoe Revue...But an accountant's version of how to make a venue turn a profit.
For those of us who saw and loved the original, we miss you Bev and Kay and Wally and the whole cast....
Loved this show....Several times when we went in as a family, years ago you could hear the whole audience sing with the finale...."From the Mountains...To the Prairies...."
Classic Disney at its best......
This had to be one of the best shows in Tomorrowland which replaced one of the dullest shows "Mission to Mars". The concept, detailed story, quality acting in the film sequences and state of the art animatronics combined for one heck of an experience. Now, most of the scare value lies in the first visit, not knowing what is going on. But revisits are fun for the humor that is very subtley injected into the show. During the holding preshow before S.I.R. there are several monitors one of which advertised a coming speech on "Mission to Mars- History or Hoax?" and little gags all the way through.
RIP Scary Little Show......We will miss you.
We checked in on nov 24, got there about 12:00 and our room was ready. We thought this was a good sign. We were given a map to our room (we should have packed a lunch for the journey) I think we had the furthest room from the main building. We got to our room opened the door and were assaulted by a "funky" odor, we called mousekeeping they sprayed a deodorizer and it was better (not gone but better). The good thing was we were close to bus stop 3. Sunday we went to the food court for breakfast, wife and i had bacon, eggs, home fries, our 2 kids each had waffles. went to pay bill was around $ 50.00!!! food was good but not that good. We would have done better at a character breakfast. spent the rest of the day at the parks. The main pool was beautiful not that bad of a walk to our room either The pool snack shack was good prices more reasonable. walked to pepper market to buy some supplies for breakfast for the rest of the week...to eat in our room. Found out they have transportation to and from rooms nobody told us about that when we checked in and we carried our carry on bags all that distance, never saw the transport carts again for the rest of the week. One morning the toilet would not flush, called maintenance they repaired it while we were at the parks. Got back to our room about 11:00 to get ready for bed I went outside for a minute my wife runs out saying the toilet was shooting out the flush handle by this time we just wanted to sleep so I readjusted it my self...did not want to wait for maintenance. The place was did not seem busy most of the week did not have neighbors most of the time. I think they could have given us a closer room. All in all we had a great vacation we were only at our room to sleep and shower. I will not stay at this property again, in 2004 we stayed at the Carribean Beach and thought that was a lot better.
When we went to this resturant it was between lunch and dinner.
My mother had a New York Oscar, while I stuck with the traditional Hickory Bacon Burger.
The burger was delicious, just the right seasonings and the sauce was terrific, and the chips served with it were good as well.
The Oscar was delicious, I had a bite and I loved it.
Our drinks were refilled promptly and food delivered within a reasonable time.
An expansive, adventurous area in the far-left corner of Typhoon Lagoon. It may take you a minute to find it, but once you do the little ones will never leave! There are short slides, lots of water jets, zany playgrounds, sand pits, a stream, and plenty of curiosity-sparking set pieces. There a lots of beach chairs and shady spots for grown-ups.
Technically speaking, it actually extends by way of a stream into a corner of the surf pool where a slide and playground are situated among palm trees. Here, kids can safetly enjoy the very end of the waves cranked out every 90 seconds.
This meandering creek around the park is designed so you can spend about 30 minutes floating around or use it as relaxing transportation and get off along the way. A fantastic place to get a tan, too.
Two downsides: 1) gets so crowded in the middle of the day that you're wedged in between inner-tubes, mostly among strangers, and 2) the ice cave part has jets of freezing cold water that you can't see before they fire. Luckily, there is a detour around the cave.
This is a special area of Blizzard Beach for kids age 5-11 who are too big for the kiddy stuff, but aren't ready for the intense slides. There's a pool with white blocks like pieces of a broken ice skating rink that the kids walk on. There's also a smaller pool, slide, and a short rock climbing wall.
This is perfect at a water park meant for little ones and teenagers. It looked like so much giggly fun that I wanted to try it, but the net the kids hold on to as they walk across the "ice" blocks was too low in the air.
I loved this show - thought it was very professionally produced and had Broadway quality performers. I hate when people say they don't want to see the actor's faces....that is the whole POINT....it is in reality a HUMAN story...get it? Also - why higher such good singer/actors if you are going to hide them. If you cover up the actors, then you could just have pupeteers do it to pre-recorded singing and acting. Bravo to Disney for using high quality performers!!!!
My first reaction was to write a two page review, praising this wonderful feat of Imagineering, though I will cut it short, and tell you that in my opinion, it was/is the best attraction ever developed by the Walt Disney company.
I was scared to go on this because I thought it would have too big of a drop, and it did but I loved it!!
If you have seen the Broadway version or any tour or local production of the Broadway Musical don't ruin your expereince with this! Most of the actors lip sync and terribly at that! The only upside to this is Four For A Dollar, the a capella group that sings before the show. So get there about 20 minutes before show time and get a good seat in the back for these guys. When they leave, so can you. It's just not believable when Chip is bigger than the Beast!!!!
Were were at the GF For our honeymoon from Oct 30th/Nov 2nd.
For this being the Flagship hotel..its was a major disappointment.
I will compare the GF with the Grand Cali at times.....When we first arrived we arrived a little early. Went to check in such...it was about 2 pm. room not ready.....TWO hours later we called to check on the room..it was ready. They told me where it was and I was like Um?? This is our honeymoon we res a honeymoon suite (using our DVC points) the has us two building away on the 7th floor. No flowers in the room as ordered...no nothing.
Now the Grand Cali...No wait...concierge level as requested...and we told them were there for our Anniversary..Room was AMAZING...View was amazing!....sigh the GF view was of the pool....anyway I went down to the desk...They say sorry but no rooms are available as it Jersey week...day goes by still not flowers...nothing...next day again the front desk. I get a manager and tell him so far this has not been very magical...he apologizes and that night a Bottle of champaign and A few flowers where in the room.
We also went to Victoria and Alberts...Food was GREAT...the downer was the Greeter complaining to a Waiter about her 7.00 per hour and she was going to quit. Sigh
We had visited the GF many times before while staying at other hotels at disney at all times of day and night. It was just not the same as other Deluxe Hotels we have stayed at.
The "flagship" needs to goto the Grand Californian as that was truly magical!
My wife and I ate here once. My wife being Chinese and her reading english skills are nominal. They offered no menu in chinese. The waiter had to show her pictures of each dish for her to choose. The food was no better than you can get at any chinese restaurant, but carried the price tag of Disney.
I realize that they can't serve authentic chinese food, because people could not eat it, let alone would be able to understand the menu, even in english.
If you have kids or not. You must eat here. The buffet is well stocked with great food. They make a bread pudding that is quite good.
The down side is that it is not a place you can walk into. You must call weeks ahead.
My family loves it. Our last trip to WDW we ate there 3 times. The last time I asked my 5 YO where he wanted to eat and he quickly said "Germany".
I love German food & Bier. My family loves it. The staff is always friendly and it is self serve.
It is a good idea, but only a select few people get to experience the special "dreams." The Fastpasses would be a great gift to enjoy the experience more and the Hotel upgrades would be awesome, but not too many people will get to experience it.
I am being forced to put up a rating against my will...
We didn't make reservations for this place due to the reviews we had read on other sites, but when getting to MGM my family was hungry so we decided to make an attempt at getting in anyways. We were seated right away, dead center to the screen. The food itself was good, not great, but good. It's that middle ground between your great "greasy fastfood burger" and your standard sitdown joint burger. My main suggestion on the burgers would be to drop the price a bit and actually do a true old drive-in style burger. Don't try and get fancy, just do a good ol' dirty burger.
The onion rings are a great beer batter ring though, so that was a great little treat.
The entertainment is a ton of fun! Though I was amazed to see a Tex Avery toon on the screen (The Cat Who Hated People) considering how Tex felt about Disney, and vice-versa. But it's one of my fave Tex toons, so I was happy!!! I just wish there were more trailers, as if you get stick there a little long you will start to see the same trailers all over again. Add another 10 trailers and this won't happen.
All in all, a cool place I would go to again in a second.
Regular visitors from the UK me and my sister know the 'stage' side of Epcot well and thought we would take this tour having read about it extensively on this and other web sites. It is a good tour and well worth the money. Amy was our tour guide and carried the tour very well indeed. Everyone wears descreet headphones and the guide wears a descreet microphone, meaning we could always hear her no matter where we were. This was also useful when crossing from one side of the park to the other among the crowds. As the other reviews have said we visited lots of interesting areas. We also entered Soar through the back door and jumped the queues to get a front seat ride. I must admit there were a couple of disappointments. Firstly one of the reasons we did this tour was that there seemed to be a VIP viewing of illuminations in the evening..sadly this was not offered to us. Also we were offered 20% lunch discount at the Nine Dragons restaurant which we accepted and were shown in by our guide at the end of the tour. Sadly, again, the discount was not offered or applied to the bill but as I never bothered to check my bill thoroughly I didn't find this out till we got home. I guess you just need to accept that on these tours the 'goodies' on offer vary from day to day and depend on your tour guide. Still good value though and would do it again.
This is by far our favorite restaurant!! Everyone should Eat here, the cheese soup is amazing!!! And everything else is perfect and one of the best atmospheres in the park!!
This past August, our family ate at the ABC Comissary for dinner. We stopped there after a long, hot day in the parks and the AC provided a welcome relief from the heat.
The kids had burgers which they found to be large enough to satisfy their appetite and warm. They smothered their burgers in toppings from the large topping bar and were satisfied.
The adults ordered a variety of entrees. I had the Chicken Curry over rice and my wife had a Tabbouleah Wrap. I enjoyed the chicken , it was tender and the rice was just sticky enough to not fall off the fork. It was spiced a little on the mild side, but was tasty just the same. My wife enjoyed her meal, also.
Despite the negative reviews, our experience was positive.
This shop is packed full of all different sort of candies and dessert items. The interior resembles most of the other shops in Main Street U.S.A. Presentation of the merchandise is great and makes one want to buy a lot of things. The prices however, don't. Still a great place for window shopping or a splurge.
When I went down this past September I was looking forward to doing the new attractions and shows that weren't there my previous trip (2005). This was one that I was highly looking forward. But I must say I left disappointed. I just didn't like it. I'm not saying it was cheaply made or poorly produced or anything like that, and I'm not knocking anybody who likes it. But personally I couldn't get past seeing the actors faces. I wish there were a way this was done more in line with VotLM, where you know the guys are there holding the puppets, but it is difficult to see. I really liked the movie, but I didn't like seeing it transformed into a musical.
best time of my life food was awesome. i made reservations and i made sure we got seated near the glass window. everything was perfect get their very early and dont be afraid to ask.
Prepare to dine "under the sea" when selecting the Coral Reef Restaurant . There's an aquarium wall with 8 foot high windows with incredible views of the Living Seas. Seating is tiered which assures everyone is able to see this aquatic display.
Lighting is subdued. The interior is decorated in soothing shades of blue and green which enhance the underwater effect.
In addition to freshly prepared seafood, meat, chicken and vegetarian selections are offered.
our lunches consisted of this
drinks me a sprite and my mom got a diet coke.
Creamy Lobster Soup - Made with Chervil and Brandy. - $6.99
Grilled New York Strip Steak - Served with Potatoes Au Gratin and Beef Demi-glace. - $21.99
OK, it is "CHEESY", and sure the animals are never going to be mistaken for their Animal Kingdom cousins (although the elephants are almost believable), and although I missed this detail on my first visit in 1976....the skippers do very good steering while looking astern, it is still a good time!
With a FastPass, the wait to board was not long (we practically got right on, on a busy afternoon), but the wait to get off the ride did get long! There were 3-5 boats stacked up at the end of the ride stopped until they could reach the dock.
The jokes are so canned, but I agree...the right Skipper/Guide will truly make the trip! Perhaps the biggest "joke" is how they never fire the pistol anymore, the skipper just points it at the hippos and says "bang!" and the hippo submerges. See, they listen to him! Ha Ha Ha!
I had really looked forward to going on Soarin' and finally got a chance over the Thanksgiving holiday. The movie was GREAT! I'll agree though that you really want to get a FASTPASS early to avoid the loooong wait in the Standby line (we had FastPasses, good thing, since the standby wait was 105 minutes!). I also felt like the picture was blurry if I looked anywhere but straight ahead, (we were on the left side of the theater) and this took away from the beautifull scenery.
I missed the scent effects, but that may have been due to my sudden onset of fear of heights. I've never really had a problem before, but maybe it is the lack of anything under your feet on the ride? Anyway, I just kept silently reminding myself that "I'm strapped in, I'm strapped in, over and over.....and finally I started to enjoy it!
Would I go again? Most likely, after all, my 5-y.o. Nephew loved it!
I was looking forward to seeing the new version of The Livving Seas, now with a NEMO slant, I really liked the Living Seas and was a bit affraid of what they might do in transforming it. Well, what's left of the old Living Seas is still pretty good, and parts of the new features are very good!
The disappointment part though is the part where you ride in a shell along various scenes portraying a search for Nemo. After the wait in the queue line which does a good job of making you feel like you are underwater ( a little too dark though!), we finally entered the ride vehicles and moved through the ride. I found it to be almost boring (maybe as an adult?) with almost no real plot or story, just a random search for Nemo that just "lacked it". My 5-year-old nephew who hasn't seen FINDING NEMO yet seemed even more bored with it. Actually the EAC effects with the bubbles and such was the best part to me, you still fee llike you are moving even as the ride pauses due to the moving bubbles, also the way that the NEMO characters appear to be swimming with real fish near the end was pretty good too, although not fully up to what I expected.
I would say that "The Seas with Nemo and Friends" is overall pretty good, keeping some of the old displays while adding some good kiddie activities, Turtle Talk with Crush was really good! But I'd skip the ride and enter through the entrance/exit that used to be just the exit before (near gift shop).
We always eat here every year when we are in animal kingdom. I love it, and love the food. See ya next year.
Was'nt to crazy for it this year. Their chicken ceaser salad used to be soooo good and this year it was lousy
I liked the pizza here. Nice little lunch and the kids loved it. I enjoyed it! I would def. go back!
This place was a lot of fun. The food was great and there was a lot 2 choose from. I would def. go back in a heart beat. We met every character and took pictures. The swinging of the napkins was fun. Loved it...It is a must
This place was one of my favorites. The food was GREAT! I had the penne with shrimp and it was awsome. The atmosphere was very nice. We went Nov.13, 2007 at 5:45pm ressy and got right in on time. I loved this place. The server was very nice. We had a good veiw of the fish tank. I would def. go back here....I loved it
This place was nice. The food was the same as anywhere else such as food courts and counter services but it was good. If we did'nt have the dining plan, i probably wouldn't go back. The kiddie parade was cute and the kids loved it. The servers were very nice. It was nice!
Just got back Nov.11-17. This dinner was awsome and very filling. Its homestyle and all the characters came to our table for pictures. The food was great, the atmosphere was fun and made u feel at home. I would def. go back again. I loved every bit of it!
I wasn't crazy for this place this year. Last year was better food wise. This year i really didn't like what i had ordered. The taste was not that good. The menu just sucks. Theres like 5 things to choose from on their dinner menu. I think i'm done with this place. But i gotta say, i love the themeing. It is cool.
This was by far my favorite place to eat during my vacation. We ate here Nov.14th,2007. We had ressy's for 6:15 and got right in. The food was absolutely awsome. We had the dining plan so there was soooo much food to eat. I ordered the penne with shrimp. It was outstanding and choc. cake with icecream for desert. We had a great time in there. I would def. go back next year.
I loved the show, it took alittle while for the staff to get everyone in and the show started but other than that it was an awsome show. Crushes part was the best! The kids loved it...
"Grand" is really a great way to describe this resort. To start the buildings and general layout of the resort are all very well done. We stayed in concierce in the Sugar Loaf building and were greeted outside of the hotel, as we got off the DME bus on our way to the front door. The greeter confirmed our last name and walked us privately thru the main building directly to our room in the Sugar Loaf building. The concierge services were described to us, she gave us our room keys, asked if we wished to leave a credit card on file for room charges, explained our DDP meal plan and gave us a brief overview of how to get more information about the parks. That completed our check-in in only 5 minutes and we were already in our room-No waiting in line, no going to the hotel desk. That was it! Absolutely brilliant!
The room was excellent, very clean (and I'm picky), all the linens were spotless, the carpet appeared brand new. There was no musty scent in the room that some here speak of. The TV was a new flat screen(though it was a cheesy LG with a slow remote control), the room included a refrigerator a nice desk with network data jacks, and nice sleeper sofa, nice chair and ottoman. We had a nice balcony facing the marina, as requested. The room had two confortable full size beds, though I wish you could get two King size. The bathroom had two sinks, a hair dryer, coffeemaker, iron, ironing board, a safe, and a separate toilet and shower area. The soaps and shampoos are quite nice. Two robes are also included.
As some have mentioned here, we had issues with Hot water, most notably that our showers were lukewarm to almost cold. On morning 1, I thought maybe the hotel was just busy and waited until Morning 2 to say anything. The same thing that morning, no hot water. Literally the kids were shivering in the shower and it was turned all the way to Hot and so I knew I needed to say something.
After getting ready for the day, I went downstairs to the Conceirge desk in the Sugar Loaf and told the lady there that the water was quite cold. I explained to her that everything else was great. She immediately responded that that was unacceptable and that "we needed to be provided hot water". She said she would have someone address it immediately and told me that she was granting us a credit to our bill to compensate for the trouble. She did provide us a sizable credit, and I didn't even request or expect one, though it was very nice and I was happy to be treated so nicely. I went back up to the room, and not 10 minutes later a repairman knocked at the door. He spent 10 minutes working on the shower and told me he had fixed the issue and asked me if I wanted to check it. I did check it and it was perfectly hot. I was really happy to see the immediate attention from the staff, they were excellent. This is best way for any resort to respond (by exceeding your guest's expectations)--BRAVO.
For those of you considering the Concierge Option (and we also took some time to consider it if it would be important for us), I have to say it was excellent. In the mornings there are cererals and muffins, fruit, coffee, milk, juices toast, cappuchino, teas. In the afternoon there are snacks, though we did use it then, and then in the evening there are meats, beers and wines and after-dinner drinks thereafter. Cokes, water and other sodas are there too. This is a nice thing when you come back from the parks and don't want to go to the cafe or the grill to get something. I think a cappuchino is $4 at the Gasparilla Grill, so that alone adds up quickly. Moreover the best part about Concierge at Sugar Loaf, is that it is more private, it's detached from the main building and if you need anything the front desk is right downstairs and you get immediate attention. The concierge did not replace us dining out for lunch or dinner, but most mornings we were happy with the simple breakfast and coffee. I would have liked to see some egg items and more protein, but I still think it was nice.
The hotel is arguably expensive and it's still Disney. This is not the Ritz Carlton, nor will you mistake it for such, but it's absolutely the best alternative. It's ultra convenient with the monorail and nearby Magic Kingdom. The attached marina is fun for taking out the boats, the resort features 5 restaurants plus the Gasparilla self-serve grill, plus your concierce ammenties (if you decide to get that), so you have plenty of close dining options. Also you are close to the Poly and Wilderness Lodge resorts if you wish to dine there for a change.
The staff in the restaurants, housekeeping, the staff in the concierge, at the marina, even the groundskeepers and bell services were all excellent. The staff is on their game and knows what fine hotels are about.
Despite the hotel being very busy over the Thanksgiving holiday all of the castmembers were excellent and served to provide a relaxing vacation for our family. We can't speak more highly of the resort and really enjoyed ourselves.
Stitch is huge was of imagineering time and money. The thing is a big waste of time. The story is boring, the effects are dumb, the show is not interesting in any way. You will leave this attraction wondering why you spent the time to consider going, and you will not return. This should be closed to prevent further imbarassment to Disney and be replaced with something actually worth standing in line for. When you see the wait is 10-15 minutes, there's a reason folks. It's boring and no one wants to go.
I was excited to see the Country Bear Jamboree, as it was removed from Disneyland several years ago, and so I have not seen it in a long time.
I have to say that after just seeing it again at WDW, I'm shocked at how boring and lame it is now. No wonder Disneyland gave it up and removed it for a new attraction. WDW needs to do the same and use the space for something more valuable. The animatronics are dated (with little motion) the music and general pace is boring. None of the characters are really interesting except for Big Al, but the rest of the show comes off feeling like a waste of time. Save yourself 15+ minutes and have lunch or see another more interesting attraction.
Artist Point is a great restaurant with excellent service.
I had the buffalo steak this time and was very happy with the customer service. The staff is very attentive and informative. The restaurant is more formal than most of the restaurants at WDW, and so it is a nice change of pace. The interior of the restaurant is nice, but since it has several hard surfaces, it can be loud. With that said, if you bring your children, please make sure they are quiet, because everyone in the restaurant will hear them, and not just a little bit.
The meal choices here are the heart of Northwest cuisine with excellent salmon, buffalo, venison, duck and other fine meat choices with excellent vegetable compliments and great wine pairings. This is a great location to get away from the typical fair at WDW and enjoy yourself. In my opinion, it is the only dining location at the Wilderness Lodge worth bothering with; but making a trip from another resort just to visit Artist Point is a excellent decision.
Pricing is consistant with fine dining as is the attire and general vibe of the restaurant. I would have like to see an even broader selections on the menu, but I suppose it comes down to how many items they can prepare properly in an evening. If you haven't tried it yet, give Artist Point a try.
Boma features a buffet presentation, so you do all of the work.
On the down side, after a hard day at the parks; it's nice to be served dinner, rather than having to stand in line to get your meal. As with most brunch-style eateries, you do have a server who brings your drinks, clears your plates and gives you your bill, but the rest is all you.
On the up side, you generally control how and what you eat, so you get to make all the selections.
The variety of food is impressive and is a nice change from the typical burgers, steaks, chicken strips at most of the food locations throughout the park.
You'll be treated to a variety of vegetables, meats, soups, desserts. Some of these will be completely foreign to you and there in lies the positive to Boma; it forces you to try new things, and see what interests you. If you are in for adventure or are just plain bored with other menus in the park, give Boma a try.
One comment about price, although there's a nice variety, I believe the restaurant is far too expensive for what you get. For 2 adults and 2 children it was $140, and IMO, there was nothing that great at the buffet to substaniate the pricing. Obviously, it's all you can eat, but if you're not planning on 5 or 6 trips per person, you'll likely find Boma to not be the best value. The fanciest meat items that I saw were prime rib (they carve it for you and give you a medium to small piece) and small nut-encrusted salmon. They also had ribs and chicken, but these are not typically expensive. The prime rib was good and you can go back as much as you like, but it felt like filler for more picky eaters that were shying away from the standard Africa fair. Eating it, felt like I was cheating the experience.
Note, if you are using the DDP, that Boma counts for 1 point, so for those people, it is a good value; if you're paying out-right, however, you may want to think more about it.
It was an amazing ride! I got the very front at one point and it was awesome. Although, if you don't like going backwards in the dark, I suggest you don't ride. The yeti seems so real!
Although usually full of people, this place somehow manages to stay not nasty. The outside is built with the same stone like appearance as many of the other Adventureland attractions. This restroom is satisfactory.
Located at the far left, this is a large restroom with a lot of capacity. It usually is clean and nice though, no complaints.
We ate lunch there yesterday (Nov.21). We got there at 11 a.m. and asked for a reservation for noon. I also asked to sit upstairs on the portico - awesome view. There is a lot of "ambiance" upstairs - downstairs too. Our waiter was very attentive. He transferred from the other Landry restaurant and he hopes to open the T-Rex restaurant at Downtown Disney next year. He did a good job. I had I had a Yak Attack drink - frozen. It is their signature drink - very good ($7.50). My husband had a glass of Beringer white wine. They have kids drinks in a special cups but the cups haven't come in yet so our grandson got the regular plastic Disney cup. My husband ordered the shrimp tempura - Wow! Beautiful presentation and it was good. My grandson ate all of it. My poor husband left hungry. I ordered the chicken breast - very moist, tender. I enjoyed it. My grandson had the kid's cheeseburger meal. He requested french fries - they were skinny and very tasty. They did not take our Disney Dining Card but I could use my cast ID to get 20% off. Yes, we will go back next week when my brother is here. Lot of people don't know about it so we had no trouble getting in. By the time we left it was packed but everywhere else to eat was worse. The line for Tusker House was unreal. We have reservations for that next week also. One of the Landry people told me they will start taking reservations by phone the 14th of Dec. Now you have to walk up to their podium at 11 to make same day reservations. Enjoy - another nice place to eat in the Disney Parks.
They are a British rock band and sing songs very similar to those done by the Beatles. Located in the United Kingdom pavilion, this is an entertaining show. If you like the Beatles, you will probably like the British Invasion.
I've seen them many times before the American Adventure show. They set a great patriotic theme and have great skills. The group is very engaging with the audience. They usually draw quite a large crowd as well.
I ate at the counter service side of Yak and Yeti on 11/15. The meu is limited: Sweet and Sour Pork, Shrimp Lo Mein, a beef dish and a chicken dish. There are several sides you can add. I ordered a side of chicken fried rice and the pork egg rolls. They were adequate. The only sauces they had were the standard small packages you find at any other oriental restaurant. A draw back was the limited seating. I was there on a slow week and people were waiting for tables. I don't know where people will sit during the upcoming peak season.
I visited Disney World last week and visited The Laugh Floor three times. Each time it was more amazing than the last. Yes, the routines were similar, but each was different enough to let you know that somehow, someway, the cartoon characters on screen were actually interacting with the audience. If you enjoyed The Laugh Floor, then you will also like Turtle Talk with Crush in The Sea at Epcot. For those who didn't enjoy it, then you probably didn't enjoy the Disney Experience. Sad for you.
Best quote form the show, Cranium Command which seems to never be open anymore. It was a pretty good show. The body part characters were funny and the preshow was very good. CC is quite an underrated show actually. 7.5
We have just returned from 2 weeks at Pop Century ( we did not eat there though ) We all thought the hotel was superb for both us and the kids, we stayed in 80's building and the pool ( computer one ) was really good lovely and warm no matter what time you decided to go swimming ( open 7am till midnight ) lifeguards on duty 10-10 and some where really funny playing with the kids in the pools,
The rooms were also okay we only used ours to sleep in though as we were at the parks most of the time till late.
Using the buses was easy enough running about every 15 mins
Ate at Yak and Yeti on opening day 11/14. Food was good and pricing was a bit high for the type of dishes available (16.00 for beef with broccoli), but in line with other Disney table service meals. We went in at about 12:10pm and they told us to come back at 12:40. When we returned at about 12:35 and our table was ready.
I would recommend thay everyone give it a try.
We used to shop AND buy at Sid Cahuenga's on all our trips. Sadly, the darling little shop is but a shadow of it's former self. They used to sell movie props, large items and small but those things have slowly been removed, only to be replaced by autographed photos and a few newly made items, similar things that can be found at Hallmark. LOL Nothing wrong with the current merchandise but we so enjoyed purchasing up a small bauble that Judy Garland used to own, or a little ornament off the tree from some famous holiday movie. The place truly used to be a small museum of movie history (although all the items were for sale!) but perhaps more people went to look than to buy. So sad.
Old rating: 10
New rating: 7
This is a little jewel tucked in Disney's West End shopping area. The items sold here are bright and creative works of art with mostly mid to high end prices. We've seen everything from one of a kind teapots to handcrafted soaps, blown glass suncatchers to oddly deformed flower vases, from wristwatches to wildlife jewelry. The variety is amazing considering how small the shop is. (and yes, I agree, children are definitely a hazard in this store!)
We drop by the shop several times throughout our vacation and have found that the merchandise changes often. One warning though: If you see something you like, don't wait, buy it now. Chances are good it won't be there when you go back!
Have fun shopping!
Disney did this... beyond expressibility! The special events honored this as a world occasion that we should use to celebrate our common bonds and unity. It was about dreams and the possibility for the future - and not gushy at all. I've never experienced the kind of serenity I did at World Showcase during this. It makes me wanna be alive in 3000.
This choral group at the America pavilion can hold harmonies tighter than braids and range across the scale from baratone to first soprano. If you're nearby during a performance, be sure to stop in, take five minutes off your feet, and enjoy the songs and comical bits in between. (They also sing in colonial costumes which is extra fun.)
This audience-involved gameshow left Hollywood Studios in mid-2006 to make room for a Toy Story Mania, which will be a 3-D experience similar in some respects to Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin at MK. It was an exhilirating experience while it lasted, but adios!
Don't make an effort to see them, but if you catch them during a performance - either walking by or you're at the America pavilion - definitely stop and listen. They do brief performances and are a relaxing diversion with quite a lot of a talent.
Unlike most 3-D shows, this one is soft and warm so it won't scare the bejeebers out of little kids. Several effects include wind, the smell of yummy French food, and a spritz of water. Though the images are very stylized, when Ariel throws her gems into the audience, I find myself reaching for them I'm so consumed in the realism!
(For clarity, the story is that Mickey is an opera conductor who uses his sorceror's hat to conduct. But Donald gets his hands on it and it sends him rocketing through musical scenes of Disney's most popular animated movies of the late 80s through mid 90s.)
The guys play music outside Mission: Space on select days. (I sorta stalk them to be honest.) They're very thematic. For example, during the Garden Festival, they play with troughs on clay pots. Noisy for kids and smart for adults, check these guys out if you get the chance.
Lucky left for Toyko and Hong Kong two years ago. But she was a great diversion in her stint at WDW. For clarity, Lucky was a walk-around animatronic dino at the Animal Kingdom who interacted in a life-like way with the gathered crowd and her "zookeeper."
This is actually better than the Broadway production of the Lion King. I consider it one of the Top 3 attractions at Walt Disney World. The singers, dancers, acrobats, and circus people will have you laugh and cheer for this informal-style stage show. (Fun fact: some of the "tumbler monkeys" were former Olympic gymnasts!)
If you miss this, call Disney for a refund because you've missed the time of your life - no exageration!
This troop of British comedic actors travels across World Showcase doing their spins on classic tales from - or about - that country. For example, in the UK you can hear about King Arthur and the Holy Grail (but on a budget and incorporating people in the gathered audience).
These comedians are brilliant improvisors and the people they pick from the crowds are always hilarious - in their own special ways. Don't miss them or you have lost a highlight of Epcot!
The title says it all: I can get better gelato at my local mini-mart. It's cheap, melty, and overtly fake. Bleh.
I didn't think the Living Seas was all that great before, and now its still mediocre but character crazy too! This is Epcot for crying out loud - the one park that is not really attached to the Disney films and television programs.
Although it is a nice addition for families with children in the under-7 set, I fear this is the beginning of the end for Epcot after hearing the report that Test Track might become connected to "Cars."
As a final note, the tanks are the largest man-made ones in the world. Some of the coral looks like it belongs in an art gallery! But the educational piece is dissapearing and that's what made Living Seas a worthwhile experience.
King Hassan II of Morocco sent his royal architects here to help with the construction to this pavilion in 1983 and '84 - it was not here on opening day. The attention to authenticity and detail shows. Morocco is foreign in the best way and the entertainment is a great diversion.
Mexico is a rather diverse pavilion with several moods and settings. The outside is more festive and spicy - very TexMex. Inside the Aztec pyramid, it is more romantic and soothing. The water feature to the back is so well-designed and well-lit I just have to mention it here!
The new attraction is a new coat of paint on an old car, but the rest of the pavilion - including a store with authentic artifacts - is a splendid experience.
The gardens here are the best and the only one in World Showcase in which EVERY SINGLE plant is native to Japan. The rest of the pavilion has no big negatives and the architecture is an Imagineers dream - lots of forced perspective and landscaping effects.
I had the Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad for lunch and it was delicious! it had a good texture and amazing flavor.
The decor was also very impressive. Be sure to ask to sit on the second floor in the veranda room. Its the one with the big glass windows that overlook Asia. I sat at table 109 and the table to request with the "best" view is 106.
The thing Big River has going for it is it's location. Sadly, that's about all. DH likes the beer there and we both like having a relaxing place to sit and watch the scenery on the Boardwalk so Big River gets our business for that purpose. The food is pretty awful. (we've eaten here 5+ times and all times were bad. Like I said before we go here for the location alone.) We've had ribs, tough and cold. Bleah. We've had some kind of pasta dish, it was swimming in sauce and the noodles disintegrated under our fork. We've had tilapia which tasted ok but got to our table cold. The potatoes served with the meals have NEVER been warm yet. It's become a joke with us, to see if we can outwit the potato fairy and actually GET some hot ones. LOL We've had the chips and salsa, which are always said to be "fresh" somehow. These are merely stale Doritos and salsa out of a jar, tossed onto a plate and served. We ate them because we were hungry but felt disappointment with every bite we took. LOL
I hope others have better experiences here but ours have been consistently bad. Go for the location or the beer but I wouldn't hope for a great meal here.
Our Rating of this restaurant:
3 for the food
9 for the beer
10 for the location
OK food, plenty of choices, but not always very tasty or well prepared. We've eaten here half a dozen times, maybe more but only because it's convenient to where we were at the moment. Given all the other wonderful choices at WDW we'd rate this a little better than half mast (6 maybe 7?) but that's mostly for the really cool atmosphere.
(I'd have given it a 9 or 10 based on the original menu but the newer menu just isn't as original or good IMHO)
DH and I avoided this place for about 4 years, no clue WHY we did though. Finally, on our last trip we decided to give it a try. We went there early on in our 10 days and ended up eating here a total of 3 times. Yes, it was THAT good!
We aimed for the ribs for the most part, but the rosemary cornbread and shrimp po-boy sandwich were to-die-for delicious as well. I highly recommend House of Blues! Don't forget to pick up a HOB souvenir while you're there.....we found some great two for one bargains, something the salesclerk told us they do quite often. Have fun!
The trains- authentic steam trains.
Scenery- A little too far and in between.
Queue- Boring, nothing but a line.
Preshow- Nothing, but occasionally Nemo floats in one of the video bubbles, which is fun for kids.
Show itself- Fantastic! A great musical show with stellar numbers. In the end, not as good as Lion King, also in Ak
The annual pass for WDW is a really great bargain, and especially so if you're a DVC member. With the current $100 discount for DVC members, taking two 10 day trips over a 12 month time span works out to slightly less than $20 per park/day. We couldn't be more pleased with the price and it makes quick trips into the park, let's say JUST for dinner, much less painful to bear.
I agree with a previous reviewer that the ticket is a bit flimsy but so far we haven't been able to *ruin* one. We have noticed however, far too many of them become de-magnetized too easily...a bit frustrating for everyone, guest and castmember alike.
We love entering Epcot through the International Gateway. Going through the security bag check is relatively painless here because not only do you usually have a short line but you have the added benefit of plenty of beautiful greenery and shade, great World Showcase music surrounding you and there the area is filled with a relaxed ambiance. It's a wonderful place to begin your park visit!
My wife and I have been lucky enough to do Disneyworld vacation almost every year for the past 15 years. After that many visit you get your list of favorite things to do at each park. We both love to eat and Epcot has no shortage of great restaurants. The San Angel Inn in Mexico is one of our favorites as is Le Cellier in Canada. In the last few years we've really made an effort to track down the various bands and street performers in the World Showcase. There is a list of performance times at the main entrance to the park. Last year we saw a balancing act with two guys stacking chairs in France, drummers in Japan, and a Comedy Troupe in Britian. There are also Origami artists, jugglers, and many other street performers. You just have to track them down. As for bands, Off Kilter( a Scottish band) performs constantly on stage and behind the British exhibit, in the garden, there is a stage where a Beatles tribute band plays. While on the subject of bands, check out Mulch, Sweat, and Shears in MGM. They are great. Back to Epcot, we go around Christmas (coming up soon) and each country has their own Christmas Storyteller. Anyway, just some of the great, maybe lesser known stuff at Epcot.
This is a very interesting show that not many other companies do. The fountain shoots water in different patterns and designs while synchronized to music. It's a fun thing to watch at almost anytime. The lights are are great too. It is worth seeing at least once.
Great show. The MK needed an attraction like this...
Great ride. My own 'personal' complaint is that this ride made me a bit sick (during the backwards (and upwards) rentry into the mountain). I'm fine with just about any coaster ride but Everest did me in...being in one of the back cars seems much worse than being the in one of front few cars. Typical Disney, great stroyline, attention to detail, etc.
Packed with information on Walt Disney and the begining of the Disney company and parks this is a great attraction. There is a lot of Disney exhibits and artifacts as well as historical things on Walt Disney. The whole place is very well put together and educational. It is quite interesting as well even with all the other things to do at MGM.
The trail has many animals along its course. The tigers are the best exhibit but the Komodo Dragon is cool as well. It has a unique room filled with bats and a bird sanctuary as well. The Maharajah trail is a good place for a walk. It isn't usually too crowded either.
This is more of an observation really.As a visitor from the uK I have been really heartened to read the reviews of the Port Orleans resort and know that it hasn't changed at all. Still the same excellent service and what a great resort!.We have stayed a number of times at the POR (when it was good old Dixie Landings)last stayed at POR at Christmas in 2001.In 2003 we stayed at the Carib.Beach but visted the POR and we were really sorry that we hadn't stayed with what we knew.CB was ok but not a patch on the elegance and service of POR.Magnolia bend is my favourite and in the early hours of the morning watching the rabbits and other wildlife play on the beautifully manicured lawns. We haven't been back to Orlando since 2003 but have had the opportuntiy to vist the Paris and Los Angeles resorts ...Orlando remains the best. We are coming again at Christmas for 3 weeks and although we are staying for a few nights at Hard Rock Hotel Universal there was no contest when it came to the Disney hotel and for 18 glorious nights we will be coming home to the POR.....36 nights to go ..I just cannot wait!
Will post a review when we return
I never actually got to experience this wonderful snorkeling opportunity because breathing in the mask is harder than it looks! You can't breath through your mouth perse because then you suck up water between where your lips meet.
Also, the alleged "One-Size-Fits-All-Masks" are a scam. Smaller people should specifically ask for a kids mask and don't back down until the desk guy gives it to you!
However, if you get the chance and can master the snorkel mask, I've heard it is an enlightening experience; you get to swim amongst coral and real fish - including small sharks! Do it if you can and early in the morning.
As a final note, the water is icy because of the climate control. Allow yourself a moment to adjust before paddling out. Ask for a life jacket to help you float because you are not permitted to kick and must stroke VERY gently.
Though not bad, Keelhaul is the worst of the Falls. The combination of being alone in your own inner-tube and the tameness of the slide make it pretty lackadaisacal. Still, if you want to do as many slides as possible, you'll probably enjoy yourself and get a good squeal or two.
Of the three "Falls" at Typhoon Lagoon, this is the longest and zaniest. Don't think it's an intense slide with long drops and lots of screaming - it's pretty darn tame. But nonetheless, it's a spirited good time.
Note: unlike Gangplank Falls, Mayday is one-person tubes and has some sharp turns. And unlike both Gangplank and Keelhaul, Mayday requires lots of walking up to the top of the mountain - stairs, stairs, and more stairs - so enjoy the ride down!
A gentle family raft down a slide. The more people, the faster it goes. It is incredibly tame and a thrill for anyone without severe back problems. Lure elderly travelers on and watch them get soaked by the waterfall!
Aside from the upgraded decor - which kids think rocks by the way - this place is a regular Mickey D's (pardon the pun). So as if your not sick of burgers and fries from the theme parks, stop in for a bite of novelty. Oh, did I mention the standard McDonalds prices don't apply here?
So we all know - at least, we should know - that Captain Cook's is pretty much a stylized mini-mart at the Polynesian with some healthy food choices for snacktime. But very few people know that it is the only other place in all of WDW besides Adventureland that a person can get Dole Whip!
This soft serve pineapple ice cream is perfect for watching the "Wishes" fireworks on the Polynesian beach.
What a show!
Take the best parts of Wishes, times them by ten, give it a spooky makeover and you have HalloWishes. The pyro is awesome. The remixed `villains` music tracks are great IMHO. The castle lighting is superb. And the ghost host narrator - and his guests - keeps things getting too scary for the little ones.
The show is best viewed from the south side of the hub; somewhere near the first bridge you`d cross as you leave Main St, USA heading for the castle. From here you`ll see the castle lighting and projections, the firworks launched both off the Fantasyland roofs and the castle, the high level fireworks plus the grand finale 180-degree barrage that fills the sky in front of you. It seems the 360 degree perimeter launches have been dropped to keep transportation running, though the same ammount of launch sites have been condensed and placed between Adventureland and Tomorrowland.
Located in France near Impressions de France, this is the best dessert shop in WDW. The mousse and eclairs are amazing as if everything else. The perfect place to get food before Illuminations. French pastries are great.
This place has great Scandinavian dessert items such as lefse, crumcaka and many others. It is one of the best places in EPCOT for a snack. Definately worth trying.
We ate here for the first time last month and it was a great night, and we are sure to be back.
FOOD: we stuck with our likes and with the help of the server, picked wonderful items. Everything was good (scallops) to very good (perfect fried oysters), with a couple things being outstanding (deserts, crab-crusted halibut), too many to mention.
WINE: we made an evening of it, and ordered several courses to be shared. Our server did not miss a beat, and selected some nice wines that paired very well with our food.
SERVICE: We let the server know we were going to take our time, and she was great. We were not rushed at all, and she really made us feel special and appreciated.
EXTRAS: view with boat parade and fireworks over the MK. Just wonderful.
quite prossibly the most overhyped attraction on property. i saw so many commercials on TV before i rode it for the first time and thought it was going to be the best attraction Disney has ever created. it wasn't....i was completely disappointed. i think whole idea is really cool but the intensity just doesn't do it for me. not intense at all, yeah i can feel the g-forces but its only for like 2 seconds then they're gone. i'll still ride it every once and a while if there is a short line or somebody wants to ride with me but id rather not wate my time. they tell you not to look right or left...i did, nothing happened. i closed my eyes (they tell you not to do that)...guess what nothing happened. i like how they split it up into green team (less intense) and orange team (more intense)....because the original was so intense for some guest....it wasnt. they need to make the orange team more intense or create a new team to make more intense. this attraction was way too overhyped
What can I say about LeCellier that hasn't been said before? This is my favorite place to eat in EPOCT by far. Problem is, the Filet Mignon is so delicious that it will ruin it for you whenever you eat it elsewhere. It's *that* good. I also highly recommend the cheddar cheese soup and the maple crème brulee. Every meal I've had here has been consistently delicious. ADRs are a must because this is one restaurant you don't want to miss!
I read through the previous reviews and found several that echoed my sentiments about the Prime Time Cafe. When I first dined at PT in 1999, I had a very enjoyable experience, that was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. The wait staff were really into their roles and played it up. "Mom" would really come down on you hard for minor etiquette infractions, but that's what made it a blast. After all, I can find plenty of local restaurants with 50's decor at home. I like a little bit of a show and something different when I'm in the World.
Then during a visit in 2003, I witnessed a manger explaining to an irate foreign customer that no offense was intended by his waiter, and that scolding was part of the restaurant's theme. I visited again in 2005 and brought some friends and was sadly disappointed because now PT seemed to be just another 50's themed restaurant. Our waiter made a few mentions about "dad" falling in front of the TV, etc. But gone were the days of "mom" barking orders and scolding the "kids" for not eating their veggies. I couldn't help but think that perhaps with the world-wide appeal of Disney World that there was more than one incident of cultural miscommunication, and as a result the wait staff must play it safe and avoid any type of criticism or teasing.
I don't see myself visiting PT again anytime soon.
Casey's is the kind of place that's easy to miss if you aren't looking for it. But it's definitely worth seeking out for a quick bite to eat. Seating consists of a few small (2 person) tables and a small set of bleachers, so if you have a large party (more than 4 people), you may prefer to eat elsewhere. Kids will enjoy the old time cartoons shown on the big screen while you eat. Great dogs, and plenty of fixings available. A great place when you want to grab and go.
The Columbia Harbor House is by far my favorite place to eat while in the Magic Kingdom. I even prefer it over the table service restaurants. The food is cheap (relative to Disney World) and it's always easy to find a nice quiet place to relax for a little while before heading back out into the park. The Anchors Aweigh tuna sandwich is always delicious, as is the Lighthouse Hummus sandwich. My only complaint is that on my last trip (October 2006) they have done away with the bread bowls for the clam chowder, which was very disappointing. However, the chowder is as delicious as always.
Funny but in little more than a years time the experience has become a complete and total waste of time and money. Where once children were given a fairly neat little magic wand and a neat star pin that blinked, they are now given a plastic cr@p wand that a dollar store wouldn't even dare sell and a star that no longer lights up or even stick on to anything (its just a glob of plastic in a star shape.. total crap.
Now for the even bigger scam... I purchased meals for both my 5 year old and 2 year old so that they could each get a picture (even though the 2 year old would have been free to simply eat).. imagine my surprise when they then explain sorry... we only give one picture to a table... Yeah that's right if you dine there with one parent and one child you get one picture if you dine there with two parents and two kids you get one picture. So... if anyone actually want to go through with this scam for the sake of their kids do yourself a favor make reservations for mom and one kid and then seperate ones for dad and the other kid otherwise your paying the price for two pictures and only getting one...
And don't expect the food to be worth eating its beyond bad... you have the option of getting a Hot meal (nasty looking sausages that appear to be rejects from the continual hot dog cooker in the local movie theater, industrial powdered egg like stuff, and a basket of stale bread.... or the Cold meal of a huge bowl of strawberry yogurt topped with burnt bananas, strawberry slices and sugar to cover the burnt taste... Oh boy... what a choice... And all for the more money than a dinner at Wolfgang's
I regret that I can't withdraw my previous review where I gave it a 8. I just got back from that can only be described as the resort from h^^l.
We arrive at 3:30, and the room isn't ready yet... There solution is to give us a handicapped room (well I'm sorry but I don't want to sleep on the floor or have a bathroom with no door... I called and they said okay, we'll put you in another room... they said someone would be right over with the new keys to the new room... 1 hour later I call and am told the keys are on the way... 2 hours I call again and now they say Oh, I'm sorry the runner never came to pick up the keys... I end up driving back to pick them up, then go to the "new" room to find that it has a card in the room from Mickey to some family named Benson (my name isn't Benson) and find that the room smells like a smoky bar on a Friday night... I again call and explain that my daughter has breathing problems and can't sleep in a smoked up room... Their solution was to send some over with a can of air freshner to cover up the smell of smoke with fake floral scent... Again I ask for a new room.. I finally get one that is reasonable at 7:30... Their solution for wasting 4 hours of my trip that I would normally bill to a client for 1250 /hour... they knock 25 dollars off the bill...
Now, don't think it got any better from this point on... it seems when I dialed the front desk I wasn't actually getting anyone at the hotel I was getting a calling center somewhere else... I know this because when I called at 2 in the morning to ask where I could find some antacid they told me to go to the front desk.... when I go there they explain they have nothing and that It would be faster for me to just drive to a all night gas station myself...
So if you want a hotel where you will never be able to speak to anyone that actually works there by phone (a call center in India I guess) then by all means pick this dump.
This is the best fireworks show ever, I'll miss it when they make a new one...
The refurb of the Haunted Mansion was long overdue, and WDI came thru with flying colors. The multi-positional audio in both the stretching room and the Doombuggies is awesome, and very much appreciated after years of crackling audio or even no audio. The new scenes, especially the attic scene, are what many expect out of WDI - top notch. You'll want to ride several times just to take in all the changes. I know I did!
This is once again a can't-miss E-ticket attraction at the Magic Kingdom.
A great attraction for kids. They have a blast digging up bones and the playground is pretty good sized as well.
The U.K. has a few performance groups that are worth looking at such as the British Invasion. There are a lot of shops in the "country." I've never had the food though. They could make a great ride or show for England...
It is believed that the king of Morocco sent an architect to Orlando to make sure the place is authentic looking. It is very unlike the other countries and is unique in that way. The shops are quite interesting as are the restaurants. The place could use a ride or show though.
We first found this gem a few years ago when we were hungry, but didn't quite want the "usual" food. We were lucky enough to be seated right away and were struck at once by the beauty of the restaurant.
While the food may sound exotic it is just everyday food given a twist by the spices they use; everyday spices, but used in an unexpected way.
We love the Jasmina Salad, the chicken kabobs and the brewat rolls. Crepes Atlas is the best way to end the meal and you cannot skip the mint tea.
The Sultan Sampler is a great deal and you get to try some of their best dishes all on one plate.
Its a must for us on each trip.
I happened upon this restaurant in February of 2007. The atmosphere of the restaurant was phenomenal and it was not crowded at all. I was seated immediately and the service I received was very pleasant. I am somewhat of a picky eater when it comes to something new so I chose the chicken kabobs because they seemed to be something I would enjoy. The chicken was very tasty and I really enjoyed the sauce that they were in. It was different, but very enjoyable. I was fortunate enough to see the belly dancer show. The music was great to listen to while eating, and the belly dancer put on a great show. She even called up a few people from the restaurant to try and do the dance it was hysterical. Some of them really got into it. I would recommend trying this restaurant at least once. It is really a great experience.
This was a great place to find. The sea theme is done very well and the food is great. This place has a lot of seating, good speed and is a good overall restaurant.
I went to Restaurant Marrakesh as a spur-of-the-moment change on 9/3/2007. I was pleasantly surprised. The restaurant wasn't too packed and service was very quick. My waiter, Anas, was really great and since I've never had Morrocan food before, helped me to pick out some amazing choices. I started with the Harira Soup, which was a delicious soup, then had the Shish Kebab. I very impressed with that part of the meal. The flavor was beyond words, and the meat was incredibly tender. Even the rice that came with it was perfect. I didn't think that the meal could get any better after the Shish Kebab, but Anas suggested I try the Moroccan Symphony. These little pastries were melt in your mouth good. I normally don't like almonds, but I couldn't stop eating them!
The decor of the restaurant was very nice. It was very open and easy to move through. I didn't get to see the entertainment however, since I went for an early dinner.
All in all, I think that this was the best meal of my entire trip this year!
I was apprehensive about eating here in January 2007 because I am a picky eater and I don't like my food too spicy. However, my husband wanted to see the belly dancer and he thought it would be fun, so we went. We had a party of 8 with 4 kids. Well, needless to say, we loved it and I was worried for nothing. I got the shish kabobs because I thought that would be the most like food I was used to. They were great! I really liked their rice, too. I tried their iced mint tea and it was delicious. Very cool and refreshing.
The entertainment was nice. The music and belly dancer very good. She tried pulling my shy kids up with her to dance, but they felt self concious. My husband and father in law enjoyed her very much.
Overall, it was a good meal in a great setting. We would definitely come back!
This is up there with the sunshine season foodfair and the Crystal palace as thed best Disney has to offer. The food portions are large and delicious and the seating area is great. My favorite is the 1/2 slab of St. Louis Ribs and the corn is just delicious. 10/10
We love the 50's prime time cafe. We visit every trip. I love the 50's atmosphere. The wait staff is wonderful. It just brings you back to another time. The food is ok. We enjoy the food but it's not over the top great. I do make the smores at home. Overall its a great experience.
I really have nothhin to say
Didn't think much of it, but worth the wait to hear my Nana freak out. She likes it though
I still love this ride,but they took the song out of it, its still a visual masterpiece.
Queue- Very intristing with the dungons.
Sound- Terrible now they took the song out.
AA- Very detailed and the Jack Sparrow figure in particular
Exit- plants you in a very cool gift shop
This is one of the older rides, but is still loved
Wait line-Nothing to see here
Veichle- A flying pirate ship.
Scenes- A birds eye veiw at the story, I love when the ship shoots at you.
Sound-o.k. Captin Hooks voice was terrible and did'nt sound like him at all.
Its o.k. Not too scary unless you have a little kid. Theres trolls,waterfalls, and polar bears. One huge complaint is when you get off, you have to wait to get out [or take the movie, your choice].
We ate in that revolving restraunt and saw boats going by and we decided to go on. This is educational but very intresting. I definitly recomend it!
This ride is so amazing, with all real animals. Even on the waiting line, you learn and are able to observe animals. The veichles are realistic and the tour guide brimming with information. The animals are very close and there seems to be no barrier between you and the dangorous animals. Theres also a very cool story about Little Red kiddnapped by poachers. An amazing ride. I love it
Wow! This ride is very fun, you get wet, and you see the damage loggers have done to a rainforest. I have 2 complainants on this ride. One its pretty short, and two, the one big time you get wet is on the drop. Its still an awesome ride, though
A full classic, so stop with all the whining its perfect
This is one of the best rides in Mk. A thin storyline about a bride, funny tombstones, and some hitchhiking ghosts make this ride a must see classic
I enjoyed this a lot more then what was there last
I`ll admit this ride is orginal and the preshow is very intresting, but it`s way to jerky and disoranting
This is pure insanity! This ride is more addicting then potato chips
This is my second favorite ride [Soar`n is the best]. It had some great visuals, an amazing story-line, and most important it was fun!
When you compare this to the other ride, of course it will seem bad..but you have to think about the people coming to Disney for the first time, or those that didn't get to see the original.
In which case, it's a very fun ride, no lines, and a great rest for your feet. Pretty humorous, the kids will love it. :) And afterwards, there's a fun play place that everyone can enjoy.
For all the times I skipped out on this one in the past, I wish I didn't! The que is gorgeous and the attention to detail in the entire thing is just absolutely stunning. Words can not describe how wonderful and well done this ride is. Go check it out for yourself!
I did it years ago, probably '97. It wasn't too bad, but I swore I would never do it again due to the pushy people. Well, never say never. I am going to be down there the weekend of this year. It just happened to be the beginning part of our trip. Mom did it last year with a group of friends and said it was nuts, but we wanted to go for the Christmas party, so that's when we are going. We will just avoid Studios for the weekend. Planned on going off property to Seaworld on Sunday, but just found out Jack Hanna will be there. Can't win!
By the way, I am a huge AMC fan, but pushy women I can't handle!
The best land in MGM. It has the Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' roller coaster. Enough said already but it is also home to Beauty and the Beast and some shops and food stands. Having the best attractions does an awful lot for it!
this is a great place for breakfast i would recomend it to everyone. If you like a big breakfast this is the place to go the selection is good and everyone in our party loved it here. I will be making this a come back destination. great food and a good deal as far as price goes.
had dinner reservations here ahad heard it was a must do but we were not impressed. The steak was nothing special it was good but nothing that stood out. Portions are small and i didnt care for the dessert grapefriut cake. this is way to overpriced for what you get i wont be putting this on my return list.
just returned from our trip had a lunch time reservation at the coral reef and found it to be a great place the food was very good service was excellent and the atmosphere was a plus. was on free dining so i cant really say about being over priced. i would still put this on my return restraunt list with or without the free dining package. I had the steak and it was done to perfection my dh had the fish and he loved it as well.I had heard bad reviews but decieded to give it a try anyway and am now glad i did. I give it a rating of8 out of 10.
this ride is one of my all time fav's at wdw, i love the concept and everything else, i can't wait to ride it again
I've eaten there twice and both times it was inedible. Chicken nuggets were cold and undercooked, burgers burnt to a crisp, fries cold and stale. Everything we've ever gotten there was unfit for human consumption. Avoid like the plague. (Because you may get it if you eat there!)
RRRRRRRRR! I hate it when we're just about to go on Space Mountain and my little brother has to go to the bathroom! I end up making too many trips here while the line grows for Space Mountain. The place itself is all right though.
The brown paint is a little dull, but they are very clean and sanitary, you could get excited about Norway's bathrooms.
Leave a Legacy bathroom!? That sounds wrong! It is a decent restroom facility though...
A good stop before traveling the world. This bathroom lives up to Disney standards.
A perfect place to puke after riding Rock'n' Roller coaster for your 12th time in a row... Convenient location.
Located next to the Snow White ride, Seven Dwarfs Mining company is the official Snow White shop. It has a large assortment of T-shirts and other Disney merchandise. Grumpy and Dopey seem to be the stars of the theme...
Highlighted by Kilimanjaro Safaris, Africa is one of the best lands at AK. The scenery looks like Africa is supposed to be and it has a trail near it. The safari is by far the greatest thing it holds though. There are quite a few entertainment things and shops too...
Fantasyland is what a lot of people think of when Disney is the subject. It is home to a large amount of character oriented things and full of classic dark rides. Cinderella Castle looms over it. Many of the original Disney rides are in Fantasyland. It is a great place for anyone.
Reflections of Earth tells a story about everybody's lives coming together to form one great idea. The fireworks are woven into the theme as the show progresses. The earth is huge and the images on it and music is a well executed plan. The grand finale is amazing. An incredible amount of pyrotechnics are shot off all around the lagoon. I wonder who pays for all of those each night?
I dined solo on 9/23/07 for breakfast and had a wonderful time!! The Princesses were so friendly - even to this 28 year old girl!! The breakfast items were great - I can't get enough of the hashbrown casserole. I will definately be booking this location for next year!
Magin Kingdom's firework show is very fitting to the park. Wishes is pretty emotional because of the soundtrack, music, and theme of wishing upon a star. It is a perfect way to end a day at MK and uses a beautiful display of fireworks.
The doors and awning carry the Peter Pan theme. The bathroom is quite big and clean. VERY GOOD!
Some of the best ice cream is served here. Located right in Main Street U.S.A. close to the castle.
Very fittingly it serves American food at the American Pavilion. Hot dogs, burgers and fries are American "cuisine," there is nothing wrong with serving them. The workers are dressed up in colonial attire and the flags add a nice touch. It is usually nicer to sit outside under the trees though.
Electric Umbrella has a far greater selection than most Disney fast food venues at the parks. The prices are the same but more options are available. There are two levels for eating and it always seems to be a quality dining place.
The Pirates of the Carribean shop. This shop takes advantage of the Pirates movies and sells all sorts of stuff related to them. There are also pirate swords, hats, and the sort representing the ride itself. It looks somewhat like a village shop in the Carribean.
This is really the best Christmas shop at WDW. It is similair to but far bigger than the one at MK and has so much more merchandise. The prices are quite steep but some stuff is worth it. This shop is not to be missed if you like Christmas shops and things of the sort.
There are so may sweets of all sorts in here: candy apples, lollipops, candy bars, you name it. It all looks amazing too. Located at Downtown Disney west side, this is perhaps the most tempting candy shop at Disney, if you can afford it...
Smells great inside. It has a huge amount of Disney Christmas decorations all around it and has a holiday feel to it. The prices for a tree ornament are crazy though. It helps to look but not buy most of the time.
The tower shop blends perfectly into the end of the Tower of Terror. It has unique a wide selection of t-shirts of the ride that can't be purchased anywhere else. It also has the movie that goes with the ride (worth checking out, it helps the ride expereince make more sense). Tower shop is a great postride store.
Germany has pretty good theming but has no attractions to speak of. A ride or show would add a lot to the country. It does have quite a few shops and restaurants however. It also serves those huge beer mugs (Hope one doesn't fall into the wrong hands). Anyway, Germany is a decent experience overall.
Spectromagic is the greatest parade in all of WDW. The lights are amazing. The soundtrack is good and the characters are put into the experience well. Spectromagic rules, even if you don't like parades very much, it is worth checking out!
Our family are staying once again in the
All Star Music Resort.I love this place and shops and food courts are awsome!
I tell you that this hotel is the best you ever seen. Where Dreams Come true!
This parade is unique but weird. There are monster sized puppets walking through the pathway. It's cool that they interact with the guests. The parade has a buch of abstract looking drum floats and stuff of the sort. The soundtrack is pretty good. They seem to have discontinued the parade but still play the music in world showcase.
Food was good for a buffet. But you go there for the charactors and it was perfect Mickey Donald Goofy and minnie were all wonderful. My kids loved it.
We had a truly wonderful time here. All the princesses were lovely (Belle greeted us and we were then visited by Ariel, Sleeping BEauty, Cinderella, Jasmine and Snow White). The food was delicious and there was plenty of it. One thing I loved was the way we weren't neglected by the characters even though we were 3 adults. One of the best, if not the best, character experiences of my life!
The landscape is really nice. There is a large garden and a rocky place with waterfalls located near the show. The restaurants are very expensive. O Canada is getting an update now and should be a great 360 show. Canada is a great place to view Illuminations as well.
Norway is one of the better countries in world showcase. Maelstrom is the best part of it. The dessert shops are very good and the Scandinavian feel is well done. It appears that the viking ship is just a decoration now.
Tom Sawyer island is reached by taking the raft across the pond. On it, there are treehouses, caves and other things to explore. It isn't overly impressive but still makes a good attraction.
At the end of Imagination, people must walk through image works. It has a variety if exhibits, the best being the one that you can conduct music by just hand signals. The place is often loud and we usually don't spend much time there. There is a lot of Kodak stuff in it as well.
The cokes of world are pretty good for the most part but some are nasty. Mexico is probably the best. The beginning where the guests walk through the snow and ice place was cool (haha!). The place has been updated since then I believe...
This place is amazing. Divided into seperate sections, each themed differently. It is the king of Disney shops and quite an attraction in itself. It carries most shirts, hats, books, movies, mugs, and everthing else available is the rest of the resort except some exclusive ride shirts. If not into shopping, walking through the shop is enjoying enough by itself. As far as shops go, and there are so many, this one is the best. Check it out!
Basically a part of the ride, Pooh's thotful shop is full of Pooh related items and theming. Some souveniers are located in "Hunny pots." The place is pretty small though.
After getting off Rock'n' Rollercoaster, you run straight into the shop. The lighting somewhat resembles a rock concert and the merchandise is quite unique. Rock'n'Rollercoaster t-shirts are for sale along with other memorabilia for the ride. One of the greatest rides has one of the better gift shops. Oh yeah, most of the stuff is exclusive to the shop.
Of all the souveniers that Disney has to offer, this shop focuses on the toys and games, and plenty it has. There are numerous sections to it and the shop carries everything to board games to lightsabers. The selection is almost unmatched. The outside theming and surrounding area is impressive as well.
A pet shop at Disney. Doesn't make much sense, nor do the prices, but it's kind of a fun place to walk through while strolling around Downtown Disney. Inside, it looks a very much like most other stores on the strip it's on...
In Dinoland U.S.A. it is one of the largest gift shops and packed with all kinds of dinosaur toys. There is not a lot of other merchendise though.
Located in Adventureland Bwana Bob's is a small cart that sells trinkets such as hats and pins, probably other things as well. It has one of the best names of all the shops :-)
The Astro orbiter is at the top of Tomorrowland. It actually is a moderate thrill compared to Dumbo and Aladin. You have to take an elevator to get to the top where the ride is and the view is great. It is a great family ride. The lines are often unbearable though.
Climax was the best but the ride itself was impressive. Ive been on this a few times now and it still makes me jump. Brilliant ride. Completely different to things Ive been on before!
First off, its a ride situated quite badly in Dinoland. Nothing to do with Dinosaurs. Jolts you violently. Not the best ride. Didn't enjoy it at all!
The "Athletic club" is centered around a great subject, sports. It has a large variety of Disney and professional sprts gear. The connection to ESPN shows very strongly throughout the store. Sportscenter is even played on TV screens. The jersey prices are painfull though...
After exiting Splash Mountain and seeing the ride photos, the Briar Patch is the next thing that you will go through. It's the only place to purchase ride pictures from Splash Mountain and it has a variety of SM t-shirts and other merchandise. The shop looks a lot like the waiting of the ride.
Two levels make the Virgin megastore. It is possibly the biggest shop at Disney. The megastore probably has any cd or music you could ever want. It has a huge selction of electronics with pretty average prices.
We just love the Coronado. We arrived around noon on September 1 and waited about ten minutes to be checked in. We gave our information, showed our drivers' licenses', etc. While they were checking to see if our room was ready, they noticed that we were there celebrating my 50th birthday. As we were dealing with someone who was training with check-in, the CM who was helping her asked us to wait a minute...she had to go check something. She came back with birthday balloons, a birthday card and special "gold key cards." Our room was not ready, but they indicated it should be within the hour. We told them we would go eat lunch and then call to see if our room was ready.
We went to the Pepper Market for a lite lunch (we were going to Emeril's for dinner at Universal's City Walk at 5:30 and didn't want to eat too much. My husband had a turkey sandwich and I had a ceasar salad...average. While we were eating lunch, it started to pour. By the time our room was ready, it was down to a mere drizzle and we got our luggage out of the car and took it to our room to unpack. We were in Casitas 5 with a water view...exactly as we had requested. We were in a corner room on the first floor (I jokingly asked my husband if he thought they put us on the first floor because I was turning 50 and they were afraid I couldn't handle the stairs!). We had a great view of the Lake and had a hammock right outside our door. Walking to El Centro, Pepper Market, the Dig Site took no more than 5-7 minutes. We were often asked if we wanted a ride on one of the golf/luggage carts that go around the resort, but we always turned it down...we enjoy the walking. While we were unpacking, there was a knock at the door and a basket of chocolates, wine and two Mickey etched wine glasses were delivered for my birthday. We also had turndown service for our bedding every night.
We were close to the quiet pool which we really enjoy. It's not that we don't enjoy the Dig Site pool, we just prefer the more quiet area. We never used the buses because we always rent a car. But we never saw a crowded bus leaving or entering the resort.
The Pepper Market food is average to above average depdning on what you order. We have never had an issue with any of the food (although I'm personally not crazy about the breakfasts). The first time we stayed here they were very helpful in explaining the way it is set-up, how it works, etc. Now we consider ourselves pros on the workings of the Pepper Market. We have only had breakfast at the Maya Grill once so we can't really offer any thoughts on it.
Mousekeeping was great. Just about every day we would go to a park for extra morning hours and then come back to the resort for a nap/swim. Each time we did, our room had already been cleaned. They left extra shampoos, lotions and soaps every day. We received a lovely "kissing swans" towel animal in our window the second day we were there that I absolutely loved.
We love this resort because there are not a lot of kids running around. Believe me, we have nothing against kids...we have two of our own (although they are now 21 and 19). But after being at the park all day, we like the quietness that is afforded at the Coronado. For those who worry about the convention people that may be there, here is our thoughts. In all the years we have stayed at the Coronado, once was there a "boisterous" group of conventioneers...they were very loud when they would walk to or from the convention center. But they never bothered us at the pool or anywhere else.
We were thinking of staying at the Polynesian next year for our 25th anniversary as cost is not that big of an issue for us. However, after our many stays at the Coronado, we have decided this is just our favorite resort and we have no desire to stay anywhere else. So we will be back at the Coronado from September 1 - 9, 2008 and can't wait.
My sons (12, 10, 8) and I love this pool. We could literally stay in it for hours. The waves are HUGE! Youngest son invented a cool game while in the pool: when the big wave is about to hit, dive down and grab the drain grates. See who can stay the most vertical as the wave hits. It's harder than you think.
The four pianists we saw could all clearly play the piano and play well. Good singers, too. They could play nearly everything that was thrown at them (though I stumped them with "Nightswimming" by R.E.M., a beautiful piano number). The mood in the club is light, and you can easily get your requests played. It was wonderful to hear "Vienna" by Billy Joel, a favorite of ours.
As long as Disney continues to carefully screen potential monster comedians, this show will be funny. A couple of the funniest lines could not have been scripted, nor easily planned for. They came from the quick witted minds of the voice talent. I'm still not sure exactly how this show fits into Tomorrowland, but it is more entertaining than its predecessor, which was a good show.
The theming here is extraordinary, and the "tables" are all incredibly cool. The film is very interesting and entertaining. We had some of the best service here that we've had anywhere in WDW. The food is nothing to write home about, but it wasn't bad, either.
We tried the steak, chicken, and salmon. All were terrible. We didn't sit in a table next to the aquarium, which means our views were no better than in the Living Seas pavilion itself. Service was okay, and the theming was good. The prices, however, were OUTRAGEOUS.
If the line is more than 15 minutes long, it's probably not worth the wait for a slow ride up to the top (though it is certainly a pleasant ride). More than anything, the chair lift adds to the exquisite theming of Blizzard Beach. It's cool that it's there, even if you don't use it.
The food is incredible and plentiful. There is a wide variety of African foods here, and they are all wonderful. The theming is great, and the service is outstanding. This is a restaurant we will visit on every subsequent trip to WDW.
... still not very entertaining. There is nothing even remotely approaching dazzling here. The Caballeros overlay contributes some fun to what was a dull, lifeless attraction. Not a lot of learning here, either.
It actually looks like the planet Tatooine on the inside and out. The shop has almost any type of Star Wars merch you can imagine but at quite a price for the most part. The shop is almost as good as the ride.
The shop has T-shirts and animal toys of all sorts including some of the better priced goods in Disney. There is a glow in the dark room full of interesting stuff. It's definatley feels exotic. The place even has animals that move and growl at guests. The talking tree can get a bit annoying though...
The best shop in tomorrowland, Mickey's Star Traders has a great selection of almost any merchandise sold ar Disney. It carries the Tomorrowland theme many of the land's attraction souveniers. The pricing is pretty close to any other shop at WDW. It is fun to see the TTA go through the high window too.
The giant LEGO figures are impressive and fun to look at. The store itself has a gigantic amount of LEGO memoribillia and sets. It is a great place for kids as well because of the play areas.
The 360 degree screens add a lot to the expeience. The show happens all around you. Wonders of China meets my expectations for a movie type show. The outside is more grand but details are present throughout the building.
Went to Disney World for the first time ever in May 2005. Illuminations was my absolutely favorite attraction! Can't wait until our Dec. 2008 trip to see it again.
The atmosphere is fun and the food is just "ok".... definitely over-rated.
JUST GOT BACK 09/14 TO 09/22/07 THIS RESORT IS SEROUS ANIMAL LOVER'S AFTER 3 DAY'S I TOOK ALL PIC'S I COULD. CHECKIN WAS CRAZY!! ROOM READY AT 4PM. THEY WERE NOT BUSEY. JUST NO MOUSEKEEPING!!! BUSSES NEVER ON TIME. SPENT ALOT ON CAB'S. WE WERE THERE FOR 9 DAY'S. WE LOVE DISNEY I BEEN GOING SINCE 1977. 2 TIMES IN 07. 1ST TIME THE FRENCH. BOMA WAS O.K. EVERTHING TOO SWEET! FOOD WISE. THE ANIMAL'S WERE AWSOME!!! HAD TO SWAPE A TOWEL RABBIT FOR MY WIFE. FOR THE MONEY YOU PAY! $345.00 A NIGHT PLUS TAX. CLEAN RESORT. NIGHT VISON WAS AWSOME!!! POOL WAS GREAT. TRY IT FOR YOUR SELF. SEE WHAT YOU THINK!!!
This NEVER gets old! My family once did this for 2 1/2 hours straight with no break.
The little kid area off to the side is not discussed enough and is well-designed. It allows younger Mouskateers to enjoy the waves, but they are light but the time they reach that far corner.
Position yourself at a location in this pool (that produces waves up to 5 feet above the natural water level every 90 seconds!) where the water sits just above your waist during the rest periods. This will give you a chance to keep your head above water, but make it a challenge.
The only negative thing about this enormous pool of ecstatic children and dedicated fathers is that the pool flooring is cottage cheese style so when you repeatedly fall on top of it, it can give you raspberries, deep cuts, and open sores. Because of this and other attractions at Typhoon Lagoon that remove swimsuits easily, wear a swimsuit that covers the most body mass it can.
Although you can never find a place to sit down, this high-cal. food is perfect for energizing you in the middle of the day when you're tired. Try the spicy cheese pretzel.
The rooms are decorated quite brightly with many hand-carved animals. All the animals in each room share a quality such as hanging upside down or being nocturnal or carrying their homes with them (turtles, of course, but also such creatures as kangaroos.)
However, the pizza is typical floppiness with lame sauce and rockhard crust. Normal theme park fare. But I guess you could do a lot worse.
This place is angelic in a money-sucker place like Disney. $5.95 for all the absolutely delicious, warm, and tangy subs. I reccomend the Earl's Club or the Full Montagoo. Be sure to stop in before 6pm, though because it can get noisy and crowded pretty quickly. In theory, the atmosphere is supposed to be potent-coffeehouse chic, but is lost somewhere in the execution.
Still, you'll love the food and the especially the price.
DO NOT EAT HERE IF YOU ARE STAYING AT ANOTHER RESORT!!
The food is costly and good, but not as good as a cherry garcia and not even in the same realm as The Garbage Pail over at Typhoon Lagoon. The line was 2 hours long with no reservations accepted - this is the most popular casual dining at this gigantic resort and it seats only a 32 people at a time!
Although people staying at the resort can wait in their rooms, off-siters will have to sit in plastic chairs by the off-limits pool for the perma-long wait. The dessert bar at your resort food court is about as good.
Innoventions is supposed to have a variety of new technologies and stuff of the sort. It does have some interesting exhibits, but it isn't a miraculous place. We don't always visit Innoventions, but it is an nice change once is an while
The newest and largest park at Disney. Animal Kingdom has some great rides including Kilamanjaro safaris, Kali river rapids, and Expedition Everest. It is the only park to have many live animals and trails to see them. The tree of Life is a very intersting centerpiece with tons of animals carved into it. The lands of it are really well done as well. This park would be an 8 or 9 but with the edition of Expedition Everest(perhaps the best ride in the all of WDW), it is indeed a 10.
MGM or Hollywood studios is the smallest park and styled a bit different. It sort of has a center point (Great movie ride and hat), but there are streets that wrap around each other almost into an oval of ball shape. Tower of Terror and Rock n Roller coaster are both in the top 5 rides in all of WDW. The movie theme is an exciting subject and attracts people to the park. It has a huge amount of shows as well.
Warning: THIS RIDE IS NOT FOR PEOPLE WHO CANNOT HANDLE JERKY MOTIONS OR KIDS (OR ANYONE) SKARED BY DINOSAURS
This ride is one of my favorite rides in the World. It starts off with a great preshow, and then you head into the ride. You start off going along, seeing scary sights, and then the computer senses dinosaurs, and you're off, zooming along, this way and that, avoiding dinosaurs and meteors. The audio-animitronics are some of the best, and the ride is very frantic and fun. A must-see.
This ride is top notch, and one of the best rides anywhere. The story and theming of this ride are too amazing for words. You can't believe the monumental amount of theming in the ride. And the ride is an amazing feeling. The drops are an amazing feeling. Overall, this extraroidinary ride is the best at Disney World, and a definate must see for everyone!
This is a great classic from Disney. It is a fairly tame rollercoaster, just enough thrills to make it very fun. The effects in this ride are top notch, and you will want to keep your eyes open to see all the sights in this ride. It is a must-see for everyone of all ages.
Slightly larger than the Downtown Disney one, Rainforest is amazing. The unique theming fits Disney perfectly even though it isn't Disney itself. The shop is great. THere are even a type of animontronics scattered about. The "thunderstorms" are awesome as well. If a bit expensive, the food is also up to par with the rest of the restaurant.
Its alright. Overrated. The speed pick up is great but it brakes way too early. the intensity of the ride was short lived. The idea is great so they should have done more with it. But yeah its pretty good.
Enjoyed it quite a bit the first time I went on this but came back for more the second and third time, and loved it even more. A rollercoaster with a twist. The bonus was we went on it 3 times in two days at Animal Kingdom and the longest queue was 15 minutes!
ONE OF MY FAV RIDES AT DISNEY WORLD, I LOVE IT WHEN YOU GO BACKWARDS. THE WHOLE RIDE IS REALLY WORTH THE WAIT.
It's a little smaller than the Animal Kingdom one but other than that it is pretty much the same. The same being one of the greatest restaurants in all of Disney of course! It often the first place we eat during our WDW visit.
Looks pretty stunning but we'd about have to sell the house to eat here.
It does a good job causing guests to feel the beauty and romance of France. The show is also gives a good feel of being in the country. It isn't the greatest movie and in a few years an update would be welcome. The entrace area is interesting as well.
This was my second time staying at this resort, and I've got to say, WOW, it's gone way down hill! My mom and son and I arrived at WDW a day earlier than expected and stayed at the All Star Movies...by the end of the week, we were wishing that we'd stayed there! First, our luggage got lost between the two hotels (we were told that we're not allowed to take luggage on the Disney buses,,,understandable, but then they need to have a better system of getting bags from one resort to the other), then when we finally got to our room, it was pretty dirty, with a big stain of something on the floor. Then I went to put some water in the fridge and found that whoever had been in our room before had left a sandwich and salad of some kind in the fridge..couldn't tell what kind of sandwich due to all the MOULD on it!!! Then we came back from the park one day and the Mousekeeper had left an opened bag of garbage on the table...had to then throw away all of our open food...I called the desk to inform them that I wasn't really happy, she put me on hold for over 20 minutes! After that, I guess that our Mousekeeper was "spoken to" about my complaint because every day after that we arrived back at the resort and our room hadn't been done...looked like she just "forgot" about our room for the rest of the stay...and on the last day, when we were waiting for the Magical Express bus to take us back to the airport with my 4 year old son sitting on the bench with me, a couple of cast members from the bell services standing talking about her "a%$**($" of an ex husband who was taking her to court to try and get her kids taken away from her....not such appropriate comments for a 4 year old to overhear!
I will NEVER NEVER stay at this resort again...being Disney, I'm sure it can do much better! Luckily this wasn't my first trip to WDW and I've had other great experiences to offset this one!
The waiting line and space before the show is very clean looking but could do with a sort of preshow like many other shows. The show itself is great. It involves many of the Disney characters in Donald's misadventure with the sorcerer's hat. It involves smell as well as other sensory feelings in the performance. It is done very well and you must see it if you can get in. The wait is often quite long.
This is the best show at Disney. enough said.
Muppetvision is hilarious from the preshow to the actual theater. THe effects are realistic but sort of old. The storyline is great. The whole thing is a blast. A must see! One of the best 3D show at WDW.
I don't know, after all of the hype, was pretty excited to see this one on the last visit in March 07. We're returning on December 6 and probably will skip this..for me, I saw it once, great but there wasn't anything spectacular about it that would have me waiting in line for it again.
With all of the Stich marketing and hype, I expected a lot more out of this attraction. First of all, I thought it was a ride, but instead it's a walk through show type of experience. Really, it isn't too bad of a show and the end has some nice effects, but this show could be so much better as a type of ride. With all the hype it had, Stich is kindof a let down, but if it there hadn't been so much anticipation, it would have a better rating... 5.5 really
As one of MGM's oringinal attraction's Indiana Jones is a classic show. The stunts are entertaining and they show you how some are done. It is a good experience.
For anyone who craves something a bit more involved than a turkey leg or churro, Boma is the place to go. The buffet is unlike any other on property, with just enough fun comfort food for the kids (or that picky adult) to keep him or her satisfied. For the rest of us, the choices are vast, the quality superior to most of what you will usually find at WDW, and the wait staff and chefs are always willing to walk the intimidated through the buffet and discuss what the foods actually will taste like. Believe it or not, the highlights of the buffet are the SOUPS!! Butternut Squash, Pepperpot, Pumpkin, Carrot, I mean, any buffet that makes me look forward to the soups, you know it has to be good. Add the fresh salads (at least three to choose from) a hummus bar, freshly cut meat (with a side of the incredible Boma mustard or tamarind BBQ sauce.) and you can easily see why this is a must-visit every time we visit the resort. If adventure you crave in your eating, there is no place better. Period.
Can't wait to go again!!
The audience sits in the middle of the show and it happens all around them. The birds, songs and theming are nice. Under new management is unlike anything else in its unique stlye. The tiki godess is pretty bizarre though. As one of Walt Disney's originals, the tiki room is really worth a stop to.
The country bears are always a good show. The songs and humor are great. That's saying something, cause I hate country music!
The AD Club is by far the best live entertainment at WDW. It would make for a great TV sitcom. I guess that it helps to be fun loving and a little crazy to enjoy it. Plenty of laughs, great actors & actresses (many of them have movie, Broadway & tv credits), 2 or more shows simultaneously in different rooms, very friendly atmosphere, sodas & alclcoholic drinks. Four or five hours may pass and it will seem like only an hour or two (time flys when you're having this much fun!), come and go as you please. The AD Club originally opened at 7:00 pm, however, private parties and functions often postpone the opening to around 9:00 in the evening.
Deep in the of Life lies AK's best show. It combines the Bug's Life theme with the classic Disney 3D show. The effects are great. When the bugs do things to the guests, it really feels like the real thing. Truly a masperpiece and a must see. Maybe a bit intense for small children though.
After the recent renovation, this is my favorite resort at WDW. The rooms are pretty nice-- nicer than many others IMHO, and the size is okay, too. But what makes this my favorite is the proximity to MK, the convenient access to the monorail, and the historical magic this hotel has. Think about it...THE MONORAIL goes right through the middle of the hotel! How can you top that?!?
There are never really any lines for the treehouse. It is massive and has plenty of things to look at including the large water pulley system. There is a great view of the castle towards the top as well. It's a good attraction for when you wait for your fastpass time to come or something of the sort.
the food is great and it's famly friendly.
Toy Story comes to life. Its the best place to eat for kids.
EPCOT seamlessly blends the future world technology theme with the world's fair of world showcase despite the two having very little in common. The rides are great, but they should keep the old dark rides that they used to have. Illuminations is spectacular. The entire park has a magical glow to it as well. Test Track is probably the best attraction. EPCOT is no doubt an elite world class park.
There isn't a huge need for it, but it is a nice journey around plenty of dinosaurs to see. It is a pretty small trail but still is a good place to walk around.
A nice trip across the EPCOT lagoon if you don't feel like walking all the way across. I hear that it goes to MGM too...
The renovation to include Capn Jack and Davy Jones destroyed this attraction. "Yo Ho Yo Ho" is gone and the storyline makes no sense if you can't hear the almost inaudible voices. Trying to put a new attraction in an old facility was the biggest mistake. Aside from the last scene in the treasure room and Capn Jack popping up in a few places, the sets and animatronics are exactly the same.
The music and mischevous nature of this ride are diminished. Now it is an ominous tale in dark chambers. No longer a decent ride.
My fiance and I stayed at CSR aug 7th-13th. The resort was absolutely beautiful! Check in was very quick, we got there at about 12:30, and our room was not ready yet, but we went to the pool, had a few drinks, and by 3 the room ready for us, our bags arrived shortly after and we were able to spend a night out at the parks! We stayed in Ranchos 6A, which was one of the farthest walks from El Centro that you can get, but it was such a beautiful walk that it did not bother us one bit! We were very close to the Main pool, which has a great bar and food area. (the bartender Max is awesome! we loved him!) The Bus stop was about a 1-2 minute walk, not bad at all! I would actually request to stay in this building next time I visit because the pros to the location outweighed the walk we had to make in the AM for breakfast. Our room was spotless, cleaned everyday, and the king size bed was great compared to our queen we have at home.
There were always golf carts going around that would pick you up and drop you off at the location you ask for. It was a very handy thing, becuase some nights we just were not up for a walk from El centro to our room, and we would just wait for a few minutes and catch the golf carts.
The buses ran great! I think the longest wait we had was for Downtown Disney on a friday night, and we were expecting it (about 20-25 minutes). We usually only waited about 5-10 for park buses. The drives were not long at all! animal kingdom was about 5 minutes, epcot was about 5 minutes, MGM about 5-10 and Magic Kingdom about 10-15. I suppose it depends on the drivers as well, some drivers seemed more comfortable driving the buses than others (there were also a ton of training drivers the week we were there).
As for Pepper Market, It is really not all that difficult! If you are confused they will explain it to you and while we were there the hostess' were all very friendly. the %10 gratuity is really not that bad since they get your drink, refils, and clean your table.
While we were there the Shuttle launch was happening and we actually watched the shutlle shoot up from the pool, it went right out from behind the Pyramid, it was a great experience!
This resort does not have many kids running around at all! It was so nice and relaxing to be able to sit by the pool and not listen to screaming kids! The waterslide was great and me and my fiance went down a few times each day!
If you want a nice relaxing resort to come back to after a day at the parks, Coronado is the place to go! I really can not understand how any one could give this place a bad review! it was wonderful and I have already booked our Honey moon for December! Can not wait to go back!
The ferry is a nice change of pace from more conventional ways of transportation but it was decent speed and it served its purpose well. It was a good ride too.
This is a sports bar/restaurant styled like a basketball court with all the classic memorabilia and such. It is occassionally noisy, but Monday and Tuesday nights are quieter as this place usually attracts more locals than Disney guests.
A relaxed dinner in the sometimes stuffy atmosphere of the Boardwalk is a great break inbetween Jellyrolls and that one awesome cookie place whose name escapes me.
Nothing beats it for Boys' Night Out or when the big game is on and even though your vacationing, the dedicated fans - read: men - insist on watching. Try the buffalo wings.
The review directly below this was placed incorrectly and I apologize.
Disney's Wide World of Sports is actually a fun place, but I've never had an opportunity to stay there long.
i love liberty inn because
the food is so cool! And the flags are also cool.
i loved the movie, but the seas with nemo and friends is one of the worst attractions on property. i went on the ride the first time i got to epcot as a CP in jan. '07 with high expectations, but was utterly dissappointed. the story was very bad..."where's nemo?, where's nemo?" got old real quick. the only thing going for it was the scenery, the EAC, and the end when you get to see all the real fish. if the wait is over 20 minutes, you aren't with a child under 7, or need to get out of the sun...i suggest you highly skip this ride.
We ate here for the first time last year and it was wonderful. We were on the dining plan and it was definitley to much food. The prices are very reasonable considering everything you get and it can very easily be shared betweet 2/3 people. It is one of the best CS restaurants around just for the fact there are so many choices. We will definitely eat there again.
Though not as family-friendly as I would have hoped, the Polynesian did provide quick counter-service, the beach, big-screen movies for kids on that beach, and the sand-bottom pool even if it was small.
My biggest complaint was the noise from the WDW Raceway or whatever its called. The roaring engines disturbed our afternoon naps twice.
Kona Cafe gave one of the best meals of my life period. The only problem was the overwhelming noise level. Kids love the chocolate sculpture of the animated alien Stitch and his Hawaiin friend, Lilo.
I didn't get to see the Ohana show, which was dissapointing. Seems like reservations months and months ahead of time are the only way to get in.
However, a senior member of my traveling party pointed something out: if you weren't in Disney and took away the fancy pool and view of Cinderella Castle, the longhouses look rather stereotypical Polynesian motel - the sort of motel that's been considered offensive since the '80s. And despite the size, the rooms aren't anything to get excited about.
The best part was the view of the fireworks from the beach while we ate our pineapple ice cream; Dole Whip. However, I know from a previous experience that at Fort Wilderness Campground they pipe the syncing fireworks music in on the beach, which they didn't do at Polynesian while we were there.
Lastly, the fauna in the lobby gets old after the initial check-in, but is energizing and eye-catching the first couple of mornings.
The title sums it up. The Wilderness Lodge is breathtakingly beautiful. The rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean. There are always kids activities by the pool, which features geysers that the kids can watch for hours! Older kids will love the zippy slides.
If you've never actually seen the exterior, imagine a huge Lincoln Log house... now make it into a towering lodge and surround it in pines.
The landscaping is rustically soothing and makes for great twilight strolls. Whispering Canyon Cafe, though pricy, has portions big enough to feed the Marine Corps. The kids ride around on hobby horses during the meal. I haven't actually been to Artist's Palette, but I hear that the window views are lovely.
And, as at any Deluxe resorts, (though it really is inbetween the deluxes and moderates, which I view as a good thing for family-friendliness and casualness) the service is top notch.
Beaches n' Cream is a cutsey little ice cream shop out by the main pool. However, at one of Disney's largest resorts, the most popular casual dining seats only 26. The demand is much higher, reservations not accepted, and waits usually exceed 90 minutes. Don't come here from another resort no matter what your snooty, hoity-toity cousins told you - they can actually afford to eat in the other restaurants.
I spent only three hours here and I was already sick of the high-society vibe. I suppose people who can afford it may find it more suitable, but despite being breathtakingly beautiful and the pier very soothing, even this, the relaxed half of Beach and Tennis, was too old money for me. Men were walking around in suits! And if I saw another pink, gingham dress with a head of flouncy, silky blonde hair on top... urr.
Anybody who is stretching their budget to stay here is going to be very dissapointed. I suppose people who don't have to probably aren't used to anything slightly more... vacation-y.
Yes, those artist easels by the lagoon aren't just for show; real live French artists will draw your portrait or caricature in pastels for $32. (Resort IDs not accepted.) It's worth the cost! These are pros who capture anybody beautifully while not altering there appearance. This was actually a highlight of the trip and it was a great vacation. Ask for their advice on framing - they're experts.
The rest of France is charming. The Patisserie has many mouth-watering but light desserts and the atmosphere is a romantic's dream. Only place for the little guys to meet Belle and Beast.
That play you say you saw, Romeo and Edna, was done by the World Showcase Players. They are a troop of English stand-up comics who have been making me laugh until my sides hurt for almost ten years. Look for them on the Times Guide. They play in Italy and the UK and the time of writing.
Italy itself is beautifully executed. If only the gondolas tied up by the Venetian bridge actually were able to be ridden as originally intended.
I am aware that it is spelled Tienemen Square, not Tienman Square. My sincere apologies.
Of all the pavilions, China has been given the largest dose of political correctness. I mean, just to film Wonders of China, the government had to get involved because Americans would be coming in the country. Despite the detailed architecture, vast gardens, and sweeping landscaping, you can't ignore that there is no mention of the Cultural Revolution anywhere.
Up until three years ago, that modest log cabin out front by the ground entrance to this pavilion sold the most delicious sugary snack on the face of earth: fresh-baked, Mickey-shaped beaver tails. (Also known as bear claws.) For some unannounced reason it shutdown with the promise of returning. It hasn't and I am grieving.
Bring it back, Walt Disney, please.
As for the rest of the pavilion, I'm not commenting until the new version of the O, Canada! is introduced. The architecture, however, is rustic and beautiful.
With the combination of delectable pastries, Maelstrom, and the Viking Boat playground, the 8-13 set will love Norway. At Christmas, it puts on the best open-air holiday skits.
A lesser-known launch takes Port Orleans resort guests to Downtown Disney ever 20 minutes before 7pm and every 10 minutes afterwards. Great for a romantic evening or a Girls' Night Out. The river ride is perfectly serene at night.
Tastes like those hostess snacks that mom and dad used to put in our lunches 'cause they were cheap. Though they aren't quite so sickeningly rich, they aren't particularly tasty. Spongy and moist, though.
The store is decked out in all kinds of cheap-but-fun toys. Of course, Disney doesn't do anything cheap so you aren't allowed to buy them. Go to Downtown Disney Marketplace for any of the stuff you can get here. However, the air conditioning is welcomed.
Nothing special, but you can get your overpriced groceries here if you don't have a car to go to Publix with. They also have some cute glassware. The staff is usually very curteous.
Get your sunglasses here and start a tradition - that's why I love this place: because that's what my family has done for five years now. They also have Toy Story toys that you can't get anywhere else in the main theme parks.
This ride is very brief - its a little over two minutes. However, while you're on you will love it! You are put into a huge multi-person raft and sent careening down a river that is elaborately designed and cosmetically gorgeous. It isn't very intense, but quite.... chilling.
Okay I won't let you be caught off guard. On this ride, you get wet. Okay, not wet, soaked. No, not even soaked. DRENCHED TO THE BONE! But that's the point. So if you don't want to, don't ride because it takes away all the fun. Don't cover up in ponchos. Take your shoes off even though the cast members tell you not to and enjoy it. Even if you wear full scuba gear, your butt will get wet from the water on the seat.
Some seats are worse than others, but you can't predict. So just allow yourself to cool off in the sun - it's Florida; it's not gonna take forever.
Lastly, don't critique the deforestation moral: it's eloquently done... not to mention the truth.
By 11 AM, even in the regular season this ride is prone to 2 1/2 hour standby lines and Fastpasses usually are gone by a little after noon. This is just another reason to get to the park at opening so you can ride twice without waiting.
Alright, now for the ride synopsis: you're at a GM car testing facility. The pre-show is the best in Epcot. After watching it, you'll get in a MUCH shorter line and get in your open-air "test" car. In other words, you're the crash test dummy! I don't wanna give away the surprises, but you top out at over 65 mph and come to both screeching halts and near collisions. Still, most who pass the height requirement will probably be fine fright-wise.
A frantic, snazzy, thrilling attraction that is easy on the stomach and your nerves. Smile when they take the picture!
For 3 years now, WDI has been saying that "soon" this attraction will go on full shutdown to update it so it will be about the newest three movies. Although the current ride is witty and snazzy, it hasn't changed at all since its opening in 1989. (Even the haircuts on the tourists in the preshow are outdated.)
But for now, first time riders who haven't memorized the jokes will find that this is one of the attractions that you're happier when you got off than we you got on.
Meet up with your childhood friends: Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, and Tigger as your journey in a "hunny" pot through various animatronic scenes with surprisingly simple but incredibly cool special effects that include fiber optics.
Despite the characters, all ages will adore this ride that is both sweet and memorable. Be sure to ride before 11 AM or use FastPass because despite being a constant-loader, the lines accumulates fast.
This part-movie and part-animatronic water ride will surprise you considering how tucked away it. You'd never think it was a major attraction, but Disney invested quite a bit in this one.
Ellen DeGeneres is dreaming that she's on "Jeopardy!" and is losing to a college rival when her neighbor Bill Nye the Science Guy shows up and takes her back in time. (This show is all about energy resources.) The movie theater you are sitting in turns into a boat and the screen lifts to give way to an elaborate animatronic water ride about how the dinosaurs became fossil fuel and life evolved on earth afterwards. The movie resumes again, Bill teaches Ellen about oil, coal, alternative energies, etc. and Ellen goes back to "Jeopardy!" in a cheesy ending where she wins.
As this is sponsored by Exxon, global warming advocates, expect to be disgruntled. Also, small children may be frightened by the large animatronic dinosaurs despite their distance from the boat.
Creative, inventive, and laugh-out-loud hilarious, don't miss it.
A tip though: THE SHOW IS OVER 45 MINUTES LONG. TAKE THE BATHROOM BREAK BEFOREHAND.
Disney wanted this to look cheap, first of all to those who critique it for being carnival quality. It's supposed to be reminiscent of those Route 66 sideshow carnivals. The backstory that WDI came up with this section of DinoLand USA is important to understand the appearance of the ride. So until you learn a little more: LAY OFF STUFFY PURISTS!
The ride is "whirls" of fun and spins you into smiling. It is a very, very tame coaster with only one dip big enough to be called a drop. Not a must, but highly-reccommended for the 8-17 set.
The renovation did zip for this attraction. It was a new coat of paint on a broken Chevy. Now, instead of us just touring through Mexico, through colorful animated birds do it for us and we follow them along. The audio isn't improved at all and the times I've ridden it, the boats have gotten backed up in the "river."
Disney: give up on this puppy and make the investment to start from scratch.
Let's face it: no matter how much we hate that infernal song and we think WDI is using it to brainwash us, no Disney trip is complete without the Parade of Nations. Deep down, it is dear to all of us who insisted on riding it nine times when we four-and-a-half. Although it isn't gonna make college guys get up and dance, it can do no harm and is adorable.
I think the Haunted Mansion is a Disney classic that is well-presented and the spooky sets are beautifully macabre. However, it is overrated by most Disney-o-philes. I'm not saying that there is anything overwhelmingly bad about it, but there are many attractions that are superior to it... by far.
The key to enjoying this classic Disney ride through simulated jungles from around the world populated by animatronic species is to accept that it's cheesy. Yes, the technology needs updating and yes the jokes are all punny. THAT'S WHAT MAKES DISNEY FUN AND LOVABLE!
If you laugh when you don't feel like it and allow yourself to be entertained, then the simplicity of the attraction and the energy of your boatman will be a great fifteen minutes off your feet and in the shade.
Me and my bro - we're teens - adored this! The flashing lights, noisy games, and virtual technology rock hard! But when I took my mom and twenty-something aunt at their own request - despite all my warnings - they freaked out with the overstimulation. Both of them were totally exhausted by the end.
But for teens trustworthy enough to be releashed from parental supervision - even if the adults are just somewhere else in Downtown Disney - not to be missed! Contrary to popular belief, almost everything comes with cost of admission aside from food. GO CHEESECAKE FACTORY EXPRESS!!!
Your "Under 7s" will love this charming attraction. The storyline is that Nemo the Clownfish has gone missing yet again and father Marlin and family friend Dory have gone looking for him along with his other aquatic friends. Again we meet Crush and Squirt the Turtle, the sharks, and even some of the Tank Gang. You climb aboard a "clam-mobile" and go along for the peaceful ride.
Through simple effects, puppetry, and lighting, the story is recreated stunningly and serenly. This is a great attraction to hit right before you go back to the resort to calm down the kids. There is also some cute humor.
But the best part of the attraction is when innovative new CGI technology is used so that it appears that Nemo, Marlin, Dory, Nemo's school friends, and Peach the Starfish are swimming in the real aquarium of the Living Seas with living, breathing fish. You won't believe your eyes!
I wouldn't reccommend this for tourists without kids between the ages of 2 and 13, but your teens may enjoy it and older couples may as well. Parents will find the expressions on their kids' faces just priceless.
Tomorrowland, the land that is has to be updated every 20 years or so is arguably one WDW's most interesting and fun land's. The area was redone in the mid-90's to a sort of Jules Verne's vision of the future from the past. Lots of bright, neon lights light up the night sky here and there are even fake palm trees! Stitch's Escape, Buzz Lightyear, Carousel of Progress, the Laugh Floor and Space Mountain are the headliners here. I love the ambiance here, especially near Space Mountain where you can hear the Peoplemover (or TTA) whizz by above and the sounds of the Speedway cars chugging along in the distance (this was even better when the Skyway was still here)! Space Mtn is a classic and even though it is an aging veteran, it still is a blast to ride. My guilty pleasure is the Peoplemover, it provides a long and peaceful ride in the shade and hardly ever has any waits whatsoever.
Hmmmm, definitely the least interesting and overall uninspired land of the Magic Kingdom. Admittedley, this land was specifically designed for kids so obviously the kiddies are going to like this place a lot more than an adult would. The area is very tight and compact and just doesn't have that magical charm about it. There are no real restaurants or food services and the only real attraction is the Goofy's Barnstormer, a minute long roller coaster that's only worth riding if the wait is less than 2 or 3 minutes.
If you get good weather, this is very tropical, beautiful, and vibrant. Dull weather and it looks like a Ft. Lauderdale condo development. The staff is particularly friendly here and organizes great kid activities. Martinique is centrally-located and has the best facilities. It is worth the cost upping. The many pools are all clean and adequate, though the main pool is by far the best.
The food court is very troublesome. This is one of the largest Disney resorts but has one of the smallest food courts. Expect to wait at least 20 minutes for meals during the regular season and upwards of 45 in the peaks. However, where else in Disney can you wear your bikini and go barefoot to get your soda refill?
Bang for you buck like all the moderates. The marina activities - I reccommend paddleboats but broke a foot with the surrey bikes - can be expensive, but some are cheap and good on resort days. Carribbean Beach is a fantastic choice if you plan on spending more than one day at your resort as there is always something to do from getting a weave or fake tattoo to having a picnic out on Cayman Isle.
This will always remain Dixie Landings for me. (Before just plain Port Orleans merged with it and became Port Orleans French Quarter.) This is a great trivia question 'cause it identifies veterans of WDW.
The staff is typical Disney helpful. Never a frowning face. The carriage ride, though pricy, is memorable.
An adorable resort nestled near Downtown Disney. With the bayou theme and Ol' Swimmin Hole pool, the kids will love it. I've seen multiple kids marvel at "dat big wheel." (Actually a working cotton mill water wheel.) This is the only moderate that can accomodate 5 persons - one kid in a trundle bed.
The food court has the best mick n' cheese in WDW and the landscaping is gorgeous on the hoity-toity Scarlet O'Hara side of the river called Magnolia Bend. Think of classic antebellum plantation houses and then sanitize them. Alligator Bayou on the other, far-flung in is more motel-style but also somewhat rustic and spotlessly clean. Beautiful flowers throughout.
The bus service is so-so. The boat launch to Downtown Disney makes for a fantastic Girls' Night Out. This is definitely among my Top 3 Resorts.
Cannot take another year of this. Must shut down the Disney department that created this. Must end this tacky time-slot filler. Ur.
In short, it has no substance and Disney should be ashamed to have such a simple, blah parade in their repetoire. Okay I'm done now.
Gushy, but in the best sentimental Disney fashion. Julie Andrews is a beautiful narrator, of course. I can't wait until they get Mickey Mouse out of that giant snowglobe. The snippets featuring portrayals of Walter Disney and his animation team with satisfy adult fascination.
I was talking about Tapestry of Nations in the below post. Sorry folks.
I still have the CD-version of the soundtrack! This is the most stunning thing Disney has ever brought before an audience. The Millineum Celebration was unforgettable. The walking marionettes, elaborate floats, and how we kids would put our "dreams" drawn on paper stars at the KidCot Fun Stops in the nets... OH BRING IT BACK RIGHT NOW!
Imagine Cinderella's carriage streaked in Christmas lights... but designed by Disney lighting artistans! Impressive technology and stunning presentation - this is one of my fav Disney parades. Not to be missed.
Clean and never crowded. 'Nough said.
The Dole Whip ice cream is foamy, light and refreshing. I also discovered a love of pineapple juice here. However, can you believe that they were out of pineapple slices at THE DOLE PLACE?
Even with the inventive atmosphere and interesting backstory about Dino-Institute grad. students, this is a McDonalds in everything but name. They don't even change the names of the meals. So really, there is no need for me to go further because you've been to McDonalds. So I suppose I am just worthlessly using up your time and rambling pathetically. Oh. Sorry.
This is the real deal. Although pretty pricy, it's worth it! The strawberry lemonade is to die for and the Pan-Asian noodles were one of the best things I've put in my mouth in my life ever! The scallops are also spectacularly fresh and well-cooked.
However, the desserts are lackluster so grab a foamy, sweet Dole Whip over at Captain Hook and watch the Wishes fireworks on your night outside the parks. Pretend like you're staying at the Polynesian 'cause the beach is supposed to be exclusive.
Say good-bye to burgers and pizza. At Sunshine Seasons, you can get authentic Asian noodles, real French toast, and fresh sandwiches grown at the Land Pavilion and brought over early in the morning. This food will make you feel brand new. It's top quality for a great price! Eat here while you wait for your Soarin' Fastpass to become valid.
Inside this trying-to-be-a-mega-arcade is typical park pizza. (You know, the kind with the cheese that falls of when you bite it.) It also has salads with actual balsamic vinegar dressing as opposed to that thick French junk they have everywhere else. It's usually quiet and very much edible. Still, it's no Kona Cafe... not even really Chef Mickey.
On my family's last trip to WDW - in May - we discovered this diamond in the sand. Inside this modest ice cream booth is a treasure waiting to be unearthed by the masses simply called the "Garbage Pail."
Inside a sterilized green sand bucket complete with cheap blue shovel is eight scoops of vanilla-choco swirl soft serve. They coat the bottom layer in hot fudge, melted caramel, and REAL strawberry sauce then topped with whipped cream. Then, they do it again... and again, and again! At the top layer they stir in Oreo bits, walnuts, and dried strawberry slices along with the sauces. Next, they "Christmas Tree" it with whipped cream, dash on mickey-shaped sprinkles, four Maraschino cherries and hand it to you for the bargain price of $7.99! (Or the cost of three other one-scoop regular ice creams.)
Bask in the admiring looks as you carry it to your picnic table and live your secret fantasy of eating ice cream with a shovel. This is a Disney memory waiting to happen and worth the price of admission to Typhoon Lagoon!
Imagine you're riding Space Mountain... the sharp turns, screaming dips, and jerky whiplash that you adore. Now girls, put on a bikini. Everybody, flip on the lights. You've now gotten the basic feeling of Crush n' Gusher.
A top notch ride (though not earning the name attraction due to lack of theming and storyline). I'd recommend to anybody with a pulse, but a definite no-no for those with back problems as there is almost no support underneath the two- or three-person tube.
We squeezed into the back row to watch the show as we were late getting off another ride, but it was definitely worth it! Even from the back, the show was brillian, with amazing colours, breathtaking puppetry and some of the most enjoyable music I can think of.
My four year old absolutely loved it, and my wife's comment was "I wish they'd remake the film with all of those songs in it!"
We bought the soundtrack, which I took home - when my daughter was listening to it, 'Go with the flow' actually made her cry with happiness! The other songs are great, too - especially 'Big Blue World' (which we had come to know well after eight trips on the Finding Nemo ride in Epcot!).
An amazing production with inspirational music and lyrics. Well done to the Disney team - outstanding!
The first thing you see when you enter MK, it leads up to the castle. The stores and restaurants are uniquely themed and Main street is a great entrance to the park, maybe they could add a ride though...
I thought I would HATE this ride. I usually don't care for the "free fall" feeling. When I got on, I yelled at my BF for making me do it. By the time we were done...I was dragging him by the hand to go on again. It is the most awesome feeling known to man. The "pre-show" is pretty cool too!!! =)
This is one of my favorite rides. Its like 20 minutes long so it is good on a hot day to do and get cooled off. It is a fun ride w/ some good "shows" I loved every second that I was on this ride!
I usually like any type of rollercoaster...not this one. Don't get me wrong It was ok.. But I don't like to spin and turn at the same time. If that makes sense lol. Makes me quesy!!!! Kind of a jerky ride for me too.
This is by far my favorite show at Disney World. I love it so much! I found the whole show on YouTube and almost died. I love the way you get excited as soon as Mickey starts with the music!! The fire, the lights, and ESPECIALLY the clips displayed on the water screen!!! It is by far the most entertaining firworks show at WDW!!! =)
It isn't the most exicting ride ever, but it's full of audio animontronics singing the song. All of the different country scenes are an interesting way to view the world as well. The happiest cruise that ever sailed ws on of my favorites when I was little, but is still okay now.
One of MGM's first main rides, the Great Movie Ride is still one of the best. In the waiting line, it has various artifacts from some movies and old trailers on the big screen. The ride literally takes you into the movies and you are a part of them, like when the narrater gets kidnapped. The scenes are very good and in this classic attraction. It is neccesary to visit it at least once during your stay at MGM studios.
Yeah it is pretty much the best flume ride on the planet. Brer rabbit and friends add a lot to the overall. The laughing place is cool. The big drop is of course the main part but it would still be an 8 or 9 without it.
The teacups is always a fun attraction. The ivy sculptures outside are interesting and you can spin yourself sick on the ride. The big treapot with the mouse coming out of it always seem abouot to collide with the cups, truly an enjoyable experience.
There's nothing wrong with a cruise on an old steam boat around one side of MK. It somewhat resembles the railroad though. It's a pretty good ride.
Haunted Mansion is a must see classic ride. It uses so many old effects and lights that there is really nothing quite like it. It's more whimsical than scary but you won't have a better time in a doom buggy than here! The hitchiking ghosts are awesome as well.
this is the best store to go to in disney! its hard to leave that store without buying somethin! it has so many disney souvenieres to choose from that its hard to even choose!
go to this store!
this is the best ride in the whole entire world! thinking of this ride was genius! it's an awsome thrill ride if your lookin for one! i highly recomend this ride to everyone who goes to walt disney world. its a must-do! its better than a 10!!!
It really is a classic Disney attraction made for not just kids but entire families. The Carrousel does seem to just be a kids ride despite seating for adults. It still is a piece of Disney history.
The first few times I rode this ride it seemed equal to any of the other fantasyland rides. That hasn't changed too much as it still blends many of the other effects into the Winnie the Pooh storyline. It's a great family ride and loads people decently fast. This is a ride you must take at least once while visiting MK.
We had a lovely stay at AS Music. The rooms are comfortable and the housekeeping staff surprised our daughter every day by setting up her Build-a-Bear in a fun spot. We didn't use the pools this time but they looked fun. We were in the building farthest from the main building. It was quite a hike at the end of a LONG day. They weren't running the little golf cart trams. They sat parked the entire stay. AS Movies ran those trams the year before and saved us a few steps morning and night which was a nice amenity.
AS Music food cart seemed smaller than AS Movies. It got pretty crowded at the peak meal times. Lines were long and service was moderately slow especially at peak times when you're trying to get to the parks in the a.m. Another negative for us which was not the resorts fault was loud neighbors. They were foreign and very loud in their communications with one another. Slamming doors when they left the room, etc. Sometimes you just get folks that forget there are other folks enjoying some sleep!
Transportation was fine and we had no trouble gettting to/from the parks. Very nice resort but we liked AS Movies better!
Soarin is by far- in a class of its own when comparing it to other WDW attractions. It's spectacular. You can't miss it !~
I can see how people may not like the ride, or even the carnival atmosphere around the ride, but I love it! I think it's fun and entertaining! There's nothing like it in the rest of WDW!!
~~~ TIP ~~~ Dont Ride PW on a full stomach!
I had low expectations after reading reviews, but the line was interesting, and the ride was just plain fun. I enjoyed (as did my son) looking for Nemo in all the screens, the anglerfish was great, the EAC was really cool, and the technology at the end showing the animated characters in the tank was great. Not a blockbuster attraction, but one that was a lot of fun for me..
Since I am an annual passholder, I was able to take advatage of discounted rates Disney World had for the days after Labor Day Weekend. My stay was from 9/2 to 9/5. I chose to stay at Pop Century because I wanted to give another value resort a try. Last year, I tried All-Star Movies. I did not like this resort because I found the front desk unprofessional, and the bus transportation so overly crowded. I heard good things about Pop Century, so I decided to give them a chance.
I was not disappointed with Pop Century. The front desk staff was professional and very helpful. They put me in the 50's building, which was close to the food court and buses. I found the room clean and roomy. It was away from the pool, which is good since the rooms near the pool get quite noisy. The food court had very good selections for breakfast and dinner. I liked the table layout of Pop Century's food court better than All-Star Movies. The wait for buses were never long, and the buses never had to go to other resorts before going to the parks. I would definitely go to Pop Century again.
Pirates is an adventureland original and still one of the greatest. The animontronics are great and the new sound and lights add even more to the already spectactular pirates ride. On the drop, once it was as wet as splash mountain! I'm not sure if Captain Jack improves or hurts the ride however...
My wife and I were very pleased with the new O Canada film. We like Martin Short a lot and feel He did a great job. I love humor. It has a way of informing, while thoroughly entertaining me.
My wife does not really enjoy 360 theatres that much (let's put in swivel seats), but really enjoyed this one. We will for sure go back for more!
Unless you get to it before most people, the only way to ride is by fastpass. Soarin is very realistic and feels so much like you are actually flying. The air and scents add a lot to the ride. Definately a must see!
Space mountain has been around a while and has a sort of feel to it. The star pictures and nebulas in the waiting line are pretty cool. The ride itself wouldn't be much of a thrill at all if not for the length. Unlike most coasters at WDW, this one has decent length. It keeps going and dropping, at night, sometimes you can see the tracks which spiderweb around themselves quite a bit. Space Mountain is MK's best thrill ride.
It's a decent attraction for most standards, but Disney could make something much better than this with the space it takes up. The lines strech endlessly for this ride on top of everything. Many lower class amusement parks have something comparable to this. Tomorrowland theming isn't bad though.
Living with the land is the only original "ride" left in The Land complex. The storm, rainforest, desert, farm, and prarie scenes are probably the best parts of the ride. It is interesting to see all of the different plants that are grown in the greenhouse part and served on the restaurant menus. There is a lab where scientists are conducting experiments with the plants and food. They've taken out the tour guides and replaced them with speakers now. Better not change to much of what's being grown.
I have to say, after seeing the new show live today at Epcot, I was blown away. It was the perfect mix of old and new, the music was superb, and Martin Short was laugh-out-loud funny, but not excessively funny. He gave the movie a well-flowing narroration that was both humorous and eye-opening respectively. I don't mind that several new scenes are in 9 separate shots because it makes it funner to look around knowing that you'll never see the same show twice. The "re-ridability" has been greatly enhanced.
This new show reminds me alot of Ellen's Energy Adventure in that it brings you through an educational and magnificent journey while holding your attention through witty humor. After walking out of the theatre, the first thing that came to mind was, "I wanna walk right back around and see it again!" This was one well deserved and well executed refurbishment!
The new version is definitely much more entertaining than the previous version yet it still respectfully showcases the country of Canada.
This was a truly magical experience! It was worth every penny. My husband and I were treated like royalty. It is a memory that I will cherish for a lifetime.
The train ride is a relaxing ride around the perimeter of MK. The "announcer" is funny and the trains go through splash mountain and to the edge of numerous other rides. It stops at Main street, Frontierland, and Toontown. Whether for enjoyment or transportation, WDW railroad is an overall great experience.
I was never a big fan of the original, but this is a very nice change. Much more entertaining, and something I might go see a little more often.
This is my 3rd trip to this resort and I have to say that I was not that impressed. Our trip began with the fire alarm going off during check-in. During this time, all of the guests exited the building and waited outside for an hour with no update as to what was going on or how long we could expect to wait. In addition, the Maya grill was having computer issues so everybody was brought their dinners before their appetizers. Many of the employees did not appear to be that helpful or happy this time around. The last pet peeve of this trip was that the employees at the bar made no attempt to stop two older teens and their father from throwing fodd out into the lagoon. This is the first time that I have had abad disney resort experience. Safe to say I will not be revisiting Coronado Springs again. I hope my Animal Kingdom trip from Dec15-23 is much better. Thanks for listening.
The "TTA" is a great tour through tomorrowland. It talks about most of the attractions and is a key ride itself. I haven't emperienced a wait yet. It's cool to see it running through Space mountain and Mickey's Star Traders as well. This ride is pretty much flawless.
One of the most underrated rides in all of WDW. It combines ride with show and huge screens. The part with the dinosaurs is the best but the entire ride is a great experience overall. It's also one of the longest rides in EPCOT. The preshow isn't the best, but hey the rest makes up for it. Also the waiting is fairely short unless there are about a thousand people waiting to ride.
Mexico looks like Mexico! The theming is ultra detailed and there are Mexican restaurants in the pavilion. El rio de tiempo was a pretty good ride, I hope the new version is as good. The Aztec temple is awesome as well.
I love Fantasmic!
We loved it! Kids couldn't believe that they actually had to set the table and keep their elbows off of it. Much happening around you....great theme and the waiters are very interactive. But the best was the Fried Chicken...yummo! We finished the meal off with the Brownie Sundae with craker-Jack topping....exceeded my expectations for an in -the- park meal.
Spaceship Earth IS EPCOT. It's the park icon and the best non thrill ride in the park. It really has been around a while but never gets old. Spaceship Earth is a must ride and the longest that I've had to wait in line was 5 minutes (in the winter season only). We'll have to see how the refurb goes and what is added to this masterpiece.
Primeval whirl is WDW's first spinning coaster. The theming is quirky and filled with comical dinosaurs and the beginning of time. There are two identical tracks for the busy season. The ride itself is a moderate thrill but still fun. The spinning makes some people sick. Primevel Whirl is a must ride in Dinoland.
We have stayed at Saratoga Springs, Yacht & Beach Clubs, Dolphin, Coronado Springs, All Star Movies, Several Downtown Disney Hotels and Old Key West is our Favorite.
Great course located with Magnolia. Beautiful course, well maintained and great service. Watch for the gators on #15.
My favorite Disney Course. You leave the 1st tee and never see a road or building. It is well maintained and service is great. I have played golf all over the country and this course is in my top 3 for fun and enjoyment. If you play golf at Disney, this course is a must play!!
Very nice course, well maintained. It is the same terain as Magnolia. Only problem, at 65 years old, the walking was not my cup of tea.
I have played this course many times. It is a lot of fun and well maintained.
A great and fun course. Always well maintained.
Hate to see it closed. One of my favorites.
A great "Dark ride" that follows Peter Pan from Neverland to earth and back and inclueds most of the characters from the movie. the lighting gives nice effects onto the characters and Captain Hook being eaten by the crocodile is a classic scene. The ride isn't really long but the lines get very lengthy very fast. It is worth seeing early but isn't worth waiting an hour to see. Fastpass is available for the attraction however.
It may be because it was the first new park after my birth, or it may be because it has the best and most diverse selection of restaurants in the resort (I like to eat), I can't help liking Epcot.
I've always been a nerd. I watch the Discovery Channel and the History Channel with popcorn in hand. I've always had a need to expand my "horizons" and Epcot was a park dedicated to that principle. It has since become primarily a branding showcase with commercialism written all over it, but I still like it. It hasn't tried to change its motives for 25 years. The rides have gotten more thrilling, certainly, but the theme is still the same.
My favorite ride in Epcot is always different. It's based on my mood. Do I want to fly over California, or rocket to Mars. Do I want to take a "trip" with Figment or travel back to prehistoric times. I can walk around the world in a couple of hours, eat in exotic locales, and watch one of the most amazing fireworks displays in the world.
Maybe you have to be over 30 to appreciate it, or have kids. The Magic Kingdom remains little changed (though vastly improved somehow) since my first visit in 1981. There's something about the nostalgia, and the innocence of it. You can't be human and not feel a little tingle the first time you see Cinderella's Castle from Main Street on your visit. People take more pictures of it than any other landmark in WDW, yet none of those pictures seems to capture its essence. You just have to be there.
My favorite ride is still Peter Pan's Flight. I am a big fan of coasters, but there's just something about that ride. Splash Mountain is incredible. Space Mountain is that venerable old friend that you want to hang out with all day. I see something different everytime I ride Big Thunder Mountain, or Pirates of the Caribbean, or the Haunted Mansion. It never gets old (well maybe the theme to It's a Small World, but I still ride it at least once every visit).
If only every park in WDW had the same grace, charm, and perfect balance of thrill and enchantment...if only.
First of all, I think Animal Kingdom has come a long way. My first visit to Animal Kingdom lasted a mere four hours. Back then, Kilimanjaro Safaris was the only big draw. I hated (that may be a strong word for it)...disliked Dinosaur (or Countdown to Extinction as it was called). I'm not a big fan of "raft" rides that soak my pants. Expedition Everest is a welcome addition, although it would seem more at home in Universal Studios. I'm a big eater, and there are not many decent eateries. I'm not paying that much money for a Happy Meal! What do they feed the tigers? Tourists?
All in all, Animal Kingdom is a good theme. The immense size of the park (much like Epcot) demands constant entertainment. People aren't going to just walk for nothing. Disney can do it better. They have a good start, but I think they have a long way to go with this one.
Wow...what a great ride. The yeti is awesome. the double helix is a blast. The only problem (small at that) is that if you're not in the very front seat, when the ride goes backward some people can tend to get a little nausiated. ( if you're in the front, you can see where you are coming from) This is the reason for the 9 of 10 rather than the 10 of 10.
My favorite ride is the Rock 'N' Roller Coaster, bar none. None of the other WDW parks have anything close (although I will ride Expedition Everest for the first time this fall). Tower of Terror is fun with really great theming, probably the second greatest ride in WDW, in my humble opinion. MuppetVision 3D and Star Tours are the only other attractions I really care for in the park. Great Movie Ride is much like the Jungle Cruise with its cheesy, though thoroughly Disney, interactivity. I can't wait to see all of these attractions updated to current standards.
Disney Studios could easily be doubled in size (though not cheaply) and become a real competitor to Universal Studios. The Magic Kingdom is still what draws people to Walt Disney World, especially families. Adding more family-friendly attractions and updating the more intense thrill rides would definitely make Disney Studios the real money maker of WDW.
My family and I love Fulton's Crab House!! The food is out of this world the service, not so much. It was at the top of its game but it seems to be OVER crowded and the personal attention is lacking. The was still good.
This ride is awesome and thrilling!! It is also ONE of the best rides in Disney World, Expedition Everest is first. The way Disney designed it was amazing, it has great scenary and a great storyline. I LOVE this ride!!!!!
This was one of my favorite places. We went here when I was a child. And I must say I abosoultly loved it. However its not for the anti-social crowd. This is an interactive event for the whole family...and then some. I will be returning there in a week and plan on once again eating at 50's Prime Time. It will be interesting to see if it has stood the test of time or has become laxed. Updated profile will be available soon!!!
This ride is of course very similair to the Dumbo attraction, but there aren't half the people on Earth in line for it. The carpets operate just like Dumbo and Astro Orbiter and the Camel that spits water is a nice touch.
A good but painfully short ride. It must be 3-4 minutes long and condenses the story line into the very small time. The wait lines aren't ever long which is nice if you want to ride it multiple times. It may be a bit "scary" for very young kids however. Still, it complements Fantasyland's other rides nicely
It has it all, the intricate theming, the storyline, and the thrill. The best ride in all of Walt Disney World, hands down.
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Test Track is awesome. While waiting in line, you see all types of automotive tests and crash test dummies. On the ride, you experience a shortened version of what cars really are tested on. It is more or less realistic but makes for a good ride. The barrier test is the best, the car actually accelerates to 60 plus mph while going outside the ride. Fastpass is a good thing for Test Track though.
Dumbo is a MK original and really a great kid's ride. However many people seem to think that and the lines get long fast. If you want to ride it a few times, go right after the park opens. You probably sacrifice short lines for other attractions though. There are many rides like Dumbo, but this is the first.
Adventureland looks like a jungle, featuring Jungle Cruise, Alladin's magic carpets, and the tiki birds, it also has the Swiss family treehouse which gives a good view of the park and something to do if the lines are long on everything else. Pirates of the Carribean also carries out the adventure theme. Adventureland isn't a big land but it holds many classic rides.
Tower of Terror combines the amusement park rides where the guests are lifted to a great hight and dropped and a Disney ride complete with preshow, haunted hotel, gift shop, and of course the thrill of the final drop which is better than those other parks anyway. Domination, TOT rules!
The options are great. It's convenient that you can pick from a selection of options such as have it never expire, which makes it more flexible. Very nice if you don't live in Florida.
The free samples are great. Ghirardelli is some of the best chocolate. Try the ice cream if you can afford it. The stuff isn't cheap but it is delicious.
It's just an oversized McDonald's! not that that's always a bad thing...