This resort is very much as has been advertised. The grounds and buildings are lovely. Although there are a large number guests (we were there at Christmastime), CBR was quiet. The facilities at Old Port Royale are very nice and the counter service restaurant we used there was adequate. The guest rooms are nice enough. Of our eight mornings at CBR we had poor bus service on two occasions. If you are staying here, don't worry about your village assignment affecting your bus service it really doesn't matter where you stay. We stayed in building 12 and the walk to Old Port Royale was not a problem.
great... loved the atmosphere... much more sophisticated... felt like any other upscale disney resort
The YC is the only resort my family likes to stay at. We have stayed on the club level the past 6 stays and standard rooms the 4 prior to that. Since we stay for a week at a time we have come to know the staff and they us. The mousekeeping is always wonderful and the lounge staff as well. Granted it is more costly to stay there but the family that we have come to love there is great. We arrive with hugs and leave with the same. It is upsetting to read poor reviews of "our resort", but I guess eventually someone will have a bad experience now and then but I would suggest giving it another try. It is just an added bonus that EPCOT and HS are so close.
We got everything we expected and more from ASM. The buses were prompt and not overcrowded. The theming at the hotel will not disappoint anyone with children. I definitely recommend getting a preferred room like we did bc by the end of the day, you will not want that long walk back to your room. Food court was fantastic and has something for everyone. Can't wait to be back June 2011!
Just got back from a 9 night/10 day stay. (12/9 to 12/18) While this wasn't a horrible resort, it just wasn't great either. The grounds and Christmas decorations were pretty, our location (Oak Manor) was decent as well. They had the room ready for us when we checked in at 11am, which was great.
The rooms were okay, defintiely in need of some updates. Housekeeping left a lot to be desired. Left a tip every day, but no frills, just beds made and new towels. No towel animals or anything special at all. The room looked like it had not been dusted in quite some time, the shelves/tv were pretty bad. I'm not a clean freak, but the dust was pretty bad. One of the days we were actually able to use the pool, came back at 3pm to take showers and head back to the parks. Housekeeping still wasn't there. She showed up while I was in the shower and hubby told her to come in a bit. She never showed up, room had not been cleaned and no towels to use for the next morning. Although the front desk was very friendly/apologetic and helpful with sending new towels out in the am.
Transportation was HORRIBLE. We expected it to be busier since it was a larger resort than what we're used too, but this was much worse than what we expected. The buses were almost always full, standing room only. (no matter what stop we used) And most defintiely didn't run consistently every 20-30 minutes. A lot of waits were longer than that...no matter what time of day we headed off to the parks. The lines coming home were even worse, once again, not mattering what time of day we left the parks. It became a pain if wanted to come back to the resort mid-day for a break, because it took so long to get to and from.
The staff was friendly, and the pool was good, my 8 year old daughter really enjoyed it. But overall, nothing special, and with the transportation issues, and mediocre housekeeping, we won't be staying here again. We have stayed at POFQ in the past and thought this would be nice to try something new. Apparently we have been spoiled by POFQ with their small size, decent housekeeping, and fairly few transportation issues.
Call me jaded, but the club level at this resort is not worth the price. While we all know that Disney has scaled back its decorations and has instituted cost cutting measures, the customer experience at least during our stay has significantly been impacted. Christmas Decorations have been scaled back. Thin walls allowed irate family arguments interrupt our sleep, "high speed internet access" @10Mb/half duplex LAN connection which was an additional $9.95 a day had a higher latency and lower throughput than my phone. We had reservations at both GF (which we've stayed several times before before in Sugar Loaf building) and YC, but on a whim decided to try YC. In spite of having reservations a month out, no YC email or postcard ever arrived for ADR assistance but we did get numerous GF ones. We did all of our ADRs via the Web including the coveted Cinderella Dining. While on property I can't fault the concierge greeter, bell service, or Mousekeeping as they were excellent.
When we checked in of course it was early in the day so we did the park the bags, get the room keys and head to the park routine. Normally how this would operate is they (the concierge) would either text or call your phone when the room was ready, but after 4pm we were getting tired and no such event had occurred so we schlepped back to YC Club level and got our room assignment then. The baseboards and corners needed paint and repair (looks like bumper cars ran down the hall...but after seeing the riding vacuum cleaner I suspect I found one culprit)
Bus service was not an issue, never more than 15 minutes wait to or from to the Magic Kingdom. AK I don't know as we only enjoy Flame tree there so we skipped it this visit. Boat service was fine to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
Most people hate the new version but I like it. All thou the old ending had way more scenery and trust me I miss it I feel it was a bit sloppy. I like how we get to make our own futures at the same time I wish there was some scenery before the screen clip. The beginning and the ending effects are pretty sharp looking now if they can get some scenery to go with it.
The Candlelight Processional is always a JOY. We have seen this show 5 times and these were the worst seats we have ever had, but the shortest wait time ever. It was a very COLD night and there was insufficient blankets. If blankets are provided, there should be enough for all (they know the exact number of guests they will have). Guides ignored my request for a blanket completely.
The schedule is very tight to see all that is planned, and the guides are good at moving people along. Of course the guides are very knowledgeable and interesting.
There is a light dinner buffet which was inside because of the cold. The food was OK.
Hard core Disney fans will love the last part of the tour; Event & Decorating Support vist.
This whimsical place is GREAT for kids--meet Mickey, ride a mild but wild coaster(Goofy's Barnstormer), meet Minnie, meet all your favorite Princesses, and go thru Mickey and Minnie's country houses!! But...it's closing on Feb. 11, 2011. So hurry and check it out--the kids will love it!
To cut to the chase, Jiko is a straight 10 out of 10 restaurant - one of Disney's best signature restaurants. The food is fantastic, along with the service and ambiance of the dining room. Jiko has been a solid restaurant since it opened, and it's great to see that it is still just as good as when I first visited.
The food here tasted good, but was crippled by the portion size being far to small. I had the $7 combo meal, consisting of chicken and rice. The quarter chicken was tiny, and the rice amounted to about half a cup.
There are far better options at DTD. So unless you are looking for a very small serving, or plan on perhaps buying two dinners per person, go elsewhere. I won't be returning.
This is a great awesome show I think that fantasmic is a excellent show in disney's hollywood studios!I love it!
Looks like everyone @ WDW goes to DHS just to see the show, that's why in some times, you've to wait more than an hour just to grab a seat (and not a good one).
When I was there recently, the water screen on the left side (side where I was) was not working and the show... loses everything.
Hope to see the show again in normal conditions.
I don't know if I can sing the praises of Jiko enough to do it justice. I had the beef short rib with truffled potato puree, pearl onions, baby carrots and tamarind glaze. I ate the whole thing without the use of a knife, the meat was so tender it fell apart and the sauce was fantastic. Far and away one of the best meals I've had on Disney property and quite possibly anywhere. The service was excellent as well. I wish I could rate it higher than a "10"!
I felt that the food at Pollo Campero was decent. I can't really fault the food too much other than the fact that the rice was luke warm at best. The problem I have with it is the portion size to cost ratio. I realize that value for money and Disney food don't normally go hand in hand but pollo Campero just takes the cake. 1/4 skinny chicken and a cup of rice for over $8 plus drinks. While I love food and can, if motivated, eat quite a bit of it I don't normally eat a lot at each sitting but I left Pollo Campero hungry. In my opinion you get better food for a better value at Earl of Sandwich or Wolfgang Puck Express. I won't be going back to Pollo Campero unless they increase their portion size or decrease their prices.
Narcoossee's is a true signature restaurant. Top notch food and service in a calm and quiet (by Disney standards) atmosphere.
While the Grand Floridian Cafe doesn't have the atmosphere of Narcoosee's or Citricos the meal we had there was very enjoyable. I had the ribeye with parmesan fries and vegetables. The steak was tender, well seasoned and cooked to perfection and the fries were some of the best I've had in my life. My only complaint about the food is a minor one, I would have liked to have had a better balance of fries to vegetables. There was a metric ton of fries but only two brocolini and two baby carrots. We shared the dessert sampler at the end of the meal and enjoyed it. It was very good but probably not a standout in the world of desserts. The service was good as well. Overall, if you're looking for a casual sit down meal I'd highly recommend the Grand Floridian Cafe.
still love this place but was there on 11/10, food was very good crab cake was the best, love the grouper BUT had martini flight and was not chilled at all, D- for this, and the waiter would disappear forever between sightings, had better service there before.
The Hollywood Brown Derby is BACK as a TRUE Signiture Restaurant. Did I say back? They have, within one year, achieved EXCELLENCE. New Head Chef Craig Schleider has restored, and exceeded, the classic BD menue. The REAL fillet is back on the menue, and it's EXCELLENT. Crab Cakes are totally KILLER. God would get ANGRY at the fact that he can't have the BD Cheesecake :).
Craig appears to have rescued the BD from oblivion... you MUST go here.
I have NEVER seen such a dramatic turn around. For now (Nov 2010 timeframe) this is one of the four BEST, REAL Signiture Dining Restaurants at WDW. Great job Chef Craig... PLEASE keep it up :).
VERY sad - BDP is now serving cheap, stringy meat. The chefs are clearly TRYING to deal with this, but combined with a lack of Dress Code enforcement, the experience is now one of Drunks in cuttoffs combined with poor, overly priced food.
STRONG suggestion - take the boat, go to Shula's at the Dolphin. EPCOT no longer has any real Signiture Restaurants on property.
I know the Dolphin isn't owned by Disney but, I expected a little more from this hotel than what we got. The rooms are run-down and the service was mediocre. If you are going to run a hotel on Disney property, try a little harder.
We requested a down-free room and all the pillows were down-filled. The desk assured us the pillows were switched. I took them out of the pillow cases to check. We had to call twice to get them switched. Included in the resort fee are two bottles of water. The person who delivered the water (separate from housekeeping) walked into the room without knocking while my husband was in the bathroom.
Housekeeping was fabulous.
The prices in the Picabu 'buffeteria' were obnoxiously expensive. I expect high prices in hotels but this went beyond. The food was low-quality and not worth the price. It was cheaper to eat in the park. Picabu is open 24 hours but only bagged items are available after 11pm. Two sandwiches, a kid's hot dog and french fries and 3 drinks cost $40+. On the day we went to the airport, we went down to grab a quick bite. The 'made-to-order' waffles were reheated and the bacon was thin and limp.
The Swan and Dolphin act like one big hotel rather than two separate hotels. Make sure you look at the location of a restaurant before choosing so you know where you need to go. Sometimes, it is difficult to tell because they have advertisements for all the restaurants in both hotels. The people taking reservations don't mention their location when you call.
The Character breakfast on Sunday morning in the Garden Grove (Swan) was nice. Expensive, but nice. $22 for an adult buffet. The bacon was really good! The characters are Disney employees and they did a great job of making sure they spent time at every table. Pluto was fabulous. If you go during a peak season, make sure you get reservations. We went during an off season at 8:30am and were seated immediately but, there was a huge wait around 10 am.
The buses to the rest of the Disney property run at decent intervals but, make sure you get off at the correct hotel. The stops for both hotels are labeled the "Swan & Dolphin". You can also take a boat from Epcot to the hotels.
We are a family of 3 and stayed at the Dolphin for a conference. My husband travels often for business and is a Marriott platinum member. I've been going to Walt Disney World since the mid-70s.
We tried this for the first time this spring, and my kids liked it so much that they requested we go back again on our fall visit.
I had the vegetarian sandwich. I thought it was just delicious, especially the whole grain, nutty bread. It was a lovely blend of flavors. DS loves the club sandwich, and DD10 finds enough on the kids menu to keep her happy. DH enthusiastically consumed his grilled reuben, and even a hot fudge sundae.
I think the Plaza has really found a place in our hearts and is now our go-to lunch spot in the MK. Even though we love a sit down lunch in the parks (we are not-big-breakfast-eaters, get-to-rope-drop people so I am ready to sit down and relax a bit by lunch time) and the Plaza gives us a perfect blend of location and menu. (But for those of you using the DDP, you may not want to use a TS credit on a sandwich place.)
This was our first visit ever to Biergarten. We shared our table with a lovely family from the midwest - and had a good time chatting with them. I can see if you had to share with some rude people, obnoxious kids, etc., how that could go south real quick, tho...
I loved the atmosphere - it really looked like we were in a quaint, old world town square. (just a note to those who like to photograph a lot - it is dim in there. I got NO good shots with my little point and shoot. The people at the table next to us continually blinded us with a bright flash, so I just put my camera away and enjoyed the experience)
Even though we were not in good position (upper tier, to the side) we still got a kick out of the show. DD10 bopped and danced along in her chair. We were seated for about 25-30 minutes before the show started.
Now for the food. Well, I'd have to say that German food is not my favorite. But, all of us (including the picky kids) found enough to like and go back for seconds. DH's absolute favorite part was the "large" beer. Which came in a GIANT size mug. I mean GIGANTIC.
Not a "must-do" for my family - but something we would put on the "every 2-3 years" rotation.
My husband, teenage son and myself had a wonderful time this past summer. Shades of Green is a wonderful oasis in the hustle and bustle of the Magic Kingdom. It was also nice to see an area that honored the military, both present and past with a great place to stay.
The accommodations are fabulous and service from the staff even better. They truly go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need during your stay. The only thing I was disappointed in was no complimentary bathroom necessary items, ie: shampoo, conditioner, lotion and the such. Only a general soap dispenser. I did expect something a bit more from a luxry resort. I had forgotten those items of mine and had forgotten to pick up some on our way to the resort.
All in all, the stay was great and we will be back again!
My husband and I have stayed at all the All-Star resorts and this one is by far the best of all. We are returning for our fifth time in 2011 and have chosen the All Star Movies as our resort.
Stay - 11/06/2010
Upon check-in (~5:30 pm) I was informed of my room location (shown on a map) and was told that the room was very close and that I could walk there. No bellman was suggested, OK, no big deal, I don't mind walking. So I walked, and walked, and walked. Upon arrival the room smelled bad, like a mixture of mold and chlorine and I noticed the floor (carpet) was dirty with what appeared to be small pieces of leaves, straw/pine needles, and other debris. It was late and I wanted to get to the parks so I left my bag there and off to the Magic Knigdom I went. I got back to the room at ~ 2:30 am because I took advantage of the Extra Magic Hours and was really tired but I decided to take a better look at the room. It was still dirty and smelly, there was only one cake of soap, half a bottle of shampoo, one pack of decaf coffee (I eventually found the pack of regular coffee in the coffee maker it had been used and never removed), no room safe, and a small fridge that made noise. Not even all the lights worked. I was going to demand a room change but by this time it was 3 am and all I wanted to do was rest. So I got a few hours sleep and was at the front desk bright and early. I informed a person at the desk about the room conditions and there seemed to be no surprise or concern, I was simply told "we could send someone over to tidy things up for you, would that be OK?". My reply was "no, I wanted a different (clean and restocked) room over in Magnolia Bend" which I got.
my husband and I had lunch on 10/26/10 and loved it. wonderful atmosphere, great food, and exceptional service. We can't wait to go back.
I had made reservations for our 26th anniversary dinner and I am sorry I did. When I made the advance reservations I was asked if we were celebrating anything and of course I told them. I guessed they would do a little something to acknowledge it, why else would you ask,but NOTHING. I feel they are so caught up in trying to be pompous, they forget the little things. when we were seated the young lady made a point of saying she would get a black napkin for my husband-never to be seen again. we had to ask the server for a napkin and he was given an off white one that was on the table to begin with. very cold environment with average food.
Epcot is my tied for favorite park. Blasphemy, I know, but the theme of the park is incredible. My father made a comment on our previous trip that seemed to highlight my perception of the park: "I love Epcot, it has great rides, an amazing theme, great food, beautiful scenery, and above all, they play great music." We're suckers from Soarin' and Illuminations, both of which have amazing scores to them. The future world theme also gives me goosebumps, as well as the theme from Spaceship Earth.
I found that while Future World is where most of the action is, World Showcase is something that really needs some love and appreciation. On both the day of our arrival and the day of our departure, we always stroll through World Showcase, slowly, taking in the incredible feel of each pavilion. Epcot, to me, is perfect- there is plenty to do but also plenty of time to sit down, relax, and reflect on where you are.
Disney's Hollywood Studios is my favorite afternoon park. Since we generally stay in the Epcot Resorts, after a long day at the MK, AK, or Epcot, it is nice to unwind in the pool and then head over here. I have two problems with the Studios though: one, is that it really does lack in the attraction department, and two, is that the theme seems to diminish as you get further and further back. I do love the dynamic atmosphere of the park, as Sunset Boulevard seems to come alive at night, but there really needs to be more attractions. Sure, Toy Story Midway Mania, Tower of Terror, Star Tours, and RnRC are all rides we do multiple times, but the others are one and done, which makes for a half day park. I'm sure that once they add the rumored rides that they are supposed to, the Studios will become an all day adventure. It's getting there, for sure. Now if only they would work on Animal Kingdom...
Of our most recent trip in the Spring of 2010, the highlight was eating at the California Grill. The beef was the most delicious I have ever had, the view was nothing short of incredible, and the desert was to die for. I would offer one bit of advice: take your time throughout the meal and explore. We stood atop the Contemporary and tried to spot Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, all the hotels, and Discovery Island/River Country and had a very fun time doing it. After desert, we went outside and watched Wishes, which completed the evening. If you can eat here, do it, it is pricey, but you wont regret it.
10/10. I would rate it higher if I could.
They should of demolished that ride and kept one of the better rides.
They should of left it alone.
I LOVED this place! Go there!
Okay, would I ride this again? Yeah, maybe once a vacation. The poor thing gets a bad rap just because people are upset Alien Encounter closed. While its nothing special or amazing, its also not bad. I do even like it a little bit, I suppose.
Animal Kingdom is beautiful, no argument there. The ambiance and theme of the park is bar none, and it really removes you from the rest of the world. The few attractions that are there are all top notch (with the exception of Dinorama). Those are the good things about the park, on to the bad.
I know those who really love the park will tell me that I'm taking in Animal Kingdom the wrong way, but to them I offer this point: You can do all of the rides, watch nearly all of the shows, walk on the treks, eat, and appreciate the theme, but you will still be done at 3 or 4. That still makes Animal Kingdom a half day park in my eyes. When we go to Disney World, Animal Kingdom is usually only visited once in our 6 or 7 days there. Not because we don't like it, but because we've done nearly everything multiple times. All the park needs is an expansion. (A rather large one).
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is always a good time, although compared to other roller coasters it is rather tame. I have a sentimental weakness for it, as it was my first "big kid" ride at Disney when I was younger. That said, the theming is top notch; it is always a must do with my family multiple times.
If I had to die tomorrow, my dying wish would be to see Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, one last time. It is my favorite part of my entire Walt Disney World vacation, hands down, and is, in my opinion, the best fireworks/nighttime show on property. The score gives me goosebumps, the fireworks are incredible, and the globe is also amazing. If you can only do ONE thing at Disney World, watch this show. You won't regret it.
I still like to pay figment a visit. I like think of Imagination as a saga. Dreamfinder does his job by telling Figment what the imagination is all about then they pass their separate ways and dreamfinder passes on his legacy.
That ride was so good I remember going on it when I was only 2.
Maybe we are spoiled from our many stays at the Yacht Club and BoardWalk, because our experience Oct 22-26 2010 at the Polynesian left us let down. Overall, we were all very glad we tried out the Polynesian (1st time on monorail loop) but decided that we like other resorts much better.
Yes, our lagoon view room in Tahiti was HUGE--very big room and a killer view of Space Mtn, Contemp, Grand Floridian, and Cinderella Castle, especially at night. But the room was so incredibly worn out. The walls had 'scars' and marks all over them, the bottom of the walls were obviously cracked, and the carpet and sitting chairs were stained. It was just wear and tear, no need to complain, but gave us an impression that better care is given over at Epcot Deluxe Resorts. The automatic slider getting into Tahiti was busted too and never on its track. Calls to maintenance fell on deaf ears.
Volcano Pool is incredibly tiny, but the waterslide was great. Water was only about 4ft deep. Quiet Pool was awesome b/c it had an 8ft depth. Views from pool were really nice too.
Capt Cooks had a nice selection and was very convienent. Ohanas is always super, Kona was decent.
Waiting for a monorail is the same as waiting for a bus, being herded into a monorail like cattle and standing packed like a rat while on the monorail "waiting for clearance at the next station" is the same as sitting on a bus in traffic. Yeah the monorail is fun, but not enough to get us back on the beam. Walking into Epcot and MGM is the way to go from a Crescent Lake Resort.
Yes, it was nice to stay at the Polynesian (it was a dream of my sis and I) but our entire family was let down. Yeah the place was nice, and I can see why so many people swear by it, but we are way more comfortable at Yacht Club or BoardWalk. We really wanted to love the place, but ended up just saying we were glad we tried it.
Oh yeah, the amount of screaming kids running wild in common places was very bad here. Parents not acting like parents. More quiet and peaceful at other Resorts.
I have been to the Animal Kingdom Lodge twice now and am going back next May. It feels like you're away from everyday living. You're in another world altogether. The African decor is stunning. The food is so delicious. My favourite breakfast at Boma is quinoa which is an alternative to rice and wheat. The evening restaurant Jiko has very filling meals. Try some cinnamon bread. The Mara quick service restaurant has a vast range of meals. Butternut Squash Soup to me is irresistible. The bedrooms that I have been in so far have been comfortable, cosy and quiet. The balconies have had great views of animals wandering around the hotel grounds such as giraffes, ostriches, zebras, elands, blesboks, pelicans, storks and greater kudus. The staff members have delivered top customer service. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with slides and divine hot tubs. Next door to the Mara is Pumbaa's Arcade which has different machines and air hockey table. My favourite machine is a pinball machine. It is so addictive. The hotel has a gift shop called Zawadi. It has the traditional gifts and a corner with food and drink supplies. There are pictures of the lodge in frames that look very detailed. There are regular complimentary bus services that go from the hotel to the theme parks. It is definitely essential if you don't drive or don't have a car. I strongly recommend it specially if you love animals.
Michael Jackson was huge, but I don't think this is so good to bring it again. Maybe in the 80's-early 90's this attraction was the best, but now I think
it can't compete against the rest of the epcot wonders. Completely out of place.
I think Disney should turn it into a Tron experience. Put us inside a video game. Tomorrowland would be a perfect spot for such an attraction.
This was my family's first visit, and after doing some research Pop seemed to fit us best, and I was correct. My travel agent messed up my reservation, and the CM at the front desk, after apologizing even though it wasnt his fault, quickly fixed the issue and (after finding out it was my daughter's birthday) got Goofy to call her on the phone and sing Happy Birthday to her. These are the kinds of things that make a difference, after being on a plane all day, to come to a place that is so welcoming and friendly. In no time we were in our room, and then off to the parks.
We got a preferred room in the 50s, which I SO recommend as we were only a few steps from the pool and Classic Hall. The rooms are very small, but good for a place needed just to sleep, and families with small children. I thought the food court was wonderful with a great variety of food. I liked everything I got. The only draw back were the crowds! If you came at peak time, the lines at check out were long and slow. We had the free dining plan, and again SO recommend it, as we ate like pigs!
I would def go back to POP!!
I love All-Star Music! the pools, shops, food courts and the lobby too! I can't wait to stay in ASM and the family suites as well!
We loved the Wilderness Lodge...it is beautiful, inviting, cozy and had everything we wanted. being able to take the water taxi to magic kingdom was great - while everyone else was running to the monorail and the buses, we hopped on a boat with hardly any wait time. All of the staff we very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The overnight staff (manager and security -lynda??) took great care in helping me get the medical attention i needed in the middle of the night and even checked up on me the next day! the housekeeping staff was amazing - we had a woman named pam - she made different animals and things out of the towels...the kids could not wait to see what she made each day. plus she even straightened up our room!!! usually you get the beds made and new towels...she went above and beyond. very clean. the restaurants were great. the arcade was fun and the pool was awesome! the kids loved the slide! the grounds were beautiful - can't wait to go back!
This reivew is based on two different years/trips of doing Soarin' during non-peak times.
In 2009 we did a Disney trip, missed out on fast passes and waited in line for probably 30-45 minutes, the games during the queue make the time fly by and the design of the area is true Disney. once you get on the ride its kind of blah.
For a year we talked about going back and hitting some rides we only got to do once and my wife and I debated the true 'fun' of Soarin' vs. other rides like star tours, Dinosaur and agreed that it isn't a thrill ride but not exactly an experience either. Her conclusion was it didn't matter, she thought the ride was fun.
We did get to go back in September and I realized why I did not like the ride. Unlike most of Disneys experience rides they didn't do the usual job of hiding the screen, or making you feel like you were the only one getting the experience. Also the two times I have done this ride I've had the great pleasure at staring at barefeet above me which also did dampen the experience for me.
All in all I think there is huge opportunity for the ride down the road.
I was just at the Parks (10/2010) and did the Keys to the Kingdom Tour. Our tour guide (Scott - he brought along a wand) was great. Amazing Tour.
Unfortunately, this is the one bad dining experience I had at Disney. We went for lunch and just had awful service. Our server was quite unattentive and not friendly at all. And the food just wasn't enough to make up for it. I'm sure most experiences aren't like ours, but it was really disappointing to have a bad experience in the happiest place on earth :(
There are no real complaints about this restaurant. It's fun and its location on the Boardwalk is great. But I just didn't find it to be anything I couldn't get outside of Disney World. Worth a try though! And I'm sure I'd go back, it's just not one I feel like I have to visit again anytime soon.
I loved the decor and the serenity of this restaurant. There really doesn't seem to be a bad seat in the restaurant, as they way it is set up lends to everyone having a view of the aquarium. I'm not a huge seafood fan, but the chicken was good! As was my creme brulee for dessert!
I've yet to eat one of the famed burgers here at Beaches and Cream, but I have had dessert, the Fudge Mud Slide. It was huge and delicious! Too much to eat. It could be a little stressful that they do not take reservations, but we just sat and stared out at Stormalong Bay while waiting for a table to open up. Rather enjoyable.
I enjoy the atmosphere at this restaurant more so than the food itself. My mom and I came once and just got 2 appetizers to split (we weren't on the dining plan on this trip) and that experience was better than our full meal experience, based on the food.
We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside earlier this year and took the river cruise to Downtown Disney. I would recommend giving yourself some extra time if you have any sort of dinner reservations at DD and/or for Cirque du Soleil. I think they say boats come every 20 minutes but seemed a lot longer. The capacity didn't seem all that large either and if you have people with strollers or wheelchairs it's even less.
I'd agree with most, if not all, of the positive comments on here. However, I'd strongly disagree with the negative posts except for maybe those regarding the high prices. With that said, we get the dining plan on every trip so that's irrelevant to us. The "complaints" about the food quality and/or portions are ridiculous. I consider myself a tough reviewer and I can tell you that the food is always excellent and you won't go away hungry. The atmosphere and the politness of the staff is beyond reproach. A must for us on every trip to Disney!!
I can't wait to stay in the Contemporary on Dec 10, 2010! It's my favorite resort! I love Chef Mickey's and the shops and the lobby as well this is awesome place to take the monorail to magic Kingdom and Epcot! This is my excellent resort!
This is always my favorite ride at Magic Kingdom. Not so thrilling that I'm too afraid to just relax and ENJOY THE RIDE!
I hope with the new movie coming out soon that this attraction gets more attention. Unlike 20 years ago Disney now owns the Muppets so hopefully there is a big push and an updated show, like they are doing with Star Tours.
Put this on your list of things to do first
My four year old daughter thought that the ride was to short and boring. Lots of potential if it was longer, but not worth the wait. About as exciting as Malstrom in Ecpot.
Small World is fun the very first time you go it, usually when you're a kid. By the time you're in your 20's, like me, however, it is tedious and extremely annoying. It's basically a very slow boat ride past dolls that sing the same song over and over and over again.
On a trivia note, my ex-boyfriend helped build the Aztec volcano. He was stuck in there for hours working on it and learned the song in Spanish!!
Only ride if you have kids. No, wait. Even with kids, don't ride this. Go on something better, like Peter Pan.
I'm not a big fan of the riverboat. Yes, it's pretty and can be relaxing, but mostly it's just hot and stifling, especially in the hot time of Florida. In case you don't know, Florida's summer lasts from March to November. It's really slow, and there's not too much to see. I went on it last year, and I don't even remember anything I saw, so it couldn't have been that fantastic.
Don't waste your time with this one.
What can you say? This ride is a classic!! I love it so much that I actually have a little model Haunted Mansion in my room.
Don't forget to check out the Pet Cemetery when you exit the ride. They even have a little gravestone to Mr. Toad!
The ride itself is not exciting for adults, but if you have children, you have to take them on this ride at least once! The best part is when you're standing in line trying to guess what color your elephant is going to be. I'm almost always purple, for some reason.
Timothy the mouse used to stand on a disco ball with a whip in his hand, but now he holds a feather, I think. I think they've also added more elephants, but I'm not 100% sure. The wait is long and it gets hot in Florida, so go on this one in the morning or early evening.
This is a good place for kids to play while their parents relax. It's totally designed for the 7 and under crowd, who will really enjoy it. I will definitely take my kids to it someday when I actually have them.
My family and I have always loved this show. The songs are great and catchy (especially "Blood on the Saddle"). Yes the animatronics are a little dated, but the show is in the air-conditioning, which gives it automatic bonus points. And there's very little wait time.
All ages will enjoy this ride. I really enjoy the "competition" to see if I'm a better shot than my friends are (I usually am). It's not really scary or fast, so everyone can ride. The waiting area is pretty cool, and it really loads fast. I would definitely recommend trying this out. Midway Mania may be a better "ride", but that line is absolutely horrible, so until it clears up in the future, try this one out.
I know it's just me - that once I experienced The Hulk at Universal and Rock n' Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios, this ride seems tame in comparison. The waiting area is blazing hot in the summer (and since it's Florida, it's hot through the Spring and Fall too), and it takes forever to load. The ride is like a tame roller coaster, fun but nothing really exciting. The best part used to be when we did a sharp turn and could see the "burning settler's cabin" across the river. But now the cabin doesn't burn anymore, which is very disappointing.
Anyway, kids will love this. This is a good "introduction" coaster, to be ridden after Goofy's Barnstormer and before Space Mountain. It's dark and scary at the beginning, so don't take your kids on it if they are afraid of the dark.
Pirates of the Caribbean has always been one of my favorites, although the ride itself has been changed a few times. Originally, the pirates were supposed to chase the women (and one of the women chased a pirate for laughs), but it was changed so the women were chasing the pirates away. I don't think the original was that bad, but either way, it's still fun. They've added Jack Sparrow to various scenes in the ride too. I was upset when I first heard about it (how dare they change one of my favorite rides!), but once I went on it, I was pretty happy with the result. I think the creators did a really fantastic job.
The only thing I'm really not happy about is that they removed the talking animatronic parrot from the entrance. He used to sing "Yo Ho Yo Ho a Parrot's Life for Me" and was soooo cute (but I'm a major parrot lover anyway). They replaced him with a sign or something and I don't know what they did with him (hopefully, he'll appear somewhere else).
Anyway, this is a great ride for families. A little scary at the beginning, but nothing too bad. There is a drop, but it's pretty small.
Mark me and my family down as NOT IMPRESSED!
We had a Large (1/2 meter) pizza that was partly burned on the bottom and not covered very well with toppings or sauce. My wife and I agreed that it was just okay, but nowhere near great. If we had ordered this from our local pizza place, we would have called the manager and complained, or at the least, never ordered from there again. In this case, we were VERY disappointed at what we paid and what we got. It's really not worth the price, and we enjoyed flatbreads from other places on property a lot more than this expensive mega pizza we got here.
This has got to be the down right best breakfast on property! It's affordable, cozy, and has wonderful service. The biscuits and gravy have the most amazing taste to them, they have mickey waffles, all sorts of bear claws, strawberry filled pasteries, fruits etc.
Just look at my pictures from there, doesn't it make you drool?
My boyfriend and I went for lunch in June and I was really excited to try it out due to drooling over the menu. Atmosphere is amazing, it's a must do for the children but when it came down to the food, everything was just bland, dry or over cooked. Now, I heard breakfast was good here so we'll be giving that a try next time. Very beautiful place, too bad the food s**ks.
What can I say about the Beach Club that isn't positive?
Beaches and Cream
Sandy bottom pool
Quick walk to EPCOT
Movies on the beach
Shipwrecked slide at the pool
This is my absolute favorite resort. I love the fact that if I take a notion to go watch Illuminations all I have to do is walk a short distance. The location is exceptional. You are a walk away or boat ride from DHS & EPCOT! Not to mention the many offerings of the Boardwalk's nighttime entertainment. We've stayed here about a half a dozen times and it remains my favorite. If I had to recommend a resort, this would definetly be the one I would suggest.
We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for Christmas 2008. It was GREAT!!!! The view was phenomenal. We had birds eye views every morning of zebras and ostriches. You had the feeling that you were really in Africa for a safari trip.
Con: We asked the marketplace shop to pack our purchases and ship them home (like the other resorts do) and the lady handed us a beat up box and some paper to do it ourselves. Needless to say we struggled with packing fragile items and some didn't survive the trip.
POFQ is now my favorite hotel because of the Jazz! I hope to stay in POFQ for Dec 2010!I really hope!
I love All-Star Movies! The Mighty ducks theme is awesome! and we can't hardly wait to stay in this hotel again for December 2010! and Might be preferred room of Fantasia! That will be cool and nice!
My wife and daughter and I love the All Star Movies resort. Web took our daughter to WDW for the first time last year and she not only still talks about the theme parks, but she comments on how much she liked the hotel too. Before she was born, my wife and I stayed here 2 other times. We tried the All Star Music and Pop Century resorts, but they just don't capture the magic like movies does. Besides, we sleep at the hotel and spend most of our time in the parks, but when we return to "The World", we ALWAYS come back to All Star movies.
IT'S REALLY STINKS AND THEY NEED TO UPDATED OR BRING A NEW SHOW!
WHAT IN THE HECK WERE THEY THINKING!?!?!?!?
This attraction is beyond stupid. It's not even worthy of a state fair, much less Disney. Weak, weak, weak. I want my 15 minutes back!
I have only been to the food and wine festival once, but it was the best time I have ever had at Disney. We planned a trip for this year as soon as we got back last year! We loved walking around tasting all the food and drinks from the different countries. The frozen drink for Puerto Rico, and the lamb from Australia were my favorites last year. It may not be as fun for the kids but as to twenty somethings we enjoyed every minute of it!
(If you are going to WDW to enjoy the festival stay at the Swan, Dolphin or somewhere on the boardwalk so you can walk to Epcot. It beats the busses!)
I recently had the pleasure of eating at the new Cantina in Mexico. The menu is small but the food is well prepared and fresh. Gone are the gobs of nasty refried beans on absolutely every item on the menu and the styrofoam take out containters (unless you request one). I had the nachos and they were very good and reasonably priced by Disney standards. The topping covered the chips well but didn't make a big soggy mess. I will definately be going back to try the other items on the menu. We spilt the churros for dessert, while they are good- I don't really feel that they were good enough to justify their price and I wouldn't bother with them again. I would choose the Cantina nachos over chicken strips and fries or a dried out counter service burger any day. I think its a great addition to world showcase and a HUGE improvement over the old Cantina.
I think that seating during busy times and during the hottest part of the day could be a problem. I would avoid this location just before and during Illuminations like the plague!
It's always been my favorite parade of all time. The music is the best.us
Here's a quick review from La Hacienda de San Angel. [1 = Worst, 10 = Best]
Food Selection: 6
Food Taste: 5
Food Presentation: 7
Price Value: 5
Very friendly, fast service from cast members. Extensive use of minor Spanish sayings/words to build on theme of being in Mexico. Atmosphere felt classy, but still casual.
Menu offers somewhat of a variety, but features more seafood in my opinion. Being used to authentic Tex-Mex from Texas, I have come to expect certain flavors and offerings. While, I understand this is authentic Mexican food, geared toward a coastal flavor, I did expect some similarities.
We were first served with typical restaurant tortilla chips. They were multicolored and a tad salty, but I like them that way. It was served with two salsas: a mild light salsa that had a hint of lime and a spicy traditional red salsa that was heavier. I ordered the Tilapia which is served with a variety of veggies on top such as sweet corn, green peppers, and such. There was also some spices to add to the flavor which didn't overpower or make it too spicy.
The rest of my party ordered a fajita-type steak entree, a sampler appetizer, and salad appetizer. The beef dish was very tasty and reminded me more of the kind of flavor I am familiar with in Tex-Mex. The sampler from what I gathered was a nice variety of flavors from pork and chicken. The sampler featured 3 sample dishes that were prepared very nicely, but were on the small side. For an appetizer, it only serves 1 person if that person wants to try each item. The salad appetizer was disappointing to me. There wasn't much too it. It had some nuts in it and that flavor overpowered the salad. I guess I was expecting a fresh salad with some Mexican spices that also featured use of fresh fruit such as mango or pineapple.
We did our best to taste each others' dishes. Everyone agreed that my tilapia was the best, although, again, I guess I expected something more. Don't get me wrong, it was delicious, but not what I thought to be traditional Mexican in flavor. My dish was also served with rice, beans, and flour tortillas. The rice was bland in my opinion. The beans were good. The flour tortillas also tasted fresh and were probably made in house, however, I have had MUCH better fresh flour tortillas. These had the texture of animal hide/skin and tasted too floury, not as light and fluffy as others. There were also not served very warm.
Overall, I would eat there again and would recommend to others as a nice choice in World Showcase to have a table service meal, however, I didn't feel like it was anything special compared to authentic Tex-Mex restaurants in Texas which have similar atmospheres and very delicious food.
I love CBR Because of beautiful rooms and shops and dinning looks great! That's why we are going to stay for Dec 2010!
We ate there about a week ago for dinner.
First, Looooong wait line held up for half hour...people with and without reservatons...Walk ups were sat before us with reservations.
Waitress took order, never delivered drinks then meal was bad...worst mexican food ever.
Then we had to ask ANOTHER Waitress to get a manager because we never saw ours again. The manager came by and stook 5 feet from the table...so we had to speak loud as everyone around us heard. Very unprofessional...Then when it was all over she said "Sorry" no free desert or concern on managers part. When we left the Mexico pyrimid we came across a Disney Manager in the same building and told the story again thinking someone would care...all he said was talk to them (Restaurant Manager) we left never to return to that place. We have been to Disney at least 40 nights over the last 5 years on Vacations and it was the only meal that was bad and had no concern from management.
I just recently dined at Fulton's for lunch and it was quite a pleasant afternoon. The place was mostly dead at this time of year and lunch time especially. The waiter, Tommy, said that it was unusual. There were 4 tables seated and we each had our own wait staff. Since I was traveling alone, it was nice to be able to just relax and take my time about my afternoon. Tommy was a great person to have a conversation with and he was not pushy at all. I had gotten the shrimp po-boy which was quite tasty, the roll was a little much for my desire (a tad firmer than I would have liked) but it was still a really good sandwich and Tommy told me about the desserts and when he said cheesecake I couldn't resist. He said it's made fresh every morning by one of the women that work there and let me tell you, it was soooooo heavenly. Definitely recommend.
From the design to taste, THIS PLACE IS PERFECT IN ALL WAYS!!!
I ordered Peperoni Pizza [$16], Salad [$6], Iced Tea [$3], and "Tasty but Ugly" which is French Vanilla Gelato with a type of cherries I have never heard of before and the same type of cherry sauce, all on top of some type of Walnut/Cinnamon/Nutmeg/Nut cookie called "Ugly but Tasty" (They are pretty ugly but they are DELICIOUS!!!) All of the things they have there are big (Salad feeds 2...but I went there by myself so I ate both servings XDDD) and the Pizza, the best wood oven baked pizza you will ever have (Gotta put some Parmesan...that just completes it) With REAL Peperoni, FRESH Mozzarella, and delicious dough and spices, it's the best pizza ever!!! (It's also the most authentic pizza you will ever have) Oh...I nearly forgot, the one I got was 16". The sundae was HUGE and delicious!!! I definitely would recommend eating here! I think it's my Fav. restaurant at Disney!!!
We have stayed here 3 times now and its a great value , transportation could be a little faster but I guess you cant have it all . The bath houses are clean and head and shoulders above any other campground , free nightly movies , nice pool , plenty of things to do to get away from the crowds of the parks , and at night sitting on the beach and watching the fireworks on the other side of bay lake is a wonderful sight . I will be heading back next year .
1. Close to Magic Kingdom
2. Spacious rooms
3. Inexpensive as compared to other deluxe Disney resorts
4. Beautiful resort and surroundings
The only draw back is that the buses to and from Shades don't run as often as Disney resort buses.
I am finishing my culinary degree and I always want to learn more. I make a point to find the restaurants that have something new, or different on the menu or lots of buzz around them. I was so happy to score a last minute reservation at kouzzina... The iron chef, I was so excited. The restaurant is beautiful , every thing done with taste. But that's where my happiness ended. The elderly waiter tried really hard but managed to get our order wrong twice, forgot the kind of wine we were drinking and then just forgot the wine all together. I ordered the kouzzina trio to get an idea of the menu , lasagna , cinnamon chicken, and lamb burger. Let's just say that I went hungry that night. Lasagna had no taste full of overcooked noodles and grease, lamb burger was a good idea but way to spicy for the average public I didn't taste the lamb, cinnamon chicken was the only thing edible. A lot of money for very average food, very disappointed.
We ate here at the beginning of August and both my husband and I LOVED it! I thought that the personal pizzas were quite large and very tasty. I tried the calamari and fennel pizza (fabulous) and my husband tried the prosciutto and cantaloupe pizza (not a big fan of melon, but still a great pizza). Their combinations are a little eclectic, but you can still order the same old standby pizza. We most definitely will return!
One of the best live bands in Epcot - they give a great performance and sound wonderful. Make sure to see them on your next trip.
love the big puppets and extra effects like the bubbles haha. amazing show...condensed version of the movie..love the fact that they bring the show into the audience, the energetic performers and at the end the birds that say "mine mine mine" tell u "bye bye bye" =)
the acrobatics are awesome. its just like a cirque du soleil show. love it!
for those of u who don't like big rides, this is not the one for u. i like this ride and everything but everest is a beast. the big drop is a doozie, i thought since i could handle the drop on splash mountain i could handle this....whew! it made my head hurt! the part that really got me though was the backwards part inside the mountain. u don't go upside down but it sure feels like it. for those of u who don't exactly know what happens in there, go to youtube and search for expedition everest with the lights on. it just kinda tilts a bit but it really doesnt feel like it. my stomach did flips..i thought i was gonna puke lol. good thing i didnt eat first!! well anyways its got a fun theme lol! if u like thrill rides by all means! i still like it even if my body didnt!
this park is mostly watching shows instead of riding rides..the biggies as far as rides go here are the great movie ride, toy story mania, tower of terror & rock n roller coaster. but the shows are amazing! and if u love hollywood its just even more amazing! love this park!
so i know they say its not a zoo...but thats basically what it is. but the BEST one! u get so close to the animals & it has rides and its just ahhhmazing! unlike the other parks though where u try to rush through everything, definitely just SLOW DOWN and enjoy watching the animals cuz if u run through this park you'll miss everything and be disappointed. also beware of the yeti & dinosaurs -_-
everyone needs to see this! i love the lion king characters & i love the message in this short film. it reminds me that i need to recycle & do things to help the planet & animals. i wish i had this short film on dvd really. its a little sad but very moving!
We drove 2 hours today to see and eat at the new restaurant. We were very excited about it and the decor lived up to the hype as it has a beautiful dining area. We got in quickly, but it took us about 15 minutes before the waiter acknowledged us (she was talking to a table next to us about their day). We ordered one plate of pasta, one individual cheese pizza, and two cokes, and it was $50. Nothing in Disney is "Cheap" but this felt like a counter service restaurant with table service prices. Won't be going back and never thought I'd write anything negative about the parks as we go all the time, but this was a really disappointing meal.
i just watched the full show of this on youtube. i've never seen it in person. i skipped over it cuz i happen to be afraid of birds a bit (like the "tour guide" heh) but wow i think i will have to see this in person. i loved seeing all the "tricks" the birds did and it was very entertaining. i love the message at the end where they talk about protecting the wildlife. everyone should see this.
Have just returned home to the UK after our latest trip. We specifically left a space in our ADR's for this - and it was worth it!
The ambaiance was great. The smell as you enter through the doors lets you know what you are instore for - and when the Pizza arrives you're not dissapointed.
We have done a little traveling around the USA and have not found a pizza that comes anywhere close to authentic Italian Pizza and so was a little pessamistic that Disney would manage it, but they do!!
The choice of Pizza's (we only had pizza & dessert so can't comment on anything else) is a little restricted compared to other resturants like Pizza Express in the UK, but the offerings are unique - melon and ham on a pizza sounds a bit weird, but tastes great!
Our only negative was the service - it was slow. The servers were slow, even the speed the chefs were making the Pizza was slow (and I've spent many a meal watching pizza made!). There seemed to be a lot of people sat around waiting for food during our visit. But I guess this is to be expected during the early days with lots of new servers!
Will make sure this resturant features during future trips.
Hi! I had to write.I'm not that big on discussion forums or blogs however we just came back from our first visit to our 'new home' at Bay Lake Towers and I only have good things to say! We had a 2 bedroom Magic Kingdom view and I jumped up and down with excitement like a 5 year old when we first walked in! Also having 3 bathrooms with 3 teenagers is priceless. This is our 4th WDW trip since 2004 and I wish we had bought into the vacation club when we first inquired about it while staying at the Polynesian in'04. I could go on and on but I truly think you need to go to the presentation and discover for yourself how truly wonderful this can be. If you love Disney than it will be a no -brainer!. One last item if I may,we were thinking of a stay over February school break at Vero Beach. Just wondering what others thought? Thanks!
this ride was such a good addition to the park. the games inside were a ton of fun and the style of the cars were awesome. loved everything about it...even the wait in the line! they designed the interior wonderfully!
We were the first guests to be served in Via Napoli. That's me my wife & two daughters in the pictures shown. The Pizza was probably the best pizza I've had since eating at the Mom & Pop italian bakery's in Brooklyn. I actually crave this pizza every day and can't wait until our Easter trip to try all the other offerings. This is not only going to be one of our regular places to eat but will be as multiple visit restaurant.
Don't have to drive, may take a while sometimes but it's vacation enjoy!!
Between the great tasting food and the very authentic Italiano atmosphere, i felt like was home in Napoli. I've found my new favorite restaurant in Epcot.
We ate there on 8/16 and by then end of the week we all agreed it was the best meal we had all week!! Pizza we very good (and it was fun to watch then making them), spaghitti with veal meat balls were tastey and the Chicken parm with a side of baked pasta was the hit of the table. I would however warn against getting the ice tea....its was not drinkable. We were there at opening for lunch..service was great and very helpful.
I got to the new restaurant as soon as I got off my flight, so around 3PM, it was about a 5 minute wait but if it was longer, well worth the wait. The entree come in small orders and it's perfect so, you don't get overstuffed. I myself had the Margarita pizza and it was absolutely incredible, a little pricey, but your in Disney World! Very clean and beautiful scenery.
My family has stayed at this resort 3 times. The first 2 in '99 and '00 back before the MAJOR refurbishment. It was incredible, the calm theming, nice pools not to loud and PLENTY of space. The next time we stayed at the resort was after the update early in '09 and it was better than the old (which i thought was perfect). Restaurant and bars were perfect. The lobby was wonderful, bedrooms were super nice. But our room was one of the ones from the older wing hahaha in the back of the hotel, regardless it was nice. And we found all the shortcuts around the place, (example) cut through the bar across from the ice cream area go by the pool up the stairs and the back rooms are right in front of you :), another plus would be the short walking distance to polynesian for a beach, good food and monorail access
The atmosphere was pretty nice. It was a very bright and inviting restaurant. You get bombarded with various Italian greetings as soon as you walk in through the front door! The pizza was definitely greasy but delicious. It is alittle pricey however. I definitely felt that I got more value for my money from the sister restaurant over at Disneyland. But I would eat here again! Too bad it's going to ADR next month!
What I didn't like about the restaurant was that the parties of 2 get put a long bar height table that stretches across the entire restaurant so you end up staring directly across at another party of 2 at the same table, and sitting directly next to another. I know it ties in to the warm inviting Italian charm, but we Americans like our space and privacy when we eat!
We decided to check out Via Napoli on this trip, as it was expecting walk-ins. I had heard that the food was very expensive and the pizza wasn't anything too spectacular. Thankfully, it was not so.
We walked in and found the atmosphere loud and inviting. The place seemed to want to stimulate good times. The mood was casual, and the glasses and decor added some whimsy. The plates, emblazoned with the Via Napoli logo, were very tasteful. We ordered a salad, three drinks (I tried the strawberry-flavored drink and found it to be delicious!), an individual pizza and a large pepperoni.
The salad was nicely prepared and tasted as good as it looked, but the wait for the pizza was tantalizing. There was a large amount of servers, and though it was obvious English was their second language, the presence was comforting. When the pizza finally came, needless to say we were quite excited. It was A LOT of pizza, and the three of us barely managed to finish everything (when you share the pizza, the value is better).
Everything about the pizza seemed authentic...slightly charred crust, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and pepperoni. The pizzas were flat-out delicious. We didn't try the other entree items or desserts, but from what we saw, they looked very delicious. Overall, you will not find better pizza on property (perhaps besides Mama Melrose's). I'm struggling to find something to say that's bad about the place. Eat, drink, and be merry!
Ok so it doesnt matter how long the line is (especially with a fastpass :) ). The long line is a definite turn off for some people in a hurry to get everything done, which as any WDW veteran knows wont get done if you spend 1 day at each park. But then its time to get on, there's not much of a pre-show build up that i enjoy but that's fine because by that point your excited that your almost on. Then you get on row 1 i enjoy because there are no feet dangling in your peripherals haha, any the views and smells are amazing. I have filmed this ride and been on it many times and the visual definition of the ride film has become slightly outdated. The only thing i would suggest would be to update it to possibly an HD Blu-Ray :)
Our favourite hotel anywhere - not just Disney! From the moment that we walk in from the carpark and are told ' Welcome Home' to the moment we leave, it's bliss. We've stayed twice and will be back next year, and despite what some reviewers feel, we've never had a problem with children or their parents, and we are not''old money'' people or snobs.
Speaking as someone who never participated in the previous attraction, Alien Encounters, and thus seeing Stitch's Great Escape as new and not comparing it to its previous attraction-I was still incredibly disappointed. And I adored Stitch before this ride. Nothing really happened, and the few things that did were unpleasant. I recall being uncomfortable with the scents and ridiculous, gross jokes.
I understand people complained about the previous ride being too scary, but this ride is too gross. If I had children, I wouldn't want them exposed to this sort of humor and think it acceptable.
Overall, the ride was beyond simply boring, it was a negative experience. There's a reason there's never a line, and they simply shut down the fast pass distribution. People have figured out it sucks. And really, if there's a ride that isn't a fast loader that has a wait time consistently below 10 minutes at freaking Disneyworld....that's a bad sign.
We always make a point to dine at Chef Mickey's. My DH especially loves it, and the kids always have a blast. They have an overall great selection for dinner, and it's hard to go wrong on any breakfast buffet. We've had a lot of time to interact with the characters as well. It's a great atmosphere with the monorail coursing overhead and the character party every 20 minutes or so.
This past Sunday, we took the [B][I]Inspiration: Through Walt's Eyes[/I][/B] tour at Walt Disney World. We were originally scheduled to take the tour Monday, but had a call from someone at the Disney Institute the week before to tell us Monday's tour had been cancelled. Fortunately, our schedule allowed us to move the tour up to the day before. (They were very accommodating, and were willing to offer us a full refund or reschedule us for a different tour if the Sunday tour hadn't worked for us.)
The tour meets outside Epcot at the designated "Guided Tour Meeting Area" near the Guest Relations window. Our particular tour consisted of three groups: our party of two, another couple, and a family of four. Considering this group size, it was easy to understand why the Monday tour had been cancelled. Our tour guide indicated attendance for this tour hasn't been that great.
After meeting in front of Epcot and getting our name tags, we immediately boarded a Mears bus and headed for Hollywood Studios. The tour guide used the transit time to interact with each family on the tour (where are you from, what do you hope to get out of this tour, etc.), and then explained the basic itinerary for our three hours together. He also handed out headsets so we could hear him as we walked through noisy areas. These headsets worked well in the parks, but had issues on the bus. (I believe the bus' generator was causing interference.) So, when we were on the bus, he used the bus' intercom instead of the headsets.
After a bag search at a security checkpoint, our bus entered a backstage area of Hollywood Studios, and parked behind the Tower of Terror attraction. We exited the bus and walked into the park through a gate that brought us in by the Tower of Terror entrance. (The park was open, and it pained me to walk past Tower of Terror without going in when I saw there was only a 10 minute wait.)
We spent the next hour or so slowly walking up Sunset Blvd. Our guide had a back-story from Walt's past that explained the reason behind the name and/or theme of many of the buildings along this street. This was an extremely interesting part of the tour, and frankly, one of the few portions of the tour that stuck to the theme of inspiration through Walt's eyes.
When we reached the intersection of Sunset Blvd and Hollywood Blvd, the guide discussed the transition from the movie era of the 30s and 40s (covered by the buildings on Sunset Blvd) into the television era of the 50s and the opening of Disneyland. Unfortunately, we didn't walk further into the part of Hollywood Studios themed around television production for this discussion, but simply stood near the wait time board at the intersection. I personally thought this was a missed opportunity.
We then walked up toward Toy Story Midway Mania, where we stopped to discuss the more recent history of the company and the Pixar films. Some interesting discussion, but I didn't see a strong link to the theme of the tour, aside from a parallel that was drawn between the forward thinking natures of both Walt Disney and John Lasseter.
I was very disappointed to have walked past One Man's Dream without going in. I would have loved to have had a guided tour through that entire attraction. I think this would have been much more in keeping with the theme of the tour than other things we did later in the tour. Another missed opportunity in my mind.
We then exited the park through a cast member gate between Toy Story Midway Mania and Journey into Narnia, where our bus was waiting. We were then off to the Magic Kingdom area.
Our next stop was a backstage area where Disney Event and Decorating Support is located. This is in a support area behind the Magic Kingdom, beyond the train and monorail roundhouse, in a warehouse adjacent to the Holiday Support Services facility. The Event and Decorating Support facility primarily supports parties and events with which Disney is involved. Some examples given to us were Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the christening of Disney cruise ships, ESPN events, involvement with the Olympics, etc. As it was Sunday, the facility was shut down, so there was no activity to witness. We did not go into the workshops, just walked around the warehouse. It was interesting to see some of the old props, but in all honesty, a warehouse is a warehouse. I personally viewed this part of the tour as wasted time. Aside from the fact that it had nothing to do with the theme of the tour, there was nothing new in seeing this facility than things I've seen on other backstage tours. To an extent, it wasn't that different from the waiting line for the Hollywood Studios Backstage Tour attraction (except on a much larger scale). Also, because many of the events supported by the facility are external to Walt Disney World, it wasn't quite as "magical" as going through the Holiday Support Services building (on the Yuletide Magic Tour) or the Central Shops facility (on the Backstage Magic Tour). At those facilities, one sees props that are recognizable from WDW. This is not necessarily the case at Event and Decorating Support, where the only thing I recognized was one sign for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. (My opinion -- your mileage may vary.)
From there, we re-boarded the bus and drove to the Magic Kingdom service area near Space Mountain. After passing through another checkpoint where our bags were checked, we pulled into the employee lot behind Main Street USA and Tomorrowland.
We first walked down into the Utilidors. We didn't enter any of the specific service areas, but simply made a quick circle of tunnels, stopping at some photos to have discussions. The only connection to Inspiration: Through Walt's Eyes was a story from Walt's Disneyland experience, where he saw a cast member in a costume from Frontierland walking through Tomorrowland. This was the inspiration for having the utilidors built for WDW. Frankly, I think the utilidors being a part of this tour is simply a marketing ploy to try to entice more people to want to take the tour. (If you really want to see the utilidors and other backstage cast areas, I personally recommend the Keys to the Kingdom or Backstage Magic tours. These tours, which we've done on previous visits, provided much more detailed exploration of these areas.)
After exiting the utilidors, we re-entered Main Street USA, and walked up into the waiting area of the Main Street Train Station. While sitting there, the tour guide shared stories from Walt's childhood and early career that related to his love of trains. While some of these stories were repetitive of those shared during Disney's Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour, they were still an enjoyable element of this tour. (After all, there are only so many Walt Disney stories to go around. It's not terrible that some of them are told on multiple tours.) One critique to this portion of the tour is that it was all conducted on the second floor. On our way out of the building, the guide quickly pointed to displays on the first floor that were applicable to some of the stories he told. While I'll admit to enjoying the respite on the benches after walking around the utilidors, at least portions of this discussion might have been better held on the first floor near the visuals. (We later returned to the Magic Kingdom on our own after the tour, and spent some time looking at these first floor train station displays in more detail.)
From the train station, the tour guide walked us up Main Street USA, where the he pointed out key names on the second-floor windows. He had stories and background for each window he discussed, and did a good job of tying it all into the theme. We turned and again went backstage through a door between the Plaza Restaurant and the Tomorrowland Noodle Terrace. Our bus was waiting for us, which we re-boarded for the ride back to Epcot.
During the ride back to Epcot, the guide entertained questions and answers, collected the listening devices, and gave each participant a pin.
In all, we found this to be an enjoyable three hours. However, I think this tour has a bit of an identity crisis. I strongly suggest the Disney Institute redesign some elements of the tour, and re-evaluate if some of the itinerary is really in keeping with the theme. Not every Walt Disney World tour needs to incorporate a visit to the utilidors. Event and Decorating Support was also a real stretch for the theme of this tour. It added little to the experience -- especially on a Sunday when the facility is essentially closed and there's no activity to see. There are so many other areas with a direct Walt Disney connection that would seem a more appropriate use of the time devoted to these aspects of the tour. Please consider adding a walkthrough of One Man's Dream to the tour. Walt Disney had a real vision for EPCOT, however, Epcot the park wasn't even part of the tour. I would have enjoyed hearing about how "the Florida project" transformed from Walt's original EPCOT concept of a living and working city into the the Walt Disney World resort we all know and love, now. Speaking of Epcot, aside from the fact that there's a formal tour meeting area in front of this park, I didn't understand why this was the starting and ending point for the tour. Unless Epcot is somehow added as one of the parks on the tour, the transit time to and from this park should be eliminated, as it only takes away from the three hours available for the tour itself.
Having experienced many of the tours offered at Walt Disney World, I cannot recommend this one as someone's first tour. Tours such as Keys to the Kingdom or Backstage Magic, while more costly and time consuming, are a much better starting point. For those with a few tours under your belt, I'll let my trip report speak for itself. I understand I was very critical in my report. I must say, though, that I don't regret taking the tour and don't feel like we wasted our time or money. I just wasn't "wowed" by this tour as I have been with many others.
Our past tour experiences include:
Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour
Backstage Magic Tour
Disney's Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour
Disney's Family Magic Tour
Yuletide Fantasy Tour
Behind the Seeds at Epcot Tour
The UnDISCOVERed Future World Tour
Hidden Treasures of World Showcase Tour
I miss that ride because it's awesome! I hope I remember this ride!
Despite the name the pavilions in Future World are barely or even not entirely about the future. This one was different and it was the most elaborate ride in EPCOT and one of the best designed Disney rides EVER. Bringing an interesting twist to the omnimover technology it featured very different settings, an omnimax movie screen and even a minor interactive element, actually more interactive than the fake interaction in Mission:Space.
It will be missed by most you experienced it and belongs in the Disney Hall of Fame.
I loved the original show and was nothing less than devastated when I suffered through the abomination the "new management" brought to Walt's favorite attraction! Iago is unbearable, aggressive, annoying and just someone to hate, I had the urge to climb up and rip the AA to pieces. The show had NOTHING to do with Tiki culture any longer, RAP and songs about as Tiki as a polka band ruined a classic attraction and this "plussing" couldn't have been timed worse as in the late nineties the tiki revival was beginning that led to a new wave of tiki bars, shops, restaurants etc. worldwide.
They didn't change the show in DL, instead they made a major refurb and when the room opened again it was a major success. According to CMs and guests the WDW-version is one of the least popular attractions (together with SGE).
If you don't know the original show (and don't dig into tiki culture) then perhaps you will find it amusing although it still will be aggressive and loud.
Finally they are going back to the vaults where they came from. This extremely annoying and stupid tv-series that even seems to corny for preschooolers is about as Disney as a Ginger Lynn adult movie. I hated to see this crap at the DHS.
If you only can visit one water park make it this one. The waves in this gargantuan pool, more a kind of artificial lagoon, are the highest in any wave pool on the entire planet. Up to 6 feet and more they are what comes next to experiencing a real surf at the beaches. However there are a lot of beaches that only offer waves of this size during a storm and TL features them every day. A must!
I've had really mixed reviews on this place for the last 10 years. At times I've thought it was really good, and others it's been terrible. I visited this past weekend (August 2010) and it inspired me to write a quick review. I had the grilled chicken sandwich and it was really good! The bread was good, the chicken was moist and perfectly cooked, and the topping bar gave it a bit extra. It's not the best food you will have, but if you are looking for counter service at the MK, based on this last visit, I would recommend it!
Paradiso 37 used to be unique and flavorful now it's dull and boring. I don't mind paying $15 for a burger if it's tasty and well prepared. Unfortunately, my most recent meal at Paradiso 37 was neither of those things. After a year of operation it's turned into nothing more than an overpriced tourist trap with unfriendly service. It's such a shame! It's very unlikely that we will return.
I just visited Paradiso 37 for the first time since my last review on Jun 06, 2009. Things have gone seriously down-hill since then. The menu has unfortunately been slashed, with a good amount of the interesting items now removed. I ended up ordering a burger with pineapple. It was dry, bland, and completely flavorless. Very disappointing for a $15 burger, and probably the worst I have had on Disney property (including park counter service). The service was unfriendly and poor.
The opening buzz has completely left this restaurant and it now largely comes across as though they have given up. I recently read that E-Brands who own this restaurant are filing for Chapter 11. Not good times for Paradiso 37.
I would no longer recommend this restaurant to anyone in it's current state and menu. Much better options are available at Downtown Disney - Ragland Road, House of Blues.
I absolutely loved Mickey's Philharmagic. The journey is fun, the 3D has a lot of neat gimmick screen movement (the corks still get me jumping every time) and the 4D effect with the water and smells is great. My only complaint is that because it's so old, the 3D really looks dated compared to what you see in theaters nowadays. I'd love to see a new story with updated animation and technology, but it's still fun as-is.
I'm probably giving it more credit than is due as a classic ride because it really is a bit outdated in comparison to other dark rides. The story is fine but it goes by very quickly.
I always make it a point to snag a Fast Pass for Peter Pan's Flight whenever I'm in MK. The feeling and perspective of flying are really neat and the art in the different scenes is fantastic. It's really a worthwhile experience but unfortunately it's just a little shorter than I'd like.
The Swiss Family Treehouse is a decent experience provided you're willing to walk through the whole thing. It's a neat setup and it gives a great view, but it's really up to you to get enjoyment out of it.
The Carousel of Progress is a great look at the past and how we got where we're at. It's not a thrill but anyone with an appreciation for history and the future like Walt had will enjoy it. Technology advances so fast that it's always a little out of date but it still gets the message across.
A great classic ride, very immersive and fun, the animatronics are well done and the ride has good length to it which all adds up to a ride well worth the wait.
What more can be said about the Haunted Mansion? It's fun and a little spooky at the same time, creates a fantastic atmosphere and has incredible detail. You can ride it over and over and discover something new every time. An absolutely can't-miss ride.
Any ride that you come out of having been "spit" on is bad enough. To come out of it with sore shoulders from the mechanism's pounding and the smell of rancid chili dog in your nostrils as well seals the deal. If the story were interesting enough, I might tolerate another go at Stitch's Great Escape but it was disappointingly bland. I can't wait until this ride bites the dust because as of right now, it's one of the few rides I absolutely know to skip in the MK.
My family and I were very impressed with the quality service of the GF. We stayed at the Sugar Loaf with concierge service. The staff was friendly, the rooms were immaculate, and the servive was great. My only issue was having to wait for about two hours for our room to be ready. Thankfully the lobby served food and beverages, so our wait wasn't too bad. I loved the character dining at 1900 Park Fare, and enjoyed being greeted by such beloved Disney characters during breakfast. We had an excellent view of the Magic Kingdom park from our balcony, and could watch the beginning of thewater parade the resort dock. It was a wonderful experience, and we will definitely stay there again.
We stayed in a 2 BR unit in June 2010. We were a party of 6 and bought a package deal that included the deluxe dining plan and parkhoppers as well as the room for 11 nights. We paid over $15,000 for said package which was supposed to include a "Lake View".
We were originally assigned room 7605. It was a terrible "Lake View", but a fabulous view of the pool and the building opposite ours. I felt like I was living in a city high rise. It seemed like less than 25% of our view consisted of the lake. However, if you stood 5 feet back, from the large window, and looked straight ahead, you could not see the lake at all. You literally had to stand over to the right of the window, and turn your head to the left to see the lake.
When I requested a move, I was given a song and dance by first, the woman at the front desk, then her manager. I heard several times, "That room is considered a lake view". At that point, I told them I could accept that room if they agreed to refund me the difference between a "Lake View" and a "Standard View". Upon hearing that request, the manager agreed to move me to "the only other Lake View opening up that day". We ended up moving to room 7602, which wasn't a great lake view as it had a cluster of tall swampy trees partially blocking our view. However, it was much better than 7605.
I seriously hope Disney reclassifies their "Lake Views". Those rooms on the inside of the "C" should be either "Pool VIew", or "Standard". I will never again pay the premium and risk getting a questionable "Lake View".
Every time I am in EPCOT, I HAVE to visit the Puffin's Roost. One of my favorite stores in all of property. The clothes can be expensive, but every year I end up with a Helley Hensen jacket. They are not very common in the Midwest and they are wonderful in the Fall/Winter/Spring months!
I have stayed at AKL the past 8 trips to WDW and I absolutely LOVE this marketplace. Offering many unique crafts, coffees, wines, etc. you can't go home without something (or a few things! :))
My second wife and I where down for the start of this celebrating our first wedding anniversary as well as her first trip to WDW (not going to be her last lol). Well I found this to be a very simple celebration to say the least no where near prior celebrations.
Oh man I forgot the Tapestry of Nations parade, man was that a great parade. Oh and the 2000 wand was cool too(to bad it stuck around as the Epcot wand for far to long). Glad to see SSE back to it glory minus the darn wand again.
I was down in December of 1999 to see this man was this fun. The Tapastry of Dreams was fantastic, the Millennium Villiage was so fun and informative. I wish they had kept it so there would be even more contries represented for the World Showcase. It would be like having the Food and Wine Festival year around in a small way.
The hollidays at WDW are never to be missed! By all means go to the Studios and see the wonderful Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights there they are not to be missed!
I have been to the ABC Super Soap Weekends many times. I really hope they bring them back in the future. I had super times and miss meeting the soap stars.
Huge resort. Near the Magic Kingdom! You can even hear the Magic Kingdom train in the distance from outside the resort. Walking distance to the Polynesian and Monorail. Large guest rooms.
My wife and I both love the Dolphin, it is actually my wife's favorite hotel on the property . The food choices and rooms are both great. The boats are a relaxing alternative to the buses to get to HS and Epcot and its a reasonable walk to the Boardwalk area. It's definitely not as "Disney" as the more themed resorts but sometimes it's nice to get away from that every once and a while. You still get free parking at the parks and EMH , however I wish you could use your room key to charge purchases around the world to your room like the other resorts. They run specials many times throughout the year which make this resort a bargain at times so keep your eye out.
It has been over a 25 year wait, but in Via Napoli, we finally have a great pizza restaurant in Epcot.
The restaurant is very nice looking, both inside and out, with a bright, airy, and comfortable dining room. The food is extremely fresh looking and tasting, with everything cooked to order in the open kitchen. The pizza is certainly amongst the best I have had. I felt the appetizers were expensive, but if you share the largest pizza, it can be good value.
The restaurant is unfortunately on the Disney Dining Plan, so we may see a decline in quality over the coming months as we have seen in other restaurants after the open, but for now, I highly recommend you try this on your next visit if you like pizza, you wont be disappointed.
Via Napoli is a welcome addition to World Showcase. The building is lovely inside and out and the food is very tasty. The pizza is said to be authentic, I've never been to Naples so I don't know if it is but it is very good (pricey for pizza, but you get what you pay for).
We tried the Acqua Fresca (fruit juice coolers) in both lemon and strawberry. They were very refreshing and not too sweet. However we felt that $5.00 was too pricey and wouldn't order them again because of that.
For an appetizer we chose to split the Arancini, fried risoto balls with mozzarella and veal ragu. There were 4 total about the size of meatballs. The sauce served on the platter with them was very flavorful but the arancini themselves fell a bit flat. There wasn't enough sauce on the platter to add to pep them up. Overall they were just ok and not worth $10 in my opinion.
We had the pepperoni and the Margherita pizzas. The pepperoni was perfect, the pieces were small and not too thick so you get the taste of pepperoni in each bite. It was just spicy enough as well, overall it was slightly greasy but not overly so. The Margherita was good as well- without the spice of the pepperoni you could really taste the sweetness of the tomatoes and the flavor of the fresh basil. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite between the two.
We had the apple cake with almond gelato for dessert. It was similar to an apple charlotte and the almond flavor was a nice compliment- though the scoop of gelato could have been bigger. I thought I detected a bit of pear flavor in the cake as well which was nice. The cake had a very fresh and mildly buttery flavor and crumbled slightly under the fork. I would order it again in the future.
The service was prompt and friendly.
Overall, I'd return to Via Napoli. It's great to finally have really good pizza available in WDW.
Stayed one night before a wonderful cruise on the disney wonder. At Port Orleans the grounds are fine but the room was musty dirty and so warm the air conditioning kept going on and off that when we removed the bed coverings the blanket was full of hair. The bathroom was only usable if we wore our shoes. I love Disney and have stayed at many other resorts but this was bad. PS we were told no other rooms available and would report it to the am crew but we had to leave by early am for the cruise. On the night before going home cancelled my reservation and stayed at the Hyatt in the airport $40 cheaper with breakfast and clean.
Wow!!! this ride is definatley is in my top 5 Rides in Disney. The whole experience is terrific. Starting with the line this is my absolute favorite Queue. Just the design that the imagineers put into this all of the details offering shrines explorers offices with there artifacts and a "museum" type theame towards the end. I went the first year that it was open the line was packed and it made it much less boring then it could have been if there was just nothing. it's worth waiting in the line at least once
Next the Cars stick to the basic animal kingdom colors and take the very familiar shape of a small train. they are quite comfortable and feature two seperate pull down bars one for each person in the car.
Finally the ride it is just around 3 minutes long and starts off as a normal Coaster you go up a seemingly large hill that gives you some speed as you go down a small hill. then the infamous broken track at which point i always say "Umm that's not good" then a lound scream as you hurdle backwards at an alarming speed it almost feels like you are about to go upsidedown but you don't it is not for the faint of heart then you begin to go foward as you relize that you need to go down the same steep hill you just went up then everyone screams and you are going so fast you forget about the yeti until you go into his cave you see him very breifly but thats just the point he is supposed to be a myth so when you see that ferocious beast you get a big shock.
Overall this is just such a thrill and you just want go on over and over again my last included at least 7 rides on this the single rider is such a great idea if you want to get on a lot
It looks great my wife and daughter are going to love this. They really needed more for girls.
This is A Great Place And is THe COMPLETE Opposite Of The 1st Review
We enjoyed our meal at Kouzzina - is it on the same level as CA Grill - no. But it is on par with Rose and Crown and The Wave.
We had the one of the flat breads but checking the updated menus it looks like they are no longer on the menu.
My husband had the lamb shanks and said they were tender and flavorful. I had the Whole Fish and it was really good - the fish was so fresh and the flavor was amazing. My girlfriend had the Pastitsio which is the Greek Style Lasagna - it was interesting. It wasn't bad but it was very unexpected, it was good once you got over the fact that it is nothing like an italian lasagna.
All in all the food was really good. The open kitchen is fun - there was lots of "OMPA's" being yelled.
We have eaten at Kouzzina twice. Once in Sept 2009 and again in March 2010. We very much enjoyed our dinner both times. We have had the Cinnamon Chicken dish, the Lamb and the whole fish. All were excellent, especially the whole fish, it melted in your mouth. We were very disappointed we could not get a reservation for our trip in nov/dec 2010.
Kevin and Mona
Love staying at the Beach Club, however the Marketplace is a very unorganized place. We were on the quick service dining plan with 2 adults and 3 teenagers. My husband and I ordered 2 sandwiches which came with a side and dessert and drink of our choice, our kids ordered pizza, but because there were two choices of pizzas they were told that because of the pizzas they chose that they could only get a bag of grapes or carrots and a small cookie and small drink (ex: small carton of milk). The cm behind the counter asked them which pizza do you want and they chose what they chose only to be told at the counter that it was considered a kids meal and not an adult...the difference in pizzas? the pizza on the adult menu was a thin crust and the kids was a thicker crust and the cm at the counter pretty much said "Oh well" we were not told there was a difference between the two and it doesn't say it on the menu either. So it is hard to feed 3 teens on a child size menu. The next day my husband and son went to the marketplace again and this time made sure they ordered adult meals.....only to be told this time that they can only have their sandwich, dessert and drink....no side? But as they pointed out to us the quick meal plan ONLY offers and entre, drink and dessert and they are not obligated to offer a side...as they did the day before by mistake. Also, their hot chocolate machine NEVER worked and they finally put up a sign that said out of order, the day before they offered packets of hot chocolate to make with hot water, the next day....they had no idea what I was talking about. Very disappointing when you don't have many choices at your favorite location. Every place we went we ALWAYS had an entre, side, dessert and drink....all of which were extremely filling....not the Marketplace.
I'm not one to ever complain and this was the first time we have tried the quick service dining, in the past we have done the other dining plan, and although choices are very limited we were prepared to be eating a lot of the same foods in all the parks, but again, I feel they made the mistake and should have offered the sides and larger portions....my teenagers are clearly NOT little children, as the cutoff for the child menu is 9.
Rest of the trip....PERFECT!! We learned to stay away from the Marketplace after the second day.
one of the best parts of the entire world... always my wife and I's first and last attraction to visit.
couldn't be better.. you probably didn't need to be told that, though.
mexico pavilion is pretty great... some of the best food in all of the parks.. but this ride is one of the most boring things I have ever experienced.
Had dinner Thursday July 22. Beautiful Place, Great service, amazing food.
Before we ordered, our server explained the menu and let us know that most of the spice is toned down for American tastes, but the chef could spice it up if we wanted. I chose to have the chef prepare my food how he thought it should be done. It did have a kick, but nothing painful.
We started with the bread service. 3 breads available and 6 dips and you would choose 3. We ordered the Red Chile Sambal, Coriander Chutney, and Mango Chutney. It was so good, I told the server I could easily drink a glass of the Coriander.
Appatizers were the mustard scallops and tomato soup. Scallops were perfectly cooked and just the right amount of spice to still taste the scallop. 3 large scallops on the plate.
For dinner my parter had the lamb which he said couldn't be better and was perfectly cooked. I had the Slow Cooked ShortRibs and Shrimp with Green Curry with the Pilaf. The short Ribs were melt in your mouth.
Amazing place and one of my new favorites.
Had a fantastic dinner at Artist Point on Wed, July 21. Service was great and the food was amazing.
My partner and I started with Crab Cakes and Portabella Soup. Both were excellent. The Crab Cakes were some of the best I have ever had. Full of sweet Crab and very little "filler."
For entrees we had the Fisherman's stew and the Buffalo Striploin. Again, both were amazing. The prawns in the stew were huge (with the heads still on.) Our server did warn us. The Buffalo was one of the best pieces of meat I have ever eaten. I could cut it with a butter knife. We also shared a side of Mac and Cheese which was just completely over the top.
Dessert was the cobbler with homemade Creme Brulee Ice Cream. I am out of words to describe how good it was.
Between us, with a cocktail, our bill came out to @$130, plus a $40 tip. Worth every penny.
I have worked in a NYC italian restaurant... I know what I am talking about.. and I can say that this place's food is delicious.. Sure, the atmosphere and such may not be totally ideal, but its totally worth a visit. They offer great vegetarian options.. absolutely delicious.
seriously... the atmosphere and such may not be that of a great restaurant.. but these are some of the most incredible sandwiches you will ever have in your life.
one of the best restaurants.. another one that I can't believe has such a low rating, though I think if you read what people write you might see whether you should trust their opinion or not... the food was delicious, the appetizers and entrees are amazing. Some awesome vegetarian options, too..
.. seriously, the lighthouse sandwich is awesome. And so close to haunted mansion!
Coral Reef is awesome... I really can't imagine how people give it bad ratings or how its overall rating is so low.. If you read what people complain about (not to mention their terrible spelling) I think you can get a pretty good idea of what ridiculous stuff people seem to complain about... Anyway, my wife and I are even vegetarians and we love it. Last visit we had (our honeymoon) it was our favorite dinner of the entire trip (the mushroom lasagna paired with some amazing wine).. the food is great and you really can't find a better atmosphere anywhere.
Boma is one of mine and my wife's favorite restaurants probably in the world.. visiting WDW as vegetarians you dont find a million options at all restaurants, but Boma is always pretty awesome. The atmosphere is, obviously, also amazing.
This is one of the only restaurants where it surprises me how high its overall rating is... its certainly not bad, but really, the food is nothing incredible.. and the drinks we had were like milk shakes with the slightest hint of alcohol added.. The portobello burger is similar to something you could get in a diner.. again, not bad at all, but nothing terrific. I'm sure if you have little kids, though, that they might love it.
absolutely amazing.. a must for vegetarian visitors. The food is delicious, the drinks are great, and the scenery is terrific. It may very well be even better than Boma...
Coral Reef is awesome... I really can't imagine how people give it bad ratings or how its overall rating is so low.. My wife and I are even vegetarians and we love it. Last vising we had (our honeymoon) it was our favorite dinner of the entire trip (the mushroom lasagna paired with some amazing wine).. the food is great and you really can't find a better atmosphere anywhere.
my wife and I have visited twice in the past two years.. for young couples such as ourselves (we are now 25) BRG is nice to go to during the day and have some drinks and a snack while its blistering hot outside and the lines are long at the parks.. The beer sampler and selection is pretty good, though some more full-flavored ales would be nice. Definitely an awesome place to visit.
stayed two days in april 2010. room looked like it hadn't been updated since the place opened. front of dresser multiple large nicks/chunks missing, one drawer hung very obviously crooked. big hole in top center of bedspread showing white fluffy stuff underneath. bathroom not real clean. multiple stains on carpet. the hotel was the farthest value resort away from the parks and last on the bus line. the price is what i needed but it was like being in dirty disney...yuck. we got the room with florida discount making it like 75$ a night and it was exactly what you'd expect from a room that's 75$ a night.
Well this new area maybe great for some but our two boys aren't going to be interest in the new are. Could have done alittle more for both sexs.
This ride is one of our family favorites. We make a point to ride it everytime we are at MK
I am a cigar fan and golfer for many years. It was a joy not only to find a cigar friendly bar in the heart of Disney but one which made excellent mojitos as well! The air quality was very good and probably would make Fuego "almost" inviting even to the most militant of non(or reformed)smokers. I have another conference at WDW in the fall and look forward to returning to Fuego with many of my colleages.
My mom and I ate lunch here in March 2010. We both had the barbeque chicken salad. The salad itself was okay, but not great. I wasn't thrilled with the dressing that they used. It was some sort of italian/olive oil type dressing, which tasted somewhat bitter to me.
Since I was on the dining plan, my meal came with a dessert. I had the key lime cup, which is essentially some kind of gel type of substance with a graham cracker crust. It was not good at all. The consistency of this dessert just did not work for me, nor did the taste. And I usually am a fan of key lime.
I wish I had ordered something different since this was my first time eating at Flame Tree. I will give it another chance, I just won't be ordering the BBQ chick salad.
My husband and I had breakfast at Boma during our trip in September 2009. We loved it. We had a lovely table with a great view out the large window, which is centrally located in the restaurant.
I tried several items on the buffet, but my favorite was the scrambled eggs with goat cheese and I believe scallions. They were so moist and quite delicious.
The other stand out of the meal was the "Frunch". This is the juice served at Boma. It apparently contains the fruit of four different juices and I think I drank my weight in this stuff.
Our server was very nice, and she kept our juice glasses full.
Great meal. Highly recommended.
My mom and I visited Fulton's during our last trip in March for lunch and we both really enjoyed our meal.
We did not have an appetizer, but did start with a house salad. The salad is served with a creamy basalmic vinagarette. I point out that it is a creamy version only because it does not indicate this on the menu. My mom and I both fell in love with the dressing. It's a little bit sweet and a little bit tangy.
We both ordered the fried seafood platter, which was very good. Our portion was huge. Much larger than we expected it to be since it was suppose to be a lunch portion. The one and only complaint I have about our meal was the tartar sauce. It is quite different from any tartar sauce I have ever had at other restaurants. It's very starchy and we were later informed that their recipe includes a small amount of whipped potatoe. It was interesting, but not great.
No dessert was ordered because we were simply too full from our meal.
Our server was so nice and helpful. He was extremely attentive and he even gave us a copy of the recipe for the basalmic dressing and the special butter that they serve with the bread basket.
I do recommend Fulton's. It has good food and a great atmosphere. Especially if you are fortunate enough to secure a window seat.
You hear a lot about the atmosphere of this restaurant and all of the fun things the waiters do to enhance your meal, but I found that during our trip none of these things happened. We did see a waitress across the room from us playing around with a family - telling them to eat their vegetable, putting a napkin in a man's shirt so he wouldn't spill anything on himself, etc. Our waiter did none of these things. However, I can't really say it detracted from us enjoying our meal. I got the fried chicken, which was delicious and plentiful. My mom got the chicken sandwich, which she also loved. We also got the onion ring appetizer, and although it said it was "for 2" it could easily have been for 4 or even 6 people.
Overall I would go here again for the food, but if you're really looking for that "home kitchen" atmosphere, don't be disappointed if you don't get it.
The food selection here isn't quite as plentiful as some of the other breakfast buffets, but you definitely won't leave hungry. They serve all of the basic breakfast items including biscuits and gravy, eggs (and eggs with cheese on the kid's buffet), breakfast potatoes, sausage, bacon, and a breakfast pizza. A standout item for me was the maple french toast, which I found to be delicious! Others have raved about the strawberry soup, but to us it just seemed like pureed strawberries and wasn't anything special. The character interaction was good - not many character meals have the face characters, so it was a nice change.
DH and I stayed there in February 2005 and had a great time. The rooms were clean and a good size for what we needed. The food at Boatwrights and at the Riverside Mill was great. We didn't wait any longer than 15 minutes for a bus and the staff was pleasant and very helpful when my DH had to be taken to the hospital in the middle of the night (kidney stones) and Disney paid for the ambulance. We have stayed at POP century and Coronado Springs since then and they don't even compare. We are heading back in August to stay Riverside again. I can't wait.
Well, it will depend on when, where, and what you use it for.
If you were there for Soarin''s grand opening, no doupt that the line was incredibly long, maybe over an hour. If you notice, it's very hard to even get fastpasses on grand openings.
The guy above is partly right how more fastpassers board on more than stand-by wait.
Don't use the fastpass on opening attractions, but it's GREAT to skip the 10-30 minute wait times! But whenever you get a chance, go on the single-riders line if the attraction has one.
This is one of my very favorite Disneyworld memories. I was there twice so far. 2 years ago, my partner and I were so tired we were always in bed by the time it came around (LOL) but we could hear it and wondered what it was. This year, I was determined to see it! There is something so magical, after a long day at the parks, about sitting on the shore of your hotel (in our case, the Wildnerness Lodge) and watching this happy little parade go by on the water. Fun music, cute characters. I love it!
The first day one of the employees went out of their way to help us get into our room "that was a good thing. After that, we were trying to find our way around the resort only to get rude and quick answers from 2 of the employees. We asked about the location of the arcade and her hand shot up in the air and she said over there "never stopped walking". The other question was answered with a I Don't Know. Service in the dining area was not the greatest. This was the same for 6 different meals. After leaving the resort, I was about 45 minutes away and noticed that I left my favorite hat hanging in the room. I quickly called room service and was told. IF we can get it, you will have to pay shipping back to your home. No problem, I expected to pay. We will call you back. Never got a call. Called again the next day, We will check and call you back. It's been 2 weeks now and my phone has not rang. I hope the employee that's wearing my $48.00 hat enjoys it because these 3 families are never staying at this so called resort again. At least call me and tell me you don't care. But Please Call.
Firework shows don't come much bigger than this! In addition to the normal Wishes launch sites, this show uses nine perimeter launch locations, island launch site in the Seven Seas Lagoon, and use of the Water Pageant barges for light show and audio for the MK resorts - this is a BIG show. Great viewing locations from inside the park and around the lagoon at the MK resorts.
Too true, but not in the way you might think. Fastpass distribution is the cause, IMHO, of the day time trouble of 'fully distributed'
If you've ever been at the opening of the more popular attractions like Midway Mania or Soarin', you've been able to see how the system breaks down, and then in order to clear the crush of people at the distribution points, cast members will open the machine to manually dispense whatever the number of fast passes the individual shows tickets for.
Unscrupulous guests will then have another member of their party join the line and get another set of fast passes. I've seen families of 4 collect 16 fast passes for the same attraction this way.
I would say that if they could fix the distribution system, fast passes might last beyond noon.
Fast pass was a good idea, but because it is in such wide use, it makes it impossible to enjoy the park in any real way.
During an extra magical hours visit to DHS to ride Midway Mania, we spent a pleasant and surprisingly short wait (25 min) for the ride. Standby during the day, without a fast pass (unavailable unless you're there at opening - see above) was over 90 minutes. In my opinion, FP has made the lines longer, not shorter. Disney needs a better way to control this program, or eliminate it entirely
In theory, the FASTPASS system works. Guests use their park tickets to make a reservation for a return time (in the form of a ticket known as a FASTPASS), which guarantees them a short wait time of 10-20 minutes.
However, at the most popular attractions (like Toy Story Midway Mania or Soarin'), these FASTPASSes just plain run out, sometimes before noon. Then, for the rest of the day, other guests feel cheated because they didn't have the opportunity to get a FASTPASS before they were gone.
The FASTPASS is also responsible for those insane Standby wait times. Because FASTPASS has priority, the Standby line is held while a certain number FASTPASS guests move forward through the line. Then, a much smaller number of Standby move forward. Then, a much larger number of FASTPASS move forward, and so forth.
If there was no FASTPASS, the Standby line would continue moving and the wait time would be significantly less. Thus, every guest is a VIP and has the same wait time, rather than some guests leaving with the feeling that they are not so much of a priority as those with a FASTPASS.
This movie should be required viewing for everyone. It was very moving. WELL DONE!
We just returned from our week-long vacation at the Jambo House building of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. It was our first time staying as Disney Vacation Club members, and we requested a studio for our family of four.
The receptionists and concierges at the hotel were extremely friendly and helpful, even providing us with a plethora of buttons when we mentioned we were "celebrating" our daughter's 16th birthday, and three wedding anniversaries within our family. (The extended family was staying elsewhere).
The room was quite nice, and very comfortable for a family of four to stay in. We were located on far end of the Kudu Trail, and although it was a bit of a trek, we didn't really mind. We had a gorgeous view of the savanna, and my eldest daughter loved being able to see giraffes out her window every afternoon.
The food court was convenient and well stocked, and we enjoyed a great breakfast one morning at Boma.
However, the bus service for this hotel was absolutely horrific! We waited a good 45 minutes for our Hollywood Studios bus one morning, with half hour waits for both Epcot and Animal Kingdom on seperate occasions.
All in all, we loved the hotel - but we definitely think its bus system could use some improvement.
We just returned from our trip to the World and stayed again at Pop Century. The staff is very helpful and eager to please. We stayed in the 60's building which is a preferred room. On the first day, I actually felt the room could have been cleaner upon arival(Saturday). Sunday the room was cleaned when we returned from the parks around 3pm. On Monday and Tuesday I had to call Housekeeping to tell them the room was not serviced by the time we returned, which was between 3-4pm on both days. On Tuesday afternoon before heading out, I stopped at the front desk to ask if in fact rooms are cleaned everyday....the front staff was very apoligetic and did tell me that yes the room should be cleaned each day of a persons stay. They told me they would contact the manager of housekeeping and let them know of the situation. Upon our arrival back that evening our room was maticulously cleaned! And each day afterward the manager from housekeeping called our room to make sure we were satisfied..which we were! That's the beauty of Disney...any request is attended to with such professionalism. No matter if you are staying at a deluxe resort or a moderate one, you are treated like royalty! The food court is ok for a quick meal and the kids enjoyed the food, but I don't think my husband and I could eat there everyday! But nice for a fast meal and/or lunch. There are many selections in the gift shop and our daughters enjoyed trading pins with other cast members. The buses are super fast and we never waited more than 10 minutes for a bus. Over all, we enjoy staying here for the price and would return again.
Great entertainment for every member of your family. Catchy music and good themes. Party story gives it a whole new dimension. Kids would love to dance with their favorite characters. The finale with the confetti gives it a very nice touch.
Indicated for the 50th Golden celebration. Liked very much the theme of it. Very liked by small girls and princess fans.
Not only is the buffalo now a strip lion but the sweet potato hazelnut gratin resembles sliced carrots. The famous berry cobbler has now become a blueberry pot pie. The only saving grace on the menu is the smokey portabello soup.
Service and atmosphere are still great but the menu has certainly gone downhill.
In the past we always stuck to what was inexpensive and quick! This past June we decided to get advice about Disney being it was our first time travelling with a toddler. According to one of the travel guides for Disney, Liberty was one of the best places to eat. It was fantastic!!! We were a group of 6 and we all were satisfied with our food! I do admit however service takes awhile. They get really busy. However after days of eating Junk we relished in the food. Just make sure when you order you order everything you need right away! This way the kids are not waiting around!
Here's the thing.... when travelling with kids you just have to be flexible. I finished my food and ended up having to leave the table because my 2 year old was getting fussy. I left the rest of our group and took a walk while they finished. No problem here....its how life goes when you have kids.
oh, yeah there is a bathroom in the restaurant but don't bother, just walk outside. There is a bathroom around the corner! piece of cake! we are even lucky there is a bathroom in the restaurant.
In the past we always stuck to what was inexpensive and quick! This past June we decided to get advice about Disney being it was our first time travelling with a toddler. According to one of the travel guides for Disney, Liberty was one of the best places to eat. It was fantastic!!! We were a group of 6 and we all were satisfied with our food! I do admit however service takes awhile. They get really busy. However after days of eating Junk we relished in the food. Just make sure when you order you order everything you need right away! This way the kids are not waiting around!
Here's the thing.... when travelling with kids you just have to be flexible. I finished my food and ended up having to leave the table because my 2 year old was getting fussy. I left the rest of our group and took a walk while they finished. No problem here....its how life goes when you have kids.
We make it a point to go to Trail's End every time we go to WDW. I have been there 5 or 6 times over the years and every time I have had a great meal. We usually go for breakfast. The food is always hot, service is excellent. It is definitely worth the money and it won't break your wallet(especially for a day you are arriving or leaving and don't have an extra TS credit). Also, every time I go there, Ken W is always working. He told my husband and I in May 2010 he had been with WDW for 32 years! His enthusiasm and happiness definitely shows through his work. He is awesome and is one of the main reasons we go to TE every time!
Yes the food is a bit pricey for what it is
However the atmosphere and the setting and the staff are all excellent
We had a lovely time and i would go back again as a treat
If it wasn't for Lion King, I'd never walk in here.
Could be so much better. In contrast, California Adventure's slightly above average Grizzly Rapids is a masterpiece.
...this is my favorite attraction in all of Walt Disney World. Still in my least favorite park, however, with the smallest amount of things to do.
I'd almost rather walk the way to Conservation Station.
This attraction is the kind of in depth one that EPCOT Center used to be filled with. Still terrific and a must see.
No spoilers here- just go and be amazed and delighted!
Version 2 was not worth the time and a waste of a beutiful and original concept from the opening of the park. Version three is slightly better. Time for version number 4.
El Rio del Tiempo, the previous incarnation, was elegant and understated. Hits of mystery, high on charm. This tooned redo is a mistake- although it is still pleasant to drift along the front of the indoor pyramid in the moonlight.
Been to various parts of France two times. This film instantly takes me back. Avoids the cliches but presents the famous elements with grace and charm. Well worth the wait. And housed in my favorite Showcase.
A great attraction- a thrill ride for the entire family. One of Epcot's best.
Went there in June 2010
We stayed in a studio apaprtment .
The room was clean and comfortable and roomy
The complex is excellent with friendly staff
The restauarnts and facilitys are all excellent
My only gripes were the plastic cutlery and paper plates and not very deep private pool ( deepest was 4ft 9inch )
We went in June 2010 and had both dinner and breakfast there
and had a great time
The atmosphere is buzzing and the foods were constantly topped up
cant fault the menu except i wish the had ice cream on the dinner menu
We dined there for dinner in June 2010
Staff were very helpful and the meals were very good ,my only negative was that with the with the fish meals they tended to put alot of sauce on it drowning out the flavour .Otherwise cant fault it
Great time everything went well. I enjoyed the time being my first time. I had the annual pass so it was a free for all type of a visit to me. I went on 3 out of the 4 weekends. The only thing that I didn't like was when making the line to take a ticket for the autographs. People went in to get a ticket then they made it around a second and third time and cut into the Billy Dee line while the rest of us poor folks who were waiting in line early in the morning were being checked by security. What a fraud!
My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time this year at Star Wars Weekend! The parade was simple yet well done. I saw a large number of fans dressed in their characters... talk about dedication! It was 92 degree's and people were dressed in all black robes. The only downside is the lack of character interaction, since everything is now scheduled. I remember during my last visit, 11 years ago, you got signatures by just walking around and spotting a character. I stand in enough lines during the day I didn't want to sit in another one for a signature.
We happened upon the last day of Star Wars weekend this year. We were really only in DHS that day because it was the only night during our six day trip that we would be able to see Fantasmic!
While I'm not a huge Star Wars fans and the crowds were the worst I have ever seen in that park... it was fun to see all the characters (even if we didn't wait in any of the long, long lines)and the parade was a lot of fun too. Also, just seeing all the little kids with their dads that were huge Star Wars fans was really too cute for words.
This is always a great time to be at Hollywood Studios. I am a Star Wars fan and thought that this years was better than ever. The parade and guests were good and a lot more Character experiences and merchandise. It is great seeing the Stormtroopers as you walk in the studios.
Star wars weekend is still really cool, and if you are a fan you will love it! There are still alot of star wars fans. And to monorailCentral what about when harry gets old??? will you be saying the same thing??? Things age but it doesn't mean it should be taken away.
As a Star Wars fan I thought it was pretty cool. It was my first time and I really thought that the parade was the best part. I am use to Disney in November/Decemeber and like that time much better (a lot less people and a little cooler) but for the most part I enjoyed it.
Really? They still do this? People still care about Star Wars? Star Wars is old and tired...much like George Lucas. I lost all faith in the franchise after the prequels which were the worst waist of celluloid in film history; they made Ishstar seem like a good movie.
And really, I don't care about autographs, pins, t-shirts, parades, or trivia contests. I mean you compare Star Wars weekends w/say Food and Wine and it's NO comparison. Star Wars weekends is nice as an added value but no reason to go out of the way to see it. To that end I haven't been to one in like 8 years.
Can't wait for Harry Potter weekends at Hollywood Studios...oh wait a second...I forgot...that'll be over at Universal EVERY weekend.
I always love StarWarsWeekend I saw new characters that I haven't seen there before Great Weekend
Star Wars Weekends are a great experience for any fan of Star Wars, from the serious fan who will line up at 5am to get autographs, to the casual fan who just wants to take in the parade and the atmosphere. The not-to-miss events for me are the celebrity motorcade, the meet and greets, and the Hyperspace Hoopla. My only complaint is that it only lasts a month, and that the stage used for the Hoopla is way to small, viewing is a nightmare and requires you getting there an hour before the show. It would be much better on the Icon Stage or in the Premiere Theater.
Crowds are larger for the weekends, so all rides will be busy.
Overall, highly recommended!!
I took my mother on this tour in Sept of 2009. Living with the Land was closed for refurb and this was our only way to enjoy the greenhouse. It was informative, fun and interesting. We got to eat fresh hydroponically grown cucumbers, held huge pumellos, saw a giant spice garden and learned how pineapples grow. One of the best things I have ever experienced at WDW.
If they gave you more time to create your roller coaster, and more tricks to do (like CyberSpaceMountain at DisneyQuest) It would be so much cooler, but for how short it was, it is so much fun!
We ate here out of necessity. We were not hungry when our ADR for the SCipFi came so we missed it and decided to eat here after some arguements and by then, a hungry foursome. First off, the place was packed and a madhouse. The did not go too quickly and we didn't really like the fact that there wasn't a whole lot to choose from, but whatever, right? We were glad to be out of the heat and get some food. My DS#2 is fine as long as there's a cheeseburger to eat! Which is exactly what he, my DH and I got. My DS#1 the fried fish and fries. He liked his meal. I got the fruit cup w/ my burger and DH got the fries. The burger was okay, it tasted like a frozen, pressed patty. The fruit cup was fresh and good. For dessert DS#1 and I got the frozen chocolate mousse and DH got the fruit cup. For a frozen dessert it was pretty good although not like a "real" mousse. DS#2 liked his burger and I can't recall what he had for dessert. All in all the food wasn't really memorable like I expect from Disney, but I also take into account this isn't a fancy place, it's an in and out as quickly as you can place, so you just go there to get something in your tummy.
This place is always a fun time, but can also be annoying if you just want to eat your food and be left alone. But if you have an open mind and want to have some fun then eat here. The waiter makes the meal and experience here so hope that you get a good one. The waiter will play tricks on you and be crazy which is very funny. The food is also all you can eat and the food is very good. Chicken, Ribs, Potatoes, you know. Its a very fun place, just make sure to not ask for ketchup!!
If you are into this sort of cuisine, then Marrakesh is the place for you. Great scenery inside even though it is sort of a small place. There is a band that constantly plays and a belly dancer comes out every once in a while and puts on a show. Fun place, food is great...fun place to be in Epcot.
Hello Cousin!! Ha, personally my favorite restaurant at WDW. The food is fantastic and there is a lot of it so bring an empty stomach! The place is full of energy as there is music playing and conga lines passing through the tables. The food here is what makes this #1 for me, it is so good and you can have as much as you want. I come back every year.
Wow, an amazing resort indeed. I stayed here for the first time in 2009 and loved it and am staying again in 2010. I am a big park goer at Disney and being in walking distance to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios(two of my favorite parks) was an absolute plus. The two are also short boat rides away. The rooms are beautiful with bright colors and different beachy artwork and objects around the room. I had a two bedroom villa so my family and I had a lot of space. The villas are very quiet which is a nice thing to come back to after a long day in the parks. The villa pool is also nice as it is right next to a river and small beach area. The real pool that belongs to the regular Beach Club resort though is the real "grabber" at the resort. This is a huge sand bottom pool full with a lazy river, whirl pool, and pirate ship mast slide. The restaurants are also nice in the area at either the Beach Club or Yacht Club or even a short walk across is the Boardwalk which has tons of food and activities to do. This was the best hotel I have stayed at and I cannot wait til I do it again in 2010!!
We went to Tusker House for the first time in April 2010 and it was fantastic! We made ADRs online and we only had to wait about 10 minutes before our table was ready. The food here is very good. We enjoyed having classic breakfast meals and a few different ones too. The characters cames to every table so you got to meet all of them at least once. The parade was also cute. This is the perfect place for any age and we will defiantly be going back.
My family dined at Pizza Planet while on vacation the first week of May. We were there as soon as they started serving lunch and had no problem with lines. The pizza was good and the salads were even better. We ate upstairs and enjoyed our "rest" as well as the food! I do wish there was a little more "toy story" theming though.
They perform this show way too often, and it's getting EXTREMELY old. Whenever i hear them coming, i run and hide.
We ate here on our first family trip back in Sept. '05. I wanted to eat here because of Toy Story connection and my kids were younger then. What a mistake. It was packed, it was the first time using the DP and the CM wasn't very helpful. We all got the pizza and it was terrible! I say that it tasted like bad frozen pizza and that's bad because there are some decent frozen pizzas out there. So we haven't ever gone back again since. I'm suprised to see how high the ratings are for Pizza Planet but my assumption is they must have improved the pizza since then!
We ate here for the first time last Sept. '09. My husband really wanted prime rib and not a lot of restaurants at WDW serve it. Originally we had reservations for the Yachtsman Steakhouse but cancelled it because they took the wagyu beef off the menu. So, I found this. To be totally honest, I tried for months to change our ADR to Le Cellier with no luck. We ended up here and it was a very pleasant experience. The food was very good, my DH thoroughly enjoyed his prime rib. Atmosphere was cozy and comfortable. We liked it and will go back sometime in the future.
Good band, fun show.
Atmosphere is great here. The kids liked the bleacher seating. Food was great, and there was PLENTY of it for the price. The problem is that there is not enough seating. The bleacher area, which is part of the draw of Casey's, is tiny and only fits a couple small families, especially when trying to find a place to put all that food all around you on the bleachers. There is other seating besides the bleachers, but it's limited, too.
One person on the board mentioned the piano player and I have to agree. The guy is amazing. Absolutely incredible that he can move his fingers that fast. The kids had a great time dancing around next to the piano while he played.
I wish to be there again. I've been there just one time and I'm counting the days to ride it again.
Keys to the Kingdom is a great tour. Its full of interesting history about the Magic Kingdom and some glimpses of backstage areas. I've done the tour twice in the past two years and each time I learned something new. The experience is highly dependant on how good your guide is. The cost is a bit high but I think it would be worth it to any die-hard Disney fan. It is a long walking tour so be sure to wear comfortable footwear. Cameras and bags are not allowed, you'll be asked to rent a locker to store your belongings if you bring anything along. Lunch at Columbia Harbor House (30 minutes) is included as well.
the waiters might not always be the best.
But, I think the food is fantastic. It always hits the spot.
If you're an Epcot nerd like I am then you will appreciate this tour. Our tour only had about 8 people but it was a lot of fun. James was our tour guide (and I highly recommend him). Highlights of the tour: finding out what Spaceship Earth (or the "golf ball") was made out of and getting to touch a piece (hey, I'm a nerd I enjoy those types of things), the VIP sections of the Living Seas (or whatever it's called these days) and Mission Space, cutting ahead of the line via a back door for Soarin', seeing 2 of the original dinosaurs from the Universe of Energy, seeing where they wash the 3-D glasses, the costuming/uniform areas, and seeing the old Image Works. Seeing the old Image Works brought back a lot of memories. We were allowed to take pictures of certain areas that are considered "on stage." I'm sure I'm forgetting some things *smacks head*, but like I said I highly recommend this tour if you love Epcot. The tour lasts about 4 hours and was around $60. Definitely worth it!
This rates as one of my most favorite attractions in the MK. It had been several years since I had been to disney and when we went back in 2002 it was closed at that time. I was devastated !! We have been going back every year since then and I can't wait to see this classic creation of Walt's. I was so sad to hear they my close it and tear it down. It would be a shame to loose this educational experience. It is a great see for young and old !! Maybe it just needs new seats, but do not change this classic attraction.
This sit-down ride is especially part of my must-do list with my dad. It is an attraction that was made with Walt's pure, special touch. It's special to me in that way. Now even though this ride is somewhat old and does not have the HIGHEST quality of Audio-Animatronics, it is TOTAL CLASSIC DISNEY. Experience this if you want a look back on time itself and a look back on Walt's perspective, or if you want to cool off after a long day in the Magic Kingdom.
This attraction is great. Every time I go to the Magic Kingdom, I ride this at least twice(During the day w/ a Fastpass and at night towards the end of the fireworks show,Wishes--I do attractions during that because I've seen it a bunch;if a first timer to the World, watch fireworks--) Along with the other two Mountains, Space and Splash, these attractions are definitely MUST-DOs! Not scary at all, just plain out FUN for kids and parents!
not sure when this attraction arrived at the Mk, but it is great. even when I was at the park at 1 AM and my feet were tired and my belly was full from delicious, salty popcorn, I loved this. I laughed and overall acted like a 6 year old does when he/she sees Mickey for the first time in Judge's Tent. The 4-D effects(splashing water, scent of mouthwatering food, etc.) are great! I love this attraction and it does not need to be replaced. Maybe some renovations, MAYBE. But no TRUE NEED.
Disney lovers-take your kids. heck, take the whole family!
We stayed at the GF last Sept. '09. We stayed for seven days and six nights. My DH and I married at the GF 15 years ago in Sept. so this was our anniversary trip and the fact that we were married at the GF also made the trip extra special to us. We absolutely LOVE this hotel property. It is beautifully maintained and the staff was great. We had a bit of a wait for our room because it was one that had been refurbished and when we got in the lights in the dressing room weren't working nor was the phone. They sent someone up within ten minutes to fix both. The room was lovely and we had a fabuous view. We splurged on this trip and had a view of the MK which we all loved. We even had a "magical moment" on this trip when we heard you could see the fireworks at the MK from the marina dock. We had been swimming at the pool and were leaving because we thought somehow we had missed the fireworks. As we were walking back to our Sago Cay building the fireworks started and there were exactly four chairs left for us to sit in and watch the whole show! You couldn't ask for a better moment. Another aspect of the GF we all enjoyed was being on the monorail line. So very convenient. We will defintely stay here again but it's only going to be for our "big" anniversaries to keep it special, so 2014 we'll be back! The only problem we encountered was the bathtub had a tendency to get clogged up while we showered but we notified a CM on the day of check-out. It wasn't much of a problem, so we decided to wait till we were leaving to let them know. We also enjoyed the Zero entry pool. It wasn't crowded and my boys loved the water slide. The GF is so impeccably maintained and you see the evidence of this - painting the outside of the hotel doors, powerwashing of the buildings and then the landscaping - it all added up to a wonderful and practically perfect stay for my family.
My two kids and I ate here in Sept. '09. It was our first time eating at the Rose & Crown but it won't be our last. DH wasn't feeling well after our breakfast buffet and went back to the room to rest so just the three of us made our ADR. We were seated within 15 minutes of our arrival. All the CM's at the podium were outgoing and friendly. I had the Apple Stilton Salad and didn't care for it, although I don't think it was made poorly I just didn't care for the flavors. DS#1 had the Meat & Cheese tray with all of us sharing it and liking the Irish Cheddar the best. For lunch I ordered the Cheddar Bacon Burger, DS#1 had the Fish & Chips and DS#2 had the Pizza, which he loved. DS#1 said the fish was flaky and cooked perfectly it was just too much for him to eat. We've never seen such a big piece of fish! He also liked the chips. My burger was good but I only ate half because it was so big and I wanted to save room for dessert. DS#2 gor the Ice Cream sundae, he was on the kids meal, and really loved the piece of chocolate that had a picture of the castle on it! DS#1 ordered the Chocolate Scotch Cake after being assured that he wouldn't actually be having real liquor! He said it was the best chocolate cake he'd ever had. I had the best dessert I've ever had when I ordered the Sticky Toffee Pudding. I think I'd go back here just for that dessert. Spicy, moist cake with a toffee and vanilla sauce. Amazing, just amazing. We are going back here again so my DH can try the fish & chips!
We ate for the first time at the Garden Grill on our last vacation in Sept. '09. We arrived five minutes early for our ADR but still waited over 20 minutes to get seated. It was packed. Our CM, Fillipe, was very friendly but service was a bit slow because of the crowds. The salad was good, especially since it had real bacon bits in it. We all loved the rolls and the maple butter. The beef was a bit tough and I didn't care for the cabernet butter sauce. Everyone loved the cornbread dressing and the turkey. DH and I liked the cranberry dressing, it was sweet but not overly so. DH didn't care for the fish but he liked the squash (and he's the only one who eats it in our family). We all liked the potatos and the kids liked the chicken nuggest, mac & cheese. The fries looked hand-cut and liked by all. The best part of the meal came at the end, however, with the blueberry buckle w/ vanilla bean whipped cream. It was pure heaven! DH was too full from dinner and only had a bite but said it was really good and I'm one of those moms whose kids don't eat fruit in dessert. They did taste the vanilla bean whipped cream and thought it was delicious. So, I had the dessert to myself, pretty much! Sooo good, not too sweet and lots of fresh blueberries. And the whipped cream w/ it was to die for! We are definitely going back.
We ate here for the first time on our trip back in Sept. '09. The decor was lovely! But there were also touches that my two boys liked as well. We had breakfast here and had a great experience. We were seated right away and the service was friendly and prompt. DH ordered the Lobster Benedict and said it was really good, which is a great compliment from my DH! He said there was plenty of lobster which surprised him. DS#1 had the Eggs Benedict for the first time ever and thought he didn't really care for the hollandaise sauce (it was very heavy on the citrus) he liked the rest of it. DS#2 had the kid's Chocolate Chip pancakes and was in heaven! I ordered the Vanilla-Maple Challah French Toast and it was the best I've ever had! The bread was wonderful, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It was so flavorful, I loved it. We all liked it and will definitely eat here again on our next trip in 2011.
We ate here in Sept. '09. It was our second time visiting. As a matter of fact, on each trip each person in the family gets to pick one restaurant to go back to and this was the choice of my DS#2! We went for dinner and I asked the CM if it was possible for me and my DS#1 to order something off the lunch menu. She said she would check with the chef but we would have to wait to see what we would actually get. (We ordered something from the dinner menu as a back-up.) We were pleasantly surprised to get the Chicken Pot Pies we asked for especially since they were packed. DH ordered the Top Sirloin Steak and said it was good. My DS#2 was on the kids menu and got the Chicken Nuggets, which he liked. The appetizers were all good, the Chicken Pot Pies were simply delicious! DH got the Angel Food Cake w/ Berries, DS#1 got the Dad's Brownie Sundae, DS#2 got the Kid's Sundae and I got the Apple Cobbler. All were wonderful, I actually have yet to have a bad dessert anywhere in WDW! We love 50's for the comfort food they serve. In our visits the food has always been good and our experiences a lot of fun.
We ate here for the first time on our last vacation in Sept. '09. They were packed but we still got in because we agreed to eat at the counter which turned out to be great! We got to see the CM's make all the sundaes and even a Kitchen Sink! So much fun for my family. The food was delicious, it was a nice break from all the restaurant meals we had eaten all week. The chili dogs were wonderful, my DH and I both commented on how tasty they were. But, of course, the real stars were the ice cream treats! My husband traded dessert choices with my DS#2 and got the Mickey Mouse Sundae while my DS#2 got a root beer float. DS#1 got the Milky Way Sundae and I got the Brownie Sundae. Everything about Beaches and Cream was terrific, from the food, to the ice cream to the service. Our CM, whose name I unfortuntely don't remember, offered to take a family photo of us and it's one of the few we have from our trip! Beaches and Cream in one visit quickly became a family favorite and we are all looking forward to revisiting on our next vacation in 2011.
This attraction is especially enjoyable, for me, because it has that classic Disneyland, old Imagineer touch to it. Most little ones will not be scared, even though the exterior is somewhat creepy. Just remember, it's "999 happy haunts". This ride through is a great way to sit down for a few minutes, even though the outside lines can be long! Experience this, it is a cherished classic!
This ride based off The Twilight Zone series is the best of its kind. The drops are extremely smooth. The backstory is fantastic, setting up an eerie feel to this attraction. Ride this if you are a thrill seeker. But the overall theme and ride itself might be scary to some. If you do not like the feeling of free falling for a couple seconds, don't ride! I truly love this ride, even though it sometimes creeps me out! Wonderful attraction!!!
I guess everything is relative, right? My kids like this ride. One time they wrangled me in to going with them. I expected to be spinning and spinning and dizzy and nausiated by the time it was over but it was actually a really fun, pleasant, perfect-paced coaster for younger people. If you judge it for what it's meant to be, it's stellar.
This one has grown on me. The first time I rode it I enjoyed it but also thought it was a little too bumpy and frantic. But the more I go on it the more I enjoy it. It's better if you try to get in to the story. And you see more with each ride (goes along with the frantic statement above - it's got some great effects... but it's so fast at times you don't get a chance to appreciate them). I still think the acting is a little kooky and geared to young kids (even tho the ride is too scary for them!).
I judge every 4D show now against this one. Other venues have 4D. We even went to London recently and they had a "4D" movie you watch before going on the London Eye... and I compared it against the gold standard, Animal Kingdom's Tough to be a bug. Nothing compares. The visuals are stunning, the interplay between on-screen elements and animatronics elements is just awesome. It is a little scary for little ones at times. The first time I went to Animal Kingdom I left thinking this was one of the best attractions in the whole park.
There are a lot of space mountain fans out there - 'fraid I'm not one of them. This coaster is waaay better. Some loops, and more to see in the dark than the nothingness of space mountain. And of course, the fact that you're rocking out to Aerosmith all the while doesn't hurt. I think the queue for this ride is one of the best, too. The idea of going to a parking garage to head to a rock concert - the atmosphere is very cool. Stepping out onto the red carpet at the end is a nice touch too.
When I look back at the videos I took of this show it's a weird sensation - I feel like I can still feel the heat from the pirotechnics - huge balls of flame shooting up as the car jumps through them.
This is a great show. A great place to sit in the shade and be entertained on a hot day. You can sit mid-way up on the covered bleacher seating and it's actually very pleasant - a nice view of Hollywood Studios, sometimes a breeze. One time they even had some pretty lengthy technical difficulties to work through but we like the show so much and it was so pleasant being out of the heat that we didn't mind and waited until the show resumed.
Overall a great show. I still don't know how they master some of those tricks (although we have seen them bump lightly into each other during the spinning and crazy stunt driving).
My last trip to the 50's was last summer (July 2009) I had never missed eating here on my many WDW trips over a 20 year period. This was the only time I was dissatisfied and honestly it was the food.
But I will not bash the wonderful things about the 50's Cafe due to one rogue meal.
The atmosphere is always the same. I have gone with many people but as far as decor and atmosphere I defer to my parents and some of my knowledge with a career in history as well as being just a plain old enthusiast.
My parents say that is hands down what their homes/apartments looked like with my grandparents.
To me, I feel like I am walking into someone's actual living room/kitchens during the 50's. The smells both food and fixtures, the colors and aesthetics of the furniture, the patterns on the tables, curtains, etc.
Just don't look up...the spotlights and ceiling may ruin the effect.
I can't describe the smell to you. It's comfort food, a musty smell when you first walk into a home you've never visited, and another time, but very American.
I think your server will the set the tone for your experience as well. Some are excellent and some...I will just say that the heat generated from packed in bodies, the kitchen bustle, and just how busy the place is may be a factor. Also, customer enthusiasm or lack of it may be a factor for the feint of heart server.
If you are looking for a quiet, romantic dinner and don't want to be around people because you are having a bad hair day or chipped polish, leave it for another lunch or dinner.
I love the bar the Tune-In Lounge. I can almost have a drink and expect Don Draper of Mad Men to walk in. However, I am off about five years or so.
The old tv shows set the tone as well. Nothing beats my parents's smiles and shouts of recognition when the shows of their childhood came on.
The menu has changed since opening, but I think it is like an any restaurant. Some dishes are their best and some...not so much.
And let's not forget. Nobody is there for filet mignon and a lobster tail. We are there for kitsch. Well, I am.
Did they lose my ADR this time? Yes. I didn't mind. Just gave me and my fiance a chance to sit longer at the Tune-In Lounge after a two hour wait on Toy Story. But I totally understand that if you have children, your 3-year-old may not be so understanding.
The onion ring appetizer was to die for! Crispy, crunchy, a nice, never greasy batter. Very little seasoning required and quite a helping also.
The house white wine was just that---a house white wine.
The fiance had a Budweiser.
The problem started when we both ordered the steak. We are polar opposites regarding steak. I love medium rare, even rare, if done properly. He likes medium well to well.
Well, they came out with the same doneness. Gray and charcoalish. Not sure that's a word but I could think of no better. And I could even let that go, however, that was not the problem.
The problem was what the experts on the boards had warned us about.
The quality of beef purchased. It didn't matter who prepared this steak, it never had a chance coming out of the gate, er, the kitchen. Jean-Georges couldn't have revived it.
Also, the potatoes au gratin were frozen, made in bulk, and not the best I ever had but who am I to compare it to the finest NY steakhouses? I never expected them to be that tasty.
Will I go back? Yes! What would I do differently? Order the pasta or the fried chicken. Especially, the fried chicken. Order what they do best. What any restaurant does best. And this is the best website to find that out. Although some have had some bad experiences with the chicken, overall, I see mostly positive chicken reviews.
Let me know if my review was helpful. I am toying with the possibility of a food blog. I am picky, descriptive, but also impartial. And I am obsessed with Disney dining.
My rating: 7
Its Pitch Black And YOu Free fall most of the time.... you get a bit of a jerk at the end. though
NO matter what your age you will love it
Too Boring And Nothing TO Do
We always stop at Earl of Sandwich when we're in DTD. I would recommend it to everyone!
Just recently returned from a trip to the World. I know in the past I and a few others asked about Sanaa so, I thought I'd share my "review".
It was our last night and we were celebrating my wife's birthday and college graduation. At 180 days I let her choose where to make our ADR (we only made one for the trip and cooked in most every night). Since our home resort is Kidani and this was our first time staying there, she chose Sanaa.
My wife does not eat red meat and can only have whole grain breads. My son is a typical 6yo (mac & cheese, chicken nuggets and pizza) and I'll try anything once.
I started out with the watermelon, lime and radish salad. While it looked so wrong the combination sounded so right. I loved it! Sweet, sour and a bit of salty heat. I was the only one that wanted a salad.
Main courses: I had the Beef Short Ribs and Shrimp with Green Curry Sauce. The ribs? I have never had meat so tender in my life, and the gravey was perfect. Now I'm not a curry guy... to be honest, it's the smell not the taste. I know that the heat is way down from what our British friends are use to but this may have changed my mind entirely. Green Curry ROCKS! And the Basmati rice was great too. I had the suggested Truchard Cabernet Franc with the meal and it was a near perfect match.
My wife had the Tandoori Chicken and claimed it was the best she ever had. She had one of the cocktails that I don't remember what it was called but tasted like ginger ale with an adult twist.
My son had the flat bread cheese pizza and ate it all. That's a good review from a 6yo.
I was a bit nervous when placing my ADR, but now I can honestly say that we'll be back many times in the future. The food, atmosphere and our server (Ronald) were some of the best we've ever experienced.
This ride is not as bad as people say, but it's not the greatest either. If your kids are afraid of the dark, this is not the ride for them.
On this ride, you go into a round room with Stiches holding tank in the middle of the room. You sit down and you get strapped in, this is where I messed up. I slouched down in my seat and when I tried to sit up I couldn't! The shoulder bars move down until they are right on top of your shoulders then they lock into place. So, for the whole ride, I was being squished down into my seat! lol
Stich jumps on your shoulders, spits at you, and burps in your face... In complete darkness. It's a pretty good ride for the older crowd, but I wouldn't make the little ones ride. Oh, and just remember to sit up when the straps go down!
When I was a kid, I loved going here first! I still like going there just to feel young again lol This is a Disney favorite of mine because of all of the memories I have here! One day my family and I were waiting for Mickey's Toontown Fair to open and we were first in line. When it opened, Minnie grabbed my hand and we walked all the way to her house! She walked me through her house and let me play in there for a while. Then afterwards, I went to take pictures with Minnie! It was such a great experience, I loved it!
This is alot of fun, but its not for the skiddish. There are real fish, sharks, and coral down there that just make the scenery beautiful! A peice of advice, the water is freezing! It's like ice in there! I say do this attraction on a hot afternoon when you really need to cool off. Even if you can't swim well, this is good for you. You can't paddle of kick in the water because it would upset the fish so you just have to wade over to the other side. You can also ask for a life vest if you need help floating. They also provide masks and snorkels that they wash after every use, you know because the snorkel tastes like hand sanitizer lol
I stayed at the Coronado Springs Resort from 05/12-05/16, I found everyone to be very friendly and helpful, I visited the Laguna bar while I was there and really enjoyed the experience. The scenery and exceptional service from the staff (Arina)was great. It's really worth your time to make this a must place to visit.
Well I don't know who DisneyKnowitAll is, but this fool is not a disney know it all! Vacation club is the best thing that disney has to offer! there are a dozen of places to stay in disney world alone! Not to mention you can use the points for the cruise line as well. The flexibility alone is the best, you can bank and borrow points when needed. Disney also has locations outside of disney such as Vero Beach and hilton head and coming soon hawaii!! Oh and i forgot to mention you get the vacation club for 50 years!!!! And the rooms that you stay in with your points are deluxe accomodations that range to $380 a night! you can stay at any vacation club resort at anytime to restrictions and no block out dates! =) But i guess if you want to scrimp and save to stay at the all star low budget resort, or save for years and take one vacation and then never another one again, then don;t get it and pay separate like disney know it all. then fine. but if you want vacations for life with a nice place to stay guaranteed! then Vacation Club is the right choice!!
Not Worth it ............. just better to pay seperate
This is a great place for breakfast and is family orriented. winnie the pooh characters are there and there is great food.
TRY THE CINNAMON Waffles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
An exceptional attraction. One of the two best attractions on property (with Haunted Mansion). Great atmosphere and thrills.
i really thought my family exaggerated how good this place is. i thought the view was amazing, however i was not exactly thrilled with the food. im by no means saying it wasnt good but it definitly wasnt to die for. i think one trip there was enough for me. i miss the concourse steakhouse :(
Has everything including the facility for making gifts "items personal" . What more could you want :)
We love this shop every year we always walk away bringing something back home . :)
This place is... amazing. The sights, the smells, the food. I can't say enough about this place. Every time I go its so exciting. It really is a culinary treat. By the time I get done trying one of everything, I'm pretty much full. lol. Then I end up going back up and getting a few things I can't live without have one more of before I leave. The cuisine is special I think in that that flavors are unlike anything else at DW. Fast forward to dessert and you will, I guarantee, never ever want to leave. If you try one of everything you'll pass out from a sugar coma. There are so many little desserts to try and they are all delicious. The service is outstanding and you cannot beat the atmosphere. If you could bottle that smell, you would make a million. If all that isn't enough, after or before your meal you can go out on the savannah and look at giraffe's and other african animals mere feet from you. Amazing and a true gem.
I L.O.V.E. this place! Right now I'm dreaming of the crispy homemade chicken with mashed potato's and gravy and smore's for dessert. Not only that but a big root beer float with whipped cream and a cherry... mmm. This place has it all, especially atmosphere. There are several rooms all decorated like they were straight out of the 50's and the wait staff is no different. They are even more authentic, if you don't believe me just try eating with your mouth open or your elbows on the table and you'll plain get yelled at! lol. Most of the staff are really good at the job and are just the right amount of sassy and "mom-like" without coming on too strong and turing you off to the place. There are a couple that over-do, but even then the experience is fun. At least you have something to talk about later. We have never had a bad waiter or a bad experience at this place though. Its always different, and you can bet, always one of the very best meals you've had on your DW trip!
This place is great, from the atmosphere, to the food and service, to the parades and characters. We go here twice every trip. The food is super good and way more than you can stand, so go hungry. The characters interrupt you periodically to hang out and get pictures so be sure to have the camera ready when they come around. I always have a joke planned out for each character... :) . You can eat to your hearts desire, and then when you are done they have a desert area with usually tirimisu, or apple cobbler, or ice cream etc. I believe drinks are included. Its worth the money for not only the food but the experience as well.
Ok ok ok. You have to go here. This place has the BEST desert item in all of DW! It is the Pineapple Dole Whip! Get it twisted with vanilla in a cup and if you are head over heals in love I would be bowled over! This stuff is so good we got during one of the coldest days at MK during the MVMCP and about froze to death eating it, but it was so worth it! I would do it again!
This place is perfect from the atmosphere, to the dining experience, to the food and service. Since they revamped the place it definitely turned into a must for us whenever we go now. The food is superb and if you have the dining plan a fabulous way to spend your points. They give you free chips and salsa, which is a nice feature, and the meals are impeccable in taste. The desserts are ridiculously delicious. The only problem with this place is the seating. Tables are closer together so if you are sitting next to a family with rambunctious children it make leak to your table. Other than that I have nothing bad to say. Chances are, if you go here, you will end up going back every time!
There is a reason the line is usually substantial! This place is great! Take the time to get a pastry, or something here, its all wonderful. My personal favorite is the Cloudberry Horn! Although Latke's and Schoolbread come in close second. The food is also wonderful here and you can't beat the experience!
Shaved ice plus sugary flavored snow cone juice equal super duper happy mouth! And also one shaking and hyper self!
Not exactly a mind blowing coffee experience for you connoisseurs, but if you need a pick me up in the parks, it provides the essentials, and is most definitely better than the resort Nescafe. The pastries, if fresh, are pretty good, with exception of the cream cheese danish which is uber yummy!
I love these and could eat them daily!
This is by far the best place for couples to stay while at WDW. It is quiet and relaxing. The pools are strategically placed not to be loud late. The food court has variety. The bus stops are all over and easy to get to. Have stayed here more than any of the resorts. Our second home at WDW!
Nice place to stay. So convenient to walk to Epcot in less than 5 minutes from our room! It is so big though, that it takes forever just to get from the elevator to the room. Would stay again however. Staff and housekeeping very helpful and nice.
This is the best store to shop for Disney merchandise. It has everything from jewelry, clothes, toys, candy, etc. We go here to souvenir shop while at Disney instead of going to the Downtown shops.
My wife and I just returned from Carribean Beach which was our second time there.
First time was nice since we had a room close to the food court. This time I called a month before our arrival to request a room close to the food court since my wife is now disabled and has to use a wheelchair. The lady I talked with said they will make a note and do everything they could to accommadate us. If you haven't guess yet, we were given a room the furtherest away. My wife couldn't reach the food court since a steep bridge is in the way. I had to walk to the food court then call her to tell her the choices of food. Our meals had to be eaten in the room. She never seen the food court. Could have taken a resort bus but the walk to the bus stop was almost as far as the food court,then would have stopped at every section before getting to the food court. We decided next time we will stay at Port Orleans since we also stayed there before and everything is closer.
The housekeeping is very nice so can't complain. They did a good job. Food was good except most of the sandwiches were made with some kind of hard bread that was dry and hard to chew.
In the food court each day the workers will block the aisle to do some kind of dance which means you can't get from one end to the other till they finish.
The resort is very attractive but unless you are young and healthy maybe you should try another resort. Alot of people have to rent a scooter from an outside business to get around.
This ride is alot of fun! You can always talk to the other groups in the boat and get a good lauph when they get drenched. I would suggest to ride this on your way out of the park at the end of the day. This ride gets you soaked and you wouldn't want to walk around the park wet all day :p It's a fun ride, but they could jazz it up a little.
This is always a must do! Its alot of fun and the drivers of the boat are always a hoot. They tell the cheesiest jokes but I love them! This ride makes for a good time for eveyrbody, old and young!
It took me a while to realize that the Epcot icon was a ride, but that's just because I'm not the brightest Disney fan out there :p The new ride is alot of fun because they personalize it with your picture. The touch screen was a really good idea and it adds alot more fun to the ride. This ride is really good to cool off and rest after a long, hot day in Epcot. Overall, I like it alot.
This is a Disney Classic! A must do! The little ones will love this ride because of the wonderful scenery and music. This is a good place to cool off after a long day walking around in the park. But that song will be stuck in your head all day so be prepared :p
When I was little, I hated this ride with a passion. My parents forced me to ride it everytime we went to Magic Kingdom. But I'm happy they did that because now I love this ride!! It just took me awhile to realize I was being a chicken :p It really is loads of fun and can be enjoyed by the little ones and the bigger crowds. It's a good, classic ride that's a must do!
This ride is loud, rough, and overall thrilling!... For the older crowd. This ride is not for the little ones unless they are really into loud noises, the dark, a really rough ride, and a dinosoar popping out of no where. This ride is really good for teens and parents though. It's alot fun but can be scary and rough to some. I have yet to ride this ride without covering my eyes...and ears..
This ride is alot of fun for everybody in the family! It's not too fast for the little ones but it has a lot of drops which make for a good thrill in the older crowd. The scenery is really good for this ride as well. The rocks look real and there's just so much to see! Oh, another thing. This ride is really fun to ride at night! You can see the lights on the Castle and the whole park is lit up!
This ride was alot of fun when I was little. The waiting line had so much to see! This ride really isn't for the grown ups, but it's really good for kids! Not too scary for the little ones and it doesn't last too long, only about a minute.
When this ride first opened, I was terrified to ride it. I saw it being built and it looked relly scary at the time. My parents finally got me to ride it and I loved it! I had never been on a rollercoaster that went backwards but I loved this ride! It was loads of fun :)
Had a great time. We were just a group of 2, so at lunch, we got to sit with the tour guide and grill him even more. Learned a lot and loved it.
What were the Imagineers thinking? Yes, seeing the director tell us some behind the scenes tidbits was interesting. But then just herding us into a room to watch clips from the movie and then see a limited number of props? There has to be better ways to use this space! Don't waste your time.
than at a Disney Christmas store. My first visit to Downtown Disney was for my 40th birthday this past Jan/Feb 2010. I was so amazed by this store because it has my two favorite things, Christmas and Disney.
It would be a dream come true to ever work in a place like this. Who knows what dreams could come true. I love this place.
We ordered filet well done and butterflied...didn't come that way. Wife could not eat it...
For a WDW moderate ,i think the place is brilliant . The main pool is geat if you have kids and if you dont the private pools are large and nornally quiet.
The food court is large and should have something fo everyone tastes . We have stayed there 3 times and have never had a bad experience . The location is great as well as ist not far from DTD
We had a one bedroomed lake view room on the 10th floor and we loved every second of our stay there . I personally would rather have this view than an MK view as it looks over the car park .
The rooms are excellent ,the main shower and hot tub are a luxury and i cant wait to revist again .
The only negative i have is that there is no proper check in ( you have to go to the Contemporay and i wish they had a little shop within the hotel
The portions are enormous and i would recommend the pork shank it was excellent ... Enjoyed the theming,but this is not a place to go if you want to have a conversation as its very loud when the dinosaurs do there thing
The decor and theming is fun . The menu is large for this type of eatery and the staff were always helpfull and on hand . Would dine there again
The menu was great as well as the varied drinks they had . Can be very noisey if you get a table by the stage ,all in all a great experience
The portions are huge the layout is fantastic and the staff are friendly what more could a sports fan want :)
My family and i decided to take trip to Downtown disney to grab a bite to eat. Based upon the great reviews Earle of Sandwhich recieved we chose to give the Earle of Sandwhich a try. The place was extremly crowded and very difficult to find a seat, but at the time i thought dealing with the crowds and the lack of seats was worth it to taste the so called greatest sandwich in the world. After fighting through the crowds obtaning a table for my family we were finally ready to eat. The sandwich i got was so bad i could'nt even finish half of it, even though I was extrmely hungry and I was'nt the only one my Brother,Daughter,Son,and Wife could not finish their food.We ended up going back to the hotel and eating at the food court. The only good i can say about the place is it is very clean and the food is reasonably priced,but I would rather pay double for food that tastes good.
Went for lunch . The cast members cant be faulted but the menu doesnt have alot of choice . The atmosphere and seating tables are brilliantly thought out
The sandwich menu is varied and the staff are helpfull . I wish they had more seating room but otherwise i cant fault it
Maybe i went on a off day service wise , but there was no excuse for the food we had . My ribs were jus about cooked with sauce just flung on .In my over 10 years of dining at wdw this wa the first restaurant i couldnt wait to get out of
This place was a surprise . I really thought this eatery was going to be all flash and no substance. How badly i was proved wrong . The menu was varied and the food was excellent I had the lamb shank and it was lovely . The mini desserts are brilliantly thought out and the drink menu is full of choice . Ok a tad pricey but i can say it was worth the experience
We went there for lunch and couldnt fault the food. The service was friendly . My only critisim that the place was a bit too dark when trying to read the menus ( ok could be my old age :) )
Would go again
If you want something different ,This place is a must . Ok its not great if theres only 2 of you as you have to sit on a bench seat with other people ( but hopefully you meet a great family ) .
The entertainment is fun an the food is varied . Cant fault the food and wine . We had a blast
If you want to chill out by the water on a hot sunny day ,then this is a great place to have a one of their many beers/ ales and have a light lunch . The food and service is great. The menu is nothing fancy and caters for all
After hearing of the new refurb done to the Backlot Tour, I was really excited to see what new things would be available for viewing. After riding on 4/21/10 I was very disapointed. The first scene where audience members are chosen to preform the stunt show was changed to not include any audience members as actors. It was just two cast members giving a spiel about how all the effects in movies work and how the timing has to be perfect. They ran through all effects and they ushered us on to the prop warehouse. All flat screen TVs in the scene were off.
After getting on the tram and moving through the costuming dept. about 1/2 of all windows were covered going through the building. Not much to see. Next up was a pretty sad boneyard. It's hard to believe they would actually reuse any of these items as they all were pretty well weathered.
The last and most annoying part of the whole "rehab" was found in the catastrophie canyon scene. We were in the second to last tram car, the only car that did not shake or move at all while the earthquake/water scene took place.
It was a very underwelming experience. All the little things that I loved about this attraction were either removed or broken. What was the point of the rehab? Maybe it was just an "off" day for the backlot tour, but if this is the new version, it's a depressing one!
I didn't know about the VoL until Fall 2008, and now I have to see them at least TWICE during every visit to Epcot.
This past weekend was no different. Their talent is amazing and more people should hear them!!!
We've skipped this attraction in the past but I thought we should give it a try just to cross it off the list.
Well we were quite surprised. It was a very neat and clever attraction that left us smiling and wondering "how did they do that?!?!"
Go see it!!!
I dined here this past weekend and had a very enjoyable meal.
We started out with 2 Pub Blends of beer: Half & Half and Bumblebee.
For apps, we had the Mixed Greens Salad, which had croutons, cheddar, and bacon dressing, and the Dailies which was a combination of 2 traditional English foods (with some Yorkshire pudding and Toad in the Hole). The Dailies were very tasty!
For the main entrees, I had the Cottage Pie and the bf had Fish & Chips. Again, both dishes were very good.
Chris was our server who was friendly, knowledgable, and fun.
The place was crowded. We had a 1pm ADR, checked in at 12:45, and were seated at exactly 1pm. We sat inside with a view of the water from the back window.
My family and I have stayed here three years in a row. Evrything about Pop is wonderful !!1 From the time you check in untill the time you check out!. The food court has evrything you could ever want.The gift shop also has everyting.
The rooms are clean and have enough room after all your at Disney all you need your room for is to sleep.The pool are clean and are a nice size.
Transportation is fast and easy and the staff is very friendly.
This is a wonderful place to stay!!!!!
We finally managed to get breakfast ressies this trip. Was it expensive? You bet. Was the food worth it? Heck, no. But it was decent (contrary to many of the reviews I have read).
The princess interactions were all enjoyable. Again, contrary to what we had read before our trip, we never felt rushed at all.
If you come here, don't worry about the food or the price. Just enjoy being inside the castle. If you have little girls, you need to do this at least once.
If you have to eat counter service in DHS, this is the place. It's typical Disney burgers and fries. If that's what you're looking for, you won't be disappointed. Also has a decent toppings bar.
We go to 50s every trip. We love the atmophere and the food. We've never had anything but exceptional service. And as Disney sit-down meals go, the price is also right.
Word to the wise: You can't go wrong with the pot roast!
I took the 9:30am tour in late April 2010, with tour guide Evelyn.
The tour begins with check-in at the Tour Gardens, where each member of your group is given a name tag, security ID, and ear piece. We were shown a menu of Columbia Harbour House, and asked to make a selection for lunch. Complimentary water bottles and coffee was also available at check in.
The tour began promppty and began with a walk along Main Street and onto Center Street. The tour guide explained the 4 keys, Safety, Courtesy, Show and Efficiency, and how they apply to various elements of Main Street USA.
From there we headed to Adventureland, with a look at some details that are often missed by guests. We took a ride on the Jungle Cruise, with the tour guide taking the mic to explain a lot of backstage info on the Jungle Cruise. (We boarded through the exit).
From the Jungle Cruise, we headed backstage near Splash Mountain to get a backstage look at the Pirates Show Building, Splash Mountain water facility and show building, and the Parade Buildings. Fascinating to see how industrial Splash Mountain is backstage, some serious hardware running that. Splash was also surprisingly noisy backstage. Inside the parade buildings we got a close up look at SpectroMagic and the daytime parade. We also saw the Move It Shake It floats drive by - amazing how noisy those things are when there is no parade music playing - they are also quick!
Heading back onstage, we headed through Lilberty Square and arrived at Columbia Harbour House at exactly 12pm for lunch. The food was all laid out at preassigned seating, and we had around 20 minutes to eat. Very well organised with typical Disney efficiency. A well timed break for a recharge.
Next up was the Haunted Mansion. Entrance was via the Servants Entrance - neat little corridor. We had lots of backstage info ont he Mansion, and headed on fvor a ride to take in some of what had been talked about.
More details on Liberty Square followed, and then onto Cinderella Castle for a look at forced perspective.
Next we headed over to the Crystal Palace to head backstage and into the Utilador tunnels. It was fascinating to see down there, and all the infrastructure that is in place. I would have liked to have seen more of it, but security protocol nowadays rules that out. We spent about 30 minutes there, including a video that shows some of the functions of the tunnels.
Another walk backstage led us back to our starting point to conclude the tour.
Running at 5 hours, it's a non-stop detailed look at the Magic Kingdom. Our tour guide Evelyn was great, she really knew her stuff and had great enthusiasm. It's also worth mentioning that the headset audio system makes a huge difference. We could hear every word without constantly having to gather around. It was especially useful in the noisy Main Street USA environment.
I would highly recommend this tour for anyone - it's difficult to fault. For someone new to the parks, it may well give them a whole new appreciation for what goes on. For regulars, it's an absolute must. I'm not sure how much of a re-do-ability the tour has, but do it at least once.
THE BAD- No pool towels...no spa pools (just pools)...rooms are really small...aging, small television with limited cable...bathroom light that has a noisy fan when turned on...hard beds...room could be cleaner..only "double" sized beds...interiors showing wear and tear...overpriced food at food court...A/C kind of noisy...can be far to walk to the lobby/gift shop...bus pick up area needs to be covered...
THE GOOD- Bus system to take you most anywhere in Disney for free...grounds are well kept...the outside of the buildings seemed to be well kept and clean...kids will love the themed buildings...service was reasonable...it was quiet at night when we stayed...the huge pools will keep kids playing...one is able to park a car reasonably close to your building (we rented a car and rode the bus system)...
The resort is ok for the price we payed. We have stayed at much worse places than the All Star Movies Resort although if I were a Disney manager, I wouldn't want people calling one of the resorts a "Motel 6 within Disneyworld".
Space Mountain is my favorite dark ride in WDW and I love it! I can't wait to ride it again! The new Space Mountain i can't wait!
While it has become the park's icon, the hat really hinders the intended 1950's Hollywood ambiance of the area. Though it might look nice elsewhere, it seems to remove much of the intended atmosphere of the area.
Relaxing way to get from park to park or from resort to park. The drivers are always friendly. Almost a ride in itself.
This ride is great, it is bumpy, scary, and so much fun! It may be slightly scary for some of the youngsters..but it is so fun and amazing how everything is.
This show is amazing, I have seen it many times. It is the quality of a Broadway show for adults and entertaining and fun for the kids. You will love it, and it will be great to take a break from running around to all the other rides!
In my opinion, the Carousel is the best attraction at the Magic Kingdom. If it ever closes, I would no longer visit. I saw the Carousel on the very first day it opened at the 1964 World's Fair and loved it ever since. I followed it when it moved to Disneyland in California and then to Florida. I am sad that they want to close and demolish it as it is part of my youth. It is one of the few educational attractions remaining as it takes guests through the past and into the future. They already demolished GM's "World of Motion" which showed the story of the invention of the car. I already heard that the attraction is only opened seasonally.
It's a great icon since it ties into one of the best shows in all of wdw -- Fantasmic!
We took our daughter for her 3rd Birthday and it was awesome! We did the Crown package-hair, nails and make-up, when her "Fairy God Mothers" turned her around-she nearly cried because she didn't recognize herself!!! Priceless!!
i love how the boat is donald. Right down to his hat. The gold whistle is repesenting the gold ribbon on his hat!! Down side is there isn't much to do on the boat.
Just beautiful at night!!! GREAT icon!
Minnie's house is home to so many fun items. The best thing about it is the fact that the house is interactive. Phones, stoves, micrwaves....you can do it all! FUN !! I also like the "Tiger lillies"and "Two-Lips" . FUN!!! Sometimes your lucky enough to get a tour from Minnie herself.
Fun for all. Lets dads get competitive, kids become space rangers, and it seems all have fun! Kids love getting instructions from buzz at the begging of the ride (in the quece or however you spell it) . He is much like Mr. Potato head in Toy Story Mania. Then, a favorite scene is the finally. When you and buzz take down Zurg together!!! GREAT FUN!!!
I hope this show never leaves because there is not a whole lot up
muppets out there. I think it needs better 3-D and some updating.
I love POP century because of the decades of the past! We did stay in Pop for two times and it's awesome! The food court and everything Pop together looks great! and those rooms looks like all in the past! Oh! one more thing that POP is awesome!
We have just returned from WDW decided to book into POP due to all the reviews that we had read up prior to going. What a GREAT choice! Spent 5 nights, check in was a breeze, within 5 minutes and we were provided with our room keys, my daughter was awarded with her little personalized "birthday badge".
Room was on the small size, but as we were at WDW to see the parks and do so much, the room would only be for sleeping! Clean, well laid out, mousekeeping had made a special gift for the kids and had this hiding by the window along with a personalized note.
The grounds are HUGE! Well maintained and with 3 good sized pool, my youngest daughter would have been content just to spend all her time in the pool!
Food court I was worried as I had read that there was not much choice...proved to be wrong. Sure, if you are expecting fine dining, well, the food court will definitely not suit, but it offers what the parks generally offer as "counter service" so I think so long as you are not a picky eater, then you should find something half decent to eat!
We brought 2 re-fillable mugs, which proved to be a godsend as coming from the UK, we would be up in the early hours of the morning due to jet lag, roll down to the food court and fill up on endless coffees and wait for the kids to wake up!
We returned from our first day to find that Micky had left a Birthday card for my daughter, this of course blew her away as he had signed it also.
Bus service was super, never waited more than 5 minutes for a bus, don't know why we bothered to hire a hire as we did not use it at all! Coming back from the parks was also no worries, any commute was only 10 minutes.
The staff in all corners were simply wonderful, cannot be faulted, one lady in particular helped with some last minute dining reservations which allowed us to have breakfast with the Princess over at epcot and dinner with pooh over at the Crystal palace, both locations I would like to add, I did not manage to book weeks before our departure!
We loved our stay and would recommend this hotel hand on heart to anyone, especially if you are wishing to fulfill some dreams on a budget...we did it for our family!
I have dined at the Pepper Market many times and would do so again and again. The set up is a bit strange, having to be seated and the wait staff thing seems a bit pointless, I'm very capable of getting my own drink thank you. That aside the variety, quality of the food is wonderful and the atmosphere is a vast departure of the typical cafeteria stlye of some of the other resorts.
I saw this show it's awesome and good! I love those disney music!
I can't wait to stay in CBR because it's my favorite Moderate resort. and For Christmas I can't wait to see those christmas lights. That's why I love CBR!
I found the food to be good but for the price the quality and variety were limited. I loved both the German potato salads the warm one in particular, the pretzel bread and the cheesecake. The band was good(a bit on the loud side for me personally) but their set seemed quite short. So overall, I'd like to visit Biergarten again but the price will likely keep me away.
the place is ok for just a place to lay your head..our room was clean....our ac stopped working at 800 pm and we called the desk,,,,we went to sleep later with no ac....... the maintence worker woke us up sometime after 1100pm.......as soon as i got to the door he was gone....not impressed
we were impressed with the speedy service which was also very friendly....the food was very good.........we will return
the food was ok but our sorry waiter only came once to bring food and never returned except to bring the bill.....he turned us off i doubt we will return
terrible mixed drinks...you will fair better running your tongue on the pavement outside.....gloria would spin if she only knew
the food esp the chicken is to die for....the veggies taste fresh and the deserts are awesome.....the service is quick and fun in this themed place ..... take the kids here a 4 star place!!!
we just returned from our march 2010 trip. my wife has always wanted to try the coral reef and we "lucked" up and got a reservation. the food was aweful, very bland and the fish was not fresh. our waitress was hard to find most of the time so, we left soon after eatting the main course. disney has improved their chefs and this place either needs a decent chef or have their doors closed.
PLEASE KEEP IT (-_-)^
Very disappointing experience. Service was very slow. Appetizers leave much to be desired. "greens" that come with entree are a glob of overcooked, mushy spinach, which was inedible. Extremely overpriced, felt ripped off. Not worthy of disney.
i loved it!
Studio Catering Co just reopened last week after a refurbishment with an all new menu. I was very impressed with the food. For once, I would actually say that this is a counter service location that I would actually WANT to go to for the actual food. I had the Pressed Tuscan Deli sandwich, and it was delicous. During the refurb they added the capability to make french fries, and these were a nice side with the sandwich. The portion size was good, nice and fresh, and it tasted great - not much off the quality found at Earl of Sandwich.
Service was nice and quick, good condiment section, and plenty of covered outdoor seating.
This locaiton has been a nightmare in the past, but if the new menu stays, this is a location I will return to. I highly recommend that you give it a try.
The interior of the Biergarten is very well done. It follows on from the style of the courtyard outside, and gives you some of that outside/inside feeling that you get in the Mexico Pavilion. There is even a moon projection.
The buffet was average, and was fairly typical of a Disney in-park buffet. The selection was not large, and the quality was not exceptional.
Unfortunately I dined during the "peek" period where Disney for some reason decides to reward guests who pay the most for rooms during Easter with an inflated cost for fixed price dining. I didn't feel it was good value, at either the peek period pricing, or the regular pricing.
One thing I did not like was the shared tables. Each table seats 8, so if you are a party of 2, you may well end up being stuck on the end of an existing party of 6. Great if you like mixing with other's during dinner, but not so good if that isn't your thing. The dining room is noisy, so don't expect any indepth conversation here.
If you have not been before, I would say it might be worth going to see it for yourself, take in the live entertainment, and sample some German food. It is far from the best that Disney offers, and as always, if you want the best buffet in Disney, head to Boma.
This 45 minute ride begins with the preshow, like most disney rides. The only downside is this one is pretty long and sometimes itll be a while before it even starts, which usually means sitting on the floor which i dont mind but you know it can get annoying. Besides that the whole entire storyline of the ride is fantastic and the iMax style of the ride with the whole room surrounded in TV screens is excellent. I'll admit some of the animatronics are outdated but its still a classic.
Food was great, had no problem with the view.
This is the best resort on property... My family stays here every time.
Reasons the resort is amazing:
OUTSTANDING POOL... the pool is VERY large, not overcrouded and there is a great slide.
Easy Access.... The Boardwalk,The Swan and Dolphin, EPCOT, and Disney's Hollywood Studios is just a stroll away
Well decorated and themed rooms, and they are also very spacious
So Many Dining Options.... Like Beaches and Cream, The Boardwalk Resturaunts,And the resturaunts at the Parks, along with Yachtman's Steakhouse at the Yacht Club
This Is a truly amazing hotel... i encourage all ages to stay here
amazing but the pool needs a bit work
Spent a week there in December 08 and am going back July 2010.
The moment the bus pulled up out front I knew I made a good choice. I made all the plans for this our Trip and was a little worried about keeping a wide range of ages happy.
We walked in the front door and were greeted By Chris who became my kids favorite. They looked for him everyday and asked him for help planning our days at the parks.
the Guy is a real sweetheart and we hope to see him when we return in july.
We got there by 10:00 a.m. and were told that the rooms were ready for use already..we were thrilled.
Okay, We stayed on the side that hadnt been updated But it was still really nice and they managed to get us adjoining rooms.
The streets and the buildings were Just beautiful .
The pool is amazing..even on a cold day it was inviting.
The outside Bar by the pool was great and The Mango Margaritas are fantastic.
The bus stop was a no-brainer and The Boat to dtd was just the icing on the cake............We used it often and Loved it.
I have never stayed at the Deluxe properties But Id be hard pressed to considering how much we enjoyed POFQ
It's the only Resort me and my family have stayed in and we love it. But would request not to stay near the Football Field, too many people playing at all hours, that's the only downfall.
My family and I love this type of restaurant and eat at them frequently back home. We were so dissappointed with Teppan Edo. The food was not cooked well, the chicken was overdone, chewy and rubbery. In the past this restaurant did such a great job but we believe it is no longer up to par possibly due to cut backs from thee dining plan. The sushi rice was overcooked and nothing to write home about. Save your money and try out a different Disney restaurant.
My family ate here in December of 2009 and had a great time. The food was what is should be for the type of restaurant, family cooking. It was good and everyone loved what they ordered. The waitress was playful and humerous. Will definately be going back for many trips to come!
I miss Horizons something terrible. It was the very soul of Epcot. When it "died", the optimism and spirit left the park.
I know I say I can live without it because I got spaceship Earth to cheer me up along with the possible Hope for the future Journey into Your Imagination but I really hope they bring it back with a new story and adventure as good as the old one.
The original Journey into Your Imagination I think was and still is the best ride to ever be experienced in Epcot. I still cant believe they replaced suck a great masterpiece loved by all ages.
This is my favorite night time show in DHS! Fantasmic is awesome! I love it! Mickey Mouse is the Best!
American Adventure is awesome show to watch and shows you how the America was born with war and Freedom! And the songs Golden Dreams is awesome too! I can't wait to see it again!
Love the shwarmas and baklava.
Food and service were outstanding.
Next trip I'm planning on watching Illuminations from here if possible.
The food was good, and the service was outstanding. Our waitress did an outstanding job with our children (2 and 4 years old).
I was very suprised to see any negative reviews for Tutto Italia. I have been there many times with my fiance, and we love it! They have always given exceptional service and the food is wonderful. Try the buffolo mozzerala appetizer and the penne caprese!
We always make sure to have dinner or lunch at Tutto Italia on every visit back to WDW.
The first night we got here, I wasnt expecting to see any animals as it was already dark, but we did and it was amazing!!! The staff were so friendly and were very helpful with telling us the best times to view the animals and history and culture of Africa. Disney really do go the extra mile.
I had seen some bad reviews and was a little worried, but I really believe that it is worth the money, seeing animals from your balcony evry morning and night is such a breathtaking experiance.
If I had to put a downside, then it would be transportation. It wasnt the worst thing it the world, most of the time it was easy to get too and from the parks, and I guess if you leave a park exactly after the fireworks then any hotel would be hard to get to. (so thi is only if im being really picky)
Before we went, I found it very hard to choose between staying here and Wilderness Lodge, and I have to say, If I had chosen to stay at Wilderness Lodge, I would have been so upset that I didnt stay at AK lodge, but I would never regret staying at AK!!!
We were staying at AK lodge and this was the first resturant we went to. I was a little worried at first as I had never tried African food before, but it was so nice. We all went up for seconds! There is so much to choose from and all of it tasted amazing!
We also went here for breakfast most mornings, and it is defenatly worth the money! Jambo juice was amazing. And as we were celebrating a birthday, they came out with Afrian cakes/ chocolates for us.
Every time we went there the service was amazing, and each waiter/tress were all happy to tell us more about Africa, where they come from in Africa and traditions etc...
Will go there every time i vist DW!!!
This was one of the best resturants I went to. The food was amazing, as was the service. The waiter we had was so nice and gave us a huge talk about the turtle WHICH WAS AT THE FRONT OF THE TANK!!!
-Ok so my family will come down here around once a year and usually spend a little over a week in WDW. The year animal kingdom opened we were there for the first time. Animal kingdom is one of the most exciting parks attraction wise. Quick list of my favorites (in no particular order of course )
-Khali River Rapids
-Of course....Expedition Everest
Top shows there would be the lion king show and the nemo show they are both pretty good.
Haha very exciting rides and when riding the safari always listen for the "Don Cheadle" sounding guy to say Simba 1? Are you there Simba 1? haha i just think it sounds funny
I live watching the fountain and it is the first thing I go to see. I wish they would restore the show fountains back to their original glory. Since it is the type of attraction it is I dont see any need to change a thing just restore the hardware. My favorite thing about the fountain is that they use mostly instrumental music. I still give it a 10 because it is a great thing to watch.
the tree of life rules!
Sweet icon! Very big!