I’ve lost the “Disney magic” after work and real life so this is just a rough outline of my trip if you have any questions let me know
I stayed at the coranado springs and I must say this was the highlight
of my trip. I LOVED the hotel. I lucked out and got an “upgrade”
The room was RIGHT outside the first bus stop. The walking was
minimized. I must say the place was HUGE! The pool looked great! I
am sad i missed the opportunity to go into the pool. MY parents
went on this trip with me and they enjoyed the quiet pool. I must
say i loved the sand “beach” and the small little surprise. We found
a little alligator on the sand beach. He actually found us every
morning when we went to get some coffee. I think it’s kind of funny
i was told the Walt Disney world resort says there are no alligators
on the property but yet i was told by a cast member that the lake at
the resort had a little friend this year and last year. :laugh:
The food at the hotel’s quick service was amazing! I loved the fact i
was sitting down for a quick service meal and it felt like I was at a
restaurant. For any of you who have not been there let me give you a
quick run down. To go into the market place you are seated and are
given a card. There are different stations (Mexican, Italian, grill
etc) and you go up order what you want and they stamp your card. You
have wait staff that come around and refill your drinks. At the end
you go up to the cashier and pay. It was so CUTE! :wub: The actual
food was pretty much your average hotel food but i just loved the
atmosphere. IT REALLY made it special.
The upgrade room i got was cute but generic. The theme of the hotel
was not really in my room. It was your typical run of the mill room
with some mickey ears in select places.
But what REALLY surprised me was a cast member working at the hotel.
There was a bell staff that refused to take a tip. I was shocked and
very impressed! :ohmy: kodus to Paul!
Here is my biggest issue. I LOVE Disney and i would classify myself
as a Disney purist. My FAVORITE ride is Car. of progress and love
the Disney of old. What bothers me the most is i feel Disney is
losing the ideals of Walt himself. I mean take a traditional ride
as… carousel of progress. The wait line has nothing and you don’t
know what is going on until you get into the ride and your story is
contained in the ride. Or the haunted mansion very little is given to
you until you get into the ride. Compared to toy story mania where
the wait line is like a sensory overload of toys and visual cues that
is so in your face. There is just way too much for one to process. I
believe a successful ride is when you get your complete story during
the ride. Pre-loading videos that give you the story just doesn’t say
traditional Disney to me. I remember thinking while on dinosaur ride
that the pre-boarding movie tells you the story and quiet honestly you
don’t HAVE to go on the ride to get the story.
I noticed the park stores sold pretty much the SAME thing. If you went
to one store you pretty much saw everything WDW had to office. Years
past stores used to have specialized merchandise. I remember coming
off the haunted mansion ride and they had the little cart that had
magic tricks and merchandise that was special to the mansion. I don’t
want to see nightmare before Christmas! Even the Pooh ride you go into
the store and than is more than just the gang from pooh.
Something that couldn’t be avoided was the construction. I don’t know
how i feel about the wraps they put around buildings. I mean it’s
better than nothing. At least you get the feel of what the buildings
will look like once they are finished. On that issue, the jury is
Fast pass. EVERYONE has grown to love fast pass but I for one being
the purist i am can not stand it! Those passes cause more chaos than
good. I was waiting on line and I honestly thought one guest was
going to elbow some little girl in the head in order to get to the
fast past machine before her. It is horribly disgusting how grown
people act to get a ticket! Honestly, wait in line and just be done
Along the same lines im sick of seeing people renting wheel chairs and
motorized scooters just to attempt to get on the lines faster. If you
have a legitimate excuse that’s fine by all means use them but i watch
kids younger than myself jumping back and forth between who was using
a wheel chair and going on handicap lines everywhere they were going.
Lazy is not a legitimate reason to rent a scooter or chair. My
mother who has great difficulty walking form a injury from a few years
ago and my father who had recent problems with his knee walked the
ENTIRE time. Never did they use a wheel chair or a scooter because
they refused to take it away from someone who needed it.
But i am happy to report that I did get to go on my favorite ride ever
even though there was a possible during I wasn’t going to be able
because of malfunctions. I got to go to the carousel of progress! I
haven’t smiled that brightly in a while. I ADORE that ride. It’s one
of the few rides i get to experience almost exactly how my father did
at the '64-'65 world’s fair. It’s some what a special bond my dad
and I have. That’s what I mean. THAT is a true Disney moment in my
What really was upsetting was what I saw a cast member do. It quite
possibly was the most undisney thing I’ve ever seen. This younger CM
was waving to all the people as they left for the magic kingdom (it
was sadly my last full day at the park and this pretty much was my
last Disney experience). Another CM had came up to him for whatever
reason and I saw the first with his big mickey hands make a shape of a
gun and put it to his temple. I know it’s difficult working at Disney
with the people, the heat and the intensity but if you have to make
that outward gesture on stage do us all a favor and reconsider your
job. Honestly, in my own life I am a historical reenactor who during
the summer has to wear wool dresses and deals with stupid questions
from the public (such as did they have white bread during the civil
war) and not ONCE do I complain about my job, the weather or the crazy
questions I get. I found his gesture, although short and
insignificant so to speak… offensive and rude. If Walt saw that
imagine what he’d say! (sorry for the rant but it REALLY was upsetting
A big issue when book our trip was where to eat. I must say i was
impressed by places i NEVER thought I’d be impressed with…
others… not so much.
First quick service Peco Bill’s at MK. It was a good burger and
loved the fixin’ bar. It was just rather difficult to find a table.
but it was to be expected. Oh yeah my soda was flat. I often wonder
how long they keep the soda on the counter for. But I def. would
recommend that as a quick service place.
I must say OH MY GOODNESS, why didn’t I try a dole whip sooner! IT IS
A MUST. I am not a big fan if pineapples but everyone tells me you
have to try the whip. I tried the dole whip float and it was knock
your socks off good.
First night Tony town square. It was ok… It reminded me too much
of a quick service type meal. The actual location was so pretty but
the food I wasn’t thrilled. To me it was like a pizza place you’d
find in Manhattan. Well except for the fact they didn’t have pizza.
My family started with zucchini sticks. They were great! The dipping
sauce was really good! My dad and I both got the shrimp scampi I
tasted the shrimp but the scampi was more just olive oil. Scampi
where I come from is a butter garlic sauce. My gelatto was pretty
good I cant complain about ice cream!
Day two was animal kingdom-
Lunch was the flame tree. Man I had so much chicken i was ready to
burst! The taste? average. It’s ok. Would I go back? probably not
but it’s worth trying.
Dinner we went to Germany. Now if any of you have read my food post
before you should know I LOVE Germany. In College I was a Germanic
language and literature major for the longest time (until i figured
out I could graduate earlier if i changed my major and the school I
wanted to get a job at was going to lose German as a second language)
so going there makes me SO happy. I love to hear the language and
indulge in the culture. The food was really good. I want to say spot
on but it’s spot on for German-American style cooking. It’s
questionable for true German cooking. The pretzel bread alone is the
worth going. Their cold salads are amazing. I was slightly
disappointed with the live show. It was REALLY quick. I’ve seen the
show more than once and I know they used to do a whole bunch of
different things. There were no cow bells which was the most
disappointing part. Some of the people i sat with did not speak
english so i didn’t get to really engage in conversation with people
but all in all I must say was a true highlight!
Tuesday we did early morning Epcot. That day was the day I got sick
so it was a shorten day but i did have fun none the less. Our lunch
reservations were for Teppen Edo. This is a new stop for my family so
I was super excited to try this location out. The chef we got at our
table was sweet and friendly but not as animated as the other chefs
around us. It really didn’t take away form the fun. What I did find
difficult was the ability to understand what was being said. It was
quiet noisy at the location. It wasn’t from screaming children,
talking people and just general restaurant noise. It was because of
the cooking going on. I wouldn’t expect that in a million years!
The actual food was average. Next time I’ll go for the other side and
stick with sushi.
The next day I did dinner at France. We did Chef de France. I wasn’t
impressed with the foot but my parents both said they loved theirs.
I got sick the day before so i didn’t experiment way too much. I had
French Macaroni and Cheese and it just felt like I was eating noodles.
Nothing exciting. My parents had a Beef dish and they raved about
how tender the meat was. I did get a not so pleasant surprise when my
waitress accidentally knocked over a glass of water on my lap and
they put us at a table that was directly in the setting sun. I don’t
know what to think about this place… I’ll keep it as neutral.
What I MUST rave about are two different places I found that hands
down will be my top choices to go to when I go back to Disney again.
First Liberty tree tavern. NOW THIS was spot on Disney! The theme was
amazing. I felt I was brought back in time. I loved every detail
down to the silverware. If you go there notice that the forks have
the three prongs as opposed to modern day silverware. It was a riot.
I LOVED it. ALSO, we were at Disney for my parents 27th wedding
anniversary. This is the only place we made table reservations that
gave us that extra Disney. They had confetti on the table in the
shape of a heart. It was so adorable! Now the food, amazing. I had
the thanksgiving type dinner. WOW i loved it. I ate every last bit
of it. And like a kid at heart I am not a fan of veggies but the green
beans were great! YOU MUST GO! Got to laugh i watched a couple try to
order beer there lol
Another place which doesn’t really have that Disney charm but none
the less a great restaurant, Capt’n Jacks. My food was amazing. We
had peel your own shrimp as an appetizer they were so fresh and yummy
and my pasta with the lobster cream sauce with shrimp on top. wow wow
For all you thirsty travelers out there. We have found cheap beer!
My dad refused to pay $30 for a 6 pack of beer. Without a car it
was difficult to avoid that fate of paying THAT much for beer…
UNTIL i remember some research I did. I know Y’all are all knowing
when it comes to Disney. So you know if you take the bus to down
town Disney there are two stops. There is one for the market place
and one for the west side/pleasure island stop. If you get off at the
Westside stop there is a street leading up to the main road. If you
cross over the road (busy highway but not a long walk) you will see a
gas station. 12 pack beers for $10. My dad was VERY excited to see
I truly don’t mean to sound negative and ranty because I did have an
amazing time but I just miss the Disney of old. There was more magic
or rather they were able to hide corporate American a little better
than they do today!