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Anyone Stayed At Walt Disney World Orlando Before?  
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1426 times:

I was wondering if anyone has stayed at the Disney Resort in orlando before? I ask this because my wife and I usually take adventurous holidays but have gotten a little fed up of these and wanted to go somewhere where we could leave our brains at home and simply be pampered. So I have got 10 nights booked at the Polynesian Resort at Disney World with 4 nights booked at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal. Has anyone got any experience of staying at these hotels and can they give feedback.

On another point, my wife has permanent UK residency but on a Thai passport and had to apply for a visa. I'm assuming this will be granted with no problems as we have just forked out four grand and I would hate to lose out! Anyone with any feedback on this also?


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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5506 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1419 times:

I've stayed at the Disney World area many times, I used to stay there even when I lived in Florida. The hotels are very nice. I've stayed at the Polynesian before, it's a very nice hotel. I stayed at the Grand Floridian just about a month ago, and we were pampered! The people there are very nice, and you can expect a high quality service all the time.

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8893 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1414 times:

I haven't stayed at either hotel, but I've been to the Polynesian quite a bit...

Basically, as a Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort, you're at one of the top resorts on property (other Disney-owned Deluxe resorts are Boardwalk, Yacht & Beach, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Ft. Wilderness); the Polynesian has a few restaurants (you should check out the Polynesian cookout thing one night), excellent access to the Magic Kingdom (right on the monorail line), and frequent bus service to all other points (some might have you walk to the TTC, which is maybe a 5 minute walk). Disney is very good about being meticulous with details, and whenever I have had a problem, they fixed it right away (it was nothing major, but the service was still excellent). Since you'll be at WDW for such a long period of time, I would recommend you go out exploring dining options (this is my favorite part of Disney world, the dining, and then the golf). The Italian restaurant at Epcot is top-notch, as is the California Grill at Contemporary, and I personally enjoy Fulton's at Downtown Disney. Basically, my advice is, don't do fast food for dinner (it's fine for lunches, but for dinner, I am strongly against it).

A little off-topic, but does anyone know any good restaurants at Disneyland? I'll be there in 9 days, so I want to sample some of the top Disney cuisine on the other coast.

Jeff


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5506 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1405 times:

"Italian restaurant at Epcot is top-notch, as is the California Grill at Contemporary, and I personally enjoy Fulton's at Downtown Disney."

True that, I've been to all those places, the Italian restaurant and Fulton's actually last month. I was at the California Grill last year which was amazing! The view is amazing, as well as the food!


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1400 times:

My wife and I stayed at the Contemporary on our honeymoon, and were treated well and had a great time. We had a room on the 8th or so floor, looking east over the lake.

We had booked a plan that included 5 nights at the hotel, and all meals throughout the Disney World complex. The breakfasts we had at both the Contemporary and the Grand Floridian were excellent, and the lunches and dinners in the park were top-notch (especially the dinners we had at Epcot-Germany and Mexico). Very attentive service, and the entertainment was outstanding.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineTanyaluvs2fly From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 351 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1397 times:

I havent stayed at WDW resorts, out of my budget, but I go to Disney/Universal every 6 months (I have family there) if you want a nice dinner make reservations at Emerils at City Walk... its really good... but $$$$...  Smile Magic kingdom is very nice... lots of shops to do shopping  Smile



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User currently offlineMsh744 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 463 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1399 times:

I've stayed at both hotels and I really enjoyed both of them, but the Hard Rock I thought was a little bit more enjoyable than the Polynesian, but that's just personal preference. As previously mentioned, don't miss the California Grill!


I took that pic from the California Grill in January, 2003.

-Msh744


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1385 times:

Thanks for the feedback guys. BTW is 10 days at Disney and 4 at Universal enough to see both parks properly? Also, what is Disney Pleasure Island and Universal Boardwalk like for night time entertainment? Can I get drunk there fine? Big grin


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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5630 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1381 times:

We stayed at the Polynesian a year ago. While it's expensive, the convenience of being right on the monorail is considerable. Definitely try the Tonga Toast for breakfast  Smile


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User currently offlineAMS From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1379 times:

On another point, my wife has permanent UK residency but on a Thai passport and had to apply for a visa. I'm assuming this will be granted with no problems as we have just forked out four grand and I would hate to lose out! Anyone with any feedback on this also?

It does not make any difference to U.S immigration if your wife has a permanent UK Spouse Visa. All Thai Nationals Need a Visa to enter the USA.

D/2
TIMATIC-2 / 02SEP04 / 1938 UTC
NATIONAL THAILAND (LAR Transregional (Portugal) and Transmile Air Services (Malaysia)">TH) /DESTINATION U.S.A. (US)

VISA DESTINATION U.S.A. (US)

...... NORMAL PASSPORTS ONLY ......
PASSPORT REQUIRED (MUST BE VALID AT TIME OF ENTRY* PASSENGER
MAY BE AUTHORIZED TO STAY UNTIL THE EXPIRY DATE OF THE
PASSPORT). FOR VALIDITY SEE: >TIDFT/US/PA/VA - ITEM 2.

VISA REQUIRED.


Regards,
AMS


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1378 times:

Fair enough but I am assuming there won't be a problem with the visa, after all she resides in the UK and has a job here, plus the visa is for holiday purposes not work etc.


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User currently offlineAMS From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1374 times:

Fair enough but I am assuming there won't be a problem with the visa, after all she resides in the UK and has a job here, plus the visa is for holiday purposes not work etc.

As long if your wife has not has any problems with US immigration or US laws etc. Then there should not be a reason for the US consulate to deny your wife's application.

Regards,
AMS


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

In that case she should be fine. She has relatives living in the USA in any event, it's just that the US immigration can be notoriously unpredictable, although to be fair that's mostly aimed at potential terrorists and not Disney vacationers!


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineAMS From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1367 times:

Sometimes US immigration will investigate people arriving on visas to determine if their stay is genuine. People holding a nationality from a less developed country have a higher chance to be inspected if their purpose of coming to the US is genuine.

Anyway there should be no reason to worry if you are going on a holiday.

Regards,
AMS


User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2669 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1350 times:

Both hotels are excellent- expect to be treated very well. I think that one day per theme park is more than adequate; I've visited all 4 Disney parks, as well as both of the Universal Studios parks, plus 2 Disney water parks, and Wet 'n' Wild, which is owned by Universal. I, personally, enjoy the Universal parks much more, but that's just me. Have a good trip  Smile!

P.S.- You left out some of the most important details- how are you getting there  Big grin?! VS, BA? Non-stop? Or a connection in the US?


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5506 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1346 times:

Here's a view from the other side of the California Grill on top of the Contemporary Resort: (taken August 2003)


We got seated right before a nice, lightning-filled thunderstorm came in which was spectacular to watch while eating.


Of course the birds got scared and flew from the island in the middle.

We got very, very lucky about getting a seat. They kept telling us we won't get a seat as we had no reservations, but luckily we were able to get in before everyone else and got seated.

Important: for any restaurant at the Disney area, make reservations days ahead of time, for ANY restaurant!!

Also, check out www.mouseplanet.com for reviews on everything.


User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1326 times:

I have never, ever had a bad experience at WDW. It has been a long time since I was at Disneyland (in Southern California, 20+ years). All the resorts at WDW are nice, but the high dollar ones are really sweet. There are wonderful places in both Epcot and MGM-Studios for lunch and dinner, although the Boardwalk may be more what you are looking for in a dining experience. There is a place in Epcot called The Land, there is a restaurant inside, try it for breakfast. All employees at WDW are wonderful with their guest (especially the younger ones). If I remember correctly, the only park that serves alcohol is Epcot (The International Showcase) but you can always go off property or to the Boardwalk. I hope your trip is not this weekend because of Hurricane Frances. Have a fun time.


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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8502 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1324 times:

We did Disney in 3 days, so I imagine that 10 should be plenty (although at that time the Animal Kingdom park didn't exist).

At the time (95 or 96) we still had out motorhome, so we stayed in Disney's Fort Wilderness. It's the most expensive campground we've EVER stayed at--$50 a night for a parking space and utilities.

As for places to eat, I wouldn't know, since we didn't have a meal at a single place while we were there (overpriced). I think we had ice cream on Main St. once, and pastries one night at Epcot, and that was it. Plus a few $2 Cokes.


User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1322 times:

Polynesian, excellent choice. It was a bit too expensive for me this last visit to WDW but I did go there every other day it seemed. We were in Disney World for 13 days spanning from the end of July to the middle of August.

So, let's see....




So I have got 10 nights booked at the Polynesian Resort at Disney World with 4 nights booked at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal. Has anyone got any experience of staying at these hotels and can they give feedback.


Can't help you on the Hard Rock Hotel, never been there, but maybe someone else has. I can help on the Polynesian though. What is it you would like to know? Room size? Amenities? Hotel services offered?

First stop: I would check out this link here to get an idea of what you're in for:

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdw/resorts/resortLanding?id=PolynesianResortLandingPage&count=7

Explore that one a little bit. That's the public site for the WDW parks and resorts. I wish I could get you into the Travel Agent site as we have access to 360 degree views of the rooms and other neat resources. But I can't do that so this is your best bet.


If you have some specific questions about the resort after checking out that link I'd be more than happy to help answer them.


Now, as for my overall impression of the Polynesian:

BEAUTIFUL property. It's one of the two original Disney hotels that opened with the Magic Kingdom in 1971. The attention to detail is impressive and the property just recently got a new "mascot" as well which you will notice when you arrive.

If you have a rental car, the first thing you will see of the Polynesian resort itself will be the entrance gate which is themed after Polynesia and if I remember correctly there's some tikis at the gate. At the entrance to the resort is a covered drive area where you can temporarily stop to unload your luggage. Proceed forward to the main entrance of the hotel. As you look towards the doors, on either side of you will be very dense tropical vegetation, pools, etc, very lush and beautiful.

Enter into the Lobby and you'll be hit, first off, with a blast of cold, dry air. Which will be VERY welcome considering how humid Florida is. The lobby is gorgeous, real lava-rock has been used to enclose an area of tropical vegetation and a waterfall in the center of the lobby. And everywhere is the atmosphere and architecture you would expect from the Hawaiian hotels of old. It really is beautiful.

The lobby area, also called the Great Ceremonial House, is two stories tall. You can take an elevator to the second level and up there are two very nice eating places. The first, my favourite, is the Kona Cafe. You'll have to put your name on a list if you just show up to eat, but it's worth the wait. The food is delicious and you will notice that at the dessert counter is a big, all-chocolate sculpture of Lilo & Stitch. We met the creator of that sculpture and he said it took some 72 hours to create. Hopefully it will still be there when you go.

Service is extremely friendly. Food is pricey, but not alarmingly so. The desserts are of the quality you would find in a 4 star restaurant.


The other eating area in the Great Ceremonial House is "Ohana", and this place, you NEED to make reservations for a day or more in advance. It's very popular and very interactive. Basically, all of your food there is cooked in an open pit fire on skewers. Waiters will come around and display for you the food they have, and you can pick and choose what you want. It's all-you-can-eat. And there are no menus. It's about 25 dollars to eat a meal there but it's worth it imo. They also have delicious pineapple bread which you have to try! Try and save up for it and do "Ohana" once for dinner. You'll love it. They also have someone who goes around singing hawaiian songs as you dine too.



Now about that mascot I mentioned.....it's Stitch. the Polynesian Resort has adopted Lilo and Stitch as their official mascots. Which means that, quite a bit of Polynesian Resort souvenirs feature Lilo and Stitch on them. And in the main lobby area you will find a surfboard with the two of them on it as well. So, if you don't like Stitch, consider this a fair warning. If you do like Stitch, then that will be one more pleasant element to add to what is an outstanding property.


As far as rooms go, spacious and some offer a daybed as well. I can get you more detailed info if you require it. Keep in mind that you may have to walk a small distance from your room to eating places at the hotel. also note that by the Pool is Captain Cook's Snacks, basically a burger place but convenient if you're staying in one of the more distant rooms.


the grounds are breathtaking. Tropical vegetation and lanscaping an a fake sandy beach for you to relax on as well. And yes someone did have a bonfire going on the beach once while I was there too. I wouldn't have thought they'd do that there but they did.

But the most wonerful thing is the Luau. They have an AUTHENTIC Luau at the Polynesian, which you have to purchase tickets for (at about 40-50 dollars a person) which I think is wonderful. Well....the first part is a bit tacky but once they get into the cultural dances it's worth all the money you paid. The food is delicious, they serve that pineapple bread there too. Towards the end of the luau they bring out the fire dancer. He's amazing. When I attended the audience was simply captivated by this guy "playing with fire" as it were.

Please look into the Luau if you think you can afford it. It's worth the admission. Note: They do play some songs from the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack there. Another fair warning if you dont like stitch, or a heads-up if you do.


My opinion is that the Polynesian is the most beautiful, atmospheric and culturally rich property at Disney World. I'm biased of course because I love the whole "Hawaiian" thing, but I don't think you will be disappointed. It's one of Disney's best properties.

The price is high but it is a deluxe property. So you're getting a lot more here for your money than you would at a Disney Value resort like Pop Century or All Star Resorts (Sports, Music, Movies.)


My accomodations were at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort, from July 29-Aug 3, and at Disney's Pop Century Resort from Aug 3 to Aug 10.

Opinion of these two: Riverside had beautiful grounds. Restaurants were only okay. Architecture was very impressive. Biggest drawback: the mansions are a maze. You can get lost very easily.

Pop Century was easier to get around but the grounds were only so-so. Instead you have giant icons from each decade which was really interesting. Walked under the big wheel at midnight. The big wheel is about 3 or 4 stories tall. It's by the '70s building. Rooms were smaller than Riverside and not as nice. HOWEVER, the maid service at Pop Century, and the food courts, were consistently better than PO Riverside. The maids actually left fun towel designs behind in the room, like towel animals and mickey ears and such. That didn't happen at PO Riverside. And if you have plushies in the room the maids may just arrange them so that they're watching TV on your return. Pop Century was overall a friendlier, more fun property.


That's probably irrelevant to your stay, however.


If you have questions I can help answer just ask. In the meantime this may also interest you:

http://www.disneytravelagents.com/images/maps/map_wdw_polynesian.pdf


[Edited 2004-09-03 12:36:32]

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8893 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1309 times:

As for 10 days to explore the property, that is more than ample time. An ultimate park hopper for 10 days costs $436.66, which gives you unlimited access to Disney (more or less, you don't get to go down in the Tunnels...). Basically, it gets you into all 4 major theme parks, the 2/3 water parks (depends on the season, River Country is only open in Summer, if it's still open at all), Wide World of Sports, DisneyQuest (I think). If you aren't interested in all the extras (you just want to stick mainly to the 4 parks), I would suggest getting an annual passport ($403), which is access to the 4 parks, park-hopping ability, etc.

For a lot more info, check out http://allearsnet.com. In my opinion, this site is a lot more comprehensive than the guidebooks (and this is coming from a person who has read about 15 Disney World guidebooks); it has menus and prices to pretty much every DW restaurant, reviews of most attractions, advice on lines, etc, a real thorough review of hotels (this is the FAQ for the Polynesian: http://www.allearsnet.com/acc/faq_poly.htm, also has a couple of comment sections, and photos), and pretty much anything else related to Disney World (if only they had a site this good for Disneyland...I could use it right about now...)

Jeff


User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1297 times:

You still won't be able to do everything in 10 days. Big grin


That's how big Disney World is. My absolute best advice for you, if you want to have the most productive days possble, is to get a good night's sleep before your flight to Orlando. I mean it. Most of us had early flights and wound up with about 2hrs of sleep. That ended up killing our energy for three days afterwards. We couldn't do much because physically we weren't able to. The heat in Florida can also suck the energy out of you.

But the other mistake was that, with 2 hours of sleep on the first day, I myseld tried to get away with 4 and 5 hours of sleep for the next few days. I.E. stay till park closing, come back to the hotel, chat or watch TV for a few hours, and then try to sleep at midnight or 1am knowing I had to get up at 5 the next morning.

=not a good idea.


I suggest that, at least for the beginning parts of your trip (until you get used to the massiveness of WDW) try to go to bed earlier than you normally would. And get up earlier than normal too.


One HUGE, HUGE benefit that you have is that the Monorail runs right through your hotel. The monorail can zip you over to the Magic Kingdom in about 15 minutes. However, the monorail only services the MAgic Kingdom and Epcot. It does not service the other WDW parks of Disney-MGM Studios and Animal Kingdom.



Process:


To get from the Polynesian Resort to the Magic Kingdom , you have the following options:

1. Monorail (Allow about 15 minutes to get to MK)
2. Boat (Allow about 20 minutes to get to MK)
3. Bus (Allow about 30 minutes to get to MK.)

Disney's bus transportation system is efficient at times, and at others, not. In the morning rush to get to the parks, Busses can run as often as every 10 minutes, which is good for you of course. But immediately following that morning rush (say about 10:30am onwards), they only run the busses every 20-30 minutes. If you get to the bus stop just barely after your bus to the MK leaves, you may be stuck for 40 minutes, on a bad day, just waiting for a ride. Fortunately for you, you have two other options up there if that happens.


To get from the Polynesian Resort to Epcot , you have the following options:

1. Monorail (Allow about 30 minutes to get to Epcot)
2. Bus (Allow about 40 minutes to get to Epcot.)


Now here you see a much smaller difference between the Monorail and the Disney Bus system. The reason why is that, to use the monorail to get to Epcot, you will have to take the Magic Kingdom monorail, and get off at the Ticket & Transportation Center. Then, you will have to transfer to the Epcot monorail when it arrives. This takes time.

With the bus, you get a direct route to Epcot with no layovers  Big grin but it still takes a while ESPECIALLY if the last bus to Epcot just departed. The exception would be the morning rush.


To get from the Polynesian to any other theme park (MGM Studios, Animal Kingdom), the bus is your only option.

Allow 40 minutes for MGM, allow 60 minutes for Animal Kingdom. Unless, of course, you're trying to get there in the morning rush. When busses run every 10 minutes.


Try and only do one park per day. Don't park-hop more than is necessary per day becayse you WILL waste a big chunk of your day just GETTING to another park. You'll be surprised at how fast time flies anyway. You may arrive at the park at 9:30am and next time you check your watch, it's 12:40 and you're wondering where your morning went. WDW is huge. You can't approach it commando-style like we did thinking "I've got 13 days, I'll get to do everything in time" or "I can get by on 5 hours of sleep, no sweat".

No, you can't. Get as much rest as you can. Get to the parks early (go to bed early), and limit the amount of park hopping you do each day because it'll waste hours of your time.



RENTAL CAR:


That would be the exception. If you rent a car, you don't have to waste time on the Disney bus system, and however long it takes you to get to another park depends simply on whether you obey the speed limits (do, because security is everywhere), traffic volume, and whether you get lost or not. Big grin Drawback is that you have to PAY for a rental car. Wheras, as a disney guest, the Bus transportation system is free for your use.


Which reminds me....


AS A DISNEY GUEST you are allowed entry into ALL Disney World Resort Properties owned by disney. The only exception is that you cannot use the pool facilities at other hotels. But you can go to other hotels freely, you can eat, shop, explore, etc. You're a disney guest. Just make sure you have your room key with you at ALL times so that you are allowed entry. Another thing that is VERY important if you have a rental car:

As a Disney Resort guest, you will enjoy FREE parking at all theme parks. Just make sure you show your room key to the cast member at the entrance to the parking lot. If you forget your room key, you'll have to pay about 7 dollars or so for parking. Sometimes more. That figure may have changed by now.


Hope this helps as well.


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5506 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1294 times:

If you happen to have extra time over the 10 days, let me recommend:

http://www.tfn.net/springs/

Very refreshing, and a natural wonder!


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8893 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1281 times:

I would recommend the first day that you arrive (I'm assuming you'll be getting in during the afternoon) that you spend some time out by the pool, and then I would head to either Downtown Disney or another hotel for dinner, so you don't burn a park admission. As I said earlier, some of the better places to go are Fulton's at Downtown Disney (I would recommend this if you have the energy to do some shopping still; there are also other restaurants, the only one I've been to is Wolfgang Puck Cafe, which was decent but nothing special). If you want a little nightlife, head over to Boardwalk (it might be a pain in the butt to get to, best way to go would be take a bus to MGM Studios and take the boat to Swan/Dolphin and walk over to the Boardwalk so you don't waste an extra 10 minutes in the boat going to Yacht/Beach); I've eaten at Flying Fish Cafe and Big River Brew House there, and both were excellent. If you want something a little more relaxed, not as much travel, just hop on the Monorail to the Contemporary and go to the California Grill...try and get a Priority Seating for around 8-8:30, this way you'll be able to see the Magic Kingdom's fireworks show (which is really good since they updated it).

As for park hopping, well, let me just say I'm a fan of it, as I like to spend half a day in one park, go back to my hotel for a couple of hours, and then around 3 head back to another park. It helps break up the day, and that break helps keep you refreshed. Plus, sometimes I will eat lunch at one park, and then go to another park for dinner (speaking of good dinner places inside the park, check out Hollywood and Vine at MGM, get seated by 5 I think and you get an express pass to Fantasmic that night, saves you an hour in line; Mama Melrose's also does this at MGM, and the Brown Derby; and of course EPCOT is my favorite park because of the dining - San Angel Inn in Mexico is excellent, both for its food and ambience, Italy is the best Italian food out there (the restaurant has two locations, one in EPCOT, one in Rome, and they created Fettucine Alfredo at the Rome location), Japan has a really good restaurant, Canada has a good steakhouse, and I've heard really good things about both France and Morrocco's restaurants.

Jeff


User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5630 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1276 times:

EPCOT is my favorite park because of the dining - San Angel Inn in Mexico is excellent, both for its food and ambience, Italy is the best Italian food out there (the restaurant has two locations, one in EPCOT, one in Rome, and they created Fettucine Alfredo at the Rome location), Japan has a really good restaurant, Canada has a good steakhouse, and I've heard really good things about both France and Morrocco's restaurants.

Morocco's is very good indeed, as well as Norway's.



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