Sunday, June 24, 2012
cars hold 40-50 people at a time. Also, the ride is on the lot directly behind the stage in the middle of the park. We went there several times before we realized it was even back there. Lesson 1: Always get a park map as you enter the park. They are printed in English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, etc. So you can get lost in any language you like! No excuse unless you forget - which we did.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The Value Resorts range from $104 to as low as $70 a night in late summer. Moderate Resorts are in the range of $143 - $273/night and $123 - $127/night in late summer. Deluxe Resorts range from $228 - $379/night and $252- $379/night in late summer. If you really want luxury you can get a Deluxe Villa for about $249/night and $231/night, late summer.
There are the other charges that are never mentioned. First is the parking fee. Most hotels charge for self parking and also have valet. Then there's the state resort tax and sales that add on to the nightly cost of the room. Add-ons are extra and, like any tourist venue, there are incidentals that can rack up your costs so be careful. I believe if you add $40-$50 to each room night you have your average cost per night.
Visit www.disneyparks.disney.go.com for all the current room rates. The deals are there if you do the research. Also, when you arrive for check-in always ask for a free upgrade. They never offer them but sometimes they will accommodate you just for asking. Don't be afraid to ask! They already have your money so be bold and enjoy your visit!
Sunday, June 17, 2012
The place is built into the sandbar of the lagoon like an old Mississippi paddle wheeler. It has several bars and you can stand outside on all decks to enjoy the view. This place is one photo shoot after another and really cozy to be inside. The employees were casual and friendly. We were seated on time and had a great view of the shopping area from the stern dining room. Our waiter was cordial and energetic taking our order in quick time.
To be fair, my kids had Fillet Mignon and baby shrimp pasta and said it was very good. My wife and I had the same dinner and both were unsatisfying. There were no supervisors or managers in sight to say anything to. I could have asked for one but chose not to. At the end of dinner our waiter brought the check with some story about the credit card swipe not working properly so if I could tip him in cash he would prefer that. If you're an experienced diner you know that speaking to customers about tipping is taboo in nice restaurants. This is also a bit of a scam since anybody working for tips prefers cash on the table instead of money in the paycheck next week but it should never be brought up by employees.
I have to see what is good here. The atmosphere and aesthetics were lovely. The employees were polite and reasonably efficient. I could tell the fish, scallops, and shrimp were of high quality but either ill-prepared or left out too long before being served. I know this seems like a negative report but when you read my other posts you'll see I rarely say bad things about places I write about. I want my readers to get my honest opinion about everything. Your experience may be better but for me this place fell far short of my expectation for what seems like such a classy place. I give it a "C-" for the day. Hopefully, if you decide to dine there you are luckier than I was.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
If that isn't enough and you like being scared go to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. This is an old spooky Hollywood hotel where you go up and come down at breakneck speed The artistry is unbelievable and it's great if you go at night or on a stormy day. Adds a lot of scare to it.
Newer on the set is Star Tours, a 3-D experience where you can ride with all your favorite good guys and bad guys through the galaxy. It's awesome and all ages will like this one.
There are many other attractions but I'll talk about them in future articles. Dining is plentiful from formal character dinners to fast food options. Explore the Disney Dining Plan and make reservations either by checking in with Guest Services as you enter the park or get the mobile app for your Verizon Wireless phone.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
If you have an annual pass they give you 10% off your bill and with the Disney Dining Plan you get about 20% off. Just don't forget to mention it when you sit down. They're supposed to ask you but we don't always get asked so be sure to tell them up front. The entire experience is great as always at the Disney restaurants. I give the whole experience an "A" for price, service, and punctuality. Variety could be a little better but it was good. It's hard to please everybody, especially at these prices but they do a good job of giving you choices. If you want to get lost in an era then this, like all the Disney restaurants immerses you in the moment but I expect no less from those who made the movies we all grew up on and continue to share with our kids.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
The menu is not too varied but that's typical for pub fare. We had Guinness stew, Reuben sandwiches, shepherd's pie, and grilled ham & cheese. All were very good and served by a charming waitress who was quite affable. They made us feel quite at home for first time visitors and the place had a relaxed atmosphere but not sleepy. The patrons were engaged in good conversation but not a rowdy crowd. We had our teenagers with us and they were quite welcome.
The experience was well worth it for my family. I give the place an "A". It was clean, well-attended, friendly and clean. The food, although not a vast menu, was delicious and well-prepared. Prices are what a family can afford. We didn't drink but the bar was beautiful and had three bartenders working it so service was great. Altogether, a great experience and I recommend it highly. A place like this is good for the soul!