Disney World

Demyx wrote:

I mean the main highlight is the location and being a monorail resort, as well as the rooftop view of the fireworks.

Psssh. The only reason I want to go there is because it puts me in proximity of an F-Zero AX machine over in the Contemporary. I've been trying to find one of those for the longest time.

shoptroll wrote:

Also, are there any "must-have" drinks I should try while we're at Epcot?

My sister raved on the tri-color margarita at the Mexico Pavilion. I thought it was ok, but I am not a huge tequila fan. She had been there 2-3 times in the 90's and we went with her in 2002, so who knows if it is even still available.

Enjoy your trip you two, sounds like it will be a blast!

The Pinnochio restaurant next to it's a small world changed their menu recently. My wife and I split a BBQ flatbread pizza and a gigantic caesar salad there back in June. It was better than the hamburgers I remember from previous trips.

What is a Dole Whip and why will I get one when I'm there next month?

Strewth wrote:

What is a Dole Whip and why will I get one when I'm there next month?

Pineapple soft-serve, and it tastes awesome. Aloha Aisle serves it as a float with pineapple juice.

LouZiffer wrote:
Strewth wrote:

What is a Dole Whip and why will I get one when I'm there next month?

Pineapple soft-serve, and it tastes awesome. Aloha Aisle serves it as a float with pineapple juice.

This. It is delicious. Just trust us.

If you can find some, Fantasia-flavor ice cream is outstanding. The last time I was in Disneyland, there was only one stall left that sold it, and maybe it's gone away completely by now, but buy some if you spot any.

Demyx wrote:
Rainsmercy wrote:

We liked the food at the Hat at Disney MGM and the service was great. That's about the only place I remember from 2000 when my wife and I went to the parks on our honeymoon.

The hat is just a pin stand (and an unholy abomination that blocks my view of the Chinese Theater) so I'm not sure what you mean. The Brown Derby?

LouZiffer wrote:

Awesome that you're staying in the new DVC property. I haven't read any detailed trip reports from there yet. Would love to read your take on it after you're back.

I actually stayed there before a couple years ago and could write more about it later. Obviously I liked it well enough to book it again, this time with Shop!

I mean the main highlight is the location and being a monorail resort, as well as the rooftop view of the fireworks. The room itself is fairly standard for DVC.

Yah, meant the Brown Derby. The Hat is a chain restaraunt in Southern California with awesome pastrami:)

LouZiffer wrote:

Awesome that you're staying in the new DVC property. I haven't read any detailed trip reports from there yet. Would love to read your take on it after you're back.

It's pretty awesome so far! We didn't get to the resort until 6ish, so we grabbed food and hung out in the room for a short bit. Then we went to the Top of the World lounge on the roof to have a drink and watch the Wishes fireworks. They play the music in the lounge and observation deck so it's just like being in the park. Highly recommend it if you end up trying Bay Lake, and it wasn't very crowded too.

We also hit the arcade in the Contemporary after dinner. They had a Tron Evolution pinball table which was cool, and Tank Tank Tank which I didn't know was an arcade game. Plus found the F-Zero machine and wasn't expecting the seat to lean to the side as hard as it did while taking turns. A shame it didn't reach many arcades here.

How's the WiFi coverage?

groan wrote:

How's the WiFi coverage?

Not sure about the parks. It's one of those setups where you have to agree to a T&C when you access, not sure if that's why my phone isn't reconnecting when I pull it out. Really haven't tried to use the wifi in the parks that much yet.

Have had some issues with the wifi in the room stopping intermittently, but that seems to be an issue with the iPads as dropping and reconnecting seems to fix it.

AT&T 3G coverage is pretty good so far.

Edit: we have found the poly lounge and the infamous lupa lupa. Shalalm baskur everyone

Please keep the updates coming, shoptroll. I'll confess that I regularly visit mouseplanet.com just to experience other people's vacations vicariously by reading the trip reports. In that vein, of all the trip reports I've read, exactly none have discussed the arcades (of which there are at least a dozen on Disney property). Reason #212 why I love GWJ.

Not sure if orange is a new flavor at the dole whip station, but it mixes real nice with the pineapple juice on the floats.

In other news, we can't figure out what the whip is made out of, aside from being a purée. Which probably means the tears of children.

Edit: also, breakfast buffet at the wave is totally awweeeesome /tinytina

Cool thanks.
when I get there in feb I am hoping that the WiFi is available all over (supposedly is possible). Data on a Canadian phone is murderously expensive.

No wifi coverage at downtown Disney. Splittsville still under construction.

Unsurprisingly, no wifi in animal kingdom so far

Disney has been very backwards where internet access is concerned, but they're getting there. Right now I think wifi is available in all of the parks but Animal Kingdom (still rolling out). It's also in Typhoon Lagoon and resort common areas. I'm interested in how well things work in the parks (MK, Epcot, HS) that have it.

Typing this so I won't weasel out of it: Since we plan on being there in a little over a week, I'll also post my findings along with a trip report.

Yeah, there's private internal network here at animal kingdom. Magic kingdom had pretty good coverage. Don't think I checked Hollywood studios or Epcot that much. Will have overall trip report when we get home tomorrow.

shoptroll wrote:

Yeah, there's private internal network here at animal kingdom. Magic kingdom had pretty good coverage. Don't think I checked Hollywood studios or Epcot that much. Will have overall trip report when we get home tomorrow.

I thought I'd heard they were putting WiFi at the parks but it was just MK.

http://www.insidethemagic.net/2012/0...

groan wrote:
shoptroll wrote:

Yeah, there's private internal network here at animal kingdom. Magic kingdom had pretty good coverage. Don't think I checked Hollywood studios or Epcot that much. Will have overall trip report when we get home tomorrow.

I thought I'd heard they were putting WiFi at the parks but it was just MK.

http://www.insidethemagic.net/2012/0...

That was the case in August (later in August it was rolled out in Epcot). As of October 2nd it's reportedly in the other places I've mentioned. By the end of the year Animal Kingdom and the Marketplace/Downtown Disney should have it. The rollout is happening pretty fast right now.

Sweet, By Feb when I go it should be EVERYWHERE!

LouZiffer wrote:

That was the case in August (later in August it was rolled out in Epcot). As of October 2nd it's reportedly in the other places I've mentioned. By the end of the year Animal Kingdom and the Marketplace/Downtown Disney should have it. The rollout is happening pretty fast right now.

Yup, that's definitely what I observed. Not totally sure they have enough infrastructure built out to satisfy demand since it seems to unceremoniously stop processing request without dropping the connection, but it's a start. The only waiting area I had trouble in was near the underside of splash mountain.

Groan you also get to see the revamped test track in Epcot and the bulk of the fantasyland expansion. Jealous!

I just booked our trip in March last night I can't wait! This is still one of my favorite vacation spots, I don't care what anyone says lol. I'm pretty excited to see the new Fantasyland area too. And Test Track, even though that looks to be just a reskinning (I could be wrong). Plus this year my daughter will finally be 42 inches, which opens up a whole new world of rides to her! Can't wait.

We're going to stay at Port Orleans for 6 nights. Anyone stayed there before?

PS: For anyone looking into booking, the dining plan is fantastic. We got the quick service (fast food essentially) one last time we went, this time we're getting the table service plan. Disney really has some excellent restaurants, and this is actually one of the parts I'm looking forward to the most.

When is considered the "off" season? I've been twice in February and March. The second time I was there I remember that the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride was closed and drained.

Edit: I guess I'm just curious if anything is shut down for long term maintenance.

Omaha wrote:

We're going to stay at Port Orleans for 6 nights. Anyone stayed there before?

I, my parents and my two sons (then aged 7 and 5) stayed at Port Orleans Riverside three years ago and loved it. (Note that there are two Port Orleans resorts: Riverside and French Quarter. They are located next door to each other but are separate resorts). Pros of Riverside include the great facilities, including food court, gift shop, lobby, and pool, which were all great. Riverside is also very well themed; it feels very peaceful there. The rooms themselves are fine. The biggest con was that it's a rather sprawling resort, meaning that depending on where your room is you might do a lot of walking just to get from place to place within the resort. Having said that, I'm thinking of staying the same place the next time we go. Both from my experience and from what I've read I think it might be the best of the "moderate" Disney resorts.

Omaha wrote:

We're going to stay at Port Orleans for 6 nights. Anyone stayed there before?

Our favorite moderate resort is PO: Riverside. It used to be called Dixie Landings when my wife and I went there frequently, and hasn't changed from those days. Very relaxing with lots of native wildlife, including owls if you get out early enough in the morning for a walk. We've also stayed in PO: French Quarter (used to be just Port Orleans) and go there for Beignets once every trip. The theming there is less relaxed, but still great. The main pool is a big highlight there.

Both parts of PO have boats to the Disney Marketplace. Those are a great way to go to a restaurant, do some shopping, and have some fun by taking in a movie or hitting DisneyQuest. They also add the marketplace as alternative destination if you're taking the Disney bus system back to your resort from somewhere else.

EDIT: Oh, and don't miss the quad bicycle/cars you can rent and drive around the resort. Those are fun!

Strewth wrote:

When is considered the "off" season? I've been twice in February and March. The second time I was there I remember that the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride was closed and drained.

Edit: I guess I'm just curious if anything is shut down for long term maintenance.

The best times we've gone are in September-October, and the week right after Thanksgiving. The week leading up to Thanksgiving is a madhouse. The Sunday after, everyone disappears like magic. Things gradually get busier week by week from there until it's a madhouse again around Christmas/New Year's. Things don't calm down again until March due to summer break in Brazil, then they start cranking back up again in April until you reach the summer peak season.

This may be a longshot, but has anyone done Disney Paris? We're heading to the continent next summer and are thinking if we are ever going to go there, now is the time since the kids will be 7 & 10. That said, I'm having are hard time finding the volume of information I get when I plan my DisneyWorld trips.

Stilgar Black wrote:

This may be a longshot, but has anyone done Disney Paris? We're heading to the continent next summer and are thinking if we are ever going to go there, now is the time since the kids will be 7 & 10. That said, I'm having are hard time finding the volume of information I get when I plan my DisneyWorld trips.

Been thinking of hitting there for my next adventure. Not sure I'm going to make it in my current pattern though: was at Tokyo Disney in 2009 and Disney World in 2011 (probably hit Disneyland in 2007, it's local so that noteworthy to my memory). Been saying I have to go to Disneyland Paris or Hong Kong in 2013. Shanghai Disneyland is suppose to open in 2015... hmmm... :p

Stilgar Black wrote:

This may be a longshot, but has anyone done Disney Paris? We're heading to the continent next summer and are thinking if we are ever going to go there, now is the time since the kids will be 7 & 10. That said, I'm having are hard time finding the volume of information I get when I plan my DisneyWorld trips.

I have been to Disney Paris twice with my wife and 4 kids. Feel free to ask here or pm any questions!

Awesome! I'll post them here in case anyone else is interested.

1) If you've been to the other parks, how does it compare in terms of size and experience?
2) How long would you visit to see the good stuff? One day? Three?
3) Given the different food culture, do you need to allow extra time for meals?
4) Do you need to stay near the park, or is Paris sufficient?
5) How were lines (excuse me, queues) when you were there, and what time of year did you go?
6) Anything awesome stand out for you that was a must see?
7) Anything horrible to avoid?

Ok, I think I've exceeded my limit, but I welcome any advice or experience you may give.