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A November 2003 trip to Orlando by Emily Marie

Disneys All-Star Music Resort Photo, Orlando, Florida More Photos
Quote: Although I've been to Disney a number of times, I recently returned from spending my 30th birthday in Disney. Here are some reports from my most recent trip.

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In the Magic Kingdom: Pirates and Space Mountain always are my favorites. EPCOT: The new Mission Space ride is exciting and the launch sequence is fabulous, complete with the pull of gravity.Quick Tips: The Animal Kingdom was a letdown. My friends complained that they expected to see herds of animals on the plains during the safari ride, but they didn't see nearly as many animals as expected. If you must blow off a park, this is the one. Best Way To Get Around: If you're staying on the property, and have no need to go to Universal or other nearby attractions (or the city of Orlando itself), then just use the Disney transportation system. Buses connect the resorts to all the parks. Of...Read More

Disney's All-Star Music Resort

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Hotel | "All Star Music Resort"

Disney's All-Star Music Resort Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Disney’s All-Star resorts are a decent option for people and families that wish to experience Disney World on a relatively cheap budget. The three resorts are based on three entertainment industries (Movies, Music and Sports), with a fourth opening in December 2003 ("Pop Century"). My friends and I stayed in the All-Star Music Resort. Each of the three resorts consist of ten three-story buildings and one main hall. The main hall is a high-ceilinged building which houses check-in, guest relations, a large Disney store, arcade and a restaurant. The store offers the usual Disney gifts plus toiletries, bottled drinks and magazines. The restaurant is cafeteria-style and the menus change depending on ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 19, 2003

Disney's All-Star Music Resort
1801 WEST BUENA VISTA DRIVE
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
407-939-6000

Biergarten Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Biergarten"

Biergarten Restaurant Photo, Orlando, Florida
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I love German food. Therefore as I was planning this trip, I immediately made a reservation to eat at the Biergarten. When we ate there, I wasn't disappointed. The Biergarten is a buffet-style restaurant. At the time we went, the price was $14.95 for all you can eat, including deserts. That price however does not include beverages, alcoholic or otherwise. The food is basically a sampler of German cuisine. Sausages, pork, patatoes and cabbage are all represented. The schnitzel was chicken and not veal, perhaps for political correctness. The spatzel was some of the best I've had in the U.S. I didn't see any sauerkraut though, although I've heard they have served it at points. Deserts include puddi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 19, 2003

Biergarten Restaurant
Bavarian Village, Epcot, Walt Disney World
Orlando, Florida
(407) 939-3463

Cinderella's Royal Table at Cinderella Castle

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Restaurant | "Cinderella's Royal Table - Dinner"

Cinderella's Royal Table at Cinderella Castle Photo, Orlando, Florida
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As this trip was to celebrate my 30th birthday, I wanted to do everything right. That included having dinner in perhaps the most magical building in all of Disney World: Cinderella's Castle. During breakfast hours, Cinderella's Royal Table offers character-meeting breakfasts. By dinnertime, CRT is one of the upscale restaurants in the Magic Kingdom. Although it's not meant as a character meet-and-greet, Cinderella and Belle (from "Beauty and the Beast") were in the lobby greeting people while they waited to be seated. One of the people waiting said Cinderella will sometimes grace the patrons as they eat, but we did not see her again once she left the lobby. The dining room (accessible ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 20, 2003

Cinderella's Royal Table at Cinderella Castle
Magic Kingdom
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 824-4321

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This place is made to look like an old-time drive-in theater. Most of the "tables" are made out as 50's-style cars and face a small version of an old drive-in screen. B-movie trailers, "News of the Future" featurettes and ads for movie concessions stands are shown on the screen. Many of the hosts and waiters roll around on old-style roller skates. The food is typical Americana. Burgers, ribs . . . I had the ribs but wasn't overly impressed. They serve thick shakes, which fit into the era of the drive-in. For an appetizer, we all shared the artichoke dip. It was good if small. The place is fun, but not all that comfortable. Most of the tables are of the car variety and most patrons wait...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 21, 2003

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World, Florida 32830
(407) 939-3463

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

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Attraction | "Surfing at Typhoon Lagoon"

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Disney's Typhoon Lagoon staff members say that the park's wave pool is the biggest in the country and the second biggest in the world. With that in mind, they seem to live up to the cliché, "If you've got it, flaunt it." On certain days of the week, the park opens up early to offer surfing lessons. The prices seemed reasonable to me. For $135, they give you access to a surfboard, towels, lessons and two hours worth of surfing. The instructors run the Cocoa Beach Surf School and have all competed or won various surfing competitions. Two of the instructors were from the U.S. National Surf Team. The actual instruction took very little time. All they do is show you for a couple ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2003

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
1801 West Buena Vista Drive
Orlando, Florida

Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Attraction | "Animal Kingdom"

Disney's Animal Kingdom Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Disney's Animal Kingdom's slogan is "Nahtazu," which I presume is a made-up African-sounding word. Sound the word out, and it's "not-a-zoo," which the Animal Kingdom claims it is (or isn't), but during my time in the park, I kept thinking that a zoo is exactly how I would describe this place. Before I start describing my visit, I'll tell you that I come from the Bronx, and our zoo is probably one of the best in the world. Therefore, I may be spoiled, and what I consider zoo-like might be much more to others. Also, as the park closed at 5pm (earlier than any of the other parks), we didn't have as much time to explore as we had hoped. As soon as you enter, you walk past a number of smal...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 20, 2003

Disney's Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 824-4321

Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Attraction | "Disney-MGM Studios"

Disney's Hollywood Studios Photo, Orlando, Florida
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The cliché that comes to mind for me at Disney-MGM studios is "quality over quantity." This park is small, but it has some of my favorite attractions in Disney World. I'm a huge fan of "Star Wars," the Muppets, and "The Twilight Zone," and this park has attractions connected to all. Star Tours is a galactic sightseeing tour that goes awry. For me, waiting on line is almost as fun as the ride itself. Between R2 and 3PO and the videos of other destinations, waiting to board the ride is a charming time (although I had more fun in Euro Disney, where 3PO talks French and English . . . Protcol droid indeed!). Also the instructions are fun, with wookies and ewoks boarding the shuttle. Muppets...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 21, 2003

Disney's Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 824-4321