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A November 2003 trip to Orlando by robandlynn

Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Lake Buena Vista/Orlando Photo, Orlando, Florida More Photos
Quote: We spent five days enjoying the Magic Kingdom. We spent two days at Disney World and a day each at the MGM Studios, Wild Animal Park, and Epcot. The weather was excellent for Florida, with temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s. We traded over a year in advance for the Sheraton Vistana Resort. We will never stay there again! We were out and about most of the time anyways, but I was pretty grossed out with the place.

Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Lake Buena Vista/Orlando

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Hotel | "Sheraton Vistana Resort"

Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Lake Buena Vista/Orlando Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:Disney World is right around the corner, although it took quite a long time to get there. It is about a few miles, but took about 15 minutes to get to a parking spot. Sea World and Universal are all within a short driving distance from the condos. There are also a plethora of restaurants very close. Best Things About the Resort:The timeshare was very spacious. That's about it. Resort Experience:Sheraton Vistana Resort has everything. There are pools in every section, games rooms, and a variety of activities thru out the week. They even have a Mary Kay lady come to show you some makeup techniques. The resort is pretty huge. A f...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 1, 2003

Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Lake Buena Vista/Orlando
8800 Vistana Centre Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821
(407) 239-3100

Ming Court

Restaurant

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My kids, ages 2 and 4, are already Chinese Food snobs. They liked the Chow Mein and the chicken dishes. So, they gave this restaurant two thumbs up. It was a little expensive but very good. The waiter was not very excited to be assigned to the table with 2 kids. They didn't even throw food on the floor and were really good. They love Chinese food, so they pretty much scarf good food. He was just not kid friendly. They do have a koi pond outside that we frequented, while taking turns eating. They open the door for you while entering and leaving and stopped doing it for us after the second time of visiting the pond. They had some music in the bar area as we were leaving. It was pretty m...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 26, 2003

Ming Court
9188 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
(407) 351-9988

Jungle Jim's

Restaurant

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Jungle Jim's is an animal theme restaurant. They have zebras, elephants, etc decorated all over the restaurants. The bar has stools with just elephant legs. In the front there are a couple of pretty large animals that the kids can climb up on top for pictures. We didn't wait at all and we were pretty worried when there were very few people dining. It was a weekday night in November, so we attributed it to that and all the competition. I'm sure that the number of restaurants available are geared toward the busy season. So anyways, the food was not spectacular, but good. The food is similar to Red Robin or Chilis. I think this is a chain also, but we don't have them in Oregon. They have k...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 26, 2003

Jungle Jim's
12501 State Road 535
Orlando, Florida 32836
+1 407 827 1257

Burger King

Restaurant

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We swore that we wouldn't eat at Disney anymore (after eating hot dogs and fries for $40 earlier in the week) and only had an hour to get back to see the show at MGM Studio, so it was off to BK. We were able to eat some in the car and bring the rest inside, since Fantasmic at MGM Studios was outdoor seating and there was quite a wait before the show started. BK and MD are restaurants where you always know what to expect and kids love the fries.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 26, 2003

Burger King
7757 W Irlo Bronson Mem Hwy
Orlando, Florida 32801
(407) 239-4363

Walt Disney World

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Attraction | "Disney World"

Walt Disney World Photo, Orlando, Florida
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The park was opened from 9 until 7 because of the season. It was definitely not very crowded, but seemed to be at times. I would say the longest we waited in line was 20 minutes. We used the fast pass whenever we could for the more popular rides. The dates they are available are listed in the Disney brochure. The fast pass allows you to get a ticket for the particular ride for another time slot. When your time period comes up, you pretty much are able to walk right in. On the Splash Mountain ride, I had asked the attendant there what we should do regarding getting a fast pass because the line was only a 15 minute wait and she pulled out fast passes for the time we were there, so were able t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2003

Walt Disney World
Interstate 4 At U.S. Highway 192
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 934 7639

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Attraction | "Epcot- Future World"

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Epcot is definitely for the older crowd. Our kids, 2 and 4, were not very enthused about this theme park. We just spent a half day here. There are some rides here, but it is pretty limited. My daughter loved checking out the fish. My son was freaked out about getting into a dark theater, so there wasn't much for him and I to do other than laps around the bushes. My husband and daughter rode the Test Track. He was really unimpressed with the ride. He especially hated waiting in line for about 35 to 40 minutes for a two-minute ride. There is a firework display in the evening. The times are listed in the map and on the website. The website is also an excellent source to see clips o...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 26, 2003

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Orlando, Florida

Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Attraction | "Animal Kingdom"

Walt Disney World Photo, Orlando, Florida
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When we first got to the park, there were a few characters in the entrance for picture taking: the chipmunks, Rafiki and Tamon. As we were leaving we saw Stanley! He even had his fish. My daughter was just so excited to get to visit the Animal Kingdom, being a dino finatic. She loved triceratop spin ride. It was very similar to Dumbo, except with dinos. The Lion King Show was really action packed and fun for everyone! There was Simba, Pumba, Tamone, Rafiki and a bunch of dancers and singers. There was a lot of singing, dancing & entertaining!!! My kids were so excited!!! (After seeing all these exciting shows at Disney, my kids were unimpressed and bored with seeing The Singing Christm...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 27, 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's MGM Studios"

Disney's Hollywood Studios Photo, Orlando, Florida
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The rides are definitely for older kids, so we didn't go on them. Star Tours is in Anaheim, so we had gone on that ride pre-kids. Playhouse Disney was excellent. Everyone packs into this room and sits on the floor. My husband was grumbling about how he can't sit on the floor. The kids had so much fun. There is singing and dancing. They blow bubbles for the kids to catch. The line was pretty long. My son and I stayed in line while my daughter and husband were in the Voyage of the Little Mermaid, so it must have been at least a 30-minute wait, but well worth it after you get inside the door. The Voyage of the Little Mermaid, according to my husband, was kind of dark and spooky. M...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 27, 2003

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

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We had just been to Disneyland last year and a few other times prior, so we had ridden many of the rides and seen the shows at Disneyworld. The difference we saw was that everything was spread out. At Disneyland there is just Disney and California Adventure, whereas in Florida there are 4 theme parks to spread the rides and shows out. For example Star Tours in California is at Disney, but in Florida it is at MGM Studios. At Disneyland everything is packed into the two theme parks, which we found that we prefer. We were able to take a shuttle down the street to the entrance. Getting to and from our condo was more convenient. We really enjoyed our Disneyworld experience and seeing Animal Kingdom &...Read More