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Orlando with the Girls

A November 2004 trip to Orlando by supermom1

Quote: Orlando isn't just for kids. There is lots of shopping, great restaurants, and wonderful accommodations.

Diamond Resorts Grand Beach

Hotel | "Embassy Vacation Resort Orlando"

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This is my home resort, and I love it. Everyone who visits there with me is so impressed. It's reminiscent of the Grand Floridian with its white exterior and red roof. It is located on a private lake, Lake Bryan, just a couple of miles from the Magic Kingdom and Disney Village. The premium outlets are close by as are several good restaurants. The units all have three bedrooms, three large baths, and a huge living/kitchen/dining area. We love the screened-in porches in every unit. Ask for a lake view. The units are very well equipped, with TVs and a DVD player and stereo in each room. It's clean and beautiful. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The only minor drawback is that there is...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2004

Diamond Resorts Grand Beach
8317 Lake Bryan Beach Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32821
(407) 238-2500

California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Restaurant | "California Grill"

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This beautiful restaurant is at the top of the Contemporary Hotel overlooking the Magic Kingdom. It's the perfect place to catch the Magic Kingdom fireworks show at 8 pm (in the off season.) We made reservations for 8 pm. Be there on time with your entire group to get seated. The place was crowded, as everyone was waiting to watch the fireworks. We watched from the walkway outside the restaurant. Beautiful! And our meal was excellent! The only drawback was the snooty person who checked us in and rudely asked if we had reservations (we did) because "if we didn't, we were out of luck." He wasn't your usual friendly Disney employee, but the lady working the check-in desk was sweet and friendly...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2004

California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort
4600 North World Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407) 934-7639

Bahama Breeze

Restaurant

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Call 15 minutes before you arrive and they will put your name on a preferred list. If it's cool, you can wait outside around a huge circular fireplace and have a drink. The food is excellent for a chain. Try the Jerk Chicken Pasta. It was excellent, as was the Tilapia on a bed of greens and a tortilla at the bottom. We all loved it!

It's also very pretty inside. We were all adults, but we saw families with children. It's a place that can accommodate everyone, and yet also be a very nice dining experience.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2004

Bahama Breeze
8849 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
(407) 248-2499

Wolfgang Puck Cafe: Downtown Disney

Restaurant | "Wolfgang Puck"

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We had to try the Pmpkin Ravioli, his signature dish. It was to die for! The meatloaf and mashed potatoes were also fabulous. Great food! They also serve sushi, which I will try next time! It has a great atmosphere with inside and outside dining.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2004

Wolfgang Puck Cafe: Downtown Disney
1482 E Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 938-9653

EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Attraction | "Epcot Wine & Food Festival"

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We luckily visited during the time of this interesting festival. I recommend eating your meal at the various booths set up with food from different countries. We went to the Australian Wine Testing area, where we tasted five excellent Australian wines for $6. It was a great deal. The vendors were knowledgeable, friendly, and from Australia-love the accent. The food booths had small reasonably priced portions ($2 to $4), which allowed an opportunity to taste multiple items. Great fun!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2004

EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
Epcot Center
Orlando, Florida