New Orleans Journals

A Road Trip New Orleans to Walt Disney World

A May 2004 trip to New Orleans by kimntrent

Universals Islands of Adventure Photo, Orlando, Florida More Photos
Quote: We drove the Gulf Coast from New Orleans, LA, to St. Augustine, FL, down the Atlantic to Walt Disney World, FL.

Casa Monica Hotel

Hotel | "Casa Monica"

Casa Monica Hotel Photo, St. Augustine, Florida
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A luxurious hotel for medium prices. This hotel is one of the oldest structures in the oldest city in the U.S. Casa Monica is rich in history and beauty. The lobby (pictured) is grand, with dark woods and beautiful drapes. There is a wrap-around porch on the hotel street level. The pool is raised in the center of the hotel and can be reached two ways (pictured). One way is by the sweeping staircase that Thomas Kinkade paints in his pictures. The rooms were warm and spacious, with white blankets and curtains (pictured). This truly is a great hotel, worth every penny. It's one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 23, 2004

Casa Monica Hotel
95 Cordova Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904) 827-1888

Hotel Monteleone

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Hotel Monteleone Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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This hotel is my favorite in New Orleans. Set on Rue Royal one block south of Bourbon Street, this hotel has it all. As you enter into to hotel from the street, you go up two stairs to the lobby. Set in the center of the lobby are giant, round couches that surround huge vases of flowers. To the right of the lobby is the Carousel Bar. This bar has a night’s sky and a rotating carousel bar. **Hint: Do not sit at this bar if you have put back several drinks. It may make your night worse.** Just past the couches there is a concierge desk, where a person sits willing to help you fill all your adventure needs. Just past that is the reception desk. To the left of the reception desk is a Greyhound T...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 24, 2004

Hotel Monteleone
214 Rue Royale
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 523-3341

Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside

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Hotel | "Port Orleans Riverside (Dixie Landings)"

Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside Photo, Orlando, Florida
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The Port Orleans Riverside (Dixie Landings) is a very charming, moderate hotel. Although it is not right next to any of the theme parks here at Walt Disney World, it is still my favorite of the hotels. As you pull up, you feel like you have been transported back to the Southern bayou days when gators roamed free. The lobby is beautiful. The reception area is located to the right of the hub of the lobby. To the left is the general store, where you can get a lot of your Disney goodies. Just past that on the left is a small bar where they have acts performing nightly. And beyond that is a pathway that leads you to Boatrights dining hall, a sit-down restaurant that offers breakfast and dinner. Or ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 4, 2005

Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside
1251 Riverside Dr
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
407-934-6000

Marriott Legends Edge at Bay Point

Hotel | "Marriott's Legends Edge"

Marriott Legends Edge at Bay Point Photo, Panama City Beach, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:The beaches are beautiful.Best Things About the Resort:This resort is brand new. When we stayed here, it was still being completed. But the best part about this place is that there is nothing around it.Resort Experience:It was beautiful. We had a two-bedroom condo for under $150. It had a screened porch that we sat out on, and we overlooked the pool and water. See the pictures. The room was spacious, and it had a master bedroom with an oversize soaking tub and a bedroom on the opposite side of the room. It had a pull-out sleeper sofa in the living room area. There was also a washer and dryer, along with all the modern amenities of a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 24, 2004

Marriott Legends Edge at Bay Point
4000 Marriott Drive
Panama City Beach 32408
(850) 236-4200

Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort Villas,  I-Drive/Orlando Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea WorldBest Things About the Resort:The resort is a city unto itself. It is on International Drive, so there are many restaurants within an arm's reach.Resort Experience:This was a very suprisingly beautiful resort. It is the new Sheraton timeshare in Orlando. They are still selling vacation ownership for it. We reserved a two-bedroom unit for $150 that slept six comfortably. It can sleep eight, though. Our unit overlooked the pool area, and at night it lights up so pretty. The rooms were very open, with a kitchen right as you entered the room, and to the left was a room with two double beds (see pict...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2005

Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort Villas, I-Drive/Orlando
12401 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821
(407) 238-5000

Cafe Du Monde

Restaurant

Cafe Du Monde Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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What an awesome little café. They're open 24 hours a day. You sit down, have a few beignets with all that powdered sugar, a cup of joe with or without chicory, or hot chocolate, and watch the world go by. They don’t offer anything other than beignets. No eggs, potato, bacon, or toast here. But it’s a not-to-miss when you go to New Orleans. This café is always packed. They do have a small indoor section, but mainly patio seating under an awning. When it rains, they roll down the side awnings to have it enclosed. They also have a to-go window inside the restaurant. Have patience, and don't hesitate to be aggressive when a table does open up, you will not be the only one that wants it. Also, most of t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 23, 2004

Cafe Du Monde
800 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 525-4544

Court of Two Sisters

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Court of Two Sisters Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Court of Two Sisters is one of my favorite places for brunch, which is served 7 days a week from 9am to 3pm and with a jazz trio starting at 9:30am. We have been two times. The first time we sat inside next to the jazz band. We took two little girls, and they were entertained the entire time. The floors are marble, and one wall is entirely windows while the other wall is made up of mirrors. The windows overlook a gorgeous courtyard, where you can dine as well. The second time we sat in the courtyard under wisteria plants. The tables are set on old bricks, so in some places they wobble a little. The brunch is buffet-style. There is much traditional New Orleans fare to choose from...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 4, 2005

Court of Two Sisters
613 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 522 7261

Kona Cafe

Restaurant

Kona Cafe Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Kona is a wonderful little café set in the Polynesian Resort. There are actually three dining choices here: Ohana, Kona, and the Spirit of Aloha show. We have dined at all three, and they are all great in their unique way. Kona is located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House (lobby). From the monorail, you enter the house, and it's to your left. From the buses, you enter the house and go up the stairs or the elevator at the back of the building. Or, for a great walk, take transportation to the Ticket and Transportation Center and follow the signs to the Great Ceremonial House. It's a beautiful walk. This restaurant is an open-air restaurant with no walls dividing it from the rest of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2005

Kona Cafe
1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Orlando, Florida
(407) 939-3463

'Ohana

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'Ohana Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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‘Ohana is one of my favorite restaurants in Walt Disney World. This restaurant is set inside the Polynesian Resort, on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House. It is toward the back of the house, going out to the pool area. The restaurant is open for a character breakfast, as well as dinner. Reservations are suggested, and for the prime seating, they should be made several weeks in advance. Prime seating is next to a window overlooking Cinderella’s Castle and the Magic Kingdom. Prime dining time is right at fireworks, during which they dim the lights and pipe in the fireworks music. It is a not-to-miss. ‘Ohana means ‘family’, and this restaurant really makes you feel like that. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2005

'Ohana
Disney's Polynesian Resort
New Orleans, Louisiana 32830
(407) 939-3463

Cinderella's Royal Table at Cinderella Castle

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Restaurant | "Cinderella's Royal Table"

Cinderella's Royal Table at Cinderella Castle Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Cinderella’s Royal Table is a one of our family's treats when we come to Walt Disney World. This restaurant is sure to make any little prince or princess’s dreams come true, and maybe even a few big people's, too. How often do you get to dine inside a castle--let alone Cinderella’s castle? This restaurant offers a character breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The entrance for the restaurant is located to the left of the castle, if you looking from Fantasyland. As you enter, you come into this beautiful great room with a giant stone fireplace and huge, vaulted ceilings. There are thrones where you can rest your bum while you wait for your table. You may even get a visit from Cinderella herself. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2005

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

Cracker Barrel Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel

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Restaurant | "Cracker Barrell"

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If you are traveling through the South, stop at a few Cracker Barrels. Not just one, but a few. Believe me, you will be happy you did. On our road trip, we stopped at Cracker Barrels in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Orlando, and every time we did, there was something new and wonderful for us to try. They are open from 6am to 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 6am to 11pm Friday and Saturday. It’s an old-fashioned restaurant with the best hospitality around. The wrap-around porch has rocking chairs in every size from little bums to big bums to two-people-in-one-chair bums. They have wine barrels that have been converted into checker boards, as well. When you enter the restaurant, you are t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2005

Cracker Barrel Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel
700 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 613-2330

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Attraction | "Universal Studios Island of Adventure"

Universal's Islands of Adventure Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is really a two-day park. Everyone had told us it would take only one day, but that's not true. The park rivals Walt Disney World. Island of Adventure is great; with its amazing roller coasters and kids' rides, there's something for everyone. They have pubs and Green Eggs and Ham all under one park's roof. Dividing the two is City Walk. If you want to dine anywhere there, make reservations before the day is over. It is packed at night. Universal Studios is great. Much more detail than the one in Hollywood. This is an awesome park overall.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 23, 2004

Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida

Daytona 500 Experience

Attraction | "Daytona USA"

Daytona 500 Experience Photo, Daytona Beach, Florida
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If you are a racing fan, this is the place to go. Daytona USA is located at the home of the Daytona 500. This is the kickoff to the NASCAR season. What better place to check out the drivers, the cars, and the history. It is perfect for the whole family. This 60,000 square foot area has several things to entertain you, from a tour of the track and infield of the Daytona race track to the Richard Petty driving experience and to an interactive area where you can ride in the cars, work in the pits, and watch the NASCAR movie. There is a great store to purchase all that NASCAR merchandise that you want and a small café to top it off. It is perfect for the whole family. This year, 2004, they had ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2005

Daytona 500 Experience
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
(386) 947-6800

Oak Alley Plantation Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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This plantation is beautiful—one of the most historic places in the area, I think. Set off the Mississippi River, the path of oak trees directs you to a beautiful plantation home, where your tour begins. Inside, you are guided through the various rooms of the actually quite small home. The pictures I have of the inside are from the second floor, looking onto the entryway and the dining area. The cloth contraption you see above is a fan, with which a servant would fan both the flies and heat away during meals. The plantation has a wrap-around porch that provides beautiful views of the grounds. There are also servants’ quarters here, along with a gift shop and blacksmith shop, a small restaurant for a s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 2, 2005

Oak Alley Plantation
3645 Highway 18 (Great River Rd,)
New Orleans, Louisiana 70090
225-265-2151

Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival

Attraction | "Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival"

Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This was our first year at the International Flower and Garden Festival, and it was amazing. Epcot is all decked out with flowers from all over the world. Below are several pictures of flowers from within the park, just to give you an example of what you will see. This festival runs through May, and both sides of the park participate. On the Future World side, you see various flower exhibits, along with demonstrations. On the World Showcase side, you will see how each country uses flowers in its region. My favorite was France, with its roses. There are flower-power bands that play at the America stage throughout the month. For information on who will be there, check out Walt Disney World's website cl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2005

Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival
Epcot Center, Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World, Florida

SpectroMagic

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SpectroMagic Photo, Orlando, Florida
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SpectroMagic is Walt Disney World’s version of the Main Street Electrical Parade. Although it really is very different in style, they carry the same base - lights and night time. For this parade, you must line up about 1 hour in advance. I tend to go on Main Street or back by Splash Mountain, where it will end. This really is the least crowded place. But if you want a great view for the fireworks, then stay closer to Main Street. If these two places are taken, Liberty Square is good. We have sat across from the Liberty Bell. This parade encompasses all of the Disney magic. The characters are decked out in nighttime attire. I have added a few pictures so you can see. This parade runs duri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2005

SpectroMagic
Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World, Florida

DisneyQuest Interactive Theme Park

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Attraction | "DisneyQuest"

DisneyQuest Interactive Theme Park Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Are you looking for something to do when it rains or is cold or is way too hot and humid? Yes, in Florida, it does it all. Well, here you have spent all this money on tickets, so get you into everything. Have you really gone to everything? Many people forget about DisneyQuest, an Indoor Interactive Theme Park on Downtown Disney’s West Side. Why would you want to go there when there is so much to do everywhere else? To start, your tickets usually include it. If you have a flex pass or an annual pass, then 9 times out of 10, it does. After all of the parks close, this is a great place to go. They have the best burger in Walt Disney World at their café. It is called Foodquest and is located on ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 25, 2005

DisneyQuest Interactive Theme Park
1486 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
+1 407 828 4600

E-Ride Nights

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If you want something that very few people can get, try E-Ride Nights. It is available at the Magic Kingdom and is a special after-hours event held on select nights throughout the month. Nights vary from month to month. This event does cost extra from your admission to the park. It is $12.72 for adults and $10.60 for children ages 3 to 9. The great part of this is that you must be staying at a resort hotel to get in. No off-site, no day-trippers allowed. The tickets are very limited--I think there are only 5,000. The park is open rain or shine for this event. You must purchase your tickets at your resort, so either do it the night before or first thing in the morning. What do you get? Well,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2005

E-Ride Nights
Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, Florida

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This road trip was amazing. I highly suggest that everyone take one in their lifetime. We flew into New Orleans and stayed there for three days. From New Orleans, we rented a van from Alamo. We took I-10 through to Biloxi, then drove down to Biloxi on the the beachfront and stopped at a Waffle House for breakfast. The casinos there are amazing. From Biloxi, we went back up to I-10 and drove over Mobile Bay before turning down to Robertsdale in Alablama. There we stopped at Sonic Drive-In for a snack. From there, we drove the Gulf Highway to Panama City, turned in our van there, and rented two cars from Avis (no drop-off fees in Florida). We drove to Jacksonville, where we ate at a Cracker Barr...Read More