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Walt Disney World, 16 Months Later

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A March 2005 trip to Orlando by Emily Marie

Cracker Jack Stadium Photo, Orlando, Florida More Photos
Quote: This was a return trip to the WDW resorts. Since many things didn't change, instead of editing my old reports, here are additional entries highlighting the new things we saw.

Walt Disney World, 16 Months Later

Overview

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EPCOT is still my fave, and it keeps getting better. With attractions for kids and adults (and both), it is hard to run out of things to do. Turtle Talk with Crush and the Beatles tribute band British Invasion were our favorite "new" finds. Magic Kingdom is always a must as well and the one park you must do if just because it's Magic Kingdom.Quick Tips: Go in the off-peak season. My last three trips there were in fall or winter, and it's a great break from the cold. It's also fairly empty, and while there are some things that aren't open seasonally, I think that what is open is worth what you lose. Stay on property, as the Disney resorts offer such benefits as a good transportation system and...Read More

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

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Hotel

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This was my first time at one of the "moderate" Disney resorts, and it's my favorite level of resort. The "deluxe" hotels now just seem way too pricy for me, and you get much more bang for your buck going "moderate" than to the "value" resorts. The CBR is large, with 30-plus guest buildings. They are broken up into "villages" of about five units, and buses to the parks, and going around the resort itself, stop conveniently near the middle buildings of the villages. Each village has its own quiet pool and a beach area with volleyball nets and hammocks. The rooms are nice. The basic rooms have a two-sink vanity, two beds, and air-conditioning and ceiling fans. My travel companion, John, works as ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 11, 2005

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
900 Cayman Way
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
407-934-3400

Shutter's at Old Port Royale

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Restaurant | "Shutter's "

Shutter's at Old Port Royale Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Like so many Disney restaurants, Shutter's fits into the environment of its surroundings. The dining room is the same design as the rest of the building, and the food has a Caribbean flair to it. For appetizers, we tried a three-dip combination platter, which included hummus and a curry dip... I forget what the third dip was, but it was good, if not memorable. At $3 for this dish (you eat it with the bread they leave for you on the table), we were very happy. We also enjoyed a gorgonzola, tomato, and garlic starter, with nice large chunks of garlic cloves. If my travelling companion wasn't a vegetarian, I wanted to try the green mussels as well. For a main course, I tried the prime ri...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 11, 2005

Shutter's at Old Port Royale
Caribbean Beach Resort
Walt Disney World, Florida
(407) WDW–DINE

Coral Reef: Living Seas Pavilion at EPCOT

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Restaurant | "Coral Reef"

Coral Reef: Living Seas Pavilion at EPCOT Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is the most upscale restaurant I have eaten at yet at Disney. The Coral Reef is part of the Living Seas pavilion in Future World, but not part of the exhibit. The entrance is actually around to the right side of the building and is easily missable if you don't know about it. In fact, when we went to our lunch reservation, my friend and I first went into the main entrance and into the exhibit before being told we were in the wrong place. The setup is very nice. The dining room is dark and spacious. The room has something like three rows of tables, all built on ramps, one above the other. The reason for this somewhat unique design is that one wall of the dining room looks into the main aquari...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 21, 2005

Coral Reef: Living Seas Pavilion at EPCOT
Epcot Center
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
+1 407 939 3463

Cracker Jack Stadium

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Attraction

Cracker Jack Stadium Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Cracker Jack Stadium at the Disney Wide World of Sports is a huge disappointment. This is surprising, considering the expected excellence of both the Braves and Disney. The complex is one of the more attractive stadiums I’ve been to. It is the size of a AAA team’s park. It has a springy feel to it and is patterned in a Spanish style, with most of the building a pale stucco, with a few tile motifs adorning the walls. There is a grassy hill wrapping around left field, which looks well-kept and fun, especially for fans with kids. Maps and signs seem very understandable, and even if you can’t find your seats, the ushers are friendly and helpful. This is a place which sets off fireworks for...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 15, 2005

Cracker Jack Stadium
Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex 700 South Victory Lane
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

EPCOT

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Story/Tip

Das Bells Photo, Orlando, Florida
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EPCOT is my favorite Disney park. Here are some things that stick out from my latest trip to this park. First off, for the Disney newbie, here’s a little basic description and history. EPCOT stands for "Experimental Prototypical City of Tomorrow." When Disney first bought the land for Disney World, it was Walt’s vision for EPCOT to literally make it a city and not an amusement park. Disney employees would have lived here in a clean, well-organized suburban neighborhood (all transportation within EPCOT was to be by monorail or electric mass-transit, like the "Tomorrowland Transit Authority" ride at the Magic Kingdom), and the hotels for Disney World were to be here too. Walt died shortly ...Read More

DisneyQuest

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Yo ho, yo ho! Photo, Orlando, Florida
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DisneyQuest This large building in Downtown Disney is billed as an interactive theme park. The name is pretty appropriate, as there are a number of rides and tons of activities. Beyond that, though, DisneyQuest promotes personal creativity more than any other attraction in Walt Disney World. From learning to draw like the pros to making your own toys to creating your own roller coaster, DisneyQuest lets one’s imagination run wild. Yes, they do have rides at DQ, although few of them go anywhere far. In fact, I think I only rode one moving ride. That would be the Buzz Lightyear ride, in which two "players" team up. The ride is a cross between bumper cars and dodgeball. Th...Read More