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Disney/Universal in February 2006

A February 2006 trip to Orlando by dmensing

Quote: This report includes the highlights of our week-long trip to Disney and Universal Studios.

Disney/Universal in February 2006

Overview

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The highlights of our trip were trying some new rides/attractions at Disney (Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom, Lights Motors Action Stunt Show at MGM, Turtle Talk with Crush, and Soarin' at Epcot), revisiting our old favorites (Rockin Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror at MGM , and the "mountains" at Magic Kingdom). Expedition Everest is currently in "soft opening". The official opening isn't scheduled to occur until mid-April. If you are visiting prior to mid-April, call the Disney information number 407-WDW-Info before going to Animal Kingdom to get an idea if the ride will be running. They can't guarantee the information, but will give you a guideline on whether to attempt riding. This...Read More

Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort

Hotel | "Fairfield Bonnet Creek Resort"

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Best Things Nearby:Epcot, MGM Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Downtown DisneyBest Things About the Resort:It is brand new. Nice pool, lazy river. Location is great for Disney vacation.Resort Experience:Fairfield Bonnet Creek resort is Fairfield's newest Orlando Resort. It is still in the construction phase, with only one building finished at the time of this writing, but the second building should be ready this summer with work underway on other buildings. The clubhouse has many nice amenities, such as a workout room, small arcade, recreation room with free Internet connections, pool table, and large screen TV, and a small bar/snack sh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2006

Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort
9560 Via Encinas
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
(407) 238-3500

Earl of Sandwich

Restaurant

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Earl of Sandwich, in Downtown Disney Marketplace, has a great variety of large, delicious sandwiches at a great price (by Disney standards). They make the sandwiches to order, and you are given a number that will be called when your order is ready. Based on the crowds we encountered off season, it looks like the secret is out and it is very popular. The demand for seating far outstripped the supply in the restaurant. If possible, try to go before or after peak lunch/dinner times. Here is a link to their menu courtesy of Allearsnet.com: http://www.allearsnet.com/menu/menu_eofs.htm.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2006

Earl of Sandwich
Downtown Disney
Orlando, Florida

Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf

Attraction | "Winter Summerland Miniature Golf"

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This was our first opportunity to try the Winter Summerland Miniature Golf, located next to Blizzard Beach. Since it was the middle of the day midweek in February, we practically had the whole place to ourselves. Like all Disney attractions, this miniature golf course has a story behind it. I found the following story regarding the creation of the courses: "Late one moonlit Christmas Eve, as Santa was flying over Florida on his way back to the North Pole, he glanced down and could not believe what he saw. Santa found snow in a place that is usually hot. After surveying the strange location, he decided to build a vacation destination for his off-duty elves--a Winter Summerland. The only thing Winte...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2006

Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf

Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 560-3000

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The event that made our trip magical was being the Grand Marshals of the Magic Kingdom Parade. It was our son's birthday, and last day of our vacation. We all agreed that this special day would have to be spent at the Magic Kingdom. We had visited Magic Kingdom earlier in the week, so we didn't have specific plans other than to have fun and revisit our favorite rides/attractions. Typically, we are at a park at rope drop, but this day, we were taking it easy and didn't arrive until 9:30am. We stopped into City Hall to pick up a birthday button for my son. As we exited, Pluto was there signing autographs and offering pictures. Coincidentally, our kids had their Pluto hats on from the previou...Read More