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Disney World

A March 2005 trip to Orlando by Igraine

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Disney World

Overview

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I've been to Disney World three times. Twice as a family vacation and once as a trip with the school band. Highlights of these trips include many of the rides (especially Carousel of Progress and Splash Mountain), the Disney All Star Music Hotel, and going around Epcot during the Food and Wine Festival.Quick Tips: Get to the parks as soon as they open and go straight for the most popular rides. Lines build up very quickly at these rides and don't get shorter until the end of the day, so you have to hit them early. I went once when Haunted Mansion had a 45 minute wait around noon, and it is only a moderately popular attraction!Think carefully about when to visit. Summer is hot and crow...Read More

Disney's All-Star Music Resort

Hotel | "All-Star Music Resort"

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We stayed in the Calypso themed area of the resort, which was great. It was very close to the breakfast area and the bus stop, which was a very good thing. Some of the rooms are a 10-minute walk from the bus stops, which isn't appealing at the end of a long day of walking around the parks. Requesting a room in a location that suits your needs is very important. The Calypso area suited our desire for minimal walking perfectly.This is the cheapest Disney hotel, which is reflected by the extremely small rooms. The room was almost uncomfortably small at times, and any more than four people would not be able to handle it. Luckily, we were only three, so the room worked fine, but it did feel a bit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2006

Disney's All-Star Music Resort
1801 WEST BUENA VISTA DRIVE
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
407-939-6000

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort

Hotel | "Grosvenor Resort at Walt Disney World"

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This is one of the best hotels in the Orlando area. It is located on Disney property right by Downtown Disney. You can walk there within five minutes! Bus service to the parks is also very reliable, although not quite up to the service you receive at a Disney hotel.The rooms are clean and spacious with comfortable beds. The TV had cable and showed the Disney station with information on the parks. Hotel amenities include dining, spa, pool, children's activities, and other such things. The restaurant was excellent for a hotel.This hotel is great for people who want more value for their dollar than a Disney hotel would give them. It's also a good choice for anybody who wants to be on ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 9, 2006

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort
1850 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407) 828-4444

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The Coronado Springs is a Disney moderate resort, which means it's a step up from the All Star and Pop Century, but a step below the ones surrounding the lake in front of the Magic Kingdom. It's worth the extra money compared to the budget resorts for the larger rooms and the far superior bus service.Bus service is fantastic. Four stops around the resort make every room an easy walk to a stop. You never have to wait more than ten minutes for the bus you want, and this resort does not share bus service with any other.The rooms are great. Spacious and clean, a family of four would have space to be comfortable. There is an ice machine and drink machine on every floor. There are three diff...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 31, 2006

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
1001 West Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407) 939-1000

Planet Hollywood

Restaurant

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I absolutely loved this restaurant! It's so much fun to eat at—with all the Hollywood decor and pictures of famous people around, who wouldn't have a great time?!The best part is by far all the props from well-known movies and TV shows. It's so much fun to go around and see all the famous Hollywood props. When I ate here, one of my favourite shows was Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and they had her spell book on display. I flipped out and took several pictures of it!The food is actually surprisingly good. Most themed places like this depend on the gimmick and not the food to attract customers, but Planet Hollywood is one of the few exceptions. I really enjoyed their spaghetti, and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 1, 2006

Planet Hollywood
1506 East Buena Vista Drive, Downtown Disney
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 827-7827

Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom

Attraction | "Magic Kingdom"

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Since most people know the basics of Disney World, I'm going to focus on two of my favourite attractions in the Magic Kingdom.My favourite attraction is Carousel of Progress. Unfortunately, this isn't a very popular one, so it's only open during the busiest times of the year. This attraction is a show where you watch an animatronic family go through the years and discuss new technology around their home. It sounds boring and dry, but parts are very funny and it holds your attention surprisingly well. The song that plays during scene changes is very catchy - I have the whole thing memorized. A must-see attraction!Another favourite of mine is Splash Mountain. This may look like a typical...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2006

Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom
Interstate 4 At U.S. Highway 192
Orlando, Florida
(407) 824-4321

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Attraction | "Disney - MGM Studios"

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I've found that you have to be a little older to enjoy this park. It is really geared towards teens, with The Tower of Terror and Rockin' Roller Coaster being the prominent attractions in the park.I really enjoyed Tower of Terror, as I'm a big fan of free-fall rides. The theme of this attraction is awesome as well, with its creepy Hollywood Hotel decor.Rockin' Roller Coaster is the biggest and scariest roller coaster in Disney World, and the only one that goes upside down. It's exhilarating and tons of fun. Most of the other attractions in the park are live shows, which all have top notch talent. The best live show is Fantasmic, which takes place at night. It's an awesom...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2006

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

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Epcot is divided into two separate sections called Future World and the World Showcase. Future World is designed to showcase the most modern technology available in today's world. This is also the section of the park where most of the rides are. World Showcase houses exhibits of various world countries, but very few have something to do within their pavilions besides shopping and food.One of the most popular rides is Test Track, where you ride in a car going through a series of tests. Lines get long and the ride is frequently shut down for various reasons throughout the day, so see this attraction first if it's a priority. Mission Space, where you are an astronaut, is another huge attr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 30, 2006

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Orlando, Florida