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My First Trip to Disney World!

A December 2006 trip to Orlando by *christyw*

Disneys Wilderness Lodge Photo, Orlando, Florida More Photos
Quote: Eight days in the most magical place on earth!

My First Trip to Disney World!

Overview

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In December of 2006, my husband and I took a wonderful trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL. Because it was close to Christmastime, all of the parks and resorts were decked out with beautiful decorations. Even though I got strep throat at the end of our trip, I can still say that it was wonderful! The best things were the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, and the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at the Disney Studios. We also took a day trip over to Cape Canaveral to try to catch the shuttle launch.Quick Tips: The best tip I can give is to research, research, research! You will have a much more relaxing time if you know what'...Read More
Disney's Wilderness Lodge Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This resort is so beautiful! It is modeled after a lodge in Yellowstone National Park. From the moment you step inside, it will just take your breath away! It has a very rustic feel, and there is a creek that flows from inside the lobby out to the pool area. There is also a geyser behind the pool by the lake that goes off every hour. The rooms are about the size of normal hotel rooms, but they are beautifully decorated and themed. Each room has a balcony, and you can get either two queen beds or a queen bed and bunk beds. They have recently renovated, and they now have flat screen televisions. The toilet and shower tub are separated from the sink area and in a separate little room. There is a refriger...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 15, 2007

Disney's Wilderness Lodge
901 West Timberline Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407) 824-3200

Columbia Harbour House Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is a counter service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom that serves mainly seafood. I had the fish basket which includes battered fish and french fries. My husband had the tuna sandwich, which came with potato chips. We both enjoyed our food. For dessert, I had the triple chocolate cake, which was pretty rich. My husband had the apple crisp, which he did not like at all. The best place to eat here is upstairs. We found a table by a little window. We would eat here again, and we recommend it for anyone that is spending the day in the Magic Kingdom.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 15, 2007

Columbia Harbour House
Magic Kingdom
Orlando, Florida

Rainforest Cafe Animal Kingdom

Restaurant | "Rainforest Cafe"

Rainforest Cafe' Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is a chain restaurant located at the Downtown Disney Marketplace. The atmosphere is really interesting, with lots of colors and animals everywhere. Every so often, they would have a "thunderstorm" and the place would come to life. Overall, we really enjoyed this restaurant. They serve all kinds of food here. We started out with the rainforest pita quesadillas, and we both thought they were very good. My husband had the shrimp platter, which he absolutely loved. I had the tree-top filet, which was a steak with a portobello mushroom. It was delicious, and it came with garlic mashed potatoes which were also delicious. Our service was very good. It can be pricey, but we really enjoyed our time here. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 15, 2007

Rainforest Cafe Animal Kingdom
505 N. Rainforest Road
Walt Disney World, Florida 32830
(407) 938-9100

Tusker House Restaurant

Restaurant | "Tusker House"

Tusker House Restaurant Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is a counter service restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom park. It is located in the Africa section of the park. As usual, the theming was wonderful. My husband had the salmon, and he said it was wonderful! I had the fried chicken sandwich with steak fries, which I also loved. For dessert, my husband had the cheesecake, and he said it was good. I had the chocolate cake, and I really liked it. We would definitely go to this restaurant again, and we highly recommend it to anyone visiting the Animal Kingdom Park.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 15, 2007

Tusker House Restaurant
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Orlando, Florida

Tony's Town Square Restaurant Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is a table service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom based on the movie, "Lady and the Tramp". This is a very pretty restaurant that serves Italian food. Our server was very informative and friendly. They brought bread with pesto sauce to our table. We started out with the soup as an appetizer. I don't remember the name of it, but it was very good. It had chicken and pasta in it. My husband had the seafood diavoli, which is described as "clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp, and salmon in a spicy tomato sauce". He really enjoyed this! I had the spaghetti with meatballs, and I thought it was very good. We had to have dessert, so we each got one and shared with each other. I picked out the ice cream bomb...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 15, 2007

Tony's Town Square Restaurant
Magic Kingdom
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 824-4321

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Attraction | "Backlot Express"

Disney's Hollywood Studios Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is a counter service restaurant at the Disney Studios. My husband got the grilled turkey & cheese sandwich with arugula and red peppers served with fries. I got the double cheeseburger with fries. It was just normal fast food. My husband got the marble cheesecake for dessert, and he liked it. I got the no-sugar added strawberry parfait. It was just ok. The atmosphere was very themed here as usual for Disney. We would probably eat here again.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 15, 2007

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

Flatbread Grill

Restaurant

Flatbread Grill Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is a counter service restaurant at the Disney Studios. It is an open air place with plenty of tables, and it is located next to the "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" playground, so you are dining next to large blades of grass - LOL! We both ordered the barbecued pulled pork sub with potato chips. It was pretty good. I've had better Bar-B-Q in the south, but for park fare, we liked it. For dessert, we both had the chocolate fudge cake, which was pretty rich. Overall, this was a pretty good place to eat, and we wouldn't be opposed to going there again.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 15, 2007

Flatbread Grill
Disney Studios
Orlando, Florida

Sunshine Seasons Food Court Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is a counter service restaurant located in the Land Pavilion at Epcot. This is a large food court with a lot of different selections. My husband chose the grilled vegetable Cuban sandwich, which he enjoyed very much. I got the Caesar salad with oak-fired chicken. It was also very good. For dessert, my husband got the soarin' Brulee'. He loved it! He could not stop talking about how good it was. I got the chocolate cake, and it was also very good. We would definitely eat here again!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 15, 2007

Sunshine Seasons Food Court
The Land Pavilion at Epcot
Orlando, Florida

Restaurant Marrakesh Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is a table service restaurant located in the beautiful Moroccan Pavilion inside the Epcot World Showcase. This is a very beautiful place. During your meal, some musicians will come out and play, and then the belly dancer will come out and entertain. She even chooses some children to dance with her. For drinks, my husband and I ordered the traditional mint tea. It was very good. For an appetizer, my husband ordered the Harir soup, which is described as "traditional hearty soup flavored with tomatoes, lentils and lamb". He said it was very good. I got the chicken bastilla, which is "baked layers of thin pastry stuffed with minced chicken and almonds, sprinkled with cinnamon and po...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 15, 2007

Restaurant Marrakesh
Morocco Pavilion, Epcot
Orlando, Florida
(407) 939-3463

Crystal Palace Restaurant

Restaurant | "Crystal Palace "

Crystal Palace Restaurant Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is a table service restaurant inside the Magic Kingdom. It is also a character meal with the characters from "Winnie the Pooh". Winnie, Eeyore, Piglet, and Tigger will all come by your table to say hello. It was a lot of fun meeting them. This is a buffet-style restaurant with a number of good foods to choose from. We did the lunch buffet, and we both enjoyed it very much! I think it was my husband's favorite meal of the trip. The dessert buffet was also very good. This is a place we will definitely come back to on our next trip!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 15, 2007

Crystal Palace Restaurant
Disney World Magic Kingdom
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 939-3463

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is a counter service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. It is typical fast food. My husband got the Meteor Meal, which is a 1/2 pound bacon double cheeseburger with fries. I got a Cosmic Creation, which is a 1/4 pound cheeseburger with fries. I got the no sugar added brownie for dessert and it was ok. My husband got the carrot cake, and he said that he liked it. This is a cute place to eat, so we would probably do it again. They also have entertainment in the form of a singing animatronic alien from New York, Sonny Eclipse. It is very cute.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 15, 2007

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
Disney's Magic Kingdom
Orlando, Florida
(407) WDW-DINE

Kringla Bakeri Og Cafe

Restaurant | "Kringla Bakeri Og Café"

Kringla Bakeri Og Cafe Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is a counter service restaurant in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. There is no indoor seating, just some tables under a cover outside. We both just got open-faced sandwiches. I got the turkey and my husband got the ham. They were just typical sandwiches - nothing special. What was good was the Jarlsberg and leek cheese soup. It was very good and creamy! For dessert, my husband got the cloudberry horn, which he didn't exactly rave about. I think he thought it was ok. I got the school bread, which everyone raves about. It was pretty good, but certainly not the best dessert I've ever had. I think next time we would probably eat somewhere else.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 15, 2007

Kringla Bakeri Og Cafe
Norway Pavilion At Epcot
Orlando

Le Cellier Steakhouse

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Le Cellier"

Le Cellier Steakhouse Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This is a table service restaurant located in the Canadian Pavilion of the World Showcase at Epcot. This is a steakhouse, and they are very popular, so it is a good idea to make reservations as soon as you can. I loved the ambience here. As the name implies, it is like dining in a cellar. There is low light and a lot of wood. To start out, the server brings bread to the table. They provide three types. I know one is white bread and one is pretzel bread, but I don't remember the other one. For an appetizer, my husband got the vine-ripened tomato stack with shiitake mushrooms, wilted spinach, and balsamic reduction. He said that it was very good. I got the Canadian cheddar cheese soup with sm...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2007

Le Cellier Steakhouse
Canada Pavilion at Epcot
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Magic Kingdom"

Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom Photo, Orlando, Florida
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The Magic Kingdom was the first park we visited at Disney World, and I have to say that it is my favorite! From the first moment we walked down Main Street and saw Cinderella's Castle, I was grinning like a kid, and I felt like a kid again. We had so much fun! We got there when they opened at 9am, so we got to see the opening ceremony, which is wonderful! When you are walking down Main Street, the workers are out waving to you as you go by. We got to do so many rides, most of them more than once. It was so much fun! My favorite at this park is "Mickey's Philharmagic". It is a 3-D show, and it is just wonderful! We also went to Mickey's house in Toontown. We got there at 10am when they drop the rope...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 16, 2007

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

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Disney's Animal Kingdom Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park is their newest one. The center image of the park is the Tree of Life, which has many animals carved into its trunk. This park was pretty crowded when we visited. I have heard that it often seems that way because the walkways are much smaller than in the other parks. We also visited on a Saturday, and I understand that the weekends are usually busier. This park has a lot of very beautiful areas with lush green foliage. I wish we had had more time so that we could have explored more.Most people would not call Disney’s Animal Kingdom their favorite park, but it still has a lot to offer, especially now that they have Disney’s newest roller coaster. Expedition Ever...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2007

Disney's Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 824-4321