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December 2014

Disney World

Epcot

sunny 67 °F

I spent my last day at Disney at Epcot. I did not go to the Hollywood Studios park as that hasn't ever done too much for me. Epcot is a great experience. I did the Space mission to Mars ride, which is pretty intense and the Chevrolet Test Track ride, which is one of my favorites. I also jumped on the Land ride as well as the Living Seas ride. They remain very good rides. For dinner I went back to Downtown Disney. As I had done the first night, I went to the Irish Pub for a beer - a great pub with a wonderful selection of beer and whiskey, as well as good entertainment. Dinner was at the House of Blues. It was ok, but nothing to write home about. I was seated right at my reservation time.

Disney remains a wonderful adventure. The Magic Band system is great and makes your visit easy. You are limited to how many rides per day in each park that you can make a reservation for, as Disney want's to slow you down and stay longer. For the most popular rides, a reservation is essential, as some of the wait times in 'standby' were up to 90 minutes for the coasters. You can also make dinner reservations, character appointments and much more. Plus the Disney Experience iphone and android app, lets you pull up your whole schedule on you smart phone for easy reference. No paper needed. As I said earlier, where you stay in the park determines how much time you spend waiting for and riding on the buses. For me, the resorts where you can walk or take a boat to Epcot, and the Magic Kingdom resorts are the best, but also the more expensive.
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Posted by rpickett 07:17 Archived in USA Tagged world disney Comments (0)

Disney World

Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney

sunny 60 °F

I spent the second day at the Magic Kingdom -definitely my favorite place at Disney, I did several of the rides including Pirates of the Caribbean and always enjoy wandering around watching the fantasy! My dinner this night was at the Cuban Bistro in Downtown Disney. I was an easy boat ride from the Port Orleans resort. The boats run until 11:30 at night, so it is an easy way to get to that destination. In the early days as I remember, Downtown Disney was focused on adult entertainment. Today that is far from the case. There were as many kids there enjoying the displays, restaurants and concerts as there were in the Magic Kingdom. Disney is totally rebranding the area, and there were construction barriers up throughout the whole complex. I was again seated right at the time of my reservation, and had a tasty dinner.
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Posted by rpickett 07:07 Archived in USA Tagged world disney Comments (0)

Disney World

Dinner and the resort

Last night's dinner was at the Biergarten restaurant in the Germany exhibit in World Showcase in Epcot. The dinner is buffet style with family seating, German servers and some excellent German beer. My table mates were a nice couple from Jefferson City MO, who wanted to do Disney without the kids to see what they missed the last time they were here. I had a 7:05pm reservation, and I was seated in about 10 minutes. The food was good, and the German show band was wonderful. Epcot in the evening is a bustling place, especially during the holidays. I am staying at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort which is in the Downtown Disney sector of the park. Location is everything when visiting Disney. Because you have to bus to everything from a majority of the resorts, the transport time can be considerable. It took me almost 85 minutes to get from the resort to the Germany pavilion. I was going to allow only an hour, but decided to go a little early. There was a considerable wait at the resort for the bus, and, due to the loop it takes, there were four more resort stops at the Port Orleans facility before we headed to Epcot. However, the ride home was good - with only a few minute wait for the bus, and a 10 minute ride to the resort, as my stop was the first stop in the loop.

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Posted by rpickett 06:47 Archived in USA Tagged world disney Comments (0)

Disney World

Animal Kingdom

overcast 60 °F

Since I was in Florida for some family business, I decided to spend a few days at Disney World, updating my experience there. They have instituted a Magic Band electronic ticketing and reservation system that I wanted to make sure that I understood. I am staying at the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort in a river view room. This resort is in the downtown Disney area and you can take a boat to the complex, which I will do tomorrow. I decided to do the Animal Kingdom today, which is relatively quick to go through without little ones. The Expedition Everest roller coaster is robust for Disney, and not being a roller coaster person, was plenty to get that urge out of me. Going backwards, dropping in total darkness is about the most excitement that I can take! I also did the Kilimanjaro safari, which is always fun, even if you have been on safari in South Africa, which was an earlier trip. Dinner tonight is in the German Beirgarten in Epcot, which I am looking forward to.
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