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Disney baby one more time

8 Jun 2006  have made several trips to the area, some better than others
2.0 of 5 stars based on 7 votes

wonderful places to stay, cool things to do

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Orlando, Walt Disney World, Mainz
  • Category: Other
  • Traveler type: Culture, Shopping, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Students
  • Seasons: Winter, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Sheraton Vistana Resort - Lake Buena Vista
    Sheraton Vistana Resort - Lake Buena Vista, Orlando

    this place is awesome! Can everybody say SEVEN pools! Your kids, and maybe you, will never want to leave the resort, with all the pools to choose from, large and comfortable units, ponds with visiting geese and ducks, a bicycle transom to rent and roam the resort with. We were able to see the parks in the daytime, and frequently saw part of the fireworks over the theme parks from the pool at night. I have heard there are some who were dissapointed in some of the older sections, and we did stay in one of the fairly new areas, but we were in no way disappointed, from the ducks in the pond we could see from the screened porch to walking to the pools or game room. The resort is perfect for a trip to the Mouse.

  • 2. SeaWorld Adventure Park
    SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando

    nothing like a visit with Shamu the whale to delight everyone in your party. Recent additions of new attractions and shops are welcome.

  • 3. Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Sea World Int'l Center
    Hilton Grand Vacations at SeaWorld, Orlando

    Better than home, the units in this resort are HUGE! We had a two bedroom unit that was essentially a one bedroom condo combined with a studio apartment, which could be left open or locked off. Our son was amazed at his own "bachelor pad" ( he was 8). the studio side contained a queen bed plus a sofa bed, a TV, a full bath, a mini-kitchen as well as it's own balcony. The one bedroom side contained a large living room, a full dining room, a full and well equipped kitchen, a large master bedroom with a jacuzzi tub, bath and shower, along with 2 balconies. Everything was clean and quite nice. The pools were excellent, with a waterfall and one heated pool, which came in handy a few nights. We spotted exotic birds roaming the grounds a few times, and enjoyed the lake at the back of the property. Close to Universal and Sea World, don't forget to hit the front balcony/walkway at night to catch the fireworks over Sea World.

  • 4. Coral Reef Restaurant
    Coral Reef Restaurant, Orlando

    For a special occasion, though a bit pricey as are all Disney and Epcot restaurants, this place is not to be beat! Took my husband and son there while at Disney to celebrate my husband's birthday. It took a while to get seated, as we did not have reservations- would recommend making one to save time, but it was well worth the wait. Our server was polite, gracious and well trained. We were seated right next to the huge aquarium tank in the restarurant, so there was no shortage of something awesome to see while waiting or ordering. The food was wonderfully prepared, beautifully presented and graciously served. The waiter made sure to offer my husband a free dessert to celebrate his birthday. As we were eating, we began to notice that a bit of a crowd was gathering about our table, and discovered the reason why when my son exclaimed " 'Mom! It's Mickey - in the tank!" There beside us was Mickey the Mouse himself in bright yellow scuba gear floating toward our table and waving at the crowd! Nobody told us that could happen! Even my very grown husband and not so small son were entranced and thrilled, as was everyone else within sight. Don't try this if a small crowd of absolutely delighted people and children bothers you, but if not, this was the BEST!

  • 5. Lego Imagination Center, Downtown Disney Marketplace

    Is that really a HUGE dinosaur built completely from Legos in the water over there? No one can escape the awe that is inspired by seeing huge figures of dinosaurs, even tourists, built of Legos in larger than life size, next to a Lego store that lets you play with their product for hours. Moms- drop your husband and kids off here while you go shop, they will play happily for hours. Definitely don't forget the cameras, as no one who hasn't been will ever believe those big things rising from the lagoon are really made of only Legos!

  • 6. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
    Margaritaville, Orlando

    yeah baby, this is the place! Don't wait for hours to get a table, ask for a place on the "Porch of Indecision " and get seated in half the time, while you can overlook the entry to Universal Studios while you eat. (Go close to fireworks time). The food is superb, the atmosphere simply can't be beat, and there is usually live music on the porch late in the evening. The store is next door, and though a bit close and in need of expansion, it is not to be missed for any Jimmy Buffet fan anywhere. Have a drink, a huge burger and kick back to watch the crowds!

  • 7. Walt Disney World
    Walt Disney World, Florida

    Getting a little long in the tooth.
    Remember when Disney was so incredibly clean, so well and politely staffed, that no one could ever complain? It really wasn't that long ago. But Disney today is showing it's age in a big way. Almost nothing is new, a few favorites have closed and taken forever to reopen as something somehow less magiacal. Epcot is the same. How many times can one walk through the World Showcase in 100 degree heat and marvel when nothing has changed, how many times can one ride Splash Mountain or even Space Mountain when there is nothing new around the corner, you don't really understand the 'fastpass' system and a hot dog costs 6 bucks? Is it not really unfair to charge adult prices for a 9 year old? Millions have come and will come, but the price goes up and no one is a kid that should be, and the food is astronomical, all while so little is new. Disney is in serious need of some major updates- new attractions, cleaning up, more budget friendly savings and can we not get the smell out of those trams?

  • 8. Disney's All-Star Sports Resort
    Eiscafe Florenz, Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate

    stopped one night when the flight came in early a couple of years ago, and was MAJORLY disappointed. While it was certainly economically priced and pretty convenient, one really does not need to arrive tired and dragging a sleepy, heavy 5 year old to find that the food is outrageously priced in the resort, you have no clue how to get to anything else, and there is a foreign hair in your child's bed! We arrived in daylight, luckily, as the resort was a bit hard to find, but starving at dinnertime. We hauled just the necessities across the large parking lot since it was just for the one night, and then set out to find food for the tired and cranky 5 year old (who is really tall for his age and so heavy to carry) and the cranky husband, only to find a in the "resturant" a microwave small plate of generic spaghetti at about 6 dollars a plate. Pay it, you're exhausted. We then traipsed over to the pool, a nice zero entry pool that was very safe for kids at the shallow end and a great place to loll and meet a few other travelers. We thought now, what about that cocktail they mentioned? Hubby was a trooper, walked forever to the OTHER pool across the resort that had the drinks (don't ask what they cost). Then bedtime. It's 930 or 10 pm, your 5 year old is played out, your spouse is grumpy and you just need a few minutes of peace. You roll back the sheets to plop down your now pajamaed and bathed child onto ---WHAT? Those sheets are awfully wrinkly and suspiciously wadded up, and there is a hair in there that is NOT your own! Ewwwwwwwwwwwww! Call up the front desk, speak to the non-English speaking person and hear they will send someone up. Wait 30-40 minutes with the child now wallowing in your bed, which at least seemed moderately clean, and call the front desk again, wait another 30 minutes, call again and then finally have soemone drop a set of sheets to your door. NO apology. Put the sheets on yourself, talk the now seething spouse down off the ceiling, carefully move the now finally asleep 5 year old to his bed, and crawl exhausted and perturbed into your own.
    Oh, and for fun, complain to the management at checkout the next day. You might get a few rolled eyes and if you push, no discount, no "the room is on the house and we will never do this again", but maybe an offer that you can have a free night for your next stay in the future. NO THANK YOU- we will never, ever be back- there is no Disney magic here.