Feeling guilty having read so many reports and tips that helped us plan and that I'm finding it hard to write one!
Anyways a week back and memory is dimming so better start composing. Lashing rain outside so good excuse to go on PC.
Brilliant time - really to quote our US folk we heard in Orlando - it was truly awesome! Never been to US before so everything was new. Weather was great - loved it in fact - hot sunny mostly, some major downpours but it was all great and didn't stop a thing. We stayed at All Star Movies - great hotel, no frills but clean and I mean clean despite some reports we couldn't fault it. Disney buses were our main transport and they again were faultless. Brilliant service almost 100% of the time.
Parks - well I can't describe them. Each one great in a different way. Fav ride? Everest!! Lost track of the rides we took on it - each time a thrill! Loved Space Mt., Splash Mt. Thunder Mt. Test Track, Soarin (tho a bit over rated or maybe its just after 10 goes you get a little bored?), oooh Tower of Terror !!!!, the list is endless of the thrills of the many rides. The Magic? Disney has something special - that Christmassy feeling! Don't want to bore you all but Disney was just so -so - yep awesome is the only word!
Food? We ate like royalty almost everywhere. Did several character meals - Cinderellas Brekkie, Chef Mickey, Liberty Tavern - all super especially Chef Mickey. Wished we had done that again it was so good! Food and interaction great particulary there. California Grill has the freshest food going and Wishes as well! Unforgetable even for me! Think I must be forgetting a few but we didn't have complaints about food/service anywhere it was so good. Ooops nearly forgot - Raglan Road and Rose and Crown! Ok a bit homesick so visited these two several times and wow - the food and service and atmosphere great. Really enjoyed relaxing in both places for some reason!! Ate out several times around International Drive - loved Dennys in particular - friendly service and great food at amazingly low prices. Wished they set up here! Tipped well because they deserved every dollar!
Now enough about the nice things! Things that weren't so great:
Seaworld - not at all what I expected - Shamu a lovely creature but that show! (pools with sea creatures doing tricks = zoo to me), great food, good lay out of park and free beer. Met the rudest awful person there - told the kids at the Dolphin Pool that the dolphins hated "stupid tourists" like them!. My kid so upset after that. Wish someone would push her into a swim with the dolphins! International Drive? Had a different idea of what it would be like - found it somewhat tacky and so so sprawling! But abundant with great cheap eateries! Noisy Brazilian tour groups in Disney! Ah bit joking here - they were noisy but full of fun so could have been worse and we heard absolutely no noise in our hotel so thats when noise really mattered.
Disney Water Parks? Brilliant - much better than expected with something for us all. Rested well there several mornings, plenty of sun lounges, shade, etc. Kid loved the slides and fun - lifeguards there, especially at TL, so helpful and kind. Loved Shark Reef - yep it was awesome! Combined with the Theme Parks the Water Parks gave us such a break and relaxation. Don't miss them!
Disney buses brilliant also. They must recruit the kindest most helpful drivers I every came across. A huge asset to the hotels, these drivers were just wonderful - buses were more than adequate, rarely more than minutes waiting, meant we needed no car hire thankfully. Used Lynx 50 to Int drive, changing to 8 outside Seaworld, ticket valid for 90 minutes so it only cost 1.50 to travel in. Disney monorail? Again used this several times - and yep, the drivers wonderful and welcomed passengers, especially children, into the front with them! What a memory!
Also bit disappointing not to find the friendliness we expected. We found people civil and mannerly but not exactly friendly overall though there were several exceptions thankfully! Some seemed very wooden and rehearsed, especially in some shops. We did meet some very friendly people though, especially our servers in Dennys so seemed more lively! We watched a small amount of tv and found it so strange to compare news coverage of major international importance to what we viewed there and what we see here! Mmmmm - don't want to bring in politics at all but lets just say - awesome difference in what we receive in our various medias!
Hope I didn't offend anyone because I really didn't intend to - just wanted to give you my honest report. All in all - an amazing time, pure fantasy (oh the Fantasmic Show and Illuminations were beyond brilliant), a real two weeks of unreality, escapism, can't put right words on it! Settled well back really surprising - really had a great time, not sure yet about returning or what lies in the future yet.
Well its written so here goes!!LOL!! Thanks for reading my rambles!