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Review of Flame Tree Barbecue

Reviewed by rakman777 Review Date: 01/03/2013

Rating: (9)
Recommended

If you're on the DDP and looking for the best bang for your buck, then this is one of the best counter service options in all of WDW, and by far the best option at AK.

We came here 5 years ago, and my dad (75) must have demanded that we return here about a dozen times during our December trip planning.

Needless to say, we were again thrilled with the quantity and quality of the FTB. In fact, if you're on the quick service DDP, unless you want to eat here twice in one day, you'll do well to eat a late lunch here, and then have another CS dinner at one of the resorts or another park.

There's just not much else at AK that's worthy of a CS credit.

Pros:

Quantiy/Quality

Cons:

None
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Review of Port Orleans Riverside Resort (Moderate Resort)

Reviewed by rlsaumure Review Date: 01/02/2013

Rating: (10)
Recommended

Just booked our 5th vacation at this resort for the end of the month. We have enjoyed every experience so far. The staff is always friendly and the grounds are always beautifully maintained.

The resort is divided into 2 sections, Alligator Bayou & Magnolia Bend. Alligator Bayou is made to look like a Lousiana bayou and you stay in "Cabins" that are made to look rustic (hand carved wood beds, and shower tile that looks like wood) but rest assured everything is modern and well laid out. Magnolia has nicely groomed grounds and the rooms are located in buildings that look like southern mansions.

There are fountains, ponds and gazebos around the resort and 5 pools, 2 free form quiet pools in Alligator Bayou and 2 traditional quiet pools in Magnolia Bend and the main pool. The main pool is a huge free form pool that has a slide that the kids love.

If you want to cut down on the walking, pay the premium and request a river view room, this will guarantee you a room along the main path. An Alligator Bayou river view room will be your best bet (ask for building 14, 18 or 27) 14 being a two minute walk from the main building. Don't be afraid to ask what's available when you check in they are happy to accommodate if possible.

Utilize the water taxi to Downtown Disney it's a pleasant ride and you can have a few drinks and not have to worry about driving back. The water taxi's leave every 20 minutes but they will add more if it gets busy.

The Riverside Mill (counter service restaurant) can get quite busy in the morning but the lines move pretty quick (get somebody to hunt down a table while you are in line to pay). Or you can grab some cereal or a parfait the night before and eat in you room. Be sure to visit the River Roost (bar) with the kids Wed - Sat evenings, there is an entertainer there that is a lot of fun.

We always rent a car but have taken the buses occasionally, it gets very busy when the parks close and if your at the last stop in the resort it feel like a long trip at the end of a big day. You can rent a car for for $200-$250 at the airport and it never takes longer than 5 minutes to exit the park.

If your looking for a really nice resort with a lot of amenities, POR is the best bang for the buck...........unless you have money to burn.

Pros:

Beautiful grounds, friendly staff, great pools

Cons:

Resort is large for some
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Review of Boardwalk Villas (Disney Vacation Club)

Reviewed by laurenschultzyuhasz Review Date: 01/02/2013

Rating: (9)
Recommended

Getting excited for the boardwalk villas from Jan. 13-17! It is a surprise birthday trip for our 8 year old daughter. Have not told her yet (so hard).

Just wanted to give others a heads up- received notification today the Luna park pool is closed Jan. 2 through early March.

Pros:

location

Cons:

Luna Park Pool closed from Jan 2, 2013 to early March
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Review of Magical Express

Reviewed by uvegesmike Review Date: 01/02/2013

Rating: (4)
Not Recommended

The transportation itself is very nice and comfortable. Unless you catch it at just the right time on arrival, it can be very time-consuming. On your return, the service demands you leave your resort far too early.

Pros:

Free

Cons:

Slow, unaccomodating
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Review of Backstage Magic - 3 Park Tour

Reviewed by EPCOTCitizn Review Date: 01/02/2013

Rating: (9)
Recommended

This was a great behind the scenes tour. We had great access to so many places at Disney World. We visited all 4 parks and more—most notable were the American Adventure and the nursery. The tour was very fast-paced because we had so much territory to cover. Disney provided headsets, so you could hear without crowding around the guide. Both of our guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Overall, I’d recommend it to the seasoned Disney World fan who wants to see more.

Pros:

American Adventure

Cons:

A lot of information to process
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Review of Magical Express

Reviewed by nikalseyn Review Date: 01/02/2013

Rating: (9)
Recommended

This is a wonderful service and we recommend it highly. We checked our bags at our home airport and never saw them again until we got back from the part that night. They had been delivered to our room at our Disney hotel. When we left for home, we checked in for our flight at our hotel, checked the bags, and bypassed check in at the airport. We did not see our bags until we arrived at our home airport.

The only problem we had was in actually finding where this service is at the Orlando airport. There are few, if any signs on the main level after arrival. Apparently, this is due to the airport's strange insistence about not having the Disney magical express signs where they would be helpful. After asking around, we found out we had to go a couple of levels downstairs where the car rentals are, etc. All in all somewhat confusing for first time users of it. We have used the magical express four times now so we are well-aware of how to use it and where it is located. However, the airport could do a much better job of showing people where it is.

Pros:

very convenient

Cons:

somewhat hard to find at airport
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Review of Pop Century Resort (Value Resort)

Reviewed by marathonminnie Review Date: 01/02/2013

Rating: (9)
Recommended

We are always very happy at Pop. The rooms are tiny, but we've learned to accommodate for the size. We will be staying there again soon, as no other resort feels like home the way that Pop does. It is definitely a must do for people who are park commandos who only use their rooms to sleep.

Pros:

Frequent buses, wonderful theming, ease of access to everything

Cons:

Cramped rooms
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Review of Crystal Palace Breakfast

Reviewed by WeLoveTheHouseOfTheMouse Review Date: 01/02/2013

Rating: (7)
Recommended

There were plenty of food options at this breakfast, that's for sure! We especially enjoyed the "create-your-own" omelet option and the french toast. Some of the food was a little too onion-y for our taste, but overall, we enjoyed the experience.

Pros:

lots of food options

Cons:

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Review of Casey's Corner

Reviewed by WeLoveTheHouseOfTheMouse Review Date: 01/02/2013

Rating: (9)
Recommended

This is by-far my DH's favorite quick service. We eat here at least twice every time we visit the World (he has been known to eat it twice in one day though!).

Word to the wise: while one person is inside ordering, another person needs to be waiting for a seat! If you don't, you will probably eat standing up or sitting on the ground. Either way, it's worth it, but it's always nice to be able to take in the atmosphere of whatever is going on at the castle or on Main Street.

I always get the corn dog nuggets, and DH always get the bbq slaw dog (minus the slaw) with cotton candy for dessert. We have never been disappointed!

Pros:

food

Cons:

seating
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Review of Be Our Guest Dinner

Reviewed by WeLoveTheHouseOfTheMouse Review Date: 01/02/2013

Rating: (9)
Recommended

My DH and I lucked up and got a walk-up reservation during the passholder previews in November.

We were seated in the beautiful ballroom, and we felt like we were in the movie. This place is gorgeous! There were two things that we didn't like though: close seating arrangements and tiny tables. When another couple sat down beside us, we felt like we were on top of them. Also, the table space is hardly enough room for your plate, glass, and bread all at once. Everything was very crammed on there.

The food was great. I had the sauteed shrimp and scallops with the strawberry cream cheese cupcake for dessert. The cupcake was perfect! DH had the strip steak and chocolate cream puff for dessert. He was a little disappointed that there weren't more options for dessert.

The entire restaurant is incredible. We were thrilled that our waitress encouraged us to check out the other dining rooms -- they are all beautiful!

Pros:

atmosphere

Cons:

close seating, small tables
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