I just got back from another great trip to Disney World yesterday! While I’ll be bringing you some fully detailed posts about a lot of the things I experienced, like Flower and Garden festival, I figured I’d share a few random thoughts I had this trip.
Magic Kingdom has a lot of construction
I posted a picture of myself in front of the castle on facebook, and got a huge response from my friends – usually along the lines of, “you look cute, but what the heck is going on at the castle?” While the crane is finally gone, there are green walls up everywhere, including around the partner statue. And then there are huge walls “decorated” with trees right next to the castle, blocking a lot of the view. I hope all of this is done soon because it really takes a lot away from that first magical viewing of the castle.
We had some great servers
Last time I went to Disney we had some unfortunately poor service at the restaurants. This time, with the exception of Biergarten (where I had to ask the CM for a glass of water 3 times before I got it), we had some stellar servers. In particular the woman at Be Our Guest (I don’t remember her name!), and Pam at Beaches and Cream. Pam in particular was efficient, friendly, and funny. She was completely on the ball and also engaged us in conversation about the parks and our plans.
Hollywood Studios is in desperate need of some new stuff
They have some great attractions, but the amount of things to do there is really dwindling. It didn’t help that Lights, Motors, Action was closed for a refurb the week we were there. The parks weren’t too crowded but they weren’t empty either, and we had literally done everything in the park with the exception of the Frozen Sing Along by 4pm, and that included doing Star Tours and Rockin’ Roller Coaster twice – and the drawing class twice, which takes a good chunk of time. Because of this we decided not to stick around for Fantasmic, which was a little disappointing, but we felt like we’d run out of things to do. I know they’re probably waiting til Avatarland is further along before bringing in Star Wars or Pixar land or whatever it is they’re doing, but they need to get on that.
Flower and Garden may very well be my favorite time of year
Epcot is so beautiful all the time, but even more so at Flower and Garden. Normally Magic Kingdom is my favorite park followed closely by Animal Kingdom, but during the spring Epcot really gives them a run for their money. The topiaries are beautiful and so well done, and I love the food booths. I actually think I like it better than Food and Wine – the lighter dishes with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables are much more appealing to me than some of the heavier options at Food and Wine.
I always have an amazing meal at Be Our Guest
I’ve now had dinner at Be Our Guest 4 times, and lunch there twice. And I’ve really enjoyed the food every single time. The atmosphere just can’t be beat. I’ve always been in the Ballroom before, but this time we were sat in the West Wing and it was completely charming, albeit in a different way. I’ve only had bad service there once, and all the other times it was very good. I think it’s one of the places that absolutely deserves the hype it gets.
I still don’t like FP+, but I do like the app when it works
There are still lots of things I really, really don’t like about FastPass+: in fact, I wrote a whole blog post just about that. But there are times where parts of it are convenient. Or maybe I should say that MyMagic+ and having everything on one app is convenient, especially when that app works (which is another conversation in itself, but if Disney can get their act together and make that app work all the time it’s a great thing). Changing times/experiences for FP+ was nice when there was availability. For example, in Animal Kingdom I had a FP for Everest from 9:35-10:35. We rode around 10, and then still had a ton of time before our Dinosaur FP at 11:15. I logged onto the app and was then able to change the time from 11:15 to 10:25. Perfect! We headed right there and were able to walk on.
Trader Sam’s is worth the wait
If you have a free evening, I definitely recommend checking out the new Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. The drinks are pricey, but it’s an experience that’s totally different from anything else I’ve done before. Some of the drinks are served in souvenir glasses, and they are really cool – I think I will have to try and collect them all! I will absolutely be back here.