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Grendel
03-30-2007, 07:18 AM
ok...so we have our first DL trip booked in 3 weeks!!!
i just canceled my WDW vacation on the spur of the moment and
now california here we come!

so...heres the thing...i love WDW..so i cant imagine i wont love DL as well.
sooooooooo

1.) What things does a WDW nut just have to see at DL? rides, attractions, food?
remember this might be are only trip to DL...so whats good scrap book material :)

2.) Which rides are the same but different... I think someone said that POTC was different. Space Mountain..anything else??

3.) Any signature food dishes...when im in WDW i always have to have cheddar cheese soup and pretzel bread from cananda in epcot...and usually do the kitchen sink at beaches and cream.....whats the equivalent? oh were staying at the Disneyland Hotel in case that helps.

4.) Any and all tips welcome.....no matter how small...i love the extra things people learn that make there visit special to them.

thanks!

jnjusoioa
03-30-2007, 07:37 AM
I will also be curious to see what people have to say about this. :)

dwelty
03-30-2007, 07:59 AM
Eat at the Blue Bayou
Ride Pirates-Better than WDW
Ride Haunted Mansion-Better than WDW
Ride Space- Better than WDW
(Splash and Big Thunder are better at WDW)

For sure ride Indiana Jones (best ride in any park)
Approach CA Adventure with an open mind. Despite bad press, it is a nice park. (I like it better than Disney MGM)

Visit the Grand Californian, It is spectacular.

Food is much better at WDW, other than Blye Bayou, Disneyland park food is lousey.

Most Hotel resort food is good. Try Storytellers at the Grand, Goofy's Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel, Steakhouse 55 at DLH, Napa Rose at the Grand is awsome.

Boudin Bakery at CA Adventure serves decent food.

Fantasmic is much better at DLR. With Pirates swinging over the crowd from a full size pirate ship, as well as a finale with the Real Mark Twain riverboat, makes the WDW version Pale in comparison.

Most of all, get to the Castle Hub to in time to get a good spot for "Remember Dreams Come True" The best fireworks show of any Disney Park!

dwelty
03-30-2007, 08:01 AM
Sorry, Fantasmic may be closed when you visit. too bad!

jennib5426
03-30-2007, 08:34 AM
DL fantasy land also has many rides WDW does not.
Alice in Wonderland
Pinnochio
Mr. Toads Wild Ride
Casey Jones Train
Story Book boat Ride
Matterhorn

I love Fantasy Land in DL, I think it is better than WDW.

Indiana Jones is the best ride at any Disney Park--Love it.

Also make sure to go in the animation tour at CA, I can sit in that large room and watch Disney movies all day. It is my favorite spot in all of DL.

As for food I also agree go to Blue Bayou at DL, we had lunch there and it was good.
I also love getting begnette's (sp) from the New Orleans style cafe in DTD. It is down near the DL hotel and has a take out counter open early for breakfast.
They have a lot of different foods at the San Francisco pier area in CA. We love getting the giant choc eclair from the bakery, they also have soups in Sourdough bread bowls, Yummy.

Have fun, I made my first trip to DL 3 years ago ofter 20+ times at WDW. I was back at DL and WDW last year and I love them both for different reason.

lilpixie
03-30-2007, 09:32 AM
Not all DL food is "lousy" as someone suggested :goodvibes
Here's a list from our own experience and ones I noted that got raves from other people on the Dis
*Also* The Disney hotels have some fine dining restaurants also -- maybe ask about these (we haven't been to them)

Besides the Blue Bayou, you can make advanced reservations at DL for:

Carnation Cafe -- tukey sandwich on pretzel bread, loaded baked potato soup, crossaint sandwich, pot pie (breakfast -- cinnamon roll french toast, mickey waffles) dessert - caramel apple pie

Cafe Orleans -- monte cristo sandwich, pommes fritas (garlic fries), mickey shaped beignets (donut thingies), roast beef po boy sandwiches, muffaletta


Counter service:
French Market -- beef stew, fettucini, jambalya, roast chicken sandwich (lunch only) -- chocolate cake, cheesecake, chocolate dessert w/caramel
sauce

Ranco del Zocalo -- hacienda caesar salad

Pooh's Corner sweet shoppe: Tigger tails, smores, apple pie caramel apple

Hungry bear -- bacon cheeseburger

Plaza Inn: Fried chicken plate, pasta w/ alfredo-pesto and chicken

Bengal BBQ: meat skewers, bacon wrapped asparagus, mickey pretzels, breadsticks

Tiki Juice Bar: Dole Whip

River Belle Terrace: Mickey pankcakes, giant cinnamon rolls, vegetable stew in breadbowl

Stage Door Cafe: chicken strips, mozzarella sticks, fries

Redd Rockets Pizza Port: Coundown chicken fusilli (pesto alfredo pasta), Caesar salad, focaccia bread



Are you going to California Adventure as well?

Pacific Wharf Cafe: soup and salad in breadbowls
Boudin Bakery
Ritas Baja Blenders -- fruity drinks

Taste Pilot's Grille -- burgers

Grand Californian -- Whitewater snacks

Don't forget Downtown Disney has dining choices

Hope this helps -- have a magical time!! :wizard:

Grendel
03-30-2007, 09:33 AM
wow thanks for the great info...

so DL sounds like it will be easy.....all the things you mentioned we have planned on.

I wasnt aware that CA got a bad wrap...is there not alot to do??

Also on the food front....do they have anything in DL like the columbia harbor house...i love those tuna sandwhiches on the multigrain bread..and the veggie chillie...

HydroGuy
03-30-2007, 09:45 AM
wow thanks for the great info...

so DL sounds like it will be easy.....all the things you mentioned we have planned on.

I wasnt aware that CA got a bad wrap...is there not alot to do??

Also on the food front....do they have anything in DL like the columbia harbor house...i love those tuna sandwhiches on the multigrain bread..and the veggie chillie...Lots of useful info here: "A DLR Guide for WDW Vets" www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1162599 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1162599)

DCA parallels MGM in a lot of ways. It is considered a one-day park. What is different at DLR is that parkhopping is so easy you do not have to dedicate an entire day to DCA. You can (and should) hop back and forth as your schedule suits you.

DCA does get a bad rap, especially from the ultra-picky, die-hard DLR locals. It's attendance has been disappointing, but most WDW vets who go to DLR think DCA is a fine park although not without its flaws. Disney is investing a lot into DCA to improve it further. My guess is that you will like it.

Don't know the answer to Columbia House. In general DLR does not provide the breadth of dining options that WDW does.

kimis
03-30-2007, 09:53 AM
We (my dh and I) do both DL and WDW. We love both but WDW is our favorite. There are differences but you know that already. As far as rides go. The TOT is better at WDW. Try eating at goofys kitchen it is delicous. Enjoy.

Grendel
03-30-2007, 10:09 AM
Not all DL food is "lousy" as someone suggested :goodvibes
Here's a list from our own experience and ones I noted that got raves from other people on the Dis
*Also* The Disney hotels have some fine dining restaurants also -- maybe ask about these (we haven't been to them)

Besides the Blue Bayou, you can make advanced reservations at DL for:

Carnation Cafe -- tukey sandwich on pretzel bread, loaded baked potato soup, crossaint sandwich, pot pie (breakfast -- cinnamon roll french toast, mickey waffles) dessert - caramel apple pie

Cafe Orleans -- monte cristo sandwich, pommes fritas (garlic fries), mickey shaped beignets (donut thingies), roast beef po boy sandwiches, muffaletta


Counter service:
French Market -- beef stew, fettucini, jambalya, roast chicken sandwich (lunch only) -- chocolate cake, cheesecake, chocolate dessert w/caramel
sauce

Ranco del Zocalo -- hacienda caesar salad

Pooh's Corner sweet shoppe: Tigger tails, smores, apple pie caramel apple

Hungry bear -- bacon cheeseburger

Plaza Inn: Fried chicken plate, pasta w/ alfredo-pesto and chicken

Bengal BBQ: meat skewers, bacon wrapped asparagus, mickey pretzels, breadsticks

Tiki Juice Bar: Dole Whip

River Belle Terrace: Mickey pankcakes, giant cinnamon rolls, vegetable stew in breadbowl

Stage Door Cafe: chicken strips, mozzarella sticks, fries

Redd Rockets Pizza Port: Coundown chicken fusilli (pesto alfredo pasta), Caesar salad, focaccia bread



Are you going to California Adventure as well?

Pacific Wharf Cafe: soup and salad in breadbowls
Boudin Bakery
Ritas Baja Blenders -- fruity drinks

Taste Pilot's Grille -- burgers

Grand Californian -- Whitewater snacks

Don't forget Downtown Disney has dining choices

Hope this helps -- have a magical time!! :wizard:

great info!!!

where is the carnation cafe..that sounds perfect...oh potato soup and pretzel bread turkey sandwhich..right up my alley..

and of course the monte cristo sounds like a must..

ive heard mix things about the blue bayou...but it almost sounds like i should go for the experience of being there once..not just because of the food..

Peri
03-30-2007, 10:32 AM
Dont' miss the MUCH BETTER tiki room - NOT under new management, thank heavens.

Amy&Dan
03-30-2007, 10:59 AM
I would recommend that you try Blue Bayou. Its similar to the San Angel Inn in theming and atmosphere (dark, waterside tables available, inside a ride, potc in this case, mixed reviews on food). I have never had a bad meal there and I have some great ones. Its just like all the restaurants at WDW, it can be hit or miss and some people don't like it at all but other's love it. Its worth it for the theming alone, especially if this is a once and only trip to DL. I love Columbia Harbor House too! Not anything like that, there is no Liberty Square area in DL but there is New Orleans Square which does have the French Market (cs, live music on the weekends and during the week during peak times). There is also the Riverbelle Terrace in Frontierland, a great place to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner and you can look over at the Rivers of America if you sit outside. Since you mention Col. Har. House, you must like fried food (hey who doesn't?) and the Plaza Inn on Main Street has very good fried chicken meals at lunch and dinner. Its counter service with huge portions of food, really enough to share between two adults. For sweet treats, be sure and go to Pooh Corner in Critter Country, right near Splash Mountain and the Pooh Bear ride (pooh is not located in FL in DL and that means this ride does not have the long lines it does in WDW). Really delicious cookies, carmel apples, chocolate dipped pretzel rods, fudge and all sorts of goodies.

Carnation Cafe is a full service restaurant and its wonderful. Its on Main Street U.S.A. and except for the tip won't cost anymore than the cs places. My favorite charater meal at DL or WDW is Goofy's Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel. Think Chef Mickey's but in my opinion the food is better and more varied. If you check on the Dining link on the top of this page in brown letters you can see prices and menus and find out about the other character meals. I don't think the food at DL is lousy at all but its not as much of a "thing" as dining is at WDW. Do not do the Disneyland dining plan if you are doing a package and they offer it to you. Its a ripoff and nothing like the DDP in WDW. YOu can make priority seatins 60 days in advance by calling: 714-781-3463.

At DCA we like Taste Pilot's Grill for burgers, ribs and chicken sandwiches and also love all the restaurnts at the Pacific Wharf area. Soup in breadbowls, Mexican (including a margarita stand) all with nice outdoor seating that overlooks the Paradise Pier area. Its especially lovely at night.

As for rides, I agree with everyone else, POTC, Indiana Jones, Matterhorn, Roger RAbbit's CarToon Spin, California Screamin, Grizzly River Run, are all great. I also love Disneyland's Fantasyland the best, its so pretty and charming, unfortuantely no MIckey's Phil., but that would make it too perfect! I also love the new Monster's Inc. ride at DCA.

I think you will have a great time at Disneyland. Just know that while its smaller in scale than WDW and doesn't have that huge, removed from the world, resort feel, its a wonderful place to visit and enjoy. Read all of hydroguy's links, they are very helpful!

Grendel
03-30-2007, 11:31 AM
fantastic info!!

thanks for the comparisons to WDW...it helps me work things out mentallly.....im not going with to many expecations about the size...as a matter of fact im kind of looking forward to having everything in on area..we are staying at the Disneyland Hotel..and the idea of DTD and the parks all being real close and being able to come and go....has lots of appeal...just think of all the time i wont be spending on the bus!

cmwade77
03-30-2007, 11:46 AM
Eat at Blue Bayou
POTC
Splash Mountain
Space Mountain
Matterhorn (same track layout as Space Mountain at WDW, but due to the fact that it is outside is a bit different, be sure to ride it both during the day and at night)
Indiana Jones
Buzz Lightyear

At DCA:
Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular
Tower of Terror
California Screamin'

At the Disneyland Hotel:
Eat at Goofy's Kitchen

At the Grand Californian Hotel:
Eat at Storyteller's
Enjoy the Lobby
Eat at White Water Snacks for COunter Service when at DCA, there is an entrance/exit right at the Grand Californian, please note they will allow anyone to re-enter through this entrance, but only Hotel guests can enter for the first time of the day.

Grendel
03-30-2007, 12:18 PM
more good info...thank you...

its certainly making it easier what to decide on..

Judy from Boise
03-30-2007, 10:40 PM
How many days will you be there ?

BCV23
03-31-2007, 08:19 AM
Try Cafe Orleans for the wonderful new salmon salad. So fresh trasting with a very light citrus dressing. Monte Cristos are also served there....both the traditional ham and cheese as well as a three cheese version.

At DCA, there are two very good restaurants in the same building. The Wine Country Trattoria serves tasty Italian meals at lunch and dinner. The Vineyard room is upstairs in the same building and has wonderful food albeit a bit expensive. It serves dinner on weekends only. We haven't tried Napa Rose in the GCH yet but the menu looked fantastic the night we had planned on dining there last trip.

For fast food, we like Rancho in DL. The food actually has some kick to it.

I agree with everyone about catching the rides that are unique to DL.

Don't forget to look for the light that is always lit in Walt Disney's apartment above the fire station.:wizard:

minmate
03-31-2007, 11:08 AM
I don't know if anyone mentioned it and I'm not sure if they're running it at WDW too somewhere, but on a lark, we went into the "50 Years of Disneyland" movie and really liked it! Gives you a nice sense of DL. Not sure when you are going to be at DL... but if Nemo is open, you'll want to check that out too.

I agree with pretty much everything everyone else said, but here are other things to keep in mind (Which you may or may not have picked up by now): utilize the late FP system... whereby you can come back any time AFTER the time stated on your FP. We have been doing it all week and it works great -- using those FP's during mid-day, early eve when lines are longer is great! You can end up going from attraction to attraction with FP's and walk by all those people.
You should check out Toon Town, even if you don't have small kids... not necessarily explore the whole thing, but it's kind of cool looking.

Also, we love DCA - very laid back- I see it as more of an Epcot/MGM mix -- with the little lake back in Paradise Pier... I love that part of the park. If you like parades you should really make time for the Electrical Light Parade -- now in DCA. Sit back in Paradise Pier (which is where it starts) - it is less crowded. I love the music of that parade. It's not super long but to me, it's worth watching it at least once on the trip.

Also, they do a light show on Small World during the Fireworks too. It's less crowded back there but still enjoyable. We were just getting off Small World when the fireworks started... watched them back there for awhile then walked toward the carousel -- where it was roped off... but we got a very awesome -- close up view of Tink flying around there -- and did no waiting at the hub in order to get it. She seemed to fly for a long time -- at least compared to the last time we saw the fw in WDW two years ago. However, the fireworks happen both in front and behind you there (by the carousel) -- b/c the show is meant to be seen more from the other side of the castle. Still, it was cool.

If you have little kids/star wars nuts kids, try to check out the Jedi Training show in Tomorrowland...

My favorite part of Dl is the proximity of everything. DCA and DL really just feel like one big park with a "plaza" in the middle. When you want to hop, you don't have to move your car or board a bus or find a strategic way to get there. You just walk across the entrance area and boom -- you're there. I think it's cool how you can see some of the icons of DL (matterhorn and train station) from inside DCA's gates.

jlmarr
03-31-2007, 11:53 AM
You should check out Toon Town, even if you don't have small kids... not necessarily explore the whole thing, but it's kind of cool looking.Be sure to check out Roger Rabbit's CarToon Spin, which is worth it for the extensive queue alone.

I think it's cool how you can see some of the icons of DL (matterhorn and train station) from inside DCA's gates.Particularly from the "top floor" of the Tower of Terror. ;)

cryssi
04-01-2007, 12:31 AM
If you like corn dogs, the Corn Dog Castle in DCA or the Corn Dog cart at the end of main st. in DL...the best! :thumbsup2

Also get a Mint Julep at either Blue Bayou, French Market, or the window behind French Market (get the fritters at that window, too! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 ).

Oh! and if you can, get a Mickey sourdough bread from DCA before you go home... :teeth:

Cookie55
04-01-2007, 10:06 AM
I too am a hardened WDW vet (and Pats fan BTW:cheer2: ) I won't repeat the tips given here already...suffice it to say they are all good...Just remind yourself that you are where it all began...Take the time to take it all in especially the differences from WDW...IMO Disneyland is FAR better than the Magic Kingdom...no comparison...The only problem is there is no Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon or less important MGM...I agree that DCA gets an underserved bad rap...Accept it for what it was intended to be and I don't think you will be disappointed...I don't mind that others think its not worth their time because that means the lines are always shorter than across the plaza...My number one tip is that the best thing about Disneyland and DCA is that they are in CALIFORNIA!!! So many other GREAT things to do and see...It is that perk that has won me over...No offense to those in Florida but I'll take So Cal any day over Florida...Have fun!!!

jnjusoioa
04-01-2007, 12:19 PM
If you like corn dogs, the Corn Dog Castle in DCA or the Corn Dog cart at the end of main st. in DL...the best! :thumbsup2

Also get a Mint Julep at either Blue Bayou, French Market, or the window behind French Market (get the fritters at that window, too! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 ).

Oh! and if you can, get a Mickey sourdough bread from DCA before you go home... :teeth:


I had made a post awhile ago and someone else had suggested the fritters and a mint julep and now my mouth is watering for both of these, they sound yummy but I have no idea what they are, could someone explain?? Thanks.:)

Tinkerbell424
04-01-2007, 06:30 PM
I was just wondering this but what is The StoryBook Ride?Like What is it like?

I have seen it on travel channel and on a disneyland sing along and I have always wondered..Thanks:)

Amy&Dan
04-01-2007, 06:36 PM
I was just wondering this but what is The StoryBook Ride?Like What is it like?

I have seen it on travel channel and on a disneyland sing along and I have always wondered..Thanks:)

Its the Storybookland Canal Boat ride and I love it! You board small boats (maybe they seat like 10-12 people total). You have a boat captain who narrates as you float pass miniatures of Disney movie classics. The various castles, Alice in Wonderland's house the Neverland Ship etc. Its just a very sweet, charming ride. There is another ride that travels along somewhat the same route called the Casey Jr. Circus Train. Its also very cute but I don't think as charming as the Canal Boat ride. And the fumes from the little locomative smell like a lawmower! But if you have any Dumbo fans its worth it since thats what its based on and the Dumbo music of Casey Jr.'s Comin Down the Tracks plays during the ride. These are both Disneyland classics and unique to that park alone.

Tinkerbell424
04-01-2007, 06:41 PM
Its the Storybookland Canal Boat ride and I love it! You board small boats (maybe they seat like 10-12 people total). You have a boat captain who narrates as you float pass miniatures of Disney movie classics. The various castles, Alice in Wonderland's house the Neverland Ship etc. Its just a very sweet, charming ride. There is another ride that travels along somewhat the same route called the Casey Jr. Circus Train. Its also very cute but I don't think as charming as the Canal Boat ride. And the fumes from the little locomative smell like a lawmower! But if you have any Dumbo fans its worth it since thats what its based on and the Dumbo music of Casey Jr.'s Comin Down the Tracks plays during the ride. These are both Disneyland classics and unique to that park alone.


Thank you:) I have always wondered what that was.I always saw the whale's mouth and was like "Hmm wonder what that is" lol..I would love to visit DisneyLand one day and go on that ride.:)

Thanks again!:)

Amy&Dan
04-01-2007, 06:48 PM
Thank you:) I have always wondered what that was.I always saw the whale's mouth and was like "Hmm wonder what that is" lol..I would love to visit DisneyLand one day and go on that ride.:)

Thanks again!:)

Oh, you're welcome! I love WDW but have to say the charm of Disneyland's Fantasyland, that includes this ride, makes DL very special to me and my daughter. Between this one, the circus train, Mr. Toad, Pinocchio and the Alice in Wonderland ride, DL's Fantasyland is a paradise if you love those old Disney classics! You definitely need to go there at least once!

snowwhitemom
04-01-2007, 07:37 PM
Dont' miss the MUCH BETTER tiki room - NOT under new management, thank heavens.

OMGosh...I cant wait for that, we rarely if ever visit the tiki room anymore cause we do not care for the new mangement.

Grendel
04-01-2007, 07:41 PM
How many days will you be there ?

we will be at DL for 4 days...but were thinking of taking one day to do somethign in LA or Hollywood...not sure what yet though..

so 3 days in the parks..

Cookie55
04-01-2007, 09:46 PM
we will be at DL for 4 days...but were thinking of taking one day to do somethign in LA or Hollywood...not sure what yet though..

so 3 days in the parks..

From my experience, three days will be perfect...We always buy three day hoppers and have plenty of time to do everything we want...Do however take advantage of early entry...It is on that day that we hit Fantasyland and ride everything there before the park opens for the rest of the guests...Lines can get long there quickly...besides there is nothing better than catching the first ride on Dumbo!!! :cool1:

jnjusoioa
04-02-2007, 07:52 AM
Can someone explain to me a little about the fritters and mint juleps, I have heard these are not to be missed when visiting DL, what do they taste like, etc. They sound yummy but wasn't sure what they were. Thanks in advanc for your help.:)

Grendel
04-02-2007, 08:24 AM
From my experience, three days will be perfect...We always buy three day hoppers and have plenty of time to do everything we want...Do however take advantage of early entry...It is on that day that we hit Fantasyland and ride everything there before the park opens for the rest of the guests...Lines can get long there quickly...besides there is nothing better than catching the first ride on Dumbo!!! :cool1:

sounds good...at WDW were not so park centric...in that we get up slower..enjoy our mornings..usually by the pool...i think this is more of a park trip for us...so i can see is doing the early entry and planning times more seriously. thanks again..... Go Pats!

cryssi
04-02-2007, 09:42 AM
Can someone explain to me a little about the fritters and mint juleps, I have heard these are not to be missed when visiting DL, what do they taste like, etc. They sound yummy but wasn't sure what they were. Thanks in advanc for your help.:)

Fritters are just fried dough (like cream puff dough) with sugar, but they serve it with this apple custard dip that is really, really good. Mint juleps, as DH puts it, taste like carbonated toothpaste :rotfl: . They are like a lemon-lime drink with mint syrup...I've tried to recreate them with creme de menthe Torani syrup, limeade, and sprite...if that gives you an idea of what they taste like. I really don't drink regular soda, ever, but I will have a mint julep at DL...

hth! :thumbsup2

jnjusoioa
04-02-2007, 10:08 AM
Fritters are just fried dough (like cream puff dough) with sugar, but they serve it with this apple custard dip that is really, really good. Mint juleps, as DH puts it, taste like carbonated toothpaste :rotfl: . They are like a lemon-lime drink with mint syrup...I've tried to recreate them with creme de menthe Torani syrup, limeade, and sprite...if that gives you an idea of what they taste like. I really don't drink regular soda, ever, but I will have a mint julep at DL...

hth! :thumbsup2

Thanks so much, can't wait to try them!!!:)

nurse.darcy
04-02-2007, 11:07 AM
My son and I will be there tomorrow and Wednesday. This is a mother-son trip and we are pass holders so we sometimes take these trips to do all the things we can't get dad to do.

Couple of must sees - you must go to the Disneyana Museum upstairs above the POTC ride. It was going to originally be an apartment suite for Walt and family but ended up never getting finished. Great history lesson up there. Also, there is an alcove in New Orleans Square where the door for Club 33 is. Another great little out of the way spot and often missed.

I will take pix of the food we eat. We usually don't go too fancy but may take on Blue Bayou or Cafe Orleans this trip. I was just there a couple weeks ago and the only thing I ate was the clam chowder in the sourdough bread bowl at Fishermans Wharf in DCA. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that stuff. . .

Anyway, if there is anything you want me to check out for you while I am there, let me know. I'll do it so you can know the answer.

caribbound
04-05-2007, 01:23 PM
Thanks Grendel for making this thread and for all the info in this and the other link everyone provided. I'm going in a month to meet up with our VMK friends. Having just been to WDW this helps tremendously.
Have yourself a great trip!:goodvibes

nurse.darcy
04-05-2007, 01:42 PM
Okay, we are just back from our two days there. We had a great time even though the crowds were HUGE. We still managed to go on EVERYTHING and then some in the 2 days we were there. Since we are AP holders, we go often but usually just for the day. Once a year or sometimes 2 times a year we stay in a hotel out there and just enjoy ourselves at the parks for 2 days.

Since you are interested in food, we didn't eat at Blue Bayou but we did eat at the French Market (a Counter Service restaurant if you wanted to know). This is BY FAR the best value for counter service that I can find in the parks anywhere. I had the down home beef stew in a sourdough bread bowl. It comes with a side salad. This was $10.75 and absolutely HUGE. I could not finish it because I have had gastric bypass, but a normal human might still have trouble. . .lol. My son had the Southern fried chicken with fries. This also comes with a side salad. This is nearly 1/2 a chicken. It is a breast, thigh or wing (choice here) and a leg. The server took one look at my son and kept piling on the fries (country cut for those who care or "steak" fries for those who know). My son is 14 and 6 ' 2" so most people think he must eat a ton. My son ate the thigh and leg and did not touch the breast. He maybe ate 1/3 of the fries and all the side salad. We also had this dessert that we shared - a chocolate ganache tarte with cinnamon apples in the bottom of the chocolate cookie crust. This was THE MOST yummy dessert we have ever tried. I took two bites and that was enough for me. My son finished it. Anyway, the fried chicken plate was 30 cents more than my beef stew and very tasty. This meal could easily have been split for two. With drinks and dessert our bill came to $34. This was a great value at dinner, we were VERY satisfied and the meal was great. If you are on the dining plan this IS a counter service meal. The french market also has jambalaya, red beans and rice and louisiana sausage. Very tasty stuff.

Grendel
04-05-2007, 01:51 PM
Okay, we are just back from our two days there. We had a great time even though the crowds were HUGE. We still managed to go on EVERYTHING and then some in the 2 days we were there. Since we are AP holders, we go often but usually just for the day. Once a year or sometimes 2 times a year we stay in a hotel out there and just enjoy ourselves at the parks for 2 days.

Since you are interested in food, we didn't eat at Blue Bayou but we did eat at the French Market (a Counter Service restaurant if you wanted to know). This is BY FAR the best value for counter service that I can find in the parks anywhere. I had the down home beef stew in a sourdough bread bowl. It comes with a side salad. This was $10.75 and absolutely HUGE. I could not finish it because I have had gastric bypass, but a normal human might still have trouble. . .lol. My son had the Southern fried chicken with fries. This also comes with a side salad. This is nearly 1/2 a chicken. It is a breast, thigh or wing (choice here) and a leg. The server took one look at my son and kept piling on the fries (country cut for those who care or "steak" fries for those who know). My son is 14 and 6 ' 2" so most people think he must eat a ton. My son ate the thigh and leg and did not touch the breast. He maybe ate 1/3 of the fries and all the side salad. We also had this dessert that we shared - a chocolate ganache tarte with cinnamon apples in the bottom of the chocolate cookie crust. This was THE MOST yummy dessert we have ever tried. I took two bites and that was enough for me. My son finished it. Anyway, the fried chicken plate was 30 cents more than my beef stew and very tasty. This meal could easily have been split for two. With drinks and dessert our bill came to $34. This was a great value at dinner, we were VERY satisfied and the meal was great. If you are on the dining plan this IS a counter service meal. The french market also has jambalaya, red beans and rice and louisiana sausage. Very tasty stuff.

thanks for the info...sounds like it was another good visit for you..

nurse.darcy
04-05-2007, 02:11 PM
Any time spent at the land is a good trip. You will have a blast. Take advantage of fast pass, it will save you immeasurable amounts of time. Do Fantasyland first thing before the parents get there. You can do the entire area before 0930. Roger Rabbit cartoon spin and Grizzly River Rapids are OFF NETWORK for fastpass. Get those passes early. If it is busy, Space mountain, Indiana Jones, Splash Mountain and Soarin' fastpasses will be sold out before noon. Get to those early. During DL parades DCA is pretty much a crapshoot as far as crowds. Usually a bit emptier, you can pretty get on what you want.

Don't be intimidated by a 30 minute wait sign at POTC. It rarely takes more than 15 minutes to get on that ride. Don't be scared off by the lines at the Matterhorn. That ride moves pretty fast through the line as well. Use the back side first. DO be scared by the wait time at Space Mountain. Add 10 minutes to the posted ride time and you should come out just fine.

Other questions? just PM me. . .

KatGarcia
04-05-2007, 08:37 PM
This thread has been very helpful for the planning of my June trip. We are a little bit last minute but its my birthday and i wanna do something Disney... and we have plans for a WDW trip in Jan so this is perfect!

I am curious about extended the passes..say we buy a 3 day but decide to go to the parks another day can we add on?
How long does it take to get to the other parks like sea world, and even to get to LA? Is it hard to find driving because I have never been to Ca before and would hate to get lost!
Any outside of DL hotels anyone wants to reccomend from experience would be awesome too!

Thanks so much!