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MarieCW
09-02-2002, 01:35 PM
Not a full-fledged trip report, but some notes on my trip to WDW August 1-6 (yes, I'm slow, but at least I finally got back here!) We also spent a week at USF and those notes are on the Universal Trip Reports board.

My son Duncan (age 13) and I took the autotrain to Orlando. It was delayed by 3 1/2 hours each way. Part of this was due to speed restriction (overheated tracks), but there were also equipment problems and eventually a half-hour stop to change crews because they can only work so many hours. So we didn't get to the station until noon, effectively losing half a day of our vacation by the time we checked in. Was disappointing, but of course glad to arrive safely.

We stayed at the Beach Club. We could see the Illuminations fireworks over the trees from our room, which was a real treat. The hotel was very nice, only a few "complaints." Even though we had several stuffed animals, they were never posed into any setting by our mousekeeper. This was done when we stayed at the Contemporary (4 years ago) and we loved coming in to see what they'd be up to. I even used the mousekeeping envelopes for our daily tips in anticipation of a special thank you, but it wasn't done on any of the 5 nights were were there (Thursday thru Monday nights, August 1-5). Things were kind of hit or miss with some towels, too, especially washcloths - sometimes we got all new and clean, some days only the 2 that were clean were left (dirty ones taken and not replaced). Nothing enough to complain about, but probably worth a mention here. Frankly I did expect a higher level of service at the Beach Club.

We had a few breakfasts at B&C, which was fun. We took our food (bagels, croissants, etc and coffee in the refillable mug) to the tables around the pool and shared our meal with the ducks and birds. My son loved this, it was his favorite part of the hotel.

We did Fantasmic Dinner package at Mama Melrose, and it was wonderful! Service was excellent - our waitress brought drink refills without our even asking and was very friendly. And the pizza was delicious! I would go here again for a meal in a hearbeat.

Also at MGM, we did the animator tour - I knew not to do this on the weekend or after hours, since the animators wouldn't be there. Here's another hint - don't go at lunchtime. Our tour started about noon and we saw one person working. This was a big letdown, since I really had put a lot of thought into the timing. Avoid the lunch hour, everyone eats from noon to one. And one guy comes back a little early.

Another night we had pizza from the Boardwalk Pizza/Spoodles window. This was the worst meal I have ever had at WDW. A frozen pizza would have been better. It's a dull, flat shell with flavorless cheese on top. I had high hopes, being part of Spoodles, but it was terrible. Fast service, tho.

Duncan and I did the Ice Cream Social, which I have to report was a major disappointment. We arrived 15 minutes early (quarter to three) and weren't seated for half an hour. As we walked to our seat, the place was not at all full. We wound up sitting on the edge, nice view but we could see absolutely no other people. The waitress came right away and took our order, but the ice cream didn't arrive for another 15 minutes - by the time we got it, it was dripping melting - clearly it had been waiting somewhere a long time. Once it arrived it melted very slowly, not the soft kind of melty ice cream at all. This told me it had been prepared quite a while ago, probably all sundaes were made when the social starts at 3, but we didn't get it until about 3:30. Not sure why they call it social, either, we felt like we were in outer Siberia. The characters passed by, briefly stopped for pictures but little real interaction. I think they just passed on on the way to somewhere else - break, maybe. Anyway, this was more aggravation than fun and I would not recommend it. The most entertaining part was when I paid with a twenty (bill was under $15), and the waitress asked if I needed change. Considering the service we got (remember the melted ice cream we waited 15 minutes for?), I did indeed want change. I did tip of course, but not the 40% she was suggesting.

Tapestry of Dreams was my favorite parade - maybe because it was different, not just the same Disney Characters dancing again. I thought it was beautiful and wound up buying the cd. We knew to sit near Germany, and enjoyed seeing the parade coming and going! I think it's the little things like this that made our trip extra special.

Boma is *amazing*. Just go. We're both vegetarian, and sometimes finding a good meal takes a little work. We did both breakfast and dinner here, and I cannot say enough great things about it. The Fru-nch juice is so, so delicious - my son even requested it with dinner, and our waiter was happy to bring it to him. They were also very quick on refills here (we must look thirsty!). There is such a variety of delicious food, both at breakfast and at dinner, and it's all done so well. Chefs are handy if you have any questions, they really seem to enjoy your interest. Really, it would be a shame to be in Orlando and not eat here. I did order the French Press coffee at breakfast, I likely wouldn't do that next time as it didn't seem as incredible as people had described (although maybe I'm just not quite the coffee expert). By the way, we arrived early for breakfast, and when I asked at the gate they said it was fine to leave the car here for the day until we came back for dinner. We spent the day in between at AK

We tried to go to DisneyQuest in the early afternoon on a Tuesday, but it was insanely crowded. There were also several unsupervised children running around, clogging up the elevator riding up and down in it. We had UPH, so it didn't cost us anything except the disappointment of not getting to enjoy DQ.

We had a great time, thanks in part to info I've read here on the DIS boards, and I wanted to share my info in hopes it helps someone else. :D

snuggles
09-02-2002, 02:52 PM
I've heard that Boma was great. One of these days I'm gonna save up and go there. Thanks for your report. :)

MarieCW
09-02-2002, 03:34 PM
Boma wasn't really expensive - in fact the breakfast was about the price of a character meal. I forgot to mention we did some of those also, Beach Club breakfast was a big hit with my son, Chip & Dale always bring out the best in him :Pinkbounc

jimmiej
09-03-2002, 01:01 PM
I agree-Boma is excellent! I'm sorry you were disappointed in the Ice Cream Social. DW & I have done it twice & enjoyed great ice cream & some of the best character interaction anywhere. I do agree about the name though.

Nanajo1
09-03-2002, 02:00 PM
Thanks for the report. In spite of all the little disappointments it sounded like a good trip.

yepod
09-12-2002, 10:02 AM
So looking forward to trying Boma's next month!

How long was your autotrian trip & was it very expensive?

Thanks for your report!

MarieCW
09-12-2002, 12:46 PM
yepod,

The auto train leaves at 3:30 and is scheduled to arrive at 8:30 the following morning. We didn't arrive until noon on both trips. It was about $500 for my son (he is 13 and is considered a child) myself and the car using the AAA discount. The cost increases the closer you get to your travel date, so if you know when you are going it's best to reserve asap.

Enjoy Boma, it was such a treat!