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Old 02-14-2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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My only three disappointments from recent trip

I have to say that after a week with 10 of us in two cabins including 3 under 5 yo, I am thoroughly impressed by Disney. The customer service we experienced was second to none. They really do make it feel magical and we had an AWESOME trip.

My only three complaints were as follows from least important to most significant:

1. We found it tough to find much for kids other than chicken nuggets, and generally the food options werent very good. Maybe we needed to look harder.

2. What happened to Illuminations? I remembered this being a great show with tons of cool laser light effects and dancing lights on each country's building, projections on water sprays, etc. It was mot worth waiting for 9:30 to see in my opinion.

3. Worst off all...whats with the horrible poo water coming out of the tap down there? Blech!

Caveat=minor complaints on an overall fantastic time 2/5-2/12.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:08 PM   #2
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Shouldn't that be Pooh water? You mean it was even worse than the usual stench and taste?
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:12 PM   #3
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Illuminations was changed in 2000, and I swear I could tolerate tap water in Orlando before that date as well, but not anymore! Is it safe to assume you haven't been in a decade or so?
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:10 PM   #4
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I don't know what to say about your first grievance, but as for IllumiNations, I noticed that they cut out parts of the show at certain times of year. I guess for maintenance? All I know is one time I went down there, the inferno barge wasn't spewing any fire at all, but the rest of the effects were going strong.

As to the tap water, yeah, I never drink it.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:18 PM   #5
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My only three complaints were as follows from least important to most significant:

1. We found it tough to find much for kids other than chicken nuggets, and generally the food options werent very good. Maybe we needed to look harder.
Just out of curiosity, did you look at menus before you went? There is plenty of variety but your kid has to like the food offered and you have to know where to go. Where did you eat?
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:42 PM   #6
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What happened to Illuminations? I remembered this being a great show with tons of cool laser light effects and dancing lights on each country's building, projections on water sprays, etc. It was not worth waiting for 9:30 to see in my opinion.
My DH and I could not agree more. The newfangled show with the giant expanding earth does nothing for us.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:54 PM   #7
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You can find variety for kid's meals, but you do have to look for it. If you go back, check the menus before you go. You can find things like steak and salmon and salads.

Illuminations changed to the globe version many years ago. I do think the globe part goes on for too long, but I love the music and the fireworks at the end are awesome!

Florida water always has that sulfur smell and taste. Drink packets work wonders on it. Or just stick with bottled water.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:26 PM   #8
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Just out of curiosity, did you look at menus before you went? There is plenty of variety but your kid has to like the food offered and you have to know where to go. Where did you eat?
I have to agree with the OP on this one. We've been planning our trip and have been having a hard time finding restaurants that offer a decent kid's menu. Most of them are pretty terrible, offering things like chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and PB&J. And if that`s what the kids are eating at lunch as well, why expect them to eat this at dinner? Even at the restaurants where you can get one more interesting kid's option, each just one. So basically they can choose it or chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and PB&J.

Are there families that actually eat this small variety at home? Our kids eat for dinner what we cook for the whole family and it would never be these things.

Anyway, we went with The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Be Our Guest, 50s Prime Time Cafe, Tony's Town Square, San Angel Inn, and Tusker House. However, I don`t think you should have to choose a restaurant based on the options it offers on the kid`s menu. I think each restaurant should have a couple of options that are more sophisticated.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:34 PM   #9
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I have to agree with the OP on this one. We've been planning our trip and have been having a hard time finding restaurants that offer a decent kid's menu. Most of them are pretty terrible, offering things like chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and PB&J. And if that`s what the kids are eating at lunch as well, why expect them to eat this at dinner? Even at the restaurants where you can get one more interesting kid's option, each just one. So basically they can choose it or chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and PB&J.

Are there families that actually eat this small variety at home? Our kids eat for dinner what we cook for the whole family and it would never be these things.
The same goes for our kids. Generally how we deal with it is we order an adult meal and split it between our two preschoolers.

That being said, I think that it does pay to know what the restaurants serve when deciding where you want to eat. Some restaurants have pretty good kids menus; some don't.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:41 AM   #10
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I have to agree with the OP on this one. We've been planning our trip and have been having a hard time finding restaurants that offer a decent kid's menu. Most of them are pretty terrible, offering things like chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and PB&J. And if that`s what the kids are eating at lunch as well, why expect them to eat this at dinner? Even at the restaurants where you can get one more interesting kid's option, each just one. So basically they can choose it or chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and PB&J.

Are there families that actually eat this small variety at home? Our kids eat for dinner what we cook for the whole family and it would never be these things.

Anyway, we went with The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Be Our Guest, 50s Prime Time Cafe, Tony's Town Square, San Angel Inn, and Tusker House. However, I don`t think you should have to choose a restaurant based on the options it offers on the kid`s menu. I think each restaurant should have a couple of options that are more sophisticated.
I will agree also, kids menus are limited. We stick with mostly buffets, so they can eat what they want. For CS, all I have to say is while on the dining plan, I am glad they do not enforce the kids having to order off the kids menu when there is one. I dont think our kids ordered off the kids menu EVER. If they want people to follow that they need a little more variety, because I would have ordered off the kids menus, if the choices were the same, in smaller portions. But there were times where there were just 2 things to choose from.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:04 AM   #11
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Florida water always has that sulfur smell and taste. Drink packets work wonders on it. Or just stick with bottled water.
I grew up over in Lou'siana. Our tap water had the same sort of rotten eggy smell...I think it has something to do with the vegetation rotting in the sands of the aquifer...

Anyway, to get rid of it, we'd simply fill empty milk containers and let them sit overnight in the 'fridge.

Today, you can take a portable counter-top filter system with you (or use a portable system like Brita) to clean up the excess "rotten egg" smell.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:52 PM   #12
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My DH and I could not agree more. The newfangled show with the giant expanding earth does nothing for us.
I wondered why I thought Illuminations was cool in my early 30s but thought it was lame when we took our DD to see it many years later. I never knew that they changed the show and it wasn't the same one I had loved all those years ago.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:44 PM   #13
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Its definiyely been kore than a decade for us being down there. I just didnt know why the Illuminations show would be so much worse when everything else semed so much better. I mean, Wishes and Fantasmic were WAY better, and after seeing those at 800 pm, I wont keep my little ones up to catch the snoozefest that was Illuminations.

As for food, yeah, we didnt shop around. We generally tried to eat somewhere near where we were when everyone got hungry. But, for example, even in CRT, for that money, kids should have more choices than pizza or nuggets.

Again, minor things, but just thought id share thoughts.

To balance that out, I'll share an experience of outstanding service. One day, we lost the key to our golf cart. We were told thatd run us $15 when we rented it. When we called the front desk to see about a replacement, they asked where we had parked the cart. Then, five mins later rolled up with our cart and the replacement key, handed it over and said "have a nice day!". Now thats what Im talking about!
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As for food, yeah, we didnt shop around. We generally tried to eat somewhere near where we were when everyone got hungry. But, for example, even in CRT, for that money, kids should have more choices than pizza or nuggets.
It is kind of funny that you comment about that food being boring. The new Be Our Guest restaurant has kids food that is NOT nuggets and pizza, and many posters are up in arms about that! Just shows that it really can pay off to look at menus ahead of time (and pray they don't change them on you!)
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It is kind of funny that you comment about that food being boring. The new Be Our Guest restaurant has kids food that is NOT nuggets and pizza, and many posters are up in arms about that! Just shows that it really can pay off to look at menus ahead of time (and pray they don't change them on you!)
Haha! Guess you can't please everybody!!!
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