Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by peanut1967, Feb 10, 2013.
Port Orleans Riverside. Ugh, i don't understand the POR love at all.
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What don't you like about it?
I can see what they mean- it's not as "themed" as some of the other resorts on properly. The values have all the huge icons out front, and the other moderates have islands, etc., so it seems like Port Orleans isn't as "Disney"-fied as the others.
Theming doesn't have to mean huge Disney icons. And I can't see how someone could say that POR isn't as themed as other resorts.
What an awful ride. Go ten feet, stop suddenly, go ten feet, stop suddenly, go ten feet, stop suddenly... I had looked forward to riding Test Track for years and when we finally had a chance to visit Epcot last December I was so excited, but that excitement went away very quickly. I do NOT understand the love/hype for that ride.
It wasn't so much as the size of food but more about the amount of food. We saw so many families of 5 with 5 entrees, 5 drinks, and 5 desserts with way more than half of the food uneaten. It's just a lot of food and 9 out of 10 times, more than half the desserts were thrown away, at least 2 drinks were barely sipped on, and an entree would go untouched - that's more of what I meant about the Dining Plan. Just seems wasteful, especially if you know your 3 year old will barely finish an entree, why "pay" to get a drink and dessert too?
Just an observation and personal opinion of mine
Parades and for that matter fireworks.
I never watch the parades and I only do fireworks if someone with me wants to see them (I don't care about watching 4th of July ones back home either)
It just seems that once you fight the crowds for position, then get stuck waiting forever, then it's crowded and people are pushing or just plain rude half the time and unless you're willing to set up camp hours before hand there's no place to sit. Ehh just not my thing and I can guarantee I'd never be brought to tears by the experience.
If solo I avoid them or watch from a safe distance. I just shake my head and ignore the threads of plans, strategies, and tearful exposition on the subject.
I know people love them but I'm totally ambivalent to the whole ordeal.
I have to agree with the comment on POR. For me personally, I grew up in Mississippi and the theming of the resort bores the heck out of me. It feels like it could be any resort anywhere, and if I spend that much on a resort room, I want to feel like its special. I do love POFQ on the other hand. One of my favorites.
With the DDP, yes it's a lot of food. But when it's free DDP it saves me lots of money, so I don't care how much they give me. On a trip where I don't have free dining, I wouldn't be able to spring for desserts and appetizers or even do a sit down meal more than once or twice. So, I love it.
ADR I just don't always know what I want to eat 180 days in advance and if I do decided to go somewhere I have to stalk the disney reservations to find an opening so frustrating.
I am a true Disney lover, but I have a few things that I just don't get what all the hype is about.
TSMM: It is a cute ride. However, I do not see why people feel the need to practically mow me down in the mornings at HS to get to it Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin at the MK is just a good to me.
AK: For the record, I think all Disney parks are nice, but AK is my family's least favorite. Different strokes for different folks I guess, but it just isn't our favorite. We are actually skipping it this coming September all together.
Tusker House: We took our dd on her first Disney trip last September and I saw many posts about TH having good food, good character interaction for Donald's Safari breakfast/lunch, etc. Our TA actually raved about it and suggested that if we did one character meal, TH should be it. I was not a fan. We did the lunch and had a bad experience all around. Checking in for our reservation and being seated was very unorganized, the hostess was rude, and the food was just ok. We might have been there on an off day, but it was the only bad meal we had the entire week....QS meals included.
Parade's: It's not that I don't like the parades. I actually really enjoy them, however I find that the people who push their way in front of you when you've secured your spot for the parade are what makes the experience unpleasant. Forget that I can't see, it's the fact that my 3 year old was standing on the sidewalk on Main Street along with a little girl in a wheelchair and a group of adults pushed their way right in front of them. It just really annoys me to no end and I find that taking the effort to arrive early to secure a spot is pointless. The only parade we actually got to enjoy was the 'Boo to You' parade and that is because we stayed for the last parade of the night. And even then we camped for an hour for a great spot and a couple still tried to cut in front of us. They asked if their ds, who was about the same age as our dd, could stand in front of us to watch the parade. I was happy to let him stand in front of us, but then they tried to also get in front of us to stand with him. We were right at the edge of the sidewalk, which meant that they would have been off the curb. She complained the whole time and then eventually grabbed her son and left.
For me a big disappointment was the Cape May clam bake buffet. I love seafood but didn't enjoy this. It was hard to make up a nice meal and ended up with random stuff on my plate.
Another one based on our experience was Chef Mickey's. When Mickey was finished at our table he pushed past my daughter and she was distraught. The funniest thing was phoning guest services to complain. What is the name of the employee you would like to make a complaint about? emm .. Mickey Mouse. They explained that Mickey is very busy and has a tight schedule.
I don't mean to be argumentative but I seriously am not understanding what you are saying. When you go to a restaurant with your family, you don't buy everyone in your party a drink and an entree? I have a 3 year old and it's very rarely that he doesn't not finish a child-sized meal. And I have never had a dessert go wasted at my table, although I can see that some people might be too full for dessert (but you can always just tell them not to bring it). So, I guess I don't see how what you say applies to people on the DDP. Wouldn't the same be true for those who pay OOP too?
To me, that's the appeal of a buffet...ending up with random stuff on your plate. If you wanted a nice meal where everything complimented itself, why choose a buffet?
I totally agree. When we go out we get our own meals and drinks.
Test Track - Long wait for such a mediocre ride. The queue was underwhelming at best.
Soarin' - Until the powers that be clean up the print with the big, black dot, we will only ride it if there's a short wait.
Most of Hollywood Studios - Small park with few ride options for anyone but a teenager.
Le Cellier - Overrated food and zoo-like waiting area. Pretzel bread was salt with added bread. The Beer Cheese Soup was delicious though.
In regards to the dining plan, I think the "too much food" issue stems from the fact that each person gets one quick service meal, including drink and dessert, one snack, one table service meal, plus drink and dessert, every day. I would never do the plan because for me, that is way too much food for one day. I'm the type of person where if I know I'm having a table service meal later that day, I might have a midday snack, or share a quick service meal with someone else (NO dessert) so that I have enough room to enjoy my dinner. I couldn't eat like the dining plan every day, and I think a lot of people can't eat that way, which is why by the time dinner comes around, you see so much wasted food on the tables. I'm sure there are people who are fine with eating all of that, but I couldn't tell you how many times I've seen people leave half of their entrees uneaten, order dessert only to take one bite and leave the rest sit, just because it "comes with" their dinner.
And then there is the Deluxe Dining Plan.....
For me I do not understand why adults without kids stand in long lines for character greets. I understand taking children for this. And not real sure about getting autographs from people wearing a suit, but I am happy to see that others enjoy it. To each his own, I see may things in this forum that are must do's for us
We love zebra domes, AK, dole whips, DTD, POR, soarin, Liberty Tree, Cape May
I do it because in Disney it's OK for an adult to act like a kid.
LOL thats true!
Lol yes it's one of the plus points of Disney. Adult life is so stressful my DW is the MD of a company and just lets her hair down on vacation at WDW screaming on rides, saying hello to people in costumes, singing at parades. It's a joy to see! She comes back fully refreshed and ready to do grown up stuff again! Plus I am very ill so on top of all that she is a carer. It's a stress relief that transports you to a time and place that hopefully is stress free.
1) I don't get character meet and greets. Even when I had young kids, I did everything I could to avoid them, booking character meals so at least I could sit and eat instead of just wait around.
2) Parades aren't my thing either. I think that is a perfect time to tour the parks.
3) The dining plan: Even years ago when it was cheap I still wasn't into it. I don't like the structure of the plan and I don't eat that much food. I am more of a snacker, and I have been known to order a few appetizers in place of meals.
4)Le cellier and Boma: I did like the pretzel bread, but otherwise I thought it was overrated. Zebra domes were just fair and the rest of the food was also not to my taste.
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