Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by ken1, Nov 16, 2000.

  1. ken1

    ken1 Earning My Ears

    Oct 22, 2000
    Participates of our free trip from AAA travel Agency - Nov. 2-Nov. 7, 2000
    (Airlines, hopper passes for 6 days, and moderate resort hotel for 5 nights.)

    Ken - 37 - never been to Disney world - love any ride
    Deann - 36 - 3rd time to Disney world - favorite ride - Its a Small World
    Crystal - 12 - never been to Disney world - more thrilling the better.

    Nov. 1, 2000 -Thursday evening - 1st night - Pecos Bills at Magic Kingdom for supper - Great hamburger for the price 5.50 with fries.
    (rode the train from main street to Frontierland.)
    Did splash mountain right before the fire works... no wait.

    Nov. 2, 2000 - Friday morning - 1st full day - up early for early entry.
    Had character breakfast at Garden Grill for 10:30 but couldn’t get to the rides
    on that end of the park till 9AM. ( No use to go to early entry because still can’t get over to Innovations East/West side )
    Garden Grill was great - food was wonderful and characters were excellent will all ages. - price 15.95
    Sent picture email at Innovations - idea is to send it to home and then when you get home send to your friends/family because only able to send one email at a time.
    Also got a free family picture via Xerox. in the same building which we could take home with out a price ( like all the other rides/restaurants picture takings. )
    Test Track was not for Deann - (don’t let anyone talk you into it.... if you don’t like fast/jerky rides. ) But Ken and Crystal loved it. ( used fast passes which we just walked right in at our scheduled time. )
    Ran out of energy that day to head over to World Showcase - Epcot is definitely 2 day park.

    Friday night ordered pizza at the hotel - Port Orleans - and had delivered at room..
    Pizza was made incorrectly so for our inconvience they sent up 2 breadstick orders which I thought was great customer service. Then got a second wind and headed over to Dixie Landings via boat to play arcades and a little shopping (Dixie Landings has a bigger gift shop then Port Orleans.)

    Nov. 3 - Saturday morning - again got up early for early entry at MGM - and again decided wasn’t worth it because all the good rides (Tower of Terror /Rock n roller coaster didn’t open till 9AM) Ate mid morning snack at 50’s Primetime cafe - ordered ice cream sundaes and banana split - they remind you no elbows at table and have to ask to be excused from the table... a lot of fun for all ages. Your table is like sitting in a 50’s kitchen with each table having 50 style TV's working running sitcoms in that era. A lot of Characters at MGM... all the Winnie the Pooh characters are on Mickey Ave right before you get to the Back lot Pass and Cinderella/Prince Charming and Mary Poppins was when you exit the Movie Ride.

    Saturday evening tried to do some rides at Tomorrow land at Magic Kingdom and then watch the lighted evening parade. (Don’t believe the postings that Nov. is not busy.- More people then right before spring break in Feb.) We were unable to get on any rides with out waiting more then 1 hour and Ken gave up on the parade and headed back to the hotel.. Crystal and Deann waited for 2 hours and ended up to get a glimpse of the lights on the tall floats peeking through dozen of heads.

    Nov. 4- Sunday morning. Slept in slightly and headed to Animal Kingdom.
    A lot of Characters right in the entrance so be ready with Autograph books and cameras. Had Character breakfast at Reastaurantousaurus. Do not recommend at all. Not like all the other character breakfast buffets we have ate at. Food was terrible. You thought it had been out all morning - cold and rubbery... Characters were pushed through your table by a person rushing them through. Did not have much time to correspond with the Characters. NOT WORTH 15.95.
    Tough to be a Bug was too much for Deann - pretty intense and even get stuck by a bee in your seat.

    Sunday Night - Rode the boat from Port Orleans over To Downtown Disney. Great shopping - got Christmas ornaments/Christmas Cards at Christmas Store and Pocketed t-shirts for Ken at World of Disney. Ate Supper at McDonalds.

    Nov. 5- Monday Morning - Early Entry to Magic Kingdom but again had to wait for Adventure land to open at 9AM. Finally got sometime to ride most rides... Got Deann on Splash Mountain but never again. We did get to ride Its a Small World and Winnie the Pooh was Deann’s Favorites. Spent most of the day at Magic Kingdom and early evening headed back to Hotel to start packing for our trip home Tuesday.
    Ken and Deann took an evening stroll around Port Orleans and Dixie landings.

    Nov. 6 - Tuesday Morning - Headed over to Contemporary Hotel for Chef Mickey's’ character Breakfast via bus to Magic Kingdom and then monorail to Contemporary.
    As always food was fantastic and Characters was interactive with all.
    Packed up and headed to airport via Tiffany‘s Town car ( driver Tony was the best! recommend company anytime. ) was 85 when we left FLA and 19 degrees/ snow and ice on car at airport in NE. (Got to spend an extra day in Omaha compliments of United because of lost luggage in Chicago because of delay leaving Orlando and almost missing flight in Chicago. )

    Ken is a smoker and was not impressed with the designated areas being highlighted very well among the parks or in convenient areas of the activities.
    Like mentioned before November is busy...........and a lot of people and long lines.
    We will not be going again in the fall. Beginning of February is our favorite time.
    We would pick Port Orleans over Dixie Landings just because of the hotel rooms more conveniently located to the pool/food court/bus stop then Dixie Landings.

    Ken, Deann, and Crystal
    (welcome to ask any questions and we will try to answer them. )
  2. Debi

    Debi <font color=teal>I go to WDW 2,179,872 times a yea

    Aug 19, 1999
    Thanks for sharing! Sounds like you had a good trip! :)

    Debi, co-moderator of the
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  3. JCO

    JCO Earning My Ears

    Apr 13, 2000
    Thanks for sharing your trip report. Innoventions really sounds neat. That's exactly what we're planning to do -- send ourselves an e-mail as a vacation souvenir!
    I've heard a lot of good things about Chef Mickey's, and that's where we'll probably go if we have a character meal.
    What restaurants do you think were the biggest bargains? For fast food, sounds like Pecos Bill's was great.
    Did you get a chance to enjoy any parades?
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  5. marantisdel

    marantisdel Earning My Ears

    Nov 17, 2000
    Hi Ken & Deann, Sounds like all & all it was worth the trip. I am glad you enjoyed. My sister and her family were planning the same trip for Christmas I will pass on the info...Thanks Mike & Ruth
  6. jo

    jo Earning My Ears

    Aug 31, 1999
    Just read your trip report! Great job!

    Can't wait to see your pictures at Thanksgiving.

    Love, Me
  7. LynnM

    LynnM Earning My Ears

    Aug 18, 1999
    "Participates of our free trip from AAA travel Agency" Wow, was the whole trip free? That's the best kind of trip.
    Seems like you had a bit of misinformation of your early entry days. On these days only certain lands/attractions are open. Also, on Saturday ee is at the Magic Kingdom. That's why the MGM attractions didn't open until 9.
  8. BrerMom

    BrerMom DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 1999
    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Sent picture email at Innovations - idea is to send it to home and then when you get home send to your friends/family because only able to send one email at a time.
  9. LisaTx

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    Feb 11, 1999
    Great tips, Ken! :)

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  10. All Aboard

    All Aboard Por favor mantengan se alejado de las puertas

    Oct 21, 1999
    Sounds like you had a great time on your first trip to WDW!

    I guess by now you realize that nothing at the Studios was open on Saturday until 9am because Saturday is not an Early Entry day at the Studios.

    Por favor mantengan se alejado de las puertas
  11. Luv2Roam

    Luv2Roam DIS Veteran

    Jun 3, 2000
    It is very helpful!
    Also glad to see a fellow Nebraskan on the board!

  12. nluvwithdisney

    nluvwithdisney Mouseketeer

    Nov 2, 1999
    Good Report! One question: What was the average time that you had to wait in line for major attractions?
  13. Ron from Michigan

    Ron from Michigan DIS Veteran

    Aug 23, 1999
    Thanks for the great report. We also stayed at Port Orleans last year and really loved it. We were there the week before christmas last year and it was not bad in the parks, wait time was not that bad. We used the fastpass every chance we got. I'm glad you had a great time.

  14. Lumiere

    Lumiere Earning My Ears

    Aug 22, 1999
    We have also eaten many character dinners at Chef Mickey's. It is our tradition to eat there the first night. Always insist to have a table in one of the main areas. One time we accepted a table at the far end of the restaurant. It had a view of the Magic Kingdom, but the character visitations were very few and brief. Even when all the characters get the guests to wave their napkins to the music, there was no character in sight in our area!!! I guess the temptation of taking in all of that money for a meal has led them to book as many people as possible into every nook and cranny of the restaurant. This is an excellent character meal as long as you're where the action is!

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  15. Marla Hellwig

    Marla Hellwig I'm not lost, it's called creative exploring

    Mar 25, 2000
    Wow a free trip to Disney. Sounds like you had a good time. Thanks for posting!

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