2) Pizza Planet, Hollywood Studios, WDW $ (1 DDP QS Point)
Just a little too much like an amusement arcade.
3) Artist’s Palette, Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, WDW, $ (1 DDP QS Point, or Snacks)
Unhelpful staff, disgusting breakfast options (admittedly based on a European palette).
4) Wolfgang Puck Express, Downtown Disney (West Side and Market Place), WDW $ (1 DDP QS Point)
Just not what you expect of Wolfgang Puck, Tesco standard self-serve sandwiches in a refrigerator and it still costs 1 Quick-service Disney Dining Plan point?
1) Opt for the Fantasmic VIP Dining Package at Hollywood Studios in WDW. All you have to do is confirm to eat either lunch or dinner from a select few restaurants within the park, from a set menu that you’re still welcome to use your Disney Dining Plan against (Table Service) and you get VIP entry to Fantasmic, Disney’s best nighttime spectacular! Instead of queuing hours before the show, you rock up with time enough to grab a popcorn and get your VIP reserved seat upfront just before the show.
2) Book the Dolphin Tours Shopping Extravaganza if you’re new to Orlando, or haven’t got the use of a car, for a shopping trip that takes you on an all day trip to Florida Mall, Permium Outlets, WAL*MART and for a free brunch for $44 p/person.
Me and a Churro, like a doughnut, only more horrifically bad for you and with Cinnamon!
3) Watch IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth nighttime spectacular at EPCOT from World Showcase Plaza, for a quicker exit after the show!
4) Book restaurants ASAP, preferably before you fly. You need to be quick to get in the good joints! As it was, we couldn’t get into the new Beauty & The Beast themed restaurant, Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom, as the restaurant is fully booked until March 2014 and people queue for dinner cancellations, released at 4pm, from 10am!
5) Book with Virgin Holidays if only for the 1 hour early entry to Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure park, that 1 hour without the general crowds is incredible and the only way you can hope to get on the rides in high season.
6) Stay at Walt Disney World, the transportation is free, drinks at your resort at free, it’s safer, it’s easier to move around from park to park etc. throughout the day and there’s no $15 p/day parking fee!
Me at Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a Butterbeer!
1) The Forbidden Journey, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios
Seriously, the best ride ever! Also, fun for all ages!
A beer under Everest!
2) Exhibition Everest, Animal Kingdom, WDW
If only for the lovely views.
3) RockIt, Universal Studios Theme Park, Universal Studios
You choose your own music. I chose I Will Survive.
4) Transformers The Ride-3D, Universal Studios, Universal Studios
Like the Spiderman 3D ride, only better!
5) Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Hollywood Studios, WDW
The boyf and I clung to each other for dear life.
I want one.
6) Kilimanjaro Safari, Animal Kingdom, WDW
You see everything! Much more fruitful than a real safari!
7) Shark Reef, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Waterpark, WDW
Swim with sharks! Really! (Baby ones)
8) Lazy Rivers, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach Waterparks, WDW
That’s how you do it.
World Showcase Lagoon at EPCOT
Top Rides/Attractions to avoid:
1) Wet ‘n Wild, International Drive
2) Impressions de France, French quarter EPCOT, WDW
Unless a 25 minute-long film about the French countryside filmed in the late 80s is your idea of a holiday.
3) Hall of Presidents, American quarter EPCOT WDW
If you’ve seen The Simpsons spoof, you’ll know why.
4) Universe of Energy, FutureWorld EPCOT WDW
Ellen DeGeneres at her worst.
5) The Eigth Voyage of Sinbad Stunt Show, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios
It’s just really, really, really bad. Go see the Indianna Jones one at WDW Hollywood Studios instead!
6) Poseidon’s Fury, Universal’s Island’s of Adventure, Universal Studios
You’re locked in and can’t get out when you realise this is crap.