WDW Trip Report: Days 3 & 4Walt Disney World: We spend 10 days at Disney and the beach. Here's a report on how days 3 and 4 went. Disney Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.
From Don NealDAY 3 - Monday (5/31)
Posted June 9, 2010 at 7:42 AM
Disney Hollywood Studios
Thanks to everyone that recommended DHS for Memorial Day. The park was not packed at all and we rode everything we wanted to and more. :)
Muppet Vision 3D
Great Movie Ride
Side-discussion: Why doesn't Disney make a ride like this that is the history of Disney movies, animated or live-action? They have an enormous library to pull from and could really do something special with it. I think something like this would do really well at DHS or MK.
Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular
Toy Story Mania
One Man's Dream
The Little Mermaid
Tower of Terror x2
Beauty and the Beast Show
Earl of Sandwhich @ DTD
Thanks to the small crowds and FP, even with the park closing at 6, all three kids and I got in three rides that day. This rivals Toy Story Mania for the "Family Favorite" at WDW. 9/10
Finding Nemo Show
Kali River Rapids
Pangani Forest Exploration
It's Tough to Be a Bug
Festival of the Lion King
Trails End @ Fort Wilderness
The food was terrible, our waitress was very odd and not very friendly, and best of all...it was one of those $25 Disney Buffets. Worst value, service, and fodd I have yet to experience at a Disney park or resort. It was so bad we actually had to laugh about it because it was so disappointing. We felt like we left WDW and entered the Twilight Zone. We were told later we should have gone to the main lodge as there were several good places to eat there. 0/10 for Trails End. The name says it all.
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From Nick MarkhamSounds like you had fun up until that dining experience. I can not tell if you are writing this as you visit or if you have gone already, but please tell me you have gone to or will consider going to Whispering Cafe at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. IT is a great experience with the kids. I don't want to give away too many secrets (of course unless your trip is finished by now) but the name differs far from the actual noise level of the place. ;D
Posted June 9, 2010 at 8:21 AM
From Anthony MurphyI have been to Trail's End at Fort Wilderness and they basically have the same food as the Hoop de Doo and I loved it. I am very suprised you gave it a 0, but perhaps it was just an off day. Seriously, I have been to pretty much every dining experience at Disney World and Trail's End was about in the middle for me, but I enjoyed it!
Posted June 9, 2010 at 8:40 AM
It seems that my biggest disagreement with you is your dining choices, but I will say Flame Tree BBQ and Earl of Sandwich are excellent.
I like your idea for the Great Movie Ride or another attraction like it. If Disney were to update or remake it today, that might be the route they must take since everybody is holding on to their intellectual property of late.
From Nick Markham^what did you think of Whispering Cafe? Did you ask for ketchup? :D
Posted June 9, 2010 at 9:09 AM
From Anthony MurphyI LOVE the Whispering Canyon Cafe! It is one of my favorites at Disney World. The food and atmosphere is excellent.
Posted June 9, 2010 at 9:30 AM
Yes, I have asked for the ketchup and yes, I have participated in the horse races!
From Don NealThanks for the comments Nick and Anthony. The trip is over so feel free to volunteer all feedback. We got back on Monday. We were there for ten days (5/31-6/7).
Posted June 9, 2010 at 9:47 AM
Whispering Canyon was the place we were told we should have gone after the fact. Didn't know anything about the Wilderness Lodge or the campgrounds until that experience. Now we know. I gave Trails End a 0/10 because I have no interest in ever returning. A 5 or 6 might have meant I could have been talked into it if there were no other options. :)
This was only our second WDW trip so we still have a lot to learn about dining there and where the best spots are. The good stuff like Coral Reef, Crystal Palace, and Boma (in the next trip report) were planned ahead some of these other poor choices were last minute decisions. And we paid for it as you can see. :P
I will try and post Days 5 & 6 tomorrow if I can. Both were MK days and we ate well. :)
From Anthony MurphyI will say Whispering Canyon is much better than Trail's end, no doubt, but I was just suprised at the utter disgust you had for Trail's End. It just suprised me, thats all. Its all good though since I seem to have a love for DCA in which all other TPIers dispise and Innoventions at Disneyland is different, and perhaps better, than EPCOT's.
Posted June 9, 2010 at 10:47 AM
You got me on Coral Reef, a place I have never eaten (not big seafood family). I hear its good though!
I love the reviews, btw, because I love to read other Midwesterners experiences going to meet the Mouse!
From James RaoMore great stuff, Don, keep 'em coming. And you are right: I am definitely not a huge Muppets fan. However, I admit that MV3D is a fine adventure worthy of its place at DHS.
Posted June 10, 2010 at 4:06 AM
Side note: Pizzafari is a good stop at DAK, and it is air-conditioned which gives it a huge advantage over Flame Tree. Try the Hot Italian Style sandwich...
I agree with your assessment of the Dino-Rama crap, but I absolutely love Dinosaur. In fact, as I stated previously, it is my favorite ride at DAK, at least until the Yeti returns to his former glory.
I did not know there was a different version of the Indiana Jones show... I have only ever seen the current incarnation. Hmmm... either way, the spectacle is a bit long in the tooth and could use some changes.
Did your kids get a chance to do the Jedi Training Academy at DHS? Man, it was a huge hit with my trio!
BTW, I love your idea for a Great DISNEY Movie Ride!
From Don NealWe saw Pizzafari and thought about it but settled on Flame Tree. We'll try that out next time. We watched a little of the Jedi / Padawan show. We were there last year during Star Wars weekends and got to see a lot more of that kind of stuff so this trip we didn't pay it as much attention.
Posted June 10, 2010 at 4:36 AM
I am buried in work and school stuff today so no day 5 & 6 trip report today. Maybe tomorrow. :)
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