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Disney World for Adults - Fun at Any Age
Magic Kingdom for the Kid in You
When you think of Disney World, the first thing that comes to mind is children. Why not let that "kid in you" have a fun-filled vacation. Our first stop will be the Magic Kingdom. From there we will be traveling to the different theme parks, checking out the food available in each park, ticket prices, resort prices, ways to save and so much more. This lens is to be informative and fun. Join me at an unbelieveable, imaginative, informative and down right run vacation spot where you can leave your problems behind. Enjoy the lens!
Disney World: Magic Kingdom Fun For Adults Too
In addition to the magical shows and parades, there are so many attractions that are just plain fun for the "kid in you" at the Magic Kingdom.
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Located in Adventureland. Fun for the entire family. Take a ride on a boat where you become part of a pirate's life. See Jack Sparrow as you cruise through a town overtaken by pirates. Note: There is a short drop (approximately 14 feet) to enter the pirates' territory. This attraction is one of Disney World's oldest and favorite attractions. You'll be singing "Yo Ho Ho Ho a Pirates' Life for Me" as you disembark your boat.
2. Space Mountain: Located in Tomorrowland. This is a thrill ride. An indoor roller coaster (rocket) like no other. You rocket" in complete darkness through the galaxy.
3. Splash Mountain: Located in Frontierland. This is a thrill ride. Ride a log boat through waterways, caverns and caves listening to Disney's famous music of the past. Be prepared for the outside 52 foot drop down the mountain. You just might get a little wet.
4. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: Located in Frontierland. This is a mild thrill ride. Get on a runaway train and ride through an old gold rush town. The tracks make noise which enhances the excitement of the ride.
5. Jungle Cruise: Located in Adventureland. Adults love this ride, but so do children. Take a riverboard cruise through the wilds of Africa, South Africa and Asia. Your "cruise cast member" makes the trip extra special by narrating the tour through the wilds.
6. Mickey's PhilharMagic: Located in Fantasyland. This is for everyone; however, this happens to be my husband's favorite. It is a 3D experience like no other. Follow Donald Duck through an adventure of various Disney stories. The sights, smells and sound make this a must see.
7. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor: Located in Tomorrowland. Although this may be a favorite for children, the adults love it too. Be a part of Monstropolis hosted by Mike Wazowski. It is a laugh a minute. Interative with the audience and you are sure to make it one of your favorites.
8. The Haunted Mansion: Located in Liberty Square. A great attraction for adults; however, may not be appropriate for young children. Take the elevator "down" to the haunted house. Board your doom buggy and experience a ghostly adventure. Be care though, some of the ghosts are trying to hitchhike out of the mansion and accompany you home.
9. The Hall of Presidents: Located in Liberty Square. Adults love it, children may become restless. This 23 minute attraction Autio-Amatronic is a legacy by all the Presidents of the United States from President George Washington to President Barack Obama. Listen to their speeches. Most imformative.
10. Main Street Vehicles: Tired of walking? Ride a trolley, omnibus, fire engine or horsedrawn carriage down Main Street U.S.A. Give your feet a rest!
11. TomorrowlLand Transit Authority People Mover (relax and enjoy): Located in Tomorrowland. Adults love this. Just relax and board an open train for an enjoyable ride around Tomorrowland. Put your feet up and relax.
12. Walt Disney World Railroad: Located on Main Street U.S.A. Great for Adults and children. The main depot is on Main Street U.S.A. Take an antique steam powered engine train around the park. There are stops in Frontierland and Tomorrowland. Board anywhere you desire.
13. Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress: Located in Tomorrowland. Great for Adults. First scene at the New York World's Fair in 1964, this has withstood the test of time. See all the inventions and highlights of the growth of our country. Truly an amazing tribute to the genius of Walt Disney.
14. Frontierland Shooting Arcade: Located in Frontierland. An old fashioned shooting gallery. Shoot at buzzards, gophers, tombstones, etc. with an old infrared rifle. A little bit of your childhood "revisited."
Pirates of the Caribbean
Fast Food Dining at the Magic Kingdom
Great Fast Food Finds
Good Fast Food Restaurants (reasonable prices):
1. Main Street Street Bakery: Located on Main Street U.S. A. Take a break and enjoy one of their specialty coffees or a cup tea with delectable cookies, cakes and other confections.
2. Casey's Corner: Located on Main Street U.S.A. (opposite the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor). Delicious hot dogs, french fries and beverages. Dine on outdoor tables, listen to the music or just people watch.
3. Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe: Located in Tomorrowland. MY FAVORITE. Each "Launch Pad" carries different items. Burgers, chicken, wraps, soups salads, fries, etc. are all found at the Starlight Cafe. The fixings bar has everything you can think of to put on a sandwich or as a side dish. Indoor and outdoor dining is available.
4. Columbia Harbor House: Located in Liberty Square. Great claim chowder, sandwiches, salads, fish and chicken baskets. The dipping sauces are delicious. If you do not want french fries you can substitute the daily fruit, all natural apple sauce, or carrot sticks (whichever is available that day.) If you a a french fry fan, try putting the malt vinegar on your fries. YUM!
5. Peco Bill Tale Tall Inn and Cafe: Location in Frontierland. Delicious wraps, cheeseburgers and sandwiches. Sit down outside (in the shade) and enjoy.
6. The Pinocchio Village Haus: Located in Fantasyland. Pizza, salads and chicken nuggets.
7. Remember, you can always grab a Turkey Leg when walking through Frontierland or an unbelievably delicious ice cream treat at Aloha Isle in Fantasyland.
There are many fast food stands and restaurants in the Magic Kingdom but these are my favorites.
Casual Dining at the Magic Kingdom
Great Casual Dining Finds
Good Casual Dining Finds Reasonably Priced.
1. The Diamond Horseshoe (open seasonally): Located in Frontierland. A fun western-themed restaurant serving salads and sandwiches for lunch and all-you-can-eat pork loin and carved beef at dinner. Fun time had by all.
2. The Liberty Tree Tavern: Located in Liberty Square. This 18th century style restaurant serves New England style lunches such as traditional turkey, salads and sandwiches. YUM!
3. The Plaza Restaurant: Located in Main Street U.S.A.(turn right after the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor). What can I say about this restaurant? I have never had such a delicious Reuben Sandwich anywhere as I did at the Plaza Restaurant. I'm still drooling! They also serve all different deli-style sandwiches, large hamburgers and the best old-fashioned ice cream parlor treats (not for those dieting or restricting fat and sugar). A must eat during your stay in Walt Disney World. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant.
4. Tony's Town Square: Located on the right hand side as you enter the park (on Main Street U.S.A.) Lady and Tramp fan? Enjoy great pasta, paninis and pizza at this themed restaurant.
5. The Crystal Palace (located on Main Street U.S.A. and Cinderella's Castle (located in Fantasyland are character dining restaurants. The food at both locations are excellent. If you want to dine with Disney Characters. The Crystal Place and Cinderella's Castle are the places for you.
SUGGESTION: For the Casual Dining Restaurants reservations should be made in advance.
Bring Home Great Recipes - The Chefs at Disney Parks
I bought this book and the recipes are outstanding. The cookbook contains recipes from different chefs in restaurants all over Disney World. Disney's Meatloaf from the 50's Prime Time Cafe in Disney's Hollywood Studios is truly homecooking. *****
More of the outstanding recipes you find in Walt Disney World restaurants. Highly recommended. *****
A compilation of some of the best recipes from Walt Disney World and Disneyland. All recipes are tried, rated and tested before they are featured at any of the Parks in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. ****
Epcot's Future World for the Kid In You
Disney World: Epcot's Future World Fun for Adults Too
Now that we have visited the Magic Kingdom, our next stop is Epcot Future World "for the kid in you."
There are so many attractions that are just plain fun for the "kid in you" in Epcot's Future World.
1. In the Land Pavillion: Soarin' This is my favorite attraction in all of the Disney World and Disneyland Theme Parks. This is a peacefull, beautiful and multisensory hang-gliding experience that simulates a hang-gliding flight over California. Soarin' gives you the feeling of free flight from 40 feet in the air while surrounded by scenic panoramas including the Golden Gate Bridge, Malibu and LA. The finale is breathtaking. *****
2. Spaceship Earth: The Icon of Epcot. A 16 minute omnimover ride that time travels you from the prehistoric age to your future. Experience all the wonders that have taken place in 40,000 years. Then pick your own future! You are asked a series of questions and based upon your answers the time traveler will show you the future of your choice. When you exit the ride, send a postcard of your photo in the future. What a fun rememberance of your experience at Future World. Don't forget to check out the technology of the future on your way out. This is a must when in Epcot.
3. Test Track: Test Track Pavillion. Thrill ride (and what a ride!) A great attracton for the car obsessed which features a dizzingly very popular, high-tech automotive testing facility where you reach 60 miles per hour. Experience extremes for car testing (cold and heat). Fun, fun, fun.
4. Ellen's Universe of Energy: Universe of Energy Pavillion. The attraction stars comedian Ellen DeGeneres (Jamie Leigh Curtis, Bill Ny the Science Guy and Alex Trebek). It is a multimedia attraction that takes you on a trip from the eras of the Big Bang and dinosaurs to the present, exploring what powers the universe and our daily lives. A relaxing, indoor, air-conditioned attraction. Great for taking a break from the heat and being entertained at the same time.
5. Innoventions: Located in Future World. An imaginative interactive play space features the house of the future, a product safety test lab, a band of instrument-playing robots, a wacky game show, a video playground and much more to inspire you. Actually, fun for all ages.
6. Living with the Land: The Land Pavillion. A 14-minute boat ride that travels through the American plains, the rain forest and the African desert to explore how innovative technologies permit food growth while preserving the environment. The fruits and vegetables grown in "Living with the Land" are used in restaurants on the Disney property. Exceptionally informative and enjoyable.
7. Mission Space: Located in the Space Pavillion. A thrill ride. Travel 8,000 miles in 5 1/2 minutes on a journey that turns you into an astronaut on a realistic space flight to Mars-dodging meteors as you attend to your aeronautical duties. There are two journeys to choose from, one being less intense. I have to admit, I'm chicken when it comes to this ride but all my friends LOVE IT!
8. The Seas with Nemo and Friends: Located in the Seas Pavillion. Okay, I must admit it is primarily geared toward children but adults absolutely love it. Take a ride into the ocean in "clamobiles" where you observe characters from the DisneyÂ·Pixar film Finding Nemo frolicking among colorful marine life, including fish and coral reefs. After the ride ends, make sure you check out the massive aquarium that holds one of the largest man-made ocean environments in the world. The best part is the Turtle Talk with Crush show. A personal interactive conversation with Crush. You have to experience it to believe it. FUN, FUN, FUN!
9. Captain EO Starring Michael Jackson. Located in the Imagination Pavillion. (Formerly Honey I Shrunk the Audience). Captain EO, the classic 3-D film musical starring Michael Jackson and a cast of intergalactic characters. All ages can experience the magic of this innovative film. Since this is new (or should I say a "return" to Epcot), I have not yet experienced. I am looking forward to seeing this attraction and sharing my opinion in the near future.
Soarin' (Land Pavilion)
My absolute FAVORITE attraction at any of the Disney Theme Parks.
Fast Food/Casual Dining at Future World
1. Sunshine Season Food Fair: Located in the Land Pavillion. MY FAVORITE. Asian noodle bowls, made-to-order sandwiches served on artisan breads, seafood, sandwiches, fruit, cheese and fruit plates, yogurt, desserts, the choices are plenty. The food is fresh and exceptionally tasty...not to mention the price is right!
2. Electric Umbrella Restaurant: Located in Future World. Serving vegetable wraps, chicken dishes and salads. Located right across from Mouse Gear. Eat and shop!
3. Fountain Ice Cream: Located in Future World: Serving not only ice cream treats but coffee, including cappucino. YUM!
Epcot's World Showcase for the Kid in You
Disney World: Epcot's World Showcase Lots of Fun for Adults
Now that we have visited the Magic Kingdom and Epcot's Future World, our next stop is Epcot World Showcase "for the kid in you."
Epcot's World Showcase is a collective of Pavilions that wrap around the World Showcase Lagoon. Inside the Pavilions your find fine shops, enjoy amazing attractions and dine at restaurants that represent the culture and cuisine of these 11 countries:
You will also be amused by live performers representing their native country.
1. The American Adventure Pavillion: See the Colonial-style structure with elements inspired by Independence Hall, Boston's Old State House, Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg. Enjoy patriotic performances, including the riveting American Adventure show. Look closely at the father in the segments "The Two Sons Went to War." The animatronic figure was a replica of my cousin, Robert E. McCarthy, an Imagineer who helped design and build Spaceship Earth.
2. Canada Pavilion: The setting of the great Canadian outdoors and atmosphere inspired by Canada's cultural history is magnificient. Shop and dine amid totem poles, canyons, waterfalls and lush gardens. The 360-degree film, "O Canada" narrated by Martin Short is nothing less than spectacular. A must seet!
3. China Pavilion: Experience the architecture and culture of China. Enjoy the fascinating 360-degree film, Reflections of China. Enjoy theTemple of Heaven, tomb sculptures, gardens and ponds, dining and shops.
4. France Pavilion: Take a stroll through a Paris arrondissement. Experience a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower. The restaurants and bakeries offer tempting delights, shops sell perfumes, wines and the like. Buy a glass of wine for a "taste of France." Bring your beret! A cinema screens the amazing Impressions de France. One of the most enjoyable experiences is watching the street performers. Worth waiting for!
5. Germany Pavilion: Visit an old-world village right out of a storybook with a Bavarian clock tower and a statue of St. George slaying a dragon. One of my favorite restaurants in all of Disney World is the authentic Biergarten Restaurant, oom-pah music and performers. Experience a variety of German food at the buffet. Enjoy German beer and listen to the o0m-pah music and performers. There are beautiful shops selling steins and trinkets. Personally, I collect the German cow bells. Favorite!!!!
6. Italy Pavilion: Enjoy the breathtaking landmarks evoking Rome's Trevi Fountain and the bell tower from St. Mark's Square. Enjoy the authentic food of the new restaurant: Via Napoli Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. Enjoy watching the street musicians, clowns and acting troupes which provide lively entertainment in the piazza.
7. Japan Pavilion: Experience the ancient faraway land that is both serene and spirited. A red Torii gate greets you at the waterfront before you explore a pagoda, listen to the Japanese drumming and storytelling. The shops are wonderful from clothing to Saki. Enjoy the wonderful restaurants and watch chefs prepare meals. Another one of my favorites!
8. Morocco Pavilion: You will be mesmerized in a world created by authentic Moroccan artisans using genuine materials. See festive mosaics, date palms and olive trees amid fascinating shops and architecture, and enjoy the belly dancers when dining at Restaurant Marrakesh
9. Norway Pavilion: Explore a picturesque Scandinavian village that transports you to a land where the Vikings roamed. Dine on native foods, dance and shop for trinkets. Take a voyage on a high-seas Viking ship from modern-day to historic Norway. Troll-tormented riders must hold on tight for surprises on the stormy North Sea-including polar bears and pirates! A 5-minute film follows the ride.
10. United Kingdom Pavilion: Stroll through a town fashioned after a typical English village that takes you to an English cottage and the streets of London. The Twinings Shop is absolutely beautiful. Enjoy a sample of tea, spray on some perfume, If you want, grab a bite or a pint at the Rose & Crown Pub and Dining Room. The live "English Invasion" show is amazing. You feel as if you are watching The Beatles live.
11. Mexico Pavilion: Explore a towering Aztec pyramid featuring the Animales Fantastico folk art collection, a lively marketplace, the lagoon-side historic restaurant San Angel Inn. Take a gentle boat ride through the pyramid-shaped Mexico Pavilion and see the country's breathtaking landmarks as Donald Duck gets distracted by the sights. Will he join friends Panchito and Jose Carioca in time for their concert?
Epcot's World Showcase Fine Dining
The World Showcase offers you the opportunity to enjoy the taste and variety of foods from different countries, which you may never visit. It is truly a unique part of your Epcot World Showcase experience. I highly recommend some of these restaurants:
1. Le Cellier Steakhouse, located at the Canada Pavilion. This Canada Pavilion's ChÃ¢teau is an intimate restaurant designed as a wine cellar. Prime rib, filet mignon and pan-seared seafood are featured dishes. Effective March 1, 2011, dinner at Le Cellier Steakhouse will be elevated to a Signature dining experience, offering an exciting new menu that will change seasonally and an expanded wine list. Their beer/cheese soup is a must! If you are celebrating an occasion, they will go out of their way to make it special for you. Reservations in advance of your vacation are highly recommended. This popular Steak House is booked three months in advance.
2. Le Chefs de France, located at the French Pavilion. See France Pavilion's Eiffel Tower, this highly rated, elegant restaurant features nouvelle French cuisine, with menu selections that change seasonally. The lunches and dinners are scrumptious! One of my favorites. Reservations for dinner are recommended.
3. Bistro de Paris, located at the Franch Pavilion. This is a very romantic bistro which features a focused wine list, inventive twists on traditional French dinners like crab ravioli and rack of lamb, and views over Epcot World Showcase. Reservations are recommended.
4. Tokyo Dining, located at the Japan Pavilion. Depending on what your order, this fine Japanese restaurant can be considered fine or casual. Their menu includes sushi, tempura, grilled steaks and chicken. The elegant setting celebrates Tokyo's spirit and culture. On a personal note, their sushi is the best! Reservations are recommended.
5. San Angel Inn, located at the Mexico Pavilion. The restaurant is a very romantic dining experience featuring traditional Mexican cuisine.
6. Rose and Crown Pub, located at the United Kingdom Pavilion. As the only full-service pub in Epcot, this lively, Tudor-style restaurant has a large selection of British beers and serves classic pub cuisine, like fish and chips. A fun place to eat, relax and just enjoy yourself.
7. Restaurant Marrakesh, located at the Morocco Pavilion. The restaurant resembles the splendor of a sultan's palace, belly dancers entertain you while you savor fragrant North Mediterranean dishes like shish kebab, roast lamb and Moroccan pastries. Not only great food, but great fun!
8. Nine Dragons Restaurant, located at the China Pavilion. This restaurant combines traditional and contemporary cuisine from 5 Chinese provinces.
9. The Biergarten, located at the Germany Pavilion. This may not qualify as "fine dining" but the food makes it "great dining." Celebrate Oktoberfest year round with German entertainment, beer and a buffet with traditional wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut and more.d The price is very reasonable, the entertainment is excellent and this restaurant happens to be my absolute favorite and great fun. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Disney's Hollywood Studios for the Kid in You
Disney World: Disney's Hollywood Studies Lots of Fun for Adults Too
Now that we have visited the Magic Kingdom, Epcot's Future World and Epcot World Showcase, our next stop is Disney's Hollywood Studios "for the kid in you."
Disney's Hollywood Studios is a combination of Hollywood's greatest stunt attractions, thrill rides, parades and restaurants that are amazing. It is as if you are walking on to a set in Hollywood. The old time streets, cars, costumes, etc. are "perfect."
Here is my list of places for the "kid in you" to enjoy.
1. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular located in Disney's Backlot area (outdoor seating). A 30 minute live show recreating most of the captivating scenes from the first Indiana Jones film are recreated in a scheduled 30-minute live show. The effects are truly awesome. HIghly recommended!
2. Lights, Motor Action Exreme Stunt Show located in Disney's Backlot area (outdoor seating). This 33 minute high-octane excitement is a thrilling live attraction for big kids, teens and adults reveals the filmmaking secrets behind complex vehicle stunts and electrifying pyrotechnics. Definitely a must see. Don't sit too close to the bottom...it could get a little warm!
3. Muppet 3-D Vision located in Disney's Backlot area. Okay, it sounds like it is for children but remember, it is for the "kid in you." a 13 minute eye popping trip through Muppet Labs-in 3D. Surprise air bursts and real bubbles add to the whimsy and wackiness. Very well done, including the entertainment as you wait to be seated.
4. Rock 'n' Roller CoasterÂ® Starring Aerosmith located on Sunset Boulevard. Considering this a thrill ride might be an understatement. A favorite of all. Just buckle up and prepare to rock out with Aerosmith! This high-speed attraction is a roller coaster amplified by the driving beat of a special soundtrack recorded by the rock legends themselves. All I can say is WOW!!!!!
5. Star Tours located on the Backlot. This is considered a mild but exciting full-motion simulator attraction takes you deep into the Star Wars universe. Board a runaway Star Tours Starspeeder, hold on tight... and may the Force be with you! One important factor that I discovered. If you have neck or back problems, talk to the Guest Relations person at the entrance. They will actually arrange for you to take a ride without the movement. Now that's Disney for you!
6. Studio Backlot Tour located at Mickey Avenue. Considered a mild but wild outdoor ride it is a thrilling 35-minute, behind-the-scenes guided walk and tram ride that offers insight into how some of the most spectacular special effects in movies are made. No matter how often I am at Hollywood Studios, I always take the Studio Backot Tour. Fun, fun, fun.
7. The Great Movie Ride located at Hollywood Boulevard. Take a journey through some of the greatest movie scenes in history. Board a vehicle that takes you through realistic recreations of memorable film moments, from 1930s gangster flicks to contemporary sci-fi classics. Fun for all.
8. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror located on Sunset Boulevard. Definitely a thrill ride! Okay, I have to admit this one scares me so I have not been on it. My husband and friends have and love it. Maybe one day. The rides takes place in the crumbling walls of the once-glamorous Hollywood Tower Hotel. Explore the mysteries of what happened one fateful and stormy night, then plunge 13 stories into the thrilling recesses of The Twilight Zone. Each drop is different from the last so no matter how many times you ride, you do not know what to expect. As I said, I'm "kid" in me is chcken when it comes to this one.
9. Sounds Dangerous with Drew Carey located at Echo Lake. Drew Carey stars in a highly entertaining showhich when there is a video mishap, the television studio is completely in darkness. It is an experience solely through sound. As long as you are not afraid of the dark, it is really fun (not to mention cool and indoors) which is most enjoyable. Very funny!!
Other great attractions to see are: Walt Disney: One Man's Dream (located on Mickey Avenue), The Magic of Disney Animation (located on Animation Courtyard), The American Idol Experience (located at Echo Lake), The American Film Institute Showcase (located on Mickey Avenue), and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza (located at Echo Lake).
Disney Studios LIghts, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. - A MUST SEE!!!
Fast Food/Casual Dining at Disney's Hollywood Studios
So Many Places to Choose From
1. ABC Commissary. Located at the Backlot. Fast-food dishes with international twists, like cheeseburgers, curry and Cuban specialties. One of my favorite fast food places located in Disney Studios.
2. Backlot Express. Located at the Backlot. The decor is that of an art department and movie studio-prop shop that serves vegetarian and turkey sandwiches, Angus cheese burgers, chicken strips, Southwest salad with Chicken, or hot dog. Really good, and reasonablly priced, fast food. A fun place to eat.
3. Fairfax Fare. Located at Sunset Boulevard. You can enjoy salads, sodas, beer and smoked barbeque specialties.
4. Hollywood Scoops. Located at Sunset Boulevard. ICE CREAM...NEED I SAY MORE.
5. Starring Rolls Cafe. Located at Sunset Boulevard. Baked goods, Sushi and focaccia sandwiches, fresh coffee, cappuccino and espresso. YUM!
6. Pizza Planet. Located at the Backlot. Still like to play arcade games? This is the place for you. Get your fill of fun and food with individual pizzas, salads and cookies.
7. The Hollywood Brown Derby. Located at Hollywood Boulevard. This restaurant celebrates the Golden Age of Hollywood. It is the home of the original Brown Derby Cobb salad, seared steaks, grapefruit cake and classic cocktails. The price range can vary from $36 to $60 so I would not consider this "fast food." It is casual. Reservations are recommended.
8. 50's Prime Time CafÃ©. Located at Hollywood Boulevard. What fun and good food! An old-fashioned American comfort food restaurant displaying dollops of nostalgia. Tune into TVs in your kitchen, broadcasting in glorious black and white. Make sure you eat your vegetables or the "cast member" will get angry. Reservations are recommended.
9. Hollywood & Vine. Located at Hollywood Boulevard. Fresh-roasted meats and poultry, seafood and pasta are prepared in an open kitchen and placed on an all-you-care-to-eat dinner buffet Reservations are recommended. Yummy food!
10. Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano. Located at the Backlot. This casual cucina serves specialties of Italy, like brick-oven-baked pizzas, pastas, chicken, crispy calamari and seafood. Reservations are recommended.
11. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. Located at the Backlot. This is for the kid in all of us. Inspired by 1950's drive-ins, this indoor "dine-in" is complete with convertible-style tables and sci-fi flicks on a big screen. Enjoy a "galaxy" of all-American entrees. Reservations are recommended.
12. Sunset Ranch Market. Located at Sunset Boulevard. Five restaurants at part of this market. There is an assortment of American fare, from tremendous turkey legs to veggie burgers, pizza, fries to fresh fruit, barbeque to hand dipped ice cream sundaes.
13. Studios Catering Co. Located at the Backlot. An outdoor "covered" restaurant so you will be sitting in the shade. People watching is so much fun. The features Greek salads, chicken Caesar wraps, a variety of sandwich choices which include pressed Tuscan deli, buffalo chicken, turkey club and grilled vegetable. YUM! Good prices.
Disney's Animal Kingdom for the Kid in You
Disney World: Animal Kingdom Fun for Adults Too
1 The Tree of Life located at Discovery Island. This the centerpiece and icon of Disney's Animal Kingdom Park. It stands14-story, 50-foot-wide tree. Walk the Discovery Trails around the tree and observe lemurs, rhinos, tigers and hundreds of other animals carved into it. And don't miss the show inside, "It's Tough to be a Bug." This is a spellbinding 8-minute, 3D movie and multimedia show hosted by the ant Flik from DisneyÂ·Pixar's A Bug's Life. Become an honorary bug in this theatrical adventure. A true 3D adventure including smell...phew.
2. Kilimanjaro Safaris located in Africa. Experience an open safari vehicle ride over a 100 acre African savanna. This ride can be a bit bumpy as it crosses rickety bridges, rocky hills and rivers. You see many animals roaming about, perhaps even some of these species:
Antelope, Baboon, Black rhino, Cheetah, Crocodile, Elephant, Flamingo, Gazelle, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Lion, Okapis, Ostrich, Warthog, White rhino, Wildebeest and Zebra.
The attraction ends with a high speed ride to save a baby elephant from poachers. This is fun for all. Make sure your camera is ready at all times.
3. Dinosaur located in Dinoland U.S.A. A thrill ride. Sit in a CTX Time Rover for a race against time. The mission: Go back 65 million years to capture a mild-mannered dinosaur without getting caught in the jaws of the angry, carnivorous and hungry Carnotaurus. Then you have just 60 seconds to escape! Exciting and fun!
4. Expedition Everest located in Asia. A THRILL ride! A high-altitude, high-speed roller coaster train and hold on tight through daring drops, hairpin turns and a close encounter with the inhospitable inhabitant of the Forbidden Mountain: the infamous Yeti. WOW!!!
5. Kali River Rapids located at Asia. A wild water ride. Ride a raft on the churning Chakranadi River through an Asian rainforest. First, ascend 90 feet past picturesque, lush jungle and jasmine-scented mists, then drop into gushing geysers and drift under refreshing waterfalls. Be prepared to get wet!
6. Festival of the Lion King located at Camp Mickey-Minnie. A 30-minute big-as-Broadway musical-stage show based on The Lion King movie, is performed in an indoor, air-conditioned theater-in-the-round.
7. Finding Nemo - The Musical located at Dinoland U.S.A. A 30-minute musical-theater adaptation of DisneyÂ·Pixar's movie, Finding Nemo, that will amaze audiences of all ages, is performed in the Theater in the Wild at the DinoLand U.S.A
There are numerous rides that appeal to adults as well as children. Make sure to get a map when you enter the park. Just walking the trails is a unique opportunity to experience the numerous variety of animals that share the Earth with us. Plus the parade is always fun to watch at any age.
Expedition Everest - An Extreme Thrill Ride!
Fast Food/Casual Dining at Disney's Animal Kingdom
1. Rainforest Cafe located near the entrance/exit of Animal Kingdom. The restaurant is jungle themed with simulated weather patterns and animated animals, and caters to animal lovers looking for tasty pasta, poultry and vegetarian selections.
2. Tusker House Restaurant located in Africa. A colorful marketplace eatery, which is a family-focused buffet brimming with African flavors and dishes like rotisserie chicken, hearty stew. YUM!
3. Yak & Yeti Restaurant located in Asia. View exotic, historic Himalayan artifacts while you savor Pan-Asian flavors such as maple tamarind chicken and seared miso salmon.
4. Tamu Tamu Refreshments - Harambe, located in Africa. A stand offering burgers and shakes for a quick meal.
5. Restaurantosaurus located in Dinoland U.S.A. Believe it or not, this is a McDonalds serving fast-food favorites served in a dinosaur-centric restaurant.
6. Flame Tree Barbeque located at Discovery Island. Eine in a tropical outdoor pavilion overlooking Discovery River in a restaurant serving smoked barbecue ribs, chicken or pork sandwiches.
7. Kusafiri Coffee Shop located in Africa. Grab A quick bite of muffins, pastries, cakes, with freshly brewed coffee.
8. Pizzafari located at Discovery Island. Enjoy an individual pizza fresh from the oven and scrumptious sandwiches. Beer is also served at Pizzafari.
Disney World Golf Courses
Not Just Theme Parks
Walt Disney World has some of the finest golf courses.
1. Disney's Magnolia Golf Course; located near Disney's Polynesian Resort. This beautiful golf course features elevated tees, spacious greens, tranquil water hazards and championship fairways populated with strategically positioned Magnolia trees.
2. Disney's Palm Golf Course; located near Disney's Polynesian Resort. This golf course showcases the natural beauty of Florida's woodlands with sparkling lakes, tropical sand and native palms adorning masterfully designed fairways.
3. Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course; located near the Downtown Disney . This golf course features a country club atmosphere with fairways that wind around pines, sparkling lakes and the pastel villas of Disney's Old Key West Resort.
4. Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course; located near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This golf course is a family-friendly retreat that's home to an enjoyable 9-hole, par-36 walking course. Take aim at undulating target greens on a course for everyone.
5. Disney's Osprey Ridge Golf Course; located near Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. This golf course boasts dramatic fairways that run through forests of live oak, pine, palmetto, cypress and bay trees
For more information about Walt Disney World Golf Courses, go to http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/golf/.
Disney Rewards and Savings
Disney Rewards from Chase Visa
If you are like me and spend a lot on gifts, souvenirs, tours, upgrades, etc., you can get what you want if you use your Disney Chase Visa. Not only do you receive discounts, you gain Disney Reward Doillars which add up quckly. Use your Reward Dollars anywhere in Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Why not get something extra for your money. I do!
Here is a list of some of the benefits you'll receive:
1. Enjoy 0% APR vacation financing: As an ongoing card perk, pay zero percent interest for six months anytime you use your card to book select Disney vacation packages, Disney Cruises, Adventures By Disney packages, a Disney Resort and Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii vacation packages through Walt Disney World Travel Company, your travel agent or oneline at Disney Sites.
2. Enjoy 10% off select merchandise purchases of $45 or more at select Walt Disney World locations. Ave on everything from mouse ears and souveniers to exclusive Theme Park apparel, accessories and more,
3. Save 20% off the non-discounted prices of guided tours at Walt Disney World Resort. Enjoy savings on tours like Disney's Familyh Magic Court, Backstage Safari Touch, Magic Kingdom Behind the Scenes tour and more.
4. Save 10% at the Disney Store and DisneyStorecom on select merchandise. Promotion codes may apply onlinje.
I wholeheartedly recommment getting a Disney Chase Visa (plus you get to select your design).
Elegant Dining in Disney World
The number one place for fine dining in Walt Disney World is none other than Victoria & Albert's located Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Victoria & Albert's is a 10-year recipient of the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award, this Signature Dining restaurant serves fine cuisine with wine pairings from an award-winning cellar
Victoria & Albert's restaurant offers an intimate 2-hour to 2.5-hour dining experience in an adult- oriented atmosphere. Children under the age 10 will not be served.
Note: Proper Attire may include the following
Men:Dinner jackets with dress pants/slacks and shoes. Ties are optional (Please no jeans, shorts, sandals, flip-flops, or tennis shoes)
Ladies:Cocktail dress, dressy pant suit, skirt/blouse or nice dress. (Please no jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes)
Save on Disney World Resorts
Disney World Discounts
Disney World Theme Park Ticket Prices 2011
Magic Your Way Ticket Prices
Magic Your Way Ticket Prices
Magic Your Way Base Ticket: Base Tickets give each member of your travel party entry to one Theme Park a day each day of your ticket. And now the longer you play, the less you pay per day! The average price per day for a 7-day Magic Your Way Base Ticket is less than half the price of the same single-day ticket*. It's like saving over 50%!
Number of Days and Ticket Prices (for over 10 and under 9 years of age):
Number of Days:
1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day
$82.00 $81.00 $74.67 $58.00 $47.40 $40.33 $35.29 $31.50 $28.56 $26.20
$74.00 $73.00 $67.33 $52.25 $42.80 $36.50 $32.00 $28.63 $26.00 $23.90
Magic Your Way Base Ticket (One theme park per day of your ticket)
Park HopperÂ® Option - Add the following per day:
$54.00 $27.00 $18.00 $13.50 $10.80 $9.00 $7.71 $6.75 $6.00 $5.40
Water Park Fun & More Option - Add the following per day:
$54.00 $27.00 $18.00 $13.50 $10.80 $9.00 $7.71 $6.75 $6.00 $5.40
No Expiration Option - Add the following per day (can be used at any time in the future)
NA $11.00 $9.33 $16.75 $19.00 $17.6 $20.29 $22.75 $23.11 $21.30
ANNUAL PASSES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR FLORIDA RESIDENT AND NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS.
Call Disney Travel at 1-407-934-7630 for more information.
Disney World Extra-Hours
A Benefit of Staying at a Disney World Resort
Extra hours are available to Disney World Resorts guests. There are extra morning hours (the park opens to resorts guests one hour before the general public) and extra evening hours (the park remains open three hours after closing (open only to resort guests). Each day a different extra-hour is available. During your stay, check each Theme Park guide to see which one has the extra-hours for that day. A plus for those who want to experience the most populat and crowded attractions
Disney World Fast Passes
What did we do before Fast Passes? Wait in line which, at times, felt like forever. Fast passes are available a most of the very popular attractions at each Theme Park. Make sure you get your Fast Pass for the attraction you want to experience as soon as possible. They do run out of Fast Passes. You can get a second Fast Pass two hours after receiving your first. There is a return time printed on the Fast Pass which gives you an hour to return to the attraction. I highly recommend that if you are planning on going on Soarin' and Test Track get your pass ASAP.
Note: There are single rider entrances (such as in Test Track) where the wait is never long. Check it out when you get to the park.
Disney World Dining Plan
Disney World Dining Plan
When making your reservations, inquire about the Disney Dining Plan. The dining plan entitles you to two meal credits and one snack credit each day of your stay. One thing to note, some restaurants require two meal credits so make sure you plan ahead.
Different plans are offered so call 1-407-WDW-DINE for more information. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance.
Savings and Disney Rewards
Disney Chase Visa
If you are like me and spend a lot on gifts and souvenirs, you can get a nice discount (10%) in many of the stores, especially in Downtown Disney if you use a Disney Chase Visa. You earn rewards for each dollar spent. I have actually used my reward dollars for free admission to Disneyland. You also receive a seasonal booklet entitled "Disney Rewards" which gives you discount information in reference to Disney plays (including free ticket upgrades), Disney World Tour discounts (20"%) and more. You received cardmember offers at DisneyRewards.com.
If you use a credit card to pay for your vacation, the Disney Reward dollars add up quickly. Use the reward dollars anywhere in Disney World or Disneyland. Why not get something extra for your money. I do!
In a Nutshell
Disney World is truly "The Happiest Place on Earth." Where else could an adult step back in time and have the thills he/she experienced as a child? Where could you enjoy beautiful resorts and golf club?. The Theme Parks alone are visonary. No matter how often you return to Disney World the excitement of the first time reoccurs. My husband and I love Disney World. Leave your stress, problems, troubles and anything that bothers you at home and just enjoy yourself like you haven't in years. We always do!
Great Stuff on Amazon - Disney World: Fun At Any Age
An excellent guide for a "kid-like" adult experience at Walt Disney World.
Grownups? There is a child in all of us just waiting to burst out and have fun at Disney World.
Read through this book and find exactly what you are interested in doing and seeing during your Disney World vacation.