OUR Favorite WDW Things That Are NOT Attractions!

On the latest episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast, Doug, Dennis, and John hung out at the pub to discuss their favorite things to do … that are not attractions.

WDW Main Street – Episode #365 – Our Favorite Things That Are NOT Attractions!

Hmm.  That got me to thinking.  What are our favorite things to do that are not attractions?  Mrs. All in WDW?  What do you think?

1  –  Disney Springs

Definitely Disney Springs.  At one point, Doug Davis asked us if we were going to visit anywhere else in WDW other than Disney Springs.

Why would we?  Actually, we do go to the parks plenty, of course, but Disney has done a great job re-imagining Downtown Disney.  Here are just a few of our favorite “attractions”:

  • Paddlefish
  • The Boathouse
  • Morimoto Asia
  • Splitsville
  • Wolfgang Puck Express – Marketplace
  • Starbucks – West Side

2  –  Crescent Lake

We love, love, love, Crescent Lake … especially the BoardWalk.  Let us describe the ways!

We love a morning walk from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the BoardWalk area.  In fact, Mrs. All in WDW really enjoys going over early in the morning for a cup of coffee and a walk.

We love lounging along Stormalong Bay.  Sometimes, we’ll buy a bottle of wine, grab a couple of outdoor chairs at the Yacht Club, and enjoy the afternoon sunshine.

Other times, we’ll pull up a stool at Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill.  A great pool view.  Friendly bartenders.  Refreshing drinks.  Yum!

Then, there are the restaurants and bars.  Great places like …

  • Belle Vue Lounge
  • ESPN Club
  • Cape May Cafe
  • Crew’s Cup Lounge
  • Captain’s Grille
  • Ale and Compass Lounge
  • Cabana Bar and Beach Club
  • Shula’s Steak House
  • Todd English’s bluezoo

3  –  Laguna Bar

In light of the massive refurbishment going on at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Mrs. All in WDW and I live in fear of Laguna’s demise.

We’ve made, what we hope to be, lifetime friends at that little lakeside bar, and it holds a very special place in our hearts.  If it survives, we’ll be overjoyed!

That’s the short list for us, folks.  How about you?  What are your favorite things that are NOT attractions?  Leave us some comments and let us know!

WDW Main Street – Episode #364 – Our Weekly News!

Doug, Dennis, and John meet up at the Main Street Pub – check out our menu! – to discuss all of the latest from around Walt Disney World.

Disney has released more news regarding parking in The World.  Which of the three guys launches off into a rant as a result?  Listen to find out!

Remember, folks.  “Ranting Means Ratings”!  Catch it all at …

WDW Main Street – Episode #364 – Our Weekly News!

Dining Recon: The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa!

Potentially one of Walt Disney World’s best kept secrets, we’ve covered The Turf Club Bar and Grill on the WDW Main Street Podcast on a number of occasions.

Situated in the heart of Dennis Conroy’s home DVC resort – Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa – he recently named it as one of The World’s most underrated Table Service venues.  Why?  To find out, listen to …

Episode #361 – Underrated & Overrated Restaurants!

In addition, to catch up on all of the dining establishments that Disney has to offer up-and-down the Sassagoula River, tune into …

Episode #353 – Dining Down The River!

On that show, Doug Davis and Dennis team up to bring tons of great food to your “auditory” palates!

In the meantime, check this out!  Mrs. All in WDW and I got a chance to visit both the The Turf Club Lounge and The Turf Club Bar and Grill on our most-recent visit.

From the pool table to the dazzling river view.  From great service to delicious food.  We had a great time!  Definitely a hidden “gem”!  Enjoy!

After entering, you first come to The Turf Club Lounge.

Mrs. All in WDW beat me at pool, of course!

You walk to the back of the lounge in order to find The Turf Club Bar and Grill.

At first glance, the restaurant feels narrow and small.

But, then, you find more seating and …

… a beautiful view outside!

The menu is pretty diverse.

We shared the Braised Beef Short Rib appetizer. Small but delicious.

Mrs. All in WDW enjoyed the Maple-Citrus Brined Pork Chop.

Meanwhile, I was in a seafood type of mood. It was Grilled Verlasso Salmon for me.

All in all, The Turf Club delivered a very pleasant experience, my friends.  Will it rise to the top of your list of future ADRs?  Probably not.  In a pinch, however, it is a very well-kept secret.  Hey!  We’ll definitely go back!

WDW Main Street – Episode #361 – Underrated and Overrated Restaurants!

Doug, Dennis, and John gather at the Main Street Pub to discuss five underrated and five overrated WDW restaurants.  Which venues are on their minds?

I’ll say this much … Doug thinks John will be in big trouble after you listen to this episode.  Hey!  I think Dennis is in the same “boat”!  That should tease you into listening!  Catch the show at …

WDW Main Street – Episode #361 – Underrated and Overrated Restaurants!

A Mini “Tutorial”: Doing Character Meet and Greets … as an Adult!

By John Peters

Let’s face it, folks, if you’re spending your vacation at Walt Disney World without kids, you’re a big kid yourself!

My wife and I live in the Central Florida area, and we choose to spend every vacation at Disney!  It gives us a chance to escape the stress of the “real world” and just have fun.

As an adult couple touring the parks, we do things a little different than those “Commando Families” you hear about – in the parks from dawn ’til after Midnight.  We set a much slower pace.

We take time to see more shows, enjoy dining out more often, and even hit some of The World’s better lounges and bars.  However, one thing we still enjoy is meeting Disney’s characters!

Hey!  No matter how hot it is, who just cut you off in line, or if your Soarin’ FastPass+ didn’t work, you can’t meet Mickey Mouse and not come away happy!

If you’re like us, and decide to do character Meet and Greets as an adult, try to keep these guidelines in mind …

1. There will be children.  If misbehaving children or crying babies drive you nuts, maybe this isn’t the activity for you.

2. Don’t be rude … but, don’t be surprised if others are.  Sometimes, kids butt in front of you!

3. Remember to have fun!  Going to WDW is about escaping everyday stress, so, no matter what you face while you’re waiting to have your picture taken with Goofy, relax and enjoy yourself!