An Old Friend with a New Trip Report!

Hey, folks!  What, oh what, has our retired colleague – Dennis Conroy – been up to now?  I mean, where has he been?  Did lose his key to the WDW Main Street Pub, or something?

Actually, he recently returned from WDW, and he’s back to share it all!  Did he enjoy his stay at Riverside?  Did he lift his ban on eating at buffets?  Did he like STK Orlando?  Catch it all in …

Episode 410 – A Trip Report with Dennis!

Disney’s Busiest Waterway? Sassagoula Dreamin’!

Ahoy, folks!  This nautical tribute is dedicated to the biggest Sassagoula fan that I personally know – Skipper Doug Davis!

An unadulterated Sassagoula River Cruise captain “wanna-be”, the host of WDW Main Street’s podcast is definitely a fan.

Actually, when Mrs. All in WDW and I last visited “The World”, I sent Doug a video or two of his beloved river boats.  Oh.  Not to “rub it in”, mind you.  I just wanted to give him a glimpse of “home”!

Having said that, before we proceed to the “meat” of this salute, I’d like to make one small observation.  The Sassagoula River is one busy waterway!

It took a stay at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort for me to really see, and appreciate, it.  Those boats motor up and down the river nonstop!

So, in that spirit, please take a few minutes to check out the “traffic”, my friends.

From our room’s balcony as well as “live” on a private (there was no one else on the boat!) ride to Port Orleans, here are Doug’s beloved boats!  Enjoy!

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WDW Main Street – Episode #311 – An “Untouchable” Marathon – The WDW Resorts!

Hello, folks!  In this week’s mid-week show, all four of us crowd the bar at the Main Street Pub.  Hey!  Drinks are on Doug!  Yahoo!

In this episode, we “take on” all of Walt Disney World’s resorts.  Join us as we discuss what changes, if any, we would make to your favorite vacation spot!

WDW Main Street – Episode #311 – An “Untouchable” Marathon – The WDW Resorts!

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Ride a Disney Bus(?!) Down the Sassagoula River?

Huh?  What am I talking about, my friends?  A bus on the Sassagoula River?  Clearly, I’ve lost my mind!  Hey, I’m only taking a few seconds to point this tip out because, for us, it did come in handy during a thunderstorm.

Mrs. All in WDW and I can’t be the only Disney fans in the world who didn’t know this, but you can take a bus down the Sassagoula River!  Oh, yes, you can!

Actually, what I should say is that you can take a WDW bus to get to the Disney Springs resorts!  Want to hitch a many-wheeled ride to Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, and/or Port Orleans?  No problem!

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Frankly, we had no idea that Disney Transportation provided bus service to the aforementioned resorts, believing that the Sassagoula’s river cruise was the only “game” in town.

Lucky for us, while Downtown’s boats endured a safety shutdown due to thunder, we were still able to find our way “home”!  Don’t get caught in a Disney Springs storm, my friends.  Look for the queues marked 2A, 5A, or 5B!

Dining Recon: Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

Have you ever visited “The French Quarter”?  Also known as the Vieux Carré – “Old Square” in English – The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans.

But, no, my friends, I’m not asking you about that famous historic district in Louisiana’s “Big Easy”.  Did you know that The French Quarter was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, by the way?  Interesting trivia.

Anyway, when I ask you about “The French Quarter”, I’m actually referring to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.  Hey, this is a Disney site!  Of course, I am, eh?

Inspired by the aforementioned historic Louisianan central square, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is a perfect place to both take a leisurely stroll or rest and recreate.

On a recent trip to Orlando, Mrs. All in WDW and I did just that “our way”.  How?  By combining a quick lunch from the resort’s Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory with an afternoon refreshment at its pool bar – Mardi Grogs!

Enjoy!

It all started at Mardi Grogs.

It all started at Mardi Grogs.

If Mrs. All in WDW and I have a Top 10 when it comes to WDW's bars, Mardi Grogs is in the running for #2.  Of course, Laguna Bar is the undisputed #1!

If Mrs. All in WDW and I have a Top 10 when it comes to WDW’s bars, Mardi Grogs is in the running for #2. Of course, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort’s Laguna Bar is the undisputed #1!

Mardi Grogs doesn't serve food, so you have to take a short walk to the resort's main building to visit the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory for lunch or dinner.

Mardi Grogs doesn’t serve food, so you have to take a short walk to the resort’s main building to visit the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory for lunch or dinner.

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Hmm. In search of a good, old-fashioned Po’ Boy …

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Yes!  Bullseye!

Fried shrimp galore.  Fresh house-made chips.  Perfect for sharing!

Fried shrimp galore. Fresh house-made chips. Perfect for sharing!

Of course, how could we forget "dessert"?  Authentic New Orleans Beignets!  Yum!

Of course, how could we forget “dessert”? Authentic New Orleans beignets! Yum!

It was a great afternoon.  Lots of sunshine.  A friendly bartender.  A delicious lunch.  And ...

It was a great afternoon. Lots of sunshine. A friendly bartender. A delicious lunch. And …

New friends!  Hey, one of these guys is getting just a little bit "out of control"!  Hmm.

New friends! Hey, one of these guys is getting just a little bit “out of control”! Hmm.