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!

Memories and Mudslides!

Short and sweet to start this fine week, my friends.  Literally!  Short and sweet.

Not only have Mrs. All in WDW and I not been to The World for quite some time, it is probably going to be a few more months before we pass under Disney’s welcoming gates.

The Western gate. One of the most gorgeous sights in ANY world.

Of course, that fact is causing me to wax nostalgic.  Good food, beautiful sights, and refreshing drinks.  Naturally, all that longing leads me to … Laguna Bar!

Behold!  Good food …

The “legendary” Laguna Burger. I swear it’s one of the BEST burgers on property. Normally comes with your choice of chips, but you can request fries at an upcharge.

Beautiful sights …

Refreshing drinks …

Modelo is one of my favorite “Disney beers”.  I only drink it when I’m relaxing at Laguna Bar!

Finally, we make it to the “sweet”.  It’s out of the ordinary for us to enjoy a “dessert drink”, but Laguna’s Mudslide is pretty darn good!

I dearly hope that our beloved bar on the “shore” of Lago Dorado survives the resort’s on-going re-imagineering.  I guess that only time will tell.

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Did you “vote” in this weekend’s Disney Springs restaurant poll, folks?  If not, please go back and weigh in with your opinion.  Results will post tomorrow!

What’s the Best (Most Enticing) New Restaurant in Disney Springs?!  VOTE!

The Coronado Springs Cabanas are “History” Already?! [Poll]

Wow!  So, this is where all the action is going to happen?  Coronado’s Cabanas are already on their way out!  Can it be?

My friends, you saw my fears, regret, sadness, and overall opinion in …

The Re-Imagineering of Coronado Springs? An Opinion.

Frankly, I am alarmed to see that it is happening so fast!  What am I talking about?  Well, credit goes out to blogmickey.com.  Follow them!  Very good site!

In “Coronado Springs Cabana Demolition”, they lay it out in pictures!  The walls are up!  Some of the buildings have been gutted!  Disney does not mess around!

Coronado's Cabanas ... as they once were ...

Coronado’s Cabanas … as they once were …

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If I felt sadness when I wrote my earlier article, it turns out that that angst was mild.  Now, I feel a bit of horror!  Wow.  Already Disney?  The shock of the announcement hasn’t even subsided yet!

For those that don’t know, Coronado Springs was formerly comprised of three sections – Casitas, Ranchos, and Cabanas.

Truthfully, we’ve never been huge fans of either the Cabanas or the Ranchos (having stayed in each only once), but to see the Cabanas get demolished.  Ugh.

Whether in All in WDW’s words or on the WDW Main Street Podcast, you’ll clearly “hear” my distress.  But, how about you, folks?

Does this inevitable progress fill you with endless excitement?  Or, like us, are you shaking your heads with sadness?

Will room prices skyrocket?  Will old favorites – like Laguna Bar – be destroyed?  Will the allure of the tower’s roof-top views be too much to deny?

Let us know your thoughts!

Really? The Re-Imagineering of Coronado Springs? An Opinion …

Over the last few days, a lot of All in WDW’s readers have asked me, “Hey!  You love Coronado Springs, Bob.  What do you think about the big news?”

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What news?  Well, unless ‘real life’ has had you completely covered up, you’ve seen the reports by now.  It’s all over the ‘net!  Coronado is being “re-tooled”!

More Guest Experiences and Dining Options Coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs!

First, let me ‘pat myself on the back’ for a minute.  I somewhat saw this coming.  Want the proof?  Listen back to …

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

Go to the 1 hour and 14 minute mark, my friends, and you’ll get an initial taste of how I’d start to re-imagine Coronado.

Further, go back to my post from last Monday!  In “Two Unheralded Table Services …”, I commented …

“Coronado Springs is currently undergoing a full refurbishment of their guest rooms.  I’m going to sit back and dream a bit.

Might one of their little-known, under-appreciated Table Services – Maya Grill or Las Ventanas – be next?”

Sure, I never dreamed that Disney would “transform [Coronado’s] landscape with floating gardens and an island oasis that connects the resort through a series of bridges.”

Neither did I imagine an “expansion”!  A “new 15-story tower”?  “[R]ooftop dining with panoramic views” of Disney’s fireworks?  Wow!

Back to the original question … what do I think?  It’s simple.  At the same time as I feel excitement, I also feel deep regret.  So many family memories.  And, our beloved Laguna Bar!

Laguna Alive

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I’ve said this many times before … Mrs. All in WDW and I consider Coronado to be a resort with a Deluxe feel at a Moderate price.

Clearly, this transformation is aimed at elevating the resort.  With the major investments that Disney is making, I think it’s fair to expect Coronado’s moderately-priced status to become a thing of the past.

With this in mind, my opinions are this …

  • I fear that the Coronado we’ve long known and loved is about to become a distant, fond afterthought.
  • I fear that our $150 – $200 per night room is going to be transformed, itself, into a $350 – $400 per night room.
  • I fear that our favorite place on property – Laguna Bar – will, too, become a thing of the past.
  • How, exactly, will a 15-story tower fit in with the resort’s “Spanish Colonial” theme?
  • I could go on and on …

My friends, we know that “progress” is inevitable.  The metamorphosis that Disney has laid out is truly exciting.  I can’t wait to see the results.

Yet, I can’t help but be very, very sad.  Oh, it’ll make for a great resort, I’m sure.  However, it won’t be our Coronado Springs.

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Two Unheralded Table Services …

Good morning, my friends!  Welcome to a new and exciting week!  There!  How’s that for enthusiasm?  Actually, do you want to know what I’m really enthusiastic about?  Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort …

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Oh, I know.  My love for Coronado is legendary.  Well, it’s legendary if you’ve been following me for any length of time.  It makes me glad to see others jumping on the bandwagon a bit.

In recent months, my podcast partners – Doug Davis and Dennis Conroy – have either stayed at the resort or enjoyed one of its best amenities – Laguna Bar.

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Plus, on our last visit, in early January, Mrs. All in WDW and I had the pleasure of spending some time with Geekin’ On WDW Podcast’s host (and Coronado guest) – Curtis Stone!

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But, enough about those “legends”.  You want to know what isn’t legendary?  Not even amongst my wife and I?  Coronado’s two Table Service venues – Las Ventanas and Maya Grill.

“Unheralded” might be an understatement, in fact.  Unless you’re staying at the resort, these two establishments might never reach your dining radar.

It’s too bad, to be honest.  They each offer some pretty good options.  And, what are those, you ask?  That’s what we’re going to look at today.  Below, I present a “Menu Update” for them both!

Folks?  First, Las Ventanas …

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Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, their menu is small but satisfying.  For breakfast, I’d choose the Chorizo Skillet.  For lunch or dinner, I’d order the Roasted Corn Chowder and Ventanas Burger.

Las Ventanas is the smaller of Coronado’s two sit-down restaurants.  Open for dinner only, however, Maya Grill is the resort’s other alternative …

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You know me.  When it comes to this menu, I’d be all about the braised Beef Short Ribs.  No question in my mind!

Dennis Conroy often says that some spots – like Polynesian’s ’Ohana – are “destination restaurants”.  I’ve long said that I’d love to see Coronado Springs elevate one of these venues (most likely Maya) to that kind of standing.

Coronado Springs is currently undergoing a full refurbishment of their guest rooms.  I’m going to sit back and dream a bit.  Might one of their little-known, under-appreciated Table Services be next?  Ah, if only …