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.

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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!

Seven Seas Lagoon? Seven Seas Revealed!

Good morning, folks!  I hope that your weeks have started off on an excellent “note”.

Before I jump into revealing the answers to yesterday’s onslaught of trivia questions, let me give any latecomers to this little party once last chance to weigh in with their responses.

Seven Seas Lagoon?  Seven Seas of Trivia!  How well do you know Disney’s “seven seas”?  Take your shot right here!

Wow!  This pile of water-logged questions turned out to be a bit tougher than I expected, I’m afraid.  Thanks for taking on the challenge, my friends!  Let’s reveal the “secrets”.

#1 – Seven Seas Lagoon reaches a depth of 14 feet.  The most popular response, as of this writing, was 21 feet.  It amazes me that WDW’s ferry boats can navigate in such a shallow “pond”!

#2 – Seven Seas Lagoon connects with adjacent Bay Lake.  Yeah, I didn’t fool many with that question.  You blasted it into the bay!

#3 – Of the choices, only Wilderness Lodge does not border Seven Seas Lagoon.  Of course, you “owned” this question too.  You certainly know your resorts!

#4 – In total, 3 ferry boats can cross Seven Seas Lagoon in order to deliver Guests to and from Disney’s Magic Kingdom.  The most popular answer, so far, was 2 … but only by a slim margin!

#5 – I knew this one would be tough.  The normal capacity of each ferryboat is about 600 to 650 passengers.  Very big boats!  The most popular response was 400 to 450 passengers.

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#6 – Seven Seas Lagoon’s infamous “wave machine” was located on Beachcomber Island.  Want to learn more about the Poly’s doomed wave machine?  Check out this great article by Jim Hill!

#7 – Of the choices I gave you, only Runoff Rapids does not find a home on Seven Seas Lagoon.  Once again, I didn’t fool you for even a second.  Those rapids can be found at Blizzard Beach!

Great work, my friends!  You made it through the “Gauntlet of the Seven Seas”!  See ya’ real soon!

Seven Seas of Trivia? Let’s Go!

So, you want to take a pleasure cruise on Seven Seas Lagoon, do ya’?  And, you want to go “all in”?  Then, by all means, please visit Captain’s Shipyard at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Go ahead!  Enjoy an hour on their Sea Ray ‘Grand 1’ Yacht Excursion!  Prepare to dig pretty deep, however.  The price tag starts at $699.00!  Ouch!

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Congratulations to all of you who knew that already and, thereby, got yesterday’s “trivia question” right!

Let’s get back to Seven Seas Lagoon, now, however.  What do we really know about this man-made lake?  Hmm.  Well, let’s see!

Here are seven questions for “the seas”.  Some are easy.  Some are harder.  Some might be tricky!  See how you can do!

#1 – Seven Seas Lagoon reaches a depth of __________ feet.  How many feet?

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#2 – What body of water does Seven Seas Lagoon connect with?

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#3 – Which one of these resorts does not border Seven Seas Lagoon?

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#4 – How many ferry boats cross Seven Seas Lagoon in order to deliver Guests to and from Disney’s Magic Kingdom?

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#5 – What is the normal passenger capacity of a Seven Seas Lagoon ferryboat?

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#6 -Seven Seas Lagoon’s infamous “wave machine” was closed, soon after WDW opened in 1971, after causing severe erosion to the Polynesian Village Resort’s beach.  That machine was located on which of these islands?

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#7 – Which of these WDW attractions does not find a home on Seven Seas Lagoon?

Take Your Shot at a “Grand” Floridian Trivia Question!

OK.  So, this is not so much a trivia question as it is a Grand Floridian Resort & Spa fun fact.  I still think it has a bit of a “grand” feel, however.  I mean, look at this yacht.  Isn’t it phenomenal?

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You know, whether taken from afar or shot from up close, Disney’s Grand Floridian is an utterly beautiful resort.  I love the colors, to be honest.  The architecture, itself, is gorgeous.

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It is, however, a resort that Mrs. All in WDW and I would class as ,”It’s a nice place to visit, but we wouldn’t want to stay there”.  Why?  Well, the price, of course.  $400, $500, $600 per night?  Nope.

Having said that, we do love stopping by.  The views are breath-taking.  The shops and restaurants are outstanding.  And, as I mentioned, some weeks back, even a quick beer at the pool bar is enjoyable.

One thing that always catches my eye are the Floridian’s boats.  In Disney’s own words, the Floridian offers “A Regatta of Choices”.  Wouldn’t you like to “pilot your own adventure” across Seven Seas Lagoon?

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That’s what brings me to today’s “trivia question”.  I’m always keenly interested to see what such adventures might cost.  Especially, when I’m visiting the “grandest” of WDW’s resorts.

So, take a look back at that “deluxe” yacht in the picture at the top of this post.  That craft is the “star” of the Sea Ray ‘Grand 1’ Yacht Excursion.

What is the starting [yes, I said starting] price for a one hour pleasure cruise on that boat?  See ya’ tomorrow with the correct answer … and much, much more!

Celebrating A South Pacific Paradise?

Good morning, my friends!  How is the World of All in WDW!  Did you have a great weekend?  I surely hope so.

Now, where did we last leave ourselves?  Oh, yes.  We “elected” the 2015 Readers’ Favorite WDW Deluxe Resort!

Hmm.  So.  This was how this week was supposed to go …

Mrs. All in WDW and I spent this past Memorial Day enjoying all the grandeur of Disney’s newly refurbished Polynesian Village Resort.

We dined on delicious cuisine.  We sipped refreshing beverages.  We snapped dozens of beautiful shots.  Why?  Well, to prepare for the celebration, of course!

Mrs. All in WDW and I wanted to be ready to present you with an homage to the three-time “champ”!  After all, the Polynesian couldn’t possibly lose, right?  Right?

And, then, the Beach Club happened.  Sheesh!

Clearly, I was taken completely by surprise by last week’s result.  Otherwise, we would have enjoyed our Memorial Day lunch on Crescent Lake.  Ah, such is life.

It was a great result, my friends.  For us, any resort on Crescent Lake is a fabulous choice.  But, in this “tournament’s” case, I never thought that any other resort, other than the Poly, had a real chance.

What happened?  It had to be lingering effects of Disney’s massive refurbishment.  Much needed, for sure, but imagine how you’d feel if you laid out “big bucks” to see this …

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I took those shots a few months back – when the Polynesian was a maze of well-decorated walls.  It had to be a less-than-magical experience for plenty of Guests.

Well, into the breach stepped the Beach Club.

A perennial Polynesian rival, you could call it the “crown jewel” of Crescent Lake.  With the best pool on property, and access to plenty of dining options, it is a very fitting champion.

However, back to our Memorial Day “research”.  Is the Polynesian still a construction zone to be avoided?  Not so much, my friends.  In fact, now that it has begun to come together, I think it’s fair to say that Disney has done a fabulous job with the refurb.  Take a look!

This is just a small sampling of what Mrs. All in WDW and I found in WDW’s South Pacific paradise.  More pictures to come in the days and weeks ahead!

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We especially love what they did behind Captain Cook’s.  A huge “patio”, laden with tables and adorned with a sea of bright orange umbrellas, provides tons of needed seating and a great view of the pool!

Pretty nice, eh?  Beautiful job, all in all!  I think you’ll agree … Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will likely be back full-force in 2016.  In fact, if our first visit is any indication, it’ll be back bigger and better than ever!