All about my last Disney World trip – PREP091

I've just returned from our 2nd annual mom/daughter end-of-college-year trip that included a couple of days at Disney World where we got to try several new things. I have info on that today.

I also have a quick tip about how and when to cancel your dining reservations at Disney World.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

Mexico

My review of The Grand Residences Riviera Cancun

New things we tried at Disney World

  • Old Key West - we loved it and it has now become one of our favorites. See some of my pics from there.
  • Rebel Hangar at Hollywood Studios. This option is available 7 days a week during the time period that Star Wars Weekends takes place. We gave it a 6 out of 10. Read my review and see pics.
  • Saw preview of Tomorrowland at Epcot - loved the preview, and plan to see the full movie. Captain EO may be going away permanently.
  • The Boathouse restaurant in Downtown Disney - loved the food and atmosphere. Reservations available at both OpenTable and through the Disney Dining system. The restaurant is 2 Table Service credits on the Disney Dining Plan.
  • Be Our Guest breakfast - good food, recommend taking the pastries to go and pre-ordering online up to 30 days beforehand.
  • Trader Sam's at The Polynesian - not as much charm as the Disneyland location, much easier to get a seat outside than outside, but bring bug spray
  • Snapchat geo-stickers - you can find stickers for Orlando, in each park, in sections of the parks, and at some specific rides

Did not get to try

I wanted to try the new Express Order app as we were waiting for Fantasmic to begin, but when I tried 30 minutes beforehand, they said they were no longer accepting orders. If you want to test it, I'd suggest placing your order more than 30 minutes ahead of time.

Quick tip of the day

You can cancel almost all dining reservations by midnight the night before without any penalty (though Disney officially says it's 24 hours ahead of time). For more info about when all reservations can be made or canceled, see my post on this topic.

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You mentioned an app to set up alerts for when open tables show up later. Can you direct me to what that is?

Thank you so much! I’ll check it out right now.

Jon Aoki

The Trader Sam’s servers at WDW seem to be more animated and into their “performance” interacting with the guests as compared to the one in DLR. I really like the Grog Grotto. The drinks I had were identical (tasty and expensive) to the ones in Cali, but the festivity that comes with your drink is so much better in Orlando.

amanda

We went to wdw first week in may… And stayed at OKW. And I thought the mosquitoes were bad too. I never noticed them on any of our trips before and I even said something to my husband about the increase in bugs. So I would be interested too in if Disney changed there bug mitigation.

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