Saturday, February 27, 2016

Hello Mickey!

From a few of my previous posts, one can see that I pretend to be a runner.  I have had fewer opportunites in the last year to indulge this fantasy, but I made plans to run the Princess 1/2 Marathon at Disney none the less.  I am so glad I did!  We flew out of Atlanta on Thursday morning, flying into Orlando before lunch, rented a car and zipped to our hotel. We stayed at the Double Tree Suites on the Disney property.  It is a short walk from Disney Springs and turned out to be a great location for us.  While I love staying in the park, here's the thing: The moderate priced hotels inside the park seem to be designed for families with little children.  Or little families.  Or just little people.  Okay, we need room.  Lots of it. (Short people got no reason, short people got no reason....)

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We really enjoyed the Disney Springs area.  This location was formerly known as Downtown Disney. We visited when the children were small, but back then, they just saw it as wasted time out of the park.  These days, the restaurants, shopping, movies, bowling and atmosphere made it a very cool place to be. Thankfully, it was within an easy walk from the hotel.

We had reservations for lunch at Raglan Road, an Irish restaurant at Disney Springs.  It turns out that reservations were not necessary, but we were there at lunch and in February when the crowds were minimal.  The food was delicious and the atmosphere at the restaurant was spectacular for these "celtophiles". We gave the restaurant 6 out of 5 shamrocks.


Thursday night, we went back to Disney Springs for supper at Bongos Cuban Cafe.  Disney Springs at night is electric.  There is lots of live music, drinks and good fun and it was definitely more crowded than earlier in the day.  We had a great time, but not a great dinner.  We were disappointed in Bongos and would not go back or recommend it :-(

Friday was the day for Hollywood Studios.  This was our first time using magic bands for fast passes and tickets.  We loved them.  After a small glitch that Guest Relations handled with typical Disney magical customer service, we were good to go.

Another first for me was using the app, "My Disney Experience".  This was great as everyone in the family could download our itinerary for dining reservations and fast passes and know what was next. So... yeah... Disney is really high tech!

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We wasted no time hopping on our favorite, The Great Movie Ride and the it was on to our fast pass selections of Tower of Terror and the Rockin' Roller Coaster.  There is a new Toy Story ride in the park that we didn't try as I couldn't get a fast pass and the lines were incredibly long.  So next time....

De and I had a wonderful fried green tomato sandwich for lunch at Rosie's All American Cafe at Hollywood Studios.  I really liked it!  The line was long and the service slow, but the sandwich was tasty.  We staked out a table and enjoyed the food, the crowd and the 75 degrees and sunny weather.

Supper was in the Magic Kingdom (park hopper passes) at Tony's. (This is the Lady and the Tramp restaurant that is located just inside the gate in the Main Street area).  This was some e x p e n s i v e spaghetti.  We weren't thrilled with the meal or sadly, the service.

I love the Electric Parade and that cured the disappointment I felt in our restaurant choice.

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