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Disney ADRs – are you a fan or a foe?

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IMG_3526-WDW-EPCOT-LES-CHEFS-DE-FRANCE🙂 Let’s talk about one of my “favorite” (NOT) Disney subjects – ADRs! For those who are acronyminally challenged (like me!), this means “Advanced Dining Reservations”. I would agree that one should expect crowds during a holiday and therefore it would be prudent to secure reservations for sit-down dining well in advance. However, I think Disney manufactures a certain level of hysteria surrounding sit-down dining by making 180-days-out reservations available all the time, even for non-holidays.

05152010731-WDW-Contemporary-WAVEThink about it. A hundred and eighty days in advance is six whole months – half a year! – prior to the day you’d like to dine. Some people don’t even know they are going to Disney yet at 180 days out. Not everyone plans a Disney vacation that far in advance. Even 90 days – 3 months – is a bit much for my taste. It’s too rigid – where is the ability to be flexible, to change one’s mind in all of this? To be fair, probably the reason I don’t plan that far out is because I am a Florida resident; while it’s still an overnight car trip for me, I don’t have to make plane reservations and save up to pay for them, etc. But to be equally fair, this means that the 180-days-out practice for dining reservations discriminates against Florida residents who want to just hop in the car and go when the mood strikes them. It’s even worse for the true locals – those who live in Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, Kissimmee and the surrounding area who can literally be at the restaurant in minutes, if only there were tables to be had!

042520102839-WDW-Boardwalk-Flying-FishI know this is a radical concept, even more radical than flexibility, but I would like the luxury of being a bit spontaneous sometimes – let’s see, what cuisine am I in the mood for today? However, by allowing reservations so ridiculously far in advance, Disney has made people anxious enough to take them up on it, and spontaneity flies out the window. This results in a lot of “I’m sorry, we’re totally booked for the entire week” should you not get through to WDW-DINE precisely at 7:00 AM 180 days prior to your meal. While there are allegedly a certain number of seats per meal set aside for “walk-ups”, my personal experience indicates it is a rarity to be seated this way. If it happens and you mention it to regular Disney-goers, they will stare at you in awe and maybe want to reverently touch your hem or kiss your ring to rub off some of your mojo.

From my point of view, the availability of sit-down dining reservations half a year in advance is NOT a valuable service for all guests. While it may be comforting to some, it’s also stressful and sometimes disappointing to others. It’s a method of creating near-panic that results in guaranteed butts-in-seats revenue for Disney’s sit-down dining establishments. Can you say “ka-CHING! $$$”?

Are you a big fan of ADRs or do they make you as “Grumpy” (but not Sneezy or Dopey) as I seem to be about it?

Please leave a comment; I’d love to hear what you think!

The preceding rant was inspired by a story at The Daily Disney, an Orlando Sentinel blog. You can read the story at the link below. Note how the headline admonishes that you’ll “miss out” if you don’t make ADRs – even the media is encouraging hysteria!

Without reservations, you might miss out on great dining at Disney World | TheDailyDisney.com from OrlandoSentinel.com.

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Disney flash mobs in our future, maybe?

Vinylmation androidsThe Daily Disney reports on the grand opening festivities of D Street, a new merchandise store in Downtown Disney, Orlando. More intriguing to me than the “dominant presence” of Vinymation figures (I may never “get” Vinylmation…) is the somewhat flash-mob-ish live entertainment. Dewayne Bevil reports, “What I really liked about this entertainment was the surprise incorporation of dancers dressed as everyday cast members. The guy in the back looked like one of Disney World’s street sweepers.”

I don’t know about you, but I think I would really like to be walking down Main Street and suddenly find myself in the middle of an unexpected flash mob. As long as they did it randomly (no schedules with people sitting on the curbs waiting) and not too often, I think it would be a cool bit of serendipity to happen upon.

Places I can think of where this would be really cool:

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  • EPCOT – flash mob takes over the fountain plaza in Future World.
  • MAGIC KINGDOM – the obvious places are the hub or the town square at the entrance, but I think it would be kind of cool to use that area where the sky ride used to queue up – make it useful for something besides stroller parking. The “mob” could crawl all over that little hill, adding a height dimension to the act.
  • ANIMAL KINGDOM – problematic due to the narrow trails in this park. The only place I can see this happening without running into big crowds is basically the whole of Camp Minnie Mickey.
  • HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS – obvious places are along Hollywood Blvd and all around the Big-Ass Hat. Streets of America would be good, too – LOTS of space back there. But the PERFECT place for this activity is actually the Animation Courtyard. It’s a wide open area, and you could have extras pour out of Mermaid and/or Playhouse Disney. OK, even though Studios is my least favorite of all the Disney parks, it is now my favorite site for a potential flash mob.

Yes. I know. Disney should hire me as an entertainment Imagineer. Are you listening, Mouse?

Where would YOU stage a flash mob in Walt Disney World?

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READER MAIL: Questions about Ohana and the Polynesian

“Ohana” means “family” – and “family” means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

I got a message on Facebook from a friend and fellow blogger –
“Have you ever eaten at Ohana at the Polynesian? How is it? I tried making reservations online but they say they don’t have any! So I think I’ll call but wanted your opinion.”

My reply:

Ohana is very popular. Keep calling – sometimes people cancel just before the window (I can’t remember – it’s 7 days I think or you forfeit the deposit – I think. Ask when you call!).

The food is good and the entertainment is fun, but it is really geared toward families with children little enough to want to get up and play all the games. Also it is a LOT of food – it’s one of those places where they would put an entire cow on your plate if you let them.

What I like best about eating at Ohana is having a fruity cocktail in the Tambu Lounge beforehand and going out to the pool bar afterward for a nightcap. In the Tambu Lounge, they serve drinks in “the glass that looks back at you”. At the pool, they tend to pipe in the music from Wishes and you get to see it from the Polynesian’s beach.

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World of Color debuts at Disneyland June 11th

While I was at Walt Disney World last weekend, I noticed that much of the merchandise in the shops, both inside the parks as well as at Downtown Disney, was drenched in color. Splashes of bright, nearly-neon color were everywhere. It was as though a box of Crayola Day-Glo threw up all over The World (ewww!). OK, bad analogy for something I actually liked, but you get the idea, right?

Now that I’ve seen the video below, I’m thinking perhaps it’s intentional, to celebrate the opening on June 11th 2010 of World of Color, a new multi-media night time show that will apparently make its home at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Watch this:

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Help decide! Dinner candidates Boardwalk and Epcot Resorts

🙂 There is a pic attached with the "short list"… Meeting up with friends who are running in the Princess Marathon in March. Looking to dine out near EPCOT on the Friday before. Please help decide!

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Mobile Blogging from Walt Disney World this weekend!

IMG_3536 🙂 Yep, I’m going to Disney World on Friday – right after work, I’ll head over to the “pearly gates” ºoº .•:*¨¨*:•. ºoº and meet up with some friends at the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s new restaurant, Sanaa. Can’t wait to see everyone! Just scroll down past this post to see all the LIVE mobile blogging that will happen Saturday and Sunday. See ya real soon!

Planet Hollywood, Downtown Disney

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IMG_1982This is the Planet Hollywood in Downtown Disney, Orlando, Florida. While selecting a photo for this post, I realized that in all the years I’ve been going to Walt Disney World, I have never dined at Planet Hollywood!

I remember when this chain first opened. Stars like Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger co-owned it. At the time, it, was sort of new and innovative to have big name stars publicly backing and promoting a major tourist attraction restaurant while they were still big name stars. Star power lent the illusion of glamor to the chain.

In addition to the restaurants, the Planet Hollywood brand has been applied to a hotel and casino resort in Las Vegas. I’ve read that the Starwood Hotel Chain is going to take over management of this resort. That might just get me to Vegas. I’ve shied away from going there because I’m not interested in gambling, the show tickets are REALLY expensive, and I have the impression that the entire city is an assault on the senses. But staying at a hotel free on Starwood points might just change my mind!

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Culinary adventure, anyone?

The Caribbean Comes to Naples – Gulfshore Life Magazine.

Found a review in Gulfshore Life’s blog section  – Sweet Mama’s Island Cuisine is located down in Naples, FL and it sounds DELISH.  Unfortunately, no one I hang with down here in Florida is really burning for a culinary adventure.  Actually, I think Debbie would, except her stomach has been giving her grief lately.  Well, maybe when my niece comes down I can convince her that her life is not complete without trying this…. LOL!

Sanibel Island’s Over Easy Cafe

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02-21-08_0855-Over-Easy-Cafe-Sanibel 🙂 Last time I ate at the Over Easy Cafe on Sanibel Island, I took a picture of the menu. The Over Easy is decorated with a country motif featuring chickens and roosters; you can see that this one here has both blue and yellow going on, befitting the themes of Blue Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday. And since we’re in a restaurant, it’s easy to cover this week’s prompt for Manic Monday, which is taste.

The Over Easy is on Tarpon Bay Road, right at the foot of Periwinkle. If you read up at the various travel review sites about the Over Easy Cafe, I think you will find that the one thing they are most famous for is their giant homemade sticky orange rolls; I hear they taste great. However, the one thing on the Over Easy menu that stands out most in my mind is their Summer Salad. It’s a healthful mix of greens, fruits and nuts, with a pecan raspberry vinaigrette and crumbles of bleu cheese. Talk about taste – it’s truly awesome!

The decor at the Over Easy has lots more blue and yellow stuff – visit the Over Easy website to have a look at additional pictures and the menu.

Well, it looks like I’ve squeaked out yet another victory in the Monday Meme Trifecta – we’ve got blue, we’ve got yellow, we’ve got taste. Wondering how many more weeks I’ll be able to pull this off? Me too! Guess we’ll all just have to tune in again next week to find out 🙂

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The Empress Lilly, Downtown Disney

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IMG01511-Fultons-Crab-House-Empress-LillyFor today’s Ruby Tuesday, I’ve got a little history lesson for you all, about a popular seafood restaurant in Orlando, Florida.

Located in Downtown Disney, Fulton’s Crab House opened in the mid-1970s and was originally called The Empress Lilly. Named after and christened by Walt Disney’s wife Lillian, this paddle-boat styled structure housed three different restaurants and a lounge. After many years, Disney began to outsource the management of their restaurants, and The Empress Lilly underwent a transformation into the Fulton’s Crab House restaurant you see there today. It’s been a few years since I’ve eaten there, but I seem to remember that I liked the crab cakes a lot!

Have you eaten at Fulton’s Crab House recently?
Was it good? Bad? Downright UGLY?
Please leave a comment and share your experience – I’d love to hear about it!


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Retail Therapy Skies Over Fort Myers, Florida

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IMG_0386-sky-reflected-Crispers-windowI was out and about this weekend doing some retail therapy, and at some point on Sunday afternoon, I decided that I was hungry. So I stopped at one of my favorite casual places, Crispers. The menu is based around fresh produce, and all of their salads and sandwiches are cold, crisp and delicious. I always sit outside, and while I was waiting for my food, I spotted some puffy clouds in the window of the restaurant. I am sure that people thought I was an idiot, taking pictures of the side entrance of Crispers. A lot of you reading this are photo meme junkies too, so I bet that experience is not unique 😉

IMG_0391-sky-in-parking-lotAfter my delicious lunch, I moved across the parking lot to Barnes and Noble side of this sprawling suburban shopping center. By this time, those very clouds that had been reflected in the restaurant window had bloomed quite nicely, and I thought they looked pretty neat hovering over the trees that provide the all-important but too few and far between shaded parking spots 🙂 And there I was again, the idiot standing in the middle of the parking lot taking pictures of the sky! 😀

PS – Drat, I nearly forgot to haiku!

There she goes again –
taking pics of gawd knows what!
Must she block the road?


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Thanksgiving Dinner at the Old Captiva House

To those of you in the United States, hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and may your turkey be golden and moist!  I’ll be driving out to the islands today to have dinner with friends at a restaurant called The Old Captiva House, which is at the Tween Waters Inn.  I’m a little excited because I’ve never eaten there before, so this should be new and fun.  Will be sure to mobile blog a little while I’m out there!