- Mark, Jeanne Ty
- Phillips: Dave, Bev, Martha, Margarette, Clara
We have quite a bit of experience going to Disney World and Universal Studies in Orlando, Florida. We’ve also branched out to do a Disney Cruise and Disneyland in California. This section is intended to provide some historical perspective on our experiences. We’ve experienced Disney with our kids, with our extended family of 24 people, and as a romantic getaway with just Mark and Jeanne.
Over the years we’ve developed a passion for planning our days around a relaxing dinner at one of the tremendous restaurants at Disney World. In the picture above the entire extended family is enjoying a great meal at the Yak and Yetti Restaurant in Animal Kingdom in 2008. Continue reading Our Favorite Disney Restaurants
In 2002 we got a great deal staying at Homewood Suites right outside Disneyworld. This should have been terrific – a nice suite including kitchenette, a Jacuzzi, a nice pool and free breakfast every morning. But something didn’t feel right. While the price was terrific, we found ourselves with people who didn’t seem to share our same values. I don’t know how else to state this – it just wasn’t comfortable. After a few nights we decided to call DisneyWorld to see if we could move to an onsite resort. We cancelled the rest of our stay at the Homewood Suites and spent the remainder of the week at Port Orleans Riverside. The difference was amazing and Port Orleans became our most favorite resort – at least up to the point that we tried another resort. I don’t know what magic makes the in-park resorts so much more delightful, but this experience proved it yet again. Continue reading Disney Resorts
Who Went: Mark, Jeanne, Ty
We stayed at the Beach Club. They have an awesome pool and its just a 5 minute walk right into EPCOT. Its a 25 minute walk to the Studios or you can take a boat. The setting was perfect. Continue reading 2013 Disney Trip
Who Went: Mark & Jeanne for our 25th Wedding Anniversary
Where we stayed: Grand Californian at Disneyland
and Bellagio in Las Vegas
We didn’t take any pictures during this trip, though I wish we had. In particular the Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure was awesome. It was so well done that it almost felt like you were inside the Cars Movie.
For the most part the attractions at Disneyland are very similar to the attractions at DisneyWorld, but in a very small park so everything is crammed together. We tried to do the Materhorn, but Mark couldn’t bend his knees enough to sit in the seat, and they had to stop the ride to let us off.
We were amazed at Disney’s World of Color show. The sound system was absolutely incredible. They did a terrific job choreographing water jets, lights, music and projected images. In DisneyLand it appears that most of the guests are local, and they all have their Magic Ear hats, which change color along with the colors of the show. Thousands of them!!
DisneyLand is so compact that one of the exits from our hotel is inside the park itself. The hotel was excellent. We missed the convenience of the Magic Express in Orlando.
Month of Trip: December
Where we stayed: Animal Kingdom Lodge
Where we ate: Canada and Morocco in EPCOT, Hollywood and Vine at Disney Studios, Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge