Disney Parks! (and maybe Universal)

Discussion in 'Free Range' started by fantasynerd, May 30, 2017.

  1. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    I figured there are enough of us here that are really into Disney parks that they deserve their own thread.

    So on Friday R and I are going to Disneyland, and having dinner at the chef's table at Napa Rose. I feel so fancy and I'm really excited.

    We're also excited about the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride (though I love and am sad about ToT being gone), but probably won't go on it because we'll be out late so probably won't get there in time for a fast pass and I'm not waiting in line for 2 hours. We'll go back later in June and try then and I'll report back.

    Florida chickens, thoughts on Rivers of Light and/or Pandora?
     
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  2. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I loved the chef's table at Napa Rose! We went for my birthday one year. You and I are born at a great time for their seasonal menus. They may have Copper River salmon when you're there. :drool:
     
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  3. Ironring

    Ironring This Momma

    This is a great idea for a new thread. Some friends and I are thinking of going to Disneyland sometime between end of August and mid November. Any tips on best time to go to avoid crowds? Is it even possible to avoid crowds? We are tentatively thinking the last weekend in September.
     
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  4. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    The first two weeks of November are good for low crowds. Most of holiday overlays on the rides should be up if you go the second week of November.
     
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  5. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    N has said that Pandora has been crazy busy. Lines from the attractions all the way back to the entrance of the park. We are planning on going in the fall (once I'm no longer blocked out for AK), so we'll report then! It's not worth waiting 3 hours in the sweltering heat.
     
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  6. allmaple

    allmaple Chicken

    We might have enough time/money for trip in October 2018 and I am deciding between relaxing Caribbean or Halloween at Disney/Universal and trying to get a reservation at Victoria and Albert's for our anniversary. I know it's a long way away, but I need something to plan :lol:
     
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  7. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    @allmaple 100x yes to Victoria & Albert's. It was the best meal I've ever had (or will probably ever have).
     
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  8. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    That's ok. I'm already working on a trip itinerary for next February.
     
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  9. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Don't let that last part be true.
     
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  10. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    When we went to WDW we decided Victoria & Albert's was less important to us than BoG and Jiko, but I do want to go at some point. And Jiko may have been the best meal I've ever had, at a restaurant at least and all things considered.

    Friday is my birthday, so I'm looking forward to cast members telling me happy birthday all day, and then dinner will be amazing. I don't really like fish but I'm sure there will be plenty of amazing seasonal stuff. And even if we don't go on Guardians, maybe we can meet Groot!

    Late September is R's birthday, and generally it's a good time for Disneyland, but I agree with Honey that early November is better. I feel like the emptiest days I've gone have been weekdays in February. Weekdays and rainy days are the most empty, but sometimes it's weird and crowded when it shouldn't be.

    If anyone wants to go down the rabbit hole of disney parks information, I feel like Disney Tourist Blog is a good place to start.
     
  11. allmaple

    allmaple Chicken

    I feel like the food is my primary focus of a possible Disney trip :lol: I also want to do afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian. I absolutely loved Jiko. We did a late lunch at Be Our Guest and most of the lunch crowd was already leaving so not very noisy. The dinner and breakfast there seem overpriced to me so would probably only do lunch there again.

    As much as I would love a fun room at a Disney resort, I think I'd rather put the money towards food. J's parents have a time share in Orlando and we can get a room for $300 for a week which is what we did last year. It was a little closer to Universal, but still less than 20 minutes to Disney. And Orlando Uber is super cheap!

    What are crowds like the second/third week of October?
     
  12. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    It used to be our favorite time to go, but it's busy for all of Food & Wine Festival now. Still worth the crowds to do the festival, though.

    D and I were just talking about how our early WDW trips influenced our palates and made us, if not more adventurous eaters, at least more adventurous in what we learned how to cook. Jiko and the Food & Wine Festival in particular. It can be a real foodie vacation if you want it to be, although it feels like they're doing their damndest to make that not the case anymore. Disney dining is not what it used to be, but it's still fun. For now.
     
  13. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    @allmaple I can vouch for the amazingness of Universal's Halloween Horror Nights. I really, really want to go back again this year, it was just that much fun.
     
  14. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    We have a reservation at Boma this week :wink:
     
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  15. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    We did Disney/HP this past March and it was SOLID.
     
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  16. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    I'm super interested in the Food and Wine Festival. I've been to WDW once, at 18 on a high school band trip, and we had these meal vouchers that pretty much just got us fried food for every meal. There's a lot to do and try there that I didn't because I was in a group on a group schedule and whatnot...never had a dole whip, never met a princess! Like how bad is it that this is on my list of things to ideally do before kids because I don't want them to slow me down? :lol:
     
  17. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Um ... it's not. Strollers and diaper bags and nap breaks suck in Disney parks.
     
  18. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I remember Disney when I was in preschool. We left my infant brother behind, so I was probably 4? I can't wait to take C. I haven't been since a coworker and I did a mad dash through Disneyland after work one night, and it's been High School since I went to Disney World.
     
  19. LouiseBelcher

    LouiseBelcher spampants

    Living on the west coast, I'd been to Disneyland but not WDW. I took my kiddo to WDW for her 10th birthdayand it was a blast. She was tall enough to go on all the rides and old enough not to need naps etc. She was still young enough to appreciate all the princesses and movie things.
     
  20. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    Honestly Disney does not sound fun with kids. Too much stimulation, too much hurry up and wait. Before around 6, you couldn't pay me enough dollars.
     
  21. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith Staff Member

    Yeah my parents waited until my sister and I were 8 and 9/10 (grades 2 and 4) for our first trip to Disneyland. That way we could walk around on our own, wouldn't get as tired and would remember and enjoy the trip. Two years later we did WDW the first time. I would take the same mentality I think, unless we went for a race then maybe a bit earlier. But I don't want to have to deal with a stroller in those parks.
     
  22. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    R is against taking small children to Disneyland, but I'm like, but, we live here. I'm totally on board with not taking a kid who still wears diapers and naps regularly to WDW though. And we very deliberately made an 8 day trip before kids. Hell, I want to go to Disneyland Paris before kids too.

    @A. Ham Food & Wine is amazing. They gave us a passport to fill out/place stickers for so of course that meant we had to eat all the food and fill it out in its entirety.
     
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  23. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith Staff Member

    Ok, if I lived near one of the parks, then yeah, I'd definitely do day trips (stroller or not). But it's an expensive trip and a lot of extra stuff to haul with you when you need to fly to get there.
     
  24. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I was five the first time I went. I was old enough to remember the trip and walk around on my own. I think my parents were smart with their timing, though. We didn't stay in the park long enough for meltdowns.

    D and I want to take our niece and nephew each separately. I feel like 8 is probably a good age. They're still a little too attached to their mom at their current ages.
     
  25. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    They did stickers? We haven't done the Festival for the last few years, but they used to stamp them. I liked the stamps.