Discussion in 'Disney Trip Reports' started by RachelleBeaney, Mar 27, 2019.
following along. looking forward to reading more
Happy to have you here!
I cannot wait to visit Australia, everyone in my family has went there but not me! Thanks for sharing!
I do hope you get here someday. It's a great country
Universal Studios Florida Planning - Dining
So we are only at Universal Studios Florida and there are SO many good dining options now. However, there are two restaurants at the resort that we have visited before (one a few time) and always want to try again! The first is Mythos. The food here is fine (and when I say fine, it's good standard fare but nothing fancy) but the theme of the restaurant is really what we LOVE. It's like there isn't a straight wall inside the entire place. Plus if you sit out on the back veranda you get fantastic views of the parks lagoon.
As I have a gluten intolerance I do try and avoid gluten when I'm away. I say avoid because when I'm on holidays I like to treat myself, and just take over the counter drugs to cope with it! I can handle small amount of gluten (in sauces etc) but try avoid more concentrated version (like bread or pasta) etc. It's been 4 years since we've been to the US parks, and after a quick glance at the Mythos menu I'm excited to discover that the majority of the burgers and sandwiches come in a gluten free option! I hope this kind of thing has become standard across all the Orlando parks because it will be a HUGE help to me (I always love to get a burger when I can because they have a GF option).
The second restaurant we are excited to re-visit is Cowfish. We ate here on our trip in 2015 and LOVED it. I can't wait to try the loaded truffle fries and makimono again! And maybe a bento box! I love Japanese and I love burgers and this kind of fusion food is super exciting to me. I also remember the quality of the food being AMAZING the last time we visited. And oh so delicious! That being said we ordered wayyy too much food last time, so I think we will take a tapas approach to the restaurant this way, ordering small items or things we can share so we can try a little bit of everything.
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Disneyland Planning - Bookings
So we have yet to book our tickets for Disneyland but have secured our accommodation. As Jared travels a lot, and uses hotels.com to book his accommodation, we had two free nights we could use to save some money at Disneyland on this trip. We will be staying at the Anaheim Discovery Inn and Suites on Katella Avenue (West). I've never actually stayed on Katella Avenue before. We've either stayed in South Harbour Boulevard or at one of the official Disneyland hotels. We really wanted to get a room at one of the South Harbour Boulevard hotels because they are a lot closer to the parks, but since we last went to Disneyland 4 years ago the prices of rooms at these places has shot sky high! Even the most basic motel type places (which is all we were looking for). It is disappointing because the walk from the place we wanted to stay was literally 5 minutes walk and now we are looking at around 20 minutes. Their website says it's a 10 minute walk to Downtown Disney, and a 12 minute walk to Disneyland but I think that's quite a fast pace!
The walk may be a little less if we cut through the Grand California lobby. We did this when we stayed at the Paradise Pier hotel and it saved around 5 minutes or so. Perhaps a little dodgy if we aren't staying there but still, avoiding excess walking is always a good idea as far as I'm concerned - and the lobby is public, anyone can go sit in there! So we are by no means as close as I would have liked. However that is the price you pay for getting the room a bit cheaper! I know 20 minutes isn't really that long a walk either, it's more that at the end of a long day at Disneyland on our feet it sounds like a bad idea!
We had a bit of a freak out when we booked the room. There was a great deal, which on top of our 2 free nights mean't the room was very cheap. However hotels.com had the "only one room left at this price" warning when I discovered the rate. I found the rate just before I was about to leave work for the afternoon and once I got in the car Jared and I both decided we should just book the hotel there and then to be sure. However, his free nights were not working so we had to pull over to the side of the road so he could call Hotels.com and book over the phone! It was a bit crazy but we got the last room, so that was something! I'm glad we booked when we did because only a few weeks later the opening dates for Galaxy's Edge were announced so I'd hazard a guess that rooms for the second half of 2019 are now booking out even quicker!
Has anyone stayed at the Anaheim Discovery Inn and Suites and could let me know what the walk to the park was like, and if the rooms were comforable (we don't care if they are fancy we just want a comfy place to sleep we aren't at the parks!)
The reason we haven't booked our tickets yet is a very exciting one! After pricing the cost for 9 days (i.e. 2 x 5 day park hoppers, plus 2 x 4 day park hoppers - all with Maxpass) we worked out it would be slightly cheaper to buy annual passes! And of course with an annual pass you get the perk of getting dining and merchandise discounts that help with costs too! We haven't bought the annual passes yet because we just wanted to wait and see, after the opening of Star Wars land, if the annual passholder block outs would change. So far we only have one block out when we are there, at Disneyland on the first Saturday of our visit. That's fine, we will just go to DCA that day, but it the block outs change and there are any days we can't get into at least one of the parks then in no longer becomes worth it because we'd have to pay for another day ticket and it's no longer cheaper. Does anyone know how likely it is that the block out calendar will change between now and when we visit? We are looking at the Deluxe Annual Passes.
There is also a possibility that Jared will be going to NAM (the American Music Trade Show) in January 2020 which is held at the Anaheim Convention Centre! We figure if he does (and his flights are covered, and part of our accommodation is covered) then we can easily use our annual passes to head back to the parks in January 2020, perhaps even with our niece who we said would be old enough for the Disney parks at 9 (she turns 9 in mid-January 2020). This is not a sure thing but if it does end up happened it means we will get to re-visit Disney just a few months after our trip in September/October which I'd be super happy about!
Annual Passholders, if you have any thoughts or feedback about the perks of annual passes or any tips, please let me know. We've never done it before so I want to know if there is anything I should know. Oh, and yes, we will be getting Maxpass with our annual pass.
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Unfortunately this isn’t allowed anymore. Even for guests at PPH. They have security on the sidewalk and turn back anyone who isn’t staying there.
If they’ve already announced the dates, then they won’t change those. They would get an uprising on their hands!
Hmm, so you have mentioned the main ones-discounts. You’ll get photos with the Maxpass add-on. During special events they have AP corners which usually involve a button or sticker or something, and a photoshop. Sometimes a character meet. But that changes and you don’t really know beforehand.
A couple Halloween parties get AP discounts but usually just some at the very beginning of the season so I don’t know if that will apply for you.
That's a bummer about the Grand Californian! It was such a convenient shortcut! Oh well. It's frustrating that you can't just get into Downtown Disney from Disneyland drive as we have to go out of way and loop around so we can walk over it again (surely they could build a small set of steps or walkway up to the overpasses over the road)! I suppose once we've done Main Street a few times we could catch the Monorail in to avoid walking from Downtown Disney. We've never done that so that would be an experience and get us into the park saving our legs a little!
Thanks for the heads up that the dates won't change, I feel more confident now knowing we only have 1 day blocked out and only at Disneyland.
Yes looking forward to the dining discounts particularly. Every little bit helps. I was aware we'd get photos included with Maxpass which is an awesome perk. I've also just discovered that Fantasmic and World of Color Fastpasses have recently been added to Maxpass, which is a huge plus for the system too.
Thanks again for your help and info, it really is appreciated.
Disneyland Planning - Crowd Levels
It's really hard to predict what kind of crowd levels we will experience at Disneyland. Galaxy's Edge will have been open for 4 months by the time we visit, but it will likely still be hugely busy. There is also the question of when Rise of the Resistance will open (anyone have any thoughts on that and if it will be open by early October) and how that will effect crowds.
All predictions also point to the rest of Disneyland Resort crowds ramping up because of Galaxy's Edge as well! I have my crowd predictions from Touring Plans, which are still helpful regarding the kind of crowds normally expected at that time of year (which are low - middling) but of course, Galaxy's Edge changes everything. I'm hoping that as it opens, and in the months preceding it's opening I can get a better idea of the kind of crowds I'll face and the wait times as well.
Anyway, for what it's worth, here's what is currently predicted in terms of crowds:
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