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Walt Disney World – Parks

Just a Christian Dad’s Review


Walt Disney World – Parks

We only visited 3 of the 4 major parks and we didn’t get a chance to visit Downtown Disney, thought it was on our list.

“Huh? But you said you went into the parks 4 times,” you may be asking.

You’re right.  We went into Epcot on the first day, Hollywood Studios on the second day and we saved Magic Kingdom for our last 2 days.

There is so much to do and Magic Kingdom is so big, I figured it was easier and smarter to break it up into 2 days.  Plus we had a dinning reservation for dinner at Cinderella’s castle on one day and Tony’s Restaurant for dinner on another day.

Those reviews will be posted later as well but I’ll go ahead and say that my favorite thing is how the chef’s at all the places we ate at go out of their way to help with dietary needs.  I have an intolerance to eggs, not a full allergy but I just can’t eat them without cramping and the chef’s all prepared special versions of the food I wanted if they contained eggs.

Moving on…


Of all three parks, Epcot is my least favorite.

That’s not to say it’s bad to visit.  Your experience may prove different.  I just didn’t find much to do here that I enjoyed as much as the other two parks.

Here’s a list of what all we did:

  • Innoventions
  • Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Soarin’
  • Living with the Land
  • Pavilion

We had dinner at the American pavilion, a quick service meal.  It was the same cheeseburger I had back at Port Orleans food court so I knew what to expect.  Not sure I remember what the other people with us had but I’m sure I would’ve asked them before posting the food review for that place later.

No we didn’t skip lunch while at Epcot.

When planning for the trip we actually booked a late breakfast at 1900 Park fare for the Marry Poppins Breakfast.  It was decent.  I’m not a very big breakfast fan so everyone else enjoyed more I’m sure.

My main like about this place was, again, the chef’s attitude but even more than that was all the characters my daughter got to meet and get autographs from.  That was well worth the visit.

Wow, I’m noticing a trend here where I mention a food place but fail to give a lengthy review of it.  I apologize for it too.

The last two parks will be on the next page followed by my overall likes, dislikes and score of the whole trip.

Overall I give Epcot: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

Overall my daughter gives it a: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

Hollywood Studios!

So my friends can’t believe that this is actually my personal favorite park.  It rocks!

Well, we got there around 9 or 10 a.m. just as the park was opening.  The Christmas tree out front was amazing.  Really good picture spot if you can get your child to sit still long enough.

It’s a little hard to judge the size of Hollywood Studios when you first come inside but it does feel smaller than both Epcot and Magic Kingdom.

The things we did here are:

  • Star Tours
  • Pizza Planet – Lunch
  • Lights, Camera, Action: Stunt Show
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Animation studio
  • Shopping
  • Fantasmic
  • 50’s Prime Time Cafe

Pizza Planet was every kids dream come true but it was just an average pizza place to me.

50’s Prime Time Cafe was probably my favorite of all the places we ate.  Our reservations had us eating as the park closed and after we were done, we had to leave the park.  They never rushed us with our food but once we left the restaurant  we had to get a move on to catch the bus.

Only other thing to mention is Fantasmic… it was in a word – Fantastic.

Haha, get it?  Anyway.

But yeah, it was my favorite park finale.  I enjoyed it more than Illuminations or Wishes.

We arrived at the stadium for the show about an hour or more before it started.  Perfect seats right in the middle and we were able to get rested and purchase refreshments before it got crowded.

Overall I give Hollywood Studios: starstarstarstarstar

Overall my daughter gives it a: starstarstarstarblankstar

Okay… now for the final park review.

Magic Kingdom

This park has got to be every kids favorite and probably even the majority of adults as well.

I even have to admit, it comes really close to beating Hollywood Studios as my favorite.

We had two days here so I’ll just tackle it with a Day 1 and Day 2 breakdown.

Day 1:

Got to park around noon – late due to swimming at the resort pool

  • Watched Mickey’s Make a Wish Show
  • Prince Charming’s Carousel
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • Pictures at the Sword in the Stone – in front of the Carousel
  • Snack at Storybook Treats – ice cream was on the snack part of dinning plan.
  • Mad Hater’s Tea Cups
  • Shopped at Sir Mickey’s
  • Snack at Sleepy Hollow – Funnel cakes were on the snack part of dinning plan.
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table – Dinner
  • Main Street Electrical Parade
  • Meet Tinkerbell and Periwinkle in Adventure Land area

I may have left out some things and I’ll have to add them later.  Both days are kind’a blurring in my memory.  We didn’t skip lunch here, we ate at the Port Orleans food court because of the swimming back at the resort pool.

Day 2:

Got to the park around 10-11 – it was PACKED because it was now the first day of the peak season.

  • Pictures at the castle
  • Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe – Lunch
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • It’s a Small World
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Tony’s Restaurant – Dinner
  • Meet the Princess’s beside Tony’s – It was Rapunzel, Aurora and Cinderella when we were there.
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Main Street Electrical Parade
  • Wishes

We left right after wishes was over to beat the huge crowd.  I’m sure we would’ve stayed and tried to squeeze in another ride or two but we just couldn’t move it was so packed.

Overall I give Magic Kingdom: starstarstarstarhalfstar

Overall my daughter gives it a: starstarstarstarstar

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Walt Disney World

Just a Christian Dad’s Review


Walt Disney World

It’s time to write my first review.  I can think of nothing I’d rather start with than my recent vacation to Walt Disney World.

Before I begin let me say this in case you’re curious. There is really nothing any different from my reviews than any other review out there. The fact that I say “Just a Christian Dad” has nothing to do with specifics of what or how I’ll review.

I’m not going to push my personal beliefs on anyone. As far as this Disney review goes, the furthest I can say it goes with my belief is that I cannot review any beer or wine because I don’t drink any.

That’s not to say I’m judging anyone who does. Be they a Christian or non believer. It isn’t my place to judge that.

I can only give my experiences.  Nothing more.

So apart from the not reviewing beer & wine… the only other Christian aspect is that we prayed before each meal. We also prayed for God to let us have a safe and enjoyable vacation. Which I do believe he did.

Now back to the review of Walt Disney World.

If you haven’t been to Disney World, GO, NOW!

If you have already been… eh, who am I kidding.  GO BACK, NOW!

But in all seriousness, we had a very fun time and I hope to share some of my experiences in this review for those who are curious.  I’m sure I’ll review specific places we ate and visited at a later time.  For now, this is just a general review of Disney World itself.

Lets get started.

So out vacation was in November of 2012, early part of November because we wanted to beat the Thanksgiving crowds but still see the Christmas decorations.  The decorations were awesome too.

The crowds were very small around this time but on our last day it was CRAZY packed.  We were there for a total of 6 days and 5 nights but we only went into the parks for 4 days.

How did that happen?  You may be asking.

Well… the first day we were too tired to go into any park so we lounged around the resort we stayed at.  The last day, we left early since we drove home so we didn’t get a chance to go into any parks that day either.

Moving on…

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