Showing posts with label moderate resorts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label moderate resorts. Show all posts

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fort Wilderness Cabins

Fort Wilderness is an amazing resort - comprised of both campsites and rustic cabins - with LOTS to do and see.  There are nightly campfire sing-a-longs, movies, nature walks, a beach to see the Electric water pageant, 2 swimming pools, volleyball, biking, boating, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding  - and more!  There are two speciality dining experiences - Mickey's Backyard Bar-B-Que and the Hoop-dee-doo revue, a table service location - Trail's end buffet, and a counter service option.

If you'd like to camp at the resort, spots fill quickly - especially around holidays.

The cabins at Fort Wilderness are categorized by Disney as moderate resort accomodations - and are a great option for families with up to six people - and they are a great option if you want a separate space to relax in the evening after the kids go to bed rather than a traditional hotel room set up.

Each cabin has a parking spot, deck with a picnic table and a grill.

As you enter the cabin, you are in the kitchen and dining area.  It is a full kitchen complete with everything you'd need to make a meal.  And what's really cool - housekeeping will do the dishes for you!

The dining area has a bench plus chairs.

There is a living room - and there is a Murphy bed that pulls down from the wall.

Down the hallway you'll find the full bathroom.

And finally you have the bedroom. There is a full sized bed and a set of twin bunk beds.  You'll also find a closet and the vanity area where you can dry your hair (great idea so that someone else can be getting ready in the bathroom!).

Like all Disney resorts, transportation between the resort and the parks is provided.  However, at Fort Wilderness it's a little more complicated.  Because the resort is so large, there is an internal bus that will take you to either the front of the resort to catch a bus to the parks.  Or, there is a different internal bus that will take you to the marina area where you can catch a boat to the Magic Kingdom.

Rather than wait for the internal bus, you can always walk (but it can be quite a trek), use your bicycle, or even rent a golf cart from the resort.  You can make reservations up to a year in advance and the costs are $59 a day plus tax.  Do note, the cabins sleep 6 guests, but only 4 guests will fit in a golf cart!

So...what about you?  Have you stayed at Fort Wilderness?  Have you visited to take advantage of all the activities there?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Port Orleans Riverside - Royal Rooms - a review

Have you ever seen pictures of the suite that is located inside of Cinderella's castle?  It would be a dream come true to stay there - and actually the only way to stay there is to win the opportunity.  But.  The same design imagineer who created the Cinderella castle suite also designed the brand new Royal Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside. 

With imagineering, there is so much more to designing a room than picking out the carpet and furnishings.  There has to be a story.  And this room is full of story telling details.

Our story begins with Tiana from Princess and the Frog. She is being visited by all her Princess Friends.  They laugh.  Have fun.  Take funny pictures.  And when her friends leave, they all leave gifts to remember them by.

There are over 500 Royal Guest rooms and they are located in the Oak Manor and Parterre Place buildings of the mansions section at Port Orleans Riverside.

We had two connecting rooms - 9925 and 9926 - which were in Parterre Place - third floor - in one of the furthest rooms you could possibly have!

But even with our location, we didn't have to walk far for anything - maybe 5 minutes at the most to get to the main pool.  We used the bridge to go the foodcourt, pool and bus stop - and sometimes we used the bus stop by the mansions. 

When we arrived at our room, I had all our luggage in one room so that I could take pictures of the room before it was destroyed.

First - we have the beds - queen sized - with these incredible LED headboards.

If you push a button on the side, they light up with fireworks!  It runs through about a 30 second cycle and then turn off automatically.  My girls had fun timing it correctly and setting off both headboards at the same time.

Across from the beds is the TV and dresser.

The larger section of the dresser is your hidden mini-fridge.  And to the left of that is your table and 2 chairs.  Part of the table is a letter from Tiana encouraging you to find the special mementos left by her friends.

So...what are those special momentos?

How about the magic carpet:

And the genie lamp faucet:

Or the shower curtain complete with dinglehoppers:

Or the foot stool:

The room just exudes luxury.  I mean, look at the air conditioning unit!

There is plenty of storage in the bathroom area (even though there are only three drawers in the dresser, we used the top of the closet area as a drawer - and hung up all my tshirts).

And Cinderella kindly left a beautiful place to hang your jacket/towel/purse/whatever.

What I love about Port Orleans, riverside:
1.  two queen sized beds
2.  you can take a boat to downtown Disney
3.  you can pool hop over to Port Orleans French Quarter - it's like having 2 themed pools
4.  There are also quite a few "quiet" pools
5.  Entertainment!  Yee-Haw Bob performs Wednesday - Saturday in the bar area by the check-in
6.  A great food court - lots of selections (my favorite is the create your own pasta bar - fresh and made to order!)
7.  Bus stops are not too far away from park entrances
8.  All the different areas at POR - we were in the Royal rooms, and then there are the mansions and even Alligator Bayou - each with their own theming - and a gorgeously landscaped resort!
9.  If you are a family of 5, Port Orleans is your least expensive option - they have pull down beds in the Alligator Bayou section.
10.  Deluxe amenities at a moderate price (from horse drawn carriages to a marina to boat service to a table service restaurant on site and more!)

Things I didn't love:
1.  If you don't go to the main bus stop, the buses could fill and not come to the other depots - so waits could be long.
2.  No ceiling fans in the royal rooms
3.  We had been leaving a tip for mousekeeping each day.  Towards the end of our trip - two days in a row - the tip was gone, but the room wasn't cleaned.  The room was cleaned immediately after we called - but we stopped leaving the tip.
4.  The bedding.  The comforters are gorgeous to look at - but very stiff and uncomfortable.  I wish they'd go to quilts rather than this type of bedding.

I would absolutely recommend this resort - and would encourage you to stay in the luxurious Royal Rooms!

So...what about you?  Have you ever stayed in a room that made you feel as if you were in a castle?  Have you ever stayed at Port Orleans?


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Caribbean Beach Resort Review

This past December, the girls and I stayed at Disney's Caribbean Beach resort - and we just loved our stay.

The resort is not too far from Downtown Disney, Epcot and Hollywood Studios.  (And if you are driving to the world and looking for the Caribbean Beach resort, it is categorized as an Epcot area resort)

The Caribbean beach is comprised of two-story pastel colored villages that are clustered around Barefoot Bay.

The landscaping cannot be called anything but lush.  Lots of tropical flowers.  Palm trees.   White sand beaches.  There is even a marina where you can rent boats.

The first time we stayed at this resort I was so surprised to discover that you could see the fireworks from Illuminations from the beach!  Usually this is something that is pretty exclusive to the deluxe resorts.  A word of caution - not only can you see the fireworks - but it seems as if they are set off very close to this resort - and at 9pm, it's REALLY loud! 

In December we stayed in Aruba - and if you note on the map it seems forever and a day away from the food court and main pool.  However, it was a quick (and beautiful) walk as I just cut across the bay by using the bridge near my village.  If you don't want to make the walk, you can just go to your closest bus stop and there is an internal bus that can deliver you to your destination (such as the main pool, food court, or the Custom house to check in or out).

Each village has their own quiet pool - and the main theme pool is located in Old Port Royale.  The pool is themed like a Caribbean fort.  And there is even a little kids area that looks like a pirate ship.

Speaking of Pirate ships - there are "Storybook" rooms at the Caribbean beach resort.  This means that the room is completely decked out as a Pirate ship.  The beds look like galleons.  The curtain in the bathroom has a pirate skull.  The carpeting on the floor resembles the gang plank.  HOWEVER, I hear that the beds for these Pirate rooms are really uncomfortable.

Now a "regular" room at the resort has a "Finding Nemo" theme - and they are very nice - with very comfortable beds.  Again.  However. All moderate resorts at Disney now have queen beds - except Caribbean beach which still has double beds.

(Please pardon our mess.  This is what happens when you forget to take a picture when you first arrive!)

We had quite a few meals in the resort food court.  There are a number of themed stations there with lots of choices.  There is also a table service restaurant at the resort as well - Shutters

1.  Fabulous staff
2.  Gorgeous, lush landscaping
3.  Main pool is lots of fun
4.  Good sized room with lots of storage - very clean
5.  You can see fireworks from the bay!

1.  HUGE resort - so it is not often convenient to get to the food court or main pool
2.  bus service - the buses run on time (every 15ish minutes) - but then it takes a while to get to ALL the stops at the resort (see #1)
3.  probable comfort issues with the Pirate themed rooms
4.  You can hear the fireworks - may not be good for sensitive children.

Overall - we really enjoyed our stay at the resort - and I would not hesitate to stay there again.  I think next time we'll try a preferred room and try to get a little closer to the main parts of the resort.

So...what about you?  Have you stayed at this resort?  Is it one you would want to try?

If you'd like to see more pictures of resorts and the relaxing you can do there, be sure to check out Focused on the magic!