The Roberts Girls On tour! - the trip report has begun!!!!

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The Roberts Girls On tour! - the trip report has begun!!!!

Hi and welcome to my pre trip report!!! yay

Little bit of back history on the people travelling there is me (Amy) I'm 25 and a receptionist for the health service and I will be travelling with my mummy dearest (Susan) she is 52 and works for the government in a jobcentre (helping people claim benefits and look for jobs)

We are massive Disney fans and this is our 12th trip since 1996, we are also from the north east of England so have a long journey ahead of us!

Also should mention we have the Disney dining plan so lots of new experiences for us and not too many repeats!!!

Anyway as things stand these are our plans

Monday 22nd September
Travel down to Manchester UK by car, check in to Bewleys hotel in Manchester airport and get a few hours sleep before..............DISNEY DAY!!!!!!! yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay

Tuesday 23rd
Get up pretty early and drop car off at car park then head to check in with Virgin Atlantic for our big flight! Hopefully land around 3pm local time in Orlando, go to ME and on the road to Port Orleans Riverside!!!! banana Will probably just pick up some make your own pasta and have an early night because of the time difference I think we will be quite tired by then!

Wednesday 24th
Due to time difference I'm expecting to be up very early so going to attempt a rope drop at MK " first time ever tried so very excited! No concrete plans are really in place until I arrange our FP+ but we plan to spend all morning and at least until after 3pm so we can see the new parade (eek!) yay we are also going to try and get a FP+ lunch at BOG if not will probably be at Pecos Bills/Columbia harbour house.
Then we are going to monorail over to EPCOT for F&W festival, collect the passports and start trying new foods but we have an ADR at Via Napoli so not too much snacking, we will try and catch Rick Springfield but if not we are back tomorrow so we will try then, I'm thinking we will have an early night as time difference will still be catching up on us!

Thursday 25th
We are going to try and attempt another rope drop this morning at Hollywood Studios (incase you hadn't guessed under normal circumstances we are NOT morning people at all!) if we manage this we will get as much done as possible then probably head straight over to EPCOT again to see Rick Springfield and have out ADR at Le Cellier then get a spot for Illuminations

Friday 26th
We are heading to MK on the morning and lunch then head back to the resort because.............It's time for MNSSHP!!!!!!! " Not really much explanation needed for this day other than we have an ADR at Tony's Town Square before the party starts!

Saturday 27th
This may prove to be a busy day but it's a busy day in Disney so it's all good! We are planning on starting off at AK " possibly rope drop but if not hopefully soon after, do as much as we can before 1pm when we have our ADR at Yak & Yeti then sometime after head over to EPCOT for some food and drinks and try and catch Christopher Cross then head over to MK to watch wishes and the park is open until 11pm so do some rides in the dark!
I had originally wanted to try and do all 4 parks in a day but fitting Hollywood Studios in was just going to make the schedule tight so I'll settle for 3 and if by any miracle we have lots of time to spare it might happen!

Sunday 28th
We are taking this day fairly easy heading to EPCOT on the morning to do our future world attractions and then F&W booths then going out to beaches and cream for an ADR (paying out of pocket only want a HUGE sundae!) then back to EPCOT for the evening and...........................HANSON!!!!! I cannot explain with words how excited I am for this concert I really think only dancing bananas will do!!! banana banana banana banana I am hoping I may get to see all 3 sets this day if my mom has the patience!!! yay yay yay yay

Monday 29th
This day is quite momentous for me we are hiring a car for 3 days from today and I have never driven abroad before (so if anybody has any tips or websites or GPS coordinates please feel free because right now all I have to get information from is Google maps!!!) so once car is picked up (eek) we are heading off to shopping (Premium Outlets Vineland avenue) and to a Walmart somewhere to get candy to bring back! Then back to the resort to get changed for ADR at Cinderella's Royal Table " this is another thing I am sooooooo excited for, dining in the castle who wouldn't be excited?! And hopefully because of the ADR time should be in the castle when wishes is on " this may sound stupid but we are really looking forward to this! Then EMH at MK that night so should be fairly quiet! (I may try and fit in another Hanson performance this day but I'm not sure we will) crossfingers

Tuesday 30th
Because we have the hire car we are heading to Universal Studios where hopefully the new Harry Potter section should be open so excited to see this new area and visit some old favourites then back to the resort to change for Cape May Cafe on the evening then possibly go into EPCOT but not sure yet

Wednesday 1st
This is our 2nd Universal Studios day as we thought with the new expansion it may take longer to explore and also take it at a slower pace we hope! Then we have to say goodbye to the car Sad( and hand it back then head back to our resort to change for ADR at Teppan Edo, we are also hoping to catch Air Supply on Eat to the Beat aswell as we really enjoyed them last year

Thursday 2nd
We are planning on heading back to EPCOT again on the morning for more food exploring and more future world attractions then head over to HS to hopefully catch a Character Palooza then for an early ADR at 50's prime time cafe and then grab a seat for Fantasmic!

Friday 3rd
This Plans to be a MK day for the most part hopefully see festival of Fantasy again then head out for our ADR at Boma (Very excited about this!!)

Saturday 4th
We are planning on heading to HS for the most part of today and try and catch another Character Palooza as the characters change from day to day then back to the resort for a night on the town at Downtown Disney so planning for a few cocktails (any places or suggestions would be very helpful!!!) and then we have an ADR at Raglan Road " now this should be an experience for me we have been here before and although my mom loved the meal I wasn't impressed and never had any intentions of going back " however reading everybody's rave reviews on here and elsewhere I've decided to give it another go and I'm really hoping I have my opinion changed because I LOVE Raglan Road in every other way!

Sunday 5th
We are planning on having a lie in this morning and going back to Downtown Disney for a look at the construction work and see what's new (if anything has opened by then), then back to the resort to change and back out to EPCOT to see Starship then for our ADR at Chefs De France

Monday 6th
This plans to be AK day try and do everything we want to do then head back to the resort to start packing Sad( and get changed for my most highly anticipated ADR of the trip " Ohana! I'm so excited about this ADR I could burst so I'm really hoping it lives up to my expectations but really meat, meat and more meat what can go wrong?! (I love meat incase you missed that part!)

Tuesday 7th
Last day in the parks today Sad( we have a breakfast reservation at 1900 Park Fare then plan on heading to MK (where else?!) to say goodbye to the castle hopefully catch festival of fantasy again then back to the resort to finish off most of the packing then if we have time we will go back to EPCOT to try and catch Sugar Ray on Eat to the Beat and a last graze at the F&W booths

Wednesday 8th
Now this is where I need your wonderful advice for this day! We have a 6.55pm international flight out of Orlando international so we will be picked up by ME does anyone have a rough estimate of what time we will get picked up? We also are wanting to do something on the morning before being picked up but our park tickets will expire the day before as they are only valid for 14 days so does anybody have any suggestions? My thoughts were head to Downtown Disney and try EoS for the first time ever but I would love to hear if anybody else has any ideas as we are willing to consider any options without travelling too far from our resort (PORS) then get to the airport and say goodbye for another year and hopefully another fantastic holiday!!!

I will be scheduling FP+ for this holiday but we are too far out so have to hold on for that!

We are also going to try and do one new thing every day so if there is anything that people think is not something most people would do tell me and if we haven't done it I will add it to our list!

Also if anybody is going to be around at the same place and time would love to meet up with some of you whilst we are there!

Thanks for reading and any answers to any of my questions would be a great help!!!

King Fergus

Yay..Sounds good..Love PORS...On our last day like yourself, our 14 day ticket had expired so we sailed down the old Sassagoula river to Downtown for some last minute candy shopping...We also have a evening flight with Virgin back home and it's around 8.10 PM but because we have a 12 night/ 13 day vacation, we will sail across the seven seas lagoon and spend that day in MK..Is this your first time at PORS.?..Can't remember if you said you stayed here before..

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Yay..Sounds good..Love PORS...On our last day like yourself, our 14 day ticket had expired so we sailed down the old Sassagoula river to Downtown for some last minute candy shopping...We also have a evening flight with Virgin back home and it's around 8.10 PM but because we have a 12 night/ 13 day vacation, we will sail across the seven seas lagoon and spend that day in MK..Is this your first time at PORS.?..Can't remember if you said you stayed here before..

This is actually our 3rd stay KF we absolutely love it cant imagine staying at any other moderates (maybe a deluxe someday!) in the past years because we have done the journey in 2 or 3 flights by the time we have checked out and quickly grabbed a last minute lunch the ME is ready and waiting so we have never had the luxury of a late night flight and having time - that ending to the holiday on the lagoon sounds perfect!!!!

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Yay..Sounds good..Love PORS...On our last day like yourself, our 14 day ticket had expired so we sailed down the old Sassagoula river to Downtown for some last minute candy shopping...We also have a evening flight with Virgin back home and it's around 8.10 PM but because we have a 12 night/ 13 day vacation, we will sail across the seven seas lagoon and spend that day in MK..Is this your first time at PORS.?..Can't remember if you said you stayed here before..

This is actually our 3rd stay KF we absolutely love it cant imagine staying at any other moderates (maybe a deluxe someday!) in the past years because we have done the journey in 2 or 3 flights by the time we have checked out and quickly grabbed a last minute lunch the ME is ready and waiting so we have never had the luxury of a late night flight and having time - that ending to the holiday on the lagoon sounds perfect!!!!

We also had our 3rd stay at PORS in 2012.. When I received an e Mail from Disney in January, I checked out PORS!..but the only moderate with something off was CS then I spotted 40% off AKL and WL and that's the only reason we picked a deluxe..Liked CBR on our first visit,loved POFQ on our second,but we fell head over heels on PORS..

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well the first year we actually wanted to go to POFQ and when we went to book it was no longer available so decided we would book PORS and I wasn't exactly thrilled but I was totally bowled over by at and when I visited POFQ as beautiful as it is I was actually pleased we got PORS

and the only reason we didn't consider a deluxe this year was we got the free dining with PORS so at the time made it cheaper but if we had booked same time as you booked yours with the discounts we maybe would have been staying at a deluxe! going to try and visit all resorts this year to start planning for 2015!!!!

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amy1989 wrote:
well the first year we actually wanted to go to POFQ and when we went to book it was no longer available so decided we would book PORS and I wasn't exactly thrilled but I was totally bowled over by at and when I visited POFQ as beautiful as it is I was actually pleased we got PORS

and the only reason we didn't consider a deluxe this year was we got the free dining with PORS so at the time made it cheaper but if we had booked same time as you booked yours with the discounts we maybe would have been staying at a deluxe! going to try and visit all resorts this year to start planning for 2015!!!!

Agree..We got the free DDP in 2012 at PORS and it saved us a small fortune...We still done 3 ADRS for TS meals but we had so many snack credits left on day 14 ( Was still 2 credits per person ) we ended up taking bags of candy home which I still have a bucket full of..We used our 2 credits for lunch and dinner and payed out of pocket for brekkie..( not big breakfast eaters ) ..But I'am sooo happy that Roaring Forks sells my beloved MCB.. clapping

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well the first year we actually wanted to go to POFQ and when we went to book it was no longer available so decided we would book PORS and I wasn't exactly thrilled but I was totally bowled over by at and when I visited POFQ as beautiful as it is I was actually pleased we got PORS

and the only reason we didn't consider a deluxe this year was we got the free dining with PORS so at the time made it cheaper but if we had booked same time as you booked yours with the discounts we maybe would have been staying at a deluxe! going to try and visit all resorts this year to start planning for 2015!!!!

Agree..We got the free DDP in 2012 at PORS and it saved us a small fortune...We still done 3 ADRS for TS meals but we had so many snack credits left on day 14 ( Was still 2 credits per person ) we ended up taking bags of candy home which I still have a bucket full of..We used our 2 credits for lunch and dinner and payed out of pocket for brekkie..( not big breakfast eaters ) ..But I'am sooo happy that Roaring Forks sells my beloved MCB.. clapping

we actually did free DDP in 2012 aswell and I decided on my return to work out how much each meal would have cost and in total for 14 nights I think it was about $1200 and that was for 2 people!!! and we also bought about 14 bags of candy to bring home!!! saved us money for candy to take to work! we qualify for QSDP this year but we decided to upgrade to dining plan with the TS meals so very excited to see how this goes!

as far as brekkie for us if we had spare credits near the end of the holiday we would use them but if not I just didn't bother I make up for it with my snacks through the day! and I really need a MCB as I didn't even know they existed!

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OMG our trips overlap!! We must meet up! We're there Sept. 25-Oct. 5

Air Supply is playing at EPCOT?? I need to take a closer look at that list!

The frenzy over BOG seems to possibly be subsiding a bit. With it being low crowd time plus Food & wine festival, check out the wait even if you don't get e FP. In December, we were in line 40 minutes before opening and the line was all the way to the end of the bridge to new Fantasyland. We got in line 20 minutes before opening last week on a Saturday and we were the 4th group in line. They open at 10:30, so if you don't like to eat lunch that early, it might not work for you, but it's a great way to get in with minimal wait. The doors were open until about 10:15, so we even got to go in and take pictures in the empty restaurant.

Driving on property is relatively easy--just follow the signs. Be sure to pay careful attention because if you miss a ramp, it can be a long drive around to get back on the right track! (I have a problem with getting too excited about where we're going and forgetting to read the signs...) Port Orleans is in the same area as Old Key West and Saratoga Springs. Sometimes all of them are not listed on the signs--particularly getting onto and once on Buena Vista Drive, so know that they are neighbors. If you see one of them, you're usually in good shape. Also, resort signs are not as plentiful as park signs. If you don't see POR listed, follow the sign for Downtown Disney. Bonnet Creek Parkway is the road that you're staying on. Some of the signs will send you down parts of "Backstage Lane". Don't panic. It's ok. silly Watch out of unscrupulous GPS's! I put OKW into my map quest app on our last trip when we were driving form the airport. Silly thing tried to take me to EPCOT!

To get to the outlets, take Buena Vista Drive (Disney's "main drag") east past DTD, make a right on Rt. 535. After you cross the I-4 ramps, turn left onto Vineland Ave. (Bahama Breeze Restaurant is on the corner of this intersection.) You'll drive throughout what looks like a residential neighborhood before the outlets suddenly appear in front of you. The interchange with I-4 and 535 can get a little congested at times with seemingly no rhyme or reason. For Universal, you can travel east on I-4 and follow the signs, but if you don't prefer to travel the interstate, continue on Vineland Ave. past the outlets and it will take you International Drive. If you turn left on International, then left on Universal Blvd, you'll arrive at the Universal parks.

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OMG our trips overlap!! We must meet up! We're there Sept. 25-Oct. 5

Air Supply is playing at EPCOT?? I need to take a closer look at that list!

The frenzy over BOG seems to possibly be subsiding a bit. With it being low crowd time plus Food & wine festival, check out the wait even if you don't get e FP. In December, we were in line 40 minutes before opening and the line was all the way to the end of the bridge to new Fantasyland. We got in line 20 minutes before opening last week on a Saturday and we were the 4th group in line. They open at 10:30, so if you don't like to eat lunch that early, it might not work for you, but it's a great way to get in with minimal wait. The doors were open until about 10:15, so we even got to go in and take pictures in the empty restaurant.

Driving on property is relatively easy--just follow the signs. Be sure to pay careful attention because if you miss a ramp, it can be a long drive around to get back on the right track! (I have a problem with getting too excited about where we're going and forgetting to read the signs...) Port Orleans is in the same area as Old Key West and Saratoga Springs. Sometimes all of them are not listed on the signs--particularly getting onto and once on Buena Vista Drive, so know that they are neighbors. If you see one of them, you're usually in good shape. Also, resort signs are not as plentiful as park signs. If you don't see POR listed, follow the sign for Downtown Disney. Bonnet Creek Parkway is the road that you're staying on. Some of the signs will send you down parts of "Backstage Lane". Don't panic. It's ok. silly Watch out of unscrupulous GPS's! I put OKW into my map quest app on our last trip when we were driving form the airport. Silly thing tried to take me to EPCOT!

To get to the outlets, take Buena Vista Drive (Disney's "main drag") east past DTD, make a right on Rt. 535. After you cross the I-4 ramps, turn left onto Vineland Ave. (Bahama Breeze Restaurant is on the corner of this intersection.) You'll drive throughout what looks like a residential neighborhood before the outlets suddenly appear in front of you. The interchange with I-4 and 535 can get a little congested at times with seemingly no rhyme or reason. For Universal, you can travel east on I-4 and follow the signs, but if you don't prefer to travel the interstate, continue on Vineland Ave. past the outlets and it will take you International Drive. If you turn left on International, then left on Universal Blvd, you'll arrive at the Universal parks.

Definitely!!! nearer the time we can arrange something!!! oh yeah well if it helps we are planning on seeing every concert to by reading the above that should tell you who is on! I'm sure air supply are on 3 dates and we saw them last year and they were fantastic I would recommend!

wow thanks for all that info is there any special codes I need to put in to GPS systems because the zip codes all seem to be the same for Disney resorts? i have done Google street view a few times to pass the time at work but I have never driven abroad before and obviously we drive on the other side of the road and on the other side of the car and I decided if I was doing this I was doing it properly so have hired an intermediate SUV so I will be easy to spot!!! I'm going to write all that info down in my little book of knowledge!

also BOG cant speak for mom but I don't care what time I eat as long as I get my braised pork at least once!!! yay

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"...we have an ADR at Raglan Road " now this should be an experience for me we have been here before and although my mom loved the meal I wasn't impressed and never had any intentions of going back " however reading everybody's rave reviews on here and elsewhere I've decided to give it another go and I'm really hoping I have my opinion changed because I LOVE Raglan Road in every other way!"

You are not alone in your opinion of Raglan Road. Hubby and I were not impressed by the food, either. But clearly we're in the minority.

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"...we have an ADR at Raglan Road " now this should be an experience for me we have been here before and although my mom loved the meal I wasn't impressed and never had any intentions of going back " however reading everybody's rave reviews on here and elsewhere I've decided to give it another go and I'm really hoping I have my opinion changed because I LOVE Raglan Road in every other way!"

You are not alone in your opinion of Raglan Road. Hubby and I were not impressed by the food, either. But clearly we're in the minority.

it wasn't that the food was awful I just didn't feel like jumping up and down after it! but that was at least 2 years ago and the menu looks different so I'm going hoping to be impressed I will let you know when I return because I really do love everything else! but I am please I'm not the only one!

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"...we have an ADR at Raglan Road " now this should be an experience for me we have been here before and although my mom loved the meal I wasn't impressed and never had any intentions of going back " however reading everybody's rave reviews on here and elsewhere I've decided to give it another go and I'm really hoping I have my opinion changed because I LOVE Raglan Road in every other way!"

You are not alone in your opinion of Raglan Road. Hubby and I were not impressed by the food, either. But clearly we're in the minority.

it wasn't that the food was awful I just didn't feel like jumping up and down after it! but that was at least 2 years ago and the menu looks different so I'm going hoping to be impressed I will let you know when I return because I really do love everything else! but I am please I'm not the only one!

Our problem was that the food was so incredibly heavy. We wanted to try stuff that was vaguely authentic to the British Isles, so hubby got shepherd's pie and I got a chicken pie of some sort. Hubby wasn't impressed with his (and he usually loves shepherd's pie). I liked mine well enough, but it was so heavy I couldn't finish it and didn't feel right until the next morning.

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amy1989 wrote:

wow thanks for all that info is there any special codes I need to put in to GPS systems because the zip codes all seem to be the same for Disney resorts? i have done Google street view a few times to pass the time at work but I have never driven abroad before and obviously we drive on the other side of the road and on the other side of the car and I decided if I was doing this I was doing it properly so have hired an intermediate SUV so I will be easy to spot!!! I'm going to write all that info down in my little book of knowledge!:

I did consider reminding you to drive on the right side of the road! laugh It must feel so weird to switch. I can't imagine driving on the left! You're very brave!!

I'm not sure about the area zip codes. on the map quest app on my iPhone, when I start typing the address or point of interest, it usually figures out where I want to go before I get to the zip code and it just fills in the rest.

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amy1989 wrote:
crazycatperson wrote:
"...we have an ADR at Raglan Road " now this should be an experience for me we have been here before and although my mom loved the meal I wasn't impressed and never had any intentions of going back " however reading everybody's rave reviews on here and elsewhere I've decided to give it another go and I'm really hoping I have my opinion changed because I LOVE Raglan Road in every other way!"

You are not alone in your opinion of Raglan Road. Hubby and I were not impressed by the food, either. But clearly we're in the minority.

it wasn't that the food was awful I just didn't feel like jumping up and down after it! but that was at least 2 years ago and the menu looks different so I'm going hoping to be impressed I will let you know when I return because I really do love everything else! but I am please I'm not the only one!

If you like desserts, you MUST try the bread and butter pudding - it is to die for. IMO, it's the best dessert I've ever had at Disney. I usually just have the chicken Caesar salad so I can save room for this AND the bread with the Guinness dip is fantastic. Ken and I quite enjoy it there.
Great trip plan too!

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amy1989 wrote:
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"...we have an ADR at Raglan Road " now this should be an experience for me we have been here before and although my mom loved the meal I wasn't impressed and never had any intentions of going back " however reading everybody's rave reviews on here and elsewhere I've decided to give it another go and I'm really hoping I have my opinion changed because I LOVE Raglan Road in every other way!"

You are not alone in your opinion of Raglan Road. Hubby and I were not impressed by the food, either. But clearly we're in the minority.

it wasn't that the food was awful I just didn't feel like jumping up and down after it! but that was at least 2 years ago and the menu looks different so I'm going hoping to be impressed I will let you know when I return because I really do love everything else! but I am please I'm not the only one!

Our problem was that the food was so incredibly heavy. We wanted to try stuff that was vaguely authentic to the British Isles, so hubby got shepherd's pie and I got a chicken pie of some sort. Hubby wasn't impressed with his (and he usually loves shepherd's pie). I liked mine well enough, but it was so heavy I couldn't finish it and didn't feel right until the next morning.

I can't remember what I had my eye on but it wasn't them so hopefully I'll find something!!! I had the gammon last time and it jut didn't stand out for me

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wow thanks for all that info is there any special codes I need to put in to GPS systems because the zip codes all seem to be the same for Disney resorts? i have done Google street view a few times to pass the time at work but I have never driven abroad before and obviously we drive on the other side of the road and on the other side of the car and I decided if I was doing this I was doing it properly so have hired an intermediate SUV so I will be easy to spot!!! I'm going to write all that info down in my little book of knowledge!:

I did consider reminding you to drive on the right side of the road! laugh It must feel so weird to switch. I can't imagine driving on the left! You're very brave!!

I'm not sure about the area zip codes. on the map quest app on my iPhone, when I start typing the address or point of interest, it usually figures out where I want to go before I get to the zip code and it just fills in the rest.

Yeah that's one thing I'm hoping my brain will just adjust to it!!! Like I say I've never ever driven abroad anywhere so I'm really excited but literally any information (even if it something you might take for granted) please throw it my way I need all the help I can get!

I might have to see if I can get an app or something or is map quest online?

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amy1989 wrote:
crazycatperson wrote:
"...we have an ADR at Raglan Road " now this should be an experience for me we have been here before and although my mom loved the meal I wasn't impressed and never had any intentions of going back " however reading everybody's rave reviews on here and elsewhere I've decided to give it another go and I'm really hoping I have my opinion changed because I LOVE Raglan Road in every other way!"

You are not alone in your opinion of Raglan Road. Hubby and I were not impressed by the food, either. But clearly we're in the minority.

it wasn't that the food was awful I just didn't feel like jumping up and down after it! but that was at least 2 years ago and the menu looks different so I'm going hoping to be impressed I will let you know when I return because I really do love everything else! but I am please I'm not the only one!

If you like desserts, you MUST try the bread and butter pudding - it is to die for. IMO, it's the best dessert I've ever had at Disney. I usually just have the chicken Caesar salad so I can save room for this AND the bread with the Guinness dip is fantastic. Ken and I quite enjoy it there.
Great trip plan too!

I have to be honest Jan your report of raglan road and other peoples reviews of the bread and butter pudding that persuaded me to try it!!! Can't wait so excited!!

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OMG so many days! Sounds awesome. What I would give to dedicate two full weeks at Disney..

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OMG so many days! Sounds awesome. What I would give to dedicate two full weeks at Disney..

It's not really worth going for any less because of the journey but I honestly don't know how you all manage to just go for a few days!!!!!

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Yeah if I was travelling across an ocean I would definitely want to do more time as well.. We are okay with our 5-6 day trips because since we're only a 2 hr plane ride away we can visit more often, but it sure would be nice to really settle into a Disney hotel and relax for two weeks.

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Yeah if I was travelling across an ocean I would definitely want to do more time as well.. We are okay with our 5-6 day trips because since we're only a 2 hr plane ride away we can visit more often, but it sure would be nice to really settle into a Disney hotel and relax for two weeks.

Yeah I guess it would be like us travelling to Spain you can do it more often (but Disney is sooooo much better than Spain!!!) but rest assured there is no resting it's like a military operation!!! I currently have a strip of wallpaper (yes wallpaper is correct!) with all our dates an adrs and potential fp+ options on!!! We need a vacation to get over this vacation but it's all worth it!!!

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Sounds like a great trip you have planned Amy! Yeah, Raglan is one of our faves! I just wish they had the REALLY fresh Guinness that they serve up in Dublin. Beer = biggrin

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Thanks Ken!! Like I say I'm so looking forward to being impressed all over again!!! I'd love to say I agree with you there but seen as I've tried Guinness from the actual Guinness factory in Dublin and didn't like it then so don't think ill like the Florida version - now a very berry blueberry martini now ill have that!!

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Haha! Yeah, you have to like Guinness in Dublin before you can like it elsewhere. I was in Dublin at the factory in 2010 and was in heaven! laugh

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Don't get me wrong I loved the museum and found it all interesting but my fanta was much nicer than the Guinness!!!!!

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It's definitely an acquired taste. LOL. One of my other favourites at Disney is the frozen Grand Marnier slush at the France pavilion. awesome

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The slushes from France are on my list to try this year so the grand mariner is the way to go????

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Yay! Looks like an absolutely spectacular trip! We will miss you by just a couple of weeks but have a blast! I can't tell you how jealous I am that you get to see Hanson, we missed them by ONE DAY during our 2012 F&WF trip! Gah! gaah Make sure you find time to peruse some of the F&WF booths, too. So fun and tasty! MMMMMM Have a great time!

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Allie I understand your pain about Hanson I was devastated last year that I wouldn't see them and when I found out that they were going to be there at the same time as me I actually ran around my house like a 12year old girl!!! I will try and get videos so you can be there in spirit!!!

I LOVED the booths last year so I'm excited to see if my favourites come back and to try new ones!!!

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Sounds like a great trip you have planned.

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The slushes from France are on my list to try this year so the grand mariner is the way to go????

That or the Grey Goose vodka slush. Both are delicious and cool you down nicely. cool

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Thanks JoAnn!!!

Ken I think the best option would be to try both to be able to make an executive decision!! I mean it's only fair to try them both haha!

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Ken I think the best option would be to try both to be able to make an executive decision!! I mean it's only fair to try them both haha!

Absolutely the best plan. My motto is "why choose". LOL.

I like the way you think! awesome