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We’ve been home from Disney World for almost a week now and I’m finally making time to write up a trip report to share with you! Me, my daughter and my mother-in-law spent five nights together at Pop Century with a free dining plan, then my daughter and I spent two additional nights at an off-property hotel at Marriott Village. We even got to see my sister and her family our two day before they finished up their vacation and headed home.
I had a BUNCH of new experiences on this trip, including attractions and dining. That goes to show you that there is always something new at Disney World, even if you have lost track of how many times you’ve been! It was also nice to see some holiday decorations up at the parks and resorts.
We ate at Cinderella’s Royal Table, Be Our Guest, and Teppan Edo, all of which were new to me. We went back to Tusker House, Flame Tree Barbecue, ‘Ohana, and Landscape of Flavors, among other locations. Overall, our food was very good, though not the best I’ve ever had on a trip. My favorite meal was actually lunch at Tusker House, a character meal at Animal Kingdom. I had what was possibly the best fish I’ve ever had (definitely the best salmon ever) and all of the sides were flavorful and fresh.
Pop Century was excellent, as always. The bus service was the best I’ve ever had at Disney. We never waited more than five minutes for a bus, and walked right onto the bus most times. We once again had an awesome room location close to the main building and pool. And everything about our room was perfect, including the “Mousekeeping”.
Spoiler alert: I’m working on a post in which I compare staying on- and off-property for roughly the same price at Disney. I’ll give you a summary right now. I don’t think we will be staying off property again anytime soon! I’m really glad I gave it a try, and that I found a way to use some Delta points for a hotel near Disney World, but it just did not stand up in any way to staying on property. I will share all of my reasons why in a post on the blog soon!
This photo from Frozen Ever After might be the funniest ever. It is such a tame ride, but check out the look of total terror on my daughter’s face!
The highlight of the entire trip was seeing my daughter meet her favorite character, Flik from A Bug’s Life. We had to go back to see him for a second time before we left, and Flik spent so much time with her and was so sweet that she is still talking about it daily! It was completely magical and represents so well why I will keep coming back to Disney. Plus I have great pictures thanks to the Disney PhotoPass photographer who took over 30 pictures of RC’s time with Flik!
So now I need your help. I have so many ideas for posts to write about my experiences on this trip and I don’t know what to write first! My Disney fans out there, please leave a comment letting me know which post (or posts) you would like to read first. Here are some of my ideas:
- Staying on-property vs. off-property (Pros and cons of both)
- Planning park days vs. winging it
- Using Uber & Lyft at WDW (Plus how to get free rides)
- Using the Dining Plan vs. buying food out-of-pocket
- Free/cheap souvenir ideas
- How to request (and get) the BEST room locations
- When it makes sense to upgrade to an Annual Pass
Thanks for reading and please leave a comment below!