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- Saratoga Springs review is available here
- Old Key West is available here
- Wilderness Lodge is available here
- Beach Club is available here
- Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House 1-Bedroom is available here
- Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village Studio is available here
- Vero Beach is available here
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Review
Each of these reviews is a wide-ranging look at the resort and includes unique dining reviews, a look around the resorts, and a lot more.
The Polynesian Village Resort is perhaps the most immersive on property, transporting guests to the lushness of the South Sea Islands so long as Dole Whips are still just a step outside the lobby. As one of the first two on-site hotels, the Polynesian is even richer in history than it is in its plentiful array of amenities.
On paper, the Polynesian sports what may be the best lineup of restaurants, lounges, pools, and recreational activities of any resort on property. There’s an incredible number iof opportunities to sit back and relax on the beach or at one of the pools, in addition to options spanning from parasailing and bass fishing to all-you-care-to-enjoy buffets, luaus, and Hawaiian culture presentations. With a half-dozen stays and at least 50 visits over the years, I could still name a hundred things that I’ve yet to do here.
It’s been a while since we’ve taken a look at Crystal Palace, the popular character meal hosted by Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.
Breakfast is served with seating from 8am through 10:45am. Lunch and Dinner are offered from 11:30am through close, which varies given the time of year. The same menu is now served during afternoon and evening meals, which means there’s no lunch discount.
We’ll visit Epcot on a relatively busy Saturday in May to try some drinks around World Showcase.
I’ve long been a proponent of the Yorkshire County Fish & Chips, now $10.99 for two pieces along with thick cut fries.
This is the website’s third review of The Polite Pig, one of the newest eateries to open at Disney Springs and one of few barbecue outlets on property. I wrote a review of the quick service based on a test meal before opening here, and then followed that up with a review from opening day, here. At the conclusion of the last review, I stated that I was “iffier than I was expecting on The Polite Pig” and “would return in a couple of weeks to see where we’re at.” So here we are.
Since the previous reviews are “literally” from last month, I won’t spend a lot of time reiterating what The Polite Pig is and isn’t. But the space is very casual and perhaps noisier than you would expect. You’ll place your order at the counter and the food will be delivered. Because of that, they’ll ask about a tip before you finish paying, which could add 10%-20% to the cost of the meal. They do take an Annual Passholder or Cast Member discount for 10% off and unlike what they were saying on day one, the meal is one quick service credit on the Disney Dining Plan.
Afternoon Tea is offered at the Garden View Tea Room daily. On Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturday, reservations are available between 2pm and 5pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, it’s available from noon to 5pm.
Beginning at 3pm daily, music alternates between the piano player on the ground floor and the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra on the second floor above where tea takes place. I ordinarily love listening to the orchestra, but I found the music mildly distracting while trying to enjoy tea. But the piano music was particularly calming.