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  1. Weather_Lady

    Our February Trip Dining Reviews, plus DDP vs. OOP Comparisons

    For what it's worth, here's a link to the "dining" section of my family's most recent trip report. It includes some thoughts on: - Grocery Delivery via Amazon Prime Now - CS meals at Flame Tree BBQ (AK), ABC Commissary (HS), Pecos Bill's (MK), The Mara (AKL-Jambo) and Blizzard Beach - TS...
  2. Weather_Lady

    Trip Report We Came, We Rose, We Resisted: A February Break Adventure

    Here's my rough-and-ready recap of my family's February 17-23, 2020 Disney World visit. (Spoiler alert: We had a terrific time!) Cast: me, DH, DS (13) and DD (11) Instead of a chronological report, I've broken my thoughts down into a few topics as follows (I'll try to add clickable links if I...
  3. Weather_Lady

    Is the Sanaa view still blocked by construction scrims?

    Has anyone been to Sanaa in the last few days or weeks? I was looking forward to our lunch ADR there on 2/17, but I just saw a Youtube review posted 3 weeks ago, at which the diner pointed out that the views of the animals were completely blocked by huge construction scrims outside the...
  4. Weather_Lady

    Any Recent Experiences With Routes/Wait Times for DME to Animal Kingdom Lodge?

    We arrive in Orlando on Monday, 2/17 (President's Day). Our plane is expected to be at the gate by 9:00am and we'll be among the first to disembark, which will put us at the DME Welcome Center about 15 minutes later, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (meaning: eager and impatient). We're...
  5. Weather_Lady

    Has anybody recently flown direct from/to Buffalo and Orlando on JetBlue?

    Has anybody taken JetBlue's direct flights between Buffalo and Orlando lately (Flights 85 and 1586)? If so, can you weigh in on whether you had functioning seatback screens? This makes a big difference in what we pack to keep the kids (and ourselves) busy in-flight. The last two times my...
  6. Weather_Lady

    If we assume Space 220 will be open but "walk-up only" during our visit, what should we expect?

    I've been "watching" Space 220 watch threads on other forums, and it appears that CMs are starting to indicate to inquiring guests that the restaurant will be "walk-up only" for the first few weeks, as with prior restaurant openings in the parks (Takumi-Tei being the latest, I believe). I...
  7. Weather_Lady

    Space 220 Watch: Web Page Went Active Today (But No ADRs or Opening Date Yet)

    Part of my morning routine (don't judge) is a search for Space 220 on the WDW Official website. Up through yesterday, that search would only turn up the months-old blog post that initially announced the restaurant. As of this morning, a search now turns up a dedicated restaurant page. The...
  8. Weather_Lady

    That snap you heard? My camel's back is breaking!

    Appropos of nothing, WDW raised food prices. (Yes, I know this happens every year, sometimes multiple times. Yes, I know WDW food is expensive. Yes, I know that everyone's price "breaking point" is different.) Dinner at 'Ohana is now near $60 per person, an increase of almost 33% over the...
  9. Weather_Lady

    New Rule: For orders placed after 10/1, guests must be present to meet mobility vendor deliverypersons

    According to this video from Kingdom Strollers, the situation is in flux, but it appears that due to a recent policy change, Bell Services at Disney owned-and-operated resorts (so this does not include the Swan/Dolphin, Shades of Green, or Disney Springs hotels) will not be accepting outside...
  10. Weather_Lady

    Starting your WDW vacation on one of the most heavily-crowded days of the year: where would you go and what would you do?

    This February will be my family's first experience with heavy crowds at WDW.* We arrive Monday, 2/17 (President's Day) for a 6-night stay at AKL (DVC studio on rented points), with 6-day parkhopper plus tickets, and 7 usable days (early arrival on Monday, late flight on Sunday). The whole week...
  11. Weather_Lady

    (*UPDATED WITH TRIP REPORT) First-Ever-Visit-To-Disneyland Pretrip Report: 8/24-29, 2019

    Hello, all! I realize that Disneyland planning is quite a bit more relaxed than Disney World planning, but my family still likes to go in with at least a rough plan. If you don't mind, I wanted to post our plans here, in the hopes that any Disneyland veterans might be able to identify any...
  12. Weather_Lady

    Is Sanaa discontinuing lunch service this winter?

    I was doing some recon for an upcoming trip on the WDW dining website, and it's showing that Sanaa will be closed for lunch after 12/30/19 (only dinner hours are displayed, and only dinner ADRs can be made, for January 1 - February 1, the current 180-day date). It seems weird they would shut...
  13. Weather_Lady

    Summer Room Discount Offer Released Today

    FWIW, Disneyland just announced a modest, limited discount on hotel rooms at the Disneyland Hotel and Grand Californian this summer, with 10-15% discounts most Sunday through Thursday nights from July 23 through September 26, 2019. It's not an impressive offer as discounts go, but as my mother...
  14. Weather_Lady

    Does the "picnicware" (paper plates) get replaced in DVC studios?

    Random question: I apologize for asking since I really should recall this from previous stays, but I don't. If staying in a DVC studio on points and planning on an in-room breakfast each morning that will require use of the provided paper plates/bowls, etc., should we be packing our own dishes...
  15. Weather_Lady

    Any idea when Halloweentime-related closures will be announced?

    For the Disneyland vets: we have scheduled our once-in-a-lifetime trip to Disneyland from the east coast for this August 24-29th. Disneyland has now announced its Halloweentime dates (commencing 9/6), but has not been forthcoming with any information about what closures to expect. (I've...
  16. Weather_Lady

    What to do with [11-and-13-year-old] kids when the grownups are eating a fancy dinner: ideas?

    DH and I are thinking about dinner at Napa Rose. Our kids, who will be 11 and 13 when we visit Disneyland, are not interested in eating such fancy fare. Both kids are trustworthy and responsible, and haven't needed babysitters for a couple of years. Plus, we'd be texting back and forth with...
  17. Weather_Lady

    Some Questions About Our Disneyland Dining and Entertainment (including Fantasmic!)

    Hello, all! I know it's a little premature, but I'm sketching out the itinerary and thinking about dining for my family's upcoming first (and very likely only) visit to Disneyland, at the end of August 2019. For those who are familiar with Disneyland's dining venues, please help me with the...
  18. Weather_Lady

    For Fellow Impatient Travelers: Tips So You'll Never Be "That Guy!" When You Fly

    Our last pair of flights to and from Orlando was like a nightmarish cavalcade of all the people with whom you hope you don't have to fly! With tongue firmly in cheek (and understanding that we're all "that guy" now and then), I present to you, a list of all the guys (or gals) we met, and who...
  19. Weather_Lady

    Orlando area escape rooms: Escape Game Orlando

    For those who enjoy escape games or are just looking for one to try, this is a plug for Escape Game Orlando, situated on International Drive just a few minutes from Universal Orlando. My family of escape game fans visited this past week (we chose it based on its 5-star Yelp rating) and did two...
  20. Weather_Lady

    Looking for transportation advice re: Anaheim, Long Beach, and Los Angeles

    I'm hoping for some advice from Disneyland locals, and I promise I'll try not to mentally "read" your responses in an SNL-style "Californians" accent! My family will be making our first-ever trip to Disneyland (indeed, our first-ever trip any further west than Minnesota) this summer. DH and I...
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