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    Busch Gardens VA / Been? Haven't? Post Here :)

    The rides a BG are pretty good, although theming is nowhere close to Disney. The food, entertainment, and staff are not really comparable though. Nobody is flying in from Europe or Asia to go to BG the way they do WDW. It is a good regional destination, but to me it is apples and...
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    Busch Gardens VA / Been? Haven't? Post Here :)

    I can't speak to BG Tampa, but Williamsburg is a seasonal park. Every year is a re-start on staffing. I suspect they had enough challenges getting the basic functions up and running vs trying to add the new attractions. Even in pre-Covid years, you felt like everyone was really learning their...
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    Busch Gardens VA / Been? Haven't? Post Here :)

    We went in Oct. BG still feels like a pick-up game to me. Some things were open on Friday, but inexplicably closed on Sat. Very few food options. Drink outlets were slammed with extremely long lines. The quick queue was kind of a joke. At Verboten, there was no staff member to validate...
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    Resorts At Christmas

    We were at WDW last Christmas and made it a point to have a drink and sit on the couches in the WL lobby just to enjoy the atmosphere. As others have mentioned, all the deluxes have their points, but nothing feels more Christmasy than a giant log cabin with an enormous fireplace and tree. Note...
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    Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure - Virtual Line?

    To answer my own question, no Virtual Queue was used during my 4-6 Nov visit. I did not see any signs or marketing for it. Hagrids was listed pretty steadily in the 120 minute range for Saturday. If you are using early entry, get there fast...20 minutes into early entry on Sat, the line was...
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    How is Restaurant Staffing?

    To answer my own question, staffing seemed better. On Thurs and Friday, service was no issue at all. Saturday was much more crowded, but we still walked right in for a Krusty Burger. The sit-down restaurants (Cowfish and Toothsome) appeared to be open at full, or nearly full, capacity. I...
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    Best ride in Florida?

    Tough to answer and very subjective (obviously). Velocicoaster is certainly the most thrilling. RoTR has amazing theming, detail, and show elements, but not necessarily much thrill factor. Others have lots of nostalgic or pure entertainment value. Combining the the previously mentioned...
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    MCO Car Rental - Any to stay away from?

    This is a good point...basically the more budget the car company, the less smooth the process tends to be. You can save some money, but you will wait in longer lines, be prepared to accept or avoid (with proper documentation) the up-sells, and deal with the potential for unexpected post return...
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    How is Restaurant Staffing?

    Thanks! That is helpful. At this point I am not too picky about what we we eat and drink on a short trip. I just hate to be caught up in a situation where it is hard to find anything without a 40 minute time committment. I have ADRs for Cowfish and Toothsome. That will cover the relaxed...
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    MCO Car Rental - Any to stay away from?

    I use National with an Emerald Aisle membership and love skipping the lines. While I can't specifically point to one to avoid, I would do everything possible to book a reservation that bypasses the counter. MCO is ground zero for people who rarely if ever rent a car. The lines can get crazy...
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    Will anyone stay on site any longer?

    I like Disney much better, but I am not exclusive to one or the other...I enjoy both on their respective merits. For 2021, Universal was a much better deal for us. They gave us an amazing deal on season passes, and we used that for multiple short visits, staying in deluxe accommodations for...
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    Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure - Virtual Line?

    Me too. Universal's integration of technology is very spotty compared to Disney. Everything on the app (online ordering, information, virtual queue, reservations, information, etc) seems very third world compared to Disney. In this case I would rather just wait in line than wonder what the...
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    How is Restaurant Staffing?

    I assume you are doing Disney and Universal? My sense is that Disney is a little better, but I have not seen it firsthand since December. In this case I was talking specifically about Universal in June when we last visited. I am with you on Casey's. It doesn't get great reviews (I know there...
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    How is Restaurant Staffing?

    Just wondered if things have improved since June. On a weekday then, I counted approx 30+ people in line for nearly every kiosk that sold any kind of food or beverage. There was usually one employee working in a booth that should have had 3-4. Actual restaurants were worse....We asked about a...
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    Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure - Virtual Line?

    Any updates on how often they are using this? Is it reliable? How is the experience? I will be there in Nov and my last experience with the old virtual line was sketchy at best (April and June)...you never knew whether it was going to be in use until you tried it, and you never really knew...
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    Sold out resorts

    Does anyone have any insight into how much room inventory is currently offline? I can't say I have done a comprehensive search of all dates, but pretty much every date I have checked from Oct - Dec is very limited to zero availability. I understand that Food and Wine, Halloween, races, and...
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    Swan / Dolphin to MK

    I would not say it is to be avoided, but it is faster and less frustrating to walk. The boat is very slow and makes multiple stops. If you are exhausted or it is 99 degrees, that could change the equation. I am usually trying to maximize my time, so I usually want to move places quickly. If...
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    MCO Crowds...Get There Early

    Even as crowded as the airport was during my trip, security to the gate was probably 10 minutes with CLEAR/TSA-pre-check. Online check-in and no checked bags should get you there in plenty of time. 2 hours would be too much time for me, but everyone has their own risk threshhold with being on...
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    Advantages and Disadvantages of Swan & Dolphin?

    We stayed over Christmas after years of Deluxe stays. The biggest pro was adjoining rooms (four beds/2 baths) for the price of a Deluxe room at Yacht Club. Splitting hairs a bit, but overall the rooms reminded me more of a Disney Moderate than a Deluxe...limited storage, poor...
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    seems the old sushi thread was nixed for some reason...

    Cowfish is good and an interesting take on Sushi, but I don't know if I would go to City Walk just to eat....I usually hit it when I am at Universal anyway. I also like Nagoya near the Publix off Sand Lake.
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