Swimming pools who doesn’t love a good swimming pool. Every Walt Disney World resort has a resort pool to go along with quiet pools. This article is only focusing on the resort pools. Quiet pools are all the same…square, boring, and quiet. A pool is a place to have fun. Go down the slide, off the diving board, making noise….having fun. Today, we’re going around the world and looking for the best pools at Walt Disney World because some pools are better than others and a lot of people will choose a resort solely for the pool. The pool is used for mid-afternoon enjoyment away from the parks. It’s the best and easiest way to stay cool!
Disney announced, yesterday, through it’s Disney Parks Blog what restaurant will be replacing Kouzzina. Kouzzina will be closing up shop at the end of September. In December, Trattoria al Forno will be opening its doors to guests. What to expect from Trattoria al Forno: the restaurant will highlight Neapolitan pizza making in wood burning ovens, seasonal risottos, Italian cuisine from throughout Italy, Italian desserts, and 100% Italian wines (60 by the bottle and another 25 by the glass).
Looking the entire picture of the EPCOT/Hollywood Studios corridor, Trattoria will become the fifth Italian restaurant in this area join Via Napoli and Tutto Italia in EPCOT, Il Mulano in the Swan Hotel, and Mama Melrose in Hollywood Studios.
That leads me to today’s question, does this restaurant create an overload of Italian restaurants in this area?
In the past few years, Disney has focused more and more on building resorts solely for Disney Vacation Club members. We have seen new villas go in or are in the process of going in at all three monorail resorts. In that same time, Disney has only built one resort “open to the public:” Art of Animation.
That leads me to today’s question: should Disney be building more resorts which are open to everyone or more DVC resorts? I’ll try to take a look at from both sides and attempt to come up with a reasonable answer.
Like I did earlier with a guide to the Port Orleans Resort, today’s article will be a guide to the Wilderness Lodge and Villas. This is my second favorite resort at Walt Disney World behind The Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower. When it is Christmas time, however, it moves past The Contemporary into first. My family and I love the theming at Wilderness Lodge. It is warm, welcoming, and feels very open.
The ceiling in the lobby is very high and there is plenty of seating for guests to just sit and relax while waiting for the rest of their party.
I have only eaten two “signature dining experiences” at Walt Disney World. The first was at Cinderella’s Royal Table back in 2009 when my wife and I took our daughter on her first trip to the World. The second was on our last trip in September of 2013 when we met up with some friends of ours for a meal at Flying Fish Cafe along Disney’s Boardwalk.
Flying Fish Cafe only serves dinner. It is one of only 13 “signature dining experiences” at Walt Disney World. Signature dining experiences are meals that will cost two table-service credits if you are on the Disney Dining Plan compared to the standard one table-service credit meal at most restaurants. The food and restaurants, with minor exception, are more upscale. However, they are still kid friendly as we dined with my daughter, who was eight at the time, and our friends brought their four-year old son. The wait staff did not make us feel that they were out of place in the restaurant.