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Checking It Out

April 11, 2008

Disney update: More food, fun for families

TAHLEQUAH DAILY PRESS — By KIM POINDEXTER

Press Managing Editor

A few months ago, I sent out a questionnaire to some local residents, asking them to list their vacation spots of choice if someone else was footing the bill. Not surprisingly, most folks chose a European destination, but more than a few opted for Orlando or Southern California.

Although I didn’t ask for specifics, several who chose sunny-side-up spots asked if I had any updates on what Disney has to offer these days. It just so happens I do, thanks to a spring break excursion to Orlando. I must again stress that to enjoy Disney World to its fullest, you should plan to spend at least eight days there. With four theme parks, two water parks and a number of other entertainment options, that’s the only way you can cover all the bases. Financial and time constraints have prevented me from staying that long in one fell swoop, but over time I’ve collected a solid repertoire for a good to-do list. This time, we stayed at a different resort than before, and visited a few more excellent restaurants I want to tell you about.

We’ve stayed at the Wilderness Lodge and Contemporary before, and enjoyed both. My husband prefers the Wilderness ambiance, but the Contemporary is more convenient because the monorail runs through it. (Disney does have a bus system that will take you between parks and resorts, but it’s slower and less direct than the monorail.) This time, we stayed at the Polynesian, which also has monorail access and a unique ambiance, and now it’s our favorite.

The Polynesian is usually the second most expensive resort (after the Grand Floridian, which is for those with fatter wallets than mine), but we got a great deal with AAA that dropped it lower than most other deluxe resorts. The Polynesian, unlike some other resorts, is a compound with a “great house” (lobby, restaurants and shops) and several outlying houses containing the rooms, which vary in price according to feature and view. (On a typical vacation, we don’t care about view because we’re rarely in our room – except in Chicago, but that’s another story.) On your arrival, you’ll be greeted with a hearty “Aloha!” and a colorful lei.

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