Monthly Archives: July 2013

Disney World Seasons

I’d be willing to bet you have a favorite Disney season. There’s probably a time of year that you feel is perfect for hanging out on property. Undoubtedly, my favorite season at Disney is winter. Of course in most other parts of the county, people laugh at what we Orlando residents call “winter”. Even so, I think that the cooler months of the year make for the most perfect Disney visits.

English: View of WDW Splash Mountain main drop.

English: View of WDW Splash Mountain main drop. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve always sort of hibernated in the summer months. It’s too hot, the crowds are too big, and I can’t walk around the Magic Kingdom with a cold beer. Don’t get me wrong, I still visit the hell out of the resort hotels year round. It’s just the parks that can get a little uncomfortable during the summer. So, while most people are sweating their ass off in line for Splash Mountain, I’m relaxing at the Polynesian with my Dole Whip or having a beer at Crew’s Cup. No way I could go without Disney during the summer, so I just substitute the parks with the hotels.

Right around the time Food & Wine is going strong, things start getting much better. The weather starts cooling down, the crowd demographic starts to change, and I can actually ride stuff without waiting in line too long. As it gets closer to Christmas, I feel like the whole vibe of Disney changes. I know its cheesy to say, but it really is a special time of year. It’s hard to imagine during the summer months that there are actually times when it gets cold at the parks. I remember being there and having to buy a rather expensive jacket in one of the stores in EPCOT because I was freezing.

English: Orlando, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2005) - Member...

English: Orlando, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2005) – Members of the Armed Forces and their families participate in the taping of the 2005 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade held at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Toiete Jackson (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the main reasons for people not wanting to live in Orlando is the lack of seasons. I’m sure you’ve heard it before…”I couldn’t live in Florida…I love my seasons”. Well, in Florida, we have seasons just like any other part of the country. The thing is, our seasons here in Florida aren’t defined so much by the temperature. I’ll be the first to admit that there are basically two seasons in Orlando if you’re basing it off of temperature alone. For most of us Disney fans, seasons around here mean Flower & Garden, Food & Wine, Osborne Lights, and Christmas (or something like that).

What’s your favorite Disney season?

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Friday Night Monorail Crawls!

Disney - Monorail at Night (Explored)

Disney – Monorail at Night (Explored) (Photo credit: Express Monorail)

What’s the best part of your summer? Hopefully, Friday Night Monorail Crawls with the DizMeet group is near the top of your list (along with Dole Whips). I can’t think of too many things that are much better than getting drunk AND riding the monorail at the same time. That’s why we’ve started this new summer routine.

I’ve said it before…once I found out that you could actually bring drinks on the monorail, my life changed. For some reason I had always assumed that I had to finish up my drink before moving onto the next lounge on the loop. But, I’m really glad I was wrong. No longer do we have to wait until everyone finishes their drink. We can leave…..whenever. Of course, its still necessary to pay for your drinks before hopping on the monorail, but at least you can do all of that with a drink in your hand.

We’ve already had several great Monorail Crawl meetups, and we plan on continuing this every Friday night until the weather gets a little cooler (and Food & Wine Festival begins). We typically start things off around 7:30 or 8pm at the Tambu Lounge at the Polynesian. This is the lounge/bar area that also doubles as the waiting area for Ohana. Despite getting there at peak dinner time, it seems like we’re always able to find a spot at the bar, or a few chairs in the lounge area. I always keep my fingers crossed that at least one person in the group will get a Lapu Lapu, or at the very least, a Back Scratcher.

After a drink or two at Tambu, its time to hop on the monorail and hit the next spot. By the way, did I mention you can drink on the monorail!? Anyway, next stop, Mizner’s at the Grand Floridian. I have to be honest, Mizner’s hasn’t really excited me much lately. I’m not sure what it is, but the last few times I’ve been to Mizner’s I’m sort of anxious to get to the next stop. It could be the slow service, it could be the stuffy atmosphere, or it could be that I love Tambu too much. Regardless, Mizner’s is a regular stop on our tour of Monorail lounges….so it shall remain as such.

The Wave Lounge

The Wave Lounge (Photo credit: tom.arthur)

Last stop, The Wave at Contemporary. By this time of the night, I’m ready for a snack, and The Wave has an amazing Black Bean Chili. Good Stuff! Great atmosphere at the Wave too. The bar is rather large so there’s never an issue with finding a spot. Even if the bar was full, there is still plenty of space at the two very large circular waiting rooms. These rooms are  equipped large comfy couches and chairs, and are lit in a very cool blue light. Of course, at this point on the monorail crawl I’ve already had a few drinks, so maybe that’s what makes the blue light cool.

Once we’ve had our fill of The Wave, its usually close to midnight which is the closing time for the lounges and bars along the monorail loop. So, this is when we ride the monorail one last time for the night and head back to the Polynesian to disperse. This is the monorail crawl in a nutshell. But, the real fun of the monorail comes with meeting other Disney World fans and and creating some new friendships.

If you’ve yet to join us for a Friday Night Monorail Crawl, I urge you to try it soon. It’s guaranteed to be a good time…..well, not literally guaranteed. Not a member of the group yet? Then click on the “Meetup!” link above and join us!

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