Check out my Drew's first article on the site Orlando Informer! He is now a contributing writer for the site, focusing on all things Universal. I couldn't be more proud!!
GUYS! Drew, his brother Matt, and I had the best time two weekends ago when we did ALL the things! I'm talking Star Wars weekend, Universal + Islands of Adventure, loads of shopping and eating (like three stops at The Boathouse!), and even got a coveted spot in the new it bar Trader Sam's! (I really hope some of you read that last sentence as if Bill Hader's Stefon was giving use clubbing advice =P)
So, we learned that Trader Sam's over at The Polynesian can only hold 50 guests at a time. We also learned that people wait in line (and wait early) to get inside. Luckily for us, we arrived at the exact right time and claimed spots 37, 38, and 39 when the doors opened at 4 PM.
Now, I won't lie to you: the drinks are pricey. Most come with an optional souvenir glass the spikes the prices up to the near $20 range (or more). I of course picked the drink that HAD to be served in the souvenir glass (or pearl I should say), but it was worth every penny of its $16 price tag. The Polynesian Pearl was described as "tasting like Christmas" and it definitely was something worth celebrating over! It was probably the yummiest drink I had ever had.
Also, cool thing about these specialty drinks is that there is some sort of reaction within the bar when they are served. Now I am no surprise ruiner, so I won't say what happens for each of them, but I will tell you they are FUN. To give you any inclination about how much we enjoyed our experience, we spent three hours inside the bar and ordered about half of their menu. It was the BEST time.
We also spent quite a bit of time over at Downtown Disney's newest sit-down restaurant The Boathouse. Drew has been drooling over it since the concept art was first released. The boys went three times; I went twice. We obviously loved it! The bar is expansive, the food was incredibly fresh and tastey, and the entertainment was really cool. (Be sure to stop by in the evening for their live music!)
Also, despite initial reports, there are affordable options on the menu. In cases like these, I tend to have the "quality over quantity" mindset. In other words, I rather pay more for sustainable, organic, good food then cheaper, "Is this even beef?" type of entrees. That being said, we all three got really big portions and were stuffed afterward. So we go quality and quantity!
PS: The open area bar on The Boathouse's dock is so relaxing. A must do!
I think I was most excited for Star Wars weekend shenanigans! I have gone to these weekend events that past two years and think they are one of the shining moments throughout the Disney year. There are SO many cool things happening: loads of Star Wars merchandise, a special motorcade featuring all your favorite characters, celebrity sightings and signings, dance parties, the coolest firework display around, and (as always, my personal favorite) limited edition food items!
We also had lots of fun times over at Universal! I was just happy to get my favorite Otter's Fizzy Orange drink, Matt realized his love for LITs, and Drew was obsessed with Sean Paul. =P We also saw the new velociraptor exhibit over by the Jurassic Park area, which was really neat!
We stayed at Port Orleans: French Quarter, which we all loved. We also looked at Riverside's food court and I was pretty impressed with the southern+modern offerings. Plus, the boat transportation from both resorts make it really easy to get to DTD.
It was another successful trip! Can't wait to have more =)
PS: If you would like your own "Jurassic Parks and Rec" tee or other cool shirts, check out their website and use the coupon code "BRITTYLOVES" to receive 10% off your purchase. Weeee! =)
A permanent believer that "Adventure is out there" and a DAK girl for life!