Lodging: Disney's Coronado Springs & Disney's Dolphin Resort
The staff of CSR was wondeful. Everyone was friendly and kind and went out of their way to make our stay special. I have to give a special thanks to the incredible concierge staff, who helped us to secure dinner reservations at Biergarten for a part of 5.
We felt relaxed and comfortable during our entire stay at CSR, and that alone is priceless! One major benefit of staying on property is Disney bus transportation to the parks. Unlike other area hotels, Disney buses arrive and depart every 15-20 minutes, are more spacious, and drop guests off directly at the park of their choosing, rather than at the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC). Avoiding the TTC means saving a whole lot of time and hassle, although there is something special about the ferry ride from TTC to MK; if you're a frequent guest, you can make the decision to skip this step and head directly to your destination.
On our first visit with the party of five, we cozied up around a small table under a "window."
On our second visit, we sat right at the bar. I recommend sitting at the bar if you can, because it's a very different experience. Anywhere you sit is great, but sitting at the bar gives you the chance to talk to the bartenders, and apparently to shrink down to the size of a small child (you'll get it once you've visited). The bartenders... er... skippers... are AMAZING. Picture a Jungle Cruise skipper serving you a tiki cocktail out of a nautilus or shrunken zombie head, or ceremoniously pulling a pearl from it's shell before filling it with a sugary concoction delightfully placed before you, all the while gags and chuckles fill the air.
On our second visit, a new cast member was asked to serenade the audience with a Disney song, which somehow turned into a full blown sing-along of the first verse of Belle (Little Town), with the audience taking over! I wished so much that the song would have continued, but alas, it petered off. Anyhow, with so much going on, it was forgotten in a few moments. When the room, er, sky darkens, you know a volcano is about to erupt. I won't spoil the rest, it's just... it's great. Just go.
For lunch, we had tacos at the Mexico Pavilion, then delicious avocado margaritas at La Cava del Tequila. Later, we had dinner at Biergarten, which was both delicious and fun. While I've dined at and enjoyed the quick service location next door, this was my first sit down dinner at Biergarten. The musicians are wonderful, the restaurant is lovely, and everything we tasted (and we tasted just about everything) from the buffet was scrumptious. Such a treat, I highly recommend!
“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, on behalf of everyone here at the Magic Kingdom, we thank you for joining us today for a magic gathering of family, friends, fun, and fantasy. We hope your magical journey with us has created wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. Walt Disney said that the Magic Kingdom is a world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, magic and make believe are reborn, and fairy tales come true. The Magic Kingdom is a place for the young and the young at heart. A special place where when you wish upon a star, your dreams can come true. Until we see you again, have a safe trip home. Thank you, and goodnight.”