Disney World (Orlando, FL) Complaint - Grand Floridian + Meal plan = disappointment
ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- My stay started on April 19th 2008. I will let you know what Disney didn't tell us when we booked. (off season) If you are bringing children, and plan on attending any character meal, Book it 180 days prior to your stay or you will be in for a huge let down, When we went, it was off season and everything was booked even the regular meals. So BOTTOM LINE, BOOK EVERY MEAL! there is no charge to cancel, so book every night or you will wind up eating fast food every night. Don't go with the meal plan its a complete waste of money. You pay the same weather you have the meal plan or not. It got to the point that I needed a manager just so we could get a sit down meal, I had to complain that we had the meal plan and could not get reservations for any restaurant in the park for dinner, so we had to get a taxi to the nearest place outside of Disney, They don't like that, then Magically things opened up for us, because Disney does not want you to spend your money anywhere but at the world. Also if you use the Disney busses to get to the parks, expect to be over crowded, and you may have to wait for several busses before you can get a seat. The Grand Floridian is always the last stop on all the busses, so by the time a bus comes to pick you up, most time it was already filled. Grand Floridian is their best hotel, but they must feel that only old people stay there and don't care about the transportation, thinking that nobody will be interested in going to the parks. Also our room was to hold 5 people, and we paid a lot of money for our stay but the room was in very poor condition and there were a few things that I couldn't let go. There was what looked like spilled chocolate pudding on our balcony, the whole stay it was never cleaned up, I told the wife not to tell the maid se how long it will stay, (the whole 10 days) The tub was clogged and first thing in the morning we ran out of hot water. For the same money we spent on this Disney vacation, we could have taken a 2 week cruise to Hawaii with all food included. I will not ever stay in Disney again. I will visit the parks but I will never eat there. A meal for 2 adults and 3 kids eating chicken nuggets and rubber hamburgers with drinks cost around $70. (what do you do to hamburger to make it feel like rubber and taste like sawdust?) Anyway I am not a bitter person but Think twice about staying inside Disney.