Monday we visited the "park" most people never enter - Disney Quest. With two children that love video games it's a natural for us and the second time we've been there. It's changed little since we visited last. The big "rides" are still there: Pirates of the Caribbean, Virtual Jungle Cruise, Cyberspace Mountain and Aladdin's Magic Carpet Ride.
For those that have never been to Disney Quest, all of the rides are virtual. In Pirates, you board a ship and head into a virtual sea, firing cannons and capturing treasure. In Jungle Cruise you climb into a rubber raft and literally paddle downstream avoiding dinosaurs, lava and other obstacles.
Cyberspace Mountain may be the most unique of all. You design a roller coaster and then you ride it. All the loops and jumps you get to experience first hand and believe me you really do go upside down. I made the mistake of riding a coaster designed by my 8 year old, sight unseen. After 5 minutes of endless loops it took me nearly two hours to get my stomach back.
The one change I noticed from our previous visit was the elimination of an attraction that used to exist on the third floor. It was a maze embedded underneath the floor (the floor is clear). Using a video screen you would navigate a remote control car through the maze to find treasure. The video screen made it appear as if you were in the car driving through the maze. You can still see the maze under the floor and the signs for the attraction, but the control screens have been removed.
We had early reservations at the Contemporary to eat at Chef Mickey's so we left Disney Quest early to go to dinner.
Chef Mickey's is a character meal, which means that Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale will all stop by your table to visit. The restaurant itself is whimsical with various artists takes on Mickey mounted on the walls. The menu is buffet style, but unlike Boma doesn't have much variety. I really didn't find anything I liked and Lori said the prime rib wasn't good. It's not that the food's terrible, it's just not worth what you will pay for it, if you aren't on the dining plan. The check we didn't pay came to $113.
The kids did seem to enjoy it and the menu is very child friendly. I'm glad we saw it, but it's not a must visit unless you really want a character meal.
After Chef Mickey's we headed back to Downtown Disney. While the family went straight to Disney Quest, I took the walk from the other side of Downtown, visited a few shops and strolled through Pleasure Island. On the way to meet up with the family I caught the sounds of The Beatles pouring forth from the Pleasure Island stage. I stopped to watch the band HarryDash(from Tampa) knock out some great cover tunes (Kinks, Who, AC/DC) and some outstanding originals as well. Their new album is available on iTunes and it rocks.
After their set ended, I caught up with the family and knocked off a few more pirate ships before we headed back to the All Star and called it a day.
From Mornin' 'til the End of the Day
Keep the Adventure Alive,