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timandlesley
06-22-2006, 02:12 PM
We stayed 9 nights, first night at Pop, then 8 nights at Wilderness Lodge. Had a GREAT time. There are four of us, myself, my DH and my DD 2 1/2 and DS 5. We were on the dining plan and LOVED it. (our second time using the plan)

For sake of time I will just review the Tableservice locations we ate at because that will be lengthy by itself.
First Table Service of the trip was at L'Originale Alfredo's at Epcot. DELICIOUS. I gotta tell you - I went in with VERY low expectations after reading reviews here on the Dis and tried to get walk up at LeCellier on the way to dinner that night (with now luck). We had a GREAT server from Rome, very friendly and fun and made great suggestions. I had Ceasar salad for appetizer- YUM! Best Ceasar salad of my life and I'm not exaggerating. My DH tried the fried calamari (never had it before) he loved it. The bread there they make fresh every day and you could tell, very good. my DH tried an Italian wine with the meal and loved that too. I had Lasagna for the Main Course. YUM again, very different and cheesier than I had ever had. My DH had this spicy shrimp and pasta combo and loved it. Kids had pasta with meatsauce and loved it. We had chocolate mousse for desert, delicious. The time between courses seemed like forever and overall it was 2 hours for dinner and the kids were DONE by dessert, so I took them outside to run around as DH paid the bill. Our server messed up the credits and charged my 2 year old a child's credit so I had to go back in and talk to a mangager, 20 minutes later, this was straightened out. Oh well.
Overall
Food: A Service A+ Atmosphere B + GREAT MEAL
Total on dining plan for dinner was 115.00 - great deal too.

Next TAbleService was Whispering Canyon Cafe (we were staying at WL) We had an "o.k." server, not very energetic. Kids LOVED the pony races and their prizes they got and of course the ketchup antics. Overall meal was "o.k." nothing hugely special. I had meatloaf, DH and kids had the skillet. Desert we both had apple pie w/ ice cream. There were other servers doing funny stuff that night like putting someone in jail for sneaking ketchup and making two grown men run around the lobby with pony's for not participatingin the hokey pokey so that was funny. Total was 105.00
Food: B- Serviice C Atmosphere B+

Next TableService was 1900 Park Fair so my kids could see Cinderella. WOW- what a GREAT buffet. My DH hates buffets and kept saying how great the food was. They had EVERYTHING, even a chef preparing fresh pasta dishes, great food, awesome deserts and wonderful character interaction. Saw the mice and Fairy Godmother serveral times. Had pic's with prince charming in the lobby and saw Cindy herself. Kids LOVED the meal and so did mom and dad.
Food: A+ Service B (she didn't refill drinks much) Atmosphere A+

Next TableService O'Hana's for dinner. We had never been there before and LOVED this meal. We started with drinks, my husband got an apple martini and I had the "backscratcher". You HAVE to get this drink, YUM!!!! My DH loved the backscratcher it came with : ) The kids had non-alcoholic strawberry daquirri's with fruit and umbrellas before dinner too. Our server wasn't that great, but the food and entertainment for the kids more than made up for it. The shrimp and potatoes were a favorite, steak was incredible too. Loved the desert as well. GREAT MEAL!!! Everyone had a great time, ,kids enjoyed the maracas and shaking them around the restaraunt with the limbo and coconut races, fun time! He messed up our credits here too, I didn't realize until that night so I called the front desk and sure enough our server had charged us for 4 credits instead of 3 so we had to work that out.
Food: A Service B- Atmosphere: A

Chef Mickey's for an 8:30 breakfast. This was a great meal. Character interaction was awesome! Server was great and got kids involved through trivia questions and giving out stickers and placemats as awards which the kids loved. Food was great, had everything you could want on a breakfast buffet. We had a good time! My DH saw the Krispy Cremes on the way out and said "how did we miss that?" We'll be sure to hit that next year : )
Food: A Service: A + Atmosphere: A (of course)

Next TS was Tony's Town Square for my 30th b-day. Again, I had very low expectations based on reviews but we LOVED it! Server was very laid back and never even said "happy b-day" but was very good at serving and keeping up on things. The woman who seated us gave the kids mickey confetti and streamers to decorate the table with which was great. We had fried goat cheese, salad, and artichoke dip for appetizers, GREAT! The bread and dipping sauce was very good but wish the pizza type dipping sauce was warm, it was cold which I found very odd. I had spaghetti and meatballs and was pleasantly surprised, my DH had a steak, he is very picky and LOVED it. Kids shared spaghetti. We had a b-day cake for desert and got ice cream off of the plan which was good. Restaraunt sang to me and twirrled napkins for my b-day which was cute. Overall GREAT meal.
Food: A Service: B Atmosphere: A

Next to Crystal Palace ( a first for us) for breakfast. We had an 8:05 reservation so got in the park early, INCREDIBLE. Got great pic's in front of the castle. I was pleasantly surprised by how gorgeous this restaraunt is on the inside, how breathtaking. We loved this meal. The kids LOVED seeing Piglet, Tigger, Eyore, and Pooh (in that order) and getting pic's and autographs. We loved the breakfast. The potatoes are out of this world and the Tigger and Pooh waffles were enjoyed by the kids. Loved the fresh fruit too. Great meal!
Food: A Service B (slow w/ drinks) Atmosphere : A+

Next Meal was MAma Melrose (we didn't want a Fantasmic package because we wanted the full menu) We were so happy we did it this way. Had a GREAT server (he looked and acted just like Alec Baldwin) He served the beers fast to my DH who needed them that night : ) The food was outstanding, The dipping sauces and bread were great and were eaten quickly as they arrived at the table. I had the salad and loved it, DH had a flatbread as an appetizer and loved it. I had a pasta primevera dish that was outstanding, DH had Chicken parmesean and kids shared Spaghetti and meatballs. For desert DH had HAppiest Celebration on earth and loved it I had the hot chocolate truffle cake with warm chocolate sauce in the center and rasberries, YUM! Great meal!! (by the way, we got into Fantasmic by walking up at 8:15 no problem had PERFECT seats in the Mickey section in the middle, I don't think we'll do the package here again, menu is much better w/out it.)
Food: A Service: A+ Atmosphere: A

Last meal of the trip: Concourse Steak House for F-day dinner. HANDS DOWN THE MOST UNDER-RATED RESTARAUNT IN DISNEY. This food was OUTSTANDING! I got the Lobster Bisque as an appetizer, YUM. DH got the wings and LOVED them. I got the filet for dinner and our waitress let us add on the shrimp for free (9.99 extra on the menu). MY DH got the largest steak they had and also got the shrimp add on. My DH who can ALWAYS clean a plate was so full he couldn't finish the steak. We hands down said this was our favorite meal. The waitress split a grilled cheese meal for the kids and actually put them on separate plates each having their own pickle so it looked like they each had their own meals, first time this was offered this trip and saved us some money. The great thing was the painter pallete (spelling?) deserts for the kids, this kept them so entertained we actually had to tell them to eat them so we could wrap up the meal, a far cry from other meals that week when they had hit the wall by that course. we actually could enjoy our deserts for once. DH had the chocolate cake and I had the key lime pie, YUM. Our bill was 165.00!!!!! I couldn't believe it. If you haven't tried this place YOU MUST GO!!!
Service A++ Food : A++ Atmosphere: B+ (little loud next to Chef Mickey's, but that was O.K)

We had such a great trip and enjoyed the food. Will be happy to answer any questions. Thanks!
Lesley

princesstigerlilly
06-22-2006, 02:30 PM
Great reviews! We have ADR's for 4 of your restaurants and are considering 2 more!
We haven't been before (DL vets), and I'm intrigued by Tony's. It's nice to read a good review of it.
Thanks!

shondad
06-22-2006, 02:56 PM
Glad you had great dining experiences. I am looking forward to our CP and concourse meals. We dined at Ohana and WCC, both for dinner and enjoyed them too.

theycallmered
06-22-2006, 03:04 PM
Oooh, you are making want to try Concourse now... :rotfl:

The Sweetness
06-22-2006, 03:11 PM
How wonderfull to see a full trip review w out a single complaint. Lucky you! I'll have to keep some of those in mind for my own ADRs in a few months ( :joker: )

timandlesley
06-22-2006, 03:22 PM
Oooh, you are making want to try Concourse now... :rotfl:

OHHHH, you just HAVE to try it. If you like steak in my oppinion it is a MUST do, especially with that shrimp add on, INCREDIBLE MEAL!!!!

dixiedizfan
06-22-2006, 03:25 PM
Thanks so much for your wonderful review of Alfredo's. Like you I was very hesitant about going there, but DH wants to try it. Thanks to the wonderful things you have to say about their food I'm definitely going to keep it on our ADR list. The one place I would love to try is the Concourse, but we don't have room on our ADR list ... so many places, so little time! But thanks again; loved all the details!

ChrisAlli
06-22-2006, 03:29 PM
I want to try Concourse but I'm afraid Chef Mickey's might distract the kids, they're 2 and 4. Did they notice the characters???

timandlesley
06-22-2006, 03:32 PM
We had already gone to Chef Mickey's so they knew it was there, but when you check in it is before Chef Mickey's and my kids were totally oblivious to the characters and Chef Mickey's, they were too busy looking at the monorail. We were right by a wall too so they couldn't see the characters if they wanted too! Definitely give it a try, your kids would love the painters pallette desert, my kids are still talking about it.
Lesley

kaysmommie
06-22-2006, 04:16 PM
Glad you had a great trip. Thnaks for the dining reviews. How was WL, did you get a refurbed room?

SLM
06-22-2006, 05:19 PM
Thanks for your detailed reviews-what a great way to celebrate your bithday!

ufgator
06-22-2006, 06:44 PM
Thanks for your reviews.

timandlesley
06-22-2006, 07:42 PM
Glad you had a great trip. Thnaks for the dining reviews. How was WL, did you get a refurbed room?

WL was great as always. We had a refurbed room on the 4th floor w/ bunkbeds and a MK view. AWESOME. New rooms are incredible, I posted pics of the room w/ bunks on the WL FAQ thread so check them out. GREAT ROOM, we'll be back to WL next year for sure.
Lesley

tinkerbeth
06-22-2006, 07:59 PM
Super reviews! Thanks for posting them. :) We're going to a lot of those places in August. :cloud9:

Beth :wave:

PureTcrazy
06-22-2006, 08:00 PM
Thanks for the great reviews. We have ADR's for Ohana and 1900 park fare. Nice to see such positive remarks. :thumbsup2

deany
06-22-2006, 11:18 PM
Great reviews!! How was DH's chicken parmesan at Mama Melrose's? We do have the FDP and I think this is one entree that we can order. :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:

Princess4Eeyore
06-22-2006, 11:44 PM
Great Reviews - we are looking forward to Concourse :goodvibes

Minniespal
06-23-2006, 03:49 AM
Enjoyed reading your reviews ~ Thanx for sharing.

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 07:40 AM
Great reviews!! How was DH's chicken parmesan at Mama Melrose's? We do have the FDP and I think this is one entree that we can order. :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:

Yes, that is an entree you can get, and I highly recommend it, DH LOVED it.
Have a GREAT trip!
Lesley

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 09:16 AM
I'm testing posting pic's. Here is a pic of my Key Lime pie desert at Concourse Steak house:

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/Photo11.jpg

Lesley

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 09:52 AM
Here are some more pic's from Concourse Steak House .


My daughter painting her cookie:
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/Photo9.jpg

My son painting his cookie:
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/Photo10.jpg

My DH and son in the restaraunt. See the wall on the left, it separated us from Chef Mickey's so couldn't even see the restaraunt. PERFECT:
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/Photo3.jpg

Enjoy!!

Lesley

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 09:59 AM
Here is my dd at OHana's enjoying the dancing:

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/DisneyDay4_3034.jpg

More of O'Hanas:

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/DisneyDay4_3037.jpg

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 10:05 AM
Now that I've figured out to post pic's I'm gonna post some more:

Alfredo's my DH inside:
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/DisneyDay2and3004.jpg

My son excited about the desert (chocolate mousse in the photo):
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/DisneyDay2and3006.jpg

Kids outside of the restaraunt in Italy. Enjoyed running around after a long meal of sitting: (gorgous area of Epcot) :

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/DisneyDay2and3009.jpg

Lesley

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 10:11 AM
Here is my DD at WCC enjoying pony races:

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/DisneyDay2and3028.jpg

KETCHUP!!

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/DisneyDay2and3032.jpg

Enjoy,
Lesley

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 10:13 AM
My DH getting a little crazy during the celebration time at Chef Mickey's (one of my favorite pics : )

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/DisneyDay4_3010.jpg

Pic of the kids with the big guy at Chef Mickey's:

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/DisneyDay4_3009.jpg

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 10:17 AM
How do I change the name of this thread to reflect pic's added? I will post more pic's if people are interested. I have more of 1900 park fare, etc. But can't change the thread so people won't know that I added pics. Any suggestions?

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 10:24 AM
Here are some Crystal Palace pics:





Pooh:

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/Photo13.jpg

Pic of DD on the porch of Crystal palace as we were waiting to go inside:

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/Photo2.jpg

Enjoy!
Lesley

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 10:30 AM
Here I am at Tony's with my b-day buttons on, cake in front of me, and people singing in the background.:
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/Photo19.jpg


DD entertaining herself in the mirrors by our table:

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/Photo11-2.jpg

pic's of DD decorating my b-day table at Tony's with the confetti and streamers:

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/Photo9-1.jpg

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 10:37 AM
Pic of the sign:

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/Photo12.jpg

DD with her new "boyfriend" as she calls him:

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/Photo13-1.jpg

My daughter saying "HERE COMES CINDERELLA!"

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/Photo18.jpg

Both of my kiddo's with Cindy:

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j133/timandlesley/Photo20.jpg

Enjoy!
Lesley

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 02:27 PM
bump :Pinkbounc so people can check out the recently added pics.


Lesley

NMW
06-23-2006, 02:35 PM
Great review, thanks!!

DeborahB
06-23-2006, 02:38 PM
Hi Lesley---great pictures and great reviews! Glad you had a wonderful birthday trip.
I was wondering about the shrimp add on at Concourse Steakhouse, how is it cooked? Just grilled?
I've never dined there in all the times I've been to WDW. You made it sound so appealing I'm adding it to my list for next trip.
BTW, your kids are adorable! :)

Debbie

Maleficent13
06-23-2006, 03:08 PM
Loved the report and the pics!! I had been wavering, but now I am definitely going to try the Concourse Steakhouse next trip!

btw, your kids are beautiful!!

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 03:22 PM
Hi Lesley---great pictures and great reviews! Glad you had a wonderful birthday trip.
I was wondering about the shrimp add on at Concourse Steakhouse, how is it cooked? Just grilled?
I've never dined there in all the times I've been to WDW. You made it sound so appealing I'm adding it to my list for next trip.
BTW, your kids are adorable! :)

Debbie

Thanks, I think they are cute too, but of course I'm partial : ) The shrimp was on a scewer and grilled with garlic glaze on it, kind of like scampi. VERY good! Give it a try, you'll love it!
Lesley

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 03:23 PM
Loved the report and the pics!! I had been wavering, but now I am definitely going to try the Concourse Steakhouse next trip!

btw, your kids are beautiful!!

Glad to hear it, you won't be disappointed! Thanks for the kids comment : )

Lesley

jbdreamer
06-23-2006, 03:28 PM
Wow - great pictures! :goodvibes

Catrin
06-23-2006, 09:17 PM
I am just sitting here trying to figure out how in the world did you keep the Mickey Hat on your son the entire time! :rotfl2:
Your kids are adorable - looks like they had a blast.
Great food reviews too! ;)
Catrin

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 09:41 PM
I am just sitting here trying to figure out how in the world did you keep the Mickey Hat on your son the entire time! :rotfl2:
Your kids are adorable - looks like they had a blast.
Great food reviews too! ;)
Catrin

Funny! Actually He LOVES that Mickey hat and everytime we'd leave the hotel he'd say "oh, I almost forgot my Mickey ears". Actually these came with a strap too so they were firmly on his head ;) They did have fun, glad you enjoyed the reviews.
Lesley

Biscuitsmom31
06-23-2006, 10:00 PM
Thanks for the reviews and the pics! The one of your DH twirling th napkin is great! :teeth:

timandlesley
06-23-2006, 10:16 PM
Thanks for the reviews and the pics! The one of your DH twirling th napkin is great! :teeth:

One of my favorite pic's of the trip - I think he had lost his mind at that point :rotfl:

Aimeedyan
06-23-2006, 11:45 PM
Great reviews - thanks! We really liked Alfredos, too. I'm glad y'all did as well =)

Cute kids!!

DISNEYLOVER70
06-23-2006, 11:59 PM
You have a beautiful family!!! It looks like everyone had a great time. Thanks for sharing........ :goodvibes

schatterjee
06-24-2006, 12:07 AM
Great reveiws & photos! Thanks for taking the time!!

juliefurr
06-24-2006, 05:48 AM
Thanks for the reviews. Love your pics too. I agree, the pic of your Dh @ Chef Mickeys is too funny! What a fantastic pic to bring out at this 60th birthday (hint! hint!). hehehee

bluejasmine
06-24-2006, 07:24 AM
Thanks for the great reviews! I just love the pics your family is beautiful and looked so happy! You must have had a blast!

buzzmom3
06-24-2006, 07:39 AM
Thanks for the review! Now, I even more excited about my ADR at Concourse.

scanne
06-24-2006, 07:56 AM
Your kids are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute! Really, you and your DH look so young as well!

I really enjoyed your reviews - especially Alfredo's as we have ressies there next month and I keep going back and forth about keeping or cancelling. Also, I LOVE the cookie painting at Concourse Steakhouse. I'll have to get everyone there one of these years - before the kids get "too old" for something like that!

Thanks again!!!

swankybeth
06-24-2006, 08:12 AM
Great review and pictures. Looking forward to our meals at Mama Melrose and Concourse Steakhouse in December. And your kids are absolutely precious! :goodvibes