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lovehoney
06-03-2007, 10:45 PM
We just returned from our family gathering of 13 at WDW. Our 4 families stayed in two rooms at Old Key West and we were on the dining plan (11 on one card and 2 on another). We had seven children in the group ages 3-9.

Here is where we ate:

Goods to Go (CS)
Chef Mickey’s (TS) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=19000794&postcount=2)
Columbia Harbor House (CS)
Garden Grill (TS) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=19004571&postcount=4)
Flame Tree Barbecue (CS)
Pizza delivery at OKW (OOP) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=19021221&postcount=10)
Cinderella’s Royal Table Lunch for 12 (2 TS) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=19051382&postcount=30)
CRT lunch part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=19052206&postcount=31)
Leftover pizza
Boma (TS for just me and DH) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=19063602&postcount=34)
Boma part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=19063666&postcount=35)
Boma part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=19063708&postcount=36)
Sunshine Seasons (CS) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=19318620&postcount=38)
Hollywood and Vine Fantasmic Package (TS) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=19571961&postcount=49)
Liberty Inn (CS) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32194668&postcount=57)
Raglan Road (TS) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32194999&postcount=58)
Counter service next to Star Tours. Never could find the name. Anyone know?

I will tell you how many of us ate; how the tables were set up and review some of the food. I don't have pictures for for all of the meals. I do have pictures at Boma. DH and I went there for a date night. The other nights we had too many kids to take pics of the food. :rotfl:

First up Goods to Go and Chef Mickey’s.

lovehoney
06-03-2007, 10:51 PM
Goods to Go – All 13 of us ate here at Old Key West’s counter service. We were able to get one of the picnic tables with the umbrellas in front of the counter service. The rest of us ate behind the sand playground on the big deck area. Part of the deck was shaded and it was hot out.

We ordered in 3 shifts. The kids had the standard kid’s meals. We ordered grapes and carrot strips for all their meals with either milk or apple juice. I think the entrees were chicken nuggets and peanut butter and jelly. There might have been a hot dog thrown in – can’t remember. Anyway the kids seemed happy with their meals.

The adults had the burgers, hot dogs and chicken strips. The burgers were just so-so, the hot dogs were deemed delicious. I had the chicken strips and they were super yummy and very filling. They give you three very large strips and you can grab bbq sauce or honey mustard for dipping. The fries with the strips and burgers were good. For desserts the adults just ordered cookies so the kids could split them later.

Pros: Yummy chicken strips
Cons: The lines were horrible at 2:00 pm. Slow service

Chef Mickey’s Dinner – We only had a reservation for 11 here at the Contemporary Resort. We sat at one big round table. I think it would have seated 12. The 2 grandparents on the trip ate at Concourse Steakhouse next door (lucky dogs) and toward the end of our meal came to see the kids interact with the characters.

Chef Mickey’s was a big hit with the kids because of the characters. We saw Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Pluto (no Donald this time). The kids loved the macaroni and cheese, pizza and the fruit. For the adults and children the boiled shrimp was popular. The favorites of the adults were the prime rib and mashed potatoes. I thought the broccoli dish was great.

The dessert bar looked great but nothing really stood out.

Pros: The characters
Cons: Super Noisy

wilma-bride
06-04-2007, 04:21 AM
My, I can't even begin to imagine how difficult it must be to co-ordinate dining for a party of 13. But it certainly sounds like you are off to a good start :thumbsup2 We are thinking of staying at OKW next April so thanks for the info on the CS option there.

Looking forward to hearing more. We will also be a large group next year but only 7 so not quite as many as you.

lovehoney
06-04-2007, 08:34 AM
Columbia Harbor House – All of the kids ate here and 3 of the adults. 2 of the adults had to go and pick up a forgotten prescription (a whole other long story).
We were trying to schedule our lunches at 11 or 11:30 but didn’t get here until 11:50. I sent everyone upstairs to find a table while I ordered. They had no problem finding 3 tables together. They have some nice size picnic style tables up there.

We had 3 kids who had chicken on salad with grapes and carrots and 4 who had macaroni and cheese with grapes and carrots. We didn’t let the kids choose – we just let them duke it out. They split it up with no problem. What a great bunch of kids! The salads had ranch dressing but some of the kids used it to dip their carrots. They all enjoyed.

The adults all had the Anchors Aweigh Sandwich (Tuna salad) with a side of chips. The tuna salad was not too soupy it stayed on the sandwich. I think there was lettuce and tomato. The bread was large slices of the mutigrain variety. The bread didn't become soggy and fall apart. It was a the perfect tuna salad sandwich. I recommend.

Pros: Great tuna sandwich. Nice big quiet area upstairs.
Cons: None


Garden Grill – All 13 of us ate here. We had a 4:40 reservation. Most of our ressies were early to accomodate our large group. They pushed three or four tables together on the top level. We saw Mickey, Chip & Dale, and Pluto.

It was super crowded on the table with serving dishes. Since this is family style they bring everything to the table. There was a huge kid’s tray with chicken strips, macaroni and cheese and fries and then they had two bowls of salad for each end of the table and we had two plates of biscuits and rolls. That was all before they brought out the entrees.

The salad was field greens, tomatoes, sweet potato chips and vinaigrette. The sweet potato chips were spicy – maybe a hint of cumin.

The rolls and biscuits were okay. The orange blossom butter was sweet with a light orange flavor.

The entree dish had flank steak, turkey with cranberry sauce, steamed green beans, carrots and squash. In the middle of the plate was a cheesy scalloped style potato dish. The potatoes were creamy with a covering of melted cheese (maybe cheddar). The veggies were very good - crisp and a pretty color. The turkey was on the dry side. The flank steak was seasoned well but they include a lot of rare slices. If you like it that way you are in luck.:)

For dessert the kids had make your own cupcakes. Naked cupcakes were on a plate surrounded by little bowls of icing, m & m’s, sprinkles, a cherry and a gummy worm.

The adults had berry puff pastry. It was a puff pastry triangle with a vanilla creamy type pudding in the middle and berries (strawberry, blueberry) in juice scooped over it. The berries were not very sweet and some were frozen. This was just an okay dessert. Nothing to write home about.

Pros: Steamed veggies were great.
Cons: Looked like a tornado hit our table because of so many dishes. I probably wouldn’t do this with a group again.

link to Garden Grill pics (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=19025930&postcount=24)

TigerKat
06-04-2007, 12:05 PM
Great start - looking forward to more!!

Dreamfinder2
06-04-2007, 12:11 PM
We did the Magical Gathering thing a couple of years ago with a party of 9. Logistically, it was something to behold, but a lot of fun.

Bring it on.

lovehoney
06-04-2007, 02:44 PM
I thought I would put in a description of our group. I had the descriptions written up for a pre-trip report that I didn't write.

Me 40 - the Disney freak (according to my sisters). I found the DIS 2 years ago and have been addicted ever since. We've visited the world 3 times since then. Disney really should pay the owners of this board. They are making a fortune off of us. :rotfl:

DH 43 - Is catching the WDW fever. Everytime we go he always stops and talks to the DVC people. We always manage to talk ourselves out of it. I'm not sure how long we can hold out.:rolleyes1 He also talks about someday working for WDW in the groups department. We are not sure if working there destroys the magic.

DS6 - Smart, technical and has the longest attention span of any 6 year old boy I know. Ever since he was about 2 he will sit and play one thing forever. He loves WDW but doesn’t like the scary rides e.g. Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror. The idea of ghosts really bothers him. He does love any roller coaster they will let him on. His favorite rides are Test Track and Expedition Everest.

DS3 - Super fearless boy. Jumps off of anything he can before someone stops him. He is very attached to food. We have a motto that you don’t get between DS3 and his food. Favorite ride is Peter Pan.

DMIL - The sweetest MIL one could ever have. She is a teacher and semi-retired (teaches half days). Loves to travel and is super easy going.

DSFIL - Married to MIL for 3 years. Both of their spouses died within 2 years of each other. All 4 had been friends for years and a couple of years after their spouses passed away they found romance. I think it is terribly sweet.

DSBIL - This is our new step-brother. He is a bit of a primper. Hair has to be perfect at all times and body tanned just so. He is a firefighter so we will forgive him for his primpiness. :rotfl: After all he does save lives.

DNeph 5 - This is DSBIL's son. Has a penchant for princesses that bothers DSFIL to no end. He really knows how to push DFIL's buttons. Likes Lightening McQueen but (tells me in a whisper) really loves Cinderella. DSBIL always blames his behavior on DN5's Mom, but I don't think he should be casting stones.

DSIL37 – DH’s sister. Just along for the ride. First time to visit WDW. She decided to wait and pack the day before we left. :scared1: She has 4 beautiful, smart funny girls all under the age of 9. Always tired and a little bit sad. We are hoping this trip cheers her up. DBIL has his own businesses and is away from home a lot. DSIL works full-time as a Teaching Assistant at a Pre-school.

Dniece 9 - Maybe we should call this one duckie – problems like water just roll off her back. She takes things in stride and as the oldest sister has a lot of responsibility of her younger sisters. She loves horses, dogs and telling silly jokes. This is her first time at WDW and she was sp excited about going on Tower of Terror. She loved it. :yay:

Dniece 8 - Super sensitive, focused, and super smart. She read the Hidden Mickey book before our trip. Every time we sat down to eat she told me of different places she has memorized where we will find hidden Mickeys.

Dniece 6 - The little mother of the group. She likes to take care of everyone. She especially loves my DS3. She thinks he is her baby. Her feelings are easily hurt. She loves Cinderella and loved Splash Mountain.

Dniece 4 – The true princess of the group. She must change her clothes at least 3 to 4 times a day. Loves all the princesses and everything pink and pretty. She and DS3 like to play Elizabeth Swan and Captain Jack. She pretends to fall in the water (floor) and makes DS3 dive in to rescue her. DS3 pretends the couch is the ship and jumps off. She also loves repeating the lines of Wendy from the Peter Pan Movie. She met Aurora twice on our trip and was in heaven. The look on her face will be something I will always remember.

DisneyJo
06-04-2007, 02:57 PM
Great reviews so far and the cast sound so sweet you were very brave going with such a large party though :faint:

scrapbookinmickeyfan
06-04-2007, 06:15 PM
I am enjoying your report! We are taking 11 people when we go in December and I am trying to figure out where to eat with that many people. I cannot wait to read more.

lovehoney
06-04-2007, 10:24 PM
Flame Tree Barbecue – All 13 ate here. We were here on Tuesday 5/29. It was so crowded we didn’t get half the stuff done we wanted. It was 12:15 before we got to lunch. The lines were fast here and from the DISboards I knew to send the family towards the back and the water. They had no problem finding 4 tables together.

The kids had the wings and the hot dogs. The hot dogs were more popular than the chicken with the kids. Carrots and grapes again for their sides.

I think between the adults we had all of the adult entrees.
The ribs were sweet and smoky. Since we are from Texas we were a little concerned about eating barbecue, but the ribs could stand up anywhere in Texas.

½ chicken. Nice smoky and pink. A little moist for my liking. I’m a little strange in that I like my chicken dry covered in bbq sauce.

Beef sandwich – Just okay.
Pork sandwich – This was not a favorite. Texans don’t do pork much unless it is ribs. So it may be a cultural thing. :rotfl:

The baked beans that came with everything were sweet, smoky and thick. The corn muffin was huge and sweet. The muffin was so big and sweet that the kids actually split some of them for dessert. Speaking of dessert the chocolate cake and key lime were both great.

Pros: Ribs
Cons: sandwiches weren’t that great.

Pizza Delivery at Old Key West - 11 of us had pizza by the quiet pool on this night. DSBIL and DN5 were napping – they ate later. The pizzas were delivered in about 25 minutes. We ordered around 5:00 pm. I think there may be a central pizza place for the resorts.

There are picnic tables and bbq pits near the quiet pool. We had the kids set up at the picnic table and the adults ate at an umbrella table by the pool. There was a particularly annoying duck near the picnic tables. I would hear the kids screaming and see them jumping on the tables every time he came by. I kept getting a towel and shooing him away. No snacks from us for that duck! :donald:

The pizzas are really big with a thick crust. The crust was a little gummy in the middle but otherwise tasted great. Because they are so large (16 inches) one pizza goes a long way. They cost about $19 each.

We had 2 cheese, a meat lover, a pepperoni and a veggie. I think 3 pizzas would have been more than enough for our 13. The cheese and pepperoni were the favorites. The meat lover and veggie stayed in the fridge for a couple of days before being finished. We also had 2 orders of bread sticks with marinara sauce (a little too oily for me) and DH ordered a salad for me.

It was really fun eating at the quiet pool. With groups I would recommend doing this one night. It was very relaxing.

Pros: Quick service, will deliver to the pool but we had them deliver to our room and walked it over.

Cons: No choice on the crust (or not that we found out about). We like a thinner crust on our pizza.

lovehoney
06-04-2007, 10:30 PM
My, I can't even begin to imagine how difficult it must be to co-ordinate dining for a party of 13. But it certainly sounds like you are off to a good start :thumbsup2 We are thinking of staying at OKW next April so thanks for the info on the CS option there.

Looking forward to hearing more. We will also be a large group next year but only 7 so not quite as many as you.

7 sounds like a great number. All 13 of us toured together almost the whole time. You get slowed down with the larger numbers. More bathroom breaks, snack breaks and rest breaks. Our first day snack break took us 40 minutes.:scared1:

lovehoney
06-04-2007, 10:31 PM
Great start - looking forward to more!!

more on the way tomorrow!

lovehoney
06-04-2007, 10:33 PM
We did the Magical Gathering thing a couple of years ago with a party of 9. Logistically, it was something to behold, but a lot of fun.

Bring it on.

It was a lot of fun. We had 13 people Sunday through Friday and then DH, the boys and I left the following Sunday. It really helped to have those 2 extra days with our smaller group to decompress.:)

lovehoney
06-04-2007, 10:34 PM
Great reviews so far and the cast sound so sweet you were very brave going with such a large party though :faint:

Thanks. I still feel like I am recovering. :rotfl2:

pikafreaks
06-04-2007, 10:35 PM
I'm really enjoying reading your food report!

I was really freaken about all "9" of us eating together, but I feel much better already! Sounds like you made all 13 happy lots of times!

I cant wait to read more!

lovehoney
06-04-2007, 10:43 PM
I am enjoying your report! We are taking 11 people when we go in December and I am trying to figure out where to eat with that many people. I cannot wait to read more.

The cast members were all so accomodating. We never had any problems with our large group. I'm sure your group of 11 will have a magical time.

The biggest problem I had was getting the actual number of people coming confirmed. First we had 12, then 11, then 14 and finally 13 (final count was 4 days out from the trip). I only changed ADRs when we went from 11 to 14. It is much easier when people drop out than when they are added on.

Minniespal
06-05-2007, 04:36 AM
Excellent:thumbsup2

inky dinky doo
06-05-2007, 05:01 AM
Chef Mickey’s Dinner – We only had a reservation for 11 here at the Contemporary Resort. We sat at one big round table. I think it would have seated 12.

Hey, I think I know that big round table! If it's the one I'm thinking of, we sat there on our first big family trip, back in 2000. We were a party of 13, too, but 1 of our 13 was in a high chair. :rotfl: That's probably why we all fit.

I'm really enjoying your reviews. We usually travel with a big group, too, and I'm always looking for hints. Keep 'em comin'.

:banana:

Pat

143 days and counting . . . again!

wilma-bride
06-05-2007, 05:04 AM
Great reviews - thanks so much for 'introducing' the cast :) Were the pizzas included on the dining plan or did you pay OOP?

lovehoney
06-05-2007, 07:37 AM
Excellent:thumbsup2

Thanks!

lovehoney
06-05-2007, 07:44 AM
Hey, I think I know that big round table! If it's the one I'm thinking of, we sat there on our first big family trip, back in 2000. We were a party of 13, too, but 1 of our 13 was in a high chair. :rotfl: That's probably why we all fit.

I'm really enjoying your reviews. We usually travel with a big group, too, and I'm always looking for hints. Keep 'em comin'.

:banana:

Pat

143 days and counting . . . again!

The big table was right in the middle of the room. It was probably entertaining to watch us try and wrangle 7 kids around the characters. I think next time I would put all the kids on one side so the characters don't have to go to both sides of the table.

lovehoney
06-05-2007, 07:48 AM
Great reviews - thanks so much for 'introducing' the cast :) Were the pizzas included on the dining plan or did you pay OOP?

We had to pay OOP for the pizzas. I think it cost us about $120. I'm not sure about the tip. Probably another $20. Really not too bad for 13 people. We had bottled water for drinks. We had a grocery run on the first day for breakfast items, water and gatorade. I think we spent $120 in groceries.

Belle5
06-05-2007, 08:35 AM
Enjoying your review! We were a party of 13 in 2006. I thought the most difficult part of dining was that we often had to wait a really long time to be seated even with an ADR and we were split up a few times. You really don't make Garden Grill sound too appealing. I think we won't even consider it.

lovehoney
06-05-2007, 08:48 AM
Enjoying your review! We were a party of 13 in 2006. I thought the most difficult part of dining was that we often had to wait a really long time to be seated even with an ADR and we were split up a few times. You really don't make Garden Grill sound too appealing. I think we won't even consider it.

Garden Grill was not my favorite but the kids loved it! This was the only place they met Chip and Dale. The kids especially loved that the restaurant rotated. We ate there on Memorial Day. We originally had reservations at Rose and Crown but when our party went to 14 they had no room. Garden Grill was available.

Here's a picture of the corner of our table. I cropped out the kids since they are not mine.:)

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb290/lovehoney_photos/wdw2007Monday5-28gardengrilltable.jpg

I did just find a picture of the adult dessert. I didn't remember taking it. :) Even though I didn't rave over the dessert, my niece ate all my berries and I managed to eat most of the puff pastry.

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb290/lovehoney_photos/wdw2007Monday5-28038.jpg

lagunaseca
06-05-2007, 06:41 PM
Loving your dining report. Can't wait for more. Thank you! :thumbsup2

canwegosoon
06-05-2007, 07:14 PM
loving your report...esp. since we are going to be 13+ over Easter 08...feel free to PM me with any paticular advice(I would appericate it). We are staying in 3 studios at BWV...celebrating 4 birthdays too, a 5yo, 2-10yo's and a 73yo during that week. These are my target restaurants for TS

Concourse Steak House(early)
Cape May Cafe(or YC Grill)
Hoop Dee Do
Mama Melrose(FDP)
1900 Park Fare(dinner)

CS will depend if people in the party come in the parks(1 disabled/w/Down's syndrome)-but targets are

Pizzafari
Pecos Bill
Mexico CS or American
Pizza on the Broadwalk
Backlot Espress or other at MGM

DisneyJo
06-06-2007, 05:27 AM
So the baked beans at FT aren't Heinz then :rotfl2: Is someone being strangled by Goofy at GG?

lovehoney
06-06-2007, 08:55 AM
So the baked beans at FT aren't Heinz then :rotfl2: Is someone being strangled by Goofy at GG?

Well they might be Heinz and since I've never eaten Heinz beans before my unitiated palate may have confused them for something tasty. :rotfl2:

Mickey was strangling DS4. :rotfl:

lovehoney
06-06-2007, 08:55 AM
Loving your dining report. Can't wait for more. Thank you! :thumbsup2

thanks!

lovehoney
06-06-2007, 12:39 PM
Cinderella’s Royal Table Lunch

This is a pretty long review. I guess the 2 TS credits are making the review twice as long. :)

The kids were really looking forward to this lunch. :banana: I made reservations for 12 six months ago before we had 13 people in our party. DSFIL volunteered to sit this one out.:cheer2:

We had reservations for 12:20 and we arrived at 12:10. They ushered us in right away to see Cinderella. There were about 5 families in line before us. Since we were a party of 12 we had 3 picture packages. We decided to split it up into 3 families with DMIL in all of the pictures. The only problem was Dneph 5 who absolutely loves Cinderella got cold feet and wouldn’t go anywhere near her.

DSBIL tried to talk him into it and was getting really frustrated. I explained to DSBIL that sometimes we build things up in our minds and then when the real thing appears we just freeze. I told him to have DMIL talk to him. :thumbsup2 The teacher magic worked. She was able to carry him and get him in a picture. Don’t worry he is a very slight 5 year old.

We had to change our picture plans because it took awhile for DNeph 5 to come around. It was going to be me, DH, DS6, and DS3, then DSIL and her 4 girls and then everybody. Well DSBIL wasn’t really paying attention so he just popped himself into my family’s picture without his kid. :confused3 I would suggest writing out how you plan on taking the pictures and handing it out to everyone beforehand and being a little more forceful if somebody pops in your picture. :)

We were taken upstairs to our table. It was on the opposite wall of the entrance. Our area was raised above the main floor and there were no windows. The back wall was all booth seats with chairs on the outside of the table. They seated all the children at one table (might have been combined) and the adults next to them at another booth/chair table. Between the two sets of tables we made an L shape.

As we walked in each child was given a sword or wand. As they were handing them out to our kids, Dneph5 didn’t want a sword. He wanted a wand. The Castmember gave him a double-take and said “Are you sure you want a wand?” All of the adults just started nodding yes. :) :) Of course when the girls found out you could get either/or we had all sorts of exchanges going on. When I counted later that night we ended up with 2 wands and 6 swords for 7 kids. Oops! :rolleyes1 Only the children with wands were given wishing stars. When I told the waitress she had a castmember come over (within 2 minutes) with a stack of stars. Can’t beat that Disney Magic!:wizard:

The characters were Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Belle and the Fairy Godmother. Only the girls would gather for pictures. The boys took a picture with Snow White (first to visit the table) but then wouldn’t take anymore pictures. My DS3 was too busy eating to see princesses. DS6 was too busy playing his Nintendo. Dneph5 was eating and playing with the swords and wands.

The Dnieces got in trouble from me for ignoring the Fairy Godmother. They didn’t gather to get her picture. When she came back around I had them get in a picture and told them “It’s bad luck to dis the Fairy Godmother.”

The Dnieces in our group were dressed as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel and Jasmine. DNeph5 had a prince cape and was Prince Charming. DS3 had a pirate vest. Cap'n Jack at your service. DS6 said "No costumes for me!"

Dn4 just loves Aurora. :love: She was in heaven when she met her. My DH fell in love with Snow White. He just couldn’t get over her helium voice.

Next up: An actual review of the food.

lovehoney
06-06-2007, 01:22 PM
This is a dining review so I guess I should talk about the food. :rotfl: The kids had a choice of appetizer of chicken noodle soup or salad. Most ordered the salad. They then had the choice of hot dogs or chicken strips. I think there were more choices but our waitress was great and she offered these to the kids. (Side-note – Kathy was our waitress and she was amazing) I’m sure if they said neither she would have come up with another choice.

All the kids had a side of mashed potatoes and a side of green beans. It worked out great. The kids really enjoyed their food here. I didn’t taste anything, however the green beans looked crisp and fresh and there was not one drop of mashed potatoes leftover on any plate (Dn9 was helping others finish their potatoes :rotfl: ).

All the children had ice cream with chocolate sauce for dessert (except for DN4 who doesn’t eat chocolate :confused3 – she had plain ice cream). A chocolate crown was on top. I ended up with two of those crowns. They were delicious. If you can wrangle one away from your kids do it. :cloud9:

The adults had the appetizer provided. It was cheese, some kind of chicken and deli meat with cheese. We were pretty busy with the kids. Nothing stood out as incredible. The adults ordered the Major Domo, the pan-seared salmon and the herb-crusted pork tenderloin.

The Major Domo was a favorite. The meat was simmered in a cabernet sauce that was dark, rich and had that hint of wine that just makes the sauce. The vegetables were crisp and flavorful. I love it when I have vegetables that still look and taste like vegetables and are not mushy. Everything was on top of creamy, rich mashed potatoes.

I tasted the salmon. I’m not a fan of salmon; it just tastes too fishy for me. My DSIL seemed to enjoy it. The risotto looked good. DSIL said the vegetables were good. My DH and DMIL had the pork tenderloin. She said it was overcooked. This seemed to be a theme of any pork ordered at WDW. I’m sure it must be some internal temperature rule that they must abide by.

The dessert for the adults was chocolate buckle with chocolate ice cream and chocolate sauce - a little overload on chocolate. I ate the buckle and let the kids have my ice cream. The buckle was crunchy on the outside and gooey in the middle - a perfect combination for this wonderful dessert.

Here’s a pic with our foster croc Fauna and the chocolate buckle.

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb290/lovehoney_photos/552371221505_0_ALB.jpg

Overall we had a wonderful experience at CRT. It was so worth the 2 TS credits. Even though most people say to pay OOP here and use your credits elsewhere, it was just easier for us to use the credits.

Pros: The service was excellent!

Cons: Bathrooms are small and "9 steps down to the right." :lmao:

Busymom85
06-06-2007, 01:23 PM
Great reviews. Can't wait to read the rest.

DisneyJo
06-06-2007, 02:18 PM
Great review of CRT we're going for lunch in August :banana: Good to know the kids food is good although one of mine will be off the adult menu but I expect she'll prefer the kids :rotfl2:

lovehoney
06-07-2007, 12:16 AM
I was going to post my Boma review separately but I've changed my mind. I'm just going to add it here.

My DH and I had date night at Boma while the rest of the crew stayed at the resort and ate leftover pizza and/or cereal. We were excited about eating at the world kid-free! Many thanks to my DSIL and DMIL for watching them while we were gone. I picked out something for both of them at the Animal Kingdom Lodge gift shop.

Boma

For this meal it was just the two of us plus one little foster croc. We were seated at a super small table for 2. It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten at such a small table. Our reservations were for 8:20 and we were probably seated by 8:35.

This is what we saw while we waited.

fuzzy giraffes (I need a steadier hand)
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb290/lovehoney_photos/boma/wdw2007Wednesday5-30052.jpg

pink flamingos
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb290/lovehoney_photos/boma/wdw2007Wednesday5-30053.jpg

and a croc! :scared1:
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb290/lovehoney_photos/boma/wdw2007Wednesday5-30056.jpg


Just to let you know I’m a little biased about Boma. I love this place :love: . I love the atmosphere and the food. The room is decorated in dark woods, rope and African designs. The food is great. I’m more of a fan of the sides and starters than the entrées.

We started our meal off with cocktails. My husband had a beer and I had the Glowtini. The Glowtini was inspired by the YOMD. I can’t remember what was in it but it was very strong and very blue. The drink came with a blue glow cube. The kids are still playing with the cube. According to the waitress the cube is good for 8 continuous hours.

Here is a pic of my Glowtini with our foster croc Fauna.
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Next up: appetizers and salad

lovehoney
06-07-2007, 12:25 AM
My first stop was for hummus dips and salad. The hummus is served with what looks like pita chips. The chips are large chunks of toasted flat bread. There were three types of hummus. I can’t remember the flavors. I think one is black olive. They actually taste pretty similar to me. I really like the, I always get all three and eat every bite.

The salad was mixed field greens that are served at most of the WDW restaurants. I chose two dressings: mango vinaigrette and the chili cilantro. The mango was sweet and tangy – my favorite. The chili cilantro was tart but didn’t have too much of a chili bite. The cilantro flavor was smooth and not overpowering. I actually liked it when the mango and chili cilantro dressings mixed together. They made a great combo!

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My next foray included soup, lentils, couscous and avocado salad. I had the chicken curry and the ginger carrot soup. The coconut chicken curry soup is one of my favorites. I always think it is a little too thick and glutinous for soup but the flavor is out-of-this-world. The not-so-spicy curry combined with the creamy sweet coconut makes a wonderful mixture. There is just enough spice to give it a kick but not a burn. The ginger carrot was very sweet and orange. I did not really taste much ginger, just a light hint of it.

The lentils were mixed with tomatoes and some other chopped vegetables. They were next to some crispy bread puffs that you are supposed to eat with the soups but I threw my lentils in one. It ended up being a very nice mixture of the crunchy with the soft lentils. The lentils had a Mediterranean flavor to them but on the bland side.

I also had the Avocado, Grapefruit, Papaya, Curry Cucumber Salad. The avocados were the perfect ripeness. Not so soft that they fell apart but soft enough to pleasantly melt in your mouth. The grapefruit and papaya provided a nice tart and sweet depth to this salad. It was supposed to be a curry salad but I really couldn’t taste any curry flavoring. It tasted more like a light vinaigrette.

The vegetable couscous was slightly bland, but a good starchy side dish.

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part 3. The entrées, sides and desserts

lovehoney
06-07-2007, 12:29 AM
My next stop was a perusal of the entrées and side. I had the prime rib with a spoonful of all three condiments. There was a bbq sauce, a mustard sauce and then another sauce of a pasty consistency with nuts in it. The mustard sauce was a nice balance of sweet and tart. Sorry I can’t remember the names of the condiments.

On this same plate I also had the saffron rice, a falafel ball with some unknown type of sauce, the slow cooked ribs, chicken corn cake, potatoes with Afritude, and pap (I think that is the orange stuff). The rice was bland. The falafel ball was not very spicy but the mayonnaise type sauce added a nice cool, sweet vinegar topping to the fried ball. The ribs fell off the bone and were sweet but just too fatty for my liking. The corn cake was thick and a little dry. The potatoes reminded me of fried breakfast potatoes at a Denny’s. The spices were just a little too ho hum. The pap tasted just like whipped sweet potatoes. All tasted okay but none were my favorites.

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For dessert I had the mango tart, the zebra dome, the bread pudding, the fried banana dish and another banana bread pudding type dish. I didn’t like either of the bread pudding dishes. They were sweet but pretty tasteless except for the bananas. The zebra domes are a nice fluffy mousse round that is very popular here on the dis. I just think it is okay. The mango tart had a very nice smooth mango flavor. I think it was my favorite dessert. Of course I was so full by the time I had dessert that my judgment on these items may have been a bit harsh. I liked the mango tart the best.

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Pros: the hummus dips
cons: the bread pudding

wilma-bride
06-07-2007, 01:59 AM
Loving your reviews - CRT sounds good but I think my girls are probably past the 'princesses' thing and my littel boy is not into them at all.

Boma sounds wonderful though :thumbsup2

lovehoney
06-21-2007, 12:14 PM
Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion at EPCOT

I was in charge of getting all seven kids meals and my DH was in charge of getting lunches for him and me. The other adults picked their own meals. DMIL and her DH ate on their own elsewhere.

The kids had the mac-n-cheese, make your own turkey sandwich and chicken legs with mashed potatoes. The sandwich station only had ham out for the kid’s sandwiches but Dnieces can’t eat pork so we requested the turkey – CM had no problem getting this for us. All of the kids wanted grapes but the chicken station only had apple sauce. We had to go over to the sandwich station to get grapes.

DSBIL ended up getting 3 different kids meals for Dneph 5. :scared1: We first bought him mac n cheese using the dining plan and he didn’t want it. Then DSbil purchased him the chicken leg and potatoes. Well Dneph5 had a fit that the leg was touching the potatoes. We were able to wipe off the mashed potatoes and he ate his chicken leg. He wouldn’t touch the mashed potatoes. After the chicken leg he was still hungry so DSBIL went and purchased him another kid’s meal with the chicken leg.

The other kids ended up eating the extra mac-n-cheese and mashed potatoes, so nothing went to waste. The kid’s meals were just a tad small for DN9 and 8 so they had no problem finishing the extra food. :love:

DsBil had the seared tuna. He said it was good. DSIL had the salmon – she said it was okay. I was really disappointed that they no longer had the flatbread meals. I was looking forward to it. That is why I had my DH pick out my meal; I couldn’t decide after I found out they didn’t have what I wanted

You cannot believe how upset I was when my husband came back with a grab-n-go tuna sandwich, a pre-packed salad, water and a cheesecake. The salad ended up being a snack credit. DH still doesn’t under the concept of the dining plan. :confused3 I had assumed he would get me a combo meal, diet coke and a dessert. I was super hungry after getting all the kids food and by the time he got our food I was famished. I get really cranky when I’m hungry. Oh, and he got me cheesecake. We’ve been married almost 12 years - you think he would have figured out I’m lactose intolerant by now (okay that was a cheap shot toward my husband :lovestruc ; I eat dairy on occasion – I just can only handle a little dairy at a time.)

I opened up the salad and the lettuce was black and slimy in places. I was already hungry and furious about DH using a snack credit on a slimy salad. I stomped back to the register and complained, they said feel free to exchange it. The castmember was super nice and I asked if I could exchange for a fruit bowl. It was no problem. Kudos to the castmember for handling the hungry, crazy lady. :crazy:

DMIL and DsFIL met up with us and they split my butterfinger cheesecake. They said it was delicious!

I finally get to my tuna salad sandwich. It was on a croissant with lettuce (not slimy) and tomato on the side. I took a bite and I was in heaven! The tuna salad was just as tasty as Columbia Harbor House and the buttery croissant just melted in my mouth. It was the best grab-n-go sandwich I’ve had in my life.:love: I had thought it would be a dry, yucky sandwich. The fruit bowl was good as well. I did tell my husband how good it was and apologized for my anger. I really need to make sure I eat every couple of hours.

DH had the black forest ham sandwich. It was a very large sandwich so you don’t really need a side with this sandwich. DH recommends!

pros: sandwiches were great
cons: pre-packaged salads were slimy.

Next up: Hollywood and Vine Fantasmic Package

Princess_Michelle
06-21-2007, 08:40 PM
You had chocolate buckle at CRT lunch?? On the menu it only lists the blueberry? Was there a change? I wasn't looking too forward to the bluberry buckle.....

OKWMom
06-22-2007, 08:58 AM
Great reviews! We normally travel with a large party - minimum 8, maximum 15, so I know how difficult it is to schedule meals and especially to wrangle all the kids and adults for CS. It sounds like you did a great job.

lovehoney
06-22-2007, 10:56 AM
You had chocolate buckle at CRT lunch?? On the menu it only lists the blueberry? Was there a change? I wasn't looking too forward to the bluberry buckle.....

Yes we had the chocolate. I think the change was made a couple of months ago. I read about it on the DIS before I left. :)

lovehoney
06-22-2007, 11:06 AM
Great reviews! We normally travel with a large party - minimum 8, maximum 15, so I know how difficult it is to schedule meals and especially to wrangle all the kids and adults for CS. It sounds like you did a great job.

Thanks. The dining worked out pretty well. Eating early works out great for groups. The waiting time is always shorter so you have less cranky people. :)

Ms. Heimlich
06-22-2007, 12:19 PM
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A hidden mickey!:banana:

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lovehoney
06-22-2007, 01:12 PM
LOOK ! ! !

A hidden mickey!:banana:

I am enjoying your reviews... Keep it coming!


:cool1: :cool1: I am so happy you noticed!:cool1: :cool1:

DisneyJo
06-25-2007, 12:56 PM
I love how you took the croc on your date night :rotfl: Hope she behaved herself :lmao:

lovehoney
07-01-2007, 09:12 AM
I love how you took the croc on your date night :rotfl: Hope she behaved herself :lmao:

She was very well behaved except she kept sneaking drinks of my Glowtini. I'm pretty sure she is underage. I was lucky I didn't get arrested. :rotfl:

Swimnoid
07-01-2007, 10:48 PM
LOOK ! ! !

A hidden mickey!:banana:

I am enjoying your reviews... Keep it coming!

Actually the ears are too high for a hidden Mickey....more like a hidden Pooh! :goodvibes

OH Yeah! I LOVE your reviews. What a great thing to be able to go with so many people. And it seems like everybody gets along!

lovehoney
07-02-2007, 11:14 AM
Actually the ears are too high for a hidden Mickey....more like a hidden Pooh! :goodvibes

OH Yeah! I LOVE your reviews. What a great thing to be able to go with so many people. And it seems like everybody gets along!

Well I do love Winnie the Pooh!:rotfl:

I am working on finishing the reviews. Next up Hollywood and Vine.

lovehoney
07-05-2007, 02:33 PM
Hollywood and Vine Fantasmic Package

Fantasmic is one of my very favorite shows at WDW. :smickey: It is also one of my DH’s favorites. Our first time at Fantasmic we didn’t have the package and waited in line over an hour just to get in the stadium. Our second time we had the package and sat on the front row. DH insists that we always have the package from now on. Me too!! :love:

We decided on Hollywood and Vine because we only wanted to use one credit on the dining plan and my DBIL doesn’t like Italian food (that ruled out Mama Melrose). We also thought the buffet would give our large group lots of variety. :dance3:

H&V gets a lot of bad reviews here on the DIS so I was a little worried. We did the character lunch on the last trip so I was pretty sure it would be similar. The food turned out to be okay. None of the food was bad and nothing was really outstanding. I think it was on par with Chef Mickey’s. :mickeyjum

Our ADR was for 3:30 pm. This was outrageously early but it worked well for our group. We were seated at back left corner near the drink filling station. We had one table with the booth seats on one side and tables on the other. This table set sat 6. We also had a set of free-standing tables right next to the first set where the other 7 family members sat. The waitress took our drink orders right away. My DS6 ordered chocolate milk and it came in a huge paper cup with a lid and straw. I think it was at least 20 ounces – maybe 24!

The waitress gave my DH the voucher for Fantasmic. The paper has the number of people in your group and the instructions. Always make sure to keep this voucher safe.

It was time to go through the buffet. The first station had various rolls and bread with bowls of real butter. I love real butter! I don’t get it very often so it is a real treat. Next were salads and fruit. I ended up getting a lot of fruit and skipped the salads. They looked good. There was a Caesar salad and a couple of other mixed salads. I think there was also a pasta salad.

The buffet had boiled shrimp and cocktail sauce. The peel and eat shrimp was great. I think that is the only thing DS6 ate. With all that chocolate milk he didn’t need anything else. I peeled shrimp for DS6, DN4 and myself. I felt like I should have been paid for my services. I saw a lot of people with shrimp on their plates. It really was one of the best dishes at H&V.

There were a lot of casseroles and chicken dishes but I passed over them for the prime rib carving station. I had mashed potatoes and I think green beans too. The prime rib was good, not great. Like I said before there was nothing outstanding but everything I ate was edible.

The desserts were just okay. These were not as good as the Chef Mickey desserts. I wish I had written down what they were. There was an apple cobbler that was alright. The boys had chocolate cake bites and soft serve ice cream. The kids are always happy with ice cream. Some in our group just had more fruit. The fruit was nice and tasty. They had fresh pineapple – one of my favorites.

The service was okay. I don’t think anyone had refills. I know someone had coffee with dessert because DsBIL left with the coffee cup. :rolleyes1 I told him he should probably just go back in and ask for a paper to go cup. I guess we were rushing him. It only took him a couple of seconds to get his paper cup.

Pros: peel and eat shrimp.

Cons: I didn’t mention this earlier but the restrooms were a wreck (trash everywhere and no paper towels). I had to go up to the front to tell them. We did go again later and someone was in there cleaning. I think they keep this place too busy with no time to recover between services. They really need to rethink their cleaning schedule

DisneyJo
07-05-2007, 03:09 PM
Great review, what do you think of the fantasmic seating?

disnut1149
07-05-2007, 03:47 PM
Hi
Thanks for your reviews. They're really good. Can't wait to read more.:thumbsup2

katiesmomluvsdizne
07-05-2007, 05:49 PM
It sounds like you did great with a party of 13. My DFam of 3 is turning into a party of 13 for our next trip!!! 3 to 13 is crazy!!! Originally me DH and DD planned a trip in Dec, then my sis and her family want to join us for 3 days that adds 4 to our 3=7. Then DH friends want to go the same time and tour with us, OK fine. They have 5 + 7=12, now I find out they want to bring their neice, now we are 13!!!!
So I just took charge and said here is where we are dining, it you want to join us, great, if not you are on your own.
After about 15 calls to dining, I am finally done with ADRs.
I was glad to hear that they pushed tables together cause when I called for ADRs they told me they couldn't guarantee tables together.
I greatly enjoyed your report it gave me hope. Thanks :)

lovehoney
07-05-2007, 08:49 PM
Great review, what do you think of the fantasmic seating?

The Fantasmic Package seating is all on the right. If you want front and center you will have to wait in line. On the package you have to show up at least 30 minutes before the show. You are guaranteed a seat. If you wait in the regular line this is not the case. However, there were plenty of seats left on the night we went but by the time we arrived the center section was quite full.

We arrived about 45 minutes early and the 12 (DsBIL went back to the resort to rest) of us sat on the 4th and 5th row as close to the center in our reserved section that we could get. The seats are aluminum stadium seating on concrete (like a football stadium).

I think all of the views are great. It is a very large production. We like to sit up front because it is a great experience. The heat of the fire and the cool spray of water just adds that little something extra.

lovehoney
07-05-2007, 08:55 PM
Hi
Thanks for your reviews. They're really good. Can't wait to read more.:thumbsup2

Thanks. I only have three reviews left - I can see the light. I'm really bad at not finishing projects but I'm very determined to finish these reviews.

It's been hard since I'm still having the post WDW blues but I am recovering :rotfl: .

lovehoney
07-05-2007, 09:07 PM
It sounds like you did great with a party of 13. My DFam of 3 is turning into a party of 13 for our next trip!!! 3 to 13 is crazy!!! Originally me DH and DD planned a trip in Dec, then my sis and her family want to join us for 3 days that adds 4 to our 3=7. Then DH friends want to go the same time and tour with us, OK fine. They have 5 + 7=12, now I find out they want to bring their neice, now we are 13!!!!
So I just took charge and said here is where we are dining, it you want to join us, great, if not you are on your own.
After about 15 calls to dining, I am finally done with ADRs.
I was glad to hear that they pushed tables together cause when I called for ADRs they told me they couldn't guarantee tables together.
I greatly enjoyed your report it gave me hope. Thanks :)

Lucky 13 for you too! I'm sure you will have a great time. I did have changes as we came close to the trip. Adding people is a lot harder than taking away so as long as no other relatives pop out of the woodwork you will have no problems :rotfl: .

We ended up spending 2 extra days at WDW after everyone left. That was the best thing we could have done. We were able to relax with just our little nuclear family. :grouphug: Of course we were sharing a 3 bedroom villa and going to a room of our own made it more relaxing as well.

We did a December trip to WDW in 2005 and it is just super magical. You will love it!

luciloo
07-19-2007, 07:04 AM
Great Reviews can't wait to read more

lovehoney
06-09-2009, 06:21 AM
Liberty Inn
America - World Showcase - Epcot

I can't believe I jinxed myself 2 years ago by saying I have a problem with finishing things. Although it has been 2 years I am going to finish my review although some of the details will be fuzzy.

Friday was the last day for most of the group. My family of 4 stayed on so we could see Star Wars Weekends.

We arrived at Epcot early, just at opening. We did some souvenir shopping and then started around the world showcase from Canada. Around France we were getting hungry. I decided good ole American food might be just what the kids would want so we headed to Liberty Inn. DFIL, DSBIL and DN5 went on their own to Germany so it was just 10 of us for lunch.

It was early so there was no line and plenty of tables available. It was prettier and cooler inside than I imagined. We picked several tables and the adults went up to order.

Most of the kids had the chicken nuggets with grapes and carrots. However 2 or 3 of the kids wanted burgers and they don't have a child's burger meal. We had a few counter service credits leftover since DFIL didn't use his every day so we were able to get them cheeseburgers.

The burgers were great. They were big and juicy and the topping bar was super popular. Lots of tomatoes were eaten. Yumm! DS6 loved getting ketchup out of the dispenser. He likes to eat a few fries with his ketchup.:rotfl:

I can't remember the dessert. I just remember that as always we split them among the kids since they don't get a dessert with the kid's meals. Most likely it was the chocolate cake and apple cobbler.

pros: hamburgers are great
cons: limited kids meals.

lovehoney
06-09-2009, 06:57 AM
Raglan Road

It was just the 4 of us on this night. We waved goodbye earlier in the day to the other 9 as they left on the magical express. We were sorry to see them go but were excited about our new found freedom of movement. It is a lot easier to get around with just 4!

We were also moving resorts today. After we checked into ASMu, we had 2 adult TS leftover so I called WDW dining and was able to get an ADR for Raglan Road. We paid OOP for the kids.

We arrived for our ADR but still had to wait about 1/2 hour for our table. Raglan Road is very beautiful. It is just a lovely restaurant. The bar was gorgeous and there was a hilarious group of women sitting at it making jokes and having a good time. The whole place was having a great time. They have live music but we were there before it started. We were seated at a table between the kitchen and the bar. Not the best location but with kids you take what you get.

I'm fuzzy on some of our food items. I had the drunken chicken appetizer that was good and DH had some sort of beef. They also gave out bread and dipping sauce that was super yummy.

For entrees DH had a steak that he said was great. I had a pork dish with mashed potatoes that was very good. I just remember thinking it was super overpriced and was glad I was using the dining plan.

DS3 had the macaroni and cheese kids meal. I had a taste and it was sooooo goood. I could have eaten that for my entree! DS6 had the fried fish and chips. He enjoyed it.

Overall a nice dining experience with great food.

pros: good food

cons: seemed very expensive