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ribbot
08-15-2007, 04:39 PM
Hi all~

This is my first time posting restaurant reviews with pics--so I hope it all comes across ok. These are our opinions and hope nobody gets offended or upset if they don't agree with yours. I am only trying to offer an opinion to someone that might be thinking of trying this restaurant. :) So on that note---here we go....

We are a family of 3---Myself, DH and DS (7). We have gone to Disney 1 other time (2 years ago), as a family, without being on the DDP. So this trip we opted to try it to see what we thought about it. We stayed for 9 days, 8 nights at Pop Century. I will be reviewing the restaurants separately---as I was unable to get pics of everything because I ran out of room on our camera card (I know, shame shame on me). My husband said we have more pics of food than we do of our family this trip! :lmao: I actually wanted to take a lot more, but thought we better have some of the family for the picture album, ya know. ;)

Sunday-August 5th

We had 7:00 pm Liberty Tree Tavern Reservations. We arrived approximately 6:40ish, just because it was so darn hot out and we just wanted to suck up some air condition. They took our name, asked if we were on the DDP and told us to take a seat. Well, there wasn't any seats--but a LOT of people standing and waiting. And waiting, and waiting, and waiting......... I noticed one party in front of us waited an hour, finally got seated, read the menu and decided they didn't like what was going to be served and got up and left!!! :eek:

In fact, we waited until 7:35 to be seated. All we kept thinking was, "Is this how the rest of our trip is going to be on the DDP?" :confused3

Finally, we got seated and our server, Samira, came to the table asking what we'd like to drink. We all ordered root beer, which came in a big, plentiful mug. She also brought out rolls and honey butter.

She explained the menu and how it was going to be a family style dinner. We were fine with that and knew what to expect (thanks to the disboards!). She also explained what characters would be there and how they'd come around to each table (and they sure did--a few times I might add).

We had Declaration Salad (mixed greens with a strawberry vinaigrette dressing), which was very fresh and good tasting. Next she brought out the Patriot's Platter, which included roasted turkey breast, carved beef, smoked pork loin served over a heaping mound of herb bread stuffing (possibly Stove Top?). Also served were mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and macaroni and cheese (Stouffer's as this is who sponsors this meal). Dessert was warm apple cobbler with ice cream--served family style.

We were greeted by Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale. Isn't Mickey supposed to be at LTT? He was a no show. :confused3 But all of the other characters came around at least twice if not three times. We took pics and signed autographs and life was good.

The food was not fancy by any means. Like I said, we are pretty bland eaters and the food here was average. If you have a taste for homemade type foods, you could tell some of the items were from the "box". Which is ok-we don't have a problem with that. Personally, we decided we probably wouldn't pay $28 per person ($13 for children) for this type of food again. The service was good and the character interaction was excellent. We got full bellies and were happy anyway. :) It's just that we will pass next time. Total bill $85.88 ($69.70 + $16.18) I don't know how they figured the bill out because according to what I read--it's $27.99 for adults and $12.99 for kids, which should make it 68.97 + 18% gratuity ($12.41), that adds up to $81.38 So somewhere they made an extra $4.50?? Does anybody know, did they raise their prices? or why does our bill add up to a higher amount?

The picture below is of the Patriot's Platter--sorry, I didn't get the rolls, salad, potatoes, green beans, mac n cheese or gravy. They were all pretty much your average sides. We had already eaten from this platter (oops, didn't get the camera out fast enough), but I tried to decorate it back up to its originality for you all. :) This is what we had left. Not that there was a lot on the plate to begin with, but by the time we had our rolls, root beer and everything else, we were just too full and didn't want to stuff ourselves before dessert.

Next report will be of Pizza Planet and 50's Prime Time Cafe.....

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TigerKat
08-15-2007, 04:49 PM
You're off to a great start......I'm hopping on for the ride!!:thumbsup2

atisikitabasket
08-15-2007, 04:56 PM
I'm here too! Can't wait!!!!


Also we were at LTT in Feb. and no Mickey it was Minnie, Chip, Dale and Goofy.

ENSOCK
08-15-2007, 04:58 PM
I am looking forward to more. I am glad to know that the stuff tastes "out of the box". We will skip this then since we like foods with alot of flavor.:rotfl:

wilma-bride
08-15-2007, 05:02 PM
Total bill $85.88 ($69.70 + $16.18) I don't know how they figured the bill out because according to what I read--it's $27.99 for adults and $12.99 for kids, which should make it 68.97 + 18% gratuity ($12.41), that adds up to $81.38 So somewhere they made an extra $4.50?? Does anybody know, did they raise their prices? or why does our bill add up to a higher amount?



Tax maybe :confused3

Anyway, great start to your reviews - I don't fancy LTT for dinner myself although it gets pretty good reviews for lunch :)

tluvstink
08-15-2007, 05:10 PM
Thanks for posting! I'm looking forward to reading more:cutie:

Terri

familyS
08-15-2007, 06:27 PM
Thanks for the review and photo. :thumbsup2

The cost difference is tax. Food at WDW is taxed at 6.5 percent, so tax on $68.97 is $4.48.

Luv2Roam
08-15-2007, 06:43 PM
Great start!
I love where you wrote you had more photos of the food than your family. :lmao: Well I guess that is what photopass is for. :rotfl2:
Character dining sure beats the heck out of standing in a long line on a hot August day. :banana:
Oh -- and I don't know that Mickey is ever at LTT. I recall Minnie C&D and Pluto. (And Goofy??? Don't recall now.)

ribbot
08-15-2007, 07:24 PM
Thanks for the replies---maybe that $4.50 was tax? Not sure either. One thing I did not like about the DDP receipt thing was that when they first bring your bill to you, it has everything itemized---you then give them your card and they come back with a receipt that has everything listed as $0.00 I wish they would just give you a copy of the first receipt with everything listed--would make writing these reports much easier :)

Monday, August 6th

We were going to MGM for the day, so decided we just "had" (as my DS says) to visit Pizza Planet. We had just come out of the Muppets 3D movie and it was approximately 11:45, so we thought we'd beat the crowds, as we remembered the last time we were here, there was no seating whatsoever. This time it was pretty much empty in the outside area (probably because it was too hot) and inside we waited a few moments, but snagged a table upstairs.

We ordered 1 Buzz's Meal Deal, which is an individual (4 cut) plain cheese pizza and salad ($7.59) and 1 Woody's Meal Deal, which is an individual pepperoni pizza and salad ($7.89). With these 2 CS meals, we got 2 drinks, 1 oatmeal raisin cookie and 1 bag of chips (substituted for a dessert). This was a LOT of food for us 3. The crust on the pizza was very thick on the edges and really filled us up. I believe we had 1 slice left. We polished off the small bag of chips, salads and packed the cookie for another time. (which was excellent btw--even though we ate it like 2 days later!!)

The pizza at Pizza Planet is the same pizza you can get at any of the Value Resorts in the food court. So if you're going there thinking it's something "special" and different, it's not. It's good and tasty, but it's not any different than the resorts. Sorry, I don't have pics of the pizza. We enjoyed it all and was stuffed and ready to walk it off. I was sure glad we didn't use 3 CS for all of us or we would have had to throw a lot away.

After sweating some more during the jaunt through MGM, we landed at Indiana Jones and had to stand in the back for the show. It was soooooo hot that day! Anyway....our reservations for 50's Prime Time Cafe were for 6:05. Indiana Jones ended around 5 (was delayed due to someone from the audience getting hurt while helping out during the show), :flower3: so I told DH to go check at PT to see if we could get in any earlier. Nope---they said come back at 6:05.

So we sat outside on a bench until about 5:40 and then went inside PT for some well-needed air. We checked in at 6:05 just like they commanded us to do and got seated within a few minutes.

We were seated at Cousin Mendi's table--who was a hoot! My DS was sooooo intimidated by Cousin once he told him to get his elbows off the table and sit up straight. Everytime Cousin would come back, DS's elbows flew off the table and his back arched right up! Total riot! :lmao:

Cousin knew we were on the DDP and told us exactly what we were "allowed" to have. So I started off with a non-filling, fat-free (I wish!) peanut butter & jelly shake--I had heard these were really good and it did not disappoint. Plus it was HUGE! A big tall glass, plus you got what was left in the shaker, which was 1/2 full. YUMMY! ($4.99) Sorry I must have forgotten to take a picture of it because I had to wait quite awhile to get it. Cousin said it took awhile to get it "all shook up".

DH ordered a root beer float ($4.29).....which he said was very good:

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and DS ordered a root beer. (no pics, but I think you all know what it looks like) ;)

For our appetizers, I ordered the Fried Herb Cheese ($6.49) which included a wedge of some kind of funky cheese (did not stretch or wasn't smooth like a mozzarella would be), grapes (yummy), strawberry and toasted french bread. I would not order this again, the taste was just "off the wall" for me. But the fruit was great.

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DH ordered the Beer Battered Onion Rings ($5.99) with horseradish sauce. He said they were awfully greasy, as you can tell by the picture. I didn't try them, so I don't know. (I was too busy suckin' down that milkshake!)

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DS ordered Chicken Noodle Soup (Kids Pick $7.49 w/mac N cheese and dessert) He said it was all "ok", but thought the mac n cheese tasted a little "different". Probably because it wasn't Kraft! :lmao:

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For DH's and my entree, we both ordered the Golden Fried Chicken, which came with mashed potatoes, gravy and southern greens ($14.99). As I stated in another post, this chicken has definitely changed since we were there in 2005. As you can see by the pic, you can't even identify which part of the chicken is sitting on my plate. It had NO meat on it whatsoever. The only meat I did get to try was the leg. The batter tasted heavily like flour with no seasoning. The potatoes were just "eh". DH tried to get a swap of the greens for something else, but Cousin said "just keep em, you'll like em". Which he didn't even try and I took one bite and said "pass". Here's the pic:

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Ok and onto desserts. I ordered the Brownie Sundae ($5.99) If anybody knows what a Little Debbie Cosmic Brownie is raise your hand. That's what this dessert was. 2 brownies smothered in whipped cream with a handful of stale caramel popcorn and some m&m's thrown on top. I ate a few bites and left most of it. DS enjoyed the m&m's from it.

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DH ordered a Caramel Sundae ($4.99) which he said was good. I wouldn't know because he was awfully stingy with it. ;)

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DS ordered a Build A Sundae (came with his $7.49 Kids Pick Meal). It was a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a waffle bowl. It must have been good, because one minute I looked over and saw the bowl, and the next, it was gone.

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Total price was $85.40 for DH and myself and $4.97 for DS.

This was the one meal that we had been talking about ever since our last trip. We couldn't WAIT to get to MGM to get that chicken again. Boy, were we disappointed. So much so, that we have crossed off 50's PrimeTime for any near future trips. We decided we would like to try someplace else. I feel bad because I had kept telling people how good it was from our last trip. I hope theirs ends up better than ours was. Service was excellent and so were the antics---that part was great. But the food was not good at all. Worst meal of our entire trip.

Now don't go and get all spoiled with these pics ;) because I didn't take as many with the other restaurants and none of the buffets. Next up is Crystal Palace and the Concourse Steakhouse at Contemporary.....

eemmie1
08-15-2007, 07:42 PM
Sorry you didn't enjoy your meal at 50's PT. My husband and I have gone there every trip we have taken. I left it out this time and am trying Mama Melrose.

Luv2Roam
08-15-2007, 08:34 PM
Another great review! Thanks for sharing! :wizard:

ribbot
08-15-2007, 09:51 PM
I forgot to mention that the day we arrived (Sunday, 8/5) we had eaten at Pop's food court for lunch after checking in. We had been up since 4:30 am and hunger was upon us at 12:30 pm.

We were kind of lost when we first got there (although familiar with ASMo's food court), but we weren't sure about the DDP. I just kept in my mind the advice I was given before we left----just order what you normally would (sandwich, salad, or whatever) and add a drink and dessert.

So DH ordered Chicken Parmigiana w/arugula, Nestea Iced Tea and Chocolate Cake. I ordered a Chicken Caesar Salad, Dasani Water and a piece of that famous tie dye cheesecake ($3.59). DS ordered kids spagetti and meatball that came with jello and a cookie. (we actually still have the cookie!) DH said his was very good, mine was excellent and DS enjoyed his spaghetti. We all split the desserts. I wasn't as impressed with the cheesecake as I had hoped to be. It was sort of dry and it really made you notice how many days food takes to get through your intestines. If you know what I mean....;)

Tuesday, August 7th

We had an early 9:05 reservation at Crystal Palace. We had loved this place last time and it did not disappoint this time either. I noticed that it didn't seem as crowded as when we were there before for some reason. Maybe we had a later time last time around.

The only thing I don't like about the place is the seating arrangement. It's always so congested and you have to fight people going this way or that way to make it to the food. The parade causes a lot of congestion too. We were seated way back against the wall and it was quite a hike to get to the food without accidentally dumping a waiters tray with 14 different drinks on it.

We were seated and were offered milk, juice or coffee. DH had coffee and orange juice, DS and myself had milk. DS and I went to the buffet to pick out his food. There were a lot of different type breakfast foods here. For the kids was an egg-type pizza and really yummy french toast. Lots of fruit, cheeses, and breads. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potato casserole, pancakes, character waffles and they will also make to order your eggs if you'd like. The one thing that I got because I had heard it was so good was the "breakfast lasagna". I guess I was expecting an egg/meat dish, but it ended up being like bread pudding with bananas? or strawberries?...I'm not really sure what it was, but I didn't care for it. It was like mush. Everything else was very good.

Great character meets too. One thing that kind of irked me was the waitress dropped the "bill" off early in the meal and kept coming back to see if I had signed it yet. She would slam the cover of the receipt holder down everytime. I finally looked at her and said, "I haven't had the time to sign it yet, as I was trying to get my DS's meal, my meal and fight the characters and parade to get back to my seat." Geeez lady, gimme a break. So I did finally sign it and I let her know it was signed. That's awful to be reminded of paying the bill every 5 minutes during a meal.

Sorry, no pics, but we would do Crystal Palace again. Maybe for dinner next time. ($47.29 + 13.69)

That evening, we ate at Pop's food court again. I had the double cheeseburger which I split with DS because he had ordered the spaghetti again and this time he said it "smelled" funny (as he sat all scrunched up in the corner of the booth in a hissy fit). I actually think he was smelling the chinese food which smelled very garlicky and powerful that evening. Apparently, it just didn't agree with him. With the burger came fries (which I wish I would have known or I would have gotten something else) and dessert, in which I ordered the Twinkie Tiramisu. I thought the burger was excellent, the fries were average and the TT was awful. I had high expectations for it also from reading on the board and it didn't taste like anything to me. So far, I was pretty disappointed in the desserts. I got a Cranberry Juice with my CS and DS got milk. ($18.39)

DH ordered Chicken Penne Alfredo and iced tea and carrot cake. He said the penne was very good. We saved the cake and put it in the fridge for another time. We were already getting "desserted" out from all of the other meals.

Pop's food court was always very crowded. The drink station was always busy. I did notice how dirty the carpeting was in the court. You would find pizza crusts on the floor under the table and spills from drinks everywhere. For as busy as Disney is with employees, you'd think they could have someone scrub the carpet at night. :confused3 I mentioned in another post that the Icee drink machine did not work until the 6th day of our trip. We were kinda disappointed about that, but got full use of it once it was up and running. Coke and Blue raspberry were the flavors. I also noticed a lot of watery fountain drinks coming out. They definitely need someone to keep on top of the drinks station to be sure everything is filled.

Next will be Rainforest Cafe Downtown Disney (not on the DDP) and The Concourse Steakhouse at the Contemporary....

Minniespal
08-16-2007, 06:26 AM
Excellent reviews, looking forward to reading more.

my3disneygirls
08-16-2007, 11:44 AM
Thanks for the reviews:)

kelleigh1
08-16-2007, 01:29 PM
I remember reading your comments about 50's in that other thread. I see what you mean about the chicken. Guess I will stay away from that. It looks awful.

Thanks for the reviews! I suspect we'll have more pics of food than family too since it's just hubby and I. We do have 2 digital cameras now though, which means I get one and he gets one, so there could be more photos of me from this trip. Usually I control the camera which means I'm not in many pictures...which is how I like it.

ribbot
08-16-2007, 09:31 PM
Wednesday, 8-8

We got up and went to Downtown Disney. We planned on shopping a bit and then eating at Rainforest Cafe. We had enjoyed it so much last time and it did not disappoint us again. It's nice to have a different style of atmosphere with the busy rainforest scenes going on.

We started with the Lava Nachos--which were tri colored chips with beef, peppers, onions, black beans, corn and queso sauce. Garnished with sour cream and pico de gallo. ($12.99) We are big nacho fans (although normally we don't dress ours up so much) and these were good, although the chips were a little on the stale side. It was a huge plate and we had probably 1/3 left or more.

I had a raspberry/lemonade smoothie that was very, VERY good. They dipped the rim in sugar and when it melted it made the glass very sticky though. Thank goodness for the wet wipes I had packed in the sling bag. :)

DS had one of those huge tri colored slushies. It was $6.99 I believe. He enjoyed that and the little toy that was tucked away at the bottom of the cup. DH had a soda of some sort.

DS ordered a Gorilla Grilled Cheese Delight, which was a grilled cheese on on texas toast $6.99 It came with kettle cooked potato chips on the side.

DH and I split a cup of Seaside Clam Chowder ($5.99) and a Rumble in the Jungle Turkey Wrap--which was shaved turkey breast, roma tomatoes, bacon and romaine lettuce tossed with caesar dressing wrapped in a tortilla. Served with a small serving of cole slaw and kettle cooked chips. (12.49)

Everything was very good and we would definitely eat here again. Total was around $55 and they would not take the DDP or our Disney Rewards card for payment.

Wednesday, 8-8

After coming back from DDT--we went to Pop's Arcade for the afternoon and then rested awhile before heading out to the Contemporary for our 8:30 reservation. We arrived a little after 8 pm, checked in and they said it would be within 15 minutes of our reservation time. So we played some heavy duty "I Spy" for awhile to pass the time. We were called to our table at 8:25
and we were seated at the first table by the entrance way.

DH and I ordered a banana/strawberry/mango smoothie which was very good and refreshing. DH ordered an apple juice.

For appetizers, I ordered the Mozzarella and Tomato Salad (7.99) It was just "ok" to me. I liked the tomatoes but the cheese was a little spicey to me. I picked on it a bit, but was saving up for my entree.

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DH ordered the Onion Soup ($5.49) and sorry, I didn't get a picture of that. But just picture a bowl of soup covered in cheese dripping around the top. He said it was good, but not as good as mine that I make at home (yeahhhh that's one for me!) :rotfl:

DS ordered the chicken soup.

For our entrees, I ordered the Filet Mignon ($26.99) that came on top of Bread Salad and broccolini. I do not see this listed on their menu. It was EXCELLENT and the best meal of my trip. I did not eat the bread salad, it was like large bread croutons that were soggy with juices from the meat. The broccolini was great though. I didn't eat the big gob of butter on it either--I couldn't imagine smearing another 1000 calories across that piece of meat. Here's the pic:

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DH ordered the 10 oz. New York Strip with mashed potatoes ($22.99) He said it was just ok, but that my filet tasted better to him. But, he still says it was the best meal of the week to him. Here's that pic:

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DS ordered the steak, which was the same meat as mine--the filet--it came with mashed potatoes and green beans and carrots:

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The waitress was a little forgetful on a few things, one of them being that she forgot our steak knives. She brought them out when we were almost done and we didn't even need them! The steak was so tender we cut it with our butter knives.

For dessert I had the Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee ($5.99), which I thought was outstanding. Nice and light and was a very delicate ending to a great meal. Here's the pic:

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DS ordered a make your own sundae---and so did DH. The waitress said that was fine to do that, as DH wasn't interested in anything else on the menu for dessert. No pics, but it was a scoop of vanilla ice cream (2 for DH) and cookie crumbles, m&m's and banana chips.

We were all thrilled with this meal and will definitely do it again, even if out of pocket. Total was $108.10 + $7.46 Great food and good service.

Thursday, 8/9

We had 10:30 reservations for Chef Mickey's. We arrived right at 10:30 and was seated within a few minutes. A GREAT time of day to go. Character interaction was wonderful. Donald was upset at my DS because he was wearing his Mickey ears and motioned as to say, "What's up with that?" and then pointed to himself with a #1. It was very cute.

The meal was VERY good. We had eaten here 2 years ago for dinner and did not enjoy it that much. So we gave breakfast a try this time around. Everything was fresh and well stocked. They had pb&jelly pizza for the kids for one thing that I remember. Other items were your typical buffet fare--eggs, bacon, potatoes, waffles, donuts, rice krispy treats, brownies, cereals, fruits, etc. We will definitely go back here for a late breakfast again. $47.29 + $13.69 Our server Don V was attentive and was constantly around with more drinks for us. It was hard this trip to decide which buffet was better, Crystal Palace or Chef Mickeys----we think Chef Mickey's has the lead by a touch. Just less congested.

Next will be Rose and Crown and Whispering Canyon Cafe....

Schucraig
08-16-2007, 09:33 PM
Great reviews and pictures! I can't wait for more!:thumbsup2

momofdbsdc
08-17-2007, 08:36 AM
Great reviews so far! I can't wait for the rest!!!

kelleigh1
08-17-2007, 09:17 AM
Our Chef Mickey's breakfast is around 10:30, actually...may be closer to 11:00. Glad to hear your thoughts on that time. We had a late morning reservation at Crystal Palace last year and it was just ok.

Characters still seemed rushed, although hubby enjoyed a little extra attention from Pooh since he was wearing a tshirt that I'd made with a picture of Pooh flipping pancakes and with the caption "Nothing Beats Breakfast with Pooh!"

ribbot
08-17-2007, 09:39 AM
Our Chef Mickey's breakfast is around 10:30, actually...may be closer to 11:00. Glad to hear your thoughts on that time. We had a late morning reservation at Crystal Palace last year and it was just ok.

Characters still seemed rushed, although hubby enjoyed a little extra attention from Pooh since he was wearing a tshirt that I'd made with a picture of Pooh flipping pancakes and with the caption "Nothing Beats Breakfast with Pooh!"

Thanks all for your nice replies. :) Writing these things are a lot of fun!

Yes, the characters are very rushed at Crystal Palace. Both times we've been there, they only got around once to our table. At Chef Mickey's we must have seen them at least 3 times a piece, maybe more. They were more "chipper" at CM's too. I think it's hard for the characters at CP to maneuver around those tight squeezed tables.

Sounds like a cute shirt! All I had on was a drippy, sweaty tank top HA HA HA Seems like that was the shirt of the week last week! EVERYBODY was wearin' them! :lmao:

kelleigh1
08-17-2007, 10:05 AM
Sounds like a cute shirt! All I had on was a drippy, sweaty tank top HA HA HA Seems like that was the shirt of the week last week! EVERYBODY was wearin' them! :lmao:

That's one of the pluses of going in January...tank tops aren't part of the normal attire. I've got to work on our t-shirts for this year. Maybe I'll work on a Donald one where we change the name to Chef Donald's.

lisaj
08-17-2007, 11:00 AM
Fantastic reviews and many of them are places we are going to in October and November. Can't wait for more.

2manypets
08-17-2007, 11:25 AM
Love your reviews. Can't wait for more. :thumbsup2

2manypets
08-17-2007, 01:57 PM
Oops, I'm in a time warp here!

BaBeeCee14
08-17-2007, 02:43 PM
Great reviews! Thanks for sharing!

Tinkerbell_Girl
08-17-2007, 03:48 PM
Thanks for the reviews and pics!

ribbot
08-17-2007, 08:00 PM
Thanks again for your replies! :)

Thursday, 8-9

After spending the day at Epcot, we had a 7:30 reservation for Rose and Crown at United Kingdom. I had read that this was the perfect time to be seated out on the patio before Illuminations starts at 9. Well, we checked in at about 7:35 and waited maybe 10 minutes or so. The CM said they could not guarantee us a patio seat, but to ask the person that seats us. So we did that and nope, it wasn't to be. We were seated inside. Bummer.

We had an exceptional waitress named Jenni, who was more than helpful with our menus, our DDP and with taking us out to their private viewing area to see Illuminations at 9 pm. She held our dinners back for the perfect timing to eat--and then to go out and watch the show, and then come back in and eat our dessert. The restaurant wasn't crowded at all, but apparently the patio was.

For starters, I ordered the Fruit and Cheese Plate ($8.99) Irish Cheddar, Mushroom Brie, and Stilton Pastry with individual accompaniments. Which included walnuts, grapes, pastry, and cold caramelized onions (?) Ok, I'm a hick, so I didn't know quite what to do with this fancy food in order to eat it properly, so I managed my way around it and found it to be something I probably wouldn't order again. I left most of the cheese, and ate the fruit, nuts and pastry. I really tried to like it, but I couldn't get the feel for these things going together in my mouth. Here's the pic:

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DH ordered the Mixed Greens Salad (5.49)---Mr. Living on the Edge, huh. He was concerned about Stilton Cheese Dressing, but said it was good. No pics---it was your basic salad. DS ordered the potato leek soup and beef and macaroni. (7.49)

For our entrees, I ordered the Harry Ramsden's Fish and Chips ($15.99) which was battered fresh cod and french fries. I was looking forward to trying this and was ready for a change and something different from what we had been eating all week. It was good, but not over the top good. It was sort of really greasy and I ended up not eating most of the batter. I only ate a few fries as I was saving up for dessert. Here's the pic:

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DH ordered the Steak and Fish ($23.99) Grilled steak with demi glace sauce, green beans and mashed potatoes and a piece of Harry's fish. I still don't know how these two go together, but whatever. He didn't even eat the fish, he said it wasn't anything special. Sorry, I didn't get a picture as this is where my camera ran out of room. I didn't even get the pictures of our desserts. In which mine was the sticky toffee pudding ($4.99) steamed pudding cake with warm vanilla custard and hot butter rum sauce. I asked the server which she thought was better, that or the chocolate torte---she said she recommended the pudding. I think I should have opted for the torte, because the cake was soooo dry with not much sauce on it at all. It was like a spice cake in a little miniature Bundt pan, turned upside down with a little warm vanilla sauce on it. Sorry, I just didn't care for it much. I left 3/4 of it.

DH ordered the Warm Apple Crumble, which he said was ok, but nothing extra special about it either. DS had the build your own sundae. ($92.57 + 4.97)

I don't think we would return to Rose and Crown. It really wasn't that great of a meal. The service was outstanding, but the seating arrangement has to go. Maybe I was supposed to slip someone a $20? Ohhh and the preferred standing location was a hoot too. I got placed (I'm 5'2") in the back row behind a man that was over 6' tall, so I saw nothing. But at least the crowd was kind enough to let my little son go to the front of the row so he could see. I did appreciate that.

Friday, 8-10

We spent the day lounging by the pool and hotel and then made our way to Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge. We had a 5:00 reservation and arrived shortly before. They are closed from 3:00 - 5:00. We checked in and got seated in about 10 minutes. Back by the fireplace again and away from the antics and the main reason we had gone there again. We ate here 2 years ago and sat by the fireplace then too and were disappointed, so here we are again, totally disappointed. Why does this always happen to us? Are we that unfun looking??

Anyway, we weren't even hungry before we sat down for this meal, so that's a bad sign already. We had eaten a late lunch at the hotel, and I tried to change the reservation, but there were not open spots. I guess we could have cancelled, and we should have.

We were at the point of the week where we just didn't know what to order anymore. So we both just opted for the skillet ($22.49) (which is what we had 2 years ago). DS ordered a cheeseburger and fries came with it--why don't they tell you that so your child can order something else instead? He doesn't even like fries that much and didn't even touch them.

We started out with a mango smoothie which was very good (4.29 each). DS had an apple juice. She brought the skillet out and I'm sorry, but we both think this is the biggest ripoff if 2 people order it. It comes with Mixed greens with apple vinaigrette dressing, fresh baked cornbread with mashed potatoes, coleslaw, cowboy beans and seasonal vegetables.
Smoked pork ribs, pulled pork, oven-roasted chicken, Peel-n-Eat shrimp.

Ok, the coleslaw is in a little tin cup, that is MAYBE 2 small forkfuls. There is very few mashed potatoes, and the beans are about 1/2 cup in the center of the skillet (that taste like they have taco seasoning in them). The "seasonal vegetables" are 2 small ears of corn (like those mini Green Giant ones). The ribs were so black and dry you couldn't even chew them. The pulled pork was ok. DH said the chicken was excellent, I didn't have any, because I ate the shrimp. I had a few shrimp in there that were questionable---and later that night I think that's what had me praying to the porcelain Gods. I won't be eating shrimp for quite awhile.

If I were a large eater, I could probably have eaten this whole skillet myself. So when 2 people order it, they are definitely making out on the customer. I guess if I were wise and REALLY hungry, I could have ordered a meal and he could have ordered the skillet and we could have shared. We just feel this is overly priced for the contents of it.

Dessert was smores cheesecake for myself ($5.49) (which was very good) and a nice break from all that meat. DH ordered a Banana Dustbowl ($5.49) and he said it was ok, but didn't eat it all. DS ordered worms n dirt ($1.75).

There were lots of pony riding and hollering going on, but we could only hear it, not see it. I'm sorry to all of you WCC fans out there, but we are crossing this place off for next time. The server was not friendly at all either and would come by our table and ignore us while waiting on the other table that was connected to the same bench as ours. This was one of those meals where the 18% tip was definitely not warranted, sorry. Yes, she carried our food out, but she did not ask for any beverage refills (with empty glasses sitting in eyes view), she acted like it was just a bother to wait on us. If you hate your job that much at Disney, you should just stay home. ($87.50 + $4.97)

Next will be Le Cellier--MAYBE with pics, as I used my video camera to take some still ones, but not quite sure if they came out. It was soooo dark in there and I had my night shot on.

mom2my3kids
08-17-2007, 08:10 PM
Do you have any pics of your rainforest cafe meal?? Love your reviews and pics so far..

ribbot
08-17-2007, 08:48 PM
Do you have any pics of your rainforest cafe meal?? Love your reviews and pics so far..

Sorry, I wish I did. The nachos were just tri-colored chips with the fixin's and the turkey wrap wasn't dressed up or anything. Just that and some potato chips on a plate. Thanks for the kind comments!

PoohFan97
08-18-2007, 10:13 AM
If I were a large eater, I could probably have eaten this whole skillet myself. So when 2 people order it, they are definitely making out on the customer. I guess if I were wise and REALLY hungry, I could have ordered a meal and he could have ordered the skillet and we could have shared. We just feel this is overly priced for the contents of it.


Thanks for your reviews! Isn't the WCC skillet "all you care to eat"? We haven't been there for a few years, but I know we ordered refills on some of those items. Sorry that the shrimp wasn't good.

I'm looking forward to reading more of your reviews!

ribbot
08-18-2007, 11:13 AM
Thanks for your reviews! Isn't the WCC skillet "all you care to eat"? We haven't been there for a few years, but I know we ordered refills on some of those items. Sorry that the shrimp wasn't good.

I'm looking forward to reading more of your reviews!

Yes, it is all you care to eat---barring you get food that is edible and a waitress that would "care" to even bother asking if you'd like more of anything. We weren't hungry anyway, so it's just as well. It's still overpriced for 2 people. There were some good shrimp and some bad shrimp mixed in there. One more review to go, and then it's time to write up my trip report! :)

PoohFan97
08-18-2007, 11:34 AM
Yes, it is all you care to eat---barring you get food that is edible and a waitress that would "care" to even bother asking if you'd like more of anything. We weren't hungry anyway, so it's just as well. It's still overpriced for 2 people. There were some good shrimp and some bad shrimp mixed in there. One more review to go, and then it's time to write up my trip report! :)

Got it. Sorry you had a bad experience there, between the food and the server. We have an ADR there in November, so I was hoping to read a good review.

Great reports, though!

ribbot
08-18-2007, 03:12 PM
Got it. Sorry you had a bad experience there, between the food and the server. We have an ADR there in November, so I was hoping to read a good review.

Great reports, though!

Thanks--and just because we might have had 2 bad trips there, with 2 bad servers and not-so-great food doesn't mean that others would have the same. Our first trip there had left us so undecided that we tried it again---same food, same bad service, so that takes care of WCC for us again! I just LOVE the lodge though, what a beautiful place. I hope your experience is better and you enjoy it! :)

K and K's Mommy
08-18-2007, 04:31 PM
Thanks for the great reviews! I agree with you about Crystal Palace's breakfast lasagna. I love their breakfast food with that exception.

eemmie1
08-18-2007, 07:26 PM
Great reviews. I am going to Crystal Palace for my first breakfast when I arrive. I can't wait.

annie1995
08-18-2007, 07:31 PM
Ohhh, I love the pictures!!!!! Great reviews!!!!

DisneyMom5
08-18-2007, 07:52 PM
Great report! Looking forward to reading more! :cool1:

We'll be at many of the same places in less than a month. :banana:

Thanks!

*Emily*
08-18-2007, 08:01 PM
Awesome job!

ribbot
08-18-2007, 08:53 PM
Great reviews. I am going to Crystal Palace for my first breakfast when I arrive. I can't wait.

Thanks everybody! :)

I think Crystal Palace or Chef Mickey's breakfast is a definite way to start a Disney vacation!! Have fun!

ribbot
08-19-2007, 04:00 PM
Sunday, 8/12

This was our last full day at WDW, so to end it with a "bang"--we opted to try Le Cellier at Epcot in Canada. Our reservations were for 2:40, and we arrived early at around 2:10 because we had pretty much done everything we wanted to do at Epcot that morning and just landed there about that time. When I checked in, I explained that we were early, and she said we can't guarantee you'll get seated right away. I said I understand, no problem--it's just when we landed here, so we'll just wait.

Well, we no longer had our butts in the seat and we got called in about 2 minutes. There was NO LINE whatsover at this time of day.

The restaurant is very dark, but we thought it was very nice. We were greeted by Kelly and a trainee. Kelly was a superb waitress, asking us if it was our first time there and we said yes. So she made some recommendations, such as the pretzel bread, cheese soup and filet. In which DH and I both ordered a Niagara Refresher as a drink---which was mango, cranberry with a twist of lime (DS also got one in a "big persons" glass---that was tricky) :scared1: We both ordered the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup ($4.99) which was very good and the 5 oz. Filet Mignon which was served over cream cheese mashed potatoes finished with a roasted garlic demi-glace ($21.99) DS ordered the steak dinner also which came with steak fries. We all thought the meal was excellent. The service was fast and friendly and they couldn't have been nicer to us. Oh and btw, the breadsticks that they brought out were very good also. Multigrain, sourdough and 2 pretzel sticks. Yum yum.

For dessert I had the Chocolate Whiskey Cake ($7.99) and DH had the Chocolate "Moose" ($4.99) very cute and DS had the Sundae. The cake was very good, but must be loaded with caffeine, because I only slept 3 hours, IF that, that night. DH said the moose was good, and of course DS's sundae was good too. ($103.73 +$7.46)

I'm sorry, I did take pics at Le Cellier, but it was with my video camera and it was so dark in the restaurant that they didn't come out. They all look black and white because I used the night shot. (I really hate my videocamera).

This concludes my review of 8 days of the Disney Dining Plan. We have decided that the plan just isn't for us. It was nice not having to carry any money with us or figuring out tips, but it just controlled our vacation too much. Maybe if the crowds weren't so heavy, we could have had more time to stroll and enjoy things, but we were always "on the clock" to get to our next ADR. The one day we didn't have any reservations was soooo nice and relaxing, we did enjoy that thoroughly.

We had a couple really good meals (Le Cellier and The Concourse), but we probably wouldn't have paid out of pocket for these before. So to figure out if we actually "saved" by getting the DDP is hard to do. When we went 2 years ago, we ate at Chef Mickey's, Crystal Palace, 50's Primetime, Whispering Canyon, San Angel Inn for our "TS" and paid with our Disney Rewards Card, then ate at CS's for the rest of our meals and it wasn't near the pressure or stress. We had a $536 Disney Rewards card to spend this trip and we still came home with over $200 on it, so we could have used that for our "fancy" meals and just paid out of pocket for the rest and still been ahead of the DDP. It was just way too much food for us and we were totally sick of food by the end of our 9 days.

To each his own though. To everybody that enjoys it---way to go!:) Thanks for reading our thoughts and reviews, I enjoyed writing this up and taking the pics. Watching my 7 year old son shove his plate to me before he dug in was quite comical...it was like "hurry up Ma, take the picture so I can eat!" :lmao: I hope to start writing up our trip report in the next week or so---with school starting back up, it's a busy time of year. Thanks again!

DisneyMom5
08-19-2007, 07:28 PM
Nice report! Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences! :thumbsup2

Liz
08-19-2007, 11:37 PM
I'm loving your reviews! Thanks so much for taking the time to share!