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antmaril
09-01-2007, 06:59 PM
We just returned today from four days at Pop Century with Free Dining. All I can say is - WOW! We ate our way through WDW that's for sure. This was our first time using the Dining Plan and we LOVED IT. The fact that it was free - was fantastic.

We had TS meals at Cape May, Chefs de France, Crystal Palace, Boma (me and DH) and Nine Dragons (DS and DS's girlfriend). We enjoyed all of our meals. We thought the Free Dining was fantastic. We arrived at Pop on Tuesday about 8:00 p.m. and by Thursday afternoon, I had only spent $2. Can you imagine? We didn't spend much money at all on this trip.

If anyone has any questions, I would be glad to answer (if I can).

jekclk
09-01-2007, 07:07 PM
Hello! Great to read some postitive posts! We will be going to Nine Dragons for the first time-how was it? This is our first time with free dining and second time with POP!! How were the crowds dining/parks? WE LEAVE IN 14 DAYS!:cool1: Thanks,Cristy

antmaril
09-01-2007, 07:15 PM
Hello! Great to read some postitive posts! We will be going to Nine Dragons for the first time-how was it? This is our first time with free dining and second time with POP!! How were the crowds dining/parks? WE LEAVE IN 14 DAYS!:cool1: Thanks,Cristy

My son and his girlfriend enjoyed their dinner at Nine Dragons. They were there last night at 9:00 (it's the only ADR we could get for them at the last minute) and they said everything was good. He didn't really elaborate, but it's safe to say the food was good.

The crowds in the parks were very manageable. We didn't stand in any lines longer than 10 minutes. We ate our counter service meals early to avoid the lunch crowds and had a very good experience. We got about $800 worth of food for the four of us. It was big fun!

Have fun!

StarCheryl
09-01-2007, 07:51 PM
How was Chefs de france? That's the only one I've been worried about. Glad you had so much fun!

Microcell
09-02-2007, 08:20 AM
We ate at Chefs De France last year and I thought it was good, but if our experience is any indication, get ready for a two hour meal! It took a looooonnnnngggggg time. I wonder if that is par for the course in France?

Tio Marco
09-02-2007, 09:36 AM
I've eaten at Nine Dragons a couple of times.....the service and the food have always been good!

LoriZH
09-02-2007, 10:07 AM
Yes looking for reviews on Chefs de France, and if you wouldn't mind elaborating a little on what you had for dinner there, lol.

Thanks!

PS, YES FD is the Bomb Diggity, did it last year and again in 3 weeks :cheer2: We've also paid for it before and thought it was worth every penny, but don't believe we will with all the changes, we'll just cut down on the TS meals.

antmaril
09-02-2007, 10:23 AM
Chefs deFrance was our favorite meal of the trip. We've eaten there twice before, so we were looking forward to it.

DH and DS both had lobster bisque and beef short ribs served with polenta - excellent!

DSGF and I both had the tomato and goat cheese flatbread for our appetizer and the frenched pork chop with mushroom demi glace. It was served with macaronis gratin (mac & cheese). It was really delicious.

For Dessert:

DH had a crepe filled with apples and served with vanilla ice cream.

DSGF had creme brulee.

DS and I both had profiterolles au chocolat.

Everything was delicious and service was very good. Our server was quite efficient.

We enjoyed this meal very much and it would have cost us big bucks if we had to pay for it.

LoriZH
09-02-2007, 10:31 AM
Chefs deFrance was our favorite meal of the trip. We've eaten there twice before, so we were looking forward to it.

DH and DS both had lobster bisque and beef short ribs served with polenta - excellent!

DSGF and I both had the tomato and goat cheese flatbread for our appetizer and the frenched pork chop with mushroom demi glace. It was served with macaronis gratin (mac & cheese). It was really delicious.

For Dessert:

DH had a crepe filled with apples and served with vanilla ice cream.

DSGF had creme brulee.

DS and I both had profiterolles au chocolat.

Everything was delicious and service was very good. Our server was quite efficient.

We enjoyed this meal very much and it would have cost us big bucks if we had to pay for it.

Okay sounds WAAAYYY too yummy and I can't wait to get there! Thanks!

irongirlof12
09-02-2007, 10:49 AM
woo hoo !!! glad you had such a fab time -roll on our DDP trip! :banana:

Jenfrog79
09-02-2007, 10:51 AM
how did you get free dining?

antmaril
09-02-2007, 02:18 PM
how did you get free dining?

Free Dining was a promotion that Disney offered to the general public in the spring. The promotion had to be booked by June 24th for travel between
August 26th and September 22nd. It required a minimum three night stay and the purchase of at least a one day MYW base ticket for each member of your party.

This is the third year that Disney has offered free dining in August/September.

This was our first time taking advantage of this offer and we LOVED it!

beroh2253
09-02-2007, 08:16 PM
ME and DW are headed to POP Sept 21-30 also with free dining. Couldn't wait before and with a review like this we can't wait even more. From now to the 21st is going to see like forever.
This is our line up

Arriving Sept. 21 @ POP
Sept. 21 Boatwrights
Sept, 22 San Angle
Sept. 23 Captain Jack’s
Sept. 24 Coral Reef
Sept. 25 Le Cellier
Sept. 26 Ohana
Sept. 27 Rose & Crown
Sept, 28 Nine Dragons
Sept. 29 open
Sept 30 breakfast @ Boma then and leaving

StarCheryl
09-02-2007, 10:03 PM
Thanks so much for the review on Chefs de France! Now I'm really excited :cool1:

Seahunt
09-03-2007, 12:15 AM
Free Dining was a promotion that Disney offered to the general public in the spring. The promotion had to be booked by June 24th for travel between
August 26th and September 22nd. It required a minimum three night stay and the purchase of at least a one day MYW base ticket for each member of your party.

This is the third year that Disney has offered free dining in August/September.

This was our first time taking advantage of this offer and we LOVED it!

There is also a Bounceback Free Dining offer going on right now for resort guests checking in by 9/28/07 to be able to book ahead for free dining next year :banana: - here's the info from mousesavers:

Bounceback Free Dining Promotion
This offer is available ONLY to guests staying at one of the official Walt Disney World resorts between 8/31/07-9/28/07.

Using a special phone number provided on some resort restaurant receipts (call ext 8844 from your room) or on a flyer provided in some resort rooms, you can book a vacation package for next year, for stays between 8/30/08-9/27/08, at a Walt Disney World resort with theme park tickets and receive the Dining Plan for FREE.

If you don't get the offer on a receipt or a flyer in your room, I recommend asking at the front desk.

There is a 3-night minimum stay requirement. Reservation for 2008 must be made before you check out and no later than September 28 to qualify. A $200 deposit is required at time of reservation.

antmaril
09-03-2007, 07:38 AM
There is also a Bounceback Free Dining offer going on right now for resort guests checking in by 9/28/07 to be able to book ahead for free dining next year :banana: - here's the info from mousesavers:

Bounceback Free Dining Promotion
This offer is available ONLY to guests staying at one of the official Walt Disney World resorts between 8/31/07-9/28/07.

Using a special phone number provided on some resort restaurant receipts (call ext 8844 from your room) or on a flyer provided in some resort rooms, you can book a vacation package for next year, for stays between 8/30/08-9/27/08, at a Walt Disney World resort with theme park tickets and receive the Dining Plan for FREE.

If you don't get the offer on a receipt or a flyer in your room, I recommend asking at the front desk.

There is a 3-night minimum stay requirement. Reservation for 2008 must be made before you check out and no later than September 28 to qualify. A $200 deposit is required at time of reservation.


We had this flyer in our room on Friday. Unfortunately, since the promotion starts later next year (August 30, 2008) there isn't enough time to go before school (college) starts the day after Labor Day. My DH and I thought about taking a trip just the two of us in September, 2008, but weren't sure, so we passed on the offer.

EMom
09-03-2007, 10:33 PM
Chefs deFrance was our favorite meal of the trip. We've eaten there twice before, so we were looking forward to it.

DH and DS both had lobster bisque and beef short ribs served with polenta - excellent!

DSGF and I both had the tomato and goat cheese flatbread for our appetizer and the frenched pork chop with mushroom demi glace. It was served with macaronis gratin (mac & cheese). It was really delicious.

I'm torn between the pork chop and the ribs. Please help. I think the chop is a safe bet, as I've never met one I didn't like. As for the ribs, were they tender enough to cut from the bone? Because I don't picture CdF as a "pick up the ribs and eat them with your hands" type of place. :lmao:

Could you fill in the blanks?

Thanks!

natalielongstaff
09-04-2007, 01:08 AM
great review :)

BabyPiglet
09-04-2007, 11:10 AM
Hi, I can't wait for my FD for my 14 day stay in a little over 2 weeks!!!

I'm really excited to eat at France now. =]

bell.of.the.ball
09-04-2007, 11:46 AM
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED FREE DINING!!!!!
The kids and I tried new things. We had great food. We had a great time. The only money I spent on food was a refill mug, a glass of wine and one princess punch for 3 people for 7 days. (i did bring down poptarts and bagels for breakfast.)

angwill
09-04-2007, 10:30 PM
How was Chefs de france? That's the only one I've been worried about. Glad you had so much fun!

We ate at Chefs de France 2 years ago and it was wonderful. This was the only restaurant my DH requested for this trip he liked it so much. My DH had the duck, since he never tried it before, and he really liked it. I had the chicken (I'm not very adventurous but plan to try something different this year) it was really good but to me chicken is chicken. My DH had the cheese plate and though he is a cheese lover he learned he doesn't really care for cheese from other countries after trying it here and in Canada. I had the best chocolate mousse for dessert that I ever tasted. My son and I both loved it and learned that we can order it from the little cafe in France as well. As for the service to us it was just as fast/slow as any other meal except Le Celier that year when we got a waitress who obviously hated her job and took her time. In France they are known to socialize over their meals in restaurants so in that country it does take hours to eat an entire meal.

HTH

antmaril
09-06-2007, 01:53 PM
I'm torn between the pork chop and the ribs. Please help. I think the chop is a safe bet, as I've never met one I didn't like. As for the ribs, were they tender enough to cut from the bone? Because I don't picture CdF as a "pick up the ribs and eat them with your hands" type of place. :lmao:

Could you fill in the blanks?

Thanks!


I would choose the pork chop because it comes with the macaronis gratin (fancy mac & cheese). My DH and DS liked the polenta, but the mac & cheese was better. The sauce on the pork chop was really good too.

Braised short ribs are not the kind of ribs you would pick up and eat with your hands. These definitely have to be eaten with a knife and fork :goodvibes My DH said they were very tender and quite good. Polenta was a little bland.

I think I'd go with the pork chop.