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Kevin Stringer
07-02-2009, 01:17 PM
DAY 14 THURSDAY 4th JUNE

The participants:

Me, Kev, 51, husband, father, son, friend. In fact, just about everything to everybody on this holiday.
Wife, Tam, 45.
Daughter 1, India, 18.
Daughter 2, Georgia, 15.
Grandma, 84. The girls Grandma, my mother.
Susan, age kept quiet for fear of kick in soft tissuey area. Our friend from Tulsa.

Attending in part:

Sharon, see above for age. Friend from Texas.
Evan, 21, Sharonís son.

If you want to know more about us, have a look at www.kevinstringer.co.uk/index

For the first time this trip we decide to have a day relaxing and not going to a park at any time. We have an 8.00pm ADR for The Wave restaurant at the Contemporary tonight, so we have all day to enjoy some downtime.
Not so for Susan and Grandma though, they decide to hit the Magic Kingdom to do a few remaining rides they have not managed to fit in up to yet. Grandma once again comes out tops in the energy and enthusiasm stakes.

Me, Tam, India and Georgia leave the room around 10.00am and get the bus to the Magic Kingdom. From here we transfer to the little boat that runs to the Polynesian.
A couple of cabanas are secured and we go about the task of enjoying the sunshine for as long as we can. The weather forecast is not looking too good today with an 80% chance of thunderstorms from lunchtime onwards.

The pool at the Polynesian is very nice with a cool slide. I also really like the hammocks on the beach and some time is spent swinging lazily back and forth in these.

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At 1.00pm it starts to rain and so we pack up our things and head into the Polynesian for lunch at the Kona Cafť. Between the 3 of us we split the honey coated chicken wings with mustard sauce, chicken in coconut and mango sauce and a fish taco. The food is accompanied by a couple of beers and Cokes for the girls. We all enjoy the food and the server is particularly good. The bill with 20% off for the Tables in Wonderland card is $59.

After lunch we stroll past one of the shops and India spots a rather ugly statue of a Tiki god.
ĎLookí she says Ďitís Mattí.

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Just around the corner is another much happier looking statue.
ĎMattís spotted the barí.

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We catch the monorail round to the Contemporary and walk outside to view Bay Lake Towers. This new DVC resort looks like a lovely addition to the resort range, it will be difficult to get a bad view with one side looking out over Bay Lake and the other side having views over the 7 Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom.

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Next we walk to the Magic Kingdom and catch the bus back to the Boardwalk. Tam and Georgia do their customary trick of falling asleep as soon as the bus pulls off.

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Waiting for the bus

Showered and refreshed we leave the room for the Polynesian. We were originally going to get a bus to the Magic Kingdom and a boat across, but the skies are looking ominous again, so we get a taxi.
This proves to be a wise move as we drive into a serious storm with thunder and lightning crashing all around us. The taxi driver follows a bus most of the way as the visibility is down to just a few feet.

At the Polynesian we meet up with Sharon and Evan. The idea is to have a drink at the bar before moving on to Miznerís at the Grand Floridian. The problem is the lounge at the Polynesian is right next door to ĎOhana, so everybody sits there waiting for their ADRís. Itís never going to be relaxing, so we give up on the idea and catch the monorail to the Grand Floridian.
I have never seen the lobby so full of people as nearly every seat is taken, I suppose itís because of the bad weather. Luckily Miznerís is a lot quieter and we all sit down for cocktails. These are not cheap (between $9 and $10) but I think itís worth it to sit down in a very pleasant lounge that is a little more refined and relaxed than many other Disney lounges.
As an added bonus the band start to play just outside the entrance.

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I enjoy a Long Island Iced Tea, which is a heck of a lot more potent than it sounds.
We now do the Secret Mad Hatter gift swap. As you may recall, the rules were that we pulled a name from a hat and had to buy a gift for that person costing $4 to $6.
This is good fun and I had to buy a gift for Sharon, so I got her a shot glass. I figure the gift ought to say something about the giver and this way sheíll think of me every time she has a shot of tequila Ė about 4 or 5 times a night I would think.

I wonít go into all the gifts, but Susan buys me a sort of press button that says ĎOh boyí in a Mickey voice whenever itís used. I intend to place this by our beer fridge at home and operate it every time the fridge door is opened. I hope Mickey has got some throat lozenges handy; heís going to need them.

Back on the monorail and we move round to the Contemporary where thereís no messing as we head straight to The Wave. I can immediately see why Deb and Matt like this place so much, it has a proper bar with seating all round plus a couple of semi-circular areas, which are coolly lit for enjoying a pre-dinner drink.
Tam and I enjoy a glass of Chardonnay before our buzzer goes off and our table is ready.

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The main restaurant is quite pleasant, if a little disappointing after the spectacular bar area, but we are lucky enough to be in one of the smaller side rooms.
As we sit down there are a couple of families with very young children (3 or 4?) at the next tables and they are running around being quite noisy. Luckily our 8.30pm ADR is quite late, so they are just finishing up and leave soon afterwards. I really donít have anything against families in restaurants, after all this is Walt Disney World, but sometimes it is nice to be able to have an adult meal in a quieter environment.

The food here gets a mixed reception from our party. Our starter of seared Ahi Tuna and chicken egg rolls is nice, as is my beef tenderloin with Boniato mash, but Tam says her chicken pot pie is far too salty. Grandma has the pot pie too and says itís fine for her. Mind you, Grandma does like her salt. She usually applies salt to her salt in order to increase the sodium chloride content.

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Ahi tuna and chicken egg rolls

I keep telling her ĎLook, youíre only 84, youíll die young if you keep using all that saltí. Sheíll probably expire at 120 and Iíll say ĎI told you soí, if Iím still here of course.

The desserts are well appreciated though. I canít remember exactly how they are categorised, but Crisp and Crunchy is one. You get 3 little portions of different desserts in that category.

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dessert 1

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dessert 2

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dessert 3

Partly due to our late ADR, but also because it takes a while to work out who owes what on the bill, we are the last out of the restaurant.
One thing we didnít like here was that the main courses came out before we had finished our appetizers. Our server seemed a little embarrassed by this as well and apologised to us.

We take a taxi back to the Boardwalk and are in bed around midnight.

Kev

SusanEllen
07-02-2009, 02:10 PM
the WAVE (sigh)

Lizzybear
07-02-2009, 02:43 PM
Food at The Wave looks lovely, like the sound of the crisp and crunchy dessert :)

Pugsly
07-02-2009, 04:53 PM
the WAVE (sigh)

Without a doubt, one of my favorite meals of the trip. We had such a great time this evening and the desserts! The desserts were completely scrummy (chocolate martini, anyone? ;) )

irongirlof12
07-03-2009, 03:15 AM
food look really yummy :thumbsup2

Tammy Stringer
07-03-2009, 05:52 AM
(chocolate martini, anyone? ;) )

I had forgotten the chocolate martini incident. It appears Kev forgot to record that as well - thank goodness. :rotfl:

Tam

jamjar84
07-03-2009, 07:46 AM
Wow, those deserts look amazing. :)

Great report, thanks for posting. :)

natalielongstaff
07-03-2009, 09:02 AM
yum ! im regretting skipping lunch now ;)

Pugsly
07-03-2009, 09:54 AM
I had forgotten the chocolate martini incident. It appears Kev forgot to record that as well - thank goodness. :rotfl:

Tam

How could you forget "the great chocolate martini incident"? :rotfl:

Hugs Tam! ;)

tennisfan
07-03-2009, 11:05 AM
The food looks delicious:goodvibes

Boss Hogg
07-03-2009, 11:10 AM
oohh, the Wave - now we're talking. Should've done the "beer flight" Kev. Not an official "flight" but a posh way of saying I drank one of all of the beers on draft - from a small Orlando brewery.
Agree they do make some mean cocktails there also - think Deb tried one of most of them;)

Glad to see India was inspired to think of me when observing those handsome statues!

GOS
07-03-2009, 04:47 PM
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Oh Boy! Don't you all look perty. Another great day and great restaurant.

Pegasus928
07-04-2009, 01:56 AM
It is great reading about your experiences in all of these restaraunts. And seeing all the food certainly makes it harder for me to choose places to go to next time we visit.
I thought the big statue looked a bit like Mr Potato Head to be honest - or maybe that was the point with it being Disney and all.
Would love to hear more about the chocolate martini incident :thumbsup2

mandymouse
07-04-2009, 08:18 AM
Love your pics at the Poly Kev, I hope I get the chance to try out that hammock :) Another great day :thumbsup2

suzycute
07-04-2009, 02:02 PM
Love your pics of BLT! :thumbsup2

cannp123165
07-06-2009, 02:40 AM
Another great day - those desserts looks so delicious. :)

Pinky166
07-06-2009, 09:34 AM
Lovely photo's. :thumbsup2

cap'njack.
07-08-2009, 03:59 AM
Those deserts look lovely!

jockey
07-09-2009, 05:57 AM
Lovely day, looking forward to trying the wave next trip :)

Chilly
07-10-2009, 05:47 PM
It's nice that Matt made an appearence.

PudseyChancer
07-11-2009, 02:21 AM
Sounds like a nice, relaxing day.

wicket2005
07-13-2009, 12:02 PM
Another lovely day.

UKDEB
07-15-2009, 10:24 AM
The problem is the lounge at the Polynesian is right next door to ĎOhana, so everybody sits there waiting for their ADRís.
That's one of my big bugbears with quite a few of the Disney lounges. The Tambu Lounge would be lovely if it wasn't a glorified holding area for 'Ohana.

One thing we didnít like here was that the main courses came out before we had finished our appetizers.
I made exactly the same comment about our own Wave experience. Most annoying!

Come on, then - spill the beans on the chocolate martini incident!

Kevin Stringer
07-15-2009, 01:03 PM
Come on, then - spill the beans on the chocolate martini incident!

I think that Tam had enjoyed a small drinkypoo during our evening at The Wave, finishing off with a chocolate martini. She enjoyed this very much, perhaps a little too much!

Poor Tam always gets the job of working out the splitting of the bill at our meals and tonight's mathematics took a lot longer than usual. In fact, we were the last people left in the restaurant.
At a crucial stage of working out, Tam went to rest her elbows on the table .... and missed! The ladies took this as proof that the chocolate martini is indeed a potent cocktail.

Kev

Pugsly
07-17-2009, 05:26 PM
I think that Tam had enjoyed a small drinkypoo during our evening at The Wave, finishing off with a chocolate martini. She enjoyed this very much, perhaps a little too much!

Poor Tam always gets the job of working out the splitting of the bill at our meals and tonight's mathematics took a lot longer than usual. In fact, we were the last people left in the restaurant.
At a crucial stage of working out, Tam went to rest her elbows on the table .... and missed! The ladies took this as proof that the chocolate martini is indeed a potent cocktail.

Kev

Not to mention the drink at Minzner's and in the bar at The Wave beforehand. But who's counting? :rotfl:

To be fair, I think we all had a taste of the chocolate martini - so it's not like she finished it off on her own.

Seriously though ... Tam does take very good care of us in dividing up the bill! Thanks Tam!

Cyrano
07-21-2009, 06:36 PM
A great day, lovely meal and fantastic company. Cannot fault anything :goodvibes