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Dreamfinder2
07-29-2002, 03:55 PM
I got to thinking this afternoon about restaurants at WDW that, over the years, had some really special memories attached and are no longer with us.

Specifically, I was remembering the Gulf Coast Room at the Contemporary - our first meal as husband and wife, and a to-die-for slab of prime rib.

How about the Empress Room on the Empress Lily? At the time, it was the most elegant place I'd ever been; we ate there on an anniversary, and to this day that was the best service I've ever received at a WDW restaurant.

Or - and here's a dark horse - anyone ever try the Lake Buena Vista Club? Back when, this was almost like a country club, and their signature restaurant was cool, elegant, and I recall our waiter getting a tableside workout with a REAL Caesar salad and a peppercorn-crusted filet, also prepared tableside.

Anyone out there care to wax nostalgic?

Micca
07-29-2002, 04:17 PM
I too remember the Empress room and the LBV Club. When the Empress Lilly switched to Fulton's they lost my DW forever(and me too except I would love to go there for crab:D ) Before it was Ohana, that area was the Papete Bay Verandah. There was also a Sunday brunch in the Contemporary which was very cool.

CamColt
07-29-2002, 04:26 PM
We ate at the Tangora Terrace on the last night of our honeymoon, during a hurricane. It was pretty good if I remember right, and of course, it has sentimental value to me too. I miss it, but after eating at Kona, I dont think I could choose anywhere else at the Poly over the Kona. ;)

f-LORI-da
07-29-2002, 04:31 PM
but I liked Le Cellier better when it was cafeteria style!:o I can get a good steak dinner many places throughout WDW. What I miss is the nice, quiet, yet tastefully decorated retreat for an inexpensive lunch that Le Cellier used to be. They had the cheese soup back then, really good macaroni & cheese, and deliciously light and crusty rolls. The best part was I could get all that without a PS:rolleyes:

ahutton
07-29-2002, 05:32 PM
Back before they had a Sunday Brunch at the Contemporary they had a daily breakfast buffet at the "Top of the World" that was always a favorite in our family... That was back when dinner up there was a Broadway Style Dinner Show!

Tink
07-29-2002, 05:40 PM
Our family's favorite resort is POFQ and our stays there just have not been the same since Bonfamille's closed. We had breakfast and dinner there at least once a trip. The food was great but the inside was pretty and had a little romance to it.

Now we walk over to Boatwright's, but it's not the same. I think I will always miss Bonfamille's.

Other than that one, none that have left have had the same place in my heart (or stomach!)

Simba's Mom
07-29-2002, 05:54 PM
I, too, miss that breakfast buffet (thought it was just Sunday) at the Top of the World. Also, I liked Crystal Palace when it was cafeteria style, the nice resturaunt at the Disney Inn (now Shades of Green), the Melvin the Moose breakfast at Fort Wilderness, and Bonfamile's breakfast.

BonnieA
07-29-2002, 06:36 PM
Ok, it was only a counter service restaurant but I miss the Odyssey restaurant that was located between Future World and World Showcase in Epcot. I don't remember anything special about the food but I liked sitting outside overlooking the water. Got some good memories from there. They still use it for special events I guess, and it's a nice quiet cool place to use the restrooms and make a phone call.

BlueFairy
07-29-2002, 07:50 PM
Fireworks Factory at PI . . . DH and I ate there in 97 before he was my DH and had the best time. Supposedly an unusual view from the men's room. Great cornbread and good ribs too!
Never got to try Bonfamille's :(

eeyore0062
07-29-2002, 09:36 PM
I miss the Adventureland Veranda. It is so sad to see it sitting there, deserted...forgotten:( We ate there on our 1st trip, but I think the name was different, even then.

Of course King Stefan's is now Cinderella's... never did understand why Aurora's Dad would want a restaurant in Cinderella's Castle!:confused:

Remember when Le Cellier was a cafeteria style restaurant? Glad they changed that!:D

How about the Land Grille Restaurant, where the Garden Grille is now? It wasn't a character meal then! The character meal was located at the Living Seas at the Coral Seas.

The Odyssey Restaurant in Epcot. Hopefully it will find its way back, but now it is used for CM training purposes.

Cafeteria of the Stars at MGM was always a good spot, now gone!:( And the Soundstage Restaurant and Catwalk Bar now belong to a Bear and his friends!:(

Broadway at the Top was a great show on the top floor of the Contemporary, near where California Grille is today. There also was a different restaurant where California Grille is today, Top of the World, I think was the name!

The Pepete Bay Veranda at the Poly... I liked the old set up, with the bar separating the restaurant from the lounge, and the lounge was much bigger than it is now that it is 'Ohana, and had a great view of Bay Lake, the pool and the Seven Seas Lagoon. That is where I had my 1st tropical drink... the drinking age in Florida at the time was 19!

The Empress Lilly is now owned by a chain restaurant and is renamed Fulton's. Gone are the character meals, and in its place is fresh seafood.

Chef Mickey's used to be located near where the Rainforest Cafe is at DTD, but is now, as we know, at the Contemporary.

Rest in Peace, Bonfamille's Cafe at Port Orleans-French Quarter. Oh, how we'll miss ya!

Captain Jack's Oyster Bar is now Captain Jack's Restaurant, and no longer serves shellfish.:(

Coral Isle Cafe is gone at the Poly.

The Fireworks Factory "exploded" into oblivian, and is no longer at Pleasure Island.

What was once known as Flaglers at the Grand Floridian, and was known for its Italian food and singing wait staff, is now Citricos. So much for keeping the name of Henry Flagler alive.

Season's Dining Room went the way of the Disney Institute--bye bye.

The Yacht Club Galley closed last year, much to the disappointment of many guests. No word on when or if it will ever open, much like the sister restaurant in the Beach Club by the name of Ariel's, that still sits there lonely and desolate.

As of right now, they are all that I can remember.

Terry S
07-29-2002, 09:57 PM
eeyore0062... You will be happy to know that the Yacht Club Gallery is now re-open and there is talk of opening Ariels.

Dreamfinder2
07-29-2002, 09:59 PM
Can anyone help me with my senior moment? There were three restaurants on the Empress Lily ... in addition to the Empress Room, there was one that was mostly seafood and the other meat - something like the Steerman's Quarters, perhaps.

And the restaurants that over the years have occupied the area on the Grand Canyon concourse at the CR? Drawing a blank here.

Oh, yeah - Ariel's at the Beach Club. Never ate there, but it was gorgeous.

meeko_33785
07-29-2002, 10:17 PM
The ones I miss the most are Bonfamille's at Port Orleans. I loved breakfast there. Still havn't found a replacement for it in terms of favorite resort breakfast (although Kona Cafe might eventually try to fill it). I also liked the Soundstage at MGM, especially when it was counter service, that way you could just get a drink and see some of the characters at the same time. I met Beauty and the Beast for the first time that way :cool:, and also Chef Mickey's at the Marketplace. I thought it looked better there then at the Contemporary (although I'm sure the characters play second-fiddle to the atmosphere now that at the Contemporary it's only character dining.

Uncleromulus
07-30-2002, 05:26 AM
My heart aches to write these down, but here goes:
Papette Bay Verandah (missed the most). Combo and hula dancer quietly entertained, great stuff!! Seven Seas cocktail. Pigs n' Prawns entree--
Ariels
Empress Room, Fishermans Deck, Steermans Quarters (all on the Empress Lilly)
Seasons at Disney Institute (they used to have various "nites" there--ie, New Orleans nite, Northwest nite, etc)
Sum Chows
Harry's Safari
Tangarora Terrace (esp. for breakfast)
Bonfamilles
Fireworks factory
The "old" Chef Mickeys (where the Rainforest is now)
The Supper Club at the Contemporary(before the Broadway at the Top). We saw Billy Eckstein there and I heard some other top stars also appeared (Rosemary Cloony, etc).
Crockett's Tavern (when they had table service).
That restaurant at Shades of green (can't recall the name-we used to eat there when we stayed at the Poly).
And one more--wasn't there a place with the name ''Pompano" in it ?? My memory seems to recall we ate breakfast at such a place once , but for the life of me I can't remember where (or IF) it was!!

f-LORI-da
07-30-2002, 02:23 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by eeyore0062


Remember when Le Cellier was a cafeteria style restaurant?


Yes, I do!:(

eeyore0062
07-30-2002, 02:32 PM
TerryS, thanks for the info on Yacht Club Galley, I was hoping that was just a temporary closure. Now, if they would just reopen Ariels. It makes me sad to walk by there when going to Cape May, and I had always wanted to try it!

BCV23
07-30-2002, 03:26 PM
Ah, memories...we, too, miss:
Tangaroa Terrace for breafast- they served Tonga, toast, too before it became a buffet.
Tangaroa terrace where the game room is now- a snack bar but it had decent pizza-the best we've found at WDW other than the great flatbreads at CG,MM, Jiko.
Trophy Room at the Golf Resort aka SOG- I remember a special Mother's Day brunch here and dinners were quiet and good
Top of the World for both the daily buffet as well as the Sunday Brunch
Papeete Bay Verandah for a wonderful breakfast buffet as well as good dinners watching the Castle
LBVC for good dinners in a relaxed setting
Steerman's Quarters
Fisherman's Deck
Verandah Restaurant at the Village
Village Restaurant before it became Chef Mickey's
Places we enjoyed character meals with our children but I can't say I exactly miss include:
Terrace Cafe...now known as Chef Mickey's
South Seas Dining Room- where the art gallery is now at the Poly

BCV23
07-30-2002, 03:33 PM
Dreamfinder 2, we never made it to Ariel's either :( .
The oldest Birnbaum I can find, 1985, lists the following restaurants on the Grand Canyon Concourse:
Terrace Buffeteria- B,D,S
Terrace Cafe- B,L,D
Pueblo Room- B,L,D
Outer Rim-D

DVC-LEROY
07-30-2002, 03:56 PM
More than anything else - we miss Bonfamille's for breakfast!

Micca
07-30-2002, 04:40 PM
When Eeyore0062 mentioned The Land Grille I remembered "The Good Turn" when it was sponsored by Kraft, and they had many dishes with cheese as a prime ingredient.

Also Uncleromulus wasn't it the Pompano Grill? I don't think we ate there but that's the name that came to me when I saw your post.

westcliffemom
07-30-2002, 06:10 PM
I too miss the Garden Grille when it wasn't a Character Meal. Our family doesn't do all you can eat, so we don't get to go there anymore. I liked the atmosphere of that restaurant!!!

DisneyMim
07-30-2002, 06:48 PM
Nice thread. I remember all these restaurants. I too miss The Land Grille Room at the Land, loved the cheese bread and those oh-so-comfy booths. Bonnie, I too miss Oydessey!! They had a wonderful salad that I enjoyed at lunch. I can remember when my kids were very little the characters use to entertain at lunch time. Although I enjoy Kona at the Poly, I miss the old Coral Isle Cafe and the great Chicken Midori sandwich. The chef made it for me once or twice after they stopped having it on the menu, but no more. I also miss Tangaroa Terrace, the "old" Chef Mickey's ( I still have a bunch of old mugs from there), the "old" Contemporary Cafe when there were no chsracters, and I know this is a recent closing, but my kids miss Pizza, Pasta and More at Epcot. Oh well, time to move on!! LOL!!

sgtdisney
07-30-2002, 07:56 PM
We used to really enjoy going to both the Papeete Bay Verandah and the Tangaroa Terrace.. I can remember many a nice family meal back at both restaurants when I used to vacation at WDW with my parents... I also miss the Old Chef Mickey's at DTD... The new one is nice and we have enjoyed it with my son, but I remember going to the old Chef Mickey's on my honeymoon..

Speaking of old restaurants, does anyone recall when they actually used to serve you butter pats in the shape of the the Disney World symbol, or a little Mickey Mouse figure....? Those little niceties are long gone as well....

Ah the good old days... This thread has brought back quite a few memories....

BCV23
07-30-2002, 08:03 PM
Don't they still do that to the butter pats? I think they still have them at CRT for instance?? I'm enjoying the memories , too, sgtdisney. Now you have a third generation making memories in your family!

wdisneyaholic
07-30-2002, 08:13 PM
The "original" Chef Mickey's from the Marketplace. This was one of the best meals we every had on our honeymoon. And now I think it is a not so good buffet.

Tangora Terrace, we kinda stumbled on this place while on our honeymoon. Was so refreshing after eating one too many character meals. Then searching desperately for it on our next trip only to find out it had closed.

sgtdisney
07-30-2002, 08:16 PM
Originally posted by BCV23
Don't they still do that to the butter pats? I think they still have them at CRT for instance?? I'm enjoying the memories , too, sgtdisney. Now you have a third generation making memories in your family!

They may still have them at selected restaurants BCV23, I just don't recall seeing them in the restaurants I have been to in the last few years.....

Miss Park Avenue
07-30-2002, 08:29 PM
Top of the World in the Contemporary! The breakfast buffet was the best I have seen before or since! On the last day of our trips when I was a kid we went there for breakfast so we could get a beautiful view of the MK during breakfast. We'd talk about all the fun we had and what we had planned for the next trip. Then we would go out on the observation deck and take some pictures. I remember looking way off into the distance and seeing the Geosphere half built! We just couldn't wait to go the next year to see the brand new EPCOT. What memories!

Dreamfinder2
07-30-2002, 08:46 PM
Thanks so much for the nostalgic wallow! That Pompano Grill sure does ring a bell, but for the life of me I can't place it anywhere. Once upon a time our last stop before heading home was the Tangaroa Terrace, no matter where we were staying. They didn't call it Tonga Toast back then, but it's still one of the best breakfast confections ever. And I'd completely forgotten about the old South Seas Dining Room. I also remember Trail's End having a make-your-own pizza deal each evening, with live music. I rember the Top of the World having a world-class salad bar, too.

This might be better offered as a new thread, but can you think of any current restaurants who's days might be numbered? I'm sorta concerned about Citrico's ... I hear over and over that the crowds are way down, and I know there's a couple of nights a week that they don't serve. Once, DW wasn't pleased with her entree, and not only did our server bring her something else, we weren't charged for either entree. What a class act!

Uncleromulus
07-31-2002, 05:01 AM
Dreamfinder2:
I seem to remember (now that the name has been confirmed) that the Pompano Grill used to be at the WDW Village complex(?). Exactly where I can't recall---.
And add Palio as a place likely for extinction someday...

pollyanna
07-31-2002, 06:59 AM
The "old" Crystal Palace......a wonderful selection of food...and the first place we had ever seen a "wrap" sandwich-back in 1990.

Dreamfinder2
07-31-2002, 10:30 AM
Ta-daah! Uncleromulus, I'm just about certain that the Lake Buena Vista Club's name was changed somewhere along the line to the Pompano Grill. Thanks for the memory jog.

Never did really understand what happened to the Adventureland Verandah. It always seemed comfortably filled. Oh, well. Time to quit bumping my own post.

Kermit
07-31-2002, 02:42 PM
Minnie Mouse had a restaurant in DD, back when it was the Village Marketplace or whatever they called it. I don't remember the name of the restaurant, but my mom, sister, aunt, and I had a really fun lunch there one day. It was a full service place, but I think we all had sandwiches, so it wasn't really fine dining. It was very good, though, and had great service. In fact, after my mom had eaten half of her sandwich, she realized that they hadn't made it the way she requested. The waitress overheard and brought another one made correctly and didn't charge for either.

49rt67
07-31-2002, 04:14 PM
I liked Bonfamille's at Port Orleans.

Halle
07-31-2002, 04:20 PM
Never cou!ld understand why they closed Ariel's. Excellent food, service, atmosphere and wait staff!!! We miss it!

leahannpen
08-01-2002, 10:22 AM
Oh man does this thread bring back the memories. Espicially since just last night I started going through and organizing my boxes and boxes full of old pictures. Talk about memories.

I LOVED the Empress Room and Steerman's Quarters. Way back when we could do (okay, afford...LOL) an all-inclusive type of program that included 3 meals a day. Gold Key or something it was called. Boy did we eat like pigs. We'd go to those two places every time and have steak and lobster.

Also, I remember fondly Coral Isle Cafe, Paapatee Bay Veranda, and Tonga Terrace. I remember at one of them they had this awsome and yummy strawberry type drink for breakfast and some yummy dip for my coconut slices.

There was a super-fancy restaurant at the Contemp. It was in the middle of nowhere really, near an escalator. I can't think of the name of it, but I remember strolling musicians. I had duck there once.

We too ate at the LBV club. I remember getting a rose there once when we got there, from the waiter. Also fancy.

And the restaurant at the old Gulf Club (Disney Inn) had the best fried ice cream. The Trophy Room, I believe.

What neat memories. I can't wait to finish going through my pictures and re-living all these memories. I also can't wait to start taking my son in a year or two and start making new memories.

GEM
08-01-2002, 10:29 AM
I also really miss the breakfast at The Garden Grill in The Land pavillion at Epcot. I know the restaurant is still open, but they aren't serving breakfast. It was our very favorite breakfast in all of WDW! Great food and a really laid-back, relaxed atmosphere for a character breakfast.

BCV23
08-01-2002, 10:48 AM
We loved that breakfast drink at the Poly, too...they were called Pink Leilanis. For a while they would still make them for us at Kona Cafe after it was no longer on the menu but alas no longer. We used to do the Gold key Plan, too. It was great!

Claudia1
08-02-2002, 10:29 PM
We always loved getting breakfast at the Hollywood & Vine in MGM.

GEM
08-03-2002, 12:09 AM
You can still get breakfast at Hollywood and Vine. We ate there on our last trip. It's one of our favorite character meals. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is a littel quieter than some. Love that chocolate french toast!

nicholas 25
08-03-2002, 04:32 AM
How about Donalds dairy dip in the marketplace (still have plastic mug from the place)

webray
08-03-2002, 08:44 AM
The restaurant our entire family misses most is the Fireworks Factory...our trips have never been the same since..lol.

Hubby and I miss Seasons food and the show you got with dinner in the theatre.

Harry's Safari was always a blast, Ariel's always wonderful...and the not to be forgotten cheese bread from The Land.


And who mentioned the gold key card...how wonderful was that...we had that on our honeymoon. Breakfast at Tangora Terrace (banana stuffed french toast, of course and the pink drinks)...what could be better!

epcotfan
08-03-2002, 05:53 PM
Althought this was only a counter service restaurant I desperately miss The Adventureland Veranda. They had the best Polynesian Burger and Lo Mein Noodle salad. Great Key Lime Pie as well!

I also miss the Fireworks Factory at PI and when Le Cellier was a Cafeteria.

Bildmouse
08-03-2002, 09:06 PM
Tangaora Terrace at the Poly was a great breakfast spot and our kids fell in love with it our first trip. I think we had breakfast there 3 out of 5 days. It was just steps from our room that trip. Next trip it was gone but we discovered Tony's and fell in love. And then there was the Soundstage at MGM - gone again!!

Uncleromulus
08-04-2002, 05:54 AM
Lots of places on this list-some of which I forgot to add to my own list!!

Picture this: It's Sept. 18, 1975 and your very first nite at WDW ever. You made the mistake of not staying on property, and are now faced with the prospect of eating at the motel dining room. You suddenly decide that it would be "neat" to eat at a WDW restaurant so you grab the phone book and call Papette Bay Verandah (you call them direct-no WDW-DINE in those days).
Dinner is at 8:00-you arrive at the Poly and are immediately impressed with the entrance, the lobby, etc--sure dosen't look like the Ramada Inn!! Then you go to the restaurant. You're greeted with an "Aloha" and a lei for Mrs. Uncleromulus. Inside, there is a three peice Hawaiian combo playing, and a lovely hula dancer performing. The menu includes scallops in lime and coconut cream, "Pigs n' Prawns, and lots of other good stuff. You can see the castle all lit up across the seven seas lagoon and you order the "Seven Seas" cocktail (served in a souvenier glass which I still have today). Then at 9:00 comes the water pagent "parade" (which we didn't really know about, so it was a real treat).
Wow!!
We decide that WDW is really a pretty neat place and maybe we'll come back again someday:)

JudithM
08-04-2002, 07:50 AM
WOW! Memories for sure ...! We definitely miss Bonfamille's. We don't know what Disney was thinking when they closed this restaurant. We ate many breakfasts & dinners there.

We had a very nice breakfast at Tangaora Terrace on one of our first trips. Then they closed it.

I believe Pampano Grill was at the Lake Buena Vista golf course. We had a few delicious dinners at Season's, too. I don't think Disney promoted Season's enough to non-Disney Institute guests.

AllisonG
08-04-2002, 08:34 AM
I gotta say how much I miss the Soundstage Character Meal in MGM. My first trip back to WDW after a hiatus, 1997. It's raining like crazy. There's me, DH, DS (only 9 months old), Mom, Dad, Sister and neice. We had PS at Soundstage for lunch. Had a short wait for a table. Once seated we were impressed with the size of the 'warehouse'. We went up to the buffet and the selection was great. Nice hot food to warm us from the rain outside. Then came the characters! Wow. Every color of the rainbow! Genie, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Quasi, Esmarelda, Aladdin, Meeko, Belle and Beast. It was unbelieveable. There were more characters, I just can't think of all of them. But they were everywhere.
Sure wish we could go back there. Now that my DS is 5 he could enjoy all of those characters!;)

Halle
08-04-2002, 04:36 PM
Uncler.............forgot how to spell the rest.......sorry. You should never have divulged the info that you ate there in 1975, all this time I'm thinking you two are youngsters, now I know we're probably about the same age!! Stayed offsite at the Sheraton Lakeside 12/75 for our honeymoon, who could afford $21.00 per night Xmas week at the Contemporary!! Just yesterday my DH was telling our kids about riding the shoulder to edge out others because they'd close the MK by 9:30 ( I think) due to the crowds!!
We too are DVC members ('93) best thing we ever did!

kt-scarlett
08-04-2002, 06:01 PM
Originally posted by Kermit
Minnie Mouse had a restaurant in DD, back when it was the Village Marketplace or whatever they called it. I don't remember the name of the restaurant, but my mom, sister, aunt, and I had a really fun lunch there one day. It was a full service place, but I think we all had sandwiches, so it wasn't really fine dining. It was very good, though, and had great service. In fact, after my mom had eaten half of her sandwich, she realized that they hadn't made it the way she requested. The waitress overheard and brought another one made correctly and didn't charge for either.

Was it Minnie Mia's Pizzeria? Or something like that?

Love this thread, btw! Thanks for sharing your memories, everyone!

disneysue
08-04-2002, 07:41 PM
Does anyone remember the Bake Shop on Main Street with Sara Lee products('70's) before it started carrying Nestle Toll House stuff? I used to love those Sara Lee brownies!

sotoalf
03-31-2004, 09:17 AM
I'm still lookign for guests who've eaten at the Gulf Coast Room at the Contemporary. My parents swear they dined there in the mid '80s, but they can't remember their dinner. I think someone posted that the GCR served duck. is this true? Wasn't it the only place in WDW at the time which required men to wear jackets?

Maleficent13
03-31-2004, 10:38 AM
My family really misses the Trophy Room at the then Golf Resort. The name changed to something like the Garden Room when the hotel changed names to the Disney Inn. Our most repeated family memory there was when my mom tried to crack a crab claw and it flew across the room into some gentleman's soup! She actually got up, walked across the room, said "excuse me, that's mine" and picked it up. We were laughing so hard we couldn't finish anything!:teeth:

spagheddie
03-31-2004, 11:27 AM
Originally posted by leahannpen
I LOVED the Empress Room and Steerman's Quarters. Way back when we could do (okay, afford...LOL) an all-inclusive type of program that included 3 meals a day. Gold Key or something it was called. Boy did we eat like pigs. We'd go to those two places every time and have steak and lobster.

Those were the days. Not only could you eat like pig's, but could play golf, rent boats as often as you'd like. We'd take the water sprites out every day at the Poly. I remember my family eating at the Empress Lilly and running up a bill of close to $400.
We were only in our 5th day of a 10day trip. After that meal my dad got up from the table and declared, "Well, we're using Walt's money now!" When we went back to our room we looked at all of our charges and he was right.

sotoalf
03-31-2004, 11:48 AM
When was the Gold Key discontinued?

You know, there was something to be said about the coziness of WDW before the Expansion of '88-'89. You could visit EPCOT Center (to revert to its traditionalist spelling!) and MK in three or four days, and then have time to relax by your pool - if you were lucky enough to get a room onsite in those days - golf, play tennis, or head out to the Village Marketplace.

Does anyone remember how hard was it to get a room in a Disney resort in the '70s and '80's? Did you have to call often? Were there waiting lists? I was too young to remember :)

mbw12
03-31-2004, 11:53 AM
I miss the Old Chef Mickeys that used to be located where the Rainforest Cafe is. My husband and I use to eat here before we were married and on our honeymoon....we loved it!!!!

Franky4fingers
03-31-2004, 12:09 PM
I miss the Tangora Terrance. When I was a little kid and my folks stayed at offsite hotels we would always eat at the Tangora Terrance. Of course I ate the Mickey's suprise there which was pancakes with M&Ms in them. Lets just say that was not a good mix and I never ate that again.

Since they closed that I don't think we have ate breakfast at any table service resturant since then for breakfast.

arizonacolbys
03-31-2004, 12:17 PM
This one is a little newer - but, we really miss Hollywood & Vine at MGM for lunch. :( We loved seeing the characters in their great outfits & getting a nice hot buffet lunch after spending the morning on TOT & R&RC. :)

I really wish they would bring this lunch back, or replace it with a different theme/different characters & serve lunch here again.

sotoalf
03-31-2004, 12:23 PM
I miss the Tangaroa Terrace too. At our first stay at the Polynesian in 1987 we breakfasted there twice. I liked that the longhouses on the far end of the resort had their own sit-down restaurant option without huffing it to the Great Ceremonial House.

Does anyone know why it closed in 1996? Lack of popularity? Too many other dining options?

Buzzfanmom
03-31-2004, 12:49 PM
I remember way back in 1976 ( I was 3) eating dinner at King Stefan's in the Castle. I don't know why this sticks in my head since I was so young but I had some kind of chocolate mint dessert that was delicious. I think my Dad may have ordered it and I decided that I would finish it. Anyway, everytime we eat at CRT I always remember that minty green dessert at King Stefan's!!

madalex
03-31-2004, 01:08 PM
Originally posted by eeyore0062

The Yacht Club Galley closed last year, much to the disappointment of many guests. No word on when or if it will ever open, much like the sister restaurant in the Beach Club by the name of Ariel's, that still sits there lonely and desolate.



I believe that the Yacht Club Galley is open, but only for breakfast and lunch.

I have always wondered about Ariel's - it was there the very first trip we made in Feb 97, but closed shortly thereafter. It is curious that space has been left empty for so long.

mbw12
03-31-2004, 02:12 PM
Originally posted by arizonacolbys
This one is a little newer - but, we really miss Hollywood & Vine at MGM for lunch. :( We loved seeing the characters in their great outfits & getting a nice hot buffet lunch after spending the morning on TOT & R&RC. :)

I really wish they would bring this lunch back, or replace it with a different theme/different characters & serve lunch here again.

I forget....did they get rid of the characters altogether....none at dinner either???

arizonacolbys
03-31-2004, 02:23 PM
Yes, unfortunately. They used to only have the characters at breakfast & lunch, they didn't appear at dinner. Now that they only serve dinner, there are no characters here at all. MGM is now the only park without a character meal. :(

garylpn
04-01-2004, 06:50 AM
i miss bonfamille's, i can't remember what trip, either 12/99 or 6/02 but our next trip 4/03 it was closed, had excellent dinner there, some kind of cajun shrimp pasta entree, put it on our must do list but it closed before we ever got there again
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theSurlyMermaid
04-01-2004, 03:08 PM
Originally posted by arizonacolbys
This one is a little newer - but, we really miss Hollywood & Vine at MGM for lunch. :( We loved seeing the characters in their great outfits & getting a nice hot buffet lunch after spending the morning on TOT & R&RC. :)

I really wish they would bring this lunch back, or replace it with a different theme/different characters & serve lunch here again.

That's GONE? I was there in September 2002 and it was still there....or was it September 2001?

Oh bummer...we had a GREAT time at the buffet with all the characters. The food wasn't bad either. That is so sad!