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NorweJenNY
02-20-2010, 01:10 PM
In my last dining report (with my dsil), we had brought Grandmom (my mother) to Disney to celebrate her birthday with free dining. So since "We Got The Mouse to Pay for Our Disney Feasts (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2338763)," we had quite a bit of fun feasting! I like not having to pay for stuff myself! (Like the trip before that when because of a work-related conference, "I Got Work to Pay for my Disney Feasts! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2235930)")

:thumbsup2

That trip when Grandmom came with us to Disney was a major event for another reason though... we convinced Grandmom she needed to upgrade to an Annual Pass! So...toward the end of our last trip, she went to Guest Relations at Epcot and upgraded! Here's proof that she did it herself!

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWSeptOct2009/10-03-09/IMG_2947.jpg

We just realized that if she were planning on going back to Disney parks for just three days in the next year, it was going to make sense for her to have the AP! (The rest of my family already has APs... this being our third trip in 2009, I think that was a wise decision... ;))

That last trip was completed in early October, and as November came, Grandmom realized that she didn't want to wait until 2010 for another Disney vacation... "how about before Christmas?" she asked me...

You know my response?

I basically didn't respond to her! I was too busy dialing 407-W-DISNEY! :lmao:

We priced out POFQ at an AP rate (see, those things are good for more than just park entry!) and got a rate of $140/nt right before Christmas. We were going to start with a Sat night, but that was priced to high, so we figured our first night we could stay offsite - which we did... $30 at Continental Plaza. Then, just in case we could try renting a DVC stay, I started inquiring about possible studios available... even if just for part of the trip. We were really close to getting an OKW studio, but when the owner called back, that had been taken. On a brighter note, my first choice, VWL, had one opening the last night of our stay! Did I want it? Of course! It was for the night before Christmas Eve, and we got a studio villa at Wilderness Lodge for just $120! Yeah, cheaper than POFQ! So I cancelled our last night at POFQ!

Grandmom paid half of everything... :worship: (otherwise we'd have been at Continental Plaza the whole time!) And when it came to meals, Grandmom and I are a good team! We split a lot, which made my feasts half price! (I don't like eating super huge portions anyway.)

This trip, without a dining plan, my Tables in Wonderland card played a major role. We got 20% off at most of our meals.

So where'd we dine?

Sunday, 12/20 - Hollywood Studios
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35517624#post35517624) (lunch) - page 1
Sassagoula Floatworks @ POFQ (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35634784&posted=1#post35634784) (dinner) - page 1

Monday, 12/21 - Magic Kingdom
Crystal Palace (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35710861#post35710861) (late breakfast) - page 1
Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35750980#post35750980) (snack) - page 2
Sassagoula Floatworks @ POFQ (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35825664&posted=1#post35825664) (dinner) - page 2

Tuesday, 12/22 - Epcot
Rose & Crown (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35827364#post35827364) (lunch) *Candlelight Processional Package - page 2
Sassagoula Floatworks @ POFQ (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35827364#post35827364) (dinner) - page 2

Wednesday, 12/23 - Magic Kingdom
Liberty Tree Tavern (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36229969#post36229969) (lunch) - page 2
Enchanted Grove (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36247689#post36247689) (snack) - page 2
Whispering Canyon Cafe (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36310587#post36310587) @ WL (dinner) - page 3

So join Grandmom, myself, Big Guy (ds6) and Little Guy (ds4) on our Christmas-flavored dining adventures!

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/IMG_3184a.jpg

(They like being Goofy-ish...)

NorweJenNY
02-20-2010, 04:48 PM
Sci-Fi Dine-In

Since I had only a month's notice to plan ADR's, it was hard to get some reservations. Sci-Fi was the trickiest. We ended up getting scheduled for about 3:15 in the afternoon - the only available time throughout our entire trip! Even after calling back dozens of times, nothing else became available! I tried online a lot too, and only once did an availability show up - for the same exact time slot we already had!

We kept it... I knew how much the boys liked it.

To hold us over for such a late lunch, I gave the boys some raisins, but snuck one of these out of the Writer's Stop, which Grandmom and I shared...

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWJuly2009/07-16-09/Food%207-16-09/IMG_1900a.jpg

(Pardon the picture from a previous review, but it looked the same.)

Carrot cake cookie - oh! So good! And HUGE! No problem sharing this one!

Finally it was time for Sci Fi. We did have a wait of several minutes (maybe 10 or so), but I don't think it was as bad as our wait the first time we came.

I had one of my favorite foods, ribs! And Grandmom thought it sounded good too, so we shared one portion.

Here's my half, though I ate one rib already (just couldn't wait!)

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3104.jpg

You can see how clean that one rib bone is though! The meat fell right off of those bones! Beautiful! We had string beans and fries on the side... they basically let us pick any two sides we wanted. Both Grandmom and I enjoyed it... though I don't think she ate all her green beans. (Good thing we weren't at 50s Prime Time!)

I had water to drink, but only as one of my drinks... ;)

This was my other...

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWJuly2009/07-16-09/Food%207-16-09/IMG_1878a.jpg

I LOVE cookies and cream shakes! :lovestruc

This is such a wonderful meal!

The boys had hot dogs, which I didn't get pictures of because of the darkness and distance they were from us (in the front seat of the car). They enjoyed them, though... and especially their ice cream for dessert!

So Sci Fi in summary...
My 2nd trip here...
Food, great!
Service, great!
Atmosphere, great! Very different then any other restaurant in WDW, and highly appeals to kids!
Will I return? Yes... not sure when exactly, but yes, I will on one of our future trips.

Linda67
02-21-2010, 01:20 AM
Yay - you're back for more reviews :cool1:

butiflfeet
02-22-2010, 12:00 PM
Yay! I loooooooove your reviews and I can't wait to get back to Disney World but it won't be until December :sad2: so more of your reviews (especially with Christmas-y things) will definitely help!

NorweJenNY
02-22-2010, 11:43 PM
Yay - you're back for more reviews :cool1:


Hey, this is the year of a million trips! (Ok, slight exaggeration... but this is really unlike my family in the past! It's very different and exciting!) I even went back a couple weeks ago for a weekend getaway! Of course I have some kind of food to report on... but by the time I get to review this most recent trip, I may have already gone back yet again! (Hey, ya never know!)

Sorry if it may take a while for some updates at times!


Yay! I loooooooove your reviews and I can't wait to get back to Disney World but it won't be until December :sad2: so more of your reviews (especially with Christmas-y things) will definitely help!


Thank you for the compliment.

Disney in December is wonderful! (Before the Christmas crowds really hit, that is!) Especially since we've been in the summer, when there isn't really a "season" to look forward to decoration-wise. I wish there were more Christmas treats, in the edible sense, but there weren't many. Still, most of the Christmas feel comes from the atmosphere. Some of our favorite experiences this trip were not even food-related! :eek:

We thoroughly enjoyed the fountain at Epcot as the water danced to really Christmas-y music, like Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Carol of the Bells and other good stuff! We also liked the more obvious attraction, the Osbourne Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Gotta see it for yourself! And Wilderness Lodge is the most wonderful place to see decorated for Christmas! I love the Christmas-y feel in there!

It may be a while away, but it will so be worth the wait! I hope you have a good trip in December! And go ahead and splurge on a Candlelight Processional package! Fantastic food, followed by a fantastic show!

natalielongstaff
02-23-2010, 02:36 PM
great review, thank you :thumbsup2

NorweJenNY
02-28-2010, 03:36 PM
great review, thank you :thumbsup2

Thank you... & you're welcome!

:)

NorweJenNY
02-28-2010, 04:35 PM
Sassagoula Floatworks

This is becoming a traditional type of meal... my family has placed Sassagoula Floatworks on top of our list for CS restaurants in Disney.

Sure the kids have their typical stuff, like Little Guy's chicken nuggets & applesauce...

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_2322a.jpg

...or Big Guy's cheeseburger and french fries...

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3253a.jpg

(Both come with a second side, so we usually get a cookie to use as a dessert.)

But the main reason Sassagoula is our favorite is this:

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3575a.jpg

Best counter service ribs and mac 'n cheese in WDW! :cloud9:

The ribs are always glazed with just the right amount of sauce. The meat is soft and falls off the bone. It actually is pretty close in rating to Sci Fi's ribs, and those are twice the price as they're at a TS! The mac 'n cheese is creamy and buttery-tasting. And the ribs come with two sides, but we just go ahead and get double mac 'n cheese! :thumbsup2

My mom and I shared this meal. You can see the ribs always come as two separate chunks of ribs on the plate anyway, so it's really easy to split! And should two people not be able to agree on sides, you can each pick one (although my mom and I never have a problem deciding on the mac 'n cheese!)

Oh... and it comes with some pretty good cornbread (which we always add butter too - though that's one teeny, tiny negative... no real butter... just buttery-type spreads... but it's hard to complain when everything else is so near perfection!)

Now, there are plenty of other choices at Sassagoula... but being our first night at POFQ, how could we not get what we already fell in love with in the past? :lovestruc

Pooh&OurHunny
02-28-2010, 08:43 PM
Wow, another food review...I have enjoyed your 2 past food reviews and truelly have loved it...thanks for sharing. We were suppose to go last December but had to cancel. We are suppose to go May but have to reschedule again so I'm now thinking of first week of December so we can celebrate Christmas in Disney. Can't wait to read more.

NorweJenNY
02-28-2010, 09:30 PM
Wow, another food review...I have enjoyed your 2 past food reviews and truelly have loved it...thanks for sharing. We were suppose to go last December but had to cancel. We are suppose to go May but have to reschedule again so I'm now thinking of first week of December so we can celebrate Christmas in Disney. Can't wait to read more.

Welcome back! Good to see you... er... read you again! ;)

So sorry you had to cancel your last trip... what a shame! :sad1:

Christmas in Disney is wonderful! I sure hope your Plan C works out! :santa:

BTW, judging by your user name, I have a feeling you'll like my next review... Crystal Palace.

It was almost up tonight, and then my Internet Explorer stopped responding. I restarted, but lost everything I was typing... I don't have the patience to retype it all tonight, so I'll hopefully get that up in the next day or two. I used to type everything out in a Word document in the past before, then just copy and paste... I think I'll have to do that again. At least Word automatically saves work, just in case of an unexpected shut down.

NorweJenNY
03-05-2010, 08:09 PM
Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace is just a favorite of ours... we love doing breakfast there! We scheduled this one late, so it would kinda cover breakfast and lunch (we just ate a little hold-us-over in the room before we left to get to park opening that morning).

Just as we got to our table, someone was waiting for us!

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3160.jpg

See? The kids didn't even take their coats off yet! Tigger was sitting in their booth! How could they not go in with him?!

The restaurant also had some festive decor, which made us feel better about wearing sweatshirts and coats in Disney World! ;)

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3187.jpg

And you can see the edge of a big bunch of poinsettias in the background of this picture (like millions of poinsettias - I didn't actually count - throughout WDW, actually)... yeah, Eeyore and the boys are kinda cute too. :goodvibes

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3161.jpg

Onto the food!

Big Guy had a plate full o' carbs, plus some eggs because Mommy and Grandmom insist on him having some protein to better stabilize his blood sugar level (not that he's diabetic or anything, we just have a firm belief in th importance of protein).

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3169.jpg

Then Little Guy is my little fruititarian...

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3166.jpg

We made him have a little egg too. :)

My mom didn't really have anything different than what I had (except for a cup of coffee... I had hot cocoa)... so I just took pictures of my food.

Here's my first plate...

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3167.jpg

I've noticed that a lot of the eggs and meats, potatoes au gratin casserole (yum) and bready things (like my puffed french toast... a really carb-y idulgence - so worth it!) often look kinda boring on a plate.. just a bunch of yellow and brown stuff. Stick a few pieces of fruit or some berries on the plate, however, and the whole plate looks a lot more appetizing! (Don't get me wrong, though... it all still tastes great!)

I actually got the berries for Little Guy, except for the strawberries... I love fresh strawberries, especially with whipped cream! (That's the white blob at the back of my plate.) And I love taking a little fresh pineapple too... why spend three bucks for it at Aloha Isle if you can get some at a buffet you're already paying for?

Then on my second plate, I got a made-to-order omelette.

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3168.jpg

I think the option was for an "ultimate" omelette, which is all sorts of meat, cheese, onions, and mushrooms... I asked for no mushrooms. Not the best omelette in the world, as I like them extra cheesy, but it was still quite good. I also snagged a piece of cake from the dessert bar... it had some raspberry in it. Although it seems like such a simple thing, it was really good! I was glad I splurged on that one too!

Our whole family enjoys the experience here... we'd even go without the characters because we like the food so much. But it's nice to see Pooh and friends too, so it gives us all the more reason to go... no waiting on lines for pictures out in the cold when we go to a character meal and wait for the characters to come to us! :thumbsup2

I'm sure we will be back to Crystal Palace... again... and again. :goodvibes

Dizzymrslizzy
03-05-2010, 08:26 PM
Oh see DSIL I asked for a LOT of cheese in my Made-to-order omelet during our trip and mine was sooooooo sooooooooo good! I loveeeeeee CP and it was my fav Breakfast at DW. Can't wait to read more.

Junick
03-05-2010, 10:13 PM
hmmmm sounds great

NorweJenNY
03-05-2010, 11:59 PM
Oh see DSIL I asked for a LOT of cheese in my Made-to-order omelet during our trip and mine was sooooooo sooooooooo good! I loveeeeeee CP and it was my fav Breakfast at DW. Can't wait to read more.


Now I know to ask for extra cheese too!


hmmmm sounds great


Mmmm Hmmmm!

Pooh&OurHunny
03-07-2010, 08:59 AM
GREAT update on CP. We love eating at CP but we only go for lunch (we go for the first seating at lunch and great food selection. there is a salmon dish my husband loves). We are going to try CP breakfast in December.

NorweJenNY
03-07-2010, 03:51 PM
GREAT update on CP. We love eating at CP but we only go for lunch (we go for the first seating at lunch and great food selection. there is a salmon dish my husband loves). We are going to try CP breakfast in December.

Ya know, it's interesting... we've only gone to breakfast... all of the zillions of times we've been there.

We've never tried lunch... how is lunch at CP? What types of things on the menu? Do they have a carving board? Or is that more just at dinner time? Just kinda curious... Your husband may love salmon, but mine hates ALL fish! And although I do enjoy some seafood, salmon is one thing I've never really liked.

NorweJenNY
03-09-2010, 12:18 AM
Auntie Gravity's

(Don'tcha just love the name of this place?)

Since our Crystal Palace breakfast was kinda like a late breakfast/early lunch, by mid-to-late afternoon, we were hungry. So we decided to get some snacks, just to hold us over until dinner.

The boys shared a chocolate/vanilla soft-serve swirl in a cup...

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3210.jpg

They enjoyed it... what's not too like?

Grandmom enjoyed her Strawberry Sundae...

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3211.jpg

I don't remember her ordering something like a sundae in years! Thank goodness for Disney letting her take it easy and just enjoy! What possessed her to get a strawberry one? Well... could've been the season... the red is a very Christmas-y red... or it could just be the fact that red is her favorite color... or maybe she figured strawberries would add a healthy component to a not-so-healthy snack... or perhaps she was wearing a red top and figured that if she dripped, no one would notice... :)

Or maybe... she just felt like a strawberry sundae?

I, apparently, shocked my mother with what I ordered... an orange-pineapple fruit smoothie!

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3212.jpg

I loved it! What possessed me to get it? Well... I just felt like an orange-pineapple fruit smoothie! :goodvibes

I just fund that it was a little too much, being that it was a cold December day and all! I finished it gradually over the course of the next few hours. (We kept it in the stroller cup holder while we were in attractions -what ever will we do when the kids are too old for a stroller? We need that thing for our stuff!!!)

So... Auntie Gravity's was a good choice! I just might go back for another orange-pineapple smoothie... I think I might wait for warmer weather though... :rolleyes:

IckyMickey
03-09-2010, 05:53 PM
Hi Jenny,
Great reviews. That carrot cake cookie looks delicious and I loved the big berries at CP for breakfast too! Brrr, it looks cold there. Did it warm up at all?

Dizzymrslizzy
03-09-2010, 06:59 PM
I'm with Icky Mickey! I'm sad sad sad that I missed out on some of the WDW greats.

Carrot Cake Cookie :(

AND

DOLE WHIP.

How did I go on our last trip with no Dole whip. I want to cry. We need to crash your next trip.

Pooh&OurHunny
03-09-2010, 07:59 PM
Ya know, it's interesting... we've only gone to breakfast... all of the zillions of times we've been there.

We've never tried lunch... how is lunch at CP? What types of things on the menu? Do they have a carving board? Or is that more just at dinner time? Just kinda curious... Your husband may love salmon, but mine hates ALL fish! And although I do enjoy some seafood, salmon is one thing I've never really liked.

I feel they have one of the better buffet when it comes to lunch. They have a carving board but I forgot what it was, they have pasta dish, chicken, and I love the salad selection. They have edamame salad that my son loves.

NorweJenNY
03-14-2010, 03:02 PM
Hi Jenny,
Great reviews. That carrot cake cookie looks delicious and I loved the big berries at CP for breakfast too! Brrr, it looks cold there. Did it warm up at all?


The carrot cake cookie is delicious! Glad you're a berry lover too.

It was cold when we went... but aside from the morning when our bus came right away and we ended up standing and waiting extra long for MK to open, it wasn't unbearably cold... as long as you were dressed properly. I didn't mind not having gloves and a hat, but normally, in states farther north, I probably would have minded. I didn't understand the people out in sandals, shorts and t-shirts though... they had to be freezing! Sheesh! Buy a sweatshirt, people! (Or bring one... it may be FL, but it's still December! It can and does get cold!)

There were times midday that we didn't need our jackets though... we were glad for the stroller because we could stuff our jackets in it. But when the sun went down (and it does that earlier in the winter months), we were digging those jackets out again!



I'm with Icky Mickey! I'm sad sad sad that I missed out on some of the WDW greats.

Carrot Cake Cookie :(

AND

DOLE WHIP.

How did I go on our last trip with no Dole whip. I want to cry. We need to crash your next trip.


Quit whining, dsil! :headache: You could've gotten your Dole Whip! You took Baby to MK all by yourself one afternoon and got him his haircut on Main Street... you could've just walked over to Adventureland to get a Dole Whip if it really meant that much to you!

Yeah... that carrot cake cookie... sorry you missed out on that one... next time...

Ya know, Grandmom is only one person, and she's got space in her Boardwalk room in May... I guess if you don't mind sleeping on the sleeper sofa... except that you're wasting your dh's vacation time on a trip to Aruba... :rolleyes:

NorweJenNY
03-14-2010, 03:08 PM
I feel they have one of the better buffet when it comes to lunch. They have a carving board but I forgot what it was, they have pasta dish, chicken, and I love the salad selection. They have edamame salad that my son loves.


A carving board at lunch sounds good! I've been gradually becoming more of a salad person, so that'd be good for me too. We'll have to see when we might be able to try that.

It's just so hard to think about not doing breakfast because I love my puffed french toast and breakfast pizza!

NorweJenNY
03-14-2010, 03:25 PM
Sassagoula Floatworks (again)

Big Guy and Little Guy got their usuals... hamburger and chicken nuggets, respectively...

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3253.jpg

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3254.jpg

Since we were actually spening several nights at POFQ, my mother and I decided we'd be back again another evening, so this time we decided to split a chicken parm dinner...

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3252.jpg

Was it good? Yes... well, at least decent. But the portion of chicken was a little small. We once split a chicken parm or chicken alfredo (similar meal whatever it was) at POP, and I remembered it being a much bigger piece of meat. This was hard to share, especially since my mom and I see the meat as the main part of the meal and spaghetti as just a secondary item. We decided the spaghetti was much better once we got parmasian cheese to add on top of it.

We were wishing for a little more... but we were also wishing we had just gone with our typical meal here - ribs with mac & cheese... that is one hard-to-top meal! If we didn't know about the ribs meal and were just looking for something nice to eat, an order of chicken parm for each of us (not splitting one meal between two of us) probably would have made us perfectly content. Knowing we could have had the ribs but just got something different is what kinda added a little dissappointment.

But it's ok... we still had more time and more new experiences to try out... like the Candlelight Processional package at Rose and Crown. So stay tuned!

NorweJenNY
03-14-2010, 05:28 PM
Rose and Crown
Candlelight Processional Package

Since we were going in December, we simply had to try the Candle Processional package. So we did lunch (which was around 2pm) and got passes for the 5:00 Candlelight Processional. It was so close to Christmas, and we had kids along, so we didn't want to have to wait on line too long... and my mom and I have been wanting to try Rose and Crown anyway. This just made sense!

In case you're not familiar with the Candlelight Processional package, it include an appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage for each person. (Though the kid's meals had sides that I think counted as the appetizer.)

Even though it's on the menu as "Rose and Crown Meat and Cheese Selection for Two," our waiter told my mother that she could order it as her own appetizer. That worked out perfectly, as we both wanted to try that,but I was also interested in the Scotch Eggs.

Here's the Meat & Cheese plate...
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3290.jpg

Pardon me for not remembering what everything was exactly... I know the far right is mushroom brie, which I didn't think I'd like, but actually found somewhat decent on the crispy toast. The onion jelly served with it was interesting to try. I tried a piece of each different sausage... none thrilled me. (I like a variety of non-Italian sausages - breakfast sausages, German & Polish sausages - but this British ones... nah... not worth and number of calories.) The triangle pastry thing had some type of cheese, but it tasted like those moldy cheeses (not sure if it was), and I didn't care for it. My mom, I think, actually enjoyed the plate more... that was fine with me...

I discovered that I loved the Scotch Eggs!

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3291.jpg

These are basically hard boiled eggs wrapped in a sausage-y coating. I had just tried a home-made one by a Scottish person about two months prior at a festival, and thought it was pleasant, so I figured I needed to try one in a restaurant. The plate that was brought out had a smear of mustard on it, and I couldn't believe how much I liked it with the Scotch egg! It was perfect together!

My mom, while she liked the Scotch egg, preferred her plate. I was glad - more Scotch eggs for me! :goodvibes

For the entrees, Little Guy ordered grilled chicken.

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3292.jpg

This kid's-meal-size hunk of meat was bigger than the piece my mom and I shared the previous night when we ordered chicken parm! Little Guy also got fries with it... he enjoyed it all, though he couldn't finish all the chicken. (I didn't blame him! It was a lot!)

Big Guy ordered pasta, but wanted everything on the side because he didn't know if he'd like the sauce (with ground turket meat in it).

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3293.jpg

He ended up really enjoying it though, and dumped all the sauce and cheese on the pasta. He downed the whole huge portion! It came with a side of fries, but I don't think he ate all of those.

My Mom and I both got the Shepherd's Pie. (We each had our own - we didn't share this because of the package... even though it was a little too much for both of our stomachs.)

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv213/NorweJenNY/WDWDec2009/Dining/IMG_3294.jpg

It was very good. It was full of flavor, and I can't exactly remember which types of spices were used, but the ones used made it have a unique flavor. It had a comfort-food type feel. I guess meat and potatoes in general may do that though...

I don't know if I would order one again... but I'd consider it if I were sharing. It was a lot of food... especially knowing dessert was yet to come!

For dessert, the boys had make-your-own sundaes...

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Mom and I had a hard time choosing, but ultimately decided to get two desserts and share both of them.

First, we tried the Chocolate Scotch Cake...

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We thought it was good... chocolatey... but no different than the many other chocolate cakes served elsewhere. It was convenient for sharing since it came already cut as two pieces though!

Second, we got the sticky toffee pudding, sauce on the side...

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We agreed this was beyond good! And the sauce just made it better! It may not look like much on the plate, but you get that sauce dripping all over each bite, and it was heavenly! :cloud9:

I would come back to Rose and Crown just to get the sticky toffee pudding! Insanely delicious!

We had no problem finding a seat for the Candlelight Processional when we got there about 30 minutes in advance. It was, however, just a little tricky to find a seat without a tree semi-blocking our view.

The show was so worth experencing! It was clearly based on Christmas in the Christian perspective. It was not commercial at all! The only thing that brought me to the reality of it not being a church experience, but in Disney was the fact that there was someone sitting a couple rows ahead of me with a hideous neon orange and green Tigger Santa hat on that got in every single picture I took!

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It was more frustrating for my pictures than it was really an issue otherwise... I don't want to complain too much because it was Disney World after all... a few hats with character ears are to be expected. ;)

The music, the readings (by Brian Dennehy this night), the lighting - it was all so elaborate and beautiful! I felt like this was a good alternative considering this trip meant I'd be missing my church's Christmas Eve service.

I highly recommend seeing this show and going ahead with a lunch/dinner package. The only thing I might do differently (if not for being with my kids and mom, who didn't want to be out too late), is I'd like to go to the later show just to experience it at night. I think the lighting for the show would be much more effective at night.

After the Candlelight Processional, we were ready to head back to POFQ for our last night, and we didn't think twice about what to order for dinner...

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'nuff said!

The kids (since we had a big, late lunch) shared an adult pizza. The pizza on the menu says that it comes with a salad... but we didn't need salad and weren't on a dining plan. It actually cost a couple dollars less to just get the pizza. It was fine for the kids having a small meal. If we were really hungry, I probably would've gotten a little more for them, but this was sufficient this night.

We went to bed for our last night at POFQ, and as much as I loved my experience there, I wasn't too sad. In the morning, we'd be leaving... to check in at Wilderness Lodge!

This means we have a whole other day of dining experiences to share, so stay tuned...

dr&momto2boys
03-14-2010, 07:53 PM
Nice reviews! Thanks! I've never heard about the carrot cake cookies before! It looks like an ice cream sandwich, is it? Is Writer's Stop at DHS? I'm looking for some good snack ideas!

NorweJenNY
03-14-2010, 10:07 PM
Nice reviews! Thanks! I've never heard about the carrot cake cookies before! It looks like an ice cream sandwich, is it? Is Writer's Stop at DHS? I'm looking for some good snack ideas!

Carrot cake cookies are like a piece of carrot cake that's on the denser side, but shaped like a cookie. They're split down the middle and contain a perfectly delicious cream-cheese-like frosting. :lovestruc

Yes, Writer's Stop is at DHS, by the street that looks like New York City.

This is a wonderful snack idea at DHS! :thumbsup2 And if you're on the dining plan, it does count as a snack credit. If you're paying OOP, I believe it's $2.95 - which is still an excellent deal for what you get. It's huge!


The other place I'd like to try for snacks in DHS is Starring Rolls... they have some marvelous looking cupcakes there. I'm dying to try some!

Disney owl
03-15-2010, 07:50 AM
great reports thanks

NorweJenNY
03-15-2010, 11:12 PM
great reports thanks

Thank you! Glad you're enjoying! :goodvibes

NorweJenNY
04-12-2010, 08:03 PM
Sorry for a bit of a long pause there for a while... ended up taking another last minute trip to Disney, and a bunch of other stuff... but now, I think it's time to finish up this report. Just a few more restaurants to go!

Liberty Tree Tavern

We left POFQ and checked into our studio at VWL... which looks incredible decorated for Christmas, by the way! (By now it was the day before Christmas Eve.) We had a convenient short boat ride to the Magic Kingdom, and after some attractions, we got to have lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern.

I absolutely love the colonial look inside, and the lobby - it looks like a house that I would love to live in! It has a high ceiling, but stairs up to a railed area where you can look down below. Love it!

We were seated and I already knew what to order for an appetizer (thanks to the DIS! :thumbsup2)

We started out with the Tavern Fried Cheese...

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Sooo good! The longer mozzarella sticks were really good, but the little pieces were absolutely fabulous! (They kinda remind me of the white cheddar cheese curds at A&W restaurants - only better!) My only complaint was that they served five long sticks, which can't really be split evenly... and to me this is the type of appetizer that is meant to be shared. Six sticks could be split evenly for two or three people, and that would probably be better.

Little Guy isn't really into cheese, so it was just three of us on this appetizer, but he enjoyed his own off of my water...

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I liked the fact that we had TiW here instead of a dining plan. It was nice to be able to order the appetizer without feeling like it was an extra expense beyond the plan. Though it's not a ton of money anyway - just under $6 for an appetizer is very reasonable!

Ok... main courses:

Big Guy had pasta, with sauce and cheese on the side (like he did at R&C the previous day). He still ended up dumping all together in the end... and ate every last bite! He also had some green apples on the side, and his other side would come later (dessert).

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Little Guy had turkey, which is served with mashed potatoes and string beans, but those don't even count as the sides! He also had a side of green apples, and his other side would come later too (dessert). He ate most of the turkey and the apples. The other stuff would just become additions to my meal, and Grandmom's.

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My mom and I shared the pot roast, which gave us plenty of food for about $9 each (before TiW discount). (Sure beats most non-discounted $9 CS meals in the park!)

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This is a half serving, by the way. They divided the single portion onto two separate plates for us in the kitchen. Yummy pot roast, and just the right softness (without just falling apart to look like cat food). It was served over mashed potatoes with gravy, and included veggies like onions, carrots, celery, and mushrooms - though I'd have preferred no mushrooms.

While it was indeed yummy, the mashed potatoes got even yummier when I used Little Guy's unwanted turkey gravy on them - oh, divine! :lovestruc My mom and I split LG's portion of mashed potatoes too and shared his gravy on them... she agreed with me about the turkey gravy on the potatoes! :lovestruc

The kids were entitled to ice cream for dessert (though I think a fruit cup was another option - but I doubt many kids would voluntarily pick that over ice cream!) Little Guy's came out with a candle for his birthday,even though it was a week early. We figured his brother celebrated his last birthday in WDW, so he should have a chance too!

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Since we'd merely shared an appetizer and entree, of course my mom and I had to try dessert!

We decided on the ooey gooey toffee cake...

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It was sooo close to being a 10! Tasted delicious, but not overwhelmingly heavy... though I suppose it was also helpful that we shared this as well. (My tastebuds could've gone for a whole one though!) The reason why it's not a 10 is for one reason, IMHO - nuts... I don't like nuts in my desserts, and this had nuts in it. I don't like crunching down on hard nuts amidst softer cakey substances or smooth ice cream or anything like that. But had it not had nuts,this would have been a 10, definitely!

So that concludes my LTT report... I promise I will get to more soon!

NorweJenNY
04-13-2010, 10:50 PM
Enchanted Grove

By mid-to-late afternoon, we were all looking for something to hold us over until dinner back at the Wilderness Lodge. I had packed a few snacks for the boys, so they were fine. My mom was just yearning for a somewhat decent cup of coffee, and ended up trying a not-so-great cup of espresso when she saw that the coffee was the less-than-not-so-great "Nescrape." Unfortunately, I didn't have much luck with my hold-me-over indulgence either. I got a frozen raspberry lemonade slush.

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It probably would've felt a little more refreshing in the summer time, but it was also just too sweet... :headache: ...and I like sweet... normally... not then though. I drank about half of it. Shoulda gotten something different... maybe that pineapple-orange smoothie from Auntie Gravity's that I had a few days earlier.

Oh well... at least I tried something new. On to the next eating adventure...

NorweJenNY
04-18-2010, 04:17 PM
Whispering Canyon Cafe

Our final Disney meal for this trip...

At least we've learned how to end a trip well... with one night at Wilderness Lodge, following a meal at Whispering Canyon, of course. :)

This would be my third trip to Whispering Canyon, but first trip here using TiW instead of DDP. We were overstuffed at this restaurant using the DDP. This time, we thought we’d try some other menu items.

My mom and I again did well together. To start we shared and appetizer – which was supposed to be just barbecue pulled pork spring rolls, but someone goofed! We ended up getting served the combination platter for two, which consisted of the pulled pork spring rolls and the herb seafood cakes. (They only charged us for the spring rolls that we ordered.)

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I absolutely fell in love with the pulled pork spring rolls! :lovestruc It was served with a BBQ-mayonnaise, and that made them even better! There were two on the plate, and if that’s all they serve on the the non-combo plate, then I think that the price tag of $9.99 is a bit much! $5 per single spring roll? At least we would just pay $4 each with the TiW, but I still think that’s a bit overpriced. But cost aside, they were incredibly good! I was neutral about the seafood cakes – not particularly good, nor bad. I’m more of a crab-cake type of person, and these were leaning more toward too fishy for my tastebuds. However, my mother felt exactly the opposite – loved the seafood cakes, but felt neutral about the spring rolls. She didn’t think the seafood cakes were too fishy at all. I guess we all have our personal tastes!

I also got a mega berry smoothie…

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I felt it was more toward an ice/slushie consistency than a creamy consistency, and I would have preferred a more creamy type of smoothie, but it was still ok. I liked having a more “fun” drink than just a lemonade or diet coke. (Although they do serve a light raspberry lemonade here too… I don’t think I cared for that flavor this particular day since I had the overly sweet raspberry lemonade slushie earlier.)

For entrees, Big Guy got a boring old cheeseburger and fries… :rolleyes: (though to him, they were not boring…)

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Why was his burger not boring? Let me answer that with a picture…

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Little Guy had grilled chicken with French fries and fruit.

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He was liking his chicken… always loves French fries, what’s not to like? We got the fruit upon hearing that there were grapes mixed in… however there were just a couple. Most of the fruit was honeydew and cantaloupe – the two most boring melons on the planet… bringing that to the table was just a waste. I don’t know a lot of kids that go crazy for this type of fruit, but I do know kids go crazy for watermelon, strawberries, apples, oranges, grapes… I wish Disney would just stick with those fruits and lose the pale orange and pale green melons… blah! Enough of that fruit tangent… back on track now…

My mother and I split an entrée as well (if you couldn’t already guess). We got the meatloaf, which was served on challah bread with mashed potatoes on top… also a side of mixed veggies.

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I’m well aware that many people are not into meatloaf, but my mom and I are. I enjoyed this meal… meatloaf and mashed potatoes are comfort food, and that’s how they made us feel – comfortable. We aren’t raving about how wonderful the dish was because it wasn’t rave-worthy, but it still was good. I wasn’t too wild about the vegetables, but I ate them like a good girl anyway.

Looking back, some more pulled pork spring rolls with BBQ-mayonnaise for dipping would have satisfied my tummy a lot more! But, I’m glad I tried something different anyway.

In the past, I have loved getting the skillet – mostly for the pulled pork and ribs… I just haven’t liked the overly-stuffed feeling I got after it. I don’t have much self-control at those all-you-can-eat meals, particularly when they include BBQ food. So my thought is that if… er… I mean “when”… I go back to Whispering Canyon, I’d like to indulge in overpriced pulled pork spiring rolls and perhaps try yet another entrée… preferably to share. Though if I’m on the DDP, I probably will just go ahead and get the skillet. ;)

Though this report is not yet over! There’s still dessert!

We had to… Little Guy got his birthday dessert (and yes, both boys also had chocolate chip cookies before as well)…

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The boys split this.

And mom and I shared yet again! If the boys got a dessert, we weren’t just going to sit there and watch them eat it!

We got the s’more cheesecake…

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This is the same thing I’d ordered the other times I was here, but this was the FIRST time I actually saw it presented on plate. I was so stuffed the previous times that I had just taken it to go!

I enjoyed it a little bit more because it was right out of the kitchen and not boxed-up. My mom enjoyed it too. Again, I would place this in the category of comfort food – but not overly indulgent or highly rave-worthy. It’s mostly cheesecake with just a little bit of chocolate and marshmallows on top. On the one hand, I might like it if there were more chocolate, but on the other hand, I might not like that just because of how much heavier more chocolate might make this after a big meal. I think I’m ready to try a new dessert on my next trip back here.

The best part of the evening was that “comfort” feeling. The food was comforting. The feel of the Pacific Northwest lodge was comforting. The Christmas décor was comforting.

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And escaping after dinner to our own studio villa was comforting…

Thus with warm, comforting wishes to readers, I conclude this dining report.

angelsmith52
04-18-2010, 05:38 PM
Well, that was a lovely report! Thanks for sharing it with us!

JerseyJanice
04-18-2010, 06:35 PM
Great reviews and photos. :) It's so nice to see the Christmas decorations. Your little boys are adorable!

BTW, what is the filling in the carrot cake cookie sandwich? An icing?

NorweJenNY
04-18-2010, 09:34 PM
Well, that was a lovely report! Thanks for sharing it with us!


You're welcome! :cutie:


Great reviews and photos. :) It's so nice to see the Christmas decorations. Your little boys are adorable!

BTW, what is the filling in the carrot cake cookie sandwich? An icing?


Glad you enjoyed.

The carrot cake cookie has a filling that is kinda frosting-like... but softer... I think I decided it was like a cross between a sweetened cream cheese and frosting - but whatever it is, it is a perfect filling for that soft, cakey cookie! :goodvibes