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arcticdisneylovers
03-05-2010, 05:59 PM
Deluxe Dining Review Jan 25th – Feb 1st

Let me start by saying this was our first family Disney Vacation. My DH and I have visited twice many years ago when money was tight so we did not stay onsite or eat many meals in the park.

This was my dream trip as we now have DD5 and can afford to stay at the Contemporary MK view. An exciting development was that we were surprised with a free upgrade to the 12th floor Club Level. We had such a terrific time that we are planning on going to WDW next year during the same week.

We decided to go with the Deluxe Dining Plan as we are pooh-sized people who like to eat. We liked being able to choose as many TS meals as we wanted and we love appetizers. Double the snacks also sounded great. Since we are not used to eating fast food (there isn’t any where we live) we did not think DD5 could survive eating CS every day.

We left Iqaluit, Nunavut on Jan 22nd and arrived in Tampa on the 23rd. My parents picked us up at the airport and we stayed with them at their place in Dade City when we weren’t at Disney. We didn’t actually leave Florida until Feb 13th.

Cast:
Me princess: : Chief Disney planner. I love seafood and I admit to being a little bit picky. We're not used to "fancy" food. I'll admit I'm not interested in trying new foods very often. My DH claims I have as much fun planning the vacation as I do taking the vacation.
DH pirate: : Very easy going, he will eat just about anything and not complain.
DD5 :cutie:: First trip to Disney, a small but good eater. But she does not eat a lot of typical kiddie fare. She prefers plain meat and veggies.

Rating System:
I’ll rate four categories (characters, service, atmosphere, food) out of 5
The return rating:
:yay: Awesome, we loved it and we’ll definitely go on our next trip
:confused3 Ok, we might give it another try
:sad2: Will only go for the characters, not the food
:sick: Never again, I say NEVER

We took lots of pictures but we had trouble remembering at first, so forgive us if we are missing a few plates. I will post all I have, if I can figure out how to do it. The last time Robo posted instructions I copied them so I could have them when I need them. I've been having trouble finding time to work on my reviews since we've been home. I figured if I got started it would force me to make time to work on them.

SGMCO
03-05-2010, 06:11 PM
Looking forward to your review.

You got me with the I LOVE Seafood!!

I also :love: Seafood and love reading reviews about seafood.

natesmommy
03-05-2010, 06:17 PM
I can't wait to read your reviews.
It sounds like you had a great time.

jacky b
03-05-2010, 06:20 PM
Can't wait for the reviews!!!!!

arcticdisneylovers
03-05-2010, 08:38 PM
I’ll include a review of club food at the end of my restaurant reviews.

We had terrific service everywhere we went. We never encountered any rude behaviour from CMs or guests. In fact we had a couple of “magical” moments :wizard: and often CM’s seemed to go above and beyond to be helpful and friendly.

We loved the Deluxe Dining Plan but there was a lot of wasted food at our meals that were not buffets. Hopefully by the time I am finished with my reviews I can determine whether we would do the Deluxe or any version of the Dining Plan again next year. I am leaning toward yes but my DH is leaning towards no. I’m sure we saved a lot of money (but I haven’t done the math yet) but DH is convinced if we paid OOP we would actually save money because what we would order would actually be less. I’m not convinced so I’ll let my records help clarify the situation for us. DD5 eats so little that she could eat from our plates if we were pay OOP. But we tend to eat at a lot character buffets so we’d have to pay for her most of the time anyway. Maybe she’ll start eating more so my DH will feel we get our money’s worth. :rotfl:

Reviews for this trip include:
Chef Mickey’s – Dinner
Chef Mickey’s – Breakfast
Liberty Tree Tavern
Narcoossee’s
50’s Prime Time Cafe
Cape May Buffet
Norway Princess Breakfast
Coral Reef
Pecos Bill’s (We cancelled San Angel’s Inn because wanted to head to MK to see Spectromagic)
Donald’s Safari Breakfast
Yak & Yeti
Room Service (We cancelled Japan – Teppan Edo because we were tired and wanted to head back to the hotel)
Cinderella’s Castle – Breakfast
Tony’s Town Square
Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
1900 Park Fare – Breakfast
Le Cellier
Contempo Cafe (We cancelled Garden Grill because we were freezing and wanted to head back to the hotel)
Breakfast in the 12th floor lounge
Casey’s
Pecos Bill’s

2manypets
03-05-2010, 09:35 PM
Can't wait for your reviews! You've got some our favorite places.

BTW, I never heard of Iqaluit, Nunavut before so had to look it up. I've got to say it's beautiful but quite cold right now. It looks like a great photographic area. Does it warm up in the summer?

arcticdisneylovers
03-05-2010, 09:58 PM
Can't wait for your reviews! You've got some our favorite places.

BTW, I never heard of Iqaluit, Nunavut before so had to look it up. I've got to say it's beautiful but quite cold right now. It looks like a great photographic area. Does it warm up in the summer?

I'm trying to upload food porn to photobucket but because of our bandwidth I'm having trouble :mad: I think I'll have to upload one at a time :eek:

We love it here and actually it's pretty warm right now because it's snowing tonight. Only -23C with the wind :goodvibes The week we left for Florida it was in the -50'sC all week :scared1: It can get above 10C in July and August but sometimes in snows then too. Usually we go south for July and August but 2 years ago on the July 1st holiday it was snowing and people were wearing winter gear :sad2: That's when I vowed to go on vacation before the end of June each year. I can't take snow in July. :rotfl2: But it's definately warm enough for black flies and mosiqutos for about 6 weeks, that's why I leave town :lmao:

I have a few of my reviews ready to go. I just need to get the photos uploaded. I will start posting over the weekend.

robinb
03-05-2010, 10:02 PM
We decided to go with the Deluxe Dining Plan as we are pooh-sized people who like to eat. We liked being able to choose as many TS meals as we wanted and we love appetizers. Double the snacks also sounded great. Since we are not used to eating fast food (there isn’t any where we live) we did not think DD5 could survive eating CS every day.

We left Iqaluit, Nunavut on Jan 22nd and arrived in Tampa on the 23rd.I admit that, as an ugly American, I had no idea where Iqaluit, Nunavut was. So I Googled it! You're not kidding that you don't have fast food there! It's the capital of Nunavut, CA with a population of only 6,200! I live in the capital of Wisconsin (Madison) and our population is 232,000 :).

Anyway ... I'd be interested in your experience of doing the DxDDP along with Concierge. What a great upgrade!

2manypets
03-05-2010, 10:21 PM
I'm trying to upload food porn to photobucket but because of our bandwidth I'm having trouble :mad: I think I'll have to upload one at a time :eek:

We love it here and actually it's pretty warm right now because it's snowing tonight. Only -23C with the wind :goodvibes The week we left for Florida it was in the -50'sC all week :scared1: It can get above 10C in July and August but sometimes in snows then too. Usually we go south for July and August but 2 years ago on the July 1st holiday it was snowing and people were wearing winter gear :sad2: That's when I vowed to go on vacation before the end of June each year. I can't take snow in July. :rotfl2: But it's definately warm enough for black flies and mosiqutos for about 6 weeks, that's why I leave town :lmao:

I have a few of my reviews ready to go. I just need to get the photos uploaded. I will start posting over the weekend.

Snow in July?!? :scared1: I like it around 90F. Not sure I have enough sweaters and coats and long johns to handle -50C. :laughing:

SusieBea
03-06-2010, 06:01 AM
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emmysmommy
03-06-2010, 10:11 AM
Count me in! I'm looking forward to your review as well.

We break out our winter jackets here in Southern California when the temps are 60 (F)!! My Chicago born DH says that I don't know what real cold is - he's right!

Can't wait for more of your review.

vinotinto
03-06-2010, 01:21 PM
Signing in! Sounds like a great report will follow :cool1:

arcticdisneylovers
03-06-2010, 06:48 PM
This is a test to see if inserting the photo works:

Us waiting to be seating our first night - Chef Mickey's

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arcticdisneylovers
03-06-2010, 07:32 PM
Day 1 – Monday, January 25th – Arrival – No parks

We decided not to rent a car so my parents dropped us off at the Contemporary on Jan 25th. We arrived at 2pm. They felt their health would not allow them to visit the parks with us but we were able to talk them into letting us treat them to supper before they returned home.

5:20pm Supper ADR– Chef Mickey’s –we used 3 credits and paid OOP for my parents and two smoothies that were not included in the DxDDP.

Checked In: 5:15pm
Seated: 5:21pm
Left: 6:30pm

We would give Chef Mickey's the following ratings:

5/5 - Characters: Excellent, saw all five (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto). We had a child size apron signed by all five characters and we enjoyed lots of pictures, hugs and kisses.

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DD5 was dressed like Minnie so Mickey made a time over her, insisting on a kiss and Minnie twirled her around and danced with her “twin”. They were all great and didn’t seem rushed at all!

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5/5 - Service: Excellent! Great team work, it seemed like 3 or 4 servers cleared plates, dropped off refills and stopped by to check on us. We were the first table seated in our section but all the tables were full within a few minutes. When we asked for bill it was taken care of quickly.

4/5 - Atmosphere: It was very loud and tables were a bit close but we didn’t mind. We were seated at a table for 6 in the middle of the section (to the left when entering the restaurant). There seemed to be a nice view out the giant wall of windows at the back of the section. We opted to have the photo done with my parents included. It was quick and we actually purchased the picture! The picture is with a small statue of Chef Mickey and the package is not included in the meal price. The package was $31.90. There was one bigger picture (6x8) and 4 (3x5) and 2 postcards DD5 could colour. It’s in a nice folder for display. I do wish the photo was with a “real” Mickey instead of a statue. The photographers were polite and professional.

2.5/5 - Food: VERY limited selection. The only hot veggies were mashed potatoes and green beans. The meat included; ribs, beef and turkey (carved) and chicken pieces. DH and DD5 loved the ribs and beef. I found the chicken pieces kind of greasy. The beef was medium and I only eat well done. But I asked and the carver had a separate plate with pieces that were well done, it was ust OK for me. The weird thing was that the lady in front of me commented to the carver, “Yikes that’s way too red for me”, he just smiled and she kept on moving. I almost called out to her but I didn’t want to make a scene as she was heading to her table. There were lots of salads, but I don’t eat that type of salads so I didn’t try any. DD5 loved the peel and eat shrimp. I found them typical of a frozen shrimp ring but she liked them. My parents thought the clam chowder was just ok, they said the potatoes were hard. :confused3 DD5 also had a piece of pizza and 1 chicken nugget. Actually I made a note in my report book that DD5 loved the food, she ate a ton which is highly unusual. :laughing: I admit I’m a bit more picky than DH. DH thought the food was “ok” but my parents and I were less than impressed. Looking back I would say this was our worst meal of the trip. That’s not really that big of an insult since we thought we had great meals our whole trip! It was not that the food was horrible; there just wasn’t a lot of choice, IMO. I guess for a restaurant in a deluxe hotel I expected a bigger buffet with more selection. DH got a dessert plate with a few choices for us to share but I’m not big dessert fan. They seemed like typical buffet selections and DH liked them.

Bottom Line: :sick:
We would never return for supper. I did read lots of negative reviews before we went, but Chef Mickey’s was conveniently located in the hotel. Truthfully when I read all the complaints on the boards before we went I thought. “Well what do you expect, it’s a buffet”. But the food selection really was disappointing for the price. Later in our Florida trip we went to Golden Corral and it had 3x the selection for the price of $10.95. Even though the service and characters were great, the food wasn't. There are so many better choices for supper at WDW, we won't be back to Chef Mickey's for the supper buffet. The rating seems harsh but I decided on this rating in light of the fact that all of the other buffets we ate at had much bigger and better selections.

arcticdisneylovers
03-06-2010, 08:41 PM
Day 2 –Tuesday, January 26th - MK

7:15am Breakfast ADR– Chef Mickey – We actually made this reservation before we decided to have my parents join us for supper there the night before. DH thought we should start our first park day with a hardy breakfast so we kept the ADR even after eating there night before. DD5 was excited to see the characters again :banana:

Checked In: 7:05am
There were probably 30 people standing in line to check it when we arrived. But the line moved quickly, there was a CM walking down the line chatting with everyone. We had the picture taken with just DD5 this time and course we couldn’t resist buying it!

Seated: 7:20am


We gave Chef Mickey’s Breakfast the following ratings:

5/5 Characters: Excellent, saw all five (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto). DD5 wore her Minnie dress again with her new Minnie mouse ears.

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This time we brought an autograph album, the kind with a picture slot on one left hand side and autograph page on the right. I'd highly recommend these books as it's so great to have a photo of DD5 with each character right beside their autograph. The characters seemed a bit more rushed but it was very busy and they were still great.

5/5 Service: Excellent! The waitress even brought us an apple juice box to take with us. She said something like most kids don’t really like orange juice so maybe DD5 would want it later.

3/5 Atmosphere: The restaurant appeared very busy again. It seemed much louder than the night before. We were seated right across from the buffet along the wall. So it was pretty hectic. But the food was super close so we didn’t mind the location. The people at the next table weren’t too happy but they had a huge party so it was kind of tight for pictures for them.

3/5 Food: VERY limited selection. There were eggs, nasty potato casserole (DH thought it was great), bacon and sausage patties. There were cereals, fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, and pastries. This was the worst breakfast buffet selection of the trip. We also ate at Donald’s Safari Breakfast and 1900Park Fare and they had bigger selections and much better food IMHO. But the service and characters were great at all three.

Bottom Line: :sad2:

We will suffer the food for Breakfast in order to see the characters. We are going to stay at the Contemporary again next year so we will plan to eat one breakfast at Chef Mickey’s because it will be so convenient and it is a great way to see the fab five. I would say this was the worst of all our breakfasts though.

goldielocksraj
03-07-2010, 09:28 AM
Thanks for the reviews, looking forward to more!!!

I have to say that your daughter is just A CUTIE PATOOTIE!!! Especially in the picture that she's dancing with Minnie. :love: Daddy had better get his baseball bat/gun ready for the guys!! :rolleyes1

2manypets
03-07-2010, 09:37 AM
I agree about the food at Chef Mickey's. I was so happy when my DD said she was too old for character meals. This was the first to go. :rotfl:

Meg1884
03-07-2010, 11:31 AM
Great review so far! Can't wait for the rest.

arcticdisneylovers
03-07-2010, 01:33 PM
Day 2 –Tuesday, January 26th - MK

11:35am Lunch ADR– Liberty Tree Tavern

Checked In: 11:33am
Seated: 11:35am – DD5 was disappointed because she wanted to colour at the activity tables that had paper and crayons. We were shown right to our table before we could even sit down in the waiting area.
Left : 12:33pm

We gave Liberty Tree Tavern the following ratings:

4/5 - Characters: We saw Chip and Dale, Minnie and Pluto. DD5 loved seeing the chipmunks. We got autographs and pictures. They seemed a bit rushed even though the restaurant was mostly empty. It was nice to see Minnie in her green gown. DD5 wondered why she wasn’t wearing her “regular” dress.

4.5/5 - Service: Raymond was our friendly server. We had to ask for drink refills but he brought them quickly. He also settled the bill quickly which we always appreciate. There was quite a lag between the salad and main course but we just filled up on the wonderful rolls.

4/5 - Atmosphere: A bit dark for lunch, we were seated more in the middle of the restaurant away from the windows. Actually we were right beside the back stairs leading to an upper seating level. The inside had a wood decor. We visited every restaurant bathroom and this one was no exception, very clean and well maintained. It seemed that in a lot of restaurants we were seated by the kitchen, bathroom or serving station. But because we have a small child we don’t mind, the extra noise and activity are welcome to drown us out. :laughing:

4/5 - Food: Everything was nice and hot. The rolls were the best of the trip and the honey butter was to die for. We gobbled down a few before we remembered to take a picture. These heavenly morsels were enough to make sure we return and we don’t usually eat much bread at home since I’m not a baker and it’s hard to buy here. We usually buy frozen loaves of bread on food mail every two weeks. You can see the stairs in the picture, I never noticed that until now.

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The salad was fresh with lots of flavourful dressing. It was a nice treat since we don’t eat a lot of salad, once again it’s hard to buy in the arctic.

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The mac –n-cheese was runny. I was the only one who tasted it since we don’t eat mac-n-cheese.

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The green beans were crisp but had a weird taste. DD5 found them hard to eat with the “funny” fork which had the tines widely spaced. The potatoes tasted like instant but we enjoyed them. DD5 ate mostly turkey and potatoes. The gravy was bit too runny for us and not very favourful.

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The turkey was good, the ham was dry but had a tasty mustard sauce. DH liked the roast beef but I didn’t try it since it was blood red. Next time I would ask if I could get some cooked a little better.

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The dessert was fantastic. Nice and hot with delicious ice cream. We hardly touched it but only because we were so full. It was a huge portion. The server tried to insist on bringing DD5 something else for dessert when he saw she wouldn’t eat the apple crumble. But she doesn’t really eat any desserts so we politely declined. We didn’t want to waste more food.

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The portions brought to the table were so huge we felt guilty that there was so much leftover. We hate to waste but we were always stuffed. DD5 is a very small eater but she loved the “home cooked” food. Maybe they thought we needed extra big servings when they saw us coming. :lmao: Actually we are big eaters but we still felt that portions were too huge at almost all of the restaurants we visited. Perhaps it was because we were eating 3 TS meals a day but that’s how we eat at home. Our DD5 is used to eating 3 regular meals and lots of healthy snacks. She doesn’t eat a lot so we have make sure gets enough since she never asks for food and rarely seems hungry. I was usually hungry when it was time for our ADRs but we never really felt like snacking between meals or in the evenings.

Bottom Line: :yay:

We will definitely be back, especially since we find MK lacking in TS restaurants. I loved that the characters were there for lunch. Unfortunately it was because Crystal Palace was closed while we were there. But we’ll probably try LTT for a menu lunch and character supper next year. I really hope that the Fantasyland refurb includes a few more TS restaurants.

arcticdisneylovers
03-07-2010, 03:22 PM
With the DxDDP we had 2 snack credits each everyday.

I forgot about telling you all about our snack credits; we used 2 credits our first night to buy fudge at one of the shops on the 4th floor of the Contemporary. DH said it was good but I didn’t try any.

Tuesday - Main St. Bakery MK
After the parade we were heading for the hotel when we decided we were thirsty and stopped at the Main St. Bakery. It wasn’t busy and there were lots of free tables. The staff were friendly and efficient. We used 4 snack credits for a bottle of water, the best strawberry smoothie we had the whole trip, a huge cupcake and cheese danish. DH liked the danish but I thought it was dry. Maybe that's how it's supposed to be I don't think I've ever eaten one before. DD5 loved the cupcake and ate mostly the icing off the top. Good thing we had lots wet wipes. That is probably the real reason she didn’t eat her supper later at Narcoossee’s.

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vinotinto
03-07-2010, 06:17 PM
We used a credit for DD5 at each TS meal but we just shared with her at Casey's, Contempo Cafe, Pecos Bills and room service. Since we could only coax her to eat one bite of our burger and 3 fries; a meal would be wasted on her. It wasn't really about saving the credits it's just she won't really eat the "kid" food on the most menus, she'd rather eat from our plates. We did factor in kid's meals when choosing our ADRS; she was able to have steak and veggies at Narcoossee's and Le Cellier. DD5 had a grilled chicken breast with veggies at Coral Reef. So healthier kid's meal options are available at some of the nicer TS restaurants.


That's exactly how my DD is. She will sometimes, literally, eat two bites and be done. It's important for me that the two bites that she eats are nutritious - I think I've looked more at the kids' menus than the adult menus when choosing ADRs. :rotfl: We're also planning on doing multiple buffets. Even though they are not my favorite, I know it's easy to find something for her to eat. Our kids also eat the same stuff we eat at home, I don't make separate stuff for them (no time for that!).

My ADR window is coming up in less than 2 weeks. I have a list, but I don't want to "overschedule" us, so I'll read your reviews and hopefully it will helpme cut the list down.

danielle.st
03-07-2010, 06:45 PM
So far your experiences were similar to our last :) We also did deluxe, my youngest dd and dh in particular need to eat at normal times or they get grumpy, lol.
We felt the same about Chef Mickey dinner and are trying the breakfast this coming trip.
We did LTT for a character dinner, but now that they no longer have the characters for dinner, we're trying lunch because the menu looks better and has more variety.
Also, I absolutely loved the strawberry smoothie from the Main Street Bakery too! That was my favorite suprise find on our trip :)

arcticdisneylovers
03-08-2010, 08:24 AM
5:35pm Supper ADR - Narcoossee’s (2 credits)

Checked In: 5:00pm - We didn’t realize that they didn’t start seating until 5:30pm We arrived early because we were hungry and it didn’t take as long to get there as we planned. Once you get off the monorail, go downstairs and out the door by the Grand Floridian Cafe. Narcoossee’s is just a short stroll past the pool (a couple minute walk). We even forgot to put DD5 in the stroller when we left the hotel room but it was really no problem since it was such a short walk.
Seated: 5:40pm - We were the first table seated
Left: 7:00pm

We gave Narcoossee’s the following ratings:

No Characters

5/5 - Service: The service was excellent. The server was an older gentleman named Harvey who was very kind to DD5. I would say he was the best server of our trip though we had great service everywhere we went really. Drink refills were brought without having to ask and Harvey appeared at the perfect times to make sure we were satisfied and to see if we needed anything. I made sure to mention to the manager on the way out what a terrific server he was. The manager actually stopped at each table during the meal to inquire about how we were enjoying our meal. She was very nice and professional.

5/5 - Atmosphere: We were seated by the window with a wonderful view of the castle and the Contemporary. The restaurant including the washroom was spotless. There was also a lovely deck on the waterside of the restaurant. We didn’t bother to go out on the deck as we had a terrific view from our table. The inside of the restaurant was lovely with lots of light wood. We were expecting it to be fancier but it was great and very family friendly. It was early so almost every table near us had kids at it. They give kids a menu with activities and crayons. But we did come prepared with our usual distractions for DD5. Near the end of our meal there was a very small child running up and down the aisle screaming till her Dad scooped her up and left the restaurant. It didn’t bother us since it was dealt with promptly.

4.75/5 - Food: We forgot to take pictures of the appetizers, we had almost finished them before we remembered.

DD5 was very tired after her first park day and could barely keep her eyes open. DD5 had the fruit cup to start, it was fresh and huge. Lots of berries and melons which she loves but she never had a single piece but DH and I ate most of it. I would give it a 5/5

DH had the crab cakes and gave them 4/5 and said he would order them again. He enjoyed the slaw that came with them as well.

I had the PEI mussels as I love seafood. I gave them a 4/5. They were nicely presented and were fresh. But I didn’t really enjoy the sauce so I will try something else next time. It came with a piece of garlic toast. There was enough for at least two people. I had to get DH to help me eat them . I was basically full after eating half of them. I wish I would have remembered to take a picture so you could see how truly huge the dish was.

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DD5 had the kid’s steak meal. It was top notch. DH tried the steak and thought it was great. There were also mashed potatoes and green beans. She never touched her meal and declined dessert so we took a cupcake to go. It was a huge Nemo cupcake with blue frosting. I threw it out after a few days, but forgot to take a picture. Since she loved the cupcake she had at Main St. Bakery I thought she would eat it but she was just never hungry enough to try. But it looked great and was packaged very nicely to go. I would give the kid’s meal a 5/5.

DH and I both had the lobster and loved it. It was cracked well; but still be prepared to use your hands to get into it. :) It was served with scalloped potatoes which were excellent and nice fresh broccoli. The only comment from a couple Maritimers is that we would have preferred the lobster saltier. We think lobster is best boiled outside in fresh sea water. But we gave it a 4.5/5 and we’d definitely get it again. DH said he might try the steak next time but I will stick with the lobster.

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I don’t normally like dessert but for the sake of the review on this trip we always ordered two desserts and DH tried to eat both. He really took one for the team. :lmao: So we got the Almond Crusted Cheesecake which DH said was too sweet for him. I tried a bite and agreed that the crust overpowered any cheesecake taste. The plate was ice cold so it had definitely been preplated and kept in the fridge. Next time we’ll try something else. 3/5

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We also tried the Key Lime Creme Brulee. We both love Creme Brulee, but this one had a very strong flavour. We decided we don’t like Key Lime, who knew :confused3 But the consistency was great. We wouldn’t get this one again. 3/5

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Truthfully if we were paying OOP we would never order dessert. We’re not big sweet eaters, we’re too full from the real food. :rotfl2:

Small Mix-up
I had ordered the Cinderella's Royal Chocolate Slipper Dessert as a surprise for my daughter and had to secure it with my credit card. But I totally forgot about it! The restaurant never mentioned it and I didn’t think of it until we were on the monorail on our way back to the Contemporary. I felt terrible but my daughter was so exhausted she probably wouldn’t have really enjoyed it anyways (that’s what I’m telling myself anyways). When we got back to the hotel I stopped at the 12th floor club desk. I had hoped that they would help be check if DH should go back and pick it up and bring it to the room (if they were going to charge us anyways). But the Club CM on duty didn’t speak English very well (her name tag said she was from Venezuela) and she couldn’t seem to understand my problem but ended up leaving a message for the manager at Narcoossee’s to call me directly. I wasn’t upset with the restaurant, just with myself for forgetting. :mad: The Manager (Shirley) was very nice and said she couldn’t really understand the club CM she spoke to (at least it wasn’t just me). Shirley said the bakery never sent the slipper over to the restaurant, she said she didn’t know how the mix up occurred and offered to have it sent for our 1900 Park fare reservation. But since that ADR was for Breakfast I said not to worry about it. I will order it again next year and remember to ask for it. DD5 never knew the difference since it was supposed to be a surprise. I was kicking myself for forgetting. It was written on my daily schedule but my DH put it his pocket after checking in at Narcoossee’s . We were having such a great time it just slipped our minds. But I will double check next year the morning of the ADR since we would have been very disappointed if we had remembered and they didn’t have the slipper ready for us.

Bottom Line: :yay:

We will definitely be back. We had a terrific table and the best service of the trip. It was so great that DH wants to eat at more signature restaurants next year. But I will make sure we include Narcoossee’s, mostly because I’ll never miss the chance to eat lobster with a view of the castle.

2manypets
03-08-2010, 08:49 AM
I'm so glad you enjoyed Narcoossees! It's DH & my favorite restaurant. I dream about that cheesecake for months after we get home.:rotfl: I agree, it's super sweet, but YUM!

vinotinto
03-08-2010, 10:05 AM
DD5 had the kid’s steak meal. It was top notch. .

Kids meal certainly looks good :thumbsup2


I don’t normally like dessert but for the sake of the review on this trip we always ordered two desserts and DH tried to eat both. He really took one for the team. :lmao:


Oh the sacrifices we make :rotfl:


The only comment from a couple Maritimers is that we would have preferred the lobster saltier. We think lobster is best boiled outside in fresh sea water. But we gave it a 4.5/5 and we’d definitely get it again. DH said he might try the steak next time but I will stick with the lobster..


Bottom Line: :yay: . We will definitely be back. We had a terrific table and the best service of the trip. It was so great that DH wants to eat at more signature restaurants next year. But I will make sure we include Narcoossee’s, mostly because I’ll never miss the chance to eat lobster with a view of the castle.

We're trying to decide on 2 signatures for our 9 days. I was wondering of Narcosse's would be worth it just for the lobster. The menu looks more straight forward/not as creative as Flying Fish, Artists Point or Citricos. But I bet you know your Northern seafood well, so if you give it the thumbs up, it must be good. :thumbsup2

kandyk
03-10-2010, 03:16 PM
Loving the review so far!

ajjollie23
03-10-2010, 04:51 PM
I didn't finish reading yet, but my DH is in finance so he is all about charting spent money and saved and all that kind of stuff. Last year we did the regular dining plan 1 sit down 1 counter and then snack.
He had a chart of everything going and figured out that even after tips and character meals we still saved a ton of money...We will def do the dining plan again. Also, prior to the dining plan we always ate at counter services because we didn't want to sit down in the expensive restaurants. This has made sit downs possible and the quality of food is SOOO much better.
We never did the delux but I can tell you that with the regular plan we always had a ton of left overs. We would keep that kind of stuff for breakfast, another meal or dessert the next day. It was well worth the money

laura-k
03-10-2010, 07:34 PM
Okay now you have really done it -I will be there in only 14 days -and I am sure there is no way I will be able to switch ADR's -but I need to try that lobster !

arcticdisneylovers
03-10-2010, 07:38 PM
Okay now you have really done it -I will be there in only 14 days -and I am sure there is no way I will be able to switch ADR's -but I need to try that lobster !

It was great! I can't see anyone being disappointed with Narcoossee's :thumbsup2 Good luck, maybe on your next trip.

ajjollie23
03-10-2010, 07:41 PM
on the regular dining plan the Table service meal credits are divided and listed as 1 adult TS, 1 Child TS. Counter services on the other hand are just listed as the total CS and so are the snacks. (As long as nothing has changed since Sept 09.

arcticdisneylovers
03-10-2010, 08:09 PM
Day 3 - January 27th, Wednesday – DHS then hop to MK for Spectromagic

Breakfast – We ate bananas from the 12th floor lounge in our room before we left for DHS. There was always lots of fresh fruit available in the lounge. Apple, oranges and bananas were staples. DD5 ate mixed nuts from the lounge in her stroller on the way to the park. I had packed snack sized zip-lock bags which came in super handy for lounge snacks we took to our room. We had to wake DD5 up that morning so she was in no mood to eat a proper breakfast.

After I got our fast passes for Toy Story Mania I used a snack credit to get a frozen coke. Yummm :banana: The only one I had all week. Despite looking I couldn’t find them again. I drank most of it while I waited for DH and DD5 to ride Toy Story (it took 23 minutes).

11:30am Lunch ADR -50’s Prime Time Cafe

Checked In: 11:25am
Seated: 11:27am
Left: 12:15pm

We gave the 50’s Prime Time Cafe the following ratings:

No Characters

5/5 -Service: Our server’s name was Bryon and he was perfect. He was not over the top at all. Some of the servers were really loud but Bryon was in character just the right amount for us. I was a bit concerned DD5 would be scared as she is very sensitive, but she just thought he was “silly”. Bryon asked DD5 to be Mommy’s helper and set the table, she loved it. Byron sang a bit and did a bit of teasing scolding. Byron brought drink refills without being asked and kept the food coming which we always appreciate with a small child.

5/5 - Atmosphere: The lounge was terrific and there were girls out front of the restaurant with hula hoops for kids to play with. The small b/w TV at our table was playing “Leave it to Beaver”. We were right beside the hall to the bathroom right across from the kitchen but we didn’t mind. We loved seeing all the meals going by, everything looked great.

4.5/5 - Food:
For appetizers I had the shrimp cocktail, it was just OK 3/5. I found the shrimp a bit too soft. The cocktail sauce was so super hot I couldn’t eat it and I love spicy cocktail sauce. I would try something else next time.

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DH wanted onion rings and when he asked Byron if it was possible to get a single serving Byron said no. But then went on to say that since DD5 did not want an appetizer DH could order the Onion Rings for Two because the computer does not distinguish between kid’s and adult meal credits since we were using the DxDDP. :woohoo: Jackpot, the onion rings were fantastic. We will definitely get them next time 5/5.

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DD5 had the Jumbo hot dog (plain, no bun) and loved it. It was only hot dog she ate the whole trip. It was the only time we saw it as a kid’s option. DD5 also ate the drum stick from my plate. DD5 would give hotdog a 5/5. For some reason I didn’t get a picture and I didn’t write down what it was served with but I think it was mashed potatoes and green beans. :thumbsup2

DH had the meatloaf which he enjoyed. The green beans were crisp and the potatoes good. He also ate the chicken breast from my order which he loved 5/5. But he said next time he’s getting the chicken.

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I had the fried chicken and it was terrific. But if we both order it next time I don’t know what we’ll do with all of the chicken. The plate was 4 huge pieces of chicken (breast, thigh, wing and leg) with mash potatoes and greens. The potatoes needed more gravy, next time I’ll ask for more on the side. It’s shocking that you get 4 pieces of chicken; 2 or 3 would be plenty for an average person I’d think.

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Even though we were stuffed we ordered:
S’mores: a neat dessert, I knew DD5 would like to see it. We only tasted it since we were stuffed 4.5/5.

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Cheesecake which was pretty standard and DH said it was fine 4/5.

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DD5 didn't want dessert.

Bottom Line: :yay:

We will definitely go back next year. It was way too much food but we really enjoyed it. Truthfully I’ll be happy if we never get a server that is really “in character”, some of them were really loud and we wouldn’t have liked that.

:wizard: Magical Moment Alert in the next post, stay tuned......

arcticdisneylovers
03-10-2010, 08:31 PM
I decided not to make you wait:

We actually rushed through our dessert at lunch because I wanted to get to the 12:45pm Beauty and the Beast Show. The next show was 4:00pm and I knew DD5 wouldn’t be able to last till then since it was the only thing left for us to do. I am so glad we did! DD5 got chosen to be “princess of the day”. We arrived at the venue and it looked deserted. I asked the CM outside on the stairs how long the show was. When she said 25 minutes DH and I started discussing if he should skip the show and go do TOT and RRC. Then I hear the CM asking DD5 what her name was and if she’d like to help them with the show today. Of course that caught my attention immediately. The CM went on to explain that DD5 would be a special guest for the show and Belle and Prince would present her a special rose at the end of the show. So the CM called someone on her walkie talkie to meet us at the top of the stairs. They took us down to a specially marked row, second from the front. At the end of the show a CM took DD5 by the hand and led her up to the stage. Belle and the Prince knelt down and gave her a plush rose. I almost started bawling.

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She was also given a Magical Moment Certificate.

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I must say this magical moment was the icing on top of our already perfect vacation and it was only the second park day! I can’t wait to go back next January :woohoo:

arcticdisneylovers
03-10-2010, 09:42 PM
5:35pm Supper ADR – Cape May Buffet

We took a cab to the Beach Club since we had an ADR at the Cape May Buffet, it cost $22.00 with the tip. We thought it was well worth the $ so we didn’t have use Disney transportation. We would have had to take the bus to Downtown Disney and then another bus to Beach Club. We forgot our camera so sorry, no pictures!

Checked In: 5:10pm
Seated: 5:30pm
Left: 6:25pm

We gave the Cape May Buffet the following ratings:

No Characters

5/5 - Service: Our server was an older gentleman named Roger. He was excellent; friendly and attentive with drink refills and clearing the table. I had to flag him down for the bill but no big deal. Also I asked a busboy about how to get to Epcot from the restaurant and he told me. But then when we were leaving he actually walked out with us to make sure we knew where we were going. I thought that was super nice, just another example of CM's going above and beyond to be so super helpful :thumbsup2

5/5 - Atmosphere: DD5 was impressed by the big sandcastle behind glass. The restaurant had a casual beachy feel. The butcher paper on the table and little pails of crayons were a nice touch. We were seated out of the way in a corner beside the server station with empty tables all around us. That was fine with us but as we left they were attempting to seat a large party at the table beside us and the lady was quite loud and rude about her displeasure with the table. We headed for the door before the issue was resolved. The restaurant was half empty so I’m sure she got a “better” table.

4/5 – Food: The selection was much better than Chef Mickey’s. I’ll admit it, I love seafood and I went here strictly for the crab legs. I was very disappointed 2/5. They were very small and the shells were so soft they bent rather than cracked opened when I tried to crack them. DH skipped them when he saw my disappointment. However the spicy coated shrimp were very tasty, DD5 loved the peel and eat shrimp and cornbread was yummy 5/5. The beef was good 4/5. The baked chicken was not cooked enough and kind of greasy 2/5. The desserts were excellent; fresh, tasty and lots of choice. We shared a sample plate. A lot better desserts than Chef Mickey’s 5/5.

Bottom Line: :sick:

We would not return. The buffet was fine but we were disappointed with the crab legs and that was truly the only reason we went. It’s not that it was terrible; we would just rather try somewhere else next time. Truthfully after this trip unless there are characters involved we wouldn’t go to a Disney buffet for just the food.

dismommy4
03-11-2010, 01:46 AM
Those smores look so good :) Can't wait to eat there

2manypets
03-11-2010, 06:52 AM
You're right about the fried chicken at 50's Prime Time. It's a huge portion, way too big for just one person. The smores were out of this world!

arcticdisneylovers
03-11-2010, 09:10 AM
January 28th - Thursday – Epcot

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8:00am ADR - Norway Princess Breakfast

We took a taxi to the park and arrived at the gate at 7:35am. It cost $20.00 with the tip. It was worth the extra $ for us to make sure we got there on time. There were around 15 people lined up when we got there. They opened the gate for ADRs at 7:50am. A CM had a list and was checking parties off before they were allowed through the gate. I noticed lots of people ahead us had much later ADRs. I wondered how long it would take us to walk to Norway but no need to worry, I’m a slow walker and it only took 10 minutes.

Checked In: 8:00am
Seated: 8:01am People had to wait outside to be called and it was freezing, I wonder what would happen if it was raining? We had time for one quick picture outside. We were the first family taken into the restaurant.
Left: 8:50am

We gave the Princess Breakfast the following ratings:

5/5 Characters: We were the first to see Belle. She greeted us at the door and took DD5 by the hand and walked her over for the photo. She was very friendly and took time to chat. We forgot to get an autograph but on the way out there was no one waiting so DH asked for one then and she was very gracious in giving one. In addition to Belle we also saw; Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine, Cinderella and Ariel. They were all wonderful and took time to chat with DD5 in addition to an autograph and picture. I thought Cinderella was the warmest and spent the most time with DD5. Actually she was much friendlier than the Cinderella at the castle. Throughout our visit every time a “princess” asked DD5 who her favourite princess was DD5 had a different answer and it was never the princess who asked the question. I wasn’t sure if I should be embarrassed or not!

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5/5 Service: There was great team service. Refills were offered promptly. The servers were super friendly and constantly called DD5 “princess”.

5/5 Atmosphere: We were by the windows (I was actually a bit chilly) and the second table to see the princesses since we were right next to the door they used to enter the restaurant. We loved the outside and inside of the restaurant, it had a great vibe.

5/5 Food: We loved the buffet. DD5 loves cheese and fruit so it was perfect. The food was super fresh and they even had a variety of berries; strawberries, raspberries and blueberries I think. There were also pastries, yogurt and salmon. The cinnamon buns were fresh and hot and you could smell them as you walked up to the buffet, DD5 loved it. The hot food was served family style. The eggs were a bit runny but the bacon was nice and crisp. There were typical breakfast sausages and a potato casserole thing. DH loved the potatoes but I thought they were :sick: I liked that the portions weren’t too huge because then you had hot refills and there is also less waste.

Bottom Line: :yay:

Absolutely a must do. We will never miss this one. The food and service was much better than Cinderella’s Table and the characters spent a lot more time at our table. We will definitely be back next year and we will try to make an 8am ADR. I loved being in the parks for early ADRs before they open. It was just so neat to see things without the crowds. Though really most of our days were Crowd Level 4 and the crowds seemed very light since we often left the parks shortly after lunch. If your family loves princesses this is the breakfast for you! Don’t get me wrong though we will still go to the castle just because it’s the castle and it’s in MK.

Pooh&OurHunny
03-11-2010, 08:42 PM
Joining in. Enjoying your reviews. We had the same experience at CM, good character interaction but bad food. We went for dinner and my son wants to go back and I was hoping breakfast food is much better. We will still go b/c of the character experience. My son loves character meals. We love Narcoosee's and I love the Maine lobster too. Thanks for sharing and can't wait for more.popcorn::

arcticdisneylovers
03-12-2010, 08:04 PM
Snack Credit – Before lunch I used one snack credit to get a strawberry smoothie while I waited for DH and DD5 to finish with Space Mission and it was great. It was at a stand right across from the attraction. The attendant tried to tell me it wasn’t included in the dining snack plan. Despite the fact that it was indicated that it was on the plan right on his sign. When I pointed that out he apologized and said he didn’t normally work at the snack stands. On a side note while waiting I noticed lots of strollers with bags and toys (looked like brand new Disney stuffies in some) left unattended. However we didn’t leave anything in our stroller that we cared about. DH and I both wore sling bags and if I needed to lug more stuff I brought a Mickey tote instead of my sling bag (luckily I only did that a couple of days). I did most of my shopping on the way out of the park. The first park day at MK we did send packages to the front of the park to be picked up on the way out. It was super convenient and much better than lugging a bunch of bags around or leaving them in the stroller.

11:35am Lunch ADR – Coral Reef

Checked In: 11:25am
Seated: 11:30am
Left: 12:45pm

We gave the Coral Reef the following ratings:

No Characters

5/5 Service: Our waiter was almost too attentive; I think we were his only table. He seemed to want to hang out and chat. But he did take our picture. He was the only server that offered the whole trip. Unfortunately our camera is the pits so the picture didn’t turn out. We are definitely getting a new camera this summer. When we were discussing what DD5 should have he strongly recommend NOT getting the meaty macaroni, he said half the people send it back. He said that the servers keep telling the chef to change it to something else but they just won’t listen. No problem we had heard warnings on DIS so we knew not to order that for her. But it was nice of him to warn us.

4/5 Atmosphere: We were seated on the second tier. We were surprised that DD5 didn’t seem that interested in the aquarium. I think it was mostly because she couldn’t really see very well. As taller adults we could see fine but she couldn’t. There really wasn’t as much activity in the tank as we remembered. We did see a big turtle but that was about it. Maybe if we had been closer we would have been able to see more. We thought the tables were nicely spaced but the restaurant was mostly empty except for the tables closest to the aquarium. They did give DD5 crayons with her menu/activity sheet. I think every TS restaurant gave crayons with the kid's menu. :thumbsup2 I think that's really nice since most people don't cart around stuff for their kid's to play with at the restaurants in the parks becuase they don't want to lug extra stuff all day.

4/5 Food:

Bread was warm, soft and crusty. But for some reason my note says that it looked better than it tasted :confused3

For appetizers:
DD5 and I both had the lobster soup 5/5. It was hot and creamy with bits of lobster. I would definately recommend. It was great but DD5 wouldn’t eat hers so DH “forced” himself to eat it. I was actually surprised that DD5 wouldn’t eat it because she normally loves soup. This might have been a non-eating day for her, I can’t remember. Coincidentally today DD5 has only eaten 3 bites of cereal, half a pancake (DH even made it Mickey shaped), about 5 cubes of pear and honey dew melon and 4 blueberries. We’re having Chinese for supper, noodles are her favourite so I’m hoping she’ll make up for the rest of the day. ANYWAYS, DH had the Land and Sea and loved it 5/5. The beef was very tender and he found the polenta Interesting since he had never had it before. He said the shrimp were fine and he liked the spicy cucumber salad. He said he would order it again.

For entrees:
DD5 had the Grilled Chicken Breast and it was huge. She only ate maybe two bites but she ate a bit of DH’s steak. DH tried the chicken and said it was good. However the food was cold, we didn’t complain because DD5 wouldn’t care. I would still give it a 4/5. DD5 won’t eat more than one chicken nugget so normally a chicken breast would be a hit, cold or not.

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DH had the steak which he said was great though he found the sides cold and bland. Despite the sides he said he would order the steak again. DH said it was cooked to order; medium.

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I had the Apricot short rib and it was delicious. I loved every bite. I would definitely order it again. DD5 even tried it and loved it. The meat was fork tender and snap peas were fresh and cooked perfectly. However my mashed potatoes were cold too. I didn’t eat them, but I didn’t complain. Frankly I was stuffed so I didn’t really care; I can eat mashed potatoes anywhere.

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For dessert:
DH had the chocolate wave; it was warm with lots of filling. DH said he would order it again. 5/5

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I had the butterscotch crème brulee, it was better than the key lime one at Narcossee’s 4/5. I would probably order something else next time. I only took a couple of bites but DH liked it. Like I said earlier; I feel like a fake; reviewing desserts since I don’t really like dessert. So take my opinion about the desserts (and everything else) with a grain of salt.

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DD5 had the make your own sundae. She never ate the ice cream but insisted on taking the “smarties” with her (yes I had an extra snack sized zip lock bag). I ended up throwing them out when we left Disney because she never ate them, as usual. We paid OOP for a tinker bell cup with a light up tinker for DD5.

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Bottom Line:

We won’t be back on our next trip but I wouldn’t say we would never return. We thought the food was actually quite good (despite the cold potatoes) and the service was good. I found the menu quite limited. Since I love seafood I wish there was more seafood options for entrees. Though I love seafood I don’t eat much fish. We would rather try some of the other interesting options in Epcot on our next trip.

vinotinto
03-12-2010, 08:31 PM
I must say this magical moment was the icing on top of our already perfect vacation and it was only the second park day!

Aahhh! :cloud9: What a magical moment indeed ! :wizard: As a parent, there is nothing better than when our kids are really happy.

BTW, I thought I wanted to go with Sci-Fi. We went there last year and had thought it was cute. But, no doubt that 50's food definitely looks waaay better. But, 4 pieces of fried chicken?! I think I need to ask about portion sizes before ordering!

iloveeeyore
03-12-2010, 09:31 PM
I am following along and loving your reviews! Thank you for taking the time to do this report. Your DD is adorable!!!

I had to look on the atlas to see where it is that you live. BRRRRRR is all I can say! I have a hard time with New York in winter!

laura74
03-13-2010, 09:14 AM
Great reviews and pics! Your daughter is adorable!

I'm fascinated by where you live. I'd love to hear more about it. Were you born there or did you relocate?

Disney owl
03-13-2010, 10:10 AM
great reports

arcticdisneylovers
03-13-2010, 10:29 AM
Great reviews and pics! Your daughter is adorable!

I'm fascinated by where you live. I'd love to hear more about it. Were you born there or did you relocate?

I was born in New Brunswick (Canada) but I lived in Cambridge Bay (a small arctic community) and Yellowknife (the capital of the North West Territories) in the 1970's as a child. But my husband and I moved to Iqaluit and then Pond Inlet (that's the really high arctic) in 2001 but moved back south when I was pregnant with my daughter. Then we moved back to Iqaluit in 2006. We bought a house so we'll be here for a while. Maybe ;) We love it. Life is very different here, a much slower pace. We fly out twice a year for vacation; to shop and get our fill of fast food :banana:

arcticdisneylovers
03-13-2010, 10:33 AM
Pecos Bill’s Cafe

We cancelled our San Angel Inn ADR because we decided to head back to the hotel to relax and then go to MK to see Spectromagic, Tinker Bell’s flight and Wishes. At 4:30pm we went to Pecos Bills. It wasn’t busy at all. There was no line up at the ordering machines or the counter.

We gave Pecos Bill’s the following ratings:

No characters

4/5 Service: The CMs at the counter were just ok but the CM in the dining room was super friendly and even brought DD5 a free chocolate chip cookie, which she did eat.

4/5 Atmosphere: It was quite dark in the dining room but we liked the seating. We sat indoors but the place was practically empty so there was plenty of room inside and out.

4/5 Food: We ordered 2 deluxe burgers with fries, got carrot cakes for dessert and cokes. The burgers were hot and huge. The bun was whole wheat and very fresh. Since I saw so many complaints on here about the buns it was way better than I expected. (Actually we got a horrible stale bun on our next visit so I guess it just depends on the day you visit.) We thought this was a great choice for a quick counter service meal. The fixings bar was great with; lettuce, tomatoes, fried mushrooms and onions, pickles and hot peppers. The best of all was the cheese sauce for our fries. We didn’t order anything for DD5 because we didn’t think there wasn’t anything on the menu that she would eat. But she had a half a dozen fries and she actually ate half my burger which is the very first time we could convince her to try more than one bite of a hamburger. DD5 and DH shared a carrot cake for dessert, they liked it. We put the other one in the back of the stroller. Which unfortunately we forgot about and found a few days later and had to throw it out.


Lounge Food

It took us till 9:15pm to fight the crowds out of the park and back to the Contemporary. We stopped at the lounge to see what they had to offer. There were cans of Minute Maid lemonade added to the regular choice of coke, diet coke and sprite. There was often apple and orange juice as well. There were lots of snacks. That night we tried; chocolate chip cookies, mini parfaits, chocolate mousse, lemon tarts, little cups with peanut butter and jelly and little slices of baguette. There might have been more choices but I seem to have written down only what we tried. DD5 and I had a nice pb&j snack and DH enjoyed the sweets. The free alcohol was wasted on us because I don’t drink and DH rarely does. He did enjoy a cold beer while watching the fireworks from our balcony a couple of nights. There always seemed to be lots of alcohol available in the evenings perhaps because there never seemed to be anyone in the lounge. At least one Club CM mentioned to DH that he could always ask a CM to bring more beer out if his favourite wasn’t on display. But that wasn’t ever necessary since we don’t really drink. I must say we felt drinkers might have gotten more $ benefit from the free upgrade since I’m sure alcohol is probably expensive to buy at the resort. I never noticed but DH said they even brought out 3 or 4 liquors later in the evening. We really enjoyed the free pop and juice though. It was so convenient to just stop at the lounge on the way back to our room each evening to pick up some drinks and see if there were any interesting snacks. We ate a lot of bananas from the lounge. DD5 needs to eat something as soon as she wakes up so the free access to fresh fruit, nuts, pretzels, etc. was awesome.

vinotinto
03-13-2010, 07:04 PM
It took us till 9:15pm to fight the crowds out of the park and back to the Contemporary.

At what time did Spectro/Wishes end?


Reading all you installments. I hope you let us know your favorites at the end! popcorn::

arcticdisneylovers
03-13-2010, 07:47 PM
At what time did Spectro/Wishes end?

Spectro was at 7pm (only a couple nights) and Wishes was at 8pm the whole week we were there Jan 25th - Feb1st. We only watched in the park once, the rest of the time we watched from our balcony. If you watched close you could ever see Tinker Bell's flight.


Reading all you installments. I hope you let us know your favorites at the end! popcorn::

I'll give my top favourites at the end :thumbsup2

WAHkoMom
03-14-2010, 12:11 AM
I just found your thread and I'm really enjoying your reports! We are going in November and I want to try some new restaurants this time, so this is really helpful. Narcoossee's is now on my list of ADRs to make in May! We are from New England, so seafood is a hit with 3 out of the 4 of us.

Keep up the good work!

arcticdisneylovers
03-14-2010, 04:01 PM
January 29th – Friday – Animal Kingdom

8:05am ADR - Donald Safari Breakfast
We took a cab to the park from our hotel and arrived at 7:45am. We went right in and stopped on our way to the restaurant to take a few pictures.

Checked In: 8:00am
Seated: 8:05am
There were only a couple of families ahead of us in the photo line. We were informed by one of the handlers that Donald did not sign anything. If you wanted a signature you would have to go to Camp Minnie/Mickey when it opened. We already had an autograph from Chef Mickey’s so it didn’t really matter to us. But IMO when people are paying that much for breakfast, they should at least be able to get an autograph from the main attraction. If we hadn’t already had Donald’s autograph I would have been ticked. DH couldn’t believe that we couldn’t get an autograph so when we were leaving there was no one waiting to get a picture taken so DH went and asked but they said no autographs.
Left: 8:55am

We gave the Donald Safari Breakfast the following ratings:

5/5 Characters: Our table was just inside the door to our section of the restaurant. We were the first table to see the characters. There was quick Jungle Dance with the characters and the kids got to use instruments. But it was over so quick we weren’t able to get any good photos but DD5 loved it. We have an awful camera which we will replace before our next trip. We really went here because my DD5 loved Daisy Duck and it seemed like this was the only breakfast that included Daisy.

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5/5 Service: Veronica was our server and she was great. She was very nice and professional. She also brought us lot of juice refills which was good because the jungle juice was delicious and she cleared the empty plates efficiently.

5/5 Atmosphere: The restaurant was nicely decorated and themed. The tables weren’t too close for us. We bought the family picture with Donald as we did at every character meal. Since it was my DD5 first trip we couldn’t resist getting the photo packages.

5/5 Food: Definitely had the biggest selection and we loved the station set up. Everything was hot, fresh and tasty. They even had chocolate covered donuts like Tim Hortons (the only time we saw them on a buffet). DD5 insisted that she wanted it but I don’t think she took a bite. I also like how the food was in a separate room from the dining tables. For some reason I only have a couple of pictures of our plates, probably because we were trying to gobble up our food between characters. I think these were DH and mine for some reason I didn’t get a picture of DD5. I’m sure it had scrambled eggs, sausage and fruit which I’m sure she never touched as usual.

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That’s one reason I enjoy family style meals, at least you don’t have to get up and down while watching for the characters. I’d like to blame the character distraction for my DD5 food consumption but she’s just a very small eater, unlike her parents :rotfl:

Bottom Line: :yay:

We will definitely be back next year on our Animal Kingdom day. It was nice to have some different breakfast choices and it was definitely the biggest buffet. We really liked the stations as well so you didn’t have to wait in a line to get one item. Though the morning we were there it wasn’t busy so there were no lines at the buffet.

Northern_Julie
03-14-2010, 04:46 PM
Just a quick hello from Yellowknife. I am doing the Deluxe Dining for the first part a split stay to do some signature dining and having at least two sit down meals.
I jumped up and down to see a report from a Northerner. I get a small fast food fix...looking for the variety and as you show the variety of fresh fruit. Felt it would be less than neighborly not to say hello.

kayrosek
03-14-2010, 07:47 PM
Great reviews so far. We loved our Tusker House Breakfast as well.

arcticdisneylovers
03-15-2010, 10:02 AM
Just a quick hello from Yellowknife. I am doing the Deluxe Dining for the first part a split stay to do some signature dining and having at least two sit down meals.
I jumped up and down to see a report from a Northerner. I get a small fast food fix...looking for the variety and as you show the variety of fresh fruit. Felt it would be less than neighborly not to say hello.

My family lived in Yellowknife in the 1970's when I was a kid but DH says it's changed a lot :goodvibes DH has been there a few times passing through for business or stuck because of weather (you know how that is). I loved the DxDDP because we love to eat :woohoo: I'm sure you can relate, eating is big part of our vacations. Eating in a "restaurant" that isn't part of hotel :yay:

PixieDustandEeyore
03-15-2010, 12:35 PM
My best friend was just down from Yellowknife and she ate ALOT especially fruit and ice cream due to the expensive food items in grocery stores! Did you enjoy your escape to the warm? :)

arcticdisneylovers
03-15-2010, 01:55 PM
My best friend was just down from Yellowknife and she ate ALOT especially fruit and ice cream due to the expensive food items in grocery stores! Did you enjoy your escape to the warm? :)

We had the best vacation ever :cool1: We are planning to go back again next January. We loved the MK view at CR and we even got a free upgrade to 12th floor club level. We didn't really mind the "chilly" weather but DD5 only got to go swimming twice.

We had great service at all of the restaurants. I am already working on my ADR list for next year:lmao: I think we'll be doing the DxDDP again but I have to convince DH ;)

arcticdisneylovers
03-17-2010, 06:00 PM
11:30am Lunch ADR - Yak & Yeti

Checked In: 11:23am
Seated: 11:23am
Left: 12:50pm

We gave the Yak & Yeti the following ratings:

No Characters

5/5 Service: Our server’s name was Dave and he was terrific. He took our DxDP card before we even ordered because he said it took longer than normal to process the transaction because Y & Y is not a Disney owned restaurant. Dave was attentive and very kind when DD5 spilled her drink all over the table and floor. They didn’t have kid’s cups with lids, when I saw the giant glass I knew we’d be lucky to finish without an accident.

4/5 Atmosphere: We were seated upstairs in a corner table by the windows. It was so nice being able to watch all the action on the street below. It was quiet since there was no one seated in our area until right before we left. It was the only restaurant where I found it a bit chilly and I had jeans and a sweatshirt on. I really didn’t like that the bathroom was on the main level; very inconvenient for families with small children. DD5 had to go during the meal even though we went before heading the restaurant. We visited every restaurant washroom; I think she just wants to check them out.

5/5 Food: When we ordered our appetizers we just assumed DD5 didn’t get one since they weren’t listed on her menu. But Dave encouraged us to order a 3rd adult appetizer since there weren’t kiddie choices. We did; big mistake we were stuffed before our entrees even arrived.

We ordered:
3/5 Wok fried Green Beans – Everyone raved about them here and I thought we’d love them. They were nice and crisp and dipping sauce was great but we weren’t wowed. They were just OK for us, I don’t think we would order them again. I thought DD5 would like them because she loves green beans but she wouldn’t touch them (she doesn’t like anything breaded).

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4/5 Egg Rolls – They were nice and hot with lots of filling (veggies and pork). The sauce was tasty. They were huge though, way too big for an appetizer. We need to figure out a way to order way less food next year. Maybe we’ll pay OOP and just order less. The portions are just crazy huge and we are big eaters.

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5/5 Chicken Wings – We actually liked these the best out of the three choices. The sauce was delicious and DH loved the cucumber slaw. If we ordered an appetizer again these would be our first pick.

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For entrees we ordered:
I ordered the steak with shrimp and it was fantastic. I asked for my steak to be well done and it was cooked perfectly. It was melt in your mouth, very tender. Really the shrimp were just OK in comparison to the steak. The rice was also great. I loved this meal and will definitely order it again next year 5/5

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DH had the ribs and loved them. I tried them and they were great, some of the best ribs we’ve ever had. They were tender and falling off the bone and the sauce was so good. DH will definitely order them again next year. He said the coleslaw was “different” but he ate it 5/5.

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DD5 got the Chicken bites with rice and apple sauce. She never touched the chicken but loved the rice. We took the apple sauce with us and she ate it a couple weeks later at her grandparents. She did love DH’s ribs and my steak though so she did get some protein that day. I would give her meal 5/5.

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For dessert we ordered:
5/5 Cream Cheese Wontons – We each ordered them. What a waste, I barely touched mine I was so stuffed I just couldn’t. But DH thought they were great and would definitely get them again. He said it was his favourite dessert of the whole trip.

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DD5 got plain chocolate pudding and loved it. Sorry I don’t have a picture but that’s what my notes say.

Bottom Line: :yay:

We will definitely be back next year but I think we will plan on Donald’s Safari Breakfast and then Yak & Yeti for an early supper. It was way too much food for lunch. I would say the portions were the biggest of any restaurant we visited. Next year we will pay OOP and share one appetizer and dessert. We’ll each order our entrees and just share with DD. I’ll bet we’ll still be stuffed. This is a restaurant where I would encourage sharing for most families. The receipt said the meal would have cost $106.39 but for us - 3 meal credits; excellent value for excellent food.

vinotinto
03-17-2010, 08:13 PM
This is a restaurant where I would encourage sharing for most families.

:love: your report since you are hitting all the restaurants I have on my ADr list. Taking notes as we are planning Y&Y for lunch on our AK day too. Those plates certainly look shareable!

arcticdisneylovers
03-17-2010, 08:14 PM
Another Magical Moment Alert

We cancelled out 5:40pm Supper ADR for Japan’s Teppan Edo and headed to MK instead of Epcot as we originally planned.

While we were at MK Winnie the Pooh had a 20min wait posted so we decided to get fast passes, I know we were spoiled. So when I put our park tickets into the FP machine it spit out “Surprise Fast Passes” for Mickey’s Philharmonic. Now I know we didn’t really “need” fast passes because mostly everything was walk on including Mickey’s Philharmonic. But it was so neat, such a little thing just made my day. I can only imagine how happy someone would be if that happened during a busy time of year!

We left MK and were back in our room by 7:05pm. We ordered room service right before we watched the fireworks at 8pm from our balcony. The food arrived shortly after the fireworks. Because room service is 2 credits each we used 4 meal credits all together. We didn’t order a separate meal for DD5 because as you all know by now she wouldn’t have eaten it.

I’m not sure what we ordered for drinks because I didn’t write it down. We didn’t get pictures because DH had put the camera on to charge.

We got 2 shrimp cocktails for appetizers and they were great. Nice big fresh shrimp with a tasty cocktail sauce 5/5. They were served on a hug bed of lettuce which was a waste since we didn’t eat it. Of course DH was appalled since lettuce is super expensive and hard to get in the arctic :lmao:

We ordered a meatball and onion pizza, it counted as 4 credits and it was nasty. :sick: We would never order the pizza again. The sauce was bland and the meat was little tiny cut up bits and the onions appeared to have been added raw on top after the pizza was cooked. We were disappointed and thought it really lacked flavour 0/5. Seriously, it was some of the worst pizza we’ve ever tasted. We literally never even ate a whole piece each, what a waste. :mad:

We ordered the Carrot Cake and the Butterfinger Cheesecake for dessert and they were both great, highly recommended. We would definitely order them again 5/5.

Bottom Line: :yay: / :sick: for the pizza

We would definitely get room service again but we would NEVER order the pizza again, it was nasty. The meal was nicely presented and delivered quickly. The shrimp and desserts were fantastic.

Northern_Julie
03-18-2010, 10:00 PM
My family lived in Yellowknife in the 1970's when I was a kid but DH says it's changed a lot :goodvibes DH has been there a few times passing through for business or stuck because of weather (you know how that is). I loved the DxDDP because we love to eat :woohoo: I'm sure you can relate, eating is big part of our vacations. Eating in a "restaurant" that isn't part of hotel :yay:

Yes very differant than the 70's from the pictures I have seen. But after 5 years it is home.
Yes I feel really food obsessed when I travel south. I have more variety in Yellowknife but it is pricey and I still have cravings...I tend to eat out on my community travel (Inuvik, Smith and Simpson) and get sick of it.

Well I have Narcosses on the list now! We were already thinking Yak and Yeti.

Pooh&OurHunny
03-18-2010, 10:11 PM
Great updates. Drooling over the Yak and Yeti pictures. We will be trying Yak and Yeti on our next trip. Sorry for the bad room service pizza.

iheartjacksparrow
03-19-2010, 04:38 PM
11:30am Lunch ADR - Yak & Yeti

Checked In: 11:23am
Seated: 11:23am
Left: 12:50pm

We gave the Yak & Yeti the following ratings:

No Characters

5/5 Service: Our server’s name was Dave and he was terrific. He took our DxDP card before we even ordered because he said it took longer than normal to process the transaction because Y & Y is not a Disney owned restaurant. Dave was attentive and very kind when DD5 spilled her drink all over the table and floor. They didn’t have kid’s cups with lids, when I saw the giant glass I knew we’d be lucky to finish without an accident.

4/5 Atmosphere: We were seated upstairs in a corner table by the windows. It was so nice being able to watch all the action on the street below. It was quiet since there was no one seated in our area until right before we left. It was the only restaurant where I found it a bit chilly and I had jeans and a sweatshirt on. I really didn’t like that the bathroom was on the main level; very inconvenient for families with small children. DD5 had to go during the meal even though we went before heading the restaurant. We visited every restaurant washroom; I think she just wants to check them out.

5/5 Food: When we ordered our appetizers we just assumed DD5 didn’t get one since they weren’t listed on her menu. But Dave encouraged us to order a 3rd adult appetizer since there weren’t kiddie choices. We did; big mistake we were stuffed before our entrees even arrived.

We ordered:
3/5 Wok fried Green Beans – Everyone raved about them here and I thought we’d love them. They were nice and crisp and dipping sauce was great but we weren’t wowed. They were just OK for us, I don’t think we would order them again. I thought DD5 would like them because she loves green beans but she wouldn’t touch them (she doesn’t like anything breaded).

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4/5 Egg Rolls – They were nice and hot with lots of filling (veggies and pork). The sauce was tasty. They were huge though, way too big for an appetizer. We need to figure out a way to order way less food next year. Maybe we’ll pay OOP and just order less. The portions are just crazy huge and we are big eaters.

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5/5 Chicken Wings – We actually liked these the best out of the three choices. The sauce was delicious and DH loved the cucumber slaw. If we ordered an appetizer again these would be our first pick.

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For entrees we ordered:
I ordered the steak with shrimp and it was fantastic. I asked for my steak to be well done and it was cooked perfectly. It was melt in your mouth, very tender. Really the shrimp were just OK in comparison to the steak. The rice was also great. I loved this meal and will definitely order it again next year 5/5

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DH had the ribs and loved them. I tried them and they were great, some of the best ribs we’ve ever had. They were tender and falling off the bone and the sauce was so good. DH will definitely order them again next year. He said the coleslaw was “different” but he ate it 5/5.

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DD5 got the Chicken bites with rice and apple sauce. She never touched the chicken but loved the rice. We took the apple sauce with us and she ate it a couple weeks later at her grandparents. She did love DH’s ribs and my steak though so she did get some protein that day. I would give her meal 5/5.

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For dessert we ordered:
5/5 Cream Cheese Wontons – We each ordered them. What a waste, I barely touched mine I was so stuffed I just couldn’t. But DH thought they were great and would definitely get them again. He said it was his favourite dessert of the whole trip.

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DD5 got plain chocolate pudding and loved it. Sorry I don’t have a picture but that’s what my notes say.

Bottom Line: :yay:

We will definitely be back next year but I think we will plan on Donald’s Safari Breakfast and then Yak & Yeti for an early supper. It was way too much food for lunch. I would say the portions were the biggest of any restaurant we visited. Next year we will pay OOP and share one appetizer and dessert. We’ll each order our entrees and just share with DD. I’ll bet we’ll still be stuffed. This is a restaurant where I would encourage sharing for most families. The receipt said the meal would have cost $106.39 but for us - 3 meal credits; excellent value for excellent food.

Sooo glad to hear good reviews about this! I was nervous about going here since I haven't heard much about it, but my DBF insisted we go! The pictures you took make it look great and that dessert looks amazing!
Thank you for such great reviews...keep it up! :thumbsup2

Cdn Gal
03-19-2010, 06:40 PM
Keep it coming- excited that you get to eat all of this food. DH is from Queen Charlotte Islands- remote BC where you can see Alaska from the beach. He lived in Alert for awhile and when I was visiting him I was shocked at the price of food. You know you hear about it but to experience it is another thing! Love your posts! :cool1:

mpbest
03-20-2010, 10:25 PM
Thanks for the great reviews. Definitely making me rethink some of my ADRs. Your daughter is so cute!

Can't wait to hear more.

arcticdisneylovers
03-21-2010, 04:57 PM
January 30th – Saturday – Magic Kingdom

8:25am Breakfast ADR – Cinderella’s Castle (2 credits each)

Checked In: 8:15am
Seated: 8:20am
We waited for less than 5 minutes for a picture with Cinderella.
Left: 9:05am

We gave Cinderella’s Castle the following ratings:

4/5 Characters: In the dining room we saw; Jasmine, Belle in her blue dress, Sleeping Beauty and we finally got to see Snow White, my DD5 favourite princess for the day. DD5 even wore her Snow White t-shirt. We got pictures and had a pillowcase signed since we had gotten autographs at Norway. We were also able to get Snow White’s autograph. The princesses were fine but they were much more rushed than Norway.

4/5 Service: Not terrible, the server was an older woman who was not at all friendly. She never checked on us, we had to flag down other servers for drink and food refills. But the restaurant was full and I’m sure she had lots of tables. She took our DxDP card at the beginning of the meal so even though it took a couple of tries to catch her for the bill she brought it over promptly when asked. I did have the service at 3/5 but DH thinks that is too harsh. DH thinks it was just that most of our other servers were exceptional.

5/5 Atmosphere: It was the castle and it was magical of course. The general decor was very regal and touches like the stained glass and the suit of armour downstairs made it even more special. Because of our terrible camera our pictures of the dining room didn’t turn out. The tables seemed quite close together. We were seated in the center of the dining room.

3/5 Food: I knew from reading reviews that the food was not going to be wonderful. It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t great. The eggs were very runny, I actually wondered if they were safe to eat. The pastries and fruit looked great. But we never touched either; they were literally set on the table and then another server set our plates of hot food down in front of us at the same time.

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DD5 had the children’s plate but never ate anything, literally. 3/5

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DH had the Puffed French Toast and he thought it was great. 5/5

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Neither adult choice appealed to me; Puffed French Toast or a Veggie Omelette so I asked for an adult sized portion of the children’s plate. I got the idea from another reviewer. The waitress wasn’t impressed but allowed me to 3/5. Once the hot food came we realized we had no sausages so we flagged a man down and asked. He promptly brought back a huge platter and they were great. We asked for more eggs because we thought maybe they would be cooked better but they weren’t.

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Bottom Line: :) / :sick:

The bill said the meal would have been $119.68 but it cost us 6 meal credits. Definitely not worth it, but we will visit the castle next year. Next year I think we will try supper now that they have the princesses. IMHO Norway has better service, better food and better character interaction. I really do think that because it is the castle, Disney knows it doesn’t have to bother with decent food and good service.

goodfood4ursoul
03-21-2010, 05:58 PM
January 30th – Saturday – Magic Kingdom

The bill said the meal would have been $119.68 but it cost us 6 meal credits. Definitely not worth it, but we will visit the castle next year. Next year I think we will try supper now that they have the princesses.

IMHO Norway has better service, better food and better character interaction. I really do think that because it is the castle, Disney knows it doesn’t have to bother with decent food and good service.


I don't know why the food at Akershus gets a bum rap sometimes :confused3
We love the food-even at dinner.:thumbsup2
It's one of our favorite restaurants and the character interaction is great too!
You did not mention in your Akershus review (or I just didn't read carefully enough...)
but did you get a portrait with a princess? princess:
When had dinner at Akershus last September,
we had a special portrait taken with Belle, and when they served our dessert,
we were also given an 8 x 10 and two 4 x 6 copies of the portrait- this is part of the dinner package.
It is such a nice souveneir of a special evening! :cloud9:

arcticdisneylovers
03-21-2010, 05:59 PM
11:30am Lunch ADR – Tony’s Town Square

Checked In: Well we arrived at 11:20am but it took 10min to check in because some annoying man was trying to make an ADR but didn’t like what was available (he eventually left unhappy). The host was not friendly but to be fair that man was annoying me and I only had to listen to him not try to help him.
Seated: 11:35am
Left: 12:25pm

We gave Tony’s the following ratings:

No Characters

5/5 Service: An excellent server, she was super friendly. She even offered to take our picture in front of the lady and tramp fountain.

3/5 Atmosphere: I found it kind of dark though we were seated at the very back of the restaurant. The tables around us we all empty. I thought the floor was filthy but DH claimed it was just very worn. Looked like dirt to me.

3/5 Food: Was not terrible, just not our taste.

For appetizers we ordered:

DD5 declined.

DH ordered the calamari and loved it. 5/5 He thought the olive relish made the dish. I never tried it so I can’t comment.

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I ordered the Garlic Cheese Bread 4/5. It was nice but I like thinner bread. Weird I know. :confused3

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For entrees we ordered:

DD5 had the kid’s pizza meal. She didn’t eat anything as usual. She usually loves pizza but said it didn’t taste good. DH tried it and said DD5 was right. :sick: 2/5 Sorry we didn't get a picture, but you're not missing much.

DH ordered the meatball sub. He found it bland and would have preferred a spicier sauce. DH also felt there should have been more meatballs. The salad was just ok. He said he wouldn’t order it again. 3/5

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I ordered the chicken parmesan. It came with garlic toastini but it was hard as rock. The pasta was cooked perfectly but I didn’t care for the sauce at all. The chicken was excellent though, a huge piece. Because I didn’t like the sauce I wouldn’t ordered this again 3/5. I guess my family is used to my own spicier sauce.

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For desserts we ordered:

Pistachio Creme Brulee – Much smaller than the other crème brulees we had tried during the trip but actually I thought it was the perfect size. It was ok but I don’t think I would order it again 3/5.

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Raspberry Cheesecake was typical cheesecake. It was just alright 3/5. But remember we don’t really care for dessert.

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Bottom Line: :sick:

We definitely will not be back. But that decision is based strictly on personal taste. The service was excellent and there was nothing wrong with the food we just basically didn’t like the sauce they use. But I would say this restaurant was the only one we felt was kind of run down, maybe it’s in need of a refurb.

DLo
03-21-2010, 06:05 PM
enjoying your reviews. wonderful you got an upgrade to club level! :cool1:
I appreciate you taking the time to say if you would return or not. We enjoyed our CM b'fast but my ds only wants to go for the Krispy Kreme donuts . Looking forward to the rest.

arcticdisneylovers
03-21-2010, 06:18 PM
5:15pm Supper ADR – Spirit of Aloha (2 credits each)

Checked In: 4:45pm
Check in for the dinner show was on the bottom floor of the main Poly building. They put pink and white lei around each of our necks. They told us they don’t start seating until 5pm and that they would lead the crowd down together when they were ready to begin. It had been cold and rainy all afternoon so we were worried that the show might be cancelled but the weather cleared so there was no problem. We chatted with other nice families with small children while we waited.
Seated: 5:17pm
Left: 7:30pm

We gave the dinner show the following ratings:

5/5 Show: It was a bit hokey throughout the meal but we liked it. DD5 actually went to the front when they showed the kids how to do the hula dance. She loved it and still puts on dance shows for us and company at home. We thought the dancers and fire juggler were great.

5/5 Service: Our server was an older lady who was very nice and super friendly. She brought drink refills without being asked. She was so efficient you didn’t even notice her clearing the table.

4/5 Atmosphere: We were seated at the 3rd row of tables from the far left of the dining room on the main floor. There was a post right in the view of my DH seat. From my seat I thought the view wasn’t too bad but when I switched with DH as my DD5 was falling asleep I discovered his view was terrible. I couldn’t see much at all. I could only see anything by leaning across the table. The tables were very close but the rows were well spaced. The kid sitting beside me during the meal at another table kept spinning her chair and kicking me. But luckily before I snapped her mother stopped her.

5/5 Food:

The food was served family style to the table. Sorry we didn’t get many pictures of the food I guess we were too busy eating.

The bread was excellent but I wish they had served butter with it. Next time I think I’ll ask. The fresh pineapple was great and DH and DD5 ate every bite. The salad was delicious; the dressing was a mango poppy seed. Yummm 5/5.

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The chicken and ribs were excellent 5/5.

Rice and veggies were good 4/5. The veggies were mostly broccoli with a few carrots, pea pods and mushrooms. DD5 loved the food and ate lots since ribs, rice and broccoli is one of her favourite meals.

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The portions were huge, it seemed like so much food was wasted. I wish they brought smaller servings and just offered refills (which they do as well).
The dessert was a chocolate mousse like thing. DH thought it was ok but DD5wouldn’t try it and I had a bite but I thought it was too chocolaty for me 2/5 I wish there was a choice of desserts because next year I’ll try to catch the server before she leaves it to say no thanks.

Bottom Line: :yay:

Unfortunately DD5 feel asleep right as the after dinner portion of the show started. We were worried about her being cold so we had brought a little blanket. It was chilly so we covered her up and DH held her. We will definitely go back next year and we hope that DD5 will stay awake for the actual show. I think we will pay OOP though so we can get Tier 1 seating. We thought the food and service was great but wished we had better seats.

arcticdisneylovers
03-21-2010, 06:22 PM
I don't know why the food at Akershus gets a bum rap sometimes :confused3
We love the food-even at dinner.:thumbsup2
It's one of our favorite restaurants and the character interaction is great too!
You did not mention in your Akershus review (or I just didn't read carefully enough...)
but did you get a portrait with a princess? princess:
When had dinner at Akershus last September,
we had a special portrait taken with Belle, and when they served our dessert,
we were also given an 8 x 10 and two 4 x 6 copies of the portrait- this is part of the dinner package.
It is such a nice souveneir of a special evening! :cloud9:



Sorry I forgot to mention it but we did get a lovely picture of DD5 with Belle. The package was included with the meal.

arcticdisneylovers
03-21-2010, 06:39 PM
January 31st – Sunday – AM Epcot & then hop to MK after lunch

8:10am Breakfast ADR – 1900 Park Fare
Checked In: 8:00am
Seated: We had our picture taken with no wait and were seated immediately.
Left: 9:10am
We were delayed a bit because DH decided at the last minute he couldn’t leave without another bowl of strawberry soup.

We gave 1900 Park Fare the following ratings:

5/5 Characters: We saw; Tigger, Pooh, Alice, the Mad Hatter and Mary Poppins. They were awesome. We had pictures, autographs and a pillowcase signed. The Mad Hatter was very chatty and spent the most time at our table. Alice was very pretty and looked just I would imagine her to. This picture was taken just as Alice came back to our table to talk to the Mad Hatter; they had a rather odd verbal exchange.

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Mary Poppins was so warm and friendly. They were all warm and friendly; not at all rushed. DD5 only really knew who Tigger and Pooh were but she enjoyed this meal very much. We saw all the characters by 9am and then they started coming again. Right before we left Tigger stopped by our table again.

5/5 Service: Our server was friendly and efficient. She offered juice refills and cleared plates quickly.

5/5 Atmosphere: The dining room had a lot of white wood and looked kind of Victorian. I don’t remember seeing the organ. The tables were spaced nicely. We were seated in the right center coming through the doors. So we saw everyone entering the restaurant, it was quite busy. I prefer when you don’t have to leave the restaurant to use the bathroom since we always have to visit the facilities during the meal. The washroom here is just past the check in desk. The dining room wasn’t completely full but it seemed very loud compared to the other breakfasts we attended.

5/5 Food: The buffet set up made it the most crowded buffet. The food was hot and fresh. There was lots of choice; much more variety than Chef Mickey’s.

Bottom Line: :yay:

We would definitely recommend this breakfast. The food, service and characters were great. But I’m not sure it will be a must do for us next year. Only because we hope to go to Crystal Palace (it was closed during our visit) to see Pooh and friends. Mary Poppins, Alice and the Mad Hatter aren’t characters that are must see for us because DD5 is not familiar with them. But if our schedule allows I would visit because the food was great. Actually DH will probably insist just so he can get more strawberry soup. The total on the bill was $68.48 but we used 3 meal credits.

2manypets
03-21-2010, 06:45 PM
I agree with you about Tony's Town Square. We ate there in 2005 for the first time and I can't get DH to ever go back. The food was bad, so bad my calamari stunk up the place so much that the neighboring tables were sniffing wondering where that smell came from. :laughing:

I would love to go to the Aloha dinner one of these days. A lot of people rave about the bread and salad. It all looks delicious!

arcticdisneylovers
03-22-2010, 07:04 PM
11:35am Lunch ADR – Le Cellier

Checked In: 11:30am
Seated: 11:35am
Left: 12:45pm

We gave Le Cellier the following ratings:

No Characters

5/5 Service: Our server was a young man named Cale. He was attentive and friendly. He also brought pop refills without being asked. He was so great we actually filled out a card when we left to commend him for his terrific service. He just went above and beyond. We love when servers bring the bill with dessert so we can leave as soon as we’re finished and we don’t have to wait around. Maybe that’s just because families with kids are usually want to be ready to make a quick getaway. Well at least we do. :rotfl:

5/5 Atmosphere: As Canadians we loved how all of the servers opened the restaurant by singing O Canada. We sang along. We were the last family to be seated from the opening crowd but still we only waited a minute. We were seated at a booth at the very back of the restaurant behind the server’s station, by the washrooms. We didn’t mind, the table beside us was empty until right before we left. This was good since the other table was entertained by DD5 singing “It’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow”. It was two older couples and once DD5 started singing I tried to shush her but they encouraged her. Luckily the rest of tables nearby were empty. :rotfl2:

5/5 Food:
DD5 and I ordered root beer which was very refreshing. DH ordered a mango smoothie since our server pointed out that they were included in the meal plan and highly recommended. We loved the pretzel bread but I didn’t try the other types. They brought 3 huge pieces which seemed like way too much.

For appetizers we ordered:
DH ordered the Spicy chicken sausage with polenta and he loved it. I tried it and it was delicious. DH thought the polenta was better than Coral Reef’s. He would definitely order it again. DH thought it was his best appetizer of the trip.

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DD5 and I both ordered the Cheddar soup. DD5 loved it and ate it right up.5/5
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However, it wasn’t what I expected. I wouldn’t order it again but DH tried it and thought it was great. I guess I thought it would be smooth and cheesy but it had tons of bits of bacon in the bottom of the bowl and I just didn’t like the taste. It was only lukewarm so maybe that was part of it. 2/5 Next time I will try something else.

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For entrees we ordered:

DD5 ordered the kid’s steak 5/5.

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DH ordered the NY steak med/rare; he said it was cooked perfectly. He thought the potato was very good too. He would definitely order it again 5/5

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I ordered the Mushroom Fillet and it was melt in your mouth 5/5. I almost never order steak in a restaurant because I’m scared it won’t be cooked good. I ordered it well done, the server asked if I wanted it filleted and I said, “Whatever you need to do to cook it well done”. It was perfect, not dried out at all. I ate every bite; it was the perfect portion for lunch. It was definitely my favourite entree of the trip. I’ve never had risotto before but I thought it was good.

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For dessert we ordered:

DD5 got the kid’s ice cream which she didn’t eat.

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DH ordered the Maple Creme Brulee, it was very mapley. We would definitely order it again 5/5.

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I ordered the Chocolate Moose, which we would order again just for the presentation 5/5. I don’t really like chocolate desserts but I wanted DD5 to see it. DD5 thought it was funny. DH thought it tasted good but I didn’t try it.

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Bottom Line: :yay:

This was definitely the best meal of our trip. Honestly it actually lived up to the hype for us. DH wants to make sure we book at least 2 ADRs for our next trip and I agree. I will try to book a lunch and supper. The bill said the meal was $115.02 but for us, 3 meal credits. I can’t believe it is only a 1 credit meal.

vinotinto
03-22-2010, 07:51 PM
11:35am Lunch ADR – Le Cellier

This was definitely the best meal of our trip. Honestly it actually lived up to the hype for us.

I did most of my ADRs today and booked dinner there on our last night. Wow, awesome to hear it lived up to your expectations!

I think it's great your DD sang the anthem!

Keep up the excellent reviews! :thumbsup2

arcticdisneylovers
03-28-2010, 03:03 PM
We cancelled our 5:10pm Supper ADR at the Garden Grill. It was freezing that day. One of the CM’s dressed in a parka on the way out of Epcot said it was a high of 47C. We just wanted to go back to the hotel and warm up. We checked out the Lounge at about 5:45pm to see what food they had. There was a veggie tray, fruit tray, buns, cheese/crackers and couple of hot items that we must not have been interested in because we went down to the Contempo Cafe for supper. (I think we might have just wanted to use up our credits but we were too tired for TS) I didn’t write down what was in the lounge for food. I just found this picture; sorry it’s not that great. I think the CM was just putting the hot food out, it looks like maybe a flat bread pizza type thing. I can't remember what the other hot item was.

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Contempo Cafe

We ordered 2 adult meals; burgers with cheese and bacon and homemade potato chips. We got a cookie and huge brownie for dessert. We thought everything was great. But the best part was the service! We forgot our refillable mugs in the room but we didn’t bother to go get them. We figured the meals came with a drink. We never used the mugs once, but if we hadn’t been upgraded to the 12th floor I’m sure we would have. Well we didn’t really know what we were doing since it was our first visit to the Contempo Cafe. When we went through the cashier he asked us why we didn’t have our refillable mugs. When we said we had forgotten them in the room; he gave us cups to use “as our mugs” and told us to go get drinks for later out of the cooler. I thought that was so nice of him, just another example of kindness that he was not “required” to do. Such a little thing that cost Disney nothing made a huge impression on us. We went away thinking “what wonderful service”. Nice little things like that just seemed to keep happening on this trip. Then he explained about dessert and we ran and got those. Luckily it wasn’t busy so we didn’t create a line since there was no one around. When I went to the condiment station a lady was loudly complaining that there was no ketchup. I just mentioned it to one of the CM’s clearing tables and he apologized and refilled them immediately, no big deal. The way this woman was carrying on you would have thought it was the end of the world. I mean really, all she had to do is politely mention it to one of the CMs. It must have been busy earlier because the tables and condiment area was quite messy when we first sat down but it was all tidy by the time we left. We thought this was a great choice for a quick meal.

The burgers were hot and fresh and the homemade potato chips were a nice change. DD5 and DH thought the desserts were tasty. 4/5 for a CS meal, better than Pecos Bill except not as big a fixin bar. We would definitely eat there next year if the opportunity arose.

arcticdisneylovers
03-28-2010, 03:10 PM
February 1st – Monday – MK

Check out day, we left our luggage with bell services before we headed to the park.

We cancelled our 8:10am Breakfast – ADR at Chef Mickey’s. Given our earlier meals at Chef Mickey’s there was no way we could face that place again this trip so we cancelled and ate breakfast in the club lounge. There was plenty of fresh fruit and pastries. There were also cold cereals, juice, milk and tea and coffee. There might have been other items but I didn’t write it down. :confused: Sorry, we tried to take pictures of the food in the lounge a few times but our terrible camera meant the pictures never turned out. We are definitely getting a new camera this summer. We loved getting a free upgrade to the 12th floor but we wouldn’t pay extra for club level. DH didn’t think it was worth it but if there was a good deal I might try to talk him into for next year. Either way we will definitely stay in a MK view room at the Contemporary.

Since we knew we had one meal credit left we decided to use it in MK that day for lunch before we left the park. We had a ton of snack credits left and we didn’t know how we were going to use them all up. So at 10:35am we stopped at Scuttles Landing in Fantasy Land and used 4 snack credits and got a bottle of water, a frozen coke (only 2nd one of the trip), nachos and cheese and a cream cheese pretzel. I thought the pretzel was just ok, it might sound weird but maybe other Canadians can tell me if they think that the cream cheese is as good in the states. :confused3 We thought US cream cheese wasn’t as cheesy. I know that sounds weird but we eat a lot of cream cheese so we noticed. We now had 12 snack credits left.

My parents were supposed to pick us up in the hotel lobby at 1pm. But it started pouring at 11:30am so we headed for the exit. We stopped at Casey’s and got one adult hot dog meal with fries and a soda, we also used a snack credit to get an extra order of fries. There is almost no seating inside the restaurant. It was pouring outside so people were standing eating their food crammed into the dining area. DD5 was able to squeeze onto the little stadium seating to watch cartoons while we shared the food. None of us were hungry but the food was fine. We would probably return for a quick snack. But I don’t know if I would waste a meal credit on such an inexpensive meal. We just wanted to use the meal credit.

After our light lunch we found that we had 11 snack credits left. So on the way out of the park we got DD5 a box of popcorn and we stopped at the Confectionary Store and bought five little boxes of cookies to bring home as treats for my daycare kids and five rice crispy mickey heads which DH and DD5 ate at my parents over the next 2 weeks.

Just a side note, we had one day left on our park tickets when we checked out of our hotel. We drove back over for the day a week later to use the day up. That day we went to Pecos Bill’s again. The food was great again except for the buns. On this visit the buns were dry and stale and fell apart. I guess the Disers weren’t crazy after all. :lmao:

arcticdisneylovers
03-28-2010, 03:18 PM
People asked for our favourites. So here they are:

For me:
#1 – Le Cellier
#2 – Narcoossee’s
#3 – Yak & Yeti

For DH (loves meat):
#1 – Le Cellier
#2 – Yak & Yeti
#3 – Spirit of the Aloha Dinner Show

For DD5:
#1 - Norway Storybook Breakfast (because she was the first one to see Belle) :love::love:
#2 - Spirit of the Aloha Dinner Show (because she learned to dance the hula) :banana:
#3 - She didn't have a 3rd but said she like everywhere we went :laughing:

vinotinto
03-29-2010, 01:05 PM
Thanks for the awesome reviews! It was great to read a deluxe dining report from someone with children.

So, was it worth it?

arcticdisneylovers
03-29-2010, 06:31 PM
To sum everything up:

We had a terrific trip. We loved the Contemporary and got a free upgrade to 12th floor. We love to eat and since we only leave the arctic a max of 2x a year eating on vacation is a big part of our trips. We have to get our fill of fast food and fresh food. I loved being on the Deluxe plan, meals were prepaid so all we had to do is pay for tips OOP which was around $350.00. We don’t generally drink alcohol so we only had a couple of smoothies and a Tinkerbell cup for additional OOP. Overall we had great service everywhere we went really and we didn’t have any terrible food. Some restaurants were definitely better than others.

We shared our favourites. Most of the restaurants we tried we would return to. We would not repeat the following next year: Cape May Buffet (supper), Coral Reef, Chef Mickey’s (supper), Tony’s Town Square and Breakfast at Cinderella’s Castle. We will return to the castle if we can see the princesses for supper next January.

I am already planning ADRs for our trip next January. I know, I’m addicted but I have to be ready for that 180 mark.

Next year we will do things a bit differently. Most days we will probably eat a character breakfast, use snack credits for lunch and eat an early 5:30pm meal at a signature restaurant or dinner show. With all of our sit down meals we had a hard time using our snack credits because we were rarely hungry or thirsty. If we hadn’t been upgraded to club level I’m sure we would have used more snack credits as well. We always eat early and we will always want to be back in our room to watch the fireworks and head to bed early.
I think the excitement made DD5 appetite even less than normal. So if we plan to eat 2 sit down meals a day I will try to encourage her to have fruit, cheese and nuts at lunch/snacks between meals.

Another note of interest; we were stopped at least 6 times to complete a “short” survey about attractions and restaurants. Every time someone asked we took the time to answer their questions. I’m glad that Disney is trying to gather comments and opinions from guests. I was able to officially “complain” about the buns at Pecos Bill’s. I must say what a terrible job to have, I saw many people push past the surveyors without answering at all, not even a simple “Sorry, no” or just snarling at them on the way by. :scared1: Yikes, I understand not wanting to take part but people could at least have common courtesy. I even got a $25 gift certificate (maybe it was $20 I didn’t write it down) for completing a “My Adventure Journal” while at Epcot about our park experience. It was a rather large booklet where I answered questions and rated every attraction, meal, service, fast passes, park appearance, etc... we experienced that day. I enjoyed doing it and agreed before I knew there was a small reward. We just dropped it off on our way out of the park and they gave me the gift card. :banana:

The answer to the big question is up next. Stay tuned.....

arcticdisneylovers
03-29-2010, 06:43 PM
SO the answer to the big question......

Was the Deluxe Dining Plan worth it?

For us....... yes! and not just because of the convenience:

7 nights Deluxe Plan cost –$1154.79 for 2 adults and 1 child

Actual Meal/snack cost – $1660.06

I used the following to arrive at the actual total:

:yay: Will return next year
:sick: Not returning next year
:confused3 Maybe

:sick:Chef Mickey’s (Dinner) = $75.00 approx from allears - 3 meal credits
:confused3Chef Mickey’s (Breakfast) = $59.00 approx from allears- 3 meal credits
:yay:Liberty Tree Tavern = $75.00 approx from allears - 3 meal credits
:yay:Narcoossee’s = $185.00 approx from allears - 6 meal credits
:yay:50’s Prime Time Cafe = $78.03 actual bill total - 3 meal credits
:sick:Cape May Buffet = $67.00 approx from allears - 3 meal credits
:yay:Norway Princess Breakfast = $86.24 actual bill total - 3 meal credits
:sick:Coral Reef = $116.94 actual bill total - 3 meal credits
:yay:Pecos Bill’s = $16.18 approx from allears - 2 meal credits
:yay:Donald’s Safari Breakfast = $69.48 used Park Fare bill total - 3 meal credits
:yay:Yak & Yeti = $106.39 actual bill total - 3 meal credits
:yay:Room Service = $100.00 I can’t find a menu to do an estimate - 4 meal credits
:confused3 Cinderella’s Castle (Breakfast) = $119.68 actual bill total - 6 meal credits
:sick:Tony’s Town Square = $78.39 actual bill total - 3 meal credits
:yay:Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show = $137.00 approx from allears - 6 meal credits
:yay:1900 Park Fare (Breakfast) = $69.48 actual bill total - 3 meal credits
:yay:Le Cellier = $115.02 actual bill total - 3 meal credits
:yay:Contempo Cafe = $16.18 used the estimate from Pecos Bill’s since I can’t find a menu - 2 meal credits
:confused3 Casey’s = $6.59 approx from allears - 1 meal credit
Snacks = $84.00 (42 x $2.00) I don’t have the actual cost of the snacks so I used $2.00 each which is a conservative estimate I think.
Total = $1660.60 I think this is a low estimate as it doesn’t include the tax on the meals where I used allears to estimate. Next year I will try to keep better accounting.

Before I did the math DH argued that we should consider that if paying OOP we would rarely order dessert and probably would share an appetizer. Also, right now we would probably rarely order DD5 her own meal at TS restaurants. Because DD5 is such a small eater we can easily feed her from our plates. But perhaps next year DD5 will eat more (hopefully). But since we eat at so many character meals that factor is not a huge cost difference. Since you pay for everyone at buffets even if they eat very llittle.

But even factoring in these considerations I think we would still save money on the DxDP. After showing DH my rough maths he has agreed that we will try the DxDP again next January! That makes me super happy. I am working on my potential January 2011 ADR list already. :banana:

arcticdisneylovers
03-29-2010, 06:54 PM
I'm all finished :thumbsup2

Thanks to all who followed my Dining Report. popcorn:: I enjoyed sharing our dining experiences with you. We plan to visit Disney again during the last week of January 2011. We will stay at the Contemporary again in a MK view room. I am not foolish enough to think we will be lucky enough to get another free upgrade to the 12th floor :rotfl: We will definately do the Deluxe Dining Plan again. I will try to keep better track of the bill totals and I will do another report. We will try some new restaurants to spice things up a bit.

My Disney addiction lives on, so I'll continue to be a regular on the Disboards :rolleyes1 So, if you have any questions I'll be happy to answer the best I can. :surfweb:

vinotinto
04-05-2010, 08:39 PM
So, I think my ADRs look petty good, based on your reviews

:sick:Chef Mickey’s (Dinner) - No ADR
:confused3Chef Mickey’s (Breakfast) - No ADR
:yay:Liberty Tree Tavern - ADR!
:yay:Narcoossee’s - ADR!
:yay:50’s Prime Time Cafe - ADR!
:sick:Cape May Buffet No ADR
:yay:Norway Princess Breakfast ADR!
:sick:Coral Reef ADR! - Only one that perhaps not be worth the ADR :confused3
:yay:Donald’s Safari Breakfast - ADR!
:yay:Yak & Yeti - ADR!
:confused3 Cinderella’s Castle (Breakfast) - No ADR
:sick:Tony’s Town Square No ADR
:yay:Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show No ADR - we're staying at Poly and debating whether to keep HDDR or switch to Luau
:yay:1900 Park Fare (Breakfast) - ADR!
:yay:Le Cellier ADR!


Loved all the detail on your reports - the food, the number of credits, the time it took to get seated and eat! Thanks again!

goldielocksraj
04-05-2010, 10:11 PM
Thank you so much for all of your reviews!!! That's awesome that your hubby agreed to DxDDP for next year! Your idea of sit-down breakfast and dinner with "snack" lunch sounds like a very smart idea.

I hope you're almost done with ADR planning-the 180-day window is almost here! :laughing: (It's less than two months for my December trip!)

mamasha
04-05-2010, 11:31 PM
Excellent reviews and thanks for all the pictures of kid's meals....so helpful

disneydreamertoo
04-06-2010, 12:31 AM
What thoughtful and useful reviews you gave us! I truly enjoyed reading all your posts. THANKS!:goodvibes

AshClan
04-06-2010, 09:21 AM
Great Job! Thanks so much for all the reviews. I loved your summary at the end, too. I'm happy you had such a great trip and love that you are planning another one, including the DxDDP!

Enjoy your planning! (I agree, I love it almost more than the trip, too!);)

mousketexan
05-03-2010, 11:25 AM
Thank you SO much for posting these detailed and honest reviews. Based on your feedback, I switched our Chef Mickey's breakfast to a 1900 Park Fare breakfast...looks SO much better, and I'd hate to miss that strawberry soup!

arcticdisneylovers
05-03-2010, 01:04 PM
I'm glad people enjoyed my reviews. I had a great time reliving my meals ;) I am obsessed with planning my ADR's. Less than 3 months till my 180 mark :cool1: There are so many choices, a week just isn't enough :goodvibes