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Ricklg3
03-06-2010, 12:00 PM
A little about us. This was our first visit, not just as a family but everybody me, my DW, DD-5, and my DS-4
We had an awesome time and can't wait to share about our adventures in dining in the World.
I will review the following places with pics:
Kona Cafe
Chef Mickey's
Captain Cook's
Cinderella's Royal Table
The Crystal Palace
Cape May Cafe
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Rose & Crown Dining Room
Hollywood & Vine
Artist Point
Flame Tree BBQ
Ohana's Best Friends Breakfast w/ Lilo & Stich
Tusker House Donald's breakfast
1900 Park Faire
Beaches & Cream -with a Kitchen Sink
Whispering Canyon Cafe
and maybe a surprise or two.

Here we go

emmysmommy
03-06-2010, 12:31 PM
Ooooo I can't wait to read your reviews AND more importantly see your pix!! :yay:

I'm looking forward to what you thought about Chefs Mickey and Whispering Canyon Cafe. Two places I've booked that have had some mixed reviews.

Waiting patiently....:rolleyes1

lovemickeyshouse
03-06-2010, 12:33 PM
looking forward to it

Ricklg3
03-06-2010, 12:43 PM
We arrive at the Poly our resort at noon on 2/24/10. Check-in room was not ready yet as expected, We have reservations at 12:30 no crowds got seated right away.

Our waitress is friendly and sees our first time buttons welcomes us and ask if we are on the Dining Plan. She ask to look at my key to the world card and says you are on the deluxe plan and explains it all. Now I have researched the plan and knew it well mostly thru dis-boards, but it was nice of her and she gave a great accurate explanation of the plan and how the credits work.

Now to the food, I started with the crab cakes. The looked a bit dry and too heavily breaded, but once I bit into them they were great and I could not get enough. I wish there was less breaded crust but they were good and I would and did get them again at a later point in the trip. Here is the pic.

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I also had the Steak Plate which was very juicy sirloin I ordered it medium but it came more medium well, I imagine it was difficult because it was such a thin cut, however despite its lack of thickness and being slightly over cooked it was delicious, so far so good. Here is a pic

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The DW had a Kona salad and Kona Club Sandwich
The salad was nicely plated with a nice dressing just the right amount, and my wife absolutely loved the Kona Club sandwhich she thought the bacon was just right. She thought it was a good size, something that we will come to learn portions are generally large.

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The kids had a hot dog and a burger, my son loved the burger but he loved this even more.
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Our desserts were great too, Chocolate fondue and Whit Choc Cheesecake
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Cost not including tip was $87.38
We were seated right away slightly before our reseveration. Service was good and she did a great job explaining how th DxDP worked. Food was served hot and it was good.

Next Review Chef Mickey's and our kids got to open it with Mickey. Talk about Pixie Dust its their first character meal

Ricklg3
03-06-2010, 12:45 PM
I need help in post my pics. They are not showing up. I am using flickr does that work with the boards. Is there and easier way I used the image button and posted the the flickr link, should I have posted the HTML?

Thanks for the help

anthonut
03-06-2010, 01:26 PM
I need help in post my pics. They are not showing up. I am using flickr does that work with the boards. Is there and easier way I used the image button and posted the the flickr link, should I have posted the HTML?


It looks like you have posted the link to the actual photo page on flickr, not the image itself. Technically with Flickr terms of service you do need to link back to the photo page. Here is what I do. On the photo I want to post go to the All Sizes button above the picture and then on that page choose the size of photo you want to have display and copy the link in the Grab the Photo's URL field. Use that with the insert image button on the boards. Then select the whole IMG tag area and click the Insert link button. There paste the url for the photo page, such as the ones you posted in your first review post. This should display the photos in the post as well as link them back to flickr.

Sounds a little confusing but hope it helps.

vinotinto
03-06-2010, 01:38 PM
Signing in! We just booked - staying at Poly in Sept with DxDP and 2 young kids. Looking forward to your reviews and pics! :thumbsup2

Ricklg3
03-06-2010, 02:23 PM
Alright we got pics! We got pics!![

darthtatty
03-06-2010, 02:25 PM
great start, cant wait to read more. :)

Checkers
03-06-2010, 02:33 PM
Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more reviews and pics.

Mommytwotwins
03-06-2010, 02:50 PM
can't wait to see/hear more!

kamikazecat
03-06-2010, 08:18 PM
You are off to a great start! Can't wait to read more. :goodvibes

Happy Mom2
03-06-2010, 10:13 PM
Can't wait to see more!

Ricklg3
03-07-2010, 08:50 AM
It looks like you have posted the link to the actual photo page on flickr, not the image itself. Technically with Flickr terms of service you do need to link back to the photo page. Here is what I do. On the photo I want to post go to the All Sizes button above the picture and then on that page choose the size of photo you want to have display and copy the link in the Grab the Photo's URL field. Use that with the insert image button on the boards. Then select the whole IMG tag area and click the Insert link button. There paste the url for the photo page, such as the ones you posted in your first review post. This should display the photos in the post as well as link them back to flickr.

Sounds a little confusing but hope it helps.

Thanks again for the help

Ricklg3
03-07-2010, 08:55 AM
Ooooo I can't wait to read your reviews AND more importantly see your pix!! :yay:
I can't wait to write them all though it making me hungry and I am on a post Disney diet

I'm looking forward to what you thought about Chefs Mickey and Whispering Canyon Cafe. Two places I've booked that have had some mixed reviews.
Chef Mickey's is next lots to say there, and Whispering Canyon Cafe was our 2nd to last so stayed tuned

Waiting patiently....:rolleyes1
Here comes some more

looking forward to it

Me too!

Signing in! We just booked - staying at Poly in Sept with DxDP and 2 young kids. Looking forward to your reviews and pics! :thumbsup2

The Poly is awesome with young kids our kids 4 and 5 and they loved it they called it home

great start, cant wait to read more. :)

Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more reviews and pics.
Thanks for tuning in

can't wait to see/hear more!
Your girls are cute, thanks

You are off to a great start! Can't wait to read more. :goodvibes
Thanks and here comes some more

tinkerbell48
03-07-2010, 09:15 AM
Can't wait to read more:banana:

goldielocksraj
03-07-2010, 09:19 AM
Wow, that desert at Kona looks di-vine! White chocolate cheesecake with chocolate fondue-I want one now!!!! (Hmm, I could get ready quickly, jump in the car, and be there for a late but expensive lunch! :wizard: I guess not . . .)

Love the first review and looking forward to more! Since hubby and I have DxDDP in December, I especially love the reviews where others have the same plan and what they think of it.

Ricklg3
03-07-2010, 09:26 AM
So we check-in at the Poly have lunch at the Kona Cafe and go swimming in the rain. Yes in the rain it was 70 degrees and as my dd-5 said we won't notice the rain in the pool. We get a text room is ready go to our room beautiful and we get ready to go to Chef Mickey's.

So our ressie is at 5pm. I didn't know this was first seating we get there at like 4:50. There are a couple families there already taking group pics and a CM comes up to me and ask if our kids would like to opening Chef Mickey's with Mickey Mouse. Heard of this but not sure how it works so we say yes of course. The CM ask us if our kids our good with charcters and not scared. I say oh yea their fine. I have no idea if this is true or not this is our very first charcter meal, but no way they weren't going to try. Well here are some pics of it, I have more on my photopass account, I will post those if anyone can tell me how to do it before I get my cd.

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Ok so clearly they were not scared. I cannot tell you how cool this was I have been in the world for less than 5 hours. It's our first trip for everybody, the first charcter they meet is Mickey and they get to do this. This trip was perfect and its only been 5 hours
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Next post food pics and review of food,and service. Just enjoying this for a little while longer.

Meg1884
03-07-2010, 10:30 AM
Great report so far! I can't wait to read the rest.

Happy Mom2
03-07-2010, 03:48 PM
Sounds like you had some pixie dust at Chef Mickey's! Can't wait to see more...

martinolichfamily
03-07-2010, 04:05 PM
I'm in! Gotta get all caught up!

MicheinMA
03-07-2010, 04:05 PM
Wow opening Chef Mickey's ! What an awesome experience. Can't wait to hear more.

sandym718
03-07-2010, 04:08 PM
Love your reviews so far!! We also just love the Poly with our kids - 2 trips so far and planning for next year!! How cool to open CM's. Probably doing that for our first night dinner next trip, we also like to arrive around lunchtime and not do any parks that first day. After a long drive, it's so nice to just hang at the resort, take a monorail ride, etc.

emmysmommy
03-07-2010, 05:25 PM
Awwwww how adorable that the kids got to "open" Chef's Mickey! Great start....keep it coming please! :cool1:

kayrosek
03-07-2010, 05:48 PM
How neat that the kids got to open Chef Mickey's can't wait to read more.

natesmommy
03-07-2010, 08:09 PM
It sounds like you had a great trip! I can't wait to read more:surfweb:

goldielocksraj
03-07-2010, 08:36 PM
Wow, you weren't kidding when you said Pixie Dust!!!! How cool, first day of first trip!

That picture of Chef Mickey hugging your kids is too precious, it made me want to cry! That's what I love about Disney, the make so much magic for kids-and of course adults too, but I always feel it's even more special for kids b/c being as young as kids are, they have less opportunities to create magic for themselves.

Dani&TJsMom
03-07-2010, 09:19 PM
Great reviews so far! Looking forward to reading about more pixie dust!pixiedust:

ireland_nicole
03-07-2010, 09:34 PM
I'm definitely in on this review- you're going lots of places we have planned- some repeat some new to us; and I love your fresh perspective.

vinotinto
03-08-2010, 09:09 AM
I'm impressed that you timed your pic at the perfect moment. If it were me, I probably would have been fumbling with the camera!

Looking forward to the rest of your reviews! :surfweb:

GoofySon'sMom
03-08-2010, 10:33 AM
I'm in! :goodvibes Great reviews so far! :thumbsup2

Ricklg3
03-08-2010, 03:52 PM
Can't wait to read more:banana:
So excited to write more, it's like reliving except i makes me so hungry

Wow, that desert at Kona looks di-vine! White chocolate cheesecake with chocolate fondue-I want one now!!!! (Hmm, I could get ready quickly, jump in the car, and be there for a late but expensive lunch! :wizard: I guess not . . .)
It was even better than it looked the DW and I shared it was great.

Love the first review and looking forward to more! Since hubby and I have DxDDP in December, I especially love the reviews where others have the same plan and what they think of it.

Got lots of thoughts on DXDDP share more after last review stay tuned

Great report so far! I can't wait to read the rest. thanks for reading

Sounds like you had some pixie dust at Chef Mickey's! Can't wait to see more... It was great

I'm in! Gotta get all caught up! Thanks for reading

Wow opening Chef Mickey's ! What an awesome experience. Can't wait to hear more.
Seriously it was great

Love your reviews so far!! We also just love the Poly with our kids - 2 trips so far and planning for next year!! How cool to open CM's. Probably doing that for our first night dinner next trip, we also like to arrive around lunchtime and not do any parks that first day. After a long drive, it's so nice to just hang at the resort, take a monorail ride, etc.
It worked out so great we left Chef Mickeys and went to Magic Kingdom to see it for the first time it was all a glow in purple DD loved it

Awwwww how adorable that the kids got to "open" Chef's Mickey! Great start....keep it coming please! :cool1:
will do

How neat that the kids got to open Chef Mickey's can't wait to read more.
seriously!!

It sounds like you had a great trip! I can't wait to read more:surfweb:
Thanks

Wow, you weren't kidding when you said Pixie Dust!!!! How cool, first day of first trip!
It was so great

That picture of Chef Mickey hugging your kids is too precious, it made me want to cry! That's what I love about Disney, the make so much magic for kids-and of course adults too, but I always feel it's even more special for kids b/c being as young as kids are, they have less opportunities to create magic for themselves.
I'm strong big guy but that brought a tear to the eye for sure
Great reviews so far! Looking forward to reading about more pixie dust!pixiedust:
thanks
I'm definitely in on this review- you're going lots of places we have planned- some repeat some new to us; and I love your fresh perspective.
Thanks for the compliment

I'm impressed that you timed your pic at the perfect moment. If it were me, I probably would have been fumbling with the camera! a little secret it was not a pic Looking forward to the rest of your reviews! :surfweb:
i snagged a frame from a video I was taking with my pocket camcorder its a kodak zi8 got it from target for $149 bucks I love it




I'm in! :goodvibes Great reviews so far! :thumbsup2thanks for reading

Now time for more reviews

Ricklg3
03-08-2010, 05:23 PM
So all the Pixie Dust aside man does that stuff get everywhere :lmao:

The pixie dust from the kids opening with Mickey was coloring our view, but we will try and back that out.

Chef Mickey's is a huge place. I thought our seats were some of the best there. We were up against a wall across from the buffet near where the characters come out.
We were seated on a back wall like these folks who were 90 degrees to us
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There was even enough space for my son to do this, he is always tuckered out after swimming

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There are some really bad seats were people are stacked in, sitting on this wall was great close to food, close to where the characters come out and plenty of space. Now we got seated there by Mickey and I am guessing that is where they sit the family that opens Chef Mickey's, but the next 10 or so families that got in got seated around us. So if possible make ressies close to 5pm when they open for dinner for the best seats

Now the food, and this is where things start to take a turn for the worse, and after all the magic we didn't want things to take a turn for the worst. Here are some pics of the set-up.
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I dislike the way the put out there serving dishes just a personal thing but I think it effects quality versus how some of the buffets do it. Just setting the dish on a "Hot Plate" with some heat lamps just seemed odd to me.
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Food didn't look the best and they just opened
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Kids could eat anything, but they had a kid section that was at their level which is a nice touch so the kids can serve themselves
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I can make the pics big if you guys need but trust me their was nothing that looked that appetizing. I eat with my eyes and I think all kids do and nothing was jumping out screaming EAT ME!! EAT ME!

The taste was bland and just nothing really impressive or good. We were the first folks there and the food already tasted old which was really shocking I wouldn't think it would right at open but it clear had been made a while ago or perhaps they way they put it on the hot plate under the lights instead of in catering water steam baths trays on buffets are often done is having a major effect. I'm sure this system is easier for the staff, but if it effects quality then maybe they shouldn't do it that way.

Now the staff, they were great our waiter Billy was awesome and all the staff came around and took plates.
Character attendant helping my son sign his name to Mickey's autograph book
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The Character Interactions huge bright spot, first you got the Big four Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, plus Pluto. They spent sometime at the table playing around with kids. See Goofy autographing on my son's head
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And Pluto played with my sleeping DS
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Interaction was great
Summary we had a great time with some bad food, poor selection, poor quality. My wife and I struggled with this but overall we give Chef Mickey's a B+ we came for the characters and they didn't disappoint. If it had been the other way around great food but poor interaction that would have been terrible. So if you want a great time with Mickey and the gang come here get there at opening maybe you will get some Pixie Dust too. If your coming from the food you may want to try else where.

Total cost plus tax no tip for family of four was:$ 95.58 or 4 credits in our case.
The wife and I are worried did we pay big bucks for sub-par food? Are the Character interactions going to make up for bad food? Will we get tired of the Characters and then be stuck with really expensive bad food. Our next stop was the big deal Cinderalla's Royal Table stay tuned

MickeyNicki
03-09-2010, 11:24 AM
Oh poor Chef Mickeys...we went with our nieces at the very opening and it was great character wise but the food was gross! It seemed old and stale and dry and hard and some of it wasnt hot!

Now we did try breakfast there and it was excellent, we will def go back for that

iloveeeyore
03-09-2010, 04:33 PM
My teens insist on hitting Chef Mickey's on our first night in July...tradition. I hope at least the mac and cheese and pizza are edible? We have no shame eating off the kids' buffet! Years ago the food was great, but on our last visit, we definitely noticed the quality was slipping!

Ricklg3
03-09-2010, 07:43 PM
So the day was here the day we had been waiting months for. Our travel agent made the ressies the day we booked, at the time I had no idea how difficult it was to get these. We have a 10am breakfast at the CRT.
The plan was to do BBB before with my DD-5 she has her new dress she is ready.
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I am taking my son to the Pirate League to get ready for breakfast with Cindy
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So we get to double door entrance ten minutes early. We walk in and there she was. My DD went speechless and my DS was excited. To be honest I was kinda of taken a back by the fact that I was nervous and excited, this was super cool. We are in Cinderella's castle and we are meeting her. There were only like 3 families in the room it was great, we didnt wait at all we were next and when we were done they took us to our seats. She was super nice to kids I got a couple of minutes of her talking to my kids on video. Sorry for the dark picture DW was slacking on the camera we have great photopass shots just haven't got our CD yet I will post a better once we get CD.
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Time to eat. The DW, DD, and DS love breakfast and I don't and here is why I don't eat bacon, or any pork products, and I don't like eggs. So breakfast gets real repetitive to me and boring. I am also worried about the recent changes they have made to the CRT with getting rid of the Fairy Godmothers and adding princess. To be honest sounds great to us, but so many people on the boards seemed upset with the change, but I will get to that onto the food.

I ordered the French Toast with Creme Cheese, and swaped the meat for fruit.
I eat with my eyes and don't like breakfast so when it came I was concerned and almost didn't even try it, but my DW made me after she tried it.
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Seriously OMG, this was great, I couldn't believe how good it was I have never been a french toast fan and this was great, had Disney figured out french toast (I had Tonga Toast later get to that later hint I had it 2x).
The combination with the cream cheese was great. I got to find out how to make it, oh this is making my mouth water now it was that good.

The DW had veggie Omelet and she ate it all which she never does and ate some of my super french toast. She said the eggs were perfect and it was great.
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The kids had the eggs, french toast sticks w/ syrup (that's all you had to do was add syrup) and their favorite bacon. They loved ate it all and got more. Only one pic same meal.
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What was also great was that we could share and they would bring out more of whatever we wanted regardless of who ate it!!!

Overall the food was outstanding, best breakfast I ever had.

The atomsphere is super cool its the Castle and and their are not that many people in the place it was surprisingly calm. Great setting your not sitting on top of each super comfortable

My kids played with a bald headed girl at the table next to us. It caught me odd until I saw papers that said Make-a-Wish on them sitting on the table. I never asked and the kids played and talked about Cinderella and the Princess and played with their wands and swords. I noticed the girl's mother smiled but look tired and a little sad, afterwards we just hugged our kids a little harder.

The character interaction:
It was awesome their were so many and they all took 30 seconds to a minute to hang out and Snow White even double back, we bump into this same Snow White later in our visit and she gives my DS something so stay tuned.
I'm sure the FGmothers were great, but my kids loved all the princess.
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Great story my DW is like thats sleeping beauty and I am like yea Aurora, she is like sleeping beauty, I said her name is Aurora, she is like NO!. So sleeping beauty comes up and goes to us do you know what story I'm from. The DW is like Sleeping Beauty, and she is says do you know my name I say Aurora and the DW laughs and the Aurora like your good!:lmao:
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Besides looking at my food like she was super hungry Jaz was great asking my kids where they were from and talking about snow and asking them what is was like and she only knows about sand.
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So CRT is a homerun, its 2 credits on the DxDP but it is so worth it.
Setting as good as you can get, whoever came up with this thank you so much.
Food was awesome!! Service was flawless!!!
Character interaction was great! Some people have complained that Cinderella doesn't not come to the table, but I thought that was really cool it made her special and not like the others the kids thought she was Royal is the word my DD used its a great well thought out place.
When we are in Disney we are so making it a point to get ADR's here.
Total cost with tax for 2 adults and 2 kids was $166.35 without tip, or 8 dining credits.

Fyi, when we walked out the door who was there.
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Next stop dinner after a day of fun in Magic Kingdom at The Crystal Place.
Thanks for reading.

Ricklg3
03-09-2010, 07:45 PM
Oh poor Chef Mickeys...we went with our nieces at the very opening and it was great character wise but the food was gross! It seemed old and stale and dry and hard and some of it wasnt hot!


Now we did try breakfast there and it was excellent, we will def go back for that
Food was disappointing but not going to complain anymore we had such a great time there

My teens insist on hitting Chef Mickey's on our first night in July...tradition. I hope at least the mac and cheese and pizza are edible? We have no shame eating off the kids' buffet! Years ago the food was great, but on our last visit, we definitely noticed the quality was slipping!
I ending up eating off the kid's buffet at another place, thanks for reading and posting stayed tuned

IckyMickey
03-09-2010, 09:34 PM
Interaction was great
Summary we had a great time with some bad food, poor selection, poor quality. My wife and I struggled with this but overall we give Chef Mickey's a B+ we came for the characters and they didn't disappoint. If it had been the other way around great food but poor interaction that would have been terrible. So if you want a great time with Mickey and the gang come here get there at opening maybe you will get some Pixie Dust too. If your coming from the food you may want to try else where.



Nice reviews! When we were there in November we had terrible interaction and great food, but my kids are 7 & 13 so I wonder if that makes a difference too. I think the CM's - both characters and food staff make all the difference from one visit to the next.

jacksmom
03-09-2010, 09:39 PM
Great reviews! Thanks for sharing!:cheer2:

Vickie1016
03-10-2010, 09:51 AM
Great reviews can't wait to keep reading. We are going in May and have some of the same reservations!!

catsaneda
03-10-2010, 10:27 AM
Add me,too! Your kids are adorable and so sweet. I was touched by the story about "the little bald girl". Can't wait to read more.

martinolichfamily
03-10-2010, 11:00 AM
Great reviews! waiting to read more!
Glad to hear about CRT...we have a ressie for there but it is for an early dinner....I hope my DH is not too picky that day! BUT we are going really just to be in the Castle! princess:

mamasha
03-10-2010, 12:16 PM
Great review and beautiful children!!!Thanks for sharing.

kayrosek
03-10-2010, 01:22 PM
Glad you had such a great time at CRT. We went there for dinner on Thanksgiving day and that was our experience also. It really is a magical place. Can't wait to read more.

Stepharia
03-10-2010, 04:40 PM
Your kiddos are adorable. Glad you had such a great experience at CRT. I absolutely love the french toast there. Can't wait to see the rest of your reviews!!

sydneysmom
03-10-2010, 05:00 PM
totally jumping on board here! your reviews and pics are fantastic !! :yay:

damren
03-10-2010, 07:39 PM
Love this, thanks so much! I can't wait to do our first report as well!

Ricklg3
03-11-2010, 02:15 PM
Great reviews! Thanks for sharing!:cheer2:
Thanks for reading

Great reviews can't wait to keep reading. We are going in May and have some of the same reservations!!
Wish we were going back in May it would be much warmer

Add me,too! Your kids are adorable and so sweet. I was touched by the story about "the little bald girl". Can't wait to read more.
Thanks I think our kids are adorable too but I am super basis

Great reviews! waiting to read more!
Glad to hear about CRT...we have a ressie for there but it is for an early dinner....I hope my DH is not too picky that day! BUT we are going really just to be in the Castle! princess:
My bet is she will love it

Great review and beautiful children!!!Thanks for sharing.
Thanks I think the same about them too

Glad you had such a great time at CRT. We went there for dinner on Thanksgiving day and that was our experience also. It really is a magical place. Can't wait to read more.
Thanksgiving there that sounds awesome!!

Your kiddos are adorable. Glad you had such a great experience at CRT. I absolutely love the french toast there. Can't wait to see the rest of your reviews!!
Maya & Mason our kids are great. I am a french toast convert.

totally jumping on board here! your reviews and pics are fantastic !! :yay:
Glad to have you

Love this, thanks so much! I can't wait to do our first report as well!
It's a lot of fun

pooh'smate
03-11-2010, 03:06 PM
I am joining in.

podsnel
03-11-2010, 03:53 PM
I'm subbing, too. :goodvibes Your kids are so adorable, and it is much fun to hear about a family's first Disney trip- it looks like it was absolutely magical!!

Oh, and FWIW, I am not big on breakfast, either. But I don't think I will EVER visit WDW again without breakfast at Kona- I am head-over-heals for the macadamia nut pancakes. YUM!

Thanks for sharing-:thumbsup2

Ricklg3
03-11-2010, 04:15 PM
This is our first full day in MK and it has been fun, BBB, Pirate League, and CRT. Now it was time for dinner at The Crystal Palace.

First I love that its in the park it works great for a break for the kids and us. Seriously, this place is beautiful! Super excited about going in.

We show up about 10 mins early and walk over to the check-in booth. They don't have a ressie for us. Now the CM was the least nice CM I would meet our entire trip she was short(in tone) and not wearing a name tag which I never saw except on her. I had our confirmation number and gave it to her, and she still couldn't find it. Another CM came up with a handheld machine because the line was getting long and she pointed at the other CM's screen and said it right there.

So they found our ressie, we waited about 15 mins to be seated we just watched a show going on at the castle. We were seated and the place is just great looking.


As you all know its a buffett which is great for us because they have the traditional kid stuff like chicken nuggets and pizza, but the kids can have anything they serve and vis-versa, I enjoy a nugget now and then.

I enjoyed the buffet. I like salads and they had lots of different types I enjoyed most of them. I found their chilled shrimp cocktail the best of all the buffets I had in Disney.
The cherry tomato/mozz salad was all cherry tomato the few bits of mozz were just bits but other than that the food was great we all found food we liked. My DW enjoyed the salmon a lot and the prime rib was great the chef trimmed the fat on my request both times I got it!!
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The chicken black bean salad with some prime rib I am so hungry right now. This post Disney diet while doing the dining reviews is killing me. I make sure I eat right before I do these and I'm still hungry.
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DW ate the salmon before I got the pic it was that good according to her
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Then my DD she can be an odd eater this is kinda of her ideal plate mashed potatoes, grapes, and bread. I don't ask she eates it and lots of it had seconds.
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The buffets really worked for us the kids have the same choices as us. I heard that as a complaint of the dining plans that you got stuck with nuggets/burgers/hotdogs. Now we did our share of that but never felt like that was the only option. Perhaps its a difference in the dining plans or that we chose lots of Character meals which seem to have lots of buffets


Speaking of characters lets talk about the interaction. Organized and efficent it was a big place and they moved quickly but the kids loved, and if i must admit it I meant my childhood favorite.
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Cmon its Tigger how can you not love Tigger seriously!!

It was at the Crystal Place that I realized something big. My kids were silent when they met fur characters. It was odd I mean they are silent both here and Chef Mickey's but completely different at CRT. It must be that the fur characters don't talk so my kids don't talk to them either. I mean they get and hug them and hand them their autograph books but not a word. Completely, different with face characters. I don't know what to make of it, I found it interesting. Even with the silence and the quick visit the characters were fun and interacted with the kids well and we all had a great time.
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my dd in the parade she loves a parade
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They also have a awesome dessert bar!!!! Just ask my DD
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Total cost with tax before tip $103.04 or 4 dining credits for us

Next up I can't recall you will have to stay tuned, thanks for reading and letting me relive the dream

BreTyPres87
03-11-2010, 04:59 PM
I have a reservation for Crystal Palace breakfast in June.. but like you i'm not a big lover of breakfast (HATE eggs, sausage and bacon not a fan) so looking at your lunch review I think i'm going to change it!! Thanks

Pooh&OurHunny
03-11-2010, 07:17 PM
Joining in and loving your reviews. That is awesome with the kids opeing for CM. We had a terrible meal there (the only buffet we left and still hunger b/c the food was so bad) but we did have a great character interaction. We love eating at CP, we usaully go for lunch and my husband loves that salmon they serve. CP is a must for ever trip.

iloveeeyore
03-11-2010, 07:36 PM
What a magical vacation so far!! A PERFECT start. I am loving your reviews. Your kids are gorgeous, and I especially love the pic of them with Eeyore! Hmmmm, now I'm dreaming of Crystal Palace...how to fit it in?

EclecticWAHM
03-11-2010, 07:51 PM
Great reviews and pics! You have a beautiful family and it looks like you had a great time! Can't wait to read more!!

BreTyPres87
03-11-2010, 10:00 PM
I'm also glad to see a review with two small children,first timers who did the DxDDP I keep hearing we'll miss too many attractions from eating but I think if timed correctly everything will be fine!! Love the reviews

hoosiercruiser
03-12-2010, 10:10 AM
I can't wait to read more. You are a great storyteller, you can feel through your writing what a great time you had. We leave for WDW next month for the first time for each of us, too.:cool1:

vinotinto
03-12-2010, 07:52 PM
So CRT is a homerun, its 2 credits on the DxDP but it is so worth it.
Setting as good as you can get, whoever came up with this thank you so much.
Food was awesome!! Service was flawless!!!
Character interaction was great!


OK, I put CRT back into my ADR list. Your kids look like they had a BLAST! Keep those reviews coming!

laura74
03-13-2010, 06:57 AM
Now you're making me hungry! Great reviews and pics! We leave in 5 days and can't wait!

I totally agree about Chef Mickey's. We were there for dinner a couple of years ago and I found the food uninspiring and the service we had was pretty poor. Add to that the tables crowded together and it wasn't the most pleasant dining experience. The kids really enjoyed the characters though so I guess it was worth it.

We had lunch at CRT a couple years ago and it was nice but I'm not sure it was worth the price. Maybe if we were on DXDDP and could afford to use two credits it would be.

I'm looking forward to your thought on whether the deluxe plan was worth the extra cost.

Ricklg3
03-14-2010, 09:32 AM
I have a reservation for Crystal Palace breakfast in June.. but like you i'm not a big lover of breakfast (HATE eggs, sausage and bacon not a fan) so looking at your lunch review I think i'm going to change it!! Thanks
It was so nice to be in the park and just walk over its a beautiful place, I was there for dinner but I think the lunch menu is very similar

Joining in and loving your reviews. That is awesome with the kids opeing for CM. We had a terrible meal there (the only buffet we left and still hunger b/c the food was so bad) but we did have a great character interaction. We love eating at CP, we usaully go for lunch and my husband loves that salmon they serve. CP is a must for ever trip.
Looks like we see it that same way including my spouse loving the salmon.

What a magical vacation so far!! A PERFECT start. I am loving your reviews. Your kids are gorgeous, and I especially love the pic of them with Eeyore! Hmmmm, now I'm dreaming of Crystal Palace...how to fit it in?
Thanks we are going to keep :lmao: I wish i was at the CP for lunch today

Great reviews and pics! You have a beautiful family and it looks like you had a great time! Can't wait to read more!!
Thanks for reading I do have a great family and we had an awesome time

I'm also glad to see a review with two small children,first timers who did the DxDDP I keep hearing we'll miss too many attractions from eating but I think if timed correctly everything will be fine!! Love the reviews
I couldn't not agree more the DxDP is great for families with small kids, most guides say families with small kids should take a mid day break, sitting down and eating three times a day serves as that break without having to return to the hotel it saves time and gives everybody a break, more on this later

I can't wait to read more. You are a great storyteller, you can feel through your writing what a great time you had. We leave for WDW next month for the first time for each of us, too.:cool1:
Thanks for reading! Im excited for you. Your going to have a great time

OK, I put CRT back into my ADR list. Your kids look like they had a BLAST! Keep those reviews coming!
They did thanks for reading

Now you're making me hungry! Great reviews and pics! We leave in 5 days and can't wait!
Have a magical time

I totally agree about Chef Mickey's. We were there for dinner a couple of years ago and I found the food uninspiring and the service we had was pretty poor. Add to that the tables crowded together and it wasn't the most pleasant dining experience. The kids really enjoyed the characters though so I guess it was worth it.
They have the character interaction down and opening it was awesome


We had lunch at CRT a couple years ago and it was nice but I'm not sure it was worth the price. Maybe if we were on DXDDP and could afford to use two credits it would be.
I felt it was worth it especially as my DD is 5 and we we on DXDP

I'm looking forward to your thought on whether the deluxe plan was worth the extra cost.
Stay tuned I am going to cover that in the wrap up

OurDogCisco
03-14-2010, 11:16 AM
Cute kids!!!

I'm loving your reviews. So, I had a question on CRT did they get rid of the pre-plated breakfast? It use to be that way... But your breakfast looks really good since you get to pick it out.

Ricklg3
03-15-2010, 09:12 AM
You can really learn a lot by reading the boards. I learned so much on these boards prior to my trip. The only issue is I had made all of my ADRs before I discovered the boards, and it was hard to make changes later as places had filled up.

One thing I would do different is change my thought process on early morning breakfasts at other resorts. Outside of the monorail resorts and places within walking distance or on boat routes. Resort to resort Disney transport is available it just takes some planning and more importantly some time.

We stayed at the Poly and we could take a boat or monorail to MK and then a bus to the Beach Club. The question was what time would buses being run from MK to the Beach Club and how often?

Our estimate was that one way trip we would need to set aside an hour, in the end we didn't want to give up that much sleep so we took a cab 10 minutes later and $15 bucks we were at the Cape May Cafe.

Total Cost with tax not including tip $70.09 or four credits for us, overall one of the better values

We were super excited about going to the Cape May Cafe as it is located in the beautiful Beach and Yacht club a place we debated long hard about staying at until we decide to stay at the Poly.

So we arrive on time for our reservation and we are seated right away the place was not that busy, it is a very nice space.

The food is laid out beautiful, earlier I had complained about food being set in large containers under heat lamps and visually that bothered me, however here they had done that and I found the presentation great and it made my hungry as I am now writing this.
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Gotta love Mickey waffles
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Their danish and other breakfast sweets were great!! Plenty of choices and each one better than the next.
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They had a lot of sweets
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In the background the DW helping the DK pick out what they want. I love cornbread and cornbread for breakfast seemed to be quite a treat. I also loved how the displayed the fruit look at these bananas.
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A lot more fruit
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Just so much to pick from I have stated several times in this review that I am not the biggest fan of breakfast. Well I am a huge fan of the Cape May Breakfast, yes they have the normal things such as sausage, eggs, and bacon. Things that aren't for me but the family loves but they also have so many other choices in pastries, fruit, and cornbread, sorry I love cornbread.

Let's see no meat lots of cornbread, must be my plate.
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Character Interaction
Cape May has the big names Minnie, Goofy and Donald.

Goofy is the star of the show. He sat down at our table a played with kids for a couple of minutes. Watching your kids interact without saying a word with a character is priceless. I am still amazed that because the fur Characters don't speak my kids don't talk to them it just lots of hugs and smiles.
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Overall Cape May is awesome, we had the most relaxing character meal of the trip here, there were plenty of options with the food and it was all great, my DS got to have his oatmeal and add all types of things to it. It just a relaxing place with great food and great atomsphere, we will be back to Cape May. Afterwards we took a nice relaxing walk along the grounds outside before jumping on a boat to Epcot.

Thanks for reading

jngwright
03-15-2010, 12:10 PM
For your home dining pleasure...

Cinderella's Cheese French Toast Recipe (http://allears.net/din/recipes/rec_chtst.htm)

Love all the pics in your review!:thumbsup2

Ackermom
03-15-2010, 02:17 PM
So we check-in at the Poly have lunch at the Kona Cafe and go swimming in the rain. Yes in the rain it was 70 degrees and as my dd-5 said we won't notice the rain in the pool. We get a text room is ready go to our room beautiful and we get ready to go to Chef Mickey's.

So our ressie is at 5pm. I didn't know this was first seating we get there at like 4:50. There are a couple families there already taking group pics and a CM comes up to me and ask if our kids would like to opening Chef Mickey's with Mickey Mouse. Heard of this but not sure how it works so we say yes of course. The CM ask us if our kids our good with charcters and not scared. I say oh yea their fine. I have no idea if this is true or not this is our very first charcter meal, but no way they weren't going to try. Well here are some pics of it, I have more on my photopass account, I will post those if anyone can tell me how to do it before I get my cd.

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Ok so clearly they were not scared. I cannot tell you how cool this was I have been in the world for less than 5 hours. It's our first trip for everybody, the first charcter they meet is Mickey and they get to do this. This trip was perfect and its only been 5 hours
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Next post food pics and review of food,and service. Just enjoying this for a little while longer.

What a great first time experience for your kids! I'll bet they were so-o-o-o-o excited!:yay:

janloz
03-15-2010, 03:50 PM
Thanks for the Crystal Palace review, we are eating breakfast there in Sept but have never tried lunch or dinner. We decided to try it before the MNSSHP and your review makes me feel better about it. YUM.

Also, was Mickey at Cape May Breakfast? I thought it was just Minnie, Donald and Goofy now. We are staying at BC and have an ADR there one morning, it will be so nice to just walk downstairs for it. :banana:

weswife
03-15-2010, 04:20 PM
Great review! Your pics. are wonderful!!!!:thumbsup2

CM is one of our fav. places! We are starting our vacation there this trip! I also booked Cape May for breakfast. My DH is not a breakfast person but the selection looks/sounds great!:goodvibes

The pic. of your children hugging Mickey is priceless!:wizard: A very magical moment indeed!

Thanks for sharing!:)

Ricklg3
03-15-2010, 04:31 PM
Thanks for the Crystal Palace review, we are eating breakfast there in Sept but have never tried lunch or dinner. We decided to try it before the MNSSHP and your review makes me feel better about it. YUM.

Also, was Mickey at Cape May Breakfast? I thought it was just Minnie, Donald and Goofy now. We are staying at BC and have an ADR there one morning, it will be so nice to just walk downstairs for it. :banana:

Oops you are right I don't know why I said Mickey too

Ricklg3
03-19-2010, 08:44 AM
Cute kids!!!
Thanks

I'm loving your reviews. So, I had a question on CRT did they get rid of the pre-plated breakfast? It use to be that way... But your breakfast looks really good since you get to pick it out.
The breakfast is still pre-plated but if you want more they let us pick what we wanted and they just brought that

For your home dining pleasure...


Cinderella's Cheese French Toast Recipe (http://allears.net/din/recipes/rec_chtst.htm)
Seriously, thank you

Love all the pics in your review!:thumbsup2
We took so many pics it fun to look at them all and tell stories

Thanks for the Crystal Palace review, we are eating breakfast there in Sept but have never tried lunch or dinner. We decided to try it before the MNSSHP and your review makes me feel better about it. YUM.
Yes, it was good, love the building and the location

Also, was Mickey at Cape May Breakfast? I thought it was just Minnie, Donald and Goofy now. We are staying at BC and have an ADR there one morning, it will be so nice to just walk downstairs for it. :banana:
Yea, I got excited no Mickey but still fun

Great review! Your pics. are wonderful!!!!:thumbsup2

Thanks for reading

CM is one of our fav. places! We are starting our vacation there this trip! I also booked Cape May for breakfast. My DH is not a breakfast person but the selection looks/sounds great!:goodvibes
We still feel very mixed on CM, great character, so-so food

The pic. of your children hugging Mickey is priceless!:wizard: A very magical moment indeed!
It's our favorite from the whole

Thanks for sharing!:)
Thanks for reading

Ricklg3
03-19-2010, 09:49 AM
We are excited as we enter the door to Akershus after about a 10 minute wait we were brought in and there was Belle and the kids were excited to take a picture with her.
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We were seated and Marie a very nice waitress came over and talked to the kids and told them what it was like Norway and taught them how to say some things in Norwegian. It was a total Epcot thing my kids wanted to know how to say Hi in every language they could learn it in and this CM was happy to help.

I have read plenty of positive reviews on this place and it seemed like it would be hard to live up to them.

She explained the process first their was a appetizer buffet that was really nice with cheeses, shrimp, salad and other delicious things. I could have made a meal just from those items. So after we were seated with those items we placed our order and promptly got the following:

I ordered an open faced chicken sandwich without bacon, which is almost sacrilegious in my family but it was great I love tasting new flavors. The flavor combination was different than anything I have tasted before, I am assuming it is tasting true to its Norwegian roots, but is was very good.
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It came with a hearty vegetable soup that tried to steal the show it was delicious.

The DW had the chicken and she loved it found the chicken very moist and flavorful, and she ate her vegatables which is unlike her but she said the asparagus was really good.
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My son had a hot dog and my daughter had a pizza that was a little well done but she didn't seem to mine at ate it all
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Then there was dessert
The apple pie, chocolate cake, mint creme and the ice cream was all really food and one of the most creative desserts all week.
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The meal was very good and well rounded the mini-buffet, the entree, and then the dessert were all very good, and make it worth a visit and that is before we even get to the character interactions

Character interactions well as you go in you get to take a picture with Belle that I shared earlier. The best part is like the CRT that pic is included in the price.

So we got to meet four of our favorite princesses as they visited our table
The best was with Snow White where we were hit eith some more pixie dust.
The day prior we were at the CRT and saw Snow White, and my kids are young and they have not caught on to the fact that several different people "play" the characters they love. But in this case it was the same Snow White from the day prior at CRT. What was really even more amazing was she remembered the kids and said "Maya & Mason its so good to see you again are you following me" and with that she gave prince Mason a big kiss on the forehead with her deep red lipstick.
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Then came Cinderella and she was very nice and had fun with the kids and commented on my daughters hair that was still done up from her trip the day before to BBB. Then she saw the lipstick on my DS head and said Snow white kissed my prince, well that just won't do and she planted a kiss on his head also.
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So then came Ariel the first time we had met her she was great and but when she saw the two previous princess had kissed my son she was like its my turn my turn, she looked at my DD and said why don't I give you kiss and she kissed my DD. That made her day and DS was great with his two kisses
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Aurora also made appearance which was fun too
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Wrap-up
The food was great and there was a lot of it. It was tasty, interesting, and served well. The character interaction was done well, even though it can be quite crowed in there. These CM showed how in just a couple minutes you could make the the trip Magical for kids.
It's a great value, while I cannot downplay how great it was to meet Cinderella in the Castle this is a much better value you meet Cinderella and Ariel without waiting for her at her grotto. You also get the picture included in your price and its a whole lot cheaper either with cash or on the dining plan as its only a 1 credit place.

Overall, it would be hard to plan another trip without making a stop here.:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

total cost with tax not including tip $112.58 or 4 dining credits for us

Dorisk3
03-19-2010, 11:03 AM
Great reviews- you have a beautiful family!

kamikazecat
03-20-2010, 12:14 AM
I am so glad to hear another positive review of Akersus. I was thinking about dumping it but am glad that I have decided to keep it.

scanne
03-20-2010, 07:04 AM
I teared up when I read that Snow White remembered your kids. How awesome!

I'm loving your reviews and you have a beautiful family!!!!

Thank you for sharing and reliving the magic for all of us to enjoy!

pumba
03-20-2010, 07:50 AM
your food review and photos of the food and the kiddos are amazing....thanks for taking the time to do this as we all love Pixie dust and FOOD.

Thanks again

oybolshoi
03-20-2010, 09:34 AM
your children are beautiful and I really enjoyed reading about your experience at Akershus. :goodvibes

DLo
03-20-2010, 08:27 PM
wow your first trip is amazing!! you are an adorable family. You picked some of our favorites - Crystal Palace and Cape May. We prefer Chef Mickey breakfast but you can't replace the opening family memory - awesome. Thanks for taking the time to review. Looking forward to more.

PS we love the poly but when we visited the beach club to eat at Beaches and Cream my ds (now 12) decided we had to stay there. We liked it so much we are returning this year. The Poly is the great though - best transportation options - if you ask me,

Pooh&OurHunny
03-20-2010, 09:16 PM
great updates. Thanks for sharing your food reviews with us. can't wait for more.

martinolichfamily
03-21-2010, 12:00 PM
Great updates! :thumbsup2

Love the review for Akershus...we have a ressie for breakfast there.

snorkelyn
03-23-2010, 04:24 PM
Ricklg3-
I love your reviews, and I'm looking forward to the rest! As it turns out, we are using the same travel agent as you did! :goodvibes 090She started telling me the story about your son at Akershus, and how the princesses were kissing his head. I knew the story sounded familiar. Than she mentioned opening at Chef Mickeys, and I KNEW it was you! What a small world!

Our 180 days is tomorrow, so I am sooo looking forward to see how she puts this all together for us. She already has a list of the ones I think look good- all of them, you've been to! This is also the 1st trip for all of us (with kids 2,4 & 6)- also staying at the poly!

We booked Plus Dining Plan. I have been resistant to the deluxe dining plan because I'm afraid to feel overbooked- as if we are always chasing a reservation. So I am looking forward to your conclusion.:):)

Ricklg3
03-27-2010, 01:55 PM
Great reviews- you have a beautiful family!
Thanks I can't stare at them enough but I am bias

I am so glad to hear another positive review of Akersus. I was thinking about dumping it but am glad that I have decided to keep it.
Akersus is a must for us on future visits. Food and Princesses and location put it high on our to do list

I teared up when I read that Snow White remembered your kids. How awesome!
Seriously, it was great that she remembered the kids

I'm loving your reviews and you have a beautiful family!!!!

Thank you for sharing and reliving the magic for all of us to enjoy!
Thanks for reading

your food review and photos of the food and the kiddos are amazing....thanks for taking the time to do this as we all love Pixie dust and FOOD.


Thanks again
Thanks that means a lot coming from you

your children are beautiful and I really enjoyed reading about your experience at Akershus. :goodvibes
Akershus was great

wow your first trip is amazing!! you are an adorable family. You picked some of our favorites - Crystal Palace and Cape May. We prefer Chef Mickey breakfast but you can't replace the opening family memory - awesome. Thanks for taking the time to review. Looking forward to more.

PS we love the poly but when we visited the beach club to eat at Beaches and Cream my ds (now 12) decided we had to stay there. We liked it so much we are returning this year. The Poly is the great though - best transportation options - if you ask me,
Later I will review Beaches n Cream. We struggled choosing between the beach club and poly. Have to agree with you on poly and transportation so easy so many options

great updates. Thanks for sharing your food reviews with us. can't wait for more.
Thanks for reading more are on the way

Great updates! :thumbsup2


Love the review for Akershus...we have a ressie for breakfast there.
It is so much fun to relive the trip

Ricklg3-
I love your reviews, and I'm looking forward to the rest! As it turns out, we are using the same travel agent as you did! :goodvibes 090She started telling me the story about your son at Akershus, and how the princesses were kissing his head. I knew the story sounded familiar. Than she mentioned opening at Chef Mickeys, and I KNEW it was you! What a small world!

Our 180 days is tomorrow, so I am sooo looking forward to see how she puts this all together for us. She already has a list of the ones I think look good- all of them, you've been to! This is also the 1st trip for all of us (with kids 2,4 & 6)- also staying at the poly!

We booked Plus Dining Plan. I have been resistant to the deluxe dining plan because I'm afraid to feel overbooked- as if we are always chasing a reservation. So I am looking forward to your conclusion.:):)

Diane is great we have a ton to say about deluxe dining stay tuned

LoveToT
03-27-2010, 10:53 PM
We spend hours last night reading your posts and loving the pics! Hurry up and post more - we can't wait!! :jumping3:

RGirl
03-28-2010, 12:09 AM
It is wonderful to read a first-visit review. I am taking my daughter for her first visit in October, and it will be my first visit as well! And my mother will be joining us - her first visit too!!!

We are hoping to do CRT and the Norway princess breakfast as well. Great to see such positive reviews. We are not big buffet people, but I am hoping to do the Chef Mickey's breakfast. I hope it is better than your dinner experience!

Also, your children are absolutely beautiful. It looks like they really enjoyed the trip.

Ricklg3
03-29-2010, 09:23 AM
So to end our day in Epcot we had a ressie for the Rose & Crown Pub. The reason we choose the Rose & Crown Pub is we read on the DIS boards that it has a private patio that is made available to diners that has one of the best views of Illuminations.

So we made a ressie for 7pm. Now at the time I made the ressie I swear the park schedule said Illuminations would be at 8pm, so a 7pm ressie seemed certain. About a week out I was double checking everything and noticed that Illuminations was starting at 9pm. To this day I don't know if they changed it or I just missed it but now it was 9pm and and our ressie was for 7pm, I hoped this would not be a problem.
The sole reason for picking Rose & Crown was the private seating for Illuminations the kids are small and I thought it would be great to watch it without having to fight the crowds, to be honest nothing on the menu looked that great, England is known for its food, and Fish and Chips are not my thing.

So we get to Rose & Crown at 7:12 we are late. We just had to go on Test Track one more time, by far my kids favorite ride in Disney. So we check-in and wait and wait and wait. It was cold that night and it was not a great experience. I didn't feel like I could complain because we were late but we had been waiting a long time. At 7:51 we got seated.

The bar area was packed and we got seated at the table that shared the half-wall with bar, so it was really loud. So far not the event I had hoped for and I was prepared to be disappointed in the food.
Our Waitress Kayleigh came and greeted us and asked if we had waited long. I said yes and when I told her how long she apologized over and over again.

Now Kayleigh was great she was attentive without be bothersome, and like most parents treat our kids great and we are happy even though the place was packed she took the time to talk to our kids about Disney and ask them about all the things they were doing and who they met. She really made an effort to reach out and the kids loved it. She also told the kids all about her home in England.

Now for the food
My DS had the Cheese Pizza with apples, he liked nothing really surprising here.
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My DD really stepped out the box and the had good kids menu with lots of choices and she tried the grilled chicken, fries and green beans. She ate it all and this choice and that she ate it all really surprised us. As you can see in the pic she got a little help from Mom.
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For the table there was bread served on faux newspaper really cool touch
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After asking for recommendations from Kayleigh our waitress my wife choose the Sunday roast. Kayleigh talked about how in England it is a long held tradition to eat this every Sunday and how her Mom made this every Sunday for the family. We love Epoct because we had great rides but we learned so much about other cultures the kids enjoyed that more than I thought they would. The plan was to learn how to say Hi in evry country saying Hi in England was so funny to my DD she said they say hi too.
The Sunday Roast was great my DW loved it and thought it tasted homecooked, and had the warm you from the inside feeling you get from drink hot cocoa on a cold day.
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So I had checked out all the menu items on allears and I was just set that nothing on the menu was my cup of tea(we are in England :lmao:)Nothing jumped out at me so after talking to Kayleigh and weighing my options and her recommendations I went with the Chicken Mushroom Pie. I was really worried that it would taste like the a chicken pot pie nothing special kinda of boring and mushy. Here is what it looked like.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2696/4412393980_fd5341ea7b_b.jpgOk it looks great the top is super flaky, it is going to be terrible inside I thought. I was so wrong it was great the chicken and mushroom and the sauce were perfect. It had a unique flavor that was different but in a strange way I knew. I would describe it as comfort food. It was really well done and great on a cold night. The food was great zero complaints only praise would eat there with or without Illuminations. Oh Illuminations I will get to that first our appetizers I had some Shrimp and the wife had a salad and we all got dessert.
My shrimp were tasty and the DW enjoyed her salad.
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My dessert was The Bakewell Tart and it was Tart and Sweet perfect for me just had trouble eating it all I was stuffed.
The DW had the Lemon Tart which she consumed quickly which is such a surprise as she is a dainty thing.
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The kids had their favorite
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When we first got seated I told Kayleigh our waitress that we wanted to see Illuminations and she said she would take care of it no worries. Well about 8:55 she came and got us and said follow me and took us to their private patio where she seated us at a table for four and right next to one of those outdoor patio heaters and we saw the amazing Illuminations with no crowd and no one to see over or around and it was great and it was warm.
When the show was over she escorted us back and we ate dessert.
Rose & Crown started as a means to an end and in the end the means out did the end. The food was great, the show was great, but the CM Kayleigh was the best, the kids wanted to take a pic with her, and come see her again the next day. They acted like she was Mickey Mouse. At the end of the evening I asked if I could speak to her manager the manager came out and I told her and Kayleigh how great Kayleigh was and how she really made our night special after waiting 45 mins. The manager said that Kayleigh had already told her about our waiting and they were only going to charge us with 3 dining credits instead of 4!!! Now if that wasn't enough then Kayleigh hit us with the biggest surprise tonight was her FIRST night serving she had just started. Wow!
A few more shots of our time at R&C
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The one and only most amazing CM Kayleigh
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If anybody knows where we can write and tell someone else in Disney Management about the amazing Kayleigh please let me know

The cost we got the free kids meal so just keep that in mind
Total cost with tax without tip was $84.52 or three dining credits

jockey
03-29-2010, 11:42 AM
Great reports:)

vinotinto
03-29-2010, 12:15 PM
Great to see another installment of your report! :surfweb: What a nice CM at Rose.

Did you ever make a breakfast out of snacks (given all the snack credits on the DxDP)? My kids are around the same age as your kids, and we're also staying at Poly, so I'm curious!

Keep up the reports! :thumbsup2

cherjp
03-29-2010, 12:30 PM
loving your dining report so far, keep up the good work :thumbsup2 , by the way your children are so cute and your little boy with those lipstick kisses on his head is adorable. magical memories indeed.

Happy Mom2
04-03-2010, 06:36 PM
Love your reviews. We are going on our first trip in December.

emmysmommy
04-09-2010, 08:37 PM
Wow! Now I want to dine at Rose & Crown just to have Kayleigh as my server. What a great CM!!! That chicken/mushroom pie looked awesome.

Amg120499
04-14-2010, 12:21 PM
Wow - what a night at Rose & Crown. You can really tell how much you enjoyed it in your writing. It sounds wonderful.

I am really enjoying your reviews and your kids are gorgeous.

SereneOne
04-15-2010, 04:03 AM
Love your report, very informative, thank you.

Your family is beautiful!:goodvibes

DISNEY1975
04-15-2010, 07:40 AM
Wow, this is great! Thanks for sharing!

MickeysMommy
04-15-2010, 07:58 AM
Great reviews. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. D
04-15-2010, 01:05 PM
subscribing!

Gouden Leeuw
04-15-2010, 06:53 PM
subbing in! cant wait to catch up

princessallegra
04-19-2010, 08:27 PM
I just have to say WOW! What a great family, what a great First Trip, what an amazing and detailed and helpful review so far!!!! You guys rock!!! Your kiddos are so adorable!!!!!! I have to be honest, I did tear up at the pic of them hugging Mickey when they got to open Chef Mickey's that night. What pixie dust!!! It couldn't have gone to a more deserving family IMHO:goodvibes:goodvibes The CRT Breakfast looks delicious! OMG I was drooling over that french toast!!!! :worship::worship: Can't wait to read more!!!