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scanne
05-05-2010, 06:54 PM
Well, I hope so.....because I have been loving all of the dining reports and want to give back to my fellow DISers who enjoy living (eating, drooling) vicariously through others.

So here goes.....

We will be in Orlando for 12 nights. Oh yeah, that's nearly 2 weeks!
Our first four nights will be spent at Portofino Bay hotel at Universal Studios (gasp! the horror!) but I will happily do a dining report there as well if anyone is interested.

Our US/IOA plans include:
Breakfast at The Three Broomsticks which is part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. :wizard: This meal is included in our package, but I'll take pictures and post $$$ if possible.
Dinner one night will be at The Kitchen at the Hard Rock Hotel. I chose it because the menu was varied and there is some kind of magic show for the kids on Friday evenings. My son loves magic, so I am hoping he enjoys it!
Dinner our last night at US/IOA at The Island Dining Room which I chose because it's a character meal and a co-worker of mine said that the food is really good. Ok, I'll give it a shot!
I'm sure the rest of our meals will be quick service type places but maybe I can grab lunch at Margartaville one afternoon.

Now onto the Deluxe Dining Plan at WDW! :love::banana::love:

We will be staying at the Polynesian. Originally we were booked in a garden concierge room, but after really thinking about the way we tour the parks, I knew that a regular old garden view room would suit us just fine, thank you very much, so I downgraded the room and added the DXDP!

Our first day in Disney will be at none other than the MK! We will have a QS lunch either at the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon, Cosmic Rays or Pecos Bills. We're going to let our mood and hunger level choose for us. Dinner the first night will be at Kona Cafe which we love so very much! Cannot wait for some kilueah torte. :woohoo:

Day 2 takes us to Hollywood Studios where we'll ransack Starring Rolls for breakfast and grab a salad or pulled pork sammie at Catalina Eddie's or Rosie's. Let's face it - the food at HS is lacking, and we'll be back there another day, so we're focusing on the touring and not the eating this day.
Dinner on day 2 is at Yak & Yeti and I am thrilled to be spending evening EMH's at AK! :)

Day 3 is the day my mom and dad are joining us. We're going to hang out at the resort and wait for them to arrive, so we'll have breakfast at Captain Cook's. Can you get Dole Whip for breakfast? Well, it is made of pineapple, so I'm going to say YES! We will probably also have lunch at CC's when my folks arrive or we'll just skip breakfast and have an early lunch with them. They're due to get to MCO at 8am, so I think we'll see them by 9:30 - yeah, breakfast may be doable....
We're all going to Epcot in the afternoon and our dinner will be at Rose and Crown because I really want some fish and chips and a guiness! OK, maybe I'll pass on the guiness, but not the fish and chips!

Day 3 is a MK day and we're starting it bright and early at Crystal Palace - our ressie is before the park opens. I can't wait for the photos on Main Street with nary a soul around. :cloud9: We're only going to stay in MK to do Fantasyland with the kiddies and maybe take a ride on Splash Mount. Then we're going to hit Downtown Disney for some shopping. Dinner tonight is a signature meal at Narcoosee's and I can't wait. I love this place and the view of the lagoon and MK is breathtaking!

I'll be back in another post with the next few Disney Days.

Thank you for taking the time to read the pre-trippie dining report. Hope to hear some feedback!

princessallegra
05-05-2010, 11:02 PM
Here I am!!!!!!!! Sounds great so far!!! I agree that the food at DHS is not the greatest to choose from. We're excited to try 50' PT for the first time though. We don't have high expectations, and just want to experience it. Can't wait to read more of your plans!!!!!!!!! :goodvibes:goodvibes

pharmgirl69
05-06-2010, 06:45 AM
count me in! Would love to hear about "that other place" LOL....we were thinking of spending a few days in Universal also, but being my DD7 first trip we're gonna wait and add that to one maybe next year. can't wait to hear your reviews!

Magic2000
05-06-2010, 01:57 PM
We LOVE Yak & Yeti!!!! And Narcoose's is also a family favorite!!! And we love Kona Cafe - especially Tonga Toast!!!

Looking forward to reading the rest of your plans!!!

scanne
05-06-2010, 08:12 PM
Here I am!!!!!!!! Sounds great so far!!! I agree that the food at DHS is not the greatest to choose from. We're excited to try 50' PT for the first time though. We don't have high expectations, and just want to experience it. Can't wait to read more of your plans!!!!!!!!!

50's Prime Time is more about the entertainment factor for me, but the food isn't half bad. Plus you can get a milkshake as your drink here I think (using the DXDP). Not a bad deal on a hot summer day. ;)

count me in! Would love to hear about "that other place" LOL....we were thinking of spending a few days in Universal also, but being my DD7 first trip we're gonna wait and add that to one maybe next year. can't wait to hear your reviews!

I haven't seen many dining reports from "that other place" so I'm hoping I can help fellow travellers! Have fun on your DD's first WDW trip! :thumbsup2

We LOVE Yak & Yeti!!!! And Narcoose's is also a family favorite!!! And we love Kona Cafe - especially Tonga Toast!!!

Looking forward to reading the rest of your plans!!!

Tonga Toast is definitely on my "must-eat" list! I am really, really looking forward to Yak and Yeti as well!

Thanks for reading!

scanne
05-06-2010, 08:18 PM
I've just made a few changes to our dining plans....but not the first three days.

Here is day 4!

We're going to take it easy at the hotel this morning and just have breakfast at Captain Cook's. We're off to Epcot for EMH's but before that, we'll be gathering our energy from Yachtsman's Steakhouse. I love the YC/BC area - we've stayed at the BC the last two years, so I'm really looking forward to strolling the walkway along Crescent Lake before and after dinner.

On day 5, we will be heading to the AK early for my DS's breakfast at Tusker House. He requested Chef Mickey's, but I convinced him that Tusker House is better because we can ride the safari right afterwards, which he just loves! (Score one for mom because Dad really hates Chef Mickey's...)

We're having a late lunch/early dinner for DD's birthday on Day 5 as well, but this time it's at Cinderella's Royal Table. Truly a place for a princess to dine in celebration of her birthday.

And to top the day off, we will be attending the FIREWORKS DESSERT PARTY in the MK! I think I spaced our meals out quite well on this day - 8:00am breakfast, 4:00pm lunch/dinner and 9:00pm dessert.

I plan to take a TON of pics at the Dessert Party and I'll keep you posted on the melting factor in the muggy and hot July heat!

More to come....thanks for reading!

Linda67
05-07-2010, 08:50 AM
Count me in :thumbsup2
Can't wait to hear your thoughts :goodvibes

princessallegra
05-07-2010, 10:00 AM
How cool, a dessert party!! That sounds awesome!! Keep em comin!!

scanne
05-07-2010, 03:36 PM
Count me in
Can't wait to hear your thoughts

Thanks - I'm still planning on doing my "chocolates from around the world" with that Cadbury chocolate bar your DH got in Canada! And I'm not a big drinker, but your report and all its gorgeous cocktails has me contemplating a few libations!

How cool, a dessert party!! That sounds awesome!! Keep em comin!!

And the cool thing is that the CM specifically noted my kids' names and their birthdays (DS's is August, DD's is July and we'll be in WDW between the two), so maybe there will be some sort of pixie dust for them....

I'm looking forward to the mango shooters more than anything, too!

scanne
05-07-2010, 03:51 PM
I'm back with day 6, which I tweaked a bit last night.

Reason for tweaking? DH still wants to eat at Le Cellier even though I booked Yachtsmans Steakhouse. OK, I enjoy a good filet, so I'm fine with both places. So I had to make a couple of changes to get Le Cellier back in the picture.

Day 6 is all about Epcot. I just love Epcot and my kids are into Soarin' and Crush, and I think by the time the trip rolls around, they're both going to be convinced to love Test Track. Plus, I like that Epcot has a lot of indoor activities which helps to keep cool. Also, the Captain EO return engagement has my son super excited as he is a major MJ fan.

So, Epcot will begin early and we will be having breakfast at Seasons. I love Seasons because of the great choices, plus, we always head to the Land first thing to get our Soarin' on! Lunch is also at Epcot today and we will be dining at Le Cellier. The last time we ate here was on our honeymoon, TEN years ago. So you could say it's been a while. ;)

This evening's plan is dinner and a show......it's the Hoop De Doo Revue! My kids have been here before, but DS was 4 and DD was 2. So I asked my DS if he wanted to go there again, thinking he wouldn't really remember. He said, "Well, I don't like the show that much, but the chicken was really good, so, let's do it!" :rotfl2: That just sent me into a fit of laughter. And on the DxDP you can only get tier 2 or 3 seating. We have tier 2, so I'm hopeful that we won't be smack dab in the middle of it all. He just doesn't like the spotlight...

Day 7 is not so fancy, but it includes one of my faves and the only place my dad ever requests!

Breakfast will be at the hotel at Captain Cook's. Tonga Toast.....mmm, yummy! Lunch is HS and at the 50's Prime Time Cafe. I always request Auntie Clare - I am hoping she's still there! I'm looking forward to trying the PB&J milkshake, too..

Dinner is at my dad's favorite - The Crystal Palace. It's fine with the kids as they like the kid-sized buffet and I think they have some sort of red velvet cake, so I'll be happy when it's dessert time. DH isn't crazy about the characters, but likes the food here, so I'll just make him a shirt that says "I don't greet characters anymore." ;) Just kidding...

Our last day will be low-key at the resort where we'll end our dining at the Kona Cafe for breakfast. I'm looking forward to the macadamia pancakes and the press-pot coffee. How delish!

Now I didn't mention any snacks, but here's a list of things I plan to get and hope we can stomach with the DXDP.

1. Funnel cake at Sleepy Hollow
2. Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow
3. POPCORN!
4. Dole Whip (I think I mentioned that....)
5. Cinnamon Roll from Main Street Bake Shop
6. Churros
7. Itzakadoozie
8. Mickey Bar
9. Carrot Cake Cookie (Writer's Stop at HS) - Thanks, Linda!!!


Yeah, there will be more...

I'll be back to update if there are any changes (which I'm sure there will be). Thanks for reading and joining in the anticipation! :yay:

adsrtw
05-07-2010, 07:21 PM
I will join in too! My first Tonga toast experience was last March and I haven't been the same since. :lmao: Looking forward to your reviews.

tybella
05-07-2010, 07:52 PM
oohhh I'm so excited to see your reviews we are headed that way and I have no idea on dining so all suggestions and reviews are awesome

princessallegra
05-07-2010, 09:04 PM
I'm back with day 6, which I tweaked a bit last night.



Day 6 is all about Epcot. I just love Epcot and my kids are into Soarin' and Crush, and I think by the time the trip rolls around, they're both going to be convinced to love Test Track. Plus, I like that Epcot has a lot of indoor activities which helps to keep cool. Also, the Captain EO return engagement has my son super excited as he is a major MJ fan.

How cool that your fam loves EPCOT so much! We love it too. Also rockin that you get to see the Captain EO! And that your DS is a big MJ fan, we love the MJ in our house :)


This evening's plan is dinner and a show......it's the Hoop De Doo Revue! My kids have been here before, but DS was 4 and DD was 2. So I asked my DS if he wanted to go there again, thinking he wouldn't really remember. He said, "Well, I don't like the show that much, but the chicken was really good, so, let's do it!" :rotfl2: That just sent me into a fit of laughter. And on the DxDP you can only get tier 2 or 3 seating. We have tier 2, so I'm hopeful that we won't be smack dab in the middle of it all. He just doesn't like the spotlight...

SUPER COOL!!!! We really want to do Hoop-de-Doo!!! I'm thinking maybe if we're able to the surprise birthday trip for DH in November, we may get to try it. Just an FYI, the tier 2 seats I've heard are pretty much the back of the room. Many people prefer the tier 3 seats which are up on the balcony. It's a perfect view, and the performers come up and give autographs as well. That's where we'll be requesting, as we don't like the spotlight. :)



Breakfast will be at the hotel at Captain Cook's. Tonga Toast.....mmm, yummy! Lunch is HS and at the 50's Prime Time Cafe. I always request Auntie Clare - I am hoping she's still there! I'm looking forward to trying the PB&J milkshake, too..

Yay for 50's PT!!! We absolutely cannot WAIT for this experience! Glad you love it! We are going to try the PBJ milkshake too :)


Dinner is at my dad's favorite - The Crystal Palace. It's fine with the kids as they like the kid-sized buffet and I think they have some sort of red velvet cake, so I'll be happy when it's dessert time. DH isn't crazy about the characters, but likes the food here, so I'll just make him a shirt that says "I don't greet characters anymore." ;) Just kidding...

:rotfl: SO funny. Crystal Palace is our first and only character breakfast on our itinerary! I love that they have red velvet for you!!! Omgggg looove red velvet. It was our wedding cake! About the characters and your DH :rotfl: [/B]


9. Carrot Cake Cookie (Writer's Stop at HS) - Thanks, Linda!!!

DOESN'T THIS JUST LOOK SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS!?!?!?! I cannot wait to try this too!!! I saw it on her report and almost drooled on myself!!:laughing:





Ok so I had to quote you because there were just so many funny and great parts of your post :)

H20DogsNDisney
05-07-2010, 09:14 PM
It all sounds good

scanne
05-07-2010, 11:03 PM
Care for an introduction?
This is me and DH on our way to Narcoosee's last year.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a184/scanne/IMG_0454.jpg

And our kids (on a Friendship boat - definitely not taken on the same evening).
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a184/scanne/IMG_0385.jpg

Get used to the faces....we're heading back in 2 months and a week and can hardly wait!

scanne
05-07-2010, 11:07 PM
Ok so I had to quote you because there were just so many funny and great parts of your post

Thank you! My family cracks me up daily, especially my DD. I haven't gotten her take on our plans yet as I've mainly been writing this pre-trippie after she's been asleep. Ah, but there is always the weekend to get her thoughts....

It all sounds good
Thanks - the hardest part now is waiting....!

Linda67
05-08-2010, 12:52 AM
Aww, lovely photos :goodvibes
You make a cute couple and your kids are adorable :flower3:
Really looking forward to your thoughts on the Kona Breakfast & La Cellier in particular as I am hoping to try both on our next trip

scanne
05-14-2010, 11:07 AM
Aww, lovely photos
You make a cute couple and your kids are adorable
Really looking forward to your thoughts on the Kona Breakfast & La Cellier in particular as I am hoping to try both on our next trip


Thank you!
I'm looking forward to Kona breakfast, too, and the Kona Coffee Press Pot. :surfweb: Gotta have my joe!

msnwithers
05-14-2010, 12:10 PM
I'm in. Sounds great!

scanne
05-14-2010, 03:55 PM
So I made some changes, but I hope they're the last....

I'll re-post Days 4 and 5:

Day 4:
Breakfast at Crystal Palace. Lunch will be a QS location. Dinner is at Narcoosee's (a late-ish ressie at 7:50). Hoping to catch the fireworks....;)

Day 5:
Breakfast will be at Captain Cook's.
Lunch will be at Wolfgang Puck Cafe - I've been trying to eat here for two years. Hopefully I'll finally have my chance!
Dinner is at Epcot at Tokyo Dining. Hoping to get a seat by the window for some Illuminations viewing. Our ressie is also late/7:50pm.

Next, I'll share what I'm looking forward to the most and least for each TS location.

Thanks for reading!

scanne
05-14-2010, 04:07 PM
KONA CAFE

Well, we're DXDPers, so that means we get an appy, entree and dessert.

Kona is one of our favorites and I'm happy to anticipate the dining glory with all of you.

I'm looking at:
Appy: Kona Salad (minus the red onions)
Entree: Miso Glazed Mahi Mahi or Pan Asian Noodles with Shrimp
Dessert: Chocolate Fondue or Kiluea Torte


DH:
Appy: Crab Cakes
Entree: Shrimp and Scallops or Coconut Almond Chicken
Dessert: Coconut Creme Kiki Tart

DS:
Appy: Chicken noodle soup
Entree: Hot Dog
Dessert: Ice Cream

DD:
Appy: Chicken noodle soup
Entree: mac and cheese
Dessert: Ice Cream

Yak n Yeti

Me:
A: Egg Rolls
E: Shaoxing Steak and Shrimp
D: Mango Pie ( I love mango and this sounds really good!)

DH:
A: Pork Pot Stickers
E: Baby Back Ribs
D: Fried Wontons

DS and DD:
A: ?
E: Chicken Bites
D: Ice Cream

Our other meals on these days will be QS locations...I'll be taking pictures and notes along the way for a full-blown report!

If you have any suggestions, please share as we're open to trying new things! Thanks!!!

scanne
06-10-2010, 04:17 PM
Oh boy, has a lot changed since I last posted.

First of all, my mom and dad are joining us for 6 days at the end of the trip. :goodvibes

I've rearranged our dining reservations at least a dozen times. I need to re-post our plans.

I've added some new places (like California Grill and Akershus) and taken some away (CRT and Boma).

I'll post our new itinerary tomorrow. I also have a few surprises up my sleeve for my ten year anniversary with my DH and for my kids' birthdays.

More to come.........

scanne
06-13-2010, 08:54 AM
OK, so I've been making a ton of changes in the past month. Here is the new line up.

Day 1 in Disney:

Lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern
Dinner at 'Ohana - this was pure luck. I checked on line for 'Ohana for this night, totally expecting it to be booked, and there was a 6:25pm for the four of us. PERFECT!

Day 2:
Akershus for breakfast
Yak and Yeti for dinner

Day 3: My parents are joining us on this day.
Lunch at Le Cellier
Dinner either QS in Downtown Disney or room service back at the Polynesian

Day 4:
Lunch at 50's Prime Time Cafe
Dinner at California Grill (with a special surprise thrown in from Chef Brian!)

Day 5:
Breakfast at Tusker House
Dinner at Tokyo Dining

Day 6:
Breakfast at Crystal Palace
Dinner at Narcoosee's

Day 7:
Lunch at Hollywood Brown Derby
Dinner at the Hoop De Doo Revue

Day 8:
Lunch QS in Epcot (Boulangerie Patisserie)
Dinner at Tony's in the MK

Day 9:
Breakfast at Kona Cafe

There are a handful of QS places for lunch, but we're just going to go with the flow and see where we want to eat and where we are when we're hungry. I'm really looking forward to the signature meals, especially California Grill and Narcoosee's.

I can't believe our trip is so close! I'll be taking TONS of pictures and doing a full blown dining report upon my return.

Thanks for reading! :)

iloveeeyore
06-13-2010, 11:17 AM
Happy Anniversary! DH and I are celebrating our 20th at the Poly this summer. Looks like we'll just miss you?

I'm working on my dining pre-trip report now, too, and following along with yours. Thanks for taking the time to do this!

scanne
06-14-2010, 03:56 PM
Happy Anniversary! DH and I are celebrating our 20th at the Poly this summer. Looks like we'll just miss you?

I'm working on my dining pre-trip report now, too, and following along with yours. Thanks for taking the time to do this!


Thanks for the well-wishes! I hope to read your pre-trip plans, too!

scanne
06-17-2010, 05:34 AM
But it only affects one meal. I'm sad to have to say goodbye to Yak and Yeti for dinner on the 19th, but I am and in its place we will be heading to BOMA. I really tried to avoid a lot of big buffets (I think the only buffet I have is Crystal Palace), but DH insisted. I'll just do small plates and mainly salad and fresh fruit. I hate the feeling of being stuffed and even DH said that he debated this request for a while due to the "stuffing of our faces that usually occurs." :rotfl: Oh well - one stuffin shouldn't be TOO bad....

scanne
06-24-2010, 09:25 AM
Two weeks and 6 days?! Oh my, where has the time gone???

I was able to get Yak and Yeti back, but it will be for lunch on our Tusker House breakfast day. Breakfast is at 8, lunch at 1 then a late dinner that night at Tokyo Dining.

I also bagged Hollywood Brown Derby (because I had used too many credits!) and switched it to Sci-Fi Drive In. Onion Rings and Milkshakes may have to be ordered there......

I also bagged Akershus for breakfast and re-booked Cinderella's Royal Table. I think my DD will like this better for her birthday meal! :love:

I really cannot believe how close my trip is. I have started packing and that is when my excitement really begins to build!

I think I am completely set now with our dining reservations/plans. Who knows if we will make any changes once we're down in Florida, but as of now, I'm very happy with what we've booked.

I've been eating a lot less and working out a lot more prior to the trip in hopes that it counteracts the weight I'll gain while on vacation! LOL!!! :rotfl:

But I really, really cannot wait and I think the next two and a half weeks are going to drag...........

Stay tuned for dining reviews with pictures! And I'll cover Universal restaurants as well. :yay:

scanne
07-05-2010, 09:52 AM
OK, this is it! The absolute final plans for our trip which starts in 1 week and 6 days (the Disney part....)

July 18, 2010
Lunch will be at Liberty Tree Tavern
Dinner will be at ‘Ohana at 6:25pm
Also, we're going to stop at Main Street Bakery to get pastries for breakfast tomorrow
July 19, 2010
Breakfast will be our pastries from MS Bakery
Lunch at Tusker Hosue at 1:05pm
Dinner - QS at MK
July 20, 2010
Breakfast at Captain Cook’s
Lunch at Coral Reef ressie
Right now I'm planning on having room service for dinner but that could change....we'll see.
July 21, 2010
Breakfast at Captain Cook’s.
Lunch at Sci-Fi Drive In
Dinner is at Narcoosee’s
July 22, 2010Breakfast at ‘Ohana at 7:45am
Lunch at Yak & Yeti at 1:30 pm
Dinner at Tokyo Dining at 8:10pm
July 23, 2010
Breakfast at Crystal Palace at 8:20am
Lunch is at Cinderella’s Royal Table at 2:20pm
Dinner will be QS in the MK
July 24, 2010
Breakfast at Captain Cook’s.
Lunch at 50’s Prime Time Café at 11:45am
Dinner is the 7:15pm show of the Hoop De Doo Revue
July 25, 2010
Breakfast at Captain Cook’s.
Lunch will be at a QS location in World Showcase - I like the Boulangerie in France and DH likes Tangierine Cafe in Morocco.
Dinner is at Artist Point at 6:15pm
July 26, 2010
Breakfast at Kona Café at 8:35am

I am sooooooo excited that our trip is SO close!
We will be leaving for Universal a week from Wednesday and we are planning on dining at the following:

Bubba Gump's - dinner our first night
The Three Broomsticks - breakfast our first day (included in package)
The Kitchen (dinner on the 16th)
The Island Dining Room (dinner on the 17th)
The rest we will just play by ear for breakfast and lunch.

Any critiques? Thoughts? Opinions? Well, I hope you're all looking forward to my reviews. I have thought of how to organize my photos and reviews. I'm going to take a picture of the menu before we begin our meal and then photograph the receipt at the end of the meal so I will be able to keep track of each entree from each place.

Hope it works.....