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pinkxray
06-02-2010, 12:05 PM
The Cast:

Me-
I love Disney and I love food. I am more of a chain restaurant kind of girl than fine dining though. When I read reviews and people say the food rivals TGIFridays or Olive Garden I know I will like it. I basically like anything that is bad for you and hate 98% of vegetables and not a big fish fan. Love breakfast foods, pizza, and my favorite meal ever is chicken parm. with garlic bread with diet coke. I was on a mission to try new things on this trip. I ended up getting a cold the second day of the trip that lasted most of the trip which made me stick to things I knew and eating less than I would have if I was 100%. It also made me miss so many of the yummy snacks I was wanting to try and get vitamin water or a drink with my snack credits.

DH- Ugh. Not a fun person to dine with. Picky. Picky .Picky. Eats pretty much the same menu as 5 year old DD. Only eats when hungry. No eating just to enjoy it or b/c itís there. Goes to a buffet and eats like one piece of fried chicken and some fries. Favorite foods: Pizza, burger from Wendyís, lasagna.

DD 5- Typical kid, loves chicken nuggets, pizza, and ice cream.

This is DDís first trip and we are celebrating the fact that I finally graduated college. We originally had the regular dining plan booked. I have been in radiography school for the last 2 years and although had dreamed of the deluxe plan couldnít bring myself to do it not knowing when I would finally have a job. Well, I found out the second to last day of clinical I got a job in one of the hospital I did my rotations in. Yay! So I called and upgraded to deluxe. Even though it was only a few days out I got most of my choices. I was messing with my ADRís about 36 hours before we left and was able to get Ohana dinner on arrival night which was awesome since I had been trying for months to squeeze it in.

I was surprised that around 10 days out I was able to book HDDR, WCC, and Yachtsman. I ended up dropping those though. Once we were down to about 5 or 6 days there was really nothing open, but I did get 50ís prime time cafť 5 days out when DH decided he needed to attend SWW at the last minute.

I admit I slacked when it came to food porn. DH and DD refused to let me take pictures of their food and the 1st two days I just wasnít thinking about it. Kudos to those who are able to take pictures of everything, it is a lot harder than it looks!

pinkxray
06-02-2010, 12:19 PM
Here is our line-up:

Breakfast:
OHANA with Lilo and Stitch(pg. 1 post 12)
Boma(pg 2 post 23)
Crystal Palace(PG 3, POST 43)
Tuskerhouse –Donald’s Safari Breakfast
Counter service @ POR and POFQ
Gasparilla Games @ GF
Lunch:
Sci-Fi
50’s Prime Time
Riverside Mill at POR
Cosmic Ray’s (PG 3, POST 43)
CS at Blizzard Beach
Pizzafari
Dinner:
Ohana (pg. 1, post 3)
Le Cellier (Page 2 Post 18)
Mama Melrose
CRT (PG 3, POST 43)
Turf Club @ SSR (cancelled)
Chef Mickey
Grand Floridian Cafe(pg 2, post 26)
We also stayed offsite for 4 days and had a few meals offsite

pinkxray
06-02-2010, 12:56 PM
May 22
Our first meal on the Deluxe Dining plan? Sonics

Yes, Sonics Drive Ėin. Dh insisted we go straight from MCO to Sonics. We donít have any in CT and we were obsessed with Sonics while we lived in NC for a few years. Instead of heading to POR to check in and try out their food court we headed to International Drive. We placed our order and were excited to have Sonics after about a 5-6 year absence. It was okay, not as good as we remembered. Plus, they gave us tater tots instead of fries. I didnít see anything about automatically getting tots so that was a bit disappointing. We definitely wonít a special trip for Sonics anymore but would pick it if staying around one.

Once we checked in at POR we headed to the food court for our refillable mugs. I loved having the mugs and would definitely pay OOP for them if we had the basic plan.

We were finally ready to hit EPCOT were we used 2 snack credits for Dasani waters. I really wanted to head to Sunshine Seasons to try the strawberry shortcake but decided to save my appetite for Ohanaís.

Finally, it was time to head to Ohanaís! We had an ADR for 8:30 and arrived a little early. We were seated after only a few minutes. We met our cousin and got our welcome bread and were told about what to expect.
DH had a Sprite, DD had the pomegranate lemonade which she didnít like, and I had the famous Lapu Lapu along with a diet coke.

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A little strong for me, but very yummy later in the night when some of the ice melted. [/COLOR]

I didn't really take pictures of the food. There are so many pictures out there and they all look the same. There was the salad which was pretty good. I dislike lettuce and actually enjoyed it with the honey lime dressing.
Next, were the wings and the pork dumplings. The wings were fantastic! Soon, came the vegetables and the noodles. The broccoli and peas were okay, they were still just vegetables. I loved the noodles. I could have made a whole meal of just the noodles and wings.

Next, came the meats. First up was the marinated sirloin steak. This was the favorite of DH and I. It was soooo good. It was perfectly cooked and the flavor was incredible.
Too bad they brought the steak first. The rest couldn't compare. The shrimp was okay to me. The pork loin was gross. The turkey was okay, but it was really good dipped in the sauces. I think the mustard one was especially good with the turkey since it gave it a little spice.

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Soon, it was time for dessert. The reviews of the bread pudding were one of the reasons I wanted to try Ohana's so bad. It lived up to every single expectation I had and then some. I was the best dessert of the trip by far. The combination of the best vanilla ice cream ever and that yummy caramel sauce was perfection. Thankfully DH didn't want any and it was all mine!

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DD got a bowl of the same yummy vanilla ice cream all for herself. She scarfed it down even after having eaten all her fries and chicken nuggets she had ordered. (No, she would not try any of the regular food served)

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Just a little note: We were up around 4:30 on this morning and DH was a little mad I made the ADR for 8:30 (he doesn't get the fact that getting any ADR at Ohana 2 days out is amazing) and wasn't happy. I have to say that dinner and dessert were totally worth hearing his complaining all night and the next few days about I had messed up the planning for that night.

pinkxray
06-02-2010, 12:58 PM
Oops. Pictures are kind of big. I will resize the next ones, I promise.

adsrtw
06-02-2010, 06:22 PM
You are off to a good start! Can't wait to read more.popcorn::

Pooh&OurHunny
06-02-2010, 08:13 PM
Joining in and can't wait for more...popcorn::
Your daughter is very cute.

angelsmith52
06-02-2010, 08:27 PM
You are off to a good start! Can't wait to hear about the rest of it!

pinkxray
06-02-2010, 08:28 PM
You are off to a good start! Can't wait to read more.popcorn::

Thanks for joining in. I loved reading all the dining reviews in preparation for our trip and really wanted to give a little something back.


Joining in and can't wait for more...popcorn::
Your daughter is very cute.

Thank you and welcome!

pinkxray
06-02-2010, 08:31 PM
You are off to a good start! Can't wait to hear about the rest of it!

Thank you!

jagmom
06-02-2010, 08:34 PM
Can't wait to hear more!

pinkxray
06-03-2010, 08:21 AM
Can't wait to hear more!

Thanks for joining in.

pinkxray
06-03-2010, 08:50 AM
(Just a note: everytime I try to resize my pictures in photobucket internet explorer shuts down on me, so for now we'll have to suffer with huge pictures of food-sorry)

Day 2-May 23

After our yummy dinner at Ohana we headed out for our first character breakfast. We had a 7:30am ADR at .................................................. .................................................. .........................



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Yes. Ohana again. As I mentioned the dinner was a last minute add on. If it were a few months out I would have moved this breakfast to another day but it was too late to change everything around.

We arrived a little early and since they open at 7:30 we had to wait a little bit. A little after 7:30 they started taking the family pictures (which we skipped) and letting people in. They called our name and lead us to the exact same table we had the night before. The previous night I didn't love the table location and was hoping we would have a different table, but it worked out perfect b/c it was the first table where the characters came out and they came straight to DD first which she loved.

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First, they bring you Stitch's crazy juice which is very good. (I believe it is also served at Boma and Tuskerhouse but with a different name) and coffee.
Next, they bring you a pineapple bread and cinnamon bread. I remember trying a little piece of each just to try them but can't really rememeber them too well. They were okay but I didn't want to fill up on bread.

Before the breakfast platter comes out they bring you a plate of fresh fruit which was very good. As you will see once I start taking pictures later in the trip I loved the strawberries and pineapple in Disney. They were so ripe and probably the most perfect tasting fruit I have had.

Finally, they bring the breakfast skillet. There are eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits, and potatoes. Your server also brings around Mickey waffles.


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Everything was great. I don't like biscuits so I didn't try them but DH enjoyed them. I wasn't a huge fan of the sausage. They are very plump and kind of reminded me of a hot dog but with sausage flavoring. I prefer the flat patties but they were okay if you like that type of sausage.

Since we were the first table the characters hit we were done pretty quickly. I think we were out of there by 8:05-8:10 which was great. (There was no rush and our server told us to take our time bit we wanted to head back to the hotel for a bit before hitting Blizzard Beach.)

We all loved Ohana for breakfast and it is a must do on our next trip.




We spent our morning at Blizzard Beach and shared two hot dog meals. We got 2 counter service meals that each included a hot dog, a bag of doritos, a large drink and a huge chocolate chip cookie. It was a lot of food and now I see how easy it would be to do the quick service dining plan. I know some people complain about the wheat buns but I didn't really notice too much of a difference. The bun did start to crumple on DD when she was almost done with her hot dog but they were okay.

chocolateMinnie
06-03-2010, 09:26 AM
Subscribing, great reviews so far. We liked Ohanas for dinner but loved breakfast on the whole - DS says it's a must for the juice alone.

adsrtw
06-03-2010, 10:06 AM
Very cool on the perfect table location! So neat! My kids aren't Stitch fans, so we would probably pass, but it looks really yummy.

pinkxray
06-03-2010, 10:31 AM
Subscribing, great reviews so far. We liked Ohanas for dinner but loved breakfast on the whole - DS says it's a must for the juice alone.

Thanks! We loved the breakfast too. I loved the dinner but felt bad about the amount of food going to waste. DD didn't eat anything besides her chicken nuggets and DH and I could barely make a dent in everything. I would love to go back but only if DH somehows grows a bigger appetite or we had more people with us.
Breakfast was great. I would say even if we decide to do the quick service plan we will pay OOP for this breakfast.
I love the juice too. And the coffee.

Very cool on the perfect table location! So neat! My kids aren't Stitch fans, so we would probably pass, but it looks really yummy.

It was so cool seeing the characters coming out the door and then heading right to our table.
DD loves Stitch and Pluto so she was in heaven. I think we would go back even when she gets over Stitch. DD was pretty shy the first 2-3 days when meeting characters and they were all great about stopping for the pictures and giving her a kiss, but moved along once they saw she only really wanted the picture.

darthtatty
06-03-2010, 11:21 AM
Fab reviews, i love Ohanas dinner. i cant wait to try breakfast next time.x

I like big pics, more food to drool over :goodvibes

PixieDustandEeyore
06-03-2010, 01:21 PM
Mmm food looks good!

pinkxray
06-03-2010, 01:30 PM
Next up is Le Cellier:


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For some reason I barely took any picture here. It is pretty dark and since everyone is so close I felt bad about using the flash.

This was the night I first started to feel the cold I would have most of the trip. I knew when I booked the DXDP DH doesn't eat much but I figured whenever he didn't want his appetizer I would order something I have never tried like mussels and my safe appetizer choice would be something I knew I would like. On this night my throat was starting to feel sore and my head was congested so all my good intentions of trying new things went out the window for this trip. I orginally planned to get the choc. matini but settled on a diet coke. All the yummy adult beverages I planned to try went on the back burner too. Oh well, next trip maybe.


DH had a sprite and the mushroom filet.
He enjoyed it. I tried a bite and was glad I chose my meal, but it was very good.

I had the New York Strip and mashed potatoes. It was very good. Cooked to medium just like I wanted and there was just the normal strip of fat along the side that was easy to remove. The potatoes are soooooo good. I know I have seen a recipe thread here. Does anyone have the link? I would love to try to make these.

DD had a kids pizza which for some reason she didn't like. She has rarely meet a pizza she didn't like so this was surprising. I don't think she ate much here but did enjoy her vanilla milkshake.

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DD with her vanilla milkshake



We ordered dessert to go. DH didn't want one so I got two choices. I knew for months I would get the choc. mousse and the choc. whiskey cake. The waiter came over with the dessert menu and started to make his recommendations which were the my two choices. As soon as he said them I told him we'll take those and to wrap them up. He looked at DH as if he had some say in the matter.

We were were supposed to be going straight back to POR so I figured the mousse would fine, but we ended up staying for a few more hours to do pick a pearl. By the time we got back it had completely melted:sad2:

I tried the cake the next day and it was very yummy, nothing outstanding though.

While waiting for them to put my pearl in the setting we headed back to France to get this:
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Grey Goose Slush
Very yummy, I don't really drink much and like drinks that aren't too strong
This was perfect for me and was great for my sore throat:)

pinkxray
06-03-2010, 01:33 PM
Fab reviews, i love Ohanas dinner. i cant wait to try breakfast next time.x

I like big pics, more food to drool over :goodvibes
I loved them both. I don't think I have ever read of anyone not liking the breakfast.

The food does like good big, doesn't it.

Mmm food looks good!

Yum. Everything was very good. I don't think I had anything I didn't like. Oh wait. There were a couple CS items I had I couldn't eat. But we'll get there later.

gilsan
06-03-2010, 02:40 PM
The Cast:
This is DD’s first trip and we are celebrating the fact that I finally graduated college. We originally had the regular dining plan booked. I have been in radiography school for the last 2 years and although had dreamed of the deluxe plan couldn’t bring myself to do it not knowing when I would finally have a job. Well, I found out the second to last day of clinical I got a job in one of the hospital I did my rotations in. Yay! So I called and upgraded to deluxe. Even though it was only a few days out I got most of my choices. I was messing with my ADR’s about 36 hours before we left and was able to get Ohana dinner on arrival night which was awesome since I had been trying for months to squeeze it in.


I am enjoying your reviews.

Congratulations on graduating and getting a job! I am a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and I am always happy to see other medical radiation technologists :thumbsup2

MHTeacher
06-03-2010, 08:26 PM
I'm so glad I found your dining review. :)

We've eaten 'Ohana dinner once, and while we enjoyed it, I do have to say that the dessert is the best part!

Now, the breakfast at 'Ohana, is a totally different matter. We've been there about four or five times. We LOVE it--It is probably our favorite breakfast at Disney.

Can't wait to read more!

pinkxray
06-04-2010, 06:21 AM
I am enjoying your reviews.

Congratulations on graduating and getting a job! I am a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and I am always happy to see other medical radiation technologists :thumbsup2

Thanks! DH is even more excited than me. He just happy I am back to work over taking off 2 years to go to school. He is thinking of all the fun things we can do with me having income, like new siding and central air. Ugh. I was thinking of taking another trip to Disney.


I'm so glad I found your dining review. :)

We've eaten 'Ohana dinner once, and while we enjoyed it, I do have to say that the dessert is the best part!

Now, the breakfast at 'Ohana, is a totally different matter. We've been there about four or five times. We LOVE it--It is probably our favorite breakfast at Disney.

Can't wait to read more!

Thanks for following over. We loved the breakfast and will go back next trip.

The bread pudding is incredible. I thought I have seen people get it at the Kona Sushia place. If that is true I will definitely head over there next time, since we will probably skip the dinner next time.

pinkxray
06-04-2010, 06:50 AM
Day 3 May 24

A little off topic note: When I was booking this trip I had a tough time picking a resort since I had never really seen them in person. I decided to use the DXDP to try TS places in resorts I might want to stay some day. Plus this would help when I ask DH where he wants to stay next time since he has seen them too.

We had another early ADR today. (I made them all early so DH and DD would be forced to wake up and get moving)

8AM at Boma
Everyone on these boards raves about Boma plus I really wanted to check out AKL so Boma was another last minute addition

We arrived about 1 minute late since DH was taking forever to get up. We checked in and waited a bit even though the place was pretty empty.
Then, our server brought us in and gave us our juice and explained the buffet. While we were getting our food he brought over my jug of coffee. I loved how at all the buffets they would leave the little jug of coffee. DH doesn't drink coffee so it was all mine, and much needed since I was up later than everyone and always the first one up.

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DD plate- a whole plate filled with pancakes. At least she was eating though.



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My 1st plate
Choc. chip muffin I grabbed for DD which she did not eat
Goat cheese scrambled eggs-Yummy (I don't really like eggs very much but really enjoyed these)
Bacon- okay, WDW's bacon is pretty disappointing to me. I love crispy bacon without too much fat. This bacon was looks okay but always seemed pretty tasteless to me.
Sausage- same as Ohana's I think, not my favorite but okay. I like thinner sausage or the patties
Choc. chip crossaint- good
pancakes and waffles- good
french toast buried underneath-good
potato wedges-good
As you can see everyone was pretty good, nothing was out of this world spectacular liked I thought it was going to be. Then, again I didn't try some of the more unusual selections they had and maybe those would be awesome?

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DH's plate
Pancakes, eggs, and bacon
I think he went back once to try the goat cheese eggs but that was all he ate. I told you he is no fun to eat with.
DH told me I was not allowed to take pictures of his food on this trip. He thinks it's a little weird. So I usually took them when he wasn't paying attention or was in the middle of eating his food.
"Did you just take a picture of me eating my food?" Um, no.

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My 2nd plate
More goat cheese scrambled eggs
Strawberries and pineapple- so perfect, as perfect as they could get
grapes for DD which I ended up eating- very good

Final thoughts: Everything was very good and we would return. It was very quiet and it was nice having a buffet that didn't have characters. I don't know if I would make the trip again though. I would most likely save this one for if we were staying at AKL or maybe on the way to Animal Kingdom if unable to book Tuskerhouse.



After leaving AKL we headed to Islands of Adventure. We stopped at a fast food place in the Superhero section. It was located right under a giant Captain America.
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This was the worst food of the trip. DH had a burger and said it was alright, not very good.
DD and I each got chicken fingers and fries. The fries were edible but not great. The chicken fingers were awful. There were pieces that were only breading with no chicken in them, and thick pieces with fatty, stringy chicken. DH chose this place since DD loves superheroes and I figured no one can mess up burgers and chicken fingers. I stand corrected. Will never return here.

alexensmom
06-04-2010, 10:15 AM
Followed you over from your TR. We could definately eat together. I feel the same about veggies and am definately not a foodie. Would love a meal of just noodles from O'hana too...mmmm.

pinkxray
06-04-2010, 11:44 AM
Followed you over from your TR. We could definately eat together. I feel the same about veggies and am definately not a foodie. Would love a meal of just noodles from O'hana too...mmmm.

Yum. Those noodles were sooooo good. I kept telling myself not to fill up on noodles but somehow they kept finding their way onto my plate.

pinkxray
06-04-2010, 12:01 PM
Dinner tonight was at the Grand Floridian Cafe. I wanted to check out the GF but DD said no to Park Fare. (No mean characters) There was no way I would go to a signature restaurant with DH. He would complain the whole time about how he doesn't like fancy food.. blah blah blah

So, we were left with GFC. I remember reading Katmark's comments about how her hubby won't set foot in GF. Well, add my DH to that list. He hated it the second we stepped in there. His bad mood had a major influence on this dinner.

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I loved the rolls at all the dinners we had. I loved the salt on top of the butter. Too cute.

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I got the onion soup and although he had never had onion soup DH ordered it as well which surprised me.
It wasn't the best I've ever had but pretty good

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I had the New York Strip with mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies. I remember ready a review about how someone got a NY strip and their hubby got the ribeye, and how they wished they had gotten the ribeye. I couldn't remember at the time if it was GFC so I got my normal fav the strip.
It was okay, but not as good as Le Cellier. There was a bunch of fat running through it. The mashed potatoes were fantastic. I tried a carrot and it was a carrot. Don't know about the green things, you'll have to ask someone who eats them.

While DH was eating the onion soup he got in a very bad mood. DD was acting up and I didn't know it at the time but he told me later he felt like his throat was closing up (he has some food allergies).
For his meal he ordered a regular burger and french fries. The waitress tried to talk him into the GF burger but he is allergic to shellfish and doesn't eat asparagus so that was a no go. The burger looked good but I didn't try it b/c it had mayo on it which I can't stand.
The fries were so good. I wish I had gotten the ribeye with the fries.

DD got some type of beefy macaroni which once again she did not like. She had DH's fries instead.

Service here was awful. We waited forever for drink refills, then for the check. A waitress had a rather large party and said they needed 8 different bills. That really doesn't excuse it though. We skipped dessert b/c we were all pretty miserable.

I would try it again since it does get good reviews. Could have been an off night. DH will never return and would be happy to never sent foot in GF again:confused3

KatMark
06-04-2010, 01:22 PM
So, we were left with GFC. I remember reading Katmark's comments about how her hubby won't set foot in GF. Well, add my DH to that list. He hated it the second we stepped in there. His bad mood had a major influence on this dinner.

[I would try it again since it does get good reviews. Could have been an off night. DH will never return and would be happy to never sent foot in GF again:confused3

I am LOVING your dining reviews (I'll have to go check out your trip report as well). You have a very good memory about my darling, Mark. And we didn't even eat at the GF--we just walked in the door and roamed around. ;) Haven't been back since that day.

Looking forward to the rest of your dining reviews. :)

P.S. Your daughter is precious.

pinkxray
06-04-2010, 03:28 PM
I am LOVING your dining reviews (I'll have to go check out your trip report as well). You have a very good memory about my darling, Mark. And we didn't even eat at the GF--we just walked in the door and roamed around. ;) Haven't been back since that day.

Looking forward to the rest of your dining reviews. :)

P.S. Your daughter is precious.

:welcome:
I remember reading your comments about GF and I think it stuck with me b/c I knew DH would be the same way. We did have to return later in the week b/c DD had her pirate adventure out of the GF and DH barely complained. He did tell me he would never stay there under any circumstances. I still want to try Park Fare but I guess that is out of the question.

KatMark
06-04-2010, 03:32 PM
:welcome:
I remember reading your comments about GF and I think it stuck with me b/c I knew DH would be the same way. We did have to return later in the week b/c DD had her pirate adventure out of the GF and DH barely complained. He did tell me he would never stay there under any circumstances. I still want to try Park Fare but I guess that is out of the question.

Here's an idea. On the next trip, book Park Fare for you and DD and let hubby go to the ESPN Club for his meal and to watch sports. This ought to please him (if he's anything like my DH...although we don't have daughters so we never had to do the princess meals).

LuvLuvLuv
06-04-2010, 07:17 PM
ahh I think I could eat with you :) i'm a random mix of you with your "green things" and your husband with his allergies and throat closing up, lol. somewhere on day 2 or 3 of my trip I must have got mixed up with an almond somewhere and I was down-right mean for 2 days. thats my fault for not looking too closely or telling them i'm allergic, but it does make you miserable. i have the same "feeling" on the GF after a rather stuffy experience at Narcoossee's. we are however doing the GF Cafe for lunch in November and hoping we have a better experience than you!!! we are on our quest to try everything--and I buy from basin white so we need to go over there anyway.

loving your reviews so far!!!

pinkxray
06-04-2010, 07:29 PM
Here's an idea. On the next trip, book Park Fare for you and DD and let hubby go to the ESPN Club for his meal and to watch sports. This ought to please him (if he's anything like my DH...although we don't have daughters so we never had to do the princess meals).

I'm kind of hoping for a girls only trip one day since DH doesn't want to go back as much as I do. If that happens I'll try to squeeze it it there. Or I could just have Caitlin ask to go, who could say no to that face?

ahh I think I could eat with you :) i'm a random mix of you with your "green things" and your husband with his allergies and throat closing up, lol. somewhere on day 2 or 3 of my trip I must have got mixed up with an almond somewhere and I was down-right mean for 2 days. thats my fault for not looking too closely or telling them i'm allergic, but it does make you miserable. i have the same "feeling" on the GF after a rather stuffy experience at Narcoossee's. we are however doing the GF Cafe for lunch in November and hoping we have a better experience than you!!! we are on our quest to try everything--and I buy from basin white so we need to go over there anyway.

loving your reviews so far!!!

I hope your lunch is better than our dinner. I am sure DH's bad mood and DD inability to sit still made it much worse than it would have normally been. I have seen some great reviews and wouldn't hesitate to try it again.

pinkxray
06-05-2010, 08:55 AM
Here are two snack credits:
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I got these apples for DD to snack on and I don't think she ever ate them. She asked me why I didn't get grapes? Oops.

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Magie Cookie Bar from POR. I really wanted to try this b/c my Mom makes a version every X-mas and I wanted to see how they compared. It was good but no better than the kind you make yourself with the Eagle brand kit they sell now. Just bigger, much bigger

Day 4 May 25
It was a sleep in day for DH and DD so I headed over to the French Quarter to try the famous Beignets
My original plan was to grab my coffee and eat the beignets in the food court and bring the rest back to POR. Everything was way too hot so I packed everything up and headed to POR. I didn't manage to get any pictures b/c I was busy trying to figure out how to balance everything I got and carry back.

DH enjoyed his platter and DD enjoyed her grapes. We weren't big fans of the Mickey waffles. I have heard the bigger ones are better and will try those next trip. The beignets were okay. I wouldn't make a special trip for them though. Very hard to eat and a little to greasy for me.

I picked up a Mickey waffle and grapes for DD and a breakfast platter for DH

We had lunch here:
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It was way too dark in there to get any good pictures please we had hitchhikers in the back and I didn't want to use the flash with them so close.

DH had onion rings which were the best of the trip.
I chose the Spinach and Artichoke Dip and our Seven-Bean Chili with Corn Tortilla Chips. I had a huge craving for nachos the whole trip and was hoping this would help. It didn't but a good choice anyway. I loved the Spinach dip and the Chili was okay. I don't like beans and picked around them a little but it was too dark to really see them and I didn't each much. I also stole many onion rings and needed to save room for lunch.

DH and I both ordered a milkshake as our dessert. I ordered the oreo milkshake to come out with the food and DH waited. He originally ordered vanilla but once he tasted mine he changed his mind. The shakes were fantastic. The best of the whole trip. DD got most of DH's and she loved it.

I can't remember what DD had as her meal. Burger and fries maybe? I know she had a lot of milkshake and fries.

For our main course DH and I both got the burger and fries. Very good! The burger is huge and I would either skip the appetizers next time or just split a burger with DH.

We loved Sci-fi. The food and service was good and the movies kept DD entertained. We will be back for sure next trip.


Dinner was at Mama Melrose for the Fantasmic package.
This place was packed!

For my drink I had a blue glowtini
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I had really wanted the Sangria but didn't notice that there were drinks on the Mama Melrose menu as well as the drink menu and missed out:sad2:
I picked this b/c I wanted the glow cube
I was a little strong for me and I wouldn't pick it again, glow cube or not

They gave a basket of nice warm rolls. They were so good. I think I ate most of them.

For our appetizer DH and I chose the caesar salad. I am not a big salad person, I don't really like lettuce but I have never had a caesar salad so I gave it a shot. I really enjoyed it and ate most of it. I wish there were regular size croutons b/c it was tough to eat the crostini things. DH thought the dressing was too salty but donít think he mixed his up much to spread the dressing.
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DD had spaghetti and tomato sauce. I am so glad they had this instead of that beefy macaroni they serve other places. She loved it.
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DH and I both had the chicken parm
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You can see half a dinner roll on there. I :love: the dinner rolls here (They were the same at CRT too)
The chicken was good. I wish they had better sauce though. It was like everyone has said, very tomato pastey like. I scarfed the whole dinner down pretty quick. DH ate most of his and enjoyed it. It is not the best ever but I would order it again.

I thought I took a picture of the menu but I can't seem to find it. The dessert options were a little different than those on all ears. I know they had the tiramsu gelato on espresso I have seen mentioned on some reviews.
DH chose the choc. armaretti(sp?) cheesecake (DH got a dessert!:scared1: I couldn't believe it) This was going to be my choice but once DH ordered it I wanted to try something else
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I tried a little and it was very tasty but I was glad I changed my mind and ordered the choc. cannoli cake
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Very, very good. I could have used a little more filling inside but it was probably my 2nd favorite dessert after Ohana's bread pudding.

We really enjoyed Mama Melrose. The waitress was a little slower getting drink refills, but not as bad as GFC. The place was packed so it was understandable. We will most like return to both Sci-fi and Mama Melrose whenever we hit DHS.


Sometime in the day we took a midday break and on the way out I grabbed a choc. peanutbutter cupcake from Starring Rolls. I didn't take a photo b/c I had it to go and it just didn't look as pretty. I tried it the next day and it was great. It was huge and no one wanted to share so I pretty much ate the middle part with the peanut butter filling and skipped the rest. Next time I will try to eat at at the park so it is nice and fresh.

chocolateMinnie
06-05-2010, 12:27 PM
We are having a late lunch at SCi-fi after MNSSHP night in October..........think appetizer and dessert only may be enough for me with a milkshake.

Wish my DD ate italian food as MM looks lovely.

KatMark
06-05-2010, 12:34 PM
So glad you enjoyed Sci Fi and Mama Melrose. We love both places. They both take a lot of "hits" for being bad food or bad service, but we've never had either the numerous times we went. We aren't dining at the Studios this trip because we want to try Beaches & Cream which we've never done, but we'll be back to both Sci Fi and MM on our next trip.

pinkxray
06-05-2010, 07:25 PM
We are having a late lunch at SCi-fi after MNSSHP night in October..........think appetizer and dessert only may be enough for me with a milkshake.

Wish my DD ate italian food as MM looks lovely.
I would love to have a meal of just onion rings and milkshakes. The milkshakes alone would be worth a trip for me.

So glad you enjoyed Sci Fi and Mama Melrose. We love both places. They both take a lot of "hits" for being bad food or bad service, but we've never had either the numerous times we went. We aren't dining at the Studios this trip because we want to try Beaches & Cream which we've never done, but we'll be back to both Sci Fi and MM on our next trip.


I love reading dining reviews but it is tough to book something when you see bad reviews. I am glad I decided to try some places others didn't like. Everyone has different opinions but we loved both.
Beaches and Cream is one my list of places I want to try too.

KatMark
06-05-2010, 07:29 PM
I love reading dining reviews but it is tough to book something when you see bad reviews. I am glad I decided to try some places others didn't like. Everyone has different opinions but we loved both.
Beaches and Cream is one my list of places I want to try too.

Yes, it is. But truthfully you can try a place that people rave about and you end up not liking. We love LeCellier as do a lot of other people, but there are those who don't care for it at all. We went to Whispering Canyon and Brown Derby which gets great reviews. We hated Whispering Canyon and won't go back; Brown Derby was unimpressive and I doubt we'll go back there.

Like you said, everyone has different opinions (and tastes, expectations, etc.)., just like with resorts and not everything is for everyone.

Linda67
06-05-2010, 11:35 PM
Just caught up with your reviews.
You are doing a great job :-)

Cookie Princess
06-06-2010, 05:56 AM
Oh no...now I need to add another dessert to my August list. That chocolate cannoli cake from MM looks wonderful!

emmysmommy
06-06-2010, 09:52 AM
Thanks for sharing your dining experiences - I'm loving your review!

I have to say that I REALLY want one of those choc. peanut butter cupcakes but so many people are disappointed in them... They just sound so yummy!

sandym718
06-06-2010, 11:11 AM
I want that chocolate cannoli cake as well!! Confirms me decision to add MM to our list for next April!

NorweJenNY
06-06-2010, 12:23 PM
I'm glad to see that you're reviewing a ton of places I haven't tried yet.

I understand the feeling about using the flash in some of these dim restaurants... I was very hesitant, but kinda figured it's a split second, no biggie. When we were at Sci-Fi, the waiter saw me taking pictures of food (when I didn't realize he saw me), and he came up to us, nearly startling me immediately after I shot the last picture! I thought he was going to say something about the flash, but instead he offered to take a picture of our whole family in the car for us! :)

BTW... I hope you bought a good size collection of Grumpy t-shirts for hubby. ;)

pinkxray
06-06-2010, 12:37 PM
Yes, it is. But truthfully you can try a place that people rave about and you end up not liking. We love LeCellier as do a lot of other people, but there are those who don't care for it at all. We went to Whispering Canyon and Brown Derby which gets great reviews. We hated Whispering Canyon and won't go back; Brown Derby was unimpressive and I doubt we'll go back there.

Like you said, everyone has different opinions (and tastes, expectations, etc.)., just like with resorts and not everything is for everyone.

I have read the bad review for WCC, but it really seems like something DH and DD would enjoy. I am thinking of trying it for lunch next time. We'll see.

Just caught up with your reviews.
You are doing a great job :-)

Thank you!

Oh no...now I need to add another dessert to my August list. That chocolate cannoli cake from MM looks wonderful!

It was so good. I was so happy DH got a dessert, b/c if he hadn't I would have gotten the cheesecake and missed out on this yummy treat.

Thanks for sharing your dining experiences - I'm loving your review!

I have to say that I REALLY want one of those choc. peanut butter cupcakes but so many people are disappointed in them... They just sound so yummy!

The cupcake was good. It wasn't anything that special though. I guess everyone just raves about it b/c it is so big. Plus it is only a snack credit. It tasted like a regular cupcake to me. :confused3

I want that chocolate cannoli cake as well!! Confirms me decision to add MM to our list for next April!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did:thumbsup2

I'm glad to see that you're reviewing a ton of places I haven't tried yet.

I understand the feeling about using the flash in some of these dim restaurants... I was very hesitant, but kinda figured it's a split second, no biggie. When we were at Sci-Fi, the waiter saw me taking pictures of food (when I didn't realize he saw me), and he came up to us, nearly startling me immediately after I shot the last picture! I thought he was going to say something about the flash, but instead he offered to take a picture of our whole family in the car for us! :)

BTW... I hope you bought a good size collection of Grumpy t-shirts for hubby. ;)

I did see some people taking pictures in Sci-fi. I will have to next time. I probably would have if there weren't 2 people sitting in the back of the car or if I sat in the front row instead of the middle. I just felt like it would be annoying to them.

I was actually thinking about how DH needs some Grumpy shirts next trip. They suit him so well.

pinkxray
06-06-2010, 12:59 PM
Day 5 Magic Kingdom Day

This was the day I was looking forward to most. I woke up not feeling very and was considering canceling CP but I couldn’t do it. I have wanted to eat here since I was a kid and never managed to do it. Plus I love Winnie the Pooh.

We had an 8:10 ADR. DH once again had us running behind and once we got to the TTC only the resort monorail was running and it seemed to take forever to get there. We were about 2 minutes late.
DH checked us in and we only waited 2 minutes or so. We were seated and no characters were on their way so we hit the buffet. I headed straight for the puffed French toast at the kids corner.

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My first plate. The puffed french toast was so good. It is like a donut but better. You can't really describe it. Just go to CP and get it yourself.:)
I wasn't a big fan of the choc. waffle. Just didn't appeal to me. The potatoes were okay. I :love: strawberries and pineapple at Disney. (Well, at least during this season) I remember seeing pineapples slices on the menu at Aloha Isle. I though who would possible order pineapple slices when you could have a dole whip? A few days later when I went there I actually considered just getting the pineapple slices. There was one buffet we went to that had decent bacon. It wasn't the paper thin, tastless stuff we ran into most of the time. It was either Tuskerhouse or CP, but I can't remember.

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DH's plate
pancakes, bacon, eggs and a donut
I think this was his one plate:confused3

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DD waiting for a character. This is her plate. Don't think she ate much besides the donut holes.

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My second plate. More puffed french toast. Strawberries with whipped topping. I had to try the breakfast pizza. It didn't sound very appealing to me and I'm not much of eating things with eggs but I felt I had to try it. It was pretty good. I ate most of it. And on the top is a little piece of rasberry crumb cake. So perfectly fresh and moist. Yum.


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No food in this one. But I love Eeyore

I let DD take a few pictures of the buffet. She will be a good DISer one day.:)
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Crystal Palace was a favorite on this trip. It was great being in an almost empty MK. The food was very yummy and they had the puffed French toast that no one else has. The characters are very cute and I would do this every trip if I could. I also want to try dinner too.


While we were in Fantasyland we stopped here:
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What did we chose? A bottle of water and some lemonade. The strawberry shortcake looked very good everytime some got one.


Lunch as Cosmic Rays
DH had a burger with fries which he liked. He got a cookie for his dessert and I remember seeing him put it in his backpack but have no idea where it ended up. I doubt he ever ate it. DD had the kids chicken nuggets with fries and grapes. She ate most of the fries and grapes. She ate a few nuggets but she didn’t seem too crazy about them.
I had the chicken and ribs with mashed potatoes and green beans.
The potatoes were okay, nothing like the yummy ones at Le Cellier or GFC tough. The chicken was okay, but the ribs ended up being the best part. It was easy to pick the meat off and they were very tasty. I was very surprised with how good they were and wish I had ordered just ribs. Green beans, couldn’t tell you. For dessert I tried the carrot cake. It wasn’t too bad. A little sweet but better than it looked.

(I did take a picture of my plate, but it must have been moved around in photobucket. I'll add it later when I find it.)


Dinner at CRT
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I walked in here not expected much. I knew the food wouldn’t be great but this dinner was all about DD and if it was that bad they was always the POR food court if we were hungry later.
The menu is a little different that all ears. There was no vegetable roll which I was planning on picking for the appetizer and instead of lemon chicken it was a herb roasted chicken.
For an appetizer DH had the BLT salad.
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I chose the soup of the day which was a beef barley soup with prime rib in it. The flavor was good, but I was expecting big pieces of carrots and celery and they were all diced up and I couldn’t pick around them(I don’t like mushy soup vegetables). I did use the broth to dip the fabulous rolls in. DH had 1 roll and DD had one and I had the rest. I wasn’t worried about filling up on bread since I wasn’t feeling too great and the soup with bread was a great meal for me. There was still about 2/3 of the soup left when the waitress took it away and she asked if I didn’t like it. I replied that I had eaten the entire bread basket and needed room for dinner.

For dinner DH had the herb roasted chicken which he said was fine. My camera started blinking low battery and I wanted to make sure it lasted through the princesses coming out so I skipped most of the dinner photos. (It ended up dying just as Jasmine, DD fav. princess came out. We captured it on the camcorder but I have no idea how to get that picture on the computer)

I had the prime rib with potatoes and asparagus. The meat was okay. The potatoes were cold and not very good. Asparagus is one of the few veggies I eat so I was happy to have it for dinner. It too was a little cold and harder than I like it but I still ate it. If I had not filled up on those yummy rolls I most likely would have left a little hungry. The dinner is not very filling.
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I can’t recall what DD ate. She was too busy waiting for Jasmine to come. I know she had a roll and remember some fries. Maybe chicken nuggets again?
For dessert DD had the ice cream sundae which was vanilla ice cream with a little choc. crown.
DH and I both had the choc. cream cheese buckle. It was tasty but a little dry. It was very good where the filling was so I ate that part. It comes with a whipped cream on top which helps with the dryness a little. They really need to change that to vanilla ice cream and then the dessert would be very yummy.
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This is why you go to CRT, you don't pick it for good food.

Overall the food is okay. Everyone pretty much knows that going in. Our waitress was great and refilled our drinks promptly. Many people say it is not worth 2ts on the dining plan. No, the food is not. But you don’t go to CRT for the food. Seeing DD’s face light up when Jasmine picked her up and spun her around and watching her wait to see which princess was coming next was priceless. I would return every year if DD wanted to. The breakfast menu and lunch menu don’t appeal to me so I was very happy to hear the princesses were going to be at dinner. I don’t think I would go back once she doesn’t want too and we definitely would not go back if DH and I took a trip together with no kids.

strmtroopr96
06-06-2010, 01:55 PM
What night were you at CRT? Looks like you also saw Ariel? I took my youngest DD to CRT on 5/29 for an early dinner ressie and Avery would have loved to see Ariel (constantly sings Ahhh Ahh AHHH just like her LOL). But we had Belle (in her blue dress), Snow White, and Aurora.

We always seem to get those 3 whenever we do any type of princess meal so would have loved to have seen Jasmine too.

pinkxray
06-06-2010, 02:14 PM
What night were you at CRT? Looks like you also saw Ariel? I took my youngest DD to CRT on 5/29 for an early dinner ressie and Avery would have loved to see Ariel (constantly sings Ahhh Ahh AHHH just like her LOL). But we had Belle (in her blue dress), Snow White, and Aurora.

We always seem to get those 3 whenever we do any type of princess meal so would have loved to have seen Jasmine too.

We were there Wed. May 26. DD was thrilled since Ariel and Jasmine are her two favorites. I would have liked to see Belle instead of Sleeping Beauty, but we'll just have to head to Akershus next time.

ILoveMyGirls
06-06-2010, 08:44 PM
Hi, I am new to this board and went thru your reviews :) We are planning on having breakfast at Ohanas too. I was not sure about it until I saw the menu and the food, it looks so much better than I had thought it would.

We have dinner scheduled for later that day at Crystal Palace.

Dani&TJsMom
06-06-2010, 10:25 PM
Love your reviews! We're trying Ohana breakfast for the first time! It looks yummy. I love the puffed french toast at CP! Can't wait to read the rest of your reviews.

danalee
06-06-2010, 10:48 PM
joining in! your little girl is a cutie pie :goodvibes

KatMark
06-07-2010, 11:09 AM
LOVE the Crystal Palace review. I'm with you -- the puffed french toast is just :worship::worship::worship:

We've never done CRT. We have two boys (now young men) who would NEVER eat in a castle with princesses. :rotfl: But it looks as if Caitlin had a great time and that is what is important.

honeybunches
06-07-2010, 09:00 PM
Thanks for your reviews and pictures (your daughter is just too cute!!!) we are taking our first trip soon & it is so much work planning, but I worry that some of our party (my dh, friends, and all the kids) will be disappointed in the ressies I've made. Your reviews are really helpful in knowing what we might like to try.

NorweJenNY
06-07-2010, 10:15 PM
Your second plate at Crystal Palace is my dream plate! I love puffed french toast, breakfast pizza, fresh strawberries with whipped cream, and that not-discussed-enough-on-these-boards-yet raspberry crumb cake. That cake looks so basic and simple, but it really is so fresh and delicious! It was such a pleasant surprise! I was glad I put it on my plate!

I also agree that the ribs at Cosmic Ray's are good, though if you don't mind the kind that might get a little bit messier, try the ones served at dinner time at Sassagoula Floatworks, the CS at POFQ. These are absolutely divine! And at just under $11, they're quite a deal for ribs! Served with your choice of two sides, plus cornbread. I've also had the ribs at Flame Tree BBQ, but the French Quarter has the BEST CS ribs in the park, IMHO. :goodvibes

Keep up the good work with the reviews!

emmysmommy
06-07-2010, 10:49 PM
That puffed french toast looks delish! And those strawberries looked perfect. But the best was seeing your DD with Jasmine. :)

Linda67
06-08-2010, 02:56 AM
Just caught up and your reviews are really great :goodvibes
Your DD looks so cute at CRT.
I think I am going to try CP on our next trip if we can get an early ADR
The puffed frech toast looks sooooo yummy :cool1:

tink,too
06-11-2010, 03:53 PM
Great reviews - thanks for sharing! :goodvibes

I haven't made any ADR's for our trip in October yet, so it's encouraging to read that you got a few of the more popular places at such short notice. :hippie:

pinkxray
06-11-2010, 05:07 PM
Hi, I am new to this board and went thru your reviews :) We are planning on having breakfast at Ohanas too. I was not sure about it until I saw the menu and the food, it looks so much better than I had thought it would.

We have dinner scheduled for later that day at Crystal Palace.
:welcome:
Ohana has yummy food and it is nice that you don't have to leave your table to go get the food. Sometimes when you are waiting to see the characters you are afraid you'll miss them if you get up.

I would love to try CP for dinner. Maybe next time.

Love your reviews! We're trying Ohana breakfast for the first time! It looks yummy. I love the puffed french toast at CP! Can't wait to read the rest of your reviews.

Thanks for reading! Hopefully I'll be able to get an update up tonight.

joining in! your little girl is a cutie pie :goodvibes

Thank you!

LOVE the Crystal Palace review. I'm with you -- the puffed french toast is just :worship::worship::worship:

You would never think be looking at it that it would be sooooooo good. DH and DD skipped, didn't even want to try it:scared1: Oh well, more for me:)


[QUOTE=honeybunches;36920575]Thanks for your reviews and pictures (your daughter is just too cute!!!) we are taking our first trip soon & it is so much work planning, but I worry that some of our party (my dh, friends, and all the kids) will be disappointed in the ressies I've made. Your reviews are really helpful in knowing what we might like to try.

I worried at first if DD and DH would dislike some of the choices I made. Finally, I just decided that since I was the only one doing the planning I got to pick what I wanted. I tried my best to find things I thought they would like and overall it turned out well. They had no complaints ( besides GFC).
I hope you enjoy your choices!

Your second plate at Crystal Palace is my dream plate! I love puffed french toast, breakfast pizza, fresh strawberries with whipped cream, and that not-discussed-enough-on-these-boards-yet raspberry crumb cake. That cake looks so basic and simple, but it really is so fresh and delicious! It was such a pleasant surprise! I was glad I put it on my plate!


I also agree that the ribs at Cosmic Ray's are good, though if you don't mind the kind that might get a little bit messier, try the ones served at dinner time at Sassagoula Floatworks, the CS at POFQ. These are absolutely divine! And at just under $11, they're quite a deal for ribs! Served with your choice of two sides, plus cornbread. I've also had the ribs at Flame Tree BBQ, but the French Quarter has the BEST CS ribs in the park, IMHO. :goodvibes

Keep up the good work with the reviews!
Thanks!
I grabbed that crumb cake at the last minute. I am so glad I did! It was hiding behind some other pastries. I was surprised at how good it was. I figured it would be some basic, dry crumb cake but it was perfect.

I forgot all about the ribs at POFQ. That would have been so easy since we were at POR. I really wanted to try Flame Tree but I got outvoted and had Pizzafari instead. Next time I'll walk over to Flame Tree to get my food and meet DD and DH at Pizzafari.


That puffed french toast looks delish! And those strawberries looked perfect. But the best was seeing your DD with Jasmine. :)

They were both fantastic! I swore I wouldn't be one of those boring people who gets fruit at a buffet but they were just so darn good.

It was great to see DD with Jasmine. I was a little nervous she would be shy but she did great. I love the picture with Jasmine. It looks like she wants to touch her to see if she is real or something.

Just caught up and your reviews are really great :goodvibes
Your DD looks so cute at CRT.
I think I am going to try CP on our next trip if we can get an early ADR
The puffed frech toast looks sooooo yummy :cool1:

Thank you. CP is so worth waking up early for.

Great reviews - thanks for sharing! :goodvibes

I haven't made any ADR's for our trip in October yet, so it's encouraging to read that you got a few of the more popular places at such short notice. :hippie:

Thanks for reading. I was surprised at the openings I saw so close to my trip. I wouldn't take any chances for things I really want, but if you get close to your trip and want a certain ADR just check back each day and you might get it.

pinkxray
06-11-2010, 05:32 PM
Sorry for the delay. It has been a busy week!

Thursday May 27
We started our day at Tuskerhouse. We had an 8:05/8:10am? ADR.
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You start by taking your photo with Donald. We did not buy the picture set, but the lady there took the photo with our camera when we asked. As others have mentioned Donald does not sign which disappointed DD. They told us it was too early and he would be at Camp Minnie Mickey later. I guess I understand since they have to get the photos done but when we walked out Donald was completely alone. If Cinderella can sign at CRT why can't Donald

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We were seated and our waitress came out. DH is allergic to shellfish and she asked if he needed to see the chef. He said no and she went to pour the juice and said "Here is our juice made of oranges and shellfish" I thought that was funny.
Anyway she gave us our juice and coffee. Since there were no characters we went to get our food.
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DD had a doughnut. I think she may have a waffle on her plate but she didn't eat it.

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DH's plate. Eggs, tater tots, doughnut and biscuit

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My first plate. DH gave me a tiny plate at first. Once I saw the bigger plates I just put the big one on top. Yes, I realize I could go back but I saw the characters heading to our room and didn't want to get up again.
Tater tots (I loved being able to have this with breakfast), ham, eggs, bacon, sausage, bread pudding with pecans in it
Everything was good, I didn't love the bread pudding but it okay

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My second plate
Doughnut for DD- yes, she had two doughnuts for breakfast. I am glad I had the dxdp b/c I would hate to pull out her $11/12? for 2 doughnuts
(I do realize that I am paying that much anyway but it was just nice to not think about it when the bill came0
More tater tots, bacon, choc. mango bread I think? not very good

Tuskerhouse was a lot of fun. Goofy was in our room when they did the little dance around the room. He was a fantastic dancer! We were done by 8:40 and walked right outside and were right at the entrance for the safari. Perfect way to start a day at AK.

For lunch I wanted to try anyplace other than Pizzafari. Where did we go? Pizzafari
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Pepp. pizza
It comes with a salad but we didn't get it b/c it would just go to waste
DD and DH each had the cheese pizza. They both liked theirs okay and finished them off. I just did not like mine. I had one piece and was done. DH had some and said it was cold. I don't know if that was it. I didn't like anything about it. In the corner is a strawberry parfait. I didn't like that either:confused3

Somewhere in the day I picked up the jalepeno cheese pretzel
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It was okay. I was expecting that fake orange Frito lay Jalepeno cheese that comes in a can to be stuffed in it but it wasn't.


Dinner was supposed to be at SSR at the Turf Club. I was looking foward to it but I cancelled it after DH said GFC was too stuffy for him. I figured I would leave this evening free to go to DTD and try WPE but we never made it there.

We had dinner at POR foodcourt. I had the baked ziti and DH had a bacon cheeseburger. I thought the ziti was gross. I didn't like the sauce. That went in the trash too. I had cheesecake for dessert and that was good.
DH enjoyed his burger. DD had a burger and she ate that. She also had some grapes but I ate those. Those were good. :thumbsup2

Besides Tuskerhouse it was a disappointing day in food for me. :sad2:

pinkxray
06-11-2010, 05:41 PM
Oh yeah, almost forgot.
We left AK around 2 and headed to POR. I headed to the food court since I didn't have lunch.

I chose the Pick your own pasta with alfredo sauce and chicken.
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I tried to take picture of the choices but it didn't come out too good.

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I had a choc. milkshake for desert. I used my refillable mug and saved my water for later.
Sorry to be a downer but I wasn't thrilled with my lunch either. The pasta was good, but the chicken was gross to me. I don't really like dark meat chicken so maybe that is why but I picked around it.
The milkshake was okay. The girl at the counter must have been new. She dumped the first one and then another girl asked her if she okay and she said no one ever showed her how to make a milkshake. I was about to tell her to forget it but she seemed determined to get it right. When we had dinner there I got my cheesecake from her and she looked a little scared I might want another milkshake. It tasted good though.

lucas
06-11-2010, 07:20 PM
I've really enjoyed reading your reviews. Your pics are great, too.

MickeyisBeast
06-11-2010, 07:50 PM
Joining in!
I'm lovin all your pics!
We live in NC and Sonic is the "king" of fast food places around here. Gotta love some Sonic
Tuskar House's food looks yummy, never eaten there before, it looks fun though

Euphoria027
06-12-2010, 02:04 AM
The picture of your daughter with Jasmine is just precious... She is SO excited! Love it.

crabbygal902
06-12-2010, 11:33 AM
I am enjoying your dining reports. I love how you just put it all out there and say what you mean! :)

pinkxray
06-12-2010, 06:40 PM
I've really enjoyed reading your reviews. Your pics are great, too.

Thank you for reading. I wish I took more pictures but it was tough with DH and DD not wanting their food photographed.


Joining in!
I'm lovin all your pics!
We live in NC and Sonic is the "king" of fast food places around here. Gotta love some Sonic
Tuskar House's food looks yummy, never eaten there before, it looks fun though

Tuskerhouse was great fun!
We lived in NC for two years while DH was in the Marine Corps and we would get in pretty much everytime we went into the main town where it was located. They run the commercials in CT even though there is no Sonic in CT yet(soon though). It was like a cruel joke when we first moved back to CT.


The picture of your daughter with Jasmine is just precious... She is SO excited! Love it.

Thank you. She was very excited. I had my fingers crossed the whole meal that Jasmine would be there and she ended up being the last princess. DD was so excited to see them all but having her favorite there took it to a whole new level of happiness.

I am enjoying your dining reports. I love how you just put it all out there and say what you mean! :)
Ha! I'm glad you appreciate it. I am not a good person to take shopping when you want an honest opinion about what looks big in your jeans.:rolleyes1
But why sugarcoat it? As with everyones reviews they are only my opinions and other people will love certain items I hated.

Thanks for reading.

SunnieRN
06-12-2010, 09:30 PM
Your daughter is adorable! She looks so cute in her Jasmine outfit!! I am happy that she had such a wonderful time in the castle!! Your reviews are great! Looking forward to more!

pinkxray
06-25-2010, 06:06 AM
Your daughter is adorable! She looks so cute in her Jasmine outfit!! I am happy that she had such a wonderful time in the castle!! Your reviews are great! Looking forward to more!

:welcome:
Thanks for reading!

pinkxray
06-25-2010, 07:20 AM
Friday May 28

Today was our last day on the deluxe dining plan. I knew we needed 6 TS for lunch and dinner so we were left with one dining credit and some snacks credits for breakfast. We headed to POR's food court. DH had a platter and gave DD the pancakes. I got a cinnamon roll and a package of grapes to split with DD.

Overall it was pretty good. It was nice to have a simple breakfast after all the huge buffet breakfasts we had been to. (Although I definitely prefered the buffets). It was also the first time we went to the food court at the peak breakfast time. Wow, there were a lot of people. The lines moved pretty quick though and there were plenty of places to sit.



Lunch was at 50's Prime Time Cafe. I was so excited about this. I added it a few days before our trip when I rearranged our schedule to attend SWW.
I have always wanted to eat here.

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We checked in a few minutes early for our 12:45 ADR. The place was packed. It was most likely 100 degrees on this day and everyone waiting looked miserable. This ended up being the longest wait of the trip. I think we waited over 45 minutes. I forget the exact times but it was pretty close to an hour. I remember them telling people who walked in the wait would be an hour and fifteen minutes. So if you don't have an ADR you only have to wait an extra 15 minutes?

Finally we were seated. I was starving and grumpy so I skipped the picture taking.

I forget the name of our waitress. She was older and had short blonde hair. She was very nice, very in her role as mother. We set our places and kept out of trouble. We weren't really in the mood after waiting so long so she didn't get into her role too much with us which was great. We did she her feeding our neighbor his greens and another waitress had a teenage boy standing in the corner for something.

DH had a sprite for his drink, DD had lemonade, and I had a peanut butter and jelly milkshake. Yum. This was one of the reason I wanted to try 50's. The milkshake was very good. It reminded me of when you have a Reese's sundae at Friendly's with the peanut butter sauce. Peanut butter sauce in melted vanilla ice cream. I didn't taste any jelly flavoring. While it was good I would make a special trip here to get in.

For our appetizers I tried the crab cake. I have never had a crab cake so I am not a fair judge but I didn't like it at all. I didn't like the sauce on it, it was too sweet for me.
DH didn't want an appetizer but I told him to get the onion rings in case I didn't like the crab cake. They were very good. I think Sci-fi's beat them as the best of the trip but the were a close second.

For her meal DD ordered a hot dog. She didn't like any of the choices on the sides so our waitress gave her some grapes and goldfish. It was a perfect meal for her. She heard the little boy next to us getting a clean plate sticker and she wanted one too. She ate every bite of her hot dog. She didn't eat all of her grapes or goldfish so I didn't think she had a clean plate but the waitress thought so and DD got the sticker.

DH ordered Aunt's Liz Golden Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and greens.
He said it was okay but way too greasy. He ended up eating all of the meal except the greens. When he saw our mother feeding our neighbor the greens he covered his up with his chicken bones and some napkins.:rotfl:
Luckily she was in a rush when she picked up our plates and didn't notice.

I had Cousin Eric's Char-grilled Chicken Sandwich with no lettuce or tomato. It was nothing special. I wish I had tried the pot roast or meatloaf but it was so hot and I didn't want anything too heavy.

Dessert-
DH had a vanilla milkshake which was pretty good.
I was torn between the brownie sundae and the seasonal cobbler. I had seen the brownie sundae pass and it looked massive. When I found out the seasonal cobbler was apple I choose that. It was good. At this point I was pretty full and didn't eat much. The topping was a little crunchy for me, but the ice cream and apples were great.
DD had a dish of vanilla ice cream.
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Overall I left disappointed. I am sure the long wait had something to do with it though. Our waitress was nice but she never refilled our drinks or came around to see if we needed anything. At one point she came around with one of those huge silver plates to take our dirty dishes. She left for some reason (to get a sticker maybe?) and never took the tray of dirty dishes. Awhile later another waitress walked by and saw it and she took it away. I have wanted to try this place since I was a kid and it did not live up to my expectations. The food was pretty average. It is not on my list of places to return.



Dinner at Chef Mickey.
I had read many horrible reviews about this dinner but I could not fit the breakfast in anywhere and DD really wanted to go here.
We arrived on time for our 5:30 ADR. There was a huge line just to check in which moved pretty quickly. They bring you right over to the Mickey plate to have your picture taken. We skipped that part. Why would I want to pay to have a picture with a Mickey statue? I don't get that.

We were seated in a few minutes. Our waitress arrived and told us about the buffet and told us the soup of the day was beef barley. Nope. It was clam chowder. She didn't get any better throughout the night.

DH had a sprite, DH had apple juice, and I had an iced tea. I also got a Passion Fruit Mojito. Yummy.


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There were no characters around so we headed to the buffet.
DD and DH stuck to the kids area. I think DD had a few pieces of pizza. She grabbed a few chicken nuggets but didn't like them.
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DH started with some pizza, a few ravioli


I started with the clam chowder and crackers which was okay.
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I tried the salmon which was okay, some type of potatoes which were gross, a mickey ravioli which could have been okay if it wasn't cold, and some rice which was okay.
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Next plate I tried the beef with au jus , mashed potatoes and corn. I had a few peel and eat shrimp. Everything was pretty good. .
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For my dessert plate I had the key lime tart which I did not like at all, the Mickey oreo that was yummy , and my favorite the cheesecake. I also had some swirl ice cream. The cheesecake was so yummy.
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Overall we loved Chef Mickey's. The characters were great. The food was fine. We didn't expect too much going in and there was plenty of choices were no one should leave hungry. Our waitress was awful. I really wanted another mojito but I never saw her again until it was time for the check. I think she may have brought us regular drink refills while we were at the buffets but I can't remember. I know it it busy but I saw all of the other waiters coming around.
As long as DD is interested in meeting the characters we will return. I am hoping to try breakfast next time but would return to dinner if we could get into breakfast.

DH saw the bill before we paid it and with the extra drink and everything it was almost $100. He was like "We're paying a $100 for a few pieces of pizza?" No, you're paying $100 to eat your pizza while your daughter dances with Pluto. It isn't so bad when you just hand over your dining card, but it will be a little tougher to hand over $100 cash if we were to pay OOP.

After dinner we stopped a the cs place at the CR to use up 7 snacks credits we had left over. Since we were still going to be in FL for a few days we picked up a few things we could use.

Up next: Final dxdp thoughts, favorites and a few offsite stops

nicole0992
06-30-2010, 05:53 PM
I just read all 5 pages and love your reviews. Your daughter is so adorable!

tink,too
07-01-2010, 10:05 AM
Great update. However, it's a pity that you had below average servers at these two popular restaurants. :guilty:

We've never tried either - DH wouldn't like the banter at the 50's Prime Time and it doesn't seem like Chef Mickey's would live up to our visit to Goofy's Kitchen at Disneyland. :snooty:

Sassagoula Billy
07-01-2010, 12:04 PM
Thanks for your reviews - and the Tusker House photos! I do love reliving that...

Cheers :)

ChickenCarlos
07-06-2010, 08:16 PM
what a great food review, thanks for all the great pictures.

pinkxray
07-07-2010, 10:24 AM
Great update. However, it's a pity that you had below average servers at these two popular restaurants. :guilty:

We've never tried either - DH wouldn't like the banter at the 50's Prime Time and it doesn't seem like Chef Mickey's would live up to our visit to Goofy's Kitchen at Disneyland. :snooty:

It was disappointing to have service that was lacking. I was happy with the waitress at 50's though b/c DH wouldn't really like the banter either. It would have been nice to have a few drinks though.


Thanks for your reviews - and the Tusker House photos! I do love reliving that...

Thanks for reading! We loved Tusker House:lovestruc
Cheers :)

what a great food review, thanks for all the great pictures.

Thanks for reading. I wish I had taken more pictures. By the end DH and DD didn't seem to mind too much. Next trip I am taking pictures of everything!

pinkxray
07-07-2010, 10:51 AM
Our Disney dining is done. Once Sat. started DH took over paying for food:sad1: No more adr's or TS meals

I'll just give a brief run though so you can see the difference if I planned the meals and if DH does. Then, I do a final wrap up of our favs.

Sat-
We had a lazy morning and just grabbed a few doughnuts for breakfast.
We headed to Sea World which turned out to be a waste of time. Wow, it has gone downhill since our last trip in 2003.

We left after a few hours and headed to Steak and Shake.
Along with Sonics we stop here each trip. The place was pretty empty and the hostess was a disorganized mess. New maybe? She had us wait for about 5 minutes while she cleared a table. She came back and lead us to a table that needed to be cleared and cleared it once we got there. What were we just waiting for? Once we ordered we had about 3 different people checking to make sure we had drinks which was nice. We all had burgers, fries and drinks. The place may have had strange workers but the food was very yummy. We love their burgers. DH ended up ordering another to go. DD was free since kids were free whatever day we were there so we paid about 18 for the meal. We will come back here every trip as long as the food stays the same.

Dinner was Pizza Hut in the room. Since we had a late lunch DH didn't need dinner:confused3
DD and I wanted something and there was a Pizza Hut Express in the resort.

Sun. we headed to Universal Studios. After a few rides we headed to a pastry shop. DD didn't like any of the choices so DH let her get a giant cookie for breakfast.
DH and I split a bacon,egg and cheese on a crossaint. It comes with strawberries and cantaloupe. Oh wait. A strawberry and a tiny strip of cantaloupe. The sandwich was good but after Disney fruit this fruit was seriously lacking.

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For lunch we had hot dogs and doritos from the hot dog stand outside the Simpsons ride. They were Nathans hot dogs and were pretty good. After our last US meal at the Comic Strip place these were a safe choice and we were happy with them.

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I have no idea what we had for dinner that night. I think this is the night we got lost on the way back to the hotel and stuck in traffic from an accident so it may have been Wendys.

Monday we were back to Disney for our last full day. DD had her pirate cruise out of GF so we had breakfast at Gasparilla Games. DD had a bagel and cream cheese, DH got a platter with eggs, waffles, bacon,etc. I got a yummy cheese danish. We all got drinks. The total was over $20. DH was not happy being back on Disney property and not being on the dining plan:rotfl:
My danish was yummy. DD had to use the bathroom so we left for a few minutes and when we came back DH said a bird flew down on the table and ate a piece of my danish. :scared1:
DH had a bunch of food left so I tried to eat some of his food and nothing on the plate was good. No wonder there was so much left. We had enjoyed the platters at POR and POFQ so we were disappointed with this one. Maybe the food was sitting out awhile? It was gross.
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After the pirate cruise and some sea racer riding at CR we headed to WL to check it out and had lunch at Roaring Forks. DH had the bacon double cheeseburger, I had pasta with meatballs, and DD had a cheeseburger with fries and grapes. We all got drinks. It came to $28. Once again I got the dirty look from DH. The pasta wasn't good. I don't know why I got this after not liking the ziti at POR, but it looked so good! It tasted the same but with meatballs. I hate the sauce, so maybe others will enjoy it. It tastes like bad microwavable food with icky sauce. I tried DH burger and it was yummy. Next time I'll get that. I ended up eating DD fries and grapes for lunch. Unfortunately DH and DD put mayo on their burgers and I hate mayo so I could steal any of those.

Once again I forgot what we had for dinner. We were in the MK but I don't remember eating there. Maybe since we had a late lunch we skipped dinner?

As you can see once DH took over we had no more fun meals.

Next up:
Final thoughts on DXDP and our favorites

tink,too
07-07-2010, 03:10 PM
Yup - there's definately a noticable difference between DxDP and no dining plan at all.

We've only eaten at a Steak & Shake once - maybe 3 years ago - and enjoyed the food, but also found the service a bit odd. The place was pretty empty, but there seemed to be 1 server only. :confused:

pinkxray
07-17-2010, 07:07 AM
:confused3Yup - there's definately a noticable difference between DxDP and no dining plan at all.

We've only eaten at a Steak & Shake once - maybe 3 years ago - and enjoyed the food, but also found the service a bit odd. The place was pretty empty, but there seemed to be 1 server only. :confused:


I was dreading the weekend when DH took over our food choices, but it was a nice change to just grab a hot dog when you wanted instead of having to wait for an ADR.

The food was great at Steak and Shake. On our last trip in 2003 DH and I stayed offsite and we ate there about 4 times. It was much busier back then, but it was nice to have the place to ourselves. As long as the food is good we will go back. The service was odd, not bad though. They all just seemed a bit confused on what they were doing

pinkxray
07-17-2010, 07:19 AM
I finally finished uploading most my pictures on Photobucket and found out where we ate one of those nights I couldn't remember.

McDonald's of course!

When DH and DD saw the McDonald's that is on Sand Lake featured on the Travel Channel as one of the top ten most unique it was agreed we would go there. On the show you see one of McDonald's largest play areas and when DD saw it she said we should cut out one of our Disney days and go to Mcdonalds :confused3 (I don't know where this child came from sometimes)
I assured her we could still go to Disney and have time for McD's.

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This McD's also has the new gourmet selections. You can look those up online if you really want. When you walk in the door they give you a paper menu since the choices are a little overwhelming.
We stuck to regular chicken nuggets and burgers with fries so I didn't take any pictures.

The show on the travel channel makes it seem as though the play area is the size of the whole second floor or something. It really wasn't that much bigger than a normal McD's. DD didn't even play in it. Too many kids running around and screaming. They did have a separate section for toddlers. It was hot and gross in the little waiting area for the parents. I think there may have been 5 chairs?

Definitely wasn't worth the detour and we wouldn't go back unless staying right next to it. No wonder I couldn't remember eating there.

vettegirl
07-17-2010, 07:46 AM
I have always wanted to visit that McDonalds due to how unique it is. Just like you I would probably get something that I would have at a normal one.

pinkxray
07-22-2010, 08:12 AM
I have always wanted to visit that McDonalds due to how unique it is. Just like you I would probably get something that I would have at a normal one.

It was so not worth the trip to get there. I didn't really see many people with any items that were off the new menu either:confused3

pinkxray
07-22-2010, 08:33 AM
Okay. I've dragged this out enough. Time to wrap this food report up.

Final thoughts on deluxe dining:

I loved it. I liked having so many TS meals. If I was someone who was able to go to WDW every year and got to try a few places every trip I wouldn't bother, but since I only seem to make it there every few years and have so many places to try it works for me.

It is a lot of food though. DH hated the deluxe plan and will not do it again. (As if he has the choice:rotfl:)
He said he felt pressured to get a dessert every time(I never felt pressured, the servers did make sure to say it was included if we declined)
He didn't like have to make an ADR time everyday, while I didn't mind since almost all of our ADR were in the parks that we were in that day.

I also loved the ability to check out some resorts such as Poly. AKL, and GF I would not have stopped in if we didn't have a meal there.

I added up our receipts when we returned home and we ended up saving about $400 which is pretty good. But there is always that logic of if paying out of pocket would I have dessert at every meal (DH probably would not have had one) or would I have needed all of these snacks?

Since DXDP is most likely out I am having a hard time deciding what do next trip. I have so many places I still want to try. As the trip approached I will do the math again. DDP just doesn't see to fit for me. We'll have to see if 2011 brings any changes. We will like to try the QS plan but that will be in a few years. We will most likely just try paying OOP next trip. We love character breakfast and those don't really give any value to the DDP.

Family Favs
We all loved Sci-fi for the food and the atmosphere.
Chef Mickey and Tuskerhouse were great. CM not as much for the food though.
DH and DD loved Ohana for breakfast and I think this will be their one choice they want to return to next year.
Out of all of our dinners DD and DH didn't really have anything that they would have to return to although they enjoyed Mama Melrose and we would most likely book that again if doing the Fantasmic Package. They also liked the food at Ohana but DH didn't like having so much food brought to you.:confused3


My favs
Ohana for dinner. I loved the food here. It was a little bit overshadowed that I was only able to get an ADR late on our arrival night but the food was still so good. I would love to try it again on our next trip. They also had my favorite dessert which was the bread pudding. I have heard that you can get this at the Kona Sushi Bar. If we don't go to Ohana for dinner I will head there to get the bread pudding.:love:

Favorite breakfast: Wow , tough call. As I said we love breakfast foods and we loved all the meals we had. I guess it really depends which characters you like. I would have to say Crystal Palace was my top choice. The puffed french toast and Winnie and friends. The whole building is so bright plus already being in MK when you are done is great. All the others would be tied at second.




Top choices for next trip:
Breakfast:
Cape May (asparagus for breakfast:yay:)
Akershus
Chef Mickey

Lunch:
Plaza
Liberty Tree

Dinner
WCC
Tutto
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Thanks to all who followed along.

wilma-bride
07-24-2010, 01:42 PM
Only just found your dining report but I have just booked an ADR at Grand Floridian Cafe based on your reviews - it had better be good now ;)

Great reviews, thanks so much for posting them. I loved that you mentioned Steak & Shake as well - since we are from the UK, we don't have anything like that here and DH and I had already made up our minds to give it a try next month.

pinkxray
07-25-2010, 10:05 AM
Only just found your dining report but I have just booked an ADR at Grand Floridian Cafe based on your reviews - it had better be good now ;)

Great reviews, thanks so much for posting them. I loved that you mentioned Steak & Shake as well - since we are from the UK, we don't have anything like that here and DH and I had already made up our minds to give it a try next month.

Thanks for reading.
I hope you have a great trip. I am so jealous, I can't wait to check out the WWOHP!

The Tabasco Kid
09-16-2010, 11:32 PM
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Day 5 Magic Kingdom Day

http://i764.photobucket.com/albums/xx290/pinkxray/Disneyworld/IMG_0691.jpg

Just saw this post and had to comment.

The CM waiter in the background is "Jay from New York" (according to his name tag). He's been our server 2 out of the three times we've gone to CRT. If I remember our conversation with him correctly, he's been with WDW for over 20 years with the past 12 at CRT.

He is simply awesome and a consummate professional.

maggiew
09-17-2010, 09:07 AM
I added up our receipts when we returned home and we ended up saving about $400 which is pretty good. But there is always that logic of if paying out of pocket would I have dessert at every meal (DH probably would not have had one) or would I have needed all of these snacks?



I'm surprised to see that you came out $400 ahead. As I was reading I wasn't sure if you would since you seemed to eat at lower cost locations (breakfasts, counter service). It actually gives me a little hope. I never thought the DxDDP would be for us because I wouldn't want to try to "maximize" the plan. But it looks like its not too hard to at least break even.

Maggie

pinkxray
09-18-2010, 08:58 AM
I'm surprised to see that you came out $400 ahead. As I was reading I wasn't sure if you would since you seemed to eat at lower cost locations (breakfasts, counter service). It actually gives me a little hope. I never thought the DxDDP would be for us because I wouldn't want to try to "maximize" the plan. But it looks like its not too hard to at least break even.

Maggie

I was a little surprised we saved so much too. We did cancel Turf Club which would have cost much more than wherever we ate that night. (POR foodcourt maybe?) I loved the deluxe plan b/c we love breakfast but it was a waste with DH. He just doesn't eat much. If I was going with someone who actually likes to eat the meals would have been a little different and the savings much higher.

When I was planning our ADR's I just couldn't seem them to trim them down, so I ran the numbers over and over again to upgrade to deluxe. I priced out what DH would eat which based on his eating style is usually the cheapest item and counted on him not getting a dessert at each meal and most of the time I would break even or have a little bit of savings. I decided it would be much easier to have everything prepaid so I went for it. DH actually surprised me by not ordering a cheeseburger at Le Cellier and had a few desserts. :scared1: