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heatherandnick
06-04-2010, 09:05 AM
Hi all! :wave2:

:groom:He's Nick, :bride:I'm Heather, and this is our first dining review EVER! (Imagine a photo of a majorly-in-love couple, here!) :confused: Don't know how to do it yet!

We are so excited about our upcoming trip...in fact, we are more excited about the honeymoon than the wedding (don't tell Mom!).

We will be heading out in the beginning of August for our 10-day blow-out! We have totally splurged this trip, as it is likely to be our last as a "couple" instead of as a "family". We will be staying at AKL on the DxDP with the Park-Hopper/WP&M tickets every day. Future hubby will be playing golf one day and we are doing the KTTK tour.

The part we are most excited about is our DxDP ADRs. We hardly ever eat out at home due to our current finances. :( Unfortunately, we don't even eat that well at home...fish sticks, mac and cheese. etc., etc., etc.

I am not picky AT ALL. In fact, I eat more than anyone at family gatherings...often eating others' leftovers:blush:. I love veggies,seafood, steak, breakfast, and DESSERTS especially.

DFH is definitely PICKY! He won't touch most veggies with a 10-foot pole. He says he's a "vitamin kinda guy" instead of eating anything green, orange, or anywhere in-between. His idea of a balanced meal is pizza, french fries, and a nice pale ale. He does love any kind of meat...lamb, steak, venison, bacon, etc. The last (and only) time he has been to the world, he was very adventurous. My fingers are crossed for this time around.

Our ADRs are as follows:
Day 1: Jiko Dinner (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37910280&postcount=15)
Day 2: Tusker House Breakfast (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37944209&postcount=40)
Brown Derby Dinner (F! Package) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37951157&postcount=47)
Day 3: Crystal Palace Breakfast (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37962220&postcount=55)
The Plaza Lunch (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37975247&postcount=65)
Flying Fish Dinner (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37984900&postcount=76)
Day 4: Starring Rolls Breakfast
Sci-Fi Dine In Lunch (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37997249&postcount=85)
California Grill Dinner (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38023068&postcount=91)
Day 5: 1900 Park Fare Breakfast (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38042030&postcount=96)
Rose and Crown Dinner (Illuminations) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38064079&postcount=108)
Day 6: O'hana Breakfast (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38087467&postcount=115)
Coral Reef Lunch (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38109882&postcount=116)
Artist Point Dinner (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38172148&postcount=127)
Day 7: Boma Breakfast (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38187135&postcount=129)
Flame Tree BBQ Lunch (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38207725&postcount=132)
Narcoosees Dinner (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38250728&postcount=139)
Day 8: Cape May Cafe Breakfast (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38301563&postcount=148)
Sanaa Lunch (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38369755&postcount=151)
O'hana Dinner (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38440148&postcount=160)
Day 9: Main Street Bakery Breakfast
Columbia Harbor House (KTTK Tour) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38517338&postcount=164)
Le Cellier Dinner (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38635679&postcount=171)
Day 10: Starring Rolls Breakfast
Yak & Yeti Lunch (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38721896&postcount=179)

Snacks (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38835200&postcount=191)

DH's Favorites (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38856331&postcount=198)

My Favorites (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38932220&postcount=199)

Final Post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38997575&postcount=203)

Thanks to everyone for reading. I'm hoping it will be a fun report. If only I knew how to insert pics...hopefully someone on here will lend a hand:rolleyes1 I would also love to learn how to create links from this master schedule to each individual review.

Stay tuned...less than 2 months now!!

jmm476
06-04-2010, 12:02 PM
Sounds like you'll have a great time. Can't wait to read your reviews when you get back.

And don't worry, I think everyone starts to get more excited for the honeymoon than the wedding at some point! I know I did, because all that wedding planning was too much, even for me, an uber-planner! :rolleyes1

Congratulations and Best Wishes also! :yay:

chocolateMinnie
06-04-2010, 12:23 PM
Good luck for your special day and for your honeymoon. Don't worry about the wedding day because years down the line you only remember the marriage not the wedding somuch.

arcticdisneylovers
06-04-2010, 03:49 PM
We did the DxDDP in January and loved it! But we did find Yak & Yeti's portions huge so 3 meals that day might to pushing it unless you guys are really big eaters. :goodvibes We are big eaters but next time I am going to share with DD5. Seriously we felt like we left behind half of our meal but we were stuffed because we had Donald's buffet for breakfast, then Y&Y for lunch I think we ended up cancelling our supper ADR because we couldn't face another big meal ;)

Symans3honeybees
06-04-2010, 04:03 PM
Congrats :love:
Love to read all about your honeymoon feasts.

heatherandnick
08-21-2010, 07:40 AM
Hello again!

We are back from the hoopla of a beautiful wedding and a fantastic honeymoon. I am still trying to get over the slump that follows that type of excitement.

D-World rocked!!! (As always.) It was pretty crowded (with lots of RUDE people, but that's for another thread), but we had a fabulous time.

We. Ate. So. Much. Food.

Seriously. I mean, I can eat and the DxDP still defeated me. It was an insane amount of delicious food. Would we do it again? We will tell you after all of our reviews.

Stay tuned. I have to read up on the photo thing. We took tons of food pics, and definitely want to share them with you all.

tinkerbell48
08-21-2010, 07:55 AM
I'm in:cool1: Can't wait to read more. Sounds like you had a great time. I hope you can figure out how to post your pics:banana: Sorry I can't help. Maybe I'll learn something:surfweb:

heatherandnick
08-21-2010, 08:00 AM
I'm in:cool1: Can't wait to read more. Sounds like you had a great time. I hope you can figure out how to post your pics:banana: Sorry I can't help. Maybe I'll learn something:surfweb:

WebmasterWill (I think) posted a video in the main forum on how to do pics through photobucket. He made it sound so easy, and I am uploading all our vacation pics now. Hopefully!!!

heatherandnick
08-21-2010, 09:15 AM
So, this is us....
Hopefully it works!
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Honeymoon184.jpg

Overexcited
08-21-2010, 09:46 AM
Looking forward to your reviews!

heatherandnick
08-21-2010, 10:33 AM
That didn't work.
Maybe now?
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon177.jpg

EeyoreEma
08-21-2010, 10:48 AM
I can't wait to hear more! Sounds like you had a fabulous trip, and you're definitely a cute couple! Congrats on the marriage!

Kathy Z
08-21-2010, 11:02 AM
I'm looking forward to reading your reviews and glad that you figured out how to post pictures. Congratulations to the two of you!

canoe86
08-21-2010, 11:06 AM
Congrats. We are following this thread now. Reading your first post I thought...."that's a lot of eating!" :)

We used the DDP last year and have it again for our trip in Nov. But we eat a lot of 2 credit dinners, so breakfast is always light.

Anyway.....looking forward to your reviews since we are going to some of these same restaurants AND you ate at some of our all time favorites.

heatherandnick
08-21-2010, 11:13 AM
In one word...mindblowing.

What an incredible way to kick off our honeymoon! We were seated toward the back of the restaurant and I was very impressed at our amount of privacy. It seems Disney tries to cram as many people into a restaurant as possible, but that was not the case at Jiko.

After we sat, our server brought us hot towels for our hands! Hot towels?! Seriously?! We couldn't stop laughing, as we use leftover Subway napkins at home. We have never ever been to a place where they give you hot towels. So, we thought it couldn't get any better until...our server brought us chilled water glasses and a bottle of Evian. You've got to be kidding!!! Now, I'm sure you've figured out by now...we aren't exactly low-class, per se, just very easy to please and not used to fancy stuff. We were blown away. Look at his smile!
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon040.jpg

We both had some incredible wine. (I can't remember any of the wines from the trip or any of the servers' names. So sorry!) And the bread was fabulous. The chef even sent out a complimentary taste of the cucumber, tomato, and red onion salad. It was terrific! Not too tangy, but definitely flavorful.

For starters, I had the mussels.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon042.jpg
Yummy, yummy, yummy. I had never really had mussels before, but wanted to be adventurous, and boy am I glad! These were incredible and a HUGE serving. The toasted raisin bread that came on the side was the perfect accompaniment to the garlicy (is that a word?), buttery goodness of the mussels. I ate them all (My mistake. It was our first night so I had no idea how much food was ahead of me.)

DH had the Tibs Watt.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon043.jpg
He loved this! I thought he has going to lick the plate clean! I only had a small bite, so I really can't give you any details, but the beef was tender and the flavor was great.

For my entree, I got the famous filet with mac and cheese.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon044.jpg
Now, I LOVE mac n cheese, and this definitely did not disappoint. It was so smooth, rich, and cheesy. To die for, actually. The filet was tender and cooked just as I like. The sauce was different, but I enjoyed it. If I ate this again, I may ask for the sauce on the side...not that it was bad, I just really liked the flavor of the filet and I felt the sauce slightly distracted me from that delicious beef taste.

DH ordered the roasted lamb loin.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon045.jpg
Lamb is his all-time favorite meat, so he loved it! Since he is a meat and potatoes kinda guy, I don't think he was too enthralled with the cous cous. He probably would've preferred the mac n cheese or mashed potatoes as a side, but that's just him.

Since it was our honeymoon, they brought us out a complimentary dessert they no longer offer...the pistachio creme brulee.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon046.jpg
It was delicious. I love pistachio, DH loves creme brulee, so it was a perfect choice for us.

Onto to our second (and third) dessert. :sick: I had the Jiko Trio...flourless chocolate cake, caramel ice cream, and chocolate mousse.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon047.jpg
OH. MY. GOODNESS. This was heaven on a plate. Seriously. I kept taking a bite of each until they were all gone. I absolutely loved all three of them.
DH got some sort of a spice cake.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon048.jpg
At first, I thought this was a strange choice, but boy was I wrong. It was so yummy. For a guy who doesn't eat desserts too often, he crammed down every last bite. It was fabulous. I wish I had a better description or even the name of it, but I don't. If it's on the menu, get it! DH thinks it was his favorite dessert of the entire trip.

All in all, Jiko was incredible. I would definitely eat here again, even if I wasn't staying at AKL. It was so good, in fact, that we had to force ourselves not to cancel any of our other upcoming ADRs to come back here. I have nothing bad to say about this place. The atmosphere, the server, the food, everything was impeccible. http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon049.jpg

Next up...Tusker House breakfast.

DEdisprincess
08-21-2010, 12:20 PM
hello from another dis member in delaware :wave2:

chocolateMinnie
08-21-2010, 12:29 PM
Congratulations and welcome back - great first review - looking forward to the rest. :)

DW2010
08-21-2010, 12:44 PM
Great review on Jiko. Dh and I may try it next month ;). I'm really looking forward to your California Grill review and hope it's a good one.

DLo
08-21-2010, 01:09 PM
great start. looking forward to more.

Disneymama5816
08-21-2010, 01:09 PM
Can't wait for more reviews!!!:goodvibes

Ullis
08-21-2010, 02:26 PM
Congratulations!
Great first review!
The food at Jiko looks so good. I will have to try to make reservations at Jiko for next summer (this year I have so many other places to try out).

canoe86
08-21-2010, 02:53 PM
Good review....Jiko is now on our..."MUST TRY" list. :thumbsup2

nutz2notz
08-21-2010, 02:56 PM
Congratulations, you are such a cute couple.

Great first review. :thumbsup2 We haven't been to Jiko, but we may consider it for our trip in January.

CreightonsMomma
08-22-2010, 12:34 PM
Congrats on your marriage! party:

Great review so far. I have never been to Jiko, but I want to try the filet so bad. I may go to Disney for just one day in October and I already made a reservation there.

ireland_nicole
08-22-2010, 07:19 PM
Count me in! Although I have to say, I don't see where you put all that food- you're so tiny; Y'all make a really cute couple! DH and I adore Jiko too, it's on our top 3 list. Can't wait to read more:cool1:

heatherandnick
08-22-2010, 07:49 PM
hello from another dis member in delaware :wave2:
No way! Where?

LMO429
08-22-2010, 09:34 PM
congratulations on your marriage..looking forward to your report

bluejasmine
08-23-2010, 04:28 AM
CONGRATS! Thanks for the review, cant wait to see more!

Linda67
08-23-2010, 06:04 AM
Congratulations :goodvibes

What a lovely start to your honeymoon with dinner at Jiko :lovestruc

Can't wait to read more popcorn::

heatherandnick
08-23-2010, 06:21 AM
Great review on Jiko. Dh and I may try it next month ;). I'm really looking forward to your California Grill review and hope it's a good one.
Cali Grill...hmmm... you have a while til that one :) Stay tuned!

Congratulations!
Great first review!
The food at Jiko looks so good. I will have to try to make reservations at Jiko for next summer (this year I have so many other places to try out).
Definitely try to squeeze it in!

Good review....Jiko is now on our..."MUST TRY" list. :thumbsup2
Definitely!

Congratulations, you are such a cute couple.

Congrats on your marriage! party:

congratulations on your marriage..looking forward to your report

CONGRATS! Thanks for the review, cant wait to see more!

Congratulations :goodvibes

What a lovely start to your honeymoon with dinner at Jiko :lovestruc

Can't wait to read more popcorn::

Thanks to you all!

cherokeemamma
08-23-2010, 06:35 AM
Congratulations on your marriage! pixiedust: You guys are such a cute couple. :drinking1Here's to many happy years together.

I can't wait to read all of your reviews....yumm!

Jiko looks fabulous...We have never eaten there but would love to. We have only been to WDW with our kids and Jiko just hasn't been a place they seem too excited to try but it is definitely on our list of things to try when we have an adults only trip!

Looking forward to more!

Pooh&OurHunny
08-23-2010, 09:58 AM
CONGRATS!!!
We love eating at JIKO. Thanks for sharing and can't wait to read more yummy reviews...popcorn::

TheNewMrsB
08-23-2010, 10:59 AM
Jiko looks great! So happy you enjoyed it! We've never been there but with all these glowing reviews, I don't know...might have to squeeze it in next time! :) You remind me of DH, who always says that if a piece of meat is good enough, it doesn't need sauce.

Eager to see what you have to say about many of your experiences, especially Coral Reef lunch since we have an ADR but have never been there and i'm interested to see how it went for you guys. You have 26 days til we leave so hop to it! :rotfl: ;)

maiziezoe
08-23-2010, 06:18 PM
Congrats on your wedding! You are an adorable couple!!

Great review so far!

TruBlu
08-23-2010, 08:09 PM
:wave2:

Great so far! :goodvibes

Did anyone tell you how to post a link? I've just learned myself, but I can try to explain...

-Click on the post you want to link.

-Highlight and copy the url (http://...)

-Go to your first post

-Highlight the place you want to put the link

-Click on the blue globe above the area where you type (Insert link)

-Erase the http:// that is there and copy in the one from the post you want to link.



Hopefully I helped. :flower3:

basketlacey
08-23-2010, 08:59 PM
YUM! I can't wait to read more!

Congrats on your marriage!

heatherandnick
08-23-2010, 09:12 PM
Congratulations on your marriage! pixiedust: You guys are such a cute couple. :drinking1Here's to many happy years together.

I can't wait to read all of your reviews....yumm!

Jiko looks fabulous...We have never eaten there but would love to. We have only been to WDW with our kids and Jiko just hasn't been a place they seem too excited to try but it is definitely on our list of things to try when we have an adults only trip!

Looking forward to more!
Thanks for all the compliments! :) Jiko was so fabulous for us because we were 2 adults. I LOVE kids (am a preschool teacher) but I don't think this is a restaurant for kids. I'm sure I will get flamed for saying that, but take my opinion for what it's worth to you. Definitely hit Jiko when you two can take time for yourselves.
Jiko looks great! So happy you enjoyed it! We've never been there but with all these glowing reviews, I don't know...might have to squeeze it in next time! :) You remind me of DH, who always says that if a piece of meat is good enough, it doesn't need sauce.

Eager to see what you have to say about many of your experiences, especially Coral Reef lunch since we have an ADR but have never been there and i'm interested to see how it went for you guys. You have 26 days til we leave so hop to it! :rotfl: ;)
Awww man...a deadline?!? Not to give anything away, but...keep your Coral Reef ADR. :thumbsup2
:wave2:

Great so far! :goodvibes

Did anyone tell you how to post a link? I've just learned myself, but I can try to explain...

-Click on the post you want to link.

-Highlight and copy the url (http://...)

-Go to your first post

-Highlight the place you want to put the link

-Click on the blue globe above the area where you type (Insert link)

-Erase the http:// that is there and copy in the one from the post you want to link.



Hopefully I helped. :flower3:

Okay, you freakin rock! If only I was smart enough to know where to click on the post...(step 1). It sounds eay enough, but people who aren't quite so technical (such as myself) can make anything difficult. Thanks!

TruBlu
08-23-2010, 09:52 PM
Okay, you freakin rock! If only I was smart enough to know where to click on the post...(step 1). It sounds eay enough, but people who aren't quite so technical (such as myself) can make anything difficult. Thanks!Hehe! I think we might be sisters!!! :lmao:

See the post # up in the right top corner of the box? (#38 for this post) Click on that and it will open up a window with only that post in it. (Yes, it took me a VERY L-O-N-G time to figure that out myself. ;))

heatherandnick
08-24-2010, 06:36 AM
Hehe! I think we might be sisters!!! :lmao:

See the post # up in the right top corner of the box? (#38 for this post) Click on that and it will open up a window with only that post in it. (Yes, it took me a VERY L-O-N-G time to figure that out myself. ;))

YAY! Got it!!
Thank you!
That was bugging me because I enjoy reading the reviews with links so much more than those without!
I truly appreciate it.:goodvibes

heatherandnick
08-24-2010, 06:50 AM
Okay, I have a confession to make...
I took no pictures of any of our buffet breakfasts. :eek:
I know, I know. I was either still asleep or still so stuffed from the night before that I didn't even care.

Tusker House was great because we got into AK before the general public. I always think that is a cool perk of in-park early-morning ADRs. This was our first experience here, and the food was just the average breakfast buffet EXCEPT for all the cool African dishes they threw in. I gotta say I didn't go very out of the box on this one. I tried a few things...can't even remember what they were. Mainly, I stuck with the scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, Mickey waffles, bacon, etc. Any guesses on whether or not DH tried any of the African dishes? You got it...NOPE.

The juice was good, but not all that to be honest. I have a horrid distaste for peaches, and unfortunately many of those tropical juices (mango, passion fruit, etc.) remind me of peaches.

All in all, I would recommend this breakfast to get into AK early. We got onto the safari ride very quickly once we were done. It's pretty cool for the adventurous, and also nice for the no so daring! An empty AK is a pretty cool site.

Next up: Brown Derby Fantasmic! Package

Kathy Z
08-24-2010, 07:36 AM
Just last night I substituted one of our 3 Boma breakfasts for Tusker House just so that we could get into AK early before the park opened. Do you remember if they have regular oatmeal on the menu? My DH loves to have his oatmeal every day. We have an 8:25 am ADR and AK opens at 9:00 am. We'll also be staying at AKL. Did you take the Disney bus? What time did you catch it?

mstmp
08-24-2010, 09:27 AM
I'm in, I plan on going to a lot of the same restaurants.
Thanks for such a great review - and congratulations! :cheer2:

butiflfeet
08-24-2010, 02:54 PM
Congratulations on your marriage and welcome back! I can't wait to try Jiko in December. Thanks for sharing your pictures :thumbsup2 I'm sure there's plenty more to come...

TruBlu
08-24-2010, 03:22 PM
YAY! Got it!!
Thank you!
That was bugging me because I enjoy reading the reviews with links so much more than those without!
I truly appreciate it.:goodvibesI'm so glad you could figure out my directions. :thumbsup2

And, I agree... I like reviews with links better, too. :goodvibes

heatherandnick
08-24-2010, 03:31 PM
Just last night I substituted one of our 3 Boma breakfasts for Tusker House just so that we could get into AK early before the park opened. Do you remember if they have regular oatmeal on the menu? My DH loves to have his oatmeal every day. We have an 8:25 am ADR and AK opens at 9:00 am. We'll also be staying at AKL. Did you take the Disney bus? What time did you catch it?

If my memory serves me correctly, they did have oatmeal. I cannot swear by it, because I didn't have it. I think it's in the far left corner of the buffet.

Our ADR was 8:25 as well. I think we left our room to catch the bus from AKL around 7:30. Beware...some of the busses took forever to even come to the bus stop at AKL. Also, we found that many were full from Kidani Village before they even got to Jambo House (especially if there were any motorized scooters). You shouldn't have any problem getting to AK, but if you want to have breakfast at any other parks or resorts, allow at least an hour.

Kathy Z
08-24-2010, 03:56 PM
If my memory serves me correctly, they did have oatmeal. I cannot swear by it, because I didn't have it. I think it's in the far left corner of the buffet.

Our ADR was 8:25 as well. I think we left our room to catch the bus from AKL around 7:30. Beware...some of the busses took forever to even come to the bus stop at AKL. Also, we found that many were full from Kidani Village before they even got to Jambo House (especially if there were any motorized scooters). You shouldn't have any problem getting to AK, but if you want to have breakfast at any other parks or resorts, allow at least an hour.

Thanks Heather, we'll be eating all but one of our other breakfasts at AKL. On our MK day we'll use snack credits for the Main Street Bakery. With the exception of the early entry into AK for Tusker we do not plan to try for any rope drops so I am hoping that the buses will not be too bad.

heatherandnick
08-24-2010, 04:13 PM
We had a very early dinner ADR (4:45) since we had booked the Fantasmic! package. I was excited about trying The Brown Derby...DH wasn't as excited. We had read a bunch of mixed reviews and I think that not many other Fantasmic package options are what convinced him to try this.

(Background info: DH's first trip ever was last year. We waited in line for 2 hours to try to see Fantasmic, which was finally cancelled due to torrential rain and lightning. Therefore, we HAD to see Fantasmic this year and wanted to get the dining package so we wouldn't have to wait for 2 hours.)

We were seated at one of the round booth tables against the wall with the white tablecloths. :) If I could have picked any table in the whole restaurant, I would have picked the one we were given. We decided to hold back on the wine/beer tonight since we knew we would be indulging later on in the trip (Cali Grill, FLying Fish, Ohana, etc.).

For my appetizer, I got the Cobb Salad.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon155.jpg
And YES (to all those who wonder) the Cobb salad is plenty for 2 people, but only counts as 1 app. YAY! Could I be any luckier?! And also, DH tried it and ate every bite...avocados and all. (We did request it without blue cheese only because we are both firm believers that blue cheese is downright nasty. :sick: ) We thought it was super-cool to see the guy toss up the salad right in front of us. If we had a video camera, this would have been one of the 2 times we used it the entire trip. (Side note for you curious people: The other time was at AK when we watched the gorilla pick his nose and eat it! Totally awesome!!)
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon154.jpg

For his app, DH got the crab cake.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon156.jpg
He proclaimed it the best crab cake he's ever had (he proceeded to say those exact same words 2 other times during our trip, but that's beside the point). I tasted it and it was a dang good crabcake. I feel like we are tough crab/crab cake critics because we live right on the eastern shore of Delaware. Crabs (and chicken) are our specialty. So, if we say they are good crab cakes, then they are good crab cakes. The coleslaw on top was a yummy contrasting flavor and texture.

My entree was the grouper (I think?!).
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon157.jpg
Honestly, I don't remember much about this dish. If I went back, I would probably try something different. It wasn't bad, just not very memorable.

DH got the lamb chops (shocker!!).
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon158.jpg
He loved them. Although he truly enjoyed last night's lamb at Jiko, I think he enjoyed these even more. Jiko put their own twist on the lamb with unique flavors, while these chops were a flavor he is more used to...comfort food, if you will. He ate every scrap and probably would've eaten more.

I really wanted to try the famous grapefruit cake...however, I don't like grapefruit or cream cheese frosting (crazy, I know). So at the last minute I decided on the banana white chocolate toffee tower.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon159.jpg
Holy crap, was this fantastic! (I would love to have one right now.) It was one of the best desserts I ate on the entire trip, and I'm not even a banana fanatic. It was not too sweet, not too banana-y, and just right.

DH got the vanilla bean creme brulee.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon160.jpg
He ate almost all of it and it was good, but mine was better. :P

All in all, it was a great dinner. We loved the experience and DH enjoyed it much more than he thought he would. I would recommend The Brown Derby for anyone who needs/wants to have a nice dinner at HS. The Fantasmic! package was the way to go. We only waited about 35 minutes for the show, had decent seats, and DH finally got to see it (Yay!). He loved the special effects, as I knew he would.

Next up: Crystal Palace Breakfast

princessallegra
08-24-2010, 06:47 PM
Great reviews so far!! Congrats on your marriage and all!! I can totally relate to that feeling you get after soooo much excitement, as we were married last year in June and spent our Disneymoon in WDW as well. I totally feel you girl!! Can't wait to read more!! We missed our CP breakfast, and we're doing it in November, so can't wait to read about your experience/ :goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvibes

vettegirl
08-24-2010, 08:33 PM
Thanks for the Brown Derby review. I thinking about making a ressie there to have the cobb salad as my entree, and your pic shows it's huge!

heatherandnick
08-25-2010, 06:41 AM
Great reviews so far!! Congrats on your marriage and all!! I can totally relate to that feeling you get after soooo much excitement, as we were married last year in June and spent our Disneymoon in WDW as well. I totally feel you girl!! Can't wait to read more!! We missed our CP breakfast, and we're doing it in November, so can't wait to read about your experience/ :goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvibes
Thanks! It seems silly to be bummed it's over...I should be grateful we had so much time in D-World. But, I can't help it. I'm still ready to start planning another trip!
Thanks for the Brown Derby review. I thinking about making a ressie there to have the cobb salad as my entree, and your pic shows it's huge!
It's definitely big enough for your entree if you on;y want to stick with a salad. It was delicious, too!

Pooh&OurHunny
08-25-2010, 06:55 AM
thanks for the great update on Brown Derby. I thought you had to order the salad for 2 people. I always wanted to try it but if my husband can get his own appt I can order the salad?

Linda67
08-25-2010, 07:09 AM
Just last night I substituted one of our 3 Boma breakfasts for Tusker House just so that we could get into AK early before the park opened. Do you remember if they have regular oatmeal on the menu? My DH loves to have his oatmeal every day. We have an 8:25 am ADR and AK opens at 9:00 am. We'll also be staying at AKL. Did you take the Disney bus? What time did you catch it?

Sorry to jump in but we had breakfast at TH on our last trip and loved it.
They do have Oatmeal and I ate lots of it :goodvibes

Linda67
08-25-2010, 07:10 AM
Great update :thumbsup2

Your food at HBD looked delicious

heatherandnick
08-25-2010, 12:08 PM
thanks for the great update on Brown Derby. I thought you had to order the salad for 2 people. I always wanted to try it but if my husband can get his own appt I can order the salad?
You're exactly right! I felt kinda bad because I had completely pressured my DH into splitting tha salad with me. My though was: you can't go to HBD and NOT get the Cobb salad. I felt pretty guilty because although he agreed, there's no way a non-veggie guy would choose a salad over all those yummy, meaty apps. We were both very happy when we learned the salad was only 1 app credit.
Great update :thumbsup2

Your food at HBD looked delicious

And it WAS delicious. I would definitely go back.

heatherandnick
08-25-2010, 01:07 PM
Okay, I'll just come right out and say it... I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Crystal Palace breakfast. Seriously. And I don't even care about the characters (and the crowd gasps!).

First of all, walking down a nearly empty Main Street and seeing the castle with no one around is simply amazing to me. If you are only going to go to one breakfast during your stay at D-World, get up early and go to CP for an 8:05 ADR. It is truly breathtaking.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon181.jpg

Onto the food. It is our opinion that CP has the best food of all the breakfast buffets. The reason: puffed french toast. Oh my God. This is seriously the best stuff I have ever had. I found a recipe online somewhere and I am this close |-| to investing in a small deep fryer so that I can make this french toast whenever I want. I honestly thought about this almost every other day between our 2 trips that were a year apart. It is that good.

Another reason I love CP (I'm alone on this one since DH is anti-vegetables) is the vegetable fritatta. It's spectacular. Mixed veggies, cheese, and eggs in almost an omlette casserole. Simply delicious!

We didn't even stay for all the characters this time. We were in and out by 8:35, as we only came for the food. That gave us perfect timing to stroll our way (by ourselves, no crowds) over to the rope at Tomorrowland for the drop and dash to Space Mountain. It really was perfect.

I would recommend CP breakfast to anyone who is planning to eat breakfast at all, on a MK day. It is a beautiful restaurant, great food, and amazing experience all around.

Next up: The Plaza lunch

Kathy Z
08-25-2010, 01:08 PM
Sorry to jump in but we had breakfast at TH on our last trip and loved it.
They do have Oatmeal and I ate lots of it :goodvibes

Thanks, Linda. I'm glad you jumped in to answer.

Heather, your descriptions and pictures of your dining plan are a wonderful help in giving your readers a "flavor" of the restaurants you tried.

Pooh&OurHunny
08-25-2010, 01:16 PM
thats a GREAT picture of the castle. We are going to CP at 8:05 for our December trip and can't wait. We always go for lunch at CP and this is our first time trying breakfast.

TheNewMrsB
08-25-2010, 01:51 PM
What a great picture of the castle! How cool is that?? :cool1:

Now you have me wishing we had an ADR for CP. That puffed french toast...I've heard good things...!

heatherandnick
08-25-2010, 04:06 PM
thats a GREAT picture of the castle. We are going to CP at 8:05 for our December trip and can't wait. We always go for lunch at CP and this is our first time trying breakfast.
I have never tried lunch, but this is my 2nd time for breakfast. I went once for dinner about 6 years ago. It was good, but I love me a big breakfast!

Thanks, Linda. I'm glad you jumped in to answer.

Heather, your descriptions and pictures of your dining plan are a wonderful help in giving your readers a "flavor" of the restaurants you tried.
I'm glad you are enjoying them. I'm thinking maybe I should go back next week just to eat all that food again. I want my reviews to be as accurate as possible. ;) Think DH will agree?
What a great picture of the castle! How cool is that?? :cool1:

Now you have me wishing we had an ADR for CP. That puffed french toast...I've heard good things...!
The castle with an empty Main Street is an incredible experience. I'm not even a sentimental kinda gal, but it gets me every time. It's funny because I don't think we said a word to each other as we walked down Main Street...just kinda stared in awe.

We gotta stop talking about this french toast...I want some now!! :rotfl:

Overexcited
08-25-2010, 08:22 PM
We are eating at Crystal Palace for breakfast, I am so glad you loved it.

canoe86
08-25-2010, 09:36 PM
We have to find one more place to eat and use up a credit. CP is now under consideration.

pigletto
08-25-2010, 10:04 PM
I couldn't agree more with your CP breakfast summary!:goodvibes:
Empty Main Street, great food, beautiful sunny atmosphere.. what's not to love?
And when we were finished ours we made our way to the Fantasy Land rope drop and rode everything with little or no wait for over an hour. It was an awesome day!

Linda67
08-26-2010, 02:34 AM
Oooh I really want to get an 8.05 ADR for our next trip :goodvibes

heatherandnick
08-26-2010, 06:03 AM
We have to find one more place to eat and use up a credit. CP is now under consideration.
Do it! Do it! Do it! Well...unless you can do a lunch or dinner somewhere else instead. Hmmm. The possibilities are endless!
I couldn't agree more with your CP breakfast summary!:goodvibes:
Empty Main Street, great food, beautiful sunny atmosphere.. what's not to love?
And when we were finished ours we made our way to the Fantasy Land rope drop and rode everything with little or no wait for over an hour. It was an awesome day!
After Space Mountain, we too headed over to Fantasyland. We rode Peter Pan and Snow White with no wait. That wasn't until about 9:20 or so, so we were really surprised.
Oooh I really want to get an 8.05 ADR for our next trip :goodvibes
Really, anything before 8:30 would be good for us. As long as you don't take too long or don't HAVE to see all the characters. Just make sure it's not an EMH morning. ;)

heatherandnick
08-26-2010, 11:55 AM
So, we kinda screwed up again...no pictures. :confused3

I think we were so hot, exhausted, and tired of the crowds that we just didn't think about it.

I was excited about The Plaza because I had heard such good things. I thought it was a hidden gem that we had stumbled upon. To start, we were a little surprised at how tiny the place is. We were seated practically WITH another family (more info below).

For appetizers, we both got the side salad with ranch dressing. It was...a side salad. Nothing special.

I got the Plaza Club with fries. It was very yummy and HUGE. I really enjoyed it.

DH got the cheesesteak with no onions or mushrooms (the veggie thing again). In fact, I was surprised that he got the hot peppers. The cheese steak was not too good, and we aren't picky people. First of all, the roll was way too big for the amount of meat. I took a few bites and I think all I got was bread. Also, there were a TON of red peppers. I like any kind of peppers, but this was just too much. DH didn't like it at all. Luckily, the servings were so big that he ate some of my club (and there was still some left!)

We decided to get dessert to go. I got a mint chocolate chip milkshake and DH got a cookies and cream milkshake. They were both good milkshakes.

Would we go back? Nope. Was is terrible? Nope. I think it was just so-so food and we would've been happier at Pecos Bill's or even just using some snack credits.

One of the things I remember about this lunch is that we had a screaming infant right beside us (and I mean their table was about 15 inches away, if that). I know it's D-World, and I love kids and all, but if your baby is continuously screaming for more than 5-7 minutes, maybe you should step outside until things calm down. I'm sure I'm going to get flamed for this, and I know my time is quickly approaching to have my own screaming kid, but seriously. :guilty: A screaming baby almost instantly raises everyone's blood pressure. I felt bad for the parents, but I also felt bad for us. We couldn't get out of there fast enough (hence, the desserts to go).

Next up: Flying Fish dinner

iloveeeyore
08-26-2010, 12:10 PM
Congratulations on your marriage! We are now convinced next trip we are doing a HBD F! package and we are very excited about it!

No flames from me about the screaming kid. Don't hold everyone else in the restaurant hostage to your kid's screaming, WDW or anywhere else...get the heck out!!! I've been there myself and have been forced to evacuate many a restaurant. It's inconvenient and annoying for the parent to have to leave, but any other choice is just rude. Sorry you were subjected to that.

BTW, loving your reviews!

hill6
08-26-2010, 07:33 PM
One of the things I remember about this lunch is that we had a screaming infant right beside us (and I mean their table was about 15 inches away, if that). I know it's D-World, and I love kids and all, but if your baby is continuously screaming for more than 5-7 minutes, maybe you should step outside until things calm down. I'm sure I'm going to get flamed for this, and I know my time is quickly approaching to have my own screaming kid, but seriously. :guilty: A screaming baby almost instantly raises everyone's blood pressure. I felt bad for the parents, but I also felt bad for us. We couldn't get out of there fast enough (hence, the desserts to go).

Next up: Flying Fish dinner



Sorry to hear about the screaming a baby. I do agree though that the parents should have been considerate of those around them. People sometimes fail to remember that there are others there trying to eat.

TigerKat
08-26-2010, 07:42 PM
Just signing on here, sorry I'm late to the party!

You've already been to one of our faves, JIKO and Flying Fish is our favorite of the signature restaurants so I can't wait to read your upcoming review!

Y'all make a very beautiful couple!!

DISRY
08-26-2010, 07:45 PM
Joining...Im enjoying! popcorn::

canoe86
08-26-2010, 07:54 PM
So, we kinda screwed up again...no pictures. :confused3

I think we were so hot, exhausted, and tired of the crowds that we just didn't think about it.



One of the things I remember about this lunch is that we had a screaming infant right beside us (and I mean their table was about 15 inches away, if that). I know it's D-World, and I love kids and all, but if your baby is continuously screaming for more than 5-7 minutes, maybe you should step outside until things calm down. I'm sure I'm going to get flamed for this, and I know my time is quickly approaching to have my own screaming kid, but seriously. :guilty: A screaming baby almost instantly raises everyone's blood pressure. I felt bad for the parents, but I also felt bad for us. We couldn't get out of there fast enough (hence, the desserts to go).

Next up: Flying Fish dinner

First, i can barely remember to take pictures of the kids. Can't imagine trying to remember to snap pics of food.

Second, since you are newly wed and kids maybe in the future, remember and learn from these situations. You will be there someday. the reality of eating with kids is to PLAN so that they are in the best situation. GET REST, EAT EARLY, BRING THINGS TO DO. And guess what, even with all that, with all the planning, there will still be an occasional meltdown and someone must leave with the kid. Maybe most important is at home, treat dinner like you would if you were out. Training at home goes a long long way. Also, from the word go, take the kids to restaurants, they will earn proper behavior. OH, ONe more thing, LET THEM EAT SOMETHING GOOD!!!!

TruBlu
08-26-2010, 08:22 PM
No flames here. :thumbsup2 It annoys me to no end when parents allow their kids to scream in restaurants, movies, church... Mine may have started to cry, but DH and I quickly removed them from the situation EVERY time. If we had to, we took turns eating while the other one walked outside with the baby. Sure it wasn't fun, but why should we let our screaming child ruin dinner for an innocent bystander?!?!?!?!? :flower3:

pigletto
08-26-2010, 10:54 PM
No flames here either.. I left many many meals when my kids were small and we were in restaurants. I did my time, and I expect others to do the same. It's just common courtesy.
I was actually a little disappointed that we cancelled our Plaza ADR.. but it sounds like it was just so so. There will always be another trip to try it.

LisaKeys
08-27-2010, 05:31 AM
Lamb is his all-time favorite meat, so he loved it! Since he is a meat and potatoes kinda guy, I don't think he was too enthralled with the cous cous. He probably would've preferred the mac n cheese or mashed potatoes as a side, but that's just him.

Not sure if anyone has mentioned his yet, but on your next trip - you can request mashed potatoes instead of the cous cous at any of the WDW restaurants. :)

Enjoying your trip log! Jumping back in to page 4 to read more. :yay:

LisaKeys
08-27-2010, 05:46 AM
Noooooooo.. page 5 is the end of the line for right now. I feel like I was in the middle or reading a good book, and someone yanked it away from me!!! lol

Your post has to be the most exciting for me so far because of several of the ADR's you picked are exactly what we picked. Fantasmic! pkg at the Brown Derby, 8:05 breakfast at CP, and even our 1st lunch at MK (hoping we have a better outcome - and please - no screaming baby!).

We love crab cakes, also. It's nice to know that you live where crabcakes are king - how much you enjoyed the ones at BD.

Looking forward to your next post - I am a subscriber and will be looking for my e-mail notification. :surfweb:

heatherandnick
08-27-2010, 06:26 AM
Sorry to hear about the screaming a baby. I do agree though that the parents should have been considerate of those around them. People sometimes fail to remember that there are others there trying to eat.
I think sometimes people are trying so hard to enjoy THEMSELVES, that they tend to forget about others.

Just signing on here, sorry I'm late to the party!

You've already been to one of our faves, JIKO and Flying Fish is our favorite of the signature restaurants so I can't wait to read your upcoming review!

Y'all make a very beautiful couple!!
Welcome! Jiko rocked! Thanks for the compliment, also. I'm so in love. :lovestruc

Joining...Im enjoying! popcorn::
Welcome! Glad you're here.

First, i can barely remember to take pictures of the kids. Can't imagine trying to remember to snap pics of food.

Second, since you are newly wed and kids maybe in the future, remember and learn from these situations. You will be there someday. the reality of eating with kids is to PLAN so that they are in the best situation. GET REST, EAT EARLY, BRING THINGS TO DO. And guess what, even with all that, with all the planning, there will still be an occasional meltdown and someone must leave with the kid. Maybe most important is at home, treat dinner like you would if you were out. Training at home goes a long long way. Also, from the word go, take the kids to restaurants, they will earn proper behavior. OH, ONe more thing, LET THEM EAT SOMETHING GOOD!!!!
Thanks for all the advice. Between travelling and being a preschool teacher, my list of "dos" and "don't dos" gets longer every day. :) I just hope I remember everyting when the time comes.
No flames here. :thumbsup2 It annoys me to no end when parents allow their kids to scream in restaurants, movies, church... Mine may have started to cry, but DH and I quickly removed them from the situation EVERY time. If we had to, we took turns eating while the other one walked outside with the baby. Sure it wasn't fun, but why should we let our screaming child ruin dinner for an innocent bystander?!?!?!?!? :flower3:
Agree totally. The thing that got us was there were 4 adults and 2 kids at the table. Couldn't they have taken turns? :confused3 Hopefully they went back to their hotel for a nap.

No flames here either.. I left many many meals when my kids were small and we were in restaurants. I did my time, and I expect others to do the same. It's just common courtesy.
I was actually a little disappointed that we cancelled our Plaza ADR.. but it sounds like it was just so so. There will always be another trip to try it.
Like I say, The Plaza wasn't horrible. I just wouldn't waste my time on it again. Even taking the monorail over to one of the monorail resorts would be better IMHO.

Not sure if anyone has mentioned his yet, but on your next trip - you can request mashed potatoes instead of the cous cous at any of the WDW restaurants. :)
You're so right. I don't know why we didn't think of that. I've learned that when looking at the menu, he only looks at what's in bold (the meat) the ignores all the other writing. (Typical male, probably! :rotfl2:) Later into our trip, I got wise to this and tried to help him out. Thanks for the tip, though!:goodvibes

Enjoying your trip log! Jumping back in to page 4 to read more. :yay:

Noooooooo.. page 5 is the end of the line for right now. I feel like I was in the middle or reading a good book, and someone yanked it away from me!!! lol

Your post has to be the most exciting for me so far because of several of the ADR's you picked are exactly what we picked. Fantasmic! pkg at the Brown Derby, 8:05 breakfast at CP, and even our 1st lunch at MK (hoping we have a better outcome - and please - no screaming baby!).

We love crab cakes, also. It's nice to know that you live where crabcakes are king - how much you enjoyed the ones at BD.

Looking forward to your next post - I am a subscriber and will be looking for my e-mail notification. :surfweb:

:laughing: I'm glad you're enjoying it! I was addicted to the boards before we left on our trip, and the dining reports were my favorite. Although they take a while to write, I feel like I am returning the favor. :goodvibes They really helped us choose which restaurants to visit and what to order from each. Stay tuned and enjoy!

heatherandnick
08-27-2010, 07:11 AM
One of our reasons for trying all these different restaurants was so that we could visit resorts that we would (probably) never be fortunate enough to actually stay at. One of the resorts DH would LOVE to stay at is Boardwalk. Originally, I was not as enthralled with it as he was because: we LIVE at the boardwalk. We have 3 different boardwalks within a 15 mile radius of our house, so why would I shell out a ton of money to stay at...A BOARDWALK?! Well, after visiting I now know that it is a Disney version of a boardwalk...none of the trash, freaks, thugs, pooping seagulls, etc. that you find on our boardwalks. Also, there is: cotton candy in bags (no one actually spinning the cotton candy themselves), no waves crashing on the sand, no smell of french fries and vinnegar... As you can tell, I'm torn. It was a fake boardwalk, but almost too fake for those of us who live at the beach. Would I stay there? Heck yeah! It's beautiful. Is it a true replica of a boardwalk? Maybe so since they are going back a few decades. Also, sometimes a utopian version of something is a good, refreshing change. After all, isn't that why we all visit disney?

Onto Flying Fish...We were seated at a table in the middle of the restaurant, which was fine with us. The open kitchen was so cool to watch. Our server welcomed us very warmly and they had made personalized menus for our honeymoon. That was cool. The server really pushed the wine and we caved. Can't remember what we got, but it was yummy.

For an appetizer, I got the wild Gulf shrimp cocktail.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon202.jpg
Yum, yum! This was so delicious. The red grapefruit added a sweet and tangy flavor (and I don't even like grapefruit) that made this spectacular. I could've eaten 5 more.

DH got the Jonah crab cake.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon203.jpg
He then declared THIS the best crabcake he ever had. It was crab, not filler, and the coating was absolutely delicious.

My entree was the potato-wrapped snapper with leek fondue.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon204.jpg
I gotta be honest, after the first bite I was really questioning my selection. It was a completely new taste to me. Then after bite 3, I was sold. This was really different and really tasty. Don't be fooled by the potato part. There are no visable or tastable potatoes. I was expecting it to be coated in hash browns or something, but the potatoes are so fine you don't even know that's what they are. The leek fondue was totally weird, but really good. Would I get it again? Probably not, but only because I would want to try something new.

DH got the surf and surf.
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I don't know what type of fish it was, but it also had shrimp (it's not on the menu right now). He loved it. It could be because the dish was basically meat plus meat, but stilll. He could barely spare a bite for me to taste. What I tasted was good. However, the flavors of his dish completely clashed with the flavors of mine, so I stuck with my halibut.

For dessert, I got the sinful flourless chocolate cake.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon206.jpg
Let me tell you, sinful is the appropriate word. This was so rich and chocolately, I couldn't stop eating it. Truly delicious if you like chocolate.

DH got the berry tart.
http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b451/nick_and_heather/Our%20Honeymoon/Honeymoon207.jpg
I LOVE blueberries, and this was delicious. However, it didn't hold a stick to my chocolate dish. Go with the chocolate!!:thumbsup2

All in all, this was a great experience. The atmosphere was hectic and loud, the food was good, and the service was pretty attentive. We have noticed that (as a party of 2), once a large group comes in and has the same server, we are basically put on the back burner. Now, I've done plenty of restaurant work in my day, so I totally understand. They will provide a much larger gratuity, so I get it. Even though I get it, it doesn't make the 2-top feel any better to be left in the dust. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves seafood and who wants to check out Boardwalk. BTW, we walked from Epcot, so that was very convenient and very cool!

Next up: Sci-Fi Lunch

Kathy Z
08-27-2010, 08:05 AM
I have got to order that crabcake on December 18th!

TheNewMrsB
08-27-2010, 08:11 AM
You're right, if we wanted the real thing we'd go to the real place, not Disney's version of it! I can definitely get behind any boardwalk where I can eat outside and not be dive bombed by seagulls the entire time!

So glad you reviewed FF, we're eating there one night next month. Everything sounds delicious, and I know that between DH and I, one of us will be ordering that chocolate cake! :love:

LisaKeys
08-27-2010, 10:33 AM
We love crab cakes - so it was nice to hear it was especially good at FF. The picture of your flourless cake didn't come up - instead was two pictures of the berry desert. We hadn't considered the FF as one of our ADR's - but may add it to the list after reading your review. Thanks again! :flower3:

heatherandnick
08-27-2010, 12:48 PM
Sorry to everyone about the picture problems. I was rushing to get it done before going to work (bad idea:confused:). I think everything is corrected now.

I have got to order that crabcake on December 18th!
Order the crabcake! It was spectacular. The coleslaw was a great accompaniment, too!

You're right, if we wanted the real thing we'd go to the real place, not Disney's version of it! I can definitely get behind any boardwalk where I can eat outside and not be dive bombed by seagulls the entire time!

So glad you reviewed FF, we're eating there one night next month. Everything sounds delicious, and I know that between DH and I, one of us will be ordering that chocolate cake! :love:
I'm sure you will love FF, as we did. Any way you can mail me back a piece of the cake? :lmao:

We love crab cakes - so it was nice to hear it was especially good at FF. The picture of your flourless cake didn't come up - instead was two pictures of the berry desert. We hadn't considered the FF as one of our ADR's - but may add it to the list after reading your review. Thanks again! :flower3:

It was a fun night. Hope you like it if you decide to give it a try. BTW- That was the flourless cake. The berry dessert didn't come up! :rotfl: I think it's fixed now, though!:goodvibes

Lisa29
08-27-2010, 03:42 PM
Congratulations on the wedding - it may be over but hopefully you have all your pictures to look forward to seeing?

Enjoying your report, can't wait for the next installment.:thumbsup2

Pooh's-Honey-Pot
08-27-2010, 05:00 PM
Yum!!! Looking forward to the rest!!:goodvibes

Roxychica7
08-27-2010, 06:39 PM
Joining in! Great dining selections, you have a seriously excellent list to go through! Congratulations on your honeymoon! It looks like you two had a blast so far! I'm originally from Baltimore (now living in VA Beach),:thumbsup2 so I totally understand your search for "the best crab cake ever!" :rotfl2:

heatherandnick
08-28-2010, 06:27 AM
Congratulations on the wedding - it may be over but hopefully you have all your pictures to look forward to seeing?

Enjoying your report, can't wait for the next installment.:thumbsup2
You're so right! I haven't seen a single picture since the wedding and I'm DYING to see them.

Yum!!! Looking forward to the rest!!:goodvibes
Thanks for reading!

Joining in! Great dining selections, you have a seriously excellent list to go through! Congratulations on your honeymoon! It looks like you two had a blast so far! I'm originally from Baltimore (now living in VA Beach),:thumbsup2 so I totally understand your search for "the best crab cake ever!" :rotfl2:
I gotta tell you, we were more excited about the food than anything else. This was a total splurge for us and I still cannot believe all the awesome food we had. Anyone who knocks "theme park food" just has no clue.
Girl, you DO get the crabcake thing! Even though you're from the "western shore" :rotfl2: you probably came over to OC. These crabcakes really do crap on all the ones we have had at home. (Actuially, Irish Eyes in Lewes, DE had really good ones, too!)

heatherandnick
08-28-2010, 06:44 AM
So, I just realized I didn't take pictures of our food at Sci Fi. :confused: Sorry!

I was really looking forward to this lunch for two reasons. One- I've never eaten here in all my years at D-World and the theming sounds so cool. I'm an "atmosphere" kinda gal (especially at D-World) so I couldn't wait to see it. Two- Although Sci Fi doesn't get the best reviews, we were both really looking forward to good ole' burgers.

First of all, the atmosphere and theming WAS super duper cool. Like something I've never seen in my life. I was not disappointed at all. It was so detailed and the darkness was a nice reprieve from the scorching sun outside.

We sat in the back of a car table. It was great, as was our server.

For appetizers, I got the BLT soup and DH got the 7-bean chili. The BLT soup was delicious. I couldn't believe I was ordering soup on such a hot day, but I sure was glad I did. The tomato soup was creamy, but so much better than ordinary Campbells. The lettuce, bacon, and croutons really made it something special. DH enjoyed his chili, but it was a HUGE bowl. He hardly made a dent in it.

We both got cheeseburgers and fries. They were good, juicy, and HUGE. I think I only ate half of mine.

I had already gotten a chocolate shake for my beverage, but I still decided to spring for the chocolate peanut butter cake (oink, oink!). It was yummy, but very different than what I expected. It was very crusty on the outside, and no peanut butter sauce poured out when I broke it apart. It had more of a peanut butter chocolate fudge inside. It was warm and delicious, though...especially with the cold ice cream on the side.

DH just went with a to-go shake, I think. He helped me with my cake a little bit, but I definitely won the eating battle at today's lunch. :cool1:

I enjoyed this lunch. Not sure how it would work with a family with toddlers, just because of the difficulties due to the seating arrangements. I think it would be hard for the parents to help the kiddos with their food, etc. The atmosphere rocked, the server was great, the food was yummy. I would go back for lunch, definitely not dinner.
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Up Next: Cali Grill

Roxychica7
08-28-2010, 07:18 AM
I gotta tell you, we were more excited about the food than anything else. This was a total splurge for us and I still cannot believe all the awesome food we had. Anyone who knocks "theme park food" just has no clue.
Girl, you DO get the crabcake thing! Even though you're from the "western shore" :rotfl2: you probably came over to OC. These crabcakes really do crap on all the ones we have had at home. (Actuially, Irish Eyes in Lewes, DE had really good ones, too!)
haha, yeah, but I went to college in Salisbury and went on vacation to OC every summer since I was 2 (I went year round while I was in college;)) does that hype up my crab cake knowledge? :thumbsup2
We've only been on the regular dining plan and have not hit any of the signature restaurants yet, so I am definitely on the look out for a few to hit on our next trip (aside from Cali Grill, dbf and I want to do that one). Can't wait to read more!!

TruBlu
08-28-2010, 09:46 AM
First of all, the atmosphere and theming WAS super duper cool. Like something I've never seen in my life. I was not disappointed at all. It was so detailed and the darkness was a nice reprieve from the scorching sun outside.
Isn't it amazing? We just LOVE the feel of walking out of the blazing hot Fla. sun and into a cool night at the movies. :cloud9:

And, those burgers are great! :thumbsup2

chocolateMinnie
08-28-2010, 10:47 AM
We visit Sci-Fi for lunch for the first time this trip, DS's choice so we had to go with it as he is being so good at agreeing to Princess meals for DD. didn't realise you could get a shake to go - excellent idea.

lilandvisma
08-28-2010, 03:10 PM
Enjoying reading your reviews!!! Congrats on the marriage :) You guys are adorable!

heatherandnick
08-28-2010, 08:54 PM
haha, yeah, but I went to college in Salisbury and went on vacation to OC every summer since I was 2 (I went year round while I was in college;)) does that hype up my crab cake knowledge? :thumbsup2
We've only been on the regular dining plan and have not hit any of the signature restaurants yet, so I am definitely on the look out for a few to hit on our next trip (aside from Cali Grill, dbf and I want to do that one). Can't wait to read more!!
:rotfl: Okay...I guess you qualify as a fellow crab cake connoisseur.;)
I truly enjoyed the signatures on the DxDP. It was a ton of yummy food. Good luck with your choices.

Isn't it amazing? We just LOVE the feel of walking out of the blazing hot Fla. sun and into a cool night at the movies. :cloud9:

And, those burgers are great! :thumbsup2
I see a lot of reviews where people don't really like the darkness of Sci Fi. Are they serious?!:confused3

We visit Sci-Fi for lunch for the first time this trip, DS's choice so we had to go with it as he is being so good at agreeing to Princess meals for DD. didn't realise you could get a shake to go - excellent idea.
I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did. It really is fun. But I have heard not to stray too far from the burgers and fries (i.e. this isn't the place to order a steak, if it's even on the menu). I still think they should offer a Star Wars, pirates, or villians meal for the little guys. They certainly do get shafted! :confused:
Enjoying reading your reviews!!! Congrats on the marriage :) You guys are adorable!
Thanks so much and thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more yummy food pics.

heatherandnick
08-30-2010, 09:30 AM
Of all our ADRs, I think this is the one I was most looking forward to. I had these visions of (cue romantic music now) sitting next to the window with the castle in the background....eating dinner and then watching the fireworks from our seats...true romance. (Imagine record skipping with that terrible sccccrrrattch sound). That's not exactly the way it went...

When we first took the elevator up to the restaurant, I immediately felt underdressed. I had on a nice(er) dress on with flipflops, DH had on khaki shorts and a polo shirt. Okay, we were SO underdressed that I felt uncomfortable. The ladies had on sequins, 6-inch heels, and guys had on fancy suits. It looked like a really bad prom. There was some sort of event going on in the private room over near the observation deck, and those people were even dressier. Seriously?!? I mean, I know it's Cali Grill, but it's still D-World.

We were taken to our table over in the wine room. I had very mixed feelings...on the positive side, it was so quiet and more romantic in this room. There was only about 7 tables and we were against a window. From our table, we could see Illuminations and the electric boat parade in the distance (the FAR distance). But, as lovely as it was, it didn't fit my vision at all. I got over it, and figured I would have many other opportunities to look at the castle. :sad2: I'm not one of those people who likes to request a specific table or area, so I guess it is what it is.

Our server was really great. We made it sorta obvious that we were new to the whole "fine dining" experience, and he still treated us with class and helped us along the way. We got some delicious wine and chose our appetizers.

I had eaten sushi only once in my life, DH had never tried it. So, with the help of our server, we decided to go for it. He suggested a half order of the shrimp tempura and half California roll.
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DH didn't like the Cali roll...too "fishy" he said. I enjoyed them both, but the shrimp tempura was my favorite. It was a pretty good first sushi experience. (We didn't even know how to eat it :lmao:) I would probably get it again, DH would not.

His appetizer was the triple cheese flatbread.
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OMG it was so good. He loved it (especially since pizza is his all-time favorite food, EVER). It was tangy, cheezy goodness. Much better than even our favorite local pizza place. I guess it was just a different flavor for us, so we truly enjoyed it. It was a huge serving and we each only had a few bites because, after all, this was only the appetizer. We had lots of food to get through.

We chose the same entree...oak fired filet of beef. No pictures :sad2: this is why...
The timing was SO off on our entree. Our whole plan was to watch the fireworks from Cali Grill. Our server even discussed with us when they began and how we could get to the 2 observation decks. The fireworks started at 10pm. He brought our entrees out to us at around 9:55. Even before he brought them out, we (I) was sorta panicing because we didn't see him anywhere...we wanted to tell him where we were going and not just disappear. Then, when we saw him coming with our entrees, we were like, "Oh $#@." He saw our faces and realized what had just happened, so he offered to give us hot lids. We took a couple bites of our steak, and then rushed out to the deck for the fireworks.

The fireworks were AWESOME! It wasn't Wishes, but the Summer Nightastic and it was so cool! We both loved the show, and it was cool being all the way at the end of the 2nd observation deck, pretty much by ourselves, with a glass of wine. I really enjoyed it.

So, back to our dinner... DH loved his steak. Mine was good, but I think the timing of everything made it a little less enjoyable for me. Also, I had eaten most of the sushi, so my belly was groaning slightly. Not to be a complainer, but the first bite of steak I took (pre-fireworks) was so chewy that I had to spit it out. The rest of the steak was tender and good, but that first bite kinda (almost) killed it for me. I knew dessert was around the corner, so I only ate a few bites of my steak and a few of the potatoes. DH finished off my steak. I think he would rather stuff himself until he gets sick than leave good meat uneaten. :rotfl:

And onto dessert! We were both about to pop at this point, but I can't let that stop me from ordering sweets! I got some type of chocolate creme brulee.
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It was really, really good, but I think I was so full and tired by this point I just couldn't do it. I ate about half of it. (Would love to have the other half right now, actually.;))

DH got the Mascarpone and Meyer lemon cheesecake.
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Neither of us remember anything about this dessert (food overload, I guess). But doesn't it look pretty?!?

All in all, this was a nice experience at the Cali Grill. DH enjoyed it more than I did. I think my expectations were so high, that I was slightly disappointed. (Not necessarily CG's fault) If the timing of the meal had been better, I would've been more relaxed and probably enjoyed it more. Maybe we should have mentioned the fireworks again to our server after we finished our appetizers? :confused3 Who knows? It was just a communication problem I guess, not really sure who (if anyone) was at fault. I would eat here again, but only if on the DDP. It would've been WAY out of our budget otherwise.

Up next: 1900 Park Fare breakfast

TheNewMrsB
08-30-2010, 10:10 AM
Aw, I'm sorry things didn't turn out the way you'd hoped. :sad1:

For a first sushi experience, you can do a whole lot worse than Cali Grill. I love that shrimp tempura roll, it sends me...:cloud9:

bluejasmine
08-30-2010, 11:17 AM
Shrimp tempura rolls are one of my faves also. My DD loves Cali Rolls. DH and I have a Calli Grill ADR in a few weeks and just plan on ordering the flatbread to share and two different sushi rolls I know mine will be Spicy Kazan not sure what DH will order, but we will share both and share the banana and carmel dessert and get a two glasses of wine, we planned on just relaxing the evening and watching Hallowishes from our CL or beach at the Poly..

Tri-Delta4Life
08-30-2010, 12:09 PM
I'm loving your reviews!! They remind me so much of our honeymoon in DW 2 years ago. We did the deluxe dining plan and went to many of the same places you guys did! We loved trying all of the signature resturants! My husband agrees that the Flying Fish crab cake is the best... it's his must do food item each trip!

heatherandnick
08-30-2010, 03:12 PM
Aw, I'm sorry things didn't turn out the way you'd hoped. :sad1:

For a first sushi experience, you can do a whole lot worse than Cali Grill. I love that shrimp tempura roll, it sends me...:cloud9:
It WAS pretty dang good!

Shrimp tempura rolls are one of my faves also. My DD loves Cali Rolls. DH and I have a Calli Grill ADR in a few weeks and just plan on ordering the flatbread to share and two different sushi rolls I know mine will be Spicy Kazan not sure what DH will order, but we will share both and share the banana and carmel dessert and get a two glasses of wine, we planned on just relaxing the evening and watching Hallowishes from our CL or beach at the Poly..
That sounds splendid! I hope you have a fabulous time!

I'm loving your reviews!! They remind me so much of our honeymoon in DW 2 years ago. We did the deluxe dining plan and went to many of the same places you guys did! We loved trying all of the signature resturants! My husband agrees that the Flying Fish crab cake is the best... it's his must do food item each trip!
It was a ton of fun, don'cha think?! I wish we could do it all over again. I've never ever been on a trip (aside from a cruise) where I had so much food to eat. It really was an incredible time. Next time, we HAVE to go to Yachtsman.

heatherandnick
08-31-2010, 03:00 PM
Growing up, my 4 FAVORITE (like, can say every line kinda "favorite") movies were Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and Mary Poppins. So, imagine my excitement when I knew I was going to have breakfast with Mary AND Alice. :woohoo: DH wasn't quite as excited...but after breakfast he was going to the Magnolia course for a round of golf, so he was excited in his own way.

Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare was exciting and good. It was a very loud, bustling kind of atmosphere with a whole lotta people trying to get to the food bar. Once you fought the crowd and had your food, it was delicious. All we had were the standards (Mickey waffles, eggs, potatoes, bacon) but I do remember the french toast was super yummy. We were very disappointed with the lobster eggs benedict. Yuck! :sick: Definitely not for us! I tried the strawberry soup because I had heard so much about it and it was something I had definitely never had before. It was very tasty. Almost like strawberry preserves as a creamy cold soup. Strange, but good.

I would only recommend people to do this breakfast if you are HUGE Mary or Alice fans, or if you are staying at the GF. It took us WAY too long to get here (about 1 1/2 hours). It was good, but not any better than the other breakfast buffets.

A side note from someone who has never interacted with face characters before: We both thought they were freakin weird! :scared1: Seriously. What do you say to them?!? I now know that we definitely prefer the characters who just wave and hug you.

Next up: Rose & Crown/Illuminations

TheNewMrsB
08-31-2010, 03:10 PM
Growing up, my 4 FAVORITE (like, can say every line kinda "favorite") movies were Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and Mary Poppins.

"Maybe far awaaaaay...or maybe real nearbyyyyy..." Okay, I'm done being weird. "Annie" was one of my top faves as well. Like, I watched it a few times a week. I bet my parents were real happy they taped it for me! :rotfl:

A side note from someone who has never interacted with face characters before: We both thought they were freakin weird! :scared1: Seriously. What do you say to them?!? I now know that we definitely prefer the characters who just wave and hug you.

:lmao: This makes me laugh, but at the same time...I never thought about that before. It's one thing to hug Mickey as an adult...but to talk to Mary Poppins? What DO you say? :confused: Like...yeah, I know you're not really Mary Poppins but you look pretty so it's okay? :confused3

heatherandnick
08-31-2010, 03:19 PM
:lmao: This makes me laugh, but at the same time...I never thought about that before. It's one thing to hug Mickey as an adult...but to talk to Mary Poppins? What DO you say? :confused: Like...yeah, I know you're not really Mary Poppins but you look pretty so it's okay? :confused3

Alice told DH he looked like a sunflower (he had on a yellow shirt) and she asked if he sang like a sunflower. He looked at her like she fell out of the sky and said, "uhhhhhh, no." :rotfl2: It was so funny. We both agreed she reminded us of Pee Wee Herman. I would post the pic of me and her, but I'm sure I would piss someone off by doing so. ;)

canoe86
08-31-2010, 05:18 PM
My wife and I will be trying the California Grill for the first time.....AND.....we will not have the kids. (Getting a sitter plus the oldest) So, 3 hours or so to ourselves and will be making it our 16th anniversary dinner. Food looks good.

Another thing we have found is if the restaurant is a signature dinning location, MINIMUM khakis, dress shoes and collared type shirt. Minimum. Our daughters wear very nice dresses and same with my wife. I usually wear a shirt and tie.

OH, and Mary Poppins IS my favorite and have had JUST my picture taken with her at 1900. :love: (kids and the wife love it!)

heatherandnick
08-31-2010, 05:55 PM
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Another thing we have found is if the restaurant is a signature dinning location, MINIMUM khakis, dress shoes and collared type shirt. Minimum. Our daughters wear very nice dresses and same with my wife. I usually wear a shirt and tie.


Sounds like you are a very prepared family who likes to dress up on vacation. :thumbsup2 I only mentioned it on my review because, of the seven signature dining locations in our itinerary, Cali Grill was the only one in which I felt underdressed. There were plenty of other men dining that night with khaki shorts, collared golf shirts, and dockside shoes (like my DH). It was the females in sequins that threw me for a loop. :goodvibes

Have a great time and Happy Anniversary!

canoe86
08-31-2010, 06:54 PM
Sounds like you are a very prepared family who likes to dress up on vacation. :thumbsup2 I only mentioned it on my review because, of the seven signature dining locations in our itinerary, Cali Grill was the only one in which I felt underdressed. There were plenty of other men dining that night with khaki shorts, collared golf shirts, and dockside shoes (like my DH). It was the females in sequins that threw me for a loop. :goodvibes

Have a great time and Happy Anniversary!

I hope you didn't take my post as critical, it wasn't meant that way. And I agree that how you described your dinner dress was fine.

Prepared? Hm, I guess. With four kids, we need to be at least in some control :rotfl2: But, we have tried to make it a point for our kids to dine at all different types of restaurants, and also, dress and have manners consistent to each place we eat. Know what I mean?

vinotinto
08-31-2010, 07:08 PM
Loving your reviews! We'll also have the DxDP, although since we'll be going with our 3 and 5 year olds, our experience will be just a tad different. :lmao:

The ladies had on sequins, 6-inch heels, and guys had on fancy suits. It looked like a really bad prom.

Sequins? 6-inch heels? For real? This all sounds too West Village Halloween Parade. I don't think I have anything in my wardrobe that would fit with that image.

We were very disappointed with the lobster eggs benedict. Yuck! :sick: Definitely not for us!

A side note from someone who has never interacted with face characters before: We both thought they were freakin weird! :scared1: Seriously. What do you say to them?!? I now know that we definitely prefer the characters who just wave and hug you.


What was so bad about the lobster eggs benedict? I like lobster and I like eggs benedict...we have breakfast ADRs at 1900 Pf in 3 weeks. I agree about the face characters. I have a hard time "suspending belief" and reallythinking of them as "Ariel" or "Alice" and coming up with witty things to say.

Kathy Z
08-31-2010, 07:37 PM
I'm continuing to look forward to all of your reviews! I've had strawberry soup several times on non Disney tropical vacations. After my first experience I've learned to ask for it as my dessert - delicious!

Call me weird if you wish, but my favorite character interactions were with the face characters. All but Ariel in her grotto in MK were at EPCOT. Being there with our granddaughters helped, I suppose. Mary Poppins and Alice were both available on the sidewalk around the United Kingdom. Alice asked 10 year-old Megan "What land do you come from?" And Megan replied "Michigan." Alice then said, "It must be very cold there - isn't that land shaped like a mitten?" Megan giggled and said "well, right now it isn't cold there." (This was in mid-May.) Unless you live in MI or have friends that do you may not know that we are always sticking our hand up to point out either where we live in the lower peninsula or where some other city or town is.
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heatherandnick
09-01-2010, 06:39 AM
Loving your reviews! We'll also have the DxDP, although since we'll be going with our 3 and 5 year olds, our experience will be just a tad different. :lmao:
Different? Yes. Just as fun (probably more so) but in a different way! Have a blast!



Sequins? 6-inch heels? For real? This all sounds too West Village Halloween Parade. I don't think I have anything in my wardrobe that would fit with that image.
Seriously. We were wondering what was up with that...most of the really dressy people were also really young (early 20s perhaps). It reminded me of the Jersey Shore cast, if you know what I mean :lmao: (So sorry to all my neighbors in NJ)



What was so bad about the lobster eggs benedict? I like lobster and I like eggs benedict...we have breakfast ADRs at 1900 Pf in 3 weeks. I agree about the face characters. I have a hard time "suspending belief" and reallythinking of them as "Ariel" or "Alice" and coming up with witty things to say.
I think the lobster eggs were just personal preference. We just didn't like the combo of eggs and lobster. Definitely try them thought! Everyone has different preferences.

I'm continuing to look forward to all of your reviews! I've had strawberry soup several times on non Disney tropical vacations. After my first experience I've learned to ask for it as my dessert - delicious!
It would be perfect for dessert!

Call me weird if you wish, but my favorite character interactions were with the face characters. All but Ariel in her grotto in MK were at EPCOT. Being there with our granddaughters helped, I suppose. Mary Poppins and Alice were both available on the sidewalk around the United Kingdom. Alice asked 10 year-old Megan "What land do you come from?" And Megan replied "Michigan." Alice then said, "It must be very cold there - isn't that land shaped like a mitten?" Megan giggled and said "well, right now it isn't cold there." (This was in mid-May.) Unless you live in MI or have friends that do you may not know that we are always sticking our hand up to point out either where we live in the lower peninsula or where some other city or town is.

That's a cute story. It is definitely amazing how they stay in character so well and how knowledgable they must be of different things. I'm sure when we have kids, the face characters will be a hit. Maybe it's only weird because we are 2 adults?:confused3

Pooh&OurHunny
09-01-2010, 10:16 AM
Enjoying your food updates...love it.

Meteora
09-01-2010, 12:32 PM
Fantastic reviews! I was so excited to see that you would be reviewing several restaurants my parents are interested in trying. We have Cali Grill and Flying Fish scheduled for our October trip, and they want Narcoosees for a trip in March with their friends. We've been sort of iffy about Jiko, because reviews have generally been hit or miss. But I think they just changed back to their original chef? Maybe? I'd love to try it, but I'm going to have to sell my dad on it. I think he might rather go back to Citricos, not because of the food (though it was good), but because he loved his mango margarita so much!

heatherandnick
09-01-2010, 01:02 PM
Enjoying your food updates...love it.
Thanks for reading! stay tuned...there's much more to come!

Fantastic reviews! I was so excited to see that you would be reviewing several restaurants my parents are interested in trying. We have Cali Grill and Flying Fish scheduled for our October trip, and they want Narcoosees for a trip in March with their friends. We've been sort of iffy about Jiko, because reviews have generally been hit or miss. But I think they just changed back to their original chef? Maybe? I'd love to try it, but I'm going to have to sell my dad on it. I think he might rather go back to Citricos, not because of the food (though it was good), but because he loved his mango margarita so much!

JIKO! JIKO! JIKO! :woohoo: Seriously. Try it. Schedule an early (5:30pm) ADR and then go on the culinary tour right before (4:45, I think). They will describe all the dishes for you and you even get to try some apps. You won't be sorry. If your dad hates it, tell him you will go to Citricos for 2 margaritas on you. :thumbsup2

heatherandnick
09-02-2010, 06:35 AM
We had been to Rose & Crown last year, and there were two reasons why we wanted to go back again: 1.) Illuminations and 2.) Illuminations. To us, this is the prime viewing location: the food is good, you get a great view, and you don't have to wait for an hour to see the show.

Our reservation was for 7:35 and we wee seated shortly after. As we were being seated, our host said, "Your server will be _____. You're lucky because she's one of the best." (I'm so sorry I cannot remember her name.) Well, let me tell you...he was WAY, WAY, WAY off. She was SO stinkin slow. It took us longer to eat here than it took for us to eat at many of the signatures. (20 minutes just to get the check after we were back from Illuminations.) Maybe she was having a rough night? Our opinion is that she was too chatty with her customers, and that put her way behind on the timing of the food.

Onto the food...
For my appetizer, I got the Apple & Stilton Salad.
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It was really, really good. I loved the sweet crispness of the apples. Also, the candied walnuts were to die for. I didn't know what Stilton cheese was. I now know that it is similar to blue cheese. Now, I'm not a blue cheese fan at all, but I really enjoyed this salad. If you're anti-blue cheese, you should probably get the Stilton on the side.

DH got the scotch egg for the appetizer.
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I did not even try this one :sick:. I thought I could eat anything, but even the thought of this one got to me. However, he really enjoyed it.

For my entree, I got the Bangers and Mash.
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Awwwwww yeah! :woohoo: I love this stuff. My DH (DF at the time) got it last year, and I was super duper jealous of his meal after I tasted it. Throughout the year, I have tried to replicate it at home, but I cannot find anything that is spot on. So, I knew as soon as we made our ADR that this would be my entree. It did not disappoint. It's not even the "bangers" that I love so much. In fact, they were slightly too salty. It's the mixture of cabbage, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Mmmmm mmmmm, good!

DH got the Sunday roast.
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He said it was good, but nothing special. I think it reminded him of the crockpot roast beef I make at home, so he was slightly disappointed. (Does that say anything about my cooking abilities? :rotfl:)

For dessert, we both got the STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING!
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This was another one of those things we were looking forward to for the past year. This was the only night we were "allowed" to get the same dessert. It is fabulous. So sweet, rich, and yummy. If you've never had it and you are planning to go to Rose & Crown, do yourself a favor and get this dessert.

After dessert, we went out on the back deck to watch Illuminations. It was the perfect viewing spot and the wind was blowing the right direction this time. (Last year, we ended up with ashes or something in our beer because the wind blew everything our way.)

Overall, I enjoyed this dinner more than my DH. Since our reason for eating here was to watch Illuminations, and we have seen the show the past 2 years, we will skip on Rose & Crown next trip. If Epcot changes their nighttime show, we may reconsider and come back to R&C. We feel that there are much better restaurants, in Epcot alone, to come back again. The food was okay, service was terrible (worst of the week). If you want to see Illuminations without fighing for a seat or waiting too long, then this is for you. If you're not that interested in the show, go to another place for dinner.

Next up: Ohana breakfast

heatherandnick
09-02-2010, 02:07 PM
So, yeah...I changed the name of our reviews. The more I wrote, the more I thought the title was just...ehhhh...boring? This seems more fitting..."food coma" was more what it was like. And also, I NEVER EVER, EVEN ONCE turned down dessert. :cool1: (I'm very proud of that, by the way!)

Chapter 11
09-02-2010, 03:32 PM
I just started reading this and am enjoying your reviews. Also, congratulations on your recent nuptials.

Some thoughts/questions:

(Side note for you curious people: The other time was at AK when we watched the gorilla pick his nose and eat it! Totally awesome!!)

Will there be a review of this meal as well? With pix?

For an appetizer, I got the wild Gulf shrimp cocktail.

Sponsored by BP?

Seriously. We were wondering what was up with that...most of the really dressy people were also really young (early 20s perhaps). It reminded me of the Jersey Shore cast, if you know what I mean :lmao: (So sorry to all my neighbors in NJ)

Yeah -- that JWOW really classes up a joint.

Sorry you didn't enjoy your California Grill experience. We've done it twice and have loved it both times. One tip -- if you go back, you can request a table by the window overlooking the MK, and if they don't have anything, you can wait until something becomes available. We did that both times (had a drink in the bar while we waited), and didn't wait any more than 30 minutes either time. Watching the fireworks from your table is way cool, and thus worth the wait in my opinion.

In any event, looking forward to the rest of your reviews.

bluejasmine
09-02-2010, 05:58 PM
I have been dying to try the bangers and mash!

heatherandnick
09-03-2010, 11:03 AM
Will there be a review of this meal as well? With pix?
Well...since you mention it:
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We only got a picture of the food selection, not the actual ingestion. He seemed to really enjoy both processes. :laughing:



Sponsored by BP?
:rotfl2:



Yeah -- that JWOW really classes up a joint.
Seriously. I should've taken pictures. Words just can't describe it.

Sorry you didn't enjoy your California Grill experience. We've done it twice and have loved it both times. One tip -- if you go back, you can request a table by the window overlooking the MK, and if they don't have anything, you can wait until something becomes available. We did that both times (had a drink in the bar while we waited), and didn't wait any more than 30 minutes either time. Watching the fireworks from your table is way cool, and thus worth the wait in my opinion.
It's not that we (I) didn't enjoy it. It just didn't live up to all the hype in my head. I would definitely try it again if I was on the DDP. Thanks for the tip about requesting the table by the window. I don't usually like to do that, but in this case I just might.

I have been dying to try the bangers and mash! Yummm.

carps09
09-03-2010, 11:37 AM
For his app, DH got the crab cake.
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He proclaimed it the best crab cake he's ever had (he proceeded to say those exact same words 2 other times during our trip, but that's beside the point). I tasted it and it was a dang good crabcake. I feel like we are tough crab/crab cake critics because we live right on the eastern shore of Delaware. Crabs (and chicken) are our specialty. So, if we say they are good crab cakes, then they are good crab cakes. The coleslaw on top was a yummy contrasting flavor and texture.

I'm from Delmarva also! (The eastern shore of MD) Where else did you have good crab cakes in Disney? I'm so nervous about eating crab cakes anywhere else but in MD!

heatherandnick
09-03-2010, 11:43 AM
I'm from Delmarva also! (The eastern shore of MD) Where else did you have good crab cakes in Disney? I'm so nervous about eating crab cakes anywhere else but in MD!

Hey fellow Delmarvian! Good crab cakes...Brown Derby and Flying Fish. They were both delicious. Those are the only ones we tried, so there may be more. We were nervous as well. Especially when menus say "Maryland-Style Crab Cakes." :rotfl: We were pleasantly surprised.

heatherandnick
09-03-2010, 09:22 PM
I loved Ohana for breakfast!

First of all, I think the Poly is my favorite resort. I stayed here once when I was 4 (wayyyy back), but of course I don't remember much. I love tropical, island themes, and this definitely fits the bill.

Secondly, they bring the food to you!! It was just what we needed on an early morning after 5 hot days of walking a lot and rushing around. We didn't have to wait in lines or juggle plates in the buffet lines. We just sat back, relaxed, and...ate!

The food was your standard breakfast fare, but that was fine for us. It was definitely more than we could eat and I had that terrible, wasteful feeling (I would come to find later that "wastefulness" is a theme for Ohana:sad2:).

The characters were fun, but not the reason we came. They all spent plenty of time with us and, in fact, they all came around twice while we were there.
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I would recommend this breakfast buffet. It was very quiet, relaxing, and beautiful. What a great way to start the morning!

Next up: Coral Reef lunch

heatherandnick
09-06-2010, 07:30 AM
We were both really looking forward to this lunch. Ever since I was really little and came to D-World, I can remember hearing about this place. I always thought it sounded so cool, but we never really ate at nice places when we came. Now that we were on the DXDP, I knew we just HAD to give it a shot. Even though we had read many mixed reviews, we ended up sticking with our ADR.

When we first walked in, I thought the decor and theming were SO cool. I really did feel as if I was underwater. The cool AC, the blue tiled floor, and the awesome overhead lights really added to the ambience.

We were seated right beside the tank! Boy, was I excited! The dining room was even more incredible than the waiting area. There was a surreal blue-green glow that illuminated everything, and it was very cool, dark, and quiet. (We had a 1:30 ADR, so I think we avoided most of the lunch crowd.) Our server was the best of the week. I do not know her name, but she was great. (Side note: We had the SLOWEST service at almost every restaurant this trip. This was the only meal where the server was fully sttentive and paced the meal properly...but, more on all that later.;))

We decided to share the appetizer for two.
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It included samplings of Seared Scallops with a cauliflower foam with black truffle vinaigrette; Sea and Land: Grilled shrimp with cucumber salad and BBQ beef skewer with creamy polenta; and a taste of Creamy Lobster Soup. Being a gal who like a little bit of everything, I loved it. Everything I tasted, I liked (well...except for the cauliflower foam:eek:). DH liked it as well. If you have never been to Coral Reef before, I would recommend this appetizer. Now that we had been and tried this, next time we would both get the land and sea. I loved the shrimp and DH loved the beef.

For my entree, I got the mahi (I think?!? :confused3)
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From what I remember, this was really yummy, but different. I enjoyed it a lot but would be willing to try something else next time.

DH got the tilapia.
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Poor thing didn't read the menu except for the word "tilapia", and it was served on a huge pile of...beans:scared1:. It looked beautiful and yummy to me, but to someone who is deathly afraid of veggies, it's not the best thing to see in front of you. :lmao: I gotta say, he handled it like a champ and tried the beans. He loved the fish, as tilapia is one of his favorites. He liked his dish, but would've probably asked for rice instead of beans if he had known better.

For dessert, I got the chocolate wave.
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I had heard so much about it, I HAD to get it. From what I remember, it was a really good chocolate cake, with a warm gooey center. Delicious!

DH got the Baileys and Jack Daniels mousse.
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He LOVED this and, I have to agree, it was delicious. It had a very strong alcohol taste to it. Honestly, I'm surprised we liked it so much because neither of us are liquor fans, but it was yummy.

I really loved this lunch experience. The ambience is what made it for us. It was so great to be in a cool, dark(er), romantic place to just relax and eat good food after being in the hot sun all morning. The tanks were really cool, and we saw a variety of sea life and scuba divers. Our waitress even brought us a champagne toast since we were celebrating our honeymoon. All in all, I would recommend this place to couples and families, expecially those who like seafood. We were very happy when we left.
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emmysmommy
09-06-2010, 10:24 AM
Congrats on your wedding!!

I just got sucked in and I'm loving your review!! We ate at several of the same restaurants as you and your hubby! I loved Coral Reef too!

heatherandnick
09-06-2010, 04:36 PM
Congrats on your wedding!!

I just got sucked in and I'm loving your review!! We ate at several of the same restaurants as you and your hubby! I loved Coral Reef too!

Thanks! :goodvibes
Glad you're enjoying the reviews.
IMO, Coral Reef doesn't get the praise it deserves.

Kathy Z
09-08-2010, 08:00 PM
Heather, I know you must be busy as both a newlywed and a preschool teacher but I sure hope that you can soon continue your reviews. I've been enjoying them so much!

ChristyWI
09-08-2010, 08:40 PM
Congratulations! How fun to do Disney on your honeymoon.

heatherandnick
09-09-2010, 06:52 PM
Heather, I know you must be busy as both a newlywed and a preschool teacher but I sure hope that you can soon continue your reviews. I've been enjoying them so much!
Thanks for being patient and staying tuned! It's been a crazy week with school starting, but I will post the next review tomorrow. Promise!

Congratulations! How fun to do Disney on your honeymoon.
It was a blast. I'm ready to go back now!

JerseyJanice
09-09-2010, 08:33 PM
Congratulations on your marriage! pixiedust: You and your new hubby are an adorable couple. God bless. :)

I'm enjoying your reviews and pics. I love the photo of the ray in post #116. Rays are so neat! I fell in love with them in Epcot outside the Crush attraction.

TravelerGirl
09-09-2010, 09:40 PM
Thank you for your reviews! I have ADRs at many of the places you've been, so this is great! I especially love your descriptions of the restaurants themselves.

heatherandnick
09-10-2010, 06:02 AM
Congratulations on your marriage! pixiedust: You and your new hubby are an adorable couple. God bless. :)

I'm enjoying your reviews and pics. I love the photo of the ray in post #116. Rays are so neat! I fell in love with them in Epcot outside the Crush attraction.
Thank you! :goodvibes Have you ever eaten at Coral Reef? I'll bet you would love it!

Thank you for your reviews! I have ADRs at many of the places you've been, so this is great! I especially love your descriptions of the restaurants themselves.

Thanks for reading. I hope you have a wonderful trip!

JerseyJanice
09-10-2010, 08:07 AM
Thank you! :goodvibes Have you ever eaten at Coral Reef? I'll bet you would love it!

Yes, we ate there last year. Unfortunately, my DH's eye got badly injured the night before, so we were in a somber mood there. Our server was a dud personality-wise, and we were in the middle level. If we tried it again, I'd ask, and be willing to wait for, a table next to the tank.

Our food was pretty good; I wasn't crazy about my fish du jour, but the guys loved their steaks. Desserts were awesome; we had the chocolate wave and liqueur mousse you guys had too. My son ordered a butterscotch creme brulee that was out of this world.

shippedtosea
09-10-2010, 02:58 PM
Joining in! Great reviews so far!

heatherandnick
09-10-2010, 07:05 PM
This was the place that DH was most looking forward to. First of all, he wanted to check out WL. When we decided to bump up to a deluxe resort, it was between WL and AKL. We were looking forward to seeing what WL was all about. We really liked the feel of the resort, and would definitely stay here in the future if given the opportunity. Secondly, he thought the food sounded very wholesome and "meaty" (his words, not mine :lmao:).

We really liked the feel of the restaurant, and it was very quiet and kind of dark when we got there. A window seat would've been nice, but we were seated toward the middle of the dining room, which was fine. Our server was very friendly and offered his opinion on the different dishes offered.

For my appetizer, I got the mussels.
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Although I enjoyed them, they were nowhere near as awesome as the mussels I had at Jiko. These had a different flavor (a little spicer). I love spicy foods, but the Jiko mussels were a huge step over these.

DH got some sort of a beef short rib.
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He said it was absolutely delicious...one of the best appetizers he had while on our trip. (The best non-seafood appetizer.) He loved the sauce, the tenderness of the beef, and even the presentation.

For my entree, I got our server's recommendation of the scallops.
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My original plan was to get the cedar plank salmon, but I had fish for lunch at Coral Reef. I chose to go with the scallops, and I have to say I was a little disappointed. They didn't have much flavor to me. Also, the broth that our server raved about tasted like watered down chicken stock to me (sorry :scared1:). If we go back, I will definitely get the salmon.

DH got the bison.
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Looks a little strange? Well yes...he asked for mashed potatoes instead of rice. And they decided to hold everything except the meat and potatoes. :rotfl: You would think a non-veggie guy would be totally cool with this, but he was actually a little disappointed. Not that he would've even eaten the veggies, I think it just took away a little from the overall presentation. He thought the bison was good, but he was very disappointed. He thought there would be a much different (perhaps gamey-er if that's even a word) taste. He was bummed that it tasted no different than your typical sirloin steak. He's glad he tried it, but would order something different if we returned.

For dessert, I got the berry cobbler.
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It was good, but not my favorite dessert of the trip. I think I was slightly bothered by the grittiness of the seeds from some of the berries. The white chocolate ice cream was the best part. If you enjoy fruit desserts, and are a fan of all types of berries, this is a great dessert to try.

DH got the vanilla chocolate terrine.
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Neither of us remember much about this dessert. I'm sure it was good, but they all kinda run together after a while! :confused3 I DO know that I loved the hazlenut brittle that was on top.

I would recommend Artist Point for anyone who wants to get off the beaten path for a nice, quiet, relaxing dinner. We both enjoyed it and would return to try different entrees.

Next up: Boma breakfast

heatherandnick
09-10-2010, 07:09 PM
Yes, we ate there last year. Unfortunately, my DH's eye got badly injured the night before, so we were in a somber mood there. Our server was a dud personality-wise, and we were in the middle level. If we tried it again, I'd ask, and be willing to wait for, a table next to the tank.

Our food was pretty good; I wasn't crazy about my fish du jour, but the guys loved their steaks. Desserts were awesome; we had the chocolate wave and liqueur mousse you guys had too. My son ordered a butterscotch creme brulee that was out of this world.
Too bad about your previous Coral Reef experience. A server (and an injury, for that matter) can definitely make or break a meal. Give it another shot if you can. We really loved it.

Joining in! Great reviews so far!

Thanks for reading!

heatherandnick
09-12-2010, 06:43 AM
Okay, I'll admit the DxDP has officially defeated us!

DH was so tired (or full) from eating all this food, that he didn't eat much breakfast today.

I love breakfast so I ate some, but not as much as other mornings.

The best thing about Boma was that we didn't have to get anywhere via bus, boat, taxi, monorail, etc. by a certain time. It was blissful to be able to sleep in a bit (well, until 7am) and just make our way downstairs to breakfast. After this trip, I am a HUGE advocate of eating breakfast at your own resort before you head out for the day (or else eat at a park).

Boma was a cool breakfast. It reminded me a lot of Tusker House with the mixture of traditional breakfast foods and more ethnic specialties. I did not stray too far from the traditional eggs, waffles, etc. that I love so much. I have come to realize that I am not too adventurous early in the morning ;).

I would recommend this buffet to anyone who is staying at AKL, or who is going to AK for the day and wants to take a detour for breakfast. Other than that, I would just go somewhere that's a little more convenient.

One last thing (and this is going to sound really grumpy)...It was really nice to have a character-free breakfast today :eek:. I'm sure many won't understand, but as 2 adults it was really nice to just sit, relax, eat, and not have to speak to anyone (or say "cheese") while enjoying our breakfast.

Up next: Flame Tree

emmysmommy
09-12-2010, 11:38 AM
We did Boma on our recent trip for breakfast and like you, I wasn't very adventurous with the choices.

I'm enjoying your review. Many of your restaurants we also tried so it is interesting reading others' reviews and their opinions.

heatherandnick
09-12-2010, 12:46 PM
We did Boma on our recent trip for breakfast and like you, I wasn't very adventurous with the choices.

I'm enjoying your review. Many of your restaurants we also tried so it is interesting reading others' reviews and their opinions.

Thanks for reading. I'm reading your reviews, as well:). It's very interesting to read different people's opinions of the same restaurant.

heatherandnick
09-13-2010, 05:41 PM
Okay, I gotta tell you...

As crazy as this sounds, we rearranged our entire dining schedule to fit in Flame Tree. It was closing for refurb the day we were originally planning to go there, so we changed everything up.

Flame Tree is our all-time favorite CS dining location. It is simply fabulous to us.

We love everything from the food to the beautiful waterfront seating areas.

DH got the pulled pork and baked beans and loved both. Honestly, I was hoping he would whip out his "no veggies" card so I could get the beans, but no such luck :confused:.

He got the Key Lime mousse for dessert. It was here, at Flame Tree, a year ago, that he came to realize his love of Key Lime pie. Much to his dismay, they changed the pir over to a mousse. He enjoyed it, but I know he secretly longed for the pie :love:.

I got the smoked turkey breast sandwich. I get this everytime I come here, and I love it every time. It is simple and good. The cole slaw was good too, but man, I really wish I'd gotten those beans ;). I got the Key Lime mousse, too. I thought it was delish.

Ahhh. I love Flame Tree.

Next up: Narcoosies

heatherandnick
09-13-2010, 06:59 PM
I fixed the link to Flame Tree. Sorry 'bout that!:rolleyes1

cbg1027
09-14-2010, 11:25 AM
I just found your DR and I am enjoying it a lot! Congrats on the nuptials!

I totally agree that CP is the best breakfast! I dream about that Puffed French Toast! Would you mind sharing where you found the recipe?

heatherandnick
09-14-2010, 04:06 PM
I just found your DR and I am enjoying it a lot! Congrats on the nuptials!

I totally agree that CP is the best breakfast! I dream about that Puffed French Toast! Would you mind sharing where you found the recipe?

Puffed French Toast
Crystal Palace -- Magic Kingdom

Ingredients:
2 whole eggs
2-1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk
1 cup flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
12 slices Texas style toast, cut in half diagonally
cinnamon sugar mixture (4 teaspoons cinnamon + 3/4 cup granulated sugar)

Mix eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk until blended. Slowly add flour and baking powder; mix until smooth. Dip bread in batter. Fry in hot skillet with 1" oil until browned.
Drain on paper towels; roll in sugar mix

sophie832
09-14-2010, 06:14 PM
Just got through reading all your reviews (so far). Really enjoying it! We'll be married 2 years by the time our trip comes around in December, but we are considering it our official honeymoon, since we never took one. We'll be doing dinner at Rose & Crown and we're definitely going to Flametree, so those reviews were very helpful :goodvibes Congrats on your marriage! I'm looking forward to the rest of the reviews.

heatherandnick
09-14-2010, 06:56 PM
Just got through reading all your reviews (so far). Really enjoying it! We'll be married 2 years by the time our trip comes around in December, but we are considering it our official honeymoon, since we never took one. We'll be doing dinner at Rose & Crown and we're definitely going to Flametree, so those reviews were very helpful :goodvibes Congrats on your marriage! I'm looking forward to the rest of the reviews.

Thanks and (a belated) congratulations to you, too! I know you'll have a completely awesome time. If you can, get a "Just Married" button and wear it for the first few days, at least. You will get many little surprises to make you smile.

Enjoy Rose & Crown and Flame Tree. Mail me some toffee pudding, if you can! ;)

cbg1027
09-15-2010, 05:22 PM
Thanks for sharing the recipe!

heatherandnick
09-16-2010, 05:42 PM
Since we live at the beach, we LOVE seafood. It is because of this that Narcoosees was another restaurant we were really looking forward to. We rode the boat over from MK, and it was a lovely ride. When we got to Narcoosies, we were given a pager and went outside to wait. Although we had to wait for 20 minutes or so, it is a beautiful location. Sitting down and relaxing while looking at the Castle, Space Mountain, and the Contemporary wasn't all that bad. ;)

Once we were seated, we were presented with personalized menus. It was then time for the decision-making...

For an appetizer, I got the shrimp and crab chowder.
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Oh. My. God. This was so freakin good. I love creamy soups, and cream of crab is my favorite, but this was simply perfect. There were big chunks of crab and shrimp, and it was rich, but not overly so.

DH got the king crab legs.
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He absolutely loved these. He was so happy and enjoyed every morsel. He was so stoked that this was only the appetizer! He didn't know such a spectacular appetizer even existed. :thumbsup2

We both got the same entree (gasp! :scared1:), the surf and turf.
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I was very torn on my entree selection because I had read so many bad surf and turf reviews. Since I hardly ever get to try lobster, but I wasn't sure if I would totally like it, I went with this entree. I figured if I hated the lobster, I would like the filet. I was pleasantly surprised! The lobster was very tasty. Not a Maryland blue crab, mind you, but tasty. ;) The filet was perfect. It was way too much food for me, so I ended up giving some to DH. Can you believe he ate every piece of meat?!? :confused: How did he do that? He loved it, too.

For dessert, I got the gelato.
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I have a confession to make... When we sat down, we walked past a table that was being cleared. On that table was this cute little rectangular platter with 4 little tiny square bowls. I thought it was so cool looking, I based my dessert choice on my goal of having these bowls served to me. And...they were! :) I thought they were so cool. A little tiny spoon in each one, too! (I'm thinking perhaps food overload was setting in.) The flavors were pistachio (yummy, yummy), chocolate (mmmm, mmmm), cappuccino (good), and raspberry (didn't even try it). It was a really good and refreshing dessert.

DH got the creme brulee duo.
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This was two separate dishes of creme brulee: one key lime and one coconut. He loves key lime and I love coconut, so it was the perfect dessert to share. He ate a few bites, but I pretty much polished it off for us. (So yes, for those of you who are keeping track, that's pretty much 3 desserts in my belly after an enormous dinner. Awwww yeah!:cool1:

Narcoosees was one of my favorite dining experiences of the trip. As with other meals, this one was extremely slow (about 2 1/2 hours). It was very cool to step outside and see the SummerNightastic fireworks from a different perspective. I enjoyed everything immensly and would definitely go back. It's no wonder this is a signature dining experience. I recommend this restaurant to anyone, especially couples looking for a nice, romantic meal. Spectacular!
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PixieDustandEeyore
09-17-2010, 12:30 AM
3 Desserts is more than okay on your honeymoon (at least im telling myself that)

TheNewMrsB
09-17-2010, 05:18 AM
I am so happy that Narcoossee's is as good as it was last year - we'll be there tomorrow night! DH looooooves that soup!

MickeyNicki
09-17-2010, 09:24 AM
Love the Narcoossee's review, makes me even more excited to eat there in Nov...have not tried it before but it looks amazing!

Disney_Cutie
09-17-2010, 11:05 AM
Mmmm seafood..... *drool*

heatherandnick
09-17-2010, 04:28 PM
3 Desserts is more than okay on your honeymoon (at least im telling myself that)
Thanks. I appreciate that! :goodvibes

I am so happy that Narcoossee's is as good as it was last year - we'll be there tomorrow night! DH looooooves that soup!
Okay, I'm jealous. I hope you have a great time, though. Enjoy every bite!

Love the Narcoossee's review, makes me even more excited to eat there in Nov...have not tried it before but it looks amazing!
I hopeyou love it as much as we did. It really was amazing!

Mmmm seafood..... *drool*
I know. As I write these reviews, it makes my tummy growl and my mouth water.

Kathy Z
09-17-2010, 05:00 PM
It looks and sounds like you made excellent choices at Narcoosee's. Those pictures and descriptions have me second guessing not including that ADR in our Dec. plans. Oh well, there's always the next time.

heatherandnick
09-17-2010, 05:50 PM
It looks and sounds like you made excellent choices at Narcoosee's. Those pictures and descriptions have me second guessing not including that ADR in our Dec. plans. Oh well, there's always the next time.

:) That's what I've said about so many different restaurants. It's so hard to choose...even if you have a lot of meals to enjoy. On my list for next time are: Biergarten, Yachtsman, Tokyo, ... Now I just have to figure out when "next time" will be. :sad2:

heatherandnick
09-18-2010, 07:20 PM
I guess doing these reviews has allowed me to almost "re-live" our fantastic trip. I almost don't want it to end, so I find myself totally slacking on the reviews. So sorry.:sad2:

Does this happen to anyone else?

More to come soon. I promise.

heatherandnick
09-20-2010, 06:58 PM
We decided to take a cab to breakfast, since transportation seemed to be slowing us down a bit on certain mornings. Also, we thought 20 more minutes of sleep sounded phenominal. :thumbsup2 Just FYI, a cab ride from AKL to Beach Club was about 15 dollars. It was well worth it.

Beach Club is a beautiful resort and this was such a great breakfast. We were one of the first tables to be seated for the day. Immediately, I noticed a calm, laid back atmosphere. The place was beautifully decorated in a beach theme, and our server was very attentive. We were seated against the far right wall in a booth for two. (It was lovely and private.):worship:

The food was great. I cannot remember much, but I tend to stick to the traditional favorites.

The characters were fabulous. They even came to our table twice. A nice touch was that our server offered to take a picture of us with the characters. That scored him major bonus points! :)

I would do this breakfast again if I was staying at the Yacht and Beach Club, or if I wanted a quiet, relaxing breakfast to start my day. It was a great experience.

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Next up: lunch at Sanaa

Pooh&OurHunny
09-21-2010, 08:36 AM
Thanks for great updates, we love Narcoosee's and so glad you guys loved it.

heatherandnick
09-21-2010, 03:43 PM
Thanks for great updates, we love Narcoosee's and so glad you guys loved it.

Thanks for reading. So glad you're enjoying the reviews. Narcoosee's is now one of our new favorites!

heatherandnick
09-26-2010, 11:36 AM
This was sort of a last-minute addition to our itinerary. Once we did the swapping around to fit in Flame-Tree, we must've done something to give us 1-credit unaccounted for. So, after much research, we decided on Sanaa. Actually, DH decided on Sanaa. I was totally shocked because he has never had Indian or African food before. I thought it was a great idea. Worst case scenerio would be that we (or he) hate(s) it and we don't eat much. Not a problem on a 3-meal day, right? Right. So, we went for it.

Sanaa is located in the Kidani Village part of AKL. We decided to walk over instead of waiting for the DTD bus from Jambo house. It was about a 10-minute walk. As soon as we walked into Kidani, we fell in love. What a beautiful part of the resort! It was very similar to AKL Jambo House, except MUCH smaller and much more intimate. It had a cozy, Afican feel, without being overwhelmingly large. Also, the savannah at this part of the resort was much greener and brighter.
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We walked down to the Sanaa hostess stand, and were greated by very pleasant cast members. We had a very short wait (about 5 minutes) in which I used the restroom located down by the restaurant. HOLY COW! I have never, ever, EVER been in such a fabulous bathroom before. Seriously, if you go to Sanaa or are staying in Kidani, go down there and use the bathroom. I even made DH go in the men's room and he said it was just as awesome.

We were seated at a table by the window. We didn't have a great view of the savannah because a big plant was in our way, but many of the tables had incredicle views of the lush savannah.

For my appetizer, I got the Indian Bread Service (and, yes, this counts as one appetizer).
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I wish I could tell you which types of bread and which accompaniments I got, but I have no idea. We just told our server to pick, and she was happy to do so. We told her we like spicy things and we do not like mango. I think this is where we messed up...We THOUGHT we didn't like mango. I think we had just never really tried. I tend to really enjoy a mixture of spicy and sweet, so I am a little disappointed that we didn't try one of the mango dips. Next time!

For his appetizer, DH got the sampler for two (and, yes, this too counted as one appetizer).
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This dish had three different things: potato and pea samosas, lamb kefta, and roasted cauliflower. The potato and pea samosas we interesting. I am not the biggesst fan of peas, but the sauce made up for them. The sauce was similar to a Chinese duck sauce, but even better and with mangos (there are those darn mangos again!) instead of apricots. I ended up dipping some of the leftover bread into this sauce it was so good. The lamb kefta was different but good. After trying this appetizer, DH was able to pick his entree a little easier (you'll see why soon). The roasted cauliflower left a lot to be desired. I like cauliflower in general, but we just didn't like this at all. Oh well...two outta three ain't bad!

For my entree, I got the slow cooked specialties with basmati rice: the shrimp and the beef short ribs (I think!).
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They were both good and I appreciated that I could get to try a small serving of two different selections. It was nice to have this option since I had no idea what I was oerdering.

For his entree, DH got the lamb kefta (again!).
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He said it was different and good. (A man of few words, he is.)

For dessert, we got the dessert sampler of chocolate cake, fruit kulfi, and chai cream.
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The chai cream was so yummy. I dipped each bite of the cake in the chai cream, and it was a delicious duo. DH ate all of the fruit stuff. I'm thinking it might've been some sort of a mango frozen dessert?
For our second dessert, we got the vanilla-coconut rice pudding.
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Big mistake. The sampler was SOOOO much better. We should've just gotten 2 of those. I like rice pudding, but this was just too weird.

All in all, Sanaa was fabulous. It is a hidden gem and we recommend for anyone to go there. DH is not at all an adventurous eater, and he says this was one of his favorite lunches of the trip. This is a beautiful restaurant at a beautiful part of the resort. It is very quiet, private, and delicious. Give it a try if you have extra time, are staying at AKL, or need a good meal on a day you are visiting AK.
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Next up: Ohana dinner

Kathy Z
09-26-2010, 02:41 PM
We don't have any meals planned for Sanaa but we may just go over to take a look (bathrooms and all) after reading your description. Someone reported on the Resorts forum that there is now a golf cart shuttle that runs between Jambo House & Kidani Village.

athenna
09-26-2010, 06:04 PM
Great reviews:thumbsup2 Glad you loved Sanaa, it's my 2nd fav on property, just behind Jiko..67 more days until my birthday dinner there:banana:

heatherandnick
09-27-2010, 04:29 PM
We don't have any meals planned for Sanaa but we may just go over to take a look (bathrooms and all) after reading your description. Someone reported on the Resorts forum that there is now a golf cart shuttle that runs between Jambo House & Kidani Village.
You should definitey go check it out. It's truly beautiful. I wonder if you have to be a DVC member to stay there?

Great reviews:thumbsup2 Glad you loved Sanaa, it's my 2nd fav on property, just behind Jiko..67 more days until my birthday dinner there:banana:
Girl, I'm with you on Jiko. LOVED it. That's the one signature restaurant that truly "wowed" me. Have a great trip!

emmabemmainc
09-27-2010, 06:17 PM
Wonderful reviews!

Ok, let me know the next time you are going to WDW, so I can tag along with you! :)
The Polynesian is my favorite resort, the lobster eggs benedict were horrible to me, and I love Narcoossee's!

I have really enjoyed reading your reviews--thank you! :thumbsup2

plutosgirl
09-27-2010, 06:54 PM
Loving your reviews!! Congrats! :)

heatherandnick
09-28-2010, 06:28 AM
Wonderful reviews!

Ok, let me know the next time you are going to WDW, so I can tag along with you! :)
The Polynesian is my favorite resort, the lobster eggs benedict were horrible to me, and I love Narcoossee's!

I have really enjoyed reading your reviews--thank you! :thumbsup2
Is Jiko up there in your favs? If so, then you've gotta deal! :goodvibes

Loving your reviews!! Congrats! :)
Thank you and thanks for reading. I'm almost done, but there are a few good ones left.

emmabemmainc
09-28-2010, 11:12 PM
Is Jiko up there in your favs? If so, then you've gotta deal! :goodvibes




YES!! I got the filet when we went last year and loved, loved, loved it! :love:

heatherandnick
09-29-2010, 09:09 PM
YES!! I got the filet when we went last year and loved, loved, loved it! :love:
Mmmmmm. That mac and cheese was so good! You gotta get the mussels app if you go back.

heatherandnick
10-02-2010, 07:21 AM
I was super-duper excited about this ADR. I love the Poly, everyone RAVES about Ohanas for dinner, and this was my night to indulge in some Lapu Lapus.

We were seated almost immediately at a table for two, by the window, with a perfect view of the castle. :thumbsup2 I was so stoked.

Then, the food began to come out...

The pineapple bread was so freakin good! Seriously. I kept eating little pieces because I didn't want to fill up. I could've definitely eaten the whole loaf.

The salad was good. Not much to it, but I enjoyed the dressing.

The wings and pot stickers were both good. The sauces were the perfect accompaniment.

I loved the noodles. They were pretty plain, but reminded me of lo mein (which I love).

The broccoli was a disappointment. It lacked flavor and one small piece was enough for me.

The the meat began to come out. I believe we had steak, pork, and shrimp. My DH LOVES meat, but he was really diappointed in the quality of meat here. The steak was tough and the peel and eat shrimp were impossible to peel. We love steamed shrimp, so this was a disappointment. They were cooked WAY TOO LONG.

The dessert was yummy, just as everyone says. Is it the best dessert on property? Not to me. But, it was good and I'm glad a saved a little bit of room for it.

I enjoyed Ohana, but DH was not impressed. He had been saving up for the meat to arrive, and was so disappointed by the meats. By that time, all the other stuff on our table was too cold to eat.

I also think we HATED the wastefulness of this dinner. I mean, seriously. We are 2 people. The amount of food they brought us was easily enough for 6. It was very disheartening for us to see all that food go to waste. We are very frugal at home, and to take part in this experience was a little hard for us. I wish this should be changed. I do not know how Ohanas makes enough profit during breakfast or dinner if they waste that miuch.

Another disappointment was our server. I cannot remember her name, but we hardly ever saw her. Cousin Cliff was her helper, I guess? Well, HE was awesome. So sweet, funny, and attentive. We should've given him the entire gratuity.
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I did not get my coveted Lapu Lapus...got Malibu Bay Breezes instead. I'm...well...not the best drinker ever, so DH and I decided the Lapus were probably a bit strong for me. ;)

I would go back to Ohanas, but DH would not. Too bad. I was really looking forward to this one, but I was disappointed. I wonder why it is so hard to get an ADR for? It seems there are MUCH better dinners on property.

Next up: Columbia Harbor House during KTTK Tour

nutz2notz
10-03-2010, 09:16 PM
I finally got a chance to catch up on your report. Sanaa looks wonderful. We are staying at AKV in Kidani, so we plan on trying this out. I appreciate your report and am excited for this meal. :thumbsup2

TruBlu
10-03-2010, 10:14 PM
We had an awful experience our one and only time at 'Ohana. Sadly, my DH and my boys all refuse to give it another chance. It was THAT BAD. :crazy2:

heatherandnick
10-05-2010, 06:21 AM
I finally got a chance to catch up on your report. Sanaa looks wonderful. We are staying at AKV in Kidani, so we plan on trying this out. I appreciate your report and am excited for this meal. :thumbsup2

Ohh, I do love the feel of Kidani. I hope you have a wonderful time. Sanaa was beautiful. (Don't forget to use the bathroom!)

We had an awful experience our one and only time at 'Ohana. Sadly, my DH and my boys all refuse to give it another chance. It was THAT BAD. :crazy2:

It's too bad, isn't it? I was really excited to go there, as I had heard so many wonderful things. I think it will be hard to get my DH back there too. Especially with so many other awesome dining opportunities! Maybe you and I will have to ditch the boys and meet up at Ohana sometime. :) I would give it another shot.

heatherandnick
10-08-2010, 03:21 PM
We did the KTTK tour today. I was really looking forward to this because we were going to go backstage! Since it came with lunch, we specifically planned for the 9:30am tour so we could grab a cinnamon roll from Main Street Bakery for breakfast before our tour.

Well...things didn't quite work out that way. We waited FOREVER for a bus from the resort to MK. Therefore, we were just in time for our tour and didn't have time for the bakery. :sad2: What a bummer! A good reason to go back to D-World soon, right?!

So, we did the tour. It was great! Lots of fun info. Would I do it again? No. Would I recommend someone who has never done it to do it? Yep. I would personally do a different tour next time just for something new.

We stopped at CHH for lunch. We ate in a quiet area upstairs, which was nice. However, DH and I had to sit with another couple. As nice as it could've been...it wasn't. We totally didn't click and it made for an awkward lunch. Perhaps no assigned seats would've been much better?! Anyway, the food was so-so. We both had the chicken and fish basket. I think it would have been great if it was hotter. I'm not sure if our tour group was running late, or if the food was out too early, but it was definitely on the cold side. Also, no tarter sauce!! No tarter sauce???!!! With fried fish???!!!:confused: What the heck? Also, no dessert. Seriously?! I was bummed. And still hungry. For the rest of the tour, I kept thinking about all those snack credits we still had left and all the food carts we were walking past...my tummy growling the whole time. Slightly irritating, but my own fault perhaps?:guilty:

So, I would go to CHH again because I think their food is probably good when fresh, but DH much preferred our experience at Pecos Bills last year. If you need a quick service lunch at MK, I would recommend one of those restaurants.

Next Up: Our last dinner :sad1: Le Cellier

pinkpixie0920
10-12-2010, 02:03 PM
I'm in, kind of late but I am here. You reviews are great. Loved you Jiko review! We are eating many of the same places so this was great. Thanks!

princessallegra
10-12-2010, 09:08 PM
Ahhh!! So many updates! NICE!! Ok Sanaa looks AMAZING! We love Indian food, and this looks sooo good! I don't know when we'll get there though which is stinky!! Well, it's on my bucket list. So is the bathroom :thumbsup2 Then pre-Sanaa I forget to mention that we both LOVEDDDD the crab and shrimp bisque at Narcoossee's. OMG so delicious. NOW O'hana, we felt the same exact way! Except our meat server wasn't very nice so it was just a meh experience. Lastly, so cool you did KTTK!!! DH and I want to do it at some point, it's on our list as well lol. DEF try CHH again, it's our favorite CS place for lunch in MK. DH gets the fish basket (sometimes the fish and chicken combo) and I get the tuna sandwich on mulitgrain bread. SO good. I'm sure that those fried fish baskets were not too yummy just sitting there waiting for you guys...:sad2:
Anyway, great reviews so far!! Loving your style!!! :goodvibes:goodvibes

heatherandnick
10-12-2010, 09:23 PM
I'm in, kind of late but I am here. You reviews are great. Loved you Jiko review! We are eating many of the same places so this was great. Thanks!

Better late than never, huh?!? :) So glad you could join in and thanks for reading. I hope you have a wonderful trip!

Ahhh!! So many updates! NICE!! Ok Sanaa looks AMAZING! We love Indian food, and this looks sooo good! I don't know when we'll get there though which is stinky!! Well, it's on my bucket list. So is the bathroom :thumbsup2 Then pre-Sanaa I forget to mention that we both LOVEDDDD the crab and shrimp bisque at Narcoossee's. OMG so delicious. NOW O'hana, we felt the same exact way! Except our meat server wasn't very nice so it was just a meh experience. Lastly, so cool you did KTTK!!! DH and I want to do it at some point, it's on our list as well lol. DEF try CHH again, it's our favorite CS place for lunch in MK. DH gets the fish basket (sometimes the fish and chicken combo) and I get the tuna sandwich on mulitgrain bread. SO good. I'm sure that those fried fish baskets were not too yummy just sitting there waiting for you guys...:sad2:
Anyway, great reviews so far!! Loving your style!!! :goodvibes:goodvibes

So, I'm thinking we should plan a trip around the same time and meet up. lol. Seriously, we like the same stuff. Wild, huh? Please try to fit in Sanaa sometime...especially if you already dig Indian food. We had never had Indian food in our lives and loved Sanaa, so I cannot imagine the experience you would have.

Too bad about Ohanas, right? Seriously. That place gets so much hype that I COULDN'T WAIT to go there. What a bummer.

I would give CHH another chance, but I'm not sure about DH. That might take quite a bit of convincing (and a few bribery tactics, if you know what I mean ;)). I remember going there as a kid whenever we caught a CS at MK. It was our go-to spot, so I know it's good. Good luck to me trying to convince DH to pass up one of those juicy burgers from Pecos, though!

Thanks for joining in and reading! I remember reading your reviews during the countdown to our trip. Loved yours as well!

princessallegra
10-13-2010, 08:29 AM
Better late than never, huh?!? :) So glad you could join in and thanks for reading. I hope you have a wonderful trip!



So, I'm thinking we should plan a trip around the same time and meet up. lol. Seriously, we like the same stuff. Wild, huh? Please try to fit in Sanaa sometime...especially if you already dig Indian food. We had never had Indian food in our lives and loved Sanaa, so I cannot imagine the experience you would have.

Too bad about Ohanas, right? Seriously. That place gets so much hype that I COULDN'T WAIT to go there. What a bummer.

I would give CHH another chance, but I'm not sure about DH. That might take quite a bit of convincing (and a few bribery tactics, if you know what I mean ;)). I remember going there as a kid whenever we caught a CS at MK. It was our go-to spot, so I know it's good. Good luck to me trying to convince DH to pass up one of those juicy burgers from Pecos, though!

Thanks for joining in and reading! I remember reading your reviews during the countdown to our trip. Loved yours as well!

Ok I don't know if you know this, but I have a history of meeting Dis-buddies on here then actually PLANNING TRIPS together!! My Dis-buddy iheartpluto and I met on here and then coincidentally were in wdw at the same time last year for our 1 year anniversaries, so we met up and had a blast. Then we got in cahoots and each planned a November trip where we're meeting up for Drinking around the World and Kim Possible! Then a night EMH in EPCOT! So it's not that far off if we did this :rotfl: :rotfl2::banana:

cbg1027
10-13-2010, 11:58 PM
Glad to see you guys liked Sanaa. It's my favorite non signature restaurant.

The Kulfi is passion fruit flavored, fyi. That was my fav part of the dessert sampler.

Sorry 'Ohana wasn't good. I'm kind of nervous about it - I have a dinner ADR there on an upcoming trip and I want to see what all the fuss is about.

heatherandnick
10-16-2010, 07:55 AM
Ok I don't know if you know this, but I have a history of meeting Dis-buddies on here then actually PLANNING TRIPS together!! My Dis-buddy iheartpluto and I met on here and then coincidentally were in wdw at the same time last year for our 1 year anniversaries, so we met up and had a blast. Then we got in cahoots and each planned a November trip where we're meeting up for Drinking around the World and Kim Possible! Then a night EMH in EPCOT! So it's not that far off if we did this :rotfl: :rotfl2::banana:

Ha! That's too funny! Sounds like you're going to have a great time. I mean seriously, drinking around the world?! How can that NOT be fun?!

Glad to see you guys liked Sanaa. It's my favorite non signature restaurant.

The Kulfi is passion fruit flavored, fyi. That was my fav part of the dessert sampler.

Sorry 'Ohana wasn't good. I'm kind of nervous about it - I have a dinner ADR there on an upcoming trip and I want to see what all the fuss is about.

Yes, Sanaa was fabulous. Also, thanks for the info on the Kulfi. :goodvibes

Don't be nervous about Ohana. Everyone has their own opinion and each experience is different. It may be so good that it kicks Sanaa out of your number one slot! :) Just be open minded and give it a shot. I hope you have a wonderful time!

heatherandnick
10-18-2010, 06:20 PM
Well, here it is...the last dinner of our trip. (sniff, sniff :sad2:)

We had such a fabulous dinner at Le Cellier on the last night of our engagement trip, so we decided we would make it a tradition to eat here on our last night of every trip.

I did not take any pictures of the food because: a.) we had been here before, and b.) we were practically sitting on top of the couple beside us. I thought it might be a bit weird. :eek:

We definitely knoew what we wanted. We started out at the Canadian beer/popcorn stand and got some popcorn and some Moosehead. I loved the Moosehead Light and DH LOVES the regular. He has talked about this beer for an entire year now, and he evern "saved up" for this night. Well, we got our beer and some popcorn and waited on a bench for our table.

When we got to our table we met our server, who was in training. I have to say that out of 10 days on the DxDP this server was BY FAR our best of the week. She was simply fantastic and she made our last dinner fantastic.

For appetizers, we both got the Cheddar Cheese soup. Now THIS is what I had been talking about for a whole year. I swear, I could just eat three bowls of this with the pretzel bread sticks and be one happy camper. It is so cheesy, rich, creamy...perfect!

For entrees, we both had the filet with mashed potatoes and no mushrooms. So, so , SO good. One of the best steaks of the trip (tied with Narcoosies). These were perfectly cooked, deliciously spiced, and served with wonderful mashed potatoes.

For dessert, we got the maple creme brulee and the chocolate "moose".
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We did the best we could because they were so good, but MAN...were we full!

This was a wonderful dinner. I love Le Cellier. I'm not sure if we will be able to swing it in the future since it is now 2 TS, but I sure hope so. We absolutely love it. This is one restaurant that certainly lives up to the hype. I would recommend for anyone to go there, especially if you are looking for a romantic meal. I have heard people complain about the atmosphere being too dimly lit and like you're in a basement...um...HELLO!! It's called Le Cellier and it's supposed to replicate a wine cellar. Of course it will be dimly lit and slightly cavernous...I enjoy the romantic feel of the place. Also, to those who compare it to Outback...please. Outback cannot shake a stick at Le Cellier...even on Outback's best day and Le Cellier's worst. To those who have never been: run, don't walk to Le Cellier. Oh, and go hungry. ;)

Pooh&OurHunny
10-18-2010, 06:25 PM
Thank you so much for your update and I'm so glad you posted LeCellier b/c we are trying it for the first time in December and I'm husband asked if its that good or is it a Hype.
I have enjoyed your Food review and sad its at the end.

heatherandnick
10-18-2010, 06:31 PM
Thank you so much for your update and I'm so glad you posted LeCellier b/c we are trying it for the first time in December and I'm husband asked if its that good or is it a Hype.
I have enjoyed your Food review and sad its at the end.

Well, thanks so much for reading. It has been a great first dining review experience! I still have one day left though...also still have to review snacks, final thoughts, etc. So, stay tuned!

Pooh&OurHunny
10-18-2010, 06:37 PM
Well, thanks so much for reading. It has been a great first dining review experience! I still have one day left though...also still have to review snacks, final thoughts, etc. So, stay tuned!

I can't wiat to read your snacks and final thougths...

LisaKeys
10-18-2010, 07:46 PM
I really enjoyed all of your posts during your TR! Thanks for taking the time to reminisce with us. Our trip is coming up quickly - I can hardly wait!

We too will be going to Le Cellier - and I also do not understand why people complain of the atmosphere. Perhaps they've never really looked at the name of the restaurant? You don't need to comprehend French without seeing the obvious staring right at you - :lmao:

See you soon when your last post hits the board. :surfweb:

rainstar
10-18-2010, 11:29 PM
Congrats on your wedding!
Thank You so much for your awesome review! We are going on our "disneymoon" in Jan/Feb and are thinking of trying alot of these same restaurants. We also have the deluxe dining plan, and that is one thing that worries us both, is too much food!
We plan to do buffet breakfasts, some counters/snacks, and then table service dinners.

Who knows.. maybe we should start a review like yours! :confused3 :banana:

FutureMrs.Incredible
10-19-2010, 10:16 AM
Hey all! I'm subbing in!

Congratulations on your marriage! My FI and I will also be taking a Disneymoon next fall, so I like reading about others on theirs! :lovestruc Also your hubby is just like my FI: meat and potatoes only please! :rotfl:

Great reviews girl!

heatherandnick
10-19-2010, 04:08 PM
I really enjoyed all of your posts during your TR! Thanks for taking the time to reminisce with us. Our trip is coming up quickly - I can hardly wait!

We too will be going to Le Cellier - and I also do not understand why people complain of the atmosphere. Perhaps they've never really looked at the name of the restaurant? You don't need to comprehend French without seeing the obvious staring right at you - :lmao:

See you soon when your last post hits the board. :surfweb:
I hope you have a super trip and thanks for reading! Enjoy Le Cellier and have some cheese soup for me please.

Congrats on your wedding!
Thank You so much for your awesome review! We are going on our "disneymoon" in Jan/Feb and are thinking of trying alot of these same restaurants. We also have the deluxe dining plan, and that is one thing that worries us both, is too much food!
We plan to do buffet breakfasts, some counters/snacks, and then table service dinners.

Who knows.. maybe we should start a review like yours! :confused3 :banana:
Thanks so much and congrats to you, too! I cannot think of a better place to honeymoon than D-World. It is simply perfect. Good luck on the DxDP...it's challenging but fun! My advice...have a breakfast around 9:30am, snack during the afternoon, and have a 2 TS dinner. We would definitely use that strategy on the DxDP again. Have a blast!

Hey all! I'm subbing in!

Congratulations on your marriage! My FI and I will also be taking a Disneymoon next fall, so I like reading about others on theirs! :lovestruc Also your hubby is just like my FI: meat and potatoes only please! :rotfl:

Great reviews girl!

Thanks and congratulations to you! Have a super time and try to get your future husband to bend just a little on the meat and potatoes thing. D-World is the place to do it and he won't be disappointed. My DH said, "It Mickey made it, I will eat it." :lmao: Wait til you hear our update at the end of the review. You will definitely appreciate the turn my DH has taken.

heatherandnick
10-25-2010, 08:11 PM
So, we have come to the last day of the trip. So sad. Looking back, I cannot believe how fast it went...

Our last lunch was at Yak and Yeti. I was excited about this one because I LOVE Asian food. When we got there, it was pouring rain outside and the lobby of the restaurant was totally packed. It was a bit of a wait until we got our table, but we got a great table upstairs. Man, this place is LOUD but the decor is amazing!

For our appetizer, we shared the dim sum basket for two.
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I have no idea what we were eating. And, to be honest, it was a little strange. I think it was weird that everything was the same exact color. It almost looked raw. (Please forgive my lack of dim sum knowledge.) Nothing tasted bad, just a little too odd for us.

DH got the Shaoxing Steak and Shrimp for his entree.
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The presentation was cool, and he liked the shrimp. He was not that crazy about the steak. Here's the deal: Do NOT go to Yak and Yeti for steak after eating the filet at Narcoosees, Le Cellier, and Cali Grill. Those are all tough competition and I feel DH should've known better. :confused3

I was blown away by my entree, the Crispy Mahi Mahi.
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This was one of the most spectacular fish dishes I have ever eaten. Ever. The fish was unbelievably flaky, the panko was crunchy, and the sauce was sooooo freaking good. I really wish I could eat this again right now. I'm not sure if I should admit this or not, but I think I enjoyed this entree more than any other on this trip...or at least just as much as some of the others.

For dessert, we each got the Fried Wontons.
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I know everyone raves about these, but I was a bit skeptical. I'm not big on desserts with cream cheese...Give me anything else with cream cheese (a bagel, crab dip, spinach dip, etc.) and I'm lovin' it. But give me a dessert with cream cheese (even cheesecake) and it tastes a bit sour to me. However....these wontons were awesome. They were a perfect finish to this meal. The cold ice cream was a great addition, as well.

As you can tell, I loved Yak & Yeti. It was such a great end to the trip. I think it will take some convincing to get DH to go back, but I'm sure he'll agree. He didn't hate it, it just wasn't his favorite meal of the trip.

Side note: If you go to Yak & Yeti, make sure you use the bathroom...well, at least wash your hands. The hand dryers were the coolest freakin' things either of us had ever seen. Definitely worth a trip and a quick handwashing. (No, we don't have some weird bathroom fetish. We just can appreciate the little things. lol)

Up Next...Snacks, Highlights, Rankings, and What We Would Do Differently Next Time

lulubelle
10-26-2010, 12:03 AM
Heather, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time and enormous effort to post all your dining reviews. Lurkers like me definitely appreciate every word and picture.:thumbsup2

We are looking forward to Narcoosee's on our next trip, your review confirms my choice.

Congrats on your marriage and I look forward to your final thoughts. :)

Pooh&OurHunny
10-26-2010, 12:37 PM
thanks for the update at Yak and Yeti. Can't wait to try it on our next trip. I'm curious about the hand dryer at the bathroom:rotfl:

basketlacey
10-26-2010, 12:54 PM
love the updates! I am so excited for my trip to Yak & Yeti. That is the one reservation that I made for ME because the rest of my family wouldn't pick Asian food!

NuttyDisneyMom
10-26-2010, 05:07 PM
Congrats on your marriage:goodvibes Your reviews are fabulous and I'm so glad you enjoyed your honeymoon! Thanks so much for sharing!;) Best of luck!:hippie:

heatherandnick
10-30-2010, 06:39 AM
Heather, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time and enormous effort to post all your dining reviews. Lurkers like me definitely appreciate every word and picture.:thumbsup2

We are looking forward to Narcoosee's on our next trip, your review confirms my choice.

Congrats on your marriage and I look forward to your final thoughts. :)

Thank you for reading. I had never completed a trip report or dining review before, and it is really nice to have such supportive readers. When we were planning our trip, I know the reviews were fun to read and very helpful. Enjoy Narcoosees!

thanks for the update at Yak and Yeti. Can't wait to try it on our next trip. I'm curious about the hand dryer at the bathroom:rotfl:

:rotfl2: We are so weird, right?!? Seriously...I want one for my house! You've gotta find me on here when you get back and tell me how cool it is.

love the updates! I am so excited for my trip to Yak & Yeti. That is the one reservation that I made for ME because the rest of my family wouldn't pick Asian food!

I'm sure you will love it. (Oh,, and good for you for doing something for YOU! I like that! :thumbsup2) Make sure you take a few moments to stroll around the place and see the awesome decor.

Congrats on your marriage:goodvibes Your reviews are fabulous and I'm so glad you enjoyed your honeymoon! Thanks so much for sharing!;) Best of luck!:hippie:

Thank you for your congrats and for reading. It was the best trip of my life!

Kathy Z
10-30-2010, 08:36 AM
You have helped me immensely to keep looking at the bright side these past two months as we count down the days to our December trip while my DH has struggled with vertigo and other health issues. We're still planning on making our trip when scheduled although modified to take things at a slower pace. I'm looking forward to you being able to put the finishing touches on your dining report so I can gather all your snack insights and read your closing comments before we leave. Keep up the great reporting work, bless you! :thumbsup2

princessallegra
10-30-2010, 12:05 PM
Ok, so we definitely do have a bunch in common! I also had the Cripsy Mahi Mahi and it was SOOOO good!!! Just how you described it, perfect. Glad you had a great meal at Le Cellier! I've only eaten there once for lunch in 2005 and it was very yummy. I've always wanted to try the Chocolate Moose, it looks so cute. Thanks for the great reviews!!! :goodvibes:goodvibes

heatherandnick
10-31-2010, 06:30 AM
You have helped me immensely to keep looking at the bright side these past two months as we count down the days to our December trip while my DH has struggled with vertigo and other health issues. We're still planning on making our trip when scheduled although modified to take things at a slower pace. I'm looking forward to you being able to put the finishing touches on your dining report so I can gather all your snack insights and read your closing comments before we leave. Keep up the great reporting work, bless you! :thumbsup2
Wow, that is such a compliment...thank you. A slower pace is the way to do Disney, in my opinion. We have mostly taken it slow on our past two trips. It's much more enjoyable than running to get everything done. I know you will have a fantastic time. On a side note, my aunt suffers with vertigo...I know how terrible and uncomfortable it can be. I hope you and your DH have a fantastic time and my thoughts are with you guys. :goodvibes

Ok, so we definitely do have a bunch in common! I also had the Cripsy Mahi Mahi and it was SOOOO good!!! Just how you described it, perfect. Glad you had a great meal at Le Cellier! I've only eaten there once for lunch in 2005 and it was very yummy. I've always wanted to try the Chocolate Moose, it looks so cute. Thanks for the great reviews!!! :goodvibes:goodvibes

OMG, soooo freaking good!
We do love Le Cellier. I think it kinda sucks that it's 2 credits now. Perhaps it will be easier to get ressies, but now it will make ADR selections even tougher to decide. If I could only do one signature, I would really have a tough decision.

princessallegra
10-31-2010, 10:39 AM
OMG, soooo freaking good!
We do love Le Cellier. I think it kinda sucks that it's 2 credits now. Perhaps it will be easier to get ressies, but now it will make ADR selections even tougher to decide. If I could only do one signature, I would really have a tough decision.

Ok I must be living under a DIS rock because I didn't know it had been made 2 credits. I don't know if we would go being 2 credits...Also DH totally reminded me that we ate there together for lunch in 2007 and I hadn't remembered! HA! I thought I ate there once in 2005 and only then. Is that a bad thing?? lol

heatherandnick
10-31-2010, 02:38 PM
Ok I must be living under a DIS rock because I didn't know it had been made 2 credits. I don't know if we would go being 2 credits...Also DH totally reminded me that we ate there together for lunch in 2007 and I hadn't remembered! HA! I thought I ate there once in 2005 and only then. Is that a bad thing?? lol

:lmao: At least you know it wasn't a horrible experience, or you would've remembered. lol

Kathy Z
10-31-2010, 04:25 PM
Ok I must be living under a DIS rock because I didn't know it had been made 2 credits. I don't know if we would go being 2 credits...Also DH totally reminded me that we ate there together for lunch in 2007 and I hadn't remembered! HA! I thought I ate there once in 2005 and only then. Is that a bad thing?? lol

Le Cellier is still 1 TS for the rest of 2010 and into 2011. I think the change date is March 1, 2011, when it will become 2 TS for dinner but remain 1 TS for lunch. There is considerable speculation on how the lunch menu will change at that time.

heatherandnick
11-04-2010, 05:38 PM
So, we left A LOT of snack credits on the table. I was slightly irritated at myself because, being the over-planner I am, I had even figured out how I wanted to use my 18 snack credits. Well...I either forgot, or I was hording them, or I was afraid to eat too much because I knew another meal was right around the corner. I'm not sure if it was one of those reasons or all three at different times, but we had too many left on our last day.

Our favorite snack credits on this trip were used for:

Frozen lemonade/Coke - Wow, these are good. Especially in the August/might-as-well-be-Africa heat. They are so good and so refreshing...in fact, much more so than a regular soda/lemonade/water. We both enjoyed quite a few of these. (The Coke ones are the best!)

P...P...P...Popcorn - :banana: I have never, ever, in my whole life had better popcorn than what is sold at D-World. Maybe it's the atmosphere, maybe it's the smell, or maybe it's just good popcorn. We ate a ton of it and I loved every bite. (So did the ducks.)

Dole Whip - This time I got the orange/vanilla one, so perhaps it's not a "true" Dole Whip, but it was delish. I have to get one every trip now. And oh...so messy!

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar - Need I say more?

Soft Pretzels - Love 'em. It's the only thing in the world I will eat with mustard. I always try to find the saltiest one in the glass turning case and hope I get that one!

Main Street Bakery Ice Cream Sandwich - OMG. Seriously. The best use of a snack credit BY FAR. So freaking delicious and big enough to split.

Things I had on my list that I will need to save for next time...
-Other MSB goodies (I still cannot believe we didn't have a cinnamon roll.)
-Cotton Candy (It was bagged, not freshly made right in front of you like it is here on the Delaware shore, so I refused. Perhaps I won't be so stubborn next time?)
-Fudge
-Schoolbread from Norway
-Goodies from France bakery

We had to buy a bunch of suckers for our friends' kids and rice krispie treats our last day to use up our credits. Next time maybe we should plan better. :rotfl: I do love the whole "snack credit" idea. We went to a festival in our hometown this weekend. While walking around, smelling all the food vendors, we looked at each other and wondered if anything counted as a snack credit. :)

princessallegra
11-04-2010, 05:41 PM
:lmao: At least you know it wasn't a horrible experience, or you would've remembered. lol

Good point!!!!

Schoolbread
11-05-2010, 09:11 AM
Things I had on my list that I will need to save for next time...

-Schoolbread from Norway



:lovestruc:lovestruc:rotfl:My namesake!

ilovepete
11-05-2010, 12:53 PM
Your Yak & Yeti review is really making me want to try the place out! For some reason, I am resistant to try it!

Kathy Z
11-05-2010, 01:12 PM
Thanks for finishing your review Heather. It was so much fun reading along as you posted. popcorn:: Did you find the soft pretzels to be pretty much the same no matter where you bought them or did you find a special spot for the best? If it is warm I will have my Mickey bar ice cream. Last year I loved them in May but passed on by in Dec. Ditto to what you said re the MSB ice cream sandwiches. We're heading to France to use some snack credits. I also have my back-up plan similar to yours for leftover snack credits at the end. Those treats will come back to our grandchildren.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year!

Pooh&OurHunny
11-05-2010, 03:21 PM
thanks for the snack information. The first time we used the DDP, whenever my husband got a drink or water I paid cash b/c I wanted to use the best snacks but at the end of the trip we had so many snack credits left. So now we are going on a DxDDP and my husband said I guess I can use it for water and coke...I told him go for it but I know we will have alot of snack credits so I'll bring treats to my sons friends

heatherandnick
11-06-2010, 07:23 AM
:lovestruc:lovestruc:rotfl:My namesake!
I can't believe I haven't tried it yet! And I love coconut. I really need to sick to my plan and get it next time.

Your Yak & Yeti review is really making me want to try the place out! For some reason, I am resistant to try it!
It really was great. Why are you resistant, if you don't mind me asking.

Thanks for finishing your review Heather. It was so much fun reading along as you posted. popcorn:: Did you find the soft pretzels to be pretty much the same no matter where you bought them or did you find a special spot for the best? If it is warm I will have my Mickey bar ice cream. Last year I loved them in May but passed on by in Dec. Ditto to what you said re the MSB ice cream sandwiches. We're heading to France to use some snack credits. I also have my back-up plan similar to yours for leftover snack credits at the end. Those treats will come back to our grandchildren.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year!


Thank you for reading! It really was a fun way to relive a fabulous trip. It seems like we planned FOREVER and we were so excited we could hardly sleep. Then, the big day arrives, you blink, and it's over...even a 10-day trip, which was really a splurge for us. Doing this report had allowed us both to relive the mos fabulous meals we have ever eaten.
I did find the sof pretzels to be the same everywhere. Also, I have heard that the ham and cheese croissant in France is an excellent use of a snack credit. :thumbsup2 Happy Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year to you, too! Have a wonderful trip!

thanks for the snack information. The first time we used the DDP, whenever my husband got a drink or water I paid cash b/c I wanted to use the best snacks but at the end of the trip we had so many snack credits left. So now we are going on a DxDDP and my husband said I guess I can use it for water and coke...I told him go for it but I know we will have alot of snack credits so I'll bring treats to my sons friends
:lmao: That's so funny...just like me. I never actually paid OOP for drinks, but I tried not to use the snack credits just for soda or water...there are so many better uses! lol I have learned that, although drinks may not be the best value for a snack credit, they are a better value than leaving the credits on the table. Have fun on the DxDP. Good luck with all that food!

heatherandnick
11-06-2010, 06:19 PM
So, I didn'[t want this entire review o be one-sided. Now it is time for my DH to weigh in on some of his favorites...

Favorite Appetizer- King Crab Legs from Narcoosee's. "There was so much it was almost like an entree. There was no work involved - no cracking, etc. The work was already done for me. It was so good."
Honorable Mention Appetizer- Cheddar Cheese Soup from Le Cellier. "The perfect soup."
Second Honorable Mention Appetizer- Cobb Salad from Brosn Derby. "It's everything you want in a salad. Mixed very well. Couldn't get enough of it"

Favorite Entree- Filet and Mac&Cheese from Jiko. "I was so full, but I couldn't stop eating it. It was so good. The mac&cheese was so good because the sauce was mixed in. The steak was cooked perfecly. It required no chewing, just bite and let it melt in your mouth." (BTW, if you remember, this was MY entree, not DH's. He helped me finish mine.)
Honorable Mention Entree- Surf and Turf from Narcoosee's. "The steak was nothing short of stellar. The lobster was also great.

Favorite Dessert- Key Lime Pie from Flame Tree. "Everything was delicious from the pie crust to he filling. It wasn't fancy or showy, but it was delicious."
Honorable Mention Dessert- Sticky Toffee Pudding at Rose & Crown. "It just melts in your mouth really."

Favorite Atmosphere- Le Cellier. "It feels very secluded and like a wine cellar. Who wouldn't want to eat in a wine cellar?"
Honorable Mention Atmosphere- Flying Fish. "It's a very well put together restaurant. The boardwalk was cool to walk down."

Best Service- Le Cellier. "Server was on top of everything. We never had to ask for anything."

Best Bread- California Grill. "They were all good, but Cali Grill stands out for me."

Best "Out-of-the-Box" Experience- California Grill. We will never experience anything like that again.

Best Overall- Narcoosee's, Le Cellier, & Jiko (3-way tie)

Must-Do ADR for next time- Narcoosee's.


Up Next...My Favorites

heatherandnick
11-13-2010, 07:10 AM
Favorite Appetizer- Mussels from Jiko. They were so perfect. The raisin baguette was a surprisingly wonderful accompaniment. I have had mussels from quite a few different (nice) restaurants and nothing can even come close to these.
Honorable Mention Appetizer- Shrimp and Crab Chowder from Narcoosees. I'm a sucker for creamy soups, and this one was fantastic.

Favorite Entree- Crispy Mahi Mahi from Yak and Yeti. Surprising, I know, but this was so so delicious to me. I would definitely go back just to get this again.
Honorable Mention Entree- Filet Mignon from Le Cellier. I love this place. It is just a really great steak, in my opinion.

Favorite Dessert- Banana White Chocolate Toffee Tower from Brown Derby. Yum.
Honorable Mention Dessert- Bread Pudding from Ohana. As full as we were, we still put a major dent in this one.

Favorite Atmosphere- Narcoosee's. It was quiet and romantice, but not stuffy. I felt comfortable there, but it also felt fancy. It was the perfect combination of everything. The boat ride over was relaxing and beautiful, our view of the castle was lovely, and we had a great viewing location for the fireworks. Our server (although very very slow) bent over backwards for us to make us feel special. It was an awesome experience.
Honorable Mention Atmosphere- Jiko. This place was great. We had a quiet table in the back. The decor was breathtaking and our server was perfect. Very quiet, relaxing, and romantic.

Best Service- Le Cellier. By far, she was the best server of the trip. And she was the only one still in training. Fantastic experience.

Best Bread- It's a tie for me. The Ohana Welcome Bread was so freaking good. I tried not to eat too much of it because I knew what was ahead, but I kept sneaking pieces of it. MMmmmmm. I also LOVE the pretzel bread sticks with cheddar cheese soup from Le Cellier. Oh god, it's so good. I even found the soup recipe online and made it at home. I love it so much. And I know soup is not a bread, but I had to get the soup in here on my favs, and you just can't eat the pretzel bread without the soup.

Best Out-of-the-Box Experience- Sanaa. We would probably never go to a place like this away from D-World, but it was a fantastic experience.

Best Overall- Jiko. It was perfect in every way.

Must-do ADR for next time- Le Cellier. We have always walked out with smiles on our faces. It has become a tradition of ours to eat here on our last night.

Up next...our final thoughts on the DxDP.

Pooh&OurHunny
11-13-2010, 02:30 PM
Thanks for the favorites update, can't wait to read your final thoughts on DxDDP.

hill6
11-13-2010, 03:00 PM
Thanks for your wonderful trip report.

heatherandnick
11-14-2010, 03:35 PM
Thanks for the favorites update, can't wait to read your final thoughts on DxDDP.

Thanks for your wonderful trip report.

Thanks to you both for reading!

heatherandnick
11-18-2010, 07:38 PM
I would definitely take on Deluxe Dining again. DH and I have discussed it (many times) and here is what we would do next time... On DxDP, we would book 9:30-10:30 breakfasts (except for one 8:05 ressie at Crystal Palace) and then have 6:30-ish signature dinners. In between, we would (try to) use up those snack credits.

DxDP was an incredible experience for us. Not only was the food unbelievable, but it gave us the ability to eat things we would never ordinarily be able to order at places we would never normally be able to visit. Did we save a ton of money? Probably not. But it was prepaid. We really liked that. Not once did we order something because it was cheaper than what we really wanted. Not once did we pass up dessert because we didn't "need" it or to save money. What an incredible experience it was to go in a top-notch restaurant and order anything we wanted! To many of you that may be something mundane and ordinary. To us it was extraordinary.

So, this is it. I now have to come to terms with the fact that our trip is over. It was awesome. We looked forward to it (perhaps we were even obsessed with it) for almost a year. As with most vacations, especially Disney, it took FOREVER to finally happen, but it went by so fast once we were there.

D-World has always been my all-time favorite vacation spot. I have been on numerous cruises, to various overseas excursions, and to a variety of local/regional destinations; however, D-World will always remain my dream vacation. As an adult I now know Disney goes much further than just magic and pixie dust. To me Disney is about the details. The customer service. The value. The fun. The excitement. The comfort. The smell of popcorn while walking down Main Street. That first sighting of the castle. The final number of The Festival of the Lion King. Screaming my head off on Rockin Roller Coaster. And now...the food.

I cannot wait to go back. :sad1:

Kathy Z
11-18-2010, 09:49 PM
Thank you so much Heather for taking such care to post an incredible dining report of your Disney honeymoon. You did a fantastic job on it and I realize that it took an immense amount of time. :cheer2:

LisaKeys
11-18-2010, 10:13 PM
Heather - I truly enjoyed your TR from beginning to end. Thanks for taking the time to do all the posts along with the pictures. You will keep these memories with your forever!!!

Our trip is coming up so quickly, and we opted to pay the difference between the free DDP and upgrade to the DxDP. From what I read during your TR, and your summation at the end- we will not be disappointed. I feel the same was as you in regards to having it prepaid rather than making decisions during the trip.

See you on the boards. :surfweb:

Schoolbread
11-19-2010, 09:42 AM
Read every post and loved every post! Thanks so much!!

athenna
11-19-2010, 01:48 PM
Great job, Heather:goodvibes

heatherandnick
11-21-2010, 08:29 AM
Thank you so much Heather for taking such care to post an incredible dining report of your Disney honeymoon. You did a fantastic job on it and I realize that it took an immense amount of time. :cheer2:

Thank you for reading and for your kind words along the way. This was my first trip report of any kind, so I really didn't know what I was getting into or how I would do. Your compliments really cheered me on! I now know that trip reports are a fantastic way to "relive" the magic and to beat those post-trip "blues." Thank you and I hope you and your DH have a fantastic trip. Take it slow and enjoy every moment!

JUDYKN
11-21-2010, 08:57 AM
Heather,

Thanks so much!!! Loved your trip report!

heatherandnick
11-21-2010, 06:37 PM
Heather - I truly enjoyed your TR from beginning to end. Thanks for taking the time to do all the posts along with the pictures. You will keep these memories with your forever!!!

Our trip is coming up so quickly, and we opted to pay the difference between the free DDP and upgrade to the DxDP. From what I read during your TR, and your summation at the end- we will not be disappointed. I feel the same was as you in regards to having it prepaid rather than making decisions during the trip.

See you on the boards. :surfweb:

Thanks for staying tuned! I know it took a while.

Best wishes to you for a fabulous trip and a great experience on the DxDP. I just know you will love it. When you feel like you can't eat another bite, please think of me and my DH and take one more for us!

jabead
11-23-2010, 12:03 PM
DxDP was an incredible experience for us. Not only was the food unbelievable, but it gave us the ability to eat things we would never ordinarily be able to order at places we would never normally be able to visit. Did we save a ton of money? Probably not. But it was prepaid. We really liked that. Not once did we order something because it was cheaper than what we really wanted. Not once did we pass up dessert because we didn't "need" it or to save money. What an incredible experience it was to go in a top-notch restaurant and order anything we wanted! To many of you that may be something mundane and ordinary. To us it was extraordinary.

First of all, Great Dining Report! And I totally agree with everything you said here regarding the DxDP. We just returned from our trip and were on the DxDP for 6 out of the 7 days we were there. We split some lunches so spread out our credits for 5 nights over 6 days which helped a little with the food overload. We also shared a few desserts instead of each getting our own. DH still thought it was too much food, but I thought it was perfect.

heatherandnick
11-24-2010, 02:51 PM
Read every post and loved every post! Thanks so much!!

Thanks so much for reading. I've gotta try that Schoolbread next time!

Schoolbread
11-24-2010, 03:05 PM
Funny enough, I just had it for the first time on my last trip. IT IS FANTASTIC! *super cheap too!

heatherandnick
11-28-2010, 08:28 AM
Great job, Heather:goodvibes

Thank you and thanks for reading.

A belated congrats to you on your engagement. When's the wedding? :)

JennsAStar
11-30-2010, 03:45 PM
We too ate at Jiko for our honeymoon recently! and it was amazing! the wine was so good...but i cant remember the name of it either! the bbq chicken flatbread pizza was to DIE FOR!!!

heatherandnick
01-07-2011, 03:38 PM
DH and I were planning on going to Niagara Falls for out 1st anniversary this August. We are this close (-) to cancelling and coming back to D-World!! I'm so excited! Until it's a definite, we cannot tell anyone...the family all thinks we should go "somewhere new" since we have been to DW for the past 2 years... I know you all understand.

Googelibear
01-07-2011, 08:10 PM
I just found your report and read the whole thing. Very enjoyable. Thank you!

Kathy Z
01-08-2011, 07:22 AM
DH and I were planning on going to Niagara Falls for out 1st anniversary this August. We are this close (-) to cancelling and coming back to D-World!! I'm so excited! Until it's a definite, we cannot tell anyone...the family all thinks we should go "somewhere new" since we have been to DW for the past 2 years... I know you all understand.

I certainly do understand! Our grown daughter mentioned at the end of her Christmas letter "My parents are going to Disney World again this month - silly kids!" I enjoyed the 7 months of planning, loved the week of vacation and am still enjoying the afterglow almost 3 weeks since coming back home. I still have not had time for my trip report. Christmas, New Year's and our wedding anniversary have all been celebrated since arriving home but I half feel that they were really celebrated at WDW (Except for Christmas with our kids and grandkids.)

Whatever decision you make, have a wonderful time! :mickeyjum::MinnieMo

heatherandnick
01-08-2011, 08:12 AM
I certainly do understand! Our grown daughter mentioned at the end of her Christmas letter "My parents are going to Disney World again this month - silly kids!" I enjoyed the 7 months of planning, loved the week of vacation and am still enjoying the afterglow almost 3 weeks since coming back home. I still have not had time for my trip report. Christmas, New Year's and our wedding anniversary have all been celebrated since arriving home but I half feel that they were really celebrated at WDW (Except for Christmas with our kids and grandkids.)

Whatever decision you make, have a wonderful time! :mickeyjum::MinnieMo

Welcome Home!!! I'm so glad you had a wonderful trip!

We actually booked last night!! We will be staying at ASSp for 6 nights. We have not booked dining as of now...maybe we will get a free dining offer? If not, we aren't sure what to do. We are trying to keep the cost down, but we would rather not pay OOP. We haven't told anyone yet... Let the planning begin!:woohoo:

heatherandnick
01-08-2011, 08:13 AM
I just found your report and read the whole thing. Very enjoyable. Thank you!

Thanks for reading and have a super trip!!

Kathy Z
01-08-2011, 11:22 AM
Personally, I would not mind paying OOP again. We did save by doing the DxDP for what we ordered but we left food on our plates many times and in order to use all of our credits we even used 2 TS credits for CS and 1 TS for 3 snacks. We paid $1007.86 for our 2010 DxDP. The total meal cost for what we ordered was $1138.75. We used all of our snack credits, mostly for candy that we brought home for our grandchildren and the value of all snacks was 101.08. We only used our refillable mugs for water so we could have done without them but they make a nice souvenirs. So, the way I figure it we saved $231.97 (not counting the mugs) but we ate more than we should have (especially my DH) and left a lot (mainly me) of uneaten food.

Don't get me wrong, we loved almost all of our food selections but know enough from 3 trips in the past 20 months to know where portions are large enough to share and what most of our favorites are.

heatherandnick
03-06-2011, 03:10 PM
Awww shucks! We're taking on DxDP again!! Just started a new dining review the other day, complete with wedding pics! I booked the ADRs a week ago and now we just have to wait...

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2662222

YAY!!!:thumbsup2

wishspirit
03-07-2011, 06:07 PM
Fantastic report! Thank you so much for the time and effort you spent on it, it looks like you had a delicious trip!

P.S. It nice to know I'm not the only one with a thing for nice bathrooms! :rotfl:

heatherandnick
03-07-2011, 07:11 PM
Fantastic report! Thank you so much for the time and effort you spent on it, it looks like you had a delicious trip!

P.S. It nice to know I'm not the only one with a thing for nice bathrooms! :rotfl:

LOL We were talking about doing Sanaa again this next trip and I gotta tell you...first thing I thought about was the bathrooms, not the food! :rotfl2:

Thanks for reading!

Kathy Z
03-08-2011, 07:15 AM
Gorgeous wedding photos. Thanks so much for posting them!

Your anniversary trip sounds delicious. Is your Crystal Palace breakfast ADR before park opening?

heatherandnick
03-10-2011, 06:39 AM
Gorgeous wedding photos. Thanks so much for posting them!

Your anniversary trip sounds delicious. Is your Crystal Palace breakfast ADR before park opening?

Thank you and OF COURSE!!:) I HAVE to do CP before park opening one time every trip. It's the thing I am completely selfish about. I love walking down an empty Main Street. Our ADR is at 8:25. It's perfect for us because we go for the food, not the characters. We will have plenty of time to eat some puffed french toast and be over to the rope at Tomorrowland!:woohoo:

heatherandnick
10-10-2012, 06:25 AM
Hey everyone! Thanks to you all for reading and I just wanted to tell you....we're going back!!!! We leave in a month and I just started my PDR entitled "The No-Flat-Tire DxDP Trip." I hope you all can join me!