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The_Aviator 01-20-2011 12:21 AM

Did we come for the rides or the food?!?! - 14 Days of Dining COMPLETE!
 
Hi everyone!

We recently got back from our 2nd trip to Walt Disney World. It was definitely a success and we had a great experience on the Disney Dining Plan. We ate at a huge variety of different restaurants and it really made our vacation special.

But before going any further, let's meet the crew!!! Here we are enjoying the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

http://public.bay.livefilestore.com/...526.JPG?psid=1

Left - Dad (DD)
Right - Sister (DS)
Bottom - Mum (DM)
Top - Me!

And now on with the reviews!

There will be no need for y'all to search through all the pages, I'll keep this post updated with links to each meal. Below is a list of all the places we went. Remember, there will also be snacks along the way! :) popcorn::

December 18th:

Dinner - Wolfgang Puck Express

December 19th:

Lunch - Sunshine Seasons Food Court
Dinner - 50's Prime Time Cafe

December 20th:

Lunch - Columbia Harbor House
Snack - Aloha Isle
Dinner - 1900 Park Fare

December 21st:

Lunch - Yakitori House
Snack - Boulangerie Patisserie
Dinner - Cape May Cafe Clambake

December 22nd:

Lunch - Pepper Market
Dinner - Maya Grill

December 23rd:

Snack - Panchito's and Cafe Rix
Lunch - Fairfax Fare
Snack - Ice-Creams and Coffee
Snack - Sassagoula Floatworks
Dinner - Raglan Road

December 24th:

Snack - Complimentary Holiday Goodies at the CSR
Lunch - Le Cellier
Snack - Karamelle Kuche and Pretzel Cart
Dinner - Les Chefs de France

December 25th:

Snack - Panchito's and Cafe Rix
Lunch - Starring Rolls and Fairfax Fare
Snack - Hollywood Scoops
Dinner - Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano

December 26th:

Lunch - Casey's Corner / Turkey Leg Stand
Snack - Casey's Corner and Churro Cart
Dinner - Liberty Tree Tavern

December 27th:

Lunch - Restaurantosaurus
Snack - Kusafiri Bakery
Dinner - Boma

December 28th:

Snack - Panchito's
Lunch - Wolfgang Puck Express
Snacks - Sleepy Hollow and Mrs. Pott's Cupboard
Dinner - Kona Cafe

December 29th:

Lunch - Pepper Market
Snacks - Panchito's
Dinner - Pepper Market

(By the way, all three links above link to the same article)



And then the surprise extra days!!! (An experience without the DDP)

December 30th:

Breakfast - Cafe Rix
Lunch - Earl of Sandwich and a Margarita
Dinner - Maya Grill

December 31st:

Lunch - Cafe Rix




The Final Conclusion


I'm sure that many people, we included, have trouble gauging the value of taking the DDP. For this reason, I'll be keeping a running total going of the cost of all our food. I haven't even thought of calculating it yet, so it will be a surprise for all of us!

I won't be adding any specific ratings to any of the meals, but I will be posting how we felt about each meal and whether or not we would return etc.

Now lets get the food pics rolling!

Hootiss 01-20-2011 12:31 AM

Looking forward to your reviews:yay: Great family picture!

The_Aviator 01-20-2011 12:45 AM

We flew 9704mi, and it was good! First Meal - Wolfgang Puck Express
 
Just a few hours earlier we had stepped off the plane after a roughly 20hr journey from Sydney, Australia to Orlando. :scared1:

But there was no stopping us, after checking in we were off to Downtown Disney to head to a WDW favourite, Wolfgang Puck Express!

I'll apologise straight away for the lack of pictures in this particular post. I was pretty tired and still new to the whole idea of this "Disboards food journalism" thing :rotfl:

So DS ordered Chicken Tenders and DM ordered the salmon, while DD and I ordered the Spaghetti & Meatballs. Did I mention our little family competition to see who would make the most value out of the DDP? DM was already pulling ahead!! For dessert we all got the Creme Brulee and to drink DM, DD and DS had bottled water while I had a fountain drink, Minute Maid lemonade.

Despite being told while queuing that the wait for an inside table could be up to 20 minutes, when she asked us where we wanted to sit she was able to get us an inside table immediately! The atmosphere of the restaurant itself was nice.

And here are the pictures!

My spaghetti and meatballs...

http://public.bay.livefilestore.com/...198.JPG?psid=1


And the Creme Brulee!

http://public.bay.livefilestore.com/...199.JPG?psid=1


Everyone seemed to approve their meals. The spaghetti serving was generous and it was pretty good, although DD and I probably would have preferred if the sauce was a little thicker. I would still have it again though! (Which I did BTW :))

The Creme Brulee itself was pretty good. As others have said, perhaps it may be pre-prepared but I couldn't really fault it for a CS dessert. The only thing I didn't like was the strawberry, which wasn't as sweet as I am used to! I'm sure it's just a seasonal thing and not the fault of the restaurant however.

Service provided by the staff was good. We were very happy that they were able to get us a table inside, and they brought the meals and dessert out quickly for us.

Overall, this was an excellent meal and we did make the effort to return later in the trip. I reckon that this restaurant must be just about the best use of a CS credit while on the Dining Plan. Even if you aren't on the Dining Plan, the speedy service and quality of the food make this place a good option in Downtown Disney.

Cost:

4 CS credits used - 40 remaining
Bill Total - $98.67 (avg $24.67ea)
Running Total - $98.67

NEXT UP: Sunshine Seasons!

NikkiMouse 01-20-2011 04:03 AM

Yum! Great start to your vacation and your trip report. Very interested to read more as you ate at a few places I am planning on visiting this October. Keep em rolling!

darthtatty 01-20-2011 05:44 AM

great start. :)

It looks like you got a bad batch of sauce, ive seen lots of pic of the spaghetti and meatballs-ive never seen the sauce that runny.

I can wait to try them in August :thumbsup2

auntfrannie 01-20-2011 06:10 AM

I really enjoy WPE, also! I agree that it's a great use of CS credits; there's such a wide variety and the servings are very generous.

I'm glad you got the chance to go to Earl of Sandwich because that's another really good CS place!

TigerKat 01-20-2011 06:46 AM

Signing on!

Granfan 01-20-2011 08:27 AM

Looking forward to your reviews. Our next trip is Nov/Dec this year.

loganpaulsmom 01-20-2011 08:34 AM

U have lots of restaurants on your plan.. I am SO looking forward to reading more about your trip and the restaurants that you ate at..

lblume91 01-20-2011 09:16 AM

I'm in! Great family pic!!

lilandvisma 01-20-2011 10:52 AM

Reading along ;) Great so far!

MishyMouse 01-20-2011 11:41 AM

Can't wait to read more. Love the family pic!

The_Aviator 01-20-2011 04:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hootiss (Post 39616141)
Looking forward to your reviews:yay: Great family picture!

Thanks!

Quote:

Originally Posted by NikkiMouse (Post 39616507)
Yum! Great start to your vacation and your trip report. Very interested to read more as you ate at a few places I am planning on visiting this October. Keep em rolling!

I hope they are helpful for you :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by darthtatty (Post 39616727)
great start. :)

It looks like you got a bad batch of sauce, ive seen lots of pic of the spaghetti and meatballs-ive never seen the sauce that runny.

I can wait to try them in August :thumbsup2

Yeah the sauce was very runny, you're probably right. I hope you enjoy them when you visit on your trip!

Quote:

Originally Posted by auntfrannie (Post 39616846)
I really enjoy WPE, also! I agree that it's a great use of CS credits; there's such a wide variety and the servings are very generous.

I'm glad you got the chance to go to Earl of Sandwich because that's another really good CS place!

Yeah, both were very good! Perhaps they should consider opening some WPE's and EOS's at the parks! :rotfl:

Quote:

Originally Posted by TigerKat (Post 39617051)
Signing on!

Thanks for joining!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Granfan (Post 39618025)
Looking forward to your reviews. Our next trip is Nov/Dec this year.

You will love WDW in December, it is just sooo magical. :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by loganpaulsmom (Post 39618109)
U have lots of restaurants on your plan.. I am SO looking forward to reading more about your trip and the restaurants that you ate at..

I hope you'll enjoy the reviews!

Quote:

Originally Posted by lblume91 (Post 39618655)
I'm in! Great family pic!!

Thank-you!

Quote:

Originally Posted by lilandvisma (Post 39620008)
Reading along ;) Great so far!

Thank-you!

Quote:

Originally Posted by MishyMouse (Post 39620738)
Can't wait to read more. Love the family pic!

Thank-you!

Jonesloonybin 01-20-2011 04:19 PM

Wow, that is a long plane ride! :)

I can't wait to read more. We are going on our first trip to The World in May and we will be eating at some of the same places.

Terri

The_Aviator 01-20-2011 05:11 PM

Time for another review, Yes?
 
So we went to Epcot, and decided that Sunshine Seasons would probably be a good place for lunch. It was a place we hadn't eaten at before and the menus we had seen online looked good.

The restaurant was pretty packed, but everything in the ordering area seemed to be moving smoothly.

So DM ordered Cashew Chicken, DS ordered Mongolian Beef and DD and I ordered Rotisserie Chicken. For dessert DM had a fruit salad, DS had a brownie, DD ordered the Mousse cake and I ordered a Strawberry Shortcake! To drink we got a fountain soda, regular coffee and two bottled waters.

Just a note here, when we dined and ordered drinks at CS places we always asked for a large one and it was always covered on the DDP. Just letting y'all know so you can get the large drinks instead of the smaller ones when you visit!

And now for the best part, the pictures! :banana:

Here's DS's Mongolian Beef. She found it pretty good.

http://public.bay.livefilestore.com/...212.JPG?psid=1

And her dessert, the brownie...

http://public.bay.livefilestore.com/...213.JPG?psid=1

And here is my entree

http://public.bay.livefilestore.com/...210.JPG?psid=1

And my dessert!

http://public.bay.livefilestore.com/...211.JPG?psid=1

I forgot to take a picture of DM's meal, but if I remember correctly she had hers with noodles.

We were all happy with our meals. The servings once again were very big. At home we don't usually get 1/2 chicken with our meals, generally they serve 1/4 chicken! The rice pilaf and beans were also great sides, however DD wasn't a big fan of the rice pilaf. I believe they had other choices as well for the sides but DD and I both got the same thing. DM and DS both liked their Asian choices. As for the desserts, DS and DD liked theirs but found them very rich! I thought mine was perfect, it wasn't too sweet but it wasn't bland either. I have to thank AJ from the Disney Food Blog for alerting me to this fabulous dessert, if not for the article I would never have thought of getting this! DM didn't have anything bad to say about her fruit salad, either.

Of course at these park CS meals there really isn't much of a staff service aspect. However, the staff serving the meals and the checkout staff were friendly and efficient. The cleaning staff were also doing a great job keeping tables clean.

Overall, I think Sunshine Seasons is probably a pretty good place to visit for a CS meal. The entrees are $10 each I believe, which represents fairly good value for a DDP credit. In the Future World area we have dined at the Electric Umbrella and this place. In my opinion I think it's safe to say that this is a far better option for CS dining in Future World. If we were looking for a CS meal in Epcot on a future trip, this would probably be one of the places we wouldn't mind returning to.

Cost:

4 CS credits used, 36 remaining
Bill Total - $67.52 (avg $16.88ea)
Running Total - $166.19

NEXT UP: Dining at 50's PTC!


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