Mom & Son-One More Time w/Dad! 11 days of DxDDP-10/21, Grand Finale, FF Chef's Table!
Final dining plans are in post #8 on this page. Links to be there once the review starts!
Hello, Hello and welcome to the next Mom & Son plus Dad Deluxe food review! My first dining review was after a very special Mom & Son trip in 2008 when DS was 12.
That trip was extra special and DS really branched out with his food choices trying many new things. Thus a foodie was born!
In 2009, we brought Dad along for a Christmas trip :santa: …
Then 2010, we were off to Disneyland for the first time!
2011 it was back to WDW for what I truly thought would be our last trip as a family.
DS had been saying that he wanted to consider other spots for vacation this year as he is now 16. Well, last trip was our best trip ever and at the end DS was asking me to book bounceback before we left. :banana: I told him that I thought he was drinking the Disney koolaid and that he would regret it because once Mom books, it is a done deal! No going back. He insisted and thru this year’s plans began! :woohoo:
Initial it was going to be a toned down (read, less expensive!) trip. We booked bounceback free dining at Coronado Springs and paid the difference to upgrade to deluxe. 8 nights from 8/25 thru 9/2. Then my Bank instituted a policy that we must all take two weeks vacation together with no exceptions. So now DS and I are flying to Fort Lauderdale on 8/18 to visit my sister. And it is a perfect reason to add a couple more days to our trip!! :cool1: A room only discount came out and we were able to book Animal Kingdom Lodge on 8/23 and 8/24! Yay! :cheer2: So now DS and I are taking the train from Ft. Laud to Kissimmee on 8/23. DH is flying in on 8/24. But what?! It is actually cheaper to fly out on 9/3 than on 9/2! Yay – one more day! :yay: Haven’t actually booked our room only on 9/2 yet … really debating on spending the money to stay at a Lion King suite at Art of Animation. I really, really want to but it is a lot of money when we really would only be there to sleep. So I may book at All Star Movies because we have never stayed there and I love Toy Story! Plus some day I want to be able to say that I have stayed at all of the Resorts.
Ok, enough about the trip, what about us?
I am DMom – 40 something and obviously pooh-sized. I have been fooling around with Weight Watchers and lost about 25 pounds but have stalled. Going to try to recommit to the gym to lose a bit more and be in a bit better shape before the trip. We’ll see how that goes. I love most food but not seafood or lamb. Well, I am just realizing that I do like scallops and clams. I do like spicy but not super hot. Love most veggies more than fruits. And do enjoy some adult beverages!
DH is also 40 something and truly will eat anything. Doesn’t offer many opinions about where he wants to eat & just follows along with where DS and I want to go. He does enjoy Disney but is not nearly as obsessed as I am.
DS is 16 and doesn’t admit it but really is as big of a Disney nut as I am. I asked him one time what he would do if his future wife didn’t like Disney and his response was, “obviously she wouldn’t be my wife!”. :rotfl: He has always preferred filet mignon to Mickey D’s but used to eat his food plain. Now he is really quite the foodies and seems to enjoy trying new things. Oddly enough, lamb is one of his favorites and since I do not make it at home, he eats it fairly often when we go out.
So next post will be our dining plans ... after many, many, MANY changes, I think it is the final lineup! :upsidedow
How wonderful to see your new review coming!!! I'm looking forward to hearing all about it!!!!
You are better than me if you can say that you have your FINAL dining line up already for August! It is this site that makes me keep changing my ADRs. ha ha!
Are you by any chance a Red Sox fan?? :rolleyes1
How wonderful that you are going to have another trip to enjoy with your son! I know what you mean when you say that you never know if this trip to Disney World is your last with him, as I too have a 16 year old son. Thankfully, he is still willing to go along for my sake (actually I think he enjoys it almost as much as I do, but that's our little secret ;)) and is already talking to me about our next trip (no dates in mind yet but will hopefully be sometime next year). The only catch is that he wants to bring his girlfriend next time! :lmao:
Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing your final dining plans. And I won't hold it against you if you continue to make changes. For me, that's just part of the Disney trip planning process...one of my favorite parts! ;)
Your reviews made me make several changes! But I really do think I am set.
Loved your last reviews and really looking forward to your next. We are at WDW the same time as you also - looks like there will be plenty of us DISers around :thumbsup2
We will miss you by a few weeks...we are going the beginning of August. I can relate to "needing" to extend the trip to reduce the price of the airfare! We would much rather give our money to Disney than JetBlue. I had forgotten you are a Sox fan...I blocked that out about you! ;)
Can't wait to see the lineup!
Ok so back in February when I made our ADRs, I told myself that I was going to stick with my initial plan and not make any changes. Ok, seriously? What was I thinking!
So first we were going to do all of the signatures. Then we realized that we really don't like to go into the Parks after a signature meal so that had to change or we would miss too much night Park time.
Then I was going to try mostly new restaurants. Then I went back to old favorites. Then I started reading dining reviews. I am really making myself crazy trying to eat everywhere in 11 days. As we all know, that is just not possible. So this is the best I could do!
Ok, so the first two days are out of pocket -
Arrival Day, Thursday, August 23rd - this day is just DS and I.
Flying Fish Chef's Table for Dinner
Breakfast at Boma
Lunch at Sanaa (DH arrives!)
Free AKL Culinary Tour - Since we ate at all of the restaurants, we skipped this
Dinner at Jiko
August 25th - Check out of AKL and into Coronado
Breakfast at Main Street Bakery
Lunch at The Plaza
Dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse
Breakfast at Crystal Palace
Snacking the MK
Dinner at The Wave
Wishes Dessert Party We got a refund because of Isaac
Lunch at Hollywood Brown Derby
Dinner at La Hacienda
Breakfast at Cape May Cafe
Yak & Yeti Lunch
Dinner at California Grill with a surprise!
Lunch at Le Cellier
A Wonderful Dismeet
Dinner at Artist Point
Breakfast at 'Ohana
Lunch at Via Napoli
Dinner at Narcoossees
Snacking around the World
Dinner at Tokyo Dining
Breakfast at Starring Rolls - Cupcakes!
Lunch at Mama Melroses
Dinner at Chefs de France
September 2nd - Check out of Coronado and into All Star Movies
Breakfat of MK Snacks
Lunch at Tony's Town Square
Dinner at 'Ohana
We leave early on September 3rd so we will probably use snack credits for some airport/airplane treats.
So there you have it. Now lets see if I can actually stop messing with the plan! :rolleyes1
I'm in! :goodvibes
Sounds like you are going to have a great time. See you are dining at some of my favs :thumbsup2
I hate wishing the summer away, but I really cannot wait for this trip!
Great itinerary! So many places I'm looking forward to hearing about: the Wanyama Safari (dinner sounds like a fun sampling of Jiko offerings), Yachtsman, Brown Derby, and Artist Point (some of my true favorites), CRT breakfast (I've been wanting to hear more about their updated menu), Trail's End lunch (I was pleasantly surprised when I went there, but it's so rarely reviewed), and of course everything else. :laughing:
I compared your ADRs to ours since we are planning to eat at some of the same places but we are off by a day or two for most of them! But you know... some of mine are still subject to change. :laughing:
Your trip itinerary and dining line up look great!
Sounds like a great time! I can't wait to hear about your Illuminations Cruise! I am wanting to do that on our trip in April. Was it easy to book? You said you're "sharing" it, what does that mean?
Can't wait to read your reviews!:banana:
I am really looking forward to the Jiko dinner with the safari. It will be nice to sample so many things.
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