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Old 10-05-2009, 11:54 AM   #1
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"Life itself is the proper binge" - Update 4/6 - Kona & Captain Cook's

I know, I haven't finished my F&W Dining Report yet, but I'm excited and want to work on planning my next two trips. Thats right, two! We're lucky we live so close and are able to visit as much as we do.

1st Winter Trip!

When: December 9th - 13th, 2009

Hotel: Pop Century

Who: Just myself!

How: Deluxe Dining Plan


2nd Winter Trip!

When: February 2010

Hotel: Polynesian Garden View Club Level

Who: My husband and me

How: Trying all the non-Dining Plan places we want to try.
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:54 AM   #2
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Table of Contents
December Trip
Pre-Trip
Initial ADR Plan
Solo V&A or No Solo V&A?
Trip Plan, Rev 1.5















Kona

Day 6
Captain Cook's










Rating System

Jumping on the bandwagon!

To stick with the winter theme of this report:


Evil. Would Not Get Again.

This is just ok.


Yoda is happy enough with this one.



Excellent!

Outstanding - Making one want to sit back and be a happy fat kid (eerrr monster)
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:15 PM   #4
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Awesome! We will be there too but after you leave, Dec 14-17

Cant wait for these reviews!
Thanks for joining in! I've debated on changing my dates some as getting dining reservations were kinda crazy for the dates I'm going however I got a great room rate with the AP so I might as well keep it. At least if the parks are crowded ride wise, I'll just enjoy the holiday surroundings and visit the various resorts too.
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:16 PM   #5
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December Trip ADRs - Initial
Wednesday Dec 9th- Arrival Day

Dinner: 8pm - Jikos

Thursday Dec 10th - EPCOT Day
Breakfast: 7:30AM - Captain's Grille
Lunch: 11:45AM - Tutto Italia
Dinner: 9:30PM - Nacoossee's

Friday Dec 11th - MK Day
Breakfast: 7:10AM - Chef Mickey's
Lunch: 2:40PM - Liberty Tree Tavern
Dinner: 7:40PM - Sanaa

Sat Dec 12th - HS Day
Breakfast: Pop Food Court
Lunch: 11:30AM - 50's Prime Time
Dinner: 5:40PM - California Grill

Sunday Dec 13th - Depature Day
Breakfast: Pop Food Court

I am not currently thrilled with my ADRs I have.
  • Tutto less than impressed me to have a 3 course meal there. I'm debating on moving that to Tokyo Dining where I know I love the food or trying Nine Dragons or San Angel Inn for the first time in a long time.
  • 9:30pm is way too late for dinner for me for Narcoossee's & that is the evening I'm debating on going to MVMCP. Plus that would mean two dinners in a row of a filet entree and I want to mix it up some. So that might be changed to a 5pm reservation at Citrico's or Kona.
  • 2:40PM for LTT was all they could get me. I'm going to attempt to show up at 11:30am when they open to get in instead. If not, I won't have a TS meal and will just enjoy a counter service place. (Maybe the elusive pirate place will be open!)
  • Didn't really want Sanaa - as that evening I tried for California Grill or Kona and they were both booked. This may change to Citrico's or Kona if I can get in.
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Old 10-06-2009, 03:28 PM   #6
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Is this your first Solo trip? Just wondering... always wanted to plan one for myself but can't keep my dang mouth shut and end up with a crowd.

I'm trying San Angel on my Thanksgiving trip even though I have heard not great things about it and even worse about the new menu.
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Is this your first Solo trip? Just wondering... always wanted to plan one for myself but can't keep my dang mouth shut and end up with a crowd.

I'm trying San Angel on my Thanksgiving trip even though I have heard not great things about it and even worse about the new menu.
This is not my first solo trip. This is my 3rd completely solo trip. I've had a couple trips where I was pseudo-solo as I was meeting up with friends a majority of the time but had alone time too. Although this trip might not end up solo as I have a friend from Washington who is debating on coming and if she comes - well, this whole trip is changing around and the fine dining goes away and I end up doing the commando/quick service thing.

You should go solo once, its a great time

I shall look at your reviews from your Thanksgiving Trip (as I"m sure you are doing them, hinthint)
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:47 AM   #8
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ooh sounds great, love your ratings system
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This is not my first solo trip. This is my 3rd completely solo trip. I've had a couple trips where I was pseudo-solo as I was meeting up with friends a majority of the time but had alone time too. Although this trip might not end up solo as I have a friend from Washington who is debating on coming and if she comes - well, this whole trip is changing around and the fine dining goes away and I end up doing the commando/quick service thing.

You should go solo once, its a great time

I shall look at your reviews from your Thanksgiving Trip (as I"m sure you are doing them, hinthint)
I am traveling with the Paranoids..."You aren't putting my picture on the internet" but I might be able to snatch some food pics... with 8 people I am sure we will hit nearly every entree on a menu... and since I am the only one drinking... well... I'll do my best...afterall, I do owe it to the Dis.

I may just do a quick food only report.
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:09 PM   #10
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Day 1 - Breakfast & Sanaa

Dec 9th, 2009 – Part 1 – Breakfast & Lunch @ Sanaa

Breakfast
I woke up around 4:30AM despite having my alarm set for 6AM. Instead of tossing and turning, I figured might as well be productive and go.

Shortly after crossing into FL, I started getting hungry but didn’t want something much. I hadn’t had coffee yet or anything to eat as when I left it was too early to put something in my stomach. I decided to refill gas at the next non-completely sketchy exit which is turn brought me to a McDonald’s. I never eat there at home but well it was either their coffee or gas station coffee…

So I ordered one of their new Frappes – Caramel - $2.99.






It was eh. If I’m going to have a calorie-overloaded caffeine product I want it from Starbucks not McDonalds. It did its job of filling me up and perking me up for the next 2.5 hours until I pulled into the Pop Century.

I had done online check-in so my packet was waiting for me at the front desk and my room was already ready at 10:30am! Sweet! In the 90’s building close to the elevator not facing the pool so I guess that’s about the best I can do at the Pop for my tastes. I really am a deluxe girl but I know when I need to save money in one thing to splurge on the other.

After getting my luggage up and setting up camp for the next few days, I was getting hungry. I debated on cancelling Sanaa and just trying to walk in at Yak & Yeti but for some reason I decided against that.

Sanaa Lunch

Upon entering the Animal Kingdom Villas – I followed the signs for self-parking and the elevator. What I didn’t realize – was the set up for this resort is weird and where I parked in turn forced me to walk down the never-ending hallways for about oh 10 minutes (probably less but still felt like it) until I got to the lobby of this hotel.


They dont end I swear!





Checking in to the restaurant was odd. Yes I was about 30 minutes early but Ms. Hostess – Yes indeed I do want to eat now – I am sure of it! I wouldn’t be checking in if I didn’t want to eat you know?

I was sat at a two top overlooking the Savannah. Tables around me were filled.

To start I went with the Lamb Kefta - $5.99




This was completely different than what I had in my head with what it was going to be. Not necessarily bad but I wasn’t expecting meatballs. The flavor was great however they were a little dry on the inside. The sauce helped you ignore that fact.

Would I get it again? Probably not – I would probably go with the bread service.

For my drink I got the Painted Lemur - $8.29



It was great! Amarula and Tangerine Liquor you can’t go wrong.


For my entrée I had the Tandoori Chicken - $14.99






I had ordered this without tomatoes and well obviously either the waitress didn’t enter it or the chefs didn’t read it. However it was ok. The portion was HUGE. This could easily be shared between two people. I was able to pick around the tomatoes and still get full. The rice was great!

Nothing on the dessert menu really stood out to me as something I wanted. I did go with the Chai Cream - $4.99 though.





It was tasty but nothing I was really in the mood for so I didn’t eat much.

Overall, Sanaa didn’t impress me enough to go out of my way to eat there. My service was a little lacking too so that put me off some. If staying at AKV or AKL, I would definitely check it out again though.
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I did not realize it was already time for your next trip ... have a great time and enjoy the food!
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Hooray! It's time to enjoy the food and beverages again! Sorry your Saana was not all that you had hoped. But the next meal is just around the corner right?
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I did not realize it was already time for your next trip ... have a great time and enjoy the food!
Thanks! The time just flew between my last trip and this one. I am having a great time except for the whole work email things

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Hooray! It's time to enjoy the food and beverages again! Sorry your Saana was not all that you had hoped. But the next meal is just around the corner right?
Yup! and after this trip less than 2 months until my next! I'm spoiled My next meal is always around the corner

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Day 1, Part 2 - Afternoon Snacks!

Yak & Yeti

After exploring trails, saving the rainforest, watching crazy monkeys and going on an African Safari I decided I wanted a little snack. However, what I wanted wasn't covered by a DDP snack credit.

I went to the bar at Yak & Yeti and took a seat. I ordered a
Big Bamboo - $7.99


It was fantastic! I debated on ordering another but I decided against it and figured I should get back to the ride.


And the real reason I came to the yak & yeti for a 'snack' and I forgot to take a picture so I'm going to borrow my picture from my last trip report if you don't mind

Wonton Soup - Pork wontons, clear chicken broth and veggies. - $4.99



Wonderful! It was hot, the crunchies were crisp and exactly what I wanted.

Out of pocket - this trip cost me w/ tip $16.50 I think.

Everything Pop!

Ok this is a little cheating but when I got back to my resort I stopped by the main store and picked up my refillable mug and got some powerade before heading back to the room.

Worth: $12.95

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