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Old 05-07-2010, 03:24 PM   #1
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Mmmm....Cake, 9 nights of Deluxe Dining w/Pictures *Big Update 8/29 GF Wishes DP, CRT

We just returned from our 11 day trip to WDW. We arrived on April 22 and spent the first night at Pop century before moving to the Grand Floridian and starting our package which included 9 nights of deluxe dining. The trip included me and my husband and our 4 year old daughter.

First I will give you a little back story into the trip planning. I wasn’t sure I would feel like or remember to take pictures so I did not do a pre-trip report.

This was our second trip to WDW. We were there last September during free dining, (stayed at POFQ), and had upgraded to Deluxe dining so we knew how much food we were in for this time. The trip in September was hectic and we went with the attitude that we had to do everything because we probably would would not come back anytime soon, but in October we received a PIN and thought we could go back and do the vacation right this time, so we planned a trip for April.

Since we had been to WDW in September I had a good idea of what restaurants we wanted to eat at again and what we wanted to try for the first time. I was able to start making ADR’s on October 27 the day that the dining window moved from 90 days back to 180. I got early to do the online booking but the system was down and I didn’t have time call in before work. So I did not make my reservations until the next day, but had no trouble getting what I wanted.

Where we dined in the end is probably quite different than what I had originally booked, but here is where we ate. I will add links once each post is made.

Day 1: Travel Day
Tim Hortons
Pop Century Food Court (Dinner)

Day 2: Check in at GF/Animal Kingdom


1900 Park Fare (Breakfast)
Flying Fish (Dinner)

Day 3: Epcot


Kona (Breakfast)
Teppan Edo (Lunch)
California Grill (Dinner)

Day 4: Hollywood Studios


Chef Mickeys (Breakfast)
50‘s Prime Time Cafe(Lunch)
Ohana (Dinner)

Day 5: Epcot

Akershus (Lunch)
Le Cellier (Dinner)

Day 6: Magic Kingdom

Crystal Palace (Breakfast)
Grand Floridian Tea Room (Late Lunch)
Wishes Dessert Party

Day 7: Pool Day

Boma (Dinner)

Day 8: Hollywood Studios


Hollywood Brown Derby (Lunch)
In Room Dining from Narcoossee (Dinner)

Day 9: Magic Kingdom

Cinderella’s Royal Table (Breakfast)
Artist Point (Dinner)

Day 10: Magic Kingdom


Boma (Breakfast)
In Room Dining from Narcoossee (Dinner)

Day 11: Last Day Pool and Travel

Gaspirilla Grill (Breakfast)
Grand Floridian Cafe (Lunch)

Trip Snacks


For those photogs reading the pictures were taken on Canon XS with a Canon 50mm 1.8 lens, Canon PowerShot SD1200IS, or our Canon XT with a Sigma 10-20mm ultra wide angle lens. I liked the look of the photos taken with the 50mm lens, but the powershot was quick and easy and not as conspicuous.
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:28 PM   #2
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Tim Hortons
On our way to the airport we stopped at a Canadian Institution to pick up a couple snacks for the ride. I had a lovely tea biscuit, DH had a sour cream glazed doughnut. I believe DD had a gingersnap cookie.






You can see her practicing her meditation on the way to airport after dropping our two dogs off at the kennel. One of her favorite movies right now is the Fanastic Mr. Fox and she enjoys copying Kristopherson the fox.

Once at the airport we did share a couple meals there.I donít hae any photos of the food. It was not remarkable, except for the fact it came in compostable packaging, but there were no compost bins anywhere in the waiting area. Nova Scotia has a strong recycling program and most bins have a spot for recyclables, paper, garbage, and compost. So we were excited that are packaging could be composted but sad when we had to throw it in the garbage.
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Can't wait to read your reports!! You did most of the restaurants we're doing in October!
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Thanks everyone for reading!

vinotinto as far as the changes we made to our original plans, at the beginning of the trip we had too many 3 meal days We were happier with 2 meals a day and had a snack either for breakfast or midday. As the trip went on we cancelled some reservations and did walk up or in room dining instead.

danielle.st, emmabemmainc I glad that we were not alone about the over cooked eggs. The breakfast potatoes were cooked. I did find that the breakfast buffets were hit and miss.

CanadianPaco Tim Horton's the only way to start any road trip!

princessallegra I got the idea for the photobook from someone else on the disboards it was great and I love making photobooks.
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We spent the afternoon at Animal Kingdom and saw some shows we missed last time, The Lion King and Flights of Wonder, and discovered our DD had easily made the 40inch mark and would be able to ride more things than last time.

Since we were staying at GF we decided to valet park the rental. It was convenient when we were dining at other hotels especially when we were tight for time. No hunting for a parking spot and than rushing through the parking lot to the restaurant. We returned to the hotel and found that our room was ready. I had requested an upper floor near the pool and both requests were fulfilled. I thought I would throw in some pictures of our room and view. The view was nice when wishes was on.







We changed and headed to the Boardwalk for dinner at the Flying Fish. We had eaten at the Flying Fish last time. I liked it a lot my DH was more on the fence about eating there.

We checked in for our 6:05 ADR on time and were seated within 5 minutes. We were celebrating our anniversary on the trip and were presented with personalized menus and offered complimentary champagne.



For our appetizers I had the Tuna Tartare and Crispy Tempura and Vegetable Sushi roll. It was good. Sorry the picture is a little blurry.



My DH the Crispy Sesame and Togarashi scented Calamari. The last time we were here I had the Calamari and loved it, but I wanted to try something different. I think I would pick the Calamari as my favourite I love the flavour of the Asian dipping sauce.



DD had the fruit skewers with honey yogurt I don’t have a picture of them. She ate the strawberries and left the melon.

For our mains I had the Flying Fish Signature dish Potato Wrapped Red Snapper with Leek Fondue. I was not thrilled with this dish the red snapper was bland and the sauce was good but very rick and there were too many leeks. I had debated between this and the special of the day Tilapia and wished I had chosen it instead.



DH had the Smokey Citrus and Fragrant Pepper-spiced Yellowfin Tuna. It was delicious, he definitely had the better entree.



DD had the Mickey Pasta with Olive oil. She ate much of this on our last trip and enjoyed it again.



Both DH and I had a glass of the recommended entree wine with our meal.

For Dessert I had the Banana Napoleon it was very good.



DH had a trio of peach desserts that included a cobbler, a creme brulee, and a cake. Neither of us a creme brulee fans but it was very good and enjoyed the other desserts with the cake as the least favourite.



DD had a Mickey Puzzle that she enjoyed playing with I don’t think she ate much of it but it kept her busy.



Overall we enjoyed our meal at the Flying Fish, it wasn't as good as last year and would not be top pick, but if I could fit it into a schedule I would go back, (but I wouldn't get the signature dish again).

The cost not including wine or tip was $167.39.



After diner we walked on the boardwalk and stopped at the Boardwalk Bakery were I picked up a little Mickey head cake and DD picked a muffin. I used a snack credit for both. The Mickey head sat it the fridge for a couple days before we ate it and it was moist and very good I would definitely recommend. I don’t know if DD ever ate the muffin.



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Old 05-08-2010, 12:17 PM   #6
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Here is a the menu from Flying Fish

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Can't wait to read your reports!! You did most of the restaurants we're doing in October!
We were in Canada on July, 2013 and we love!!! Tim Hortons.
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:39 PM   #8
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Pop Century

I didnít have any firm plans for dinner tonight. We arrived in Orlando around 6pm by the time we picked up our bags, our rental car, and arrived at Pop Century it was getting close to 7pm. We had a room in the 80ís section facing the lake.

DD wanted to walk to the room and DH was going to bring the car to closest parking lot and meet us at the room. Pop Century is quite a big resort, the layout is a bit confusing and I had in my mind that we were in a 70ís building because we were in building 7. So it took us a little while to find the room. For some reason I didnít take a key with me and left them all with my DH. When I arrived at the room I knocked and received no answer. I was concerned that I had the wrong room, or that I had misunderstood my DH and we were going to meet at the parking lot. DD and I wandered around for 45 minutes until we finally spotted DH. At this point DD had seen the pools and had started in with the chant we heard so much of on the previous trip ďI want to go to the poolĒ.

My hope for the evening was to drop off our bags and head to Downtown Disney to pick up something to eat, but after the 45 minute search and the constant ďI want to go to the poolĒ chant we decided to head to the pool and then pick up something at the food court. DD changed into her swimsuit and we headed down to the kiddie pool. While DD swam DH headed over to the pool bar and got me a Strawberry frozen drink and a beer. When DD finally decided she had enough of swimming we headed to the food court.

We had a least 2 cameras with us but did not take a single picture of the food court or the food. DH had a turkey ciabatta sandwich, I had a cheeseburger with fries and DD had a kids hamburger with fries and grapes. It was close to 9pm and the food court was still very busy, I would hate to see it at a peak time.

We decided to take our food back to our room. DH thought his sandwich was good very large and filing. My cheeseburger and fries were all right but not great, I would imagine that they are the same at any of the WDW eateries. DD seemed to enjoy her hamburger and ate most of it. I like that they include 2 sides with the kids meals, she always wants fries but rarely eats more than one or 2, but she did eat all of her grapes.

I donít have the exact totals for the food and drinks I did see that our card had been charged $51 CAD for our stay at Pop and that would include our drinks from the pool bar, my DH had another beer with dinner and I think we also bought a cookie for DD so price wise it wasnít too bad all was OOP since we did not start our package until the next day.

I just wanted to comment about our stay at Pop Century, our room was clean and very quite except you would hear every toilet flush. I did find it to be crowded and I would not want to have to make the trek from our room to the front a couple times a day, but given the choice of staying at Pop or POFQ I would probably pick Pop. Our room was as nice and Pop has 3 pools that seemed to have plenty of available seating. During our stay at POFQ we had a lot of trouble getting a chair or a lounge and when we did we couldnít see the pool from where we were. I donít think that POFQ was worth the extra cost.

Here are couple pictures from the pool area.



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Check in at GF/1900 Park Fare

After a fairly restful sleep we packed up our things and headed to the Grand Floridian. We gave bell services our bags and checked in. It was around 10am and our room was not ready yet, but we were early for Park Fare.



My DD received Alice in Wonderland for Easter and was looking forward to meeting Alice and the Mad Hatter Our reservation at Park Fare was for 11am but we thought we would try checking in early. They took us right away. We declined having the picture taken outside the restaurant. We were sat at a 4 top table and our server was quick to take our drink orders.

Tigger was the first to stop at our table, when pooh arrived he stopped shook DD hand and than left we didn’t even have a chance to take a photo. We let our waitress know and the character handler made sure Pooh stopped by for a second time. Mary Poppins, Alice, and the Mad Hatter were all great. WE had very good character interactions here. I made a photobook from our previous pictures with the characters for DD to use as an autograph book. We did get a lot more time with some characters because of the book. I got the idea from another Diser on the boards and it does make a nice keepsake. I also noticed the later the reservation the better the interaction. I think the characters have more time to interact later in the day.











The food was a little better than some of the other character buffets. I had french toast with banana foster sauce, I found the sauce to be a little bitter, bacon, pineapple, breakfast potatoes, and lobster eggs benedict. The poached eggs had a cooked yolk a prefer a runny yolk on my poached eggs so I didn’t love it.



DD had mickey waffles, strawberries, bacon, and smoked salmon.



DH had bacon, a pecan roll, scrambled eggs, ham, breakfast potatoes, smoked salmon, and lobster eggs benedict. He also did not like the fact that the yolks were cooked through. He did however really enjoy the scrambled eggs.



We also shared some strawberry soup.



Overall we enjoyed our breakfast at 1900 Park Fare and would eat there again. I lost the receipt from this meal but based on the cost listed on allears it was $68.12 including tax plus tip.

From here we headed out to Animal Kingdom to spend the afternoon.

Coming up next our room at GF and the Flying Fish.
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thanks for the reviews! Love the pictures! The quality of the character pictures is really cool.
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I'm in....love the picture of the GF lobby! Gorgeous...I hope to get to stay there again someday.

Thanks for taking the time to post your reviews! Looking forward to reading more!
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Tigger was the first to stop at our table, when pooh arrived he stopped shook DD hand and than left we didnít even have a chance to take a photo. We let our waitress know and the character handler made sure Pooh stopped by for a second time. Mary Poppins, Alice, and the Mad Hatter were all great. WE had very good character interactions here. I made a photobook from our previous pictures with the characters for DD to use as an autograph book. We did get a lot more time with some characters because of the book. I got the idea from another Diser on the boards and it does make a nice keepsake. I also noticed the later the reservation the better the interaction. I think the characters have more time to interact later in the day.



The food was a little better than some of the other character buffets. I had french toast with banana foster sauce, I found the sauce to be a little bitter, bacon, pineapple, breakfast potatoes, and lobster eggs benedict. The poached eggs had a cooked yolk a prefer a runny yolk on my poached eggs so I didnít love it.


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I think we had breakfast there the same day, but ours was earlier! I also really disliked the yolks on the lobster eggs benedict. It was way too dry in combination with the biscuit. Also, did you see any lobster pieces? Shouldn't there have been some?
Did you like the breakfast potatoes? Mine were undercooked and too spicey which was disappointing because they looked really good. I hope you got a better batch!
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Any dining report that begins with Tim Horton's is going to be GREAT!
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Your report is great - keep it coming.
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