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Old 09-26-2012, 09:26 PM   #1
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Our Adventures in Free Dining - 2 Adults x 5 Nights DDP (Complete w/a Few Pics)

Hello! This is my first attempt at a dining report, so please be gentle!

Who: Me and my Hubby
When: September 17th - September 21st
What: Disney Dining Plan ("Free")
Credits: 10 Table Service, 10 Quick Service, 10 Snacks (we had leftovers)

We just returned from our vacation on 09/22. We didn't get to do a whole lot of activities (see my trip report, currently in progress, to find out why), but hey everyone knows the best part of a WDW vacation is the eating, right?!? And eat we did!

I started out with the intention of taking pics of absolutely everything, but that plan quickly flew out the window after day 1. I do have a few photos, but they're not good quality ... I may include them, I may not. I also had planned to keep track of every dollar spent down to the penny in my handy-dandy notebook. Well ... on some, I've had to estimate because I forgot all about the notebook AND we lost a couple of receipts.

I am going to do a rating system. Since this is my first try, I'm going to keep it simple and do a thumb's up rating of 1 thumb to 5 thumbs. I will also be rating level of service for TS restaurants.

We are not "foodies" - just average, ordinary people. I am diabetic and on a low-sodium diet, so I had many interactions with Disney chefs. I know there's not much variety (not nearly as much as there was supposed to be, which I will explain along the way), but I still hope you'll follow along!
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:27 PM   #2
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A Little Food Porn For You!

Monday, September 17:
Lunch: Sassagoula's
Dinner: T-Rex
Snacks: Sassagoula's

Tuesday, September 18:
Breakfast: Sassagoula's
Snack (OOP): Sassagoula's
Dinner: Boatwright's Dining Hall

Wednesday, September 19:
Breakfast (OOP): Kona Cafe
Lunch: Artist's Palatte
Dinner: T-Rex

Thursday, September 20:
Breakfast: Artist's Palatte
Dinner: Sassagoula's Pizza Express Delivery
Snack: Artist's Palatte

Friday, September 21:
Breakfast (OOP): Wolfgang Puck Express (Marketplace)
Lunch: Rainforest Cafe (DTD)
Dinner: Artist's Palatte
Snack (OOP): Sleepy Hollow
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We are at POR in 38 days so I am looking forward to reviews on PoFQ dining as well as POR.
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Looking forward to reading your reviews ! We check in to POR on the 22!
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:50 PM   #6
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Hi there!!! I want to hear all about your dining experiences.

I see you managed a Kona breakfast - my favorite in all of WDW. I can't wait to hear.
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:43 AM   #7
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I see you managed a Kona breakfast - my favorite in all of WDW. I can't wait to hear.
Oh yay, I already have readers! Welcome, ya'll!
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:45 AM   #8
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Sassagoula's Lunch 09/17

Monday, September 17 - Lunch at Sassagoula's at Port Orleans French Quarter

First Impressions: This food court is TINY. After staying at POP last year, I was expecting something similar in size with similar variety, but not so. The ordering and eating areas are extremely clean, however, so that's a huge plus. We thought the decor was fun, even the giant heads in the seating area.

After reading over all the menu choices, I decided to order the Tuna Sub with Pasta Salad (hold the lettuce and tomato), and hubby ordered the Philly Cheesesteak with Fries. We both chose ice cream for our desserts and bottled water for our drinks. (NOTE: I have photos of this meal, but Photobucket is not co-operating this morning ... )


The Tuna Salad Sub featured tuna salad of the "chunk light" variety, not albacore, and was unremarkable in taste. It seemed like it was made of just tuna and mayo with a few tiny chunks of celery thrown in for color. It wasn't bad tasting, it just didn't taste like much of anything at all if that makes sense. It was also *very* skimpy on filling - this sub was mostly bread. The bread, however, was soft and fresh. The pasta salad that accompanied the tuna sub was vinegar based and not very good. I managed one bite - it left a sour taste behind, so I was finished.

Rating for Tuna Salad Sub w/Pasta Salad:


The Philly Cheesesteak turned out to be half the size of my tuna sub. It was literally on half a sub bread with half the filling I received. My husband actually said, "Are you serious?" when they handed it to him. While the filling was skimpy, he said it tasted very, very good. It was, however, a little on the dry side, so he ended up adding some mayo to make it more palatable. He said the fries were seasoned and tasted great (and after stealing two off his plate, I would have to agree ).

Rating for Philly Cheesesteak w/Fries:


Ahhh dessert ... the saving grace for this entire meal. We both chose ice cream (there weren't very many choices, otherwise), and were given two very large scoops. The ladies working the ice cream counter were friendly and fun! DH chose cookies & cream, and I chose chocolate chip cookie dough. I'm diabetic, and I never would have imagined the scoops would have been that large or I would have chosen the sugar-free fudge marble they also offer. The cookies & cream had large chunks of Oreo cookies, and the cookie dough had lots of pieces of dough to enjoy. Both flavors of ice cream were good, but the texture was somewhat grainy and not very creamy. It was also frozen extremely hard and took forever to melt enough to be able to eat it with a plastic spoon. Really, though, how can you go wrong with ice cream?

Rating for Ice Creams:


Total Cost of Meal: $33.94 (2 QS Credits Used)

We also got 2 refillable mugs @ $14.49/each as part of the DDP: $30.86 value (2 Mug Entitlements Used)



Final Thoughts: We're both of the opinion that you should get more filling in the sandwiches, especially the cheesesteak, considering what this meal cost. Some of the CMs put off the air of being bored and disinterested and had attitudes that were not overly friendly. Sassagoula's is a convenient, clean place to eat while staying at FQ.
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We love t-rex. Next time I am getting a steak and waffle fries!!! Nov. 3rd can't get here soon enough!
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