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Old 05-17-2012, 09:42 PM   #1
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Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A Graduation Trip for Me! *Completed!


Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A Graduation Trip for Me!


Hello and welcome to my second dining review! That’s right, I have returned. You can find my first dining review here.
Without further adieu, I shall introduce the pirates aboard this vessel.

The Crew


DDad - His favorite park is the Magic Kingdom and his favorite attractions are Soarin and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin.
DMom - Her favorite park is the Magic Kingdom and her favorite attraction is Peter Pan’s Flight.
My Brother (Andrew, 19) - His favorite park is the Magic Kingdom and his favorite attractions are Splash Mountain and Star Tours.
My Best Friend and Roommate (Laura, 21) - She visited WDW when she was very little, so this was essentially her first trip. Her favorite park turned out to be the Magic Kingdom and her favorite attraction is Splash Mountain.
And me, Betsy (21) - My favorite park is the Magic Kingdom and my favorite attractions are Pirates of the Caribbean and Splash Mountain. I’m a touch bit in love with Captain Jack Sparrow and anything piratical.


Trip Details

When: May 6th – 13th
Where: Port Orleans Riverside
Why: To celebrate my graduation from college! I graduated on May 5th and we took off for WDW early the next morning.


Background


My whole family absolutely loves Walt Disney World. This was our 25th trip and we had a fantastic time! It was especially wonderful because we were able to share everything with my best friend. She had a truly magical experience and I’m so glad she was able to join us.

My family loves to eat, but we are not really foodies. We enjoy a burger and fries almost as much as dining at a fancy restaurant. I am a more adventurous eater than anyone in my family and I also love to cook and bake, which comes in handy when trying to recreate recipes from WDW at home. As a side note, my mother has a stomach condition and has to be careful about what she eats. Sometimes she orders kids meals since the portion sizes are smaller and the food is pretty mild. Laura on the other hand, is always ready to try new food. She also loves honey and various other healthy foods as you will soon see.

We have never gotten the dining plan, as it really doesn’t fit into our touring style. We don’t really plan which park we are going to until the day before and only schedule a few table service restaurants each trip. We also don’t like to get too full on food because we often go commando style (lots of walking and little sleep!), so we tend to share bigger meals and get a snack later on.

You can probably tell by now that I love Pirates of the Caribbean. So, it is now time to divulge my rating scale based on my favorite movie series.


Rating Scale



Captain Jack Sparrow
The Captain is intelligent, cunning, and witty, making him quite a clever pirate. Oh, and did I happen to mention how attractive he is?
This is one of the best meals you have ever had in your entire life. You often spend time dreaming of this food and try to recreate it at home. This is definitely a must do on your next trip!



Hector Barbossa
An excellent pirate and swordsman, Barbossa is definitely someone to watch out for.
This is a good, solid meal. It is pretty gosh darn tasty, and something you would try again.



Blackbeard
The one pirate that all pirates fear. Blackbeard is downright evil, greedy, and ruthless.
This is a terrible meal and one you would never want to eat again.

Now that we have discussed the rating scale, I believe it is time to begin the reviews. So hop aboard and weigh anchor, as we set sail to the most magical place on earth!

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Old 05-17-2012, 09:43 PM   #2
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Table of Contents

Arrrgh Itinerary



Sunday, May 6th
Dinner: Earl of Sandwich
Snack: Goofy’s Candy Company

Monday, May 7th
Breakfast: Riverside Mill Food Court
Lunch: Liberty Tree Tavern
Dinner: Beaches and Cream

Tuesday, May 8th
Breakfast: Riverside Mill Food Court
Lunch: Pizza Planet
Dinner: Riverside Mill Food Court
Dessert: Graduation Cake

Wednesday, May 9th
Breakfast: Kona Café
Snack: Kusafiri Bakery
Dinner 1: Flame Tree Barbecue
Dinner 2: Columbia Harbour House
Dessert: Plaza Ice Cream Parlour

Thursday, May 10th
Breakfast: Main Street Bakery
Snacks: Captain Cooks / Barefoot Pool Bar
Dinner: Pecos Bill

Friday, May 11th
Breakfast: Sunshine Seasons
Late Lunch: Boulangerie Patisserie
Snacks: Kringla Bakeri og Café / Yorkshire County Fish Shop / Karamell-Kuche

Saturday, May 12th
Breakfast: Riverside Mill Food Court
Lunch: The Plaza
Dinner: The Pinocchio Village Haus
Snacks: The Confectionary / Popcorn Cart

Sunday, May 13th
Breakfast: Riverside Mill Food Court

Final Thoughts

Port Orleans Riverside Room Photos

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Old 05-17-2012, 09:51 PM   #3
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YAY! I loved your last review, and your rating system is perfect! Signing in and looking forward to it! Congrats on your graduation btw, what a great accomplishment and great way to celebrate!
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Yay, Betsy! I am so excited to read your reviews, as I really enjoyed your last report. I share your love for pirates ! Looks like you had some yummy grub. Yo-Ho!
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:14 PM   #5
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YAY! I loved your last review, and your rating system is perfect! Signing in and looking forward to it! Congrats on your graduation btw, what a great accomplishment and great way to celebrate!
Thank you so much!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed my last review and signed up for another adventure.

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Yay, Betsy! I am so excited to read your reviews, as I really enjoyed your last report. I share your love for pirates ! Looks like you had some yummy grub. Yo-Ho!
Ahoy there me hearty! I'm so glad you have come aboard for another dining review
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:26 PM   #6
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Ahoy there! I just updated the itinerary to include all the places we dined at. I also included a link at the bottom for my new blog: The Wildest Blog in the Wilderness.

I am excited to tell you all that I am going to be participating in the Disney College Program! I will be working as an Attractions Cast Member from June 11th - January 2nd. Feel free to check out my blog, which will chronicle my journey as a CM. While I am at WDW I will be sure to keep track of all the places I eat at, so I can continue to share my reviews with you!

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Old 05-18-2012, 12:18 PM   #7
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Congrats on doing the college program!! I can't wait to hear all about it. I also can't wait to read your dining review. It looks like lots of good eats!!
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Congratulations about the College Program! My DD will be entering college in the fall and has long dreamed of the DCP. We just discovered recently that you are allowed to do this immediately after graduation, quite an intriguing option! We will be following your blog.

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Sounds like this is going to be a great report.

I'll have to follow your blog too, and maybe I can stalk you when we are at WDW in October. LOL Or I could pretend to be a surrogate Mom, since I am old enough to be your Mom, and just keep an eye on you. ;-)
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Joining in. Congrats on the College Program!!
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Congrats on graduation, the college program, what what looks to have been a great trip! Looking forward to reading all the reviews.
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I'm in also. And we will be in WDW in August so will follow your blog and say 'hi' if we run into you in the summer
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Can't wait for your report, loved your last one
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