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Old 06-09-2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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Only 3 Pound Weight Gain? A DxDP Review upd 2/9 Yachtsman and Final Thoughts

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen you read that right. My daughter and I did the deluxe dining plan for our recent trip to Disney. And I only gained 3 pounds.

I still don't know how I did it. On the regular plan last year, I gained 7. I think it has something to do with the running we did all week. Either way, it was a great one!

On to our introductions:



Photo courtesy of our server, Harvey, at Narcoossee's.

There's me, a 30-something special education administrator and Sweetie, a 13-year old full blown teenager.

I love seafood, vegetables. . .you name it, I will try it.

Sweetie is a meat and potatoes-type gal.

We were at Pop Century on May 31 and Coronado Springs from June 1 through June 6.

We ate at the following places:

May 31:
Breakfast: Home
Lunch: Art of Animation
Dinner: Contempo Cafe

June 1:
Breakfast: Cafe Rix
Lunch: Cinderella's Royal Table
Dinner: Narcoossee's

June 2:
Breakfast: Sunshine Seasons
Lunch: Le Cellier
Dinner: Sunshine Seasons

June 3:
Breakfast: Boma
Lunch: Contempo Cafe
Dinner: California Grill

June 4:
Breakfast: Pizzafari
Lunch: Boulangerie Patisserie

Dinner: Cape May Cafe

June 5:
Breakfast: Starring Rolls Cafe
Lunch: Wolfgang Puck Express
Dinner: Chefs de France

June 6:
Breakfast: Crystal Palace
Lunch: Dinobites
Dinner: Yachtsman Steakhouse

Links will be added to the food list. I will rate each place in regards to the following on a 0-5 scale:

Service
Atmosphere
Food Quality
Value
Overall
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:52 PM   #2
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Breakfast at home

One thing I knew I wanted before we left was a good meal at home. So, bleary-eyed at 5:00am, my dear sweet husband gets up to cook this for breakfast:


I bit the ears off first.

Making chocolate chip pancakes is his specialty and he typically does it on the morning we leave for Disney. He did not have to really get up until it was time for us to leave, but he did get up for us.

Any how, my first ratings:

Service: 5 (How could I not give that for him getting up so early?)
Atmosphere: 3 (It wasn't Disney yet.)
Food Quality: 5
Value: 5 (Breakfast food is so cheap)
Overall: 4.5
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Old 06-09-2012, 06:00 PM   #3
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Art of Animation

Joking aside, we arrived at Pop Century around 1:30 in the afternoon. Our room was ready, and we were informed that the bridge was open to Art of Animation. Even though we had been hungry, we decided to content ourselves in the drive with PopTarts and Diet Coke and wait for Disney food.

As of now, we are not on the plan, so this is all out of pocket.

Sweetie had:


Make your won pasta with Capanelle, Shrimp, and Marinara

I had:


Tokyo Sushi Sampler

Sweetie's Make your own pasta was very good. There were not very many shrimp in there, but is was as good as the pasta at Port Orleans-Riverside. My Sushi was typical CS sushi at Disney. I got it because I had been missing it.

We got a diet coke and coke to drink with dinner and decided to wait until we got to the monorail resorts for a dessert. I paid for dinner with a gift card. It was $28.29.

I liked the counter service place at AoA. I can see how it may get busy, but of course, it was not busy at all with one section of AoA being open. I liked that they used real plates instead of paper and plastic. It would be nice if this is what Disney goes to at the resorts.

Service: 4
Atmosphere: 4
Food Quality: 3
Value: 3
Overall: 3.5
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Old 06-09-2012, 06:17 PM   #4
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Oh that is so sweet of your DH to make your breakfast

Your off to a great start and I'm looking forward to the rest!

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Old 06-09-2012, 07:02 PM   #5
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That was so sweet of your DH to get up & make y'all breakfast! And such a great picture of you & your DD.

Enjoyed the review of AoA food court. Can't wait to hear more!
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:46 PM   #7
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My husband and I are doing deluxe dining in Sept/Oct - and I cannot wait. And I know that my girls would love a one on one trip - with some deluxe dining included. Looking forward to reading more!
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:32 PM   #9
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Your off to a great start and I'm looking forward to the rest!

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That was so sweet of your DH to get up & make y'all breakfast! And such a great picture of you & your DD.

Enjoyed the review of AoA food court. Can't wait to hear more!
I was excited to get over there to AoA!

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Having DxDP when you are going near the food and wine festival is the bomb, let me tell you!

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Great start to your reviews! Looking forward to reading about all of your dining experiences (especially Yachtsman - I'm hoping that this meal was better than last time).
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:29 PM   #11
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Those look like some delicious places! Can't wait to hear (and see) all about them!
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:54 PM   #12
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Wow you guys ate three meals a day! I was starting to think we were the only family who did!
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:46 AM   #13
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Great start to your reviews! Looking forward to reading about all of your dining experiences (especially Yachtsman - I'm hoping that this meal was better than last time).
You'll have to see!

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Wow you guys ate three meals a day! I was starting to think we were the only family who did!
Now, we really didn't do three meals. Lots of times, we used snack credits at breakfast or lunch or we split a cs somewhere.
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:52 AM   #14
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Great start and have to agree with everyone else that your DH was a sweetie to get up that early to cook! Can't wait to hear more!

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