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Old 09-07-2012, 10:42 AM   #1
elaine amj
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A lesson in sharing or how to turn 12 TS credits into 14 meals (COMPLETE)

Our family of 4 just returned from 12 days in WDW where we had 14 meals, 2 of which were signatures. Pretty much all we did was eat, eat, and eat some more. It was an absolutely fabulous vacation that revolved around food. And oh yea, we did some rides, slides, and video games. Did I mention we ate?

With 12 days of DDP, I was slightly concerned how we would be able to stretch our credits to cover all our meals. We didn’t want to pay OOP for too much but weren’t too concerned if we had to do so for a few meals. I brought some instant oatmeal but we planned to have most of our breakfasts in the food court as my DH likes a "proper breakfast".

Well...when all was said and done, we stretched and maximized our credits like crazy while still eating what we wanted and actually had extra CS and snack credits at the end of the day – which was perfect for us as we wanted to bring back souvenirs. The end result? We were stuffed, stuffed, stuffed! We ate like kings and all the choices I made for where to eat, etc were spot on and we had great experiences.

Our family likes to share meals. DH tries to be healthy and I try to eat somewhat reasonable portion sizes (but we’re on vacation so I splurged...a LOT!). Still, sharing meals makes me feel better about my portion sizes My DD eats like a pig (when she likes the food) and we always laugh about the bottomless pit she hides in her skinny frame. My DS has a much smaller appetite but DH pushes him to eat what he considers a "Reasonable portion" - which I always consider way too much!

My rating system:
Yuck, yuck, YUCK! Will never, ever eat here again
Edible, but forgettable
Decent, will eat here again but will not go out of my way
Good, will happily eat here again
Loved it!!! Highly recommend this!

Day 1
Breakfast: Everything Pop
Lunch: Leaning Palms at Typhoon Lagoon
Snacks: Ice Cream (2) and Large pastries (3) from stands at Typhoon Lagoon
Dinner: Cooke's of Dublin

Day 2
Breakfast: Pepper Market at Coronado Springs Resort
Lunch: Random CS in Blizzard Beach
Snacks: Snow cone (2) and Roasted pecans from stands in Blizzard Beach
Dinner: Turf Club at Saratoga Springs

Day 3
Breakfast: Everything Pop
Lunch: Le Cellier
Snacks: 3 snacks (can't remember what) and pastries from French Bakery (4) for breakfast the next morning
Dinner: Teppan Edo

Day 4
Breakfast: Snacks from Boulangerie Patisserie (purchased the night before)
Lunch: 50s Prime Time
Snacks: 1 bag popcorn, 1 carrot cake cookie from Writer's Stop, 1 gigantic M&M cookie from Writer's Stop and 1 iced coffee, also from Writer's Stop
Dinner: Catalina Eddie's at DHS

Day 5
Brunch: Wolfgang Puck Express at DtD Marketplace
Snacks: 2 bags popcorn from DQ
Dinner: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Day 6
Breakfast: Everything Pop
Lunch: Restaurantasaurus
Snack: 1 iced ginger tea from the Joy of Tea
Dinner: Boma

Day 7
Breakfast: Everything Pop
Lunch: Columbia Harbor House
Snacks: 2 Dole Whips, 1 Popsicle, and 1 Citrus Swirl
Dinner: Ohana

Day 8
Breakfast: Everything Pop
Lunch: Katsura Grill & Chefs de France
Snacks: 1 school bread, 1 pastry from Norway bakery, 1 Kaki Gori, 1 giant cookie from Karamel Kuche
Dinner: Garden Grill

Day 9
Brunch: Beaches & Cream
Lunch: Lottawatta Lodge at Blizzard Beach
Snacks: none
Dinner: Narcoossee

Day 10
Breakfast: Everything Pop
Lunch: Wolfgang Puck Express at DtD Marketplace
Snacks: 2 popcorns from DQ and 2 candy treats from Goofy's in DtD
Dinner: Planet Hollywood & Wolfgang Puck Express West Side

Day 11
Brunch: Cinderella's Royal Table @ the Castle
Snack: 1 smoothie from Auntie Gravity's, 1 frozen carbonated drink from The Lunching Pad, and 12 treats from Main St candy store to bring home as gifts (and snacks for school!!)
Dinner: 1900 Park Fare

Day 12
Breakfast: Snacks
(whatever we had left in the room)
Lunch: Landscape of Flavors at Art of Animation

Day 1
Breakfast was shared at Pop. DH got the Bounty Platter and I ended up getting a sushi...just because I was in the mood LOL. The best part about getting a sushi instead of a breakfast entree is that I got to get a dessert with it. My DD wanted apple slices so that saved us a snack credit. So...2 CS credits (we all shared everything we ordered) and we were on a roll.
Edible, but forgettable

Lunch was at Typhoon Lagoon – just from one of their CS places. DH and I split a Chicken Caesar Wrap. It was completely gross. DS and DD split Chicken Strips/Nuggets (I use the terms interchangeably LOL). That was OK.
Yuck, yuck, YUCK! Will never, ever eat here again
Edible, but forgettable

We used all 4 snacks today on 2 ice creams and 2 pastries. The pastries they sell are yummy and enormous and well worth a snack credit.
Good, will happily eat here again

For dinner we went to DTD with reservations at Trex. When we got there, we were told our TA messed up our ressies and it was for a different date (even though I double checked with her just before we left *sigh*). No problems, we were told to wait and they would accommodate us. My kids made a beeline for the dig area where they had a lot of fun digging for fossils. Less than 10 mins later, they called us and I had to drag them out kicking and screaming (ok - a bit of an exaggeration LOL). We were seated right outside the ice cave - very good seats where we could see everything and right beneath the meteor showed (which I found rather unimpressive to be honest). We didn't want to overeat so decided to split 2 meals for 2 TS credits. Our waitress took our order and went off. While waiting, wewandered the restaurant taking pics of the dinos. My DD is rather apprehensive with dinos (but is much better than she used to be!) so she stayed at a distance.

At this time the waitress came back and said there was no way we could share meals on the DDP at all. We asked for a manager and were told the same thing. No way, no how. We discussed it and decided to leave. My DS was a bit unhappy with our decision but after settling at Cooke's of Dublin(CS) enjoying a band and some delicious chicken strips, he forgave us and didn't ask to return to TRex.

I'm glad we left. It was a fun place but we had other meals planned and didn't want to spend all 4 TS credits there. By the way...we ate at 14 TS places in 12 days and had not a whit of problems anywhere else sharing our credits.

So dinner ended up at Cooke's of Dublin. The batter they use on everything is very very good and we really enjoyed our meals here. Chilling on an outdoor patio enjoying a band on a nice summer night was even better. Used up 4 CS here as we all wanted different things, I had the chicken and field mushroom pie. Very good - DH who doesn't like pie, kept stealing from me. DD had a gigantic cheeseburger which she pronounced "delicious", DS had the chicken strips (his fave), and DH had the scallops - YUM!! However, the Edy's ice cream was a disappointment. I expected hand scooped ice cream and it turned out to be softserve with a weird taste and a frozen crushed ice consistency. We didn't finish any of our ice cream.

Good, will happily eat here again
August 2012 Dining Review: A lesson in sharing or how to turn 12 TS credits into 14 meals
I've been BOO'ED!!!

Last edited by elaine amj; 10-31-2012 at 03:42 PM.
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