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Old 01-20-2013, 07:39 AM   #556
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Thanks, that's somewhat what I was afraid of. You would think for as much as these places overcharge for basic food that they could at least offer a burger of Burger King quality. It like they go out of their way to create worse food.
I think all of the burgers at the parks are better than Burger King, but that is just my opinion. The burger at Mythos is delicious.
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Thanks, that's somewhat what I was afraid of. You would think for as much as these places overcharge for basic food that they could at least offer a burger of Burger King quality. It like they go out of their way to create worse food.
there is a Burger King in City Walk.
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I have decided against the Meal Plan in April after all your advise to avoid it and Judy agreed !!I am thinking of Finnegans for a lunch on our US day and 3Broomsticks for lunch at IOA then I figures we could either do Pastamore for a couple of Pizzas or BK in City Walk !!!How does that sound !! ???
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I have decided against the Meal Plan in April after all your advise to avoid it and Judy agreed !!I am thinking of Finnegans for a lunch on our US day and 3Broomsticks for lunch at IOA then I figures we could either do Pastamore for a couple of Pizzas or BK in City Walk !!!How does that sound !! ???
sounds like a plan.


check out Boulangerie at the studios.

it is near the entrance of the park.
fresh made crossiant or roll sandwiches and Cheese Cake Factory desserts!!
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sounds like a plan.


check out Boulangerie at the studios.

it is near the entrance of the park.
fresh made crossiant or roll sandwiches and Cheese Cake Factory desserts!!
The kids will want Pizza /Hamburger type food , they will be okay with the Chicken and ribs at 3 broomstix I think , me I'm getting the pasties again!!!
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I would pick Thunder Falls Terrace for chicken over Three Brooksticks any day.
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I would pick Thunder Falls Terrace for chicken over Three Brooksticks any day.
Have to run that by the crew!!!
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How about FireEaters grill or Confisco "s???? I have to admit 3 Broomstix was my idea for the pasties !!!
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confisco would be a better choice than fireaters grill.


you will have seats and tables for confisco.

at fire eaters, limited seating in the area.


i have eaten at both.
do enjoy the gyros at fire eaters.
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How about FireEaters grill or Confisco "s???? I have to admit 3 Broomstix was my idea for the pasties !!!
There's nothing wrong with the chicken at 3 Broomsticks. It is the normal rotisserie stuff.
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confisco would be a better choice than fireaters grill.


you will have seats and tables for confisco.

at fire eaters, limited seating in the area.


i have eaten at both.
do enjoy the gyros at fire eaters.
Since they moved the Pearl Factory into Treasures of Poseidon, there is now additional seating over by the old Pearl Factory location so unless the park is packed, there's usually some tables available at Fire Eater's.
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Well it seems like I have 3 choices , 3 Broom stix, Fire Eaters or Confiscos !!! Maybe it will depend on where we are at lunchtime !!! Maybe I should look for other options at US!!! I think I know a good source for menus
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The kids will want Pizza /Hamburger type food , they will be okay with the Chicken and ribs at 3 broomstix I think , me I'm getting the pasties again!!!
The hamburgers at Hard Rock Cafe are good, and you can get a good malt/shake there to wash it down!
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The hamburgers at Hard Rock Cafe are good, and you can get a good malt/shake there to wash it down!
Now that's another idea !!The kids would like that!!!!
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We recently returned from a week at Disney & Universal. I wanted to include the reviews from Universal dining here!

1/8/13
*I should note we have Universal Studios Annual Passes so we receive a 10% discount throughout the park including City Walk. We remembered to use it 99% of the time so prices do reflect this.

Royal Pacific Club Level Appetizers

Cheese and cracker platter, crudite, fried rice, and sesame chicken. Wine and beer were available as well as soda and coffee. Everything was delicious and very substantial. We were usually in the lounge early in the evening so Iím not sure if they replenish throughout the evening or itís a ďwhen itís gone, itís goneĒ type of offering. Having just come from Yacht Club CL I couldnít help but compare. I would say the main appetizer was much better and a more filling option. The cheese at the YC I liked better - they had more ďfancyĒ cheese options while Royal Pacific had your usual cheddar and pepper jack. I love the crackers at Royal Pacific - the seeded crackers are really yummy! Crudite was similar and I really like the tortilla chips that they usually have for evening appetizers with salsa and sour cream.

NBA Cafe - ($85.14)

We had dinner here after a short wait - I forgot to mention we were resort guests which helps you get moved higher up the wait list but the wait was only about 20 minutes. We requested only that we be seated near a smaller tv so that we could watch our local NBA game. We knew the large screens would be covering LA, Miami, and Orlando. They accommodated us no problem and we were able to watch most of the game during dinner and it was a fun experience for us as basketball fans. My husband really loves this restaurant. I think itís o.k. but Iíve definitely had some bad meals here over the years. Iíve tried jambalaya there and it was awful. We had drinks here including a bloody mary and two cuba libres. We started with their tomato mozzarella appetizer with chicken and it was good. We both went with burgers - I had a cheeseburger and my husband had the bacon cheese burger. The burgers came with a pickle and fries. Our server here was a very sweet guy named Joe who went out of his way to talk basketball and make sure we had what we needed. We finished by splitting the Chocolate Bomb -this was yummy! Chocolate cake with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream.

They have an odd system for handling payments here. You ďauthorizeĒ them to run your credit card for the specific amount which includes your tip and sign the bill. You donít sign anything further, you just receive a final receipt. This is different from every other restaurant Iíve been to where they bring your bill, authorize your card, and then you add the tip to the final amount and sign. Iím not sure why they are doing it this way but it was a new one for me.

1/9/13

Snacks at Islands of Adventure

Frozen Lemonade - There are a couple of stands that sell frozen lemonade in Islands of Adventure and they are super good. Itís always my first snack at IOA.

Butterbeer - My husband spends a lot of time between trips thinking about butterbeer. We even occasionally make it at home based on a recipe I found online. We purchased the first butterbeer of the trip at the cart just outside of Zonkos. The first of many (I wonít document each one - just suffice it to say there were a lot of them.)

Cookies in Seuss Landing - We purchased cookies at the small bakery at the end of the High in the Sky Trolley Ride - peanut butter for me and ultimate chocolate chip for him. They were both good (though not as good as the Hollywood Studios one!)

Royal Pacific Club Level

Tonight the lounge offered a mexican theme for the main entree and salad including a taco casserole type dish with beans, ground beef, and tortilla chips. This was very good and was served alongside the usual offerings of cheese, crackers, and chips.

Orchid Lounge Sushi ($45.42)

My husband isnít a huge sushi fan so tonight I got take out sushi while he ordered room service. I had a rainbow roll and mexican roll. Both were great and the sushi lounge has a wonderful atmosphere. There were only two other parties and the view of the pool from the windows surrounding the lounge remind you that you are in a beautiful paradise, steps from a theme park. I enjoyed an old fashioned while waiting on my order which came out fairly quickly.

Royal Pacific Room Service ($38.98)

My husband ordered a cheeseburger, fries, and ice cream from the room service all day menu. The service was excellent, I find the room service staff always so accommodating and helpful. They go out of their way to provide excellent service. The food for this particular order was only what my husband described as ďo.k.Ē In the past weíve had chicken fingers that were really good - Iíd suggest those over the hamburger based on his experience. A 22% tip is included as a $3.00 delivery charge.

1/10/13

Islands of Adventure Snacks

Hogshead Brew ($12.05)
We stopped in for drinks and a quick lunch. I ordered a cocktail called Apple Jack which included their special apple cider and Jack Danielís. My husband had a frozen butterbeer. We also ordered a turkey leg and potato wedges ($13.41) from Three Broomsticks to share. We came in only for drinks but the food coming out of Three Broomsticks aroma was too much! Both the turkey leg and wedges were really good. The potato wedges in particular had a great seasoning. The line at Three Broomsticks did move pretty slowly considering it was mid afternoon and there was only one person ahead of me. I canít imagine what itís like when itís super busy at lunchtime.

Royal Pacific Bula Bar ($49)

On the way back from the parks we noticed that on this beautiful day the pool tables near the bar were empty so we took the opportunity to play and enjoy a few drinks. The Bula Bar offers a hurricane glass for $15 with the Royal Pacific logo that can be refilled for the rest of your stay for $10. Between the two of us we tried the Appleton V/X Mai Tai, Skyy Vodka Lemonade, and the Pacific Paradise. The Pacific Paradise was definitely our favorite. Gratuity is included on every drink here and the staff are very quick to share that information so you donít tip twice.

Royal Pacific Club Level

Tonight along with the cheese tray, crackers, chips, salsa, and sour cream there was also a pasta and chicken dish and a salad that was very good.

Royal Pacific Room Service ($26.58)

We waited a little too late to eat on this particular night so our options were more limited. We opted for pizza from room service. We actually thought this was pretty good. Not fantastic but better than the pizza we had several nights before. This pizza deal included two sodas and again service was outstanding.

1/11/13

Royal Pacific Bula Bar ($25.11)

We slept in and had an early lunch by the pool to try the nachos at the pool bar that we noticed the afternoon before. This is the best value Iíve ever seen at any resort/theme park. The enormous platter of nachos was $10 and very good! We couldnít finish it in spite of a valiant effort. Like the drinks, the gratuity is included and the server was again sure to make sure we knew. They do provide an opportunity on the receipt for additional gratuity if you prefer a higher percentage which we did, our server was wonderful.

Islands of Adventure Snacks ($5.43)

We grabbed a waffle cone with a mix of vanilla and chocolate at a stand in Marvel Superhero Island. It was very refreshing on a beautiful, sunny afternoon.

Royal Pacific Club Level

The food again tonight was very good. We enjoyed spaghetti and meatballs and salad along with the standards. I was impressed throughout our trip by the quality and substance of the evening offerings on club level especially as compared to the Yacht Club.

Over on the Disney Dining Review board you can read my Disney dining recaps. Thank you for reading! All in all we are fans of Universal dining. Mythos is one of the only favorites we missed this trip but we'll make up for it next time.
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