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Old 10-06-2013, 08:28 PM   #1
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Ooh-de-lally! A dining heavy October '13 Trip Report *update 2/23-We're Going Back!*


Pre Trip: Part 1 - Introductions


Welcome to my first ever trip report! I have done dining reports in the past but enjoyed so many TRs on here that I wanted to do one of my own. Now, I knew there was no way that I could keep straight doing a trip report and a dining report (much respect to emmysmommy for being able to do that) so I decides to combine efforts and do a dining heavy trip report.

Wait, you are asking yourself, does that mean that there will be fun and humorous updates likely to include pictures of cute kids meeting princesses along with glorious pictures of food porn?

Yes, yes, that is exactly what it means.

We leave this coming Thursday, October 10th so who knows what we will actually do, but here are some highlights of what we have planned:
  • Pre-park opening breakfast ADR at each of the 4 parks
  • 10th anniversary dinner at Victoria & Albert
  • Food & Wine Festival booths and events - including a Mexican Tequila Lunch and a Mixology Series: Taste, Shake & Indulge Like the French
  • Traveling down with 6 princess dresses ... how many will we come back with?
  • My son's first trip to Walt Disney World!
  • Our first trip traveling with another family
  • Attempts to try things we haven't done in the past - including Tom Sawyer Island and Fantasmic! (I know, right?)
  • Dinner at the newly re-opened California Grill

Details:
  • Actually in Orlando from Friday October 11th to Friday October 12th
  • Staying off site using our time share (Silver Lakes)
  • 4-day park hopper passes (military salute passes) - though one of us will get an annual pass so that we can get a TIW card as given the size of our party, not being on the dining plan, and the fact we enjoy an adult beverage or two we did the math and realized this will save us money

I will be your narrator for this journey, so it is my job to tell it like it is, or was, or whatever. And now to introduce the members of our traveling party ...

First, this is myself (Phil) along with my DW (Judi) from a recent trip to Seattle we took (I know, I out-kicked my coverage):



This is my DD (Olivia - 4.5, going on 13) and DS (Peter - 21mo, though definitely already in the terrible twos).
This will be Olivia's 3rd trip to WDW and my sons first - well, second if you count the fact DW was pregnant with him last trip (I don't think he remembers much)



DD is also clearly a Frump in training:




Also coming with us is my FIL (Bob) and MIL (Kathy). Kathy has come with us the past few trips, but this is Bob's first trip with us and first trip there in many, many years:




And family friends Mike and Bridget along with their kids Tara and Owen will also be coming along - we won't be doing everything together but will have a number of meals together. While Bridget has been to The World before, it has been years and Mike, Tara, and Owen have never been. They kept the trip a secret from their kids and my kids didn't know they were coming .... so I expect there to be quite a bit of excitement and screaming when all is revealed.




I will probably have a couple of more planning posts before we leave. I will try to get a post or two done while on vacation, but no promises.

So, everyone on board? Sound like fun? Come'on ... I've got cookies! I mean, I don't know exactly how to get them to you or anything, but I do have them. Moving on ......
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**In Progress** It's kind of fun to do the impossible - Disney World with a 1 month old - A Trip Report: 08/25-08-29/14
Wait, weren't you just at Disney World? An August '14 Pre-Trip Report - A Pre-Trip Report: 8/25 - 8/29
Ooh-de-lally! A dining heavy October '13 Trip Report - A Trip Report: 10/11-10/18/13
Faint hearts never won fair lady - or got all the ADRs you wanted. - A Dining Review 10/8/11 - 10/15/11
"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?" - A Dining Review 10/24/09 - 10/31/09

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Old 10-06-2013, 08:29 PM   #2
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Contents:

Pre-trip:
Pre Trip: Part 1 - Introductions - post #1
Pre Trip: Part 2 - ADRs - post #11
Pre Trip: Part 2 - Custom T-Shirts - Post #16
Travel: Drive to PA then fly to MCO - post #28

Travel and Day 1:
Day 1 - Part 1: Orlando errands and Downtown Disney (1 of 2) - post #36
Day 1 - Part 1: Orlando errands and Downtown Disney (2 of 2) - post #49
Day 1 - Part 2: Fun at the Polynesian including dinner at Kona Cafe (1 of 2) - post #55
Day 1 - Part 2: Fun at the Polynesian including dinner at Kona Cafe (2 of 2) - post #62

Day 2
Day 2 - Part 1: EPCOT ... breakfast with Royalty - post #71
Day 2 - Part 2: EPCOT ... meeting Mickey and Friends - post #82
Day 2 - Part 3: EPCOT ... 1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila .... - post #87
Day 2 - Part 4: EPCOT ... Taste, Shake, and Indulge! - Post #98
Day 2 - Part 5: EPCOT ... McNamee Adventures - Kidcot and Off Kilter - Post #104
Day 2 - Part 6: EPCOT ... Imagine your future! - Post #113
Day 2 - Part 7: Magic Kingdom ... Dreaming Along with Mickey! - Post #123
Day 2 - Part 8: Magic Kingdom ... Enchantment Under the Sea - Post #124
Day 2 - Recap - Post #126

Day 3
Day 3 - Part 1: Art of Animation ... The Food Court Must Be Explored! - Post #133
Day 3 - Part 2: Art of Animation ... Resort Touring - Post #134
Day 3 - Part 3: Victoria & Albert's ... Fancy Pants Anniversary Dinner - Post #147

Day 4
Day 4 - Part 1: MGM Studios ... Breakfast and Characters Dinner - Post #153
Day 4 - Part 2: MGM Studios ... Is it? Yes it is! *squee!* - Post #162
Day 4 - Part 3: MGM Studios ... Ducks and One Man's Dream - Post #170
Day 4 - Part 4: MGM Studios ... a Beastly Terror! - Post #177
Day 4 - Part 5: MGM Studios ... This will be a day long remembered - I finally get to the Fantasmic! update! - Post #178

Day 5
Day 5 - Part 1: Winter Summerland ... Let's hit the links! - Post #181
Day 5 - Part 2: TDT ... Lunch at Raglan Road - Post #182
Day 5 - Part 3: TDT ... Shopping - Post #183
Day 5 - Part 4: California Grill ... Dinner Part I - Post #189
Day 5 - Part 5: California Grill ... Dinner Part II plus fireworks! - Post #190

Day 6
Day 6 - Part 1: Magic Kingdom ... Castle picks and puffed French Toast - Post #196
Day 6 - Part 2: Magic Kingdom ... Princesses! - Post #200
Day 6 - Part 3: Magic Kingdom ... The Circus and other Oddities - Post #208
Day 6 - Part 4: Magic Kingdom ... The Ariel Ride and Lunch at Be Our Guest - Post #221
Day 6 - Part 5: Magic Kingdom ... Dreaming with Mickey while sleeping during a parade - Post #130
Day 6 - Part 6: Magic Kingdom ... Best meet & greet ever - and biggest cupcake ever! - Post #138
Day 6 - Part 7: Magic Kingdom ... Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah! - Post #244
Day 6 - Part 8: Magic Kingdom ... Electrical Parades, Projection Shows, and Wishes ... oh my! - Post #245
Day 6 - Part 9: Magic Kingdom ... more rides - and day recap - Post #247


Day 7
Day 7 - Part 1: Animal Kingdom ... Safari Breakfast as far as the eye can see - Post #256
Day 7 - Part 2: Animal Kingdom ... Curse you Yeti! - Post #269
Day 7 - Part 3: Animal Kingdom ... Safari part 1 - Post #272
Day 7 - Part 4: Animal Kingdom ... Safari part 2 - Post #274
Day 7 - Part 5: McNamees Day off - Post #282
Day 7 - Part 6: EPCOT - Food and Wine Festival ... well, food and wine - Post #287
Day 7 - Part 7: EPCOT - Lasseter Family Winery Deminar. a.k.a that Pixar guy also gets to make great wine - Post #294
Day 7 - Part 8: EPCOT - The last princess is in sight and a camel shows us the way - Post #305
Day 7 - Part 9: EPCOT - More Food & Wine at the appropriately named Festival - Post #313
Day 7 - Part 10: EPCOT - Mexican It's A Small World and more F&WF Fun - Post #325
Day 7 - Part 11: EPCOT - Dessert and Illumnations - Post #334

Recap:
Final Thoughts & Video - Post #339



Real Life Updates:
Merry Christmas! (December 25, 2013) - Post #215
Life Update - Olivia turns 5! - post #357
Update - We're going back to the World! - Post #363
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**In Progress** It's kind of fun to do the impossible - Disney World with a 1 month old - A Trip Report: 08/25-08-29/14
Wait, weren't you just at Disney World? An August '14 Pre-Trip Report - A Pre-Trip Report: 8/25 - 8/29
Ooh-de-lally! A dining heavy October '13 Trip Report - A Trip Report: 10/11-10/18/13
Faint hearts never won fair lady - or got all the ADRs you wanted. - A Dining Review 10/8/11 - 10/15/11
"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?" - A Dining Review 10/24/09 - 10/31/09

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Old 10-06-2013, 08:30 PM   #3
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FIRST! You know I'm on board! Your kids are adorable, I'm so excited to see their character meets. AND SO MUCH DISNEY FOOD!
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I understand dining heavy trip reports

I'm in!
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Joining in Phil!! See, I can call you Phil now, haha.
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I LOVE your trip report title, I'm in!
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Sounds like fun! I'm in!
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FIRST! You know I'm on board! Your kids are adorable, I'm so excited to see their character meets. AND SO MUCH DISNEY FOOD!
Congrats on being first! Thanks - we also feel the kids are fairly adorable ... makes it tough to stay mad at them at times

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Welcome! Glad you are hear - I've read a bunch of your dining reviews/posts!

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Welcome! Thanks - Robin Hood is my favorite Disney movie so I am sure I will mix in some other references ... actually, there is another quote in the middle of the intro


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Welcome! I hope it turns out to be a fun trip .... the elements are definitely there!
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**In Progress** It's kind of fun to do the impossible - Disney World with a 1 month old - A Trip Report: 08/25-08-29/14
Wait, weren't you just at Disney World? An August '14 Pre-Trip Report - A Pre-Trip Report: 8/25 - 8/29
Ooh-de-lally! A dining heavy October '13 Trip Report - A Trip Report: 10/11-10/18/13
Faint hearts never won fair lady - or got all the ADRs you wanted. - A Dining Review 10/8/11 - 10/15/11
"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?" - A Dining Review 10/24/09 - 10/31/09

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You had me at ooh-de-lally!!! I LOVE Robin Hood and get cranky when I think about never meeting him. And Prince John. I loooove Prince John.

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You had me at ooh-de-lally!!! I LOVE Robin Hood and get cranky when I think about never meeting him. And Prince John. I loooove Prince John.



Welcome! Thanks for joining and solid job finding the other quote from Robin Hood in the intro ... I'll try to sprinkle in some more throughout the TR
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Wait, weren't you just at Disney World? An August '14 Pre-Trip Report - A Pre-Trip Report: 8/25 - 8/29
Ooh-de-lally! A dining heavy October '13 Trip Report - A Trip Report: 10/11-10/18/13
Faint hearts never won fair lady - or got all the ADRs you wanted. - A Dining Review 10/8/11 - 10/15/11
"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?" - A Dining Review 10/24/09 - 10/31/09
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Pre Trip: Part 2 - ADRs


Pre Trip: Part 2 - ADRs


So in planning for meals for as many as 10 people (not everyone would join every meal) there was only going to be one way to do this ... that's right, spreadsheets.

We knew some of what we definitely wanted to do, but as we were staying off site and thus not on the dining plan we wanted to show some level of cost consciousness. We also wanted to balance doing new things but also including old favorites.

After some back-and-forth on what would work best, we settled on a plan. The one sticking point was that when our 180 window opened, California Grill was going through their refurb, wasn't accepting ADRs, and it wasn't entirely confirmed they would be open in time. So as a back-up we booked Artist Point ... but, then California Grill did open in time and I was able to score an ADR! Also, with having a Chase Disney Visa, I got in one day early to book Food & Wine Festival events!




So, below is the schedule of ADR's we have planned:

Friday, October 11th (arrivale day):
  • Dinner @ Kona (everyone) - new for us!
Saturday, October 12th:
  • Breakfast @ Akershus (everyone) - breakfast here is new for us!
  • Mexican Tequila Lunch (Me and FIL) - new for us!
  • Taste, Shake & Indulge Like the French (DW and MIL) - new for us!
Sunday, October 13th:
  • Dinner @ Victoria & Albert (Me and DW) - new for us!
Monday, October 14th:
  • Breakfast @ Hollywood & Vine (just my family)
  • Lunch @ Biergarten (just my family and we may cancel if decide to not do a TS lunch) - new for us!
Tuesday, October 15th:
  • Lunch @ Raglan Road (just my family)
  • Dinner @ California Grill
Wednesday, October 16th:
  • Breakfast @ Crystal Palace
Thursday, October 16th:
  • Breakfast @ Tusker House (just my family) - new for us!
  • Lunch @ Yak & Yeti (just my family and we may cancel if decide to not do a TS lunch) - new for us!
  • Wine Demo - Lasseter Family Wine


We'll see how things change while we are there, but all-in-all I am pretty happy with what I was able to secure - especially given that many of the meals are for a relatively large party.


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**In Progress** It's kind of fun to do the impossible - Disney World with a 1 month old - A Trip Report: 08/25-08-29/14
Wait, weren't you just at Disney World? An August '14 Pre-Trip Report - A Pre-Trip Report: 8/25 - 8/29
Ooh-de-lally! A dining heavy October '13 Trip Report - A Trip Report: 10/11-10/18/13
Faint hearts never won fair lady - or got all the ADRs you wanted. - A Dining Review 10/8/11 - 10/15/11
"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?" - A Dining Review 10/24/09 - 10/31/09

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What a great lineup. I'm looking forward to hearing how they all went!
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I did the Akershus breakfast years ago...I honestly don't remember the food, but princesses were everywhere so I loved it. Really good choices I'm excited to hear about Victoria and Albert's...that one's on the bucket list for sure.
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What a great lineup. I'm looking forward to hearing how they all went!
Thanks - I think it is a good mix of new things and old favorites and we love pre-park opening ADRs ... will definitely be commenting on all the meals

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I did the Akershus breakfast years ago...I honestly don't remember the food, but princesses were everywhere so I loved it. Really good choices I'm excited to hear about Victoria and Albert's...that one's on the bucket list for sure.
We have done the lunch there before and loved the princess interaction and found the food to be at least decent so we are excited to try breakfast there
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**In Progress** It's kind of fun to do the impossible - Disney World with a 1 month old - A Trip Report: 08/25-08-29/14
Wait, weren't you just at Disney World? An August '14 Pre-Trip Report - A Pre-Trip Report: 8/25 - 8/29
Ooh-de-lally! A dining heavy October '13 Trip Report - A Trip Report: 10/11-10/18/13
Faint hearts never won fair lady - or got all the ADRs you wanted. - A Dining Review 10/8/11 - 10/15/11
"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?" - A Dining Review 10/24/09 - 10/31/09

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