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Old 05-07-2014, 12:56 AM   #16
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I am enjoying your report. Can't wait to hear your comparison of the Dream and the Magic. Like several others here, we have cruised twice on the Dream and also on the Fantasy, but never on one of the classic ships. I am hoping to remedy that soon so I will be interested in your comparison.
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I am enjoying your report. Can't wait to hear your comparison of the Dream and the Magic. Like several others here, we have cruised twice on the Dream and also on the Fantasy, but never on one of the classic ships. I am hoping to remedy that soon so I will be interested in your comparison.
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Thanks for joining in. Prior to this trip, we had sailed the Dream twice but never a classic ship. They are both great ships but I can honestly say, that I do prefer one over the other.
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We collected DSS after Space Mountain and went in search of an SD card. Every shop we went into said they were out but told us of another shop that should have them. This went on for about 4 stores. While we were in Adventureland, we hit up Aloha Isle.


After our snack, I checked the APP because we still had a little time before our Be Our Guest lunch reservation. I can't tell you how helpful the MDE app proved to be. It saved us a lot of unnecessary running around. Stitch's Great Escape had little to no wait, so we checked it out.

We finally found a shop on Main Street that had an SD card. A $35 SD card!! I was kicking myself for leaving my $12 SD card in the room. I was glad the search was over and I was finally able to take pics again.





It was finally time for Be Our Guest! I discovered BOG while spending some time over on the parks section of these boards and it sounded like somewhere that we (I) would really enjoy having lunch. We did not receive the formal invite but I was provided the link https://beourguestlunch.disney.go.com/ and when my booking window opened at roughly 42 days out, I booked. The menu sounded really appealing and just different from all the other quick service options in MK.

Right before our trip, I had heard that reservations made through the link were not being honored. Panic quickly set in but then I decided either we would eat there or we wouldn't. Not the end of the world. We had no problems whatsoever and the CM was able to find our reservation. We were ushered to the FP+ line and were quickly in the restaurant.






The inside of the "castle" is truly beautiful. I had studied the menu for weeks and knew exactly what I wanted. I ordered the Croque Monsieur, DH had the Carved Prime Chuck Roast Beef Sandwich and both boys ordered the grilled cheese with tomato soup and green beans kid's meal.

We found a table and made our drinks. It was very dim in the dining room and I really wasn't expecting that. After we sat down, I realized that I forgot to order the Master's cupcake. I decided that I would see if we could order dessert after we finished lunch. We waited maybe 10 minutes and a cart showed up with our order.

I did a little better with pics this time.

DH's roast beef sandwich


My Croque Monsieur


Grilled cheese sticks w/tomato soup and green beans


I do not enjoy saying this but......the food was terrible with the exception of the roast beef sandwich. Everything was cold, the bread for the grilled cheeses was so tough that if it hadn't of been for the tomato soup, I'm not sure the kids could have eaten it. The bechamel sauce on my sandwich was cold and that just isn't good. The bread was also really hard and crunchy. Yes, it was toasted so it was supposed to be a little crunchy but this was bad. DH thought his sandwich was pretty good and so did everyone else. Yes, we all tried it since we were so disappointed with our own meals. I was really glad that I had not wasted more $$ on a cupcake at this point. Now, this doesn't mean that you won't or haven't had a good lunch at BOG but I can honestly tell you that we will not be back. It was a huge letdown for me and I hated writing this review because this was one meal that I was really looking forward to. Cookes of Dublin was 10X better and no FP+ required.
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Now I want a Dole Whip Float!!!! Yummy! Im sorry you didnt enjoy your BOG meal more. I think someday when we eventually get back we may just go for dessert!
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Now I want a Dole Whip Float!!!! Yummy! Im sorry you didnt enjoy your BOG meal more. I think someday when we eventually get back we may just go for dessert!
This was my first experience with dole whip and I loved it!

Maybe if I hadn't looked forward to BOG so much then it wouldn't have been as much of a disappointment. But seriously, we were paying out of pocket and I would gladly have spent the cash on another yummy fish sandwich from Cookes of Dublin. As it were, it felt like throwing $$ in the trash.

If you get back before we do, let me know how dessert is.
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I'm sorry you had a bad experience at BOG. Next time you go to WDW give it another try for lunch, but this time order the braised pork. It is amazing. Even my DD, who says she hates pork, loved this meal. Not only is it an amazing counter-service meal, it is one of the best meals I have ever had at WDW, period.

I'm really enjoying your trip report and looking forward to the next installment.
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I'm sorry you had a bad experience at BOG. Next time you go to WDW give it another try for lunch, but this time order the braised pork. It is amazing. Even my DD, who says she hates pork, loved this meal. Not only is it an amazing counter-service meal, it is one of the best meals I have ever had at WDW, period.

I'm really enjoying your trip report and looking forward to the next installment.
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I will keep the braised pork in mind but I don't know that BOG will get a second chance from us. It was honestly that bad with the exception of the roast beef. Most of my sandwich got thrown in the trash. Cold bechamel sauce is not a good thing. I was just glad that we were paying lunch prices and not dinner.

By the time we visit WDW again, maybe we will be over our bad experience.
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I am going to try to wrap up the WDW portion of the trip today. I have a lot of pictures of the Magic and Palo in particular and it will take some time to get all the material posted here. We leave for Las Vegas in a little over 2 weeks and I really want to get as much posted as possible before then.

EPCOT

After our dining disappointment with BOG, we headed to the monorail so that we could get to Epcot. The flower and garden festival was really appealing to me and one of the reasons for wanting to visit Epcot. My plans were to visit Epcot in the afternoon and probably have dinner in the World Showcase (I had an ADR at San Angel but DH had me cancel it because he thought we would want QS. ) and then head back to MK at some point for the fireworks. Ambitious I know. Needless to say, things didn't go that way.

Our first stop was Spaceship Earth. We all really enjoyed this nice and relaxing ride. We had no FP+ for anything at Epcot because we were there a day before the new options went into effect. I relied heavily on the MDE app for wait times. DS wanted to do Captain EO since it had Michael Jackson in it so we did. This was rather boring to me and once we left DS said that it was not at all what he was expecting. Oh well. From Captain EO, I want to say that we went to Club Cool. The boys were very excited to try the different flavors of Coke. Well, they were until they tried the Beverly! Eeeeewwwww!!! It’s tough to get that taste out of your mouth. I really wish I had pictures to show the look on their faces when they tried it.

I really enjoyed being able to see all the beautiful topiaries.










According to the app, Mission Space had a very short wait time so we took advantage and headed on over. We chose the milder version of this ride and the boys really enjoyed it! They wanted to do it again but unfortunately the wait had grown while we were on the ride.

I think from Mission Space we grabbed some Mickey Bars before heading to Innoventions. The boys were fascinated with some of the exhibits and the CM talked us into the "video game". This was not at all what they were expecting but they had fun with it. We left Innoventions and I checked my app. Soarin and Test Track still had very long waits and it was obvious that we weren't gonna make those today. We ended up doing Turtle Talk with Crush and The Seas with Nemo and Friends. Honestly, these last 2 seemed like a waste to me but the boys seemed to like them well enough. I don't mean to say they weren't fun but I would've rather spent my time either waiting for Soarin or Test Track or moving on to the World Showcase.

DH was getting hungry so we decided that we would move on to the World Showcase. On the way DS happened to see the cart for Agent P's World Showcase Adventure. The CM said it should take around 20 minutes to solve the first case and if he didn't want to continue, their would be a drop-off location for the phone. We were going to the World Showcase anyhow so we decided he could do one case. We needed to go to Norway for the case but we stopped in Mexico to look at the QS menu because DH was getting very hot and hungry. We passed on Mexico and moved on to Norway. DS was working on his case and DH checked out the QS menu in Norway. We ruled out Norway and started moving on when DS got an "alert" on his Perry phone and needed to go BACK to Norway. This went on for a good little while when I finally told DS that he was gonna have to drop the phone off because we couldn't keep going back and forth. He solved the case for Norway and dropped it off. This would be a fun game if everyone hadn't been hungry and cranky. We moved quickly through the countries looking for a QS that my PICKY family could agree on. We ended up at Liberty Inn. I can't say much for it other than it was quick. Everyone was complaining about sore feet so we decided to hop on the boat to take us back to the other side of Epcot.



From here, we made our way to the bus stop and headed to POR. This was not how I planned for our day to go and I realize NOW that I should not have added the hoppers. We would have been better off buying just the MK ticket and saving Epcot until next time we are at WDW. We missed a lot of things that I wanted to do at MK because we wanted to get to Epcot early enough to get back to MK for the extra magic hours. None of this happened because everyone was just too tired. POR was having movies under the stars with Frozen playing but we decided to just relax in our room and get some good rest before heading off to the Magic tomorrow.

We definitely still prefer to cruise over visiting the parks but we have decided to come back and stay longer and just visit the parks when we want and still have plenty of time to relax.
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I'm enjoying your report....looking forward to the Magic (I've only cruised once ever, and it was on the Dream).

FWIW, I agree about the braised pork. My family really liked it. My sister and my elder DD are VERY picky and they loved it.....we actually went back to BOG for another lunch on that trip (last August) because of that sandwich.
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Hi! Thanks for joining in!

If I can talk DH in to going back then I will try the braised pork since I keep hearing how good it is.
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We had the same reaction to lunch at BOG as you did. Food was cold, meat was tough, bread was hard. That was right after they first opened, so I thought maybe it was because they were so new. I have been thinking about giving it another try. If I do, I'll order the braised pork!
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We had the same reaction to lunch at BOG as you did. Food was cold, meat was tough, bread was hard. That was right after they first opened, so I thought maybe it was because they were so new. I have been thinking about giving it another try. If I do, I'll order the braised pork!
I am SO glad to hear that someone else didn't enjoy lunch at BOG! I was starting to think that we were just overly picky.
Not to say that I'm glad your lunch was bad just that I'm glad we aren't the only ones that didn't enjoy it.
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Check-out from POR was a breeze. A bill was delivered to our room the night before so we didn't even have to go down to the lobby. I was sad to leave POR especially since we really didn't get to spend that much time exploring the resort. I would love to stay at POR again in the future simply because it's a beautiful southern plantation type resort and I love the feel of that but logistics wise, I think I would prefer a monorail resort next time.

We decided that we would grab a quick bite on our way to the Port instead of eating at Riverside Mill.We had a PAT of 11-11:30 and DH was adamant that we get there by 11:00. We had to make a stop at Wal-Mart because DS needed pajama shorts for the cruise and the closest appeared to be in Merit Island. We found Wal-Mart pretty easily but we had a heck of a time finding some quick breakfast. We ended up grabbing something at the McDonald's that's 5 minutes from the port.

We would be parking our rental car at the port. I know you can save money by parking at some of the lots in the area and taking a shuttle be we really just prefer to pay a little more and be able to walk straight out of the terminal to our car.

Our first glimpse of the Magic




For those of you that are not familiar with my PTR, the Magic was not the ship we had planned to sail. We had originally booked the Fantasy on opening day for May 24, 2014. We would have sailed the Western Caribbean which would have been all new ports for us with the exception of Castaway Cay. It was many months later that I realized that I had booked a cruise for the week that they boys would not be with us. Over the summer we rotate weeks with each child's other parent and I booked a week that they would not be with us. I checked other dates but the prices had risen drastically and I was not paying 7K for a cruise that I had booked for 5K. So, that's when DH and I started searching other dates and decided to pull the boys out of school for a week which we had never done before. It came down to the 4 night Bahamas cruise on the Magic or a 5 night Wonder out of Miami. We chose the Magic simply because it seemed to offer more for the boys to do such as the Aqua Dunk, Avengers Academy and Twist & Spout. We decided on the April 28- May 2nd cruise.

So here we are about to embark on our first cruise on a classic ship. The Magic also seems to be a favorite with many many cruisers. To this point we had only sailed the Dream twice. We did a 5 night double dip in 2012 and in 2013, DH and I took a 3 night without the boys.

Since this would be our third trip to the Bahamas, I wanted to make it the best trip yet.
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