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Old 01-22-2009, 07:55 PM   #1
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Our delicious Deluxe Dining Adventures! Lots of pics! Final thoughts - All Done!!

Hi! We've just returned from a wonderful, fun, busy, fantastic 12 night stay at Disney World, full of lots and lots of eating at some excellent (and some not so excellent!) Disney restaurants.

I can't wait to share all our dining adventures with you!!

I took LOTS of photos. Over 250 photos, just of the food we ate! Wow!! Then again, we did eat a lot of food... I'm still full. Really.

So there was DH (29) and me. I'm Julie, and I'm 27. We're from Australia, and Disney World came at the end of our 4 week USA adventure. Before Disney, we had been to New York for New Years Eve (fabulous!), Miami, Key West, and then Disney. Yay!!

We were in Disney World from January 8th until January 20th, and stayed at the Wilderness Lodge, which we adored.

We decided to do Deluxe Dining for this trip, just for fun! Why not!? It was our second time at Disney World, and it's not like we can just pop over to Disney any time we like, so we wanted to try as many restaurants as we could in our 12 nights there. Yeehar! How did that work out? I'll tell you as we go...

Planning the restaurants we would eat at was half the fun of our Disney trip for me! I read squillions of dining reports, poured over the food porn thread, and studied the AllEars menus with a fine tooth comb until I decided on our final ADRs. Woohoo!!

So where were we eating then? Here's our final list of restaurants I'll be reviewing...

The Plaza (dinner) - Page 1
Sci-Fi Dine In (lunch) - Page 3
Ohana (dinner) - Page 4
The Wave (breakfast) - Page 5
Yachtsman Steakhouse (dinner) - Page 6
Spoodles (breakfast) - Page 8
Boma (dinner) - Page 9
Ohana (breakfast) - Page 10
California Grill (dinner) - Page 11
Kona (breakfast) - Page 12
Whispering Canyon Cafe (dinner) - Page 13
Chef Mickeys (breakfast) - Page 14
Raglan Road (dinner) - Page 15
Crystal Palace (breakfast) - Page 16
Liberty Tree Tavern (lunch) - Page 18
Jiko (dinner) - Page 19
Yak & Yeti (lunch) - Page 20
Cinderella's Royal Table (dinner) - Page 21
Grand Floridian Cafe (lunch) - Page 22
Chefs de France (dinner) - Page 22
Wilderness Lodge In-Room Dining (breakfast) - Page 23
Le Cellier (lunch) - Page 24
Kona (dinner) - Page 25
Boma (breakfast) - Page 27
Roaring Fork (lunch) - Page 28
Mama Melrose (dinner) - Page 29
Wilderness Lodge In-Room Dining (dinner) - Page 30
Whispering Canyon Cafe (breakfast) - Page 30


Woooooo!! That's a lot of restaurants, looking at it like that. No wonder I was full.

Plus of course, lots of snacks along the way.

I'll score each meal out of five little yellow smilie men... (5 being the best of course, and 1 being a disaster!)

I hope you join me along the way for lots of fun, fullness and festivities!!

First up... The Plaza!!
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:56 PM   #2
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:15 PM   #3
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Can't wait to read more and see lots of pictures!!! Most of those restaurants are on our favorites list!!! I am glad you liked the WL!! It is our absolute favorite place to stay!! We just got back a couple of weeks ago and we already have 2 more stays planned there this year!!!
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:20 PM   #4
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Our first meal was on our arrival day at Disney World. We had driven from Key West to Disney, and arrived at the Wilderness Lodge at around 2pm. From there we went straight to the Magic Kingdom, played for a while, then headed to our 4.50pm ADR at...

The Plaza!



We had eaten at The Plaza for lunch in 2006, and really enjoyed it then. I thought it might be a nice place to eat for our first meal at Disney - nice and simple, but still tasty!

We checked in without any problems, and waited for around 5 minutes before sitting down inside. The Plaza is a beautiful restaurant - very bright and airy, with lots of mirrors and big windows.

The tables are quite close together, so I was a bit embarrassed taking photos of our food... but I soon got over it!!

So, the menu. The menu hadn't changed at all since we were there in 2006! But that's okay - DH is pretty easy to please, and being a good DIS-er, I already knew exactly what I was going to order.

We both ordered milkshakes to start...



Mine was the mint choc-chip shake, and DH had the chocolate shake. YUM!!! We both loved these. Cool, refreshing and ultra-creamy! We were given the leftover shake in the big silver cup they were made in, as well - definitely enough to share, if you don't want a whole one yourself!

Then I'm afraid we both ordered the same food!! It doesn't happen very often, I assure you! We both had the cheeseburger with bacon, grilled onion and fries.



We were also given little side dishes with ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard. We both really enjoyed our burgers. They were big, fresh and very tasty! The fries were great too. Crunchy and thick. Two thumbs way up!

Now here's where you might get cross with us. We decided not to have dessert!! Waaaah!? I know, weird! We were full already!! At this stage, we were paying OOP for our meals - we didn't officially start Deluxe Dining until Day 2. And with our big, creamy milkshakes, we just really didn't need dessert. Whoops! Don't worry - that doesn't happen again!!

Overall, our meal at The Plaza was just what we'd hoped - simple and tasty! The menu isn't very large, but for an easy table-service meal in Magic Kingdom, I really like it. Especially the milkshakes!!

We gave The Plaza 4 smilie men out of 5.

Next up... Sci-Fi Dine In!
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My 2009 trip report - Laughter, Tears & Screams - Two Aussies in Disney World!

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Old 01-22-2009, 08:32 PM   #5
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Count me in

We will be there soon and you have eaten at some of the same places that I will be going

So I can't wait to read more
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mmmm I can't wait for all your photos (and the reviews)! I want to eat up those fries...

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OOH, I can tell this is going to be good!!! I shouldn't read it when I'm hungry though!!
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Wow, that is a nice looking list. Can't wait to read more!
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I can hardly wait for more! Keep it coming. The pictures are fantastic!
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Sign me up!!! My DW and I are going to the Plaza on our first night on our 9 day trip!!! Can't wait. And I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures.
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I'm here and I'm excited. I have to do something to pass the time till I go...
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Did you all know?...

...You can go to Thread Tools and choose Subscribe to this Thread instead of typing a reply to subscribe. Then we could all scroll down quickly to the next installment and enjoy all the food pics that much faster! (can you tell I'm in charge of productivity improvement at work??)
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