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Old 09-18-2007, 05:38 PM   #106
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I must say "WOW" to your pics of IllumiNations! They are so clear!
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Old 09-18-2007, 06:27 PM   #107
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I must say "WOW" to your pics of IllumiNations! They are so clear!
I agree--what kind of camera do you have?? I recently bought a Pentax DSLR and am still learning how to use it. I would love to know more about your Illuminations picture. (And I'm really enjoying your dining info, too!)
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:00 AM   #108
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I must say "WOW" to your pics of IllumiNations! They are so clear!
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I agree--what kind of camera do you have?? I recently bought a Pentax DSLR and am still learning how to use it. I would love to know more about your Illuminations picture. (And I'm really enjoying your dining info, too!)
Thank you both! I use a Sony Cybershot DSC-W80. We have an old Canon Powershot S20 that still works well and takes decent pictures, but it's pretty large and I don't tend to use it very often. I love the Sony!! It's small, easy to use, has a much larger screen and longer battery life than the Canon. It also has setting for taking pictures in low light, in very bright settings, landscape, at the beach, portraits with soft focus background and movie mode. I have a lot of fun with it! After I download the pics to my computer, I use Paint Shop Pro to adjust brightness/contrast, sharpness and lighting if necessary.
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Old 09-20-2007, 04:53 PM   #109
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Day 10: Columbia Harbor House & Boma

Day 10: Columbia Harbor House & Boma

Today was our last full day so we wanted to make the most of it. We asked the kids what they wanted to do and they both really wanted to go back to the Magic Kingdom. We left bright and early and made it in time for park opening. We walked in and rode all our faves multiple times (including two more visits to Mickey’s Philharmagic. )

When it was time for lunch, the vote was unanimous for Columbia Harbor House. DH and DS chose the same meal as their previous visit and DD went with the Anchors Aweigh sandwich. Since I’ve already reviewed and posted pictures of these meals, I won’t bother repeating myself. Suffice it to say that everyone enjoyed their selections as much as the first time around.

I felt like something a little lighter, so I chose the Garden Galley Salad - mixed greens with chicken, pecans, pineapple and feta cheese.



This salad was delicious! Very light and refreshing and the different flavors and textures complemented each other beautifully. I had the apple crisp (blossom? crustata?) for dessert once again (my fave CS dessert) and chocolate milk.

My whole family gives CHH 9/10. It’s a terrific CS choice in the Magic Kingdom. The food is always fresh and tasty and you can usually find a quiet place to sit upstairs. We love it!

After lunch, we played in the park until mid-afternoon and then returned to our resort to freshen up and get ready for our 5:40 ADR at Boma.

We arrived at the AKL at 5:00 and took a look around this beautiful resort. It has a very relaxed and welcoming feel as well as being stunning in it’s design. I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures.





We checked in at Boma at 5:25 and were seated within 10 minutes. This was a restaurant I was really looking forward to trying since so many people have raved about it. It didn’t disappoint.

After we were seated, we immediately grabbed a plate and helped ourselves.



This was my salad plate, it contains: (Starting with the watermelon and going clockwise) African Fruit Fool, Watermelon Rind Salad, Lefke, Jacama Apple Salad, 3 different types of hummus (sundried tomato, white bean & olive), Grapefruit, Papaya & Avocado Salad and chunks of cantaloupe.

Mmmmm!! They really shine in the salad department! I loved everything on this plate except for the watermelon rind salad. It was ok, but it had an odd, spicy taste that I couldn’t decide if I liked or not. It’s certainly unique.



Shown on this plate: (clockwise starting with mac & cheese,) Grilled Vegetables, Bobotie, Couscous, Yellow Rice with Raisins, Potatoes with Afritude, Durban Spiced Roasted Chicken, Prime Rib, Rigatoni with Meatballs and sauce. In the bowl is Butternut Squash soup.

I loved the vegetables, rice, chicken, prime rib and the rigatoni. The mac and cheese was surprisingly tasteless. It looked wonderful, but didn’t live up to its promise. The couscous and bobotie were ok, but not especially memorable. The potatoes were potatoes, they were mildly spiced, but pretty middle-of-the-road. Not bad, but not great either. That butternut squash soup was to die for!!! It tasted like liquid pumpkin pie; I’d never tasted anything quite like it. I’ve had butternut squash soup before, but this was amazing! If you like pumpkin pie, don’t miss it!!



This was DH’s second plate, starting from the prime rib and moving clockwise, it contains: Grilled Vegetables, Chicken Tenders, Durban Spiced Roasted Chicken and French Fries.

Surprisingly, Frank really enjoyed Boma, despite the fact that some of the choices were definitely outside his comfort zone. I think the fact that this is a buffet makes it easier for picky eaters to be a little daring, since they know they can always fall back on old stand-bys if they don’t like something. He did try some new things, like Bobotie, the Jacama apple salad and the African Fool. He enjoyed the salad selections but didn’t like the bobotie. Big surprise, huh?

DD & DS went up many times and tried different selections as well. They both really liked the chicken, rigatoni, potatoes with afritude, the salads and Cheryl loved the butternut squash soup. She also tried the Chicken Corn Porridge but didn’t enjoy it at all.

I went back to get some more hummus (I could have made a meal out of that alone!) My favourites were the white bean and the olive. I also got some of the Crab soup (on the left) as well as the Chicken Corn Porridge to try.


I enjoyed the chicken but hated the crab soup!! It tasted like they’d used an entire container of salt in it. YUCK!!

On to the dessert table!

We each had to try those famous zebra domes. The general consensus? They’re good, but they don’t quite live up to all the hype.

DD had watermelon, strawberries, a chocolate chip cookie and a zebra dome.



DS had a melk tarte (I think that’s what it was called), a chocolate chip cookie, and 3 zebra domes (one and a half had already been devoured. )





DH and I shared (clockwise): zebra domes, flourless chocolate cake, coconut cake, fruit & custard tart and an oatmeal raisin cookie.



Neil also went back to the salad bar for more fruit.



Just before we started dessert, one of the chefs came over to say hi and to ask if we were enjoying ourselves and our vacation. To my delight, I saw that it was TJ! I told him how happy I was to meet him and that he was quite famous on many of the Disney forums. He’s a very nice man and spent a few minutes chatting with us. When we were almost finished dessert, TJ came back to our table with this …



Those are battered, deep-fried Oreos and were they ever good!! We were so stuffed, but we found room for these. YUMMY!!

But that’s not all …

Not 5 minutes later TJ was back.



He’d noticed DD’s birthday button and came back with this lovely surprise. Cheryl said those little heart-shaped cookies were incredibly, decadently good. The little chocolate goodies are rich, fudge brownies with chocolate dipped strawberry slices on top and drizzled with white chocolate. Cheryl ate the cookies and we all had a taste of the brownies. They were heavenly! I thought TJ was so sweet to do this, he certainly made us feel special with the Oreos, but then he really outdid himself by doing something for Cheryl’s birthday and making her evening extra-special. It was a wonderful way to end our dining experiences!

Overall, we give Boma a rating of 8 Ĺ /10 and TJ 11/10!

Service receives a B+. Service was good, our waitress kept our drinks refilled and was very prompt at clearing dirty dishes.

In the next installment: A wrap-up and final thoughts.
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Old 09-20-2007, 08:43 PM   #110
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Final Thoughts

On the day we checked out, we had 5 Snack Credits and 3 Counter Service credits left, and we traded DDís unused TS credit from Le Cellier for a CS credit. When you do this during free dining, they will give you your CS meal and your choice of either 2 snack credits or a special lanyard and collectible pin. Weíre not into pin collecting, so we chose the snack credits and stocked up on munchies for the drive home. We used our CS credits for breakfast:

DS had the King Creole Breakfast Platter, Orange Juice and Chocolate Milk



Rating: 8/10

I had the Bounty Platter (I should have had the King Creole Platter, it was better,) Orange Juice and Water.



Rating: 6/10

DH had Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Bacon, Grapefruit Juice and Water.



Rating: 8/10

DD had the Croissant Breakfast Sandwich with a side of sausage, Orange Juice and Skim Milk.



Rating: 8/10

When you use a counter service credit for breakfast, you get 2 beverages since you donít get dessert.

Overall, we had a wonderful Disney dining experience! This was our second time using the DP but the first time weíve been able to take advantage of it for free. It was a terrific bargain, but I donít think weíll be going back at this time of year again since we found the weather to be very hot and oppressive, especially DD. We love going to the world when itís all decorated for Christmas, so I think weíll plan on either November or December 2008 for another return trip. I canít say for sure whether weíll do the dining plan again since Iíll have to crunch the numbers and see if it will still be beneficial for our family when they change it. Iím also going to be very interested to hear what others think about it after itís been implemented.

ADRís are extremely important!! I canít stress that enough. We saw so many unhappy people being turned away from the table service restaurants. Even Nine Dragons, which doesnít seem to be as popular, was booked solid the night we were there. We also noticed signs posted at park entrances informing guests that no table service venues were available for walk-ups and suggesting counter service alternatives. I know itís difficult to figure out what you want to eat months in advance, but unfortunately itís a fact of Disney life that you need those ADRís, especially if thereís a particular restaurant you want to try. So book Ďem Dan-o!

Hereís a closing summary:

A must-return for our next trip:
Le Cellier
Raglan Road
Kona Cafť
Nine Dragons
Liberty Tree Tavern (a first night tradition!)
Columbia Harbor House
Wolfgang Puck Express

Worth another visit sometime:
Spoodles
Boma
Tonyís Town Square
Earl of Sandwich
Sunshine Seasons

Maybe return someday, but not for a while:
Rose & Crown
Pecos Billís

Never again:
Sci-Fi Dine-In (although I would go just for dessert and to enjoy the atmosphere, it really is a lot of fun!)

We also loved the food at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, but since Iíd like to try either AKL or WL on our next trip, I havenít included it on the list.

Thanks to everyone whoís been reading and offering support and encouragement, I really appreciate the feedback! I hope youíve found it helpful and I wish you all wonderful vacations and great eating in our favourite place!
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:19 PM   #111
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Awww I can't believe it's over! When do we go back? Seriously it was a lot of fun to read. Good job!
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Old 09-25-2007, 03:40 PM   #112
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Thank you so much for posting those Boma pictures and listing out what everything is. We are going to Boma in December and I can't wait to try that soup!! I enjoyed all of your reviews and all the detail you put into them.
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Old 09-25-2007, 04:20 PM   #113
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When you use a counter service credit for breakfast, you get 2 beverages since you donít get dessert.

That's what we thought but when we had breakfast at ABC Commissary at MGM, the woman refused to let us have 2 drinks and made us pay for one of them

Really, really loved your reports. I agree with your comments about the duck appetiser at Le Cellier - hands down the nicest apetiser I have ever eaten
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Old 09-25-2007, 04:22 PM   #114
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Thanks for all the reviews and great pics! I'm sad that your dining report is over
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I am so hungry after reading and seeing!! I have to agree on Sci Fi.....we hated it!! Atmosphere was great and desert wonderful...rest was'nt worth mentioning! Kona is wonderful!! As is 'Ohana if you get anywhere close to the Poly! I would love the opportunity to be able to try different things and on free dining!! Never have been able to do so. Although have tried some fabulous resturants at other times while using DDP!
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Thanks so much for your report. I was going to try sci fi but with so many bad reviews, I think I'll use my DP credit somewhere else and I gotta try Wolfgang pucks. The pics were great.
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Excellent review, loved it! Especially that photo of the lobby at AKL, its so bright and clear, usually they are quite dark.
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I somehow missed Kona and the first CHH installment. Kona looks incredible!! We didn't book it for our upcoming trip but I'm definitely going to keep it in mind for the future. (It was probably the last one to get cut from our current list.)

CHH - we ate there last year. (I tell this story all the time and it's not even that exciting.) I never order tuna when I'm out because it's just something I can make easily at home. But, we were at MK our last full day of our trip last year and I started coming down with a cold. We got hungry but being sick, I didn't have a taste for anything. We went to CHH and normally I would have gotten either the fish & chips or the combo platter. But the only thing that looked remotely appealing with my sore throat was the tuna...OMG!! It was so good. I'm almost glad that I was sick or I never would have tried it.

BOMA: Can't wait to eat there. Hubby was a bit hesitant when I said that it's African, but he agreed to try it after I told him about some of the reviews here. We were just talking about it again last night and I mentioned it being a buffet so it's easier to try many different things and now he's looking forward to it. Well...the fact that it's at AKL doesn't hurt either. Looks like there are plenty of good choices. Thankfully, he's not a picky eater so he's willing to try most things.

Thanks for the great reviews and pictures!!!
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I loved your dining report! You have me absolutely salivating...
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thank you for posting this review.

we will be there in less than 2 weeks now (!!) and have some of the places you reviewed on our ADR list this year.

thanks also for the pictures!

Glad you had a good trip.... considered doing a Trip Report?

Great job!

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