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Old 12-27-2008, 11:30 PM   #1
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Cool Max & Mommy Go Deluxe - Eat Like Pooh, Bounce Like Tigger, Lose a Pound! Lots-o-Pix!

Right off the bat I've got to say that we ate VERY, VERY WELL on this trip. We had some of the best meals of any of our WDW trips, had excellent service everywhere we went, and we were very pleased with the Deluxe Dining Plan. Oh, and I actually did lose a pound... must have been all the walking because I certainly didn't watch what I ate one little bit!

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Mommy (Me, Wendi - 38-y-o single mom to Max)
Max (my 7-y-o son)
This is our fourth trip to WDW in four years, two with my mom, and two with just the two of us. We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge from December 13-22, 2008. Our first night was a room only, and the following nights were all on the Deluxe Dining Plan.

I have pictures of almost everything, but didn't really take snack pictures or those that have been done many times before (like 'Ohana).

Here's where we ate:
The Mara (multiple times - breakfast, lunch, & dinner)
Sunshine Seasons (lunch)
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (dinner)
Boma (breakfast & dinner)
Tony's Town Square (lunch)
Cinderella's Gala Feast at 1900 Park Fare
Yak & Yeti (lunch)
Jiko (dinner)
Sci-Fi Dine-In (lunch)
The Hollywood Brown Derby (dinner)
Chef Mickey's (breakfast)
Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe (lunch)
'Ohana (dinner)
San Angel Inn (lunch)
Columbia Harbour House (lunch)
Hoop Dee Doo Revue
California Grill

We had a couple of ADRs that we didn't keep, but we did keep most of them. Many people find that trying to do too many table service meals on the deluxe plan really takes up too much time, but we liked our little breaks and at times when we just wanted a quick meal, we canceled our TS reservation and just grabbed some counter service instead. It worked out well for us and instead of feeling like we had to keep eating, we were actually hungry when it came time for our meals for some reason. It usually doesn't work out like that for us, but this trip it did. I am not a breakfast person, so when I actually do eat breakfast I tend to be hungrier throughout the day, maybe that's what made me hungry on this trip... or maybe it was the full-throttle park touring??? We used all of our meals and almost all of our snacks by the end of the trip - we have always done the regular dining plan, and always have to scramble to buy snacks at the end of our trips... this time we worked them out perfectly and only had 4 left at the end, which was perfect for getting snacks for our flight home.

Our first night I had planned to either have dinner at The Mara or head over to DTD to try T-Rex Cafe. I really wanted to take Max to T-Rex because I knew we'd both get a kick out of it... but I also knew how tired we would be after our all-day flights from California, so I was realistic about my intentions. I ordered a $25 from MyPoints for T-Rex so we could spend less OOP if we ate there. Well, we were up at 5:00am to leave home and we got settled in our room at AKL around 7:00pm.

Guess where we ate?
Mom to Max - October 8, 2001
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:38 AM   #2
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Old 12-28-2008, 06:06 AM   #3
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subscribing, great restaurant choices.
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:30 PM   #5
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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Dinner - The Mara
Max had the kid’s Cheeseburger with French Fries, Grapes, and Chocolate Milk.

I had the Chicken Breast Nuggets with French Fries and a small drink (Sprite Zero).

The server just kept loading more nuggets into my dish; I must have ended up with about 12 of them (and they are BIG) then piled a bunch of fries on top. Max ate all of his burger and a few of my nuggets plus a ton of fries. I’ve never seen him eat so much!

He liked his meal, and I liked mine too – I don’t really eat much meat, so this is something I wouldn’t normally eat, but it sounded appealing at the time and it was very good. The chicken was high quality and I liked the batter, it was just right. The fries are never really hot here because they are made in advance and they sit under heat lamps, but they’re still pretty good for sitting around for a while. This meal hit the spot, but I really could’ve used some veggies, I should’ve asked about subbing a salad for the fries.
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:53 PM   #6
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Great start...can't wait for more.
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Old 12-28-2008, 01:16 PM   #7
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Great start. Can't wait to see more. I love your list of places you went to. We will be doing a similar trip to AKL this summer.
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Old 12-28-2008, 01:28 PM   #8
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Sounds like a great trip! Can't wait to hear more!

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Old 12-28-2008, 01:41 PM   #9
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Great start... can't wait to hear the rest!!!

I've eaten at 75 out of 247 restaurants at Walt Disney World (30%)
I've eaten at 30 out of 87 quick service/counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World (34%)
I've eaten at 30 out of 73 table-service restaurants at Walt Disney World (41%)
I've eaten at 7 out of 18 signature restaurants at Walt Disney World (39%)
I've eaten at 1 out of 3 dinner show restaurants at Walt Disney World (33%)

Here's my list!

    • Flame Tree BBQ
    • Pizzafari
    • Rainforest Cafe
    • Restaurantosaurus
    • Tusker House
    • Yak & Yeti Counter Service
    • Yak & Yeti
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios
    • '50s Prime Time Cafe
    • ABC Commissary
    • Backlot Express
    • Brown Derby
    • Catalina Eddie's
    • Fairfax Fare
    • Feel the Force VIP Package (Fireworks Dessert Party)
    • Hollywood & Vine
    • Mama Melrose's
    • Min & Bill's Dockside Diner
    • Rosie's All-American Cafe
    • Sci-Fi Dine-In
    • Starring Rolls Cafe
    • Studio Catering Company
    • Toluca Legs Turkey Company
    • Toy Story Pizza Planet
  • Epcot
    • Coral Reef (Living Seas)
    • Electric Umbrella
    • Fountainview (Starbucks)
    • Garden Grill (The Land)
    • Sunshine Seasons (The Land)
    • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway)
    • Biergarten (Germany)
    • Boulangerie Patisserie (France)
    • Chefs de France (France)
    • Fife & Drum (American Adventure)
    • Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party
    • Katsura Grill (Japan)
    • Kringla Bakeri og Cafe (Norway)
    • La Cantina de San Angel (Mexico)
    • La Hacienda de San Angel (Mexico)
    • Le Cellier (Canada)
    • Liberty Inn (American Adventure)
    • Lotus Blossom Cafe (China)
    • Monsieur Paul (France)
    • Nine Dragons (China)
    • Odyssey
    • Restaurant Marrakesh (Morocco)
    • Rose and Crown (United Kingdom)
    • San Angel Inn (Mexico)
    • Sommerfest (Germany)
    • Spice Road (Morocco)
    • Tangierine Cafe (Morocco)
    • Teppan Edo (Japan)
    • Tokyo Dining (Japan)
    • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (Italy)
    • Tutto Italia (Italy)
    • Via Napoli (Italy)
    • Yorkshire County Fish Shop (United Kingdom)
  • Epcot Food & Wine Festival
    • Argentina
    • Australia
    • Belgium
    • Brewer's Collection
    • Canada
    • Caribbean Islands
    • Cheese
    • China
    • Craft Beers
    • Desserts & Champagne
    • Florida
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hawaii
    • Hops & Barley
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Mexico
    • Morocco
    • New Zealand
    • Poland
    • Party for the Senses
    • Scandinavia
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • Terra
  • Epcot Food & Garden Festival
    • Buttercup Cottage
    • Fleur De lys
    • Florida Fresh
    • Hanami
    • Intermissions Cafe
    • Jardin De Fiestas
    • Lotus House
    • Pineapple Promenade
    • Primavera Kitchen
    • The Smokehouse
    • Taste of Marrakesh
    • Urban Farm Eats
  • Magic Kingdom
    • Be Our Guest Lunch (Fantasyland)
    • Be Our Guest Dinner (Fantasyland)
    • Casey's Corner (Main Street USA)
    • Cinderella's Royal Table (Fantasyland)
    • Columbia Harbour House (Liberty Square)
    • Cosmic Ray's (Tomorrowland)
    • The Crystal Palace (Adventureland)
    • Diamond Horseshoe Review (Frontierland)
    • The Friar's Nook (Fantasyland)
    • Gaston's Tavern (Fantasyland)
    • Golden Oak Outpost (Frontierland)
    • Liberty Tree Tavern (Liberty Square)
    • The Lunching Pad (Tomorrowland)
    • Main Street Bakery (Starbucks)
    • Pecos Bill's (Frontierland)
    • Pinnochio Village Haus (Fantasyland)
    • The Plaza Restaurant (Main Street USA)
    • Sleepy Hollow
    • Tomorrowland Terrace (Tomorrowland)
    • Tomorrowland Terrace Wishes Dessert Party (Tomorrowland)
    • Tony's Town Square (Main Street USA)
    • Tortuga Tavern (Adventureland)
    • Frontierland Turkey Leg Cart
Water Parks
  • Blizzard Beach
    • Avalunch
    • The Cooling Hut
    • Lottawatta Lodge
    • The Warming Hut
  • Typhoon Lagoon
    • Leaning Palms
    • Lowtide Lou's
    • Surf Doggies
    • Typhoon Tilly's
    • Bodie's All American
    • Earl of Sandwich
    • Fulton's Crab House
    • Ghirardelli's
    • Marketplace Snacks
    • Pollo Campero
    • Rainforest Cafe
    • Starbucks
    • T-Rex
    • Wolfgang Puck Express
  • Pleasure Island
    • Cooke's of Dublin
    • Paradiso 37
    • Planet Hollywood
    • Portobello
    • Raglan Road
  • West Side
    • AMC 24 Pleasure Island Dining
    • Bongo's Cuban Cafe
    • Crossroads at House of Blues
    • Crossroads at House of Blues Sunday Brunch
    • Foodquest
    • Splitsville
    • Smokehouse at House of Blues
    • Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
    • The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
    • Wolfgang Puck Express
  • West Side Food Trucks
    • Fantasy Fare truck
    • Namaste Cafe truck
    • Superstar Catering truck
    • World Showcase of Flavors truck
Wide World of Sports
    • ESPN Grill
  • All Star Movies
    • World Premiere
  • All Star Music
    • Intermission
  • All Star Sports
    • End Zone
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Boma Flavors of Africa
    • Jiko: The Cooking Place
    • The Mara
    • Sanaa
  • Art of Animation
    • Landscapes of Flavors
  • Beach Club
    • Beach Club Marketplace
    • Beaches and Cream
    • Cape May Cafe
    • Hurricane Hanna's
  • Boardwalk
    • Big River Grille & Brewing Works
    • Boardwalk Bakery
    • Boardwalk Pizza Window
    • ESPN Club
    • Flying Fish
    • Kouzzina
  • Caribbean Beach
    • Old Port Royale
    • Shutters
  • Contemporary
    • California Grill
    • Chef Mickey's
    • Contempo Cafe
    • The Wave
    • Top of the World Lounge
  • Coronado Springs
    • Cafe Rix
    • Laguna Bar
    • Maya Grill
    • Pepper Market
    • Siesta's
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin
    • Cabana Bar and Beach Club
    • The Fountain
    • Fresh Mediterranean Market
    • Picabu Buffeteria
    • Shula's Steakhouse
    • Todd English's bluezoo
  • Fort Wilderness
    • Crockett's Tavern
    • Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review
    • Meadows Snack Bar
    • Mickey's Backyard BBQ
    • Trail's End Restaurant
  • Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
    • 1900 Park Fare
    • Citrico's
    • Garden View Lounge Afternoon Tea
    • Gasparilla Island Grill
    • Grand Floridian Cafe
    • Mizner's Lounge
    • My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea
    • Narcoossee's
    • Pool Bar
    • Victoria and Albert's
  • Old Key West
    • Goods to Go
    • Olivia's
    • Turtle Shack
  • Polynesian
    • Captain Cook's Snack Company
    • Kona Cafe
    • Kona Island Sushi Counter
    • 'Ohana
    • Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau
    • TambuLounge
  • Pop Century
    • Everything Pop
  • Port Orleans
    • Boatwright's
    • Riverside Mill Food Court
    • Sassagoula Flotworks & Food Factory
  • Saratoga Springs
    • Artist's Palette
    • Grandstand Pool Bar
    • Paddock Pool Grill
    • Turf Club
  • Shades of Green
    • Garden Gallery
    • Evergreen's
    • Mangino's Bistro
  • Walt Disney World Swan
    • Garden Grove Cafe
    • Il Mulino New York Trattoria
    • Kimonos Sushi Bar
    • Splash Grill
  • Vero Beach
    • Bleachers Bar and Grill
    • Green Cabin Room
    • Shutters
    • Sonya's
  • Wilderness Lodge
    • Artist Point
    • Roaring Fork
    • Territory Lounge
    • Whispering Canyon
  • Yacht Club
    • Captain's Grille
    • Crew's Cup Lounge
    • Yachtsman Steakhouse
The DVC/Timeshare Advantage
    • Cooked a quick in-room meal
    • Cooked a full sit-down meal in the villa
    • Cooked a meal using a resort BBQ grill

Bonus Points
  • Benihana's
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Old 12-28-2008, 02:19 PM   #10
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Wow - I'm looking forward to the rest! Max's burger didn't look too bad. Hope you guys had a great time.

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Old 12-28-2008, 05:25 PM   #11
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Beach Club - Nov. '07, Nov. '10
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Caribbean Beach - Oct. '08
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:49 PM   #12
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

A little background: I didn’t sleep well at all the night before because my big suitcase did not show up from Disney’s Magical Express. The CM did leave a silent voicemail message for me at 2:59am though that my bag had been located at the airport and was now here and could be delivered to me at any time. I had to go down to the lobby to check in for our package in the morning anyway, so I picked it up at that time and then headed down to The Mara to pick up breakfast to take back to our room.

Breakfast - The Mara
I got myself the Breakfast Platter with Bacon, a large Chocolate Milk (to save for later for Max), and a large Orange Juice.

I got Max the kid’s Mickey Waffles with Bacon and a small water.

I also picked up our refillable mugs that were included with our deluxe dining plan and filled one with Coffee and the other with Hot Chocolate. I got a bag at the checkout register and loaded the bag with our breakfast bounty and headed back to the room with my beloved suitcase, our big bag of breakfast and our two mugs. I set up breakfast out on our balcony, but Max wanted breakfast in bed, so I took his food back in for him.

I'm always pretty well satisfied with breakfasts from The Mara, they are just basic, the same platter you can get all over WDW. I also like the convenience of having a quick breakfast at the resort early enough that we can get to the parks before opening without wasting valuable park touring time to stop and get something to eat.

Next up... my favorite counter service restaurant in all of WDW... can you guess???
Mom to Max - October 8, 2001
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Old 12-30-2008, 07:03 AM   #13
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Waiting for more. I thoroughly enjoyed your previous trip report. The food looks wonderful. Can't wait for more..............

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Old 12-30-2008, 09:04 AM   #14
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Hey we where at AKL DEC 14-21 we where probably neighbors
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:36 PM   #15
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Great start to the line-up! Can't wait for some more reviews!
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