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Old 12-04-2009, 06:55 PM   #31
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We must have similar tastes. We're booked for WCC, Ohana and Tony's in April. So glad you've given all of them positive reviews. The chicken parm and zucchini sticks look yummy!
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:51 AM   #32
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We must have similar tastes. We're booked for WCC, Ohana and Tony's in April. So glad you've given all of them positive reviews. The chicken parm and zucchini sticks look yummy!
Tony's gets a lot of so so reviews but we've had some really nice meals there. Of course, I've never understood going to a restaurant and ordering spagetti and meatballs (which people seem to do here) because it's a simple dish I regularly make myself at home. The chicken parm however, mmmm, mmmm, good.
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:12 AM   #33
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Wishes Dessert Party

I had an ADR for the Plaza for before the dessert party (so we could have dinner before our sweets) but no one was really that hungry so we just had some snacks at the lounge (I love uncrustables - peanut butter, grape jelly sealed together in a round disk of white bread - it really brings be back to my childhood).

Anyways, we had to return to the park because I had paid for the wishes dessert party. In hindsight, for us, it probably wasn't necessary this trip. We had a MK view room on the 12th floor of the Contemporary and the club lounge which served desserts 8-10pm (Wishes was either at 9 or 9:30 all week) so in essence, we already had kind of the same thing at the hotel.

But, I thought it might be our only chance to experience it and it was one more thing I could do to make this trip special so I ponied up the $25 a person and booked.

Our table was second row back facing Main Street. We could see some of the parade (enough for me at least since I've seen it up close before.) We did end up going up to the railing to watch Wishes because the overhang and pillars blocked at least half of our view.

On to the desserts:

Plate #1:

2 Tirimisu and a creme brulee. My dad loves tirimisu so he had no problems eating both of these and my mom is a big fan of creme brulee. This was a pistashio one - tasty but I thought it could use may a little more nuttiness.

a donut hole, 2 chocolate covered strawberries, pineapple, a banana tart and a chocolate peanut butter tart. The banana tart and the chocolate peanut butter tart were outstanding - both of the fruit items were ripe and fresh and I have no idea how the donut hole was (my Dad got it and ate it).

Now these were the two plates my dad got for him and my mom. In my house I am known as an expert packer. One time we were driving home from the beach club and had so much luggage to pack into the car (with 4 people since I brought my cousin that time) that the guys at the valet stand had a bet that all of our luggage wouldn't fit. Ha, I won. I can pack twice as much into a space as anyone else. Hence, my plate:

A cannoli (okay but the pastry was a little hard), tirimisu, cheesecake (not good - didn't really taste like cheesecake), chocolate covered strawberries, mango shooter, raspberry shooter (these were....different.... we kind of liked them but not enough to finish one ourselves - we shared the two I got), a chocolate peanut butter tart and (not shown under the back strawberry) is a chocolate cheesecake cup (again didn't taste like cheesecake) and on top is a white and dark chocolate truffle (very good - obviously fresh made not mass produced manufactored).

We had water, some kind of red lemonade and later coffee.

After the fireworks, the place cleared out pretty fast and they were not encouraging people to stay (they cleared the food during the fireworks). I hung around for a bit despite that because I can't deal with the big crowds after leaving the fireworks (one of the reasons we usually either skip the fireworks in the park and watch from alternative spots or we watch from the front of the park to make a quick exit).

Overall it was a nice experience and watching the fireworks from up close without having to deal with the crowds was nice. The dessert were good but few were outstanding or even great. There was a nice selection so I think even picky dessert eaters could find something they enjoy. That being said, I'm not sure I'd do it again unless it was some kind of celebration trip or was able to do a walk up (where I didn't have to preplan but actually felt like eating copious amounts of desserts).
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:46 AM   #34
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Grand Floridian Cafe

My mom and I had an ADR for the Grand Floridian Tea room Thursday afternoon but decided instead to go to the Cafe for lunch.

We had been out shopping in the morning and my Dad dropped us off at the hotel around 1pm so we needed to wait an hour and half for our tea reservation. We were sitting in the lobby and I asked my mom if she would be offended if I ordered something cold at tea instead of hot tea because I was feeling hot and wasn't in the mood for tea (or coffee). She said we didn't even have to go to the tea if I wasn't "feeling it" (I had been in a very bad mood all morning and she knew it and was trying to make me feel better - I have a great mom). So I suggested the Grand Floridian Cafe for lunch instead.

No ADR but that wasn't a problem - we were seated right away next to a table who were just finishing up - here are some pictures of the rest of the restaurant:

We decided to order two different meals and then split them so we could each enjoy some of the others meal. Our server brought us an extra plate so we could do that.

The first thing we ordered was the Cobb Salad. My mom loves blue cheese (I like it) so this is something she like to order to get her fresh blue cheese fix. I asked if we could leave the Avacodo off (since my mom doesn't like it and I could take it or leave it) and our server offered that we could double any other item on the salad to replace it - so double blue cheese it was!

It was nicely chopped but minced (like I've found the Cobb salad at the Brown Derby to be - I enjoyed this one much more) and all of the ingredients were absolutely fresh. The dressing came in a pitcher on the side (along with one of those crispy bread things again) so we could control how much was put on.

The other entree we ordered was the Grand Sandwich (Open-faced hot Turkey, Ham, Bacon and Tomato, with a rich Boursin Cheese Sauce and Fried Onion Straws). When I suggested this my mom gave me a look () - she'd being eyeing the fresh fish of the day but I explained that it had gotten some good reviews on "the boards" and I'd like to try it. Trust the boards, I said. They are usually right........

And in this case, they were spot on! This was the clear winner of the two entrees. It's like nothing I've ever had anywhere else and it was fantastic! I wouldn't have thought to serve the meats warm with tomato and then smothered with the cheese sauce but this was so good. It is definately a "fork and knife" sandwich (and we didn't eat the top layer of the bread - just the bottom layer). The onion straws are a favourite of my mom's and went very well with the sandwich to add just a little crunch to the cheesy, soft, smushy goodness of the rest of the sandwich. This is my number #1 favourite sandwich in the entire world right now. There is nothing better served between two slices of bread.

Despite being pleasantly full, we decided on a little sweetness. I really like the mini desserts at the GFC because I find them just enough. I ordered the key lime pie and my mom ordered the cheesecake and we each ate half of each one and then switched. They were both sweet and tasted as they should.

This was one of the stand out meals of the trip - unexpected and delicious.

My dad love the GFC and was so jealous when he found out that mom and I had gone there for lunch that he went there for dinner (and my mom happily returned with him while I stayed at the room and ordered my favourite thing - room service).
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:49 AM   #35
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Grand Floridian Cafe Dinner & Room Service

So my Mom and Dad decided to go to the Grand Floridian Cafe for dinner (I'd made an ADR when planning our trip) but I wasn't in the mood to go out so I stayed in and ordered room service.

I sent the camera with my parents so here is what they got:

Diet Coke and raspberry lemonade.

Rolls and butter (my Dad loves butter)

My Dad ordered the Grand Floridian Burger - he's not a fan of lobster but I am so he ate the burger, sauce and asparagus but brought the lobster back for me (which I ate the next day) it was very good - better than the lobster tail I had at Narcossee's a few trips ago. It was cooked nicely, and firm not chewy.

My Dad said the burger was very good. The little tomato salad was okay but he ended up asking for a side of mashed potatoes (which they didn't charge him for).

the burger deconstructed:

Close up of the lobster

My mom ordered the roasted half chicken. She said this was very good and a big serving (my Dad helped her finish it) and the potatoes were tasty and roasted with herbs.

My room service dinner.

I ordered French onion soup to start. It's a favourite of mine but I only order it when I'm out (I don't make it at home). This was full of onions, covered with tons of gooey melted cheese and very hot.

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For my entree I ordered the durbin spiced chicken but subbed mashed potatoes. This was a really great meal. The potatoes were incredible and the chicken was outstanding. If you like a little Indian spice you'd like this. It's not something I eat at home (I'm the only one who likes Indian spices) I was stuffed after finishing this but couldn't stop eating it because it was just that good.

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It was also served with rolls and butter.

I just have to say - I room service.
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:32 PM   #36
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Another great review, thanks for sharing
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