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Old 04-19-2012, 01:18 PM   #91
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I'm very much enjoying this report, thanks for sharing it! My DH & DS1&2 are gluten free. I'm very eager to hear about your GF dining experience at Universal. We gave it a try back in 2009 and were not very impressed with their knowledge and offerings. I'm hoping to hear that things have changed! If you wouldn't mind sharing what information you were able to get from the park in advance and how much detail (and how accurate and complete it was), I would be very interested!!!

Thanks so much!!!
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:28 PM   #92
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I'm very much enjoying this report, thanks for sharing it! My DH & DS1&2 are gluten free. I'm very eager to hear about your GF dining experience at Universal. We gave it a try back in 2009 and were not very impressed with their knowledge and offerings. I'm hoping to hear that things have changed! If you wouldn't mind sharing what information you were able to get from the park in advance and how much detail (and how accurate and complete it was), I would be very interested!!!

Thanks so much!!!
I'm so glad you're enjoying it, but I feel I'm going to sorely disappoint you now! I didn't contact Universal, because I had heard they just couldn't even be compared to Disney. I stuck to candy while I was there, and when we went to eat at Margaritaville in City Walk, I just got a hamburger with no bun...I know, so boring!
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:28 PM   #93
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Amazing reviews! Does Alice and the Hatter dine at 1900 Park Fare for breakfast by chance ?
Yes! This is a staple of ours every time we go! We never miss it!
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:58 PM   #94
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Lunch at Margaritaville

We had planned to stay at Universal until 3pm, when our Mears shuttle would be back to pick us up. But in all honesty, we just didn't want to stick around that long! We loved The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but it was too crowded for us. I hated the claustrophobic feeling I kept getting everywhere we went! The rides in the other lands were just ok for us - it just lacked that Disney specialness, you know?



The Comic book section would have to be an exception, however; once again, Universal themes their areas very well!



We left around noon and headed over to Margaritaville for a drink and some much needed sustenance. I may have had a feast for the eyes at Honeydukes, but I had yet to eat anything substantial since my very meager breakfast in the wee hours of the morning. It was time to dig in!

(As a warning ahead of time, I will have to admit that I failed to take photos of our entrees during this meal! My apologies!)

As we often do when hungry and presented with a large menu, we started off with an appetizer. The Hatter simply adores Spinach dip of all flavors and sizes, so we were going to choose the Crab Dip, when we realized it was served with garlic bread instead of tortilla chips. Jeremy isn't a bread person, and instead of asking for a special order, we instead opted for the Nachos. I'm so glad we did! They call them "Volcano" Nachos for a reason - they were piled sky-high with everything a nacho should be. Chili, Cheese, Guacamole, Sour Cream, Jalapenos, and Tomatoes - it was the perfect combination of flavors.



Jeremy then ordered the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, which was fried in wing sauce. It wasn't too spicy, but it wasn't weak either. The blue cheese dressing that accompanied it made the dish, according to him.

I opted for a burger, deciding that going bunless was the route I needed to take in order to stay safe. I chose the Mexicali burger for its Jalapenos and fire-roasted salsa. Apparently I was in a very spicy mood that day! It was very good. Would it have been better with a bun? Of course - but I took what I could get

When we were done we did a meandering stroll back to the shuttle drop off location, and didn't have long to wait before a Mears bus showed up. They were willing to take two passengers along with them, so we hopped on and headed back to Wonderland - where we belonged.
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:44 PM   #95
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Resuming the Report! Dinner at Narcoossee's

Goodness, I've been gone quite some time now! There were vacations, end of semester papers, and a surprise from the doctor confirming we will be having a little Alice or Mad Hatter of our own in December!

Life has a way of taking drastic turns, does it not?

With all that said, on to the report!

For dinner that evening, we really wanted to do something low key. Originally, we had reservations at The Wave. But it seems that every time we go to Disney, we make reservations for this restaurant and then cancel at the last minute! I think it has something to do with having heard that this restaurant has no windows. Can anyone confirm this? The thought makes me feel closed off without even setting foot inside! Unfortunately, I've heard the food is very good and really healthy, but something always stops me before I can try it out.



So we wound up at the bar in Narcoossee's - perhaps one of my favorite locations in Disney! It is a great spot to view the Magic Kingdom fireworks, from a setting free of screaming children or lots of commotion.

The servers were extremely nice, and brought us out some bread, giving me the option of Tapioca rolls. This was the moment I found out that Disney would very soon be changing to a different allergy-friendly bread. I was very upset, and it seemed the chef who brought them out was much the same! He informed me that it was not their (the Disney chefs') decision, but a corporate arrangement. Here's hoping the new bread is just as good. Anyone who has tried it, please let me know!

We looked over the menu and decided it was the perfect night to simply split some appetizers. It was a little late once we arrived, and I had eaten another of those BabyCakes donuts before making my way out of the hotel.

So with that still sitting contentedly on my stomach, we looked over the menu and made our selections. (This is a perfect thing to do if you want to go to some of the signature restaurants, but not use two of your dining points! - anywhere that has a bar is fair game!)



First up, Cheese - a classic, don't you think? I feel it's one of the things people get when they just don't know what to get, but it's always so good, anyway! This particular platter had five different types, and was accompanied by the usual accoutrements.



Jeremy decided on the Shrimp and Crab Chowder - he's such a soup guy. Of course, I love soup as well, but I was fairly certain I couldn't have this particular one. He absolutely loved it, though! It was creamy goodness all the way, and large enough to make a meal when using the bread to sop everything up with.



I had my eyes on the Prince Edwards Island Mussels. They come out in a very large bowl filled to the brim in warm, delectable mussels. The broth it's all soaked in is rich and buttery, and I certainly did my own fair share of sopping, as well!

Soon the fireworks began, and the lights were dimmed so everyone could take in the splendor. It was a fantastic evening - low maintenance yet elegant. I believe we're going to do this again on our next trip!
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Thank you so much! It was a bit of a shock, but I'm finally wrapping my head around it all - looks like next year will be a different Disney experience all together!
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Thank you so much! It was a bit of a shock, but I'm finally wrapping my head around it all - looks like next year will be a different Disney experience all together!
Being a mother is the most amazing difficult experience. I never believed what they say about the love for your child being so different from any other...but it's very true!! Hope you have a terrific pregnancy!
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Fabulous post! Congratulations on your pregnancy, so pleased for you!
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:28 PM   #101
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Congratulations on your wonderful news!!! Having a baby is the best thing in the world!! Enjoy every minute of it!

What a wonderful trip report you've got going here!! I've read every page and am looking forward to more!! How exciting to see so much gluten-free food options.

I just recently found out I'm gluten intolerant as well and we have a trip coming up in a few months. Did you notify the restaurant of your diet needs when you booked your reservation? I have made one on-line reservation and there was an area reserved for dietary restrictions. I left it blank thinking I'd just let them know at the table or just look for food options that are naturally gluten-free.

One other question...where in DTD is BabyCakes? We've been there several times and I can't picture it!!??!!

Thanks again for all the wonderful pics...looking forward to more.
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Congratulations on your wonderful news!!! Having a baby is the best thing in the world!! Enjoy every minute of it!

What a wonderful trip report you've got going here!! I've read every page and am looking forward to more!! How exciting to see so much gluten-free food options.

I just recently found out I'm gluten intolerant as well and we have a trip coming up in a few months. Did you notify the restaurant of your diet needs when you booked your reservation? I have made one on-line reservation and there was an area reserved for dietary restrictions. I left it blank thinking I'd just let them know at the table or just look for food options that are naturally gluten-free.

One other question...where in DTD is BabyCakes? We've been there several times and I can't picture it!!??!!

Thanks again for all the wonderful pics...looking forward to more.
First of all, thanks so much! We are getting very excited.

Also, yes I always make a note when I make the online reservation - it asks if you have a special need/request and you can just check off the box that says wheat/gluten. If you don't make a note, the person that takes you to your table will not know to get a chef. I think they like to do this because it is a bit more organized. When I first went to Disney with allergies, I made sure to contact disney dining and tell them, on top of making note in the reservation. Since then, I've realized this is an unnecessary step. I would only call ahead of time if you want something special (such as a particular muffin at Boardwalk bakery, for example).

Babycakes is actually a bit hard to find if you don't know where to look for it! It is located INSIDE the new Pollo Comparo building, which is right next to the Lego store and TREX restaurant. The sign says Pollo Comparo/Fresh Appeal. But when you walk in the front door, just head to the right and you'll see BabyCakes in the corner! It's a cute little bakery that they have hidden away for some reason.

Enjoy your trip - we will be heading their for our BabyMoon in October!!
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Congrats on your pregnancy! What exciting news

Love the Narcoossee's review! Thanks for the tip about going to the bar - I'd never thought of that.
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First of all, thanks so much! We are getting very excited.

Also, yes I always make a note when I make the online reservation - it asks if you have a special need/request and you can just check off the box that says wheat/gluten. If you don't make a note, the person that takes you to your table will not know to get a chef. I think they like to do this because it is a bit more organized. When I first went to Disney with allergies, I made sure to contact disney dining and tell them, on top of making note in the reservation. Since then, I've realized this is an unnecessary step. I would only call ahead of time if you want something special (such as a particular muffin at Boardwalk bakery, for example).

Babycakes is actually a bit hard to find if you don't know where to look for it! It is located INSIDE the new Pollo Comparo building, which is right next to the Lego store and TREX restaurant. The sign says Pollo Comparo/Fresh Appeal. But when you walk in the front door, just head to the right and you'll see BabyCakes in the corner! It's a cute little bakery that they have hidden away for some reason.

Enjoy your trip - we will be heading their for our BabyMoon in October!!
Thanks for tips and info!! Have fun in October!!
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The Breakfast of Champions

For our last full day in Disney, we decided that, of course, we should spend the majority of it in the Magic Kingdom.



With no BabyCakes left to tide me over on our way to the park, I was ravenous by the time we watched the opening ceremony and made our way towards our favorite rides and fastpass locations. Not wanting to wait in the queue that was snaking out the door of Mainstreet Bakery, we agreed that we would wait on the food vendors to open up shop. We had a bit of a wait ahead of us, however!


Food Cart with no one to provide a hot, delicious breakfast!

With the hustle and bustle at the front of the park, we were the first ones to set sail that day on Pirates of the Caribbean, and had Frontierland practically to ourselves. We rode Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Railroad more than once, made our way to the Haunted Mansion, and when we emerged saw that the vendors were pleasantly awaited the crazy people who would purchase junk food at 10am.



But today, we were those crazies. I had my heart set on a large box of warm, buttery popcorn! Naturally gluten free and something delicious to munch on while walking around, I grabbed the first box she scooped that morning. I could have very easily gone with the large bucket, but wanted to stick with the size I could utilize my snack credits for.



My Mad Hatter, looking around with eyes full of mischief, decided what he would be breaking his fast that day with - a Corn Dog! Yes, the breakfast of champions, indeed. He enjoyed every second of the 1.5 minutes it took for him to inhale it, although afterwards I believe he regretted his decision slightly. After all, we had yet to ride Space Mountain!

He rallied nonetheless, and we had a fantastic morning strolling leisurely through the park. It was great to have all the must-dos done, and be able to soak in the Magic!
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