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Old 07-25-2012, 04:10 PM   #31
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Let's play a "what if" game!!

Let's say you have 5 dining credits and 4 are taken ....Last meal of your trip....Important factors are atmosphere is unique and food isn't that dainty little barely fills your plate stuff!

What would you chose from the following and why?

A. The Wave
B. Whispering Canyon Cafe
C. Coral Reef
D. The Grand Floridian Cafe
E. House of Blues
F. Rose and Crown

Don't hold back!!!
Sort of depends on who's going - couple or family.

But for your basic criteria, I'd have to say WCC.
On the down side, the food is related in flavor profile to HDDR, on the upside, getting there is part of the fun (water launch preferred), the surroundings are awesome, it's all you care to eat (if you order the skillets), and the atmosphere is definately unique. Plus, it doesn't take a park pass, so if you've run out of them, it's still good.

My second pick (and personal preference) would be GFC, but that doesn't match your requirements as closely. A meal there is a 'must-do' for us, any meal. I love it for a quiet, almost romantic type of dinner, but it's not all that unique, except for being at the GF. Also, I don't know how much the construction impact affects it.

Haven't been to HoB or the Wave yet, so I can't give input there. Coral Reef might fit the bill, but it's been years since we've gone there, and the Rose&Goat was just dreadful the last time we ate there
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With teenagers? WCC or HoB. Assuming you really couldn't keep the 'Ohana ressie. I've never eaten at HoB at Disney, but the one is Chicago is really good.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:29 PM   #33
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Let's play a "what if" game!!

Let's say you have 5 dining credits and 4 are taken (Hoop Dee Doo, Biergarten, and San Angel Inn) and the 5th was to be Ohana but the times are ridiculously late.....Last meal of your trip....Important factors are atmosphere is unique and food isn't that dainty little barely fills your plate stuff!

What would you chose from the following and why?

A. The Wave
B. Whispering Canyon Cafe
C. Coral Reef
D. The Grand Floridian Cafe
E. House of Blues
F. Rose and Crown

Don't hold back!!!
Hmmm.....let's see. Well, the only one of those I've actually eaten at is Rose & Crown. It is very good. And it's nice if you can get a seat outside on the water.

But, if I wanted to try something new, I would probably go for House of Blues. I've heard lots of good things about it & seems like a fun atmosphere.

My runners up would be WCC & Coral Reef.
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Let's play a "what if" game!!

Let's say you have 5 dining credits and 4 are taken (Hoop Dee Doo, Biergarten, and San Angel Inn) and the 5th was to be Ohana but the times are ridiculously late.....Last meal of your trip....Important factors are atmosphere is unique and food isn't that dainty little barely fills your plate stuff!

What would you chose from the following and why?

A. The Wave
B. Whispering Canyon Cafe
C. Coral Reef
D. The Grand Floridian Cafe
E. House of Blues
F. Rose and Crown

Don't hold back!!!
A. The Wave: Haven't eaten there
B. Whispering Canyon Cafe: Eaten both dinner (x3) and breakfast (x1) and came away with extremely full tummies. I'd give it a definite
C. Coral Reef: Eaten dinner there for the last four trips and enjoy it a lot.
D. The Grand Floridian Cafe: Eaten dinner there twice. It was okay but it's not on our "must go there" list
E. House of Blues: Ate dinner there this past trip. Wanna talk about portions of epic size! Wow! The fried chicken dinner is a whole half chicken. Absolutely no one in our group came away hungry.
F. Rose and Crown: Ate dinner there once and don't really care to go back. It wasn't bad but it wasn't that great either. It was just kinda bland to us. But, we are from Louisiana and like our spices.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:02 PM   #35
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I'm going to try to put one together for next month's trip.


They sort of just swapped titles - the Clarion is now over on Palm Parkway, just north of the DTD Gate, and that used to be the Comfort Inn LBV. Stayed in both, and liked them.
I believe they swapped names because the Clarion name is perceived as more upscale, and the Palm Pkwy one does have more on-site options, and more of a 'resort' feel than the 192 one.
Glad to have you on board! I love seeing things through other's eyes also! I have learned so many little things by reading TRs over the years. I will have to watch for your's once you get started!

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Sort of depends on who's going - couple or family.

But for your basic criteria, I'd have to say WCC.
On the down side, the food is related in flavor profile to HDDR, on the upside, getting there is part of the fun (water launch preferred), the surroundings are awesome, it's all you care to eat (if you order the skillets), and the atmosphere is definately unique. Plus, it doesn't take a park pass, so if you've run out of them, it's still good.

My second pick (and personal preference) would be GFC, but that doesn't match your requirements as closely. A meal there is a 'must-do' for us, any meal. I love it for a quiet, almost romantic type of dinner, but it's not all that unique, except for being at the GF. Also, I don't know how much the construction impact affects it.

Haven't been to HoB or the Wave yet, so I can't give input there. Coral Reef might fit the bill, but it's been years since we've gone there, and the Rose&Goat was just dreadful the last time we ate there
Oh yeah, should have added it is a couple....didn't think of that! I kind of thought the same thing on HDDR and WCC having similar food. Love the reference to "Rose and Goat"!!!

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With teenagers? WCC or HoB. Assuming you really couldn't keep the 'Ohana ressie. I've never eaten at HoB at Disney, but the one is Chicago is really good.
Ohana would be preferred! They have a HoB in New Orleans but we have yet to make it there. I have heard good and bad on the one in Orlando!

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Hmmm.....let's see. Well, the only one of those I've actually eaten at is Rose & Crown. It is very good. And it's nice if you can get a seat outside on the water.

But, if I wanted to try something new, I would probably go for House of Blues. I've heard lots of good things about it & seems like a fun atmosphere.

My runners up would be WCC & Coral Reef.
I have eaten at Raglan Road and wonder how similar the food might be with Rose and Crown! I was thinking HoB would be different.

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A. The Wave: Haven't eaten there
B. Whispering Canyon Cafe: Eaten both dinner (x3) and breakfast (x1) and came away with extremely full tummies. I'd give it a definite
C. Coral Reef: Eaten dinner there for the last four trips and enjoy it a lot.
D. The Grand Floridian Cafe: Eaten dinner there twice. It was okay but it's not on our "must go there" list
E. House of Blues: Ate dinner there this past trip. Wanna talk about portions of epic size! Wow! The fried chicken dinner is a whole half chicken. Absolutely no one in our group came away hungry.
F. Rose and Crown: Ate dinner there once and don't really care to go back. It wasn't bad but it wasn't that great either. It was just kinda bland to us. But, we are from Louisiana and like our spices.
Sounds like WCC must be a pretty good place! Almost everyone mentioned choosing it so far!

I remember your review of GFC last year (I think). Leaving with full tummies is a "must"!! Yeah I have enough cajun in me (not really just raised next to them! ) that spices are a necessity for good food!!



Thanks so far everyone!!!
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Let's play a "what if" game!!

Let's say you have 5 dining credits and 4 are taken (Hoop Dee Doo, Biergarten, and San Angel Inn) and the 5th was to be Ohana but the times are ridiculously late.....Last meal of your trip....Important factors are atmosphere is unique and food isn't that dainty little barely fills your plate stuff!

What would you chose from the following and why?

A. The Wave
B. Whispering Canyon Cafe
C. Coral Reef
D. The Grand Floridian Cafe
E. House of Blues
F. Rose and Crown

EDIT : This would be a couple dinner!!

Don't hold back!!!
Kinda torn here. As pp said, the menu at WCC is very similar to HDDR. The Wave and GFC are excellent but not sure Keith would like them as much as HoB or RnC. Also, HoB has a full bar menu and I assume RnC does too! Here is a site to look at menus - http://allears.net/din/dining.htm

I wasn't much help but I'm interested to see your choice and why.
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Welcome!! That is so awesome you were there at the same time!! I took thousands of POFQ pics!! You may get bored with those or else feel like you're back "home"!! I'm trying to recall how many I have people in... I'll also be interested in your take on the buses! [/QUOTE]

We were very fortunate and had great luck with the buses. Our longest wait was for Epcot, if I remember correctly, at about 15 minute. But, the people next to us had apparently already been waiting quite some time by the time we got there. It was midday, so I'm sure not as many buses were running.

BUT...one morning we were waiting for a bus (MK, maybe?). There were TONS of people at the stop, and we were concerned. Turns out they had all been waiting for quite some time for an Epcot bus (coincidence?). People were getting a bit angry. Finally a charter bus pulls up to take them to Epcot. I never did find out what that was about...the charter bus...but at least they got a comfy ride to Epcot, I guess!

Otherwise, we never waited more than 5-10 minutes, and I think we only had to stand once. Can't complain about our personal experience!

Can't wait to read more of your report (and look for ourselves in your pictures)! We didn't arrive until the 8th, so you had a couple of days before us.
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Kinda torn here. As pp said, the menu at WCC is very similar to HDDR. The Wave and GFC are excellent but not sure Keith would like them as much as HoB or RnC. Also, HoB has a full bar menu and I assume RnC does too! Here is a site to look at menus - http://allears.net/din/dining.htm

I wasn't much help but I'm interested to see your choice and why.
Every little opinion counts!! Now what makes you think it matters what Keith would like!?

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Welcome!! That is so awesome you were there at the same time!! I took thousands of POFQ pics!! You may get bored with those or else feel like you're back "home"!! I'm trying to recall how many I have people in... I'll also be interested in your take on the buses!
We were very fortunate and had great luck with the buses. Our longest wait was for Epcot, if I remember correctly, at about 15 minute. But, the people next to us had apparently already been waiting quite some time by the time we got there. It was midday, so I'm sure not as many buses were running.

BUT...one morning we were waiting for a bus (MK, maybe?). There were TONS of people at the stop, and we were concerned. Turns out they had all been waiting for quite some time for an Epcot bus (coincidence?). People were getting a bit angry. Finally a charter bus pulls up to take them to Epcot. I never did find out what that was about...the charter bus...but at least they got a comfy ride to Epcot, I guess!

Otherwise, we never waited more than 5-10 minutes, and I think we only had to stand once. Can't complain about our personal experience!

Can't wait to read more of your report (and look for ourselves in your pictures)! We didn't arrive until the 8th, so you had a couple of days before us. [/QUOTE]

To the parks we were good, leaving the parks we were good but sometimes we would go through Riverside first and twice I timed us at 55 minutes from the time we loaded until we walked off the bus. That was extremely frustrating! I liked going to Epcot and MK because those buses were only POFQ! Overall our bus experience was good--just some instances. Last year we got a cruise charter to DHS but never really knew why they used that instead of the regular buses.
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Beach Club and Cape May!!

I had wanted to take Keith to the Cape May Clam Bake but our original dates fell during the time Cape May is closed for refurb. Once we changed dates I realized that we had a small window of time to get a dinner in!

On our way to Beach Club Madison and Chris look pretty excited!





And Keith is a “driving fool”!! He thought he was Mario Andretti going around the curves!



Along the way I am so excited to be back at Disney that I snap a picture of things like…trees



And signs….



And of course……



We arrive at Beach Club a little early by plan.



This is my first time to actually be at this resort and I wanted a little looksee!!

Our walk to the entrance…







A really cool car to take a spin in….



Pictures inside the lobby area….







Then we head outdoors…





The beach….









We walk to the bridge to Boardwalk. Along the way Madison declares that for her senior year she wants to stay at Beach Club!
















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Continued from the previous post.....

CAPE MAY CLAM BAKE

After looking around a bit we decide to check in a little early.
















Our ADR was for 7:20pm and it is about 6:50pm at this point. We head to the desk and check in, receive our buzzer and proceed to wait.





This is what Chris and Keith do….



The line we will soon be in!!



Madison and I go into the lobby area and find a hidden Mickey in the carpet!




Within 5 minutes the buzzer is going off and we are escorted to our table. As we make our way to the table the buffet lines are explained to us. We place our drink orders and head off in search of some food!







The food was really good! I tried a little bit of everything. In the end my favorite was the beef tips. It was unbelievably tender and delicious!! Also (as several people had hinted) the Oreo Bon Bons were to die for!!! Very yummy indeed!!!!



Those are the few pictures I snapped. Not very many since I was more focused on the food I wanted to eat!

Keith was being a smart-aleck and took a picture of his beer since I was taking pictures of my food!



Madison drew a picture at the end of the meal while she waited for us to finish up:



Then we paid our debt and headed out for a little walk before going back to the hotel.





The sun was close to setting by this time and dusk was casting a beautiful bluish hue to the world.













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Continued from the previous post...





Keith and Chris enjoying the moment...




We meandered past Stormalong Bay and I got a few pictures.







Then we reached the Yacht Club and decided to head back.







3:30am was a very long time ago and we had an early morning wake up along with lots of business to take care of prior to having fun! So we walk back:





Chris and Keith leave me as I took pictures but Madison was nice enough to wait up for me!!



As most everyone knows, the resorts have movies every night and (at least at several) they have a fire with s’mores.



The Beach Club’s is on the beach and several people were enjoying making s’mores! Sadly we never were able to see any of the movies during the week…just too much to do!!

A few more leisurely moments...









I am just not ready to give the night up!! So a couple more...







Soon we are back to the car and headed back to Comfort Inn Maingate. It was time to rest up and get this vacation movin’!!
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I love all of your pictures! You have some great shots of both your family & Beach Club.

I used to never really think that Beach Club that called to me. But, the more I see of it, the more I really want to stay there. It just looks really pretty.

I love the picture of Chris & Keith playing on the phones while waiting to be seated. That is so my husband. I swear one day I'm going to hide his phone from him.

Sounds like it was a very nice night & a great way to start off the vacation!

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Isn't the Beach Club gorgeous? I think it's knocked off the Poly for the #1 spot on my "dream resort" list. So Madison wants to stay there for her senior year trip huh? Is that a hint to why you were asking hypothetical ADR questions, because you really have my curiosity piqued with that!

LOVE Cape May! I'm so glad that you guys enjoyed it too! That pic of Keith photographing his beer made me LOL. Such a stinker. Exactly something my DH would do.

OREO BON BONS!!!!! Aren't they heavenly??? I don't have much of a sweet tooth, especially for chocolate. However, I could eat those every day of my life. I love them!

Fantastic pictures! I especially love the artsy ones from behind the tall grasses. Isn't having a new camera fun? Even more fun is having it at a place like Disney with so many great options for cool pictures!

Can't wait to hear more!
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Tell Mario Andretti that he better slow it down! This past trip, we saw people pulled over by "The World Police". Actually, I don't know if it was Disney police or County police but they were pulling them over left and right.

Dinner at Cape May Cafe looks really good. I've looked at the menu a time or two but haven't seriously considered dining there. Maybe that needs to change.

I love all of the family pictures and pictures that you took around the Beach Club. The resort looks absolutely gorgeous!
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