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Old 08-01-2012, 10:22 AM   #91
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I loved your review of 'Ohana! I've been there twice now and I loved it both times. I left there stuffed full both times and it was well worth it! That banana bread pudding was to die for. And great review of CP & Rosie's. I'm suddenly hungry for some fries after seeing your photo! I'm serious!
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:45 AM   #92
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Thank you for your reviews! Can't wait to read more!
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:05 AM   #93
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I do wish that the studios had a few more CS options
Looks like your dinner was pretty good though
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:19 AM   #94
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We haven't been to Rosie's - glad there is an option in DHS. Ohana is a must do for my kids because they love the food but they especially love the entertainment. We had an 8:00pm ADR (the only one available when I booked). They got to do the coconut races and( something else I forget) we all did the hula.Wishes was scheduled for 10 pm and we thought we would miss it but we were just finishing dessert when it started. In fact it was so late by the time we were done... We had to get a taxi.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:57 AM   #95
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As our trip sadly entered the last full day, we had one of our favorite meals saved. We LOVE to have breakfast at Akershus with the princesses. We liked everything about this meal in the past so it was one of the first I booked 180 days out just to make sure we got it.

Epcot had an early entry that day so we got a Soarin’ fastpass right away and due to Test Track being closed the line went from 10 minutes in the stand-by to over an hour in about 12 minutes of real time while I was waiting for my family to catch up (our daughter had a toe injury as we were walking to the bus). The line for that ride all trip was CRAZY! Instead of waiting an hour, we rode Living with the Land again and killed some time shopping.

The counter serve restaurants were attaching a 20% off coupon to the receipts at different times to be used at Emporium, Mouse Gear, Mickey’s of Hollywood, Keystone Clothiers, Island Mercantile or Disney Outfitters if you used it before noon. We basically did all our shopping at Emporium (and ran up a monster bill), but got 20% off which helped. Since we were leaving the next day, getting the items shipped to the hotel wasn’t an option, so we just had it waiting at the gate when we left the park! If they have that deal going all the time, it is worth it. Just go in around 11:00 when the parks are getting crowded anyway and get your stuff a little cheaper. Our receipts said it is done August 15th but hopefully they will extend it.

We barely made it to the restaurant for our 9:45 reservation, but we were there in time, just a touch sweaty for the Belle picture. Here, if you didn’t know, the picture is free for everyone.

We got seated fast and went up to the cold bar with various fruits, meats, cheeses and danishes. Here are a few selections:







After a few minutes, out platter came out which was eggs, sausage, bacon and the best breakfast potatoes ever. All of this was cooked perfectly. I have a recipe for the potatoes and once or twice a year we have “princess breakfast for dinner” at home just to hold us off between trips!



We are not on the adventurous side at all, so we never ate anything here but the breakfast, but I have first-hand testimony from friends that it is great also.

The character interaction here is very good always. The princesses have been on their game every time we go. This time we ran into the same issues as we did at Chef Mickey’s with people cutting off the princesses for additional pictures and autographs which caused us to have to wait until after the bill was paid to meet Ariel. They had two different little parades while we ate where the KIDS were encouraged to go to the princess in THEIR ROOM and follow them around. Parents were told to stay seated and get pics from their seats, but a select few didn’t listen and were bumping into people trying to eat and were grabbing the princesses after the parade, which caused Ariel to lose her place and skip us. It was no big deal because they went and got her, but it is irritating at any rate.

The service here as been wonderful the past two times, but this time I have to say it was below average. I think there were two reasons for this. The first was because we had a trainee there learning the ropes. His name was Epson and he was doing the best he could. The regular waiter, Geir, was getting a little annoyed with him. We had to ask for refills a couple of times. I am always willing to excuse this if it is someone “earning their ears” as the badge says. The kid was trying and I know how tough it is starting a new job when I speak the same language as everyone, but this kid has to deal with English, Spanish, Portugese, etc. I’ll forgive them on that one.

The other service issue is that we felt rushed the whole time. This was the only restaurant where we had that feeling. They brought us our bill before our platter even came out! It felt almost like they were not bringing us refills so we would leave. A large part of this is we did have a 9:45 and they were trying to turn over the restaurant for lunch, but if you are going to charge nearly $100.00 for breakfast and accept 9:45 reservations, you better allow the people with that reservation the same time allotment as someone with an earlier reservation! If you can’t do that, cut off the reservations at 9:00! I have heard a few complaints about the meals in the castle for feeling rushed, which (plus spending only one credit) is why we usually meet the princesses here.

That being said, the meal here was top-notch, and we will go back. I am on the fence as to whether we will try and do another late breakfast or get something closer to 9:00. The 9:00 would work because you could get there at 8:00, ride Soarin’ get a fastpass after riding then go to breakfast. It is also a great place to meet Belle, Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White and Ariel in a more personal way.

The service issues may have been a one time thing and they were not really “that bad,” I just felt I had to mention it because we never had that experience there before and am hoping it was an aberration, not a trend!
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:59 PM   #96
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Great reviews! I've really enjoyed your whole report so far. We are going next week and our first-night reservation is for Coral Reef. We went last year and it was honestly the dining highlight of our trip -- DESPITE all the mixed reviews it gets here, we all just loved the entire experience.

We are also trying to figure out whether we want to keep our `Ohana reservation so your review and photos were really helpful. I'm really curious to try it but I'm not sure if it's the kind of experience the rest of the family would appreciate. The pictures of potstickers and wings may bring them to my side.

I'm also from Pittsburgh! Though I moved there at age 14 and was never able to bring myself to use the term "pop" since the "soda" habit had been instilled early. I do smile every time I hear it though.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:19 PM   #97
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Sorry for the delay. I just got back from another short trip (not to WDW)!

Later on our last full day we decided to stay in the Magic Kingdom until late (2:00am) and just basically try to get in everything we could. By this time in the trip it became the usual late July “hot,” and we were starting to get tired. In addition, that end of the trip depression was setting in with a little of that “I’m tired and actually ready to go home” feeling. As a result, we ran around and covered quite a bit.

It was getting close to 9:00 and with the Main Street Electrical Parade/fireworks sucking in people, we thought it was a good time to eat. I had been on a slight burger tear, but we had Pecos Bills on the list from day one and didn’t want to leave without eating there… plus we were kind of boxed into that area by the parade.

There were other choices, but the burger with onion rings on it looked too good to pass up:



I threw some items like hot mushrooms from the fixin’s bar on there and found it to be the best BURGER of the trip. It was everything a burger should be! Plus, the options from the fixin’s bar here were better than anywhere else. If you are walking around the MK and suddenly want a great burger, this is your choice. It is probably the best counter service/fast food type burger I have ever had. Next time I am making sure we eat there early in the trip before I get “burgered out.” I cannot imagine how good that would have been as my first meal of the trip.

Like I said earlier, if I could have swapped the days of the Earl of Sandwich meal and maybe the burger I had at Rosie’s the night before, this thing would have been even better!

My wife decided to go with the taco salad and loaded it up with items from the bar including a few pickles!



Our daughter went with the kid’s PB&J along with French fries.



Both girls didn’t finish the whole meal, but I think it was just from hitting a “wall,” rather than a lack of quality. It was getting late at that point and we knew we had to pack and go through the baggage process in the AM so I’m sure that was also a factor.

In our many trips to Disneyworld, I believe this was one of our first in Pecos Bill’s. I can tell you it will not be our last. This is a great option for any meal and I highly recommend it. And if you were wondering… yes that was another piece of carrot cake!

Next will be our final (and most pleasantly surprising) meals of the trip… lunch at Pinnochio’s village Haus!
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:15 AM   #98
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My DH loves the burger at Pecos Bills and even the veggie burger is good there
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:23 PM   #99
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Great Pecos Bill review. I have always wanted to try the place as their toppings bar looks so good the few times I have stopped by.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:03 AM   #100
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On our final day we got our bags packed and checked at the hotel. We were flying Southwest, who allows two checked bags per person for free, so that made it very nice. The check-in was easy and stress-free. The Magical Express is a fantastic perk!

Our flight wasn’t until 6:30 back to PIT, so we were able to make one last trip to the Magic Kingdom. Because we were not able to get there for the opening, it was a different animal in there a little later in the day. We were still able to ride some of the less popular rides one last time.

Because I had paid out of pocket for the pizza at the food court earlier in the week, we still had a meal coming. Pinnochio Village Haus was a restaurant I personally chose every trip except for our 2009 vacation. The menu there had changed and just got a little boring. In the late 90’s it had a fixin’s bar close to cosmic Ray’s and Pecos Bill’s. In fact I famously embarrassed my wife there when I used my hotdog carton as a plate and had sauerkraut as a side dish! When we saw the menu had changed again we decided to give it a try and I was glad we did.

As stated in the last post, I was pretty good in terms of burgers so I had the meatball sub with fries and the mango gelato.



All of these were great and the sub was very big. This was exactly what I needed for variety.

My wife went with the flatbread pepperoni pizza.



Allow me to tell you that I sampled this myself and it is the best pizza they offered this trip. There may be sit-down places that have better, but in terms of counter service, this was awesome. She had gelato with it for dessert. I do not believe she got a side dish with this, but there were several very generous slices of pizza, so it really wasn’t needed. The crust and sauce were much better than the food court or Pizza Planet, plus they did something by mixing parmesan cheese in with the other pizza type cheeses on top that gave this a unique texture. It was the type of pizza I would order at home.

Our daughter had the kid’s mac and cheese with at least grapes and a cookie.



As she was tearing into the macaroni she said, Daddy, you have to find this recipe and make this at home.” I sampled some and it was very good, even to an adult. Disneyworld does mac and cheese right I have noticed.

Overall, I think Pinnochio has to be added to most counter serve rotations. It has offerings that are different. Next trip I will space this out along with Earle of Sandwich to break up the meals with some variety. The burgers offered at the counter service restaurants at WDW are generally very good… almost up there with Red Robin in terms of quality, so to appreciate them, you need variety. As a bonus, we lucked out and got a table by the It's a Small World window, which made our daughter's day!

After eating we eventually made the long walk down Main Street USA with our heads a little low knowing it will be at least two or three years until we return. The good news is I already have close to $200 in the savings envelope for the next trip!

I’ll post a few more times with some final thoughts on the meal plan in general and the food overall this trip. Plus, the Steelers have their first home exhibition game on the 19th and my brother and I have a tradition of making something new at our tailgate for that game every year, so we already decided we will be attempting to replicate that Earle of Sandwich Hawaiian in the parking lot. I’ll take a pic and post it to show everyone who had all the nice comments how it turned out!
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:05 AM   #101
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Come to think of it, my wife did get a side with the pizza and picked the yogurt!
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:24 AM   #102
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Great reviews- truly enjoyed them. I will have to try Pinnochio's on my next trip( we usually go to Columbia) looking forward to the EoS sandwich replication!
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:51 AM   #103
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Sad to see your reviews come to an end but I really enjoyed them! I hadn't really thought about Pinnochio Village Haus before but your review has definitely put it on my radar. My 13 year old actually loves mac and cheese so I will have to let her know about this in case she gets hungry for it while we are there...and it just so happens that I love meatball subs & flatbreads!

Thanks for the reviews. I love to read dining reviews because you learn something new in every one of them!
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