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Old 12-01-2012, 01:10 PM   #736
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How great that you go to meet up! I am so jealous!

Is that the same people that own Via Napoli? I think I had read that some place?

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Hi Vicki! Yes, according to Paula it is owned by the same company as VN. I learned something new.

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So cool that you guys could meet up, the pizza looks yummy

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It was pretty cool to meet Paula and have some yummy pizza!
You're funny... I left my $ in my pocket so I think I came out ahead!
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:51 PM   #737
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I was excited to dine at AP with Michael since I pretty much know his tastes and thought he would enjoy not only the menu but the rustic outdoorsy feel of the resort. This was the third time that Em and I had dined at AP. We had an 8:50pm ADR which would give us plenty of time to relax in the early evening. In fact, we rested so much that we fell asleep and ran a little late getting out the door. Instead of waiting for the boat launch from CR to WL we went ahead and took a taxi for $10 that included tip.

We were arrived at WL early enough to enjoy the beautiful lobby and take some photos:




We arrived and checked in and were seated without a wait. Katy was our wonderful server who made us feel so welcome and did an incredible job.

The restaurant is so very lovely. I adore the timber beamed ceilings with cast iron trimmed lanterns and the expansive windows that overlook the property. The stunning framed nature-scapes on the walls are highlighted on the back of the menus. The dining room is spacious and open and while it can tend to get a bit noisy, it is not overly loud like ‘Ohana.










This Signature restaurant’s menu is rich with seafood options that reflect a definite Pacific Northwest vibe with a few non-seafood choices. The wine list contains many Oregon options as well as other Columbia and Rogue Valley selections. Just wait until you see the dessert menu!

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After Katy our server introduced herself she highlighted several house specialties on the menu and demonstrated a very solid understanding of the menu. Michael ordered Mussels for an appetizer and the Buffalo Strip Steak for his entrée. Em ordered the Heirloom Tomato Salad as an appetizer to share with everyone and also ordered the Buffalo Steak for her entrée (which she had ordered 2 years ago.) I wasn’t especially hungry so ordered the smokey portobello mushroom soup and the mixed field green salad.

A basket of hot sourdough bread served with both salted butter and olive oil was delivered with our beverages. Knowing that I could eat an entire basket and call that a meal, I took it easy and stopped at one slice. Such self control! By the way, my Diet Coke arrived with a Mickey Mouse silly straw – how awesome!

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Sourdough Bread with Salted Butter and Olive Oil:

Heirloom Tomato Salad; Wheatberry, Smokey Bleu Cheese, Sweet Onions, Parmesan-Sesame Cracker, Barrel Aged 8 Year Balsamic, Virgin Olive Oil & Petite Basil: $15



Kettle Steamed Penn Cove Mussels with Sourdough Crustini: $14


Smokey Portobello Mushroom Soup with Roasted Shiitakes, Chive Oil and Sourdough Croutons: $10

The few bites that I had of the tomato salad was good. I think at that point, it was the 3rd or 4th tomato salad that week so I was a little tired of it at that point. However, it was fresh and delicious.

Michael enjoyed the mussels and especially appreciated that Katy brought a bowl to deposit the empty mussel shells. I didn’t make a note of the crostini so I can’t tell you what he thought of that.

I was served the fabulous smokey Portobello soup as my first course and I can honestly say once again, it was wonderfully delicious. Just the right touch of mushroomy flavor. (The mushrooms are cooked in a smoker thus giving the “smokey” name to the soup.) The crispy roasted shiitakes and croutons are the perfect topper to this dish. I declare that I shall always order this soup as long as it is on the menu! It’s that good.

Slow Roasted Buffalo Strip Steak; Zellwood Corn-Sausage Hash, Yukon Gold Potato Smear, and Blackberry Pinot Noir Reduction: $43




The entrees arrived and both Buffalo Strip Steaks were prepared medium rare as ordered. Em’s was a bit tough and she didn’t enjoy it as she did before. As Em described it, the corn salsa on mashed potatoes wasn’t to her liking either. However, Michael appeared to enjoy the entrée.

Mixed Field Green Salad; Cherries, Sunflower Seed Granola, Smokey Bleu Cheese, and Ice Wine Vinaigrette: $10



The salad was absolutely delightful! Cherries appeared to be the seasonal fruit that was featured in many of the dishes and I was so glad that it was incorporated into this salad. The sunflower granola gave it a wonderful sweet/salty crunch while the bleu cheese provided a creamy counterbalance. The salad wasn’t overpowered with a lot of dressing so that was good. All I can say is that I’m a huge fan of this salad!

Katy was on top of making sure we had drink re-fills, dishes cleared and the right amount of attention. When she presented the dessert menus I was hoping that we could decide on something to share since we were pretty full. The fruit cobbler is their signature dessert and I really wanted to try this dish that had received some positive reviews. However, Michael decided that the cannoli sounded really good as well. After a short debate we decided to just go with the fruit cobbler. Michael also ordered a cappuccino.


When Katy delivered our desserts she came bearing the cannoli dessert as well and said that it was her treat. How incredibly thoughtful!!

Artist Point Cobbler; Seasonal Berries and House-made Black Raspberry Ice-Cream: $11

We dug into this beauty and I have to say that this was divine! The berries were fresh and perfectly sweet while the cobbler had a slight crispness around the edges with a soft moist sweet center. I didn’t try the ice-cream since this dessert was gone so quickly.

Local Orange Blossom Lace Cannoli with Mountain Berry Mousse, White Chocolate Anglaise, Strawberry Rhubarb Jam: $10

I had one bite of the cannoli and it wasn’t as chewy as I imagined the outside part would be. I was thinking it would be similar to the edible chewy “edible basket” that accompanied the pistachio creme brulee at Tony’s Town Square. In any event, it was good although I don’t recall tasting much of the cream filling.

Cappuccino: $4.19

The bill with TiW savings of $30.44 was $157.05.




This was a great dining experience for which I was pleased to introduce Michael to yet another Signature restaurant at WDW. If he accompanies the damsels on yet another trip he would love to eat here again!

Next Up: 'Ohana breakfast
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:06 PM   #738
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So happy to see this review as we are also eating at AP on the 15th. I was leaning towards the Buffalo Strip Steak too....now I'm wondering if I should go for the Pork? Was the soup delicious? I've been looking forward to that as well as the cobbler! Is AP down a long hallway to the left, behind WCC? We stayed at WL in 1998? and it's a bit fuzzy in my head
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:21 PM   #739
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Thanks so much for meeting me at DL! It was so much fun!

Artist Point... love the Mushroom Soup! The restaurant is beautiful! I just love that whole resort!
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:36 PM   #740
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So happy to see this review as we are also eating at AP on the 15th. I was leaning towards the Buffalo Strip Steak too....now I'm wondering if I should go for the Pork? Was the soup delicious? I've been looking forward to that as well as the cobbler! Is AP down a long hallway to the left, behind WCC? We stayed at WL in 1998? and it's a bit fuzzy in my head
I think you will really like AP. I had the pork several years ago and wasn't a fan since it was very bland. Em liked the buffalo strip steak better two years ago so I don't think I'm much help on what is better. However, the soup, as always - was amazing!!!

You have a great memory! If you go down the long hallway from the pool entrance you will arrive at AP on the right before the main lobby.

Wishing you an amazing trip!!

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Thanks so much for meeting me at DL! It was so much fun!

Artist Point... love the Mushroom Soup! The restaurant is beautiful! I just love that whole resort!
Paula thank you so much for letting me know you would be here. It was awesome to meet you!!!!

Yep, that soup is so delicious.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:16 PM   #741
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Loved the AP review. It was one of our favorite restaurants as well, although I think it will be a while before we can head back - I would be worried that DD would misbehave and I'd rather not take that chance in any of the signature restaurants. Love the mushroom soup! And your salad looks so good.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:56 PM   #742
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Artist Point is definitely on my short list for our next trip! That soup looks divine!
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:02 PM   #743
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I LOVE the Plaza and after thinking I'd be okay with skipping it this last trip, I was very sad when we were in the park and didn't eat there!! I don't know what I was thinking… I do- I wanted to try more thing places! Sigh.

We'd LOVE to try AP one day! Our meal at Whispering Canyon was amazing, so I can only imagine that AP is wonderful!!! Sure does look tasty!
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:43 PM   #744
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How fun that you and Paula got to meet up at Disneyland. Thanks so much for sending a pic my way! But I must admit that I'm again just a bit jealous because pretty soon everyone on the DR board will have met you in person except for me.

Anyway, great review of Artist Point. I too am in love with that soup! Your salad sounds really yummy as well...anything with blue cheese has got to be good.
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Artist point looks wonderful!! I think everything you ordered is perfect for me
That salad you ordered really does look delicious and every since DDW reveiws I've been wanting to try the cobbler, yummy!!
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Wow!!!! You guys have eaten at some great places. I really want to try the mushroom soup at Artist Point next time I go.
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Love your Artist Point review. I think this is one signature meal I could get Mark to do...the steak looks yummy.

The restaurant itself is beautiful inside.
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Loved the AP review. It was one of our favorite restaurants as well, although I think it will be a while before we can head back - I would be worried that DD would misbehave and I'd rather not take that chance in any of the signature restaurants. Love the mushroom soup! And your salad looks so good.
Thank you! The soup and the salad were great lighter options. Next time I need to bring my appetite so I can order an entree!

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Artist Point is definitely on my short list for our next trip! That soup looks divine!
The soup really is as good as all the fans declare!

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I LOVE the Plaza and after thinking I'd be okay with skipping it this last trip, I was very sad when we were in the park and didn't eat there!! I don't know what I was thinking… I do- I wanted to try more thing places! Sigh.

We'd LOVE to try AP one day! Our meal at Whispering Canyon was amazing, so I can only imagine that AP is wonderful!!! Sure does look tasty!
I know what you mean about having to pass up a favorite ... so close but so far!

Glad that you liked WCC!! Did you ask for ketchup?

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How fun that you and Paula got to meet up at Disneyland. Thanks so much for sending a pic my way! But I must admit that I'm again just a bit jealous because pretty soon everyone on the DR board will have met you in person except for me.

Anyway, great review of Artist Point. I too am in love with that soup! Your salad sounds really yummy as well...anything with blue cheese has got to be good.
Hi Barb! Thanks for stopping by! You certainly have a job keeping the live thread going!

You are always the first person I think of for a Dismeet so I can send you a photo!! One day we WILL meet!! Perhaps 2013 will be the year that we either synch our trips or I make it to Chicagoland and take a side trip to your neck of the woods.

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Artist point looks wonderful!! I think everything you ordered is perfect for me
That salad you ordered really does look delicious and every since DDW reveiws I've been wanting to try the cobbler, yummy!!
Thanks avasmommy! Yes, DDW put that cobbler on a lot of people's radar with his review and comparison of the old and newer versions of that dessert. I was instantly a fan!

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Hi princess aleya! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. The soup really is heaven in a bowl!!

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Love your Artist Point review. I think this is one signature meal I could get Mark to do...the steak looks yummy.

The restaurant itself is beautiful inside.
Hi Kathy! If Mark likes a rustic Pacific NW type decor and a menu that is heavy on seafood with some beef thrown in then hopefully he would really like this.

You are down to just days before your surprise trip!!! Yay and I wish you a wonderful time. I'm definitely looking forward to hearing all about it.
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'Ohana Breakfast


Em and I skipped ‘Ohana for breakfast our last girl trip so this was a return to one of my favorites, well, I say favorite because they serve Mickey Waffles!!!! Michael of course had never been here so was a bit hesitant for one more character meal! In the end, I think he had fun with this one.

We had an 8:35am ADR which meant we had to hop on the monorail for the short ride to the Poly. When we went to check-in, they had moved the podium to the opposite side of the waiting area…that threw me off my game since I walked in with a confidence that I knew what I was doing, but then I didn’t see where to check us in! Michael may not have noticed!






We were given a pager, shown to the faux tiki background where they snapped our photo and then seated for about 5 minutes before our table was ready. We picked up our basket of the bread before being shown our table by the window overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon.


Carolyn was our server and bless her heart she took great care of us. She even posed for photos with us at the end of the meal. She promptly delivered our Stitch juice and the other beverages that we ordered. Em had a carafe of coffee to herself. Michael and I don’t drink coffee… actually, Michael will drink specialty coffee drinks and cappuccinos but not plain coffee.
Our first course is typically fresh fruit. Michael opted to have an alternative starter – Zantac!








Ok, so the fruit was my first course and it was fresh and delicious as always! While I was enjoying the fruit, I started eating the bread and I think I ate almost the entire serving. Oops! So much for taking it easy on the bread for this meal.


Lilo came around during the fruit course. We didn’t have a lot of interaction which was fine. We simply took a few photos and wished her aloha!





Soon the hot skillet of food arrived with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potato wedges, and biscuits. This was followed by delivery of the much anticipated Mickey Waffles! I started with one waffle but I can’t promise that I didn’t have more.


My plate consisted of scrambled eggs, a slice of very thin bacon (tasted good and I don’t typically eat breakfast meat), a potato wedge (I wanted to taste it before I committed to wasting stomach space for these since last time they were not that great!) I also ended up throwing a biscuit on my plate and trying one of those for the first time at ‘Ohana. Since eating the wonderful biscuit at The Wave I wanted to have another that tasted equally as good. ‘Ohana’s version wasn’t as hot and buttery but it was good. Here’s where I admit that I had two more Mickey waffles. Oh so delish!

Waffles from server station since I apparently didn't take any photos of my Mickey waffles. Likely they were inhaled before I got a chance to take a photo!!

Michael was pleased to have as much meat and potatoes as he could eat. Unfortunately, he does not share my passion for Mickey waffles so I’ll forgive him for that! He did eat the biscuits so they must have been good for him to allow carbs to touch his lips. We had to have a refill of most items in the skillet which was no problem. Carolyn replenished our items quickly.
The characters continued circulating and next up was Mickey and Stitch. As much as I love our host Mickey, I adore Stitch since he has such wonderful interaction and mannerisms. I love his sloppy kisses! (Well, it is more a sound than an actual kiss.)






Pluto was next and Michael shared a hilarious moment with him when he held up a sausage link and offered it to him. Pluto went crazy and literally was sitting up begging for more! So funny!




We were pretty much done with this meal and certainly stuffed beyond asking for any more food when sweet Carolyn brings Michael and I matching Mickey-fetti frosted anniversary cupcakes. How very sweet! She posed for a photo with us while telling my husband that he had beautiful blue eyes. (He still mentions that comment fondly! I see ‘Ohana in his future for breakfast again!) I had a couple bites of the cupcake and declared it amazing! Too bad I couldn’t eat the entire thing.


With the photo op before the meal you have the option of purchasing the photo package. I believe it is 1 5x7 and 4 smaller photos. The cost was $30 or so last time we dined here. However, with my photopass+ they simply gave me the photos. I don’t recall them taking my photopass+ card but I did go to the photo desk at the Poly and have the image added to my photopass+ account. It was very easy and only took about 30 seconds to complete.

The bill was $64.99 with $12.59 in TiW savings.

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We had the same waittress at 'Ohana in August! I love everything about that breakfast, especially the waffles & potatoes. Ah, to have some now ....
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