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Old 11-25-2012, 10:26 PM   #91
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Love some of the places you are going. This fall my friend and I had the free dining. Children and spouses were not allowed on this trip!! We did California Grill (it was heavenly and I hope they are all refurbished before next fall so I can eat there again!) I had the filet, one of the ladies had the pork (and she thought it was awesome) and the other one also had a steak, I believe. There were no leftovers on the table when we were finished here!

And you absolutely MUST try the lobster soup at Coral Reef! I was wishing I'd just had 2 bowls of that and the bread.

Haven't done Cape May since 2008, but we all really enjoyed the food there. We did breakfast and dinner there that year. All very good and the character interaction here for breakfast was some of the best I've experienced anywhere!

Sanaa was awesome!! The flatbreads and spreads were so good. That could have been a meal instead of an appetizer. I didn't see that as a choice for you, but that is a good one-with the added bonus of wandering around the resort to view the art and animals.

Great choices!
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Love the update from Ron! I was at the chores part!
All great choices and looking at Disney food just makes me hungry and jealous
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:20 PM   #93
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Hi guys! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was quite busy, so busy that I didn't even have time to log in to the Dis. I did do some lurking here and there though, and read all you comments. I'll come back in a couple of days to do my replies. Tonight I'm busy making yet another photobook. What can I say, they are addicting! I'm subscribed to the Shutterfly newsletter and receive deals via email every so often. Well they sent a pretty good deal today, with the saying "Photobooks make the perfect gift for family members", and I thought "They are so right!". So here I am, making a photobook for the in-laws, Otaku, my dad, my brother, etc. Luckily I'm basically making the same book for everyone, just personalizing the cover and last two pages. I can't wait to give it to them for Christmas.

Ron came around yesterday and posted his thoughts about food for all our ADRs. In case you didn't see his post and are too lazy to go back to the previous page, here it is :

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So the wifey comes up to me one Sunday afternoon and says: Go post your reply to my post about ADRs on Disboard.
Never mind that there were probably a bunch of house chores to be done, and I pretty much finished a marathon round of video game playing (meaning I was in prime position to be told&not asked&go do some chores.) LOL!
So of course, I say: Of course sweetie&anything you say. I love you so much, thats why I wanna do whatever puts a smile on your face. And so&here I am. Hahahaha.

Truthfully though&I have put a bunch of thoughts into what I might be eating 5 weeks from now. After all this isnt ordinary food&its magical DISNEY food, and whatever ingredients make it up, my wife has told me that theres always an extra sprinkle of magic placed on every dish. All I can say is&I hope that this magic sprinkle stuff is FDA approved.
My prevailing thought for the places weve already been, is to do it differently and sample something other than what Ive already tried (within reason of course.) After all, there are some things one just has to do over again, when you visit a restaurant where youve enjoyed your meal.
So without further ado here a couple of thoughts with regards to the ADRs we have set up&

KONA CAFE
Having tried the steak there, I may just go the opposite direction and go mostly seafood. I plan on getting the tuna poke again, to share with Otaku, possibly along with some sticky chicken wings.
As for the main entrée..I was a bit disappointed to see that the Tuna Oscar doesnt seem to be available anymore. So, perhaps I may go with the Togarashi Spiced Ahi Tuna. I saw a pic of it, and it does look very enticing.



VIA NAPOLI
I know that my wife loves the pizza here. While I enjoyed it as well&I still dont feel it was so epic that I need to have one when we visit this place again. I think that this time I may go with some pasta. I was thinking that the table could start with a little appetizer like the Mozzarella Capprese.



Then, go right to the Linguini Frutti di Mare. Hopefully, the Disney food big portions creedo, also applies to the sefood portions of this pasta dish.



CORAL REEF
As previously mentioned&the idea here is to dine under the sea. And having looked over the menu, I wasnt particularly excited by it. Still, it should make for an enjoyable dining experience.
I was considering sharing the appetizer for two with Otaku.



And then for a main entrée, perhaps the Orange Ginger-glazed Scottish Salmon.



KOUZZINA
As were visiting this place for breakfast, I suspect I wont be too much in the mood for anything large and filling. But, if I am actually that way, I was thinking of Turkey-Sweet Potato Hash.



CAPE MAY CAFE
SEAFOOD BUFFET. NUFF SAID!!! LOL!!!

CALIFORNIA GRILL
Out of all the ADRs we have, this location has been the most difficult in determining what I may actually want to eat, as so much of it looks appetizing.
Ive read and been told that the Grilled Pork Tenderloin is amazing. So, Im kinda leaning towards that at the moment.


I have a feeling me and Otaku might also go for some kind of sushi appetizer, Im kinda leaning towards the Tuna Three Ways.



I think that about sums it up for my thoughts on the ADRs dear wifey has set up. Im very much looking forward to the trip. Though I have a feeling the ole weight will shoot up another 10 pounds by the end of the trip. LOL!!


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Have fun making your photobooks (wish I had the talent or the time to do something like that).
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I LOVE making photobooks on Shutterfly!!! I've made one for each of my last 2 Disney trips and plan to do one for this one too
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Sorry I haven't been posting, Mel!! I have been writing so much in my emails that I figured you wouldn't want to read it twice!

Regarding your food choices:

1) First of all, don't forget that Disney food is Calorie-Free!
(or at least that's what I'm going to tell myself after I eat my 10th cupcake!)

2) I highly recommend the Mahi-Mahi at Coral Reef, although it isn't as good as it was with the apricot chutney (they changed it in 2010). This year, I think I'm going to ask the waitress/waiter if they can possibly add chutney to the side.

3) I think it's an excellent idea to try to share the pizza at Via Napoli. Last year, none of us had room for dessert & that made me want to cry! I am like you...I LOVE my dessert!!!!!!

(We also have more in common than I realized because I am also a huge fan of cheese...my favorite things are cupcakes, cheese, bread, and chocolate!)

4) Thanks to you and Ron, I am now eating dinner at Cape May Cafe! After I booked your ADR, I went to AllEars and just kept reading the buffet menu over and over and over and over again . . .

I think that's all for now! I woke up to take my meds & I suppose I should go back to sleep since it's after 1:30am. I'll post again soon!

Love all of your ADR choices and of course your resorts!!! I'm so excited for your trip!!!
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I keep forgetting to mention that the picture of Claudia in the Minnie outfit is ADORABLE!!!! Oh my goodness, she's just too cute!!!!
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:16 PM   #98
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Hi! Just stumbled upon your PTR and am subbing in!


I love your ADR choices. You have 3 of my favorite restaurants on there. (Kona, Coral, and Via.) I agree with you on the bread at Kona. That macadamia nut butter you put on the Hawaiian bread is to die for. Just as a heads up, though, my favorite dessert is the white chocolate cheesecake, as well, but when I went there last May, it wasn't on the menu anymore.

I would highly recommend saving room for dessert this time around at Via Napoli. The tiramisu is actually the best tiramisu I've ever tasted, and this is coming from a girl who's parents actually lived in Italy for 4 years and learned how to make it the proper way. But even if you are too full, the dough they use on their pizzas is just as worth it.


As for Coral Reef, I'm not a seafood fan at all, and I felt the same way you did about the menu items, but the restaurant actually surprised me. The food, no matter what you order (I have tasted the steak, the lobster ravioli, and the mahi mahi) is all delicious and very well-prepared. I hope you all enjoy it, plus the atmosphere is as awesome as it sounds. I can only imagine how enthralled your DD will be with the aquarium!



And I agree with you on BC and the refurb! No discount in the world could make those old rooms at the resort look good!
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Oops. I disappeared from the Dis for a week. Sorry about that. First I worked on those photobooks. Then Claudia got sick again (nothing bad, just a cold, which she still has, and possibly teething (I keep saying that, one day it will be true ), I got her cold too, and we visited some friends. Then I was just scared of coming back to a gazillion threads to catch up on. I've also been quite busy selling used stuff online. I don't even make that much money off of it because I sell it off so cheap.

But I'm back, and plan on spending the entire evening catching up, including replying to all of you, and possibly writing a small update. How have you all been? I can now officially say I'm leaving THIS MONTH!!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!
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Jumping in. Your baby girl is adorable. DH and I keep thinking about kids but we just never take the plunge. I'm working on becoming a teacher so we have that commonality. What do you teach?

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I am behind already. Had my in-laws visit for a week so I lurked a little from my phone, but just skimmed.

The Coral Reef's menu changed. We ate there on Wednesday. (I'm a WDW "local"/) The chicken on spaetzle was really good!! What I usually order wasn't on the menu anymore. Same with the dessert menu, what I order was gone so I opted for the Blood Orange Cheesecake. Don't let the name scare you off. This is to die for!! There is an orange called a blood orange. The top of the cheesecake had a very thin orange gel, the cheesecake itself was light and airy, kind of like the Bavarian cheesecake at Germany. Instead of a graham crust, it was a thin orange cake. I took pictures, will eventually get around to posting.

Be Our Guest is a fantastic new restaurant. Did you try to get ADRs there? I know they are booking up quickly.

Yes, I do see a common theme going on your choices
I hope you had a great time with your in-laws. The one thing you missed is I asked you about your TR. I suggest you go back and read my reply to your previous post, as I don't remember exactly my question.

Thanks for your food suggestions. There is a good chance that I'll be getting chicken at Coral Reef. It's my go-to meal when the menu is not much my taste. I will not, however, have the blood orange cheesecake as I absolutely cannot stand oranges. I'm hoping the chocolate wave will still be available.

Be Our Guest looks absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. We did not get an ADR there as the menu was not really up our alley. Plus, why pay extra when we can go there for a counter-service lunch and see everything anyway? I heard the chocolate cupcake for dessert is very tasty.


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I really think you'll love it though Mel. We sure did.
I'm glad you were not offended by my constant reference to you. It was meant to be funny. I am so excited to be eating at California Grill. As is the theme for so many things this trip, I never thought in a million years that I would eat there one day! My only small concern is to not be taken to the restaurant in time to watch the sunset.


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We've done soe of your ADR choices and some we want to try (we've done Kona for breakfast, but never dinner). I would love to try Via Napoli but me and sauces don't see eye to eye lately. We were not happy at all with Cape May this past September, but I think we may have had an off night there (but with the prices they charge, it will be on the back burner for quite a while).

I hope the little one is feeling better.
Ah, it's too bad that your stomach doesn't agree with sauces these days. Via Napoli is so good! I don't really care about Cape May. This one is all for Ron, so I hope he likes it. He is concerned about paying so much, and what if we don't eat our money's worth (I probably won't), but I know he really wants to try it so I said just don't stress about it.


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I was on my phone, or I was going to find a link for a slicker brush so you know what they are. Glad you found it on your own. It's good that you were able to cut out at least 2 of the mats, and I hope the corn starch helps with loosening the others so they can be brushed out too! Good luck!


Your dining plans look nice. I've never eaten at any of those, though I will be eating at Coral Reef for lunch this Friday! I'd love to eat at Via Napoli, but there hasn't been anything available this trip.
I've been brushing my cat a couple of times a day with the slicker brush. At first she wasn't sure, but now she actually asks for it (she comes to the place where I usually brush her and meows, or comes when I go there and call her). She only lets me brush her for very shorts periods of time though. So far I've been able to get rid of ALL the individual mats, and the big one has been reduced by about a third. There is hope that I won't have to get it shaved!

I can't wait to read what you thought of Coral Reef. I know it might be too late for that, but you could always try walking up to Via Napoli. I've heard of people getting in that way.


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So happy to hear Claudia is feeling better!

Your ADR's look great!! We've been to all of them except CA Grill. You are going to eat well!!
Claudia WAS feeling better, but now she has a cold. It's not so bad, it's mostly just a little cough and a runny nose. It does affect her breathing at night though and she wakes up more often. I got the cold too, and now it's Ron's turn. he seems to be taking it the worse. Men!

We are going to eat very well. We hope that we'll have more appetite than in August since it won't be so fricking hot out.


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My two favorite WDW desserts are on your list, the Zeppole di Ricotta and the No Way Jose - they are to die for
I am so very excited to be trying those desserts!!
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Nice ADR choices... I'm trying Kouzzina based on Jenn's review of it too... so she's going to have a lot to answer for if it isn't good... I'm sure it will be... Also going to try Via Napoli... never been to Cape May Cafe... but really like Kona and California Grill and have had really good experiences at Coral Reef as well...

I'm sorry that your little Peanut is feeling out of sorts... It is really hard before they can tell you exactly what's wrong... it gets better when they can speak... but even then it's always hard and even when you have an 18 year old Peanut some day... you aren't going to like it when she gets sick...

(I have/had a love/hate relationship with Parenting books... sometimes what works in them don't work for you... plus you can drive yourself crazy trying to diagnosis ... they can be nice for reference...)
I just saw for your signature that you are in Disney right now, and at the Beach Club! Actually, today is the last day of your trip. Boo! Make sure to give me the link of your TR when you start it, so I can read your thoughts on Kouzzina, Via Napoli and BC.

Yeah, it's hard to hear her cry and not know why. Just tonight, she woke up at a time she never wakes up usually and it's only when we pumped the secretions out of her nose that she fell back asleep. We were trying everything besides that because we know how much she hates it, but I guess she really needed it.

I totally get what you mean about those parenting books. Sometimes they're great, but so many other times they drive me crazy and/or make me feel like a bad mom because I do things differently then them. So I try to only read them when truly necessary. I prefer to rely on the advice of friends who are new moms instead.


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Yay for Kona! I'm thrilled for the Tonga toast lol. I think Kouzinna will be great, I have read some wonderful reviews from there!
I like all your picks actually! We are eating at Via Napoli too, I'm so excited for the pizza and Zeppoles! California Grill was going to be my choice for our date night but it's going to be during the refurb so I will live vicariously through your report!!
LOL, we're not going to try the Tonga Toast (though Ron would love it), we are going for dinner. Sorry if I didn't make that clear.

I think CG was suppose to be under refurb during our dates as well, but then they pushed it to later. Too bad for you that you can't try it.


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So the wifey comes up to me one Sunday afternoon and says: Go post your reply to my post about ADRs on Disboard.
Never mind that there were probably a bunch of house chores to be done, and I pretty much finished a marathon round of video game playing (meaning I was in prime position to be told&not asked&go do some chores.) LOL!
So of course, I say: Of course sweetie&anything you say. I love you so much, thats why I wanna do whatever puts a smile on your face. And so&here I am. Hahahaha.

I think that about sums it up for my thoughts on the ADRs dear wifey has set up. Im very much looking forward to the trip. Though I have a feeling the ole weight will shoot up another 10 pounds by the end of the trip. LOL!!


We have our priorities straight in this house: Disney before chores.

Thanks for writing your thoughts, Baby. I love you too.

Enjoy your pixie-dusted food in Disney, because when we come back, you're going on a diet! (He said so, I'm not the one forcing him )


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I like hearing your take on the ADRs too Ron, you don't chime in often, but are quite funny and articulate!

I'm sure you will enjoy everywhere you eat, and I'm sure Disney wouldn't put anything in their food that wasn't FDA approved
He is quite funny and articulate. You should see the personal messages in writes in cards and with gifts.
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Love some of the places you are going. This fall my friend and I had the free dining. Children and spouses were not allowed on this trip!! We did California Grill (it was heavenly and I hope they are all refurbished before next fall so I can eat there again!) I had the filet, one of the ladies had the pork (and she thought it was awesome) and the other one also had a steak, I believe. There were no leftovers on the table when we were finished here!

And you absolutely MUST try the lobster soup at Coral Reef! I was wishing I'd just had 2 bowls of that and the bread.

Haven't done Cape May since 2008, but we all really enjoyed the food there. We did breakfast and dinner there that year. All very good and the character interaction here for breakfast was some of the best I've experienced anywhere!

Sanaa was awesome!! The flatbreads and spreads were so good. That could have been a meal instead of an appetizer. I didn't see that as a choice for you, but that is a good one-with the added bonus of wandering around the resort to view the art and animals.

Great choices!
Wow, a girls only trip, that must have been fun! I'm happy to read your good review about California Grill. I don't eat any seafood, but I did let Ron know about the lobster soup. He thinks there is a small bowl of it on the appetizer he wants to get.

Thanks for the suggestion of Sanaa. Since we are staying at the BC this trip and will probably never stay at an Epcot resort ever again, we are taking advantage of it by only eating at restaurants in that area (besides a favorite of ours, Kona). I do absolutely want to visit AKL one day, and will keep Sanaa in mind for then.


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Love the update from Ron! I was at the chores part!
All great choices and looking at Disney food just makes me hungry and jealous
Who cares about a clean house when we can talk about Disney food instead?


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Have fun making your photobooks (wish I had the talent or the time to do something like that).
I did have fun! I love making photobooks because it's really not that hard, especially with Shutterfly. They even have an option where you just upload your pictures and they create the photobook almost entirely for you! It's super simple and quick, you should check it out. Plus, they always have specials going on, so you don't have to pay full price.


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I LOVE making photobooks on Shutterfly!!! I've made one for each of my last 2 Disney trips and plan to do one for this one too
I had such a hard time making my Disneymoon photobook on Photopass, I am FOR SURE using Shutterfly for this vacation. The only downside to using Shutterfly is the lack of Disney backgrounds and embelishments, but I jsut bought a whole bunch of Disney stickers to add to the book after I receive it. Expect to see those in a future update.

I would love to see your photobook, if you want to share it once it's done.


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Sorry I haven't been posting, Mel!! I have been writing so much in my emails that I figured you wouldn't want to read it twice!

Regarding your food choices:

1) First of all, don't forget that Disney food is Calorie-Free!
(or at least that's what I'm going to tell myself after I eat my 10th cupcake!)

2) I highly recommend the Mahi-Mahi at Coral Reef, although it isn't as good as it was with the apricot chutney (they changed it in 2010). This year, I think I'm going to ask the waitress/waiter if they can possibly add chutney to the side.

3) I think it's an excellent idea to try to share the pizza at Via Napoli. Last year, none of us had room for dessert & that made me want to cry! I am like you...I LOVE my dessert!!!!!!

(We also have more in common than I realized because I am also a huge fan of cheese...my favorite things are cupcakes, cheese, bread, and chocolate!)

4) Thanks to you and Ron, I am now eating dinner at Cape May Cafe! After I booked your ADR, I went to AllEars and just kept reading the buffet menu over and over and over and over again . . .

I think that's all for now! I woke up to take my meds & I suppose I should go back to sleep since it's after 1:30am. I'll post again soon!

Love all of your ADR choices and of course your resorts!!! I'm so excited for your trip!!!
1) What's eaten in Disney, stays in Disney.

2) I'll pass on your recommendation to Ron and Otaku.

3) In my baby book it is written that as I child I only liked to eat pasta, bread and cheese. I haven't changed much growing up. Of course chocolate and cupcakes are amongst my favorites as well. That's why I love Red Velvet so much: a chocolate cupcake, with cream cheese frosting. What could possibly be a better combination?

4) Make sure to let me know what you think of Cape May. While you're there if you could double-check which day they serve the friend clam strip to make sure we are booked a a good day, that would be awesome.

I'm so excited for both our trips.


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I keep forgetting to mention that the picture of Claudia in the Minnie outfit is ADORABLE!!!! Oh my goodness, she's just too cute!!!!
Thanks! After not taking many pictures in the past couple of months I've been picture-taking crazy these past few days, so expect more baby pictures soon.

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I love your ADR choices. You have 3 of my favorite restaurants on there. (Kona, Coral, and Via.) I agree with you on the bread at Kona. That macadamia nut butter you put on the Hawaiian bread is to die for. Just as a heads up, though, my favorite dessert is the white chocolate cheesecake, as well, but when I went there last May, it wasn't on the menu anymore.

I would highly recommend saving room for dessert this time around at Via Napoli. The tiramisu is actually the best tiramisu I've ever tasted, and this is coming from a girl who's parents actually lived in Italy for 4 years and learned how to make it the proper way. But even if you are too full, the dough they use on their pizzas is just as worth it.


As for Coral Reef, I'm not a seafood fan at all, and I felt the same way you did about the menu items, but the restaurant actually surprised me. The food, no matter what you order (I have tasted the steak, the lobster ravioli, and the mahi mahi) is all delicious and very well-prepared. I hope you all enjoy it, plus the atmosphere is as awesome as it sounds. I can only imagine how enthralled your DD will be with the aquarium!



And I agree with you on BC and the refurb! No discount in the world could make those old rooms at the resort look good!
I tried making the Kona bread myself last Christmas. It didn't taste nearly as good, but the macadamia nut butter was yummy.
They took out the white chocolate cheesecake? Nooooooooooooooooooo!

I like the smell, but I'm actually not a fan of coffee at all, not even coffee-flavored things. So I'll pass on the Tiramisu and stick with the Zeppole. Thanks anyway.

Watching Peanut look at the fish is something I very much look forward to. It's nice to know that they are things she'll really enjoy this trip, even though she's so young.

No wonder I had no interest in staying at BC prior to researching it for this trip. The last pictures I had seen were from prior to the refurb. UGLY!



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Jumping in. Your baby girl is adorable. DH and I keep thinking about kids but we just never take the plunge. I'm working on becoming a teacher so we have that commonality. What do you teach?

Looking forward to more.
Thank you! You truly have to be ready for kids before taking the plunge as they are a lot of work, but I'm loving (almost) every minute of it.

I teach French as a second language. My students have about 30% French, so I only teach three groups, which is great. Two groups would be even better though, but I'll have to switch school for that to happen. I'm in an elementary school, teaching grade 1 and grade 5. What about you?
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I hope you had a great time with your in-laws. The one thing you missed is I asked you about your TR. I suggest you go back and read my reply to your previous post, as I don't remember exactly my question.

Thanks for your food suggestions. There is a good chance that I'll be getting chicken at Coral Reef. It's my go-to meal when the menu is not much my taste. I will not, however, have the blood orange cheesecake as I absolutely cannot stand oranges. I'm hoping the chocolate wave will still be available.

Be Our Guest looks absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. We did not get an ADR there as the menu was not really up our alley. Plus, why pay extra when we can go there for a counter-service lunch and see everything anyway? I heard the chocolate cupcake for dessert is very tasty.





The chocolate lava cake is still on the menu at the Coral Reef. The kid's dessert was a chocolate brownie topped with icecream topped with a drizzle of chocolate syrup and a white chocolate Nemo triangle. I have pictures if you are interested.

We had a great time with my in-laws. It was a very nice Thanksgiving.

Yes, you asked where to start on my TR since there are so many links. I know I have been very bad at updating the index. I'd suggest starting with these more recent posts.

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Be Our Guest Dress Rehearsal

Gaston's Tavern

Be Our Guest Lunch Part 1 Restaurant pictures

Be Our Guest Lunch Part 2 Food pictures
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