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Old 09-22-2013, 06:35 PM   #16
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Thanks! And thanks for joining in! The design was made by Barb on the Disney Cruise section of the DISboards. She makes them for free, all you have to do is request and provide the details. She also designed the CD cover for me.

All I had to do was print the design on transfer paper and iron it on! (I used light transfer paper since I didn't want a border.)

The other designs for shirts and magnets came from kind people on the Creative DISigns section.
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:03 PM   #18
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One of the best meals of the trip was at Yak & Yeti!

Besides being a nice cool place on a steamy hot day, the restaurant has a nice atmosphere. Sorry, somehow I didn't take any pictures inside or out (except for the food.)

They do not take the TIW card here. They do have a restaurant chain membership that gives you a discount. Can't think of the name, but it's the same company that owns Rainforest Cafe. We do have that card and received the discount. It's nice that they can look it up for you so you don't have to have the card.

The appetizers looked really good here, so we decided to order two and split an entrée.

Lettuce Wraps:


Spring Rolls with plum sauce:


Beef and Broccoli with brown rice: (after being split in half)


The kids were less happy with their meals, although I thought the choices were fine. They would have appreciated orange chicken or some kind of Chinese choice besides just a spring roll.

Both Jacob and Ella picked the spring roll which comes two choices for sides. Ella picked rice and fries? Jacob picked rice and fruit. Neither at much of the spring roll. It was not served with sauce. Finally we asked for some and Jacob ate most of his at least.


Zoe had chicken tenders, fries, and apple sauce of which she ate very little.


And Max had a hamburger, fries, and applesauce. He does not like Disney's applesauce though because it tastes so watery. He's used to unsweetened, so I'm sure his reasoning is correct.


I think the kids meals came with ice cream. Marc and I shared this:

Cream cheese dessert wontons. They were quite good! Better than the I remember the first time we tried them years ago. I'm glad we tried them again!

We left very satisfied.
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Great TR! Wow five kids I don't know how you do it.
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Thanks for joining in! Your family is beautiful! When is number five due? After reading this trip report you may understand why DH said, "It's a good thing number five was on the way before Zoe turned two!"
I'm pretty sure he was just joking though! Seriously, we had a good time and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Congrats on the new baby!


Congrats on your new baby too! Our new baby is due New Year's week so we will be celebrating both a new year and a new bundle of joy I have to commend you on making all of those neat matching shirts and all the other custom goodies for your trip. To do all that along with planing your trip, caring for and adjusting to a newborn baby, and taking care of four other young children is truly inspiring
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Great TR! Wow five kids I don't know how you do it.
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Congrats on your new baby too! Our new baby is due New Year's week so we will be celebrating both a new year and a new bundle of joy I have to commend you on making all of those neat matching shirts and all the other custom goodies for your trip. To do all that along with planing your trip, caring for and adjusting to a newborn baby, and taking care of four other young children is truly inspiring
That's great! How exciting!


Crazy might be a better word for us than inspiring! We're really paying for dragging the kids on such a long trip now. Everyone got run down and ate too much sugar so their immunity is down. Zoe is fighting a fever, Jacob pink eye, and Ella an ear infection. All while I am back to work and we're still trying to get in the groove of normal life. My kids are so rarely sick... I feel bad for wearing them out and letting them eat junk!
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After our nice (and HOT) day at Animal Kingdom, we couldn't wait to hit the pool back at POP Century!

Ella and I took a detour through the cafeteria after arriving by bus. Entering from the store, I saw the station I had been looking for the night before but couldn't find...ice cream! One thing I remembered from the last time we stayed at a value resort 8 years ago was making ice cream sandwiches from freshly baked cookies and your choice of ice cream.

I was looking for a snack and couldn't resist. I could have chosen other kinds of cookies, but stuck with chocolate chip and I also stuck with vanilla ice cream. Maybe boring, but good!


The pool was a nice cool relief! I enjoyed the music and the kids enjoyed the activities. I didn't think Marc would do the photo scavenger hunt with them, since it was getting close to dinner time and they would be running all over the place, so they started late. I didn't think they stood a chance of winning either, so I was so surprised that the winners arrived 10 seconds before them! That drove Jacob nuts!

We didn't want to go back to the room or get dressed to eat dinner, so we all dried off and sat outside the cafeteria while Marc went in to get food for everyone. Of course it took a long time having to go to several stations.

Marc had the veggie burger again.


I had the bacon cheddar angus burger.

It was a pretty good burger at least for this type of restaurant. The fries were good too.

You can see Jacob's kids meal in the background of these pictures, A hotdog, grapes, carrots, and water.
Everything was at least as good as you'd expect from a counter service restaurant maybe a little better, until...

Ella and Zoe had macaroni and cheese. I don't know if the menu board indicated it was baked or not since I didn't go in, but it certainly looks less than appetizing. Ella ate a little but overall it was a flop. It was dry and I'm not sure what the crumbly stuff was on top (I assume bread crumbs) but it didn't add anything good to it and made it look burnt in our opinion.


And finally the worst meal of this evening...

What?! No picture? I think Disney may have had their secret agents delete it from my camera for fear of word spreading about the ridiculousness of this entrée! Max asked for the Italian sausage kids meal. He got a very small portion of bun with exactly 2 small slices of Italian sausage (see the picture of my pasta from the night before) covered in marinara sauce and a few sautéed green pepper and onion pieces which he did not appreciate. There was less than an ounce of meat on this "Italian Sausage Sandwich." Pitiful. He didn't even try it anyway, but it had been so long before Max decided he wouldn't eat it that Marc didn't feel right about going in and asking to have it exchanged for a hotdog or something else.

Here is our dessert tray:

One of the kids had pudding. Two others asked to split the tie die cheesecake. The ice cream sundae was for me and another kids to split. And the cupcake was for Marc.

Again the service was lacking... Marc told them at the register when he went to pay for the other desserts that he wanted to get a sundae but didn't know if he was supposed to pay for it now or at the ice cream counter. They said he could pay there and then take the receipt to the counter and they would make him whatever he wanted. He said he didn't know what he wanted to order yet. She said, that's okay, I'll just charge you for a sundae and even if you order something more expensive that would be okay. So he paid and went to the ice cream counter.

They were also onboard with him ordering whatever he wanted even though he had paid for a slightly less expensive item. He ordered a brownie sundae with 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream and one scoop of vanilla. At first they put all chocolate ice cream on and when they realized it, Marc said it was fine, but they insisted on remaking it. This all sounds strange, but fine so far, right? Well we ended up with a regular sundae (no brownie) with 2 scoops vanilla and 1 scoop chocolate after all of that. Whatever! We didn't bother saying anything.

Marc took the cupcake back to the room and we tried it later. I'm not sure what it was called, Maybe "The King" but it was designed to be the flavors Elvis supposedly liked. The cake was chocolate, it had a peanut butter frosting with candied bacon sprinkles and banana filling.


Neither of us liked it. I knew I wouldn't, but Marc always likes to try strange flavor combinations. (It would have been good without the banana filling and bacon topping!)
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:02 PM   #24
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Everything POP (again)

Since both the breakfast sandwich and muffin were a bomb yesterday, Marc brought me a breakfast platter from the cafeteria this morning. It was huge and each kid picked something off of it in addition to eating their instant oatmeal.



The food was okay. I wish I could just get a couple of fried eggs and some fresh berries. I guess I am spoiled by DVC rooms where I can get just that since they have a full kitchen. Not complaining...I just don't like/eat fast food and the food court offerings are awfully similar.
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Here it is!...Day 3
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I just started reading along, and am enjoying your TR and blog!

I noticed you flew out of O'Hare - so you must be from the Chicago area? We're on the Illinois/Iowa border, so we might be sort-of-neighbors!

I have to agree with your kids that the tie-dye cheesecake looks like playdough - although I have to admit I have a thing about not eating food that is a non-natural color. Especially blue. I don't know why, but anything blue just looks fake to me!

I love the t-shirts, too! We did matching trips for the 5 of us on our trip. I used namefills from marneb over on the Creative DISigns board. It was so much fun!

Can't wait to hear more about your trip!
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:35 PM   #27
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I just started reading along, and am enjoying your TR and blog!

I noticed you flew out of O'Hare - so you must be from the Chicago area? We're on the Illinois/Iowa border, so we might be sort-of-neighbors!

I have to agree with your kids that the tie-dye cheesecake looks like playdough - although I have to admit I have a thing about not eating food that is a non-natural color. Especially blue. I don't know why, but anything blue just looks fake to me!

I love the t-shirts, too! We did matching trips for the 5 of us on our trip. I used namefills from marneb over on the Creative DISigns board. It was so much fun!

Can't wait to hear more about your trip!
Thanks for reading along! I will have to find time to read your report too. I want to see your shirts!

We are in the far west suburbs of Chicago (in the Fox Valley.) I had to drive to Iowa last Friday to the chiropractic school in Davenport. Are you in that area?

Edit: Just had to say that I took a quick peek at your TR and your kids are so cute. I look forward to reading yours too!
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:39 AM   #28
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The Plaza

Lunch today was at the Plaza Restaurant. It is located at the end of Main Street closest to the castle. The adjoining ice cream shop is pictured here.


Surprisingly, this is the first time we have dined here. It looked very busy and is quite a small restaurant. We had an ADR and were seated pretty quickly. That was the only thing quick about this place though. It took a long time for our waitress to come, it took a long time to get our drinks. I bet we hadn't even ordered until we sat there 20 minutes or so.

I had Chicken Strawberry Salad without the gorgonzola
Here is the description: fresh garden greens, grilled chicken breast, fresh strawberries, gorgonzola cheese, tossed in a white zinfandel vinaigrette dressing


Marc had the Plaza Club with broccoli slaw:
-smoked ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise layered on toasted multi-grain bread


Marc and I both thought the food was good. He especially enjoyed the broccoli slaw. The food quality did not however merit a two hour dining experience! The only way to describe how slow the service was, is to tell you that Zoe took a nap during lunch but did not miss a thing.

I should also mention that the mayor of Main Street came in for some kind of interactive entertainment during lunch. We were in the far room, so did not really catch what was going on.

Three of the kids had peanut butter and jelly sandwich kids meals for lunch. It's cute that they cut it in a Mickey head shape, but it makes it even smaller. Here is a picture next to my 4 year old's hand.


Jacob wanted tomato soup which was offered as a kid's meal appetizer, but he wanted a bigger portion to serve as his lunch. Unfortunately he didn't like it. (Sorry the picture is after he stirred in the croutons and tasted it.)


The real draw of this restaurant is the ice cream creations. We had plenty of time to contemplate what we wanted as we saw lots go by to other tables. You could guess who was on a dining plan there by seeing tables where everyone had there own huge dessert (much of which went to waste.)

The kids meals included a choice of the Mickeylodeon (not described on the menu, but we guessed was a sundae), milk and cookies, or fresh fruit.

Ella picked the milk and cookies:


Jacob and Max got the Mickeylodeon:


And Zoe, Marc, and I shared a brownie sundae: (It's even bigger than it appears, and was quite delicious!)


If not for the extremely slow nature of the service, we would surely dine here again. I think it was just our waitress, so we may give it another try anyway.
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Following along! Your kids are all cutie pies!
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Landscapes of Flavor

We decided to walk across Hourglass Lake to Art of Animation Resort. We wanted a new selection of food and also wanted to see the resort. We will be staying there a few nights when we go back in November.

There a few pictures of the scenery in our blog.

Here is the inside of the cafeteria:


It is set up almost exactly like Everything POP and the other large food courts/ cafeterias/ quick service at the value resorts. There are many stations serving different food. You order and pick up your food from each station and then pay for it at a central check out.

So again, for the seven of us including a baby and rambunctious toddler, we had the same problem of it taking a long time to go through this process and not having enough hands to carry food even if we did try to get it all at once.


The food choices are unique here. And the ice cream counter is actually a gelato counter here.

This time, Marc got the kids their food first while I waited at a table with Zach and Zoe.

Max had mini corndogs and fries. He apparently liked the presentation.


Jacob had a grilled cheese sandwich which I just noticed is in the shape of a goldfish. He says he loved it. I've never heard him say that about grilled cheese before!


Ella had the kids' cheese pizza. And Zoe just shared with everybody.


Then he went to get my meal and by the time he came back, the kids were finished eating.
I had a meatball sandwich with Ceasar salad. They would not let us substitute the salad for anything else. I had had enough salad today since my lunch was a salad, but that's okay, the sandwich was filling enough and the few bites of the salad I had was good.


We ate in shifts tonight. I was finished by the time he brought his food back. Oh well. It was relatively peaceful. Marc claims his meal here was his favorite of the whole trip!
He thinks his entrée was called Buttered Chicken, but the closest thing I could find on online menus was this:
Tandori Boneless Chicken Thigh - with Naan bread and 2 sides
Side Items: Roasted Cauliflower with Tomatoes, Acorn Squash, Spinach and Paneer cheese, Basmati rice, multigrain rice, pickled vegetables or slow-cooked lentils


Don't forget dessert!

The boys picked a muffin and a cookie

The rest of us shared the next two desserts...
A brownie that probably had a special name but I don't remember it. This looked like it would be too sweet for me, but it was really good and the consistency of the brownie was almost like it was undercooked, but it tasted so good that way!


Mini cupcakes: red velvet, carrot, vanilla, chocolate
These weren't as moist as the full size cupcakes we've had from other places around WDW.


I didn't prefer this restaurant over Everything POP, but Marc did. He is really looking forward to eating there again when we stay there in November. To be fair, I didn't really get to see much of the menu so my viewpoint is limited. I did like that they had real utensils instead of eating with plastic ones.
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