An Aussie's Journey. Our final meal before coming home (food porn)....the last post!

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  1. Luvchefmic

    Luvchefmic DIS Veteran

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    Oh Sharon you and DH take beautiful pictures! , and being highly descriptive I could feel myself walking next to you step by step. So miss you and really am enjoying taking this trip with you.

    Ruthie
     
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  3. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Thanks Ruthie. I'm still scheming about possibly tagging along with DH in October. Would love to catch up again!!
     
  4. Luvchefmic

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    There is no way you could ever come into FL again and not meet up :goodvibes ! but next time you take a long trip here again we can plan for certain !
     
  5. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    WARNING! I may have to seek therapy after writing the first half of this update.

    After settling into the BCV and having taken it easy for the day, I was ready to head out to MK and enjoy the Mother’s Day celebration with the extended family. The Wishes Dessert Party was something that I had looked forward when planning this trip.

    The phone rings and it’s my DB. He explained that his son wasn’t well, his daughter was sleepy, our parents were really tired and he wasn’t feeling like going out to the theme park today. So, he wanted me to cancel WDP and re-schedule for tomorrow night.

    Can you hear the sound of my hand smacking my forehead?
    Can you hear me silently screaming?
    Are you all feeling what I’m feeling?

    I’m guessing (and hoping) that the answers are yes, yes and yes! :scared1:

    Please count with me….1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
    Deep breath.
    Big sigh.
    Give your body a shake.

    AAAAAARGH#@@#$%!$&!!%*!!!! I am still in need of therapy….. :headache:

    I had to explain that this was THE ONE event in all the events that I had arranged for the family where everything was pre-paid for beforehand. I said that we wouldn’t be able to change the booking for tomorrow as this event was sold out. I also did the good sister thing and said that I understood and to not worry about it. If the family wasn’t feeling well, I didn’t want to force them to come and have a bad time. It was better that they should stay home and not come out.

    DB was silent for about a minute and then said that he would talk with the family and put the phone down.

    DH and I looked at each other. Here’s a summary of our options that we discussed. Because this is the DisBoard, I’ve edited the language somewhat:
    1. The 3 of us were definitely going. We were NOT missing out.
    2. We would head to MK and go to Guest Relations to see if we could change the reservation from 8 adults and 1 child to 2 adults and 1 child; and get a refund. The 3 of us were definitely going.
    3. We were going to find a computer and see if there were any Dis-ers at the Park on-line to come and join us. The 3 of us were definitely going.
    4. We were going to stand outside the Terrace and sell the extra seats. The 3 of us were definitely going.
    5. We were going to stand outside the Terrace and offer the seats for free. The 3 of us were definitely going.
    6. We were going to kill my extended family in a way that we wouldn’t be caught. The 3 of us were definitely going.
    7. We were going to kill my extended family and get off due to the circumstances. The 3 of us were definitely going.
    8. The 3 of us were DEFINITELY going.

    We started out of the room when the phone rings again (it’s taken all of 3 minutes). It’s my DB. The extended family had a chat and they didn’t want me to take a hit on this and they were getting ready to come.

    In the quiet spaces in your mind, where sometimes dark and desperate thoughts live, I’m think I was thinking….”but I don’t want you to come”.

    In the practical spaces in your mind, where sunlight and rational thoughts live, I was concerned that they were going to do something that they didn’t want to do and I didn’t want them to get sicker. But, it would appear that the extended family was indeed heading out to MK and the original plan was still in play.

    So, we arranged to meet here.

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    Turns out that my nephew was sick (and he was sick before the WDP) …everyone else was just tired.

    There was still about 2 hours to go before the event and the kids wanted to go do some rides in Tomorrowland. DH and I were starving so we went off looking for food whilst the rest of the family and DS headed off. We still had a couple of CS credits left to use up before midnight.

    We ended up eating in Cosmic Rays as this was the closest CS. I ordered half a roast chicken and BBQ ribs meal; DH ordered the vegetarian burger. We both got the Carrot Cake for dessert. We were so hungry that we ate the entire meal before we remembered about food porn. The CS at Cosmic Rays was surprisingly good! The Carrot Cake is reputed to be fantastic; but for me, it wasn’t as good as it was written up to be.

    After dinner and with a bit of time left (and after making a slight detour to pick up 3 Peter Pan fastpasses), we headed to Mickey’s Philharmagic. I just love MP! It was one of the highlights for me 5 years ago and it was fantastic to experience it again. I came out in a much better mood and frame of mind. (Thanks for letting me vent! and I did say I was still in need of therapy :sick:)

    And then it was time to catch up with the family and head towards the Tomorrowland Terrace.

    Whilst waiting for them, DH snapped these shots.

    I just love the detail!

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    IMHO One of the most under rated Disney characters.

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    A penny for his thoughts!

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    My favourite of the collection…

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    He almost looks like he’s flying!

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    There is neither one tree nor fire hydrant near by.

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    Definitely not a real boy!

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    He must have modeled for this when he was younger…way too thin for my liking.

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    By the time DH had finished, the rest of the family had turned up and we headed for our Dessert Party.

    [Up next – Wishes Dessert Party]
     
  6. Luvchefmic

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    My responses in bold RED





    Oh boy can't wait for this!
     
  7. SoonerGirl

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    Baseball has had me so busy that I missed 3 updates!!

    Love your description and pictures of the BC, I think it has just moved to the top of my resort list. I really want to stay there!

    :scared1: and :headache: for your ordeal with the extended family wanting to cancel the WDP! Do they not understand how hard that is to get???? I can't wait to hear what they thought of it!
     
  8. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Ruthie - I'm not sure I understand you correctly. Can you confirm? I should have called you???? And next time I want to get away with murder, I'll call you ;)!

    I've got some night shots of the pool area which I'll be posting a little bit along. The pool is heaven!

    And no...my family have no idea about how hard it can be to book into the Dessert Party. :sad2:

    How was the baseball?
     
  9. Luvchefmic

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    Well first you should have called me if 1. they didn't come
    2. you were going to sell the tickets
    3. you were going to give away
    tickets

    as far as the murdering well I have a few unsavory relatives :rotfl: and I do live in the boonies.....;)...

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  10. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    You're on! You'll be the first I call next time.....we just have to work out how to get past Australian and US customs. :thumbsup2
     
  11. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Despite the rocky start, I believe that everyone was now looking forward to this event. Whilst we were having our separation time away from the family, my nephew had indeed thrown up and was now feeling a bit better. Everyone else was still tired.

    We lined up and were shown to our table.

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    I thought it was a perfect opportunity to see our future house under a different light.

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    Any good real estate agent will advise to check out the home at night. It will always look different!

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    We were amazed at how much the house changed every 30 seconds or so and started to wonder how we would deal with this much change every night.

    We also thought it would be a good idea if we took a shot of us with our future home by night.

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    But nothing can divert me away from food for too long. It was then time to focus back on the real reason for why we were there.

    On the menu was:

    Pistachio Creme Brulee, Mango Shooter, Key Lime Tart, Fruit

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    For me I loved the Crème Brulee; Key Lime Tart was good and I didn’t care for the Mango Shooter.

    Cheesecake (I think), Cannoli, Raspberry Tart, Pastries

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    For me, the Cheesecake was so-so, the Cannoli and the Raspberry Tart was okay. Pastries were nice,

    Kiwi Orange Tart, Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate-Chip Cookie, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry

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    For me, I loved everything on this plate!

    DS just loved anything with chocolate in it!

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    But also indulged in a few other things...

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    I’m sure that there were other selections (I remember eating them) but we didn’t capture it on camera.
    Beverages included coffee, tea, hot chocolate, lemonade, raspberry lemonade, water and milk.

    And then it was time for the fireworks. There was plenty of space on the balcony for everyone at the Dessert Party.

    An expectant hush came over the park…and the first bang went off. I don’t know about you, but I keep looking for Darth Vader in this picture.

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    And everyone just loves seeing pretty colours in the sky!

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    Especially with the castle changing colours on a regular basis.

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    If you are after the quintessential fireworks view with the castle straight on, then this isn’t the spot for you.

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    But we were pleased to see things from a different perspective and angle.

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    I think this was when I first realized that this might not be the home for me…I’m not sure I could live with the pall of smoke that seems to hang around at this time of day.

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    My dreams of homeownership are pretty much over. I don’t think I could stand watching my house go off with a bang like this every night. Much too noisy for me!

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    In the end, we all had a great time at the Dessert Party. And it is one of the experiences the family fondly talks about now that we are home.

    There is a lot of debate on the DisBoard about whether the Dessert Party offers value for money and about whether the Tomorrowland Terrace is a good or bad spot to view the fireworks. For me, this event is first and foremost about food; specifically – Dessert!
    I love eating dessert and thought that a dessert buffet would be right up my alley….it is!
    I also had a reason to celebrate (Mother’s Day) and I thought that the event would be a good way to celebrate and to treat my mother and the rest of the family….it was!

    [Up next - Experiencing MK as a 'local' resident]
     
  12. Luvchefmic

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    Yummi Yummi Yum-oooo So just a few questions,what's the cost pp and what time did they let you in, how long were you there and was the desserts etc all you could eat & was it out the whole time? Okay guess that was more than a few questions :) I personally wouldn't let the noise or smoke keep you out of your dream home..I might be leery of the mote though, alligators & such :scared1:

    Ruthie
     
  13. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    So where do they do the dessert party? That might be something fun to try for us when we finally get back there again....
     
  14. cdotla

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    Thanks so much for the offer regarding the pancake mold!:goodvibes Believe it or not, I actually picked it up off ebay earlier this week. I found someone selling it for $9.95, plus $4 shipping to Canada. (As I recall, it was about $9 in the Parks anyway, so I don't think I could have gotten it much cheaper!)

    Can't wait to try it!:banana:

    And you are right! We had talked about our stays at the BCV before we left. We checked out on May 8, so we didn't overlap at all. We just warmed the place up for you!:laughing:
     
  15. cdotla

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    Sorry to hear you weren't doing so well the last day of your stay at POR. At least it sounds like you picked up when you hit the BC!

    I am glad you took the stroll over to the AB section before you left so you no longer felt bad about being in the Mansions.:)

    Isn't the BC nice???? I had stayed at the Yacht Club in 2008 during a legal conference...right then and there I knew I had to return.

    I loved the YC when I was there, but definitely enjoyed the Beach Club more. I much prefer the decor in the lobby and styling of the rooms.

    Can't wait to hear about the rest of your stay there!

    I can't believe your bad luck with your family wanting to pull out of the Dessert Party. :headache: However it sounds like at least with your nephew there was a good reason for it. At least it all worked out, and hopefully he was able to enjoy himself after his sickness passed before the party.

    Thanks for the review of the dessert party. Not sure if I would ever try it. An Illuminations dessert party seems much more up my alley. My only problem is hitting WDW when I can catch an invitation to one!:rotfl:

    Looking forward to more!:goodvibes
     
  16. jenniferkeala808

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    Awww sorry to hear about the family...I think the main thing was that THE THREE OF YOU WERE DEFINITELY GOING...right?! LOL!great pics from the WDP and of Wishes!!!
     
  17. SoonerGirl

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    Sounds like the dessert party was a success after all! Looking at your pictures has me fondly remembering that creme brulee - it was soooo good!
     
  18. Mum from oz

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    Loving your TR so far, looking forward to hearing (and seeing) more!
     
  19. queenie82

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    Nice Review. Bummer about the family...but...as they say you can choose your friends but not your family.
    I can see the appeal and I certainly think given the 'event' you added to it that makes it more special. :thumbsup2
    Now I'm confused...you say there is a cookie in this image
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    But it is so SMALL! I've never seen an American Cookie so small! :lmao: :rotfl:

    Anyway...I love the photos and the review...it is the most 'infomative' (and drool causing) review I've seen.
    I ADORE Dessert...and could easily have had more than my share from the offerings...but...
    I've become an Illuminations girl and would rather eat at the Rose and Crown with a view of Illuminations than the Wishes Dessert Party...

    As for BCV...I'm so glad you loved it. It is a really beautiful resort that is for sure. :goodvibes:
    We spent a night there and I would recommend it to people, but it wasn't my favourite resort...which I will admit surprised me a little. I rank it higher than Boardwalk (which again surprised me) but I fell in love with BLT and OKW....and AKV.
     
  20. manntra

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    So.....I take it the three of you went?
    I would have been talking through clenched teeth :faint: Of all the things to cancel on....:headache: I had contemplated doing this also but I didn't.....know I wish I did!! :sad2: Personally I think it is a great view....I watch it from wherever I happen to be and never stake out a place far ahead of time...although I would most likely do that for MNSSHP....I missed a lot of seeing the castle when I saw those fireworks.
    October really is a wonderful time of the year to visit you know :goodvibes

    Tracy
     
  21. PrincessInOz

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    I think it was about $22.95 or $23.95 for an adult, which includes tax and tip. The terrace opened at 8 pm; or an hour before the fireworks start time. When you book, you are allocated an arrival time - we got 8.10 pm; but we were queuing up at about 7.50pm with EVERYONE else, who also ignored the staggered arrival time. They opened at 8 on the dot and we were seated within 5 minutes. The desserts were all you can eat and the CM kept refreshing the selection.

    I personally hit the buffet table about 3 or 4 times between 8 and 8.45 pm. A couple of my favourite selections might have been "empty" when I got there; but the CM would come out and refresh it before I left the buffet table.

    When the fireworks were over, there was still *some* desserts left on the buffet, but I guess they must stop refreshing it at around 9 pm.

    The do the dessert party at the Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station. It was a lot of fun for us.

    WDW also do something similar at Epcot for Illuminations. But I think the dessert party at Epcot is only for Grand Gatherings.

    Fantastic! If you do try it, I'd love to hear how it went or see photos..

    We loved BCV. We actually just wanted to relax at the resort around the pool more than being at the parks..:rolleyes1

    I would have liked to have done the Illuminations dessert party as well - but we tried something else instead.

    Mmmmmm...maybe I wasn't clear enough in my original post. :rolleyes: Yes, I think you're right. The main thing was that the THREE OF US were DEFINITELY GOING. :rotfl2:

    Yes, I'm glad it worked out in the end with the extended family. The creme brulee was good, wasn't it? YUM!

    Thanks! I'm working on it! :surfweb:

    I did contemplate doing a lot more resort hopping during our 10 day stay - maybe next time. We loved our stay at BCV and for us it was perfect because of the location as we were hanging out at Epcot a lot.

    I'd love to try BLT next time.

    In the end, all 9 of us went. My poor nephew threw up as we were waiting in line (thankfully the restrooms are just right there); but he was fine afterwards.

    Yes, I started a "might not be returning" PTR last night for October....still thinking about whether I add a "not going" ticker :rotfl:. I'm still not keen to fly all the way to the US for only 3 days; but I'll have to wait for DH to sort things out with his work before making a decision.
    Having said that, it would be nice to go to the Food and Wine festival; and see if I can catch MNSSHP. How are your plans going for October?
     

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