Dixons go Deluxe 14 nights DxDDP Updated 12/2 COMPLETE

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  1. dixonsontour

    dixonsontour DIS Veteran

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    Introduction

    DH 38 – likes meat, pizza and spicy food hates seafood and mushrooms

    Me 37 – eats most things

    DD age 6 ¾ - not particularly picky but knows what she likes

    I think this was our 16th trip to USA since 1997 and DDs 6th (not bad for an English 6yr old!)

    We have done ddp twice before in 2009 and 2010.

    October 2011 and May 2012 we stayed offsite and ate mainly offsite – see my two dining on a budget reviews.

    Plan this time was just Disney. We booked 14 nights at Old Key West resort on the offer for UK visitors including free ddp which we upgraded to dxddp.

    We also had a 15th night room only at Art of Animation.
     
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  3. dixonsontour

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    Day 1 Travel Day



    Breakfast

    Frankie & Bennys Manchester Airport, UK



    Rating ok

    I had the English breakfast, DD a kids breakfast and DH a breakfast sandwich. Tea, coffee and appletiser to drink. Food was fine, seems to be the best option at terminal 2 we have eaten here before.

    I had a voucher off eat drinkfly.com for a free kids meal but they wouldnt accept it at breakfast time.



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    Lunch



    We flew with US Airways via Philadelphia. Food was ok and DD got her kids meal we had ordered.



    Dinner

    Raglan Rd DTD



    Rating poor

    This was our 4th time eating here previously had great food. Unfortunately it wasnt this time. We were tired after our travel day and they seated us in front of the band it was so loud we and the servers had to shout at each other. DD hated it.

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    The regular dancers were not on that night just a young girl who danced once DD did enjoy that.

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    We didnt get any bread like usual (saw other tables did). Mains came same time as appetisers so they took the mains back. For appetiser we shared the dalkey duo battered sausages which were good.

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    The mains we both had serous steak with irish chips (fries) not mash. Not good had been kept warm whilst we had the appetiser (we soon learnt to order the appetiser then the main a few mins later) Steak was undercooked though so went back to be cooked more. The onion rings were tough and dried out.

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    Dessert. I had the trifle not great. Too chilled and soggy. DH had the dunbrody kiss which was very chocolatey and rich.

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    DD had fish and chips ate a little. No appetiser or dessert.

    With hindsight a bad idea to go. We needed to pick up photopass + card and an Alice dress for DD (which had been discontinued!) and hadn't been wowed by olivias at the resort last time. We had previously loved Raglan Rd. Id completely forgotten to factor in the band had always dined earlier when it was quiet and relaxed.
     
  4. nanienamou

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    I'm sorry you had a bad experience at RR. It does get loud in the evening, especially in front of the band.

    Can't wait to read more! :thumbsup2
     
  5. poohangel

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    Never eaten here, but sorry you did not enjoy it.
     
  6. Mrs Doubtfire

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    I saw your post about this review and came to join in :)

    Shame about your first meal at DTD but I'm sure it gets better along the way. We are always tired after a long day travelling and tend to grab a pizza or something quick.
     
  7. dixonsontour

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    Thanks for being the first to comment.

    We have had three great meals at Raglan Rd previously so would give it another try at some point.

    Agree it was overly ambitious for travel day. DH had persuaded me as he really didn't rate Olivia's at OKW - would have made more sense to have something quick at the resort like usual.

    Definitely gets better - hopefully will get day 2 posted tonight (DD has just gone to bed:))
     
  8. monica23535

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    Hi, great start to your review. My family and I were there roughly the same time.

    We usually eat at Frankie & Benny's at Manchester airport every trip too.


    It's a shame about Raglan Road, the food there's usually very good.
     
  9. dixonsontour

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    Receipts for Franky and Benny's and Raglan Road

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  10. dixonsontour

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    Breakfast

    Crystal Palace



    Rating Good

    This was our second time eating here and we all enjoyed. We had a before park opening 8.35am adr so we could take some photos on an emptyish main street.

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    We checked in just after 8am and were seated 5 mins later.

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    As we entered crystal palace DD was surprised with a button (badge) for being the 100th guest of the morning, a fast pass for any ride (which she used for her first go on space mountain) and a signed character photo. She was thrilled - made her feel very special.

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    We were there about 1 hr 15 mins – very unhurried and fun place for breakfast. I also loved how light and airy it was. Saw tigger, winnie pooh, eyeore and piglet.

    I got myself and DH a made to order omelette which was good. DD had chocolate milk and us coffee and orange juice.

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    I also tried the breakfast lasagne which was super sweet – cake/pancakes and fruit layered like lasagne.

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    Only blip was DH got the character to sign the wrong character autograph card which DD was upset about whilst I was at the buffet. I thought it went without saying that you gave winnie pooh the one with the winnie pooh picture on!

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  11. dixonsontour

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    Snacks

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    We used our first snack credits at storybook circus in fantasyland – we got 2 slushie drinks – blue raspberry and strawberry and DD chose a chocolate covered mashmallow on a mickey straw.

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    3 snack credits



    Wonderland tea party, Grand Floridian resort



    DD has become a fan of Alice in Wonderland over the last few months and asked to go to this tea party. It is for children only age 4 to 12 and takes place every afternoon 2-3pm. Cost $42.60

    (not on dining plan) It is held in the park fare restaurant.

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    We had been at MK that morning and needed to travel over to the Grand Floridian. DD wanted to go on the monorail as we had got the boat to MK that morning. We walked past the resort boat only to find the monorail wasn’t running for technical reasons. So back to the resort boat – we had now missed the boat and had to wait. We were in time for the reservation but it was all a bit more rushed than I like.

    DD wore a dress with flowers on. I had said we would get her an Alice dress but they had been discontinued.

    When we got there we paid and DH left his phone number to be contacted in case of emergency. If you don’t have a US number they give you a pager.

    DD then decided she didn’t want to go in. The other children were colouring on the floor with the cm. They offered a refund but suggested to DD she have a look inside. She went in and the table was all set for tea. She sat down and said she was staying. Parents then leave.

    I then spent the next hour worrying about her – of course she had a lovely time. They took photos of her which we added to our photopass + card upstairs at the photopass desk. She decorated a cupcake, had apple juice in a teapot – they called it apple blossom tea and made a photoframe. She also met and played hide and seek with Alice and the Mad Hatter.

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    Snacks

    Whilst she was at the tea party I got a pina colada cupcake (snack credit) and a bottle of water (paid cash) from the pool bar – the QS place at Grand Floridian was closed for renovation. I shared the cake with DH it was really good.

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    Dinner

    Yachtsman steakhouse, Yachtclub resort

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    Rating - excellent

    This was our second time here. Parking – we parked at the resort but had to give our adr details as they were really busy with people trying to park for Epcot Food and Wine.

    We were about 30 mins early for our 7.10pm adr but weren’t seated until 7.30pm or so. They were really busy – lots of people from a conference. Despite the wait we didn’t feel overlooked – we could see how busy they were and they seemed to be managing things really efficiently at the podium. They also gave DD a kids menu so she could do the puzzles on this whilst we waited.

    We were really hungry though (yes hungry on the deluxe dining plan!)

    We were seated in a side room which was nice. People seemed dressier than when we had last eaten here but I think it was due to the large number of conference people. Server was great.

    We loved the bread especially the onion rolls and asked for a second basket.

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    DD had fruit for her appetiser, I had a Caesar salad which was delicious and DH a pasta dish. DH was pleased to see the pasta option as he knew he would struggle with appetisers at signatures as he doesn’t ‘do’ mushrooms or seafood.

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    DD had steak medium rare, vegetables and fries. She loved the steak. The veg was very al dente but she did eat the carrots.

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    I had the strip medium with the potato gratin and peppercorn sauce. All delicious and cooked perfectly.

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    DH had the huge porterhouse and fries cooked medium well – excellent .

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  12. dixonsontour

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    For dessert – I was very full but enjoyed the ice cream sundae.

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    DD was delighted with the paint your own mickey puzzle – she remembered this from last time and was looking forward to it.

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    DH chose the chocolate peanut dessert and enjoyed.

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    We all just had soda to drink. For the first few days we struggle staying awake as we are on UK time – alcohol would just send me to sleep.



    Great meal – turned out to be our favourite signature of the trip.

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  13. monica23535

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    Omg your meal at Yachtsmans looked amazing, could eat that right now lol
     
  14. Sparkly

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    Great so far.

    We didn't enjoy Crystal Palace- it was packed, we waited ages for the characters to come round and the food was cold almost instantly because of the aircon being turned up really high. The Mickey waffles and eggs were good though- did you see the chocolate ones? I had one but it wasn't very nice. Apparently they had to make it less chocolately!

    The tea party looked a lot of fun and super cute!
     
  15. xkaittloveex

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    Joining in!princess:
     
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    Everything looks so good!
     
  17. dixonsontour

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    Breakfast

    Tusker House, Animal kingdom



    Rating Good

    For the first few days whilst we are still on UK time we make the most of it and have early starts. We were the first car in the carpark.

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    We had an 8.05 adr and checked in at 7.57am. We waited a few mins then were called.

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    This was our fourth time eating here. We like the food, characters and the fact it gets you well into the park – you can just get straight on one of the first safaris of the day when you are done.

    We had a photo with Donald on the way in. As we had photopass + this was included. They brought the package to the table during the meal to sell to us – I just had to show them the photopass card and they gave it to us in a bag or you could ship it to the resort.

    Where we were seated the characters came around quickly which worked well as we saw all the characters then ate. We met Mickey, Daisy and Pluto.

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    There is a great selection of food – we really liked the carved ham with mustard sauce. There is also a great section of donuts and cakes on this buffet. We had coffee and jamba juice to drink (mixed fruit juice) and DD had chocolate milk.

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    Snacks



    It was hot today.

    Coke float from anandapur ice cream truck, AK (1 snack credit)

    Mickey bar (1 snack credit)

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    2 slushies one coke and one blue raspberry from drinkwallah, AK (2 snack credits)

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    We drank these in a little wooden hut behind drinkwallah which was nice and shaded.
     
  18. dixonsontour

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    Late lunch

    Rainforest cafe, AK

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    Rating Good

    This was our second time eating here. DD loved it and wanted to eat here again.

    Our adr was for 4pm but we were wilting and ready for a break at 2.15 ish. We asked if we could be seated early and were with a 10 min wait.

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    This is how the dxddp worked well for us. We would have otherwise left the park but after a sit down in the air conditioning stayed for the parade.

    The server was lovely here and it was pretty quiet and the air conditioning was very welcome.

    DD wanted the frog cup so we paid extra for that – $8.99. It was filled with blue slushie – her tongue was blue after two blue drinks in one day!

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    We shared an awesome appetiser – this was good especially the chimichangas. I had the shrimp dish off the specials menu – it was three sorts of shrimp and very tasty. DH had a double burger which he enjoyed. DD had pasta alfedo.

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    The server said we could have shared the volcano for dessert but DD wanted the worms in dirt off the kids menu. DH had cheesecake. I was full so passed on dessert. We had coke to drink.

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    We ended the day with a trip to Walmart for bottled water and some beer for DH. We didn’t end up eating anything later as we were full from lunch and had an early night.
     
  19. dixonsontour

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    Frankie and Benny's is the best option at the airport i think. Raglan Rd has been one of our favourite meals all the other times.

    So could I ::yes::

    I didn't see the chocolate mickeys this time. The rest of the tea party pics are on photopass which I need to sort out.

    Thanks for reading :)

    Lots more photos to come
     
  20. nutz2notz

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    Really enjoying your report. Love all the pictures of the menus and the surroundings of the restaurants.

    Looking forward to more. :thumbsup2
     
  21. Mrs Doubtfire

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    What a super day - DH loves the breakfast lasagne there. How lucky to be the 100th guest and your DD looks super cute in the Minnie outfit :goodvibes

    I'm glad she stayed for the tea party - just nerves I suppose. My DD did some kind of cooking at the GF and I think I was more nervous leaving her there!!

    The Yachtsman looked fabulous - what a great day for eating :thumbsup2
     

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