Greetings From England – The Brits Are Back!! **COMPLETED 07/05**

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  1. Kricketnp

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    Just read through this whole review and enjoyed every minute of it! We are staying at WL in August, so it was nice to see some of the things from Roaring Fork, as well as the fancy pool drinks. Thanks for the entertainment on a slow day at work!! popcorn::
     
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  3. mamaboogie

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    Does your night in Downtown Disney involve an alcoholic beverage or two??:lmao:
     
  4. wilma-bride

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    Wow, Via Napoli looks fantastic. I like Calamari but, like you say in can sometimes be tough and chewy. That looked great though. And I love the look of the Quattro Formaggi - I don't like tomato so that would be right up my street :thumbsup2

    By the way, if you enjoyed the Segway tour at Epcot, you'll have to try the Fort Wilderness one - it's loads better and you get to go faster ;)
     
  5. sjs314

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    I am dying to try Via Napoli on our October trip, your pics were great. DH loves calamari, me not so much but it did look good. Enjoyed the review :thumbsup2
     
  6. Linda67

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    It was a wonderful tour and just amazing to be whizzing round World Showcase on our own :cool1:

    That's why we all keep going back, there is always something else to try :goodvibes

    Woah, the whole report in one go, you deserve a medal :rotfl:
    Hope you have a great day at work today :surfweb:

    Me? alcoholic beverage? never !!:rotfl:
    Actually not a drop past my lips at DTD that evening :eek:

    Morning Joh :goodvibes

    We actually did the Fort Wilderness Segway Tour last year and loved it :thumbsup2

    It also introduced us to Wilderness Lodge for the first time and that's probably why we ended up staying at WL this year

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    Funnily enough we were the only two on the Fort Wilderness Tour as well; perhaps we need to change our deodorant :rotfl:

    A big thumbs up for Via Napoli from us and the calamari was by far the best I have ever had :cloud9:
     
  7. cbg1027

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    Wow I'm really late joining in, but I'm here now! Everything looks good, especially Jiko - I agree it is quite amazing!
     
  8. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    Never too late to join in :woohoo:

    I still can't believe that anyone at all is reading this :rotfl:
     
  9. Linda67

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    Hey everyone

    Hope you are all having a wonderful week :goodvibes

    Thursday 26th May Continued

    So following a great morning and lunch at Epcot we explored Word Showcase for a while before deciding to head back to Wilderness Lodge for an afternoon at the pool :beach:

    We had no plans for dinner this evening so we decided to hop in the car to Downtown Disney for a spot of retail therapy and a bite to eat

    In between shopping we stopped by The House Of Blues for a quick drink and met a lovely couple who had just got married at Disney and were staying on for their honeymoon; it was fun chatting to them, you could tell that they were made for each other :hug:

    As we were close by following our drink we headed into Disney Quest for a while but didn’t stay long as hunger began to strike

    We still had plenty of CS credits left and neither of us wanted a big meal as we were planning to go back to WL for a late night swim so we went back to the old favourite; Earl Of Sandwich

    OK, I am re-cycling photos here as we ended up ordering the same sandwiches that we had eaten on our previous visit

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    The Caprese - fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes, fresh basil and drizzled balsamic vinaigrette

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    Tuna Melt - albacore tuna salad and Swiss cheese

    We split both the sandwiches and they were delicious as always :cloud9:

    I didn’t get to try my beloved Veggie Sandwich on this trip so I will have to make sure I do in October

    I also pick up one of these

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    Earl Of Sandwich Bread Pudding

    I ended up taking this back to WL and eating it for breakfast on our balcony the following morning

    Ooh I loved this and will certainly pick one up next time I am there :thumbsup2

    DH ordered the same as on our previous visit as he had loved it so much

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    Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Pot

    He munched this down in no time

    I have just heard the exciting news that a new Earl Of Sandwich location has opened in London :banana:

    It’s nowhere near where I work but I think it would be well worth hopping on The Tube one afternoon in the name of research :thumbsup2

    Coming Up Next ………. ‘May The Cup Cake Be With You’; We Head Over To Star Wars Weekends
     
  10. TanzUnited99

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    Yay on going to EoS again!

    Didn't know that Eos was opening in London - will have to look into that :thumbsup2
     
  11. wilma-bride

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    Love EOS. We were going to try the London one when we were there at the beginning of the month but it closed at 4 in the afternoon :sad2:
     
  12. mamaboogie

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    EoS in London???:eek: Might have to have a trip to the big smoke!

    I was disappointed to miss out on the DLRP one earlier this year!

    Looking forward to hearing about the Star Wars weekend!:thumbsup2
     
  13. disney_princess_85

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    Great reviews, as always! :thumbsup2

    I was in London over the weekend and I visited EoS. ::yes::
     
  14. Linda67

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    I think I am going to have to pay EOS London a visit and report back :goodvibes

    Oh don't you just love London, it's a realy 24 hour city isn't it :rolleyes1

    I was just thinking about another Jan/Feb trip to DLRP and EOS would certainly be my first stop :woohoo:

    Oooh, tell us more
    Was it yummy popcorn::
     
  15. Linda67

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    Friday 27th May 2011

    We were up bright and early and after an extremely healthy breakfast of bread pudding and coffee :rolleyes1 we headed towards Hollywood Studios for our first experience of Star Wars Weekends

    We arrived before Rope Drop and enjoyed the show

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    Even though we had been lucky enough to enjoy the soft opening of Star Tours the previous week we still made it our first stop

    We walked straight on and it was fun to ride it again with such big Star Wars fans :yoda:

    Next up it was off to the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower Of Terror and after we had riden them both and picked up Fast Passes for later it was decided that we needed to replenish our sugar levels with a visit to Starring Rolls Cafe

    No sharing this time, it was nearly time to fly home and we were prepared to pay for ‘Excess Baggage’ :rotfl:

    I was dead set on ordering the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cup Cake that I had spotted the previous week but I just couldn’t resist this when I saw it

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    Darth Vader Cup Cake

    This was basically a chocolate and peanut butter cup cake with the Dark Lord balanced on top (what’s not to love?)

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    If this is what you get for lunch on the Death Star, I’m off to join the Dark Side :darth:

    It was, as is everything I have ever eaten here, yum, yum, yummy :cloud9:

    I enjoyed a good cup of coffee with it (you get proper coffee in SR) and I was a very happy lady

    I think DH was still sulking about sharing our last Butternut Finger Cup Cake so this time he had it all to himself

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    Yep, he finished the whole thing – that’s my boy :thumbsup2

    Coming Up Next ………….. Our Final Night :sad2:; Artist Point
     
  16. mamaboogie

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    Morning Linda!:)

    No! Not the final night!!:scared1: I don't want it to end!

    I LOVE your speech bubbles! I'm so with you on the peanut butter/choc/Darth Vader love - snacks just don't get any better! Let's skip off to the dark side together.:dance3:

    Looking forward to Artist Point!
     
  17. wilma-bride

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    I detest peanut butter but that cupcake looked really good.

    Can't believe this is nearly over :sad2:
     
  18. TanzUnited99

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    Lol at getting a cupcake each! Having seen that Darth Vader cupcake before I love it and would definitely also join the dark side for such a treat! ;)
     
  19. Linda67

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    Morning Shari, coming right up with the Artist Point Review :goodvibes

    I can't believe you don't love peanut butter, I thought we had so much in common :laughing:

    Even though the Darth Vader Cupcake was great; I can't wait to try the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake when I return in October :banana:
     
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    Friday 27th May 2011 Continued

    After a very enjoyable day at Hollywood Studios we headed back to the Wilderness Lodge to spend our final afternoon by the pool and pack our cases for tomorrows flight home :sad2:

    So that we weren’t rushing around too much on our last night I had made an ADR at Artist Point so that we could enjoy our final night at this wonderful resort

    After swimming, lounging and enjoying some time in the hot tub; we showered and changed before heading to The Territory Lounge for a pre-dinner drink

    All that swimming had made us hungry and our ADR wasn’t for a little while so we decided to share a flatbread with our drinks

    No surprises that DH ordered a coke and following a quick look through the Cocktail menu I chose this:

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    Territory Lounge Mojito

    It was a lovely refreshing drink and I really enjoyed it, it wasn't too sweet which sometimes puts me off Mojitos

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    Territory Lounge – BLT Flatbread

    This was obviously meant to come with bacon served on top but we asked if we could have it without as there aren’t too many non-meat options on the menu

    We both loved this flatbread and it was just the right size to share with our drinks :thumbsup2

    There seemed to be quite a storm brewing outside so we decided to take a walk around the resort and down to the beach for one last time before it the rain hit

    We both loved The Wilderness Lodge and it is such a beautiful and relaxing resort to walk around, especially in the evening :hug:

    Before long it was time to go and check in at Artist Point

    Yet again we were delighted to be taken to a wonderful window table which gave us the most incredible view of the electrical storm that had now begun

    Soon our server arrived to take our drink orders and talk us through the menu options

    DH stuck with water and I had chose a glass of wine from the very impressive wine list; 14 Hands Chardonnay, Washington

    I don't usually choose Chardonnay but this was the recommended pairing for my appetiser and it was excellent

    Next up we were brought a basket of warm sourdough which DH made a start on right away; I don’t actually remember trying this as I wanted to save my appetite

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    Bread Service

    We were both really hungry this evening as we had skipped lunch following our pig-out on Starring Rolls Café Cupcakes and the flatbread had only made us realise how hungry we were so we decided to both have an appetiser

    DH chose this:


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    Spring Pea Risotto with crispy Snake River Farms Pork Belly,Radish Salad, and Goat Cheese Crisp

    He thought this was OK but didn’t love it

    It was a shame because he said that the Pork was very good but that the risotto was far too salty and that spoiled the overall taste of the dish

    I however had a much more suscessful appetiser:

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    Smokey Portobello Soup with Roasted Shiitakes and Chive Oil

    This was a wonderful soup :cloud9:, I had explained to our server that I didn’t eat meat and I had thought that I had read somewhere that this soup had bacon in it

    She double checked for me and it turns out that the soup is made with vegetable stock and what looks to be bacon on the surface of the soup are actually sautéed shiitake mushrooms

    I dread to think how much cream was in this little bowl of heaven but it was worth every calorie :love:

    Our dinner was nicely paced at Artist Point and we never felt rushed; I hate it if your entrees arrive the second you finish your appetiser but no such problems here

    First up DHs choice

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    Char-grilled Beef Tenderloin with Marble Potatoes, Spring Beans,Pearl Onions, and Green Peppercorn Butter

    Again a wonderful dish and great cut of meat but spoilt by too much salt in the vegetable preperation

    We don’t tend to add much salt to our cooking at home so it may just be our palate and others wouldn’t find the dish too salty but I would think it’s better to have the option to add more salt at the table :confused3

    The meat was really good and tender according to DH and he did eat most of this dish

    I knew what I was going to order before I arrived:

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    Cedar Plank-roasted Wild Columbia River King Salmon with Asparagus, Petit Zucchini and Baby Carrots

    You are presented with the salmon still on the Cedar Plank at table side before the fish is plated alongside your vegetables

    This was a truly delicious piece of Salmon, cooked to perfection :cloud9:

    It was delicate, fresh and full of flavour and the cooking process preserves the moisture of the fish perfectly

    The salmon is usually served with a bacon-egg vinaigrette so our server suggested I switch this for a citrus dressing.

    The dressing was served on the side but the fish was so good I didn’t want to add anything too it

    My only problem with this dish was the vegetables, they were perfectly cooked but again far too salty in my opinion so I left most of them

    The storm had now passed and we spent a while chatting before decided on what to order for dessert

    Having enjoyed the wonderful Peach and Strawberry Cobbler at Whispering Canyon Café the previous week I decided to give the AP version a go

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    Artist Point Cobbler . . . Seasonal Berries and House-made Black Raspberry Ice Cream

    This was a great choice, if not a little heavy after such a big meal but it was sooo good I had to finish it all :rolleyes1

    The star of the dish was the Black Raspberry Ice Cream :)

    DH chose another fruity pud

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    Baked Peach Upside-Down Cake with Sweet & Sour Caramel Sauce and Roasted Peach Ice Cream

    Well he cleaned his plate so I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed it :thumbsup2

    We both had a wonderful evening at AP and even thought there were a few elements of the meal that were not to our taste, overall I would give this restaurant high marks and would love to visit again one day

    Our server was a delight and really helped to make the evening extra special, she even delivered a pile of Mickey Straws to our table when she had overheard me saying I wish I had one in my drink!

    We settled our bill and headed back to our room to do the last few bits of packing and enjoy a final Hot Chocolate on our balcony

    Coming Up Next …………. My Final Waffle, Waffle :laughing:
     
  21. DonaldDoleWhip

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    Glad to see that your meal at Artist Point had some high points. AP is currently my favorite signature restaurant, and I've tried all of those dishes. Loved the risotto (didn't have a salt issue, but mine had a good amount of pepper), the salmon was incredible (and I far preferred it to the beef), the soup is always delicious (glad to hear it's completely vegetarian!), and the berry cobbler is wonderful (much better than the previous incarnation). Wasn't a big fan of that peach dessert (something about the sourness of the sauce was really odd to me), so I'm glad DH liked it more than I did.

    I know quite a few people love Artist Point, but others see it as "just okay." I'm just happy your meal was better than okay, if not perfect all the way through. I'm looking forward to trying Jiko again (haven't been there since March) - everything about your experience there sounded amazing. :goodvibes

    I've loved your reviews, and can't wait for the next round!
     

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