Hi, everyone! I've practically been sitting on my hands to keep myself from starting a pre-dining report too far out. As in, I wanted to start one two months ago. But now that we're less than two weeks away I figured why not? So here I am! Quick background on us: Me: I like food. Probably too much. To the point where I have a blog which used to be dedicated mostly to food/cooking, though I've branched out some. I wasn't bitten by the Disney bug until a few years ago. DH: Disney fanatic from a very, very young age. It's all his fault that I love Disney the way I do now. Also known as Guitarob around these parts and can usually be found over at the Poly FAQ thread. Dates of our trip: 9/17 - 9/22 Resort: Polynesian, Club Level, Theme Park View Dining Plan: Deluxe ADRs: Monday 9/17 Breakfast - Kona Cafe Dinner - 'Ohana Tuesday 9/18 Dinner - Artist Point Wednesday 9/19 Breakfast - 'Ohana Dinner - California Grill Thursday 9/20 Dinner - Yachtsman Steakhouse Friday 9/21 Dinner - Narcoossee's Any empty breakfast slots will either be spent at Kona (cuz that's how we roll) or in the lounge at the Poly. As you can see, we don't normally schedule lunches. If we're hungry we'll grab a snack from the lounge, since we normally spend our afternoons by the pool. We've also enjoyed lunching on snack credits at Boulangerie Patisserie and I know we'll be doing that again this year (with some Grey Goose slushies to wash it down, perhaps?). I think that when it comes to food this trip will be interesting because while we were big, big eaters at one time, we just don't have it like we used to. Which is not entirely a bad thing, believe me! So I find myself wondering if we'll be able to throw down like we did back in the day. I mean, seriously - check out Guitarob's recounting of our trip to California Grill in 2010 if you need evidence of this. I'll wait. See what I mean? Excellent meal but whoa, Nellie. A big reason why I've had to cut back is the fact that I have been diagnosed with IBD (ulcerative colitis, to be exact) and after five hospital stays in the past year, three of which occurred this summer alone...well, things just aren't the same as they used to be. While I've recently started a new treatment which is already helping me feel much better, (1) I still need to be careful of what I eat and how much, and (2) there are times when I just don't have the appetite I used to. But hey, I've lost at least 50 lbs in the past year, so...it's not all bad. PS while we're on the topic, can we all just send up some positive vibes that I get through this trip feeling well and with a good amount of energy? Kthanxbye. So while I dream of spicy kazan rolls and bananas foster bread pudding and of course tonga toast...I need to put the fork down and be sensible and not lick the plates clean. It's a slight bummer but then again, when I think about how sluggish those meals made me feel...it's worthwhile. You can read Guitarob's report of our 2010 trip here - he includes photos from all of our meals (you'd think all we did was eat...and you wouldn't be too far off the mark!). I started a dining report but then I saw something shiny and got distracted. You can find that here. I plan to talk about our past experiences at each restaurant - I hope you follow along with my ramblings as the big day approaches!