Ooh-de-lally! A dining heavy October '13 Trip Report *update 2/23-We're Going Back!*

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  1. TheMaxRebo

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    Pre Trip: Part 1 - Introductions​


    Welcome to my first ever trip report! I have done dining reports in the past but enjoyed so many TRs on here that I wanted to do one of my own. Now, I knew there was no way that I could keep straight doing a trip report and a dining report (much respect to emmysmommy for being able to do that) so I decides to combine efforts and do a dining heavy trip report.

    Wait, you are asking yourself, does that mean that there will be fun and humorous updates likely to include pictures of cute kids meeting princesses along with glorious pictures of food porn?

    Yes, yes, that is exactly what it means.

    We leave this coming Thursday, October 10th so who knows what we will actually do, but here are some highlights of what we have planned:
    • Pre-park opening breakfast ADR at each of the 4 parks
    • 10th anniversary dinner at Victoria & Albert
    • Food & Wine Festival booths and events - including a Mexican Tequila Lunch and a Mixology Series: Taste, Shake & Indulge Like the French
    • Traveling down with 6 princess dresses ... how many will we come back with?
    • My son's first trip to Walt Disney World!
    • Our first trip traveling with another family
    • Attempts to try things we haven't done in the past - including Tom Sawyer Island and Fantasmic! (I know, right?)
    • Dinner at the newly re-opened California Grill

    Details:
    • Actually in Orlando from Friday October 11th to Friday October 12th
    • Staying off site using our time share (Silver Lakes)
    • 4-day park hopper passes (military salute passes) - though one of us will get an annual pass so that we can get a TIW card as given the size of our party, not being on the dining plan, and the fact we enjoy an adult beverage or two we did the math and realized this will save us money

    I will be your narrator for this journey, so it is my job to tell it like it is, or was, or whatever. And now to introduce the members of our traveling party ...

    First, this is myself (Phil) along with my DW (Judi) from a recent trip to Seattle we took (I know, I out-kicked my coverage):
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    This is my DD (Olivia - 4.5, going on 13) and DS (Peter - 21mo, though definitely already in the terrible twos).
    This will be Olivia's 3rd trip to WDW and my sons first - well, second if you count the fact DW was pregnant with him last trip (I don't think he remembers much)
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    DD is also clearly a Frump in training:
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    Also coming with us is my FIL (Bob) and MIL (Kathy). Kathy has come with us the past few trips, but this is Bob's first trip with us and first trip there in many, many years:
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    And family friends Mike and Bridget along with their kids Tara and Owen will also be coming along - we won't be doing everything together but will have a number of meals together. While Bridget has been to The World before, it has been years and Mike, Tara, and Owen have never been. They kept the trip a secret from their kids and my kids didn't know they were coming .... so I expect there to be quite a bit of excitement and screaming when all is revealed.
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    I will probably have a couple of more planning posts before we leave. I will try to get a post or two done while on vacation, but no promises.

    So, everyone on board? Sound like fun? Come'on ... I've got cookies! I mean, I don't know exactly how to get them to you or anything, but I do have them. Moving on ......
     
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  3. TheMaxRebo

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    Contents:

    Pre-trip:
    Pre Trip: Part 1 - Introductions - post #1
    Pre Trip: Part 2 - ADRs - post #11
    Pre Trip: Part 2 - Custom T-Shirts - Post #16
    Travel: Drive to PA then fly to MCO - post #28

    Travel and Day 1:
    Day 1 - Part 1: Orlando errands and Downtown Disney (1 of 2) - post #36
    Day 1 - Part 1: Orlando errands and Downtown Disney (2 of 2) - post #49
    Day 1 - Part 2: Fun at the Polynesian including dinner at Kona Cafe (1 of 2) - post #55
    Day 1 - Part 2: Fun at the Polynesian including dinner at Kona Cafe (2 of 2) - post #62

    Day 2
    Day 2 - Part 1: EPCOT ... breakfast with Royalty - post #71
    Day 2 - Part 2: EPCOT ... meeting Mickey and Friends - post #82
    Day 2 - Part 3: EPCOT ... 1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila .... - post #87
    Day 2 - Part 4: EPCOT ... Taste, Shake, and Indulge! - Post #98
    Day 2 - Part 5: EPCOT ... McNamee Adventures - Kidcot and Off Kilter - Post #104
    Day 2 - Part 6: EPCOT ... Imagine your future! - Post #113
    Day 2 - Part 7: Magic Kingdom ... Dreaming Along with Mickey! - Post #123
    Day 2 - Part 8: Magic Kingdom ... Enchantment Under the Sea - Post #124
    Day 2 - Recap - Post #126

    Day 3
    Day 3 - Part 1: Art of Animation ... The Food Court Must Be Explored! - Post #133
    Day 3 - Part 2: Art of Animation ... Resort Touring - Post #134
    Day 3 - Part 3: Victoria & Albert's ... Fancy Pants Anniversary Dinner - Post #147

    Day 4
    Day 4 - Part 1: MGM Studios ... Breakfast and Characters Dinner - Post #153
    Day 4 - Part 2: MGM Studios ... Is it? Yes it is! *squee!* - Post #162
    Day 4 - Part 3: MGM Studios ... Ducks and One Man's Dream - Post #170
    Day 4 - Part 4: MGM Studios ... a Beastly Terror! - Post #177
    Day 4 - Part 5: MGM Studios ... This will be a day long remembered - I finally get to the Fantasmic! update! - Post #178

    Day 5
    Day 5 - Part 1: Winter Summerland ... Let's hit the links! - Post #181
    Day 5 - Part 2: TDT ... Lunch at Raglan Road - Post #182
    Day 5 - Part 3: TDT ... Shopping - Post #183
    Day 5 - Part 4: California Grill ... Dinner Part I - Post #189
    Day 5 - Part 5: California Grill ... Dinner Part II plus fireworks! - Post #190

    Day 6
    Day 6 - Part 1: Magic Kingdom ... Castle picks and puffed French Toast - Post #196
    Day 6 - Part 2: Magic Kingdom ... Princesses! - Post #200
    Day 6 - Part 3: Magic Kingdom ... The Circus and other Oddities - Post #208
    Day 6 - Part 4: Magic Kingdom ... The Ariel Ride and Lunch at Be Our Guest - Post #221
    Day 6 - Part 5: Magic Kingdom ... Dreaming with Mickey while sleeping during a parade - Post #130
    Day 6 - Part 6: Magic Kingdom ... Best meet & greet ever - and biggest cupcake ever! - Post #138
    Day 6 - Part 7: Magic Kingdom ... Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah! - Post #244
    Day 6 - Part 8: Magic Kingdom ... Electrical Parades, Projection Shows, and Wishes ... oh my! - Post #245
    Day 6 - Part 9: Magic Kingdom ... more rides - and day recap - Post #247


    Day 7
    Day 7 - Part 1: Animal Kingdom ... Safari Breakfast as far as the eye can see - Post #256
    Day 7 - Part 2: Animal Kingdom ... Curse you Yeti! - Post #269
    Day 7 - Part 3: Animal Kingdom ... Safari part 1 - Post #272
    Day 7 - Part 4: Animal Kingdom ... Safari part 2 - Post #274
    Day 7 - Part 5: McNamees Day off - Post #282
    Day 7 - Part 6: EPCOT - Food and Wine Festival ... well, food and wine - Post #287
    Day 7 - Part 7: EPCOT - Lasseter Family Winery Deminar. a.k.a that Pixar guy also gets to make great wine - Post #294
    Day 7 - Part 8: EPCOT - The last princess is in sight and a camel shows us the way - Post #305
    Day 7 - Part 9: EPCOT - More Food & Wine at the appropriately named Festival - Post #313
    Day 7 - Part 10: EPCOT - Mexican It's A Small World and more F&WF Fun - Post #325
    Day 7 - Part 11: EPCOT - Dessert and Illumnations - Post #334

    Recap:
    Final Thoughts & Video - Post #339



    Real Life Updates:
    Merry Christmas! (December 25, 2013) - Post #215
    Life Update - Olivia turns 5! - post #357
    Update - We're going back to the World! - Post #363
     
  4. courtneybelle

    courtneybelle What foolishness would you like to see?

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    FIRST! You know I'm on board! Your kids are adorable, I'm so excited to see their character meets. AND SO MUCH DISNEY FOOD!
     
  5. Dis_Yoda

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    I understand dining heavy trip reports ;)

    I'm in!
     
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    Joining in Phil!! See, I can call you Phil now, haha.
     
  7. JessM

    JessM We all have a dream

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    I LOVE your trip report title, I'm in!
     
  8. norybell

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    Sounds like fun! I'm in!
     
  9. TheMaxRebo

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    Congrats on being first! Thanks - we also feel the kids are fairly adorable ... makes it tough to stay mad at them at times

    Welcome! Glad you are hear - I've read a bunch of your dining reviews/posts!

    hi Rob! You can call me whatever you want - just glad you have joined!


    Welcome! Thanks - Robin Hood is my favorite Disney movie so I am sure I will mix in some other references ... actually, there is another quote in the middle of the intro ;)


    Welcome! I hope it turns out to be a fun trip .... the elements are definitely there!
     
  10. khaleesi

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    You had me at ooh-de-lally!!! I LOVE Robin Hood and get cranky when I think about never meeting him. And Prince John. I loooove Prince John.

    :)
     
  11. TheMaxRebo

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    Welcome! Thanks for joining and solid job finding the other quote from Robin Hood in the intro ... I'll try to sprinkle in some more throughout the TR
     
  12. TheMaxRebo

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    Pre Trip: Part 2 - ADRs​


    So in planning for meals for as many as 10 people (not everyone would join every meal) there was only going to be one way to do this ... that's right, spreadsheets.

    We knew some of what we definitely wanted to do, but as we were staying off site and thus not on the dining plan we wanted to show some level of cost consciousness. We also wanted to balance doing new things but also including old favorites.

    After some back-and-forth on what would work best, we settled on a plan. The one sticking point was that when our 180 window opened, California Grill was going through their refurb, wasn't accepting ADRs, and it wasn't entirely confirmed they would be open in time. So as a back-up we booked Artist Point ... but, then California Grill did open in time and I was able to score an ADR! Also, with having a Chase Disney Visa, I got in one day early to book Food & Wine Festival events!

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    So, below is the schedule of ADR's we have planned:

    Friday, October 11th (arrivale day):
    • Dinner @ Kona (everyone) - new for us!
    Saturday, October 12th:
    • Breakfast @ Akershus (everyone) - breakfast here is new for us!
    • Mexican Tequila Lunch (Me and FIL) - new for us!
    • Taste, Shake & Indulge Like the French (DW and MIL) - new for us!
    Sunday, October 13th:
    • Dinner @ Victoria & Albert (Me and DW) - new for us!
    Monday, October 14th:
    • Breakfast @ Hollywood & Vine (just my family)
    • Lunch @ Biergarten (just my family and we may cancel if decide to not do a TS lunch) - new for us!
    Tuesday, October 15th:
    • Lunch @ Raglan Road (just my family)
    • Dinner @ California Grill
    Wednesday, October 16th:
    • Breakfast @ Crystal Palace
    Thursday, October 16th:
    • Breakfast @ Tusker House (just my family) - new for us!
    • Lunch @ Yak & Yeti (just my family and we may cancel if decide to not do a TS lunch) - new for us!
    • Wine Demo - Lasseter Family Wine


    We'll see how things change while we are there, but all-in-all I am pretty happy with what I was able to secure - especially given that many of the meals are for a relatively large party.


     
  13. wiigirl

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    Following along! :)
     
  14. norybell

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    What a great lineup. I'm looking forward to hearing how they all went!
     
  15. courtneybelle

    courtneybelle What foolishness would you like to see?

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    I did the Akershus breakfast years ago...I honestly don't remember the food, but princesses were everywhere so I loved it. Really good choices :thumbsup2 I'm excited to hear about Victoria and Albert's...that one's on the bucket list for sure.
     
  16. TheMaxRebo

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    Welcome Wiigirl! Thanks for following!

    Thanks - I think it is a good mix of new things and old favorites and we love pre-park opening ADRs ... will definitely be commenting on all the meals

    We have done the lunch there before and loved the princess interaction and found the food to be at least decent so we are excited to try breakfast there
     
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    Pre Trip: Part 3 - Costom T-shirts​


    One other "first" I wanted to do for this trip was to make some custom t-shirts. While I contemplated it, we ultimately decided against the whole group t-shirt scenario.

    Rather, instead we produced a collection that at the very least we found very enjoyable and humorous

    Mine:
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    Judi's:
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    Olivia's: (keep in mind she already has 6 princess dress to bring, so I think 2 will be enough) ... and big thanks to dismember Carable for the princess with lightsaber image!
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    DS:
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    We leave tomorrow - well, driving to PA tomorrow to pick up the in-laws and then flying down to Orlando super early Friday. We are all very excited though we need to step up the whole "packing effort"
     
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  18. norybell

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    LOVE the t-shirts! Especially the "Party like it's '71" one.

    Have a great trip!
     
  19. BeckyEsq

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    Followed you here from my trip report. Looking forward to reading!
     
  20. khaleesi

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    Absolutely LOVE the princesses with the lightsabers!!!!
     
  21. TheMaxRebo

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    Thanks! I was just so intrigued by the whole process of filling out the form originally for getting a hotel

    Yeah! Welcome! Hope my report is half as good as yours


    Welcomes and thanks! I thought it was a fun combination
     

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