Our delicious Deluxe Dining Adventures! Lots of pics! Final thoughts - All Done!!

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  1. AussieAngel

    AussieAngel DIS Veteran

    Apr 26, 2006
    Hi! We've just returned from a wonderful, fun, busy, fantastic 12 night stay at Disney World, full of lots and lots of eating at some excellent (and some not so excellent!) Disney restaurants. :cheer2:

    I can't wait to share all our dining adventures with you!!

    I took LOTS of photos. Over 250 photos, just of the food we ate! Wow!! Then again, we did eat a lot of food... I'm still full. Really.

    So there was DH (29) and me. I'm Julie, and I'm 27. We're from Australia, and Disney World came at the end of our 4 week USA adventure. Before Disney, we had been to New York for New Years Eve (fabulous!), Miami, Key West, and then Disney. Yay!!

    We were in Disney World from January 8th until January 20th, and stayed at the Wilderness Lodge, which we adored. :thumbsup2

    We decided to do Deluxe Dining for this trip, just for fun! Why not!? It was our second time at Disney World, and it's not like we can just pop over to Disney any time we like, so we wanted to try as many restaurants as we could in our 12 nights there. Yeehar! How did that work out? I'll tell you as we go... ;)

    Planning the restaurants we would eat at was half the fun of our Disney trip for me! I read squillions of dining reports, poured over the food porn thread, and studied the AllEars menus with a fine tooth comb until I decided on our final ADRs. Woohoo!!

    So where were we eating then? Here's our final list of restaurants I'll be reviewing...

    The Plaza (dinner) - Page 1
    Sci-Fi Dine In (lunch) - Page 3
    Ohana (dinner) - Page 4
    The Wave (breakfast) - Page 5
    Yachtsman Steakhouse (dinner) - Page 6
    Spoodles (breakfast) - Page 8
    Boma (dinner) - Page 9
    Ohana (breakfast) - Page 10
    California Grill (dinner) - Page 11
    Kona (breakfast) - Page 12
    Whispering Canyon Cafe (dinner) - Page 13
    Chef Mickeys (breakfast) - Page 14
    Raglan Road (dinner) - Page 15
    Crystal Palace (breakfast) - Page 16
    Liberty Tree Tavern (lunch) - Page 18
    Jiko (dinner) - Page 19
    Yak & Yeti (lunch) - Page 20
    Cinderella's Royal Table (dinner) - Page 21
    Grand Floridian Cafe (lunch) - Page 22
    Chefs de France (dinner) - Page 22
    Wilderness Lodge In-Room Dining (breakfast) - Page 23
    Le Cellier (lunch) - Page 24
    Kona (dinner) - Page 25
    Boma (breakfast) - Page 27
    Roaring Fork (lunch) - Page 28
    Mama Melrose (dinner) - Page 29
    Wilderness Lodge In-Room Dining (dinner) - Page 30
    Whispering Canyon Cafe (breakfast) - Page 30

    Woooooo!! That's a lot of restaurants, looking at it like that. No wonder I was full. :blush:

    Plus of course, lots of snacks along the way. :faint:

    I'll score each meal out of five little yellow smilie men... :) :) :) :) :) (5 being the best of course, and 1 being a disaster!)

    I hope you join me along the way for lots of fun, fullness and festivities!! :cool1:

    First up... The Plaza!!
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  3. KatMark

    KatMark DIS Veteran

    Aug 5, 2007
    I'm in...can't wait. :thumbsup2
  4. bolgers love wdw

    bolgers love wdw Wilderness Lodge Nuts :)

    May 23, 2006
    Can't wait to read more and see lots of pictures!!! Most of those restaurants are on our favorites list!!! I am glad you liked the WL!! It is our absolute favorite place to stay!! We just got back a couple of weeks ago and we already have 2 more stays planned there this year!!!:goodvibes
  5. AussieAngel

    AussieAngel DIS Veteran

    Apr 26, 2006
    Our first meal was on our arrival day at Disney World. We had driven from Key West to Disney, and arrived at the Wilderness Lodge at around 2pm. From there we went straight to the Magic Kingdom, played for a while, then headed to our 4.50pm ADR at...

    The Plaza!


    We had eaten at The Plaza for lunch in 2006, and really enjoyed it then. I thought it might be a nice place to eat for our first meal at Disney - nice and simple, but still tasty! :cheer2:

    We checked in without any problems, and waited for around 5 minutes before sitting down inside. The Plaza is a beautiful restaurant - very bright and airy, with lots of mirrors and big windows.

    The tables are quite close together, so I was a bit embarrassed taking photos of our food... but I soon got over it!!

    So, the menu. The menu hadn't changed at all since we were there in 2006! But that's okay - DH is pretty easy to please, and being a good DIS-er, I already knew exactly what I was going to order. :thumbsup2

    We both ordered milkshakes to start...


    Mine was the mint choc-chip shake, and DH had the chocolate shake. YUM!!! We both loved these. Cool, refreshing and ultra-creamy! We were given the leftover shake in the big silver cup they were made in, as well - definitely enough to share, if you don't want a whole one yourself!

    Then I'm afraid we both ordered the same food!! It doesn't happen very often, I assure you! We both had the cheeseburger with bacon, grilled onion and fries.


    We were also given little side dishes with ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard. We both really enjoyed our burgers. They were big, fresh and very tasty! The fries were great too. Crunchy and thick. Two thumbs way up! :thumbsup2

    Now here's where you might get cross with us. We decided not to have dessert!! Waaaah!? I know, weird! We were full already!! At this stage, we were paying OOP for our meals - we didn't officially start Deluxe Dining until Day 2. And with our big, creamy milkshakes, we just really didn't need dessert. Whoops! Don't worry - that doesn't happen again!!

    Overall, our meal at The Plaza was just what we'd hoped - simple and tasty! The menu isn't very large, but for an easy table-service meal in Magic Kingdom, I really like it. Especially the milkshakes!!

    We gave The Plaza 4 smilie men out of 5. :) :) :) :)

    Next up... Sci-Fi Dine In!
  6. ansky922

    ansky922 Mouseketeer

    Feb 28, 2006
    :thumbsup2 Count me in

    We will be there soon and you have eaten at some of the same places that I will be going

    So I can't wait to read more:coffee:
  7. Illuminations_Rocks

    Illuminations_Rocks DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2007
    mmmm I can't wait for all your photos (and the reviews)! I want to eat up those fries...

    Thanks! :goodvibes
  8. Mndisneygirl

    Mndisneygirl DIS Veteran

    Oct 15, 2008
    OOH, I can tell this is going to be good!!! I shouldn't read it when I'm hungry though!!
  9. adsrtw

    adsrtw DIS Veteran

    Jun 25, 2008
    Wow, that is a nice looking list. Can't wait to read more!
  10. Dustmouse

    Dustmouse Proud DISer for 13 years!

    Jan 8, 2001
    I can hardly wait for more! Keep it coming. The pictures are fantastic!
  11. danalee

    danalee You wouldnt understand, its a New Kids thing!

    Apr 30, 2005
    :thumbsup2 I'm in
  12. MickeyNicki

    MickeyNicki It is pretty darn sad when a valet picks you out a

    Sep 22, 2005
    Count me in for this one! Cannot wait!
  13. Disneyfan71

    Disneyfan71 Paging Mr. Morrow, paging Mr. Tom Morrow, your par

    Nov 11, 2008
    Sign me up!!! My DW and I are going to the Plaza on our first night on our 9 day trip!!! Can't wait. And I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures.
  14. 2005s4

    2005s4 Mouseketeer

    Dec 23, 2008
    looks very INteresting
  15. mybestieismickey

    mybestieismickey DIS Veteran

    Sep 17, 2008
    I'm here and I'm excited. I have to do something to pass the time till I go...
  16. amyngary

    amyngary Mouseketeer

    Nov 16, 2008
    ...You can go to Thread Tools and choose Subscribe to this Thread instead of typing a reply to subscribe. Then we could all scroll down quickly to the next installment and enjoy all the food pics that much faster! (can you tell I'm in charge of productivity improvement at work??) ::yes::
  17. AussieAngel

    AussieAngel DIS Veteran

    Apr 26, 2006
    Thanks so much to everybody who's popped in and let me know they're reading along! :grouphug:

    Wow, you were so quick!! My first poster! :thumbsup2

    Lucky you, heading to the WL 3 times this year!!! It really is a beautiful place to stay.

    Yay! Hope my reviews can be helpful for your upcoming trip!

    Ha! They were good fries! :lmao: And you're welcome!

    It's always bad to look at the dining board when you're hungry!! Quick, go grab a sandwich before my next review!

    Glad you're on board! :wave2:

    Thanks! We had fun taking the photos! :goodvibes

    Welcome! :thumbsup2

    Yay! I've read all your reports too! In fact, we added Boma breakfast to our plans because of you!! Originally we were going to go to 1900 Park Fare for breakfast that day, but I changed our ADR to Boma, after reading your excellent reviews! Thanks! :)

    I hope you and your DW enjoy The Plaza too!

    Ha! I'm glad you're IN! ;)

    Glad I can be of assistance!! Only 69 days to go! It'll fly past!

    I think some people just like to say hi! Either way is okay! Welcome!! :wave2:

    It's 10pm here in Australia now, and I need to head to bed. I'm still a bit jet-lagged, I think! But I will definitely put my next review up tomorrow. ::yes::

    Thanks again everybody for reading along! :cool1:
  18. Mrs Doubtfire

    Mrs Doubtfire DIS Veteran

    Feb 27, 2006
    Sounds good - looking forward to your reviews:)
  19. morgy827

    morgy827 DIS Veteran

    Jan 22, 2008
    I'm definitely in..we are headed there in May on the Dxddp and we are eating at many of the same restaurants. I'm dieting already so I can eat all of that food...especially those milkshakes at the plaze, they look fabulous!
  20. jenjolt

    jenjolt Loves All Things Disney!

    Sep 16, 2008
    OOOHHH...I cant wait to read more of your wonderful reviews! I was also on the deluxe plan and like any good DISer I took photos just not sure I'm going to a dining report or just include it in my trip report!!

    Either way those burgers look delicious and you visited many places I would like to consider in the future...so I'm really looking forward to this!!
  21. WAHMto5

    WAHMto5 DIS Veteran

    Oct 3, 2005
    Looking forward to reading all yur reviews! Thanks for posting;)

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