Our Sara-topia Dining Report-MNSSHP/F&W(Sep 24-Oct 2)(Pizza Planet-Complete 11/17)

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  1. jecskc

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    So just like last time, I finished my tip report and I really wasn’t ready to be finished, so I decided to write another Dining Review. Our trip was from September 24 – October 2. For the first night we stayed at Pop Century and then we moved over to a RCI resort for 4 days. After that we spent the rest of our trip enjoying the deluxe accommodations at Saratoga Springs. OR, as DD would say – Sara-topia. If you want to read about the whole trip, here is the link to that TR.

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2799213

    Cast of characters

    Me - 43 yr old Mother of two. Irrigation Designer by day and Disney zealot by night. Also in this photo my DS12.

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    Also, along on the trip, my DD9 and DH

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    up next ..... our ADR's.
     
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    Day 1 - Everything Pop - Dinner

    For this night, we were on the dining plan. DH and I LOVE the dining plan. I love not having to cart food around and DH loves not having to think about how much everything costs. So we did our best to make the dining plan work for us for this one night we are staying at Pop Century. On the way to dinner at Everything Pop.

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    We decided to use three counter service credits on this night and use the remaining one for breakfast the next day.

    DH and I shared the Chicken Penne Alfredo

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    Penne Pasta, chicken breast, Alfredo sauce and a breadstick.
    This was actually pretty good. And it was plenty of food for the both of us.


    DS got chicken nuggets and french fries

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    Which he really liked.

    DD just got Penne Alfredo – or as she calls it “noodles with white sauce”.

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    Penne Pasta, Alfredo Sauce and a breadstick.

    She ate a good bit of this and DH finished the rest.

    For dessert, DH and I had tie-dye cheesecake.

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    It looks really strange but it tastes just like plain cheesecake. It was good.

    DD had a Oreo Cupcake

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    I don't think you can see it well in the photo, but it had an Oreo cookie on each side of the top to depict Mickey Ears. She really enjoyed this and I had a bite. It was really moist and tasty.

    DS had some yogurt. Didn't get a photo of that.

    DD LOVES kettle corn so I had to buy her some of this. Isn't it pretty ??

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    I really liked this as well. Each color had a different flavor. Red = cherry, purple = grape ... like that.

    Our was good and filling and we enjoyed our dinner at Everything Pop.

     
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    Day 2 Everything Pop - Breakfast

    So we get up about 7:30 AM and head over to Everything Pop for breakfast. Some morning photos.

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    DH and I shared the bounty platter.

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    Eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes and a biscuit. Everything was pretty good.

    DS had French toast

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    It came with bacon which he gave to DH. I am not sure he liked this very much. He only ate a few bites and it thought it looked like it had too much sugar on it. He likes it with just powdered sugar and this had cinnamon sugar on it.

    DD had a Pop waffle and some bacon

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    She ate about half of this and DH and I finished the rest. She liked it though and it was a pretty tasty waffle.

    And I had a chocolate croissant.

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    This .... was awesome. Next time we go to Disney, I am getting one of these with my morning coffee. Really good. I ate it really fast so I wouldn't have to share.

    All of the food was OK. It was breakfast. It filled us up. The chocolate croissant was really good though and DH fussed at me for not sharing any of it with him, so I guess I'll get two next time.
     
  6. MickeyNicki

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    Your chicken alfredo looks yummy! The one night we stayed at POP thats what I wanted but the line was so long...wish I just stayed in the line!
     
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    :welcome: Thanks so much for stopping in to say hello !! The chicken alfredo actually tasted really good. The chicken was nice and breaded. I just finished reading your latest Dining Report. LOVED it !!
     
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    Day 2 - Pizzafari Lunch
    We went to AK on this day and paid OOP for Pizzafari Lunch.

    DH and I split a cheese pizza and so did DD and DS.

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    They each came with a nice Caesar salad.

    It was quick and pretty good and plenty of food for everyone.
     
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    Day 2 – Grand Floridian Café - Dinner

    Our next ADR was at the Grand Floridian Café. And I was excited about it because I LOVE GF and REALLY want to stay there one day. We hop in the car and head on over to the Grand Floridian.

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    DH didn’t want to spring $12 for valet parking, so we parked in self parking across the street.

    Walking in to the resort.

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    Did I tell ya how bad I want to stay here one day ?? Well, I do. Bad. I was happy to hear that they were building a DVC section. I bet the points will be crazy for it though ….

    We got there early so we could cruise all of the gift shops. We hit them all, but didn’t buy anything. I was tempted to buy a bath pillow at Basin and now I wish I had because the Basin in DTD didn’t have them in stock.

    More resort photos.

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    I just love these luxurious touches. Towels right inside the door in case you get all wet when it rains

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    We checked in for our ADR and we were given a buzzer. We waited a good half hour before our table was ready. Some photos while we waited.

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    Then finally ….. dinner. We were starving. Our server was Geoff and he was amazing !! He brought us drinks. Sodas for the kids and a Magical Star Cocktail for me.

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    DH and our waiter got into a cerebral discussion about red wine. I can’t drink it because it always gives me a migraine, but DH ordered a wine the waiter suggested. It was a blend. I don’t remember the name of it and I can’t find a wine menu for this restaurant online.

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    In any case, DH really liked it. A fresh rose on the table.

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    Our waiter brought this basket of bread. Some plain sourdough rolls and these AMAZING whole grain rolls with currants in them. And they we soooo good !!

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    For starters, our waiter highly recommended the French Onion soup. So DH and I ordered one each.

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    Caramelized Onion Soup au Gratin - Quattro Formaggio and Fried Leeks.

    This had four kinds of cheeses in it and was the BEST I had ever tasted.

    For dinner DD ordered the kids pizza.

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    DS got the burger, but he ordered it plain. And the waiter suggested the fries, which were perfect !!

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    DH and I ordered the New York Strip

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    It came with potatoes, carrots and edamame. THIS was amazing !! Cooked perfectly. And it came on the bone and it was huge. The carrots could have been cooked a little more, but other than that, a most excellent meal.

    DH ordered another red wine – a Cabernet this time. He liked it but he said the blend was better.

    For dessert, DD got the worms and dirt which she loved.

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    DS got vanilla ice cream

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    And DH and I got the sampler for two.

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    And it was sooo delicious. There was key lime, lemon cheesecake, Boston cream pie cake and a fruit tart. And to top it all off a dark chocolate Mickey.

    We very much enjoyed our dinner here and would definitely go again. In fact, it was the best meal of our trip !! I agree that Grand Floridian Café is a hidden gem !!

     
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    Day 4 - Drinks at the Lunching Pad

    On this day at Magic Kingdom, DS wanted to see Stitch’s Greatest Escape. DD and I hate this attraction see we decided to get us some frozen drinks because it was soooooo HOT !!! We went to the Lunching Pad

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    and got these

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    A Raspberry Lemonade for me and a Blue Raspberry for DS.

    DD wanted Blue Raspberry and Cherry combined and the super nice CM made it like this

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    Very yummy looking. And very yummy tasting. Also, cold and refreshing on a super hot day.
     
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    I can't wait to try this when we go on our trip, and that cracks me up because I totally would've done the same thing :rotfl:

    Enjoying your reviews! :thumbsup2
     
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    :welcome: Thanks so much for reading and stopping in to say hello. One of those croissants would go so good with my coffee this morning. They look so benign, but MAN .... they are good. I am so getting one for breakfast the first morning we are there for our Thanksgiving trip.
     
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    Day 4 – MNSSHP Candy

    By the time everyone was lining up for the first parade, we took advantage of the short lines at the treat trails and got some candy.

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    They had good candy and gave out about 3-4 pieces each time. DD is allergic to peanuts and they were really careful not to give her any peanut candy.
     
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    Mmmmmm....carbs. ;)
     
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    I'm going to attempt to make a resservation at Grand Floridian Cafe now. I love that resort too! We walked by that restaurant during one of our visits, and I was intriguied.

    That dessert platter looks like the platter DD created for herself at Boma. :rotfl: I told her you had a reservation there coming up and she said to tell you to be sure and get the carmel cheesecake thing. It was the best dessert there.
     
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    :rotfl::lmao::rotfl2: I miss carbs ....BAD. Those whole grain rolls with the currants were AMAZING !!

    Grand Floridian Cafe is GOOD !! You should definitely go there !! We are looking forward to Boma in April for sure.
     
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    I hope you do a Thanksgiving Report/Review, I'm going next year and in the research stages of the trip:goodvibes
     
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    I most certainly will. This whole trip report thing is one of new favorite pass times. We even got a new camera so my pictures will be better. 16 more days until our next trip and I can't wait !! AND I am still playing around with our ADR's. Fun stuff.
     
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    Awesome!:yay::yay:

    I'm excited to make my ADRs, but I have a long time to wait. Oh well, the planning, re-planning, and dreaming about the trip makes it fun :rotfl:
     
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    I agree that planning is half the fun. And the more I plan, the better our trips are. The last couple of trips have really gone smoothly due to good planning. I am not super commando and I am flexible, but I plan well and therefore our trips are very enjoyable. I just snagged a dinner ressie at Garden Grill for Thanksgiving Day. So we will have turkey that day after all - YAY !! I sooo excited.
     
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    Day 6 – Wolfgang Puck’s Express - Lunch

    We got all settled into our new resort – Saratopia (which is what DD called Saratoga Springs) - and we were hungry AND back on the dining plan – YAY !! So we decided to head over to Wolfgang Pucks and try that out since we had never eaten there.

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    DH and I got spaghetti and meatballs to share.

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    Very yummy and plenty of food for two people.

    DS got chicken fingers and French fries. I thought I got a photo, but I can’t find one. Oh well, everyone knows what those look like. Maybe it was because he ate them so fast. He really enjoyed them

    DD ordered the kids pizza.

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    She said it was just OK and that next time she was getting chicken fingers. I had some and it wasn’t bad and it wasn’t great either. I agree that the chicken fingers were better.

    For dessert DH and I shared the cheesecake.

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    Very good and creamy. It had kind of a crème brulee type top to it that we thought was interesting. It was delicious.

    DS got a cookie which he enjoyed.

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    DD got a brownie and she loved it. Said it was really good.

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    We really enjoyed our delicious lunch and made plans to come back later in the week.
     

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