We honeymooned AND ate our around the world for 8 days...lots of pics.

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  1. jaleaton

    jaleaton I walked into a Target bathroom and it smelled lik

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    I've lurked long enough...I've pored over these boards for months reading reviews and drooling over all the yummy food. But now, my time has come for my own reviews. DH and I honeymooned at WDW from July 3 - 10, 2007, and were on the premium plan, so we ate ourselves sick, and then ate some more. :rolleyes1

    First a bit about ourselves:
    Me - 26 - Been to Disney lots of times over the course of the years, this is my 2nd time on the dining plan. I am EXTREMELY picky, and read through all the menus before even making ADR's, just to make sure there was something I would eat...think meat and potatoes girl all the way!

    DH - 28 - Been to Disney just a few times less than myself, also his 2nd time on the dining plan. He's a typical man...he'll eat anything that is in front of him. He likes to try new foods, and will only eat at restaurants that we don't have at home while on vacation.

    So onto the food...

    Day 1 - Lunch - It was mandatory on my list to eat at Tusker House on this trip since it will be closing shortly. I had previously eaten here, DH had not. We both got the chicken, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese instead of veggies. He got cheesecake for dessert and I got the chocolate cake.
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    The food was awesome as usual. The mashed potatoes here set the bar for the rest of the trip, and no other restaurants met the Tusker House Potatoes Star of Approval. Tusker House mashed potatoes were the best, hands down. I was a bit disappointed that Tusker House no longer serves the big pieces of chocolate or carrot cake like they used to, but rather now the precupped servings.

    Cost of meal without dining plan would have been $29.12

    Dinner - Rose and Crown - We had gone here on our trip last year and loved it so we decided to return. Appetizers - Fruit / Cheese Plate, Salmon Spread; Meals - Fish and Chips, Steak and Fish and Chips; Desserts - Bailey's Trifle, Sticky Toffee Pudding, and a special honeymoon dessert of a Strawberry Shortcake.
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    Again, everything was great! Our server, Irish Jennifer, was so much fun. She started our meal by pulling out a little map and showing us where she was from. DH's steak was cooked perfectly. Desserts were awesome, though we were too full to finish all of our food...you'll see this trend as the week goes on. Irish Jennifer sent us out to watch Illuminations and we got back to our table to find the special honeymoon dessert and a certificate that the whole restaurant had signed.

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    This was a great dinner to start our trip.

    Cost of meal without dining plan $92.19
     
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  3. GoofyBaseballMom26

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    Good start! Congrats on your wedding!!!!:goodvibes
     
  4. emamasa

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    congrats! I can't wait to read more!
     
  5. jaleaton

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    Day 2

    Breakfast - Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge - We arrived early, and looked around the resort, which is amazing before showing up to our meal! We arrived and were seated immediately, despite the fact that we were about 40 minutes early (which you will notice is another trend). Lots of variety and something here for everyone. DH really enjoyed a spicy biscuit casserole. I stuck to the traditional breakfast fare. I swear there's something about Disney eggs....they're so much better in Disney than anywhere else in the world. Our breakfast ended with a special decorated plate full of chocolates / truffles.

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    Cost of meal: $36.19

    Lunch - Trails End Buffett at Fort Wilderness

    We were starving and happened to be at this resort because we were going horseback riding this day. This seemed to be the only one around, so we ventured in. It was an average meal with lots of things to choose from. We forgot to take pictures here. It was more like the typical July 4th picnic / barbeque (coincidentally, we were here on the 4th of July) instead of magical vacation dining.

    Cost of meal: $27.67

    Dinner - Coral Reef at Epcot

    Ok, so this was the most anticipated meal for me. In part because I had arranged for a personalized menu, and diver to come down and surprise hubby, and boy, was he surprised. We arrive a tad bit early and are immediately seated. DH is shocked and speechless first when we are seated right beside the aquarium and then again as he opens the menu and finds pictures of us inside. For appetizers we ordered lobster soup and the land and sea.

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    The soup was creamy and and had a cheesy rich taste. DH enjoyed his appetizer, though didn't really give commentary because he was too busy eating. At this point, the diver came down and then we totally forgot to take pictures of our meals.
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    DH had the Tuna, and I had the NY Strip. Both were fantastic. Steak cooked perfectly, and was very flavorful. Just when we thought we couldn't eat anymore, the server brought our desserts. Now I know it's been said on here before, but OMG the chocolate wave is seriously a little slice of heaven just sitting right there in front of you! I'm talking eyes closed, savoring every taste, and losing sight of everything else that is happening all around you. It's just that good!
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    We decided this was the best meal of the week; Everything was just so perfect...the atmosphere, the food, my little bits of sneakiness, and oh yeah, did I mention, the chocolate wave?!

    Cost of meal: $102.07
     
  6. sandybobandy

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    Yay! A Disneymoon food trippie! I'm excited to read the rest! :)

    And congrats!
     
  7. John's Mom

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    Thanks for the great reviews and pictures!
     
  8. tluvstink

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    Congrats on your weddingpixiedust: I love the reviews and pics! I totally agree with you about Tusker House. That's my favorite CS in WDW and I hate that it is closing. It will be missed:sad2:

    Terri
     
  9. jaleaton

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    Day 3

    Breakfast at Old Port Royale - No pictures of this breakfast. We had danishes and juice on the way to the park. Danishes were fresh and hot. Just filling enough to hold us over until lunch.

    Lunch - Tony's Town Square at Magic Kingdom

    I had been here many years ago, and remembered liking it, so here I am again....and it's our honeymoon, and yes, I want to do the cheesy picture. You know which one I'm talking about...yes, THE picture, the one of us slurping our spaghetti just like Lady and the Tramp.
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    For starters DH gets the calamari, and breadsticks for myself.
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    DH really liked his calamari. Breadsticks were good but I didn't want to fill up before the main course. Main courses: Spaghetti and Meatballs and Baked Ziti.
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    At first DH thought 2 meatballs sounded like they were kind of skimping on the food...that was until he got his food. The meatballs were about the size of a small nerf ball. The ziti was so good. It was really cheesy, but I didn't notice much meat in it, but regardless it was still good. DH almost wished he had ordered the ziti too. For dessert I had the cookies and cream shake, just so I could get the collector mug, and DH got the amaretto cheesecake. I didn't try his because I don't like amaretto but he said it very well have been the best cheesecake he's ever had. My milkshake was good too; it ranked right up there with a Chik - Fil - A cookies and cream milkshake, which I say are the best ever!
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    The server engaged the rest of the restaurant into a loud "That's Amore" to us.

    Cost of meal: $60.29

    p.s. We also love all the hidden mickeys (that really aren't that hidden) that are put onto all the dessert plates.

    Dinner - Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge

    Let me just start this review with a note: we are hams, give us attention, and things will get worse...GUARANTEED! So with that in mind, we could not wait until the antics of this restaurant. Sadly, our server Gold Dust Girl, was a good waitress by standards of any sane restaurant, but not into the antics that help set the mood in a place like this. We got the straws thrown at us, I got the large drink, and DH had to help carry ketchup to another table, but that's where the antics ended, except for another server pulling us into the other room for a kissing contest.
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    Now the food: YUM! This almost made up for the lack of antics. I had the chips (again a bit disappointed because I was hoping for these nachos I had kept reading about, and they no longer had them). DH had salad.
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    For the meals I had roasted chicken, and DH had the skillet. He enjoyed everything on the skillet except for the shrimp, which he usually loves. This was because there was still more work to do, and they weren't just ready to eat. He regretted not getting a refill on the skillet later in the week when he was thinking of it again. :laughing: The chicken was juicy and tender. I'm not really a fan of the green beans Disney serves, but I'm a green bean snob and will only eat a certain brand at home (Allen's Flat Kentucky Wonder, if anyone cares).
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    For dessert DH had the Apple Caramel Pie, and I had the smores cheesecake. The smores cheesecake was kind of interesting, but it didn't stop me from eating it. DH said pie was just ok.
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    Cost of meal: $67.45

    Thanks for all the kind words from those of you reading my food report! :)
     
  10. annie1995

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    Congratulations on your wedding!!!! I'm loving your report!!!! Can't wait for more!!!
     
  11. sandybobandy

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    ::wipes drool from mouth::
    Those meatballs look heavenly! lol
     
  12. jaleaton

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    Day 4

    Breakfast at Old Port Royale - Same as yesterday. Cheese danishes and juice on the run to catch the early hours at MGM.

    Lunch - 50's Primetime Cafe at MGM

    Another fun restaurant that we were just waiting for those antics. This time our Uncle Patrick lived up to the expectations. He played with us just enough and wasn't too over the top. We loved the atmosphere, and were humored when the grandma sitting behind us confirmed the authenticity of the decor; we overheard her telling her grand-daughter that the restaurant is what her kitchen used to look like!

    For starters I had the chicken noodle soup, and DH had shrimp cocktail. The soup was a nice change of pace. Nothing special, but fitting to the theme of this restaurant. DH said shrimp cocktail was excellent. It was cold and crisp, just the way he likes it.
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    For lunch DH had meatloaf, and I had the fried chicken. DH described the meatloaf as tasting just like it was from mom's kitchen. Fried chicken was good. I usually won't eat the stuff, but I had heard so much about it, I decided to take a stab at it. I only ate about 1 of the 3 pieces because there was just too much food. Luckily Uncle Patrick let me order corn instead of greens. :scared:
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    DH tried hiding the rest of his green beans under his food and napkin, and our Uncle noticed, and gave him the airplane treatment before he could order dessert.
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    DH was most humored when our Viewmaster came out with the dessert menu.
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    I ordered the smores, which tasted just as good as ones made over a campfire, and DH ordered Dad's Brownie Sundae. I believe his comment was "Where else can you get a brownie sundae AND caramel corn all together."
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    Our meal ended with Uncle Patrick singing "Love and Marriage" to us while we wore special wedding hats and blew out the candle on our honeymoon cupcake.
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    Cost of meal: $70.50

    Dinner - Fulton's Crab House at Downtown Disney

    Ate here after an evening at Cirque du Soleil because DH had been before and wanted to go back.

    For starters I had the lobster bisque, and DH had the clams and mussels. The soup wasn't what I expected, and I didn't really enjoy it here. I think this is because every other place I've tried bisque it's had a hint of a cheesy flavor. DH's clams and mussels were excellent, according to him, because I certainly wouldn't have went near them! YUCK!
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    For our meal DH ordered the king crab claws at our servers suggestion, while I had the lobster tail / king crab claw combo. Now for a picky eater, this was WAY out of my box. I'm not a seafood fan, but all was well. I would have to say the server was right when he said the claws were even better than the lobster tails. I think I'm hooked, and one step closer to maybe being a tad bit less picky. The only problem we encountered with this meal was that our meals arrived before our appetizers. Although, our server was on it, and he quickly fixed that problem, assuring us the chef would make our entrees again.
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    Sorry the pictures are a bit dark. We didn't think it was all that appropriate to keep setting off a flash in a nice restaurant. Some people just don't understand the whole food porn thing. :sad2:

    For dessert I ordered cheesecake minus the fancy sauces that would have typically been on it, and DH ordered the carrot cake. It was all rich, and much too much after the size of the meal. The couple of bites that we savored were very delightful, though.
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    This is a meal we would definitely recommend and return to (with the dining plan, of course).

    Cost of meal: $151.45

    Again, thanks for reading, and happy thoughts! And with all this food talk, I think it's time for dinner...4 more days to come...
     
  13. TigerKat

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    Congratulations! Loving your reviews and can't wait for the rest.:thumbsup2
     
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    loving it so far, i cant wat for september and primetime cafe!!
     
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    :goodvibes Great report! Thanks for the pictures, you look darling in the bride ears!
     
  16. jaleaton

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    Day 5

    Breakfast at Akershus Princess Storybook Dining - We ate here because I SOOOO wanted to see Belle in her yellow dress. Much to my disappointment, Belle was not there the day we were, and we received Snow White instead. I mean come on, you can see the lovely Snow White anywhere, but Belle...that's a bit rarer...especially in the gold gown. Ok, enough of my pity party. So we get to Epcot for our 8:30 reservation, and the park was empty because it wasn't even officially open yet, talk about some perfect pictures with no crowds! At breakfast we met Snow White, Mary Poppins, Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Mulan
    (not really what I would call princesses, but no complaints here, I'm the one that wanted to go, just interesting is all).
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    DH enjoyed the salmon on the cold breakfast bar, and there was a good variety of fruits / pastries at this buffet. The rest of the meal was brought to our table and was served family style. The bacon seemed spicier than traditional "american" bacon, but everything else was tasty.
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    It was adorable seeing all the little princesses all dressed up and on their best princess behavior patiently waiting.

    Cost of meal: $48.97

    Lunch - Liberty Inn at the America Pavillion

    So this seems silly, we're in Walt Disney World, Epcot at that, food gateway to the "World", but we were both really in the mood for a cheeseburger. What made our cheeseburgers even better was that we had our first (and only since there was just SO much food) rice krispy treats of the trip! Gotta love those things!

    Cost of meal: $24.97

    Dinner at Le Cellier at Canada Pavillion

    We ate here at friends requests; they pretty much told us if we didn't eat there this trip (since we never made it there last trip) that they would disown us. I'd have to say it was well worth it. Got to the restaurant way before ADR, were given a bit of Canadian trivia, and were quickly seated. To begin our meals, we started with the renowned cheese soup, and breadsticks, and like many others have said, the pretzel bread is the best.
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    For our meals we each got the filet mignon, mine without the barbecue glaze. Another perfect steak in the World.
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    For dessert I just simply could not resist the chocolate moose, and DH got the Jack Daniels Whiskey Cake. The moose was perfect; cute to look at, and a light sweet treat. It wasn't too much after a large meal. DH really liked the cake, but it wasn't that awesome chocolate wave.
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    Would return in a heartbeat!

    Cost of meal: $101.25
     
  17. jaleaton

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    Day 6

    Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian - The appeal of this restaurant was getting to meet some of the harder to find characters. The restaurant was loud upon entering but we quickly got over that. We first met Mary Poppins upon entering, and then met Pooh, Tigger, Alice, and the Mad Hatter over breakfast. The Mad Hatter and Alice were absolutely mad. Their antics just kept going, and had us cracking up.
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    The buffet lines moved quickly and the food was good and hot. It was at this restaurant where we were introduced to the cheese blintzs, which neither of us really care for; It was like an omelet met a danish, so after that we just enjoyed the standard fare such as eggs, bacon, mickey waffles, etc.
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    Cost of meal: $40.45

    Lunch at Pizzafari in the Animal Kingdom. Not bad for a quick lunch. Actually there was a lot of food. We each had a pizza and dessert. It was nice having an air-conditioned break. Animal Kingdom needs more quick service restaurants like this.

    Cost of meal: $24.97

    Dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom - This was the first meal that we actually had to wait a bit past our ADR to get seated. Once we were seated our table had been decorated with pixie dust in the shape of a heart. Too cute!
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    This meal you get the best of all worlds; you get the characters AND the Thanksgiving style feast. This restaurant became our "Must-Do" after eating there last year. All of the food is good and plentiful. Here is a picture of the salad. We forgot to take pictures of the rest. Notice the hidden mickey in the onions.
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    The characters make several round and spend lots of time with each table. We had to laugh when Goofy entered the room, and hit his head unintentionally on a light.
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    Cost of meal: $69.70
     
  18. sandybobandy

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    Ugh. I can't stand it. You and your new hubby are soooooo cute! :)
     
  19. jaleaton

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    Day 7

    Breakfast - Cinderella's Royal Table at Magic Kingdom

    It's not every morning you get to start your day in a castle! We had 9am ADR's, so again, the park wasn't even open when we entered. We got more amazing pictures, this time of Main Street USA, and the Castle.
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    Ok, so I know it's not pictures of food, but I just couldn't pass it up...you just never see Magic Kingdom like that...

    We get to the Castle, meet Cinderella, and are whisked away to an intimate table for 2 overlooking an empty Fantasyland.
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    We meet Belle (finally), Snow White (again), Aurora, and the Fairy Godmother.
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    Breakfast is served pre-plated and you can choose between the healthy choice of granola, yogurts, fruits or the vacation breakfast of eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, and blueberry danish. You know what they say, "When in Rome..." so when on vacation, eat like you're on vacation; we get the heart attack plate...again. I'm not sure if it was really called blueberry danish, but whatever it was, it was AWESOME!!! It was a cinnamony fried biscuit covered with blueberries and a blueberry syrup.
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    Everything else was good too. Our meal ended with our server presenting us with Cinderella's Royal Table champagne flutes to take home with us.

    Cost of meal: $76.42

    Dinner at Brown Derby at MGM Studios - This was our last dinner of our Disneymoon. It was the first time either one of us had dined here. We arrived early because we wanted to avoid the rain outside, and were seated immediately. It was a bit dark inside, but nice, nonetheless. We were seated in a small booth for 3, and it was perfect for us. For starters we both had the lobster bisque. I had the filet as my dinner, and DH had the grouper.
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    Again, more Disney food that did not disappoint. For dessert, DH had the banana white chocolate tower, and I had the year of a million dreams chocolate cake. Our server brought us a complimentary chocolate mousse dome. Of course when he placed our desserts in front of us, they were in the shape of a hidden mickey!
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    I did not care for the banana tower, but I am not a fan of the taste of fake banana. It basically tasted like a banana mousse. The chocolate cake was good, but no chocolate wave! Heheh!

    Cost of meal: $93.70
     
  20. jaleaton

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    Thanks! Our honeymoon was absolutely magical...of course that's what Disney's all about!
     
  21. jaleaton

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    Day 8 - The End of a Magical Disneymoon! :sad1:

    Breakfast at Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort

    Of course this is the saddest trip report because this is our last morning in the World. But we're going to end it in style...with the Mouse! It was both of our first times to Chef Mickey's. DH is excited because he gets to watch the monorail during breakfast AND eat with Mickey, it just doesn't get any better. The monorail does happen to be his favorite Disney attraction....I'm so not even kidding! :rotfl:
    We begin by having our picture taken in front of the logo plate (we're still trying to figure this one out, and why Mickey wasn't up there for the photo package), and then proceed to our table where we immediately meet Mickey, get a cupcake, and get to do the special napkin twirling dance for our special occasion.
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    We rush between the buffet lines and back to our table so we wouldn't miss Minnie, Donald, Goofy, or Pluto.

    Cost of meal: $40.45

    This was an awesome end to a perfect beginning!

    Thanks for reading, and hopefully we didn't bore you all too much. 2000 pictures later, we're back home, already wishing we were back in the house of Mouse.
     

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