Typing up this review makes me sad, since we had a great time and probably won't get to go back for another year or so. That said, here we go. Intro: Going on the trip was myself (23 and female) and my brother (18 and um, obviously, male). Last time we were there was about 10 years ago and on a shoestring budget (thanks Mom, for ramen on a hot pot in a motel!) so now that I had money to pay for some better meals - DDP it is. In fact, I think the sole reason why my brother didn't complain too much about me dragging him was the food - he looked rather bored everytime I mentioned the trip. It's free for him (I paid) and good food - you'd think he could have faked SOME enthusiasm to make me feel better. Anyways, we're very novice amateur foodies, so I think I stared more at table service menus than I did at ride touring plans. Again, Steven was less than brimming with excitement, so all of the planning fell to me. Luckily, we share similar tastes, so I knew he'd be okay with my choices. Indecisive: When I got back, I looked at my very first ADR list and laughed. And laughed. Well, we had good intentions. Chef Mickeys breakfast got replaced in favor of Crystal Palace breakfast which got ditched for Artist Point dinner. Liberty Tree Tavern kicked out for Coral Reef which in return ended up being Citricos. Oh well. Maybe next time. I'd still like to try CP and LTT eventually. And now, the food. Wednesday June 7, 2006 6:10 ADR - Le Cellier Dinner : I'd seen a couple of bad reviews right before leaving, so I was nervous. I even though about cancelling, but I couldn't think of anything to replace this. I'm glad I went though, although our favorites were not the ones usually drooled upon by this board. Steven: Canadian cheddar cheese soup, Le Cellier mushroom filet, raspberry sorbet, Cappucino freeze Me: Prince Edward Island mussels, Le Cellier mushroom filet, maple creme brulee, frozen berry daiquiri (non alcoholic) We arrived right at 6:10 after running through Epcot from Test Track and were seated almost immediately. We waited for probably only 3-4 minutes at most. Things started off well - friendly hostess, friendly server, looked over the menu, debated a little, put in our order. We were asked if we were on the dining plan right away. Said yes, friendly smile, and a quick run down of what we were allowed on the dining plan. Breadsticks arrived promptly. My brother likes bread, so he ate away. He seemed to like all three. I'm not a big breadstick fan, but I do like pretzels, so I stuck with the pretzel bread. It was good. Not fantastic, seemed a little overly buttery, but still warm and good. Appetizers arrived very quickly. The much hyped cheese soup was a disappointment in that we could taste the beer - and we're not beer fans. I tried a sip of the soup - that was enough for me. My brother did drink most of his soup, but I could tell he wasn't completely happy with it. (He just likes soup. He'll drink anything if you dump it into a soup). However, my mussels were FANTASTIC. I cannot say enough good things about them. I got a huge plate of them - and that was good, since my brother abandoned his soup and I shared with him. The menu describes them as "Prince Edward Island Mussels served chowder style, with Applewood smoked bacon and potatoes $9.99." It's not a bowl of clam chowder soup (which was kind of the impression I had). It's more of a thicker sauce covering the mussels. Mussels themselves were excellent. No fishy taste, nice and tender. Bacon and potatoes gave the sauce such a nice flavor. Steven and I were scraping up the bottom of our plates to get all the last bits of sauce. Mmmmmm. Oh yes, drinks. We were able to order the non alcoholic specialty drinks off the menu with the dining plan. Not sure why Steven ordered the cappucino freeze - he's normally not a coffee drinker. I tried some, wasn't bad, but I'm not a coffee drinker either. My berry drink was excellent. Steven kept trying to steal some, so I think he liked it too. Main dish. We both got the mushroom filet. We were both a little less than impressed by it. It was beautifully presented. It was nicely cooked. The taste was a bit strong for both of us. The mushroom risotto was good, but a bit bitter, and there was a sauce on the filet that neither of us were fans of. I think it was the herb beurre blanc, but I'm not sure. I thought it was blue cheese at first, until I went back and realized nothing like that was mentioned on the menu. Whatever it was, it was too strong for us. We ate most of it, but if we were to order it again, I'd ask for the steak plain (since it was wonderful) and to leave off whatever that sauce was. As it was, a bite of the risotto at the same time as a bite of the steak mixed well. Desserts: The maple creme brulee was a bit way too sweet for me. I think we both preferred my brother's raspberry sorbet. I also wasn't a fan of the cinnamon whipped cream, but then again, I don't like cinnamon at all (except in moderation with apple pie). Payment: Paid quickly and easily with the dining plan. I did leave some extra tip for our server since she was very good and I was impressed with how fast service moved. I kept all our receipts, but not with me at work, so if someone wanted to know how much it cost, let me know and I'll go home and edit this post. Overall: Definetly not as bad as I've heard it was. I would come again, but try new things. I would definetly order the berry freeze and the mussels again. I would walk all the way to Florida from Chicago for the mussels. Unfortuantely, I saw them listed on our receipt as Seasonal Appetizers, so I don't know how long they'll be on the menu for. Thursday, June 8 2006 - Pepper Market lunch: Not overly thrilled with reviews for MGM counter services, we left for CSR. I thought about stopping at Beaches and Cream, but the lure of our hotel room won out. Quick stop at PM for lunch. After a bit of confusion about how things worked, we grabbed food. Steven: Fettucini with wild mushroom sauce, creme brulee, cherry coke. Me: Market Nachos, flan, orange soda. I want to put in a special notice for the sweet but scary old lady who was manning the bakery counter. When she saw us sizing up our options (which were all gorgeous to look at), she sidled up next to us and gave the best one liner of our trip. Welcome to my house ... of calories. I think it scared us then, but we continually laughed about it for the rest of our trip. She was so sweet, but she just looked so creepy when she was cackling about the calories of the desserts. We took our food to go, swiped our cards, and struggled back to our hotel room. CSR is big and we had a 5 minute walk to our room in hot, humid, weather. But we prefer eating in privacy rather than in the dining room, so back to our room it was. Nachos were very nice. I could have used some extra cheese, but there was plenty of food. Lots of chips, meat, guacamole, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, and I left the beans off. Steven's pasta wasn't bad, but it was bland and could have used some salt. It was just some mushroom sauce put over pasta, nothing special. We were too full for dessert, so we stuck them in the fridge. Steven ended up eating both of them over the next few days and he liked them both. (I was still too full). Overall: I would come here again, but the food is pricey. Good use of a counter service meal though. June 8. 2006 5:30 ADR Mama Melrose Fantasmic: Eh. Yeah, that about sums it up. This review will probably be much shorter than the rest just because there's not much to talk about. I will say that in their defense, I was coming down with a cold and a sore throat, so that may have contributed to my less than rosy outlook (although my brother was perfectly healthy and wasn't impressed either). We arrived on time and were seated within a few minutes. Menus were plunked down and we ordered. We were on the fantasmic dining package, so the salad and a choice of flatbread were included. Mixed Greens - balsamic vinaigrette and gorgonzola cheese Grilled Chicken Flatbread with sun-dried tomato pesto, pancetta, asiago cheese and fresh chives Wood-Grilled Salmon basted with sun-dried tomato pesto over roasted vegetables - Steven Spaghetti Fra Diavolo with clams, calamari, mussels and shrimp, tossed in a spicy Marinara sauce - Me Spumoni Gelato Service was unimpressive. Our waitress looked unthrilled the entire night. It wasn't as speedy as Le Cellier, but it wasn't a majorly long wait either. No smiling faces - well, I take that back. The hostesses were friendly. I asked for no cheese on the salad since I'm not a fan of gorgonzola. It came with cheese on the salad. So I skipped the salad - and the bread as well. Nothing excited me about it, although brother-who-eats-lots-of-bread ate it (big surprise). The flatbread was pretty decent - tasted like a fancy pizza. My throat was feeling pretty cruddy about this time, so I think I ate all of the seafood off the pasta (not as good as the mussels from last night, they were tough and not as tender) and was umimpressed with the spaghetti sauce. I didn't try Steven's salmon. It looked okay and I think that was his verdict as well. By dessert time, he was stuffed so we both ordered the gelato - a light dessert for him, and I just wanted ice cream for my throat. The gelato was nice - cool and creamy and a nice pistachio flavor. Payment: When I mentioned we were on the dining plan, it almost looked like our waitress rolled her eyes a little before reverting back to her bored face. Signed for our meal and left - no extra tip. Overall: Nothing to complain about, but nothing to rave about. We probably would not return. For MGM day next time, I think I'd try 50's Prime Time next time. At least we got the Fantasmic reserved seating. Far left seating, but it was closer to the exit. Friday, June 9 - Yakitori House Lunch: We went bright and early for lunch in an almost deserted World Showcase. Didn't save us any time though, as the CM's behind the counter had some kind of cash register chaos. We waited for almost 5 minutes as three CM's wandered around banging at cash registers, pulling out bags of change and bills, and just looking completely confused. We finally managed to order. Me: Tonosama Combination - teriyaki chicken thigh, sukiyaki beef, mixed vegetable tempura with shrimp and steamed rice, chestnut cake, iced green tea Steven: Shrimp Tempura Udon, chestnut cake, iced green tea My combo platter was good. Sukiyaki was nice and sweet and the chicken was tender (although the sauce was a bit tart). I ignored the vegetable tempura which looked soggy, and the shrimp was a tiny random piece on top of the tempura. Oh well, I hadn't ordered it for the tempura. I didn't try Steven's udon but it looked very nice - two big pieces of shrimp tempura. We both were too full for the chestnut cake. The iced green tea could have used some flavor. It tasted like cold bland tea - I was slightly itching to add some sugar or lemon in, but it was cold and that was the most important thing! Overall: Good food, we'd come here again. June 9. 2006, 6:00 ADR - Les Chefs De France: Walked right up, sat down for a minute, and walked on in. I love being a small party of two. No waits! We had a very nice waiter with a heavy French accent - I think his name was Tom? Would need to check my receipts. Awesome guy. We got our menus and put in drink orders right away for 2 Oranginas (fizzy orange juice drink). Not on the dining plan, but we love those, so we paid extra for them. And off Tom (fine, we'll call him Tom for now, I'll edit the post if his name is different) went. And went. And went. A couple next to us got seated, got drinks, got bread, and ordered. Finally, Tom reappeared with two Oranginas, opened them, and poured them for us. We were starting to wonder where he went. Must have had a trouble finding them, since we had no problems with the service the rest of the meal. Me: Escargot, Canard confit a l'orange, pommes Lyonnaise, creme brulee Steven: Lobster bisque, Canard confit a l'orange, pommes Lyonnaise, sorbet. Appetizers: The escargot was okay. Very oily and the parsley didn't seem to lend much to the flavor. I was glad I tried it though. Steven liked his soup - I tried a bit and it seemed similar to cream of tomato, but nicer and sweeter than tomato soup usually is. Entree: We LOVED the duck. We're Chinese, so we see plenty of duck in Chinese cuisine, and we've expanded our love of duck to order it in any restaurant. The duck here was fabulous. We saw a plate of it being delivered as we walked in, and it looked gorgeous. There were a couple pieces of nicely sliced duck breast - very juicy and tender - and a duck leg. I preferred the duck breast to the leg (the leg wasn't as juicy as the breast) and the orange sauce was a little too sweet, but still very good. The potatoes were delicious - mushy, but with an excellent flavor. Steven agreed. Dessert: Don't remember anything special about the sorbet. I'll have to check the receipts. I think it was raspberry again - nice, cool, and light. The creme brulee I had was apparently new - there was a red fruit gelee on the bottom that I think was raspberry (the menu just said "red fruit.") Tom specifically came by and asked how the creme brulee with the fruit gelee was, since he said it was new and the chefs wanted to know so they would know if they should revert back to the old style or not. I have no idea what the old style was, but this was good, although the the brulee seemed to be a bit more watery and not as firm - maybe it was the fruit? Payment: I don't remember if we were asked about the dining plan at the beginning or end of the meal. I know Tom asked for our card as soon as we got dessert, since he mentioned that he would need to track down his manager to override something and it might take awhile, so he wanted to hurry it up for us. Paid with 2 TS credits with no problems, charged the oranginas to our room, and added some extra tip on for Tom. Overall: We would definetly come here again. Tom was excellent, food was great, service was quick - with the exception of the drinks. Hopefully they can find the oranginas quicker next time. Hope some of this helps out! I'd be happy to answer any questions. Coming later: Cosmic Rays, Artist Point, more Pepper Market, Citricos, Flame Tree BBQ, Sunshine Seasons, Earl of Sandwich, and a couple of CS repeats (EoS and CR).