Deluxe Dining Plan All-Male, we mean Review **Updated w/Tutto Italia 7/6

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Reviews' started by MuppetGuySF, May 27, 2009.

  1. MuppetGuySF

    MuppetGuySF Earning My Ears

    Apr 17, 2009
    So, I am a huge fan of reading dining reviews. Just love it. But I notice that almost all of those writing dining reviews are people with families, or honeymooning couples, so I decided that it's time for the men to sneak into this trend.

    So here's the story, we're two single guys who are Disney geeks at heart (and mind!) who are totally stoked (can you tell I'm from Northern California?) to be on the DELUXE dining plan. We both LOVE to eat, and in particular, love eating good food. So I think perhaps this report will have a slightly different angle than other trip reports, what with the whole all-male perspectives...I'm hoping it will keep everyone interested as much as the rest of your reports have kept me incessantly reading every last word!

    Let me assure you there will be A LOT of eating on this trip. None of this, "Oh we were too stuffed to order dessert." None of this, "We ended up with so many extra credits at the end of our trip." This is pedal-to-the-medal, full-speed-ahead, dining extravaganza. Hope ya like it!

    Here's a little bit about us. In classic DISboard Dining Report fashion, we've chosen Disney character names for ourselves. Another unique element of this review will be hearing from each of us in our own words. I'll be writing in the standard color and he'll be writing in RED

    Me: Evinrude (definitely earn bonus points in my book if you immediately know who that is!!:cool1:) I'm 35, grew up in Northern California, so I was a Disneyland kid growing up. Went there several times with the family growing up, also went with friends in high school and throughout college. Lately, I've been chaperoning trips annually for 7th and 8th graders to the Land and DCA. Been to Disney World twice before, but neither were well-planned trips. More like quick jaunts without knowing the art of really planning for a WDW trip. Only have been to 3 table service restaurants total! I have a broad taste for food. I love fine dining, but am also totally a fan of some chain restaurants (Chili's is at the top of my list! Fajitas!...YUMMY!) I love seafood and chicken, and tend to love fried foods (I know, I's so bad for me, but I can start the diet when I get back, right?) I wouldn't call myself especially adventurous with new flavors and foods, but I'm trying to break out of that shell. I'm not one to make a fuss at a restaurant, but occasionally speak my mind if I don't get what I ordered! My biggest peeve? My entree arriving while I'm still eating my appetizer. Argh!

    Langbein (I don't even think we could come up with a prize big enough for you if you get this reference) is a 24-year old with a self-described huge ego and even bigger stomach. I've been to Disney more times then I can count, primarily as a kid. My brother ("DB" for all you board veterans out there) and I used to visit each year with my grandparents, from the time that I was 3 or 4 up through my 15th birthday or so. Those trips typically consisted of a stay at the Grand Hyatt, the Marriott World Center, or the Dolphin/Swan complex. After that streak ended, I visited The World twice more - once with the sleepaway camp I attended and once two years ago with family. Both times we stayed offsite.

    I'm extremely excited to be staying onsite for the first time, and can't wait to sample all of the delicious food on our deluxe dining plan of deliciousness. When it comes to food tastes, I'm pretty flexible - always willing to try anything plated before me and working hard to get as much into me as possible. It's no wonder I gained so much weight in college!

    I consider myself to have a fairly good palate and know good food when I taste it. We've made our dining decisions based on a few criteria:
    1) DISBoards Dining Review Pictures - if it looks good in your pictures, we want to try it!
    2) Reviews all over the web - we're pretty trusting of other people's opinions. If you've said it isn't any good, we probably aren't going there
    3) Cost (this one might be just me, not Evinrude) - with the DDP costing a sizeable chunk of change, I'm down to get the best value possible out of each meal. That may or may not mean that I'll be ordering the most expensive things on the menu (assuming I like them) each time. Hey, a guy can try to get a good value, can't he?

    Looking forward to keeping you all in the loop on this culinary tour de' Disney. Stay tuned!

    So here's our plan:

    June 7 (Arrival Day) Evinrude gets in at 6:15 AM and Langbein arrives at 11:00 AM. Evinrude's probably gonna have to eat SOMETHING for breakfast, but not sure where yet. Oh, btw, we're staying at AKL.

    Park: Animal Kingdom
    Lunch: Yak & Yeti (page 9, #127)
    Dinner: Jiko (page 11, #161)

    June 8
    Park: Epcot
    Breakfast: Probably use some snack credits at Mara.
    Lunch: Tutto Italia (page 12, #172)
    Dinner: Le Cellier

    June 9
    Park: Disney Hollywood Studios
    Breakfast: Boma
    Lunch: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
    Dinner: Brown Derby

    June 10
    Park: Magic Kingdom
    Breakfast: Not sure, maybe snack credits somewhere
    Lunch: Plaza Restaurant
    Dinner: Hoop-De-Doo Revue

    June 11
    Backstage Magic Tour (We're SUPER excited about this!), and the rest of the day at Epcot
    Lunch: Whispering Canyon Cafe (included on the tour)
    Dinner: Teppan Edo

    June 12
    Park: Probably more Animal Kingdom; possibly golfing at Fantasia Gardens
    Breakfast: Spoodles
    Lunch: Beaches and Cream
    Dinner: Flying Fish

    June 13
    Park: Magic Kingdom
    Breakfast: Crystal Palace
    Lunch: Grand Floridian Cafe
    Dinner: Tony's

    June 14
    Park: Who knows?
    Breakfast: Kona Cafe
    Lunch: Chefs de France
    Dinner: Narcoosee's

    June 15
    We'll be around for Breakfast and Lunch, but no plans yet

    So whatta ya think? We are PSYCHED!!!
  2. Locodanny

    Locodanny Earning My Ears

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hello one and all,

    Just to make the connection: this is the one and only Langbein. Occasionally we may be posting from my username on here (with the same specifications as mentioned above: me in red and Evinrude in standard). Just an FYI.

    Back to your normally scheduled Disney Dining Report reading...
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  4. yakkin' yeti

    yakkin' yeti Mouseketeer

    Jun 2, 2008
    Hi! Your line-up sounds great. Have a wonderful trip!

    Mostly I lurk, but I had to pop in to say you've totally stumped me with Langbein. Evinrude is a classic -- how do you not love the hardest-working dragonfly in animation? But yeah, no clue on the other one. It sounds Scandinavian. Any clues?
  5. MickeyNicki

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

    Sep 22, 2005
    You guys are great! I cannot wait to hear all about it and find more wonderful things to eat!! We will be there the week before you guys so I will try and leave some food behind :lmao:

    Have a great trip and take lots of pictures
  6. KatMark

    KatMark DIS Veteran

    Aug 5, 2007
    Oh, this is going to be fun. I can't wait! :)
  7. MJAJmom

    MJAJmom DIS Veteran

    May 2, 2008
    Hey Guys,
    Sounds like a great trip coming up. We'll be there the same time as you (june 5-14) and trying out the Deluxe Dining Plan for the first time. We'll be trying out several of the places you have listed. Can't wait to hear your comments after the trip. Have a wonderful time!
  8. TuckandStuiesMom

    TuckandStuiesMom <font color=darkorchid>Age. Fac ut gaudeam<br><fon

    Jun 5, 2005
    Totally looking forward to it.:goodvibes
  9. muppetmom

    muppetmom Sporadic member of disboards since before it was d

    Apr 1, 2009
    Goofy? in Norwegian or Swedish?
  10. Tickanee

    Tickanee Mouseketeer

    May 26, 2009
    Hey Guys! Sounds great. Can't wait to hear about your food adventures. :yay:
  11. Magic2000

    Magic2000 DIS Veteran

    May 1, 2000
    Hey guys! We'll also be there the same time as you - June 6-13 at Yacht Club and June 13-20 at CSR! We're on the deluxe plan the first week, and the regular plan the second. I don't want to think it'll be too much food - and I LOVE desserts! I will highly recommend the creme brulee at LeCellier!

    We're eating at many of the same places as yall are - Yak & Yeti (it is SO GOOD!), LeCellier, Sci Fi, Brown Derby, Plaza, Whispering Canyon, Kona Cafe, Chefs de France, Narcoose's, and Beaches & Cream (we're eating here several times since its my DD's favorite!!)!! We've eaten at Jiko before - it is great! We've also eaten at Grand Floridian Cafe for breakfast and lunch - nice atmosphere and good food! We've done the Hoop De Doo several times and we've always enjoyed it!!!

    Can't wait to read your reviews when yall get back - I'll be anxious to see if yall think it was "too much food" after all!!! Have a GREAT trip!!!
  12. disneygirlinnj

    disneygirlinnj DIS Veteran

    Nov 24, 2007
    Totally subscribing! You guys seem like my type of men..haha! I'm with you about all the other trip reports being families, honeymooners, etc. I don't mind them but it's nice to see you guys over here. Definitely want to hear your reviews from another fellow foodie!
  13. MelanieC

    MelanieC <font color=blue>BL II - Blue Team<br><font color=

    Sep 28, 1999
    Can't wait - is it June yet :)
  14. jenn&nelsonrego

    jenn&nelsonrego <marquee><font color=blue>The first person to repl

    Jul 24, 2008
  15. ljcrochet

    ljcrochet DIS Veteran

    May 4, 2006
    Can't wait to read your reviews.
  16. Illuminations_Rocks

    Illuminations_Rocks DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2007
    another Google master, I see!

    I'm in men! Sounds like a good one...
  17. jeminni

    jeminni It's 5 o'clock somewhere

    Mar 21, 2005
    I'm in. :goodvibes
  18. mmorrison

    mmorrison Mouseketeer

    May 14, 2009
    We are going to have overlapping trips! My husband and I are going to be in AKL June 7-12th. If we have any left over dessert, or snack credit we will know where to send it... we are wimps! Just kidding! :)

    Your Cavalier is PRECIOUS!!! I have a Blenheim boy. :)

    We are going to several of the same restaurants I wonder if our experiences will be different or the same...

    What time are you eating at Jiko? I think we are eating there the same day....
  19. MuppetGuySF

    MuppetGuySF Earning My Ears

    Apr 17, 2009
    Thanks for your well wishes! I'm so glad that you remember Evinrude. I just love that guy! I was definitely of the Pete's Dragon - Rescuers - Fox and the Hound generation of Disney films. Just love 'em. well, but leave a few crumbs behind for us. :rotfl:

    Neither can we!

    Cool! More Deluxe Dining Plan virgins! Where are you staying? Are we gonna be at any of the same restaurants at the same time??? Have a great trip.

    Awww y'all....thanks for signing on!

    Cool...maybe we'll see you 'round the world! You gonna be at any of the same restaurants at the same time? Thanks for the creme brulee recommendation!

    Oh honey, I wish!
  20. MuppetGuySF

    MuppetGuySF Earning My Ears

    Apr 17, 2009
    Sweet Bridget....can't wait to share! cool that we'll be there at the same time. Maybe we'll be neighbors! So fun to hear that you're a Cavalier lover too. Aren't they the best?!?! I bet your Blenheim is super cute too. My pooch is just the happiest, cutest, so full of love, and so playful. Such a great breed.

    Hey we're gonna be at Jiko at 8:35 PM. Will we see you there? Sure hope so!:yay:
  21. Locodanny

    Locodanny Earning My Ears

    Mar 5, 2009
    DisneyGirlInNJ - you're totally my kind of girl! Primarily because you're from NJ. So am I! What part? I'm in the northeast - near Short Hills, Livingston, etc. Northern California definitely isn't the same, but it's a decent substitute.

    DING DING DING! We have a winner! MuppetMom - I'm proud. I picked the name because I was always called Goofy by my mom growing up, but didn't want to be so easy. And Langbein is remarkably similar to my last name (well, sort of). So it just fit. I'm not Norwegian, Swedish, or anything like that.

    Thanks for the posts - keep checking back!

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