Did we come for the rides or the food?!?! - 14 Days of Dining COMPLETE!

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Reviews' started by The_Aviator, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. The_Aviator

    The_Aviator Mouseketeer

    Jun 6, 2010
    Hi everyone!

    We recently got back from our 2nd trip to Walt Disney World. It was definitely a success and we had a great experience on the Disney Dining Plan. We ate at a huge variety of different restaurants and it really made our vacation special.

    But before going any further, let's meet the crew!!! Here we are enjoying the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights


    Left - Dad (DD)
    Right - Sister (DS)
    Bottom - Mum (DM)
    Top - Me!

    And now on with the reviews!

    There will be no need for y'all to search through all the pages, I'll keep this post updated with links to each meal. Below is a list of all the places we went. Remember, there will also be snacks along the way! :) popcorn::

    December 18th:

    Dinner - Wolfgang Puck Express

    December 19th:

    Lunch - Sunshine Seasons Food Court
    Dinner - 50's Prime Time Cafe

    December 20th:

    Lunch - Columbia Harbor House
    Snack - Aloha Isle
    Dinner - 1900 Park Fare

    December 21st:

    Lunch - Yakitori House
    Snack - Boulangerie Patisserie
    Dinner - Cape May Cafe Clambake

    December 22nd:

    Lunch - Pepper Market
    Dinner - Maya Grill

    December 23rd:

    Snack - Panchito's and Cafe Rix
    Lunch - Fairfax Fare
    Snack - Ice-Creams and Coffee
    Snack - Sassagoula Floatworks
    Dinner - Raglan Road

    December 24th:

    Snack - Complimentary Holiday Goodies at the CSR
    Lunch - Le Cellier
    Snack - Karamelle Kuche and Pretzel Cart
    Dinner - Les Chefs de France

    December 25th:

    Snack - Panchito's and Cafe Rix
    Lunch - Starring Rolls and Fairfax Fare
    Snack - Hollywood Scoops
    Dinner - Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano

    December 26th:

    Lunch - Casey's Corner / Turkey Leg Stand
    Snack - Casey's Corner and Churro Cart
    Dinner - Liberty Tree Tavern

    December 27th:

    Lunch - Restaurantosaurus
    Snack - Kusafiri Bakery
    Dinner - Boma

    December 28th:

    Snack - Panchito's
    Lunch - Wolfgang Puck Express
    Snacks - Sleepy Hollow and Mrs. Pott's Cupboard
    Dinner - Kona Cafe

    December 29th:

    Lunch - Pepper Market
    Snacks - Panchito's
    Dinner - Pepper Market

    (By the way, all three links above link to the same article)

    And then the surprise extra days!!! (An experience without the DDP)

    December 30th:

    Breakfast - Cafe Rix
    Lunch - Earl of Sandwich and a Margarita
    Dinner - Maya Grill

    December 31st:

    Lunch - Cafe Rix

    The Final Conclusion​

    I'm sure that many people, we included, have trouble gauging the value of taking the DDP. For this reason, I'll be keeping a running total going of the cost of all our food. I haven't even thought of calculating it yet, so it will be a surprise for all of us!

    I won't be adding any specific ratings to any of the meals, but I will be posting how we felt about each meal and whether or not we would return etc.

    Now lets get the food pics rolling!
  2. Hootiss

    Hootiss cheese and crackers

    May 5, 2000
    Looking forward to your reviews:yay: Great family picture!
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  4. The_Aviator

    The_Aviator Mouseketeer

    Jun 6, 2010
    Just a few hours earlier we had stepped off the plane after a roughly 20hr journey from Sydney, Australia to Orlando. :scared1:

    But there was no stopping us, after checking in we were off to Downtown Disney to head to a WDW favourite, Wolfgang Puck Express!

    I'll apologise straight away for the lack of pictures in this particular post. I was pretty tired and still new to the whole idea of this "Disboards food journalism" thing :rotfl:

    So DS ordered Chicken Tenders and DM ordered the salmon, while DD and I ordered the Spaghetti & Meatballs. Did I mention our little family competition to see who would make the most value out of the DDP? DM was already pulling ahead!! For dessert we all got the Creme Brulee and to drink DM, DD and DS had bottled water while I had a fountain drink, Minute Maid lemonade.

    Despite being told while queuing that the wait for an inside table could be up to 20 minutes, when she asked us where we wanted to sit she was able to get us an inside table immediately! The atmosphere of the restaurant itself was nice.

    And here are the pictures!

    My spaghetti and meatballs...


    And the Creme Brulee!


    Everyone seemed to approve their meals. The spaghetti serving was generous and it was pretty good, although DD and I probably would have preferred if the sauce was a little thicker. I would still have it again though! (Which I did BTW :))

    The Creme Brulee itself was pretty good. As others have said, perhaps it may be pre-prepared but I couldn't really fault it for a CS dessert. The only thing I didn't like was the strawberry, which wasn't as sweet as I am used to! I'm sure it's just a seasonal thing and not the fault of the restaurant however.

    Service provided by the staff was good. We were very happy that they were able to get us a table inside, and they brought the meals and dessert out quickly for us.

    Overall, this was an excellent meal and we did make the effort to return later in the trip. I reckon that this restaurant must be just about the best use of a CS credit while on the Dining Plan. Even if you aren't on the Dining Plan, the speedy service and quality of the food make this place a good option in Downtown Disney.


    4 CS credits used - 40 remaining
    Bill Total - $98.67 (avg $24.67ea)
    Running Total - $98.67

    NEXT UP: Sunshine Seasons!
  5. NikkiMouse

    NikkiMouse OMG we're going to DISNEY!!!!!!!

    Feb 8, 2008
    Yum! Great start to your vacation and your trip report. Very interested to read more as you ate at a few places I am planning on visiting this October. Keep em rolling!
  6. darthtatty

    darthtatty Been There, Done That, Going Back!

    Apr 14, 2008
    great start. :)

    It looks like you got a bad batch of sauce, ive seen lots of pic of the spaghetti and meatballs-ive never seen the sauce that runny.

    I can wait to try them in August :thumbsup2
  7. auntfrannie

    auntfrannie DIS Veteran

    Aug 30, 2001
    I really enjoy WPE, also! I agree that it's a great use of CS credits; there's such a wide variety and the servings are very generous.

    I'm glad you got the chance to go to Earl of Sandwich because that's another really good CS place!
  8. TigerKat

    TigerKat DIS Veteran

    Apr 29, 2006
    Signing on!
  9. Granfan

    Granfan Disney Addict

    Jun 30, 2010
    Looking forward to your reviews. Our next trip is Nov/Dec this year.
  10. loganpaulsmom

    loganpaulsmom DIS Veteran

    Jan 12, 2010
    U have lots of restaurants on your plan.. I am SO looking forward to reading more about your trip and the restaurants that you ate at..
  11. lblume91

    lblume91 It's magic wrapped up in pixie dust!

    Sep 25, 2009
    I'm in! Great family pic!!
  12. lilandvisma

    lilandvisma DIS Veteran

    Apr 8, 2009
    Reading along ;) Great so far!
  13. MishyMouse

    MishyMouse Earning My Ears

    Mar 9, 2009
    Can't wait to read more. Love the family pic!
  14. The_Aviator

    The_Aviator Mouseketeer

    Jun 6, 2010

    I hope they are helpful for you :)

    Yeah the sauce was very runny, you're probably right. I hope you enjoy them when you visit on your trip!

    Yeah, both were very good! Perhaps they should consider opening some WPE's and EOS's at the parks! :rotfl:

    Thanks for joining!

    You will love WDW in December, it is just sooo magical. :)

    I hope you'll enjoy the reviews!



  15. Jonesloonybin

    Jonesloonybin DIS Veteran

    Jul 3, 2010
    Wow, that is a long plane ride! :)

    I can't wait to read more. We are going on our first trip to The World in May and we will be eating at some of the same places.

  16. The_Aviator

    The_Aviator Mouseketeer

    Jun 6, 2010
    So we went to Epcot, and decided that Sunshine Seasons would probably be a good place for lunch. It was a place we hadn't eaten at before and the menus we had seen online looked good.

    The restaurant was pretty packed, but everything in the ordering area seemed to be moving smoothly.

    So DM ordered Cashew Chicken, DS ordered Mongolian Beef and DD and I ordered Rotisserie Chicken. For dessert DM had a fruit salad, DS had a brownie, DD ordered the Mousse cake and I ordered a Strawberry Shortcake! To drink we got a fountain soda, regular coffee and two bottled waters.

    Just a note here, when we dined and ordered drinks at CS places we always asked for a large one and it was always covered on the DDP. Just letting y'all know so you can get the large drinks instead of the smaller ones when you visit!

    And now for the best part, the pictures! :banana:

    Here's DS's Mongolian Beef. She found it pretty good.


    And her dessert, the brownie...


    And here is my entree


    And my dessert!


    I forgot to take a picture of DM's meal, but if I remember correctly she had hers with noodles.

    We were all happy with our meals. The servings once again were very big. At home we don't usually get 1/2 chicken with our meals, generally they serve 1/4 chicken! The rice pilaf and beans were also great sides, however DD wasn't a big fan of the rice pilaf. I believe they had other choices as well for the sides but DD and I both got the same thing. DM and DS both liked their Asian choices. As for the desserts, DS and DD liked theirs but found them very rich! I thought mine was perfect, it wasn't too sweet but it wasn't bland either. I have to thank AJ from the Disney Food Blog for alerting me to this fabulous dessert, if not for the article I would never have thought of getting this! DM didn't have anything bad to say about her fruit salad, either.

    Of course at these park CS meals there really isn't much of a staff service aspect. However, the staff serving the meals and the checkout staff were friendly and efficient. The cleaning staff were also doing a great job keeping tables clean.

    Overall, I think Sunshine Seasons is probably a pretty good place to visit for a CS meal. The entrees are $10 each I believe, which represents fairly good value for a DDP credit. In the Future World area we have dined at the Electric Umbrella and this place. In my opinion I think it's safe to say that this is a far better option for CS dining in Future World. If we were looking for a CS meal in Epcot on a future trip, this would probably be one of the places we wouldn't mind returning to.


    4 CS credits used, 36 remaining
    Bill Total - $67.52 (avg $16.88ea)
    Running Total - $166.19

    NEXT UP: Dining at 50's PTC!
  17. Belle5

    Belle5 DIS Veteran

    Nov 10, 1999
    Enjoying your reviews!
  18. klacey1

    klacey1 DIS Veteran

    Feb 19, 2008
    Great reviews so far-- we can't wait to eat at Sunshine Seasons our next trip!
  19. Tinker12

    Tinker12 Mouseketeer

    Jul 16, 2010
    Doing great with the reviews! Keep it coming!

  20. The_Aviator

    The_Aviator Mouseketeer

    Jun 6, 2010
    It is a long plane ride, but having a Disney vacation at the end makes it all the more bearable :)

    I'm sure you'll enjoy your first trip to The World, hopefully my reviews will be helpful for you


    I hope you like it as much as we do!

  21. The_Aviator

    The_Aviator Mouseketeer

    Jun 6, 2010
    After watching the early Candlelight Processional at Epcot we raced down to HS for our 50's Prime Time Cafe ADR at 7:05pm. We arrived a little early and relaxed here in the lounge!

    Don't you love that tree?



    Well luckily the restaurant wasn't too busy and they were able to seat us about ten minutes before our ADR. So far, so good! :)

    Our waitress (or should I say, cousin?) was Sara. She was nice and very helpful, but I don't think she was as into the whole set-up as some of the others. This was fine with us. While we wanted to have a bit of fun we didn't really want to have anything over the top! Sara did the regular stuff, like throwing the cutlery and napkins on the table and warning us about elbows on the table :rotfl:

    To drink, DM had a Diet Coke, DS had a Chocolate Milkshake and DD ordered a Merlot.

    I had the famous PB&J shake! For those of you that haven't heard of this wonder yet, it is pretty much a vanilla milkshake with big chunks of peanut butter in it! Very, very yummy, and there was enough to quench the thirst of a large army! DS says that her chocolate shake was to DIE FOR!!


    And now onto the entrees....

    Mum ordered the Salmon


    Dad ordered the pork tenderloin


    DS Rachel ordered the Fried Chicken


    And I ordered the steak


    Really no complaints with my dish, the steak was cooked as requested and the cheesy potatoes were really nice! The beans weren't too bad either. However, DS didn't really like her southern greens that were served with the fried chicken and was eyeing DD's and my green beans. She did like the chicken though! DD asked Sara for some pepper sauce if I remember correctly, which she brought out promptly. DM had no complaints with her dish. We were more than happy with the serving sizes!

    After finishing our meals Sara brought out Clean Plate club stickers! No spoon-feeding of vegetables here folks! :rotfl:


    And then onto the desserts. Sadly, no viewfinder was provided :(

    Mum ordered the no sugar added cheesecake. I don't remember her having any complaints


    And the rest of us ordered the famous Brownie Sundae!


    Ummm maybe they should consider renaming this the calorie avalanche or something? :rolleyes1

    But yeah, it was really really good! I wasn't such a big fan of the popcorn (never really liked the stuff - DM liked it though) but everything else was really good! Sadly I wasn't able to finish the whole serving, and I think it is something I will regret for many years to come :rotfl2:

    The kitchen staff were very quick with preparing the meals. They all came out very quickly, but they had still taken the time to ensure that everything had been prepared according to our wishes.

    Overall, I reckon that the 50's Prime Time Cafe is a pretty good spot to eat, especially for a theme park. We would all be happy to return in the future, although I'm sure there are other restaurants that we haven't visited yet that would be just as good!


    4 TS Credits Used - 40 remaining
    Bill Total - $122.57 (avg $30.64ea)
    Running Total - $288.76

    And of course, right after dinner we were off to see the fabulous Dancing lights!

    Sadly no snacks today, although there will be snacks coming up soon!

    NEXT UP: An early lunch at Columbia Harbor House!

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