It’s Disney, Four Hours of Sleep is Normal! Mother Daughter 2018 F&W TR! (Updated 2/18 PFTS!)

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  1. thumper*

    thumper* Disney Dreamer

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    Oh yum

    Beautiful

    Awesome

    Looks and sounds great. Someday I hope to get to this tea

    I have had several bottles and will say that 1990 vintages were the best ( my first taste was NYE of 2000, anything since 2000 hasn't been as good. Plus I know there are several years that they did not produce Dom Perignon because the grapes weren't up to their quality.

    Me too

    Yay what good luck

    I have a feeling you weren't the only one to complain, and they listened.
     
  2. VAtink

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    Day 7, Part 6: Party for the Senses, Part 2

    Once the doors were opened to all the guests, the room filled up quickly. We were glad we were able to get a few dishes before the mob came!

    After enjoying our first dishes, I headed back out to pick up some more food!

    Now I didn’t jot down what each thing was, but I did try something from each booth, but looking at the pictures I can’t quite figure out what everything was. So I’m going to do my best to match the pictures to the description on the menu, but if anyone notices I got something wrong please let me know! Some of the pictures don’t look like any of the menu items so I’m a bit stumped! HA!

    The next dish I picked up was the Warm Celery Root with crackling mushroom and mustard sauce. Now here is one where the picture looks nothing like the description, but I know I tried the celery root after my first round of food, and this was the next picture on my phone….so I guess it is it?

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    I know celery root isn't for everyone, but I love it. I discovered it about two years ago when I saw it in Whole Foods and decided to randomly buy it. Of course then I got home and had to figure out what to do with it, and it turns out that mashed celery root makes a great healthy substitute for mashed potatoes! Has a mild celery taste to it, but I really enjoy it. Anyways, I found the dish here to be just as yummy, and I loved the accompaniments.

    Next up was the Skirt Steak (left) and also the Pan Seared Bison (I think).

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    When I got back to the table I was surprised to find some martinis had arrived! Apparently when I was off picking up food my mom ordered them from our waitress. She got a raspberry and a chocolate and let me pick one, so I opted for chocolate, yum!

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    We had noticed that Chef Morimoto was out meeting guests that evening, and my mom LOVES meeting chefs, so she asked if I would mind if we went to go meet him. Of course I wouldn’t mind! So we made over to his booth where there was a short line of guests waiting to meet him, and in no time it was our turn!

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    It was cool meeting him, my mom was gushing about it, but I thought our interaction meeting Chef Chauhan at the Burger Block Party was more fun since she really interacted with us. Still great to meet him though!

    Up Next: PFTS, Part 3!

     
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  4. VAtink

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    My mom absolutely loved this dish!

    It was so cool seeing the rainbow, it was huge!

    Definitely recommend it! The sandwiches were amazingly tasty, and the tea was fantastic. Plus I like some mid-day champagne :drinking1

    Interesting! Maybe I'll have to try a pre-2000 bottle, might change my mind!

    Oh yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if they got 100s of complaints, it was such a mess last year! So impressed with the set up this year though! They did a great job fixing last years issues.
     
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    Day 7, Part 7: Party for the Senses, Part 3!

    After meeting Chef Morimoto I just HAD to pick up his dish, so grabbed the Peking Duck Ramen.

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    I love how unique his presentations are, both this year and last year his dish was served in something other than a standard plate.

    I also picked up the Cape Canaveral Royal Red Shrimp Annatto.

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    This was SO good.

    I took a bit of a break from eating after the shrimp to watch the show and digest a bit.



    The act this year was Femmes of Rock, and they were awesome! If we played music like that back in band in middle school I may have actually kept up with playing!

    After a short break from stuffing my face, I headed back out to the booths for more yumminess! My next dish I believe was the Lamb Tagine. I know I had it, and I believe this is a picture of it...

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    Somehow, I still had room for more food after this, so went out yet again to pick up more food. My next dishes were the Scallopini of Striped Bass and the Braised House-made Parmesan Fennel Sausage (I think)

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    I don’t remember the sausage too much, but I do remember I loved the bass!

    I was finally starting to feel full at that point, but there were two dishes left that I wanted to try, so I headed out again to pick up the Wild Boar Tenderloin and the Lobster and Corn Potsticker.

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    While we were enjoying our food out waitress came over to check in on us and see if there was anything we needed. So we chatted with her a bit about how it was a shame that Illuminations was at 9:00 that evening and this event went until 9:30 since we would have loved to have seen it. She agreed it was too bad that we would miss it if we stayed for the whole event.

    Well, 9:00 comes and goes and I notice that I didn’t hear any fireworks. So when our waitress stopped by next I inquired about the lack of fireworks, and she informed me that they pushed Illuminations back to 10:00 so people at the party could view them! Now, I’m not convinced that’s the real reason they pushed them back an hour, but it was definitely appreciated! We also confirmed with our waitress that even with the later fireworks we could still catch a Minnie-Van back to the resort, and she confirmed that as long as we were back by 10:15 we could get our car. Perfect!

    Next Up: PFTS, Part 4! Plus that time we accidentally broke into the backstage area.

     
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  6. missangelalexis

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    Sounds like the party was going awesome! So many yummy looking dishes. And that's great that you'd still be able to see Illuminations!
     
  7. annie170

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    I'm glad Disney fixed the issues you had with last year's party. It's good to know someone actually read the email and acted upon it. Also, good for you and your mom to go back this year and give it another chance. Many people would not have done that.

    Most of the food there looks absolutely drool worthy! Are you planning on attending next year?

    You were living right with Illuminations getting moved back an hour.
     
  8. VAtink

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    It was such a great party this year, the food was amazing! Definitely one of my favorite Disney events I've been to. We were SO happy we'd be able to see Illuminations too, we weren't sure if it would still be around for our next trip, so we really wanted to catch them at least one more time!
     
  9. VAtink

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    We are too, it was impressive how well they ran things this year, so much better than last!

    The food was amazing! We want to go again next year, but we're going a different week so I'm afraid it won't be offered, but who knows, maybe we'll experience a little Disney magic and they'll offer it on our weekend!

    Oh I know, I'm still so upset it's going away! I really hope it's still around for our trip this coming September so we can see it one more time!
     
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    Day 7, Part 8: PFTS, Part 4! Also, that time we accidentally broke into the backstage area.

    After a bit of a break from the food, we decided it was time for some dessert!

    They had some really awesome looking desserts this year, unfortunately I was so full though I only tried a few items.

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    I have no idea what this is, but it looked cool and tasted great!

    I also picked up the Luciano Spritz to enjoy with my dessert.

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    Around 9:20 I ordered my last glass of wine. According to the waitress, they wanted to finish the bottle, so I got a very uncharacteristic Disney pour!

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    The event officially ended at 9:30, but we stayed and finished our drinks for another 15 minutes. While finishing our drinks, our waitress brought out our gift bag! This year was really nice, better than last year. We got the usual wine glass (plus the wine glass toggle thingy from our lanyard), plus a box of chocolate from the ganachery, some tea, and a really cute trivet!

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    Once we wrapped up our drinks, we slowly made our way out of World Showplace to catch Illuminations. We didn’t want to walk too far so we would have time afterwards to get back to catch the Minnie Van, so ended up standing back behind the handicap area to watch. The trees were in the way a bit, but we’ve seen this show so many times it didn’t bother us.

    We realized this could be our last time viewing Illuminations! I actually started to tear up during it this evening, it has been my favorite fireworks show for years, I just adore the music, and ugh, it gives me the feels. So yeah, I cried. I’m not sure when it happened, but I have officially become that person who cries at all Disney fireworks!

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    I took this video to document what I thought would be our last Illuminations. Please ignore the unsteady camera and the trees in the way! I like to ignore the video and just listen to the music.



    Ugh, still makes me cry watching that. I can’t imagine an Epcot without Illuminations! The next show better have some amazing original music and not just songs from movies!

    Once the fireworks wrapped up, we headed directly behind us to World Showplace, only to find the big wood doors had been closed! WHAT!?!? There were a few other people who arrived around the same time also expecting Minnie vans who were just as confused.

    Then, my favorite chef from the event showed up! Chef Huda, who funny enough is from the DC area as well and is just across the river from me, showed up also looking to get back in for her car! This woman was awesome, and decided to just go right in through the CM only door! HA!

    My mom, perhaps slightly drunk, followed her! Oh goodness.

    Of course I had to follow my mom back there. I fully expected to be kicked out and be banned for life for doing this.

    We snuck back to the entrance of the building, and were shocked to see CM’s already breaking down everything from the event! Amazing to see how quickly they work. I would love if they had a tour that just went over operational things, such a well-oiled machine!

    Anywho, the chef and my mom got busy trying to find someone to help us. Most of the CM’s had no idea what we were talking about, but finally one went inside to grab a manager. The manager eventually came back and informed us that our waitress and the CM’s we spoke with at the beginning of the event were wrong, and the Minnie van service stopped running at 10:00! Um, they specifically told us the service would run until after the fireworks….but then we remembered the fireworks were pushed back an hour and figured they never updated the Minnie vans for this! Oh well, at least we were a quick 7 minute walk from our room! (yeah yeah, first world problems, I know). I do feel bad for the people who were staying at resorts further away though, I would have been so mad!

    On the bright side, I got this cool picture of the PFTS sign while waiting for my mom and the chef to find a CM who knew something about the Minnie vans!

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    So we finally slowly made our way out of the park and back to our room for our last night sleep in our happy place.

     
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  11. missangelalexis

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    Sounds like a nice end to the night! I totally understand getting emotional, Disney tends to do that!

    Ah what an annoying situation about the vans! But it made for a good story I guess and luckily you didn't have too far to travel!
     

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