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Old 03-06-2014, 09:39 AM   #1
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We Came, We Saw, We ATE The World! 11 Nights Dlx DP *9/2 Yak & Yeti*

Welcome everyone!

We just returned from an incredible 11 night trip to Disney's Art of Animation with the Deluxe Dining Plan.

There is lots and lots and LOTS of food to tell you about, so I hope you will join along with us.

What you will find in this Dining Review:

Two trips to see a manager, one for outstanding service, one for horrible service. Can you guess which one is where?

28 ADRs!

44 Snacks (including several from the Flower & Garden booths!)

Lots and lots of seafood!

Amazing desserts!

Tales of dining at Disney with special dietary needs

Drinks ALL the way around the World!


What you won't find in this Dining Review:

Fantastic pictures of steak. We are both pescetarian. For those not familiar, we will eat fish and shellfish, but no land animals. So no poultry, beef, or pork. We both chose a pescetarian diet for primarily health reasons vs. ethical reasons. That is a different story for a different time and place. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask though.

Up Next: Introductions!

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Old 03-06-2014, 09:40 AM   #2
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Introductions

Day 1 (Arrival Day) - February 22nd

Lunch - Landscape of Flavors @ Art of Animation
Drinks @ The Drop Off Pool Bar
Dinner - Fulton's Crab House @ Downtown Disney

Day 2 - February 23rd

Breakfast - Crystal Palace @ Magic Kingdom
Lunch - Kona Café @ The Polynesian
Dinner - Tony's Town Square @ Magic Kingdom

Day 3 - February 24th

Breakfast - The Wave @ The Contemporary
Drinks Around The World (Part 1)
Lunch - Coral Reef @ Epcot
Drinks Around The World (Part 2)
Dinner - La Hacienda de San Angel @ Epcot
Snack from France

Day 4 - February 25th

Breakfast - Tusker House @ Animal Kingdom
Lunch - Snacks @ Animal Kingdom
Dinner - Sanaa @ Kidani Village

Day 5 - February 26th

Breakfast - Captain's Grille @ The Yacht Club
Lunch - Mama Melrose @ Hollywood Studios - Fantasmic! Package
Snacks - The Boardwalk Bakery @ The Boardwalk
Dinner - Flying Fish @ The Boardwalk

Day 6 - February 27th

Breakfast - Cinderella's Royal Table w/ a Special Surprise @ Magic Kingdom
Lunch - Be Our Guest @ Magic Kingdom
Dinner - Ohana @ The Polynesian

Day 7 - February 28th

Breakfast - Snacks @ Landscape of Flavors
Lunch - Yak & Yeti @ Animal Kingdom

Dinner - California Grill @ The Contemporary

Day 8 - March 1st

Breakfast - Olivia's Café @ Old Key West
Lunch - Raglan Road @ Downtown Disney
Dinner - Kona Café @ The Polynesian

Day 9 - March 2nd

Lunch - Captain's Grille @ The Yacht Club
Dinner - Sci Fi Diner @ Hollywood Studios

Day 10 - March 3rd

Breakfast - Grand Floridian Café @ The Grand Floridian
Lunch - Via Napoli @ Epcot
Dinner - Biergarten @ Epcot

Day 11 - March 4th

Breakfast - Kouzzina @ The Boardwalk
Lunch - 50's Prime Time Café @ Hollywood Studios
Dinner - Narcoossee's @ The Grand Floridian

Day 11 (Departure Day) - March 5th

Snacks around World Showcase for Flower & Garden @ Epcot
Lunch - Landscape of Flavors @ Art of Animation
Snack - Landscape of Flavors @ Art of Animation

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thanks for sharing, I look forward to reading .
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So glad you are back and had a wonderful time! Can't wait to hear about it and see food porn!!
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Hey Rach! Sorry to miss you! I hope you guys have a great time on your trip! Perhaps something sparkly as a souvenir?
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Introductions

So, I know that most people don't read dining reviews to get to know every detail about a person or their trip. You're here for the good stuff, the food, and I don't blame you. I thought it would help though to briefly introduce us!

So...here we are!



I'm Jessica. I'm the one sporting the fantastic purple ears. I'm 26 and this was my third trip to Disney. It's also the third time I've done the Deluxe Dining Plan. After this trip, I'm not sure that I would do it again! I love sushi of all kinds, and have never met a cupcake or carbohydrate I didn't love. Being a Wisconsin girl, I also love anything cheesy. I absolutely hate chunky tomatoes and peas and as mentioned earlier, only eat fish and shellfish as far as meat goes.

My bestie is Megan, and she is the one showing off those awesome pink ears. This was her first trip to Disney, and honestly I wasn't sure how she would like everything! Megan is super picky about just about everything, including service. She is also a pescetarian, although she changed about two months before our trip, so everything is very new to her. She also suffers from a mild case of lactose intolerance, so tends to avoid ice cream, cheese and other forms of dairy, although a few of them did make an appearance during the trip.
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Hey Rach! Sorry to miss you! I hope you guys have a great time on your trip! Perhaps something sparkly as a souvenir?
Lol not this trip This one is with my sister and friend! However, we now are going to Disneyland in July
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How awesome! I hope you are going to do a TR, sounds like fun! And come on Corey! Make it happen!

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Lunch - Landscape of Flavors @ Art of Animation

For lunch on arrival day, we had been thinking of going to Wolfgang Puck Express. We were going to have a rental car this trip, but were picking it up on site. We were STARVING when we arrived around noon, and our rental pick up time was at 3:00 PM. We didn't really feel like taking the bus to Downtown Disney, so we opted for the next best thing...Landscape of flavors. We opted to split an entree and a snack credit here to save room for Fulton's later on.

For our entree, we had...



Surf and Surf Burger - Crab Cake topped with fried Popcorn shrimp, tomato, lettuce, and cajun remoulade on a brioche bun served with coleslaw or house-seasoned fries $10.99

We ordered this without the tomato and opted for fries instead of coleslaw. This was awesome! The crab cake was more crab than filler, and had good flavor and was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Ditto for the fried shrimp on top. The remoulade added some spice, but was not overpowering and the brioche was light and buttery. The only downside to this is that they would NOT cut this in half for us, so we had to do that ourselves with a regular knife, so it didn't look as pretty after we were done with it.

For our snack credit, we opted for something that popped up on the Disney Food Blog only a few days prior. Here's where things got a little complicated.

This is what we ordered...



This was the "snack" of naan bread and dipping sauces. The sauces were mango chutney, coriander (cilantro) chutney and Tandoori sauce. Here is where things got a little confusing. The "snack" of naan, is supposed to have two pieces of naan. I didn't realize until we sat down that we only got one. Really though, two wasn't enough anyway to soak up all that amazing sauce. So, I headed back to the food court, asked for two more pieces of naan, and went to check out. The total? $6!!! How can that be I asked, since the naan WITH dipping sauce was that much. The cashier insisted that if I wanted more naan, then I needed to pay $6. I was not about to fork over $6 nor burn a snack credit on it. I went back to the counter and asked if it was correct and was told it was not, it should be $1.19 each. Back to the cashier we went and it was all sorted out. Naan bread successfully retrieved, we finished enjoying our meal. I have to say, this was probably the single best use of a snack credit of the entire trip. The sauces were all soooo flavorful and just YUM!

Up Next: Drinks @ The Drop Off Pool Bar
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For lunch on arrival day, we had been thinking of going to Wolfgang Puck Express. We were going to have a rental car this trip, but were picking it up on site. We were STARVING when we arrived around noon, and our rental pick up time was at 3:00 PM. We didn't really feel like taking the bus to Downtown Disney, so we opted for the next best thing...Landscape of flavors. We opted to split an entree and a snack credit here to save room for Fulton's later on. For our entree, we had... Surf and Surf Burger - Crab Cake topped with fried Popcorn shrimp, tomato, lettuce, and cajun remoulade on a brioche bun served with coleslaw or house-seasoned fries $10.99 We ordered this without the tomato and opted for fries instead of coleslaw. This was awesome! The crab cake was more crab than filler, and had good flavor and was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Ditto for the fried shrimp on top. The remoulade added some spice, but was not overpowering and the brioche was light and buttery. The only downside to this is that they would NOT cut this in half for us, so we had to do that ourselves with a regular knife, so it didn't look as pretty after we were done with it. For our snack credit, we opted for something that popped up on the Disney Food Blog only a few days prior. Here's where things got a little complicated. This is what we ordered... This was the "snack" of naan bread and dipping sauces. The sauces were mango chutney, coriander (cilantro) chutney and Tandoori sauce. Here is where things got a little confusing. The "snack" of naan, is supposed to have two pieces of naan. I didn't realize until we sat down that we only got one. Really though, two wasn't enough anyway to soak up all that amazing sauce. So, I headed back to the food court, asked for two more pieces of naan, and went to check out. The total? $6!!! How can that be I asked, since the naan WITH dipping sauce was that much. The cashier insisted that if I wanted more naan, then I needed to pay $6. I was not about to fork over $6 nor burn a snack credit on it. I went back to the counter and asked if it was correct and was told it was not, it should be $1.19 each. Back to the cashier we went and it was all sorted out. Naan bread successfully retrieved, we finished enjoying our meal. I have to say, this was probably the single best use of a snack credit of the entire trip. The sauces were all soooo flavorful and just YUM! Up Next: Drinks @ The Drop Off Pool Bar
That burger looks amazing!! I'm totally trying it!
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