|05-27-2014, 01:20 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Near Disneyland
Oh the Tragedy! No Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake this time! Shula's 8/18
Hi there and welcome!
I’m happy to share the latest dining adventures or misadventures as the case may be for our latest WDW trip which included 11.5 days of Disney dining from April 28th through May 9th.
From the title you can tell that my favorite MK dessert didn’t happen this trip. It’s not the end of the world but I’ll maintain my regrets until I can rectify this next trip.
I’m Brenda, otherwise known as Emmysmommy here. This is my 7th Dining Review if you include my contributions to Barb’s live dining thread for our December 2013 trip.
My full time dining partner this trip was my husband Michael with a few DISers joining for most meals – namely, Paula (Smile4stamps – Here's the link to Paula's DR/TR) and her DH Hunter, Barb (Jabead – here's the link to Barb's DR), and Beth (Couchy) also joined us for several meals as she arrived for a long weekend while we were there. There were some other meals shared with other DISers as well. I’ll share those surprise guests along the way. We were also excited that our middle son and his girlfriend were able to meet up with us for a night so they had a dinner and breakfast with us as well.
Paula and Hunter
Barb with Michael & Brenda
Beth with Paula, Hunter, Michael and Brenda
Noticeable absent this trip, and for the first time since we’ve been coming to WDW, was Emmy. She had already taken a break from school for our December trip so being absent nearly 2 weeks this close to the end of school wouldn’t have worked for her school responsibilities. She is part of the yearbook team which means that her editorial deadlines wouldn’t allow her to ditch her group for this trip. Since this was booked as a slightly belated 50th birthday trip with my DH, Michael, it worked out well in the end.
This trip had many of the meals co-planned with Paula since her trip was already booked by the time I joined in. I was glad to add a few new places to our dining line-up in addition to many favorites. We had a few changes once we arrived at WDW, actually omitting a few meals. In the end, we didn’t go hungry by any means.
Here’s our dining line up for the 11 nights:
Jiko (D) - Post #37
Tusker House (B) - Post #73
Tusker House Breakfast Part 2 - Post #74
Yak & Yeti (L) - Post #75
Yachtsman Steakhouse (D) - Post #88
Kona Café (B) - Post #117
Liberty Tree Tavern (L) Post #144
‘Ohana (D) Post #168
The Mara - morning snacks - Bonus Content! Post #191
Flame Tree BBQ (L) Post #192
California Grill Part 1(D) Post #193
California Grill Part 2 - Post #213
Boma - Part 1 (B) Post #214
Boma Part 2 (B) Post #215
Chefs de France (L) Post #216
Flying Fish (D) – new for us - Post #217
Captain’s Grille (B) - Post 250
50’s PT Café (L) - Post 251
Bonus: Writer's Stop snack - I wonder what this could be?
Day 7: Changes made but we were left with …
Via Napoli (L)
Teppan Edo (L)
California Grill #2 (D)
Grand Floridian Café (B)
Pecos Bills (L)
Hoop Dee Doo (D) – new for us
Whispering Cyn Café (B)
Le Cellier (L)
Kona Café (D)
Crystal Palace (B)
Plaza Restaurant (L)
Contempo Café (D)
The Wave (B)
Be Our Guest (L)
I had purchased a new Tables in Wonderland card during our last trip in December 2013. Therefore, it made sense that we HAD to book a return trip to take advantage of the 20% discount for food and beverages (including alcohol) for many TS locations in WDW. (And a few counter service locations as well.)
So with that, let’s see what was awesome, which favorites continued to delight, and what meals were better left skipped.
Thanks for joining this edition of my dining review.
Brenda ~ The story behind my signature photo
~**In progress TR: Includes Dream Suite Tour~**NEW DR 11 Nights Disney Dining with Emmysdaddy**
Completed Dining Reviews:
15 Days of Disney Dining ~JustEmmy Dining Review Feb. 2013~August 2012 DR ~ Feb. 2012 Dining Review ~ April 2011 Dining Review~August 2010 Dining Review - Dlx Dining with CL!!!
Completed Trip Reports:
Feb/Mar 2013 10 Day Girl's TR - Admiral Suite reveal post # 222~August 2012 TR~~August 2012 PTR~August 2010 BLT/BC TR
Last edited by emmysmommy; 08-18-2014 at 01:06 PM.
|05-27-2014, 01:38 AM||#2|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Count me in! I'm looking forward to following Barb's, Paula's, and your report so I can get the 'full picture.' Sounds like a great trip, although I'm sorry Emmy couldn't join you.
And no toffee cake - uh oh! Still haven't tried that dessert, although based on the reviews it gets, I need to correct that eventually.
|05-27-2014, 05:45 AM||#3|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: UpState NY
Like Mr. DDW, I am looking forward to reading all 3 of your reports to get everyone's take from a different perspective. I was having some serious Disney blues thinking I would not be getting to my happy place this year but now that our September trip is booked, I am looking forward to changing my ADRSs several times based on these reports!
(Already added Raglan Road thanks to Paula!)
Mom & Son - The Last Time? August 2013 ~ Mom & Son Take on Spring Break - March 2013
Mom & Son Head to Food & Wine - November 2012 ~ Mom & Son - One More Time with Dad! August 23rd - Sept 3rd 2012
Mom and Son Take on the Land! - July 2010 Trip Report - Mom and Son Going Back -Another 10 days of Deluxe Dining 8/25 - 9/5/2011
Mom and Son Eat the World -11 days of Deluxe Dining ~Mom and Son Eat the World Part 2-With Dad this Time
Offsite 1987, 1988, 1990; Grand Floridian - 1991 (Honeymoon); Port Orleans French Quarter - 1993, 1994; Animal Kingdom Lodge - July 2004 (DS's First Trip); Wilderness Lodge - July 2005; Yacht Club - August 2006; Mom & Son Weekend @ Contemporary Resort - April 2007; Port Orleans Riverside - August 2007; Mom & Son Trip to POP - August 2008; Family trip to POP - December 2009; Disneyland's Paradise Pier Hotel - July 2010; Pop Century - August 2011; AKL/CSR/ASMo - August 2012; Mom & Son Food & Wine Trip to ASMu - November 2012; Mom & Son Trip to Art of Animation - March 2013; Mom & Son Trip to Caribbean Beach - August 2013; Disney Dining Diva Trip at Pop - December 2013
|05-27-2014, 07:19 AM||#6|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Looking forward to your reviews, they are always so well written and informative. Glad you could all get together again this trip and am enjoying Paulas and Barbs reviews also.
|05-27-2014, 07:24 AM||#7|
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Central Illinois
I'm here and perhaps even made it on the first page. Can't wait for your reviews to begin!
Our Live Updates from Disney World Thread #1 - and - Our Live Updates from Disney World Thread - Take 2
List of DISers with Upcoming Trips - and - Aug./Sept. Game - and - June/July Game
MAY 2012 REVIEW - DD's Graduation Celebration -and- NOV. 2011 REVIEW - Let them eat steak!
MAY 2011 REVIEW - My 50th Birthday -and- NOV. 2010 REVIEW - Our 25th Anniversary
DISNEY TRIPS: Aug. 2000 - BWV, CR, DTD Hilton (First Family Trip), Dec. 2000 -WLV,Dolphin, July 2001 - BC, AKL - CL, BWV, Poly, May 2002 - BWI, GF, AKL-CL, June 2002 - DLR's Grand Californian, March 2003 - Poly, BCV, March 2004 - POR, Dolphin, March 2006 - WL, Dolphin, Nov. 2006 - Poly, Nov. 2007 - YC, Poly, March 2008 - CR, YC, March 2010, Nov. 2010, May 2011 - BWI, Poly, Nov. 2011 - BWI, May 2012 - BWV, March 2013 - WL, Swan
|05-27-2014, 09:32 AM||#9|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Still in CA for work but my home and heart is in Colorado!
I'm here!! Will comment more after my lovely dentist appt this morning!
|05-27-2014, 11:29 AM||#11|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Peterborough, Uk
Another TR - I'm in
|05-27-2014, 12:05 PM||#13|
Join Date: Apr 2014
Loved your last review so count me in : ) We are taking our first couples trip in November and it will be a first for us. We've been going to disney world since 1988 and I've done family trips, daughter's and Mom trips, daughters & granddaughters and Meema trips, grandsons, daughter and Meema trips and many other combos of family members. So a just us trip should be interesting for us and following along on your vacation should be fun. Looking forward to reading along!!
|05-27-2014, 12:05 PM||#14|
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: 1,200 miles away
Can't wait to read your report! Had a great time for the short but I was there Can't wait to see how the rest of the dining went
4 trips as a kid.2002-Westgate, 2004 -Hilton DTD, 2005 -Westgate, 2007 -Royal Sun DTD, 2008 Hilton DTD, April 2011 -Swan, Dec 2011-Dolphin/ Yacht Club , Feb 2012 -Solo@Swan , April 2012-Dolphin with our friends, june/july 2012 - Beach Club
|05-27-2014, 02:50 PM||#15|
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
YAY! More Brenda! I so enjoy your other TR's and DR's and I will do better to comment this time, but I'm always reading!
Jillian (32), DH (39), DS (6), DS (Newbie)
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