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Old 03-24-2009, 04:00 PM   #16
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Boatwright's, Sunday Dinner

We were running a bit early, so we decided to check in 25 minutes earlier than our ADR, and were seated almost immediately.

We ordered smoothies for our plan beverages -- I got the tropical and DW chose the berry. On the whole, I liked the berry one better -- the tropical was nice, but really, really could have used an ounce or two of rum. As a "virgin" drink, it was a bit bland. Little did I know this was a sign of things to come.

My appetizer was the crab soup. As with my drink, it was OK, but not anything to write home about. The prime rib was none too large, and used a somewhat more "done" interpretation of medium-rare than I use. Also, it was again something that was just "there" with no particular character. The potatoes were good, though needed some salt. I ordered the chocolate cake for dessert -- again, fine, but not stellar.

(DW's meal to be commented on later... watch this space)

The critters shared a chicken nuggets meal with fruit cup and fries. Well, that is to say that DS2 scarfed up most of the nuggets, DD2 had all of the grapes, and DS3 filled up on bread. Still, everyone seemed happy, so that worked fine.

Service was, I originally thought, slow. As the week wore on, I became more used to the "relaxed" service pace, It wasn't particularly friendly, though.
We agree with you on this one...Boatwright's was definitely the worse meal of our trip two years ago. The service was non-existent--the waitress had the personality of a...I don't know what. And the food was very bland. Not a place we would go back to.
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We agree with you on this one...Boatwright's was definitely the worse meal of our trip two years ago. The service was non-existent--the waitress had the personality of a...I don't know what. And the food was very bland. Not a place we would go back to.
For our trip, that "honor" goes to Sci Fi Dine-In. In comparison, Boatwright's was merely average or slightly below. Neither are on our "return" list, though.
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:14 PM   #18
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thanks for the reviews. glad to hear CP is a keeper. it's on our list for our halloween trip. CHH is another we are thinking of.

don't know what i am more concerned with- having good meals or dining with my 2 and 3 year old boys!!! naps are going to be a must. glad to hear there are other brave people with toddlers faring well in disney restaurants.

looking forward to more reviews....
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:11 PM   #19
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Great reviews so far !
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:37 AM   #20
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Kona Cafe, Wednesday Dinner

This was the last ADR we added, after trying in vain to get 'Ohana booked at a kid-friendly hour (oh, sure, if we wanted a 9PM seating,we could have gotten that, but the critters are supposed to be asleep by then...), but it wound up being one of the best meals we had all week.

We started again with smoothies -- same selection as Boatwright's. I learned my lesson and ordered the berry smoothie, as did DW, and we we quite happy with them.

Then came the bread -- hands-down the best we had all week. It was fresh, soft, and delightfully tasty. And THEN, you add the macadamia honey butter and it moves into the realm of ambrosia. We wound up getting a second loaf because DS3 and DD2 pretty much made a meal out of it. (True to form, DS2 didn't care for the bread, although he did try it it, at least.) Well, they did manage the hot dog as well between them all (DS2 had the lion's share as he wasn't eating much else), DD2 had grapes again, and we tried the yogurt parfait as the second kid's side, but none of the critters seemed interested in it.

DW ordered the pot stickers and I had the crab cakes. I would have loved to have sampled more of hers, except that I wasn't willing to share too much of mine. Both were simply excellent. For entrees, DW had the tuna Oscar and I gambled and went with the teryaki strip. DW loved her tuna -- not too crazy about the hollandaise sauce, but she generally doesn't like that style of sauce anyway; my steak was less thrilling. I think it was prepared well, but they could only do so much with a pretty inferior piece of meat. The sauce was good but the basic quality of the steak itself... not so much.

For dessert, DW got the banana creme brulee and I went the silly route and got a Kona cone. DW loved hers (and this, from someone who generally doesn't like creme brulee), and mine was a lot of fun, though I wound up giving away most of the cotton candy to the critters.

Service was good, but not memorable. On the whole, an excellent choice for a restaurant near the Magic Kingdom that still might have decent times available when booking late.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:01 AM   #21
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Akerhaus (Princess Storybook Breakfast), Thursday Breakfast

We got the earliest possible ADR (8:30), so in the park before open again for breakfast. I have to say, it was actually a little tough to get there on time -- the parking lot doesn't open until 8:00, and by the time you park, unload the strollers, kids, backpacks, etc., walk to the gates, get inside, and hoof it over to the Norway pavilion, 8:30 is pretty tight, though we did make it on time.

We had to wait 5-10 minutes to be called in, at which point we went into the line to see Belle. DD2 was having none of it (and DS2 wasn't far behind) because she saw and smelled the food. After asking, we were allowed to skip the picture and come back to do it later when the critters were in a better mood. It worked out well enough -- we still got to meet Belle (and she was slightly less rushed), and the picture was halfway decent as all of us were at least looking at the camera.

Service was solid, with drink (and hot food) refills arriving in a timely fashion and empty dishes being cleared away quickly. The cold buffet foods were fine, nothing too memorable, but the potatoes on the hot plate were quite good. On the whole, I tried to eat light here because we had a full day of food ahead.

As for the characters, I had heard that the "princesses" tend to be rushed. I didn't get that feeling -- they came out in a "rush", as in, a burst, after we had settled in and gotten some food (and our late picture with Belle), but they spent time at our table with each of the kids, signed autographs, played up conversations in character, and the like. The closest we came to being "rushed" was with the food -- the hot plate was at our table before we had even finished taking turns going to the cold buffet, but I didn't mind that at all.

"Princesses" present: Belle (greeter), Aurora, Jasmine, Snow White, and Mary Poppins.





With the photo package included, this may be one of the best 1 TS values on the dining plan.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:26 AM   #22
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Coral Reef, Thursday Lunch

Thursday was another hotter-than-expected day, and Epcot was pretty crowded. By the time we got to Coral Reef, we weren't the most patient people on the planet. Once we were seated (about 10-15 minutes after check in), DW and I both nearly exploded when they took us to a table without high chairs.

Mind you, we specified two high chairs when we made the ADR. DW confirmed this again a week before we left. And we mentioned it at check in at the restaurant as well. After getting things partially remedied (DS2 wound up having to be seated facing away from the aquarium wall, and in the aisle), we managed to settle down for lunch.

DW ordered the shrimp and lobster cake and I went with the lobster soup. Both were quite good. For main courses, DW went with the lobster salad and I had the BBQ salmon sandwich. DW was disappointed in the lobster salad -- she said it had bits of shell in there, which really threw her off. My salmon, on the other hand, was done quite nicely -- very moist but still coked through.

For dessert, DW had the chocolate wave... it looked different from the photos we'd seen, but still tasted good. I had the Jack & Bailey's mousse and was very happy with my choice.

The kids stuck with their usual choices (DS3: pizza, DD2: grapes, DS2: milk and nibbles from my pack).

After the initial problems with the seating, service was fine. I didn't even have much problem when I went back an hour later to pick up my KTTW card that I had inadvertently left behind!

With the exception of the lobster salad, the food was good, but yet we are unlikely to return particularly soon (and given how infrequently we go to WDW, that "soon" is still a long time). It just wasn't good enough to justify gong there again with so many other places in Epcot still to try.

Edit: By the way, as a note, I was annoyed (and slightly offended) that the men's room did not have a diaper changing station here. We had split up to take care of the twins after lunch, and there was no place for me to change DS2 -- I went outside the restaurant and changed him on the benches outside instead. Which was better than my original thought to do the change in the restaurant lobby as a form of protest.
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:43 AM   #23
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Rose & Crown, Thursday Dinner

Despite snacking our way through "the world" throughout the late afternoon, I was still quite ready for dinner as we wound up up tour in the UK pavilion. We actually got there early so we went to the toy store for a little shopping, and then still checked in about 10 minutes early. We were seated about five minutes later.

We got an outside table, but it was nice in the early evening and actually much more pleasant than I had expected, with a decent view over the lake. We asked if we could go off the (oh-so-standardized) kid's menu for a kid's fish & chips, and we were told no problem! We chatted with a manager later on, and she mentioned that Disney requires them to use the "standard" menus for kids because of the whole "healthy eating" thing, but that asking for a kid-size portion of an adult meal would work at most places -- wish we had known that earlier in the week!

For starters, we chose the cheese and meat plate (for 2). This was Irish cheddar, a mushroom brie, and a Stilton pastry, each with accompaniments, as well as two types of sausages -- these cheeses were nice (the brie was a bit salty), but neither I nor DW had the courage to try blood sausage. The candied nuts served with the pastry was an excellent pairing, though!

DW got the fish and chips. (Someone's gotta do it, right?) She liked them, but she wouldn't say it was her best meal of the week. I went for the "lamb two ways", which looks like a new item -- a couple of rosemary lamb chops and a portion of lamb shepherd's pie. The chops were good, and the shepherd's pie was excellent -- very robust in flavor as well as moist and well-balanced in textures.

DW went for sticky toffee pudding, which she liked, but said it was much different than she had imagined. I went for the Bailey's trifle, which was similar to my earlier dessert, but still different, and still tasty.

Service was above average, and we actually had a little interaction with another waiter who was passing by when DD2 managed to bonk her head on the table, and he helped settle her back down and chatted with DS3 for a minute as well. While our own waiter was fine, it always seems that some other table got the "cool" waiter. *sigh*

Short version: decent meal, good service, maybe a place to try again for lunch.
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:44 AM   #24
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great reviews, i loved Kona cafe
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Cinderella's Royal Table, Friday Breakfast

We got a later ADR than we'd like (9:35), but who's complaining? We had a light breakfast in the room before heading out, so the kids wouldn't be starving, and made rope drop for the first and only time all week. DW and DD2 went to get a quickie hair sparkle from the Main Street barber shop while I took the boys over to fast pass Peter Pan and ride the carousel. (DD2 didn't like it, but the boys did. Go figure.) We met up just in time for our ADR and were taken in immediately.

Again, pictures went OK, and with no line, they were able to take a little time with us. I have the feeling we were the last to arrive in our seating "block". We were given our pastries, drinks, and hot plates almost simultaneously, and the princesses were already making their rounds. There was a "wishing ceremony" not long after we were settled.

Princesses present: Cinderella (greeter), Belle, Aurora, and Snow White. Yup, all repeats from the day before (except Cindy), though it was "blue dress' Belle this time.




This time, I did feel rushed. The princesses hurried through, mostly spending time only with DD2 for pictures (Belle excepted), and we were done with the whole meal in 45 minutes. That said, the food was good (I loved the stuffed french toast!) and the atmosphere is amazing. It was also, by far, the quietest restaurant and the one with the least crowded table spaces that we went to.

I'd do this again, maybe once more, when DD2 is old enough to really get into it -- probably in 3 years or so, which is likely our next visit.

Edit: As with Coral Reef, there were no diaper changing facilities in the men's room. This time, at least, we noticed it early enough so that I wasn't trying to find a place to change a diaper when I discovered the fact.
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Cosmic Ray's, Friday Lunch

With a late breakfast and an early dinner, we decided to split a single CS meal for lunch -- Cosmic Ray's was a good choice because we were in Tomorrowland anyway, and we could get the chicken & ribs combo plate. We were later than we'd like for lunch (around 1:30) because we just kept finding perfect gaps in crowds to do rides like TTA and Carousel of Progress.

Even as late as it was, there was a line out the door just to get into the place. Since I was going to the chicken "bay", I didn't have to wait quite as long as folks heading for burgers. Still, it took a while (once again, stressing the wisdom of the lunch ADRs), and not even trying to find a table, I got to-go containers and headed out to meet DW, who called to tell me that she was camped out at the Terrace Noodle Station (closed for lunch), where she found plenty of room for us.

We split the chicken & ribs, with mashed potatoes and green beans. I got the chocolate cake again, and used snack credits for an extra soda and a carrot cake for DW. The food was good (the beans were a bit tasteless, though) and hit the spot. The kids got chicken nuggets, grapes, and applesauce, along with some extra milks.

Aside from the crowds and waits, a solid CS option, though I'd go CHH if forced to choose just one in the MK.
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Tony's Town Square, Friday Dinner

Cutting it close on ADR time again, we check in right on time, and proceed to wait a good 15 minutes for a table. Once we were seated, we had little trouble settling in and getting our orders.

The bread was a bit bland -- even DD2 didn't seem to care for it too much, but our appetizers were good. We ordered calamari and the caesar salad, and both were pretty tasty. Our entrees, however, arrived almost immediately after the appetizers, which caused a rushed feeling and a crowded table. The entrees were fine (seafood pasta diavolo for me -- the salmon provided a very unexpected but appreciated flavor, spaghetti and meatballs for DW), just rushed.

On the other hand, we had to wait a while for dessert orders. DW went with the creme brulee (she must really have liked the one at Kona!) and thought it was OK. I had the ice cream bomb, which was nice, but nothing I'd miss if I never had it again.

The kids had, yup, you guessed it, cheese pizza, apple slices, and grapes.

Aside from the timing, the service was good. All in all, I thought this was much better than the average review I've read on the DIS. The food was better than average and plentiful, and the service was OK.
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still enjoying your dining reviews... how did you like POR.. we are staying there in May
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The bread was a bit bland -- even DD2 didn't seem to care for it too much, but our appetizers were good. We ordered calamari and the caesar salad, and both were pretty tasty.

Aside from the timing, the service was good. All in all, I thought this was much better than the average review I've read on the DIS. The food was better than average and plentiful, and the service was OK.

We ate there earlier this month and agree with you...the bread was blah and the calamari and the caesar were both excellent! Service was great but the food was rushed out....we really enjoyed it and will be back in June!
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still enjoying your dining reviews... how did you like POR.. we are staying there in May
DW here -- Faldred may have something to add or contradict -- overall, POR was a really nice stay -- as a family of 5 we are somewhat limited on our choices if we want to get just one room. We were in the Alligator Bayou rooms -- the room was tight but we are both "Pooh sized" and still have to find space for the 3 kids. DS(3) stayed on the trundle bed and fell asleep as soon as he was tucked in every night. DD(2) and DS(2) were both on air beds that we brought with us. There wasn't much room to walk around, but we were able to find space for everything.

We had a slight problem with the fridge -- it wasn't cold at all when we arrived. We called to tell them and by the next day it wasn't so bad anymore. I don't know if it fixed itself or if someone came by to adjust it while we were at the park on Monday.

Kids loved the pool and the play area on "Ol' Man Island". Personally, I think I would have preferred the pool in our section of the resort.

It was also really nice to be able to get on a river tram and get to Downtown Disney. We did that to get to Wolfgang Puck for our dinner reservation -- we were planning on another trip but we just didn't have the time....

The laundry facilities weren't far from our room also, which made life a bit easier on Wednesday when we DESPARATELY needed to run a couple of loads. Just a word of warning if anyone is planning on doing laundry -- it takes AT LEAST 2 times through the dryer until the clothes are dry. Just budget both the quarters and the time.

Hope that helps, and sorry to put in my 2 cents in someone else's review -- but since it's the exact same vacation I thought it might be appropriate.
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