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Old 11-06-2009, 02:16 PM   #2311
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Have to say that when we did a wine school a few years ago we did get a ride from the IG and saw something that haunts me to this day...Mary Poppins smoking a cigarette and talking on her cell phone.
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:39 PM   #2312
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Never did the wine schools. They were on Saturdays and, back then, the PFTS was more important to me. And there was no way I could do both the wine school and PFTS on the same day.

Now, both the wine schools and PFTS have changed. And neither one is a must do for me.

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...On the other hand there was a signature dinner at The Seas two years ago and I walked into and out of that one (to the main gate, not to IG)
Was that the "Blue Montage" dinner? That was one nice event.

I don't remember if it stated we needed Epcot admission or not for that dinner. I'll have to check later tonight. And yes, we walked from the IG then also.

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Old 11-06-2009, 03:47 PM   #2313
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Was that the "Blue Montage" dinner? That was one nice event.
Yes and it was faaaaabulous. Who figured when they said "Blue" they meant cheese.

I thought California Grill and Wonders were excellent, both of them. Bodes well for more of those dinners next year. I hear Jiko mucked things up though, which isn't like them.
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Old 11-06-2009, 04:17 PM   #2314
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I'm not sure how we knew there would be no transportation. I think we just assumed, based on things like the fact that we did a wine school a year ago at Wonders of Life pavilion and there was no town car. We did enjoy the town cars when they had them. Oh well.

I now understand that there was a group that went to IG. We just seemed to have missed them. That's what we get for lingering over the wine and our pleasant table mates! Shame on us!

I heard the CG dinner was terrific, too, so I hope like Nala that this bodes well for the future!

One of the really nice things about the Wonders dinner was the jazz combo. It was great to listen to them during the reception and reminded us of the Reserve Dinners under the circus tent!
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:20 PM   #2315
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Was that the "Blue Montage" dinner? That was one nice event.

I don't remember if it stated we needed Epcot admission or not for that dinner. I'll have to check later tonight. And yes, we walked from the IG then also.

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According to the 2007 festival booklet, Epcot admission was not required for this event either.

since we walked then, I don't know why I thought it would be any different for this (Wonders Retreat) event.

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Old 11-06-2009, 06:30 PM   #2316
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...I heard the CG dinner was terrific, too, so I hope like Nala that this bodes well for the future!

One of the really nice things about the Wonders dinner was the jazz combo. It was great to listen to them during the reception and reminded us of the Reserve Dinners under the circus tent!
Yes, we were very happy for the return of the Signature dinners. We were fortunate enough to go to 5 of them (as opposed to 0 last year).

The Wonders dinner had the best wine. CG had the best food (the wines weren't too shabby either). The Wonders was the only dinner with music.

The others dinners were Bluezoo, Flying Fish, and Jiko. So, some might say that Wonders and CG didn't have much competition.

Maybe, since WDW had signature dinners this year, there are Reserve Dinners in the near future.

Anyway, looking forward to next year.

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Old 11-06-2009, 11:22 PM   #2317
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Yes, we were very happy for the return of the Signature dinners. We were fortunate enough to go to 5 of them (as opposed to 0 last year).

The Wonders dinner had the best wine. CG had the best food (the wines weren't too shabby either). The Wonders was the only dinner with music.

The others dinners were Bluezoo, Flying Fish, and Jiko. So, some might say that Wonders and CG didn't have much competition.

Maybe, since WDW had signature dinners this year, there are Reserve Dinners in the near future.

Anyway, looking forward to next year.

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While I'm a bit envious of the California Grill and Wonders dinners, I thought the Flying Fish one was fantastic. And I know you were at that one.
I won't be giving Todd English another chance at a signature dinner, but I have no problem going to the restaurant for a regular meal.
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Old 11-07-2009, 10:28 AM   #2318
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Hi Lori.

I agree 100%. You can get an amazing meal at Blue Zoo for less than 180.
The only one of Todd's restaurants I enjoy is Blue Zoo and he has little to do with it IMO.

I am looking forward to trying his new Burger place in Boston (if it ever opens) though.
It seems like everyone is opening burger places these days.
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Yes and it was faaaaabulous. Who figured when they said "Blue" they meant cheese.

I thought California Grill and Wonders were excellent, both of them. Bodes well for more of those dinners next year. I hear Jiko mucked things up though, which isn't like them.
Jiko has been mucking things up since chef Gray left. They should have paid her what she wanted to allow her to stay!
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I've heard she is trying to come back and they will not re-hire her.
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Old 11-07-2009, 05:25 PM   #2321
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Aye - the Jiko's dinner made me a sad person.

If I'm around for the V&A one or the California Grill one I'll probably go. Otherwise - probably not.

I kinda wish I would have done the Portabello's one that same evenign.
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Again, Disney just doesn't get it!
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I agree 100%. You can get an amazing meal at Blue Zoo for less than 180.
The only one of Todd's restaurants I enjoy is Blue Zoo and he has little to do with it IMO.
Yes, Blue Zoo is always great...but if that is the only one you enjoy, then you haven't tried Da Campo in Fort Lauderdale! All I can say is wow and I have never had Italian food like this.
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Hi Lori.

I agree 100%. You can get an amazing meal at Blue Zoo for less than 180.
The only one of Todd's restaurants I enjoy is Blue Zoo and he has little to do with it IMO.

I am looking forward to trying his new Burger place in Boston (if it ever opens) though.
It seems like everyone is opening burger places these days.
I had lunch at Todd English's Olives™ in Las Vegas a couple years ago and thought it was good. I think Bobby Flay has a burger place. Must be the new trendy thing.

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I've heard she is trying to come back and they will not re-hire her.
Sheesh. Disney is making a mistake. What else is new.
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Jiko has been mucking things up since chef Gray left. They should have paid her what she wanted to allow her to stay!
I hadn't heard this, as I recall she left for personal reasons....but, I sure wish she would return!
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