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Old 09-14-2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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Lunching at the Lodge: a PDR!!!!!!


Hello, Everyone!! Thanks for joining in with me on this Pre-Dining Review for 7 days of Disney Dining. Today is my 21 day mark, and what better way to get ready than to share my excitement with you all


Let me introduce myself! I am a 27 year old Disney nut who found the World in 2009. It was love at first sight!!! I love all things Disney and have since a wee child. My traveling buddy DisSis (25) and I have been fortunate enough to go to our happy place a *few* times over the past few years, and are crazy excited to be staying at our dream Resort: The Wilderness Lodge.


Planning a Disney trip is half the fun and planning your Disney meals is a huge part of that! There is nothing like mickey shaped food (it's a known fact that it tastes better) and the Disney treats found within the Disney bubble make a vacation all the more awesome.


We have had the DDP the past few trips, but this time took advantage of a RO discount. I'm actually very excited to not be tied to the dining plan credits. I noticed that we were eating to use the credits and werent even hungry. You can't enjoy the yumminess that way! Plus now we can eat what we want and when we want, like appetizers instead of entrees and stuff not on the plan (like corn dogs and those cute caramel apples!) Stay tuned at the end of my report for a DP/No DP comparison.


As for Disney food, I've found that most of it is good, some of it amazing, and very rarely is it totally yuck (think the pumpkin funnel cake of '12, aka the edible candle ). I'll be honest in my reporting, and hope that I can help you with your own dining choices. I'm not a huge meat eater, but love burgers, have a huge sweet tooth, and love breakfast food. For this review I've decided to use a ratings system with some of my favorite Disney characters.




For the Crème de le Crème of Dining Choices, I will present you with this guy:


He's about to tear up at the deliciousness that is this dish!





For the Not to be Missed:


Tiana would totally serve this at her restaurant!





For the Pretty Good, but not a Must-Do:


He's hungry and will eat anything as long as it tastes good





For the Very Mediocre:


Kinda a waste of calories, but not inedible


And Finally,



For the Please Dont Waste Your Money:


You have been Warned: Do Not Eat!



Thanks for joining in on my dining adventures


Coming up next: Plan for TS, CS, and Snacks! (so far)
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:09 PM   #2
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Table of Contents to-be

Alright! So coming up is a list of places I have "planned" so far to give you an idea of reviews to expect! We only have 4 Dining Ressies at the moment. I want to be a little more loose this trip and try to score some walk-ups. We'll see how that goes!

Table Service Ressies:
Kona - Breakfast
Ohana - Dinner
Tusker House - Breakfast
Le Cellier - DisSis B-day Dinner


[List of potential TS service Walk-ups (We'll see)
Paridiso 37
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Trails End
Sci-Fi Dine-IN


Must-Do Counter Service Stops:
Pecos Bills
Casey's Corner
La Cantina


Snacks I have my eye on:
Cheesecake brownie from BW-Bakery (I've been meaning to try this for YEARS!)
Cupcakes!
Sleepy Hollow Nutella Waffle
Strawberry Shortcake Sundae


Food & Wine Fest:
Kimichi dog
Banoffee tart
Pulled pork slider
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:27 PM   #3
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I am excited to read your reports! I travel with my brother as well. We've grown now so there are significant others, kids etc but it's always my brother and me. We have stayed at the lodge a few times you will love it.
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You don't indicate whether this is your first stay at WL, but if so, I'm certain you will love it there. Look forward to your commentary. Perhaps I've just not had enough coffee this a.m., but I'm uncertain what you mean by "RO." Have a good trip, and have fun planning--that is half the fun!
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:43 PM   #5
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I am excited to read your reports! I travel with my brother as well. We've grown now so there are significant others, kids etc but it's always my brother and me. We have stayed at the lodge a few times you will love it.
Thanks! I'm hoping that my sister and I have many years of Disney trips together too!!

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You don't indicate whether this is your first stay at WL, but if so, I'm certain you will love it there. Look forward to your commentary. Perhaps I've just not had enough coffee this a.m., but I'm uncertain what you mean by "RO." Have a good trip, and have fun planning--that is half the fun!
It is our first time at the Lodge!!! We are so excited
We usually get the free dining plan when the fall discounts come out, but went with a room only discount this trip. It was 30% off I believe. Thanks reading We can't wait to be there!
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2 Weeks to Goooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I thought I'd post some of my favorite disney treats from past trips for your enjoyment!


Raglan Road:

Best Burger on promerty IMO




Flying Fish:

Potato wrapped Snapper!




Yak & Yeti:

Shrimp Lo Mein





POP Century:

Amazing Brownie!




Boatwrights:

Steak tips and Mac & Cheese





Wolfgang Puck's Cafe:

Snickers Cheesecake (yeah that was as good as it looks!)





Riverside Mill (POR):

Make your own pasta.
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Thanks! I'm hoping that my sister and I have many years of Disney trips together too!!



It is our first time at the Lodge!!! We are so excited
We usually get the free dining plan when the fall discounts come out, but went with a room only discount this trip. It was 30% off I believe. Thanks reading We can't wait to be there!
Got it. Enjoy your planning!
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:36 PM   #8
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Have a great trip! You will love WL! Have stayed there twice and am hoping to upgrade for our next trip! That pasta at POR was one of the best CS I had last trip!
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