Food Adventurers Unite (June 9 - June 16 )

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  1. jennc27

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    The Food Adventurers on this grand journey are my Dad, DS12, and I:
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    A couple of observations about this report:

    This is my first attempt at a dinning review and my second time to Walt Disney World. I have done a lot of reading on the Dis and I wanted to put my two cents in and be helpful.

    A little bit about my Dad; he is a very easy to please person. It will take a lot for him say something negative about anything. Also, once he gets food he starts to eat. So, I may have missed a few pictures of his food. The entire trip all he would say about his food was “it was great and he did not have a bad meal”. If I do not put anything down for him just know it was all good to him.

    We stayed at Disney Coronado Springs in one of the new refurbished rooms. It was great and we were very happy with it.

    We are not big breakfast people so I order from Instacart to have items delivered to our hotel. I also tried to order some adult drinks but due to mis-communications it did not happen. They had to meet me in person to check my ID but they said they were at Bell Services and was at the luggage area. No big deal because I found a wonderful margarita bar a few minutes’ walk from our room. The best Margarita El Girasol with Tequila, Agave Nectar, Triple Sec, Sour Mix, Pineapple & Mango. Not to sweet and not to sour. After a long day in the parks I would spend an hour here and enjoy the evening. Some times I would get to see fireworks!

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    The room had a Keurig and they provided about 6 k-cups a day, so ordering extra coffee was not needed. Also ordered way too much food. Most days we were up and running out the door. So next time I will not order coffee, if I need more food I can order it, and order soda for the room.

    I year before we went I started purchasing Disney Gift Cards from Sam’s. Not a large savings but I had $600.00 in gift cards.

    Now onto the food review!

    Saturday June 9
    Columbia House
    Storybook Treats
    Cosmic Rays

    Sunday June 10
    Pepper Market
    Garden Grill

    Monday June 11
    Satu'li Canteen
    Be Our Guest

    Tuesday June 12
    Cosmic Rays
    Aloha
    Siesta Pool bar
    Boma

    Wednesday June 13
    Bon Voyage Breakfast (Trattoria Al Forno)
    T-Rex

    Thursday June 14
    Tuskers House
    Pongu Pongu
    Flame Tree
    Rix Sports & Bar

    Friday June 15
    Elect Umbrella
    Polite Pig
     
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  2. jennc27

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    Saturday June 9

    Dinner

    Columbia House: $54.17


    Me: Lobster Roll ($14.99)
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    DS12: Shrimp and Fish Combo ($12.99)
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    Dad: Grilled Salmon ($13.99)
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    2 soft drinks ($3.29 each)

    2 bottle waters ($3 each)


    Not the best meal we had. I found shell in my lobster roll. I know it is seafood and that will happen. I just worried about little kids and them not looking out for it. I had this happen to me as a kid with bones from a catfish and I still do not like to eat catfish. Also, I was not a big fan of the flavor. Was strong with raw onion and was very dry. Tried Dad's salmon and it was overcooked. DS12 did not like the fish or chips. Said it had no flavor and was greasy.


    Storybook Treats: $8.50 (sorry no pics)

    DS 12 and I: Twist Ice Cream Bowl ($3.99)

    Dad: Vanilla Ice Cream Bowl ($3.99)

    This was first time in the parks and Dad did not bring his ECV and was getting tired so we stopped to let him rest. This was a mad house trying to get food in this area. Went to one place (not sure of the name but it was right next door to where we did get the ice cream) and got in line. One of the cast members started yelling that we were in a line that was not opened and was swinging her arms to get us to move backwards. We had been standing there for 5 minutes at this point. So, I got in line for ice cream. DS12 and I shared a twist cup and then went to ride some rides while Dad ate his vanilla cup.

    Cosmic Rays: $15.00 (sorry again on no pics)

    Found a spot to watch the fireworks and DS12 and I was still hungry so I got us a bacon cheeseburger to share. It was a burger. Nothing grand about it but loved the toppings bar. The mushrooms were very good.
     
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  4. jennc27

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    Sunday June 10

    Lunch

    Pepper Market: $99.09

    Me: Beef Tacos ($12.59)
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    DS12: Pizza with pepperoni ($10.49)
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    Dad: Bacon Cheeseburger ($12.99)
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    3 mugs ($18.99 each)

    Right before we left I had not heard good things about Pepper Market. I had the beef tacos and I liked that I could add what I liked from the toppings bar (think Qdoba, where they add it for you). I did not think the tacos looked appetizing but I found the tacos to be very flavorful and had to stop myself from eating them because I was getting so full. DS12 said pizza was good but could only eat half of it. I asked Dad about his burger and he said it was good and when I checked back with him it was gone. Could not get a photo because he ate it so fast. :laughing:


    Dinner

    Garden Grill: $162.68

    Harvest-inspired Garden Salad: This was very good. Loved the vinaigrette dressing. [​IMG]

    Bread was really good & butter was soft
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    Slow-Braised Pot Roast: Had a lot of flavor and noticed Dad ate most of this
    Turkey Breast with Turkey Gravy: Turkey was dry but gravy was very good
    Carved Pork w/ Apple Chutney: First bite I loved the pork and apple. Second bite it was okay. Think the first bite had more of the seasoning on the pork.
    Seasonal Veggies: We had green beans and corn succotash. Could not stop eating the green beans with the gravy.
    Herb and Leek Stuffing: Had great flavor and went back for seconds
    Mashed Potatoes: Nothing to write home about.
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    Mac & Cheese: Cute with the gold fish crackers and it was very cheesy. Very rich could only take a couple of bites

    French Fries: Do not think we touched these at all
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    Berry Short Cake: Was very full and only had a few bites. Was very nice and the berries was sweet and tart. Noticed DS12 took all the berries and whipped cream.
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    Sugar Cookies: Server was nice and brought us some. DS12 loved them. Only let me have a bite. It was soft and warm cookie.


    Citrus Freeze ($11.75): Florida Cane Orlando Orange Vodka, Peach Schnapps, and Mango Puree
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    Did not like this. It was very thick. At first, I thought it was a frozen drink but no it was pure mango puree and very sweet and thick. Only drank about half of it.

    DS12 had not been interested in characters until this point. When we got there, I checked us in and went to use the restroom. Heard someone say that they were running behind so I thought it would be awhile till we sat down. Came out and found that we were being seated and DS12 had sent me text photos of the characters and was all excited. :stitch:He liked that the room spun and we had a different view to look at. We saw Chip and Dale multiple times but did not see Pluto or Mickey. The table next to asked when we would see Pluto & Mickey and after we had dessert, maybe 10 minutes, they came around.

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    Love this photo!

    Very happy with this meal and left very full.
     
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    Following along. Looking forward to reading more
     
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    Those tacos look amazing!
     
  7. jennc27

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    Monday June 11

    Lunch

    Satu’li Canteen: $55.58 + $12 (do not have receipt from desserts so I averaged this)

    Me: Sustainable Fish Bowl, Mixed Whole Grain & Rice, & Creamy Herb Dressing ($12.99)
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    Dreamwalker Sangria ($9.50)
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    DS12: Vegetable Steamed Curry Pod ($4.49)

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    Dad: Slow-Roasted Sliced Grilled Beef Bowl, Red & Sweet Potato Hash, & Black Bean Vinaigrette ($12.99)
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    2 bottle waters ($6)

    2 sodas ($6.58)


    Later we mobile ordered the Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse ($5.29) and Chocolate Cake ($5.29)
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    On the menu it did not say what type of fish was in the fish bowl so I asked. Do not like tilapia and was happy when they said mahi-mahi. I really like this meal. The fish had a nice crust that crispy but not thick. Creamy Herb Dressing was light, favorable, and was not overpowering. I also had the Dreamwalker Sangria and it was light and refreshing. DS12 said he wanted the veggie curry pod. I told him it had no meat and he was fine with it. He is not a big meat eater anyway. He really like this and I tried a bite. It was delicious and I would order this as a meal. It had a nice texture and the curry was not spicy. Not sure what happened but he wanted the meal but for some reason they could only order just the pod.
    (Just read today that they no longer carry this. This maybe why we could not get it in a meal) Dad said his food was “great”. DS12 tried my fish and took the remaining 1/3 of it. He really liked the fish as well. As we are finishing our food DS12 wanted desserts so we mobile order them. The Chocolate cake was very rich and yummy. The Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse was good. DS12 like the cream cheese but not the passion fruit curd.

    After we fought out way out of Pandora, took some photos with a banshee, and rode some more rides and then headed back to our room to get ready for my highly looked forward to meal. Be Our Guest!

    Dinner

    Be Our Guest: $152.28
    (The old menu)

    Once I heard about Be Our Guest I had to eat here. I had a reservation for 5:05 but I was worried about time and a couple of weeks before we went I was able to change it to 6:45. So glad I was able to do this. The time it took us to get out of AK, back to our room, showered, rest a little, and then back to MK we would not have made it.

    We to the bridge entrance about 15 minutes before our ADR. We got checked in and was able to cross over the bridge. I had to use the restroom and they told me where to go. I tried not look as I entered the castle I wanted to experience it when we were being seated. Funny thing when I was in the restroom I thought the tile was made with gold glitter. As I was leaving I realized it was from all the dresses the girls wore. Lol

    They had an ice water station set up by the gate. Did not use it but I thought it was nice. Our name was called and we were escorted in to the room with the large music box room. I originally thought this room would be the most boring and of course we were placed it in. I actually found the room to be fun. The painting on the wall showed a full playful side of when Belle was in the enchanted castle.

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    Of course the meal starts with bread and butter
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    Me: Salad Trio ($11)
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    Sautéed Shrimp & Scallops (31)
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    Lemon Meringue Cupcake ($5)
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    DS12: Lobster Bisque ($11)
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    Roasted Lamb ($32)
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    The Grey Stuff ($5)
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    Dad: Pan-seared Chicken Breast ($27)
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    Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake ($5)
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    Glass of wine ($9)
    Soda (3.49)
    Tea (3.49)


    I loved this place. The atmosphere and food were great. Did notice that everything was over salted but I powered through! DS12 loved the lobster bisque and made comments about the chunks of lobster. He did not like the lamb. He asked me to try it and I loved it. I ended up eating more of his meal and he ate more of my meal. Lol :teeth: The Salad Trio I found to be very small and would not recommend for sharing. I like sweet and salty so I really enjoyed this. The Shrimp & Scallop pasta was very good. DS12 really enjoyed this. I think it also had lobster and/or crab in it. DS12 thought it was lobster.

    Grey stuff was cookies and cream and DS12 loved it.

    I had the lemon cupcake and it was nice way to finish a meal. It was not overwhelming lemon but a nice subtle flavor
     
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  8. jennc27

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    Tuesday June 12

    Magic Kingdom day!

    Lunch

    We were of by Buzz Lightyear and really wanted to eat at Paco’s Bill but did not want to walk all the way back over to that side of the park. We were hot and hungry!

    Cosmic Rays: $53.12

    Did not get pictures but it was the typical burgers and chicken sandwiches.

    DS12: Super Stretchy Burger ($14.99)

    Dad: Bacon Cheeseburger ($13.29)

    Me: Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich ($11.99)

    I had the Chicken Club with no cheese. I noticed that they had a cup of cheese ($1) for the fries and did order that for DS12. He did not want it so I took it and I enjoyed it. Also piled the chicken sandwich up with the mushrooms and it was yummy.

    DS12 Super Stretchy Burger had fried mozzarella sticks, bacon, & garlic ranch sauce. He said it was just okay. He is not a big cheese fan so I was surprised he order this.

    Aloha: $15.43

    Before we left for the day we stopped and got some 2 Dole Whips & Dole Float
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    Siesta Pool Bar at Corornado Springs: $11.18

    Nachos ($10.49)
    Well I thought I had a photo of this but I do not :scared:
    Thought DS12 would like this but he did not want any and it was too much food just for me before Boma. Did tasted good.


    Dinner

    Boma!

    I decided that to save time I would order the Minnie Van, but man is that expensive! I went ahead and ordered Lyft. I think it was $9 and it took 16 minutes.

    Boma: $156.03 ($45.00pp)

    Drink: $11.50

    I tried anything that was not spicy. Surprisingly DS12, who normally likes to tried new things did not like it here. The fish, steak, and veggies were all good. Tried different salads….so good. Soups were good. Love the Bootie. Made me think of a frittata with cinnamon and nutmeg. It was all very good as well. Desserts were so good I went back twice. I loved this place. I wanted to look around the lobby and go outside but DS12 was "bored" and wanted to ride roller coasters. Dad liked everything he tried.

    I had a drink but I did not take a picture of it. It was some rum drink. I do not think I finished it. It was not very remember-able.


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    Dad is very happy here...wait I think that might be my drink :scratchin
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    There is the drink again!
    Took Dad back to the room via Lyft and DS12 and I went to MK (on a bus).

    I need to tell you all something magical happened that made me cry. I had heard that when the fireworks go off the lines go down. DS and I went to Big Thunder Mountain and we rode it 5 or 6 times. Then it happened…We got to ride Big Thunder Mountain while the fireworks where going off. So beautiful! Looking out of Magic Kingdom and seeing the fireworks while on a ride. I looked over at DS12 and the amazing look he had on his face as he looks around was just magical. The moment made me cry.
     
  9. DisneyyDaydream

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    That is such a great picture of your dad at Boma!!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    I caught that as well during my last trip in 1998. I still don't know how to describe it - it was psychedelic, it was emotional. My favorite ride experience ever.
     
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    Wednesday June 13,

    Done with the waterworks and this was our wake-up late day and breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno :yay:

    Bon Voyage Adventure: $137.02 ($38pp)

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    Me: Royale Breakfast
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    DS12 & Dad: Tower of Pancakes
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    We had fruit cup, coffee, and orange juice with our meals. I believed the drinks came with the meal and did not cost extra.

    Breakfast with Ariel, Eric, Rapunzel, and Flynn Rider. Was looking forward to this. This was all for me. DS12 and Dad could care less about meeting Princesses.

    Food was great. I had the Royale Breakfast. Grilled steak, cheesy-egg torte & fonduta with breakfast potatoes and crispy onions. Steak was cooked perfectly for me. It was very tender. The cheesy-egg tore I was not sure how I would like it but it was very light and airy. Potatoes and crispy onions were very good. Not a big onion fan but these was cut small enough and did not have that raw taste to them. DS12 and Dad had pancakes, fruit compote, and each tried the bacon and sausage. Noticed that neither one ate all their pancakes.
    The pastries were all very good. My fav was the sun. DS12 liked the muffins.

    Now for the disappointing part. DS12 was not happy to be here. I get it...this was for me. The characters came around and once they found out it was for me they quickly took a photo and left. Ariel spent no time at the table. She looked like she had other places to be. The other three did say a few things but did not stay long. :(


    I just wanted to take a second and say that all though the characters where not so friendly to adults the service was great. Our server came by to drop off something (was talking to DS12 so not sure) when she lost control of her try and spilled another tables mimosa on me. Not a big deal. It hit my elbow and not my clothes. She apologized multiple times throughout the meal and I laughed it off and said I just need to cool down. A few minutes later the manager came over and apologized. I told him I was fine and it was no big deal. Really it was. He asked what park we would be going to for the day. I told him we were thinking of making today a no-park day and just look around Disney Springs. (I originally wanted to go to EPCOT). He asked what park was planned for tomorrow. I told him AK. He then whipped out a note pad and said he could write a FP for any ride but in Pandora, good to use anytime, and what ride did we want. What!!!! DS12 is jumping up and down with joy and asked for Everest. :stitch:

    Dinner

    T-Rex: $110.70

    Me: Lemon Salmon ($28.99)
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    DS12: Redfish Creole (Not sure on price, this was a special and is not listed with a price on their website)
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    Dad: Chicken Fried Steak ($15.99)
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    2 Ice teas ($7.98)

    Journey Center w/ Glass: ($14.99)

    A few days before DS12 asked if we could eat at T-Rex. On our first trip my mom really wanted to try this place. She was so excited and when they went to seat us we got to set inside the triceratops and could not see anything. The walls were so high and surrounded us. It was a horrible experience. So, I did not want to try it again, however DS12 did. I check the app and there was no availability, so I called and was able to get us an appointment for 7pm.

    We head to Disney Springs around 5 and look around. We were walking by about 6:15 and I checked to see if we could be seated early. Yea we could! As they are walking us to our seats I see the dread triceratops and it still looks just as bad. Thankfully they seat us in the fire room?

    These pictures say it all. DS12 loved the atmosphere so it was well worth it.
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    I had the Lemon Salmon with Pappardelle pasta, mushrooms, asparagus, red pepper, artichoke hearts, and lemon alfredo sauce. This was so good. The salmon was a little dry so I asked for some more sauce and it helped. With all the veggies in the pasta it was very light meal. I was afraid it would be heavy but I had to stop myself from eating it. I was so full.

    Ds12 had the Redfish Creole. Pan seared redfish, shrimp creole sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, mushroom and red onion. He loved it. Did not like Boma but loved getting a fish tale on his plate. Kids. He ate almost all of it himself. It did come with shrimp that he loved as well. Was wanting to try the extend dessert but when I found it cost almost $20 and I saw the size of it I decided not to.
     
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    Thursday June 14

    Tuskers House: $108.63 ($34.00pp)

    No pictures of plates but you can kind of see them here.
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    My favorite items was the Trek Salad and Watermelon Rind Salad. These where outstanding. Trek salad had fresh fruit, dried fruit, grain with Coccus or quinoa, not to sweet. Only thing I went back for on seconds. Watermelon Rind Salad had a sweet & vinegar taste. I will have to see if they have this in the parks for when it is too hot.

    Of course we had to have Micky waffles!

    Had the bootie and it was just as good as it was at Boma. They had some chicken curry and it was good as well.

    When I booked this EMH was not being offered so I was happy to get into the park before others. Then they offered EMH and I almost cancelled when I found the park opened at 8 (our reservation was for 8:05) but Donald is Dad's fav so I kept it. So worth it!
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    It was fun. Done it twice now so maybe not again or maybe for lunch or dinner?

    Snack

    Pongu Pongu: $15 (Do not have my receipt)
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    Ordered the Night Blossom with the boba balls. DS12 had the kid friendly version and I had the adult drink. I liked this. DS12 did not like the boba balls and gave me his. Side note when we walked up there was a long line on the right side. I saw the left side was empty and sent DS12 over to see if it was open. It was so I headed that way with a whole bunch of others following me.

    Lunch

    Flame Tree: $41.26

    DS12 and I: 3 Meat Sampler ($18.99)
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    Dad: Pulled Pork ($10.99)
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    Me: Mandarin Orange Vodka Lemonade ($8.75)
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    I think we had ordered bottle water and soda as well.

    DS12 and I split the ribs, chicken, and pulled pork. I ordered beans and something else but did not get it. I also had to go back and asked for our pulled pork. Had a good flavor, but I think it was so hot we were not really hungry. Did not like the baked beans.

    Do not remember the drink…

    We had an ice-cold treat. Did not remember how much or where…just hot and tired at this point.

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    We are done and head back to the hotel and decided to eat dinner at the hotel.

    Rix Sports Bar & Grill: $77.00

    I have a rough estimate here with the total. I paid with rest of my gift card and then cash. I cannot find the receipt

    App: Calamari ($12.00)
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    Me: Rix Mahi Ruben with beets and goat cheese salad($16.49)
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    DS12: Nachos ($14.00)
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    Dad: Fish & Chips ($18)
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    Had not heard anything about this place but was able to get last minute reservation on the app.

    I was intrigued with the Rix Mahi Reuben. Pastrami-seasoned mahi and beer braised sauerkraut with traditional sauce on marble rye bread. I also had the beets and goat cheese salad with it. This. Was. Outstanding. ::yes:: Loved the meal. Enough here for two but DS12 was a no go with sauerkraut. :crazy2: lol

    We did order the Calamari as an app and we devoured it as you can see. The aioli sauce was very good. It had a mustarded heat to it.

    DS12 did not really like the nachos and it was not good to look at. :scared:
     
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    Friday June 15 (Last day) :sad:

    Brunch

    Elect Umbrella: $29.70

    Me: Burger w/ Pulled Pork
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    DS12: Burger
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    Well I guess I forgot to take photos

    I had the burger with pulled pork. It was okay. DS12 got a kid’s burger and only ate half of it. This was a quick stop while we waited for our FP and I had not ate yet and it was already 11:00. Dad had grabbed a bite while we rode Living with the Land.

    They had cheese dip here for the fries. It was really good. I think they make it there because it was not a prepackaged container and had a smoky flavor to it. I will be back for some cheese and fries.
    After taking a ride with Figment we decided to head back to Disney Springs again. I bought a coffee cup and DS12 accidently dropped it, so we headed back to buy another one.

    While at Disney Springs we decided to eat dinner at The Polite Pig.

    The Polite Pig: $95.85

    Me: Cedar Plank Salmon, Brussels Sprouts, Tomato & Watermelon Salad ($22.00)
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    DS12: Baby Back Ribs, Corn, Mac & Cheese ($23.00+4.00)
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    Dad: Brisket, Baked Beans, Slaw ($19.00)
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    2 sodas ($3.50 each)

    Polite Punch ($11.00)

    Loved this place. WE all did. I had the Cedar Plank Salmon, maple-Dijon glaze cedar plank salmon. This was so juicy and flavorful. I ate most of it and it was huge. I think it still had the skin on and it was on the plank side so it was mushy. I just pushed that part to the side. I picked tomato & watermelon salad and crispy brussels sprouts. Loved the salad. Could have had more dressing. Brussel sprouts tasted good but they did not agree with me. DS12 had the Baby Back Ribs with Grilled Street Corn and Mac & Cheese. DS12 loved the ribs but not a fan of the sides. I tried the mac & cheese and it was very good.


    This next part is not part of my dinning budget but since there is food I will share!

    I had received a very nice bonus at work and decided to do the Ferrytale Dessert & Fireworks Cruise for our last night.

    Order Lyft again because I did not want to deal with going to a park and transfer to the Transportation & Ticket Center. The Lyft driver had no clue what I was talking about and kept asking me if I was sure I wanted to go to the T&TC.

    Once we get checked in we were offered drinks and snacks. It was okay. Nothing to write home about.
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    We get on the boat and there was a drink station set up on the bottom and drink stations set up on the upper deck. To be honest it was very lack luster event. The research I done before was nothing like what I was seeing. There was some desserts, fruit, and crackers on a small table in the middle. The adult beverages were not very good. The Grand Finale was tart and the Firecracker Fizz was way too sweet. Desserts…I was so underwhelmed with them I did not take a lot of pictures.
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    We did get to see the Electrical Water Pageant which was a nice surprise.
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    They went past the hotels and I think they talked about them. We stopped in front of Grand Floridian and some of the curtains was open so we could see into the rooms. Some of them where suites and you could see the couches and TV’s. They are so big and pretty. Maybe someday I will make enough money to stay there. Then we are set to watch the fireworks. We all line up along the side and they came over to take photos. DS12 & Dad went to use restroom and was not back yet so I got photos of just me. The family next to me would not stop talking loudly. See it was Jr. first trip and they had to get all these photos with Jr. “Jr. look here. Jr. look at the fireworks. Jr. get photo with grandma….”. I get it was Jr's first trip but there is a thing about being respectful to others around you. :headache:

    At this point DS12 comes back and he said to follow him. He had found a spot up by the Capitan’s bridge (I think that is what it is called) and there was no one there. It had a great view of the fireworks. It was like we had our own private viewing areas. I could hear the music, DS12 was with me, Dad was happy, and yes I cried again.
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    To be honest I would not do this again. I did not like the desserts and it was just an okay experience for the cost.
     
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  15. jennc27

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    Reflections on the food:

    Favorite places are Satu’li Canteen. I think about this place almost every day. I also liked the Mahi Reburn at Rix. T-Rex and Polite Pig are others I think about as well. DS12 favorite place was Garden Grill and Polite Pig.

    Worst place was Columbia House.

    Grand Total: $1498

    Disney Dinning Plan: $1585

    OP VS DDP Savings: $87

    I thought about getting into more details about the OP vs DDP but then I stopped to think. There is so much details to go back over. In the long run I am happy with paying OP and I think that is all that should matter. There was not a huge savings but then I did not plan to eat at T-Rex either. If I was on the DDP then I would have missed that Mahi Ruben because Rix is not on the DDP.

    Will order Instacart again. That was nice to have food in the room for breakfast or snacks. Will order soda for the room and not get the mugs. That will be must!

    Had a great trip and happy to be going back soon! My DS17 was suppose to go and I still have his ticket and I have a friend doing the Disney College Program. Decided to do a solo trip over Halloween. Will be going to MNSSHP and Food and Wine!
     
  16. Denamac

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    Thank you for your honest reviews. I'm now considering Polite Pig due to your review. Looking forward to hearing about your next trip!
     
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    dvc at last ! DVC Member 2006!

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    I enjoyed reading your food report. Your Dad is a great guy (never a complaint) and your son a handsome guy.
    Love your food pics and for being honest about your meals.
    Glad you had a super vacation.
     
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  18. Mich123

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    Great report! I really appreciated your analysis of OP vs DDP. It looked like a very fun trip!
     
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  19. jennc27

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    I want to Thank :worship:everyone for their kind comments. Planning for my next trip at the end of the month and I am super excited. I hope I can take better notes and get better pictures. My friend is trying to take a day off so we can go to EPCOT for the Food and Wine. I am not planning on any ADR's just QS this time. If you have any QS you love let me know! :goodvibes
     
  20. westfield13

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    Thanks for posting these reviews and photos - they are very helpful. We tried Polite Pig two years ago - we were "eating around" Disney Springs, so DH & I shared an entree. Food was good - but I think by that point we were getting full. Had not really considered going back when we head to Disney in March - but after reading your review am thinking we should probably eat there for lunch one afternoon!
     
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  21. superme80

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    Great report. Thank you for the comparisons between the Dining Plan and out of pocket.
     
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