Meet Kelly!

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Favorite Park- Magic Kingdom

Disney Resorts you have stayed at- Pop Century, All Star Sports, Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans Riverside.

Favorite Resort- that I’ve stayed at= Port Orleans, but my overall favorite would be Polynesian (hope to stay there someday!!)

Last Visit- June 2014, but going again in June 2015!

Favorite Character- Belle

Favorite Restaurant- Be Our Guest

Favorite Quick Service- La Cantina de San Angel in Mexico Pavilion

Favorite snack- Dole Whip!!

Favorite Ride- Soarin

Favorite Tip- Use a travel agent! :)

Meet Stacie!

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Favorite Park – Hollywood Studios
Disney Hotels you have stayed at – Contemporary, Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans-Riverside, Coronado Springs, Polynesian Village, Beach Club, Wilderness Lodge, and Old Key West.
Last visit – 2005
Favorite Character – Mickey
Favorite Restaurant – California Grill and Liberty Tree Tavern
Favorite Snack – Dole Whip
Favorite Tip – Use early entry to go to the Parks, then leave after lunch and go back to your resort.  Relax by the pool or in your room, then go back to the park for more rides, dinner, and the evening show.
Favorite Ride – Rock-n-Roller!!!

Teppan Edo – Review

Teppan Edo – Japan Pavilion – World Showcase Review

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Atmosphere:

Teppan Edo is a Teppanyaki style restaurant in the Japan Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase – I think it is a really cool restaurant and have enjoyed many meals here over the years!

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Show:

With it being a Teppanyaki style restaurant most of your food is grilled table side ~ This is a lot of fun for anyone but especially children it defiantly keeps everyone entertained while waiting for food ~

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Food:

The food at Teppan Edo quite honestly is secondary to the “show” it is not bad by any means however I have never come out of Teppan Edo and raved about the food…

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Swordfish Filet

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Overall Rating:

Food – 6 – The swordfish was pretty good – however all in all the menu really doesn’t have a much variety – the noodles and vegetables were just okay and there really were not any desserts that appealed to me at all…

Service – 7 – Generally the service here is pretty good ~ not fantastic but not terrible…

Atmosphere – 8 – I find Teppan Edo to be a really fun restaurant I understand that most people have a Teppanyaki restaurant in their home town but there is still something cool about having the chef prepare your food table side! Especially when it is in the middle of World Showcase!

Overall Score – 7 – Teppan Edo is one of the better restaurants in World Showcase ~ I’ve always had pretty good food and service and the atmosphere is a lot of fun! I really recommend chatting with your servers here too as they are actually from Japan and generally love talking about their culture!!! At one dining plan credit I think that Teppan Edo is a great option for families when visiting Epcot ~

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Whispering Canyon Cafe

Whispering Canyon Cafe – Wilderness Lodge

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Whispering Canyon Cafe is a restaurant located in the lobby of the beautiful Wilderness Lodge Resort – Whispering Canyon is known for being a loud, family friendly all you can eat restaurant! Whispering Canyon’s specialty’s include horse racing, ketchup calling (you’ll understand when you dine here) boisterous waiters and waitresses, an all you can eat BBQ Skillet and all you can drink Milkshakes! Sounds like a perfect place for kids of all ages if you ask me!

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Whispering Canyon Cafe does have more on its menu than just its all you can eat skillet however I don’t see a reason to order anything else. As a special hint I would suggest trying Whispering Canyon for Lunch – you can still order the all you can eat skillet however its about $8 cheaper per person vs dinner ~

Atmosphere:

Whispering Canyon Cafe has a “down home” family style atmosphere it is incredibly loud and not a place for an upscale quite meal! However it is absolutely perfect for families and it fits the theme of the Wilderness Lodge perfectly!

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All you can Eat Skillet –

The Skillet Features Steak (for Dinner), Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Beans, Ribs, Green Beans and pulled pork and sausage! And you can order more of your favorites ~ Everything here is good, it is not the best food on property however if you are hungry it is perfect!
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Hand Spun all you can drink Milkshakes! I really enjoy these and recommend ordering them every time it just adds to the experience ~ they have chocolate, Carmel, vanilla, and strawberry!

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Overall Rating:

Atmosphere: 5 (or 8) – For me personally I find dinner at Whispering Canyon to be extremely loud (lunch isn’t quite so bad) however for families with kids who are looking for a fun, low key dinner environment Whispering Canyon is perfect!

Service: 7 – The service is part of the show here so its hard to rate the restaurant as a whole because you can choose to be apart of the show or sit back and watch… Overall I’ve done both and would say the service is generally okay – a little slow but friendly waiters and waitress none the less…

Food: 7 – The food here is good ~ I enjoy the BBQ and the milkshakes! However I don’t think it is quite as good as Trail’s End —

Overall Score: 6.5 or 7.5 – Whispering Canyon is a perfect restaurant for Families! Especially if you are on the dining plan where you can all share the skillet and order the all you can drink milkshake! Making it a great value!

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Meet Bev!

 

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Favorite Park – Animal Kingdom
What hotels have I stayed at – Beach Club, Caribbean Beach Resort, Coronado Springs Resort, Animal Kingdom Lodge. My favorite is the Beach Club.
Last Visit – September 2014
Favorite Character – Minnie Mouse
Favorite Restaurant – Ohana
Favorite Quick Serve – Flame Tree BBQ
Favorite Snack – Rice Crisped Treats shaped like mouse ears at Goofy’s Candy Company Downtown Disney.
Favorite Tip – Be patient. Disney is very busy and if you want to enjoy the experience, do not fret over the small stuff.
Favorite Ride – Mission Space

Meet Nikki

1Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom

What Disney Hotels have you stayed at, what is your favorite Disney World Hotel: All Star Music, Port Orleans Riverside, Polynesian, and Art of Animation

Favorites: Polynesian and Art of Animation

Last visit: March 2014

Favorite character: Minnie and Princess Tiana

Favorite Restaurant: Ohana

Favorite Quick serve: Captain Cook’s at Polynesian

Favorite Snack: Mickey-shaped ice cream, of course!

Favorite tip: When using your meal plan at a quick service, make sure to ask if you are getting everything your plan entitles you to. They will help you out and it help your plan stretch for your whole trip.  We always end up with extra snacks to take home!

Favorite ride: Soarin’

The Boathouse – Disney Springs

The Boathouse Disney Springs

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The Boathouse Restaurant opened today April 13th at the new Disney Springs ~ According to its website the description of the Boathouse is “Enjoy upscale, family-friendly waterfront dining featuring spectacular floating artwork: dream boats from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s. Immerse yourself both on land and on water with live music, guided tours aboard the Captain’s piloted Italian Water Taxi, as well as guided Amphicar rides. Enter the water with a splash, while you go for a 20 minute tour of the landmarks of Disney Springs. This incredible culinary experience is showcased in an expansive restaurant with three distinctive bars, including The Dock Bar, built over the water. The BOATHOUSE is managed by the internationally renowned and award winning Gibsons Restaurant Group, celebrated for exceptional food and extraordinary service. Delight in our gourmet menu served daily until 2 a.m. featuring steaks, chops, fresh seafood and our raw bar.”

In short the Boathouse is a new “upscale” restaurant that has a fun nautical atmosphere – specialty Amphibicars and Food – I do want to point out that the Restaurant is quite expensive and that is why I put an emphasis on Upscale… they also do not accept The Disney Dining Plan or Tables in Wonderland – On another side note the Amphicars are extra as well… and at $100 for 3 people for a 20 Minute ride not very cheap…

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Before we get into the restaurant photos the Boathouse also has a store (surprise right?) where it actually has a lot of specialty Boathouse Merchandise –

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Restaurant / Bar Atmosphere –

Main Bar and Music Stage –

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Dockside Bar –

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Restaurant Bar –

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Main Restaurant –

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Restaurant Menu – You can order anything from the main menu at the Bar or anything from the Bar in the Main Restaurant –

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Food –

I tried a couple of different things however the only thing that was really worth mentioning was the Key Lime Pie it was superb ~ The Firecracker Shrimp were Meh…

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Overall Thoughts –

The Boathouse is trying to do to much in one space… it is trying to be a Bar, Family Restaurant with Specialty Amphicars, Upscale Restaurant, have a stage with performers, all while charging a premium… It is a little overwhelming and to be honest it’s hard for me to say exactly what it is? I personally couldn’t see getting dressed up and going there for a special evening however I could see grabbing a drink at dessert at the bar with friends especially because it is open until 2 am —

It is hard for me to give the Boathouse a rating seeing as it was just its first day and I was only able to try a couple of different things – However the restaurant is officially open and I did try it so I will give it a score of:

7.5/10

I cannot say The Boathouse is a restaurant that I would rush back again and again but it isn’t one that I would never try again –

 My final thoughts are that the restaurant has a few pros and cons –

Pros – The Restaurant had a lot of fun details – Landry’s the company who owns the Boathouse (the same as Yak and Yeti, T-Rex and Rainforest Cafe) knows how provide a unique and well themed restaurant and The Boathouse is no exception – The service the waitstaff seemed to be excited to open today – it was a little slow and there were some hiccups but I was one of the very first guests that they served –

Con’s – The restaurant is trying to do way to much in one space in my opinion causing a lot of chaos and a loud dining environment – the restaurant is very pricy, the entree I had was just meh at best – and they do not accept the Disney Dining Plan or Table’s in Wonderland… I understand not wanting to be confined by the Dining Plan but no Tables In Wonderland frustrates me and leaves a sour taste in my mouth ~

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Mama Melrose – Review

 Mama Melrose – Hollywood Studios Review

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Mama Melrose is a Table Service Restaurant located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios – In short the theme is very mediocre the food is very mediocre and the service is very mediocre… Ill let the photos speak for themselves…

Atmosphere:

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Food:

To be quite honest over the years I have learned that unless you are going to one of Disney’s top restaurants most of the Steaks are just average and Mama Melrose really wasn’t an exception to that rule…

Charred Strip Steak – Five-Cheese Macaroni with Pancetta, Aged Balsamic-Shallot Butter, and a Chianti Wine Reduction

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Overall:

Food 5.5: The food is very average at Mama Melrose the steak is your standard NY Strip, a little fatty, average flavor – Nothing else really appealed to me on the menu…

Atmosphere 4: Mama Melrose is sorely laking when it comes to dining, It looks like an Applebee’s or TGI Friday’s restaurant right out of the 1990’s… It was just meh…

Service 5: To be honest it was not very good at all… We had to ask for refills, and trying to get any suggestions from him wasn’t really worth it he wasn’t very helpful…

Overall 5: When it comes to table service dining in Hollywood Studios Mama Melrose is at the bottom of the barrel… it is not terrible but there are much better options in 50’s Prime Time and Sci – Fi Diner a short walk away!

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Meet Cindy!

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Favorite Park:  Magic Kingdom

What Disney Hotels have you stayed at, what is your favorite Disney World Hotel:  All Star Sports, All Star Music, Board Walk, Yacht and Beach Club, Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans French Quarter, Bay Lake Towers, Saratoga Springs, Animal Kingdom Lodge.  Favorite:  Saratoga Springs tied with Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Last Visit –  May 1, 2015

Favorite Character – Eeyore

Favorite Restaurant – Le Cellier Steakhouse

Favorite Quick Serve – Tomorrow Land Terrace Cafe

Favorite Snack – Mickey ice cream bar

Favorite Tip – Go single rider if the line is too long

Favorite Ride –  Big Thunder Mountain

Trader Sam’s – Polynesian Village Resort

Trader Sam’s – Polynesian Village Resort

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Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar originally opened in the Disneyland Hotel in May of 2011 – This “bar” was one of the most unique things that Disney had ever done combining details from the now closed Adventures Club and The Enchanted Tiki Room. Trader Sam’s is so much more than just a bar, yes you can get unique drinks in specialty collectable mugs but also there are special effects that go along with many things throughout the restaurant. This “Bar” is one of the most talked about places in all of Disneyland from the day it opened!

Trader Sam’s had been rumored to be coming to Disney World since it opened in Disneyland. At first reports were pointing towards opening the bar in Downtown Disney however when Disney decided to do a massive overhaul of The Polynesian, they couldn’t think of a more perfect place to introduce Trader Sam’s to Walt Disney World!!!

Trader Sam’s Hours are 4-12 – 4-8 is for Families and 8-12 is 21 and up – This is very nice as there are very few places on Disney Property that are reserved for 21 and up!

Atmosphere –

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Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is much more than just a bar – In short it is a combination of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Enchanted Tiki Room, and the Jungle Cruise – there are special effects when drinks are ordered, all of your bartenders are actually “Skippers” like in the Jungle Cruise and so many details scattered thought the 51 seat bar that you could spend hours just wandering around finding new things! Trader Sam’s also has an outdoor patio where you can order specialty drinks as well as the whole food menu without having to wait to be seated in the bar itself…

Like I said there are tons and tons of little details scattered throughout the restaurant so instead of me describing all of the details let me show you…

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Drinks –

One of the coolest things about Trader Sam’s is its specialty Drink menu! There are many drinks that are specific to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto as well as many drinks that are available on both coasts — Seeing as I knew that I was going to be writing a review of Trader Sam’s I took the liberty of ordering just about every specialty drink… I know you can thank me later 😉

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Hippopoto Mai Tai – Light and Dark Rums, Orange Curacao, Orgeat (Almond) Syrup, Organic Agave Nectar, and Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice. Served in a souvenir Tiki Glass

This drink was fantastic! As with most of the drinks here the bartenders are quite generous with the amount of alcohol in each drink – This is a good thing but also a bad when you can’t really fast the booze! One of my favorite things about this drink is that its mug is specifically for Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and says Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto on it…

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Shrunken Zombie Head – Reserve and Aged Rums, Tropical Juices, Falernum, and Cinnamon – Something that is special with this drink is that when you order it the “Shrunken Heads” have a special effect!

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Krakatoa Punch
Reserve and Spiced Rums, Tropical Juices, Orgeat (Almond) Syrup, Sam’s Gorilla Grog, and Hibiscus Grenadine. Served in a souvenir Tiki Glass

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Kona Beer Flight – Just a standard beer flight…

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Perhaps the most talked about Drink in all of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is the 52$ Specialty Drink (with the souvenir mug that isn’t available yet or 29$ without) Called the Nautilus – Barbancourt Pango Rhum, Appleton Estate Reserve Rum, Combier Creme de Peche de Vigne Liqueur, tropical juices, and Falernum – It is touted as serving two people but I can say that we split it with 4 and had PLENTY to drink! This drink is by far the most dangerous in all of the Trader Sam’s drinks as you literally cannot taste the alcohol at all! And there is a TON of alcohol in it! Be warned just stick to one of these you don’t need a second! Trust me 😉

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Food –

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As if all of the drinks were not enough Trader Sam’s also serves food – I can say that I tried many of the food offerings (again for research purposes) and by far the best thing was the Pork Tacos I would defiantly recommend them! Skip the rest and just order two of these!

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Hawaiian Poke

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Corn – Battered Portugese Sausages

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Pan Fried Dumplings

Overall Thoughts –

10/10 Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is one of the best things that Disney has done in a really long time! The details are phenomenal! The food is good, the Drinks are outstanding, the merchandise and specialty mugs are amazing! Trader Sam’s is simply a home run!!!

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