Castaway Cay 5k Overview – by Chuck Blades

Castaway Cay 5k Overview – by Chuck Blades

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Castaway Cay is one of my favorite places in the world! From the beautiful beaches and awesome excursions the Island has something for everyone! One of my favorite things to do on the Island is the Castaway Cay 5k! The Castaway Cay 5k has become incredibly popular over the last few years as Run Disney has become an absolutely huge success creating different running events across the country. The Castaway Cay 5k is a really fun event that is a great and unique way to experience Run Disney.

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Castaway Cay 5k Tips and Tricks -

Since the 5k has become more popular over the years I thought I would post my tips to make running the 5k a little easier (well maybe not easier on the course but getting there) I’ll post several tips in order to make the process of getting to the race easier!

  1. Sign up for the Race ahead of time! Don’t wait until race day to sign up as it has become more popular more people are running therefore the logistics of the race have become more difficult by signing up early you are assuring a spot in the 5k!
  2. Get to the meet up early! The morning of the Race there is a 5k meet up with registration and Course information – The meet is generally in one of the Bars / Lounges depending on the Ship – When arriving make sure to bring your Key to the World Card  and if under 18 a permission slip signed by parents or guardians – The 5k runners are the FIRST people off of the ship so as soon as the meet is over its time to head off the ship and onto the island for the start!
  3. The 5k is a RUN not a morning stroll on the island to take pictures! The Disney Cruise Line Staff was very set on the fact that this was not a walk you had to finish the 5k in 45 minutes for you to get your finish medal!
  4. Have some of the group get off the ship ASAP! Then go onto the island to get a spot on the beach for the day – (This tip varies depending on the Ship you are on because the Classic ships do not fill up the island quite like the Dream class ships) however I still recommend having at least one person in your party skip the 5k and grab a spot on the beach – They can then put the towels down and come and watch you finish the 5k
  5. Hydrate during the race! It is run though the middle of the island so it can get a little warm – There are a couple of water stations set up so I recommend drinking when you pass them to make sure you feel great for the day ahead!
  6. HAVE FUN!!!!

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Life can’t get much better than running a 5k in the middle of the ocean on a private island! During the race I kept having to pinch myself because it felt like a “Dream” I mean how blessed am I?? I’m running in the middle of paradise! I am incredibly thankful that I have had the opportunity to run the Castaway Cay 5k and encourage anyone who visits Castaway Cay to do the Same!

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Kelly Fales – Disney Favorites!!!

To help everyone get to know our Goofy Getaways Agents better we thought it would be fun to put a list together of all of our favorite things about Walt Disney World!

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Favorite park: Magic Kingdom,

Attraction: Soarin

Show: Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

Hotel: Port Orleans – Riverside,

Quick-service restaurant: Be Our Guest

Table service: Le Cellier Steakhouse

Parade: Main Street Electrical

Character: Belle

Movie: Frozen,

Last visit: Disney World in June 2014

Next visit : ?? Hopefully SOON!!

Stacie VanZandt – Disney Favorites!!!

To help everyone get to know our Goofy Getaways Agents better we thought it would be fun to put a list together of all of our favorite things about Walt Disney World!

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Fav. Park: Hollywood Studios,

Attraction: Rock-n-Roller

Show: Illuminations

Hotel: Wilderness Lodge

Quick Service Rest: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

Table Service: California Grill

Parade: Main Street Electrical

Character: Ariel

 Movie: Beauty and the Beast

Last visit: I have been many times but my last visit to DW was 9 years ago

DL was about 15 years ago

My first DCL will be in October

Shannon Phillips – Disney Favorites!!!

To help everyone get to know our Goofy Getaways Agents better we thought it would be fun to put a list together of all of our favorite things about Walt Disney World!

Disney Favorites:

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Park: Magic Kingdom

Attraction: Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Carribean, Toy Story Mania (can’t choose just one!)

Show: Fantasmic

Hotel: All Star Movies

QS Restraunt: Pecos Bill Table Service Restraunt: Crystal Palace

Parade: Mickey’s Boo To You Parade

Character: overall: Beaker (Muppets), meet and greet: Phineas and Ferb

Movie: Frozen

Last Visit: September 2013

Next Visit: not soon enough!

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Top 5 Disney Restaurants – By Chuck Blades

Top 5 Disney Restaurants

Disney World has an incredible amount amazing of restaurants from Steakhouses and African buffets to Polynesian themed family style meals and Buffets where you can meet Chef Mickey himself! Whenever I am planning a trip to Disney World the first thing I think bout is “Where am I eating this trip???” Not the typical thing you think of when planning a Disney Trip however with all of the different experiences to be had, its a lot of fun to try everything Disney has to offer! Throughout the years I have been fortunate enough to have dined in a majority of the Restaurants in Walt Disney World. I have had some incredible meals as well as some not so incredible… however all in all I have had more good meals than bad. Over the years I have always had my favorites but I have never actually completed a list of my top 5… until now! I present you my Top 5 Disney World Restaurants!

Here are my Top Five Disney Restaurant’s in order from 5 – 1

#5 Sanaa – Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village 

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Sanaa is 1 meal credit on the Disney dining plan and is in my opinion head and shoulders above any other 1 credit restaurant. Its themed like an African Village and the food is inspired by African and Indian influences. They have a tandoori oven which h Overall a lot of the food is incredible however the best part of the restaurant are the views! Sanaa overlooks one of the Savannas at animal kingdom lodge, with views of zebra’s, Giraffes and many other animals make this a must do experience whenever visiting Walt Disney World!

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#4 Yachtsman Steakhouse – Yacht Club Resort

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Yachtsman Steakhouse is a Walt Disney World signature restaurant. This means its 2 credits on the Disney Dining Plan and supposed to be a step above the other Disney restaurants. Yachtsman is known as a top tier Disney restaurant located in the Yacht Club resort. I first ate at here in March 2012 overall the experience was lackluster and seemed a little off I figured it was an off day and thought I would eventually give it another try. As I continued to hear great reviews about this restaurant I knew I had a couple of days before a Disney Cruise I thought I would give Yachtsman another try… This experience was 180 degrees different than the first! So good it worked its way into my top 5 Disney World restaurants! I had the most amazing waiter named Riccardo and the entire meal was spot on perfect! This restaurants atmosphere is themed to a Nautical New England Steakhouse. It has views of Storm Along Bay the pool / water park area for the Beach and Yacht Club and views of the Boardwalk inn both add to the overall atmosphere of Yachtsman. On top of the fun atmosphere and fantastic service the Steaks really shine! I can recommend giving the 28 oz Porterhouse enough! Overall the great atmosphere, service and atmosphere lead to Yachtsman ranking in my top 5 Disney World Restaurants!

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#3 California Grill – Contemporary Resort

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At the Top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort sits one of Disney’s best restaurants, California Grill. Like Flying Fish and Yachtsman Steakhouse, California Grill is one of Disney World’s signature restaurants I believe it has the best views of any restaurant in Walt Disney World. Everytime I enter California Grill it feels incredibly special. In 2013 it went through an extensive refurbishment, it tried to go back to the original feel of the Contemporary. This refurbishment was much needed and I love absolutely love the updated decor it adds to the overall atmosphere and the views are still truly breathtaking! California Grill’s menu goes back to its name its menu is Californian inspired. It is known for having incredible Sushi as well as Filet Minion with Tomato risotto and a verity of unique desserts. The head chef Brian Piasecki is very well knows for creating some incredible food! The thing that truly sets California Grill apart is its phenomenal views of Wishes! Every night when Magic Kingdom sets off its fireworks California Grill turns down the lights and pipes in the music! It doesn’t matter how many times I have seen this show it leaves me speechless it really is a site to see and worth the price of admission. If you are looking for a night out, with great food views and overall atmosphere California Grill is a perfect option!

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# 2 Flying Fish Cafe’ – Boardwalk Inn

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Sitting on right on Disney’s Boardwalk Flying Fish Cafe is a top notch restaurant! Themed after a 1930′s roller coaster it has a whimsical atmosphere that really makes it different than the other Disney Signature restaurants. On top of the fun atmosphere every meal I have ever had at Flying Fish has been absolutely fantastic, superb food, service and atmosphere. Flying Fish executive Chef Tim Keating is known for using local ingredients that really bring out the flavors of his amazing dishes. Their signature dishes include Crab Cakes, Mussels, Sushi, Red Snapper, NY Strip, and Banana Napoleon. Every single one of these dishes are excellent in fact the NY Strip is so good Chef Tim won’t tell where he gets the meat, from what I’ve heard its a local supplier all I can say is its  the best NY Strip I have ever had! On top of the fantastic food, the open kitchen is a blast to sit and watch there is always something going on! On some nights you can peak out the windows watch the friendship boats go between the Boardwalk and the Yacht and Beach Club as well as jugglers entertaining guests on the Boardwalk. Flying Fish Cafe’ is a great option for seafood lovers and non seafood lovers, its also great for families and as the night goes on it turns into a great night spot with lots of unique cocktails lending itself for a perfect couples night out!

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#1 Jiko the Cooking Place – Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House

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When it comes to restaurants you would be hard pressed to find a better option than Jiko! Located in Animal Kingdom Lodge Jiko means “the Cooking Place” in Swahili the restaurant has many African influences that are shown in the overall atmosphere as well as the menu. With a unique upscale atmosphere, largest selection of South African Wines in North America and incredible food offerings showcasing a wide variety of ingredients Jiko has everything a great restaurant should have! Jiko has the best flatbreads I have ever had as well as a great Wild Boar Tenderloin, Taste of Africa appetizer, Filet with Mac and Cheese and even Spicy African inspired Short Ribs. On top of all of the fantastic food Jiko also has a beautiful open kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare the different appetizers for the evening the open kitchen is absolutely beautiful capped off by the biggest “hidden mickey” in all of Walt Disney World! If you enjoy dining at Jiko I wholeheartedly recommend doing a Tour of the Restaurant every weekday at 4:00 there is a free guided tour of both Boma and Jiko located right across from each other in Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jambo house. This is an excellent way to learn about the different restaurants and you also may get to sample of of the amazing offerings from each of them. Even if you are not staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jiko is an absolute must do when coming to Disney World I whole heartedly recommend it to any foodie, couple or even family looking for a formal night out!

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Jiko The Cooking Place Review – Chuck Blades

Jiko the Cooking Place Review

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When it comes to restaurants you would be hard pressed to find a better option than Jiko! Located in Animal Kingdom Lodge Jiko means “the Cooking Place” in Swahili the restaurant has many African influences that are shown in the overall atmosphere as well as the menu. With a unique upscale atmosphere, largest selection of South African Wines in North America and incredible food offerings showcasing a wide variety of ingredients. On this particular evening we arrived a little early so we could walk around Animal Kingdom Lodge. I was able to take a few photos from inside the empty restaurant.

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Every part of this restaurant has details that relate back to Africa. The birds represent prosperity, so they are flying over the guests to bring them good will an d prosperity, the back wall represents the beautiful African sunset and changes throughout the evening. The rings on the poles represent the different necklaces women wear in traditional African culture, the more necklaces the more prestigious. Overall there many different touches that make the restaurant even more beautiful.

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Hidden Mickey’s

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Largest Hidden Mickey in Walt Disney World

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After going through the restaurant it was just about time for dinner, we had been to Jiko before and were really looking forward to dinner this evening. Our first experience was excellent so we wondered if it could maintain the excellence.

Food

Whenever you dine at there are a few dishes that are always on the menu that I absolutely recommend there are also always many new dishes that change seasonally depending on whatever the freshest ingredients are for that time of the year. The first dish that I always order when dining at Jiko is the Taste of Africa its the most popular appetizer and has been since Jiko opened in 2001. It is comprised of some different african inspired dips, as well as fresh naan and other breads. It is honestly not quite as good as the bread service at Sanaa however it is still very good and one of my favorite appetizers on property.

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Appetizer’s

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Bread Service

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Taste of Africa - African inspired Dips with pappadam, poppy seed lavosh and House-made Naan

Following the Taste of Africa I generally order a Flatbread. The ingredients change very often, however they always have some great options these flatbreads are my favorite on property. I had a lamb, blue cheese and grape flatbread here once that I’ve literally dreamed about! Tonight they had a Leb Leb Flatbread with beef carpaccio, feta cheese, pistachio-basil pesto, berbere, tomatoes and rocket. The toppings were fresh and overall all of the flavors worked together perfectly this is a really great flatbread!

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Roxanne’s Kitfo Leb Leb Flatbread - beef carpaccio, feta cheese, pistachio-basil pesto, berbere, tomatoes and rocket

When it comes to great appetizers at Walt Disney World one of my first thoughts is always the wild boar tenderloin! Quite honestly this is one of the best things I’ve ever had between the boar, truffle oil and the Mealie Pap this dish is absolutely divine! The dish is small however it is spectacular and again a must have whenever going to Jiko!

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Grilled Wild Boar Tenderloin - with Mealie Pap, Chakalaka, White Truffle Oil and Micro Cilantro

Entree

Following the appetizers I always go with my favorite thing on the menu the Oak Grilled Filet Minion with a red wine reduction and mac and cheese. Generally you would not think mac and cheese and filet minion however this dish is superb! The combination of the mac and cheese, red wine and filet make an absolutely incredible entree!

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Oak Grilled Filet Minion – With South African Red Wine Sauce and White Cheddar macaroni and Cheese

Dessert’s

The one downfall of Jiko tends to be its Desserts however it always has a great selection of Loose Leaf teas and Press Pot Coffee. I love ordering an individual tea pot and my parents order a press pot coffee. Our waiter suggested that since I enjoyed tea the Chia tea paired very well with the chocolate cake. This was an excellent idea the flour-less Chocolate cake was excellent with the chia Tea and made for a delightful end to the evening!

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 Flour-less Cinnamon Chocolate Cake 

Overall Jiko continues to impress it is one of the most consistent Disney Restaurants that always has great food, service and a beautiful atmosphere.

I wanted to add that if you enjoy dining at Jiko I wholeheartedly recommend doing a Tour of the Restaurant every weekday at 4:00 there is a free guided tour of both Boma and Jiko located right across from each other in Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jambo house. This is an excellent way to learn about the different restaurants and you also may get to sample of of the amazing offerings from each of these restaurants!

Rating:

Atmosphere: 10 – The restaurant is incredibly beautiful and after my tour of Jiko (which I will review later) I really appreciated the beauty even more. From the sunset wall to the beautiful birds and my favorite hidden Mickey Jiko’s atmosphere is hard to beat!

Service: 10 – The service here is always excellent each waiter provides everything you would want in a server great personality,  they know the menu inside and out, and they are always very professional.

Food: 10 – From the incredible flatbreads and bread service to the wild boar and oak grilled filet Jiko is always excellent! You would be hard pressed to fine a better meal anywhere!

Overall Score: 10 – I think its pretty obvious here that this one gets a perfect score. If your looking for a nice night out with great food, service, and atmosphere Jiko is an excellent option!

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Top 5 Disney World Appetizers – By Chuck Blades

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Disney World has a wide selection of unique food offerings from sushi to flatbreads to clam chowder Disney had food that is sure to delight everyone. One of my favorite things about Disney meals is the incredible selection of amazing appetizers. These unique offerings tend to be the perfect portion and allow the chefs to showcase their creativity in a wide verity of ways. If not on the Disney Dining Plan I think splitting appetizers amongst several people saves money and allows everyone to try different dishes that each restaurant has to offer! So now without further without further adieu here are my top five Disney World Appetizer’s!

#5 Portobello Soup – Artist Point Wilderness Lodge

Thick, Creamy, Delectable overall this the best soup I’ve ever had really its amazing! I know it looks just like a plain soup but its so much more! It is honestly incredible, it has a smokey mushroom flavor that is not overpowering at all its a great way to start your meal at Artist Point!

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#4 Teppan Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with a Braised Beef Short Rib – Todd English Bluezoo Dolphin

This appetizers was one of the reasons I came to Bluezoo I had only heard good things and let me tell you they were… Divine! The scallops are great on their own they are large fresh scallops, the second part of the dish the short ribs are tender and flavorful on their own when you put the two together you get one of the best appetizers in Walt Disney World making this my 4th favorite Appetizer in Walt Disney World!

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#3 Spicy Kazan Roll – California Grill

California Grill has been known for their World Class Sushi for over a decade. Before last years major refurbishment California Grill had world renown Sushi chef named Chef Yoshie prepared incredible dishes almost every night for 17 years! She is now retired however the Sushi is still as good as ever! My personal favorite roll is the Spicy Kazan Roll it is amazing! Beautifully presented, always incredibly fresh and bursting with flavor! The “Spicy” part of the roll is a combination of many different things one of the key ingredients is imported directly from Japan specifically to California Grill! This dish is always yummy, I really recommend sushi when you go to California Grill and this roll is hard to beat!

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#2 Indian Style Bread Service with all 9 Dips – Sanaa – Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village

This appetizer was extremely difficult to put at #2 because it is so incredible and honestly I think its the best Value on Disney Property for 11.99 you get Indian Style Bread Service  - Choice of 3 breads and all nine accompaniments - Breads - Naan, Garlic Ginger Naan, Spiced Naan, Onion Kulcha, and Papadum. Accompaniments - Red Chile Sambal, Cucumber Raita, Coriander Chutney, Mango Chutney, Coconut Chutney, Garlic Pickle,  Spicy  jalapeño–lime pickle, Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus, Tamarind Chutney!

The bread is fresh flavorful and every accompaniment is also incredible! From the spicy jalapeño-lime pickle to the Cucumber Raita every part of this appetizer is excellent! I think it is worth a trip to Sanaa just to try the bread service!

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#1 Wild Boar Tenderloin – Jiko Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House

When it comes to great appetizers at Walt Disney World one of my first thoughts is always the wild boar tenderloin! Quite honestly this is one of the best things I’ve ever had between the boar, truffle oil and the Mealie Pap this dish is absolutely heavenly! The dish is small however it is spectacular! I would honestly crawl across a crowded hot Magic Kingdom to get to this dish Making it the best appetizer in all of Walt Disney World!

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Narcoossee’s Review – by Chuck Blades

Narcoossee’s Review – by Chuck Blades

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Narcoossee’s is a signature restaurant located right on 7 Seas Lagoon in the Grand Floridan. Narcoossee’s is the 2nd most expensive restaurant on Disney property only to Victoria and Albert’s which is also located in the Grand Floridian. With a New England Sea Side atmosphere, and views of Cinderella castle the overall atmosphere at Narcoossee’s is hard to beat!

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Menu

Onto the Food:

The Narcoossee’s menu has a lot of New England seafood influences, this was the first signature restaurant I remember ever going to so it always has a special feeling for me.

This is the first place I ever had mussels so whenever I dine here they are a must order. Tonight they were in a Tomato-White Wine-Saffron Broth, they were pretty good however not as good as they used to be or as good s the Mussels at Flying Fish Cafe. They may not have been as good as I have had in the past still however they were a nice way to start the meal.

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Prince Edward Island Mussels - Tomato-White Wine-Saffron Broth with Chorizo, Shaved Fennel, Red Onion, and Toasted Baquette

The next course is the single most expensive entree in Walt Disney World at $71 dollars you have the Butter-poached Maine Lobster Tail with Grilled Filet Mignon.  At $71 it is steep however the Lobster was fresh cooked perfectly and honestly quite excellent! The Filet was tender, cooked perfectly and also very flavorful. This is an expensive meal however if your looking for a great surf and turf this is hard to beat! They have changed the way they prepare this meal and it has improved substantially! I very much enjoyed this and would rank it right with Flying Fish’s Surf and Turf (not quite as good and $30 more) but still its a great option!

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(This is a half portion generally you get two tails and a larger filet)

Butter-poached Maine Lobster Tail with Grilled Filet Mignon - Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Spring Onions, Velvet Pioppini Mushrooms, and French Green Beans with Herbed Cabernet-Oxtail Sauce and Smoked White Truffle 

After finishing up our entree’s it was time for Dessert! One of my favorite things to order for Dessert is a nice Loose Leaf Tea and I love that Narcoossee’s has press pot tea the presentation is excellent I love “pressing my own tea”

Another all time favorite from Narcoossee’s and one of my favorite desserts in Walt Disney World is the Almond Crusted Cheesecake. I love cheesecake and love almonds so how could you go wrong! The cheesecake is sweet but also light honestly this is the perfect dessert! You can also sit and eat your dessert and watch Wishes if you time it right. If not there is a Deck where you can go out and watch them as well.

The other dessert we ordered was the Narcoossee’s Candy Bar this was very good and very chocolatey it really reminded me of the of the Chocolate Pudding Cake at California Grill. Overall a good dessert but not as good as the cheesecake.

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DSC_0407Narcoossee’s Candy Bar - Dark chocolate-mocha bar with house-made guanaja chocolate gelato

Wishes:

One of my favorite parts of Narcoossee’s is its incredible views of Wishes! Check out some of our photos!

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Rating:

Atmosphere: 10 – The restaurant is incredibly beautiful and the views of Cinderella Castle and Wishes just make this restaurant fantastic! This is my 2nd favorite spot to watch Wishes in Walt Disney World only to California Grill

Service: 7.5 – The service was good, she was efficient and satisfactory. But honestly that was it she didn’t really care to talk with us and seemed very professional. Her lack of personality is the reason she didn’t score higher again not that she was bad just not great.

Food: 8 – Like the service everything here was very good however it wasn’t incredible. I love the almond cheesecake and the press pot tea but the mussels were a little below average. I enjoyed the Surf and Turf but at $71 it is quite pricy. For me Narcoossee’s is a perfect restaurant to sit at the bar grab dessert and watch Wishes.

Overall Score: 8.5 – Narcoossee’s scores a solid BA its not as good as some other Signature restaurants in Walt Disney World but its also far superior to many other restaurants. I put this restaurant in the same category as Artist Point a solid consistent restaurant never going to blow you away but never going to be terrible. When you can sit and watch Wishes from here eating that amazing Almond Cheesecake and drinking Press Pot Tea life couldn’t get much better!

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Yak and Yeti Review – by Chuck Blades

Yak and Yeti is located in Animal Kingdom Park, it is owned by Landry’s the same company that owns other restaurants in Walt Disney World like T-Rex and Rainforest Cafe however I think Yak and Yeti is a much better restaurant than its other Landry’s counterparts.

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When Animal Kingdom was first built it was really lacking table service food options, I can remember seeing signs for Yak and Yeti and I was incredibly excited to see a new restaurant in Animal Kingdom I was hoping that the new restaurant would have good food and continue to fit into the wonderful theming of Animal Kingdom *spoiler alert* I think it fits perfectly!

Atmosphere:

The story of Yak and Yeti is that it is a quaint village home that’s been turned into a restaurant. According to Disney Yak and Yeti “At the base of Expedition Everest, decorated with the souvenirs collected by the proprietor and his family on their travels through Southeast Asia, Yak & Yeti Restaurant serves favorite dishes from regions across Asia.”

I absolutely love the atmosphere at Yak and Yeti and think its Landry’s best, its not loud or gaudy like T-Rex but it still has a unique feel that you can’t get anywhere else!

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Onto the Food:

Yak and Yeti has a Pan Asian Menu – with some traditional influences like burgers and fries for your average theme part attendee.

I love the Asian influences so I tend to order something every trip that is distinctly Asian, my favorite appetizer on the Menu is the Dim Sum Basket for TWO I have never had Dim Sum anywhere else however I always really enjoy it here. The presentation of the dim sum is fun and it always tastes great!

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For my entree I always go to the exact same thing… the … Kobe Beef Burger! I believe this is the best burger on Disney Property! It is always excellent! Juicy, flavorful you can tell the beef is high quality! I have eaten burgers all over Disney World after trying this one I stopped going anywhere else for burgers this one is simply the best!DSCN1180

Kobe Beef Burger - 10 oz grilled American Kobe beef burger, sesame-soy sauce, mayonnaise, crispy shoestring fries. topped with choice of shiitake mushroom & scallion compote or Asian slaw

Like the Burger I always end up eating the same thing for Dessert on every trip the Fried Wontons! How an fried cream cheese wontons with vanilla ice cream and honey over the top be a bad thing! These may not be good for you however they are superb! They are extremely sweet so I recommend sharing unless your a complete pig…. Okay I don’t share but I recommend you do! They are really outstanding!

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Fried Wontons - Skewers of fresh pineapple and cream cheese wontons, vanilla ice cream, honey vanilla drizzle

Rating:

Atmosphere: 9 – The atmosphere is the best part of the restaurant it fits in perfectly with the incredible theming of Animal Kingdom which in my option is the best Themed Park in the entire United States. It is not a fine dining restaurant by any means however the atmosphere is fun!

Service: 8 – I have never had bad service here they are not Disney employees however you would not know it they are efficient friendly and professional everything you would want in a waiter or waitress.

Food: 8 – How can you beat a good burger and fried cream cheese wontons! Again not fine dining but Yak and Yeti has some very good food!

Overall Score: 8 – Yak and Yeti may be my favorite theme park restaurant in Walt Disney World! I love the atmosphere and the food and service area always very good as well. Honestly I have been guilty of going to Animal Kingdom just because of this restaurant!

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The Wave Review – by Chuck Blades

The Wave Review – by Chuck Blades

The Wave is located in Lobby of The Contemporary Resort. It is a perfect location as it is within walking distance from the Magic Kingdom as well as right on the monorail loop! The Wave is a 1 table service credit on the Disney Dining plan and 1 of three table service restaurants in The Contemporary (check out our California Grill Review).

The restaurants menu focuses on Fresh Local ingredients, one of my favorite restaurants in my Local Hometown has a similar “theme” so I was looking giving The Wave a try!

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Generally we check into all of our reservations at Disney 15 – 30 minutes early on this evening the restaurant was running a little behind so we sat at the bar for a little while before our table was ready. I have to say I was really impressed with the bartenders and the overall atmosphere here. It was dark “hip” honestly I could have been anywhere I really felt like I had escaped from Disney and I was only a 10 minute walk to the Magic Kingdom!

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After sitting at the Bar for about 45 minutes it was time for our meal. The Dining room itself was very sterol compared to the Bar, it was extremely loud and full of screaming children a little disappointing and 100% different than the bar however I was still hopeful that the food would make up for the poor atmosphere. I did like these little chandlers though!

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Onto the Food:

Bread Service – The Bread Service was your standard Disney Bread service nothing special…

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I debated between the Seared Lamb Chops and the Herb-salt Seasoned Beef Tenderloin, the waitress suggested the Lamb so I obliged. The lamb was very good! The vegetables and were fresh, lamb was cooked perfectly, and the risotto was excellent! I was absolutely blown away with this dish! For 1 meal credit on the Dining Plan this was better than some entrees at Signature Restaurants! The other people at my table ordered the Filet so I was to try it and the waitress was correct in recommending the Lamb Chops the filet was good but it was your standard tenderloin something you can get anywhere really just with a higher price tag.

DSCN1704Seared Lamb Chops - Dijon reduction, toasted summer risotto with wild rice and vegetable of the moment

DSCN1706Herb-salt Seasoned Beef Tenderloin - tomato-green bean salad with Cypress Grove Creamery Lamb Chopper Cheese and citrus-herb butter

For Dessert the wave specializes in different Trio’s they change often so I will not comment on mine specifically however it was just okay I personally would skip the dessert and go up to the Contempo Cafe and grab a Cupcake for dessert instead! I did order a loose leaf tea however that was very nice not very many 1 credit restaurants have loose leaf tea it was a nice touch!

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Loose Leaf Tea

Rating:

Atmosphere: Restaurant itself 6 – Bar 8 – I honestly would recommend coming to The Wave and just sitting at the Bar. You can order the entire menu and the atmosphere is a lot better than in the restaurant itself!

Service: 7.5 She was average did what she was asked filled refills however nothing more, nothing less either so she gets a solid C

Food: 8 The Lamb Chops were very good but that was the only thing I really enjoyed, however seeing as it was the main course it carried the entire meal scoring an 8!

Overall Score: 7.5 The Wave had some hits and some misses I love the atmosphere at the Bar and the Lamb Chops were excellent however the desserts were pedestrian and the atmosphere of the restaurant itself was lacking! My suggestion would be to go to the bar order a drink and try the lamb that would be a great evening!

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