Here we are back from our trip! It was, to say the least, one of the oddest vacations we’ve had at WDW. After 30+ trips I thought I could pretty well gauge how the World would function - but not this time. At times I felt like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. Because all the photos are on my dd’s camera and it’ll be a few days before I can download them, I thought I would start with restaurant reviews. I’ve like the way some MBr’s have given in depth reviews recently.
To set the stage this trip included
DH (Neil) (I prefer to use real names)
To start: Neil is not a fan of the Dining Plan - neither am I - but Emily was very keen to have it because this was Roy’s first visit and she wanted him to experience many different restaurants. So - since it was all or nothing - we got the standard DDP. Neil and I have agreed, after this trip, that the plan is not for us. With the standard you miss out on appetizers, unless you want to purchase them separately. We often make a meal of appetizers, sharing one entree and one dessert. We couldn’t do that this time. We also enjoy a few really terrific meals instead of a whole bunch of so-so ones. Neil is not a fan of the food at WDW. After this trip I’m inclined to agree with him. Honestly, our counter-service meals in many instances were more enjoyable than the table service.
Before starting I’m totally convinced that WDW got a really good deal on Red Bliss potatoes and pomegranates. Everywhere we turned - pomegranate lemonade and Red Bliss potatoes - mashed, smashed, roasted and toasted (ok maybe not toasted) - but enough with the Red Bliss already!
Oct. 23 - The Turf Club
We arrived at SSR at about 4:00 p.m. after travelling most of the day. Neil was not to join us until the 25th - so it was just myself, Emily & Roy. We had to be at the airport at 4 a.m. so we were exhausted by this time. Emily had the foresight to book a 5 p.m. reservation at the Turf Club. Honestly, all we wanted was to eat and sleep by this point. We dropped our bags, freshened up a bit and headed to the Turf Club. It was a beautiful evening, so we opted for the patio. Sitting watching the ferries go by was a lovely way to start our vacation. Shirley was our server - she was great - chatty and friendly - Roy got his first taste of Disney “magic”. He couldn’t get over how nice and accomodating she was.
For our meals, Emily and I chose the Prime Rib and Roy the New York Strip.
The prime rib came with - you guessed it - red bliss mashed potatoes and broccolini. My meat was a perfect medium-rare, well-seasoned, tender. I enjoyed every bite. And the broccolini was bright green and crisp. Delicious. I happen to be a sucker for mashed potatoes and I don’t have them often, so these red bliss were appreciated. I was too tired to have wine that evening - I would have fallen asleep at the table - so I ordered - you guess it - pomegranate lemonade. It was very refreshing. I guess raspberries are now passe. Pomegranate is THE fruit of the day! Emily and Roy both enjoyed their meals - although I shudder at my child ordering her meat well-done.
We were too full for dessert (this was a reoccuring theme) so we all had the cheesecake “to go”. This cheesecake was my “rave” dessert of the week. I am not a fan of fancy-schmancy made-up cheesecake concoctions. I like classic cheesecake - no swirlies, no exotic toppings - just a good, honest cheesecake. And this was it. I really can’t describe it. The outside was a good, firm cream cheese cake but the inside was like a cream cheese cloud - I’ve never tasted such a creamy, light cake. It was perfect. It was accompanied by a few blackberries and raspberries (apparently they still do exist). I was surprised that they didn’t sneak a few pomegranate seeds in there; but it was quite simply - heavenly. We all agreed.
Next morning we were up early for AK magic hour - because we had to use up the previous day’s counterservice we opted for breakfast at Pizzafari. I love this restaurant. There is so much to look at. We all ordered the Adult Breakfast Plate and it was quite tasty. Scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuit and french toast fingers. It was hot and fresh. We had no complaints except that there was no jam! (Preserves to my 'Merican friends). Nor was there jelly - although I rarely have jelly. Because jelly to me is “jell-o”. And we’re just not that big on jelly up here - but I digress. I needed jam for my biscuit. It was quite dry without it. The french toast fingers were tasty - a bit of cinnamon - and I gobbled them up. It was great having Roy along - he finished up all my meals for me. It wasn’t particularly outstanding, but good, honest food. The sausage was a bit spicy (I’ve noticed that about American sausage) which I like very much. We washed it all down with oj.