Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Disney Files Part 3

The dining account continues....

I recapped our first three days of dining here.

Day 4 was one of our favorite days of the vacation!  I almost skipped Animal Kingdom but thank THE LORD people talked me out of that!  Such an awesome park.  So many great shows, animals and probably rides, though we went on very few of them...

We started our day at Tusker House in Harambe Village.  It is an excellent breakfast buffet featuring Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Mickey in their safari garb.  We loved this character dining experience! The food was pretty amazing, as well.  More African fare, but also plenty of the basics.  The specialty juice was delightful, too!  Chloe found the cherry topping to be one of the best breakfast foods she's ever had the pleasure of eating.  I wish I could say that she ate the topping... ATOP something, but...nope. Hey, we were on vacation. And girlfriend needed some happy food! :)

Lunch was an African version of a corn dog, which was interesting.  It came with a black eyed pea, corn and tomato salad.  For dessert, an African milk tart. None of it rocked my world and you can imagine Chloe's opinion, since I made her share it with me.  We definitely wouldn't go back there, but Harambe Market was THE ONLY thing that we didn't absolutely love about Africa.  We literally spent an entire day in Africa.  We had to go back the next day to see the rest of the park!

For dinner that night, we met the Hubster (who had to work all day) at 'Ohana.  It's every bit as good as you've heard.  Seriously, so delicious!! It's an All You Care to Enjoy dinner and unfortunately, I didn't take the waitress seriously when she said to save room for dessert. I've never felt more sorrow at a restaurant than I felt when I could only eat three bites of that amazing bread pudding.  To die for! I think it was this night that I vowed that I was never eating again. So much delicious food.  You just have to choose to skip some of it so you don't feel like a failure come dessert...

Day 5 we were back at Animal Kingdom, first thing.  We opted to grab a fast breakfast at Starbucks and the Bacon Egg and Gouda on a ciabatta roll was surprisingly delicious.  Chloe had a smoothie and a delectable piece of lemon bread or something to that effect.  Whatever it was it was quite tasty.

We did a quick service lunch in Asia and it was again, just ok.  I got the Honey Chicken at the Yak and Yeti Quick Service and it wasn't anything to write home about, yet here I am writing about it... Figure that one out. I'm eternally kicking myself for not hitting Flame Tree Barbecue instead.  I'm not sure why that wasn't on my radar, but I've read nothing but amazing things about that place since I've been home!  Ahhh!!!  I will not make that mistake next time.

We had a much anticipated hot date at Hollywood Studios for dinner at the 50's Prime Time Diner.  It did NOT disappoint.  My only regret was not getting the fried chicken.  I opted to go for variety.  I was hoping that Chloe would love one of the three things that came on the sampler, so I had her order that.  Mercifully, the fried chicken was one of them, so we were both able to enjoy the best fried chicken I've ever had the pleasure of chewing.  It was THAT good.  I very much look forward to going back.  Oh my deliciousness. The other items were meatloaf and pot roast and those were not even noteworthy compared to the chicken.  I had the stuffed pork chop, which shocker, also paled in comparison to the chicken.  I'm not sure anything could have compared. I trust this will be one of the meals I remember for a good long time, and not because of our AWESOME waitress or the super fun kitsch. We once again failed our dessert, as in - couldn't take a single bite, so we brought it back with us.  After dragging it around Disney Springs for 2 hours, I'm not sure we got the full effect of what that Pineapple Upside Down cake could have been if not for being upside down, then right side up again and again and again.  Note to self! Skip the milk shake with dinner.  You knew it was a bad idea when you ordered it! This is the hardest thing for me with the dining plan.  You are entitled to all of this food, but unless you are some sort of Eating Olympian, you cannot possibly rise to the occasion.

Day 6 was our final day and while we were sad about that, we did not let it steal the magic!  Good thing we were feeling super positive and festive because it poured on us the majority of the day!  Not pleasant.  We still had a great time, though.  Come on, even sopping wet, we were at DISNEY WORLD!  Nothing could get us down!

We actually slept in on our last day and ate breakfast at our resort food court.  The make your own omelet was so good that I got another one before heading home the next day.  Chloe had a yogurt parfait the size of her head, which we subbed for my drink.  We shared 4 or 5 of our meals and that is one of the main reasons I really think we could do without the meal plan next time.  It was not at all what I had envisioned in my head. More on that in a future post.

For lunch we ended up at Cosmic Rays, mainly because Chloe was desperate for something simple like a hamburger.  I tried to talk her into a hot dog at Casey's Corner, but she wasn't having it.  I had my doubts about a burger at the Magic Kingdom, but I must say, I was pleasantly surprised.  The toppings bar really confirmed my decision to split the burger.  With the fries (that were super yummy) and the green beans that I got in place of dessert, much to Chloe's dismay, it was plenty of food for the two of us.

We went big for our final dinner and ate at Cinderella's Royal Table.  This was two credits each, which was made possible by Frank eating out with his boss one night.  The overall experience at the castle was phenomenal!  I was a little surprised that there wasn't fast pass photographers at the character meal, so I'm not sure if that is normal or what, but my battery was almost dead and I was sweating thinking that I might not get pics of all of the princesses with my princess!  Somehow we managed, but that was really odd to me. The food, on the other hand, far exceeded my expectations! There wasn't a lot to choose from, but Chloe and I each got the filet and it was superb! A magical end to some incredible dining experiences!  I cannot WAIT to go back. :)

Next up I'll dish about the snacks and treats we enjoyed.  And the ones that we forgot to enjoy that are still haunting me 2 months later. I'm looking at you Nutella Waffle sandwich...

I know, let's go back RIGHT NOW!

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