Tusker House- Animal Kingdom

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Donald Rocks!

Here is my review of breakfast at Tusker House in a nut shell:
You MUST go!

The breakfast buffet was delicious and plentiful.  
The selections ranged from everyone's favorite Mickey waffles to the more exotic coconut-sweet potato casserole.  An extra special delicious shout out goes to the spit roasted bone in ham and the 
oven roasted potatoes.  I somehow managed to miss the banana-cinammon bread pudding that someone raved to me about so I now have the perfect excuse for a return visit.

The character experience is terrific!
Mickey, Goofy, Donald and Daisy come to each table and spend enough time for autographs and a few pictures for every member of your party.  The characters also lead a children's parade around the restaurant which is lively, musical and fun.

After looking at my camera, my son noticed that his eyes were closed in all of his pictures with Donald.  He was very upset and started to whine.  I asked our waiter if we could get Donald over to our table for another go at pictures and he was super accommodating.  Donald made a special trip over to take a few more photos before going in for a break.  Donald you rock!

Mickey leading the parade

Have you experienced Tusker House?

L'Artisan des Glaces in Epcot

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Have you ever been to L'Artisan des Glaces in Epcot's France pavilion?  This little slice of heaven is located just besides Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles.

Sixteen ice cream and sorbet flavors are only the tip of the iceberg at this tiny, often missed spot.  L'artisan des Glaces is home to the best treat in Disney World.  I know everyone says that about their favorite Disney confection but trust me on this!  Do you like chocolate?  Ice cream?  Macaroons?  I present to you the chocolate macaroon ice cream sandwich.

It is tasty and comes wrapped up adorably in a little French newspaper.  The ice cream is chocolaty, creamy and icy cold.  The macaroon melts in your mouth as a good one should.
Perfection!  The only problem I have with it is that I can't get one for dessert every night at home.

Every time I go to Epcot I say I am going to try the ice cream martini.  I never have room because I can resist going back daily for another macaroon ice cream sandwich.  I'm going back to Epcot in 40 days (but who's counting?).  I swear this time I will have the ice cream martini.....unless, well unless my little French friend beckons!

Capt. Cook's Dining Review

Sunday, May 17, 2015

It had been some time since there was a review on Capt. Cook's (see 2012 review here), so after hearing that the Polynesian Resort was undergoing some changes, I thought I'd make it a point to check out the remodeled Capt. Cook's.

After a long ride using Disney Park Transportation (click here to read more on our adventure), we were really happy to see the sight of a menu and some cozy seating. I thought I would try something different this time around. I chose the Chicken and Waffles which consists of Crispy Buffalo Chicken Fritters on a Waffle with Romaine and Ranch Dressing (I asked for the Buffalo sauce on the side). Gus decided on the Pulled Pork Nachos which were topped with Onions, Cheese, Spicy Mayo, Tomatoes, and Pineapple Salsa.

Once we ordered, we picked out a spot and tried to take in some of the tropical feel of the room. Warm wood and banana tree leaves were great touches to the decor. The textured walls and Polynesian type markings accented the space beautifully. All the cool posters hanging up on the wall definitely got you thinking in the island mindset. When our order was ready, Gus paid and brought it over.

I'm going to pause and say that maybe it was not a great day at the Capt. Cook's kitchen that day. There was only two other small families in the restaurant, so there was no true rush to get orders out. I want to give the benefit of the doubt that maybe, they just weren't on their A Game.

Back to our story: We first tried some of the pork nachos and were instantly disappointed. It seemed as the toppings were cold and the chips were tough and not even edible. Gus went back and asked for fresh plate. Within 5 minutes or so, he was given the new plate, but it did not help much. The plate just did not compare to the awesome pork nacho dishes you can find in Miami. There wasn't much great flavor to the dish and the pork had little to no seasoning.

This was a photo of the first batch.

When it came to the Chicken and Waffles, I was also disappointed. I have seen images of what Chicken and Waffles can look like. The one we got at Capt. Cook's definitely did not look like any photos I had seen. The meal was served warm. The waffle was dry and even adding a smidgen of buffalo sauce did not help.

Needless to say, it was a very disappointing meal. If we wouldn't have been so hungry, I believe we would have walked out and tried out one of the great locations upstairs.

To add insult to injury, the food did not sit well with me and ended up causing us to cancel the rest of our plans for the day (getting sick at Disney sucks. Period.)

What about you? Did you have a positive experience at Capt. Cook's? Tell us more below.

Our Adult Only Trip to Disney (Part 2)

Friday, May 15, 2015

As I had mentioned in my last post, my husband and I decided to take a trip to Walt Disney World without the kiddos. Since we had such a full first day, Sunday should have been restful but I had other plans. As a surprise for my husband, I booked him a ride along at the Richard Petty Speedway. It was hard to keep it a secret but I managed until we had to wait on the shuttle and he saw the sign. He had a blast! Sadly, The Richard Petty Speedway experience is closing this June so I am glad he got to do it this time.

We spent the rest of the afternoon at Hollywood Studios where my husband rode the Tower of Terror for the first time. He loved it and we got a video and picture on our Memory Maker. Dinner was at the Sci-Fi dine in, a first for both of us. I've read mixed reviews of this experience but ours was all positive. We shared the Shrimp Pasta and the Sci-Fi Salad. It was just the right amount for the two of us and both selections were delicious. I hate that we did not have room for a milkshake. Now we will have to go back.

   Monday was our Magic Kingdom day and the only day it rained.  The rain was short and we just threw on raincoats and carried on. We were there at park opening and stayed until it closed. Our trip had many food highlights and lunch at Be Our Guest was another one. We were able to secure a Fastpass for lunch and pre-order our food. It was so easy and lunch was amazing. I had the braised pork and my husband got the turkey sandwich. Strawberry and Master's cupcakes completed the meal. It was quick and we toured all the rooms after our meal. Be Our Guest is worth your time especially for lunch. And make sure you walk around and see the entire restaurant. I also secure a Fastpass for the Seven Dwarves Mine Train. It is a great addition to the Magic Kingdom. Not a big thrill ride but fun and so well done. Another video and picture added to our Memory Maker from this ride. Our dinner choice for Magic Kingdom was Tony's Town Square. If you go get the pistachio creme brûlée. Fabulous!

   Tuesday we were up early and off to Epcot. This is one of our favorite parks and we made the most of it. Between Fastpass and low crowds we were able to ride Soarin twice and Test Track all before noon. Even with no children I made a Fastpass for the Character Spot because even adults need a picture with Mickey and Minnie. Our tour of the countries always takes us to Germany for some caramel corn and my husband's new favorite cookie, a caramel apple oatmeal. Yummy!  By afternoon we were ready for a rest so we did something we rarely do and headed back to take a nap. Everything you read in guidebooks and blogs recommends this for people with children but it was pretty nice for a couple of adults too. We headed back to Epcot for the evening and watched Illuminations before calling it a night.

   Wednesday was supposed to be a Downtown Disney day or rest at the hotel before we go home day. It turned into a go back to Animal Kingdom day. What a great call. My husband got a picture with his favorite character, Donald Duck and we caught Flights of Wonder bird show.  It was not busy at all and we enjoyed a full morning of AK before going back to the resort to wait on what my friend Claire and her daughter call the "Tragical Express". That is the Magical Express that takes you away from Disney World and back to the real world.

   We had a wonderful time and can not wait to go back. I think it will be a fall trip next time. The nights in winter can be cool and lots of refurbishments take place. I hear the first week in November is nice. Also, we need to try a new resort and we still have tons of places we have not eaten.

Forever Disney,

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