Disney Park Favorite Sit Down Restaurants:

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Animal Kingdom Restaurants

 

  1. Yak and Yeti – an Asian restaurant with yummy Chinese foods (egg rolls, pot stickers, stir fry, tempura, etc..).  I love this place!  The kids menu is more American foods (mini burger, chicken tenders, lo mien, etc..).  (1 credit)
  1. Rainforest Cafe – This is a chain restaurant, but the food is good and the atmosphere is a lot of fun, for both kids and adults.  (1 credit)
  1. Tusker House – This is a character buffet at breakfast & lunch (featuring Donald Duck, Daisy, Goofy & Minnie) and just a buffet with no character at dinner.  The cuisine is American and Asian.  (1 credit)

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Hollywood Studios Restaurants

  1. Sci Fi Dine In – This restaurant fare is typical drive in food (shakes, burgers, onion rings, etc) but the atmosphere is amazing!  You sit at tables fashioned to look like cars, there’s actual movies playing, and you feel you’re actually at a drive in theater.  I love this place – but the lighting is very low, just so you know.  (1 credit)
  1. 50’s Prime Time Cafe – the atmosphere is themed to make you feel like you are eating at your mom’s and you are just one of the family.  The food, meatloaf, fried chicken, pot roast, spaghetti & meatballs, etc…, are classics and the servers are known for teasing you to get your elbows off the table or finish your veggies.  (1 credit)
  1. Mama Melrose’s – a classic Italian spot with yummy Italian food and good service.  (1 credit)
  1. Hollywood Brown Derby – A very nice meal, with some guest favorites, including cobb salad, grapefruit cake, and American Bison.  (2 credits)

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Epcot Restaurants

  1. Coral Reef – a mostly seafood restaurant, although their NY strip steak is good!  You eat your meal with aquariums surrounding you, which is really cool.  It makes you feel like you are under water.  There’s just something about watching fish swim by while you eat a fish 🙂  (1 credit)
  1. Garden Grill – The food here is served family-style, or they bring you platters of food and put it on the table and you can order more of whatever you want.  Food includes steak, chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls, etc..  This is a character dinner where you can usually meet chip & dale, mickey, & pluto.  The restaurant itself actually (very slowly) rotates so you can watch the scenery go by.  (1 credit)
  1. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – A character buffet with princesses.  This buffet is located in the Norway section of Epcot, so some of the food is a little more unusual but there are also American food offerings.  This is a great alternative to Cinderella’s Castle if you don’t want to use 2 credits to see Princesses, or you can’t get a reservation at the Castle.  (1 credit)
  1. Le Cellier Steakhouse – located in Canada, this steakhouse is a personal favorite of mine.  All the steaks here are amazing!  This is a more expensive place as it is considered a signature dinner.  (2 credits)
  1. Rose and Crown Pub – located in United Kingdom, a pub that serves English food favorites like bangers and mash, scotch eggs, fish and chips, Sunday roast, and cottage pie.  (1 credit)
  1. Via Napoli – located in Italy, this wood fire Italian place is really yummy!  The pizza is thin crust and the pastas are good.  (1 credit)

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Magic Kingdom Restaurants

  1. Cinderella’s Royal Table – the best Princesses character meal around, since you get to eat in the castle!  I still love going here as an adult.  All parties will get their picture taken with Cinderella and complimentary photo packages will be delivered to you during your meal.  (2 credits)
  1. Crystal Palace – This is a buffet meal located on Main Street of Magic Kingdom.  Any meal here is good, although breakfast is the best, in my opinion.  This is another character meal – you can meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.  I really like this character meal.  (1 credit)
  1. Be Our Guest Restaurant – This is the newest restaurant in Disney World, themed like the ballroom of Beauty and the Beast.  It’s beautiful!  You can eat here at lunch without reservations and it’s more informal, or you need reservations for dinner with more formality.  At dinner, you sometimes get to meet the Beast and get your picture taken with him.  This restaurant is part of the new Fantasyland that Disney has been advertising.  (1 credit)
  1. Liberty Tree Tavern – Lunch is my favorite meal here – the pot roast is wonderful, the fried cheese app is very good, and the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake dessert is really not to be missed.  If you eat here for dinner, you meal is served family style, or you get platters of Thanksgiving-type foods, with a cobbler for dessert.  (1 credit)
  1. Tony’s Town Square – This restaurant serves typical Italian foods with a Lady and the Tramp theme and decor.  It’s right off Main Street, too, with a nice view of all comings and goings.  (1 credit)
  1. Plaza Restaurant – This small ice cream parlor (on Main Street) is a great lunch place!  The sandwiches are great, the milkshakes are classic, and the atmosphere is wonderful.  A fun place for a meal.

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My pre-game notes on Drinking Around the World

There are 85 days until June 1, 2013 – my next trip to Disney World.  I’m very much looking forward to my trip, for all sorts of reasons, but something I’m especially looking forward to is Drinking Around the World.  I’ve never attempted to drink around the world showcase in Epcot, but this June, I’ll try to complete the game!

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The rules vary depending on what you read, but my goal is to get 1 drink at each country, excluding the African Outpost, and to do it all in one day.

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Some tips I’ve read – eat a BIG hearty breakfast before going to Epcot.  And start promptly at 11am in Mexico, working your way around to Canada.

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In preparation for this, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research on what are the best drinks at each country (and also the best snacks, because I love food).

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So here are my notes what I’ll use in June.  I’ll give a full report, with pictures, once I’m back.

AMERICA:  Fife & Drum Tavern – Snack: Cream Cheese Pretzel/Drinks: Bud Light or Sam Adams for beer and Frozen Red Stag Lemonade

NORWAY:  Kringla Bakeri og Kafe – Snack: Sweet Pretzel, School bread, Lefse, Ham & Apple sandwich, etc..  Drink:  Bailey’s Coffee

CHINA:  Joy of Tea Stand – Drink: Tipsy Ducks in Love drink (2nd choice: Canto Loopy)

Lotus House – Snack:  Egg Rolls

UNITED KINGDOM:  Rose & Crown bar – Drinks: English Rose cocktail, Pimm’s Cup, Welsh Dragon, Harp Lager, Bass Ale

MEXICO:  La Cava Del Tequila – Drinks: Any Margarita but esp Blood Orange or tequila flight.   Beer: Bohemia.  Snack:  Churros

GERMANY:  Bier Stand – Drink:  BEER (Altenmunster Oktoberfest, Radeberger Pilsner).  Snack:  pretzel

ITALY:  Gelato Stand – Drinks:  Italian Margarita, Bellini.  Via Napoli – Snack:  Pizza.  Italian drink cart – Drinks: Limoncello or Peach Bellini

JAPAN:  Mitsukoshi Department Store – sake flight

MOROCCO:   Best option:  Habibi Daiquiri

FRANCE:  Kiosk in the France Pavilion – Drinks:  wine of any kind

CANADA:  Kiosk – Drinks:  Moosehead Lager or Torontopolitan

And there you have it.  My master drinking (and eating) plan for the World Showcase.  I hope I can make it and still walk at the end 🙂

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Via Napoli Food Pictures

I had a dinner recently at Epcot’s Via Napoli located in Italy in the World Showcase.  It serves authentic Italian fare, with 3 wood burning ovens, named after the 3 active Volcanos in Italy:  Etna, Vesuvio, & Stromboli.

I totally should have taken some atmosphere pictures for you, but forgot completely.  So this is just a quick post on the food we ate.  Both the entrees were very tasty, but the pizza could have easily fed 2 people!

Candele – candle stick pasta, sausage ragu, polpettine meatballs, mozzarella, ricotta $24.00

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Signature Pies
Individual $19
Quattro Formaggi – mozzarella, parmesan, fontina, provolone
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The dessert options weren’t all that enticing (personally, I thought there should be more chocolate).  The tiramisu wasn’t very sweet and the cherry covered gelato isn’t on the menu now, and I can’t remember the official name.
Tiramisu – Mascarpone cream, espresso coffee, lady fingers, and chocolate $8.00
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I would go back to Via Napoli, but only for the pizza.  In fact, I’m working on a plan for drinking around the World in June and one of my stops will be at Via Napoli for a pizza for dinner 🙂

Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot

Le Cellier Steakhouse, found in Canada in Epcot, is a love it or hate it restaurant of late.  People hate change and Le Cellier has undergone significant changes in the past year (getting rid of the lunch menu, going to 2 dining credits, etc).  But in spite of that, I am a love-it-so-much-I-dream-about-it person.  My dining highlight each trip is my dinner at Le Cellier.

It’s fairly easy to spot the sign for the restaurant.

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When you enter the restaurant, one of my favorite Hidden Mickeys can be found behind the check-in counter.

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After you are seated, the first thing you should order is the cheddar cheese soup.  It’s SO great for dipping your bread in AND it’s the cheapest appetizer on the menu (bonus).

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup – made with Moosehead Beer and Bacon $7.49

 

 

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I always order the Filet when I go to Le Cellier.  Typically I am not a steak person, but this is not your typical steak.  It melts in your mouth – melts I tell you.  I like the steak better than the desserts and that’s really saying something!

Le Cellier Mushroom Filet Mignon – 8 oz. Canadian AAA Beef Tenderloin with wild mushroom risotto, white truffle butter sauce and micro chervil $43.00

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The last time I was there, my mom ordered the Ribeye and raved about it.

Grilled Bone-in Ribeye – 18-20 oz. bone-in ribeye with herb-parmesan potato wedges and roasted garlic butter $46.00

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For dessert, I typically go the Creme Brulee route.  My mom had a raspberry cheesecake that is no longer available on the menu (there’s a pumpkin cheesecake instead).  She loved it, so I am sure the pumpkin cheesecake would be wonderful.

Maple Créme Brulée $6.99

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The Raspberry Cheesecake

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A note about a couple axed menu items.  My husband maintained that the BEST burger he’s ever had anywhere was at Le Cellier.  When they got rid of the lunch menu, the burger went to burger heaven.  RIP.  Also there was a chocolate whiskey cake that I really liked that didn’t make the new all day dinner menu.  It was the best dessert on the menu in my opinion and I was sad to see it go.

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Chocolate Whiskey Cake

 

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In summary – Le Cellier is a must do for us on any trip to Disney World.  If you decide you, too, want to eat there, make sure to book your advance dining reservations at least 3-4 months out.  It’s a popular place to eat. 🙂

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