MAGIC KINGDOM DAY!
from meeko's live journal:
"Today was the first time
used our APs.. in one of the 4main parks for this year. We had
lunch over at MK.. not realizing they were rehearsing the filming of
the WDW Holiday special.. they didn't seem to post signs like at
we decided to try the place around the corner from Main Street and the
Nestle Ice Cream shop.. "Plaza Cafe" the menu was similar to the Grand
Floridian Cafe.. without the crowds,pretention..
and etc.. and easily better service and food. Sean had the Club and I
had the Rueban.. I rewarded myself for taking the middle whole grain
slice of my half of Sean's Club sandwich, by pigging out on our shared
sundae.. the Plaza house sundae with 2scoops of Butter Pecan Ice
Cream..whipped cream, caramel and hot fudge and walnuts and 2
cherries.. Sarah, our server was super nice.. I must say her name as we
will like to put in a good word for her. Because of the rehearsal, they
had the music for the dance rehearsal in front of the CASTLE blasting
20x louder than they would for your average parade. I am resolving to
take ASL classes next year, after the move. NOT JOKING.
able to do a few attractions. We had a 10min walk on for Mickey's
Philharmagic, which should be called "Donald's Philharmagic" and
definitely doable several times.. just not over and over.. it's not MIB
or Buzz.. it's a 3-D show that is amazing!!! We did it then got a
fastpass.. and headed over to Tomorrowland where they have both
TimeKeeper and Carousel of Progress running!!! whoo hoo.. sign says
"TIMEKEEPER IS OPEN!!!" hurray! We also rode TTA, Buzz Lightyear, Snow
White (which stopped while we were on the ride for about 15min. no
front of the line passes or apologies given for the electricity going
We brought the "MY PAL
JOEYMICKEY" in with us to
the park and he was telling us to go see Alien Encounter.. which is in
rehab for the Stitch Encounter opening in a couple years.. He also told
us to check out the 4pm parade at about 330pm when we left the park to
go back to our resort for laundry, nap & dinner.. and to meet our
pals for Survivor... weird.. but wait there's more! "
OK.. so here we go!
Sean on Main Street
You know the saying, "take a picture it'll last longer.. " so here's a
couple of the delicious Sundae Sean & I split at the "Plaza
Sean with Sundae
Meeko & Sundae =)
Sean & Pamela sharing the sundae (photo by CM Sarah)
Cinderella Castle plaque
Mickey's PhilharMagic.. starring..
Donald Duck! =P
"I Pagliacci" performed by Willie the Whale poster
Sean waiting in the Pooh darkride queue. =)
Snow White dark ride
Stitch makes a sneakie appearance.
Buzz Lightyear map of the planets
just as the Buzz ride begins (yes we put the camera away so we
Sean humors the Cranky Meeko and we ride TTA (tomorrowland
transit authority) one of Pamela's favorite things.
Indy Speedway, not nearly as cool as Autopia at DIsneyland.. viewed
from the TTA (we didn't ride the Speedway, btw)
view of Main Street from the Castle
Rufus loves the Magic Kingdom. Here he is in front of the faux Liberty
Bell in Liberty Square.
100 years of Magic parade.. starring Cinderella & some dude..
=P (see Belle & the Beast in the next globe!!)
Peter Pan, Donald & Goofy greet their fans from the last big float!
Mickeys for 75 birthday.
Richard F Irvine
view of MK from the Irvine
General Joe Potter
Polynesian Beach as seen from the Irvine. =)
Ok.. so we head back to our resort, where we had dinner at
Shutters. Here's the review as posted the 4th of December 2003,
to Meeko's Live Journal:
"We had a
really crappy dinner at Shutters.. veggies ok.. but service below par..
the pork chop dinner I ordered w/side of sauteed spinach and mashed
sweet potatoes was VERY
fatty and I left most of it.. The sauteed spinach was way too buttery..
Mashed Sweet potatoes were fine. The alcohalic drink I got.. was good..
but the water tasted funky.. which may have been due to the sweet taste
of my drink. Sean had the Jamiacan Jerk Chicken w/side of garlic mashed
potatoes and broccolini. The chicken resembled more a herb rubbed
rotisserie chicken.. which is fine if you didn't expect Jamaican Jerk
chicken which is known for being a shredded bbq style chicken meat.
Garlic mashed potatoes were fine and so was the broccolini which was a
less floret-y (yeah that's not a real word!) version of broccoli but
quite edible. The drink Sean ordered was a Shutters Cabana Banana which
was VERY banana and when I tried it didn't taste much of alcohal..
which is either bad or VERY bad if you tend to drink til you are drunk.
Our server was not very attentive in the way one might
appreciate. Shutters is a new restaurant which many have not tried
before or have not seen reviews for, as the place opened recently.
There are about 6 or 8 main entrees... There are no specific veggie
plates but the chicken pasta w/veggies I imagine can be ordered without
the meat.. Although they don't seem to have a side list, I would think
you can order anything with the meat or fish left off... Problems I had
-despite being seated within a couple minutes, the waiter
came up to our table, didn't introduce himself or go over the menu with
us. He wanted to know what we wanted immediately. When we advised him
we had just sat down and hadn't looked at the menu, he said fine, and
said he'd give us a couple minutes.. He then came back and wanted to
take our drink orders.. I wasn't familiar with the drinks and they
don't list specfific non-alcohalic drinks on the menu. Sean & I
agreed to go with a specialty drink.. and then ordered that and then
our food.. Sean got a 'black bean soup' starter.. which was in need of
-waiter brought soup without first moving our
bread plate.. ok, but then when the food came, he hadn't cleared Sean's
soup bowl.. and then again, when the DESSERT we ordered came, our dirty
dinner dishes were never cleared. Another server had brought out the
cappachino creme brulee Sean ordered for us to split, and asked to take
the plates, which we gladly allowed.. The creme filled cookie that
adorned the creme bruleee tasted a bit stale to me.. more rubbery than
a crisp creme filled cookie. The dessert itself was pretty good, but I
don't see myself coming back to CBR for dinner, nor to eat at their
mediocre/but passable foodcourt.
Our dinner which included
2 alcohalic drinks, a soup, 2 entrees and dessert totaled about 58.00
and with tip was just under $60. We definitely plan to fill out a card
to send in.
My thought is that if the
food is prepared for the 5k or whatever of tourists that come through
the doors each day.. it makes sense that the food is bland and without
any kind of creativity. If you want a good meal at WDW with flavor and
taste, you must be willing to eat at places like California Grill or
Narcoosies.. etc. Places like Plaza Cafe or Shutters.. or even
Boatwrights at Port Orleans (which we won't eat at ever again) is
making food for the Middle American family. If you review a restaurant
given the later, a higher review might be warranted, however if you
review a place to personal taste.. then a 3 or 4 is more than it might
deserve, which explains the wide disparity between reader polls and
actual travel guide reviews. "
5 December RADP-8
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