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High Tea at the Grand Floridian

Posted in DISNEY DINING with tags , on May 16, 2012 by disneychronicles

Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room

We decided on an early Mother’s day visit (the day before) and it worked out Great! I surprised my mother and grandmother and it was a nice treat. For those who don’t know the tea room does have a few steps up but no worries there is a wheel chair ramp around the corner.  It is nice and relaxing overlooking the Gardens. It also has a feeling of formality, though casual wear is certainly acceptable.

(Especially since many come over from the parks)

Afternoon Tea starts at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m., 7 seven days a week. Make your reservations EARLY! It does book up fast!

The service overall was good but getting seated was slow…..as is usually the case isn’t it?

The tea menu itself was overwhelming (in a good way!), having nearly two dozen options of black teas, green teas and herbal infusions. It was also very good….just thinking about it makes me want some!

The tea is served in elegant settings of Royal Albert china.

(Fancy Schmancy) 🙂

There is a nice variety of packages and ala carte  that you can choose from.

We chose the Grand Tea for Grandma (with the champagne) and my mother  and I chose the Buckingham tea. The ‘meal’ was served in three courses–first, scones with jam and cream, second, several tea sandwiches served with an onion tart and pate, and finally the dessert options–a choice of two pastries.

The Grand Tea

The classic English tradition of Afternoon Tea, Grand Floridian style. We offer you a variety of tea sandwiches, scones and jam tarts, followed by your choice of our freshly baked tea pastries or English trifle, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine and your choice of tea.

Buckingham Palace

Our traditional tea sandwiches, scones and jam tarts complemented by fresh strawberries and cream, or a selection of freshly baked pastries, along with your choice of tea.

 

The food was nothing to write home about, but it wasn’t awful either.  The scones were good, as was the cream, but the fruit tart that accompanied it was almost too sweet to be edible. This is by no means a “meal” but it is filling. It is enough for lunch I would say.

I do love afternoon tea, and I really love the idea of afternoon tea on Disney property. It just makes sense. I even agree that the theme of the Grand Floridian lends itself well to the experience and the ambiance. I do think they could kick up the food a notch though. There is so much potential to make it better.  I also had the feeling that they were understaffed.

I overall cannot complain and I would visit again even if only for the Tea!

 

Rainforest Cafe – Downtown Disney

Posted in DISNEY DINING, EVERYTHING DISNEY with tags , on March 24, 2012 by disneychronicles

We stopped in at the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney.  It was during the remodel so it was a little bit boarded up but once you walked in you wouldn’t know it.  We had reservations for lunch but it still took about 45 minutes to get seated.  It really wasn’t that bad because being where we were the boys took advantage of some pin trading!  (of course)

 

To dine here and experience the rain forest jungle setting was fun! The atmosphere is amazing!

The Food  is ok…not great!!!  But the kids absolutely loved it!!   Do keep in mind that some of the animals are animated and will move & make sounds.  It’s not over the top but it does thunder and rain so that may scare little ones.  They also have a huge shop with rainforest theme items, they make it look as if we were under a tree canopy, and huge aquariums and animal bottom stools at the bars!

The theming is great to look at and If it is your birthday get a Volcano!!! (But it will cost you $15) 🙂

 

Captain’s Grill

Posted in DISNEY DINING with tags , on March 12, 2012 by disneychronicles

…at the Yacht Club….

Stopped in for lunch and really enjoyed it!  The atmosphere is Great! It gives you the feel of a cruise ship dining room, with stripped blue and white washed wall paper and large oval boat hole windows and mirrors. (And you now I LOVE anything cruise ship related!)

and seriously…..do they not think of everything!!!!!

Check out this kids waiting area!

Although I do have to add it took 45 minutes to get our food.  I had reservations but we arrived a little early so I asked if it was possible to get seated early….NOPE…but we were seated about 5 minutes after our reservation time which is GREAT by “Disney” standards. They were turning quite a few people away saying that it would be about a 45 minute wait also. I was surprised by this because when we were seated about 60% of the restaurant was empty! No kidding! Staffing issues possibly?? They really did turn a lot of money away!

Anyway on to the food….

Had the Grilled Chicken Sandwich

(Prosciutto, Aged Vermont Cheddar, and Arugula Salad on a House-made Onion Roll with a choice of Vegetable Orzo Salad
or French Fries) price $12.99

It was fresh and good! Although I do have to add it took 45 minutes to get our food.  The one thing that was a negative for me was the coffee….really!!! why can’t Disney get the coffee right! It was very weak and almost looked like tea!

Overall It was a good meal, I was actually surprised by the good quality of the food. I would recommend it!

YUM!

Posted in DISNEY DINING, EVERYTHING DISNEY with tags , on February 14, 2012 by disneychronicles

…..that’s all I got 🙂

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

50’s Prime Time Café

Posted in DISNEY DINING, DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS with tags , , on January 25, 2012 by disneychronicles

The 50’s Prime Time Cafe is located in Hollywood Studios.

Talk about Nostalgia!

Get ready for a wait in Dad’s living room! and a meal in Mom’s kitchen!

NO kidding! the whole place is decorated like a house straight out of the 1950s, including accessories, decorations, calendars, and even those old black-and-white TVs! While I Love Lucy and The Donna Reed Show play on a television screen, you can feast on meat loaf, pot roast, tuna casserole and fried chicken, all served on a Formica tabletop.  Now they aren’t quite as good as Mom used to make, but close.  Also keep your elbows off the table you never know when mom is watching! the servers really get into it so be on your best behavior or you may find yourself standing in the corner!  The server that you get can make the difference from having a good time or having a great time dining there.  They play a key role in the experience and the fun.

This is not an upscale place with gourmet food or the place for  a romantic dinner.  It is a fun and entertaining dining option and I think it is one of the better themed restaurants at Disney World.  The food is good, comfort food. Nothing fancy.  Know that going in and you will be fine.
Most families will have no problem finding something on the menu that each person will enjoy.  It is almost just like home.
I would recommend it.  This truly qualifies as an attraction as well as a restaurant.
Try it!

ROSE & CROWN PUB

Posted in DISNEY DINING, DISNEY'S EPCOT with tags , , , on December 16, 2011 by disneychronicles

The Rose & Crown is located in the United Kingdom of World Showcase at Epcot.  There is a stand outside selling beer and the front façade of the building puts you right on the UK streets.  One of the biggest draws for this restaurant is the patio seating.

This is a traditional English Pub! Serving…fish-and-chips, shepherd’s pie (ground lamb with onions, carrots, and peas, topped with mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese), and the ever-popular bangers and mash (sausage over mashed potatoes) ect.  I started with the Potato-and-leek soup and was disappointed!  I like soup to have some consistency but this tasted like it was thrown in a blender & I could drink it! UGHHH! For my meal I had the Bangers and Mash and it was FANTASTIC! I would return for this meal! It also tasted very authentic!

This would be a great spot to have a late dinner, linger, and watch Illuminations.  If you want a laid back atmosphere to have a tall beer  this is the place!

Kona Cafe

Posted in DISNEY DINING with tags , on November 8, 2011 by disneychronicles

at the Poly…

Stopped in to have a quick lunch. I have always been a fan of Ohana’s which is also at the Polynesian so I wanted to try the Kona Cafe.  I dropped in without a reservation and was seated quickly.  I ordered the  Polynesian Plate Lunch – $14.99
The Pan-fried Chicken with Coconut and Mango Sauces with Sticky Rice and Macaroni Salad.  The presentation was a little blah but the meal was FANTASTIC!

The waitress was great. She was attentive without being annoying. The usual kids-fare choices were available and a little Kona coffee for dessert made for a great end to the meal.  The only place it falls short is the atmosphere.  It is on the second floor and open to the lobby.  If they closed it off it would have a more intimate feel.  Regardless that small detail I will be back!


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