Fall into the Magic with Me! Oct. 23 – Nov. 4, 2018 Trip Report (Updated 4/23)

My 5th consecutive fall trip to Disney World was different in some ways. Unlike the previous two fall trips, sadly this time my friends, Paula and Hunter, were unable to join me as I “tasted” my way around the World. I was though able to meet up with other friends for about 1/3 of my dining, so at least some of my reviews will include additional opinions other than my own. One of these friends was Rachel, who is shown here with me at our Sunday brunch at California Grill.

 

Several times I also dined with my friends, Nicole & Mike, including at the Italian Regional Food & Wine Pairing Luncheon when I took this photo of them (in front) and their friends Kevin and Krissie.

Another change this year was that for the first time in many years I did not purchase an Annual Pass and therefore was not eligible to purchase a Tables in Wonderland membership (for its 20% discount at most Disney World table service restaurants). So with this in mind, I decided to experiment with another option highly promoted by Disney for discounted dining. For the first three nights of my 12 night trip (during my stay at the Polynesian Village Resort) I was on the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan. So for a cost of $348.72 ($116.24 per night) I received 9 meal credits, 6 snack credits, and a refillable mug (sold for $18.99 plus tax and good for up to 14 days, so for my entire trip). Of my 9 meal credits I used 6 to dine at signature restaurants which require two credits per person and the remaining three for two lunches and one dinner at other (1 credit) table service restaurants. Therefore, all of these meals included a beverage (I chose an alcoholic beverage at all but one), appetizer, entrée, and dessert plus tax (tip not included). Also four of my 6 snack credits were used at the Epcot Food & Wine booths for $8.00 items. So for the first 3+ days of my trip I ate “DELUXE” with lots of steak, lobster, shrimp, expensive Disney cocktails and desserts.  On Day 4 of this trip report (after my last snack credit was used) I’ll crunch the final numbers for you and reveal my conclusion as to whether this Disney Dining Plan experiment was a success. (NOW COMPLETE) 

 

That just leaves a few more important introductory details, like “Where did I stay?” This trip started with a 3 night stay at the Polynesian, followed by 2 nights at the Wilderness Lodge, then 6 nights at the Boardwalk Inn (my favorite Disney resort), and the final night at Port Orleans Riverside, so all four of these resorts will be reviewed in this report.

And then finally and most importantly for a Disney trip report which focuses on dining, “Where did I eat?”

Here is a list of the places/events which I will be reviewing in this trip report:

Table service Restaurants

  1. Narcoossee’s Dinner with Deluxe DDP (Grand Floridian Resort) – COMPLETE
  2. Tutto Italia Lunch with Deluxe DDP (Epcot, Italy) – COMPLETE
  3. Citricos Dinner with Deluxe DDP (Grand Floridian Resort) – COMPLETE
  4. Tony’s Town Square Restaurant Lunch with Deluxe DDP – Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package (Magic Kingdom) – COMPLETE
  5. The Plaza Restaurant Dinner with Deluxe DDP (Magic Kingdom) – COMPLETE
  6. Kona Café Breakfast (Polynesian Village Resort) – COMPLETE
  7. California Grill Sunday Brunch (Contemporary Resort)
  8. Beaches & Cream Dinner (Beach Club Resort)
  9. Flying Fish Dinner (Boardwalk Resort)
  10. Ale & Compass Restaurant Breakfast (Yacht Club Resort)
  11. La Hacienda de San Angel Dinner (Epcot, Mexico)
  12. California Grill Dinner (Contemporary Resort)
  13. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Lunch (Disney Springs)
  14. Bluezoo Dinner (Dolphin Resort)
  15. Liberty Tree Tavern Lunch (Magic Kingdom)
  16. The Edison Lunch (Disney Springs)
  17. Boatwright’s Dining Hall Dinner (Port Orleans Riverside Resort)

Quick service/Specialty Shops/Kiosks

  1. Captain Cook’s Breakfast #1 (Polynesian Village Resort) – COMPLETE
  2. Captain Cook’s Breakfast #2 (Polynesian Village Resort) – COMPLETE
  3. Kona Island Coffee Bar (Polynesian Village Resort) – see Friday, Oct. 26th
  4. Pineapple Lanai snack (Polynesian Village Resort) – COMPLETE
  5. Woody’s Lunch Box Lunch (Hollywood Studios) – COMPLETE
  6. Roaring Fork Breakfast (Wilderness Lodge Resort) – COMPLETE
  7. Boardwalk Bakery Breakfast (Boardwalk)
  8. Satu’li Canteeen Lunch (Animal Kingdom)
  9. Beaches & Cream To Go Counter snack (Beach Club Resort)
  10. Choza de Margarita snack (Epcot, Mexico)
  11. Belle Vue Lounge Breakfast x 2 (Boardwalk Resort)
  12. Woody’s Lunch Box Breakfast (Hollywood Studios)
  13. Boardwalk Pizza Window Dinner (Boardwalk)
  14. The Ganachery snacks (Disney Springs)
  15. Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop snack (Disney Springs)
  16. Riverside Mill Food Court Lunch (Port Orleans Riverside Resort)

Resort Lounges/Bars

  1. Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace Lunch (Polynesian Village Resort) – COMPLETE 
  2. Territory Lounge Dinner (Wilderness Lodge Resort) – COMPLETE
  3. River Roost Lounge (Port Orleans Riverside Resort)

Special Food & Wine Festival Events & Booths

  1. 12 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booths Visited  – COMPLETE
  2. Swan and Dolphin’s Food & Wine Classic held on Oct. 26, 2018 (Swan & Dolphin Resort) – COMPLETE
  3. Parisian Breakfast held at Chefs de France on Oct. 27, 2018 (Epcot, France) – COMPLETE
  4. The Parisian Afternoon – Sandwiches, Macarons and Bubbles! Lunch held at Monsieur Paul on Oct. 27, 2018 (Epcot, France) – COMPLETE
  5. Italian Regional Food & Wine Pairing Luncheon held at Tutto Gusto on Oct. 29, 2018 (Epcot, Italy)

Other Special Dining Events

  1. Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party (attended after fireworks) with Plaza Garden Viewing (Magic Kingdom) – Part I (Details and Show) – COMPLETE
  2. Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party – Part II (Dessert Party)COMPLETE
  3. Frozen Ever After Dessert Party (held in Norway pavilion due to inclement weather) followed by reserved waterside viewing for Illuminations (Epcot)

Miscellaneous Non-Food Stuff

  1. Polynesian Village Resort & Room 2603 (Samoa Longhouse)COMPLETE
  2. Torch Lighting Ceremony at The Polynesian COMPLETE
  3. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party held on Thurs., Oct. 25, 2018 (Magic Kingdom) – COMPLETE
  4. Wilderness Lodge Room 5056 – COMPLETE
  5. Rivers of Light Fast Pass Viewing vs. Dining Package (Animal Kingdom)
  6. Boardwalk Inn Room 3289
  7. Halloween at the Boardwalk (plus a few photos from the Yacht Club)
  8. Port Orleans Riverside Room 8088 (Magnolia Bend, Acadian Mansion)

 

(Kudos to anyone who recognized that the above photo and the next one were taken on Epcot’s Spaceship Earth ride.)

Tuesday, October 23 – Arrival Day (Polynesian Village Resort, Grand Floridian Resort)

My morning was mostly uneventful, with only a small delay going through security when the gentleman in front of me had his home canned pickles confiscated, as there apparently was more than the allowed 3.4 ounces of pickle juice included with them in the jar.  Lol.  After that though it was smooth sailing (or flying)…
…with my Frontier flight taking off on time at about 10:00 a.m. Central Time and landing about 2 1/2 hours later (or  about 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time) at the Orlando (MCO) airport. Despite a quick bathroom break, a slight detour from my normal path due to some construction in the main terminal, and a longer than usual Magical Express check in line, I was still on my ME bus by about 2:00.  It was during my walk through the airport that I received a text saying my room at the Polynesian was ready.  I had been assigned to Room 2603 on the 2nd floor of the Samoa longhouse.  Also included in the text was a link to this Polynesian Resort map…
With the help of the map plus having just stayed at the Polynesian last year, I was able to find my longhouse and room pretty quickly once the ME bus let us off at the front entrance of the Great Ceremonial House (where the main lobby of the resort is located).   So by 3:00 I was already in my room taking photos like this one that I sent to my family of the beautiful view out my window…

My Review of Samoa Room 2603 & the Polynesian Village Resort

Next was a visit to the front desk to take care of a Magic Band issue, a park ticket issue, and to confirm that everything was in order to begin using my Dining Plan.  It was during this visit to the front desk that I was given this lei…

Then after a quick stop at Captain Cook’s (the Polynesian’s quick service restaurant) to pick up the refillable mug which was included in my dining plan…

NOTE: Though I was hoping to get the cute Halloween themed mug that I’d seen in photos, there weren’t any available at Captain Cook’s (as of October 23rd).  My color choices at Captain Cook’s for the lid of the regular mug were red, blue, pink and purple.

…it was on to the Tiki Terrace of Trader Sam’s.

My Late Lunch at Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace

When I returned to my room my luggage had arrived from the airport and been delivered there.  I took some time to get my stuff organized and take more photos of my room.  Then it was time to go outside to the Great Ceremonial House Lawn for…

The Polynesian’s Torch Lighting Ceremony

At about 7:45 I was my way to dinner when I saw another activity taking place on the Great Ceremonial House lawn…

The activity seemed to involve lighted hula hoops and lots of kids having fun.

But no hula hooping for me, ’cause my plan for this evening was to meet up with my friend, Rachel, for dinner at one of my favorite Disney restaurants.  So I boarded the monorail (on the 2nd floor of the Great Ceremonial House) and got off at the next stop, the Grand Floridian, where I had to stop and take a picture (or two) of the beautiful lobby…

And also stop for a minute to listen to the orchestra…

Then it was down the stairs, out the back door and down the path to the waterfront, where Narcoossee’s is located…

Dinner at Narcoossee’s on the Deluxe Dining Plan

4 Deluxe Dining Plan Credits used ($222.91 total value), 5 Credits Remaining

Wednesday, October 24 – Polynesian Village Resort, Epcot, Grand Floridian Resort

On this first morning of my trip I was awake very early and ready to start my day with breakfast to go from the Polynesian’s quick service restaurant.  So at 7:00 a.m. I made the short walk over to…

Breakfast from Captain Cook’s

I left my room at the Polynesian at about 9:45 a.m. and took the walking path through the resort’s grounds to get to the Ticket & Tranasportation Center.  I reached the Bag Check/Security Line there at about 9:55.  Unfortunately a large tram load of people from the parking lot arrived just before me, so the line was quite long.  After about 10 minutes I was through the line and made my way to the Epcot monorail platform.  And of course, a monorail had just left the station as I was climbing up the ramp so I had to wait about another 10 minutes for the next one.  It took a few minutes for the guests to get off and for us to board, so it was about 10:18 when our monorail left the T&TC.  It was about a 10 minute ride to Epcot so we arrived there just before 10:30.  It took about another 15 minutes to get through the Epcot Bag Check/Security line and make my way through Future World.

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So at about 10:45, one hour after leaving my room at the Polynesian, I had reached my first destination in Epcot’s World Showcase…

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12 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booths Visited Over 3 Days

After using my first two DDP snack credits (of 6 total) at the Food & Wine Festival Canada and Greece booths, I still had about two hours to kill before my lunch reservation.  So I took my time exploring the shops in the countries of Mexico, Norway, China, and Germany before reaching my lunch destination, Italy’s Tutto Italia…

Lunch at Tutto Italia on the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan 

After lunch I went to the movie next door in the American pavilion, I watched the first show of the night by Billy Ocean outside at the American Gardens Theatre, and I had two more snacks from the Food & Wine Festival booths before making my way to the front entrance of Future World and out of Epcot.

1 Deluxe Dining Plan Meal Credits used ($79.88 Total Value), 4 Credits Remaining

4 Deluxe Dining Plan Snack Credits used (Total value $32), 2 Credits Remaining

I then took the monorail back to the Ticket & Transportation Center, but instead of walking from there back to my room at the Polynesian I transferred to the Resort Monorail and got off at the next stop…the Polynesian Resort.  From there it was a short walk back to my room.  I then had a little down time there before I needed to change clothes and get back on the monorail, which took me to my dinner destination at the Grand Floridian.

In case you don’t recognize the restaurant from the photo of its menu, my dinner destination was…

Dinner at Citricos with the Deluxe Dining Plan

2 Deluxe Dining Plan Meal Credits used ($99.32 Total Value), 2 Credits Remaining

And here’s how my numbers looked at the end of Day 2 on My Disney Experience…

Thursday, October 25 – Polynesian Village Resort, Magic Kingdom

In preparation for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party that I was planning to attend that evening, I slept in on the second morning of my trip.  Then after getting my dining notes up to date, I headed to Captain Cook’s in search of some breakfast…

Breakfast from Captain Cook’s Again

By 11:30 that morning I had taken the Resort Monorail to Magic Kingdom and was taking photos of the Halloween decorations around the Town Square…

 

And just as I was about to head over to Tony’s to check in for my lunch reservation, the Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play it! began…

This fun, little mini-parade only took a couple of minutes to pass through the Town Square area and head down Main Street toward the castle so I stuck around to watch it.  Then I headed inside Tony’s Town Square Restaurant…

 Tony’s Town Square Restaurant Lunch with Deluxe DDP (Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package)

1 Deluxe Dining Plan Meal Credit used ($72.42 Total Value), 1 Credit Remaining

I left Tony’s at around 1:15 and found a bench underneath the train station where I could sit and watch for the Reserved Area for the parade to open.  This reserved area was the circle in the center of Town Square (where the flag pole is located) and the entrance area (which was still roped off) faced Tony’s restaurant.  As soon as I saw that the Castmembers (who were posted there) were starting to let guests in (at about 1:30) I walked over and presented my VIP voucher/card.  Being one of the first guests to arrive, I staked out a prime spot with a straight-on view of Main Street and the castle…

As I sat and waited for the parade to begin (which wasn’t until 2:00, in Frontierland), the reserved area filled up around me but was not nearly as crowded as the rest of Main Street.  Also as the curbs and sidewalks filled, many new arrivals would try to sit down right in front of our roped off reserved area or even try to crawl under the ropes.  Thankfully there were several Castmembers patrolling the area and did a great job of taking care of this problem.

At about 2:00 the Main Street Philharmonic Band made their way down Main Street…

Then nothing for about 1/2 hour.  At about 2:30 I saw this…

The lead float of the Festival of Fantasy Parade, with Beauty and the Beast on the front…

Other highlights of the parade were the Tangled float…

Little Mermaid…

Peter Pan…

Brave…

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs came strolling along…

Pinocchio led by Jiminy Cricket…

Donald and Daisy Duck…

The stars of the parade, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, led by Goofy, Chip & Dale…

And at 2:42 was THE END…

But wait, where was my favorite float?  The Sleeping Beauty one with Maleficent in dragon form…

Led by really cool looking Thorn Stilt Walkers…

But the coolest part…

– Photos I took in October 2014 –

I did some online research and learned that the dragon had a fiery death back in May 2018.

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Wow, I’d completely missed that one!   I was glad to hear though that the dragon is expected to return eventually…maybe it has already???  UPDATE: It returned on January 25th!

After the parade I used my 3 Fast Passes to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Peter Pan, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  By 5:30 I was done with these, plus It’s a Small World, so I headed to check in a bit early for my solo dinner reservation at…

Pre-MNSSHP Dinner at The Plaza with the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan

1 Deluxe Dining Plan Meal Credit used ($53.25 Total Value)

0 Dining Credits, 2 Snack Credits Remaining

After dinner it was time for the…

2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Review

Friday, October 26 – Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Swan & Dolphin Resort, & Wilderness Lodge Resort

I was up early today, as it was my packing and moving day.  But first I had breakfast scheduled at 7:45.  Before heading into the Polynesian’s Great Ceremonial House, I made a quick stop at Captain Cook’s to refill my mug with coffee.  Then it was on to my solo breakfast at…

Review of My Breakfast at Kona Cafe

On the second floor of the Polynesian’s Great Ceremonial House, right next door to Kona Cafe, is Kona Island.  In the morning this serves as a coffee bar and has this menu…

After my breakfast at Kona Cafe I stopped by to take a few photos of their “Baked Fresh Daily Pastries” starting with their…

Banana Nut Bread – $3.49

 

Assorted Muffins – $3.49 (I think these were from Left to Right: Blueberry, Mocha Kona (with macadamia nuts), and Chocolate Chip)

 

Turnovers – $3.79

I was surprised to see “Krispy Kreme-like” Glazed Donuts here for $1.99

 

Another photo of a turnover and donut on display…

There were also…

Scones – $3.49

And…

Assorted Fruit Danish – $3.79 

In addition to regular croissants there were also Chocolate Croissants for $3.99 (shown underneath the Cinnamon Bun

And speaking of the Cinnamon Buns, they were selling for $4.29

All of these pastries were also available for 1 Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit.  Though I still had 2 unused snack credits at this time, I had just filled up with pancakes at Kona Cafe so no pastries for me.  But I must say that these pastries looked fresher and tastier plus there was more variety than what I had seen at the Polynesian’s quick service restaurant, Captain Cook’s.  I wish I had explored this option earlier in my stay at the Polynesian.  If I stay here again I will definitely give Kona Island a try for breakfast.

After checking out the offerings at Kona Island it was back to my room to pack up for my transfer to the Wilderness Lodge.  While packing that morning there was a rainstorm outside so I stayed in my room until I had to check out at 11:00.  After arranging for my luggage to be transferred, I left my room.

But before leaving the Polynesian, I wanted to use my second to the last of my 6 snack credits at…

My Visit to the Pineapple Lanai

1 Deluxe Dining Plan Snack Credit used (Value $6.38), 1 Credit Remaining

I waited out the rain undercover at one of the tables by the Pineapple Lanai and enjoyed my snack at a leisurely pace.  Then I headed over to the bus stop to catch a bus to Hollywood Studios, where I fast passes scheduled that afternoon for my three favorite DHS rides.

I had forgotten until our bus arrived at the park that the previous resort bus stop pickup and drop off area was closed off due to construction of the Skyliner station at DHS…

So we were dropped off in a makeshift bus stop area back in the DHS parking lot, which was a bit longer walk to/from the park entrance.

But anyway, anyone recognize the location where my first FP of the afternoon was used?…

If you said, “Tower of Terror” you are correct!

My next stop was for lunch in the new Toy Story Land…

My Lunch at Woody’s Lunch Box 

After lunch I used my second FP to ride Toy Story Mania and then decided to use my final snack credit for a snack from this food truck/kiosk that was parked along Hollywood Boulevard, close to/in front of the Chinese Theatre…

Though they sold popcorn here in Star Wars-themed souvenir buckets, they were not available for a Dining Plan snack credit.  So my snack credit eligible choices here were a regular popcorn ($5.00 value), a Chocolate Chip Cookie ($3.50), a Soft Drink ($4.75), Bottle of Water ($3.50) or my choice…

 

Mickey Pretzel with Cheddar Cheese Flavored Sauce – $7.00

With tax this would have cost $7.46 out of pocket, so a very good value for one snack credit.  However, it was disappointing because the pretzel tasted stale.  It was helped by covering it with cheese sauce…

But in the end, about 1/2 of it went into the garbage. And that folks was end of my Disney Dining Plan credits, as you can see from my pretzel receipt…

1 Deluxe Dining Plan Snack Credit used (Value $7.46), 0 Credits Remaining

And so as promised in my trip introduction, here are my final numbers and thoughts regarding the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan…

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Crunching the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan Numbers & Final Thoughts

Not long after using my third Fast Pass to ride Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster, it was time to head out towards my next dining destination.  Boarding a boat from Hollywood Studios at around 5:00 I arrived about 15 minutes later at the boat’s first stop, the Swan & Dolphin Resort.  Here I was up with my friend, Rachel, to attend the…

My Review of the 9th Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

After the Classic ended at 9:00 Rachel’s husband picked her up from the Swan and the two of them kindly gave me a ride to the Wilderness Lodge, my resort home for the next two nights.  I had originally planned to catch a Disney bus from the Swan to Magic Kingdom and then a bus or boat from there to the Wilderness Lodge, but with the direct ride there I was in my room taking photos by 9:30.

Wilderness Lodge Room #5056

Watching HalloWishes from the balcony of my room was a perfect ending to another great day (Day #4) at Disney World…

Then it was time for bed, because Day #5 would be a very busy one.

Saturday, October 27 – Wilderness Lodge Resort, Epcot, Magic Kingdom

At just before 8:00 a.m. I left my room and headed towards the bus stop.  While crossing the 5th floor walkway/hallway over the Wilderness Lodge’s beautiful lobby I had to stop to take a few photos…

Things were pretty quiet there, even in the usually “not quiet” restaurant, Whispering Canyon…

I think the restaurant had been open since 7:30, but I only saw one table occupied on this Saturday morning…

 

Then it was on to the bus stop to catch a bus to Epcot.  I arrived at Epcot’s main entrance before the park opened at 9:00 and attempted to enter early with other guests who had early breakfast reservations in the park (including the Parisian Breakfast that I was heading to).  Unfortunately though, since my friend Nicole had made our reservation for the breakfast and was unable to link me to the reservation on MDE it did not show up when they scanned my Magic Band.  So even though I showed them a screenshot of the reservation I was not allowed in the park early.  Nicole and the rest of our French breakfast group were staying at the Boardwalk so were entering the park from the International Gateway that morning so it was just me that was forced to wait until they opened the flood gates at 8:55.  I was close to the front of the crowd so was able to make it all the way from the front of the park to France at the back in about 10 minutes.  I actually beat Nicole and the rest of the group to Chefs de France for…

Our Parisian Breakfast 

After breakfast Nicole’s group headed to DHS but I had a couple of Fastpasses to use in Epcot.  So I left Chefs de France and the France pavilion at about 10:30 and spent the next couple of hours in Future World, first riding my favorite Epcot ride, Soarin’.  As I walked by the Garden Grill restaurant (also in the Land pavilion) I checked the sign for their current prices…

Ever since I had a great breakfast there a couple of years ago I’ve been interested in giving lunch a try but when I saw the $52.00 price I decided to wait for another trip when I might have a Tables in Wonderland discount.  So then it was on to Spaceship Earth to use my second Fastpass…

After this it was back to the France pavilion to continue my day of bottomless mimosas at Monsieur Paul…

The Parisian Afternoon – Sandwiches, Macarons and Bubbles! Lunch 

I left Monsieur Paul and the France pavilion at about 3:15 and made my way to the front of the park and out to the bus stop to catch a bus back to the Wilderness Lodge.  This process went unusually quickly, as I was back in my room shortly after 4:00.  But I didn’t stay there for very long.  At about 5:30 I headed downstairs to the…

My Dinner at the Territory Lounge

After returning to my room for a jacket and bag, I made my way out of the lodge and towards the bus stop.  On my way out I noticed this display in the window which featured Donald and Daisy Duck.  I liked it so much that I stopped to take a photo of it…

Then I continued on to the bus stop, where I boarded a bus to Magic Kingdom.  Note: The other transportation option to Magic Kingdom from the Wilderness Lodge is to take a boat from the boat dock.

I arrived at the park and was through security and the gate quickly, so I had some extra time to kill.  I decided to use this extra time to look around inside the Main Street Confectionery…

One of their window displays featured Cotton Candy…

Inside I was surprised to see a machine with fresh cotton candy being spun and bagged by a castmember.  I guess I had never noticed this before during my previous visits to the Confectionery.

There were other castmembers who were busy making caramel apples…

I also noticed that on October 27th they already had some Christmas merchandise out…

After leaving the Confectionery I stopped to enjoy the window displays along Main Street, as I made my way towards my destination.

I of course had to stop to admire the crystal Cinderella’s Castle on display in the window of the Crystal Arts shop…

I love how the lighting inside makes it change colors…

This limited-edition Walt Disney World Cinderella Castle sculpture made by Arribas Brothers is covered in thousands of Swarovski crystals and sells for a mere $37,500.  Or you can get a miniature version for just $6500.  Maybe someday when I win the lottery?  Of course, I guess you first have to buy a ticket before you can win.   Image result for laughing emoji

I then proceeded to my destination…

Happily Ever After Fireworks followed by the Dessert Party  – Part I (Details & Show) 

Happily Ever After Fireworks followed by the Dessert Party – Part II (Dessert Party)

Sunday, October 28 – Wilderness Lodge Resort, Contemporary Resort, Animal Kingdom, Beach Club Resort, and Boardwalk Inn

I was up early on this morning and at about 7:30 I went downstairs in search of breakfast from the Wilderness Lodge’s quick service restaurant…

Breakfast “To-Go” from Roaring Fork

After breakfast it was time to pack my bags and send them off (via Bell Services) to my next resort, the Boardwalk Inn.

I then left my room shortly after 10:30 and headed toward the dock to catch a boat to the Contemporary.  I stopped along the way to soak up the beauty of the Wilderness Lodge grounds for one last time (on this trip) and took a few photos…

There was a sword fight going on…

Then it was on to the dock, just in time to catch my boat, the Blue Flag boat…

This small, open boat runs between the Fort Wilderness Resort, Wilderness Lodge, and the Contemporary (where I was headed).  There is another small boat (I think it’s the Red Flag) which runs between the Wilderness Lodge and Magic Kingdom.  And then there is also this larger, enclosed boat which goes to and from Magic Kingdom.  This boat was at the dock as we pulled away…

I had boarded the Blue Flag boat a few minutes before 11:00 and about 10 minutes later we arrived at the Contemporary…

 

So I had a little time before our 11:25 brunch reservation.  I first stopped to take a few photos before going inside…

Once inside I also made a quick stop at the Contempo Cafe.

Though it was 11:15 by this time, they still seem to be serving breakfast.  So sadly their display case still had breakfast pastries, instead of the cupcakes and other desserts that I was hoping to photograph.  But I took a few photos anyway.

There were Cinnamon Buns for $4.29

Apple-Cinnamon Muffins for $3.49

Cream Cheese Danish

 

Chocolate Croissants

And Strawberry Strudel Muffins for $3.49

 

Next up: Brunch at California Grill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Fall into the Magic with Me! Oct. 23 – Nov. 4, 2018 Trip Report (Updated 4/23)

  1. While waiting for your next update to your latest dining report I have been going back and reading some of your previous dining reports. I just finished reading when you, your son, and your daughter went to Raglan Road to be there at midnight when your son turned 21. If I did my math right your son and my son have the exact same birthday, December 15, 1995. I have been reading your dining reports off and on since you were on the disboards. Thank you for doing them. You have similar tastes in food as I do so your reviews give me a good indication whether I’m going to like a place or not. My next trip is planned for this May for my daughter’s 21st birthday. I am letting her plan where we will eat. We are going to several of her old favorites but I am excited that she has picked some new places too. Thank you again for doing these reports!

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    1. Hello Deana!

      Thank you so much for letting me know that you are following along on my blog. Yesterday I received notification from WordPress that I’d started my blog three years ago, which is also when I left the disboards. I really miss the immediate questions/comments/ feedback/discussion that was received after posting dining reviews on the boards. However, I just couldn’t abide by their 3 month rule for dining reports and still maintain the quality that I wanted for my reviews. So thank you again for taking the time to let me know you’re following along. It’s encouraging to know that my reviews are still being read and are helpful.

      P.S. You are correct! Our sons were born on the same day. It was fun celebrating his 21st with him at Disney. Hope you have a great time celebrating with your daughter in May!

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      1. My daughter has celebrated her birthday in Disney several times since it is May 27th and usually falls around Memorial Day but my son had never been able to celebrate in Disney because of school, finals etc. He finally was able to be there this last December for his birthday although I think he had to work that day. He was a cast member through the Disney College Program this past fall. He worked at Sunshine Seasons. He graduated last May and went to Disney in August. This was his second time in the Disney College Program. He originally planned to stay permanently since he likes working for Disney but ended up taking a better job offer in Madison, Wisconsin and moved up there in late January during the polar vortex.

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