Saturday, June 15, 2013

Disney Food

We did the Disney Dining Plan.  That gave each of us a quick service meal and a table service meal and a snack each day.

With each meal, you get dessert.

The best tip we received before going on the trip was that the counter service meals and simply 4 meals but the table service meals are 2 adult meals, 2 kid meals.  So we would stare at the menu, Jeff would take the kids to sit down, I would order 4 adult meals (so that we got more food and got desserts for the kids, too), and then we didn't have to have a kid meal - which were really small portions.  There were days that a kids meal was exactly what Zach needed (an uncrustable, grapes, and apple slices with some chocolate milk was just what the doctor ordered).  But at Epcot - 4 adult meals and 4 servings of ice cream was perfect.

Anyway, I didn't take pics of all our food.  But I did take pics of some of our food.  The food at Disney isn't incredible and it is over priced.  But it was fun to eat stuff we might not normally try.  I understand there are restaurants at Disney that truly are 4 star dining experiences.

CORAL REEF
Coral Reef is a table service restaurant in EPCOT.  It's next to the Finding Nemo area - which was a favorite area of the park for us.  We loved the aquariums and Turtle Talk with Crush and the Nemo ride. 

Mahi mahi with a coconut lime sauce, scallops, shrimp, and cilantro.

Steak, cheesy mashed potatoes, asparagus and carrots (and Zach's broccoli).
My dessert - some type of mousse.  It had alochol in it - 2 kinds.  It was very yummy and very rich!
Jeff's dessert - molten chocolate raspberry cake, raspberry gelato with chocolate shavings.

MAGIC KINGDOM
We didn't do a table service meal at Magic Kingdom.  We did, however, discover one of the most awesome snack credit options - the ice cream shop on Main Street.  Teagan had a root beer float, Zach had 2 scoops of ice cream, and Jeff and I shared this tasty treat!

A snack credit - 2 chocolate chip cookies and 3 scoops of ice cream!  Perfect to share.  We chose cookie dough ice cream.  

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

A favorite snack - the Mickey pretzel!!
We had lunch at a pizza place (Toy Story themed).  Pizza was fine.  But the desserts stole the show! 

Espresso cupcake

Darth Vader chocolate peanut butter cupcake - so good!


DOWNTOWN DISNEY

We had lunch at an Italian place - Portobello.  It was very good.  

This used to be olive oil and roasted garlic.  As the only one in my family who really loves garlic, I had it all to myself!

Black fettucine with asparagus and shrimp

white chocolate custard - basically a really thick creme brulee
Obviously we ate food that I didn't take pictures of.

One of the best values in the food court at our resort was the make your own pasta.  Choose a sauce, choose a pasta, choose chicken or shrimp, and then load on the veggies.  One night, I had penne with pesto, spinach, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and garlic.  Another night, I had penne with alfredo, spinach, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, peas.  I couldn't ever finish the dish!!

We had several Mickey rice krispy treats and liked them but none of us loved them.

We ate at Cosmic Ray's at Magic Kingdom.  That was good - the kids loved Sonny Eclipse (entertainment).  The food was fine - burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, etc.  The toppings bar is pretty epic - sauteed mushrooms, sauteed onions, and then all the typical fresh stuff.

We had a snack at Seasons in EPCOT - I had a baked good with a guava cheese filling that was very good.

I didn't get to snack or eat my way around EPCOT the way I wanted to do.  Must go back in October someday for the Food & Wine Festival.  Must.  We had lunch in the China Pavilion.  Jeff and the kids had orange chicken and I had a curry dish that was tasty but not spicy.

One of my favorite meals had to be Tusker House.  We had a reservation time that allowed us to have both breakfast and lunch as we were there for changeover.  The food is African and Middle Eastern but plenty of non-ethnic food as well (buffet).  I got to eat all kinds of "weird" flavors and dishes while Jeff and the kids could stick with normal foods (but get in an adventurous bite if they wanted to!!).

I also love the breakfast buffet at 1900 Park Fare.  Lobster benedict.  Mickey waffles.  Cheesy scrambled eggs.  Cheese blintzes.  Crepes.  Omeletes made to order.  Good stuff!

At the end of the trip, after being very well fed for each day we were there, we had 12 snack credits left!  So we hit the general store in our resort and stocked up on jelly beans, gummies, crackers, and cookies and came home with yummy reminders of our vacation!

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1 comment:

Garret Atherton said...

Disney food can be drab and is definitely overpriced like other theme parks. I'm glad you featured the non-drab. Looked great!