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December 28, 2012

BoardWalk Ballyhoo Guided Tour - Test Mode

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BoardWalk Ballyhoo Guided Tour - Test Mode

On select dates between now and January 25th, the Boardwalk Resort is conducting a new guest experience, the "BoardWalk Ballyhoo Guided Tour"!

This free 35 minute guided tour explores the history of the original boardwalk in Atlantic City that inspired our Disney Imagineers and showcases the artifacts, distinct period artwork and architecture unique to Disney's BoardWalk Resort.

The tour is offered:
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - December 26, 27 and 28,
Monday, Tuesday and Friday from January 07 through January 25.

The tour starts at 2PM and meets at the Belle Vue Lounge

This is a testing period for the tour to see if it might become a regular offering.

If you take the BoardWalk Ballyhoo Guided Tour during this test period, please leave a comment with your thoughts!

October 23, 2011

Walt Disney World Dining Bits and Bites


During my stay in Walt Disney World earlier this month, I was able to visit many restaurants and experienced many delights... and the occasional low-light. These bits and bites are based mainly based on this trip only, your experience or even mine in the future may be different.

To try and sum it up for you, here are my Dining Bits and Bites!


Kouzzina Breakfast Skillet! Savory eggs on top of sweet potato hash and topped with arugula salad - Super Yummy. The funny thing was I had been to Kouzzina early in my trip and breakfast was the menu I had grown to know and love. When I went back several days later, I couldn't figure ou what had happened to the menu! Finally asked the server and she explained it was brand new. While I will miss the breakfast flatbread and open faced omelet, the new breakfast skillet is a winner! I will be back next trip.

Whispering Canyon Café - Cheddar Cheese Soup $6.99 - with candied bacon and popcorn - wow!!!! We got to sample a small portion of the soup while dining at Artist Point and all 4 of us LOVED it!



Looking for a last-minute dinner can be very difficult, even for two. But in the Epcot resort area, we knew someplace had to have a table open.


I have often gone to the Captain's Grille at the Yacht Club for lunch, but finally tried out dinner. We had a great meal. Linda had the Grilled Rib-eye which she said was tender and flavorful. I had the Pan-Seared Chicken with white beans and smoked bacon - it was yummy! The only odd thing was that both of our knives seemed incredibly dull. We talked to the manager and he assured us the knives are sharpened on a regular basis. We suggested he take a look at the two we were using. The server was great and overall we were pleased! We will return!


Biggest Surprise #1 - Dinner at Boatwrights Port Orleans Riverside.


While we got off to a slow start with our server, eventually everything picked up and we had a wonderful dinner. We enjoyed the Grilled Pork Chop ($21.99), Tenderloin Medallions ($27.40), and the Prime Rib ($27.99).

I suggest making an evening of it - dine here then go see the YeeHawBob's show!

Biggest Surprise #2 - Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge has a flight of SAKE and it's $15! Believe it or not, a place in Oregon makes SAKE!



Il Mulino (Swan) - best Italian food on Disney property! The Carpaccio Di Tonno - Thinly Shaved, Center-Cut Tuna served with Arugula, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Fresh Lemon Juice $14 - melts in your mouth! Really enjoyed the well aged Parmigiano Reggiano (listed as an appetizer), or as I like to say dessert, for $8.00. If you are looking for a great red Italian wine, try: Antinori guardo al tasso - Brusciato with cabernet, merlot and syrah 2008 for $79.


Flying Fish (Boardwalk) continues to provide an outstanding dining experience in terms of service and food. Fresh Breakfast (Dolphin) wonderful, Artist Point (Wilderness Lodge), Jiko - awaiting a new chef (Animal Kingdom Lodge) !


Coral Reef - I so wanted to have a great experience here. The reviews we get are always mixed. Our food was good, however the server was far below average and made a couple huge mistakes that put a damper on the whole experience. The good news - there was a sea turtle was swimming by and hanging out through most of our dinner. You can't beat the atmosphere.

Coral Reef Turtle


Big River Grille on the Boardwalk
- Nothing fancy or special here. Consistent average pub food. The highlight is the microbrews and the option to dine outside and watch everyone strolling the boardwalk.


Best Kept Secret: Garden Grove (Swan) for non-character breakfasts and lunch. Food was consistently above average as was the service.

The breakfast buffet including Strawberries and Blueberries - my favs! Also, eggs made to order plus yummy bran muffins with raisins. Of course, all the usual breakfast foods are here as well.

Garden Grove at the Swan

Garden Grove at the Swan

For lunch, try the French Dip OR Mahi Fish Tacos.


I'm in search of an excellent theme park dining experience that combines food, theming, and service on a consistent basis. What do you recommend and why??!! Leave your comment below.

Photos from the are here with permission.

February 13, 2008

February WDW Trip Report Part 3b, Sunday 2/3/08

When I returned to the hotel I called WDW Dining and was able to get a reservation at the Brown Derby for dinner at 6:15pm. I lucked out since there was only one show of Fantasmic so anyone on the Fantasmic Dinner Package would be finishing by that time.

As I walked toward the Hat I noticed people lining up. I knew the parade had been earlier so I inquired as to what was going on. Turns out, High School Musical was about to begin. Sure enough, the music started and a float headed down the street.

High School Musical

I then wandered to the Brown Derby to get a peak at the dinner menu. I noticed folks were sitting outside and thought that would be wonderful to do.

Mickey and the Brooms

It has been a long time since I saw the Voyage of the Little Mermaid, one of my favorite attractions at the Studios. My timing was good, so I got into the inside waiting area. I hadn't had a chance to really look around in here before.. there are lots of neat objects to check out.



Time for dinner. I had my usual, the Cobb Salad. I really like the mixture of very cut up greens, vegis and meat. A wonderful dinner!!! I did get a table outside and enjoyed people watching as everyone headed over to Fantasmic!

Soon it was dark, dinner was over, and time to leave the Studios before Fantasmic ended!

The Hat

As I walked to the boat I thought about heading into Epcot and watch IllumiNations. As the boat slowly made it's way along the canal I decided to pass on Epcot. Yet, I wasn't ready to call it a night. I got off at the Boardwalk and wandered around. It was pretty crowded.

A large group of folks were at the ESPN club watching the Super Bowl.

ESPN Superbowl

Several entertainment acts were performing. This card trick magician was quite good.

ESPN Superbowl

After a while it was time to head back to the Yacht Club. Here's one last shot of the Boardwalk from the Yacht Club.

Boardwalk at Night

Early the next morning I got up and headed to the airport. Another trip had come to an end.


All photos taken with a Canon S5 IS digital camera. Other than cropping, no alterations to the photos were done.

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