Menu Under Construction: ESPN Club

Well, so it’s not just the menu that’s “under construction”.  The ESPN Club’s entire kitchen is being refurbished as well.  Hmm.  Somehow, we missed that “memo”.

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Much to our chagrin, Walt Disney World’s own web site says, “While the kitchen is being refurbished, ESPN Club is temporarily serving a quick-service menu of salads and sandwiches.”  Really?  Now, you tell us?

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Both of us were much too hungry to go in search of another venue in which to enjoy lunch, so I selected the Italian Sausage.  It tasted fine, but this and a bag ‘o chips?  For $13.99?  Really?!

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Ever diet-conscious, Mrs. All in WDW chose the House Salad with Chicken.  Simple but good, she claimed.

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Folks, all in all, our experience was just like it was billed … pretty Quick Service.  It was also quite pricey.

To be honest, unless you’re looking for a cold beer, we recommend you stay away from the ESPN Club until football season arrives.  The kitchen has to be all ready to go by then, wouldn’t you think?!

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Butterfinger Cupcake Sighting!

Leave it to Mrs. All in WDW to dig up hidden treasure in the most unexpected of places!  Starbucks!

I had just raced through Hollywood Studios in quest of a ride on Aerosmith’s outrageously outstanding roller coaster when I got this text …

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Ever the sleuth, she got someone at The Trolley Car Cafe to spill the truth.  Take it away, my dear …

“They can’t call them Butterfinger Cupcakes, but they are.  They cost $4.59, and you can even use your Starbucks card to buy one!”  Great work, Mrs. All in WDW!

Doug Davis, Dennis Conroy, and I had just discussed this on my last appearance on the WDW Main Street Podcast.

Here’s our answer, guys.  No, we don’t have to buy a coffee at Trolley Car only to, then, have to carry it over to Starring Rolls in order to acquire WDW’s most-delicious cupcake!

Bon appetit, everyone!

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Back to Mickey’s Bowling Alley?

And, back to “Square One”, I guess!  See? I told you that picking out a name for my fantasy park was hard work!

When it comes to yesterday’s choices, though, what was your verdict?  Uh, how about “Try again, Bob!  None of the above!”  Ugh!

Actually, you were “kind of” OK with Crescent Pointe, Crosswater Canyon, and Sunset Lakes.  That’s good.

The first two were favorites of mine.  The last one was Mrs. All in WDW’s early front-runner.  Those three names will be back.  As for the rest, we’ll go back to the drawing board.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll forgive us if we enjoy another quick bite at Downtown Disney’s Splitsville.

Click here to shop through a .pdf version of Splitsville’s FULL menu!

This visit, we chose a quick brew and a Super Tuna Roll!  Yum!  The sushi was our bartender’s recommendation, and he was “spot on” correct!

Ahi tuna, tempura shrimp, cream cheese topped with seared ahi, avocado, eel sauce, tempura flakes, and spicy mayo.  I’ll say it again, “Yum”!  Cheers, my friends!

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Name That Park! Monday “Market” Research! VOTE!

As you all know, by now, the gents at WDW Main Street and I have embarked on a Summer-long journey to “construct” our own theme parks and resorts.

My first twenty selections (of sixty picks total) include (in order):

  1. Yacht & Beach Club
  2. Spaceship Earth
  3. Coronado Springs Resort
  4. BoardWalk Inn & Villas, BoardWalk, Crescent Lake, and Friendship Boats
  5. Wishes nighttime spectacular
  6. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  7. Haunted Mansion
  8. Toy Story Midway Mania!
  9. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  10. Festival of the Lion King
  11. Sunshine Seasons
  12. Be Our Guest Restaurant
  13. Mouse Gear
  14. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
  15. Flame Tree Barbecue
  16. Space Mountain
  17. Starring Rolls Cafe
  18. Jungle Cruise
  19. 50’s Prime Time Café
  20. Art of Animation Resort

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Picking WDW icons to fill my “wonderland” is easy.  Naming the park has been a challenge!

Of course, it came a bit easier for some of us.  If you heard Round 2, for example, you know that Dennis, from Mainstreet, has tagged his “land” with the monicker of Conroy Kingdom!

As Mrs. All in WDW and I drove to Orlando this past weekend, we, also, racked our brains building a list of options. Which to choose?

Then, I had a great idea!  Market research!

If I were really going to open a park, and were looking for a great, catchy name, I’d use surveys, focus groups, the whole marketing enchilada!  In other words, I’d ask the potential “customer” – you!

So, here are our first attempts, folks.  VOTE for as many as THREE.  What would you like to see our Thrill Park called?  Do you like any of these?

If one of these names receives an overwhelming amount of support, it might just “win” outright.  If not, maybe we’ll come back with another batch of alternatives.  Let’s see how today’s voting goes.

Thanks for your support, folks!  We need your opinion, so let your voice be heard!  By the way, if you want to exercise your creativity and offer me another alternative to consider, please leave us comment.  We’d love to hear it!

Dining Recon: Breakfast at BoardWalk Bakery

A leisurely stroll through the All in WDW Fantasy Parks “empire” yesterday morning led my wife and I to breakfast.  A “bakery” breakfast.

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To listen to Round 2 of the 2015 Fantasy Parks Draft, click here.

To vote in our accompanying polls, click here.

Anyway, back to breakfast.  A bit pricey, at $7.99, I enjoyed, yet another, breakfast sandwich.

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To visit Dining Recon: The Trolley Car Cafe (and another great breakfast sandwich), click here.

To visit Dining Recon: Wolfgang Puck Express (ditto above), click here.

Great sandwich, BoardWalk, but I do have one gripe.  Where’s my salmon sandwich?  I was planning to come back for lunch!

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Yes, folks.  It is off the menu!  Bad form, Bakery.  Bad form.

Now that your part of the All in WDW Fantasy Parks “empire”, I’ll have to see what I can do to correct this terrible folly!

Hey!  Where’s that executive chef of mine?