Disney “Mug-o-Mania”!

All this talk about Starbucks’ new WDW “You Are Here Collection” coffee cups has fans far-and-wide wound up into a mug-related frenzy.  You’ve seen them, I’m sure.

Starbucks Mugs

Well, I was recently on a social media site whose Disney forum had spun into a string of posts that could only be described as Disney “Mug-o-Mania”!  On major steroids!

Fans from all over the world were posting pictures of their mugs.  Mugs were displayed by the pairs … and, by the DOZENS!  Uh, yes.  Dozens!  To see is to believe!

Tons of Mugs

Anyway, this put me to thinking.  What are my favorite Disney mugs?  Well, I don’t have a collection, per se, but I do have some favorites.  For example, refillable mugs come and go, but resort mugs are hard to find.

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Coronado Springs, of course!

Mrs. All in WDW and I got these two beauties, this past Christmas, from a long-time friend of ours – a colleague of mine from work …

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What a friend!  Now, she knows how much we love Walt Disney World!  What a great gift!

How about you?  Do you have a Disney mug collection?  Do you have your favorite mug for enjoying your morning “cup-o-joe”?  Post a picture!  We want to see it!

Reply to All in WDW on Twitter or on Facebook.  Let’s see your mugs!

 

Dining Recon: Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Did you try your hand at yesterday’s “Table Service Trivia”?  How’d you do?  Did you know that our rich merchant built a hotel that includes the Yak & Yeti Restaurant?

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As evidenced on the back of their menu, here is how the Yak & Yeti’s story goes …

“Your path to discovering Yak & Yeti begins at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, a major crossroads of cultures.  The majestic sight of Mount Everest is just above the horizon.

Traders, pilgrims, and armies have passed through this small, rural kampong, or village, on a well-travelled road to India snaking through China and Southeast Asia.

Here in the town of Anandapur lives a rich merchant, Arjun, who has fallen on hard times and has turned his large home into the Yak & Yeti Hotel.  The hotel is the kind of boutique hotel that wealthier adventure travelers might seek out in India.

While travelers rest at the hotel, the owner and other families reside there.  The decor, as well as the furniture, at Yak & Yeti is an amalgamation of mismatched artifacts Arjun has collected through his years of travel in Southeast Asia.

In the center of the hotel is the full-service Yak & Yeti Restaurant, which features local Pan-Asian cuisine.”

For the full scoop, check out the back of that menu!

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Then, take a tour through some of the Yak’s decor and, more importantly, their food!  Enjoy and bon appetit!

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It was quite a crowded day!

Into the restaurant!

Into the restaurant!

The bar area.

The bar area.  Few seats but fun.

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The dining room is roomy but the furniture is kind of plain.  You can see some of Arjun’s “artifacts” on display.

There is upstairs seating, but we didn't get a look.

There is upstairs seating, but we didn’t get to take a look.

Mrs. All in WDW and I were, actually, there to meet with friends.  Therefore, my photo tour was somewhat limited.  Having said that, we did get the important stuff … the cuisine!

We shared Wok-Fired Green Beans for an appetizer, for example.  These were very well-battered green beans with a deliciously sweet Thai chili dipping sauce.  Yum!

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For an entree, I had Lo Mein – Chicken.  It was very good and included Lo Mein noodles, carrots, cabbage, green onions, bean sprouts, and, of course, chicken.

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Mrs. All in WDW ordered a stir-fried beef and broccoli dish that, sadly, doesn’t seem to be on the Yak’s menu these days.  It’s too bad.  Simple as it was, she really enjoyed it!

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One of our friends chose Tempura Shrimp with chili plum sauce, jasmine rice, and stir-fried vegetables.

A very attractive presentation!  It was also something he’d had before.  It was good enough to desire an encore serving, I’ll tell you that much!

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Finally, the last member of our quartet selected Crispy Honey Chicken.

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The current price for these entrees rests in the $19 range.  A bit costly, in my mind, but you’re paying for the restaurant’s “legend” and decor.  And, plus, it is Disney.  Food’s supposed to be expensive, right?

All in all, we had a good time with friends.  We experienced some tasty dishes and enjoyed our visit.  You should stop in and see Arjun, my friends.  He’ll treat you right!

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Bonus Coverage! MORE Food!  All in WDW’s thanks go out to Kelli Kopaczynski‎ for this additional contribution!

Kelli maintains that, “These Ahi Tuna Nachos for Two at the Yak & Yeti were amazing.  Oh, and the Thai Chili Chicken Wings too!  I was so amazed by [the nachos].  The flavors were perfect and they used wonton chips.”

More Yak & Yeti Food

The “nachos” are made with sushi grade ahi, Asian slaw, crispy fried wontons, wasabi aioli, and a sweet soy glaze.

The chicken wings are fried and tossed in a sweet Thai chili sauce.  They are accompanied by spicy Asian pickled cucumbers.  Yum!

Table Service Trivia! Huh?

Everything in WDW has a back story, eh?  Well, how well do you know the “legends”?

Here’s a first.  A “Table Service” trivia question?  OK, Bob.  Count us in!  Well, thank you, my friends!

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Answer me this …

A rich merchant has fallen on hard times and has turned his large home into a hotel.  It is a hotel of the kind that a wealthy traveler might seek.

In the center of the hotel is a full-service restaurant.  What is the name of that restaurant?

 

Beverage Recon: Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Dawa Bar

What better way to enjoy a hot, Disney day in the Animal Kingdom than to stop for a few minutes, take a load off your tired, over-walked feet, and sip a cold beverage?

What better place than Dawa Bar?

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Attached to Tusker House Restaurant, and loitering around in the neighborhood of the recently-relocated Festival of the Lion King, it is one great outdoor “watering hole”.

Unfortunately, it boasts a sparse seating area.

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But, even though the establishment is usually pretty busy, there’s often a seat to claim at the bar, itself.

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If there’s one drawback to this little gem of a spot, though, it’s a lack of food options.  Often relegated to being Tusker House’s “waiting room”, you have to search elsewhere for a snack.

Such as …

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Mere footsteps away from Dawa, Harambe Fruit Market is littered with … well, fruit.  But, they also have …

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Pretzels!  Mickey Pretzels and Jalapeño Cheese Pretzels!  Mmmm.  They’re absolutely perfect when combined with the “star” of today’s “show”.  Ahhhh.

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Cheers, everyone!

Post “Game” Analysis: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Every “game” has it’s excruciatingly-detailed post “game” analysis, eh?

Why did Russell Wilson throw four interceptions this past weekend?  How did the Seahawks win their big game against the Packers anyway?

Where were the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday?  Did New England’s dastardly Patriots intentionally deflate the footballs used in the game in order to cheat Indy out of a fair chance to win?

How in “The World” did Expedition Everest beat Kilimanjaro Safaris again?  Or, did it?  Huh?

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Well, below, I present a brief look inside the numbers of our just-completed “tournament” to crown the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Disney’s Animal Kingdom Attraction.  Here’s our post “game” analysis …

As voted by you this past Sunday, the FINAL Top 4 were:

  1. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  2. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  3. Festival of the Lion King
  4. Kali River Rapids

But, even though Everest conquered Safaris by nine votes in that head-to-head competition, here’s the Final Four if we were to list them by overall vote totals received for the entire competition:

  1. Kilimanjaro Safaris (153 votes)
  2. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (152)
  3. DINOSAUR (82)
  4. Festival of the Lion King (53)

An all-too-slim triumph for the zebras and giraffes?  Hmm.  These two attractions are “too close to call”.

And, look at DINOSAUR!  Our 5th place finisher, it didn’t even make our official Final Four grouping.  Yet, it defeats our 3rd Place finisher, Festival of the Lion King, by a whopping 29 votes!

How have our Finalists changed over the years?  Take a look:

2013

  1. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  2. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  3. Festival of the Lion King
  4. Finding Nemo – The Musical

2014

  1. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  2. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  3. Finding Nemo – The Musical
  4. DINOSAUR

2015

  1. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  2. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  3. Festival of the Lion King
  4. Kali River Rapids

Finally, are your friends asking you for a recommendation as to what attractions to focus their time on when they visit WDW’s “kingdom of beasts”?  Well, here’s our “new” Top 10.  Tell them to use this list as a guide:

  1. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  2. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  3. Festival of the Lion King
  4. Kali River Rapids
  5. DINOSAUR
  6. Finding Nemo – The Musical
  7. Maharajah Jungle Trek
  8. It’s Tough to be a Bug!
  9. Flights of Wonder
  10. The Boneyard

If they spend their day at any of the above, they’ll likely be on the right track!

Thanks, again, for all your support, my friends!  I appreciate all of your participation and votes!  Next up?  Whatever’s left in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Oof.  That ought to be a challenge.