“Paddling” to Victory! The WDW Table Service Draft Champ is Crowned!

Good morning, folks!  Happy Monday?  I know.  I’m not very happy about the fact, either.  Let’s talk about something more pleasant, shall we?  How about … Disney Dining!

Every good “competition” needs a re-cap, doesn’t it?  Well, here is my handful of “cents” as to why this past weekend’s Table Service Draft poll ended up as it did.

Did you listen to the show?  Did you vote?  Did you catch the results?  If you need some reminders, click these links …

The “Live” Podcast!
The “Scoreboard”!

What a wild ride!  You know, just after the draft ended, I found myself convinced that this was going to be an epic “horse race”.  Having said that, I was confident in my “team”.

Before I tell you why, let’s take a look at the culinary “empires” constructed by my comrades …

Dennis Conroy built an impressive collection of MY personal favorites.  The BOATHOUSE.  Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room.  Kona Cafe.

All of them are phenomenal … and, all of them are home to some of my favorite dishes on WDW property – Firecracker Shrimp, Bangers and Mash, and Pan-Asian Noodles with Chicken!

To see pictures of these three delicacies, check out the “still being built” WDW Main Street Pub Menu!  Yum!

Hey!  But, shouldn’t Be Our Guest Restaurant have put him over-the-top?  Belle and her beast weren’t quite enough, it seems.

John Peters capitalized on the character-filled popularity of Tusker House Restaurant, Chef Mickey’s, Cape May Cafe, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, and Cinderella’s Royal Table to power his conglomerate.

Of course, it didn’t end there.  Excellent strategy led John to claim several Signature favorites – Le Cellier Steakhouse, Flying Fish, and Victoria & Albert’s.  Strong effort, John!

With a group that included Jiko – The Cooking Place, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Morimoto Asia, Yak & Yeti Restaurant, and Spice Road Table, Doug Davis was true to his heart.  Only the “theft” of his Rose kept him from his own personal “Dream Team”.

Finally, that brings me to my “crew”.  What logic did I follow as I selected my restaurants?  Well, first, I owe Mr. Davis my thanks.

Why?  He kindly passed on my centerpiece – the “Crown Jewel” of Disney Springs.  Yes, my friends, Paddlefish led the way for my group!

I saw one comment from a reader – Curt Stone of the Geekin’ on WDW Podcast.  He summed up his feelings with, “Bob, you’re the only one with O’hana.  You win!”  Thanks, Curt!  Its selection was very intentional.

The science behind my choices was pretty straightforward, to be frank.  I mixed some traditional, old favorites – ‘Ohana, California Grill, Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Whispering Canyon Cafe, and Liberty Tree Tavern – with some brand new “attractions” – Paddlefish and Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’.

At the same time, I worked hard to cover the spectrum of cuisines and experiences – seafood, character opportunities, buffets, Signature dining, Italian, steakhouse, homestyle, barbecue, and bowling!

What did that all get me?  Well, it certainly was a clear-cut recipe for a hard-fought victory!

My friends, thank you from all four of us for your dedicated participation over the last few days.  We hope you enjoyed the show.  We hope you had fun with the vote!  See ya’ again … sometime really soon!

Double-Dippin’ on Disney with Main Street!

A lot going on in these parts, folks!  Take our mid-week show, for example.  Tony from Garden Grocer joins Doug and Dennis to discuss the advantages of having groceries delivered to your resort.

Hey!  They will deliver everything that you can get from your local store for very reasonable prices.  They even deliver beer and wine!  Hear more at …

WDW Main Street – Episode #351 – Garden Grocer!

After you catch up on that, step back into Main Street’s pub for a review of this week’s WDW news.  Who rants this week?  The gang gathers around to share their opinions on …

WDW Main Street – Episode #352 – Our Weekly News!

Pick the “Winner”! It’s the 2017 WDW Table Service Restaurant Draft! VOTE!

It’s Friday, folks!  Yahoo!  So.  How should we celebrate?  Well, with a good old traditional All in WDW poll, of course!

Let me ask you this … have you had a chance to catch our last show?  What?!  You haven’t?  Oh, you have to listen to this one …

WDW Main Street – Episode #350 – The EPIC Disney Table Service Restaurant Draft!

It’s phenomenal!  Trust me.  Why?  It was a controversy-filled blast!  For instance, which restaurant did I steal from Dennis?

Who was Doug mad at for half of the night?  Who saved John from losing an opportunity to pick his beloved Cape May Cafe?

It was ten rounds of fun-filled banter, my friends.  During which, we each tried to build the best collection of restaurants in “The World”!

Having said that, who gets to judge our work?  Why, you do, of course!  We’ve created four enviable culinary “empires”.  Here they are!

Doug

  1. 50’s Prime Time Café
  2. Jiko – The Cooking Place
  3. Boma
  4. The Hollywood Brown Derby
  5. Morimoto Asia
  6. Yak & Yeti Restaurant
  7. Narcoossee’s
  8. Spice Road Table
  9. Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen
  10. The Crystal Palace

Dennis

  1. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
  2. Biergarten Restaurant
  3. The BOATHOUSE
  4. Be Our Guest Restaurant
  5. Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
  6. Coral Reef Restaurant
  7. Kona Cafe
  8. Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
  9. Teppan Edo
  10. Tutto Italia Ristorante

John

  1. Le Cellier Steakhouse
  2. Flying Fish
  3. Victoria & Albert’s
  4. Chef Mickey’s
  5. Tusker House Restaurant
  6. Cape May Cafe
  7. Cinderella’s Royal Table
  8. T-REX
  9. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  10. Chefs de France

Bob

  1. Paddlefish
  2. ‘Ohana
  3. California Grill
  4. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
  5. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
  6. Yachtsman Steakhouse
  7. Sanaa
  8. Whispering Canyon Cafe
  9. Liberty Tree Tavern
  10. Splitsville Dining Room

Now, you get to VOTE!  What do you think?  Which collection is the most enticing?  Which “team” is the best?  VOTE in the poll below!

The EPIC Disney Table Service Restaurant Draft is Here!

Yes, my friends.  Draft season is among us.  What can we, here at All in WDW and WDW Main Street, dream up this year?

What am I talking about, you ask?  Draft season?  Well, those of you who have been following us for quite some time will remember the spectacle of the 2015 Fantasy Parks Draft.

Huh?  What was that?  Folks, to relive the magnificence – to find your way to all six (yes, I said “six”) episodes – click here …

Our Fantasy Parks Are Complete!  Which One Reigns Supreme?

In that post, you’ll find links to the shows, you’ll discover who “ruled the roost” (uh, spoiler, it was me), and you’ll discover a .pdf link detailing each one of our “fantasy parks”.

Take a look!  At the very least, “reading” the .pdf is worth the time!

So.  Back to the original question … what can we cook up this year?  The post’s title says it all.  Welcome to the WDW Table Service Restaurant Draft!

The latest episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast dropped last night (link below).  Listen to Doug, Dennis, John and I as we each make our ten selections.

We’ve each tried to build the best collection of restaurants in “The World”!  Having said that, who gets to judge our work?  Who?  You, of course!

Tomorrow morning, I’ll post each of our “restaurant empires” to the site.  Your job is easy.  VOTE!  Who won the draft?

In the meantime, please do your homework.  Listen to the show!  Catch it, here, at …

WDW Main Street – Episode #350 – The EPIC Disney Table Service Restaurant Draft!

Winter? Summer? Why Not Have Both?! [Polls]

After all of our trips to Walt Disney World, there are two specific activities in which Mrs. All in WDW and I have never participated.

Oh, there are many other things we haven’t done, mind you, but these … we’ve never even had an interest.  What are they, you ask?

Water parks and miniature golf.  Yes, folks.  We’ve never soaked at either Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon.  We’ve never putted at Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland.

What?!  That can’t be … can it?  You don’t know what you’re missing, Bob!  Well, it’s true, my friends.  It’s true.  You see, water parks are definitely not our thing.  And, putt-putt?  Aren’t there many better things to do?

Thankfully, our friend – John Peters – has tossed us a few pics of one of those, aforementioned, neglected venues – Winter Summerland Miniature Golf!  Let’s see if he can tempt us to bring our putters.

Located near Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney invites you to join Santa and his elves at their off-season retreat.  Why?  To enjoy two 18-hole golf “adventures”!

According to Disney, here’s the paraphrased and abbreviated legend …

“Late one Christmas Eve, as Santa was flying back to the North Pole, he discovered snow in Florida.

After surveying the strange sight, he decided to build a vacation destination for his off-duty elves … a Winter Summerland.

Seeing that the only thing Winter Summerland lacked was a golf course, Santa and his elves divided into 2 camps.  One group enjoyed the warm Florida sun.  The other one preferred the snow and cold of the North Pole.

The elves then built two distinctly different 18-hole golf experiences – a sand course named ‘Summer’ and a snow course named ‘Winter’!

Enjoy fun in the sun at the Summer course amid surfboards, sandcastles and ornaments hanging from palm trees.

Or, putt your way to the ‘North Hole’ on the Winter course.  Watch out for Squirty the Snowman, though!  This jolly soul sprays water at golfers when golf balls pass beneath him.”

So, let’s see what else you have here, John …

Now.  Is that all enough to make Mrs. All in WDW and I pick up our clubs?  Sadly, probably not.  But, let me do this … let me turn it over to you!

Have you gone “golfing”?  Have you surfed through a “typhoon” or “blizzard”?  Let us know, folks, in the polls below!  See ya’ tomorrow!