Guest Services to the Rescue!

Guest Services?  You ROCK!

Earlier this month, Mrs. All in WDW and I renewed our Annual Passes.  Of course, that offered us an opportunity to add to our Magic Band “collection”.  After all, who couldn’t use another Magic Band?!

Actually, I was quite excited.  Goodbye to 2014 and our blue Annual Passholder slider …

2014 Band

… and hello to 2015!  Yes?

Uh, no.  I customized our bands, which were sent to us quite quickly, and received two more 2014 sliders.  What?!

Never fear … Guest Services rushed in for a “save”.  One very friendly, five-minute, conversation with a Cast Member and all was made “right” in The World!

2015 Band

Plus, as a bonus, she let us keep the two extra 2014 sliders that we had received!  Guest Services?  You DO rock!

“Food” & Garden Flashback! 2015’s Party is only 35 Days Away!

Can you believe it?  It’s almost here!  Only 35 more days until the Epcot International “Food” (er, Flower) & Garden Festival opens up for business!

Food & Garden '14

“Food” & Garden ’14

What do we know, so far, about this Spring’s “shin-dig”?  Not much, but A.J. Wolfe’s Disney Food Blog gave us our first glimpses of details earlier this week.

Up to and including, what A.J. believes will be, a new South American-influenced “kiosk”, Epcot’s Outdoor Kitchens will be back!  Take a look at her full report here.

My friends, Disney seems to leak their festival menus a little bit at a time, but I can assure you that their full palate of delicacies will be coming very soon.  How do I know?  Well, based on 2014’s release, I would expect us to get news within the next two to three weeks.

In fact, those of you who have been around for a while will remember that All in WDW “scooped” the Disney-sphere with this post last February.  Want to see what was for lunch and dinner in 2014?  Click the link!

So, the big questions are … what dishes from 2014 will return this Spring?  What new creations will Epcot’s chefs have to offer this year?  Will The Smokehouse be back with its Pulled Pig Slider and its Smoked Beef Brisket?  When will the menus be released?

Pulled Pig Slider

Pulled Pig Slider

Smoked Beef Brisket - The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews (American Adventure)

Smoked Beef Brisket

I don’t know about you, folks, but we can’t wait to eat!  “Food” & Garden!  “Food” & Garden!  “Food” & Garden is almost here!!

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.”

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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?