Menu “Recon”: Catalina Eddie’s

So, yesterday when I posed the question, did you say that you miss Pizza Planet?  Yes?  Then, you might want to visit Catalina Eddie’s!

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Why is that, you ask?  Well, it is rumored that Eddie serves the exact same pizza as Hollywood’s, currently closed, Toy Story-themed venue.

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Besides ample outdoor seating – shared with the rest of Sunset Boulevard’s Counter Service options – what, exactly, can you find at Catalina Eddie’s?

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Yep!  There’s that pizza!  Pepperoni.  Cheese.  Even a Chicken Pesto Flatbread!  All served with Caesar Salad as a side!  Simple, but satisfying!  What’s your order, my friends?

Menu “Recon”: Fairfax Fare

Let’s see a show of hands.  Who, here, misses Pizza Planet?

What?!  Come on.  I know you’re out there!  After all, back in 2013, you voted it the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Disney’s Hollywood Studios Quick Service!

All right.  Well, as you undoubtedly know by now, Pizza Planet closed for refurbishment way back in January.  Whether it comes back with the same theme or not has been debated ever since.

Almost three months later, in April, Studio Catering Co. was shuttered, as well.  Wow!  Disney is closing down Hollywood’s Counter Service dining options as fast as they’re eliminating attractions!  All in the name of progress, I’m sure.

To see All in WDW’s previous Quick Service “recons”, click the links below …

Menu “Recon”: Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner

“Dining” Recon: Backlot Express Restaurant

Take a Trolley into Tuesday! Dining Recon: The Trolley Car Café!

It leaves us to wonder … what in The World is left?  The Holly-world, that is.  My friends, let’s spend a little bit of time down on Sunset Boulevard.  Disney hasn’t strolled down there yet, and that little thoroughfare is loaded with options!

First up?  Fairfax Fare!  A little stop with open-air seating nearby, it sports a barbecue-intensive menu.  Is it a fan favorite?  Hmm.  It very well could be.  Take a look!

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What looks good to you, my friends?  Barbecue?  Dogs?  Salad?  Make your choice, below!  Oh, and please come back tomorrow!  Our next stop?  Catalina Eddie’s!

 

Experience Mission: Space … AND its Variety of Missions?

Good morning, my friends!  You know, its great to see that there’s enough love out there to keep Mission: Space from joining WDW’s growing list of lost and retired attractions.

Yesterday’s vote, for instance, suggests that only 27% of respondents want the ride eliminated entirely.  On the other hand, 73% see some level of value in its entertainment.

Of that 73%, well over half, though, would like to see the attraction rehabilitated to, at least, a small degree.  Did you get a chance to register your opinion?  No?  Then, go back HERE and vote!

The commentary we received yesterday – regarding this little “imagineering” project of ours – was utterly phenomenal!  Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Opinions were a bit of a mix (some “for” and others “against”), but here’s a sampling …

“I just want to see Horizons back … fully upgraded/modernized and with plenty of easter eggs for fans of the original.”  -and-  “I don’t see any reason to get rid of it … but I loved Horizons.”

“I love this ride.  It’s one of my favorites.  Never get rid of it.”  – and –  “I almost passed out on that ride.”

“We went on that in September.  Hubby loved it.  Me, however, not so much.  I had to not look at the screen for a bit of it, and when I got off I had a banging headache all day!  Terrible, but I’d probably go on it again.  Haha.”

“That ride ruined my day.  Spent five hours staring at the floor and hoping I wouldn’t throw up.  Was the first year it was open and [“Orange” was] the only option.  Glad I did it, but any ride that has sick bags on it is not a happy place.”

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“Rehabilitate!  This ride is amazing.”  – and –  “I love [it] as is.  U.S. astronauts have ridden it and gave it a “thumbs up”, and that’s good enough for me!”

“My husband loves it, and I like it too, but I can only ride once if I’m going to avoid feeling sick.  I vote slightly rehab.”

“Rehab.  I agree if it were more interactive it would be better.  I haven’t ridden Orange yet because I’m afraid it would make me sick.

When my boys were around 4 or 5 years old, my husband took them on this ride.  I sat out because I was nervous it would be too claustrophobic for me.

My kids freaked out when the voice told them to press buttons, partly because they couldn’t reach them, but mainly because they thought they were really leaving Earth … and MOM!”

“I love this ride.  Something about the simulator makes my back feel great!  It’s always my go to ride when my back is hurting after a long day!”

“Will never ride Orange again!  We had an ADR in Akershus right after I rode it, and we were almost late because I was sipping Sprite and putting my head between my knees!”

I’d like to specifically to call Christie and Vin, with their comments, respectively, “We love this ride.  Definitely rehab.  It would be nice to have different scenarios each time.”

“I agree that the ride could use more diversity similar to Star Tours where the ride has many mission options to make it less likely to see the same mission twice.”

My friends, they’ve hit my “Project Plan” right on the nose!  I said the same thing about Soarin’, by the way, but “spruce up” each experience on Mission: Space with a variety of missions!

First off, if you want intense, Orange is still your “ticket”.  I would bet, however, that a lot of us would still choose Green.  Therefore, both options remain.

Next, design a number of different overall scenarios that can be comprised of many small sub-scenes.  Mix and match the sub-scenes – just like Star Tours – and you’re off and running!

Now, that would be my idea of simulated space travel!  Hey!  Astronauts never know what they’re going to face each time they take a trip into space.  You’ll never know what you’ll experience when you ride on Mission: Space!

Have a great day, my friends!  And, thanks, again, for participating in another All in WDW “re-imagination”!  Now, if only Disney would listen to our advice!

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – Mission: Space

When I run this particular feature, I feel like I’m picking on Epcot.  Why?  Well, I have already “targeted” Ellen’s Energy Adventure and all of World Showcase’s movies!

The truth is, with all of the work going on everywhere else in The World, Epcot’s taken a bit of a back seat, in my opinion.  Oh, there’s the Soarin’ refurb, of course, but one has to wonder which of Epcot’s attractions are next!

Take Mission: Space, for instance.  If you ever wanted to be an astronaut, or are simply a big fan of space travel, you probably like the attraction.  Most of the people I talk to, however, despise the ride.

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So, what’s this “rehabilitation or elimination” thing all about?  Well, if your new to All in WDW, it goes something like this …

Welcome to the The Walt Disney Company, my friends!  I hope you are enjoying your “career” in Disney’s design and development division – Walt Disney Imagineering!

As you know, WDI is responsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks worldwide, and we need your help!

Tap into your creativity.  Imagine that you’re an … Imagineer!  Yes!  In fact, in today’s case, you’re a “re-imagineer”!

Mission: Space.  Should we rehabilitate?  Give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it altogether?  Or, should we leave it alone?

Your task, today, is a two-part job.  First, what’s your vote?  Second, if you want to rehabilitate, what do you suggest we do?  If you want to eliminate, what should take its place?  What’s your “Project Plan”?

Leave your comments on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter, my friends!

This is what we do, folks.  It’s Imagineering.  It’s “Re-Imagineering”!  We need your help!  Now, get to work!

Dining Recon: Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace!

Good morning, my friends!  What a fantastic and memorable day!

No, I’m not referring to today, necessarily.  It is only a Thursday, after all.  But, then, as I think about it, every day is “fantastic” and “memorable” in some way or another!

Actually, the day I’m referring to was a Friday last fall.  It was the last time that Mrs. All in WDW and I spent an entire day visiting Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.  We had a blast!

Morning coffee and pastries at Kona Island.  Lunch at Captain Cook’s.  Afternoon cocktails at Tambu Lounge.  The crowning “finale” of that day was a visit to Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace!

Not to be confused with its partner venue – Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto (found inside the resort) – Tiki Terrace is Sam’s colorful, outdoor “patio”!  It is a fun and lovely setting!

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It serves the same menu of drinks and appetizer-size “meals” as Sam’s Grog Grotto.

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For instance, on this visit, Mrs. All in WDW and I couldn’t pass up the Nautilus.

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It was a delightful blend of rums, liqueurs, and tropical fruit juices.  And, yes, filled to the brim, it was as big as it looks.

Be warned!  It is served in a souvenir submarine, but you have to pay for the “glass”.  It isn’t cheap!

Our “dinner” was a duo of Sam’s apps.  First, we shared the Kalua Pork Tacos.  They were very good, and we’d recommend them to anyone.

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Next, we tried the Roasted Chicken and Pork Pâte Báhn Mì Sliders.

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We found the unique “buns” to be a bit dry, so we asked our server for some sriracha aioli.

Looking at the menu, you’ll see that the aioli condiment is served with Sam’s Hawaiian Poke.  Trust me, it made the sliders much easier to enjoy.

Folks, we love spending our non-park days at the resorts, and the Poly is one of our favorite places to visit.

If you’re ever looking for a quiet fun evening, please visit Sam.  With the Grotto (inside) and the Terrace (outside), he’s got you covered!