Dining Recon: Storybook Dining at Artist Point!

Howdy, folks!  We have a special “meal” on tap for today.  It’s something relatively new in Walt Disney World – Storybook Dining at Artist Point!

I have to confess … character meals are not our thing.  Having said that, I was curious to see what Disney had done to Wilderness Lodge’s beloved former Signature restaurant.

Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Fortunately, Jenna of Resort TV1 rode to the rescue with a recent video covering her evening with Snow White and pals.  Check that out below.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about this new experience, please refer back to this post on Disney Parks Blog.  Within, they provide a complete description – including over a dozen great pictures – as well as pricing!

Do you think it’s worth the price?  Leave us your thoughts, here, on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter!

Grabbing a Cup of Disney’s “Joe”!

You’re either a fan of Disney coffee … or you aren’t.  For instance, Mrs. All in WDW is quite a coffee connoisseur.  I can report, emphatically, that she is NOT a fan of Walt Disney World coffee.

Oh, there are some exceptions.  For example, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort’s Pepper Market coffee window has shown the ability to meet her lofty expectations.  For the most part, however, in my lovely wife’s mind, Disney’s coffee scores a …

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Skewered by ‘Ohana!

‘Ohana has done it again!

Five months ago, the Polynesian Resort’s “meat-fest” bested quite a cast of competitors to become the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Buffet/Family Style Restaurant. Now, in our most controversial poll to date, it has been crowned “champion” one more time – our Favorite Monorail Loop Restaurant.

Is ‘Ohana the best restaurant in Walt Disney World?  I think most of us – the fans that participated in this week’s voting – would agree that …

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Tables on the Loop! – The Finale

One thing I admitted to when we started this “tourney” the day before yesterday is that this poll was a big “basket of fruit” – comparing apples to oranges to Georgia peaches. Or, more specifically, forcing us to choose between character meals, family-style “meat-fests”, and high-price signature restaurants.

However, from the outset, I felt that, from amongst that vast diversity of choices, there were several very strong contenders for the title. Outside of the four finalists, I thought that the fun and frivolity of Whispering Canyon Cafe … or the marquee appeal of Artist Point and Narcoossee’s had a chance.  But, I really thought that the popularity of Disney’s beloved characters would carry Chef Mickey’s into the finale.

For me, Kona Cafe is the shock. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I love their pan-Asian noodles, but I wasn’t expecting such a strong showing. I mean, you can barely find a seat at Chef Mickey’s.  You can walk up to Kona – pretty much any time – and get a table.

Having said that, the other three members of the Final Four come as no surprise. I think we’re all anxious to see California Grill reborn from the ashes, ‘Ohana is an overwhelming fan favorite, and, well, I’m glad to see Victoria & Albert’s make the last round. If it hadn’t, V&A fans far-and-wide might have torn All in WDW down in revolt!  Ha-ha.

This is all for fun, folks.  VOTE!  Which of these four establishments will become our Favorite Monorail Loop Restaurant?

Yes, the All in WDW family devoured this Cali Grill sushi feast!

Yes, the All in WDW family did devour this Cali Grill sushi feast. We can’t wait for the restaurant to re-open!

Tables on the Loop! – Round 2

Holy smokes! It was the “Great Victoria & Albert’s Controversy of 2013” over on Facebook yesterday! That took me a little by surprise.

While those of you who visit us from Reddit and Twitter were peacefully voting away, some of our good friends from within the “Lines (Touring Plans) group” on Facebook expressed astonishment that the Grand Floridian’s (and, dare I say WDW’s) flagship restaurant, Victoria & Albert’s, was struggling to keep up with Kona Cafe’s vote totals.

Like me, if you’ve been to Victoria & Albert’s, I’m sure you can understand their bewilderment.  It is undoubtedly one of (if not) the most-acclaimed dining experience on property.  But, like any other popularity contest, it isn’t always “the best” that wins.  It is the “favorite”.  Let’s face it, not every American Idol winner was that year’s best singer.  They were the most popular.

Having said that, Victoria & Albert’s lives to fight another day … er, another round.  They just barely held off The Wave to follow Kona Cafe into the Elite Eight!  For you Victoria & Albert’s fans out there … vote, vote, vote!  It’s the only way to push WDW’s prized jewel of cuisine into the finale!

Remember, folks, as we move on, the choices don’t get any more pleasant, and, more important, the groupings don’t get any easier to make.  This time, I paired them so that no restaurant competes against the same restaurant they faced in Round 1.  Please don’t “shoot the messenger”!  Ha-ha!

Vote, vote, vote!  It is Round 2!  The Top 2 from each group move forward to the final vote!

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