“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!

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!

WDW Breakfast and Dinner Buffets? What Say You?!

Good morning, folks!  Happy Sunday!  Hey, I’d like to take a few minutes to pop back to last week’s mini-series of polls.

Wait.  You didn’t catch them?  Hah!  You still have a chance to weigh in with your opinions.  Let me tell you, if you’re a Boma – or a WDW buffet – fan, you’ll want to do just that!

Find the polls at:  Wow! The Love for Boma Continues!

So.  What say you?  Well, first off, whether for breakfast or dinner, the vast majority of you have been to Boma.  Well over 65%!  Of those of you that have been, you overwhelmingly prefer dinner.

To see a representation of Boma’s dinner buffet, go to:  Dining Recon: Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma!

Interestingly, those that have not yet visited for either of the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s festivals of food are most enticed by the prospect of dining on their breakfast.

To get another look at Boma’s breakfast buffet, re-visit: Breakfast at Boma! Take our Word! It’s the Best!

When I asked you to choose a breakfast buffet from among a wide variety of WDW options, your responses surprised me somewhat.  How so?

Maybe it was because we had already been focusing on Boma, but it was your #1 choice.  I can’t agree more!  Great minds think alike!

What shocked me, however, was that Tusker House finished in 2nd.  Honestly, I had expected venues like ‘Ohana, 1900 Park Fare, and Chef Mickey’s to register much better showings.  Hey!  They’re always packed!

I’ve been moaning about Disney turning Trattoria al Forno into a character breakfast for months now.  As empty-nesters, it’s not our “thing”.  Pleasantly, I’m thinking that most of you can feel my pain.  Why?

When it came to Disney characters, the vast majority of you reported that you can “take them or leave them”.  Some, like us, want to avoid them altogether!  Less than 20% called characters a “must have”.

Finally, I tossed you one head-to-head match-up that was of special interest to me.  Dinner buffets.  Boma v. ‘Ohana.

I’m pleased but a bit shocked.  Again, maybe the result is skewed by the fact that we featured Boma this week, but, of the two, you prefer Boma!  Well done!

Frankly, I’ve never been quite sure I understand the massive popularity of ‘Ohana.  Sure, the “show” is entertaining, but we haven’t always found the food quality to be Disney-level outstanding.

For me, though, this is the most important point … in comparison to Boma, ‘Ohana simply lacks options and variety.  We’d choose Boma first every time!

There you have it, my friends.  Now.  Let’s see those ‘Ohana ADRs get switched over to Boma.  Trust me.  You won’t be sorry!

Head Over to Animal Kingdom’s Dawa Bar! It Features Beersolo’s WDW Beer of the Month!

Presented by John Peters (a.k.a. @beersolo on Twitter).

One of my favorite spots in Animal Kingdom is the Dawa Bar.  Go figure!  It’s a great place to grab a cold beer and enjoy the sights and sounds of Africa!

Dawa has a nice selection of brews … including both American as well as African beers.  On a recent trip, I was aiming to grab my regular – an Ethiopian light lager called St. George Lager.

Unfortunately, that particular brew was sold out.  What did I do?  I “settled” for Victory Brewing Company’s Golden Monkey.  Sometimes you find the best things by accident!

Brewed in Pennsylvania, at 9.5% alcohol, it packs quite a punch!  At Dawa, the beer is poured from a bottle – it’s not on draft.

The taste?  It’s a Belgian-style Trippel Ale and starts out with a slight banana aroma.

You can also taste nutmeg, clove, and some other fruit flavors as you enjoy the beer. All in all, Golden Monkey is a very, very good beer, everyone!

Next time you’re at Animal Kingdom, stop at Dawa Bar.  If they don’t have your favorite refreshment, don’t despair!  You can find this great beer!