Photo OVERLOAD! Dining Recon: The Boathouse

As you’re about to find out, when it comes to The Boathouse, there’s no such thing as too many pictures.  It’s a good thing, my friends, because I’ve got a “boatload” to show you!

Honestly, folks, I’m pretty much going to let my photography speak for itself.  I think my words will just get in the way!  From exterior to entryway …

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… and from welcoming Cast Members to waterside dining …

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… The Boathouse is an undeniable treasure!  The theme – the decor – is phenomenal!  How’d you like to be able to eat in a boat?!

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Boats, boats, and more boats, eh?  Hey, what about the food, you ask?  Well, the cuisine was great!  A bit pricey, maybe, but quite enjoyable.

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We walked in for a light lunch right after the restaurant opened.  Wanting to be near the water, we elected to stroll down the pier and sit “dock side”!

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Mrs. All in WDW selected the Andouille & Beer Steamed Mussels for $15.

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Fortunately, our son and his fiancee’ were able to join us for this experience!  She chose the Yellowfin Tuna Poke and said it was well worth its $18 price tag.

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Ever the adventurer, our son “jumped” on the $17 Coconut Frog Legs.  Hmm.  He said they were very good, but I don’t know if I will ever be brave enough to give them a chance.

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Finally, I couldn’t resist the Firecracker Shrimp!  At $19, I was the most expensive diner of the bunch.  Yikes!  They were delicious, however.  Plus, the portion was pretty substantial!

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Downtown Disney is undergoing a phenomenal transition as it becomes Disney Springs, and The Boathouse has been a great addition to an already impressive complement of restaurants.

My recommendation?  Get it on your list of ADRs and enjoy!  The theme and the food are well worth the price!

Back to Mickey’s Bowling Alley?

And, back to “Square One”, I guess!  See? I told you that picking out a name for my fantasy park was hard work!

When it comes to yesterday’s choices, though, what was your verdict?  Uh, how about “Try again, Bob!  None of the above!”  Ugh!

Actually, you were “kind of” OK with Crescent Pointe, Crosswater Canyon, and Sunset Lakes.  That’s good.

The first two were favorites of mine.  The last one was Mrs. All in WDW’s early front-runner.  Those three names will be back.  As for the rest, we’ll go back to the drawing board.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll forgive us if we enjoy another quick bite at Downtown Disney’s Splitsville.

Click here to shop through a .pdf version of Splitsville’s FULL menu!

This visit, we chose a quick brew and a Super Tuna Roll!  Yum!  The sushi was our bartender’s recommendation, and he was “spot on” correct!

Ahi tuna, tempura shrimp, cream cheese topped with seared ahi, avocado, eel sauce, tempura flakes, and spicy mayo.  I’ll say it again, “Yum”!  Cheers, my friends!

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Downtown Parking Pandemonium?!

Actually, no.  Not “pandemonium”.  But, it isn’t exactly “smooth sailing” either.

If you are brave enough to navigate the still on-going road construction that cradles Downtown Disney like a star outfielder grasps a fly ball in his or her glove, you’ll survive the parking lot.  I think.

The brand new parking garage, in fact, is outstanding!  It’s the drivers in the garage that make parking an ordeal.

The garage was clearly designed for convenience and the efficient parking of cars.  In spite of this, there were a lot of very slow-moving vehicles (and pretty confused drivers) the last time we visited.

It stymies me, to be honest.  Why?

Well, as you approach the entry to the garage, you’ll see that Disney has constructed a digital sign that displays how many parking spots are open on each level!

As you drive through the garage, signs at each lane display how many spots are open in that lane.  See?

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Finally, as you drive down a lane, green lights announce open spots!  Wow!   It’s all quite clever and very helpful.

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Yet, drivers crawl through the garage, seemingly lost, and in a state of mass confusion.  My, oh, my.

I once mentioned that I was intimidated by the prospect of navigating Downtown’s construction.  Folks, don’t be afraid.  But, be very patient.  You’ll get there … sooner or later.

One last tip?  By all means, please listen to this one.  Once you’ve parked, take a picture of the nearest Level and Lane “marker”.

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Trust me on this one.  As Mrs. All in WDW and I made our way to our car, we were deafened by a symphony of car horns.

Yes, my friends.  Dozens of Guests could not find their cars and were intentionally setting off their alarms.  You don’t want to be “that” guy or gal.

Hey! It’s a Food Truck Fantasy!

Oh, yeah, it is.  One big, delicious traffic jam of Disney-fied food trucks!  Take a look!

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Namaste Cafe

  • Samosas & Naan Dipping Safari – ($11.00)
  • Lamb Kefta on Naan Bread – ($12.00)
  • Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice – ($9.50)
  • Char-grilled Tandoori Shrimp with Basmati Rice – ($12.25)

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Superstar Catering

  • Sausage & Caramelized Onion Flatbread – ($9.50)
  • A Taste of Disney’s Hollywood Studios (BLT Soup, Cobb Salad, and Grapefruit Cake) – ($14.00)
  • Pork Shank with Gruyere Mac ‘n’ Cheese – ($12.00)

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World Showcase of Flavors

  • Pierogies with Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions – ($8.50)
  • Grilled Chicken Breast Gyro with House-Made Chips – ($9.50)
  • Florida Local Grass-Fed Beef Sliders with House-Made Chips – ($9.50)

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Fantasy Fare

  • Grilled Ham & Cheese with Waffle Fries – ($11.00)
  • Sweet Potato Puffs with Marshmallow Cream – ($5.00)
  • Corn Dog with Waffle Fries – ($7.50)
  • Buffalo Chicken & Waffles with Cornbread and Sriracha Maple Syrup – ($10.25)

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What looks good to you, my friends?  To be honest, although we didn’t take the opportunity to eat this time around, a couple of dishes caught our eye.

For starters, how about a nice, healthy serving of Butter Chicken?  Hey!  Sanaa’s recipe is phenomenal.  I’m sure Namaste’s is just as good.

Superstar’s trio of Hollywood Studios delights is quite intriguing, but a Pork Shank with Gruyere Mac ‘n’ Cheese?  Yum!

As you know, we’re aficionados of Epcot’s Food & Wine festival.  A heaping plate of Pierogies with Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions sounds outstanding.

Finally, take a look at Fantasy Fare.  Buffalo Chicken & Waffles?  With Cornbread?  And, just how good does Sriracha Maple Syrup taste?  I can’t wait to find out!

Having said all this, we were a bit taken aback by the prices.  It is pretty steep for “truck” food, in our opinions.  Having said that, we’ll stop to dine soon, I’m very sure!  How about you?

Dining Recon: Wolfgang Puck Express

Good morning, folks!  I’m going to start this day off with a bold declaration – Wolfgang Puck serves the best breakfast sandwich on the planet!

Mrs. All in WDW and I got a chance to visit Wolfgang Puck Express at Downtown Disney’s Marketplace for the very first time several weeks back.  It was a great call!  Breakfast was delicious!

But, before we get to the food, let’s check out the chef’s facilities and decor …

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As you enter Wolfgang's, you turn left to find the counter.

As you enter Wolfgang’s, you turn left to approach the counter.

The full menu!

The full menu!

Breakfast!

Breakfast!

To the right of the counter, you'll find the first of the interior seating areas.

To the right of the counter, you’ll find the chef’s open kitchen.

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Complete with “Chef Tables”!

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Walk through the chef's "kitchen" to get to the main seating area.

Walk through that “kitchen” to get to the restaurant’s main indoor seating area.

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A VERY clean establishment.

Waiting for breakfast!

Waiting for breakfast!

You order at the counter, of course, and then proceed into the restaurant to take a seat.  A server will bring you your meal.  So, what did we have to eat that day?  Mmm.  A fabulous breakfast!

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Mrs. All in WDW ordered a Roasted Mushroom and Spinach Omelet.  She subbed in an arugula salad for the dish’s crispy potatoes.  It was excellent!

On the other hand, I enjoyed a Sunrise Sandwich.  Accompanied by the very same arugula salad, it was a sandwich of scrambled eggs, bacon, mozzarella, tomatoes, and garlic aioli.

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The bread (bun) was warm and soft.  The flavors were phenomenal!

Finally, my friends, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that you can choose to sit outside and enjoy your meal in the Florida sunshine!

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All in all, Mrs. All in WDW and I had a great visit to Wolfgang Puck Express.  We’ll definitely stop in again.  We urge you to do the same!