WDW Main Street – Episode #308 – Changes Coming To Epcot and Happy Thanksgiving!

In our latest episode, Doug, Dennis, and I team up to discuss Disney’s big announcement about major changes coming to Epcot.  Which one of us predicts that Future World might become “Marvel World”?

I took this from the monorail. Not bad, eh?

I took this from the monorail. Not bad, eh?

You all saw our Raglan Road post earlier this week, yes?  It spurred a discussion on just how will some of Disney Springs’ older venues compete with The Boathouses and Morimoto Asias of “The World”?

Finally, Happy Thanksgiving, friends!  From All in WDW to WDW Main Street, we are all thankful for you!  Listen to all of that chatter, debate, and well-wishes on …

WDW Main Street – Episode #308 – Changes Coming To Epcot and Happy Thanksgiving!

Celtic Cuisine Reigns Supreme!

Wow!  The culinary kingdom of Celtic cuisine will just not be denied.  In the face of new, and very strong, competition, Disney Springs’ Irish eatery triumphs … once again!

Yes, my friends, it was a slim victory, but we have a winner!  Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant is the 2016 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Disney Springs Table Service!

Although they took valiant shots, two rookies – “The Boathouse Amphicars” and “Morimoto Asia Iron Chefs” – were, ultimately, no match for Raglan’s “Celtic Thunder”.

Great new restaurants, both of them, but they just didn’t have enough support – this early in their “lives” – to topple the Irish pub that’s long-been a Walt Disney World fan favorite.

Interestingly, as you’ll see in a minute, Raglan is followed in our Top 10 by Disney Springs’ four newest venues.  Clearly, stout competition has already arrived.  With STK Orlando on the horizon, it’ll get tougher yet!

For my part, how did I rank yesterday’s twelve competitors?  Well, like this …

  2. Splitsville
  3. Morimoto Asia
  4. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
  5. Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
  6. House of Blues
  7. Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas
  8. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
  9. Portobello Country Italian Trattoria
  10. T-REX
  11. Rainforest Cafe at Disney Springs Marketplace
  12. Bongos Cuban Café

In the end, what is your All in WDW Readers’ Top 10 Disney Springs Table Service Restaurants?  Here you go!

  1. Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
  3. Morimoto Asia
  4. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
  5. Splitsville
  6. Portobello Country Italian Trattoria
  7. T-REX
  8. House of Blues
  9. Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
  10. Rainforest Cafe at Disney Springs Marketplace

Great work, all!  Thanks for voting, and we’ll see you really soon with more fun and games!

The 2016 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Disney Springs Table Service Poll Has Arrived! VOTE!

As we ran through this past week’s “mini” dining polls, one of All in WDW’s readers asked, “When are you going to do a real dining poll, Bob?”

That caused me to look back into All in WDW’s archives.  When did I run our last full-blown dining poll?  I can tell you this … I ran a Downtown Disney “tournament” way back in June of 2014.  Yikes!  Almost two years ago?

Back then, of course, Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant became the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Downtown Disney Table Service.


However, with so many new venues already dishing out culinary delights, and more restaurants on the way, I think it’s way past time for a “refresh”!

My friends, welcome to All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Disney Springs Table Service … 2016!

I present you with a group of TWELVE, below.  You can VOTE for THREE!  Yes, three!  At which three of these great establishments would you most like to dine?

Remember, you’re making your recommendations to the rest of the Disney-verse.  Where should they go when they have a craving to have a relaxing sit-down meal in Disney Springs?

Go ahead, my friends!  VOTE!

“Foodie Week” at All in WDW? More Delicious WDW Recommendations!

Good morning, my friends!  It kind of has been “foodie week” at All in WDW, hasn’t it?  Hey!  Why stop now?

I joined Doug Davis and Dennis Conroy on the WDW Main Street Podcast a few nights ago to discuss, among other things, their Top 5 favorite Disney meals.

You already saw a handful of my favorite dishes.  What are their “go to” meals?  Where do they recommend you dine in Mickey’s world?

Listen to the WDW Main Street Podcast … right here!

In the meantime, I displayed seven of my all-time favorites in a post earlier this week.

On the podcast, I claim that my list could go on and on.  Well, it can.  Let’s pump my own collection of recommendations up from those original seven gems.

Here’s the rest of my very own Top 10!  Bon appetit!

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Morimoto Asia’s Kakuni Pork Bao. The braised pork belly on this steamed bun is utterly phenomenal! Melt-in-your-mouth delicious!


The Boathouse’s Firecracker Shrimp. Not too spicy but just right … for my palate, that is. We HAVE had it over and over and …

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A one time a year experience, I highly recommend the Epcot Food & Wine Festival’s Lamb Meatball. Always, delicious, find it at the New Zealand Marketplace!

Welcome to Disney’s Restaurant of the Year?!

Good morning, folks.  OK, so maybe I should re-title this post “Welcome to All in WDW’s Disney Restaurant of the Year”!  After all, what follows is merely my humble opinion.

When I look back at where the All in WDW family dined in 2015, there are a few WDW experiences that really stand out.

For example, worlds “collided” when Mrs. All in WDW and I got the chance to share a phenomenal dinner with Dennis Conroy of the WDW Main Street Podcast and his family.

Where did we have this fantastic meal?  Well, let’s just say that plenty of Bangers and Mash were enjoyed.  Gotta love Rose & Crown.  Right, Dennis?



But, is this All in WDW’s restaurant of the year?  No.  Close, but not quite.

One place that we haven’t gotten to for dinner in 2015 is the Yacht Club’s Captain’s Grille.  An oversight that I aim to correct next week!

Having said that, we did dine there for breakfast a few months back.  Remember my shot of Captain’s Lobster Omelet?


It was good, but it wasn’t great.  What is great, however, is this under-appreciated restaurant’s Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Creamy Risotto.  Actually, it isn’t great.  It’s stupendous!

Short Rib

The single best entrée I have ever had in Walt Disney World, my friends.  You have to try it once.  Nonetheless, even the captain doesn’t win All in WDW’s pick for restaurant of the year.

Back in October, I published a piece about Morimoto Asia.  That post even caught the notice of the restaurant itself!  Mrs. All in WDW and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

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A truly beautiful restaurant!

In fact, Iron Chef Morimoto’s Kakuni Pork Bao was so good that we’ve gone back again.  Steamed bun.  Braised pork belly.  Utterly delicious.

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It’s hard for me to believe I’m going to say this, however, but Morimoto Asia isn’t All in WDW’s restaurant of the year either.  What?!

In fact, we’ve frequented Splitsville, Kona Café, Sanaa, and many other great venues.  All of them are outstanding.  None of them win All in WDW’s 2015 “prize”!

Folks, that honor goes to, in my humble opinion, one of the best-themed restaurants in all of Walt Disney World – The BOATHOUSE!



A brand new Disney jewel, I posted my first “recon” of The BOATHOUSE back in August.  Our experience there was so enjoyable, we’ve gone back again and again.

To this point, we’ve just toured through selections of the restaurant’s small plates.  For example, the last time we stopped by, we shared three dishes.


Their Hoison Chili Calamari was fantastic!


The Dock Side Bucket of Wild Caught Surf Clam Strips was good but not great.


As always, their Firecracker Shrimp were phenomenal!

When it comes to the size of this brand new restaurant and the way it’s decorated and themed by scores of boats, The BOATHOUSE really catches the eye.



Its spectacular waterside views and the quality of their food keep you coming back.  When all is said and done, we feel that The BOATHOUSE deserves anyone’s “Disney Restaurant of the Year”!

What about you, my friends?  What WDW venue is your “restaurant of the year”?!