“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!

Seafood Roll “Recon”? Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill “Quick Service” Menu!

Happy Monday, my friends!  Cheer up the beginning of your week by imagining one of our favorite Disney pastimes.  What is that, you ask?  Stroll – and lounge – around Crescent Lake!

Whether it be on the ever-entertaining BoardWalk or amongst the fun and friendly confines of Stormalong Bay, we could spend a whole day there!

And, the restaurants!  Wow!  Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can find them by the thousands!  Well, OK.  By the dozens.  Take Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill, for instance.

Oh!  Whether here, on All in WDW, or even on the Disney Food Blog, I’ve “crowed” about them many times in the past.  Want to see?  Take a look …

My Photo Tour of Hurricane Hanna’s on Disney Food Blog

Taking Hurricane Hanna’s Home

Another Hurricane on Crescent Lake?

Anyway, on our trip to Orlando a few weeks ago, Mrs. All in WDW and I passed by Hanna’s Quick Service counter.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t open, as yet, but I snapped a shot of their menu, nonetheless.

Much to my pleasure, their “infamous” Seafood Roll survives!  I only say that because Disney has a penchant for frequently shuffling their menus around.

I’m not sure if the “recipe” remains the same as in the past, but this is what that delectable delight looked like some time back.

Called a Lobster, Shrimp, and Scallop Roll back in late 2014, this dish was delicious!  Hopefully “today’s” version is much the same.

Folks, if you’re staying at one of Disney’s nearby resorts – think Beach, Yacht, BoardWalk, Swan, and Dolphin – enjoy the views, food, and fun.

However, if your accommodations are elsewhere, take our word for it … Crescent Lake is still well worth your time.  It’s a phenomenal place to spend a day.  You should visit it soon!

The Coronado Springs Cabanas are “History” Already?! [Poll]

Wow!  So, this is where all the action is going to happen?  Coronado’s Cabanas are already on their way out!  Can it be?

My friends, you saw my fears, regret, sadness, and overall opinion in …

The Re-Imagineering of Coronado Springs? An Opinion.

Frankly, I am alarmed to see that it is happening so fast!  What am I talking about?  Well, credit goes out to blogmickey.com.  Follow them!  Very good site!

In “Coronado Springs Cabana Demolition”, they lay it out in pictures!  The walls are up!  Some of the buildings have been gutted!  Disney does not mess around!

Coronado's Cabanas ... as they once were ...

Coronado’s Cabanas … as they once were …

Cabanas Close

If I felt sadness when I wrote my earlier article, it turns out that that angst was mild.  Now, I feel a bit of horror!  Wow.  Already Disney?  The shock of the announcement hasn’t even subsided yet!

For those that don’t know, Coronado Springs was formerly comprised of three sections – Casitas, Ranchos, and Cabanas.

Truthfully, we’ve never been huge fans of either the Cabanas or the Ranchos (having stayed in each only once), but to see the Cabanas get demolished.  Ugh.

Whether in All in WDW’s words or on the WDW Main Street Podcast, you’ll clearly “hear” my distress.  But, how about you, folks?

Does this inevitable progress fill you with endless excitement?  Or, like us, are you shaking your heads with sadness?

Will room prices skyrocket?  Will old favorites – like Laguna Bar – be destroyed?  Will the allure of the tower’s roof-top views be too much to deny?

Let us know your thoughts!