OUR Favorite WDW Things That Are NOT Attractions!

On the latest episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast, Doug, Dennis, and John hung out at the pub to discuss their favorite things to do … that are not attractions.

WDW Main Street – Episode #365 – Our Favorite Things That Are NOT Attractions!

Hmm.  That got me to thinking.  What are our favorite things to do that are not attractions?  Mrs. All in WDW?  What do you think?

1  –  Disney Springs

Definitely Disney Springs.  At one point, Doug Davis asked us if we were going to visit anywhere else in WDW other than Disney Springs.

Why would we?  Actually, we do go to the parks plenty, of course, but Disney has done a great job re-imagining Downtown Disney.  Here are just a few of our favorite “attractions”:

  • Paddlefish
  • The Boathouse
  • Morimoto Asia
  • Splitsville
  • Wolfgang Puck Express – Marketplace
  • Starbucks – West Side

2  –  Crescent Lake

We love, love, love, Crescent Lake … especially the BoardWalk.  Let us describe the ways!

We love a morning walk from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the BoardWalk area.  In fact, Mrs. All in WDW really enjoys going over early in the morning for a cup of coffee and a walk.

We love lounging along Stormalong Bay.  Sometimes, we’ll buy a bottle of wine, grab a couple of outdoor chairs at the Yacht Club, and enjoy the afternoon sunshine.

Other times, we’ll pull up a stool at Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill.  A great pool view.  Friendly bartenders.  Refreshing drinks.  Yum!

Then, there are the restaurants and bars.  Great places like …

  • Belle Vue Lounge
  • ESPN Club
  • Cape May Cafe
  • Crew’s Cup Lounge
  • Captain’s Grille
  • Ale and Compass Lounge
  • Cabana Bar and Beach Club
  • Shula’s Steak House
  • Todd English’s bluezoo

3  –  Laguna Bar

In light of the massive refurbishment going on at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Mrs. All in WDW and I live in fear of Laguna’s demise.

We’ve made, what we hope to be, lifetime friends at that little lakeside bar, and it holds a very special place in our hearts.  If it survives, we’ll be overjoyed!

That’s the short list for us, folks.  How about you?  What are your favorite things that are NOT attractions?  Leave us some comments and let us know!

Different Poll … Same Result! The Watercraft Rule!

Well, that’s enough of Disney Springs dining for a while, don’t you think, my friends?  It sure was fun, though.  In the end, however, not even the mighty Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant could best the boats.

Two different polls on two different ‘days’ … same exact result.  The BOATHOUSE is our overwhelming choice.  It is the place to be!

Like I said at the beginning of this little voting journey, “One of the things I truly love about Disney Dining as a topic is that, no matter what particular venue or menu item is under discussion, anyone can have a different opinion.”

Likewise, everyone can have a favorite.  Everyone can have a restaurant that they long to try.  “The morale of the story?  Someone else’s favorite might not end up being yours.  And, yours might not end up being theirs!”

I’ll end by quoting one of our readers – Rob – who commented, “#StandWithTheBoathouse”.  As a group, you certainly did.  Twice!  Congratulations, Boathouse.  You’ve successfully won over the fans!

WDW Main Street – Episode #357 – Dining at Disney Springs!

Good morning, folks!  Have you had your fill of Disney Springs dining?  No?  That’s great!  If you haven’t voted yet, our poll is still open at …

It’s a BIG Disney Springs “Showdown”! Another Chance to VOTE!

In the meantime, please catch our latest show!  Doug, Dennis and John gather together at the WDW Main Street Pub to discuss which Disney Springs venue is the Most Enticing New Restaurant!

WDW Main Street – Episode #357 – Dining at Disney Springs!

It’s a BIG Disney Springs “Showdown”! Another Chance to VOTE!

Just when you thought we were done with Disney Springs dining … its back again!  Oh, come on.  You know you love it!

Hey!  I couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask you a question that’s been burning in my mind since the last time Mrs. All in WDW and I visited Orlando.  What is it, you ask?

Well, we just completed a “survey” that placed The BOATHOUSE, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, Morimoto Asia, and Paddlefish as our new “downtown darlings”.

How do they stack up to “The Icon” of Disney Springs?  Huh?  Icon?  My friends, there’s one restaurant that is always packed beyond belief.

Folks?  This poll is simply Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant against … the best of the “newbies”!  You’ve got one choice.  Which venue do you love?  Where do you want to go?  VOTE!

The (Best?) Most Enticing New Restaurant in Disney Springs is …

Good morning, folks!  Our poll has concluded, and we have a “victor” … of sorts.

Let me remind you … a few days ago, I asked, “Of the Table Services newly available in Disney Springs, which is your favorite – or, which are you looking forward to the most?”

Well, my friends, the two most overwhelmingly popular responses were Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ and The BOATHOUSE.  In actuality, though, Boathouse won by a scant one vote!

So, why do I say, “… a ‘victor’ of sorts”?  We’ve received mixed results, as far as I’m concerned.  How so?  The feedback and commentary I’ve received doesn’t match up with the final tally!

Look, I’ve been very vocal that Mrs. All in WDW and I really enjoy Boathouse’s Dockside Bar.  The views are great!

The restaurant’s theme, itself – especially its multitude of vintage boats – is phenomenal!

Our favorite dish – their delicious Firecracker Shrimp – is just the right amount of ‘fire-y’ heat.  It always delivers a great taste!

Hey, I even went so far as to declare The BOATHOUSE as WDW’s 2015 “Restaurant of the Year”!

Having said that, they’ve disappointed me.  Although some were complimentary (there was a fair amount of love shown for their “whiskey cornbread cake”), most comments went like this …

Agreeing with John Peters’ view, “We were also unimpressed by the stuffed lobster.”

“Good food but stuck up staff.  We asked about Tables in Wonderland, and … the staff told us they were not doing Tables because they are the best restaurant on property and don’t need to.”

“Glad to see someone else had issues with staff here.  We had a waiter who barely did anything for us and answered our questions in monotone while looking at other things around the restaurant.

I only saw him when he took our orders, dropped off our food, and then when he left the check.  He never came around to ask how the food was or to refill our drinks.

The food was ‘meh’ for us, so overall I just was not impressed at all.”

“Similar experience here.  While the food was great, the service was mediocre at best.”

That didn’t even cover it all, folks!  Wow!  What a disconnect between opinions and vote totals!

For us, Boathouse still resides near the top of the list as one of our favorite Disney places to dine.  From John’s dissatisfaction through that of others, however … well, that’s hard to ignore.

We’ll keep dropping back in for a few nice, cold beers and a plate of spicy shrimp, but hopefully The BOATHOUSE is hearing the voice of the “fans”.

You bill yourself as, “Great Food, Waterfront Dining, and Dream Boats!”, Boathouse.  Please add “Phenomenal Service” to your ‘mission statement’.  You’re too good for anything less!