Episode 497 – Our Sunday News … and Doug’s Fantastic Trip Report!

Hey, folks!  Pull up your bar stools at the Main Street Pub with Doug, John, and myself as we discuss all of the latest news from around WDW!

And, that’s not all … Doug just got back from Orlando.  Don’t you want to hear about his trip to “The World”?

How happy was Doug with his beloved Port Orleans-Riverside?  Where did he and John go for lunch?  Were Bangers and Mash on the menu?  Where did Doug and his lovely wife go for their anniversary dinner?  Did they enjoy their week in the parks?

Grab yourself a cold one, my friends.  This is a nice, long, jam-packed episode!  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!  Catch it all at …

Episode 497 – Our Sunday News … and Doug’s Fantastic Trip Report!

World Showcase “Challenge” – Italy Trivia Revealed!

Did you “play” our World Showcase “Challenge” yesterday?  I hope so.  Well, here’s the “solution” to that “puzzle” …

In some ways, it would have been fair to answer “all of the above” (though, that wasn’t a choice), but the response I was really looking for was Venice!  Why?

Wikipedia tells us that, “The Italian Pavilion features a plaza surrounded by a collection of buildings evocative of Venetian, Florentine, and Roman architecture.  Venetian architecture is represented by a re-creation of St Mark’s Campanile (bell tower) and a replica of the Doge’s Palace.”

Let’s face it, when we think of Italy’s World Showcase pavilion, we think of that tower.  Yes?

Showcase

Interestingly, Wikipedia continues to say, “The original plans for the pavilion called for an expansion that would be built in Epcot’s ‘Phase II’ of construction.  The expansion would have included a gondola dark ride and a Roman ruins walk-through.  When ‘Phase II’ was canceled, the pavilion was left incomplete.”

Does anyone know what brought the pavilion to its long-awaited completion?  Nothing other than the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Epcot Table Service Restaurant – Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria!

Have a great Sunday evening, folks!

 

Can You Conquer a Bit of World Showcase Trivia?!

Since we’re in Epcot already – you did see this morning’s Food & Wine post, didn’t you? – I thought we’d tackle a bit of World Showcase trivia.

Before that, though, did you see this morning’s piece?  It’s the All in WDW Readers’ “Ridiculously Early” Food & Wine ’14 Top 13!  You should really go back and take a look!

OK.  Back to trivia.  An easy question today … I think.

People ask me all the time, “Where do you guys like to watch IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Bob?”

Here's the umbrella table, the ravioli, and the wine.  Where's the dark and the fireworks?  Ah, just wait!

Here’s the umbrella table, the ravioli, and the wine. Where’s the dark and the fireworks? Ah, just wait!

Our favorite spot is to sit at a tall umbrella table at the front of the Italy pavilion.  We secure a quartino of red wine from Tutto Gusto, take our seats, and enjoy the show!

Of course, the best time of the year to enjoy our favorite viewing location is during Food & Wine … with a helping of Italy’s tasty Ravioli!

So, speaking of the Italy pavilion, it was designed to be set in the Italian city of __________.  Which city?

 

Winner! Winner! Steak Dinner!

We have a champion!

After three days of voting, Le Cellier – Canada’s exceedingly popular steak house – fends off the ‘pizza-and-pasta attack’ of Via Napoli to become the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Epcot Table Service Restaurant!  Are we really surprised?

Le Cellier

According to Disney, World Showcase’s home of tender steaks, fresh seafood, and cheesy poutine fries “… recalls the wine cellars of …

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Eating Epcot! – The Finale

If you didn’t have a chance to watch the voting yesterday, we came very close to what would have been called an enormous upset.

In short, we had a much lighter-than-usual day of voting on Monday, and it was very nearly the end of Via Napoli.  When I shut the old iMac down last night, Coral Reef had a slight edge over “The World’s” best pizzeria.  By the time I woke up, all was …

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