A Peek Inside Todd English’s bluezoo!

Poor Todd English.  In our recently completed polls, he got very little love.  In fact, his Signature WDW restaurant – bluezoo – got blown away by its competition.

In two separate match-ups, I asked you, which of these menus do you find to be more enticing?  As I mentioned, in our first showdown, BoardWalk’s Flying Fish destroyed bluezoo with an utter lack of remorse.

Our second match-up was equally a landslide as Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ bested 50’s Prime Time Café, with ease.  Given Prime Time’s popularity, that’s a bit of a surprise, wouldn’t you say?

To add insult to Todd’s injury, however, when we engaged them in a “four-way free-for-all”, bluezoo gained just one puny vote when stacked up to the other three competitors.  Homecomin’ beat Flying Fish by one vote in that popularity competition, by the way.

But, back to bluezoo … like I said, poor Todd.  Actually, speaking on behalf of the All in WDW family, we have almost as many fond memories of bluezoo as we do of another of our favorites – California Grill.

Therefore, we feel that it is fitting to celebrate bluezoo in its crushing defeat.  A consolation prize, as it were.  My friends, from decor to menu, take a little peek outside and inside Todd English’s bluezoo!

Dining Recon: Phins! New Lobby Bar at the Dolphin Resort!

My friends, daytime adult refreshment options at Crescent Lake will never be the same!   Walt Disney World’s Dolphin Resort has raised the bar [pun very much intended]!

Phins.  Offering a wide selection of cocktails, beer, wine, and food, it is the centerpiece of the resort’s many brand new refurbishments and additions.

We’ll show you a refurbished room, as well as Dolphin’s new Quick Service option – Fuel – in the coming days, but, first, let’s take a look at the Dolphin’s new lobby and … Phins!

A beautiful “new” lobby!

The Dolphin’s old – very small – lobby bar is history!

Some shots of Phins!

Up to this point, folks, your best Crescent Lake alternatives for grabbing an adult beverage were places like ESPN Club or Crew’s Cup Lounge.  If you wanted to be outside, then establishments like Cabana Bar and Hurricane Hanna’s could fit the bill.

With the opening of Phins, you have another place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty vacation refreshment.  For instance, they serve the Swan & Dolphin’s signature Pale Ale – Phins & Feathers – on draft!

In addition, the drinks – especially their daily Happy Hour punch – are very tasty.  A different recipe each day, here’s their Pomegranate Mint Julep!

We found this to be quite unique … the Phins Bloody Mary “bar” opens every Sunday at 10 AM.  Check out the descriptions, though.  Each of these specialty versions are inspired by Swan & Dolphin’s signature restaurants!

I’m definitely going for the Hail Mary next trip!  Filet, lobster, and shrimp?  What?!

Finally, the bar’s food really hits the spot.  Prepared and served from the hotel’s Room Service kitchen, the menu isn’t large, but it is still packed with enticing dishes!

Mrs. All in WDW and I shared three items.  The dish that caught her interest the most, was Phins’ Hummus Trio.  Served with small “chips” of naan bread, we were partial to the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.

Was tough to fit this presentation into one picture frame!

I, of course, couldn’t deny two of my favorite preparations – Pork Belly Bao and, you guessed it, Lamb Meatballs!

Yum! Lamb Meatballs!

Not quite as delicious as Food & Wine’s New Zealand version, the meatballs were still very good.  Mrs. All in WDW really loved the veggies bathed in the dish’s pork tomato sauce.

Steamed buns.  Pork belly.  Winner!  I loved them!  Plus, Mrs. All in WDW kindly gave me the “lion’s share”!  Also served as a “trio”, there was plenty of flavor to enjoy!

My friends, we had a great evening at Phins.  The staff was friendly.  The drinks are refreshing.  The food is quite tasty.  When next on Crescent Lake, please stop by the Dolphin and try Phins!  You might find that you’ll love it as well!

Winter? Summer? Why Not Have Both?! [Polls]

After all of our trips to Walt Disney World, there are two specific activities in which Mrs. All in WDW and I have never participated.

Oh, there are many other things we haven’t done, mind you, but these … we’ve never even had an interest.  What are they, you ask?

Water parks and miniature golf.  Yes, folks.  We’ve never soaked at either Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon.  We’ve never putted at Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland.

What?!  That can’t be … can it?  You don’t know what you’re missing, Bob!  Well, it’s true, my friends.  It’s true.  You see, water parks are definitely not our thing.  And, putt-putt?  Aren’t there many better things to do?

Thankfully, our friend – John Peters – has tossed us a few pics of one of those, aforementioned, neglected venues – Winter Summerland Miniature Golf!  Let’s see if he can tempt us to bring our putters.

Located near Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney invites you to join Santa and his elves at their off-season retreat.  Why?  To enjoy two 18-hole golf “adventures”!

According to Disney, here’s the paraphrased and abbreviated legend …

“Late one Christmas Eve, as Santa was flying back to the North Pole, he discovered snow in Florida.

After surveying the strange sight, he decided to build a vacation destination for his off-duty elves … a Winter Summerland.

Seeing that the only thing Winter Summerland lacked was a golf course, Santa and his elves divided into 2 camps.  One group enjoyed the warm Florida sun.  The other one preferred the snow and cold of the North Pole.

The elves then built two distinctly different 18-hole golf experiences – a sand course named ‘Summer’ and a snow course named ‘Winter’!

Enjoy fun in the sun at the Summer course amid surfboards, sandcastles and ornaments hanging from palm trees.

Or, putt your way to the ‘North Hole’ on the Winter course.  Watch out for Squirty the Snowman, though!  This jolly soul sprays water at golfers when golf balls pass beneath him.”

So, let’s see what else you have here, John …

Now.  Is that all enough to make Mrs. All in WDW and I pick up our clubs?  Sadly, probably not.  But, let me do this … let me turn it over to you!

Have you gone “golfing”?  Have you surfed through a “typhoon” or “blizzard”?  Let us know, folks, in the polls below!  See ya’ tomorrow!

Photo “Tour”: Crescent Lake!

“There’s no such thing as too many pictures of Crescent Lake!”  “Like I said … can’t get enough pics of Crescent Lake!”

I made those very same two comments about a month ago on Facebook and, in return, I received feedback like, “I agree.  I love this area!”  I also heard, “Me either.  It’s breathtaking!”

Well, in the spirit of my original statements, allow me to drop an “avalanche” of shots on you this fine morning.  My friends, please enjoy a look at the “world” of Crescent Lake!

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Have a Happy “5.2 Million Calorie” New Year!

Huh?  What are you talking about, Bob?  5.2 million calories of what?!  Uh, well, chocolate of course!

Not to be outdone, the holiday exhibit at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resorts “weighs in” with almost a ton of chocolate and a mountain of calories!

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Made of 1,780 pounds of three kinds of chocolate, this display is a sweet-lover’s delight!  At 5,180,176 calories, it is a dieter’s nightmare!

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My friends, the All in WDW family wishes you a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and Day.  Have fun, but, if you celebrate out tonight, please be careful!  Cheers!  See ya’ in 2016!