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EXCLUSIVE: Early review of Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – World of Avatar

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On Wednesday, I had the opportunity and pleasure to be among the first to sample the offerings at the Satu’li Canteen thanks to a Cast Member preview.  As you may know, the Satu’li Canteen is located in the new land, Pandora – The World of Avatar.  The new restaurant is a fast-casual style offering and, from what we could tell, is located on the right side of the land.   So here is our brief experience and early review!  We weren’t allowed to take pictures during the preview, so all food pictures are official photos Read the rest of this entry

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Artist Point: A True Diamond Among Hidden Gems

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Tucked away inside Disney’s Wilderness Lodge behind the ever-so-popular Whispering Canyon Café is one of Disney’s best kept secrets; a longtime signature dining restaurant called Artist Point.  Presenting a menu of Pacific-Northwest cuisine, Artist Point is the place to go for sampling everything the West coast can give.  From filet Mignon to bison, salmon to scallops.  There is something for everyone.

I’ve wanted to try this restaurant for well over a year and we finally had that chance last week.  Like all signature dining restaurants, Artist Point is only open for dinner.  It opens nightly at 5:30pm and closes at 9:30pm.  Our reservation was for 8, but I arrived early to walk around the resort and relax in Territory Lounge. There, I ordered a few cocktails and relaxed, enjoying the atmosphere and theming of the old west explorations. This is a great place to go if you’re a bit too early for your reservation or if you just want a nice appetizer.  After you walk up the ramp to the restaurant, you are greeted by two empty wine barrels and some excellent, rustic theming for the restaurant.  Read the rest of this entry

The Turf Club: Bar & Grill – Another Hidden Gem

imageWe’ve all heard of the insanely popular Disney restaurants located in the theme parks and even a few in the resorts.  Chef Mickey’s has become a staple for Guests to take their children to.  The Crystal Palace and Cinderella’s Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom are family traditions to dine at.  And ‘Ohana is one restaurant which almost everyone who has dined at raves about.  But what about the more hidden restaurants?  The ones which can generally be pretty easy to find a reservation for, but end up giving fantastic service and even better food?  For example, have you ever dined at The Wave located on the lobby level of Disney’s Contemporary Resort?  One of my favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World.  If you want a signature dining experience, consider Artist Point.  Located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, this restaurant has been well hidden from Guests for 20 years.  However, most of their diners are repeat Guests.  So much so, both the Cast Members and diners know each other by name.  But we’re not here to talk about these other restaurants.  We’re here to discuss a restaurant I’ve heard rave reviews about for months and finally had the chance to dine at: The Turf Club Bar and Grill. Read the rest of this entry

REVIEW: Chef Mickey’s Struggles to Live Up to Expectations

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Chef Mickey’s is one of the most popular restaurants at Walt Disney World.  Reservations can be very difficult to get if you aren’t able to plan 6 months in advance.  Occasionally, times will become available, but usually only for very early morning or late at night.  One day, we lucked out and managed to get a reservation time right at dinner time, so we decided to see if Chef Mickey’s is really worth all the hype and its reputation. Read the rest of this entry

REVIEW: Red Oven Pizza Bakery Is Where to Get Your Pizza Fix

imageThe other day, we finally  decided to eat at Red Oven Pizza Bakery located right in the center area of City Walk at Universal Orlando.  I’ve walked by it many times, but never had the chance to eat there because we either ate at the park, Cowfish, or just didn’t spend a full day at Universal in general.  But on this day, we were seeing a movie and only had a short window of time before having to go into the theater, so a typical sit-down restaurant wasn’t going to cut it.  Red Oven Pizza Bakery was the perfect choice!

The restaurant itself isn’t big, but that’s fine.  It was dinner time and we didn’t have any problem finding a table.  Seating is outdoors, but covered so it was very comfortable. Read the rest of this entry

REVIEW: Morimoto Asia Has Something for Everyone at Disney Springs!

imageI finally had the chance to try Morimoto Asia for the first time after hearing rave reviews from Guests, friends, and family and I have to say it is absolutely fabulous. I haven’t had high-end Asian food many times in my life. Normally I’m stuck with the Chinese takeout. But I can promise you, I will be returning to Morimoto Asia because there is even more on the menu I want to try. I might even try their, dare I say it, sushi. *Audible gasp* So let’s get to it.

We didn’t have a reservation the day we went, so we took a chance and checked in at the Host podium. It was only a 15-20 minute wait and we decided to wait because they have a great lounge space for you to relax in while you wait for your table. Read the rest of this entry

REVIEW: The Skipper Canteen: A Knock Out for the Magic Kingdom

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For months now, I have wanted to try Magic Kingdom’s newest restaurant, the Jungle Navigation Co. LTD. Skipper Canteen, or just the Skipper Canteen for short.  It opened not too long ago, back in December and has since been of slight controversy among Guests in the parks and for good reason but not in a negative way! As everyone knows, Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park in the world, that isn’t an exaggeration, it is fact.  It is a family oriented destination and therefore caters to that audience in every way possible, including the food. Now, in no way, shape, or form does Magic Kingdom have bad table service restaurants by any means, but up until a few years ago when Be Our Guest opened in the Fantasyland expansion, all of the restaurants pretty much featured the similar, American type fare which is incredibly family friendly.  Again, this doesn’t mean the food is bad, but at times, it could leave adult Guests wanting Read the rest of this entry

REVIEW: Cinderella’s Royal Table: Is it Worth it?

DSCN8542Cinderella’s Royal Table has always been one of those restaurants that seemed as if we’d never get a chance to experience for years for two big reasons, its extreme popularity makes it terribly difficult to  get a reservation for, often times having to book a full 6 months in advance, and it costs a pretty penny.  However, one night we lucked out and found a reservation only hours before on the day of and snatched it up.  One thing to keep in mind if you want to dine here is the fact that you must pay in advance when you book the reservation, the same way Hoop Dee Doo Revue works.  So with the prices being $60 per person for breakfast, $67 for lunch, and $75 for dinner, this reservation can definitely put a dent in your credit card depending on how big your party is.  Read the rest of this entry

REVIEW: Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine Brings Glamour and Glitz to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

DSCN8600It’s award season and I don’t know about you, but I look forward to the Oscars every year.  It’s my Superbowl, if you will.  So what does Walt Disney World do for this special season?  Well, they have Minnie and Mickey throw a special dinner at Hollywood & Vine located inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  Properly named, Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine, Guests get the chance to dine with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy with all of them dressed in their finest outfits! Read the rest of this entry

NBC Sports Grill & Brew Provides Excellent Place for Sports Fans, but Leaves Something to Be Desired

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The other day, I finally got the chance to experience the newest addition to Universal Orlando’s City Walk, the NBC Sports Grill & Brew.  For months, I’d been excited about trying this new restaurant.  When it was announced the NASCAR Cafe would be closing at City Walk, excitement rose into the air with what could possibly be replacing it.  After all, that restaurant was never very good, and Universal had been on a roll of opening new restaurants that were a complete knock-out for Guests; looking at you Cowfish and Read the rest of this entry