I had heard things about Le Fou’s Brew and really wanted to try it.
We used four snack credits from our Dining Plan to get 2 cups of Le Fou’s Brew, a chocolate croissant, and a cinnamon roll as big as my head.
I was afraid that the drink would be too sweet, but it turns out an apple juice slush type drink is really delicious! It was one of the best snacks we had on the whole trip.
While we ate our snacks, we enjoyed the amazing atmosphere inside the tavern.
|“I use antlers in all of my DE-co-rating!”|
We also had great fun sitting in Gaston’s chair.
During our first trip in February, though, the line for lunch was just too long and the kids were too little to wait. During our second trip, the kids were seven months older (a big difference in the preschool years!) and with planning and luck, we got in!
I got in line at about 10:40AM. The plan was for Tom to take the kids to ride something while I waited, but the cast member in charge of the line said if I got in before they got back, they would just have to go to the end of the line. We all stayed together and I’m glad we did, because we only waited outside for about 15 minutes.
It was hot and there were umbrellas being passed through the line to keep everyone from getting too much sun. The line moved fast, though, so we didn’t need one. The kids barely even got to play with their “waiting in line” toys. It was okay, though, because playing outside the Beast’s castle was fun, too.
Inside was pretty cool as well.
We got to place our order on a touch screen and were given a magic rose to take to our table so the server could find us.
It was time to choose a room in which to enjoy our meal. At first, we chose the ever popular West Wing.
It was amazingly decorated, which is probably why it was the most crowded dining room. I felt just like we were in the movie!
Our food was delivered very quickly, right to our table. The magic rose really works!
|My Croque Monsieur|
|Tom’s Carved Prime Chuck Roast Beef Sandwich|
|Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcake|
Everything looked delicious, but we barely took a bite before Scarlett decided the West Wing was too scary. The thunder and the darkness was making her nervous. So we picked up everything and moved over to the Ballroom.
Before we left, I took a peek in the Rose Gallery. So adorable!
What a wonderful place to eat lunch! It was just so fun to be immersed in Belle’s world. And on the dining plan, it only costs a Quick Service meal credit. Now that’s a deal.
The last day of our trip to Orlando the my wedding anniversary! Tom and I got married on 07/07/07 – six years of wedded bliss.
And what better way to celebrate years of love than breakfast at the Polynesian?
After admiring the lobby, we headed over to Captain Cook’s for a nice meal.
The kids got Mickey Waffles while Tom and I tried the legendary Tonga Toast.
The banana-stuffed french toast was huge and filling. A great breakfast, although my mouth tasted like bananas for the rest of the day.
The kids were restless so breakfast was short. We ventured outside to check out the pool and the beach.
The volcano pool was awesome! Luke, our lava-lover, was impressed.
The splash pad wasn’t on yet, but it looked pretty neat, too.
The beach was lovely. The sand was being smoothed and we were the first to put down new footprints.
This would be a great place to spend a vacation day – who even needs theme parks?
We passed this guy on our way by the Spirit of Aloha show.
One the way back to our car, we popped back inside the Polynesian to look in the gift shop.
I would LOVE to stay here some day. Better start saving now!
Next and last in the Resort Hop series – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
We could see the giant yo-yos on our walk, so that was the first place we stopped.
We learned some historical facts as we made our way past the 50’s and 60’s to the Hippy Dippy Pool and Classic Hall.
Scarlett and I split the cheesecake. Pretty, bright colors with a red velvet cake base – yum!
We were all getting tired at this point so we decided to look at one more decade before returning to our car. Tom and I picked the 70’s.
|Big Wheel Bike|
I would have liked to have seen the 80’s and 90’s as well as the other pools, but by this time we were just exhausted. It was a long day, but we vowed to check out the rest of the resort the next time we make it to Orlando.
Our second day in Orlando was a day to relax. We slept late, and spent the morning at the pool. Then, armed with a list of free activities from Disney’s Cheapskate Princess, we made our way over to Downtown Disney for a fun afternoon of window shopping and playing. A quick downpour as we parked gave way to a gorgeous hot & sunny day.
First stop: the Magical Fountain splash pad!
Luke and Scarlett had an absolute blast. They ran through the water for a good 30 minutes while Tom and I enjoyed lunch. Luckily, I was prepared with extra dry clothes so they didn’t have to walk around soaked for the rest of the day.
I had the Holiday Turkey Sandwich. With Turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberries, it was absolutely delicious/ Mmm. I wish I had one right now!
After lunch was play time! First up was Once Upon A Toy. Luke and Tom went off to play with lightsabers and build Droids while Scarlett and I made Princess Potato Heads.
They didn’t have any noses, but there were lots of other cool Disney parts so it was all good.
After a quick look around Pin Traders, Luke couldn’t take it anymore and HAD to go to the LEGO store. He loved all the LEGO sculptures outside the store, but his favorite was the Dwarf Miners. It reminded him of his favorite thing ever, Minecraft.
He was pretty happy with the inside of the store, too.
We browsed and posed inside, then went outside to build. Scarlett chose Duplo blocks while Luke worked with LEGO bricks.
By this time, we were pretty hot and tired. We decided to leave, but not before watching some bowling through the window at Splitsville Luxury Lanes. So cool!
There’s so much to do at Downtown Disney that we hardly got to any of them in just a few hours. We will be back for more someday soon, that’s for sure!
The lobby was amazing!
Check out that bridge above the lobby!
We headed straight outside to see more animals.
My favorite animals in this section were an awesome pair of warthogs! They were too quick for me to get a pictures, but they were fun to see (one of us may have yelled Pumbaa!).
We relaxed in the rocking chairs next to the fire pit for a bit before it just got too hot to be outside. Time for some refreshments!
They came four to a pack for $3.89 in the grab & go section. I found the coffee liquor flavoring to be a little too much, but Tom thought they were excellent.
Obviously, Animal Kingdom Lodge is ridiculously amazing and we were thoroughly impressed.
It was getting late and we had to get ready for 4th of July fireworks, so we left ALK to check into our (non-Disney) hotel. But we are really looking forward to getting to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge someday (hopefully soon).
There was no way we were going to Hollywood Studios without eating at Pizza Planet.
|He’s Happy. Really|
And actually it wasn’t just the atmosphere that was good – it was tasty food too!
With the Quick Service Dining Plan, I got a Meat Lovers pizza, side salad, Cappuccino cupcake, and a Coke.
I reluctantly split my cupcake with Luke, who was disappointed by his measly chocolate chip cookie. It was a big sacrifice – the cupcakes at Hollywood Studios are awesome! Luckily, they are also huge. So it worked out.
Scarlett was determined to play a video game with her pressed penny. That didn’t work too well. We had to distract her with promises of Star Tours and Fantasmic, but we got her out of there without spending all of our pressed pennies.
It was a little difficult to find someplace in the Epcot World Showcase where I thought the kids might actually eat something. With a kid’s meal of Teriyaki Chicken and Rice, Katsura Grill in Japan seemed like a good place.
I love food. When I travel, one of the first thing I research and plan is where to eat. In reading about all the great Disney food, I discovered great reviews of the snacks at Kringla Bakeri og Cafe in the Norwegian Pavillion.
By the time the World Showcase opened at 11AM, I was hungry! It was a good time for a snack. To Norway!
The kids got a big cinnamon roll to split.
Tom got this awesome Viking Chocolate Mousse. I had a bite – it was super rich. He almost couldn’t finish, so the rest of helped. Mmm, tasty.
The kids didn’t want to sit for too long, and started feeding bits of cinnamon roll to the birds, so we finished up to enjoy more of our trip around Epcot’s world.