Monday, February 14, 2011

My Ideal Disney Menu

This is the view from our table on our
last trip to California Grill
One of my favorite parts of traveling to Walt Disney World is sampling all the different foods in World Showcase and restaurants around the parks and resorts.  Since having children, our favorite meals on property include characters and buffets, with Chef Mickey's taking the lead for dinner and Cape May Cafe in the lead for breakfast.  But we are lucky enough to have my parents travel with us each trip.  They always take the kids one night, so that Pierre and I can stroll through World Showcase and then make our way to a late dinner.  Our children are small, so World Showcase touring has taken on a whole new meaning with them.  I am always thankful my parents give us a night out in Disney.

'Ohana Bread Pudding
We have two favorite restaurants for our night out.  We either dine at California Grill or Artist Point.  California Grill has the obvious benefit of having not just amazing food, but also an amazing view, especially if you get a window table on the Magic Kingdom side.  I am not sure how we have been so lucky, but two trips in a row, we were right at a window table overlooking the castle.  Artist Point also has amazing food.  To get to Artist Point, we love to take the boat ride at night from Magic Kingdom to Wilderness Lodge.  Even better, if you time it right, on your return trip to Magic Kingdom, you can sometimes get a perfect view of the Electric Water pageant, which makes its way around the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake.  One evening, we actually timed it so we were "stuck" out on the boat waiting for it to pass.  It was really amazing.

So, you can park hop, resort hop and if I could restaurant hop my ideal meal for dinner, based solely on my favorite dishes from Walt Disney World, would be:

Yoshi's Sushi Sampler (California Grill, Contemporary)
Smokey Portobello Soup (Artist Point, Wilderness Lodge)
Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli (California Grill, Contemporary)
Cedar Plank Roasted Wild King Salmon (Artist Point, Wilderness Lodge)
'Ohana's Bread Pudding with Caramel-Banana Sauce ('Ohana, Polynesian)

What would be your ideal dinner menu if you could restaurant hop?

Here's what Emily thought of the dessert at 'Ohana's - I normally would
not allow one of my kids to do this, but I was secretly thinking of doing it myself!
So delicious!

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