Thursday, August 4, 2011

100 Things to Do in Disney #88 ~ A New (to us) Signature Dining Experience

Canada Pavilion, April 2003
Today in our countdown of 100 Things to Do in Disney, I am sharing #88 a signature dining experience we will be trying for the first time - LeCellier in Epcot's Canada Pavilion.

My parents travel with us to Disney every trip.  It is amazing that the two people who started our family's love of Disney when I was just a teen, now get to share that love with the next generation of our family, my children and my brother's children.  There are so many benefits of traveling with family.  First, magical moments are so much more memorable when shared by all of us.  Second, it is always nice to have a few extra hands to help out with the kids, especially on our trip when all three of my kids were in diapers.  Plus, of course, it is nice to see the kids get spoiled by the grandparents.  For us, there is one more thing my parents do that my husband and I love and really appreciate.  They take the kids one night of the vacation so that Pierre and I can have a night out in Disney. 

Canada Pavilion, April 2003
Flower & Garden Festival
Being big fans of Epcot's World Showcase, it gives us an opportunity to spend the evening strolling through the pavilions, sampling the food and drinks, and browsing through the different shops.  Even better, after that, we have a late dinner at one of Disney's signature dining restaurants.  In the past, we have alternated between Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge and California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort.  This year, we are trying something new, LeCellier.  Even better, our friends will be in Walt Disney World at the same time and will be joining us for dinner.  Because they have two little ones, this will be the first time the four of us are able to coordinate babysitters for all five kids on the same night.  Who knew, to actually have a date night with our friends, we would have to travel all the way to Walt Disney World!  I say there is Disney magic at work here!

One of the things that brought LeCellier to our attention was the recipe I found over at Cooking with Mickey for the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup.  Creating Disney dishes is one of my favorite ways to bring a little Disney magic into our home between trips.  My husband made this recipe for the family, and let's just say, it put LeCellier front and center on our "must do" list for this trip.  If the soup is this delicious, I can only imagine what the rest of the menu is like!

Have you had dinner at LeCellier?  I would love to hear what you think of it.  Also, menu recommendations are always welcome - from appetizer to dessert, let me know your favorites!


Crystal and Bryan - said...

We managed to snag Le Cellier ADRs on our past 2 trips. It's a good meal and great to try if you've never been before. We're curious to see if they've plussed things now that it's a signature restaurant. Now that it's signature we didn't have 2 DDP credits to spare this time around, unfortunately, but I'm sure we'll be back in future visits!

Kelly said...

We LOVE Le Cellier...we are going this October and cannot wait!! Just like you we always have grandparents with us and sometimes two We have never taken a date night at Disney though...that sounds quite enticing.

Mrs. Mommy MouseEars said...

We haven't eaten there yet but will be trying it for the first time, too in just a couple of weeks! Soooo excited :)

Kristen Hoetzel said...

The Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup is a favorite. I love to make it at home in the fall. It's perfect for the weather!

The pictures are great! I love how you started back when you were just kid.

Beth @ TheAngelForever said...

We ate at Le Cellier 2-3 times on our honeymoon ten years ago. This was back in the day when you could simply walk up and make a reservation or just dine without one. Shortly after this, it became the hot ADR to have. When we took our kids and my parents there in May 2009, it was our last dinner. Amazing memories came back and fantastic food. I loved the mushroom filet, and ten years ago I had the maple glazed salmon (offered seasonally). Enjoy the time without your kids for this meal. We did not snag Le Cellier for this trip, but are trying a bunch of Signatures for the first time.

DisneyBabies said...

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal there last January - we're doing it again this coming January.. I hope it's still as good and worth those few extra $$.. but really, what's $5 when you're at WDW?