Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Vacation Recap: Disney Day 1

On Monday, February 14th Steak and I woke up in my Aunt and Uncle's beautiful home. We enjoyed breakfast with my extended family and then my immediate family joined us for lunch. At 1 o'clock we hit the rode escorted by my gracious Aunt and Uncle. In about two hours we arrived at Walt Disney World!

This trip we decided to stay at Port Orleans Riverside. Port Orleans is a moderate resort meaning it is the 2nd cheapest category on property after the value resorts. It fit our budget perfectly. The best thing about upgrading to a moderate resort at Disney is the added theming and activities at the moderate resorts compared to the value resorts. We chose the Riverside property over the Port Orleans French Quarter property because the landscape was more romantic. The resort is spread out along a gorgeous river with paths for walking and running and boats for rent. As you can see the resort is gorgeous!

After checking in and dropping off our luggage in our (corner) room (with king bed and preferred view of the river... lucky!) we grabbed a boat to Downtown Disney. When we reserved our room we got a special promotion for a free dining plan. The dining plan gave us a snack, a quick service meal and a table service meal for each night of our stay. We set out to Goofy's candy shop to use our first snack voucher.

I ended up with my favorite treat, chocolate-covered marshmallows on a stick.

After devouring our sweet Valentine's Day treats we did a bit of shopping in Downtown Disney. As a surprise Valentine's Day gift Steak bought me the sketch of Jessica Rabbit I have always wanted. It is now handing in our living room!

We grabbed a boat back to our resort, changed into date night clothes, and headed to Epcot via the Disney bus. Once we arrived at Epcot we had to catch a monorail to the Contemporary Resort where we would be using our table service vouchers to dine at the fabulous California Grill. California Grill is situated at the top of the Contemporary Resort over looking Magic Kingdom park. Our dinner reservations were for 7:45 pm, which meant that we arrived at the restaurant right in time to catch the 8pm showing of the Wishes fireworks display at the Magic Kingdom. We went onto an outside patio and watched the entire 20 minute display. We were so close to the Magic Kingdom that we could hear the entire audio show and see Tinker Bell flying from Cinderella's castle. It was breath taking.

After the fireworks were finished we settled into our table right by the open air kitchen. It was so much fun to see the dishes come out of the kitchen one by one and decide what looked best to us.

Here I am ready for dinner with windblown hair after the fireworks show.

And here is the gorgeous Valentine's Day present Steak surprised me with. I almost bought this for myself on several occasions. Good thing I didn't!

For dinner Steak and I shared the Spicy Kazan sushi roll. It contained crab, shrimp, bay scallops, tuna and fireball sauce. Honestly, it was the best sushi I have ever eaten and I've eaten some pretty amazing sushi!

For our main courses Steak had "Cast Iron-seared Veal Tenderloin with Sweet Potato and Applewood Bacon Hash, Chanterelles, and Port Syrup" and I had "Seared Atlantic Flounder over Pancetta, 'Tater Tots', Brussels Sprouts, Spiced Crawfish and Sauce Amercaine." Both dishes were phenomenal but we both agreed that I won that round with the better tasting dish. 

 Seared Atlantic Flounder
Veal Tenderloin

With our dining plan we each got our choice of dessert. I went with a chocolate creme brulee, typical, and Steak got Espresso cheesecake, also typical.

 Espresso Cheesecake
Tanzanian Chocolate Creme Brulee

Since it was Valentine's Day they gave us each a cute little chocolate heart filled box to take home.

After dinner we decided to take a cab home because it was a little chilly and we didn't want to wait for the bus. It was a smart idea because we ended up getting back to our resort within 5 minutes. 

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