My Favourite Restaurants in Disney and Beyond…

What better time to tell you about my favourite restaurants at Disney and surrounding area. I am looking forward to visiting these next month (much sooner than I had anticipated a few weeks ago)

Victoria & Albert’s – Disney’s Grand Floridian

Victoria & Albert’s is a very exclusive, awarding winning, fine dining establishment located inside Disney’s Grand Floridian, it has  an AAA Five Diamond rating. As expected the dress code is much more formal than most other dining in Disney, men must wear a Jacket and a posh frock would not be out of place for us ladies. Throughout the evening a Harpist places gentle music in the background which sets the scene beautifully. The meal itself is a seven course meal (including bread with each course – I love bread and the selections are amazing) in the main dining room (more course are available in Queen Victoria’s room or at the Chef’s table), you can also add Wine Pairings (if you enjoy your wine I would highly recommend), each course comes with a wine specifically chosen for that course. I love the dessert, I am sure I have the same one each time we go…Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Soufflé, you have to order this particular dessert at the beginning as they need the time to prepare it…and it is delicious, my mouth is watering just thinking about it 🙂

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At the end of the meal you can enjoy coffee…not done your usual way.

At V&A’s they use a Cona Vacuum Coffee Maker, I think it is amazing how this works and just have to have coffee…eventhough it is late at night…who cares if you can’t sleep…you’re on Vacation!

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At the end of your meal you receive a personalised menu and the lady receives a red rose. Reservations are a must.

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Bubba Gump Shrimp – Universal City Walk

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If you like Shrimp you’ll love Bubba Gump, it is a great place for a ‘light’ bite or a big evening meal. They do great Smoo

The Shrimpers Net Catch (Appetizer) is delicious

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If you still have room the Dessert samplers are lush…probably best to share though!!

They have a great system for getting the attention of the wait staff, on your table you have 2 license plates…Run Forrest Run and Stop Forrest Stop…the first time we visited I got confused and picked Stop Forrest Stop…lo and behold the waiter came by…but I didn’t actually want anything!!

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Tip: Watch the Forrest Gump film before you go!

Raglan Road – Downtown Disney

You can either sit in the main restaurant which may involve an ADR or a wait, or you can sit at the Bar, the food and service is great either way.

I love the Dalkey Duo, battered cocktail sausages presented on forks with extra ones in a bowl on the side and a mustard dip. A favourite of the other half is Kevin’s Ham

Shula’s Steak House – Walt Disney World Dolphin

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If you like Steak this is a great restaurant, reservations are a must, however you can sit in the lounge area without one. Here you can catch the game whilst enjoying delicious Steak & Seafood.

Beaches & Cream – Disney’s Yacht Club

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Although a restaurant I have only experienced take out. I usually go for Delicious Ice Cream Sundaes and Milkshakes. They are also famous for their ‘Kitchen Sink’ dessert…I am yet to try this particular delicacy!

Thai Thani –  I-Drive (near Seaworld)

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This is our favourite Thai restaurant, we discovered it many years ago and try to make time for at least one visit each trip. It has a very authentic feel, they have cushions on the floor for sitting at the lower tables and lots of Thai antiques, statues and carved tables. The first time we went I did not know what to order and was recommended the Phad Panang…this is my favourite dish (although I do pick out the string beans!!)…and I always have Sticky Rice.

I hope to add to this list after our New Year/Anniversary trip 🙂

Emma x

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It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas!

Today I visited the Trafford Centre and it got me feeling a whole lot more Christmassy 🎄

The decorations at up and they look great. In The Orient I love Santa and his Reindeer.

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The Christmas tree was singing away…

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I then went to Costa Coffee for the special Gingerbread Latte…Gingie drowned though 🙀

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…and a sneaky chocolate treat!! Even though I sat in I asked for a take away cup!

Think it might be time to dig out the Christmas songs 📻

What do you love about the run up to Christmas?

Emma x

Disney to do list…

As I was browsing some Disney related blogs I came across this great post from Disney For Five+, I think it is a great idea and was inspired to come up with my own to do list. So here goes…my Disney to-do List…it was so much harder than I thought as I want to do everything!!! I did manage to whittle it down…you will see a definite theme in my list!!

  1. Visit all 4 parks in one day!
  2. Ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  3. Watch Festival of Fantasy Parade
  4. Eat a French Pastry in France
  5. Enjoy an Ice Cream Sundae at MK
  6. Have a Nutella, Strawberry and Banana Waffle Sandwich from Sleepy Hollow in MK
  7. Eat a Carrot Cake Cookie from The Writer’s Stop @ Hollywood Studios
  8. Win a game on Toy Story Midway Mania!
  9. Have a Hot Chocolate from Ghiradelli
  10. See the Osborne Spectacle of Lights switch on
  11. Watch the Fireworks at either MK or EPCOT (ideally both!)
  12. Afternoon Tea in the Garden View Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian

What would be on your Disney to-do list?

Emma x