@Disneydaddio We are headed to Universal. We didn't make it to Emeril's. I've heard it's very good, though. It's on our "list."
@FindMeAFishingSpot I hope you had a great vacation! I'm glad to see the CM helped you out as well.
@imaginette I didn't ride SDMT before I started my weightloss journey, so I can't say for sure, but I can see how the cars could be tight. However, I don't think they are any "tighter" than BTMR. Fingers crossed for you!
On with the show...
Thanks for reading everyone!
Day Six was originally planned to be a pool/resort day with dinner at Disney Springs. Due to the issues on day four, we modified the plan to include the evening in MK.
The day began with breakfast at Olivia’s at Old Key West. This was our first time to be at Old Key West and it definitely makes DVC membership enticing. Still too expensive for this teacher’s salary. Anyway, because we had meal credits we needed to use due to the missed dinner at CRT, we each ordered our own breakfast. She ordered the crabcake eggs benedict and I ordered the sweet potato hash. Both were excellent. Both had a key lime hollandaise on them and it was delicious. The addition of key lime added a slight sweetness to the sauce that’s not normally present with the traditional lemon. I also ordered a side of cheese grits because our server and the menu said they were famous. They were excellent. My wife’s mother was from Georgia, so she grew up eating sweet grits. Of course, she didn’t like them. However, I thought they were amazing. They were a course ground and were seasoned well. I only added a little salt and a little pepper. I normally have to salt and pepper the hell outta grits to get them to my liking, especially if I don’t have bacon to add to them. After breakfast, we walked around the resort for a bit to see what all the “DVC” fuss was about. We both realized how you could stay at the resort for several days without ever going into the parks. It was a really pretty property with lots to keep one entertained.
After heading back to POFQ, we headed to the pool. One nice thing about staying at a moderate or deluxe, pool towels are provided. We hung out at the pool for a couple of hours. It was pretty busy when we got there about 10:45, but by 12:30-1:00 it started to empty out. You could tell it was starting to warm up or it was nap time. We decided to grab lunch at Sassagoula and it was a not a good choice, again. I ordered the Muffaletta or what they call a Muffaletta. Let me preface this critique of this sandwich by saying before I became a teacher, I was a catering manager for Jason’s Deli. If you know Jason’s, you know why I’m saying this. They are famous for their Muffalettas. They order their sourdough bread from a very famous bakery in New Orleans. We that being said, I considered myself somewhat of an expert on how a Muffaletta should be constructed and served. First of all, a Muffaletta is supposed to be served hot. This one was stone cold. The sourdough bread is thick, so by serving it hot it it softens and makes it dominant. On this one, the bread was cold and dense. The meat to bread ratio was terrible. On most Muffalettas there’s more bread to meat, but the meat/cheese/olive salad usually are thick enough to not be lost on the sandwich. This was not the case on this one. It had a thin layer of each. You could tell it had been made for a while as well because the dressing in the olive salad had soaked into the bread, making it soggy right around the meat and cheese. The olive salad had good flavor, but it was about the only thing that made the sandwich worth it. I do not recommend this sandwich at all. My wife ordered an individual pepperoni pizza. She said it was good, but it was swimming in sauce. She said if she were to order another one, she would ask for light sauce. My wife was determined to get a “boat drink” from the pool bar. We shared the Gatta-melon, but she didn’t really like it. I thought it was fine, but definitely light on the alcohol content.
We headed back to the room to get cleaned up and head to MK. We drove to MK as my wife was still not willing to get on a bus. When we got to the TTC, the monorail was down so we had to ride the ferry. It wasn’t too crowded, so it was fine. I almost lost my #### at the tapstiles. I don’t understand why there aren’t dedicated lines for people who have magic bands/tickets and ones for people who need to activate an online purchase of tickets. We were in line behind a family who didn’t understand the concept of a line first of all. Then, CM was slow AF getting people through the stiles. The family was just standing there while the mom is messing with her phone. So, my wife taps her band. I start to tap mine and the mom hands her phone to the CM, he stops me so he can activate their tickets. The CM didn’t explain to the little girl how to do her fingerprint, so it took multiple attempts to activate her ticket. It was just really frustrating. Once through, we headed to Starbucks. Yep! We both needed caffeine. We wanted to ride SDMT, Space Mountain, and Haunted Mansion which we had a FP for. We went and got a return time for SDMT and walked toward Rapunzel’s restrooms as the bottom fell out. It wasn’t raining very hard as we went into the restroom, but it really started coming down. We had ponchos with us, so we headed to Haunted Mansion since the line is covered and the ride is of course indoors. We got almost to the doors when they had to shut the ride down. It was raining so hard that water was pouring into the exit. After standing there for almost 2 hours, we decided to take the paper FPs the CMs offered us because had a dinner reservation at Skipper Canteen. We walked over and they sat us a little early.
Skipper Canteen was a lot of fun and the food was very good. We both really enjoyed it. The restaurant of course has a back story around the Jungle Cruise ride. We were seated in the S.E.A. room and it’s really cool. The servers tell cheesy jokes just like the boat captains on the ride do. We needed to use meal credits, so we ordered our own meals. I ordered the cachapas and they were delicious. The menu describes them as corn pancakes. They were basically open faced pork tacos on a soft, thin corn cake. They weren’t as thick as an arepa if you are familiar with that Venezuelan food, but they were not as thin as a corn tortilla. It also had whole corn kernels in it as well as corn meal. The pork had great flavor and the black bean salad and avocado cream added texture and acidity to the dish. My wife ordered the S.E.A. Shu Mai. It was an open gyoza or pot sticker dumpling. It was very good. They were pork, shrimp, and edamame beans, which isn’t normally in a gyoza. I’m not a fan of edamame. I feel like they are flavorless and I don’t like their texture. However, in this dish they were ground just like the pork and shrimp. The dumplings were seasoned well and the soy based dumpling sauce had great flavor and kick. The salty, sweet, heat flavors were very balanced. For our entrees, I ordered the head-on shrimp and she ordered Dr. Falls Signature grilled steak. The server said, “Do you want the shrimp head on or off, off right?” I replied, “I’m Cajun. Give me the heads!” I know some people can’t handle seeing the eyes of the creature they are about to eat, but in the case of shellfish, it doesn’t bother me. Plus when cooked with the heads on, they taste better. I won’t gross people out with the particulars as to why that is the case, but I promise it’s true. LOL The shrimp were very good. They were tossed in a chili-garlic sauce which was hot, but sweet. The jasmine rice was a great break from the heat. The chinese broccoli was meh. It needed seasoning. My wife loved her steak. It was cooked perfectly and the pesto was delicious. For dessert, we just split one as I wasn’t really wanting anything else by this point. We ordered the coconut bar with pineapple-basil compote and vanilla cream. She’s a huge coconut fan, me not so much. I love the flavor and even like it toasted, but I don’t like the flakes. I feel like I’m chewing on grass. I took a few bites of the cake and it had a great coconut flavor. The Pineapple basil compote was a lovely addition. The basil was chopped extremely small and there were wasn’t a ton of it, so it didn’t overwhelm the other flavors like it can do if you go crazy with it. Overall, we really like Skipper Canteen and would recommend it as an option at MK. In fact, we have a reservation for there when we go back in November.
After dinner, we headed over to the hub to find a place to “camp” for Happily Ever After. We were able to get on the rail just inside the garden on the Adventureland side in front of Crystal Palace. It’s a great viewing spot if you can get it. We had to wait about an hour, but it was worth it. We are both short, like just over 5 foot tall. Therefore, we struggle to see if we have to stand behind people. With the railing in front of us and the sidewalk directly in front of the rail kept clear by CMs for people to be able to exit during the show, we had a great view of the castle and the fireworks. The first word that comes to mind to describe HEA is magical, cliche I know, but it truly was. I don’t want to go into too much detail about it in case you are wanting to be surprised the first time you see it. I was that way. Just like I did with FoP, I purposely didn’t read reviews or what previews of it before we went. I did hear the song, but that was it. I should have packed little packs of kleenex to sell after it was over because I could have made a fortune off all the girls in tears. Like bawling tears. I completely understand though. I got choked up as well.
After HEA ended, we “swam upstream” to get to SDMT. We used our return time and got on it pretty quickly. We still had the paper FPs from Haunted Mansion, so we headed over to Space Mountain because we only had about 10 minutes before the park closed. We were able to get on it before it closed. We then made our way toward Main Street. We were about half way up the “street” when the Kiss Goodnight played. We didn’t get to see it when we were there in March, so we were happy to see it. It’s neat, so if you have time check it out.
Believe it or not, we were hungry when we left, so we drove to Disney Springs to see what we could find. The Boathouse is open late, so we decided to eat there. It was a bonus meal and we still had meal credits to use. We split the lobster cocktail as our app. It was very good. We really liked the Lady Rose cocktail sauce. For our entree, we split the 8 oz. filet mignon oscar style. The steak was cooked perfectly and the lump crab and Bearnaise were delicious. They have live music until midnight, so we were able to catch a couple of songs before they quit. Because there were so few people in the restaurant, it was freezing in there. The other table of people had given the teenage daughter their napkins so she could cover her shoulders. I heard their waiter in Spanish ask her if she was cold and she said yes. I said, “me, too!” They were kinda taken back by this white girl understanding I think, but the waiter brought both myself and the girl a tablecloth to cover up with. LOL I put mine on my legs because that’s what was cold for me. We decided to skip dessert because we were over it by this point. We headed back to the room to pack up because Day seven had us saying “Bon Voyage” to WDW and heading over to Universal for a few days.
Thanks for reading!