Day 2 -
So, today, we had BiG plans. It was my son’s 13th birthday. It was our first official park day. We were going to spend the morning happily hopping from ride to ride in MK.I had fast passes for Peter Pan and 7DMT. Then, we were going to rest and swim at the hotel and later head over to Hollywood studios to watch the Indiana Jones show and eat at Sci-if diner for 5:45 ADR. Then we would head over to launch bay to meet Chewbacca and then end the night with a FP for Fantasmic. I mean, sounds perfect, right? This day was MONTHS in the making.
Even though there was a huge possibility for rain that day, I discounted it. I didn’t bring any ponchos (I know I know, bad liner) and had brought a dollar store umbrella just in case. So when I woke up to the sound of rain, I immediately knew that I had to have a plan B as it was supposed to rain all day. Even though the crowds would be lighter, I just couldn’t bear the thought of dragging my family (especially my parents who are seniors)through puddles with my stupid 1 umbrella, and knowing that the weather was supposed to be clear the rest of the week, we decided to use that day as our rest day. As Wednesday was supposed to be our rest day, I had to re-adjust our plans and plan for different parks for the rest of the week, except for the Monday, which was our BBB, CRT and Akerhaus day.
It really pained me to get rid of the sci-fi diner reservation (because you guys know how hard it is to get a decent time for sci-fi and I knew my chances of finding that time again later that week would be slim). However, I still wanted to do something really special for my son’s birthday, So I went to the GF concierge to see if they could find me a reservation at CG or O’hana that night for our family. They were unable to find one so instead, they sent my son a birthday package to our room ( a stuffed Donald Duck and holding helium balloons, so cute).
The great thing about being rained in at the GF is the amount of restaurants that you can eat at either at the resort or anywhere on the monorail without really needing to go outside. That said, we decided to go to the Grand Floridian Cafe for lunch, and that restaurant did not disappoint. We had the Cobb salad and onion soup which were both delicious. And, just an FYI, the waiter mentioned that other customers said that their Cobb salad was better then the one at Hollywood Derby. So if you’re at the GF and can’t make it to HS and want Cobb salad, you know where to go. You are welcome.The meal ended with the waiter delivering a birthday cupcake to my son. I highly recommend this place and feel bad that it wasn’t originally on my meal plan.
For dinner that night, we decided to try another restaurant that I didn’t consider originally but had great reviews from liners - the Wave at the contemporary. I was able to make a reservation a few hours before the meal and when we got there I told everyone that we were celebrating my son’s birthday (yes, I am that type of embarrassing mom). We started off with the bread and their salted butter, which was absolutely delicious and unfortunately this was the only highlight of our meal. Most of us ordered steak and salmon and I had really high hopes for this place. However, our food was overly salty, my mom could not eat her salmon and my son only had like 2 bites of his steak before he declared that he couldn’t eat it anymore. We did mention it to the waitress and the manager and they said that they would talk to the chef. Then, when dessert was brought out, there was no candle or happy birthday, despite my efforts to really embarrass my son. Upon leaving I did approach the manager about nothing being done for my son’s birthday, and she promptly apologized and offered to give us back our dining credits (yay) and gave my mom a whole loaf of bread to take home with butter and brownie mickeys for my kids. Looks like the Disney magic was back on, and that put a good taste in my mouth (no pun intended lol).
Up next, the only day where all my plans went right, but in the end, wish it didn’t (so cryptic, right? Lol).
*** I realize that these posts are not picture heavy yet ( I mean, who wants to see a pic of overly salty steak??), however, I promise, they will come).****