TigerKat and Johnny, our first DISmeet and another surprise!
We woke up early after having had an early night the day before and
a little after 6am I realized that I still had one more day to wait
until we could make our Dining Reservations for our summer trip.
Well, our breakfast reservation at the Polynesian Resort was for
9.10am, so we went back to bed and watched a little TV, while
sipping some coffee that was provided by the resort.
By 8.30 we were ready to leave and head over to the Polynesian for
our breakfast. Once we arrived and checked in it only took about 5
minutes until we were led inside the restaurant and handed our menu.
Our server was really quick to appear, we did not even have time to
glance at the menu when she asked if we were ready to order. Well,
we were not, but at least we ordered some Coffee for Tom and some
Tea for me.
While she went to pick up the drinks we had some time to check the
menu and decide on what we wanted to have. I actually was impressed
they had a good selection of Hot Teas and I remembered that I wanted
to try the Lilikoi Juice
- passion fruit, orange and guava blend. Tom ordered the
Big Kahuna - French
toast, Macadamia-Pineapple pancakes, eggs, home fried potatoes, ham,
bacon, and sausage. A HUGE breakfast, but very tasty. I tried the
The Somoan - poached eggs
with Hollandaise served over smoked pulled pork hash. It was not
what I expected but nevertheless very tasty. Once we had finished
our breakfast we hopped on the Monorail and went over to the Magic
Kingdom. We were surprised to find the lines to be short at both the
security check and the turnstiles.
Even though it was not as warm as we had expected it, it was
wonderful to see the clear blue skies, especially above the castle.
We took our time walking through the Emporium, looking for new
merchandize and finally found ourselves in front of the castle. We
then decided to hit Tomorrowland first and since the Peoplemover was
a walk on this is what we chose as our first ride. We always love to
ride the Peoplemover, such a relaxing ride and perfect for taking in
the sights and people watching.
Once we got off we walked over to Space Mountain, but the standby
line had a 90 minute wait and and Fastpasses were only available
after 2pm, too late for us. So we headed towards Fantasyland, but
all the rides had kind of quite a wait, so we went into the Haunted
Mansion, which had a 10 minute wait posted, but was actually a walk
on. Once we left the Haunted Mansion the crowds had picked up
considerably and we slowly walked over to Big Thunder Mountain.
No way, people were lining up outside already, so we walked towards
the Pirates of the Caribbean and both lines were open, so while most
people went to the line on the right and we chose the one on the
left. Well, our boat was a walk on, the other side had a little
wait. We enjoyed the ride and once we got off we slowly walked
towards the hub again and as it was past noon already we decided to
leave the park and go back to the Polynesian for lunch at Captain
We have often walked by Captain Cooks and even had a Dole Whip
there, but we have never had lunch there. Inspired by MickeyNicki we
chose the Aloha Pork Sandwich
- pulled pork and lots of it in a really nice bun, cucumber,
tomatoes and pineapple! It was messy to eat, but SOOOOOOOOOOOO good!
The chips were so yummy too! They are a mix of tortilla chips, sweet
potatoe chips and potato chips! Our other choice was the
Krispy base, ham, pineapple and lots of cheese. Large enough to
share and really tasty! It was fun to order at the kiosks there,
then being handed a buzzer and pick up the freshly prepared food a
little later. It was really relaxing especially since the restaurant
was practically empty, even around lunchtime. After we had finished
our lunch we picked up our car and went back to the resort.
Once it was parked we headed up to our room, opened the door and the
room had been done and ……. something was wrong there! I had placed
the cooler we had gotten from Mary Ellen and Joe on the floor, now
it was back up on the dresser. Tom noticed it too and while walking
in we both joked about the fact that Mousekeeping must have moved
it. Then I noticed that it had different ribbons and ………. wait ………..
I had removed the little note and put in a drawer! It was only then
that it dawned on both of us – this was NOT the cooler we had
received from Mary Ellen and Joe – this was a new one! We looked at
the note and yip, it WAS a new cooler. Kathy and Mark, Nicki and
Todd had sent us another cooler. It was full of more goodies,
pretzels, Goldfish, Rice Krispy treats and much more! We got online
and thanked our friends from the bottom of our hearts!
Then we retreated to our beds and nibbled on the new found goodies.
By mid afternoon we got ready to go out again. We dug up the
presents we had bought for Kat and Johnny, two friends, we had
chatted with on the Disboards. By 4pm we were out the door and drove
over to the Boardwalk to meet them at the BelleVue Lounge. We parked
the car, walked up to the resort and were lost. After asking for the
way to the BelleVue Lounge twice, we finally found it and were
nervous! Would we recognize them, we had never met before or
exchanged photos? Well, it actually was very easy as the lounge was
still closed and they were the only people there. We were so happy
to find out that they were such nice and sweet people. As we did not
want to sit and wait for the lounge to open we went to the ESPN club
We found four bar stools and climbed on, then started chatting and
having fun. They are from New Orleans and it was so nice to see
their enthusiasm for their city and the healing that took place
since Hurricane Katrina. After chatting for about an hour we
exchanged gifts. They had gotten us some speciality coffee from New
Orleans. We then asked the bartender to take our photos with our
various cameras. We could not stop laughing when he continuously
took Kat’s camera, then turned it the wrong way around and took
“snapshots” of his red shirt. It took him quite some time to figure
out why we were laughing so hard and kept handing him the camera. A
little while later it was time to say goodbye. Kat and Johnny had to
get ready for their dinner at the Flying Fish Café and Tom and I had
to get over to the Dolphin for our dinner at Todd English’s BlueZoo.
We arrived at the restaurant about 5 minutes early and were seated
right on time, at a large round table. The server was very attentive
and started telling us all about the cocktails, wine list and soft
drinks. We both decided to get a
ZooBerry, their signature
cocktail, blueberry-infused Ketel One vodka with a splash of fresh
lemon juice and rock-candy syrup. Very nice! We both ordered Diet
Cokes. Soon after we were served a
Breadbasket, with Onion
Focaccia, Sourdough bread and a wafer thin Cheese Bread. They also
served some Butter with
it. A short while later our starter, which we shared came out. We
had ordered The Yellowfin
Tuna Tartare - from the "Olive's" table, twisted cucumber salad,
crispy rock shrimp, orange glaze, scallion cream, which not only
looked stunning, but tasted out of this world.
For his main course Tom had chosen the
Dirty South Swordfish,
barbeque rubbed, house smoked tasso risotto, rock shrimp and
littleneck clams, which he really enjoyed.I had a hard time deciding
what I wanted to order but in the end I went for the
Simply Fish, their daily
selection of finest fresh fish selected from coastal waters around
the world, simply grilled on their teppanyaki grill, served with
Warm crabmeat, dijon mustard, chives sauce and some added lobster.
My choice of fish was the salmon. It was delicious. We also got a
side of Crab Mac and Cheese,
which we both did not like at all. Since we were stuffed we wanted
to skip dessert, but since they had noted that this was Tom’s
birthday trip, the server brought out a birthday dessert, the
Warm Chocolate Cake -
with liquid ganache center, maracaibo chocolate cream pudding, and
peanut ice cream for Tom, which we shared.
We had initially planned on going to EMH at the Hollywood Studios,
but after our meal we were too full to even care about it. So we
just walked back to the Boardwalk and enjoyed the sights, sounds and
smells before we drove back to our resort and crashed in front of
the TV. It didn’t take long until we finally gave in and went to
bed. We had a breakfast reservation the next morning, so this seemed
like a very good idea.