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We don't have enough credits! 16 nights Universal and Disney (DDP) September 2017 - COMPLETE!

So we're back a day now and I thought I'd start the dining report as I'm not back at work until Friday . I will do a full trip report at some point but I'll do dining separate and link to it.

I'll start off with a little intro but if anyone wants to read my pre trip report it's here.

It's myself (Lisa) and my sister (Marie). We had booked for 16 nights finding going the Friday and coming back the Sunday gives you just that little bit extra time with only a couple of extra days off work (or in my case good manipulation of shifts!). We decided therefore to do 4 nights at Universal, Royal Pacific at the start then 12 nights onsite at Disney, Port Orleans Riverside with free QSDP upgraded to DDP. We wanted to make sure the "free food" but was at the end of the holiday as last year we did free DDP first and really grudged paying for food at the end!
The report title is based on the fact we were now doing 12 nights Disney with no offsite days and 4 signature meals so I was seriously worried we'd run out of credits! You can see how well we did as the report goes on!

I apologise in advance for photo quality. I use my iPhone as I find it's more discrete than taking a camera out and tend to do a quick snap once the wait person leaves and before Marie starts eating!

So, on with the report!

Pre travel & travel day.

Day 1 - iHOP, Comic Strip Café and Bubba Gumps
Day 2 - Denny's, Margaritaville and room service
Day 3 - iHOP, Louie's and Toothsome.
Day 4 - Hard Rock Café and Yak & Yeti
Day 5 - Be Our Guest, Pecos Bill & Chef Art Smiths Homecomin'
Day 6 - Epcot Food & Wine, Narcoossee's
Day 7 - Riverside Mill, Hollywood Brown Derby
Day 8 - Tusker House & Wolfgang Pucks Express
Days 9 & 10 - Riverside Mill Food Court
Day 11 - Yak & Yeti, Star Wars Dessert Party
Day 12 - Riverside Mill & Le Cellier
Day 13 - Be Our Guest and Liberty Tree Tavern
Day 14 - Backlot Express, Daily Poutine & Olivia's Cafe
Day 15 - Tusker House and The Yachtsman
Day 16 - Be Our Guest, Casey's Corner
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I hope you had a fab time. I'm looking forward to this, with 4 signature meals it sounds like it's going to be awesome!
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Getting a bit obsessed with these food reports love them can't wait for more😋😋
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I hope you had a fab time. I'm looking forward to this, with 4 signature meals it sounds like it's going to be awesome!
Thanks, we did! You're setting me up now! I hope it's is awesome!
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I won't bore you with the details of what I ate during the day at home! We'd booked into the Holiday Inn at Glasgow Airport the night before as usual. We were given a Club biscuit at check in because I'm a member of the IHG Rewards Club (not sure why as I never get any rewards!).



We also brought some Azera Latte "to go" cups, a pack of mini yum yums and a couple of Greggs sausage rolls left over from lunch.



We had several choices for dinner - the airport which would be the Wetherspoons landside, the hotel restaurant or a taxi/bus to Braehead. We wandered across to the Wetherspoons at the airport and I found the menu incredibly lacking in variety. We had handily seen the hotel restaurant menu as it was plastered all over the lifts so I told Marie I'd prefer that. They had given us a 10% off coupon at check in as they did last year plus they were doing a meal deal of 2 for £39.99 including starter, main and a glass of wine. While at the airport we popped in to Tesco Express for a pint of milk and "dessert" in the form of two choux buns which were on special because they expired that day.



We headed back to the room only to discover the restaurant didn't open until 6pm and it was only 4.45pm! I'd had lunch really early whereas Marie had it quite late so she was fine. While we were waiting I had half of a sausage roll. Then 10 mins later the other half as it was sooo good! (As an aside you can buy these frozen in Iceland and also in mini form!) I also had one of the Latte's.



So 6pm came and we headed down to the restaurant. We read the menu on the way . We decided against the 2 for £39.99 as we didn't fancy any of the starters plus I don't drink so the wine would have been a waste. Instead we got a starter to share of duck springs rolls. These were really nice and just enough between us.



You can see it's early in the trip as here's a photo of my diet coke and Marie's Irn Bru!




I had the Chicken, Ham Hock & Leek pie which came with peas and mashed potato plus there was gravy. This was really nice but not much chicken in it. Because of my earlier sausage roll I struggled to finish so left a lot of the pastry.



Marie had the chicken burger. She said the roll was hard so didn't eat it, just the chicken breast and chips. I gave her some of my gravy.



This cost just over £40 with the 10% off however they had added a 10% "discretionary" service charge which annoys me as a general rule. I didn't have it taken off as the waitress was very nice and we'd have left around 10% anyway but it's hardly discretionary if they just go ahead and add it .
Anyway, it was nice if a little expensive.



Back at the room we had a cup of tea and our dessert.



The next morning we had a couple of the yum yums with a latte. These were not great the next day and would have been nicer fresh. It filled a hole until we got checked in and through security.

We usually have breakfast at the Beardmore but decided just to go to Frankie & Bennys as we passed it.
Neither of us was too hungry so went for scrambled egg and toast.



I got a latte and Marie got tea. I also got an orange juice.



This was just ok. I prefer my scrambled egg drier than this was. The toast looked like the butter had just been shown to the bread. The latte was horrible. We've done F&Bs for breakfast only once before in town and didn't enjoy it. After this we've decided not to bother again.

Our next meal was on the flight. We were given a menu.





I chose the chicken



and Marie the chilli.



They were both ok. I'm one of those weird people that actually likes airplane food but this wasn't up to usual standards. The salad dressing looked frozen solid so we couldn't get anything out and this made the salad unpalatable. The bread roll was hard and dry as usual and the dessert a not great brownie.



We were given the usual Fab lolly a few hours in. A nice wee refreshment.



An hour or so before landing we got our afternoon tea. I love this as it really is a proper afternoon tea!
I chose the ham, smoked salmon and egg selection.



And Marie the egg mayo, cucumber and cheese & onion.



This was all really nice as usual.

Since we did things differently this year our first meal wasn't something at the resort QS place but we did have to try and find something at RPR or Universal somewhere. Immigration had been an issue so we were a bit later arriving than we'd hoped. Because of this we decided to eat in the hotel. We had a look at the options and went with Jake's Bar as it looked less formal than the Islands Dining Room.





Loved this knife and fork!



And the wee condiment bottles!




I had fish and chips.



This was lovely. The fish (I'm not sure what it was) had a lovely flavour and the batter nice and light.

Marie had the roast chicken. It came with mac & cheese.



Marie enjoyed this and said it was really nice. I tried the mac & cheese and agreed.

This came to around $50. We charged it to our room.

I've just found more notes. I really should read them before posting! Marie had ordered a side of fries with her chicken which we decided afterwards was stupid as I could have given her half of mine. There was also a bit of a delay in the food coming to the extent the server went to check. Not ideal when we were so tired!
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We don't have enough credits! 16 nights Universal and Disney (DDP) September 2017 - Day 1

So our first time in many years starting the holiday without a character breakfast had to be one of the fabulous breakfast options we've missed over the years. . We had brought some Azera latte sachets and a kettle (we really do love Azera!) so we had some while getting ready.
We went out about 7.30am and decided on iHOP as there's one just round the corner from Universal on I-drive.





Syrup! They had "Old Fashioned", Blueberry, Butter Pecan and Strawberry.



We both ordered coffee and orange juice.



Marie ordered the 2x2x2 which was 2 eggs, 2 pancakes and 2 of either bacon or sausage, she chose bacon.



I chose the French Toast Combo which came with eggs, bacon or sausage and hash browns.




Empty plates!



This was fantastic! The French toast in particular was delicious. It's been a long time but I suspect we'll be making some more trips to iHOP our next trip DDP or not!

This came to $25 and we left $30. No coupons for us as I'm just too lazy!

We headed into Universal and re-activated the Coke Freestyle mugs we bought last year. This cost around $8 each for the day. We re-activated both as we like different drinks. We also bought two of the Quick Service Meal plans as they were BOGO 50% off in September for annual pass holders. This cost around $30 I think plus $16 for the mugs. I need to look out my receipts.



We had a snack mid-morning as we noticed Florian Fortescues Ice Cream Parlour was empty and we've never seen it without a queue all the way out the door. We used the snack portion of our meal plans. I was boring and just went for Butterbeer as I love it so much.



Marie went for mint which she initially thought was mint choc as they're displayed next to each other on the menu.



Mine was divine! I love soft serve ice cream and the flavour of the Butterbeer ice cream. Marie's on the other hand wasn't that great. It was vanilla ice cream with a swirl of mint that you could hardly taste. It made me wonder if you actually could get mint choc if it's just a swirl of flavour anyway.

Lunch was in IoA in the Comic Strip Café. We decided on this as there's quite a varied selection here.



I went for chicken alfredo which came with a breadstick and Caesar salad plus a drink included as part of the meal deal.




Marie had a burger.



I have a relatively low opinion of Universal QS places and this did nothing to change that. The breadstick was stale and the pasta tasteless. Marie said the burger was fine but the bun was like someone had microwaved it and now it had gone stale.
On top of that, even with the BOGO 50% off I don't think the meal deal was worth it for us in addition to the Coke Freestyle as we didn't need a drink with our meal - we could have used the mugs. We also didn't then need the additional drink that came with the meal deal but we got bottles to take back to the room. I'm rubbish at proper budgeting for food! Sorry Dixonsontour!

Dinner was Bubba Gumps on Citywalk. We decided on this as it was Saturday and having a Landry card meant we could just walk up. As expected we were seated straight away.



I ordered Forrests Seafood Feast.




Marie had Mama's Southern Fried Chicken. This came with mashed potato but Marie asked to sub this for fries.



This was nice but I found mine was warm, not hot. I actually found that a lot this holiday and I think I only had to blow on my food twice! It wasn't cold but still...
Marie said her chicken had a lot of coating on it.

This cost us $23 after taking off a $25 birthday reward Marie had (we both had one). We left $10 tip.

We had also bought one of the giant pink Lard Lad donuts and I had a bit later. Sorry the picture is not great as we'd carted it around IoA!

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We don't have enough credits! 16 nights Universal and Disney (DDP) September 2017 - Day 11

We'd had a few plans for today from it being an extra Universal day to a day off however in the end we decided to do the Star Wars Dessert Party today leaving the daytime free which come FP day became an additional AK day. We planned an early QS dinner mid-afternoon so we could eat plenty at the dessert party! Initially I booked all the FP for later in the day so we would do AK immediately before moving to DHS for the party however we wanted out! Unbelievably I was able to move Flight of Passage to lunch time so we went to AK earlier than initially planned.

Breakfast was coffee and the last two banana nut muffins in the room.

Having had food court food only for 2 days we fancied something really nice for lunch and decided against the initial QS plan. Since we had the Landry card anyway we decided to visit Yak & Yeti again and pay OOP for lunch.

Marie insisted we get the Wok Fried Green Beans again!



I got the passion fruit Shanghai Lemonade again and they had a new south seas flavour which Marie got but she got an Everest Refresher instead which is essentially flavoured sparkling water.

The specials menu was the same as the week before so we went for the main menu. I chose the chicken tikka masala. I was advised this was quite spicy and was that ok.



This was nice. It tasted oddly enough like chicken tikka masala. So much so I wished I'd gotten something else as I can get this at the local Brewers Fayre! It was spicy as the server said and also very hot. Again I burned my mouth!

Marie got the sweet and sour chicken. She subbed the rice for chicken fried rice.



She said this was nice but not a lot of chicken.

This cost us $80 OOP including the tip. This is why I love free dining! I just wished we'd had more TS credits!

We got to DHS around 5ish and used a QS credit on nachos to share again. Marie also got a Kaluha and Baileys Chocolate milkshake which she really enjoyed.





Not as much chili this time so a bit dry.

Joined by lots of ducks!




The dessert party wasn't busy so I tried to take as many pictures as I could.
Some savoury delights.



Sweets








Frozen Nutella with raspberry sauce. This was lovely.



Stormtrooper. He stopped and posed for me.



Overall I enjoyed the dessert party but got full really quickly and didn't feel I got my money's worth. Marie was drinking the cocktails so she did alright out of it! We also got a tie fighter popcorn bucket worth $19 that I'd never have bought. The park wasn't busy, presumably a post hurricane effect so I don't think we needed it. Would I do it again? Maybe. There was a nice atmosphere and the stormtroopers were wandering around interacting with the crowd. The staff were excellent. The desserts were nice enough but nothing special.

Todays credit use was not much. Just the 1 QS.
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We don't have enough credits! 16 nights Universal and Disney (DDP) September 2017 - Day 15

The plan today had been EMH at AK to make the most of our last couple of days. Unfortunately we (I mean Marie) took to long to get ready and we didn't get to the park until just before 9. We'd had a quick coffee in the room and I had a couple of the mini crullers with a plan to have an Elephant Ear pastry after riding the safari. I'd seen them in dining reports but never actually had one.
We got in the queue at Kusafiri Bakery (all the same family).



Got to the end and were told no Elephant Ear Pastries . I was bit grumpy about this and neither of us fancied anything else on the menu so we went to look for something else. We were getting hungry and everywhere else in the area was either closed or sold nuts/popcorn/churros, that type of thing. By now I was getting hangry so suggested a bit flippantly that maybe we should see if we could get a table at Tusker House. Marie said why not so I checked the app and saw a couple of times available after 10am. I chose 10.40am so we'd have plenty of time to ride FoP first.
There was a bit of a wait for our table after checking in to the extent I was worried we'd end up with lunch instead! It was only about 10 mins but felt longer. Our server pointed out that we'd get lunch too if we wanted and the breakfast items would most likely be moved at 11am to make room for lunch.

Rubbish buffet photos again.




I think because we were hungry we kind of wolfed it down getting full quickly. When lunch came out we weren't really in the mood. It looked nice though.
This time we managed to get 3 characters before we decided to go so a bit better than last time. We paid OOP and it cost around $80 which included the tip. We did consider that we might have been better using credits and paying OOP for one meal at the Yachtsman that night but by the time we did it was too late.

Because we had a late breakfast we didn't have lunch so our next meal was The Yachtsman for dinner. We've been here a couple of times now and really like it.




(pomegranate lemonade!)

We were brought a basket of the warm onion rolls which are absolutely delicious! They bring you both butter and roasted garlic. I usually have a little of the garlic but find it a bit too strong to have a lot.




Again we were able to sub dessert for either a small salad or lobster bisque so went for the bisque again.



This had a slightly different flavour to the one from Narcoosee's which I think I preferred but was still lovely.

We both ordered the 6oz filet which came with mashed potatoes. No veg which we could have ordered as a paid for side but I thought it was odd that there was literally nothing. I'd had the porterhouse for 2 with Dad last year which comes with sides so hadn't remembered this about the Yachtsman.



This was lovely. The mashed potato (although it didn't say on the menu) had a really nice cheesy flavour which wasn't over powering.

We also ordered a side of truffle macaroni and cheese.



Marie really likes this and I had the first time we had it but today found the truffle flavouring too strong. I also had heartburn all night which I think was as a result of the mac & cheese.

This would have cost again around $150 but cost us 4 TS credits and the $12 or so for the mac & cheese plus a tip.

We didn't bother with dessert as we were too full and had decided to walk across to the Boardwalk to the bakery to get a dessert for later.



I had a strawberry and cream cheesecake and Marie a chocolate éclair. This cost us 2 snacks.
My cupcake was lovely, loads of frosting with a nice light sponge. Unfortunately I couldn't do it justice and didn't eat it all.
Marie said the éclair was nice enough but not a lot of chocolate.

Total credit use today was 4 TS and 2 snacks.
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