Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast At Trattoria al Forno Review

Natalie has always loved Flynn Rider. She used to watch Tangled all the time when she was small. When the movie first came out, you could meet Flynn Rider at Walt Disney World with Rapunzel. We weren't ever able to make it to the park to meet him. By the time we got there, he was no longer there. So the only time Natalie could see him was in parades.

But then I heard about the Bon Voyage breakfast where you could meet Flynn Rider and knew we had to do it.






The Bon Voyage breakfast is at the BoardWalk Resort, and it is gorgeous. (We stayed at Coronado Springs and took a Lyft to the BoardWalk for about $8.)









If we ever win the lottery, we'd stay there. It's peaceful.







The Bon Voyage breakfast is actually in the Trattoria al Forno restaurant. There's only a breakfast option at the moment.







Here's the menu:




Good news. You CAN get Diet Coke!




You start off with pastries that everyone shares. These went quick at my table. You get more if you have a larger party. I've heard from other people that you can actually request more, but our waiter didn't mention it so I didn't want to be annoying.



My favorite was the star! And that chocolate thing. I don't know what the correct term was, but we all shared it. My son kept trying to eat every pastry on his own and I'd be like, "Uh, we're sharing them all!"

I like that they were served in a frying pan. Because, you know, Rapunzel.




Everyone also gets fruit salad. It's just fruit cut up. I was hoping that it would be a slightly more fancy fruit salad like with marshmallow or something. But it was still tasty. In another blog post I saw they actually had a piece of fruit with edible glitter on it, but I guess they aren't doing that anymore.




Then everyone orders a main course. I believe it's about $35 per person. (Less for kids 9 and under.) Plus extra if you get drinks. Lots of people seemed to be ordering the mimosas but I just stuck with my Diet Coke.

Tommy and I ordered the Tower of Pancakes:



It comes with bacon or sausage and fruit compote. I liked it, but got full pretty dang fast because the pancakes are thick.


Natalie went for the Tangled Eggs. Now, these were different eggs. They had mozzarella and tomato basil, plus gravy. Natalie would have preferred plain eggs, and they had them in a kid menu, but because she's 11 she's considered an adult at Disney and wasn't allowed to order from there. So she tried this. She liked it, but they weren't her favorite. Luckily I had some leftover pancakes for her to have and Tommy ate the rest of her breakfast. Thank goodness for teenage boys with bottomless pits for stomachs.




Of course the main point of this breakfast are the characters! Flynn Rider came out first, and he noticed Natalie was dressed like him. He was pretty excited about this. He talked about his adventures and asked if Natalie liked going on adventures too. She does! Almost too much, because she's been in the ER a number of times. He found this amusing.



He also asked if Natalie wanted to work on her smolder. She said, "Sure!"



Then Rapunzel came over, and Natalie looked super awkward. I think it's because Rapunzel has always been her favorite Disney Princess, so she always get starstruck.



But she did give Rapunzel a hug before she left because she has good memories on dressing up like Rapunzel when she was tiny:





Soon after Prince Eric stopped by and asked if he had seen his dog Max.

"We have a cat named Max," Tommy offered.



Prince Eric had nice hair. I'm sure it was a wig, but still.


Finally, Ariel came by and said she was excited to have human legs. I got Tommy to be in the photo. Before he was too busy eating. I'd be all, "Want to be in the shot?" and he'd say, "I'm eating."





So, was the breakfast worth it? For character interaction, yes. The characters didn't feel rushed. Granted, we aren't ones to keep them talking forever, but I didn't feel like they had to hurry as I have for other meals. They will also sign autographs!

Also, after all the characters appear, there is a napkin parade around the restaurant. The song I've Got A Dream played and anyone who wanted to could participate.

The food was okay, nothing special. My favorite part was the pastries honestly. I would do this breakfast again purely for the character interaction. You can book a reservation online or call 407-939-5277. Breakfast runs from 730-1205. We did ours at 1010 and they were running a bit late, so the earlier the better if you don't want to wait around.

After the breakfast, we walked to Epcot! It's about a 10 minute walk and helps burn off all the food. You pop up near the France area at the World Showcase.




So have you ever eaten at the Bon Voyage Breakfast? Would you?



Monday, October 15, 2018

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude and I'll delete the link.








Hey, It's Okay....


....to not like how the temperature dropped over night. It was 88. Now it's 49. My body is like, "What's happening?" I realize those with snow are laughing at us. I was too when I lived in Wyoming, don't worry.



....to be buying tickets for us to see First Man over the weekend. It looks like a great movie.



....to have had a blast at Disney World with my kids. I can't wait to go back. We did so much!



....to be reading Jodi Picoult's latest book A Spark Of Light. I'm enjoying it so far. She writes in a way that keeps you hooked.



....to hope Kanye West gets the help he needs. Yeah, it might be easier to giggle at him, but you know, the man clearly needs medication even if he thinks he doesn't.



....to have thought it was funny when Natalie asked Kylo Ren why he throws so many temper tantrums. He wasn't happy. He basically took pictures with us and then kicked us out of his presence.








Sunday, October 14, 2018

Should You Stay At Coronado Springs At Walt Disney World?

Whenever I call Disney World to book our hotel reservations, I always ask what the cheapest rate I can get with the military discount. There are only select resorts with the military discount rooms, so I'm happy to take any one of those.

Normally it's Port Orleans French Quarter or Riverside, which I've come to love. But this time I was told those military rooms were gone, so I'd have to stay at Coronado Springs.

I didn't mind. A deal is a deal, you know? Some people told me I would regret it because of all the construction. And yeah, it was a bummer to know the pool, know as the Dig Site, would also be closed for refurbishments, because it's a pretty cool pool with a Mayan pyramid.

However.







The resort truly is gorgeous. Yes, you see the construction. But we never heard it in our area. We stayed at Ranchos 6A.










We were right by the bus stop, which is stop 3.




At the moment, the bus stops the following way: stop 2, 3, 4, and 1 or Casitas, Ranchos, Cabanas, and El Centro, which is the main area of the resort.


And yes, that's beautiful too.

Behold.






When we first arrived, my daughter was like, "Can we go shopping?"



Naturally.

You can go down the hall and it'll lead you to the food court. It used to be called Pepper Market, but now I believe it's called El Mercado. I admit, we never ate there, we just stopped by to check it out.


You can also make reservations at the Maya Grill, or eat at Cafe Rix and Rix Sports Bar & Grill. There's also room service! But again, we never ate there, so I can't speak about the food or service. We always ate at the parks.


The walk to our room wasn't horrible. It took about 10 minutes and I was able to capture some pretty shots along the way.






Our room was comfortable. I don't know why my son was making that face. I mean, he got the bed to himself. I had to share one with his sister, who kicks in her sleep.  The beds are two queens, and they were nice to sleep in.




There's also reading lights! Or if you want to pretend your stuffed animal is on stage and the the light is actually a spotlight, it works well for that too. My daughter did this. "Presenting Sylvester the Cat!"




While the construction is going on, you get free pins:




Want to know Natalie's favorite part? The sliding doors that lead to the bathroom.







"Can I get these doors in front of my bedroom at home?" she asked.

"No," I answered.

The bathroom was a nice size. Sorry about all our stuff. I remember I need to take pictures of the room after I unpack.




You get these:



I was grateful for the cooling aloe gel since I got a sunburn on my shoulders the first day. It helped a lot!

Some people aren't liking that the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are attached to the wall now, but it didn't bother us:



You get TWO shower heads, which we loved. And yes, the water stays hot! I hate staying in hotels where the water is lukewarm. Or stays warm for like a minute and then goes cold.


There's also an option to have a bath if you have small kids. I remember those days.

My daughter was a fan of this mirror when she put on makeup. I didn't bother.





There's a cozy chair but honestly, it ended up being a spot to hold our clothes.



I liked how you could put your suitcase under the bed if you wanted. I didn't. We live our or suitcases when we travel, but I know there are some people who actually unpack and put their things away. Yes, there are drawers and a closet in the room. Plus a mini fridge.



PLUS, there plenty of plugs and USB areas. I hate going to a hotel room and finding only one, but they are all over the room.





There's also a Keurig in the room with pods:



If the construction bothers you, it's set to be finished in Spring 2019.  The pool re-opens in December.

This is what the a building will look like:



And there will be a new restaurant:





So did I find anything wrong? Well, one thing, yes. We had to catch the Magical Express at 615 AM. This meant we had to walk in the dark to El Centro. As I mentioned before, this takes about 10 minutes from where our room was. We are NOT morning people, so this was a struggle. We could have asked bell services and perhaps they would have sent a golf cart to take us to the front, but it wasn't guaranteed and maybe it would have cost extra. I think for for people not close to El Centro the service should automatically be provided until at least 8 AM because that was a trek with heavy luggage.

Also, if I had small kids, I don't know how that would have worked.


Would we stay again?

Yes. It was a spectacular resort. The cast members were all polite and the buses never took too long to take us to the parks. (The longest we had to wait was 25 minutes for a bus to Magic Kingdom, but I think it's because the rain was coming down hard. Normally our wait was around 10 minutes and we usually got seats since we were the second stop. The bus stop at El Centro was the busiest it seemed.)

Again, we never heard the construction in our area and actually, I never saw it either. It's only when we'd walk to El Centro that I'd see and hear what was going on around us. So basically, if someone asks if they should stay at Coronado Springs, I'd say yes.




Have you ever stayed at Coronado Springs? Would you?





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