Walt Disney World & World Travels

Saratoga Springs Resort June 2008- Chapter 6

Posted on: May 28, 2009

Day 6 -Friday

We wake up Friday morning–ok, DH & I wake up Friday morning, the kids are still out cold. The plan is to go to Typhoon Lagoon today, come back to change and then dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse (a new one for us )

Again, I love this 2BR villa! We get up, make the coffee, shower/dress, sit on the couch watch the news while we drink our coffee….and the kids continue to sleep. The weather forecast is calling for a greater chance of storms this afternoon. Do we go wake the kids up and get moving? Should we let them sleep? What if we just wake up DS, since he’s the one that really wants to go to Typhoon Lagoon?  Maybe we should just have DH & DS go?  Too many questions without enough coffee!  Dinner is at 6:30pm, maybe we should push that back to later so we’ll have time to go to Typhoon Lagoon.   No problem, called and changed our Advanced Dining Reservation to 8pm. DS finally got up after 10am and wasn’t really ready to get moving.  We finally decided that it’s unlikely we would get enough time to enjoy Typhoon Lagoon and that we would save it (and the money ) for the next trip.  Unfortunately, Typhoon Lagoon is always closed for refurb when we come down in December, so it might need to wait till next June. The one thing that we have decided is that it will be scheduled for the first day (or so) of the trip and not the last, so we won’t be too tired.

DD finally woke up, but just wanted to read her book, so DH, DS & I headed to High Rock Springs pool. DH & I enjoyed a cocktail and read our books by the pool while DS had fun going down the slide. We grabbed lunch from Artist Palette  and ate by the pool. DS had the cheese flatbread and I had the roasted vegetable flatbread, both were very good! It started to rain while we were at the pool (good thing we had a table with an umbrella) we played in the pool in the rain for a bit, I even went down the slide. The sky started to look a little scarier, so we thought it would be a good time to head over closer to our room. Told DD to meet us at the Grandstand Pool, by the time she was ready, we were walking back to the room.   We all changed and headed to Downtown Disney  to do some shopping before going to dinner.

We had to get Mickey rice crispy treats, pretzels, and marshmallows at Goofys Candy store. I got my Christmas ornaments (learned last December to get them before they run out) and wandered around for a little while. We were all getting hungry and tired and decided to catch a bus for Yacht Club. Wouldn’t you know we arrive at the Yacht Club around 6:20.   Good thing we moved our dinner ADR to 8pm!   We walk up to Yachtsman and tell them our little story, the girl looks at us and then gives us a pager.  DD notices that she writes “long story” next to our name on the reservation book. 

We were seated right after our 1st ADR time. Sadly, I really wasn’t in the mood for a drink, so we all ordered sodas. We started by sharing 2 appetizers: the Seared Maine Diver Scallops and the assortment of artisan cheeses.  The scallops were incredible!  they were huge, cooked perfectly! They came on a frisee & Shtake mushroom salad with a warm bacon vinagrette. I could have licked the plate it was so good.   I don’t remember which cheeses were on the cheese plate, but they were very good. The bread came out about the same time as the appy’s. I love good bread and it came with a little dish of incredible whole cloves of roasted garlic. Ohhhh, yum! A little butter and a clove of garlic spread on the bread.   Then it was time to order our entrees. DS had known for months that he was having the filet (we ordered it with the winesauce on the side) DD decided to try the NY Strip served with peppercorn brandy sauce and potato gratin with Diamond white cheddar. DH decided to go with the Ribeye served with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes and Red Wine Butter and I couldn’t make up my mind.   I love ribeyes, but that’s what I always order when we go out for steak, so I decided to have the filet mignon with mashed potatoes and a red wine sauce. All were fantastic! DD loved hers, and the potato gratin was very very good.   She ate every last bite and then helped her brother finish his mashed potatos.   DH seemed to enjoy his meal, all I know for sure is his plate was pretty clean.  DS & I both enjoyed our filets.  The redwine sauce was very good, but a good thing that we ordered it on the side for DS since it was a little too strong for his taste.  DH & I ordered coffee after dinner while we decided what we wanted for dessert. Nothing on the dessert menu was really hitting us since we were so full.

 
 Gotta say, love Disney Dining Experience! This was a very good, but pricey meal.  My only complaint was that our server just wasn’t very attentive. I don’t like my drink to go empty at Applebee’s, I certainly expect more service at a restaurant like Yachtsman. Fantastic meal and I’m sure we’ll go back.
After dinner we walked around the Beach Club  for a bit and walked over to Beach Club Villas to look around there.  We decided to go to Beaches & Cream for dessert.  I was really looking forward to my No Way Jose  sundae.  Chocolate & peanut butter, yummy!   Again, those plans don’t always go the way you think. DH decided we should just go ahead and get the kitchen sink.   The kids have wanted to try this for a long time, and really it’s cheaper than ordering 4 sundaes.  For the unintiated, here is the menu description of the Kitchen Sink:
Quote:
Kitchen Sink – 8 scoops of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee and mint chocolate chip, smothered in every topping we have $21.99
When they say every topping, they mean EVERY TOPPING! When they bring it out, they turn on these flashing lights and announce that a family is about to “take on the Kitchen Sink”, describes it to all and then delivers it to the table.
Oh Dear Lord, here it comes!

Up close as we dive in

This is good!

We did pretty good

Wow, this was something! 8 scoops of icecream with 4 people doesn’t sound too ridiculous, it’s when you put the whole can of whipped cream; jar of marachino cherries; marshmallow topping; strawberry; pineapple; peanut butter; hot fudge; butterscotch; chocolate syrup; bananas; sprinkles; anglefood cake; oreos; candied orange slice; bundt cake and chocolate & peanut butter morsels.  YIKES!

It was around 10pm by the time we rolled out of Beaches & Cream.  We made our way to the boat dock figuring it would be easiest to catch a boat to Disney’s Hollywood Studios  and then a bus to Saratoga Springs Resort.  It was a pretty good plan, except that since Epcot had been closed for an hour there were very few boats running, so we had to wait for a bit.  Still completely full from dinner & dessert, we made it back to our villa without incident.

To make life a little easier when we get to our real world home, I finished up some laundry.  Tomorrow is the sad day that we pack and head home.  Tomorrows plan is to pack and load the truck up. Maybe play some mini golf and get on the road late afternoon. We’re not planning to get home until Sunday.

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