Walt Disney World & World Travels

“18 to life” or DHS for evening EMH

Posted on: July 24, 2009

We arrived at the Studios almost ready to eat again.  Our favorite restaurant at Disney is the Hollywood Brown Derby.  We have had great meals with excellent service every time we’ve been there and tonight was no exception. 

The kids got to the restaurant 1st and checked us in for dinner.  We were seated a few minutes later.  Then for some unknown (at least to me) reason, we were asked to move to a different table.  It was very odd, but we were very happy with our new booth.  Tonights dinner is our “anniversary dinner” so we ordered the Fairytale champagne to celebrate and then ordered our appetizers.   Jon & I ordered the Cobb salad for our appetizer and Megan ordered the chicken corn chowder to start.  Jason didn’t want anything.   While we were waiting on our appetizers, our server came out with a camera and asked to take our picture.  Our server asked how long we had been married and Jon answered “18 to life”; smart aleck….  

For our entrees, I got my usual; the Salmon with marscapone polenta, gorgonzola and balsamic glaze with an olive tapenade.   I love this and have ordered it more times than I can count.  It’s usually cooked pretty “well” so I ordered it to be cooked “more rare”, Jon spoke over me and said “make it rare”.  I wish he hadn’t because it was a little too rare, but still very good.  The polenta was still the best part of this dish! Delicious!  Jon & Megan both got the Ahi Tuna and it was very good (I would have tried some, but there wasn’t any left).  Megan really liked the wasabi sauce that came with it.  No one is as predictable as Jason at the Brown Derby, he ordered the kids hot dog meal.  In the past he always said it was the best hot dog on property, this year it lost out to Casey’s.  It might have held on to 1st place, but they served it on a whole wheat bun. YUCK !  White wheat would have been a good choice if you had to try to make a hot dog “healthy”, but a whole wheat bun for a hot dog?  What’s the point?! 

Time for my favorite part of any meal; dessert!  Jason’s predictability continued with the Hidden Treasures dessert on the kids menu.  Not that I can say much because the rest of us ordered our usuals.  Meg & Jon both got the famed Grapefruit Cake and I got the flourless chocolate cake.  Having had this many times before, I knew the minute it was placed in front of me that they had changed it.  It used to be served with a Port sauce, now it’s a red wine sauce; similar but not the same.  There used to be creme fraiche and lots of berries; now it’s served with a carmel ice cream and a couple of berries.   Admittedly I am a person that does not accept change readily, and while this was  still a good dessert it’s not as good as it used to be.   While we were eating, our server brought out 2 glasses of champagne (on the house!) and a Hollywood Brown Derby menu with our picture and “love story” printed inside!  It was very cool souvenir!

I wish that the hot dog still had a white bun and the chocolate cake went back to the old recipe, but all in all this was still an excellent meal and service was top notch.  We will be back!

Stuffed after that meal, we weren’t ready to ride anything too exciting……We tried to catch the next showing of the Little Mermaid but missed out by 4 people.  Instead of waiting for the next show, we headed down to Toy Story Midway Mania.  The standby line had an 80 minute wait, good thing we had grabbed fast passes this morning!  In no time at all, we were riding and playing.  This ride is hilarious!  You sit in the car wearing 3D glasses and it takes you from game to game.  These are virtual games, you aim your spring action virtual shooter & it shoots different things at each game (throws pies, arrows to pop balloons, etc).  Then in a whirly twirly crazy carnival ride way it moves you to the next game.   I did better than the last time I played, but still lost to Jon (although my score blew away the kids!).  This is a fun ride! 

We wandered the Streets of New York and San Fransisco;  and then to save time and hit the attractions that everyone wanted, we split up.  Jon & Megan went to see Muppet Vision 3-D while Jason & I went on Star Tours.  Wait times for both were practically nothing and we met back up in no time.  Feeling the effects of a long day, we slowly wandered over to Little Mermaid and then called it a night. It was around 11pm, and we’d had a full day.  As we walked out of the park there was a Friendship waiting to take us back to the Beach Club Villas.

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