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I have been a very bad blogger! I really admire those that find the time to sit down and write something interesting on a daily basis. I can’t seem to find the time and when I do, I struggle to write something interesting. Like most of you, I’m busy with life.  As a wife & mother I get caught up with everything else going on in the house.  The kids have sports & school events; I have my company which is growing (YAY!) and then there’s everything else.  I’ll try to be better and sit down to write more often.

Disney Events:
Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is still going on through Nov 12th. Still time to take a quick trip to enjoy some delicious foods & beverages.

My favorite time of year to visit Disney is coming up soon. For me, there’s nothing better than the special events & decorations for the holidays. Instead of Raindrops on Roses and whiskers on kittens, it’s Snowflakes on Main St and Gingerbread houses. Those are a few of my favorite things. Of course those are just the tip of the iceberg! The Candlelight Processional takes my breath away just thinking about it and I can’t help but smile when I think of the finding the purple cat in the Osborne Lights.

I’ll dedicate a post to each of the parks and their special holiday events.   Until then, thanks for reading! If you have any questions or would like to hear about anything specific, please post a comment here or drop me an email at michelle@secondstartravels.com with “blog question” as the subject line.

Have a Magical Day!


I booked the Candlelight Processional Package the day they came out. It took a few tries to be able to get LeCellier, but perserverence paid off.   Our dinner was at 5:05 followed by the 8:15 show narrated by, wait for it…..Barney Stinson um I mean Doogie Howser, no that’s not it.  Neil Patrick Harris!!!! 

The kids met us a little before 5pm and we checked in for dinner.   Took about 20 minutes to be seated.   We were seated in Prince Edward Island, home of Anne of Green Gables and our waitress Kater.   Kater explained that with the Candlelight Package we would get an appetizer, entree, dessert & non-alcoholic beverage for our set price of $53.99 and that we could use our Disney Dining Experience/Tables in Wonderland discount  Last year we couldn’t and I was pretty sure I had seen that we couldn’t this year, but I’m not gonna pass up saving 20%.

DD complained that she was still full from lunch at Electric Umbrella (eventually she’ll post that review ) Since I had to pay for DS as an adult, I told him to just try whatever he wanted for an appetizer since it was paid for anyways.   After much debate, he decided to try the Cheddar Cheese soup because he knew that everyone else loved it and he could give it to one of us if he didn’t like it.   DH & DD also ordered the soup.   As much as I love it, I decided that (A.) I should take advantage of the appy being included and get something a little different and (B.) I knew I’d end up with DS’s soup,  so I chose the Duck Two Ways.

Cheddar Cheese soup

The soup was warm & yummy. Perfect! DS was happy to learn it had bacon (he loves bacon) he tried a little bit of pretzel bread dipped in the soup and thought it was pretty good. DH enjoyed every last bit of his and DD only ate about half of her bowl, still saying she was too full and not feeling well.

 Duck Two Ways

It was a warm duck leg and a cold pate served with a warm cardamom sticky bun. How was I supposed to turn down an appy that included a sticky bun?!   I liked the leg, not so sure about the pate. It was better with the sticky bun. The sticky bun was really good  DH finished my pate & I finished DS’s soup.

Ever since DS got to try a bite of filet at LeCellier last year, he’s known what he was having for dinner.   He order the mushroom filet mignon.   We asked for everything to be served seperately/on the side so he could try it but not have something “ruin” the filet. When it was served we were told it was “Filet Mingon TV dinner style”  When you look at the pic, you’ll see why:

Nothing was touching, the wild mushroom risotto was served in a bowl and the white truffle & herb butter sauces was served in it’s own little bowl. DS was in heaven the minute he took a bite of his filet, a perfectly cooked medium rare.   After awhile he became adventurous and tried the truffle & herb butter and almost fell over at how good it was. 

Sorry to say that DH, DD & I all ordered the same thing. The new Coffee Rubbed Kansas City Strip. It’s only been on the menu for about 3-4 weeks. It’s a 16 ounce bone in strip with a coffee rub, served with the cream cheese mashed potatoes.

I will start by saying, this was a BIG steak!   It was also very good, a little peppery and definitely had a coffee flavor and did I mention it was BIG?!   The cream cheese mashed potatoes were yummy!   Smooth and cheesey!

DD did not even cut into her steak, which Kater noticed.   She immediately brought out a box for DD’s meal so she wouldn’t have to look at it while not feeling good. DD seemed to be running a temp and obviously not feeling well.   Thankfully we were able to enjoy our meal even though she didn’t. DS wasn’t able to eat his whole filet, so Kater brought him a box for his leftovers and I tossed my leftover steak in with his (did I mention it was a BIG steak?!)

Dessert time! DH & DS both got the Maple Creme Brulee,  I decided on the Chocolate Whiskey Cake and Kater asked DD which dessert she would like boxed up (very nice) DD decided the Chocolate Whiskey Cake would travel best.   It arrived at the table all boxed up for her to bring back to the villa.

Maple Creme Brulee

I’m not a big creme brulee fan (texture issue), BUT this one is very good. Top was perfectly crunchy and the inside was smooth and mapley. Some get too eggy/custardy/flan like but this was perfectly silky smooth. DH devoured his and DS made it half way thru before he couldn’t eat another bite. He was full, but very happy.

Chocolate Whiskey Cake

This is chocolatey goodness! Chocolate cake with chocolate mousse brushed with whiskey, what’s not to like.   The sauces on the side were a chocolate vanilla walnut sauce & a honey-thyme anglaise. Both were good and I was very surprised by the honey thyme combo, but the savory thyme worked really well with it.

DH & I both had a cup of coffee with dessert (no charge for the extra drink). While enjoying our dessert, Chef Nicholas came out and made his way around the dining room. We had a chance to tell him how good our meal was and DS was able to thank him for the TV dinner!

Excellent meal!!!! 
4 “adults” at $53.99 each
DDE/TiW discount $43.19
total with tax & tip $222.88


a few pics from Candlelight:

I can’t believe it’s over, final thoughts

Some random thoughts:

How is it that it takes forever to get to your trip, but then it’s over before you know it?

Dining Plan ’07 was great. It was a lot of food, but it opened up so many opportunities to try things that we otherwise wouldn’t have.   DD is still salivating over that pork chop at Brown Derby and when I ask DS what he wants to eat, his answer is Filet & Creme Brulee. 

I worried at the beginning about running out of snack credits, and Counter Service and tried to “save” them.  So learn from my mistakes, if you’re hungry or 1 person is hungry, let them eat.  You will not run out of credits and you won’t have to spend hours on your last day trying to figure out how to use them up.

Meeting other DISers and the tree swap were great moments of the trip. 

Surving the week with my dad thoughts:

I really tried to prepare Dad & Jackie for the trip, gave them all sorts of stuff to read, links to the Dis, allears (for menus) and the time/date of Samantha Brown’s new holiday special to watch before going. It may have helped a little, but they were still overwhelmed. They loved Samantha’s special but couldn’t believe how much “bigger” everything was in person.

I really am glad we took them with us.  It was great for them to have time with their grandkids, in such a special place and the kids loved being able to show them around and all of their favorite things. It was so much better than the few days they normally spend at our house each summer, when they go to the mall for awhile, and maybe a park and then they’re gone.  Dad is still talking about the trip and says they had a wonderful time and are so glad that they did it!   He is spoiled now though, he says he can’t imagine not going at Christmas time.   He loved the decorations and all of the special Christmas stuff, especially Candlelight Processional!

For those planning on taking parents/extra family with you, my advice is to plan, plan, plan and educate.
-We originally had a dinner planned in Norway, but after showing them the menu, Dad & Jackie said that it didn’t really appeal to them. Ok, we’ll go another time.
-Dad & Jackie have taken a few trips to Vegas and Jackie always gets blisters and throws her back out.  She listened when I told her we would be walking several miles a day and she needed good comfortable walking shoes, and she had no problems.
-ADHD Dad’s are still going to wander off and do what they want to do, tell yourself that’s fine take a deep breath and get a drink with a little umbrella.  It helps!

Thanks to all for reading and commenting. It was a really good trip and I loved sharing it with you!

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