Disney Restaurant Review: The Plaza Restaurant

One of the trickier places for us to find a reservation, that wasn't insanely expensive or very early, was Magic Kingdom. We ended up going to Magic Kingdom on a day where the park closed at 8. So needless to say, reservations for dinner were all around 5pm. For my family, that's way too early for us to eat. We had eaten at Be Our Guest for breakfast one day, and didn't want to try for a dinner reservation then. We were also looking somewhere that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg. The Plaza fit all of our requirements. 

Located at the end of Main Street USA, right next to the bridge to Tomorrowland, The Plaza is tucked around the corner next to the ice cream shop. The restaurant itself is not very large, with only two dining rooms, however the mirrored back wall makes it seem huge. Luckily for us, we were seated right in front of the window looking out toward the castle. This made my dads wish of being able to see the fireworks perfect. Right as our dinner ended, the fireworks began and our waiter told us to stay seated and enjoy the view. 

There's a large variety of food to choose from on the menu, and we each ordered something different. I went for the vegetarian sandwich, which was good. It wasn't anything particularly exceptional, but after eating a lot of Disney food for the week, I was ready for some vegetables. The food got rave reviews from around our table, and we didn't have anything to complain about. 

Honestly, if you're looking for a value priced, sit down meal this place fits the bill to a T. This place was absolutely delicious, and a really cozy place to eat. If/when Christian comes back and we need a place to eat a sit down meal, I would definitely bring him here. 

I've written about a few other places that I've eaten at in Disney before: Captain's GrilleSci-Fi Dine-InBe Our Guest, Steakhouse 55 (in Disneyland), Via Napoli, 50's Prime Time Cafe, and Kouzzina by Cat Cora

I've also eaten at a few others that I haven't had the chance to write about (because it was long before I had a blog/a forgotten experience): Trails End, Yak & Yeti, 1900 Park Fare, Akersheus, Teppan Edo, Tutto Italia, Chefs des France, and The Wave. So if you have any questions about those please let me know! 
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A Disney Restaurant Review: Sci-Fi Dine-In

When my family was here I was put in charge of picking all of the restaurants that we ate at, but my dad had two requests: Sci Fi Diner, and 50's Prime Time Cafe. We'd previously eaten at Sci Fi Diner when we were younger and came to Disney and the last time my dad and sister came to visit we tried to get a reservation but couldn't. So this time, I made reservations as far in advance that I could and we ended up getting a last minute reservation at Sci Fi. 

Sci Fi Diner is one of my favorite restaurants solely because of the nostalgia that it brings for my family. I've eaten here a few times in the past, and each time the food and service is great. Personally, I love the themed restaurants at Disney and the Cast Members who really go above and beyond to stay in theme. Located in Hollywood Studios, right near the ABC Commissary, the second you step foot into the restaurant you're transported into an 80's atmosphere. My dad, and boyfriend, both love the drive in theme & the fact that they play old school movies while you're eating.

Each party is shown to a car, however there are a few picnic tables in the back. Because it is so dark in the cars, it can be a little hard to see what you're eating or to see the menu to try and order food. However the wait staff is very good and can practically recite the menu forward and backward if you have any questions. The only "drawback" that I can think of, in regards to entertainment, is that the film is only about 40 minutes long, so you will see a little bit of it a few times. This was okay by us though, because it was fun to see all the old movies and concession stand commercials. 

Every time that I go, I get a burger. I've tried to see if I wanted something else but they have really good burgers. We got the fried pickles, and onion rings for an appetizer because if they have fried pickles you can bet that our family will be ordering them. The food all around was delicious, and we ate every last bite. We couldn't order desert because we didn't want to explode, but that's okay. 

Over all, I'll gladly come back to Sci Fi Diner. I think that if I were to have other options that I hadn't been to yet, I would go there, but if I couldn't make up my mind and I was near by, I would definitely pop in to Sci Fi. 

Some Disney restaurants that I've written about are: Captain's GrilleBe Our Guest, Steakhouse 55 (in Disneyland), Via Napoli, 50's Prime Time Cafe, and Kouzzina by Cat Cora.

I've also eaten at a few others that I haven't had the chance to write about (because it was long before I had a blog/a forgotten experience): Trails End, Yak & Yeti, 1900 Park Fare, Akersheus, Tutto Italia, Teppan Edo, Chefs des France, and The Wave. So if you have any questions about those please let me know! 
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Disney Restaurant Review: Captain's Grille

When my dad & family came to Disney, they put me in charge of making the restaurant reservations for the entire trip. I tried to make it as diverse as possible, while making sure there would be something that everyone would eat on the menu. We decided to eat at the Captain's Grille in Disney's Yacht Club Resort. We're not really buffet people, and we wanted something near the parks so Captain's Grille was perfect. It's about a five minute walk from Epcot, which was good because we had spent the morning there and wanted to eat a late lunch before heading to our next park. 

We had reservations for around 4:30 (if I remember correctly), and the restaurant opened at 4. Since we got there early, we asked if we could be seated early and they obliged. Obviously, being in the Yacht Club, the restaurant is nautical themed - which I love. Another great thing: air conditioning. Granted, almost all of the restaurants in Disney are air conditioned, but when you're walking around Epcot and it's hot as sin a little A/C is very welcomed. 

The only "downside" that I would say is that it was kind of dark in there, so some people had to use the flashlight on the menu to be able to read everything. Funnily enough, between the five of us, we only ordered two different dishes: the short ribs, and the chef's pasta. Both were absolutely amazing. The service was great, especially since we were some of the only people in there. The pricing is kind of in the middle for a Disney restaurant, most dishes were about $20-30 - we were there for the dinner rush, technically. 

All in all, if you have the money, and want an option outside of the parks, I would say that the Captain's Grille is a very good option. The food is great, the service was amazing, and the atmosphere is cozy. We had an amazing experience, and it is a place that I would like to go back to try maybe breakfast or lunch. I've only ever heard great things about Captain's Grille, and the Yacht Club in general. 

I've eaten at a lot of Disney restaurants, and honestly I'd love to be able to eat at them all (or have the money to be able to eat at them all). Some previous restaurants are: Be Our Guest, Steakhouse 55 (in Disneyland), Via Napoli, 50's Prime Time Cafe, and Kouzzina by Cat Cora. I know I've eaten at others that I just haven't written about like Trails End, Yak & Yeti, and The Wave. So I guess that just means that I'll have to go back and get pictures & write a review ;). 

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We Went to the Beach-each!

Every year in July my dad's side of the family goes on a beach trip to Fort Walton, Florida. It's one of the things I most look forward to in a year - besides October-January (because holidays, duh). I get to spend a week, without electronics or phone calls or media or anything else and just spend time with my family. It also serves as the time that my dad buys my little sister & I clothes for the coming months for our birthdays (we're about two weeks apart). 

We all go for walks on the beach, pretty much every night, and look for sand crabs. We cook together, eat out together, play in the waves together, and drink together. We play card games all the time, and 'the cousins' get so loud that my dad has to shush us on a regular basis. My family is close, and it's grown over the years. This year, we rented three condos to make sure everyone had a bed to sleep in. My sister and I brought our boyfriends, and they hit it off immediately. 

Normally, if I'm coming from Louisiana it only takes about four hours to get there, but since I was coming from south/central Florida it took us about seven hours. The drive there was rough - it literally rained the entire way there and I wouldn't let Christian drive because it made me nervous. We stopped at Cracker Barrel for breakfast (a promise to Christian since they don't have them in California), but that was the only stop we really made. We made really good time and were able to catch lunch with my family at a nearby Wataburger (which Christian had never had) before heading to the condo. 

The plan for the beach, usually, is wake up in the morning, eat breakfast, spend some time on the beach, then come up for lunch for about an hour, then head back down to the beach until sunset, bring everything back up, and then have dinner/get ready to go to dinner, meet at the big condo and play cards/games for a few hours before going to bed and waking up to do it all again. One morning someone cooks a big breakfast (this year it was Bubba), and we all eat together. We also spend one day, usually a Wednesday, off the beach and shopping to stay out of the sun. 

I'm pale as all get out, but my family pretty much tans if they even look at the sun. We set up three tents, two of our umbrellas, and three umbrellas from the condo. Needless to say if I wasn't in the water, I was under the umbrella/tents. It was such a good trip, and I only got a little sunburned one day (faulty sunscreen). I literally cried when we left (leaving my family is always hard), but I'll hopefully be seeing them again soon. Maybe sooner than I thought because of the flooding. 
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Moving Apartments: The Best Thing Ever

It's FINALLY moving day. To say that the last year in this god forsaken apartment has been interesting would be the understatement of the year. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful that it was cheap enough that I was able to afford it and eating my first couple of months down here when I was working for Disney, but overall this apartment has been a terrible place to live. 

When people move, usually on blogs or in youtube videos, they're just like MOVING MOVING YAY, but don't tell you why. I'm that person who's like "but why, did you hate your last place, was it great, TELL ME ALL THE THINGS." So I decided to write a (hopefully) short post about why we decided to move. Honestly, it all starts before we even decided to live in this apartment. 

Originally, we started as a trio looking for a three bedroom apartment. Finding one that's cheap enough to live in off a Disney income is a pretty steep order. We were able to find a couple three bedrooms we liked, and a few two bedrooms that were big enough that could possibly work, but we didn't find one when I was down on vacation looking with them. Then the third roommate, who ended up moving out in December when Mads & I were away on a trip and stole a lot of our stuff, said she found a place that was pretty cheap. Living in California, I didn't really have much of a say so I shrugged my shoulders and said fine whatever. 

We moved in, and that's when the problems started. The first three weeks we were here, our A/C went out three times. Each time the maintenance team came and fixed the problem, which was great, but the office was always rude about it. Claiming that somehow it was our fault that we blew the A/C...we keep the A/C on 76 during the summer and 78 during the winter...not our fault. From the beginning there has also been this awful ant problem where ants literally get EVERYWHERE. They'll call an exterminator, but he can't do too much because the problem is outside. Essentially the last reason we're moving: the front office SUCKS. The building manager is literally the worst business person I've ever met in my entire life. She's rude, unhelpful, and sucks at managing her apartment. 

So, we've found a new apartment that is literally the nicest. The apartment is huge, for the two of us, and incredibly nice. We're on the second floor again, which is fine by me. They have an insanely nice swimming pool, and a workout area that's open from 5am-11pm (unlike our current building that's open 8-5 M-F). We haven't moved in as I'm writing this, but IT'S. MOVE. IN. DAY. 

I plan to do a lot with this apartment that we didn't do with our last apartment, specifically: actual furniture in our living room, decorations, and little homey touches. I'm so excited for the potential that this apartment holds & can't wait to bring y'all along with me as we make this apartment a home.
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