Friday, February 3, 2012
Animal Kingdom, Mini Golf & The Yachtsman Steakhouse
Finally… a day we could sleep in! It was the first time in 8 days that we didn’t have to get up early for some activity. Rachel’s butt, on the other hand, had a different idea. Her butt called me at 7:30am on my cell phone. Rachel was at school in Michigan and was completely unaware that her butt wanted to talk to Aunt Jessica.
We crawled out of bed and made our way to Whispering Canyon for breakfast down in the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge. The food was decent but not overly exciting. The restaurant is known for its loud and obnoxious wait staff who do things like yell at you to clean your plate, make you get ketchup from someone else’s table and sing Happy Birthday to yourself before they serve you your food. Luckily, the wait staff left us alone this time. We weren’t really in the mood to be messed with.
Winter Summerland Hole #1
On our bus ride to the Animal Kingdom we decided to hop off at Blizzard Beach to play miniature golf at Winter Summerland. The Summer side was closed for refurbishment, but we happily played through the Winter side and all of its obstacles. I narrowly beat out Andrew 44 to 47 on the 56-par course.
The bus picked us up and took us over to Animal Kingdom where we went straight to Everest. Andrew walked on a single rider and I enjoyed a soft serve ice cream and views of the lake. I still wasn’t feeling very well and didn’t want to aggravate my condition with more roller coasters.
We sat down for Finding Nemo the Musical at 11:45am, a 40-minute stage show with puppeteers retelling the story of Finding Nemo. It was adorable, and turned out to be one of the best free shows we saw on the trip. I really liked the costumes and the way they didn’t try to hide the actors and actresses who were conducting the puppets. They incorporated them into the show.
Dim Sum Sampler at Yak and Yeti
Lunch plans didn’t exist, so we decided to sit down at a restaurant called Yak and Yeti for some grub. We didn’t know that Yak and Yeti didn’t serve grub – it served amazingly delicious food! The dim sum sampler, honey chicken, mahi mahi, pineapple wontons and mango pie graced our table over the next our and we gobbled it all up. This was one of the best meals we had at Disney and I would highly recommend it. While it would have set us back $83 plus the $17 tip, it was worth every penny in my opinion.
Poo, shocked that I did not bring him any honey!
While Andrew rode Dinosaur I moseyed on down to meet Pooh, Eeyore and Tigger at the character spot. I mentioned to Pooh that I had Honey Chicken for lunch at the Yak and Yeti. See the picture for his reaction! After the photos, I wandered over to the gift shop at the end of the Dinosaur ride. I also picked up a few marble eggs that I thought would be nice decorations for Easter while I was waiting for Andrew to finish the ride.
Animal Kingdom couldn’t keep our attention for very long. We took the bus toward the Yacht Club but decided to get off at the Swan and walk around the property to check it out. We walked over to Fantastia Gardens and saw the good course was overfilled with people and hosting “tee times” due to its capacity limits, so we opted to play the Fairway Course instead. The course was too difficult for my taste, and because of that it wasn’t very fun. Many of the holes were par 4 and par 5. Andrew edged out a victory of 74 to 79 on the Fairway Course. Unfortunately, the lady who rang us up had never heard of the Platinum Plan. Even though she looked it up in her guide book, she still rang us up wrong and charged us for the activity. We had to have the manager reverse it later. It was just one of many times during our trip that we were incorrectly charged for things because nobody had ever used the Platinum Plan button on the cash register before.
Walking around the Swan and Dolphin hotels was relaxing. We strolled around the grounds and the pools and made our way over to the Boardwalk, Beach and Yacht Club Resorts. Along the way there is a large walking bridge that goes over the water. We witnessed a mother with her young daughter and son on a Surrey bike. The young son was driving, and steered hard right straight into the wall on the downhill part of the bridge. Their drinks went everywhere, the mother had a bloody lip after being thrown from the bike, and the daughter was thrust straight into the steering wheel. We ran to help them but obviously the mother was very angry and embarrassed, and really didn’t want our assistance. They got back on the bike and kept going. We saw another overloaded Surrey bike coming up the hill a few minutes later and I shouted a warning to them to slow down on the bridge. I hope they heeded my warning.
Yacht Club Arcade Self Service Prize Redemption
Over at the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, we shopped around for souvenirs for my coworkers. I picked up some chocolates, popcorn and some 2012 Disney pens for around the house. It was just about time for dinner, so we checked into the Yachtsman Steakhouse for the best steak dinner in the entire world. That’s right people – I saved the best dinner for the end of our trip.
A delicious charcuterie board, shrimp and grits, the world’s most perfect filet mignon with unbelievable garlic butter sauce, a delicious New York strip, crème brulee, pretzel and peanut butter cake made their way across our table and were quickly devoured into my happy tummy. The Yachtsman also provided us homemade caramels, jellies and tiny lemon Madeleine cookies to celebrate our anniversary. The bill might shock some people at $170 plus $30 tip, but it was astounding food and by far the best filet mignon at Walt Disney World.
World's Best Filet Mignon at the Yachtsman Steakhouse
With my tummy still as happy as it’s ever been, we hopped on the bus back to the Magic Kingdom and transferred to the water taxi back to the Wilderness Lodge to drop off our shopping bags. Disney doesn’t ship food items back to the room so we had to carry them back ourselves. From there we took the bus back to Downtown Disney where we shopped for more souvenirs. I picked up a Nightmare Before Christmas Jack head Christmas ornament and a Christmas sleigh with a bunch of Disney characters. I also picked up a Toy Story limited edition pin, a trading pin binder and we used a whole bunch of snack points on packaged candies. Andrew purchased a blind pack of mini figures with a Disney bus, Frog Princess Tiana and Wall-E inside for his desk at work.
Our shopping adventures left our hands full of bags so we took the bus back to the Wilderness Lodge. We asked the concierge for a room charge summary and began the daunting task of sorting through all the purchases to make sure we weren’t mis-charged for anything else. As it turned out, they charged me for the Behind the Seeds Tour and we had to have that reserved. The cosmetology appointment charged me for a dinner point instead, so we had to get that fixed. We also had to ensure the charges were reversed for the Fantasia Gardens golf activity. It took a lot of checks and balances to make sure everything was correct.
Andrew’s Favorite Thing of the Day: Finding Nemo the Musical
Jessica’s Favorite Thing of the Day: Garlic Butter Filet Mignon at the Yachtsman Steakhouse
Did you know? There’s a lot more to this story!
Flight to Florida & Universal’s Royal Pacific Hotel
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios & Arriving at Walt Disney World
Visiting the Magic Kingdom & The Richard Petty Experience
Water Sports & The California Grille
Hollywood Studios, Star Tours & Toy Story Midway Mania
Epcot & Around the World Segway Tour at the World Showcase
Our 10th Wedding Anniversary
Animal Kingdom, Mini Golf & The Yachtsman Steakhouse
Our Final Day at Disney & our Private Illuminations Cruise
The Missing Towncar & Our Flight to Phoenix
Flickr Photo Collection of Our 10th Anniversary Trip to Florida
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