When we decided to come to Walt Disney World for our anniversary trip we knew that we wanted to spend time together and not focus on “doing” the parks. We have taken many trips with our family and have thoroughly enjoyed each visit, being there from the rope drop to being some of the last people to leave the park. This time we booked a couple of restaurants in advanced to make sure we get in, but other than that we did not have a real plan.
Day one we decided to sleep in (for us that is about 9am) and enjoy a cup of coffee. We are staying at the Polynesian Village Resort in the Hawaii building, which is the resorts club level building (i.e. concierge). What is great about the club level is that there is always food available from continental breakfast in the morning, snacks around lunch and dinner. In the evening they have beer, wine and cordials available. In the morning we visited the club level seating area and had some pug juice (other juices available) and coffee. They have a great coffee machine that makes espresso, coffee, lattes and everything in between.
After our coffee we took a walk to the Grand Floridian Resort. There is usually a walkway along Seven Seas Lagoon but with construction of the new vacation club resort between the Polynesian Village and Grand Floridian, the walk is through a maze of construction walls. Still the walk was enjoyable and was about a mile back a forth.
With our daughter working at Magic Kingdom as part of the Disney College Program, we decided to visit her. With several ways to reach Magic Kingdom from the Polynesian Village, we decided to take the boat. This is my favorite way to get to Magic Kingdom. Not the fastest, but very enjoyable with great views of the different resorts and unique perspective approaching the Magic Kingdom. When we arrived in Magic Kingdom we were greeted with the Autumn decorations that were recently put up. Lots of fall colors with pumpkins all over the place. If you look on top of the roofs over the walkways you will see loads of carved pumpkins. Great attention to detail (as always). We track down our daughter in Tomorrowland and gave her a hug and we were off to lunch (probably shortest visit to Magic Kingdom ever).
We decided to visit Tutto Gusto in EPCOT for lunch. This is one of our favorite places to visit in EPCOT along with with La Cava del Tequila. The atmosphere in Tutto Gusto is relaxing and reminiscent of wine cellars in Italy. The menu at Tutto Gusto include dishes from both Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli. We found a comfortable couch with coffee table. We ordered the Grand Antipasto Misto to share, which was enough with the bread bowl and olive oil that was also brought to our table. We ordered a bottle of Luce Della Vite Lucente wine from Tuscany, which is very good and at a reasonable price. We enjoyed an hour of great food and wine in a totally relaxed and fun filled atmosphere.
We finished our lunch with a Limoncello recommendation from our hostess Verdiana. Verdiana recommeded the Luxardo Limoncello, which was very light (as compared to what we make at home) and the right amount of sweetness. I am going to look for this Limoncello when I get home as a good example to strive to match in my own Limoncello endevours.
That evening our daughter met us at the Polynesian Villiage for dinner. Having seen the half filled Kona Cafe, I did not think we would have trouble getting in so I did not make reservations. When we showed up to the half empty Kona Cafe at 8:30 for dinner, they said they were completely booked and not accepting walk up diners. We pointed out all the empty seats but they said they expect guest with reservations to fill the seats. Having no reservations on a Labor Day Saturday night, I did not think we had a chance to a find a good place to eat. We took a shot and traveled to the Contemporary Resort to see if there was a table at The Wave restaurant. Not many people are aware of The Wave on the bottom floor of the Contemporary Resort. The Wave restaurant serves American-style dishes with international flavors. The dishes are light and flavorful and they have a very good wine list. I had Curry Stew, which was light and the cooked apples were a great contract with the curry. We also had their Roasted Tomato soup with mini grilled cheese sandwiches and seafood pasta dish. In the end, I am glad Kona Cafe would not seat us.
Looking forward to another great day.