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Trip Report Sweating at the Swolphin: a 2017 Food and Whine Report

Discussion in 'WDW Trip Reports' started by bee, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. amjt660

    amjt660 Well-Known Member

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    Ok so personally I am getting feta up with all this whining
    I know it is difficult to be at WDW in a heat wave but you gotta take the Gouda with the bad
    Some may choose to dis a Brie with me because they think my opinion doesn't mean Jack.

    Max
     
  2. myhappyplace

    myhappyplace Well-Known Member

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  3. bee

    bee Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 2: Friday, September 1
    Switching to the Dolphin, and EPCOT!!!

    The night before we'd set alarms for 9:30am, JUST IN CASE we didn't wake up on our own. Somehow we slept all the way to the alarms. I guess we were tired!

    While M packed I went to one of the hotel rooms-turned-Island Markets in search of breakfast.

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    We shared these and both preferred the Danish.

    We called a Lyft and soon we were on our way to the Dolphin!!

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    A work in progress

    There was a line to check in but we reached the desk soon. An employee named Jane helped us and she was great. Our room wasn't ready (we hadn't expected it to be at 11:00am) but she took my phone number and told me I'd receive a text when it was.

    We dropped off our bags with Bell Services (no unfriendly service here!) and headed toward Epcot!

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    A boat had just left, but we didn't mind the walk!

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    We walked along the Boardwalk, and by the time we got to the boat dock the boat was just arriving! So we took it the rest of the way. Swolphin Protip: if you miss the Epcot boat, walk to the Boardwalk stop and you may save your feet a bit of walking. If you're heading back from Epcot and miss the boat, walk to the Yacht/Beach Club.

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    These boats actually weren't horribly hot on this trip, @sheriffwoody!

    Bag check was quick but when I scanned my MB, Mickey turned blue! I had to try again twice for him to turn green.

    But once we were inside it was time for more F&W kiosks!

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    Moelleux au Fromage de Chèvre et Épinards: Warm Goat Cheese Pudding with Spinach (GF) – $4.25

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    St-Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine and St-Germain Elderflower liqueur – $8.50

    It's never too early for cocktails, right?? These were both good. The goat cheese pudding had a quiche-y texture to it and would have made a great breakfast.

    We enjoyed the peace and quiet of a relatively empty France.

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    Up next: We continue our F&W adventures
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2017
  4. bee

    bee Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    I Havarti heard enough of your puns!
    Think Caerphilly before you continue!
     
  5. amjt660

    amjt660 Well-Known Member

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    Ok I give up on the cheese puns
    You can be so difficult at times
    Seriously there is no Riesling with you

    Max
     
  6. riverside

    riverside Well-Known Member

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    I've always wanted to try Nine Dragons but haven't. You're making me rethink to do it the next time!! Thanks!!
     
  7. BuddyThomas

    BuddyThomas Well-Known Member

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    You lost me at "this is just orange juice."

    Kidding, kidding - great report. Following along. ;)
     
  8. DisneyShe

    DisneyShe Well-Known Member

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    We always go this time of the year but the heat seemed to hurt a little worse. Maybe it was the strollers? Lol but it was toasty. Love your food and wine photos. You did a lot of stuff I wanted to try but didn't get to.
     
  9. MinnieM123

    MinnieM123 Well-Known Member

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    I like how the Dolphin's lobby remodeling is coming along. Too bad it wasn't completely finished when you were there.
     
  10. bee

    bee Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    :joyfull: Keep the wine puns coming!

    Try it! I can't speak for the meat options but the veggie options were good.

    :hilarious: Wait until you see Day 3...

    Thank you! I don't know why it felt extra-hot. Maybe it was!

    We liked what we saw! We're planning to be back at the Swan around Thanksgiving (fingers crossed) so hopefully we'll see it then.
     
  11. Courtney6682

    Courtney6682 Well-Known Member

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    Mnmm...how were the spinach noodles?? They looked amazing!!
     
  12. bee

    bee Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 2, cont.

    Our next kiosk stop was Ireland.

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    Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread – $4.75
    Bunratty Meade Honey Wine – $5.50

    The cheese dip was SOOOO. GOOOOOD. Literally the only complaint I had was that it could have used one more piece of bread because we couldn't get to all the cheese with these two. I almost just poured the rest of the cheese in my mouth, it was that good. The wine was nice too.

    Since it was still early we enjoyed sitting at a table in the UK.

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    Suddenly a Very Assertive Squirrel (TM) appeared.

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    Sorry buddy, we're not sharing! I think he was more successful with another family.

    As we made our way to FW we passed a surprise character conglomerate.

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    What's this? Joffrey's?

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    Don't worry, @BuddyThomas, this is NOT just a latte. ;)

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    Next we stopped at the Wine and Dine kiosk.

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    Artist Palette of Cheese and Wine – $11.25
    Cheeses:
    • Fromager Affirois de Excellence served with toasted Baguette
    • Point Reyes Original Blue served with Apricot Jam
    • Point Reyes Toma served with Honey
    Wines:
    • Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford
    • St. Francis Chardonnay, Sonoma County
    • Recuerdo Malbec, Argentina
    This was a nice little sampler. My favorites were the blue cheese and the Malbec. And we got our first AP mini-pin.

    *WHINE ALERT* It was REALLY hot at this point so we headed to the nearest air conditioned building.

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    Figment was a walk-on and it was nice and cold inside! I got my room ready text at 12:30, while we were on the ride, yay! But we still had things to do in Epcot.

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    Club Cool ft. Dragonfly

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    Up next: Future World East
     
  13. bee

    bee Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    They were good! They were VERY garlic-y and relatively spicy (for Disney!).
     
  14. Songbird76

    Songbird76 Well-Known Member

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    Well, frankly, I don't give Edam.
     
  15. PrincessL

    PrincessL Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for sharing all the F&W pics!!

    Question about CBR---how was the noise level, assuming it wasn't an issue since you were able to sleep until your alarm went off;) Also, what building would you recommend there? TIA!!
     
  16. amjt660

    amjt660 Well-Known Member

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    for the win!!! - Nice job!!!

    I was trying to figure out how to work that one in
    All I could come up with was it is "made spelt backwards" but I did not want to go there (if you know what I mean)

    Max
     
  17. bee

    bee Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    We had no noise issues from where we were, but we also weren't there for long during the daytime, which is when most or all of construction work is done. It definitely was quiet at night!

    Since Barbados and Martinique are now demolished I assume the best place to stay for proximity to the (limited) amenities would be Trinidad North. Personally I wouldn't go back until construction is finished, but I would definitely give it another shot later, especially after the gondola system is operating!
     
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    Um, I DID pour the rest of the Stout cheese dip into my mouth...
     
  19. bee

    bee Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 2, cont.

    We had a FP we were very excited to use:

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    U ok??

    It was a walk-on even without a FP, and soon we were here:

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    Hi, Gina Torres!

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    We were the only two on our team. There were only two teams in the whole room.

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    We couldn't figure out what these were until the video outside the capsule area told us they were booster seats for smaller kids.

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    We liked the update and were glad to see a family-friendly version of the ride. The old mission (now just the Orange Team mission) is potentially frightening and this one was not so scary. I won't spoil the mission itself but I will say that this and the new Soarin' help to tie Future World and World Showcase together.

    Next we visited the Big Golden Boo-...er, Festival Center.

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    Look at this tiny pineapple!

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    Hand for scale.

    Up next: Frozen again, and back to the Dolphin
     
  20. ScarletBegonias

    ScarletBegonias Well-Known Member

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    I'm here! and not tooooo far behind this time! Loving all the food pics! Thanks for labeling what is gluten free. I like to imagine what I can have! :)
     
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