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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. bee

    bee Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    PrincessL Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, if it weren't for the gift card and free dining on top of that we probably wouldn't be staying there in a few weeks. We don't plan on being in the room much or eating there so it should be ok. My biggest concern was if we wanted to sleep in one morning how the noise would be.

    We have stayed once before and enjoy the Carribean vibe so once the gondolas are in with direct acces to Epcot it will still be on our list!!

    Thanks for the advice!
     
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    My dh calls The Land his favorite EPCOT bench:hilarious:
     
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    figmentfan423 Well-Known Member

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    You had me at Moana, the chocolate was a nice bonus
     
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    figmentfan423 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry I'm late to the party:oops:
     
  6. Trisha Lynn

    Trisha Lynn Well-Known Member

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    Here now!

    I don't think I get this reference.

    Well yes. But it could also have been Tokyo Tower since they look the same.

    I totes agree with you and I am also totes going to get those cocktails when I'm there next week.

    Looking forward to the rest!
     
  7. sheriffwoody

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    Just got caught up! I am really excited to try that dip from the Ireland booth. I can guarantee you, I'll lick the bowl if it's that good. No shame! Also, I really like those hummus fries. I don't recall them being spicy hot either though.

    Glad the boats from hell weren't so hot this time!
     
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    LOVE the title! You had me at Food & Whine!! This report is rollicking good fun with the contributions of many punsters (and the visual of @myhappyplace finishing her cheese dip) :D

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    I would have understood if he'd said Magic Kingdom, since the Beast's castle is modeled on Neuschwanstein.

    And I am amused that the F&W creative includes an Eiffel Tower made from Swiss cheese. You'd think they'd have used Brie! :joyfull:

    I feel like there's a hint hidden in there. :cautious:

    Yup. Thought so. :cool:

    There are two different ways you could force that to rhyme. :hilarious:

    Dusk at Epcot is my favorite time & place.

    I actually snorted at this. Then I saw the second picture and laughed out loud. That squirrel probably came from Canal Street. Or Times Square. :D

    Looking forward to the rest of the whine! :)
     
  9. bee

    bee Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    You're welcome! Enjoy your trip!

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    This is why we're friends ;)

    No one is late; we're just getting started!

    Welcome!

    It is from the Behind the Seeds tour. One of the plants is named Stanley and I have to point him out every time we ride!

    Yay, have a great trip!

    Welcome! Now I regret not licking the bowl :hilarious:

    All punsters are welcome here!

    I didn't even notice that! So silly.

    *ding ding ding* You got it!

    Yes lol! I think personally I favor making them both sound like "ginger."

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    Ha! He came from Times Square and then lost a bunch of weight from sweating so much!
     
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    bee Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 2, cont.

    It was time for our second ride on Frozen Ever After.

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    At some point after we'd scanned our bands the first time the guy in line in front of us stopped and didn't keep moving when the line started moving in front of him. He was staring intently at his phone and didn't respond when we tried getting his attention. Finally we tapped him and he looked up and realized he was blocking the line. He blurted out, "The Epcot 35 merch is in the Disney Parks app early!" We noticed he was wearing one of the Universe of Energy extinction shirts and various Passholder and parks-related merchandise. He continued staring at his phone all the way to his boat!

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    After Frozen we wanted one more snack before going back to the Dolphin.

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    Paneer pockets from Africa! Very worthy of a repeat!

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    More assertive wildlife :joyfull:

    We decided to try the boat again.

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    Matchy boat!

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    We picked up our keys from an eager, friendly employee in training named Samantha. We walked over the elevators to go up to the sixth floor.

    Up next: The room!
     
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    She's not joking.
     
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    bee Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 2, cont.

    The last time we stayed at the Dolphin was for Food and Wine 2015, to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. It will be three years next month! :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

    Let's have a little flashback to the Dolphin pre-refurbishment.

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    And...the Dolphin now!

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    Are you ready for the room??

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    This was an important couch. More later.

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    I'd call this an excellent refurbishment. The rooms and hallways still have character and a nautical vibe but everything is just a little fresher. :)

    Time to check out the view!

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    We much preferred the tree view of this room!

    So why was the couch important? As you might know from my California TR, we found out last month we have to move out of our beloved rent controlled apartment in North Bergen. In the stress of the following days I neglected some of the singer things I needed to do, namely applying for auditions and competitions for the upcoming season. There was an important one due on September 1 (THE DAY I AM WRITING ABOUT NOW!) at 5:00pm, and though I'd intended to submit it the day before we left I just didn't get to it. I never bring my computer on WDW trips because we are light packers and we don't like to have a bunch of stuff with us, but I brought it this time and sat on that couch until I was done. I submitted the application at 3:59! DONE! :D

    Up next: A new signature dining experience
     
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    Mmmm...LOVING your eating around the world pix!
     
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    In my line of work we call that JIT (just in time)!!

    Max
     
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    Well, I can't really take credit...Collin said it on Whose Line is it Anyway YEARS ago...it stuck with me. I miss that show.
     
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    It's back on!! (Sans Drew Carey)
     
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    Not in the Netherlands! :(
     
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    I like the Dolphin refurb because of how cool blue it is. That's a nice shade they chose.

    Ooh, and I hope those auditions turn out well!
     
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    bee Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thanks! :hungry:

    JIT indeed! :joyfull:

    I agree!

    Thanks!
     
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    bee Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 2, cont.

    As many times as M and I have been to Disney World, and as many TS restaurants as we have eaten at, there are still MANY we've never tried. Each trip we try to fit in one or two new places. Since Tables in Wonderland announced a 30% discount at certain resort TS restaurants during our trip we knew we had to take advantage of it, so we booked dinner at Flying Fish!

    The hot day had cooled into a respectably warm evening and we began the walk to the Boardwalk.

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    Uhhh...I think something might be...missing?

    We arrived at FF right at our reservation time and requested two vegetarian menus. Upon being seated we noticed that almost ALL of the decor in the restaurant (and even the silverware!!) has some connection to water and/or fish.

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    There were lots of other wave/scale/water/fish motifs throughout the restaurant. We both liked that it was immersive yet subtle. For most things you really had to look to find the fish.

    Our server was Joey and he was very personable and smiley. We started with cocktails.

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    My blood orange margarita

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    M's harvest mule

    Up next: Food!
     

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