Wordless Wednesday – Luau at the Polynesian – 2 Mice

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The Focused on the Magic (almost) Wordless Wednesday blog hop theme this week is ‘E’, so we’re hopping along with Eating and Entertainment!

Inspired by my Twitter friend @Kelmour’s question this week, “Any thoughts on the luau at the poly?”, I thought I’d answer for others as well.

The “Spirit of Aloha” dinner show at the Polynesian is the show that inspired me to designate 2 Mice as “Worth a visit for the theme or show, but maybe you should eat elsewhere.” If you’re looking for delicious food, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a fun show and great atmosphere, then head to the luau!! We had wonderful seats and really enjoyed the show. The drinks were just OK, but definitely better than the wilted salad and mediocre BBQ. We LOVED the pineapple coconut bread, and could have eaten that all night. The good news is that you can use your Disney Dining Plan for the show.

So rather than a bunch of food pics, I’ll show you the fun instead.

Big ol’ tiki getting his nose picked

Smaller tiki getting his nose picked

Band at the Spirit of Aloha show

Cheers!

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Time is running out on Free Dining!

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If you like free dining (and I know you do or else you wouldn’t be reading MouseChow…), then time’s a wastin’. The Free Dining offer, good for late-summer travel, expires May 18th!

So get a move on, and send me an email with the dates you’d like to travel between August 25th and September 29th.

Look at what you’re missing!

Samoan Kona Cafe Disney Polynesian

Samoan Kona Cafe Disney Polynesian

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Holidays Around Walt Disney World part 1 – Resorts

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As many of us are either recovering from feasts or preparing to feast, I thought I should take a break from pictures of food to bring you a little holiday cheer.

We’ll start with a brief tour of the beautiful holiday decorations around some of the Walt Disney World deluxe resorts.  Enjoy.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Lobby of Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Disney’s Grand Floridian

Grand Floridian Balcony
Grand Floridian Christmas Tree
Grand Floridian Gingerbread House
Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Shop

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge Christmas Tree
Wilderness Lodge Native American Ornaments
Wilderness Lodge Lobby Totem

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Tree
Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Guard House

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge Christmas Tree

Do you have a favorite Disney resort to visit during the holidays?  What did I miss at the other resorts? Let me know in the comments.

And may you all enjoy a magical holiday. Next up: Part 2 – EPCOT Celebrations Around the World.

Is Tonga Toast Manna from the Tiki Gods? Kona Cafe gets 4 Mice

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Anyone who spends any time Googling WDW food options is bound to come across references to Tonga Toast, the reportedly magically delicious breakfast item available at the Kona Cafe in Disney’s Polynesian Resort. So on our recent trip back to Disney, courtesy of a giveaway from DizDiva.com and Magic Carpet Travel (yep, that’s Steve Thibodeau from MCTravel and the MouseChow clan), I was intrigued enough to schedule a special trip over to the Polynesian just to check it out. You know, taking one for the team and all.

First, you need to know how important it is to make Advanced Dining Reservations for breakfast at Kona Cafe. It is unbelievably popular. You’ll be competing for a seat with resort guests as well as those who visit the resort just for breakfast. On Saturday morning in mid-December the wait was over an hour for drop-ins. We walked up 15 minutes prior to our ADR, were handed a buzzer, then poked around the shops for 10 minutes before being called for our seat.

OK, so what the heck is Tonga Toast? I was still confused when it arrived.

Tonga Toast

Here’s the scoop. It is a gargantuan piece of sourdough bread, stuffed with banana, cinnamon, and brown sugar, dipped in egg (like French toast), then fried, and coated in cinnamon sugar. It bears a passing resemblance to an Easter Island head, until you pour on the strawberry compote. Then it’s more like an Easter Island head who’s been bludgeoned.

“But MouseChow,” you may ask, “is it delicious?” Well…maybe you will like it.  Certainly many, many people do. I wasn’t in love with it. The bread is really too thick for the egg custard to penetrate, so the interior is pretty dry except for the one slit cut in the side where the bananas are hiding. They weren’t distributed through the toast. This left one pocket of deliciousness, and a large piece of dry cinnamon toast. The ham was excellent, though.

Mr. MouseChow had the Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes.

Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes

These were good, and also very sweet. Mr. MC ate them with the strawberry compote rather than maple syrup. The tartness of the strawberries were a nice contrast to the very sweet pineapple. But look at that ham!

If we had only ordered the Tonga Toast and pancakes, we would have left slightly disappointed. BUT, our mini-MC ordered The Samoan.

The Samoan

Ahhhh…the Samoan. Pulled pork hash (yes, that’s right!), topped with two perfectly poached eggs and real Hollandaise. Our kiddo pushed the watercress to the side, and dug in. Thankfully it was way too much food for her, so I got to eat about half. I’m still dreaming about the Samoan. Next time we order barbeque, you can bet I’ll be saving some pulled pork for breakfast the next morning.

The beverages at Kona Cafe bear mentioning. We splurged for a French press of Kona coffee. Easily the best coffee we had during our trip. Skip your regular OJ and go for the Lilikoi juice – a delicious blend of orange, passion fruit, and guava. We also tried the berry smoothie, chock full of vitamin B and Omega 3s. Good stuff.

Omega 3 Berry Smoothie

So to sum up:
ADR(Pulled Pork + Great Coffee ) = 4 Mice

Any change to that equation may produce a different result.

What do you think? Was your experience with Tonga Toast different from mine? Let me know in the comments!