We’ve told you how to have a cheap date on a blackout day. We’ve given you tips about some of the best bargains in the park (pretzel!), but what if you want to throw financial caution to the wind? What if you feel like celebrating? What if you want to have a fancy date? Don’t worry – WOTB and Disney have you covered.
Our most recent Disney trip was a totally indulgent splurge, and it was SO fun. We started,at about 6PM, by meeting up with our newlywed friends, The Buntings. (Something to celebrate? Check!) Steve had made dinner reservations for 7:45, so we had some time to play. The four of us agreed to head for the Jungle Cruise. It was an especially warm April evening. The line was long enough to give us time to catch up and hear honeymoon stories, but not so long as to be annoying. After our little trip along the Nile, we went back to DCA.
We still had a bit of time, so we stopped by Ghiradelli. I was bummed when they took out the Mission tortilla ride (er, factory…), but a free square of chocolate is a nice consolation. At about 7:20, we made our way to dinner at the newest, fanciest place on Buena Vista St. – Carthay Circle. It’s gorgeous! I’ll let Steve give you a nice description of the decor in a future Buena Vista St. review. I’ll stick to what I know – food!
The restaurant has a “deal” wherein you get priority seating for World of Color if you order at least two items ( entree plus appetizer or dessert) per person. The more mathematically inclined members of our party figured out we could meet that requirement by sharing two appetizers and two desserts – super. The waitress was really friendly and attentive. I wondered what it’s like to serve high-end food in a classy environment to people in flip flops and cargo shorts – odd. Anyway, the appetizers were good but nothing I was really excited about. I did enjoy the complimentary warm bread. I wasn’t sure there’d be anything without a price at this meal.
When it came time to choose our entrees, I struggled. As much as I’d like to be the kind of person who branches out and tries exotic things, I’m not that girl. I usually study the menu until I find some version of chicken and rice, but there wasn’t really anything that fit that description. Plus, the prices were higher than I’m used to. A lot higher. I-feel-a-little-woozy higher. Everyone else in our party didn’t flinch, though, so I decided to get over it and just enjoy. I even branched out! I had the cavatelli pasta with lamb ragu. It was rich and meaty and delicious. I chose well. Steve had the Braised Pork Pot Roast and from the his silence I can only assume he loved it.
At dessert, Jess and Jeremy chose something fruity. I’m sure it was lovely, but I usually don’t think it counts as dessert unless there’s chocolate involved. Thus, I zeroed in on the Rocky Road Brownie Sundae. Brownie, caramel, marshmallow ice cream, macadamia brittle – of course it was delicious.
With full bellies, we rolled ourselves out of the restaurant and into the Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe for some Starbucks drinks. Warm beverages in hand, we took our places in the reserved viewing section for World of Color. As always, the combination of lights, water, and music was more beautiful and thrilling than can really be explained. It was the perfect end to a truly spectacular fancy Disney date.