Our first and only real Advanced Dining Reservation of the trip was at none other than the California Grill, way high up there atop the Contemporary Resort, where the food, the view, and the prices are all equally killer.
But that wasn't enough for us. Oh no. We extended the experience by leaving the hot, crowded Magic Kingdom early and taking the resort loop monorail to the Polynesian for a couple drink in the patio at Trader Sam's.
This, my friends, was oh, such a good choice. The drinks were good, but the atmosphere was what rocked my world. And I say that having not gone inside. I KNOW, I KNOW - Trader Sam's is famous for its goofy innards. But the patio was so relaxed we couldn't bear to leave it. Pat and I chilled outside under an umbrella with lovely view of the Seven Seas Lagoon.
Our server was very nice - spread a bit thin over many tables, but we could flag her when we needed her. For round one, Pat got a Dark & Tropical Stormy, essentially a dark and stormy with the addition of something called "falernum." Neither of us had the slightest idea what that is, but he loved his drink so much that he has vowed to find a bottle for home use.
Round two: Pat got a HippopatoMaiTai, which came in a Very Happy Glass. This did not contain falernum, but it did contain something called "orgeat (almond)." It must have worked because Pat raved about it. Look how happy he is!
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