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Day 10 – Water’s Edge | Halloween in the Wilderness 2015

Trail’s End (TS Lunch) | Winter Summerland Minature Golf | The BOATHOUSE (Signature Dining)
November 1st, 2015

Since I’m now having to rush myself to get these trip reports finished (as I keep saying!) before our next trip, they are really going to be minimal, with just a few photos of what we did, and details about our Deluxe Disney Dining Plan experience. I wish I had more time to get these done, but I don’t, and I’d rather have something on my blog than nothing at all – I hate leaving things half finished!

All photos from this day can be found on my Flickr account here if you’d like to see more from Day 10 of Halloween in the Wilderness 2015.

Today was a non-park day, with lunch at Trail’s End at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, followed by miniature golf at Winter Summerland, and wrapping up the day with an evening at Downtown Disney and dinner at the new BOATHOUSE.

Instead of driving to Fort Wilderness, we took the inter-resort bus from Wilderness Lodge. This goes “round the back” as it were, and not on the public roads. We only realised this bus service when we went to watch Hoop-Dee-Doo a few days before. It’s very handy, because when you drive to Fort Wilderness you have to park your car, and then catch a bus to the Settlement where the restaurants are.

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds

Trail's End - Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds

When it comes to the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan at a table service restaurant you are entitled to one appetizer, one entrée, one dessert and one non-alcoholic beverage per person (usually refillable) for one credit per person.

We had an early lunch booked, one of the first to be seated for this meal time, as there were still people inside having breakfast. Our server was a bit on the weird side I have to say, she kept getting our order wrong when repeating it back to us, and on the whole the service wasn’t much to live up to. We were able to tick a few things of our “must eat foods in America list” in the form of fried green tomatoes, a po’ boy, and catfish. Steve has been wanting to try catfish since our first trip in 2011! The food was good, but I am not sure if we would bother to go here again.


Me: Smoked Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeño – wrapped in Country Bacon with Peach-Pepper Jelly ($8.49)

Him: Southern Fried Green Tomatoes – with Crawfish Rémoulade ($8.49)

The Boy: Fried chicken Lollipops – with Apple-Chipotle Barbecue and Apple Fennel Slaw ($9.99)

Smoked Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeño -Trail's End

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes - Trail's End

Fried Chicken Lollipos - Trail's End


Me: Shrimp Po’ Boy– with Lettuce, Tomato, Spicy Rémoulade, and Bread & Butter Zucchini. Served with French Fries ($13.99)

Him: Pan-Fried Catfish – with Southern Collard Greens, House Fries, and Rémoulade ($16.99)

The Boy: House-Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich – Shaved Beef Brisket with Country Slaw and French Fries ($15.99)

Shrimp Po' Boy - Trail's End

Pan-Fried Catfish - Trail's End

House-Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich - Trail's End


Me: Trail’s S’mores Tart – Layers of Chocolate and Marshmallow Custard and topped with a Toasted S’more ($5.99)

Him: Warm Sticky Bun Sundae – A Warm Pecan Sticky Bun layered with Butter Pecan Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce, and Whipped Cream ($4.99)

The Boy: Pecan Pie – with a Jack Daniel’s Ganache and Whipped Cream ($5.99)

Trail's S'mores Tart - Trail's End

Warm Sticky Bun Sundae - Trail's End

Pecan Pie - Trail's End

Trail’s End

Bill Total: $110.42 (3 Credits) {Tip: $18.72}
DxDDP Running Totals: Bill: $1,897.46 | Credits: 54/126 | Tips: $263.63

After paying the bill, we had a look at the horses at Tri-Circle-D Ranch, before catching the bus back to Wilderness Lodge.

We picked up our car, and drove to Winter Summerland for a round of miniature golf. We’ve been here before, and played the winter course, so this time it was the summer course for us. We had a lot of fun, and just like last time, there were not many people playing, so we didn’t feel like we had to rush our way around the 18 holes.

I’m not sure what we did after playing golf – we may well have just hung out back at the resort, or gone shopping or something. But for dinner at The BOATHOUSE, we caught a bus to Disney Springs to save faffing about with the roadworks that was still going on around there. Thankfully, quite a few of the hoardings which were present on our last trip had come down so it didn’t feel so claustrophobic  down.

The new area with looked very good. It was bustling with people, a band was playing, and all around it was a great atmosphere. We checked in for our late reservation (close to 9pm), and whilst waiting watched as one of the Amphicars launched into the water.

Disney Springs

The BOATHOUSE is brand new, and as such I’d not read too much about it before we went. Because we were on the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan, it made sense to try it out any way, because as a signature restaurant it meant it cost 2 credits per person to dine here. The restaurant itself was themed well, with a drinks bar, and raw bar, a pianist playing in one corner, and nautical themed decor. The restaurant was also very loud. Probably the loudest I’ve ever been in. A combination of the music, the general hustle and bustle, and people talking (loudly over the music!), so be forewarned if this is not your thing.

We were shown to our table which was in the back room – away from the bar; but it was still very noisy, and still very busy for a late reservation – clearly a popular place. We were given a basket of bread, and our server introduced himself. Liam was wearing his West Ham shirt, and it turned out the server was also a Hammers fan, so that sparked a chat between him and the boy.

Bread Basket - BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs

The menu was huge, and it took quite a while deciding what to have. The service okay, but it did get a bit slapdash at times with things being forgotten like drinks refills, and a side order we had. Ultimately, the service started very well, but as the restaurant got busier, the service dipped. I know it is (was?) a new establishment, and it felt very much like that, often feeling like the staff were running around like headless chickens. Personally, I’m not convinced its worthy of signature status compared with others we have dined at, and I don’t think we would dine here again unless we had the dining plan.

When it comes to the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan at a signature restaurant you are entitled to one appetizer, one entrée, one dessert and one non-alcoholic beverage per person (usually refillable) for two credits per person.


Me: BOATHOUSE Lobster Cocktail – Half chilled 1¼lb Lobster, Creamy Brandied Cocktail Sauce  ($18)

Him: Blue Star Angus Carpaccio – Arugula, Olive Oil, Shaved Grana Padano, Capers ($18)

The Boy: Firecracker Shrimp – Sriracha Mayo, Shishito Peppers ($16)

BOATHOUSE Lobster Cocktail - BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs

Blue Star Angus Carpaccio - BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs

Firecracker Shrimp - BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs


Me: Baked Crab Stuffed Lobster – 1¼lb Split Maine Lobster, Jumbo Lump Crab, Grilled Asparagus, Creole Butter Sauce ($45)

Him: Filet Mignon (12oz) Oscar Style – Jumbo Lump Crab, Asparagus, Bearnaise ($62)

The Boy: BOATHOUSE Double Cheddar Cheeseburger – Two 4oz Patties, Bread and Butter Pickles, Dijonnaise Sauce ($19)

Baked Crab Stuffed Lobster - BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs

Filet Mignon (12oz) Oscar Style - BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs

BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs


Me & Steve: Side of fries (not on the dining plan) $9

Side of Fries - BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs


Me: Key Lime Pie In A Mason Jar – Vanilla Bean Cream ($9)

Him: Whisky Caramel Cornbread Cake – Mixed Berries, Whiskey Syrup, Whipped Buttermilk ($10)

The Boy: Mango Sorbet – Gingered Stone Fruit Compote with Basil & Lime ($8)

Key Lime Pie In A Mason Jar - BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs

Whisky Caramel Cornbread Cake - BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs

Mango Sorbet - BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs

Overall the food was good, but I made bad choices I think. In my head, I thought the lobster cocktail was going to be like one of our 70s prawn cocktails, but it wasn’t. It was literally half a lobster on ice! Not a problem as I love lobster, but not what I thought it was!

For main meal, we really couldn’t decided. I think we both wanted a surf ‘n’ turf, so the server suggested, to get the most for our credits, to order the 12oz filet mignon, and a stuffed lobster and share that. Which was all good and well, but the faff trying to share that between the two of us on a small table was, well, faff. Plus we had to order fries on the side, as it didn’t come with any potatoes, and for some reason I was craving them fries!

My dessert was horrible. Sorry to say. I had read that it was “really nice” so ordered it, but nope, not to my taste buds. Liam didn’t really want his dessert, and I tried some, but that wasn’t all that either. Steve made a good choice with the cornbread cake.

Because drinks had been forgotten, and our side of fries too, we had the fries taken off the bill, so we paid only in DxDDP credits for this meal in the end.


Bill Total: $228.71  (6 Credits) {Tip: $42.01}
DxDDP Running Totals: Bill: $2,126.17 | Credits: 60/126 | Tips: $305.64

Disney Springs

After paying the bill, we caught a boat from the dock near The BOATHOUSE, over to the dock where the bus stops are (or used to be, I think they’ve moved now). It was nice to cruise on the water at night and see all of Disney Springs lit up. We snuck a quick stop into the Christmas Shop (it was just closing) where I bought some decorations – of course!

Read about the day before:
Day 9 – This Is Halloween:
Boma – Flavors of Africa (TSB Breakfast) | Casey’s Corner (CS Lunch) | Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Read about the day after:
Day 11 – Eat ALL The Food:
Ireland, Canada, France, Belgium, Japan, Italy, Brazil at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival | Yorkshire County Fish Shop (CS Lunch) | Eat To The Beat: Boyz II Men | Roaring Fork (CS Dinner)

Read ALL the days!

Halloween In The Wilderness 2015:
Trip Report Index | Pre-Trip Planning Report | Highs, Not So Highs, and Lows
All the photos from this day can be found here | Florida 2015 photo collection on Flickr here