Day 10 – Hellfire [Dine Around Disney 2014]

Disney Trip Report - Villains Unleashed

Villains Unleashed; Hollywood Brown Derby (Signature Dining); Rosie’s All-American Café (Counter Service); Fantasmic

Dine Around Disney 2014 Trip Report Index! (And here is the Pre-Trip Report!)
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August 23rd, 2014

I had been looking forward to today as it was the Disney Villains Unleashed at Disney Hollywood Studios. I figured if I never got to Walt Disney World for Halloween, this was may be part way there!

The Disney blog made it sound awesome, and yeah, it was okay, but it wasn’t the awesome that I thought it was going to be… We actually felt so let down, that Steve emailed a letter of complaint while we were there. We would have complained on the night, but the queue for that was very long :( I’m going to include snippets of that letter within this trip report.

Our day started off with Liam wanting to go swimming, and me wanting to go shopping. So he went to the Old Turtle Pond pool which was the nearest to our room, and Steve and I went off for a spot of Halloween shopping. Instead of the usual Michael’s craft store, I thought we would check out Jo-Ann’s instead to see what they had on offer.

When you’re staying onsite, as much as the Disney bubble is fab, getting outside of it is lovely! We went to the store on Hwy 192, and had a bit of a mooch around. I bought a few things, but not too much really grabbed me. I think I would go to Michael’s next time.

On the way home we stopped at a Walgreen’s to pick up some things we needed, and drove back to Old Key West.

We drove to Hollywood Studios for around 2pm as we had a reservation for a late lunch at the Hollywood Brown Derby. My tip for parking at any theme park is to take a photograph of the lot name and the row number so that you know where you have parked at the end of the night! You think you won’t forget, but trust me, you really do!

Disney Hollywood Studios

Disney Hollywood Studios

Disney Hollywood Studios

Disney Hollywood Studios

Disney Hollywood Studios

Since we were a little early for our Advance Dining Reservation, but not enough time to go and do a ride, we wandered in and out of the shops along Hollywood Boulevard, and had a family photo taken! I know not everyone is fond of the Sorcerer’s Hat, but I loved it, and I’m so sad that I’m never going to see it again!

Us at Disney Hollywood Studios

I saw and wanted this adorable Alice in Wonderland teapot, but it was so expensive! I didn’t buy it… But I did buy the equally adorable plates (excuse the crappy pic!) and the wicked awesome Disney Villains towel.

I love the onsite perk of being able to send your purchases back to your resort, so with my new goodies winging their way back to Old Key West, we continued along.

Mickey Mouse Statue at Disney Hollywood Studios

Eventually we headed over to the Hollywood Brown Derby, which is on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard, to check in for our Advance Dining Reservation. I think it may have also started raining, so we wanted to get out of the wet!

Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney Hollywood Studios

I don’t think we had to wait too long for our table, and were soon shown into the restaurant. I’m not actually that knowledgeable about the place, the history was printed on the menu!

The Original Brown Derby was first established near the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine, and noted for its fine food, good times and glamorous company. It gained a loyal following from the movie and entertainment industries and the stars made the Derby their second home. Many celebrities found themselves honoured on the Derby’s Wall of Fame, a collection of caricatures that began in 1929, including Charlie Chaplin, Bette Davis and John Wayne. The Cobb Salad was invented when owner Robert Cobb raided the fridge seeking a midnight snack for the theatre magnate Sid Grauman.

Hollywood Brown Derby - Disney Hollywood Studios

The restaurant wasn’t too busy, but we found the service to be a bit slow. Our waiter was very friendly and chatted with us when he could. I loved all the pictures on the walls, and the general feel of the place. As with most signature restaurants, we started out with a bread basket with some flavoured butter, but my pictures of that were hideous, so you’ll just have to imagine what bread looks like :P

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) Signature restaurants are 2 credits per person.

Appetizers…

Me: ”Our Famous Cobb Salad” – with finely chopped greens, turkey breast, bacon, egg, tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese, avocado, chives and Cobb dressing. ($9)

Him: Blue Lump Crab Spring Rolls – with a snow crab claw, Asian slaw and spicy miso aioli.($13)

The Boy: Andouille-Crusted Prawn – over black diamond Cheddar grits, wilted greens and ancho oil ($12)

I felt like I couldn’t go to the home of the famous Cobb Salad without having this, so that was the basis of my appetizer decision! I asked for the blue cheese to be left off as I can’t stand the stuff.

However, when I received my dish, it was covered in it. I did pull the waiter up on this, (politely I might add!) and it was replaced without a problem at all, and I was left to enjoy my salad which was very good. It can also be ordered as an entrée.

The spring rolls were stuff with filling, and the serving was very generous.

Apps were always quite hard for Liam on the Deluxe Dining Plan as he’s somewhat of a fussy eater, but he picked the shrimp and ate a little bit of it, leaving the rest for hubs and I to share. I have to say, it was delish!

Hollywood Brown Derby - Cobb Salad

Andouille-Crusted Prawn - Hollywood Brown Derby

Entrées…

Me: Charred-Glazed Filet of Beef – with a red wine reduction, topped with a Cabernet and roasted shallot butter over truffle oil-wild forest mushroom mashed potatoes and sautéed haricot verts. ($43)

Him: Crispy Spiced Duck Breast – with locally grown romanesca, orange cauliflower and duck confit-filled potato with a sweet pepper-almond sauce. ($36)

The Boy: Grilled Wagyu Beef Burger – with Gruyère cheese, pastrami, heirloom tomato, avocado and a fried egg on a toasted brioche with Cognac-mustard aioli and hand-cut steak fries.($22)

My steak was very good, as I found all the steaks that we ate around Walt Disney World this holiday, but I did find the colour of the Cabernet butter a bit odd!

The duck that Steve had was amazing, really juicy, and the potatoes were delicious.

Liam really didn’t fancy anything off the main menu, but the waiter was happy for him to order from the lunchtime menu. He decided on the burger, which sounded awesome with all the toppings on it, but since he is a fusspot, they were not present! He said it was a very good burger, and I think I might order it if we go back!

Filet of Beef at Hollywood Brown Derby

Duck Confit - Hollywood Brown Derby

Wagyu Beef Burger - Hollywood Brown Derby

Finally, onto desserts, of which there were a selection of 9 mini desserts which you could pick a trio of. Since 3 x 3 = 9, we got all 9 and shared them between us! They were $9 per trio.

Desserts

Me, Him + The Boy:

Amaretto Flan – and Opalys white chocolate whip with an almond cookie

Caramel Custard – with passion fruit glacé

Double Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée

Warm Blueberry Cobbler – with crème fraîche and orange blossom honey

Brown Derby Original Mini Grapefruit Cake

Chocolate Sphere – with hazelnut praline chocolate and orange-white chocolate mousse

Milk Chocolate Crémeux – with mojito concoction on almond rocher

Crunchy Sugar Cookie Puff – with lemon grass cream

Banana Toffee Cake – on cocoa crunch and strawberry-banana pearls ($27)

Dessert Trio at Hollywood Brown Derby

Dessert Trio at Hollywood Brown Derby

Dessert Trio at Hollywood Brown Derby

Dessert Trio at Hollywood Brown Derby

Dessert Trio at Hollywood Brown Derby

They were all very delightful and a really fun dessert too! I can’t tell you which our favourites were as I really can’t remember now, but I’m sure the photos of these mini desserts do them enough justice!

Towards the end of our meal, the restaurant really emptied out in readiness for the Villains Unleashed event that was happening, and the staff were moving chairs and tables all around us, which was most annoying! I know that they have to prepare, but they really should have stopped reservations in time for this to go on.

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at the Hollywood Brown Derby and would go back and eat there again.

Hollywood Brown Derby - Disney Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Brown Derby

Bill Total: $171.47 (6 Credits) {Tip: $32.20}

DxDDP Running Totals: Bill: $2879.90 | Credits: 82/126 | Tips: $426.03

…Continued in Part 2…