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Old 10-04-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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Okay both Mexican, looked at menus (kids menus exactly the same)... So what's the deal, which is better? Food? Ambience? It is myself, dh, ds9, dd7, and ds 4. Looking for somewhere to eat before illuminations. Many places are booked but these are available. Thanks!!
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:12 PM   #2
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Is San angel inn more fun for kids with the volcano?
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:12 PM   #3
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San Angel is inside and has a bit more ambiance. La Hacienda has a view over World Showcase Lagoon from many tables. We like the food at both but prefer the salsa at La Hacienda. If you can get a table by the water the kids can watch the boats go by, but there is always the chance that a water-side table won't be available.

The volcano is really a non-issue. It is at the far side of the boats and doesn't really do anything. There is a bit of animation to it, but that's it.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:35 PM   #4
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If you can get reservations around 8 pm at La Hacienda, it's a decent place to watch Illuminations from. When you check in for your reservation, be sure to tell the host/hostess that you would like a table with a view of the lagoon if possible. They are not always able to meet this request, but it is worth asking. And if your table is not by a window, you are allowed to get up and move around for a closer view. The only major downside to this is that you can't feel/hear the booms like you would outside, and because you have a roof over your head, you don't get the full effect of the explosions. But it is nice not to have to stake out a spot. To me, this is the major advantage La Hacienda has over San Angel Inn if you're going to dine around time for Illuminations. I believe San Angel Inn is a good bit more expensive as well, but if you're on the dining plan that's a nonissue. Bottom line: San Angel Inn probably has more ambience, but if you'll be eating close to time for Illuminations and don't want to fight for a spot to watch the show, La Hacienda is a good option.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:25 AM   #5
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I believe San Angel Inn is a good bit more expensive as well.
Both restaurants have a similar price point. Entrees run $20-25 each.
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Both restaurants have a similar price point. Entrees run $20-25 each.
Just looked at both menus for the first time in a while, and you are right - they are closer in price than I remembered. I'd say it's more like $25-$30, though.
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