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Old 11-20-2012, 10:38 PM   #1
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Big River or ESPN?

We will be staying at BWV for 5 nights in Feb. Our last day is a Sunday and our flight is at 9:20 pm. Since we have to catch the ME at 6 ish, we want to make sure we eat some dinner before we leave. I figured we'd go to a park early and be back at BW by 4 then eat at either Big River or ESPN. Which do you suggest and would they both be open at 4PM? It's just my husband, myself and our 8 yo daughter. Thanks.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:01 PM   #2
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Presuming this is not Super Bowl Sunday, I would choose ESPN - I just like their food a little better. They will definitely by open.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:59 PM   #3
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We ate at Big River on our last trip and we thought it was really good. It was DH, myself, and our 3 year old (at the time) daughter.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:15 PM   #4
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We gave up on BRG after several tries. The service and food was erratic, usually poor. Why bother when there are so many other choices near by?
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:17 AM   #5
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I ate at both on my last trip in Sept/October and liked Big River better. While the atmosphere was nicer at ESPN (big open room at ESPN vs tables on top of each other at Big River), I thought Big River had the better food and the boys (adults....) loved the the beer sampler.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:46 AM   #6
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Hands down and i am DIS DAD and that place is one reason i love the BW
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:13 PM   #7
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We will be staying at BWV for 5 nights in Feb. Our last day is a Sunday and our flight is at 9:20 pm. Since we have to catch the ME at 6 ish, we want to make sure we eat some dinner before we leave. I figured we'd go to a park early and be back at BW by 4 then eat at either Big River or ESPN. Which do you suggest and would they both be open at 4PM? It's just my husband, myself and our 8 yo daughter. Thanks.
You will have plenty of time to decide since this would be your last night. I would observe the atmosphere at each place when you are out, look at the menus, and then decide.

Both will be open for lunch and then continue into dinner so no problems there. I've eaten at both and you won't go wrong either way. Just depends on what kind of place you want.

I would look at that "Sunday night in February" thing because if it's February 3rd, I'd run and hide because that is the Super Bowl and both places could be crazy crowded.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:48 PM   #8
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Never done BRG but ESPN was great. Open, seat yourself seating in the bar area with kids welcome. Good food, quick service, fairly reasonable prices. Do you need an ADR at BRG? Might be something to keep in mind. You do not at ESPN.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:11 PM   #9
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We own DVC at BWV and have been to both numerous times. In our opinion it's not even close...ESPN wins hands down!
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:56 PM   #10
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Never done BRG but ESPN was great. Open, seat yourself seating in the bar area with kids welcome. Good food, quick service, fairly reasonable prices. Do you need an ADR at BRG? Might be something to keep in mind. You do not at ESPN.
No, reservations not available for Big River Grille through Disney, only if you call the restaurant directly.

Also something to think about - I know it's February and it will be dinner but you can eat outside at Big River Grille if that's something you might want to experience.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:02 PM   #11
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It's been awhile since we last ate at ESPN but we really liked it. Ate at Big River Grill for the first time a few weeks ago and weren't impressed.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:24 AM   #12
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I would say it depends on what you order...for a burger go with BRG, for wings ESPN (my wife also liked the philly cheese there). For tap beer no contest, BRG by a mile. ESPN is a beer wasteland except for the bottle list.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:31 AM   #13
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All my experiences with Big River have been non-memorable. But I've always enjoyed my meal at ESPN. Big River would probably be a quieter option.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:17 PM   #14
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Have eaten at both...BRG for a 1st time this past Aug. We enjoyed it very much.


ESPN never disappoints...Eaten there 3 times...Always a great meal...Both would be good choices...Sorry if this confused you more...LoL..
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:55 AM   #15
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This past August we did both. While the burger was decent at BRG, we wouldn't go back -the service was below average, their "special" chips were out of a bag, and it just wasn't worth the money(of course, what is at Disney). ESPN shocked my wife, she thought she would hate it and ended up loving it. Everything we had(we ended up there twice) was fresh, hot, and served on time.
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