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Old 01-07-2013, 10:34 AM   #1
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place to watch football aside from ESPN?

DH is a huge 49ers fan and he just *has* to watch the game Saturday night. Problem is, he arrives at the Orlando airport at 6:10pm and the game starts at 8pm. We're planning on using Magical Express to get to the World. I know how crazy ESPN can get when games are on, and since I don't think he can make it there before the game stuff starts, I'm pretty sure our chances of getting in, even for a seat at the bar, are very slim. So where else can he go to watch? Anywhere is fine--in a park, not in a park, restaurant, bar, whatever. Thanks!
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:33 AM   #2
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I love the Orlando Ale Houses - get the chicken fingers!
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:16 PM   #3
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I was hoping for a place accessible by Disney transportation, but I looked up the Ale House and I think DH would LOVE it there; might definitely be worth getting a taxi! Thanks for the suggestion!
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There's noplace in the parks to watch football. There are no televisions accessible to guests in the parks (other than at 50s Prime Time but they show clips of 50s TV shows, not current broadcasting.)

Your best bet is a resort lounge, but many of them have only one or two televisions and you can't guarantee they will be tuned to the game you want to see, if it's the only pro football game at that time it's more likely a resort lounge will have it on. An offsite venue with multiple televisions like the Ale House or Buffalo Wild Wings would possibly work better. You don't say where you are staying, so I don't know what is in your area.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:22 PM   #5
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We're staying at Port Orleans. Looks like we'll have to head off property...stupid football But since it's playoffs now I'm pretty sure this will be the only game on at that time.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:26 PM   #6
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Riverside has a large television in the lounge. I don't know what kind of TV is available at French Quarter. You can drop in and see if it's playing in one of the lounges, and if not, take a cab offsite.
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The Complete Walt Disney World Guide for 2011 and 2012 writes that the Big River Grille is "Equipped with two televisions, the small bar can be a less crowded sports bar alternative to the nearby ESPN Club." I hope this helps in some small way, enjoy your trip!
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:03 PM   #8
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How about just picking up some adult beverages and snacks, ordering in a pizza, and watching in your room? DS and I are avid NASCAR fans and that's how we watched the Atlanta night race while staying at OKW in September. Special bonuses: nice big screen tv, lying down to watch was an option, and no annoying Dale Jr. fans to deal with!
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I would just watch it in the hotel room... But does he really want to start his vacation off on a bad note- I would hate for him to be upset when the Packers win

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I don't really care about football so I'd rather go out somewhere than stay in the room....but, depending on what time he actually arrives at the resort, he might prefer to stay in the room if the game's already started so he won't have to miss anything getting to a restaurant And in that case I imagine my family would probably hang out and have a few drinks, and we can all just ditch him long enough to eat the dinner we have planned at Boatwright's I suppose it will all depend on the time and what sort of mood he's in after traveling all day!
Thank you so much to everyone for all the suggestions!

Likeadream, I spent a really long time trying to think of a good comeback .... buuuuut, like I said, I don't really care about football and I just got nothin! But boy oh boy I'm sure DH would have some words for you
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:30 PM   #11
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There is a Buffalo Wild Wings not far from DTD. Similar atmosphere to ESPN but probably less crazy.

If you are near ESPN, it might be worth peaking your head in to see if you can get a spot. We watched football there in the fall and it was a really fun atmosphere.

POR will have it on as others have said, we watched some college football at their lounge. We also watched a lot of sports from the Poly lounge. It's bigger than the lounge at POR also.
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There is a Buffalo Wild Wings not far from DTD. Similar atmosphere to ESPN but probably less crazy.

If you are near ESPN, it might be worth peaking your head in to see if you can get a spot. We watched football there in the fall and it was a really fun atmosphere.

POR will have it on as others have said, we watched some college football at their lounge. We also watched a lot of sports from the Poly lounge. It's bigger than the lounge at POR also.
Buffalo Wild Wings would be a great place to watch! They have tons of big screens TV showing various games.

I would have to also recommend one of my daughter's cheerleading friends grandfather's chain Beef O' Brady's.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:02 PM   #13
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Orlando Ale House is really close to DTD and reasonably priced.
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:37 PM   #14
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I just watched a couple NCAA bball games at the Tambu Lounge. It was great bc there were 2 large TVs very close to the seating (sometimes I find the TVs at Disney to be too small or too high up for those of us nearsighted folks to see...)

I would definitely go here again to watch sports. Since most of the people at this lounge are waiting to eat at Ohana and aren't sitting long, they don't care what is on the TVs, and the bartenders will tune each TV to whatever channel you ask, provided, someone else hasn't already requested a different channel.
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