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Old 04-30-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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Finnegans before HHN


So this is the first time I've done this, so I wanted to get some input from those experienced to see if I should adjust my plans.

I'll be attending HHN on 10/24 (thursday... looks like it may be a hell week ) this year, and will be bringing with me my fiance (my wife at the time of HHN) for her first HHN experience.

To try and make the S&S holding period more enjoyable, and to get some food and pre-HHN liquid courage into her, I decided we might as well do dinner at Finnegan's during S&S holding period. I just made my reservation via Opentable for 4:30pm. For those of you who've done Finnegans in past years, do you think the 4:30 reservation would be sufficient to allow us a decent meal and wait period without a lot of stress or headaches? Or should i maybe move the reservation up a bit more before park close to give us more pre-rush time to eat (and get our table)?
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my ressies at finnegans prior to hhn is about 5:00.

at that time, you have to show your hhn ticket in order to be seated.

you can easily have a meal and drinks and out by 6ish.
if it is just the 2 of youse, it can be done.

i have done earlier ressies there prior to hhn, maybe 4:15....4:30.

problem is with the earlier times, when you're done, it is difficult just to sit at the table while others are waiting to be seated.

you end up going outside and waiting for the release for hhn then.

(like we did last year)
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I don't eat at Finnegan's prior to HHN...my ritual is Louie's and then the holding area. I don't want to take a chance of getting stuck in there with a waiter/waitress who's either too slow or too busy and I miss when the holding area is released.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:39 PM   #4
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DC - my wife and I do exactly as you're planning every night we go to HHN. We've always had plenty of time to finish and pay before they released us.
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We made our ressie at 4 last year and we were waiting for awhile outside. We really didn't even need a reservation, half the restaurant was empty! But like Mac said, we tried sitting at our table for a little bit longer after we paid but there were a lot of people waiting to get seated. This year I think I am going to make ours for 4:30.

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Wow, great tip We are new to the HHN thing (and only do UO every decade or so ~ haven't been since 2008) so I'm keeping a close eye on this board.

I made 4:45 reservations for the six of us on Thursday, 10/10. What is the holding area and do you think this is an appropriate time for this reservation? Did I read somewhere that the haunted houses will be available 6-7 pm only to people who were in the park for the day and purchased HHN tickets?
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Originally Posted by macraven View Post

i have done earlier ressies there prior to hhn, maybe 4:15....4:30.

problem is with the earlier times, when you're done, it is difficult just to sit at the table while others are waiting to be seated.

you end up going outside and waiting for the release for hhn then.

(like we did last year)
That's not necessarily a bad thing. If you really want to get a jump on HHN, I advise being over by the side street near Transformers by 5:45. You want to be in that initial crowd that rushes to the first house.
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