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Old 06-14-2013, 04:29 PM   #1
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watching nfl football

I'm hoping to go WDW in the fall to take advantage of free dining. But we'll probably be there for the NFL season opener, which my DH will NOT want to miss as we are die-hard Ravens fans.

If this trip happens we'll most likely be staying at Pop Century or POFQ.

Most obvious place to watch the game would be ESPN Club on the BW, but exactly HOW early would we need to be there to get a table? And, how to get there and back? We'll most likely have a car, but DS and I would certainly head back to the hotel well before the game ended, probably leaving car for DH.

If we're at POFQ, it'd be really easy to take the boat to/from DTD, but I don't know where would be a good choice to eat/watch. What about the resort lounge? I imagine the regular Thursday night entertainment would still be scheduled, but are there tvs in all the lounges or just some?

If we're at Pop, I don't think there's a lounge, so, not sure what close options are there.

Thanks for any help you can offer!
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:35 PM   #2
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I am also curious...we are going in September for the first time and would prefer not to miss a Browns game...
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:56 PM   #3
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I haven't tried to watch a football game at ESPN Club but watched a soccer match there this past March. For a Thursday night game you can probably watch at the resort lounge since it will be a national broadcast but I'd go to the ESPN club or DTD. From either of the resorts you can take a cab to Boardwalk. As far as when to be there I'd say two hours before kick-off. The food at ESPN club is only so-so but you can eat and hang out. And some folks can sit at the table while others walk around the Boardwalk.

If going to DTD Raglan Road might work. Best option at DTD might be Splitsville.
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:53 PM   #4
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Since it's a Thursday night game, I would say maybe an hour before kickoff which is at 8:30. That would give you time to be seated, order, eat and then enjoy some of the game.
An hour before wouldn't be bad at all! Definitely doable.

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Let your husband take a cab to your resort. It's very easy from the Boardwalk and, I don't know this for sure, but if he's had a few, it would be good to let someone else do the driving. If he doesn't drink, the game will be over close to midnight so it would be good to have someone else drive at night.
LOL. He actually doesn't drink much. My original thought was that driving would be easier for him - not the best sense of direction - than trying to navigate some sort of bus-hopping, but a cab would be easier still.

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If going to DTD Raglan Road might work. Best option at DTD might be Splitsville.
don't actually know much about either of those. Is Splitsville an actual restaurant with bowling attached?

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Old 06-14-2013, 08:55 PM   #5
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Since the Ravens lost half their players from last year, it might be best to go to one of the parks that night and skip the game?
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:07 PM   #6
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The more obvious is your room, unless you normally go out to see the game.
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:45 PM   #7
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Every time I've ever been to the ESPN club during football season it hasn't been packed. I got there at least an hour before the game started. The only thing I can tell you about getting back to the Pop is to take the walk to either HS or Epcot and then catch the bus. If you can catch the bus to DTD and then transfer, that could work also.
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I'm hoping to go WDW in the fall to take advantage of free dining. But we'll probably be there for the NFL season opener, which my DH will NOT want to miss as we are die-hard Ravens fans.

If this trip happens we'll most likely be staying at Pop Century or POFQ.

Most obvious place to watch the game would be ESPN Club on the BW, but exactly HOW early would we need to be there to get a table? And, how to get there and back? We'll most likely have a car, but DS and I would certainly head back to the hotel well before the game ended, probably leaving car for DH.

If we're at POFQ, it'd be really easy to take the boat to/from DTD, but I don't know where would be a good choice to eat/watch. What about the resort lounge? I imagine the regular Thursday night entertainment would still be scheduled, but are there tvs in all the lounges or just some?

If we're at Pop, I don't think there's a lounge, so, not sure what close options are there.

Thanks for any help you can offer!
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Since it's a Thursday night game, I would say maybe an hour before kickoff which is at 8:30. That would give you time to be seated, order, eat and then enjoy some of the game.

As for getting back to the resort, I would suggest you and your son take the car back. Let your husband take a cab to your resort. It's very easy from the Boardwalk and, I don't know this for sure, but if he's had a few, it would be good to let someone else do the driving. If he doesn't drink, the game will be over close to midnight so it would be good to have someone else drive at night. Just go out to the front bell stand and ask for a cab. They are stacked up nightly there.
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:55 AM   #9
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Thankfully I have nfl Sunday ticket. I bring my ipad to the park and watch the games on it. I usually get a crowd trying to look over my shoulder or ask for score updates. Lol
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Thankfully I have nfl Sunday ticket. I bring my ipad to the park and watch the games on it. I usually get a crowd trying to look over my shoulder or ask for score updates. Lol
Not to hijack, but how do you get the Sunday ticket on an IPad??? I'd be all over that!
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:46 PM   #11
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Not to hijack, but how do you get the Sunday ticket on an IPad??? I'd be all over that!
You have to buy the sunday ticket app for the ipad. It was $50 i think?
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You have to buy the sunday ticket app for the ipad. It was $50 i think?
When I got it the app was free but you had to have Sunday ticket to go or whatever they call the mobile part of the package now
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When I got it the app was free but you had to have Sunday ticket to go or whatever they call the mobile part of the package now
Cool! I know we had to pay for it one year, but that was the year we got free sunday ticket so it was nbd. Idk exactly what the deal is with it anymore bc my hubs deals with it! I just enjoy the benefits hahaha!
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With that said, if you were left cheering for the mess we call the Browns year in and year out you would understand... Come to think of it, a Raiders fan may understand how a Browns fan might feel.
Also a fan of the factory of sadness....I keep saying "Maybe next year...."
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:27 PM   #15
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Just wanted to say thank you jdfmommy for the post. I have been so busy planning my trip in Dec I had completely forgotten about football season . I watch/tape every game on tv I'm such a football freak. Usually my trips to Disney are only a few days so havent really had to worry about it but being in Disney for 12 days (two weekends and Mondays) there is no way I could survive without watching at least one game...lol. Your post reminded me I need to work in some football time (Go Seahawks) along with my Disney holiday magic.
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