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Old 04-04-2013, 08:55 AM   #16
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Hmm... in Epcot, would you pick Teppan Edo or Hacienda de San Angel? My husband and I are both pretty adventurous eaters. The kids won't really eat stereotypical "kid food" like burgers, so I try to look for places that have something like grilled chicken or fish on the kids' menu.

I would love Marrakesh, but I'd have trouble feeding the kids there.
We love both. We do Teppan Edo almost every trip. My adult DS asks for it for his birthday dinner. And I think your children would enjoy the "show" of the chef cooking their meal right at your table.
I saw the review of La Hacienda where they felt it was firery hot. That is not my experience, and I am a wimp when it comes to spices. DH and I shared the "La Hacienda" meal for 2 and it was delicious, well spiced but not hot at all. The restaurant is beautiful.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:05 AM   #17
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No real suggestions just wanted to stop in and say we will be there the same dates!!! 19-26 for us woohoo 180 is right around the corner!
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:49 AM   #18
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Out of your two options for HS, I would pick Mama Melrose. But have you considered Brown Derby (it is 2 credits though).
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:55 AM   #19
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I agree with others about Epcot, wonderful dining and servers are from that country typically...unless you travel abroad often, I would pick a restaurant there...Cape May is more readily found in łocal seafood restaurants...go if you prefer seafood more than international experience.

Agree, not a fan of HV or MamaM...kids love theming at sci fi or Prime Time and food is better.

Ohanas is a family favorite..enjoy your time!
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:28 AM   #20
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ARGH! Just got an update from the touringplans.com crowd tracker with huuuge changes in the crowd calendar estimates. Epcot on the 20th is going from a 1.1 best park to a 6.3 park to avoid, and there are a bunch of other changes as well.

Sure, I have plenty of time to re-work our schedule now, but what are the odds that everything will change again once we have all our ADRs set up?
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:27 PM   #21
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ARGH! Just got an update from the touringplans.com crowd tracker with huuuge changes in the crowd calendar estimates. Epcot on the 20th is going from a 1.1 best park to a 6.3 park to avoid, and there are a bunch of other changes as well.

Sure, I have plenty of time to re-work our schedule now, but what are the odds that everything will change again once we have all our ADRs set up?
Yes, everything will probably change slightly, but it's a fact of October visits that EP will always be busy. That is especially true on weekends. Strange that they would ever have EP as a 1.1 on an October weekend. According to easywdw, EP is only recommended on 10/21 and 10/24. Do your adjustments now and hope for the best!

Cape May is maybe a 10min walk from the International Gateway in EP (in World Showcase). Since your family loves seafood, I say go for it. We love Biergarten. Also love Via Napoli.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:41 PM   #22
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ARGH! Just got an update from the touringplans.com crowd tracker with huuuge changes in the crowd calendar estimates. Epcot on the 20th is going from a 1.1 best park to a 6.3 park to avoid, and there are a bunch of other changes as well.

Sure, I have plenty of time to re-work our schedule now, but what are the odds that everything will change again once we have all our ADRs set up?
Hi, we're going to be at WDW about the same time, Oct 18-27. I totally just rearranged our schedule to avoid some of the busiest park days where possible, i.e., EPCOT on weekends because locals hit F&W, etc.

Since you have a little boy, I would recommend TRex if he like Dinos - my DS7is SO excitied about going to TRex (we have a Rainforest Cafe by us, so I know he'll love it too). A 4 year old might think it's scary, or he might love it (DD4 is/was terrified of the sounds/storms at Rainforest, so she will be a gamble).

DH's heritage is German, so we're also pretty excited about Biergarten and think the kids will love it. I'm trying to talk my kids up on spaetzle!

For planning, we have some park days that we know are pretty firm: MK (Crystal Palace, BoG Dinner) and EPCOT day 1 (Askershus, Via Napoli). Then we have some fairly flex days for EPCOT day 2, HS, AK, MNSSHP. The flex days we don't really have any "must do" ADRs planned so we hope we can cancel/rebook them easily if we need to.

We are also holding out on adding a 6th day ticket on, but will likely book Fantasmic! Dining package at Mama Melrose's for one of our non-park days - just make an evening of it (dinner and show). It's a busy HS day, so we want the Fantasmic! package, not that we are thrilled about MamaM's over other eats. If it looks like the weather won't cooperate, or we change our mind, we can always cancel when we're down there the day before. Hope that helps?

We're hoping, hoping, hoping for FD too, or maybe SPD! Starting to wonder though, long wait until July/August to find out...
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:07 PM   #23
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No real suggestions just wanted to stop in and say we will be there the same dates!!! 19-26 for us woohoo 180 is right around the corner!
Us too! 18th-27th I'm definitely avoiding Epcot on the weekends!
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:52 PM   #24
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Hi everyone who is going at the same time!

Okay, based on feedback here and the completely revised TP crowd calendar, here's my new plan:

Sat 10/19: Arrival day, Chef Mickey's if there is free dining.

Sun 10/20: Magic Kingdom. Lunch at BOG, no table service.
(Early night - park closes for MNSSHP.)

Mon 10/21: Epcot. Dinner at Teppan Edo OR Hacienda de San Angel.
(I suppose I should let my husband pick something. We'll go back to the hotel for a nap today and then come back for dinner and Illuminations.)

Tue 10/22: Animal Kingdom. Boma if there is free dining.
(Early night.)

Wed 10/23: Hollywood Studios. Lunch at Prime Time Cafe.
(Leave for a nap in the afternoon. Fantasmic @ 7:30.)

Thu 10/24: Epcot. Lunch at Biergarten, dinner browsing F&W booths.
(Sleep in, half day of touring.)

Fri 10/25: Magic Kingdom. Lunch or late brunch at Crystal Palace.
(Early night - park closes for MNSSHP.)

Sat 10/26: Magic Kingdom. Dinner at Artist Point, unless CA Grill is available.
(Leave for a nap in the afternoon. Return for early dinner, MSEP, Wishes.)

Sun 10/27: Departure.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:03 PM   #25
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Hi everyone who is going at the same time!

Okay, based on feedback here and the completely revised TP crowd calendar, here's my new plan:

Sat 10/19: Arrival day, Chef Mickey's if there is free dining.

Sun 10/20: Magic Kingdom. Lunch at BOG, no table service.
(Early night - park closes for MNSSHP.)

Mon 10/21: Epcot. Dinner at Teppan Edo OR Hacienda de San Angel.
(I suppose I should let my husband pick something. We'll go back to the hotel for a nap today and then come back for dinner and Illuminations.)

Tue 10/22: Animal Kingdom. Boma if there is free dining.
(Early night.)

Wed 10/23: Hollywood Studios. Lunch at Prime Time Cafe.
(Leave for a nap in the afternoon. Fantasmic @ 7:30.)

Thu 10/24: Epcot. Lunch at Biergarten, dinner browsing F&W booths.
(Sleep in, half day of touring.)

Fri 10/25: Magic Kingdom. Lunch or late brunch at Crystal Palace.
(Early night - park closes for MNSSHP.)

Sat 10/26: Magic Kingdom. Dinner at Artist Point, unless CA Grill is available.
(Leave for a nap in the afternoon. Return for early dinner, MSEP, Wishes.)

Sun 10/27: Departure.
Looks pretty perfect to me!! I would second the PP who recommended making your lunch at Crystal Palace a late brunch- their breakfast buffet is one of my favourite on property, especially the Pooh's puffed french toast.
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That looks great. Hope you get the Free Dining!
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:31 AM   #27
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We've eaten there and, for this Texan, it was boring for us.
Lol ...Just goes to show everyone has different experiences and likes. We ususally like a little spicy and hot, maybe they gave us extra that night....lol

I am sure wherever you go you will have a fabulous meal and experience. If not then just chop it up to an off meal. You are in Disney relax and try to enjoy all the things you have stressed about with planning.
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