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Old 04-28-2012, 07:47 AM   #451
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I didn't realize that Donald appears inside when it's raining. Good to know

Very cute pics with Donald!

The princess made a good choice for her souvie! I was tempted by that outfit on our last trip

J did a great job capturing the cruise. I felt like I was there
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I didn't realize that Donald appears inside when it's raining. Good to know

Very cute pics with Donald!

The princess made a good choice for her souvie! I was tempted by that outfit on our last trip

J did a great job capturing the cruise. I felt like I was there
Not sure if "inside Donald" is a standard thing or if we just got lucky.
But I'm not complaining!
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I love the fact that X is so in love with Donald that he couldn't even look at the camera for most of the pictures. That's awesome!
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Love Duffy! He's so cute and fluffy!!
Nice update.
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X is so adorable with his love for Donald!! I hope my niece is that excited about seeing all the characters.
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I love the fact that X is so in love with Donald that he couldn't even look at the camera for most of the pictures. That's awesome!
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X is so adorable with his love for Donald!! I hope my niece is that excited about seeing all the characters.
Donald still remains X's favorite.
Ever since he followed him around Tusker House chanting "Duck! Duck! Duck!"

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Love Duffy! He's so cute and fluffy!!
Nice update.
All the kids love Duffy - he is so very huggable
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:55 PM   #457
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The Deluge

We returned from our lovely cruise along El Rio del Tempo after successfully finding Donald and dragging him to the big show.
We headed back towards the Square and the entrance of the Pavillion.
We had reservations next door at the brand new Hacienda de San Angel.
However, the lobby of the Mexico pavilion was packed.
Apparently the rain had started again.
And it hadn’t just started but the skies literally opened up.
There were sheets of water coming down – almost as if we were watching the water screens from Fantasmic!

So we did what any veteran DIS traveler would do – break out the Disney ponchos.
We always come prepared as Mom has collected durable Disney ponchos over the years that are always in the bottom of the stroller for just such an occasion.
Everyone donned their poncho and we decided to turn X into the Bubble Boy by wrapping him into the stroller.







Then, we headed to the handicapped access to the pavilion with the ramp and all stormed out into the night.
Buckets drenched us from head to toe and we had to literally wade through HUUUUGE puddles at the end of the ramp.
Luckily we were simply heading next door.
The CM’s let us fold up the stroller and keep it inside so we got out of our ponchos and checked in.
The place was deserted due to the rain and we were earlier than our ADR.
I had originally planned to eat by the window and then cap off the meal by watching Illuminations from our seats.
But we had expected to walk a bit after Mexico and that changed with the rains.
So with Illuminations most likely canceled for the evening, we decided to eat early and head home.

The restaurant inside is very picturesque and has a nice ambiance.
And since I found a logo for the new restaurant, I had some more fun with Photoshop…




After perusing the pretty menus, we decided there was too much to choose from!
So we started with a margaria flight!!




The flight has some interesting tastes in it like the Orange Mango Fire, Mango Bluberry Basil, Rosita, and Lime Raspberry.
Very yummy.
Then it was on to the food!
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:58 PM   #458
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La Hacienda de San Angel

For appetizers, I got the Queso Fundito. Mmmm – lots and lots and lots of cheese!!
And very, very filling.


Mom got the Botana – a sampling of Mexican favorites: chicken tostado, Chilorio sope (marinated pork), and cheese empanada.
She really enjoyed it.


J went with the Taquiza - taco trio featuring Rib eye taco with chipolte salsa, roasted chicken taco with salsa verde, and Chilorio (marinated pork) taco.
We ended up splitting the queso and taquiza.
Very yummy…


It was almost time for dinner and we were almost full already.
The Princess ordered chicken tacos.


X went with chicken fingers


And DS ordered a taco with no meat (re: quesadilla) since a quesadilla wasn’t on the menu.


Mom ordered the Tacos de Camarones - Fried shrimp, chipotle-lime aioli, cabbage, lime and salsa verde, all served over flour tortillas.
She was in heaven.


J and I had fun and went with the house special – La Hacienda:
Mixed grill offering flank steak, chicken al pastor, chorizo and vegetables, served with beans and fresh salsas
Oh my was this a lot of food.
But it was really, really good.


Next was dessert – gotta love the Deluxe Dining Plan.
We were stuffed.
But the boys got ice cream and found a way to finish it.
X’s came with a candle as the restaurant sang him Happy Birthday!










Mom went with the Tamal de Dulce - sweet tamal filled with guava, topped with strawberry coulis


The Princess ordered caramel churros…


And J and I ordered Crema de Chocolate "Abuelita" - Chocolate custard served with crunchy bunuelo strips and caramel syrup


We were stuffed but we had a great time.
The only negative was that the service was really, really, slow.
Dinner went for about 2 hours and we were basically the only people in the restaurant.
Not sure why it took so long if it wasn’t busy but we’d definitely try it again.
But before we go, how about some more details…










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Illuminations

After dinner it was late – about 8:45.
We packed everything up and peeked outside.
Suprisingly, no rain.
We wandered out in the pathways of World Showcase.
The deck of Cantina de San Angel was packed with people avoiding the raining and now sitting for Illuminations.
Wait a second!
No more rain. The park was cleared. What a PERFECT time for the kids to see their first Illuminations.
We wandered around the lagoon and found a spot right near the Duffy Gazebo.
With ten minutes to Illuminations.
That rain had surely emptied the park.
We parked there and waited a bit and then the park went black and the torches were lit.
We had a perfect view when the globe moved forward – it was basically right in front of us.
I was hoping this would help the kids appreciate it since they could actually see it.


Once the “boring” part (as the kids called it) concluded, the sky was ablaze.
















Mom had headed to the Picture Center to pick up our free Disney VISA 5x7.
On her way back, she had an entirely different angle of the fireworks.
Here’s what she got on her way back…








Mom finally rejoined us in time for the finale.
But, as once might expect, X didn’t make it through the show.


The other two kids were pretty tired and didn’t really appreciate it.
I know lots of people love Illuminations and I like the fireworks as well but I’d take Wishes or Fantasmic over them if I had to choose.
And I miss the Tapesty of Nations parade.

On the way out of the park, I tried to get some neat pictures of Spaceship Earth after the storm…






J went in for some closer (albeit blurrier) shots...




And that was it as Day Four came to a close.
Seems like a very long day now that I recap it.
But we had lots more to do and we'd be coming back to Epcot tomorrow!
Stay tuned!

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Old 05-08-2012, 09:34 PM   #460
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So we did what any veteran DIS traveler would do – break out the Disney ponchos.

We always come prepared as Mom has collected durable Disney ponchos over the years that are always in the bottom of the stroller for just such an occasion.



In case it hasn't been mentioned before, my first trip to Disney was in 1994, after graduating college. I bought a poncho then and had it folded up in the
bottom of my backpack ever since. Note the difference in the opening on mine compared to Mike's. His actually has a zipper. Mine doesn't, and had
been slightly torn back in '94. Well, it didn't survive the night.

Given the torrential downpour outside and me running out first to get the door open so everyone else could just scoot inside the restaurant (which was
ACROSS the way which, tonight, seemed about as big as Lake Michigan), not just next door, thankyouverymuch , I was holding the hood with one
hand, lest it fly back and render the poncho 100% worthless. Well, in those few seconds, it split down the front even further.

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After perusing the pretty menus, we decided there was too much to choose from!

So we started with a margaria flight!!



The flight has some interesting tastes in it like the Orange Mango Fire, Mango Bluberry Basil, Rosita, and Lime Raspberry.
Very yummy.
Then it was on to the food!
None of us are particularly huge drinkers, but we each like margaritas among those things which we will drink. So, yeah, why not give this a shot between
the three of us. Gives us a good taste of several varieties without even the chance of it hitting us. (Even less so given the crazy-slow service Mike
mentioned.)

Here's the descriptions of the drinks though, in preference order (from favorite to least, with their positions within the flight indicated, hopefully correctly):

Lime Rasberry Margarita (#4) - El Mayor premium Tequila, orange liqueur, rasberry, fresh lime juice, agave nectar syrup, served on the rocks with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim.

Classic Margarita (#5) - El Mayor premium silver Tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, agave nectar syrup, served on the rocks with a cactus lemongrass salt rim

Rosita Margarita (#2) - El Mayor Premium silver Tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, rose syrup with hibiscus salt on the rim
(The rose syrup would take some getting used to, but it was ok.)

Mango Blueberry Basil Margarita (#1) - El Mayor premium silver Tequila, coconut rum, orange juice, mango, blueberries, basil, served on the
rocks with a hibiscus salt rim.
(Blueberry in a margarita is just strange.)

Orange Mango Fire Margarita (#3) - El Mayor premium Tequila, ginger liqueur, orange juice, mango, fresh lime juice, a hint of tabasco sauce,
served on the rocks with a Tajin chili powder rim
(While I don't mind the heat of tabasco , it is SO not a good flavor for a drink!)
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For appetizers, I got the Queso Fundito. Mmmm – lots and lots and lots of cheese!!
And very, very filling.


J went with the Taquiza - taco trio featuring Rib eye taco with chipolte salsa, roasted chicken taco with salsa verde, and Chilorio (marinated pork) taco.
We ended up splitting the queso and taquiza.
Very yummy…
Wow, talk about stuffed already. We didn't finish off the queso, but Mike didn't let the waiter take it away. He was going to continue with that for as
long as he possibly could. I knew I needed some more room, but had no idea just how much more was coming!

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J and I had fun and went with the house special – La Hacienda:
Mixed grill offering flank steak, chicken al pastor, chorizo and vegetables, served with beans and fresh salsas
Oh my was this a lot of food.
But it was really, really good.
(Notice our sly framing for this photo to give a hidden Mickey?)

The chicken was ok as were the veggies, and the steak was too rare for my preference, but OMG the chorizo was GREAT! Yes, please, I'll
have some more of that anytime.

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Next was dessert – gotta love the Deluxe Dining Plan.
We were stuffed.
But the boys got ice cream and found a way to finish it.
X’s came with a candle as the restaurant sang him Happy Birthday!

Great as this photo is, it actually doesn't quite do justice to just how thrilled X was when they came out singing Happy Birthday for him.

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And J and I ordered Crema de Chocolate "Abuelita" - Chocolate custard served with crunchy bunuelo strips and caramel syrup


We were stuffed but we had a great time.
Mike didn't particularly like this (I think he stopped after maybe 1-2 spoons). I thought it was ok, and definitely gave it a bit more (I think I had about half
or so of it). The consistency was not something I was used to, and the blueberries with the chocolate just don't work for me.

Slow as the service was, though, it was a very good meal with the gang. If you get the chance, give this place a shot. Just make sure you aren't tight for time on the other end.
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Mike didn't particularly like this (I think he stopped after maybe 1-2 spoons). I thought it was ok, and definitely gave it a bit more (I think I had about half
or so of it). The consistency was not something I was used to, and the blueberries with the chocolate just don't work for me.
I think the problem was I was full.
I did gorge on the Queso and didn't leave much room.
As for the main course, I liked the steak alot and left J with most of the chorizos.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:14 AM   #463
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Great reviews gentlemen! Your pictures look so good its making me hungry

We went there in Feb (also on a very rainy night) and found it very slow too but I agree that it is worth going back.
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Great reviews gentlemen! Your pictures look so good its making me hungry

We went there in Feb (also on a very rainy night) and found it very slow too but I agree that it is worth going back.
It's funny - it is owned and operated by the same company as San Angel Inn and that is also very slow yet worth going back with the new menu.
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I so wish I could see your pictures right now.

The rita flight sounds delish! I actually didn't know they had rita flights there. Good to know!

I've eaten there a few times and I really do enjoy the food and the ambiance. I had the shrimp tacos once and really enjoyed them. Desserts all sound amazing.

Yeah for a great spot to watch Illuminations. Sorry it was lost on the kids. It's one of those shows that has really grown on me the more I watch it.

Be back later for pics!
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