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Old 12-13-2011, 03:38 PM   #76
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Day 3 – Part 7

About 6:00 PM we took the boat to Epcot.







Normally, we would have walked, but the boat was just coming over, so we decided to ride.

Our ADR for dinner at the Garden Grill was for 7:05 PM, so we had a little time and we were able to ride Figment.







The gift shop outside Figment had Vinylmation trade so DS traded.



Some fountain photos.







Then we rode Nemo.



And then went to check in at Garden Grill



This place was very crowded and even though we had a reservation, they told us the wait would be about 20 minutes. There were many people trying to get in without an ADR and they were told that the wait for them would be 2 hours. We waited exactly 20 minutes





And then we were seated. I just loved our booth. It was a half circle and it faced towards the outside of the restaurant, so you didn’t really see any other guests. So you kinda felt like you had the place to yourselves. And another cool thing about the restaurant ?? It rotates. A full revolution in an hour. So cool.

We sat down, ordered drinks and the characters started coming right away.

The kids with Dale







I should have set the camera on sports setting because the photos I got here were kind blurry because the kids and the characters were always moving and interacting. We got great character interaction here and the kids really enjoyed them.

The waiter brought out the salad



I liked it OK. It had too much dressing for me. But I like just a TINY bit of dressing, so for most people this would be fine.

Bread. Yeast rolls (yum) and Whole grain rolls (meh). And I usually love breads with grains in them, but these were kinda dry and didn't have much taste.



I ordered a Pinot Grigio.



Farmer Mickey !!



Chip !!





Pluto !!




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Old 12-13-2011, 06:33 PM   #77
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Yay for stopping by Figment! It makes me sad that that ride is usually so deserted, it's so fun!

Awww Garden Grove!! I remember going there YEARS ago with my parents, it is really fun how the restaurant rotates!
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:35 PM   #78
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Yay for stopping by Figment! It makes me sad that that ride is usually so deserted, it's so fun!

Awww Garden Grove!! I remember going there YEARS ago with my parents, it is really fun how the restaurant rotates!
We love Figment !! Have to do it every time we go !! Yes, we loved the restaurant. Very enjoyable for our family that night. Thanksgiving was the PERFECT night to go.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:08 PM   #79
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I love Epcot at night! I honestly think I prefer Epcot at night over the Magic Kingdom at night.

I love the Garden Grill restaurant. I think it's really the fact that it rotates that makes it so fun. We're so easily amused, aren't we?
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Love Farmer Mickey!!!!! I'm totally going to have to go there just for that!
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:22 AM   #81
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Glad yall had a great time at Garden Grill! That looks like an awesome place.
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:23 AM   #82
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I love Epcot at night! I honestly think I prefer Epcot at night over the Magic Kingdom at night.

I love the Garden Grill restaurant. I think it's really the fact that it rotates that makes it so fun. We're so easily amused, aren't we?
I love the parks at night. We don't do that nearly enough since we are usually so tired by then.

Well I know that I am easily amused. It's nice to have such good company to be easily amused with me.


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Love Farmer Mickey!!!!! I'm totally going to have to go there just for that!
Character interaction here was really fun. I thought you had been there.

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Glad yall had a great time at Garden Grill! That looks like an awesome place.
We loved it. More food Garden Grill food porn coming up !!
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Old 12-14-2011, 02:11 PM   #83
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Day 3 – Part 8

We chose this restaurant on this day specifically for its menu which was an all you can eat Harvest Feast. This consisted of Turkey and Gravy with stuffing and mashed potatoes, Beef Tenderloin and mixed veggies, and Mahi-Mahi with rice. Oh and there was some cranberry sauce as well.



So a breakdown of this. Turkey, potatoes and stuffing – yum. Beef tenderloin cooked a perfect medium and veggies – yum. I liked this best. And then the Mahi-mahi. It was good, but not a s good as the other things.

We REALLY enjoyed this meal - DH especially. What made it the most special for us was this was Thanksgiving day and it was close to a Thanksgiving feast. And the best part ?? We didn’t have to cook.
For the kids meal, DD got a baked chicken leg, mac and cheese, broccoli, and some sweet potato fries. I had the broccoli and some of the fries.



She ate good here and DS was super jealous of her chicken leg so the waiter brought him some. We got excellent service here.

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There’s a hidden Mickey in the above photo. Can you find it ??

The characters came by again.















For dessert, they brought out some kid of berry cobbler which was VERY good.



DD got some Mickey Mousse. It was cookies and cream mousse with sprinkles and oreo cookies. She really enjoyed it.

For the Thanksgiving occasion, they also brought out pumpkin/sweet potato tarts



We enjoyed these as well. I would highly recommend the restaurant. We really liked it !!

After dinner, we headed over to World Showcase. We had ten minutes before Illuminations started. Looks like I timed our ADR just right !!



We got a decent spot just between Canada and the UK and settled in to enjoy the show.

















It was an awesome show and we just walked back to the Boardwalk since the line for the boat was so long. We settled into bed and watched football and got ready for our next day. Which was our Epcot day !! Another exciting thing about this day was my BFF arrived that night and she and her DD would be joining us at Epcot the next day. So we were excited to see them and spend some time with them.
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I so want to eat at Garden Grill right.now! It looks scrumptious. Definitely on the "to do" list! You got amazing pictures of Illuminations! I have never gotten good shots of this show.
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I so want to eat at Garden Grill right.now! It looks scrumptious. Definitely on the "to do" list! You got amazing pictures of Illuminations! I have never gotten good shots of this show.
DH took those photos. I bet your new camera would take awesome Illuminations photos !! We really enjoyed the Garden Grill. It was DH's top fav for our trip !!
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I didn't realize this was Thanksgiving night at Garden Grill! What a great idea! It looks like you guys had a great meal there! And I love that they gave out little pies, how cute!

Fabulous Illuminations photos!!
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I didn't realize this was Thanksgiving night at Garden Grill! What a great idea! It looks like you guys had a great meal there! And I love that they gave out little pies, how cute!

Fabulous Illuminations photos!!
We really loved our dinner there and it really was perfect for Thanksgiving. DH was very skeptical, but very pleased with dinner. The pies were sooo good. I think they did those just for Thanksgiving. The cobbler was very good as well. We would definitely go back !!
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Love your trip report so far. DH and I are staying in a preferred studio at bwv this coming April. Your pictures make me so excited!
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Wow .. that food looks amazing !!
I haven't eaten there .. but it looks like a lot of fun.

Great pics and TR !
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Love your trip report so far. DH and I are staying in a preferred studio at bwv this coming April. Your pictures make me so excited!
Thanks so much for reading and stopping by. You will LOVE the Boardwalk. It is so right in the middle of everything. We loved it so much and definitely plan to go back.

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I haven't eaten there .. but it looks like a lot of fun.

Great pics and TR !
Food and service were excellent. We very much enjoyed our dinner there. You should definitely put it on your list !!

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