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Old 10-20-2012, 03:54 PM   #1156
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It used to be El Pirata Y El Perico, but taco salad at Tortuga Tavern is not the same thing. The only topping I put on tacos is cheese and I loved being able to put as much as I wanted from the toppings bar. I guess second choice would be Pinocchio for atmosphere, pizza, and gelato. DH second choice would be Columbia Harbour House.
Tortuga is on our list this time. I really want to try the nachos from the QS in Mexico. Every time I see them on a dining report I want to lick my computer screen.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:26 PM   #1157
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i really like the QS in Mexico too. I got quesadillas and tortilla chips
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:33 PM   #1158
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What is your "can't miss" counter service restaurant for your April trip?

I have so many favorites and of course the BOG QS is on my list, but I have to get to Yourshire County Fish Shop for some fish and chips while hanging out in England listening to some fun music.
I always loved Sunshine Seasons as a kid, we ate there everytime we went to Epcot. But DH refuses to eat CS at all so not sure I'll ever get to go again

I also wouldn't mind trying the CS at BoG, but we're already doing dinner there.
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But DH refuses to eat CS at all so not sure I'll ever get to go again
No CS??? Wow! We're actually looking forward to this trip and only having one ADR. I think it will be nice to not schedule our day around ressies.
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No CS??? Wow! We're actually looking forward to this trip and only having one ADR. I think it will be nice to not schedule our day around ressies.
Yeah, when we went (for the first time as a family) in 2008, DH talked me into doing the DxDP, but I thought (like most people do) that 3 ADRs a day was too much, so I only booked 2 most days, and even a couple of days with only 1. Just about every time we ate CS, it was pretty much a disaster. We spent so much time standing in line, waiting for food, hunting for a table, etc, that it really wasn't any faster than TS, and we left feeling frazzled and stressed instead of rested and refreshed. DH said after that trip that he never wanted to eat CS again.

I sort of "cheated" a little on our 2010 trip, since the food court at CBR made a really convenient early-breakfast option. And really I thought it was fine - the food was decent and it was quick. But it still made him grumpy, so I promised that on this trip there would be nothing, not even single one, that was even remotely close to being CS

We actually eat out a LOT at home (way more than we should) but we never eat fast food. It's literally been years and years since I set foot in a McDonald's or Burger King type place. And as far as DH is concerned, CS is no different than fast food. If I don't make him eat it at home, why in the world would we eat it on vacation?

There are a few CS places that I really wouldn't mind eating at, but I have to say, I really have never minded being tied down to an ADR. It becomes part of the trip that we really look forward to, and having something with a set time helps me structure our day so we don't fall into a lull and wander aimlessly
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I think my one not to be missed CS place is Sunshine Seasons. There's so much variety, and everything I've tried is delicious!
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:38 AM   #1162
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How about a little Saturday discussion?

What is your "can't miss" counter service restaurant for your April trip?

I have so many favorites and of course the BOG QS is on my list, but I have to get to Yourshire County Fish Shop for some fish and chips while hanging out in England listening to some fun music.
My absolute hands down favorite CS meal is in Morocco at the Tangierine Café. The vegetarian dish as well as the chicken shawarma are very, very good. I am not a vegetarian but everything on the plate is good: couscous salad, hummus, falafel, lentil salad and tabouleh with a naan type of bread. We always ask for extra tatziki for dipping.
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I always loved Sunshine Seasons as a kid, we ate there everytime we went to Epcot. But DH refuses to eat CS at all so not sure I'll ever get to go again

I also wouldn't mind trying the CS at BoG, but we're already doing dinner there.
We're going a group of 9 and with so many of us and 5 kids we are only doing a couple of ADRs (The kids love Teppan Edo) with the group. It's just easier and much more cost efficient. Also, 3 of the kids are just not big eaters, and planning stoppages in park time for meals is too much hassle.

The adults (DW and I and DSIL and hubby) are going to make a few dinner ADRs and take turns hanging by the pool with the kids so the other couple can have a night out.
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I think my one not to be missed CS place is Sunshine Seasons. There's so much variety, and everything I've tried is delicious!
I secong this one!

We usually get there first thing at rope drop. Get a fast pass right away and ride soaring. Then we have breakfast at SS and ride soarin again!
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I'd say Sunshine Seasons is the best CS. One time we had dinner there and we all had salmon. It was delicious!!
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:39 AM   #1166
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I haven't been to Disney in so long, I have no idea what our must dos and must not misses are...or will be!
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:19 AM   #1167
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DS 12 and DD "Alice Royal" 17 are going to AoA from April 20th through April 26th.
I can't wait to see the new Art of Animation resort we will be staying in the cars section. We are from NH and waiting for flights to open up to book on SW and make our ADR's.
Looking forward to eating/trying new restaurants at all theme parks.

My favorite CS would be sunshine seasons too because of all the different food choices. But I am also looking forward to trying several different types of cupcakes I have see on some food boards. Look so good!
I also can't wait to see the new FantasyLand in Magic Kingdom.
I am a thrill ride junkie and love all of them at Disney. But I also love the classic rides too.
I think I love Disney so much because I always feel like a kid again when I visit the world.
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No CS??? Wow! We're actually looking forward to this trip and only having one ADR. I think it will be nice to not schedule our day around ressies.
Agreed! We never make tons of ADRs...the most we've ever done is two on one trip. It's so nice not to have to worry about running around trying to make a dinner reservation.
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My absolute hands down favorite CS meal is in Morocco at the Tangierine Café. The vegetarian dish as well as the chicken shawarma are very, very good. I am not a vegetarian but everything on the plate is good: couscous salad, hummus, falafel, lentil salad and tabouleh with a naan type of bread. We always ask for extra tatziki for dipping.
The Chicken Shwarma platter is definitely on my "to do" list this trip.

I'm thinking we're going to be glad we're not having to schedule around ADRs this trip. We always took advantage of the lax return time on fastpasses. Now that they are enforcing the return window I think that's going to be my biggest headache.
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Booked my return flight!!

so after all the hemming & hawing I've been doing about airfare and desperately awaiting SW to release their flights tomorrow........ I ended up just booking our return flight on AT. This is the flight I was most concerned about because it's the Sunday after school vacation and historically fares are always super high. And we really didn't want to have to deal with flying into NH or a flight with a layover (You know when you're on your way home from vac. you just want to get the hell home, kwim?) but that's what I resigned myself to having to do b/c I figured we'd never get a decent price on a nonstop into Boston on that day. Well, after reading a thread on the Transp. board where someone posted their AT flight had just gone down, I frantically logged in and the *one* non-stop flight AT has had gone down to just over $200/pp. so I grabbed it! I had a $340 credit to use as well so came to just over $500. I can live with that and feel a huge weight off my shoulders. Of course tomorrow SW will probably come out with something for like $100/pp. and put a damper on my enthusiasm, lol.
Now I just have to work on a flight down but that's not as concerning because I have more options - I don't mind driving to NH for that one and we are more flexible in the times we can go. On the way home we couldn't do any early a.m. flights because we'll be getting off the cruise. And hopefully I'll be able to take a big chunk out of the $$ for the flight down with my SW points.
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