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Old 10-01-2012, 04:51 PM   #16
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That is not good news for DH about the three hour parking. He always has two friends who live in the area drive over on Sunday and meet him at ESPN Zone. They stay there watching football allll dayyy, from like 11 am to 6 pm, if not longer. Not sure how that is going to work if they are only going to be allowed to park for three hours.

I wonder if we could valet park at the Swan or Dolphin and walk or take the boat over?
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:52 PM   #17
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Parking was the actual issue. My father told the security guard that he was going to ESPN and the guard told him that he only had three hours. They had a security guard monitoring the parking across the street behind the Hess station.

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The cuddler was just ok. It didn't have much taste.

The pumpkin mousse was small, however we felt it was the perfect size to allow us not to over indulge! It was delicious! The size actually didn't bother us. My sister and I shared it.

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Old 10-01-2012, 05:51 PM   #18
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Ha ha we must have the same taste in food because the majority of food you listed is on my list as well.

So what was your favorite item and why ?
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:37 PM   #19
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Park at DDD and take the bus to Boardwalk. Lots of space by Cirque d'soleil
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:39 PM   #20
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Or park at DHS and take the boat over to the IG entrance of Epcot.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:26 PM   #21
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Or park at DHS and take the boat over to the IG entrance of Epcot.
This is what my parents ended up doing.
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Personally I was very glad they clamped down on parking abuse. I could actually find a spot this weekend near my hotel (BCV) which has been an issue in the past.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:09 PM   #23
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I don't understand the aversion to parking at Epcot. I am glad they are limiting parking at the nearby resorts. BWV parking is bad enough for self-park. They have to ensure there is enough for the resort guests.
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That is not good news for DH about the three hour parking. He always has two friends who live in the area drive over on Sunday and meet him at ESPN Zone. They stay there watching football allll dayyy, from like 11 am to 6 pm, if not longer. Not sure how that is going to work if they are only going to be allowed to park for three hours.
They can pay for valet parking or park in the DHS lot and take the Friendship boat or walk to the Boardwalk.

I'm also glad they are restricting the parking lots at the Epcot resorts.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:33 AM   #25
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How is the zapiekanki-etc etc? I want to try it but though I have seen pictures of it, I am not sure what it will taste it. Care to give me a taste review?
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:39 AM   #26
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So if people use valet parking at Boardwalk they can park longer than three hours? I mean, DH's friends aren't trying to get free parking to go to one of the parks. They would be Boardwalk resort guests in that they are paying customers at a restaurant at the resort. ESPN Zone should validate parking for their customers so they can show the parking attendants that they really were there eating/watching football for x amount of hours, and not getting free parking for the food and wine festival. Just curious, how does Disney even enforce the parking? If the resort says, ok you are dining at ESPN Zone so you can park for three hours max, what happens if they didn't go back in three hours? Do they get towed? How much grace period do they get, assuming there is one? 15 minutes? It's sad because as far as I know, it's never been an issue any other year. DH's friends have always just explained they were going to ESPN Zone and have stayed there all day watching football and eating and drinking. Have never heard them say they got in trouble for parking there too many hours. Guess I will suggest Downtown Disney parking and taking the bus to Boardwalk from there.
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Yeah you will not be able to park at BCV, we wanted to go to Beaches n Cream with the 8 year old for dinner and they would not let us in to park at all. Said we had to park at front of Epcot and walk thru park or take a bus.

The kid was upset he really wanted a hamburger for dinner from Beaches n Cream.

I understand why they do it, we have stayed at BCV in october in past years and I appreciate having a parking space when I get home.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:10 AM   #28
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Yeah you will not be able to park at BCV, we wanted to go to Beaches n Cream with the 8 year old for dinner and they would not let us in to park at all. Said we had to park at front of Epcot and walk thru park or take a bus.

The kid was upset he really wanted a hamburger for dinner from Beaches n Cream.

I understand why they do it, we have stayed at BCV in october in past years and I appreciate having a parking space when I get home.
I guess it goes both ways. People expect a parking spot when they get back to their resort for the day but people also expect a parking spot when they are going to eat somewhere. I don't want to go to Olive Garden and be told I have to park in the Best Buy parking lot down the street and then take a cab or walk to Olive Garden. Nor do I think I should have to pay for parking someplace else and then take a cab/walk to Olive Garden which it sounds like Disney is basically asking people to do. I guess that is how they make up for some of the cost of free dining, lol!
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:21 AM   #29
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Park at DDD and take the bus to Boardwalk. Lots of space by Cirque d'soleil
The problem with doing this is that the Epcot resort buses from DTD stop at all five Epcot resorts in this order: Swan, Dolphin, Yacht Club, Beach Club and Boardwalk. It will also stop at Typhoon Lagoon if that park is open. Allow a LOT of time for doing this.

They give out a 3 hour parking pass. The way it is supposed to work is that the cars are checked either for the parking pass with the time on it, or for parking passes that are issued to guests of the resort. If the car has neither, or the time has run out on the timed parking pass, the car could be removed from the lot. This way you get a parking spot if you are going to eat somewhere - for 3 hours. This ensures the guest is using the lot to go into the resort and eat, and not to eat and then go to the park. Unfortunately it does not take spending the day watching football at ESPN into consideration.

Valet parking would work, if it is available and the valet lot is not full.
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Oh well, it's not my problem. DH's friends will have to figure it out. Just going to be a pain cuz ESPN will not seat a party until everyone in the party is present. So they are going to have to allow a lot of time to get to ESPN by 11:00 (which is when ESPN starts seating the long line of people gathered outside waiting to watch football) in case they have to park someplace else and take a bus/walk. While they are dealing with all that nonsense I will be enjoying me time in the parks/DTD!
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