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Old 11-18-2013, 10:07 PM   #1
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Am I "crazy" to not book a TS at Epcot?

I just keep seeing so many yummy CS options that would be much more fun to explore, especially with 5 adults.

But will I ultimately regret not eating at Teppan Edo? Or Coral Reef? Rose & Crown? La Hacienda de San Angel? UGH - why are there are so many good options at Epcot??
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:12 PM   #2
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It's about having fun and pleasing yourself and your party. So long as you do that, I think you'll be fine. Out of curiousity, where are you going?
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:22 PM   #3
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You mean when?
We are discussing Feb 2014 right now
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:55 PM   #4
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We've had two TS meals at Epcot, and both were gross. Coral Reef and Via Napoli. At CR we had the vegetarian option that isn't on the menu anymore, and at VN we had the margherita pizza.


We prefer Sunshine Seasons and the occasional dessert in France and/or Norway. No TS means more room for a beer and/or a Grand Marnier slushie, too.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:30 AM   #5
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We've only ever done 3 TS in Epcot...one was horrible and the other 2 were ok but nothing great. San Angel Inn...food wasn't very good and we had the absolute worst service we've ever had anywhere...I wish I would have written down his name...he was horrible. We weren't real impressed with Coral Reef but it wasnt bad and Garden Grill was ok. We prefer to head to the boardwalk area.
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Old 11-19-2013, 04:06 AM   #6
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Epcot is our favorite place to NOT book a TS meal.

My son always gets fish and chips in the UK and Crepes and icecream in France while I love to get a sandwich in the French bakery. My husband loves the Tangierene Cafe in Morocco. When we hit Norway, we head to the Kringla Bakeri.

When we are in Future World we love to eat at Sunshine Seasons.
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:33 AM   #7
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I just keep seeing so many yummy CS options that would be much more fun to explore, especially with 5 adults.

But will I ultimately regret not eating at Teppan Edo? Or Coral Reef? Rose & Crown? La Hacienda de San Angel? UGH - why are there are so many good options at Epcot??
Via Napoli is delicious & I have never been disappointed. You can order a large pizza & split it between your party. Service was wonderful, never let our drinks get to low.
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:45 AM   #8
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Are you crazy? I am not sure about that one! Lol!

But I see nothing wrong with not booking at TS and if you find you want to get on line or head to concierge in the morning and see what is available!

Have fun and enjoy!
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:11 AM   #9
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It all depends on your tastes. Here are my picks for Epcot TS:

Biergarten- http://yohoyohobloggerslifeforme.blo...ot-review.html

Tutto Italia- http://yohoyohobloggerslifeforme.blo...view-pics.html
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:21 AM   #10
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I just got back from a 13 night trip with no TS at all. I can honestly say EPCOT is one of the best places to not do a TS. I do love Via Napoli and have also had great meals at the Chinese resturant but honestly you don't need to go to TS to get great food. This trip I tried Norway (amaizng desert but not fused on the Sandwich), Mexico (fantastic Empanadas mmmm), Japan (very messy but yummy noodles), USA (fairly decent steak) and France (amazing cheese & pastry). There are just so many options and all are tasty. I actually was disappointed with Sunshine Seasons however this trip and wish I had either done Tangerine Cafe or Lotus Blossom instead!
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Here's my list!

THEME PARKS
  • ANIMAL KINGDOM PARK
    • Flame Tree BBQ
    • Pizzafari
    • Rainforest Cafe
    • Restaurantosaurus
    • Tusker House
    • Yak & Yeti Counter Service
    • Yak & Yeti

  • Disney's Hollywood Studios
    • '50s Prime Time Cafe
    • ABC Commissary
    • Backlot Express
    • Brown Derby
    • Catalina Eddie's
    • Fairfax Fare
    • Hollywood & Vine
    • Mama Melrose's
    • Min & Bill's Dockside Diner
    • Rosie's All-American Cafe
    • Sci-Fi Dine-In
    • Starring Rolls Cafe
    • Studio Catering Company
    • Toluca Legs Turkey Company
    • Toy Story Pizza Planet

  • Epcot
    • Coral Reef (Living Seas)
    • Electric Umbrella
    • Fountainview (Starbucks)
    • Garden Grill (The Land)
    • Sunshine Seasons (The Land)
    • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway)
    • Biergarten (Germany)
    • Boulangerie Patisserie (France)
    • Chefs de France (France)
    • Fife & Drum (American Adventure)
    • Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party
    • Katsura Grill (Japan)
    • Kringla Bakeri og Cafe (Norway)
    • La Cantina de San Angel (Mexico)
    • La Hacienda de San Angel (Mexico)
    • Le Cellier (Canada)
    • Liberty Inn (American Adventure)
    • Lotus Blossom Cafe (China)
    • Monsieur Paul (France)
    • Nine Dragons (China)
    • Restaurant Marrakesh (Morocco)
    • Rose and Crown (United Kingdom)
    • San Angel Inn (Mexico)
    • Sommerfest (Germany)
    • Spice Road (Morocco)
    • Tangierine Cafe (Morocco)
    • Teppan Edo (Japan)
    • Tokyo Dining (Japan)
    • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (Italy)
    • Tutto Italia (Italy)
    • Via Napoli (Italy)
    • Yorkshire County Fish Shop (United Kingdom)

  • Epcot Food & Wine Festival
    • Argentina
    • Australia
    • Belgium
    • Brewer's Collection
    • Canada
    • Caribbean Islands
    • Cheese
    • China
    • Craft Beers
    • Desserts & Champagne
    • Florida
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hawaii
    • Hops & Barley
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Mexico
    • Morocco
    • New Zealand
    • Poland
    • Party for the Senses
    • Scandinavia
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • Terra

  • Epcot Food & Garden Festival
    • Buttercup Cottage
    • Fleur De lys
    • Florida Fresh
    • Hanami
    • Intermissions Cafe
    • Jardin De Fiestas
    • Lotus House
    • Pineapple Promenade
    • Primavera Kitchen
    • The Smokehouse
    • Taste of Marrakesh
    • Urban Farm Eats

  • Magic Kingdom
    • Be Our Guest Lunch (Fantasyland)
    • Be Our Guest Dinner (Fantasyland)
    • Casey's Corner (Main Street USA)
    • Cinderella's Royal Table (Fantasyland)
    • Columbia Harbour House (Liberty Square)
    • Cosmic Ray's (Tomorrowland)
    • The Crystal Palace (Adventureland)
    • Diamond Horseshoe Review (Frontierland)
    • The Friar's Nook (Fantasyland)
    • Gaston's Tavern (Fantasyland)
    • Golden Oak Outpost (Frontierland)
    • Liberty Tree Tavern (Liberty Square)
    • The Lunching Pad (Tomorrowland)
    • Main Street Bakery (Starbucks)
    • Pecos Bill's (Frontierland)
    • Pinnochio Village Haus (Fantasyland)
    • The Plaza Restaurant (Main Street USA)
    • Sleepy Hollow
    • Tomorrowland Terrace (Tomorrowland)
    • Tomorrowland Terrace Wishes Dessert Party (Tomorrowland)
    • Tony's Town Square (Main Street USA)
    • Tortuga Tavern (Adventureland)
    • Frontierland Turkey Leg Cart
Water Parks
  • Blizzard Beach
    • Avalunch
    • The Cooling Hut
    • Lottawatta Lodge
    • The Warming Hut

  • Typhoon Lagoon
    • Leaning Palms
    • Lowtide Lou's
    • Surf Doggies
    • Typhoon Tilly's
Downtown Disney
  • Marketplace
    • babycakesNYC
    • Bodie's All American
    • Earl of Sandwich
    • Fulton's Crab House
    • Ghirardelli's
    • Marketplace Snacks
    • Pollo Campero
    • Rainforest Cafe
    • T-Rex
    • Wolfgang Puck Express

  • Pleasure Island
    • Cooke's of Dublin
    • Paradiso 37
    • Planet Hollywood
    • Portobello
    • Raglan Road

  • West Side
    • AMC 24 Pleasure Island Dining
    • Bongo's Cuban Cafe
    • Crossroads at House of Blues
    • Crossroads at House of Blues Sunday Brunch
    • Foodquest
    • Splitsville
    • Smokehouse at House of Blues
    • Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
    • The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
    • Wolfgang Puck Express

  • West Side Food Trucks
    • Fantasy Fare truck
    • Namaste Cafe truck
    • Superstar Catering truck
    • World Showcase of Flavors truck
Wide World of Sports
    • ESPN Grill
Resorts
  • All Star Movies
    • World Premiere

  • All Star Music
    • Intermission

  • All Star Sports
    • End Zone

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Boma Flavors of Africa
    • Jiko – The Cooking Place
    • The Mara
    • Sanaa

  • Art of Animation
    • Landscapes of Flavors

  • Beach Club
    • Beach Club Marketplace
    • Beaches and Cream
    • Cape May Cafe
    • Hurricane Hanna's

  • Boardwalk
    • Big River Grille & Brewing Works
    • Boardwalk Bakery
    • Boardwalk Pizza Window
    • ESPN Club
    • Flying Fish
    • Kouzzina

  • Caribbean Beach
    • Old Port Royale
    • Shutters

  • Contemporary
    • California Grill
    • Chef Mickey's
    • Contempo Cafe
    • The Wave
    • Top of the World Lounge

  • Coronado Springs
    • Cafe Rix
    • Laguna Bar
    • Maya Grill
    • Pepper Market
    • Siesta's

  • Walt Disney World Dolphin
    • Cabana Bar and Beach Club
    • The Fountain
    • Fresh Mediterranean Market
    • Picabu Buffeteria
    • Shula's Steakhouse
    • Todd English's bluezoo

  • Fort Wilderness
    • Crockett's Tavern
    • Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review
    • Meadows Snack Bar
    • Mickey's Backyard BBQ
    • Trail's End Restaurant

  • Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
    • 1900 Park Fare
    • Citrico's
    • Garden View Lounge Afternoon Tea
    • Gasparilla Island Grill
    • Grand Floridian Cafe
    • Mizner's Lounge
    • My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea
    • Narcoossee's
    • Pool Bar
    • Victoria and Albert's

  • Old Key West
    • Goods to Go
    • Olivia's
    • Turtle Shack

  • Polynesian
    • Captain Cook's Snack Company
    • Kona Cafe
    • Kona Island Sushi Counter
    • 'Ohana
    • Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau
    • TambuLounge

  • Pop Century
    • Everything Pop

  • Port Orleans
    • Boatwright's
    • Riverside Mill Food Court
    • Sassagoula Flotworks & Food Factory

  • Saratoga Springs
    • Artist's Palette
    • Grandstand Pool Bar
    • Paddock Pool Grill
    • Turf Club

  • Walt Disney World Swan
    • Garden Grove Cafe
    • Il Mulino New York Trattoria
    • Kimonos Sushi Bar
    • Splash Grill

  • Wilderness Lodge
    • Artist Point
    • Roaring Fork
    • Territory Lounge
    • Whispering Canyon

  • Yacht Club
    • Captain's Grille
    • Crew's Cup Lounge
    • Yachtsman Steakhouse
The DVC/Timeshare Advantage
    • Cooked a quick in-room meal
    • Cooked a full sit-down meal in the villa
    • Cooked a meal using a resort BBQ grill
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:31 AM   #11
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I wouldn't say you're crazy. Food is a major part of Epcot touring, especially in World Showcase, so in a lot of ways it's easier and more fun to sample and share various foods in different places. That's generally what we like to do. And there are always so many new things to try! If you search (Advanced, Tltles) there have been many threads here on Favorite Foods from World Showcase that will give you lots of ideas. Have fun!

ETA writing this brought back the memory of when our kids were little: sampling "around the World" was a great way to have them try different things. I remember getting bratwurst and apple strudel in Germany one afternoon. Honestly, I don't think I'd ever tried bratwurst myself but we thought it would be fun. Kids at first were sort of horrified at the idea (names) of both, but once they tried a bite they realized it was like a "hotdog that knew someone" (DH's explanation) and a fancy apple pie (which DS always loved). Next trip they wanted them again. Now teens, they had a blast at F&W figuring out which dishes they wanted to try. (Italy's sausages were their favorite this year. Mine was the cold shrimp ceviche in Florida.) OK, now I'm wishing I was back there!
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:49 AM   #12
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I don't think you're crazy at all. While I prefer to have a TS at EPCOT (because I love so many of them), I've also had trips where I've done only the QS food options. EPCOT has the best and largest selection of food sources out of all of the parks. No matter what, I think you're going to find a meal that you really enjoy and that's all that matters.

If you're looking for QS recommendations, I love Sunshine Seasons in FW if we're running late and not in WS by lunch time. In WS I'm a fan of La Cantina de San Angel (pretty basic Americanized Mexican, but it was still yummy) and then Katsura Grill in Japan. And we can't forget Les Halles in France (SO GOOOOOOOD).
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:41 AM   #13
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In my four trips to Disney I've never been able to eat around the world showcase because we always have a dinner ADR.

Next trip we have two full days for Epcot. On day 1 we will do VN for lunch and snack around the world that night.

Day 2 we will have absolutely no ADR's. My kids like SS for lunch and we will snack around the world for dinner.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:44 PM   #14
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We tend to snack our way around the world as we drink our way around the world. I don't think it's crazy to hit up snacks and counter service rather than table.

That being said, my DS10 is a Via Napoli fanatic, so we sometimes make a trip to that one.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:51 PM   #15
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We LOVE CS in Epcot. So many things to eat and try - and share.
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