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Old 08-11-2012, 08:10 AM   #1
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Hiding the check from my hubby! Dining TR 8/27-9/1 UPDATED 9/7- Via Napoli Lunch

Hello, and thank you for joining in! My name is Helen and I am a stay-at-home mom to my 4 beautiful children!



My husband, Larry, and I have been married for almost 12 years (we will be celebrating our anniversary during our vacation- it's actually on 9/9, but close enough ). We will be taking our umpteenth trip to WDW from 8/27 to 9/1. Joining us will be my SIL sister-in-law and her family (husband and 2 boys). We will be staying at ASMovies 8/27-31 and then the Polynesian CL for one night (anniversary present ).

I have had 6 months to make ADRs, cancel ADRs, change times on an ADR...you name it, I've done it. Only a couple of weeks to go and I think that I am finally settled on a solid dining itinerary Oh wait, I lied. Akershus was supposed to be a "girls only" (my 2 daughters and I) breakfast, but Larry has informed me that he does not want to miss the look on our daughters' faces when they meet the princesses. My boys, on the other hand, could care less So now I have to change our ADR from a party of 3 to party of 6 (keeping my fingers crossed that something opens up soon!).

Anywho...on to my ADR list

Monday, Aug. 27

B- Akershus
L- Via Napoli
D- Cape May Cafe

Tuesday, Aug. 28

D- 50's Prime Time Cafe

Wednesday, Aug. 29

B- Crystal Palace

Thursday,Aug. 30

B- Hollywood & Vine (Play n Dine)
L- Sci-Fi
D- Hollywood & Vine (F! dining package)

Friday, Aug. 31

D- 'Ohana

Saturday, Sept. 1

L- Kona Cafe

The restaurants in pink will be the ones we are trying for the first time My youngest daughter and I have been to 50's PTC before, but just for a snack (PB&J milkshake and onion rings ). I can't wait for the rest of the family to try it, and am really looking forward to try the fried chicken! We have been to H&V before, but this will be the first time for breakfast.

I think I have settled on where we will be eating for counter service, but that is always subject to change- especially with 4 picky children After spending a few hours calculating and re-calculating, we will not be on the DDP. Just didn't seem to be the right route to take with the numbers I was coming up with. But we will be using the TIW card. Larry had me take care of the all the ADRs, but he does not want to see how much we will be spending. He knows it will be a lot of money, but ignorance is bliss- right? Hence, the title of my PTR

Next up: Snacks, drinks, and CS choices
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:11 AM   #2
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CS, snacks and drinks...oh my!
Akershus Breakfast
Via Napoli lunch
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:20 AM   #3
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We will be trying 50's and Kona for the first time as well. Looking forward to tour reviews.
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My DD and I will be there the exact same days that you and your family are there! You have a beautiful family and I can't wait to read your reviews!
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50's Prime Time is a very good place to eat. Watch your manners though or else it can get very entertaining. I actually saw them put one lady in the corner for something.
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:05 PM   #6
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We will be trying 50's and Kona for the first time as well. Looking forward to tour reviews.
Awesome! Thank you for reading along...I'm hoping to take LOTS of pictures of all the yumminess!

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My DD and I will be there the exact same days that you and your family are there! You have a beautiful family and I can't wait to read your reviews!
Thank you for your kind words 12 more days for us I bet your dd is ecstatic...I know my kids are!

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50's Prime Time is a very good place to eat. Watch your manners though or else it can get very entertaining. I actually saw them put one lady in the corner for something.
I'm hoping to get someone that will give my husband a hard time! Or maybe even my 11 year old ds who thinks he's too old for WDW
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Your children are adorable!! I love your younger daughters expressions when she looks at the characters!! :

Looking forward to more of your reviews!!
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Absolutely adorable.
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Great review!! Dh and I went there last year with no kids and his interaction with the princess was hysterical!!!
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Such cute kids! Looking forward to more of your reviews
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Your children are adorable!! I love your younger daughters expressions when she looks at the characters!! :

Looking forward to more of your reviews!!
Thank you She absolutely loved all the characters she encountered and would end each visit with a hug

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Great review!! Dh and I went there last year with no kids and his interaction with the princess was hysterical!!!
I love how the princesses played their character perfectly And I love how they just know how to interact with the guests, both young and old!

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Via Napoli lunch

We had an ADR at Via Napoli (in Italy at the Epcot World Showcase for those who are not familiar with the restaurant) for 12:45 pm. I had originally booked the ADR for a party of 6, but SIL and her family decided to join us for lunch, so I asked the check-in counter if they were able to accommodate 4 more people (well, 3 and a half her youngest son is 6 months old). It was not a problem and we were seated a few minutes later. We were seated at the long table in the center of the restaurant and right beside the ovens


Our server, Alessandro, took our drink orders. Nothing special, just coffee, soda and chocolate milk for the little kids. SIL and my DH shared the house salad ($7.00/person, 2 person minimum). I did not taste it, but I did eat their mushrooms since they were picking it out. From what I can tell, it was delicious! The dressing was nice and tangy. For our meal, we ordered the Metro Pepperoni ($41.00). This pizza was huge!



The adults and kids shared this. There was plenty to go around. I only had a few bites since I ordered the 4 Formaggio personal pizza ($19.00)



This was a delicious pizza! The best I've ever tasted? Probably not, but it was good! I was kind of worried since it did not have pizza sauce, but I think that would have ruined the taste for me.

My youngest dd had the kids spaghetti and meatballs ($9.50)



She loves her spaghetti and this was no exception! The meal was too big for her to finish though, so I think one of the other kids finished it off for her. Alessandro was a great server and made sure that we were having a good meal. As a matter of fact, looking back at the receipt- he did not charge us for any of our beverages I don't know if that was Disney magic, or maybe he just forgot

We had a super enjoyable meal and will definitely be back. I think I am almost certain when I say this has replaced Le Cellier for us I know, apples and oranges...but I guess we are more pizza people than steak people!

My girls after the meal (Via Napoli in the background)




Ratings:

Atmosphere: 9/10 I felt like I was in Italy (no, I have never been ). There was plenty of room for the entire family. My kids had a few issues with the super tall chairs, but that won't stop us from coming back!

Server: 10/10 Alessandro was always there when we needed him. Made sure that we were enjoying our meal, that our drinks were filled, etc. And we didn't pay for our drinks...SCORE!!!

Food: 9/10 Everything was delicious. For some reason though, my pizza got cold super fast and I am not a slow eater.
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What a great way to start your trip - your little girl's face is so expressive - love all the pics with the princesses and with the spaghetti.
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