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Old 01-30-2013, 04:25 PM   #2296
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Why don’t we fry them up now and serve them with chips?

Why don’t we fry them up now and serve them with chips?

We had a bit of time before our dinner ADR but, since it was at the front of the park, we made our way towards Future World:





Our destination?





Yep, we were going to check out Nemo and his fishy friends! Not the “I Smell Something Fishy” kinda of friends but, rather, the good kinda friends like Dory and Marlin and Crush. I’ve never been able to get good pictures of the scenery once you board your clamshell but that certainly doesn’t stop me from trying:











We walked into the exhibit area and the first place that we went was the small tank area where the eels, rockfish and seahorses are. A couple of years back, the room was lit with normal lighting and I could get some fairly decent pictures. But, this trip, I noticed that the lighting was blue and all of my pictures turned out badly:








I know that we walked around the entire pavilion looking at the various fish and the Nemos and the Dorys but I can’t find any pictures. So, either they were so bad that I deleted them or I simply enjoyed myself and forgot about taking pictures. Either way, our stomachs told us that it was time to get to our ADR. We had a couple of choices: 1) We could either catch a fish or two from the tank and fry them up or; 2) Go to the restaurant. We chose the restaurant which was probably a big relief to the fish swimming around in the tanks. Where were we going? The Coral Reef:



Before we went in though, I noticed that the “cotton tree” was blooming and I wanted to take a picture. When Mama last went with us, we tried our best to figure out what kind of tree this was and ended up just calling it the “cotton tree”.





Pictures taken, we went on in to check-in for our ADR. Cute seahorse door handles:



Neat light fixtures in the waiting area:





We were given a buzzer and found a seat to wait. A castmember asked if we wanted a family picture and I told him, yes please!



**Continued in next post
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:25 PM   #2297
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Our buzzer went off less than ten minutes after we checked-in. Just long enough for potty stops and picture taking. We were shown into the dining room and were given a booth which provided a pretty good view of the aquarium:



See the family in the picture I just posted? Turns out that they were from Louisiana too and we had a nice chat with them. She even mentioned the Disboards but I didn’t get a chance to ask if she was a member. Our server came and it was the same one that we had the year before so we knew that service would be good. He put the napkins on the table and took our drink orders.



He came back with some plates:



And warm rolls:



Oh and at some point, he gave us menus to look over. Our drinks arrived and we placed our entree orders. Not long after the order was placed, our food arrived. I went to the allears site to get descriptions and it appears that there’s been a menu change. Guess I’ll just have to post pictures. Jesse’s entree which I believe was the sustainable fish:



Lacey ordered the salmon and substituted fries as her side dish:



John and I ordered the steak with potatoes:



Hunter ordered a grilled chicken breast with a side of fries. If you have a picky eater, it always pays to ask if they can grill a chicken breast for you. At the time, it wasn’t on the menu but the server said it wasn’t a problem.



Everything was very good and, because we had been walking all day long, almost every morsel was consumed. It was time to order dessert!

John and Jesse ordered the Bailey’s and Jack Daniels mousse with chocolate pearls:



Lacey ordered creme brulee:



I ordered a mango sorbet:



Hunter ordered the chocolate wave:





During the course of the meal, I tried to get pictures of the sharks and rays and other fish as they swam by:





Everything was very good and the service was exceptional as it has been in the past. We’ve been to the Coral Reef the past three or four trips and have another ADR for our May, 2013 trip. Not only is the food and service good but the atmosphere is neat.

**Up next: Why are there trees in Epcot anyway?
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:36 PM   #2298
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Love your Coral Reef pictures! The update I'm doing tonight on my TR is also going to be my lunch at Coral Reef!
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We went to Coral Reef on our first visit and really enjoyed it!

The Seas is one of my least favorite spots in Epcot, but my boys love to explore the aquariums. I just take the opportunity to rest my tired feet!

Cute family pictures!
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:03 PM   #2300
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Another fun update, Lisa. I love the Nemo ride (and I can never get good pictures in there). I noticed the different lights in September.

I'm so glad you had another good meal at Coral Reef and you had the same waiter. I'm not sure we're going to do this in August as we want to try something new, but it's definitely on our list to return to. And Hunter is a guy after my heart...LOVE that Chocolate Wave.
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I've never seen the shark that close! Cool.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:17 PM   #2302
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Enjoyed the two updates and your Christmas pictures!

I'm not sure what sort of tree that is either, but it's definitely interesting...

Never tried Coral Reef-mainly because of my picky eaters. Good info to have about the chicken breast!
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Coral Reef is one of those places that's barely fallen off my list every trip! One of these days we're going to get there. The food and atmosphere both look great.
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Not sure what kind of tree that is either, but "cotton tree" sounds plausible enough to me too!

Your meal at Coral Reef looks really good! We've never been there, but it looks really pretty inside!
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I'm not all the way up to date yet, but I had to tell you I love your report so far. I'm just up to where your husband is talking with Princess Tiana. So cute. I will definitely be going back and reading your previous reports.
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That JD Mousse was heavenly!!! Coral Reef sometimes gets mixed reviews here on the DIS, but we thought it was awesome as well.
Great family photo!!
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Great update! We love the Coral Reef. Your dessert is no longer on the menu. It's been replaced by and out of this world Blood Orange Cheesecake.

What are the chances of getting the same server? Did you ask for him? Do you remember his name?

I'm not much of a bread eater, but I love their rolls.

I have never noticed the cotton tree. Where is it located? That is something that JJ would just love to see. I know we had to be near it at some point because white fuzzies were floating in the air and he was having the best time catching them.
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Great updates!!!

Thanks for sharing your Christmas pictures. It looks like it was a great time and lots of nice memories!

Fantastic pictures of the ice storm! I know those things have a pretty big impact where you are.

"Ding Dong Ditch"

You have some seriously great shots of John getting his siesta on! Love them!

I have never heard of or seen that "cotton tree" before! Thanks for pointing it out. I love all the things we learn here!

What a super family shot at the Coral Reef.

Yummy, Yummy dinner. Fish ARE food, but it is surprising how good the steak at CR is. But nothing tops the desserts there!

I think it has been about 3-4 years since we have been there. Love the food and atmosphere, but the service has been slow. Not bad, but just has taken too much time out of our day/night when we could be out in the park.
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Love your Coral Reef pictures! The update I'm doing tonight on my TR is also going to be my lunch at Coral Reef!
I looked at your update and, as I said, I'd love to get my hands..well fork....on that orange cheesecake. It looked so good.

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We went to Coral Reef on our first visit and really enjoyed it!

The Seas is one of my least favorite spots in Epcot, but my boys love to explore the aquariums. I just take the opportunity to rest my tired feet!

Cute family pictures!
John doesn't care much for The Seas either. He doesn't get a whole lot out of "looking at animals".

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Another fun update, Lisa. I love the Nemo ride (and I can never get good pictures in there). I noticed the different lights in September.

I'm so glad you had another good meal at Coral Reef and you had the same waiter. I'm not sure we're going to do this in August as we want to try something new, but it's definitely on our list to return to. And Hunter is a guy after my heart...LOVE that Chocolate Wave.
I don't know for sure when they changed the lighting in that one area but I know that it had to have been between May, 2011 and May, 2012. I hated that because my pictures came out really bad.

I thought about changing up Epcot restaurants for May but this was one of the restaurants that Jesse really wanted to go back to.
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I've never seen the shark that close! Cool.
The sharks were swimming right up to the windows and it is was very cool to see.


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Enjoyed the two updates and your Christmas pictures!

I'm not sure what sort of tree that is either, but it's definitely interesting...

Never tried Coral Reef-mainly because of my picky eaters. Good info to have about the chicken breast!
Isn't that a neat tree? If we go on the Behind the Seeds tour in May, I'm going to see if the tour guide knows the proper name for it.

Girl, Hunter and Lacey are two of the pickiest eaters I know and they really enjoy Coral Reef.

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I bet Maddie would enjoy the restaurant so she could watch all of the sea life swimming by. They even give you a fish recognition chart.
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