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  1. How did it work out Marty? I have a similar situation developing for when I visit this summer
  2. Nice. Ready to share similar experiences in a few months.
  3. Gallery rather. I've done too much research and conflating restaurants. Maybe I need to go back an shovel some more to clear my head. Thanks
  4. I'm seeing a trend here... Sit upstairs at lunch, unless I like noise and padding Mickey's retirement fund. Thanks for the highlight on Trail's End v HDDR. The only problem with that logic is that my son loves any food delivered on the bone: Fried chicken, ribs, turkey legs, pork chops...keep your hands clear. Trail's End might be a treat at the end of the week when bub wants some ribs and Chef Dad doesn't want to cook. The Biergarten sounds good. I appreciate the resounding feedback from everyone on it. The kiddos like it when we eat at these type spots. I'll have to starve my daughter before we go to get my $ worth out of the buffet though...of course she'll be considered an adult by WDW pricing, but she eats about as much as a 4 year old most of the time. Thanks for the feedback. The A/C of the San Angel Inn was part of the draw, but cheaper prices and solid feedback on the food might change our mind. I'll take a look at Nine Dragons. I didn't consider Chinese for the crew. There is a joke in there somewhere...
  5. Thanks. I don't know what made me think it wasn't an ADR place. Maybe after reading the 400th review online my comprehension slipped. Good feedback on BOG. No one really mentions that in their reviews.
  6. After shoveling the drive for the fourth time today, I'm done with winter and ready to start thinking about my summer trip. My ADR window opens on Christmas Eve. I've been mulling around what I want to shoot for. Not a WDW rookie, but a FW rookie. Between my 3 other trips and studying the forum and other sites I've narrowed a list. Unfortunately a lot of reviews I've found are months or years old. Here's what I've been mulling around: -For sure we're hitting HDDR. -Also going to Trail's End (I know it's not a ADR joint). If you had to chose one meal would you choose breakfast, brunch, or the lunch/dinner spread? -Any visceral reactions to: o Coral Reef? o San Angel Inn? o Be Our Guest? -Any other favorites at World Showcase? Thanks in advance for any recent experiences. Jack
  7. Well poop. I have gone to Hawaii for work a few times this year and wanted to bring them to a little Hawaii in FL. This is my 4th trip to WDW, but first at FW and first with my RV. The more and more I look through ADRs the more I think about taking the time to head back to the camper to make dinner before attacking back out into the parks instead of rushing all over to make reservations.
  8. Hello all, My ADR windows opens on Christmas Eve (early Christmas presents for me!). Last trip we did a ton of character dinners. Kids didn't get as much out of it as we'd hoped and the food didn't necessarily wow us on many of them. I've decided that for sure we're doing HDDR. We'd really hoped for Mickey's Backyard BBQ (RIP), but since that's not a choice I'm considering Spirit of Aloha. Pawing through the bowels of the site, most of the discussion about SOA is 4+ years old and the reviews are mixed. Has anyone hit SOA recently? Thanks
  9. Bummer, they are all slowing up on my phone. I'll tinker around when I get back to a computer. It was a fun weekend
  10. A small trip report from this weekend. I have traveled a lot this year for work. Also the kids' activities coupled with school means I barely see them anymore. So I decided to give Mom a quiet weekend alone and we loaded up the camper to head to Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site (that's a mouthful, huh?). We stopped at WWMSPSHS (gotta have a good acronym too right?) last year and toured the historic mill and the Watkins' home. They are incredibly preserved and the Missouri Dept of Natural Resources does a good job telling the history of the Watkins, the mill, and the land. Here are a few pics from our last visit: The home. Watkins built this house after living in a two room cabin with his wife, kids, sister, and mother for almost 15 years. While they lived in the cabin they birthed 4 or 5 more kids. No thanks. The inside is quite nice for the time and for being in such a rural area at the time it was lived in. The mill. All of the machinery is preserved extremely well. It's like they left for work one day and forgot to come back. I can't imagine having to work in this room between the wool flying everywhere, the belts moving up and down from the floor trying to grab your clothes, and the machines trying to rip your finger off. Not to mention the tour guide said the windows stayed closed year round because wool is easier to work in humid air. Nope. This is one of the last stops for yarn. It's taking the yarn from the large spools on the wall to the dowels on the front of the machine. One person manned this behemoth by cranking a wheel in the middle of it. The guide said this one one of the highest paid workers in the factory because the skill required to operate this. Back to this weekend. We left mid-afternoon on Friday and got to WWMSPSHS around 5pm. The kids were surprisingly helpful setting up the site (they usually help, but they helped with a lot of my wife's tasks that I thought were too much for them). We got set up and they blasted out into the CG to find other kids to ride bikes with while I finished setting up and started dinner. Our campsite, #27, with electric only. The only sites that have more than electric are the hosts' sites. After dinner, we had s'mores and found our way to the playground. They had a good time playing with the other kids and wore themselves out plenty before we headed back to the trailer. Don't ask me why they are still wearing their helmets. They leave them on all the time. I guess that's good for safety, right? Saturday morning we woke up and headed towards the 4-mile trail around the 100-acre lake. Trails connect from the CG to the lake and it's quite convenient. We spent the morning riding the trail and of course hitting the playground once we were done with the loop. Riding on the path. There was so much shade in the CG and on the path. It was quite comfortable all weekend. The creek that feeds the man-made lake The kids exploring the creek The creek and the steps to get down to it from the bike path We came back to the trailer for lunch and decided to hit the bike trail again, this time stopping off at the visitor center to go through the exhibits again (to review some stuff from a year ago) and stop at the church and school that served the community of mill employees and their families. My big girl stepping up in the kitchen making our favorite camping treat, the cookie pie! The finished product The one room schoolhouse that for the mill employees' kids. An exhibit at the visitor center said there were kids from ages 7-22 attending class at the height of mill. Snack break on the trail. Made it back to the loop. Look at all the shade. The kids were tired when we finished our 10th mile of bike riding for the day. As we pedaled back to the trailer, they spotted a scrum of kids they'd been playing with earlier. They asked to go play more while I cooked dinner. They played before dinner. They scarfed down their plates and ran back out to play until dark. Sunday brought an end to our beautiful weather. We woke up to a kaleidoscope on the weather radar. I quickly broke camp while the kids finished their breakfast inside the trailer. As I was lowering the trailer on the hitch ball, the heavens opened up. The kids helped grab our leveling blocks and threw them inside quick and we beat the made rush to the dump station. I jumped in behind two other rigs. They didn't take too terribly long thankfully (though I really question the glove/sanitary situation of some people. One dude had his gloves on, hooked up his hoses and realized the trailer was too far from the hole. He hopped right into his truck and backed up with his gloves on. Then the next rig driver only put one glove on and managed to spill about a gallon of gray...I hope it was gray...when he was winding his hose back up. I need to keep my eyes closed when I'm in line at the dump station from now on). It rained off and on while it was my turn and we headed for home. By the time I left, there were rigs lined up around the corner and I couldn't see the end of the line. Beat the rush! A nice quick weekend and it was a good memory that I hope they remember for awhile.
  11. I am thoroughly impressed the amount of data-mining this community can aggregate from online and in person about FW. Now you need to find the hints about the Backyard BBQ coming back. It was one of my favorite memories with the kids the last time we were at WDW.
  12. That park looks amazing. The FHU isn't a necessity, especially since we'd be on FHU at FW for a week. The beach access looks great. Thanks! Looks like a great stopover. Based on what I plan for the day, I don't think ATL traffic later in the day are going to mesh with my vacation disposition. You had me at Sausage Store. That might be a bit further to drive, reference above ATL traffic comment, but I might be capable of the drive for a store dedicated to pork delicacies.
  13. Alright, my reservations are booked. Decided to check in on Sunday and check out on Saturday. Have some time to smell the flowers. I have plenty of time, but I can't help planning the trip down there. KS to FL is a big trip. Planning to stop near the KY/TN border off of I-24 on Day 1. Northern GA off I-75 on Day 2. Then cruise into Disney mid-day SUN. I have a few spots we'd like to stop along the way (Fort Donalson Natl Monument, Ocmulgee Natl Monument...kids love the NPS Jr Ranger Program). We're not opposed to staying in a Wal-Mart, Cabela's, etc on the way down, but does anyone have any gem of campgrounds or attractions to break up the 19 hour drive for the kids? Second question, after WDW we plan to head over to Cape Canaveral Seashore. Any good tips for that area? Thanks
  14. Thanks for both responses. I know every where else I want to go, Sunday is usually a good time to arrive. Disney seems to be the exception on everything. Also, thanks for the suggestion for a travel counselor. I have a friend that's already locked me up in perpetuity for any Disney trips.
  15. I don't think I'd fit inside a 911 let alone would the roof support my 250 lbs.
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