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Old 03-19-2017, 08:08 PM   #226
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Great plans for DHS and AK!! Glad you will be able to send some time with Pam and Charlotte.
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We did the ROL dining package at Tiffins this past Thursday and LOVED it!! My son and I had the strip loin and short ribs - fantastic. And my husband had the duck - yummy for him as well. For appetizers, we had the cheeses, bread service and grilled octopus - all delicious. For dessert, I had the lime cheesecake and my boys had the chocolate ganache - all terrific. We also enjoyed Tiffin's special beer - only place in the world you can get it and it was super good!

We had terrific seats for the show - I think the dining package seats are better than FastPass+ seats but not sure.

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Wow...that would be AMAZING to get a sneak peek at Pandora! But it sounds like an outstanding day at AK either way!
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Great plans for DHS and AK!! Glad you will be able to send some time with Pam and Charlotte.
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We did the ROL dining package at Tiffins this past Thursday and LOVED it!! My son and I had the strip loin and short ribs - fantastic. And my husband had the duck - yummy for him as well. For appetizers, we had the cheeses, bread service and grilled octopus - all delicious. For dessert, I had the lime cheesecake and my boys had the chocolate ganache - all terrific. We also enjoyed Tiffin's special beer - only place in the world you can get it and it was super good!

We had terrific seats for the show - I think the dining package seats are better than FastPass+ seats but not sure.

You will love Tiffin's.
Thanks so much for the review of Tiffins. I can't wait for both the meal here and then the ROL in the evening.
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It would be amazing, but as you say, we're going to have a great time at AK either way.
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Day Six Tuesday, May 2

Today we will be back at Epcot, enjoying the Flower & Garden Festival. Because of the F&GF, weve made our FastPasses for early morning so that we can move over to World Showcase around 11:00 when it opens. First, well join the crew of a space ship on Mission: Space at 9:45. Then well cross the park to join Nemo and Friends at The Seas around 10:40. Most likely, well visit some of the gardens along the way. Our final FP+ selection is Frozen Ever After in the Norway pavilion at 11:40. The rest of the day will be spent exploring World Showcase with the potential for additional FP+. We will be meeting up with Linda (lindawdw), her DH, and their friends. Hopefully, they will be able to snag some of the same FP+ selections. Our dinner in the evening will be at Rose & Crown for our party of six. Maybe well get lucky and have a patio seating with a great view of the lagoon for Illuminations.
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Hope you get patio seating. Judy and I have been able to get it one time in all of the times we have gone. It is a great view.
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Hope you are able to get a patio table at Rose and Crown. We've done it twice now, and there really is nothing like it! I've found if you tell them you'd be willing to wait a bit for a patio table they try to accommodate you.
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I love AK out of the 4 Parks. I am very excited to read your review of the Dining Package for ROL. Our ADR will be May 15th, so I have plenty of time to read your TR ( And see all your beautiful pictures too!!) before our final decisions. Frozen Ever After and the new Soaring are the 2 rides I am really looking forward to in Epcot. We really stopped doing to many TS because of the GD and GS, but we will be going on a MiMi and Paw Paw trip soon, so I am interested in all TS.
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We're really looking forward to our dinner at the Rose & Crown with you and Luke! We'll be in the MK that day but since it's extra magic hours at Epcot that night, we're hoping we can do a few things together!
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I just love Rose & Crown. We watched Illuminations from the patio the last time we were there...lovely!
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