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  • On Apr 17, 2013
    Misty from NC Asked

    While at Epcot, my mom wants to eat at the Garden Grill (GG) restaurant & I want to eat at La Hacienda de San Angel (LHSA) so we can watch Illuminations while there. Do you suggest an early dinner reservation at GG and maybe appetizers/dessert at LHSA

    Hi Misty! La Hacienda is now one of my favorite Epcot restaurants. I have a craving for their shrimp tacos every visit we make so between Via Napoli for a pizza and La Hacienda for some tacos I am a happy girl!

    Garden Grill is a nice character dinner in the rotating restaurant in the Land. Mickey and his friends stop at your table for pictures and autographs. The food is good but I don't feel it can compare with the culinary delights of the many dining spots in the World Showcase. You can easily have an early dinner there and then move on but your plan to see the Illuminations show from La Hacienda might be a bit ambitious.  There are only a few tables that actually have window views of the lake and you cannot reserve a particular location in the restaurant. When you arrive all those tables might be taken and naturally likely wouldn't be vacated until those guests had finished their meal and enjoyed the show themselves. Your best bet to watch the Illuminations show is still to find a spot along the water. Try to find out which direction the wind is blowing so you aren't putting yourselves in the path of the smoke that comes with the fireworks.

    It sounds like you might have to come to agreement about where you will have dinner that night and then just enjoy a stroll through World Showcase until it is time to find your spot for the Illuminations show. Trusting and chancing to get a window side table at La Hacienda is a risk and you don't want to miss the show. Enjoy your Epcot evening!
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