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Trip Report The GRAND Birthday! *COMPLETED*

Tuvalu

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Mom has been with me when I’ve met other forum friends, so she was unperturbed when I left to meet Tony. JB is a “roll with it” kind of guy, so he didn’t ask many questions when I rejoined them. Most of the exiting crowds had dissipated and our monorail rides were empty.

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When we arrived at the GF, I remembered we had not pre-ordered our meal at Be Our Guest tomorrow. Food can’t be pre-ordered on the app (why?) so we stopped at JB’s room to use his laptop.

He had mentioned his room had a “slow closing door” and wondered if that was due to the “funky band thing” used to unlock the door. The door did auto-open and close....not because of his band....but because he had been given a disability-access room!

You would have thought the bathroom would have tipped him off. It was wide....the sliding door had no threshold....the sinks were inside rather than out....there were several grab bars....and a roll-in shower, no tub.

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I stepped JB through the BOG ordering process. Since we were already on the Dining page, JB began a search for Mom’s birthday dinner the next night. He found not one, but two ADRs for one of the restaurants I had wanted to book for Mom’s special day.

You’ll have to keep reading to find out where.
 

Tony the Tigger

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This is getting good!
Told ya! 😊😊

And just to show you this has been in my wallet the entire time, and is now in my house, here’s Kylie looking a lot less excited than Brian and I were to get Tuvalu cards number one and Tu!

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My take on the evening will be in my own “Two (Tu?) Broke Guys” TR.

Great to see you again!! Hugs and 💕💕
 

slipperalwaysfits

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YES!!!!!! FASTPASS SUCCESS WITH SOARIN!!!!!!!!! 😜😜😜


“eating in Japan.”
We lived in Japan for a few years so we really enjoy Teppan Edo, as we are pretty nostalgic. I love the Yum-Yum sauce. In 2017, I really didn't like our chef, he wasn't personable. This past year, the chef was awesome, funny and prompt. I understand your complaints about slow service, I feel like that happens a bit in Disney in sit down restaurants. I'm sorry you didn't get the right drink, as someone who's very picky about her alcohol, I completely understand your frustration.

I'm so glad you made it for the fireworks!!!:);)
 

amjt660

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Epcot Japan was never a “quick” meal but it also never took as long as it did that night! But thanks for sharing your real-life experience. I wonder if @bee noticed that during her Japan adventure?
The random delivery of meals to the table is the one that takes longest to get used to

Normally here we will patiently wait for all entrees to arrive before digging in

Max
 

MinnieM123

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Songbird76

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Long ago and far away our dinner destination was a staple in our vacations. It’s original name was Mitsukoshi Teppanyaki Dining; it is now known as Teppan Edo.

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My parents discovered hibachi-style dining after I’d left home and became fast converts. Every visit to Epcot included “eating in Japan.” My first experience was in August 1991 while on a trip with Mom, my brother and my boys. My kids loved watching the chef and gobbled down their food....until my oldest complained, “there’s something in my rice.”

That “something” turned out to be his first lost tooth!

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They loved their drink umbrellas!

A memory was made and requests for repeat visits followed. I - someone who hates mustard - became addicted to the mustard sauce. And the ginger dressing on the salad? Yum-o! The boys learned they liked shrimp (neither Woody nor I eat seafood) and ordering steak here did not break the budget....prices were very reasonable for our family of 5.

But sweet Em was never a fan of Teppanyaki so we began to broaden our horizons to other World Showcase cuisine and our regular visits ceased. But Mom’s didn’t.

I was looking forward to eating here again as I hadn’t been to Teppan Edo in several years. Would it be worth the wait?
Oh I can't wait to read about Teppan Edo. I'm so nervous about our ADR there! Reading.....
 

Songbird76

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So, it was slow, and not as good as you remember, but how competent was the chef? Did you, for example, get beaned in the forehead with flying vegetables? Or did you get a bath in hot soup? Perhaps end up with egg in your drink?
 

Tuvalu

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So, it was slow, and not as good as you remember, but how competent was the chef? Did you, for example, get beaned in the forehead with flying vegetables? Or did you get a bath in hot soup? Perhaps end up with egg in your drink?
All the chefs we’ve had cook for us were professional and skilled with the food and utensils...no flying vegetables or wayward spills. One was adept at flipping the tails from shrimp into his chef’s hat. The cooking surface is very hot and they are cautious.

Soup, salad, rice and appetizers are delivered by the wait staff before the chef arrives.
 

Songbird76

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All the chefs we’ve had cook for us were professional and skilled with the food and utensils...no flying vegetables or wayward spills. One was adept at flipping the tails from shrimp into his chef’s hat. The cooking surface is very hot and they are cautious.

Soup, salad, rice and appetizers are delivered by the wait staff before the chef arrives.
That sounds good then. The one experience I had with a hibachi grill, we got the soup delivered by the server, but our chef was terrible, and I seemed to be sitting in the hot seat. So he somehow made an onion skid across the cooking surface, which hit my soup bowl, sending it sliding into my lap. Then he did something with the eggs and one ricocheted off my plate and made a spectacular splash into my rootbeer. I was fortunate that the server was walking past just as it happened and I had a new drink less than a minute later, and she brought back another cloth to mop up the rest of the egg that was on the table....I don't think she was particularly happy to have to mop me up twice in a 5 minute period, though she was lovely about it to me and commented to the chef that she was going to tattle to his wife. Then he was trying to shoot zucchini into people's mouths and he got me right between the eyes. My brother thought it was all hysterical. We love teppanyaki food, but that's the only hibachi experience I've had and I don't know how much was part of the show (humor at my expense) and how much was just ineptness of the chef. So I want to try Teppan Edo, but I'm a bit nervous about being the unwitting volunteer for the show. But from what you have written here, and what I have heard from others, my experience was not the standard. I can't imagine they make a habit out of dumping hot soup in laps.....it's asking for a law suit, but we were in podunk Wyoming....who knows?
 

Tuvalu

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Friday, February 1

I got up super early and let the Birthday Girl sleep in....until 6:15 am. :joyfull: We wanted to be at MK for rope drop and planned to meet JB for breakfast beforehand.

There was a lovely sunrise this morning which brought warmer temperatures, something we appreciated!

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JB was waiting for us in front of Big Pine Key.

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We made the short walk to the restaurant.

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Mom had cereal and a banana. JB went with the burrito which he said was quite tasty.
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I had the kids scrambled eggs so I could get some purse grapes!
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Tuvalu

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After fueling up, we took a couple pics with the castle backdrop.

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And to prove that JB didn’t always tower over me, here’s a throwback photo....one that affirms that girls develop faster than boys. (I am only a few months older than JB....despite his active claim that I am his “much older” cousin. 🙄 :joyfull:)

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LadyBelle

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Tuvalu

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I think you owe me one of those cards, but I'm determined to have you give me 2 next time we meet in WDW. 🙂
You got it! :happy:

Hooray for handing out the first ever Tuvalu card!! Fingers crossed I can get my hands on one in June!
Me too! Would love to say hello to you and your adorable boys (all 3 of them 😉)
 

DisneyGigi

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