Review: Monsieur Paul Dinner at Disney’s Epcot

Monsieur Paul is the signature restaurant located above Chefs de France in Epcot. It’s a bit of a tradition for the website to visit on July 4th, partially to celebrate my second favorite Lafayette in Marquis de (behind Lafayette Reynolds, Season 2, True Blood) and partially because the restaurant is one of the few that doesn’t accept the Tables in Wonderland discount. The Independence Day holiday is a block-out date, so since no restaurants accept the discount, it makes sense to visit one that otherwise doesn’t since I’m not giving up any savings. You might as well have your end-of-year-Disney-food-tally come up as $79,326.32 rather than $76,356.28, you know? My original review of the restaurant is here with the followup found here, in case the following 2,500 word review doesn’t fill you up on all things Bocuse.

July 4th at Epcot is otherwise not nearly as hectic as you might expect – the IllumiNations crowd is bigger than a random Tuesday in late January, but seeing the spectacular fireworks tag is more than manageable and easily worth the minimum amount of effort that it takes. We waltzed up to the Italy Pavilion after our 2+ hour meal with five minutes to spare and found a fine spot on the Isola. At least with my iPad Pro fully extended above my head, I got some great pics.

The entrance to Monsieur Paul is located inside the France Pavilion through an unassuming door behind Chefs de France and across from the Boulangerie.

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Frozen Ever After Wait Times and FastPass+ Availability – Summer 2017 Edition

This is the fourth edition of our look at Frozen Ever After wait times at Epcot. It’s sort of a random topic, but I had been tweeting some screenshots of conspicuously low wait times at Epcot’s newest ride, so I thought it would be prudent to take a wider look rather than focusing on a single anecdote.

To see how far we’ve come, this post covers Frozen’s opening and wait times over the first couple of weeks. It wasn’t pretty. This post is an update from October of last year. Then this post from late February covers the first seven or eight weeks of this year.

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Review: Disney’s Beach Club 2-Bedroom Suite with Club Level Access

After taking a long look at Club Level accommodations at Disney’s Beach Club, we’ll take a look at a room that neither of us will probably ever stay in (again).

This is the living room area of the 2-bedroom suite.

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Review: Club Level at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Erin and I had the opportunity to stay in a Club Level room at Disney’s Beach Club Resort over the July 4th holiday. Above is the view from what ended up being a 2-bedroom suite on the 4th floor of the resort. A cast member friend was gracious enough to let me use his room discount, which is as high as 50% off, so I figured the more you spend, the more you save. That, and the fact that I was booking just a couple of weeks out over a major holiday, meant that pickings were slim. I was originally interested in staying at the Yacht Club and hoping to get put in a refurbished room there. But that resort was only offering 25% off. Beach Club was a solid 50% off, but only Club Level Garden View rooms were available. So I booked two nights at a total of $770 with tax. From there, somehow we were upgraded all the way to a 2-bedroom suite, which costs between $1,634 and $2,814 per night depending on the time of year. So I pretended that it was Christmas and we were paying $770 for the equivalent of $5,628 worth of real estate. Not bad.

We’ll take a look at that room separately, but just the living room area here is going to be larger than most on-site rooms.

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Review: Disney’s Coronado Springs Refurbished Room

We return to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and my favorite hammock on property to take a look at a newly refurbished room. We’ll return separately for a construction update along with a look at other happenings around the resort.

Erin and I stayed at Coronado Springs for three nights this past weekend before moving over to the Beach Club for the July 4th holiday. I actually preferred the accommodations at Coronado – everything “felt” new and upgraded. That feeling was fresh in my mind as we stayed the first night in a room that had not yet been refurbished before moving to a refurbished King Bed room in Cabanas 8A for nights two and three. Rooms with two queen beds look virtually identical other than the fact that there are two queen beds rather than the single king.

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