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None of this was part of the plan

Disney Hilton parking lot
The Hilton on Hotel Plaza Boulevard was literally empty last night. And the reason i took the photo was to remember where we parked, not to highlight the business downturn.

 

Benihana table
Hilton’s Benihana table for eight, just like at Epcot., a few miles down the road.

 

Orlando Magical dining
Orlando Magical Dining is from August 25 through October 1, 2017, at various local restaurants, but none of Disney’s official restaurants partake in the program.

 

Benihana heat vent
Benihana heat vent…it caught my eye.

 

Benihana heat vent
And i immediately made the comparison to Teppan Edo at Epcot’s Japan Pavillion.

 

None of what happened was part of the plan. We simply had a reservation for 6pm to have a nice Japanese meal.

We arrived early, were seated right away, and by 6:45pm we hadn’t met our chef.

By the way, none of the chefs were Japanese.

It made me think how that would fly at Epcot.

(It would crash and burn.)

Anyway, Chapin and i (Cheryl was in Pennsylvania) agreed that if our entrees didn’t begin by 7pm, we’d leave.

He had homework.

And an hour is a long time to wait in your seat.

Six minutes to spare, at 6:54pm, our chef began, and we enjoyed his style and our meal.

We did agree to skip dessert to save time and i had the check taken care of before we finished our entree.

Looking forward to returning to Teppan Edo.

It’s our Family favorite “Disney” restaurant.

Last night’s experience was good.

It was not very good, and it certainly wasn’t great.

Good and very good aren’t good enough.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five different sites.