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pooh2001
06-30-2007, 02:42 PM
For HDD - woudl you pay for level 1 - right in front of the stage ? Or would you do level 3 in the balcony or level 2 in the back of the 1st floor ?

DonaldTDuck
06-30-2007, 02:54 PM
Last year we paid(pre-tiers) oop and sat next to stage. This year on free dining, we're using the plan and sitting in tier two. If I weren't going with rookies, I'd prefer to pay tier one and sit close. It is worth every extra penny.

nateryan
06-30-2007, 03:59 PM
I have only sat next to stage and up in the balcony. I think both those places are good. Tier 2 seems like it would be hard to see, but I haven't sat there so I can't be sure.

It's a toss up for me. I have been twice with just DH and myself and we were close to the stage but off to the side which is perfect to me. I have also sat front and center with our party of 5 - too close for me).

The balcony on the left and right are long tables and you don't face the stage while you eat. You have to turn around to watch the show.

I guess no matter where you sit - you will have a great time! :thumbsup2

deanac24
06-30-2007, 04:08 PM
We have been there twice and have had seats in front of the stage both times. So I am not sure if balcony seats are better but being in front of the stage is really a great place to be. I do think that you may get a better view in the balcony.

VLee
06-30-2007, 10:21 PM
Our party of two in December 06, one of us paid cash and the other used the Dining Plan and we were seated in the most awful spot you could imagine--even though I had booked early...the very back wall, under the balcony, next to the wall. It felt a million miles away and I could see that waiters would constantly be walking in front of the table. After complaining, we got moved..up to the balcony, (pretty steep climb for my mother) which was better, but we still had to sit, half-turned around in our chairs and look around a post.

The prior two times I had been, we paid cash and got good seats, one time right next to the stage. In October, I am returning with others who have never been, so we are paying cash for Tier 1--even though we will use the DDP for other meals.

Rudy6
06-30-2007, 10:50 PM
I have not been there, since WDW started with the tiers. We have been there twice. Both times we were on the main floor. I love the Hoop. What are the dividing lines for the tiers?

One time we were the second row from the stage. The other time we were near the back. Though the Hall is not all that large, I did prefer the second row from the stage.

pirateofthecarolinas
07-01-2007, 06:54 AM
We're going on Thanksgiving Day and paying OOP to be in Tier 1.

scanne
07-01-2007, 08:49 AM
I booked Tier one, because I wanted to be close to the action. I've seen the HDDR 3 times and I LOVE it. I haven't been in 5 years and this is the first time for my kids and my aunt who is travelling with us. I'm looking forward to the corny fun and hoping that my DH gets picked to do the can-can! LOL! :lmao:

crazy_for_the_dis
07-01-2007, 06:26 PM
We have the DDP, but decided to pay for tier 1. We had too many ADR's anyway, so we would have had to pay for some OOP or pay for HDR. So I decided to pay for HDR to get tier 1. That being said, everytime we saw it before we were on the balcony, and actually liked it up there, so I hope I'm not disappointed.

M2DD's
07-01-2007, 06:38 PM
quick ?.We used the DDP to get our tix and we were able to get teir 2 but when we called to make the ressie we had got the last table in that section. They said you are seated by when you make you ressie.(I made them 5 mths in advance but to late I guess) So we would get put in the back on the main floor. Can we ask a check in to be put on the balcony in the front row even though its teir 3? They said some people do cancel so they also move people up with no shows and cancellations.
Or does it mater when you show up to the show where you get seated as long as they put you in the teir you payed for.
As you can see we have never been before and our just trying to figure out how it work.
TIA

DisneyTeacher
07-01-2007, 08:51 PM
Or does it mater when you show up to the show where you get seated as long as they put you in the teir you payed for.

I know seating isn't based on when you show up. We always pick our HDD ticket up when we check in at our resort and our table number in on that slip of paper.

Amyshubby
09-20-2007, 03:22 AM
I was going to post this exact question, as we are getting ready for reservations. Just wondering if anyone else has input on whether its worth it to pay the extra money for Tier 1 or 2?

Also, are you more likely to be picked to participate if you are in tier 1? This is our first time going and the kids would love to be included.

Thanks.

Magic2000
09-20-2007, 07:34 AM
We've been to HDD several times, and have always been told the seating is done when you make the reservation. That being said, we've had front and center table once and it was great! Another time, we were about maybe the third table back, but almost in the center. This past July, we went and were upstairs on the right, about halfway back. Seats were great!!! We had a great time upstairs, and they even came around and asked us where we were from and made up a little jingle about being from Louisiana.

Food was really good - and we'd definitely go back!

MinnieNurse
09-20-2007, 09:35 AM
:offtopic: This is a little off topic-but if you have the dining plan what tier do you get? We have sat on the main floor and in the balcony in the past, and even though we were not in the front, we liked the main floor better.

We are doing the Deluxe Dining Plan in March so I guess we will get whatever they give us, in the past we would always pay OOP for HDD, but with 3 meals a day there is no need to pay OOP.

DreaminDisney
09-20-2007, 09:42 AM
:offtopic: This is a little off topic-but if you have the dining plan what tier do you get? We have sat on the main floor and in the balcony in the past, and even though we were not in the front, we liked the main floor better.

We are doing the Deluxe Dining Plan in March so I guess we will get whatever they give us, in the past we would always pay OOP for HDD, but with 3 meals a day there is no need to pay OOP.

With DDP you get tier 2 or 3. You can pay oop for tier 1 if you choose. We're going in Dec. I'm using dining plan tier 2, we booked it day we were at 180 mark.

MinnieNurse
09-20-2007, 10:13 AM
With DDP you get tier 2 or 3. You can pay oop for tier 1 if you choose. We're going in Dec. I'm using dining plan tier 2, we booked it day we were at 180 mark.


Thanks DreaminDisney. I have mine booked already for March 2008 on the Dining Plan but they did not tell me which tier-can you find out before you get there?

jel0511
09-20-2007, 12:36 PM
We paid OOP for tier 1 and we were towards the back of tier 1 and the seats were just fine. I think if I had been any closer I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. I also thought you could get tier 1 seating on the dining plan, if you went to the 9:30 show.

KevGuy
09-20-2007, 12:40 PM
I personally think the tier 3 up in the balcony are the best seats in the house. Plus the cast even come up there to say hi as well at some point, and they are the cheapest. No big heads in my way up there ever.:cool1:

10_Kyle_10
09-20-2007, 12:46 PM
We booked Tier 1 On the DDP for the 9:30 show...Great way to build a base, drink some Free (pre paid) Beer and Head to PI After for more fun!

TheRustyScupper
09-20-2007, 03:22 PM
{PERSONAL OPINION, ONLY}

1) There are many people that don't mind the balcony.
2) There are many people that don't mind the back of the house.
3) I would not attend HDDR without Tier-1 seats.
4) When paying attending a show, I want to be closer.
5) I also do not want to look downward or crane my neck or view from afar.

DonaldTDuck
09-20-2007, 03:53 PM
We attended Sat, 9/8 and used (free) dining credits. I was told on the phone we would be tier two. Afterward, they announced you could use DDP for tier one at 9:30. The show was sold out. We sat in the second row of tables, two out from center- the best seats in the house. Had the best server ever, at least the most entertaining- Dallas. I've sat in the balcony and everywhere on the main floor. It's a great show with great food whereever you sit.

sahm1000
09-20-2007, 04:00 PM
We had the DDP in 4/2007 and chose to pay out of pocket to get tier 1 ADR's. It was definitely worth the money! We were as close up to the stage as a party of 8 could be and my Dad was the guy in the crowd that Ruby chose to kiss. Twenty-five years ago he was chosen to be the "fairy" so everything has come full circle! My DD's loved this (ages 2 and 4) and we will definitely do it again! Have a great time!

DreaminDisney
09-20-2007, 04:09 PM
Thanks DreaminDisney. I have mine booked already for March 2008 on the Dining Plan but they did not tell me which tier-can you find out before you get there?
minnieNurse, If you already booked for March '08 I'd be surprised if you didn't have teir 2.
You can call them back and ask:)

Amyshubby
09-20-2007, 08:11 PM
but the question is whether it is worth it to pay more for tier 1? It seems like it would only be worth it if there is some value. Being 50 feet closer isn't much of a value. Having a much greater chance of your kids participating is a huge value.

Smooshdog
09-20-2007, 08:31 PM
In December we sat at the front table right by the stage. In August we sat in the balcony. I prefer the balcony. I didn't like being in front of everyone and the service was not as good on the floor as in the balcony. The balcony seemed more relaxed and honestly this past show in the balcony was the best HDDR experience I've ever had and I've done the show like 15 times.

kimis
09-21-2007, 07:29 AM
:offtopic: This is a little off topic-but if you have the dining plan what tier do you get? We have sat on the main floor and in the balcony in the past, and even though we were not in the front, we liked the main floor better.

We are doing the Deluxe Dining Plan in March so I guess we will get whatever they give us, in the past we would always pay OOP for HDD, but with 3 meals a day there is no need to pay OOP.
With DDP you get tier 2 or 3. However in 2008 DDP if you go to the 9:30 show you can use your DDP for the first tier. That is what my dh and I are doing. We haven't been to HDDR for 8 years so I am hoping for a great time. We aren't used to eating that late but it will be fun anyway. Enjoy

ElizabethB
09-21-2007, 07:53 AM
I would pay for Tier 1, or I wouldn't go. Like Fantasmic, this is a once every 5 years or so for us. We're just not that enchanted with HDDR. So, it's good up front seats or we don't bother.

DreaminDisney
09-21-2007, 07:57 AM
With DDP you get tier 2 or 3. However in 2008 DDP if you go to the 9:30 show you can use your DDP for the first tier. That is what my dh and I are doing. We haven't been to HDDR for 8 years so I am hoping for a great time. We aren't used to eating that late but it will be fun anyway. Enjoy
Great info. We're going this year so I have not paid attention to any of the 2008 changes etc.

OP, I have never been to hddr so I can't comment if it would be worth it to pay oop for tier 1. Some people including myself don't like to be that close to a stage so I guess it's all just personal preference.

Happy planning:wizard:

SondraD11
09-21-2007, 08:33 AM
The main reason that I booked Tier 1 seating for our December trip is that I don't like the balcony bar stool seating. It was very uncomfortable to me because I'd rather be able to put my feet on the floor instead of a bar stool rung. Since I've always been seated in the balcony for two previous trips, it will be interesting to see how the show looks from the floor.

Sondra

clownfish1452
09-21-2007, 11:24 AM
We loved the Hoop Dee Doo. We were in the front row, our table was touching the stage. It was very fun and very entertaining, we loved every min. of it. But here is the But while the people were on stage singing some of them spitt Im sure not on our food on purpose. Just something to think about.

Sarah

Amyshubby
09-21-2007, 11:20 PM
I just called for the end of January. Tier 1 was sold out! That helps with the decision making!:rotfl: