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aes74
07-15-2008, 04:27 PM
We live about an hour and a half away from Disney and I made reservations through DVC for my daughters birthday the 21st through the 23rd (next week). We planned on having just a couple little girls and their moms that we are close to come with us, we were going to swim, etc, but for her actual birthday dinner we were hoping to eat at 1900 park fare, wear princess dresses, and see Cinderella, etc. Well, I am sooo embarrassed to admit my stupidity, but I completely forgot to make a dinner reservation. Completely and totally forgot. I called this afternoon and they have nothing available for our whole stay. Nothing. He checked Chef Mickeys also, and I think another place, and nothing.

I am hoping that one of you creative people has some sort of idea of some way I can salvage this. She is going to be eight, if that helps at all. I just am at a total loss, and so disappointed in myself....I have no one to blame but myself for such a dumb mistake. If you have any ideas at all, someway we can do something special outside of the parks, I would be very grateful. :confused:

Tricia1972
07-15-2008, 04:29 PM
This late date will be tough. Maybe try for BBB on her birthday and dinner at a "fancy" place. Within 7 days you can generally call and see 'what's available in all of Epcot on a certain day' (Or MK or Monorail Resorts, or wherever)

I would *see* if you can get BBB and then see if you can get a nice TS anywhere. If you're dressed like a princess dinner anywhere feels super special!

disneymath
07-15-2008, 04:31 PM
Not sure how much help this will be but did you try:

Ohanna at the Poly?
Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Poly?
Whispering Canyon Cafe at the WL?
Hoop Dee Doo Revue Dinner Show at the FWR?
Wonderland Tea at the GF? (I think only the girls can go - no moms)

I know these aren't very princessy places (well, the tea at the GF probably is) ... but with Ohanna or Spirit of Aloha you could go with a hawaiian theme which might be fun.

Aliceacc
07-15-2008, 04:33 PM
Just a longshot, but don't some of the off site places have character meals?

Can we assume he tried the Princess meals in Norway?

Here's a listing of character meals: http://www.wdwinfo.com/Just_for_kids/character_dining.cfm

Or how about this: skip the whole meal theme and take everyone to the Main St. Barbershop for Princess 'dos to go with their dresses??

Don't beat yourself up over this-- we've all made mistakes when life got in the way of birthdays.

Worst case scenario, have pizza delivered to your room and order a birthday cake. The girls will never know what else you had planned.

maj42169
07-15-2008, 04:34 PM
I would keep calling and even try calling on the days you are there!! If nothing, why not try a great dinner at the Rainforest Cafe at DTD?? Or try Beaches and Cream and maybe order a "Kitchen Sink". How about a dinner at Cape May?

If it were me I would call and have a CM Try for ADRS at anything that might still be open..........Whispering Canyon, Mickey's Backyard Barbeque, Ohana......THere has to be something open, and it doesn't have to be the princess thing, although, I know it was your intent!! I would bet that your daughter would love any special dinner with her friends!

aes74
07-15-2008, 04:54 PM
These are really big helps!!

Yes, at this point I have thrown the whole princess thing out the window, and I am just looking for anything that would be fun. So I will try some of these things, and if you have any other ideas PLEASE keep them coming. I am so grateful!!

Moonpie
07-15-2008, 05:01 PM
I second that vote for Beaches & Cream! The Kitchen Sink is a perfect birthday treat, the kids will love the food, and you CAN'T make ADRs for this place...so no one will know!:cutie:

EnchantedPrincess
07-15-2008, 05:27 PM
Have you considered the Disney Girl Perfectly Princess Tea Party with Sleeping Beauty at the GF? My dd loves the tea party.

tryntje
07-15-2008, 05:36 PM
I know that I read on another post that adults dressed in any type of costume are discouraged because it confuses children and they don't know who is a cast member and who isn't. A room service or private patio party might be a much better option.

We were just at the AKL and there had one terrace closed one evening for a private party, so it must be an option when space is available.

Happy B'day to your soon-to-be 8 year old. d:bride: ddddddd

catne
07-15-2008, 05:40 PM
you can skip the princess thing...but how about getting matching Disney t-shirts for the kids on whatever their favorite disney theme is (I know the hannah montana stuff, High school musical also is very popular...and you can find some of those at inexpensive places like Walmart, too.) Pick up some matching, fancy hair doo-dads (you know what I mean...clip-in bling & such) then do your own version of BBB in your room with hair glitter and accessories. Matching shirts & special 'do's would help make the day memorable to the b-day girl. And make sure you get the b-day girl a birthday pin, so at least she'll get the Happy Birthday's from CM's at the parks.

If Beaches & Cream doesn't work, go to one of the Bakeries at Epcot for fancy pastries & do your own "tea party".

Or call it an "around the world Birthday tour" and go from place to place doing like a progressive dinner...get a croissant sandwich in france, a drink at the next country, a dessert at the next country...if you pick several small desserts & cut them small, the girls can have like tea-party sized desserts.

sand2270
07-15-2008, 05:49 PM
I am not familiar with the area but is there a Libby Lu or Build A Bear location close by? I know they do parties.

I have another idea. I was not clear where you are staying, but what about having the actual party be a beach party one day by the pool? You could get those plastic leis (girls love those), order them fancy drinks (shirley temples, etc.) with umbrellas in them, do pool and beach games, get them those little grass skirts (all stuff you can get at a party store). I am not sure if you need to make any arrangements with the hotel...but maybe they offer some kind of package or something. Maybe you can't rent a cabana as well...I am not sure what your budget is. You could probably put together something reasonable for what you would have spent on the dinner.

aes74
07-15-2008, 06:08 PM
you can skip the princess thing...but how about getting matching Disney t-shirts for the kids on whatever their favorite disney theme is (I know the hannah montana stuff, High school musical also is very popular...and you can find some of those at inexpensive places like Walmart, too.) Pick up some matching, fancy hair doo-dads (you know what I mean...clip-in bling & such) then do your own version of BBB in your room with hair glitter and accessories. Matching shirts & special 'do's would help make the day memorable to the b-day girl. And make sure you get the b-day girl a birthday pin, so at least she'll get the Happy Birthday's from CM's at the parks.



I am totally going to do this!!!

I love ALL your ideas. Right now here is my tentative plan:
We are staying at the DVC resort Saratoga Springs. We are having a pool lazy day, and that evening probably going to downtown disney to walk around and show our nails/hairdos/glitter off. I am really considering for her bday dinner the beaches and cream idea. we LOVE beaches and cream, and a kitchen sink would be so much fun.

Has anyone ever ordered the pizza from room service? Is it good at all? Worth getting? I would love to know this.

By the way, every other sort of TS buffet or character experience,etc, is full except for an Ohanas at 9:45. I am afraid that is probably too late for our little ones.

But you guys have reminded me to get my head back in the game, that we are still going to have a great time and there are lots of things to do. Thanks so much for your creativity.

p.s...can I get one of those birthday buttons at the resort or does it have to be at a park?

Belle5
07-15-2008, 06:16 PM
Has anyone ever ordered the pizza from room service? Is it good at all? Worth getting? I would love to know this.



The pizza of choice on the DIS seems to be from Giordano's.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1867284

Allison
07-15-2008, 06:25 PM
What about the afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian?

Would they enjoy a boat ride?

Allison
07-15-2008, 06:30 PM
If you go to Downtown Disney you could stop at Goofy's Candy Company and they could each create their own snack.

Crystal824
07-15-2008, 06:33 PM
The pizza of choice on the DIS seems to be from Giordano's.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1867284

I second this. The pizza from Giordano's is much better IMO than the pizza you can order from the Disney hotel. I have had pizza from both places. I believe Giordano's will deliver to most Disney Resorts if not all.

Dis31
07-15-2008, 06:37 PM
Dont give up people cancel last minute! I know its not the same but maybe you guys could do a birthday character breakfast or a late lunch?

Tricia1972
07-15-2008, 06:40 PM
p.s...can I get one of those birthday buttons at the resort or does it have to be at a park?

We stayed at SSR (DVC) for our October 2007 trip, and had our birthdays noted on the reservation (DS turned two on October 3 and I turned 35 on October 9) We had birthday buttons made up for us when we checked in and on our birthdays we had a signed card from a character and balloons delivered to our room FREE.

Not that you can guarantee that pixie dust, but just so you know my personal (and fairly recent) experience with Birthdays at SSR.

DLBDS
07-15-2008, 06:44 PM
p.s...can I get one of those birthday buttons at the resort or does it have to be at a park?

We got DH one at the GF when we were there for breakfast so YES you can get them at the resorts too.

supersuperwendy
07-15-2008, 06:46 PM
How about taking them to wintersummerland and play mini golf? My kids loved it! It's next door to Blizzard Beach!

disneystacy
07-15-2008, 06:50 PM
I would try to get into Akershus by calling 48 hours before since that is when most people cancel so they don't have to lose the deposit. Have a backup, but that what I would do. Good Luck!

DISNEY1975
07-15-2008, 07:13 PM
These are really big helps!!

Yes, at this point I have thrown the whole princess thing out the window, and I am just looking for anything that would be fun. So I will try some of these things, and if you have any other ideas PLEASE keep them coming. I am so grateful!!

The Whispering Canyon at the Wilderness Lodge would be fun for the kids...no princesses, but the waitstaff is quite silly. The kids would get a kick out of it.

Did you try Akershus at Epcot (Norway). They have a Princess Breakfast and Lunch..possibly dinner (cant remember at the moment).

I would still keep trying 1900PF. You may have to wait, but you can certainly try to walk up to 1900 PF. Maybe another Mom could try the walk up while you watch the kids at the pool.

Crystal Palace has Winnie and friends (may be too babyish for the kids).

Bibbity Bobbity Boutique is great. Girls can get their hair done and dress in princess clothes.

Go to any restaurant and order a special birthday cake (from bakery all decorated) for your daughter. Try to time the restaurant right to see Illuminations / Wishes night displays/fireworks after dinner.

Mickeys Backyard BBQ is fun. Outdoors at Picnic tables. BBQ food (burgers/dogs/ribs/chicken) with a live band, country line dancing lead by Mickey and Co...everyone who goes is asked to go up on the floor and join in. They have special dances/songs for the anyone celebrating a birthday. Now that I think of it..this would be really fun for the kids!!

jenjersnap
07-15-2008, 07:15 PM
I second the afternoon tea at GF. Not the one with Sleeping Beauty, but the one in the Grandview Lounge. It's not on the dining plan so could have openings. When I was 8, I would have thought this was the height of elegance. :-) (Heck, I am 30 years older and still think that!) You could order a cake from the GF Bakery to be delivered there too to add to the celebration,

http://allears.net/menu/menu_gft.htm

Otherwise, call for Akershus or 1900 PF or wherever else you'd like everyday. A cancellation is always possible. Good luck!

momandseandodisney
07-15-2008, 07:20 PM
my ideas would be

CRT
Crystal Palace
Norway
1900 park fare

Um . . .

starbox
07-15-2008, 07:25 PM
I am totally going to do this!!!

I love ALL your ideas. Right now here is my tentative plan:
We are staying at the DVC resort Saratoga Springs. We are having a pool lazy day, and that evening probably going to downtown disney to walk around and show our nails/hairdos/glitter off.

Whoa! You're staying at Saratoga Springs!

Do you know the spa has an entire menu designed for girls 4-12 to pamper them? Very unusual for a top-rated spa to offer extensive programs for girls. There's even a mommy and me spa day option.

http://www.relaxedyet.com/

Call the spa and set something up!! They really make them feel like princesses and I'm sure they'll do it up grand for a birthday girl!

Clotho
07-15-2008, 07:39 PM
Oh my gosh, I am loving all the wonderful ideas everyone has offered! Sounds like the OP has a plan, but one thing not mentioned, I don't think, was the movie at Fort Wilderness. It's outdoors under the stars, and for $5 you can get a s'mores kit and roast them on the fire. There is also a singalong and characters. Other than the s'mores, it's completely free!

Allison
07-15-2008, 07:44 PM
Oh my gosh, I am loving all the wonderful ideas everyone has offered! Sounds like the OP has a plan, but one thing not mentioned, I don't think, was the movie at Fort Wilderness. It's outdoors under the stars, and for $5 you can get a s'mores kit and roast them on the fire. There is also a singalong and characters. Other than the s'mores, it's completely free!

Ooh...that's a good one.

jcemom
07-15-2008, 07:54 PM
For something 'girly' the GF afternoon tea would be perfect, I think. So I second (or third) that suggestion. I would have LOVED that as a little girl. It would give them the opportunity to dress up, plus as a bonus it's less expensive than dinner. If you wanted to order a birthday cake the GF Bakery makes lovely ones. :goodvibes

If you opt for Beaches and Cream... does the Boardwalk still have face painting? I know they used to. That could be fun. Get the girls' faces painted, dinner at Beaches and Cream with a Kitchen Sink, and hang out on the Boardwalk for a while.

:goodvibes

aes74
07-15-2008, 08:04 PM
I second the afternoon tea at GF. Not the one with Sleeping Beauty, but the one in the Grandview Lounge. It's not on the dining plan so could have openings. When I was 8, I would have thought this was the height of elegance. :-) (Heck, I am 30 years older and still think that!) You could order a cake from the GF Bakery to be delivered there too to add to the celebration,

http://allears.net/menu/menu_gft.htm

Otherwise, call for Akershus or 1900 PF or wherever else you'd like everyday. A cancellation is always possible. Good luck!

jenjersnap,

does this tea party take reservations or do you just show up? The little kids pb and j looks so cute...

Mickey & Minnie Mom
07-15-2008, 08:12 PM
Have you checked on the Wonderland Tea Party?

It is held Mon & Wed at the Grand Floridian in the afternoon, I think. It is less than $30 per child and includes lunch.

How about an ADR at The Grand Floridian Cafe for breakfast, lunch or dinner?

You could still dress up in the princess gear and the girls would feel regal dining at the Grand Floridian. Just going down the stairs, my daughter feels like Cinderella.

Good luck.

patsal
07-15-2008, 09:37 PM
jenjersnap,

does this tea party take reservations or do you just show up? The little kids pb and j looks so cute...

I'd call and make a reservation just to be certain that when you get there space will be available. I'd also suggest getting to 1900 Park Fair at like 4:15 and being the first at the podium to ask for seating. That early they may be able to accomadate a walk up--just make no promises to the kids you will not be able to keep--perhaps have them sit in the regular lobby while you walk up and check--also check via phone daily you might get lucky.

jenjersnap
07-15-2008, 09:49 PM
jenjersnap,

does this tea party take reservations or do you just show up? The little kids pb and j looks so cute...

Oh, you'll definitely need to reserve in advance! And, if you were interested in a cake, it requires at least 48 hours advance notice (you call GF's private dining to arrange it)

FSUDisneyGirl
07-15-2008, 11:26 PM
A few ideas...

Outdoors theme- go to Ft. Wilderness and let the kids play on the playground by the beach! Plan a surprise hayride (they are pretty cheap...for Disney, anyways!) and make do the movie and sing along with Chip and Dale. Maybe even watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach!

Girly theme- get all of the girls bears or have them bring bears/ dolls, bring little dresses, shirts, hats, etc. from the craft store with beads, sequins, ribbon, and have the girls decorate their dolls dresses for tea! Or, you could have the girls decorate hats to wear to tea! Do tea at the Grand Floridian. Maybe even get a GFportrait session- I don't think they are too expensive! The girls would feel like little models! Stick around on the beach so you can see fireworks at MK!

Beachy theme- consider a water park? it prob. won't be much more than a character meal. You will have NO problem keeping the girls entertained! Or, get some fun food and spend a day by the pool. Maybe go to the Poly and rent some water sprites...sooo fun!

Other ideas-

Do Beaches and Cream at the Boardwalk, rent the surrey bikes, tour the boardwalk resort. watch epcot fireworks!

get "glammed" up and do Downtown Disney! Have the girls make matching shirts and take pics everywhere! Do a fun dinner at Wolfgang Puck Express, Earl of Sandwich, or in your room...or McDonalds! Do Ghiradellis or have the girls make their own rice krispy treat, brownie, or pretzel rods! Save them for the "slumber party" later. Give each girl $10 and let them go crazy in the girls section of World of Disney. Bring a video camera and have them do a fashion or talent show in the room later! Or, see a movie!

Just some ideas....I teach elementary school, can you tell?:rotfl: I bet if you get creative, you can do something amazing!!!

Mickey & Minnie Mom
07-16-2008, 02:10 AM
go to Downtown Disney, take the boat to Port Orleans-Riverside and take a carriage ride (maybe $30 or so). Afterwards, take the boat back.

You will need to make a reservation.

carol-lamb
07-16-2008, 09:00 AM
Did you check availability at the Grand Floridian Cafe? It is usually pretty easy to get in there and it is really beautiful. It would be a perfect place to have a meal with girls dressed in their princess outfits. When I was there last summer, there was a little girl's birthday party going on - it was at lunch time.

ROEDISNEY
07-16-2008, 09:10 AM
We live about an hour and a half away from Disney and I made reservations through DVC for my daughters birthday the 21st through the 23rd (next week). We planned on having just a couple little girls and their moms that we are close to come with us, we were going to swim, etc, but for her actual birthday dinner we were hoping to eat at 1900 park fare, wear princess dresses, and see Cinderella, etc. Well, I am sooo embarrassed to admit my stupidity, but I completely forgot to make a dinner reservation. Completely and totally forgot. I called this afternoon and they have nothing available for our whole stay. Nothing. He checked Chef Mickeys also, and I think another place, and nothing.

I am hoping that one of you creative people has some sort of idea of some way I can salvage this. She is going to be eight, if that helps at all. I just am at a total loss, and so disappointed in myself....I have no one to blame but myself for such a dumb mistake. If you have any ideas at all, someway we can do something special outside of the parks, I would be very grateful. :confused:


In my opinon.
What I would do if you really want to got to 1900 park fare and they open at 5. I would be there by 4:15 in line ready to give your name when they get there. They do take walk up's. I have done this before. It's a risk but I think you will get in. I have done this with Chef Mickey's numerous times. I am a family of 7 but would go with my bro & family & our parents so that's a total of 14. Good luck!

PrincessKsMom
07-16-2008, 09:42 AM
Have you checked the DIS threads re: people trading/cancelling ADRs? Maybe someone has what you're looking for.

Mommyto1andtwins
07-16-2008, 10:55 AM
There is also the photo shoot that can be added on to the photopass. That would add to the glitzy superstar package.

TDC Nala
07-16-2008, 11:59 AM
Adults will not be permitted to wear costumes into the parks unless it's one of those hard ticket parties.

It came up on the thread although I can't remember where it was suggested that adults could wear costumes. Children can wear them, though.

maj42169
07-16-2008, 10:10 PM
Adults will not be permitted to wear costumes into the parks unless it's one of those hard ticket parties.

It came up on the thread although I can't remember where it was suggested that adults could wear costumes. Children can wear them, though.

I don't think the OP said that the adults were going to wear costumes.......just the children........but that is just my info gathered from her post. ALTHOUGH, it is good info to share for those that are not aware of the policy!!

Lynn5700
07-16-2008, 10:30 PM
I think they would love Beaches and Cream!!! I wanted to say I think your girls are adorable!!!! you are so lucky,they look so sweet and precious.

I hope whatever you decide all you girls have a great time.

cmul04
07-17-2008, 12:21 AM
My favorite tip for getting reservations when they already seem booked:

Call them every day starting at 6:55 am Eastern Time! That's when all the cancellations from yesterday become available. I have booked amazing time slots and meals, especially in the castle, from various dates past the initial 180 days when they're booked. You might have to keep trying, but it can happen.