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heathernfrankie
08-17-2011, 12:05 AM
As of now, we have a 5pm reservation at Liberty Tree Tavern for the night we have the Halloween Party. Should I change it to an earlier time (2:00 or 2:30 I believe are available)? I know they say the park is open until 7 and the party starts at 7, but will we be missing things if we eat at 5pm? I thought maybe we could eat our bigger dinner earlier and then just do a quick service at the party. I may also change to The Plaza Restaurant instead too b/c they have a 2 and a 2:15. ugh....
WWYD??

disneybex
08-17-2011, 04:39 AM
We have a 4.50pm ADR at Crystal Palace for MNSSHP. We would have gone for LTT but DF likes the veggie option that is offered at lunch rather than dinner there.

The only thing you might miss is getting in the queues early for characters or the sweet stations which start to build a little before 7pm - but you should be out well before then at LTT surely? We have assumed we will be finished at 6.30pm so will have plenty of time :)

Plus by having dinner before the party you don't have to waste time during the party eating - apart from candy that is :lmao:

andylcq
08-17-2011, 06:26 AM
I think you'd better to change more early:cool1:

OhThePain
08-17-2011, 06:27 AM
Plus by having dinner before the party you don't have to waste time during the party eating - apart from candy that is :lmao:

I agree with this. You should be done by 6:30 the latest if you keep your 5:00 ADR. Even if you do run late you won't lose as much party time as you would if you stopped at, say, Cosmic Ray's for a mid-party meal.

tinkmom2
08-17-2011, 07:23 AM
The park opens for MNSSHP participants starting at 4. I wouldn't waste a regular park ticket that day. We go look around at DTD or the different resorts. So I wouldn't make your dinner for 2 in the afternoon. I would keep what you have.
Our dinner ressies are at 5:50pm at CRT. You have the whole night to go around the park. Most rides are empty. At the MVMCP we were oftentimes the only people on the rides. There are also two showings of the parade. And there will be plenty of candy too! So you won't be missing much while you are eating because those stations won't open until after 7.

Nadjalu
08-17-2011, 07:28 AM
If you are planning to be in the park early that day, I would go ahead and keep the 5pm adr.
You should be done by 6:30 or right around 7pm at the latest. So you won't miss anything.
We will be attending a MNSSHP as well and have an adr at WL at 5pm. That is our MK day, so we will be enjoying the park then leave for dinner, come back and be ready for the party.
Sounds like a good plan to me.

RMulieri
08-17-2011, 08:26 AM
I would change it to earlier .You can't get into the park BEFORE 4pm on just your party ticket though.You would need to use a regular admission too( unless you are planning in being in the MK all day)

goofyintoronto
08-17-2011, 08:33 AM
I wouldnt change the ADR. I think you will have plenty of time since nothing happens until 7pm anyway! You should be done Liberty Tree around 630pm. Thats plenty of time.

heathernfrankie
08-17-2011, 08:48 AM
Thank you everyone for your comments/suggestions.


I would change it to earlier .You can't get into the park BEFORE 4pm on just your party ticket though.You would need to use a regular admission too( unless you are planning in being in the MK all day)

We do plan to do MK that day. I didn't want to be running all around with 2 kids.

TDC Nala
08-17-2011, 08:59 AM
If you keep LTT you may also have to decide if you want lunch or dinner - because the lunch does not have the same food as dinner.

Queen2PrincessG
08-17-2011, 09:14 AM
Some of the info I have read is confusing. The party doesn't start till 7 but people suggest getting there at 4? :confused3 Doesn't make sense to me because nothing begins before 7 so I'm planning on heading over at 530 or 6. But we have park hoppers for our trip so it doesn't matter really.

As for dinner I didn't make a reservation. We are going to do a quick service that evening.

TDC Nala
08-17-2011, 09:17 AM
Some of the info I have read is confusing. The party doesn't start till 7 but people suggest getting there at 4? :confused3 Doesn't make sense to me because nothing begins before 7 so I'm planning on heading over at 530 or 6. But we have park hoppers for our trip so it doesn't matter really.

As for dinner I didn't make a reservation. We are going to do a quick service that evening.

Guests with a party ticket are generally allowed into the park starting at 4. I think the suggestion to get there at 4 is meant for those who want to get the absolute most out of their party ticket (3 extra hours in the park) especially for those who do not have any regular park admission for the day.

RMulieri
08-17-2011, 09:24 AM
Some of the info I have read is confusing. The party doesn't start till 7 but people suggest getting there at 4? :confused3 Doesn't make sense to me because nothing begins before 7 so I'm planning on heading over at 530 or 6. But we have park hoppers for our trip so it doesn't matter really.

As for dinner I didn't make a reservation. We are going to do a quick service that evening.

we like getting there at 4p to beat the crowds of people pouring into the Mk as it gets closer to party time.We also enter at 4p, and eat dinner at Cosmic Rays and then ride rides till start time.

DonnaBoo
08-17-2011, 09:41 AM
We plan to get there between 4 and 5 to beat the crowds, grap a map and entertainment schedule. We went 2 years ago to 2 MNSSHP and never got there by 7. So I keep telling myself this time will be different. :lmao:

We had a lot of fun, never really waited for any of the attractions, had a blast dancing in the street parties, and there's lots of places to go trick or treating. party:

If you're a pin collector, they have "special" pins you can only buy the night of the MNSSHP. There were a couple of shops who had them.

OhThePain
08-17-2011, 10:32 AM
Thank you everyone for your comments/suggestions.

We do plan to do MK that day. I didn't want to be running all around with 2 kids.

Do you plan on getting to the park later in the morning/early afternoon or do you plan on getting to the park early? If you go to the park early, with the ages of the little ones, I would highly suggest the mid-day nap if you haven't planned for it already. With the cost of the park tickets the last thing your going to want is for one or both of them to have a melt-down/crash before the first parade starts. If you don't want to do a lot of traveling you could also just sleep in that morning and head to MK at about 11 or so. It would still give you time to get a lot done before partiers begin to show up at 4. Just some food for thought. :thumbsup2

heathernfrankie
08-17-2011, 02:26 PM
Do you plan on getting to the park later in the morning/early afternoon or do you plan on getting to the park early? If you go to the park early, with the ages of the little ones, I would highly suggest the mid-day nap if you haven't planned for it already. With the cost of the park tickets the last thing your going to want is for one or both of them to have a melt-down/crash before the first parade starts. If you don't want to do a lot of traveling you could also just sleep in that morning and head to MK at about 11 or so. It would still give you time to get a lot done before partiers begin to show up at 4. Just some food for thought. :thumbsup2

I think we will be getting there around 11 or so. I know we would be "wasting" our MK ticket (we didn't do hoppers this time) but so we can do the whole party (or most of it), I think that is the best. Plus, we plan to do MK on Saturday too, the day before we leave Disney.

Michellynn
08-17-2011, 03:54 PM
DH and I are doing something similar, except our reservations are at Tony's Town Square for 5:15. We have park hopper tickets and were planning to do MK in the morning through early afternoon any way. We will likely go back to our room for a few hours in the afternoon and then back over for dinner and the party. No costumes for us...but a few "off" hours between the morning and the evening will have us well rested to fully enjoy the entire evening at the party. :thumbsup2

HuskerFaninIL
08-17-2011, 04:08 PM
We preferred the LTT lunch menu so we have a 2:50 ressie and figure we will be done around 4. We will do whatever for a couple hours, then line up for dwarves and cindys carriage early.

3floridarays
08-17-2011, 08:01 PM
We have an ADR for Tony's at 5:20. We're planning on getting there early and keep our fingers crossed that they can seat us early.

heathernfrankie
08-17-2011, 09:24 PM
So it seems like most would just keep it and then that way we won't need to worry about eating during the party and wasting our time eating.

nkereina
08-17-2011, 09:53 PM
Some of the info I have read is confusing. The party doesn't start till 7 but people suggest getting there at 4? :confused3 Doesn't make sense to me because nothing begins before 7 so I'm planning on heading over at 530 or 6. But we have park hoppers for our trip so it doesn't matter really.

As for dinner I didn't make a reservation. We are going to do a quick service that evening.

The 4pm entry is probably most beneficial to those who don't have a regular park ticket to use that day, or who don't have park hoppers and want to spend the morning at another park. That way they can gain entry into MK at 4pm for the cost of the party ticket, rather than having to buy an admission ticket also.

DonaldTDuck
08-17-2011, 10:10 PM
I've been to several parties and believe eating at 5 is best. This year we are going to GFC for dinner at 5, their first seating for dinner. Hope to be back at MK by 6:30. I always do MK on party day because the park is soooo empty until after 4.

tinkmom2
08-18-2011, 03:24 AM
For us we don't waste a park ticket on that day. At $260.00 for the party tickets we are just sticking with the party. I found that if we don't leave the park and take a nap that sometimes the parents have melt downs too :rotfl: Our plan is to go to the BBB DTD and then hit some of the monorail resorts to look at decorations like we did for Christmas. I wanted to go to Kona for sushi but I hear it's not open until after 5 so we are going to WPE in DTD.

dawne98
08-18-2011, 10:56 AM
we don't go to the parks on that day just hung out at the pool and nap b4 getting up and dress to go to MNSSHP....we are just doing a QS at Coronado springs b4 going to the park we the LOVE the QS for dinner at that resort:) I would not be able to do an all day with a 3 year and 13 year old then the party not for me lol they need a nap (I'll need a nap b4 doing a late night in the park lol)
But you are going to stay in the park all day I would keep the dinner at 5pm:)

mrsmillar
08-18-2011, 11:29 AM
So we are going to WDW for the first time and are new to all of this(me, DH and DS(4) DS(4). I just ran across this thread and I am now worried. We are going to MNSSHP and have a 6:05 ADR at CP. Should I cancel it? How long does a character meal take? Will we really miss that much stuff? Thanks!

mommyrosa2
08-18-2011, 12:23 PM
So we are going to WDW for the first time and are new to all of this(me, DH and DS(4) DS(4). I just ran across this thread and I am now worried. We are going to MNSSHP and have a 6:05 ADR at CP. Should I cancel it? How long does a character meal take? Will we really miss that much stuff? Thanks!

I personally would not change your ressie....you're not going to miss anything! Two years ago we attended MNNSHP, we had 6:30p ressies at Chef Mickeys, we then walked the pathway into the MK, didn't get into the park until closer to 8:00p and enjoyed ourselves immensely. You have to remember there are two parade times, candy stations spread throughout the park and so much to do that i can't imagine you'll be missing anything by eating at 6:05p. With the crowd levels the way they were, we were actually glad to have gotten there a little later...while most were at the first parade, we enjoyed going on all the rides with practically no wait time. We then enjoyed getting our spot for the second parade which crowd wise, was much better, and once that parade was done, a lot of folks were leaving the park all together which left us to enjoy the rides again and again.

ars0525
08-18-2011, 02:01 PM
I would keep the 5pm ADR. When you get out it will be time for the party.

Just make sure to ride all the rides you want before dinner that aren't open during the party hours.

Michellynn
08-18-2011, 02:47 PM
So we are going to WDW for the first time and are new to all of this(me, DH and DS(4) DS(4). I just ran across this thread and I am now worried. We are going to MNSSHP and have a 6:05 ADR at CP. Should I cancel it? How long does a character meal take? Will we really miss that much stuff? Thanks!

I wouldn't worry. As mommyrosa mentioned...two parade times and so much to do. Unless you have really young ones that are going to get too tuckered out to stay for the second parade showing...I see no reason to be concerned about not getting started with the party until 7:30ish (about 1.5 hours from the start of your dinner at 6pm).

Pattymommy
08-18-2011, 08:46 PM
I'm so glad a I read all your posts! We have a 5:20 res at CM for my Daughter's birthday on the day of the Halloween party. I didn't know if I should change it but I'm going to keep it now! Thanks everyone!