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calngavinsmom
04-13-2012, 11:29 AM
Hello there! I was wondering if anyone knows how Disney pairs up people for their dining room table assignments? Is there any rhyme or reason, or is it just a random thing?

We are a family of four and I was just wondering if we would end up with another family with young children or if they just fill up the tables based on how many butts they have to put in the seats :lmao:

Thanks for any insight!
Tara

PrincessShmoo
04-13-2012, 11:46 AM
Hello there! I was wondering if anyone knows how Disney pairs up people for their dining room table assignments? Is there any rhyme or reason, or is it just a random thing?

We are a family of four and I was just wondering if we would end up with another family with young children or if they just fill up the tables based on how many butts they have to put in the seats :lmao:

Thanks for any insight!
Tara

Generally, DCL does seem to match up similarly composed groups to be seated together. Sometimes, not so much.

:cutie:

kcashner
04-13-2012, 11:55 AM
I don't believe that it is random because we have always been matched with people who had a same sex child about the same age as my DD. When she entered the teen years, it would either be another teen or an all adult table.

The funkiest thing tends to be the all adult groupings--they seem a lot more random and you see things like honeymooners with elderly couples, etc.

Ziggette
04-13-2012, 12:16 PM
On both of our cruises, we were paired up with a family with children the same or close age to our children. It looked like the norm for the rest of the tables around us.

lucky1
04-13-2012, 12:30 PM
In 2 cases as a family of 3 we were paired with another set of families with girls the same age. It worked out so well where the girls because good friends. One cruise was so neat and this was surely not something DCL knew, but table mates family had built their family through adoption similar to us and one day it just came out and we bonded so quickly.

On our last cruise we were a family of 4 and sat alone. We have requested to be with other guest next time. We missed meeting new people.

holie
04-13-2012, 12:36 PM
I believe they do try to pair up a certain demographic.
Being 21 and travelling with my best friend, with zero kids, on our last cruise, you would imagine who we would be paired up with. We landed at a table with two couples that were all under 30 and didn't have kids. We all got along REALLY well.
I don't think it was coincidence...

Floridagram
04-13-2012, 12:44 PM
I think they try to pair up as others have posted. Then they get to the last few people, perhaps 50 or some other unknown number, and then it can be just putting bottoms in seats!

wilma-bride
04-13-2012, 01:21 PM
We have taken 3 cruises but our last two were with friends so we had a table to ourselves. However, on our first cruise, it was just DH and I but we were seated with a family with 2 young (and not very well behaved) children. Plus, one of the adults (the Mom) was not very well behaved either :rolleyes: No rhyme or reason for that. Not only that but Disney were unable to accommodate us at another table or dining time either so we were well and truly stuck. Luckily, it was only a 3 night cruise. Had it been a longer one, I wouldn't have been happy. The Dad was a sweetheart as well and was quite obviously trying to make up for the rudeness of his wife, who kept saying she couldn't have a conversation with us as she didn't understand us :sad2:

kgoldenh
04-13-2012, 02:01 PM
I am not sure how DIsney manages it but I hear more success stories than not about table mates.

our first cruise we sat alone and we loved having the time to talk to our kids. Just off another cruise and I have to be honest when we walked in first night and saw a table of 8 we were nervous and thought perhaps we should explore room service or topsiders. We were paired with another family with a girl a year younger than ours and boy a year younger than ours. Perfect!

Our kids are fast friends now and the family is being stationed in our area so we will be about 10 minutes apart. We are looking forward to them arriving and are emailing with them weekly.

I didn't really believe all the stories of finding life long friends on a week long cruise. I am a believer now!

It was neat finding out how much we have in common and making new friends.

Kate

LemonPie
04-13-2012, 02:14 PM
We have taken 2 cruises as a group of 4 and have not been paired with anyone either time.

diznymom
04-13-2012, 02:20 PM
I read somewhere that Disney actually has a science to matching up table mates the best they can. Someone (or a team) actually looks at all the demographics and tries to match up like kind families as much as possible. :thumbsup2

I think that is one reason we don't know our dining rotation until we sail. :yay:

On our first cruise, we were paired w/ a family w/ a DS about the same age as ours. Demographically, we were similar. Personality wise, not so much. We are hoping for better next cruise. :rotfl2:

kcashner
04-13-2012, 02:28 PM
If you get tablemates that you are unhappy about, talk to the head server on the first night--they will move you!

wilma-bride
04-13-2012, 02:33 PM
If you get tablemates that you are unhappy about, talk to the head server on the first night--they will move you!

Actually, that is not strictly true - as I said above, our head server was unable to either move us to another table or an earlier dining time.

maleficent, esq.
04-13-2012, 03:19 PM
My husband and I were on a seven day cruise without children. We were seated with 3 other lovely couples (they were all DVC members, we are not) It was very enjoyable.

Best to All
Mal

buzzrelly
04-13-2012, 03:25 PM
Does anyone know how many people are seated at each table? There will be 7 of us on our June cruise. Just wondering if we would get a table to ourselves or be assigned table mates. Thanks!

nhdisnut
04-13-2012, 03:40 PM
On our last cruise on the Dream we were traveling without kids and requested a table for two....wanted some quality time with just the two of us. And sure enough...table for two!!

They did note that such a request is not guaranteed....

ilovetexas
04-13-2012, 03:41 PM
I've heard horror stories but never experienced any, on any cruise line. With DCL, and often with Carnival, we are seated at our own table since there are usually six of us traveling. It will just be the two of us this time, so I'm curious how that will turn out.

I traveled with my mom on a Carnival cruise and we were seated with 3 other ladies traveling with their moms, plus two other female friends traveling together. Wow that was the best table EVER! On RCI, it was a me and DD13 and we were seated with two other moms traveling solo with their teen boys. On Celebrity, DH and I were put at a table with another couple that was older than us and a solo male cruiser and we all had an excellent time.

Carnival messed up on my last cruise. It was me and DS13 and since we have different last names, I guess they thought it was a date. They put us alone at a two top!! :rotfl: Oh, well, that was fine with us.

Long story short (too late), I think the cruise lines do as good a job as they can anticipating who will work well together at dinner.

mom of a lil pirate
04-13-2012, 03:46 PM
When I called to request for a specific dining rotation, the CM and I were chatting as she was entering my request in the system. She picked up that I am divorced and traveling with my DS alone. When she repeated back to my my request, she said, Requesting XXX dining rotation and would love to be paired with another single parent traveling with a child similar in age to her son." I did not specify the additional request, but it was very sweet of her to add it in. We will see what happens when I sail next month.

luke
04-13-2012, 04:25 PM
Our 2 cruises we have been seated with couples who were around the same age as us and we hit it off both times!
In fact, the couple we were with on our Med cruise last year are expecting their first child (well twins) as are we, and the due dates are like 10 days apart! Freaky :lmao:

:goodvibes

geffric
04-13-2012, 04:40 PM
During all the travels with DH and the kids, we have always been at a table for the 4 of us.

I think the biggest table is a 8 person..but not sure.

on the last cruise, when it was just DH and I , we sat with 2 ladies from the midwest ..we had a great time. Although I kid DH that he had a harem.:rotfl2:

MelissaE1
04-13-2012, 04:46 PM
From everything I've seen, it does seem like DCL makes an effort to pair people up with a good match. As a family of four we've mostly been at our own table, but the one time they did match us up they put us with an older couple. Which was not a problem for us, but it was for them. They were clearly unhappy to have been seated with a family with children. My kids are typically very well behaved in a restaurant situation (they make up for it elsewhere :laughing:) and they were polite and fairly quiet, but this couple refused to even interact with us. Period. We did ask, and were accommodated, for a move. I'm pretty sure they were as relieved as we were!

After this DH made me request a 4 top, but on our upcoming Fantasy cruise I "forgot." :rolleyes1 Who knows, maybe we'll make some new friends this time.

jpeka65844
04-13-2012, 05:04 PM
It cracks me up that this might be somebody's JOB.

"What do you do for a living?"

"I arrange seating arrangements for Disney Cruise Line."

How do I apply for that? What's the interview process like? :laughing:

shmoogrrrl
04-13-2012, 05:11 PM
When my husband and I did a three-day cruise as a part of our honeymoon in 2000, we were seated with an older couple and a couple with two kids about 10 and 13. They were all very sweet, and we imagined that they put us with them to show us our future. Hahaha!

They were great tablemates, The kids were very well behaved and they all loved to ask questions about our wedding and stuff like that.

When we traveled with my parents and niece (before we had kids) it was 2001 soon after the Election of 2000 drama, and we were seated with another family that had a daughter my nieces age. The Father was very outspoken politically, but once we determined that we had the same opinions, it was smooth sailing from there. :)

disneyholic family
04-13-2012, 05:34 PM
on both of our cruises, we requested our own table. i don't like eating with strangers.

fairytalelover
04-13-2012, 07:11 PM
On our honeymoon they put us at a table with other honeymooners on the Wonder.

auntie
04-13-2012, 07:27 PM
on both of our cruises, we requested our own table. i don't like eating with strangers.

I hesitated to say so, but we also made such a request. Personally, I'm pretty social and wouldn't care who we sat with. My husband on the other hand doesn't want to make chit-chat with strangers. Since it's just the two of us..who knows? :confused3 We'll soon find out.

mom2brooke76
04-13-2012, 07:41 PM
On our first cruise it was me, my dd who was almost 4, and my mom. We were seated with a couple and their dd who was about my dd's age. They were a quiet couple, yet nice. Our dd's really seemed to enjoy each other's company.

My second cruise was with my dd's godfather and we were apparently sat with a newlywed couple, but we never did see since they never made an appearance in the dining room.

My third was me, dd who was 5, and her godfather. We were seated with a couple and their dd and the two of them became fast friends and hung out in the kid's club, etc. The mom was very friendly, the dad very quiet.

The best time we had, though, was on our last cruise. Me, dd, and her godfather linked our ressies with two other families on the cruise meet thread and had a fantastic time! I still stay in touch with one of the families. I enjoyed it so much that we've linked ressies with another DISer for our upcoming cruise!

SILLYANDI
04-13-2012, 08:12 PM
After this DH made me request a 4 top, but on our upcoming Fantasy cruise I "forgot." :rolleyes1 Who knows, maybe we'll make some new friends this time.

Oh no you shouldn't have divulged that info. Karma says you're going to end up with the photo bombing Egan clan at your table now:dance3:

MelissaE1
04-13-2012, 08:30 PM
Oh no you shouldn't have divulged that info. Karma says you're going to end up with the photo bombing Egan clan at your table now:dance3:

Excuse me, have we met? :rotfl2: I heard about those people, something about exploding tea? I dunno, but it sounds like I'd come home with some FB worthy pics if I sat with that particular group.

Partridge4ever
04-13-2012, 08:39 PM
I hadn't thought about linking with a fellow DISer. How many people are at most tables? We are a party of 5. Last time we had another party of 5.

abitagirl916
04-13-2012, 08:46 PM
I hesitated to say so, but we also made such a request. Personally, I'm pretty social and wouldn't care who we sat with. My husband on the other hand doesn't want to make chit-chat with strangers. Since it's just the two of us..who knows? :confused3 We'll soon find out.

It might not be too late if you still want to make a special request. You can either call DCL (or your travel agent if you booked through a travel agent) and they can add a request to your reservation. It doesn't have to be done at the time of booking. Of course, it's not guaranteed, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

auntie
04-13-2012, 08:53 PM
It might not be too late if you still want to make a special request. You can either call DCL (or your travel agent if you booked through a travel agent) and they can add a request to your reservation. It doesn't have to be done at the time of booking. Of course, it's not guaranteed, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

Oh, I did make the request with Disney concierge. I meant that I hesitated to post it in the forum as everyone seemed so pleased with their table mates. I thought we were the only ones who preferred to dine at our own table.

abitagirl916
04-13-2012, 09:03 PM
Last year on our Disney Dream cruise, my DD (Special Needs 22yo) and I dined alone. I had requested it on my reservation and was accommodated without a problem. We are going on the Disney Fantasy in Oct.2013 along with my Aunt, but this time I might not request a particular table size. I haven't decided yet.

mama2ellie
04-13-2012, 09:08 PM
When we've cruised concierge, we've always had our own table (when it was 3 of us and 5 of us). On our non-concierge cruise, we were seated with a family that had teens of ages similar to my stepsons, and we both had a daughter with food allergies.

papa
04-13-2012, 09:52 PM
We were on the first sailing after 9/11/2001.There was quite a large group of us sailing. we met one couple that we became close friends with and we cruise together every year since. We link our dinner reservations and we do not have to break in new tablemates every time:rotfl2::cool1::lmao:

Namsupak
04-13-2012, 10:02 PM
Oh, I did make the request with Disney concierge. I meant that I hesitated to post it in the forum as everyone seemed so pleased with their table mates. I thought we were the only ones who preferred to dine at our own table.

When you cruise concierge they will pretty much set you up at your own table unless you link dining or ask otherwise. Dh asked the dining room manager about this one cruise because we kept getting a table by ourselves but DH likes to meet new people. Only once has it been a bust as far as bad table mates.

auntie
04-13-2012, 10:11 PM
When you cruise concierge they will pretty much set you up at your own table unless you link dining or ask otherwise. Dh asked the dining room manager about this one cruise because we kept getting a table by ourselves but DH likes to meet new people. Only once has it been a bust as far as bad table mates.

Good to know, thanks. :thumbsup2

mays
04-13-2012, 10:21 PM
My DH isn't a talkative kind of guy... He is worried about tablemates.

My response "hunny just pretend it's like dinner at home... You know that place where you eat food, nod and sometimes make sounds with your mouth that are related to sporting scores..." :rotfl2:

kcooley
04-13-2012, 11:41 PM
First cruise we were on our honeymoon and grouped with another honeymoon couple. Second we were grouped at an 8 top and we enjoyed our table mates. Third cruise we were at an 8 top and 4 of us were DVC. There was a Japanese mom and her DS~10 and an American mom and DD12 who weren't DVC. By the end, the American mom joined DVC as well.

Funny thing is, the Japanese mom and son didn't speak English and our server didn't speak Japanese. There was a Japanese group on the other side of the dining room and their server was Japanese. He would come over to help with orders. Why they didn't move, I don't know. Here's the CRAZY part. On the next cruise the American mom and her DD went on, they were seated with the Japanese mom and son again! :confused3 :rotfl2:

Our Fourth cruise we were paired up with the American mom and her daughter (our request this time though). Fifth cruise, we had an 8 top and one couple bailed on the table after the first night. They seemed nice and we saw them throughout the 11 night Med cruise, but hey, that made the 8 top a 6 top. :) Our Sixth cruise was the Fantasy MV. We originally had the Animators rotation, but we ate at Remy the first night, so we requested to change our rotation so we wouldn't miss any AP nights. The table they put us at was a 6 top. All three ladies are in the same profession! How did they know that? There is no way! That was cool! Needless to say, it was a great group.

BriarRosie
04-13-2012, 11:56 PM
I'm going to be getting Dining Roulette next month, as a solo cruiser, so this should be interesting! Based on prior responses (and a friend of mine who also went solo), I'll more than likely be seated with other adults. Perhaps some of them who are DVC owners like me. :laughing:

I'm not going to be in the rotational dining the first night because I'll be going to Remy. I'll be meeting my tablemates the second night, unless they are going to Remy or Palo. :rotfl2:

disneyholic family
04-14-2012, 01:38 AM
I hesitated to say so, but we also made such a request. Personally, I'm pretty social and wouldn't care who we sat with. My husband on the other hand doesn't want to make chit-chat with strangers. Since it's just the two of us..who knows? :confused3 We'll soon find out.

on both of our cruises it was 4 of us - DH, DD, DS and me.
there are tables for 4, so it wasn't a problem.

When you cruise concierge they will pretty much set you up at your own table unless you link dining or ask otherwise. Dh asked the dining room manager about this one cruise because we kept getting a table by ourselves but DH likes to meet new people. Only once has it been a bust as far as bad table mates.

we were concierge, but i specifically requested that we have our own table.
we weren't interested in tablemate roullette.
we would have enough of that during our hiking vacations. We would go on at least 2 week long hiking vacations each year. The dining hall had long 20 person tables, so there was no option for eating alone.
But we were all hiking people so there was that in common at the outset.

Funny now that i think about it, as the hiking vacations were the complete opposite of concierge - the rooms were these spartan cinderblock rooms with bunkbeds (each family had one room with only a bunch of bunkbeds in it) and the food was served family style - and not by family....just big serving dishes at various places along the table.
and we were up before dawn each morning, so we were out hiking before sunrise.
Great vacations. Perfect. Alas, the kids are now all grown up, so we haven't been on one in about 6 years. The kids now hike on their own.
but we did it at least twice a year for about 15 years. Starting when DS was 3 and DH was 5.
Memories :)

MartDM
04-14-2012, 10:36 AM
Generally, DCL does seem to match up similarly composed groups to be seated together. Sometimes, not so much.

:cutie:

True. On our last cruise we, early 40's with a 4 year old son, were paired with two mid-20's newlyweds. Hardly a demographic match made in DCL heaven. AND, we were concierge, which I understand typically means a table to yourselves.

Our son is well behaved and they were quite pleasant, so we all did fine togther but, because we really didn't have a whole lot in common except the cruise itself, conversation never really got beyond polite small talk each evening so I can't really say the experience was memorable or enjoyable. It was more, well, kind of boring.

calngavinsmom
04-14-2012, 11:21 AM
Thanks guys! Just the info I was looking for :thumbsup2

Take care!
Tara

Ephany
04-14-2012, 11:52 AM
On paper our tablemates were perfect. One couple (no kids) and a second couple with one child same age as DD. The first couple worked in the same industry as us and lived in the area where DH grew up. Unfortunately the other child was not well behaved and his father had to direct every conversation (which mostly was complaining about the ship and how much better every other cruise they had every been on was compared to ours). At the end, DH remarked it'd been great if we could have just been seated with the first couple, they seemed like a lot of fun and we had tons to talk about. Next time, he asked me to request that that we be seated alone; he said it was depressing listen to the other guy complain the whole time.

Aby
04-14-2012, 12:58 PM
Last year on our Alaskan cruise, my hubby and I requested to be seated alone if possible. Going out to dinner is one of our favorite things to do together and we enjoy the privacy. On the first night, we got to our table and there was an older couple already seated (we are in our 30's, they were I'd guess in their 50's) so I thought they just couldn't grant the request.

Turns out, the couple was supposed to be at early dining and there was a mistake on their reservation, so they told them to come to late dining the first night and they would get them switched for the next day. Well, we hit it off! We really enjoyed our dinner with them even though I'm not much of a talker around strangers, and I guess they liked us too because they requested that they not be moved after all.

We had a great time at all our dinners, and we even skipped our Palo dinner reservation as we were having so much fun in the main dining room with them. They did the same another night :goodvibes

That being said, my hubby and I are going again in 2013 and I think we will request a table alone again. Although we had a blast, I think we would really enjoy the intimacy of eating alone this time.

Aby

ColoradoDisneyFreaks
04-14-2012, 01:25 PM
When I called to request for a specific dining rotation, the CM and I were chatting as she was entering my request in the system. She picked up that I am divorced and traveling with my DS alone. When she repeated back to my my request, she said, Requesting XXX dining rotation and would love to be paired with another single parent traveling with a child similar in age to her son." I did not specify the additional request, but it was very sweet of her to add it in. We will see what happens when I sail next month.

Me and my DD did a cruise last October just the 2 of us. When we got to dinner, we were seated with a mom and DD traveling together, and a Dad and DD traveling together, turns out the girls were all within a year of DD's age, and all 3 parents were in the same industry, one lives about a mile from our house! :confused3

I think from a demographics standpoint, Disney tries to match up where they can, you may have better luck if you haven't requested a specific rotation, but I bet they'll do great. They can't guarantee that your personalities will match, but, they sure do try with situations and ages!

ibouncetoo
04-14-2012, 01:40 PM
I hadn't thought about linking with a fellow DISer. How many people are at most tables? We are a party of 5. Last time we had another party of 5.

Linking with DISers is standard operating procedure for me now. They can do table sizes up to about 16 people. If there are more than that linked the will do tables in the same station. For Alaska there were 18 of us and we had a table for 10 and 8 and we just switched out where we sat each night.

On some of the specialty cruises (Panama Canal/Transatlantic/Hawaii) there are so many DISers wanting to dine together that we link up reservations into groups and then DCL places all groups in the same section of the restaurant. :thumbsup2

COASTIEandMATE
04-15-2012, 11:53 AM
:thumbsup2We were on the inaugural Alaska cruise last year and were so happy to have 2 guys who worked at Disneyland resort and a couple who were ex cast members at our table!! Needless to say we loved our tablemates, but we are having our dining linked with friends we met on the disboards for our next cruise! I think, as others have said, that Disney tries hard to find you tablemates with something in common!:goodvibes Aloha, Karen and Ron

chicagodisneyfan
04-15-2012, 01:03 PM
In my mind, part of the cruising experience is have tablemates. We have always had great conversations.

But then again, we are the type who like to eat at restaurants with communal tables.

E&Cmom
04-15-2012, 08:56 PM
Last Year on our Alaskan cruise, we were seated with another family of 4. They also had 2 girls who were the same age as mine. The girls became fast friends and after dinner always begged to the kids clubs to play together.