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Mickey Fliers
08-29-2012, 02:20 PM
Made all of our ADR's for our Nov. trip and now good friends are also coming the same week. I gave her a list of our ADR's and she tried to match them the best she could. The only one she couldn't get was Akershus. Now I have to decide to stick with my original plan or make some changes. Party is DH, DS15, DS13, DS10, DD4 and myself (Akershus really being for DD4).

Option 1 - Stick with original plan and DD4 gets first Princess meal. We have never done Akershus and my boys will probably be "meh" about it. I think DD will love it, but who knows. Won't have dinner with friends.

Option 2 - Cancel Akershus and book both families at Beirgarten. We have been to Beirgarten before and I know everyone will have a good time. But, we won't have a princess meal.

Option 3 - Cancel Akershus, book Beirgarten, and change our last morning breakfast to 1900 Park Fare instead of Ohana. Still get dinner with friends and DD gets a semi-princess meal.

WWYD??

debbiedoo
08-29-2012, 02:33 PM
Does the other family have smaller girls as well? Split for the princess thing for the girls. And the older kids/adults go to another restaurant close to area.

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JavArmy
08-29-2012, 02:36 PM
I vote option 1. I do like the sugguestion put up by the pp to swap some kids if they have girls. Good luck!

MouseMomx2
08-29-2012, 02:37 PM
Does the other family have smaller girls as well? Split for the princess thing for the girls. And the older kids/adults go to another restaurant close to area.

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This is what I was going to suggest as well.

mommy2paisley
08-29-2012, 02:37 PM
I'd still take her to Akershus for dinner and skip that meal with your friends!!! You could do the choice 3 of doing Biergarten and then doing 1900 Parkfare, but that's usually Alice/Madhatter, Pooh/Tigger and Mary Poppins (at least the times I've been). She would have fun at Biergarten, though, as you know! My DD LOVED that place and requested it for this trip as well!!!

OR your friend can do like me and call/get online every.single.day like a crazy person until you get the ressie you want! LOL

JimmyV
08-29-2012, 02:37 PM
If there is any way to split up the group with the younger kids and girls going to Akershus and the older kids and boys going elsewhere, that is what I would do. I think that your DS15, DS13, and DS10 will be way beyond "meh" on Akershus.

Good Morning Dewdrop
08-29-2012, 02:46 PM
I would stick with Akershus - we love the Princess meals. 1900 for breakfast isn't princess at all.

Also I don't see the harm in eating separately for one TS

lilasmom
08-29-2012, 03:01 PM
I would choose option 1 also. My DD is 3 and she loved Askerhaus last May, I loved getting DS8 pics with princesses too.

purple figment
08-29-2012, 03:25 PM
I would keep Akershus and recommend to your friend that she start checking online multiple times a day to see if an Akershus res for her family comes up. With the cc guarantee requirement people will cancel so they aren't charged the financial penalty. She could also subscribe to the Nov cancellation thread.

For the reservations your friend made, did she make them just for her family or for the total number of people in both families? If they are separate be prepared to be seated at separate tables, hopefully close by. CMs will try their best to seat all of you together, but it sounds like you'll be a larger group and many of the restaurants don't have a lot of large tables.

If being seated together is important, you might want to try calling to see if any of the reservations can be modified for the larger number. If not, you can check online to see if any reservations come up for your whole group size.

jh997300
08-29-2012, 04:28 PM
We have reservations on 11/13 for 5 that we may cancel.

Mickey Fliers
08-29-2012, 06:24 PM
We have reservations on 11/13 for 5 that we may cancel.

That's funny. We are on the 12th.

Right now, DH thinks we should go to Beirgarten. Other family is staying a day longer than us and is doing Akershus the day we leave. I mentioned the splitting up (as they have 2 young DD's and a DS4) but she really wants the whole family to go.

So now I have to decide between option 1 and 2 with a DH and 3 big boys who would prefer option 2. I may see if I can get a lunch or something just for the two of us.

Quin
08-30-2012, 07:14 AM
So now I have to decide between option 1 and 2 with a DH and 3 big boys who would prefer option 2. I may see if I can get a lunch or something just for the two of us.

If you need to do this, there are a couple of options at the GF to check out: an afternoon Tea service and the Princess tea. Good for some mother/daughter time. Or at least a BBB makeover for her one morning.

party-of-five
08-30-2012, 07:42 AM
I would pick option 1 - stick with Akershus. The princesses do such a great job with interacting with and including the boys. I think you will all have a great time. My DD was 4 when she first went, we all loved it.

I agree with PPs suggestions to have your friends keep looking, maybe something will turn up.

If they can't get a res and they need to eat elsewhere, what if you meet them after dinner for dessert. Maybe even do a "dessert around the world" kind of thing where you could sample different desserts while still enjoying each others company.

DCbride
08-30-2012, 08:34 AM
Wait...you are telling us that the other family already is booked at Norway but wants you to change your reservation so your little girl doesn't eat with the princesses so you can eat together but she still gets to go? That doesn't seem fair to DD. I would keep your plan and enjoy the few meals that work. The boys will find something they like since it is part buffet.

DEA
08-30-2012, 08:41 AM
I'd say option 1, but with the suggestion that you try to expand the reservation to accommodate everyone. There have been instances of people just showing up with a greater number of people to see if the restaurant can accommodate them (known colloquially as "Testabombing" after one of the authors of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World), but that is riskier. It sounds like you'll be able to have a lot of meals in the same place, and if they're already getting a chance to go to Akershus, it definitely seems less than fair to your DD to change restaurants on her.

JimmyV
08-30-2012, 10:17 AM
Right now, DH thinks we should go to Beirgarten. Other family is staying a day longer than us and is doing Akershus the day we leave. I mentioned the splitting up (as they have 2 young DD's and a DS4) but she really wants the whole family to go.

So now I have to decide between option 1 and 2 with a DH and 3 big boys who would prefer option 2. I may see if I can get a lunch or something just for the two of us.

Your friend couldn't get a reservation at the same time as you, but went ahead and got one of her own for her family after you leave. Good for her. But her plan of having you all eat elsewhere means that the only person who would not get to dine with the Princesses is your DD4. That does not seem right. Just how important is it for all of you to dine together at this one particular meal given that she was able to match all of your other reservations? Seems a bit much, if you ask me.

Given that your DH and sons don't want to do the Princess thing, and I can't say that I blame them, I would keep your current reservation and put as many people in those seats as care to go, and send the men to the Biergarten. If your friend and her children join you, then perhaps that means that they will have the experience twice. Or maybe after doing it once, they will decide to cancel their reservation. No harm there, as everyone who wants to see the Princesses will have done so. And if your friend opts not to join you, then you and your daughter go and have a great time. But however you configure this, I would NOT cancel your reservation if it means that your DD4 is forced to skip the experience. Ordinarily, I wouldn't feel that strongly about going out of my way for one member of the family. But after learning that your friend booked the same restaurant after you leave, my opinion is that your daughter ought to have the experience as well, even if that means that the group gets split for one meal. It would be pretty awful if, after your vacations are over, the kids get together and talk about the fun they had, and your friend's kids crow about how much they loved Akershus while your DD has ro reflect on how she missed out.

mickeynut1
08-30-2012, 10:33 AM
I would stick with your original plans and go with option #1 and have the other family keep trying every day multiple times a day to get an ADR on the same day as you. I don't think it's fair to your DD to cancel and have her miss out on the one princess meal she would have. If your friend keeps looking and is not able to secure an ADR with you, I agree with others to split the families up and have all the girls go to Akershus and the guys go elsewhere. If your friend doesn't like this idea, I would keep the ressie for just your family and meet up with the other family later. I wouldn't cancel a meal my child wanted just to be able to eat together with another family, especially since there are other meals with everyone together (but that's just me). Good luck.

Maggie Lizer
08-30-2012, 10:45 AM
I would probably do Biergarten, but I have a son and I am not interested in character meals (particularly not princess meals), so I cannot really put myself in your shoes, so to speak.

Good luck with your decision.

B's Marie
08-30-2012, 03:07 PM
Option 1!!! Such a special meal for your DD. Good luck with your decision!

hsmamato2
08-30-2012, 03:29 PM
option 1- your dd deserves that meal! just meet your friends later on for some fun:) your boys will be mortified,and you should get some great pics of them trying to stay away from the princesses LOL:lmao:

debbiedoo
08-30-2012, 03:42 PM
If spilting up us not an option. I would keep the reservation. Your daughter is only 4 once. You can't turn back the clock.

Best of luck in whatever you decide to do

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Mickey Fliers
08-30-2012, 09:50 PM
Thank you all for your input. I hate being so torn. And I hate that my DH thinks that Beirgarten would be more fun. Grrrr

The other input is that we are moving to Japan in December. Now, they may have Princess meals at Tokyo Disney, but we won't be back to WDW until she is at least 8.

Quin
08-31-2012, 07:31 AM
Thank you all for your input. I hate being so torn. And I hate that my DH thinks that Beirgarten would be more fun. Grrrr

The other input is that we are moving to Japan in December. Now, they may have Princess meals at Tokyo Disney, but we won't be back to WDW until she is at least 8.

Your DH is right. Biergarten WOULD be more fun - for HIM. And for the boys. There is nothing wrong with not eating every single meal with the other family There is also nothing wrong with not eating every single meal with your own family. DH and the boys and your friends go to Biergarten. You and DD go to Akershus and let her be enthralled with the wall-to-wall princesses. Her perspective at 8+ years old is going to be wildly different than it is at age 4. It's great that your friends were able to get an ADR there later in their trip, but prior posters are right that they should not pressure you to make your DD forego an experience that is important enough to them that they are making sure their DDs get. I'm sure you're trying to avoid conflict with your DH and to make this a magical family trip, but your DD needs you to stand up for her on this one.

B's Marie
08-31-2012, 03:37 PM
Your DH is right. Biergarten WOULD be more fun - for HIM. And for the boys. There is nothing wrong with not eating every single meal with the other family There is also nothing wrong with not eating every single meal with your own family. DH and the boys and your friends go to Biergarten. You and DD go to Akershus and let her be enthralled with the wall-to-wall princesses. Her perspective at 8+ years old is going to be wildly different than it is at age 4. It's great that your friends were able to get an ADR there later in their trip, but prior posters are right that they should not pressure you to make your DD forego an experience that is important enough to them that they are making sure their DDs get. I'm sure you're trying to avoid conflict with your DH and to make this a magical family trip, but your DD needs you to stand up for her on this one.

Well said!

party-of-five
08-31-2012, 04:15 PM
. Her perspective at 8+ years old is going to be wildly different than it is at age 4.

Very true! At age 4 DD wore a princess dress nearly every day singing all the songs from the movies. At age 4 she happily waited in line for an hour to see the Faries. And boy did her face light up when she saw them. Now, at age 9, its a very different story... "Ah, the princesses are OK." That little girl princess phase only lasts for but a moment.

Mouseketeer1974
08-31-2012, 04:17 PM
I would argue (having been on holidays with close family / friends) that one meal apart isn't going to make that much difference, in fact it might be a blessing...
We found that the Princesses were more than happy to make a fuss of our "handsome prince" as well as our beautiful princesses.
I'm sure that DD will have to make some scrifices for her big brothers over the course of the trip so I'm sure they can be persuaded to compromise on this ADR.
Good luck!

Wendy31
08-31-2012, 04:21 PM
If you are eating all your other meals w/ your friends, I wouldn't hesitate to set aside one evening where it was just my family.

Just from my own personal experience, I think, whenever you're sharing your vacation w/ others outside of your immediate family, it's really nice to have some downtown w/ just your family.

Also, if your DH & boys really don't want to eat at Akershus & would rather eat at Biergarten, I'd send them to Biergarten & eat at Akershus w/ my DD - if my DH was okay w/ us splitting up.

My DD is 12 years old now - trust me, that princess stage doesn't last long at all! Enjoy this time while you can! Every little princess needs a special meal w/ the princesses!

juliebug1997
08-31-2012, 06:59 PM
1900 for breakfast isn't princess at all.


:thumbsup2

Your friend can always show up and see if they'll take her family in around the same time as yours.

If you really think that your sons won't like it, why not let DH take the boys off to Biergarten and ask your friend (and her daughter?) to join you and your daughter at Ankershus?

scojos
08-31-2012, 07:07 PM
i have a different solution, u and dd have a girly day and do akerhaus (he did bfast and loved it!!) and the hubby and oys could go some where "manly" espn...marakesh/mexican...
we did this last few trips, and it means quality time for everyone.... but dont cancel ur daughters meal...

Mickey Fliers
09-02-2012, 07:51 AM
You have all convinced me! We are keeping our Akershus reservation. Why should my DD miss out? And...her Daddy and brothers will be there as well. I figure she has spent countless hours at swim meets, soccer games, footballs games, practices and school functions. They can manage to give her an hour and a half with the princesses. :thumbsup2

I think the kicker really was that the our friends weren't willing to split up since they had Akershus later in the week and didn't want to miss it. Heck, neither do we!

Thanks again!

Erin1700
09-02-2012, 08:11 AM
You have all convinced me! We are keeping our Akershus reservation. Why should my DD miss out? And...her Daddy and brothers will be there as well. I figure she has spent countless hours at swim meets, soccer games, footballs games, practices and school functions. They can manage to give her an hour and a half with the princesses. :thumbsup2

I think the kicker really was that the our friends weren't willing to split up since they had Akershus later in the week and didn't want to miss it. Heck, neither do we!

Thanks again!

Enjoy it! You won't regret your decision!

B's Marie
09-02-2012, 09:13 PM
Thank you all for your input. I hate being so torn. And I hate that my DH thinks that Beirgarten would be more fun. Grrrr

The other input is that we are moving to Japan in December. Now, they may have Princess meals at Tokyo Disney, but we won't be back to WDW until she is at least 8.

So happy for you! Enjoy!!!!!!

debbiedoo
09-03-2012, 02:33 AM
Thank you all for your input. I hate being so torn. And I hate that my DH thinks that Beirgarten would be more fun. Grrrr

The other input is that we are moving to Japan in December. Now, they may have Princess meals at Tokyo Disney, but we won't be back to WDW until she is at least 8.

Enjoy!! :). With moving a definite must do. :).



Your DH is right. Biergarten WOULD be more fun - for HIM. And for the boys. There is nothing wrong with not eating every single meal with the other family There is also nothing wrong with not eating every single meal with your own family. DH and the boys and your friends go to Biergarten. You and DD go to Akershus and let her be enthralled with the wall-to-wall princesses. Her perspective at 8+ years old is going to be wildly different than it is at age 4. It's great that your friends were able to get an ADR there later in their trip, but prior posters are right that they should not pressure you to make your DD forego an experience that is important enough to them that they are making sure their DDs get. I'm sure you're trying to avoid conflict with your DH and to make this a magical family trip, but your DD needs you to stand up for her on this one.


Agree

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MentalVacation
09-03-2012, 10:15 PM
I'm so glad you decided to keep it!!!!!!

We are going to Disney at this age precisely b/c of the Princess phase, which will end by the time DD is old enough to ride all the ride and 'keep up' as my DH continues to mention.

And it would be fun to see pics of those teenage boys being adored by the princesses too. :rotfl:

elaine amj
09-04-2012, 09:51 AM
Your DH is right. Biergarten WOULD be more fun - for HIM. And for the boys. There is nothing wrong with not eating every single meal with the other family There is also nothing wrong with not eating every single meal with your own family. DH and the boys and your friends go to Biergarten. You and DD go to Akershus and let her be enthralled with the wall-to-wall princesses. Her perspective at 8+ years old is going to be wildly different than it is at age 4. It's great that your friends were able to get an ADR there later in their trip, but prior posters are right that they should not pressure you to make your DD forego an experience that is important enough to them that they are making sure their DDs get. I'm sure you're trying to avoid conflict with your DH and to make this a magical family trip, but your DD needs you to stand up for her on this one.

So glad you kept it! Your boys can all suck it up for your little princess for one meal :) p.s. my frugal DH loved the free photo print pkg we got here!

As for your friends..your trip is not until November...if you or she stalks ressies...you'll likely be able to get a ressie for all of you for the date you want. Ppl cancel all the time.