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FOJMO
06-03-2003, 09:26 AM
I will have to say, that on Semi-Formal night and Formal night on the Magic last week, we saw ALL KINDS!

There were, thankfully, a majority of people who looked beautiful -- tuxes, suits, formal dresses (short and long).

But, as usual, there were those with SHORTS on (and denim ones, too boot) and tank tops! Unbelievable! I wish these people would go to Topsiders if they feel they need to dress that way. Not even an effort -- more than likely, it was some sort of protest statement, or they could have at least had slacks and a collared shirt on... IMHO.

Cruise
06-03-2003, 10:04 AM
Originally posted by FOJMO

But, as usual, there were those with SHORTS on (and denim ones, too boot) and tank tops! Unbelievable! I wish these people would go to Topsiders if they feel they need to dress that way. Not even an effort -- more than likely, it was some sort of protest statement, or they could have at least had slacks and a collared shirt on... IMHO.

Was this IN the dining rooms? I'm guessing so since you said they could go to Topsiders if they felt like dressing that way and apparently did not choose to.

I can see why Disney doesn't enforce the "suggested" dress codes, but it's still disappointing.

Julie

FOJMO
06-03-2003, 10:14 AM
This was IN the dining rooms! Didn't seem to phase them one bit!

I wish there were some way DCL could enforce these guidelines, but because they are just recommended guidelines, it's probably hard to, without causing a scene.

alexandrew
06-03-2003, 10:22 AM
when people dress "down" to the dining rooms on formal night, it really ruins the experience for the rest of us who consider these nights special...

no class!

kmc33
06-03-2003, 10:54 AM
Did you notice if there were many tuxes on the semi-formal night? DH would like to wear tux on both semi-formal and formal and I understand that some do that, but wondered if he would be out of place.
Thanks!

MFan
06-03-2003, 12:17 PM
Originally posted by kmc33
Did you notice if there were many tuxes on the semi-formal night? DH would like to wear tux on both semi-formal and formal and I understand that some do that, but wondered if he would be out of place.
Thanks!

He would be no more out of place than those in tank tops! :p

Seriously, on our 5/10 Western, there were plenty of men wearing tux on the semi-formal night. So many people were dressed up that I thought I had the wrong schedule for a while (of course, there were people wearing shorts and t-shirts as well). I wore the same dark suits on both nights.

:rolleyes:

FOJMO
06-03-2003, 01:33 PM
I agree that it was sometimes hard to tell the difference between semi-formal and formal nights because some people dressed up a LOT on each night.

Yes, I saw guys wearing tuxes on both nights. My DH, though, only wore his on formal night.

By the way, we got my DH's tux on Ebay!

gometros
06-03-2003, 04:15 PM
Originally posted by FOJMO
Yes, I saw guys wearing tuxes on both nights. My DH, though, only wore his on formal night.

If you don't mind my asking, what did he wear on semi-formal night? I'm thinking of only wearing my tux on formal night and a suit the other night. I know the answer is that would be okay, just curious what other men who wore tuxes one night and not the other wore instead.

Jeanny
06-03-2003, 05:12 PM
well, I agree with everyone... formal & semi-formal should be just that... not SHORTS & Tank tops!!

They "enforce" the Palo rule (No Children), why can't they suggest and enforce the suggestion formal/semi-formal?? it's not a hard concept... formal night?? dress up.... semi-formal--dress up but not quite as much as formal night? get the concept?

resort casual---every other time!!, still not a hard concept. I understand people are on vacation and want to relax, OK, then don't go to the formal night in your SHORTS!!! again, not a hard concept.

JMO, and I have my flame-retardant suit on in case there are people who think I'm the weirdest person they've ever met!!!!

Thanks, Jeanny :wave:

skylynx
06-03-2003, 05:28 PM
Just had to add my two pence...been on the Wonder twice and even though there was no formal night I dressed "formal" (long gown) and my honey wore his tux the night we went to Palo. He wore it one other night when I wore a black cocktail dress and rhinestones to Triton's...we were definitely "overdressed" for Triton's, but you wouldn't believe how many people came up to us to tell us how nice we looked. While walking back to our stateroom some people even took pictures of us! The cruise was so special to us (celebrating engagement) we wanted to dress up for dinner each night even though it wasn't necessary. In fact, we'd shopped for our dress-up cruise clothes months before (to get stuff on sale) and having a venue to wear clothes like that was one of our great delights. We're going on the Magic next year and will certainly dress up on formal and semi formal nights and probably some other nights, too, but mostly because we enjoy getting all sparkly for each other. There aren't that many occasions to WEAR dress-up clothes, so we weren't about to pass it up. We wore comfortable clothes all day, so it wasn't difficult to climb into heels and a bowtie for a few hours--plus it made us feel like millionaires...

:-)

LG123
06-03-2003, 05:36 PM
I think a lot of people get excited about dressing up for the cruise because the don't do it a lot. I haven't found a job yet that lets me wear a gown to work. Guess I could show up in one but I don't think it would be appropriate (I'm a nurse)! I just wonder what those short wearing folks wear to work. Maybe they wear their pajamas on casual Friday! :eek:

I plan on wearing a gown on both the formal and semi-formal nights and wearing a sun dress the other nights.

What exactly are we supposed to wear on Mexican night? I don't own a sombraro (sp?). Wish it was the tropical night, that would be easier.

Happy cruising!

joanb
06-03-2003, 05:49 PM
My men are going to wear tuxes both nights:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
They won't have to pack suits and will wear slacks and dress shirts or collared sports shirts on the other nights. Hubby and I have matching shirt and dress for mexican celebration night or what ever they call it. They are sort of island theme. Of course, if I don't lose 5 pounds we won't be matching.:Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc
Joan

callahanjulie10
06-03-2003, 06:31 PM
My DH always wears his tux on formal and semi formal nights- it saves on packing and he looks sharp! When we pack- we always try to get 2 wears out of one pair of pants. Even doing this- we seem to have a ton of luggage!

FOJMO
06-03-2003, 09:06 PM
Originally posted by gometros
If you don't mind my asking, what did he wear on semi-formal night? I'm thinking of only wearing my tux on formal night and a suit the other night. I know the answer is that would be okay, just curious what other men who wore tuxes one night and not the other wore instead.

My DH wore a suit on the semi-formal night. I would say most of the men wore suits on the semi-formal night, although some wore tuxes. But the majority wore suits.

But I agree with some on this thread that if you wear the tux both nights, it's less packing!

Mexicali night can be either Mexican wear or tropical. In fact, I would say that most of the people wore simple, tropical wear -- lots of flowered shirts and sundresses. Bold colors, etc.

plutospup
06-03-2003, 09:11 PM
I own my tux, and I have the best reason in the world to wear it...the pants are expandable!!! After several days of eating I'm happy to wear pants that are comfortable!

debm
06-03-2003, 09:18 PM
I have 4 kids to dress for formal/semi formal and need suggestions. My daughter will most likely wear her Cinderella dress but what have others put their boys in. I don't see me being able to afford tuxes for them all. They don't even own a suit. Should I invest in a 3 suits or go for the tuxes???

thedisneymom
06-03-2003, 09:40 PM
You could easily use dress pants, shirt, and tie. I don't think anyone would object . It seems like a lot of money to spend for 1 or 2 nights. Not everyone wears tuxes and you will not feel out of place. Although, if you can afford it suits or tuxes will look great for formal pictures. :D

MFan
06-04-2003, 12:56 AM
Originally posted by debm
I have 4 kids to dress for formal/semi formal and need suggestions. My daughter will most likely wear her Cinderella dress but what have others put their boys in. I don't see me being able to afford tuxes for them all. They don't even own a suit. Should I invest in a 3 suits or go for the tuxes???

Most boys wore a dress shirt and dress pants. Some wore ties and a few wore suits/tux. I would suggest that you don't bother with either suits/tux and save the money for execursions.

CruzNMom
06-04-2003, 07:56 AM
Just out of curiosity and trying to understand others' thinking: are there any posters out there who "refuse" to dress up? That is, would you wear jean shorts on formal night? Why?

ohiominnie
06-04-2003, 08:12 AM
I HATE, capital letters HATE dressing up! But I wouldn't even THINK to show up on formal night in jeans. I would dress up. I would dread the process of dressing, and would probably change as soon as possible. And I'd more than likely drip something down the front of me while I was dressed up. But I'd do it and probably enjoy the time when I was dressed up....because everyone else would be dressed up too!
And, I'm sure, we'd get the Shutters picture back and someone would say "wow, she cleans up well!" :)

FOJMO
06-04-2003, 10:40 AM
Originally posted by plutospup
I own my tux, and I have the best reason in the world to wear it...the pants are expandable!!! After several days of eating I'm happy to wear pants that are comfortable!

My DH got the expandable tux pants also. They're great!

As for the kids, I would say that the shirt, tie, and dress pants for the young boys is fine. But I must say, that I saw several elementary school aged boys with tuxes and boy, did they look SHARP! I even commented to one about how nice he looked!

But if it's not in your budget, don't worry about tuxes.

FantasticDisFamily
06-04-2003, 11:24 AM
I think how you dress "kids" depends on how old they are! Mine are 13 & 15 and will be following the adult dress code suggestions. That means we rented tux for DS. Of course DD couldn't WAIT to shop for a gown.

Actually, renting the tux meant less expense and greater ease in figuring out what he needed. All day every day he wears either jeans or shorts with tshirts or the hemmed tail short sleeve shirt. We bought one pair of black dress pants that will go with a variety of resort casual shirts for every other night and he'll wear the tux for formal and semi-formal. I think I need to find a steamer trunk for everything DD thinks she is bringing though.

If the kids are younger the dress shirt/pants/tie routine works just great! That is what he did on prior cruises when he was under 13.

Deb

lbgraves
06-04-2003, 11:49 AM
You might want to check out Ebay for boys suits. I just picked up very nice double breasted navy suit for DS for $10 with shipping. It doesn't even look like it has been worn. The woman told me that the suit & the dress outfit that I got DD had only been worn by her grandchildren for 2 hours at Easter. You can find some good deals there, then sell them when your kids are finished with them.

Minybear
06-04-2003, 01:45 PM
Ok stupid question. How do you get expandable tux pants? My DH doesn't really want to buy/rent a tux due to they are so uncomfortable. If I can get something like this for him, he would be much more comfortable.

FOJMO
06-04-2003, 02:08 PM
Try this link --

http://www.tuxedosonline.com/Tuxedo_Pants_100%_Wool_New_Tuxedo_Trousers.DP.0.ht m

I think that's the company we got a pair through. They're very nice, but they do come unhemmed, so you'll have to hem them or have them hemmed. Luckily, my MIL was visiting from PA when we got them and she did it for us.

Minybear
06-04-2003, 02:29 PM
Thanks FOJMO for the info. I will keep the link for future reference. I was thinking about buying a tux at cheeptux.com or through ebay. I may reconsider renting.

Radiokage
06-04-2003, 03:00 PM
Would I wear shorts or jeans to semi formal or formal night??? As much as I would love to do that my wife would kill me and I have a little more class than that, even if I say I don't care.

But out of respect for my wife as well as the other cruisers I do the docker pants and a nice collared shirt. Did a tux once but dang...it is vacation. lol :crazy:

On the flip side, If you want to wear shorts, flip flops and a huge goofy hat to formal night feel free. I just hope you enjoy your vacation. :bounce:

Live and let live...do what your gonna do...be good...make right wrongs you can...and especially on vacation PICK YOUR BATTLES. :eek:

FOJMO
06-04-2003, 03:28 PM
Jesse, I am a married woman (of 22 years), but

DANG!

I think you would look so SMOOOOTH in a tux (that is you in the picture in your post, isn't it?). With that long hair... oh Good Lord...;)

LianeMJ
06-04-2003, 03:34 PM
Originally posted by FOJMO
Jesse, I am a married woman (of 22 years), but

DANG!

I think you would look so SMOOOOTH in a tux (that is you in the picture in your post, isn't it?). With that long hair... oh Good Lord...;)


That is my hubby, Jesse, and yes, he looks sharp in a tux but we decided to save the money for spa treatments and excursions - I am happy I can get him into dockers and a button down shirt!

He's a hottie, isn't he? :sunny:

jrabbit
06-04-2003, 03:56 PM
Cruise #1, Packed a suit - took up more than its share of room in the suit case, wore the suit to Lumiers, took off coat, ate dinner, put coat on took it to the room, packed it away - should have just chucked it overboard so I would not have to bring it back home.

Decided on Cruise #2 to skip the suit, and guess what, the ship didn't sink or anything.

So nope, I'm not "dressing up" for formal and semi formal nights. Wearing slacks, dress shirt and a tie. And heaven forbid, I'm not wearing dress shoes (see the suit above) - going to wear sandals. Sorry about totally ruining your cruise, but that is as uncomfortable as I am going to be on this vacation.

The rest of the evenings I'll be wearing dockers and polo shirts, except for Mexacalli... night when I'll be wearing my tropical shirt.

On our first cruise some of our table mates came to dinner in jeans and tee shirts. Was that under dressed - yep, did it ruin my dinning experience - nope not at all.

There are always going to be people dressed better than you or worse than you. For me, my dress up is going to be what the tux wearers will be wearing on the more casual nights. Heck, if I brought a tux on the cruise, I would probably wear it every night except for the Mex/Tropically... nights. I agree with the guidlines about not wearing jeans, tee shirts, cut offs, swimming suits in to the dinners (all of the dinners not just the formal ones).

You can't control what others will be wearing, you can control how you let it effect you. Going in you know there will be some people not following the dress code - so be prepared for it - and don't let it ruin your vacation. Remember that your food and service will both still be excellent.

LG123
06-04-2003, 04:36 PM
Although we are a cheap family, we have all gotten ourselves some really nice formal wear. My girls, 3 & 6 will be wearing clearance Easter dresses from Walmart. I got DH's tux on eBay for $35 and also my 2 gowns for $40 on eBay. eBay ID - jessie90069 sells bridesmaids dresses that have only been tried on, never worn out. The dresses are sold as "fixers" meaning that they might have a flaw or 2 but I couldn't find anything wrong with the ones I got.

Wear what you want to dinner, it won't effect my evening. We just enjoy dressing up once in a while because DH and I wear uniforms to work every day.

Happy cruising!

Good dress site on eBay:

http://cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewSellersOtherItems&userid=jessie90069&include=0&since=-1&sort=3&rows=25

SlyHubby
06-04-2003, 07:16 PM
FOJMO, you know we were on your cruise, and similarly, we were somewhat DISappointed in the formal nights.

I was particularly DIScouraged on our May 30 dinner at Palo's. Here we are, all dressed up for our anniversary dinner, and at a minimum expect everyone to have at least a jacket and/or tie. Far from it! I'd say 50% at best. At the table next to us - very casual - and shoes with no socks to top it off. At least it didn't ruin our night and the food/service at Palo's was fabulous!

callahanjulie10
06-04-2003, 08:42 PM
You might want to try Ross' for ladies formal wear if you have one. I got a dress that was selling in Chadwicks for $129 for $24.99 and when I went yesterday, I found one for $14.99! I really liked them both- very nice and no different than ones I have seen at Dillards for quite a bit more.
We got DHs tux at a Jones New York outlet. I found Disney ties/cumberbuns on ebay.
I got DDs formals on ebay for $30- they are beautiful and never been worn- I know that I can get my $$ back at a consignment shop easily.
I feel that dressing up is part of eating at a great restuarant- if you don't want to dress like DCL suggests- go to Topsiders. That is the reason they opened it at night- The same food is served and dockers and a polo will be fine there. I know I will be flamed for this- but it is FORMAL/Semi formal night.