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JimS4210 10-02-2012 05:58 PM

Rose & Crown patio...
We'll be down WDW next week, have all our ADR's set. One question, though.

We have a 7:05 ADR at Rose & Crown next Tuesday. I know you can only request, not reserve, a table outside to see Illuminations, but does that generally come through or is it a hit or miss, meaning you just have to get lucky? Also, we'll be a party of five. Wondering if that will make it more difficult to get an outside table. Thanks!


Eoywin 10-02-2012 06:00 PM

We tried to get an outside table on our honeymoon and we were told there was no outside tables available.

But we were allowed to go outside to the patio when Illumunations started. It was a great vantage point and our dessert was waiting for us when the show was done.

jlh512 10-02-2012 07:42 PM

It has always been hit or miss for us.

ddluvsdisney 10-02-2012 08:02 PM

We were able to do it this year and last. This year we were a table of 6. They do have tables out there for larger parties as well.
Good luck! It really is an awesome spot for Illuminations. It was my favorite meal that trip too.

TDC Nala 10-03-2012 09:18 AM

Depends on how busy they are as to whether or not they will allow you to request a patio table.

If you're there on a night that Illuminations is at 10, that's probably a bit long to hold a table.

awoogala 10-03-2012 09:19 AM

oooh. we have r&c reservation for 8 pm on a night illuminations is at 9 pm! Hopefully we can watch it from there!

jlh512 10-03-2012 12:42 PM

That is perfect timing. I just had to change my ressie as I thought illuminations was at 9pm and I had a 745pm ressie, but I found out it is at 10pm so now I have an 845pm ressie to have dinner and see illuminations,

beroh2253 10-03-2012 01:35 PM

Hit or miss we are 1 of 4
One time before Illuminations started the waitress didn't come back for us so we went out the side door and sat on the steps by the patio seating, that was better then the roped area they take you to.
R & C is the closest viewing as you can feel heat from the fire and actually have hot ash from the fireworks land on you.

figment_jii 10-03-2012 03:22 PM

As the PPs have said, you can request a patio table, but it's hit or miss depending on crowds, availability, the CM, etc. Also, if you do ask, be sure to ask for one with a view of IllumiNations. Not all patio tables have a view.

On the other hand, the view from the reserved viewing area is really good!

GinnerD 10-03-2012 07:42 PM


Originally Posted by awoogala (Post 46335771)
oooh. we have r&c reservation for 8 pm on a night illuminations is at 9 pm! Hopefully we can watch it from there!

That is a perfect ADR for Illuminations. I had an 8pm ADR this past July and it worked out great. I was even lucky enough to be seated on the patio for dinner! :woohoo:

Ro Z 10-03-2012 08:21 PM

Got an outside table in March our ressie was 7 got in at 7:15. Didn't even ask! Party of 3. The hostess said 'perfect view for the fireworks'! We were not even thinking of staying that long. BUT we did! It was GREAT! We enjoyed our dinner and Illuminations!

parkhopping 10-03-2012 10:40 PM

Hi all! Longtime lurker, first time poster here...

I've never eaten at Rose & Crown, but I've always heard the view for Illuminations is incomparable! I'm a FL resident with a seasonal pass, and my parents are coming to visit in February. I thought it would be nice to make ADRs for Illuminations, and called the passholder reservation line to see if there's a time available for Illuminations viewing at R&C that night. To my surprise, the CM told me we won't be able to view Illuminations from there...? He said we may get a partial view but lots of other people would be crowding us. I explained that I was confused by his statements because I'd always heard the view is great from R&C, and that they have a patio on the lagoon that's great for watching the show. He said something about how you will not actually be dining by the lagoon and that many other people will be crowding the patio. I asked if he meant that people who are not dining at R&C would have access to the patio, but he didn't really answer...I just decided to hang up and get this straight before we make reservations. My gut tells me he's new and just doesn't know what he's talking about, but I want to be sure! If we are able to get a time slot around 8 pm, is that still a good place to see Illuminations? Or is he right about people just walking by the pavilion blocking our sight??

jlh512 10-03-2012 10:57 PM

He wrong. An 8pm ressie for 9pm Illuminations will be perfect. Just ask to sit outside and pray for the best.

loveshak22 10-03-2012 11:12 PM

I've never done this at R&C but I did ask for a Wishes view at Ohana. What I did, and would suggest, is getting to your ADR a little early and asking for a patio table and then letting them know you'd be willing to be sat a little late if they think something is going to open up outside soon. That gives you some wiggle room before your ADR and after so that the hostess has some flexibility to get you a patio table. If you show up at 7:15 and expect a table on the patio that is probably less likely to happen, IMO.

Ro Z 10-03-2012 11:14 PM

And if you don't get a table outside you will be able to go to a designated area just for r&c. We had an incredible view when we were there. We were lucky enough to get a table outside. (Didn't even ask!) This is a great place to watch Illuminations.

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