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Old 01-11-2013, 05:40 PM   #1
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Victoria and Albert's closed -Doubly disappointed

After just getting over the fact that the Saratoga Springs gym and spa will be closed for our entire stay, I have now found that Victoria and Alberts will be closed too through till 22nd July. We have been planning our Disney wedding and had planned to have our wedding meal there (just the two of us are making the trip). Seems to be one disappointment after another and it feels like our plans are fated in the worst possible way. There isn't really an alternative to V & A's and had always wanted the occasion to eat there. Our wedding was going to be it. I feel so let down by two big negatives that I'm bordering on scrapping the whole Disney wedding idea as my complete vision of our holiday/wedding day has now been eradicated
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:01 PM   #2
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There are not necessarily direct replacements for V&A, but there are some dining experiences off property that rival V&A from food/service perspective.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:06 PM   #3
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Although not V&A, try
. . . Venetian Room - Caribe Royale Hotel, Fine Dining
. . . Bull & Bear - Waldorf Astoria Bonnet Creek, Fine Dining
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:24 PM   #4
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How about Magellan's- Tokyo DisneySea

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Old 01-11-2013, 08:52 PM   #5
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We had our wedding dinner at California Grill, it was beyond magical
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:25 AM   #6
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Thanks.... any more suggestions for Disney restaurants...?

Thanks for your suggestions folks. We were intending to stay in our wedding attire and not sure that off property restaurants would be very happy with that (not like Disney - and particularly after spending $$$ on a wedding with them). Is the Caribe Royal on Hotel Plaza Blvd or am I thinking of totally the wrong place?
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:25 PM   #7
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. . . Bull & Bear - Waldorf Astoria Bonnet Creek, Fine Dining
I second this place absolutely. Not only was it some of the best food I've ever had, the service here is amazing, far better than any Disney restaurant in my opinion. Its also a really nice looking restaurant with a more relaxed feel. And the hotel itself is very accommodating, so given your special day I'm sure they wouldn't mind (and they're actually on property in a little cove of land not owned by Disney).

Another idea is Blue Zoo at the Swan and Dolphin, not as fancy as the others but I know a few people who've had wedding dinners there and loved it.
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:34 PM   #8
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Thanks again for your suggestsions - to mysistersprincess - The California Grill is also closed when we are there....
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:36 PM   #9
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To Kassidysdad - there will just be the two of us and pretty sure you have to have a minimum spend of around $600 for the private dining ... now I can eat, but not that much!!!
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We had a similar experience a few years back. Several of our venues were unavailable. We spoke with reservations and they made arrangements for alternative special moments. While not our vision, they were truely special. For us it was diner at Bistro de Paris in France and special viewing of illuninations.

If you can swing the money we think nothing is more magical than a boat cruise to watch "Wishes". For an elegant experience The Grand 1 serves full menus or you can rent a pontoon boat and have desert and champagne while watching the fireworks. They even pump the music onto the boat and the view is amazing! These links provide a few details.

http://land.allears.net/blogs/guestb...e_grand_1.html
http://allears.net/btp/illum.htm

Hope this helps - good luck
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:27 AM   #11
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Maybe you can do the intimate dining experience at the Grand Floridian? It is private, 5 course meal (you choose from the menu) , You have a butler to serve you. . I have it planned in April for my family.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:58 AM   #12
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We had a similar experience a few years back. Several of our venues were unavailable. We spoke with reservations and they made arrangements for alternative special moments. While not our vision, they were truely special. For us it was diner at Bistro de Paris in France and special viewing of illuninations.

If you can swing the money we think nothing is more magical than a boat cruise to watch "Wishes". For an elegant experience The Grand 1 serves full menus or you can rent a pontoon boat and have desert and champagne while watching the fireworks. They even pump the music onto the boat and the view is amazing! These links provide a few details.

http://land.allears.net/blogs/guestb...e_grand_1.html
http://allears.net/btp/illum.htm

Hope this helps - good luck
I'm glad you posted this.. I was going to suggest to her that she call the reservations line, and tell them her situation, and see if there was something they could do. I'm sure that DSisney will assit in coming up with something that will be special for your special moment.

I wish you and your spouse to be a wonderful life together filled with many happy memories, and blessed times to come!
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:46 AM   #13
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I'm glad you posted this.. I was going to suggest to her that she call the reservations line, and tell them her situation, and see if there was something they could do. I'm sure that DSisney will assit in coming up with something that will be special for your special moment.

I wish you and your spouse to be a wonderful life together filled with many happy memories, and blessed times to come!
Thank you Blueiiss99 ... we managed to book private dining on the advice of Kassidysdad. To be honest I would have preferred V&A as was looking forward to the opulence and surroundings (private dining is outside) but figure I'll work on our first anniversary meal being at V&A's .....
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I'm sorry but where did you see something that V&A will be closing? I can't find it anywhere...
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I'm sorry but where did you see something that V&A will be closing? I can't find it anywhere...
It's temporary - see first post in this thread:

I have now found that Victoria and Alberts will be closed too through till 22nd July.
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