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Old 01-20-2013, 01:18 PM   #1
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First or Second seating??

Hi all,

It's me again I'm having difficulty picking between 1st and 2nd seating. Our boys are 4 and 6. Does anyone have any recommendation? How long are the shows/dinner? Thanks in advance for any advice
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:25 PM   #2
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Hi all,

It's me again I'm having difficulty picking between 1st and 2nd seating. Our boys are 4 and 6. Does anyone have any recommendation? How long are the shows/dinner? Thanks in advance for any advice
We picked early dinner which is 5:30. We usually eat late at home but with our son & our nephew & my mother in law is was better for 5:30. I'm glad we didn't eat at 8 because then you wouldn't get done until almost 10 which is pretty late with kids. There's plenty of time to see the shows after dinner which dinner lasted about 1 1/2 and I think about the same for the shows.
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:13 PM   #3
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Thanks, Kelly! I agree! I appreciate your help
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:45 PM   #4
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We are doing the second seating.. we would rather eat after we see a show We also have no children and we were told there are less children in 2nd seating. But, I also heard about dine and play for kids which i think is only for 2nd seating? I am not quite sure what dine and play is though..
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:49 PM   #5
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We picked first seating for all of our cruises because we normally eat around 5:30 at home. When we did some late dinners at WDW last summer with our kids, we found we were too full right before bed.
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:25 PM   #6
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You will have time for the shows no matter which seating you pick. If you are 1st seating, you see the show after dinner. If you are 2nd seating, you see the show before dinner. At the 2nd seating, they have dine and play. Kids are served their meal promptly. At about 9:00, a counselor from the kid's club comes to the entrance of the MDRs and take any child wanting to go to the club with them to play. We preferred this when our kids were young as it gave us time to enjoy dinner with the kids, then send them to play while we lingered over our dinner and dessert. Our kids are often up late on vacation so this worked for us.
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:34 PM   #7
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We picked first seating for all of our cruises because we normally eat around 5:30 at home. When we did some late dinners at WDW last summer with our kids, we found we were too full right before bed.
that, and we found ourselves snacking before dinner because we were so hungry!

We've done both - main seating with younger kids and late seating with older kids. We all agreed the main seating worked better for us, and this is what we're doing in April!!
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:12 PM   #8
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We do first seating for many reasons:

1) We sail on the Classic ships, so it's super easy to take DD to the clubs if she's itching to go during dinner. The Dine and Play is nothing more than a child pickup convenience that is not worth the trade-off for a later dinner.

2) We do not like seeing the show before dinner. Just feels weird to us, even when we sailed without kids and had second seating.

3) Much easier logistically to eat first and then take DS to the nursery for the show and beyond, especially since Flounder's has a two-hour minimum per check-in.

4) DD is a nightmare when she's hungry, like me, and so show enjoyment would be much lower with a rumbly tummy. Having to take the time to get a snack beforehand defeats the purpose of not having to rush to get ready.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:23 PM   #9
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Only you know your kids but we did late dining with our 6 yr old and thought it was great. We loved being able to make the shows and our son was done with dinner and off to the kids club within 40 minutes every night. His only complaint was that he wanted to stay there even later.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:30 PM   #10
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Only you know your kids but we did late dining with our 6 yr old and thought it was great. We loved being able to make the shows and our son was done with dinner and off to the kids club within 40 minutes every night. His only complaint was that he wanted to stay there even later.
Yeah, it's really hard to to say, depends on your routine at home, if that routine varies when you on vacation, your home time zone, and which cruise you are on.

Our kids were 12 and 16 when we cruised, and with their soccer and baseball after school, dinner at home was rarely before 7 pm, and some times as late as 8:30pm. We also tend to eat later on vacation, and being west coasters on a Caribbean cruise, late seating was really like eating earlier for our bodies.
We cruised the year before on another line, and our kids really missed have a nightly midnight buffet on Disney. We did order cookies from room service at midnight a couple of nights, but just not the same.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:02 AM   #11
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Ours were 8, 10, and 11 and we did the second seating. It worked great for us, but I did learn a lesson the first night. If you do the second seating, don't bring/buy candy for the shows! Mine filled up on junk at the shows and barely touched dinner. The second night, they had a snack mid afternoon, no candy at the show, and ate dinner just fine. We are on central time zone in the real world, however, so that may have helped.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:54 AM   #12
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I think it really depends on your kids and how hungry/ cranky they get when they eat a bit later. If they are going to be miserable eating that late, by all means go for the first seating. But if at all possible, try to hold out for the second seating. You can always grab them a snack to hold them over, and the second seating is usually more enjoyable. It is less crowded, less kids overall so less noise, and I prefer seeing the show and then eating. I just think it's less hectic overall. They will always bring the children's meals out first, and if your kids get bored waiting for everyone else to eat, you can ask to have them taken to the oceaneer's club when the counselors come around.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:10 AM   #13
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The only time I can see my son is at Dinner. The rest of the time he wants to be in the kids area and now that he is older with his friends. We had late dinner one cruise and now I will not book a cruise if we cannot get early dinner. It was to much of a hassle with him trying to get out of dinner to go do things with the other kids.

For me, I like to have dinner, go relax with a drink then go to the show. After the show I have my choice to go to bed or do the late night adult thing.

Everyone has their own reasons and this is mine.

Note: If you pick early dining remember room service. My son loves to get room service when he gets back to the room at night. When he was younger it was 11 pm now at 16 it is more like 2 am.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:13 AM   #14
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. . . I'm having difficulty picking between 1st and 2nd seating. Our boys are 4 and 6. Does anyone have any recommendation?
With kids ages 4 and 6, definitely first seating.

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