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Old 12-05-2012, 02:32 PM   #16
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We cruised on the Dream last summer for 5 nights and had a similar experience to the OP. I almost got up and left the table due to the lack of seating bench space which left me trying to hold on to the seat as I was the last on the bench. We were seated with perfect tablemates who are old friends and there 3 older teenagers with perfect manners. In the Enchanted Garden we were placed on the extreme right near to some of these little enclosed rooms in the Royal Palace and I found these two dining rooms badly designed in the seating plan no the decor. The Annimators Palate was fine although you could see what was taking place in the dining room.

We are due to cruise in a couple of weeks over Christmas and we are hoping for a decent table this time and if we are seated with others then that's fine by us as I love to shoot the breeze with our American cousins.
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And, as above--if you put in a request, it is always a good idea to go to "dining changes" and ask if it was granted or can be granted at that point. It is much better than being unhappy!

Seating is totally unpredictable. The only thing that is fairly certain is that if there are 8 of you, you'll be at a table for 8. Beyond that, almost any combination is possible. As a group of 2, we have been at tables for 4 (with just us), 4 with another twosome, tables for 6 and 8. When we were 6, I requested and got a table for 6. We've also been at a table for 6 with us and a family of 3. Bottom line--if you have a preference, ask and then confirm that you got it.

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Old 12-05-2012, 03:02 PM   #17
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The tables seat 4, 6 or 8. They can push tables together for larger groups. Maybe you could go to the dining change location and see if they can tell you if you are seated with others or alone.
So if there was a family of 5 do you sit at a table for six but with one extra chair??
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:05 PM   #18
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So if there was a family of 5 do you sit at a table for six but with one extra chair??
Yes...if you requested, and confirmed a table for just your family. Otherwise, you could be seated at an 8 top, with a family or group of 3 other people.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:09 PM   #19
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Disney made a mistake with having their dining rooms also be set up for "shows". There is no way that they could have made every seat in the house a "good" seat, and it's just setting people up for disappointment.

They only have a couple of people who assign the dining seats, and they're going to have more and more problems with people wanting to try to be sure they're in "just the right spot".

I don't have a solution, other than suggesting that people lower their expectations a little bit, unless Disney finally decides to make some changes.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:37 PM   #20
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So if there was a family of 5 do you sit at a table for six but with one extra chair??
Exactly. Make sure the request is in to sit alone. My FIL always cruises with us (yes I am the worlds greatest son-in-law, or crazy) and we have never had a problem sitting by ourselves.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:22 PM   #21
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I called 5 days before our Oct 27 fanatasy cruise to request our own table. They told me it was too late but they would try. No big deal, I was the one who forgot to call. On boarding day I never did find dining changes. this was the cruise right after sandy so things were a bit disorganized, no navigators.

Anyway, long story short we ended up with a great table for 4 for the 3 of us. Even got one of the center tea cup looking tables in enchanted garden. We were lucky to have dinner there 3 times.

bottom line, there is no rhyme or reason to these assignments. I got the desirable table in EG by calling "too late"
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:33 AM   #22
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I did ask the TA who booked for us. She put in the request and the usual " can't be guaranteed" response came back. Which I totally get. I knew the only thing she could do was request. I'll check the status when we board and beg a little if I have to.
I always call a couple of weeks before our trip to "confirm" that this request was made and to make sure it is on the reservation. They can confirm these things even if you book through a TA, they just cannot make any changes.
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