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Old 01-13-2013, 09:06 AM   #16
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It looks like there is only 1 show they day we we are going. DD does not stand in line well. Even if we arrive right before the show, we are still guaranteed a seat, right?
No. If crowds are heavy, they will open up the reserved seating area to anyone a little before the show starts. I think you still beed to be there 30 minutes or so before the show. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, it's been a couple years for us.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:09 AM   #17
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Even if we arrive right before the show, we are still guaranteed a seat, right?
No.

About a half hour before showtime, they open up the reserved section and begin seating the public there. So to get the benefit, you must show up before then. It's suggested you get there at least 45 minutes before the show starts.

"Reserved seating" doesn't mean there is a seat waiting for you. They rope off a section, and for awhile before the show you must have a package voucher to sit in that section. But eventually they do open it up for guests without package vouchers. On crowded days, if you show up a minute before showtime even with a package voucher, you could wind up in standing room.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:19 AM   #18
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The new website lists the F! package as this:

Select Your Restaurant and Meal

Dining packages for The Hollywood Brown Derby and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano are available for lunch or dinner and include one (1):

Entrée
Dessert
Non-alcoholic beverage
VIP seating voucher

I know the new website is totally screwed up but did they really remove the appetizer from the package? This makes it appear less appealing, at least to us.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:35 AM   #19
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The new website lists the F! package as this:

Select Your Restaurant and Meal

Dining packages for The Hollywood Brown Derby and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano are available for lunch or dinner and include one (1):

Entrée
Dessert
Non-alcoholic beverage
VIP seating voucher

I know the new website is totally screwed up but did they really remove the appetizer from the package? This makes it appear less appealing, at least to us.
Last time we were at MM for the fantasmic package was nov. 2011. It came with a n entree and dessert. I much prefer an appetizer (we enjoy dessert all day ...lol). Also, I thought I read a thread that said Disney came out with special limited menus for fantastic package customers.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:00 PM   #20
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No.

About a half hour before showtime, they open up the reserved section and begin seating the public there. So to get the benefit, you must show up before then. It's suggested you get there at least 45 minutes before the show starts.

"Reserved seating" doesn't mean there is a seat waiting for you. They rope off a section, and for awhile before the show you must have a package voucher to sit in that section. But eventually they do open it up for guests without package vouchers. On crowded days, if you show up a minute before showtime even with a package voucher, you could wind up in standing room.

Glad I asked! I thought that you were guaranteed a seat, regardless. So if we show up 45 mins before, we will definitely get a seat though?

So is there still a benefit to this package? MM isnt my 1st choice of restaurants (I like the Sci Fi), but I picked it to guarantee us a seat for the show. Cant you get a general admission seat if you show up 45 mins before show time?
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:22 PM   #21
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Glad I asked! I thought that you were guaranteed a seat, regardless. So if we show up 45 mins before, we will definitely get a seat though?

So is there still a benefit to this package? MM isnt my 1st choice of restaurants (I like the Sci Fi), but I picked it to guarantee us a seat for the show. Cant you get a general admission seat if you show up 45 mins before show time?
Depends on how packed the show is and what time of year you are going.

I think the benefit is not having to really wait in line but just getting to go sit down even if you have to sit there 45 mins before. For me, there is a huge benefit because I can get anxious and claustrophobic and there can be soooo many people trying to get in at once it's overwhelming for me. So I think it all depends on you and your family's needs/preferences.
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The new website lists the F! package as this:

Select Your Restaurant and Meal

Dining packages for The Hollywood Brown Derby and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano are available for lunch or dinner and include one (1):

Entrée
Dessert
Non-alcoholic beverage
VIP seating voucher

I know the new website is totally screwed up but did they really remove the appetizer from the package? This makes it appear less appealing, at least to us.
Has anyone done the package recentrly, I would like to know if the appetizer is included and if there is a special menu. Thanks
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:57 AM   #23
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We did the package in Sept. 2011 and there was both an appetizer & dessert included. Maybe that changed?

We like the food at MM and will do the Fantasmic! meal for our next trip in May.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:31 AM   #24
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The new website lists the F! package as this:

Select Your Restaurant and Meal

Dining packages for The Hollywood Brown Derby and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano are available for lunch or dinner and include one (1):

Entrée
Dessert
Non-alcoholic beverage
VIP seating voucher

I know the new website is totally screwed up but did they really remove the appetizer from the package? This makes it appear less appealing, at least to us.
Be interested to know this as well. Don't know that it would change our mind on whether to do the package but it might make it less appealing to some.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:23 PM   #25
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The new website lists the F! package as this:

Select Your Restaurant and Meal

Dining packages for The Hollywood Brown Derby and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano are available for lunch or dinner and include one (1):

Entrée
Dessert
Non-alcoholic beverage
VIP seating voucher

I know the new website is totally screwed up but did they really remove the appetizer from the package? This makes it appear less appealing, at least to us.
Here's a link to another current thread on the same question:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3054544
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Glad I asked! I thought that you were guaranteed a seat, regardless. So if we show up 45 mins before, we will definitely get a seat though?

So is there still a benefit to this package? MM isnt my 1st choice of restaurants (I like the Sci Fi), but I picked it to guarantee us a seat for the show. Cant you get a general admission seat if you show up 45 mins before show time?
If you show up 45 minutes before the showtime with your fantasmic dinner package voucher, you will definitely get a seat for everyone who had the package, as long as they are all with you at that time. If you all show up 30 minutes before the showtime, you "might" get a seat.
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It looks like there is only 1 show they day we we are going. DD does not stand in line well. Even if we arrive right before the show, we are still guaranteed a seat, right?
They start releasing seats 30 minutes prior to the show. With your Fantasmic ticket, they tell you to arrive 30-40 minutes before the show.
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