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Old 01-09-2013, 01:29 AM   #16
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We had a 7:45 ADR and we were seated on the lower patio in the center. It was the best view and our daughter and son loved it. We were not rushed at all, it was a magical experience.

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Old 01-09-2013, 12:21 PM   #17
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Does anyone have a pic of the outside viewing area where they take you if you are seated inside? I have seen a number of pics of the fireworks from the area but not of the area itself. Been looking for this for a while. Hopefully someone will have it?
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:07 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by purple figment View Post
If you finish at 8:30 you can go over to the reserved area and wait. There are no chairs, however, and a high wall so there won't be much to see or do. It has a great view of IllumiNations.

The reserved area is only for the people dining at R&C.
In our experience, R&C is so busy this time of night, you won't be seated on time. Our ADR was for 7:35, and it took us 20 minutes in line just to get up to the podium to check in. We waited another 10-15 minutes to be seated, so we were sat around 8:15. We were getting dessert as Illuminations started. Even though they don't seat on time, the food comes out fast and they have no qualms about letting you hang out for Illuminations. We were seated on the upper patio and invited to move to the standing area if we wanted, since we had an obstructed view.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:20 PM   #19
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We had a 7:15 reservation , requested a patio table, got seated around 7:50. Patio seating is not guaranteed. We were still eating entrees at 9 when the fireworks started. Very magical!
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:58 PM   #20
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We have a 7:50 ressie and will be a party of 6. Does anyone know if the patio seating is mainly for parties of 4 or are there some tables for larger parties?
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:14 PM   #21
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when we went last time we had a 7:00 ADR and weren't seated until almost 8. By the time we were done it was 8:45 and our waiter was super nice, told us to stay and relax but unfortunately my kids were so tired there was no way. This time I got an ADR for 6:50. If we're still there, great. If not no big deal.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:46 PM   #22
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Thanks, everyone, for letting me know what time to reserve a table. I'm looking forward to this.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:55 PM   #23
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I always feel like a broken record bringing this up, but...

...if they wind up being seated inside, make sure they are crystal clear with their server that they want to go out to that viewing area come show time. We thought the 3-4x we reminded our server sunk in, but it didn't and we ended up in a bit of a mess to get out and watch the show.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:28 AM   #24
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We have reservations at 8pm at the recommendation of the CM on the phone and was told to check-in around 7:15 to request a viewing table.
I hope our ressie isn't too late
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:32 AM   #25
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We had a 7:40 pm ADR and were finished with dessert about 10 minutes before Illuminations. We also waited about 10 minutes to be seated. The weather was not great that night and it had rained and the patio tables were not being used. This was actually a huge plus because we were able to go into the patio area and view illuminations from there vs. the reserved area.
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