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Old 03-06-2013, 12:22 AM   #1
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Dinner length

How long do you find it takes you to have dinner in one of the main dining rooms?

We have second seating so just wondering wheni look at activities what we may still be able to do after dinner winout rushing through the experience.

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Old 03-06-2013, 12:50 AM   #2
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How long do you find it takes you to have dinner in one of the main dining rooms?

We have second seating so just wondering wheni look at activities what we may still be able to do after dinner winout rushing through the experience.

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1.25 to 1.5 hours
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:20 AM   #3
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We manage to get out after an hour, but we are eat and go people and our servers figured this out about us
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:44 AM   #4
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Depends on a lot of factors. Do you have little ones? I find that those families are usually served first in each table grouping, even if the dine & play option isn't selected every night.

We have always sat at a table with all adults (usually ones we don't know) and even though not all of the groups have been equally chatty, our pace is a little more leisurely.

Our last cruise our group had a grand old time and we were routinely were the last ones in the dining room. Other than pirate night we didn't leave the dining room before 10:15.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:52 AM   #5
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It really is about an hour and a half. On our first Disney cruise our servers were VERY nice but the service was so bad. It took over two hours each night to the point we were rushing up to catch a seat for the show. This last cruise it was a much shorter amount of time. (closer to time I posted in the beg of post) but there were even a few times I was rushing to the 7:30-745 bingo and dinner started at 5:45...
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:46 AM   #6
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We have had early seating and late seating....With early they have to get you out to set up for late seating....so typically with early your in and out in about 1.25-1.50 hours. Late seating is more relaxed and it typically takes 2 hours. BTW we only do late seating now Hope this helps.
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We have always done early seating and we are usually in the MDR or almost 2 hours. Never felt rushed and only had a bad server 4 out of 7 nights on one cruise.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:30 AM   #8
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Do they have "midnight" or late buffets? Does anyone know?
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Do they have "midnight" or late buffets? Does anyone know?
On Pirate night there's a buffet after the fireworks, about 11:00.

Some of the lounges have snack foods at night (hot dogs, salsa & chips, desserts, veggies & dip, etc).
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Do they have "midnight" or late buffets? Does anyone know?
There's finger food in the adult venues typically until 11:30.

The pool area fast food is also open until about 11:30.

And of course, there's room service as well... Plenty of options...
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:43 AM   #11
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Figure 1.5 hours. Your party may be small, but the CM's have more tables than just yours. And their other assigned table sizes and family dynamic plays a huge part in your service.

If those tables have kids between 4-12, the CM's will take extra long with them, drawing, showing them tricks and so forth. Also, if the other tables have pickier folks, then that can add to you wait time. You do have the option to get the menu a day ahead and pre order your meals. If you are made happy by excelerated service they will assist.

CM's are usually good about seeing your habits and trying to conform to maximize your please in dining.

Biggest thing you can do to speed up your time in and out is to show up on time. The kitchen works orders as they are placed. You show up 10 minutes after everyone else shows up, you are going to wait.
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Biggest thing you can do to speed up your time in and out is to show up on time. The kitchen works orders as they are placed. You show up 10 minutes after everyone else shows up, you are going to wait.
Yes, showing up on time helps. But just to clarify your post. The kitchen does not work like a restaurant, they are not plating by table. It works more like a catering hall. The meals are plated and put up and the servers come through and take what they need. The biggest thing that slows service down is the line of servers in the kitchen. So if your server is waiting on people from one of their other tables, even if your whole table on time, they may be one of the last into the kitchen and at the end of the long line for appetizers and that compounds with picking up entrees and desserts.
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