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Old 09-17-2013, 09:12 PM   #16
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Hi, my mom had a stroke 2.5 years ago,she can walk with her quad cane,but we cover long distances with her wheelchair. Our last two trips to WDW we have rented a scooter... If she is in good enough health it opens up a world of possibilities... she can ride it to dinner, or to the theater,or to any of the family game shows and it allows her to conserve energy. She can also take it off the ship ride to the beach/cabana etc.or to the shopping areas in port... I would have her travel with her chair and have the scooter delivered to the ship... You may want to consider buying or doing a long term rental for one now... the ones at the grocery store or Costco are very similar in operation if she wants to try it out... without buying one ahead of time
Just a note if planning an ECV onboard for a cruise...make sure you get an HA stateroom. Most ECVs are too wide to fit through the door of the standard staterooms, and it can be hard to find a spot to park it to recharge (can't get past the bed so it blocks access to the door, closet and bathrooms ). ECVs cannot be left in the hallway because it's too narrow for the hosts' carts and others to get past.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:22 PM   #17
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Wow, thank you everyone for such kind words and all the suggestions. I AM stressed, but that has more to do with the fact that I have a newborn while planning all of this! Hahaha. I am still a little confused about a few things but we are getting there!

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How can I tell which dinner rotation we would want? It is a 7 night cruise - is there a restaurant we would ideally want 3 times in particular? Or one that is best on pirate night (or is that just a deck party)? The animator restaurant seems great, is that the one we would want 3 times?

In the concierge lounge is there a "happy hour" where liquor drinks are complimentary? I know this is totally random but my dad was concierge on royal Caribbean a few years back and this was his favorite concierge perk believe it or not.
They only do the show in AP once (twice with 2 different shows on the Fantasy) so it doesn't really matter. Typically you get each restaurant's own menu once, then you will get a pirate menu, a farewell menu, and a captain's menu that is the same in all three restaurants for that night. It's more about ambiance than the food. I haven't found it to matter which you do on which nights, unless you are planning a Palo or Remy dinner and want to plan around which main dining room to skip.

You can find out the dining rotation by contacting DCL. You won't find out which restaurant you have on which night until you check in at the port. You can always make a request, but it is not guaranteed that you will get what you ask for.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:27 PM   #18
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Wow, thank you everyone for such kind words and all the suggestions. I AM stressed, but that has more to do with the fact that I have a newborn while planning all of this! Hahaha. I am still a little confused about a few things but we are getting there!

A few more if anyone feels like answering:

How can I tell which dinner rotation we would want? It is a 7 night cruise - is there a restaurant we would ideally want 3 times in particular? Or one that is best on pirate night (or is that just a deck party)? The animator restaurant seems great, is that the one we would want 3 times?

In the concierge lounge is there a "happy hour" where liquor drinks are complimentary? I know this is totally random but my dad was concierge on royal Caribbean a few years back and this was his favorite concierge perk believe it or not.
We've never requested a specific dining rotation. IMO, it's just not necessary. That said, there are those who prefer a certain MDR for formal night or Pirate night. We've had formal & pirate nights in all the MDRs (on the classic ships). It really doesn't matter. Everyone onboard will dine in all the MDRs and have the same menus during the cruise.

Pirate night does have a deck party. On the Fantasy there is a Pirate show between the dinner seatings (Disney characters - more kid friendly). After the late dinner there is a different Pirate party (more Jack Sparrow type characters) followed by the fireworks.

Sorry, can't answer any questions about Concierge.
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:51 AM   #19
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In the concierge lounge is there a "happy hour" where liquor drinks are complimentary? I know this is totally random but my dad was concierge on royal Caribbean a few years back and this was his favorite concierge perk believe it or not.
Yes - If I recall it's an hour before dinner, but there may have been more. Not a heavy drinker, but my dad was a huge fan of this perk. You can also get smoothies, I now know, and I can't wait to try that perk out!
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Wow, thank you everyone for such kind words and all the suggestions. I AM stressed, but that has more to do with the fact that I have a newborn while planning all of this! Hahaha. I am still a little confused about a few things but we are getting there!

A few more if anyone feels like answering:

How can I tell which dinner rotation we would want? It is a 7 night cruise - is there a restaurant we would ideally want 3 times in particular? Or one that is best on pirate night (or is that just a deck party)? The animator restaurant seems great, is that the one we would want 3 times?

In the concierge lounge is there a "happy hour" where liquor drinks are complimentary? I know this is totally random but my dad was concierge on royal Caribbean a few years back and this was his favorite concierge perk believe it or not.
Just like PrincessShmoo, we've never worried about our dinner rotation. There are lots of folks on the DIS who do, but to me it's just not that big of a deal. We schedule Palo when we want, and don't worry about it.

There is a happy hour, you can speak to the concierge to find out when.
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We just take whichever rotation we get. IMHO it's not worth stressing that much as I'll get to eat in all of the lovely dining rooms anyway!
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OK, so I definitely won't worry about dinner rotation at all then. I asked my mom if she wanted to go to Remy (because she loves French food generally), but the menu I showed her online didn't really get her excited.

We have just gotten her a motorized wheelchair (I think this is the same as a scooter) so we will have to rent one when we get down there, hopefully some company will deliver to the port. She does have a Handicap room, thank goodness we had the foresight to book that when we planned the cruise a year ago...
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