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Old 12-01-2007, 03:18 PM   #16
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I don't recall ever being asked to order all my courses at once (although sometimes I did it voluntarily, as at Raglan Road where I knew I'd be getting the bread pudding), but it doesn't make sense. I know at the Turf Club, I had intended to get the apple pie with ice cream - but by the time I was half-done with my entree I was full. While the apple pie wouldn't have traveled well, the chocolate cake with the melted center - recommended by my server - did.
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Old 12-01-2007, 03:21 PM   #17
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Why are servers at Disney asking patrons to order everything at once (app, meal, dessert)? Sometimes I do not know what I want for dessert at the beginning of my meal. This really bothers me, and I had a server get quite rude about it when I changed my mind about what I wanted. She first came to the table and said, "This is how we are going to do this" and proceeded to tell us she wanted the entire order. Anyone else experiencing this?
Where was this? And when?
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Old 12-01-2007, 03:37 PM   #18
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I haven't experienced this at all. We usually voluntarily order apetizers & entrees at the same time, but don't order dessert until after the meal. My dessert choice is likely to be based on if I want it right then or to-go - the kona kone looked wonderful when we got the dessert tour on the way into the restaurant, but when it came time to actually choose dessert, I took the choc & macadamia nut pie to go and had it in the room 4 hours later.
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Old 12-01-2007, 03:42 PM   #19
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So what is the deal with servers wanting your entire order?

Another example of WDW restaurants transitioning from relaxed, casual dining to cafeteria style - move in 'em, move 'em out!
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Another example of WDW restaurants transitioning from relaxed, casual dining to cafeteria style - move in 'em, move 'em out!
Really? Do you have any more examples of this happening? I hear so many positive reviews of Disney Dining, so this is alarming to a newbie.
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Really? Do you have any more examples of this happening? I hear so many positive reviews of Disney Dining, so this is alarming to a newbie.
We were on the free DDP in September. The only restaurant that insisted we order everything at once was Coral Reef. The server said that it was because it made it easier for the kitchen staff.
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Really? Do you have any more examples of this happening? I hear so many positive reviews of Disney Dining, so this is alarming to a newbie.
Well, it's only my perception and that doesn't necessarily mean squat. But as a (fairly) experienced WDW diner, it does seem like the primary goal of many of the restaurants today is simply the strapping on of the feed bag, as opposed to providing a unique dining experience for the customer.

But either way, you walk away with a full belly so in that respect, all should be fine.
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Old 12-01-2007, 04:32 PM   #23
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We were just there in Oct. and spent 12 nights on the dining plan. We were asked to give our whole order at once (drink,app,entree and desert) at every sit down we had (LeCellier, Rose and Crown, Kona, Wcc, Prime Time and Coral Reef. At three of these we were the first seating for dinner and one was for lunch and that resturant was half full for I don't think they were helping the kitchen keep up. We also ate at Sci-fi and he took drinks then everything else, we ordered the same meal that a couple next to us ordered and the food was falling off there plate there was so much, ours was half that much. We were on the dining plan and they weren't). It was almost silly the difference in service and my dh even made the statement that was how we use to be treated here, not any more.We were tempted to tell them at check-in of the resturant that we were not on dining plan till we were through with our meal to see if that changed anything. We will be going back this month over the holiday period and will be paying opp/dde card and can't wait to see the difference.
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Old 12-01-2007, 04:33 PM   #24
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We were just there in Oct. and spent 12 nights on the dining plan. We were asked to give our whole order at once (drink,app,entree and desert) at every sit down we had (LeCellier, Rose and Crown, Kona, Wcc, Prime Time and Coral Reef. At three of these we were the first seating for dinner and one was for lunch and that resturant was half full for I don't think they were helping the kitchen keep up. We also ate at Sci-fi and he took drinks then everything else, we ordered the same meal that a couple next to us ordered and the food was falling off there plate there was so much, ours was half that much. We were on the dining plan and they weren't). It was almost silly the difference in service and my dh even made the statement that was how we use to be treated here, not any more.We were tempted to tell them at check-in of the resturant that we were not on dining plan till we were through with our meal to see if that changed anything. We will be going back this month over the holiday period and will be paying opp/dde card and can't wait to see the difference.

How do you know they were not on the dining plan? Just curious.
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Old 12-01-2007, 05:35 PM   #25
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We experienced this during our last trip, and I was just curious about others experiences and thoughts. Although I don't consider myself timid, it does make me uncomfortable and I feel rude saying "we don't want to do it that way". I know this is silly on my part, because ultimately, it is my vacation and money. We don't spend a huge amount of time in the restaurants, just a normal amount-we don't sit around when we are through. I guess I will just need to be more assertive and not worry about it!
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I've only had it happen twice. Both times at lunch at LTT, both times on the dining plan. A year and a few months apart
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:32 PM   #27
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Weird how experiences can differ. We just returned from out Thanksgiving trip and were on the DDP for the first time ever. We ate at: Mama Melrose, Kona, Teppanyaki (or whatever it's calling itself now), Le Cellier, CP and LTT. All but Le Cellier was a dinner. We were never asked to order all 3 courses at once. A couple of times I felt a little hurried to finish, order dessert and vacate the table, but it wasn't ever rude, and for the most part I understood that they needed to seat and serve the next set of guests. One of the GOOD things about the dining now: they quickly bring you your check and receipt; I find with kids this is a big help, much better than waiting around forever after a meal while everyone gets cranky.
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:52 PM   #28
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Well, it's only my perception and that doesn't necessarily mean squat. But as a (fairly) experienced WDW diner, it does seem like the primary goal of many of the restaurants today is simply the strapping on of the feed bag, as opposed to providing a unique dining experience for the customer.

But either way, you walk away with a full belly so in that respect, all should be fine.
You are very considerate. For the prices charged at the WDW signature restaurants I would not be happy if this treatment were to occur. Those prices should guarantee a "unique dining experience" IMHO. To this point we always have except for once at Citrico's.
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we're just back from 9 days there and this never happened to us....
we only ordered desert at the end and were never asked before that....

we also NEVER felt rushed in ANY of the restaurants we ate in, regardless of how busy they were...

we ate at the following during our stay:

citricos (dinner)
brown derby (lunch)
50's prime time (lunch)
the italian restaurant in epcot (can't remember the name) (lunch)
tokyo dining (dinner)

i know there were others but i can't think of them right now..

by the way, we weren't on the dining plan...
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One reason for this MAY be that many restaurants now have "runners" bringing the food. When your apps arrive and you want to order the entree, your server may be nowhere to be found.
Anyway--when we do order all at once, we always tell the server to pace the meal. Other times we'll just order one item at a time to be certain we don't get the bums rush.
And we've never actually been asked to order all at once anytime at WDW.
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