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Old 09-15-2012, 02:47 PM   #1021
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I read that resort guests are allowed in the park 30 minutes early to get FP for WOC. Does this significantly impact getting a FP if you are not a resort guest? Or is that still even accurate? I know there is one hour early entry every day for resort guests to one park or the other. The day we are planning DCA is not an early entry for resort guests.
Even if it's still accurate, I'd be shocked if it kept you from getting a Blue FP for the first show if you want. It's not like a blue FP picked up at 9:30 AM is "better" than a blue FP picked up at 10 AM. Plus, on-site guests (and non-on-site guests) are probably rushing to Cars Land before getting WoC FPs anyway.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:08 PM   #1022
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I read that resort guests are allowed in the park 30 minutes early to get FP for WOC. Does this significantly impact getting a FP if you are not a resort guest? Or is that still even accurate? I know there is one hour early entry every day for resort guests to one park or the other. The day we are planning DCA is not an early entry for resort guests.
That was true until June when DCA started opening two hours earlier than before. No longer the case.
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:04 AM   #1023
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The map above shows the current sections. The section you get does not really matter. What matters far more is that you get one of the good spots in whatever section you are in. And the only reason to do a picnic is if you are going to arrive late in the day and want to make sure you get a FP. Otherwise just get a regular FP.
We are going to be arriving late in the day, so I'm thinking we will be going the picnic route to get a FP. Are there very many good spots in the yellow section? Looks like there are only a couple starred spots. On our previous trip we had a fairly good spot in the blue section next to the rail above the water (although the kids view was blocked out by some adults who squeezed their way in front of them throughout the show. ). My dh hasn't seen the show and I want to make sure we can see it fine.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:02 AM   #1024
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There are lots of good spots in the yellow section but they go fast. Good luck.

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Old 09-17-2012, 09:50 PM   #1025
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Just back from a 3nt visit to DL and thought I'd report on my latest WOC experience.

I had CCR booked at 7:20pm, with the plan to get a preferred viewing spot for the 10:15pm show on Friday 9/14, but.......after hearing that the WCT package had better views, I changed my rezzies to WCT.

As I was dining solo, I decided to try and make the 9pm WOC show and the CM got me the FP. I walked over and was in my spot at the railing, just about show center, at 8:30pm. There were maybe 8-10 ppl there at that time. Over the next 20 mins this area filled in completely behind me.



I asked a CM about going down to the wet zone, but he said it was already full and I had a much better view from the railing than at the back of the wet zone.

Here's a pic taken after the show of the WCT area (The wet zone is immediately to the left of pic:



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What the? Am I reading/understanding this correctly? The far more expensive, with higher minimum purchase requirements Carthay Circle dining package, results in LESS desirable viewing areas than the less expensive Wine Country package?

Can this be true? And, if so, why? Just dumb!

Due to various negative reviews I don't really WANT to eat at Wine Country, though I would very much like to have superior viewing of World of Color, which I've never seen before. I also have a five-year-old and none of us is what you'd call even slightly tall, so good viewing positions will be a must.

I'm willing to pay for that better view but I'd also like to be able to enjoy the food that comes with that package.

This just makes no sense ... Unless I'm just totally misunderstanding something.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:25 AM   #1027
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What the? Am I reading/understanding this correctly? The far more expensive, with higher minimum purchase requirements Carthay Circle dining package, results in LESS desirable viewing areas than the less expensive Wine Country package?

Can this be true? And, if so, why? Just dumb!
When I looked at both menus, WCT appeared more expensive.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:37 AM   #1028
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When I looked at both menus, WCT appeared more expensive.
Not according to Disneyland itself which lists Wine Country as "$15 to $35.99 Per Person" under "Price Range" and Carthay Circle as "More Than $36 Per Person."

It is also clearly advertised and presented as the higher end of the two options AND requires additional minimums (appetizer or dessert purchase for each person at the table) than Wine Country, which offers a price fixe $39.99/adult menu for World of Color shows according to the Disney World of Color dining page. That page, by the way, does not mention Wine Country getting preferred seating, but that is what is shown on the map posted in this thread. In fact the page says (RE: Carthay Circle): "purchase one of the lunch or dinner combinations below to be eligible to receive a spot that grants you access to a Center Stage Viewing Area."


So, again, is it true that Wine Country patrons get a better viewing area and, if so, why? I am VERY confused.
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Not according to Disneyland itself which lists Wine Country as "$15 to $35.99 Per Person" under "Price Range" and Carthay Circle as "More Than $36 Per Person."
But for WCT dinner + WOC, it's a Prixe Fix meal:

$39.99 adults
$20.99 children ages 3 to 9
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It's very subjective. The CC area is on the line for best view, higher up and closer to the VIP area. Some would consider this the best view. I am 5'2" and would rather be on the front rail in the wet zone even though this is considered too close. I want no one in front of me and want to see the water surface as stuff happens there too.
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But for WCT dinner + WOC, it's a Prixe Fix meal:

$39.99 adults
$20.99 children ages 3 to 9
You can easily spend over $30 on a single entree at Carthay. That doesn't include the required app/dessert or any kind of beverage (not required). Carthay is definitely more expensive than WCT.

I think Disney has a different idea about what the best spot is for WOC than many people here. I didn't find my Carthay spot at WOC to be very good, but opinions vary on what is best.
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Having done both the CCR & WCT viewing areas in the past month, I can say that the WCT is the far better viewing experience IMHO.

CCR viewing is right of center, with the front screen hard to see. The middle and rear screens are ok.

By comparison WCT is on the centerline (more than the diagram makes out, when you line up the projectors).
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You can easily spend over $30 on a single entree at Carthay. That doesn't include the required app/dessert or any kind of beverage (not required). Carthay is definitely more expensive than WCT.
Even at lunch?
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Even at lunch?
The cheapest appetizer/soup is $11
The cheapest lunch entree is the pulled pork or meatballs @ $18.

So you're starting @ $29 min. In practice The numbers are closer to $15 + $25 for most of the items, so $40 is a more realistic minimum.
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Even at lunch?
Well, I was comparing dinner at WCT to dinner at Carthay.

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The cheapest appetizer/soup is $11
The cheapest lunch entree is the pulled pork or meatballs @ $18.

So you're starting @ $29 min. In practice The numbers are closer to $15 + $25 for most of the items, so $40 is a more realistic minimum.
But as AndyR noted even lunch at Carthay is going to be more expensive than dinner at WCT in most cases. And Carthay is a more elegant atmosphere and is the signature restaurant at DCA. WCT is much more casual.
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