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Old 02-11-2012, 08:25 PM   #211
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For our trip we were discussing about drinks and dessert at California Grill. Is that allowed? Or better question...is it appropriate or will we get dirty looks the whole time? We'd like to do about an hour or so before Wishes.

I got to see Wishes once from on top of the Contemporary b/c some of our family was staying in the BLT at the time of our trip shhhh ;-) It was definitely magical!
If I remember correctly, CG has a bar section and a restaurant section. You could do your d&d (drinks and dessert) in the bar section and still see the fireworks, view, etc.

I think one hour prior to wishes, esp in January (which means it could be 7 or 8pm), the servers will be expecting you to eat dinner.

dH and I even ate a full meal in the bar section b/c we were lucky enough to get seats right next to the window and weren't giving up that spot!

Now what we've done at other restaurants, is order a few appetizers, a few drinks and a few desserts. Our bill was the same as ordering two entrees (or even more expensive) so no one complained.
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:47 PM   #212
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:12 AM   #213
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If I remember correctly, CG has a bar section and a restaurant section. You could do your d&d (drinks and dessert) in the bar section and still see the fireworks, view, etc.

I think one hour prior to wishes, esp in January (which means it could be 7 or 8pm), the servers will be expecting you to eat dinner.

dH and I even ate a full meal in the bar section b/c we were lucky enough to get seats right next to the window and weren't giving up that spot!

Now what we've done at other restaurants, is order a few appetizers, a few drinks and a few desserts. Our bill was the same as ordering two entrees (or even more expensive) so no one complained.

Yes there is a bar section that I'd be more than happy to sit at and then go out on the balcony, but I've read that when you check in at the second floor to take the elevator up, they will not allow you to go up unless you have a reservation. Is the bar only for Contemporary Resort guests?
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:14 AM   #214
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Yeah ok so I know that there is A LOT of time until we go and all, but this is my list of ADRs I want as of today (subject to change.. daily ) if they have free dining

Akershus - breakfast
SciFi - dinner
Crystal Palace - breakfast
Ohana - dinner
Trail's End - dinner ( we want to check out the campfire sing a long)
Cape May - dinner
Chef Mickey - dinner

Now we have been to Chef Mickey's before but for breakfast, not dinner so I am not counting that as a repeat. Everything else would be completely new to us. We have never been to BClub or the Poly or Ft W so it would be nice to see the other resorts too.

Any on this list you would steer away from?
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:54 AM   #215
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Yeah ok so I know that there is A LOT of time until we go and all, but this is my list of ADRs I want as of today (subject to change.. daily ) if they have free dining

Akershus - breakfast
SciFi - dinner
Crystal Palace - breakfast
Ohana - dinner
Trail's End - dinner ( we want to check out the campfire sing a long)
Cape May - dinner
Chef Mickey - dinner

Now we have been to Chef Mickey's before but for breakfast, not dinner so I am not counting that as a repeat. Everything else would be completely new to us. We have never been to BClub or the Poly or Ft W so it would be nice to see the other resorts too.

Any on this list you would steer away from?
Since they are new to you, I say go for it and enjoy them!

The only one that is "eh" to me for the price-value comparison is Chef Mickeys for dinner. We did dinner one time and thought that there was nothing really special to differentiate this buffet from others and it was more expensive.

Love O'hanas, never did Sci-Fi, Trails' End is like a secret place, good basic food at a cheap Disney price.

I haven't done Akershus or CP for breakfast, but we did dinner and liked them.

Cape May is really good too, esp if you love crab legs, mussels, clams, shrimp.

We also tried this past January Garden Grove on Friday night for their seafood buffet and character meal and it was really good! I used a restaurant.com gift certificate to make it even cheaper.
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Since they are new to you, I say go for it and enjoy them!

The only one that is "eh" to me for the price-value comparison is Chef Mickeys for dinner. We did dinner one time and thought that there was nothing really special to differentiate this buffet from others and it was more expensive.

Love O'hanas, never did Sci-Fi, Trails' End is like a secret place, good basic food at a cheap Disney price.

I haven't done Akershus or CP for breakfast, but we did dinner and liked them.

Cape May is really good too, esp if you love crab legs, mussels, clams, shrimp.

We also tried this past January Garden Grove on Friday night for their seafood buffet and character meal and it was really good! I used a restaurant.com gift certificate to make it even cheaper.
Thanks for the input! I was considering doing a different character meal for dinner instead but it seems like CM is the only place to get the fab five for dinner. Still have plenty of time to go back and forth I am sure LOL

We all love seafood which is why Cape May seems like a good bet. How would you say Garden Grove's seafood buffet compares?

The kids really want SciFi and we didn't go there last time and it is one place they all really want to try.

As far as Akershus and CP I am trying for breakfast because a - I want their clothes to still be clean for pics and b - want to get an early pre-park ADR. If I can't get those times they may end up becoming lunch or dinner reservations....

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My sister okay taking her kids out of school and extra day so now we're headed down Saturday -Thursday! We go over MLK Jr day so going that one extra day during the week will really help with avoiding the crowds! Yippee!

Now on Sunday I get to make our first hotel reservation!
We're DVC members so first I reserve our home resort as a backup, and then when our 7 month window rolls around I will switch it to where we really want to stay!
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Has anyone done the Wishes Dessert Party? We had been thinking about doing the fireworks cruise but aren't sure if its a great idea given the age of our kids, we are worried our son might get fussy and we are also worried about the possible bathroom issues. Anyway instead we might do the dessert party but don't know much about it. Is it worth the money? Is it good for little ones?
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Has anyone done the Wishes Dessert Party? We had been thinking about doing the fireworks cruise but aren't sure if its a great idea given the age of our kids, we are worried our son might get fussy and we are also worried about the possible bathroom issues. Anyway instead we might do the dessert party but don't know much about it. Is it worth the money? Is it good for little ones?
We did it for the first time last month and it was WONDERFUL! Everyone in my family said it was the best thing we did, the view was great, the food was great, and my Dad had said that it was worth the money just for the view and not be packed in with tons of other people during the fireworks. Even my DH who has a gluten allergy was well taken care of there.

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Our view (without a zoom)


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Below is the special plate that they brought out for him, filled with delicious GF goodies!



ETA: Word of warning this is not a great place to see the Electrical Parade. If this is something you want to see, make plans for another day to see it on the parade route.
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Thanks for the input! I was considering doing a different character meal for dinner instead but it seems like CM is the only place to get the fab five for dinner. Still have plenty of time to go back and forth I am sure LOL

We all love seafood which is why Cape May seems like a good bet. How would you say Garden Grove's seafood buffet compares?

The kids really want SciFi and we didn't go there last time and it is one place they all really want to try.

As far as Akershus and CP I am trying for breakfast because a - I want their clothes to still be clean for pics and b - want to get an early pre-park ADR. If I can't get those times they may end up becoming lunch or dinner reservations....

Happy Valentine's Day Jan Planners!
We liked both CMC and GGrove. Garden Grove Seafood buffet is only on Friday nights (other nights are different themed) and they do have characters (Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale). They have a moderate size buffet but also serve you lobster thermidor and a bucket of fried goodies (shrimp, clams and hush puppies). I'll have pictures on my TR when I start it this week!

Garden Grove generally does not get crowded so you have more personal time with characters. When we went this past January at 5:15pm, there were only 2 other diners!! The characters were coming around so much that we actually had to tell them to stop for a few minutes b/c my girls weren't eating but just playing with them!!

I definitely liked the desserts better at Garden Grove.

I felt like CMC had a larger selection of food and is in a more cheerful/bright environment but is always super busy and lots of hustle and bustle. Garden Grove is kind of dark but it has this big beautiful tree growing out of the center of the room and is all lit up so it's very pretty.

GG is at the Swan and does not accept Disney room charges.

I think both are good choices. We've been to CMC for the clambake 3 times now and enjoy it. But at the same time we were getting a bit tired of it and wanted to try something else.

I think Garden Grove is a good comparison restaurant and we will probably go there again, before returning to Cape May, just b/c it's a bit different and offers us a bit more variety (also the $25 gc for only $2 is a great deal!)

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My sister okay taking her kids out of school and extra day so now we're headed down Saturday -Thursday! We go over MLK Jr day so going that one extra day during the week will really help with avoiding the crowds! Yippee!

Now on Sunday I get to make our first hotel reservation!
We're DVC members so first I reserve our home resort as a backup, and then when our 7 month window rolls around I will switch it to where we really want to stay!
Yeah!! So glad to get an extra day.

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Has anyone done the Wishes Dessert Party? We had been thinking about doing the fireworks cruise but aren't sure if its a great idea given the age of our kids, we are worried our son might get fussy and we are also worried about the possible bathroom issues. Anyway instead we might do the dessert party but don't know much about it. Is it worth the money? Is it good for little ones?
It looks wonderful and seeing the photos below make it even more so. I would love to try it sometime but not with my small kids. Not worth it for us. (my kids are currently 2 and 6). I really don't want to see what my girls would be like with that much sugar, that late at night!

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We did it for the first time last month and it was WONDERFUL! Everyone in my family said it was the best thing we did, the view was great, the food was great, and my Dad had said that it was worth the money just for the view and not be packed in with tons of other people during the fireworks. Even my DH who has a gluten allergy was well taken care of there.

The Buffet


Our view (without a zoom)


the fireworks


Below is the special plate that they brought out for him, filled with delicious GF goodies!



ETA: Word of warning this is not a great place to see the Electrical Parade. If this is something you want to see, make plans for another day to see it on the parade route.
Thanks for the photos!! This is definitely on my list for just DH and I or when my girls are older!

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We did it for the first time last month and it was WONDERFUL! Everyone in my family said it was the best thing we did, the view was great, the food was great, and my Dad had said that it was worth the money just for the view and not be packed in with tons of other people during the fireworks. Even my DH who has a gluten allergy was well taken care of there.

The Buffet


Our view (without a zoom)


the fireworks


Below is the special plate that they brought out for him, filled with delicious GF goodies!



ETA: Word of warning this is not a great place to see the Electrical Parade. If this is something you want to see, make plans for another day to see it on the parade route.
Thanks for the great info. One last question. Are there places to sit or do you stand for the show?

Thanks again
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Thanks for the great info. One last question. Are there places to sit or do you stand for the show?

Thanks again
When you enter the dessert party there will be a table with your families name on it, so there are assigned seats. After everyone eats, most will stand next to the railing for Magic, Memories and You show and the fireworks. If you do continue to sit your view will be blocked.

Plus there is an overhang to protect you from the weather and the table and chairs are set back about 10 ft from that railing.
I'm not sure how much of the fireworks you'd really see between those two things.

But I did want to say too, that the people along the railing, it's not crowded really. Everyone is pretty much lined up next to one another, it's not 5 or 6 people deep.

There is also a photopass photographer there during the whole thing. I'm excited to get our photopass CD in the next few weeks. When I do I can share some of those pictures as well.
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Wow, it's really hopping over here already! Lots of us excited and planning away...love it! Can you add us to the list? We'll be there Jan 5 - Feb 2 to celebrate 2 birthdays - oldest son will turn 10 and youngest will turn 3! We'll be staying offsite in Reunion.

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Wow, it's really hopping over here already! Lots of us excited and planning away...love it! Can you add us to the list? We'll be there Jan 5 - Feb 2 to celebrate 2 birthdays - oldest son will turn 10 and youngest will turn 3! We'll be staying offsite in Reunion.

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Sounds like your going to have a great trip!! There are several of us celebrating birthdays on our trips. We are celebrating mine and our youngest DS's birthdays.

Jan 5 - Feb 2, your going to be there for almost a month. That's the kind of WDW trip I want.

Also, if you want (you don't have to) we have a secret FB group. It will just make it easier for us to give live updates to each other while we're in the parks.
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Sounds like your going to have a great trip!! There are several of us celebrating birthdays on our trips. We are celebrating mine and our youngest DS's birthdays.

Jan 5 - Feb 2, your going to be there for almost a month. That's the kind of WDW trip I want.

Also, if you want (you don't have to) we have a secret FB group. It will just make it easier for us to give live updates to each other while we're in the parks.
Thanks!! Definitely the perfect place to celebrate birthdays!!

A 4 week vacation definitely wasn't in our plans or budget but when my parents offered to let us stay at their rental (at no charge to us), the impossible suddenly became possible!

Thanks for letting me know at the FB page, I'll have to check it out!!!
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