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Old 07-20-2014, 07:35 AM   #1
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MDR Early or Late?

This will be our second Disney Cruise. Last cruise we had early dining we always felt rushed and DD never got to watch any of the shows as she would sit in the theater and fall asleep before the show began. This cruise we were thinking of doing late seating so she could watch the shows especially since for dinner she always ordered a cheeseburger so she would not be missing out on the food. Thoughts from those who have done both?
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:44 AM   #2
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This will be our second Disney Cruise. Last cruise we had early dining we always felt rushed and DD never got to watch any of the shows as she would sit in the theater and fall asleep before the show began. This cruise we were thinking of doing late seating so she could watch the shows especially since for dinner she always ordered a cheeseburger so she would not be missing out on the food. Thoughts from those who have done both?
For children up to teenagers I would always say early/main, you said she fell asleep in the shows so if you switch to late she may well fall asleep at dinner.

Dinner as you msy know has some extras like the Animators show, for kids it's best for food to go down before bed, late is do close to bedtime it can cause issues. I have seen mums and dads take children out of the MDRs on late as they are asleep or having a meltdown.

On the ship you will be up with the dun have breakfast say 8am > 9am and then the children go to the kids clubs at 9am or your off ship then, have an action packed day, and then have lunch local time say noon or 1pm so then 8.15 is a long long gap to wait go eat again up go dome seven hours.

Children will go for the snack places but the MDRs introduced new foods to my son who was a picked ester and now he eats almost everything with the MDRs inspiring him.

Shows IMHO are expendable, dinner as a family isn't, so stick with main.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:50 AM   #3
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We only had a four night but chose second seating. Our kids were 1, 3, 8, 9, 11, 13.
I felt the likelihood of them sleeping thru dinner was less than the likelihood of them sleeping thru a show.
It went really well. My 3 (almost 4) year old fell asleep at dessert time on pirate night and slept thru the fireworks. But we had no melt downs.
We normally eat dinner at home at 5-5:30. This was never an issue as we snacked on fruit & Pizza during the day.
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:17 PM   #4
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We do different dining times depending on where we cruise. We come from the west coast so when we do an east coast cruise we do late dining. When we do an west coast cruise we do earlier dining.
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:49 PM   #5
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We've completed 13 Disney cruises (all 4 ships) & only on the first did we dine during the main seating. Our DDs at the time were 7&9 and it was the 2 of them that did not enjoy it. They thought it was to noisy, to hectic & to many "little kids" running around. 2nd cruise we tried late seating & they loved it. So every cruise since then we've dined late seating & never looked back.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:04 PM   #6
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We haven't done main dining, but on our first and only cruise, we found late dining worked just fine. Our boys were 8 & 10 at the time and we liked going to the shows early and then to dinner. A lot of times we did just go back to our rooms and go to bed after dinner, but that was OK too. Sometimes our younger son decided to go to the club when the staff came by to get the kids and that worked out just fine too.

We requested second seating on our next cruise based on our positive experience. Less rush after port days and we are coming from the west too so late dinner is closer to when we'd actually be eating at home anyway.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:12 PM   #7
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depends on personal habits but we've always done late dining (took our first Disney cruise when my daughter was 4YO) and have never considered early dining in large part for the reasons you mention...
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All 5 cruises have been late with our son starting at age 4 to the most recent 9. We have enjoyed late because we never feel rushed before or during dinner.
Although there are times we have been tired and didn't want to stay up late so we have gone to Cabanas/BB or pool side food instead.

Having said this...we have booked an Alaskan for next year and chose early/main not sure if we will keep it but at least we are locked in have a choice.
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depends on personal habits but we've always done late dining (took our first Disney cruise when my daughter was 4YO) and have never considered early dining in large part for the reasons you mention...
Always late here too, for the same reasons. You really have to look at what your normal routine is at home, and what your normal vacation routine is.

My hat is off to the folks that manage to get home from work, get their kids home from school and after school activites, dinner fixed by 5:45 pm. My kids were in school until 3:30 pm every day, with Little League and soccer starting at 4 pm. There was the scramble to get their clothes change in the car, and some sort of snack in the car in between. Soccer usually was over by 6:30, but Little League could go until sunset, which might be as late at 8:30 pm.....only THEN can we head home to fix dinner, eat, do homework, and get cleanedup.
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In all my cruises I have never done early dinning for a couple of reasons. First I always thought the time was too early for me to actually have dinner and two sometimes I just like to take my time and enjoy a long meal.
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Just a suggestion, if you're unsure of the dining time you want when you book, choose early because it's the hardest to get into. You can change your mind as the cruise gets closer.
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This will be our second Disney Cruise. Last cruise we had early dining we always felt rushed Thoughts from those who have done both?
We did the early seating on our first cruise and we always felt rushed to get ready for dinner when we jsut wanted to relax more and extend the afternoon, we ewally felt rushed after the sail away party.

One other thing we missed with an early seating was the sunsets, we sailed in May and by the time we were done with dinner the sun had set.

So we will always do late seating now, especially with all the food available with the pool side cafes to snack on.
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