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Old 10-21-2012, 07:33 PM   #16
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We have waitlisted 4 times for early dining. It came through twice. Once when it didn't, we were a party of 2 and the other a party of 7. I myself really don't care about late seating any more, but DH does. At home we generally eat at 6. He is an early to bed/early to rise sort. Late dining has its advantages, if you end up with it, at least you can enjoy some less-crowded pool time during main dining!

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Old 10-21-2012, 08:20 PM   #17
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Called to wait list for early seating, and found out that someone (at some point) had already added our name to the list. Not sure how it happened, but it was a pleasant surprise indeed. Looks like we may be a bit further up on the wait list than we expected. Only thing to do now is wait.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:25 PM   #18
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Congrats. Let us know how it goes for you (seating and cruise).
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:36 PM   #19
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I liked late seating pre-kids. Now I prefer early seating. It's a deal-breaker for us. If early seating is not available at the time of booking, we don't book. I don't like to take the change that early will become available at the last minute. Good luck!
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:43 PM   #20
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For those that have had a seating change come through from late to early, is it typically a last minute thing?
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:58 PM   #21
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We booked an August NYC cruise REAL late, and got second seating. I hate eating late, and my DS7 and I are early to bed/rise types. Never cleared the pre-boarding wait list, and had a PAT of 11:30 am (I think?). I believe that we were first to put our names on the wait list on board. We struggled through the late dinner the first night, only to learn that we had been assigned the first seating! Whew. It was so much easier.( There were a ton of kids falling asleep at their tables at the second seating). Good luck!
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:26 AM   #22
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Something else to consider is some people have situations where it really isn't advisable/healthy for them to eat such a heavy full meal at such a late hour so close to going to bed. If you have ever suffered from severe reflux or GERD, you will know what I mean. Drs strongly advise not eating that late when you suffer with this. Actually, I have a friend who isn't supposed to eat anything at all after 6pm because of her issues. Mine aren't nearly as bad as hers but I double dose nexium (none of the others work) and it is quite costly!! I really can't afford physically to dine at the late seating or I'm going to be miserable all night and into the next morning... not knowing when I'll see relief! So sometimes people need early dining for other reasons.


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Something else to consider is some people have situations where it really isn't advisable/healthy for them to eat such a heavy full meal at such a late hour so close to going to bed. If you have ever suffered from severe reflux or GERD, you will know what I mean. Drs strongly advise not eating that late when you suffer with this. Actually, I have a friend who isn't supposed to eat anything at all after 6pm because of her issues. Mine aren't nearly as bad as hers but I double dose nexium (none of the others work) and it is quite costly!! I really can't afford physically to dine at the late seating or I'm going to be miserable all night and into the next morning... not knowing when I'll see relief! So sometimes people need early dining for other reasons.


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Hopefully, they would be able to accommodate a health-related seating request such as that. However, with other "anytime" dining options available on-board, I guess they are not technically under an obligation to do so.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:06 AM   #24
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A quick question for the DCL regulars - what are the chances of changing from the late dinner seating to the early seating once we get on the ship?

I know that there is a location listed on the Navigator where this request can be made once you board the ship. I'm just curious what the success rate is. We are traveling with a 10 month-old and booked our cruise 2 months out, so only the late seating was available. Just want to consider all of our options. Thanks!
I'm not sure how many in your party but I would guess from the message above they are three of you. Anyway, in the past five Disney cruises I have been on I was able to get all the dining changes I had requested 100 percent of the time. Although I've never changed from late seating to early seating or vice versa I would nearly always change my dining room rotations and in most cases seating table assignments.
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I'm not sure how many in your party but I would guess from the message above they are three of you. Anyway, in the past five Disney cruises I have been on I was able to get all the dining changes I had requested 100 percent of the time. Although I've never changed from late seating to early seating or vice versa I would nearly always change my dining room rotations and in most cases seating table assignments.
2 adults, 1 child and 1 infant in a high chair

What dining rotation do you prefer?
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:37 PM   #26
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The feeling I'm getting from this thread is that early seating is the preferred and goes to wait list? The reason I ask is that we are late seating folks. It'd be great for me if that's one less thing I need to worry about!
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The feeling I'm getting from this thread is that early seating is the preferred and goes to wait list? The reason I ask is that we are late seating folks. It'd be great for me if that's one less thing I need to worry about!
I've been on three cruises and changed everytime so we could eat with family or friends and we never had a problem
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:25 PM   #28
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We booked our May 2013 Wonder cruise early this month, and asked to be on the wait list for main dining (it was full, and we have a 3yo who needs the early time). We got confirmation today that we have been assigned main seating, along with our linked reservations (7 of us total)
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:35 PM   #29
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On our first cruise, only the late dinner assignment was available and we didn't know you could waitlist or try to change onboard. We went to the late dinner on the first night. My daughter fell asleep with her head on the table before appetizers were served. My mom and I were tired from a long day of travel and I was feeling a little sea sick. The head waiter took one look at us and said we could definitely go to the early dinner the next night.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:04 AM   #30
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Such a personal preference. We were talked into early seating on our first cruise and it was awful for our family. Even 8 mo was miserable and half the time he fell asleep being wheeled into dining room, it was too close to his nap time! *Our family are all night owls and we don't normally eat dinner before 7pm at home. Truthfully, i listened to too many people on this board who said Main seating was preferred. *I just switched our group, 12 of us, to late seating for our upcoming NYE Dream cruise. Went to make final payment and noticed we had Main dining and freaked out. Called TA and had that changed! *My point is, there is hope for those on wait list b/c there are folks like me who prefer eating later.*
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