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Old 10-30-2012, 10:40 PM   #1
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Table for 6!

Could some of you larger families, tell me what my chances are of being split up at certain restaurants? I have my Adr's made and a few tell me I could be split into two tables, I really don't want this to happen, being with we have four children. I'd rather change my Adr's now to something more accommodating
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:46 PM   #2
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We normally travel with other family and there is anywhere between 7-15 of us. The only place we have ever been seperated was at Coral Reef. (and that was 2 booths- one behind the other) Never had any problems with Ohana, Crystal Palace, Whispering Canyon, Chef Mickey, Liberty Tree Tavern, Mama Melrose, LeCellier, Hoop-De-Doo, Akershas, or 1900 Park Fare.
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:48 PM   #3
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NOTES ON GROUP SEATING (PARTY BEING SPLIT UP):

1) The disclaimer of being split up is on all ADR's.
2) This is in case your party must be separated.
3) Parties of up to six are seldom split.
4) Parties of seven and above are more frequently split.
5) It is a matter of
. . . availability of tables which can be combined
. . . combining tables so that aisles are not compromised or blocked
. . . when you made the reservation, and how many others were made before you
. . . the physical layout of the eatery
. . . if they can fill the smaller two-or-three person tables (usually along walls or by pillars)
6) They also must take into account the restaurant capacity
. . . if there are a lot of ressies, the eatery can be sold out
. . . combining tables reduces the number of seats available (end seats are lost)
. . . example: push two 4-top tables together and you seat six instead of eight
. . . thus, combining tables reduces capacity by 25%-50% per group
. . . for very busy days, revenue is more important than group convenience of sitting together

7) With the above being said
. . . they do try to combine tables to accommodate the group
. . . the vast majority of groups do not get split
. . . but, be prepared if splitting does occur for your group
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:49 PM   #4
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I think the ADRs just automatically say that. We went as a party of 9 last month and were not split up at any restaurants. It was not a crowded time so I don't know if your odds are worse when they are slammed, but we had no trouble even though we got that same warning on all of our ADRs. I think they do try their best to keep you together and have that warning just in case there simply is no way to get your tables together. Also, I did see at a lot of restaurants are tables meant to seat six.
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:51 PM   #5
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I can't really help except to say that we have been told that our party of 3 might be split up. I don't really get it. Especially where kids are involved. Wouldn't be funny if you were split up and your kids sat at one table across the room and you 2 just had a nice quiet dinner.
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:08 PM   #6
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I can't really help except to say that we have been told that our party of 3 might be split up. I don't really get it. Especially where kids are involved. Wouldn't be funny if you were split up and your kids sat at one table across the room and you 2 just had a nice quiet dinner.
Wouldn't mind a table for two and put my four hoodlums in the corner booth! I'd either hang my head of shame or go along pretending to not know them, joking
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:01 AM   #7
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My family of six has never been split up. I once was with a group of 14 and we were split into two tables which was fine.

At Boma a few years ago our waiter was really funny and he separated the table we were sitting at and dragged a part of the table a couple of feet away from the kids saying my husband and I needed alone time.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:43 AM   #8
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We went high season and were never split up as a party of 10. We are going again, twice as a party of 10, once as 8, and once as 5. The only one I case about is the party of 8 because that one is with my sisters family and will defeat the purpose of going todonner together as they are coming in just for that since they are local. With the pay of teen the waiters can deal with a kids table as they are mostly teenagers.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:19 AM   #9
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We are a family of 6 and have never been split up any Disney restaurant.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:15 AM   #10
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We've been in groups of 5, 7, and 8 and never been split up. But, we always get the notation that we might.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:21 AM   #11
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I've only encountered splitting when we traveled with multiple families and had a group of 12. At which point, getting split up was a blessing.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:22 AM   #12
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We are a family of 5 and have never been split up.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:34 AM   #13
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If you eat at Sci Fi you will be split. It only accommodates 2 people per bench, and a car only accommodates 6 people. Our family of 5 was awkward. We had 2 kids in the front seat, my husband and youngest kid in the middle, and I was alone in the back seat.
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:12 PM   #14
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I have received this same warning when I make a reservation for just myself. If they do split me up I hope the tables are adjoining, so I can keep myself together.

If the tables are far apart it may upset the other diners, because my blood and guts will be spilled all over the restaurant, making a very disgusting mess.
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:13 PM   #15
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It's the disclaimer but in numerous years, traveling with parties of 6-8 we've never been split anywhere!
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