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Old 11-12-2012, 08:02 PM   #16
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I've seen it and think it's a good policy. If people don't have their food, they shouldn't be allowed to sit down and save a table. ESPECIALLY when it's busy. Everything runs a lot more smoothly when the policy is enforced (that's why they do it)..
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:41 PM   #17
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I know I'm in the minority here and that's okay. If CMs are there to help you find your table ones you are juggling food then okay. I don't have an issue with it now that my kids are much older but when they were little, oh my.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:38 PM   #18
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At FTB in AK last Monday we got our food and started looking for a table. A Cm asked if we had a table and instucted us to walk down a path to sit by the river. It was a beautiful area and we didn't have to wander around looking for a seat. Sometimes there is a sign out stating a CM will direct you to a table after you get your food.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:41 PM   #19
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2) We intentionally take awhile to sit at CS places, so that the kids' little legs can get some extra rest (Go onto some of the kids are too old for stroller debates - some of us intentionally give them additional rest time to avoid that situation). This leads to standing during food prep time instead of constructively using the time for needed rest.
Or perhaps you could sit outside on one of the many benches so that the kids little legs can get some much needed rest as opposed to taking up table space while others are looking for a spot to sit and eat - just a thought.

Yes, I'm a fan of the policy. Restaurants are for eating; taking up extra table time to lounge is IMHO rude.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:17 AM   #20
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As a single mom who takes DD to WDW by myself, I whole-heartedly support the policy of you can't sit at a table until you have your food. I wish they'd enforce it all the time.

It's not as much of a problem not that DD is older, but I remember how frustrating it was on our first trip by ourselves when she was 3. I'd be holding her hand with one hand and balancing a tray of food with the other hand as I weaved through tables looking for an open place to sit. All the while I'd be walking past tables of people sitting waiting on another family member who was still in line to order and bring their food over. There was one time in Cosmic Rays where I just felt like crying after I'd spotted an empty table, but by the time DD and I made it over to the table, someone without food had grabbed it.

Even when WDW isn't enforcing the policy, I don't send DD ahead to find a table while I order. But since she's older, once we have our food, I can point out an empty table and she will hurry to grab it before someone else takes it. One a few occassions when tables were seriously at a premium, I've had people offer to let DD and I sit with them if they had empty seats at their table, and I've also extended the same offer to others if we have a table with empty seats.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:40 AM   #21
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I like the idea of this. I don't like having to stand around with my food getting cold waiting for a table to free up, when so many of the tables are occupied by people who haven't actually gotten their food yet.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:47 AM   #22
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As a single mom who takes DD to WDW by myself, I whole-heartedly support the policy of you can't sit at a table until you have your food. I wish they'd enforce it all the time.

It's not as much of a problem not that DD is older, but I remember how frustrating it was on our first trip by ourselves when she was 3. I'd be holding her hand with one hand and balancing a tray of food with the other hand as I weaved through tables looking for an open place to sit. All the while I'd be walking past tables of people sitting waiting on another family member who was still in line to order and bring their food over. There was one time in Cosmic Rays where I just felt like crying after I'd spotted an empty table, but by the time DD and I made it over to the table, someone without food had grabbed it.

Even when WDW isn't enforcing the policy, I don't send DD ahead to find a table while I order. But since she's older, once we have our food, I can point out an empty table and she will hurry to grab it before someone else takes it. One a few occassions when tables were seriously at a premium, I've had people offer to let DD and I sit with them if they had empty seats at their table, and I've also extended the same offer to others if we have a table with empty seats.
I've posted on here before about being favor of this policy. As an AP holder, I go to WDW 4-6 times a year and since my family is not as big a Disney fan as I am, alot of those trips are solo trips. It gets really old walking around looking for an empty table, holding a tray of rapidly cooling food, seeing most of the tables taken up by people not even eating. I've posted on here before about once at Tusker House (back when it was still a CS restaurant). I had my food and was looking for a table, when I spotted one in the back. I walked to it, put my tray down, and had just started to get the stuff off the tray, but was still standing, when some lady suddenly rammed me really hard in the back of the legs with a stroller and actually demanded that I give the table up for her. Her family was waiting in line and she had came into the dining area pushing her grand daughter to scout out a table. When she saw no tables were available and me getting ready to sit down, she demanded I give the table up, saying that since I was by myself that I could just go outside and sit on the wall to eat. I informed her I had just as much right to that table as her, in fact more so, since I had claimed it first and already had my food. She continued to insist that I give the table up since I was solo and she had a family that needed it. I informed her no way was that happening and about that time saw an elderly couple (with their food) looking for a table. I smiled and asked if they'd like to join me. They did and the other lady angrily huffed off, while I made some new friends. What was funny was that as I was leaving, I walked past the woman and her family. They were a larger group, so no way would they have fit at that table for four anyway (it was one of those in the back of the last room, where the end is pushed up against the wall). If dining solo or if we have any empty seats, we always offer to share, if we see someone with a tray of food looking for a seat. In fact, we shared a table at Earl of Sandwich just a couple of weeks ago with a couple from Illinois, when we were down there.

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Old 11-13-2012, 05:08 AM   #23
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I totally support this system as well! I didn't know they had started to do this but good for them. The BOG system is great too.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:56 AM   #24
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Another vote in support of this policy!!!
IMO it is rude to sit at a table without your food, when others who have their food are standing waiting for a table.
A table in a busy restaurant at mealtime, is NOT the place for litlle legs to get much needed rest. It is the place for folks with food, to eat.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:32 AM   #25
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i'll go ahead and say i don't like it. i don't see why i can't save a table while someone else in my party is getting our food or vice versa. it's way more efficient and i don't like having to walk around with all my stuff in my hands, and if there turns out to not be any tables, i'd rather just go somewhere else instead of waiting with my hands full and my food getting cold. i've never been told by a CM not to take a table and we always go during peak season (the 2 weeks of christmas and new year). the only problem i ever had was last year, when i waited for a table and got it. it was a 4 person table and we were a party of 2, but it was all i saw. i saw a family of 6 found only a 2 person table and so i offered to trade with them. we traded and then a few minutes later the dad of the group came over to me and started screaming about how i was taking up a table when i didn't have food, forgetting that his entire party didn't have any food with them when i traded tables. then i informed him that i had actually made his life easier by switching, he continued to yell, and i recruited a nearby CM to tell this man to get out of my face (not that i can't handle situations on my own, but i'm not a fan of causing scenes in front of children). the CM clearly saw i had no food and that they did, and he took my side and told the other man to step away. if you wait for a table, food or no food, then you should be able to sit there. if you're just going to sit with no intention of buying/eating food, then i'm sure you can find other places to rest, but if you're waiting on food, i see no reason not to secure a seat.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:51 AM   #26
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The biggest problem with not securing a table while one person orders is the massive overflow of "waiting" families clogging up the line and entry. Disney has not provided a place for all of these waiting families to go while their family member is ordering. So, if a table opens up it makes sense for them to sit down. I tend to get annoyed by the families who are all lingering around the line with kids climbing on the line seperators and running around while people with trays full of food are trying to dodge them. I would rather they go sit down out of the way. And it isn't practical to think everyone could just sit outside because then nobody could get into the restaurant to order and people would constantly have to be checking to see where their party is at in the line.
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i'll go ahead and say i don't like it. i don't see why i can't save a table while someone else in my party is getting our food or vice versa.it's way more efficient and i don't like having to walk around with all my stuff in my hands, and if there turns out to not be any tables, i'd rather just go somewhere else instead of waiting with my hands full and my food getting cold. i've never been told by a CM not to take a table and we always go during peak season (the 2 weeks of christmas and new year).
You don't see why taking up a table when you don't have food is a problem but then in the next sentence say you don't like having to walk around trying to find a table with food in your hands? No one likes that and many people don't have the option of sending someone ahead to secure a table. It's extremely frustrating when you have your food and can't get a table because they are taken up by people without food.

All the accounts I've read of the new policy say it's working extremely well. It's not implemented all the time or at all restaurants. But when it is, people who have their food have little to no wait before they are escorted to a table by a CM. So this alleviates the problem of standing with your food getting cold and unable to get a table for everyone.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:29 AM   #28
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In some restaurants, if the restaurants are busy you will be asked to wait to be seated until your party has the food in hand. It is not all restaurants and the policy is not implemented at all times.

With the setup at Be Our Guest for lunch it doesn't appear possible to have some party members be seated while others order. All guests are channelled through the "ordering room" before they are allowed to select seating. However, you do not carry your food away after you order it, you find a seat and the food is brought to you.
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The biggest problem with not securing a table while one person orders is the massive overflow of "waiting" families clogging up the line and entry. Disney has not provided a place for all of these waiting families to go while their family member is ordering. So, if a table opens up it makes sense for them to sit down. I tend to get annoyed by the families who are all lingering around the line with kids climbing on the line seperators and running around while people with trays full of food are trying to dodge them. I would rather they go sit down out of the way. And it isn't practical to think everyone could just sit outside because then nobody could get into the restaurant to order and people would constantly have to be checking to see where their party is at in the line.
This is the reason why my husband or I get the food while the other waits at a table. I don't want all my kids getting in the waay of others. Also they are tired and just want to sit and eat. Standing in line they will be fussy and in the way. The food lines don't have enough room for everyone. Also in my case I also have children with hidden disabilities that do not fully understand. I have never had a CM offer to show us empty seats. I do get both sides and think that disney could come up with a better way. Maybe have an area where the rest of the party could sit and wait on benches and then when the other person brings the food a CM could than help escort them to a table. That way young and elderly who need to sit can and they won't be taking up tables and you will still be able to get seated quickly and not have to walk around with your food searching.
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In some restaurants, if the restaurants are busy you will be asked to wait to be seated until your party has the food in hand. It is not all restaurants and the policy is not implemented at all times.

With the setup at Be Our Guest for lunch it doesn't appear possible to have some party members be seated while others order. All guests are channelled through the "ordering room" before they are allowed to select seating. However, you do not carry your food away after you order it, you find a seat and the food is brought to you.
Having dined at Be Our Guest, I can say This is so much better. No access to the dining room until you order and receive your pager. Not to mention the delicious CS food and CUPCAKES!
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