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Old 08-27-2013, 12:50 PM   #1276
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I wanted more like 8:30, called in at 7 am, took 20 mins to get an agent so we're there at 9 pm. First, when should we arrive to see the show and what happens if we get called at exactly 9 or a few minutes before? What would you do? We've seen Wishes from Ohana several times, first time for CG.

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Wilkes-Barre, Pa! whoo hoo. i'm "up the line from you". i'm from the "pizza capitol" lol

anyway. . .

You can get there before when you need and they will let you up I bet. You can even chill out at the bar if you wanted I know. We have gone up an hour before an ADR to drink.

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Old 08-27-2013, 01:38 PM   #1277
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I wanted more like 8:30, called in at 7 am, took 20 mins to get an agent so we're there at 9 pm. First, when should we arrive to see the show and what happens if we get called at exactly 9 or a few minutes before? What would you do? We've seen Wishes from Ohana several times, first time for CG.

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Hi Bill,

Another Wilkes-Barre person here, well actually Bear Creek but close enough. I would try to arrive 30 minutes before the show. Just tell them at check in or when you get seated that you will be enjoying the fireworks. The waiters will actually work your meal around the fireworks. It is common place for them so no worries.

We were able to get our reservations for 7:30 on December 15 for a party of 10. I believe we have the Christmas Party Fireworks at 9:30.

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Old 08-27-2013, 01:42 PM   #1278
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Wilkes-Barre, Pa! whoo hoo. i'm "up the line from you". i'm from the "pizza capitol" lol

anyway. . .

You can get there before when you need and they will let you up I bet. You can even chill out at the bar if you wanted I know. We have gone up an hour before an ADR to drink.

We eat here every trip. You will really like it!

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Hey Wilkes barre. It looks like "Bell and Evans" chicken is on the menu. That's down the road from you? Correct?
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:48 PM   #1279
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Here you go all you people who will be there on September 8th and were sorry that you will miss the opening on the 9th: Disney Parks Blog, just out. http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blo...ening-meet-up/
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:06 PM   #1280
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I swapped Yachtsman or Cali Grill. Was this a good move? Prices seem to be similar.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:38 PM   #1281
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Here you go all you people who will be there on September 8th and were sorry that you will miss the opening on the 9th: Disney Parks Blog, just out. http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blo...ening-meet-up/
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:00 PM   #1282
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Hi Bill,

Another Wilkes-Barre person here, well actually Bear Creek but close enough. I would try to arrive 30 minutes before the show. Just tell them at check in or when you get seated that you will be enjoying the fireworks. The waiters will actually work your meal around the fireworks. It is common place for them so no worries.

We were able to get our reservations for 7:30 on December 15 for a party of 10. I believe we have the Christmas Party Fireworks at 9:30.

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Oh wow Nepa people. Very cool.

Sorry to be off topic but we are a small local area so seeing people from Nepa is kinda cool.

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Old 08-27-2013, 03:21 PM   #1283
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Of course my flight leaves at 6 that night!
I'm sorry - But I do hope that some from here get to go. It probably wouldn't be good idea for me to fly down for just that night., but that doesn't mean that the though didn't occur to me.
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:49 PM   #1284
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Oh wow Nepa people. Very cool.

Sorry to be off topic but we are a small local area so seeing people from Nepa is kinda cool.

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Haha- hijacking this thread, but another NEPA here! I grew up in the back mountain- now living in NC, closer to the Disney Magic, lol!
We got our ressie for DH and I on 11/6 at 7:30... Yay!!!
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:03 PM   #1285
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I just booked our 25th anniversary dinner 11/6!!! 5:40 pm.
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:10 PM   #1286
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Haha- hijacking this thread, but another NEPA here! I grew up in the back mountain- now living in NC, closer to the Disney Magic, lol!
We got our ressie for DH and I on 11/6 at 7:30... Yay!!!
Lol. Ur going to have a great time!

Back mountain. . . Dallas area?

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Old 08-27-2013, 05:46 PM   #1287
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I am a lurker but this year we will be in WDW Dec 21 to 25th. I made all my ADRs(Wave, Maya grill, Kouzzina and GFC). This CG thread helped me to snag a 7.20pm reservation for 8 people. I asked the CM I thought by this time all Christmas spots would be taken. She said " today is our first day to take reservations maybe not many know". I said to myself thank God for DIS Boards. Great job and Thank you.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:03 PM   #1288
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A big thank you to the best TA ever...Becky. She snagged us 10/31 at 7pm and 11/3 with my parents at 7 pm. I am so excited we also scored a night at BLT a while back and I was looking forward to staying close to the resort our first night. Woooohoooo!
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:22 PM   #1289
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Back mountain. . . Dallas area?

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Old 08-27-2013, 10:55 PM   #1290
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So I posted this on another thread, but thought I'd share my opinion here as well. There seems to be a LOT of posts about CG and I feel like a very high percentage of them are critical.

I think that a LOT of people are judging the renovation and new menu before we even have reports of what it is really like . The old California Grill, as much as I loved it, was getting outdated and so was the menu.

The renovations (from the design) are fresh, they showcase the view and compliment the colours of the MK and Cinderella Castle lit at night - rich blues, purples, pinks, cool tones. They even took inspiration from Mary Blair, tying in connection to the Magic Kingdom (It's a Small World) and the Contemporary (the mural in the lobby). The kitchen is showcased better and the area to the right of the bar as you enter has been utilized MUCH more efficiently.

As far as the menu - in my opinion it is highly seasonal and I believe it will change frequently. I am a creature of habit and I like my favorite dishes, but they needed a refresh and needed to step up in my opinion. Jiko, Citricos, Flying Fish - they all frequently offer amuse bouche to guests, they have wine dinners, chefs counters, chefs tables. CG needed to match these expectations. I go to fine dining establishments to experience the chefs creativity - I want dishes that make me think "Wow! I have never heard thought of putting those things together again!"

This might be a bit of a controversial opinion - but CG was becoming more about the view for a lot of patrons and that isn't exactly the best way to generate revenue for a high end restaurant. Don't get me wrong, I don't think CG was suffering in any way but I did hear a lot of people saying "Let's go for dessert and Wishes". But I think they wanted to strongly identify as a signature restaurant - not just a restaurant with a great view. They want to attract patrons that want a fine dining experience.
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