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Old 04-25-2013, 09:04 PM   #1
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Carthay Circle VS Wine Country For WOC Dining

do Carthay Circle diners get a better preferred viewing section than WCT ?

Carthay doesn't have a set menu ... I think I've read that you have to order a main entree and either a starter or desert .... correct ? what about children ?

which is a better choice ??
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:53 PM   #2
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I've only done Carthay Circle with the package, but it was awesome! I'd totally recommend doing it. I've never been a huge fan of WCT, so that just doesn't appeal to me.

At Carthay, you get to order off the regular menu. You just have to order one entree per person and either an appetizer or dessert for each person. Kids just have to order an item off the kids menu, no dessert or app required. We had four adults and DD4 in our group, and we got two apps and two desserts to split around the table. The food was awesome, we all left so full because we were full, but couldn't bear to leave a bite behind.

As far as the FPs go, as far as I could tell, it was the same area. We ate dinner kind of late and only arrived about 20 minutes before the show, so we didn't get to the lower levels, but we were still about mid-way down right on the rail. Great view!

Overall, I would totally do it again. The food was amazing, and WOC makes me cry every time!
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:41 PM   #3
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We ate at Carthay Circle last night for WOC. The meal and service was phenomenal. It was DH, DD (4) and myself. Our server told us DD only had to order an entree, and DH and I had to order an appetizer or dessert and an entree in order to get the WOC viewing. Children do not need to order an appetizer or dessert anymore.
We showed up about 15 minutes before the show started. We got a good view right above the steps around the center circle. I thought it was a good view. You can ask the server how many WOC viewing passes were slated for that day. Our server told us the space holds 900 guests in the CCT viewing section, and last night they didn't even give out 400.


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Old 04-26-2013, 09:38 AM   #4
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Last summer we did the CC WOC package and loved it. We like the food better than WCT anyway. Plus you can choose your own meal. The viewing area is better than WCT too. We went for lunch and asked for tickets to the second show. We had a great spot at the railing, and the area was not full at all. Very roomy and we didn't feel squished. The railings in the area were all taken by show time, but others who came later were back against the back railing and not pushed up against us. Lots of space in between. First show was probably more crowded, but less people are going to have tickets to that area than others anyway.
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For our upcoming trip we are actually doing the WOC dining packages at both WTC and Carthay Circle. Since my kids and DH wanted to try this restaurant, we decided to tack on the WOC package there. And when I read about Carthay Circle and what the requirements are for the WOC package, we decided to do that one as well....we like to get an entree or a dessert. I think I am more excited about the Carthay Circle package only because of where the viewing area is located .
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do Carthay Circle diners get a better preferred viewing section than WCT ?
Yup, as others said, CC has its own viewing area and it is better than the other restaurant areas. It feels more centered and wasn't very crowded on the 2 times we've been in that section.
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One last question-

Do dinner guests get into a better viewing area than lunch guests ?
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One last question-

Do dinner guests get into a better viewing area than lunch guests ?
No, you can ask for either show at lunch. We asked for the second show. And with an early enough dinner you can go to the first showing. So there is no lunch or dinner viewing. It is all in the same area.
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Yup, as others said, CC has its own viewing area and it is better than the other restaurant areas. It feels more centered and wasn't very crowded on the 2 times we've been in that section.
Maybe I missed it but I did not see others say that. And it is not the case that different dining options get you better viewing locations. There are some default locations the CMs send people but you are allowed to go wherever you want.

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Maybe I missed it but I did not see others say that. And it is not the case that different dining options get you better viewing locations. There are some default locations the CMs send people but you are allowed to go wherever you want.

Um er, PoohsFan1 alluded to it. But I'll go on record to say that, when we were there, CC had its own viewing section as told to us by the wait staff at CC. The signs you look for to get to your viewing area (yellow, red, blue,..) include a Carthay Circle sign. I take that to mean CC has it's own area. Maybe there's another entrance to the same area that I didn't see, but I believe CC has its own area.

However, there's no difference between CC lunch and CC dinner AFAIK.
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Um er, PoohsFan1 alluded to it. But I'll go on record to say that, when we were there, CC had its own viewing section as told to us by the wait staff at CC. The signs you look for to get to your viewing area (yellow, red, blue,..) include a Carthay Circle sign. I take that to mean CC has it's own area. Maybe there's another entrance to the same area that I didn't see, but I believe CC has its own area.

However, there's no difference between CC lunch and CC dinner AFAIK.
If they have started using signs for different default dining areas then that is relatively new. I have not seen that. But it remains the case that you can request to go anywhere and the CMs will let you. And "official" area for different dining venues are only default options which you do not have to follow.

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I just listened to the Dis goes West podcast and they highly recommended the Carthay Circle option.
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If they have started using signs for different default dining areas then that is relatively new. I have not seen that. But it remains the case that you can request to go anywhere and the CMs will let you. And "official" area for different dining venues are only default options which you do not have to follow.

I saw WOC in January and noticed that they had separate signs for Carthay and WCT and they appeared to be separate viewing areas. Since this has changed, I think it would be a good idea not to assume that the CMs would let you choose between these two viewing areas. Hopefully someone who has been there recently or has an upcoming trip will be able to confirm this.

We also had lunch at Carthay on our departure day (MLK day, extremely busy)and were asked if we wanted WOC fastpasses. So they must have had some fastpasses to spare that day. I wonder if they even give out their allotted FPs on most days.
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In general, I would have to say Carthay Circle when it comes to the food alone. My sister and her bf went on a date to Wine Country recently and they came back so upset with the quality of food and service they got. I have not gone so I cannot speak for myself, but being that they have both been fine dining servers I definitely trust their opinion.
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I saw WOC in January and noticed that they had separate signs for Carthay and WCT and they appeared to be separate viewing areas. Since this has changed, I think it would be a good idea not to assume that the CMs would let you choose between these two viewing areas. Hopefully someone who has been there recently or has an upcoming trip will be able to confirm this.

We also had lunch at Carthay on our departure day (MLK day, extremely busy)and were asked if we wanted WOC fastpasses. So they must have had some fastpasses to spare that day. I wonder if they even give out their allotted FPs on most days.
They ask everyone who dines if they want FP, they don't guarantee that you will get one. DD and I ate there for lunch, we didn't have "WoC reservations" but we were able to get the FPs with no problems, we ordered 1 appetizer to share and a dessert to share and an entree each and qualified with no problems.

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In general, I would have to say Carthay Circle when it comes to the food alone. My sister and her bf went on a date to Wine Country recently and they came back so upset with the quality of food and service they got. I have not gone so I cannot speak for myself, but being that they have both been fine dining servers I definitely trust their opinion.
I feel the food/service at CCTR to be better than that at WCT. We did WCT for my birthday one year and the food was good but nothing great and the service was a bit slow. We weren't impressed.
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