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Old 06-19-2014, 08:49 AM   #121
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No. They do not appear at any meals. Only place to see them is at the Magic Kingdom.
It just don't make sense to me.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:56 AM   #122
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It just don't make sense to me.
It makes perfect sense to me. A&E are a hot commodity and I have heard that Disney has been having trouble finding CMs to play the women. They will want to use the character actors they have where they can meet the greatest number of guests possible ... which is at the meet and greet. Plus, the princess meals in Norway are not suffering or lagging with the more established princesses so there is no reason for Disney to change things. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:27 AM   #123
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It makes perfect sense to me. A&E are a hot commodity and I have heard that Disney has been having trouble finding CMs to play the women. They will want to use the character actors they have where they can meet the greatest number of guests possible ... which is at the meet and greet. Plus, the princess meals in Norway are not suffering or lagging with the more established princesses so there is no reason for Disney to change things. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Yes, but since these characters are Norwegian, just seems common sense to put a pair in Norway. If they're having problems getting actors, however, that's certainly a problem. There was actually an article a few months ago about Disney introducing characters from Frozen into the parks and on the ships, but the writer pointed out his surprise that these characters are nowhere to be seen in Norway. Oh well, maybe in the future
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I just noticed the prices changes. CM 50.00? Is that going forward from the date listed, or just for Halloween time? I have an ADR Dec 2nd, but 50.00 for a group our size-ouch!
That helps with my deciding between different character meals!
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I just noticed the prices changes. CM 50.00? Is that going forward from the date listed, or just for Halloween time? I have an ADR Dec 2nd, but 50.00 for a group our size-ouch! That helps with my deciding between different character meals!
We've found that CM has just gotten too expensive for us compared to other character meals that the boys enjoy just as much. They love seeing Mickey at dinner, so we go to Garden Grill at Epcot now. Better food, more relaxing character interaction, nice atmosphere, much more relaxing since the food is served family style so we know we won't miss a character just getting our food, and the price is lower. The boys love it there and they are fine not going to CM. This will be our 4th family vacation to WDW but the first time we won't be going to CM.
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Old 06-21-2014, 12:28 PM   #126
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We've found that CM has just gotten too expensive for us compared to other character meals that the boys enjoy just as much. They love seeing Mickey at dinner, so we go to Garden Grill at Epcot now. Better food, more relaxing character interaction, nice atmosphere, much more relaxing since the food is served family style so we know we won't miss a character just getting our food, and the price is lower. The boys love it there and they are fine not going to CM. This will be our 4th family vacation to WDW but the first time we won't be going to CM.
I have an ADR for Garden Grill as well and posted yesterday asking for help deciding between GG and CM-this new price increase is just more backup for my decision. We've done CM every trip as well, so I made my ADr out of habit, but look forward to trying new places, looks like GG is our new CM.
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I have an ADR for Garden Grill as well and posted yesterday asking for help deciding between GG and CM-this new price increase is just more backup for my decision. We've done CM every trip as well, so I made my ADr out of habit, but look forward to trying new places, looks like GG is our new CM.
Have you been to GG? We tried it for the first time on our July 2012 trip and we really loved it. And usually at Epcot I just want to eat in the countries, but GG really was special. Even if the restaurant isn't rotating due to mechanics, I don't care...that doesn't make or break it for us (it does for some people from what I've read). It is some of the best food you will have at a character meal and we found the service to be excellent as well. We weren't even planning to go there in July 2012 originally, but it was the first day the rest of our family was arriving to join us at WDW, and I asked my sister if she wanted to add one more day to the park ticket and go to Epcot in the evening for that dinner and to walk around the countries after dinner. She was all for it, as was the rest of the family, so I booked it. And all 10 of us enjoyed it so much! Can't wait to go back on the first day of our trip next month! It has also become our new CM. I only wish they had breakfast and/or lunch there for some more flexibility though.
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Old 06-21-2014, 12:49 PM   #128
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Have you been to GG? We tried it for the first time on our July 2012 trip and we really loved it. And usually at Epcot I just want to eat in the countries, but GG really was special. Even if the restaurant isn't rotating due to mechanics, I don't care...that doesn't make or break it for us (it does for some people from what I've read). It is some of the best food you will have at a character meal and we found the service to be excellent as well. We weren't even planning to go there in July 2012 originally, but it was the first day the rest of our family was arriving to join us at WDW, and I asked my sister if she wanted to add one more day to the park ticket and go to Epcot in the evening for that dinner and to walk around the countries after dinner. She was all for it, as was the rest of the family, so I booked it. And all 10 of us enjoyed it so much! Can't wait to go back on the first day of our trip next month! It has also become our new CM. I only wish they had breakfast and/or lunch there for some more flexibility though.
No, we have never ate there b4. Actually, we've always done CM and then about EVERY princess meal in the past, but DD12 has outgrown princesses.
I just grabbed GG a couple of days ago, and wasn't sure if I would keep it as I also have Beaches and Cream that evening and Cape May breakfast at 9:50. (GG is a 4:25) Now I am thinking I'll keep all, and do just dessert at Beaches and Cream (7:00 ADR)
Breaking the habit of CM is hard, but 50.00 a plate makes it a bit easier!

Thanks for all your info, extremely helpful!
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I'm curious about the christmas pricing since there are 2 prices marked "x-mas" for many restaurants. Is the lower one the holiday pricing and the higher one the Christmas Day pricing?
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We've done GG twice in the past, never done CM. We loved GG (haven't done it since 2004 though). Looking at the new menu, I liked the older menu better. But I'd like to try it again. However, I'm one of those that the fact that it revolved was an incentive to eat there. I just wish they would still have the lunch option.

Can someone tell me how the fish option is? The last time we ate there it was always catfish and we loved it.
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We've done GG twice in the past, never done CM. We loved GG (haven't done it since 2004 though). Looking at the new menu, I liked the older menu better. But I'd like to try it again. However, I'm one of those that the fact that it revolved was an incentive to eat there. I just wish they would still have the lunch option. Can someone tell me how the fish option is? The last time we ate there it was always catfish and we loved it.
On our 2012 trip, I believe the fish was tilapia. It was good. Nice and light, not fishy at all.

What was on the older GG menu? I'm curious!
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On our 2012 trip, I believe the fish was tilapia. It was good. Nice and light, not fishy at all.

What was on the older GG menu? I'm curious!
I remember there was fried catfish, and I think a chicken (instead of turkey) and a sliced beef. Nothing was in gravy or sauce There were regular mashed potatoes, corn and another veggie. I think there was a garden salad too.
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Sooooo helpful. I was going to post a question about current buffet prices and I found this right away! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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This is great! THANK YOU!!!

And thanks to those who are singing the praises of GG! I have it booked for the night after the marathon and was debating if I wanted to keep it or just eat "a la carte" around EPCOT. Y'all are definitely making me lean towards keeping it!
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