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Old 08-19-2013, 03:23 PM   #16
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One tip to give your server a clue is to place your first order as "I'll *start with* ABCD, and then we'll see what I feel like for seconds."

That way they know right off you'll probably be asking for more.
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:33 PM   #17
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I did not realize that it was "all you care to enjoy " until after we had already dined there. The server certainly gave no indication that this was an option. I definitely would have ordered more as I am a big eater.
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:39 PM   #18
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I did not realize that it was "all you care to enjoy " until after we had already dined there. The server certainly gave no indication that this was an option. I definitely would have ordered more as I am a big eater.
In our experience, they do not make that clear anywhere....except maybe in some fine print. I only knew from the Dis. My particular waiter tried to avoid it altogether. I started off saying I was dithering between two dishes (I felt a little uncomfortable asking for both). He said nothing. Finally I reminded myself we were paying a fortune and were entitled to get what we were paying for. And just ordered both. He said, "I'll see what I can do". What?!

Overall our waiter showed clear reluctance everytime we ordered extra dishes. thinking back, I should have let a manager know so other people could have gotten a better experience. For us, it wasn't a huge deal as he eventually brought whatever we asked for.

A far cry from our cruises where the waiters are warm and encourage you to order extra dishes. In 14 TS meals that trip, that waiter at CRT was far and away the worst. Really unacceptable when BREAKFAST is FIFTY dollars!
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:53 PM   #19
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I am so glad OP asked this as I had no idea this was the case! DH has been grumbling about how much this breakfast has cost since I booked it and we were actually going to cancel it as he said he would rather do a buffet breakfast so he could 'get his fill' for a cheaper price. I cannot wait for him to come home from work now so I can show him this!! I must say though, I am pretty disgusted with people saying how reluctant the waiters are and how much of an inconvenience they made out being asked to get more to be, that is their job and people are paying a LOT of money for the meal. If we come across anything like this I will be asking the waiter if I can speak to management and make sure they know it is about their poor service. Do they perhaps act this way because their tip is automatic so they feel they do not need to work for it?
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:32 PM   #20
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WOW - this is one of the first accounts I have heard of extra food in meals other than breakfast.
This was also AFTER he offered the free infant meal for my 1.5 year old. All in all the dining plan was for my husband and I, but we had 3 entrees and 1 kids meal.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:49 PM   #21
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I find all of this very interesting. From what I have read online, I was always under the impression that CRT was all you care to eat. Perhaps the waiters are reluctant and give attitude because the gratuity is already included in the price, which could mean a)they're not working as hard because the gratuity is a sure thing or b)they're not working as hard because they know the chances of getting extra gratuity are very slim, and they don't approve of the amount they're currently earning.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:22 PM   #22
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Directly from the description of CRT on Disney's site:

"Feast Fit for Royalty
Delight in an all-you-care-to-enjoy banquet as Disney Princesses visit for photos and autographs."
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:36 AM   #23
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I find all of this very interesting. From what I have read online, I was always under the impression that CRT was all you care to eat. Perhaps the waiters are reluctant and give attitude because the gratuity is already included in the price, which could mean a)they're not working as hard because the gratuity is a sure thing or b)they're not working as hard because they know the chances of getting extra gratuity are very slim, and they don't approve of the amount they're currently earning.
OR - management has instructed them to turn people over as quickly as possible.

They seat people in waves and the castle is emptied in between seatings - I have a very strong feeling this is why the waiters are so reluctant to get extra dishes. Like I have mentioned before, we were out of there so fast my head was spinning.

I know when cruising, I have been told that it is MUCH easier to put in all our extra orders up front rather than after finishing the first entree because that throws off the rythm of service and it's a lot more work to get that 2nd entree.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:58 AM   #24
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Thank you all for replying. I feel better about eating here now if we can ask for seconds and/or order 2 entrees to start. It doesn't matter to me what my waiter's attitude is like. We like to get our monies worth. Well, not that you could even get your monies worth in just food; but between the princesses and eating in the castle, and ordering seconds, I think we're good.

I hope our waiter is quick, cuz we have to be out by 8:55. But like I said, we are quick eaters.

Hopefully they do provide 2nds seeing as how it uses 2 dining plan table service.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:59 AM   #25
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is there a big difference between breakfast and dinner? The price almost seems to be double for dinner...is that a better option?
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:23 AM   #26
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It is all you care to eat. Some servers won't offer you seconds but you are entitled to ask for them. While it isn't a buffet, you are eat as much as you'd like.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:32 AM   #27
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is there a big difference between breakfast and dinner? The price almost seems to be double for dinner...is that a better option?
There isn't a huge difference between the two meals.

Dinner isn't all you care to eat, it's a small menu where you can an appetizer, an entree and a dessert.

At Breakfast, you choose an entree and you receive a basket of bread for the table. It is all you care to eat so you can ask for seconds or thirds, the same entree or a different one.

Everything else is the same.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:25 AM   #28
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OR - management has instructed them to turn people over as quickly as possible.

They seat people in waves and the castle is emptied in between seatings - I have a very strong feeling this is why the waiters are so reluctant to get extra dishes. Like I have mentioned before, we were out of there so fast my head was spinning.

I know when cruising, I have been told that it is MUCH easier to put in all our extra orders up front rather than after finishing the first entree because that throws off the rythm of service and it's a lot more work to get that 2nd entree.
Yes, very good point!! When cruising I sometimes order more than one app or entree to try, but I do it up front when I still have the menu in front of me. There have been times DH wanted another lobster tail and they gladly brought it to him. But I can see how they prefer you to order up front if you want to try more than one thing. Makes sense it would make things run more efficiently that way and have them prepare for the next seating (for traditional cruising...on NCL it is all Freestyle, dine any time the dining room is open).

Perhaps what you stated above, combined with a fixed gratuity, is the cause for the waiters' reluctance to give more when people ask for seconds. I do remember waiting longer for our CRT dinner in 2010 than any other restaurant ever at WDW, and it was a very fast dinner. And, they did seat a lot of tables at once.
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There isn't a huge difference between the two meals.

Dinner isn't all you care to eat, it's a small menu where you can an appetizer, an entree and a dessert.

At Breakfast, you choose an entree and you receive a basket of bread for the table. It is all you care to eat so you can ask for seconds or thirds, the same entree or a different one.

Everything else is the same.
Actually the way I read their website all meals would be all-you-care-to-enjoy.

Feast Fit for Royalty

Delight in an all-you-care-to-enjoy banquet as Disney Princesses visit for photos and autographs.

Breakfast
Enjoy pre-plated, American breakfast favorites like stuffed French toast, steak and eggs, baked quiche, crepes and pastries as you sip on your choice of juice, milk, coffee or tea.

Lunch
For starters, Cinderella's Royal Chef creates a selection of baked specialties. Then, it's on to an unforgettable main course with choices ranging from slow-cooked short ribs to Her Majesty's catch of the day for the adults, and chicken nuggets or turkey pot pie for the kids. Polish off your meal with dessert, such as seasonal sorbet or flourless chocolate cake.

Dinner
Dine like royalty on your choice of appetizer, followed by savory entrées that may include oven-roasted chicken breast, beef tenderloin and gnocchi with roasted vegetables. The children's menu offers all-time favorites, such as chicken nuggets, cheese pizza and turkey pot pie. For a sweet finale, desserts include a sampler trio and other irresistible treats.
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To the best of my knowledge, only breakfast is all you care to eat. Maybe someone else can post about this?


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Actually the way I read their website all meals would be all-you-care-to-enjoy.

Feast Fit for Royalty

Delight in an all-you-care-to-enjoy banquet as Disney Princesses visit for photos and autographs.

Breakfast
Enjoy pre-plated, American breakfast favorites like stuffed French toast, steak and eggs, baked quiche, crepes and pastries as you sip on your choice of juice, milk, coffee or tea.

Lunch
For starters, Cinderella's Royal Chef creates a selection of baked specialties. Then, it's on to an unforgettable main course with choices ranging from slow-cooked short ribs to Her Majesty's catch of the day for the adults, and chicken nuggets or turkey pot pie for the kids. Polish off your meal with dessert, such as seasonal sorbet or flourless chocolate cake.

Dinner
Dine like royalty on your choice of appetizer, followed by savory entrées that may include oven-roasted chicken breast, beef tenderloin and gnocchi with roasted vegetables. The children's menu offers all-time favorites, such as chicken nuggets, cheese pizza and turkey pot pie. For a sweet finale, desserts include a sampler trio and other irresistible treats.
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