Beach Blanket or Parrot Cay on first day?

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  1. debmomof2

    debmomof2 Earning My Ears

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    I thought I saw a post a while back that said to head up to Beach Blanket for lunch on the first day rather than following the crowds to Parrot Cay. I can't find the post now, so I'd appreciate any opinions on this idea. Thanks everyone!

    Deb
     
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  3. disneydawgs4

    disneydawgs4 Mouseketeer

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    ...if you like to have your drinks served to you, go to Parrot Cay. That was the main difference we noticed at the two places. Another thing we noticed was the line at Beach Blanket was horribly long, but later we found out that if you try the other line (the one on the right, I think, I can't remember which side we tried first), it usually has less people. The food is pretty much the same in both places, if not the exact same. If it is a beautiful day out, Beach Blanket is nice because you can either sit outside the restuarant, or take your tray to a table by the pools and eat. When we were in Parrot Cay, the characters were there as well so we got to take pictures with them right away. Just some thoughts.;)
     
  4. outahere

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    The main differences between the two are: 1) a server will get your drinks in Parrot Cay, and 2) inside seating at BBB is pretty limited, so if it's hot that might be something to consider.

    They also close PC earlier to get ready for dinner, so if you are boarding a little later, they may be closed. They will also temporarily close PC if it becomes full, but there are plenty of tables on deck if you go to BBB.

    Another thing to consider is that all of the "fast food" places are also open for lunch on embarkation day. On our last couple of cruises, we've gone to Goofy's Galley for a sandwich, while our son got a burger or hot dog.
     
  5. HallsofVA

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    We prefer Parrot Cay because it just seems a bit more sane, especially if you are hauling carryons around with you. Plus we prefer to sit inside.
     
  6. mmouse37

    mmouse37 DCL Diva!!

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    PC, to us, is a much more relaxed way to start the cruise. We enjoy our embarkation lunch there very much. No juggling trays with carryons and looking for a table, no humidity, no birds, no wind. Some days I am sure it is lovely to eat outside of BBB or Topsiders (and we always have breakfast outside there), but our tradition is PC for lunch. There is a place when you enter to leave carryons and you are escorted to a table and your drinks are served to you.

    There is no right or wrong answer here...totally personal preference!

    MJ
     
  7. Cdaub

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    Are the fast food places near the pools open? I was hoping that maybe we could go that route and get a seat by the pool and start vacation that way.
     
  8. outahere

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    Yes they are all open.
     
  9. tjbaggott

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    We've done both and I too found PC much more relaxed. First cruise we went to BBB after boarding (came from WDW by bus and were on board around 2pm) BBB was VERY Busy, difficult to find a table, and the lineups were long.

    2nd trip (most recent), we were at the port early and had boarding pass #4 and went to PC. Not crowded at all no lineup at the buffet on our initial trip there. :)
     
  10. Keira1387

    Keira1387 Married at Disney August 2, 2008

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    Is there a strategy as far as what time to get to PC? Last time we were turned away because it was too full.
     
  11. tjbaggott

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    I think the earlier you are on the ship, the better your chance of getting into PC. When we boarded last fall, it was around 12 noon, no later. We were actually directed to PC. We had arrived at the terminal for 10 am.
     
  12. kmaclou

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    I think it's all in what you want. We love eating at BB on the first day because we can sit outside. The lines can be long, but I've always felt they move along pretty quickly. I can see how it'd be hectic with kids and carry-ons and all of that - sometimes it's easier just to sit them down and stay in one spot! :goodvibes
     
  13. TKH

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    Does anyone know if PC still serves that yummy mushroom soup? Or if you can get it at BBB as well? That was my favorite food of all...but I don't know what it's even called! Please tell me they always have it... :)
     
  14. DMMarla07860

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    we have done both, I like BBB more then going to PC, but if it was raining out or something I would prob choose PC, both have the same food
     
  15. scootch

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    We were going to do BBB since we thought it would be nice to sit outside, but we caught a cool day and thus went to PC. It was very nice and we had plenty of opportunities to sit outside for breakfast so we will likely sit inside when we go on the Dream.
     
  16. KSandbergFL

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    The best strategy is, yes, get there early! ;) However, on our last cruise (Jan 21, 2010) we learned that if you're told "Parrot cay is full", you can ask to wait - which we did. We only had to wait about 10 minutes, before they seated us. Maybe we just got lucky?

    We prefer the relative quiet of Parrot Cay to the "free for all" that happens up on the 9th Deck.
     
  17. Angelhalo

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    We get to the port as early as possible so that hopefully we will be one of the first groups onto the ship. We've never had to wait to get in to PC and be seated and it has never been horribly crowded in there. It is much more relaxed than BBB I feel.
     
  18. pugmom626

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    We have tried both (on different cruises). Parrot Cay was somewhat less noisy and obnoxious, but not by much. Since they are both buffets, there are people walking around with plates of food back and forth to their tables. At Parrot Cay, you are seated at a table, but you still have to navigate the buffet. At Topsiders, you are on your own to find a table. It seemed as if the children were more out of control at Topsiders, perhaps there were considerably fewer children at Parrot Cay at the time we were there. We did not enjoy the food or the atmosphere at either location and I'm going to just stick with the snack locations next time and skip the embarkation buffets all together. We don't enjoy any type of buffet, in general, so the embarkation lunch is our least favorite meal of the cruise. I wouldn't say that either location is better than the other, it's really just a matter of personal preference.
     
  19. sing4joy

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    That's exactly what we did on 2/11. Politely asked if we could wait for a table at PC, and also waited 10 minutes. Enjoyed the live piano singer and danced with my 4 year old - quickest 10 minutes ever :)
     
  20. debmomof2

    debmomof2 Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for the replies, everyone! This forum has helped so much in our plans!! I think we'll play it by ear, and most likely go to BBB, depending on the weather. After our winter in Wisconsin, we're looking forward to being outside every minute we can!! Frankly, even 50 degrees would feel warm!

    Deb
     
  21. El&Asmom

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    We were a bit disappointed with the food at BBB on embarkation. Thankfully we had a beautiful outside window table, and the kids could get in the pool when they finished eating. I also like the fast food places better than the food they serve at that buffet meal so we just picked up a few things from them.
     

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