Pros and Cons to early vs late dining

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  1. jahber

    jahber DIS Veteran

    Jun 22, 2012
    You're welcome. Bottom line: make it work for you and you will have fun!!!!
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  3. heastonfam

    heastonfam Earning My Ears

    Dec 30, 2012
    we are from our west and going on our first cruise in February. We are on the waitlist for early dining but after reading through this I think we will be happy with late dining, especially with the dine and play option!
    Question for you cruise veterans: where are your kids' favorite places to get snacks/eat on the Magic when you have late dining and they want something to eat earlier?
  4. PrincessShmoo

    PrincessShmoo DIS Veteran

    Feb 12, 2009
    Well, all the quick serve locations are on the pool deck. Goofy's Galley (sandwiches, salads, ice cream); Pluto's Dog House (hot dogs, burgers, chicken strips [my particular favorite!!]); Pinocchio's Pizzeria. There's also room service. And the buffets are open most of the day (with closures between breakfast/lunch, and lunch/dinner offerings).

  5. Dawg91

    Dawg91 Mouseketeer

    Dec 20, 2009
    We just cruised on the Dream with early dining and I found it nerve wracking. The MDRs were noisy and crowded and generally I couldn't wait to get out. The food was good and our servers were excellent. It was difficult to understand them though with accents over the crowd noise.

    I will try late dining next time in hopes that more families are gone - no offense to families (we have two kids). I would say it was my only disappointment of the trip that MDR dinners were so cattle car-like. Possibly the ship was at capacity,
  6. carmie3377

    carmie3377 Hi, I'm Carmen and I'm a Disneyholic.

    Feb 28, 2005
    Our first cruise, we had late dining and other than DS falling asleep every night, we enjoyed it as we were able to chat at our table of 11. Due to DS falling asleep each night, we choose early for our pc cruise in 2011. I'm sure it was because the cruise only had 1800 people and most were not families (less than 300 kids on boat) but the main dining rooms were not the least bit noisy and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Hoping we aren't disappointed with main dining on the Fantasy in March.

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  7. KateMW

    KateMW DIS Veteran

    Oct 7, 2009
    Thanks for this thread! I was just sure we wanted main dining. But after reading this, I think I'll switch to 2nd. DD will be 9 by the time we sail and we already eat on the late side at home anyway.:thumbsup2
  8. Meredisney

    Meredisney DIS Veteran

    Sep 23, 2006
    Prior to having kids, DH and I always did late dining for many of the same reasons that have been mentioned in this thread. Now that we are parents and going on our first cruise with our babies in May 2014, we choose early dining. We will be sailing with a 2 year old (two months short of 3yrs) and a 15 month old. I wouldn't dream of keeping them up for late dining. It really is about what works for your family. Honestly, my DH's least favorite part of cruising on Disney is the dining. He doesn't really like to make small talk. Me, I can talk to anyone! LOL :hyper: We really like the anytime/mytime dining featured on other cruise lines. We've done it on Carnival and Princess without any complaints. I guess I'm in the minority.
  9. love280mickey

    love280mickey Mouseketeer

    Jun 4, 2012

    isn't that a guy thing? or at least a girl thing?

    My family says I'm the same way, I'll talk to anyone. They'll tease me after I've had a brief conversation with someone asking me "so....where are they from, how's their day, how many kids do they have, etc"

    However, when I'm QUIET, they think the world must've come to a's usually only because I'm sick. And then they are forced to make their own small talk with others and I'm not there to "save them", then they appreciate me once again.

    Anyway, back on topic, we have late dining for our upcoming cruise. Have always done early in the past. DH won't like this as he prefers to eat by 6pm even at home, but that's because he's in bed by 9. I do not plan on being at bed by 9 on the cruise! I think I'm just going to keep the late and tell him we just couldn't get it changed! :rolleyes1
  10. meajuly5

    meajuly5 DIS Veteran

    Nov 9, 2012
    Former Alaska cruisers: input please! We have fond two prior cruises with late dining. Did shows before dinner. Kids would often nap during dinner or go to clubs. Had requested late dining but got main for upcoming Akaska cruise. Think TA thought I preferred early and will likely be able to switch. Will have a 10 y old, 8 and 7 y old. Interested in knowing what time excursions get back as we plan on being as active as possible in ports. If they push dinner back, how late does early start? We usually miss a meal or two anyway in mdr.
  11. StephC1217

    StephC1217 Mouseketeer

    Jun 24, 2010
    one more question- does late dining interfere with the pirate shows/ fireworks/ etc in any way?
  12. Wshop

    Wshop Mouseketeer

    Feb 24, 2012
    In my experience, no problem with the firework or pirate night. I really enjoyed late night dinning with my just turned 6 year old. There was one night we were all too tired but that was okay. I just don't like being rushed to dinner or through dinner, which is what happens, as I understand from speaking to fellow passengers at main dining. Plus, my child was in 2 shows before dinner as a participant. I doubt this would have happened with main dining...though, he thinks he as born on a stage :)
  13. Capt_BJ

    Capt_BJ So Many Times

    May 17, 2005
    on a traditional cruise

    the cheap seats ate early
  14. tajz90

    tajz90 Mama D

    May 6, 2012
    What does that mean?
  15. lilpooh108

    lilpooh108 DIS Veteran

    Apr 17, 2010
    For our 2012 sailing dinner/shows were not pushed back. We had the 8:15 pm seating and we never missed any shows. We were usually pretty active in port too, as DCL has short port times it was never an issue.

    We are from the West Coast though, and tend to eat late anyway. I think it depends on if you're adjusting to a certain time zone and what time your kids normally eat.

    We fed DD a late afternoon snack after her nap usually around showtime to keep her happy.
  16. tajz90

    tajz90 Mama D

    May 6, 2012
    You should be able to switch to late with no issue. There is always a wait list for early seating.

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