Tell me about G.G. International Dinner & IllumiNations Dessert Reception

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by debraW76, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. debraW76

    debraW76 DIS Veteran

    Mar 6, 2008
    Who has done the International Dinner & Illuminations dessert reception? Please tell me about it. Is it worth the $$? For my family of 7 it will be $219 (plus tax I think). What time did it start and what time did it conclude? Are other GG experiences better or worse?
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  3. disneymayz

    disneymayz DIS Veteran

    May 23, 2007
    I was just asking myself this same question. Please if anyone has any info please share.
  4. brittsmum1998

    brittsmum1998 <font color=blue>just a shallow excuse to subscrib

    May 6, 2001
    I've never heard of this before. Where and when is this? I'm curious and always looking for differant stuff to do there.
  5. newtodis

    newtodis Disney Lover!

    Feb 12, 2008
    Looks like this is for Grand Gatherings only right?? Sounds pretty cool and I would also be interested in the info as we're trying to talk the family into going together in the next couple of years. :goodvibes
  6. thewesterberg

    thewesterberg DIS Veteran

    Jan 31, 2007
    I'd like to bump this up and find out some info too as our Grand Gathering group met tonight and this is the one we'd real like to consider, but I'd love more info. What was served for dinner? Was it worth 2 TS credits?
  7. lorac4disney

    lorac4disney Mouseketeer

    Sep 28, 2008
    I would like to know this also. We are doing a GG in June with eleven people and I am trying to figure out what would be worth doing.
  8. starrynyt

    starrynyt Earning My Ears

    May 12, 2005
    We have done grand gatherings a few times but never the illuminations dinner cruise but the breakfast at Tony's in Magic Kingdom. I love the breakfast at Tony's. The core disney characters come around to your table (Pluto, Goofy, Chip and Dale) and then table by table you go up to the middle to meet Mickey. You don't feel rushed, you don't wait in line, and you can get some nice pictures. Plus if you are celebrating anything they will sing to you (and the others in there) that are celebrating. It isn't very many people maybe 100 but it is as close to individualized attention as I have found.

  9. mousehouselover

    mousehouselover <font color=blue>Your life is an occasion; rise to

    Nov 29, 2006
    We did both the International dinner with Illumintaions dessert and the Safari Celebration dinner last year and we really didn't enjoy the International dinner. I think the biggest 'hit' of the meal was the cheese soup from Canada. I remember a lot of the entrees were greasy or dried out. The desserts were not the yummmy treats you get at the restraunts in WS. The viewing spot for illumintaions was nice but not really worth the cost of a disappoiting meal.

    If we do another GG, we will do the Safari Dinner again. It was such a nice tasty meal. Everything seemed much fresher and the desserts were good. There was a great selection, it was buffet style and the entrees were fresh. We had salad and some starters at our table when we sat down, then they started the buffet. Dessert was brought to tthe table at the end of the meal. The music was enjoyable and the staff interaction was much better than at the International dinner.

    Since both meals cost the same, I'd say spend your money on the Safari, we enjoyed it much more than the International dinner.

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