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Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by DizBelle, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. DizBelle

    DizBelle CSI: Can't Stand Idiots

    Sep 10, 2003
    If they aren't going to enforce it?
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  3. labelo

    labelo Earning My Ears

    Nov 11, 2012
    Just trying to keep people happy and avoid conflict, I guess?
    I mean, I'd be pretty upset if I'd made an ADR months out and then got turned away at the door because I had a t-shirt on or something. But at the same time, I can also see how it would be upsetting to be on the other end and book a nice, romantic evening out at an expensive restaurant and have the mood be sorta spoiled by people in super casual attire.

    I wouldn't be surprised if there eventually isn't a dress code at all at any restaurant (except maybe V&A) - they've been becoming more and more relaxed over the years, and especially with the dining plans bringing in the "masses" ;)
  4. mfd25wife

    mfd25wife DIS Veteran

    Jun 24, 2008
    For some really higher end restaurants, I can see it. But, I figure Disney understands that many people want to stay in the parks as long as possible and really don't want to plan 30+ minutes to get back to the resort to spend an hour getting ready to spend more time to get to a restaurant(unless it's at the same resort). That's if the buses are on schedule. I'm not dogging the buses, don't misunderstand, but they are usually running in decent time. However, I've seen times where we didn't see one for our destination for 45 minutes. Then, people would be upset for being late. Even in their mind, I suspect they know that more time in the parks equals a greater chance of people spending money.
  5. sleepydog25

    sleepydog25 Been here awhile

    Aug 27, 2004
    It's an eternal question, and one I've often pondered myself. As my DF recently pointed out, however, would it get worse if the standards were officially dropped? Likely so. Personally, I've no issue with someone in reasonably tasteful park attire (yes, I know that's subjective) dining at an in-park restaurant. I do take some exception to those who show at the nicer resort eateries (CG, Jiko, AP, e.g.) in tank tops, slovenly shorts, etc. It's not hard to build time into one's schedule to dress as the code asks. ;)
  6. reiella

    reiella DIS Veteran

    Mar 29, 2010
    Except for V&A, I believe all the dining dress codes areas allow for t-shirts [just specifically].

    It's mostly cut-offs and swimwear that are against the dresscode now. Well, and hats. [and I forgot the most likely violation, derp : tank tops ]
  7. Kay1

    Kay1 <font color=red>Check out Ricki's hidden Mickey!<b

    Aug 30, 1999
    Are these restaurants all in the resorts?


  8. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Common sense is so rare, should be a Super Power.

    Aug 8, 2000
    1) The ONLY enforced dress code is V&A.
    2) Other than that, wear what you want.
    3) REGARDLESS of what is said about dress code.

    NOTE: This is one of my pet peeves about WDW eateries. They
    claim to have dress codes, but never enforce them. Nothing better
    than spending big bucks in a Signature eatery, only to have people
    dressed like bums. Really adds to the ambiance. Such as
    . . . ball caps worn during dinner
    . . . cut off shorts
    . . . flip flops
    . . . muscle t-shirts
    (We won't even address how some of these folks act at dinner.)
  9. Uncleromulus

    Uncleromulus <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/index.

    Jan 28, 2001
    Well--from all I've seen at the Signature restaurants (and those are almost the only restaurants where we eat dinner) , they DO enforce the code. Or more properly stated, I've never seen anyone in violation of the code.

    And by code, I mean those very few items that are expressly prohibited..not allowed in the dining room.

    ANYTHING ELSE is--presumably--"permitted".

    You need to remember that all the stuff about dress shorts, sweaters, collared shirts ,dresses, etc etc is merely a SUGGESTED way to dress--how they'd like you to dress. But it's not mandatory and thus not "enforceable".

    And unfortunately neither is slovenly, dirty or just poor taste.
  10. sleepydog25

    sleepydog25 Been here awhile

    Aug 27, 2004
    We ate at both CG and AP last week, and in both cases, there were patrons wearing all manners of shorts, jeans, and t-shirts. In fact, at AP a table sat down near us where both men were wearing gimme caps, though to be fair, they eventually removed them. However, they were obviously allowed to wear them into the dining area and seated by a hostess who said nothing. At a second table, a family of four were seated and all were in park-appropriate clothing. In particular, the two teens (approx. 17 and 14) had on baggy, silky, basketball-styled shorts, sandals, and t-shirts. So, even the signature restaurants aren't looking too closely at the code anymore.
  11. Herfnerd

    Herfnerd DIS Veteran

    Feb 28, 2006
    I find it somewhat humorous that the exact same issues are discussed on cruise vacation boards and the dress codes for the MDR......
  12. tianna26

    tianna26 Mouseketeer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Maybe its me but i dont get how another persons attire affects your dinner unless its offensive
  13. Sugardimples

    Sugardimples DIS Veteran

    Sep 21, 2001
    Me, neither!
  14. disnut8

    disnut8 DIS Veteran

    Jan 21, 2005
    I agree. Food is food is food is food. Now, if you want an "experience" and you find someone in your eyesight is what you consider "offensive", then by all means find the host(ess) and ask to be moved out of that sight line. But realize your definition of "offensive" is going to be different from mine or John Doe or Jane Citizen.

    This is the policy -

    For the Signature Dining Restaurants, a "Business Casual" dress code is in effect:

    Men - Dress pants, jeans or dress shorts and a T-shirt or long sleeve shirt with collar is required. (Jackets optional.)

    Women - Jeans, skirts or dress shorts and blouse, sweater or dress is required.

    NOT PERMITTED: Tank tops, swim suits or swim cover ups, hats for gentlemen, cut offs or clothing with rips/tears are not allowed. T-shirts with offensive language/graphics will also not be permitted.

    Now - what constitutes "dress shorts" and "offensive language/graphics" is up for interpretation. The old "I'll know it when I see it" is very different for each and everyone one of us.
  15. angelmom27

    angelmom27 DIS Veteran

    Jul 5, 2011
    I agree. And like a previous person mentioned you are at a theme park. And especially in this FL heat I don't see someone spending the day at the park in jeans. They want to be comfortable. I guess I better look over our anniversary trip ADRs to make sure we are good. Hubby wears a hat 24/7 but I will be sure he takes it off for this. Didn't realize there was a no hat rule but than again I didn't look at the dress code yet. Now I just need an excuse for him to get a nice hair cut so I don't spoil the surprise. :)

    NEVERENOUGHWDW <font color=blue>Still Missing 20,000 Leagues Unde

    Jan 11, 2007
    Because of $$$$$$$.

    I don't like it when people refuse dress codes but if the tables are open they will fill them in regardless.
  17. davedmaine

    davedmaine DIS Veteran

    Mar 30, 2011
    Simply put, the dining plan. Or more accurately, the free dining plan.
  18. Meredisney

    Meredisney DIS Veteran

    Sep 23, 2006
    I had a friend get turned away at the California Grill because she was wearing jeans that had rips in them. They weren't trashy jeans that had rips by her butt cheeks or anything. They were actually designer jeans that had a few rips. They were sold that way. I found it kind of funny because I'm sure she spent lots if money on the jeans.
  19. Tanyabeth8

    Tanyabeth8 Mouseketeer

    Jul 14, 2012
    Maybe I'm odd, but I generally don't worry about what strangers are wearing. I make sure my boyfriend and myself look presentable, but it's not my job to concern myself with what others are wearing. If they are not disruptive, vulgar, etc, I don't care what they are wearing.
  20. Colleen27

    Colleen27 DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2007
    A lot of Disney rules are there for the majority who will follow them even though they aren't enforced for the minority that break them. As far as I can tell, the dress code at the signature restaurants (with the exception of V&A) is one of those. And with the CC guarantee I don't see that changing - people getting turned away for coming to dinner in park attire and then charged for it would be a guest relations mess that Disney doesn't want to deal with.

    NEVERENOUGHWDW <font color=blue>Still Missing 20,000 Leagues Unde

    Jan 11, 2007
    Would be nice if each deluxe resort had a dress code that was enforced.

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