Second Dining Questions

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    I❤MICKEY DIS Veteran

    Mar 27, 2011
    I'm hoping that you can help answer some questions about dining. We have been assigned the second dining on the Magic 8-night Bahamian cruise. It is my understanding that dinner starts at 8 PM.

    • Approximately how long does dinner last?
    • If dinner starts at 8:00 what time would the kids leave for dine and play? I'm trying to coordinate so I can schedule nursery for the same time. I want both boys to spend part of the meal with us.
    • DH or I would need to leave to take the DS2 to nursery and come back. Does anyone see an issue with this plan?
    • If assigned the second dining would we attend the dinner shows before or after dinner?
    • Our ship will change time zones. How does this work for dining? Are all times based on ET? Or would we transition from CT to ET mid cruise?

    Thank you in advance for all your guidance. :)
  2. Jackson's grammie

    Jackson's grammie DIS Veteran

    Jun 25, 2011
    Dinner can be 1 1/2 to 2 hours. We ask for Jackson's food right away and then when he finishes his mother brought to the nursery/kids club. Came back and we finished a quiet dinner.
    shows before dinner
    you go with what ever time it is on the ship. Time changes are always overnight
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  4. brianvdb

    brianvdb Mouseketeer

    Aug 26, 2000
    Sorry, can't help with the questions regarding the nursery or dine and play.

    Second seating starts at 8:15pm. The length can vary a bit on how quickly you order and eat. Plan on at least 90 minutes - especially if you are going to be leaving for a few minutes to go to the nursery and/or doing dine-and-play. Within reason, you can stay as long as you want - as people leave, the servers just start converting the tables for the next meal in that restaurant (breakfast the next morning, dinner the next night, etc.).

    Leaving to go to the nursery might slow your service down, but otherwise shouldn't be a problem (provided you come back fairly quickly). You might let your servers know that you are planning to do this, so that they can plan accordingly.

    Second seating attends the 1st show (before dinner). It starts at 6:15pm and lasts around 45 minutes.

    Your dinner will ALWAYS be at 8:15pm, regardless of what time zone you are in. The ships clocks will move forward and backward, but your dinners and shows are always at the same time.
  5. noahsketomom

    noahsketomom DIS Veteran

    Jan 19, 2010
    I'm thinking they came around 9pm to get them....
  6. stsomewhere

    stsomewhere DIS Veteran

    Mar 13, 2008
    I don't think that they took kids going into the nursery for dine and play. They only took kids for club and lab.
  7. melaniejh1016

    melaniejh1016 Mouseketeer

    Oct 9, 2012
    9pm they picked up for dine and play. They usually gave us a 15 minute warning so they could finish up eating. Dinner usually was from 8:15-9:45 sometimes later depending on the night.
  8. lbgraves

    lbgraves Little Cinderella's Mommy

    Feb 25, 2003
    We always took DS to to the club after he ate his dinner. Servers at early always brought out the kids' food early so was finished before adult entrees. If ran a minute over served others and had cover on plate. Never affected our service. Sat with friends.

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