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Old 07-26-2012, 10:26 AM   #151
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Do any character meals still offer World of Color priority seating?
No character meal ever offered WoC priority seating. Until recently you could eat dinner at Ariel's Grotto without princesses and get WoC priority standing. Now that the princesses have been reinstated at dinner, there is no longer WoC dining at Ariel's.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:32 AM   #152
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No character meal ever offered WoC priority seating. Until recently you could eat dinner at Ariel's Grotto without princesses and get WoC priority standing. Now that the princesses have been reinstated at dinner, there is no longer WoC dining at Ariel's.
Thanks! I didn't realize dinner at Ariel's did not used to include the princesses.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:38 AM   #153
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No character meal ever offered WoC priority seating. Until recently you could eat dinner at Ariel's Grotto without princesses and get WoC priority standing. Now that the princesses have been reinstated at dinner, there is no longer WoC dining at Ariel's.
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Thanks! I didn't realize dinner at Ariel's did not used to include the princesses.
Thank you for answering so quickly!! We've done the WoC dining package at Ariels 3 different times. The princesses were never part of the dinner meal when they started the WoC packages. I'm actually kinda sad this isn't an option anymore for the WoC......we loved it & enjoyed having the preferred "standing" area for the show (of course they've made that area much smaller than it used to be).
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:52 AM   #154
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The entire meal (to see all the princesses) is probably about 45 mins. You see Ariel when you go down the stairs, take a picture & then are seated. They will bring our your 3-tiered apps/starters soon after being seated. Once the first princess comes out, the 2nd will be out about 5-10 mins after, and continuing until the 4th one comes out. About 15 mins after the starters, your hot plate (if breakfast) will be brought out to share. If doing lunch or dinner, the entrees should arrive within 15-20 mins. They allot 90 mins for each meal, but you could safely allot an hour & it should be close to that amount of time.
So at Ariel's Grotto, is it a 3-course meal? We'll be there in 2 weeks and are looking forward to trying this place out. DD is excited of course!
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:22 PM   #155
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So at Ariel's Grotto, is it a 3-course meal? We'll be there in 2 weeks and are looking forward to trying this place out. DD is excited of course!
Lunch & dinner is yes. You start with the 3 tiered platter with starters, next is your chosen entree & then your group gets a platter of desserts to share.

Breakfast would be 2 courses (no dessert).
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:57 PM   #156
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I'm glad I read this and I didn't do the WoC cuz I don't know the princesses were not going to be there! It ended already and I'm not going tell aug 24th!
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:48 PM   #157
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Ariel's Grotto

Is it better to sit outside or inside at Ariel's Grotto? I cant find any pictures of the outdoor seating. Is the ambiance better inside? Thanks!!
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:42 PM   #158
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I'm glad I read this and I didn't do the WoC cuz I don't know the princesses were not going to be there! It ended already and I'm not going tell aug 24th!
Well I'm glad this thread was able to help you out.

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Is it better to sit outside or inside at Ariel's Grotto? I cant find any pictures of the outdoor seating. Is the ambiance better inside? Thanks!!
It's nice sitting outside & watching all the activity on the pier (especially California Screamin' but it can be a tad noisy too. One of the reasons we enjoy Ariel's is for the decor at the restaurant, it's beautiful & gives you the feeling of being "under the sea".

Both are nice, it comes down to your personal preference....do you like eating outdoors? Some people don't and some people would rather be outside then in a restaurant on a sunny day.
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Bumping so it appears on page 1 for the poster asking re:Ariel's Grotto.
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:00 PM   #160
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Bumping so it appears on page 1 for the poster asking re:Ariel's Grotto.
Thanks for doing that!! Haven't been on much today.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:01 AM   #161
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Phoned today to get my priority seating. I had e-mailed first but hadn't heard anything for a little bit so I decided to call in. When I got through and gave them my information they asked me if I had another reservation. I told them that I had e-mailed as well but had heard anything yet. She very nicely stated that my enthusiastic nature was neccesary for dining at DL. She made it sound like there is no mad rush to get the seating. She then told me that DW in Florida is whole other kettle of fish. She told me to go there you need to call 180 ahead of time and better be on the phone first thing in the morning.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:39 AM   #162
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Phoned today to get my priority seating. I had e-mailed first but hadn't heard anything for a little bit so I decided to call in. When I got through and gave them my information they asked me if I had another reservation. I told them that I had e-mailed as well but had heard anything yet. She very nicely stated that my enthusiastic nature was neccesary for dining at DL. She made it sound like there is no mad rush to get the seating. She then told me that DW in Florida is whole other kettle of fish. She told me to go there you need to call 180 ahead of time and better be on the phone first thing in the morning.
We've never had any problems getting a reservation at Disneyland......we've added stuff while we actually at the parks.

We just did our 180 day out on the WDW reservations. Dining is a different thing there & some of the very popular places are hard to get at times. The difference there is you can do ALL of your reservations on the 180 day mark (up to 10 days). So unlike Disneyland, where you need to call everyday until you have your entire trip covered, when you do your WDW ressies, there are already tons of reservations made because the 10 days prior, people were making their 180 + 10 days.
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:44 PM   #163
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We've never had any problems getting a reservation at Disneyland......we've added stuff while we actually at the parks.

We just did our 180 day out on the WDW reservations. Dining is a different thing there & some of the very popular places are hard to get at times. The difference there is you can do ALL of your reservations on the 180 day mark (up to 10 days). So unlike Disneyland, where you need to call everyday until you have your entire trip covered, when you do your WDW ressies, there are already tons of reservations made because the 10 days prior, people were making their 180 + 10 days.
I was absolutely amazed when I called last week to make our reservations for DL, I asked the CM if there was any chance we could get any character breakfast lunch or dinner for our 3 days, the lady was kind of huffy and told me that I need to pick a date and time and we would go from there...so I did and she says ah, we have from 730-10 am available...lol...I apologized told her I wasn't trying to be difficult but I am so used to calling 180 out and still not getting what I wanted! I figured Cali would more difficult!
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I was absolutely amazed when I called last week to make our reservations for DL, I asked the CM if there was any chance we could get any character breakfast lunch or dinner for our 3 days, the lady was kind of huffy and told me that I need to pick a date and time and we would go from there...so I did and she says ah, we have from 730-10 am available...lol...I apologized told her I wasn't trying to be difficult but I am so used to calling 180 out and still not getting what I wanted! I figured Cali would more difficult!
Yup, much easier to get those reservations at DL. The only ones that are a tad harder would be things like Napa Rose~Chef's Table & Carthay Circle (since it just opened). Otherwise, making your dining reservations right at 60 days isn't necessary. (unless you're very specific on time).
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HI,

Just wanted to check about pricing, you have to add the tax to those prices, is the gratuity added already or you have to add that on top as well? Sorry, Aussie here and we do things a little differently, just want to know how much I should budget for!
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