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Old 08-09-2012, 06:05 PM   #76
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There are now more choices in the Menus - Walt's have a risotto and a steak (faux fillet) for example
Thanks Carrie. Any more details you can get would be much appreciated.
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:46 AM   #77
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Thank you again for all the great information you post to keep us updated and help in the planning.
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:03 AM   #78
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This morning they told me that all the restaurants with a Dreams menu now offered 4 choices including a végé dish. You could also change starters but she didn't have the dishes list in front of her

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Old 08-10-2012, 07:15 AM   #79
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Good to know that they're expanding the menu's, it always seemed a bit daft to me that steak wasn't available at the Silver Spur Steakhouse! Hopefully they'll be doing this menu when we go in February.
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:34 AM   #80
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Thank you so much Carrie .

I am pleased they are adding more variety to the menus as they were limited and imho not very nice really. I think out of all our meals, that was the one we all ate least of . But, it served its purpose with the bands!

I am keen to try again in November for a late lunch if it is still on. But have decided to possibly give the Cali Grill one a miss - we will see nearer the time what comes about re timings etc .
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:36 PM   #81
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When I ate in California Grill in June, the CM on the front desk told me that their VIP Dreams meal with viewing from the Castle Club balcony would not be available after end of September, as I was thinking of this for my October trip.
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:54 PM   #82
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When I ate in California Grill in June, the CM on the front desk told me that their VIP Dreams meal with viewing from the Castle Club balcony would not be available after end of September, as I was thinking of this for my October trip.
That's what they said about all Dreams meals so if they are continuing with the Walt's-Silver Spur-BL variety .....? maybe the Cali Grill will also follow suit
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:23 PM   #83
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The first reservation time for C.Grill in June was 6.15pm. Assuming park closing time could be 8pm or earlier in October, it doesn't really allow enough time to have a 3 course meal then get to the balcony to watch Dreams. I did look at the Dreams menu in CG and it may have had 4 courses. I should have taken a photo. I took photos of the other new menus but not this one as it is separate, kept at the front desk.
I assumed the timing was the reason they would stop doing the VIP Meals here.

The Dreams meals in Walt's, BL and SS may only be for lunchtime rather than dinner when Dreams is on earlier.
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The first reservation time for C.Grill in June was 6.15pm. Assuming park closing time could be 8pm or earlier in October, it doesn't really allow enough time to have a 3 course meal then get to the balcony to watch Dreams. I did look at the Dreams menu in CG and it may have had 4 courses. I should have taken a photo. I took photos of the other new menus but not this one as it is separate, kept at the front desk.
I assumed the timing was the reason they would stop doing the VIP Meals here.

The Dreams meals in Walt's, BL and SS may only be for lunchtime rather than dinner when Dreams is on earlier.
Could be easily done at weekends especially in October as later hours due to holidays and Halloween

Re menu * I posted it back on the 19th of April

A cocktail of your choice at café Fantasia and an exceptional meal at the California Grill, followed by access to the Founders Club (located next to the lounge of the Castle Club) to see the show Dreams!, While enjoying champagne and sweets . (its broadcast live)

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Magical Appetizers (your guess is as good as mine )

Starters

Foie Gras cooked 2 ways : Semi cooked with gingerbread and Pan fried with red fruit compote
OR Tempura Salmon, Scrambled Egg White with Aquitaine caviar and sauce Piquillos

Main Course

Lotte and roasted cod served with a chorizo crumble and a clam ​​risotto
OR Surf and Turf, lobster and beef fillet, served with vegetables of the moment.

Ripened cheese and candied peel


Coffee and a parade of desserts


Wines

Cigalus IGP Pays d'Oc (white or red) 15cl
OR The selection of our wine Banyuls 15cl
Mineral water 50cl


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Old 08-10-2012, 07:56 PM   #85
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Yes, it would make a difference at weekends or school holidays with later park hours.
When I ate in C.Grill in June the new Gourmet Chef had arrived 10 days previously, and menus were changed. I saw this mentioned on twitter, so knew that the menu on DLRPMagic was no longer current.

I can't remember the menu for the Dreams meal but this could also have changed in June.
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:17 PM   #86
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Not wishing to go off topic, but having watched Dreams from the Founders Club balcony I much prefer being in front of the Castle in the park for view and atmosphere. It was a great experience, but you can't see the whole show - parts of it are hidden by buildings in Main Street, and it is too far away to see the projections properly. The music is also quite faint.
Great views of the lasers and fountains though.
The meal is no doubt excellent ( as mine was ) but I wouldn't recommend paying € 199 if your main reason is to see Dreams from the balcony. You miss quite a lot of the detail.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:55 PM   #87
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Thank you SOOOO much for all this information and continuing to update it
I'm still very confused as to whether it's worth doing assuming it is continuing to October. But I am very appreciative for all the information so it is a very informed decision.

Is the €199 Cali Grill package paying much more for the meal than you would be if you price out the items on the menu? I get the feeling from the other comments the €40 package you are paying more for the food than paying off the menu so I'm just wondering if this is the same with the Cali Grill?

Also I note early on people were offered the package having not prebooked. Do you think this will be possible in October given the lower crowd levels? How late could I leave booking and the package?
AND....could I book the package and then change my mind on the day? I am not at all familiar with the rules of booking at DLP...and customs?

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Yes, it would make a difference at weekends or school holidays with later park hours.
When I ate in C.Grill in June the new Gourmet Chef had arrived 10 days previously, and menus were changed. I saw this mentioned on twitter, so knew that the menu on DLRPMagic was no longer current.

I can't remember the menu for the Dreams meal but this could also have changed in June.
Yep I've seen the new menu for the restaurant but not heard of or seen a new one for Dreams. I don't know if they have many people in there as reports are very few and far between of the meal

What is odd is that the "new" chef that they have now, Philippe Geneletti, was already down as the chef back at the start of April on the flyers that were available and the difference in presentation of the food and the main menu is like night and day
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Thank you SOOOO much for all this information and continuing to update it
I'm still very confused as to whether it's worth doing assuming it is continuing to October. But I am very appreciative for all the information so it is a very informed decision.

Is the €199 Cali Grill package paying much more for the meal than you would be if you price out the items on the menu? I get the feeling from the other comments the €40 package you are paying more for the food than paying off the menu so I'm just wondering if this is the same with the Cali Grill?

Also I note early on people were offered the package having not prebooked. Do you think this will be possible in October given the lower crowd levels? How late could I leave booking and the package?
AND....could I book the package and then change my mind on the day? I am not at all familiar with the rules of booking at DLP...and customs?

Thanks so much
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Looking at the 40€ menus you are paying roughly 6€ for your place in the reserved Dreams area as a set 3 course meal at BL and Walt's is 34€ so I don't think it's too bad.

California Grill is different as you are getting "an experience" not just a meal - you've got the apertif to start, the champagne at the end, you are sitting down to see Dreams in a private area that the general public are not going to be anywhere near etc etc

Is it worth it ? Question of opinion..I wouldn't pay 199€ for it when I could go and eat in a Michelin restaurant in Paris for less but I'm not the best person to ask as I'm not a die hard Disney Fan

I didn't like the look of the food coming out of CG and the menu doesn't appeal to me food wise

The CG menu has to be booked with the concierge at DLH so you'd have to see with them the conditions of cancellation etc

The standard menus can be booked 60 days before then cancelled on the day if you wanted without any payment or penalty.

You don't have to reserve it at all as they will offer you it when you are seated in the restaurant

Or of course you can also change your mind when seated if you have booked it and order off the main menu as nothing is decided in advance.

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Looking at the 40€ menus you are paying roughly 6€ for your place in the reserved Dreams area as a set 3 course meal at BL and Walt's is 34€ so I don't think it's too bad.

California Grill is different as you are getting "an experience" not just a meal - you've got the apertif to start, the champagne at the end, you are sitting down to see Dreams in a private area that the general public are not going to be anywhere near etc etc

Is it worth it ? Question of opinion..I wouldn't pay 199€ for it when I could go and eat in a Michelin restaurant in Paris for less but I'm not the best person to ask as I'm not a die hard Disney Fan

I didn't like the look of the food coming out of CG and the menu doesn't appeal to me food wise

The CG menu has to be booked with the concierge at DLH so you'd have to see with them the conditions of cancellation etc

The standard menus can be booked 60 days before then cancelled on the day if you wanted without any payment or penalty.

You don't have to reserve it at all as they will offer you it when you are seated in the restaurant

Or of course you can also change your mind when seated if you have booked it and order off the main menu as nothing is decided in advance.

Thanks for the additional bits of info. Matches largely my assumptions but I appreciate the clarity.

I agree very much you are paying for an experience and while I realise the food may not be the best in the world...I do know DBF might want to try dining there so I'm just wondering (if anyone happened to know or knew the restaurant well enough to 'work it out') if you were paying 'a lot' for that experience. Because for me if he wants to try there ANYWAY I would like the experience...but it does depend a bit on finances and if any good news lands this way for once
As I say...just trying to have all the information rolling around in the head to work it out.
DBF is a foodie so will likely pick out if the food isn't the best but at the same time we are both Disney nuts so... that location does matter too.

As for the bit I've bolded. Does that mean that you don't book through the normal dining number? Do you need to be staying on site?

Thanks again.
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