Your opinion of the Fantasmic! Dinner Package
Posted 21 March 2007 - 07:20 PM
Posted 21 March 2007 - 08:35 PM
We've used it three times now, and we like it. We've always used the Hollywood & Vine option. It's the lowest priced of the three, and we like the buffet choices at H&V, even without the Fantasmic package. We see it as sort of a bonus.
As for the reserved section, it's not actually all the way on the right. The seating starts at the next to last section on the right. Small difference, but it does make a difference.
We also believed that we had to exit with the masses. But I tried something that I'd read online this time. FDP guests can actually exit by the same path that we enter the theater. Unfortunately, they block the re-entry at Oscars, and force us to re-join the masses just after the Planet Hollywood store. But hey, that's better than the slow, tired, sardine-walk.
So overall, if you go during a busy time and stick to the Hollywood & Vine option, I'd consider it a pretty good value.
Posted 21 March 2007 - 09:22 PM
I do agree H&V is the best option of the 3. It has a great selection of food and is relatively cheap.
Posted 31 March 2007 - 05:38 PM
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Posted 31 March 2007 - 10:38 PM
The Dark Lord of the Sith said:
Click for map of exit routes: http://img213.images...069/testit6.jpg
While this takes the longer distance route (green), at least it's moving, unlike the sardine walk (red) with the masses. :shock:
Posted 01 April 2007 - 07:32 AM
Posted 01 April 2007 - 09:00 AM
more than not we have not done the package and got great seats;
i find that the benefits arent exactly as one would think; yes, you are guaranteed a seat in that stage left section and can arrive as late as 1/2 hour before the show starts; however, if you arent early you can find yourself way up top and not in that great a seat; we have actually had better seats arriving late without the FDP; for example we arrived late last trip in august '06 and sat right down on the front row bench, stage right where we never sat and had a great time; we prefer the very front in either section, right, center or left; and have never gotten wet :wink: ;
it is like the candlelight processional deal; if you arent in the line a good 60 minutes before on the left side, thje CP line, even with the package, you might get seats way in the back;
another thing about the FD package is that when you book at 180 days out or even when it was 60 you get a crazy early time like 4:15 PM; so you take it just in case and then within 30 days they release many much better and normal dinner times;
all in all it isnt a bad thing but i dont think we will be doing it again; when one knows all the in and outs it isnt a necessary thing to reserve that deal and seat;
Posted 01 April 2007 - 11:34 AM
Like I've always said, it's not bad, it's just unnecessary.
Posted 04 April 2007 - 10:19 AM
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Posted 05 April 2007 - 12:43 PM
By no means are we trying to say you can only get weird times for dinner when on the FDP, but often that's the case and it all depends on the time of year you go, the day of the week and the restaurant you choose. Which restaurant did you book for?
Posted 25 April 2007 - 08:39 PM
Posted 08 May 2007 - 08:51 PM
One helpful attendant tried to get us in, but couldn't. He also recommended we come back for the late show, or on another day, but neither would work in our schedule.
My reservation for FDP was NOT worth it. At least we got a nice dinner.
Posted 08 May 2007 - 10:26 PM
Reminder: The PS itself isn't actually a reservation, it's the next available table that meets your parties' requirements - you're on the list ahead of any walk-ups. That's the theory, anyway.
Posted 09 May 2007 - 12:29 PM
In your case, I would have told you to skip the package and go to the second showing of the night. It's far easier to get into it and you only have to wait 30-40 minutes because of the time needed to clear out folks from show 1 and clean up.
Posted 10 May 2007 - 08:40 PM
My last trip was in mid November where it was crowded on the weekends but not so much during the week. I have small kids so its not bad to eat early, enjoy the park and then get to Fantasmic a little later. Even as late as we get there it can be difficult to keep to little ones entertained sitting on bleachers. Of course, they loved Fantasmic especially my son
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