• On Jan 27, 2020
    Karla from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    The main seating option was full when we booked. Any tips etc. to getting off the waitlist for main seating?! The late seating is past my kid's bedtime and I'm afraid we'll miss all rotational dining experiences.

    Welcome back aboard the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Karla!

    I'll bet you are counting down the days until you set sail with Captain Mickey on the Disney Fantasy. That Western Caribbean itinerary was one of our family favorites because of Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Jamaica. Speaking of those ports, I hope that our answer about Port Adventures for a 3-year-old helped you in making the right selection for your little buccaneer. 

    So sorry that you weren't able to arrange for Main Seating initially for your upcoming cruise. Although you were assigned to Second Seating, there's still an excellent chance you will be able to switch your assigned dining time. I’d suggest you talk to a Disney Cruise Line Cast Member prior to departure to see if you can switch (or have your Travel Agent do this for you). We recently found out that we got our request to be moved to Main Dining for our Mediterranean cruise this summer, so it does happen! Keep checking either via phone or using the Planning Center portal online because Guests do change their plans all the time. 

    Finally, if you arrive at port and still really want the alternate seating, there is a time on embarkation day to request the change. The Disney Cruise Line Navigator app or the paper Personal Navigator from Guest Services will tell you exactly where to go, typically one of the lounges or main dining rooms. Cast Members will let you know if they can accommodate your request...fingers crossed!

    Although it sounds like switching would be the best scenario for you, I will say that the Second Seating does offer a Dine and Play feature that we enjoyed when our now teenage kids were younger. Young sailors ages 3-12 will have their meal expedited, so they can leave early to go to the Oceaneer Club or Oceaneer Lab. The youth counselors will come around to each dining room to pick up the kiddos and take them to the Youth Clubs. Tell your servers that your Mouseketeers are participating in Dine & Play, and they will make sure your kids are fed and ready to roll! 

    Sending you pixie dust that you will get the seating selection you desire. Sail back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel for help with the planning process as you countdown the days until your adventure at sea!

    Bon Voyage!


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Meet the Panelist: Sherry, South Carolina

Ahoy there! I'm Sherry, a wife and mom to two, lawyer, and blogger from South Carolina. Family time is precious, so making the most of it is a top priority. That's why planning cruises to exciting destinations, trying new port adventures, and experiencing fabulous entertainment and dining is my jam! I'm thrilled to be your personal navigator as you chart your course on your next Disney Cruise Line vacation.  Learn More About Sherry

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