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    World of Color Picnic Option - Information and Experiences

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    I've just obtained details of the long-rumored 'Picnic' viewing option for World of Color, a lower-cost alternative to the prix fixe meals offered at the Wine Country Trattoria and Ariel's Grotto.

    Served from the new Sonoma Terrace of the Golden Vine Winery patio, these cold picnic meals come with a non-alcoholic beverage, and include a voucher for access to a reserved viewing area for the World of Color. There are seven meals to choose from (see menu details below). Picnic meals are $14.99 per person; adults and kids pay the same price. Kids' meals come with a light-up World of Color bracelet. Adults can upgrade their beverage to beer or wine for an additional charge.


    A presentation of the picnic meals. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

    Online orders will be accepted starting June 11, and can be booked up to 60 days in advance. Online ordering will be offered through the Disneyland.com Web site (the link is not yet active). The Disney Dine Line does not handle reservations for this offer. Same-day walk-up meals will be offered if space is available. If you order online, your meal includes seating at the first show. If you purchase a walk-up meal, you'll receive a ticket for the second show.

    Reserved meals can be picked up between 2pm and 8pm on your selected show date. If you pre-order online, your entire order will be packaged in a reusable World of Color tote bag. (A Disney representative said that each meal booked comes with the bag but a Disney press release indicates it's one bag per order, so we're asking for clarification).


    The Taste of Asia picnic meal. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

    I had the opportunity to sample the European Antipasto and Taste of Asia picnics tonight, and I found them both to be quite tasty. The Taste of Asia box included a nice portion of salmon and an excellent noodle salad. The wrapper of the spring roll was a little chewy, but the excellent dipping sauce made up for that. This seemed to be the most popular plate among the group.


    The European Antipasto picnic meal. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

    The European Antipasto plate comes with generous portions of cheese - our box had chunks of bleu and a firm white cheese, along with a small wedge of brie. The caprese salad skewer vanished before I could reach for a fork, but the person making happy munching noises across the table seemed to enjoy it. Our box included several different sliced meats, and some marinated vegetables. The meal is served with crackers and not bread, so portion of olive oil and vinegar seemed unnecessary, . The Chocolate-dipped Tiramisu seemed to be the favorite of the two desserts we sampled.


    Picnic orders placed online come in this reusable World of Color tote bag. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

    Several readers have asked how or if guests with disabilities can participate in these dining offers, and whether they will be sent to a separate viewing area instead of the viewing area that comes with their selected dinner packages. According to a Disney representative, the entire World of Color viewing area is wheelchair accessible, and that sections in each viewing area are set up so that guests using wheelchairs will not have anyone standing in front of them.

    Menus:

    European Antipasto

    • Cured meats, regional cheese, pepperoncini, artichoke heart, sun-dried tomato
    • Carr's Water Crackers, Balsamic Vinegar and Extra-virgin olive oil
    • Caprese Salad Skewers, Fresh Mozzarella and Baby Heirloom Tomatoes
    • Chocolate-dipped Tiramisu

    Mediterranean Vegetarian

    • Marinated grilled vegetables in a whole wheat wrap with roasted garlic hummus
    • Raw zucchini & and squash spaghettini, first press lemon infused olive oil
    • Vegetable couscous, toasted coriander vinaigrette
    • Lemon Layer Cake

    All American

    • Cold honey stung fried chicken
    • Green and red cabbage coleslaw with apple cider dressing
    • Old fashioned potato salad with sweet onions and dill relish
    • Apple Pie

    Taste of Asia

    • Chilled miso-glazed salmon, asian greens, soy-rice wine dressing
    • Vegetable spring roll with Thai mango sauce
    • Soba noodle salad with Julienne vegetables with sesame dressing
    • Mandarin orange cake

    A Little Splash of Color (Children's Options)

    Includes low-fat milk, juice box, or small bottled water
    Little Squirt's Box: Sliced apples, string cheese, low-fat yogurt, Goldfish crackers and World of Color Confetti Vanilla Cupcake

    Junior All-American: Chicken leg, Goldfish crackers, apple wedges and World of Color Confetti Vanilla Cupcake

    Lunchbox Classic: Peanut butter and Smucker's jelly sandwich, apple wedges and World of Color Confetti Vanilla Cupcake
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    I'm wondering, since the adult and children's meals are the same cost, would there be a problem with ordering an children's meal for an adult? I wouldn't imagine that the reserved viewing area tickets would specify children or adult but I'm curious because I have a semi picky adult eater to deal with and I'm curious about the bracelet that comes with the children's meal.


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    Once you set a time to pick up your meal then do you go to your spot to eat? Or do you eat on the patio then line up?? Just wondering I think I like this idea better then the pri-fix menu...I have reservations for that but I might change to the picnic option..Also do you know if when booking online you have to pay for it then?? Thanks again for all the great info and keeping us all up to date!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyR View Post
    I'm wondering, since the adult and children's meals are the same cost, would there be a problem with ordering an children's meal for an adult? I wouldn't imagine that the reserved viewing area tickets would specify children or adult but I'm curious because I have a semi picky adult eater to deal with and I'm curious about the bracelet that comes with the children's meal.
    I am wondering the same thing....my daughter is 11 and she liked the kids options better then the adult so I would like to order her one of those. I really don't see the difference if you are paying the same price..I love the bag too really cool!!
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    Considering the show tickets are like fast passes, everyone 3 and up use the same fastpass, I'd go out on a limb and say that the show passes are going to be the same thing, which to me would explain why they're charging the same price for all the meals to avoid people buying the less expensive meal to get the showpass. Having said that, I've never had a problem ordering a childs meal without the CM seeing an under the 9 year old age limit standing with me so I'd think this would be the same.

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    So I am curious, will the viewing area be the same spot as those who pay more for their meal versus the picnic option??
    This option is way more affordable for myself and my kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by houseofmouse View Post
    So I am curious, will the viewing area be the same spot as those who pay more for their meal versus the picnic option??
    This option is way more affordable for myself and my kids.
    According to this post, there are three different levels of viewing areas and the Picnics are in the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriennek View Post
    According to this post, there are three different levels of viewing areas and the Picnics are in the middle.

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    Just to avoid confusion - when you say levels, you mean "categories" vice physical levels right?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsdisney68 View Post
    Once you set a time to pick up your meal then do you go to your spot to eat? Or do you eat on the patio then line up??
    You have a 6-hour window to pick up your food, and you can get it anytime during that window. You can then take your picnic and eat it anywhere you can find a seat. If you want to take your picnic and go get in line (assuming it's formed by the time you get your meal), you can do that./

    Also do you know if when booking online you have to pay for it then?? Thanks again for all the great info and keeping us all up to date!!
    Yes, and, once purchased, these picnics are non-refundable and non-transferable.

    Quote Originally Posted by houseofmouse View Post
    So I am curious, will the viewing area be the same spot as those who pay more for their meal versus the picnic option??
    The prix-fixe dining package comes with "preferred reserved viewing." The picnic package comes with "reserved viewing." The Fastpass people split the rest of the Paradise Park and Paradise Pier bridge viewing.

    Based on everything we heard last night, the prix-fixe dining package has the best viewing area.

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    Since the meals are pre-paid. Is there a refund if the show is canceled due to weather conditions or technical issues?


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    Quote Originally Posted by katiesue View Post
    Since the meals are pre-paid. Is there a refund if the show is canceled due to weather conditions or technical issues?
    Disney hasn't said, but I has to assume that there are no refunds. There may be a mechanism for giving you a voucher for a future show, but that's entirely speculation on my part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyR View Post
    I'm wondering, since the adult and children's meals are the same cost, would there be a problem with ordering an children's meal for an adult?
    From what I understand of the process, you simply order the meal online and pick it up. I can't imagine they're going to check ages at pick up, and there's no way to verify it online.

    For those who asked about dietary restrictions - when the reservations system opens on the 11th, there will be a phone number where you can call to discuss dietary issues, including kosher meals.

    I should point out that the online reservation system will not let you book a same-day meal. Unless the system goes live earlier than expected, you will not be able to use the online system to reserve a picnic for June 11. On that day, you will be able to make a same-day reservation for either the first or second show on site only.

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    Wow another option to get World of Color vouchers in a reversed area . I hope in all theses options they wont be giving them the good seats for the viewing of World of Color

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    Oh! Isnt this news just splendid!? A lower dining option other then Trattoria and Ariels grotto. That is just fabulous! I think I might do that option instead! I like the trattoria/AG thing, but for just one person as myself its a bit much!
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    OMG. those meals look soo good!! LOL

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    So where exactly can I/will I find the link to order at Disneyland.com? I realize the link isn't active yet, but I was curious where at the website I might find it. I'm not having any luck...


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    Quote Originally Posted by woody9six View Post
    So where exactly can I/will I find the link to order at Disneyland.com? I realize the link isn't active yet, but I was curious where at the website I might find it. I'm not having any luck...
    It's not there at all. They said "Disneyland.com," but I'm sure the World of Color landing page will have something too, or the "showtimes and info" page - on June 11th.

    Maybe here

    Or here

    Or, possibly, here

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    Thanks AVP, I totally misunderstood. I thought the link was there and just not active yet.

    This sounds like an ideal option for us to guarantee vouchers for the first show. With 2 little ones, the late show just isn't an option and i want to be on top of this for our visit at the end of the month.


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    This looks like the perfect option for our family's visit in July. We were disappointed that Ariel's and the Wine Country Options were just too much out of our budget.

    Thanks for posting this, and we'll be sure and book it on the 11th.


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    I'm not really understanding the advantage to buying one of these meals? Can't you just go and watch the show like you do for any other show? Get your fastpass in the morning and then see the show at night? What am I missing here? (Now, if a Corndog was on the menu- the reason would be obvious)


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    Quote Originally Posted by CMHusband View Post
    I'm not really understanding the advantage to buying one of these meals? Can't you just go and watch the show like you do for any other show? Get your fastpass in the morning and then see the show at night? What am I missing here?
    As I see it, this program is aimed right at the Annual Passholder crowd, who tend to come at night (after work/school/whatever) to watch fireworks/Fantasmic, and aren't there are park opening. Remember Halloween last year - the traffic/parking/crowding got SO BAD at night when all the APs would descend on the park after dark to watch the new fireworks show. APs "use" the park differently than day guests. This program and the seating plan address that issue, and actually favor people who are spending the day at DCA.

    Day guests and APs who are at DCA at park opening can get Fastpasses. Anyone who isn't going to be there all day, like the APs who would come only at night for World of Color, can either get to DCA at opening to get a Fastpass and then leave, book one of these packages, or watch the show from a less-than-ideal vantage point. I know if I want to see the show on a random Saturday night without spending the day at the park, and my choice is to get up at o-dark-hundred to get a Fastpass before I start the day or plunk down $15 for a picnic meal, I'm booking the meal. It's a $15 Fastpass.

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    To add to that -- APs don't only show up at night. We often come down for the day, but are not willing to fight rush hour traffic through or around the downtown L.A. area. I could leave home at 8am and take two and a half hours to get to the park, or I could leave home at 10am and take an hour to get there. Getting there not just for park opening, but to be parked and in line prior to park opening isn't really logistically practical.

    I'll definitely be ordering the picnic meal for the solo trip I'm making later in the month.

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    I am SOOOOO excited for this! It means no sitting and staking out a spot 6 hours or more in advance! Totally practical for a family (well, more practical than the other dining options). Hip Hip HOORAY!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AVP View Post
    As I see it, this program is aimed right at the Annual Passholder crowd, who tend to come at night (after work/school/whatever) to watch fireworks/Fantasmic, and aren't there are park opening. Remember Halloween last year - the traffic/parking/crowding got SO BAD at night when all the APs would descend on the park after dark to watch the new fireworks show. APs "use" the park differently than day guests. This program and the seating plan address that issue, and actually favor people who are spending the day at DCA.

    Day guests and APs who are at DCA at park opening can get Fastpasses. Anyone who isn't going to be there all day, like the APs who would come only at night for World of Color, can either get to DCA at opening to get a Fastpass and then leave, book one of these packages, or watch the show from a less-than-ideal vantage point. I know if I want to see the show on a random Saturday night without spending the day at the park, and my choice is to get up at o-dark-hundred to get a Fastpass before I start the day or plunk down $15 for a picnic meal, I'm booking the meal. It's a $15 Fastpass.

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    either way, you're still seeing the show.. that is what i got from what you said,because your buying the picnic meal and then get a chance to go and see the show..but it's standing room only?
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