A New Option for Dinner and a Movie at WDW's Downtown Disney
AMC Downtown Disney 24 movie complex will open the AMC Dine-In Theatres on Monday, May 16. The multi-plexer has converted six of its theaters into full-service restaurants where guests can dine and imbibe while watching the latest releases. Here's a look
at what you can expect from the facility and from the menu.
I always thought that the Enzian had the most brilliant concept, and wondered why more theaters around the country didn't try in-theater dining.
Either one watch a movie or have dinner. I never liked this kind of theaters.
I'd just prefer go to dinner before or after the movie and get snacks during if I want food. Nothing is more annoying to me than people talking, walking around, or using cell phones, so someone coming up to me or the people next to me delivering food or taking my order would annoy me to death! The movie is only 2 hours long... why not just enjoy it and have real face time with the person you're seeing it with after.
Well said Terri. Nothing better than the old fashion way; go to the movies and then go to a nice restaurant. Or the other way around.
Personally, my wife and I enjoy these types of theaters. We have a very old theater here in Jacksonville that only has one screen and they have an area in the back where you order your food, beer, snacks, etc... and little tables off to the side of you. The food menu consists of sandwiches, quesedillas and pizzas and there are beers, wines, and sodas as well. I personally enjoy it occasionally as it is a different atmosphere.
I'm with Daniel. It's bad enough when you hear people talking on the phone, or answering a text. But to hear people's plates and taking orders? Not my thing. Especially when it's a dialogue heavy scene... I don't wanna hear silverware scratching and clanging.
We have 3 of these theaters in New Jersey, 2 of which are 10 and 11 minutes from my house. The concept is a very good one, and I enjoy it a lot. It's especially fun for dates just because of the more mature atmosphere. The Cinema Suites theaters are a nice premium touch to the experience with the 21+ age limit and the AMAZING recliners. Watching a movie in essentially a leather Lay-Z-Boy is simply...beautiful.
I love the Enzian regardless of the "flaws" though it would be nice to have those taken care off. I look forward to having another theater like this in Orlando. The Aloma Cine Grill (today's feature films) and Enzian (Independents) have been doing a great job with the Dinner and Movie experience and it's nice to welcome a new much larger scaled and luxurious version of this experience. I welcome the AMC Dine In and look forward to experiencing it this Saturday.
This is simply about selfishness. It's all about wanting physical gratification (food) whilst watching a film. It totally ignores the social niceties that say in a shared experience you allow other people the courtesy of enjoying the experience (in this case a movie) without disturbance or interuption. Cinemas are already bad enough with popcorn being crunched, drinks being slurped, packets being rustled and increasingly people talking throughout the show. Add plates, cutlery, more chewing and slurping and you have an experience that will totally destroy any movie. The complete antithesis of what cinema should be.
I think quite simply if you don't like the idea, don't go to one of these theaters - ALOT of people will really enjoy and be into an idea like this and if it bring in people (money) then its not a bad concept i say!
I have always considered myself a movie fan. We used to go about once a week to see the latest films. But that's all changed now that the cinema experience has morphed into something for people who want to do anything else but enjoy a movie. It's just no fun anymore.
David, Rob, I totally agree with you, and both of you are from the United Kingdom; it looks like the British takes the movie experience more seriously.
Do. Not. Give. Anyone. Ideas.
Love it!!! Now they just have to get it participating with the dining plan!
I've eaten in theatres like this, and it is an interesting time; but I find that people are very distracting when they are eating, and so you always know you are IN a theater, which makes it harder to be drawn into a story.
The lead to this story is misleading, the movies shown are NOT the latest releases, they are second run movies. They may be recent releases since movies now-a-days only last less than a month in first run.
Tony - why should the people who want to see a movie on a big screen, (whether first run or slightly-less-than-first-run), have to stay at home in order to avoid having the experience spoiled? It saddens me that as societies in both the UK and USA we are losing the art of social respect for other people. People talk through music shows, eat at theatres and cinemas, answer mobile phones at restaurants. Each act in themselves is maybe petty but it all contributes to a breakdown in mutual respect. So no - I'd rather not relax and I won't choose this dining option. But I wish I didn't have to make that choice.
To the person above who won't identify himself...This is not about public rudeness, it's about people going out for fun at a different sort of attraction. The movie, if that is your primary reason for going there, is also being shown at many other movie houses at the same time where there are no distractions like food and drink. Go to one of those places. It's like riding a roller coaster and complaining about people screaming. Certain attractions have associated experiences.
Sorry Tony - that was me - I hadn't realised it had posted anonymously.
Just last night I visted the AMC Downtown Disney theaters to try and see "Thor". My wife and I had to walk out of the theater because I was constantly being distracted by:
All of the things that the anonymous poster wrote ring so true. There seem to be more and more people who just aren't courteous any more or who choose to behave without respect in public places.The range of age groups would suggest that it's not a generational thing but it is s sign of the times. We're living in changing world and it's not changing for the better. Since when was having good manners "uncool" ?
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