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50's Prime Time cafe

Ok here's a strange question for you all

Mr Ferret and I have looked at the menu for Prime Time so many times and both think the selection looks yummy.
But here's the thing :blush: I get really shy and awkward with some of the interactions i.e the whispering canyon servers, the villains in the parks etc so I was wondering is there any way of eating there without the"full experience" if you get what I mean. I don't want to offend anyone I just get really embarrassed sad

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You can order off the menu at the Tune-In Lounge.

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Really thanks for the info biggrin

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You're welcome.

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I have also read that you could tell the hostess at the restaurant that you do not want to participate in the interaction.

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Yes..Tell Mr Ferret to speak loudly in a Scottish accent..That will keep your server away from your table..Well it worked for me. eek

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Or let the Mr Ferret do the talking for both of you! laugh
The interaction is one of the reasons we booked there because the couple going with us, especially my DH's manfriend will think it's a hoot, and we will all enjoy his interaction!

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it really isn't all that bad just eat your veggies keep your elbows off the table say please and thank you just all the things your mother taught you when you were young and everything will be fine

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In our case the waiter didn't even bother...sadly we were looking for the fun so it was disappointing but you might luck out with a low-key server.

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If you're feeling shy, have a cocktail or two at the Lounge while waiting to be seated. That'll fix that shyness right up! wink

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I'd say it's very hit or miss on the interaction. When I was with a group of 4, we got the full experience and it was great. When just my DH and I went, we got nothing. It was pretty disappointing.

The food is delicious so you will not be disappointed with that. You will be able to tell right away whether your server will be into the experience or not. If it's too much for you, just tell them you don't want to participate! Smile

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Does anyone know if you can call ahead and tip them off to both guys in our group. The whole reason (aside from the food) is for the interaction with the waiter and our men, especially our friend.

I don't mind calling if that will help, but don't know if they will do it. confused

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oldtink wrote:
Does anyone know if you can call ahead and tip them off to both guys in our group. The whole reason (aside from the food) is for the interaction with the waiter and our men, especially our friend.

I don't mind calling if that will help, but don't know if they will do it. confused

Just let them know when you check-in for dinner. They won't know what waiter you are getting until you are seated. They might be able to add a note onto your reservation.

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The last two times I was at Prime Time, last month was the most recent there was not any interaction. Both times it was just my 22 year old DD and me. The table across from us was seated at the same time and they had 5 people and there was zero interaction. The waitress actually did her menu spiel at the same time for both tables which is tacky and I am hearing impaired to I had difficulties even hearing her.

Through the fake window partition I did hear a tiny bit of banter but nothing like there use to be. I really wonder with the popularity of the restaurant if they have cut down on the traditional banter to turn the tables over more quickly.

Anywhoo I had the pot roast which was beyond yummy. We both had Dad's Electric Lemonade which has been a favorite adult beverage of mine for almost a decade (which you can get as a take out in the lounge.) Actually Dad's Lemonade is one of my top 5 favorite adult beverages in all of WDW.

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Hopefully, Sept is a slower month so the turn over isn't as important? crossfingers

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I hope that works out for you. Last Month I was there in a relatively slow time, after spring break but well in front of Easter, FQ was only at 1/3 occupancy. We made our reservation for Prime Time while we were on the boat from Epcot to the Studio's, 30 minutes out.

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I know you may not want the "interaction" in the way it should be, but I love it!! Last time we ate there in August 2013 our "cousin" was awesome. He made sure to ask after either my wife and I used the restroom if we washed our hands. He went as far to ask if so, what colour was the soap? I thought it was clever and both got a kick out of it.

We had interaction with another table of "cousins" as I was wearing some brightly coloured golf attire and had some good banter about how he (waiter) had to speak louder as "cousin Eddie's" clothes were too loud. And of course we finished our meal and were awarded our "Clean Plate Club" stickers which we a=wore proudly the rest of the evening in the parks.

This restaurant quickly became one of our favourites and must do's each trip.

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Can I tip them off as to which guest to go after? Or both guys? They would both think this was a hoot.

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When looking up restaurants to visit, it was noted very specifically that restaurants such as 50's Prime Time and Whispering Canyon weren't guaranteed to be full of banter and hi jinx (I'm paraphrasing, of course). We took a chance on Prime Time and we had a horrible waitress. I chalked it up to it only be me and my husband - but unfortunately she was just as bad with a table full of people. She wasn't even a good "regular" waitress. No worries though - it wasn't bad enough to ruin the entire evening! biggrin

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crossing my fingers for a fun experience. crossfingers

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Since I am calling ahead to Narccoosee to arrange a anniversary surprise for our friends, I thought I would do the same at 50's and ask them to "go after the two men in our group." Nothing lost asking and since in the description it does say the staff are "family" I would ask for what they can offer. Again, nothing lost.

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We have eaten twice at 50s now and neither time did we get the fun interaction that is suggested (although G
suggested it was because I looked rough on Saturday) we are not that bothered as it is fun watching what they do with the other diners. I hope they do pick on the guys in yours group as it would be fun to watch!

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Sally-Ann wrote:
We have eaten twice at 50s now and neither time did we get the fun interaction that is suggested (although G
suggested it was because I looked rough on Saturday) we are not that bothered as it is fun watching what they do with the other diners. I hope they do pick on the guys in yours group as it would be fun to watch!

I do think that CMs take a cue from us - if you look playful or game for it, they seem to feed off of that. I ended up with a cowbell in my hand a couple of years ago on a solo trip because I was rocking out to Mulch Sweat and Shears!

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We were up for it first visit and G "misbehaved" but it still didn't work.

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I wish I could remember the name of the waitress I had in February. She was the best out of the three times I have been there. I was looking to see if there were any ADRs available for breakfast the next morning and she kept yelling at me for playing with my walkie talkie at the table.

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Yesss! That's what I want....

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My GF and I went last Oct and had Cousin Timmy. I told him that I would be unable to finish my dinner and he made me stack the dishes and clean off the table. laugh

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PirateGirl wrote:
My GF and I went last Oct and had Cousin Timmy. I told him that I would be unable to finish my dinner and he made me stack the dishes and clean off the table. laugh

HA!!! That's awesome ... I love this restaurant and it has become a must for each trip.

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