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    Exclamation Disney's Animal Kingdom Launches "Picnic in the Park"

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom has launched a new dining program called Picnic in the Park.

    The following is the transcription of the brochures at the park advertising the new offering:

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    Disney's Animal Kingdom
    Picnic in the Park
    Turn your meal at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park into an adventure with Picnic in the Park!
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    Instructions
    • Stop by the Picnic in the Park podium, located in front of Guest Relations at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park to place your order, or visit the Tusker House Restaurant Podium in Africa.
    • Select which tier of entrees you would like and your choice of gourmet sides and desserts.
    • Each picnic comes in a reusable bag packed with plates and utensils, plus a map to help guide you to picnic spots through the Park.
    • When placing your order, you'll also be able to select a pick-up time no sooner than two hours from the time the order is placed.
    • You may pick up your order at Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery, adjacent to the Tusker House Restaurant in Africa. Payment is due upon pick-up.
    • If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, Picnic in the Park may be used as a Quick Service Meal. Requires one Adult entitlement per meal amount. For example, a Meal for Three will require three adult entitlements.

    Tier 1 - Sandwiches
    Select from Turkey Focaccia, Chicken Wrap, Ham Grinder, or Tuna Pita
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    Meal for Three - $24.99 + tax
    3 Sandwiches, 1 Large Gourmet Side, 3 Desserts or Fruit, 3 bottles of Dasani Water

    Meal for Four - $32.99 + tax
    4 Sandwiches, 2 Large Gourmet Side, 4 Desserts or Fruit, 4 bottles of Dasani Water

    Meal for Five - $40.99 + tax
    5 Sandwiches, 3 Large Gourmet Side, 5 Desserts or Fruit, 5 bottles of Dasani Water

    Meal for Six - $48.99 + tax
    6 Sandwiches, 4 Large Gourmet Side, 6 Desserts or Fruit, 6 bottles of Dasani Water
    Transcribed by INTERCOT.COM
    Gourmet Sides (16 oz container)
    • Chips
    • Coleslaw
    • Corn Medley
    • Green Beans
    • Macaroni & Cheese
    • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
    • Orzo Pasta
    • Oven-Baked Potato Wedges
    • Seasonal Fruit Salad
    • Tomato & Cucumber Salad

    Desserts
    • Apple
    • Brownie
    • Cookie
    • Cornbread
    • Crisped Rice Treat
    • Orange

    Tier 2 - Rotisserie Chicken or Ham
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    Meal for Three - $29.99 + tax
    6 Pieces of Rotisserie Chicken or 1 lb of Ham, 2 Large Gourmet Side, 3 Desserts or Fruit, 3 bottles of Dasani Water

    Meal for Four - $38.99 + tax
    8 Pieces of Rotisserie Chicken or 1 1/4 lb of Ham, 3 Large Gourmet Side, 4 Desserts or Fruit, 4 bottles of Dasani Water
    Transcribed by INTERCOT.COM
    Meal for Five - $47.99 + tax
    8 Pieces of Rotisserie Chicken or 1 1/2 lb of Ham, 4 Large Gourmet Side, 5 Desserts or Fruit, 5 bottles of Dasani Water

    Meal for Six - $56.99 + tax
    12 Pieces of Rotisserie Chicken or 1 3/4 lb of Ham, 5 Large Gourmet Side, 6 Desserts or Fruit, 6 bottles of Dasani Water
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    Gourmet Sides (16 oz container)
    • Chips
    • Coleslaw
    • Corn Medley
    • Green Beans
    • Macaroni & Cheese
    • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
    • Orzo Pasta
    • Oven-Baked Potato Wedges
    • Seasonal Fruit Salad
    • Tomato & Cucumber Salad

    Desserts
    • Apple
    • Brownie
    • Cookie
    • Cornbread
    • Crisped Rice Treat
    • Orange

    Menu subject to change without notice
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    No Substitutions Allowed

    Picnic Spots

    Map of the Picnic Locations

    Discover Island
    • Near Discovery Island Trails
    • Behind Pizzafari

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    Camp Minnie-Mickey
    • Two locations near Campfire Treats

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    Africa
    • Dawa Bar
    • Behind Tusker House Restaurant
    • Near Harambe Fruit Market
    • Tamu Tamu Courtyard
    • Near Bradley Falls

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    Rafiki's Planet Watch
    • Near Conservation Station

    Asia
    • Across from Flights of Wonder
    • Across from Maharajah Jungle Trek
    • Near Anadapur Ice Cream Truck
    • Near Discovery River

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    DinoLand USA
    • Across from Tricera Top Spin
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    My ? about this will be---can you not use this for a child credit? and I would also want to know if the areas for the picnic are shaded?
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    I like this idea, although I'd prefer to eat indoors in air conditioning when it's hot.
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    I would also like to know how this will work. We have 2 adults and 2 kids in our party so in order to feed us all we have to use 4 adult TS credits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elmjimmlm
    can you not use this for a child credit?
    It does not appear so. The Pizza Packages at several resort hotels have similar redemption polices where the meal can only be redeemed using Adult Credits. This is likely due to the large price disparity between an Adult and Child plans and the resulting value disparity between Adult and Child credits.

    Quote Originally Posted by disneyfan328
    We have 2 adults and 2 kids in our party so in order to feed us all we have to use 4 adult TS credits?
    That is how the initial information reads.

    One could always pay for this option out-of-pocket, if they wanted to experience this option with out redeeming the necessary amount of Adult credits.

    Quote Originally Posted by elmjimmlm
    I would also want to know if the areas for the picnic are shaded?
    Dawa Bar has a covered seating area and I recall the seating area by Tamu Tamu Refreshments as being shaded during our last visit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie View Post
    I like this idea, although I'd prefer to eat indoors in air conditioning when it's hot.
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    You gotta love it when you call and they have no idea what you are talking about!!! Anyway I called DD and they checked with Guest Services and the CM told me that you can do a meal for two if you want, and it will take up 2 credits. I asked about kids and he said that he was told that it would be for a family of (4) 2 Adult CS credits and 2 child CS credits since there isn't really a kids menu. I don't know how much I can trust this at this point since he didn't seem to know anything about it at first, but this is what they said. It also doesn't jive with what was stated in the above posts that it is all adult CS. They just rolled this out today so maybe someone will come along that decides to purchase it and let us know for sure!

    If we can use adult and child CS credits then we may do this as it sounds like it would be good. I like the option of Ham and sides vs. chicken that they have in lots of places. ok now I am hungry.

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    So, this is for parties of 3 or more? I didn't see any options for parties of two.

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    I like the idea but wonder what happens when you pick up your food and have to search for a place to sit, with a table, in order to eat.

    I see the list of spots.....but there's no guarantee that you'll find a seat or enough seats for your group. And who wants to cart around food all over the place?

    Maybe they need to rope off sections for people who choose to "Picnic in the Park"????
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    This is an interesting new meal offering. I kinda like it. Especially since it's Tusker House, which we've always enjoyed. However, I agree that wandering thru the park looking for a table doesn't sound appealing. I can imagine a large crowd of people around the pickup area all looking for places to sit and eat.
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    I don't get it.....

    selling picnic lunches in a park?

    Anybody else think this is a bad sign of things to come?

    I like that they are adding something....but this just reminds me of how limited the options in animal kingdom are....

    And since it's "Nahtazu"....i.e. they don't have many accessible animal habitats.....what exactly are we looking at during our picnic lunch in the florida heat?

    (i know....i'm a downer....but something seems a little....off...with this one too)

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    Sounds like a good deal

    But they left out a picnic for 2
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    Hmmm... I could see us ordering this about 2 hours before we leave the park for the evening and enjoying a "picnic in the hotel room"
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    Here is a thought...When we were there in Dec. and ordered from each CS restaurant, they told us that we could order anything from the menu because the credits were all the same and the kids could have whatever they wanted...This was even at places that offered a kid menu...So I just wonder if kids eat then will it just be considered a credit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by elmjimmlm
    they told us that we could order anything from the menu because the credits were all the same and the kids could have whatever they wanted...This was even at places that offered a kid menu
    Unfortunately, the Cast Members were incorrect in stating/doing such.

    Disney Dining Plan literature and policies clearly state that Child Credits must be used for Child Meals where there is a Children's Menu available. It makes no exception for Counter Service locations.

    Since this "program" doesn't offer a Children's Menu it might allow use of a Child's credit, but again in its official description it specifically states the requirement of adult credits.

    As was mentioned above, this program was just launched today, so some details of operation are not clear at this time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Figment! View Post
    Picnic in the Park may be used as a Quick Service Meal. Requires one Adult entitlement per meal amount. For example, a Meal for Three will require three adult entitlements.
    There shouldn't be much to worry about, as none of the Dining Plans differentiate between adult and child Quick Service meals, and there's no way they can justify using Table service coupons for this, based on the price.

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    I do not wish to beleaguer the point any further, however; there is a differentiation in what a Child on the Disney Dining Plan and an Adult on the Disney Dining Plan can redeem a Quick Service meal for if the location has a Children's Menu.

    The following is from the 2009 Disney Dining Plan official policy:
    Guests ages 3-9 must order from the children's menu where available
    Personal experience in the enforcement of this policy has been documented to vary, but to best adhere to the "Cheating the System" clause of the INTERCOT Terms of Service we do not discuss how policies are enforced.

    As stated above, as there is no "child's menu" for this program this may fall under the printed exception.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrp4352 View Post
    Hmmm... I could see us ordering this about 2 hours before we leave the park for the evening and enjoying a "picnic in the hotel room"
    I was thinking the same thing! A picnic supper in an air conditioned hotel room could be a lovely end to a hot day.

    From the way the press release is worded, both tiers can be redeemed on the Dining Plan - which could make this a very efficient option for those of us who are taking, and feeding, a small army!
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    Sounds cute, but as my favorite idea of a picnic spot in AK is ribs on the patio at FTBBQ, I'll pass. I just love sitting there amongst the trees, listening to the music and feeding the ducks... sigh.... wish I was eating there tomorrow!!

    But -- maybe next time we're there, we'll check out the "picnic spots" and see how the program's working... you never know!
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    I really like this idea. I"m a big fan of picnics and I think that Animal Kingdom can use as many different dining options as they can get. I might try it out in a couple weeks when we are down there I wish that MK would bring back Aunt Polly's with this sort of option.

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