Recent Blue Bayou Fantasmic lunch/dinner experiences? UPDATE: Cushions are back! (as of 12/07/19)

Belle5

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Nov 10, 1999
My budget increased a bit for the trip and I have booked BB for a Fantasmic Dinner Package for lunch. Some reviews I've read mentioned being given cushions when leaving the restaurant. Other reviews mentioned cushions being passed out as you check-in to be seated for Fantasmic. What is the current way of handling this? I would love to NOT carry cushions around! I don't plan on carrying a backpack.
 

Diszona

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Oct 15, 2010
My budget increased a bit for the trip and I have booked BB for a Fantasmic Dinner Package for lunch. Some reviews I've read mentioned being given cushions when leaving the restaurant. Other reviews mentioned cushions being passed out as you check-in to be seated for Fantasmic. What is the current way of handling this? I would love to NOT carry cushions around! I don't plan on carrying a backpack.
We did it in mim-March and they gave us the cushions after we paid right before we left.
 

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  • deedubb

    Always Grumpy, except when at Disney!
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    Feb 12, 2017
    Last Aug they gave them to us after our meal. They put all 4 into a plastic bag and we dropped them off at the Grand Californian and grabbed them again before the show. I would not want to carry them around all day! I recall reading here a few months after, that they started handing them out at the show, which made a lot more sense to me. Interesting that the poster above got them at the restaurant again.
     

    Belle5

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    Nov 10, 1999
    Last Aug they gave them to us after our meal. They put all 4 into a plastic bag and we dropped them off at the Grand Californian and grabbed them again before the show. I would not want to carry them around all day! I recall reading here a few months after, that they started handing them out at the show, which made a lot more sense to me. Interesting that the poster above got them at the restaurant again.
    I thought the same thing!
     

    bcdisney

    Earning My Ears
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    Aug 20, 2011
    We were there a couple of weeks ago and got the cushions as we finished our meal (lunch). The waiter handed them to us in a plastic bag. They are rather large and don’t fit in a backpack. We took our bag o’ cushions back to the hotel with us and then back to the park in the evening.
     
  • Joined
    Feb 25, 2017
    We got them right after our meal. The first time we did it we carried them around in a bag as we did a dinner package. The second time when we did the lunch package, we splurged for a $10 locker, and we figured we'd put our jackets/sweaters in there as well as it would be cold at night. I believe they were able to give it to us in a plastic bag, but not sure if they do that now as it's been a few months.
     

    katyringo

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    Sep 21, 2017
    In dec 2017 and November 2018 we were given them when we paid for the meal. They fit in our backpack. They were also different each time. Kinda cool. We plan to do it again next year.
     

    wdwfan22

    Totally Obsessed Disney Nut!
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    Mar 26, 2008
    I ate there 4 times last year and we were given the cushions right after our meal each time. We just carried them around in the bag they were given to us in. Kind of a pain, but not a big deal.
     

    theluckyrabbit

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    Jul 23, 2012
    You can stop by Pieces of Eight (gift shop by the POTC exit) to ask for a large plastic bag (clear) to carry your cushions. We find the large, clear bags to be a little easier to carry than the ones BB gives. And it doesn't hurt to have a reinforced bag because the cushions are a little large. But they are lightweight and easy to carry. Ours fit in a backpack and a tote bag. We've used a locker before, too, when we've had other things to store. The cushions are helpful on bumpy rides, so go ride Matterhorn while you have them handy!
     
  • Cera1234

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    Jun 23, 2013
    We ate there last week and received the cushions with the bill. No way they would have fit in a back pack
     

    Diszona

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    Oct 15, 2010
    How did you carry them? Backpack? Or did you store them in a locker or stroller?
    They came in a plastic bag but we ate dinner right before the seating for the second show opened up so we just went straight to our section to sit down.
     

    disney789

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    Jul 29, 2016
    We ate there today at 5 and got our seat cushions after our meal. Luckily we’re reserved for the first show and don’t have to carry them for long.
     

    Cera1234

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    Jun 23, 2013
    Not that anyone asked, but I actually brought from home a large reusable bag from the Disney store and it fit all six cushions nicely. My partner rigged it on to the handle of the stroller. We did BB early in our trip and brought the cushions with us to watch the parade and for a second viewing of fantasmic.
     

    Jimsig

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    Nov 23, 2012
    Looks like I lucked out as we went late last Aug (2018) and didn't get them until we checked in for F!. We carried them around after but it wasn't a big deal as it was only for a couple hours. We didn't use a backpack that night and I think I got a bag for them after the show.
     

    CharleneTheDM

    Mouseketeer
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    Feb 5, 2018
    Last August we had the Fantastmic! dinner package and they gave it to us in a big plastic bag. We had an hour to kill before the show so we brought it onto Splash and the Pooh ride lol
    i can't imagine hauling it around from lunch. Definitely rent a locker or bring it back to the hotel if you can.
     

    RemainSeatedPlease

    Part of Your World
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    Nov 22, 2014
    I just went last week, and they were handed to us along with our F! tickets just after paying our bill for lunch. They came in a white plastic bag, but we were able to fit them into my husband's backpack without problems. The backpack is on the larger side, but they fit easily.
     

    CO2CA

    Perpetually Planning
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    Aug 16, 2018
    We, too, received them at payment of the bill. I know there was some conflicting reports last year to pick up near Harbor Galley, however, that's not been our experience the couple times we've done it.

    We just dropped them back off at the hotel. If you're further away or didn't want to leave the park the lockers are an option. However, depending on your dining reservation you may want to get a locker earlier in the day to make sure you get one big enough to fit the cushions.
     


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