Hi ChipDale! You are correct; when you purchase the Cinematic Spectacular Dining Experience, you purchase a set date online and then call to get a meal reservation time. The dessert reservation time is pre-set and will be one hour before the show starts, which is most typically at 9:00pm. In my case, I wanted a very specific meal time, so I actually called the dining number first, and once they confirmed my meal time, they allowed me to order and pay for the tickets while on that same call, and it was a one-stop shop for me.Re: The Cinematic Spectacular Dining Experience:
I went to the Universal website and clicked to purchase - I can choose the date, but it didn't offer a choice of time. Is calling to Universal Dining the only way to get a specified reservation time? How did you get your tickets and do you just present the ticket when you go to eat your meal? (I'm asking because we'd probably skip the meal portion and just use the tickets for the dessert and reserved seating for the show. At $45 per person, that's less than half the cost of the special reserved dessert parties that Disneyland offers and to us it's worth it for the reserved seating.) Thank you in advance for any help you can give me!
Dining number: 407-224-FOOD (3663)
Next up, they emailed me my confirmation for the dining experience. I had to print that out as if it were a voucher and take it to "either guest services or to the self-serve kiosks" where they then took my one piece of paper and turned it into 10 separate tickets: 5 meal tickets, and 5 dessert party tickets, for our party of 5. I went to guest services, which took forever. If you’re staying onsite, you might want to ask if this can be accomplished at your concierge desk or ask where the self-serve kiosks are. I wish I had done that… At guest services, they again confirmed that I had made a dining reservation time, so even if you're thinking about skipping the meal, I'd suggest booking a time, or you might accidentally throw off the process of your ticket printing...
My family feels the same way: we're happy to pay for a reserved seat and a view! Bear in mind, these desserts will not forever change the way you think of desserts. They are modest, but we more than covered our 'theme park valued cost' in chocolate-covered strawberries, brownies, and sparkling cider. Hope this works out for you!