Victoria and Alberts - Dress code help!

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Victoria and Alberts - Dress code help!

Hey all,

I am off to Disney for my birthday in May and would love to have a meal at the V&A. Problem is, we are coming from the UK and really don't think we will have the suitcase space for a suit for my partner. Does anyone know how strict the dress code is and if there is anywhere near Disney we can maybe hire a a dinner jacket? I've asked the lovely Disney team about it on the phone and they don't know of anything Sad

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V&A has the strictest dress code on property, he will have to be in a jacket.

This is NOT an endorsement, I have no experience with this company.
However, here's a link to a rental tux company with delivery in Orlando.

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Oh, you are an absolute star - thank you Kristen Smile Will they deliver right to the resort?!

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Like I said, I haven't used the company, but their website mentioned that they have delivery. At the very least it's worth sending them an email or filling out the contact form to get some details Smile

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Good point Smile I will do! x

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You might want to try and call V&As directly. I just found this excerpt from a review on the trip advisor site (nothing implied here, all the usual legal jargon blah, blah, blah) "A day before our reservation we notice my husband forgot his jacket. In this is required for the men to wear jacket and women to wear a dress. I call Victoria and Albert crying to tell them that we need it to cancel because my husband didn't had a jacket. The lady was really nice and assure me that wasn't a problem. She asked me for my husband measurements and told me they were going to have a jacket ready for him. We arrived to the restaurant and the Manager and the front lady gave us a glass of champagne and welcome us. The lady went to the back and brought a very nice jacket for my husband. It fit to perfection."

I'm not sure if this is a 'usual' service they offer, or if they offer rentals or suggestions, but it's worth a try. awesome

I've come sooooo close to talking my husband into dining at V&As but nothing yet so I'll have to live vicariously through you! biggrin

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Oh! Here it is! From the WDW site. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/grand-floridian-resort-and-spa/victoria-and-alberts/

To preserve the elegant atmosphere, Guests (who must be 10 years of age and up) are asked to adhere to the dress code.

Men must wear dinner jackets with dress pants/slacks and shoes. Ties are optional, and house dinner jackets are available to borrow.

Women may wear a cocktail dress or other nice dress, a pantsuit or a skirt with a blouse.

Jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops and sneakers are not permitted.

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Becca1005: Oh that's fantastic! Laughing out loud So just smart trousers, shoes and shirt - that should be do-able! I wish I could give them a ring, but long-distance calling from the UK would dent the V&A budget! Thank you muchlove

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welcome Ocarina to our site. Have a wonderful time planning your trip and have a Merry/Happy Christmas!

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Thank you PirateGirl! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, too muchlove

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Have you done an ADR for V&A? If so how did you get on, did you book it online or ring? Am planning on booking Chefs Table for next October and am interested in other people's experiences especially as I am in the UK also! Enjoy your time, we went in May this year and stayed at POFQ had a fabulous time. Enjoy yay

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Just for everyone's information & future reference, I just got off the phone with Victoria & Albert's. I spoke with Amy at reservations at V & A . She stated they have a wide variety of sizes of dinner jackets for men to borrow and they are all navy blue, so dress accordingly. She said she can never see a problem with them not having a jacket to fit someone. Hope this helps everyone.

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Just for everyone's information & future reference, I just got off the phone wit
h Victoria & Albert's. I spoke with Amy at reservations at V & A . She stated they have a wide variety of sizes of dinner jackets for men to borrow and they are all navy blue, so dress accordingly. She said she can never see a problem with them not having a jacket to fit someone. Hope this helps everyone.

Cool! You beat me to it mrhub. awesome I was going to call about this tonight. I'm sure it's a big help for our friends in the UK! I'm pretty psyched about it too! Maybe I can talk DH into dinner there if we don't have to buy a jacket for him (he has no need for a suit or sport coat so it would be a one time wear, not the most useful of purchases!)

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How fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!

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Sally-Ann: I haven't booked yet as I was worried about the dress code - don't want to mess anyone about Smile But the very fantastic mrhub has phoned them for me and found out they loan them out, which is just brill clapping
I will let you know how it all goes Laughing out loud

Mrhub: Thank you SO SO much Laughing out loud Such a weight off my mind - now to plan the day to have the meal on! I wanted to do it on my birthday, but we are having the Wishes Fireworks cruise on the night of my birthday and I will only be panicking about getting there in time after the meal Smile Maybe I can be naughty and have two birthday meals... clapping

Becca1005: That's my problem too - my fella is self employed like me and we really don't have much use for suits!

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First of all ocarina you are very welcome, that's what we do around here!

Secondly, you can have them pick you up at any of the resort docks for your Wishes Fireworks Cruise. You could have them pick you up right at the Grand Floridian Marina. Just make sure you have time to be at the dock 1 hour before the fireworks, that 's when your cruise guide will want to leave. Also what day of the week are you going on your cruise? If its a Tuesday or Wednesday, I would recommend asking for John to be your cruise Captain. We have had him several times and always request him. He is a great guy & guide.

They will also supply soda's and munchies (chips, pretzels, corn chips, pop corn) and they will want you to take it all when your cruise is over, so take a bag with you if you want to take some back to your room.

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mrhub: It'll be the Tuesday the 14th May for the cruise Smile I've booked Narcossees for that evening, so being picked up at the Grand Floridian. I will certainly ask for John! Who do I talk to about that?

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ocarina wrote:
Sally-Ann: I haven't booked yet as I was worried about the dress code - don't want to mess anyone about Smile But the very fantastic mrhub has phoned them for me and found out they loan them out, which is just brill clapping
I will let you know how it all goes Laughing out loud

FYI - it looks like V&A has a 8:30pm start time for dinner seatings. I looked up a few dates that week in May and there seems to be seating available. I would block out a couple hours for dinner. You can get a wine pairing for each course if you want - it is an additional cost. We did and it was very good. We have tried to book the Chef's Table dining experience, but it has always been booked up the times we went to WDW. They asked us if anyone in the group had any food allergies and likes/dislikes prior to dinner. The whole experience is very formal and the food was very good.

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/

here's the link to the dining page if you need it. You can pick a date that fits your schedule and see if they have seatings.
Happy planning - there is sooooo much to see and do!!!!!!

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ocarina wrote:
mrhub: It'll be the Tuesday the 14th May for the cruise Smile I've booked Narcossees for that evening, so being picked up at the Grand Floridian. I will certainly ask for John! Who do I talk to about that?

You can talk to who ever you booked the cruise through or call 1-407-WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529).

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azdisneydvc : Ooh, I'm so excited now. Just about to phone them up Smile

mrhub: Brilliant! They've made a note on file that I'd like John, so everything crossed. muchlove

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OK! Going on the night my my birthday (14th May!) Sooooo excited! Laughing out loud

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awesome

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Cool so glad you managed to get the booking clapping

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Still waiting for my call from V & A for our meal! 7 days! Woo hoo!
banana yeah banana yeah

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Donna and I did V & A's for dinner on our honeymoon. We couldn't get the Chef's Table...but did get a table in the private dining room...4(?) tables. It was...without a doubt...absolutely THE finest dinner either of us has ever had. We had the wine pairing with our dinner...made it that much better.

You will each get a copy of your menu. Ours are framed above the couch in our den. It is a true souvenir from WDW. The service could not be beat. Each table has their own "butler" and "maid". They are absolutely brilliant about what we were eating and drinking. A couple times we had a problem deciding what to eat from the choices. We each had something different so we could share...but if we weren't sure...we got all of it...or in some cases a taste of all of it (the desserts are to die for!). Maybe part of that was because...even tho we were dressed to the nines...we wore our "Just Married" pins. You always get extra stuff wearing those...at least we did.

You will not regret eating there. We think everybody should do it at least once. And we always warn everybody that has plans to dine at V & A's...be prepared for sticker shock. We could have a lot of Big Mac's for what we paid for dinner...

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Mike&Donna,

What time of the year did you go on your honeymoon?

I ask because I'll be honeymooning the last week of Sept 2013. My future wife's birthday will be during our honeymoon, and we're going to do V&A's for her birthday....and I'd LOVE to get seats at the Chef's Table!

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Paul Couturier wrote:

What time of the year did you go on your honeymoon?

We went the first week of November. Good Luck on getting the Chef's Table!

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Ah the Chef's Table one of the holy grails of Disney Wink

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@Mike&Donna.....thanks for the feedback! We'll be honeymooning the last week of Sept, a time of year I've been told and have read that is one of the best times to go to WDW in terms of crowd levels (very low that time of year). So hopefully that will work to our advantage when we make our ADR's (in March).

@Sally-Ann, yes, I agree......one of the holy grails of Disney! My future wife and I have done 4-star dining, but never 5-star!

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Paul Couturier wrote:
My future wife and I have done 4-star dining, but never 5-star!

My wife and I are fast food kind of people. We wouldn't know a 5-star restaurant if it bit us on the backside. But as far as we're concered...5 stars doesnt even begin to cover it. Do they have a27 star?

Mike

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When my wife and I did V&A's for our Honeymoon dinner in September there was a boy (probably 9) there with his mom and grandpa, and they gave him a suit jacket to wear. They did not, however, have any children's size jackets and he looked like the kid from BIG after becoming a kid again in his really big jacket. PS, I cannot say enough good things about the food and the service at V&A. At first we were very nervous, not feeling like we knew how to act in a place like that, but we decided to start talking to our waiter, Sean I think, and he was a blast! He made us more comfortable to ask questions about what was on the menu, and be ourselves. Made the experience even better!

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