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January 2, 2014

AMC's dine-in theatre at Downtown Disney gives families a fun option for seeing movies

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Want a new twist on dinner and movie? How about dinner *while* you watch a movie? This concept is becoming more popular in cities throughout the U.S., and Walt Disney World began offering the inclusive screenings about two and a half years ago.

After a major renovation, the AMC movie theater at Downtown Disney reopened in May 2011 with six auditoriums dedicated to its Fork & Screen dine-in theatre. (It now offers eight such screens.) Patrons can order causal restaurant food and cocktails, beer and wine -- or just typical movie popcorn and candy with sodas -- and have their selections delivered right to their seats.

I was invited to the opening of Disney's Fork & Screen, but somehow with their busy schedules, the rest of my family had not seen a movie there. So, on a recent school break, we took the time to see Disney's "Frozen" at Fork & Screen and now they say they don't want to watch a movie any other way! (Fork & Screen is open to those 18 and older, unless children are accompanied by their parents or guardians.)

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Your movie-going experience can begin at home if you choose to purchase your tickets online, which I definitely recommend. In doing so, you will choose your seats and then they are reserved for you. No rushing or standing in line at the theater -- love that! Although there is a small service charge for online purchases, if you join AMC's loyalty program, Stubs, those fees are waived. Ticket prices range from $10 to $15, depending on the time of show and type of ticket (adult, senior or child).

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AMC recommends guests arrive at Fork & Screen about 30 minutes before the scheduled movie start so they can peruse the menu while the lights are up and place their orders. The menu includes burgers, flatbread pizzas, grilled sandwiches, appetizers and desserts. Plus, there are kid-friendly selections. Kids' meals, for ages 12 and younger, cost $7.49, while adult appetizers start at $7.99 and entrees at $9.99. Get a taste of the menu here.

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Our family shared the bacon cheeseburger and the queso blanco dip & chips. The portions were generous and fairly tasty considering we were eating in a setting that wasn't a typical eatery. We also sampled the waffle sundae: two warm Belgium waffles topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled in caramel and sprinkled with candied bacon. Delicious!

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We found the servers to be efficient and not at all disruptive as we were watching the movie. And eating wasn't a balancing act, either. Each row of seats has a bar-like table that runs the length of the row, offering a sturdy and comfortable way to eat. Speaking of comfortable, the seats are plush rocking chairs that are grouped in rows of four seats. That means every seat is either an aisle or one seat away from the aisle, which makes bathroom breaks less disruptive for everyone. Anyone with youngsters will understand the importance and value of this feature alone.

In fact, the Fork & Screen dine-in experience can be especially accommodating to parents who are juggling the responsibilities of keeping kids happy while making sure the grown-ups have a pleasant time at the movies, too. All in all, the concept can make "dinner and a movie" a fun night out for families and an all-in-one event.





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August 6, 2013

AMC Downtown Disney 24 offers family friendly movie experience

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Like many places at Walt Disney World, the AMC Downtown Disney 24 offers an experience beyond what you typically would expect at a similar multiplex at the shopping mall. From special programs to foods and premium seating, AMC Downtown Disney 24 has helped set a new standard for movie theaters -- and it's all definitely family friendly.

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Let's face it: Taking a family to the movies is expensive. And, yes, tickets at AMC Downtown Disney 24 are even slightly more expensive than your neighborhood theater. But my husband and I think the experience is worth it when our family of four splurges to see a long-awaited film.

First, at the AMC Downtown Disney 24, there is an array of snack choices beyond the usual popcorn and candy. Expect to also find ice cream with mix-ins, gourmet popcorn, flavored pretzels, hot sandwiches, hot dogs, freestyle Coca-Cola machines, Icees and more. Even if my kids usually opt for the traditional buttered popcorn, my husband and I appreciate the other choices. My kids love making their own Icees as part of the thrill of the experience, too.

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The roomy, highback chairs in each theater are comfortable, and our two kids like to raise the armrests to make one long couch, if you will. But perhaps equally important is the stadium seating there. With such a seating arrangement, it's difficult to complain about anyone else blocking your view of the screen. Less whining from the kids makes for a better experience for the whole family.

Finally, AMC theaters offer unique programs for special-needs families. For example, the chain offers monthly screenings of popular movies in a sensory-friendly environment. In those theaters, the lights are turned up, the sound is turned down and "audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing."

AMC Downtown Disney 24 also is accessible to kids with other disabilities and offers assisted listening devices, closed captioning, descriptive video and wheelchair access.

Another reason to take time to see a movie at Walt Disney World: AMC's Fork & Screen, where guests can dine while watching current movies. The menu includes cocktails, appetizers, sandwiches, desserts and more, which are served right to your seat. (See the complete menu on the AllEars.Net resource page.) Guests choose their seats when they purchase their tickets so their party is guaranteed to stay together. Guests have to be at least 18 years old or accompanied by an adult, which presumably leads to quieter movie watching.

Want to experience AMC Downtown Disney 24 for less? Disney World annual passholders get $2 off adult evening tickets. Active military personnel can save $3 off after 4 p.m. with ID. There also are discounted tickets all day on Tuesday for seniors ages 60 and older and students ages 13 and older with ID all day on Thursdays.

Another tip: I try to cut our costs by using rewards programs, such as ones from Coca-Cola and Disney Movie Rewards, to purchase tickets and vouchers. Sometimes, these passes are not valid for the first two weekends after a movie is released, but we don't mind waiting for a free movie at Disney World. By doing what we can to save money for our movie-night experience, it's easy to give two thumb's up (or would it be eight?) for the AMC Downtown Disney 24 as a family friendly destination here in Orlando.

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