calsig31 is correct about Ariel's Grotto, they stopped offering WOC dining packages and opted for day-round character dining. Wine Country Trattoria still offers WOC dining packages.
At the Carthay Circle Restaraunt, "the purchase one of the lunch or dinner combinations below to be eligible to receive a spot that grants you access to a Center Stage Viewing Area", as explained on the page about WOC on the DCA website.
As far as the picnic dinners-I've had the chicken twice. It's not bad. Discount for APs, too.
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I just checked the picnics website and it doesn't list the option with the cured meats and cheeses and that was the one I was planning on ordering next week. The website doesn't show this option or list it but says there are four options for adults... Anyone know more?
I ate at Carthay Circle on Saturday for dinner and got the WOC passes. They used to have all the "preferred dinning" together in one section (Both Ariel's Grotto and Wine Country) but with Carthay circle the passes are for a different section. They use the same entrance (Reserved) but the Carthay section is back and two the right of the Wine Country section (which is the center area where the "preferred dinning" section was).
I wasn't really happy about this as I prefer being up against the railing behind the splash zone. Luckily, the cast members let us go there anyway. The Carthay Circle section is still really good just further back (I think it used to be part of the original yellow section). Some people like being further back but I do not.
I will also add that although you are required to purchase either an entre and dessert or entre and starter, they include the salads as entres. This means you could technically get the passes for about $20 a person versus the near $40 Wine Country package. We did not do this though (at least not this time).