Tip Day Thursday – ADRs

Well before MyMagic+ added FastPass+ selections into the pre-trip planning, advance dining reservations were already there. Now though, they are tied into My Disney Experience both in making and viewing them, at least for Walt Disney World. While many of things we’re going to cover apply to getting an ADR whereever, it’s important to note a difference in how far out you can make them. Disneyland allows yo to make an ADR upto 60 days in advance. Walt Disney World allows upto 180 days in advance of your arrival date if you are staying at a Disney Resort.

For Disneyland, you can call (714) 781-DINE (3463) from 7 AM to 9 PM Pacific Time or from the Check Availability tool on the Disneyland website. Disneyland table service locations do require a credit card to make a reservation. It wont be charged unless you no show, well unless you speciically use it to pay for nthe meal. There’s a $10 per person no show charge at most Disney table service locations these days unless you cancel in advance. That came about from so many people making reservations all over at conflicting times and showing up to one (if that) depending on whereever they decided to go that day. This gave them lots more flexibility, but blocked out the slots for people that could have ate at the other locations and cut into those locations business.

For Walt Disney World, you can call (407) WDW-DINE (3463) and answer a few questions from the automated system to get connected with a Cast Member to help you set up your reservation(s). You can also go to the Disney World website and go make them thru My Disney Experience or using the My Disney Experience app. Some of them however, that are on the list to require a credit card will go to a message saying they need a credit card and tell you that you need to call to make the reservation. It is less prone to do this if you’ve already tied a credit/debit card to your reservation. You can make upto 10 days worth of reservations. You will need to provide the your Resort reservation to make them if you call them up solely about dining to get them so far out and so many days. Some exceptions apply for Passholders as they can theoretically pop in to go to the Parks about whenever.

Please note that some restaurants and dinner shows require pre-payment to book. These include Cinderella’s Royal Table, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review, and a few others. Also note aside from the releatively (in the last couple of years) move for the no-show fee, Disney has also implemented changes in the system itself to block double booking. These occasionally can make scheduling a little tricky if you are legitimately wanting to book two places super close together to say eat at one place and grab dessert at the other. They’ve done some tweaking, but you may run into issues trying something like that.

Another thing to note while many are next to impossible to get in without a reservation and some even hard to get a reservation, there are several that it is possible to get the day of. Check with Guest Services as soon as you arrive in the Park or check with the Front Desk/Concierge at your Resort to see if something is available. Even some of the hard to get ones get cancellations, you can also keep checking the website, calling in, or checkign the App. There’s even a few services that will keep checking for you out there. If you’re using a Travel Agent they often will try to get reservations you’re looking for for you.

An important thing to also keep in mind is that if Disney is offering Free Dining during your trip, it will be a lot harder to getan ADR for places. As mentioned the other day in Tip Day Thursday – The Disney Dining Plan | Stitch’s Home, Dining Plan users (excluding the Quick Service only plan) have table service credits to use and they will be trying to book them. Add in Free Dining and you’ll have a lot more Dining Plan users trying to book them along with anyone planning to pay out of pocket.

Some that guests often have luck with getting in without an advanced reservation are:

  • Restaurant Marrakesh, Morocco Pavillion, Epcot
  • Spice Road Table, Morocco Pavillion, Epcot
  • Biergarten, Germany Pavillion, Epcot
  • Maya Grill, Coronado Springs Resort
  • Captain’s Grille, Yacht Club Resort
  • Olivia’s, Old Key West Resort
  • Rainforest Cafe, Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • Kona Cafe, Polynesian Resort
  • San Angel Inn, Epcot’s World Showcase, Mexico
  • Yak and Yeti, Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • Turf Club, Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
  • Mama Melrose, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park
  • Nine Dragons, Epcot’s World Showcase, China
  • Trails End, Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Grand Floridian Cafe, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
  • ESPN Zone, Disney’s Boardwalk
  • Big River Grille and Brewing Works, Disney’s Boardwalk
  • Fulton’s Crab House, Downtown Disney
  • Raglan Road, Downtown Disney
  • The Plaza Restaurant, Magic Kingdom Theme Park

Ones you have to have a Reservation for include:

  • Be Our Guest (Dinner especially), Magic Kingdom
  • California Grill, Contemporary Resort
  • Victoria and Albert’s, Grand Floridian Resort
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickeys’ Backyard BBQ, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
  • Spirit of Aloha Luau, Polynessian Resort
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table (Breakfast Especially sells out typically in minutes for 180 days out)
  • Chef’s Table at Vicotria and Albert’s (sells out in minutes each day for 180 days in advance)

Some Restaurant’s also have their own reservation number and some are not run by Disney. Those sometimes don’t require a credit card gauruntee or charge a no-show fee. They also may not take reservations as far out. Some of them can be reserved thru OpenTable, though the list changes along so you’d have to check to make sure your pick is available there.

The following have their own reservation numbers.

  • Fulton’s Crab House: (407) 934-BOAT (2628)
  • Portobello: (407) 934-8888
  • Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe (large parties only): (407) 938-WOLF (9653)
  • Rainforest Cafe Downtown Disney: (407) 827-8500
  • Rainforest Cafe Animal Kingdom: (407) 938-9100
  • The Boathouse (large parties only): (407) WDW-BOAT (939-2628)
  • Crossroads at House of Blues: (407) 934-2538
  • Raglan Road: (407) 938-0300
  • Planet Hollywood: (407) 827-7827
  • Splitsville: (407) 938-PINS (7467)
  • T-Rex: (407) 828-TREX (8739)
  • Paradiso 37: (407) 934-3700
  • Bongos: (407) 828-0999

The Restaurants at The Swan & Dolphin can be called from (407) 934-1609 or directly

  • Todd English’s BlueZoo: (407) 934-1111
  • Shula’s Steakhouse: (407) 934-1362
  • Kimonos: (407) 934-1609
  • Il Mulino: (407) 934-1199


Patrick

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