Okay, I’m kidding about ruining your vacation, but a lot of visitors think that unless you make your ADRs (advanced dining reservations in Disney parlance) 180 days out, your trip is forever ruined. I’d like your thoughts.
So here’s a question for you: When do you make your dining reservations? While most of my clients schedule their trips far in advance, I tend to travel more short notice (for Disney at least), about two months out. I just put together a quick trip for my family for Thanksgiving and of course, there was nothing available. Well, at first. Then, a strange thing happened: Dining reservations were popping up all over the place. Hard to get reservations like California Grill and Citricos.
This got me thinking about when you really need to make these reservations. Of course, Be Our Guest is still a nightmare to get, even at the 180-day mark. Same with Le Cellier and certain character meals, like Chef Mickey’s and Cinderella’s Royal Table. But what about regular dining destinations? I’m getting just about everything I want a month out. Could it be–cue sinister music–that Disney staggers some of these reservations so that more become available closer to travel? Or perhaps they only do this for busy weeks like Thanksgiving? It makes sense that Disney would want to keep everyone happy, regardless of when they book. For example, they extend Fastpass+ reservations to offsite guests at the 30 day mark and we know those fastpasses are staggered, so why wouldn’t they do that with dining?
Tell me about how m you travel and how you make your reservations. Are you up–or is your travel agent up–early at 180-days out pecking away at your top choices or do you wing it? Even though I do this for a living, I’m always up for hearing how you go about things too and what tips you have for getting what you want. You can tell me in the comments here or on Facebook.