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PostSubject: Dining Reservations   Mon Mar 01, 2010 7:35 pm

Can anyone advise - are ADRs always essential.

I've just tried to reserve a meal at Planet Hollywood but nothing is available over 3 days at a suitable time. I'm shocked its so full 5 months in advance!!

Do you think I would stand any chance if I just turned up on the night (in August).
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PostSubject: Re: Dining Reservations   Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:11 am

Most of the time ADR's are advised but that doesn't mean you can't give it a try. You will probably have to wait but it doesn't hurt to try. I would also keep checking back. For my December 2009 trip, I had the same problem with Chef Mickey's but eventually got lucky. Someone must have canceled their ADR and I was at the right place at the right time.

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PostSubject: Re: Dining Reservations   Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:03 pm

I make it a point to hit Planet Hollywood at least once during my trip, Usually the nights the family hits Downtown Disney for pin trading. I have never needed a reservation. Then again I will usually get there at 4:30 or 5:00 the latest. Later on 6 and beyond I know it gets majorly busy.

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PostSubject: Re: Dining Reservations   Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:09 pm

Come to think of it, the three times we've been there were around lunch to late afternoon and we just walked up and got in each time. We've never been there late at night though.

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PostSubject: Re: Dining Reservations   Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:50 am

Another thing you might try is to keep checking back in. Often resturants that weren't avail. have openings as people cancel reservations and change their plans.

Also check the number of people in your party. Does everyone want to go or just a few people? In trying to land Tusker House last year for dd's birthday; first I found a slot for three people, and I called to change it to a four and they told me they couldn't, which was disheartening as I don't know any three top tables. About a week before we were supposed to leave a friend that is local to the WDW area wanted to join up with us so I called to get a ressie for five and sure enough they had it.

Now that I'm thinking about it, five months? I don't think you can make reservations for Planet Hollywood 5 months in advance. Almost all disney resturants can be booked from 90 days and forward. That's only 3 months. Perhaps that's why it wont let you?
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PostSubject: Re: Dining Reservations   Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:33 pm

thanks everyone

Maybe I am a bit early then, so I'll try it again nearer the time. I just love PH and don't want to miss out.

I love planning this trip! I don't know what I'll do once its over with.

So far I've booked breakfasts at Crystal Palace and Tusker House and dinner reservations at Brown Derby, Coral Reef and Rainforest Cafe. Hope these are nice places to eat! For all my other meals I'm going to wing it and see how I feel, plus I've got the free quick service dining plan so I'll make some use out of that.
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PostSubject: Re: Dining Reservations   Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:42 pm

I have never been to Disney (going in Aug), but just made 2 ADR's last week. They told me that ADR's could be made at exactly 6 mos before your trip. First one I made was at Tepan Edo and I still had to change my time-I was shocked! I couldn't believe anyone besides me would actually call this early. One more thing, friends of ours went in Dec and tried all week to get into Planet Hollywood and never could. Wow.
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PostSubject: Re: Dining Reservations   Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:23 pm

Yeah it is shocking that people are so on the ball with ADRs.

I'm just gonna chance it with PH and turn up on the night, if not there seems to plenty of other nice places at Downtown Disney to eat. I think it will make a nice start to the holiday.

These reservations are so far in advance that they are bound to have cancellations and no-shows (I hope)

malacajo are you spending your full holiday in Disney or going elsewhere in Orlando too?

I'm toying with the idea of going to Universal Studios or Seaworld. I'm still a bit reluctant because I love Disney so much I could go without going to these places and still have a good time!
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PostSubject: Re: Dining Reservations   Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:45 pm

Becky, well we have debated a lot over Universal and Sea World-would absolutely LOVE to go, but this is our first Disney trip so in the end we have decided that between the 4 parks and 2 water parks, that is probably a lot on our plates-we don't want to miss anything. Problem is, everyone I have talked to says oh you can't go down there w/out going to those other places! Hope you have lots of luck with your dining! We have opted against the dining plan (hope we have done the right thing) but are really hoping Disney will announce some sort of free dining plan deal for people going at the end of August...Do you normally do the dining plan? Buzz says he doesn't, and I really pay attention to what "regular" Disney goers do!!
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PostSubject: Re: Dining Reservations   Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:54 pm

It took me 4 or 5 trips before I ventured to US/IOA and other Orlando places. There is soo much to do and see at WDW, I still have not done and seen it all in are 11 or so trips.

Becky, I bet you get in to PH. Good luck!

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PostSubject: Re: Dining Reservations   Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:25 pm

thanks Buzz!

I think I will end up just doing Disney too malacajo.

I have never stayed at a Disney resort before so never had the chance for the Disney Dining Plan. We are getting the quick service dining plan free but I don't fancy 2 McDonalds style meals everyday (thats what I imagine I would be getting). I don't think I would have opted for it if it wasn't offered free. So even though I'm getting it, I don't think I'll use it to its full potential... Embarassed I will use the refillable mug and snacks probably, although Coronado is so big its my luck I'll be miles away from where I'm allowed to refill it!!

This sounds silly because I'm going to a theme park but I don't like all the big thrill rides at Disney. I prefer the parades, fireworks and other entertainment within the parks. And this time I want a more 'relaxed' holiday so going to restaurants and so on will be a big part of the holiday.

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PostSubject: Re: Dining Reservations   Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:35 pm

We went off-site to SeaWorld for our first family trip. IMHO, there wasn't enough there for our kids at that age. They didn't have a lot for little ones (they were 3 1/2 and 18 months). We haven't ventured off Disney property in the next 4 consecutive years. To be honest, we felt a little spoiled by Disney. Going off property was almost a shock to us. Maybe as the kids get bigger, we'll go out and explore some more but for now, we like staying in our Disney bubble!
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PostSubject: Re: Dining Reservations   Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:38 pm

I have to tell you, I think we will be happy to stay in our Disney bubble!! So excited I can hardly stand it! I am running out of things to Google about our trip!! The fun part for me was picking a resort-can't wait to see CSR. I do have one question for Becky-how did you get a free quick service plan?? We are going from Aug 21-28 and our AAA travel agent keeps telling me to wait to see if they are offering one..Just curious how you got it! Unfortunately, we have an extremely picky 10 yr old, so for him the quick service would be great (the rest of us would love to try different places). One more thing, people keep telling us how bored we will get staying for a week at Disney-how could that be???? I already have to disagree..
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PostSubject: Re: Dining Reservations   Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:33 am

malacajo - I think its a UK thing. I booked through the Walt Disney Travel Company and got this offer...

Dine for FREE!
For stays 5 Jul - 18 Nov 2010

Book your magical Walt Disney World holiday before 2 August 2010, for stays 5 Jul - 18 Nov 2010, and you’ll enjoy FREE Disney dining. Make your booking for a minimum of 5 nights including tickets, and everyone in the party dines for free for your whole holiday.

Receive Disney Quick (Counter) Service Dining Plan when you stay at a selected Disney Moderate Resort, OR Receive Disney Dining Plan when you stay at a selected Disney Deluxe Resort.


When I first booked they said I wasn't eligable for the offer as Coronado didnt take part, but then they called back and said they did.

I think another offer is a free gift card in US dollars. But I didn't get offered that.
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PostSubject: Re: Dining Reservations   Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:31 pm

Becky wrote:
I have never stayed at a Disney resort before so never had the chance for the Disney Dining Plan. We are getting the quick service dining plan free but I don't fancy 2 McDonalds style meals everyday (thats what I imagine I would be getting).
Don't worry about the QS being "all McDonalds". The Pepper Market at CSR is counted as quick serve - you can get most anytthing there. Try Flame Tree BBQ at AK & Cosmic Rays at MK. Loads of choices.
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PostSubject: Re: Dining Reservations   Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:36 pm

Yeah, after I read that I researched a bit more on what I can get and was surprised.

It looks like I can get some nice things to eat. I liked the Tangierine Cafe in Morroco at Epcot and that serves quite healthy-ish food... I'll definately be going there and of course will try Pepper Market.
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