Today marks 90 days until my friends and I arrive for another fun filled trip to Walt Disney World. Any Disney geek knows what that means; time to make advanced dining reservations (ADRs)! This job usually falls to me in our group, but since my friends are currently gallivanting around WDW without me, it was definitely up to me. I thought about trying out the new online reservation system, but decided against it. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the process and call me old school, but I like talking to someone at central reservations. Maybe if we decide to add any restaurants to our current plans I’ll give it a whirl.
Before I discuss where we’ll be dining in on our holiday trip, here are some some basic guidelines to making your ADRs. With the exception of Victoria and Albert’s, reservations at WDW eateries may be made up to 90 days from the date of check in. However, the reservation policy will be going back to 180 days in advance as of October 27, 2009. Guests can make ADRs for up to ten days from their date of arrival so have your resort resservation numbers handy. Like I mentioned, there is an online option available at disneyworld.com or guests can call to make their arrangements. A great tip for annual pass holders is to use the annual passholder line for this process. The time spent on hold is almost always shorter with this special phone number. If you are after seats at some of the more popular restaurants I highly advise calling first thing in the morning around 7 A.M.
I was not looking to dine anywhere particularly poplar so I didn’t call right at 7 this morning. I was going wait to do it at lunch time this afternoon, but had a few extra minutes (by some small miracle) this morning so I dialed the pass holder hotline. I’m happy to report I got everything I wanted at reasonable times! I was surpised to hear there was less availablilty than I thought there would be. We will be in WDW from December 13-20 which is generally a pretty quiet time. I can only guess that the extension of the free dining promotion is the cause. I’m not complaining about the times I got, but I’m just warning others who may be making their ADRs soon.
So where are we going to eat? We are staying at the Boardwalk for most of the trip, so many of our bookings are at the resort or in Epcot. Its also important to know that World Showcase is our favorite place to eat, so we often dine there in the evenings before taking in our favorite fireworks Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. With that said we’ll be trying Disney’s newest culinary offering, Kouzzina, on our first night. I’ve seen good reviews of celebrity chef Kat Kora’s Mediterranean fare, so I’m excited for this one. The next day’s dinner will be in Magic Kingdom since there are evening extra magic hours that night. The only MK restaurant I’ve tried was Liberty Tree Tavern back when there were characters. So this time we’re giving it a shot and the honor went to Tony’s Town Square. I have my doubts because I’m from Jersey so subpar Italian doesn’t sit well with me. But, I’m willing to try anything once. The next night we’ll take in the Christmas show and swing our steins of beer at Biergarten. The following morning we may snag an ADR at Kona Cafe for breakfast or just hit Captain Cooke’s for the Tonga Toast and real coffee we must have on every trip. I inquired about making a reservation at the Big River Grille at the Boardwalk, but the cast member who helped me said no reservations were necessary here. And our last ADR is for a lunch at the Whispering Canyon Cafe. I’m sure I’ll blog about all of the experiences after the trip!
The three month mark is always exciting and making the ADRs has gotten me very excited for our annual holiday trip to Disney World! If you have any tips or tricks for making ADRs I’d love to hear them!
Next time I’ll discuss the Back Stage Magic tour I took around this time last year…