Tuesday, September 06, 2005

90 Days and Counting

An Advanced Dining Reservation (or ADR) is Disney’s version of a reservation. However, they do not set aside a specific table for you at your assigned time slot. Instead, when you arrived for your ADR, you will be seated at the next available table for your party size, ahead of any walk-ins that may be waiting. ADR’s may be made up to 90 days in advance and are highly recommended during peak times and for the more popular restaurants.

The biggest obstacle to making ADR’s 90 days in advance is that Disney doesn’t publish the park hours and events schedule until about 60 days in advance. Since you don’t know when any of the parks will open or close, or when the parades and fireworks are scheduled, it makes it hard to plan your meals. I found a website that listed park hours for the same time last year and used those as a guide.

If you plan to make ADR’s for more than one day of your stay you’ll need to call Disney Dining when the 90-day window comes up for the each ADR or risk not being able to eat where you want to eat on the day that you want to. Unfortunately, the Disney Dining phone number is a long distance call. In addition, Disney Dining opens at 7:00 AM eastern time, which is 4:00 AM on the west coast.

When I called to make our ADR for the Liberty Tree Tavern, I confirmed with the representative that July 4 would be the 90-day point for our first day in the park. However, she told me that the Disney Dining call center would be closed for the holiday. So I was prepared to call bright and early at 4:00 AM on Tuesday, July 5 to make the first of our ADR’s.


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