ADRs or Advanced Dining Reservations are essential should you wish to eat at the more popular table service locations across Walt Disney World. It is even recommended for one particular Quick Service location within the Magic Kingdom.
Booking your ADRs can be a daunting and cutthroat experience. To get what you want, when you want you need to be ready to book 180 days ahead. Yes, you read that correctly a whole 180 days ahead. Everyone who wants to eat at your chosen place on that day will be fighting for it as soon as booking opens. Not only are you competing with people from the UK who wish to go, but everyone across the world.
Top tip: Booking opens at 7am Eastern in the States, which is 12pm for us. Good excuse to go on lunch early those days. Also, be aware of daylight savings times, it could push when booking opens an hour either side of that window.
Bookings can be made via the Walt Disney World website or via the My Disney Experience app. We would highly recommend being on that 180-day window to book the following:
- Be Our Guest – For breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is easily the most popular dining location across Walt Disney World due to the theming. The food gets meh reviews, but it is worth going for the ambience alone. Also, take note that dinner here has always been a table service credit and will be upgraded to signature shortly, meaning a more expensive menu or the use of two dining credits per person, per meal.
- Any in park breakfast meal – it can get you into the parks early.
- Any character meal – just to ensure no one is disappointed. Particularly Cinderella’s Royal Table, O’Hana for breakfast, Chef Mickey’s, 1900 Park Fare to name but a few.
- Le Cellier, Coral Reef, Garden Grill at Epcot
- 50s Prime Time, Sci-Fi Dine-in Theatre at Hollywood Studios
- Specific Resort locations too, such as Whispering Canyon at Wilderness Lodge, Boma and Tusker House at Animal Kingdom Lodge
Basically, to avoid any disappointment, book your dining reservations at the 180 days out for anything. There are specific locations you may be lucky to get a walk up reservation, but these from experience and through word of mouth are few and far between.
When booking it is also worth remembering that you need to link a credit card to secure the reservation, so have it handy. The reason for this is to prevent no-shows. If you fail to turn up for your reservation or change it 24 hours ahead of time, you are likely to be charged $10 a person.
Also, it is worth being aware you can only book your first 10 days of dining when staying on property, after that, it is day by day only.
What are your experiences with ADRs? Where is your favourite place to eat? Let us know in the comments.
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