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  • Quick questions...1. Why is the January calendar still not up? 2. How come WDW is not taking reservations for the Fantasmic Dining Package in the beginning of January? Thanks!
  • - Asked by Beth from California on 7/16/2008
  • I'm guessing that this is happening because of the major restructuring of the Disney reservations system that is about to get under way. I'm going to quote from an email that Mickey sent the Moms Panel late last week:

    The reservation system used at Walt Disney World Resort for booking dining, recreation and tours will be undergoing an "extreme makeover." This new reservation system will provide guests opportunities to book multiple reservations during one booking session AND guests will also be able to make dining reservations online at disneyworld.com as early as December 2008. During this system upgrade, some changes will be made to the current booking horizons. The normal 180 day booking window will be reduced starting July 31, 2008. Reservations for dining, recreation and tours will only be accepted through January 25, 2009 for a short amount of time. On October 24, 2008, the anticipated upgrade completion date, reservations will again be accepted for the normal 180 day window or April 21, 2009. Reservations for Victoria & Albert's, Cinderella's Royal Table, and Chef Mickey's will NOT be impacted by these changes. These three venues will continue to observe normal booking windows.

    Now you know what we know. I am THRILLED that there will soon be online meal booking. I can't imagine a better step forward for the parks. However, I'm sure that there will be some bumps in the road while the new system is being worked out. For example, based on the information above, I don't understand why a Fantasmic Package would not be available for booking in early January. I would try to call back and see if you get a different cast member who will give you a different answer. I have found that cast members have varying levels of expertise and another phone call will sometimes get you what you need.

    Good luck!

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