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  • On Jan 9, 2008
    Sarah from MI Asked

    Hi, this question is for Bret. I am staying onsite and wondering how far in advance I can make reservations for dining? Is there any difference if I am staying offsite?

    Sarah,

    It's a great question, and I must confess that I only recently understood how this all works. More often than not I have made reservations for our family trips within a few months of getting to WDW.  It's a bit late, but we usually have had no problems getting the table service restaurants we want (in busy seasons we probably wouldn't have been so lucky!).

    Reserving farther in advance is highly recommended for busy seasons (summer, holidays, etc.) and for the most popular restaurants (Cinderella’s Royal Table, Le Cellier, etc.). Here are the specific rules:

    - If you are offsite (not staying at a Disney related resort), then you can only reserve table service restaurants 180 days (not 6 months) before the date you want

    - If you are onsite you have the "180+10" option. This means you can call 180 days from your check-in date and make reservations for up to 10 days after that. So, for example, your 5th day would be 185 days in advance, and your 10th day of vacation (if you are so lucky to stay for 10 days!) would be 190 days in advance.

    It's important to note that not all tables will be opened up prior to 180 days. So if you are staying onsite, and calling to make ADRs for your entire trip, you might not find the exact dates and times you are looking for.  The good news is that you have a second chance to call back exactly 180 days in advance, when more times/tables open up.

    Last item: The Disney Dining reservation line (407-WDW-DINE or 407-939-3463) opens at 7am EST. You know the saying about the early worm…it applies here!

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