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  • On Jul 28, 2019
    Deborah from MD Asked

    I understand ADR can be made 180 days prior to our arrival date to WDW. We have room reservations at the Polynesian resort. Somewhere I thought I heard ARD reservations may be made 10 days prior to the 180 date if lodging is within WDW. Is this true?

    It's great to see you here today at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Deborah!

    While doing some planning for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, you may have come across the term "180 plus 10" or heard some talk about Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guests getting some extra time to book those advanced dining reservations. While the booking window for restaurants opens up at 180 days in advance for all guests, Resort Hotel guests have the benefit of being able to book dining for the length of their vacation, up to 10 days. Guests who are not staying on-site need to book each day as it becomes available, so 180 days in advance of their arrival they can book dining for their arrival date, on the next day they're able to book for the first full day of their vacation, and so on. That's where that 10-day benefit really comes into play because if you have a week-long vacation you can book dining all the way through the last day of that trip, which gives you access several days before reservations are open to the general public.

    Now, here's the fun part, because there are some ways that you can really make that booking window advantage work in your favor when you're staying at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort next year. If there is a must-do dining experience for you that is also super popular with other guests, like Cinderella's Royal Table or Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park, you may have more luck getting your choice of reservation closer to the end of your vacation because fewer guests have had access to book those days. This same trick also works really well when you're booking your FastPass+ selections 60 days in advance of your arrival. Save the most popular attractions, like Avatar Flight of Passage at Disney's Animal Kingdom or Slinky Dog Dash at Disney's Hollywood Studios, for the last few days of your vacation so you have a larger selection of FastPass+ times to choose from!

    I hope this answers your question, Deborah, and please let us know if there's anything else we can do to help you plan your magical vacation.

    Jessica
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Meet the Panelist: Jessica, Texas

I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our two rescue animals. We are Disney-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted-out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World instead! I'm thrilled to be on the Disney Parks Moms Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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