Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Jul 24, 2013
    Mindy from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Get to make our ADR's on Saturday, the 27th. Can I log in at 12:01 a.m. to make my reservations or do I have to wait until morning? And what time zone are we talking??? Can you tell who is excited!?!?!?


    No, unfortunately you can't start right at 12:01 a.m. to make those reservations.

    Phone lines open up at 7:00 a.m., East Coast US time zone. Last I checked you could start making online reservations at 6:00 a.m., also East Coast US time zone. That is what I would shoot for. Also, FYI, the last time I made reservations online for my trip, it only would let me make the reservations for that 180 day out date, not for the remainder of my entire trip. So for me the solution was to get online at 6 and make day 1 reservations, then call at 7 for the rest of the week. Maybe that is fixed and you can do it all online, but plan for the possibility of doing both.

    Another hint I have for you is this. Many times people try to get a reservation for a popular restaurant (like Chef Mickey's, or Cinderella's Royal Table) for the first day of their vacation. They get angry that even though they call at 7:00 a.m. on the nose, all the reservations are already taken. They ask themselves;

    "Did Disney give all the spots to some insiders or something?"

    No. Remember that if you are a Disney resort guest, you can make reservations for 10 days of your vacation starting on that first day's 180-day advance date. So really you could be making some reservations for up to 190 days in advance, not just 180. Most of those reservation slots for your first day attempts were taken by people filling out their vacations. So by people who may be arriving at they Walt Disney World vacation a good week before you even get there. So your lesson here is that you stand a better chance of getting those more popular reservations if you schedule them for later in your vacation week.

    FYI, I am excited for you! Write me back with any follow-up questions!

    Have a magical (and delicious) vacation!
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I am one of the Dads on the planDisney Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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