• On Aug 16, 2018
    Robin from ME 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.

    Google hasn't helped me with this question, so I am hoping you can. What day of the week do most families start their vacation? Our trip starts of a Friday. I am worried the ADRs will be taken from people that started earlier in the week.

    Hi there, Robin! 

    It's probably tough to Google an answer like this, because I'm not sure there is a typical day anymore to begin a Walt Disney World vacation. I live near the Jersey shore, and I know it's typical for rentals there to either begin or end on a Saturday or Sunday, but arrivals at Walt Disney World can happen at any time. I think it used to be that Saturday was a big day for guests arriving, and you might still be able to assume that Saturday sees more arrivals, but more and more families are taking weekend trips that begin Thursday and end on Monday, or they base it on airline prices. It really can vary.

    I can give you this information. When considering booking Advanced Dining Reservations, if you have some of the more popular restaurants on your radar, like Be Our Guest or 'Ohana, and you are worried about guests booking them so that it impacts the earlier part of your vacation, look first at dates later in your vacation. Start at the end of your vacation for the harder to get dining reservations, which puts you on an even playing field with other guests arriving at the same time you are. 

    Another tip is to check often. If you don't get the reservations you want right away, check back. Guests change plans all the time, and you might just score a reservation you've been waiting for as a result.

    Good luck, and happy dining, Robin!
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My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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