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  • On Mar 19, 2009
    Ginny 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.

    I have been unable to secure an ADR for any earlier than 9:10pm at Chef Mickeys in May. Is it an absolute must to get a ADR or do they keep a number of tables open for "walk up"? By "walk up" I mean....willing to wait for a hour or so

    Hi, Ginny!  I know how frustrating it can be to try so hard to get the advanced dining reservations you want, only to find that it's not available at the time or day you hope for. 

    The restaurants at Walt Disney World do not hold tables open for walk up guests, but for some restaurants, walk up dining is a possibility.  The more popular restaurants, however, rarely have spots that open up - Chef Mickey's being among the popular - but occasionally, a family will have to cancel at the last minute and a table might become available. 

    My best advice to you is to continue calling each day to see if you can luck into a cancellation for an earlier time.  Keep trying, up until the day of your reservation.  If you want to, you can certainly head over to Chef Mickey's at an earlier time and check to see if they might have a table available, but I know for my girls, it would be dreadfully disappointing to pluck them out of the theme park unless I knew for sure we would be able to get a table.

    I hope it all works out for you!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

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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