• On Jul 21, 2016
    Jennifer from TN 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.

    We are visiting January 2017. I was able to book all my ADRs except Hoop Dee Doo. It is not available online. Do you know why? Do dinner shows open later than 180days? Its my bday and want to go.

    Hi Jennifer, 

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thank you for asking us another question! I can completely understand wanting to celebrate your birthday in style at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue - the food and fun are definitely great for making your special day even more magical!

    From my experience, availabilities and schedules for dinner shows and other “special events” are sometimes released after the 180-day reservation window opens.My first recommendation would therefore be to keep checking in the coming days to see whether any additional tables have been released into the system. 

    Even if you don’t manage to get a table right in the coming weeks, don’t give up hope!! Keep checking to see whether another Guest has cancelled a dining reservation that you can snap up. While there isn’t a specific time of day that is better than others in terms of picking up cancelled dining reservations, I’ve found that logging on first thing in the morning is when I have the most luck.

    My best tip, however, would be to check availability 24-48 hours before the day that you’d like to dine in a given Walt Disney World restaurant. That’s when LOTS of dining reservations get cancelled in order to avoid being charged a no-show fee pursuant to each individual restaurant’s cancellation policy. I’ve found from experience that reservations often start popping up a week beforehand, so that’s definitely when I would start checking availability more regularly. 

    Have a Magical Day, and Happy Birthday in advance!  

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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