Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On May 28, 2009
    Holly from MA 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.

    Since we are going from a Wednesday to Wednesday, will we have a harder time making ADRs? It seems that most people go from Sat to Sat. I'm starting to think all the ADRs will be filled for our first few days there. What do you think?

    Hi Holly!

    My family travels on all kinds of wacky departure and arrival dates.  I've found that the key to securing the reservations you are most interested in is to call exactly at the 90 day mark for your reservation.  If you are staying at a Disney property, you will be able to make reservations that day for your entire visit.  To make the reservation call go smoothly, I recommend writing out a list of what restaurants you want and a time frame you'd be happy with (i.e., you want to go to Crystal Palace on Tuesday for dinner between 5 and 6:30).  In addition, I'd have a couple of alternate choices available as well.  I've found that even if I can't get my choice for my "original" day and/or time request, the cast member helping me has been able to find anther great choice, and then schedule the "original" choice for another day on the vacation.

    At certain times of the year (peak season, free dining promotions) calling at the 90 day mark becomes super important if your heart is set on certain restaurants.  I know it sounds like a lot of planning, but it helps for ensuring a fabulous vacation in the end!

    Have a great trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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