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Making Reservations

arich35

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Original Poster
I am supposed to make reservations on Friday. Dining reservations usually open up at 6 or 7 AM EST?
Also from recent experience what is the best way to make reservations? Web Browser (which one)? Mobile app? Any best tips to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible would be appreciated.
 

Weather_Lady

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It's 6am EST, although people report often getting "in" a few minutes early, as early as 5:45am (which is the time the Disney website says, although when I last made ADRs in June, they didn't really open things up until 6am on the dot). https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/en_CA/faq/dining-reservations/advance-reservation-restaurants/

I prefer to make ADRs on my desktop (on Firefox, although I don't think the browser makes much difference), but I always have my phone nearby to use as a backup in case of any glitches. I make sure I'm logged into MDE on both the computer and phone a few minutes ahead of time, with my list of desired ADRs, arranged in order of toughest to easiest to get, in front of me, and my search criteria for the first restaurant I want filled in and ready to go. If you're staying onsite and reserving for your length-of-stay, be sure that your hotel/ticket confirmation numbers are linked to MDE and displaying properly.

If you're nervous about it, I highly recommend practicing ahead of time. Simply pretend you want an ADR for 60 days out, and follow all the steps (stopping short of payment/confirmation) so you'll know what to expect.

*Another tip: sometimes, searching for a meal (e.g., "breakfast," "dinner") won't give you any results, whereas searching for a specific time (e.g., "8:00am," "5:30pm") will. I don't know why this is, but when in doubt, search for a specific time rather than a specific meal.

If at the end of the day, there's something you wanted and couldn't get, I recommend touringplans' free reservation finder tool, which will check back and notify you if something opens up (at which point, it's up to you to click through ASAP and try and snag the reservation before someone else does).
 
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CynBeth

Active Member
On my ADR day I had trouble with the website and app on both my iPad and iPhone either the page would not load or got error messages so I had to go on my laptop computer and use Chrome. Then went fine except for the first few ADRs it did not recognize my saved credit card I had to put it in then it showed up for any others after that.
 

TheGuyThatMakesSwords

Well-Known Member
One more time....

If WDW does not want your Dining? OPEN TABLE. Check it out - booking that works, at better Restaurants.

For NOV 2021, we have Edison, Shula's, Il Mulino, and Bull&Bear - with no stinking Website Grief.
 

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