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#1 User is offline   squishybear 

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 11:40 AM

Hey everyone,

I had a question in general.
I'm gonna be working at Disney this summer and my parents are coming to visit. I want to make ADR for them for the 4 of us, but I'm not sure I can go with them.

Is it possible to make a reservation for 4 people and just have 3 show up at the restaurant? I saw the previous post where someone couldn't lower the number from 3 to 2. Is that the case with all ADR or just the pre-pay ones?

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 11:44 AM

I would assume just the pre-paid ones

I know I have been there and showed up with one or 2 less people and its never been a problem

I would say that if you know for certain ahead of time, even earlier in the day, it may be a benefit to call the place and give them a heads up. But its not that big of deal for you since it goes from 4 to 3, I doubt that would effect the table you are at. If you went from 6 to 4, that would have more of an impact
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 02:44 PM

Yes, you can make a non prepaid ADR for 4 and just have 2 or 3 show up. In fact, sometimes you have better long getting an ADR time for 4 than for 3.
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 09:32 PM

I've done it plenty of times, don't worry about it one bit.
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Posted 16 April 2009 - 12:54 AM

My case is only because it is prepaid. The table I had will not allow them to book two so if I cancel I am out the reservation. Basicallyt he cast member said...

"I cant really make any suggestions, but if your third person was sick that day I dont think they would give you too much trouble."

So worst case... my third member will be throwing up at the hotel. I have a room key with their name on it already. 8)
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Posted 16 April 2009 - 09:02 AM

I've done this before as well. In reality Disney's ADR system is flawed. You can ask for an ADR for two and the Cast Member might tell you there is no seating available. You can then ask for a table for 4 and then a table is available. So 2 people show up for a table for 4. I've had to do this a few times in order to get a table.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 07:50 AM

Don't worry about one person showing up and don't call to give them a heads up about it, they may tell you there is nothing available for a party that size then. Don't worry, they won't be turned away.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:46 AM

I'm excited. Only 2 more days and then my 90 days window opens up.
Right now the schedule is:
Wednesday: Crystal Palace (lunch)
Thursday: Boma or Sanaa (not sure which yet)
Friday: Le Cellier
Saturday: 50's prime time
Sunday: Beaches and Cream
Monday:
Tues:
Wednesday:

As you can see, those last few days are still blank.
Anyone have any good recommendations? It's for my family, and we like nice food and especially atmosphere but don't want to pay a lot.


One last question, is the 90 day window for your vacation in general or for every day. So if I want reservations for the last day of my trip, do I wait until 90 before that specific day or just 90 days until my arrival?

Thanks for all the help!!
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 12:18 PM

90 + 10, meaning you cn make reservations 90 days out from your arrival date, plus the next ten days. So you shoudl be able to get ADRs for your entire trip in one call.

Good luck!
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 08:26 PM

A few things I have run into:

Pre-paid ADR's we had a person not able to make it due to sickness. We paid for the meal, and they gave us a Disney giftcard to make up for the amount of the meal. It worked out fine.

For the regular ADR's, if your numbers are less than what you expected be sure to check the bill to make sure you are charged for what actually showed up and not what was on the reservation. This has happened to us a few times. It's no biggie, it just saves a little hassle.

As far as suggestions for Mon Tues & Wed, for me it always depends where I'll be, but here are some of my family faves: Tusker House (lunch...same as dinner, just cheaper, Chef Mickey (late breakfast 10:30ish and you can hit lunch too), Teppan Edo & Ohanna (dinner). Enjoy!

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 05:44 AM

I also like Kona Cafe, Marrakesh, and Brown Derby. Matt hates Sci-Fi, but I think the atmosphere overcomes the food's shortcomings. Matt also hates T-Rex, but theming there is unique, at least...just take earplugs.

CA Grill is a favorite, but it probably goes in the "pay a lot" category.
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