"What is the difference between those who can book ADRs at 180 days out, and those who I have read about that have a 10 jump or 190 days out? Who is eligible for what?"
Sci Fi Dine In is one of the coolest restaurants at WDW - Photo by Judd Helms
Lee, this is really timely because I just did this a few weeks ago. Now, what happens is if you stay in a Disney hotel, when you go to book at 180 days, and you do have to wait until 180 days before your trip, so at your 180-day mark you can book that day and 10 more days if you're staying in a Disney hotel. That where the 190 comes from. It's the day you arrive plus 10 more. You can get 190 days to book ADRs. It is a really cool thing.
When I did it, jumped up at 5:30 in the morning Oklahoma time, 6 o'clock in the morning, pushed the button on my Disney experience, boom! All the ADRs were there and available for our whole trip up to 10 days; our trip was only seven days. Our whole trip was available. At 5:45 there wasn't anything available. Six o'clock boom! Time came, refresh, boom! They're all available. That's what it is.
Dad's Bottom Line
The bottom line is if you're staying in a Disney resort or a Disney hotel, I'd recommend that. You can book at 180 days plus 10 days, not at 190 days. You don't get a head start. You have to wait until that 180 days, but you do get the extra 10 days.