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ADR’s – the whole truth and nothing but …

It’s time some one around here told the whole truth and nothing but the truth when it comes to ADR’s. Are you ready? Why don’t we do this in a little question and answer session.

Hey Dad, what are ADR’s and can you eat them?
Let me see the first is easy, ADR’s is what Disney calls their dining reservations. Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR). I guess they throw the Advanced in there because you can make them in advance. (Mmm, Dad, you’re telling us the patently obvious again.) Sorry. Can you eat them ….????

What’s your next question?

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn is not a place you need an ADR.

You won’t need an ADR here – Photo by Samantha Decker

Yesterday, you mentioned something about 180 days? What’s up with that?
ADR’s can be made 180 days prior to your arrival.  That’s a really big thing and it’s really important because some of the more popular restaurants will sell out early on the 180th morning.

Do I really need them?
Yes, no, maybe. Like that answer?

  • Yes – if you are visiting Walt Disney World during a busy period and you want to eat at a popular Table Service restaurant (which is just about all of them), you will probably need an ADR. During holiday periods and the summer you almost have to have an ADR to dine at most of the Walt Disney World Restaurants.
  • No – if you aren’t planning to eat at a Table Service restaurant then no, you won’t need one. (Disney did test some ADR’s for a couple of Quick Service Restaurants during the holidays last year.) If you are visiting during February, you might not need one (I’d still make one for the busiest restaurants like Le Cellier and ‘Ohana.) Who knows, you might just get lucky. I know people that have walked up to Cinderella’s Royal Table on Christmas Eve and walked right in. I wouldn’t count on that.
  • Maybe – if you are visiting during moderately busy times and don’t want to get tied down to a schedule and are willing to eat at any Table Service Restaurant, then maybe you don’t need ADR’s. Good luck with that.

How do we get one?
There are 3 ways you can get ADR’s. First, call Disney at 1-407-WDW-DINE, 180 days or less from your arrival date. Second go online to Disney’s Dining page and make them there. The best way is to make your hotel reservation through Destinations to Travel and let them do it for you. Let them be the ones on the computer at 6am Eastern time. They live for that.

What’s the credit card thing?
Earlier this year, Disney instituted a new policy for ADR’s. When you make an ADR, you will have to leave a credit card number (some restaurants require you to prepay). If you don’t show up or cancel your reservation, you card will be charged a $10 no-show fee. This is due to lots of people making multiple ADR’s and not showing up. It’s sad that we have to enforce common courtesy.

Do I have to have a hotel reservation to make ADR’s?
A long time ago, if you were staying in a Disney Hotel, you got to make ADR’s 90 days before anyone else. It was a great perk for Disney Hotel guests. Now that advantage is gone. Anyone can make an ADR at the 180 day mark.

Dad’s Walt Disney World Restaurants page

If you have an other questions about ADR’s ask them below in the comments section.

Tomorrow we’ll talk a bit about the Disney Dining Plan. See ya then.

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  1. Do the numbers in the advanced dining reservation confirmation codes have any significance or are they random? Love your blog. Thank you.

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