If you’re a Disney fan or visit Disney World often then you probably don’t really need to know this. To be honest I learnt all of this from my first trip without adult’s (I was the adult). If you are planning your first trip or just want to know for the plan hell of it then continue reading, and maybe take notes? So, lets get started!
What is an ADR? ADR stands for Advanced Dining Reservation and at this point you’re probably thinking, ‘well I know how to reserve a table’ but the question is do you know how to book a table at Disney World?
ADR’s are only required for table service, character dining and buffet dining, if its breakfast, lunch or diner. They are NOT require for quick service.
ADR’s are not actually ‘true’ to the reservation times that you select. Yes, you guarantee that you will be seated but it will be at the first table available after you check in at the host point. This can be anything from a couple of minutes up to half an hour, its very rare that it goes past the half hour mark though so don’t worry too much. Disney advise that you arrive about 15 minutes before your reservation time. Don’t try and turn up half an hour before your reservation time to get in dead on your reservation time because it just won’t work.
You don’t always need an ADR but it is highly advised as places get full very quickly and you risk being turned away.
When can you book ADR’s? If you are staying on site you can book all of your ADR’s 180 days in advance of your arrival. SO if you are staying for 14 days you can book all 14 table service reservations 180 days before you arrive. If you are staying off property you can also book 180 days in advance but you will have to do each day at a time.
My advice is to take full advantage of the 180 period because the slots disappear fast! I normally go on the website and have a look at whats about and scroll through the menu’s, then I decided where we will eat and on which day so I know on the 180 days in advance I can get them all done and 99.9% of the time I get everything I want.
Dining ADRs can be made from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m seven days a week
There is no limit on how many reservations you make for one day, well I guess there is because you can only fit a certain amount in a day. You cannot over lap reservations though. Disney allocate you a time slot in which you can’t make another reservation.
I would advise that you do make a plan because it can be annoying when people book 3 reservations for one day and only end up using 1. It stops other people from booking those reservations and it could be a must do on their trip.
How do I book an ADR? You can make reservations by calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or alternatively you can do it the more fun way, the way I do it and that is through the My Disney Experience App. It’s completely free, all you have to do is download the app and make a free account.
Once you have linked your ticked you can go to the reservations section and follow it day by day! This app if fantastic for any Disney Trip I will probably do a post just about My Disney Experience because there is loads to do on it.
You can alter your reservations as much as you like up until the night before assuming that the changes you want to make are still available.
Does this cost any extra? It doesn’t cost anything extra it is all included in your ticket but if you do not turn up for a reservation they will charge you. I think it is $20 a head, I may be wrong on that but I’m pretty sure that is what the cost was.
Oh one last thing! If you don’t get a reservation you wanted do keep checking because someone may cancel one. The best time to look if you didn’t get one on the 180 day mark is the night before you want to go because so many people book 2 or 3 and then cancel the ones they don’t want last minute. So thats a good little tip!
Thanks for reading guys! Feel free to add anything extra that you can think of in the comments below.