This is huge, so if you’re making your advanced dining reservations anytime soon, please be aware of this. You probably know that anyone can make his advanced dining reservations 180 days from the date he wants to dine. If you’re a resort guest, you can make your reservations at 180 days to the date of your resort check-in plus10 days. This extra ten days gives resort guests a bit of edge when making ADRs and is a huge perk of staying on-site. I’m going to Disney on December 4th which means that tomorrow, June 7th, is the date and I can make my reservations for my entire stay, which is eight days on Disney property. I was getting a bit nervous about availability so I decided to go on Disboards and check out the latest news.
It turns out that people have been making their ADRs 190 days out rather than 180 and have been doing this since at least May 28th. No one knows if this is a glitch in the system or some change Disney is implementing. This is only for resort guests and it’s only for that one day, so it’s not 190 + 10, just a simple 190 days out. The only drawback is that you have to call each day to get your ADRs. Of course, the other drawback is that most people don’t know it’s going on, which is creating some frustration among Disney fans.
I was able to make all my ADRs (and yes, I felt a twinge of Catholic guilt getting in early) except Cinderella’s Royal Table and Fantasmic, neither of which would come up, which makes me think this is intentional. There wasn’t any availability the entire week for Le Cellier dinner, although I could get a lunch seating every day. Earlier dinner seatings for Boma were full every night but I could get in at around 6:45. Chef Mickey’s was available for breakfast every day of my stay. I got into California Grill and 1900 Park Fare easily as well. This makes me wonder if Disney isn’t holding back bookings at their most popular restaurants until the 180 mark. I’ll be up bright and early tomorrow morning to find out and I’ll update then.
Here’s theDisboards thread if you want to read more.