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ekball
08-10-2006, 01:14 PM
Just curious....

I've read a couple of times about people having long waits, even when they have made ADR's. E.g. - ADR is for 5:30, but people are not seated until 6, 6:15, or later. Does this happen a lot?

Just wondering what to expect.

Thanks for your input! :thumbsup2

PrincessJasmine08
08-10-2006, 01:19 PM
We just got back from a 2 week trip. Here's the breakdown of our waits with ADR's:

5 minutes: Tony's, 50's Primetime, Sci Fi, Brown Derby, Whispering Canyon Cafe, Olivia's, Grand Floridian Cafe

10 minutes: Mitsukoshi, Alfredo's

20 minutes: Cape May Cafe

30 minutes: Kona Cafe, Concourse Steakhouse

45 minutes: San Angel Inn

Hope that helps!

mnasf
08-10-2006, 01:23 PM
[QUOTE=ekball]Just curious....

I've read a couple of times about people having long waits, even when they have made ADR's. E.g. - ADR is for 5:30, but people are not seated until 6, 6:15, or later. Does this happen a lot?

Just wondering what to expect.


We just got back and did the dining plan so we had one sit down a day. I usually booked the first dinner seating at a restaurant so we wouldn't have a wait of more than five minutes with the three kids. So for some 4:00 dinner at Le Cellier is early, but for us it is just easier. Our longest wait was probably at the Crystal Palace, but still not more than 10 minutes. I think it depends upon the restaurant and time of meal.

Frantasmic
08-10-2006, 02:15 PM
During our trip last Thanksgiving, we showed up early for all our ADRs. I think the most we had to wait was about 15 minutes at Le Cellier. The other ADRs where we showed up 5-10 minutes early, we were seated within about 5 minutes.

There were a couple of times when we showed up 30-45 minutes early. In those instances, we did have to wait about 20 minutes to be seated, but still beat our original ADR.

Ohana and LTT were these two. We waited a while, BUT we were significantly early.

Fabooliss
08-10-2006, 02:53 PM
I was just wondering myself.
Does it make a difference when your ADR's are? As in 7pm you have more chance of a long wait? Most of our ADR's are for 5pm to 5:30 pm. I'll make them earlier if I need to... my DS2 needs to be eating by 6pm or we have a very unhappy child!!!

Terk-1
08-10-2006, 02:57 PM
I have not had really long waits lately. Maybe 15-20 minutes, during really busy times, but nothing real long.

ReneeA
08-10-2006, 03:18 PM
LeCellier was the the only restaurant that we had a long wait with last year during free dining. We waited about 45 minutes there. At Crystal Palace, O'Hana, Sci-Fi diner, Yacht Club Galley, and WCC we didn't have more than a 5 - 10 minute wait.

Took
08-10-2006, 03:18 PM
I agree that having the first dinner (or lunch) seating of the day helps us get seated faster. When the crowds are highest (7pm or so), the wait times CAN get lengthy.

took

Tam1067
08-10-2006, 03:19 PM
We were there July 10-18 of this year, and with ADRs every evening for between 5:30 and 6:00, we never waited more than about 10 minutes (maybe 15 at CP). We ate at Crystal Palace, Mama Melrose, Kona, Boma, Restaurant Akershus, Chef Mickey, Whispering Canyon, and 'Ohana. We had no problems at all.

CrzyforPiglet
08-10-2006, 05:54 PM
We've only ever had that happen at LeCellier. Everywhere else we were usually seated within 10 minutes.

caegan
08-10-2006, 07:38 PM
Last August we were always seated within 10 minutes. It helps to arrive on time or preferably a few minutes early. The longest waits for us were at Alfredo's and Tony's.

ekball
08-10-2006, 07:57 PM
Thanks for the responses...they were just what I needed to hear! :thumbsup2 Sounds like we should be OK - I booked as early as I could (earliest ADR being 4:30, latest being 5:50 I believe) because of the kids - no way could we go much later than that. So it sounds like we should be in pretty good shape since our ADR's are pretty early.

Can't wait! :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:

Thanks again.

welovedisney7778
08-10-2006, 11:58 PM
The only place we ever waited more than 5-10 minutes with an ADR was at Chef Mickeys. There were 9 of us, and they probably only have a few tables able to fit that many people but it was January, so we were a little surprised. We waited about 40 minutes.

adrock1976
08-11-2006, 04:10 AM
I was just wondering myself.
Does it make a difference when your ADR's are? As in 7pm you have more chance of a long wait? Most of our ADR's are for 5pm to 5:30 pm. I'll make them earlier if I need to... my DS2 needs to be eating by 6pm or we have a very unhappy child!!!

Yes, almost always...the later the seating, the more the problems can compound. Any problems or late seatings, or overbooking or whatever, tends to increase as the evening goes on. Of course, there are exceptions, but when we have seatings at 5:00pm, as opposed to 7:00pm the wait, if any, is virtually nil.

Kteacher
08-11-2006, 07:07 AM
We make ADRs for every trip, and we've only had to wait over an hr for LTT. We've usually had longer wait times with ADRs at 50's Primetime and LeCellier, but most times it's no longer than 1/2 hour :)

indsun
08-11-2006, 07:15 AM
We had to wait at OHANA's before. With ADR's 30 minutes or so. That's because the people that where done eating would'nt leave till after the fireworks. The hostess even told us when we checked in. So now i try to lpan my ADR's there around the fireworks show. whether before or after does'nt really matter. Just perfer not milling aroundwaiting to be seated.

patsal
08-11-2006, 08:42 AM
In a two week trip taken from July 14-29 we only had a noticeable wait at Le Cellier and that was not really prolonged. I would say Le Cellier was about 10 minutes and Coral Reef was about 5, for the rest we were seated nearly immediately.

apirateslifeforme
08-11-2006, 08:48 AM
My ex and I once had a 2 p.m. ADR for Sci-Fi...when we got there, we were told it would be a 50-minute wait. And it was. Yet they began seating walk-ins that arrived AFTER us!

kidd_freeper
08-11-2006, 10:45 AM
An hour for Chef Mickeys in 2005. Those without ADRs were not getting in at all.

About 45 minutes for Rose and Crown, for seating to see Illuminations during dinner in 2003. Well worth the wait. Again those without ADRs were either not getting in or had a very long wait.

Worst ADR I've had was 50s PT Cafe in 2005. 45 minute wait for a rather early dinner (4:30 pm) for a party of four. There was no reason for the long delay that I could see.

Otherwise ADRs have all been less than 15 minutes.

jenjersnap
08-11-2006, 01:26 PM
Had 30 minute minimum waits at Boma (dinner) and Cape May Cafe (dinner), but pretty sure everything else has been less than 15 minutes.

pepperw23
08-11-2006, 01:42 PM
The only really long wait (about 45 minutes) was Chef Mickey's, when the lady who checked us in forgot about us...No biggie though wasn't worth ruining my trip over. :goodvibes Here are some other wait times:

Crystal Palace- Dinner 5:40 showed up a little early about 10-15 min
Donald's Breakfast- First breakfast of the day (HUGE MISTAKE MADHOUSE) 10-15 Min
Sci-Fi- 15-20 Min (but worth it and they told us at check-in they were running behind)
Whispering Canyon- 2-5 Min

So really if you plan on waiting around 10-15 min after checking in you will be fine. For the most part though it is not that bad waiting.

PatriciaH
08-11-2006, 02:02 PM
The longest wait we have ever had was at Jiko the day after Thanksgiving. We waited about an hour. I would have left but we had a friend with us that really wanted to try it.

bluejasmine
08-11-2006, 02:07 PM
Lets see I waited about 35 min at Ohanas last Aug and then about 10 at Le Cellier, CRT about 15 all the same trip, other than that I didnt have any waits. Trip before that we went Spring Break and the parks were packed we had an Prime Time ADR and waited for over 30 min before giving up and going next door to Hollywood and Vine and were seated immediately but the food was icky..