View Full Version : Possibly odd question about ADRs

10-03-2009, 08:06 AM
Hi there, making ADRs for our trip in November (I know I'm late, but we just suddenly decided to go).

Here's my question. We're a family of 5, which I think often impacts our ability to get a reservation (not just at WDW). Does anyone know what would happen if I made a reservation for a party of 4, but then showed up with a party of 5, AS LONG AS WE'RE WILLING TO FIT AT THE SMALLER TABLE??? Our twins are still small and easily fit side-by-side at a table for 4.

If this improved my ability to make reservations (there are way more tables for 4 than there are large tables), would the restaurants be really annoyed when we showed up with 5, or would they accommodate us as long I smiled sweetly and said that we're happy to sit at the cozier table? (And honestly, often with a party of 5, we end up at a big round table that could easily seat 8, and we're so spread out that it's hard to have a conversation or cut food for the little ones. We often prefer the smaller table.)

10-03-2009, 08:53 AM
To be honest I would say no it probably wouldn't work. I wouldn't want to chance it. It may help to say a party of 6. Even though the children are little it can be against fire regulations (# of people in a place) not to mention I have heard that people are usually turned away or at the very least have to wait additional time (like hours) to wait for a table. I guess if you didn't mind waiting that long, that is if they even let you do it. Especially since you are going during FD, I say that cuts down on your chances as well.
Another thing that may help you is the Nov cancel thread. I see alot of cancelations for families of 5, maybe that would help you.
Good luck, hopefully others will have advice as well. Enjoy your trip! :)

10-03-2009, 08:55 AM
Nope.Won't work. In fact they may make you wait longer for a table or they may not be able to fit you in..If need be book for MORE people than you have ..like 6 .It is better to show up with less people than more.This does not work though for any places that require a credit card deposit though

10-03-2009, 09:00 AM
Thanks. That's kind of what I was thinking. It's just too bad to end up at such a giant table when we really don't need (or want) it.

I'll check out the Cancel thread. Being new, I didn't even know there was such a thing! Cool.

10-03-2009, 09:01 AM
You would probably be causing yourself some grief in the long run. It may work. May not. Depends on the timing and luck.