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seobaina
04-17-2010, 04:48 PM
Due to the volcanic ash cloud we've had our flights for tomorrow cancelled. I'd been planning a magical trip for two friends (who've never been) for months. It's also my birthday and one of my friends. Although we have *touch wood* rebooked our flights for next saturday we've lost five great and special ADRs and I'm gutted. I know it's only meals but I'd put so much work into planning them. We've lost:

CRT
Chef Mickeys (which was my birthday treat)
Akershus
Tusker House (Andy's birthday treat cause he loves daisy)
Fantasmic! Dinner Package - it's the one show we didn't want to miss.


We can't rebook ANY of them for ANY time we're out there (now 24th April to 3rd May) :sad2: I'm so sad. Can anyone suggest anything? Alternatives? Can't seem to get any character meals at all...tried 1900 Park Fayre, Ohanas, etc already. Is it worth trying again nearer the time? Any tips?

Thanks

Pooh&OurHunny
04-17-2010, 04:55 PM
Sorry for missing a few dinning and hope you will be able to travel next week. My advise is to keep on checking the on-line daily, I just cancelled my May trip to Disney and cancelled great places to eat. Alot of people cancel or change ADR. We were able to get in Chef Mickey as walk up in May, we went as they were about to open and asked how long the wait for no ADR and they said they can sit us in 5 mins. We called for Tusker House the day we arrived and they were able to get an ADR for breakfast our 3rd day there. I would keep on trying.
Good Luck and have a magical vacation.

rlovew
04-17-2010, 04:58 PM
Keep trying- I suspect you may be able to get something in what you want especailly if you are willing to dine at off times.

A great character meal that has openings at times is Cape May Cafe breakfast at the Beach Club. The Garden Grill is another less popular character meal.

Most restaurants with better food are not character meals- we love Marakesh, Chefs De France,

Keeping trying on the onine system- try requesting off times, just as dinner opens, middle to late breakfasts, late dinners.

If nothing else find a few dinners/breakfasts without characters to enjoy.

If you are going to be there over a weekend you can also try for the Pluto/Goofy meal at the Swan.

seobaina
04-17-2010, 05:01 PM
Sorry for missing a few dinning and hope you will be able to travel next week. My advise is to keep on checking the on-line daily, I just cancelled my May trip to Disney and cancelled great places to eat. Alot of people cancel or change ADR. We were able to get in Chef Mickey as walk up in May, we went as they were about to open and asked how long the wait for no ADR and they said they can sit us in 5 mins. We called for Tusker House the day we arrived and they were able to get an ADR for breakfast our 3rd day there. I would keep on trying.
Good Luck and have a magical vacation.

Thanks, that gives me some home although sorry to hear you had to cancel.


Keep trying- I suspect you may be able to get something in what you want especailly if you are willing to dine at off times.
A great character meal that has openings at times is Cape May Cafe breakfast at the Beach Club. The Garden Grill is another less popular character meal.
Most restaurants with better food are not character meals- we love Marakesh, Chefs De France,
Keeping trying on the onine system- try requesting off times, just as dinner opens, middle to late breakfasts, late dinners.
If nothing else find a few dinners/breakfasts without characters to enjoy.
If you are going to be there over a weekend you can also try for the Pluto/Goofy meal at the Swan.

Thank you for the info and advice. What's the meal at the swan?

DEA
04-17-2010, 05:14 PM
I am so sorry you lost some great ADRs. One thing I saw in another thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2445805) was a Fantasmic LUNCH package that was available. Maybe that might be available even though dinner isn't?

If you happen to be staying Concierge Level at one of the Disney resort, there seems to be some magic they can pull behind the scenes to get hard-to-book reservations. I think for CRT, you might also stop by the desk there at some point, plead your case, and see if they can find something. Our first trip with our older daughter, we missed our CRT dinner reservation, thinking it was for the next night. They were able to squeeze us in when we thought we had a reservation. It won't hurt to ask.

seobaina
04-17-2010, 05:18 PM
I am so sorry you lost some great ADRs. One thing I saw in another thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2445805) was a Fantasmic LUNCH package that was available. Maybe that might be available even though dinner isn't?

If you happen to be staying Concierge Level at one of the Disney resort, there seems to be some magic they can pull behind the scenes to get hard-to-book reservations. I think for CRT, you might also stop by the desk there at some point, plead your case, and see if they can find something. Our first trip with our older daughter, we missed our CRT dinner reservation, thinking it was for the next night. They were able to squeeze us in when we thought we had a reservation. It won't hurt to ask.

Thank you. I think I'm gonna have to try some walk ups and begging when we get there *fingers crossed on that cloud going*. Apparently there is nothing for fantasmic available at all but again I think I'll try when we arrive, just in case. Thank you.

Disneymad
04-17-2010, 05:43 PM
Thank you for the info and advice. What's the meal at the swan?

The character meal at the Swan is at the Garden Grove. (http://www.swandolphinrestaurants.com/gardengrove/index.html)

Fairly sure at least some of those don't accept ADR's too, only walk ins - the breakfast I think.

Good luck! The important thing is that you're still going to Disney :)

seobaina
04-17-2010, 05:52 PM
The character meal at the Swan is at the Garden Grove. (http://www.swandolphinrestaurants.com/gardengrove/index.html)

Fairly sure at least some of those don't accept ADR's too, only walk ins - the breakfast I think.

Good luck! The important thing is that you're still going to Disney :)

Thank you and yep it is :)...although must admit I'm holding reservation on getting hopes up until things start moving or the volcano stops errupting. FIngers crossed.

mlittig
04-17-2010, 11:43 PM
So sorry you had to change your plans :( I am in Massachusetts and the news has been saying that a lot of people cannot make it for the Boston Marathon because of the Iceland volcano :eek: Hope things come together for you :tink:

cdepauli
04-18-2010, 12:21 AM
You absolutely to not need a dinner package to see Fantasmic. I've seen the show a number of times, and have never ever gotten the package, so I wouldn't even worry about that.

I would definitely keep trying for the ADR's you want and follow the suggestions of the previous posters.

Good luck! And you have my sympathy.

seobaina
04-18-2010, 05:39 AM
So sorry you had to change your plans :( I am in Massachusetts and the news has been saying that a lot of people cannot make it for the Boston Marathon because of the Iceland volcano :eek: Hope things come together for you :tink:

You absolutely to not need a dinner package to see Fantasmic. I've seen the show a number of times, and have never ever gotten the package, so I wouldn't even worry about that.

I would definitely keep trying for the ADR's you want and follow the suggestions of the previous posters.

Good luck! And you have my sympathy.


Thanks guys, I appreciate the support :hug: Hope things clear up so that people can get to the Marathon too. It's just such a crazy nightmare at the moment cause no one knows what's gonna happen. Def not something I planned for!

Swimalie
04-18-2010, 05:44 AM
No real advice since I just did my first trip with dining reservations but best of luck with the cloud. I hope it clears and you can fly soon. A friend of mine's mom was supposed to visit him in the US (they are from England) and she's had to delay the trip.

seobaina
04-18-2010, 06:17 AM
No real advice since I just did my first trip with dining reservations but best of luck with the cloud. I hope it clears and you can fly soon. A friend of mine's mom was supposed to visit him in the US (they are from England) and she's had to delay the trip.

Thank you :)

meljw1960
04-18-2010, 10:47 AM
Thank you. I think I'm gonna have to try some walk ups and begging when we get there *fingers crossed on that cloud going*. Apparently there is nothing for fantasmic available at all but again I think I'll try when we arrive, just in case. Thank you.

you can still see fantasmic, you just won't have priority seating. check the times it will be showing while you're there and make a point of being there. I have seen fantasmic 4 times and only one time we had priority seating. it's nice to have, but not necessary. I hope that eases the pain a bit.

keeping fingers crossed that you are still able to get there ok. :-)

Little Lulu
04-18-2010, 11:27 AM
I sent you a PM.

Hope thinks work out for you!:hug:

Planogirl
04-18-2010, 11:40 AM
Maybe this will be a chance for you to discover some nice places that you never thought about before? Just trying to look on the bright side but I know that it's hard.

I agree that it's wise to keep trying. Also, in the meantime maybe make some ADR's for lesser known places particularly if they're in the resorts. You could also try for walkups but of course there's no guarantee there.

seobaina
04-18-2010, 11:58 AM
you can still see fantasmic, you just won't have priority seating. check the times it will be showing while you're there and make a point of being there. I have seen fantasmic 4 times and only one time we had priority seating. it's nice to have, but not necessary. I hope that eases the pain a bit.

keeping fingers crossed that you are still able to get there ok. :-)

Thank you. Fantasmic is my favourite show so I'm desperate for the others to see it, as I KNOW they'll love it. I've booked a late lunch at 50s Prime Time for 27th at the moment. I figure we can eat early and make sure we are in a place to join the throng queing early. Assuming we fly, we do have the advantage of having 9 full days there so we should have a second chance to see it *touch wood - being overly suspiscious at the mo until we're at least in Orlando*

I sent you a PM.

Hope thinks work out for you!:hug:

Thank you, thank you, thank you :hug: I have pm'd back!

Maybe this will be a chance for you to discover some nice places that you never thought about before? Just trying to look on the bright side but I know that it's hard.
I agree that it's wise to keep trying. Also, in the meantime maybe make some ADR's for lesser known places particularly if they're in the resorts. You could also try for walkups but of course there's no guarantee there.

Yep, trying to get my head around it and think positively! I've just managed to book a late breakfast/early lunch at 1900 park fair. I've had dinner there before but never this. I think the others will like this one so fingers crossed. My biggest disappointments were the fact that we lost the castle (i know not the best meal but...the castle) and Chef Mickeys. Meeting Mickey is a must for our trip and I love CM. Also tusker house was booked because Daisy is a HUGE fave with one of my friends, Andy. Guess we'll have to track her down in the park somewhere.:confused3

I have to say that one thing that has helped a LOT is all the kindness and understanding that disers have been showing. You guys are, as always, the absolute best and I'm so grateful! :hug:

x

robinb
04-18-2010, 11:59 AM
I'm sorry you can't make it on your original dates!

I would recommend that you check the April and May ADR cancellation threads:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2318895
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2321369

I hope that you have canceled the ADRs you can't use so someone else can pick them up :).

ajjollie23
04-18-2010, 12:01 PM
Thanks guys, I appreciate the support :hug: Hope things clear up so that people can get to the Marathon too. It's just such a crazy nightmare at the moment cause no one knows what's gonna happen. Def not something I planned for!

So sorry to hear that, it would make me crazy b/c i am not going until Oct and have already started counting down.
My friend is currently in England with her fiancee and they are stuck too. They are getting married next Sun and are freaking out because they can't get back here to finish all the last minute stuff. Hopefully flights will be out soon.

I agree with the others, keep trying the online, go during off times, and say that your party can split up if it is big (I have said that numerous times and thus far have never had to actually split, if anything we were at two tables right next to one another)
Also, when you get to the resort go to the CS for dining ressies...we did that two yrs ago and had someone who was awesome. He was able to work serious magic getting us really tough ressies at Le Cellier, chef mickeys and the like with only a day or two notice.. He was really great, sometimes you get lucky and get someone who really knows the system.

Good Luck, don't stress too much you are going to the happiest place on earth, that is all that matters !!!pixiedust:

ajjollie23
04-18-2010, 12:06 PM
I love fantasmic too !! I wouldn't worry, just get there early and you should be able to get good seats, no need for the dining reservation to get it. We never did the package and always got good seats for fantasmic.

seobaina
04-18-2010, 12:10 PM
I'm sorry you can't make it on your original dates!

I would recommend that you check the April and May ADR cancellation threads:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2318895
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2321369

I hope that you have canceled the ADRs you can't use so someone else can pick them up :).

Thank you, I've subbed to both!

So sorry to hear that, it would make me crazy b/c i am not going until Oct and have already started counting down.
My friend is currently in England with her fiancee and they are stuck too. They are getting married next Sun and are freaking out because they can't get back here to finish all the last minute stuff. Hopefully flights will be out soon.
I agree with the others, keep trying the online, go during off times, and say that your party can split up if it is big (I have said that numerous times and thus far have never had to actually split, if anything we were at two tables right next to one another)
Also, when you get to the resort go to the CS for dining ressies...we did that two yrs ago and had someone who was awesome. He was able to work serious magic getting us really tough ressies at Le Cellier, chef mickeys and the like with only a day or two notice.. He was really great, sometimes you get lucky and get someone who really knows the system.
Good Luck, don't stress too much you are going to the happiest place on earth, that is all that matters !!!pixiedust:

Thank you. Yep, think I'll try when I get there if we don't get lucky this week. I'm so grateful for all the kind thoughts and I REALLY hope your friends get home. I read elsewhere some brits who were getting married in florida this week and have had to cancel cause they couldn't get out. This situation is so sucky and we can't be mad at anyone cause it's 'just one of those things'. Hoping so hard it clears by mid week so we can all get to WDW or get home.

seobaina
04-18-2010, 12:11 PM
I love fantasmic too !! I wouldn't worry, just get there early and you should be able to get good seats, no need for the dining reservation to get it. We never did the package and always got good seats for fantasmic.

Thanks :thumbsup2 I was getting worried cause of the limited shows and talk of huge crowds, so that's reassuring!

wildeflowers
04-18-2010, 01:49 PM
Keep trying, but call instead of using the web res page! We planned our trip last week very last minute and was able to get almost all the ADR's we really wanted. They often get cancellations the day before and day of, so call in the am on the days you want to go.

Everything will be fine and I hope this stupid volcano situation gets cleared up soon for everyone. We had some friends we met last week that are still stuck at Disney. Boo hoo for them, right?! LOL

seobaina
04-18-2010, 02:08 PM
Everything will be fine and I hope this stupid volcano situation gets cleared up soon for everyone. We had some friends we met last week that are still stuck at Disney. Boo hoo for them, right?! LOL

:) The guy at Disney said that to me when I changed the accomodation. He said we could get out there and get stuck. I said I'd be more than happy with that :rotfl: Only thing I'd have to rush back to the UK for are my cats and I know my father would keep them safe.