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disneyparami 04-09-2012 09:22 PM

Disney Vacation Planning and Fantasmic Dessert Seating
 
My family and I are staying at the Disneyland Hotel in late May and would like to see do the Fantasmic Dessert Seating. My question is, if I use the Disney Vacation Planning service, do I call them when I'm a month out from our dates? Or can I call them earlier and not have to worry about all the seats being taken if I call too late? Thanks for your help!

coaches24 04-09-2012 09:27 PM

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Originally Posted by disneyparami (Post 44551856)
My family and I are staying at the Disneyland Hotel in late May and would like to see do the Fantasmic Dessert Seating. My question is, if I use the Disney Vacation Planning service, do I call them when I'm a month out from our dates? Or can I call them earlier and not have to worry about all the seats being taken if I call too late? Thanks for your help!

you can call 60 days out so call now.

Rhonna 04-09-2012 09:37 PM

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Originally Posted by coaches24 (Post 44551896)
you can call 60 days out so call now.

Um, not for F! - that's 30 days out.

60 days is all other dining reservations.

(Unless Disney Vacation Planning services handles it differently??? But not to my knowledge.)

Mary Jo 04-09-2012 09:51 PM

I believe you can call Disney Planning ahead of time, and they will make the reservations a month before the date.

I had done that a few times when I used to work for Dreams Unlimited and my clients asked me to make reservations for them.

HydroGuy 04-10-2012 06:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Rhonna (Post 44551980)
Um, not for F! - that's 30 days out.

60 days is all other dining reservations.

(Unless Disney Vacation Planning services handles it differently??? But not to my knowledge.)

Rhonna, you are referring to the time you can make F! reservations. That is not what the OP is talking about. The OP is talking about when you can talk to Vacation Planning Services as a DLR hotel guest and have them make reservations for F! on your behalf.

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Originally Posted by Mary Jo (Post 44552145)
I believe you can call Disney Planning ahead of time, and they will make the reservations a month before the date.

I had done that a few times when I used to work for Dreams Unlimited and my clients asked me to make reservations for them.

MJ is totally correct. Two summers ago we stayed at the GCH and wanted to get F! reservations. However, the 30 day point before our trip we were in Europe and I knew it would be hard to call at 8AM Pacific Time from Europe while we were traveling - I did not even know where exactly we would be or if we would have phone service or be touring something important that day.

So before we left the country I contacted the Disney Vacation Planning services and had them make the F! reservations for me. Not sure how far in advance it was but at least 6 weeks and maybe 8 weeks before we were at DLR.

Just to be clear. The VP services do not make the reservation for you before the nominal 30 day (one month) mark. They put it in their system that you want them to make the reservation for you and then when the day comes, right at 8AM, they make it for you.

Then when we arrived at the GCH they had our F! tickets at the hotel front desk when we checked in.

:wizard:

nunzia 04-10-2012 07:11 AM

Vacation planning has told me twice that they would need me to call back at 30 days to make sure this was done. I had called at 60 for character breakfast and was told to call back at 30..they said they COULD take the info but I better call back to make sure. The last time I called, I found them very vague..like they didn't really know what they were doing (I was wondering if this had been farmed out to home reservationists or something) the whole conversation seemed just weird, and then when I went to pick up the F! tickets they were for the day I had made the reservations..so...in Disney's eyes I was a month LATE for the show...They fixed it, but was a little time consuming and also stressful. Still, I'll probably use them again so I can pick up the tickets at the hotel and not have to go to wherever you pick them up if you call yourself.

HydroGuy 04-10-2012 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by nunzia (Post 44553822)
Vacation planning has told me twice that they would need me to call back at 30 days to make sure this was done. I had called at 60 for character breakfast and was told to call back at 30..they said they COULD take the info but I better call back to make sure. The last time I called, I found them very vague..like they didn't really know what they were doing (I was wondering if this had been farmed out to home reservationists or something) the whole conversation seemed just weird, and then when I went to pick up the F! tickets they were for the day I had made the reservations..so...in Disney's eyes I was a month LATE for the show...They fixed it, but was a little time consuming and also stressful. Still, I'll probably use them again so I can pick up the tickets at the hotel and not have to go to wherever you pick them up if you call yourself.

I only used Vacation Planning that once so am far from an expert. Nunzia's experience would make me cautious next time I tried.

:wizard:

blackjackdelta 04-10-2012 09:48 AM

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Originally Posted by HydroGuy (Post 44553646)
Rhonna, you are referring to the time you can make F! reservations. That is not what the OP is talking about. The OP is talking about when you can talk to Vacation Planning Services as a DLR hotel guest and have them make reservations for F! on your behalf.


MJ is totally correct. Two summers ago we stayed at the GCH and wanted to get F! reservations. However, the 30 day point before our trip we were in Europe and I knew it would be hard to call at 8AM Pacific Time from Europe while we were traveling - I did not even know where exactly we would be or if we would have phone service or be touring something important that day.

So before we left the country I contacted the Disney Vacation Planning services and had them make the F! reservations for me. Not sure how far in advance it was but at least 6 weeks and maybe 8 weeks before we were at DLR.

Just to be clear. The VP services do not make the reservation for you before the nominal 30 day (one month) mark. They put it in their system that you want them to make the reservation for you and then when the day comes, right at 8AM, they make it for you.

Then when we arrived at the GCH they had our F! tickets at the hotel front desk when we checked in.

:wizard:


What I have experienced is what Hydroguy has stated, if we are not in the window they made the reservations for us when the time came and since we were staying on site, the tickets were waiting for us at the hotel when we checked in. Going to use them again this year as soon as someone around here makes up her mind.

Jack

disneyparami 04-10-2012 10:08 AM

I called the planning service and was told to call back at the 30 day mark because she couldn't see which days F! Would be showing from May 29 to June 2 when we are there. Looking at the previous weeks on the schedule, it looks like F! Will be on Friday June 1. I think I might try calling back next week to see if I get someone else that will help me. Thanks for all the advice everyone!

blackjackdelta 04-10-2012 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by disneyparami (Post 44555462)
I called the planning service and was told to call back at the 30 day mark because she couldn't see which days F! Would be showing from May 29 to June 2 when we are there. Looking at the previous weeks on the schedule, it looks like F! Will be on Friday June 1. I think I might try calling back next week to see if I get someone else that will help me. Thanks for all the advice everyone!

Ask to speak to Lauren Flicker, she has been very helpful to us over the last few years.

Jack

Rhonna 04-10-2012 02:47 PM

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Originally Posted by HydroGuy (Post 44553646)
Rhonna, you are referring to the time you can make F! reservations. That is not what the OP is talking about. The OP is talking about when you can talk to Vacation Planning Services as a DLR hotel guest and have them make reservations for F! on your behalf.

Whoops, your right. I need to stop posting until they get my bifocals back to me (seriously, we leave on our trip soon). Geez. Sorry OP.

Ets80 08-05-2012 07:11 AM

I think we called every week. lol until we got an answer. I am just curious, What did you decide to do?


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