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Old 01-15-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
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Turning up without adr- will anywhere have space?

Hi there
We are going to wdw 4 weeks today for a few days. We haven't made any reservations as I want to less restrictive with plans. We are lucky enough to be going on a Disney cruise for 7 nights from the Saturday so will have set dinner times so I'd rather things were ore fluid. Is there anywhere within the parks you can just show up- perhaps outside peak hours?
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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President's week school vacations will probably be the beginning of that next week, so my best guess is that you will experience moderate crowds the week prior when you'll be attending. For walk-up dining at the parks during that time, I think your best chances will be if:

1. You try non-peak hours (as you mentioned)
2. You try the less popular restaurants (MK-all of the places here seem to be packed, maybe Tony's or The Plaza would be your best bets, AK-Yak and Yeti seems to always have availability when I check, Epcot-Tokyo Dining, Nine Dragons, Marrakesh, perhaps even Biergarten, DHS-I've gotten a walk up at Sci-Fi and at Hollywood and Vine before)
3. You are super nice to the host/hostess (If you are nice, those Disney folks will often make magic for you)
4. Consider the resort restaurants nearby the parks (The Wave at the Contemporary near the MK is great and very easy to get into, I hear great things about Kona at the Poly, Capt's Grill and Big River Grille in the Yacht Club area are a boat ride away from DHS and my in-laws rave about them)

If you are a smart phone user, you may also want to check out the Disney Parks app to make same day ADRs when you are in a park.

I think a no-stress, no-ADR vacation sounds terrific. You may find a new favorite by keeping your plans loose.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:55 PM   #3
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I have gotten in at Rose and Crown and 50s PT without an ADR.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:03 PM   #4
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We were lucky enough to get in Kona Cafe for breakfast last week without a reservation. Also made more than an few changes/new ADR's during our stay, so that was a nice surprise to us.

Good luck!
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:39 PM   #5
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We have had great luck in getting Tokyo Dining, Marrakesh, Kouzzina, Big River, La Hacienda, and Sanaa without reservations.

Have a great time.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:46 PM   #6
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We walked up and got a table for lunch in France during Christmas week. We were seated within 2 minutes. By the time we left they were backed up about 1 1/2 hours without reservations. It was about 12:15 when we went in.

I had all our table service meals planned out and all reservations made. We were going to grab something and sit outside that day for lunch, but it was very cold and windy that day so we decided to sit inside.

On a side note -- this turned out to be lots of fun. Three young men from France were seated next to us (the tables are very close together) and they made suggestions about the menu and talked to us about France. Your least planned things often turn out to be great!!
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:43 PM   #7
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At that time of year you should have good luck at most places.
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