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Old 10-05-2012, 03:19 PM   #1
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ADR for 1?

Okay.... so here's the deal.... I got mislead by my family about going on vacation for my birthday. We were going to Vegas, but then less than two months out they decided to bail. So I decided if I was going on vacation alone for my birthday, I was going to Disney!

Now here's where I have run into lots of problems.... ADR for 1. It seems like quite a few of the nicer places it is very hard to get reservations for one person. I've checked some places out for 1 person, but then checked for 2-4 people. If you're looking for more people, it is much easier to find a reservation. What should I do? Just show up with ADR and hope for the best? Lie about the number of people in my party so I can at least get ADR? I'm at a loss. It's bad enough I'm spending my birthday trip alone, but it seems even worse that I could feasibly have to eat at counter service the whole time just because I'm a solo traveler.

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Old 10-05-2012, 03:41 PM   #2
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I'm a frequent solo traveler and run into this problem, too. Just make a reservation for 2. I'm doing this for California Grill next week. As long as you honor the reservation, you won't be charged extra (in cases where you need a credit card to reserve). When is your trip?
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:51 PM   #3
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I'm a frequent solo traveler and run into this problem, too. Just make a reservation for 2. I'm doing this for California Grill next week. As long as you honor the reservation, you won't be charged extra (in cases where you need a credit card to reserve). When is your trip?
October 24th - 30th. Thanks! I was worried about making reservations like that.... especially at 'Ohana, where there for a while I could only find tables for 4. But in that case, it looks like I lucked out! I just found a Friday reservation at 5:05 p.m. for 2!
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:12 PM   #4
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:59 AM   #5
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Book for 2. . .in all cases. If there is a cc deposit required, as long as you show up, its no big deal. Have a blast.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:15 AM   #6
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Book for 2. . .in all cases. If there is a cc deposit required, as long as you show up, its no big deal. Have a blast.
I thought I read that if your entire booked party doesn't show up they'll charge you.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:23 AM   #7
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I usually try to make my ADRs for 1, and then if I can't find any, I search for 2. I have mixed results, but I prefer to get them for 1 when I can.

As long as at least 1 person shows up for the reservation, there's no cancellation charge. I personally verified this back in August.
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As long as at least 1 person shows up for the reservation, there's no cancellation charge. I personally verified this back in August.
Good to know! I don't plan on making any ADR's for myself but who knows, this may change before March!
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:42 PM   #9
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I went solo last November and made many ADR's. I booked most of them for one, but I did have a couple for two. I figure even as a solo diner, I would be sitting at a table for two anyway. They don't have tables for one.

I was only questioned at the 50's Primetime Cafe in HS. The lady looked at me and rather rudly asked me where the other member of my party was - I got nervous and just lied and said my husband was back at the resort not feeling well. She said, oh, ok and that was that
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:58 PM   #10
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ADR for One

I'm going in Dec and had to book all of my ADR's for two. You are right in that there are no tables for one, and I couldn't get a confirmation number for just one person only for two.
It is too bad if you have to lie at the podium to avoid a "scene". I thought of saying my partner was sick too. I might just say that I couldn't get a table for one person and I am entitled to eat at Disney too. I have the DDP and there is no info about solo's not getting TS for one.
After all, three people have to take up a table for four.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:18 AM   #11
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Could be me but I just booked my dinners for my trip and I got tables for one the default on the number of people is 2 so I just pulled it down to one and I had no problems
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:55 PM   #12
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I always book for two. For one thing, that's often the only way I can get an ADR. But you also never know-maybe you'll meet someone in line for an attraction that you hit it off with, and would like to ask them to join you for dinner. I'm a married solo traveler, but it's often fun to share a dinner with another solo traveler.
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