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Old 01-16-2013, 02:17 PM   #1
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What's the deal with ADRs at T-Rex?

My husband and I are traveling this summer with his sister, brother-in law, and their two kids. We want to give the parents an adult night out, and take care of our 5 and 7 year old nephews (who are obsessed with dinosaurs) for the evening.

I was thinking the boys would enjoy T-Rex, so I just went online and tried to get a table for 4 on Sunday, June 9th. My only option was at 9:30 PM!! What's the deal? Does T-Rex leave most of their tables open for walk-ups, or is it actually that popular?
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:22 PM   #2
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I would guess its pretty popular. You can try calling directly to t-rex cafe. I should have did that since I was only able to get a 3pm I would have much rather had a 5pm since we are trying to hit TSM at HS that morning. Now I feel like we sort of have to rush to get through HS to get back to the POLY to make it to DTD. Heres hoping fastpass+ comes into effect so I can get a later start to HS and go right to DTD!
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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I read on here once that u can go to the trex website and make a ressie no problem
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:26 PM   #4
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I've always called them directly and had no trouble at all getting a ressie when Disney's system showed now availablity.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:26 PM   #5
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I called them directly and had no problem getting a reservation.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:30 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone! I figured they probably just didn't release many reservations to the Disney website. I'll try going direct!
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:34 PM   #7
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I would guess its pretty popular. You can try calling directly to t-rex cafe. I should have did that since I was only able to get a 3pm I would have much rather had a 5pm since we are trying to hit TSM at HS that morning. Now I feel like we sort of have to rush to get through HS to get back to the POLY to make it to DTD. Heres hoping fastpass+ comes into effect so I can get a later start to HS and go right to DTD!
It is popular, but not as popular as you would think when trying to book on the Disney website. I was told that they only load tables for lunch through mid-afternoon on the Disney site. Also, only a percentage of their tables are loaded on the Disney system, not all of the tables. I was also told that they do not even release dinner reservations to Disney's site...that all the dinner reservations go through TRex (same is true for Rainforest Cafe at Downtown Disney...same company runs both) So Disney's website could say no tables available for the time you want when in fact there's lots of availability. But TRex books the rest of the tables themselves, either on the phone or at the kiosk in front of the restaurant.

Call TRex and see if they have a 5:00 PM (or later) reservation. They probably do....everytime we have eaten there, regardless of time we were looking for...calling direct I got exactly what we wanted, +/- 15 minutes. Including twice when the Disney websites said "no times available for lunch" or "no times available for dinner". After you call them and get a better time, then cancel the 3 PM reservation.
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Call them directly. They release very few of their tables for booking through Disney.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:40 PM   #9
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When I tried booking 180 days out, 8pm was my only option. I was so confused! I called TRex directly and booked a 6pm no problem. Disney told me TRex only releases a handful of reservation times to them!
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:12 PM   #10
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My husband and I are traveling this summer with his sister, brother-in law, and their two kids. We want to give the parents an adult night out, and take care of our 5 and 7 year old nephews (who are obsessed with dinosaurs) for the evening.

I was thinking the boys would enjoy T-Rex, so I just went online and tried to get a table for 4 on Sunday, June 9th. My only option was at 9:30 PM!! What's the deal? Does T-Rex leave most of their tables open for walk-ups, or is it actually that popular?
Call T-Rex directly. T-Rex only give a limited number of seats to WDW, the rest they keep for their own reservations. Call them and you should be fine We have also just turned up and always been seated within 15 minutes, but the restaurant can get busy so it's best to make a reservation.

Rainforest Cafe is run the same way so if you want an ADR there, it's best to contact them directly.
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Call T-Rex directly. T-Rex only give a limited number of seats to WDW, the rest they need for their own reservations. Call them and you should be fine We have also just turned up and
This. I had the same issue last year when trying to reserve a table 4 months out. I emailed T-Rex and received a prompt reply, a noon reservation and a confirmation. He explained the same as was posted above...they release a very limited amount of tables to Disney to reserve and they handle the rest. We've never had a bad meal there and although it's technically the same as RFC, the food is much better in our opinion.
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This. I had the same issue last year when trying to reserve a table 4 months out. I emailed T-Rex and received a prompt reply, a noon reservation and a confirmation. He explained the same as was posted above...they release a very limited amount of tables to Disney to reserve and they handle the rest. We've never had a bad meal there and although it's technically the same as RFC, the food is much better in our opinion.
The food at T-Rex is much better than Rainforest!
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It is popular, but not as popular as you would think when trying to book on the Disney website. I was told that they only load tables for lunch through mid-afternoon on the Disney site. Also, only a percentage of their tables are loaded on the Disney system, not all of the tables. I was also told that they do not even release dinner reservations to Disney's site...that all the dinner reservations go through TRex (same is true for Rainforest Cafe at Downtown Disney...same company runs both) So Disney's website could say no tables available for the time you want when in fact there's lots of availability. But TRex books the rest of the tables themselves, either on the phone or at the kiosk in front of the restaurant.

Call TRex and see if they have a 5:00 PM (or later) reservation. They probably do....everytime we have eaten there, regardless of time we were looking for...calling direct I got exactly what we wanted, +/- 15 minutes. Including twice when the Disney websites said "no times available for lunch" or "no times available for dinner". After you call them and get a better time, then cancel the 3 PM reservation.
Well I followed your advice and was able to score a 6pm Ressie for 10 on 3/6

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