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Old 07-07-2013, 02:03 PM   #16
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We booked our mid August trip last week. I was able to book dining reservations that we wanted---LTT for lunch, LCD for dinner, 50's for lunch. We weren't booking character meals and were okay with lunches instead of dinners. But there are still reservations available. It is possible to have a great short-notice trip.

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Old 07-07-2013, 02:21 PM   #17
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We booked our January trip from this past year in December and still got some pretty good ADRs. We even got some great walk ups as well with no waits! I actually preferred the last minute trip as I didn't have to wait so long to go! Enjoy!
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:25 PM   #18
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We called and booked as we were driving down the interstate to Disney once. We are 8 hours away. Talk about last minute!

We only eat 2 or 3 TS per trip and were able to book those on the drive down too. We weren't looking for the really popular restaurants since those book pretty quick but we still ate at places we liked.

We were all younger then and only stayed for 4 nights but it was a fun trip.
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:22 PM   #19
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One of these days, I'd like to book a last minute, short trip. I think it would be exciting. Even then, I'd probably need a week's notice..
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:22 PM   #20
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Our trip last Sept I booked on a Monday and we got there on Friday - it was just for a long weekend, so I only booked one TS meal and still got Via Napoli for lunch (which is what I wanted).

Another time I decided on Monday to take my kids on Thursday and was able to get Garden Grill at that late time.

With 3 weeks' notice for one trip, we did get the DDP and I was able to get great ADRs with just that short notice: Chef Mickey's, Tutto Italia, Liberty Tree Tavern and more.

While I'm very happy I had the full 180 days to make ADRs for my New Year's Birthday celebration coming up, I'm confident that with a lot of patience, I could have gotten good ADRs for that too.

Have a great trip!
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:12 AM   #21
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Thanks guys! I've been booking some ADR's as we find ones that we're interested in, but largely I've just sort of hung back on the planning which makes me nervous and excited at the same time . I think there's just so much to experience and see that it may be better off to just go and experience for a first timer. We originally wanted to go to Universal as well to see Harry Potter World but decided to cut that from the plan. I didn't really want to ride any of the rides or really do anything else there so it seemed a waste of money .
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:11 PM   #22
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Go for it! We booked our last trip on a Sunday and left that Wednesday. We got ADRs for (mostly) everything we wanted with reasonable times. Granted, we went at the end of Feb. so it wasn't as busy. But, we had a great time overall, saw a ton of stuff, and it ended up being just enough incentive to plan a trip for this summer to be able to take our time and really explore everything.

Good luck! You'll have a great time.
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