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Old 07-17-2013, 03:53 PM   #1
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Is a week too short notice to get reservations at O'hana?

I didn't know until now how good O'hana is supposed to be. We will be at WDW from 7/20-7/25. Is it too late to get into O'hana? Do they take walk ins?
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:03 PM   #2
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I didn't know until now how good O'hana is supposed to be. We will be at WDW from 7/20-7/25. Is it too late to get into O'hana? Do they take walk ins?
They're pretty much #2 in difficulty to get a proper dinner ADR for these days (following BOG). You can try to look for an ADR, but I wouldn't get my hopes up to get anything before 9pm. Breakfast may be a touch easier, but still pretty packed.

There have been some reports of walk-ups, but they're few and far between with typically over an hour wait. There have been many more reports of them flat out turning away walk-ups than people scoring them.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:15 PM   #3
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I'd go ahead and call. DH decided he wanted to eat here after reading about the bread pudding about a week before our trip. I called and was able to get a 9:30 pm reservation later on during our 11 day trip. If you don't mind possibly eating late, I say go for it! However, I do recommend calling instead of trying to do it online.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:21 PM   #4
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If dinner at 'Ohana is a must-do I'd start stalking the dining reservation page on WDW as well as the cancelation thread here on the DIS. 'Ohana is an incredibly popular restaurant for dinner. Case in point: my next trip begins on October 22nd and to date, I've only been able to pull up reservations for 8:50 or 9pm for ALL of our dates (22-1). We like to eat dinner between 5-7p as I like to have DD in bed no later than 9:30p while on vacation.

As for walk-ins, you may get lucky or you may not. My best advice is to show up right as the restaurant is opening for dinner and getting your name in. It seems that people who do that have a much better chance of being seated but also consider that it may require you spending hours at the Poly to do so (if at all). If you have a late afternoon and evening to spare, go for it.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:35 PM   #5
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If dinner at 'Ohana is a must-do I'd start stalking the dining reservation page on WDW as well as the cancelation thread here on the DIS. 'Ohana is an incredibly popular restaurant for dinner. Case in point: my next trip begins on October 22nd and to date, I've only been able to pull up reservations for 8:50 or 9pm for ALL of our dates (22-1). We like to eat dinner between 5-7p as I like to have DD in bed no later than 9:30p while on vacation.
Ours is from 11/29 to 12/7. I missed the 180 days for a few days and the best I could get is on 11/29 at 9:10pm. Yesterday, I coordinated with someone here on the boards and was able to get it for 12/5 at 8:05pm. The cancellation was for 3 and i was able to reserve it for 5. So there is hope - just need to check regularly and be quick to respond to cancellation notices.
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I didn't know until now how good O'hana is supposed to be. We will be at WDW from 7/20-7/25. Is it too late to get into O'hana? Do they take walk ins?
Do I assume you mean dinner as opposed to the Character Breakfast there? We got reservations for the Breakfast by calling the afternoon before.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:32 PM   #7
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It's not too late, but you have to be willing to check online frequently starting now and even after you arrive at DW. I prefer checking online because it's faster vs calling on the phone since the CMs see the same availability. 'Ohana is one of the hardest places to get a reservation, but since it requires a credit card guarantee, people will cancel to avoid the financial no show penalty. Many times the cancellations come just before the deadline so if you're flexible about the date you'll have a better chance. Also, you're more likely to get a late evening res as people who are searching find an earlier one and cancel their late one. Then, you can continue searching for an earlier time as well.

As a last resort you can try walking up. At the podium we have always seen 2 lines for check in. The line closer to the railing was for walk ups. I don't know how many walk ups they take or how long they have to wait. Most people recommend going before opening or late in the evening.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:30 PM   #8
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9:50pm is the only time available on my dates, and that's too late for my 5 year old. Oh well!
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9:50pm is the only time available on my dates, and that's too late for my 5 year old. Oh well!
Keep trying!
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Keep trying. I've got a reservation for October 1, but have been checking multiple times each day for a month. I've seen 3 openings before 8:30 pm open up. Good luck.
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