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Old 06-07-2013, 07:50 PM   #1096
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I understand that I can try to book it for every day of my trip, but will the online system automatically check for availability on every day of my trip, or do I have to manually select each day of my trip until I find one that is available?

Also, is it 6 months or is it 180 days? For example, if my check in date is December 10th, is my ADR day June 10th (6 months) or June 13th (180 days)?
It's 180 days, not six months. I believe (though I may well be mistaken), if you are doing it online, you have to search manually, and it will not let you search beyond 180 days from TODAY. If you are a Disney World Resort guest, you can start checking from 190 days (180+10) from the first day of your stay, but I think you have to do it through an agent to check the entire stay on day 1.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:20 PM   #1097
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I have a question about how the 180+10 rule works for the Chef's Table. For example, imagine that tomorrow is 180 days out from when I check in. I would go in to the website tomorrow at 6 AM EST and select the Chef's Table. I understand that I can try to book it for every day of my trip, but will the online system automatically check for availability on every day of my trip, or do I have to manually select each day of my trip until I find one that is available?

Also, is it 6 months or is it 180 days? For example, if my check in date is December 10th, is my ADR day June 10th (6 months) or June 13th (180 days)?

Thanks in advance! This is all hypothetical at this point because I don't have a trip booked yet (we're a Disneyland family), but I know we'll be going in the near future and the Chef's Table is a must-do for us.
Also, I believe you can only book Chef's Table by phone.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:14 PM   #1098
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I thought the 180+10 refers to the 10 days after your check-in date rather than the 10 days before. So, guests staying at a resort hotel don't get to book ADRs 190 days out, but rather can book 180 days out from their check-in date and can make reservations for the next 10 days after that. Am I understanding that correctly?

Also, from the research I've done and from looking at the Disney World website, reservations for the Chef's Table can be booked online, but I've never actually done it before so I could definitely be wrong.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:25 PM   #1099
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I have a question about how the 180+10 rule works for the Chef's Table. For example, imagine that tomorrow is 180 days out from when I check in. I would go in to the website tomorrow at 6 AM EST and select the Chef's Table. I understand that I can try to book it for every day of my trip, but will the online system automatically check for availability on every day of my trip, or do I have to manually select each day of my trip until I find one that is available?

Also, is it 6 months or is it 180 days? For example, if my check in date is December 10th, is my ADR day June 10th (6 months) or June 13th (180 days)?

Thanks in advance! This is all hypothetical at this point because I don't have a trip booked yet (we're a Disneyland family), but I know we'll be going in the near future and the Chef's Table is a must-do for us.
If you want the 180+10 advantage, you have to have an existing room reservation at WDW to tie your dining reservations with. Otherwise it is 180 days.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:41 PM   #1100
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If you want the 180+10 advantage, you have to have an existing room reservation at WDW to tie your dining reservations with. Otherwise it is 180 days.
Okay, let's just say that I hypothetically do... I'm just trying to understand how the process works and understand how to have the best chance of getting the Chef's Table.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:49 PM   #1101
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Okay, let's just say that I hypothetically do... I'm just trying to understand how the process works and understand how to have the best chance of getting the Chef's Table.
I know when we did it we called at 4AM every morning (we're DL locals too), but that was six years ago and I didn't know about the 180+10 advantage.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:23 PM   #1102
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How is anyone booking online with the 180+10? Does it work with the old site?

From what I think I understand, you have to call the restaurant directly, the dining line cannot book it. The restaurant line opens at 9. What else do I need to know?
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:13 AM   #1103
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You can book V&A Chef Table online. If you are using the new website, under dining there is V&A and then V&A Chef Table. Just select the Chef's Table and then look for availability like you normally would. If you are using the old website you need to do the dropdown menu for dining event and then select Chef's Table.

When I was making my reservations for Thanksgiving week, I got up early and reserved V&A in the dining room. I went back to bed, woke up around 10 and then thought "I want to sit in the Queen Victoria Room." I definitely couldn't find that online so I called the reservations line. It rang but eventually went to voicemail, so I left a message. I literally thought no way are they going to call me back and if they do what I want will not be available so I'll just keep my regular reservation. They called me back 30 minutes later and were making my changes and then I asked "is the Chef's Table available?" The man on the phone and myself were pretty surprised when it WAS available. I booked that sucker right then and there at 11am!

So to summarize, yes you can book online and it is possible to not be on the phone 180 days out at 6am to book it (I'm going to classify this as a pixie dust experience).
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:24 AM   #1104
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So I was told by my TA and a CM that the Chef's table could be booked online starting at midnight on your 180 day mark (the +10 def. refers to up to 10 days after your check-in day). I tried at 12:02 and for the next 20 minutes or so and got nothing. Was busy the next am and ended up leaving a message on their direct line about 11:30. I got a call back around 2pm and the reservation person was just as suprides as I was that the Chef's Table was available. She said "I usually don't get to book it because it is already full when I get in at 9am". I asked her to confirm that you can reserve it at 12:01 on your 180 day online and she said yes - and more and more that is when it gets booked. I told her that I had tried and was unable to and she was suprised and promised to call her IT person right away to make sure it got straightened out.
Hope that may help someone.....
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:20 PM   #1105
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Can kids eat at the chefs table? Coming in September and our anniversary is on arrival day. Wondering if it would be something kids could do or if it's more adult style?
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:47 PM   #1106
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Can kids eat at the chefs table? Coming in September and our anniversary is on arrival day. Wondering if it would be something kids could do or if it's more adult style?
V&A has an age restriction of 10 years and older.
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:40 PM   #1107
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Can kids eat at the chefs table? Coming in September and our anniversary is on arrival day. Wondering if it would be something kids could do or if it's more adult style?
1. There is a strict dress code. No Shorts. No jeans. Men must wear jackets.

2. Children under the ago of ten are not permitted in V&A. Since this rule went into effect several years ago I have heard of only one exception being made, the Food Critic of The New York Times was at the Chef's Table and her children were very used to fine dining.

3. Even if they allowed children, it is a fixed price menu with no child price.
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Old 06-08-2013, 06:49 PM   #1108
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I just read a review on trip advisor that said there are charges in addition to the regular price for the food, is this true?

Here is the quote: "The other irritiating thing is that many of the courses have an additional upcharge (since $135 a person isnt enough money, apparently) So for the entrees, if you want the lamb or chicken, thats included but if you want the beef? another $80. Pork tenderloin? Another $40."

Anyone know? Trying to budget for our anniversary next year.
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I just read a review on trip advisor that said there are charges in addition to the regular price for the food, is this true?

Here is the quote: "The other irritiating thing is that many of the courses have an additional upcharge (since $135 a person isnt enough money, apparently) So for the entrees, if you want the lamb or chicken, thats included but if you want the beef? another $80. Pork tenderloin? Another $40."

Anyone know? Trying to budget for our anniversary next year.
We were just there last night for the first time. It was our 10th anniversary! There are some choices for an extra charge, but we did not get any of them. I don't have my menu in front of me, but iirc, there were only 4 items that had an up charge - two Kobe beef dishes (one was American Kobe-style for around $25 I think, the other was real Japanese Kobe beef for $90.), $210 to add caviar, and one more dish I don't remember. I will post a full review with pics hopefully tomorrow, but we were thrilled with the whole thing!
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We were just there last night for the first time. It was our 10th anniversary! There are some choices for an extra charge, but we did not get any of them. I don't have my menu in front of me, but iirc, there were only 4 items that had an up charge - two Kobe beef dishes (one was American Kobe-style for around $25 I think, the other was real Japanese Kobe beef for $90.), $210 to add caviar, and one more dish I don't remember. I will post a full review with pics hopefully tomorrow, but we were thrilled with the whole thing!
Thank you, that makes me feel better. I will be looking or your review! Happy Anniversary!
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