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Old 10-31-2011, 07:59 PM   #1
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Warning: 180+10 Venting

You were warned... sorry this is long...

So, my mom and dad are planning their first "adults only" trip since they first got married over 30 years ago. When my mom called to book their trip a few weeks ago, she specifically asked when she could make her dining reservations. (I was there... I heard it.) She was told October 31. They are going for 10 days, and the CM on the phone said that they could make their ADRs 180+10 days, or 190 days, out.

Now, when my mom said this back to me, I thought for sure she was misquoting the CM, and that it was 180 days, +10 to get through their reservation.

Well, when my mom called to make ADRs today, the day the CM TOLD HER to call, she was told she called 10 days early. She was told that "many people have that misconception that it means 190 days, but it's actually 180 days from your first day of your reservation" (which is what I understood.) My mom was disappointed, and told the CM (without a hint of anger) that she was SPECIFICALLY given that date by a Disney representative.

Now, my mom is going to call back in 10 days - she doesn't mind... but shouldn't the CMs KNOW what their own policy is? And then, be able to inform their clients accordingly?!?!

Thanks for letting me vent!
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:03 PM   #2
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That is sad, I feel sorry for you mom. I get so excited to call and that would be the worst let down.

I actually changed my vacation next year so I can do ADR's on my birthday...
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:08 PM   #3
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CM should know that. 180 days from when you arrive and you can book all ADRs for up to 10 days.

The 180 + 10 thing is a little deceiving.

Tell mom to have a tentative schedule layed out and book all desired ADRs that morning at 6am online at 180 days.
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:10 PM   #4
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Quite a few cast members do not know what they are talking about. Sad, but it's no surprise to me. Just in the last few days there was a thread where someone was told to book a regular restaurant reservation and convert it to a Candlelight Processional package (not possible) and there's always threads on the Resorts boards with misinformation from reservations agents.

They will also say you can use multiple park ticket days to hop (not true) and various other wrong items.

So you're not really complaining about 180+10 at all, but about misinformed cast members.
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:19 PM   #5
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So you're not really complaining about 180+10 at all, but about misinformed cast members.
True! Thanks for letting me "vent" -- I just felt bad for my mom. I remember how excited I was to call for my ADRs for my April 2010 trip. ((I may or may not have taken a day off of work for that... but I won't tell!)) What a let down it was for her.

Like I said, she wasn't mad - just disappointed, and frustrated. I think I was more upset by it than she was!

Thanks for letting me know that I am not alone in this frustration!
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:06 AM   #6
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I don't see how it's confusing at all.

If it was ever 190 days out, why wouldn't Disney, CMs, all guests, everyone just say 190 days? Why would it ever be 180+10 -- for those only going for 10 days? No. It has always been obvious that it's 180 days out plus the length of your stay up to and including 10 days. Even if a CM gave out bad info, this is simple common sense.
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I don't see how it's confusing at all.

If it was ever 190 days out, why wouldn't Disney, CMs, all guests, everyone just say 190 days? Why would it ever be 180+10 -- for those only going for 10 days? No. It has always been obvious that it's 180 days out plus the length of your stay up to and including 10 days. Even if a CM gave out bad info, this is simple common sense.

It is confusing when it is your first time making ADRs & your first time at disney. Yes, I had to ask the cm last Nov about that 180+ 10. I asked does it really means 190 days. The the cm explained to me. It is confusing when its someone first time.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:05 AM   #8
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why bother calling...she could make all her reservations on line without having to deal with misinformed CMs.
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I don't see how it's confusing at all.

If it was ever 190 days out, why wouldn't Disney, CMs, all guests, everyone just say 190 days? Why would it ever be 180+10 -- for those only going for 10 days? No. It has always been obvious that it's 180 days out plus the length of your stay up to and including 10 days. Even if a CM gave out bad info, this is simple common sense.
It is hugely confusing to people who haven't done it before, or recently - which is why there are probably 5 posts a week asking to have it explained. And why some cast members don't get it.

It is far from common sense - when they say 180+10, many people mistakenly assume that means they get an extra 10 day booking advantage over non-resort guests (which you might if you're staying 10 days) and they immediately assume that means 10 days before other guests can book, = 190 days out. So it's great that you get it, but tons of people don't.
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It is hugely confusing to people who haven't done it before, or recently - which is why there are probably 5 posts a week asking to have it explained. And why some cast members don't get it.

It is far from common sense - when they say 180+10, many people mistakenly assume that means they get an extra 10 day booking advantage over non-resort guests (which you might if you're staying 10 days) and they immediately assume that means 10 days before other guests can book, = 190 days out. So it's great that you get it, but tons of people don't.
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:27 PM   #11
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Thanks for all of the support... for my mom. ;o)

The thing that I just find most confusing is that the CM told my mom the date to call. It's not like she counted herself. She had the fore-thought to ask when she could call.

Anyway - she's 9 days away from being allowed to call now.

And as to why she didn't just make ressies online - she had some specific requests due to medical issues that both she and my father face. Otherwise, she totally would have.
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It is hugely confusing to people who haven't done it before, or recently - which is why there are probably 5 posts a week asking to have it explained. And why some cast members don't get it.

It is far from common sense - when they say 180+10, many people mistakenly assume that means they get an extra 10 day booking advantage over non-resort guests (which you might if you're staying 10 days) and they immediately assume that means 10 days before other guests can book, = 190 days out. So it's great that you get it, but tons of people don't.
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No, if it was 190 days out then Disney would say 190 days. They don't say 190 days, they say 180+10 -- there is a difference. The only people who believe it's 190 days out are not listening, reading or paying full attention to the details or the literature. It doesn't bother me either way; I know how it works. But Disney isn't at fault for this. It's explained perfectly well on their website. All you have to do is be able to read.
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No, if it was 190 days out then Disney would say 190 days. They don't say 190 days, they say 180+10 -- there is a difference. The only people who believe it's 190 days out are not listening, reading or paying full attention to the details or the literature. It doesn't bother me either way; I know how it works. But Disney isn't at fault for this. It's explained perfectly well on their website. All you have to do is be able to read.
If it was so easy to understand, then the CM would have given them the correct date to call in.
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It is hugely confusing to people who haven't done it before, or recently - which is why there are probably 5 posts a week asking to have it explained. And why some cast members don't get it.

It is far from common sense - when they say 180+10, many people mistakenly assume that means they get an extra 10 day booking advantage over non-resort guests (which you might if you're staying 10 days) and they immediately assume that means 10 days before other guests can book, = 190 days out. So it's great that you get it, but tons of people don't.
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Old 11-03-2011, 07:02 PM   #15
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<!-- Listen Mom -- >

It can be confusing to people if they visit sites like these:

magicalkingdoms-dot-com/wdw/dining/cmcindgf.html
magicalkingdoms-dot-com/blog/2010/05/14/how-to-make-online-dining-reservations-for-disney-world/

(substitute .com for -dot-com in case it's not "obvious")


It was to me at first. But when i looked into it further I realized is was 180. that's why people are here - to ask questions. Not to be told that the answer is "It has always been obvious..."
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