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Old 03-28-2013, 11:50 AM   #16
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We always make reservations ahead of time for every day we are there (1 each day at different restaurants ). Then if we decide we don't want to eat there at that time I cancel the reservation. Most of the time I don't cancel, because special arrangements are made for DD's food allergy. But when we do cancel I do it several hours before the meal. Never had a problem.

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Old 03-28-2013, 11:53 AM   #17
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That is interesting, as I am not making this up - this is what they told me when I called - can't make same day reservations - anyway, I'd do it ahead of time just in case.
I don't know why they told you that. I have made noon lunch reservations at 10 a.m. same day.

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Old 03-28-2013, 02:37 PM   #18
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I don't why they would have told you that either, I too have made reservations for the same day with no issues at all. We've also changed a reservation time the same day with no issues at all.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:55 AM   #19
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Has this changed? Last March I called and tried to make dining reservations through the DLR central reservations line and was told you can not do it the day of - you have to call at least one day ahead - otherwise if it's same day you have to call the restaurant directly.
You were given bad information unless you were calling about Napa Rose. It is the only Disney restaurant I know of that you ever call direct, and there you always call direct, and you can get same day reservations, if they are available.

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I have been calling for years day of for reservations. Our last trip, I called at 830am for 930am breakfast at Carnation Cafe.

BUT - You cannot call for day of reservations for locations outside the park ie ESPN, Tortilla Joes, Naples, etc...
Yes, this is also my experience (and we've eaten at character meals outside of DL visits when in Southern California on a last minute whim more than once).
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:58 AM   #20
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I am experienced with needing to make advanced reservations at WDW to get into a good restaurant at a good time. With the generally poor opinion of the DL dining plan, are advanced reservations as necessary in DL and DCA? I would like a little flexibility if possible ( ie making reservations the night before) but will make them in advance if you think it necessary. Thanks!
I would make them in advance but keep things flexible. This thread talks about it:

"What WDW Vets Need to Know About Dining at DLR" http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2914467
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I've made day of reservations too. Booked in advance for our must do's but once we were sitting in our room at GCH and felt like lunch. Called and made a booking for carnation cafe in about half an hours time. We just got ready and strolled into the park, straight up to the check in podium, seated straight away, whilst there was a massive long walk up line. I chuckled to myself thinking if they just walked up to guest services and made a booking they would probably get in faster.

I agree with the others, definitely book places like Blue Bayou that you know you want to eat at, but don't rule out last minute decisions at other times.
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