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Old 04-10-2013, 12:04 AM   #76
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I just got back from WDW and talked with a friend who ate at Be Our Guests a few days ago. She was unable to get the ADR, no matter how many times she checked.

She decided to try for a walk-up by going just before the restaurant opened for dinner if they were accepting any walk up guests for seating. The cast member claimed they don't take walk ups, but my friend could wait for a "cancellation".

And within 15 minutes, she was seated. So, we believe Disney cast members are leading guests to believe that miraculous walk up seatings can happen if a "cancellation" opens. We have a theory (pure speculation on our part) that Disney is booking ADRs for a percentage of open seats and then fitting in walk ups so there are no overloads of guests.

We could be wrong, but that's the way it seems. My friend suggested trying to arrive before dinner seating, and the cast member may or may not seat you, but it never hurts to ask.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:14 AM   #77
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we were able to book on day 178 (i know, blasphemy, but were waiting on info from my sister.) This was for a trip mid June! I'm guessing they may be holdimh more tables for walk ups to keep that dissatisfaction rate down.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:45 AM   #78
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Just tried online @ exactly 5am CST for a BOG at any time during dinner for our 180 day mark (Oct. 7th) and got nothing. Zilch. Tried for a party of 2, 3, 4, and 5 (there are 3 in our party). Looks like the 180+'ers are about the only ones having luck. I will keep checking back though.

Made an alternate res for Tonys instead. Never have eat there before either.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:05 AM   #79
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Not sure, but when we had dinner there in Febraury only two rooms were open.
We just ate dinner there last week and all 3 rooms were packed with people eating! I made our reservations by calling first thing in the morning at 180 days + 6 and had no problems with a party of 12 for the time we wanted. When you call, interrupt the CM right away and say "I'm trying to get BOG ressies!" They will stop their chit chat and extra questions and get right into the system sooner.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:21 AM   #80
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I booked on line Monday @ 6:00 a.m. and there were lots of times to choose from. I even booked a time and rebooked with an earlier time about 15 minutes later.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:43 AM   #81
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Thankfully, we didn't have any trouble getting an ADR for 7:00 pm when I made ours. That was the FIRST one I made so I was sure we'd get it. Talk about nervewracking!!

We're hoping to also go for lunch on one of our MK days, but we'll have to see if the line is moving along.... I think it will be worth waiting though!
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:47 AM   #82
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I had no problems booking for August at the 180 day mark (not 180+10) and my January 2013 reservation was booked past that.

In January they had only two dining rooms open, the Rose Room was closed to guests at dinner. It appears they open it at what are expected to be higher crowd level times.
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For those trying to get ADRs don't give up hope!

We didn't even book our trip until about 150 days out and got an ADR to BoG (on one of our two preferred days!) at about 115 days out. It can happen!
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:05 PM   #84
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I got a 6:10 ADR about a month and a half out from our spring break trip. I just kept checking daily, sometimes several times a day.

When standing in line to check in for our ressie, I saw a couple of other people walk up an get a table.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:24 PM   #85
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We're going to try a very late lunch at BoG in October. The particular day we're visiting MK we are also having Chef Mickey for breakfast, so I figured we could get by skipping lunch and then heading over to BoG near the end of their lunch service (1:30-1:45, I think they stop serving lunch at 2, so you have to be in line by 2) as to avoid the long early lines and also the price hike at difficulty of getting a dinner ADR.

That's the plan, anyway. Hope it doesn't blow up in my face cause I've got a Belle/Beauty and the Beast lovin' 6 year old that may never forgive me if we can't eat in Beast's Castle!!
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:03 PM   #86
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I have a reservation for BOG at 9pm on Aug 21 but am hoping to get in earlier. I have been checking like crazy but nothing has opened up. I saw posted somewhere that at this point, even when cancelations are made, they don't open back up because they are are so overbooked. Is this for sure? Do we know if/when they'll open them back up?
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:04 PM   #87
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My 180 +10 day was Monday and I was able to get BoG twice, at the exact times I requested. I didn't even realize that was lucky.
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:32 PM   #88
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Checked at 5 a.m. on the day our window opened and I found several openings for a party of 4, but nothing for our party of 5. Called Dis Dining to see if we could add a person onto our reservation for 4, and was told nicely but firmly absolutely not. She did say BOG stays overbooked. Our third kid is killing us ...I told her that perhaps DH and I could switch out halfway through the meal. She laughed, but I wasn't really kidding.

She also said most of BOG's cancellations come at the last minute and check back about a week before the trip. Guess we'll see.
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Checked at 5 a.m. on the day our window opened and I found several openings for a party of 4, but nothing for our party of 5. Called Dis Dining to see if we could add a person onto our reservation for 4, and was told nicely but firmly absolutely not. She did say BOG stays overbooked. Our third kid is killing us ...I told her that perhaps DH and I could switch out halfway through the meal. She laughed, but I wasn't really kidding.

She also said most of BOG's cancellations come at the last minute and check back about a week before the trip. Guess we'll see.
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:50 PM   #90
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I just checked my e-mail to make sure I was remembering correctly. I made all of our ADRs in December, which was only 4 months before our upcoming trip. I got BOG with no problem. In fact, I remember seeing plenty of open times. I think it really depends on crowd level during your visit, too.

Every time I call to change something on a reservation, the CM on the phone tells me how great it is that I got an ADR to BOG. Feels good
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