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Old 06-22-2004, 09:23 AM   #1
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So...am I in a pickle here or what?!

We are going to be in DW June 30th - July 3rd. I planned ahead only slightly this trip thinking we would want to "wing it" a bit more.....so I only have one PS for dinner at 'Ohana.
Yesterday, on a whim, I thought I'd call Chef Mickey's to see if they had any times left for PS for Wednesday June 30th dinner---they didn't! Now I am beginning to wonder if our lack of planning means we will have to wait long periods to get into a restaurant or if we'll have to do mostly counter service food?? Are we in a pickle? How long do you think we'll have to wait for a table at most sit down places with no PS? There are 5 of us.

I guess I'm used to going in a less crowded season and wasn't thinking! We just wanted to go to any park we felt like at the time without the stress of having to be at so-and-so place because we have a PS.
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Old 06-22-2004, 09:41 AM   #2
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If you know when and where you will be try to make a PS once you are checked into your hotel. I have had great luck with that even during the busiest times. I have done walk up just planned around what I anticipated to be the busier times. For places like chef Mickey's I would either get there 10-15 minutes before the first seating, or wait until after the dinner crowd subsides. I have done walk ups for late lunches at many of the restaurants. With a tiny bit of thinking it through you will not be stuck with all counter service meals!
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Old 06-22-2004, 03:03 PM   #3
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I completely agree with the previous poster.

Also, Chef Mickey's has become very difficult to get lately, even in the less busy seasons. The fact that you tried to get that particular PS may not be representative of other restaurant's availability.

I, too have had success on more than one occasion at Chef Mickey's, getting there shortly before 5PM with a party of 5 one time and 7 the other time and was seated within minutes both times after trying to call and make a PS unsuccessfully.

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Old 06-22-2004, 05:30 PM   #4
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We have barely ever made priority seating information until we arived at WDW and had no problems at all. We always travel during the summer when it is most crowded too! You should be fine with most restaurants! We have also walked up to restaurants during meal times and waited no more than 15 minutes for a table at the most. Try eating right at 11am or 4:30pm to avoid the crowds. Happy traveling and eating!
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Old 06-22-2004, 05:45 PM   #5
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We were just there. We had PS for months at BOMA and OHANA.

We decided that AM to not go to BOMA, just too pooped and wanted to just hang by the pool and eat a late pizza. We cancelled. I imagine there are always folks who get busy in a park, or for whatever reason cancel or don't show at the last minute.

A previous trip we just kept calling everytime we were in our room and eventually got a PS.

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You can also make a PS first thing in the morning when you go to the park you're going to for the day. They usually have openings.
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or if you would just "feel better" having this done before you leave, go ahead and give Disney dining another call. People are constantly changing their minds and availability changes from minute to minute so you may be able to get the PS you want right now.

Or as suggested to eat in off times and arrive early.

I have NOT had good luck deciding where to eat at the last minute and walking up to the podium during prime dining hours 5:30 - 6:30 for example. It wasn't unheard of to wait 45 minutes or more or in some cases to be flat out refused. But if your idea was to be flexible about where to eat there are certainly many yummy places to choose from!

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Old 06-22-2004, 07:17 PM   #8
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I don't know if the resort that you are staying at has a concierge? We were there in March and a couple of nights I went to the concierge and asked them for their help. It's good because they can look everything up on the computer at once and give you availability for everything that they have open. It is a lot easier than calling around when you are there.

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Old 06-23-2004, 05:53 PM   #9
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Saw a family of 4 walk up to chef mickey like 8:30 pm and they only waited 10 minutes during the busy spring break time. My dh had a fit because 8:30 was the earliest ps time they gave me when I called for a ps a few weeks before. My first 3 phone calls were, sorry nothing available. So go early like 4:50 or late if you want a chance. It was totally packed. No spare seats at all. Good luck.
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