Adding 1 person on when we get there?

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Reservations' started by kellicb, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. kellicb

    kellicb Mouseketeer

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    I have all my ADR's made and then my cousin's husband decides he wants to join us on this trip. Got the room reservation changed (had to move from POFQ to POR, which is fine) but when I tried to "add" him on to the ADR's (basically they were going to cancel existing ones and book new ones), there weren't any openings left.

    So, I told cousin's husband that he can tag along with us and we can ask when we get there if we can squeeze one more to the reservation/table. Has anyone had experience with this? Do you think it will work?

    So, basically we have ADR's for 2 adults, 2 kids and now we'll have 3 adults and 2 kids. One of the kids can sit on our laps for all we care.
     
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  3. figment_jii

    figment_jii DIS Veteran

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    The answer to this question largely depends on how busy the restaurant is when you go to eat. If they have room to accommodate you, then you will probably be able to add your cousin's husband. However, if there are no available tables for five or six (usually a party of five will be seated at a six top) you might not be allowed to add him or you might be treated as a walk-up. If the restaurant is full (i.e., at capacity) then they cannot add him due to fire codes. Your best bet is to keep trying for an ADR for five or six (even numbers tend to work better) people.
     
  4. kellicb

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    I'll keep looking and yeah, that's what I was thinking. We're not going to put ourselves out over this. He's the one who didn't make up his mind in time. LOL
    Thanks.
     
  5. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    Disney won't even consider that option. Each person must have their own spot at the table.

    The biggest problem is that with the extra person along, you now need a bigger table than what you needed before. The restaurant thinks you need a 4 top when you really need a 6 top. Showing up and hoping they can accomodate you is taking a chance. If the restaurant is booked they won't be able to switch you to the larger table.

    The best bet is to keep checking for an ADR for 5. You could get lucky and someone else cancels what you need. Otherwise you can go, and hope for the best. But you need to be prepared that the extra guest may be turned away.
     
  6. Nadjalu

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    To be honest be prepared for him to be turned away.

    AT popular places, and if you are going during free dining you can best believe he won't get in.

    Keep trying to add him, even look for a ressie for 1 around your time, then link them if you can.

    But have him ready to eat at other places or grab CS.
     
  7. Bete

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    to get one child into a high chair. Whether they will cooperate or not doing so just depends. If your kids are completely passed this staged then it's going to be rough.

    Change your times and restaurants some and see what you get for parties of five.

    I agree with others that you may be treated as a walk-up and you will have a much longer wait. You could get lucky, too, but I just don't think so based on experienced.
     
  8. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala <font color=red>1937, what a year that was<br><fon Moderator

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    If they turn away the extra person having a child sit on a lap will not rectify that. Nor does it matter if a child is in a high chair. If they turn your extra person away it likely means the restaurant is at capacity for fire codes and they won't let another person in, no matter where they sit.

    There's a chance this will happen. It's not a huge chance, but you need to think about what the alternatives will be if it does.
     
  9. Neverneverland

    Neverneverland Earning My Ears

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    I wondered about this before hand and over the Columbus day weekend (sadly on a flight home as a type... ) they had no problem adding one to cinderellas castle 8:10 breakfast ( going from 4 to a 5 ) and no problem doing the same for 6 pm California grill - everyone on these boards pretty much told me that this would be impossible. That's my experience, holiday weekend - no problem at all .....
     
  10. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    The thing is, there is no way to know ahead of time if someone will be lucky like you and able to add people, or be turned away. It doesn't hurt to try, as long as if you are told "No" it won't ruin your day. It is totally up to chance.
     
  11. kellicb

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    Just an update on this so other people know. I was able to change a couple of the reservations so I only had to worry about 3 (and cousin's hubby didn't attend one of them with us). One was Crystal Palace at 4:40pm and they said no problem, you might have to wait a little longer. Less than 5 minutes later, all 5 of us were seated. The other one was at 1900 Park Fare around 6:35. Again....no problem, might have to wait a little longer and were seated 5 minutes later. The only reservation we had a LONG wait for was Coral Reef and we had a reservation for 5 ppl already LOL.
     

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