Be Out Guest reservations are a joke.

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by Mystery Fan, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. Mystery Fan

    Mystery Fan Mouseketeer

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    I don't understand why it takes over an hour to sit our party of six. We took the two hours to make reservations on the first day we could make reservation and now we have to wait, come on Disney you should do better than this.
     
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  3. weesignlanguage

    weesignlanguage DIS Veteran

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    You had an hour wait with a ressie???? Did you complain?? I got up at 4:30am to make my ressie for my January trip. I better not have to wait 2 hours! Maybe it's b/c it's just opened. Let me know how it turns out for ya!!
     
  4. Mystery Fan

    Mystery Fan Mouseketeer

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    Our reservations were at 8:20, we arrived at 8:00 and checked in. We were finally seated at 9:00. What bothers me the most is that I asked another party of six who's buzzer had gone off what was their reservation time and they said 8:35, I asked the maitre'd why these people went before us and he couldn't tell me squat. I've asked to speak to a manager so I can help all those that come here after so maybe their wait will be less.
     
  5. XGrumpy1

    XGrumpy1 DIS Veteran

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    Disney Advance Dining Reservations are not reservations in the "true" sense of the word with definite seating times.

    I have been burned by this before. Usually at very busy times.

    I am sorry you had to wait so long and hope it does not happen to you again.
     
  6. Mystery Fan

    Mystery Fan Mouseketeer

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    A manager came and visited our table and explained that Disney tries to seat people with reservations within 15 minutes. He said that because on the popularity of BOG, patron have been lingering around longer than Disney anticipated which caused seating delays, he offered us a 20% discount on our meal but since we had TIW he decided to offer us desserts instead. The service was very fast and the food was exceptionally good compared to other MK restaurants.
     
  7. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Just once, I want to see a liar's pants on fire.

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    1) C'mon people, give Disney a break.
    2) MANY eateries run behind solely due to the customers.
    3) Almost always, you can count on CP, Tusker, Coral Reef, etc.
    4) Why would you expect BoG to be any different.
    . . . people are taking longer to take in the views
    . . . people are taking longer to enjoy the new food choices
    . . . people are taking longer just to rest during the day
    5) Disney does not rush people once they are seated and ordered.
    6) So, for quite some time, figure on tardy seating - my guess 45-60 minutes.
     
  8. ls3015

    ls3015 Mouseketeer

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    No these disney resturants have been doing this long enough, even when times were very busy, no need to make up reasons why for them, there should be no reason not to seat the group sooner, the resturant took the res and knew they were coming in, they should have been seated in a timely manner. This happens way too much when it should not, given what They charge for a meal. They need to get their act together. :scared1:
     
  9. Polydweller

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    The restaurant has just opened. The first few months are the worst time to make ADRs at any restaurant because a newly opened restaurant has zero history on which to base everything including how rapidly tables turnover. Turnover is based on how long people choose to take eating nit just sevice time. if people choose to linger over dessert and coffee to enjoy the ambuance the longer it takes to turn over tables.

    If tables turn over more slowly than was anticipated then ADRs will backup. The longer they are open the more accurate their understanding of these thing will get and they will adjust and improve the ADR process. No two restaurants are exactly the same on this and it does take some time to perfect it. That's why I rarely rush for ADRs at new restaurants. It's the tone you are most likely to run into problems.
     
  10. wehavesix

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    I disagree that we should just accept tardy seating. If we can predict that patrons may be a bit slower to leave then Disney can too and should adjust reservations accordingly. We have been here all week and, other than BOG, were seated well within 15 minutes of our reservations at every restaurant. Even with a last minute (same day) reservation at Mama Melrose, we were seated quickly. I do think BOG is experiencing some minor problems due to their newness and I hope all these issues will be ironed out soon. Like Mysteryfan reported, the food was excellent and the service lived up to the name. Our waiter was very attentive and took great care of us. Between the 6 of us, we had 5 different entrees and we all enjoyed our choices very much.
     
  11. mom2taylorandemily

    mom2taylorandemily Not so patiently waiting our next trip to Disney..

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    Rusty, I usually follow much of what you say as gospel on here, but seriously I think you are off a tad on this one. The PP stated that another group with the same number in the party with a later ADR was seated first, that's a bit irritating, even to the best of us. There has to be some type of protocol that they follow in seating guests, it should be first come first served, based on ADR time. There should be no explanation that is acceptable for someone with a later ADR getting seated first, it shouldn't matter who checked in first. Sorry, but Disney needs to get this right. We have an ADR for BOG on Dec. 17th, I'm hoping we enjoy it. We are really looking forward to it.
     
  12. bladiator

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    I agree with this sentiment. If you expect things to be slow, then don't extend so many reservations to the public during this time. If you cut it back too much, then I'm sure there will be a line of people outside that didn't make reservations willing to grab a table. No money lost, and less people irritated.
     
  13. javert78

    javert78 We've got magic to do!

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    There was also a day about a month ago where for several hours every restaurant including BOG was showing availability where previously there was none. I heard about people successfully booking on that day, but never heard that Disney cancelled any after the error was found and fixed. I wonder if they let quite a few overbookings slip through that day and are just trying to roll with it rather than cancel people who were probably thrilled to suddenly find wide open availability for their dates.
     
  14. lilpooh108

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    I've waited about 30-45 minutes at the following places even with ADRs:

    Crystal Palace
    Boma
    Chef Mickey's (twice)

    I don't think the wait is acceptable...but I haven't seen an improvement each time that I've been there for the most popular restaurants.
     
  15. gobo2

    gobo2 Drug Lord/Dance Mom

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    Am I alone in thinking that if someone doesn't want to wait then they should pick another restaurant? We have a ADR at BOG in January and will expect to wait. We are also prepared to wait at Boma because we think it to be worth it. We avoid Coral Reef and CP most trips because we think they aren't. We plan Cape May or 1900 PF for the first seating of the meal.

    Disney isn't going to change until people stop eating at these places.
     
  16. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Just once, I want to see a liar's pants on fire.

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    1) The buzzer goes of when the guest is ready to be seated.
    2) Contrary to popular believe, it is not based upon ADR time.
    3) In most cases, it is based upon when you checked in at the podium.
    4) My guess, and only a guess, is the other party checked in prior to OP.

    NOTE: This may or may not be right in some people's minds, but when
    Guest-B checks in early, the person at the podium does not know if the
    Guest-A with a later ADR will check in or not. So, Guest-B is placed into
    the queue before Guest-A. I have personally checked in early at some
    Signature eateries, then went into the bar for an aperitif, and my buzzer
    went off before the folks next to us with earlier ADR's had their buzzer
    sound off.
     
  17. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    With ADRs being made 6 months out, if they do adjust reservations, it will take a while to show.

    Also, the OP was seated within 40 minutes of their ADR time. Not the hour they say it took to be seated. Disney will seat you early if they can, but the odds of that happening at a brand new restaurant are slim to none.
     
  18. Jennasis

    Jennasis DIS life goes on

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    The restaurant is brand new. Going through some growing pains. I NEVER plan to eat at a new restaurant for the first 2 months it's opened. Too many kinks to work out. Sounds like a combination of the popularity of the restaurant, plus people likely taking their time to enjoy it. As for the people getting seated before you, maybe they checked in first?

    BTW, anyone who waits to be seated, after about 20 minutes you need to start inquiring with the hostess. Don't be rude or demanding but the squeaky wheel gets the grease, so if you voice concern you are likely to be seated sooner rather than later.
     
  19. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    Agreed. And that applies to resorts too. Look how many people were so excited to be among the first to stay at AoA. And now they are finding there are problems keeping the rooms at a even temperature.

    There will always be kinks to work out when opening a new restaurant or resort.
     
  20. mom2rtk

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    I still think they overbooked BOG from day one. I just don't see reports of anyone seeing an ADR for November or December showing back up in the system when it's released.

    We are eating at 4 PM on a MVMCP night. I sure hope they work these kinks out before we get there. Since we'll be in the first seatings (I'm guessing) for dinner, hopefully they won't be backed up yet.
     
  21. ls3015

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    Disney has been in the resturant seating business for a long time, no need to make excusses for them. :sad2::sad2::sad2:
     

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