Reservations for a large group.

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Reservations' started by PebblesMom, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. PebblesMom

    PebblesMom Mouseketeer

    May 13, 2007
    I am getting close to the time when we make our ADR's and I have a million questions! My husbands whole family is going and in all we will have 11 people. Everyone decided it would be best to do our own thing during the day and meet up for dinner each night. Everyone decided where they wanted to eat and this is what we have:

    Friday 5/31/13: Arrive late morning and have dinner at Chef Mickeys

    Sat. 6/1/13: Coral Reef

    Sun. 6/2/13: Rainforest Cafe

    Mon. 6/4/13: T Rex Cafe

    Tues. 6/5/13: 50's Primetime

    Wed. 6/6/13: CRT

    Thurs. 6/7/13: Open

    Friday 6/8/13: Wispering Canyon Cafe

    Will it be almost impossible to get ADR's for a group of 11 at some of those places? Should I try online, call myself or have my TA do it for me? Is it wishful thinking to try to get any/all of those for times between 5 and 7:30?
    HELP! I have never done this for a group this big and everyone is so excited and involved in the planning I hate for someone to not get what they want! Any tips????
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  3. pattylynn

    pattylynn Earning My Ears

    Oct 14, 2011
    Hi, I don't think it matters how you make these reservations, but I would suggest you call since you have such a large crowd. And, remember, you will automatically be paying a set gratuity since you have more than 6 people. Have fun!:)
  4. Mariep26

    Mariep26 DIS Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    I had my trip planned and then another family joined us. I had to go back in Aug for my December trip and redo all my ADRs for 10 people. Even with a short runway I did ok, I got Fantasmic, CP and other event type ADRs. My advice is to try to see what you can get online while being on hold at 180 days (because you will need to call for things like Fantasmic). If you don't get everything you want, don't panic just call back periodically to see if there has been a cancellation and join a cancellation thread here to see if you can snag the ADR that you need!!
  5. PebblesMom

    PebblesMom Mouseketeer

    May 13, 2007
    Thank you both!!! Good to know about the gratuity! I am going to call and while I am on hold do the ones I can online!!!! That is such a great idea! I have been nervous about having such a big group, so I am happy to hear that it is do-able!
  6. purple figment

    purple figment DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 2009
    If sitting together is important you will have better luck making the reservation for the start of the dinner hour when CMs will have open tables to work with.

    Rainforest and T-Rex only release a limited number of their reservations to Disney so if you can't find a table for 11 call the restaurants directly.

    If you are paying OOP for CRT, you will have to prepay in full for all 11 people. If there is more than one family, I believe you can use more than one cc, but you will have to call to do this.

    Whispering Canyon Cafe changed their menu about 2 months ago and dinner is now an all you care to eat family style platter only and no longer has an a la carte menu.

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