Is there a chance to get a ressie while on property?

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Reservations' started by Infamousmare, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. Infamousmare

    Infamousmare I didn't make it all the way through 3rd grade for

    Aug 8, 2010
    I've been trying daily to get ressies for Le Cellier and Cinderella's Castle for lunch or dinner for our trip next month. No luck. My fault for planning the trip only 2 months out. ;)

    I know that walking up is risky and will likely end up not working, as these are two really popular places. However, once we're at the park, does it make a difference in calling the reservation line to make a reservation? Does WDW hold a certain % of tables for people who call to place ressies while at the park? I only ask because I remember calling to make a last-minute ressie (the day before) at The Wave while we were there last year and when calling, they ask if you are on-property. Just wondered if if made a difference... I'm crossing my fingers! :o)
  2. LynneyPooh

    LynneyPooh Mouseketeer

    Feb 14, 2011
    I read somewhere earlier this week that disney does not hold tables for walk-ups. That being said when you get to disney- Keep trying. Last Dec. my brother and SIL got a LeCellier by just stopping by and asking- (right place, right time) for later that evening...
    In addition, sometimes just playing around at night I'll just go to the online ressie "just to see" what's available the next day. I often see some of the more popular resturants with available seats. With the new CC hold, there may be some guests that get a late ressie (after 10/26), they'll be more willing to cancel within the required time frame to avoid the charge. Also CRT has a cancel policy that charges if you are a no show, so check each day, either by walking in, calling in or checking the website if you carry a smart phone.
    If you try, you may- If you don't, you definately won't. Good Luck! :goodvibes.
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  4. Infamousmare

    Infamousmare I didn't make it all the way through 3rd grade for

    Aug 8, 2010
    Yeah, that's what I thought. However, I didn't know if there was a difference if you're in the park and calling for a ressie for the next day. Of course, now that I just typed that out, it sounds stupid - there's no difference b/t holding a table for a walk-up or a call-ahead-next-day ressie. Duh! :rotfl:

    I wonder, too, if the new CC policy will help alleviate some of the issues with last-minute cancellations. :)
  5. deakam

    deakam DIS Veteran

    Mar 7, 2011
    You could also stop at Guest relations when you hit the park. Or try the concierge desk whenever you are at the resort. We got a walk up at Yak and Yeti in September. We were way too hot and they have a big "air conditioned" sign out front. We were seated right away even though I could not get a reservation the week before. I must say that the place did fill up pretty quick so I think we were just really lucky.

    I have a friend that canceled her CRT the night before--sick baby---so someone got her reservation.
  6. CarrieR

    CarrieR Registered

    Jun 10, 2008
    If you have a smartphone, it's really easy to check frequently via the Disney mobile website or the Verizon app, too. :)
  7. vicki_c

    vicki_c DIS Veteran

    Dec 22, 2007
    In April, THE WEEK BEFORE EASTER, I got a Le Cellier 5:30 dinner reservation from my iPhone (using the Disney dining site) from the other side of World Showcase around 1 or 2 PM in the afternoon! I think it was even a Friday night!

    So it is possible.
  8. Snurk71

    Snurk71 DIS Veteran

    May 17, 2001
    Go to Le Cellier at opening (lunch) and you'll likely get seated. We've done it more than once, even during popular times.
  9. LuvLuvLuv

    LuvLuvLuv DIS Veteran

    Sep 24, 2009
    We've got CRT breakfast while on property :thumbsup2
  10. canirishgirl

    canirishgirl Earning My Ears

    Jun 13, 2011
    Keep trying. I was able to get my reso for Akershus Royal Banquet Hall two nights ago for Nov 7th. I was determined and keep checking the website every 15 mins. After an hour or so...guess what??? Reso for 4 was available. It was like hitting the jackpot!!
  11. stpats317

    stpats317 Mouseketeer

    Feb 8, 2008
    For our visit in 2009 I had been trying to get reservations for the Fireworks Dessert Party without success for a couple of months. When we checked in I went to the ticket desk and asked them to check and we were able to get reservations for the night we wanted. Just Lucky?
  12. aubriee

    aubriee <font color=brown><marquee>Chocolate always makes

    Dec 3, 2004
    I go to WDW several times a year. I make all my ADRs at 180 days out like a good DISer. However, I'm the queen of changing my mind once I get down there.:rotfl::rotfl: Ever single trip I either call while I'm down there or else just stop by as a walk up. I've never tried CRT, but have gotten into Le Cellier several times, by making sure that I'm there at the podium before they open for lunch. I've also walked up at Konas, Artist Point, Yak & Yeti, 50's Prime Time, Brown Derby, Sci Fi, Rose & Crown, Tony's, GF Cafe, Jikos, Bomas, Maya Grill, Turf Club, Wolfgang Pucks, House of Blues, and probably a few other restaurants.:rotfl: I've also been turned down several times though.:rotfl:

    One trick: I once tried to walk up at Sci Fi and was told they weren't taking walk ups. I stepped back outside, called the Dining number, told them I was at DS and asked what was available. She told me that if I could get to Sci Fi within the next ten minutes, she could give me an ADR. I stepped right back into Sci Fi and told them I had an ADR. The same guy that told me they weren't taking walk ups, gave me a strange look, and said 'we just told you we weren't taking walk ups'. I laughed and said "I'm not a walk up now. I have a reservation now and started to give him my confirmation number". He looked at his screen, laughed, and said, "How did you manage that?".:rotfl:
  13. The_Banking_Scot

    The_Banking_Scot Mouseketeer

    Feb 8, 2003

    In January 2011, I got a lunchtime reservation at Le Cellier for the next day.
    In October 2011, I got a dinner reservation at Boma for the next evening ( both were done by phoning dining reservations)


  14. MarineVet

    MarineVet Mouseketeer

    May 21, 2011
    My husband loves the Garden Grill in Epcot. I have tried for the last three trips to get a table reservation two months out, and its always booked. However, each time we walk up and are seated within 15 minutes. For the hour or so that we are there, we always see at least a few empty tables or booths.

    I have always wanted to go to the Crystal Palace in MK, and its always full with no luck on walkups. Has anyone got a tip for getting in there? We go back in mid December, and we would be willing to attend any meal there.
  15. mickeynut1

    mickeynut1 DIS Veteran

    Apr 16, 2007
    I agree with the others......keep trying every day as something might pop up :). I would also try when you're there if you don't have any luck beforehand. People are always cancelling right up until the last minute so you never know when something will become available ;). I just booked a trip last week for the last week of March (spring break) under the free dining promo and I got everything I wanted at the times I wanted. Also, just yesterday, I decided to try for breakfast at CRT and I got it on the day and time I wanted. So I'm sure there's a good chance for you to get what you want.....just keep trying and don't give up hope :wizard:.
  16. Skyw

    Skyw DIS Veteran

    Oct 8, 2006
    Is this just a link like the one we use on line?

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