Last August, my family and I went to Walt Disney World and were told about a really great bounceback offer for January. Stupidly, we turned it down. This August, I'll be down at the World again with my boyfriend, and I am fully prepared to take a bounceback offer if it's available. Only there's one problem: advanced dining reservations (ADRs).
You know when the 180 day window for dates in January starts? July. You know when rates for vacation packages in Walt Disney World traditionally come out? August. So Disney, you're telling me that you want me to book reservations for something as specific as restaurants when I can't even book my resort for another month? Nice planning on that one.
It gets even more complicated with the whole bounceback thing. Since I can't book the bounceback until I am actually on Walt Disney World property, I won't know if there are blackout dates for the offer. So I won't know my exact travel dates. Yet I am supposed to make dining reservations regardless. Now I realize that for a trip January, you don't need to book most ADRs so far out, but if I wanted something like Cinderella's Royal Table, it may be booked by the time I get to August. Plus, how am I supposed to know in July where I want to eat in January if I haven't even gotten to the World to try all the new restaurants that I have booked for August?
I really think Disney needs to rethink this 180 day thing (again). When it was 90 days, I thought it was so much more reasonable. I mean park hours aren't even available 180 days out! If I want to eat dinner at the California Grill while watching Wishes, I won't know what time to book. If I want to have dinner in Hollywood Studios when Fantasmic's showing, I won't even know which day to choose. I can use historical information, but it might not be correct. I mean, lots of people don't have trips, let alone meals planned at 180 days. But I guess I'll be blindly booking some restaurants, just in case.
I hate to be so negative, but this is a real inconvenience to me. It bothers me that I may lose out on a dining opportunity because the reservation window is so long. Plus the whole thing just seems ridiculous. Oh well, I guess whatever happens will happen.
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